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« Reply #680 on: 10-16-2004 11:53 »

Donnie Darko.

Wow. Just wow. A movie that made me weep at the end. Something to talk about to another friend who's seen it. Good job. 
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« Reply #681 on: 10-16-2004 13:30 »

Team America: World Police

This movie is dangerously funny.  I don't mean it's dangerous politically or anything, I mean "I'm-laughing-so-hard-I-can't-breathe" danger.

Obviusly this film isn't for everyone, but if you are (like me) are sick, sick individual, then this is the funniest film of the year.  How can you not love any movie where the big romantic song is "Pearl Harbour Sucked and I Miss You"? ("I need you like Ben Affleck needs acting school" )

I loved:

*the failsafe in case Gary needs to take his own life
*puppet sex
*Phil (Free Waterfall) Hendrie as "Intelligence"
*Maurice LaMarche as Alec Baldwin
*"Matt Damon!"
*the panthers
*the "Montoge" song

and lots of other stuff I wouldn't dream of giving away.  What a great film.

Grade A+
Woodbot 2.0

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« Reply #682 on: 10-16-2004 22:25 »

The Princess Bride
To me, the best old mythology movie ever. Great actors such as Christopher Guest, Mandy Patinkin, Wallace Shawn and Billy Crystal. Excellent plot, Wonderful sets and "mostly dead" people make this movie kick ass. A+
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« Reply #683 on: 10-16-2004 22:46 »

Don't forget our good friend Andre the Giant!
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« Reply #684 on: 10-17-2004 08:08 »

Bubba Ho-tep

Starring Bruce Cambell, this was the best zombie film i went to see this last month. Although it has been out in America for 2 years or something already, in my eyes it has lost none of it's appeal. Cambell as Elvis was characteristically hilarious, the script faltered at several points in the film, but was, in general, excellent. I even enjoyed the inevitable Evil Dead references and the multitude of "dick and fart jokes".

A slightly flawed, but very entertaining film, i give it A-.

Resident Evil: Apocolypse

The second best zombie film i went to see this last month. The storyline should be familiar to fans of the original series of games on the ps1, Apocolypse is based loosely on the nemesis plot from the third game in the series. Having not seen the first Resident Evil film, i walked into the cinema not really knowing what to expect, after the first 30 minutes of the film i realised that this was irrelevant. Apocolypse follows the standard zombie-film formula - *bang bang* *groan*. Although the picture did put to use some interesting plot devices, namely the Nemesis and Alice projects, the film seemed to rely on numerous fast-paced set pieces with very little characterisation to speak of. I did find the inclusion of the obligatory 'black guy' and his hackneyed, panicky attitude quite amusing, as well as his tendency to say things like "My shit is customised man" and "What the mother-fucking jesus-christ hell is the fuck that?" or something along those lines.

Nothing special but mildly entertaining, i give it C-.
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« Reply #685 on: 10-18-2004 02:35 »

Thanks to a 4 day weekend after tests I've managed to watch some movies:

Before Sunset

This is one of the most romantic and honest movies I've seen. Richard Linklater lets his camera fall in love with Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy and the streets of Paris in such a way that, along with a great script, makes the time goes by very quickly instead of being boring (which it could have been since the movie is pure talking on real time). I haven't seen Before Sunrise, but now I can't wait to see it. Very enjoyable film and one of the year's best.

A

Kill Bill

I watched the two volumes last night for the first time and I've come to the conclusion that this is Tarantino's best. Sure, Pulp Fiction screenplay and its performances are better, but the overall style of Kill Bill is just too much to ignore. The fights, the music, the cinematography, the production design, the direction and the characters are just amazing. Tarantino proves he really is one of the best filmmakers of recent times. Chingon!

A+

The Motorcycle Diaries

This is an example of how great Latin American filmmaking can be. This is a well shot, naturally acted, funny, touching and poignant movie about a trip two friends made across South America and how this changed them to the point that one of them became one of the most recognizable personalities of the last century. Very good.

A

Three great movies in three days. Not bad.
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« Reply #686 on: 10-20-2004 14:53 »
« Last Edit on: 10-20-2004 14:53 »

Shaun Of The Dead.
Hubbub?! Where?!?   big grin
A damn good romantic comedy zombie romp (rom com zom rom!)
Bah, I was expecting to see a cameo from Bill Bailey, but I had to settle for Bill Nighy...     tongue
Didn't get any oldskool zombie references but I still enjoyed it immensely.

Edit: some kind of letter would be good in a review: A+.

Just to annoy Speli: "Braaaaaiiiiinnnnssss!"
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« Reply #687 on: 10-20-2004 15:08 »

I just saw SOTD too. I'd say Braindead beats it to the title of best Zombie comedy ever but it's pretty damn close, better than Evil Dead II or Return of the Living Dead.

A+
Woodbot 2.0

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« Reply #688 on: 10-23-2004 22:01 »

Team America: World Police
My review has alot of spoilers
OC_James

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« Reply #689 on: 10-24-2004 17:08 »

The Grudge

Synopsis - An American woman is somehow related to some Japanese family, whose last name I forget. Anyway, the last members of the Japanese family are all knocked off when the mother finds out the husband has been having sex with their son. Now this is called replacing storyline with controversy, but I find it best not to talk about such controversial matters. The mother then offs herself and American chick (Sarah Michelle Gellar) gets the house. The first weird thing to happen to the heir is that her cat goes missing. Where is the cat? Why did it leave? Why didn't it leave a note? Why is there cat blood covering an entire room? These are questions that Gellar's character stupidly can't seem to answer. Yes, despite having about 500 pounds of cat gore (trust me, there's more gore than there was cat) covering a bathroom, she assumes kitty ran away because she felt left out for some reason that's never really explained.

Turns out blue-asian-boy ate the cat...even though it was pretty obviously ripped to pieces. Now the spirit of the cat is trapped within the boy, haunting Gellar's character at every turn. In fact, blue-asian-boy makes it a point to never let Gellar forget about the fucking cat. He could've thrown a brick through her window with a note attached reading "I fucking ate your cat, woman! P.S. Your cat is dead because I fucking ate the damned thing!" and have been more subtle.

Various other things happen, such as a ghostly arm reaching out of Gellar's head to grab her ass, various secondary characters getting killed by a strange gas (carbon monoxide poisoning, maybe?), Gellar not letting a ghost onto an elevator because she's in a hurry, and a ghost forcing a character to wash his dirty, dirty hands.

Acting - Sarah Michelle Gellar is a horrible fucking actress, but everyone else is worse, making her seem much better. I mean, one guy looks into the fucking camera every two seconds for Chrissakes. The only good actor is Christopher Walken, who maks a brief, uncredited cameo as a lawyer or...something. When you have Walken in a cameo in your movie, that's a pretty big sign that it's going to suck ass. Not because Walken's a bad actor, but because he's the only person who can pull movies out of a shithole for whatever amount of time he's onscreen.

Soundtrack - I know this movie's based off of a Japanese hit, but it really could've done without all the fucking Japanapop music. I mean, I guess it's supposed to be ironic or something, but it just comes off really stupid. Also, using that horrible clone of the music from Psycho's scene shower for this movie was just not cool.

Special Effects - The CGI was decent, except for the scene when that guy disintegrates. It looked like fucking cheese melting.

Various Good Things - This is a good movie to ridicule with friends.

Various Other Bad Things - All the headache-inducing product placement. I wish I was making this up but
There's also a scene where a Red Bull truck (do they even have those in Japan?) crashes into a fleeing victim.

Pros: Good cgi, good laughs
Cons: Deliberately "shocking" storyline that doesn't make up for lack of plot, bad acting, bad soundtrack, and a shitload of product-placement.

Rating: D
mint

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« Reply #690 on: 10-24-2004 20:47 »

I saw a movie recently on my digital TV; it's called 'The Hours', Starring Australia's very own Nicole Kidman.



Well, I found this movie not liked by men for some reason, and there are a lot of women who don't like this movie, but then again there are also a lot of women who do. I thought it's interesting to watch, this movie, and I liked it.   smile
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« Reply #691 on: 10-25-2004 10:41 »
« Last Edit on: 10-25-2004 10:41 »

Chasing Sleep (or the movie I payed 6 dollers for):

This movie was nothing like what I thought it was going to be. It ended up being like Eraserhead/Videodrome meets The Tell Tale Heart. If you like really big babies and people playing with pipes, this is the movie for you! C-
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« Reply #692 on: 10-25-2004 10:54 »

Saw anchorman and SOTD on the weekend.
"It is hot, Milk was a bad choice"
mint

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« Reply #693 on: 10-27-2004 16:48 »

I watched 'The Ring' around one and half weeks ago. I still feel eerie about it, especially every time I look at the mirror. This is a remake of a Japanese movie called 'Ringu'.

This movie has a lot of flaws.

  I even got a headache after that. I had trouble sleeping that night, and won't go to bed until my other half does.

 
Mr Fuzzywuvems

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« Reply #694 on: 10-27-2004 16:54 »

I just saw Eraserhead.
It's one of the most disturbing things I've ever seen!It doesn't make any sense but that just makes it more creepy, like watching an actual nightmare.
M0le

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« Reply #695 on: 10-28-2004 02:23 »

mint: I didn't really enjoy 'The Ring'. The plot was very predictable, there was only about one or two genuinely scary scenes, and I left feeling refreshed and kind of sleepy. A horror movie should not do that to a person.  no no
mint

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« Reply #696 on: 10-28-2004 18:08 »
« Last Edit on: 10-29-2004 00:00 »

The life of David Gale

I also find certain scenes very disturbing to watch, not recommend for children. Well if you are into murder, investigation kind of movie I think you would like it? 
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« Reply #697 on: 10-28-2004 21:08 »
« Last Edit on: 10-29-2004 00:00 »

This is the review thread, not the spoiler thread!
How are we supposed to think, "Huh, I might be interested in that movie", from a big blue rectangle?!

Edit: Phone Booth
Colin Farrell, creepy voiced Keifer Sutherland, sassy hookers, this film has it all...   tongue
I liked it, it was everything I expected done in a simple style and an easy as pie plot with some good acting.

Also, I was very impressed they shot the whole thing in 10 days.

A-

Announcer guy: Coming up next, Fazes review of Master and Commander which he'll watch in a few hours after he mopes around the house, has a wee, eats some stuff and maybe watches some TV first... STAY RIGHT THERE ON THE EDGES OF YOUR SEATS!!   eek
mint

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« Reply #698 on: 10-29-2004 18:06 »
« Last Edit on: 10-29-2004 18:06 »

 
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Originally posted by *M0le*:
*mint: I didn't really enjoy 'The Ring'. The plot was very predictable, there was only about one or two genuinely scary scenes, and I left feeling refreshed and kind of sleepy. A horror movie should not do that to a person*

Well my other half would probably agree with ya.  He told me that night after teasing me about being scare.  'There is no such thing called ghost, I learn that since I was six.’ I think perhaps as he is an atheist all his life and only believes in scientific explanation. In comparison I had been brought up in a religious family, that could off triggers my fear to urban legends such as the story in 'The Ring'.
   big grin
termos

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« Reply #699 on: 10-29-2004 18:23 »

The original Japanese version is much better than the remake. If you liked that one (the Japanese version), Dark Water is a bit like it, but the plot is completely different. Of the two, I think Dark Water is the best.
mint

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« Reply #700 on: 10-29-2004 19:20 »
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(O) 2000

I saw this movie two weeks ago approx. This is a modernized version of shake sphere’s play 'Othello'.  If you know the story of Othello then, this movie's plot is pretty much the same.


In my opinion it's a tragic disturbing film, but those who are very into English literature probably will prefer the original play, but for younger people this is an easy way to understand some of shake sphere’s great work.
 
7/10
winna

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« Reply #701 on: 10-29-2004 22:48 »

Mint, you're a whore.
M0le

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« Reply #702 on: 10-29-2004 23:02 »

Nice constructive comment there, winna.  tongue
I think I've seen that Life of David Gale movie before. The plot sounds really familiar.
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« Reply #703 on: 10-30-2004 00:46 »

Actually, I found the American version of The Ring quite superior to the origianl.

The Jap version had me in stiches, what with the Hollywood sound-file *thwack* when Papa knocks his daughter into the well.
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« Reply #704 on: 10-30-2004 01:04 »

People will always say the Japanese version is better no matter how bad it is. It's the same way with everything. Wouldn't surprise me if they liked the American version of The Ring better in Japan.

The Day After Tomorrow
Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.  laff
What the hell happened here? This movie could have been so awesome, but it was written, acted, and directed in such an over the top manner, I was laughing when I shouldn't have been laughing.

The best part is when the guys actually out ran the eye of the storm. That was so awful, and over the top that I'll be laughing at it for hours to come.

I give it a C, because I thought the part with the Tornados was pretty cool.
M0le

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« Reply #705 on: 10-30-2004 01:07 »

Doesn't the Southern Hemisphere escape unharmed in The Day After Tomorrow?
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« Reply #706 on: 10-30-2004 03:10 »

 
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Originally posted by M0le:
Doesn't the Southern Hemisphere escape unharmed in The Day After Tomorrow?

Pretty much, although I think there is mention of cyclones in Australia.
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« Reply #707 on: 10-30-2004 15:06 »

 
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*Mint, you're a whore.
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Just who do you think you are? You have no right to judge me as you know nothing about me!!!  mad
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« Reply #708 on: 10-30-2004 15:39 »
« Last Edit on: 10-30-2004 15:39 »

He knows about your postings in this thread, although I'm pretty sure he's not entirely serious.
mint

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« Reply #709 on: 10-30-2004 16:33 »

 
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*He knows about your postings in this thread.


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Well, I know I made quite a lot of posts in this thread recently.  That's because I have something to share of certain movies I watched on my digital TV recently. As I am new to this peel, I know throughout the months that I have been here that I am not allow to double post or say I have no opinion about the topics and stuff.  I also know I am entitled to my personal opinion about how I feel about a subject although not everybody would agree with me. Then wot did I do wrong? Just because a movie is not released recently, doesn’t mean everybody has seen it. Also movie released date differs from country to country. Othello for example I think it is released in the US in 2000, but in France it’s released in 2003; my digital only shows film that are released in the cinema one year ago, so that(s pretty recent, at least where I live it is. Wot is the point joining a message board if I cannot express my opinion? Also ‘I am not the first to throw the first punch.’  hmpf
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« Reply #710 on: 10-30-2004 16:44 »

Mint, I don't think anyone here has said you have done something wrong if anything, you do follow by the boards rules towards posting and make quality posts. Out of most of the new users (who most of the time don't even know how to form basic sentences), you tend to make post everyone can understand with out trying to decipher it.

I don't know what Winna meant by what he said, but knowing how he is, he probably didn't mean it seriously.
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« Reply #711 on: 10-30-2004 16:50 »

mint, your biggest problem is bitchiness. Every time anyone directs anything at you that could even resemble an insult, you begin to whine and bitch about it. My advice would be, just let it go, learn from what you do that annoys people and move on. Stop taking everything so personally.
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« Reply #712 on: 10-30-2004 17:07 »

Quiz Show
Not bad for a true story- A-
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« Reply #713 on: 10-30-2004 17:38 »

I went to see Shark Tail the other day. I thought it was really good. I love Oscar the fish and Lenny the Shark.

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« Reply #714 on: 10-30-2004 23:14 »

As promised:
Master And Commander: Far Side of that place with the thing...

Russell Crowe as a slightly less stabby, piratey, British Maximus Decimus Meridious.
Commander of the good ship, Hootenanny (loved the jigs and music stuff)
The cast was pretty cool (except Paul Bettany was about as Irish as Emperor Palpatine, they should have just made him British), especially that little kid, he was cool when he charges in and shoots a guy while wearing a type of top hat, and it's good to see Billy Boyd again.

I got the same kind of feelings from this film as Pirates Of The Carribean, especially when they're chasing each other around like slower, wetter car chases, but it was still good.

The final setpiece was awesome but I didn't really care much about the relationship between Aubrey and the Doctor, "Meh" I say.

And if I'm ever on a ship like that, I'm definately using that "Lesser of two weevils" pun!  big grin

B+
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« Reply #715 on: 10-31-2004 10:16 »

My brother is convinced that the doctor is surposed to be Charles Darwin.
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« Reply #716 on: 10-31-2004 10:50 »

A few things wrong with that:
1. Charles Darwin was omly born in 1809, this ship was supposed to be sailing around April, 1805 (it said so at the start)
2. The credits say he was playing Dr. Stephen Maturin, Surgeon (imdb)
3. It's only a film anyway.  tongue
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« Reply #717 on: 10-31-2004 11:11 »

Tell that to my brother
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« Reply #718 on: 10-31-2004 16:47 »

Or you could just, you know, make him read the book.
termos

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« Reply #719 on: 10-31-2004 17:48 »

 
Quote
Originally posted by SlackJawedMoron:
Actually, I found the American version of The Ring quite superior to the origianl.

The Jap version had me in stiches, what with the Hollywood sound-file *thwack* when Papa knocks his daughter into the well.
Who cares about that? The Japanese version was good, and even a bit original, but the American version was pretty much a standard shock effect spamming rip-off.

I've also read about a rip-off of the Danish TV series "Riget" (The Kingdom). I heard it sucked, but I haven't seen it myself. Why oh why must remakes always be worse than the originals, and why do we need them anyway? I mean even children can read subtitles.
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