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Ade
QUOTE (maian @ Dec 9 2008, 12:45 AM) *
Black Book is terrific, though. It really offers an interesting perspective on World War II, particularly the grey areas that arise when resistance and occupation are thrown into the mix. If you've only seen one, check out the other, and if you've not seen either, check them out because they are really exciting and entertaining films.

In Bruges (2008)

Brilliant.

I finally caught up with In Bruges just the other night - miles better than I'd even hoped, and I already knew it was going to be good. Hilarious and deep in almost equal measure, with extra emphasis on the hilarity. I loved it. It's definitely in my Top Ten for this year.

Black Book is excellent. I didn't used to think I was all that fussed about WWII films. After I'd seen Black Book I realised I actually rather am, and it is a truly exceptional example of the genre. I just might give it another spin soon.
Sostie
QUOTE (Ade @ Dec 9 2008, 07:37 PM) *
I finally caught up with In Bruges just the other night - miles better than I'd even hoped, and I already knew it was going to be good. Hilarious and deep in almost equal measure, with extra emphasis on the hilarity. I loved it. It's definitely in my Top Ten for this year.


This may sound an odd question, but for all those that saw In Bruges, when Jordan Prentice is at the bar and takes his drinks, the glass clinks on the bar. In all the times I saw the trailer, and watching the film itself, I continued to find this very funny. I can't put my finger on why. Is it just me?
thirtyhelens
I think I'm the only person I know for whom In Bruges didn't exceed expectations. That said...

QUOTE (maian @ Dec 8 2008, 04:45 PM) *
Colin Farrell proves that he can live up to his potential when the material pushes him.


Totally. Cause for re-evaluation, that one.
Ade
QUOTE (Sostie @ Dec 9 2008, 07:45 PM) *
This may sound an odd question, but for all those that saw In Bruges, when Jordan Prentice is at the bar and takes his drinks, the glass clinks on the bar. In all the times I saw the trailer, and watching the film itself, I continued to find this very funny. I can't put my finger on why. Is it just me?

I had to watch that scene this morning after you pointed that out, as much because I didn't remember that particular detail. But it did make me laugh, probably since you'd highlighted it. I rewound it again just to see if it then remained funny, which it did.
Sostie
QUOTE (Ade @ Dec 10 2008, 11:30 AM) *
I had to watch that scene this morning after you pointed that out, as much because I didn't remember that particular detail. But it did make me laugh, probably since you'd highlighted it. I rewound it again just to see if it then remained funny, which it did.



It's just an odd thing. I keep thinking "why do I keep laughing at that?"

The again, I used to think I was the only person who thought "there are lumps of it round the back" was the funniest thing in Life Of Brian.
maian
QUOTE (thirtyhelens @ Dec 10 2008, 07:19 AM) *
I think I'm the only person I know for whom In Bruges didn't exceed expectations. That said...



Totally. Cause for re-evaluation, that one.


Definitely. Prior to watching it, I had to sell the film to my friend, Chris, by saying "It stars, now, wait until you've heard all I'm about to say before you moan, Colin Farrell...'' and by the end he was really in Farrell's court, at least regarding this film.
melzilla
The Day The Earth Stood Still (2008) or 'Keanu Reeves and his tremendous shiny balls.'

Very disappointing. The entire film hinges on some pretty accomplished special effects but has very little substance. An incredibly tenous plot especially the whole idea that the Earth is spared simply because Keanu decides that some people are kind of nice really...lame. with ideas and themes which really could have gone somewhere but just didn't. As a weird emotionless alien-type-being, it's about the only time Keanu's wooden acting has really helped him out in a role. He doesn't once say 'dude', either.
Omniscia
QUOTE (melzilla @ Dec 10 2008, 11:28 PM) *
He doesn't once say 'dude', either.


But does he say "whoa"?
sleeping_pirate
On the plane over I had 32 hours to watch these:

Wall-E - Really enjoyed it, much of a sadder plot than I expected!
Ghost Town - Pretty rubbish to be honest. Tut tut, Gervais.

And these ones which I had seen before:

Juno
The Dark Knight
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Lost In Translation
Hot Fuzz

Oh, and watched Iron Man earlier which I enjoyed!
Starscream`s Ghost
QUOTE (melzilla @ Dec 11 2008, 04:28 AM) *
The Day The Earth Stood Still (2008) or 'Keanu Reeves and his tremendous shiny balls.'

Very disappointing.


Wow, I'm so surprised. [/sarcasm]
Ade
The Pink Panther 2 Trailer.

Well that's two minutes of my life I won't ever get back. Somebody has clearly broken Steve Martin.
Hobbes
QUOTE (melzilla @ Dec 11 2008, 04:28 AM) *
The Day The Earth Stood Still (2008) or 'Keanu Reeves and his tremendous shiny balls.'

Very disappointing.


I'm not that surprised either. After the comic book reinventions of Men Super and Bat, the phrase 're-imagining' seems to only attach itself to shit movies.
logger
Mean Girls

I've seen this film twice now and both times it has moved me more than I think it should and I'm not really sure why. It could just be because hot teenage girls only exist in my life now through Hollywood films.
thirtyhelens
Milk

Phenomenal. It's so wonderful to see Gus Van Sant back on top form, and his artful style does a lot to balance what could have been a cloying approach to a very tragic story; he mixes in a lot of archival footage in a way that balances things greatly and gives it a very real, sincere tone that does justice to who Harvey Milk was and all that he accomplished. Dustin Lance Black's script is so, so good at unflinchingly depicting gay culture for what it is and yet keeping the focus on the period and the urgency at that time for acceptance into society at large, which of course still rings as true as ever today. Penn is just perfect, never overplays the role and yet commits to it 110%, but it's a huge and very strong cast - loved Franco and Brolin, but my favorite might be the great Dennis O'Hare (himself an outspoken gay activist in real life) digging his teeth with relish into anti-gay holy roller John Briggs. For a film that's been a long time coming, it's lovely to see them nail it so perfectly.
logger
Stardust

Good kids' film but I think I would have been a bit bored at times if I'd seen this at the cinema.
Sostie
CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND
It seems to improve with each viewing. Up there with Jaws and Raiders as Spielberg's best
Raven
QUOTE (Sostie @ Dec 14 2008, 12:54 AM) *
CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND
It seems to improve with each viewing. Up there with Jaws and Raiders as Spielberg's best


Damn straight!

I only watched this on DVD a couple of months back, but I couldn't resist watching it again on C4 this afternoon.

He says the sun came out last night. He says it sang to him . . .

Brilliant stuff!

If only Spielberg was still making films like this.
GundamGuy_UK
Neco z Alenky (Alice) - I know I prattle on about this a lot, but it really is easily in my top 5 favourite films ever, and has been since before I even knew how to spell "film". It's just stunning to watch, absolutely beautiful and it really captures me every time. This is the 2nd time this week I've watched it in fact (showing 2 different groups of people). Love it.

Die Hard with a Vengeance - It was going to be a Lethal Weapon, then it was Simon Says, yadda yadda. I don't get why people don't like this film (and Die Hard 2). They're entertaining, what more do you need? Not every film can be the original Die Hard, but that doesn't make the other films bad.

Die Hard 4.0 - To be honest, in the cold light of day I think 3 is better than 4. There's just no dynamic between the baddie and McClane. And that's a major part of all the Die Hard movies. I mean, they barely even speak to each-other.

I'm watching Office Space right now. Far superior to the Office sitcom. I hate how when I say I don't like that, people say "Oh, it's better if you've worked in an office!" That's just bullshit. I don't need to have lived on a space ship to like Red Dwarf. And I love Office Space, despite having never worked in an office. Because it's a good film.
maian
QUOTE (GundamGuy_UK @ Dec 14 2008, 12:26 PM) *
I'm watching Office Space right now. Far superior to the Office sitcom. I hate how when I say I don't like that, people say "Oh, it's better if you've worked in an office!" That's just fucking bullshit. I don't need to have lived on a space ship to like Red Dwarf. And I love Office Space, despite having never worked in an office. Because it's a good film.


That's a bit facetious, though. Red Dwarf isn't about the experience of life on a spaceship; it's a sitcom that just happens to be set on a spaceship and, as such, the jokes are quite broad. The Office's reference points are more specific and are about the mundanity and absurdity of office culture, so I think that there is at least some validity to that claim.

Then again, I've never worked in an office and think it's brilliant.
GundamGuy_UK
QUOTE (maian @ Dec 14 2008, 12:33 PM) *
That's a bit facetious, though.


I know, it's not really a fair comparison as such. But the idea that a show can only tailor to people who've been in that exact situation themselves is ridiculous, and I'm sure it wasn't Gervais' idea to make a show only 1 profession is going to understand. It's just a bizarre excuse people come up with to try and defend themselves for liking it, and it annoys me for some reason. I'm not a psychiatrist, but I can still enjoy Frasier. So the fact that I've never worked in an office shouldn't be my reason for not liking The Office. I still get all of it, I just don't find it funny. And I also don't like Ricky Gervais because he's so far up his own arse I'm amazed he can still do his little office party dance.
logger
Hellboy 2

Better than the first but feels similarly anticlimactic and I'm not sure why. Maybe it's because there is so much going on that it lacks a sense of urgency or maybe it's because the characters are hard to empathize with, whatever it is I can't put my finger on it. Saying that, it is entertaining enough and being a Del Toro film looks fantastic, and with his portrayal of elves and their world I'd say The Hobbit is in quite good hands.
Omniscia
I didn't really like Office Space much. Partially because Jennifer Aniston annoys me, and they never spelled tchotchke properly...
Atara
Office Space is good, but everyone rates it a tad to highly for what it is I think.
GundamGuy_UK
QUOTE (Atara @ Dec 14 2008, 06:39 PM) *
Office Space is good, but everyone rates it a tad to highly for what it is I think.


It is a bit overrated. Still great, though.
logger
Attack of the Clones From Outer Space

He's a creepy stalker with mother issues, she's a stuck up prick tease who dresses like a specialist whore, no wonder their kids were taken into care.

Even though the prequels have lost the simplistic dynamism of the originals and the spaceships are now rubbish they still provide a lot of what you want in a Sunday afternoon, melodramatic space opera.
NiteFall
Anchorman.

Still stupid. Still puerile. Still funny.
GundamGuy_UK
QUOTE (logger @ Dec 14 2008, 07:04 PM) *
the spaceships are now rubbish


I dunno, there are some cool designs in the new films. I really like the Trade Federation's ships - the big ring-shaped motherships, with all their H-shaped landing craft inside. That little scene of them invading Naboo in TPM is awesome.

As for Clones designs, there's Slave I who is always glorious, and then those Republic Gunships.
Sostie
QUOTE (Omniscia @ Dec 14 2008, 04:29 PM) *
I didn't really like Office Space much.


It's not bad, but it has to be one of the most overrated films I've seen. As office based films go 9 to 5 pisses all over it.
Omniscia
QUOTE (GundamGuy_UK @ Dec 14 2008, 03:15 PM) *
As for Clones designs, there's Slave I...


That doesn't count! It predates the rest. tongue.gif
Zoe
'Zach and Miri make a Porno' (2008)

Porn! Romance! Porn! Romance! Porn! Romance! Shit in face! Porn! Romance!

Kevin Smith has gone wrong and it makes me sad. Some good jokes though, and Jason Mewes looks terrifyingly healthy.

'The Happening' (2008)

Something... is happening. What... just happened? How could this happen? Happening. Happen. Happened. Happening.

They say "happening" a lot, and it's probably the funniest film I've seen since the 'Wicker Man' remake. Marky Mark does the best impression of a terrible actor I've ever seen and Zooey (that's not how you spell it) Deschanel is just awful.

The two weirdest films I've seen in years.

Whatever happened to a consistent tone?
Sostie
EAGLE EYE
Pretty preposterous, but passable enough entertanment. Lot's of nice car crashes. Lebeouf at his most bearable.

THE STRANGERS
Efficient little thriller. Not amazing but has a few tense moments. Seen it all before though
logger
The Last Seduction

So long since I've seen this. Bridget is one of my all time favourite characters.

Why is it always described as an erotic thriller, there's hardly any erotic in it.
melzilla
QUOTE (Sostie @ Dec 14 2008, 09:28 PM) *
As office based films go 9 to 5 pisses all over it.


Working Girl.

Arf.


Inkheart

Not too bad. Quite entertaining and a few nice ideas but generally pretty predictable and I think it sometimes got a bit preachy about the power of literature and how brilliant and precious books are and how we should all go and read something right now, m'kay! Other than that my only quibble would be the fact that the baddies were a bit 'pantomime' and the big bad dude at the end, although quite cool-looking, was a bit disappointing. A few nice little performances, though.
maian
QUOTE (Zoe @ Dec 15 2008, 12:25 AM) *
'The Happening' (2008)

Something... is happening. What... just happened? How could this happen? Happening. Happen. Happened. Happening.

They say "happening" a lot, and it's probably the funniest film I've seen since the 'Wicker Man' remake. Marky Mark does the best impression of a terrible actor I've ever seen and Zooey (that's not how you spell it) Deschanel is just awful.

The two weirdest films I've seen in years.

Whatever happened to a consistent tone?


The scene with Marky Mark and the plant may be my favourite of the year. Couldn't stop laughing.
Zoe
QUOTE (logger @ Dec 15 2008, 12:36 AM) *
The Last Seduction

So long since I've seen this. Bridget is one of my all time favourite characters.

Why is it always described as an erotic thriller, there's hardly any erotic in it.


I think it's quite erotic. Purely because of the 'female as sexual predator' aspect, and the fucking against the wall.

'Working Girl' is no joking matter, I adored that film as a child.

Let the River Run!

QUOTE (maian @ Dec 15 2008, 12:43 AM) *
The scene with Marky Mark and the plant may be my favourite of the year. Couldn't stop laughing.


It must be deliberate on his part, he's a wonderful actor. The film is hilariously bizarre, I sort of loved it - and had to watch 'The Wicker Man' immediately afterwards.
maian
I remember having a long discussion with my sister about it after we saw it at the cinema. As an acting student, she found it really quite strange that he had clearly chosen that sort of tone or been directed to adopt it by Shyamalan, especially when he's talking to Zooey about...something and he's spinning an elaborate story that a) goes nowhere and b) ends in a punchline which he refuses to even acknowledge as a punchline. It is very odd.

I have to say that I liked it a lot more than I perhaps should. I think I'm probably on a similar wavelength to Mark Kermode on it in that I liked the fact that it was trying something odd but felt that a lot of what it was trying to achieve was undermined by the execution.

I do think that the direction throughout is actually quite solid. The scene where they come across all the people hanging from trees was particularly eerie, it's just that the material is so all over the place.
melzilla
QUOTE (Zoe @ Dec 15 2008, 12:43 AM) *
'Working Girl' is no joking matter, I adored that film as a child.

Let the River Run!


The 'arf' was purely because of the cheese factor. I also loved that film, it's perm-tastic.
maian
All this talk of Working Girl makes me glad I missed the 80's. It all sounds positively ghastly. Not like the 90's, where we had class like Power Rangers: The Movie.
melzilla
QUOTE (maian @ Dec 15 2008, 12:53 AM) *
All this talk of Working Girl makes me glad I missed the 80's. It all sounds positively ghastly. Not like the 90's, where we had class like Power Rangers: The Secret of the Ooze.


What was the secret?
logger
QUOTE (maian @ Dec 15 2008, 12:51 AM) *
I have to say that I liked it a lot more than I perhaps should. I think I'm probably on a similar wavelength to Mark Kermode on it in that I liked the fact that it was trying something odd but felt that a lot of what it was trying to achieve was undermined by the execution.

You can see what he's trying to do but his choices are just bizarre.
maian
QUOTE (melzilla @ Dec 15 2008, 12:55 AM) *
What was the secret?


I accidentally molded the titles of Power Rangers: The Movie and the second Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film. They did both feature ooze, though.
Starscream`s Ghost
And that was just the scripts.
melzilla
QUOTE (maian @ Dec 15 2008, 12:56 AM) *
I accidentally molded the titles of Power Rangers: The Movie and the second Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film. They did both feature ooze, though.


Ooze and aahze!
Ade
QUOTE (Zoe @ Dec 15 2008, 12:25 AM) *
'The Happening' (2008)

They say "happening" a lot, and it's probably the funniest film I've seen since the 'Wicker Man' remake.

I happened to see the 'Wicker Man' remake recently - it is quite hilarious.


QUOTE (logger @ Dec 15 2008, 12:36 AM) *
The Last Seduction

So long since I've seen this. Bridget is one of my all time favourite characters.

That is a superb film, and one that I haven't seen in quite a while either, actually. Plus, Linda Fiorentino is quite the fox. Most definitely warrants another viewing soon.


I must also add a thumbs-up for Working Girl.
Zoe
QUOTE (maian @ Dec 15 2008, 12:51 AM) *
I do think that the direction throughout is actually quite solid. The scene where they come across all the people hanging from trees was particularly eerie, it's just that the material is so all over the place.


Like 'The Invasion' or 'Survivors' the other week, or the countless other times I've seen that image, it always reminds me of 'The Hanging Stranger' by Phillip K Dick, and makes me wonder why they haven't just made a film based on that.

I'm not sure any of the ideas in 'The Happening' deserve any credit, and I still think the direction is utterly bizarre. That said, I enjoyed it, sort of, maybe just because it was such a strange and slightly dreadful film with woefully (and apparently willfully) bad performances.

Zooey was outstandingly bad/hilarious.
Ade
I really must see that soon, if only to laugh in appalled disapointment at it.
Starscream`s Ghost
One day, he'll make a movie where the twist is that it's actually good.
melzilla
QUOTE (Zoe @ Dec 15 2008, 01:08 AM) *
Zooey was outstandingly bad/hilarious.


It was almost as if she'd just stumbled onto the set without any prior knowledge of the plot or script.
maian
I sat there most of the time thinking ''Surely she's going to do something good soon, right? This can't be all she can do.''
Sostie
QUOTE (Zoe @ Dec 15 2008, 01:08 AM) *
Zooey was outstandingly bad/hilarious.


I thought she was playing a mentalist but didn't quite pull it off.
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