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Rebus
Trolljegeren (TrollHunter) 2010

Been wanting to watch this for a while and the video store finally got it in! It was everything I was hoping for and more, and everything Cloverfield wishes it could have been. It seamlessly blends between ad-libbed comedy to "all-out running through the forest shitting one's self" fear, all to the backdrop of absolutely stunning Norwegian vistas and beautifully captured eerie forests. The way the various myths about trolls are handled is very deftly done as well.

It's a found footage film, but the fact that the story is about a senior university film crew getting the scoop means their equipment is better than your average handheld, and they know how to hold the camera so you get to see as much of the trolls as you'd want to. And the trolls! By far the best thing in the movie is just the level of visual effects sophistication. To say this is the perfect blend of Blair Witch and Cloverfield does Trollhunter a disservice, as this is far superior to both.
Silky
Always good to see another Trollhunter fan. biggrin.gif
Ade
QUOTE (maian @ Mar 5 2012, 10:13 PM) *
peadophile

Bird's Eye Petit Pois' biggest fan...?
Raven
QUOTE (Ade @ Mar 6 2012, 05:28 PM) *
Bird's Eye Petit Pois' biggest fan...?


Are you channelling Adam?
sweetbutinsane
The Woman in Black

Miserable bitch.
Silky
QUOTE (sweetbutinsane @ Mar 6 2012, 08:13 PM) *
The Woman in Black

Miserable bitch.

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Ade
QUOTE (Raven @ Mar 6 2012, 05:32 PM) *
Are you channelling Adam?

I sincerely hope that's not a euphemism, sir.


QUOTE (sweetbutinsane @ Mar 6 2012, 08:13 PM) *
The Woman in Black

Miserable bitch.

QUOTE (Silky @ Mar 6 2012, 08:40 PM) *
laugh.gif

I couldn't have worded my own reaction any better, Silks. Can't beat a concise capsule review. biggrin.gif
Julie
QUOTE (Ade @ Mar 9 2012, 01:36 AM) *
I sincerely hope that's not a euphemism, sir.


We're edging towards another SOAD, and I like it. I wonder where Lewis is, these days...
grumpygit
The Woman in Black

Oh Boy! That was good.


logger
Sympathy For Mr Vengeance

It's a long time since I last watched it and it's my least watched of the Vengeance trilogy so I'd forgotten just how good (if flawed) it is.

I love Doo Na Bae, she's such a goof, she should be in more things.


Mosquito Coast

I last saw this when it first came out on video and enjoyed it. I also remember it not doing so well as people weren't ready to see Harrison Ford playing this kind of character (somebody who is basically insane). It's still good if not brilliant, kind of like a mainstream Fitzcarraldo, without pulling any punches and not afraid of its bleak origins.


The Ruling Class

When an aristocratic member of the House of Lords accidentally hangs himself whilst wearing a tutu, his estate is left to his son, Peter O'Toole, who unfortunately believes he is Jesus Christ. Epic, absurd satire that occasionally bursts into musical numbers, made at a time when class reform in the failing empire and LSD influenced British cinema so much. Maybe not quite up to the standards of If... or Bedazzled, but this is partly because it tries to do so much, it has so many targets from British class structure to religion to science, at 2 and a half hours it's a little too long, it's a little too silly and it all a bit dated but it is still an incredible experience and still has a valid point to make today.

Definite recommendation.
sweetbutinsane
(500) Days of Summer

I can't decide whether I like it or not. I didn't particularly like either of the main characters, but there were some very funny moments and Chloe Moretz was great.
mcraigclark
The Green Lantern

Not good.
sweetbutinsane
Dorian Gray

Needs more gay.
Silky
I'm liking the new, concise review formats. Keep it up people. smile.gif
PrincessKate
Grease 2
Is a sequel.

Secretary

Sexy as fuck.
logger
Rio Bravo

Angie fuckin' Dickinson.
Ade
QUOTE (Silky @ Mar 18 2012, 09:15 PM) *
I'm liking the new, concise review formats. Keep it up people. smile.gif

I was about the say the exact same one.
maian
Inglourious Basterds

Holds up WAY better than I thought it would. I didn't mind so much that it's feels more like a collection of scenes than a real film because those scenes are all fucking awesome, and I found the Basterds' half of the film more fun knowing that only three or four of them were actual characters. Eli Roth is still completely terrible, mind.

8 (2012)

I wrote about it in depth here, but essentially it's a filmed play of the court case which deemed Proposition 8 unconstitutional, acted out by every famous person ever. It's really compelling, with a some amazing performances by, amongst others, Martin Sheen, George Clooney, John C. Reilly and Chris Colfer. I've embedded a link to the video of the performance at the bottom of that review, but you can also watch it directly on YouTube here.
PrincessKate
I've developing a habit of Sunday films. apart from the two above, the past two weekends were:

Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back
and
Zack & Miri Make a Porno
in a 'Lesser films of Kevin Smith that I really like' double, followed by
Rocky Horror Picture Show
just because.
Then The 40 Year Old Virgin
which is full of unlikeable characters with very few redeeming qualities between them
The Notorious Bettie Page
Which was very depressing and despite being lovely to look at, pretty dull too.
widowspider
Boogie Nights

Still brilliant.
Ade
Thor (2011)

Ruddy marvellous fun.



The A-Team (2010)

Hannibal says "Plan".

Somewhat too often.

Nevertheless, I enjoyed.
Serafina_Pekkala
The Skin I Live In

Very strange indeed but compelling. I am still processing the whole thing as I am not sure if I enjoyed it per se. Banderas is much better speaking Spanish on screen. Not as disturbing as Dogtooth but pretty close.
Rebus
Kung Fu Hustle

Just balls to the walls awesome, I remember someone telling me to avoid it because it was 'too silly'. I need to find them so I can slap them.
maian
La Grande Illusion

Jean Renoir's humanist tale of WWI soldiers who transcend the class and national distinctions that divide them. Very moving and beautiful to look at - the newly restored print is just gorgeous - but very, very slow. I was never bored, but it felt like it was twice as long as it actually was.

21 Jump Streets

Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuun. Chris Miller and Phil Lord bring the same quick, anarchic energy that they did to Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs and, whilst it isn't as relentlessly hilarious as that film, it does manage to deliver a lot of very solid laughs. It's a little baggy, with the action sequences only occasionally being genuinely funny, and the last half hour goes on a bit, but for the most part it is incredibly solid and very funny. Who knew Channing Tatum was such a decent comic presence? Or remotely good at anything?
Serafina_Pekkala
Attack the Block

The action was fine and some decent enough plot silliness like a Doctor Who episode. Cornish has a good eye for sequences. But the characters got on my tits entirely. Not as bad as Noel fucking Clarke but close. I didn't care for any of them. Worst of all were the occasional 'tings is bad like' dialogue clunky moments stuck in there as if to comment on Broken Britain amid a story about dog chimps from space in Brixton. It seemed more shoehorned in than a James Bond title. I notice there seems to be a real polarisation as lots of people I know who aren't from London who are far less taken with it. So In summary - Dr Sexy can direct but his material does not translate to a lot of us.
logger
The Thing From Another Planet

A film about Julie.

I liked the bit with the fire, I'd be surprised if people didn't really get hurt.
mcraigclark
QUOTE (logger @ Mar 25 2012, 11:06 AM) *
The Thing From Another Planet

A film about Julie.

Ha!
Julie
QUOTE (mcraigclark @ Mar 25 2012, 11:47 AM) *
Ha!


Lines are being drawn here, Clark. You sure that's the side you want to be on?
mcraigclark
It was funny! I like how this is infiltrating other threads.
logger
See, she's a liar and a bully. Team Logger for the win!
maian
Extreme Prejudice

Nick Nolte, Powers Boothe, Rip Torn and Clancy Brown star in a film about manly men growling at each other. Oh, and they're marines, or something. A good, stripped down pseudo-Western with a typically sparse script by Walter Hill.

Down Terrace

There's low-budget, then there's Down Terrace, a British crime thriller directed by Ben Wheatley (who also directed the excellent Kill List) which takes place largely in one house and tells the story of a crime family who start to suspect that one of their associates has been informing the police about their actions. It's more of a series of vignettes than a proper film, no doubt the result of being shot for next to nothing over just 8 days, but those vignettes are by turns darkly funny and weirdly menacing, and the film really picks up in its last act. An impressive debut.

Das Boot

I'd never seen it before and I thought it was great. Completely compelling for all of its three hours and twenty minutes, it creates a claustrophobic atmosphere that is pretty relentless, and it takes the time to make its characters interesting and distinct. I wish Wolfgang Peterson could make another film this good.

The Hunger Games


I really liked it, but I felt that it was perhaps too faithful to the book to work as a film in its own right (though I do know some people who loved it who haven't read the book, so what do I know?) It tries to establish the world for the sequels, which is does efficiently but at the expense of the characters and relationships, which are not developed enough. Jennifer Lawrence and Woody Harrelson are both very good, and I think that if the film works at all its because they provide in their performances what is lacking in the storytelling.
Julie
QUOTE (mcraigclark @ Mar 25 2012, 12:31 PM) *
It was funny!



QUOTE (logger @ Mar 25 2012, 03:31 PM) *
See, she's a liar and a bully. Team Logger for the win!


I see how it is. You and Craig are gonna be all alone over there on team Logger. I hope you enjoy each other's company.
Rebus
Lagaan: Once Upon A Time In India.

Apart from the fact one of the most epic Indian films is effectively called "Land Tax", this is a stunning work of film. Never has cricket been so dramatic, and with fantastic songs and brilliant performances from almost all involved, this was a sumptuous film. Watch it if you have nothing to do for three and a half hours, you won't regret it.
Rebus
Oh, and Hunger Games.

The missus dragged me along in a come-meet-some-friends kind of social gathering type-thing. Dear lord. Just awful. While waiting for her to get ready I'd skimmed through a bit of the book, and they certainly faithfully adapted the terrible writing, if not what looked to be some decent violence. I didn't feel I was given enough time to give a shit about a character by the time they were eviscerated (largely, just off screen). With such an impressive cast gone to waste (Toby Jones looking like he was in a pantomime ffs!), and such an over-abundance of stylish-looking but substance-less bollocks, it was an uncomfortable two and a half hours. I'll stick with Battle Royale as my generation's teens-eviscerating-eachother-in-a-totalitarian-state movie, it's perfect.

It is interesting to note however, that comparing Hunger Games and John Carter gives us the perfect example of the very important job marketing departments have when promoting a film. I haven't seen a shit film so over-hyped since, well, the Twilight(s), and it pulls in the third biggest EVER box office take on its opening. John Carter, which is infinitely better, beautiful even, will lose Disney $200m. It's all PR's fault, for catering to the kids, changing the title, watering down the trailers, and trying to even think of comparing it to Wrath of Titans and all the other sandal-epic crap around at the moment.

</rant>

EDIT: Oh, but there is an upside, surely with the release of Hunger Games, plans to remake Battle Royale must have been shelved. Surely. Praise baby cheeses.
maian
The Cabin In The Woods (2011)

Holy living fuck. I loved it.
Outatime
QUOTE (maian @ Mar 27 2012, 12:12 AM) *
The Cabin In The Woods (2011)

Holy living fuck. I loved it.


How scary was it? I had the chance to see it yesterday but I was busy but I was also put off by it being dubbed a horror.
Sostie
Tin Tin & Something About A Unicorn
I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would. All the cartoonish characters looked almost realistic - the most realistic one, Tin Tin, didn't. Nice to see Spielberg cast himself as the bad guy.
maian
QUOTE (Outatime @ Mar 27 2012, 08:57 AM) *
How scary was it? I had the chance to see it yesterday but I was busy but I was also put off by it being dubbed a horror.


I'd say that it's scary in the same way that Scream is: It's effective and has some great jump-scares, but it's got a lot more on its mind than just scaring an audience. It wants to engage them and make them think about the nature of horror films.

Also, it's incredibly funny, which balances out the horror nicely.
logger
Blow-Up

The last time I watched this I would have been in school and I remember not being overly impressed. Twenty or so years later I have to say not much has changed. It's fairly dull (I never thought I'd be bored watching two attractive women wrestle each other's clothes off), it's terribly dated (plus Austen Powers has done it no favours), its representation of women is questionable at best (although I'm not sure if this is some kind of commentary on the media's representation of women in the 60s) and inevitably with a film full of dolly birds there are quite a few poor performances.

It's not an awful film, there's some good cinematography (60s London always looks so much more interesting than modern, dull, Ordinary Boy's London), the central themes are interesting if never fully realised and like a similarly over rated movie Easy Rider (I'd say Blow-Up is better) it does capture a moment in time although other films do this better. And I did like the Yardbirds taking a page out of the book of the Cantina Band in Family Guy by playing that same song again.

I don't really get why it's so highly regarded, I wonder if it helps if you're from a different country and find certain aspects of British culture or British colloquialisms more exotic than they really are. And as David Hemmings threw the imaginary ball back to the mimes playing imaginary tennis (and that makes it sound a lot better than it was) I couldn't help think that this was just proto-hipster, wannabe Fellini.
Serafina_Pekkala
It looks trendy but is mostly rather rubbish. Loads of send ups come from this - my fav being Michael York in the movie, 'Smashing Time'. That is rather fun BTW. The most interesting thing about Blow Up (I thought) was all the shots of old London. It is very dated.
gulfcoast_highwayman
The best film set in swinging London:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L4yFJO6MvlI

logger
That is very close to David Hemmings in Blow-Up.
Serafina_Pekkala
QUOTE (gulfcoast_highwayman @ Mar 28 2012, 08:40 PM) *
The best film set in swinging London:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L4yFJO6MvlI


amazing.
sweetbutinsane
Sherlock Holmes (2009)

Trying to fill the A Game of Shadows-shaped hole in my heart. I can't believe how long I have to wait for that DVD.
Silky
QUOTE (sweetbutinsane @ Mar 29 2012, 08:01 PM) *
Sherlock Holmes (2009)

Trying to fill the A Game of Shadows-shaped hole in my heart. I can't believe how long I have to wait for that DVD.

I know right? Rubbish. sad.gif
grumpygit
Poltergeist

They're here!
sweetbutinsane
QUOTE (Silky @ Mar 29 2012, 08:26 PM) *
I know right? Rubbish. sad.gif


I can't believe it's still a month and a half away.
Silky
True Grit.

Not Shit.
Raven
QUOTE (sweetbutinsane @ Mar 30 2012, 10:04 PM) *
I can't believe it's still a month and a half away.


Kids today, I remember when we had to wait over a year to buy a video release of a film.

(and slates were still used in schools etc).
sweetbutinsane
QUOTE (Raven @ Mar 30 2012, 10:23 PM) *
Kids today, I remember when we had to wait over a year to buy a video release of a film.


And that's almost as long as you had to spend rewinding the bloody things before you could watch them again. laugh.gif

Seriously, 3-4 months seems to be the norm to wait for a DVD, so 5 months just feels like forever to me.
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