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« Reply #720 on: 12-30-2002 04:27 »
« Last Edit on: 12-31-2002 00:00 »

Watched American Beauty on BBC last night. Absolutely amazing film, one of the best I've ever seen.

A+

Also got The Good, The Bad and The Ugly at Christmas. Very ambitious, extremely well done considering, probably the best done soundtrack Morricone had done to that date, yet I couldn't not find the film deeply disturbing, that's why For A Few Dollars was and remains my personal favourite of the three. Still, very good film. A-

Die Hard 2: DIE HARDER
Not too bad, not so much chessy but tries to lean too much on the original film for backup (otherwise it's all based on a novel). I think it's safe to say from my personal opinion, the worst of the trilogy, but still an enjoyable film.
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« Reply #721 on: 12-30-2002 14:11 »

With Colm Meaney as a pilot, he's a funny bastard.

American Beauty was cool, I missed the start though and didn't really like the ending.
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« Reply #722 on: 12-30-2002 14:34 »

 
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By evan:
Wait...I saw Chicago, on stage...does that make me a homo?

Yes. Yes it does. Don't touch me.

 
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AAAAHHH!!!

Wasn't that a cartoon on Nickelodeon? "Aaahhh! Real Homos!"
Impossible

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« Reply #723 on: 12-30-2002 14:50 »

Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

I loved this film. Although I found the beginning slightly boring, the battle scene was worth waiting for. Gollum is such a cool character, as is Legolas. I prefered it better to the first one  smile
wu_konguk

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« Reply #724 on: 01-04-2003 10:15 »

Star Trek Nemesis
Well as it goes not a bad film at all, certainly alot better than that dismal effort they called Insurection. They seemed to have toned down the Data humour quite abit which was not a bad thing at all. This film isn't that taxing it is all fairly famillar ground but the film does not suffer from this.
Obviously this is a Trek film (duh) and if you don't like Star Trek then your not going to like it. i've never been a total Trekkie but I enjoy the show and I enjoyed this film. i do not think it is as good as First Contact but there you go.

If you like Star Trek go see this 8/10
Speli

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« Reply #725 on: 01-04-2003 10:24 »

I watched Starship Troopers last night on FX, but everytime I see it, it gets worse. Though action is good, it lacks content n' stuff. But its good to see a hopper get blasted and die/fly directly at the general and crushing him...such good memories...  big grin

         5/10
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« Reply #726 on: 01-04-2003 12:23 »
« Last Edit on: 01-04-2003 12:23 »

i saw 'Jason X' yesterday. i thought it would have been like all the other Friday the 13th movies, but it was just another "horror" movie that rather sucked balls. it doesnt feel like a Jason movie. just something about it, i cant quite put my finger on..

6/10   no no
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« Reply #727 on: 01-04-2003 13:51 »

Planet of the Apes (original)

I had wanted to see this film for a long time, and I thought it was cool  smile I haven't seen the modern version so I can't compare. I think I'll add this to the "Film's I'd like to own on DVD" list  smile
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« Reply #728 on: 01-04-2003 17:00 »

 
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Originally posted by eggsandwich:
i saw 'Jason X' yesterday. i thought it would have been like all the other Friday the 13th movies, but it was just another "horror" movie that rather sucked balls. it doesnt feel like a Jason movie. just something about it, i cant quite put my finger on..

6/10    no no

6/10 is being generous with that movie.  It's good for laughs and bare breasts, but that's it.  I'd give it 2/10.

evan

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« Reply #729 on: 01-05-2003 02:29 »
« Last Edit on: 01-11-2003 00:00 »

A few days ago, I saw Catch Me if You Can

Director: Steven Speilberg
Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio
       Tom Hanks
       Christopher Walken (yes!)

Synopsis: Based upon the real life of teenage conman Frank Abignale, Jnr. Young Frank managed to con his way into being a pilot, a lawyer, and a doctor, writing phony checks all the way and raking in quite a nice sum before he was eventually caught at the age of 19.

Review: Okay, I liked it a lot. For all of you who hate DiCaprio, you're in for a surprise. This is his second good role in as many months, and he really impressed a nay-sayer like me. While he does seem a little old to be playing Frank Abignale, he manages to pull it off rather well. Frank's character relies solely on charisma and confidence, and DiCaprio scores great on it. The confidence DiCaprio exudes is just, wow. He plays his role well, and he really does deserve adulation for it.

The movie, non-Leo parts of it, are pretty good, if light-hearted. The film is fun and fast-paced, rarely ever dragging along but rarely staying put too long for you to connect metaphorically. As long as the pace keeps going, the movie is successful. However, once the chase ends at the finale, it does knock a lot of steam out.

The supporting cast is great. Martin Sheen and Christopher Walken? How can you go wrong? Each girl that Frank meets is hilarious, including his reactions to them (turns out he gets paid $400 to sleep with one of them.     big grin )

I know this review isn't that great, but I'm wired for sound tonight and can't focus. Ah well, go see this movie. Rent it, if you have to.

Final Score: 8 out of 10.
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« Reply #730 on: 01-05-2003 08:13 »

Cats and Dogs

I saw this the other day and I thought it was really funny. I love the white cat.

Tomb Raider

I saw this last night and I thought it was good.

wu_konguk

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« Reply #731 on: 01-05-2003 13:20 »

Okay last night me and some of my mates had a 138 night where we lidsten to the Misfits (in particular the song we are 138) and then watched the film that is supposed to be the isperation for the THX1138.
Okay if you didn't know this was one of George Lucus' early films (he wrote and directed it). Well this film was weird and yes it did look very good but it was very damn confusing. I like weird films but this was really odd with sceens skipping all over the place it was hard to keep up with what was going on most of the time.
Basically from what i understood in the future we have been reduced to mindless drones who are no longer indervidualls who have numbers and codes rather than names. Sex is outlawed and the place in guarded by android cops. Our protaganist is THX1138 who tries to escape from this comfomist system. This all sounds good but the film was far to random for my likeing at least in the first sitting. i believe that this may be a film you would have to watch a few times to even have a clue on what is going on.
All in all this film just confirmed my thoughts that George Lucas is a midget lover (there's allot of them towards the end)

It may be a classic but it was in the bargin bin for a reason 4/10
Kryten

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« Reply #732 on: 01-05-2003 16:08 »

Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

I found myself drifting off during a couple of the longer exposition scenes, but the action made up for it. One problem... thanks to the shitty sound system in the theater, I couldn't understand most of Gimli's lines. Otherwise... great film, and I can't wait to own it.
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« Reply #733 on: 01-05-2003 21:07 »

 
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Originally posted by bankrupt:
 6/10 is being generous with that movie.  It's good for laughs and bare breasts, but that's it.  I'd give it 2/10.


Yeah.. bout that, but it has some good moments like the  eek'faceicesmashing' eek moment .. that stuff was cool  big grin 
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« Reply #734 on: 01-06-2003 06:57 »

Joe Dirt

This film was very wired but I thought it was really funny. I liked it.
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« Reply #735 on: 01-06-2003 21:23 »

The Royal Tenenbaums:
 This movie was funny, sad, dark, tragic, fun, and weird. It's a really good movie, but it is very strange. I must say too, Dudley was a very funny character.
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« Reply #736 on: 01-09-2003 03:59 »

My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Though happy and greek and funny... it needed some drama...

Adaptation
Previews look cool... i wanna see this... anybody seen it yet?
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« Reply #737 on: 01-11-2003 14:28 »
« Last Edit on: 01-11-2003 14:28 »

"Sighs", I mean Signs

OMFG what a lame movie. That 's all I have to say about it.
evan

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« Reply #738 on: 01-11-2003 23:07 »

Sheesh...where was I? I knew I wanted to come onto this board for a reason tonight...

Evan's Review of Adaptation:

As I said somewhere earlier, this is a movie about a writer trying to write a script based on a novel, and it winds up as the movie we're watching. Okay, if that isn't confusing enough to start off with, I don't know what is.

Charlie Kaufman (Nicholas Cage) is a screenwriter with a case of writer's block. A very large case of writer's block. His latest project is an screen adaptation of New Yorker journalist Susan Orlean's (Merryl Streep) novel "The Orchid Theif." Despite all his best efforts, Kaufman cannot do this. He's petrified by rejection, petrfied of failure, and he refuses to include all that 'typical Hollywood bullshit' that is so common in movies.

His twin brother, Donald (Nicholas Cage again), is also a budding screenwriter, who's work, let's just say, is pretty cliche and crappy.

The novel, "The Orchid Theif" is adapted from a magizine article Susan Orlean wrote about John Larouche (Chris Cooper). Larouche is a botonist that travels deep into the Everglades swamp to retrive rare orchids and engineer them to protect them from extinction. Collecting orchids, by the way, is highly illegal.

Okay, here goes...the ghost flower orchid is a symbol of desire. It represents the hopes and dreams of people, but not neccessarily the reality. Kaufman tries to put this into his movie, but just can't do it. He, as well as Orlean, can never seem to desire anything enough.

Eventually, Kaufman's story and Orlean's story wind themselves together. Kaufman goes to her to try and get help on his movie, and, even though he loves her, cannot do so. He panics. Eventually, Larouche's, Orlean's, and Kaufman's lives all come to a crash together in 'typical Hollywood bullshit' endings.

Okay, that's probably not the greatest review of "Adaptation". If the meta-textual references don't make you run screaming to the hills, you really ought to check it out. It's funny, it's smart, it's sad, it's everything that life is.

Watch out for great cameos by John Malkovich, Spike Jonez, Cathrine Keener, and John Cusack. (Kaufman was the screenwriter on "Being John Malkovich", so there's a natural cross-over).

By the way, all of these people are real. The events may be fictious, but there's an element of truth to them. Except Donald Kaufman...he never existed.

Overall rating: 8.5 out of 10.

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« Reply #739 on: 01-14-2003 19:51 »

Just watched Mullholland Drive. Good flick. Just one question. What the fuck was it about?
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« Reply #740 on: 01-15-2003 14:29 »

The Shining

I loved this film. It made me laugh even though it's a horror. Now my friend says I'm not allowed within 10 feet of an axe collection.
Zed 85

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« Reply #741 on: 01-16-2003 03:34 »

Momento
Weird as shite  tongue , but once you begin to understand where it's just come from and where it's going, a very good film, and extremely well thought out too.

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eggsandwich

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« Reply #742 on: 01-16-2003 08:52 »

The New Guy
the PG rating kept me astray from the video for awhile, until i saw the previews for it, and thought it would be pretty good..well,i saw it, and i gots to say, it has its funny moments..and some more

six and a half out of ten
FishyJoe

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« Reply #743 on: 01-16-2003 14:17 »

Two notes:

One, "The New Guy" is rated PG-13.

Two, it's the worst movie ever, what were you thinking!?
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« Reply #744 on: 01-16-2003 16:03 »

No, Fishy, you're wrong.

The worst movie ever is "Gone Fishing."
homerjaysimpson

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« Reply #745 on: 01-16-2003 16:12 »

Worst movie ever was Dude,where's my car.
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« Reply #746 on: 01-16-2003 20:29 »

Yeah, that was terrible. And every Robin Williams film during the nighties. Oh wait though I just remembered. American Physco 2. Unbelievably bad.
eggsandwich

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« Reply #747 on: 01-16-2003 21:28 »

ohhhhh well, i know its a crap movie, but .. who cares
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« Reply #748 on: 01-16-2003 22:53 »

 
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Originally posted by evan:
No, Fishy, you're wrong.

The worst movie ever is "Gone Fishing."

dude, are you gay or something? gone fishing was a great movie! and the new guy sucked!!!


*sighs at the fact that he said 'dude are you gay'*

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« Reply #749 on: 01-26-2003 08:14 »

Apt Pupil
With Ian McKellen, and a small role for David Schwimmer.

The movie wasn't half as good and half as gory as the book by Stephen King. They cleaned it up too much, and the acting wasn't that good either.


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« Reply #750 on: 01-26-2003 08:53 »
« Last Edit on: 01-26-2003 08:53 »

 
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Originally posted by homerjaysimpson:
Worst movie ever was Dude,where's my car.

I like that movie.

Anyway last night me and Tnuk saw Chicago. I thought it was brilliant and great performace from Catherine Zeta-Jones and Richard Gere.

Renee Zwelleger is like Marilyn Monroe in 2003. She has got a great singing voice.

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« Reply #751 on: 01-26-2003 09:46 »

 
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Originally posted by homerjaysimpson:
Worst movie ever was Dude,where's my car.

 
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Originally posted by Juliet:
 I like that movie.

Then you need a brain scan or someing.J/K

In other news:
The Curse

A 1987 movie,yes it's an 80's movie.About farm people and a comet come to earth.The garbage in the comet gets into their water and and a bunch of gross and odd junk starts happening.Good gore film.
Kryten

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« Reply #752 on: 01-26-2003 12:22 »

I liked Dude too. Some people just can't appreciate a really good really bad movie.

Now, that stupid kangaroo movie... there's no excuse for liking that.
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« Reply #753 on: 01-26-2003 13:52 »

I should have reviews up for "Bowling For Columbine", "Igby Goes Down", and "Donnie Darko" by the end of the weekend. No, I'm not doing them now, cuz I'm lazy and unprepared.

Oh, and I'm naming the new Movie Review Thread. Dibs.
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« Reply #754 on: 01-26-2003 17:12 »

I went to see 8 Mile today and I thought it was really good. It has some good rapping in it and Eminem is so fucking hot  love   love   love

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« Reply #755 on: 01-29-2003 19:34 »

Men In Black 2

I got this on DVD today and I haven't seen this film before. I really like it and it's good to see those worm guys again, I love them.

Will Smith is looking fine as ever and Tommy Lee Jones kicks ass.
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« Reply #756 on: 01-29-2003 20:39 »
« Last Edit on: 01-29-2003 20:39 »

Evan's Review for Igby Goes Down

Okay, this is a smaller independent film that has a huge cast with lots of big names. I've heard a lot of buzz about it, since it's award show time, plus the film is heavily inspired by "The Catcher in the Rye".

Stars:
Kierian Culkin
Susan Sarandon
Claire Daines
Ryan Phillipe
Jeff Goldblum....

Plot: Igby (Culkin) is the youngest teenage son of a well-to-do, upscale New York family. His father, (Bill Pullman, in a cameo), who he idolized more than anything, eventually snapped and was interred in a mental hospital. Igby hates his mother (Sarandon) for her coldness towards his father, and he hates his older preppy brother (Phillipe) even more for blindly following his mother's lead.

The movie begins when Igby is thrown out of yet another North Eastern boarding school, and the situations involving his mother's plans (continue the NY-aristocracy)for him vs. what he wants to do (be a bum, bohemian type). Igby wanders the streets of NYC, avoiding his godfather (Goldblum) and his brother, both out to find him and reel him back. In the city, he lives, he loves, he learns, he fucks (Amanda Peet and Claire Danes).

Yeah, so..

Review: Okay, to say this film borrows a lot from J.D. Salinger's novel "The Catcher in the Rye" would be a massive understatement. Since Salinger refuses to have the novel turned into a film, I guess this might be as close as we're going to get.

And that's the problem with "Igby Goes Down" - it has to follow in the shadow of "Catcher" and doesn't do a very good job of it. Whereas every teenager identifies with Holden Caulfield and his teenage alienatiotn, Igby is almost unsympathetic. Perhaps because it's a movie, not a book, but you never really understand what Igby wants. He seems content to waste his life away, not searching for any real meaning or truth or purpose. For all purposes, he's a bum.

Film-making wise, the direction is really wierd. Instead of focusing on character development, there are just characters added in almost every scene. And not interesting characters, either. I couldn't give a crap about Igby's godfather's mistress (Peet).

THe movie is basically a collection of conversational scenes. No transitions. Just meeting, meeting, then another meeting between two characters. We never understand anything about anyone, despite all this talking.

On the plus side, Ryan Phillipe actually acts pretty well. I stand corrected.

Overall, ignore the buzz. The movie feels like a book with half of its chapters cut out. Re-read "The Catcher in the Rye", if you want alienation among teenagers in NYC.

Overall...a C-

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« Reply #757 on: 02-03-2003 16:51 »

Hate to double post, but I'll do it anyways.

After watching "Igby Goes Down", "Donnie Darko", and now "The Rules of Attraction", I've learned something. In order to get the chicks, you need to be really fucked up in the head. Seriously.
FishyJoe

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« Reply #758 on: 02-03-2003 17:22 »

 
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By evan:
I should have reviews up for "Bowling For Columbine", "Igby Goes Down", and "Donnie Darko" by the end of the weekend.

*taps watch and glares at evan*
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« Reply #759 on: 02-03-2003 17:51 »

I didn't say which weekend. Like anyone actually reads these reviews.

Short form -
Igby Goes Down - eh
Bowling For Columbine - good
Donnie Darko - good, but needs two viewings.

Happy now?
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