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hobbitboy

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« Reply #480 on: 11-05-2009 09:17 »
« Last Edit on: 11-05-2009 09:19 »

I saw A Christmas Carol today (though not in 3D).

It was pretty good but probably not something I'd go out of my way to see again.

They went for quite a cartoony look, via the motion-capture technology (c.f. Monster House but a bit more caricatured) and I only recognised one of the actors (Colin Firth). I don't even think I would have picked Jim Carrey was Scrooge if I hadn't already known that he was the star and I was completely unaware that he and several other actors played multiple roles until the credits rolled.

The visuals were very good and the story moved along at a good pace, though it was pretty much only an Ebeneezer Scrooge movie with little time given to any other (corporeal) characters at all.

In the end it all seemed a little hollow, somehow and didn't seem to have the emotional punch that it ought to.

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P.S. I won't take particularly sensitive children to see this as some of the ghost scenes (especially the ghost of Marley) were surprisingly creepy for a Disney movie.

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P.P.S.  And a TotP "Bah, humbug" to one and all!

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« Reply #481 on: 11-05-2009 13:59 »
« Last Edit on: 11-05-2009 14:20 »

I prefer A Christmas Carol in the original Muppet format. no no

Bob Roberts
Reasonably amusing premise about a behind-the-scenes look at an evil, paleoconservative political campaign who use folk music for it's original intention: warping and destroying the minds of the American public. With Alan Rickman and Ray Wise as the campaign managers it would take infernal intervention to screw it up, but the one-note joke stops being funny after about twenty minutes, which is okay because that's roughly the point when they forget they were making a SNL-derived comedy and the whole project ventures into depressing, Z-esque conspiracy territory. hmpf

Overall, if you want to see what a snuff film directed by Michael Moore would look like (and it's in the back of your mind right now), this is the closest you can get.

C-

The Quiet Man

In my own private world, Bobby Sands was protesting against this movie. I accept that I'm prejudiced against movies with John Wayne in them, but this was pretty ugly even by his standards. With the exception of the brawl almost at the finishing line, it's basically a boring, agonisingly unfunny two hour long slur against the Irish. I'm not even objecting to the stereotypes, it's just that it shouldn't have taken that long to get through them all. frown

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The Blair Witch Project
Hey, somebody else just saw it, too!

I never bothered watching this when it came out, being one of those fortunate people who just knows that the timely MAD magazine parody and a hastily-skimmed-through online synopsis is a superior experience to actually watching a summer movie, but I found myself watching it! It makes a pretty strong case for itself, in spite of the endlessly parodying there was in the days before the progressive internet culture of today could make a joke stale twenty minutes before it was started.

The main cast are extremely late 90's if there is ever was such a thing, but I think it works in favour of the rest of it! Nothing in it makes sense and nothing is ever explained, and you get the impression that the writers didn't know either, but the vague sense of dread and tension creeps along at just the right pace. Even the pretense for them videotaping it is fairly believable except for a few key moments of alternatively running away and towards the evil.

And for anybody else who never saw it and is quietly wondering but not voicing it out loud, no, there is no violence of any kind, not even a little! eek

Teeth and a vague piece of meat in a gingham hankerchief don't count and they NEVER HAVE. mad

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« Reply #482 on: 11-05-2009 17:29 »

Since it's the fifth of November:

V For Vendetta

Like most dystopias this is set a little while into the future and takes the worst excesses of today to a totalitarian extreme. Here Britain is governed by High Chancellor Sutler, played by the excellent John Hurt. We learn that he came to power after a terrorist outrage that left tens of thousands of people dead. Once elected he had set about building a police state where undesirables were eliminated.

The main character of the film is Evey (Natalie Portman with a slightly dodgy accent), a girl who is rescued from the police by a masked man known only as V, played by Hugo Weaving who performs well in a role where we never see his face as it is always covered by hid Guy Falkes mask.

Shortly after rescuing her he takes her to a rooftop to watch as he detonates explosives that he has planted under the Old Bailey. He then announces that that in one years time, on the fifth of November he will blow up the now disused Houses of Parliament. He also sets about killing a group of people who have wronged him in the past. Inspector Finch, an honest policeman played well by Stephen Rea is tasked with bringing V to justice. The more he learns about V's victims and their connection to the government the more disturbed be becomes.

Many viewers seem to consider this a left wing film that is attacking right wing values by taking them to an extreme; I never thought that though, to me it is a film about the evil of tyranny which would have worked in exactly the same way had the government been Stalinist.

The acting is good throughout, the secondary characters were also impressive, especially Stephen Fry who played a television presenter who sheltered Evey at one point, in many ways his character is the non-violent equivalent of V, they even cook the same thing for breakfast.

8/10

I posted the review on IMDb ages ago but just watched the film again so thought I'd copy it here tongue
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« Reply #483 on: 11-06-2009 03:55 »

500 Days Of Summer
Fuck. Too close for comfort. Girls are assholes.
Dudes are awesum, Han Solo awesum! lol

Ah no, it was pretty good, Joseph Gordon Levitt (JoGoLev) is pretty cool, I still think Zooey Deschanel is meh.

B+
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« Reply #484 on: 11-06-2009 04:03 »

Fuck. Too close for comfort. Girls are assholes.

Which girl punched you?
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« Reply #485 on: 11-06-2009 04:07 »

Faze, using this anatomically correct doll, show me exactly where the girl didn't touch you.
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« Reply #486 on: 11-06-2009 07:20 »

I still think Zooey Deschanel is meh.
A pox on you!  She's got amazing eyes... and the rest of her ain't bad neither. 
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« Reply #487 on: 11-06-2009 08:04 »

500 Days Of Summer
Fuck. Too close for comfort. Girls are assholes.
My ex was depressed after we saw that movie...and now we're gone. Heh. Well it's not really funny..

Also, I agree with seattlejohn, Zooey has lovely features. I love her in that "I hate you because you're so fucking beautiful, I wish I could be like that you bitch" kind of way. smile
hobbitboy

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« Reply #488 on: 11-06-2009 09:57 »


   I prefer A Christmas Carol in the original Muppet format. no no


I think the only movie made with muppets that I ever saw was The Muppet Movie (and that was at the cinema, folks). Have I missed out by not seeting the rest?

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« Reply #489 on: 11-06-2009 17:42 »

Three words. "Muppet Treasure Island"
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« Reply #490 on: 11-06-2009 17:52 »

I love Zooey especially in Hitchhikers guide. She has an excellent singing voice. Kinda quirky but in a good way. Check her out on YouTube.
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« Reply #491 on: 11-06-2009 18:35 »

That's all she plays though, "the quirky cute girl."
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« Reply #492 on: 11-07-2009 02:20 »

I think the only movie made with muppets that I ever saw was The Muppet Movie (and that was at the cinema, folks). Have I missed out by not seeting the rest?

Muppet Deep Throat was pretty good. Miss Piggy puts on a rather startling performance.
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« Reply #493 on: 11-07-2009 05:08 »
« Last Edit on: 11-07-2009 05:11 »

Team America, World Police
This is one of the funniest films I've ever seen.  It takes the low cost animation & total left field humor of South Park & marries it to marrionettes.  The plot revolves around a secret spy organization called Team America whose mandate is to oppose world terrorism & stop the destruction they create.  Except, Team America somehow always manages to blow up the very thing they're trying to protect; the opening montage of how Team America "protects" Paris is worth the ticket price alone.  Along the way, they manage to lampoon Hollywood & it's idiotic politically active actors, islamic terrorism, the American Government & political correctness.  It's NC-17 rated in the uncut version (due to "graphic marrionette sex scenes", if you can believe that), but the humor is totally Matt & Trey.  

9/10
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« Reply #494 on: 11-07-2009 05:21 »

"I promise; I will never die."
Priceless.

I was going to watch that a while ago but I didn't. Maybe the guys will have it at the bbq tonight. And Kung Pow: Enter the Fist. I can't believe how old some of these movies are getting, it seems like just yesterday, and I'm not even very old myself. It makes no sense cry
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« Reply #495 on: 11-07-2009 06:23 »

Team America, World Police

AMERICA! FUCK YEAH! Coming to save the mother-fuckin' day YEAH!
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« Reply #496 on: 11-07-2009 06:59 »

"We're Guards"
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« Reply #497 on: 11-07-2009 07:28 »

"Matt Damon"
hobbitboy

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« Reply #498 on: 11-07-2009 09:26 »


   Team America, World Police


Is that the one with the rather prolonged vomit scene?

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« Reply #499 on: 11-07-2009 16:19 »

No that was the Meaning Of Life.
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« Reply #500 on: 11-07-2009 16:22 »

actually, it was both.
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« Reply #501 on: 11-07-2009 18:57 »

Where the Wild Things Are

I thought this movie was pretty good, visually it was amazing, and I understood the symbolism quite well. The scenes on the monster islands were fine, it was just the bookends in the real world that were so vague and really meant absolutely nothing. After watching my boyfriend and I were discussing it and he told me his idea of what the last line in the movie should have been and I realized that it seriously would have been perfect.


Now my opinion of the movie is lesser.

C+
seattlejohn01

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« Reply #502 on: 11-07-2009 19:18 »

actually, it was both.
Team America's was kinda hilarious (you could tell it was through a pressurized line); the Mr. Creosote scene in Meaning of Life was pretty rank.

"Better...
 Better what?
 Better get a bucket, I think I'm going to throw up..."

 "It's wafer thin!"
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« Reply #503 on: 11-08-2009 09:31 »

This Is It
Wow. Thriller would have been so awesome like that. I think if you are able to enjoy the music it's really interesting watching this just to see how they put together a concert and watching all the dancing and everyone playing their instruments. It was pretty funny when they were doing a safety run of Michael on a cherry picker and they told him just to stand there and not sing, so he just goes "weeee!" while being swung out across the room. I'd heard somebody talk about it on the radio a few weeks ago, but to see it is to piss your pants.
I would never have thought to go to an MJ concert, but that made it look like it was going to be fantastic.
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« Reply #504 on: 11-08-2009 10:55 »

This is England - very good movie about the skinhead culture in england of the 1980s

Two Fists, One Heart - was rather meh, maybe for the fact that i was half asleep watching it on the bus from Melbourne to Sydney

Swordfish - MEH!

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs - funnier that i thought it would be

Beetle Juice - aah, good old movie, love it

The World's Fastest Indian - too straight forward for my taste, but that's how it happened i guess

Ponyo - fucking awesome! especially since i watched it in japanese!!

V for Vendetta - could have been way way better

Me, Myself & Irene - good "switch off your brain" fun, else meh

The Goonies - aah, memories of the childhood... <3

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - considering i haven't read the books i have no idea how accurate it was, but it was good

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian - same as above, just not as good imo

Ratatouille - great!
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« Reply #505 on: 11-08-2009 11:00 »

Ice Cold in Alex (1958)

Even though this is one of the great films set in the Second World War I don't think I'd seen it in its entirety so when my news paper gave it away on a DVD I finally got a chance to watch it... and just like the lager in the final scene it was worth the wait.

Set in the North African deserts of Libya and Egypt the film follows a small group of British personnel as they try to get from Tobruk to Alexandria in an ambulance without getting captured by Germans, running out of fuel and water or getting stranded in the harsh terrain after they have been separated from the rest of their column. Shortly after departing they pick up a South African officer who's ability to talk German gets them out of sticky situations more than once.

It is an unusual war film in more than one way, for a start the group contains women who are real characters rather than just the love interest left behind while the men go off to war and secondly they don't have some exciting mission to destroy an enemy target or even to engage in combat; they just want to avoid any contact with the Germans and get to Alexandria and have an ice cold lager... hence the films title.

The acting was good, I thought Sylvia Syms stood out as the nurse Sister Diana Murdoch, it was good to see a woman in a leading roll in a war film of that era. I liked that the makers didn't feel a need to have music in every scene, the total silence added to the atmosphere of the desert in many scenes.

9/10
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« Reply #506 on: 11-08-2009 11:55 »

Black Dynamite

Dynamite..... Dynamite.

I really liked the feel of this film, very reminiscent of Blaxploitation films of the 70's. That is, the first half is, afterwards not so much.The film feels and looks like they used sets, actual clothes and cameras from the era.

The movie follows 'Black Dynamite' who is always black dynamite even with the flash backs to his childhood and his mission to rid the streets of drugs (kung fu style) after his brother jimmy is killed by his druglord boss. BD is helped by his friends from the Black panthers to his pimp friends 'Bullhorn' and 'Cream Corn' to help him in his mission.

Just over halfway into the movie it takes a radical turn for the insanely best just after they find out whats really happening and that the drugs are only a distraction to keep BD away from the truth.

I don't want to spoil this one as it has to be seen to be enjoyed.

10/10 Kung Fu honkies
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« Reply #507 on: 11-08-2009 19:39 »

Just watched Accepted. Pretty funny, if formulaic. Very well done comedy following the attmepts of Bartleby Gaines initially to fool his parents into thinking he has a college place, then to try and create a real college from nothing but sheer fakery.

Of course, there's a rival college, a subplot about friendship, a love interest, and several variations on the crazy-ass sidekick. But none of those compare to the magnificent fertility statue just before the end credits.

Liked it, but didn't love it. 8 out of ten (cats). tongue
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« Reply #508 on: 11-09-2009 00:51 »
« Last Edit on: 11-09-2009 04:32 »

Black Dynamite
DYNOMITE.. DYNOMITE!!
2nd DogDoos review, highly enjoyable, mix of Shaft and Bruce Lees characters, but done in a spoof style.
Every 70s cheesy cliché is done and redone in hilarious fashion.

"I am smilin... :| "
"First Lady I'm sorry I pimp-slapped you"
"You bet your sweet ass and half a titty..."
Roffles. big grin
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The Tournament
I watched this because it looked silly and had some cool actors, Ving Rhames, Robert Carlysle and the delicious Kelly Hu (om nom nom), also Boone from Lost is in it.
Basically the worlds top assassins are in this tournament Battle Royale style, kill or be killed before 24 hours is up or their tracker devices will kerplode them, last man standing wins $10 million from the rich guys betting on it.

Redonkulous no brainer with crappy acting but good action stuff.
C-
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« Reply #509 on: 11-09-2009 03:25 »

This Is It
Wow. Thriller would have been so awesome like that. I think if you are able to enjoy the music it's really interesting watching this just to see how they put together a concert and watching all the dancing and everyone playing their instruments. It was pretty funny when they were doing a safety run of Michael on a cherry picker and they told him just to stand there and not sing, so he just goes "weeee!" while being swung out across the room. I'd heard somebody talk about it on the radio a few weeks ago, but to see it is to piss your pants.
I would never have thought to go to an MJ concert, but that made it look like it was going to be fantastic.

I would have love to go to one of his concerts but there's always the problem with ticket availability frown

That movie was really amazing except for the noisy "neighbour" beside me kept saying "You meant to tell me that we sat through 2 hours of that and we didn't get to see the ending".

Told him off "Dude, c'mon. We all know the ending". Said that with a smile of course, wouldn't want him and his 2 others friends beating me up  roll eyes
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« Reply #510 on: 11-09-2009 04:19 »

Team America, World Police

AMERICA! FUCK YEAH! Coming to save the mother-fuckin' day YEAH!
"Dirka dirka, mohammad, allah, jihad?"
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« Reply #511 on: 11-11-2009 11:32 »

The Good, The Bad, The Weird

As a fan of "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly" I was intrigued when I saw a film entitled "The Good, The Bad, The Weird", when I saw it was a Korean western set in the deserts of Japanese occupied Manchuria I just had to see it even though I was sure it wouldn't be as good as it sounded... thankfully I was wrong, the plot may have been slight but the action was relentless and frequently very funny.

While it was obviously inspired by "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly" it was not a remake, the main similarities where the three main characters; Once again The Good was a bounty hunter, The Bad was a sadistic killer and The Weird replaced The Ugly as the comic relief. The plot involves The Weird robbing a train, amongst the items he steals is a map... a map The Bad was planning to steal as well although he is interrupted when The Good arrives with the intent of collecting the bounty on him. In the confusion The Weird escapes and the rest of the film follows the attempts of The Bad, a group of bandits and the Imperial Japanese Army trying to get their hands on the map.

The action is spectacular and well done with numerous gunfights, knife fights and chases on foot, horseback, motorbike and car. While there is a focus on action the characters are fun too, especially The Weird who stole the show. While it is a comedy it does feature a few violent scenes which some viewers expecting only laughs might not like, I know I winced when one character tried to cut off another's finger with a knife.

I'd definitely recommend this to fans of westerns who are looking for something different as well as to fans of Asian cinema.

8/10
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« Reply #512 on: 11-11-2009 12:20 »

Ya epic chase scene at the end.
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« Reply #513 on: 11-12-2009 04:29 »
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500 Days of Summer was really good up until the point where she gets engaged and then married. Then it turns to movie script bullshit and I hated it. The first 80% was still great, but that last 20% makes me want to say fuck this movie and everything in it.

PEEENIIIIS/10

PS, oh yah, I wanna stab her eyes out repeatedly. OH YEAH AND I NEED TO GIVE THIS AN EXTRA POINT FOR HAVING THE PIXIES. THAT PART BLEW MY MIND
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« Reply #514 on: 11-12-2009 05:17 »

The Yakuza
This is one of the first Japanese films that incorporated Hollywood style & film techniques with very realistic dialog & fight scenes.  Shot in 1974, it stars Robert Mitchum and Ken Takakura (otherwise known as the Japanese Clint Eastwood).  Mitchum plays a private investigator who returns to Japan (he served with the US Occupation forces in WWII) to help rescue his friend's daughter from the Yakuza.  Along the way, he meets his long lost love's brother (Takakura), who, because of the way Mitchum helped his sister, feels he owes Mitchum a debt of obligation, otherwise known as "giri".  Because of this perceived debt, he agrees to help Mitchum get the girl back from the Yakuza, drawing a death sentence upon himself and Mitchum.

There's many layers to this film, and quite possibly the most realistic sword fight ever filmed.  Along the way, traditional Japanese values, including the value of "Giri", are examined.  The ending is absolutely shocking; I didn't see this one coming at all.  Well acted, a great script and the direction shows respect towards a culture of which we don't often get more than a glimpse.  An excellent film.

9/10
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« Reply #515 on: 11-12-2009 23:30 »
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Quote from: x.Bianca.x
The Boat That Rocked

Great movie. Loved it. It was definetely swick worthy
I would watch it again.

10/10

I watched this because of that post and I FUCKING LOVED IT. big grin
Every minute was ridiculously enjoyable. I have zero faults with this movie. It's amazing. In conclusion, funner than sex? Philip Seymore Hoffman owns.

PS, it had a couple really hilarious moments. My favourites were when the girl said he'll probably hear them having sex, and then he said "That is very nice". And when the bearded guy almost dies saving the record, and the other guy throws it back.
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« Reply #516 on: 11-13-2009 00:36 »

Terrible movie.
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« Reply #517 on: 11-13-2009 23:04 »

Nice review, TNUK.  However, in the future, please try to keep it shorter...
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« Reply #518 on: 11-14-2009 03:13 »

One-Sentence Reviews

eragon
A thousand monkeys at a thousand typewriters took a break from writing and defecated this soulless monstrosity onto the floor.

Crank: High Voltage
Traditionally, a sequel is not supposed to be the exact same movie produced for a second time.

Shoot 'em up
Like watching someone beat a child - it's amusing at first, but then the child stops moving and you begin to get worried...

Hannibal
The greatest villain of cinema history loses some of his punch when he's turned into a lovesick Romeo.

A Good Year
Dull sappy crap without humor or point, but it's worth it to see Russell 'Maximus' Crowe blunder through the French language like a drunken elephant in a chandelier store.

Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within
Yes, technically impressive for the time, but they should have given it a story.

Donnie Brasco
As dreary as you expect a true story to be; they should have got Martin Scorsese to direct, that would have given it some Pesci.
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« Reply #519 on: 11-14-2009 06:51 »

Donnie Brasco dreary?  Fugitaboutit...
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