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« Reply #320 on: 08-18-2012 17:43 »

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inferior to [...] Disney-minus-Pixar's Tangled.

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« Reply #321 on: 08-18-2012 17:57 »

What has Tangled got to do with Pixar?
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« Reply #322 on: 08-18-2012 17:58 »

I'm more bothered by the fact that he gave Ted a higher score than They Live. Something's wrong with him.
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« Reply #323 on: 08-18-2012 18:15 »

Tangled

Deary me, Pixar. What's happening? Cars 2 was bad - not bad by Pixar's standards, just bad. Monsters University looks poor and this recent news of Finding Nemo 2? Really? Seems like my concerns that Pixar is on its way out of being a mark of quality have been pretty much confirmed, given that whilst far from being a bad film, Brave is very unremarkable. I need to re-watch A Bug's Life before committing to this opinion, but I'd say it's quite easily Pixar's 2nd worst film to date. It just feels like it never gets going and the whole thing feels largely uncinematic. It's also an example of a film where in almost every scene, I was thinking of tiny little things I would have done subtley different that would have made it better. Films shouldn't be such transparently missed opportunities, especially not coming from Pixar. It began to get a bit boring, too. The whole thing was just rather underwhelming. To put this into perspective, it's inferior to both Dreamworks' How to Train Your Dragon and Disney-minus-Pixar's Tangled.

7/10

Pixar had nothing to do with Tangled. Also, Tangled was brilliant and fantastic and all sorts of adjectives which your review lacks. Hopefully one day you will... see the light.

* Xanfor puts on sunglasses.

Also, Cars 2 was very good. Pixar has yet to make a bad film, and I doubt their upcoming sequels will break that trend.
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« Reply #324 on: 08-18-2012 19:53 »

I'm assuming he meant Brave, but since he didn't make any specific points, your guess is as good as mine.
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« Reply #325 on: 08-18-2012 20:34 »

The Dark Knight Rises
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Silly nitpicking of a superhero movie.
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« Reply #326 on: 08-18-2012 21:20 »

Tangled

Deary me, Pixar. What's happening? Cars 2 was bad - not bad by Pixar's standards, just bad. Monsters University looks poor and this recent news of Finding Nemo 2? Really? Seems like my concerns that Pixar is on its way out of being a mark of quality have been pretty much confirmed, given that whilst far from being a bad film, Brave is very unremarkable. I need to re-watch A Bug's Life before committing to this opinion, but I'd say it's quite easily Pixar's 2nd worst film to date. It just feels like it never gets going and the whole thing feels largely uncinematic. It's also an example of a film where in almost every scene, I was thinking of tiny little things I would have done subtley different that would have made it better. Films shouldn't be such transparently missed opportunities, especially not coming from Pixar. It began to get a bit boring, too. The whole thing was just rather underwhelming. To put this into perspective, it's inferior to both Dreamworks' How to Train Your Dragon and Disney-minus-Pixar's Tangled.

7/10

Pixar had nothing to do with Tangled. Also, Tangled was brilliant and fantastic and all sorts of adjectives which your review lacks. Hopefully one day you will... see the light.

* Xanfor puts on sunglasses.

Also, Cars 2 was very good. Pixar has yet to make a bad film, and I doubt their upcoming sequels will break that trend.

For someone who seems to be quite knowledgeable of movies, I'm a little confused that you're calling Tangled a Pixar film.

And Tangled is adorable.

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« Reply #327 on: 08-18-2012 21:46 »

I know it's like it's a comic book/book/TV show/movie/ALL MEDIA ON EARTH staple/trope or something! tongue
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« Reply #328 on: 08-18-2012 21:56 »

For someone who seems to be quite knowledgeable of movies, I'm a little confused that you're calling Tangled a Pixar film.

Are you referring to me?
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« Reply #329 on: 08-19-2012 02:54 »

that idiot should just stop watching movies because he obviously even like them.
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« Reply #330 on: 08-19-2012 03:05 »

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Um

First thing I noticed as well.
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« Reply #331 on: 08-20-2012 04:34 »

Watched Snow White for the first time in yeeeears.

Snow White gets a lot of flack for being a Disney Princess (especially since she's the first one and the one used to make the mould for all her forest animal stealing descendants), but I quite liked her.  She is pretty sweet and lovable and you do feel for her plight... until she meets the Dwarves, and starts ordering them about in their own home, as well as talking to them like mentally handicapped toddlers.   By this point I did a complete U-turn on my opinion on her and was rooting for the Queen to do away with the condescending little bint.    Doesn't help that the nicest thing you can say about her revolting outfit is that it's not pink. 
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« Reply #332 on: 08-20-2012 16:36 »

I'm assuming he meant Brave, but since he didn't make any specific points, your guess is as good as mine.

This. Freudian slip. Sorry guys.

I'm more bothered by the fact that he gave Ted a higher score than They Live. Something's wrong with him.
Ted was simplistic and enjoyable but knew its place whereas They Live was simplistic crap masquerading as high-art. And not very enjoyable beyond how unintentionally funny much of it was.

Also, Cars 2 was very good. Pixar has yet to make a bad film, and I doubt their upcoming sequels will break that trend.
Cars 2 was not very good. It was a completely disjointed mess of a film that, other than a few choice scenes that played wonderfully, coasted along at the same sort of level as your average Saturday morning kids' cartoons.

I never said The Avengers was flawless and my argument goes beyond the silly nitpicks. Firstly, The Dark Knight Rises has too many of these nitpicks to the point that it really gets distracting. Almost every shot of the film added about 3 more plotholes or bits that stretched my ability to suspend disbelief. The Avengers had a few of these throughout the film - not even close to being the same amount.
But The Avengers was fun and consistent with its own goals knew its place. It was self-inflated and it wasn't boring.

And Tangled is adorable.
Yes, I like Tangled.

that idiot should just stop watching movies because he obviously even like them.
Oh, fuck off. I love films; that's why I watch so many of them. I enjoyed a number of films in my reviews alone and just because it didn't contain anything I'd put up with my all time favourites doesn't mean I don't like films.
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« Reply #333 on: 08-20-2012 19:05 »

Well, I watched TDKR twice and even after reading some of the problems other people had, I couldn't remember them and enjoyed the film the second time.
Maybe the motorbikes appearing out of nowhere and Bane saying he didn't see daylight until he was already a man...
Dude! There's a big hole with the sun coming in up there, look up! lol big grin

However, in TDK when the helicopter is cut down by the cables, that guy who says "Ok that's not good!" still annoys me, SHUTUP TRUCK DRIVER NOBODY CARES ABOUT YOU! mad
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« Reply #334 on: 08-21-2012 05:44 »
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I loved The Dark Knight Rises the first time I saw it. The second time I saw it though my opinion became much closer to cyber_turnip's. I noticed a lot of plot holes, I realized that the twists that were awesome to me the first time I watched it were actually totally pointless in the context of the film's story and only there to make people who were familiar with the comics go "Yay that thing/person from the comics", and worst of all, it was boring. Compared to the first two films, very very little happens in TDKR...I just didn't notice much the first time I watched it because everything that happened was all new to me. I still think it's a good film, and my thoughts on it now don't detract from my original enjoyment of it, but I don't think I would say it was an amazing film or even one of my favorite movies of the year. The Avengers totally mopped the floor with it.

Speaking of my favorite movie of the year, I just watched The Cabin In The Woods again...and it's still one of the greatest things I've ever seen ever. So...watch it.
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« Reply #335 on: 08-21-2012 11:35 »

I can get behind that, The Cabin in the Woods was excellent.
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« Reply #336 on: 08-21-2012 14:31 »

Maz and I just saw that the other day. Had no idea what it was about going in. Got myself good and mindfucked too, I did. Unexpectedly mindfucked. The film was, at least, polite enough to lube up first, so it wasn't unpleasant. But I didn't see that coming. Good job. Well fucked.
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« Reply #337 on: 08-21-2012 17:51 »

TDK was a mess plotwise aswell you know, just sayin'.
From about 2:35 onwards
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« Reply #338 on: 08-26-2012 04:41 »

Speaking of my favorite movie of the year, I just watched The Cabin In The Woods again...and it's still one of the greatest things I've ever seen ever. So...watch it.

Yeah, I'd probably rate The Cabin In The Woods as my favourite movie of 2012 so far. I'd put The Avengers at 2nd place, and then Ted at 3rd because it was surprisingly really funny and had quite a bit of depth to it for Seth MacFarlane's first attempt at comedy on the big screen.
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« Reply #339 on: 08-26-2012 20:17 »

Cabin in the Woods
I'd heard good things about this but I didn't get the appeal, I understand it's all meta and stuff but horror film isn't a genre I really go for (it just seems like a lot of slow moving people and then a lot of screaming to me).
For me, Avengers was Whedons better effort this year.
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« Reply #340 on: 08-27-2012 02:22 »

It was extremely Meta. And hilarious.
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« Reply #341 on: 08-27-2012 02:25 »

Has anybody seen the Bourne Legacy yet? I'm curious to see if it's any good or not.
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« Reply #342 on: 08-27-2012 02:34 »

I play Jeremy Renner's cock-double in that movie.
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« Reply #343 on: 08-28-2012 22:05 »

It was extremely Meta. And hilarious.
Tucker & Dale vs. Evil was a better cabin in the woods type horror comedy.
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« Reply #344 on: 08-28-2012 22:31 »

Tucker & Dale vs. Evil is so cute! Like I know it's a horror comedy but I seriously can only describe that movie as adorable. I just love that movie.
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« Reply #345 on: 08-29-2012 00:00 »

Tucker & Dale vs. Evil was a funnier cabin-in-the-woods-type horror comedy.

The Cabin in the Woods was the better film.
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« Reply #346 on: 08-29-2012 04:43 »
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Tucker & Dale vs. Evil was a fantastic film, but personally I thought The Cabin In The Woods was funnier. Oh well.

Anyway, bring Shaun Of The Dead and the Evil Dead films into consideration and I think Horror Comedy has probably become my favorite genre of film period at this point.
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« Reply #347 on: 08-29-2012 06:02 »

Tucker & Dale vs. Evil
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« Reply #348 on: 08-29-2012 11:37 »

I don't think The Cabin in the Woods is particularly meant to be hilarious. It's more of a sly wink and a nod whilst being awesome and telling a great story. It's funny, yeah, but I don't think it being less funny than another film that is an all-out comedy is a bad reflection on it.
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« Reply #349 on: 08-30-2012 06:44 »

I don't either, and I can see what you're saying. But the parts in Cabin in the Woods that made me laugh REALLY made me laugh.

"Think I'm a puppet, eh? Think I'll do a little puppet dance?! ...I'm going for a walk."
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« Reply #350 on: 08-30-2012 10:53 »

That's fair enough. The bits that made me laugh in Cabin were certainly jokes that I appreciated a hell of a lot more than anything in Tucker & Dale. The whole film just seemed like a classier affair. Not that I didn't enjoy Tucker & Dale, too.
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« Reply #351 on: 09-01-2012 10:16 »

I'm too lazy to go find the Batman thread and I'm falling asleep here but I just had to say this: the character of Rachel totally ruins Bruce Wayne's character for me when it comes to the Dark Knight and DKR. When it's revealed that Bruce Wayne has been hiding out all these years in DKR because he's still upset about Rachel I was genuinely pissed off, to me it makes Bruce Wayne a pussy. When they finally forget about her that's when he becomes interesting again.
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« Reply #352 on: 09-15-2012 08:59 »

He'd been hiding out because Batman was wanted for Harvey Dent's murder and Bruce became withdrawn because he couldn't be Batman any more and he considers Batman to be his true self. Continuing to pursue the role would only have endangered others while the entire Gotham PD was trying to catch him.

Kind of similar to how aloof and disinterested he is in the beginning of The Dark Knight Returns. It's a graphic novel. Read it.


Saw Total Recall. Pretty formulaic. Similar enough to the original to offer nothing new, while lacking all the quirky charm. Some interesting architecture to distract the viewer, plus the triple-breasted whore makes a welcome return... but generally not very memorable. Arnie with his eyes bulging out of his head is still one of the best things in cinema history.

Also, while the giant elevator through the planet is a neat idea in theory, it's completely stupid to suggest that it would have been economically viable, as opposed to say... aeroplanes flying around the planet. I mean... the amount of energy and material technologies that would have gone into constructing and maintaining such an unlikely monstrosity would be truly phenomenal... and for what? A quicker commute? Jesus... there are flying buildings here. Buildings that literally hover off the ground for no earthly reason, and you want us to believe they cant shoot a few suborbital spaceplanes around the world each day rather than bore a giant elevator shaft through the entire planet and shield the whole thing against magma? You don't really lose enough distance to justify it. Plus, if we have the tech to be able to actually create a megastructure like that, then surely we'd also have the tech to colonise other planets, or at least fix our own. And by the way, gravity wouldn't just suddenly switch off when you reach the core - it would gradually diminish as you approach, fading to microgravity before inverting and gradually coming back. None of this oh, gravity is going to stop.... NOW! And come back on in the other direction... NOW! What a load of horse-shit. I hope someone was fired for that. Out of a cannon. Into goatse's gaping arsehole.


Also saw The Watch. Actually funnier than I thought it would be.
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« Reply #353 on: 09-15-2012 19:33 »
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Grabbers
Saw this last night, like a cross between The Guard and, I dunno, Slither or something (or any movie where an alien creature lands an starts eating people).
It was well shot, directed and funny in a lot of places, I recommend it.
Horror comedy Irish style!
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Dredd (3D)
I don't recall much of Stallones Judge Dredd, something about a big jaw in uniform that shoots everyone and there was also a robot and Armande Assante... anyhoo, this Dredd is Karl Urban, with rookie sidekick Olivia Thirlby, and in a plot twist that is not a million miles away from The Raids, they get trapped in a hostile tower block with a drug lord at the top level, and have to fight to survive with many a henchman dispatched in violent fashion.
Quite good if you like a bit of mindless violence.
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« Reply #354 on: 09-17-2012 08:03 »

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol

Really awesome, even as a low-quality pirate download, necessitated by my refusal to give Tom Cruise any of my money, and would probably be one of my favourite films if it had anybody but him in the lead role... what a total dick.
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« Reply #355 on: 09-17-2012 13:24 »

He's fine, he's at least as nutty and as much of a jerk as you are... smile

Anyhoo!
Lawless
Based on real life hillbilly bootlegger brothers, the Bondurant boys (Hardy, LaBeouf and another guy) and their attempts to keep the family business running when a new deputy inspector arrives (creepily played by Guy Pearce)
There's also some love interests (including the gorgeous Jessica Chastain) and Gary Oldman playing a mobster.
It's entertaining and fairly gritty and violent.
B+
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« Reply #356 on: 09-17-2012 23:42 »

Think of it less as a Tom Cruise movie and more of a Hawkeye origin story.
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« Reply #357 on: 09-18-2012 18:57 »

My 5 Wives

About 30% of Rodney Dangerfield's material is made up of jokes about wives and ex-wives. It makes sense, then, that this comedy vehicle of his is built around how many of these jokes could be crammed into a running time. In theory, it should write itself. The thing is that, whilst somewhat amusing in a kitsch kind of way, Rodney Dangerfield's humour is tired, old gentleman's club comedy - ie. not very good. The paper-thin plot that the humour is plastered around is like paper mache around a flimsy wire-frame when you're trying to build a statue. I mean, it's just a poor effort, but how you could sit down in front of a film called My 5 Wives, starring Rodney Dangerfield with the poster you can see above without knowing what you're getting into - well. It's a crap film with a premise that might've turned out well in the hands of, say, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg or Trey Parker and Matt Stone - just not Rodney Dangerfield. The film is notable for featuring an array of stand up comedians who were presumably all friends with Rodney at the time. None of them are good stand-up comedians. It's worth watching if you like laughing at bad films, otherwise, avoid it.

3/10


21 Jump Street

A solid comedy. Little more to be said. It's funny, it does a great job at utilising the property it's based on and as such, it's one of the best films from 2012 that I've seen so far - although, that's more of a bad reflection on the year than a positive reflection on this film. It's good, though, and worth a watch if you're just looking for solid, light entertainment.

7/10


Justice

Not nearly as bad as some people would have you believe. It's a fairly archetypal Nicolas Cage film - essentially constituting a completely average thriller with a middle-aged man running around for some reason. It's hugely watchable, if nonsensical - but there are certainly worse ways to pass an hour and a half.

6/10


[Rec] 3: Genesis

Almost nothing to do with the previous (brilliant) entries in the [Rec] franchise and a drastic step downwards in quality, too, but not without some nice ideas and moments. The basic concept of two newlyweds, completely in love, searching for each other in a hotel overrun with the living dead, is lovely. As is the way that the film handles its transition into normal film-making techniques (rather than POV). It's certainly an above-average zombie film, put it that way. Plus, we're getting [Rec] 4 next year, which is the true [Rec] 3, picking up from the end of the second film, so this is just a nice, little diversion until then. Certainly worth a watch for zombie-enthusiasts.

6/10


Dredd

This is a really strange film. It's not original, it's not particularly well written, none of the characters are rounded, there's little in the way of development or an emotional arc, and yet it works. It's a solidly entertaining action film that harks back to the Paul Verhoeven style of ultra-violent action-film-making of the '80s. I'm not hugely familiar with Judge Dredd comics, but I certainly felt that this film did an excellent job of adapting what it had to work with into a film. The use of a sidekick for Dredd allowed for a human face which therefore allowed for empathy and like, a reason to give a shit. Plus, the basic premise was a great, straight-forward excuse for a shoot-up. It was claustrophobic and all very "Die Hard" - in a good way. The film felt like an homage to pulp cinema of days gone by and could easily have slotted in as one half of Grindhouse 2 - but the weird thing is that it all feels very earnest and sincere rather than tongue-in-cheek and winking to the audience. Somehow, it gets away with this, entirely and you're left with a hugely entertaining film even if it's far from perfect. I certainly look forwards to the sequels they plan to bring us.

7/10


The Hunger Games

Very similar to Battle Royale, except clearly based on books for young adults. It's certainly not bad, but it never feels like more than a family film - which it essentially is; it's just that the film seems to want to pretend that it's for proper grown ups and it clearly isn't because too much of it is nonsensical or stupid stuff that's only really forgivable within the realms of a children's film. Plus, this is a film concept where, really, you need to be able to show death without constraints and, really, you need a protagonist who can kill people without it all being passive or her going to hit them and them losing their balance, causing them to fall off a cliff - that sort of thing. But, yes, it's watchable - hugely down to a decent cast including the likes of Liz Banks, Stanley Tucci and Woody Harrelson.

7/10


ParaNorman

Elements of this film are absolutely outstanding. Its score, its occasional B-movie vibe, its use of zombies, its glorious animation and its considerable amount of content that stupidly prudish parents in the American South are no doubt upset about (a gay character, for instance) and its art-design all add up to create something hugely special. Sadly, the film loses its way once it gets going with a plot that stops dead repeatedly for scenes that drag on far too long and ultimately, much of it fizzles out in something of an anti-climax. Once you learn that (as I suspected going in), the zombies aren't a real threat that actually pose any harm to anyone, the film's tension is pretty much done with. It's a shame because the wheels were in motion to create an all-time classic and something that could have easily penetrated my top 100 films of all time list. As it stands, it's a solid bit of entertainment and one of the best films of the year, so far (mostly because 2012 has been such a let-down, cinematically), but not much more than that. It's good, but it should have been better. Still, it's far better than Pixar's effort this year, Brave, as well as Laika (the animation studio)'s previous effort Coraline.

7/10
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« Reply #358 on: 09-19-2012 11:12 »

Think of it less as a Tom Cruise movie and more of a Hawkeye origin story.

The movie would have never existed in the way it did without having tom cruise present.

Good idea, but fuck your presentation.
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« Reply #359 on: 09-19-2012 12:38 »

Think of it less as a Tom Cruise movie and more of a Hawkeye origin story.
Not the Bourne Legacy guy origin story? Oh wait...  shifty
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