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Atara
I think I prefer the Directors Cut. I have not seen the theatrical since the cinema though and my enjoyment of that was lessened at the time due to being 8 months pregnant and not at all comfortable in the seats.

The Blu-ray came with a digital copy which is the theatrical version, I may have to give that a watch and compare the two in an un-biased scenario.
logger
QUOTE (GundamGuy_UK @ Aug 5 2009, 11:49 PM) *
How so? I'm yet to see the directors cut, so I'm curious.

The director's cut is too long and baggy and doesn't really add anything to the overall story.
GundamGuy_UK
I've heard in December there's an even longer one coming, with the Black Freighter segments inserted in and so on, in a Blade Runner-style 5-disc edition.
Atara
Hmm,we'll see if we get it or not, what with the big fuss over release rights...
maian
QUOTE (melzilla @ Aug 5 2009, 11:14 PM) *
Bruno

Incredibly silly and pretty much more of the same after Borat. However, parts of this film definitely felt a bit more 'staged' and not as successful as some of his other work. There is a lot of base humour, which is to be expected but, without sounding like a prude, some bits were very 'OTT' and predictable. There were too many cheap laughs and, although some of this was funny, it's just the 'laziness' of this kind of humour which actually offends me more than anything; I think Sacha Baron Cohen is better than relying on so many 'bumming' jokes, (Yes, we get it, Bruno's gay!) so I found it a little disappointing. However, there were a few genuine laugh-out-loud moments and other snigger-worthy parts. I'm still chuckling at the 'Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium' bit, and the scenes where he actually interacts with unsuspecting people are still the strongest (and funniest) parts of his work.

6.5 out of 10


Ich has alzo zeen Bruno, and meine thoughts are qvite zimilar: Bruno
Serafina_Pekkala
QUOTE (Kick in the Head @ Aug 5 2009, 11:05 PM) *
The Keep


There is still an interesting film buried beneath. Jurgen Prochnow, Gabriel Byrne and Ian McKellen (unconventional accent aside) are as solid as you'd expect, the Keep itself is awe-inspiring (care of production designer John Box, a talk on whom was given prior to the screening) and the visual effects and prosphetics are great too. And the film as a whole does have a weird atmosphere that leaves an unshakeable impression. But ultimately, it's too muddled to be more than a cult curio. A remastered re-edited DVD release would be most welcome though.


Well said.
Shack
Zack and Miri Make A Porno

Kind of like lots of films I'd seen before from this particular stable, but with more tits in it.

I'd say alright, but not enough laughs by a long chalk.
maian
Transsiberian

For some reason I thought that this film would be more ''extreme'', possibly because I kept reading about it at the same time that I was reading about Midnight Meat Train, so it was a pleasant surprise when I discovered that it was a low-key, character-driven neo-noir. Emily Mortimer and Woody Harrelson play a couple of Christian Missionaries who are returning home from China after a few months of working with children there. Rather than fly home, they decide to travel on the Transsiberian Express, where they meet Carlos (Eduardo Noriega) and Abby (Kate Mara). The younger couple seem friendly enough but their relationship is strained, Carlos has some Russian dolls in his bag and can't stop looking at Jessie (Mortimer).

Going any further with the synopsis would ruin the film, but from a deceptively simple premise Brad Anderson (Session 9, The Machinist) builds a tense and suspenseful film that makes full use of the enclosed quarters of its largely train-based story. Mortimer is terrific as Jessie, imbuing her with a great deal of strength and vulnerability, whilst the rest of the cast provide very solid support, particularly Ben Kingsley, who really chews the scenery as a Russian detective.

From my own perspective as an expert on Russian history, I was fascinated by its portrayal of a post-Soviet Russia. Brad Anderson taps into the urban decay and collapse of control that has marked the nearly two decades since the U.S.S.R. fell in his depiction of a society in which criminals and the police that hunt them are as violent and wild as each other.

It gets pretty silly in the final 20 minutes but I had developed enough goodwill prior to that for it not to matter too much.
logger
The Rocky Horror Picture Show

I'm declaring it cool again, fuck the sexually repressed accountants and 1st year drama students they ruin everything anyway.
Zoe
I completely agree, love the film, hate the other people that do.

Let's reclaim it from the cunts!
Starscream`s Ghost
Never seen it.
logger
QUOTE (Zoe @ Aug 9 2009, 01:59 AM) *
I completely agree, love the film, hate the other people that do.

Let's reclaim it from the cunts!

It's the first time I've seen it in something like 20 years but I switched channels to see it coming on and reluctantly started to watch. And I absolutely loved it. However, there is no way I could watch it at a cinema, maybe if the fans were banned.

I now want Magenta as my maid. I also want Rocky's body.
Zoe
It's good, honest.

I loved it the first time I saw it, at about 8 or 9, and soon after performed 'Science Fiction/Double Feature' at my Brownie talent show wearing an oversized, sparkly, halterneck evening gown that my Mum had bought in a charity shop and put in the fancy dress box.

I haven't seen it for a few years, but it's very funny film, with great songs performed by a fantastic cast.

And I don't even like musicals.

EDIT: I'd like to be Columbia, obviously
logger
QUOTE (Zoe @ Aug 9 2009, 02:10 AM) *
And I don't even like musicals.

You get a real sense of why the original musical became a hit from the film, I wouldn't mind seeing that, again without the fans.

QUOTE (Zoe @ Aug 9 2009, 02:10 AM) *
I'd like to be Columbia, obviously

Figures smile.gif
Zoe
I generally only like musicals with Nazis in; Cabaret, The Sound of Music, Springtime for Hitler.
Starscream`s Ghost
I think it's the 'fans' that put me off. The hardcore ones do seem to be quite horrible to newbies.
mousespider
Some Kind of Wonderful

With all the John Hughes tributes I realized that this was one of the few Hughes films I'd never seen, so decided to remedy that.

And to no surprise, it was as wonderful, entertaining, and real as any of his other films.

And what makes it even better is the reason behind the movie. The fact that Hughes wrote it as a gender-switched version of Pretty in Pink so he could do the ending over again, fixing the mistake the studio forced him to make.
gulfcoast_highwayman
QUOTE (mousespider @ Aug 9 2009, 04:46 AM) *
Some Kind of Wonderful

With all the John Hughes tributes I realized that this was one of the few Hughes films I'd never seen, so decided to remedy that.

And to no surprise, it was as wonderful, entertaining, and real as any of his other films.

And what makes it even better is the reason behind the movie. The fact that Hughes wrote it as a gender-switched version of Pretty in Pink so he could do the ending over again, fixing the mistake the studio forced him to make.



You've got to love 'Dunc the punk'. The scene where he tells the bad guy that he's going to kick his arse is smashing.
Kick in the Head
QUOTE (Zoe @ Aug 9 2009, 02:10 AM) *
It's good, honest.

I loved it the first time I saw it, at about 8 or 9, and soon after performed 'Science Fiction/Double Feature' at my Brownie talent show wearing an oversized, sparkly, halterneck evening gown that my Mum had bought in a charity shop and put in the fancy dress box.

I haven't seen it for a few years, but it's very funny film, with great songs performed by a fantastic cast.

And I don't even like musicals.

EDIT: I'd like to be Columbia, obviously



I would have been about six years old when I first saw it - watching it off a video my parents had recorded off late night channel 4 (the advert breaks had the Creature Comforts Heat Electric ads and a TV spot for Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare).

I must have been 8 or 9 when my parents got us front row seats to see it on stage (with Jonathon Morris as Frank N Furter) as part of its 21st anniversary tour. We also went to see Little Shop of Horrors featuring Su Pollard around that time too.

What a childhood.
Sostie
QUOTE (Starscream`s Ghost @ Aug 9 2009, 02:21 AM) *
I think it's the 'fans' that put me off. The hardcore ones do seem to be quite horrible to newbies.


It's like The Crow, Except less fans to irritate you. And the songs are better.

Rocky Horror is a classic. With each viewing you discover how great the songs are. Meat Lof has never been, or sounded better, Susan Sarandon & Little Nell never been hotter, and I guess neither has Tim Curry.

The sequel, on the other hand, is an acquired taste.


QUOTE (mousespider @ Aug 9 2009, 04:46 AM) *
Some Kind of Wonderful

With all the John Hughes tributes I realized that this was one of the few Hughes films I'd never seen, so decided to remedy that.

And to no surprise, it was as wonderful, entertaining, and real as any of his other films.

And what makes it even better is the reason behind the movie. The fact that Hughes wrote it as a gender-switched version of Pretty in Pink so he could do the ending over again, fixing the mistake the studio forced him to make.


I'm listening to the soundtrack as I type. It sadly doesn't have Propaganda on it which gives the film one of my fave credit sequences ever.
logger
QUOTE (Sostie @ Aug 9 2009, 01:32 PM) *
and I guess neither has Tim Curry.



QUOTE (Sostie @ Aug 9 2009, 01:32 PM) *
The sequel, on the other hand, is an acquired taste.

I didn't even know there was a sequel.
Serafina_Pekkala
Rocky Horror is brilliant. I also want to claim it back from the drama students etc - hence the bit in Fame - The Movie when they see it is off-putting beyoond belief. It was Fame, right?.

My tale is thus - I had the soundtrack on tape and listened to it till it went squitty and broke. Except it didn't have 'Sword of Damocles' which was a good song from the film. So I learned all the words and that. No sparkly dress at Brownies. That beats me and everyone else hands down. I also liked being Columbia because she could tap dance and so can I. And wore pyjamas with Mickey Mouse ears.

I was introduced when my sister was about 14 and I was about 9 and she taped it off Channel 4. And I watched it over and over esp. the Timewarp/Sweet Transvestite bit. Oh look - it's Biggins, etc etc. And the end songs - which is still incredibly sad as a sequence. Tim Curry has an astounding singing voice - I wish he did more musicals. And whenever someone says the word 'Transylvania' - I automatically follow with the 'huh-huh'.

Apparently Tony Head makes a great Frank - but seeing Andrew Marr on Comic Relief make me shiver with .................. complete repulsion and cringing.

Shock Treatment - on the other hand - is just shit.
Shack
I have no real feelings on the Rocky Horror Picture Show, but I did once watch it all the way through twice at someone's house. It was about 6-7 years ago, and being single at the time, offered the friend of a friend a once in a lifetime offer as she drove my drunken self home.

I then did something which I'd never done before or done since. I offered her "cheap, loose sex". This, amazingly worked, but as I was staying at my parents and she lived with hers, I had to settle with being wanked off in a countryside layby.

I have not watched the film since.
Sostie
QUOTE (Shack @ Aug 9 2009, 06:16 PM) *
I have no real feelings on the Rocky Horror Picture Show, but I did once watch it all the way through twice at someone's house. It was about 6-7 years ago, and being single at the time, offered the friend of a friend a once in a lifetime offer as she drove my drunken self home.

I then did something which I'd never done before or done since. I offered her "cheap, loose sex". This, amazingly worked, but as I was staying at my parents and she lived with hers, I had to settle with being wanked off in a countryside layby.

I have not watched the film since.


Great. Now everytime I hear a Rocky Horror track I'll be thinking of Shack's drunk cock.
Shack
QUOTE (Sostie @ Aug 9 2009, 06:19 PM) *
Great. Now everytime I hear a Rocky Horror track I'll be thinking of Shack's drunk cock.


No problemo.
logger
QUOTE (Shack @ Aug 9 2009, 06:16 PM) *
I then did something which I'd never done before or done since. I offered her "cheap, loose sex". This, amazingly worked, but as I was staying at my parents and she lived with hers, I had to settle with being wanked off in a countryside layby.

I have not watched the film since.

Today my favourite forumite is Shack. Probably will be for the next few days after that story too.
NiteFall
QUOTE (Sostie @ Aug 9 2009, 06:19 PM) *
Great. Now everytime I hear a Rocky Horror track I'll be thinking of Shack's drunk cock.


Shack's drunk cock? Didn't they support Carter USM on tour once?
Sostie
QUOTE (NiteFall @ Aug 9 2009, 07:02 PM) *
Shack's drunk cock? Didn't they support Carter USM on tour once?


Indeed. I remember they gave a very short, unsatisfactory performance.
Shack
QUOTE (Sostie @ Aug 9 2009, 07:56 PM) *
Indeed. I remember they gave a very short, unsatisfactory performance.


What? They rocked. Hard.
angle
A Man Who Was Superman (aka A Man Once A Superman, aka A Man who was Once A Superman, confusing no?)

Came across a mention of this film randomly while reading a blog and it peaked my interest.
I scouted round and found it conveniently split into ten minute chunks on Youtube, which is good as you cant get it on dvd over here at all.

It stars Jeon Ji-hyun (Gianna Jun is her westernised name ) from Blood The Last Vampire and Hwang Jung Min (from ? not heard of him but he is bloody great in this)

Song Soo Jung works for a Tv station as a producer of human interest stories and is getting fairly dissalusioned with her job when, leaving the studio one day she has her bag snatched and runs after the robber nearly getting crushed by a truck but is pushed out of the way by 'Superman' a man in a gaudy Hawaiin shirt who goes around the city helping people.
Fascinated by the man she follows him around and starts filming him and getting to know him.
The man has no real powers but explains that he has a piece of Krytonite lodged in his head preventing him from using his powers.
The way that he goes about actually being 'Superman' is comical and the man seems harmless if eccentric and Soo Jung decides to make him the subject of her next documentary.
One day while filming him 'Superman' has a siezure and falls twitching to the floor, Soo Jung takes him to the hospital where it turns out there is a bullet lodged in his head.
From this point we start to find out the story behind why the man believes himself to be Superman, I don't want to spoil it so i wont go into detail but it is a story of great tragedy and sadness that changes the life of Soo Jung and forces her to re-think her life.
This really is a powerfully emotional film if you allow yourself to go with it , i think it helps that it is a foreign language film because you watch it in a different way to Western films in that you have to give it a bit more concentration to understand what's going on, the subtitles are very well done and convey the humour and emotion perfectly but you still need to pay attention, a couple of times i had to re-wind a bit because i lost concentration and thought 'hang on what just happened' but stick with it and you will find an absolute gem of a movie, I cant recommend this enough, now i just wish they would release it on dvd over here.
Outatime
I Love You, Man followed by Forgetting Sarah Marshall

Neither of them masterpieces but they made for good Saturday night viewing. It's been ages since I watched a silly comedy and it's encouraged me to look out for more at the cinema. Plus I'm just a little bit in love with Jason Siegel.
Sostie
Sky Movies had a tribute to John Hughes last night. Only intended to watch a bit of Sixteen Candles, but ended up watching the whole lot

Sixteen Candles
John Hughes first film as director and a lot still stands the test of time. Has a lot of elements used in some of his later films - "ordinary" girl/boy falls for "popular" girl/boy, the loveable dad, geeks are good, a small John Kapelos etc. Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall and Gedde Watanabe are all on top form - actually the cast overall is excellent.
It's a bit odd watching this on TV & DVD . I watched it so many times on video that it's a bit jarring watching what seems to be a different cut from the original release - the music over the credits is different, there was no use of Bowie's "Young Americans" on the video version and the version I was used to cuts before Grandma kicks Duk in the balls.
Anyway, good nostalgic fun topped off with a beautiful Thompson Twins song. Oh, and finally, I found out who "Patty", played by Ringwald's sister, is in the film.

Questions raised by this film:
a) Why didn't Michael Schoeffling become a huge moie heart-throb?
b) Did Hughes influence Tarantino in using soundtracks from other films to use in his own?
c) Did The Geek commit date rape?

Breakfast Club
It's amazing this was ever made, let alone a success. A teen film, with only five main characters, mainly talking, set in one location! What were they thinking? It's like The Thing with angst instead of a shape-shifting killer alien.
Yes it all seems a bit "emo" now, and it does contain some embarrassing dance sequences, and some dialogue is a little dated, but it is still a great film. Judd Nelson chews up the scenery, and everyone else has their moment to shine (Ringwald is as always fab, Sheedy is fantastic).

Questions raised by this film:
a) would you really snog the girl/boy you just met in front of your parents?
b) why did anyone think post-makover Ally Sheedy was better than pre-makeover?
c) why had it taken so long for me to notice that there is a photo of Carl The Janitor on a wall during the opening montage. He was an ex-student!

Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Let's face it. Ferris is a self-centered, free-loading, big headed, irritating piece of crap. Yet, you can't help loving him. A film that still manages to raise a laugh despite seeing it numerous times. Ferris on the clarinet, Rooney giving the finger to the car horn, Jeannie's frustration when calling the police, Grace immitating Rooney on the phone - so many favourite bits.
It's also a little love letter to Chicago, almost doing for that city what Woody Allen does for New York in Manhattan.
sweetbutinsane
Trainspotting

Brilliant. No further comment needed.
beatoswald
Land of the Lost - Really liked this. Enjoyment probably hinges on how much one likes Will Ferrell as many of the jokes aren't terribly strong.
maian
Dark City

The film 'The Matrix' wants to be.
widowspider
An American Werewolf in London

Neither Luke or I had ever seen it. What a fantastic film. The makeup effects are astounding.
Sir_Robin_the_brave
QUOTE (maian @ Aug 11 2009, 02:07 PM) *
Dark City

The film 'The Matrix' wants to be.


Original or directors cut?

If you haven't seen the directors cut, I highly recommend it. Just for the ability to enjoy the film without the rubbish opening voiceover, it's worthwhile.

Why are studio added voiceovers always so terrible?
Sostie
QUOTE (widowspider @ Aug 11 2009, 02:49 PM) *
An American Werewolf in London

Neither Luke or I had ever seen it. What a fantastic film. The makeup effects are astounding.


For another tongue-in-cheek werewolf film with outstanding effects, that came out the same year, treat yourself to The Howling (if you haven't already)
widowspider
QUOTE (Sostie @ Aug 11 2009, 06:29 PM) *
For another tongue-in-cheek werewolf film with outstanding effects, that came out the same year, treat yourself to The Howling (if you haven't already)

Will do sir. Thanks for the recommendation!
monkeyman
American werewolf was on again just yesterday and i put it on just to see the awesome \transformation, twas brillian\t
Kick in the Head
An American Werewolf in London is a film that cannot be faulted. Unlike...

The Room
Tommy Wiseau's passion project (he wrote, directed, produced and stars), a 2003 love triangle drama, has recently come to the attention of film fan's worldwide as the Best 'Worst Film' Ever Made. And yes, it has to be seen to believed.

Certainly the story isn't exceptional, the sets and backdrops are shoddy, the dialogue often non-sequitur, the narrative breaking off into tangents that go nowhere, and the film filled with endless unerotic sex scenes and woeful acting, but it is Wiseau's film. And he is breathtaking. A Frankentstein's Monster with a witch's wig, Wiseau's performance as Johnny is so wild and uneven, it would just be a bad film without him, rather than a 'so bad it's hysterical' one. With his very strange accent, he garbles and slurs his delivery, overemphasising one syllable then underemphasising the next. It's like it was fed into a random generator program to determine how the line should be spoken. Sexual dynamo (with unnecessary bobbing butt shots), prone to bizarre fits of rage and creepy agony aunt advice - Johnny is a complex man with a complex voice. He should be the next Bond villain.

What makes it so endearing is that rather than cynically going for the sci-fi or horror genre typical of so many bad films (either knowingly bad or accidentally so), Wiseau's just tried to make a soap opera thriller about issues and people and situations. But one that's over-egged, over-hammed and over-cheesed like some godawful coronary-inducing omlette. The Room is simply one of the most entertainly awful films you'll ever see.
maian
QUOTE (Sir_Robin_the_brave @ Aug 11 2009, 06:14 PM) *
Original or directors cut?

If you haven't seen the directors cut, I highly recommend it. Just for the ability to enjoy the film without the rubbish opening voiceover, it's worthwhile.

Why are studio added voiceovers always so terrible?


Original. I think I will have to buy the director's cut since that voiceover annoyed the hell out of me.

Mesrine: Killer Instinct

Fantastic biopic of Jacques Mesrine (Vincent Cassel), a French criminal who went on to become the most wanted man in Canada. Cassel is absolutely mesmerising in the title role and, in a summer which has already given us the anaemic Public Enemies, it's great to see a full-blooded gangster epic.
Kick in the Head
QUOTE (maian @ Aug 11 2009, 11:01 PM) *
Mesrine: Killer Instinct

Fantastic biopic of Jacques Mesrine (Vincent Cassel), a French criminal who went on to become the most wanted man in Canada. Cassel is absolutely mesmerising in the title role and, in a summer which has already given us the anaemic Public Enemies, it's great to see a full-blooded gangster epic.


I shall be seeing this tomorrow and am expecting great things.
logger
In Bruges

Still tops.
mousespider
Funny People

Very good. But I'm a sucker for most Apatow projects anyway.
maian
QUOTE (Kick in the Head @ Aug 12 2009, 12:43 AM) *
I shall be seeing this tomorrow and am expecting great things.


The only caveat I would give to my review is that, being only the first half, it doesn't really give a sense of resolution. it did leave me wanting more, though, so even that isn't much of a problem.
Rua
QUOTE (mousespider @ Aug 12 2009, 02:05 AM) *
Funny People

Very good.


Really? [/Kyle]
wampa1
Die Hard 4.0 was a litter better than I remembered : (
Shack
Get Smart

A lot lot funnier than I thought it was going to be. Plenty of laugh out loud slapstick and excellent dialogue from Steve Carell. And it's got The Rock in it.
NiteFall
And Bill Murray in a tree.
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