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Thread: Wot films are you watching?
28-02-2013, 12:10 PM #1261
Jack. Oz is based on a more popular franchise and a lot of people will go see it because of that.
Jack the Giant Slayer is based on a bed time story.
01-03-2013, 02:51 PM #1262
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02-03-2013, 09:25 AM #1264
1 - What did people think of Gamer? It was surprisingly better than I expected. Interesting concept, good action, nice humorous touches and nods to video games. I found the ending a little too neat, but other than that, it was pretty good.
2 - Amazingly Dredd got a release here in japan. (despite zero advertising and no-one here ever having heard of it). I rather enjoyed it (as I sat in an empty cinema). It had an excellent look and sfx, and I liked the main characters. I found the bad guys (especially at the end) to be undewhelming though. The action was a little basic compared to modern action trends - almost not an action movie at all. Not that that's a bad thing. I really hope it does well enough on DVD to get a sequel.
3 - I've noticed that recent movies I've watched have been a little old-school (Dredd, Looper), but have also been remarkably violent (Looper, Dredd, Gamer). Those three all struck me as far more violent than something like Terminator 1. yet T1 was considered shocking violent at the time, got an 18 certificate and was't even shown on UK for a while. These days I think it would feel very tame. Looper, in particular, didn't really feel like it needed that violence.
4 - Over the last few years there have been less and less movies that i've wanted to go to the theatre to watch. In the first few months of this year there have been a dozen all at once! (Skyfall, Hobbit, Looper, Dredd, Life of Pi, Argo, Zero Dark 30, Oz, Wreck It Ralph, Ted*, and others that escape my mind right now).
*because japanese people seem to have gone nuts for this and keep recommending it to me.
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04-03-2013, 05:29 PM #1269
Madagascar 3 - An insanly funny, surreal and heart warming film, the villian of this is worth the price of admission alone I don't think I have seen a villian this wild, creative and downright hilarious. The jokes are great and they are somewhat weird to be honest, definitely a step up from the last two films. Its not mind blowing in the story department but it does the job. I liked it and definitly has that old Looney Tunes vibe to it of anything goes.
Beasts Of The Southern Wild - I liked it, its a bit weird and I don't know whether it knew what it wanted to focus on, first it was about a girl and her father then it goes to a town in need, then back to the girl and father then a weird thing. It was lovely and the central characters are very good and you care about what happens to them. Its really good for a first dirctorial debut.
05-03-2013, 11:04 AM #1270
Watched SINISTER with Ethan Hawke,horror movie about snuff films,but then it takes turn and don't want to spoil it,but its quite good horror movie. Finally something good to watch and get scared.
06-03-2013, 10:37 AM #1271
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09-03-2013, 10:17 AM #1273
I found ii pretty intriguing and disturbingly believable to see their vision of how people might respond to a real life The Sims or a real life CoD.
I went into it expecting a dumb in your face action movie, so I was surprised to find a clever in your face action movie hiding behind all the dumbness.
09-03-2013, 03:00 PM #1274
I watched Vamps featuring Alicia Silverstone and Sigourney Weaver playing vampires in New York. Having pretty much zero expectations of this movie as I hadn't heard of it before watching, I must say I was entertained. It doesn't take itself seriously at all and does a pretty good job of hitting all the vampire tropes. Admittedly I give it a bit of extra love for all the cameos as I'm a child of the 80s. I'd recommend it if you're in the mood for some lighthearted, campy fun.
11-03-2013, 08:35 AM #1275
So, Oz was pretty good. It wasn't quite as good as the MovieBob review on the escapist made it sound, but it was definitely worth watching.
Being a prequel to such an old classic gives it a slightly weird feel. Especially as we know the ending, we just have to work out how we'll get there. Also, despite lots of good cgi it has a rather old-school feel at times. I assume this was intentional, to mimic the look of the original. Or it may be because I watched it in 2d and maybe it was made for 3d? But i haven't noticed that issue with any other recent 3d movies.
The directing was great, the story was good, the world and characters were good. I'm not sure about the acting. It wasn't 'bad', but it seemed to have a slightly amateur / stagey / overacted feel to it. Again, this may have been intentional.
I'd have liked it to be a little longer in Oz, and maybe a little shorter in Kansas at the beginning, as I didn't feel we got to spend enough time with any of the cool characters in Oz.
My main worry about it, is that i'm not quite sure which audience they were aiming for. It seems to be a Family Movie. It has a lot of nice nods to the original for parents, and I imagine that a lot of the wonder would be great for kids. (not to mention the China Girl character and the lack of violence).
But on the other hand, Sam Raimi is just too good a horror director, and he manages to make monkeys and 'cartoon' witches actually pretty damn scary. I'm not sure i'd want to take younger kids to it because of the few TOO effective jump moments.
I think it probably needed more songs...
11-03-2013, 09:36 AM #1276
11-03-2013, 12:28 PM #1277
Definately. I agree Oz was good but not great. Felt a bit ametuerish with slightly bad acting at some parts (the beginning was pretty boring and cliche, imo) but after the first hour till the end it was better than I expected. John Carter all over again.
11-03-2013, 03:46 PM #1278
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11-03-2013, 06:38 PM #1280
I saw Oz yesterday and it was much less twisty/dark than the trailer made it out to be; I really hoped for some (new) Charlie and Chocolate Factory's level of sublime dark undertones. Definitely felt a bit more like a kids movie and a standard hero's journey and transformation, particularly in the first hour that kinda dragged (the second hour was much better, if tad predictable).
Also felt like it did many of those stagy, almost amateurish things as tribute to the original. But I wish they did more "clever" tie-ins and explanations of the original story's lore, I was again hoping for something to the level of the amazing Wicked, which did a much better job of re-imagining the story and bringing numerous "a-ha!" moments. The characters were also pretty one dimensional, a real pity and lost opportunity especially with Theodora (Mila Kunis). Lots of interesting stuff that could have been done with her...
Well, it's a Disney movie, so I guess I should have expected all this; somehow trailer made me think it would be more of a dark Charlie&Chocolate factory meets Wicked.
Especially as we know the ending, we just have to work out how we'll get there.
Well Like I said, Wicked shows how that neednt be a "problem" and you can do a lot to keep canon consistent while still twisting the story in a unique direction.
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