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« Reply #720 on: 07-14-2010 16:07 »

hahaha, great review winna
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« Reply #721 on: 07-14-2010 17:40 »

the short before the movie was really awesome.

Easily my favorite Pixar short ever, which is saying a lot since I loved Presto.
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« Reply #722 on: 07-14-2010 18:08 »

Goddammit, the cinema in my town never plays the short before the Pixar movies anymore!

I'll have to wait for the DVD, I guess...
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« Reply #723 on: 07-14-2010 18:43 »

Really? That's poo! It was really different to the others.

Did anybody else get nostalgic when the little Pixar lamp jumped across the screen at beginning? I know he's there before all the Pixar movies, but for some reason this time I remembered how when I first saw him I thought it was the best thing ever, and how I never really take notice of him anymore.
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« Reply #724 on: 07-14-2010 18:49 »

Did anybody else get nostalgic when the little Pixar lamp jumped across the screen at beginning? I know he's there before all the Pixar movies, but for some reason this time I remembered how when I first saw him I thought it was the best thing ever, and how I never really take notice of him anymore.

Actually, yes. It's weird that I noticed it more in this movie. Maybe it was just because I knew it was the last Toy Story, so I payed attention to every little bit of detail on the screen instead of just passing it by.
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« Reply #725 on: 07-14-2010 20:26 »

Ya I noticed it too. I still remember the whole long short with the ball and everything they used to play before movies. I think I even remember it from the theater when I saw the first Toy Story when I was 4.
any1else

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« Reply #726 on: 07-14-2010 20:50 »

Aww, now I'm just imagining a little 4 year old Joshy. And look at you now no no

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Hmm, I watched a movie on TV last night. Beauty Shop I think it was called. It had Queen Latifah and Alicia Silverstone in it, and I think I mainly watched because I was curious as to what the hell they were making a movie about. It also had Kevin Bacon in a weird role with a crazy accent which turned out to be fake for his character anyway, and he was a bad guy, only probably not as bad as Hollowman. Pervert. So anyway, I think it was like a spin off of that Barbershop movie, that I never watched, so I'm just guessin'.

I'm quite sure Alicia Silverstone doesn't age, she looked exactly the same as she did in Clueless, and that was 10 years prior to this movie.

It was kind of amusing to listen to Bacon talk with the creepy accent and it had a few semi-amusing jokes, but other than that it's not really one of those life-changing films. Probably just one of those you might watch on TV one night when you're really, really bored and have a really whacked out sleep schedule. smile
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« Reply #727 on: 07-14-2010 21:57 »

I'm pretty sure it was indeed a spinoff of Barbershop.

And what are you talking about, I haven't changed a bit. I still look and act four years old.
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« Reply #728 on: 07-14-2010 22:13 »
« Last Edit on: 07-14-2010 22:14 »

You're right, Josh, it was a spinoff of Barbershop, with the same production team.

Did anybody else get nostalgic when the little Pixar lamp jumped across the screen at beginning? I know he's there before all the Pixar movies, but for some reason this time I remembered how when I first saw him I thought it was the best thing ever, and how I never really take notice of him anymore.
I just saw "The Story of Pixar", and the little lamp was the character in the pitch short Pixar did for Disney, to see if they would get greenlit to begin production on "Toy Story".  Per John Lassiter, it being in their production company banner is their way of remembering who they are, where they came from & how far they've gone.
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« Reply #729 on: 07-15-2010 01:45 »

Cool Hand Luke

Also young Dennis Hopper was supposedly in it and I completely missed him


Pardon the long-delayed response.  I just looked at this thread for the first time today.

Pretty sure he was the guy that was always playing the guitar and singing.
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« Reply #730 on: 07-15-2010 02:53 »

Yeah I went back and checked, definitely a young whippersnapper.
Also on that movie Rich Hall was doing a show about Southern USA and jokingly compared Cool Hand Luke to the story of Jesus! The Warden was Pontius Pilate, inmates his apostles etc. laff

Anyhoo,
The Singing Detective
This is the 2003 movie retelling of the UK series starring Robert Downey Junior, Robin Penn, Mel Gibson and others.
Noir detective author Dan Dark is in hospital with crippling arthritis and skin disease, has trouble separating reality from the fiction in his novels, and his troubled past.
It's quite odd and dark and occasionally humorous with a few musical numbers thrown in for good measure, duet well Mel Gibson was cool.
I did notice in one of the fantasies he picks up a maltese falcon, and strangely enough says "kiss kiss bang bang " at one point, the title of another detective noir he stars in 2 years friggin later! eek (maybe he already contracted with it but it was creepy)

An oddity, perhaps see Kiss Kiss Bang Bang instead?
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« Reply #731 on: 07-15-2010 02:57 »

Being There

Wow! This blew me away. Hilarious and brilliant yet so painful to watch, but in a good way. My favourite part was when he turned himself off the TV in the car to the weird sumo guy. I think m0le likes this movie. I really like the ending
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« Reply #732 on: 07-16-2010 05:08 »

Anastasia

Yes, the animated version. I don't know what possessed me to watch this yesterday--I guess I don't know what to do with myself when I have a day off--but it wasn't bad. The songs were hit-or-miss, and the very notion of animating what is essentially a watered-down conspiracy theory is kind of odd. But it's fun and kind of dramatic and decent enough entertainment when you're bored on a Wednesday afternoon.

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« Reply #733 on: 07-16-2010 17:32 »
« Last Edit on: 07-16-2010 17:37 »

I really like the ending
I guess you had to... BE THERE. HA!

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Shutter Island

Umm... Okay.

The last shot of the lighthouse seemed to screw everything up.

Also, MAJOR fuck up in continuity. Lady gets give a glass of water, Close up of her bringing her right hand up WITH NO GLASS IN IT and drinking, over the shoulder shot of her putting an empty glass down WITH HER LEFT HAND, then a few seconds later, wider shot of a half full (empty?) glass.

I was thinking since this was Shutter Island, it would somehow be significant, but no, just a massive fuck up.

As for the rest of the movie... I have no fucking clue. It was pretty and stuff, there were good performances, but i found it to be a bit of a mess.
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« Reply #734 on: 07-16-2010 19:09 »

Zombieland

Better than I thought it was going to be. The boy reminded me of Books.

B+
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« Reply #735 on: 07-16-2010 19:23 »

But he wasn't trying to score Abigail Breslins character. confused
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« Reply #736 on: 07-16-2010 19:27 »

I'm not trying to score any underage girls anymore smile I already have a girlfriend smile
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« Reply #737 on: 07-17-2010 01:23 »

Attaboy.

Inception
Awesome, pure awesome. Christopher Nolan is The Balls.
Cast is fantastic, concept is fairly original and interesting, and excellently presented (fantastic sets, locations, mindfuck action sequences, etc.)

Sidenote: One of my friends didn't like/get it, but he bought Epic Movie on DVD so his opinion doesn't count, but one of my other friends ironically fell asleep during it. big grin

A+
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« Reply #738 on: 07-17-2010 07:16 »
« Last Edit on: 07-17-2010 07:27 »

Wonder Woman 2009

DC animated knows how to make movies.  I recently saw this animated feature and it pretty much honors the character as well as bring a fresh start.  I'm a big fan of Batman: The Animated, Superman and Justice League and I feel if WB would hire some of the writers and producers to work on some of their live action superhero films, they'd be producing gold like The Dark Knight.  Clearly, these guys have spent years reading comics, know the characters very well and know how to portray them in each of their films.  This film had more depth and emotion than Superman Returns.  It has great jokes, and the action sequences are truly amazing.  The opening battle sequence was inspired by 300 and other epic battle films.  There has been talk of a live action film of Wonder Woman, this film would be an awesome template for that film.  The film's ending does teases us for a sequel, but I do hope DC animated follows up, since I do want to see them evolve this story.

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« Reply #739 on: 07-17-2010 16:53 »

I think I watched that, check out Batman: Under the Red Hood looks good too.
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« Reply #740 on: 07-17-2010 22:56 »

I saw that new Batman movie it was pretty good. The Joker steals the show, like always...
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« Reply #741 on: 07-18-2010 01:24 »

Perriers Bounty
Gritty Irish gangster flick in a similar style to Snatch or Lock Stock, Cillian Murphy owes boss Perrier (Brendan Gleason) money, he doesn't have it, action and hilarity ensues.
Some great Dub' characters, and lots of recognisable locations they shot in, however Jim Broadbent's Dublin accent was a bit off, otherwise great film.

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« Reply #742 on: 07-18-2010 03:24 »
« Last Edit on: 07-18-2010 03:33 »

Inception

Exceptional.
Christopher Nolan is an incredible film-maker and this ranks among his best work. The plot is wonderfully inventive, interesting and original whilst drawing on lots of cinematic familiarities to allow your brain to have something to hold onto whilst the rest of the film mindfucks you to hell. There's also a lot of depth to it -not particularly metaphysical as you may think -but emotional depth. All of that is structured perfectly and more importantly, interestingly, in true Christopher Nolan fashion.
Add onto that, that pretty much every technical aspect of the film is spot-on. The acting is top-notch from a great ensemble cast, the cinematography is great in its own dark and brooding way, the special effects are brilliant and the editing is also very good. The only weak link is the fact that Hans Zimmer's score is exactly the same as his score for The Dark Knight. But even that complaint is very minor because it works and it suits the film.
One of the best things about Inception is that it doesn't talk down to the audience whatsoever and whilst this seems to be turning some people off of it, anybody with a brain should find something to enjoy in it. It's not a masterpiece, but it's bloody close.

9/10



Shutter Island

Also, MAJOR fuck up in continuity. Lady gets give a glass of water, Close up of her bringing her right hand up WITH NO GLASS IN IT and drinking, over the shoulder shot of her putting an empty glass down WITH HER LEFT HAND, then a few seconds later, wider shot of a half full (empty?) glass.

I was thinking since this was Shutter Island, it would somehow be significant, but no, just a massive fuck up.

There are countless continuity errors throughout the film and they are all intentional. Especially that one. The lack of continuity is supposed to make you feel uneasy and like something's wrong throughout the film -Kubrick did the same thing in A Clockwork Orange, albeit to a lesser extent.

I wasn't blown away by Shutter Island, but I'll defend this aspect of it to hell and back.
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« Reply #743 on: 07-18-2010 03:29 »

Wow; hollywood making something somewhat original that's not a piece of crap.  I've got to check it out.
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« Reply #744 on: 07-18-2010 06:39 »

I think I watched that, check out Batman: Under the Red Hood looks good too.
No Kevin Conroy?  No Mark Hamil?  No Efram Zimbalist Jr.?  Sounds like a bunch of mid-grade Hollywood stars and John DiMaggio are horning in on well established roles.
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« Reply #745 on: 07-18-2010 11:02 »

Shutter Island

This was a damn good movie, and I'll tell you why. Sure the twist was expected and you saw it coming the whole movie, but that doesn't matter. That wasn't the point. The point was the method. Scorcese was taking a classic setup with a classic twist and putting his genius into work on it. He makes the whole thing a ride. Everything about the acting, the atmosphere, the storytelling is almost perfectly done. You didn't need to not see the twist coming to enjoy the way the movie panned out and the way all the pieces of the puzzle fit together.

As for Chay's confusion about the last shot:

B+
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« Reply #746 on: 07-18-2010 11:03 »

Pity about Hamil not wanting to do the voice of Joker anymore, but DiMaggio still pulls it off pretty well.

I enjoyed Batman: Under The Red Hood. I have always enjoyed all the DC animation movies most even more than the live action movies.

If you can check out Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths. Also quite enjoyable.
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« Reply #747 on: 07-18-2010 18:02 »

Not to mention the character design of Red Hood looks like Deadpool/Deadshot.
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« Reply #748 on: 07-18-2010 18:09 »

As for Chay's confusion about the last shot:

B+

I think you misinterpreted the end.


As for scorcese's genius, i'd again have to disagree. I did like the sound editing, and silence was used well, but he seemed to start using certain techniques, then abandon them shortly after. And again, it just felt kind of sloppy. You can say that maybe that was intentional, and it was just meant to make you feel uneasy, but i've seen plenty of other films that use odd editing etc to make me feel uneasy, but felt that it fit and really enjoyed the film, this was just weird and annoying more often than not.

I didn't hate it, I just really don't think it was that great.

@Cyber_turnip Is there a list of said continuity errors? Cause that was the only one I noticed.
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« Reply #749 on: 07-18-2010 18:36 »


Wow...while I was watching I couldn't wrap my head around that line at all, but that makes perfect sense. Now I like the ending even more!

As for the film editing, obviously Scorscese didn't edit the film, that was Thelma Schoonmaker, who's edited all of Scorsceses films since Raging Bull. I thought the editing was excellent, possibly the best thing about the movie. I didn't find it sloppy or unusual at all. That's just a matter of personal opinion, I suppose.
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« Reply #750 on: 07-18-2010 20:58 »

Batman: Under The Red Hood
Dark and satisfying Batman romp even without Conroy/Hamill, it actually reminded me of the Hush comics, and A Death in the Family of course.

Bat+

Thanks to DogDoo for letting me know it was, ahem, available. wink
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« Reply #751 on: 07-19-2010 00:32 »
« Last Edit on: 07-19-2010 00:35 »

How To Train Your Dragon

Pretty good. I didn't like everything about it, and it certainly didn't blow my mind in any way. But it was very enjoyable and the dragons were awesome (especially Toothless), so:

B
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« Reply #752 on: 07-19-2010 03:24 »

Dragons are pretty gay. One time there was a dragon on the other side of the glory hole and it tried to suck me off!
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« Reply #753 on: 07-19-2010 05:22 »

Inception

Saw this today. I have to say, it was beyond what I expected. It was absolutely one of those movies that really make you think, and everything was unexpected, right up to the end credits. Had my friend and I on the edge of our seats the whole time.

A+
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« Reply #754 on: 07-19-2010 07:01 »

Inception

Saw the movie today, its very interpretive. Fun to talk about with your friends. Go see it so they don't have to not talk about it in front of you.

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« Reply #755 on: 07-19-2010 07:28 »
« Last Edit on: 07-19-2010 07:33 »

Superman Doomsday

This was the first DC animated movie I saw and I thought it was okay.  The concept of Superman getting killed is interesting, one that allows us to see how Superman's supporting character develop and react to this incident.  Something got to see on the tv show JL, but not really explore much since it's a half hour show.  I do have a few nitpicks, first off the title.  "Doomsday", he's in this, but in like only the first act.  That's like if the Joker was in only the first act of The Dark Knight.  This movie should've been call, Death of Superman or something that isn't as misleading.  Also, Toyman being all emo is weird.  I like how they made him a little more psychotic than his Superman TAS counterpart.  Kevin Smith's cameo is hilarious.  Lex Luther is somewhat interesting, but every time I think of animated Luther I think of Clancy Brown voicing him.  Though, I question he's really obsession of Superman, especially when he goes like, "Why did you leave me?"  Mercy Graves appearance is short, so we don't really get to see her develop in this film.  Lois's grief over the death of Superman is what keeps this film together, especially during her monologue to Ma Kent.  I do like Ma Kent's scenes and wish she was in the film much longer.  I thought the whole cloning thing made this film fall short--we've seen the cloning thing in the cartoon i. e. Bizarro--, but seeing Superman abuse his powers is something I dread, because who can really stop him?  During that scene with the cat, I swear he was going to snap it's neck just to make a point.  Metropolis PD is stupid, especially when they think they can arrest Superman without Kryptonite.  What were they thinking?  That is no excuse, they should know Superman can't be stopped by bullets.

B  Could have gotten an A if not for the nitpicks.
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« Reply #756 on: 07-19-2010 08:45 »
« Last Edit on: 07-19-2010 08:47 »

The A-Team

Fun fun fun fun fun fun great cast fun fun fun fun fun fun fun fun fun fun fantastic acting fun fun fun fun fun fun fun fun Sharlto Copley is hilarious fun fun fun fun fun fun this movie could've had the worst plot ever and it still would've been fun fun fun fun fun fun fun.

B+
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« Reply #757 on: 07-19-2010 16:42 »

Yes. Agree entirely. It was just so silly, but SO much fun. At the end with all the containers flying everywhere. It was just like, "Sure! Why not?!" FUN!
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« Reply #758 on: 07-20-2010 05:16 »

Slipstream

What the hell was that about? I don't know what to think of it.

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« Reply #759 on: 07-21-2010 03:52 »

Epic Movie

This movie was, well, epic. Epic jokes, epic laughs. Clever? No way. Funny? Yes way. Great check-your-brain-at-the-door comedy. Two thumbs up!

Inception

Snoooooooze fest! The story was clever but I found the acting and directing to be rather pedestrian. hmpf
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