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07-02-2012, 01:14 AM #241
07-02-2012, 03:08 AM #242
Also recently saw Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows and liked it more than the first, actually. It wasn't as fresh (and I missed Rachel McAdams), but it was so much more fun this time around, and the villain was a lot more interesting. I loved how understated Jared Harris' performance as Moriarty was. Simply chilling.
Finally, yesterday we saw Chronicle. I didn't expect much going in, but I thought the performances were great. The script a touch less great (and I wasn't a fan of the end very much), but it was still a pleasant surprise.
07-02-2012, 09:32 AM #243Also recently sawSherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows and liked it more than the first, actually. It wasn't as fresh (and I missed Rachel McAdams), but it was so much more fun this time around, and the villain was a lot more interesting. I loved how understated Jared Harris' performance as Moriarty was. Simply chilling.
I watched this and really liked it but Guy Ritchie has to do something about the length it really went on to long! But it was a very enjoyable movie and i did love all the characters. It also made me miss Stephen Fry as a comic actor because I did forget how good he was at that. I also kind of like this version of Watson a lot more then the TV show, he is a lot more Sherlock's equal in the film.
07-02-2012, 10:45 AM #244
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What did you guys think of that scene where Downey Jr and pals were being chased through the forest and Ritchie went totally nuts with the camera?
I enjoyed the film overall but what was he thinking.
07-02-2012, 06:58 PM #245
11-02-2012, 03:57 AM #246
The Muppets as it just came out today in the UK (damn you Americans!).
It's fantastic and you should all go and see it if you've ever liked them. I had a great big grin on my face all the way through: the songs were fun and usually up-beat without being annoying; the simplicity of the plot wasn't an issue due to the film's incredible (and personally unexpected) complete awareness of the fact that it's a film, something numerous characters make reference to multiple times; and the comedy is pretty good. On the last point, it's not even as if some of the jokes are amazingly clever, but they're just great to laugh along to. Some are clever and there are some blink-and-you'll-miss'em ones thrown in there too. It's a good all-round package that doesn't out-say its welcome.
Definitely a 'fun for all the family, whatever their (and your) ages' thing. They get a good few 'adult' things in there too under the radar. The main thing is that it was fun and well worth the price of admission.
13-02-2012, 07:50 AM #247
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13-02-2012, 12:16 PM #249
The Human Centipede 2 - Avoid. But you knew that already. Ergh this film is a boring slog and well its just for the shock moments at the end which are uncessary. The only saving grace is that there are moments in it either intentional or not where it kind of becomes a black comedy which did make me laugh. I liked the first one which was more atmospheric and the villian was better. So see that one if you really want to see one.
14-02-2012, 11:45 AM #250
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Watched Chronicle when it first came out, I really enjoyed it. So much better than I expected and I think the final scenes (which some people seemed to dislike) were some of the best depictions of the sheer chaos superpowered destruction would really cause. It's like if a tank just popped up in the middle of a city and started shelling buildings. A tank that could fly.
In fact I think it's possibly the best depiction of superpowers, as opposed to superheroics, so far. I could even get onboard with the found-footage premise, though it's not worth thinking about how footage from other cameras (and CCTV footage) could end up in the same 'edit' in any detail. It's just a framing device and a useful symbol in the end.
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15-02-2012, 03:05 PM #251
Slow pace (perfect for this type of movie) and great acting. The protagonist is so convincing, through his eyes you actually begin to feel what it must be like to slowly lose your grasp on reality.
I found it gripping to the final minute, very recommendable!
15-02-2012, 03:33 PM #252
The Muppets - This is probably one of the most perfect movies i think I've watched and I don't think i'm hyperboling there. Its really charming from the start and it grabs you to the end, it is absolutely hilarious the jokes and the songs are. Also I was really surprised how well touching the film is, there is so many moments in it where your just going "aww" or close to tears or even crying, its actually probably the most heartfelt movies I've seen. And the characters are muppets! Really recommend this film. Also if you don't cry at the ending you have no soul.
17-02-2012, 11:10 AM #253
17-02-2012, 03:44 PM #254
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I watched Kill List last night.
What. The. Hell. Brilliant, though.
I think that's part of what makes it such an unsettling movie though
17-02-2012, 04:37 PM #255
I neglected to say, last Saturday I watched Shame, what must be the most appropriate dichotomy to watching The Muppets the night before.
For those unaware, it's an indie film about a sex addict, starring Michael Fassbender. It's the kind of film where, a minute in, the protagonist is walking around full-frontal and be damned, the director wants you to get the 'front' part. Twice. Anyhow, the actual film is acceptable; if you have any vague notions as to what the film will be about, the kind of things that will happen, almost none of its presentation or mystery will surprise you. The two biggest flaws of the film were its direction and characters.
In the case of the former, several scenes dragged on for far, far too long. Notably, there's a scene early on with a (poor) rendition of 'New York, New York', along with a date later on. The focused shots give nothing else to pay attention to and I felt that I wanted the film to just move it already. Secondly, the characters are...bizarre. The point of any character is that you can appreciate them; this doesn't mean you have to like them as a person, just as a character. I subsequently found myself not appreciating any of the characters, coming to its head in what should've been a dramatic argument some way in. The worst words you could use about anything subjective; I don't care.
That being said, it's certainly watchable and nothing is too crude, but it feels like it's wearing its indie badge a little too proudly and it comes off worse because of it. It's certainly not a film you'd take a date on, or watch with your family. I don't think it's bad, I just didn't think it was good. Given the choice, I'd have much rather have spent my money on watching The Muppets again.
18-02-2012, 12:17 AM #256
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Just watching the serie COSMOS again.
I watched it as a teenager years ago. Now I can feel the political weight of the serie. Is really a love letter to science and escepticism. Is still a fucking really good serie, is suprising how it jump to topic to topic, surprising the viewer, and being all the time interesting and creative. Lots of parts of the serie have cultural importance, like when sagan casually demostrate the Googol, or wen he talk about whales and start singing, or when we see the last stages of the creation of a cake.
18-02-2012, 01:55 AM #257
18-02-2012, 03:24 AM #258
Nope, this is the first, and likely last, McQueen film I will willing go and see. I thought a lot of the film was poor, but the direction was what I'd criticise the most. Then I'd go with script, which at times felt numb and pointless.
I have this issue with anything labelled 'indie', thus highlighting an incoming generalisation, that it seems to be an excuse to do things that, well, are a bit shit. There's something to be said for the ways mainstream Hollywood delivers a film; it's tried and tested. Now I'm not saying that you shouldn't branch out and try anything different, of course not, but I sometimes feel these indie folk don't really 'get' what works and just try and be different for the sake of it.
There was nothing clever about Shame, barring one subtlety that is alluded to in the only really interesting element of mythos surrounding the scenario. I was saying to my friend after it that I enjoy going to see action films at the cinema because generally speaking, it's harder to screw them up (although Bay managed triumphantly with Transformers) whilst other genres are much harder to get right.
Another example, off the top of my head; on Christmas day I watched Juno on the telly box. Whilst I don't think it was bad, I did not think it was as amazing as people had suggested it was. The soundtrack was about as subtle as a brick to the face, veering towards being out-right obnoxious and patronising towards the end, in a "In case you don't get the message of the film, this is the message of the film" kind of way. Certain characterisations in it were bizarre too.
Similarly, when I watched Super last summer...now I think I might be on an Ellen Page rant (although I haven't seen Whip It all the way through, but from what I did watch, I was enjoying it a good bit) I thought it suffered from similar 'indie film' issues. Perhaps it's me? Maybe I'm not open enough to different things at the cinema, but by the end of Shame, I was sitting there going "...and yet none of this surprises me, at all."
In fact, screw it! This shit lasts 5 minutes in the film! 5, long, sloooow minutes. WHY?! It's an awful arrangement too!
And breathe. I think I might need to watch The Incredibles tomorrow to make myself feel happier about cinema. It'll also cheer me up whilst I'm feeling ill. Blimey.
18-02-2012, 03:55 AM #259
I don't know what constitutes an "indie" film, but I think you're confusing "indie" with "art house," which is definitely McQueen's modus operandi. I think he's just a poor director with a flair for cinematography, like a shitty Refn. I mean, I loved The Assassination of Jesse James and I still thought Hunger was plodding.
18-02-2012, 04:04 AM #260
I label anything indie that itself is labelled as indie. Shame was presented to me as an indie film, although I don't really mind if I'm wrong on that one (or many others, for that matter) - I still thought it was sub-par.