seen any good flicks lately?

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06/01/2012 at 09:27
Saw Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy last night. A jigsaw puzzle of a film that comes together reasonably well at the end, although there are a few "how did that happen?" moments. Gary Oldman was excellent as George Smiley. It was a bit of a shock to see Benedict Cumberbatch with blonde hair after watching Sherlock at the weekend!
06/01/2012 at 17:10

Here’s a question for all you film buffs. 

I once either saw a film or a trailer for a film at my local arthouse cinema.  The story was along the lines of Battle Royale – stalking and killing each other until one person’s left.   

The name of it included a number – eg: Birmingham127 or Killzone239.  I don’t know what language the film was in.

Anyone?  Anyone?
06/01/2012 at 17:38

RS - I saw an odd film with them all in a circle and pulling the trigger on the person in front like russian roulette.  It was a foreign language film but can't remember what it was called, but I know someone who would know.  Or is it something different?

06/01/2012 at 17:42

Just asked - it was called 13 Tzameti

Is this it?

Edited: 06/01/2012 at 17:50
09/01/2012 at 10:39

Hello Soupy

No, it wasn't that one and I think that number was at the end and 3 digits; I can't be sure though.  I've normally got a good memory re: films I've seen, but I've seen a lot now and maybe I only saw the trailer for this one.  Hmmm.

I saw Bridesmaids on DVD at the weekend.  Not something I'd normally watch, but someone at worked pressed it on me.    I thought it was well-done, not too schmaltzy and I laughed a bit.  So watchable for me but not amazing.

09/01/2012 at 10:50
I think Soup Dragon has nailed it RS - I can't think of any others off the top of my head.

@Squawk. Have you seen the BBC series of 'Tinker Tailor etc...'? If you've not, try and catch it - Sir Alex Guinness is masterful as Smiley. Though, I really enjoyed the Oldman performance in the film. The BBC also pretty recently had the 'Karla Trilogy' and other Le Carre stories on Radio 4 - Simon Russell Beale was Smiley and did an excellent job... made for a dozen or so interesting hours whilst working.

Am off to see 'Thatcher' tonight. It'll be interesting to me whether I'll be able to be objective or not...

09/01/2012 at 10:51
x post with RS

Oo... I like a nice puzzle... hmmm
09/01/2012 at 23:44

You've got me stumped then Squirrel. Let us know when you find out won't you.

Anyways, I've been to see The Artist. Me and Mr SD are divided on this one.  I thought it was great. Very clever use of music/silence/sound.  The plot is a bit corny and could almost be an alternative remake of Singing in the Rain (without the rain). Acting is first class and its certainly worthy of an oscar or two. Mr SD was disappointed but maybe its more of a girlie film? My verdict - well worth seeing (8/10) if only for the dog.  I want the dog.

10/01/2012 at 09:24

Went to see The Iron Lady last night, very good film and rather moving.  Meryl Streep awesome acting, Oscar deserving  

War Horse next

10/01/2012 at 09:37
MI: Ghost Protocol - 7/10.

@Booey - have you seen War Horse, the play? I'd be amazed if the film is half as good.
10/01/2012 at 10:15

Did some Googling and found it!

Red Squirrel. wrote (see)

Here’s a question for all you film buffs. 

I once either saw a film or a trailer for a film at my local arthouse cinema.  The story was along the lines of Battle Royale – stalking and killing each other until one person’s left.   

The name of it included a number – eg: Birmingham127 or Killzone239.  I don’t know what language the film was in.

Anyone?  Anyone?

Series 7: The Contenders

10/01/2012 at 11:26
The Iron Lady

Way back in the mists of time when this reviewer was a callow youth, he looked around and saw grave injustice in the World. This injustice was deep, it was callous and it seemed to be deliberately cruel. It’s not the time nor the place to discuss this injustice nor the manner in which the cruelty was gratuitously inflicted - but we are all products of our environment and history, and therefore I’d be grateful if the reader of this review bears in mind the inherent political bias that might just creep into the tone of the next 500 words.??

The Iron Lady isn’t an awful film by any means but from the outset make no mistake about it- it is a bad film. The purpose of this review is to explore why.

Well, from the start I was dreading a ‘Thatcher’ Hagiography - the sort of film that would have glossed over her many flaws and concentrated upon ‘Thatcher as icon’ and force for good (or bad); a sort of ‘Ali’ without boxing gloves or ‘Cash’ without his guitar. This film doesn’t do this - in fact, it might have been a better film if it had, as the end product is so insipid it doesn’t do that much at all! I blame this plot flimsiness firmly on the screenplay - if you cannot write a film about a subject as complex and controversial as Mrs T and make it interesting, let alone moving - it’s time to give up screen writing and move over for someone with talent.

I felt as if the writer and director had been given the vivid and exciting pallet of Vincent Van Gogh to paint their portrait of Maggie and had chosen only to use light blue and pink - it didn’t work. It ignored political controversy like my dog avoids baths - I’d liken it to making a film about the Titanic and leaving out ‘the bit in the middle with the iceberg’. Turning the film into a small scale character study of a character as huge and as fresh in recent memory as Mrs Thatcher was a blatant cop out and to be quite blunt - film making cowardice in the face of the enemy.

The best thing in the film is Meryl Streep in the lead role: Streep marinates herself in the essence of Thatcher. Her portrayal of her looks eerily accurate: she’s an astonishing mimic - but I’m left with a question - is effective mimicry good acting? I feel as if Streep carries this film from complete rubbish to just about tolerable; though Jim Broadbent provides a good foil as Dennis and several character roles were well played.

The early feminists used to say that ‘the personal is political‘ and I get the feeling that the screen writer was trying to play on this theme and use the narrative of the deeply personal proto-feminist struggle of Mrs Thatcher from grocer’s daughter to Number 10 as a focal point - and this could have worked with a stronger script. Instead, we’re left with a hollow film which fails to resonate any of Thatcher’s quarrelsome and some would say, domineering personality.

The film also manages to get several events spectacularly wrong; including Mrs Thatcher’s supposed feminism, the timing of certain well known events and the completely invented political stance of Thatcher not dealing with despots - (Oh yeah? tell that to Pinochet and the 1980s government of South Africa) ??

So, if you remove the blatantly Oscar hunting Streep from this film and what are you left with? Hardly anything that would qualify as coherent plot and virtually nothing interesting.

A film about Mrs Thatcher that becomes tedious and uninteresting - how the devil did they manage that...?

4/10 - take a good book
Edited: 10/01/2012 at 11:26
10/01/2012 at 11:30
Damn you RS - I was up half the night thinking of films with 3 numbers at the end

I'd narrowed it down to Route666!
10/01/2012 at 11:36
Yeah I had false memory - sorry!
10/01/2012 at 15:19

I'm not sure if I want to see War Horse.  I've a bit of a problem with the whole thing.

The play is very good, brilliantly staged as you'd expect from the NT.  The horses are fantastic, the acting very good, but the play does sag a bit in the second half and is probably 20 minutes too long.  My beef with it is that a lot of the audience are there to see a play about a bloody horse.  Millions of innocent people died in the conflict of WWI, and people are left weeping at the horse.  Of course, the horse is the everyman, a character for kids to identify with and try understand the horror of war and how the decisions of stupid politicians effect the innocent.  But for grown ups, there are better plays about war.  Puppetry is even done better, or at least on a grander scale elsewhere too.

I generally feel that animal films are a cheap shot - an easy grab of the heart strings when real human emotion is lacking.  I could be wrong.  War Horse seems to have good reviews so I could do worse with my £10 on an Orange Wednesday I suppose.

10/01/2012 at 15:49
@BDB - your beef is misplaced, then. It's quite clear that War Horse is about the horse and the boy's relationship with it, not about the millions who died during WWI. The book is also a children's book.

Having seen the play from Row A,centre-stage, at the NLT, I can say that War Horse is phenomenal.
10/01/2012 at 16:02

The relationship is the primary device, yes and I am aware that it is a children's book, which is why I have my beef with so many adults going to see the horsey play/film.

As I said, I think the play is good and that staging is excellent.  Just didn't ring my bell as loudly as it does others.  At least it's not Mamma Mia.

Cheerful Dave    pirate
10/01/2012 at 16:14
Having read the last few posts I now have a mental image of thousands of Tommies going over the top to the strains of Meryl Streep singing "Waterloo" dressed as Margaret Thatcher.
10/01/2012 at 16:18
Well, Mamma Mia is something else, and is for the lobotomised-deaf only.
10/01/2012 at 16:24

Agree Inter; I don't think I've seen anything so spectacularly crap and I only watched 20 mins to see what all the fuss was about.  What was Streep thinking of?

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