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    Quote Originally Posted by DaftPunk View Post
    I started reading manga today and its very interesting,but i'm so curious to see if the main villain is trully a monster or just a human who kill,provide me the answer and i will make you rich!
    Beware, beware, the terrible spoilers!

    [spoiler]
    He's just a human, even if he seems closer to a force of nature at times. One of the pivotal themes in Monster is whether any human being can be considered pure evil and completely incapable of redemption. I don't want to spoil too much but the manga does raise some interesting philosophical points further down the line.[/spoiler]

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kadayi View Post
    Watched Killing them softly as Pete Bradshaw of the Guardian gave it a positive in his films of the year.
    I'm happy to see someone else watched (and enjoyed) that film. It's definitely one of the stranger titles I've seen this year, but it's well worth taking a look at if you can stomach the excessive brutality and the bleak cynicism.

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    About to watch Best Exotic Marigold Hotel because I'll watch anything that has Judi Dench and Bill Nighy in it.


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    Courage Under Fire, quite an old movie, Denzel Washington was the main star and he looked the same as he is these days. Meg Ryan was another star, men she was so hot back then, but now she's old already. And Matt Damon...... he was quite fit back then, now he is quite...... fat.

    Story background is the First Gulf War in 1991. US Armor Cavalry Colonel Nathaniel Serling accidentally killed his long-time subordinate lieutenant Boylar by a blue-on-blue fire during a major night tank battle, in which Boylar was tasked to lead a small force to protect the right flank of the main force under Serling's own command. Iraqis infiltrated their right flank and Boylar fired at them. Over long distance, gunner of Serling's own tank mistaken the flash of the fire as the shot against their direction, so Serling ordered to fire at the tank giving the flash. Turned out that was Baylor's tank, and it was completely destroyed, killed all US soldiers in it including Baylor.

    Serling drowned himself in alcohol for this horrible mistake. Serling's superior, General Hershberg, first saved his career by pulling string by excluding him from any criminal investigation over the incident (and it's reasonable. That's, after all, an accident.). Then he tasked Serling with a meaningful job: to investigate and endorsing conferring of Medal of Honor to returning nominated heroes from the war, all returning except one: Captain Karen Walden, pilot and commander of a medic chopper, commanding 4 crewman. Unfortunately it was posthumous, she was KIA in a recuse mission involving recusing crewmen of a downed Blackhawk saving 5 comrades (3 of that crew were KIA). Walden's own was a smaller Huey (oddly, I dont see Huey these days on TV news). According to testimony of the 5 returning soldiers from the Blackhawk, they were shot down by the enemy, and very soon Walden's Huey patrolling the region arrived, circling over the Iraqi (a company sized force with about a hundred men, and a T54/55 tank too!). Huey throw something over the tank to blow it up, but then itself was shot down and crush landed to a position between the Blackhwak position and the enemy. All US survivors were recused the next morning by a US Army and Air Force coordinated operation, except Captain Walden who was KIA that very morning.

    Walden's crew had 4 subordinates: technician Altameyer, he's missing most of the time during the investigation; co-pilot Rady, seriously injuried by the shots which downed their Huey and was therefore left unconscious throughout the whole incident, but he proved the courage of Walden over her decision to blow up that Iraqi tank, the success saving the Blackhawk crew; medic Ilario, his story reinforcing the belief Walden acted with valor throughout the whole time, but his testimony seriously contradict with that of another crewman; Sergent Monfriez, he was a temporary member of the crew, as a member of the famous 82th Airborne "AA" division, he manned a SAW for the crew's fire support, he testified about how coward Walden was, who attempted to pull out in the first moment while seeing an Iraqi company already marching towards Blackhawk position, and during the night Walden was incapable and too scared to make any decision. Plus, both Monfriez and Ilario's testimonies contradicted with Blackhawk crew's: Blackhawk crewmen heard M16 fire from Huey's position during the morning recuse, but both Ilario and Monfriez denied that. So, who's telling the truth? And would Walden received the medal? Or did she truly earn the medal?
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    Dredd 2012 sucks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fiddlesticks View Post
    For what it's worth, they turned it into an anime series. I'm not sure if you could make a good film out of the source material, considering how many characters and plot threads there are. You'd lose most of the aspects that make it so special.
    But meanwhile, 20th Century Boys -- by the same author -- WAS turned into a trilogy of films. I've seen the first two, and while they're condensed and a little amateurish they also do a nice job of capturing some of the best parts. These are available as fansubs.

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    Goodfellas,don't know what to think of it,not bad movie but not good either.
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    Casino Royale ​- Very very good Bond, I don't think I followed it very well the first time so i think my coldness towards it was being a bit confused about the plot. This time I got the plot and the action was definitely fantastic and so was Bond's portrayal especially at the end where you see some vunrabilities in him. Also got a lot of very funny lines in it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xercies View Post
    Casino Royale ​- Very very good Bond, I don't think I followed it very well the first time so i think my coldness towards it was being a bit confused about the plot. This time I got the plot and the action was definitely fantastic and so was Bond's portrayal especially at the end where you see some vunrabilities in him. Also got a lot of very funny lines in it.
    My favourite one of recent times, though I can't watch it without wincing now as every time I see Eva Green I'm reminded of my ex who is the spitting image.

    Didn't enjoy Quantum Of Solace nearly as much, to the point where I now can't remember half the plot anymore.

    Skyfall really impressed me, Caterpillar advertising aside.

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    The Raid: Redemption, again: It's a delirious crescendo of violence for violence's sake. Needless to say, I love it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xercies View Post
    Casino Royale ​- Very very good Bond, I don't think I followed it very well the first time so i think my coldness towards it was being a bit confused about the plot. This time I got the plot and the action was definitely fantastic and so was Bond's portrayal especially at the end where you see some vunrabilities in him. Also got a lot of very funny lines in it.
    I'm on the same boat with you about the plot there but it's probably that I was a younger then. The chase scene was probably the best thing that happened in any film ever.
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    Didn't enjoy Quantum Of Solace nearly as much, to the point where I now can't remember half the plot anymore.


    I am the same have no idea exactly what happenned in that movie, was very confused throughout that movie. and looking at some of the action scenes on the TV it was way to much close up meaning you couldn't actually see the damn thing which is something I hate. I might watch it again though to see if my views on it will change like it did with Casino Royale.

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    QoS was victim to the writers' strike. Daniel Craig and the producer/director (one of them) said that they ended up writing it, with Craig saying in an interview "And I'm not a writer." I would actually like to re-watch it, as I've only seen it the once, but I enjoyed it when I saw it at the time. I think it's probably best watched straight on from CR.

    While I'm here, I continue my progress on The List with Some Like It Hot. I've seen a few clips from this (who hasn't?) and new the premise, but I really enjoyed it. It was a bit cheesy at times and the audio not necessarily always clear, but it was funny,fairly witty and very farcical in the right ways. As for Marilyn Monroe, well...some of her clothes didn't leave much to the imagination! To quote, "Wowza!" I actually thought the ending would be a bit more conclusive, but with an ending line that good, hey, who cares?

    It's funny though because I'd gone forever not seeing anything with Monroe in, then between now and I guess 8 months or so, I've seen two (the other being Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, which I also enjoyed). Whatever, I can see the appeal and then the appeal. I'll likely be watching another film tomorrow from The List, so expect another update in short order.
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    The Machinist is a bad movie with good directing and a great performance by Christian Bale. Watchable, intriguing, then disappointing. It wants to be a Memento or Fight Club, but fails to approach the greatness of either. The painfully sloppy script does not hold water and the music is overbearing.

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    Anyone else seen Life of Pi yet? I watched it the other day. I thought it was beautifully filmed, and really quite good. I did see it in 2D though, and it's the first film I've watched that I'm beginning to think I should have maybe gone for 3D instead.

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    Shock! Horror! I went to check my List after watching Little Miss Sunshine only to discover it was never actually on there! Gasp! Ah well! Overall, I thought the film was very enjoyable. I really did love how grounded it was in reality, but at the same time it did begin to grate on me a little how contrived it seemed to be with all the things that happened in it happening within such a short amount of time. I don't suggest these things couldn't, but it did become a bit hard to swallow that this family's luck would be so, so, so so so so so so...so so so so so abysmal. Still, I'm trying not to let it distract away from the fact that I did enjoy it and was entertained by it throughout, mostly. I did find the first 5 minutes or so a bit odd, but I got past that.
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    Anybody got opinions on Cloud Atlas? Haven't come out yet, but who knows, some of you might watch it in film festivals

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rovac View Post
    Anybody got opinions on Cloud Atlas? Haven't come out yet, but who knows, some of you might watch it in film festivals
    It was released in the US over two months ago, haven't seen it though.
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    Maybe i'll watch King Kong today,the one from 2005.

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    Funny, I'm watching that right now!
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    Saw The Hobbit, the HFR 3D version. It seems the technique isn't fully mastered yet since there were quite some out of focus shots and the backdrops really looked like blue screens.

    The movie itself was pretty damn long but enjoyed it, visuals and locations were amazing.

    A couple of things bugged me though.

    The birds, they should not have used the birds. It was the one flaw they also used in the previous movies, they could have just flown to the mountain.

    If the mines of Moria and Erebor were slaughtered some years before The Hobbit and those dwarves were the only survivors, where exactly did Ghimli come from and what was he up to and how was he not aware of the slaughtering of Moria in the Triology?


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