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logger
QUOTE (maian @ Jan 20 2009, 01:27 AM) *
The Wrestler (2008)

When watching The Wrestler, it is best not to go in thinking that you'll get 'Rocky Balboa' with tights. That is absolutely not what the film is. It is much closer to 'Raging Bull', or the latter half of it, since both deal with the personal lives of sportsmen who have passed their prime yet still dream of the big time.

I can see what you mean there, but I personally would put it the other way round with Raging Bull being a sport film whereas Rocky Balboa and The Wrestler (whilst being totally different films) are more about ageing.

I also think this is still a very Aronofsky film if somewhat subdued and with a different production team, but with the themes of physicality, ritual and repetition, iconography and the protagonists attempts to decipher it still being the underlying subtext.
Jubei
I've seen both Tropic Thunder and Role Models over the weekend. Both films were much funnier than they really ought to have been. I was laughing out loud through both.

Tropic Thunder, everyone's going on about how Robert Downy Jnr stole the show, but for me Tom Cruise was the icing on the cake here. Listen fuckface, I want you to take a step back and literally fuck your own face! And his hip-hop dancing (with his surely prosthetic arms?) has to be one of the highlights of his career.

And Role Models, I was wetting myself with the little kid swearing (I know it's not big or clever but hey) and I was torn between bursting out laughing and welling up when they turned up in the Minotaur truck and full Kiss regalia. I think my favourite moment has to be the 'It means vagina' moment. I was trying to drink and stop myself bursting out laughing at the same time.

I know, they're both childish humour, but Tropic Thunder does do a good job of taking the mickey out of all the movie type people who take themselves far too seriously, and Role Models was a a no brainer laugh out loud film with a kind heart at the centre.
maian
QUOTE (logger @ Jan 20 2009, 07:58 AM) *
I can see what you mean there, but I personally would put it the other way round with Raging Bull being a sport film whereas Rocky Balboa and The Wrestler (whilst being totally different films) are more about ageing.


Yeah, i didn't make that as clear as I wanted. I meant that the tone of Raging Bull, in being a bit dour, is closer since Rocky Balboa is a triumphal film and there's not a huge deal of triumph in The Wrester.
Kick in the Head
Much of my film-watching time has been taken up with the peerless entertainment networks Movies4Men and Nigeria Movies.

Movies4Men has the most bizarre continuity announcer with a voice like a cross between Christopher Lambert and Jean-Claude Van Damme introducing war movies and westerns in the afternoon and softcore erotica at night. But around the 6-10pm slot it often screens incredible 80s action and sci-fi that got lost in the ex-rental bin of an old Blockbuster and hasn't seen the light of day until now. Highlights have included Shadow Chaser (the president's daughter is held hostage in a hospital by a gang of terrorists led by an android!), Galaxina (bizarre Barbarella-esque space romp about a sexy robot and her band of mercenaries and cussing aliens) and, the best yet, Trancers (in which future cop Jack Deth travels back to present-day Los Angeles, teaming up with Helen Hunt, to defeat the ancestor of a psychic killer).

And Nigeria Movies shows endless super-low-budget Nigerian melodramas and thrill-less thrillers with acting of Darkplace-grade ability. It's mostly hugely padded out scenes of people driving from place to place, watching them park their car, step out, close the doors, go into a house, have a chat, then watching them exit, get back in the car, reverse out the drive, and drive off again. However, the absolute highlight has been watching the climax of Apostate of Hell in which a cop, his non-Christian friend, and the local bishop team up to defeat Lucifer, in the guise of an unholy priest. The special effects, wild over-acting and wonderful dialogue ("I WILL SEND YOU BACK TO THE PLACE YOU CAME FROM THAT IS HELL IN THE NAME OF JESUS!!") have to be seen to be believed.

Satellite and cable viewers...I urge you to take a look.
Sostie
QUOTE (Kick in the Head @ Jan 20 2009, 03:26 PM) *
and, the best yet, Trancers (in which future cop Jack Deth travels back to present-day Los Angeles, teaming up with Helen Hunt, to defeat the ancestor of a psychic killer).


Classic A-Grade B-Movie brilliance. If you ever see it listed also check out Tim Thomersen's (Jack Deth) other b-movie franchise Dollman

Which cable company are you watching these channels on?
Kick in the Head
QUOTE (Sostie @ Jan 20 2009, 03:30 PM) *
Classic A-Grade B-Movie brilliance. If you ever see it listed also check out Tim Thomersen's (Jack Deth) other b-movie franchise Dollman

Which cable company are you watching these channels on?


Sky - the Movies4Men website is here. I couldn't believe what I was seeing when I watched it - great sense of humour, wonderful lead performance from Thomerson and the original bullet time sequence! I looked it up in the Halliwell's and they recommended it too. Plus the sequels are meant to be pretty good. I shall have to track them down, and I'll keep a look out for Dollman on the schedules.
Zoe
And all available to watch online for free via their website!
Kick in the Head
Really? Fantastic! God bless the internet and Movies4Men...
Sostie
QUOTE (Kick in the Head @ Jan 20 2009, 03:39 PM) *
Sky - the Movies4Men website is here. I couldn't believe what I was seeing when I watched it - great sense of humour, wonderful lead performance from Thomerson and the original bullet time sequence! I looked it up in the Halliwell's and they recommended it too.


It had a very brief cinema release in London. I remember at the time Time Out giving it a rave review as well.

I think I have 6 Trancers movie on either DVD or VHS. I really should have a marathon one night.
Llama
QUOTE (Kick in the Head @ Jan 20 2009, 03:26 PM) *
And Nigeria Movies shows endless super-low-budget Nigerian melodramas and thrill-less thrillers with acting of Darkplace-grade ability.

That is one of mine and Neil's favourite channels. Have you ever watched 'Tentacles'? We saw one that we'd obviously jumped into part-way through a storyline and the first line we heard was, "Two days I was trapped in that dungeon... Two days!"
Crutch
Tropic Thunder is really exceptionally funny, I agree.

Watched Punisher: War Zone - Toughest movie of the past year. And almost as manly as Death Race. Really, really loved it. So much witty violence. The German girl who directed it should be making the next few Saw flics.

Transsiberian - It's like Eli Roth turns into Hitchcock and starts making good movies. Brilliant.

Speed Racer - So beautiful to look at. I wish I had BlueRay

Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer - Lame, lamer, Brooks. The last 20 minutes were kinda entertaining in a Evil Dead rip off way.

Captivity - Starts quite good turns into shit after half an hour.

Vicky Cristina Barcelona - I like Woody Allen movies as long as Woody Allen doesn't show up in it. So this is a really good one. Much greatness in it.
monkeyman
I've been meaning to get hold of the new Punisher film....
Crutch
Do it, it's really worth it. It starts off like a spoof on the McBain movies from The Simpsons and gets really inhumane and gritty from there. It's lovely.
Kick in the Head
QUOTE (Llama @ Jan 20 2009, 04:31 PM) *
That is one of mine and Neil's favourite channels. Have you ever watched 'Tentacles'? We saw one that we'd obviously jumped into part-way through a storyline and the first line we heard was, "Two days I was trapped in that dungeon... Two days!"


Can't say I have, but that's the beauty of the channel. I flick onto it two or three times a day just to check what might be happening. One time we saw a character accidentally burn themselves on the stove and scream for half a minute - it was the most incredible overreaction I've ever witnessed on film.
Llama
I certainly miss being able to tune in when I'm at uni, what a channel.
sweetbutinsane
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Ahh, it has been too long! I really love this film. smile.gif
Jessopjessopjessop
In Bruges

There had been lots of good things said about this here so I took the risk in the sales. This time I wasn't disappointed! In Bruges is undoubtedly one of the twisted and most original films I've seen in quite a while. The tone veers about like a celebrity ice-skater, but never alienates the viewer, largely because of the darkest of humour and some excellent performances. Despite the black comedy the heart of the film is honourable and emotive, like that other regretful hitman™ movie 'Grosse Point Blank'... if Martin Blank was high on coke and suffered from Tourette's.
Crutch
Into The Wild - Manly, true and making me joyful. And making me grateful for living in a house with heating and a toilett and a supermarket around the corner.

Jubilee - I have no idea what was going on, but I liked it. But not as good as Edward II and not as boring as Edward II.
logger
The Self Destruction of the Ultimate Warrior

Documentary slating a once big time wrestler who I'd just assumed was dead. The accusations of unprofessionalism, lack of ability and his plain unlikeability are pretty one sided but I've just read the man's response and I now I believe he just might be a bit of a dick, and also a little preoccupied by homosexuality.
Sostie
HAMLET 2
Steve Coogan is a drama teacher/failed actor who writes and produces Hamlet 2 in a last ditch attempt to stop drama classes being completely axed from his school's budget.
A lot more understated than the trailer indicated , but it's still an entertaining watch with a couple of laugh out loud moments.
Advertised as "from the makers of South Park" (Pam Brady), a link you could've guessed seeing that it has musical numbers such as "Rock Me Sexy Jesus" and "Raped In The Face"
zeden
Tokyo Gore Police
Read the title and imagine what the film might be like...
Go ahead, I can wait...
Okay, got an image?
Not gory enough. Try again.
Got another?
Nope, not even close. tongue.gif

No trailer can prepare you for this storm of gore, depravity, off colour humor and Japanese pop culture gone mad. Focusing on social deviancy and some of the less attractive qualities of Japanese culture this movie rates as much as an experience as it is entertainment. Entertainment, that is, if you can stomach it.
I've watch all manner of b-movie gore-fests and Japanese bizarreness but this took the biscuit, managing to turn my stomach on numerous occasions. It jumps from humor and sweeping social satire to extreme gore and scenes of mutilation regularly and without pause for breath for the most part.
A word for anyone who might watch this (Chris, I'm looking at you), brace yourself during the fetish bar scene. The last of the freaks unveiled is staggering. I'm struggling to even think of a worthy warning for it, just know that it is sick beyond your wildest imagination.
monkeyman
Straight to the top of my "To watch" list.
Atara
Hell yeahs.
Sostie
QUOTE (zeden @ Jan 22 2009, 11:09 AM) *
Tokyo Gore Police


Directed by the man that gave us all the gore in Machine Girl. This has been on my "to watch" pile for ages and I totally forgot it was there. Must remember to dig it out
zeden
And that's Machine Girl going to the top of my must watch list.
Omniscia
Gran Torino

Good film. Clint's a downright scary old codger.

It's a gruff, raspy appeal for peace, love and understanding, anointed by sweat and blood, and strewn with racial slurs that slowly become (equally epithetical) terms of endearment.

And, once again, he shows his affinity and adeptness for naturalistic lighting.

If this is his swan song, it's a good one. Not his best film by any means, but well-made, well-acted, well-meaning, and just plain enthralling.
Zoe
El Orfanato (2007)

Very good, very 'Devil's Backbone'. I like the way the Spanish handle ghost stories, I like the melancholy tone and the benevolence of their 'fantasmas'. Not scary like trailers suggested, but moving and strangely beautiful.

Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007)

Pretty good. An interesting study of family, but a rather flimsy plot. A great cast keep things interesting and Marisa Tomei's boobs are genuinely miraculous on a 44 year old.
Sostie
QUOTE (Zoe @ Jan 23 2009, 12:51 AM) *
Marisa Tomei's boobs are genuinely miraculous on a 44 year old.


After seeing The Wrestler I have to agree...and it's not just the boobs.
Zoe
She has one of the best bodies I've ever seen, 44 or not.

I can only hope she works out for three hours a day and she's miserable for it.

Gorgeous cow.
Sostie
She made me feel funny
Omniscia
The Wrestler opens here tomorrow. I'm planning to see it on Tuesday, or thereabouts.
Jimmay
QUOTE (Zoe @ Jan 23 2009, 01:00 AM) *
She has one of the best bodies I've ever seen, 44 or not.

I can only hope she works out for three hours a day and she's miserable for it.

Gorgeous cow.


Whaaaa!? She's 44. I had to double check that she was who I thought she was. She looks amazing.
Zoe
My cousin Vinnie was 17 years ago.

I think she's made a pact with the Devil.
Jimmay
QUOTE (Zoe @ Jan 23 2009, 09:32 AM) *
My cousin Vinnie was 17 years ago.

I think she's made a pact with the Devil.

And she looks like a teenager in What Women Want but was actually 36!
maian
44? Wow. I thought she was a good ten years younger than that.
Crutch
QUOTE (Zoe @ Jan 23 2009, 02:00 AM) *
She has one of the best bodies I've ever seen, 44 or not.


Jupp.
maian
The Angelic Conversation (1985)

Art film directed by Derek Jarman which explores love and desire through readings of Shakespeare's Sonnets, performed by Judi Dench, and the lives of two men who engage in a love affair.

Very light on plot and with no dialogue apart from Dench's voiceover, The Angelic Conversation is still an interesting film thanks to its atmosphere, visual style and use of sound. Much of the film consists of slow motion and stop-frame techniques to create a disorientating, dreamlike feel to the film, a sense of suspended time. Each of these shots is composed beautiful, with a flat, painterly effect that recalls the work of William Blake and ends up looking wholly unique. So striking is it that I kind of lost interest when 'regular' footage started being introduced, particularly since one sequence features some terrible mid-80s green screen action.

The music and sound effects are superb as well. There's a great dissonance between the sounds and the images, heightening the mood of the piece and underlining the ideas that the events are occurring in an hallucinatory dreamworld, rather than anything we may consider reality.

Gentle and soothing, it's an interesting experiment that I'm glad to have watched but not something I imagine I'll revisit.
Crutch
QUOTE (maian @ Jan 23 2009, 02:34 PM) *
Gentle and soothing, it's an interesting experiment that I'm glad to have watched but not something I imagine I'll revisit.


That's what I feel about every Jarman movie I've seen.
Atara
Underworld: Rise of the Lycans

It was alright.
Sostie
FROST/NIXON
Pretty bloody good. Great performances all round, and despite having seen large chucks of the original interviews, the whole thing is never anything less than interesting and entertaing. My opinion that David Frost is a prick hasn't changed, but you can't help but have a little sympathy for Nixon, or rather Nixon as portrayed in the film.
I can understand Langella getting all the award nominations, but why is Michael Sheen being ignored?
Atara
Because the world is all wrong!
maian
QUOTE (Sostie @ Jan 23 2009, 11:58 PM) *
FROST/NIXON
Pretty bloody good. Great performances all round, and despite having seen large chucks of the original interviews, the whole thing is never anything less than interesting and entertaing. My opinion that David Frost is a prick hasn't changed, but you can't help but have a little sympathy for Nixon, or rather Nixon as portrayed in the film.
I can understand Langella getting all the award nominations, but why is Michael Sheen being ignored?


The theory seems to be that the studio tried pushing him as a best supporting actor nomination (which is, of course, stupid since he's one of two leads) and he just got squeezed out.

I'm looking forward to Frost/Nixon immensely, especially since I've got a heavy hitting double bill of Rachel Getting Married and Milk tomorrow and Frost/Nixon seems a bit more jovial by comparison.
sweetbutinsane
The Prestige

I can watch this over and over again and still absolutely love it.
Crutch
Entre tinieblas - Classic Almodóvar. Must have been a real blast at the time of it's release in spain. Not so controversal for me today, but nontheless really good and weird filmaking with really stunning jokes here and there.

2LDK - Meant to watch this for years. Really entertaining and well paced. I wonder why there's never been a Hollywood remake. I can see some Hollywoodbimbos destroying their loft/each other...
dandan
the lives of others - the best way to establish guilt or innocence is non-stop interrogation...

east berlin, 1984. wiesler (ulrich muhe) is an agent of the stasi, the east german secret service; carrying out interrogation and surveillance work. after a prompt from the minister of culture, hempf (thomas thieme), wiesler begins watching a playwright, dreyman (sebastian koch), and his actress girlfriend, sieland (martina gedeck). determined to find that the two, especially dreyman whom he is very suspicious of, are displaying a distinct lack of loyalty to the (socialist unity) party.

a firm believer in his work, convinced his actions are directly contributing to the betterment of the existing socialist society, wiesler soon finds himself being drawn into the lives of dreyman and sieland, as if it were his own private soap opera. it isn't long before he finds himself questioning the motivations of his superiors and his own beliefs.

so, who's seen 'the conversation'? if you haven't, you should; it's excellent. and, in many ways, the first hour of 'the lives of others' had me thinking about it an awful lot. like this film, it deals with a man who is listening in on others but, in this case, it is simply a single conversation, which he has been paid to make a recording of, when he begins to question why his employers are interested in what is being said. it's a much better film, one of copolla's finest moments. that is, however, not to say that 'the lives of others' isn't good. it is...

as a feature debut, for florian henckel von donnersmarck (the biggest name in german cinema - groan...) the film is competent, well paced and executed in a nicely packaged form. the linear, grey, dullness and tense undertones of the state, contrasting with the light, colourful, free thinking of dreyman et al, is a pretty obvious track to pursue, as is the breaking down of our main protagonists belief system, but they're both handled pretty well.

the performance from muhe is most notable, managing to flesh out the caricature, he initially creates, and providing a convincing portrait of someone who takes an look at his beliefs and the system which spawned them. koch and gedeck are also very watchable, but it is thieme who i feel should get a special mention; his depiction of the vile hempf is skin-crawlingly good.

alongside the people, the props should definitely get their props (bad pun intended). the set dressing and costumes, alone, make this film watchable; sure there's a few cheap motifs, such as the strict greyness of wiesler dress and the more open, bohemian, nature of dreyman, but it's all forgivable. the decor of flats, offices and other locations, the objects which inhabit them and the technology used by the stasi are all rather special. i read that great lengths were gone to in order to use original equipment and genuine articles whenever possible and it certainly pays off.

not great, but very good...



planet b-boy - spin on your back and spin on your knees....

planet b-boy takes a look at the development and evolution of breaking. after an initial introduction, it shifts its focus to the battle of the year; an annual event, which takes place in germany, featuring crews from nineteen countries. the crews it shows in detail are knucklehead zoo (usa), phase-t (france), ichigeki (japan), gamblerz (south korea: last year's winners) and last for one (also south korea).

as a fan of breaking, i'd been excited about seeing this since i saw some of the footage a couple of years back and i wasn't let down. i've already watched the film twice in a week and will probably revisit it before it gets slotted into one of my newly built shelves. i was terribly excited as i sat and watched the intensity of knucklehead zoo, the flow of phase-t, ichigeki's innovations, gamblerz incredible power moves and last for one's all round talents.

besides the breaking, there's some pretty interesting back stories; especially with b-boy joe from last for one and shin(?) from ichigeki. the former showing a quite amazing relationship between father and son.

all in all, a really nice slice of film. the only downside to the dvd is that some of the clips which are available online aren't on it.

good stuff.
dandan
QUOTE (dandan @ Jan 10 2009, 11:26 AM) *
QUOTE (logger @ Jan 10 2009, 12:05 AM) *
Will I like it if I don't really like Danny Boyle?

yeah, i got no love for the doyle. i've already decided it'll be shit and have no interest in seeing it...



well, i watched it...


QUOTE (Zoe @ Jan 12 2009, 09:38 AM) *
Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

Boyle can make a rubbish tip being picked over by orphans look magical.


anthony dod mantle.
maian
I watched Milk and Rachel Getting Married at work. I'll do proper reviews later, but I fucking hated the latter. Actually hated it.
PrincessKate
Finally got round to watching Richard III which was on over Christmas, and thought it was brilliant. McKellan, Bening, Broadbent, Downey, all absolutely wonderful - Mckellan especially, and it was just excellent from start to finish, I heartily approve.
Although the whole marrying Kristin Scott Thomas thing at the beginning didn't make much sense.
logger
QUOTE (dandan @ Jan 25 2009, 12:40 AM) *
well, i watched it...

And...?
Crutch
QUOTE (dandan @ Jan 24 2009, 10:38 PM) *
the lives of others -
the performance from muhe is most notable, managing to flesh out the caricature,


A friend of mine and me are still having fun "paraphrasing" his "x" marking of regime-critical remarks at uni when anybody says anythng inappropriate.

Filth and Wisdom - Way better than I expected. Madona didn't need neither a therapist nor a husband after this movie. (But I thin Guy had one or two fingers in this movie.)

RockNRolla- Wonderful!!!!

High Fidelity - I've seen it about 67 times (literally) and I still love iot. One of the best german dubbed movies ever!

Postal - Uwe Boll's finest. So funny, so satyrical. Obama gotta luv it!!!
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