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Old 07-31-2007, 09:51 AM   #2761
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Children of Men
Great. Visually striking, well acted and intelligent storytelling. That and I like bleak films.
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Old 08-01-2007, 07:45 AM   #2762
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Apocalypse Now Redux
Crazy. In an interesting way, though.
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Watched:

Masters of Horror: Incident On and Off a Mountain Road - Good episode

Red Dwarf: Dimension Jump
Red Dwarf: Meltdown
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Love Actually - very good, quite funny.
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Old 08-02-2007, 08:29 PM   #2765
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Match Point - I'm not completely sure what to think.
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What I'm mulling over is Chris choosing to murder off his problem. It felt out of nowhere, because he didn't seem that distressed. I thought it was his work that was causing problems, possibly feeling like it wasn't his calling. Thinking back now, I think there were some indications that should have told me there were other issues bothering him.
I think I'll have to watch it again, knowing what I know now.
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Old 08-04-2007, 01:53 PM   #2766
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The Bourne Ultimatum - if you liked the second movie, you should like this one. The cinematography is similar, although a bit improved I think. The action is standard Jason Bourne stuff you've seen before, but they kick it up a notch in the second half.
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Assuming this is the last in the series, I think the ending could have been improved. Not the most satisfying resolution.
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Old 08-05-2007, 06:59 PM   #2767
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Old 08-05-2007, 11:19 PM   #2768
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Recently...

Shrek 3 - better than the second one I thought, but still suffering from too many pop culture references and sequelitis.

Simpson's Movie...Exactly what I expected. I still like the Simpsons.

And we watched some episodes of Jeeves and Wooster, Keeping Up Appearances, and Spaced. But those don't count because they're not movies.
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Batman Forever
Um... yes. It's not that this is a particularly bad film, but the change in tone from the Burton/Keaton installments is slightly jarring.

From Hell
Disappointing. I don't know if it would have involved modifying the story further from the graphic novel, and frankly I don't care: if you're going to make a thriller about Jack the Ripper, and you want to keep his identity a secret, don't pick an actor with a really distinctive voice and then have a whole load of scenes of him talking in shadow. Basic mistake, and it ruined the thing.
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Old 08-06-2007, 04:53 AM   #2770
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I recently rented out ‘Déjà vu’ and ‘The Pursuit of Happiness’ both were great films. I usually find films starring Denzel Washington entertaining, and Tony Scott and Jerry Bruckheimer offered up quite an intelligent and action packed thriller; probably one of the most underrated films of 2006. On the other hand, the ending could have been better.

As for ‘The Pursuit of Happiness,’ I’ve always said that any film that makes me cry instantly goes down as a great movie in my books; unfortunately those books are full to the brim with entries! (I’m too emotional).
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I saw The Number 23 yesterday.
It was kind of interesting, I liked how the movie was set up.

Recently I also watched both Toy Story movies for the first time in my life. Both were excellent. I just love Pixar. Still A bug's life and Finding Nemo to go and then I've seen everything from them.
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I was rewatching bits and pieces of Kingdom of Heaven today when I noticed something.

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The end features a cameo by Richard I "the Lionheart" of England. Richard's arms are very famous, mainly because they still make up part of the UK coat of arms today: three golden lions on all fours, their heads to the left, on a red field.

But in KoH Richard's arms are shown as two golden lions, standing on their hind legs, facing each other on a red field.

Then I was looking up English kings' coats-of-arms elsewhere and saw something interesting. It was many years after Richard returned from the Crusades, in fact very near his death, when he chose the three-lion coat of arms.

Before that, when he went on the Third Crusade, he had a different coat of arms. It's unknown for certain but generally assumed to have been the two-lion device, based on a description of his equipment in a contemporary chronicle.

Most movies with King Richard (eg The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood, 1938) show him with the standard 3-lion crest (which also, as said before, represents England). But Ridley Scott was the only director who actually cared about accuracy enough to use Richard's actual coat of arms from the Crusade days in his movie.
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Children of Men: a great film
Apocalypse Now Redux: I want a refund. It does not improve on the original.
Love Actually: I somehow got tricked into watching this and ended up enjoying it.
The Bourne Ultimatum: Loved the first, was disappointed in the second, so what I'm I to do?

Last night, I was compelled to re-watch Casino Royale. This is destined to be one of the best Bond films, me thinks.
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Love Actually: I somehow got tricked into watching this and ended up enjoying it.
That could have been a formulaic, blah romantic comedy but it had a charm to it that made it better. I found myself laughing out loud on more than one occasion.
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The Prestige
There's a lot that I like about this film, but I can understand why people might hate it. Any film that takes something impossible as a central plot point is asking for trouble.

(Next up: Pan's Labyrinth)
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Most movies with King Richard (eg The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood, 1938) show him with the standard 3-lion crest (which also, as said before, represents England). But Ridley Scott was the only director who actually cared about accuracy enough to use Richard's actual coat of arms from the Crusade days in his movie.
Yup. The movie is surprisingly accurate in a lot of ways. Yet another reason I like it a lot.
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Yup. The movie is surprisingly accurate in a lot of ways. Yet another reason I like it a lot.
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Interestingly, the costume-design sketch for King Richard created during pre-production incorporates the mistaken three-lion motif. Looks like somebody caught that error before filming began.
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Old 08-07-2007, 04:30 PM   #2778
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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, it has some hilarious moments, but I can understand the negative reactions it got from critics. Depp's narration is worth seeing the film for, superb. If you're looking for a coherent narrative, and anything more than a shallow story, this might not satisfy you. Eye candy in terms of filmography and scary, crazy, hilarious sequences.

p.s. check out "The Ten" trailer, it's hilarious, Ken Marino and Paul Rudd are cool.

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I was so engrossed with Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas that I bought a copy afterwards, but found it ... painful on second viewing so much so that I didn't finish it. Let me just say that it is, in a word, potent. I will try again.

Last night, I watched Simply FOBulous, an Indy film by an acquaintance. I rather liked it, laughed and even teared up on a few scenes. It's not widely available yet, but if you find it at a film festival (where it's won some awards), give it a try.
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Glengarry Glen Ross - a very conversational movie, and quite interesting to watch.
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