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Old 11-17-2008, 05:00 AM   #3361
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V for Vendetta

In a lot of ways it wasn't a bad film. My main gripe, as is so often the way with these, is that it isn't decently faithful to the original. It has taken big chunks of the story (kudos on one particular nightmarish sequence being included) but it's also taken out vital parts. Worse, is the insertion of a wholly inappropriate love story element that completely trashes one of the most important aspects of the original tale. There are a whole bunch of other amendments. Some make sense for maintaining the flow but far too many seem to be made for their own sake. I appreciate it's a huge undertaking that needed to be compressed for a film (it still weighs in at 2 hours) but there isn't enough sensitivity to what made the original a great read.

The credits said it all for me. It was "Based on the graphic novel illustrated by David Lloyd". No mention of the author, Alan Moore, who presumably wanted to distance himself from this rewrite. I fear for the adaptation of Watchmen that is coming soon.
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Old 11-17-2008, 09:23 AM   #3362
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I actually enjoyed the movie much more than the comic.

I just saw In Bruges. Wonderful, crazy movie. I get the sense that the writers never knew where they were going until they were there, but at the same time it seems like they remember every little detail and pay everything off in the end. There's not really a plot, but the characters are so vivid, so likeable despite their general evilness.
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Old 11-17-2008, 10:57 AM   #3363
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The credits said it all for me. It was "Based on the graphic novel illustrated by David Lloyd". No mention of the author, Alan Moore, who presumably wanted to distance himself from this rewrite. I fear for the adaptation of Watchmen that is coming soon.
Alan Moore has taken his name off ALL his movie adaptions (League of extraordinary Gentleman, From Hell, V from Vendetta etc). He is what is know as a "grumpy git" - Disputes with Marvel, DC and probably everyone else.
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Old 11-19-2008, 02:26 PM   #3364
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Let the Right One In

I really like it, despite that they have taken out one of the main characters from the book. It's a logical thing to do but that also makes one of the best scenes go missing (it's towards the end nonetheless).

Regardless of that, it's a great film which I really recommend. I have heard that they are planning to make most of the others books by the same author into films. This is great news (I have read all of them except the latest one).

There are also rumors about an American remake. That doesn't make a lot of sense but I guess that if you have to have all your films in English in order to see them that is good news too.
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Old 11-20-2008, 12:34 AM   #3365
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I saw a trailer for this which looked really interesting.
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Old 11-20-2008, 02:34 AM   #3366
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La Vie En Rose
Great movie about the tragic life of …dith Piaf.
Just watch it, lots of _quality_ music in this one
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Old 12-03-2008, 03:06 PM   #3367
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Prince Caspian way better than the first Narnia, also saw Dave, I thought it was pretty funny even though it got bagged in the movie reviews.
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Old 12-04-2008, 01:43 AM   #3368
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The other day as I was killing time home along curing my cold I came along Woody Allen's Radio Days. It was the first time I saw it and I really liked the atmosphere and settings of New York in the 40s. I also loved the way the family were interacting and constantly interrupting each other with those funny, exaggerated (were they?) N.Y accents.
All and all a nostalgic, feel good movie.
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Old 12-11-2008, 03:52 PM   #3369
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El Orfanato (The Orphanage)

A good movie. It has been compared with El Laberinto del fauno (Pan's Labyrinth) probably because Guillermo del Toro is involved in both. I must say that I like El Orfanato better.
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A good movie. It has been compared with El Laberinto del fauno (Pan's Labyrinth)
I watched El Laberinto del fauno the other day and it was amazing. It's about a young girl who flees into a fantasy world when reality gets too overwhelming. Her reality is living with her mother and a sadist stepfather in the Spanish mountains during the civil war.
The movie was like a fairy tale for adults including the most imaginative creatures I've ever seen and such brutal, realistic violence I had to close my eyes several times.
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Old 12-13-2008, 04:54 PM   #3371
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El Laberinto del fauno is good too.

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An amazing movie. It depicts everything that's horrible in the human nature. Anybody who can handle it should see it. It got an amazing soundtrack too.
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El Orfanato (The Orphanage)

A good movie. It has been compared with El Laberinto del fauno (Pan's Labyrinth) probably because Guillermo del Toro is involved in both. I must say that I like El Orfanato better.
Have you ever seen 'El Espinazo del Diablo' ('The Devil's Backbone')?
That was also by del Toro - it was made in 2001, and 'Pan's Labyrinth' is, in his words, its spiritual successor.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Devil%27s_Backbone
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Have you ever seen 'El Espinazo del Diablo' ('The Devil's Backbone')?
That was also by del Toro - it was made in 2001, and 'Pan's Labyrinth' is, in his words, its spiritual successor.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Devil%27s_Backbone
Yes I've seen it, liked it a lot.
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Gangs of New York

I have no idea why I haven't seen this movie before.
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The Forbidden Kingdom, oh man if I knew this was about Monkey I would have seen it at the cinema, Monkey kicks butt ---LOVED IT.
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I've just seen the movie Mama Mia om DVD. It was, elegant and stylish, just like ABBA's music.

Especially the musical rendition of *I can still recall our last summer* where Colin Firth sings on the boat.

Very nice...
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The Dark Knight

Finally got around to watching this and felt thoroughly unimpressed. It was a fine rendition of the Joker but the rest of the film, especially the plot, was just offensive. Such orchestrated and such terribly _STUPID_ set pieces that demand way too much suspension of disbelief. The climactic 'escape by ferry' scenario was just... I don't think there are words in the english language to describe how stupid it was.

Quantum of Solace

This film speaks volumes on how right they where to pick Daniel Craig for this generation's Bond. Despite the inclusion of all the Bond film trademarks it still feels distinctly different from Casino Royale. Not enough was done to really establish Quantum as a serious opponent for MI6/Bond though, sadly.
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Die Fšlscher [The Counterfeiters] that was an amazing story. I watched it cause I loved Karl Markovics in the TV show Stockinger, man I didn't realise he was such a good actor.
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The Day the Earth Stood Still

The original is a cult classic as a spaceship lands in Washington with an alien and his robot Gort and warns us of the dangers of atomic war. Get along or else was the ultimate message.

Transplant this to modern day and replace Nuclear weapons with the bogey of the day (Environmental disaster) and you have an idea of the plot in this remake.

It stays fairly true to the spirit of the original even though it tries to make it more of a thiller, with chase sequences and big budget CGI distruction etc

Keannu Reeves is spookily perfect for the role of the confused emotionless Klattu (who knew wooden acting and a blank personality would come in handy eventually). However most of the rest of the cast are just window dressing or in the case of Jaden Smith, just plain annoying.

So overall it was ok without being spectacular. It will never be held in the same regard as the original, and the save the environment message is getting a bit dull these days, but it was a reasonable slice of forgettable entertainment.

5/10
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The Day the Earth Stood Still

The original is a cult classic as a spaceship lands in Washington with an alien and his robot Gort and warns us of the dangers of atomic war. Get along or else was the ultimate message.

Transplant this to modern day and replace Nuclear weapons with the bogey of the day (Environmental disaster) and you have an idea of the plot in this remake.

It stays fairly true to the spirit of the original even though it tries to make it more of a thiller, with chase sequences and big budget CGI distruction etc

Keannu Reeves is spookily perfect for the role of the confused emotionless Klattu (who knew wooden acting and a blank personality would come in handy eventually). However most of the rest of the cast are just window dressing or in the case of Jaden Smith, just plain annoying.

So overall it was ok without being spectacular. It will never be held in the same regard as the original, and the save the environment message is getting a bit dull these days, but it was a reasonable slice of forgettable entertainment.

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I just saw this one as well. I thought it was pretty decent, but I loved the original. And I agree, Jaden Smith, was just annoying. But I get annoyed with kids of famous parents who get into acting anyway. Kate Hudson anyone? (I used to like her, but now I find she grates on my nerves)

I do wish Hollywood would quit relying on making sci-fi remakes though. That trend, is getting old. I wish they'd come up with something new and original instead of rehashing old stories.
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