seen any good flicks lately?

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02/05/2010 at 15:04

On the Plane

Sherlock Holmes

I know a lot of people like this film...but RD Jnr really spolit it for me with his cod, arch accent. Can't they get someone who can talk proper? 5/10.

Up in The Air

well, i was on a plane... I switched it off after 10 minutes - at the bit where Gorgeous George starts chatting another business travellin lady in the bar. Too smug, too smirky. DNF.

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief

Gawd why did I bother? Bland bland Yank sub Harry Potter rubbish with as much sense of threat and menace as an episode of Rainbow. Steve Coogan and Seen Been need to sack their agents. 3/10.

Shutter Island

Reasonable, with a good performance by Leonardo di Caprio.The last 10 minutes were a bit of a letdown. Might have been better in the cinema than on an 8by 10 seatback screen... 6/10

14/07/2010 at 13:01

Thought this thread was worthy of a good boinging.

Can you believe I've never seen Casino? Started watching it on DVD last night but needed and early night so to be continued.

Took the kids to see the new Shrek on Saturday (SVTing 2's first cinema trip). It was an improvement on the last one but I don't think any of them have beaten the first film. That was fresh when it came out, with some great in-jokes and completely unexpected you-can't-do-that-in-a-kid's-cartoon-film moments. This last one was possibly trying to be more grown up in its themes but ti meant there weren't so many LOL moments for the kids.

14/07/2010 at 13:56
Anyone seen the new Robin Hood with Crowe in yet? Might go at the w/end
14/07/2010 at 14:02
I haven't seen a film for ages but as I mentioned on the Zombie thread, some pals and me are setting up a chiller film club on Sunday evenings to catch up with old classics we haven't seen.  First up is series 3 of True Blood then a Neil Marshall double bill - Dog Soldiers and The Descent.  (I've seen both but love them.)  Then we might do some old zombie flicks and some really old black and whites.  I found Black Narcissus a bit menacing so fancy seeing that again.  There was a nun in it with really evil eyes.
14/07/2010 at 14:49

I've been having a bit of a horror-fest lately. Strangely, with a disease theme...


By the numbers apocalyptic disease story about a group of 'teenagers' (according to the blurb - the youngest looks about 25 ) looking for somewhere safe to set up home after most of the world's population are killed by a very contagious virus. Yawn.


French movie about a virus that turns people into bloodthirsty monsters (think 28 Days Later but with subtitles). The story follows a doctor and her infected husband as they hide out, with hubby slowly undergoing the transformation into a 'mutant'. Not bad, but the subtitles kind of break the magic


One of the worst films I've ever seen. Unbelievable tosh. It's about the 'Reaper Virus' (bad start when they show you bacteria multiplying...) that erupts in Scotland. The entire country is quarantined by the military with no-one going in, and no one coming out. Those inside are left to fend for themselves/die. Twenty-odd years later, the virus breaks out in London. A 'crack team' of military folk (including tough-bitch woman, token black man, and geeky scientist man) go into Scotland to find the doctor who had been working on the cure. Once in, they find the survivors have split into two camps - Mad Max style leather clad cannibals, and Lord of the Rings stylee 'we have been chosen' back to earth nutters. All in all, absolute drivel.

Next on the play list is Romero's original 'The Crazies'

14/07/2010 at 15:05

As a long time lurker but rather lacksadaisical film goes, I feel I ought to contribute

Wild Target
Bill Nighy plays a straight laced assassin who is assigned a new target Rose (Emily Blunt).  First film I've seen in ages.  Very enlish luvvie heavy (took me ages to spot Gregor Fisher not playing Rab C Nesbitt) but quite lightweight- shades of 4 weddings and a funeral meets lock stock and 2 smoking barrels.  No great plot surprises but a pleasant way of spending a couple of hours

14/07/2010 at 15:40

Doomsday is bad Sarah, but tough-bitch was dead saucy

I like the sound of that FF.  I'll see if they've got it at the library.

Edited: 14/07/2010 at 15:40
14/07/2010 at 20:26
Just remembered that I saw The Birds all the way through for the first time. I love Hitchcock. Couldn't help noticing that the heroine wore completely impractical heels and a skirt suit all the way through and still managed to run around, jump in and out of boats, rescue kids etc etc.
14/07/2010 at 21:40

Just for you then, BDB

Wild Target has only just been at the cinema, so it won't be out on DVD for a while yet.

I got the DVD of The Boys From Brazil out of the library yesterday. It's one of those films that I always think I should have watched, but haven't.

14/07/2010 at 21:45

Thanks Sarah - hubba hubba.

18/09/2010 at 16:41

Boys from Brazil - great film.

Saw The Secret in Their Eyes last night, an Argentinian film, I think billed as a thriller but it's so much more than that.  A lovely, well-shot, subtle, slow burner with great character interaction.  I almost wish I hadn't see it, so I could watch it again.  Fab.

18/09/2010 at 17:22

Spooky Parky. I was just thinking about this thread as we saw Winter's Bone last night and I've got Secret in their Eyes and A Prophet on the 'to see list.'

Winter's Bone is set in the mid-west and is about a 17 year old girl played by Jennifer Lawrence whose meth-addicted father has put the family home up as his bond for bail and has now disappeared. Jennifer is our eyes and ears into a rather bleak corner of the world as she goes from door to door trying to resolve the mystery of where her father is, if indeed he is still alive.

I found the movie a bit slow in places but I don't have the best attention span at times. I really enjoyed the soundtrack (very different to normal) and some excellent cinematography  too. 

The film is based on a novel which I'd not realised beforehand as it's the kind of film I'd see after reading the book (if it's as good) but would prefer to read the book before seeing the  film.

I also saw Tamara Drew t'other week. I'd expected a black comedy and was pretty disappointed with it.  Not exciting or on my list of recommendations. 

Edited: 18/09/2010 at 18:29
18/09/2010 at 19:26

I loved A Prophet Ninja - for me a v complete film.

Saw a trailer for Winter's Bone when I went to see Tamara Drewe (after we couldn't get into The Secret at the first attempt).  Not sure if I'll see it.

I thought Tamara Drewe was watchable bubblegum.  That's all.

18/09/2010 at 19:44
Hmm a bubblegum that lost its flavour a bit too quick with me.

Have you see White Ribbon or A Milk of Sorrow? Have seen the former but not the latter.

Jennifer Lawrence's acting was worth-seeing alone in WB.  She's only 20.
19/09/2010 at 22:51
I've hard good things about White Ribbon.  Not heard of the Milk of Sorrow.  My sports massage lady recommended Beautiful Kate to me today - not heard of that either.  I'm only just getting back to the cinema after reorganising my training schedule to get my social life back.
Edited: 19/09/2010 at 22:52
20/09/2010 at 17:27
Milk of Sorrow was the other foreign language film shortlisted in the Oscars.

White Ribbon is not a film I'd recommend if you were trying to escape for a few hours. A hard film to love but I don't think it was ever intended to be. 

Yes, I'm catching up with my film watching as well. Priorities
28/09/2010 at 22:55
Saw Winter's Bone tonight.  My thoughts are that  it 'was watchable but not in any way memorable.  A bit too bleak and rednecky for me.
28/09/2010 at 23:00

Just  a heads up that Bicycle Thieves is showing at the Barbican next month.  If you haven't seen it (and can get to the most difficult place in the world to get to), then go.  You won't regret it.

I'm going to see Made in Dagenham tomorrow.  Will report back.

28/09/2010 at 23:33
I'll second the above... not to be missed
29/09/2010 at 15:21
Single Man - Don't know why Tom Ford's debut at directing was heralded so loudly. The film felt more designed than directed. Firth's probably the highlight but found the whole thing a bit bland. Next please...
Edited: 29/09/2010 at 15:22
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