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Thread: Wot films are you watching?
05-11-2013, 01:08 PM #1741
Last weekend I watched a double bill in the, er, niche genre of period grave robbing comedy. I Sell the Dead followed by Burke and Hare. They both had their moments.
I Sell the Dead was a bit too light on laughs but I appreciated when (spoiler)the supernatural elements came in and it turned into a grave robbers versus the undead - that's a really neat idea.
Burke and Hare was funnier and just crammed with distractingly-recognisable faces. And Bill Bailey minus facial hair, which was nigh-unrecognisable. Also, I will never stop geeking out when I see Jessica Hynes and Simon Pegg are in the same room.
05-11-2013, 01:33 PM #1742
If you like your old Samurai films then Sword of Doom is quite interesting, albeit not by Kurosawa it does feature mifune (in a secondary role) and is quite startling in many ways.
Harmonica: ...Only at the point of dyin'.
07-11-2013, 09:07 PM #1743
08-11-2013, 10:04 AM #1744
I did see Mama last night. I really enjoyed it, despite the way the plot relied on a rather large amount of coincidence.
I really appreciated how different it was to typical modern (ie. post-Ringu) ghost story, while still obviously counting it amongst its influences. They reveal the monster early, and in the last act of the film they're really not shy about showing it. And yet... this wasn't a huge mistake. Instead of relying on modern scares, the final act becomes a classic horror film (reminded me of films like Poltergeist, where the spirit is obvious but its tremendous power and the lives at stake keep it scary) with a fantastic, almost fairy tale quality by the end.
08-11-2013, 12:29 PM #1745
08-11-2013, 01:33 PM #1746
Saw Gravity in the cinema, great movie. Best use of 3D that I've seen (I've actively avoided 3D movies before though).
08-11-2013, 01:54 PM #1747
09-11-2013, 02:12 AM #1748
Paranoia, starred by two cool old actors Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman, both as antagonists. I can't name the actor and actress acting as protagonists, but the girl is so hot man, she's the actor of another movie the Joneses. It's a movie about industral espionage. It isn't received well but I feel it quite cool. Maybe industrial espionage is nothing new to you westerners living under capitalism for centuries, yet China's economy is guided by modern western system for just a few decades, so yeah, industrial espionage is quite a new act to us.
The story: Adam Cassidy is a not well-to-do electronic engineer at a major mobile phone maker Wyatt Corp., living with his retired security guard father who didn't have much of a career to speak of, and his mother died when he's at seven primarily because elder Cassidy didn't earn a medical insurance enough to cover the medical bills. Cassidy and his team tried to pitch a new concept to Wyatt's top brass, but was waived off by Wyatt's chair, Nick Wyatt. Seems Nick was not so impressed by the not so innovative ideas of displaying mobile phone's screen on large flat TVs. Adam got into an argument with Nick, and unsurprisingly the whole team was fired for insubordination. The fired team decided to spend the last night with the company's credit cards on an expensive club. The next day Adam was escorted by a man named Miles Meechum, who invited him to meet Nick again with Nick's top aide Judith Bolton. This time Nick, with completely opposite attitude he held towards Adam the day before, warmly receive Adam, yet with a threat: I know you rip me off with 16K last night at Club Rise, the expensive club the team spent the night in. Nick blackmailed Adam to agree to be an industrial spy to infiltrate Wyatt's major competitor Eikon, which was much larger than Wyatt and headed by Nick's former mentor Jock Goddard. Turned out Jock was working to introduce a ground breaking new cell phone known internally at Eikon as Occura. Nick wanted to know how Occura worked. No he didn't need to have the exact tech of Occura. Yes he needed to have the prototype in hands to see how it worked, but without files and source codes he could not replicate it anyway, and that's not what he wanted. Adam wouldn't be that capable to steal those staggering amount of confidential files anyway. He wanted to see the vision of Jock before it was introduced to the market. Nick and Judith looked through Adam, Adam could be threatened by the potential credit card fraud charges, but what really motivated him was the hunger to succeed. Nick had been paying special attention to Adam ever before that failing pitch. The deal was this: successfully hired by Eikon (after being carefully prepped by Judith, a well-trained psychologist), Adam got 500K up front. Got the specs of Occura, Adam would receive 1M worth of stock option, and his fired friends and himself would be promised a bright career prospect.
So Adam succeeded in infiltrating Eikon and impressed Jock with a nice concept of mobile social networking device's new application in military in urban warfare and friendlies identifier to prevent blue-on-blue fire in indoor environment where GPS would simply not work. The industrial espionage seemed to be working, until Adam and his father were visited by an FBI agent Gamble from Criminal Investigation Division (very weird, isn't criminal investigation all that FBI is doing? if there is a division specifically for this, what are other divisions doing?), who warned Adam that Nick actually would resort to violence when the industrial espionage went south. Adam was not the first industrial spy Nick used, and Adam's predecessors were all murdered. And Nick was actually desperate: not only he was mad at Jock who was trying to destroy him, Wyatt had already been in deep financial trouble (it cut back Adam's family medical coverage at the beginning of the movie) that it really needed a game-changer to save the itself. Nick had hired to kill for what he wanted, and he definitely would not hesitate to do it again. So, should Adam continue the spying for Nick, or quit? And if Adam wanted to quit, how?
Last edited by squirrel; 09-11-2013 at 02:23 AM.
10-11-2013, 03:15 PM #1749
Europa Report is on Netflix. I liked the realistic portrayal of spaceflight and the acting, but as a science fiction film it has nothing new to say. The found-footage style, spazzy editing, and out-of-order presentation don't help it any. There are some serious logical holes in the script. It's an enjoyable faux documentary, but a poor semi-horror flick. Some of the beautiful shots and scenery made me want to go back to playing Kerbal Space Program.
10-11-2013, 05:46 PM #1750
Gravity - It was alright. The parts in space (as in outside of a ship/space station) where very cool looking and enjoyable to watch.
The parts where people are talking I could do without and the part where Sandra Bullock takes advantage of zero-g to show off her form like some sort of ballet dancer was just stupid.
11-11-2013, 08:57 AM #1751
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In an English Field: W. T. F. Random movie about some english civil war soldiers who do a runner, stumbling into a field and eating some shrooms and then meeting some other guy that forces them to search for treasure. Very fucking weird. Doesn't make complete sense when they trip out, just goes mental. But the whole look of the film was amazing. Would I recommend it to anyone? No. Its just too damn weird.
11-11-2013, 09:29 AM #1752
I saw Cape Fear (1991) for the first time this weekend. Utterly gripping. I love how Nick Nolte basically becomes trapped in a nightmare of his own making and there are sympathies on both sides (or neither, depending on how you look at it) with Jessica Lange and Juliette Lewis tragically caught in the middle.
I may have a new favourite De Niro role, and I have to see the 1962 version asap.
Also I saw Inseminoid, or Horror Planet as it's called in the US. Made 2 years after Alien and clearly inspired by it, although the design looks like something from the 70s, very Space 1999 (but maybe that's just all the British accents). This time the victims are terrorised not by an alien predator, but by one of their own - a female scientist, granted superhuman abilties and a thirst for human flesh after being impregnated by an alien thingie.
This all works out exactly as you'd expect, but there are some great moments in there; some of the deaths are very creative, some are really brutal. Best of all, the killer doesn't devolve into some animalistic killer (all too common) but retains all her intelligence and cunning - and that takes the story in some interesting directions.
It's an entertaining low-budget movie, and rivals Lifeforce for British scifi silliness.
11-11-2013, 09:44 AM #1753
Saw the Wolverine and The World's End. The Wolverine was alright, perhaps the best of the Wolverine movies, but that's not saying much.
The World's End was good, but I didn't enjoy it as much as Shaun of the Dead or Hot Fuzz. Bit weird seeing Pegg play someone so unlikeable.
11-11-2013, 05:56 PM #1754
Robot and Frank is on Netflix. It made me laugh out loud many times. A simple story, wonderfully told, and quite touching. Loved it. Don't watch the trailer, it's full of spoilers.
14-11-2013, 04:59 AM #1755
Computer Chess is just lame. It has nothing intelligent to say about computing, chess, or AI. There's no excuse for the boring diversions, crap dialog, or non-sequiter ending. It's a 30 minute short with 60 minutes of filler. Skip it.
14-11-2013, 08:41 AM #1756
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Thor 2 last night, I really enjoyed it. Great action, great humour, great Loki. Just wish Chris O'Dowd spouted his famous quote from The IT Crowd in the scene that introduces Natalie Portman.
14-11-2013, 09:12 AM #1757
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15-11-2013, 04:29 AM #1759
So, Thor: The Dark World. What a fun romp. Of the four films I've seen at the cinema this year (Star Trek Into ACTION, Whedon's take on Much Ado About Nothing which was wonderful and then The World's End Because It's A Bit Shite) this was the second best. That's...not saying much, I appreciate, but it knew what it what it wanted to do. Certainly not faultless though. I'm surprised there isn't a Damsel In Distress entry on TV Tropes that is bolded, italicised and underlined followed immediately by the name 'Jane Foster'. It was just done to an aggressively stupid degree. Christ, at least Lady Sif and The Warriors Three who had an unfortunately short amount of screen time managed to kick absolute ass in that time. Similar issue for the main antagonist who had near zero development, but at least he was clearly Evil so there's that at least.
That said, there was not a single moment where I wondered what the time was, when the next scene would begin or if the next scene would fail to live up to the preceding one. It managed to mix seriousness and fun extremely well, better than the original Thor for sure, of course by now Thor as a franchise is recognised and the need to ease in the idea of a vulnerable demi-god isn't necessary. There were significantly fewer sweeping shots of Asgard, which whilst pretty in the first film were a tad over-used, instead a focus on Asgard as a living, breathing civilisation. Oh, and did I mention it was fun?
Bonus points for some incredibly well done action sequences, special nods to the final (read: Boss) fight which was very creative and genuinely exciting to watch. Potential minus point for incorrectly stating how many stations there are between Charring Cross and Greenwich, but too many bonus points in return for just how good that particular sequence was (this makes sense in context).
All-in-all, stamp of approval. It was fun.
...one small annoyance though. There are two post-ending sequences. The first one is more important and probably harder to miss, but the second one is right at the end and I only discovered this when reading up on the film after coming back from the cinema. I suppose I should expect this given all the previous films have included post-ending sequences, but you have to have some restraint. There's no reason why the first one can't have been at the end of the film, leading onto the credits, with the second one being where the first one was. I feel a little let down, even if the content was minimal, that I went and saw a film but didn't see of all it, despite waiting around anyhow.
15-11-2013, 08:17 PM #1760
Wolverine. Most of it was okay, but the final plot 'twist' and battle didn't work very well at all. Also wasn't too fond of the Poison Ivy copy.
Jack Reacher. Quite okay, though suffers a bit from the usual 'starring Tom Cruise as Tom Cruise' problem.
Red 2. hmm. Some fairly amusing parts, but all in all sort of forgettable.
I Am Number Four. Apparently a teen movie. With unconvincing evil aliens buying turkeys and bits of popular songs at random times (probably so they could sell the soundtrack). There's also a dog. And blue things.