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Title: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: Rolnikov on April 22, 2009, 07:40:34 am
We watched The Mutant Chronicles last weekend. Grand, ambitious, badly-paced, nonsensical and miscast. Any film with not one but two Sean Pertwee death scenes can't be all bad, but it was hard work.
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: David A. Riley on April 22, 2009, 08:43:51 am
The Mutant Chronicles was also the last filml I watched too - or tried to watch. I'm afraid I gave up on it before the end. Even Sean Pertwee couldn't save it for me.  :-\

David

PS Actually I lie. This was the last fantasy/SF film I watched. After giving up on Chronicles I put on a DVD of High Sierra starring Humphrey Bogart and Aida Lupino, which was far, far better.
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: Pigasus on April 22, 2009, 02:20:46 pm
ELECTION 2 (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0491244/), a Triad-gangsters drama from the prolific Johnnie To.
Packs a lot of grisly violence into just 90 minutes, and it's a rare case of the sequel being superior to the first one!

Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: joshua rainbird on April 22, 2009, 02:45:52 pm
The remake of Rollerball where Jean Reno was the only saving grace and he was heavily under his usual par.


Got the Season 1 part 2 boxset of Full Metal Alchemist which is pretty damn fantastic, I might add.   ;D
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: CarolineC on April 22, 2009, 03:52:36 pm
The remake of Rollerball where Jean Reno was the only saving grace and he was heavily under his usual par.

Oh dear, that reminds me of the original - which I hated. Here's a little story about how I came to see that. Waaaaay back (was it in the early-mid 70s?) Rollerball and The Exorcist were on at our small town two-screen cinema at the same time. I wanted to see The Exorcist, my boyfriend at that time wanted to see Rollerball. He won. It was awful. I ditched him (actually that was some time later, not due to our tastes in film, but it sounds better like that!  ;D).  Anyway, I can't imagine that a remake would be any better.

I rarely go to see films nowadays, and I haven't watched one on TV/DVD for a while, but I am seriously considering going to see the new Star Trek film. I wonder if an old trekkie like me (I remember the original with fondness the first time it was on TV) will enjoy it?  ???
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: Martin Roberts on April 22, 2009, 05:45:33 pm
The Ties That Bind - a short film based on a story by Brian Keene...

...not bad for a low budget short and one that will screen at FantasyCon in September.
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: Andrew Hook on April 22, 2009, 10:53:53 pm
[REC] - a very good Spanish horror film which doesn't outstay its welcome despite the handheld camera and slightly out of context ending. 7/10.
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: joshua rainbird on April 23, 2009, 03:52:05 am
The remake of Rollerball where Jean Reno was the only saving grace and he was heavily under his usual par.

Oh dear, that reminds me of the original - which I hated. Here's a little story about how I came to see that. Waaaaay back (was it in the early-mid 70s?) Rollerball and The Exorcist were on at our small town two-screen cinema at the same time. I wanted to see The Exorcist, my boyfriend at that time wanted to see Rollerball. He won. It was awful. I ditched him (actually that was some time later, not due to our tastes in film, but it sounds better like that!  ;D).  Anyway, I can't imagine that a remake would be any better.

I liked the original Rollerball as it was the first American movie that I saw that criticised the sports industry - game rigging, violence, futile rules and anti-hero idolatry.  I couldn't help thinking that they were all villains, especially the audience, and that I was violated by watching it. 

However, what was missing in the remake was it became pure spectacle and thus distanced itself from the viewer.
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: Pigasus on April 23, 2009, 09:22:54 am
I liked the original Rollerball...
However, what was missing in the remake was it became pure spectacle

I agree... where the original had a futuristic gladitorial arena, the remake showcased a circus. 
That said, the remake was unfairly panned by many critics. I thought it was good fun, at times.
 
 
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: Rolnikov on April 24, 2009, 07:45:53 am
Just watched The Mist - mostly brilliant, but they all seemed to lose their minds a bit quicky. In real disasters, people hang on for days beneath the rubble in the hope of being found. Maybe there was a psychotropic element in The Mist...
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: CraigLockley on May 05, 2009, 09:55:59 am
Directors Cut of Alien 3. I love that film, don't know what all the fuss was about!
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: David A. Riley on May 05, 2009, 07:16:28 pm
We spent three nights running over the Bank Holiday weekend watching the extended version DVDs of The Lord of the Rings.
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: joshua rainbird on May 05, 2009, 08:23:57 pm
Not exactly movies but I've finally got to watching the final series of Deep Space 9 which after seeing the new series of Battlestar Galactica has a fresh appeal.  I can't help thinking where BSG looted most of its new ideas. 

And Sisko is a better Adama.

Although series 7 seems like a desperate attempt to give Nicole DeBeor (Ezri Dax) some status before the franchise climaxes, (I would've liked to see how she could've developed in an eighth series - sadly her character debuted too late) it still pulls some powerful punches - while the Ferengi seem to run out of ideas, it's the holograms that steal the limelight.

Silly, very silly at times, but like all nonsense it displays some powerful insights about the human condition.

Superb theatre.  :)
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: ChrisT on May 05, 2009, 09:12:57 pm
Just watched The Mist - mostly brilliant, but they all seemed to lose their minds a bit quicky. In real disasters, people hang on for days beneath the rubble in the hope of being found. Maybe there was a psychotropic element in The Mist...

I did wonder about that - the "collapse of society" was a bit sudden; they were in a supermarket, surrounded by food, so the "three meals from disaster" theory wouldn't held true.
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: Rolnikov on May 05, 2009, 09:52:59 pm
We watched The Transporter 3 - enjoyed the previous films, but this one was distressingly similar to Mr Bean's Holiday! None of it made a bit of sense. And what was the bit in the petrol station all about?  :o
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: ChrisT on May 06, 2009, 07:43:11 pm
We watched The Transporter 3 - enjoyed the previous films, but this one was distressingly similar to Mr Bean's Holiday!

Coming soon to a theatre near you...
Jason Statham is Mr Bean

in

Mr Bean Goes Ape-Shit

Certificate 18.
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: Rolnikov on July 04, 2009, 10:07:56 pm
Finally got to watch Death Race the night before last, and absolutely loved it. One of Stephen King's top ten films of last year. It's a terrible shame it didn't make it to the shortlist. Like seeing early 2000AD on screen...
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: Rolnikov on July 04, 2009, 10:13:07 pm
That reminded me, a week or two ago we watched The Orphanage to complete our set of BFA nominated films, and I posted my thoughts on them on the TTA forum, but not here... At the moment I'm leaning towards The Dark Knight...

Cloverfield - enjoyed parts of it very much, but a bit of a letdown. Far too derivative of Godzilla (the Emmerich one) and Half-Life 2. By the time Half-Life gets to the cinema it's going to look old-hat because the movies have been mining it relentlessly for ideas for the last few years...

The Orphanage - I thought this was on about the same level as something like the Amityville remake. It featured my least-favourite type of character in movies - a supposed rationalist who ignores the evidence (the Dad). A huge chunk of it was lifted straight from Poltergeist. I think it's often easy to overestimate how good films are when they're in a foreign language.

The Dark Knight - enjoyed it, could appreciate it was a well-made film, but didn't love it outright. Can't stand the batsuit or the batvoice. And it's only marginally eligible - strictly speaking it's a techno-thriller rather than a fantasy film.

The Mist - parts of this I loved more than any of the other films, the creatures, the mist, and so on, but the religious stuff was overdone and everyone went nuts too quickly. I did like the ending, though. I may change my mind and vote for this in the awards, especially if I get to see the black and white Director's Cut by then.

Iron Man - well made, and a good trip to the cinema, but there wasn't much to it.
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: CraigLockley on July 05, 2009, 12:23:55 am
Just watched JCVD. Who knew there were still original ideas out there?
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: Pigasus on July 05, 2009, 01:34:40 am
Just saw Martyrs... excellent gruelling horror!
 :o 
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: joshua rainbird on July 30, 2009, 10:03:22 am
Saw The Watchmen which I found surprising good. 
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: CraigLockley on July 30, 2009, 04:19:40 pm
Saw The Watchmen which I found surprising good. 

My 2-Disc Special Edition Pre-order just arrived from Play :-)
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: Martin Roberts on July 30, 2009, 08:05:41 pm
Good call on JCVD a remarkable film considering JC's usual fare ;D
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: Pigasus on July 30, 2009, 08:50:58 pm
Good call on JCVD a remarkable film considering JC's usual fare ;D

Agreed. That was a refreshing change of pace & style.
I liked his 'up-in-the-air' monologue...
Who'd have thought a Van Damme flick could mix comedy & tragedy so well?

Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: Peter Coleborn on August 05, 2009, 07:19:24 pm
I am in ignorance of this film (JCVD). More likely, I've ignored it because of Van Damme. But if it's that good...
I note it's under a fiver on Amazon. Might buy a copy...

To show how behind the times I am: watched V for Vendetta on BBC3 last weekend. I was rather impressed, especially as I expected rubbish. The mask made empathy with the V character impossible, but the metaphor was spot on.
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: allybird on August 06, 2009, 02:15:20 pm
I know some people didn't like V for Vendetta but I liked it too, Peter. I might watch it again soon.
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: Martin Roberts on August 06, 2009, 06:03:48 pm
I should be ashamed to admit this, but the last film I watched was Locusts, starring Lucy Lawless and that bland bloke out of the Blood Ties series... it just came on late one night on TV. ;D
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: D. J. R. Allkins on August 10, 2009, 09:14:05 pm
Saw 'Let the Right One In' this weekend.  Managed to be moving and frightening at the same time.  Lived up to the praise.
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: ChrisT on August 11, 2009, 04:21:25 pm
Moon. A very promising indication of directing talent from Duncan Jones. Great performance from Sam Rockwell, and loved the model-work - Derek Meddings' spirit lives on!  ;D
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: Martin Roberts on August 11, 2009, 07:05:11 pm
Re-watched Accion Mutante on DVD for the first time since it was released and enjoyed myself silly. ;D
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: Colin (Black Abyss) on August 12, 2009, 10:38:53 am
I got the Hammer Collection a while back and still working through that. 21 discs varying from the sublime to the ridiculous but all brimmed full of nostalgia ( not to mention heaving bosoms :o).
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: Martin Roberts on August 12, 2009, 06:32:39 pm
I've got the Hammer Collection - Helen got it for me as a Christmas gift -  so far I've managed to watch two movies! :(
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: Colin (Black Abyss) on August 14, 2009, 09:36:21 am
Just reached The Vengeance Of She...oh dear!!

There's some strange choices on here, some classics not on it and some poor substitutes like the Vengeance.
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: Peter Coleborn on August 14, 2009, 12:25:25 pm
Good call on JCVD a remarkable film considering JC's usual fare ;D

JCVD is on telly next week
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: Peter Coleborn on August 20, 2009, 12:01:47 pm
I watched JCVD last night on TV. It was amusing, yes, and very self referential. But after, I thought I could've spent the time being more productive. Glad I didn't buy the DVD.

Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: Andrew Hook on August 20, 2009, 04:32:12 pm
Watched "Let The Right One In" recently - thought it was ok with some nice touches, but the swimming pool ending was rather comical than horrific.

However, it knocked the socks off "The Happening" which I saw the other day. It's been a long while since I've seen such a badly scripted, poorly executed movie.

And tonight, "Diva". Gotta love the French!
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: Rolnikov on October 17, 2009, 11:58:24 pm
Been watching Mrs Theaker's birthday DVDs. Race to Witch Mountain was okay, but nothing spectacular. The kind of film I wouldn't bother writing a review of because I can't think of anything very interesting to say about it. And for some reason I thought the original was one of her favourite films as a kid, whereas in fact she never really liked it, so rather a dud present.

We'd hoped to follow it with The Day the Earth Stood Still to make it a double bill of alien visitor remakes, but she got poorly and had an early night, leaving me to finish God of War (the PS2 game).
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: Rolnikov on November 30, 2009, 06:26:02 pm
Crank 2 - fun but not as good as the first one.

The Boat That Rocked - alright but overlong and weighed down by a pointless POV character.
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: Andrew Hook on November 30, 2009, 08:54:12 pm
"The Baader-Meinhoff Complex" - excellent film about a very interesting part of history. Thoroughly thought-provoking.
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: ChrisT on December 01, 2009, 09:46:59 am
However, it knocked the socks off "The Happening" which I saw the other day. It's been a long while since I've seen such a badly scripted, poorly executed movie.

I'd go so far and call it fucking shit, but you're far more eloquent than me Andrew!
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: LouM on December 02, 2009, 08:10:54 pm
We watched "Moon" the other night: absolutely fantastic film. Very atmospheric, great writing and the models used for all the exterior shots are beautiful - it reminded me very strongly of "2001..", which I suppose was rather the point.

I'd been looking forward to this one for a while and it didn't disappoint at all - I really can't recommend it highly enough.
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: Leemanchee on February 17, 2010, 03:30:02 pm
I recently watched a DVD called 'The Killing Room'. The write up had huge potential.

Basically a group of people are locked into a room for a government experiment. Things turn ugly for the members and they are systematically picked off until only one remains.

Sounds good, but failed to go anywhere and the reasoning behind it all was good, but it never explored the god stuff. It also ended with a huh, moment, which is never a good thing.

At the cinema I was dragged to 'Valentine'. The new Hollywood celeb filled romance. It was bad, even by my girlfriends standards. She hated it too. Waste of rtime and pointless. I don't have anything good to say.
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: ElspethCooper on March 09, 2010, 09:10:09 pm
Quote from: LouM
We watched "Moon" the other night: absolutely fantastic film. Very atmospheric, great writing and the models used for all the exterior shots are beautiful - it reminded me very strongly of "2001..", which I suppose was rather the point.

I'd been looking forward to this one for a while and it didn't disappoint at all - I really can't recommend it highly enough.

Seconded.  Thoroughly enjoyed it.

Tonight's fare was "Defiance". Too long, and even Daniel Craig's baby blues couldn't make me forgive his wandering accent and so-so performance, but I did learn a bit about the German occupation of Belarus, so the two hours and ten minutes wasn't entirely wasted.
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: Rolnikov on April 18, 2010, 11:45:45 am
We bought a few months of Sky Player for the Xbox, which is really excellent, so we've watched a lot of movies lately.

Lesbian Vampire Killers was funnier than I expected.

Underworld 3 was pretty good fun, though I couldn't help laughing whenever I saw the castle guards. Who would choose to spend eternal life standing around in a corridor..? And I couldn't help adding Tony Blair dialogue to Michael Sheen's fight scenes. "You wanted weapons of mass destruction? I got 'em!"

The Final Destination - (we watched this on DVD) this series is the inverse of Star Trek - the even-numbered films are rubbish. This fourth instalment was ruined by the protagonist having visions of each death before it happened, meaning very little came as a surprise, and by 3D CGI effects that just looked lame on a 2D television.
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: David A. Riley on April 18, 2010, 12:57:36 pm
I watched the British gangster movie Rise of the Footsoldier the other night on DVD. Must be one of the most violent films ever and makes The Hostel look pretty tame by comparison, especially when it is supposed to be based (whatever that means in film terms) on a true story.

David
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: brendanconnell on April 18, 2010, 03:52:06 pm
I liked Rise of the Footsoldier. Violent, but I think a lot of it was more psychological. Saving Private Ryan for instance (which I hated) was probably more violent. Rise of the Footsoldier just made you feel every punch/brick bat etc.
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: Craig Herbertson on April 18, 2010, 07:56:34 pm
'To Let' the Spanish Horror film. Scared me senseless...
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: John Forth on April 25, 2010, 09:36:24 pm
I saw The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (although the original Swedish title, Men Who Hate Women, is more apt). I haven't read any of the novels, so I was going into it blind, but it was a wonderful, tough thriller. A really good, spooky central mystery, and some excellent barren landscapes. Well worth catching at the cinema.
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: Rolnikov on April 26, 2010, 07:16:46 am
I watched Stag Night last week for the BFS, but I wasn't all that impressed. Review here on the BFS website. (http://www.britishfantasysociety.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=628:stag-night&catid=15:film&Itemid=12)

Last night we watched Infestation, which was okay but nothing special. It was like an 80 minute version of a Stephen King mini-series. I'm not a huge fan of fantasy films that have a jokey tone without actually being funny, like this, Lake Placid, Slither, Eight Legged Freaks, etc. I enjoy them, but they never become my favourite films.
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: Craig Herbertson on April 29, 2010, 06:22:19 am
Red Cliff

Best film I've seen in ten years
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: Pigasus on April 29, 2010, 09:07:02 am
Red Cliff

Best film I've seen in ten years

Hope you saw the longer epic version, Craig.
Glad to hear someone else likes this film!
My review's at:
http://www.videovista.net/reviews/dec09/redclif.html
 
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: David A. Riley on April 29, 2010, 09:13:31 am
Not a horror film - though parts of it would fit in one with ease - I just watched Michael Caine's latest movie on DVD, Harry Brown. Stunning. Brilliant. One of his best films ever.

Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: Craig Herbertson on April 29, 2010, 11:52:54 am
'Red Cliff is a wholly astonishing triumph of world cinema, as we might expect from the most expensive Chinese film yet produced'


Well said Tony! Great review. I've liked Chinese films since Zu Warriors and I'd always considered the first two thirds of Zu Warriors to be unmatchable. Red Cliff however is a very rare jewel - I watched it with my brother who is an 'Aguirra Wrath of God' man and rather hard to please. When it ended after hours of silence we both simultaneously said 'perfect' which I believe it is.
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: Peter Coleborn on April 29, 2010, 01:49:30 pm
Not a horror film - though parts of it would fit in one with ease - I just watched Michael Caine's latest movie on DVD, Harry Brown. Stunning. Brilliant. One of his best films ever.

I gotta get that, too. I gather that Caine is back on tip top form.

Being well behind the times -- just watched the fourth Indiana Jones movie. Very silly in all corners and the weakest of the IJ series. Still, it was fun.
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: LouM on April 29, 2010, 02:35:28 pm
Finally got round to seeing "District 9" last night: what an interesting film. I wasn't sure whether it would live up to the hype, but as far as I was concerned it really did. One of the particularly clever things about it is that you can either buy into the social commentary or not: it doesn't feel forced - and after "Avatar", that's a huge relief! Think I'l be getting this one to add to our collection - I definitely want to see it again.
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: Rolnikov on April 29, 2010, 03:40:32 pm
I'm looking forward to seeing Red Cliff - I'm a big fan of the Dynasty Warriors games, based on the same novel, so I'm already very fond of the characters.
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: Steppedonwolf on April 30, 2010, 08:08:08 pm
I saw the Clash of the Titans remake.

I must say, I quite enjoyed it. A special place is reserved in my heart for the 1981 original - my parents took me to the cinema to see it as a birthday treat. That's how old I am.

The remake - well, I really liked the theme of men rebelling against the gods. A very modern theme, and for that reason perhaps ill-fitting for a tale of Greek myths. But it made the character of Perseus more interesting. Refusing the gifts of Big Daddy Zeus, determined to make it on his own...the 'reluctant hero' is a refreshing change from the watery 'Wow! Zeus is my old man? Great! Is my hair girly enough?' portrayal by Harry Hamlin.

Just a shame Sam Worthington was so wooden in it.

Effects - yes, really good, but suffers too much from this extra fast-paced, overly-jumpy editing that's in vogue at the moment. And the Medusa scene suffered because of it. It should've been a lot more slower paced to build up the fear, rather than an action set piece.

The giant scorpions were great, but seeing them tamed at the end of the scene and used as desert-crossing mounts ruined it for me.

And the 3-D is crap. Added as an afterthought, or cynical ploy to get more bums on seats.

Still, huge fun.
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: LouM on April 30, 2010, 08:23:07 pm
Sad to hear Sam Worthington's not too good in it: he was shaping up to be the beefcake of choice this summer (as far as I was concerned, anyway.) Boo.  :(

This was a 3D conversion, wasn't it? Purely, one assumes, based on Avatar's success at the cinema; cynical indeed. Was it just not very good as an effect, or did it actually detract from the film?
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: Steppedonwolf on April 30, 2010, 08:34:06 pm
Sad to hear Sam Worthington's not too good in it: he was shaping up to be the beefcake of choice this summer (as far as I was concerned, anyway.) Boo.  :(

This was a 3D conversion, wasn't it? Purely, one assumes, based on Avatar's success at the cinema; cynical indeed. Was it just not very good as an effect, or did it actually detract from the film?

Sam Worthington makes a good action hero, without a doubt. He was good in Avatar and Terminator: Salvation, but he just drifted through this.

I wouldn't say the 3-D detracted from the film as such, some parts did look pretty good. But as Avatar was my first ever 3-D film I expected COTT to have the same visual quality. I didn't know until afterwards that the 3-D was a conversion, I just thought the projectionist was pissed up. By the way, I've heard Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland has the same problem - loads of folk went in expecting the same breathtaking visual experience as Avatar, and came away disappointed.

Bandwagon, bandwagon. If Hollywood ain't careful, they're going to kill off the 3-D revolution.
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: David A. Riley on April 30, 2010, 10:49:06 pm
Just got back from watching Ironman 2.  Very good superhero film. Robert Downey Jnr was excellent as usual. As was Michael Rourke.

And worth sitting through the closing credits for the extra at the end.

David
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: Peter Coleborn on May 04, 2010, 07:21:20 pm
Finally got round to seeing "District 9" last night: what an interesting film. I wasn't sure whether it would live up to the hype, but as far as I was concerned it really did. One of the particularly clever things about it is that you can either buy into the social commentary or not: it doesn't feel forced - and after "Avatar", that's a huge relief! Think I'l be getting this one to add to our collection - I definitely want to see it again.

I watched it last night -- and was very impressed. The social commentary was obvious, of course (esp since it was set in South Africa, what with townships, etc). It was obvious that some kind of change would occur to the man when contaminated with the alien fluid. And it was a bit gung-ho at times. But overall, an intelliegnt SF movie. Will I feel the same of Avatar, once I get around to watching that?
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: John Forth on May 04, 2010, 09:13:41 pm

an intelliegnt SF movie. Will I feel the same of Avatar, once I get around to watching that?


Almost certainly not - Avatar's quite the opposite of an intelligent SF movie!

I went to see Iron Man 2 at the weekend, which I enjoyed a great deal. I'm not keen on the more introspective brand of superhero movie that's become increasingly prevalent in recent years, so it was great to see one which was just fun.
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: LouM on May 05, 2010, 08:10:10 am
Finally got round to seeing "District 9" last night: what an interesting film. I wasn't sure whether it would live up to the hype, but as far as I was concerned it really did. One of the particularly clever things about it is that you can either buy into the social commentary or not: it doesn't feel forced - and after "Avatar", that's a huge relief! Think I'l be getting this one to add to our collection - I definitely want to see it again.

I watched it last night -- and was very impressed. The social commentary was obvious, of course (esp since it was set in South Africa, what with townships, etc). It was obvious that some kind of change would occur to the man when contaminated with the alien fluid. And it was a bit gung-ho at times. But overall, an intelliegnt SF movie. Will I feel the same of Avatar, once I get around to watching that?


Having seen both, I'm going to go out on a limb and say... no.  ;D

Blomkamp's short, "Alive in Joburg" - which developed into D9 from is online here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iNReejO7Zu8 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iNReejO7Zu8), if you're interested. Worryingly, any of the interview pieces that don't specifically mention aliens are responses to questions asking how the interviewees feel about Zimbabwean & Nigerian refugees.
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: Peter Coleborn on May 07, 2010, 06:53:34 pm

an intelliegnt SF movie. Will I feel the same of Avatar, once I get around to watching that?


Almost certainly not - Avatar's quite the opposite of an intelligent SF movie!


I agree with your comment re Avatar
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: Pigasus on June 03, 2010, 03:56:47 pm
an intelliegnt SF movie. Will I feel the same of Avatar, once I get around to watching that?
Almost certainly not - Avatar's quite the opposite of an intelligent SF movie!
I agree with your comment re Avatar


Another critical bashing for Avatar... (rated 5/10 on VideoVista):
http://www.videovista.net/reviews/june10/avatarb.html

I saw Agents secrets (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0356336/), an international spy movie starring Vincent Cassel and Monica Bellucci, that's watchable but very uneven - it's tone shifts awkwardly between sombre 'George Smiley' drama and 'James Bond' action thriller, albeit filtered through French politics and cultural angst.

Got a couple of French crime thrillers to see this month, both films with odd numbers-in-titles:
L.627 (Bertrand Tavernier)
MR 73 (Olivier Marchal)
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: Rolnikov on June 03, 2010, 08:09:38 pm
Have you seen OSS 117? I enjoyed it enough to want to watch the sequel.
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: Craig Herbertson on June 04, 2010, 01:28:26 pm
Watched the Devils Backbone last night and looking forward to Pan's Labyrinth tonight - however, despite these being worthy and well made films  each night I sprawl on the couch and wish that I owned a huge digital screen and a copy of Starship Trooper.
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: Degsy on June 06, 2010, 12:05:35 am
I watched 'The Box' last night.

I haven't read the original Richard Matheson short story that it's based on but I do remember watching the Twilight Zone adaptation of it back in the day. Richard Kelly has expanded the original premise and taken it to some pretty far-out places in order to stretch it to a full-length feature. But nonetheless I really enjoyed it. Haunting, surreal, thought-provoking and downright weird.

If you 'got' Donnie Darko then it's definitely worth sticking this on your DVD list, otherwise it's probably going to be the cinematic equivalent of marmite for you. In my books it's easily good enough to redeem Kelly from the mess that was 'Southland Tales'.
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: David A. Riley on June 23, 2010, 09:07:29 am
Watched a DVD of The Girl Next Door last night. It was probably one of the most disturbing films I have ever watched. It was based on a novel by the American horror writer, Jack Ketchum, which was itself based on true events. It's the latter that most disturbs me. It's a sickeningly horrific account of a teenage girl's degradation, torture, rape and ultimately her death at the hands of her aunt, her sons and a group of local boys (and even some girls|) who the aunt seduces into being her accomplices. What perhaps disturbed me the most was the worrying suspicion that the film-makers sometimes veered dangerously close to voyeurism, though perhaps that was unavoidable given the subject matter. It's not a film I would care to watch twice.

One of the worst aspects was that the one sympathetic character, the film's narrator and one of the boy accomplices (albeit increasingly more unwilling) was so helpless much of the time to help the victim.

I have never seen a film like this before. It is true life horror that affected me far more than anything fictitious.

I doubt I will ever wish to read the book it's based on, though this probably does a disservice to Jack Ketchum, I don't know. It's certainly not a film you can watch and forget afterwards.
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: Mike Chinn on June 23, 2010, 12:34:14 pm
Once I've convinced myself I've done enough tweaking, cutting and downright slashing to the short I'm working on, I shall sit back tonight and enjoy FORBIDDEN PLANET - from the 50th anniversary DVD set.
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: Degsy on June 24, 2010, 11:13:21 pm
Just watched the 90th birthday tribute to Ray Harryhausen on Newsnight - what a star!

...and something to add to your Blu-ray wish list:

http://www.dreadcentral.com/news/37170/first-details-jason-and-argonauts-hitting-blu-ray

Degsy

Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: Craig Herbertson on June 25, 2010, 11:16:16 am
Just watched the 90th birthday tribute to Ray Harryhausen on Newsnight - what a star!

...and something to add to your Blu-ray wish list:

http://www.dreadcentral.com/news/37170/first-details-jason-and-argonauts-hitting-blu-ray

Degsy



How wonderful. I must immediately put this on my list of favourites. An absolute classic of a film. I must have fought a million imaginary skeletons after I saw that as a wee lad
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: Stephen Palmer on June 28, 2010, 04:07:49 pm
I watched 31 episodes of Shaun the Sheep over the weekend - does this count?
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: Stephen Palmer on July 12, 2010, 02:47:37 pm
Spirited Away and Ponyo - on a bit of a Ghibli kick at the moment...
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: David A. Riley on July 12, 2010, 03:10:29 pm
I watched The Lovely Bones on Saturday night. I enjoyed it, though I sometimes felt it steered very carefully clear from the full horror of the protagonist's murder, perhaps too much of which was left to the imagination. The acting, though, was excellent, particularly the serial killer, who was chillingly creepy. The scene in which the younger sister breaks in his house to find evidence of what he's done is genuinely tense, and I could feel myself fearing for her - which shows how much I had become involved in the story. The heavenly bits were okay, but for me a bit overly pretty in a CGI way and didn't really convery any sense of the spiritual to me. I hardly felt like she was really on the cusp of entering Heaven. Nor did I feel the other victims of the killer she met had gone through the trauma of rape and murder. Still, it was an effective piece of filmmaking and kept me gripped to the end. Not in the same league as The Others or Stir of Echoes, but a cut above the average.
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: Shaun Jeffrey on July 12, 2010, 05:45:12 pm
Predators. Not as good as I was hoping. It was more like the first film in theme, but the characters were a little wooden and didn't have much, well, character. And the story itself was a little simplistic and contained no surprises. The predators also took an age to arrive on the scene.
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: Rolnikov on July 12, 2010, 07:45:53 pm
I'd rather got my hopes up about Predators, but once the reviews started to come in I realised that they'd gone for Robert Rodriguez for just the same reason they previously went for Paul Anderson (much as I like both of them) - his ability to make money without spending much of it. I'm sure I'll enjoy it to some extent, though.
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: Shaun Jeffrey on July 12, 2010, 09:28:48 pm
I'd rather got my hopes up about Predators, but once the reviews started to come in I realised that they'd gone for Robert Rodriguez for just the same reason they previously went for Paul Anderson (much as I like both of them) - his ability to make money without spending much of it. I'm sure I'll enjoy it to some extent, though.

I'd got mine up too. Don't get me wrong, I did enjoy it as a popcorn film, and it was certainly better than film 2 and the godawful AVP, so still worth watching. Just wasn't as good as I was hoping.
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: David A. Riley on July 13, 2010, 08:54:57 am
I'd rather got my hopes up about Predators, but once the reviews started to come in I realised that they'd gone for Robert Rodriguez for just the same reason they previously went for Paul Anderson (much as I like both of them) - his ability to make money without spending much of it. I'm sure I'll enjoy it to some extent, though.

I'd got mine up too. Don't get me wrong, I did enjoy it as a popcorn film, and it was certainly better than film 2 and the godawful AVP, so still worth watching. Just wasn't as good as I was hoping.

I think, as with the AVP films, I'll probably wait till it comes out on DVD. I've seen too many disappointing films at the cinema this year already.
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: Greg James on July 13, 2010, 12:21:11 pm
SPOILERS BELOW

I think I preferred Predator 2 to Predators to be honest. One of my major problems was that I could predict the dialogue for almost every character. I know reviews have been keen on Adrien Brody playing against type but I didn't really see the benefit when he spouts every single cliched action hero line possible and takes the time state the baldly obvious as if the audience are a bunch of thickies 'They're flushing us out.' No, really, I wish they were flushing you away. The only character I rated was Laurence Fishburne's mentally-disturbed scavenger and he wasn't in it very long at all.

I also thought it was poor that there were major plot holes apparent from the beginning of the film. Why are the Predators dropping their prey onto the planet when they could just set them loose on the ground? This one stood out to me when they found one guy who'd gone splat because his parachute didn't open. If the Predators have, presumably, spent time picking out the very best, why then risk wasting them like that?

Another point that niggled at me was how they stated that the sun hadn't moved yet then completely failed to establish if the reserve was a planet, a dyson sphere, something else???

Oh, one last point and then I'll be quiet, the direction of the sword fight between the ninja and Predator was awful, I thought. I'm still not entirely sure why the ninja died. I saw the nasty nick on his back but I don't think the death blow was obvious.
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: Rolnikov on July 13, 2010, 02:52:40 pm
Last night, The Dinner Party, an Australian drama. My review's here: http://www.britishfantasysociety.org/index.php/submitted-reviews/15-film/795-the-dinner-party

Tonight it's The Storm Warriors, which looks very entertaining. I wasn't a huge fan of the first film, but this one is directed by the Pang brothers, who I think are brilliant. The Eye and The Eye Ten were excellent.
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: Pigasus on July 13, 2010, 05:56:04 pm
The Storm Warriors, which looks very entertaining. I wasn't a huge fan of the first film...

That one's on my DVD stack, and I'm looking forward to seeing it.
I liked the original Stormriders and its sequels, though...

Saw Renny Harlin's 12 Rounds, last night.
It's a fairly bog-standard US actioner, remixing bits of Die Hard and Speed, and other similiar blockbuster thrillers, but without any style or surprises of its own... so it's about as generic as popcorn 'action' cinema can get. 
 ::)
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: LouM on July 14, 2010, 08:24:09 am
Solomon Kane.

Once I'd got over the incredibly cross-making initial shot of a ship in 1600 with a Union Flag on the back (which, admittedly, didn't take me long...) I rather enjoyed it.

The pace is a bit up-and-down, and the plot's not exactly new & surprising, but it's quite fun (albeit fairly violent).

I'm curious what anyone who's read the stories or comics thinks of it?
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: Mike Chinn on July 14, 2010, 08:37:45 am
Solomon Kane.

Once I'd got over the incredibly cross-making initial shot of a ship in 1600 with a Union Flag on the back (which, admittedly, didn't take me long...) I rather enjoyed it.

The pace is a bit up-and-down, and the plot's not exactly new & surprising, but it's quite fun (albeit fairly violent).

I'm curious what anyone who's read the stories or comics thinks of it?

I'll probably watch it tonight - if so, I'll let you know.  ::)
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: John Forth on July 14, 2010, 02:00:37 pm
Like others above, I watched Predators over the weekend. Good, dumb fun. What I enjoyed about it was that it felt like a throwback to late 80s/early 90s action movies. Not especially CG-heavy, clear and crunchy action sequences, and happy to take a bit of time with its set-up. Not as good as the original - although Predator really should be seen at a 'certain age' in order to be truly appreciated - but probably on a par with Predator 2, and certainly a damn sight better than the AvP films.

It's probably the sequel Predator would have had earlier if the crossover hadn't dominated for the last decade or so.

One thing, though. Adrien Brody. I can't seem to take him seriously in anything he's in these days. I don't know if it was his ridiculous performances in The Village and Giallo, but he always feels a bit like he's taking the piss in his roles. It didn't detract from the film at all - god knows, it's stupid enough - but I worry that next time I see him in something serious, I'm just going to burst out laughing.
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: Rolnikov on July 14, 2010, 05:41:08 pm
The Storm Warriors was good, but not quite as good as the first few scenes made me think it would be. My review's up on the BFS website here: http://www.britishfantasysociety.org/index.php/submitted-reviews/15-film/796-the-storm-warriors

Trying to persuade Ranjna to take the children to watch Toy Story 3 at the weekend so that I can slope off to Inception...
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: Mike Chinn on July 15, 2010, 09:03:45 am
Solomon Kane.

Once I'd got over the incredibly cross-making initial shot of a ship in 1600 with a Union Flag on the back (which, admittedly, didn't take me long...) I rather enjoyed it.

The pace is a bit up-and-down, and the plot's not exactly new & surprising, but it's quite fun (albeit fairly violent).

I'm curious what anyone who's read the stories or comics thinks of it?

I'll probably watch it tonight - if so, I'll let you know.  ::)

Well - I did enjoy it, on its own terms. There's lots wrong with it (historically it's all over the place - when my wife came in towards the end, she thought I was watching Van Helsing  ::) - but then, so were the original short stories), and it does drag in places (odd for a film that's only 100 minutes long). My biggest problem with it is that this is not REH's Solomon Kane - it's the writers'/director's. At the end of the film we've only just reached the point where Howard started - not for him the interminable backstory and flashbacks. Kane was a grim, humourless (and self-righteous) Puritan who saw his mission in life was to destroy evil wherever he found it; Purefoy's tormented (and occasionally self-pitying character) is just plain wrong. And just because his name is Kane, do we need the father and older brother bit - far too obvious.

Having said that, the opening sequence with things popping out of mirrors to snatch victims WAS pure REH; as was Kane's ability to take on a dozen men and easily kill every one. It's just a shame the film makers thought it necessary to write a whole new story when there is plenty of source material. Solomon Kane might not be Howard's best creation - but he's obviously close kin to Conan. He deserves better.
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: Shaun Jeffrey on July 16, 2010, 08:16:27 am
The Road. I found it almost as bad as the book. It was rambling with no plot and no point to it. And having been raised in a post apocalyptic type world, the 'boy with no name' was the least savvy survivor I've ever seen and he wouldn't have lasted long in real life.
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: David A. Riley on July 16, 2010, 08:35:21 am
I have The Road on DVD, Shaun, but I doubt I'll ever be tempted to sit through it again. One of the least impressive post apocalyptic movies I have ever seen. I mean, how can you make something like that boring? That's a monumental achievement!

Never read the book, though.
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: Pigasus on July 16, 2010, 09:54:51 am
The Road. I found it almost as bad as the book.

Interesting, as it seems many that read the book liked the film/

One of the least impressive post apocalyptic movies I have ever seen. I mean, how can you make something like that boring?

Glad to hear it's not just me who found The Road film tedious viewing...
Book Of Eli is far more entertaining!
 8)
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: David A. Riley on July 16, 2010, 10:01:42 am
I watched the Book of Eli recently too. It was daft, but filled with plenty of action, and at least the main character knew what he was doing. A much better film than The Road. Though I still think Mad Max 2 holds its own as one of the best post apocalyptic films ever and beats either of these two.
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: Shaun Jeffrey on July 16, 2010, 01:32:55 pm
I watched the Book of Eli recently too. It was daft, but filled with plenty of action, and at least the main character knew what he was doing. A much better film than The Road. Though I still think Mad Max 2 holds its own as one of the best post apocalyptic films ever and beats either of these two.

Mad Max 2 is totally OTT. It's also my favourite film of all time. I've watched it so many times I can probably recount it word for word.  8)
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: Stephen Palmer on July 22, 2010, 11:03:52 am
Princess Mononoke
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: David A. Riley on July 26, 2010, 09:41:15 am
I finally got round to watching Solomon Kane on DVD this weekend. I must admit, having read the original Robert E. Howard stories years ago, I have been looking forward to this. I was disappointed to miss it when it first came out at the cinema.

Unfortunately, I must admit to feeling even more disappointed now I have watched it, more so as I had great hopes from James Purefoy as Kane. I was impressed by his earlier performance in the HBO series, Rome, where he played Mark Anthony.

What went wrong?

Was it the excessive use of CGI and over-egging of the supernatural menaces? That certainly was partially true. Film makers seem unable to make a judicious, moderate use of this and just have to go overboard with it. That definitely didn't help this film.

Was it the lack of humour? Again that didn't help. And I do wish today's film makers, when they're doing a horror film, would remember that sometimes a little use of humour in the right parts can add to a film. Hammer knew this at their peak.

Was it the fact, also, that the Kane of the original stories wasn't present as a fully fledged character until the end of the movie, the rest of it being an origin story, explaining how he became Kane? That could have had something to do with it too. How film makers do love their origins stories! Personally, I usually find them downright boring.

No, I wasn't all that impressed with this film. It was certainly better than the Conan movies, but that's not exactly saying a lot. And I don't wait with bated breath for the next Kane movie - if there ever is one.

Nor do a wait with bated breath for the next CGI fest - not because I don't like it as a special effects tool - it can be brilliant if used well - but because it so often isn't.

Anyway, at least there are still the original Robert E. Howard Kane stories.
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: Peter Coleborn on July 26, 2010, 04:45:50 pm
David -- pretty much summed up my overall impression of Kane. Actually, you are maybe too mild in your comments. I found it tedious throughout; not even the opening and closing shots (full of CGI) compensated for the tedium between them. The worst indictment is that I couldn't care any less on what happened to Kane. He was just too angst-ridden and dour and, as you say, had no lighter side. A bleak character in a bleak movie.

The countryside didn't seem like England to me -- and yes, it was no doubt filmed in Romania or somewhere (where? does anyone know?). And all those destroyed villages, ravaged by the evil guy's minions -- all except for one inn in one hamlet which just happened to be full of the 'good' guys. Ho hum.
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: David A. Riley on July 26, 2010, 05:00:54 pm
Oh, I think I was definitely being mild about my criticisms of it. It was like too many recent movies that have been tedious, humourless and poorly written (not to mention poorly acted). Thinking Clash of Titans, The Wolfman. They all have these grim, unrealistically angst-ridden characters. The Wolfman was worst, since he should have become angst-ridden after being cursed with lycanthropy. He was so morose beforehand I couldn't see any change in him!

Too grey, too much CGI and, for once, would they please do away with plots that centre around some father-son relationship!
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: David A. Riley on July 27, 2010, 10:02:13 am
I watched the new A-Team last night. Yet another flop in my view. Liam Neeson (one of the most boring actors ever apart from in Michael Collins) is no George Peppard. Too many over the top action scenes that are confusing or just don't make any sense, not enough humour (or what there is being misstimed and rubbish) and missing the entire point of the original series and what made it enjoyable.

A charmless mess of a remake.
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: benedictjjones on July 27, 2010, 12:51:26 pm
i watched the 3D version of 'my bloody valentine' at the weekend and quite enjoyed. it felt like a 'proper' film experience sitting with the curtains shut, 3D glasses over my regular ones and a big bowl of pop corn - plus seeing the missus leap off the sofa when the killer hurled a pickaxe at the screen was great fun.  not the most original film but i wasn't dissappointed by it at all.
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: Shaun Jeffrey on July 28, 2010, 12:37:35 am
The Crazies (remake). I quite enjoyed this one and it kept me entertained for the duration.
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: Rolnikov on July 28, 2010, 08:14:00 am
I saw the band My Bloody Valentine live in the nineties and they played so loud it felt like someone had driven a pickaxe into my ears...  :)

We watched Inglourious Basterds at the weekend, and though it was okay, I wish Tarantino had made the Dirty Dozen style film he'd promised for years. One long chat after another, and barely a glimpse of the Basterds themselves. It was more like Rope than The Dirty Dozen.
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: Shaun Jeffrey on July 28, 2010, 10:03:24 am
We watched Inglourious Basterds at the weekend, and though it was okay, I wish Tarantino had made the Dirty Dozen style film he'd promised for years. One long chat after another, and barely a glimpse of the Basterds themselves. It was more like Rope than The Dirty Dozen.

I suffered through about 20 or so minutes and then turned it off.
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: Pigasus on July 28, 2010, 12:05:57 pm
We watched Inglourious Basterds at the weekend, and though it was okay, I wish Tarantino had made the Dirty Dozen style film he'd promised for years. One long chat after another, and barely a glimpse of the Basterds themselves. It was more like Rope than The Dirty Dozen.

I suffered through about 20 or so minutes and then turned it off.

Curious film that...

VideoVista's young reviewer loved it -
http://www.videovista.net/reviews/dec09/inglobas.html

I thought it was deeply flawed -
http://pigasuspress.blogspot.com/2010/02/tarantino.html

Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: David A. Riley on July 30, 2010, 10:04:57 am
The Crazies (remake). I quite enjoyed this one and it kept me entertained for the duration.

Watched this on DVD  last night and really enjoyed it. One of the best zombie films I've seen in ages (zombies in the sense of 28 Days Later, not Night of the Living Dead.) Some excellent performances and a well written script. The most scary thing, of course, was the US Government. That's far more frightening than any blood-crazy zombie/maniac. I'll say no more as I could easily include spoilers. The best thing I can say is: don't miss it.

(http://www.lovefilm.com/lovefilm/images/products/8/136988-medium.jpg)
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: Craig Herbertson on July 31, 2010, 08:31:14 pm
I thought I'd got your recommendation David but I got Zombies instead. No idea what its like yet
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: Shaun Jeffrey on July 31, 2010, 10:08:46 pm
Clash of the Titans (2010). Enjoyable film as long as you don't expect something highbrow. Good effects - and my son really enjoyed it.
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: Pigasus on July 31, 2010, 11:42:49 pm
Clash of the Titans (2010). Enjoyable film as long as you don't expect something highbrow.

I thought COTT was great, and much better than that silly 'Percy Jackson' teen-flick.
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: David A. Riley on August 01, 2010, 10:20:04 am
This isn't one I've watched, it's one I wished I'd watched - or been able to watch, since unfortunately it doesn't really exist.  >:(

Picked this picture up off the internet.

(http://blogpress.w18.net/photos/10/05/01/s_779.jpg)

Wouldn't you just love to see what should happen next?
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: Jen on August 01, 2010, 01:40:33 pm

Wouldn't you just love to see what should happen next?

Oh goodness yes!  Carnage!   ;D
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: Peter Coleborn on August 01, 2010, 05:31:59 pm
It's been on the shelves for months and months -- Michael Caine in Jack the Ripper (it was given away free with a newspaper, forget which). I rather enjoyed it -- daft as it is. It was looong -- I think it was originally two TV programmes. Can anyone confirm? Thanks.

Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: Rolnikov on August 01, 2010, 11:05:46 pm
This isn't one I've watched, it's one I wished I'd watched - or been able to watch, since unfortunately it doesn't really exist.  >:(

Picked this picture up off the internet.

(http://blogpress.w18.net/photos/10/05/01/s_779.jpg)

Wouldn't you just love to see what should happen next?

A magical piggy-back ride through the forest, I should think. :)
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: Jen on August 02, 2010, 07:35:22 am
... and then Bella goes alll Buffy on both their asses.  And when she's cleaned the blood off... she hustles the neglected human kiddies and they follow the sparkle to the other vamp!pretenders! and have themselves a stake-fest.   :D

And then there is cake.

 :-*
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: Rolnikov on August 02, 2010, 08:46:15 am
And then there is cake.

 :-*


That would explain the Sticky Fingaz.  :D
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: David A. Riley on August 06, 2010, 09:08:41 am
Watched Zombieland, starring Woody Harrelson, on DVD tonight. I was a bit dubious about this as it was billed as America's answer to Shaun of the Dead, which is quite a challenge. In my view, though, it succeeded to a startling degree, even though Harrelson does seem to be getting uglier as he gets older - though at the same time he also seems to be getting more character - a long way on from his days in Cheers!

I liked the wacky humour of the running commentary from computer geek Jesse Eisenberg, who has his own set of rules for surviving in a world dominated by the living dead. Harrelson, on the other hand, is determined to kill as many zombies as he can in his search for the world's last Twinkies. Complete with a guest appearance by Bill Murray playing himself, and a pair of sisters who live off their wits and their ability to double cross and con anyone, this is a far cry from Dawn of the Dead, even though it does have its own fair share of gore!

It's quite a bit different to most other zombie films, but doesn't cheat on its premise even though it is a comedy and succeeds in making the end of the world look remarkably real.

(http://www.lovefilm.com/lovefilm/images/products/7/118867-large.jpg)
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: Raven Dane on August 07, 2010, 11:12:58 pm
Inception...fabulous!     And who would have thought the kid from Third Rock from the Sun would grow up to be such a cool action hero. I knew he could act...he was excellent in The Lookout. 
The film was the first bit of original plotting I've enjoyed for ages.  Off to see it again at the first opportunity :D
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: Degsy on August 08, 2010, 02:11:11 am
Just watched 'Moon' (very belatedly) on blu-ray.

Unpretentious references to to 2001, Solaris, Bladerunner etc, and full of old skool special-effects straight out of Space 1999.  Quite simply, one of the most thought-provoking and perfectly realised SF films I've seen in years.

(Especially when seen in close succession to Avatar!)
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: Pigasus on August 08, 2010, 04:36:42 pm
..Unpretentious references to to 2001, Solaris, Bladerunner etc...

Look out for similarly derivative-but-clever, Swiss film, CARGO...
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0381940/
http://www.videovista.net/reviews/aug10/cargodvd.html (7/10)
http://www.zone-sf.com/screenscene/cargodvd.html (****)
- simply the best-looking (with very striking visuals) SF dramas I've seen for years!
 :o 8) ;D
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: Craig Herbertson on August 09, 2010, 01:22:31 pm
Messiah of Evil from 1971. Superb lost classic in the mould of Carnival of Souls.
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: Paul Woodward on August 11, 2010, 10:10:55 pm
I saw Whiteout on Sunday.  Which is totally unseasonal but quite entertaining all the same. 8)
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: David A. Riley on August 29, 2010, 11:39:03 am
Just watched a DVD of the British zombie horror film Autumn, starring Dexter Fletcher and guest starring David Carradine.

This is a very gritty, slow-moving but, in many respects, more realistic development of the zombie trope. For the most part it only has a small cast of characters, and they behave in the kind of way in which I imagine most of us would react to that kind of catastrophic situation. I also like how the reanimated dead gradually become more motivated, more able to act, more violent and dangerous as their bodies decay. Like most zombie movies there isn't much of a glimmer of hope in it - just a bit, I suppose. The merest bit. And even that's a bit ambiguous. But what would you expect in a world reduced to a handful of the living and billions of the reanimated dead?

Anyway, that was my Sunday morning movie of the week.

(http://www.lovefilm.com/lovefilm/images/products/5/144485-large.jpg)
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Post by: Billy on September 05, 2010, 12:14:49 am
This isn't one I've watched, it's one I wished I'd watched - or been able to watch, since unfortunately it doesn't really exist.  >:(

Picked this picture up off the internet.

(http://blogpress.w18.net/photos/10/05/01/s_779.jpg)

Wouldn't you just love to see what should happen next?
Now that is just extracting the urine (http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-laughing013.gif) (http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys.php)
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Post by: Billy on September 05, 2010, 12:27:47 am
Just watched Daybreakers it was pretty good, surprised (http://www.smileyvault.com/albums/userpics/11079/thumbsup.gif) (http://www.smileyvault.com/)
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Post by: Jen on September 05, 2010, 07:09:15 pm
Just had the fun of watching the 1984 Dune for the first time. (The one with Sting.)  Good grief.  Could not stop giggling.  Was it supposed to be a comedy or was that just an unfortunate side effect?   ;D
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Post by: David A. Riley on September 14, 2010, 08:30:16 am
(http://images.play.com/covers/5408820x.jpg)

At last my long ordered copy of the DVD, Beyond the Rave, has arrived from Play.com. Of course I wanted this primarily because it was the first new Hammer film for 25 years. The big question is, just how much like a Hammer film is it?

That's a hard one to answer. It certainly wasn't a return to the familiar late Victorian era so favoured in many of Hammer's vampire and Frankenstein movies.On the other hand, Hammer was never worried about updating things either. i.e. Dracula AD 1972 and The Satanic Rites of Dracula, not to mention all their psychological thrillers, etc. In that sense, this modern day vampire film was certainly more effective than Dracula AD 1972. And it had a good, wide-ranging cast of character actors, from the squadie on his last day of freedom before being sent off to help the invasion of Iraq, the drug-dealing, thuggish gangsters, the 700-year old vampire who could be oddly charming one moment and a cold-blooded killer within as many seconds as it takes me to type this out, plus many others. I enjoyed it, especially the bonus episode where three of the vampires seek sanctuary overnight in a very odd boarding house. It certainly had touches of the dark humour I always associate with Hammer, while the violence was definitely graphic - and sometimes deliberately funny too - the two-fingered defiance of one of the gangsters in his dying moments was a stand out one for me.

I believe the new Hammer are making the English-language version of  Let the Right One In, renamed Let Me In. If they do it as well as they did this I would be more than satisfied.

Was it old Hammer? No. Too many years have passed for it to be that. But in any case the old Hammer was constantly evolving as censorship and public tastes - and tolerances - changed. Compare the late fifties Frankenstein and Dracula with Hammer's productions by the early seventies. If Hammer had not ceased film production, I could believe that Beyond the Rave would have been the kind of film they would have been bringing out today. So, yes, it could be Hammer to me. It was very British. It had humour. It had violence and blood. It had some extremely good character actors. Those are the things I always associate with Hammer. And this film had them all.

 The DVD has loads of extras which I haven't had time to look at yet, though I shall very soon.

Recommended for anyone who likes a truly bloody, very British vampire film.
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: Pigasus on September 14, 2010, 12:15:42 pm
Beyond the Rave... Recommended for anyone who likes a truly bloody, very British vampire film.

I thought it was complete rubbish.
 :(
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: David A. Riley on September 14, 2010, 12:20:30 pm
There you go. One man's meat...
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Post by: ChrisT on September 14, 2010, 04:22:11 pm
"Music from Pete Tong" is not the sort of thing which would make me want to see it.
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Post by: David A. Riley on September 14, 2010, 04:25:45 pm
Strangely, though that's not my kind of music at all, it works for me in this film, just as similar music in the first two Blade movies did. (I refuse to remember the third)
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: Shaun Jeffrey on September 14, 2010, 06:34:00 pm
South Korean film, A Tale of Two Sisters.

Following the death of their mother, sisters Su-mi and Su-yeon are sent to convalesce in a mental hospital. When they are released, they are greeted by their father and taken home. Once there, it becomes obvious that this isn't the wholesome family unit that the girls' new step mother wishes it was.

The film had it's moments, but I guessed the 'twist' very early on.
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Post by: Rolnikov on September 16, 2010, 08:13:55 am
I agree about Blade - the use of the New Order track in Blade's disco scene is brilliant. Watching it in the cinema, at full volume, it was as disorientating as a real nightclub would have been.

Scott Pilgrim vs The World. I won't review it for Prism, because I can't pretend to any sort of objectivity about it, but I thought it was wonderful. It felt like someone had spent millions of dollars making it just for me. I was welling up at the end out of sheer gratitude. And from watching the trailer I think it'll look even more spectacular on TV.

The Invention of Lying. A nice little Woody Allen-ish comedy. I can see why it didn't go down terribly well in the States, though.
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Post by: Shaun Jeffrey on September 17, 2010, 04:14:07 pm
Centurion. Lots of action and bloodshed, and nicely shot, but the story wasn't anything original.
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Post by: Shaun Jeffrey on September 18, 2010, 09:24:25 am
Sherlock Holmes. They certainly put a different spin on the story, but I felt the film started to drag a little towards the end. Some great effects though with shots of London Bridge being built etc.
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Post by: Pigasus on September 18, 2010, 01:33:42 pm
Sherlock Holmes... Some great effects though with shots of London Bridge being built etc.

Yes, that's what I thought. Quite spectacular, but plotting was uh... elementary.
If it's to be considered yet another 'franchise re-starter', then can't say that I'd really be looking forward to a sequel.
 :-\
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Post by: Shaun Jeffrey on September 19, 2010, 06:49:57 pm
Prince of Persia. Quite enjoyed this one and not a bad way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Plenty of action and stunning scenes.
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: che2000 on September 20, 2010, 02:43:04 am
I've just watched Valhalla Rising, a strange, violent, slow, poetic and enigmatic film with a compelling performance from Mads Mikkelsen in the central role (although he never utters a word). Probably best described as a Viking take on Aguirre, the Wrath of God, with a hefty dose of Heart of Darkness thrown in for good measure.

Maybe not to everyone's taste but I rather enjoyed it (I think).
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: Pigasus on September 20, 2010, 02:37:42 pm
..Valhalla Rising, a strange, violent, slow, poetic and enigmatic film...
Maybe not to everyone's taste but I rather enjoyed it

Glad to hear it wasn't just me that liked VR!
I reviewed it for Interzone #228, but was slightly disappointed that VideoVista's reviewer gave it only 7/10:
http://www.videovista.net/reviews/june10/valhalar.html

With it's basic plot of man-and-boy-on-wilderness-trek, I think VR is a much better film than dismal SF of The Road.
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Post by: che2000 on September 20, 2010, 04:04:50 pm
Valhalla Rising wasn't really served wll by its publicity, I reckon - the DVD cover made it look like some sort of 300 clone and anyone who approached it from that perspective might have got a bit of a shock. In some ways I though it was a dark ages companion piece to Jim Jarmusch's magnificent Dead Man, with that same deliberate elegance to its pacing, sudden and often rather shocking violence and an enigma at the heart of the whole film.

Infinitely preferable to The Road.
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Post by: joshua rainbird on September 20, 2010, 09:56:20 pm
Lebanon an Israeli film just released on DVD - four guys stuck in a tank during the Lebanese war - claustrophobic (except for the opening and closing credits every scene is shot from within the tank or shots through the periscope and hatch), horrific, reminded me of Alien and Millgram's experiment - the psychological pressure is huge -

- one of the best movies I've seen -
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Post by: Pigasus on September 20, 2010, 11:36:19 pm
Lebanon an Israeli film just released on DVD...

(http://i131.photobucket.com/albums/p311/PigasusPress/Lebanon.jpg)

I presume that DVD box artwork is misleading then..?
Or, are there really some big Russian helicopters in the film?
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Post by: joshua rainbird on September 26, 2010, 09:47:30 am
you can never trust a war movie DVD by its cover, Tony.   ;D

but don't let that minor disappointment discourage you, this is one cracking movie
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Post by: gemma75 on October 06, 2010, 07:43:38 pm
Just watched Paranormal Activity (respect to the cast and crew that they made a movie on such a small budget and I feel gutted for them that they ended up with such a small piece of the box office pie) was I alone in finding the only thing scary about the movie just how long they could make 82 mins feel?
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: LouM on October 07, 2010, 09:26:28 am
Prince of Persia. Quite enjoyed this one and not a bad way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Plenty of action and stunning scenes.

I just saw that, too. Fluff - but good, fun fluff. Very nice to look at (and I'm not just talking about the new, improved Jake Gyllenhall) and lots of good action. It reminded me in the best possible way of all those Saturday afternoon-type adventure movies I used to watch when I was growing up. Dastan was great - once I'd got over the shock of him sounding remarkably like Tim Roth!
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Post by: P.G.Bell on November 30, 2010, 10:46:13 pm
I re-watched Who Framed Roger Rabbit with my wife and a friend last night. It was the friend's choice, and I was in two minds at first (I was in more of a suspense/thriller mood) but I needn't have worried. Brilliant, from start to finish, even if the animation is starting to look a little dated in places.

It probably helped that I'm half way through Neal Gabler's biography of Walt Disney, which is a fascinating read for all sorts of reasons, but also details the pre and post-war booms of the animation industry. Checking all the characters and references was an added treat. And I hear the long-delayed sequel is finally moving forward. I'd be more excited if Zemeckis hadn't started churning out clunky mo-cap features like Polar Express. But who knows? This could be his comeback.
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Post by: Steppedonwolf on January 15, 2011, 05:34:55 pm
Lebanon an Israeli film just released on DVD - four guys stuck in a tank during the Lebanese war - claustrophobic (except for the opening and closing credits every scene is shot from within the tank or shots through the periscope and hatch), horrific, reminded me of Alien and Millgram's experiment - the psychological pressure is huge -

- one of the best movies I've seen -

Reminds me of The Beast, a 1988 flick about Russian tank crew trapped in an Afghan valley. That was on ITV4 last week, really enjoyable film.
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Post by: mightyjoeyoung on January 18, 2011, 01:57:17 pm
Last night's viewing was for the fifth time MAX PAYNE, which I still failed to sit through entirely. Something about it always pushes my pause button (Possibly Marky Mark Wahlberg punishing another script) and find something more interesting to do, such as watching SHOOT EM UP. The latter being a rapid fire actioner that fails to deliver serious plot and attention to the details of reality (and indeed physics), but is such a good laugh throughout that I will forgive it anything. The hero, a 'Mr Smith' (Clive Owen turning in an excellent tongue in cheek performance) gets caught up in a virtually seamless and endless array of stunts and gunplay whilst attempting to save a pregnant woman from a bunch of cartoonish villains headed by 'Hertz' (The ever reliable and deliciously vicious Paul Giamatti).

For me it delivered a huge slab of slapstick escapism. Well worth watching.
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Post by: mightyjoeyoung on January 22, 2011, 10:40:13 am
Watched '300'. A mish-mash of history, legend and fantasy. The basis of it was sound enough with the Spartan 300, although massively outnumbered, challenging the Persian Army. Where it lost me was with the inclusion of mutant warriors. I think it went from being a potentially good if brutal film to being just another over-the-top graphic novel adaptation. All in all a stylish blood and testosterone filled sword and sandals extravaganza with plenty for grunting males to enjoy and loads of washboard abs for the girls to drool over.

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Post by: Pigasus on January 22, 2011, 10:55:21 am
(http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/hs025.snc6/165507_10150126927740242_722855241_7718620_5042996_n.jpg)

You've seen films set in a lift or a phone box... here's one shot entirely inside a coffin. Surprisingly, it's a real white-knuckle chiller, despite the 'buried alive' plot being so commonplace. See it on DVD or blu-ray from mid-February.

See my review in the next issue of Black Static magazine.
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: mightyjoeyoung on January 22, 2011, 11:37:50 am
Maybe we could have a discussion about actors we'd like to see in a coffin.

I can start the ball rolling with ANY of the Wayans brothers, but they would have to make room for Tom Cruise.
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Post by: Pigasus on January 22, 2011, 12:55:49 pm
Maybe we could have a discussion about actors we'd like to see in a coffin.

I can start the ball rolling with ANY of the Wayans brothers, but they would have to make room for Tom Cruise.

Tom can easily stand-up in the corner.
 ;)
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Post by: mightyjoeyoung on January 22, 2011, 01:16:15 pm
Bury the smug bastard in a matchbox ;)
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: Shaun Jeffrey on January 23, 2011, 09:04:35 am
The French film, Micmacs. It's a very strange film about a man whose life has been ruined by weapons of war. When a stray bullet from a shootout ends up in his skull, he is left on the verge of death. Upon losing his job and his home, he comes across a strange band of junkyard dealers, with whom he comes up with an intricate and original plan to take revenge on the two big weapons manufacturers responsible for the predicament he finds himself in. 6/10

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Post by: mightyjoeyoung on January 23, 2011, 09:40:08 am
Micmacs sounds good, is it subtitled, dubbed or made in English?
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Post by: Pigasus on January 23, 2011, 01:25:31 pm
Micmacs is subtitled
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1149361/
It's a lot more whimsical & witty than Shaun describes it, though, and good fun overall if you liked the director's other films.
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Post by: mightyjoeyoung on January 23, 2011, 01:44:30 pm
Cool, I'll keep an eye out for it, thank you ;)
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Post by: Shaun Jeffrey on January 23, 2011, 09:25:03 pm
Micmacs is subtitled
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1149361/
It's a lot more whimsical & witty than Shaun describes it, though, and good fun overall if you liked the director's other films.


It has its moments, but the few chuckles didn't make it something I would want to watch again. But each to their own. Obviously other people will enjoy it more, and some will hate it.
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: mightyjoeyoung on January 25, 2011, 01:40:06 pm
Last Night I watched 'I am Legend'.

It made me wish I had never read the original story.

I think some projects will work no matter who is starring in them because the story will keep your butt on the seat. The film was ok, watchable, but nothing I'd rave about or even recommend to someone else. Some stories would be better served by sticking to the original story closely and not giving them a modern spin.

This is one such story.
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: Pigasus on January 25, 2011, 04:35:47 pm
Last Night I watched 'I am Legend'.
It made me wish I had never read the original story...

Even that old Vincent Price version is a better film, overall, than the Will Smith vehicle...
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0058700/
I've never read Matheson's original, so have no clear idea if that Italian made movie is a more faithful adaptation.

Got a few new films (like NINJA) on DVD lined up for watching this week, but am now finishing sci-fi TV series, The Deep...
http://www.zone-sf.com/screenscene/deeptv1.html
- which is not too bad, though quite derivative of Abyss, Bond films with submarines, and Kathryn Bigelow's Widowmaker
http://www.videovista.net/reviews/oct03/k19widowm.html
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Post by: mightyjoeyoung on January 26, 2011, 05:52:13 am
Quote
Even that old Vincent Price version is a better film, overall, than the Will Smith vehicle...

Wouldn't be difficult to beat the Smith version  ;D

Warning: Rant approaching.

Although the acting in some parts was up to scratch, I think it pandered to audience expectations far too much with the attempted shock of things popping out at us. One snarling creature doing that is fine, but repeatedly? The bit where Smith stabs himself in the leg was somewhat reminiscent of Peter Griffin in Family Guy, a little too long on the ground, grunting in pain. My best friend is a Grannie in her late sixties, she smashed her ankle so bad her foot was only held on by meat and required pins and plates to fix it. I was there when she broke it, and SHE didn't make the kind of fuss that Smith did in that film. Dragging himself backwards, gingerly, groaning all of the way. For God's sake Smith, grow a pair!

Rant concluded.
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: Craig Herbertson on February 16, 2011, 09:03:59 am
Just had the fun of watching the 1984 Dune for the first time. (The one with Sting.)  Good grief.  Could not stop giggling.  Was it supposed to be a comedy or was that just an unfortunate side effect?   ;D

Unfortunate side effect. It was a long awaited movie and an immense disappointment at the time. For me the main problem was the casting of Paul - That kind of hero requires a certain haunted charisma. I actually though Sting played his part well. A second and more pressing problem I believe was that it was a crap film....
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Post by: Mike Chinn on February 16, 2011, 11:54:37 am
Just had the fun of watching the 1984 Dune for the first time. (The one with Sting.)  Good grief.  Could not stop giggling.  Was it supposed to be a comedy or was that just an unfortunate side effect?   ;D

Unfortunate side effect. It was a long awaited movie and an immense disappointment at the time. For me the main problem was the casting of Paul - That kind of hero requires a certain haunted charisma. I actually though Sting played his part well. A second and more pressing problem I believe was that it was a crap film....

Have you seen the TV mini series? Much better adaptation - though the baffling variety of accents is weird (and occasionally hilarious). Children of Dune also okay - though not so good (has a young, unknown, James McAvoy as Leto).
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: Craig Herbertson on February 17, 2011, 01:37:05 am
Just had the fun of watching the 1984 Dune for the first time. (The one with Sting.)  Good grief.  Could not stop giggling.  Was it supposed to be a comedy or was that just an unfortunate side effect?   ;D

Unfortunate side effect. It was a long awaited movie and an immense disappointment at the time. For me the main problem was the casting of Paul - That kind of hero requires a certain haunted charisma. I actually though Sting played his part well. A second and more pressing problem I believe was that it was a crap film....

Have you seen the TV mini series? Much better adaptation - though the baffling variety of accents is weird (and occasionally hilarious). Children of Dune also okay - though not so good (has a young, unknown, James McAvoy as Leto).

Not see it Mike. - thought it was tremendous book. Just read it again recently. Groundbreaking stuff.
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: Colin (Black Abyss) on February 18, 2011, 08:32:51 pm
Just re-watched Jabberwocky. Considering the cast and Gilliam's excellent cinematography it's surprisingly dull and not at all funny. Strange that I had fond distant memories of it but it's definitely showing its age (or maybe that's just me).
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: Rolnikov on February 20, 2011, 11:16:34 am
Last night watched The A-Team, which had some great moments, many involving a flying tank. Shame it doesn't look like there'll be a sequel.
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Post by: mightyjoeyoung on February 20, 2011, 11:32:35 am
I avoided the A-team for ages, largely because I don't rate Liam Neeson much, and I believe in the saying 'If it ain't broke, don't fix it'. Eventually I borrowed the DVD, and have to admit that it was generally not bad at all. Neeson was strictly by the numbers as Hannibal, Quinton Jackson made a fair job of B.A. Baracus and gave some highly comic moments explaining why he hates flying. Bradley Cooper was a believably charming and arrogant Faceman, but for me they all fell way behind the Hilarious Sharlto Copley.

Murdock was always my favourite character, and because Dwight Schultz was so funny I was expecting a hatchet job with his replacement, only to be left laughing out loud at Copley's excellent portrayal.

Action-wise it had everything you would expect, as well as a few things that you wouldn't. Altogether very entertaining and something I would watch again.
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Post by: Rolnikov on February 20, 2011, 11:37:53 am
I agree - it could have done with a showier Hannibal. Someone like Kurt Russell, maybe.
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Post by: David A. Riley on February 20, 2011, 11:43:21 am
I agree - it could have done with a showier Hannibal. Someone like Kurt Russell, maybe.

My feelings exactly. Liam Neeson was quite boring as Hannibal - he does tend to be a boring, rather dull actor. Kurt Russell would have been far better. The only part I actually liked Neeson in was Michael Collins. Hell, in Star Wars he was even duller than Ewan McGregor.

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Post by: mightyjoeyoung on February 20, 2011, 01:23:25 pm
Kurt Russell would have been an excellent choice. He has enough action and humour about him ;)
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: Rolnikov on February 24, 2011, 07:15:46 pm
Watched Shock Labyrinth 3D to review for the BFS. Looked like a red and green blur to me, but I'll give it a try on another TV before writing the review.
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Post by: Pigasus on February 24, 2011, 11:46:15 pm
Watched Shock Labyrinth 3D to review for the BFS. Looked like a red and green blur to me, but I'll give it a try on another TV before writing the review.

I quite liked it. Lots of nifty surreal flourishes... but I only saw 2D version.
 8)
7/10 - see my review in the latest Interzone.
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Post by: Peter Coleborn on February 25, 2011, 05:45:22 pm
Well, I watched a film based on a Noel Coward play -- but I've forgotten the title. It starred Colin Firth and Kristin Scott Thomas.
Very amusing bit when the dog was crushed to death :-)
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Post by: mightyjoeyoung on February 27, 2011, 12:05:33 pm
Easy Virtue?
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: Shaun Jeffrey on February 27, 2011, 05:04:13 pm
The Hole - A pair of brothers stumble upon a mysterious hole in their basement that leads to the darkest corridors of their fears and nightmares.

Enjoyed this one. It's an old-fashioned horror yarn for young teens or adults who can remember that far back. No gore, no nudity, and a few mild scares. 8/10
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Post by: Pigasus on February 27, 2011, 09:59:48 pm
(http://i131.photobucket.com/albums/p311/PigasusPress/dororo.jpg)

Dororo (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0780503/) is Frankenstein + Pinocchio meets TV fantasy series Monkey... with cheap & cheerful monster effects, samurai comedy, and a quest for 'stolen' body parts.

It's a dark fairytale of quirky horrors that eventually reaches a rather poignant, distinctly Japanese, conclusion... but there's a lot of good fun to be had along the way!
 ;D 
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Post by: Craig Herbertson on February 28, 2011, 09:36:31 am
(http://i131.photobucket.com/albums/p311/PigasusPress/dororo.jpg)

Dororo (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0780503/) is Frankenstein + Pinocchio meets TV fantasy series Monkey... with cheap & cheerful monster effects, samurai comedy, and a quest for 'stolen' body parts.

It's a dark fairytale of quirky horrors that eventually reaches a rather poignant, distinctly Japanese, conclusion... but there's a lot of good fun to be had along the way!
 ;D 

Looks rather good to me.
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: Rolnikov on March 27, 2011, 05:26:40 pm
Watched Iron Man 2 yesterday, which I enjoyed, perhaps even a bit more than the first. Loved the use of Daft Punk's Robot Rock during the Iron Man/War Machine dust-up.

Then went on to SyFy's The Lost Future, a low budget oddity which could almost work as a sequel to I Am Legend. A giant sloth was pretty cool, and though it was odd to see Sean Bean in it, he was taking it quite seriously. The most memorable thing was perhaps how neatly trimmed everyone's beards were...
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: Billy on March 27, 2011, 11:33:09 pm
I watched Tangled in 3D very good the horse cracked me up, the best Disney film in years. ;D
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Post by: Shemjaza on March 31, 2011, 01:23:52 pm
Last movie I saw was on Sci Fi channel with dear old Beanie...The Lost Future. I was pleasantly surprised, although Bean is a very good actor and fits the fantasy genre very well.  I'm not sure whether it was a low budget production, but they certainly made very good use of what they had for locations and in places it was very atmospheric, especially the library with the books torn and littering the place.  I like that they didn't go into long involved explanations of how the infection involved but concentrated more on getting the cure, although I swear I saw poor Sean wince a little when he said the words 'yellow powder'. I'm sure they could have come up with a better name for the cure even if they had gone back to neolithic times!

All in all a very good watch. I just kept wondering what they could have done with it had the budget been bigger.
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: Shaun Jeffrey on April 01, 2011, 09:54:30 pm
Monsters. Not an action film but more a character study 7.5/10: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1470827/ (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1470827/)
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Post by: jim mcleod on April 02, 2011, 07:02:00 am
Moon
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: Peter Coleborn on April 02, 2011, 08:05:15 am
Easy Virtue?

Yup, that's the one. Watched another Firth movie recently: Genova. God, I almost died of boredom. I only watched it to the end because it's supposed to be a ghost story. It's all about catholic guilt (so I suppose it is a ghost story, after all)
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: Rolnikov on April 17, 2011, 06:53:03 pm
Watched The Expendables last night. It was fun, but barely distinguishable from The A-Team or The Losers. Educational, though - I found out what a cauliflower ear is.
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Post by: jim mcleod on April 18, 2011, 09:24:39 am
I watched that last night as well.  A great advert for the perils of plastic surgery
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Post by: Rolnikov on April 26, 2011, 07:51:10 am
True! Have you seen the new V? There's a guy in that who looks like a young version of Plastic Surgery Stallone - quite bizarre!

Watched Thor yesterday. Loved it up until the bit where it said "A film by Kenneth Branagh". Much as I love Branagh, that's a scuzzy credit when you didn't write the film, even more so when someone else shot the action...

Much better in that regard was Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, a lovely, joyous film with a whipsmart script, which began with "A film by... lots of people". Let's have that on every film.
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Post by: FictionFanX on May 01, 2011, 03:55:33 pm
THE INSECT WOMAN (Shôhei Imamura, Japan 1963)
THE PORNOGRAPHERS (Shôhei Imamura, Japan 1966)
DUELLE (Jacqes Rivette, France 1976)
NOROIT (Jacques Rivette, France 1976)

While Rivette was one of the forefront figures of the French New Wave cinema that emerged in the 1960s, Imamura was one of the most significant and experimental filmmakers of the 1960s Japanese New Wave movement.
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Post by: jim mcleod on May 01, 2011, 04:20:13 pm
True! Have you seen the new V? There's a guy in that who looks like a young version of Plastic Surgery Stallone - quite bizarre!

Watched Thor yesterday. Loved it up until the bit where it said "A film by Kenneth Branagh". Much as I love Branagh, that's a scuzzy credit when you didn't write the film, even more so when someone else shot the action...

Much better in that regard was Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, a lovely, joyous film with a whipsmart script, which began with "A film by... lots of people". Let's have that on every film.

Never gotten into the new V.

I liked Cloudy
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Post by: Craig Herbertson on May 04, 2011, 12:54:30 pm
THE INSECT WOMAN (Shôhei Imamura, Japan 1963)
THE PORNOGRAPHERS (Shôhei Imamura, Japan 1966)
DUELLE (Jacqes Rivette, France 1976)
NOROIT (Jacques Rivette, France 1976)

While Rivette was one of the forefront figures of the French New Wave cinema that emerged in the 1960s, Imamura was one of the most significant and experimental filmmakers of the 1960s Japanese New Wave movement.
+

What do you reckon to Woo?
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Post by: Rolnikov on May 21, 2011, 12:02:48 pm
Watched the remake of The Crazies last night. Haven't seen the original, so I can't compare them, but I didn't think this was much good. The lead characters behaved so stupidly, as if they didn't have a care in the world. Had they not seen Zombieland?  :D
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Post by: Rolnikov on May 29, 2011, 07:44:56 pm
We watched Jennifer's Body on Friday - it relied really heavily on the viewer really fancying Megan Fox, and I don't, so it didn't do a lot for me. I think maybe it needed a more cynical director, one ready to hit us with some cheesy, manipulative shocks.

And yesterday we watched (500) Days of Summer, which I liked, although it was basically Annie Hall without the jokes.
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Post by: Paul Woodward on May 30, 2011, 11:43:52 am
Last night I saw Pirates of the Caribbean part 2. I had seen it before and I still enjoyed it. I like the way the ship comes up out of the sea and the crew are riddled with barnacles.
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Post by: Craig Herbertson on May 30, 2011, 05:32:02 pm
Last night I saw Pirates of the Caribbean part 2. I had seen it before and I still enjoyed it. I like the way the ship comes up out of the sea and the crew are riddled with barnacles.

2 is very good. Thoroughly enjoyable
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Post by: Rolnikov on June 01, 2011, 11:48:32 am
I remember watching the third Pirates film at the cinema and being annoyed about someone whispering all the way through - only at the end (during a quiet bit) realising it was the audio description soundtrack, barely audible but playing through the main speakers all the way through the film!

Was dragged to watch the fourth one on Bank Holiday Monday and was profoundly miserable. I don't like these films at all but I've now seen three of them at the cinema - I've only myself to blame if they make another. The supernatural elements aren't too bad, but I'm not a fan of pirates.

More cheerfully, working late last night I found myself in a quiet moment drawn to Amazon, and ordered US DVDs of lots of Godzilla films that I don't think have ever had a UK release: Godzilla vs Space Godzilla, Godzilla vs Destroyah, Godzilla 2000, Godzilla Mothra Ghidorah Giant Monsters All Out Attack (which is either the worst or the best film title ever) and Godzilla: Final Wars. Should be some good viewing there. Final Wars is the only one I've seen before, but it was worth buying so that the kids could watch Baby Godzilla riding in a truck...
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Post by: David A. Riley on June 01, 2011, 12:59:11 pm
Only watched one Godzilla movie (not counting the more recent American remake), and that was the original in black and white. I got a free DVD of it from some national newspaper or other.

I must say I was surprised at just how good this was - even to the apocalyptic "death" of Godzilla.

Then again, I love old black and white movies and that probably helped.
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Post by: Rolnikov on June 01, 2011, 09:38:19 pm
I've never actually seen the original version of Godzilla, just the mangled US version, but I think I've got the free DVD you mention knocking around too. Will have to dig that out.

I was prompted to go looking for new ones by the excellent Godzilla / Ebirah / Mothra battle in - weirdly enough! - the first episode of Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle. My favourites in the series are Invasion of the Astro Monster, Destroy All Monsters and the remake of Godzilla v Mothra. I like the bright colours, the cheesiness, the sci-fi stuff, the continuity.
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Post by: joshua rainbird on June 05, 2011, 10:13:56 pm
Assault on the Pacific: Kamikaze  which was unexpectedly revisionist and sentimental  -  well worth a butchers 

and Tokyo Gore School  which was great fun
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Post by: David A. Riley on June 06, 2011, 11:37:25 am
This should go under what was the last movie you tried to watch.

Recently bought a DVD called Colin, a British zombie movie shot from the pertspective of a zombie. Sounds an interestingly different premise, but it was one of the most boring films I have ever tried to watch. Virtually no dialogue, virtually no back story and virtually nothing of interest. What the film makers seem to have forgotten is that in a zombie movie it isn't really the zombies that are interesting, but the reactions, fates and stories of the suirviving humans. In itself a George Romero-type zombie is possibly one of the most boring horror icons. By its very nature it is virtually unique in having no personality. It's either cannon fodder or a mindless menace. So the only thing that was left, so far as I could see, that was even partially interesting was the premise itself. The result, most definitely, was not.

Halfway though I had to give up on this film.
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Post by: Pigasus on June 07, 2011, 10:34:44 pm
..Colin, a British zombie movie shot from the pertspective of a zombie... one of the most boring films I have ever tried to watch.

I haven't seen that one, and avoided it, actually, because its premise sounded boring...
On the other hand, there's horror comedy Wasting Away (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1027762/), which is quite good fun!
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Post by: Craig Herbertson on June 11, 2011, 10:55:21 pm
This should go under what was the last movie you tried to watch.

Recently bought a DVD called Colin, a British zombie movie shot from the pertspective of a zombie. Sounds an interestingly different premise, but it was one of the most boring films I have ever tried to watch. Virtually no dialogue, virtually no back story and virtually nothing of interest. What the film makers seem to have forgotten is that in a zombie movie it isn't really the zombies that are interesting, but the reactions, fates and stories of the suirviving humans. In itself a George Romero-type zombie is possibly one of the most boring horror icons. By its very nature it is virtually unique in having no personality. It's either cannon fodder or a mindless menace. So the only thing that was left, so far as I could see, that was even partially interesting was the premise itself. The result, most definitely, was not.

Halfway though I had to give up on this film.

Sounds dreadful, David.

I just watched Throne of Blood, Kirosawa's remake of Macbeth - fantastic film - very scary ghost and made tremendously funny by some appaling subtitles. For example,when the forest is moving towards the castle, a moment of superb dramtic tension the dialogue goes somethig like 'move can't hand of bush' which I think meant 'the trees of the forest can't move.' Great movie all the same
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Post by: Rolnikov on October 15, 2011, 11:09:03 am
We had a double bill of films about France at the cinema last night, thanks to some kindly babysitters.

Midnight in Paris - I've liked all of Woody Allen's recent films - Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Match Point, Scoop, etc - so I didn't see this as a big comeback, but it was very lovely. If it's true that the British Fantasy Award for best film has been abolished, that's a huge shame, because this would have made a fantastic nominee next year.

The Three Musketeers - a bit more faithful to the novel than you might expect - despite the airships! Orlando Bloom's Terry-Thomas approach to his role was a brave choice, to put it mildly, but I liked it. A very silly film. Can't wait for the sequel.
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Post by: mightyjoeyoung on October 21, 2011, 08:46:55 am
Last night I rented Green Lantern. It was better than I expected, but not by much. I like Ryan Reynolds, he usually brings a much needed humour to otherwise drab films, but in this one he appeared to have had a charisma bypass. The special effects were all very pretty, but somehow the bland script dragged and it all seemed rather pointless. I won't be in a hurry to see the inevitable sequel.

I then followed that with 'Stake Land' which is a sort of 'coming of age'/road movie/vampire film. Reasonably good considering the cast of virtual unknowns. The only person I recognized was Danielle Harris, but in the credits I found that Kelly McGillis was in there as well, although time doesn't appear to have been good to her. The film wasn't a big-budget special-effects bonanza of exploding Vampires, but more a trek across a ruined America heading for the safety of Canada. Think 28 Days Later but with Vampires and you're most of the way there.
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Post by: Ray on October 21, 2011, 01:28:32 pm
^ except with some terrible dialogue
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Post by: mightyjoeyoung on October 21, 2011, 01:39:44 pm
Sometimes terrible dialogue is half the charm though.
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Post by: joshua rainbird on October 21, 2011, 10:53:15 pm
captain alatriste - the spanish musketeer starring viggo mortenson (who I think did some did some pixie thing a few years back)

anyways - if you like historical drama cum swordplay stuff with Spanish subtitles, watch this - I thoroughly enjoyed it and plan to watch it again sometime soon. the plot is a bit of a nestorial twisty buddy-bonder and the battle scenes are very enjoyable - which make it all a bit Victor Hugo in the storytelling - the final shots are outstanding with pathos and allude [ironically] to epic westerns - highly entertaining for a variety of reasons - it's a gem
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Post by: Rolnikov on October 22, 2011, 08:35:28 am
I like the sound of that - just added it to my Lovefilm list.
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Post by: jim mcleod on October 23, 2011, 07:48:28 pm
Priest, surprisingly a lot better than I thought it would be.  |Reminded me a lot of The Searchers
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Post by: Pigasus on October 24, 2011, 07:13:19 pm
captain alatriste - the spanish musketeer starring viggo mortenson...
- highly entertaining for a variety of reasons - it's a gem

I like the sound of that - just added it to my Lovefilm list.

Just added to my LF list, too.
Not heard of the film before, so thanks for mentioning it.
Can't be worse than Hyams' Musketeer, right?
One of my favourites on this subject is Tavernier's mid-1990s film D'Artagnan's Daughter (with Sophie Marceau).
   
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Post by: Rolnikov on October 24, 2011, 08:01:00 pm
Now you mention it, I remember that I loved D'Artagnan's Daughter. I knew I'd seen a French version at some point.

Watched The Adventures of Tintin today, which was very good - surprisingly given the vitriol aimed its way from some quarters (the Spielberg raped my childhood stuff that was in the Guardian, for example). The children loved it.
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Post by: joshua rainbird on October 24, 2011, 09:37:42 pm
saw an oldie B&W last night - against the wind - essentially a war film about the resistance in Belgium I seem to remember, anyway great cast including the stalwart James Robertson Justice (amazing timbre to that man's voice) and a very young Gordon Jackson.  All the way through I couldn't help thinking this is a Bond movie without the playboy veneer - which made it rather fun especially when they showed the dirty tricks department - a shabby Q branch if ever there was one.  The only let down was the ending which was a tad anti-climatic.   :)
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Post by: Pigasus on October 26, 2011, 02:25:51 am
Caught up with third Narnia film, Dawn Treader... and liked the monstrous sea serpent, but not much else really stood out from a standard quest adventure. Efficient direction by Michael Apted, though it's nothing special if compared to Asian swordplay fantasy movies.
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Post by: joshua rainbird on October 26, 2011, 04:36:41 am
Dambusters which uses the N word a bit too often for my liking.   :-\

And 20k leagues under the sea which isn't a patch on the book despite having James Mason and Kirk Douglas hamming it up throughout.  Puree of baby octopus ?  For goodness sake ...
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Post by: mightyjoeyoung on October 26, 2011, 07:21:14 am
  Puree of baby octopus ?  For goodness sake ...

Isn't that a starter in a Tepanyaki restaurant?
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Post by: joshua rainbird on October 26, 2011, 01:53:59 pm
Nemo served it as a dessert with whale milk cream.
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Post by: mightyjoeyoung on October 28, 2011, 07:46:11 am
Last movie I watched... 'IT!' (AKA Curse of the Golem). Not the Stephen King one, but the one with Roddy McDowell.

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Post by: Billy on October 30, 2011, 11:04:25 pm
Lesbian Vampire Killers on BBC 3 last night it seemed like a funny send up of the Hammer Films.
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Post by: mightyjoeyoung on October 31, 2011, 07:08:41 am
Saw Lesbian Vampire Killers a while ago, thought it was far better than the usual horror comedy fayre.

Last film I watched was 'The Human Centipede' on TV last night. It was so dull it left me wishing they'd bring back the test card.
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Post by: joshua rainbird on November 10, 2011, 03:57:36 am
just seen Agora - which is in my estimation the best movie I have seen this year - philosophy, science, geometry, astronomy, politics, religion, excellent complex love triangle and set in ancient Alexandria - it has the grip of HBO's Rome, the epic quality of a Cecil B de Mille and so many subtle references to the science vs religion issue that is throttling the American education system, and the conflicts in the Middle East

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RbuEhwselE0
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Post by: IanH on November 23, 2011, 09:11:00 pm
Keep re-watching "Woochi the Demon Slayer" which is a hoot! Looking forward to "The Thing", "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" and "Sherlock Holmes 2"

Ian
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Post by: Rolnikov on December 04, 2011, 09:22:57 am
Enjoyed Tucker and Dale vs Evil last night. The horror movie as French farce.
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Post by: Rolnikov on December 08, 2011, 08:03:30 am
Yesterday watched the rather bonkers Vampire Girl vs Frankenstein Girl, via the nifty new voice-activated Lovefilm app on the Xbox. Kind of like a Troma film remade by the Mighty Boosh.
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Post by: mightyjoeyoung on February 15, 2012, 04:29:50 pm
Last night I watched 'The Resident', which I was expecting to be a pedestrian retread of Pacific Heights. I was wrong. Although it's a familiar story it is handled in such a way that made it absorbing watching throughout.

I've never been a fan of Hilary Swank, but her portrayal of the victim in a building that isn't quite what it seems was indicative of why she's generally so highly rated. Jeffrey Dean Morgan steals the film as Hilary's amorous landlord and there's even room for a nicely played cameo from the god of Hammer Films Christopher Lee as Morgan's grandad.

Hammer appears to be back in business in style.
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Post by: WilliamElse on February 17, 2012, 09:39:21 pm
Just watched 'The Mark of Zorro' (now gloriously COLOURISED!). I remembered seeing it on television years ago but wasn't expecting to enjoy it quite so much. The duel between Tyrone Power and Basil Rathbone is one of the most exciting fight scenes I've ever seen - puts most modern films to shame.
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Post by: jim mcleod on February 18, 2012, 08:48:47 am
Panic Button, a really good film.  The first film in ages, that held my attention all the way through
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Post by: joshua rainbird on February 23, 2012, 12:09:22 am
Beautiful Lies I'm not one for rom-coms (unless they're French) it was as slick as Amelie but with the charm replaced by a good dollop of twisty tristey Gallic farce

oh and some goddam awful Canadian nonsense about a 20something neek kick-arseing 7 evil exs to win the affections of a girl with too much hair dye - it was truly terrible ...
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Post by: Rolnikov on February 23, 2012, 08:05:32 am
oh and some goddam awful Canadian nonsense about a 20something neek kick-arseing 7 evil exs to win the affections of a girl with too much hair dye - it was truly terrible ...

Weird, sounds almost like you mean Scott Pilgrim, but that's one of the greatest movies ever made... Did The Asylum do a knock-off version or something?  :)

Mrs Theaker and the elder Miss Theaker, both home poorly, were watching it yesterday and I had to stay out of the room or I'd have got no work done all afternoon.
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Post by: Andrew Hook on February 23, 2012, 09:27:32 am
Watched Melancholia last night - thoroughly enjoyed it. Followed it with Super - Ellen Page was the only good thing in that one.
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Post by: Ray on February 23, 2012, 11:23:58 am
I tried Melancholia, and I found it gorgeous, visually, and had high hopes for the first forty minutes or so.  I thought Dunst particularly impressive.  After that, though, it was trying me instead.  I stopped about ten minutes into Part Two.   :(

(You'll tell me it picks up after that.)
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Post by: joshua rainbird on February 23, 2012, 08:07:14 pm
Weird, sounds almost like you mean Scott Pilgrim, but that's one of the greatest movies ever made... Did The Asylum do a knock-off version or something?  :)

I remember a short scene in The Beach where DiCaprio did a computer game thing - the gag worked for that brief moment and didn't need to be extended to a feature length movie.  The only thing I liked in Scott Pilgrim was the tokenistic way he dried his hands after using the toilet - which was hilarious, I might add.
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Post by: Wayne Mook on February 28, 2012, 11:32:04 pm
Finally saw Ghost Rider which wasn't as bad as I'd been lead to believe, infact I quite enjoyed it, with reservations.

The Woman in Black, I liked it and so did Nadia. Not like the book though. A number spanish horror films seem to have influenced this, which is no bad thing in my book.

Wayne.
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Post by: Phillip Spencer on March 01, 2012, 03:23:23 pm
Tried to watch "Cloverfield" last night. Had heard it was supposed to be a scary SF thriller. DVD back cover blurb says
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The worldwide sensation of nonstop terror and suspense everyone is talking about.
Huh? The cover says the film is 81 minutes long and so I must have given up a third of the way through having watched nothing more than an extremely boring, badly filmed home movie of an interminable party. Nonstop? It never started for me. Fortunately, I only wasted £2.99!
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Post by: David A. Riley on March 09, 2012, 09:41:50 am
(http://ia.media-imdb.com/images/M/MV5BMjE0NDE0MjYxNF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNjM2NTY5Ng@@._V1._SY317_CR1,0,214,317_.jpg)

Watched We Need to Talk About Kevin last night. Now I know I'm going to upset some people, but I didn't much care for the way in which it was filmed. A strong story about a serious issue, but the style of filming annoyed and distracted me and only occasionally worked so far as I was concerned. I got the feeling much of the time the cast were making up their own lines, which I know is one particular type of "naturalistic" film making, but for me makes for monumental dullness. It worked in Vera Drake, but that had exceptionally talented actors and a skilled director. OK, the actors in this may be exceptionally good too. As may the director. I don't know. I'm not familiar with them myself. But I did feel this was a potentially great film which misfired. Just my opinion, of course.

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Post by: Rolnikov on March 10, 2012, 07:31:32 am
I was a bit let down by Cloverfield too. I enjoyed it, but it just felt like a remake of Roland Emmerich's Godzilla.

Watched John Carter last night. Can't wait to watch it again.
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Post by: Rolnikov on April 01, 2012, 08:02:01 pm
With the children away on holiday with Grandma we took ourselves off to see The Lottery Battle Royale The Hunger Games. Thought it was pretty good, although the realistic approach kind of pointed up how unlikely the premise was, compared to the more satiric tone of things like The Running Man and Battle Royale. The hard light holograms towards the end seemed really silly - was the whole environment a virtual reality? We weren't sure. But it was a well-made film with an excellent cast. And its determination to avoid glamorising the violence was admirable.

Surprised to see some people at the cinema thought it was a good idea to take their kids to see a film about children killing each other...
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Post by: David A. Riley on April 01, 2012, 08:56:53 pm
Watched The Awakening last night and was greatly relieved to see that I really liked it. A solid, imaginative, well made ghost story, up there with Stir of Echoes and The Others. Some may say it wasn't particularly scary, but it's a ghost story not a horror film, and as such it works brilliantly. I can't fault any of the actors, who were uniformly marvellous and well fitted for their roles. I can see me rewatching this film quite a few times over the coming years.
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Post by: David A. Riley on April 10, 2012, 09:47:05 am
Watched two tremendously good Thai ghost movies this weekend. I never before realised just how good Thai films could be. These were a revelation, not only in their technical prowess (which was second to none) but also in the depth and sincerity of their story-telling.

(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_rF5vyUOUeVY/TCzRz5eLC8I/AAAAAAAABfw/M4LVm9dcR8s/s200/shutter.jpg)

Shutter is the more modern of the two, and is a tale of ghostly revenge, though not the one you may initially think it is going to be about. It also has one of the most chilling photos I have ever seen in a film.

(https://encrypted-tbn2.google.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTXItOJuo3cHIUh0lQhLYXc9w7reCakB6IIKQG_DYeHX0FpNCvzVw)

Nang Nak is set in the recent past and is based on a Thai legend about a devoted and faithful wife who, even after her death, waits for the return of her husband from the war. It is chillingly beautiful with a unique sadness.

Anyone who appreciates good, intelligent ghost movies should seek these out. They are well worth it.
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Post by: SAWatts on April 10, 2012, 10:38:23 am
Feels like I haven't been to the pictures for ages - I probably haven't :) But I did like The Three Musketeers last year - with airships. I'm sure Dumas would have put them in? 
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Post by: David A. Riley on April 11, 2012, 09:06:51 am
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/e/e2/Ghost_of_Mae_NakPoster.jpg/220px-Ghost_of_Mae_NakPoster.jpg)

Having made a start of watching Thai ghost/horror movies, last night we took a stab at The Ghost of Mae Nak. I'm glad that I watched Nang Nak first as this was a sequel set in modern times. Its plot was much more complicated than the earlier film and, moving from the rural setting of Nang Nak, this is based in present day Bangkok. It's a much more violent movie, with influences from sources such as The Omen in a series of bizarre deaths that befall those who fall foul of the ghost. One man, a thief, mirroring the famous sheet of glass decapitation scene in the Omen films, is diced not by one but by two sheets in a spectacularly gruesome comeuppance. The scenes of Bangkok itself are fascinating, especially in its backstreets and older areas, that contrast so vividly with its ultra modern skyscrapers. As in all the Thai movies I've seen recently the photography is superb. Unlike Nang Nak, the chief focus of this film is on the horror and violence, and I must admit I prefer the earlier film. Nor is the ghost as chilling as in Shutter, where it's seen less but more effectively. Still, a well done horror film with quite some meat to its bones.
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Post by: cavscott on April 20, 2012, 08:33:37 pm
Well, I went to see Wrath of the Titans this week just for the reason that I was yearning some big screen blockbusterism. Far more enjoyable than I thought it would be - yes it had its problems, but the leads were all very watchable (including the wonderful Bill Nighy - somebody make that man the Doctor) and the effects weren't too shabby.

Title: The Cabin in the Woods
Post by: stewartguitar on April 30, 2012, 08:56:54 pm
After hearing mixed reviews, I went to see the Cabin in the Woods at the weekend and thought it was great.

It's one for the horror buffs, and there shuld be a prize for whoever can spot the most horror movie references.

It completely takes the mickey out of all the genre cliches, and is especially harsh on the Japanese.

I laughed aloud many times.
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Post by: cavscott on May 05, 2012, 11:31:24 am
Finally watched Predators this week. It's a complete homage to the original, even to the song over the closing credits.

Wasn't expecting a lot but enjoyed it in a silly, 1980s style monster romp.
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Post by: Rolnikov on May 12, 2012, 08:40:03 am
I quite liked Predators too - Adrien Brody was wrong for it, though, and I wish Rodriguez had directed it all himself. It's not as if any of the Predator films are much more than guilty pleasures.

We watched Dark Shadows last night, which wasn't very good. There were a few funny moments, but it's like watching a film based on Neighbours or Sons and Daughters, with lots of thin plots around a dull story of rival canneries. The romantic interest has just a few minutes of screen time. The Brady Bunch Movie is similar but infinitely better. But it's fair to say I'm not a big Tim Burton fan, at least not of anything he's done since Ed Wood.

We saw it at the Electric Cinema in Birmingham, and it was nightmarish - it sells beer so patrons were constantly getting up for more, going to the toilet, talking loudly... It felt like trying to watch a film in a pub... I paid £26 for a sofa (splashed out for our anniversary!) and we were in between two couples who talked the *whole* time.

I'm told it's normally much nicer, so we might give it another try - maybe sit away from the sofas. But that was one horrible experience - being in a cinema with people who didn't care about watching the film. I'd have screamed if it had been something I really cared about watching.
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Post by: Billy on May 12, 2012, 10:21:09 pm
I saw the new Avengers and I thought it was great, another triumph for Joss Whedon roll on the sequel.
I'm also a Tim Burton fan, Dark Shadows I intend to see next week, I like Helena Bonham Carter in those type of films with Johnny Depp, unfortunately it's not showing in our local multiplex so I will have to go into Edinburgh to see it in the Imax. ;D   
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Post by: Dave Brzeski on May 13, 2012, 12:26:25 am
Finally saw the 2005 version of 'Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy'.

Gave up half way through. It just came nowhere near the previous versions, despite the quality of people involved.
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Post by: David A. Riley on May 13, 2012, 09:23:06 am
Watched Dark Shadows yesterday. It passed a pleasant enought one and a half hours but it's not a movie I would get on DVD or want to watch again. The special effects were excellent (as usual in a Tim Burton film) and many of the set pieces were good, but the story as a whole was quite poor and didn't hang together well. The parts were definitely better than the sum. Nor did the humour go well with the OTT violence, with a lot of unresolved moral ambiguities. I've never seen the original TV series so I have nothing to compare it to, but I doubt it had much resemblance to this film. It could have been much better. Flashy but essentially hollow. Very much a popcorn movie, though I'm not quite sure what audience it was aimed at. The best part was an opportunity to watch the trailer for Prometheus on the big screen.
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Post by: Billy on May 15, 2012, 11:06:56 pm
I just saw Dark Shadows tonight, I loved it darkly funny Gothic horror, spoofing in part the old Hammer horror Poe films with a good musicfilm score. (http://yoursmiles.org/msmile/fun/m0155.gif) (http://yoursmiles.org/m-fun.php?page=2)
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Post by: David A. Riley on May 16, 2012, 10:32:58 am
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Watched a DVD of The Divide (2011) last night - or most of it. As much as I could stand. It was one of the most depressing, repugnant, senseless films I have tried to watch in a long time. I didn't expect it to be a bundle of fun. It was after all a post-Apocalyptic movie. But is that any reason to have most of its characters as complete arseholes? Surely part of the interest in movies like this is watching how people react to and try to overcome the dire situation into which they have been plunged by catastrophic events? Surely it's what has happened that should be horrific, not the random cast of characters? Most of the ones in this film did not deserve to survive. The crunch came when one of the characters, played by Michael Biehne (wasted here), was tortured by some of the others for the combination of a locked door leading into a secret inner room. This resulted in him having one finger graphically sliced off his hand. It was a stupid, senseless scene and I could neither believe the character's stubbornness that resulted in this nor the glee with which he was assaulted. Was this to illustrate how events were making the characters degenerate into savagery? If so, it didn't convince me.

The other element that failed to convince were those outside the cellar in which the characters had escaped the holocaust and were now trapped. These were military types in environmental protection suits, heavily armed with guns, living inside polythene tunnels, alongside which others were being experimented on in sealed chambers. How the hell was all this set up so quickly and, presumably, extensively after the devastation we saw at the start of the film? The whole thing seemed ill-thought out and ridiculous.
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Post by: Craig Herbertson on May 25, 2012, 03:22:41 pm
A Scanner Darkly. extremely good and true to Dick - ending seemed a little rushed
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Post by: williemeikle on May 25, 2012, 09:47:41 pm
Saw "Chronicle" last night. Another in the new line of found footage films, and a pretty damn good superhero origin movie. It has heart.
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Post by: Craig Herbertson on June 01, 2012, 05:17:24 pm
Starship Trooper (again) Brilliant film
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Post by: mightyjoeyoung on June 05, 2012, 09:58:14 am
Attack The Block.

I started off hating it, mainly because the main characters are the sort of stereotypical 'urban gangsta' kids who should have been drowned at birth. However, some nice comic moments, fairly good acting and an overall cracking pace turned me into a fan. What was, for me at least, the best thing of all about the film was actually the creatures themselves. I loved the concept of what they were and why they were there.
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Post by: Billy on June 12, 2012, 12:05:11 am
Seen a few recently Mirror, Mirror. Ok but not great see it once and that's it, Snow White and the Huntsman better but not a great story line as portrayed, Men in Black III good, some funny gags and a neat twist at the end good sound track. ;D
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Post by: Dylan68 on June 12, 2012, 01:11:06 pm
Prometheus. Reading everyone else's comments on the internet I think I was the only person to enjoy it.
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Post by: David A. Riley on June 12, 2012, 02:13:29 pm
Prometheus. Reading everyone else's comments on the internet I think I was the only person to enjoy it.


I thought it was a splendid movie and a worthy prequel to Alien. Whether it will look as impressive on TV when it's eventually released on DVD/Blu Ray I don't know, but there's plenty of meat to its bones regardless.
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Post by: Dave Brzeski on June 12, 2012, 02:15:23 pm
Just gave up after 20 minutes or so of a truly dreadful effort called 'Riese'.
Looking it up on the IMDB, I find it was a TV series, so maybe this was the pilot.
http://uk.imdb.com/title/tt1542543/combined (http://uk.imdb.com/title/tt1542543/combined)
The bulk of the cast were perfectly adequate in other shows, like the Stargate & Battlestar Galactica Franchises & Sanctuary, but the script on this show is so abysmal it doesn't leave any room for good acting.
The costume department are of the glue a few old clock parts to a leather jerkin school.
It also has the worst soundtrack music I've heard in a very long time.

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Post by: David A. Riley on June 15, 2012, 03:46:15 pm
Just watched what must be one of the worst horror films I have seen for a long time. Vanishing on 7th Street was a dreary load of nonsense, so bad I can scarcely believe it got filmed. Pointless, dull, I can't think of anything good to say about it. Avoid like the plague. It could bore you to death. The best thing about it is the poster, which should have been for a much better film.

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Post by: David A. Riley on June 22, 2012, 10:09:27 am
Just got the boxed set of every single Basil Rathbone Sherlock Holmes movie, which comes with a set of postcards of their posters. Can't believe this only cost £14.99!

This weekend - and beyond - I'll be going through these classics.

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There are fourteen movies in whole:

1939: The Hound Of The Baskervilles
1939: The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes
1942: Sherlock Holmes And The Voice Of Terror
1942: Sherlock Holmes And The Secret Weapon
1943: Sherlock Holmes In Washington
1943: Sherlock Holmes Faces Death
1944: Sherlock Holmes And The Spider Woman
1944: The Scarlet Claw
1944: The Pearl Of Death
1945: The House Of Fear
1945: The Woman In Green
1945: Pursuit To Algiers
1946: Terror By Night
1946: Sherlock Holmes And The Secret Code ("Dressed To Kill" In The USA)

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Post by: Dave Brzeski on June 22, 2012, 01:39:11 pm
£1 for each film & 99p for the box. That's amazing value. I had no idea there were that many Rathbone Holmes movies.
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Post by: greenpen on June 22, 2012, 07:10:35 pm
You can get loads of inexpensive older stuff like that on Network DVD
http://www.networkdvd.net/product_info.php?products_id=1029
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Post by: Ramsey Campbell on June 23, 2012, 12:59:33 pm
Dambusters which uses the N word a bit too often for my liking.   :-\

I belatedly observe that if you'd seen the film on Channel 4 you would have found the dog was called Trigger.
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Post by: greenpen on June 26, 2012, 12:08:14 pm
Dambusters which uses the N word a bit too often for my liking.   :-\

I belatedly observe that if you'd seen the film on Channel 4 you would have found the dog was called Trigger.
PC gone mad?
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Post by: Ramsey Campbell on June 26, 2012, 01:21:00 pm
It's certainly historically inaccurate.
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Post by: greenpen on June 26, 2012, 05:00:29 pm
This isn't the grave of Trigger!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/... (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nigger_%28dog%29)
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Post by: Ray on June 26, 2012, 05:25:29 pm
Last film I saw was Chronicle, which I was pleasantly surprised by and enjoyed thoroughly.  Good fun.
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Post by: Billy on June 27, 2012, 11:33:51 pm
Last night I went to see Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter it was quite a good story line, the vamps would have looked good in 3D and it flowed along quite easily with a twist towards the end.
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Post by: joshua rainbird on January 05, 2013, 03:08:11 pm
UFO which I thought would be awful and turned out to be a gem reminding me of British urban sci-fi invasion stuff from the 60s and 70s, minus the telling morality.  Full of suspense with plenty of fun close up and stunts/handbagging.  Great use of kitchen sink drama and the old is s/he, isn't s/he spy in the camp idea.

it's the kind of suspense sci-fi where you're not fussed if the spaceships don't turn up

special props for the clever use of Sean Pertwee in cameo  8)
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Post by: Billy on January 14, 2013, 09:44:29 pm
I went to see the Hobbit in 3D at the nearest Imax, I liked it Peter Jackson has done it again for me, a couple of laughs in the film but you won't find it in the book, I went back to see it in 2D still good even with the extra bits added in did not detract one bit from the enjoyment.

Roll on the next one. ;D   
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Post by: joshua rainbird on July 23, 2013, 08:17:16 pm
Warm Bodies which I found charming - a very enjoyable movie about reverse decomposition  :)
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Post by: Rolnikov on August 11, 2013, 12:06:10 pm
We watched The Tall Man last night, a film from the director of Martyrs. Worth a look. It's slow to reveal its hand, but when it does it becomes very interesting.
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Post by: Rolnikov on September 08, 2013, 06:13:25 pm
Ranjna and I agreed to have a double bill today, choosing one film each, no questions asked. That meant I had to live through Sweeney Todd (so much singing!) while she had to grit her teeth through Left Behind: the Movie (dreadful but fascinating).
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Post by: Ray on September 12, 2013, 08:11:29 pm
I saw Mud the other day and loved it, for what it's worth.  Great performances, especially from the boys, a good character-based story.
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Post by: joshua rainbird on September 22, 2013, 10:50:50 am
I couldn't finish Sinister was too creeped out ... *such a lightweight* the zombie kid is whispering in my ear at the mo' ... a truly clever movie drawing you in with the intrigue, keyholeing sweet spots, and the whole bullying pantomime misleading of the phantoms - still freaked thinking about it - will try it again sometime when I'm less skittish - nice to see a horror film shot in a normal suburban house - the lighting was faultless but it's the foley that makes the scenes horrific ...  :D

so I watched Iron Man 3 instead which was fab - far exceeds the disappointing sequel - love the scenes with the kid - I'm suspecting that the actors have a lot of say in the scripting because it has Downey's trade mark quips
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Post by: Wayne Mook on October 22, 2013, 08:03:45 pm
Saw the Adjustment Bureau for the first time, quite enjoyed it. Matt Damon does running about very well.

watched Island of Lost Souls, splendid film, Charles Laughton as Moreau is splendidly charming and sinister.

Wayne.
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Post by: Billy on November 16, 2013, 10:12:38 pm
Recently I've seen Thor: "The Dark World" even better than the first one neat little twist at the end.

And it's only a matter of weeks till the next Hobbit one. ;D ;D ;D
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Post by: Charlsie on November 18, 2013, 02:04:26 pm
Watched Pacific Rim over the weekend. It was absolutely perfect for what it was. Del Toro's eye for design just makes it look so good.
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Post by: joshua rainbird on December 08, 2013, 10:40:45 pm
oh boy Man of Steel was absolute rubbish - DC sucks, what was I thinking ... are they turning Soups into a dour Batman clone, or what ?

with the economy going the way it is do people want to sit through a couple of hours of war-torn doom and gloom with frequent references to pedagogic military scheming and truncated pissed-off mono-expression acting/scriptwriting ?

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Post by: David A. Riley on December 08, 2013, 10:58:36 pm
oh boy Man of Steel was absolute rubbish - DC sucks, what was I thinking ... are they turning Soups into a dour Batman clone, or what ?

with the economy going the way it is do people want to sit through a couple of hours of war-torn doom and gloom with frequent references to pedagogic military scheming and truncated pissed-off mono-expression acting/scriptwriting ?



I couldn't agree more. A dreadful movie. I thought the last two Superman films were bad enough. This eclipsed them!
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Post by: Wayne Mook on January 22, 2014, 12:51:31 am
Ghosts of Sherwood, aka Robin Hood: Ghosts of Sherwood.

SPOILER ALERT!!

This is the one in which Robin sells his soul to a witch and eventually (last 20 mins.) ends up a flesh eating zombie.

A truly terrible film (I enjoyed it because it was so bad, but Nadia thought it was so bad it was just bad, and she usually likes bad films.)

Not one I could recommend.

Dead Mine quite an effective small, scale horror from the maker Mum & Dad. There is something bad down there and this time it's due to experiments from the imperial Japanese from WW2 (no Nazis.) from HBOAsia & set in the Philippines.


Wayne.
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Post by: TimmyGriffin on April 06, 2014, 10:47:10 pm
Last I saw Need for Speed. It is decent in my opinion.
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Post by: joshua rainbird on April 08, 2014, 12:46:55 am
Dark Shadows - loved every minute ... had a similar charm to Stardust  8)

also saw The Winter Soldier  ;D

whilst I liked the Cold War-ish atmosphere quasi-noir feel to the movie I felt it was struggling to tell 2 very different stories and that this was really Nick Fury's movie rather than Cap's - would've liked to have seen Cap at his squeeze's bedside played out a bit longer and the issue of fallen comrades relegated to a row of mannequins moved to a different movie altogether  - both themes are strong and valid but hitched together in a marriage of convenience it became a bit messy
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Post by: Andy Hendry on April 09, 2014, 11:13:45 am
We, the Family Strange, went to see Gravity recently and all really enjoyed it. Even X, the youngest of our number at 13, really liked it. Which gives me hope that I may be able to get her into some of the slower paced SF films like 2001/2010 etc...
I know that there were problems with the physics, debris orbiting Earth in the wrong direction and the like, and I do wish that something so basic wouldn't be messed up in a film with such a large budget. Seriously, why don't they just pay Neil Degrasse Tyson 10k to look over the storyboards?  ;D It was still amazing to watch such a well made, and emotionally powerful film, in a fantastical setting.

Probably won't be going to the cinema until after my final uni exams. The last ones are on the same day that Godzilla comes out which may be a sign that my final monstrous exams will be followed by monstrous big screen action. I just hope there aren't any scenes of Brian Cranston in his underpants....
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Post by: James Everington on April 09, 2014, 06:06:51 pm
I saw The Double over the weekend. Nice interesting take on the doppelgänger theme, with an interesting style. I enjoyed it a lot (my wife hated it though!)
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Post by: jim mcleod on April 09, 2014, 08:35:59 pm
The Borderlands
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Post by: Rolnikov on April 25, 2014, 06:17:40 pm
Finally got to see Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and loved it to bits. So much adventure, heart, humour and spectacle - and it all looked so solid, real and crunchy. Great to see the Black Widow have such a significant role, which I think did a lot to help keep our daughters interested, and I can't wait to see what effect it has on tonight's episode of Agents of Shield.
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Post by: Andy Hendry on April 26, 2014, 07:26:09 am
What episode is Agents of SHIELD up to in Britain? I tend to watch it as it comes out in the US. I think I'm a couple of episodes ahead of the UK and it seems like the events of Winter Soldier have a huge effect on the show, much bigger than the effects of the last Thor movie. I've not seen Winter Soldier yet and kinda wish I had watched it before AoS. That show is starting to get really good now, the last 3-4 episodes have really upped its game from being a little bit 'meh' to the point where I can't wait for the next episode to air. :D
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: Rolnikov on April 26, 2014, 08:52:29 am
Last night's episode was "Turn Turn Turn", which happens at the same time as The Winter Soldier.

We watched The Dark World on DVD just before watching the Agents of Shield episode with Lorelei and Sif, and I loved how - without blowing any spoilers - having watched The Dark World subtly changed the meaning of that episode.
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Post by: jim mcleod on April 29, 2014, 06:24:05 pm
Attack of The Beast Creatures
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Post by: jim mcleod on April 30, 2014, 12:05:56 pm
Bride of The Gorilla
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Post by: jim mcleod on May 01, 2014, 03:15:57 pm
47 Ronin. 
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Post by: Rolnikov on May 06, 2014, 04:38:43 pm
We watched Dark Skies at the weekend. Some scary moments, but essentially a shameless remake of Paranormal Activity with aliens swapped in for demons. And sadly nothing to do with the short-lived television series of the same name.
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Post by: Rolnikov on May 11, 2014, 07:48:49 pm
I can't wait to see Godzilla this week, so it's lucky I had an unwatched Godzilla film to keep me going: Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack! It's from 2001, part of the third and final run of Japanese Godzilla films, where they're all sequels to the original film but not to each other. It was okay, but not brilliant. I felt a bit sorry for Godzilla in this one - he kept killing the others outright only for them to bounce back as ghosts or get new lives and stuff like that. Some good scenes of destruction, though.
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Post by: Tejay80 on May 16, 2014, 11:44:22 am
Going to see Godzilla over the weekend, cannot wait! Anyone seen it yet?
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Post by: Rolnikov on May 16, 2014, 06:24:02 pm
Yes, just back from seeing it - great fun. Very dark, though, so I wish I'd seen it in 2D. I was especially glad that it wasn't just a remake of the original - it draws on lots of the films. It reminded me most of Godzilla vs Mothra, one of my favourites.
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Post by: Andy Hendry on May 18, 2014, 07:25:11 pm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSWdZVtXT7E
I'm really looking forward to Interstellar.

We watched Alien(Director's Cut) with the young un recently and she said it was 'ok for an old film' which, given that she's 13, and therefore not allowed to be uncool by showing enthusiasm for anything, that's pretty high prasie. :D
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Post by: Rolnikov on May 19, 2014, 07:12:48 am
That trailer for Interstellar is much more impressive than the one I saw at the cinema this weekend, which was basically the opening titles of Star Trek: Enterprise! Looks like a very interesting film.
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Post by: Tejay80 on May 21, 2014, 02:17:02 pm
Well, Godzilla was pretty awesome - agree with your thoughts Stephen.

I love Christopher Nolan so will interested to see how Interstellar turns out. Next on the list.
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: Rolnikov on May 24, 2014, 05:13:44 pm
Watched X-Men: Days of Future Past today. Impressive in many ways, but odd to root a film so deeply in the continuity of a series whose continuity is such a complete muddle. It didn't seem to tie up at all with the end of The Wolverine, which seems daft - didn't any of the three actors involved comment? I loved Quicksilver, though, and Blink.
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Post by: Rolnikov on August 30, 2014, 04:56:13 pm
Watched Odd Thomas, a Dean R. Koontz adaptation now streaming on Netflix. I was surprised I hadn't heard of it before - it's good, a fun throwback to teenage horror comedies like Teen Wolf, Once Bitten and Fright Night, and it's from a big name director (Stephen Sommers, The Mummy, GI Joe). I'm guessing that the final action scene stopped it getting a full release - parts are uncomfortably similar to a terrorist attack from that year. But well worth a look.
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Post by: joshua rainbird on September 07, 2014, 10:06:07 pm
just seen Odd Thomas too ... liked the cartoon-esque feel of the film that added to the character much like Stephen Chow does in his pics - when it's done well it's a pleasure

the leads were ideal for their parts - able to pull off the timing and facial expressions perfectly
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: Rolnikov on December 22, 2014, 08:17:03 am
We've been catching up on the works of Jason Statham lately - Homefront, Safe, Parker, Hummingbird and The Mechanic, one after another in that order - all good fun, but not much fantasy, apart from a vision of some nice hummingbirds in the film of that name.

Yesterday we watched [Rec] Genesis, about a breakout of zombies at a fancy wedding. I found it annoying. After finding out that these supernatural zombies can't enter the church, do the characters make that the cornerstone of their strategy? Of course not. They wander around aimlessly. Drove me nuts. There was one good scene where you see the reflections of the zombies in a mirror, but that was it.
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Post by: Rolnikov on December 30, 2014, 06:58:08 am
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was very good. I was disappointed that it kind of blew the brilliant ending of the previous film, which had explained how the humans of the Apes era had lost much of their intelligence. I thought there would be flocks of eloi milling around. Maybe they're still out there, just not in this part of the world. But that aside, it was a great film, very well made, very exciting, about the reasons people go to war, and the reasons they shouldn't. I admired the way it didn't spend too much time on the humans, and the effects were terrific. I can see why people were campaigning for Andy Serkis to get an Oscar nomination.
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Post by: Rolnikov on January 01, 2015, 07:02:19 am
Yesterday we watched The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, and loved it. Full of treats. A brilliant way to end the year.
Title: Re: What was the last movie you watched?
Post by: Rolnikov on January 11, 2015, 06:36:04 am
Watched yesterday an animated sequel to The War of the Worlds, called Goliath. The Martians return in 1914, just in time to interrupt the beginning of the first world war, but the humans have built their own walking tanks. Oddly, most of the voice actors are drawn from Highlander: The Series, and there are Jeff Wayne songs at the beginning and the end - perhaps something to do with him holding the film rights at one point? But it's better than expected. Kept me happy while I was putting a set of chairs together.
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Post by: Rolnikov on January 19, 2015, 06:56:26 am
We watched Noah at the weekend. What a film. I've no time for adaptations that try to iron the fantasy out of myths - if you're going to adapt a myth, embrace the absurdity and madness - and this was a brilliant example of that. The trailers really undersold it.
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Post by: Johan Fundin on December 18, 2016, 06:41:24 pm
Gearing up for Christmas, I saw, last night, Todd Nunes's multiple-award-winning All Through the House. It's one of the goriest and most violent slasher films around, and arguably the bloodiest Christmas horror film to date. High body count and gruesome death scenes, the new film from Todd Nunes is not to be missed by horror fans.
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Post by: Djibril on December 18, 2016, 07:50:38 pm
Apart from Rogue One (which I won't talk about here because it's new and too hard to talk about without spoiling) the last fillem I saw in the theatre was The Girl with All the Gifts, a truly horrifying post-apocalyptic-slash-zombie story with a deceptively YA-themed start. Acting and effects were excellent for a low budget film, and characters were compelling, surprising, and relatable.

It's a telling fact that when this movie—which started with a classroom of children chained and abused in a dystopian underground military prison—ended, I turned to my cinema companion and said, “Well, that ended up a lot darker than I expected.” 8)
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Post by: Djibril on January 05, 2017, 12:26:07 am
Actually, I completely forgot but I did see two other fillems in the theater in between GWATG and Rogue1: