seen any good flicks lately?

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03/10/2012 at 21:42

Avoid 'Savages' - bloody awful.

04/10/2012 at 10:19

Bourne Legacy i smuch better than I expected. Paranorman is great too!

04/10/2012 at 10:27

I still haven't seen all the Bourne films - I think I'll have to catch up before seeing Bourne Legacy.

I do like Dexter, I'm still working my way through the first season though! I'm really behind with US series, I'm still only on the third season of Sopranos - I tend to not watch them for ages and then have a weekend of back-to-back episodes.

BBC Sherlock is fantastic, only 2 series of 3 episodes each but it's just brilliant. Even converted my dad who is usually dead against anyone other than Basil Rathbone playing Holmes.

04/10/2012 at 10:56

Watched a good film last night called Wild Bill. Its a British film produced by Dexter Fletcher with Sean Pertwee and Andy Serkis in. Really gritty good British film about a chap who comes out of prison and turns up at home to see his wife has left for Spain with another bloke leaving his 9 and 15 year old boys alone for 9 months.

04/10/2012 at 12:04
Corinthian wrote (see)

Prometheus

Oh dear Ridley- where did it all go wrong? *Sigh* 

Probably about the time that this script for 'Alien- the Wonder Years' was pitched at you and you agreed to adapt it and give it your inimitable touch.

I can see where the $200 million was spent and it's quite beautiful to look at, but so is a Ducati 1098.  However, it's only when the thing moves that you appreciate that it's not just its looks that matter - it's the substance; it's the narrative and it's the feeling you get of actually going somewhere effortlessly and in some sort of style.

I blame the whole premis the film is based upon - it just doesn't make any sense whatsoever, in fact the whole screenplay is beyond painful... the dialogue laughable and lumpen - I really felt for the actors have to deliver those lines and attempt to keep a straight face.


 

 

 

 

Having recently seen Prometheus I have to agree with this review!

 

 

xine267 wrote (see)

I do like Dexter, I'm still working my way through the first season though! I'm really behind with US series, I'm still only on the third season of Sopranos - I tend to not watch them for ages and then have a weekend of back-to-back episodes.

I quite enjoyed the first season of Dexter, and then it all got a bit ridiculous and I gave up somewhere in the middle of the second season. I'm not very good at watching series though, especially US ones where there are so many episodes to get through. I don't think Ive watched anything from start to finish (except maybe Heroes but that completely lost its way).

Edited: 04/10/2012 at 12:04
04/10/2012 at 15:29

I enjoyed "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead" the other night.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Before_the_devil_knows_you%27re_dead

 

Edited: 04/10/2012 at 15:30
04/10/2012 at 16:40
Catalin Bond wrote (see)

xine267 wrote (see)

I do like Dexter, I'm still working my way through the first season though! I'm really behind with US series, I'm still only on the third season of Sopranos - I tend to not watch them for ages and then have a weekend of back-to-back episodes.

I quite enjoyed the first season of Dexter, and then it all got a bit ridiculous and I gave up somewhere in the middle of the second season. I'm not very good at watching series though, especially US ones where there are so many episodes to get through. I don't think Ive watched anything from start to finish (except maybe Heroes but that completely lost its way).

Completely agree about Heroes! I loved the first series, the second series really suffered as a result of the screenwriters strike.

US series do tend to drag on. I really liked the first series of Prison Break but it just got ridiculous once they'd broken out of the original prison.

02/11/2012 at 16:10

just when you think you've seen all there is to see in movies, something comes along and knocks you on your ass. beasts of the southern wild.

02/11/2012 at 16:16
Beasts is on my list of films to see soon. Watched two films last night. Totall Recall..........A remake in every sense. Very simular to the first one. Enjoyable but not unmissable. The other was TED, a really funny and unusual film about a Teddy Bear that comes to life. Not as corny and sentimental as it sounds. Watch it.
02/11/2012 at 22:41
Three films in the past couple of days:

Frost/Niixon - based on a stage play. Content-wise its a bit slight, but it does have good performances. Michael Sheen again demonstrates what a good mimic he is - he's not a great actor but he's instantly recognisable as David Frost. On the other hand Frank Langella is brilliant as Richard Niixon, captures your perception of what "Tricky Dickie" was really like - a very nuanced performance.

Tyranosaur - I'm a big fan of small British movies, the sort of film that won't get made any more now that the Film Council has been abolished. This is a harrowing, down beat film that is essential viewing, even though you could only watch it once....a bit like Nil By Mouth without the laughs. Brilliant performances by Peter Mullan and Olivia Coleman. Mullan is a damaged angry alcoholic, Coleman is on the face of it a do-good Christian who hides a terrible secret....leading to an unexpected, ever so slightly redempitve outcome.

The Missionary - on the face of it a Michael Palin "Ripping Yarns" spin off but full of subtleties and understated humour. Yet another small British movie (Handmade Films - thank you again George Harrison). Palin plays a missionary who saves the souls of fallen women in 19th centuary London with a unique combination of compassion and intervention - much to the annoyance of the Bishop of London, adroitly played by the ever wonderful Denholm Elliott. A small British movie gem. The closing montage of photographs next to the closing credits is so engrossing that I can't remember the name of anyone involved in the making of this lovely film. Rather reminiscent of the classic Ealing comedies of the 1950s
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03/11/2012 at 13:49
Have had Tyranosaur on DVD for some time and not watched it. Heard it was a bit depressing so thanks Tom maybe I will watch it now. Be good to watch Paddy's first film he has directed.
Good film on this weekend. Attack the Block. A great little action film, very entertaining and the stars are the people you would cross the street to avoid.
03/11/2012 at 20:22
Sussex Runner - loved Attack The Block. Yet another one of those small British movies that I'm so fond of. Some reviews of the movie were adversely affected by the apparent unpleasantness of the opening scenes but as you say a great low budget action movie - a bit like "Shawn Of The Dead', without the laughs. Great British movie making.
03/11/2012 at 21:26

i liked it too

04/11/2012 at 15:13
The latest Lovefilm offering watched tonight was The Hunger Games. Me and the missus are both fans of children's fantasy fiction (Neil Gaimen, Diana Wynn Jones, Susan Cooper, Philip Pulman) and are used to reading intelligent stories brimming with ideas, charactors and involving back stories, and in this respect the Hunger Games triology by Suzanne Collins ticks all the boxes.

What a disappointment the film was, all the charactors, relationships and politics of the dystopian future portrayed in the book have been stripped away to leave a one dimensional teen "action" movie. Then by giving it a 12 certificate to target a wider school holidays audience the film becomes bland beyond belief.

The basic premise (about all you get in the film) is that in a future earth world North America is divided into twelve districts and each district has to select two children between the ages of 12 and 18 (probably bad luck for you if you're aged 12!) as a tribute, to fight in an annual televised "last man standing" contest enacted over a period of days in a sort of hunting ground. By being brave, agile, appealing and good at killing people the contestants can attract sponsorship (a bit like They Shoot Horses Don't They, without the weapons), and benefits to themselves and the districts they come from. Eventually one winner only emerges.....and that's about it as far as the filmgoes.

I'd draw comparisons between this and The Golden Compass, both being based on quality childrens fiction with strong female lead charactors. The later is far more involving, has stronger and more charactors to engage the viewer, a complex philosophical background (involving good verses evil, and ensuring that it's sequals will never get made!), a strong engrossing plotline and a memorable action set piece (featuring fighting giant ploar bears).

As regards dystopian futures better and more disturbing visions can be seen in movies like Brazil, Twelve Monkeys, Gattaca, Soylent Green and of course Blade Runner.

Anyway....tonight its The Artist, which I'm sure will tick all my boxes.

Err...just about to be distracted by "Kelly's Heroes" on ITV4.....f'cking hillarious!
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04/11/2012 at 18:40

madagascar 3 actually had more wit, imagination and better action sequences than most films i've seen for a while. really excellent.

have you lot been to see 'beasts of the southern wild' yet? if not, why not.

04/11/2012 at 20:18

So who watches Newsnight Review then...?

04/11/2012 at 20:20

not if i can help it. what are they saying?

05/11/2012 at 11:31

Tom. - completely agree with you about The Hunger Games, good comparison with Northern Lights - both excellent stories with so much potential which was wasted in the film. The only thing I really liked about the HG film was the way they showed the Games Makers manipulating the arena during the Games. As much a I dislike her in everything else, I think Kirstin Stewart would have made a much better Katniss. I liked that in the books Katniss often comes across as a bit of a jerk, not a stereotypical Mary Sue saves the world and wears a pretty dress!! type character, and Kirstin Stewart gives better jerk-vibes than Jennifer Lawrence.

I saw the new Bond film yesterday, I think the franchise is back on form after Quantum of Solace. Javier Bardem was brilliant as the baddie. I've heard a lot of people comparing him to Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight Rises (there is a bit that reminds me of the Joker's disappearing pencil trick) and I can see where the comparison comes from. Instead of being a generic stock Bond baddie, you get the idea that there isn't very much seperating him and Bond at all.

I liked Daniel Craig's more human, disenchanted and realistic Bond in this one and Naomie Harris as badass Moneypenny - amazing! Also enjoyed Ben Whishaw's performance as Q - I'd forgotten how good he is, I think I'll have to rewatch Perfume this week.

Edited: 05/11/2012 at 11:32
05/11/2012 at 11:36

I havent been to see Beasts of the southern wild yet because it is not in a cinema near me. I didnt used to think I lived in a place cut off from the modern world but...

05/11/2012 at 11:49

i liked the fact that Craig's Bond is more human and disenchanted, but i disliked the fact that he isn't in any way handsome, suave, sophisticated. he is more mitchell brother than international spy.

good villain though.

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