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Old 01-16-2013, 10:12 AM   #12781 (permalink)
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Lockout (2012)
A forgettable Escape from New York knock-off featuring bargain bin special effects, absurd writing and a really awful attempt at an American accent from Lennie James. All of that said, I was fairly entertained while watching it though and Guy Pearce was as good as he could possibly be given the circumstances so it wasn't a total loss.
Same here. The relationship between the girl and the guy could have been lifted from an episode of Buffy, but considering the C-rate quality of the movie, it wasn't really possible to detract from it, so it was actually entertaining.
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Old 01-16-2013, 10:17 AM   #12782 (permalink)
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I remember reading somewhere that they had to hastily re-edit that film in order to secure the magical PG-13 rating and that is what largely attributed to the so-so reception as it didn't have the room to be what it was probably envisioned as.

I haven't seen the movie so it may just be a bad movie.
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Old 01-16-2013, 10:22 AM   #12783 (permalink)
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I remember reading somewhere that they had to hastily re-edit that film in order to secure the magical PG-13 rating and that is what largely attributed to the so-so reception as it didn't have the room to be what it was probably envisioned as.

I haven't seen the movie so it may just be a bad movie.
Some blood and guts would have helped, but it was far too goofy to have been made into a successful gritty action movie. It was basically a SyFy Channel movie that somehow got made into a feature film.
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Old 01-16-2013, 04:54 PM   #12784 (permalink)
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Zero Dark Thirty

We got a snow storm so I didn't have work today. I decided to have some "me time" as I'm usually with other people when I go see movies and decided to see this one by myself. I forgot how much I like seeing films alone. It's a nice change of pace every once in a while. My girlfriend likes good movies though so I can't complain. Anyway I thought this film was fantastic. I'm a big fan of The Hurt Locker and while I found certain aspects of it better than ZDT I was just floored by the second half of this movie. The last 30 minutes were one of the more intense theater experiences I've had. Bravo. Chastain definitely deserved her nomination but seeing how I haven't seen any of the other nominees I can't say she should win. Overall if you liked The Hurt Locker go see this one because its candy for people who like tense directing with exceptional acting.

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Old 01-16-2013, 04:59 PM   #12785 (permalink)
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Heavenly Creatures



.. The only Peter Jackson movie I'd not yet seen. He made this after Braindead aka Dead Alive and it's based on a true story which I think I should not spoil for anyone else. It's a drama fantasy that was engaging, surreal, funny and sometimes also a little creepy. Great film!
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Old 01-16-2013, 05:03 PM   #12786 (permalink)
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.. The only Peter Jackson movie I'd not yet seen. He made this after Braindead aka Dead Alive and it's based on a true story which I think I should not spoil for anyone else. It's a drama fantasy that was engaging, surreal, funny and sometimes also a little creepy. Great film!
Sometimes a little creepy? I found that movie fairly disturbing. Fantastic though. One of his best movies imo.
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Zero Dark Thirty

We got a snow storm so I didn't have work today. I decided to have some "me time" as I'm usually with other people when I go see movies and decided to see this one by myself. I forgot how much I like seeing films alone. It's a nice change of pace every once in a while. My girlfriend likes good movies though so I can't complain. Anyway I thought this film was fantastic. I'm a big fan of The Hurt Locker and while I found certain aspects of it better than ZDT I was just floored by the second half of this movie. The last 30 minutes were one of the more intense theater experiences I've had. Bravo. Chastain definitely deserved her nomination but seeing how I haven't seen any of the other nominees I can't say she should win. Overall if you liked The Hurt Locker go see this one because its candy for people who like tense directing with exceptional acting.

9/10
I thought this was an excellent movie, as well. There were no down/slow moments for me through-out-- which is hard for a movie to do.

I've made it a point to watch most of the academy nominees and this is one of my favorites. And of course Argo. I would score it 8-9/10 as well. You?
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Sometimes a little creepy? I found that movie fairly disturbing. Fantastic though. One of his best movies imo.
I've been sitting on this for a while, mainly because I want to see a young Kate Winslet.
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Old 01-16-2013, 06:30 PM   #12789 (permalink)
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Memories of Murder

Keeping on the mood of Korean cinema, I finally got this film in the mail from Netflix (yes I still use the dvd service). I can't explain enough (and I've done it plenty) on how good Korean cinema can be. There just isn't any of that Hollywood bull**** that goes into making films. They don't hold anything back no matter what the subject matter is. You're always in for brutal violence, gut wrenching endings, and just flat out comedic lunacy. The one thing I love though is their sense of style. This film oozes style. It's shot in such a wonderful moody darkness that I can't help but transfix my eyes on. This is a gorgeous film. The beginning started off a bit odd as we're introduced to two pretty horrible police officers but as the film goes on you can tell there is purpose and passion behind their work. The film picks up pace constantly as it starts to reach its climax and it's an intense one. If you're into happy endings, don't watch this movie, or any Korean film for that matter. The journey to that ending though is going to be a great one though. Great film.

8.5/10
I must be one of the few people to have seen the film and not being impressed. Critics, fans and casual observers were all raving about this film but it just didn't grab me at all.


It was better than Taken (which isn't that difficult if you like B movies) and I did find myself trying to guess what the twist was well into an hour of the movie and it wasn't so implausible but when you get the twist you can go back into the film and pick the bones out of it. Bourne meets Taken is probably the best explanation but it was much better than I thought it would be.



The Sweeney was a much regarded TV show over here in the late 70's that was hard hitting and very un PC I guess and this update to modern times explores that clash quite well with a high end cop being out of touch with modern day policing. The first 30 mins is awful with cliched dialogue and scripting but it slowly grows into a half decent crime film but it really could have been a TV special and with a £2 mill budget it does suffer but the money was used well and it certainly looks like it cost far more.



I remember the lead Fred Dyer being involved in a TV series called The Hunter when I was a kid and liking it. He was a cut price Clint Eastwood and renting this and sorta liking it so I went back to this for nostalgic sake and it is pretty bad but somehow I still watched it through and oddly enjoyed even though it is actually ****. The 80's does scramble the mind.
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Very funny, and a clever spoof of horror films altogether. I wasn't expecting much out of it, but it definitely was worth watching, if not just for the fun factor. I enjoyed it.
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