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« Reply #160 on: 08-07-2009 04:00 »

One-Sentence Reviews.

W.
Never expected to see Oliver Stone put on the kid gloves, but here it is, right when we needed him to be an overt as possible.

The Warriors
Makes me nostalgic for the era of New York City gangs with outlandish Halloween-themed outfits, which is unlikely to have ever occurred.

The Dirty Dozen
It’s seen as a classic of the genre, but I consider Where Eagles Dare (also released in 1967) to be a far superior war film.

Lakeview Terrace
Samuel L. Jackson basically just plays himself, doesn’t he?

Cypher
OMG he thought he was one guy pretending to be another guy but getting brainwashed into believing he really was that other guy but it turns out he was actually neither guy.

Below
Funny how those World War 2 submariners talked just like 21st Century folk.

Insomnia
Sent me right to sleep.

Entrapment
Sean’s a randy old bugger.

Dead Calm
Quite an effective old thriller, and you get to see a young Nicole Kidman butt naked.

Righteous Kill
Just like Dexter, except dull and pointless.

Chinatown
The epitome of the neo-noir genre and a masterpiece of filmmaking – every scene is engrossing.

Knowing
Blowing.

In the Cut
There’s nothing much to this crap-pile except Meg Ryan getting her pussy eaten.

Blade: Trinity
This is the best of the trilogy, and that’s not really a compliment.

Wall*E
Nothing short of a triumph!
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« Reply #161 on: 08-07-2009 04:07 »

Trinity? Really? I gotta say, that was probably one of the most boring, stupid films I've seen in ages... and I liked the first Blade.
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« Reply #162 on: 08-07-2009 04:11 »

I found the humor in Trinity created a nice balance to offset the total stupidity of the whole concept. Such a balance was absent in the other two. And the Vampires are even easier to kill than humans.
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« Reply #163 on: 08-07-2009 05:29 »

Moon
Sam Rockwell is excellent as a lone lunar mining station contractor in this depressing kind of psychological sci-fi.
Kevin Spacey (voice) is a kind of HAL type AI robot friend to him and the only other cast with some significant screentime.
It's a simple sci-fi story really but so well executed with great acting and well designed sets (some Alien/2001: A Space Oddessy in there).
Oh yeah and Clint Mansell fans will like the score.

Look out for Effy from Skins too.

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Clint Mansell did the music? Or it's just similar? Also, How'd you see it mafakka?!
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« Reply #164 on: 08-07-2009 06:14 »

Lesbian Vampire Killers
Gah what a mess of a movie, I know it's supposed to be silly but it had no style or pace or put together-ness like Shaun Of The Dead.

Meh.

D+


Are they lesbians who kill vampires or do they kill lesbian vampires?
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« Reply #165 on: 08-07-2009 08:24 »

Lesbian Vampire Killers
Gah what a mess of a movie, I know it's supposed to be silly but it had no style or pace or put together-ness like Shaun Of The Dead.

Meh.

D+


Are they lesbians who kill vampires or do they kill lesbian vampires?

Why not both?

Lesbians that kill lesbian vampires....

i would pay good money to see that one.
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« Reply #166 on: 08-07-2009 10:12 »

I've not seen it but believe it is about two blokes who kill lesbian-vampires... if it were lesbians killing vampires I suspect it would have been a better film smile
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« Reply #167 on: 08-07-2009 12:17 »

it should be lesbian vampires killing lesbian non-vasmpires!
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« Reply #168 on: 08-07-2009 14:09 »

Clint Mansell did the music? Or it's just similar? Also, How'd you see it mafakka?!
Yep he scored it (score!), and it's out here, sucka.

Are they lesbians who kill vampires or do they kill lesbian vampires?
The second one, not enough lesbianism though, barely a pair of boobs in the whole movie.
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« Reply #169 on: 08-07-2009 20:41 »

Bob Roberts
It was funny, but Tim Robbins really does think he is amazing, gross.

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« Reply #170 on: 08-08-2009 03:40 »

Check out The Mosquito Coast then! It's my favourite movie ^_^
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0091557/
ignore the imdb rating, it's bullshit.
Weird movie!
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« Reply #171 on: 08-10-2009 16:18 »

idiocracy: 8/10

this movie's absolutely hilarious. my only complaint is that the special effects can look fake sometimes. everything else is awesome, especially BEEF SUPREME and PRESIDENT DWAYNE ELIZONDO MOUNTAIN DEW HERBERT CAMANCHO. brawndo's got what plants crave.
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« Reply #172 on: 08-10-2009 17:13 »

Adventureland
This film is so similar to Nick and Norahs Infinite Playlist, set in the 80s and it closes in NYC so it feels like kind of like a prequel, the story about two confused teenagers finding each other and blah blah blah... roll eyes
Jesse Eisenberg does his Michael Cera impression and that Twilight girl is the girl.
There's no real laugh out loud moments or genuine ideas in it, meh.

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« Reply #173 on: 08-10-2009 18:56 »

Once Upon a Time in the West

This is one of the best Westerns ever made, Leone was a master of the genre and this is probably his best film. It lacks the obvious humour of the dollar trilogy but makes up for it with a genuine sense of menace. There is almost a constant sense that violence may erupt at any moment.

The opening is a classic, three men turn up at a remote station and with barely a word wait for the train to arrive. On paper the idea of spending the first ten minutes watching three men doing almost nothing sounds boring, but here there is the sense that this is the calm before the storm. When the train arrives it seems that nothing is about to happen but as it departs we hear the sound of a harmonica, the three men turn to see Charles Bronson, after a brief exchange the three men are lying dead. The next scene sees a man and his son return home after shooting some birds for dinner, the man talks to his teenage daughter as they prepare for a party; the man's wife is due to arrive that day. As the man gets water from the well a shot rings out and the girl falls to the ground more shots and the man and his elder son are dead too. The young son comes out of the house and is met by a group of men, led by Henry Fonda. Shockingly he guns down the child.

That is two of the four protagonists introduced, the next is Claudia Cardinale, the widow of the man who's family we'd just seen die. Not knowing what has happened she heads to her new home, stopping off on the way at a bar. While she is inside we hear gunfire outside and the Jason Robards enters, his arms in chains. He confronts a man in the bar... the harmonica playing Bronson.

What follows is a constant sense of danger interspersed with moments of violence. Why did railroad employee Frank murder an entire family? Why does Bronson play the harmonica and why is he so interested in Frank? Leone's direction is excellent, the film is long and for long periods nothing much is happening but I never felt bored watching because he created such great atmosphere. He is assisted by a fantastic score by Ennio Morricone. Henry Fonda put in a great performance, playing against type, as the murderous Frank and Bronson is ideally cast as the mysterious "Harmonica" putting in the best performance I've seen from him. That isn't to say there is anything wrong with the other actors, they all did a good job.

I'd recommend this film to anybody, especially those who are fans of westerns. The only people I wouldn't recommend this to are fans of Henry Fonda who don't wish to see him as a bad guy.

10/10
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« Reply #174 on: 08-10-2009 19:24 »

Personally, I think it'd be a treat even for a fan of Henry Fonda.
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« Reply #175 on: 08-10-2009 19:37 »

It should be... but I know my mother for one won't watch it because she doesn't want to see him as a killer tongue
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« Reply #176 on: 08-11-2009 06:41 »

High Anxiety

Mel Brooks: What's not to like?

9.5/10
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« Reply #177 on: 08-11-2009 06:44 »

Once Upon a Time in the West

Man, you rock.
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« Reply #178 on: 08-11-2009 13:20 »

I really need to see more Leone, including America.... I saw Good the Bad and the Ugly on sale on Blu Ray for 12.99, maybe I'll try and get it.
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« Reply #179 on: 08-11-2009 13:41 »

do, or do not! there is no try!


Iron Man - Blu ray on projector
wow, just wow! awesome picture, fantastic sound
great movie as well

Picture 10/10
Sound 10/10
Movie 9/10
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« Reply #180 on: 08-12-2009 13:09 »

My Brilliant Career
I CAN'T BELIEVE IT, IS SHE BREAKING OUT THAT PIANO AGAIN. If you want to know just how much piano playing there is, take Commando and mentally substitute all the action sequences and telephone booth throwing with solemn, dour key tapping.

Proof that even when you WERE wishing for the twelve inch pianist, it is still the worst thing in the world. no no

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« Reply #181 on: 08-12-2009 23:02 »

A haunting in Connecticut

A kid can see dead people and has cancer. How clever is that?

It started fine but got stupid after 45 mins in and the actors over-acted. Don't waste your time or money on this one. It also looks like the director had ADD.
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« Reply #182 on: 08-13-2009 03:14 »

One-Sentence Reviews.

Public Enemies
Nice realistic gunfights, but the rest was boring as batshit, just like every other movie based on real life events.

Babel
Beautiful, emotional, majestic, and kind of pointless.

The Life of Brian
A masterwork of biblical satire that really only the Python boys could have gotten away with.

Run Silent, Run Deep
This is a bitingly effective reworking of the Moby Dick obsession fable with Clark Gable at his best and some of the most realistic depictions of submarine warfare ever seen.

The Petrified Forest
Pretty cool for a movie that basically just takes place in one room.

Total Recall
Sci-fi pulp at its worst best – probably Arnie’s greatest work besides that thing where he’s a robot.

The Astronaut Farmer
If you’ve ever had a ridiculously unrealistic dream that you were willing to put above the security and wellbeing of the people who depend on you, then this is your movie big grin .

Labyrinth
Interesting fact: David Bowie actually possesses all of the magical powers he exhibits in the film, which considerably reduced production costs.
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« Reply #183 on: 08-13-2009 06:37 »

Labyrinth
Interesting fact: David Bowie actually possesses all of the magical powers he exhibits in the film, which considerably reduced production costs.

But does he still wear those pants?
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« Reply #184 on: 08-13-2009 09:09 »

Oh, David Bowie in Labyrinth... love

I had the hots for him. Then again, I was only 15 when I watched that movie.
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« Reply #185 on: 08-13-2009 10:08 »

But does he still wear those pants?

I'd be terribly disillusioned if he doesn't.

Did you see The Prestige? He's in that, playing Nikolai Tesla.
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« Reply #186 on: 08-13-2009 13:35 »

I'm glad somebody finally agrees with me on Public Enemies. The only word for that movie is boring.
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« Reply #187 on: 08-13-2009 19:24 »

Look

Was a really good movie.

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« Reply #188 on: 08-14-2009 22:05 »

I agreed to go see Julie & Julia, and I didn't hate it. Meryl Streep playing Julia Child was certainly entertaining, and I am rarely -and was not- disappointed with Stanley Tucci; the problem involved the second story, the author's story which was the lion's share of the movie-or at least it felt that way.
The sections focusing on Julia Child give some nice historical and social context, touching on Julia's struggles to get certified and published as well as the general challenge of being a non-native and a female at that time. Otherwise you are getting a light (true I think?) present-day story about a woman finding direction in her personal and professional life through the use of Julia's seminal Mastering the Art of French Cooking. I didn't really care about that part at all.
5/10
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« Reply #189 on: 08-14-2009 22:15 »

Funny People
I laughed and thought it was pretty good, but a lot of the people I saw it with didn't like it. The only thing I would've liked was:
I'll give it a B, which is about 70% in my scaling. I'd recommend it and resee it, but it's not for everybody.

District 9
Whoa. Unlike Cloverfield, this lives and exceeds the hype. And, unlike Cloverfield, this isn't POV camera work but made like a pseudo-documentary, which works very, very well. With 10 Best Picture nominees this year, this is definitely in the running for a nod. However, I'll add that a lot of people won't get this movie at all. The audience mix when I saw it a few minutes ago was 40-somethings/sci-fi intellectuals and teenaged expecting explosions. The latter didn't get it. It's an extremely poignant film. I'll give it an A, or about 95%.
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« Reply #190 on: 08-14-2009 22:46 »

Definitely going to see District 9 sometime.
http://www.filmschoolrejects.com/features/7-reasons-to-go-see-district-9-colea.php
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« Reply #191 on: 08-15-2009 02:33 »

Cool at least one Irish cinema near me is showing the Avatar preview next week, hope I win tickets.

The Blues Brothers
Loved the music, loved homicidal Carrie Fisher, and the car chase at the end is probably one of the best evars.

B+


Ice Age 3: Dawn Of The Dinosaurs

Ok you caught me, I love John Leguizamo as Sid, and Scrat is good for a laugh, add some CGI dinosaurs and I had to watch, it was pretty good, nothing special

C-
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« Reply #192 on: 08-15-2009 05:56 »

District 9 = awesome.  Brings new meaning to "Don't tase me, bro!"
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« Reply #193 on: 08-16-2009 01:41 »

The Goods

eh, not so good, has a few funny parts, but it's pretty forgettable
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« Reply #194 on: 08-16-2009 06:24 »

I probably shouldn't have re-watched Watchmen with my Grandmother. She's gone mute now...
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« Reply #195 on: 08-16-2009 06:52 »

district 9 owns. IT OWNS
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« Reply #196 on: 08-16-2009 07:02 »

You've gotta give credit to a movie that can kill a man and trash an African shack using only a pig.
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« Reply #197 on: 08-17-2009 02:41 »

I watched this weird yet awesome movie called Gummo. It's like if homerjayla made a movie.
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« Reply #198 on: 08-17-2009 05:52 »
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I saw District 9 at an early screening last week. I had no expectations going in (I hadn't even heard of it until a week before I saw it), and I came out thinking it wasn't bad by any means. In the week since, though, almost everything I've read about it is painting it as the bloody second coming. It's good, but it's not that good.

I like the indie/blockbuster hybrid feel that it has going on. The CGI/live action mix is very good, especially for something with such a small budget (and the pig bit that Frisco mentioned is laugh-out-loud awesome). It's quirky and reasonably intelligent, but not overly so. If you remove the conceptual twists, such as the extraterrestrial origin of the alien sub-class and the South African setting, then it's pretty standard fare as far as plot and storyline go. The Apartheid metaphor is overwrought to the point of being ridiculous, and there's a whole bunch of plot holes
, but nothing so eye-rollingly bad as to stop you enjoying it. I like the doco-style of cinematography they've used, with its mixture of TV footage, hand-held, surveillance footage and regular mounted photography, but then I'm a sucker for that sort of thing (being one of the sole Cloverfield defenders in here). The whole evil corporation thing is pure cliché and the ending is confused - after reverting to standard Hollywood-style shoot-em-up action for the entire third act, it suddenly decides to jump back in the indie boat and give us an open-ended, ambiguous conclusion.

It's definitely worth seeing, but it's not the most awesomest awesome thing ever, as the internets seem to be portraying it.
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« Reply #199 on: 08-17-2009 16:49 »

Sixteen Candles

It was really good but 80's teenagers were really shallow red face But it's got a couple really hilarious moments.
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