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QUOTE (Sostie @ May 1 2009, 10:29 AM) *
It could talk as well?

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Rua
QUOTE (Zoe @ May 1 2009, 10:26 AM) *
'Teeth' (2007)

I have absolutely no idea what it was trying to say


Out of curiosity I checked out the plot line on wikipedia. Suffice to say one phrase is repeated a lot, very funny to read but not a lot of interest in watching it.
curtinparloe
Wolverine
Fun. Didn't think much of the claws. Stuff happens after the end credits.

QUOTE (Shack @ Apr 30 2009, 05:04 PM) *
...the new one that looks like Paul Blart but with more swearing.

It's a very different animal. I thought it was more Taxi Driver than Paul Blart.
dandan
QUOTE (curtinparloe @ May 1 2009, 02:07 PM) *
It's a very different animal. I thought it was more Taxi Driver than Paul Blart.


that's what the director was going for, apparently...

you should listen to kermode's review of it from last week. hilarious...
monkeyman
QUOTE (curtinparloe @ May 1 2009, 02:07 PM) *
Wolverine
Fun. Didn't think much of the claws. Stuff happens after the end credits.


It's a very different animal. I thought it was more Taxi Driver than Paul Blart.

Was it Deadpool picking up his dead clones head and saying "Who're you supposed to be"?
curtinparloe
QUOTE (monkeyman @ May 1 2009, 03:21 PM) *
Was it Deadpool picking up his dead clones head and saying "Who're you supposed to be"?


I wish. Logan drinking in a bar in Japan, which (according to my ubergeek friend) sets up for a possible sequel featuring The Hand. There, you can leave when the (second set of) credits start now.
maian
Sounds Like Teen Spirit (2008)

We all know about Eurovision, that bewildering and hypnotic yearly exercise in bright colours, political voting and irony, but what may not be known about (in the U.K., at least) is Junior Eurovision, a contest for under-15s that is a huge phenomenon on the continent.

Filmed over several months, covering both the lead up to the competition and the event itself, Sounds Like Teen Spirit film introduces us to a sampling of the competitors, giving us an insight into their home lives and what it is that has driven them to compete in Junior Eurovision.

From Belgium, with have Trust, a group of talented musicians who specialise in synth-laden pop ballads; from Cyprus comes Giorgos, an angelic young boy who dreams of singing opera; Bulgaria gives us Marina, a Buffy fan who forms part of the group 'Bon-Bon'; and finally, from Georgia, comes Mariam.

Mariam's story is the key emotional point of the film and, for me, is emblematic of what makes the film work so very, very well and why it is ultimately so affecting. The other contestants come from fairly privileged backgrounds; they have private tutors, pools and access to high-quality musical instruments; Mariam lives in a tumble-down tenement building with her mother (who can't afford to travel with her to the competition) and young brother. She has triumphed through sheer ability and she becomes something of a national hero to her fellow Georgians since she will be representing them on an international level, and she truly believes in her responsibilities as a representative of her nation.

It's the lack of cynicism that makes the film so refreshing. All the children involved are so excited about their opportunity, with no shred of calculation of irony in them, that you can't help but be swept along in their wake. Each of them is shown to be just a normal, nice kid that gets to perform in front of millions of people and is having a blast doing it. At the same time, you have the Mariam Factor; each of the kids is dealing with their own personal issues (Giorgos is bullied; Marina's parents are splitting up) so you get an insight into what drives them to succeed that a more superficial documentary might have ignored, and a more cynical documentary might have played up to nauseating effect. Director Jamie Jay Johnson maintains a perfect balance between youthful exuberance and adolescent introspection so that the kids feel real and sympathetic without being either cloyingly precocious or annoyingly self-involved.

They're also incredibly funny and charming individuals. They're all natural entertainers, that much is evident from their performances on stage, and that comes across in their interviews, which consist largely of wide-eyed musings on fame, family and life. These candid, funny moments are what make the more affecting moments so effective since they allow the kids to just be themselves and therein lies their charm. Without that sense of connection between the audience and the kids, the film just wouldn't work on the same level that it does. Without that, the ''Winner Takes It All'' montage (one of the most tense, heartbreaking and elating moments I've seen in a film this year) would seem crass, but instead it is glorious.

The documentary itself is unfussy and unpretentious, letting the kids talk for themselves and drive the story that way. There are attempts to contextualise the competition within the greater history of European conflict, and these are functional but a touch too grandiose for the rest of the film, but that's the one bum note in a perfect composition.

If I were to sum up Sounds Like Teen Spirit in a single word, it would be ''surprising''. Or ''surprisingly''. It's a film which is surprisingly funny, surprisingly touching, surprisingly moving and surprisingly brilliant. It's a film that creeps up on you, to the extent that you feel that you have been tricked into liking it, because, despite whatever misgivings you have about a film about Junior Eurovision, it will win you over in the end. It's an absolute joy to behold and is one of the most enjoyable films I've seen so far this year.
KevinandNick
Nude Per L'assassino aka Strip Nude for Your Killer

A fanatastically entertaining giallo/exploitation movie starring the incomparable Edwige Fenech. It is all-the-more remarkable that it's so enjoyable because director Andrea Bianchi was also responsible for the hilariously inept Burial Ground. wink.gif

Not Quite Hollywood

Nick & I watched it together three weeks ago, but our review of it has only just been put up over at dvdactive - this documentary is one of the most riotously entertaining things we've watched so far this year. Our unashamed love of Australia & their exploitation movies was an irrisistable combination for us.

If anyone cares to take a look at our humble thoughts on the thing...

http://www.dvdactive.com/reviews/dvd/not-q...-hollywood.html

Kev W
sweetbutinsane
The Little Mermaid

"Les Poissons" makes me laugh every time. happy.gif
empathy-with-beast
Mum & Dad

The other film that came out of the Microwave Project that also recently released that more heavily promoted film with Danny Mays about crack dealers.

A young Polish cleaner ends up being trapped in a house just by Heathrow Airport and is forced to become part of Mum and Dad's "family." Brutality and horror ensues. the film is a strong piece of work in that it picks a couple of visual thematic tropes- like domesticity crossed with abattoir- and runs with them to the hilt. Gross but not gratuitous, it plays with a kind of Fred West meets Texas Chainsaw Massacre feel. The only problem I had was that its obvious homages to TCM could occasionally start to spill into pastiche, and that the plot points that move the film to its climax are a little forced and weak. Nevertheless its a great, well acted, well conceived little British horror and I'd reccomend a watch for those who like that kind of thing.

The guy who plays the man who rents deckchairs in Shane Meadows's Summerstown plays the dad. Very well.
Omniscia
Meet the Fockers

Same jokes, same folks (plus a couple newcomers), now with extra kvetching! I like Dustin Hoffman, and I like Robert De Niro, but even the two of them can't save this formulaic rehash. And babies hardly ever help sequels.
Shack
Wolverine

A couple of action cliches ("NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!" and "Let's do this"), some ok special effects strapped next to some quite average ones and plenty of hints at good plot angles that were never developed. Two main problems with it. Firstly, Wolverine is effectively made indestructable so it's hard to believe he's ever in peril and secondly, the X-men films follow this film, herein creating a bit of a problem with the prequel formula and adding further undestructability to the central chap.

What transpires is an ok action movie with some ok fighting in it. I think they could have made a lot more out of the other mutants in the film and made it very dark, but in the end we were left with Patrick Stewart and his CGI-ed young face and not enough Gambit.

I didn't stay for the bit at the end of the credits.
Peronel
QUOTE (Shack @ May 4 2009, 07:17 AM) *
Wolverine
... but in the end we were left with Patrick Stewart and his CGI-ed young face and not enough Gambit.


Completely agree. There were a few "ohmigod, what is that?" type statements in the cinema when Stewart showed his WeirdFace. Gambit felt a bit shoehorned in, to me. He was always my favourite X-Men character (although my only real knowledge comes from the animated series) and I would have liked to have seen more backstory, but I guess it's a Wolverine origin story,so...

And yeah, the claws looked shit. Overall, I've given it a 7/10 (5 for story/effects, 1 for Reynolds, whose body was woefully underused, and 1.5 for Jackman bursting out of the water tank. Yumsters).
Raven
Ladyhawke

Sword and Sorcery films just shouldn't have 80's soundtracks.
Everlong
Hard Candy.

Mental Juno deals pain to paedo. Good film, I'd never seen this previously for some reason!
Shack
Lars And The Real Girl

Achingly lovely. Laugh out loud funny in parts, heartbreakingly sad in others. Ryan Gosling is brilliant.
mousespider
QUOTE (Peronel @ May 4 2009, 06:15 AM) *
Gambit felt a bit shoehorned in, to me. He was always my favourite X-Men character (although my only real knowledge comes from the animated series) and I would have liked to have seen more backstory, but I guess it's a Wolverine origin story,so...


Well, the movie did very well at the box office, so it's likely we'll get Gambit and Deadpool spinoffs.
Jessopjessopjessop
QUOTE (Raven @ May 4 2009, 01:22 PM) *
Ladyhawke
Sword and Sorcery films just shouldn't have 80's soundtracks.

It's probably the most incongruous soundtrack to a film ever! It did remind me how fabulously good-looking Pfieffer was.

Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Some good jokes but an awkward sense of timing and the tone veers around a bit. I don't know who I'd pick over Kristen Bell and Mila Kunis though.
ipse dixit
I like Kunis. She has different coloured eyes and learnt to speak English from watching gameshows on TV.

I'm glad I saw the film after seeing Segel in real life, or I wouldn't have known where to look.


QUOTE (Shack @ May 4 2009, 09:39 PM) *
Ryan Gosling is brilliant.
You're not wrong.
curtinparloe
The Haunting in Connecticut
Horror by the numbers, and quite heavy-handed. As soon as they get to the house, the young son goes down to the cellar. I almost shouted "for god's sake, that's the first rule you moron!"
And I didn't like that it's "based on a true story" from 1987, and yet they hadn't heard of ectoplasm. Did Ghostbusters never happen in Connecticut?
dandan
three colours: red - perhaps you're the woman i never met...

valentine (irene jacob) is a student, and part-time model, living in geneva. one evening, she accidentally hits a dog, with her car. when returning the dog it to its owner, a retired judge (jean-louis trintignant), valentine discovers that he spends his days listening in on his neighbours telephone conversations. although disgusted by his hobby, valentine finds herself interested in this man and a friendship begins to develop...

the third and final instalment of the 'three colours' trilogy and, sadly, kieslowski's final film. i would say that this was my favourite of the three. after an 'anti-tragedy' and an 'anti-comedy'; 'rouge' or 'red' is an 'anti-romance' - or so you would be led to believe. as with the other two films, i pay this little heed, erring instead towards the thematic label of 'liberty, equality, fraternity', although kieslowski kinda brushed these aside...

still, 'rouge' can be said to have an theme of fraternity running through it, what with it mainly being a tale of people whose lives interconnect, without their knowledge or when they seemingly have little in common. in this respect, it is a great success, mixing drama and humour accordingly.

unsurprisingly, as with binoche and delpy (in 'bleu' and 'blanc' respectively), i'm now a little bit enamoured by ms jacob; who is rather super. whilst trintignant is also rather good in his role. i've really enjoyed watching these three films, especially as they really do work well as a trio, and i'm sure i shall enjoy them even more, when i revisit them in the future.

great stuff...



master and commander - the far side of the world

'tis the napoleonic wars. captain jack aubrey (russell crow) and his crew are on manoeuvres, off the coast of south america, when they come under attack. a mysterious, heavily armed and alarming swift french ship is after them: after escaping an initial confrontation, a game of cat and mouse begins...

this had been recommended to me a couple of times, mainly by my mum, but i never got round to watching it, until now. and, only because it was a nice time-filler on a plane. still, i found it to be very enjoyable. there's a really nice tension to the whole affair, punctuated with some pretty interesting character drama from crowe (who is perfectly watchable) and paul bettany (who i like), filling the role as the ship's doctor and amateur naturalist.

the production design is all rather splendid and the sea battles are genuinely impressive. i may have to rewatch this on a proper telly.

good stuff...
widowspider
X-Men Origins: Wolverine - I really enjoyed it. It wasn't the most plot-heavy show, but it had a good overall arc and made a decent job of explaining (some) of Wolverine's past. LOVED Taylor Kitsch as Gambit - he was perfect casting and is exceptionally hot, so I'm crossing my fingers for a Gambit movie. Thought Liev Schreiber was great as Sabretooth and gave the character a lot more depth than the comics or previous films have given him.

Also - the title sequence was superb. One of the best I've seen at the cinema.

QUOTE (mousespider @ May 4 2009, 08:46 PM) *
Well, the movie did very well at the box office, so it's likely we'll get Gambit and Deadpool spinoffs.

Yes please.
NiteFall
I would pay to see a Ryan Reynolds starring Deadpool movie.
widowspider
QUOTE (NiteFall @ May 5 2009, 04:54 PM) *
I would pay to see a Ryan Reynolds starring Deadpool movie.

Yes indeed. He was another bit of excellent casting. Deadpool was one of my fave comics.
dandan
the blue jean monster - why do you think babies have no teeth?

tsu (shing fui-on) is a cop, who lives with his heavily pregnant wife, chu (pauline wong), and power steering (tse wai-kit); a young rapscallion, who tsu has taken under his wing, as he killed his father many years ago. when tsu tries to foil a bank raid, he ends up getting beaten, shot, crushed and killed. luckily for him, though, a cat sits on his chest and he gets struck by lightening: a sure-fire recipe for being brought back to life...

now, tsu has to work with power steering and gucci (gloria yip), a young lady who was held hostage by the robbers, but managed to escape with their haul, in order to catch the criminals, all the time disguising the fact that he is dead from his wife. it's gonna be a tough couple of days...

well, with a synopsis like that, who wouldn't want to see this? especially as perennial bit-parter shing fui-on is actually the main lead. a rarity indeed. then, there's the 'yip factor': not only is there a cameo from the top-heavy, cat III star; amy, but the rather adorable gloria is also present.

the narrative is as batty as it sounds; mixing touches of cop action, with drama, horror and a large dose of humour. it is fantastically entertaining in its execution, with everyone involved having a blast. oh, and there's also a hilariously unsavoury joke about sex during pregnancy, which made me hoot with laughter.

super fun...
melzilla
Waltz With Bashir

Beautiful, thoughtful and moving. There are so many good things to say about this film. Highly recommended, particularly if you're a fan of animated film.


In The Loop

Saw this last week and haven't had chance to write up. As expected, very clever, very funny and great performances all round. Nice to see Anna Chlumsky in something again, too; she was really quite good.
Sostie
FANBOYS
A group of Star Wars geeks embark on a cross country road trip with the aim of breaking into Skywalker Ranch and steal a copy of Phantom Menace so their friend with cancer can see it before he dies.
Really rather crap. The jokes are pretty lame, many consisting of inserting lines from Star Wars into the dialogue, or featuring pointless cameos. There are a few stand-out moments - Seth Rogan's two cameos (though only one, as a Trekkie is really worth noting), Kristen Bell looking lovely and Ethan Suplee's uncanny Harry Knowles impression.
If you want a good "friends on a road trip" film see Fandango. If you want a good film about geekdom see Galaxy Quest. If you want a dull Lucas wankfest or are the sort of person who thinks putting your religion as Jedi on census forms is funny/cool, see Fanboys.

INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULLS
Thought I'd give it another go. Seems time isn't always a great healer. Spielberg does manage some great action sequences, but overall very poor. The last half hour is really shit.

ANVIL: THE STORY OF ANVIL
Entertaining, sometimes moving, story of the metal band that refuses to give up. Spinal Tap comparisons are, at times, justified. Very good.
dandan
QUOTE (Sostie @ May 6 2009, 10:42 AM) *
If you want a good "friends on a road trip" film see Fandango.


everyone should see this film. costner and nelson - formidable...

also, people should watch 'dudes' - another buddy road movie affair. starring jon 'two and a half men' cryer, daniel 'that high school teacher who blew up in 'lost'' roebuck and flea from that band what was good when they was on the heroin, but bad when they sobered up...
Jimmay
First Blood

After about 20minutes it dawned on me that if I had seen this film before then it certainly wasn't all the way through and I couldn't actually remember any of it. I'd forgotten that it was an actual film with a plot, characters and purpose as opposed to the ridiculous all action fluff that was the new Rambo. Also, Sly was really quite skinny (yet buff) in his youth. All in all a spot on film.
dandan
sly's commentary track is also pretty good...

still, if anyone has the disc with david morrell's commentary, please feel free to rip it to mp3 and upload it, so i can download it. ta...
Sostie
QUOTE (Jimmay @ May 6 2009, 10:51 AM) *
First Blood

After about 20minutes it dawned on me that if I had seen this film before then it certainly wasn't all the way through and I couldn't actually remember any of it. I'd forgotten that it was an actual film with a plot, characters and purpose as opposed to the ridiculous all action fluff that was the new Rambo. Also, Sly was really quite skinny (yet buff) in his youth. All in all a spot on film.


Watch it again, but focus on Richard Crenna. He seems to strike a pose with every line he delivers.
Jimmay
QUOTE (Sostie @ May 6 2009, 11:01 AM) *
Watch it again, but focus on Richard Crenna. He seems to strike a pose with every line he delivers.


He was absolutely hilarious. You can't watch that film without focussing on him in every scene he's in. I'm surprised there were any trees left in that forest with him chewing it all up at every opportunity.
maian
Fantastic Four

Not as bad as I remember. Pretty silly and funny but they've never been the most serious and introspective of characters. Michael Chiklis is very good as Ben Grimm and Chris Evans is such fun as Johnny Storm. He's like an excitable little puppy on fire.


The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

Just as terrible as I remember. Worse, in fact, since the first time I hadn't read the comics and now that I have I realise just how badly they fucked it up.


The Barbarian and The Geisha

Very strange John Wayne/John Huston collaboration in which Wayne plays the first American consul to Japan and tries to open it up to trade with the wider world. There's a certain degree of what Edward Said would deem 'Orientalism', a mythologising of Asian people to exploit their supposed exotic nature, but I got the feeling that Huston was more fascinated with Japanese culture rather than patronising it.

It seemed strange that they made a film set mostly in rooms in Cinemascope. That'd be like Jim Jarmusch making a movie in 3D.


The Pixar Story

Pretty solid documentary about the history of Pixar and its key creative talent. They covered all the main bases and elaborated on some of the politics of the studio and it releases (the changes to Toy Story that were put in by Jeffrey Katzenberg and then taken out when they didn't work and the last-minute overhaul of Toy Story 2 were particularly interesting; how they managed to almost completely remake the film in only 9 months is beyond me). My main problems with it were that it only went up to Cars and there was no mention of the death of Joe Ranft, other than that it's perfectly fine.


The Battle For Citizen Kane

Documentary about the lives of Orson Welles and William Randolph Hearst and how they came into conflict over Citzen Kane, as well as the afll out for both men. Very illuminating, some of the stuff Welles got up to before he went to Hollywood, such as performing a play with a real knife and stabbing one of the other players, were insane. Really fantastic and it gives a great insight into the lives and minds of two monumental figures and the moment when they clashed.
sweetbutinsane
Don Juan DeMarco

Cheesey, but fun.
logger
QUOTE (maian @ May 6 2009, 07:19 PM) *
Fantastic Four

Not as bad as I remember. Pretty silly and funny but they've never been the most serious and introspective of characters. Michael Chiklis is very good as Ben Grimm and Chris Evans is such fun as Johnny Storm. He's like an excitable little puppy on fire.


I watched some of that last night. I think they work because they are quite honest about being aimed at children. My favourite bit was the fire dog hiding its eyes when it thought the fire truck was going to crash.
logger
QUOTE (NiteFall @ May 5 2009, 04:54 PM) *
I would pay to see a Ryan Reynolds starring Deadpool movie.

You might get your chance
widowspider
QUOTE (logger @ May 6 2009, 10:55 PM) *

Oh sweet.
logger
Star Trek

I'm not a big Star Trek fan, I like the original series but only because it's dated and campy and Shatner so I'm not sure what Trekkers (smirk) will think of this. It's like someone took the premise for Star Trek and made a pretty cool sci fi blockbuster out of it. And most importantly they made it fun. The story might be dumb, at one point when they were planning their next move I expected someone to say "like filling a balloon with too much air!" but for me that just added to the enjoyment.

I thought the cast really made a good go at making the characters their own, especially the two leads. It looked cool especially the action sequences and there were a couple of moments with genuine emotional depth. It did suffer from having to introduce so many characters and give them all their own little moment and it does lag a little in the third quater when everything is explained but then Mr Pegg turns up for the first time and everything's good again. He might not be in it that much but boy do the audience love Scotty.

All in all I liked it, it's probably the last blockbuster I'll see this year, but I do recommend seeing it on the big screen. To be honest the only real problem I had with it was that the skirts weren't short enough. It's not the most challenging film, and if you go in with that in mind I think you'll find it enjoyable.

Fun on a bun.
dandan
QUOTE (logger @ May 7 2009, 02:52 PM) *
Star Trek

the skirts weren't short enough.


why do they have to ruin everything?
logger
They're still quite short just not short enough for Star Fleet.

Is it Star Fleet?
Raven
Star Trek

No Spoilers!

I've not been to see the first showing of a new film for years, and these days I normally like to sleep on a new film or TV program before posting about it, but what is the point of going to the first showing, on the first day, if you're not going to pass opinion straight away, right?! wink.gif

Primarily, this is Star Trek re-imagined for the 21st century cinema audience; it is a big crowd-pleasing blockbuster of a film - with all the gratuitous special effects that suggests - that doesn't let up from beginning to end (I certainly didn't find myself clock-watching at any point!).

Abrams and Co. have created a new take on the franchise that is part prequel but, with the help of a clever(?) plot device, is nearly all reboot. All the names are there; the look is - to varying degrees - intact and there are enough references dropped across the film to keep even the most avid Trekkie on their toes.

The leads are excellent; Pine does a very creditable job as a younger Kirk; Quinto is Spock; Urban makes a good Bones; Uhura and Sulu are both good, though not heavily utilised, and probably my biggest concern ahead of seeing the film - Simon Pegg does make a good Scotty (I had been concerned that being so familiar with him from Spaced etc, I wouldn't be able to get the thought that it was Tim Bisley on the Enterprise out of my head, but in the event the change of accent was enough to make it work). The only character I didn't really get on with was Checkov, whose accent was so thick it often bordered on being a speech impediment. Bana is an okay bad guy, but he doesn't really get enough screen time to build up the part, and that is largely because there are so many characters being introduced (or should that be reintroduced?).

The special effects are generally good, though they occasionally suffer from the same "there's a spare pixel with nothing happening in it!" problem that the space battles in the Star Wars prequels fell afoul of, but the sets are very uneven; the bridge looks great, but engineering looks like a gas works! (seriously, it is Blake's 7 on the big screen in some places - I'm sure I saw a breeze block wall!).

As a blockbuster it ticks all the boxes, but I'm still not sure how well this measures up as Star Trek.

Either way, I suspect it will be a solid hit with most, though there will be a number of "fans" who will have a field day moaning about some of the changes.

Overall I'd say it was a good introduction, but next time I'd like a bit more meat one the bones, please! (and I'm not talking about Karl Urban!).

7/10.
dandan
hula girls - flowers blossoming in coal...

japan, 1964. sanae (eri tokunaga) is eighteen and lives in a small town which relies heavily on the coal mine, where she also works. with the influx of oil, the demand for coal is shrinking and the mine is threatened with closure. in an attempt to stave off disaster, the people who run the mine are investing heavily in a hawaiian themed resort, which will utilise the hot springs that are present in the town. the people of the town are not happy with this plan.

apart from sanae, who, along with her best friend, kimiko (yu aoi), signs up to be a dancer. when ms hirayama (yasuko matsuyuki), a professional dancer from tokyo, arrives, there are only girls willing to be dancers. still, the girls plough themselves into their new lives and the group begins to grow, but will the townsfolk accept this change and will anyone come to the resort?

well, what can i say? i wanted to see this as it sounded like it may follow on the heels of 'waterboys' or 'swing girls', both of which i enjoyed a lot. it doesn't, as it leans more towards drama, than comedy, but i still liked it a lot. sure, it is corny, devicive and melodramatic, but it is so damn likeable, that i found myself completely forgiving it for all its potential short-comings.

the cast are all great, the dancing is fun and there's a good few laughs, as well as some more emotional scenes. all in all, a very enjoyable, if not great, little film.



all's well, ends well 97 - pepsi...

kung (stephen chow) is unemployed, a womaniser and is feigning madness after his brothers, liu tau (raymond chow) and fei (francis ng), play a trick on him. liu tau is married to yinsu (christine ng), but all is not going well and and the spark seems to have gone from their marriage. fei is a student, and has been for many years, he is currently dating kam (amanda lee), who is a bit nasty. meanwhile, and papa (kwan hoi-san) just wants his orchid to grow well...

yep, a similar, but slightly different set up and cast to the first 'all's well...' film. and, as before (and with new year's comedies in general), it's all about misunderstandings, family quibbles, arguments, looking for love and everything working out in the end. and, it kinda works out. there's humour, silliness, a fight in a pool hall and the usual stuff, all rolled in to a pretty loose narrative. it entertained and made me chuckle, which is all one can really expect...

fun enough...
logger
QUOTE (Raven @ May 7 2009, 04:29 PM) *
Checkov, whose accent was so thick it often bordered on being a speech impediment.

Wessels!
maian
QUOTE (logger @ May 6 2009, 07:53 PM) *
I watched some of that last night. I think they work because they are quite honest about being aimed at children. My favourite bit was the fire dog hiding its eyes when it thought the fire truck was going to crash.


I like how they are hailed as heroes even though it was one of them that caused the massive amounts of destruction in the first place.


Wanted (2008)

Timur Bekmambetov (ha, got it in one without checking) is often derisively referred to as The Russian Michael Bay. I can't help but think that this is an erroneous analogy, since Michael Bay is nowhere near as interesting and, based on his films, downright insane as Timur Bekmambetov. Bay's films, ludicrous as they are, at least seem acquainted with logic, or to at least have heard of them somewhere, and Bekmambetov's films have no such relationship; they're bullets that curve around the hanging pig of logic and sense, intended to land squarely in the target realm of ''What the fuck?''

And that tortured metaphor brings me to Wanted, which plants its flag squarely in the realm of ''What the fuck?'' very early on, and doesn't leave until its done. James McAvoy is Wesley, an office worker with literally nothing going for him who is told by a sexy female assassin (Angelina Jolie) that his father, recently shot through the head (and then rewound) by Cross (Thomas Kretschmann), was one of the world's greatest assassins, part of a Fraternity headed by Sloan (Morgan Freeman). Wesley is initiated into The Fraternity, an initiation that seems to revolve almost solely around him getting the shit
kicked/stabbed out of him, before being unleashed to hunt down Cross.

Let's get it out of the way: Wanted is a stupid film. A stupid, stupid, stupid film. It's a film in which people can bend bullets, slow down time so much that they can shoot a man from a moving train, and shoot bullets out of the air with other bullets. It throws ludicrous action sequence after ludicrous action sequence at its audience, practically begging them to have an aneurysm from trying to make sense of the sheer madness of it all. Every other minute there seemed to be a moment that had me forcing myself not to pause the film, take a deep breath, then try to figure out what world could allow a film so mindbogglingly dumb to exist. Cars crash into each other, sending one car flying through the air over another car, at which point the person in the car flying through the air, shoots someone else in a car beneath them. That is the level of ludicrousness that the film operates at and I did wonder if Timur Bekmambetov had ever seen a film (or lived on Earth) before he started making them. That level of visual weirdness is just not commensurate with someone who exists on the same plain as everyone else.

As much as I tried to fight it, though, the stupidity of the film, carried along by Bekmambetov's undoubted visual flair, charmed me and I eventually just lay back and let it wash over me in waves of lurid, moronic violence. I mean, there's just something so surreal and appealing about someone smashing a keyboard across their best friend's face and the keys breaking off to spell the words ''FUCK YOU'' flying through the air.

The cast didn't hurt, either. As well as the above named players, all of whom I like, it's also got Common and Terence Stamp in supporting roles, and the main cast do certainly do their best with what is a really awful script. Just look at Morgan Freeman's face when he has to spout some of Sloan's excruciating philosophies; he clearly realises that what he is saying is nonsense, but he's really giving it his all.

It's trash but at least it knows that it's trash and has no pretenses to anything else (apart from the sub-Fight Club voiceover about the inanity of office life, but that's just a vestige from the awful, AWFUL comic book that it's adapted from, which it at least has the good sense to move away from for the most part). It is a piece of crap that's a so monumentally stupid and weird that I couldn't help but like it.
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QUOTE (maian @ May 7 2009, 11:16 PM) *
The Russian Michael Bay

That doesn't even make sense. Surely he's the Russian Wachowski brother.
sweetbutinsane
The Dark Knight

Yep, still love it.
Crutch
Crank High Voltage - Trash. Porn. Statham.

More when I'm a litlte less drunk.
GundamGuy_UK
QUOTE (Crutch @ May 8 2009, 11:44 PM) *
Trash. Porn. Statham.


I read that in Alan Partridge's voice, "Cock Piss Partridge"
Miss Shazam
Just saw Star Trek for again, for the second time this week. It was even better this time around. However, something strange has just occured to me:

Isn't every odd-numbered Star Trek movie is supposed to be shit? Hmmm? Simon?

This is like the Mission Impossible III fiasco all over again.
curtinparloe
QUOTE (Miss Shazam @ May 9 2009, 10:44 PM) *
Just saw Star Trek for again, for the second time this week. It was even better this time around. However, something strange has just occured to me:

Isn't every odd-numbered Star Trek movie is supposed to be shit? Hmmm? Simon?

This is like the Mission Impossible III fiasco all over again.


He says it's not true any more (cop out, really).

However, I understand Star Trek 10 (Nemesis) broke the curse by being a bit terrible.
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