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Sostie
QUOTE (Jimmay @ Apr 16 2009, 11:20 AM) *
Commando

The first grown-up action film I ever watched when I was sick off school and my dad put it on for me. It's incredibad but I love it. There are some of the best one liners in it of any Arnie film but it's so shit. The opening sequence of Matrix and Chenny! feeding deer and eating ice cream is hilarious and any action film where the main bad guy is a fat Freddie Mercury in a chain mail vest is never going to be anything more than a 90 minute long joke. He supplexes a phone box.




It does get endearingly worse as the years pass. But you can't fail to love it. The Arnie/Chenny montage has to be one of the best credit sequences ever


QUOTE (Sostie @ May 18 2008, 12:55 PM) *
Commando
Actually I didn't watch all of it just the first half hour. Why hadn't I realised before how totally hilarious the opening credits are. Arnie and his daughter's montage of bliss - they practice martial arts together! They fish! They frolick in a pool! They stroke baby dear in the forest! They shove ice creams in each others face!
Shack
Pineapple Express

Part stoner comedy part buddy action movie. I thought the stoner behaviour would drag but it didn't, and although some of the jokes weren't great, I was left feeling pretty satisfied on the funny front.

Some of the fight sequences in the big showdown were terrificly entertaining.
Hobbes
QUOTE (Jimmay @ Apr 16 2009, 11:20 AM) *
Commando

The first grown-up action film I ever watched when I was sick off school and my dad put it on for me. It's incredibad but I love it. There are some of the best one liners in it of any Arnie film but it's so shit. The opening sequence of Matrix and Chenny! feeding deer and eating ice cream is hilarious and any action film where the main bad guy is a fat Freddie Mercury in a chain mail vest is never going to be anything more than a 90 minute long joke. He supplexes a phone box.


Amazing movie featuring brilliant one-liners, action and overall ridiculousness. I saw Arnie doing a speech about Dick Cheney once and I was hoping he'd let loose a triumphant "CHENEYYYYYYYY" but alas he did not.
empathy-with-beast
QUOTE (Jimmay @ Apr 16 2009, 11:20 AM) *
Commando

The first grown-up action film I ever watched when I was sick off school and my dad put it on for me. It's incredibad but I love it. There are some of the best one liners in it of any Arnie film but it's so shit. The opening sequence of Matrix and Chenny! feeding deer and eating ice cream is hilarious and any action film where the main bad guy is a fat Freddie Mercury in a chain mail vest is never going to be anything more than a 90 minute long joke. He supplexes a phone box.


Did you know that the naked couple having sex in the room that he throws someone through in the fight at the motel is the same naked couple that are in the porno in American Werewolf in London?

I'm almost certain they are.

hmm IMDB says no...and I watched those scenes so carefully as a teenager.


Edit: However, I have now discovered that the the woman from the porno in AMerican Werewolf in London, Linzi Drew, is married to the pornographer Ben Dover and that their son is Jake from BBC 2's Outnumbered....


What was the question again?
logger
You just wanted it to be true.
maian
QUOTE (Zoe @ Apr 14 2009, 03:17 PM) *
It did struggle to hold my interest, despite some beautiful animation. Enough material for a short perhaps, but a bit stretched as a feature.

I watched the dubbed version, even though the sticker on the box said 'subtitled'. I can't say it bothered me. I think all animated foreign films should be dubbed. I can't see the point of keeping them in the original language, having writing all over the image is worse than not having it in the original language - at least for me - and certainly in a film that relies on its visuals. How can I appreciate your nice drawing while I'm having to read all the bloody time?

That said, Sean Penn was annoying. He has an annoying voice. "Shut up Sean Penn", I thought.


I think it does depend on whether or not the people doing the dubbing actually go to the effort of getting good performances from the actors. For example, the Studio Ghibli ones are always great but that's because they tend to have one of the directors from Pixar overseeing the dubbing and ensuring that all of the performers are doing a good job, otherwise you end up with something like Metropolis (the animated one), where it just sounds like a bunch of people shouting at each other for no reason. That was my main problem with the dubbing on Persepolis, I never felt like the characters were actually interacting with each other.
Sostie
QUOTE (empathy-with-beast @ Apr 16 2009, 05:10 PM) *
hmm IMDB says no...and I watched those scenes so carefully as a teenager.


Edit: However, I have now discovered that the the woman from the porno in AMerican Werewolf in London, Linzi Drew, is married to the pornographer Ben Dover and that their son is Jake from BBC 2's Outnumbered....


Pfft! I could have told you that. Linzi was a large part of my early teen reading habits.
Jimmay
QUOTE (empathy-with-beast @ Apr 16 2009, 05:10 PM) *
Did you know that the naked couple having sex in the room that he throws someone through in the fight at the motel is the same naked couple that are in the porno in American Werewolf in London?


I remembered that scene being a lot longer than when I watched it the other day. I was sure there were lingering shots on certain body parts but I guess it must have been me misusing the pause button.

QUOTE (Hobbes @ Apr 16 2009, 05:04 PM) *
Amazing movie featuring brilliant one-liners, action and overall ridiculousness. I saw Arnie doing a speech about Dick Cheney once and I was hoping he'd let loose a triumphant "CHENEYYYYYYYY" but alas he did not.


Hehehe. Everytime he said it I ended up shouting out Dick Cheney so I'm completely with you there.
Zoe
'How to lose Friends and Alienate People'

There is something very wrong with Simon Pegg necking Kirsten Dunst.
Kick in the Head
Let The Right One In - best vampire film since Nosferatu, some 80 odd years ago.

Though to be honest, most vampire films are ruddy awful, either super-camp or emo-wet.

I liked Cronos though.
maian
Herzog's version of Nosferatu is ace. Better than the original, in my opinion.

Oh, and Near Dark is terrific as well.
sweetbutinsane
Empire of the Sun

Must be the fourth or fifth time I wached it and I only just realised that Ben Stiller is in it.
empathy-with-beast
Monsters vs Aliens

Dreamworks really suffered post Shrek; films like Sharks Tale and the others in the Zany Aminal Makes Mild Hip Hop Reference series have laid the company low in a fug of dull contemporary culture name checks. Monsters vs Aliens is to some extent a return to form. The monsters in question are all 50's classics referencing variously The Fly, The Creature From The Black Lagoon,The Blob, Mothra and as a central character, The Fifty Foot Woman. The film has a wonderful late fifties early sixties feel, with a lot of the older characters having Richard Nixon noses and with Doctor Strangelove as an obvious source.

What stops this film from being a dreary sequence of nods and winks is it feels like the creators have genuine affection for their source material (especially Strangelove) whilst playing with genre conventions (The Makeout Point scene being particularly strong) rather than just going "Nuuurh, Starbucks!" "The Matrix!" and then going for lunch.

Admittedly it's not perfect, there is a scene where someone brakedances for no real reason, but when you've been honking on the pop culture reference crack pipe as long as Dreamworks have you've got excuse them a little slip.

In addition it looks great . They've got in the person that does women's hips and bums from the Incredibles, and they do a very fine job indeed.
Llama
Crank 2 - Pretty disappointing. Entertaining first half then just descended into complete absurdity (yeah, even for a Crank film). Not awful, but not great either.
Kick in the Head
Black Book - well-paced and exciting WWII thriller care of Paul Verhoeven who adds his customary sex, nudity and violence, though wisely not to Robocop or Showgirls levels. Most WWII films are rather sombre and plodding affairs, as one might expect, so to see one which was genuinely gripping and filled with wonderful boo-hiss baddies (any scene when she had to cuddle up and play nice with Franken particularly tense) was refreshing. Will have to track down Flame & Citron and then I'll be ready for Inglorious Basterds.
Shack
Speed Racer

So so pretty to look at but far too long and a bit bland storywise.

"Cool beans"?

Too cold I'd say.
sweetbutinsane
Finding Neverland

I don't think it has been that long since I last watched it, but I had a really strong urge to put it on last night.
Zoe
JCVD (2008)

Jean-Claude van Damme
Jobs calamitous, vicious divorce
Judged criminal, violent, depraved
Jeering crowds, vociferous derision
Justice comes very delayed


Just completely verite drama
Jumbo comedy, very drole
logger
Crank 2

The question was where to go after the first film, the answer is this. Whilst the action doesn't seem quite as dynamic and the humour is put more to the fore to ridiculous levels it does still keep pumping like the original Crank. It's dumber, cruder and more exxxtreme but also feels strangely more amateur than last time, adding an almost midnight movie madness to it. If you didn't like the fist film then I seriously doubt you are going to like this. If you liked the first film you are either going to think they've gone too far or you're going to really enjoy it. I really enjoyed it. Looking forward to Crank 3.
melzilla
QUOTE (logger @ Apr 20 2009, 04:17 PM) *
Crank 2

The question was where to go after the first film, the answer is this. Whilst the action doesn't seem quite as dynamic and the humour is put more to the fore to ridiculous levels it does still keep pumping like the original Crank. It's dumber, cruder and more exxxtreme but also feels strangely more amateur than last time, adding an almost midnight movie madness to it. If you didn't like the fist film then I seriously doubt you are going to like this. If you liked the first film you are either going to think they've gone too far or you're going to really enjoy it. I really enjoyed it. Looking forward to Crank 3.


Indeed. I found it hilarious. Can't wait 'til Crank 3 where he has to stick his cock in a nuclear reactor.
logger
It also means that Geri Halliwell has done at least one thing to be proud of.
melzilla
QUOTE (logger @ Apr 20 2009, 04:36 PM) *
It also means that Geri Halliwell has done at least one thing to be proud of.


That was a bit of a surprise.

I've decided I need to use the phrase 'You are my shiny lunch box' more in conversation.
Ade
QUOTE (Zoe @ Apr 20 2009, 03:14 PM) *
JCVD (2008)

Jean-Claude van Damme
Jobs calamitous, vicious divorce
Judged criminal, violent, depraved
Jeering crowds, vociferous derision
Justice comes very delayed


Just completely verite drama
Jumbo comedy, very drole

ZoŽ = Win!
Zoe
Halfway through I wished I'd never started it (the review not the film).

The film's great.

There arent enough words that start with J and V.
Ade
QUOTE (Zoe @ Apr 20 2009, 04:54 PM) *
There arent enough words that start with J and V.

No doubt - all the more apparent that your review was drafted with judicious verisimilitude.
Zoe
QUOTE (Ade @ Apr 20 2009, 05:27 PM) *
No doubt - all the more apparent that your review was drafted with judicious verisimilitude.


Niiiiiiiice
Ade
smile.gif That was me trying to be clever.
sleeping_pirate
Somers Town

Very good, but not quite as good as Dead Man's Shoes or This Is England.
maian
Happy-Go-Lucky

I fully expected to hate it based on what I'd heard and the early scenes with Poppy (Sally Hawkins) seemed to support that since she was quite irritating. However, once the film started to show more of her life and what she is like at her job then I found myself being completely charmed by it and wound up loving it by the end.

Hawkins is superb as Poppy, managing to be just magnetic and beguiling enough to make up for the barrage of hit-and-miss jokes that she throws at the audience and her scenes with Eddie Marsan are amongst the funniest/scariest things I've seen in a long time.

Shame I didn't see it last year as it would definitely have made it into my Top 5.
sleeping_pirate
QUOTE (maian @ Apr 20 2009, 08:32 PM) *
Happy-Go-Lucky

I literally bought this a couple of days ago, really looking forward to watching it.
Ade
It's a great little film.
maian
Me and my housemates keep saying ''En-ra-ha!'' to each other all the time now.
empathy-with-beast
QUOTE (maian @ Apr 20 2009, 08:32 PM) *
Happy-Go-Lucky

I fully expected to hate it based on what I'd heard and the early scenes with Poppy (Sally Hawkins) seemed to support that since she was quite irritating. However, once the film started to show more of her life and what she is like at her job then I found myself being completely charmed by it and wound up loving it by the end.

Hawkins is superb as Poppy, managing to be just magnetic and beguiling enough to make up for the barrage of hit-and-miss jokes that she throws at the audience and her scenes with Eddie Marsan are amongst the funniest/scariest things I've seen in a long time.

Shame I didn't see it last year as it would definitely have made it into my Top 5.


She's as beguiling as the Monty Python nudge-nudge-wink-wink man in drag. Eddie Marsan is good though.
curtinparloe
In The Loop
More The Thick Of It fun. I laughed like a drain. Special mention for the perfect casting of David "Sledge Hammer!" Rasche.


The Devil Wears Prada
Far too innocuous. Nowhere near as good as Working Girl, even though Anne Hathaway isn't irritating.
PrincessKate
The occasional Vincent Price Season continued with Theatre of Blood (1973), last night.
I can competely understand why Mr Price considered this his favourite role - he gets to perform some of Shakespeare's greatest speeches whilst the rest of the time he sports a series of increasingly ridiculous false noses, beards, and at one point an incredible afro which has to be seen to be believed. It's quite gory, and even for a particularly overwrought and tongue in cheek storyline, some bits are just a bit ridiculous Diana Dors' death in particular, just comes out of nowhere and is over far too quickly.
But I would heartily reccommend it, especially since the first time around I totally didn't twig that Diana Rigg was the Hippie lackey. I was convinced it was Melvyn Hayes
Jessopjessopjessop
QUOTE (Zoe @ Apr 20 2009, 04:54 PM) *
Halfway through I wished I'd never started it (the review not the film).
There arent enough words that start with J and V.

But at least the review was of readable length!
logger
QUOTE (PrincessKate @ Apr 21 2009, 12:32 AM) *
I was convinced it was Melvyn Hayes

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PrincessKate
QUOTE (logger @ Apr 21 2009, 11:20 AM) *
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The voice.

Well that's who it sounded like to me.
maian
QUOTE (Jessopjessopjessop @ Apr 21 2009, 09:37 AM) *
But at least the review was of readable length!


I'll readable length you in a minute.
monkeyman
The day the Earth Stood Still
Sucked.

The only thing I liked about it was the placenta suit Klaatu was wearing, though of course it opens a bit of a plot hole in the fact that it didn't heal him instantly wheras later on he rubs a bit of the suit on himself to heal his wound.....

And they cut off all the electricity? Wow, it's not like humans wouldn't just get it all running again and then the aliens will be back to kill the humans again or will be too late to save earth.
Rua
QUOTE (Jessopjessopjessop @ Apr 21 2009, 09:37 AM) *
But at least the review was of readable length!

QUOTE (maian @ Apr 21 2009, 12:29 PM) *
I'll readable length you in a minute.


With his cock.
Shack
QUOTE (maian @ Apr 21 2009, 12:29 PM) *
I'll readable length you in a minute.


I know those are your words, but it sounds like my voice.

That's how I flirt.

(Badly)
Jessopjessopjessop
QUOTE (Shack @ Apr 21 2009, 03:43 PM) *
I know those are your words, but it sounds like my voice.

I believe it was a deliberate reference to the Shack oeuvre. With his cock.
maian
QUOTE (Jessopjessopjessop @ Apr 21 2009, 04:21 PM) *
I believe it was a deliberate reference to the Shack oeuvre. With his cock.


So's your face.

By which I mean, your face is a deliberate reference to the Shack ouevre, not that your face is my cock, which would be strange.
Serafina_Pekkala
QUOTE (melzilla @ Apr 20 2009, 04:25 PM) *
Can't wait 'til Crank 3 where he has to stick his cock in a nuclear reactor.


Teehee. Imagine that.

In other news ... cock.
NiteFall
QUOTE (monkeyman @ Apr 21 2009, 03:24 PM) *
The day the Earth Stood Still
Sucked.

The only thing I liked about it was the placenta suit Klaatu was wearing, though of course it opens a bit of a plot hole in the fact that it didn't heal him instantly wheras later on he rubs a bit of the suit on himself to heal his wound.....

And they cut off all the electricity? Wow, it's not like humans wouldn't just get it all running again and then the aliens will be back to kill the humans again or will be too late to save earth.


I assume this is the dire remake?
melzilla
The Wrestler

Finally caught this at the cinema. I was really impressed with the generally understated feel and the delicate handling of the changing tones and moods of the film, throughout. By half way through I felt it was pretty clear where the plot was going but, by then, I was so completely drawn into it by the wonderful performances that it really didn't matter and was all the more interesting and watchable for it. A classic tale of a tragic hero.
curtinparloe
The Damned United
The problem with portraying Brian Clough's part in the most turbulent 44 days in Leeds United's history is that it isn't very interesting (to me). This could be why they add loads of flashbacks and make it about Clough's obsession with beating Don Revie at all costs, and his friendship with Peter Taylor. It was entertaining, but I was most impressed with the way they inserted the actors into 70s TV shows.

Terkel In Trouble (Terkel i knibe)
Interesting curio, a 3D-animated black comedy about bullying from Denmark, voiced in the UK by the likes of Bill Bailey, Ade Edmondson, Olivia Colman and Johnny Vegas. It's OK, but it feels mis-targeted, aimed at young children but deserving of its 15 certificate.
monkeyman
QUOTE (NiteFall @ Apr 21 2009, 06:49 PM) *
I assume this is the dire remake?

Indeed, so many plot holes and silliness. I'm fairly certain for instance that spy drones don't have jet engines.
I'd be quite interested in seeing the original.
Jimmay
QUOTE (monkeyman @ Apr 22 2009, 11:39 AM) *
Indeed, so many plot holes and silliness. I'm fairly certain for instance that spy drones don't have jet engines.
I'd be quite interested in seeing the original.


They do don't they? They're essentially little unmanned jet aircraft I think.
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