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    @Koobazaur I would try it again I think my problem was that it was so hyped as the greatest sci fi film of all time and when I first watched it it was confusing as hell and I couldn't see why it was. But having seen it three times now I can see it, its gorgeous to look at its got a quite smart plot and deals with lots of great themes.

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    Oblivion (2013). Not actively annoying, but the story seemed told in a very messy way and the happy ending seemed tacked on. Other than that I can't really remember it, except that there were some nice craters.

    Doomsday (2008). I hadn't heard about this, but caught some of it on TV last night, so I watched the whole thing today.
    I liked it. It has plenty of silly stuff, like cars exploding any time they run into something (even corpses), some plot holes and some unrealistic things, but it's somehow okay, although possibly mainly due to Rhona Mitra. She's quite convincing. The other actors aren't bad either, though.
    It did make me wonder once again why bad guys in so many post-apocalyptic movies (and games) have mohawks. I can only assume most script writers have never had to maintain one.

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    Wild At Heart - Got al lthe Hallmarks of David Lynch definitely, to be honest the first half seemed very aimless and it kind of didn't really recover. One of the reasons I like Lost Highway and Mullohand Drive, and Blue Velvet is the even though its really weird story makes sense and the weird images just fit the tone. The first half just seems to be full of the characters having sex and the really interesting disturbing Hiring of assassins on the side that I really liked because its just vintage Lynch. The second half seems a lot better where it goes seriously weird and just has so many disturbing people and images not all of them seem to make sense like the Cowboy Black dude and his really horrible and strange looking wife. Also it liked to crowbar the Wizard Of Oz references which seemed very unsubtle for Lynch.

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    Watched Chronicles of Riddick - Director's Cut due to SirKicksalot's mention of it a while back. It's surprisingly different from the theatrical cut, the first half is sort of a complete remix and quite a bit weirder too. I think I probably prefer the theatrical's first half, but it's a close call. The theatrical just seems a bit cleaner in its storytelling and maybe a bit more epic. On the other hand, some things are better explained in the director's cut.

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    the Worlds End - Very entertaining and funny and very very original got to be one of the best films I have seen this year. I think this was definitely more of an ensemble piece then previous movies have been and all the characters are very funny including Simon Pegg who is very likeable unlikeable. Its choc full of just entertaining jokes and action and even has a sly theme about conformity. Simon Eggs character is quite tragic actually can't help feeling sorry for him as well as disliking him. Nick Frost is something else as the respectable one and all the rest are quite fine as well. The ending is very weird and almost ruins it by saying something that is a bit grating when science fiction does but it was still quite funny and the proceeding movie was so likeable that I didn't mind it. All in all a very boozy recommendation.

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    Just watched Drive after being told that Hotline Miami takes inspiration from it. Possible one of the best movies I've ever seen. Everything about it is great. My one complaint if I had any was that I felt a bit robbed that you don't get to see Ron Perlmans characters get killed properly like the others.
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    Inbred: Well, Inbred certainly isn't going to be everybody's cup of tea. As far as utterly depraved filth goes, it was surprisingly light-hearted (in that there's some pitch-black gallows humor) and I actually even gave a shit about one or two of the characters. The tone is somewhere between Killer Joe, Peter Jackson's Braindead, and the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre, the latter of which it could easily have been a sequel to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabrage View Post
    The tone is somewhere between Killer Joe, Peter Jackson's Braindead, and the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre, the latter of which it could easily have been a sequel to.
    Now I'm going to have to watch this. It's not on Netflix, unfortunately.
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    I may well have mentioned it last time I saw it, but Grosse Point Blank was just on the telly again and it remains one of my favourite films ever. It definitely has one of the greatest soundtracks of all time. Dan Akroyd's on top form, too.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Fumarole View Post
    Now I'm going to have to watch this. It's not on Netflix, unfortunately.
    There's very overt TCM visual homage and a nod to Straw Dogs as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Similar View Post
    Watched Chronicles of Riddick - Director's Cut due to SirKicksalot's mention of it a while back.
    And now I rewatched it because you mentioned it and I don't usually rewatch movies ever.

    A really weird movie but surprisingly watchable. Usually I don't have enough attention to watch something this long at home but I only paused once to go grab some coffee. Again, surprisingly I liked the non-action stuff most. The action itself is so-so and CGI is kind of bad, still I can't say I wan't entertained.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Similar View Post
    Watched Chronicles of Riddick - Director's Cut due to SirKicksalot's mention of it a while back.
    And now I rewatched it because you mentioned it and I don't usually rewatch movies ever.

    A really weird movie but surprisingly watchable. Usually I don't have enough attention to watch something this long at home but I only paused once to go grab some coffee. Again, surprisingly I liked the non-action stuff most. The action itself is so-so and CGI is kind of bad, still I can't say I wasn't entertained.
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    Quote Originally Posted by coldvvvave View Post
    And now I rewatched it because you mentioned it and I don't usually rewatch movies ever.

    A really weird movie but surprisingly watchable. Usually I don't have enough attention to watch something this long at home but I only paused once to go grab some coffee. Again, surprisingly I liked the non-action stuff most. The action itself is so-so and CGI is kind of bad, still I can't say I wan't entertained.
    Pitch Black is definitely better, I think at least in terms of consistency, but Chronicles of Riddick does have this utterly marvellous scene. Kyra, noooooooooooooooooooooooooooo :( . Then again, Pitch Black is full of them. "I said it looks clear."

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    I like the part where they're running from the sunlight more than anything in Pitch Black.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The JG Man View Post
    Pitch Black is definitely better
    Maybe, but I can't say I ever wanted to rewatch it. One viewing was enough.

    Today was the special day, I watched three movies whole, without rewinding or pausing, I don't remember doing that in years. Whats more important, I was entertained, that rarely happens. Here goes two that weren't Riddick, some small spoilers ahead:

    1. Star Trek Into Darkness

    It was too predictable even for a summer blockbuster. And characters acted kinda stupid. At times I wanted to scream at the screen in frustration. And the whole "starfleet" thing is weird and they act weird. I mean they are in the military, aren't they? But hey, it's Star Trek, I remember from various TNG episodes that Earth military is a bunch of hippies in disarray with no discipline or coherent roe. They usually do whatever and then go explore. And they are not even a military. So who cares if they act stupid, right? Well no, but honestly I can overlook that. Otherwise movie was entertaining but forgettable. And there were some things I consider giant plot holes( like why didn't Eath synthesize a cure for all diseases from the blood of those people? Why?) and some "twists" required viewers stupidity and blindness way beyond suspension of disbelief( like the ressurection... when you have 72 panacea vials on board. But maybe they jsut were afraid of opening tubes in fear of killing them, perhaps. But the thought never even crossed their minds). Still, I never wanted to alt+f4. It was entertaining and acting was ok.

    2. Skyfall

    Well usually I hate Bond movies. Even though some had good comedy. I kinda dislike the whole formula "Bond drives fast car -> Bond bangs random woman -> Bond kills tons of faceless mooks -> Bond bangs villains gf -> Bond kills villain with ease and a oneliner -> God save the Queen". Just too formularic in my opinion. But this one had surprisingly little jamesbonderry going on. Maybe spoilerish next. So the bad guy( Xavier Bardem acting a spoiled child/creepy depraved bisexual hacker blong villain guy with strange acent) didn't have a spacestation or base on volcano island and his brilliant plan was to just break in and shoot some people. And he succeeded in a way. And then they just shot it out in some remote location. Even though they telegraphed the whole "Old ways are not bad" thing way too much and not subtle at all through the whole movie, I still felt this whole thing was refreshing in a way. Bond going AWOL for three months is not something I'd forgive if he was our spy though.
    Also, it's funny how this movie explains that "whistleblowers" who leak secret documents are not entirely harmless. Releasing the documents that may compromise the identities of secret agents is basically condemning them to death in painful ways. Truth in TV.
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    All this Riddick talk and I had not seen the trailer for the new movie yet.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UYDtVwyekZY

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    I watched Elysium yesterday. The similarities with District 9 are obvious, as is the commentary on current American immigration policy. The thing that bugged me about the movie were the jump cuts in fighting scenes. Admittedly, it wasn't as bad as Batman Begins, but it was distracting in the final fight. I enjoyed the movie over all, but there were some minor niggling points that I won't get into here. I'd recommend it to fans of action and/or sci-fi movies, but you're going to need to turn parts of your brain off to fully enjoy it.
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    Yah, there was a few holes in Elysium, although I imagine were intention and some got cut.

    Why do director's feel jump cuts are good movie making? Hire a good choreographer and get your actor's to learn one good fight scene. I did like the 180 cut rotation with the blurred background... but then it went back to hard to follow cuts again. Jodie Foster's role was disappointing... she is only getting headlined due to her history. Its like Morgan Freeman being put on all the Oblivion marketing despite his small role in the movie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moraven View Post
    Its like Morgan Freeman being put on all the Oblivion marketing despite his small role in the movie.
    That seems to be a general trend with films involving Morgan Freeman. I remember him being hyped in the advertisements for "Olympus has Fallen" as well and his role in that was even more minor.

    Then again, that film was also terrible beyond belief, so it makes sense that they would heavily advertise the one good thing about it.

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    Europa Report

    I'm a sucker for Hard Science Fiction, and boy, did this movie deliver. I don't think I've ever seen a more realistic depiction deep-space exploration since "A Space Odyssey".
    Although there's a main cast of 6 (six!) full people, comparisons to "Moon" will be inevitable - but they'll be justified. The direction, atmosphere and performances are great, conveying the utter desolation and danger of space, but at the same time, ever so slightly, an ambiguous sense of discovery and adventure. Nevertheless, this is essentially a horror movie, but let that not discourage you, silly people who don't like horror movies. There is exactly zero bullshit in this movie, and absolutely no cheap jump scares.

    My greatest problem with this movie is that I found the faux-documentary parts to be pretty much redundant, and at times anticlimactic. I would've very much prefered if the movie had actually ended on the last frame, without the Not-Tilda-Swinton CEO lady explaining why the last frame was so significant (not a spoiler, or so I hope). But those sections comprise about 5 out of 90 minutes, so it's a minor complaint.

    Anyway: "Europa Report" is, in my humble opinion, the best Science Fiction movie since "Moon". You should watch it.

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