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Old 01-08-2006, 04:35 PM   #701
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Twelve Monkeys is officially... weird. I at once liked it and had very little idea of the specifics behind the situations. I'm also not sure whether I like it because it's clever or because it's genuinely good. A repeat viewing is called for at some point, methinks...
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Old 01-08-2006, 04:43 PM   #702
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Finally saw "City of God" last night. What a brutal, brutal movie. I've read the comparison's between this movie and Goodfellas. There are some strong similarities for sure, but the moral centers of the two movies are fundamentally different. In Goodfellas, Henry Hill has always wanted to be a gangster, as far back as he can remember. There's a certain manic fervor in the way his story gets told by Scorcese.

Rocket, in City of God, on the other hand never wants to be a hood. He thinks it sucks to have a brother as a hood. But in this movie, if you live in the City of God (where even the corrupt police fear to go), whether you fight or whether you run, you're screwed from the get go. So many of the characters get sucked into a whirlwind of poverty and brutal violence despite wanting nothing to do with it.

Some of the scenes were almost too much for me to take, especially the scenes with the children. I thought it was amazing that many of the actors were amateurs from the slums of Rio. The child actor who played Li'l Dice with near expressionless malice and glee in some scenes was especially affecting.
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Old 01-23-2006, 06:11 PM   #704
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Just seen the "new" Harry Potter, mainly cause we turned up not knowing what was on and there wasnt anything else on for another hour...


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I just watched "Lost In Translation" (made so much better because of Scarlet Johansson half naked ) and Collateral.

I must say that both films weren't great, but they did fill in a few hours for me and I wasn't disappointed
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Old 01-23-2006, 06:17 PM   #705
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I saw Narnia a week ago and you can count on me to get it on DVD, great film!

I really hope that there are plans for the rest of the books to be turned into movies

They all really are great books and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is imo one of the weakest stories. Put together, they make a great epic which deserves to be translated to the silver screen!!!
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Went to see Underworld:Evolution which so dire that even the totty value of ....





failed to save the movie.

Dreadful




Also went to see Jarhead which was a pretty decent film about the first gulf war and the frustrations of being a trained killer forced to sit and wait in the desert while the airforce wins the war.

I don't think the film is as cutting as it should have been. There were plenty of opportunities to make this a political broadside on the war and on Bush, but they chickeded out.

However the scenes when they finally go into Kuwiet are magnificent especially walking through the burning oilfields with raining oil. Everything is black except for the giant towers of fire. A stunning sight.
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Underworld: Evolution. 3/5 (better than the original)
Syriana. 4/5 (at times too convoluted)
Brazil. 5/5 (awesomeawesomeawesome!!111oneoe!)
Beef 1, 2 & 3. 4/5 (good stuff for hiphop afficionados)
Breakfast on Pluto. 4/5 (great portrayal of sixties London)
Kinky Boots. 4/5 (amazingly funny and touching)
Crash. 5/5 (a bit late, but holy shit, what a movie)
Good Night and Good Luck. 4/5 (esp. the cinematography)
Lord of War. 3/5 (decent 'drama', but fails to deliver on several aspects)
Memoirs of a Geisha. 4/5 (Probably horribly inaccurate but who cares! Michelle Yeoh & Ziyi Zhang! )
Mrs. Henderson Presents. 4/5 (pretty funny and touching at times)
Oliver Twist. 5/5 (Polanski. Ben Kingsley.)
Into the Blue. 2/5 (one point for its popcorn value, one point for Jessica Alba)
Sin City. 5/5 (best. comic. adaptation. ever.)
Pride & Prejudice. 4/5 (lovely atmosphere, story and an almost perfect performance by Keira)
Rize. 4/5 (awesome doc.)
The Chronicles of Narnia. 3/5 (entertaining LOTR for kids)
The Constant Gardener. 5/5 (Great build-up through flashbacks, Fernando Meirelles; go see City of God as well)
The Island. 3/5 (decent action flick but fails to address the moral questions it poses and turns into an action flick)
The Matador. 4/5 (entertaining, funny at times, seems like Pierce got his groove back)
The Myth. 3/5 (three points for Jackie Chan, none for story)
Three Times/Zui hao de shi guang. 4/5 (Interesting premise & flawless execution)
Transamerica. 4/5 (interesting story & good acting)
Walk the Line. 4/5 (Good acting by Phoenix & Witherspoon, but too much textbook directing)
Wedding Crashers. 2/5 (Painfully unfunny)
The Cave. 0/5 (bad pacing, totally not scary, worst ending ever)
The Descent. 5/5 (extremely scary, extremely awesome, good acting, which is surprising considering it's a horror flick. Best horror since decades)
Death In Gaza. 4/5 (not even in thesame league as Checkpoint)
As Tears go By. 5/5 (possibly Wong Kar Wai's best)
Banlieue 13. 3/5 (amusing action flick, interesting depiction of the Parisian suburbs)
Batman Begins. 4/5 (the best of the batman flicks)
Brokeback Mountain. 4/5 (touching story, but I don't see what all the fuss is about, "Saving Face" is much better as a love story)
Capote. 5/5 (Philip Seymour Hoffman.)
Elizabethtown. 2/5 (falls short on all fronts, awfully)
Flightplan. 3/5 (nice twists and turns, but sooooo not likely)
Everything is Illuminated. 5/5 (Funny as hell, brilliant performances)
Howl's Moving Castle. 5/5 (Pure magic, perhaps even better than Spirited Away)
Four Brothers. 3/5 (entertaining popcorn flick)
Hustle and Flow. 5/5 (very satisfying, with a nice 'raw' feel to it. Terrence Howard)
In Her Shoes. 4/5 (lovely performances, theme. Not a chick flick per se)
Jarhead. 4/5 (great depiction of the first Gulf War)
Casanova. 1/5 (doesn't even compare to Fellini's film, and so not funny throughout)
Saving Face. 5/5 (great love story)
Star Wars 3. 3/5 (Great special fx, badly paced. Hayden Christensen)
The 40 Year Old Virgin. 4/5 (Steve Carell is funny as hell)
The White Countess. 4/5 (Great performances, setting)
Thumbsucker. 3/5 (Decent coming-of-age flick with a twist)
Tim Burton's Corpse Bride. 4/5 (Lovely animation, story, voice-acting, too bad John Depp would never do an AG )
Wallace and Gromit In the Curse of the were rabbit. 5/5 (Awesome)

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Also went to see Jarhead which was a pretty decent film about the first gulf war and the frustrations of being a trained killer forced to sit and wait in the desert while the airforce wins the war.

I don't think the film is as cutting as it should have been. There were plenty of opportunities to make this a political broadside on the war and on Bush, but they chickeded out.

However the scenes when they finally go into Kuwiet are magnificent especially walking through the burning oilfields with raining oil. Everything is black except for the giant towers of fire. A stunning sight.
Im glad it didnt go too much into politics, the movie was about the soldiers and all the wanted was to get to shoot their gun.
I think if there was too much focus on bush and the other leaders behind the war it could have drawn us away from the troops.

We were supposed to see the movie from the troops point of view, and as it says at the start of the movie, their heads are jars, empty vessels

The oil scene was great, the Orange glow across the black dessert...I wish they put that in a game cause I just wanna walk through that
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I really hope that there are plans for the rest of the books to be turned into movies

They all really are great books and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is imo one of the weakest stories. Put together, they make a great epic which deserves to be translated to the silver screen!!!
Well, given that they've already announced Prince Caspian...
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Monster Man! Saw this in the video rental place and couldn't resist. Quality road movie where two guys and a REALLY fit hitchhiker are constantly harassed by an evil looking monster truck! It's a good dumb film with some quality cheesy gore, and it's well funny too. There's even a bizarre sex scene where the woman impersonates Yoda ("very wet you make me!")
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Wedding Crashers is the worst film ever. I hated it so much, the morals are seriously screwed too.
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Isnt that a comedy though? from the group that did the Anchorman and Old School?
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Isnt that a comedy though? from the group that did the Anchorman and Old School?
It had a few cheap funny lines, but I dont need to pay £5 for a bad softporn comedy movie.
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Wedding Crashers is the worst film ever. I hated it so much, the morals are seriously screwed too.
Yeah, well perhaps not the worst film ever, but the fact I expected much more of it makes it worse. I can remember laughing one time, I think during Will Ferel's scene, but I remember it was a sort of "god this is painfully unfunny" laughter

Everything is Illuminated on the other hand, is definately worth watching!
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Haha, I just saw The Wedding Crashers and I actually thought it was pretty funny and at times, hilarious! The thing is, I had expected really BAD things from this movie, so I was pleased that it was actually pretty funny. Yes, it's mild gross-out comedy at times, but the actors are pretty good and I don't think they go too far often.

It helps that I really like Owen Wilson of course, and that I think Will Ferrell is a comedy genius. You just see him wildly improvising on the screen and then coming with something so hilarious and unexpected it makes me burst out. So, definitely a good comedy in my eyes.
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I saw Paycheck yesterday. I don't think that it's as bad as the reviews made out, but I equally don't think it's particularly good. Aside from the obligatory dove scene ( ) it didn't play like a John Woo film, instead feeling like a second-rate version of Minority Report...
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I saw Paycheck yesterday. I don't think that it's as bad as the reviews made out, but I equally don't think it's particularly good. Aside from the obligatory dove scene ( ) it didn't play like a John Woo film, instead feeling like a second-rate version of Minority Report...
I quite liked it, probably cos I expected it to be rubbish. Very interesting idea. Although some bits seemed to contradict others.
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I saw Paycheck yesterday. I don't think that it's as bad as the reviews made out
It is. Come on, it features Ben Affleck! The man has one (lack of) emotion painted on his face that never falters no matter what he's supposed to be doing. I don't think I've ever despised an actor as much as I did him in Paycheck (and possibly in Daredevil, which was even worse).
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