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Title: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Valiant on August 13, 2008, 12:03:24 am
So what was the last films you watched (cinema/tv/dvd) and did you like it?


Today I watched

Made of Honour - I quited liked it, as rom coms go, it's not bad.
What happens in Vegas... - I liked this too as it was quite funny :)
PS I love you - I really liked this, sadly. It's a proper chick flick but I thought I'd check out what my last gf was on about when she went crazy over the book.
Enchanted - I didn't get on with this film, a bit too Disney for my liking but it served as good background entertainment.
Wristcutters: A Love Story - A weird and surreal film, but a good film to watch I think.
The Spiderwick Chronicles - Brilliant!
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Post by: alchemy on August 13, 2008, 05:59:32 am
Are we talking at the cinema or DVD's?

At the cinema it was The Bank Job - violent, very colourful language but I still enjoyed it as a great example of a London heist flick (the British do these really well).

DVD's - ummmm, I haven't watched a DVD in years
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Post by: rogerzilla on August 13, 2008, 06:09:56 am
Mary Poppins.
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Post by: Rapples on August 13, 2008, 06:43:07 am
Mary Poppins.

Me too.


Which cinema did you watch it in ;D ;D
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Post by: mark on August 13, 2008, 07:10:27 am
Borat: unbelievably vulgar, although there were a few genuinely funny moments. The stereotypical Americans that Sasha Baron Cohen lampoons do exist, but I'm not comfortable with the way he lied to all those people to film the scenes he wanted.

Lord of the Rings (all three in the series): a pretty good retelling of Tolkien's story, but the books tell so much more.
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Post by: Charlotte on August 13, 2008, 09:07:06 am
Liz and I watched El Orfanato (The Orphanage) last night.  A very spooky and fairly disturbing ghost story, directed by Juan Antonio Bayona. 

There is no truth in the rumour that I enjoy watching scpooky movies with girls, just so they jump into my arms when something scary happens  :D
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Post by: Chris S on August 13, 2008, 10:15:23 am
What dreams may come

One of Robin Williams' smulchy ones, but rather unexpectedly, I like it.
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Post by: MSeries on August 13, 2008, 10:16:10 am
Waynes World II

on TV the other night.
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Post by: αdαmsκι on August 13, 2008, 10:23:04 am
On Monday I got back from work to find Million Dollar Baby on the TV, but I missed the start and I gave up watching before it had finished and went to bed.  I saw Chicken Run over the weekend, or rather than last hour but I've seen that before.  Hmm, so the last film I saw in its entirety was Wall-E
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Post by: Rapples on August 13, 2008, 10:33:29 am
Million Dollar Baby is worth the effort.  Try to catch it again :thumbsup:

One of the best recent films I've seen, but I don't watch many - see above ;D
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Post by: αdαmsκι on August 13, 2008, 10:38:57 am
Of what I saw of Million Dollar Baby was good, but I was knackered and the call of bed was too great.
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Post by: Flying_Monkey on August 13, 2008, 11:42:19 am
The last thing I saw was L'heure d'ete (Summer Hours) which started off well with a superb performance from Edith Scob as an elderly woman left alone with her housekeeper in a house full of memories - except for the increasingly occasional visits of her egotistical family - but unfortunately after her character's death, became another well-acted but tedious French bourgeois family drama.
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Post by: GruB on August 13, 2008, 11:43:48 am
I'm taking the boys to see Kung Fu Panda today.
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Post by: Hot Flatus on August 13, 2008, 05:21:37 pm
Some random bollywood shit on the hotel tv.  It doesnt matter which one, they are all the same.
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Post by: GruB on August 13, 2008, 05:39:28 pm
Kung Fu Panda was fun.  Entertaining without being too taxing.  I laughed out aloud a couple of times !!
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Post by: Aidan on August 13, 2008, 06:32:18 pm
Meet the Spartans  - Utter shite,  but quite funny in places, but you need to have seen 300 first

Cloverfield watched on a computer rather than the TV ( not through choice) added to the handheld ambience. Thoroughly fantastic film.

Led Zeppelin The song remains the same. The best guitar based band ever
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Post by: Gus on August 13, 2008, 07:26:35 pm

seven years in tibet
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Post by: Tim Hall on August 14, 2008, 12:01:16 am
Shawshank Redemption, Film 4 Tuesday night. Top film.  Mind you, I still think Warden Norton looks like Peter Sellers.
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Post by: Quisling on August 14, 2008, 10:46:43 pm
Kung Fu Panda was fun.  Entertaining without being too taxing.  I laughed out aloud a couple of times !!

+1 for Kung Fu Panda - "There is no charge for awesomeness".

Also saw Wall-e at the weekend and enjoyed it immensely.

C
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Post by: GruB on August 15, 2008, 05:54:09 am
Both boys are walking round making the 'Bdoush' noise - the one Panda does when he does the finger hold technique on Mr Mean Snow Leopard.  ;D

When I pretend to do the Kung Fu moves and make the obligatory Jackie Chan noises of 'whaa' and 'whaa whaa whaa' ( you understand ) I get reminded that "Dad, I don't remember any of the characters having to make that noise in the movie when they did their moves?
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Post by: Valiant on August 16, 2008, 01:43:57 am
Today I've watched

Forgetting Sarah Marshall - A comedy but it's quite good.
St Trinians - Brilliant and silly
Blood Rayne II - Great but not as much as the first.
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Post by: cometworm on August 16, 2008, 02:48:23 am
Batman: The Dark Knight at the Imax cinema. An absolutely rocking way to see it, but I would recommend sitting in a row farther back than C... head hurts now.
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Post by: Valiant on August 16, 2008, 02:55:12 am
Absolutely the best way to see it, especially as a few of the city scape scenes were shot on imax stock.
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Post by: kyuss on August 16, 2008, 03:12:10 am
Of what I saw of Million Dollar Baby was good, but I was knackered and the call of bed was too great.

I watched that. Seen it before but it's worth watching at least twice. Brilliant film.

I've got a mate coming round tomorrow with 'REC' (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OeaUokzE9fI) which looks awesome. Like Guillermo Del Toro meets Blair Witch Project. I cannae wait.
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Post by: clarion on August 16, 2008, 11:54:01 am
Last film I saw was Wall.E.  Very good.

But you have to watch to the very end of the credits...
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Post by: Flying_Monkey on August 16, 2008, 02:02:58 pm
Last film I saw was Wall.E.  Very good.

But you have to watch to the very end of the credits...

Yes you do. I noticed a significant Studio Ghibli influence there too... lovely film.
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Post by: Zoidburg on August 16, 2008, 08:15:48 pm
Have not watched yet - but have in my grubby hands a copy of "The Lives Of Others"

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Post by: peliroja on August 17, 2008, 03:45:31 pm
The Dark Knight. To say I wasn't impressed is an understatement.
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on August 17, 2008, 03:59:05 pm
I'm watching Dangerous Liaisons just now and thinking they all need a slap.
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Post by: hellymedic on August 17, 2008, 04:01:27 pm
Kung-Fu Panda last Thursday, The Bucket List a few months ago.
Was KF Panda trying to retell an ill-recalled biblical story or am I just bad on plots?
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Post by: PaulF on August 17, 2008, 04:04:23 pm
Prince Caspian, as good a way as any to while away a transatlantic flight
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Post by: rogerzilla on August 17, 2008, 06:58:10 pm
Prince Caspian, as good a way as any to while away a transatlantic flight
I'm scared to see that, after they made a bit of a mess of TLTWATW.  Cheap CGI looked like Quake II, appalling soundtrack and just didn't manage to capture the soul of it.
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Post by: FatBloke on August 18, 2008, 02:05:25 am
Prince Caspian, as good a way as any to while away a transatlantic flight
Ditto!

I did also try and watch Batman Begins but fell asleep.  :-\
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Post by: kyuss on August 18, 2008, 02:35:11 am
REC was pretty good. I'm not easilly scared but this got me in a couple of places. Really creepy. The hand held camera stuff can be a bit nauseating at times, but it's well worth a look.
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Post by: nicknack on August 18, 2008, 12:25:52 pm
Sin City -  for the first time and brilliant.

Blade Runner  -  for the umpteenth time and also brilliant.
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Post by: PaulF on August 18, 2008, 12:43:31 pm
Saw The Kite Runner last night, one of the most powerful films I've ever seen without a doubt
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Post by: tiermat on August 18, 2008, 01:55:17 pm
The AristoCats on Saturday night with TLD and Mrs T, and now I have THAT song stuck in my head.....
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Post by: Maladict on August 18, 2008, 07:09:46 pm
The Girl Next Door (2004) (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0265208/)
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Post by: Dinamo on August 18, 2008, 07:14:59 pm
Hellboy, another great film from Guillermo del Toro.
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Post by: Manotea on August 18, 2008, 07:23:43 pm
Hellboy, another great film from Guillermo del Toro.
I am so gonna see Hellboy II - The Golden Army - on the biggest screen I can find...
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Post by: Manotea on August 18, 2008, 07:24:44 pm
Meet the Spartans  - Utter shite,  but quite funny in places, but you need to have seen 300 first

Cloverfield watched on a computer rather than the TV ( not through choice) added to the handheld ambience. Thoroughly fantastic film.

Led Zeppelin The song remains the same. The best guitar based band ever
Fast forwarded through Cloverfield on a plane. Thank god I didn't pay to see it....
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on August 18, 2008, 07:25:39 pm
The AristoCats on Saturday night with TLD and Mrs T, and now I have THAT song stuck in my head.....

Everybody wants to be a cat cos a cat's the only cat who la la la at...

I'm not keen on AristoCats. I love Jungle Book though.
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Post by: Manotea on August 18, 2008, 07:30:17 pm
But I think the last film I'll admit to seeing was "Brother" with Kitano Tikashi (yes, I am now a japanese movie byff, not that I'm japanese.

Almost as good as "Battle Royale",  Hai!
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Post by: Dinamo on August 18, 2008, 07:43:29 pm
2nd last film I watched  ;)

Oldboy

Oldboy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oldboy)
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Post by: Flying_Monkey on August 18, 2008, 08:48:08 pm
2nd last film I watched  ;)

Oldboy

A very dark film from a gripping and very wierd sequence...
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Post by: Flying_Monkey on August 18, 2008, 08:51:21 pm
But I think the last film I'll admit to seeing was "Brother" with Kitano Tikashi (yes, I am now a japanese movie byff, not that I'm japanese.

Have you seen his version of 'Zatoichi'? Absolutely brilliant... Did you know that very strangely in Japan most people don't even know he's a film director? They just think of him as a (rather crap and overexposed IMHO) TV comedian... whereas everyone over here has very little idea about his 'comedy' and thinks he's this art-house kinda guy...
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Post by: Maladict on August 18, 2008, 09:00:17 pm
But I think the last film I'll admit to seeing was "Brother" with Kitano Tikashi (yes, I am now a japanese movie byff, not that I'm japanese.

Have you seen his version of 'Zatoichi'? Absolutely brilliant... Did you know that very strangely in Japan most people don't even know he's a film director? They just think of him as a (rather crap and overexposed IMHO) TV comedian... whereas everyone over here has very little idea about his 'comedy' and thinks he's this art-house kinda guy...

I've seen it.  Brilliant.
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Post by: tiermat on August 19, 2008, 08:59:09 am
The AristoCats on Saturday night with TLD and Mrs T, and now I have THAT song stuck in my head.....

Everybody wants to be a cat cos a cat's the only cat who la la la at...

I'm not keen on AristoCats. I love Jungle Book though.

You are as cruel as my wife, who started singing that last night, just as I had managed not to think about about it for more than 5 minutes....

arrrrggggggghhhhh
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Post by: Valiant on August 23, 2008, 09:16:38 pm
Last Night I watched

Chasing Amy - Didn't like it
Kung Fu Panda - Brilliant!
Sex and Breakfast - Was ok
The Other Bolyen Girl - Was quite good
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Post by: peliroja on August 23, 2008, 09:28:32 pm
Hellboy - enjoyed this, though it was too long.
Horton Hears a Who! - animation, not too bad.
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Post by: tonycollinet on August 23, 2008, 10:03:04 pm
Last night I watched Die Hard 4.0 - I liked it, but I have a very low culture threshold  ;D

I am going to go watch 1408 now. :-\
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Post by: Gandalf on August 25, 2008, 10:12:53 am
The Kingdom.  Duller than ditchwater.
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Post by: citoyen on August 26, 2008, 12:16:47 pm
Watched In Bruges on DVD last night. Didn't know much about it in advance so wasn't sure what to expect but it's fantastic. Enough swearing and graphic violence to make Tarantino blush. Brutally dark yet utterly hilarious. Nice for the sightseeing, too.

Even Colin Farrell, who I usually can't stand, is excellent in it. Ralph Fiennes is still shit, though - he seems to be trying to emulate Ben Kingsley's Don Logan from Sexy Beast but has all the menace of a teak wardrobe. But even he can't ruin it. Excellent.

d.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on August 26, 2008, 12:33:20 pm
Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back.

I laughed immoderately, because I am irredeemably shallow.
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Post by: Tiger on August 26, 2008, 01:43:24 pm
I too watched in Bruges. Loved it. Esp as had to endure 3 days there earlier this year.  Watch it!
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Post by: citoyen on August 26, 2008, 02:08:39 pm
I too watched in Bruges. Loved it. Esp as had to endure 3 days there earlier this year.  Watch it!

I also went there earlier this year for a weekend and really enjoyed it - probably because I like gay beer. I understand what the director says in his commentary though, about the way the two main characters reflect his own split reaction to the city: beautiful fairytale stuff on the one hand, really dull on the other.

d.
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Post by: epa611 on August 26, 2008, 02:12:17 pm
Don't mess with the Zohan - very un PC, and quite amusing after a bottle of wine
Dark Knight - Heath Ledger's Joker performance was excellent - dererves the Oscar.
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Post by: scott on August 26, 2008, 04:51:42 pm
"Doomsday Machine," a really bad 50s sci-fi movie that somehow managed to be made in the 70s, as riffed upon by Cinematic Titanic (http://www.cinematictitanic.com/), aka most of the original cast of Mystery Science Theater 3000. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mystery_Science_Theater_3000)

The Cinematic Titanic episodes can be purchased and downloaded for burning to DVD.
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Post by: Tiger on August 27, 2008, 01:11:15 pm
The Kingdom last night. Great to have all my prejudices about Arabs confirmed.
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Post by: Quisling on August 27, 2008, 11:48:52 pm
My daughter forced me to watch the risible Daddy Daycare on telly the other night. 

Pass the mind bleach :P
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Post by: tiermat on August 28, 2008, 10:33:18 am
Two Bourne movies over two nights, the first one we watched (the second one) was good, as it had fab car chases.

The second one we watched (the third one) was ok, but no where near as good car chases, most of them were on foot!  And the one big chase through New York was just a re-hash of the Moscow chase....
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Post by: Wascally Weasel on August 28, 2008, 10:40:51 am
Rewatched Babe on DVD the other day – I still always feel the urge to say “Run Pig, Run!  That’s not a farmer, it’s Dudley Smith!”
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Post by: agagisgroovy on August 28, 2008, 03:51:33 pm
Wall-E  ;D
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Post by: peliroja on August 29, 2008, 12:05:34 pm
In Bruges last night as I'd suddenly heard a flurry of good reviews.Excellent, dark and funny film.
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Post by: Ian H on August 29, 2008, 02:16:38 pm
No Country for Old Men.  At the Odeon. I hate sitting through trailers.
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Post by: alchemy on August 29, 2008, 02:31:15 pm
In Bruges last night as I'd suddenly heard a flurry of good reviews.Excellent, dark and funny film.

I think I'm going to go and see this tomorrow night. The trailers looked good
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Post by: alchemy on August 29, 2008, 02:33:00 pm
No Country for Old Men.

One of my films of the year. The bad guy has quite possibly the worst hair cut ever to appear on film  :hand:
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Post by: Zoidburg on August 29, 2008, 05:51:03 pm
Son Of Rambow

Not perfect but you forgive any faults when you suddenly find yourself remembering 80s stuff

The guide dogs for the blind flying Labrador being a good example

The film does portray the Plymouth Bretheren in a negative light, but hey - they dont watch films so I wont tell them if you dont ;)
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Post by: fatmanwithabike on August 29, 2008, 11:11:11 pm
Wall-e....purely for My daughters sake

Before that Mama Mia! - again for My daughter!
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Post by: tonycollinet on August 30, 2008, 09:33:08 am
Last night - King Kong - special extended edition.


You know that any film that takes an hour before the main character appears is going to be long - but that was a marathon.
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Post by: mecwales on August 30, 2008, 10:50:00 am
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou Weird. Very, very odd. And seemed constantly on the edge of drifting away. But I really liked it, particularly with the Bowie influence.

Angel-A Genius. But then I'm a sucker for this type of film.

Amelie As above :P - probably my favourite film - the soundtrack's great too.
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Post by: citoyen on August 30, 2008, 10:59:00 am
There Will Be Blood - I was very tired and dropped off halfway through it, then woke up again several hours later and it was still going. Kind of enjoyed it but I'll have to watch it again when I'm less tired. Daniel Day Lewis is... astonishing.

There was a trailer for No Country For Old Men at the start and I have to say I wish we'd watched that instead.

d.
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Post by: Tiger on September 01, 2008, 12:12:12 pm
Will Smith in I am Legend as the kids insisted.  It is really interesting - not because of the plot which appeasr to have been assembled from teh Hollywood zombie/virus leftovers bin.
What was interesting was spotting the plotlines and characters that had been partially developed and then edited out in the final version.  There is a complete different version of the film on the floor.
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Post by: mattc on September 01, 2008, 12:28:32 pm
Will Smith in I am Legend as the kids insisted.  It is really interesting - not because of the plot which appeasr to have been assembled from teh Hollywood zombie/virus leftovers bin.
IANAZME
but the book this is based on predates 90% of the Hollywood vampire/zombie/virus films of which you speak.

(The film may still be a pile of crap, but the book was quite good!)
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Post by: tiermat on September 01, 2008, 12:34:07 pm
There Will Be Blood - I was very tired and dropped off halfway through it, then woke up again several hours later and it was still going. Kind of enjoyed it but I'll have to watch it again when I'm less tired. Daniel Day Lewis is... astonishing.

Try watching it again, I watched it a while ago, thought I wouldn't enjoy it during the first 30 minutes or so then I really got into it, and DDL's descent is so well done it's unreal.

Oh and seeing a certain person get his comeuppance makes the film worthwhile....

Watch 300 again Saturday night, still as fantastic as the first time I saw it!
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Post by: Otto on September 01, 2008, 12:38:57 pm
Cloverfield ob SKy Box office...thought it was pants ..the monster looked lie the BFG
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Post by: LEE on September 01, 2008, 01:28:51 pm
DARK KNIGHT (Batman)

A great 90 minute film, just a pity it runs for about 6 hours.
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Post by: Flying_Monkey on September 01, 2008, 06:13:28 pm
There Will Be Blood - I was very tired and dropped off halfway through it, then woke up again several hours later and it was still going. Kind of enjoyed it but I'll have to watch it again when I'm less tired. Daniel Day Lewis is... astonishing.

Try watching it again, I watched it a while ago, thought I wouldn't enjoy it during the first 30 minutes or so then I really got into it, and DDL's descent is so well done it's unreal.

Oh and seeing a certain person get his comeuppance makes the film worthwhile....

Totally agree - it is a great film with several outstanding performances. The soundtrack is also quite startlingly good (Jonny Greenwood from Radiohead in his first major motion picture soundtrack - certainly won't be his last on that showing).
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Post by: Zoidburg on September 02, 2008, 05:58:27 pm
The Fountain

A film which would melt the logic circuits of a lesser droid
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Post by: geoff on February 04, 2010, 10:25:16 pm
Reviving this old thread.. we just watched "Into the Wild (http://www.lovefilm.com/film/Into-the-Wild/95655/)" and have to say it's a really good film. 
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Post by: mr endon on February 04, 2010, 10:35:12 pm
Fishtank. Brilliant.
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Post by: Torslanda on February 05, 2010, 12:04:52 am
Gran Torino is a brilliant film about a vigilante with a difference.

It's a great story about human realtionships and culture clash with a great moral twist at the end.

Cried buckets. Brilliant.
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Post by: Wascally Weasel on February 05, 2010, 09:18:40 am
Soylent Green.

"Mmmmmm...Soylent Green"

/Homer
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Post by: Redlight on February 05, 2010, 09:27:38 am
Probably a bit mainstream for the buffs on this list but Lady M and I went to see the new George Clooney film, Up In The Air the other night and thoroughly enjoyed it.  Worth it just to hear the female lead, whose name I forget, say to GC:  Think of me as you, but with a vagina.

Also has an unexpected ending that doesn't wrap up all the loose ends neatly, which appeals to the dour sod in me.
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Post by: JT on February 05, 2010, 10:13:12 am
Inglorious Basterds at the weekend.

Loved it. I like Tarantino anyway and there's always something to like in his films even if it's just the soundtrack. Mrs JT, on the other hand, is not a fan - particularly after not finding out what was in the briefcase in Pulp Fiction - but she liked Basterds too.

Christoph Walz must get an Oscar for his role as the Jew Hunter.


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Post by: Mr Larrington on February 05, 2010, 10:46:51 am
Nordwand - German-language account of the attempt on the North Wall of the Eiger by Andreas Hinterstoisser and Toni Kurz in 1936.  Deeply harrowing stuff even if you already know the outcome.
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Post by: Regulator on February 05, 2010, 12:41:56 pm
Last one I watched at the cinema was Avatar in 3D... and it wasn't as bad as I was led to believe.

Last one I watched on telly was 'Deuce Bigelow: Male Gigolo' last night...  :-[*








*It had been a very difficult day at work, with the end of the David Gray inquest...
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Post by: Tourist Tony on February 05, 2010, 02:57:51 pm
Nordwand - German-language account of the attempt on the North Wall of the Eiger by Andreas Hinterstoisser and Toni Kurz in 1936.  Deeply harrowing stuff even if you already know the outcome.
I do know what happened to Kurtz, so as a climber can't watch that film
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Post by: thelazycyclist on February 05, 2010, 02:58:38 pm
I took Lindagordinho to see 'It's Complicated' for her birthday last week.  I'm not a big fan of romantic comedies but I really enjoyed it.  We even laughed out loud a few times.  It was nice to see 2 middle-aged actors in various states of undress rather than a bunch of toned and tanned young people.  Seeing young people at it just makes me feel old and fat.  Meryl Streep / Alec Baldwin / Steve Martin all good.  Not as sickly sweet as some American films.
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Post by: Flying_Monkey on February 05, 2010, 05:47:44 pm
I just watched 1984 (the version with John Hurt) with my class... nothing like 2 hours of unremitting bleakness on a Friday morning at 8.30!
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Post by: kcass on February 07, 2010, 11:41:35 am
Trading Places - hardly anything happens. My  fond memories must have a lot to do with Jamie Lee Curtis's mammories
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Post by: Aidan on February 07, 2010, 11:46:40 am
watched Moon last night.  very good, really enjoyed it
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Post by: Hot Flatus on February 07, 2010, 11:47:05 am
Avatar.

You know what the storyline is going to be after ten minutes of the film, but that's ok..the other two and a half hours are like an acid trip in a primeval forest  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Ian H on February 07, 2010, 11:54:14 am
Personally I don't count films watched on television. Not that I have a television. All attempts to lure me to the cinema since we saw Slumdog have failed. Also the Ealing Odeon is a shadow of its former self.
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Post by: Deborah on February 07, 2010, 12:01:31 pm
The Importance od Being Earnest. Vg
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Post by: pcolbeck on February 07, 2010, 12:43:56 pm
Avatar at the cinema last week and Ronin on DVD (£2.99 at TkMax - bargain) on Friday night.
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Post by: ian on February 07, 2010, 12:56:47 pm
I seem to see most movies at 30,000 feet (thankfully I'm a metric baby, so all I know about this is that you can't use a ladder to climb back down, and it's inadvisable to open the windows). It does mean I am occasionally forced to watch movies that perhaps I wouldn't choose, which perhaps in no bad thing, since there are only so many movies where shit just gets blown up.

I did enjoy (500) Days of Summer, which I confess I only selected because of the promise of happy little (and potentially adult-rated) thoughts of Zooey Deschanel, which - in my estimation - isn't a bad way to wind through two hours of midair confinement.

It was also blessed with a fine soundtrack, which included the rather lovely 'Us' which I had forgotten to listen to for long time now.

My brain also managed to inadvertently mashup Adventureland and Zombieland into something rather odd that took some subsequent mental disentangling. That said, there's maybe a screenplay deserving of a Hollywood treatment. Boy loves zombie girl, zombie girl doesn't love boy, zombie girl does love boy, zombie girl eats boy's brains, zombie girl gets messily decapitated.
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Post by: mrcharly-YHT on February 07, 2010, 04:11:13 pm
The Island

Didn't expect much. Surprisingly good in a mindless sort of action sci fi way.
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Post by: Quisling on February 07, 2010, 04:47:09 pm
One of the joys of having a new girlfriend is that I've been to the flicks twice in two weeks.

Haven't seen a thing though ;)

Sadly not true, but I did see The Road last weekend and The Book of Eli last night.
Two rather different views of post-apocalpse and both pretty good.  I'm not sure if I was being sold religion in Book of Eli or not, but it had a couple of good twists, and some blood and guts. 
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Post by: Moloko on February 07, 2010, 05:10:18 pm

Hopefully it will be Marathon Man which is tonight, if I can keep awake.
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Post by: Gandalf on February 08, 2010, 06:53:25 am
Just seen 'Katyn'  if you don't mind subtitles I can commend it highly.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on February 08, 2010, 10:46:00 am
Did a full channel search on the PVR the other day following a software update.  On the plus side, ITV3 and ITV4 are back in their rightful places.  On the minus, doing this scrubs all the timed recordings you've set up, which means I didn't get to see Witchfinder General after all.

Bah!
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Post by: microphonie on February 08, 2010, 10:53:49 am
Suspiria - one of the many unwatched films that have been sitting on the PVR for years.

Not bad at all and a suitably spooky soundtrack by The Goblins too.

Whilst browsing the film list I did notice that the PVR hadn't properly recorded about a dozen films though, so had to delete them  :(
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Post by: citoyen on February 08, 2010, 01:25:45 pm
microphonie, I'm the same - Sky+ box is currently full of Orson Welles films recorded over Christmas.

Watched Citizen Kane the other day. It's all right, I suppose.

d.
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on February 08, 2010, 06:49:44 pm
Slumdog Millionaire and Marley & Me.
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Post by: LEE on February 08, 2010, 06:59:07 pm
Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy (2005 remake with Martin Freeman as Arthur Dent)

Mostly harmless I suppose but altogether pointless for any fan of any previous incarnation (Book, Radio, TV).

It's too short to do the book justice and I doubt whether any stranger to the book would understand just how clever the book is by watching this.

So, mostly pointless.
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Post by: andrewc on February 08, 2010, 07:04:54 pm
The Baader Meinhof Complex, last night.  Awoke old memories of news stories from when I was growing up.
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Post by: Jaded on February 08, 2010, 07:20:41 pm
Cinema - Avatar.
TV - Hannibal
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Post by: Dinamo on February 08, 2010, 08:11:23 pm
Inside Man

A £2 bargain DVD from Oxfam.
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Post by: geoff on February 08, 2010, 10:25:55 pm
Juno (last one I'm admitting to anyway!)
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Post by: mattc on February 15, 2010, 01:02:02 pm
I can thoroughly recommend this weekend's 2 rentals:

Tropic Thunder
&
Let the Right One In

(if for rather different reasons!)
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Post by: Wascally Weasel on February 15, 2010, 01:06:38 pm
Capricorn One
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Post by: LEE on February 15, 2010, 02:19:51 pm
Capricorn One

Is it worth watching the sequels?
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Post by: Zoidburg on February 15, 2010, 05:53:06 pm
The Baader Meinhof Complex, last night.  Awoke old memories of news stories from when I was growing up.
I sought this one out a few months ago as well.

Ulrike Meinhof truly did get herself in over her head with a bunch of mentalists.
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Post by: woollypigs on February 15, 2010, 07:25:33 pm
Quicksilver
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Post by: Flying_Monkey on February 16, 2010, 01:35:22 am
Finally got round to seeing Watchmen. It was terrible. The main problem was that is was like watching a live action imitation of the graphic novel, and the director clearly had not courage to do anything interesting, didn't appear to know how things that worked on the page might not work on the screen, and the only thing he did change in the main story (the end) was just a cop out. Oh, and too much CGI (as usual these days). Overall: a complete waste of time.
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Post by: Bluebottle on February 16, 2010, 08:13:52 am
Stop Making Sense.  Sadly not on the big screen, but engaging nonetheless.
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Post by: woollypigs on February 16, 2010, 11:04:15 am
Stop Making Sense.  Sadly not on the big screen, but engaging nonetheless.
why you little ... Now I have to watch it again :)
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Post by: rogerzilla on February 17, 2010, 09:11:44 pm
The 70s film of Mozart's Don Giovanni.  Great singing, nice locations, pretty woeful acting (apart from Leporello, who has the right lugubrious sort of face), but that's what you expect.  These days, with CGI, they could really make a meal of the legendary Commendatore scene; the film Amadeus does quite a nice take on it.
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Post by: Legs on February 17, 2010, 09:15:52 pm
Ferris Bueller's Day Off (on Film4 on Monday night)
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Post by: Captain Zep on February 17, 2010, 11:02:21 pm
Dans Paris.  Recorded from the series of french films shown on BBC4 last month.  I enjoyed it, but needed it explained to me several times by Mrs McB.  :-[
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Post by: Bluebottle on February 17, 2010, 11:06:42 pm
Stop Making Sense.  Sadly not on the big screen, but engaging nonetheless.
why you little ... Now I have to watch it again :)

Watch out...


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Post by: tiermat on February 18, 2010, 10:27:38 am
In the last month or so I have watched:
Charlie and Boots (an Aussie film about a father and son road trip, starring Paul Hogan in a serious role)
Harry Brown
Gran Torino (this and the previous are basically the same story, just told in different places and a slightly different way)
Inglorious Basterds (very good)
X Men:Origins (mindless fun)

I now have The Lovely Bones to watch as well as Twilight.
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Post by: rogerzilla on February 18, 2010, 09:12:51 pm
The Damned United.  The book is better, and more sympathetic to Brian Clough, but the film captures the essence of it pretty well.  The main problem is that Michael Sheen doesn't look enough like Clough IMO.
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Post by: ian on February 22, 2010, 09:15:27 pm
I did finally get around to watching Inglourious Basterds at the weekend. Pretty disappointing, imho. Whatever gossamer of a plot came apart long before it reached the end of its somnambulant two and half hour run time. The talky, quirky dialogue that was so fresh in Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction seems to have mouldered over time. People don't talk like that and after a while, well, it starts to sound like badly written, contrived dialogue. It's a fine line.

The violence too. OK, it's a trademark and I should expect it, and it's not that it's shocking, it's just that it's cartoony and odd, and somehow vaguely offensive. I can't help the sense that it's all trying too hard to be startling and as a result seeing someone killed with a baseball bat doesn't really have the impact of being hit with a baseball bat. Yet it's still not comfortable because it's an a hollow gesture. It's not imbued with any kind of emotional weight - there's no thrill of vengeance. It's just gratuitous.

What I had hoped was a joie de vivre romp through war-time France kicking some well-deserving Nazi ass, seemed more of exercise in indulgence and Tarantino's paean to moviedom. I know Tarantino loves film, but there are so many nods and mentions to other cinematic tropes that I suspect his head is in serious danger of working loose and rolling right off his shoulders.
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Post by: Gandalf on February 23, 2010, 06:31:49 am
Just watched 'Attack on Leningrad'.  Either moving or slow and depressing, depending on your POV.
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Post by: Chris S on February 23, 2010, 07:26:36 am
Up.  :'(
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Post by: MSeries on February 23, 2010, 08:36:32 am
Footloose
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Post by: LEE on February 23, 2010, 08:48:00 am
Footloose

The Heather Mills ("it was never about the money") McCartney biography?
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Post by: Manotea on February 23, 2010, 09:22:46 am
Wargames - an unappreciated seminal movie of its time replete with cinematic motifs recycled endlessly by other movies (unless of course, Wargames got them all from somewhere else...)

Pop quiz:
1) What does WOPR stand for
2) How old was Falken when described by Lightman (Broderick) as 'pretty old'
3) What exactually was the female technician walking around the WOPR processor with all the flashing lights carrying a clipboard doing?
4) Why was including Seattle on the list of targets an inherently bad idea?
5) Having 'sealed up the mountain' with massive deadbollted steel doors, how exactly are survivors supposed to get out if (a) the power fails or (b) more likely, bombardment induced shockwaves cause the doors to lose alignment causing the bolts to stick like an IKEA drawer?
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Post by: clarion on February 23, 2010, 09:25:26 am
Cool film.  A bit fanciful, but good nonetheless.  And you get to see an Avatar 2000 LWB recumbent. :)
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Post by: TimO on February 23, 2010, 09:46:43 am
watched Moon last night.  very good, really enjoyed it

Glad to hear that, I just got a copy on DVD on the basis that "It's about space, I'm a rocket scientist, I ought to watch it", and it was cheap(ish). Now I just need to find time to watch it.

;D
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Post by: Wascally Weasel on February 23, 2010, 10:33:50 am
Wargames - an unappreciated seminal movie of its time replete with cinematic motifs recycled endlessly by other movies (unless of course, Wargames got them all from somewhere else...)

Pop quiz:
1) What does WOPR stand for
2) How old was Falken when described by Lightman (Broderick) as 'pretty old'
3) What exactually was the female technician walking around the WOPR processor with all the flashing lights carrying a clipboard doing?
4) Why was including Seattle on the list of targets an inherently bad idea?
5) Having 'sealed up the mountain' with massive deadbollted steel doors, how exactly are survivors supposed to get out if (a) teh power failed or (b) more likely, bombardment induced shockwaves cause the doors to loose alignment causing the bolts to stick like an IKEa drawer?

The answer to 1 is 'War Operations Plan Response' (I think).

I think Falken was meant to be something like 45.  I had forgotten that the same actor was the evil prelate in Ladyhawke.
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Post by: LindaG on February 23, 2010, 10:41:55 am
American Flyers, borrowed from the YACF lending library  ;)

Pure '80s madness, especially the Costner 'tache, but I've never seen better footage of a bike race.  It was good to see all those steel bikes in action with their shiny down-tube levers (I still maintain something's been lost with hood-mounted STi's).  And the film captures the joy of riding a bike for the sake of it.

But the film isn't really about cycling.

Much, much better than I expected.
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Post by: Moloko on February 23, 2010, 12:06:58 pm
but I've never seen better footage of a bike race.  

There's a scene in the mountains where a rider goes over the side.   :o (blink and you'll miss it)

This was a genuine mistake whilst filming and the rider luckily snagged on a tree which possibly saved him from a certain death.
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Post by: Deborah on February 23, 2010, 12:39:38 pm
An Education  :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Post by: Jacomus on February 23, 2010, 01:03:16 pm
Taxi Driver - Still AWESOME even on the nth viewing :thumbsup:
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Post by: Zoidburg on February 23, 2010, 05:02:48 pm
Sunshine Cleaning.

Crime scene clean up-tastic. :thumbsup:

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Post by: Valiant on February 24, 2010, 12:27:01 am
Amerika

Good film I think.
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Post by: IanDG on February 24, 2010, 12:30:46 am
Sherlock Holmes
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Post by: mrcharly-YHT on February 24, 2010, 10:08:32 am
V for Vendetta

meh. It can't decide what it is. silly film with some good performances.
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Post by: Wascally Weasel on February 24, 2010, 12:10:13 pm
Taken

I would have been musing about the uncomfortable underyling (possibly sexist) messages but I kept getting distracted by Liam Nesson brutally killing people.
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Post by: spesh on February 24, 2010, 03:47:13 pm
Wargames - an unappreciated seminal movie of its time replete with cinematic motifs recycled endlessly by other movies (unless of course, Wargames got them all from somewhere else...)

Pop quiz:
1) What does WOPR stand for
2) How old was Falken when described by Lightman (Broderick) as 'pretty old'
3) What exactually was the female technician walking around the WOPR processor with all the flashing lights carrying a clipboard doing?
4) Why was including Seattle on the list of targets an inherently bad idea?
5) Having 'sealed up the mountain' with massive deadbollted steel doors, how exactly are survivors supposed to get out if (a) the power fails or (b) more likely, bombardment induced shockwaves cause the doors to lose alignment causing the bolts to stick like an IKEA drawer?

Q4 - Seattle was Lightman's home town.

Q5 - See Cheyenne Mountain - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheyenne_Mountain#Design)
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Post by: Captain Zep on February 24, 2010, 09:37:07 pm
Juno.  Very well acted.  Funny and well-made in places.  A bit worried by the messages (it may inadventantly have) given out.
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Post by: Spinners on February 24, 2010, 10:37:09 pm
Cinema - Sherlock Holmes

TV - Liar Liar
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Post by: Manotea on February 24, 2010, 11:14:54 pm
Wargames - an unappreciated seminal movie of its time replete with cinematic motifs recycled endlessly by other movies (unless of course, Wargames got them all from somewhere else...)

Pop quiz:
1) What does WOPR stand for
2) How old was Falken when described by Lightman (Broderick) as 'pretty old'
3) What exactually was the female technician walking around the WOPR processor with all the flashing lights carrying a clipboard doing?
4) Why was including Seattle on the list of targets an inherently bad idea?
5) Having 'sealed up the mountain' with massive deadbollted steel doors, how exactly are survivors supposed to get out if (a) the power fails or (b) more likely, bombardment induced shockwaves cause the doors to lose alignment causing the bolts to stick like an IKEA drawer?

Q4 - Seattle was Lightman's home town.

Q5 - See Cheyenne Mountain - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheyenne_Mountain#Design)

So Q5, the whole installation was on springs to accomodate shock waves!

Q4 Calling in a nuclear strike on your home town is one thing. Being in your home town at the time is another!

Yes, when you're 17 or so, 41 is pretty old. I know I was shocked when I found out Debbie Harry was more than 20 years older than me!

NOBODY knows what that female techie with the clipboard was doing though....
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Post by: spesh on February 24, 2010, 11:37:04 pm
NOBODY knows what that female techie with the clipboard was doing though....

Supercomputers mit der blinkenlights ALWAYS have to be attended by someone wielding a clipboard.

It's an ancient charter or something.

Failing that, she is a spy. After all, carrying a clipboard and wearing a serious expression will allow you to infiltrate almost anywhere. ;)

As Tom Lehrer (http://iankitching.me.uk/humour/lehrer/revisited.html#WildWest) once remarked, the staff at Los Alamos was composed almost exclusively of spies...of one persuasion or another.
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Post by: mattc on February 25, 2010, 12:04:10 pm
Yes, when you're 17 or so, 41 is pretty old. I know I was shocked when I found out Debbie Harry was more than 20 years older than me!
I guess someone has to break this to you ...

She still is. Sorry dude.
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Post by: Moloko on February 25, 2010, 12:07:40 pm

Blade Trinity.

Quote
You cock-juggling thundercunt.
  ;D
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Post by: Zoidburg on February 25, 2010, 04:05:49 pm

Blade Trinity.

Quote
You cock-juggling thundercunt.
  ;D
"I'm sorry...I ate a lot of sugar today"
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Post by: her_welshness on February 25, 2010, 05:25:52 pm

Blade Trinity.

Quote
You cock-juggling thundercunt.
  ;D
"I'm sorry...I ate a lot of sugar today"

Mr Welshness watched that last night whilst I was iplayering, it looked like there was some great acting on that film  ;D
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Post by: LEE on February 25, 2010, 05:40:43 pm
Yes, when you're 17 or so, 41 is pretty old. I know I was shocked when I found out Debbie Harry was more than 20 years older than me!
I guess someone has to break this to you ...

She still is. Sorry dude.



Debbie Harry (whose posters occupied my bedroom wall circa 1978/1979) was born during World War 2.

That's sort of sobering isn't it?
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Post by: Chris S on February 25, 2010, 06:28:08 pm
Debbie Harry (whose posters occupied my bedroom wall circa 1978/1979) was born during World War 2.

I still would. Is that illegal wrong?
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Post by: Legs on February 25, 2010, 07:15:27 pm
Son of Rambow

most excellent, very feel-good  ;D
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Post by: Mike J on February 25, 2010, 07:18:31 pm
Up

Excellent  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Zoidburg on February 25, 2010, 07:21:11 pm

Blade Trinity.

Quote
You cock-juggling thundercunt.
 ;D
"I'm sorry...I ate a lot of sugar today"

Mr Welshness watched that last night whilst I was iplayering, it looked like there was some great acting on that film  ;D
Blade Trinity is a guilty pleasure.

 :facepalm:

Have you seen Jessica Biel all pumped up and strapped up in leather?

A must see.
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Post by: mrcharly-YHT on February 26, 2010, 11:10:06 am
Blade Trinity is a guilty pleasure.

 :facepalm:

Have you seen Jessica Biel all pumped up and strapped up in leather?

A must see.

Stealth.

Swimming in a small bikini. Great acting from the bikini.
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Post by: Moloko on February 26, 2010, 11:13:08 am
it looked like there was some great acting on that film  ;D

People were exploding into embers. If that's not giving it your all... then I don't know what is.
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Post by: Moloko on February 26, 2010, 12:57:31 pm

Withnail & I.
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Post by: Deborah on February 26, 2010, 04:34:59 pm
I'm very excited.  I am going to see Single Man.  I have had to promise not to sit at the back of the cinema and say 'phwoar Colin Firth' lots though.  Any hint of a doing that and I am to be sent out  :(

Seriously though, I read the book a few years ago and found it extremely moving.  I hope that the movie does so too.  From reviews, it might well do that.  :)
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Post by: Wascally Weasel on February 27, 2010, 12:15:33 am
The Hurt Locker.

Some good performances but I didn't rate the film overall.
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Post by: Flying_Monkey on February 27, 2010, 03:04:56 pm
A Serious Man.

Dark. Funny. More than a little painful. Classic Coen Brothers.
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Post by: peliroja on February 27, 2010, 03:21:10 pm
Planet 51. Funny, if a bit boring in parts.
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Post by: Manotea on February 27, 2010, 03:55:51 pm
Caught a chunk of T2 last night. A real stand up movie 18 years old now. Hasn't dated at all.
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Post by: red marley on February 27, 2010, 06:41:32 pm
Caught a chunk of T2 last night. A real stand up movie 18 years old now. Hasn't dated at all.

I agree, except that I distinctly remember when I saw it at the cinema that the futuristic Cyberdyne labs had computers in the background all showing the very distinctive GWBasic (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:GW-BASIC_3.23.png) screen with the highlighted function keys along the bottom. Even in 1991 that was rather dated. It seems to have been removed from the TV versions now though.
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Post by: andygates on February 27, 2010, 07:25:49 pm
I tried to watch 10,000 BC last night, but the Bernard Bresslaw caveman accents hurt my brain, and then the moas crashed my computer.  Lucky escape before the pyramids, apparently, but the mammoths were cute.
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Post by: peliroja on February 27, 2010, 09:18:39 pm
Two thirds of Hurt Locker. Just couldn't keep watching, found myself getting too angry and upset.
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Post by: nicknack on February 27, 2010, 11:32:42 pm
Hot Fuzz.

Hilarious
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Post by: Chris S on February 27, 2010, 11:34:33 pm
Hot Fuzz.

 ;D

Want anything from the shop?
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Post by: nicknack on February 27, 2010, 11:36:34 pm
Cornetto?
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Post by: Flying_Monkey on February 28, 2010, 02:29:02 pm
A Serious Man.

Dark. Funny. More than a little painful. Classic Coen Brothers.

I've been thinking about this a bit more and I am not sure it is up with their best. Despite pin-sharp casting, superb performances and perfect period setting, it doesn't really say anything new. Just their usual schtick about human stupidity in a more overtly Jewish setting - which does put it into a clearer cultural context, but that's about all.
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Post by: Jaded on February 28, 2010, 03:17:08 pm
Seraphim Falls.

Odd.
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Post by: mattc on February 28, 2010, 04:52:59 pm
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
I think it was intended to be a modern-day ironic homage to Chandleresque film-noir.

It ended up like a Tarantino-scripted Cary Grant movie. But mostly in a good way! I did find myself thinking that the script-writers could have written a REALLY good modern Cary Grant movie if they'd cut the sex-violence-language a bit.

(I'm beginning to like Robert Downey Jr, but his female co-star was probably the weakest thing in the film.)
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Post by: mrcharly-YHT on February 28, 2010, 05:33:08 pm
I like that film. Val Kilmer ('Gay Perry') playing gay PD, taking the mickey out himself in other roles.  :thumbsup:

R Downey is great.
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Post by: Moloko on February 28, 2010, 07:41:09 pm


Shine.  (David Helfgott)
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Post by: orienteer on February 28, 2010, 10:23:54 pm
She, a Chinese.

Interesting study in cultural differences.
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Post by: asterix on March 01, 2010, 09:06:34 am
Crossfire. 
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Post by: Bledlow on March 01, 2010, 11:23:28 am
Avatar. Mrs B took me last night. Her idea. She regretted it. What a load of tosh! Pretty tosh, but tosh none the less.

I can suspend disbelief for pentadactyl mammalian humanoid aliens (though it's not easy), but some of the rest! The feeble excuse for a plot appeared to be mostly a way of linking together the pictures, plus a bit of very clumsy & extraordinarily naive propagandising about noble savages.

There were a lot of people doing things that just didn't make sense, except to provide Cameron with opportunities to reprise images from other films. There's an awful lot of blatantly & rather tiresomely derivative imagery.

BTW, we both noticed that despite 3D being a large part of the point of the film, Cameron doesn't seem to understand how to use it. I think he can't break out of his training & years of practice in 2D & its conventions. A lot of scenes were very obviously shot according to 2D filmic conventions, which didn't really work in 3D. for example, having only the point of focus in focus doesn't work at all in 3D. Out of focus backgrounds look very wrong indeed when ones mind is telling one your eyes are adjusting their focus for the apparent depth. And things flying towards you (grossly overdone, BTW) should not go out of focus!
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Deborah on March 01, 2010, 12:42:36 pm
Where the Truth Lies.  It was a very disturbing film, although Mr Deborah enjoy the plethora of naked ladies!
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Post by: woollypigs on March 01, 2010, 05:16:51 pm
You have to remember Avatar is the first big/massive step forward in 3D in many years and Hollywood is still learning how to us the new technology.

Just like Jurassic Park was for animation/computer graphic/etc a massive step forward but compared to now it is not that amazing.

This above was paraphrased from an article I read last year.
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Post by: mrcharly-YHT on March 01, 2010, 09:40:06 pm
Except that it's the 2nd.

Up was out first.
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Post by: Jaded on March 01, 2010, 10:09:04 pm
Detail is so important.
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Post by: woollypigs on March 01, 2010, 10:21:00 pm
City Island (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1174730/)
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Post by: mikeitup on March 03, 2010, 08:24:00 pm
The Lovely Bones

christing awful!  :sick:

best thing about it was the wife paid  :thumbsup:
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Post by: andygates on March 03, 2010, 10:20:09 pm
I can suspend disbelief for pentadactyl mammalian humanoid aliens (though it's not easy)

The Na'vi were tetradactyl.  The Avatars were pentadactyl, presumably because it would be simpler for the operators to run them without weird phantom finger problems.

Detail is important.   :thumbsup:

(It's still utter bobbins, but in the best way)
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Post by: mrcharly-YHT on March 04, 2010, 09:13:38 am
While waiting for wife to get back from meetings, I watched the start of Aliens. Good lord it is good. Comparing it to the likes of Avatar is like comparing Neuromancer  to 'Dick and Jane' books. Yup, 'Dick and Jane' has pretty colours.  ::-)
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Post by: asterix on March 07, 2010, 05:42:52 pm
The Guns of Batasi.  It's set in 'an East African country' in the early 1960's when the lights were going out all over the Empire.

Having been born in Africa in the 1950's and then been in Cyprus as the British were dealing with EOKA, I thought it was an excellent portrayal of the feeling of those times.  For some reason the DVD has to be bought from abroad and has not been released in the UK.   
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Post by: Domestique on March 07, 2010, 05:45:30 pm
Breakfast on Pluto
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Post by: FatBloke on March 07, 2010, 05:46:18 pm
Alice in Wonderland
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Post by: mattc on March 07, 2010, 07:13:48 pm
Children of Men

Far better than I feared. Lots of good elements, but never quite managed to be the TRULY INCREDIBLE film it might have been. Recommended.

[Also features a female Julian.]
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Post by: mrcharly-YHT on March 08, 2010, 01:47:11 pm
Breakfast on Pluto
Excellent film  :thumbsup:

Did you recognise Brian Ferry?
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Post by: Riggers on March 08, 2010, 01:53:23 pm
In the loop. Last night. Excellent profanity.
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Post by: redshift on March 08, 2010, 02:01:30 pm
In the loop. Last night. Excellent profanity.

Hell, no.   Having enjoyed the Thick of It, I set out to watch this last night, and gave up after the first half-hour or so.  It was like watching the same three-minute joke being looped endlessly.  Gave up and went to bed.
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Post by: GruB on March 08, 2010, 02:25:32 pm
Gran Torino last night with Mrs G.
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Post by: citoyen on March 09, 2010, 01:24:32 pm
In the loop. Last night. Excellent profanity.

Hell, no.   Having enjoyed the Thick of It, I set out to watch this last night, and gave up after the first half-hour or so.  It was like watching the same three-minute joke being looped endlessly.  Gave up and went to bed.

I watched it last night and really enjoyed it - laughed many times. I know what you mean about it being the same joke on a loop but I thought the story was strong enough to carry it through. Lots of very good one-liners.

d.
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Post by: Moloko on March 11, 2010, 12:27:04 pm
The Talented Mr. Ripley.

I much prefer the radio play though.
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Post by: Domestique on March 11, 2010, 04:09:24 pm
Breakfast on Pluto
Excellent film  :thumbsup:

Did you recognise Brian Ferry?

I didnt. When I saw the film I was in bed kind of semi watching at 2am on a Sunday morning :-[
I have a copy on dvd which I will watch again soon and look for him  :)
Tis a top film btw  :thumbsup:
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Post by: JohnP on March 11, 2010, 04:18:13 pm
Last film I saw at a Magic Lantern Emporium was Towering Inferno the 1st time around.
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Post by: spesh on March 11, 2010, 06:02:41 pm
eXistenZ

"Are we still in the game?"
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Post by: Pneumant on March 11, 2010, 08:20:02 pm
eXistenZ

"Are we still in the game?"

I like this film a lot  - the Chinese restaurant in the forest scene with the 'food' gun is great and the final scenes where all roles are reversed are excellent..
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Post by: woollypigs on March 11, 2010, 10:03:18 pm
Cool Runnings
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Post by: mrcharly-YHT on March 12, 2010, 08:46:42 am
Breakfast on Pluto
Excellent film  :thumbsup:

Did you recognise Brian Ferry?

I didnt. When I saw the film I was in bed kind of semi watching at 2am on a Sunday morning :-[
I have a copy on dvd which I will watch again soon and look for him  :)
Tis a top film btw  :thumbsup:
He has a cameo as the slimy creep that tries to strangle the main character.

I find it quite moving for the portrayal of non-violent courage.  Rare in films.
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Post by: citoyen on March 14, 2010, 12:33:04 am
We sat down as a family and watched Stardust this evening. What a treat! A truly magical film, and very funny. It's rare to see a film that works so well for the whole family - I don't mean like Shrek, which has sly grown-up jokes that go over the heads of kids, but jokes that both parents and kids can appreciate equally.

Brilliant cameo by Mark Williams as the human-goat.

d.
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Post by: IanDG on March 14, 2010, 01:26:00 am
I went to see 'Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll' on Thursday night.
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Post by: Aidan on March 14, 2010, 07:46:53 am
I went to see 'Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll' on Thursday night.

Any good?

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Post by: IanDG on March 14, 2010, 08:44:10 am
I really enjoyed it. Serkis plays really great part as Ian Dury and his vocals are excellent.
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Post by: αdαmsκι on March 14, 2010, 11:28:00 am
Micmacs (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Micmacs_%28film%29), which is directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet who also directed Amélie and A Very Long Engagement. Micmacs was good fun and funny in parts, but I doubt I'll be rewatching it, unlike Amélie and A Very Long Engagement. The main character, Dany Boon, gives some good acting.
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Post by: Aidan on March 14, 2010, 11:42:20 am
I really enjoyed it. Serkis plays really great part as Ian Dury and his vocals are excellent.

Thanks, will probably give it a go
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Post by: Palinurus on March 14, 2010, 03:20:55 pm
I've not seen a new film in ages, apart from being sidetracked by borrowing a DVD boxset of The Wire from a friend I'm catching up on a load of stuff I've been wanting to watch for ages and has only recently been issued on DVD. Last one was Patrick Keiller's Robinson in Space.
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Post by: Deborah on March 14, 2010, 07:09:31 pm
Apartment Zero. Very interesting in a different sort of way.
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Post by: Zoidburg on March 14, 2010, 07:12:12 pm
I've not seen a new film in ages, apart from being sidetracked by borrowing a DVD boxset of The Wire from a friend I'm catching up on a load of stuff I've been wanting to watch for ages and has only recently been issued on DVD. Last one was Patrick Keiller's Robinson in Space.
The Wire!

 :facepalm:

It's like crack cocaine in DVD form.

"Shall I go to bed...no lets watch the next one"
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Post by: Palinurus on March 14, 2010, 09:29:34 pm
It really is.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on March 15, 2010, 10:47:12 am
TWFKAML, Mr. Sunshine and I saw Män som hatar kvinnor, better known to BRITONS as The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo on Saturday.  I am most pleased to report it to be æxcellent.  With such a fat book they had to leave out or change a few things, but none was any great loss or annoyance.  Practically all the stuff to do with Millennium magazine has been canned, as has Blomkvist's wife & daughter, and he is no longer portrayed as a rampaging fuck-beast which TWFKAML maintains to be no bad thing.  You may, however, find the rape scene somewhat disturbing - one punter sitting in the same row as us walked out at this point.

I trust we will not have to wait another year for one, or more, of the sequels this time >:(
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Post by: citoyen on March 15, 2010, 11:04:57 am
You may, however, find the rape scene somewhat disturbing - one punter sitting in the same row as us walked out at this point.

Ah, I wondered why it was an 18...

d.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: αdαmsκι on March 15, 2010, 01:01:45 pm
Cheers for the review, Mr. Larrington. I shall attempt to see this film sooon. Shame that Blomkvist is no longer shown as a rampaging fuck-beast because that part of his character interested me.
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Post by: andygates on March 15, 2010, 01:04:56 pm
Moon.

Ver' good.  Parallels to Silent Running and 2001 are obvious.  Gerty rocks.  :)
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Post by: mrcharly-YHT on March 15, 2010, 01:19:41 pm
Watch GwtDT on Fri, with MrsCharly. As she finds the lead char rather hot, she decided to dress suitably, in knee-high New Rocks, corset and fishnets. Rather disappointing that none of the rest of the audience joined in the spirit of it.

good film. They've obviously decided to sideline Blomkvist as a character and concentrate on Lisbeth. Very little about her was left out.
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Post by: Moloko on March 15, 2010, 01:26:57 pm

Revolver. If I'd had one to hand, I'd have done an Elvis.
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Post by: Gus on March 15, 2010, 05:11:43 pm

I saw Burma VJ (http://burmavjmovie.com/) a couple of days ago,  really worth watching.  :thumbsup:
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Post by: mattc on March 15, 2010, 06:08:33 pm
I've started a Larsson topic for all GWTDT stuff!
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Post by: mike on March 15, 2010, 06:15:47 pm
kite runner.  Very disappointing, I loved the book but the film was a bit 'meh'. 
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Post by: Aidan on March 15, 2010, 06:27:07 pm
Blade Trinity

Seen it before, but going through DVd's to educate Mrs Aidan in the way of film ( she tends to fall asleep in the middle of them and hasnt seen hardly anything!)  so we are going through everything we have  one by one
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Post by: Wascally Weasel on March 15, 2010, 10:11:48 pm
North by Northwest
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Post by: andrewc on March 15, 2010, 11:00:53 pm
Just finished watching "Waltz With Bashir"....... superb, but horrific.
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Post by: peliroja on March 16, 2010, 12:04:30 am
The Reader. Worth watching.
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Post by: Deborah on March 16, 2010, 07:32:58 pm
The Reader. Worth watching.

I read the book a while back, but have yet to watch the film.  MrDeborah is eager to see it, but I think that might have something to do with the presence of a naked Kate Winslett.  I'm pleased to hear that it is worth watching.  You've enticed me to rent the film.
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Post by: Deano on March 16, 2010, 10:43:29 pm
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, in frustrating NARROWSCREEN on Channel 5 last night.  I eventually got pissed off with missing half of the film and turned it off.  I couldn't bear to watch the bullfight scene and only be able to see one of the characters.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on March 17, 2010, 09:31:54 am
The Reader. Worth watching.

I read the book a while back, but have yet to watch the film.  MrDeborah is eager to see it, but I think that might have something to do with the presence of a naked Kate Winslett.  I'm pleased to hear that it is worth watching.  You've enticed me to rent the film.

Iris is also a good film. And features Ms Winslett  ;)
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Post by: Deborah on March 17, 2010, 09:39:48 am
I will look out for it. Thanks for the tip.
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Post by: starkj73 on March 17, 2010, 11:08:43 am


Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walk_Hard:_The_Dewey_Cox_Story)


A very nice/silly spoof.

Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Spinners on March 20, 2010, 03:43:00 pm
After being nagged by a work colleague for months and months I finally got to see 'The Shawshank Redemption' last night (bought the DVD in HMV for a fiver)

Outstanding.

On that basis, I'll probably watch Avatar in 2026 (not that I fancy it tbh).
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Post by: Zoidburg on March 20, 2010, 03:45:18 pm
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, in frustrating NARROWSCREEN on Channel 5 last night.  I eventually got pissed off with missing half of the film and turned it off.  I couldn't bear to watch the bullfight scene and only be able to see one of the characters.
PAN AND SCAN old chap

PAN AND SCAN.

And yes it makes good films rubbish, grainy due to the blown up zoom, and missing stuff.

 :sick:
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Post by: Zipperhead on March 20, 2010, 09:51:34 pm
This afternoon I went to see Hubble 3D at the Imax.

I now feel so incredibly insignificant.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Deano on March 21, 2010, 11:08:25 pm
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, in frustrating NARROWSCREEN on Channel 5 last night.  I eventually got pissed off with missing half of the film and turned it off.  I couldn't bear to watch the bullfight scene and only be able to see one of the characters.
PAN AND SCAN old chap

PAN AND SCAN.

And yes it makes good films rubbish, grainy due to the blown up zoom, and missing stuff.

 :sick:

Hmm, my TV probably dates back to the Age of Steam, so I doubt it has that function.

I'll just get the DVD from the library.
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Post by: Bledlow on March 21, 2010, 11:57:48 pm
Shutter Island. Chosen by Mrs B, as usual. Cast including Ben Kingsley (though not as good as in Sexy Beast, Max von Sydow, the lovely Emily Mortimer, & some bloke called DiCaprio.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Zoidburg on March 22, 2010, 12:03:26 pm
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, in frustrating NARROWSCREEN on Channel 5 last night.  I eventually got pissed off with missing half of the film and turned it off.  I couldn't bear to watch the bullfight scene and only be able to see one of the characters.
PAN AND SCAN old chap

PAN AND SCAN.

And yes it makes good films rubbish, grainy due to the blown up zoom, and missing stuff.

 :sick:

Hmm, my TV probably dates back to the Age of Steam, so I doubt it has that function.

I'll just get the DVD from the library.
No it's not a feature on the telly.

The ratio format was called pan and scan, it was one used in the days of VHS, particularly when used with crappy US NTSC format.

It was awful, still is awfull.

Pan and scan - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pan_and_scan)
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: fred the great on March 22, 2010, 12:21:07 pm
To answer the original post, I think it was called, oh, sorry, I have forgotten.

Pretty sure Elizabeth Taylor was the lead actress though :D
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Post by: Flying_Monkey on March 22, 2010, 04:54:21 pm
Just watched the Orson Welles version of Franz Kafka's The Trial in a slightly degraded print. I'd never actually seen it before and it was surprisingly effective, with a suitably naive young Anthony Perkins as Josef K. The updated bits worked because they dealt with aspects of bureaucracy not around in Kafka's time, like computers.
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Post by: clarion on March 22, 2010, 04:57:16 pm
Yes, I like it very much.  I was a bit dubious before seeing it, knowing Perkins only from Psycho, and fearing a very Americanised version of a book I live, but it was well handled.
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Post by: Flying_Monkey on March 22, 2010, 05:34:24 pm
Yes, I like it very much.  I was a bit dubious before seeing it, knowing Perkins only from Psycho, and fearing a very Americanised version of a book I live, but it was well handled.

Lots of veteran European character actors in it... and great locations and sets too.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on March 23, 2010, 11:04:30 am
One day I'll get round to finishing The Trial, which has been lurking half-read for some fifteen of your Earth years.
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Post by: Moloko on March 23, 2010, 11:21:29 am
Road to Perdition.
Nice take on the "hitman" film genre.  :thumbsup:
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Post by: asterix on March 24, 2010, 08:58:34 pm
Shutter Island. Chosen by Mrs B, as usual. Cast including Ben Kingsley (though not as good as in Sexy Beast, Max von Sydow, the lovely Emily Mortimer, & some bloke called DiCaprio.

Saw that at the Odeon.  Weird.  The film, not the Odeon.

On 2nd thoughts, both.
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Post by: Dinamo on March 26, 2010, 08:28:05 pm
The Hurt Locker

A good film ..... but not a great film !
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Post by: Chris S on March 26, 2010, 08:53:18 pm
Charlie Wilson's War. Again. I love this film.

Humans can be brilliant - and then we go and fuck it up...  ::-)
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Post by: andrewc on March 26, 2010, 11:28:08 pm
Last night was "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo",  I've not read the book so can't compare the two. An effective, well acted thriller and the leading lady is Hawt!   :P

Tonight was "The Lives of Others",  a view of East Germany's past, or a vision of our future....?
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Post by: nicknack on March 26, 2010, 11:56:23 pm
300.

Grim and awful.
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Post by: Aidan on March 27, 2010, 12:36:54 am
It might get loud - wonderful
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Post by: Deano on March 27, 2010, 11:39:10 am
There Will Be Blood - very good movie, with some astounding scenes and a great, booming soundtrack.
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Post by: peliroja on March 27, 2010, 11:18:57 pm
Sherlock Holmes. What a heap of rubbish. I struggled to understand a word of what Robert D-J was saying in his whispery, affected, toffy English accent. Jude Law was as wooden as ever. I was really disappointed.
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Post by: MSeries on March 27, 2010, 11:20:29 pm
Above Us The Waves
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Post by: citoyen on March 27, 2010, 11:52:01 pm
Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs.

Enjoyed it, but I'm about 30 years too old for it - it's definitely one for young kids only, not their parents too. Some laugh-out-loud moments, but it doesn't engage you on an emotional level in the same way as the true classic kids' movies - Snow White, Toy Story etc.

d.
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Post by: andrewc on March 27, 2010, 11:53:47 pm
Just finished watching "Persepolis" , which I'd recommend highly.
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Post by: Noodley on March 28, 2010, 12:01:46 am
Alice in Wonderland 3D...I had seen it as a chance for a wee sleep but really enjoyed it  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on March 28, 2010, 09:21:20 pm
Last night was "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo",  I've not read the book so can't compare the two. An effective, well acted thriller and the leading lady is Hawt!   :P
I'm just in from seeing that. Really enjoyed it. Especially when
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Post by: Mrs Pingu on March 28, 2010, 10:55:11 pm
I was thinking about going to see that tonight while Pingu & Bob were out seeing Jethro Tull, but it was on too late...
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: clarion on March 29, 2010, 09:12:53 am
They're just living in the past... ;)
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: αdαmsκι on March 29, 2010, 09:47:55 am
I saw Moon (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moon_(film)) last night. Like Andy says:


Ver' good.  Parallels to Silent Running and 2001 are obvious.  Gerty rocks.  :)

it's very good. Certainly at the start it reminded me of 2001, and to some extent at the start The Shining. Impressive what it's possible with, essentially, one actor.
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Post by: LindaG on March 29, 2010, 04:18:34 pm
I saw Moon (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moon_(film)) last night. Like Andy says:


Ver' good.  Parallels to Silent Running and 2001 are obvious.  Gerty rocks.  :)

it's very good. Certainly at the start it reminded me of 2001, and to some extent at the start [iThe Shining[/i]. Impressive what it's possible with, essentially, one actor.
Yes, top class SF.  It had an air of 'Solyaris',
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Post by: citoyen on March 29, 2010, 04:32:42 pm
LindaG, you might want to edit your last post to include spoiler tags!

d.
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Post by: GruB on March 29, 2010, 07:28:17 pm
(http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:84ZMrW8oDb_cvM:http://i186.photobucket.com/albums/x64/thugz4life8768/MOVIES/28_Weeks_Later_R1_Custom-cdcovers_c.jpg)

This was on Channel 4 last night.  I don't like this sort of film.  Too scary.  Mrs G loved it.  After it finished I warned her that if she tried any funny joke like trying to imitate a zombie or scare me in bed that I might strike out in response  ;D
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Post by: Chris S on March 29, 2010, 08:58:42 pm
I've not watched that film as it contains Vomit. As a copper of course, you'd be immune to that... ;)
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Post by: peliroja on March 29, 2010, 11:22:14 pm
Up in the air. Pretty good. The airport scenes reminded me too much of my life recently, however.
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Post by: asterix on March 30, 2010, 05:58:09 pm
Serpico.  Heroic stuff.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: LindaG on March 30, 2010, 09:03:08 pm
I saw Moon (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moon_(film)) last night. Like Andy says:


Ver' good.  Parallels to Silent Running and 2001 are obvious.  Gerty rocks.  :)

it's very good. Certainly at the start it reminded me of 2001, and to some extent at the start [iThe Shining[/i]. Impressive what it's possible with, essentially, one actor.
Yes, top class SF.  It had an air of 'Solyaris',

Oops, sorry about that; edited.
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Post by: Bledlow on March 30, 2010, 09:24:22 pm
I love you Phillip Morris.

Jim Carrey over-acting less than usual, which is positive. Ewan McGregor mis-cast, I think, but making the best of it.

Mrs B has got to stop making me watch films. She's planning to take me to see Cemetery Junction soon. I think I should be exempt. Why do I need to see the flim? I live here.
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Post by: rogerzilla on April 01, 2010, 09:15:46 pm
300, which was a lot better than I expected, and certainly an improvement on Kingdom of Heaven.  The Persians were a bit orc-like athough Xerxes was a big jessie.
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Post by: Mike J on April 01, 2010, 09:17:26 pm
Mars attacks!

Never seen it before, wished I hadn't bothered  :facepalm:
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Post by: Pancho on April 02, 2010, 07:31:38 am
Last night: Abre los ojos (Open Your Eyes) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_Your_Eyes_%281997_film%29)

Frustrating as some of was very good but so much was too slow and too many aspects weren't developed. Overall - worth watching.
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Post by: Rapples on April 02, 2010, 07:37:22 am
Much the same as the Twilight sequel then ;D
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Post by: Bledlow on April 02, 2010, 03:14:03 pm
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Mrs B's choice, as usual. We both liked it, but Mrs B found some of the violence a little shocking, mostly because of its realism. She appreciated the realism, though.

Tried to follow the Swedish, but with very limited success.
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Post by: Zoidburg on April 02, 2010, 06:25:12 pm
Zombie Land.

Thank god for red necks!
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Post by: Deborah on April 02, 2010, 07:35:57 pm
Advocate, which stars a sometimes nekid Colin Firth. A little too much excitement for a lady of a certain age and in a delicate condition.
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Post by: peliroja on April 02, 2010, 07:39:44 pm
Last night: Abre los ojos (Open Your Eyes) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_Your_Eyes_%281997_film%29)

Frustrating as some of was very good but so much was too slow and too many aspects weren't developed. Overall - worth watching.
It's much, much better than the American remake, Vanilla Sky (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vanilla_Sky).  :sick:
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Post by: Aidan on April 02, 2010, 09:55:12 pm
Memento   quite gripping
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Post by: citoyen on April 02, 2010, 11:25:53 pm
The Informant.

On the plus side, it looks great - a very well made movie. And Matt Damon is excellent in the lead role.

However, I agree with a review I read that says it seems caught between two camps - can't make up its mind if it's a comedy or a thriller. And though I'm not familiar with the story, I found most of the plot twists were predictable due to being telegraphed in advance.

It reminded me in some respects of Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind, and in other respects of Quiz Show - two brilliant but very different films. And that perhaps illustrates why it seemed to lack a definitive style. Not nearly as good as either of those films, though.

Still pretty good on the whole, though. Worth watching.

d.
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on April 03, 2010, 03:28:04 pm
Mars attacks!

Never seen it before, wished I hadn't bothered  :facepalm:
:o But Tom Jones saves the world!  ;D

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Mrs B's choice, as usual. We both liked it, but Mrs B found some of the violence a little shocking, mostly because of its realism. She appreciated the realism, though.

Tried to follow the Swedish, but with very limited success.

All the way through I was thinking that Swedish sounds like garbled English, in the same way that Dutch does - it almost sounds like English, but not quite.  :)
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Post by: Bledlow on April 03, 2010, 04:45:40 pm
Welll . . . I did learn a bit of Swedish (mostly via Danish), many years ago, so I know some of the things which can't be guessed easily, e.g. that 'et' or 'en' stuck on the end of a word is the definite article, or that god = good & gud (pronounced good, more or less) = god. Still, I couldn't have followed most of it without the subtitles.

When I went to work in the Netherlands, never having studied the language, I felt as you describe, that it sounded like garbled English. Sometimes snatches would be intelligible, but then it'd lapse into gibberish.

The original Swedish Wallander is on BBC 4 on Saturday nights, BTW. Series 2, 21.15. Repeated Thursday 22.00. I prefer it to the English version.
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Post by: Tourist Tony on April 03, 2010, 06:52:43 pm
Zombie Land.

Thank god for red necks!
Watching it tonight, banjo boy!

Yew goat a reeull purty brain.....
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Post by: MSeries on April 03, 2010, 06:54:01 pm
Carry On Abroad
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Post by: Tourist Tony on April 03, 2010, 06:56:17 pm
Mars attacks!

Never seen it before, wished I hadn't bothered  :facepalm:
:o But Tom Jones saves the world!  ;D

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Mrs B's choice, as usual. We both liked it, but Mrs B found some of the violence a little shocking, mostly because of its realism. She appreciated the realism, though.

Tried to follow the Swedish, but with very limited success.

All the way through I was thinking that Swedish sounds like garbled English, in the same way that Dutch does - it almost sounds like English, but not quite.  :)
Swedish and Norwegian are tonal languages, where the "singing" is part of the meaning, but Danish isn't. I can read Danish (which isn't a language, but a disease of the throat), but when I try and speak it I get accused of being Norwegian. The vowel sounds in Swedish, at least around Bohuslan, bizarrely remind me of North Welsh...
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Post by: Mike J on April 03, 2010, 08:36:36 pm
Mars attacks!

Never seen it before, wished I hadn't bothered  :facepalm:
:o But Tom Jones saves the world!  ;D

I thought it was some yodelling bloke though  ???
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Post by: Deborah on April 03, 2010, 10:27:23 pm
'And When Did You Last See Your Father'. Very moving film. It made me cry like a girlie wuss.
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Post by: citoyen on April 04, 2010, 11:36:51 am
Howl's Moving Castle

Not as good as Spirited Away. Too long and the story seems a bit incoherent. Beautiful drawing though.

Would like to see it with Japanese voices - Miyazaki's films usually seem to work better with Japanese voices and subtitles.

d. 
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Post by: her_welshness on April 04, 2010, 11:53:23 am
Watched 'Elizabeth - the Golden Age' a few nights ago, what a pile of poo that was.
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Post by: Pancho on April 04, 2010, 12:10:16 pm
Howl's Moving Castle

Not as good as Spirited Away. Too long and the story seems a bit incoherent. Beautiful drawing though.

Would like to see it with Japanese voices - Miyazaki's films usually seem to work better with Japanese voices and subtitles.

d. 

We watched that too. Perfect lazy, rainy afternoon family viewing. Our fireplace is now known as "Calcifer".
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Post by: Wascally Weasel on April 04, 2010, 07:26:16 pm
Watched 'Elizabeth - the Golden Age' a few nights ago, what a pile of poo that was.

I agree, such a shame considering how enjoyable the previous one was.
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Post by: Flying_Monkey on April 05, 2010, 12:26:07 am
Howl's Moving Castle

Not as good as Spirited Away. Too long and the story seems a bit incoherent. Beautiful drawing though.

Would like to see it with Japanese voices - Miyazaki's films usually seem to work better with Japanese voices and subtitles.

d. 

Yes they do. Sometimes they even change the songs for the English versions too... and I agree on Howl's Moving Castle.
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Post by: her_welshness on April 05, 2010, 01:54:46 pm
Just been through a veritable smorgasbord of films over the Easter week-end.

New Moon - I'm Team Jacob.
Shaun of the Dead - enjoyable as usual
Inkheart - OKish
An Education - very good  :thumbsup:

I was going to start watching the Hurt Locker but GeraldC has put me off so I'm going to put on Charlie Wilson's war instead.  :)
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Post by: Domestique on April 05, 2010, 01:56:29 pm
2012 - load of rubbish
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Post by: Tourist Tony on April 05, 2010, 05:52:48 pm
Zombieland.


 ;D
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Post by: Dinamo on April 05, 2010, 07:50:36 pm
Vantage Point ..... entertaining but a bit far-fetched !
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Post by: cpjmathieson on April 05, 2010, 07:55:34 pm
Twilight New moon or was it The Haunting in Connecticut...one of them lol
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Post by: Tourist Tony on April 06, 2010, 12:44:14 am
Little Voice
I feel all warm now
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Post by: citoyen on April 06, 2010, 10:52:02 am
Ghost Town.

Better than I expected - a decent quota of belly laughs. Gervais is not plausible as a romantic lead though.

d.
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Post by: Riggers on April 06, 2010, 02:56:38 pm
Little Red Flowers. Charming chinese film about kindergarden kids.

But oh, oh, what a pants ending.
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Post by: Jacomus on April 06, 2010, 02:59:02 pm
A Few Good Men - Classic :thumbsup:

"I want the truth"
"YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH!"
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Post by: mrcharly-YHT on April 07, 2010, 08:42:45 am
Terminator: Salvation.

Not bad. It's just an action movie, but a lot better than the turkey that was the third movie.
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Post by: red marley on April 07, 2010, 10:04:29 am
2001: A Space Odyssey at the Prince Charles, Leicester Square. Stunning and waaaay ahead of its time. Definitely one for the cinema rather than telly.
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Post by: Snazzaroo1845 on April 07, 2010, 08:35:29 pm
28 Weeks Later - great plot, great zombies  :thumbsup: and a cliffhanger at the end...  ???

It was quite sad though... lots of people died, but then again, it's a zombie horror movie - what can we expect?
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Post by: Gandalf on April 08, 2010, 05:52:11 pm
I have no idea what made me do it, but I have suffered 'The LadyKillers'.  Not the Alec Guinness classic but the dire Tom Hanks remake.

It's worse than anything you could possibly imagine.
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Post by: Wascally Weasel on April 08, 2010, 06:12:43 pm
12 Angry Men (yet again).  There are advantages to being at home recovering.
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Post by: clarion on April 09, 2010, 09:50:25 am
A Boy A Girl And A Bike

Got it through the forum library, and I know there's a queue, so I'll be passing it on shortly, though I want to show Superstoker the bike race bit, now he's into cycle sport.  Unfortunately, my lads are allergic to watching black & white films. :(  To be fair, my monitor doesn't cope with dark films well (much of HP6 was audio only ;D ), and there are quite a few night scenes in this.

I didn't recognise Honor Blackman.  For a girl born in Plaistow (London), she did a pretty fair Yorkshire accent, as did Swindon-born Diana Dors, though with a bit less success.

I was surprised and delighted to see that much of it is filmed in and around Hebden Bridge, so I knew a lot of the locations well, and later action takes place in the southern Dales, which I also know & love.  How that lad managed to run from Bolton Abbey to Malham Cove I do not know ;D

Many beautiful shots of stone wall-lined lanes (and almost no traffic).  Decent film of cycling, with few of the actors being wobbly (except where required by the story).  The bike race sections are a bit hokey, but not bad.  There's even a brief explanation of 'through & off' at one point earlier on, though they don't really ride like that in the event.

Things to look out for: 
Tandem with sidecar
Vintage tents
(background) Interesting tracked tractor.

Good fun.  The studio sets are a bit poor, the plot thin, the acting rather hammy (watch out for the rider with cramp), the class issue a bit one dimensional, and the back-projection creaky, but it's funny and engaging, and the feisty Northern lasses are a treat.  And the bikes are great.  :thumbsup:
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Post by: asterix on April 09, 2010, 09:59:59 am
Inglourious Basterds (sp?, sic) Quentin Tarantino

For some reason it reminded me of 'Allo, allo', scenes from Indiana Jones, Monty Python and the Phantom of the Opera.

Not really in a good way although some of it was amusing, maybe unintentionally.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on April 09, 2010, 10:43:18 am
Team America: World Police.

I larffed.
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Post by: CAMRAMan on April 09, 2010, 02:04:00 pm
Something about Mary. It was on Film 4 a while ago and I recorded it. Never got round to watching it before and it was rather amusing in parts.
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Post by: clarion on April 09, 2010, 02:48:33 pm
I recall when I watched it, I liked some parts.  Most of them belonging to Cameron Diaz.
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Post by: Bledlow on April 10, 2010, 04:31:36 pm
Mrs B has bought tickets for Cemetery Junction, apparently on the grounds that we can't miss a film named after where we live.
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Post by: LEE on April 10, 2010, 06:09:21 pm
24 Hour Party People.

Steve Coogan as Tony (Anthony H) Wilson in the story of the "Madchester" scene of the late 70's and early 80's.

I really enjoyed it.  Very funny and tells that particular story better than any dry documentary I've ever seen.
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Post by: Jaded on April 10, 2010, 06:54:04 pm
Ginger Snaps.

Gory hokum.  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Deano on April 10, 2010, 08:05:35 pm
We watched Badlands last night - alienated, doomed lovers go on a killing spree across Dakota.  Visually stunning, there are some wonderfully laconic lines in the script, and a couple of deadpan performances from the leads.
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Post by: Dinamo on April 11, 2010, 08:58:19 pm
Gran Torino

Another great film from Clint Eastwood, with music including Jamie Cullum.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on April 12, 2010, 11:00:50 am
Bulletproof Monk.

Nazis, kung fu, explosions, helicopters, Jaime King's bum, etc.  What's not to like?
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Post by: citoyen on April 12, 2010, 11:53:01 pm
2001: A Space Odyssey at the Prince Charles, Leicester Square. Stunning and waaaay ahead of its time. Definitely one for the cinema rather than telly.

I saw Moon at that cinema last year and felt much the same about it. The similarities between the two films are striking. Never seen 2001 on a big screen but would love to, and I imagine the Prince Charles is a particularly nice cinema to see it in.

d.
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Post by: Wascally Weasel on April 13, 2010, 11:26:05 am
Badlands and then True Romance as a road trip killers double bill.
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Post by: citoyen on April 13, 2010, 12:36:59 pm
Being John Malkovich

I've seen it at least twice before but not for a while and I'd forgotten how very, very dark it is. Also very funny. And brilliant.

We let the nearly-12yo watch with us, which we might not have done if we'd remembered how dark it was. But he seemed to enjoy it, even if there were some bits he didn't really get (doesn't have a clue who John Malkovich is for a start). Some of the language is quite unsuitable for a 12yo, and the action gets a bit steamy at times, but tbh I'd far rather he watched high-quality films with occasional rude words and mild sex scenes than some of the mind-rotting dross that passes for children's entertainment.

d.
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Post by: Tim on April 13, 2010, 01:15:23 pm
V for Vendetta

I had forgotten it included a scene involving application of a shovel with extreme prejudice.
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Post by: TimO on April 14, 2010, 11:04:57 pm
Azumi (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Azumi#Azumi_feature_film).

It's a pretty violent film, but it's very well made, and there's some endearing about the assassins and their... well, childlike approach to some things.

Aya Ueto plays the lead part perfectly.

It's a shame that Azumi 2 wasn't anywhere near as good.  I wish I could understand it in the original Japanese, but I think learning Japanese well enough just to watch films in it, is probably beyond my ability to remain that driven!
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Post by: Zoidburg on April 14, 2010, 11:06:15 pm
V for Vendetta

I had forgotten it included a scene involving application of a shovel with extreme prejudice.
See also - The Evil Dead series.

Groovey.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on April 15, 2010, 11:31:05 am
Fast Food Nation.

Hungry now.  I can haz cheezburger?
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Post by: mrcharly-YHT on April 16, 2010, 08:50:55 am
Baron Munchausen

Uma was really hot at 18.
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Post by: numbnuts on April 16, 2010, 10:25:05 am
I watched Beaches last night, I didn't realises is was a weepy I nearly cried at the end  :'(
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Post by: Mr Larrington on April 16, 2010, 11:44:11 am
Lone Wolf McQuade.  Helicopters, killin's, Chuck Norris kicking the fuck out of the baddies and Barbara Carrera in jodphurs.  Outstanding.
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Post by: andyoxon on April 16, 2010, 02:45:35 pm
Being John Malkovich

I've seen it at least twice before but not for a while and I'd forgotten how very, very dark it is. Also very funny. And brilliant.

We let the nearly-12yo watch with us, which we might not have done if we'd remembered how dark it was. But he seemed to enjoy it, even if there were some bits he didn't really get (doesn't have a clue who John Malkovich is for a start). Some of the language is quite unsuitable for a 12yo, and the action gets a bit steamy at times, but tbh I'd far rather he watched high-quality films with occasional rude words and mild sex scenes than some of the mind-rotting dross that passes for children's entertainment.

d.


and then some...  Actually I find the Parent's Guide for <whatever film> at IMDB a good guide to films re children.  The age rating is a reasonable guide, but, I wouldn't even let our now 12yro watch some 12 rated films/programs.

Last film I saw was How to train your dragon - very enjoyable.
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Post by: 2_Flat_Erics on April 17, 2010, 12:47:00 pm
Harry Brown.

Very similar story to Gran Tourino but much preffered Harry Brown.
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Post by: WhizzBang on April 17, 2010, 01:54:36 pm
Volver
Lives of Others
Schindlers List
Betty Blue

Highly recommend them all
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Post by: Chris S on April 17, 2010, 11:05:18 pm
The Boat That Rocked.

Not sure why this bombed on general release - it was a Larf.
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Post by: Manotea on April 17, 2010, 11:19:47 pm
Zombieland. Excellent!
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Post by: peliroja on April 18, 2010, 02:01:08 pm
I love you, Man. Some laughs, but generally self-conscious Hollywood tripe.
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Post by: spesh on April 19, 2010, 12:39:03 am
Runaway Train (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Runaway_Train_(film))

Not as bad as the title would suggest.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Paul on April 19, 2010, 11:04:21 am
Cemetery Junction. I'd never have paid to see it (my little brother's birthday, so his choice), but it turned out to be worth it for the soundtrack alone!
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Post by: Deborah on April 19, 2010, 11:14:19 am
The English Patient.  I don't know why I have not seen this before.  I quite enjoyed it. 
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Post by: Wascally Weasel on April 19, 2010, 11:45:26 am
Runaway Train (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Runaway_Train_(film))

Not as bad as the title would suggest.

That's a cracking film - good as a double bill with this:

Emperor of the North Pole - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_of_the_North_Pole)
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Post by: Mr Larrington on April 22, 2010, 12:56:16 pm
Aguirre, des Zorn Gottes.

In a film shot through with swivel-eyed lunacy, Klaus Kinski demonstrates that he is the master of the genre.  Unfortunately the PVR got bored with five minutes left on the clock, so the last I saw of it was Aguirre proclaiming to a bemused monkey how he was going to marry his daughter and conquer Trinidad, Mexico and one or two other planets he'd noticed on the way >:(  Now I'll have to get the DVD...
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Post by: pcolbeck on April 22, 2010, 12:58:27 pm
Romeo must Die

That's a very bad film and you can guess the ending from about 5 minutes in.
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Post by: citoyen on April 23, 2010, 11:33:27 pm
Oil City Confidential.

As rock documentaries go... well, quite simply one of the best I've seen. Really good. I've never been a huge Dr Feelgood fan but theirs is a compelling story, and it's a really well made film on top of that. Plus the fact that Wilko Johnson is such a fascinating character. I only started to watch it cos there was nothing else on but I was glued to it from beginning to end. What a very pleasant surprise.  :thumbsup:

And I also realise that I've been missing out on some great music all these years - it seems there was an awful lot more to them musically than the mediocre Milk & Alcohol.

d.
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Post by: LindaG on April 25, 2010, 10:27:31 pm
Valkyrie.

It appears Mr Cruise can act.

I liked it.  I don't usually like war films.  This one has a very good cast including Eddie Izzard and Bill Nighy.
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Post by: Captain Zep on April 26, 2010, 09:30:40 pm
"Lights in the Dusk"  ("Laitakaupungin valot")

I know little about Finland except for the Moomins.  From this film it appears that everyone there is miserable and doesn't do what you'd expect them to.
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Post by: Spinners on April 26, 2010, 10:35:29 pm
The notorious Bettie Page.

Gretchen Moll FTW  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Chris S on April 26, 2010, 10:50:24 pm
Avatar.

Erm. Well. Gosh. Simply stunning, really.
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Post by: Quisling on April 26, 2010, 11:08:52 pm
Runaway Train (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Runaway_Train_(film))

Not as bad as the title would suggest.

passable film made better by Rebecca de Mornay looking fantastic, if a little overdressed.

I saw Shutter Island with my girlfriend on Saturday night. Di Caprio gives a solid performance but overall it was just a bit too average. Gf had sussed the plot by half way, which was we ll ahead of me...
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Post by: groucho on April 27, 2010, 08:40:16 am
Watched 'Clue' on DVD again, we chose the random ending option!




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Post by: CAMRAMan on April 27, 2010, 10:59:05 am
Sexy Beast - Watched on holiday in Shropshire. Fantastic! Not one to watch with your elderly Ma, though...
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Post by: Flying_Monkey on April 27, 2010, 02:37:26 pm
Finally saw Up in the Air. Really rather good. And another superb perfomance by George Clooney. I really think that he's one of the few contemporary actors who could have slotted smoothly into the classic era of cinema in the 1950s along with Jimmy Stewart et al. Annoyingly good looking but far more than that. And an excellent director (Syriana) too.
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Post by: Mike J on May 03, 2010, 01:12:53 am
Avatar.

Simply brilliant and thought provoking too.
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Post by: Wascally Weasel on May 03, 2010, 01:17:31 am
Avatar.

Simply brilliant and thought provoking too.

I'll admit that I hated it but am genuinely curious what you got from it.

I'm assuming from the date of this post that you have seen it on DVD not in the cinema and therefore for you it can't just be the 3D that's wowed you.

I guess that's why I'm especially curious about your opinion on the movie.
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Post by: Mike J on May 03, 2010, 01:38:01 am
I just thought that the graphics were brilliant, the story was quite thought provoking (in terms of the people coming from a planet being destroyed by mining for minerals etc, and destroying another one for the same thing).  I think that is what it was getting at, but I could be wrong.
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Post by: Gandalf on May 03, 2010, 08:36:19 am
As an antidote to Avatar I watched Lawrence of Arabia yesterday.
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Post by: Zipperhead on May 03, 2010, 09:41:16 am
Quite by chance, after watching the (recorded) moto GP last night, I saw that Dog Soldiers was on so watched it.

Some very funny lines in there. Thoroughly enjoyable!
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Post by: tonycollinet on May 03, 2010, 10:57:53 am
Coraline on DVD last night.

Excellent story in a Grimm Fairy tail stylee (Classic Tim  Burton), together with superb animation and visuals.


Although anyone who volunteers to go into stop motion animation to that degree probably needs their bumps feeling.
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Post by: Chris S on May 03, 2010, 09:36:33 pm
The men who stare at goats.

Watched it whilst eating dinner. Bad idea - definite choking hazard. Very funny film.
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Post by: woollypigs on May 03, 2010, 09:49:50 pm
The men who stare at goats.

Watched it whilst eating dinner. Bad idea - definite choking hazard. Very funny film.
Yup there was a few points that I pissed myself but a bit bizarre too
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Post by: Bledlow on May 04, 2010, 11:08:10 am
The Disappearance of Alice Creed.

Big-budget blockbuster - not. Mrs B loved it.
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Post by: mrcharly-YHT on May 04, 2010, 11:39:21 am
Genova. Don't bother. Superbly shot, well acted, pointless film.

Brokeback Mountain - saw it at cinema, watched again on DVD. Better the 2nd time round, Heath is really great.
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Post by: Wascally Weasel on May 10, 2010, 10:26:26 am
Went to see two films this weekend; Hot tub time machine  :-[ and Four Lions.

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Post by: TimO on May 10, 2010, 11:33:45 am
I'll admit that I hated it but am genuinely curious what you got from it.
...

I just watched it as well, and I think it's a good movie.  The basic storyline is a bit old hat, it's been done to death on the Earth, essentially big business coming in and and destroying some habitat whilst the noble savage fights against them.  The bod being brought in to help the baddies, and then realising that he's on the wrong side (with the help of an attractive girl) has also been done multiple times.  Having said that the storyline for that is about as good as you could hope for, although inevitably the "baddies" are a bit two dimensional, and don't really have an complex motivation.

The graphics and concepts were done very well however.  It's very easy to become fully immersed in the imagery (even without the 3D), and forget that the vast majority of the filming was done on a computer, and even when people have been acting in person, that probably just made the cgi even harder (ie lots of motion control camera rigs etc).  The animals and machinery are very well done, and look about as real as you would expect, although pretty alien.

It was a little disappointing that the intelligent aliens actually weren't very alien, essentially bipedal with mannerisms very similar to humans.  Given that on this planet, the only species which shows it's teeth to indicate happiness or humour is humans, the likelihood of another alien species using exactly the same mannerisms is small.  Of course all of this was done deliberately to make it easier for the audience to empathise with the Na'vi.  Likewise giving the female Na'vi breasts was a deliberate move to make them more human like, since the Na'vi wouldn't have breasts given their physiology and genetic heritage!  It would have been interesting to have given them six limbs, as some of the animals had, but even in movies like Bugs they didn't do that, since it made the "people" less anthropomorphic.

It was quite impressive that the language they speak is "real".  They actually got a linguist to invent it, and if you look at the Wikipedia entry (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Na'vi_language) it's actually pretty complex (far more so than I can understand!).  The wanted something which was different from any existing language, but which both the Na'vi and the humans could speak.  I guess it also has many anomalous irregularities, since some of the mistakes in speech that were made in the film have been brought into the language, so that they are no longer mistakes!

So overall I liked it, the story's a bit old, but done pretty well, and with exceptional "filming".
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Post by: Mr Larrington on May 10, 2010, 11:37:58 am
Withnail and I :thumbsup:  Recorded off the telly a few weeks back.
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Post by: red marley on May 10, 2010, 01:13:03 pm
Went to see [...] Four Lions.

Saw this too at the weekend. Very, very funny (helped by a packed audience who would laugh at anything). Note quite as biting as I'd hope from Chris Morris though. Message of the film:

There are two types of people in the world: Stupid people, and stupid people who manipulate even more stupid people.
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Post by: asterix on May 11, 2010, 08:54:34 am
Harry Brown

It seemed to be a compendium of people's worst fears of the violence and depression of inner city living.  Nevertheless, if you avoid taking it as a documentary of every day life in such parts of Britain it was not a bad film and I felt that Michael Caine and others played their parts well (the female policewoman was a bit feeble which seemed unlikely in real life!)
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Post by: Bledlow on May 11, 2010, 10:15:44 am
Four Lions, on Saturday.

I warned Mrs B that Chris Morris is known for comedy of the vicious variety, because The Day Today & Brass Eye were before she moved to this country & she'd had no exposure to them.

She loved it. I was a little less enthusiastic, but enjoyed it. The characters were excellent parodies, for the most part.

Mrs B is now enthusing about the superiority of low-budget (or in the case of Alice Creed, almost non-existent budget) British films over Hollywood blockbusters.  ;D
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Post by: Jaded on May 11, 2010, 09:37:58 pm
Bad Lieutenant

Werner Warthog Starring Nicholas Cage

(click to show/hide)
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Post by: Wascally Weasel on May 13, 2010, 12:32:03 am
Guadalcanal Diary - WWII Pacific War flag waver, although like other WWII flag wavers made during the war, a lot grittier in places than the war movies that followed after the war.  Nice early performance from Anthony Quinn and some great ensemble parts from 40s character actors.

Would be great as the first part of a double bill with Starship Troopers (the book of ST being very much influenced by the US/Japan WWII theatre and the film deliberately referencing wartime cinema and the 'why we fight' newsreels).
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Post by: Torslanda on May 13, 2010, 10:27:11 pm
The Men Who Stare at Goats

'Don't eat the eggs!' PMSL.

Highly recommended. Obviously some characters are composites but you've just GOT to see the Extras for the geezer who was the model for the Jeff Bridges character . . .
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Post by: SpaceBadger on May 13, 2010, 10:29:48 pm
Hot Fuzz.

An all time favourite of mine.

"If you wanna be a big cop in a small town, f**k off up the model village!"

 ;D
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Post by: Torslanda on May 13, 2010, 10:33:50 pm
Hot Fuzz.

An all time favourite of mine.

"If you wanna be a big cop in a small town, f**k off up the model village!"

 ;D

'Little hand says it's time to go to work!'

'Bring the noise . . . !'

'Oh! F**k off, Grasshopper!'

There's sh**loads of 'em. Brilliant!
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Post by: jogler on May 15, 2010, 09:36:22 pm
The Boat That Rocked.
The soundtrack is terrific & Bill Nighy does  8) really well
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Post by: citoyen on May 18, 2010, 10:19:19 pm
1984

A bona fide classic.

Edit: Still thinking about it this morning and pondering the possibility that it is more relevant now than ever. Marvellous film. But terrifying. I want to get the book out and read it right away - one of those I never got round to before for no excusable reason.
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Post by: LEE on May 21, 2010, 12:28:57 am
Kick Ass

It's absolutely superhero-tastic.

The best superhero film I've ever seen.

Chloe Moretz is brilliant as the tough as nails, 11 year-old, "Hit Girl" - "OK you c**ts! Let's see what you can do now"! ..as she chops and decapitates her way through a horde of viilains quicker than Bruce Lee in his prime.

Move over Batman, Hit-Girl is here.

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Post by: Kim on May 22, 2010, 10:52:49 pm
The eclectic assortment of short films by Deaf film-makers that was day 2 of Deaffest 2010 (http://deaffest.co.uk/festival-programme/saturday-22-may/).  Bizarre, moving, hilarious.  And the concentration headache from stretching my piss-poor BSL skills to their limit goes nicely with the one I already had from hayfever.   :D
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Post by: Gandalf on May 23, 2010, 08:00:40 am
No Country for Old Men.  Best film I've seen in a long time.
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Post by: rogerzilla on May 23, 2010, 08:10:11 am
Since it was on TV and I was wheelbuilding, The Mummy.  Brilliant effects, reasonable storyline, utterly ruined by John Hannah.  No need to make it as a comedy.
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Post by: rower40 on May 23, 2010, 09:20:38 am
Because I've just bought an ED-209 T-shirt from "Last Exit to Nowhere" (Shameless Plug), I felt I had to rummage through my VHS collection for Robocop, taped off the telly a long time back.

Some great quotes:
"I'd buy that for a dollar"
"Dead or alive, you're coming with me"
"6000 SUX - A Great American Tradition (8.2 mpg)"
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Post by: her_welshness on May 23, 2010, 09:40:27 am
We watched 'Sherlock Holmes' a few nights ago, I thought I would be put off by the high action re-make but I thought it was very well done. Law and Downey Jr are great together.  :thumbsup:
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Post by: mrcharly-YHT on May 23, 2010, 11:28:47 pm
Because I've just bought an ED-209 T-shirt from "Last Exit to Nowhere" (Shameless Plug), I felt I had to rummage through my VHS collection for Robocop, taped off the telly a long time back.

Some great quotes:
"I'd buy that for a dollar"
"Dead or alive, you're coming with me"
"6000 SUX - A Great American Tradition (8.2 mpg)"

"You have 15 seconds to comply."
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Post by: GruB on May 24, 2010, 05:34:25 am
Sherlock Holmes here too.  We enjoyed it greatly.  The boys especially like the slow motion violence scenes.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on May 24, 2010, 09:03:31 am
The Exorcist.  Linda Blair is terrific.  The film is not.  Whatever was all the fuss about?
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Post by: Jaded on May 25, 2010, 01:39:11 am
Just seen the latter parts of "Lost" 2004.

The best part of watching this (whilst tapping away on the laptop) was reading this review on IMDB:


Quote
Before Lemke's "Lost" my life was nothing. I was nothing. But after viewing this masterpiece, I have learned things about myself I never before suspected. I haven't been this excited about art since Micheal Curtiz's "The Seahawk". I hope this brilliant young director will continue to shower us with the fruits of his massive wisdom and intellect. Films never transcend life itself, but "Lost" took me to another plane, another level. A place I had never been before, and it has left me with an insatiable hunger--for more Darren Lemke. I pray that I might meet Mr. Lemke one day, and that he might find me to be a suitable mate, and that science might discover a way for two men to procreate, and that we could have glorious and beautiful offspring.
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Post by: Valiant on May 25, 2010, 07:16:00 pm
Ligeia. It's a bit crap but she's pretty so it's all good.
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Post by: Bledlow on June 02, 2010, 01:16:17 pm
"Streetdance" in 3D.

To my surprise, I quite enjoyed it. I thought the dance scenes in 3D worked well, as did the views of London. The 3D isn't in yer face & over the top, in the way that I've found irritating before.

Low budget, the plot isn't exactly sophisticated, & some of the lead performers are obviously better at dancing than acting. But then . . .  they're not called upon to act outside themselves, so that works, in general. And there's Charlotte Rampling, for nostalgia.
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Post by: clarion on June 02, 2010, 01:18:49 pm
...Charlotte Rampling, for nostalgia.

'nostalgia'.  That's a new name for it.
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Post by: mrcharly-YHT on June 02, 2010, 01:38:08 pm
'New Moon'. I'd read the book, so I knew what was coming. Bit tedious compared to first film. Werewolves were a bit too bear like. Real wolves are lean and mean looking - these ended up looking cuddly.

The actor who played Jacob should have got an award for dedication to the part; he put on 30lb of muscle in less than a year (they were going to replace him because he didn't look muscular enough for the 2nd film).

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Post by: Bledlow on June 02, 2010, 02:19:56 pm
...Charlotte Rampling, for nostalgia.

'nostalgia'.  That's a new name for it.
She's getting on a bit.
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Post by: clarion on June 02, 2010, 02:23:08 pm
So am I.
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Post by: woollypigs on June 02, 2010, 04:12:32 pm
She's getting on a bit.
It was so nice to know you.
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Post by: woollypigs on June 02, 2010, 04:13:29 pm
We have been working our way through

Taxi 1
Taxi 2
Taxi 3

and have a guess what we are going to watch tonight ?
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Post by: peliroja on June 02, 2010, 06:51:34 pm
Aucune idee, mon cheri!
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Post by: keepontriking on June 02, 2010, 08:29:45 pm
Just finished Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll

What a fantastic film with Ian Dury so well played by Gollum Andy Serkis.

Ian Dury was a genius - met him in a loo once at a private function where he played  - a true gent but with a dark side. But what a childhood.

We had some of his lyrics at our wedding.
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Post by: citoyen on June 04, 2010, 10:14:57 am
For Your Consideration

Well, I watched most of it last night, but was shattered so fell asleep before the end. Really liked what I saw of it, though. Very funny. I'll have to give it another go when I'm less tired.

d.
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Post by: Zoidburg on June 04, 2010, 11:59:02 am
The Road.

Depressingly a lot of the locations were abandoned suburbs, whole communities that have vanished.
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Post by: Regulator on June 04, 2010, 01:24:43 pm
The Boat that Rocked on DVD last night.... :thumbsup:
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Post by: Zoidburg on June 04, 2010, 03:52:18 pm
The Boat that Rocked on DVD last night.... :thumbsup:
Now I heard in the majority of reviews that it was a load of tommy tank...too harsh?
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Post by: Regulator on June 04, 2010, 03:53:57 pm
The Boat that Rocked on DVD last night.... :thumbsup:
Now I heard in the majority of reviews that it was a load of tommy tank...too harsh?

Too harsh.

The music was very good and it was a nice light, feel good movie.  Perfect for relaxing after a hard day at work.
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Post by: clarion on June 04, 2010, 03:55:04 pm
It's got Bill Nighy in it.  Most things (Richard Curtis excepted) can be forgiven on that basis.
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Post by: Regulator on June 04, 2010, 03:59:03 pm
It's got Bill Nighy in it.  Most things (Richard Curtis excepted) can be forgiven on that basis.

Bill is classic Bill in it.  I'm sure Curtis had Bill in mind as he was writing the part.
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Post by: citoyen on June 04, 2010, 04:47:45 pm
It's got Bill Nighy in it.  Most things (Richard Curtis excepted) can be forgiven on that basis.

Is having Bill Nighy in it enough to forgive it for the comedy rape scene?

d.
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Post by: her_welshness on June 04, 2010, 05:00:32 pm
Watched 'A Serious Man' (Coen Bros). After about one hour in my husband said 'this is such a load of crap' and I tried to persist with it but I found it dire quite frankly.
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Post by: Regulator on June 04, 2010, 05:07:39 pm
It's got Bill Nighy in it.  Most things (Richard Curtis excepted) can be forgiven on that basis.

Is having Bill Nighy in it enough to forgive it for the comedy rape scene?

d.


Comedy rape scene?
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Post by: citoyen on June 04, 2010, 09:45:52 pm
Bloke lures girl into bedroom then leaves room and sends other bloke in to fuck her, the joke being that cos the lights are off, she won't notice it's the wrong man.

Hilarious. ::-)

d.
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Post by: asterix on June 04, 2010, 10:07:14 pm
Room at the Top.  Depressing in many ways but a good insight into the world that produced Thatcher.
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Post by: bomber on June 04, 2010, 10:50:44 pm
Primer.  Will have to watch it again soon in an attempt to actually follow the plot:P
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Post by: GruB on June 05, 2010, 09:53:41 am
Watched District 9 last night.  Amazing film.  I recalled at times  ;D
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Post by: Zoidburg on June 05, 2010, 08:38:40 pm
Way Of The Gun is a gem.

Wild bunch-tastic. :thumbsup:
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Post by: GruB on June 05, 2010, 10:13:59 pm
District 9 was the best film of last year, I reckon. :thumbsup:

Just watched The Way of the Gun which was ok. Good action scenes (that is, realistic techniques rather than flying through the air cabbying off rounds from your bottomless magazine) and most impressively - Ryan Phillipe isn't totally punchable all the way through. Incredible! ;D

It certainly was different and not what I was expecting which was really refreshing.
Some of the 'wow' factor such as the fingernails and teeth and even the cat food were fantastic.
I particularly liked the special effects of the alien weapons.  The bullet catcher was an amazing idea.
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Post by: peliroja on June 06, 2010, 01:09:12 am
The Prestige. I was bored half way through, but then it livened up.
Yesterday we watched Taxi 4. By the end of the 4th I was just about tuning into the fast marseillais French.
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Post by: TimO on June 06, 2010, 02:56:53 pm
National Treasure : Book of Secrets.  Good silly escapist fun, although rather too many amazing secrets hidden where any number of people could have stumbled across them!

It always makes me chuckle when they have these fantastic mechanisms, in films like this, and Indiana Jones, where nobody has done maintenance for decades or centuries, and yet they still work!

... and why does Nicholas Cage always get the girl, he looks a bit strange to me, and often tends to act like a jerk. :-\

(Still on iPlayer (http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00snc7q/National_Treasure_Book_of_Secrets/) until 4-35 tomorrow afternoon).
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Post by: PaulF on June 06, 2010, 04:02:46 pm
Run Spot, Run - with my son :)
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on June 06, 2010, 10:31:16 pm
Looking for Eric - full of collar-up Gallic magnificence.
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Post by: tonycollinet on June 06, 2010, 11:25:20 pm
Secret life of bees.

Reasonable feelgood film.
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Post by: citoyen on June 06, 2010, 11:42:50 pm
Double header on telly last night - Batman Begins followed by Hallam Foe.

I really enjoyed Batman Begins first time I saw it, but this time I felt decidedly underwhelmed. I also found the extreme violence somewhat distasteful. I know it's par for the course, but I suspect I'm becoming more sensitive to glamourised depictions of violence.

Hallam Foe was reasonably engaging but ultimately unsatisfying. I can't think how else to put it. It just didn't ring true. The quirkiness was all rather contrived. Pretentious, even. For some reason, I thought it was a Lynne Ramsay film (and it did remind me of Morvern Callar in some respects) but not so according to imdb. Maybe it would have been better if it had been one of hers.

d.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on June 07, 2010, 09:42:22 am
Fitzcarraldo.  A film about a madman, directed by a madman and starring a madman :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Post by: mrcharly-YHT on June 07, 2010, 10:25:15 am
Little Miss Sunshine

Funnier watching it for the second time, knowing what was coming.
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Post by: Flying_Monkey on June 07, 2010, 10:52:38 am
Fitzcarraldo.  A film about a madman, directed by a madman and starring a madman :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

WERNER HERZOG!!! Man could even kill a damn narwhal just by looking at it sideways. Mother****er!

(http://ucalibraryblog.files.wordpress.com/2009/09/061708herzog.jpg)
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Post by: Rapples on June 07, 2010, 10:56:01 am
A Civil Action, on Film4

Surprisingly watchable, as I'd never heard of it.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Mr Larrington on June 07, 2010, 11:23:06 am
Fitzcarraldo.  A film about a madman, directed by a madman and starring a madman :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

WERNER HERZOG!!! Man could even kill a damn narwhal just by looking at it sideways. Mother****er!


Which is partly why I got very cross with the video wossname a couple of months ago when it decided that the last five minutes of Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes wasn't worthy of its attention  >:(
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Post by: Flying_Monkey on June 07, 2010, 02:44:38 pm
Which is partly why I got very cross with the video wossname a couple of months ago when it decided that the last five minutes of Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes wasn't worthy of its attention  >:(

What a film! May be my favourite of his, although there are so many great ones: Cobra Verde, the aforementioned Fitzcarraldo, his version of Nosferatu...
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Regulator on June 07, 2010, 02:45:32 pm
Bloke lures girl into bedroom then leaves room and sends other bloke in to fuck her, the joke being that cos the lights are off, she won't notice it's the wrong man.

Hilarious. ::-)

d.

Except it doesn't happen...

It was also indicative of what is seen (and may not have been the actualite) as being the essence of the 'Swinging 60s'.
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Post by: Regulator on June 07, 2010, 02:46:04 pm
National Treasure : Book of Secrets.  Good silly escapist fun, although rather too many amazing secrets hidden where any number of people could have stumbled across them!

It always makes me chuckle when they have these fantastic mechanisms, in films like this, and Indiana Jones, where nobody has done maintenance for decades or centuries, and yet they still work!

... and why does Nicholas Cage always get the girl, he looks a bit strange to me, and often tends to act like a jerk. :-\

(Still on iPlayer (http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00snc7q/National_Treasure_Book_of_Secrets/) until 4-35 tomorrow afternoon).

I watched that the other day as well....  :D
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Post by: Exit Stage Left on June 07, 2010, 02:54:29 pm
Which is partly why I got very cross with the video wossname a couple of months ago when it decided that the last five minutes of Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes wasn't worthy of its attention  >:(

What a film! May be my favourite of his, although there are so many great ones: Cobra Verde, the aforementioned Fitzcarraldo, his version of Nosferatu...

I prefer his documentaries. Wodaabe, Herdsmen of the Sun, is a good example.
      YouTube
            - Wodaabe
    (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tVI914vMHcQ)

A box set would guarantee endless downbeat nights in.
Werner Herzog - Documentaries and Shorts : DVD Talk Review of the DVD Video (http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/34458/werner-herzog-documentaries-and-shorts/)
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Post by: Flying_Monkey on June 07, 2010, 03:11:08 pm
I prefer his documentaries. Wodaabe, Herdsmen of the Sun, is a good example.
      YouTube
            - Wodaabe
 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tVI914vMHcQ)

Oh, yeah, they're great too. If you want to be very depressed read some of the comments on that YouTube clip
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Post by: 2_Flat_Erics on June 07, 2010, 03:15:10 pm
We watched "The Book of Eli" last night.  :thumbsup:

For some reason though I just kept getting the urge to play Fallout 3 .
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Post by: tiermat on June 07, 2010, 03:38:06 pm
Shutter Island

There is no way on this earth you could getter a bigger pile of pants, not even if you combined the output of the Jockey, CK and Haggard factories.....

That is definately far too long a period of my life I will never ever get back again...
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Post by: dkahn400 on June 07, 2010, 03:51:49 pm

It always makes me chuckle when they have these fantastic mechanisms, in films like this, and Indiana Jones, where nobody has done maintenance for decades or centuries, and yet they still work!


... and after each triggering they reset themselves for another go. That's bloody clever, that.

Quote

... and why does Nicholas Cage always get the girl,


Duh! Because he's famous.
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Post by: Exit Stage Left on June 07, 2010, 03:53:15 pm
I prefer his documentaries. Wodaabe, Herdsmen of the Sun, is a good example.
      YouTube
            - Wodaabe
 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tVI914vMHcQ)

Oh, yeah, they're great too. If you want to be very depressed read some of the comments on that YouTube clip

Most revolve around the music choice, which I can understand. It's difficult to know if he just chose it because he would have no copyright problems or if it's supposed to mean something. Wenders is similar in setting a downbeat mood early on, maybe it's just a warning to fidgety viewers to turn off now.


      YouTube
            - Paris, Texas - Wim Wenders - 1984
    (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b44paD20O3M&feature=related)
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Post by: dkahn400 on June 07, 2010, 03:55:14 pm
On telly yesterday: Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny.
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Post by: citoyen on June 07, 2010, 04:04:17 pm
Except it doesn't happen...

OK, "comedy attempted rape scene". That makes it quite all right, of course.

d.
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Post by: Bledlow on June 07, 2010, 10:42:18 pm
Fitzcarraldo.  A film about a madman, directed by a madman and starring a madman :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Yuh. Woz on telly. Was Kinski acting? I thought that was him being himself.  ;D
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Post by: Mr Larrington on June 08, 2010, 10:55:00 am
Fitzcarraldo.  A film about a madman, directed by a madman and starring a madman :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Yuh. Woz on telly. Was Kinski acting? I thought that was him being himself.  ;D

It was a bit restrained for Kinski.  Well I remember him and the lovely Natassja being on stage at some film festival and KK going into a major purple-faced swivel-eyed wobbly because some journo at the back had dared to light a fag in the same room as his daughter.  Compared with that, Aguirre looked like a Church of England vicar at the Queen's garden party ;D
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Post by: JT on June 08, 2010, 11:20:56 am
Rush - Beyond the Lighted Stage

A rockumentary about Rush from the makers of other heavy metal documentaries that I can't remember. Probably for fans only.
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Post by: Flying_Monkey on June 08, 2010, 03:01:56 pm
Rush - Beyond the Lighted Stage

A rockumentary about Rush from the makers of other heavy metal documentaries that I can't remember. Probably for fans only.


Or Canadians... I have to be very careful what I say about Rush out here as they appear to be living deities. Best not to mention that I sometimes think that they may be the worst band ever to exist on the face of planet Earth...
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Post by: clarion on June 08, 2010, 03:06:53 pm
Who you calling Bignose? ;D
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Post by: Chris S on June 08, 2010, 06:50:27 pm
Alice in Wonderland (2010).

That Tim Burton, eh? Wacky stuff  :D
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Jaded on July 12, 2010, 09:10:46 am
Bend it like Beckham, last night after the world Cup Fight.

Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: citoyen on July 12, 2010, 09:52:02 am
Moon.

Second time for me and the missus - we saw it in the cinema last year. But this time we watched it en famille. The 12yo took a while to warm to it, but by halfway through was totally engrossed. And by the end, he was in floods of tears, utterly inconsolable. I felt a bit guilty for subjecting him to such an emotional trauma but he said he loved it.

d.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Captain Zep on July 12, 2010, 08:38:58 pm
Timecrimes.  Spanish sci-fi!  Not harmed by one of the most beautiful actresses I've seen in a long time.  Was on BBC4 a few days ago - watch it before the American version comes out in 2012. 
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Zoidburg on July 13, 2010, 06:31:12 pm
I am always vegging out in front of something from my DVD collection but the last new film I watched was the unexpectedly good - The Objective.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Tourist Tony on July 16, 2010, 01:48:05 am
Oh What a Lovely War
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Oaky on July 16, 2010, 03:14:54 am
I'd like to say "Fight Club", from my DVD collection, but actually it was "The Princess and the Frog"
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: kyuss on July 16, 2010, 03:18:50 am
Munich. Not bad, but not as good/thought provoking as I'd heard it was. I'd watch it again though.

I saw Moon last week - what a lovely film it is. :)

I watched that too. Brilliant. It will need to be added to my dvd collection I think.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: GruB on July 16, 2010, 05:37:40 am
Unbreakable starring Bruce Willis.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: dkahn400 on July 16, 2010, 10:36:49 am
Beijing Bicycle.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Valiant on July 16, 2010, 01:58:36 pm
Clash of The Titans. Mindless entertainment ftw.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Valiant on July 17, 2010, 02:49:41 am
It's a wonderful afterlife.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Gruff on July 17, 2010, 03:19:48 am
The Crazies.

It was okay as disposable veg-out entertainment goes, but nothing more.

It sufffers the same irritations that ruin most of these type of films for me though, ie the ridiculous things the characters do to allow opportunities for drama and action. If the world has gone mad and the zombocalypse is upon you, stop splitting up and wandering off individually, FFS! And stay away from those dark, isolated corners with lots of "jumpy out at you" nooks and crannies!
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: her_welshness on July 17, 2010, 10:43:41 pm
'Is Anybody there?' - absolutely beautiful, and a mesmerising performance from Michael Caine.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Zoidburg on July 17, 2010, 10:48:05 pm
'Is Anybody there?' - absolutely beautiful, and a mesmerising performance from Michael Caine.  :thumbsup:
Easter Promises is on next.

You may wish to watch it, I won't say why.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Zoidburg on July 17, 2010, 10:55:50 pm
Valhalla Rising. What the buggery chuff was all that about?
He can see into the future.

Your fate is set - Viking belief.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: citoyen on July 17, 2010, 10:58:31 pm
Please Give - the latest trademark quirky indie comedy-drama by Nicole Holofcener.

Strange film. Lots of great lines, and Catherine Keener is as captivating as ever. The ending is a bit too neat to be wholly convincing though.

d.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: longers on July 18, 2010, 12:01:22 am
The Titfield Thunderbolt, last week.

I don't watch many films but should do. Got a friend now who'll help me see a few more I hope. She showed me a film about a Chinese collaborator and someone who was part of the resistance in Shanghai recently and I can't remember the title, gripping story though, two word title.  She's into Fellini* and Russ Meyer* films so I'm hoping for some interesting viewing coming up.

*whatever they might be.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: citoyen on July 18, 2010, 12:11:05 am
The Titfield Thunderbolt, last week.

Classic! Love that film.

Quote
She's into Fellini* and Russ Meyer* films so I'm hoping for some interesting viewing coming up.

Crikey. Sounds like an interesting young lady.

She'll probably like Bigas Luna too. If you want to impress her and show off your own filmic knowledge, get "La Teta Y La Luna" or "Jamon, Jamon" out on DVD. ;)

d.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: TimO on July 18, 2010, 12:16:13 am
I'm not really that knowledgeable about Fellini, but I do know that Russ Meyer was mainly noted for his sexploitation films, such as Valley of the Dolls.  The two aren't really comparable, being involved in quite different types of films.  An interesting juxtaposition of directors.

I'll agree with the citizen though, The Titfield Thuderbolt is a great film. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: longers on July 18, 2010, 12:19:33 am
Is sexploitation a bad thing? It sounds like it should be.

*genuinely ignorant here*

edit: and she's not here to ask, can check tomorrow though.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: simonp on July 18, 2010, 12:23:15 am
The Return of The King.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Zoidburg on July 18, 2010, 12:24:39 am
Russ Meyer was an interesting chap.

He had been a combat photographer in the Pacific, not a job with the best of survival rates.

I think after that he decided to spend the rest of his life persuing that which made him truly happy. This consisted of drinking, smoking, partying and making films about women with huge boobies.

You can't knock a man for following his dream.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: TimO on July 18, 2010, 12:31:01 am
I was trying to work out how to word it, but the start of the Wkipedia entry does a pretty good job:

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Sexploitation or "sex-exploitation" describe a class of independently produced, low budget feature films generally associated with the 1960s and serving largely as a vehicle for the exhibition of non-explicit sexual situations and gratuitous nudity. ...

Which I think pretty well describes what little of Russ Meyer's films I've seen.  They generally seem to involve women with large breasts, and not much in the way of acting ability.  I don't think Russ Meyer would have denied this.  They aren't exactly subtle films, but they don't pretend to be anything other than what they are.  They are certainly a potentially interesting genre, but probably not the sort of thing which would be discussed in the same circles who discussed Fellini, who is a "proper" director. :-\
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Zoidburg on July 18, 2010, 12:36:40 am
Meyer was a proper director.

He was undoubtedly skilled and professional, most of the guys he worked with had been combat photographers with him - that formed the genesis of his production team.

I just think he made films to please himself, the boobies were the loss leader, the thing to entice people in to cinema in the first place.

Meyer was not stupid by a long way - but rare for the trade he was not one to vanish up his own art house backside either, he knew how to apeal to the lowest common denominator in order to trick them into watching something that may contain other more subversive themes.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: tonycollinet on July 18, 2010, 02:12:54 am
Just watched "My Name is Khan"

I think it's made it onto my all time top ten. Superb.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: longers on July 18, 2010, 09:36:58 am
Thanks Zoidburg and Tim, I was half expecting it to be the actresses/actors that were exploited.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: citoyen on July 18, 2010, 10:20:09 am
Fwiw, I totally agree with Zoidburg's assessment of Russ Meyer. There's an awful lot more to his films than big boobies if you care to look for it (or if you can avoid being distracted).

Tinto Brass is another in similar vein.

d.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: citoyen on July 18, 2010, 10:23:43 am
Talking of boobies, the opening of Please Give includes lots of close-ups of mammograms being performed. Weird.

d.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: TimO on July 18, 2010, 10:41:36 am
Meyer was a proper director. ...

That was why I put proper in quotes, there's a perception that directors like Fellini make real artistic and valuable films, whereas Meyer only made soft porn, which isn't really fair to either director.

It's difficult to outline this in a short post on here, especially since I don't claim to be an expert on either director, so my original post was just trying to give a flavour of things.  We probably need to start an entirely different thread!
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Zoidburg on July 18, 2010, 04:56:27 pm
Thanks Zoidburg and Tim, I was half expecting it to be the actresses/actors that were exploited.
Other way round - the film exploits a certain cross section of the viewing public.

Blackploitation - A 70's market that tapped the previously ignored black audience in the US who felt ignored by the mostly white Holywood machine. The US black community were becoming upwardly mobile which meant there was money to be made.

Another example of an exploitation genre are the Twilight films which are aimed at middle class teenage girls, the themes fit perfectly for a purpose - they have lots of disposable income given to them by their parents so they will go and see films like Twilight.

I don't know if the Harry Potter films were purposely intended to exploit 32 year old IT workers that still live with their parents and read too much potboiler fantasy - but it does seem that way.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Mr Larrington on July 20, 2010, 11:24:23 am
The Damned United.  Jolly good apart from Michael Sheen's accent, which wandered back to Wales whenever he got excited.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Dinamo on July 20, 2010, 11:30:45 am
The Boat That Rocked

Not great but some funny parts ! Over long at 2 hrs 10 mins !
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: andyoxon on July 20, 2010, 11:07:00 pm
Sherlock Holmes (with JD Jr) - pretty good; an obvious set up for Sherlock Holmes II to VIII.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: LindaG on July 20, 2010, 11:15:24 pm
Better Off Dead.  1980s John Cusack vehicle.

I love him.

But I don't love this movie.  Sorry John.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: citoyen on July 24, 2010, 08:27:26 pm
Toy Story 3

Superb. Really wonderful. Wife and son were blubbering like babies by the end. And I think I must have got a speck of dust in my eye.

There was a feeling of seen it all before at times, and it's not quite as good as TS2, but still lots of brilliantly funny moments and definitely a must-see. 

d.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Zoidburg on July 24, 2010, 09:07:13 pm
Green Zone.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: GruB on July 24, 2010, 09:55:11 pm
I've just watched Edge of Darkness.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Flying_Monkey on July 25, 2010, 01:06:36 am
Finally got round to watching Synecdoche New York - and it was actually rather moving and featured some superb performances. Dreams within dreams within dreams.

Then I watched a documentary about the life of Townes Van Zandt, Be Here to Love Me. A wonderful songwriter who never really recovered himself after electroshock treatment... very sad.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: microphonie on July 26, 2010, 06:18:11 pm
I missed the opening 20min or so but got drawn into watching the rest of Die Welle (The Wave) last night. It has a bit of an obvious ending but is well worth watching. It's still available on  iPlayer  (http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00t6xzz/The_Wave/)


Plot:

"When Rainer Wegner, a popular high school teacher, finds himself relegated to teaching autocracy as part of the schools project week, he's less than enthusiastic. So are his students, who greet the prospect of studying fascism yet again with apathetic grumbling: The Nazis sucked. We get it. Struck by the teenagers complacency and unwitting arrogance, Rainer devises an unorthodox experiment. But his hastily conceived lesson in social orders and the power of unity soon grows a life of its own.

In probing the underpinnings of fascism, The Wave is far from a social-studies lesson. As with his previous film, Before the Fall, director Dennis Gansel fashions an energetic, gripping drama that cuts through superficial ideological interrogatives and goes straight for the veins--the human psychologies and individual behaviors that contribute to collective movements. In unpeeling the emotional layers and contradictions of his characters (the need to belong, to be empowered, to escape social distinctions), Gansel offers a humanistic perspective on the terrifying irony that these students may welcome the very things they denounce.

And lest we too easily dismiss this cautionary tale, its noteworthy that the true story that prompted Todd Strassers novel The Wave (from which the film was adapted) did not take place in Germany, but at a high school in Palo Alto."
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: itsbruce on July 26, 2010, 09:24:55 pm
Yesterday, I watched Mon Oncle again for the first time in years.  Marvellous.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Jaded on July 27, 2010, 12:07:29 am
Green Zone last week on DVD, fascinating to see the way it was filmed with ex soldiers filling quite a few of the parts.


Robin Hood, seen tonight on the back of a lorry. Gladiator with arrows and swords.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: David Martin on July 27, 2010, 12:10:21 am
Saw Avatar on DVD. Not seen it before.  CGI not bad. Storyline meh. Glad I didn't go to see it in the cinema.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Mr Larrington on July 27, 2010, 10:30:09 am
Enigma.  Not that good, really.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Dinamo on July 27, 2010, 08:53:58 pm
Seven Pounds.

An enjoyable film starring Will Smith and Woody Harrelson
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Hot Flatus on July 27, 2010, 08:57:07 pm
Micmacs

A Jeunet film.  Great fun  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Rapples on July 28, 2010, 07:18:45 am
The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner

Somehow I've never managed to see the whole thing before, but I enjoyed it.  (They don't make films like that anymore :D )

Two surprises....

1.  How badly actors in the 60's ran

2.  5 miles is a long distance :o
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: GruB on July 28, 2010, 08:20:56 am
Matrix on the laptop.
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Post by: her_welshness on July 29, 2010, 09:13:04 am
Clash of the Titans. Switch brain off and enjoy.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: jogler on July 29, 2010, 10:17:40 am
28 days later
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Post by: redshift on July 29, 2010, 01:44:22 pm
I don't think I could switch off my brain for 28 days.


Oh, I see.  IGMC.   ;D
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Tim on July 29, 2010, 01:45:20 pm
I'll just get in a bit early - Watchmen director's cut is on the menu tonight.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: tiermat on July 29, 2010, 01:49:34 pm
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, I was very very tired but still was gripped enough to stay awake all the way through it.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: mattc on July 31, 2010, 04:43:57 pm
Toy Story 3 (in Glorious Retro 2-Dee !)

Great entertainment, again. No.2 is still my favourite, and I think with Andy off to college they really ought to let this thing die on a high note!

(They're in danger of letting the CGI take over from the characterisation - too many photo-realistic but dull kids.)

that baby was creepy!
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Captain Zep on July 31, 2010, 08:40:35 pm
Raiders of the Lost Ark  :thumbsup:

My (approx.) 15th time of seeing it, but my seven year old son's 1st.  He loved it - he loves films where the baddies are the Nazis.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Zoidburg on August 01, 2010, 06:13:24 pm
"The Core" on Channel 4 at the moment.

All persons involved in the making of this turd - cast, crew, the studio execs - should be rounded up and publicly flogged.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: geraldc on August 04, 2010, 12:30:28 am
Inception. Loved it. We also discovered during the movie that our old college library and its oldest lecture theatre were used as locations, cue animated discussions in the cinema about which exact staircase they were filming at.
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Post by: her_welshness on August 04, 2010, 10:35:40 am
Julie/Julia

Loved this movie. Good performances and fantastic looking food.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: peliroja on August 04, 2010, 06:56:44 pm
Le Prophete. Hard work for my small brain, but very good.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: LindaG on August 04, 2010, 08:23:32 pm
"In The Electric Mist"

We watched it by accident and were glad we did.  Tommy Lee Jones on form.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: mikeitup on August 06, 2010, 11:01:46 pm
The Wolfman (2009) Bloody awful! The transformation effects were great.
 Acting wooden. the cast should be shot!  :sick:
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: TimO on August 07, 2010, 09:28:16 am
The Wolfman (2009) Bloody awful! The transformation effects were great.
 Acting wooden. the cast should be shot!  :sick:

... or possibly staked through the heart? ;D
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: TimO on August 07, 2010, 04:30:37 pm
Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel (http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00tc29d/Frequently_Asked_Questions_About_Time_Travel/), which is still on iPlayer (http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00tc29d/Frequently_Asked_Questions_About_Time_Travel/), and available for a couple more days.

A quite amusing take on time travel, and fairly rigorous about it, so not too many stupid exceptions to buggering about with time, really just one and that was necessary for the story.

... oh and it's got Anna Faris in it. :thumbsup:

If you do watch it, continue to watch the credits all the way through. ;D
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: woollypigs on August 07, 2010, 08:19:07 pm
Thanks for the heads up TimO that was well good, we both enjoyed that.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: bobb on August 08, 2010, 09:46:40 am
Yesterday I watched "Get him to the Greek"

It was pretty funny in parts, but was nowhere near as good as all the hype around the film suggests. Enjoyable, but not that great.....
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Gus on August 08, 2010, 03:10:54 pm

Inception, a film with Dicaprio that I found really good, a thing that's very rare
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Wascally Weasel on August 10, 2010, 12:33:55 am
Restless Natives.  Always a joy to rewatch, partly for the fabulous Highland scenery, partly for the gentle comedy and partly for the Big Country soundtrack.  Full of win.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: David Martin on August 10, 2010, 09:25:07 am
Knight and Day. Everythign I expected but funnier and sillier. Sit back, add plenty of suspension of disbelief and bubble along with it.

..d
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: mikeitup on August 11, 2010, 06:34:55 pm
The Wolfman (2009) Bloody awful! The transformation effects were great.
 Acting wooden. the cast should be shot!  :sick:

... or possibly staked through the heart? ;D

Err, No. That's vampires!!

Shot with a silver bullet would be more suitable (also applies to vampires in wolf form)
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Zoidburg on August 11, 2010, 06:37:16 pm
Legion.

A load of hilarious wank but highly entertaining hilarious wank that they have clearly put a lot of time and effort into, I liked it for the same reason I keep rewatching Dune.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Hot Flatus on August 11, 2010, 06:39:44 pm
'Saving Private Ryan'

Still the same rather horrid gore-fest/celebration of american heroes dressed up in anti-war guise as it was when I first saw it on release.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: itsbruce on August 11, 2010, 07:07:53 pm
Legion.

A load of hilarious wank but highly entertaining hilarious wank that they have clearly put a lot of time and effort into, I liked it for the same reason I keep rewatching Dune.

Hmm.  Would you be a fan of The Prophecy (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0114194/)?  Christopher Walken as a mean Archangel Gabriel, Viggo Mortensen as Lucifer...
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Tim on August 12, 2010, 09:49:19 am
Toy Story 3.

Good, but didn't live up to the billing.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: tiermat on August 12, 2010, 09:55:56 am
Re-visited Team America: World Police last night....

Fan-bloody-tastic!!!!!
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Chris S on August 12, 2010, 10:13:19 am
Bucket List. It was good therapy for me - I needed a reality check. And a larf. And a cry.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: LEE on August 12, 2010, 12:11:25 pm
Toy Story 3.

Good, but didn't live up to the billing.

I didn't hear much about it so it didn't need to beat any hype.  I thought it was excellent.

The CGI "lighting", especially during the sad Clown's monologue, is wonderful and the "friends 'til the end" hand-holding near the end I found quite moving.  It's what Pixar are so good at.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Tim on August 12, 2010, 12:59:53 pm
Toy Story 3.

Good, but didn't live up to the billing.

I didn't hear much about it so it didn't need to beat any hype.  I thought it was excellent.

The CGI "lighting", especially during the sad Clown's monologue, is wonderful and the "friends 'til the end" hand-holding near the end I found quite moving.  It's what Pixar are so good at.
I had heard too many near perfect reviews of it. Still certainly a good and well made film.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: her_welshness on August 12, 2010, 07:25:21 pm
The Green Zone - better than I thought it was going to be, tbh.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: thelazycyclist on August 13, 2010, 05:13:55 pm
District 9. 

Absolutely fantastic.  Set in South Africa with a cast I've never heard of and half the main characters are Prawns. 

A bit like a cross between Independence Day and Starship Troopers but a lot less Hollywood.  Would definitely recommend it. 
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Chris S on August 13, 2010, 09:53:35 pm
Lost in Translation.

It really captures that "out of place" feeling you get when you land in a country the other side of the world.

"Mista Hareesss.... you Lip My Stockings."
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: mike on August 14, 2010, 09:06:04 am
Precious.

took me a while to get into it but quite enjoyed it (if that's the right expression for something with rape, incest, poverty and maria carey)
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Captain Zep on August 15, 2010, 09:08:15 pm
Dead Snow - Norweigan film about Nazi zombies.  Can't have too many Nazi zombie films.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: her_welshness on August 15, 2010, 09:13:36 pm
Watched a few films this weekend:

'The Informant', with Matt Damon. Highly recommend it.

'Inglorious Basterds' - better than I thought it was going to be, and refreshing to have the majority of the film to be in the French and German language.

'Eclipse' the latest Twihard offering. Meh.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Martin on August 15, 2010, 09:14:56 pm
Babel;

in theory a routine story about getting stuck in the back of beyond in Morocco with a life threatening injury; with two other almost completely unconnected side stories on the other side(s) of the world;

very odd but brilliant, although they should have deleted the entire Japanese bit as it detracted from the story
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Zoidburg on August 16, 2010, 12:54:53 pm
Not strictly a film and not even watched yet but I have in my grubby mitts the series one DVD boxset of the "Sons Of Anarchy" which is worth a look just for the Ron Perlmeister and Henry Rolllins.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: tiermat on August 16, 2010, 01:03:04 pm
Not strictly a film and not even watched yet but I have in my grubby mitts the series one DVD boxset of the "Sons Of Anarchy" which is worth a look just for the Ron Perlmeister and Henry Rolllins.

It is indeed brilliant, but Mr Henry "Black Flag" Rollins doesn't appear 'til series two!
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Zoidburg on August 16, 2010, 01:23:24 pm
Not strictly a film and not even watched yet but I have in my grubby mitts the series one DVD boxset of the "Sons Of Anarchy" which is worth a look just for the Ron Perlmeister and Henry Rolllins.

It is indeed brilliant, but Mr Henry "Black Flag" Rollins doesn't appear 'til series two!
I can't see it being more violent than the actual real bike gangs. ;D

They closed the scrappers down the road once because they found human "mince" in a car shredder.

Spookily enough the club house of a well known large MC is just across the road.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: newtoncap on August 16, 2010, 01:31:07 pm
District 9. 

Absolutely fantastic.  Set in South Africa with a cast I've never heard of and half the main characters are Prawns. 

A bit like a cross between Independence Day and Starship Troopers but a lot less Hollywood.  Would definitely recommend it. 

We could never be cinema buddies Crusty....I walked out of this film, it was awful!!!!  However I did go and see 'Eclipse' with Daisyhill and Mrs Obi last night...and boy did we laugh!  ;D
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Regulator on August 16, 2010, 01:46:23 pm
Dead Snow - Norweigan film about Nazi zombies.  Can't have too many Nazi zombie films.  :thumbsup:

It's in my collection - great film!   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Manotea on August 16, 2010, 02:10:09 pm
District 9.  

Absolutely fantastic.  Set in South Africa with a cast I've never heard of and half the main characters are Prawns.  

A bit like a cross between Independence Day and Starship Troopers but a lot less Hollywood.  Would definitely recommend it.  

We could never be cinema buddies Crusty....I walked out of this film, it was awful!!!!  However I did go and see 'Eclipse' with Daisyhill and Mrs Obi last night...and boy did we laugh!  ;D
Newtoncap got it about right. Nominally District9 was tailor made for me but it rather collapsed under the weight of apartheid allegories, trendy fake documentary styling and paper thin characters. V.Disappointing.
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Post by: jogler on August 16, 2010, 08:31:12 pm
Spookily enough the club house of a well known large MC is just across the road.

That used to be my office upto 1994.The occupier next door was not happy to have such new neighbours
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Post by: border-rider on August 16, 2010, 08:38:35 pm
Newtoncap got it about right. Nominally District9 was tailor made for me but it rather collapsed under the weight of apartheid allegories, trendy fake documentary styling and paper thin characters. V.Disappointing.

 Not for me.  I thought it was ace :)

if you think those were worthy apartheid allegories, you've missed the exact point
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Post by: her_welshness on August 17, 2010, 11:21:08 pm
'The Counterfieters' - a rather fantastic fillum set during one of the concentration camps in WW2. It could have been cloying but it was not. Highly recommended  :thumbsup:
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Post by: geoff on August 18, 2010, 01:32:30 pm
Synechdoche New York about 1/2 of it.

(In an alternative universe somewhere, our DVD player is still working and we watched it all the way through).
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Post by: simonp on August 20, 2010, 06:04:01 pm
Moon.  Not finished yet, because I went to bed.  So far, I love it.
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Post by: Woofage on August 20, 2010, 06:34:56 pm
Death Note (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0758742/) (on Film 4 the other night)
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Post by: TimO on August 20, 2010, 07:17:47 pm
Transporter 3, which although a fairly violent film, at least does this in a fairly cleanly goody beats up baddies way, most of the time.

It also includes a bit where Frank is cycling a bike in the way he normally drives a car, ie incredibly fast and somewhat irresponsibly!  (It's only a film, please don't have a stroke about it :)).

I do quite like the way that this sort of anti-hero does what he does incredibly competently and according to his own set of moral standards and rules (which he frequently bends and occasionally breaks).
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Post by: simonp on August 22, 2010, 01:39:28 am
Road Trip. Note quite so thought provoking as Moon. But a better choice for having on in the background whilst I wrestle code into shape.

And the snake feeding scene is brilliant, though I don't reckon the mouse thought much of it. Was it faked, though?
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Post by: Clandy on August 22, 2010, 07:25:46 pm
It has been out for a couple of years now but yesterday I watched Cloverfield on the recommendation of a friend.

After what felt like an hour the 'story' finally got going. The characters were all hideous, completely unbelievable: big monster that eats people over there? Then lets all run towards it… the monsters like dark places? Hey, I've got a great idea! Lets walk through unlit subway tunnels… etc.

The entire cast was so irritating I ended up rooting for the monsters and cheering whenever a character met their demise.

Not recommended. Unless you enjoy really bad films.
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Post by: Dinamo on August 22, 2010, 08:13:33 pm
Death Note (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0758742/) (on Film 4 the other night)

Great film  :thumbsup:
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Post by: TimO on August 22, 2010, 08:40:27 pm
I started watching Cloverfield a while back, but like you found the characters so utterly irritating and the story dragged on so with no revelations, that I just got fed up and stopped watching it.

It takes a lot for me not to finish a film or book, it's only ever happened a couple of times in both cases.
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Post by: Chris S on August 22, 2010, 08:47:43 pm
Transporter 3, which although a fairly violent film, at least does this in a fairly cleanly goody beats up baddies way, most of the time.

Is it about a bridge in Wales?
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Post by: TimO on August 22, 2010, 11:11:17 pm
Transporter 3, which although a fairly violent film, at least does this in a fairly cleanly goody beats up baddies way, most of the time.
Is it about a bridge in Wales?

Not exactly (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transporter_3).
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Post by: citoyen on August 22, 2010, 11:28:25 pm
Finally got round to watching Slumdog Milliner this evening.

I thought it was a brilliantly well-made film, great storytelling, but very hard viewing, deeply unpleasant at times, quite harrowing. I'm astonished that it could ever have been described as a "feelgood movie".

d.
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Post by: nicknack on August 22, 2010, 11:30:32 pm
Finally got round to watching Slumdog Milliner this evening.

Yup, twas a great fillum. But I don't remember anything about hats.
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Post by: citoyen on August 23, 2010, 12:31:36 am
It's all in the host's pronunciation. "Who wants t'e a millin-ah!"

d.
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Post by: simonp on August 23, 2010, 12:48:00 am
Quantum of Solace. I continues to like the new Bond.

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Post by: itsbruce on August 23, 2010, 11:04:49 am
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo  (Swedish version).  Enjoyed. 
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Post by: pcolbeck on August 29, 2010, 01:50:24 pm
In Bruges - last night on the telly. Very good. Excellent dialogue and great cinematography. Colin Farrell redeems himself after his terrible turn in Alexander.
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Post by: mattc on August 29, 2010, 04:37:12 pm
in Bruges is on tape for tonight, looking forward to it.


I have just accidentally watched the Venice canal chase from Moonraker. dear Lord - I always loved the humour in the Bond films, but were they always that cheesy? Visibly speeded up action, gondola-turned-hovercraft in St Mark's square ... the Craig movies start to look good again ...
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Post by: ed_o_brain on August 29, 2010, 04:54:26 pm
Disney's Cars.
As much as I hate seeing cars personified, quite enjoyed it. Kid's certainly did.
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Post by: Zoidburg on August 29, 2010, 05:03:57 pm
in Bruges is on tape for tonight, looking forward to it.


I have just accidentally watched the Venice canal chase from Moonraker. dear Lord - I always loved the humour in the Bond films, but were they always that cheesy? Visibly speeded up action, gondola-turned-hovercraft in St Mark's square ... the Craig movies start to look good again ...
The ideas mill had seriously run low by then.

They just kept going back to the Thunderball format with the big frogman battle - except the shoot out was on a huge submarine eating oil tanker, or a space station.

If you are an evil henchman in a private army or a navy commando then you are not going to live to see the closing credits.

I am now watching Moonraker with childish glee.

 :facepalm:

The set design for the spacey bits is fantastic though.
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Post by: Gus on August 29, 2010, 05:59:54 pm
Just seen "Shutter island" I found it surprisingly good
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Post by: redshift on August 29, 2010, 08:28:09 pm
In HMV a few days ago I found a film called "The Big Red One," a film by Samuel Fuller from 1980, which has been restored to its shooting script version - I get the impression that the release version was significantly cut.  Lee Marvin as a grizzled sergeant with history dating to WWI, shepherding four rookies (including a post-Star Wars Mark Hamill) in the US 1st Infantry Division through Algeria and the Kasserine Pass, Sicily, Normandy Omaha Beach and then through Belgium and finally into Czechoslovakia.  A recurring theme throughout is whether 'killing' can be different from 'murder?'

Apart from matters of pace and timing (which are largely fashion in the film industry), a number of things struck me.  The episodic nature of the film (it crosses 1918, and then WWII from the North African landings onwards) reminded me of All Quiet On The Western Front, as it's a story mainly about surviving what happens, rather than being part of something.  Private Ryan owes a lot to this film, but more pointedly the dramatisation of Stephen Ambrose's book Band of Brothers appears to have drawn on it too.  There's much in the film that is clearly directly from Fuller's own experience:  A Sicilian boy doing a deal with the GIs, trading knowledge of a hidden artillery piece (turns out to be a tank) for a decent burial for his mother; a Belgian woman spotting an infiltrator from something as simple as the way he holds his knife whilst eating, losing a squad member to a sniper who turns out to be a child, and the liberation of Flossenburg.  Other episodes are well known in more general histories, and are included (I guess) so that the roadmap is complete.

Some points are laboured, and whilst the cast aren't all brilliant, Marvin is very good.  It's worth seeing.
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Post by: her_welshness on August 30, 2010, 08:46:10 am
'American Gangster'- I thought it was quite good, I've never seen Denzel Washington play that violent a role before. Russell Crowe was meh.

'Centurion' - waste of money and I wish I had borrowed this from the library for free! Wonderfully shot but the script was awful.
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Post by: spesh on August 30, 2010, 11:00:42 am
Underworld - utter tosh, but more entertaining than what had been done to The Dark Is Rising on another channel.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on August 31, 2010, 10:53:17 am
Scum.  All a bit meh by 2010 standards.
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Post by: Clandy on August 31, 2010, 11:18:52 am
Watched The Book Of Eli yesterday. Never again. Pseudo religious claptrap.
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Post by: Woofage on September 02, 2010, 04:15:41 pm
Finally saw Avatar on DVD at a friend's. Technically brilliant, but otherwise a disappointment :-\.
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Post by: Dinamo on September 04, 2010, 08:33:53 pm
The Reader

Starring Kate Winslet & Ralph Fiennes.
Hadn't read anything about it....so was pleasantly surprised at how good it was.
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Post by: mrcharly-YHT on September 05, 2010, 12:54:45 pm
Mutant chronicles

Surprisingly good, although there are plot holes you can drive a steam-powered airship through. Good steampunk stuff - steam-powered airships, steampunk guns.

zombieland

Oh, just fun. Although I don't know how the heck this got a 15 rating - it's extremely gory, and not always in a funny way.
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Post by: Deano on September 05, 2010, 01:46:04 pm
The Soul Eater.  Quite silly and a bit disjointed, but enjoyably atmospheric. 
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Post by: Captain Zep on September 05, 2010, 09:49:22 pm
The Secrets in Their Eyes.  Argentinian thriller.  Retired investigator remembers/reinvestigates 25 year old rape & murder case.  Recommended.
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Post by: MercuryKev on September 05, 2010, 09:52:49 pm
Hot tub time machine.  Not the original arthouse French version though  ::-)
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Post by: Zoidburg on September 06, 2010, 09:48:41 pm
Hot tub time machine.  Not the original arthouse French version though  ::-)
Watched this last night.

 :thumbsup:
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Post by: Valiant on September 08, 2010, 07:15:48 pm
Today I've watched:

The Exploding Girl
An American in China

and now watching God Killer. It's brilliant! Tis the best part of coding. Watching films lol.
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Post by: jogler on September 08, 2010, 07:44:31 pm
Terminator Salvation  :-\
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Post by: Clandy on September 09, 2010, 06:34:05 am
Last night, Knowing. Hollywood really has a hard-on for 'end of times' religious claptrap at the moment.  ::-)


… and the CGI was appalling, I've seen better in a game.
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Post by: her_welshness on September 09, 2010, 08:10:59 am
Shutter Island: You knew about 15 minutes in what was going to happen.

Kick Ass: Coolest movie of the year so far :thumbsup:
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Post by: Manotea on September 10, 2010, 11:37:28 pm
Kick-Ass. A Perfect Movie.
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Post by: jogler on September 11, 2010, 12:19:54 am
District 9
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Post by: nutkin on September 11, 2010, 11:08:09 am
Wall Street.

Hadn't seen it for years. Strangely, watching it now, the storyline seems far stronger than the 'excess'. Possibly because a lot of that excess was tied up in the technology, which of course now just looks dated - think brick-like mobile phone.



Just waiting to see Wall St 2...
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Post by: bomber on September 11, 2010, 10:53:30 pm
Four Lions.  Very very funny ;D
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Post by: LindaG on September 12, 2010, 07:02:20 pm
Mulholland Drive.

 :-\  :o

To be fair, after the first half hour I had the i-Pod on and was reading a book because I was so bored.  I looked up to see BOOBS everywhere.  Crusty seemed to like it though.

A bit too clever for me. 

Just tell me a story, and tell it well.  Put in some explosions, massive natural disasters as a bonus, maybe a bit of science.  That'll do.
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Post by: rogerzilla on September 12, 2010, 07:12:47 pm
The original Airport (often claimed to be the first disaster movie).  Much better than the so-bad-they're-good sequels, and should really be seen in order to understand all the parodies in Airplane, e.g. the nuns.
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Post by: mike on September 12, 2010, 10:10:24 pm
Notes on a scandal, on BBC2 now.  Really good, Judy Dench is absolutely fantastic.
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Post by: Wascally Weasel on September 13, 2010, 01:19:05 pm
Kick Ass on DVD.  Enjoyed it just as much as the first go round in the cinema.
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Post by: ed_o_brain on September 13, 2010, 06:18:35 pm
Goodfellas

really really enjoyed
loved the way the story is told and the way it evolves over the decades
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Post by: Valiant on September 13, 2010, 06:33:07 pm
Robin Hood. Thoroughly enjoyable :)
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Post by: Wascally Weasel on September 14, 2010, 02:46:46 pm
Goodfellas

really really enjoyed
loved the way the story is told and the way it evolves over the decades

What a cracker of a film that is, one of the few films that I have lost count of how many times I have seen it – famously it lost out to Dances with Wolves for the best picture Oscar.
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Post by: LindaG on September 14, 2010, 02:51:06 pm
LOTR II The Two Towers extended.

I feel better now.  No boobs.
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Post by: JT on September 14, 2010, 03:27:32 pm
Mulholland Drive.

 :-\  :o

To be fair, after the first half hour I had the i-Pod on and was reading a book because I was so bored.  I looked up to see BOOBS everywhere.  Crusty seemed to like it though.

A bit too clever for me. 

Just tell me a story, and tell it well.  Put in some explosions, massive natural disasters as a bonus, maybe a bit of science.  That'll do.

I love Mulholland Drive but then I like most David Lynch stuff.


Goodfellas

really really enjoyed
loved the way the story is told and the way it evolves over the decades

What a cracker of a film that is, one of the few films that I have lost count of how many times I have seen it – famously it lost out to Dances with Wolves for the best picture Oscar.

Did it? Crikey that's an appalling decision, Goodfellas is superb.
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Post by: Wascally Weasel on September 14, 2010, 04:06:33 pm
Mulholland Drive.

 :-\  :o

To be fair, after the first half hour I had the i-Pod on and was reading a book because I was so bored.  I looked up to see BOOBS everywhere.  Crusty seemed to like it though.

A bit too clever for me. 

Just tell me a story, and tell it well.  Put in some explosions, massive natural disasters as a bonus, maybe a bit of science.  That'll do.

I love Mulholland Drive but then I like most David Lynch stuff.


Goodfellas

really really enjoyed
loved the way the story is told and the way it evolves over the decades

What a cracker of a film that is, one of the few films that I have lost count of how many times I have seen it – famously it lost out to Dances with Wolves for the best picture Oscar.

Did it? Crikey that's an appalling decision, Goodfellas is superb.


It’s not uncommon, the Academy Awards being a beauty contest rather than a measure of quality  – although I know nothing, I confidently expected Avatar to win best picture this year (not because I thought it was any good but because it had generated lots of business for the cinema and with a boost for 3D film technology, provided a possible counter to some industrial piracy/downloading). 

I was very surprised when The Hurt Locker won instead, which I thought was an awful film, most especially the ‘bomb-disposal-experts-as-mavericks-on-the edge’ schtick which I imagine is as far from the truth as is possible.  Also, when your pacifist Quaker girlfriend criticises the military authenticity of a film, you know it’s really, really bad.

Apologies for drifting OT, in other news I saw First of the Few the other day for the first time, not quite sure how I got to be 40 and had not seen it yet.
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Post by: mattc on September 15, 2010, 01:35:38 pm
Oil City Confidential : Dr Feelgood   (finally)

Before i watched it I knew 2 songs and the name 'Wilko', but I like most blues-rock-n-roll-whatever.

A good story, not quite the cliched rockumentary, but with some standard elements! i really like the interweaving of scened from B&W movies. And Wilko is a real character (too interesting to be an english teacher).

The disadvantage with these things is that you always finish wishing you'd been to see them in their pomp ...
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Post by: Mr Larrington on September 27, 2010, 02:33:16 pm
Goodfellas

really really enjoyed
loved the way the story is told and the way it evolves over the decades

What a cracker of a film that is, one of the few films that I have lost count of how many times I have seen it – famously it lost out to Dances with Wolves for the best picture Oscar.

Did it? Crikey that's an appalling decision, Goodfellas is superb.


As long as you don't get the ruined-for-TV version...
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Post by: citoyen on September 27, 2010, 04:12:22 pm
As long as you don't get the ruined-for-TV version...

Melon-farmers!

(I know that was Repo Man but are we talking about the same kind of bowdlerisation?)

d.
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Post by: mrcharly-YHT on September 27, 2010, 04:32:53 pm
Burn after reading
(better than MrsCharly thought it would be)

Gattaca
Slow, slow paced, with a non-hollywood ending.
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Post by: jogler on September 27, 2010, 04:47:53 pm
Millers Crossing.
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Post by: border-rider on September 27, 2010, 05:42:27 pm
300, which was a lot better than I expected, and certainly an improvement on Kingdom of Heaven.  The Persians were a bit orc-like athough Xerxes was a big jessie.

I watched it again last night. I saw it the first time on a plane, and made Mrs MV endure it last night. Funny what tricks altitude, wine and memory can play.  It was awful, trite, tedious shite.
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Post by: Flying_Monkey on September 27, 2010, 06:32:34 pm
Mr Nobody. A mess. A big sprawling, badly edited, didactic, Jonze/ Kaufamnn-influenced mess with some rather beautiful bits in it, but still, a mess.
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Post by: Dinamo on September 28, 2010, 08:39:22 pm
The Ghost

Starring Ewan Mcgregor and Pierce Brosnan, directed by Roman Polanski.
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Post by: Deano on September 28, 2010, 10:15:57 pm
The North Face.  A German movie about early attempts to scale the north face of the Eiger.  It was excellent - the climbing scenes were superb, there was a beautiful, coy romance between the two main characters, and it dealt well with the audience's knowledge of where else German pride and nationalism led the world and its young men, apart from to scale mountains (though the fat, rich Jew was perhaps a tad overdone).  One of the best films I've seen in a while, and quite a tonic when compared to...

Trans-Siberian, a tedious, grey movie where none of the characters were believable, least of all the female lead - supposed to be a religious do-gooder with A Past, but she was too anodyne to be plausible as either.  To be fair to the actress, the script didn't help, as we had to believe that she was a former wild child, but still naive enough to wander off with the Italian ne'er-do-well.  It was just a rather dull movie, except for a horrible, gratuitous torture scene (from which the party involved made a full, if not miraculous, recovery).  I don't know why I persisted with it.  Well, I do - I was hoping that the female characters might get their kit off, but this being Siberia, there was little enough of that either.
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Post by: Jaded on September 28, 2010, 10:49:20 pm
300, which was a lot better than I expected, and certainly an improvement on Kingdom of Heaven.  The Persians were a bit orc-like athough Xerxes was a big jessie.

I watched it again last night. I saw it the first time on a plane, and made Mrs MV endure it last night. Funny what tricks altitude, wine and memory can play.  It was awful, trite, tedious shite.

I saw 10 minutes of it stopped watching; I thought it was rather odd. High contrast sepia stuff with low budget acting and scene-setting.

I'm glad I only saw the last 10 mins.
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Post by: asterix on September 29, 2010, 02:34:26 pm
Robin Hood.  I was disappointed :(
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Post by: her_welshness on September 29, 2010, 06:19:22 pm
We watched the original 'Wall Street' last night, it was really good. I reckon it must have looked pretty amazing when it first came out.
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Post by: Pancho on September 29, 2010, 07:11:52 pm
Children of Men

We liked it. Thriller. Future dystopia. Fantastically atmospheric presentation.
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Post by: Manotea on September 29, 2010, 07:17:51 pm
Avatar. A good effort though somewhat predictable/formulaic/stereotypical plotlines and characters. Maybe I'm getting old.
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Post by: her_welshness on September 29, 2010, 10:35:34 pm
Children of Men

We liked it. Thriller. Future dystopia. Fantastically atmospheric presentation.

Brilliant isn't it? One of my favourite films.
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Post by: LindaG on September 30, 2010, 10:21:38 am
Children of Men

We liked it. Thriller. Future dystopia. Fantastically atmospheric presentation.

Brilliant isn't it? One of my favourite films.

Yes, it is good.  But the book is so much better. 
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Post by: her_welshness on September 30, 2010, 10:35:07 am
Children of Men

We liked it. Thriller. Future dystopia. Fantastically atmospheric presentation.

Brilliant isn't it? One of my favourite films.

Yes, it is good.  But the book is so much better. 

Oooh thanks am going to have to read that one after my Booker quest  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Flying_Monkey on September 30, 2010, 05:03:07 pm
Children of Men

We liked it. Thriller. Future dystopia. Fantastically atmospheric presentation.

Brilliant isn't it? One of my favourite films.

Yes, it is good.  But the book is so much better. 

And Greybeard by Brian Aldiss, which P.D.James stole the idea from (but of course here is Not SF, oh no) is even better (and much weirder).
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Post by: tiermat on September 30, 2010, 05:23:00 pm
How To Train Your Dragon, with a very poorly TLD today, fun film, passed the time nicely, took here mind off her achyness
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Post by: clarion on September 30, 2010, 05:23:53 pm
That's one dragon that's very challenging to train! ;)

Hope she gets well soon :)
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Post by: Bledlow on September 30, 2010, 11:27:33 pm
Tamara Drewe.
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Post by: her_welshness on October 01, 2010, 08:15:49 am
Tamara Drewe.

Oooh what was it like? I hear that the divine Tamsin Grieg is in it!
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Post by: citoyen on October 01, 2010, 08:33:59 am
It has Gemma Arterton in hotpants. What more do you need to know? ;)

d.
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Post by: jogler on October 01, 2010, 09:38:18 am
Underworld, Rise of the Lycans
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Post by: Bledlow on October 01, 2010, 11:41:10 am
Tamara Drewe.

Oooh what was it like? I hear that the divine Tamsin Grieg is in it!
Correct. And she's rather good. The bored village girls are also quite entertaining. I enjoyed it, & Mrs B loved it. She's got rather keen on British films.

It has Gemma Arterton in hotpants. What more do you need to know? ;)

d.
She appears in a lot less than hotpants. A bit of make-up & tousled hair, in one scene.  :thumbsup:

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Post by: Wascally Weasel on October 01, 2010, 12:14:47 pm
Tamara Drewe.

Oooh what was it like? I hear that the divine Tamsin Grieg is in it!

I started a thread on this after seeing it the other week:

Tamara Drewe (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=38199.0)

It's only my opinion but Tamsin Grieg delivered the best performance in it by far.

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Post by: mrcharly-YHT on October 03, 2010, 01:32:37 am
Riding in cars with boys.

rather good. very very funny in parts. grim in others. Watch for rosie perez playing a blinder of a bit part.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on October 04, 2010, 11:34:20 am
Inglourious Basterds

As is often the case with Kinematic Celluloids these days, it was this: about half an hour too long.
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Post by: Bledlow on October 04, 2010, 11:45:27 am
Made in Dagenham

Followed by explanation by Mrs B of how it is superior to the products of Hollywood. ;)

Not bad. I enjoyed it. Very good evocation of the period, I thought.
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Post by: Wascally Weasel on October 04, 2010, 11:59:21 am
Ridley Scott's Robin Hood.

The film moves all over the country, which is handy as so does Russell Crowe’s accent.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Torslanda on October 04, 2010, 10:59:29 pm
Keeping Mum. A witty comedy with a cracking cast and a smart twist at the end . . .

It also haz Kristin Scott Thomas and that's all I'm saying.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Androcles on October 04, 2010, 11:36:27 pm
Brother Where Art Thou on DVD at the weekend.

I'd seen snippets of it before but this was the first time I'd seen it all the way through, which I'm glad I did.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Bledlow on October 05, 2010, 12:06:02 pm
Keeping Mum. A witty comedy with a cracking cast and a smart twist at the end . . .

It also haz Kristin Scott Thomas and that's all I'm saying.
But what about her (character's) daughter?
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: LEE on October 05, 2010, 09:16:21 pm
OMEN III - The Final Conflict

On TV last week so I recorded it for old time's sake.
I've seen it before, I think I may have paid to see it.

There's never been a worse film made, equally bad maybe, but not worse.
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Post by: Clandy on October 05, 2010, 09:26:13 pm
Tron (DVD arrived today). Just as good today as it was 28 years ago.
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Post by: Deano on October 05, 2010, 10:31:43 pm
The quite wonderful Moon.

Also, we started to watch Public Enemies, which I only bought cos it reminded me that I've been after the seventies movie Dillinger, starring Warren Oates, for ages.  It's not terrible, but Johnny Depp seems horribly miscast, so he simply can't carry it.  There's an enjoyable turn by Billy Crudup as a  slimy, mendacious J Edgar Hoover, and Christian Bale as his sidekick.  Hopefully there'll be more of that, but judging by what's gone so far, it won't be worth the effort.  

Still, it reminded me to have another look for Dillinger, which is finally available on region 2 DVD :thumbsup:  I hope it's worth the wait.
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Post by: αdαmsκι on October 05, 2010, 10:47:46 pm
Last night I saw The Wildest Dream (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wildest_Dream) at the cinema. This is a documentary film looking at the life of George Mallory who, along with Sandy Irvine, died near the summit of Mnt. Everest in 1924. It's never been proven if the pair died on the assent or descent of the mountain. The story is taken up by an American climber (Anker) who found Mallory's body and his attempt, along with British climber Leo Houlding, to climb Everest. I remember reading a BBC news (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/6752731.stm) article about the successful attempt of this particular climb in 2007, but I wasn't aware it was as part of a film.

The story of Mallory and Irvine is a bit dry, but the film makes up for that with stunning shots of the beautiful mountain vistas, esp. above 8,000 m, and it also shows the suffering Houlding and Anker go through to reach the summit of Everest.
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Post by: pcolbeck on October 05, 2010, 10:52:45 pm
Layer Cake on TV last night when I was staying in a hotel, It past the time nicely.
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Post by: mrcharly-YHT on October 06, 2010, 09:40:26 am
Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog

Totally and utterly barking and very funny.
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Post by: Wascally Weasel on October 06, 2010, 10:38:27 pm
Land and Freedom.

I've got issues with certain aspects of the film but some scenes hit me just as hard as the 'Play the Marseillaise" scene in Casablanca, the "Time to die" scene in Bladerunner (and, probably just me, but the bit where the Clown and the Wolfman head off for the last time in Restless Natives).

Magic stuff.
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Post by: Valiant on October 06, 2010, 11:56:51 pm
Currently watching One Night. It's a bit shit.
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Post by: her_welshness on October 07, 2010, 01:34:14 pm
Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog

Totally and utterly barking and very funny.

Brilliant, isn't it? I luurrve Nathan Fillion....and of course Doogie Howser boy!
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Post by: Captain Zep on October 07, 2010, 09:29:39 pm
Land and Freedom.

I've got issues with certain aspects of the film but some scenes hit me just as hard as the 'Play the Marseillaise" scene in Casablanca, the "Time to die" scene in Bladerunner (and, probably just me, but the bit where the Clown and the Wolfman head off for the last time in Restless Natives).

Magic stuff.

You've reminded me that I bought the dvd on ebay to rewatch this.  I saw it on the tv at around the time Manic Street Preachers released "If You Tolerate This..." (1998?).  I remember loving the film (although I don't remember many specifics) and went on to read a few books about the Spanish Civil War (Homage to Catalonia included). 
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Post by: andygates on October 07, 2010, 10:04:09 pm
Iron Man 2.  Fun.  The Monaco sequence was a pure delight.
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Post by: her_welshness on October 07, 2010, 10:58:55 pm
Just finished watching 'Prince of Persia'. It was atrocious.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Mr Larrington on October 08, 2010, 10:42:49 am
Hellboy.  100% Stupidz and utterly splendid.
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Post by: jogler on October 08, 2010, 02:01:28 pm
My Best Friend's Girl
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Flying_Monkey on October 08, 2010, 03:15:45 pm
Just finished watching 'Prince of Persia'. It was atrocious.

Tell me about it! (in fact, don't - there was nothing redeeming about it at all).
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Gandalf on October 09, 2010, 09:09:24 am
God alone knows why but I watched 'Babysitter Wanted'.  So dire I thought it was a pastiche in the 'Scary Movie' mould.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Domestique on October 09, 2010, 01:55:38 pm
'All Quiet on the Western Front'

 :(
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Dinamo on October 09, 2010, 08:06:12 pm
Hellboy.  100% Stupidz and utterly splendid.

Fantastic Film  :thumbsup:

wasn't so keen on the sequel, but dont let my view put you off
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: welshwheels on October 09, 2010, 08:13:00 pm
i watched alfie with michael caine  then get carter !! the man from the elephant at his best  :thumbsup: "I dont know what's it all about "
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: citoyen on October 09, 2010, 10:22:13 pm
I thought Hellboy 2 was much better than 1!

d.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: red marley on October 10, 2010, 11:27:18 am
It's probably not the same film, but with a similar plot, Con Air is the only film I have ever walked out of in the cinema because it was so utterly dire.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: her_welshness on October 10, 2010, 07:02:15 pm
It's probably not the same film, but with a similar plot, Con Air is the only film I have ever walked out of in the cinema because it was so utterly dire.

Ahh no, Con Air is a fabulous film. Switch off brain, thats what you need to do  :)

Today I watched properly for the very first time 'Ferris Bueller's day off', it was very good indeed!
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Post by: Flying_Monkey on October 11, 2010, 06:37:44 pm
It's probably not the same film, but with a similar plot, Con Air is the only film I have ever walked out of in the cinema because it was so utterly dire.

Con Air is a spoof, or at least it is very, very ironic. Do people not realize this? It's one of the most deliberately over-the-top films ever made, and absolutely filled with movie references and in-jokes. I guess if you watched it thinking it was going to be a serious action film then you might be disappointed...
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Post by: red marley on October 11, 2010, 11:12:58 pm
Con Air is a spoof, or at least it is very, very ironic. Do people not realize this? It's one of the most deliberately over-the-top films ever made, and absolutely filled with movie references and in-jokes. I guess if you watched it thinking it was going to be a serious action film then you might be disappointed...

Thanks for that interpretation Mr Monkey. Yes I went into the cinema realising that it wasn't intended to be a "serious action film". That's precisely what got my goat. A film that cynically pretended to be knowing, but actually was just formulaic drivel hiding behind a facade of irony. I may have entirely misjudged the film as I never made it to the end, so perhaps something happened in the last half hour that would have turned my preconceptions upside down.

The computer that spits out all those 'scary movie' type spoofs creates product that is over the top and full of movie references, but it doesn't mean that it's at all clever, entertaining or making a point of any value.
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Post by: mattc on October 12, 2010, 10:20:35 am
I'm with Jo on this. Con Air was just loud and splodey, with some dull quiet bits in between. I could sit through it, but would resent actually paying to!

The Hot Shots! movies were proper action spoofs (there may be others that I can't think of right now, but they are rare). Pretty much all modern action movies are some mixture of action, sex and jokes, with the emphasis on the action. If the jokes aren't great, it better have some impressive/original action. Thrillers are a different beast (although you can have an action-thriller, but I don't think anyone's claiming this of Con-Air!).

If you want to BE a spoof, you have to be spoofing something. You can't have people pointlessly killing each-other and just claim it's ironic. It's like spoofing gratuitous nudity by fliming ... gratuitous nudity.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: LindaG on October 12, 2010, 03:00:59 pm
Surrogates with Bruce Willis and some blonde that Crusty likes.  It was all right.  I wondered if it was inspired by 'Second Life'.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Mike J on October 12, 2010, 06:32:38 pm
Hot Tub Time Machine
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Bledlow on October 13, 2010, 10:39:17 am
It's like spoofing gratuitous nudity by fliming ... gratuitous nudity.
What's wrong with that?
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: onb on October 13, 2010, 01:11:37 pm
made in Dagenham good stuff.
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Post by: her_welshness on October 13, 2010, 01:22:10 pm
Watched 'Ghost' last night with Pierce Brosnan and Ewan Macgregor. Good film, and a great ending too  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Manotea on October 13, 2010, 01:31:25 pm
Well I was going to watch Pitch Black last night whilst doing my Anfractuous accounts in the front room but it seems the DVD player has packed. I noticed this on my last trip to Tesco a 20" flat screen TV with integrated freeview and DVD for £169 which struck me then as a good replacement for our CRT TV*, FreeviewBox and DVD, even better now the DVD has packed.

*Yeah, I know, its like the dark ages round here...
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Post by: tiermat on October 13, 2010, 01:40:16 pm
Well I was going to watch Pitch Black lat night whilst doing my Anfractuous accounts in the front froom but it seems the DVD player has packed. I noticed this on my last trip to Tesco a 20" flat screen TV with integrated freeview and DVD for £169 which struck me then as a good replacement for our CRT TV*, FreeviewBox and DVD, even better now the DVD has packed.

*Yeah, I know, its like the dark ages round here...

My lodger has bought one of these, seems ok, but the tuner is a bit sensitive, so ensure you have a good TV signal, or else you will get Jack....
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Flying_Monkey on October 13, 2010, 01:54:02 pm
If you want to BE a spoof, you have to be spoofing something. You can't have people pointlessly killing each-other and just claim it's ironic. It's like spoofing gratuitous nudity by fliming ... gratuitous nudity.

That's because it's not doing what you are claiming. The 'something' it is being ironic about are the Die Hard-type films of which Hollywood had become so fond.  It's not Hot Shots! and parody does not have to so obvious. Sure, if you like your humour with a big signpost saying 'this is funny, laugh now' then fine, but the whole point of Con Air is that it is completely slick, done with an entirely straight face, and yet totally ridiculous. The very fact that a lot of people can't distinguish it from a conventional Hollywood action film goes a long way to demonstrating its point, but also that perhaps these films are so far gone as to be un-spoofable... I certainly didn't say that Con Air was successful in its irony, but I like the fact that it tries and I like the references. 
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Post by: andyoxon on October 13, 2010, 03:06:53 pm
I have to say I didn't see ConAir as a spoof, but then it's often difficult to tell when the OTT Holywood action blockbusters tend to be derivative to vary degrees.  So perhaps case of unsubtle derivation blurring into 'spoof'?
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: her_welshness on October 13, 2010, 04:50:40 pm
I just thought that Con Air was camp and brilliant fun!
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Post by: Manotea on October 13, 2010, 04:57:18 pm
If you find 'Con Air 'to cerebal there is always 'Snakes on a Plane'.

But if you like your tripe airborne then I offer you 'Airforce One'.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: citoyen on October 13, 2010, 05:26:02 pm
perhaps these films are so far gone as to be un-spoofable...

Having watched the magnificently preposterous Under Siege on telly recently, I would say this is the obvious conclusion.

Con Air is weird. I wouldn't call it a spoof as such, more a film that's aware of the ridiculousness of its premise and plays up to it. Straight-faced? Really? John Malkovich for one is camping it up to the max from the off. The whole thing is very knowingly OTT. I get it, but I'm with Jo - it's all just a bit too self-indulgent for my liking.

d.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Deano on October 13, 2010, 11:17:09 pm
De Ja Vu on BBC3 tonight.  Pretty dull, though Denzel Washington gave good integrity, as he always does.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Deano on October 13, 2010, 11:17:21 pm
De Ja Vu on BBC3 tonight.  Pretty dull, though Denzel Washington gave good integrity, as he always does.  Preposterous plot.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: TimO on October 14, 2010, 09:08:54 am
So good you watched it twice?

Damned repeats.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: citoyen on October 14, 2010, 09:49:30 am
De Ja Vu on BBC3 tonight...

I have a strange feeling I've seen this post before.

d.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: mattc on October 14, 2010, 11:05:26 am
If you find 'Con Air 'to cerebal there is always 'Snakes on a Plane'.
Now that's a film that knew what it was doing!
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: spesh on October 14, 2010, 12:20:26 pm
So good you watched it twice?

Deano's in more than one time line.  ;)
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Flying_Monkey on October 14, 2010, 01:26:54 pm
perhaps these films are so far gone as to be un-spoofable...
Con Air is weird. I wouldn't call it a spoof as such, more a film that's aware of the ridiculousness of its premise and plays up to it. Straight-faced? Really? John Malkovich for one is camping it up to the max from the off. The whole thing is very knowingly OTT. I get it, but I'm with Jo - it's all just a bit too self-indulgent for my liking.

I'd agree entirely. Mind you lots of films are like this, I suspect because, until the more recent rise of indie film conventions in the mainstream it was just about the only way you could express any critique from within the system.  If you read William Gibson's piece on adapting his short story, Johnny Mnemonic, as a screenplay, he just gave up trying to do what he wanted and gave Hollywood what they wanted and more until it was utterly ridiculous. And they loved it. The audiences however, could see it was ridiculous. That's what I don't quite always get - that the audiences seem sometimes to be more intelligent than they are estimated to be by the producers, yet sometimes vastly less so...
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Deano on October 14, 2010, 08:12:37 pm
De Ja Vu on BBC3 last night.  Pretty dull, though Denzel Washington gave good integrity, as he always does.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: citoyen on October 16, 2010, 12:03:47 am
And how did you find the plot?
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Flying_Monkey on October 16, 2010, 02:09:10 am
And how did you find the plot?

It seemed like I'd seen it somewhere before...
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on October 17, 2010, 05:09:05 pm
Gilda. Completely melodramatic, but Rita Hayworth is great.
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Post by: cpjmathieson on October 17, 2010, 05:32:45 pm
Book of Eli... what a great film..you must see it, if you haven't already!! :D
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Andrij on October 17, 2010, 07:21:40 pm
Silent Movie.  How have I managed to never see this film before?!  Not the best of Mel's films, but thoroughly entertaining in the usual silly way.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Chris S on October 17, 2010, 07:57:35 pm
Solaris. This time I was sober. It made some sense.

Still a Bit Weird though.
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Post by: Zoidburg on October 17, 2010, 07:59:09 pm
2012

What a hilarious wank fest.

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Post by: rogerzilla on October 17, 2010, 09:55:05 pm
Me too.  What an enormous steaming pile of shite.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: citoyen on October 18, 2010, 10:57:00 am
Me too.  What an enormous steaming pile of shite.

Do you mean that like Zoidburg you also saw 2012? Or did you see the recent Spanish film that's known in its original language as Yo Tambien (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1289449/)?

d.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Zoidburg on October 18, 2010, 07:59:47 pm
Day Breakers.

Set brain in neutral and enjoy the ride.
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Post by: darkpoint on October 19, 2010, 08:21:28 am
Dukes of Hazard.

Well i only made it to the first ad break before I gave up and deleted it.

I liked the show as a kid, but the movie just felt wrong and was rubbish.
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Post by: LindaG on October 19, 2010, 09:00:36 am
Bad Boys II

Whatcha gonna do?
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Post by: andyoxon on October 19, 2010, 10:24:06 am
Edge of Darkness. Gibson & Winstone.  It's too long since I've seen the Bob Peck BBC series.  I thought MG was pretty good in this adaptation, but RW just didn't seem that 'believable' in his role.  Dialogue was physically quite hard to hear at times.  I thought in general - OK, some good moments; but must watch the original again.
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Post by: Zoidburg on October 19, 2010, 01:05:32 pm
The Losers.

Had it's moments I supose but it was aimed at the wrong audience and dumbed down from the source material.

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Post by: PaulR on October 19, 2010, 01:30:58 pm
Bicycle Thieves as part of the BFF (and a wedding anniversary treat). 

Depressing but excellent film.   Little actor (Enzo something) aged 7 who went on to become a maths teacher - what a star!  The chap who played his dad was brilliant too; I gather he was a lathe operator and, some years later when he was laid off, he went back to acting.
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Post by: spindrift on October 19, 2010, 01:34:46 pm
Martyrs, a horror film.

A grim experience, very well done.

And The Counterfeiters-about Jews who were forced to make forged British banknotes in the knowledge that they were aiding the Axis powers, the last scene is fantastic.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Deano on October 19, 2010, 10:13:37 pm
And how did you find the plot?

It was preposterous ;D
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Post by: Torslanda on October 21, 2010, 07:49:39 pm
I can't remember, nor am I sad enough to check thru umpty ump pages of posts, if I mentioned The Men Who Stare at Goats . . .

On DVD check the extras and see the man that Jeff Bridges based his character on - scary. So much of it is factual. Worth buying for the scene where Kevin Spacey is off his face on LSD.

Not much is making me smile at the moment but this did.
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Post by: Chris S on October 21, 2010, 09:21:03 pm
American Beauty.

What. A. Film.  :thumbsup:

"You wanna see the most beautiful thing I ever filmed?"
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Post by: Manotea on October 22, 2010, 10:31:34 am
American Beauty.

What. A. Film.  :thumbsup:

"You wanna see the most beautiful thing I ever filmed?"

I saw this film first time round, shortly after being made redundent. Cheered me up no end*!

K-Pax is another Spacey (sic) winner.

Edit: Apart from the being shot in the head bit, obviously.
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Post by: mr endon on October 23, 2010, 12:46:03 am
Born & Bred (Nacido y Oriado).
Really rather good.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Torslanda on October 24, 2010, 06:43:10 pm
Friday night. Saving Private Ryan on one of the 4s.

Never seen it previously. Not what I expected at all. I guess I shouldn't have watched it cos it left me on a real downer all weekend.
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Post by: Flying_Monkey on October 24, 2010, 09:04:36 pm
The White Ribbon, another great film by Michael Haneke.
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Post by: her_welshness on October 25, 2010, 08:19:16 am
'Good Night and Good Luck'- astonishingly good. Fabulous cast too  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Mr Larrington on October 25, 2010, 10:17:17 am
The Quatermass Xperiment.  Now Quatermass was supposed to be a genius - and a BRITON, but we'll let that pass - which explains how he rocked up at the crash site in a VW Microbus, opened the engine bay and revealed a radio rather than an air-cooled flat-four.  I imagine it was actually powered by dilithium crystals or something.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: mike on October 25, 2010, 10:28:48 am
North by Northwest when we got back from the pub yesterday afternoon.  Hitchcock is a genius, some of the filming is jaw-droppingly good (compared to the special effects, which look a little dated ;))  and cary grant is fantastic, Eva Marie Saint is gorgeous and James Mason has a voice like butter dripping through a toasted scone. 

Great film.
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Post by: mattc on October 25, 2010, 10:57:57 am
The Quatermass Xperiment.  Now Quatermass was supposed to be a genius - and a BRITON, but we'll let that pass - which explains how he rocked up at the crash site in a VW Microbus, opened the engine bay and revealed a radio rather than an air-cooled flat-four.  I imagine it was actually powered by dilithium crystals or something.
Flux capacitor?


Anyway, this week's surprise was Be Kind Rewind.

Really not as expected. The story was as advertised, and there was lots of fun stuff. But it had a very odd tone. The dialogue was almost gag-free, and lacked any zing.
You felt that if Jack Black had improvised his part it would have been a lot funnier.

Odd. Worth watching, just not as good as it could have been.
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Post by: Rig of Jarkness on October 25, 2010, 07:03:14 pm
East is East on telly at the weekend.  Didn't get it.  ???
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: mattc on October 25, 2010, 07:09:12 pm
In parallel with the Cool Wall, we have established the YACF movie compass:

North by Northwest: jaw-droppingly good
East is East: Didn't get it
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: citoyen on October 25, 2010, 07:37:21 pm
Has anyone seen Song Of The South lately?
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Post by: Wowbagger on October 25, 2010, 07:38:36 pm
Monty Python's Life of Brian - in the company of a respectable lady who had never seen it before.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Rig of Jarkness on October 25, 2010, 07:44:21 pm
Has anyone seen Song Of The South lately?

And isn't there a West is West out just now ?   :)
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Post by: clarion on October 25, 2010, 08:02:39 pm
East is East is brilliant.
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Post by: Chris S on October 25, 2010, 09:19:48 pm
Return of the King.

As well as the Hidden Fart - there is quite a lot of crying.

And an unnecessary number of endings. At least 6 by my count.

Still fun to watch though.
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Post by: citoyen on October 25, 2010, 11:08:08 pm
Police Academy.

The 12yo loved it, bless him. I didn't find it as funny as I remembered it. In fact, I didn't find it funny at all. But then I was probably not much older than 12 when I last saw it.

d.
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Post by: Manotea on October 25, 2010, 11:13:00 pm
The Iron Petticoat - Katherine Hepburn & Bob Hope. Excellent period piece.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on October 26, 2010, 09:39:12 am
First Strike.  Jackie Chan kicks people  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: spesh on October 26, 2010, 11:36:00 am
First Strike.  Jackie Chan kicks people  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

As ani fule kno, people only really watch Jackie Chan films for the snuff stunt-gone-badly-wrong outtakes during the closing credits.  :demon:
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Post by: LindaG on October 27, 2010, 08:46:46 am
The Blind Side.

Sandra Bullock.

In some ways I found this film challenging.  Based on a true story,
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Post by: andrewc on October 27, 2010, 11:39:11 pm
(http://www.peeble.com/kim.jpg)(http://www.peeble.com/carlos.jpg)

The story of Kim's double, Ilich Ramirez Sanchez aka Carlos .   Not too bad, and a memory jog for those of us of a certain age,  but nowhere near as well done as Der Baader Meinhoff Komplex.

Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Mr Larrington on October 28, 2010, 12:42:26 pm
Witchfinder General.  Difficult to take seriously after reading of the Witchfinder Army in Good Omens, or that episode of Blackadder with the Witchsmeller Pursuivant in it.

Mr Larrington's Theory of Horror Fillums, which is mine and belongs to me, is that they have a half-life of about ten years.  Thus any episode of The League Of Gentlemen featuring Papa Lazarou is way scarier than Witchfinder GeneralThe Exorcist had people tied in knots when it was first released, but when I finally got round to watching it circa 2001, it was just tedious.

The exception to this rule is, natch, The Blair Witch Project.  One early hype review featured a fillum critic coming out of a screening at the Cannes Film Festival looking as though a North Korean Secret Policegoon had just hit her over the head with a board.  "Wowsa!", TWFKAML and I said, " This we must see!".  It proved slightly less scary than seeing one's grandad wearing a hand-knitted jumper and smoking a pipe.

Tonight there will be more kung-fu.  No hype, no controversy, just Oriental types beating laughably unrealistic shit out of each other.
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Post by: mattc on October 28, 2010, 01:13:09 pm

The story of Kim's double, Ilich Ramirez Sanchez aka Carlos .   Not too bad, and a memory jog for those of us of a certain age,  but nowhere near as well done as Der Baader Meinhoff Komplex.

3hr or 5hr version?
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Post by: andrewc on October 28, 2010, 03:44:40 pm

The story of Kim's double, Ilich Ramirez Sanchez aka Carlos .   Not too bad, and a memory jog for those of us of a certain age,  but nowhere near as well done as Der Baader Meinhoff Komplex.

3hr or 5hr version?
3 hour version, I didn't know about the 5 hour version till I got home and googles for reviews.
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Post by: tiermat on October 30, 2010, 01:00:36 pm
Up, funny in places, take-it-or-leave-it in others.

TLD enjoyed it tho, as she is currently enjoying Step Up (she is on a real danciing kick at the mo, just like any 6 yr old girly girl should be :) )
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Post by: mattc on October 30, 2010, 06:27:02 pm
3 hour version, I didn't know about the 5 hour version till I got home and googles for reviews.

Lightweight ;)

Actually you're probably lucky - ignorance is bliss. If I watch either it will be the 3hr, but I'm bound to worry that I'm missing something that was in the 5hr version!
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Post by: Flying_Monkey on October 30, 2010, 08:26:42 pm
Even Dwarfs Started Small (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0065436/). This is absolutely crazy German director, Werner Herzog, at his most completely mental. Disturbing, compulsive, bizarre, brilliant. What can I say? If you haven't seen it, you don't know just how messed up movies can be.
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Post by: TimO on October 31, 2010, 06:35:21 pm
MicMacs, which was a quite clever and fun film.

Whilst I don't mind subtitled films, it's very easy if you get distracted by something, and then to miss a whole mass of important stuff.  I'll need to watch it again, more carefully, since various odd and sods happened whist I was watching it.

That aside, definitely worth seeing. :thumbsup:
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Post by: andygates on October 31, 2010, 06:44:50 pm
Sharktopus. :facepalm:
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Post by: Wascally Weasel on October 31, 2010, 06:55:15 pm
A double bill - RED followed by Burke & Hare.  I enjoyed both.

The first probably isn't a great film but was worth it for the performances (served with generous portion of ham).
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Post by: Julian on October 31, 2010, 07:38:45 pm
Burke & Hare last night.  It was really very good indeed, and the film reviewer at the Metro "newspaper" who slated it is Simply Wrong.
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Post by: LindaG on October 31, 2010, 10:46:40 pm
Pushing Tin.

Billy Bob Thornton.   John Cusack.

Oh yes.   Much totty.  Some good aeroplane shots.  And the 'stand behind a 747 and see what happens'.  I love that.

Oh, and it's good to see someone else get burned out by their job   ::-)
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Post by: cyclone on October 31, 2010, 10:51:54 pm
SAW 7 3D - nowhere near as chilling as the first ones. Stylised gore... :-\
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Post by: Valiant on November 03, 2010, 02:12:48 am
Jonah Hex. I quite liked it for mindless entertainment.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on November 03, 2010, 09:47:59 am
Extraordinary Rendition.  A fillum which tends to make one very cross with governments.
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Post by: itsbruce on November 03, 2010, 08:03:40 pm
The Children of Men.  A film to make you think hard about a number of things, not least how much you'd be willing to risk for other people.
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Post by: citoyen on November 04, 2010, 11:46:12 am
A film to make you think hard about a number of things, not least...

Will Julianne Moore ever be mine?

Sigh.

d.
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Post by: itsbruce on November 04, 2010, 11:59:42 am

Will Julianne Moore ever be mine?


Hug that Boogie Nights DVD close.
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Post by: itsbruce on November 14, 2010, 11:40:06 pm
Brazil, for the first time in quite a few years.  Probably Terry Gilliam's most complete and successful film.  Much as I love it, every time I watch it, it makes me so sad.  Wonderful.
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Post by: clarion on November 15, 2010, 09:24:33 am
It is wonderful.  And wonderfully sad.
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Post by: Bledlow on November 15, 2010, 10:06:05 am
Another Year.

Good.
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Post by: PaulR on November 15, 2010, 10:12:05 am
Another Year

Very good indeed.  Jim Broadbent is a fabulous actor but Mike Leigh is a genius.
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Post by: citoyen on November 15, 2010, 04:37:43 pm
The missus and I have the night off this Saturday, since the offspring is sleeping over at his mate's house, so we thought we might go and see Another Year.

Shame nearly every single sodding cinema screen within two hours' drive will be showing Harry bleedin' Potter ad nauseam this weekend. Surely the whole point of multiplexes is to show lots of different films rather than the same film 12 times at once? >:(

The only cinema that's showing something I might actually want to watch is the arty-farty cinema at the university (they have The Arbor on, which I want to see because a] I'm a fan of Andrea Dunbar, and b] I know the director). I dare say they'll get Another Year eventually, but probably for one night only, and probably on a night I can't go.

d.
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Post by: Bledlow on November 16, 2010, 10:25:20 am
The nearest & most accessible cinema for us isn't showing it. That chain will only show it in a few metropolitan cinemas.

Beautifully observed. I think there's some stereotyping, for ease of recognition, but it's not taken too far: the characters are all believable. I've met Mary, Ken, & Carl.

Mrs B reckons that the teenagers who most films are aimed at wouldn't appreciate it, because they haven't lived enough to understand the characters.
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Post by: spesh on November 16, 2010, 06:09:14 pm
The Odd Angry Shot (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0079652/)

As recommended by Wascally Weasel, it came across as an Aussies in Vietnam version of Milligan's earlier war diaries. More bawdy humour and beer than bullets, and worth it just for the scene where the shoebox contraption is presented to the padre.  ;D
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Post by: teethgrinder on November 16, 2010, 07:15:29 pm
Surely the whole point of multiplexes is to show lots of different films rather than the same film 12 times at once? >:(


No. The purpose of multiplexes is to sell grossly overpriced popcorn and suchlike to as big a captive audience as they can muster, hence why they don't allow you to bring your own. Hence why I wear a puffy coat with an inside pocket, large enough to fit a half bottle of wine and my own supermarket bought snacks. :smug:
Anyway, that's why they show Harry Potter non stop. Because lots of people want to see it on the big screen. They won't sell so much overpriced junk food if there are fewer mugs customers to but it.
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Post by: citoyen on November 17, 2010, 12:03:17 pm
No. The purpose of multiplexes is to sell grossly overpriced popcorn and suchlike to as big a captive audience as they can muster, hence why they don't allow you to bring your own.

Indeed. And this will be why they've done away with separate ticket desk and "food" counter - if you want to buy a ticket, you have to join the same queue as for the buckets of popcorn and half-gallon vats of luridly coloured fizzy pop. (This is why I always book tickets online and use the automated ticket machine.)

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Hence why I wear a puffy coat with an inside pocket, large enough to fit a half bottle of wine and my own supermarket bought snacks. :smug:

Ha! Good work.

I tend not to bother - I can usually last a couple of hours without feeling the need to fill my face - but if I want to take a drink or snacks in with me, I'll hide them in my wife's handbag.

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Anyway, that's why they show Harry Potter non stop. Because lots of people want to see it on the big screen. They won't sell so much overpriced junk food if there are fewer mugs customers to but it.

Fortunately, I've found a cinema that's showing Another Year on Saturday evening so we're going there instead. And a very lovely cinema it is too (http://www.kinodigital.co.uk/) - it's a bit of a trek, but it'll be worth it. It's a proper grown-up cinema - I don't think they sell popcorn, but they do offer home-made cakes and pastries.

d.
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Post by: LEE on November 17, 2010, 12:22:06 pm
"Jean de Florette" and "Manon des Sources" double DVD just arrived from Play.com. (only £6.29)

I know what the next films I shall be watching are.
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Post by: urban_biker on November 17, 2010, 12:31:04 pm

No. The purpose of multiplexes is to sell grossly overpriced popcorn and suchlike to as big a captive audience as they can muster, hence why they don't allow you to bring your own.  <snip>

I've not seen that in my two local multiplexes. In fact I've often been surprised that they don't have that kind of policy. I've often openly carried in food and drinks bought elsewhere.
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on November 19, 2010, 11:38:35 pm
I went to see Harry Potter tonight. I enjoyed it. My "chocolate" raisins weren't very nice though.
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Post by: Bledlow on November 20, 2010, 09:23:39 pm

No. The purpose of multiplexes is to sell grossly overpriced popcorn and suchlike to as big a captive audience as they can muster, hence why they don't allow you to bring your own.  <snip>

I've not seen that in my two local multiplexes. In fact I've often been surprised that they don't have that kind of policy. I've often openly carried in food and drinks bought elsewhere.
My two local multiplexes have signs saying no food or drink bought outside may be consumed in them.

But - nobody's ever searched me or Mrs B & found the cans or bottles we usually take in. ;)
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Post by: citoyen on November 20, 2010, 11:43:27 pm
Another Year.

Stunning. One of Mike Leigh's best yet. Lesley Manville is astonishing. As is Jim Broadbent. So glad we made the effort to see it. And I want to see it again!
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Post by: Mr Larrington on November 22, 2010, 11:13:10 am
Into The Wild.  Pretty harrowing even if you've read the book and know how it's going to end.
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Post by: mattc on November 22, 2010, 07:42:05 pm
No Country for Old Men.  Best film I've seen in a long time.

Ditto. Some very tense scenes, and a plot that surprised me a few times. I'd put it in the better half of the Coen brothers portfolio.

My only tiny criticism was the sometimes incomprehensible drawl of characters such as the sheriff. This was the first time I've ever wanted subtitles in a US movie!

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Completely OT, but looking into the cast afterwards I found out about this guy:
Charles Harrelson - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Harrelson)
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Post by: Blade on November 22, 2010, 07:52:08 pm
Quicksilver. Been trying to track down a copy of this film for quite some time as I'm gradually building up a collection of films which have a cycling theme.

The film stars Kevin Bacon as a bicycle messenger and has quite a lot of footage featuring cycling.
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Post by: Tail End Charlie on November 22, 2010, 09:49:14 pm
Not a film but my wife and I for the last week have been watching two episodes of Colditz each night which we've recorded.
Excellent acting and the variety of story lines, given that it's pretty much all in one place, is great.
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Post by: Chris S on November 22, 2010, 11:28:43 pm
Toy Story 3.

 :'(

and

 ;D :D :D
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Post by: andyoxon on November 23, 2010, 10:24:50 am
Edge of Darkness (series).  BBC 1986.  Not seen it for many years, so that I'd forgotten most of details.  Very atmospheric, worth watching again.  Tim McInnery has changed a bit since then.
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Post by: jogler on November 23, 2010, 02:08:30 pm
A. I. Artificial Intelligence
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Post by: Flying_Monkey on November 23, 2010, 07:41:09 pm
I finally got round to seeing Inception properly. It was actually surprisingly bad, Matrix-y stuff, which relied largely on rehreated sf ideas, technical gimmicks, star-turns and action set-pieces in place of character and plot development or anythign genuinely thought-provoking. Oh and the 'cliffhanger' at the end was the oldest and most predictable one in the book. Hollywood has done Christopher Nolan no favours.
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Post by: Kathy on November 25, 2010, 11:26:31 am
Harry Potter and the Everlasting Franchise.

Gods, that was dull! :sick:
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Post by: Mr Larrington on November 25, 2010, 11:56:17 am
Commando.  Formulaic plot and dialogue so wooden it makes HMS Victory look like Oscar Wilde.  But it's got loads of explosions an' killin's.  Someone with more time on their hands than is strictly good for them reckons that Arnie kills 81 baddies.

I have just discovered that a remake is in the pipeline, in which case the number of murdered studio executives will exceed the body count of the original by at least 30%.
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Post by: andygates on November 25, 2010, 12:18:50 pm
Commando is a near-death experience if you play the Arnie drinking game.   :thumbsup:

Me, I've watched End of Evangelion and am now equally baffled, squicked and consumed by existential despair. Yay!
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Post by: Andrij on November 25, 2010, 03:34:11 pm
Kick Ass

It was.  :thumbsup:
 
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Post by: LEE on November 25, 2010, 04:15:55 pm
Jean de Florette.

Just superb.

Tonight it's part 2, Manon des Sources.
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Post by: Flying_Monkey on November 26, 2010, 01:26:26 pm

Tonight it's part 2, Manon des Sources.

ooh... Emmanuelle Beart nekkid  ;D Not a bad film either, although not, IMHO as good as the first one.
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Post by: mrcharly-YHT on November 28, 2010, 11:12:58 am
Brideshead revisited. Rather good.
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Post by: Nightfly on November 28, 2010, 08:46:01 pm
North By Northwest.
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Post by: jogler on November 28, 2010, 10:59:47 pm
2012
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Post by: Mike r on November 29, 2010, 12:24:07 am
North By Northwest.

I watched  that a few days ago, fantastic film!!
Then I was dragged to see Harry Potter... most boring film I've watched in years, closest I've ever come to walking out the cinema.
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Post by: Dinamo on November 29, 2010, 11:14:27 am
Things We Lost In The Fire.
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Post by: citoyen on November 29, 2010, 01:36:44 pm
Harry Potter and the Everlasting Franchise.

Gods, that was dull! :sick:

Saw it on Saturday. I managed to stay awake for the duration but it's very unevenly paced. Loads of action in the first 20 minutes, then a long dull section interspersed with a few action sequences, then a non-ending. And for a film that's so long and only covers half the book, it's amazing how much detail they managed to leave out.1 It's more like a collection of loosely linked set pieces than a coherent story, and very much assumes that the viewer will be able to join the dots. Which is true for much of the audience, but that's not the point - it means that if you haven't read the book, the film must be very hard to follow.

I liked the animated shadow play though.

d.

1.
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Post by: vorsprung on November 29, 2010, 01:55:32 pm
This weekend I saw the new Studio Ghibli "Ponyo" which is excellent.  Usual stuff about fish princesses but great characters, drama, fantastic artwork.  Recommended for kids and adults.  Ponyo | Now On Blu-ray & DVD  | Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment  (http://disneydvd.disney.go.com/ponyo.html)

Also saw "The Devil Wears Prada".  It started off ok but then nothing happened except the main protagonist is a stupid American.  Tame and lame.  Don't waste your time
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Post by: newtoncap on November 29, 2010, 02:05:07 pm
North By Northwest.

I watched that yesterday too and loved it!   It's one of those films that i've seen bits of over the years, and thought I had seen it all but hadn't.  Isn't Cary Grant such a gentleman?

Last night I watched 'Beowolf' on Ch5........AWFUL!
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Post by: border-rider on November 29, 2010, 02:15:09 pm
In Bruges. (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=4628.0)

Excellent.
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Post by: mattc on November 30, 2010, 12:42:39 pm
OSS 117: Le Caire, nid d'espions (2006) - IMDb (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0464913/)

Best Bond parody I've seen yet (although David Niven came pretty close). A pleasant surprise, as I can't recall enjoying any french comedies ever before! (it did have a faint trace of Carry On Spying, but that's OK ... )

Anyone seen the sequel? (Lost in Rio - 2009)
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Post by: Mr Larrington on November 30, 2010, 01:07:45 pm
The Fifth Element.  Brain-buggeringly daft and as camp as a row of tents.  However, were Santa to give me a machine that could generate a fully-functional Milla Jovovitch in fifteen of your Earth minutes, I should not be disappointed.
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Post by: clarion on November 30, 2010, 02:09:37 pm
I've been working on that one for years, but I can't get the right bracket.
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Post by: Chris S on November 30, 2010, 02:21:51 pm
I've been working on that one for years, but I can't get the right bracket.

Hmm... "bracket" - is that what they're calling it these days?

Chris Tucker - Ruuuuuubeeeee Rodd. Super Green...  :thumbsup:
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Post by: geraldc on November 30, 2010, 04:26:07 pm
I watched Avatar again. I was able to enjoy it more 2nd time around. I'd let my guard down and wasn't bothered by a good white man coming to lead the noble but savage natives fight against the greedy white man.
Halfway through Tron (will finish it tonight). It's been years since I've watched it. People had very strange thoughts on operating systems. Still it's nice to hear the sound of solid computer keyboard again. I'll have to watch Wargames again soon.
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Post by: andyoxon on December 02, 2010, 10:29:22 am
A single man - with Colin Firth & Julianne Moore.  Well filmed and acted, but not really my cup of tea.
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Post by: tiermat on December 02, 2010, 11:18:36 am
Mesrine - L'Instinct de Mort

And tonight shall be Mesrine - L'ennemi public no1

Then I shall move on from French to Russian, I think and watch the NightWatch and DayWatch films...
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Post by: Flying_Monkey on December 02, 2010, 02:23:48 pm
Mesrine - L'Instinct de Mort

And tonight shall be Mesrine - L'ennemi public no1

Ah, those look like fun... and I love Vincent Cassel
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Post by: Steve GT on December 02, 2010, 02:33:25 pm
Zombieland.
A great laugh.
Woody Harrelson was just excellent.
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Post by: BrianI on December 02, 2010, 05:20:19 pm
Akira   ;D

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Post by: Torslanda on December 02, 2010, 05:43:43 pm
Not strictly a film per se but Believe is a by turns serious, funny, intense and moving account of Eddie Izzard's life and career to date.

It includes the bizarre but true story of his show featuring on Watchdog along with his 'comeback' tour in 2003 and finishes with his marathon epic, strangely in the end titles . . .

I'm a fan (so I'm biased) but it made me cry, just a little . . .
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Post by: nicknack on December 02, 2010, 06:31:24 pm
Tim Burton's Sweeny Todd. It was rather good, I thought.
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Post by: Dinamo on December 05, 2010, 07:59:24 pm
A single man - with Colin Firth & Julianne Moore.  Well filmed and acted, but not really my cup of tea.

Watched it last night - not my cup of tea either !!
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Post by: BrianI on December 05, 2010, 08:06:09 pm
Flash  ahaaaa Gordon, with Ming and his merciless Ring.
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Post by: GruB on December 05, 2010, 08:20:35 pm
Percy Jackson, the Olympians and the Lightening Thief.
 
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Post by: Mr Larrington on December 06, 2010, 10:41:31 am
Swordfish.  Deeply silly but loads of killin's an' splosions :thumbsup:
Barbarella.  Woo!  What drugs were they on when they wrote that?
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Post by: mrcharly-YHT on December 06, 2010, 11:25:41 am
Invictus

Not bad. Not over dramatised. Interesting watching it with the kids; the youngest of which couldn't stop thinking the film was fiction. The eldest found it odd watching a 'historical' film and listening to mum and Dad commenting on what it was like when Mandela was released, etc.
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Post by: Torslanda on December 06, 2010, 05:23:49 pm
The Muppet Christmas Carol  ;D

Like so many 'childrens' films it works brilliantly on both levels . . .
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Post by: citoyen on December 06, 2010, 05:33:48 pm
The eldest found it odd watching a 'historical' film and listening to mum and Dad commenting on what it was like when Mandela was released, etc.

This reminds me of the time I told my dad we were learning about the second world war in history at school and he said, "That's not history!"  ;D

d.
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Post by: rogerzilla on December 06, 2010, 05:40:07 pm
Grease, for the nth time.  I'm always amazed at the level of sexual innuendo and how I never noticed any of it in 1979.
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Post by: jogler on December 06, 2010, 05:51:39 pm
Were you too engrossed getting some slap&tickle on the back row? ;D
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Post by: rogerzilla on December 06, 2010, 06:16:59 pm
I was 9.

That didn't actually answer your question, did it?
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Post by: jogler on December 06, 2010, 06:39:02 pm
No,it didn't :demon:
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Post by: simonp on December 06, 2010, 06:57:34 pm
Yes Man.

I read the book in 2007 or so.  It's a shame they had to Americanise it, but it was nonetheless very good and somewhat thought provoking.
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Post by: Manotea on December 08, 2010, 12:27:38 am
The eldest found it odd watching a 'historical' film and listening to mum and Dad commenting on what it was like when Mandela was released, etc.

This reminds me of the time I told my dad we were learning about the second world war in history at school and he said, "That's not history!"  ;D

Invictus. A good effort, I thought. Mrs Manotea will like it. I was home when Mandela was released, with the TV on waiting for hime to walk down that road.

As a young lad I watched so many contemporary WWII films I could almost remember it. Then again, I also watched so many american musicals that I thought it was normal for people to spontaneously launch into song and dance routines.
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Post by: Tourist Tony on December 08, 2010, 12:38:43 am
I thought the 'brutal' rugby in 'Invictus' rather poorly done.

Now, the last two films I watched were 'Primeveal' on i-Player, which was extremely silly (giant croc in Burundi);

And 'The Book of Eli' (T*sco cheapy). Intriguing, up to the point where the nature of the book is revealed and the whole film is shown up to be utter and complete tosh. Mind you, it does have a pair of redneck machine-gun-totin' cannibals played by Michael Gambon and Frances de la Tour.
Yes, really!
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Post by: tiermat on December 08, 2010, 07:59:27 am
Mesrine - L'Instinct de Mort

And tonight shall be Mesrine - L'ennemi public no1

Ah, those look like fun... and I love Vincent Cassel

They are brilliant, and I can whole heartedly recommend them both, but you do need to see both of them (IIRC they wanted to make one film, but realised that the public just wouldn't sit through ~4 hours of film, so made two). As film 1 opens where film 2 ends.
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Post by: Kathy on December 09, 2010, 07:55:08 am
The Devil's Backbone.

 :thumbsup:

Kind of a cross between Lost Hearts and Lord of the Flies.
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Post by: Jaded on December 10, 2010, 11:54:09 pm
The Chaser

A Korean film subtitled. Apparently, if the rave reviews on IMDB are true, a great example of Korean film making.

Unfortunately I missed the first 15mins of the film, so it took me a while to work out what was actually going on.

Which was gritty murder stuff.
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Post by: Manotea on December 11, 2010, 12:05:52 am
The Opposite of Sex.

Great promise but didnt quite fully engage. But my, Wednesday is all growed up.
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Post by: jogler on December 11, 2010, 11:28:57 am
The Wolfman.
exactly wotitsed on the lid :thumbsup:
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Post by: mrcharly-YHT on December 11, 2010, 12:09:58 pm
The Tourist.

Simplistic and banal. Angelina Jolie glides through without a change of expression. Jonny Depp plays his age!  My god that's a shock to see him with wrinkles and saggy face bits. Good part.

Fun lightweight film.
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Post by: itsbruce on December 11, 2010, 12:45:57 pm
Swordfish.  Deeply silly but loads of killin's an' splosions :thumbsup:
Barbarella.  Woo!  What drugs were they on when they wrote that?

Not enough.  You have to be on drugs yourself to find it interesting for more than 5 minutes.
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Post by: asterix on December 11, 2010, 03:05:25 pm
The Third Man..

..again. 

Who needs CGI?
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on December 11, 2010, 04:32:08 pm
Night at the Museum. Tee hee hee.
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Post by: rower40 on December 11, 2010, 04:39:16 pm
Ice Cold In Alex.
Flash Gordon.

An unusual juxtaposition by ITV4 this afternoon.
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on December 11, 2010, 04:42:16 pm
Gordon's aliiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiive!
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Post by: border-rider on December 12, 2010, 06:14:12 pm
Transformers

I'm not entirely sure why; I just kind of got sucked into it.  God, it's boring.
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Post by: rogerzilla on December 12, 2010, 06:21:29 pm
The Fellowship Of The Ring.

Mrs Z and I did a Beavis and Butt-Head and added a running commentary.  Still not sure whether Aragorn was right to plump for Liv Tyler rather than the blonde Rohan chick.  Personally, the pointy ears are a right turn-off (and Steven Tyler would almost certainly pop into your head at inopportune moments).  On the other hand, blonde chick has a very high forehead and doesn't look overly clean.

Also wondered why Saruman's powers don't extend to eagle-zapping and why, if the Balrog throws his toys out of the pram every time the orcs have a hoedown, the paths and bridges out of Moria weren't trashed a long time ago.

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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on December 12, 2010, 06:38:19 pm
I don't understand why they didn't just give the Ring to the eagles and get them to fly to Morrrrdorrrrrrrrrrrrr and drop it in the volcano.
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Post by: tonycollinet on December 12, 2010, 06:47:18 pm
Because it would have made a bloody boring story.

I've just been on two long haul flights, so have been forced to watch a number of films to stop my head exploding. However, watching them on a 6 inch screen is a good way to kill a film.

I watched.
Salt - OK
Inception - Will be brilliant when I re-watch it on a decent screen.
Killers - bloody awful

On the way back, choice was becoming limited.
Eat, Pray, Love - a chick flick lifted by the presence of Julia Roberts.
Going the distance - a chick flick lifted by the presence of Drew Barrymore
The Last Airbender - actually OK for a kids film, if you can ignore the slightly dodgy title.
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Post by: woollypigs on December 12, 2010, 06:50:09 pm
I don't understand why they didn't just give the Ring to the eagles and get them to fly to Morrrrdorrrrrrrrrrrrr and drop it in the volcano.
Now that would have cut out 200-300 pages of battles.

See JRRT had seen the future, if he had written the book with that bit in. Firstly there might have be a chance that I would have read the book to the end, instead of me getting tired/bored after reading 50 + pages about Frodo waking through a forest. Secondly there would never have been three fantastic movies and the massive tourist industry in New Zealand.

See he is thinking ahead :)
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Post by: mattc on December 12, 2010, 06:55:28 pm
I don't understand why they didn't just give the Ring to the eagles and get them to fly to Morrrrdorrrrrrrrrrrrr and drop it in the volcano.
Tune in Next week, when Kirst explains how to escape from Daleks*.

;)

*old-style ones, obviously
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Post by: longers on December 12, 2010, 08:04:53 pm
I finished watching Walk The Line this afternoon, we turned it off a couple of weeks ago as it was getting late.
There was only five minutes left!

It was surprising to see him portrayed in such a negative light as I didn't know his background. Really enjoyed it.
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Post by: itsbruce on December 12, 2010, 08:22:50 pm
Four Lions.  Funny and full of things that only Chris Morris could get away with, but a little disappointing for all that.  Not sure if he was aiming higher and missed or if he just didn't aim high enough.  Hard to believe he thought this was all that could be made of the subject.
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Post by: pcolbeck on December 12, 2010, 10:12:24 pm
OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies

A French 007 spoof. Never heard of it before but came across it channel hopping last week. Very funny and the costumes and cinematography etc were brilliant, captured the feel of early Bond films perfectly.
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Post by: Rhys W on December 12, 2010, 10:15:06 pm
I just watched Elf tonight on C4. Fantastic.
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Post by: citoyen on December 13, 2010, 08:59:33 am
Finally got round to watching The Damned United, which I've had knocking around for ages. Very good. The 12yo, who's too young to know anything about Brian Clough, was totally absorbed by it. :thumbsup:

d.
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Post by: Jaded on December 13, 2010, 02:20:05 pm
HP7

Was good, I thought. I was expecting less, after the last film, which I thought was poor. I also thought that Hermione was way better - not hamming it up like in previous outings.
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Post by: LEE on December 13, 2010, 02:28:17 pm
I don't understand why they didn't just give the Ring to the eagles and get them to fly to Morrrrdorrrrrrrrrrrrr and drop it in the volcano.

Because the Eagle in charge would have suddenly come over all nasty and started crapping on my car (and suchlike) instead of ditching said Ring.

It's a fairly intrinsic part of the story that it's a difficult thing to get rid of.

I've not seen the films for a while now but I may dig out Part 1 and re-watch the death of Boromir chapter.  I think it's a simply stunning piece of cinema (although it does start to cross into Monty Python's "Black Knight" ("tis but a scratch") territory)
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Post by: LEE on December 13, 2010, 02:38:36 pm
I just watched "Bad Day and Black Rock".

I've seen various parts of it over the years but never sat down with the intention of watching it.

It really is very good.  A masterpiece of creating something from very little.

I read that it's supposed to say something about post-WWII/Cold-War America but that may be reading too much into it.
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Post by: rogerzilla on December 13, 2010, 04:15:31 pm
HP7

Was good, I thought. I was expecting less, after the last film, which I thought was poor. I also thought that Hermione was way better - not hamming it up like in previous outings.
Amazing that she's one of the highest earning actresses in the world yet she can't act.

And, for the record, I wouldn't.  She looks too much like my sister at the same age  :hand:
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Post by: rogerzilla on December 13, 2010, 05:19:42 pm
Toy Story 3 is on .... again.

Andy's mom is pretty hot considering she must be, like, 45.
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Post by: citoyen on December 13, 2010, 05:50:42 pm
Andy's mom is pretty hot considering she must be, like, 45.

You have more of a problem with her being 45 than with her being a cartoon? Sick freak. ;)

d.
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Post by: andyoxon on December 13, 2010, 07:10:50 pm
Finally got round to watching The Damned United, which I've had knocking around for ages. Very good. The 12yo, who's too young to know anything about Brian Clough, was totally absorbed by it. :thumbsup:

d.

Good film.  mini citoyen can't be too sensitive to use of the f-word then, from what I remember...  ;)
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on December 13, 2010, 08:17:22 pm

Because the Eagle in charge would have suddenly come over all nasty and started crapping on my car (and suchlike) instead of ditching said Ring.

It's a fairly intrinsic part of the story that it's a difficult thing to get rid of.

I've not seen the films for a while now but I may dig out Part 1 and re-watch the death of Boromir chapter.  I think it's a simply stunning piece of cinema (although it does start to cross into Monty Python's "Black Knight" ("tis but a scratch") territory)
I went to see the first two films with my then bloke. He hadn't read the books and even though the first film starts with all the back story about Isildur and all that and how the Ring is really bad, and then they get to Rivendell and decide to destroy the Ring and Frodo says he'll go and the others say they'll go with him, at the end of the first film he wasn't really clear about what was happening so I talked him right through it. A year later we went to see the second film. A couple of weeks before we were going to see the third one, he asked me "Kirst, you know in Lord of the Rings? Where's Frodo going with the Ring?"

 ::-)
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Post by: LEE on December 13, 2010, 08:23:32 pm

Because the Eagle in charge would have suddenly come over all nasty and started crapping on my car (and suchlike) instead of ditching said Ring.

It's a fairly intrinsic part of the story that it's a difficult thing to get rid of.

I've not seen the films for a while now but I may dig out Part 1 and re-watch the death of Boromir chapter.  I think it's a simply stunning piece of cinema (although it does start to cross into Monty Python's "Black Knight" ("tis but a scratch") territory)
I went to see the first two films with my then bloke. He hadn't read the books and even though the first film starts with all the back story about Isildur and all that and how the Ring is really bad, and then they get to Rivendell and decide to destroy the Ring and Frodo says he'll go and the others say they'll go with him, at the end of the first film he wasn't really clear about what was happening so I talked him right through it. A year later we went to see the second film. A couple of weeks before we were going to see the third one, he asked me "Kirst, you know in Lord of the Rings? Where's Frodo going with the Ring?"

 ::-)

Cash Converters
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Post by: Manotea on December 13, 2010, 08:25:44 pm
I went to see the first two films with my then bloke. He hadn't read the books and even though the first film starts with all the back story about Isildur and all that and how the Ring is really bad, and then they get to Rivendell and decide to destroy the Ring and Frodo says he'll go and the others say they'll go with him, at the end of the first film he wasn't really clear about what was happening so I talked him right through it. A year later we went to see the second film. A couple of weeks before we were going to see the third one, he asked me "Kirst, you know in Lord of the Rings? Where's Frodo going with the Ring?"

 ::-)

Many years ago, I went to the to a propah operah house somewhere in london to see Rigoletto with the Mrs Manotea. Whilst perambulating home we discussed the performance. "I thought the guy with the limp was very good", I said, sagely. "You mean, Rigoletto?", said Mrs Manotea.

I may not know much about art but I know what I like.
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Post by: mattc on December 13, 2010, 08:28:19 pm
The other problem with the Eagle plan is that the ending would be too much like the end of Star Wars, with Frodo in the R2D2 role, strapped to the back of the Eagle/X-Wing.


If you think the business with the crack of doom is silly, listen to the BBC Radio version of it - it's not really a scene that works well purely with sound!
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Post by: tiermat on December 15, 2010, 07:37:38 pm
Over the last couple of days I have had chance to catch up on a few films, in preparation for the festive season (which is all about eating too much then falling asleep in front of a good film, tinny in you hand :) ), thus:

Salt : OK
Smokin Aces : didn't get to see much of it, must re-visit...
Invictus : Morgan Freeman plays a fantastic Nelson, but no way is Matt Damon a rugby player
RED: Stupid funny trash, I loved it....

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Post by: citoyen on December 16, 2010, 03:48:24 pm
Good film.  mini citoyen can't be too sensitive to use of the f-word then, from what I remember...  ;)

I didn't think the language was that bad, tbh - just a light smattering of anglo-saxon, which feels quite "natural" in the context.

Besides, I generally have more of a problem with sex and violence in films. I caught a bit of X-Men on telly the other night and found it quite unpleasant. I don't think I would let him watch that.

d.
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Post by: andrewc on December 16, 2010, 09:38:00 pm
I've just got in from watching   Of Gods and Men (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Of_Gods_and_Men_%28film%29) , the story of a group of French Cistercian monks who choose not to leave their Algerian monastery when violence erupts around them

A beautiful, brilliant film.

Good review here (http://gerryco23.wordpress.com/2010/12/11/of-gods-and-men-3/)
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Post by: tiermat on December 17, 2010, 08:28:01 am
Have started, and failed to finish, twice to watch Smoking Aces...

Which is strange for me as it is slap bang in the middle of my favourite gendre of films....

Oh well, to balance out the universe I think I will watch "Once Upon A time In America" at the weekend, all 4 hours of it! :)
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Post by: LindaG on December 17, 2010, 08:26:22 pm
Crazy Heart.

It was OK.
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Post by: BrianI on December 18, 2010, 10:00:29 am
Event Horizon on Blu-ray!   :thumbsup:  Forgot how good a film this is since I last watched it years ago on ye olde worlde dvd.
Still jumped at the frighty bits though!   :o   :thumbsup:
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Post by: citoyen on December 18, 2010, 10:19:13 am
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, which was on telly last night and I've never seen it before so...

What a load of tosh.

The Mad Max films seem to get progressively more silly as the budget gets bigger. I still love the first one though - it's a bona fide classic revenge movie. With car chases.

d.
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Post by: Jaded on December 19, 2010, 12:14:29 am
Severance, on last night.

Loopy plot and good knifework.
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Post by: Psychler on December 19, 2010, 12:34:32 am
just watched "Flame and Citron", just about to do "Guns of Navarone".  I've got "Das Boot" and "Downfall" for afterwards [thanks Sky Plus] if insomnia really kicks in.

Strangely, having been an avid war film fan for ever, I've never watched "Guns..."

ps  No work tonight....  snowed in.....  well enough not to work anyway.....  and the wine rack is over stocked


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Post by: Psychler on December 19, 2010, 12:35:57 am
....... and "The Colditz Story" is on tomorrow morning [11 am, Film 4]
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: citoyen on December 19, 2010, 12:37:33 am
It's A Wonderful Life.

I was going to go to bed but I started watching and couldn't tear myself away. Doesn't matter how many times I've seen it, it always gets me.

d.
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Post by: Dinamo on December 19, 2010, 01:31:23 pm
HeartBreaker

A choice of Mrs Dinamo, after she'd seen a preview on BBC Breakfast.
I wasn't that optimistic but was pleasantly surprised.
A very funny film, starring Vanessa Paradis.
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Post by: mrcharly-YHT on December 20, 2010, 08:24:37 am
Tron legacy

The 3d doesn't add anything to the film, but is decent.

Some good performances. Story is right - it follows on well from the first film. Nothing special, tho'
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Post by: Clandy on December 20, 2010, 09:01:42 am
Tron legacy

The 3d doesn't add anything to the film, but is decent.

Some good performances. Story is right - it follows on well from the first film. Nothing special, tho'

Also saw this Friday night. For me it was well worth the 28 year wait. I thought it added to the original story filling out the 'what Flynn did next' question, and also created a setting for sequels and possibly a TV series with the isomorph plotline.

I found the much vaunted 3D a major disappointment. If this is what 3D is like then why bother? Mostly it felt like looking at a pop-up book with layers of 2D one behind the other. Very poor.

As for the cinema itself, what an appalling experience. Our showing (Southend Odeon) was on the second floor, not a problem until you discover you have to go all the way back to the ground floor for any refreshments etc. because the kiosk on the 2nd floor is closed. We booked 'Premier' seats. 'Premier'? The only difference from standard seating was they were a couple of inches wider than normal with a higher back. They were still rock bloody hard, too upright and uncomfortable as hell.

 I am no longer surprised that cinema is losing its audience.
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Post by: mrcharly-YHT on December 20, 2010, 09:42:22 am
You should try a cinema with THX certification. This guarantees decent seating (as well as sound and vision) - the Picturehouse in York is brill. A 2year old can see clearly over a 6footer in front of them.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Jaded on December 20, 2010, 09:54:11 am
I am no longer surprised that cinema is losing its audience.

Except it isn't.

"In the nine years from 2000, cinema admissions have averaged 162.3m a year, up from 119.2m in the 1990s and just 77.5m in the 1980s.Despite the upward trend there are signs that growth is stagnating, with 2002 still the best year in modern times."

Report from last year.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Clandy on December 20, 2010, 10:24:22 am
I am no longer surprised that cinema is losing its audience.

Except it isn't.

"In the nine years from 2000, cinema admissions have averaged 162.3m a year, up from 119.2m in the 1990s and just 77.5m in the 1980s.Despite the upward trend there are signs that growth is stagnating, with 2002 still the best year in modern times."

Report from last year.

I'm just going by what I saw, maybe twenty people in our auditorium, and no more than that emerging from others while we were in the lobby.

Rip-off refreshment prices, seats that left me with backache, overhyped 3D. That was the biggest disappointment, the 3D was piss poor, not just in the main feature, but through the entire evening. It has made my mind up that buying a 3D television would be a complete waste of money.

Going by my experience on Friday it will take something seriously special to get me in a cinema again anytime soon. Especially when I can wait for the DVD/Blu-ray, sit in a comfortable chair at home, and eat and drink without being bled dry.
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Post by: Jaded on December 20, 2010, 10:36:54 am
In my very limited access of cinemas over the last few years I think I've noticed that old, uncomfortable. badly equipped cinemas fare worse than more modern ones.

This could just be because in a crappy cinema the lack of proper bass, the wobbly seats and poor viewing angles etc. make it look less used.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Clandy on December 20, 2010, 11:13:45 am
In my very limited access of cinemas over the last few years I think I've noticed that old, uncomfortable. badly equipped cinemas fare worse than more modern ones.

This could just be because in a crappy cinema the lack of proper bass, the wobbly seats and poor viewing angles etc. make it look less used.

The Southend Odeon is a relatively new multiplex.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Jaded on December 20, 2010, 11:19:33 am
Southend (like all coastal locations) only has half a catchment area, a fact quite often overlooked by the people planning these things, who may fail by only looking at populations.
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Post by: Flying_Monkey on December 20, 2010, 11:48:17 am
My last experience of a UK multiplex cinema was pretty much the same as Clandy's.

On the other hand, my favourite city centre art cinema in Newcastle, the Tyneside (which I really miss now I have moved away), reopened last year after expanding its number of screens. It runs an excellent and massively varied program which still manages to be popular, it's comfortable and has two proper bars as well as possibly the best cinema cafe in Britain.

The difference between the two experiences couldn't be greater. On the one hand you have overhyped, overloud, overpriced forced entertainment, and on the other, something actually worthwhile.


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Post by: Manotea on December 21, 2010, 12:39:07 pm
Ironman 2.

Made the first 'Ironman' film look like Shakespeare...
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Post by: her_welshness on December 21, 2010, 09:48:31 pm
Ironman 2.

Made the first 'Ironman' film look like Shakespeare...

I totally agree  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Exit Stage Left on December 22, 2010, 02:02:00 am
I just saw 'Taking Sides' on the TV for the second time. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taking_Sides_(film)
I still don't know what to make of it. I enjoyed it though
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Post by: CAMRAMan on December 22, 2010, 09:06:45 am
Watched Tora! Tora Tora!

It was on Film4 on Saturday, I think, so likely to be repeated.

Very good perspective of a) how incompetent the septics were in the lead up to Pearl Harbour and b) how reluctant many Japanese were to enter into a war against the septics.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Jaded on December 22, 2010, 09:20:50 am
Hopefully the septics were rebuilt afterwards and thus worked better?  ;D
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on December 22, 2010, 09:28:21 am
Hot Fuzz.

What pile of mindless idiocy. I laughed, sometimes.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Nightfly on December 22, 2010, 07:12:39 pm
Lawrence of Arabia last Christmas. I'm due to watch it again some time on Christmas Day. Then NorthbyNorthWest on Boxing Day afternoon/evening.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: LEE on December 22, 2010, 10:30:13 pm
"Control"

A bio-pic of Ian Curtis and Joy Division.

Despite being the perfect age and location (at the time) to be a Joy Division fan I never even heard of them until after Ian Curtis was dead (at 23) I thought this film was a real insight into the period (I worked in Macclesfield at precidely the time the film was documenting).

Exceptional lead performance to the point I've just checked Youtube to compare the actor's stage performance with the real Ian Curtis, it really is superb.

Highly recommended to anyone remotely interested in, or aware of, the origins of the Madchester music scene.


"On the 6th day God created Manchester"

7/10 on the LEE scale
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: itsbruce on December 23, 2010, 12:42:09 am
I am no longer surprised that cinema is losing its audience.

Except it isn't.

"In the nine years from 2000, cinema admissions have averaged 162.3m a year, up from 119.2m in the 1990s and just 77.5m in the 1980s.Despite the upward trend there are signs that growth is stagnating, with 2002 still the best year in modern times."

Report from last year.

I'm just going by what I saw

Repeat after me: "There is at least one sheep in Scotland, at least one side of which is black."
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: mr endon on December 23, 2010, 01:15:27 am
I've not seen the films for a while now but I may dig out Part 1 and re-watch the death of Boromir chapter.  I think it's a simply stunning piece of cinema..

Watch again. Watch the Uruk-Hai uber orcs racing towards the melee. They swarm over some ruins, down a flight of stone steps, but one extra in his orc suit isn't so light on his pins. My gran could make a better fist of purposeful descending of stairs, even after her stroke.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: clarion on December 23, 2010, 04:37:34 am
Watched The Commitments.  It's just brilliant.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: BrianI on December 23, 2010, 09:28:13 am
Logan's Run.

 :thumbsup: Jenny Agutter
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: clarion on December 23, 2010, 11:26:29 am
'Let's take our clothes off before they freeze to us'
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Exit Stage Left on December 23, 2010, 11:36:11 am
Taking Sides. A film about Willhelm Furtwangler and the de-Nazification process in post war Germany. I've now seen it a couple of times and I disagree with the general view of Harvey Keitel's central performance. A very good international cast.
Istvan Szabo's Taking Sides: the true story of Wilhelm Furtw&auml;ngler starring Harvey Keitel and Stellan Skarsg&aring;rd (http://www.guerilla-films.com/takingsides/cast.htm)
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: mattc on December 23, 2010, 11:54:14 am
I am no longer surprised that cinema is losing its audience.

Except it isn't.

"In the nine years from 2000, cinema admissions have averaged 162.3m a year, up from 119.2m in the 1990s and just 77.5m in the 1980s.Despite the upward trend there are signs that growth is stagnating, with 2002 still the best year in modern times."

Report from last year.
I don't have any figures to hand, but IIRC the gains are mainly in teenage boys. Hence the mulitplexes show nothing but teenage boy fodder.

If you own your own place, watcing a DVD with loved one is quite appealing; if you live with your parents, escaping to the flicks with your mates is more attractive.
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Post by: Clandy on December 23, 2010, 01:22:15 pm


 :thumbsup: Jenny Agutter


+1  ;D
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Jaded on December 23, 2010, 01:28:02 pm
I am no longer surprised that cinema is losing its audience.

Except it isn't.

"In the nine years from 2000, cinema admissions have averaged 162.3m a year, up from 119.2m in the 1990s and just 77.5m in the 1980s.Despite the upward trend there are signs that growth is stagnating, with 2002 still the best year in modern times."

Report from last year.
I don't have any figures to hand, but IIRC the gains are mainly in teenage boys. Hence the mulitplexes show nothing but teenage boy fodder.

If you own your own place, watcing a DVD with loved one is quite appealing; if you live with your parents, escaping to the flicks with your mates is more attractive.

Getting youth to engage in a supposedly dying medium is a triumph, surely.
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Post by: her_welshness on December 23, 2010, 03:49:56 pm
I watched 'The Other Boleyn Girl' last night. I quite enjoyed the Philippa Gregory book, so I tuned in. It was shockingly awful.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: CAMRAMan on December 23, 2010, 03:56:45 pm
I saw Eyes Wide Shut last night. It was an ITV2 version, so I suspect cut a little, though it's been 10 years since I first saw it.

Dr Strangelove is pure genius. EWS is pure shite. Sorry Stanley, Kieslowski bowed out in a much better way than you.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: mike on December 23, 2010, 04:07:16 pm
I watched 'The Other Boleyn Girl' last night. I quite enjoyed the Philippa Gregory book, so I tuned in. It was shockingly awful.

yes, we watched that too.  I gave up and went to bed after 20 minutes, Mrs Mike stayed up out of stubbornness and hated it.
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Post by: arry_b on December 23, 2010, 04:15:52 pm
"The Brain that wouldn't die" on Showcase (channel 201).

B+W fifties horror starring a telepathic head in a baking tray. What's not to love?
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Post by: Chris S on December 23, 2010, 07:06:17 pm
Armageddon. What a roller-coaster ride of Complete Bollocks and One Liners that is  :thumbsup:.
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Post by: Clandy on December 24, 2010, 12:25:13 pm
300… haven't seen that much homo-eroticism since the volleyball scene in Top Gun.
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Post by: Exit Stage Left on December 24, 2010, 12:31:08 pm
300… haven't seen that much homo-eroticism since the volleyball scene in Top Gun.

There is a minor cult for setting 300 to It's Raining Men. I encountered it because I thought of doing a treatment of the wet PBP footage, honest. This is a short version.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONRUwwLrAa0&feature=fvw
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Post by: andyoxon on December 24, 2010, 01:01:43 pm
Armageddon. What a roller-coaster ride of Complete Bollocks and One Liners that is  :thumbsup:.

I watched that again.  Steve Buscemi is a bit of a hoot  'Guess what guys, it's time to embrace the horror!'
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Post by: LEE on December 24, 2010, 01:08:04 pm
300… haven't seen that much homo-eroticism since the volleyball scene in Top Gun.

There is a minor cult for setting 300 to It's Raining Men. I encountered it because I thought of doing a treatment of the wet PBP footage, honest. This is a short version.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONRUwwLrAa0&feature=fvw

"I was just doing research" is what Pete Townsend used...unsuccessfully.
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Post by: Exit Stage Left on December 24, 2010, 01:17:40 pm
300… haven't seen that much homo-eroticism since the volleyball scene in Top Gun.

There is a minor cult for setting 300 to It's Raining Men. I encountered it because I thought of doing a treatment of the wet PBP footage, honest. This is a short version.

    YouTube
      - Broadcast Yourself.
   (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONRUwwLrAa0&feature=fvw)

"I was just doing research" is what Pete Townsend used...unsuccessfully.

It has been said that the LEL video has camp elements, I must be channeling my Mother's innate theatricality, but it originated with a suggestion of 'Over the Rainbow' from on here.
LEL Yad Moss on Vimeo (http://www.vimeo.com/6454997)
I've just found a copy of Yes Remixes in a shop in Preston, so look foward to techno-prog background music.
Yes Remixes - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yes_Remixes)
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Post by: itsbruce on December 24, 2010, 01:32:04 pm


There is a minor cult for setting 300 to It's Raining Men. I encountered it because I thought of doing a treatment of the wet PBP footage, honest. This is a short version.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONRUwwLrAa0&feature=fvw

Reminds me of this (http://www.koreus.com/video/wow-village-elves.html), for some reason.  (Recoverying WoW player, been clean for 3 years now).
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Post by: LEE on December 26, 2010, 03:02:03 pm
Toy Story 3

My Daughter got it on DVD so we just watched it again.  It's just a superb film, PIXAR get it spot on don't they? Story is everything but their attention to detail is incredible, from the shadows on individual blades of grass at a technical level, to Woody putting a sheet of toilet paper on the seat before climbing onto it at a storyline level.  Things you don't necessarily see on first viewing and things you wouldn't really miss if they weren't there, but they are, and it shows what PIXAR think about their films.

9/10 on the LEE scale
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Post by: Clandy on December 26, 2010, 05:03:31 pm
Inception… just now. Going to make a cup of tea and watch it again shortly, try to unravel the macramé plot.
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Post by: Gandalf on December 27, 2010, 09:34:12 am
Revolver.  Guy Ritchie has done some self indulgent crap in the past but this takes the biscuit.

It seems to me he was trying to emulate the infinitely superior ' The Usual Suspects' and has failed utterly.  

Is there some unwritten law somewhere that he cannot make a film without  Jason 'Cuprinol' Statham in it?
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Post by: rogerzilla on December 27, 2010, 09:36:41 am
Halfway through "The Blue Max" at the moment.  It's rather good.

Was Manfred von Richthofen the coolest person ever?
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Post by: CAMRAMan on December 27, 2010, 10:22:42 am
Local Hero. Brilliantly understated humour. I always know when the lemon squeezing scene is coming and I always can't help laughing.

I watched Three Colours Red the day before yesterday, and I'm coming to the conclusion that Blue is by far the best in the trilogy.
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Post by: LindaG on December 27, 2010, 11:13:38 am
High Society.

Crosby, Sinatra, Kelly, Armstrong.

My Christmas has finally started.
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Post by: mattc on December 27, 2010, 04:28:36 pm
Stranger Than Fiction - with Will Ferrell, Emma Thompson, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Dustin Hoffman

A classic lightweight rom-com for christmas. (And Dustin Hoffman dressed as Bilbo baggins).
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Post by: citoyen on December 27, 2010, 05:56:23 pm
Revisited the wonderful Short Cuts last night. Didn't mean to stay up until the end (it finished at nearly 1am) but got drawn in.

The unintentionally hilarious imdb parental guide serves as an excellent plot summary: Short Cuts (1993) - Parents Guide (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0108122/parentalguide)

d.

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Post by: Clandy on December 27, 2010, 06:13:11 pm
This afternoon Forbidden Planet on BluRay. Brilliant piece of classic sci-fi. Tonight will be The Day The Earth Stood Still. (the Michael Rennie original, not the appalling Canoe Reeves remake). That will be followed by The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
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Post by: itsbruce on December 27, 2010, 08:08:33 pm
not the appalling Canoe Reeves remake

Almost anything with him in it is bad.  He's not an actor, he's a plank of wood.
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Post by: Kathy on December 27, 2010, 08:19:21 pm
This afternoon Forbidden Planet on BluRay. Brilliant piece of classic sci-fi. Tonight will be The Day The Earth Stood Still. (the Michael Rennie original, not the appalling Canoe Reeves remake). That will be followed by The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Can I come over to your place, Clandy? :D
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Post by: clarion on December 27, 2010, 08:24:19 pm
That does sound like a good schedule.  Last one we saw was Holy Grail last night.
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Post by: Manotea on December 27, 2010, 08:31:54 pm
Armageddon. What a roller-coaster ride of Complete Bollocks and One Liners that is  :thumbsup:.

Yup, but there's no doubting that Liv Tyler is fully hot.
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Post by: Valiant on December 27, 2010, 09:52:12 pm
I'm about to watch "Nude Nuns with Big Guns" my guess is it's going to be every bit as great as Bitch Slap.
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Post by: Flying_Monkey on December 28, 2010, 10:06:11 am
Inception… just now. Going to make a cup of tea and watch it again shortly, try to unravel the macramé plot.

It's not that difficult... the only baffling thing about it is why so many people think it is such a clever film (or even any good).

I saw The Illusionist the other night (the one with Edward Norton). Quite well done all round, I thought. Bonus points for the superb mustaches.
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Post by: rogerzilla on December 28, 2010, 10:49:24 am
Armageddon. What a roller-coaster ride of Complete Bollocks and One Liners that is  :thumbsup:.

Yup, but there's no doubting that Liv Tyler is fully hot.
Mrs Z and I are of the opinion that she is a Bit Odd Looking and has poor bone structure.  But that's just being picky; the real problem is that Steven Tyler would pop into your head at inopportune moments  :sick:
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Post by: BrianI on December 28, 2010, 09:44:48 pm
Clash of the Titans.   :hand:

The 1981 Ray Harryhausen version was much better despite the wibbly wobbly stop motion animation! 
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Post by: citoyen on December 29, 2010, 09:58:25 am
/Because/ of the wobbly wobbly stop-motion animation, surely?

d.
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Post by: rogerzilla on December 29, 2010, 10:32:01 am
Since I was watching "Brief Encounter" yesterday, here's the rather brilliant Victoria Wood version: 
    YouTube
        - Victoria Wood - Brief Encounter parody
   (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ajC4Az4wscc&feature=related)
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Post by: Flying_Monkey on December 29, 2010, 01:52:18 pm
I saw Time Bandits again yesterday. I was under the impression it was a lot of fun having seen it ages ago, but really it wasn't, it was a big unwieldly dull mess. Like a lot of Gilliam's films really. Give me a proper Ray Harryhausen film instead...
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Post by: rogerzilla on December 29, 2010, 06:09:34 pm
"Up".  And I cried  :'(
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Post by: Chris S on December 29, 2010, 06:14:43 pm
"Up".  And I cried  :'(

Nothing to be ashamed of. So did I.

And now #2 son has learned the theme on the piano...
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Post by: rogerzilla on December 30, 2010, 07:52:26 am
Still working through the more obscure war films.  Last might's was "Twelve O'Clock High" about the first US bomber groups in England.  Basic moral: through harsh management you can make people deliver whatever you want, but in the end it will catch up with you. 

The USP of this film is that (probably for cost reasons) all the combat footage is genuine.  It works better than it should although you're left with the uncomfortable feeling, as another Focke-Wulf 190 explodes, that this is a snuff movie.
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Post by: Adam on December 30, 2010, 08:45:47 am
Last night I watched The boy in the Striped pyjamas (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Boy_in_the_Striped_Pyjamas_%28film%29) which my daughter got me for Christmas, as she'd read the book some time ago.

Sadly, I could see which way the film was going to end, but it was an extremely powerful film and very well made. 
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Post by: jogler on December 30, 2010, 10:20:22 am
Taken
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Post by: tiermat on December 30, 2010, 10:58:46 am
Last night was RED, two nights ago, Knight and Day.

Both great, mindless fun :)
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Post by: BrianI on December 30, 2010, 11:39:21 am
/Because/ of the wobbly wobbly stop-motion animation, surely?

d.

You are probably correct!   :thumbsup: wibbly wobbly stop motion ftw!
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Post by: geraldc on December 30, 2010, 06:01:03 pm
2 long haul flights in the past month resulted in the following viewings

Scott Pilgrim vs the World : brilliant
Expendables: meh
Animal Kingdom: very good
The American: very good
The social network : very good
Salt: good
Tomorrow, When the War Began: pretty dire

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Post by: BrianI on December 30, 2010, 07:22:25 pm
"Off with their heads!"  Alice in Wonderland http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0164993/ (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0164993/)   :thumbsup:
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on December 30, 2010, 07:27:06 pm
Meet Me In St Louis.

Didn't like it really.
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Post by: essexian on December 30, 2010, 08:19:00 pm
The boat that rocked. Not a bad film if a little long and overplayed in places.

Cracking sound track however.
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Post by: redshift on December 30, 2010, 09:51:41 pm
Just tried to watch Spielberg's War of the Worlds. Since I slated it when I saw it at the cinema, I thought I'd give it a second chance.


It's still rubbish.
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Post by: Clandy on December 30, 2010, 10:00:06 pm
Just tried to watch Spielberg's War of the Worlds. Since I slated it when I saw it at the cinema, I thought I'd give it a second chance.


It's still rubbish.

I'm waiting for someone to make a film that bears any resemblance to the book.
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Post by: spesh on December 30, 2010, 11:07:46 pm
Just tried to watch Spielberg's War of the Worlds. Since I slated it when I saw it at the cinema, I thought I'd give it a second chance.


It's still rubbish.

I'm waiting for someone to make a film that bears any resemblance to the book.

Apart from the Spielberg film, there were two other WOTW films released in 2005 - the one produced by Pendragon Pictures was actually set in Victorian England rather than present-day America. It spent some time in development hell before going straight to DVD release, garnering somewhat negative reviews.

Wikipedia entry (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H.G._Wells%27_The_War_of_the_Worlds_(2005_film))
Official movie website (http://www.pendragonpictures.com/WOTWKEY.html)
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Post by: Jaded on December 30, 2010, 11:12:59 pm
Four lions. Reasonable.
Kick Ass. Much fun.
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Post by: Tail End Charlie on January 01, 2011, 04:09:03 pm
Watched Casablanca yesterday. Not the first time I'd seen it, nor will it be the last, it is such a great film. Ingrid Bergman is so feminine in it, if she looked at you and smiled, it would make even the Pope go weak at the knees.
One of my top films ever. Miles ahead of any modern crap.
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Post by: mattc on January 01, 2011, 04:16:59 pm
Kick Ass. Much fun.

We watched it (finally) last night. Great fun! Quite a lot of dodgy motivation issues for certain characters that stopped it being a classic, but it really was very good entertainment. And young Chloe stole it. [why on earth was there any fuss about allegedly sexy costumes?!?]

It's amazing that after game-changing films like this (and the Matrix), Hollywood still churns out formulaic stereotypical po-faced turgid action/martial arts movies, and people still pay to see them.
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Post by: LindaG on January 02, 2011, 06:20:10 pm
Zulu.

Welsh Men Will Not Yield!

Bloody hell it's good.
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Post by: rogerzilla on January 02, 2011, 06:34:42 pm
The Enemy Below.  Should have stuck with the original ending where the Americans and Germans all end up in the sea together, brawling.

"Das Boot" explains the destroyer/U-boat tradeoff better:

- the U-boat can hide, but can't move fast underwater
- the destroyer can use ASDIC to find the U-boat but not while directly overhead or when depth charges are exploding, which gives the U-boat a small opportunity to change course
- the destroyer, for obvious reasons, can only depth-charge when steaming fast
- depth charges have to get very close to a U-boat to sink it, and the deeper uit goes the closer they have to be.
- the destroyer can ram the U-boat but not vice-versa.

Generally the destroyer has the upper hand as long as it doesn't lose the U-boat.
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Post by: Hummers on January 02, 2011, 06:43:04 pm
The Tourist.

Simply dreadful.

H
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Post by: Deano on January 02, 2011, 07:54:46 pm
Iron Man, just now.  Completely preposterous, but great fun, apart from a slightly crap denouement.

"TONY STARK MANAGED TO BUILD THIS IN A CAVE OUT OF A PILE OF SCRAP!"


;D
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on January 02, 2011, 09:45:23 pm
The A-Team have been doing that for years.  :D

North by Northwest. I love Cary Grant.
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Post by: Domestique on January 02, 2011, 09:53:33 pm
Quote
This afternoon Forbidden Planet on BluRay

A classic  :thumbsup:

Into The Wild, the story of Christopher McCandless

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_McCandless (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_McCandless)
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Post by: her_welshness on January 02, 2011, 10:10:46 pm
I watched 'War Bride' last night on iplayer. It was actually not that bad.
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Post by: Wascally Weasel on January 02, 2011, 11:54:08 pm
Just completed a one day marathon of all three Lord of the Rings films (extended editions of course).

It really does take all day, about 13 hours all told, with a bit of faffing time included. I enjoyed it but am not in a hurry to repeat it.

Massive deprogramming to follow.
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Post by: Clandy on January 03, 2011, 12:00:54 am
Just completed a one day marathon of all three Lord of the Rings films (extended editions of course).

It really does take all day, about 13 hours all told, with a bit of faffing time included. I enjoyed it but am not in a hurry to repeat it.

Massive deprogramming to follow.

Great way to spend a lazy day. I find it is helped by a good single malt and plenty of 'picking' food on hand.
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Post by: tonycollinet on January 03, 2011, 12:07:39 am
Taken

Impressive body count that film has.

Very good though.
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Post by: tonycollinet on January 03, 2011, 12:09:28 am
Watched Casablanca yesterday. Not the first time I'd seen it, nor will it be the last, it is such a great film. Ingrid Bergman is so feminine in it, if she looked at you and smiled, it would make even the Pope go weak at the knees.
One of my top films ever. Miles ahead of any modern crap.

Oh yes. I bought that on HD DVD just before Toshiba ditched it.  >:(
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Post by: tonycollinet on January 03, 2011, 12:12:06 am
The Tourist.

Simply dreadful.

H

Just got back from watching that. Not dreadfull I thought, but not that good either. It DID have Angelina in. Yum Yum.
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Post by: Jaded on January 03, 2011, 12:57:05 am
Just completed a one day marathon of all three Lord of the Rings films (extended editions of course).

It really does take all day, about 13 hours all told, with a bit of faffing time included. I enjoyed it but am not in a hurry to repeat it.

Massive deprogramming to follow.

Great way to spend a lazy day. I find it is helped by a good single malt and plenty of 'picking' food on hand.

I spread it out over three nights with my lad when the girls were away. Great fun. He didn't get any whisky though.  ;D
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Post by: jogler on January 03, 2011, 02:16:17 am
Love Actually.
Soppy trash.
I loved it ;D
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Post by: SandyV on January 03, 2011, 02:55:06 am
Inglourious basterds - I hated it - both the underlying premise and the gratuitous and graphic violence

(Much preferred Strictly ballroom and Filth - about Mary Whitehouse which were on tv last night)
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Post by: her_welshness on January 03, 2011, 09:40:42 am
Inglourious basterds - I hated it - both the underlying premise and the gratuitous and graphic violence

(Much preferred Strictly ballroom and Filth - about Mary Whitehouse which were on tv last night)

I enjoyed Filth, very good casting too  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Clandy on January 03, 2011, 09:44:40 am
Love Actually.
Soppy trash.
I loved it ;D

Chick flick.
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Post by: itsbruce on January 03, 2011, 03:51:49 pm
Woman of the Year - Katharine Hepburn (much the better Hepburn) and Spencer Tracey.  It hasn't really dated: Hollywood production companies today would still be very nervous about creating a female character as strong and independent as Tess Harding.
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Post by: Tail End Charlie on January 03, 2011, 05:05:14 pm
Not a film, but I've been watching my Xmas present from 2009 - the boxed set of
I, Claudius. Superb. Just how Governments should be run. It's fun trying to see the actors/resses who later featured in something else (Nursie in Blackadder 2 for one).
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Post by: Simonb on January 03, 2011, 05:07:14 pm
Solaris (the Tarkovsky one). Bit slow and boring.
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Post by: longers on January 03, 2011, 10:02:30 pm
We went to the pictures and saw Burlesque yesterday, it gave us a few laughs afterwards.

Then we watched The Lives of Others at home, not many laughs afterwards but it was the better of the two films.
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Post by: pcolbeck on January 04, 2011, 09:13:50 am
Iron Man on TV the other night. Excellent a proper silly action film. Good pace and excellent one liners. The little robot with the fire extinguisher was my favourite bit.
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Post by: tiermat on January 04, 2011, 09:18:09 am
Over Xmas we have watched:

Knight and Day (pants)
Salt (ok, to a point)
Up (fun)
Dispicable Me (again, fun)
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Post by: pcolbeck on January 04, 2011, 09:24:24 am
I also watched Conan The Destroyer. It was pants. Conan the Barbarian is a classic film but the follow-up was just rubbish.
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Post by: itsbruce on January 04, 2011, 01:05:08 pm
Conan the Barbarian is a classic film

Classic in a very "The director is on even more steroids and monkey gland extract than Arnie" kind of way, but yes.
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Post by: CAMRAMan on January 04, 2011, 01:07:35 pm
I saw all 3 Godfather films over the last three nights.

I bet they are dissected and analysed in film studies courses as they all use different methods of telling the past.

I enjoyed them, but...
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Post by: Bledlow on January 04, 2011, 01:11:58 pm
(Much preferred Strictly ballroom and Filth - about Mary Whitehouse which were on tv last night)
Having seen brief snatches of ballroom dancing on TV, I appreciate Strictly Ballroom much more now than when I first saw it. I can see them doing all the crap the film takes the piss out of.

Talented bloke, Baz.
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Post by: rogerzilla on January 07, 2011, 09:46:38 pm
2001.  Mrs Z has given me a "that's 2 hours of my life I'll never get back" look  ;D

I love the way the end credits finish with "THE END" but the Blue Danube Waltz carries on afterwards for another 10 minutes or so.

Best bit is when Bowman breaks into the airlock without his spacesuit - brilliantly realistic.
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Post by: Andrij on January 07, 2011, 10:15:11 pm
Finally got around to watching Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street yesterday as I was travelling up to Glasgow.  I really enjoyed it.  :thumbsup:
 
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Post by: kyuss on January 08, 2011, 04:41:10 am
Watched Sherlock Holmes which is great. Then Crazy Heart. There wasn't much else on and I didn't hold out much hope for it, since it's about a country singer and I'm not into country music at all. But it was brilliant. Jeff Bridges is just awesome. Definitely watch again. Fantastic film.
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Post by: Jaded on January 08, 2011, 11:53:06 am
I started watching 'Ticker' last night. I idly looked it up on IMDB then rapidly switched it off. There's no way I'm going to spend time on a movie rated at 3.3  ;D
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Post by: Clandy on January 08, 2011, 04:57:03 pm
The Green Mile. Sublime.
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Post by: tiermat on January 08, 2011, 06:49:39 pm
Currently watching Alpha and Omega, TLD is loving it...
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Post by: Chris S on January 08, 2011, 10:02:32 pm
Inception. Excellent! Best watched sober if you want to know WTF is going on.
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Post by: LindaG on January 08, 2011, 11:56:45 pm
Stranger Than Fiction, for the third time.

Straight after watching 'Taking Lives' with Angelina Jolie.

STF was far superior and a real 'feel-good' film.

The Jolie film was pretty mediocre.
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Post by: tonycollinet on January 09, 2011, 01:03:35 am
Just been out to see 127 Hours.

IMO Brilliantly executed film. One of the best I've seen in ages.

And the sight of a whole cinema curling up in their seats in agony (including me) and watching through fingers at "the" moment was sort of amusing.
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Post by: Flying_Monkey on January 09, 2011, 02:00:37 am
The Green Mile. Sublime.

I presume you are joking... aren't you?
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Post by: fungus on January 09, 2011, 02:15:03 am
Lonesome Jim on bbc 2 & quite good it was too  :)
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Post by: Clandy on January 09, 2011, 09:39:19 am
The Green Mile. Sublime.

I presume you are joking... aren't you?

No, I'm not. In my opinion The Green Mile is an absolutely superb film.
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Post by: itsbruce on January 09, 2011, 11:41:51 am
Spirited Away.  I've seen it half a dozen times by now, but somebody else had never seen it.  Never going to object to watching it, though; if you've ever seen it, you'll know why.
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Post by: pcolbeck on January 09, 2011, 11:43:54 am
I prefer My Fiend Totoro.
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on January 09, 2011, 05:52:30 pm
I'm watching Grease just now.
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Post by: her_welshness on January 09, 2011, 06:00:59 pm
I'm watching Grease just now.

The husband won't let me watch it  ::-)
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on January 09, 2011, 06:07:10 pm
Tell him the days of husbands owing wives are over and you can watch it if you like, and while you're watching it, he should make you a cup of tea.  ;D

They've just done Beauty School Drop-out and now it's an ad break.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Clandy on January 09, 2011, 06:16:19 pm
I'm watching Grease just now.

That reminds me, think I'll watch Saturday Night Fever tonight.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Bledlow on January 09, 2011, 06:34:09 pm
The King's Speech.

Mrs B wanted to watch from professional interest. I liked it. Colin Firth was good. I'm not sure about the casting of Timothy Spall, though.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Chris S on January 09, 2011, 07:17:40 pm
The Green Mile. Sublime.

I presume you are joking... aren't you?

No, I'm not. In my opinion The Green Mile is an absolutely superb film.

I agree. Cracking movie. Makes me cry when I'm drunk.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: itsbruce on January 09, 2011, 07:35:34 pm
I prefer My Fiend Totoro.

Does he take you to see good films, then?

The Green Mile. Sublime.

I presume you are joking... aren't you?

No, I'm not. In my opinion The Green Mile is an absolutely superb film.

I agree. Cracking movie. Makes me cry when I'm drunk.

I'm with Flying Monkey on this one; Green Mile is simplistic, sentimental mush.  It's not just that it is as emotionally manipulative as any of Spielberg or Capra's drippiest output; it's the kind of film which pretends to address serious issues (racism, capital punishment) but which is actually so synthetic and dishonestly comforting (e.g. only one of the prison guards is racist and violent, while the rest are all noble and kind) that it reassures the uncritical viewer into feeling that the problems aren't really that hard and are already being tackled by reasonable people.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Chris S on January 09, 2011, 08:14:19 pm
I prefer My Fiend Totoro.

Does he take you to see good films, then?

The Green Mile. Sublime.

I presume you are joking... aren't you?

No, I'm not. In my opinion The Green Mile is an absolutely superb film.

I agree. Cracking movie. Makes me cry when I'm drunk.

I'm with Flying Monkey on this one; Green Mile is simplistic, sentimental mush.  It's not just that it is as emotionally manipulative as any of Spielberg or Capra's drippiest output; it's the kind of film which pretends to address serious issues (racism, capital punishment) but which is actually so synthetic and dishonestly comforting (e.g. only one of the prison guards is racist and violent, while the rest are all noble and kind) that it reassures the uncritical viewer into feeling that the problems aren't really that hard and are already being tackled by reasonable people.


Goodness me - I never got any of that. I thought it was a film about how we (people) sometimes miss the obvious and throw away something that's fundamentally good. Ah well...  :)
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: noisycrank on January 09, 2011, 08:43:44 pm
Kick Ass - what it says on the tin.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: her_welshness on January 09, 2011, 09:14:29 pm
Kick Ass - what it says on the tin.

Indeed  :thumbsup:

The husband and I are watching 'The Hunt for Red October'. The husband is claiming that its the extended version. I think he is making it up.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Clandy on January 09, 2011, 09:16:57 pm
I prefer My Fiend Totoro.

Does he take you to see good films, then?

The Green Mile. Sublime.

I presume you are joking... aren't you?

No, I'm not. In my opinion The Green Mile is an absolutely superb film.

I agree. Cracking movie. Makes me cry when I'm drunk.

I'm with Flying Monkey on this one; Green Mile is simplistic, sentimental mush.  It's not just that it is as emotionally manipulative as any of Spielberg or Capra's drippiest output; it's the kind of film which pretends to address serious issues (racism, capital punishment) but which is actually so synthetic and dishonestly comforting (e.g. only one of the prison guards is racist and violent, while the rest are all noble and kind) that it reassures the uncritical viewer into feeling that the problems aren't really that hard and are already being tackled by reasonable people.


If the film was about those problems I would agree, but it isn't, it's a fantasy based in a fictional thirties death row. If you wanted a hard hitting anti-racism/capital punishment film perhaps you should have found a documentary to watch. I maintain it is a superb film which achieves perfectly what it sets out to do: entertain.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: itsbruce on January 09, 2011, 10:33:20 pm

If the film was about those problems I would agree, but it isn't, it's a fantasy based in a fictional thirties death row. If you wanted a hard hitting anti-racism/capital punishment film perhaps you should have found a documentary to watch. I maintain it is a superb film which achieves perfectly what it sets out to do: entertain.

I disagree with you about the first part; I don't think it's so easy to disassociate the trivial purpose of the film from from it's subject matter.  But even if I agreed with you on that, I wouldn't bother with you because of my first criticism of the film; that it is emotionally manipulative rather than creating worthwhile characters or plot which can genuinely engage your real emotions.  This is something a fantasy can do - something that Spirited Away, mentioned earlier, certainly does.  Green Mile is schlock.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Clandy on January 09, 2011, 10:35:35 pm

If the film was about those problems I would agree, but it isn't, it's a fantasy based in a fictional thirties death row. If you wanted a hard hitting anti-racism/capital punishment film perhaps you should have found a documentary to watch. I maintain it is a superb film which achieves perfectly what it sets out to do: entertain.

I disagree with you about the first part; I don't think it's so easy to disassociate the trivial purpose of the film from from it's subject matter.  But even if I agreed with you on that, I wouldn't bother with you because of my first criticism of the film; that it is emotionally manipulative rather than creating worthwhile characters or plot which can genuinely engage your real emotions.  This is something a fantasy can do - something that Spirited Away, mentioned earlier, certainly does.  Green Mile is schlock.

In your opinion. In my opinion it is an extremely good film that accomplishes its purpose: to entertain. The mark of a good film is it is over too soon. The Green Mile is over three hours long, but it feels much shorter.

As for Spirited Away, a cartoon? Be serious.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Flying_Monkey on January 09, 2011, 11:01:29 pm
As for Spirited Away, a cartoon? Be serious.

And with that you lost all credibility as a film critic...  ;)

Seriously though, do you really think that animation can't produce films that are beautiful and worthwhile? Have you seen Waltz with Bashir, Persepolis, or Grave of the Fireflies? And those are just three examples. The latter, by the way, was also produced by Japanese outfit, Studio Ghibli, who did Spirited Away. It is one of the best war films ever made. The Japanese don't have the same cultural prejudice against 'cartoons'...
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Clandy on January 09, 2011, 11:04:18 pm
Well I find the unrequited friendship between Squidward and Patrick and Spongebob quite moving...
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Mr Larrington on January 10, 2011, 11:06:41 am
Hot Fuzz.  It helps to watch while relatively sober so you can get the references and notice that there are two sergeants played by Bill Bailey.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on January 10, 2011, 11:07:03 am
'Immortal' by Enki Bilal

Visually and conceptually stunning. Amazing mix of live action and animation. Every single frame of the film is a work of art.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: itsbruce on January 10, 2011, 11:20:14 am

As for Spirited Away, a cartoon? Be serious.

You called Green Mile a fantasy, so I compared it to another one.  Green Mile doesn't show a fraction of the imagination, narrative skill, emotional honesty or respect for the intelligence of its audience.  What it does do, in spades, is ttreat its audience as emotional simpletons.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Chris S on January 10, 2011, 11:28:27 am

As for Spirited Away, a cartoon? Be serious.

You called Green Mile a fantasy, so I compared it to another one.  Green Mile doesn't show a fraction of the imagination, narrative skill, emotional honesty or respect for the intelligence of its audience.  What it does do, in spades, is ttreat its audience as emotional simpletons.


Ah well... I like it.

Yours
An emotional simpleton  :)
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: itsbruce on January 10, 2011, 11:40:22 am

Ah well... I like it.

Yours
An emotional simpleton  :)

Oh, it doesn't mean you are one.  Just means you aren't so phased by being treated like one ;)
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Manotea on January 10, 2011, 11:43:50 am
The Long Kiss Goodnight. Sub-Bourne hokum but Davis is easy on the eye.

I'm bored silly with Samuel L. Jackson playing exactly the same role/character in every single movie he's in, though.

Also caught up with Resident Evil: Afterlife. More hokum but overall a tighter movie. At least it doesn't have SLJ in it.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Clandy on January 10, 2011, 12:15:00 pm

As for Spirited Away, a cartoon? Be serious.

You called Green Mile a fantasy, so I compared it to another one.  Green Mile doesn't show a fraction of the imagination, narrative skill, emotional honesty or respect for the intelligence of its audience.  What it does do, in spades, is ttreat its audience as emotional simpletons.


Isn't that what visual entertainment media is for? So we can switch off and just enjoy?
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Mr Larrington on January 10, 2011, 12:18:23 pm
If it's any consolation, I thought both The Green Mile and Spirited Away were utter bobbins.  This is likely because I am irredeemably shallow.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Deano on January 10, 2011, 12:23:38 pm

As for Spirited Away, a cartoon? Be serious.

You called Green Mile a fantasy, so I compared it to another one.  Green Mile doesn't show a fraction of the imagination, narrative skill, emotional honesty or respect for the intelligence of its audience.  What it does do, in spades, is ttreat its audience as emotional simpletons.


Isn't that what visual entertainment media is for? So we can switch off and just enjoy?

You did describe it as "sublime", which is quite a large claim.

FWIW I thought it was OK, apart from being about an hour too long.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Deano on January 10, 2011, 12:28:28 pm
Last night, we had the marvellous double-header of Wall-E and The Men Who Stare at Goats. 

Wall-E was a lovely movie, though they did clag on the mush towards the end.  The first half hour was beautiful.  Good spork action, too.

The Men Who Stare at Goats was a bit disjointed (it was probably spoilt for me by my having read the book, so the journalist's story always felt tacked-on), but at times hilarious.  Gnarly trained killers practicing oogy-woogy new age mumbo jumbo :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: andyoxon on January 10, 2011, 01:08:39 pm
Last night.  I watched most of 'Priceless' (Audrey Tatou, subtitles) which was frothy but quite fun.

Also watched the first half of Slither - reminded me a bit of "Tremors", b-movie-ish.  Pretty funny, gory FX.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Jacomus on January 10, 2011, 01:15:34 pm
Last night, we had the marvellous double-header of Wall-E and The Men Who Stare at Goats. 

Wall-E was a lovely movie, though they did clag on the mush towards the end.  The first half hour was beautiful.  Good spork action, too.

The Men Who Stare at Goats was a bit disjointed (it was probably spoilt for me by my having read the book, so the journalist's story always felt tacked-on), but at times hilarious.  Gnarly trained killers practicing oogy-woogy new age mumbo jumbo :thumbsup:

Wall-E was a brilliant film for so many reasons, here are a few:

1) I *do* like a bit of robots-who-aren't-evil sci-fi and Disney/Pixar design robots almost exactly how my imagination does.
2) It carried a strong message about looking after what we have got
3) There was a brilliant moment when the woman in the chair stopped looking at her screen and looked at her surroundings

There are more, but I have outstayed my lunchbreak

Top movie though :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on January 10, 2011, 03:14:08 pm
Last night I watched "District 9" (MoFo big Alien ship appears in the sky above Johannesburg and the aliens within take up residence in a township (District 9). 20 years later the locals are getting hacked off with the aliens (known locally as Prawns) lowering the property values etc. so embark on a programme of enforced relocation to a new camp 200 KM away.....

Peter Jackson film with a very different slant on Apartheid style policies.

I enjoyed it thoroughly.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: jogler on January 10, 2011, 03:20:24 pm
I too enjoyed District 9 but couldn't help wondering how it is that aliens with technology so much superior to ours end up living in slums under our control IYSWIM.
Perhps I need to suspend belief
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on January 10, 2011, 03:23:52 pm
Because most of them were the alien equiv of unemployable uneducated thickos who can barely spell.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: andygates on January 10, 2011, 03:26:57 pm
Well, there's fan speculation that they're a hive-mind separated from their Queen, either by mistake or on purpose.  Or just scum: a prison transport or somesuch.  It doesn't take much for modern humans to sink into open sewers and tin shacks, technology or not.

Last film here: National Treasure 2.  Almost delightfully stupid, but, in the end, too stupid to delight.  The first half is more Fortean trope-spotting fun.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Manotea on January 10, 2011, 03:29:20 pm
I too enjoyed District 9 but couldn't help wondering how it is that aliens with technology so much superior to ours end up living in slums under our control IYSWIM.

Because they cannot use can openers? It's the only reason cats hang around...  
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on January 10, 2011, 03:31:55 pm
I too wondered about the fine detail (though didn't let it spoil my enjoyment ;) )

My contribution to the pot of possible scenarios were that they were all tentacledressers or telephone sanitisation engineers.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: groucho on January 10, 2011, 03:32:45 pm
Frantic mainly because of Emmanuelle Seigner  :o and not Mr. Ford.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: geoff on January 11, 2011, 02:04:47 pm
Taking a break from working through Kermode's top 2010 picks (I know - we should get out more) we are 1/2 way through "The Illusionist" (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0443543/). It coincided (almost) with some Derren Brown repeats, all of which raised the question: how can a film-maker suspend disbelief enough to convince the filmgoer that an illusion in a story is "real" enough to fool the audience in the story?

I loved Edward Norton in "Fight Club" and elsewhere but here...I get the idea that he's smirking behind his moustache because he knows no-one will be convinced by the preposterous plot. Gorgeous cast and costumes though.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: jogler on January 11, 2011, 03:18:54 pm
Windtalkers
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: LindaG on January 11, 2011, 04:48:07 pm
Frantic mainly because of Emmanuelle Seigner  :o and not Mr. Ford.

I beg to differ on that.

Very good film tho'.  There's something very edgy about it.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Flying_Monkey on January 11, 2011, 05:45:59 pm
I loved Edward Norton in "Fight Club" and elsewhere but here...I get the idea that he's smirking behind his moustache because he knows no-one will be convinced by the preposterous plot. Gorgeous cast and costumes though.

But isn't it wonderfully preposterous? I really enjoyed The Illusionist, although I thought Norton was the weakest in terms of facial hair. I am definitely going to go for that Rufus Sewell combo at some point.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Clandy on January 11, 2011, 06:22:46 pm
Tonight I will be watching all three hours of Stephen Poliakoff's Shooting The Past. A brilliant drama made in the late 90s with Timothy Spall and Lindsay Duncan.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: jellied on January 11, 2011, 06:30:21 pm
Matrix 3, 2 hours of my life I won't see again .
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: rogerzilla on January 11, 2011, 07:13:50 pm
The Damned United (again).  I think Timothy Spall was miscast (Peter Taylor was actually quite sinister in demeanour,and rather taller) but Colm Meaney absolutely nails Don Revie.

The best bits are when Clough is in the Leeds boardroom being unbelievably obnoxious and arrogant.  They deserve it, though.

Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: essexian on January 11, 2011, 07:28:18 pm
Normally I would avoid any film concerning the Royal Family like the plague: they do not interest me in the slightest. However, as a favour to female friend (her husband said he would rather have his legs cut off then attend….), I saw  “The Kings Speech” yesterday….

Now, I thought I would be bored but what an excellent film: funny, endearing and extremely well acted. Awards ahoy I think.

A couple of slight niggles however. I really doubt every day in the 30’s and 40’s were foggy and Timothy Spall hammed it up terribly a Churchill.  :facepalm:

One final thing… people of N1: please treat the cinema with some respect! The total mess (pop corn and empty wrappers everywhere) was a real disgrace.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Wascally Weasel on January 11, 2011, 10:24:00 pm
I too wondered about the fine detail (though didn't let it spoil my enjoyment ;) )

My contribution to the pot of possible scenarios were that they were all tentacledressers or telephone sanitisation engineers.

Either way, it's a corker of a film, which someone from this forum had a hand in. Jakob?
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on January 12, 2011, 08:51:29 am
I too wondered about the fine detail (though didn't let it spoil my enjoyment ;) )

My contribution to the pot of possible scenarios were that they were all tentacledressers or telephone sanitisation engineers.

Either way, it's a corker of a film, which someone from this forum had a hand in. Jakob?

Did he? Well done that yacfer!
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on January 12, 2011, 08:54:08 am
The Damned United (again).  I think Timothy Spall was miscast (Peter Taylor was actually quite sinister in demeanour,and rather taller) but Colm Meaney absolutely nails Don Revie.

The best bits are when Clough is in the Leeds boardroom being unbelievably obnoxious and arrogant.  They deserve it, though.



SWMBO got it for Christmas. We watched it the other evening. I thought it was a great film. Brought back some fond memories of watching footy on the black and white tele and, after a halfs play in a wet winter, not being able to tell the home side form the away side cos the mud had turned both kits the same shade of monochrome ;D

There were some frightening reminders of the 'robust' tackles that were allowed in the good old days though.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Quisling on January 12, 2011, 08:59:17 am
Another :thumbsup: for The Kkkkkkkings Speech

There seems to be a theme developing that Timothy Spall is miscast quite a lot....
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: eck on January 12, 2011, 09:07:17 am
Tonight I will be watching all three hours of Stephen Poliakoff's Shooting The Past. A brilliant drama made in the late 90s with Timothy Spall and Lindsay Duncan.
:thumbsup:
We still have that on VHS.
A great story, superbly done, excellent music and, oh my, Lindsay Duncan.  :-*  :)
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: mattc on January 12, 2011, 10:53:54 am
I too wondered about the fine detail (though didn't let it spoil my enjoyment ;) )

My contribution to the pot of possible scenarios were that they were all tentacledressers or telephone sanitisation engineers.

Either way, it's a corker of a film, which someone from this forum had a hand in. Jakob?

Yup (District 9 has its own thread):

Well, we did beat Avatar in one category at the VES awards!

VES Announces 2010 Winners of the VES Awards | Visual Effects Society (http://www.visualeffectssociety.com/file/ves-announces-2010-winners-ves-awards)

Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Deano on January 12, 2011, 10:32:25 pm
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

Definitely the weakest of the first three movies (I haven't seen the fourth one), partly cos he's saddled with a cheesy child sidekick and an incredibly shrill love interest, but mainly owing to the careless use of Indian and Chinese stereotypes.  They seemed much more comfortable with the French and German stereotypes in the other two movies.

It's still a great romp, with some marvellous set-pieces, especially the high-kicking Chinese nightclub opening, the chase through the mine on fragile carts, and the rope bridge finale.  More recent Hollywood action movies don't match this standard, sadly.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Martin on January 12, 2011, 10:36:58 pm
The King's Speech; just now (Orange Wednesday preceded by 'spoons, what a cheap date  ;))

I'm not a great royalist or even that up on the history of it all but all the main characters, Bertie, Liz, Edward VIII, Simpson the slapper and Churchill are just brilliant.

expect it to Hoover up at the Oscars
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: rogerzilla on January 15, 2011, 12:58:52 pm
"Electric Dreams", a 1984 period piece.  Lenny van Dohlen (also the Nazi cop in "the Red Dwarf episode "Back to Reality") can't act.  Virginia Madsen is hawt.  The computer gets the best lines.  "Don't pick up on the first ring."
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on January 15, 2011, 05:30:03 pm
Where The Wild Things Are - started off well, got boring quite quickly.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: itsbruce on January 16, 2011, 07:24:48 pm
The Girl Who Played With Fire.  Swedish version.  Great.  Not interested in what I've heard of the US versions.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on January 17, 2011, 09:41:41 am
Knowing on DVD last night.

Typical Nicholas Cage fare. Quite good for the first 2/3's- 3/4's wit a bit of tension being built up by the discoveries of what the code meant and the attentions of "The Whispering Men" but a standard schmaltzy Hollywood feel good about the chidlers ending.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Mr Larrington on January 17, 2011, 11:42:27 am
The Hunt For Red October.  I'm afraid that Shir Shean as a Lithuanian stretches my credulity beyond its elastic limit.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: keepontriking on January 17, 2011, 04:49:44 pm
127 hours.
Not a film that you say you can 'enjoy'. Intense.
Had my daughter (17) in tears.

Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on January 17, 2011, 06:34:38 pm
The Hunt For Red October.  I'm afraid that Shir Shean as a Lithuanian stretches my credulity beyond its elastic limit.
Give her two pingsh on the bowsh Mr Vashshily.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Jaded on January 17, 2011, 09:56:02 pm
Casino Royale, third viewing, so a number of plot holes visible.

Still winced at the chair bit though.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: geraldc on January 17, 2011, 09:57:18 pm
Watched Green Hornet 3D. Thoroughly enjoyed it  ;D
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: jogler on January 17, 2011, 10:02:55 pm
The Book of Eli
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: LEE on January 17, 2011, 10:13:38 pm
Wall-E was a brilliant film for so many reasons, here are a few:

1) I *do* like a bit of robots-who-aren't-evil sci-fi and Disney/Pixar design robots almost exactly how my imagination does.

It reminded me a lot of the Robot in "A Grand Day Out" in its character.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Redlight on January 17, 2011, 10:18:06 pm
The King's Speech; just now (Orange Wednesday preceded by 'spoons, what a cheap date  ;))

I'm not a great royalist or even that up on the history of it all but all the main characters, Bertie, Liz, Edward VIII, Simpson the slapper and Churchill are just brilliant.

expect it to Hoover up at the Oscars

ditto.  

Thought the queen mum (as we now know her) was played rather too sympathetically and a little more modern than would have been the case but as an insight into what it must be like to have to live in that environment and have to overcome one's personal demons for 'the good of the country' it was brilliant. Irrespective of your views on the monarchy, you have to feel some sympathy for the man.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: her_welshness on January 17, 2011, 10:49:58 pm
The Hunt For Red October.  I'm afraid that Shir Shean as a Lithuanian stretches my credulity beyond its elastic limit.

But the soundtrack Mr Larrington! It's bloody gorgeous  :) And seeing that chap from Spooks I always find a surprise!
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: geoff on January 17, 2011, 11:23:22 pm
I loved Edward Norton in "Fight Club" and elsewhere but here...I get the idea that he's smirking behind his moustache because he knows no-one will be convinced by the preposterous plot. Gorgeous cast and costumes though.

But isn't it wonderfully preposterous? I really enjoyed The Illusionist, although I thought Norton was the weakest in terms of facial hair. I am definitely going to go for that Rufus Sewell combo at some point.

OK - I confess! It was really good. In the end.

Now for Inception.

...which somehow reminds me:  Synechdoche New York is on TV (FilmFour) just now.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: mattc on January 18, 2011, 10:28:33 am
The Hunt For Red October.  I'm afraid that Shir Shean as a Lithuanian stretches my credulity beyond its elastic limit.

But the soundtrack Mr Larrington! It's bloody gorgeous  :) And seeing that chap from Spooks I always find a surprise!
Is this the one where, pre-embarkation, they all line up and sing* on the dock by the sub, in the dark and rain? I find that scene incredibly moving (assuming it's the right sub film!)

*For Those In Peril On The Sea, IIRC
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: her_welshness on January 18, 2011, 10:38:13 am
The Hunt For Red October.  I'm afraid that Shir Shean as a Lithuanian stretches my credulity beyond its elastic limit.

But the soundtrack Mr Larrington! It's bloody gorgeous  :) And seeing that chap from Spooks I always find a surprise!
Is this the one where, pre-embarkation, they all line up and sing* on the dock by the sub, in the dark and rain? I find that scene incredibly moving (assuming it's the right sub film!)

*For Those In Peril On The Sea, IIRC

It's the right film Mattc and yes I think its the right scene. Plus when they are in the sub, and after Sean Connery's speech they all start singing off-cuff and then disappear off the American's radar's, but just before they go the radar chap swears that he heard singing.. :)
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: citoyen on January 18, 2011, 10:41:26 am
Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll

Judged on its technical merits, it's totally brilliant. And Andy Serkis is superb. As is Bill Milner. But it's not an awful lot of fun.

d.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on January 18, 2011, 10:49:43 am
The Hunt For Red October.  I'm afraid that Shir Shean as a Lithuanian stretches my credulity beyond its elastic limit.

But the soundtrack Mr Larrington! It's bloody gorgeous  :) And seeing that chap from Spooks I always find a surprise!
Is this the one where, pre-embarkation, they all line up and sing* on the dock by the sub, in the dark and rain? I find that scene incredibly moving (assuming it's the right sub film!)

*For Those In Peril On The Sea, IIRC

I think that film is Crimson Tide, where the Captain is Gene Hackman and the boat is the USS Alabama.
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Post by: JStone on January 18, 2011, 10:52:41 am
127 hours.
Not a film that you say you can 'enjoy'. Intense.
Had my daughter (17) in tears.

Intense indeed - we went on Sunday. I may be a total wimp, but it's the first film I've seen where I've had to watch the floor and judge when to risk a quick glance at the screen from the reactions of the audience (shrieks / groans / gasps). Mrs JStone was less squeamish - but then she used to be a nurse and is hardened to blood & gore.

... and he wasn't wearing a h*lm*t during the ride-in  ;)
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Post by: mattc on January 18, 2011, 10:58:06 am
Fuzzy may be right. I only remember the singing and the ambience, not the actors (or boat name).
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on January 18, 2011, 11:01:37 am
Watched two films this weekend. Tropic Thunder and Don't mess with the Zohan.

My stepson has really really lousy taste in films.

The best that can be said about 'Don't mess with the Zohan' is that it makes Tropic Thunder look good.

Stepdaughter said, in agonized tones "Why did I watch that? I could have done homework; it would have been more fun."

Tropic Thunder is truly pathetic bilge, with scarcely a laugh.
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Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on January 18, 2011, 11:08:12 am
Tropic Thunder is truly pathetic bilge, with scarcely a laugh.

There must be something seriously wrong (or juvenile- or both) with me as I thought Tropic Thnder was a real hoot.
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Post by: Manotea on January 18, 2011, 11:17:03 am
Watched Green Hornet 3D. Thoroughly enjoyed it  ;D

I thoroughly enjoyed Mark Kemode's review which I caught on the radio. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RIjMOfM5OHQ)
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Post by: mattc on January 18, 2011, 11:19:35 am
There must be something seriously wrong (or juvenile- or both) with me as I thought Tropic Thnder was a real hoot.
+1   

has to be good for me and N to enjoy an american action movie.
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Post by: mrcharly-YHT on January 18, 2011, 11:29:26 am
Maybe it's the presence of Ben Stiller that made it so unbearable.

The trailer for 'Satan's Alley' at the beginning is brilliant - then it goes downhill in humour and style like a dungball down a waterfall; it stinks and falls to pieces.
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Post by: Clandy on January 18, 2011, 11:32:10 am
American History X. I don't know how but this slipped by me and I've only just seen it for the first time. It was ok, predictable in parts. Edward Norton was excellent, the man is a chameleon!
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: redshift on January 18, 2011, 12:24:14 pm
Watched two films this weekend. Tropic Thunder and Don't mess with the Zohan.

My stepson has really really lousy taste in films.

The best that can be said about 'Don't mess with the Zohan' is that it makes Tropic Thunder look good.

Stepdaughter said, in agonized tones "Why did I watch that? I could have done homework; it would have been more fun."

Tropic Thunder is truly pathetic bilge, with scarcely a laugh.

Well, it was nearly worth it to see Steve Coogan get his head blown off, but otherwise I agree.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: tiermat on January 18, 2011, 12:55:45 pm
American History X. I don't know how but this slipped by me and I've only just seen it for the first time. It was ok, predictable in parts. Edward Norton was excellent, the man is a chameleon!

I was made to watch that by my (now ex-) GF.  I enjoyed it, but she did not seem to enjoy Romper Stomper, which I made her watch straight after....
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Post by: BrianI on January 21, 2011, 09:53:51 pm
THE KILLER SHREWS!!!!!

1959 bargain basement B movie!!!!!!  Scientists trapped on an island surrounded by dogs dressed up as giant killer shrews!!!!!  Continuity errors!!!!! 
Dodgy acting!!!!  Lots of fun for all!!!!!   :thumbsup:
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Post by: Torslanda on January 21, 2011, 11:27:53 pm
The Bishop's Wife followed by Hobson's Choice.  ::-)  ::-)

There's a reason we don't make films in B&W with mono soundtrack anymore.  :hand:
It's because they're shite!

If she puts 'A Taste of Honey' on there'll be a divorce FFS!
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Jakob on January 22, 2011, 01:56:00 am
The A-Team. It was surprisingly enjoyable and very well made.
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on January 22, 2011, 07:18:55 pm
I started watching Short Cuts but gave up after 20 minutes. So much background noise in every scene, I couldn't hear the dialogue.  >:(

Now I'm watching The Lovely Bones. I usually quite fancy Stanley Tucci, but not in this.  :sick:
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Post by: Bledlow on January 22, 2011, 11:00:49 pm
The Black Swan (as in Natalie Portman, ballet, Tchaikovski).

Intense. Melodramatic.
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Post by: Notsototalnewbie on January 22, 2011, 11:32:04 pm
The Black Swan (as in Natalie Portman, ballet, Tchaikovski).

Intense. Melodramatic.

I wanted to like it, but there was a lot I didn't like about that film. It was unintentionally funny in parts for a start. And I just wanted to feed Natalie Portman some pies.
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Post by: TimO on January 22, 2011, 11:39:02 pm
How To Train Your Dragon, which was quite amusing.

Toothless is so based upon a domestic cat, I can see so many of the ways he behaves in my moggy!
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Post by: simonp on January 22, 2011, 11:59:56 pm
2012.  Very silly indeed.

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Post by: border-rider on January 23, 2011, 12:03:16 am
John Cusack as the world's least likely action hero...
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Post by: Jaded on January 23, 2011, 12:20:16 am
And I just wanted to feed Natalie Portman some pies.

I've always wanted to do that too.
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Post by: Mike r on January 23, 2011, 04:01:36 am
I found the last half hour of Black Swan to be the most amazing and intense cinematic experience. You have to relax and immerse yourself in the film, don't worry about what is happening, just allow yourself to experience her emotions. I could watch it several times...
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Post by: newtoncap on January 23, 2011, 06:20:54 am
Morning Glory - amazing film, exceeded expectations; made me cry with laughter  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Gus on January 23, 2011, 12:48:14 pm
Saw "Salt" and "Narnia; The Voyage of the Dawn Treader" yesterday. The later was superior to the first mentioned
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Dinamo on January 23, 2011, 01:50:06 pm
Point Break

Stayed up Friday night 'til 1.30 watching this !
Excellent film I've seen it many times before still think its great  :thumbsup:
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Post by: teethgrinder on January 23, 2011, 01:54:34 pm
127 hours.
Not a film that you say you can 'enjoy'. Intense.
Had my daughter (17) in tears.




I thought they did a very good job of that, considering that they made a film based on being stuck for 127 days. Just as I'd imagine it to be in that situation.

You might want to go and see, "The Way Back."
Not quite so gory and more of a story to it. Worth seeing on the big screen to capture the lanscape better. The landscape is a significant part of the story because they are crossing it.
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Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on January 24, 2011, 11:24:47 am
The Book of Eli

I enjoyed this film- Denzel Washington knows his stuff and thought the cinamatography was great. The atmosphere created by the skies and the washed out colour was perfect.

Hollywood ending though- Natch.
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Post by: Woofage on January 24, 2011, 11:53:24 am
Control (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0421082/).

Well, actually I'm only about half-way through as I took a copy to watch on a train journey over the w/e. Just got up to the bit where JD signed to Factory. Sam Riley's portrayal of Ian Curtis performing "Transmission" was superb.
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Post by: Flying_Monkey on January 24, 2011, 01:35:47 pm
The Tree of Wooden Clogs... beautifully acted 3-hour Italian neo-realist drama about tenant farmers at the turn of the Twentieth Century. And ultimately as depressing as one might expect...
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Post by: gordon taylor on January 24, 2011, 05:09:35 pm
The King's Speech; just now (Orange Wednesday preceded by 'spoons, what a cheap date  ;))

I'm not a great royalist or even that up on the history of it all but all the main characters, Bertie, Liz, Edward VIII, Simpson the slapper and Churchill are just brilliant.

expect it to Hoover up at the Oscars

Mrs G and I  usually have diametrically opposite tastes in films, but we both loved The King's Speech. A film about a speech therapist and his patient seems an unlikely hit, but the audience's response at the end was loud and positive.

Beautiful, brilliant, spellbinding. IMHO, of course.

Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Mobbsy on January 25, 2011, 01:07:37 pm
Inception

Quite good story, well made but unlike Mark Kermode def. not my favourite film of 2010
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: LEE on January 25, 2011, 02:39:27 pm
"La Jetee"

The basis for Terry Gilliam's "12 Monkeys".  A man stuck in a time-loop.

26 minutes of black & white photos with a narrator.  More a slide show than a movie.

Score out of 10?  I really don't know, it's so different, so minimal. 

OK, 6/10.  Worth watching if you liked the (excellent) Gilliam adaptation.
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Post by: Wascally Weasel on January 25, 2011, 10:22:15 pm
"La Jetee"

The basis for Terry Gilliam's "12 Monkeys".  A man stuck in a time-loop.

26 minutes of black & white photos with a narrator.  More a slide show than a movie.

Score out of 10?  I really don't know, it's so different, so minimal. 

OK, 6/10.  Worth watching if you liked the (excellent) Gilliam adaptation.

Never seen that, on my list.
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Post by: itsbruce on January 26, 2011, 12:15:14 am
Bloody Sunday, just now.  I remember being intrigued at the time it first came out by the involvement of Simon Mann.  A former Scots Guards officer and mercenary playing OC 1 Para in that film? 

When he turned up in the news (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/7458274.stm) a few years later, I was amazed.  Recognised the name as soon as it was mentioned.  Very interesting bloke.
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Post by: mattc on January 26, 2011, 11:01:52 am
Black Swan - wow!

I was a bit worried early on; that if there was much more of the self-harm stuff I would have to walk out, it was that painful to watch. Thankfully it shifted focus.

Wow.

And I just wanted to feed Natalie Portman some pies.

I've always wanted to do that too.
Well, yeah, she did need a feed. But then I guess it would have been less convincing with an actress that didn't look like a real ballerina. At least they cast someone who's always been skinny, and with a petite build, rather than forcing someone to lose 3 stone for the part  :hand:
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Post by: Flying_Monkey on January 26, 2011, 01:26:44 pm
"La Jetee"

The basis for Terry Gilliam's "12 Monkeys".  A man stuck in a time-loop.

26 minutes of black & white photos with a narrator.  More a slide show than a movie.

Score out of 10?  I really don't know, it's so different, so minimal. 

OK, 6/10.  Worth watching if you liked the (excellent) Gilliam adaptation.

Chris Marker's things are all like this... as a film, 12 Monkeys is far superior. As a piece of art... who knows?
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Post by: Manotea on January 26, 2011, 06:17:39 pm
"Fast and the Furious : Tokyo Drift" on the box last night.

An unappreciated modern classic. IMO.
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Post by: Steve Kish on January 26, 2011, 10:16:15 pm
'Le Serpent'.  French revenge thriller - very tense.  This is an 'edit out the commercials and keep-er' for me. :thumbsup:
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Post by: Wascally Weasel on January 26, 2011, 11:21:54 pm
'Face', under-rated British crime drama.  Gets better each time you watch, one of the few good performances by Ray Winston but it reminds you that he can act when he isn't just shouting.

Warning: Product contains Damon Albarn (who is fine).
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Post by: Captain Zep on January 27, 2011, 08:38:03 pm
Dogtooth - Greek dark comedy / drama.  Very good.  Very strange.  I understand that it's up for an Oscar.
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Post by: mrcharly-YHT on January 28, 2011, 03:06:09 pm
'Highlander', with the young 'un.

What a disappointment. Made me realise how much sword and fantasy films have improved.  Well, except that the Princess Bride did it better than any film before or since ("My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die").

Sure the story is good (well apart from the naff last 45 seconds). The action scenes are pure crap. The 'clangy clangy' swords hitting one another sound ridiculous and the sound doesn't sync with the action.

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Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on January 28, 2011, 03:41:01 pm
'Highlander', with the young 'un.

What a disappointment. Made me realise how much sword and fantasy films have improved.  Well, except that the Princess Bride did it better than any film before or since ("My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die").

Sure the story is good (well apart from the naff last 45 seconds). The action scenes are pure crap. The 'clangy clangy' swords hitting one another sound ridiculous and the sound doesn't sync with the action.



Stone Him!

Highlander disappointing? s' a great film. One of the paradoxes about the film however is a Frenchman trying to do a Scottish accent playing opposite a Scot who can't do a Spanish accent ;D
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on January 28, 2011, 04:06:40 pm
If you'd asked me yesterday I'd have said it was great.

Re-watching it destroyed my illusions. It's just the fight scenes that really ruin it, most of the dialog is great.

Maybe it's because since I was 15 and first watched it, I've done a bit of fencing. I'd hamstring that Kurgan and have his head off in about 30s. And I'm not even good with a sword :(
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Post by: mattc on January 28, 2011, 04:54:48 pm
'Highlander', with the young 'un.

What a disappointment. Made me realise how much sword and fantasy films have improved.  Well, except that the Princess Bride did it better than any film before or since ("My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die").

Princess Bride is (like Kickass and Airplane)  a bit of a genre-breaker; it's hard to take seriously any subsequent film you see in a similar genre!

But "sword and fantasy films have improved"? Have there been any this century?!?

(LOTR is the exception - but their budget was about eleventy times those who came before)

I'm not a fan of Highlander, but IIRC it looked quite good.
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Post by: harvey on January 28, 2011, 11:03:36 pm
'The Mechanic', new version with Jason Statham.  Had all the proper ingredients of a fast paced action thriller - contract killer.  What's with these murder for hire types listening to classical music before the big moment?  Remember Max Van Sydow in 'Three Days of the Condor' while he painted lead soldiers or something like that?  Loved Jason's valve stereo amp and turntable.  the XKE is nice too.  Definitely worth seeing on the big screen if you're into that genre.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Mike r on January 28, 2011, 11:18:58 pm
What's with these murder for hire types listening to classical music before the big moment? 


Also the bad guy from Leon (Gary Oldman i think)
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Post by: Captain Zep on January 29, 2011, 11:10:19 am
Le Diner de Cons.  Old fashioned farce. Hilarious.  :thumbsup:
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Post by: itsbruce on January 29, 2011, 09:15:26 pm
Le Diner de Cons.  Old fashioned farce. Hilarious.  :thumbsup:

It is a great film.
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Post by: citoyen on January 30, 2011, 08:41:09 am
The Men Who Stare At Goats

Not at all what I was expecting and all the better for it. Very good.

d.
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Post by: BrianI on January 30, 2011, 09:17:04 am
The Indestructible Man!  300,000 Volts of Horror!  So shockingly bad, its actually good!  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0049363/ (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0049363/)
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Dinamo on January 30, 2011, 07:22:31 pm
Aftershock

A film by Xiaogang Feng

....story from the Tangshan earthquake in 1976.

Well worth watching, a great film  :thumbsup:
I wont say anymore as dont want to ruin it for anybody
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Post by: Clandy on January 30, 2011, 08:13:54 pm
Surrogates.  ::-)
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: PaulF on January 31, 2011, 05:49:11 am
Tangled. Disney's take on Rapunzel. My six year old enjoyed it but unlike some modern children's films (Shrek, the Toy Stories etc.) this had little to offer adults.
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Post by: Flying_Monkey on January 31, 2011, 05:44:54 pm
We spent 7 hours yesterday watching La meglio gioventù (The Best of Youth) (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0346336/) and eating and drinking - a great way to pass a winter's day with friends! If you haven't seen this Italian film, you should...
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: pcolbeck on January 31, 2011, 05:46:49 pm
I've seen some of that v.good. It's on my list of DVDs to buy.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Chris S on February 01, 2011, 11:15:14 am
Lost in Translation.

In the category of "Films where nothing whatsoever happens" this is definitely my favourite. It's top TV wallpaper to fall asleep in front of, beside a blazing wood burner, on a cold winter's night.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Clandy on February 01, 2011, 11:19:58 am
Watched The Patriot at a friend's last night. What a steaming pile of bullshit. There's a couple of hours of my life I'm never getting back. You owe me Gibson you short-arsed tosser.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: pcolbeck on February 01, 2011, 12:42:43 pm
I watches a bit of "Cockles And Muscles" the other night when it was on TV. Went to sleep 15 minutes in as I was tired and has seen it before. If you haven't seen it it's worth watching. It's a French farce about a family spending summer at a holiday villa by the sea. Maybe I like it just because Valeria Bruni Tedeschi is in it ...
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Post by: her_welshness on February 01, 2011, 12:55:08 pm
'Wall Street II - Money Never Sleeps' - it was OK, there were some good bits but the ending was so mawkishly ah-everyone-makes-up that it seemed crass. Michael Douglas still has that je ne sais crois about him.
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Post by: citoyen on February 01, 2011, 02:03:21 pm
I watches a bit of "Cockles And Muscles" the other night when it was on TV. Went to sleep 15 minutes in as I was tired and has seen it before. If you haven't seen it it's worth watching. It's a French farce about a family spending summer at a holiday villa by the sea. Maybe I like it just because Valeria Bruni Tedeschi is in it ...

I started watching it but gave up after half an hour when I'd had enough of its smug middle-class egotism. I really couldn't bring myself to care about any of the characters. For me, it epitomised everything that is bad about French cinema.

YMMV.  ;)

d.


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Post by: itsbruce on February 01, 2011, 02:11:00 pm
'Wall Street II - Money Never Sleeps' - it was OK, there were some good bits but the ending was so mawkishly ah-everyone-makes-up that it seemed crass. Michael Douglas still has that je ne sais crois about him.

You don't know that you believe... ?  You can't believe you're watching such a ham?  You can't quite fathom how he could be such a blurry and diminished reflection of his father?  I know how you feel.
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Post by: her_welshness on February 01, 2011, 03:26:42 pm
'Wall Street II - Money Never Sleeps' - it was OK, there were some good bits but the ending was so mawkishly ah-everyone-makes-up that it seemed crass. Michael Douglas still has that je ne sais crois about him.

You don't know that you believe... ?  You can't believe you're watching such a ham?  You can't quite fathom how he could be such a blurry and diminished reflection of his father?  I know how you feel.

Ahh I think he is great! What I meant to say is that he has presence  :)
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Post by: mrcharly-YHT on February 01, 2011, 03:28:28 pm
So does an overripe Camembert.
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Post by: her_welshness on February 01, 2011, 05:54:14 pm
So does an overripe Camembert.

Blimey Charlie  :o
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Post by: Jakob on February 02, 2011, 01:12:10 am
The Kings Speech.

Incredibly simple movie, but very well done.
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Post by: mrcharly-YHT on February 02, 2011, 11:02:23 am
So does an overripe Camembert.

Blimey Charlie  :o
I'm saying his 'acting' comes with a thick layer of cheese; which is fine, as long as the actor acknowledges it.
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Post by: Captain Zep on February 02, 2011, 10:09:16 pm
Withnail and I. 

Haven't seen it for years and forgotten how good it was.  Mrs Zep wouldn't watch it with me as Richard E Grant turns her stomache apparently.  This is also why I'm not allowed to play Bowie in the house.  ???
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Post by: Psychler on February 03, 2011, 12:51:31 am
"Treasure Island" with John Laurie as Blind Pew.  Oh! ... and Robert Newton...
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Post by: Mr Larrington on February 03, 2011, 09:09:17 am
Layer Cake.  Pretty good, an' loads o' killin's, but I'm going to take back some of the rude things I've said about Keanu Reeves being a big piece of wood.  I thought that Daniel Craig's tree-like interpretation of Bond James Bond was, well, acting, but he plays Mr. X with exactly the same range of emotions, which is to say none.  And he didn't get to shag Sienna Miller.  Michael Gambon is splendidly villainous.
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Post by: harvey on February 03, 2011, 09:38:58 am
Michael Gambon is a national treasure.  Saw him a few months ago in Beckett's 'Krapp's Last Tape' - brilliant.  I enjoyed Layer Cake.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Kathy on February 03, 2011, 12:49:01 pm
No Country For Old Men. It was okay-ish, but didn't half drag on at times.  :-\
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on February 03, 2011, 07:00:59 pm
Lost in Translation.

In the category of "Films where nothing whatsoever happens" this is definitely my favourite. It's top TV wallpaper to fall asleep in front of, beside a blazing wood burner, on a cold winter's night.
Oh, I love that. It's all so subtle and tragic. And I love Bill Murray in just about anything.
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Post by: Bledlow on February 03, 2011, 08:45:06 pm
Lost in Translation.

In the category of "Films where nothing whatsoever happens" this is definitely my favourite. It's top TV wallpaper to fall asleep in front of, beside a blazing wood burner, on a cold winter's night.
Oh, I love that. It's all so subtle and tragic. And I love Bill Murray in just about anything.
Mrs B thought it was very Japanese. Lots of unspoken emotion. She liked it. So did I, but I wasn't sure she would, so was pleased.

Yeah, Bill Murray's good.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Mr Larrington on February 04, 2011, 01:27:05 pm
The Men Who Stare At Goats.  Engagingly daft but on no account should anyone ever require Ewan Macgregor to do an American accent.  Doubly so if he has to say "fuckin'".

Murphy's War.  Peter O'Toole 1 - 0 Kriegsmarine.  I am hunting up the money for a remake with swearing in it.  Brad Pit as Murphy, sienna Miller as Doctor Hayden,  Jean Reno as the swarthy FOREIGN and Penelope Cruz as the not-required-by-the-plot local girl who gets her blouse ripped off by a German sailor.
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Post by: Flying_Monkey on February 04, 2011, 02:10:56 pm
Mrs B thought it was very Japanese. Lots of unspoken emotion. She liked it. So did I, but I wasn't sure she would, so was pleased.

Interesting. Mrs FM (also Japanese) thought it was a racist and ignorant heap of crap (although she expressed these sentiments in far more subtle way!). Most Japanese people I know who have seen it (and it didn't do very well in Japan so not that many have) seem to have thought it was either offensive or funny (and not for the right reasons).

To be honest, Bill Murray sleepwalks through films these days. He doesn't act, he just does 'Bill Murray'. That said, I thought this worked in The Life Aquatic and Broken Flowers more than Lost in Translation.
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Post by: Clandy on February 04, 2011, 02:15:02 pm
The Last Samurai. Had potential to be a very good film. Shame about the leading man.
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Post by: rafletcher on February 04, 2011, 02:34:53 pm
Bob Bon El Perro - really lovely film.
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Post by: Bledlow on February 04, 2011, 02:47:27 pm
Mrs B thought it was very Japanese. Lots of unspoken emotion. She liked it. So did I, but I wasn't sure she would, so was pleased.

Interesting. Mrs FM (also Japanese) thought it was a racist and ignorant heap of crap
I didn't say she thought it was an accurate or sympathetic portrayal of Japan, but the Japan of the film is mostly background, an alien environment to point up the loneliness of the characters. Its strangeness is exaggerated to enhance that effect.

I wonder if the reception in Japan (& from Mrs FM) is partly based on resentment at a foreign film mocking things Japanese, even if their own opinion of the things mocked is low. For example, the ridiculous TV show was a parody, but one Mrs B greatly enjoyed. There are such silly shows, & Mrs B is full of scorn for them, & thinks they deserve to have the piss taken out of them. She thought the parody showed a keen understanding of the more ludicrous aspects of such shows. Some other Japanese people might react differently.
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Post by: Flying_Monkey on February 04, 2011, 08:32:30 pm
Mrs B thought it was very Japanese. Lots of unspoken emotion. She liked it. So did I, but I wasn't sure she would, so was pleased.

Interesting. Mrs FM (also Japanese) thought it was a racist and ignorant heap of crap
I didn't say she thought it was an accurate or sympathetic portrayal of Japan, but the Japan of the film is mostly background, an alien environment to point up the loneliness of the characters. Its strangeness is exaggerated to enhance that effect.

I wonder if the reception in Japan (& from Mrs FM) is partly based on resentment at a foreign film mocking things Japanese, even if their own opinion of the things mocked is low. For example, the ridiculous TV show was a parody, but one Mrs B greatly enjoyed. There are such silly shows, & Mrs B is full of scorn for them, & thinks they deserve to have the piss taken out of them. She thought the parody showed a keen understanding of the more ludicrous aspects of such shows. Some other Japanese people might react differently.

I think that the cultural context and the fact that it is just background is actually the important thing. My wife says that there is plenty of understanding of the ridiculousness of TV in Japan (and indeed many of the shows are ironic and self-mocking anyway in ways that many 'look at those crazy Japanese'-type commentators don't appear to get). In this case, all of the film is simply stereotyped exotic walpaper, not so much that it's 'gaijin' doing the mocking, but that what is being mocked is not even that important, or that it is only important in how it serves the egos of the white main characters. This BTW is not unique to LiT, it is a really common trope in many westerners' stories about their experiences in Japan, or indeed other 'exotic' locales.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: geoff on February 04, 2011, 11:09:25 pm

....

To be honest, Bill Murray sleepwalks through films these days. He doesn't act, he just does 'Bill Murray'. That said, I thought this worked in The Life Aquatic and Broken Flowers more than Lost in Translation.

Probably for Bill murray it's just Groundhog Day all over again....
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: tonycollinet on February 05, 2011, 09:53:57 am
The bone collector - in which Angelina actually gets to show she can act.

A good film, but loses it a bit at the end.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on February 05, 2011, 01:40:20 pm
Try Girl, Interrupted.

She's very impressive in that, as is Winona Rider.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: her_welshness on February 05, 2011, 07:19:35 pm
Try Girl, Interrupted.

She's very impressive in that, as is Winona Rider.

Yes, recommended (Jolie got an Oscar for it).
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: BrianI on February 05, 2011, 09:19:02 pm
Star Wreck: In the Pirkining

http://www.archive.org/details/StarWreckInThePirkining (http://www.archive.org/details/StarWreckInThePirkining)

In Finnish with english subtitles!

An interesting spoof of Star Trek / Babylon 5

Quote
Ne'er mind that, she's gaun tae blow!
The twist core just breuk and thare's antimaterial gas awgates

Quote
Commander Dwarf: Plingon warriors do not take showers!

 :thumbsup:
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on February 05, 2011, 09:46:09 pm
Another  :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: for The King's Speech. It's mesmerising. And very moving. From the first minute I was filled with sympathy for Bertie. Colin Firth was absolutely superb. He and Geoffrey Rush both deserve Oscars for their performances.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Andrij on February 05, 2011, 09:47:57 pm
Withnail and I. 

Haven't seen it for years and forgotten how good it was.  Mrs Zep wouldn't watch it with me as Richard E Grant turns her stomache apparently.  This is also why I'm not allowed to play Bowie in the house.  ???

Watched this last weekend — an excellent film.  :thumbsup:
 
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Post by: Canardly on February 05, 2011, 09:59:56 pm
my lad is a film buff and Cambridge film festival reviewer so gets a bit ecoteric around here.......we have dvds of films no one has heard of. He interned for a major agency for many months this year but true to form they screwed and exploited him on minimum wage. Amazing what a first gets you these days.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: interzen on February 05, 2011, 10:11:27 pm
Dare I say that the last film I watched was 'Twilight'  :-[

Not voluntarily, mind - SWMBO put it on when I was round at her place and despite being determined to just listen to it in the background, I ended up watching most of it.

I've seen better, and I've seen a lot worse, but if you slip your brain into neutral and just go with the flow then it seems to work quite well. Also, the female lead looks a lot like a younger version of Sigourney Weaver to these eyes.

To make amends, I watched "Serenity" for the nth time when I got home :)
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Post by: jezzasnr on February 05, 2011, 11:07:46 pm
went to see 127hrs,
passed out....
won't be going back there for a day or two!
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Mike r on February 07, 2011, 09:12:18 am
I saw 127 hours a week ago, it's a great film, but I didn't see what all the fuss was about regarding the 'gore'. The worst part fro me was when he realised he was trapped and the rest of the film is preparing you fro the inevitable. Great acting by Franco!
As a climber I was much more horrified the moment when Joe Simpson broke his leg in the film Touching the Void
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Post by: Mr Larrington on February 07, 2011, 11:00:06 am
Mr Nice.  Understandably a lot was excised from the book but then again, one multi-million pound dope deal is very much the same as another.  Rhys Ifans looks spookily like the younger Howard Marks.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: mattc on February 07, 2011, 01:14:43 pm
I saw 127 hours a week ago, it's a great film, but I didn't see what all the fuss was about regarding the 'gore'. The worst part fro me was when he realised he was trapped and the rest of the film is preparing you fro the inevitable. Great acting by Franco!
As a climber I was much more horrified the moment when Joe Simpson broke his leg in the film Touching the Void
I don't know if it's still on iPLayer, but the recent Horizon about pain was jolly interesting. There was a chap who had the "127 hours" dilemma - but in his basement!

Anyway, after many hours contemplation, he hacked off the offending limb, and reported no notable pain. (although it was still traumatic to be cripplin himself). Scientists think this is something the body can just do for you - you know you have to do this for your long-term survival, so the pain signals never reach the conscious brain.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on February 09, 2011, 12:54:48 pm
The Abbys

I love that film :thumbsup:

"Virgil, you weiner!"
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on February 09, 2011, 10:38:36 pm
Black Swan, tonight. I thought it was ridiculous and over the top and melodramatic but I really enjoyed it. And Natalie Portman was amazing.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Tim on February 09, 2011, 11:18:55 pm
Black Swan, tonight.
Likewise.

Thought it deserved a razzie for worst on set catering - clearly not enough pies handed out to the cast.

All a bit fightclub though.
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Post by: Wowbagger on February 09, 2011, 11:20:22 pm
Mrs. Wow and I are going for a rare treat on Friday - a visit to the Odious in Saarfend to have a look at that Mr. Firth getting above his station.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Kathy on February 10, 2011, 10:21:45 am
Black Swan, tonight.
Likewise.

Thought it deserved a razzie for worst on set catering - clearly not enough pies handed out to the cast.

All a bit fightclub though.


I enjoyed the special effects - very subtle.  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Wowbagger on February 10, 2011, 10:49:39 pm
Dez I watched "In the Loop". I'm not sure what I thought.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on February 11, 2011, 12:29:30 pm
Lemmy.  A bit of a mess, really.


And so on.  The number of people who only get a mention in the DVD extras, if at all, is quite large too.  You'd think that Lucas Fox, Larry Wallis, Brian Robertson and Wurzel didn't exist.

Edit: And Pete Gill.

Poor.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: andrewc on February 12, 2011, 12:01:11 am
"Casablanca" , I'm 46 and have somehow never seen it before........ Good Film  :thumbsup:

How long til the re-imagined version ....
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Post by: Manotea on February 12, 2011, 12:12:21 am
watched a DVD of Frost & Nixon, or was it Nixon & frost with mrs manotea and master manotea back from college forca few days, a rare treat.

anyway, great performances all round I thought
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Post by: fungus on February 14, 2011, 01:35:42 am
Expired on BBC2.

Samantha Morton is cute  :-*
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: pcolbeck on February 14, 2011, 09:42:56 am
La Vie en Rose on the telly at the weekend. Edith Piaf had a shit life ...
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Post by: PaulF on February 14, 2011, 09:52:29 am
Yogi Bear with my son. Was hilarious, laughed ot loud at times.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: citoyen on February 14, 2011, 12:36:12 pm
Found myself getting drawn in to Four Weddings And A Funeral on Film4 on Saturday evening. It's some years since I last saw it and I have to say I enjoyed it much more than my memory has led me to expect. Though it is a little dated - Hugh Grant looks so young! (Even though he was apparently in his mid-30s when it was made.)

"Casablanca" , I'm 46 and have somehow never seen it before........

I would comment on this but there are plenty of classic films I haven't seen... Anyway, I've lost count of how many times I've seen Casablanca. Such a great film.

d.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: JStone on February 15, 2011, 05:01:08 pm
'Never let me go', at the weekend. I hadn't read the book, so had full benefit of the creeping realisation of what was happening. Deeply disturbing.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Kathy on February 15, 2011, 05:11:36 pm
'Never let me go', at the weekend. I hadn't read the book, so had full benefit of the creeping realisation of what was happening. Deeply disturbing.

Was it good? I read the book last year and found myself increasingly frustrated at the FAIL of the science to the detriment of my enjoyment.  :-[
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Post by: simonp on February 15, 2011, 06:36:40 pm
Playing by Heart (1998) - IMDb (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0145734/)
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on February 15, 2011, 06:50:13 pm
Night at the Museum 2, because my imaginary secret husband is in it. I laughed enough.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: JStone on February 15, 2011, 08:09:02 pm
'Never let me go', at the weekend. I hadn't read the book, so had full benefit of the creeping realisation of what was happening. Deeply disturbing.

Was it good? I read the book last year and found myself increasingly frustrated at the FAIL of the science to the detriment of my enjoyment.  :-[

The science is largely unexplained, other than a reference right at the start to a medical breakthrough that took place in 1952. It's all seen from the viewpoint of the main characters, for whom there's no choice - other than a possible deferral of the inevitable. Someone said afterwards - why didn't they just run away? But the details of tagging, medication & control are left mainly to the imagination.
It's more of a 'what if' story, in which scientific accuracy / plausibility is less important than the relationships & the morality of what society chooses to do. The science might have been stretched but - given that it's fiction - I didn't think it was too unbelievable.

So yes, I thought it was very good. But I'd naively assumed that it was a just trad love triangle story of 3 children at boarding school and their later relationships as adults, so it came as something of a surprise. Of the 5 of us who went, 2 had read the book (apparently it's standard book group fare) and both enjoyed the film.
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Post by: Chris S on February 15, 2011, 08:23:08 pm
How to train your Dragon.

My kind of film. I just love computer animated pap.

The main theme has a Sigur Ros twang to it (which is hardly surprising: Jón Þór Birgisson - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J%C3%B3n_%C3%9E%C3%B3r_Birgisson#Go_.282010.29)). TimO was right, the main character dragon is part Our Cat, part Salamander.

Most of all though. This film gets 10/10 for Beardology.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Mr Larrington on February 17, 2011, 12:49:00 pm
Coogan's Bluff.  Clint doesn't even kill anyone.

Very poor.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Gandalf on February 19, 2011, 03:05:55 pm
Coogan's Bluff.  Clint doesn't even kill anyone.

Very poor.

Yebbut isn't this the film where he comes out with "drop the blade punk or you won't believe what's happening even while it's happening" ?
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Gandalf on February 19, 2011, 03:08:19 pm
I have just been press ganged into watching 'Love, Eat, Pray'. 

So far up its own arse it's not true and to make matter worse we watched the interminable Directors cut.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: BrianI on February 19, 2011, 03:21:04 pm
The Steve Coogan version of "Around the World in 80 Days"

I don't recall there being Jackie Chan style choreographed chop suey in the orginal novel by Jules Verne.

Still, not a bad movie for a wet afternoon....
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Wascally Weasel on February 19, 2011, 03:58:32 pm
Yesterday I saw Paul.  After seeing that I nipped out today and bought CE3K to follow up.

Ms Weasel asked "What are we having for dinner today?"

"Something with mashed potato"
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: peliroja on February 19, 2011, 09:16:40 pm
Paul, just now. Very funny, and Woolly laughed himself silly (and loudly).  :D
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: citoyen on February 19, 2011, 11:37:53 pm
Sigur Ros - Heima on Sky Arts just now. One for fans only, but if you like their music, you'll utterly love the film.

d.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: simonp on February 19, 2011, 11:44:08 pm
Sherlock Holmes (the 2009 version).
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: longers on February 19, 2011, 11:46:33 pm
Persepolis after a recommendation from this thread. Very good! Am going to get lent the comic/book soon.

We have watched a couple of Bigas Luna films on your recommendation Citoyen. Jamon, jamon being preferred to Huevos de oro.
Some ending!

Lola has been decided as not up my street. Or so I'm told.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: andyoxon on February 20, 2011, 12:19:28 am
The Ruins. Creepy Mayan man-eating creeper.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: FatBloke on February 20, 2011, 04:30:37 pm
"Inception"  I haven't got a scooby-doo what it was about. Another 2 hours of life wasted.   :-\
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: delthebike on February 20, 2011, 04:32:57 pm
"Inception"  I haven't got a scooby-doo what it was about. Another 2 hours of life wasted.   :-\
It's only 10 mins in the real world.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: FatBloke on February 20, 2011, 08:14:13 pm
"Inception"  I haven't got a scooby-doo what it was about. Another 2 hours of life wasted.   :-\
It's only 10 mins in the real world.  :thumbsup:
That's all right then!   :-\
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: tonycollinet on February 20, 2011, 08:28:14 pm
Kings speech for the second time in a week last night. (Took Ms TC who is back from uni for the weekend after taking Mrs TC last weekend.)

I enjoyed it just as much the second time - possibly more.

Brilliant film - and tragic in some respects:

Quote
"What are friends for?"
"I wouldn't know"
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Nuncio on February 20, 2011, 09:46:35 pm
Sigur Ros - Heima on Sky Arts just now. One for fans only, but if you like their music, you'll utterly love the film.

d.

Just watched it.  I utterly loved it.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Torslanda on February 21, 2011, 07:38:05 pm
S O B.

Finally got a copy after a matey found it on the net a nd burnt me a disc.

Julie Andrews bares her boobies, Robert Vaughan plays a transvestite studio exec, Robert Preston as a Hollywood quack. A cynical look at the movie business with a real tongue-in-cheek storyline. Proper funny.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: LindaG on February 21, 2011, 07:40:10 pm
Dorian Gray.

It was so-so.  Lots of stuff lifted from The Pearl, I suspect, but not very well.

Always good to see Colin Firth, even with facial hair.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Chris S on February 21, 2011, 10:08:50 pm
Alien Resurrection.

Man... the laboratory scene is weird shit, and no mistake  :hand:.

Excellent one liners though. "Must be a chick thing..."
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: andygates on February 21, 2011, 10:24:38 pm
Hot lesbot action.

Alas, I watched Babylon, AD.  Which means I spent two hours watching Vin Diesel doing a Keanu "woah" and being trolleyed from plot point to plot point and then just when it was getting interesting (after the dreary dystopian road movie with the chosen one) the bloody credits rolled.

It was like the first half of Until The End Of The Tape, only with Sam Neill fed lots of red meat.

I hate these movies that have a "this will change everything!" hook, but quit out before showing it happening.  This is bloody SF, you useless nerks, you have limitless powers of depiction: SHOW ME THE OMGWOW OR GTFO. Wusses! >:(
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: jogler on February 21, 2011, 11:18:56 pm
Alien Resurrection.

Man... the laboratory scene is weird shit, and no mistake  :hand:.

Excellent one liners though. "Must be a chick thing..."

"I'm the monster's mother"
 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Tigerrr on February 22, 2011, 01:57:00 pm
'I spit on your grave'.
I think the characterisation of smalltown Deep South American was maybe a bit thin.  They can't be completely inhabited by inbred retarded freaks and sex crazed rapists yet apparently that is the case.  Plus the storyt seems a bit incoherent in parts - I can't se how she managed to get out of the river and find her clothes again.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: LEE on February 22, 2011, 02:38:57 pm
Dorian Gray.

It was so-so.  Lots of stuff lifted from The Pearl, I suspect, but not very well.

Always good to see Colin Firth, even with facial hair.

I think I've got a video of that in the attic.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: GruB on February 22, 2011, 03:12:42 pm
Right now I am watching Knight and Day - right now.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: ludwig on February 22, 2011, 04:52:49 pm
Restrepo. Shocking
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: clarion on February 22, 2011, 05:04:05 pm
'I spit on your grave'.
I think the characterisation of smalltown Deep South American was maybe a bit thin.  They can't be completely inhabited by inbred retarded freaks and sex crazed rapists yet apparently that is the case.  Plus the storyt seems a bit incoherent in parts - I can't se how she managed to get out of the river and find her clothes again.


It's a documentary.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: tiermat on February 24, 2011, 08:08:11 am
127 Hours, the film based on the book "Between a Rock and a Hard Place", which in turn is the real life recounting of Aron Ralston's 127 hours trapped down a canyon after he slips and falls, a rock trapping his arm against the canyon wall....

127 Hours (2010) - IMDb (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1542344/)

Quite good actually...
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: andrewc on February 24, 2011, 07:45:43 pm
Last night I went to see "Inside Job" , a very slick documentary/polemic on the US financial meltdown.  Lots of interviews with bankers and financiers. Very little about UK events, it's almost entirely focused on the US, where they put the fox in charge of the henhouse, and the chickens came home to roost with a vengeance... scary thing is, lots of the foxes are still in situ...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2011/feb/17/inside-job-review (http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2011/feb/17/inside-job-review)
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Chris S on February 24, 2011, 10:35:30 pm
Fistful of Dollars.

1. Really shit dubbing - 9/10.
2. Weirdest ricochet sounds evah- 6/10
3. Most whistled choons per minute - 7/10

4. Totally f***ing cool? 11/10  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Wascally Weasel on February 24, 2011, 11:59:43 pm
Right now I am watching Knight and Day - right now.

I remember the trailer - looked like fun until I understood the central premise which is:

Tom Cruise abducts and brainwashes women.

So I thought Knight & Day must be a documentary of some sort...

Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: tiermat on February 25, 2011, 09:10:22 am
Started watching Burke and Hare last night, then remembered that Simon Pegg bores me to deth....

So managed 25 minutes of it whilst doing other stuffs then put it off and returned to my ebook....
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Chris S on February 26, 2011, 11:16:57 pm
Despicable Me.

OK - so the youngest family member is almost 18 - so what? We larfed  :thumbsup:.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: her_welshness on February 27, 2011, 01:06:09 am
We are watching Troy. It is quite awful.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Billy Weir on February 27, 2011, 08:22:23 am
Resident Evil: Afterlife.

Yes, I am one of those people who keep this series of films alive by watching them.  Films based on videogames are invariably poor.  That the Resident Evil films are vaguely mediocre elevates them above the pack.  Decent SFX and sound effects though.  Pity about the story (poor) and acting (lame).  Sometimes, though, a brain dead flick is ideal at the end of an intense week at work.  And no worse for the IQ than getting smashed on fermented barley products.

It was also a bit of light relief after watching Mon Oncle earlier in the week.  All I can say is that France in the 1950s must have been fecking miserable if that was the paradigm of comedy back then.

Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Dinamo on February 27, 2011, 02:12:41 pm
Cloverfield

Thoroughly enjoyed it ! A monster attacks New York !

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cloverfield (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cloverfield) for more details.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: TimO on February 27, 2011, 05:09:01 pm
Cloverfield

Thoroughly enjoyed it ! A monster attacks New York !

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cloverfield (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cloverfield) for more details.

I remember watching that ages back, and got bored with it.  By the time I gave up, the monster (monsters?) had not actually appeared, and I had no sympathy or empathy with the main characters who just really annoyed me.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: citoyen on February 27, 2011, 07:45:22 pm
It was also a bit of light relief after watching Mon Oncle earlier in the week.  All I can say is that France in the 1950s must have been fecking miserable if that was the paradigm of comedy back then.

Philistine.

d.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on February 27, 2011, 09:36:12 pm
Wild Target

Daft fun. Some very funny bits.

Oh, and Emily Blunt is really hot.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Deano on February 27, 2011, 11:19:54 pm
Hancock

Not bad, but kinda fell apart towards the end.  I preferred the alcoholic, bad-tempered, destructioneering superhero to the rubbish pseudo-mythology they tried to build out of it. 
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: citoyen on February 28, 2011, 11:55:58 am
Stanley Kubrick's Boxes - a 2008 documentary by Jon Ronson.

Basically, after Kubrick's death, Ronson goes to his house to root through his thousands of archive boxes and pick out some of the more interesting material, then intersperses his analysis with interviews. It doesn't sound like much of a premise, but I really rather enjoyed it - especially the crank letters. And it's quite revealing - you do begin to get an understanding of what made Kubrick so great as a director.

d.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Manotea on February 28, 2011, 12:09:24 pm
Cloverfield

Thoroughly enjoyed it ! A monster attacks New York !

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cloverfield (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cloverfield) for more details.

I remember watching that ages back, and got bored with it.  By the time I gave up, the monster (monsters?) had not actually appeared, and I had no sympathy or empathy with the main characters who just really annoyed me.

I watched it whilst trapped on a plne. Let's say I made full use of fast forward.

FWIW Watchmen remains just about the best film I've seen for years. Well, I liked it.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: rafletcher on March 01, 2011, 12:14:18 pm
The Girl Who Played with Fire. Not as good as Dragon Tattoo, but not bad.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Valiant on March 02, 2011, 01:26:49 am
Paul. It's brilliant.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Rhys W on March 02, 2011, 11:51:22 pm
I just cracked open a beer and watched The Human Centipede on SyFy.

Better than I expected.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Valiant on March 03, 2011, 01:50:45 am
I've got that on my system waiting to be watched but was never sure if I should
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: BrianI on March 03, 2011, 04:17:12 pm
James Cameron's "The Abyss"  :thumbsup:   Just a shame it was on ye olde worlde DVD and not in blu-ray. 
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Chris S on March 03, 2011, 07:02:45 pm
James Cameron's "The Abyss"  :thumbsup:   Just a shame it was on ye olde worlde DVD and not in blu-ray. 

My house has tried several times to kill me. It very nearly succeeded one night by asphyxiating us with Carbon Monoxide - whilst I was watching The Abyss. Rather fitting really - given the film's subject matter.

Great movie. Michael Biehn does the twitchy eyed psycho rather well.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Billy Weir on March 06, 2011, 07:01:36 pm
Kick-Ass.  Good concept, well executed.  But let down by the weak characterisation of the local crime boss and the increasingly unrealistic weaponry towards the end of the film.

Hit Girl is the best female superhero I've seen to date (which is a comment on the strength of the character in the film, helped by some good acting, against the comparative superficiality of traditional female superheros).
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: her_welshness on March 09, 2011, 10:20:36 am
The Social Network. I thought it was good. Mark Zuckerberg is an oddball. Not likeable at all, as demonstrated rather well in the opening scene.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: LindaG on March 09, 2011, 04:31:18 pm
Lolita.  The Jeremy Irons one.

Brilliant.  Nearly as good as the book.

But the previous version of the film did the comedic aspects better.

I don't know why, but it's one of my favourite books.  Definitely a guilty pleasure.  Nabokov knows his evil.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: BrianI on March 09, 2011, 09:34:07 pm
Howl's Moving Castle.  115 minutes of wonderful animated movie!   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on March 09, 2011, 09:51:08 pm
Oddly enough, it's better than the book, considerably.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Billy Weir on March 12, 2011, 03:59:32 pm
Scott Pilgrim vs the World.

This is what happens when videogames and popcorn movies collide.  Cool shit.  In all senses.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Billy Weir on March 12, 2011, 06:13:16 pm
Mic Macs.

French satire on the arms industry.  Directed by the chap who did Amelie and Delicatessen.  Which is apparent from the cinematography, sound engineering etc.  On the whole, diverting but quite forgetable.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: jellied on March 12, 2011, 06:21:58 pm
Unknown. Rather jolly for it's kind.

Sucker punch looked oddly watchable.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on March 12, 2011, 10:40:47 pm
The Bridges of Madison County.

Never seen it before. Enjoyed it, but can't understand why they cast someone as old as Clint Eastwood opposite Meryl Streep. I mean, I have a certain fondness for the older gentlemen myself, but there's nothing attractive about him in this film.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Clandy on March 13, 2011, 08:02:18 am
but can't understand why they cast someone as old as Clint Eastwood opposite Meryl Streep.

You did notice who the director was?
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: LindaG on March 13, 2011, 08:47:35 am
Taken.

What a nasty, stupid film.  More plotholes than my commute in January.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Flying_Monkey on March 13, 2011, 02:37:44 pm
Mic Macs.

French satire on the arms industry.  Directed by the chap who did Amelie and Delicatessen.  Which is apparent from the cinematography, sound engineering etc.  On the whole, diverting but quite forgetable.

Have to agree there. It was fun, with all his usual trademark eccentricity, but I had already forgotten that I'd ever watched it until you mentioned it!
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Billy Weir on March 13, 2011, 07:27:30 pm
Save the Green planet completes my weekends film viewing.  South Korean.  A f**ked up version of Misery.

This one was memorable, in the "jesus, no" way that South Korean films tend to force on you - Audition being a prime example of the nasties they squirt into your eyeballs.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on March 15, 2011, 09:24:32 am
I caught the last hour or so of V for Vendetta the other night.

I haven't made my mind up about it yet though am all for the Natalie Portman content.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Wascally Weasel on March 15, 2011, 10:32:00 pm
I caught the last hour or so of V for Vendetta the other night.

I haven't made my mind up about it yet though am all for the Natalie Portman content.

I don't hate it, I reckon if I had never read the source material I would have thought the film was fantastic, as it was I thought it wasn't bad overall. 
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Wascally Weasel on March 15, 2011, 10:40:01 pm
Yesterday I watched The Assassination Bureau (on a Region 1 DVD import as it isn't available in the UK).

I've always had great affection for it, and not having seen it for ten to fifteen years was pleasantly surprised that it was pretty much as I remembered it.

The last time I saw it Oliver Reed was still an unreconstructed (but alive) drunk, so what I took away this time was the sorrow (for him) at what might have been.  He was a great physical actor with a deft touch for comedy - there is this lovely double take to camera Reed does right at the end of the film which is priceless.

Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Gandalf on March 16, 2011, 09:37:25 am
I watched 'The Long Good Friday' last night.  I'd forgotten how stunning Helen Mirren was in that film.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: itsbruce on March 16, 2011, 10:28:15 am
I don't hate it, I reckon if I had never read the source material I would have thought the film was fantastic, as it was I thought it wasn't bad overall. 

That's interesting, because I've never been very impressed by the original comic.  Alan Moore may bring more intellectual substance to comics than many, but that's not actually saying much, given the competition.  He's always seemed to me to be all style and very little substance.  Nothing wrong with style and he does have lots of that, but there's very little actual meat.

I was surprised and a little worried to find out that he sees V as serious political commentary; as flashy fun, I enjoy it but it's essentially an anarchist version of Rambo with all the dubious morality that implies, with a large amount of adolescent self obsession and posturing thrown in.  Oh, and the use of brainwashing and torture to communicate V's points to his apprentice.  So treat it as a bit of stylish nonsense (and thence don't worry about the adaptation).
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Wascally Weasel on March 16, 2011, 10:57:33 pm
'My Name is Joe'.  It was a Wednesday, Ms Weasel was away out on her usual Wednesday night thing, I got a curry and say down to watch a DVD as usual.

I was totally mesmerised, shocked, moved and emotional from start to finish.  I'm a fan of some of Ken Loach's work and have had this on the shelf for a wee while, this was an incredibly powerful film.  Rarely (I feel) this was a film that dealt with certain powerful issues without being patronising.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: LindaG on March 17, 2011, 08:21:48 pm
The Truth About Cats And Dogs.

Chick-flick-rom-com nonsense.  Most excellent.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: asterix on March 17, 2011, 08:47:13 pm
49th Parallel by Powell and Pressburger.

There's something weird about hearing the Nazis talking in posh English accents.  In fact the whole cast sounded a bit Cholmondely-Warner but once I got over that it was quite enjoyable and I liked the ending.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Wascally Weasel on March 17, 2011, 10:17:04 pm
49th Parallel by Powell and Pressburger.

There's something weird about hearing the Nazis talking in posh English accents.  In fact the whole cast sounded a bit Cholmondely-Warner but once I got over that it was quite enjoyable and I liked the ending.

Eric Portman is head Nazi isn't he?  I love the scene with the US Canadian deserter right at the end.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: asterix on March 18, 2011, 07:34:34 am
Yes, Eric Porter. His Nazi sneer more than made up for the accent.  Indeed, the final scene was excellent (Ironic, but I think the deserter was actually a Canadian!)
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Wascally Weasel on March 18, 2011, 11:05:09 am
Yes, Eric Porter. His Nazi sneer more than made up for the accent.  Indeed, the final scene was excellent (Ironic, but I think the deserter was actually a Canadian!)

Porter is also excellent in The Bedford Incident in which he plays an ex-nazi sub captain as a NATO advsior abouar a US warship.

Of course, the deserter was Canadian not US - USA not actually being in the war which was the whole point. D'oh. Now edited.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: simonp on March 19, 2011, 01:50:52 pm
Borat.

I presume the attempted kidnap of Pamela Anderson was staged, right?  It'd have been a very easy way to get shot.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Billy Weir on March 20, 2011, 09:30:46 pm
Ordet.  An 50s Danish movie exploring the meaning of faith.  Heavy going but ultimately an interesting, thought provoking film.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on March 20, 2011, 09:37:12 pm
Sleepless in Seattle. Blimey, it was dreary. Not that much rom and even less com.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Wascally Weasel on March 20, 2011, 10:05:48 pm
After the FNRttC yesterday I dozed through The Long Kiss Goodnight, today I slept through Swashbuckler (AKA The Scarlet Buccaneer) but finally woke up enough this evening to enjoy Bronco Billy.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: ian on March 22, 2011, 12:42:19 pm
Skyline.

Fairly so-so CGI flick - apparently made on a small budget. it looked nice on the smaller screen, but that was all it was, a vehicle for special effects. Very derivative special effects, you've seen them elsewhere.

Not much of a story either, they evidently didn't save any cash for a screenplay. Followed the the recent theme of having main characters that you wanted to see have a grisly demise (à la Cloverfield). They probably gave the aliens indigestion. A shame really, a little invested in character development and writing would have made for a decent movie.

Very short movie too, it kind of just went pop after about 80 minutes.

Oh, it was OK. Preferred Monsters.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Captain Zep on March 22, 2011, 09:18:16 pm
"The Dark".  Sean Bean spooky story set in Wales.  I recorded this last year sometime and the way it was described on the freeview box made it sound like "Don't Look Now", but it's not.  Quite good, although we had to discuss what the ending meant, but not in a good way IYKWIM.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: tiermat on March 23, 2011, 10:03:19 am
Tron Legacy

CGI-amoungous, but enjoyable none the less....
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: citoyen on March 23, 2011, 10:23:57 am
Kick-Ass

Loved it. Astonishingly violent but in a kind of cute way. Hit Girl rocks.

d.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: citoyen on March 23, 2011, 10:27:35 am
Kick-Ass.  Good concept, well executed.  But let down by the weak characterisation of the local crime boss and the increasingly unrealistic weaponry towards the end of the film.

I thought it was a bit bizarre - but in a good way - that he was portrayed as a "realistic" villain rather than a Batman-style comedy villain. And making him bald was a nice touch.

The jetpack was slightly jumping the shark though.

d.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: noggy on March 23, 2011, 07:49:22 pm
The Straight Story :thumbsup:

What a very simple story well told


Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Wascally Weasel on March 23, 2011, 11:36:26 pm
Amercian Flyers (again).  I bought it this time rather than borrowing it from the yacf library.

It might be cheezy cornball hokum but it's cycling cheezy cornball hokum and lots of fun.

It does actually explain stage racing concepts pretty well too.  It's still doing the rounds on the lending library thread AFAIK if you fancy it.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: jogler on March 24, 2011, 12:21:54 am
Just watched that soppy tosh....Love Actually.
just loved it ;D
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Wascally Weasel on March 24, 2011, 12:27:56 am
The Straight Story :thumbsup:

What a very simple story well told


A lovely film.  There's an awful lot going on below the surface of that simple story though - left for you to extrapolate, rather than just tell you (which I respect massively as a storytelling style).

"...and I love Deer!"

/angrywomanwhokeepsrunningoverdeer
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: geraldc on March 24, 2011, 12:30:17 am
Kickass. Teared up a bit when
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Post by: tiermat on March 24, 2011, 07:53:51 am
Made in Dagenham

Pretty good, a bit strange seeing a Sheriff playing a school teacher, but hey, the rest of it was good!
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Mr Larrington on March 24, 2011, 11:35:36 am
Good film:  The Transporter.  Explosions, car chases, blokes going through windows and the Stath with a machine pistol.  What's not to like?

Bad film: The pointless remake of The Flight Of The Phoenix.  Even the presence of the fragrant Miranda Otto could not prevent this from being a tedious pile of poo.  Watch the original instead.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: citoyen on March 24, 2011, 11:49:27 am
The Straight Story :thumbsup:

What a very simple story well told


A lovely film.  There's an awful lot going on below the surface of that simple story though - left for you to extrapolate, rather than just tell you (which I respect massively as a storytelling style).

Glad you said that because I feel much the same about it. But I'm slightly bewildered by most of the reviews I've read of the film. It seems most viewers can't look beyond the superficially sweet, sentimental tale and see its dark, dark heart. I found it quite disturbing. (But in a good way, like most other David Lynch films.)

d.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: LEE on March 24, 2011, 03:15:34 pm
"Forgetting Sarah Marshall"

A word of warning...

Never, ever, ever watch this film.  You'll never get that time back and you can't sue for "wasted life".
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: tiermat on March 24, 2011, 03:16:58 pm
"Forgetting Sarah Marshall"

A word of warning...

Never, ever, ever watch this film.  You'll never get that time back and you can't sue for "wasted life".

I couldn't agree more, I don't think I have ever seen a bigger pile of pants....
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Billy Weir on March 26, 2011, 05:52:30 pm
Clubbed.  British film about self-respect, against the background of club bouncers in a working class area in the 80s.

Strange little film that might have worked as part of a wider story on TV, but just didn't click as a film.  Mediocre in all departments, the denouement left me incredulous.  Can't decide whether it was the script or the acting or the direction that made me feel it was just going through the motions, with events not emerging naturally and a sense of having no sympathy with the characters.  Quite a disappointment.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Jasmine on March 27, 2011, 01:28:49 pm
A boy, a girl and a bike. 1949 B&W film about a Northern cycling club.  It was quite good - some moments of cycling humour that have aged very well.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Wascally Weasel on March 29, 2011, 11:08:54 pm
The Medusa Touch - thriller/chiller starring Richard Burton.  Great fun.  Haven't seen it for 15 years.  About the same as I remembered which was good (no better no worse).
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Martin on March 31, 2011, 10:41:38 am
Brighton Rock; apparently nearer to the Greene novel than the Dicky Attenborough original, despite being brought forward to 1964;

very dark and moody, shame I missed the first 10 mins due to it having to be wedged in before another later film on the same screen (it apparently has had very little airing since release because of The King's Speech and other Oscar names, a shame), lovely period setting as well (it was filmed in Eastbourne which hasn't changed since the 60s)
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Wascally Weasel on March 31, 2011, 10:30:30 pm
The League of Gentlemen - the 1960 film not the TV series.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: TimO on April 02, 2011, 01:37:49 am
Red, which is a not bad bit of escapist nonsense.  It's got a commentary track, supposedly by a retired CIA field officer, which I haven't listened to yet, although I imagine that it should be along the lines of "This bit isn't realistic, and this is just ridiculous.  This on the other hand is wildly insane, and it would never happen like that ...."

A surprisingly good cast, probably better than the film deserves, but heah, if you're going to have a silly film with lots of people being killed, blown up, and shot, then you may as well have good actors, who can do dark dry comedy and wit well.  I rather liked Brian Cox's part as Ivan, and Helen Mirren's frustrated assassin doing flower arranging and baking. ;D

Oh, and I can lust after Mary-Louise Parker without being creepy, since it turns out she's older than me. :)
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: harvey on April 02, 2011, 10:22:01 am
Source Code... Groundhog Day all over again with SF saving the world twist.  Spectacular views of Chicago.  Action thriller with a touch of romance.  Catch it on the big screen if you like this sort of thing.   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: jogler on April 02, 2011, 10:26:07 am
Collateral Damage
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: clarion on April 02, 2011, 10:30:29 am
Red, which is a not bad bit of escapist nonsense.  It's got a commentary track, supposedly by a retired CIA field officer, which I haven't listened to yet, although I imagine that it should be along the lines of "This bit isn't realistic, and this is just ridiculous.  This on the other hand is wildly insane, and it would never happen like that ...."

A surprisingly good cast, probably better than the film deserves, but heah, if you're going to have a silly film with lots of people being killed, blown up, and shot, then you may as well have good actors, who can do dark dry comedy and wit well.  I rather liked Brian Cox's part as Ivan, and Helen Mirren's frustrated assassin doing flower arranging and baking. ;D

Oh, and I can lust after Mary-Louise Parker without being creepy, since it turns out she's older than me. :)

He gets bloody everywhere (http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2010/3/6/1267910078007/Dr.-Brian-Cox-001.jpg)

Helen Mirren... Ahhh (http://www.ahhxsilk.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/Helen-Mirren-photo.jpg)
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: citoyen on April 02, 2011, 02:26:27 pm
Hot Tub Time Machine

Ok, so I didn't have high expectations but I really didn't imagine it would be quite so excruciatingly awful as it turned out to be. I gave up after about 40 minutes - I was clinging to the hope that it might improve but it just seemed to be getting worse. Beyond crass.

I wouldn't have minded so much but it wasn't funny either. Didn't even smirk, never mind laugh.

Has to be one of the worst films I've seen in a very long time.

d.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: TimO on April 02, 2011, 02:56:02 pm
He gets bloody everywhere (http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2010/3/6/1267910078007/Dr.-Brian-Cox-001.jpg)

Luckily not that damn Brian Cox.  Bloody Physicists, they get everywhere. ;D

Helen Mirren... Ahhh (http://www.ahhxsilk.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/Helen-Mirren-photo.jpg)

Didn't one of the channels do a programme where they decided that she was the British Actress who had got her kit off most frequently in films?
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Wascally Weasel on April 02, 2011, 03:32:35 pm
'Smoke' last night then 'The Red Badge of Courage' this afternoon.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: clarion on April 02, 2011, 09:11:38 pm
Helen Mirren... Ahhh (http://www.ahhxsilk.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/Helen-Mirren-photo.jpg)

Didn't one of the channels do a programme where they decided that she was the British Actress who had got her kit off most frequently in films?

I would posit that that acolade goes to the never knowingly fully dressed Greta Scacchi.

But I do not mind any disrobing of la Mirren.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on April 03, 2011, 07:22:12 pm
I think that would be Kate Winslet, whose very impressive jubblies are never hidden (in a film).
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Dinamo on April 03, 2011, 09:23:23 pm
Let Me In

Remake of the Swedish film, a contemporary coming of age film about a bullied boy and a peculiar girl who turns out to be a vampire.

If you like vampire films you will love this, I thought it was a brilliant film, may even watch it again tomorrow night.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: itsbruce on April 03, 2011, 09:41:58 pm
Let Me In

Remake of the Swedish film, a contemporary coming of age film about a bullied boy and a peculiar girl who turns out to be a vampire.

If you like vampire films you will love this, I thought it was a brilliant film, may even watch it again tomorrow night.

Watch the Swedish version.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on April 04, 2011, 09:53:51 am
Bucket List on ITV last night.

Don't know about anyone els but I enjoyed it.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Chris S on April 04, 2011, 10:22:44 am
Bucket List on ITV last night.

Don't know about anyone els but I enjoyed it.

I have to skip the (inevitable) v*mit scene, but it's a brilliant film.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: itsbruce on April 05, 2011, 01:37:55 am
I watched "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" and "The Sum of all Fears" while doing other stuff.  The latter was boring but Gentlemen was atrocious.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: tiermat on April 05, 2011, 05:49:23 am
Neds, my copy came with subtitles in Catalan, Spanish or Castillian, I think I might have understood the dialogue a bit better if I had used the subtitles :)
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Andrij on April 05, 2011, 08:20:15 am
Carry On Again Doctor

It was everything I expected.  ;D
 
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Jaded on April 05, 2011, 08:26:23 am
The boy with the striped pyjamas.

We watched this on DVD on Sunday night, I knew of it and knew the ending was challenging, but wasn't prepared for an ending that left us all in silence.

I know it has been criticised for historical inaccuracies, however it wasn't meant to be a documentary and for our kids it probably had more effect than a documentary ever could have.

Bruno, the German boy was acted exceptionally well in my opinion.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Dinamo on April 05, 2011, 06:17:39 pm
The boy with the striped pyjamas.

We watched this on DVD on Sunday night, I knew of it and knew the ending was challenging, but wasn't prepared for an ending that left us all in silence.

I know it has been criticised for historical inaccuracies, however it wasn't meant to be a documentary and for our kids it probably had more effect than a documentary ever could have.

Bruno, the German boy was acted exceptionally well in my opinion.

The book is well worth a read.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Dinamo on April 05, 2011, 06:20:03 pm
Batman - The Dark Knight

A great film with a fantastic cast, Heath Ledger as the Joker is awesome.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: tiermat on April 05, 2011, 06:40:34 pm
Batman - The Dark Knight

A great film with a fantastic cast, Heath Ledger as the Joker is awesome.

One of my favourites, and inspiration for my outfit for my birthday BBQ last year (yes there are pictures, one of which lurks on this here forum)

Tonight I am watching "The Killer Inside Me", sort of like Spartacus (the series) in the MidWest (i.e. lots of shagging and killing)
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Dinamo on April 05, 2011, 06:50:45 pm
Batman - The Dark Knight

A great film with a fantastic cast, Heath Ledger as the Joker is awesome.

One of my favourites, and inspiration for my outfit for my birthday BBQ last year (yes there are pictures, one of which lurks on this here forum)


The Joker or Batman ?
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: tiermat on April 05, 2011, 06:53:37 pm
@Dinamo, the Joker, of course :)
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: clarion on April 05, 2011, 08:38:06 pm
And very impressive it was.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: welshwheels on April 05, 2011, 08:41:49 pm
Sleuth with michael caine and laurence olivier i really enjoyed it  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Chris S on April 05, 2011, 08:56:23 pm
Sleuth with michael caine and laurence olivier i really enjoyed it  :thumbsup:

Excellent  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: YahudaMoon on April 05, 2011, 10:11:27 pm
Ive not been out for a film in years except with the kids. This looks like a good film though Im on the fence when it comes to climate change, it would be interesting to hear what these hippy;s have to say about it though and there looks like cake could be involved



(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5108/5592860631_ccc572413a_z.jpg)

Just a quick reminder about the Pete Postlethwaite film "The Age of Stupid" that a group of us have organized at the Inspire Centre next Thursday, on the subject of climate change. We really want this to be a welcoming and enjoyable social occasion so we've sorted for there to be a cafe run by volunteers selling snacks before the showing and a discussion after it on what we thought of the film and how we can act on climate change both as individuals and communities.  We'd love you to come and details are:

 

Date - Thursday, April 7th 2011

Time - 7pm screening but cafe from 6pm

Cost - £3 (to cover cinema hire, licence and publicity)

Venue - The Inspire Centre, 747 Stockport Road, M19 3AR

 

Hope you can make it!

 

Thanks!

Katherine

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Post by: LEE on April 06, 2011, 03:19:23 pm
Sleuth with michael caine and laurence olivier i really enjoyed it  :thumbsup:

Excellent  :thumbsup:

I love that film (because I didn't guess the ending)...duh
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: nicknack on April 06, 2011, 04:32:39 pm
Easter Parade. Screened at the care home where what's left of my mum currently resides.

Great film.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: TimO on April 06, 2011, 05:36:51 pm
Megamind, which was somewhat silly, but enjoyable.

It's got some good humour, probably as not as much as it could have, but it's not too bad.  It was certainly better than Despicable Me, which was adequately fun itself, and in a similar vein, but not as well done as Megamind.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: ravenbait on April 06, 2011, 05:38:10 pm
Eden Log.

It's a cross between Pandorum and Silent Running. In French.

I had to look up the wikipedia entry afterwards to see what it was about.

Sam
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Post by: spindrift on April 06, 2011, 05:41:50 pm
Easter Parade. Screened at the care home where what's left of my mum currently resides.

Great film.

How weird that a Jew, Irving Berlin, wrote songs about the two most important Christian festivals and focused on a hat and the weather.

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Post by: tiermat on April 06, 2011, 05:43:33 pm
Tonight's entertainment is "Lucky Number Slevin", might finish watching "The Green Hornet" later, should really be out on the bike, but R&R are more important right now :)
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Post by: Flying_Monkey on April 06, 2011, 06:33:58 pm
How weird that a Jew, Irving Berlin, wrote songs about the two most important Christian festivals and focused on a hat and the weather.

He was far from the only Jewish guy to have written contemporary Christian songs...
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Post by: mrcharly-YHT on April 06, 2011, 11:44:07 pm
Cave of Forgotten Dreams

Definitely not an action movie.

dang interesting if you are into art. These caves have been sealed away for 10's of thousands of years.

They contain, amongst other things;

A drawing of a minotaur

Cubisim, in the early picasso sense.

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Post by: tiermat on April 07, 2011, 07:51:59 pm
Voyage of the DawnTreader

I liked it...
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Post by: Deano on April 07, 2011, 08:01:30 pm
Inception.

It was OK - I'm not sure what all the fuss was about, really.  It wasn't that hard to follow, or especially clever.  A diverting couple of hours, and certainly more involving than something like Transformers II, but that's about it.
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Post by: Chris S on April 07, 2011, 09:47:56 pm
Charlie Wilson's War. Again.

I'll keep watching this - until we wake up to what we've done to ourselves. Fucking hell. For a supposedly intelligent species - we sure are thick sometimes.

"...and then we fucked up the end game"
Charlie Wilson
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Post by: LindaG on April 07, 2011, 11:03:40 pm
Back and Forth, about the Foo Fighters, going right back to Nirvana.

Followed by a playthrough of the new album, Wasting Light.

A very good night at the pictures   :thumbsup:
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Post by: her_welshness on April 07, 2011, 11:25:38 pm
Charlie Wilson's War. Again.

I'll keep watching this - until we wake up to what we've done to ourselves. Fucking hell. For a supposedly intelligent species - we sure are thick sometimes.

"...and then we fucked up the end game"
Charlie Wilson


+ 1. Aaron Sorkin is a fantastic writer  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Billy Weir on April 09, 2011, 07:27:41 pm
Eagle Eye.  Reminded me of the videogame Portal, set in contemporary Washington.

Half decent tech thriller, provided you ignore the rediculous premise.  Although I suspect if I hadn't have been in the mood for something easy, I might have come to a harsher view.
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Post by: TimO on April 10, 2011, 01:18:07 pm
The Gumball Rally, which whilst not bad, I don't think is quite as good as the later Cannonball Run (both films being loosely based on the early 1970s actual Cannonball Baker Sea-To-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash).  It's a long time since I originally saw either film, but I think The Cannonball Run wins out through really not taking itself at all seriously, and being just that little bit more zany.

On the plus side, The Gumball Rally does have the classic quote by Raul Julia playing Franco Bertollini;

    And now my friend, the first-a rule of Italian driving.
    What's-a behind me is not important.


Made whilst ripping the rear view mirror off of the windscreen and throwing it away.  It's a little more amusing since Raul Julia is actually Puerto Rican, and not Italian!

Gumball ...
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Post by: Dinamo on April 11, 2011, 10:51:30 pm
Let Me In

Remake of the Swedish film, a contemporary coming of age film about a bullied boy and a peculiar girl who turns out to be a vampire.

If you like vampire films you will love this, I thought it was a brilliant film, may even watch it again tomorrow night.

Watch the Swedish version.

Let the Right One In

The Swedish version as recommended by itsbruce.
Wish I'd seen this one first, both films are excellent, both with great soundtracks too.
Just bought the (second-hand) paperback from Play.com for £2.76  :thumbsup:

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Post by: Jaded on April 11, 2011, 11:14:49 pm
Source Code

Quite fun, you can think past the plot-holes into the wtf ending.

Christine had a nice nose.
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Post by: Manotea on April 11, 2011, 11:21:47 pm
Slapshot! Fabtastic. The Hanson Bothers...
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Post by: mattc on April 12, 2011, 11:53:32 am
The Proposition - with Ray Winstone and Guy Pearce. (on telly a few weeks ago)

Somewhat grim, but overall quite enjoyable. (Does Winstone ever get jolly parts? Apart from ones where he is violent and jolly, that is.)

Oh and a cracking small part for John Hurt.
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Post by: GruB on April 12, 2011, 12:06:34 pm
Hurt Locker on DVD.
Thought provoking.
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Post by: her_welshness on April 12, 2011, 12:19:11 pm
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Chris S on April 12, 2011, 12:22:18 pm
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.  :thumbsup:

Watched it last night too.

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Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on April 13, 2011, 09:24:27 am
Walking Tall (The Rock and Johnny Knocksville).

World Wrestling Federation/ Jackass does Rambo First Blood- with sticks- then guns.
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Post by: interzen on April 13, 2011, 09:28:39 am
Sleeper.
Diane Keaton's still got it, but in the early 70s she was drop-dead gorgeous.
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Post by: LEE on April 15, 2011, 10:46:32 am
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.  :thumbsup:

Watched it last night too.

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I watched it (whilst on Turbo Trainer) and it (re)confirmed to me that they are all the same.  

Seriously I can't spot any difference in any of the films apart from the height of the principle actors.

They should just call it "Harry Potter and the English Actors Pension Fund"
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Post by: ravenbait on April 15, 2011, 10:59:45 am
Jonah Hex.

Actually better than Solomon Kane, although the pacing was a bit weird in places and the narrative suffered from stylistic intervention.

Sam
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Post by: geraldc on April 15, 2011, 11:05:42 am
I watched 2012 and I absolutely loved it.

I did turn my brain off before I pressed play so as not to ruin my enjoyment.

It's like the Day after Tomorrow meets the Poseidon Adventure meets Independence Day.
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Post by: jogler on April 15, 2011, 11:09:50 am
Love Story...again.
It's still a bit of a  :'( jerker 40 years on
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Post by: essexian on April 15, 2011, 11:23:17 am
Legally Blond...............

Sorry to say (being a hard bloke who eats kittens for breakfast), that I actually enjoyed it!!! It was quite funny and fluffy in a not too serious way!

Right, out to scare some babies  ;D
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Post by: Manotea on April 15, 2011, 11:33:30 am
Zardoz. Period post apocalypse sci-fi hokum, complete with pyschedelia and girly wobbly bits.

Sean Connery for the girls, Charlotte Rampling for the boys. Sean shows a bit more flesh than Charlotte though. Not fair, I thought we were all equal in the future.
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Post by: ravenbait on April 15, 2011, 12:15:44 pm
Zardoz is hilarious.

Sam
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Post by: PaulR on April 15, 2011, 12:20:47 pm
Zelig.  An odd, self-indulgent film but still very funny.
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Post by: rogerzilla on April 16, 2011, 08:04:47 am
Harry Potter and the Cynical Cash-In By Splitting One Of The Shorter Books Into Two Films Because The Producers Realise The Cash Cow Is Running Dry.

...and that's two hours of my life I'll never get back, although Hermione's tardis-like tent is quite good.
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Post by: GruB on April 16, 2011, 09:27:16 am
Green Zone.  I do like Matt Damon's acting style.
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Post by: Billy Weir on April 16, 2011, 09:52:17 am
I can never take him absolutely seriously, after watching Team America.  As a reminder...


    YouTube
        - Matt Damon in Team America
   (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWTzyU5MFgM)
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Post by: Mrs Pingu on April 16, 2011, 11:19:49 am
In the last week, onna plane:
Hairy Potheed and the 2nd last bit (pretty much as you would expect)
Another Year (pretty standard Mike Leigh people deconstruction)
Tron Legacy (ghastly)
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Post by: Billy Weir on April 16, 2011, 02:06:11 pm
Just watched "Outlander".  Man falls from space and then joins up with some vikings to take down something akin to Beowulf.  An interesting concept that the film fails to live up to.  Average.
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Post by: Jaded on April 16, 2011, 02:08:39 pm
Hermione's tardis-like tent is quite good.

Is that in the 18 rated version?
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Post by: Wascally Weasel on April 16, 2011, 02:10:15 pm
Zardoz is hilarious.

Sam

Haven't seen that one in years, was thinking of it the other day curiously.
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Post by: simonp on April 16, 2011, 03:34:08 pm
The Matrix.
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Post by: rogerzilla on April 16, 2011, 10:53:29 pm
There were no sequels.
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Post by: andrewc on April 16, 2011, 11:00:10 pm
I seem to be going 80's nostalgic at the moment. In the last week:

Mona Lisa

The Long Good Friday ,,,    Cut 'im.....

Close My Eyes,  Clive Owen & Saskia Reeves having an incestous affair, Alan Rickman as the bemused husband.  I remember my then girlfriend complaining that Clive Owens's cock was always discreetly out of shot  :)



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Post by: Wascally Weasel on April 16, 2011, 11:37:11 pm
There were no sequels.

I know - it would have been brilliant if someone had made one, or maybe even two sequels.  I was watching Inception a while back and thought that it was just a poor attempt at a Matrix sequel - I mean if anyone had made a Matrix sequel it would have been way better than that.
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Post by: rogerzilla on April 17, 2011, 10:02:12 am
Full Metal Jacket.  Much better than I was expecting.
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Post by: FatBloke on April 17, 2011, 10:16:34 am
"Harry Brown" quite bleak, violent, but nevertheless enjoyable.
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Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on April 18, 2011, 02:15:17 pm
A lot of, but not all (due to the need to hit the sack) of Apocolypto.

Wow.....
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Post by: Mr Larrington on April 18, 2011, 02:18:16 pm
Did the entire Millennium trilogy back to back on Saturday.
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Post by: TimO on April 20, 2011, 02:58:47 pm
I just watched Resident Evil Afterlife, which was no spectacular classic, but a perfectly acceptable action movie, in the running away from zombies, and nasty big corporation genre.

It seems to have been a bit slated by the critics, and I'm not sure why exactly.  It's all about dashing around, and shooting/stabbing people and things, so I can't say I expected detailed character development or insightful plots.

Ah well, I enjoyed it for what it is.
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Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on April 20, 2011, 03:09:00 pm
Blithe Spirit. Recorded on the Sky digibox.

An entertaining yarn.
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Post by: Tourist Tony on April 20, 2011, 04:10:54 pm
I watched 2012 and I absolutely loved it.

I did turn my brain off before I pressed play so as not to ruin my enjoyment.

It's like the Day after Tomorrow meets the Poseidon Adventure meets Independence Day.
There are two 2012 films. One describes itself as a "Christian epic"


Oh dear....
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Post by: CAMRAMan on April 20, 2011, 04:21:36 pm
Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows.

Much too long and protracted in parts.
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Post by: Billy Weir on April 20, 2011, 09:02:24 pm
I just watched Resident Evil Afterlife, which was no spectacular classic, but a perfectly acceptable action movie, in the running away from zombies, and nasty big corporation genre.

It seems to have been a bit slated by the critics, and I'm not sure why exactly.  It's all about dashing around, and shooting/stabbing people and things, so I can't say I expected detailed character development or insightful plots.

Ah well, I enjoyed it for what it is.

It is spectacular in 3D.  My chum was foolish enough to buy a 3D telly and it left me drooling like a zombie in a labotomy lab.  Mmmm, brains.
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Post by: rogerzilla on April 20, 2011, 09:05:26 pm
Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows.

Much too long and protracted in parts.
Did you spot Hermione and Harry sort of in the buff?  As the old Birmingham Midshires TV ads used to say, "I never expected that!"
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Post by: Wascally Weasel on April 20, 2011, 10:51:00 pm
'Went the day well' Thora Hird killing nazis.  What's not to like?
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Post by: red marley on April 20, 2011, 10:55:09 pm
I'd like to tell you, but it's a secret (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=19893.msg921125#msg921125).
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Post by: simonp on April 20, 2011, 10:56:56 pm
Red.  Wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but it sounded interesting.  Silly fun, I think.
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Post by: CAMRAMan on April 20, 2011, 11:00:06 pm
Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows.

Much too long and protracted in parts.
Did you spot Hermione and Harry sort of in the buff?  As the old Birmingham Midshires TV ads used to say, "I never expected that!"

As Kenny Everett (the well-known nazi/tory) would have said: "All done in the best (fuzzy) possible taste", but yes, it was a moment to rewind - purely for reason of research, obviously...
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Post by: TimO on April 21, 2011, 11:04:51 am
I just watched Resident Evil Afterlife, which was no spectacular classic, but a perfectly acceptable action movie, in the running away from zombies, and nasty big corporation genre.

It seems to have been a bit slated by the critics, and I'm not sure why exactly.  It's all about dashing around, and shooting/stabbing people and things, so I can't say I expected detailed character development or insightful plots.

Ah well, I enjoyed it for what it is.

It is spectacular in 3D.  My chum was foolish enough to buy a 3D telly and it left me drooling like a zombie in a labotomy lab.  Mmmm, brains.

My BluRay player is supposedly 3D compatible (but I suspect most of them are/can be), but I haven't quite been tempted to spend the £1000 or so currently needed for a cheap 3D TV. :o

I'd also have to start buying 3D BluRay discs, which are even more expensive than the noticeably more expensive than DVDs, non-3D BluRay discs.
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Post by: simonp on April 21, 2011, 01:09:07 pm
I just watched Resident Evil Afterlife, which was no spectacular classic, but a perfectly acceptable action movie, in the running away from zombies, and nasty big corporation genre.

It seems to have been a bit slated by the critics, and I'm not sure why exactly.  It's all about dashing around, and shooting/stabbing people and things, so I can't say I expected detailed character development or insightful plots.

Ah well, I enjoyed it for what it is.

It is spectacular in 3D.  My chum was foolish enough to buy a 3D telly and it left me drooling like a zombie in a labotomy lab.  Mmmm, brains.

My BluRay player is supposedly 3D compatible (but I suspect most of them are/can be), but I haven't quite been tempted to spend the £1000 or so currently needed for a cheap 3D TV. :o

I'd also have to start buying 3D BluRay discs, which are even more expensive than the noticeably more expensive than DVDs, non-3D BluRay discs.

I would be more careful than I was.  Too much left-right eye crosstalk for my liking on my LCD/LED TV with active shutter technology.  It's just about tolerable on natural scenes, but on high contrast stuff, it's annoying.

Plasma is supposed to be much better.
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Post by: interzen on April 21, 2011, 02:03:58 pm
Last night I watched both Rollerball movies.

The 1975 version is, IMO, a dystopian sci-fi classic, even though James Caan's performance makes you want to look for splinters. The 2002 'remake' made me want to gouge my eyes out with tyre levers and stick titanium tent-pegs into my living brain after about 15 minutes.

Remember the scene from "A Clockwork Orange" where Malcolm McDowell has his eyelids clamped open and is made to watch war films etc.? It was a bit like that. Really.
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Post by: TimO on April 21, 2011, 03:19:41 pm
... mutterings about 3D TV ...

I would be more careful than I was.  Too much left-right eye crosstalk for my liking on my LCD/LED TV with active shutter technology.  It's just about tolerable on natural scenes, but on high contrast stuff, it's annoying.

Plasma is supposed to be much better.

Plasma is mostly supposed to be better than LED backlit LCD (which is probably the best option for LCD TVs), but even Plasma has issues with the current generation of TVs (mostly still relating to crosstalk and brightness).

I think I'll wait quite a bit before considering going down the 3D screen route, unless it's a minor increase over the purchase price of an otherwise 2D screen.
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Post by: ravenbait on April 21, 2011, 05:49:20 pm
I have one eye.

3D is an expensive waste of time.

Sam
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Post by: Billy Weir on April 21, 2011, 08:40:20 pm
At the moment it is a gimmick.

Still, only a year or so until Star Wars comes out in 3D.  (although it starts with Jar Jar fucking Binks)

For now, have 3-O


    YouTube
        - Star Wars in 30 Seconds
   (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mj1j-Fl0ixo&feature=related)
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Post by: Billy Weir on April 22, 2011, 10:28:57 am
Trainspotting.  It being on Film4 and no need to get up for work today meant I could indulge.  First time I've seen the film in around 15 years (is it really that long?) Absolutely chuffing marvellous film.  So vibrant and gutter laugh funny before the descent into the bleak ending.
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Post by: BrianI on April 23, 2011, 08:13:40 am
Indiana Jones And The Raiders Of The Lost Ark :thumbsup:
And it would appear that Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is on tonight!  (BBC3 9PM)
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Post by: LindaG on April 23, 2011, 08:15:10 am
Indiana Jones And The Raiders Of The Lost Ark :thumbsup:
And it would appear that Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is on tonight!  (BBC3 9PM)

Ooh, goody!  I know what I'm doing tonight then, crusty can snore away beside me after his 200k today.

We watched Tamara Drewe last  night, and rather enjoyed it.
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Post by: Billy Weir on April 23, 2011, 08:15:30 am
Clash of the Titans.

Meh.
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Post by: eck on April 23, 2011, 08:19:12 am
Indiana Jones And The Raiders Of The Lost Ark :thumbsup:
And it would appear that Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is on tonight!  (BBC3 9PM)
I see No Country For Old Men is also on tonight, Film 4
Is it worth watching?
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Post by: Mrs Pingu on April 23, 2011, 09:25:55 am
It's better than True Grit, but not as good as some of their other stuff. And Burn After Reading it ain't. ISTR it doesn't really have an ending though.
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Post by: eck on April 23, 2011, 09:39:17 am
. ISTR it doesn't really have an ending though.
Thanks for that, Mrs P. Mrs eck would tell you that a film not really having an ending is never a problem for me, as I've usually fallen asleep by then.  :-[
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Post by: jogler on April 23, 2011, 09:49:05 am
Indiana Jones And The Raiders Of The Lost Ark :thumbsup:
And it would appear that Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is on tonight!  (BBC3 9PM)
I see No Country For Old Men is also on tonight, Film 4
Is it worth watching?

I enjoyed it.
I reckon the viewing experience would be improved by the consumption of beer & bridies :)
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Post by: jogler on April 23, 2011, 09:50:16 am
Indiana Jones And The Raiders Of The Lost Ark :thumbsup:
And it would appear that Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is on tonight!  (BBC3 9PM)

Ooh, goody!  I know what I'm doing tonight then, crusty can snore away beside me after his 200k today.

We watched Tamara Drewe last  night, and rather enjoyed it.

how on earth can a man fall asleep in such company? :o
 :D
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Post by: her_welshness on April 23, 2011, 11:04:56 am
Indiana Jones And The Raiders Of The Lost Ark :thumbsup:
And it would appear that Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is on tonight!  (BBC3 9PM)

Ooh, goody!  I know what I'm doing tonight then, crusty can snore away beside me after his 200k today.

We watched Tamara Drewe last  night, and rather enjoyed it.

We really enjoyed it - the graphic novel is excellent btw  :thumbsup:
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Post by: LindaG on April 23, 2011, 11:16:13 am
Indiana Jones And The Raiders Of The Lost Ark :thumbsup:
And it would appear that Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is on tonight!  (BBC3 9PM)

Ooh, goody!  I know what I'm doing tonight then, crusty can snore away beside me after his 200k today.

We watched Tamara Drewe last  night, and rather enjoyed it.


how on earth can a man fall asleep in such company? :o
 :D

So, so smooth, jogler   :thumbsup:

 :-*
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Post by: mrcharly-YHT on April 23, 2011, 05:38:52 pm
"Withnail and I", watched with the kids.

They all enjoyed it, much to their surprise.
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on April 23, 2011, 05:52:57 pm
The Blue Lagoon.

Meh.
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Post by: rogerzilla on April 23, 2011, 06:43:42 pm
"Withnail and I", watched with the kids.

They all enjoyed it, much to their surprise.
I regret I didn't, except for

Quote
We want the finest wines available to humanity. And we want them here, and we want them now!
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Post by: Billy Weir on April 23, 2011, 07:01:06 pm
This was linked to in the b3ta newsletter.  It is awesome.


    YouTube
        - Vader & I - Part II (Withnail & I vs Star Wars)
   (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3EVuoOo3kA)
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Post by: Andyf on April 23, 2011, 07:56:56 pm
saw 'The way back' last night comes recommended :thumbsup:
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Post by: eck on April 23, 2011, 09:05:24 pm
Indiana Jones And The Raiders Of The Lost Ark :thumbsup:
And it would appear that Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is on tonight!  (BBC3 9PM)
I see No Country For Old Men is also on tonight, Film 4
Is it worth watching?

I enjoyed it.
I reckon the viewing experience would be improved by the consumption of beer & bridies :)
:hand: We will not be watching No Country For Old Men.
Mrs eck has just informed me that we've already seen it.  ??? :-[
We've just watched P'tang Yang Kipperbang though. That was good.  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Mrs Pingu on April 23, 2011, 09:13:34 pm
God, I've not seen that since I was about 12!
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Post by: her_welshness on April 24, 2011, 12:49:05 am
Indiana Jones And The Raiders Of The Lost Ark :thumbsup:
And it would appear that Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is on tonight!  (BBC3 9PM)
I see No Country For Old Men is also on tonight, Film 4
Is it worth watching?

I enjoyed it.
I reckon the viewing experience would be improved by the consumption of beer & bridies :)
:hand: We will not be watching No Country For Old Men.
Mrs eck has just informed me that we've already seen it.  ??? :-[
We've just watched P'tang Yang Kipperbang though. That was good.  :thumbsup:

We watched No Country for Old Men, it was bloody brilliant  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Manotea on April 24, 2011, 02:37:04 am
Indiana Jones And The Raiders Of The Lost Ark :thumbsup:
And it would appear that Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is on tonight!  (BBC3 9PM)
I see No Country For Old Men is also on tonight, Film 4
Is it worth watching?

I enjoyed it.
I reckon the viewing experience would be improved by the consumption of beer & bridies :)
:hand: We will not be watching No Country For Old Men.
Mrs eck has just informed me that we've already seen it.  ??? :-[
We've just watched P'tang Yang Kipperbang though. That was good.  :thumbsup:

We watched No Country for Old Men, it was bloody brilliant  :thumbsup:
Sorry but I found it one of those movies where not a lot happens, very slowly.
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Post by: tonyh on April 24, 2011, 05:20:15 am

Final 20 minutes of "Shane". Includes Scenery.
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Post by: SpaceBadger on April 24, 2011, 06:29:40 am
Chasing Legends. A birthday present DVD. I missed it at the cinema last year. It was worth the wait.  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on April 24, 2011, 08:33:55 pm
Indiana Jones And The Raiders Of The Lost Ark :thumbsup:
And it would appear that Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is on tonight!  (BBC3 9PM)
And Last Crusade is on just now. I might skip Kingdom of the Shouldn't Have Bothered tomorrow though.
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Post by: simonp on April 25, 2011, 01:04:33 am
Today have seen Scre4m and Tron Legacy.
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Post by: Captain Zep on April 25, 2011, 07:51:59 pm
"The Happening"   :o

Hard to tell what's worst about it: the acting the script or the basic idea.  Even the special effects were terrible.  How did guff like this get beyond "the pitch"?
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Post by: Pingu on April 26, 2011, 12:45:19 am
Err...that's 99.999% of all films, shirley?
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Post by: CAMRAMan on April 26, 2011, 08:28:13 am
Raiders of the Lost Ark. A bit tedious TBH. I did wonder how they got away with certain scenes; e.g. Jones shooting the scimitar wielding Arab & him torching the snakes, but overall it just felt like the last gasp of an industry that had survived for 50+ years by belittling smaller people.

Camera Buff by Kieslowski tonight might redress the balance.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on April 26, 2011, 12:08:04 pm
Hellboy (again).  Recorded the other week.  I can never get tired of this movie.
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Post by: geoff on April 26, 2011, 02:08:54 pm
We're trying "PG" films out on the kids (5yr old BOY and 10 year old girl). We've observed:

5 YOB still hides for all screen kisses (even in Toy Story 3)
10 YOG absorbed the (we hope) positive lessons in "Juno" whilst still enjoying the film. (NB was after 5YOB's bed-time, before anyone rings Social Services)

Indy Jones series on BBC3 recently is too violent for kids; + too violent, racist & misogynistic for entire family (makes me & Mrs g. hide behind sofa + kids walk out of room).

The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus caused brief mayhem, then lingering boredom before being paused permanently in its 16th minute...I think I liked it a bit, though.



the research continues...
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Post by: Jacomus on April 26, 2011, 02:55:15 pm
Burn After Reading Burn After Reading - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burn_After_Reading)

Watchable, but shite.
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Post by: interzen on April 26, 2011, 04:06:32 pm
"The Empire Strikes Back"

The original version, that is, not the super-duper-mega-Han-shot-first version that George released later as part of his determined effort to piss the remaining goodwill of his fans up the wall.

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Post by: Peter on April 27, 2011, 12:37:51 pm
"The Blues Brothers"  for the nth time.   This time I was struck by the casting: Bobb is Elwood Blues!  Lose the pink hat, Bobb!
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Post by: LEE on April 27, 2011, 06:40:38 pm
"The Blues Brothers"  for the nth time.   This time I was struck by the casting: Bobb is Elwood Blues!  Lose the pink hat, Bobb!

We're on a mission from Bobb
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Post by: Captain Zep on April 27, 2011, 10:00:26 pm
Raiders of the Lost Ark. A bit tedious TBH. I did wonder how they got away with certain scenes; e.g. Jones shooting the scimitar wielding Arab

Famously there was to be an epic fight between IJ and the scimitar weilding arab.  The whole cast & crew had disentery at the time of filming, Ford felt terrible, wasn't up for filming action sequences and said, "Look, why don't I just shoot him?".
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Post by: Captain Zep on April 27, 2011, 10:04:58 pm
Err...that's 99.999% of all films, shirley?

Lately I've found that true of American films.  :(  Enjoyed a lot of French, Spanish & Scandinavian films though.

Mrs Zep and I have for the first time in about 4 years an evening/night without any childen to put to bed etc.   :thumbsup:  We've been to the cinema for a non-children's film once in this entire time.  Anything worth watching at the pictures this weekend?
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Post by: Gattopardo on April 27, 2011, 10:36:57 pm
Jackass 3
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Post by: YahudaMoon on April 27, 2011, 10:39:48 pm
Black Cat White Cat

&

Little Otic

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Post by: Tourist Tony on April 27, 2011, 11:13:11 pm
Centurion. Rather amusing.
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Post by: Kathy on April 28, 2011, 12:08:47 am
Source Code. I liked it; Tim didn't.
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Post by: mrcharly-YHT on April 28, 2011, 08:33:15 am
Black Cat White Cat
I *loved* that film. Last watched a bad copy on VHS.  Where did you get it?
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Post by: Tim on April 28, 2011, 10:04:48 am
Source Code. I liked it; Tim didn't.
They should have done a lot better than they did with that film.
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Post by: Billy Weir on April 29, 2011, 04:26:50 pm
The Wind that Shakes the Barley.  Very good.

Liking that Film4 are showing a decent range of films at the moment.  Wish they would reach back into their back catalogue though - when was the last time a Peter Greenaway film was on, for example.
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Post by: Bledlow on April 29, 2011, 09:40:56 pm
Direktøren for det hele (The Boss of It All) - Lars von Trier. One of Mrs B's library rentals. She's moved on from British to assorted European, so I now have a French comedy to watch.
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Post by: ravenbait on April 30, 2011, 12:15:24 am
Tron Legacy. Finding out how many slugs will fit in my eye socket would have been only marginally less entertaining

Sam
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Post by: Gattopardo on April 30, 2011, 12:16:14 am
Jackass 3 again
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Gattopardo on April 30, 2011, 12:26:39 am
Tron Legacy. Finding out how many slugs will fit in my eye socket would have been only marginally less entertaining

Sam

Now you are sooooooo wrong, the bit with the ducati police chase was cool.

Did you edit the eye socket from she socket?  As I was going to ask what a she socket was.
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Post by: Gattopardo on April 30, 2011, 12:29:32 am
I watched Grand prix before that the death grand prix bbc 4 documentary.
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Post by: ravenbait on April 30, 2011, 12:30:21 am
Quote from: Lynx link=topic=6884.msg928487#msg928487

Now you are sooooooo wrong, the bit with the ducati police chase was cool.

Did you edit the eye socket from she socket?  As I was going to ask what a she socket was.

Typing on the phone is a challenge.

Sam
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Post by: Gattopardo on April 30, 2011, 12:33:14 am
Quote from: Lynx link=topic=6884.msg928487#msg928487

Now you are sooooooo wrong, the bit with the ducati police chase was cool.

Did you edit the eye socket from she socket?  As I was going to ask what a she socket was.

Typing on the phone is a challenge.

Sam

Thats alright, thought my mind was playing tricks
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Post by: Jaded on April 30, 2011, 12:34:09 am
The great escape.

Quite pedestrian by today's standards, but still a film worth watching.
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Post by: Valiant on April 30, 2011, 02:48:08 am
Just watched Fast Five, ie Fast and the Furious 5: Rio Heist

If you like cars, street races, shit loads of action and some great one liners then this film is amazing. The whole film is one big testosterone fest with the stand out characters from the first few films with Dwayne Johnson (The Rock) put in for good measure.
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Post by: CAMRAMan on April 30, 2011, 12:31:27 pm
Enema at the Gates: And it WAS a pile of shite. Jude Law was on auto-pilot and what could have been a half decent story was woefully let down by some half-hearted performances. At the end - and yes, I managed to stick it out - I didn't care who lived or died, but the Rachel Weisz "revival" was soooooo predictable...
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Post by: asterix on May 02, 2011, 08:13:42 am
Aces High.  An excellent British made WW1 films more for the acting and storyline rather than the flying scenes - I'm no expert but there seemed to be a lot of Tiger Moths used!

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Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on May 02, 2011, 03:13:47 pm
Football Factory

I'm glad I wan't Watching with Mother ;D
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Post by: bomber on May 02, 2011, 03:16:09 pm
Dogtooth - Greek dark comedy / drama.  Very good.  Very strange.  I understand that it's up for an Oscar.

Saw this on film4 the other night.  Beyond weird, but very good.
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Post by: Zipperhead on May 02, 2011, 03:21:51 pm
I went to see TT3D: Closer to the Edge (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1698010/) last night.

The film starts by pinning you to your seat! It excited me, it made me laugh (and shed a tear) and tells a great story.

Next month, this opens (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1424432/)
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Post by: Quisling on May 02, 2011, 05:02:53 pm
Thor last night. Has hunky chap for the ladies, Natalie Portman for the gents, (or vice versa), plus some great one-liners. Made much better by being next to my luvverly girlfriend.  :-*
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Post by: Torslanda on May 02, 2011, 05:13:52 pm
The Usual Suspects. Sunday morning around 5 am. Insomnia is good sometimes.

Beautifully written, staged and acted, with some fantastic and memorable lines. It leaves you seething at Kevin Spacey's deception. Made for buttons too.
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Post by: simonp on May 02, 2011, 05:15:30 pm
Tron Legacy. Finding out how many slugs will fit in my eye socket would have been only marginally less entertaining

Sam

Pretty, yes.  Plot, who needs a plot?

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Post by: ravenbait on May 02, 2011, 05:42:25 pm
Dante 01. Intriguing French science-fiction that becomes inexplicably messianic in the last ten minutes. Truly strange.

Sam
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Post by: BrianI on May 02, 2011, 05:53:21 pm
Eventually saw Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom the other night.  Quite a lot of racial stereotypes, Indy!
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Post by: redshift on May 02, 2011, 06:57:09 pm
Tron Legacy. Finding out how many slugs will fit in my eye socket would have been only marginally less entertaining

Sam

Pretty, yes.  Plot, who needs a plot?

I quite enjoyed it, but it's a ballet set to Daft Punk, not a film.  Plus, having re-watched the original just before seeing the new one, I didn't expect there to be a plot...
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Post by: YahudaMoon on May 02, 2011, 06:58:55 pm
Black Cat White Cat
I *loved* that film. Last watched a bad copy on VHS.  Where did you get it?

Freinds laptop hardrive thingy me bob gadget.
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Post by: Bledlow on May 02, 2011, 09:05:38 pm
Le Placard - another one of Mrs B's rentals. French comedy.
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Post by: Billy Weir on May 02, 2011, 10:23:19 pm
Chloe, dir by Atom Egoyan.  Erotic thriller, quite predictable but it did remind me that Julliane Moore is a good actor.  Must remember to get my mitts on the recent film she did with Annette Benning.
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Post by: toontra on May 02, 2011, 10:31:37 pm
"The Ruling Class" (1972), with Peter O'Toole.  Very much in the vein of Laurie Anderson's "If" (also with Arthur Lowe) and a fine cast including Alastair Sim and Diana Rigg.

Gets a bit weird near the end but a fascinating dark satire on the British class system of the period, including some truly funny dialogue:

"I didn't expect to see my husband riding a three-wheeled bike on his wedding night".

 Recommended.
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Post by: YahudaMoon on May 02, 2011, 11:30:21 pm
Dead Mans Shoes. Its just started on Film 4. Sad though a funny film in parts
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Post by: Jacomus on May 03, 2011, 09:13:22 am
Inception.

Not dicaprio's finets work :-\
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Post by: citoyen on May 03, 2011, 10:23:22 am
The Bank Job.

Meh. For some reason, my wife wanted to watch this so I sat through it with her. I don't think it was quite what she was expecting.

Supposedly based on a true story, but I have a hunch they may have taken a few liberties - I don't know what it is, but there's just something about the way an unarmed Jason Statham beat up a load of armed gangsters single-handed at the end that didn't ring quite true.

d.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on May 03, 2011, 02:51:13 pm
The Lord Of The Rings.  All three extended edition DVDs in succession.

I do not need to set eyes on another hobbit for quite some time.
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Post by: her_welshness on May 04, 2011, 04:00:37 pm
The Lord Of The Rings.  All three extended edition DVDs in succession.

I do not need to set eyes on another hobbit for quite some time.

Ha! The husband and I have just finished that last night. We both wanted to see hobits in servitude and Saruman getting his just desserts in the Shire, as opposed to him stupidly falling from Orthanc  >:(

Am currently watching Brief Encounter. It gets me every single time  :'(
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Post by: Billy Weir on May 04, 2011, 06:16:00 pm
Million Dollar Baby.  Expected a vaguely uplifting Rocky type story (poor waitress takes on the boxing world and wins).  Which it was until the last half hour when it became a much darker film and was all the better for it.  Disappointed it took me so long to get round to watching it (my typical bias against Oscar winning films).
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Post by: Tim on May 05, 2011, 12:06:14 am
Thor as a 3D spectacular. I recommend the purchasing loaves of bread from your local conglomerate, let them go stale then treat your local ducks - it will be far more rewarding than sitting through that dross. Further suggestions for better ways to spend your money will be proposed in the morning.
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Post by: Wascally Weasel on May 05, 2011, 12:17:24 am
Thor as a 3D spectacular. I recommend the purchasing loaves of bread from your local conglomerate, let them go stale then treat your local ducks - it will be far more rewarding than sitting through that dross. Further suggestions for better ways to spend your money will be proposed in the morning.

I'm curious - will further suggestions be of a piscine nature?
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Post by: Tim on May 05, 2011, 09:50:26 am
Thor as a 3D spectacular. I recommend the purchasing loaves of bread from your local conglomerate, let them go stale then treat your local ducks - it will be far more rewarding than sitting through that dross. Further suggestions for better ways to spend your money will be proposed in the morning.

I'm curious - will further suggestions be of a piscine nature?
Not so mouch a piscine nature but here are my five suggestions for better ways to spend your money than upon a ticket to see Thor.

At 5:
Get a ticket to ride the underground.

At 4:
Buy your own hammer and some china tat from a charity shop. Smash the tat!

At 3:
It's a bottle of coke and a packet of menthos.

At 2:
Give away espresso shots to small children

And our number 1:
Purchase a tube of superglue and get the rest of the money in coins. Superglue the coins to the pavement and watch in merriment as passers by scrabble to try and pick them up.
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Post by: Kathy on May 05, 2011, 11:45:55 am
The good news is that he's finally stopped whinging about District 9.  ;D
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Post by: mrcharly-YHT on May 05, 2011, 12:00:48 pm
I suggest he watches Tropic Thunder.  That will add perspective.
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Post by: Tim on May 05, 2011, 12:01:56 pm
Tropic Thunder is a far far better film than either Thor or District 9.
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Post by: mrcharly-YHT on May 05, 2011, 12:15:27 pm
Oh good lord almighty, now I doubt for your sanity. Tropic Thunder's only virtue is that it made 'Don't mess with the Zohan' look good.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on May 05, 2011, 12:51:11 pm
Ha! The husband and I have just finished that last night. We both wanted to see hobits in servitude and Saruman getting his just desserts in the Shire, as opposed to him stupidly falling from Orthanc  >:(

That confused me when I saw it in the cinema, but I imagine Return Of The King was long enough already.  The DVDs are worth watching with the commentary by Billy Boyd & Dominic Monaghan, if you're not already hobbited-out.
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Post by: Tim on May 05, 2011, 01:16:52 pm
Oh good lord almighty, now I doubt for your sanity. Tropic Thunder's only virtue is that it made 'Don't mess with the Zohan' look good.
It delivered about as much as you could expect it to - a set of actors hamming it up with a handful of decent lines. Keep in mind that the relative ranking I gave it was against two very poor films.

I can't call you on Don't mess with the Zohan - should I add it to the list of films I ought to see before I die?
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Post by: redshift on May 05, 2011, 02:02:37 pm
Tropic Thunder was crap, but has a place in my heart for blowing Steve Coogan to bits.  ;D
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Post by: BrianI on May 08, 2011, 07:50:39 am
Tron Legacy!   :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Although the movie did finish remarkably quickly after a dramatic build up.  Also possible plot ends left open for a possible sequel?

 :o at those Sirens!   :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

I must say the CG faced young Jeff Bridges looked a bit creepy peculiar at the start of the movie.
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Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on May 09, 2011, 10:59:31 am
The Abbys (again) which is a great film, followed by The Devil Wears Prada- another good film.
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Post by: Jaded on May 09, 2011, 11:08:35 am
The Abbys (again) which is a great film

A swashbuckling tale of mediaeval church wars?  ;D
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Post by: pcolbeck on May 09, 2011, 11:21:14 am
Bitten - last night on TV.

Not a very good film but Erica Cox who plays the vampire - oh my !
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Post by: Mr Larrington on May 09, 2011, 12:45:33 pm
Terminator Salvation.  Not very good, but way better than The Abyss, which I watched on Saturday.  How to make a seventy million dollar movie look like $3.98.  Before that was Assault On Precinct 13 - the John Carpenter one, not the pointless remake.  How to make a good film on a budget which wouldn't pay the catering bill on a modern production.
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Post by: spindrift on May 09, 2011, 06:12:14 pm
Ae Fond Kiss was on late last night and was a very funny, moving story of a muslim lad and catholic girl. Some extremely fruity bits.
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Post by: Captain Zep on May 09, 2011, 09:13:14 pm
The Kite Runner.  Mrs Zep liked it a lot, but I thought it predictable American propaganda.
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Post by: Billy Weir on May 15, 2011, 06:15:05 pm
Blokey comedy type weekend.

I Love You Man.  Best summarised as a chickflick with balls.  Worth having on in the background, but a little bit forgettable.

40 Year Old Virgin.  I've only ever caught bits of it on ITV2 and the like, always flicking over to something else.  Watched it on Blu Ray, based on a recommendation.  Laughed out loud.  Good way to spend a lazy Sunday.
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Post by: mike on May 15, 2011, 06:18:25 pm
"tell no one" on bbc4 last night. One of the best films we've seen, very good indeed.  In French with subtitles but had Kristen Scott Thomas, so on balance, a win.
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Post by: rogerzilla on May 15, 2011, 06:24:53 pm
2010 (again).  Nothing like 2001, and Helen Mirren is a very unconvincing Russian, but the effects are very good and Chandra's final scene with HAL9000 is excellent.
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Post by: nicknack on May 15, 2011, 07:47:02 pm
Naked Guns 1 and 2 back to back.

I like to have my laughter muscles exercised.

Bit sad how much of the dialogue I know.  ::-)
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Post by: mrcharly-YHT on May 16, 2011, 09:36:56 am
Last of the Mohicans.

Never seen it before. Started out promising a bit of depth, but rapidly became just an action movie.  Epic fight sequence near the end.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on May 16, 2011, 12:51:36 pm
Jar City.  Icelandic crimething.  Not bad at all.
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Post by: rogerzilla on May 16, 2011, 06:19:53 pm
The Spy Who Loved Me on telly.  Possibly the most representative Bond film, if not the best.

Snow?  Check.
Underwater action? Check.
Amazing gadgets? You can't beat an amphibious Lotus Esprit.
Nukes? Check.
Mad foreign villain? Check.
Sexual innuendo?  I think this trumps all the other films.
Rampant sexism? A whole scene on women drivers, as well as the usual cleavages and bums.
Stock Bond drinking game phrases?  Oh yes.  Even "I've been expecting you" and "Goodbye, Meester Bond" which are normally Blofeld's motif.
Nasty 70s suits and flares? Unsurpassed.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on May 17, 2011, 12:25:26 pm
Were there blatant helichopters?  You can't have a Bond James Bond fil without blatant helichopters.
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Post by: keepontriking on May 17, 2011, 03:36:12 pm
Just got around to watching Apollo 13.
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Post by: andyoxon on May 17, 2011, 03:54:02 pm
Just got around to watching Apollo 13.

I've seen it too many times, but still a great film...
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Post by: noggy on May 17, 2011, 07:49:53 pm
"tell no one" on bbc4 last night. One of the best films we've seen, very good indeed.  In French with subtitles but had Kristen Scott Thomas, so on balance, a win.

+1 :thumbsup:
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Post by: rower40 on May 17, 2011, 08:29:53 pm
Life of Brian

Not really sure why I'm watching it - I can recite it verbatim.
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Post by: TimO on May 17, 2011, 08:37:51 pm
Life of Brian

Not really sure why I'm watching it - I can recite it verbatim.

"He's not the Messiah.  He's a very naughty boy!"
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Post by: rogerzilla on May 17, 2011, 09:40:16 pm
The King's Speech.  Very good, although Michael Gambon should have held out for the apocryphal "Bugger Bognor!" line.
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Post by: Mike r on May 17, 2011, 09:48:55 pm
13 Saumrai

It's very good, but you might have to look hard to find it
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Post by: ravenbait on May 18, 2011, 12:50:52 pm
Megamind

It was rubbish. Nowhere near as good as "Despicable Me".

Sam
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Post by: tiermat on May 18, 2011, 01:15:13 pm
Can't watch the megamind trailers without thinking of a classic:

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_GOTPd3ujXJ4/S_pPzkZreGI/AAAAAAAAACM/04XHopBTUPk/s1600/megamind.jpg)

(http://www.whattofix.com/images/MarsAttacks.jpg)
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Post by: BrianI on May 19, 2011, 09:42:27 pm
THX 1138

 ???
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Post by: RJ on May 19, 2011, 09:52:32 pm
My Neighbour Totoro (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_Neighbor_Totoro), with FirstBorn.  Ace and beautiful.
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Post by: pcolbeck on May 19, 2011, 10:48:53 pm
Thats my favorite animated film.
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Post by: ravenbait on May 19, 2011, 11:39:01 pm
THX 1138

 ???

I KNO, RITE?

Sam
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Post by: Andrij on May 20, 2011, 09:12:54 am
Black Sheep (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0779982/).  This is the sort of film I used to watch while getting drunk with mates on a Saturday night.  Translation: no artistic value, lots of laughs (unintended).  The top two tags for this film should be sheeple and zombiepocalypse.
 
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Post by: Captain Zep on May 21, 2011, 11:05:53 am
Jar City.  Icelandic crimething.  Not bad at all.

Watched this last night (recorded from BBC last week). I liked it a lot - I've been going off films lately, preferring the 12+ part TV series approach (like Spiral, The Killing, The Wire etc.), just so that they have enough time to tell a nice, complex story.  I felt that this film though managed to get a decent story of grown-up complexity in a 90 minute film without felling stupidly rushed.  Nicely done, though I won't be zooming off to Iceland to sample the cuisine.  :sick:
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Post by: jogler on May 21, 2011, 11:45:59 am
Love Actually.
For the nth time.So  :sick: in a  ;D way.Enjoy it every time.So many truetotolife scenareos(sp) mixed in with rom-com gems.
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Post by: rogerzilla on May 21, 2011, 10:35:47 pm
Moonraker.

"I think he's attempting re-entry, sir."
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on May 21, 2011, 11:32:57 pm
Bobb and I went to see Attack the Block tonight. Really enjoyed it.
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Post by: asterix on May 22, 2011, 10:51:28 am
Sanctum.

People stuck in some flooding caves, shouting a lot and drowning one another.  Like you do.
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Post by: Quisling on May 22, 2011, 04:44:32 pm
Bobb and I went to see Attack the Block tonight. Really enjoyed it.

Yebbut, was the fillum any good?  ;)
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Post by: Quisling on May 22, 2011, 04:48:03 pm
I saw Hanna on Friday with my delightful lady friend. We both enjoyed the film, though the plot was a little vague and only really explained near the end, and some of the camera effects reminded me of the odder bits in Dirty Harry. Good soundtrack by Teh Chemical Brothers.

Overall I award it 7/10
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Post by: Bledlow on May 22, 2011, 08:45:52 pm
Babette's Feast - at last.
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Post by: Kim on May 22, 2011, 08:50:18 pm
Another excellent weekend at Deaffest (http://deaffest.co.uk/), culminating in a repeat of the NSFW comedy Hands Solo (http://hands-solo.com/index1.html).

That'll be my film-watching quota for the summer, then.
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Post by: citoyen on May 23, 2011, 12:06:45 am
Does it contain a lot of "sign language"?

d.
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Post by: Kim on May 23, 2011, 01:33:38 pm
Does it contain a lot of "sign language"?

That's exactly the sort of humour it's parodying.   ;)
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Post by: Tourist Tony on May 23, 2011, 09:37:04 pm
Max Manus
A Norwegian film about the occupation. A hero with PTSD, no easy answers, but an ending happier than I had hoped for.
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Post by: Dinamo on May 24, 2011, 08:24:02 pm
Confessions

Story of a school teacher whose 4 year old daughter is found dead.
And her attempt to find who is responsible for her death.

A recommendation from Film 2011, very good film.
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Post by: itsbruce on May 25, 2011, 10:07:54 pm
Capote.  Nearly as stunning as the book it documents.
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Post by: Simonb on May 25, 2011, 10:12:10 pm
Amores Perros (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0245712/) -- life's not particularly pleasant, or fair.
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Post by: Valiant on May 26, 2011, 07:31:14 am
Pure Country 2.

It was the only film there I could use for background viewing!
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Post by: Dinamo on May 28, 2011, 02:06:47 am
Miami Vice

Bought it a while ago for £1 from Sainsburys !
Good soundtrack.
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Post by: Captain Zep on May 29, 2011, 10:03:50 pm
The Line, The Cross and The Curve.

Good Soundtrack.  :P
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Post by: Jaded on May 30, 2011, 10:01:36 am
The King's Speech.

No one told me it is a weepy.
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Post by: Captain Zep on May 30, 2011, 09:32:19 pm
Female Agents.

Very good French film: female SOE agents parachuted in to France in the days before D-Day.  Sort of inspired by real events rather than a true story, the main character (played by Sophie Marceau  :thumbsup: ) was a real SOE hero.  Mrs Zep enjoyed it even although it is a "war film".
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Post by: GruB on May 30, 2011, 10:04:13 pm
Yesterday Family G went to see Pirates of the Caribbean 4 and now we have just watched Harry Potter TDH Part 1.
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Post by: Andrij on May 31, 2011, 07:37:45 am
Kill Bill, vol. 1.

In one word: excellent!  It's been ages since I've watched a film and thought "that was fun!".  Yes, OTT and silly in places, but I enjoyed it.
 
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Post by: Riggers on May 31, 2011, 12:06:21 pm
Once again: "Remember the 5 Ds – Dodge, Dip, Dive, Duck, and er, Dodge!"

Yes! Dodgeball!
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Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on May 31, 2011, 12:44:34 pm
Once again: "Remember the 5 Ds – Dodge, Dip, Dive, Duck, and er, Dodge!"

Yes! Dodgeball!

I watched last night also.

Some excellent one liners from Patches, though many were deffo NSFW and prolly very un PC as well-

Son, you're about as useful as a sh1t flavored lollipop!

It's like watching a bunch of retards trying to f**k a doorknob out there!


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Post by: Riggers on May 31, 2011, 12:46:19 pm
Was it shit flavoured, or cock flavoured?
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Post by: Manotea on May 31, 2011, 12:48:23 pm
"Well, I guess if a person never quit when the going got tough, they wouldn't have anything to regret for the rest of their life. But good luck to you Peter. I'm sure this decision won't haunt you forever" said by You Know Who.

And of course, "Here at Globo Gym, we understand that "Ugliness" and "Fatness" are genetic disorders, much like baldness or necrophilia, and it's only your fault if you don't hate yourself enough to do something about it."

Tokyo Sonata. Something to look forward to.
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Post by: Phil on May 31, 2011, 12:57:59 pm
Kill Bill, vol. 1.

In one word: excellent!  It's been ages since I've watched a film and thought "that was fun!".  Yes, OTT and silly in places, but I enjoyed it.
 

Me also! I enjoyed it so much I watched the second one as well. 
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Post by: Tim on May 31, 2011, 01:15:33 pm
Blazing Saddles last night.
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Post by: clarion on May 31, 2011, 01:31:24 pm
Spinal Tap.

Well, I say I watched it.  Actually, TGL was watching it, and listening on headphones.  But each time I looked up, I laughed, because I knew exactly where we were and the key lines...
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Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on May 31, 2011, 02:42:06 pm
Was it shit flavoured, or cock flavoured?

Well done that man.

Cock flavoured of course.
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Post by: Jacomus on May 31, 2011, 05:01:49 pm
Hangover 2

Whatever your impression of Hangover, you should be confident of receiving the same viewing experience with Hangover 2. Luckily for me that meant that I laughed a lot. :thumbsup:
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Post by: her_welshness on May 31, 2011, 09:56:28 pm
The husband and I are watching 'Babylon AD' with Vin Diesel. Am quite enjoying it actually  :thumbsup:
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Post by: mrcharly-YHT on June 01, 2011, 01:53:44 pm
I made a terrible discovery on the weekend.

MrsCharly and I don't share the same taste in films.

We started watching 'Little Fish'. I was really enjoying it for the characterisation and the slow build up. She made it plain she was utterly bored and thought the film was pointless.

So we switched to 'Queen of the Dammed'. She seemed to enjoy that, whereas I thought it was dross only one level above 'Twilight'.

 ???
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Post by: simonp on June 01, 2011, 06:31:53 pm
I'm half way through Total Recall.

If I remember, I'll watch the rest tonight.
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Post by: Manotea on June 01, 2011, 06:45:33 pm
I made a terrible discovery on the weekend.

MrsCharly and I don't share the same taste in films.

We started watching 'Little Fish'. I was really enjoying it for the characterisation and the slow build up. She made it plain she was utterly bored and thought the film was pointless.

So we switched to 'Queen of the Dammed'. She seemed to enjoy that, whereas I thought it was dross only one level above 'Twilight'.

 ???
Whilst I cannot comment on 'Little Fish' I can confirm that 'Queen of the Dammed' is utter dross but would add that it makes 'Twilight' seem like 'Hamlet' (or should that be 'Romeo and Juliet'?).
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on June 02, 2011, 08:59:56 am
I made a terrible discovery on the weekend.

MrsCharly and I don't share the same taste in films.

We started watching 'Little Fish'. I was really enjoying it for the characterisation and the slow build up. She made it plain she was utterly bored and thought the film was pointless.

So we switched to 'Queen of the Dammed'. She seemed to enjoy that, whereas I thought it was dross only one level above 'Twilight'.

 ???

At least you can go to the cinema in peace ;)
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Post by: clarion on June 02, 2011, 09:05:48 am
POTC IV - No real Spoilers below if you've read the press publicity

TGL and I wanted to do something a bit special to celebrate our Family Day (anniversary of his coming to live with us, and roughly the anniversary of his brother doing the same the previous year).  So we decided to go to the Kinematographic Picture House (OK, Empire Sutton, the world's smallest multiplex AFAICT ;D ).  Attack The Block was on a bit late, so we opted for POTC (2D rather than 3D, since I thought my double vision might be an issue).

Had plenty of time to eat a nice dinner together, then went & bought faaaar too much popcorn and a large bucket of drink each* and waited until the cinema had 'been cleaned'.  Yeah, right, it was still completley manky when we went in.  Usual dreary adverts and trailers for a lot of crappy films, then the feature itself.

I think this was a big improvement on the last film, and some of the characters have definitely been filled out.  Depp steps back from the wrong side of the line of caricature, and depicts Sparrow as a witty, permanently drunk and slightly fey hero.  Rush has improved Barbosa from a two dimensional sketch into a much more complex character, though it doesn't seem it from the first few scenes.  The lightweight comedy characters who just seemed to be there to vary the pace and mark time a bit have been replacd by a new chap - Scrum, I think, who is allowed to be more real, and play a more central role in events.  Keira Knightley is not much missed, with Penelope Cruz playing a much feistier leading woman, less full of contradictions, though her ending was a bit poor.  Actually, TGL disagrees with this, and thinks KK was better.

The biggest improvement was Gibbs, who has moved from being a cartoon pirate into being a wily operator himself, and a good foil for Sparrow.

Weaknesses: The preacher character, we agreed, was trying too hard to be Orlando Bloom.  Not necessary, even if he is a bit buff with his top off.  The opening gag with Sparrow was far too obvious, aimed at thick USians, I guess.  They could have been a lot more subtle with the reveal.  Palm trees and fire issues, of course.  And deeply implausible fight scenes, natch, but that's part of the fun.  Zombie aspect seemed a bit redundant, but I suspect this is explored further in deleted or unfilmed scenes.

Amusing to find Hampton Court appeared to be near Temple ;D  But the various escape scenes were suitably swashbuckling and fun.  There are several small throwaway moments which are returned to a bit later in a number of scenes.  Worth watching out for.

I was wrongfooted by what the Spanish wanted, but I won't say more than that, except that TGL had worked it out from the first reaction of the fishermen in the opening.

Good fun, and a return to form.  Not great cinema, by any means, and a bit overladen with effects and CGI, but it was much more coherent than the last one, and worth the trip.


* If you have a weak bladder, do not have a huuuge drink, as, towards the end of the long film, they discover the fountain of youth (I hope I'm not spoiling it for anyone, since this much will have been obvious since the last film), and there is a distinct trickling noise, followed by the sound of men of a certain age shifting uneasily in their seats, and wondering whether they can last till the denouement before having to rush out.  Fortunately, I was not a sufferer, but I think this must have been a deliberate joke by the filmmakers. ;D
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Post by: Dinamo on June 02, 2011, 02:39:32 pm
Orphan

Recorded from C4 the other evening.
A horror about a family who adopt an orphaned Russian girl.

Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: simonp on June 02, 2011, 03:21:04 pm
I made a terrible discovery on the weekend.

MrsCharly and I don't share the same taste in films.

We started watching 'Little Fish'. I was really enjoying it for the characterisation and the slow build up. She made it plain she was utterly bored and thought the film was pointless.

So we switched to 'Queen of the Dammed'. She seemed to enjoy that, whereas I thought it was dross only one level above 'Twilight'.

 ???

At least you can go to the cinema in peace ;)

I liked Queen of the Damned, but then I've read the books, all of which I enjoyed.

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Post by: Mr Larrington on June 02, 2011, 03:27:58 pm
Blazing Saddles.  Made oi larrff.
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Post by: Captain Zep on June 02, 2011, 09:59:52 pm
Orphan

Recorded from C4 the other evening.
A horror about a family who adopt an orphaned Russian girl.



I watched that alone, but explained the story to Mrs Zep the next morning.  She thought that I was joking about the ending/secret  ;D  even though I guessed it 1/3 of the way though. 
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Post by: Mr Larrington on June 03, 2011, 09:53:41 am
Enter The Dragon.  Worth the price of admission just for the insane squeaking noises Bruce Lee makes when he's kicking someone's face off.  Serious biff and a few helichopters at the end.
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Post by: Wascally Weasel on June 03, 2011, 12:27:29 pm
Enter The Dragon.  Worth the price of admission just for the insane squeaking noises Bruce Lee makes when he's kicking someone's face off.  Serious biff and a few helichopters at the end.

I still think that the early scene where they make Lee pronounce the name Mr Braithwaite was a bit cruel, couldn't they have called him Mr Green or Smith or something?

Some years back I finally got the 'uncut' version and found that the cut nunchuck scene that people had been banging on about for ages was only a few seconds long.
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Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on June 03, 2011, 02:04:56 pm
Resident Evil: Apocalypse.

Proper enjoyable tosh.

Mila HoHoHoHo(Jovo)vich dishing out some serious zombie whupass, complete with artillery, blades and stomp.
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Post by: Flying_Monkey on June 03, 2011, 04:50:56 pm
Enter The Dragon.  Worth the price of admission just for the insane squeaking noises Bruce Lee makes when he's kicking someone's face off.  Serious biff and a few helichopters at the end.

He also gets to beat Chuck Norris and Sammo Hung, which is always good to watch. Oh, and you also get a whole blaxpoitation / dude with a massive afro bit as well. What more do you want in a film?
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Post by: Jaded on June 05, 2011, 11:42:54 pm
Rambo (2008)
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Post by: Tourist Tony on June 06, 2011, 12:50:09 am
Skyline. Very, very silly.
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Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on June 06, 2011, 09:29:23 am
Soldier.

Kurt Russell, Jason Scott Lee, Sean Pertwee, Jason Issac and Connie Nielsen.

Russell plays Todd, a selected at birth Super Soldier, all emotion bred out of him. A few years and campaigns down the line finds he is obsolete, he and his comrades being replaced by squad of gentically engineered hyper soldiers.

Todd fids himself injured and dumped on a waste disposal world where a group of colonists struggle to survive after crashing on the planet en route to other worlds. Todd is taken in by the group and made well until he is banished after scaring the crap out of a member of the group during a flashback.

In typical Hollywood fashion, Todd is invited back to the fold after an incident involving a young child and a snake makes members of the group relaise they were wrong. This redemption coincides with the Hyper Soldiers arriving on the planet, with oreders from their commander that any person present is illegaly on the world and therefore hostile.

Battle ensues and our hero makes good........

Not a film to tax the mind.

Not bad though.

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Post by: Wascally Weasel on June 06, 2011, 10:47:39 am
It’s (very loosely) set in the same fictional universe as Blade Runner – with implications that the new soldiers are some form of replicant.

There are a few direct allusions to Blade Runner such as mention of the battle of Tannhauser Gate.

Favourite quote: “I’m going to kill them all sir”.
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Post by: mrcharly-YHT on June 06, 2011, 11:06:05 am
X-men first class.

That was a lot better than the previous films, apart from the fight scenes. To much posturing.

Fassbender makes a great Nazi-hunter. James Macavoy is a good sleazy rich telepath.
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Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on June 06, 2011, 11:13:11 am
It’s (very loosely) set in the same fictional universe as Blade Runner – with implications that the new soldiers are some form of replicant.

There are a few direct allusions to Blade Runner such as mention of the battle of Tanhauser Gate.

Favourite quote: “I’m going to kill them all sir”.


I got the Tannhauser Gate link (I had to rewind on the Sky+ as it just caught my attention as his 'battle honours' scrolled past on the computer).

'Soldiers deserve Soldiers, sir'
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Post by: Mr Larrington on June 06, 2011, 01:52:18 pm
LA Confidential.  No helichopters but loads of killin's.  I was mildly surprised that Russell Crowe turned out not to have been deaded after all.
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Post by: LEE on June 06, 2011, 06:34:50 pm
LA Confidential.  No helichopters but loads of killin's.  I was mildly surprised that Russell Crowe turned out not to have been deaded after all.

Great film I think.  Weren't Russel Crowe and Guy Pearce both in the Aussie soap "Neighbours"?

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Post by: geoff on June 07, 2011, 12:44:51 pm
going through a good patch:

Tsotsi (http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/tsotsi/) ...which was shocking and heartbreaking.

And on Sunday night's TV:  "The Damned United" (http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/damned_united/)



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Post by: urban_biker on June 08, 2011, 11:28:19 am
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Part II

A wet bank holiday Monday while we were away camping with the family meant we ended up in the cinema watching the above.

A kids film - U certificate - and surprisingly funny. I was actually crying with laughter at one point.

An excellent family film.

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Post by: her_welshness on June 08, 2011, 11:33:19 am
LA Confidential.  No helichopters but loads of killin's.  I was mildly surprised that Russell Crowe turned out not to have been deaded after all.

Great film I think.  Weren't Russel Crowe and Guy Pearce both in the Aussie soap "Neighbours"?



They were - although Russell Crowe had a teeny tiny part in it.

I loved LA Confidential - the books are pretty good too.
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Post by: Charlotte on June 08, 2011, 11:44:14 am
The Dark Knight, round at Wascally and Ms Weasals' home cinema and den of iniquity.

I've not enjoyed a DVD as much for ages.  It was deliciously fucked up and nothing like the other Batman movies in the franchise.  For the first time, you get a sense of the real horror of Gotham City's evil.  Heath Ledger's Joker is so disturbingly believable - he doesn't want power or money, he just wants to watch it all burn...
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Post by: citoyen on June 08, 2011, 12:32:24 pm
Grow Your Own.

Lightweight Britflick about refugees on an allotment. Enjoyable but a bit flimsy, hackneyed and lacking originality. Stars every B-list British actor you've ever seen on TV or in any similar film in the last ten years.

d.
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Post by: her_welshness on June 08, 2011, 12:57:40 pm
The Dark Knight, round at Wascally and Ms Weasals' home cinema and den of iniquity.

I've not enjoyed a DVD as much for ages.  It was deliciously fucked up and nothing like the other Batman movies in the franchise.  For the first time, you get a sense of the real horror of Gotham City's evil.  Heath Ledger's Joker is so disturbingly believable - he doesn't want power or money, he just wants to watch it all burn...

That bit with the pencil made me jump out of my skin  :o
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on June 08, 2011, 01:43:00 pm
The Dark Knight, round at Wascally and Ms Weasals' home cinema and den of iniquity.

I've not enjoyed a DVD as much for ages.  It was deliciously fucked up and nothing like the other Batman movies in the franchise.  For the first time, you get a sense of the real horror of Gotham City's evil.  Heath Ledger's Joker is so disturbingly believable - he doesn't want power or money, he just wants to watch it all burn...

That bit with the pencil made me jump out of my skin  :o
That bit with the pencil made me write a complaint to the BBFC. The film wasn't, IMO, a 12A.

I went to see it at the cinema, a Vue multiplex. Its the first time I've seen a cinema put up multiple posters warning people that a 12A is not suitable for children.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: citoyen on June 09, 2011, 05:17:28 pm
That bit with the pencil made me write a complaint to the BBFC. The film wasn't, IMO, a 12A.

I agree. I didn't go as far as writing to the BBFC but several moments in that film did make me question their judgment.

I'm pretty liberal about what I'll let my almost-13yo watch but I increasingly find myself recoiling in distaste at some of the extreme violence in what are ostensibly family films. I find it far more troubling than the occasional F-word, and it boggles the mind when Made In Dagenham is given a 15 while films like The Dark Knight get a 12A. But that's the power of the Hollywood dollar for you.

d.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on June 09, 2011, 07:01:57 pm
Billy Elliot was a 15.

I think it's anything that shows lefty union stuff gets a higher rating. Don't want the children picking up socialist tendencies.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: TimO on June 09, 2011, 07:22:53 pm
Kung Fu Hustle, which is good silly, albeit quite violent in places, fun.  The goodies do win, and the baddies lose, so it all works out in the end. ;D

Apparently Kung Fu Hustle 2 is in production, but that's fairly minimal information from IMDB.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: geraldc on June 09, 2011, 07:36:10 pm
Currently watching the remaking of 47 Ronin, in which I'm appearing as an extra  ;D  Some more filming to do in July, and then it will be out Nov 2012 in 3D.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: BrianI on June 11, 2011, 07:48:21 am
Dark Star  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dark_Star_%28film%29 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dark_Star_%28film%29)   :thumbsup:
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on June 11, 2011, 09:14:53 pm
Rear Window. Hadn't seen it before. Liked it.
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Post by: jellied on June 11, 2011, 09:34:09 pm
127 hours. Glad it wasn't actually that long.
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Post by: Jaded on June 11, 2011, 10:45:04 pm
Up in the Air.

Another weepie.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Regulator on June 14, 2011, 09:29:08 pm
I'm very sad....  :-[

I've just relived my teenage years by watching the biggest schlock movie going...

Elvira! Mistress of the Dark.


Cracking movie - had me laughing out loud   :thumbsup: ;D
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Post by: Tourist Tony on June 14, 2011, 11:12:38 pm
On iPlayer, Witchfinder General.....
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Post by: Captain Zep on June 14, 2011, 11:50:48 pm
Brazil.  I watched it many years ago and found that I didn't remember much of the story, but the atmosphere and "feel" was just as I remembered it.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Jakob on June 15, 2011, 09:10:44 am
Rango. Very surprised how risky it was (for a feature animation). Some of the technical stuff was also superb.
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Post by: CAMRAMan on June 15, 2011, 10:45:56 am
French Connection. Had it recorded for months & finally watched it last night. It's shorter than I was expecting and if made today would be a lot longer. I don't think a bit of character padding would have done any harm.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Steph on June 15, 2011, 04:28:39 pm
Brazil.  I watched it many years ago and found that I didn't remember much of the story, but the atmosphere and "feel" was just as I remembered it.
Brazil as well. I find so many little titbits in there it's worth rewatching.
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Post by: itsbruce on June 15, 2011, 09:08:00 pm


Elvira! Mistress of the Dark.


Cracking movie - had me laughing out loud   :thumbsup: ;D

How does that dress stay attached?
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Post by: simonp on June 16, 2011, 03:04:06 am
Paul.
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Post by: Wascally Weasel on June 16, 2011, 11:56:13 am
‘The Outfit’; Robert Duvall and Joe Don Baker taking on the mob to avenge Duvall’s brother who was murdered after robbing a mob fronted bank in the Mid-West.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Riggers on June 16, 2011, 01:48:36 pm
‘The Outfit’; Robert Duvall and Joe Don Baker taking on the mob to avenge Duvall’s brother who was murdered after robbing a mob fronted bank in the Mid-West.

Made into film from the book of the same title from Donald Westlake, writing under the nom de plume Richard Stark with a superb series of Parker novels.

And I don't hesitate in including these reviews from others:

"Whatever Stark writes, I read. He's a stylist, a pro, and I thoroughly enjoy his attitude." - Elmore Leonard
"Westlake knows precisely how to grab a reader, draw him or her into the story, and then slowly tighten his grip until escape is impossible."
- Washington Post Book World
"Donald Westlake's Parker novels are among the small number of books I read over and over. Forget all that crap you've been telling yourself about War and Peace and Proust - these are the books you'll want on that desert island."
- Lawrence Block"
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Post by: Wascally Weasel on June 16, 2011, 03:08:21 pm
‘The Outfit’; Robert Duvall and Joe Don Baker taking on the mob to avenge Duvall’s brother who was murdered after robbing a mob fronted bank in the Mid-West.

Made into film from the book of the same title from Donald Westlake, writing under the nom de plume Richard Stark with a superb series of Parker novels.

And I don't hesitate in including these reviews from others:

"Whatever Stark writes, I read. He's a stylist, a pro, and I thoroughly enjoy his attitude." - Elmore Leonard
"Westlake knows precisely how to grab a reader, draw him or her into the story, and then slowly tighten his grip until escape is impossible."
- Washington Post Book World
"Donald Westlake's Parker novels are among the small number of books I read over and over. Forget all that crap you've been telling yourself about War and Peace and Proust - these are the books you'll want on that desert island."
- Lawrence Block"

The back of the DVD mentions the book and also says that Point Blank was written by the same author.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Riggers on June 16, 2011, 03:12:14 pm
Indeed it was.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on June 16, 2011, 03:59:27 pm


Elvira! Mistress of the Dark.


Cracking movie - had me laughing out loud   :thumbsup: ;D

How does that dress stay attached?

Magic of course (or most of the worlds supply of Tit Tape).
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Deano on June 16, 2011, 11:45:47 pm
‘The Outfit’; Robert Duvall and Joe Don Baker taking on the mob to avenge Duvall’s brother who was murdered after robbing a mob fronted bank in the Mid-West.

Made into film from the book of the same title from Donald Westlake, writing under the nom de plume Richard Stark with a superb series of Parker novels.

And I don't hesitate in including these reviews from others:

"Whatever Stark writes, I read. He's a stylist, a pro, and I thoroughly enjoy his attitude." - Elmore Leonard
"Westlake knows precisely how to grab a reader, draw him or her into the story, and then slowly tighten his grip until escape is impossible."
- Washington Post Book World
"Donald Westlake's Parker novels are among the small number of books I read over and over. Forget all that crap you've been telling yourself about War and Peace and Proust - these are the books you'll want on that desert island."
- Lawrence Block"

The back of the DVD mentions the book and also says that Point Blank was written by the same author.

Point Blank/The Hunter is damn good.  Hardboiled? Youbetcha. Just don't ever watch the Mel Gibson movie.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Wascally Weasel on June 16, 2011, 11:48:19 pm
‘The Outfit’; Robert Duvall and Joe Don Baker taking on the mob to avenge Duvall’s brother who was murdered after robbing a mob fronted bank in the Mid-West.

Made into film from the book of the same title from Donald Westlake, writing under the nom de plume Richard Stark with a superb series of Parker novels.

And I don't hesitate in including these reviews from others:

"Whatever Stark writes, I read. He's a stylist, a pro, and I thoroughly enjoy his attitude." - Elmore Leonard
"Westlake knows precisely how to grab a reader, draw him or her into the story, and then slowly tighten his grip until escape is impossible."
- Washington Post Book World
"Donald Westlake's Parker novels are among the small number of books I read over and over. Forget all that crap you've been telling yourself about War and Peace and Proust - these are the books you'll want on that desert island."
- Lawrence Block"

The back of the DVD mentions the book and also says that Point Blank was written by the same author.

Point Blank/The Hunter is damn good.  Hardboiled? Youbetcha. Just don't ever watch the Mel Gibson movie.
This is excellent advice which also applies equally well to 'Edge of Darkness' (The TV original of which also stars Joe Don Baker to bring this back full circle.).
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Deano on June 16, 2011, 11:51:01 pm
Reminds me, I must make an effort to see Edge of Darkness (original).
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Wascally Weasel on June 17, 2011, 12:02:54 am
Reminds me, I must make an effort to see Edge of Darkness (original).

If you want, I might have the original VHS tapes knocking about (I haz replaced with DVD)?

To be honest though, the VHS crops scenes between start and end titles of episodes and the DVD is available cheap online (and well worth it).

I regularly rewatch it and aspects of it are starting to date but the core elements remain fresh, strong and powerful (and disturbing).  My favourite scene is still Craven and Jedburgh cooking up dinner in the nuclear shelter/timecave in Northmoor.  In fact just the word Northmoor still sends a shiver down my spine.

Out of stupid curiousity I did watch the new version when it came out - it totally flaked out on what I thought were some of the core scenes, in that they didn't have the break in and escape from Northmoor.

They also unsurprisingly totally lost the issues over the ambiguously close relationship between Craven and his daughter (the kissing the dildo scene being a case in point).   That stuff just gets more WTF every time I rewatch. 

I genuinely didn't notice that when I first saw it on its run on TV when I was a teenager.

Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Deano on June 17, 2011, 12:16:50 am
Very kind, WW, but I don't have a VHS player anymore :)

I'll chase it up on DVD.

But I'm pretty sure I have The Hunter/Point Blank in paperback somewhere, if you fancy reading it. 
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Jaded on June 18, 2011, 11:38:20 pm
127 hours. Another weepie.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: AndyK on June 18, 2011, 11:54:49 pm
Paul. Laughed myself sick.  ;D
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Regulator on June 19, 2011, 12:58:39 am
Paul. Laughed myself sick.  ;D

Great film... I watched it the other and laughed myself silly.   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Aidan on June 19, 2011, 07:41:23 am
Paul. Laughed myself sick.  ;D

Great film... I watched it the other and laughed myself silly.   :thumbsup:

We watched Paul last night. Very, very funny. some true nerdy moments too :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: GruB on June 19, 2011, 09:05:19 am
Inception.  SALT is part finished as the concert finished before I did.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: TimO on June 19, 2011, 06:09:27 pm
I just watched Paul too, and it was very good, although I had to look up the odd reference to things like the Black Mailbox, which I'd not come across before (I know, I'm clearly not much of a conspiracy nut).

It's different from some of their previous stuff, like Hot Fuzz, and Shaun of the Dead, but I think it works pretty well. :thumbsup:

Quote
Three tits, that's awesome ...

;D
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: AndyK on June 19, 2011, 06:26:47 pm
I loved the 'Don't touch my junk' reference.  ;D
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Mr Larrington on June 20, 2011, 12:42:04 pm
I just watched Paul too, and it was very good, although I had to look up the odd reference to things like the Black Mailbox, which I'd not come across before (I know, I'm clearly not much of a conspiracy nut).

(http://www.legslarry.beerdrinkers.co.uk/Leftpondia/Holibobs2005/images/57_BlackMailbox.jpg)

When I took that photo there were two dead cows within a hundred yards of the mailbox, but I suspect trucks were more likely to be the cause than the Lizard Alliance.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: LEE on June 20, 2011, 06:33:25 pm
Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels.

Spawned a host of inferior British Gangster flicks.

Guy Ritchie peaked at his first attempt. 

Violent, stylish, clever plot line and, most importantly, funny.

8/10
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: AndyK on June 20, 2011, 06:43:45 pm
Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels.

Spawned a host of inferior British Gangster flicks.

Guy Ritchie peaked at his first attempt. 

Violent, stylish, clever plot line and, most importantly, funny.

8/10

Snatch came pretty close to being as good.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: spindrift on June 20, 2011, 06:56:43 pm
Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels.

Spawned a host of inferior British Gangster flicks.

Guy Ritchie peaked at his first attempt. 

Violent, stylish, clever plot line and, most importantly, funny.

8/10



I've seen a better film on coffee. Beating up a traffic warden, how illuminative and original. Sexy Beast is the only good British gangster film since The Long Good Friday.

I'm not crying, it's hay fever, mmmk?


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Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Jaded on June 20, 2011, 10:09:24 pm
I've seen a better film on coffee.

Try seeing one with no caffeine.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Deano on June 20, 2011, 10:22:48 pm
Inglourious Basterds.

Patchy at best.  Hans Landa (played by Christoph Waltz) was a wonderfully sadistic Nazi, and the scenes with him were tense, if a bit long.  I also really enjoyed how Tarantino's dialogue seemed as dense and laced with references as usual, even in French with subtitles.

But the rest of it was shite.  Brad Fucking Pitt was awful.  The sub-Dirty Dozen crap was dire.  It was just incoherent.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: andygates on June 20, 2011, 10:29:02 pm
Age of the Dragons.  Danny Glover devours the scenery in the iron land-barge Pequod as Ahab; Vinnie Jones tries not to corpse as Stubb, and what starts as a So Bad It's Good fantasy remake of Moby Dick (white dragon, vitriol trade, the whole schlemiel) is ruined by two things:

Hollywood have to dick around with plots to staple on a pretty girl and a silly bit.

It's a freaking LAND BARGE.  All the psychological weirdness and compulsion that works in Moby Dick makes no sense at all when the protagonists can just WALK AWAY.   :facepalm:

Shoulda had dirigibles.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: spindrift on June 20, 2011, 10:36:32 pm
I've seen a better film on coffee.

Try seeing one with no caffeine.

Guy Ritchie couldn't direct traffic on The Isle of Wight with a Belisha Beacon stuck up his arse.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: LEE on June 20, 2011, 10:38:33 pm
I've seen a better film on coffee.

Try seeing one with no caffeine.

Am I missing some coffee reference here?

I agree about Guy Ritchie...apart from "Lock Stock.." which I maintain is well directed. 

He basically invented a style (OK, it's based on his advertising background) and then failed to live up to it.

Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Deano on June 20, 2011, 10:39:23 pm
Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels.

Spawned a host of inferior British Gangster flicks.

Guy Ritchie peaked at his first attempt. 

Violent, stylish, clever plot line and, most importantly, funny.

8/10

Snatch came pretty close to being as good.

Bloody hell, Lock Stock wasn't that bad!
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Jaded on June 20, 2011, 10:39:51 pm
I've seen a better film on coffee.

Try seeing one with no caffeine.

Am I missing some coffee reference here?

<<<< twitches
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: TimO on June 23, 2011, 08:57:06 pm
I just watched the original "Buffy the Vampire Slayer", and it's not a patch on the TV series.  I didn't watch it that carefully, since I'm working, but I don't think I missed anything of significance (ie anything between the start and end). :-\
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: spindrift on June 28, 2011, 09:05:05 pm
Atonement at the weekend. A real treasure, just beautifully done and heart-breakingly raw. McAvoy really did make some amazing films before he went to America and became shit. It's a film Hollywood would never make, they'd insist on a happy ending or suggest Dolly Parton and Burt Reynolds, like for Educating Rita. No, really.

It's simply gorgeous, from the moment McAvoy realises Briony has the wrong letter you are totally hooked, and the library scene is fantastic, two actors at the height of their powers. Just brilliant.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Captain Zep on June 28, 2011, 09:51:28 pm
Indiana Jones And The Raiders Of The Lost Ark :thumbsup:
And it would appear that Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is on tonight!  (BBC3 9PM)

Ooh, goody!  I know what I'm doing tonight then, crusty can snore away beside me after his 200k today.

We watched Tamara Drewe last  night, and rather enjoyed it.

We really enjoyed it - the graphic novel is excellent btw  :thumbsup:

Watched "Tamara Drewe" this weekend - enjoyed it too.  Good characters, good acting and the teenage girls were very funny.

We also watched "Changeling" the Clint Eastwood / Angelina Jolie one, not the 70's ghost one.  It's actually the first film I've ever seen with Angelina Jolie in it (I don't watch many Hollywood films).  I'd always just assumed she was rubbish, but she was actually very good.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on June 29, 2011, 08:55:31 am
We also watched "Changeling" the Clint Eastwood / Angelina Jolie one, not the 70's ghost one.  It's actually the first film I've ever seen with Angelina Jolie in it (I don't watch many Hollywood films).  I'd always just assumed she was rubbish, but she was actually very good.

Try 'Girl, interrupted'.

Given the right role, she is pretty good.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Mr Larrington on June 29, 2011, 10:13:50 am
Paul.  I larrffed quite a lot but then that's the effect Simon Pegg usually has on me, or at least when he's on-screen rather than writing pretentious autobiographies which go "and then I met George Lucas / Steven Spielberg / Harrison Ford" etc etc.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Chris S on July 01, 2011, 11:19:40 am
Paul is excellent.

The Marvin Gaye (Got to Give it Up) bar-b-q sequence is hilarious.

Paul: I don't know the words to this song. Nobody knows the words to this song...
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Dinamo on July 01, 2011, 11:25:42 am
HEADS UP

Today at 1.30pm on Channel 4 is Stanley Kubrick's excellent 1957 film....Paths of Glory starring Kirk Douglas.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: spindrift on July 01, 2011, 11:31:17 am
Another heads up:

Sunset Boulevard, Film4, 5pm.

Billy Wilder could do bleak as well as heart-warming and funny.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Deano on July 03, 2011, 08:42:18 pm
Ferris Bueller's Day Off, on E4 earlier.

The Eighties may have a lot to answer for, but this is one in the tick column.  Apart from the soundtrack, that is.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: BrianI on July 03, 2011, 10:04:54 pm
Transformers robots in your pies.
What a terribly loud and annoying US military recruitment advert.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: AndyK on July 03, 2011, 10:07:06 pm
Ferris Bueller's Day Off, on E4 earlier.

The Eighties may have a lot to answer for, but this is one in the tick column.  Apart from the soundtrack, that is.

The soundtrack has some great tracks: Oh Yeah by Yello, an instrumental of Please, Please. Please Let Me Get What I Want by Dream Academy, March Of The Swivel Heads by The English Beat, BAD by Big Audio Dynamite, Radio People by Zapp, Twist And Shout by The Beatles...
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Deano on July 03, 2011, 10:21:21 pm
Ferris Bueller's Day Off, on E4 earlier.

The Eighties may have a lot to answer for, but this is one in the tick column.  Apart from the soundtrack, that is.

The soundtrack has some great tracks: Oh Yeah by Yello, an instrumental of Please, Please. Please Let Me Get What I Want by Dream Academy, March Of The Swivel Heads by The English Beat, BAD by Big Audio Dynamite, Radio People by Zapp, Twist And Shout by The Beatles...

Well, it all matches the movie, so I agree up to a point. Nowt I'd listen to by choice, excepting the Beatles.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: TimO on July 04, 2011, 12:11:20 am
Push, which wasn't half bad, although the ending wasn't as good as I think it could have been.

Dakota Fanning was quite impressive, playing a character who was a couple of years younger than her 15 at that point.

It was a nice concept, with a lot of potential, and filmed well, but the ending wasn't really that impressive, a bit of damp squib. :(
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Wascally Weasel on July 04, 2011, 12:33:19 am
In the Line of Fire (again).

Good fun film, although the romance with Rene Russo is a bit icky due to the significant age gap.  Malkovich has fun chewing the scenery though (and I think the guy who shot the duck got what was coming to him).

Edit:  The IRL age difference between Rene Russo and Clint Eastwood is approximately 24 years, that's actually less bad than some Hollywood movies and the film does point out that there is a large age difference between the characters.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: citoyen on July 04, 2011, 09:33:25 am
Finally got round to watching The Hangover the other night. Well, most of it. Gave up after 50 minutes cos I couldn't stand it any more. I have to admit I laughed once - twice if you count a smirk - but it was all so hackneyed and obvious that I found it mostly just very, very boring.

Also, I don't mind films being preposterously implausible but there needs to be a bit of balance. The Hangover has had everything including the kitchen sink thrown at it. No restraint at all.

On the plus side, it's marginally better than Hot Tub Time Machine.

d.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on July 04, 2011, 10:00:49 am
In the Line of Fire (again).

Good fun film, although the romance with Rene Russo is a bit icky due to the significant age gap.  Malkovich has fun chewing the scenery though (and I think the guy who shot the duck got what was coming to him).

Edit:  The IRL age difference between Rene Russo and Clint Eastwood is approximately 24 years, that's actually less bad than some Hollywood movies and the film does point out that there is a large age difference between the characters.

I like In the Line of Fire, probably cos it came out at the time I was a Protection Officer and it made I larf and also struck chords in relation to how the Secret Service take over the world when POTUS flies in.

I watched a reasonable portion of Sunshine last night (seen it before). I don't know why some folk run this film down. I like the story and th FX are Da Bomb!
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: LindaG on July 05, 2011, 05:34:59 pm


I'm not crying, it's hay fever, mmmk?


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        - ‪Will - Trailer  (2011)‬&rlm;
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Ye gods I'm not watching that.  The trailer's just reduced me to a pile of snot!
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Flying_Monkey on July 05, 2011, 06:46:52 pm
Watched Werner Herzog's Even Dwarves Started Small again on Saturday with a couple of friends. If you haven't seen it, you have missed one of the oddest, most brilliantly deliberately provocative pieces of cinema ever made...
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Guy on July 06, 2011, 08:09:11 am
The last film I paid to see at the pictures was Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Plot. :-\

The last film on DVD was Kelly's Heroes, last night.  I know I've seen it 50 billion times already, but I lurve that fillum. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: LindaG on July 06, 2011, 08:17:52 am
We watched Paul last night, to celebrate The Boy coming home.  Very enjoyable.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: BrianI on July 07, 2011, 07:39:29 pm
Just about to watch "The Andromeda Strain"   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: jogler on July 07, 2011, 07:45:02 pm
Watched "Salt" this afternoon.An ending clearly designed for the sequel to occurr.

A.J. looks awfull in those wigs.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: cuddy duck on July 07, 2011, 07:51:51 pm
Watched Werner Herzog's Even Dwarves Started Small again on Saturday with a couple of friends. If you haven't seen it, you have missed one of the oddest, most brilliantly deliberately provocative pieces of cinema ever made...

In a parallel universe Monkey is posting: "Watched Vin Diesel and Jason Statham in Meat of Fury 7 at the weekend, and it was bloody ace!"
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: TimO on July 09, 2011, 12:27:14 pm
I just watched "Battle: Los Angeles" at Saturday Morning Cinema in the living room.

It's fairly enjoyable, a cross between any number of war films and Independence Day.  It's not as good as Independence Day, and does suffer a bit from the sort of gung-ho US Marine attitude you see in many films (I have no idea of this is realistic or not, having known only a smattering of US Marines, and none of them in the middle of a gun fight!)

There's slightly more story to it than I thought after the first half hour or so, although clearly a lot of it is running around shooting aliens, and trying not to be shot, and frankly the aliens really need to think about how they organise their military system, given how easily some elements are defeated.  Suspending belief as regards that, it's not too bad, and the special effects and battle scenes are very well done.

Apparently the DVD/Bluray isn't out for a couple more days, but Amazon seems to be overly efficient, which I'm not complaining about!
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: LindaG on July 10, 2011, 12:37:35 am
Green Lantern this afternoon at the cinema.  I really liked it.  GL was always an off-key superhero, his outfits were bad, his powers a bit dodgy, terrible hats.  I don't know if the slightly off-key feel to the film was deliberate, but I thought it fitted.   GL is my favourite DC character and I've waited years for this to come out.

Then, this afty, 'Role Models' which we really enjoyed, though we didn't expect to.  


ETA:  Green Lantern rides a nice Felt  8)
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: TimO on July 10, 2011, 07:44:44 pm
Shrek Forever After (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=34046.msg993645#msg993645), which I felt was a bit of return to form, after a somewhat substandard Shrek The Third.

Green Lantern sounds promising, I haven't been all that impressed with some of the Super Hero films in recent times.  Oddly there doesn't even seem to be a date for availability on Bluray or DVD in the UK. :-\
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: LindaG on July 10, 2011, 09:03:32 pm
You could go and see it in 3D if you can bear sitting with oiks?

Just watched Sunshine (again) because I LOVE it.  More, every time.   8)
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: TimO on July 10, 2011, 09:06:20 pm
Just watched Sunshine (again) because I LOVE it.  More, every time.   8)

Not a film to watch with a bunch of space physicists.  The gaps in the heliospheric physics are big enough to drive the Titanic through. ;D

(Depending on which version you mean, the above comments relate to the 2007 version).
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: interzen on July 10, 2011, 09:17:06 pm
Just watched Sunshine (again) because I LOVE it.  More, every time.   8)

Not a film to watch with a bunch of space physicists.  The gaps in the heliospheric physics are big enough to drive the Titanic through. ;D

(Depending on which version you mean, the above comments relate to the 2007 version).
This here is one of the reasons that SWMBO won't watch sci-fi films with me - It inevitably leads to me picking holes in the science which, in a lot of cases, isn't exactly difficult. Despite far too many years in the IT salt-mines, there's still a little part of me which is still a physicist  ;D
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: TimO on July 10, 2011, 09:28:00 pm
This here is one of the reasons that SWMBO won't watch sci-fi films with me - It inevitably leads to me picking holes in the science which, in a lot of cases, isn't exactly difficult. Despite far too many years in the IT salt-mines, there's still a little part of me which is still a physicist  ;D

I actually watch quite a lot of science fiction (you never would have guessed, would you!), but one of the issues I have with Sunshine is that it purports to be rigorous science in places, but really isn't.  Working in space physics (although I'm really doing engineering more than physics) makes me even more aware, and sensitive, of the inaccuracies, although most people with a moderate scientific knowledge are likely to have issues with it!

I guess I'm happier with things that are utterly implausible, but relatively internally consistent.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Manotea on July 10, 2011, 09:35:13 pm
Lord of War. Nicholas Cage playing it straight in a not bad movie. Gosh.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: LindaG on July 10, 2011, 09:37:14 pm
This here is one of the reasons that SWMBO won't watch sci-fi films with me - It inevitably leads to me picking holes in the science which, in a lot of cases, isn't exactly difficult. Despite far too many years in the IT salt-mines, there's still a little part of me which is still a physicist  ;D

I actually watch quite a lot of science fiction (you never would have guessed, would you!), but one of the issues I have with Sunshine is that it purports to be rigorous science in places, but really isn't.  Working in space physics (although I'm really doing engineering more than physics) makes me even more aware, and sensitive, of the inaccuracies, although most people with a moderate scientific knowledge are likely to have issues with it!

I guess I'm happier with things that are utterly implausible, but relatively internally consistent.

Yebbut, it looks so damn good.  And the soundtrack is top quality.  I often listen to it on the i-Pod, one of the best I've heard.  The sequence where Kappa jumps from the shield to the dock for the payload - well, I just like it.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Manotea on July 10, 2011, 09:39:30 pm
Just about to watch "The Andromeda Strain"   :thumbsup:

The original, I trust.

I liked the sequence from the book where our heroes go through increasingly rigorous decontamination processes as they go deeper into the complex. The problem the designers had to deal with was 'how to sterilise a human body without actually killing it'.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: TimO on July 10, 2011, 10:31:25 pm
Just about to watch "The Andromeda Strain"   :thumbsup:
The original, I trust.

They remade it? >:(
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: clarion on July 10, 2011, 10:45:09 pm
OMG they did :(  (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0424600/combined)
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Tim on July 11, 2011, 11:51:08 am
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Do you know what you're doing?
Theoretically.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Mr Larrington on July 12, 2011, 12:34:28 pm
In The Loop.  Outstanding swearing.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Riggers on July 12, 2011, 12:41:28 pm
In The Loop.  Outstanding swearing.

"Fuckety Bye!"

Saw it a while back, and so wanted to watch again, but sadly a combination of beer/wine/too little sleep the night before, saw me off to bed after half an hour.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: itsbruce on July 12, 2011, 08:16:17 pm
Bridesmaids.  High quality and sustainedly funny.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: CAMRAMan on July 12, 2011, 09:03:39 pm
Almodovar's Talk to Her. Good, but I soon realised I'd seen it before. Not one of his better films. I really should see Matador again.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: LindaG on July 13, 2011, 12:21:37 am
High Fidelity, inspired by my mixCD adventures of the last couple of days.  I really, really enjoyed that.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: LindaG on July 13, 2011, 10:09:48 pm
No Strings Attached with Princess Amidalah and some bloke.  I didn't make it to the end.  What a waste of time.  Not funny, not sexy, no plot.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: bomber on July 13, 2011, 10:15:11 pm
Mr Nobody

A reasonably good 45 minute plot stretched into an hour and a half of not too bad film, somehow drawn out to 2 hours.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Sergeant Pluck on July 14, 2011, 08:35:57 pm
Bridesmaids  :-[


The deal is that I get to choose the film next time  :P

Actually it was pretty damn funny in parts and I was far from the only male in the cinema.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Diver300 on July 15, 2011, 03:19:23 am
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, pt 2.

Showing straight after part 1. Got there just in time to get a good seat, 1 hour before the first film started.

I don't like the ersatz 3D. It just doesn't work for me in too many places.

Great film. Good to watch with an appreciative audience, who are prepared to spend 6 hours at the cinema and get home at 3 am.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: BrianI on July 15, 2011, 08:35:31 am
Just about to watch "The Andromeda Strain"   :thumbsup:

The original, I trust.

I liked the sequence from the book where our heroes go through increasingly rigorous decontamination processes as they go deeper into the complex. The problem the designers had to deal with was 'how to sterilise a human body without actually killing it'.

Yes. the original. Also watched the making of documentary too.

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Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Adrian on July 15, 2011, 08:36:39 am
The Mist, what a jolly ending that is.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: ian on July 15, 2011, 06:31:56 pm
Watched Werner Herzog's Even Dwarves Started Small again on Saturday with a couple of friends. If you haven't seen it, you have missed one of the oddest, most brilliantly deliberately provocative pieces of cinema ever made...

In a parallel universe Monkey is posting: "Watched Vin Diesel and Jason Statham in Meat of Fury 7 at the weekend, and it was bloody ace!"

Is that out already!?

I act as a handy counterbalance to his energetic climbs into the rarified heights of cerebral celluloid. And I rarely ever leave this universe.

I once threatened a room full of senior business execs with Chuck Norris. Remember, guns don't kill people, Chuck Norris does. Fact.

I have a different job now.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: welshwheels on July 17, 2011, 10:28:21 am
knight and day with cameron diaz  :-* and tom cruise  8) absolute rubbish 2 hours of my life I will never get back :facepalm:
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: AndyK on July 17, 2011, 10:41:41 am
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. First time I've seen one of these, I haven't read the books.

What's all the fuss about?
Title: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Mike J on July 17, 2011, 11:29:58 am
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on July 17, 2011, 01:02:17 pm
The last two in the 'girl who played with fire' trilogy.

Pretty much stayed true to the book, but missed out so much about lisbeth's terror of emotional dependence on anyone, apart from her first guardian. As a consequence, missed out her reunion and acceptance of miriam wu as a partner.

Hollywood will make a complete balls of it; probably produce watchable films, but minus any of the cold tension.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Biggsy on July 17, 2011, 01:16:45 pm
The Infidel, as mentioned here (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=49061.0).

I could have done with it either being more clever or more slapstick. 

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Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: LindaG on July 17, 2011, 02:07:49 pm
'The Other Guys' with Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg.  Very funny.  Which was a (nice) surprise!  Can't beat a bit of silly stuff on a rainy Sunday.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on July 17, 2011, 11:35:22 pm
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2, in 2D (thankfully)

That was quite good.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: mattc on July 18, 2011, 11:13:46 am
In The Loop.  Outstanding swearing.

"Fuckety Bye!"

We watched this with some trepidation - mixed reviews, the appaling track record of movie adaptations ...  it was much better than feared.
The story didn't really work, and the pacing was all over the place for a movie, but there was so much funny stuff inbetween that I really enjoyed it.
[It was a bit confusing having some actors play totally different parts fromt the TV show. And why did they rename Ollie?!?]

EDIT: All is (not) explained http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/tvandradioblog/2009/apr/21/in-the-loop-iannucci
Althought they don't mention Tom Hollander's transformation. He was brilliant in both versions.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: her_welshness on July 18, 2011, 11:16:59 am
The Infidel, as mentioned here (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=49061.0).

I could have done with it either being more clever or more slapstick. 

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I thought that Four Lions was better. I will never forget the crow scene  :o
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on July 18, 2011, 12:33:23 pm
Chasing Legends-  :thumbsup: Bike shit and Jens Voigt  ;D

The Long Kiss Goodnight.-Geena Davies in Psycho Killer Bitch mode plus Samuel L. Jackson being frank and ernest with women. What's not to like?
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Oaky on July 20, 2011, 02:05:57 am
Chasing Legends-  :thumbsup: Bike shit and Jens Voigt  ;D

+1 It's doubly reinforced my admiration of Jens Voigt to the point where it's becoming embarassingly like hero-worship.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: LEE on July 20, 2011, 11:34:13 am
"Three Kings" with George Clooney.

2 hours of my life I will never get back.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on July 25, 2011, 09:37:12 am
'RED'

Very silly spy spoof.  Excellent fun.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: her_welshness on July 25, 2011, 09:38:45 am
The last Harry Potter film.  :-\ Two of the really strong bits of the book they cocked up (IMO)
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: GruB on July 25, 2011, 09:39:22 am
The Crow.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Jacomus on July 25, 2011, 09:50:20 am
The Crow.

Jawsome film :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: CrinklyLion on July 25, 2011, 10:28:49 am
Amélie, for about the 4th  time.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: citoyen on July 25, 2011, 12:38:20 pm
Micmacs. Charming French silliness. Better than I was expecting.

Whatever Works. Woody Allen does Curb Your Enthusiasm. Again, better than I was expecting.

Got a decent quota of laughs from both, which I think is as much as you can reasonably expect.

d.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on July 25, 2011, 12:51:49 pm
I started watching Inglorious Basterds. Turned it off. What a heap of cack.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: LindaG on July 25, 2011, 02:55:32 pm
By pure coincidence, Inglorious Basterds. It was ... A Tarantino Film.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Captain Zep on July 25, 2011, 11:37:22 pm
Brief Encounter.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Dinamo on July 25, 2011, 11:40:09 pm
Black Swan
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: simonp on July 25, 2011, 11:43:46 pm
As Good As It Gets.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: GruB on July 26, 2011, 09:49:38 am
The Jacket.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on July 26, 2011, 03:37:15 pm
To honour Cadels victory, DeTour de France (http://cyclingweekly.ipcshop.co.uk/shop/cycling-dvds/cycling-films/detour-de-france---yellow-jersey-edition-dvd)

I would love to have been a fly on the wall in their vicinity Sunday night ;D
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: LindaG on July 26, 2011, 05:24:02 pm
Brick.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: her_welshness on July 26, 2011, 05:24:25 pm
Brick.

What was it like?
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: LindaG on July 26, 2011, 05:30:27 pm
Brick.

What was it like?

It was ... interesting.  I would usually avoid any film labelled 'cool' by a reviewer, but I chanced it and I'm glad I did.  One to watch again, I think.  A good detective story.  The main protaganists are high school students but it's definitely not a teen movie.  It opens with the main character finding his girlfriend's body in a storm drain, if that gives you an idea of the tone.

My only bugbear (as with many such films) - cartoon violence.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: her_welshness on July 26, 2011, 05:32:02 pm
Brick.

What was it like?

It was ... interesting.  I would usually avoid any film labelled 'cool' by a reviewer, but I chanced it and I'm glad I did.  One to watch again, I think.  A good detective story.  The main protaganists are high school students but it's definitely not a teen movie.  It opens with the main character finding his girlfriend's body in a storm drain, if that gives you an idea of the tone.

My only bugbear (as with many such films) - cartoon violence.

Thanks for that Linda  :thumbsup:, we have a borrowed copy at home so will watch it.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: LindaG on July 26, 2011, 05:32:47 pm
Brick.

What was it like?

It was ... interesting.  I would usually avoid any film labelled 'cool' by a reviewer, but I chanced it and I'm glad I did.  One to watch again, I think.  A good detective story.  The main protaganists are high school students but it's definitely not a teen movie.  It opens with the main character finding his girlfriend's body in a storm drain, if that gives you an idea of the tone.

My only bugbear (as with many such films) - cartoon violence.

Thanks for that Linda  :thumbsup:, we have a borrowed copy at home so will watch it.
I'd be interested to know what you think.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: itsbruce on July 27, 2011, 12:53:33 am
Just been watching Red Dragon.  I tried very hard to keep an open mind, but it just isn't a patch on Manhunter, the first film version of that book.  Wasted opportunities and botched shots all over the place.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: her_welshness on July 27, 2011, 03:25:01 pm
Brick.

What was it like?

It was ... interesting.  I would usually avoid any film labelled 'cool' by a reviewer, but I chanced it and I'm glad I did.  One to watch again, I think.  A good detective story.  The main protaganists are high school students but it's definitely not a teen movie.  It opens with the main character finding his girlfriend's body in a storm drain, if that gives you an idea of the tone.

My only bugbear (as with many such films) - cartoon violence.

Thanks for that Linda  :thumbsup:, we have a borrowed copy at home so will watch it.
I'd be interested to know what you think.

I thought that was a really good film, thought provoking, planned meticulously and several moments of brilliance in there. I underestimated how good an actor Jason Gordon Levitt is.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: LindaG on July 28, 2011, 04:40:50 pm
Bridge to Terabithia.

I knew, as soon as the oboe music started playing, that I'd be in tears by the end of this film  ::-) and oh yes I was right.  It was good though.  It captured the magic of make-believe play perfectly, reminding me of a summer spent making up plays in a big garden near where I used to live.  Just right for a soppy old sap like I.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: GruB on July 28, 2011, 04:41:11 pm
Harry Potter - the last one.
Title: Re: What was the last film you watched?
Post by: Wascally Weasel on July 28, 2011, 08:04:39 pm
Harry Potter - the last one.

Thank fuck.  Oops, did I say that out loud?   ;D
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