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Old 01-03-2008, 01:26 PM   #3081
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Indeed. As much as the plot feels kind of similar to Sister Act, School of Rock really does rock. Great music and Jack Black's enthusiasm really carries the film.

"Raise your goblet of rock!"
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Jack Black's enthusiasm really carries the film.

"Raise your goblet of rock!"
Oh yeah, certainly, the movie probably would have sucked without him.

So, on my journey through Linklater's work I finally came around to watching Before the Sunrise and Before the Sunset. These now top my favorite movies list. Both are so beautiful, so romantic, and the way both characters express themselves is so.. authentic, the spark between them is almost tangible. To me, the movies consist only of the "magical moments" Waking Life talks about. I like how Linklater's movies are about these human moments, about ideas and dialogue, about mutual understanding, about beauty, about dreams, but Waking Life had this tension, uncertainty, obscure (pseudo-)philosophic monologues, while Before the Sunrise and Sunset are just full of life and optimism.
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So, on my journey through Linklater's work I finally came around to watching Before the Sunrise and Before the Sunset. These now top my favorite movies list.
Yes! Finally I find someone who feels the same way. Those are so totally excellent films... and done 9 years apart!
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Old 01-06-2008, 04:20 AM   #3084
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I Am Legend 7/10

National Treasure 2 7/10

The Game Plan 7/10

The Butterfly On A Wheel 9/10
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Ed Wood
Tim Burton's biopic of the worst director ever. I liked it. I got the feeling that the film thought it was funnier than it really was, but it's still good fun. Particularly if you've ever seen Plan 9 From Outer Space...
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Old 01-10-2008, 06:24 PM   #3086
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Tim Burton's biopic of the worst director ever. I liked it. I got the feeling that the film thought it was funnier than it really was, but it's still good fun. Particularly if you've ever seen Plan 9 From Outer Space...
Great movie and I like Ed Woods movies as well.

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Indeed. As much as the plot feels kind of similar to Sister Act, School of Rock really does rock. Great music and Jack Black's enthusiasm really carries the film.

"Raise your goblet of rock!"
I saw School of Rock today since it was shown on television. To my suprise I found it really funny.
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The Bourne Ultimatum
I take a rather unfashionable view of the Bourne series, in that I think they're terribly overrated. The first one was a reasonable action film. The second one was a headache-inducing mess of wobbly camerawork.

And the third? Well, it's much better than the second (which I managed to enjoy despite the camerwork). It has a good plot - albeit one with a lousy pay-off - that tied up the loose ends nicely. It had some reasonable action sequences. But here's the thing. The terrible camera movements return (though I'll admit that they're back in toned-down form). Those action sequences would have been far more impressive if I'd been able to see more of what Bourne was doing. The wobbly camera does nothing except disconnect me from what's going on on-screen. It's not enjoyable, and it's not particularly impressive. Which is a shame, because some of the stunts were clearly quite audacious, but they just didn't have any impact on me.

I've probably made this film sound much worse than it is - and much worse than I actually thought it was, too. But every time I hear/read about this series being some kind of amazing Bond-beater, I find myself wondering why. Sure, it's fun, but it's also rendered a confusing mess by the directing, and it drags as a result. So next time (and there's bound to be a next time), can we have a film that does that storyline sufficient justice?

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The Bodyguard

I only really watched it for the music, which was about the only good thing about it.


Kramer vs Kramer

It didn't move me at all. I didn't connect with or empathise with any of the characters, so I found it a fairly dull couple of hours.
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Old 01-13-2008, 08:06 PM   #3089
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I'm totally in line with Robert about both the Bourne series and the crazy camera movements.

Bond-killer: it sort of was, until Casino came out.

Camera movements: I was surprised to see this in a non-action film, Sam I Am. I'd seen the film before and didn't notice it, but when I was over at a family members house over the weekend, the kids of the house were watching it and I was in the kitchen talking with others. Then, looking across the room disengaged from the film, I noticed the shaking and tremble-zoom movements.

Really, did a film of this calibre really require anything more that a soft zoom on those amazing performances?

Recently seen: Blade Runner, The Final Cut. Have I discussed this here? I finally got the ultimate 5-disc set and the Final Cut is superb! Only last night did I watch the famous "work-print" version.

Okay, so now I have all 4 versions with all of the extras, but from here on out, I'm not a BR freak enough to watch anything more than the now clean and totally fixed Final Cut.

Limited edition? Okay, with how many other 10s of thousands (if not hundreds of thousands)?
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Old 01-14-2008, 12:43 PM   #3090
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Bourne never really grabbed me either. I much prefer Spy Game for the intrigue and Bond for the action.

Hell, I found The Long Kiss Goodnight - which is arguably not very good - a more entertaining film than Bourne, but you can't go wrong with amnesiac secret agent woman on the lam with Sam Jackson as a sidekick.
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Juno

It was awesome! I enjoyed it a lot, even though I went in with mixed expectations (I'd only heard the basic summary of the plot). Highly recommended.
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Yes! Finally I find someone who feels the same way. Those are so totally excellent films... and done 9 years apart!
Hey, it's nice to know I don't have completely bad taste! I rather like those movies as well.
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The Little Mermaid
Disney films return to my life. I appreciate this one again now; sure, there are some really twee bits, but there's also some really clever humour and some fantastic songs. Great stuff.
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Ethan Hawke was just a bit smarmy in the second one, but I thought it was cool how they revisited it and then brought closure (or consumation, however you care to view it).

And that's Before Sunrise and Before Sunset (no 'the' there), for anyone checking them out.
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Disney films return to my life. I appreciate this one again now; sure, there are some really twee bits, but there's also some really clever humour and some fantastic songs. Great stuff.
Poor unfortunate souls...
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Sleep Hollow
I'm not quite sure what I thought of this particular Burton film. It's supposed to be a horror film, but it's not very scary. It's supposed to be a detective story, but the detective elements don't work. The main character doesn't believe in spirits, and yet it turns out that there actually is a spirit at work, which seems like a bit of a cop-out. The plot as it stands seems to be almost entirely explained by that cliché of clichés, the villain monologue.

It's an okay film. And it looks nice.
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Hairspray

While I hate everything that the Sixties stand for, it was still a fun film. I don't usually enjoy musicals, but I found this film seemed to work quite well. Zac Efron's haircut served to reinforce the fact that he really isn't the most attractive male specimin, but I still wouldn't say no, lol.
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Alien Vs Predator: Requiem

Sequal to the sh*t-fest that was Alien V Predator see the once great franchises once again sullied by idiots.

The Predator ship from the first film has now crashlanded on earth after the Half Predator/Half Alien Predalien kills the crew. Now it and a bunch of face huggers have escaped to a nearby sleepy US mountain town populated by ex-tv actors and extras (i.e Alien Fodder)

The predator sends a lone warrior to investigate the crash and cover up the mess.

Badly scripted mayhem ensues as the surviving towns people try to get out of the way as Predator and Aliens slug it out.

Complete rubbish.

Dreadful script full of holes and half assed attempts at characterisation (Bad boy just out of jail, soldier mom just home from the war, Sheriff out of his depth)

There are a couple of decent fight scenes between the aliens and Predator, and kudos for upping the gore and using real SFX and not CGI for the monsters, but that's about it.

A complete mess of a movie.

3/10
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Cloverfield - I liked it. It was suspenseful all the way through.
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The ending could have been more satisfying, though. It didn't really need an everyone-dies type ending.

If you see it, pay attention to the last shot (I think it was the last shot). There's a little something at the end of the credits, too.

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