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Old 03-05-2013, 06:34 PM   #13021 (permalink)
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I was always put off by the awful title and was never quite sure what to expect as I never read any background info but I was really surprised how deep the movie was and the true story behind it is truly inspirational and humbling.

Sure, the film does tick all the requisite cliché boxes at times in terms of emotional manipulation but for one guy to turn his life around and dedicate it to a cause that is inspirational made great viewing. Intentional lack of spoilers here!

Oh man, I hadn't seen this film in over 20 years and what a curio it is. The world has gone to **** and the only way that temporary truces are sorted is by 60 foot high robots battling each other. This is Transformers meets Real Steel but obviously it cost around 10p and is hilarious at times (as well as being made 20 years earlier). You can spot the wires supporting the robots at times and the dialogue is terrible at times but this could really make for a quality remake considering CGI these days as the story itself has some great ideas. Nice trashy nostalgia.

Oh what a wasted opportunity this was. Directed by Donal McIntyre who is an undercover journalist that infiltrated the Chelsea firm and achieved criminal convictions meant that this should have been a very serious moral look at the culture of hooliganism but apart from a few scenes that expanded upon the genesis of the culture itself (West Ham V Millwall arriving from rival ship dockers in London dating back 100 years), it turned out to be a very Anglo centric confused look due to the voice over of Sean Bean that didn't know whether to despise or celebrate hooligans. Shame.
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Old 03-06-2013, 02:21 PM   #13022 (permalink)
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A Separation

2011 winner of Best foreign Language Film from Iran that deals with a married couples choice to separate because the husband won't flee the country without his aged father who has Alzheimer's and the repercussions of that decision. This is a very important film. It really should have been nominated along with the other best picture nominees last year due to its message and just flat out heartbreaking performances. It's as real as you can ever get when dealing with the impending death of one person and the accidental death of another. The film deals with so many issues...honesty, depression, death, and what is considered being alive or being dead. I seriously urge people to see this film. It's extremely heavy and at times tough to get through but you'll be rewarded with an experience that'll truly make you think.

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Ran

Akira Kurosawa's ode to Shakespeare's King Leer was an epic beyond proportion. The costumes and directing is some of the best I've ever seen. I read that Kurosawa story boarded the whole film ten years prior to shooting and that each scene and shot has a gorgeous painting to go along with it. When you have a whole film full of paintings you know you have something beautiful. The story was familiar to me after reading King Leer but the movie was great to watch simply because a directing legend was behind the camera. Great film.

4.5/5



High Noon

I was disappointed by this. As I get into more westerns I've kept finding this at the top of all time lists. Nothing really happened until the end. I'm a fan of slow burns but there really wasn't much story involved in the build up. Disappointing.

2.5/5
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Old 03-06-2013, 03:33 PM   #13023 (permalink)
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Watched this after watching an AVGN video on his favorite movies about making movies.

I love this film, it really was a great story. Good documentary about someone who refuses to let go of a pipe dream.

Hard to put into words exactly what makes it great, but I think I will need a few more views of this one.
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Old 03-06-2013, 04:54 PM   #13024 (permalink)
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Oh man, I hadn't seen this film in over 20 years and what a curio it is. The world has gone to **** and the only way that temporary truces are sorted is by 60 foot high robots battling each other. This is Transformers meets Real Steel but obviously it cost around 10p and is hilarious at times (as well as being made 20 years earlier). You can spot the wires supporting the robots at times and the dialogue is terrible at times but this could really make for a quality remake considering CGI these days as the story itself has some great ideas. Nice trashy nostalgia.
I have this film haha. I grew up with it...I loved it when I was little. I'm pretty sure the only way to enjoy it is with the nostalgia going strong.

Go watch the scene where the robot crushes a ton of people and you are witnessing the aftermath. Then go listen to the NIN song "The Becoming". Apparently Trent Reznor is a fan, too.
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Old 03-06-2013, 06:25 PM   #13025 (permalink)
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Seven Psychopaths

This film was kind of disappointing but certainly not a bad film. The script was a bit of a mess and it seriously lacked Tom Waits but Walken and Rockwell were FANTASTIC in it and it was at least enjoyable. Don't expect the brilliance that was In Bruges.

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^ I thought it was bad. And wtf was Tom Waits in that movie? Worst character ever.
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Old 03-06-2013, 08:06 PM   #13027 (permalink)
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^ I thought it was bad. And wtf was Tom Waits in that movie? Worst character ever.
What!? your opinion is wrong and you should feel bad.

It was a bit disjointed but it was wrapped up so well by the end of the movie.
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Old 03-07-2013, 05:58 PM   #13028 (permalink)
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Hitchcock

I enjoyed this. Hopkins and Mirren were fantastic as always. I might be biased due to myself being a big Hitch fan but I thought it was well done and certainly worth a watch. Hopkins outside the theater on opening night of Psycho made me giggle. It was awesome.

3.5/5



Damsels in Distress

As somebody put it in a short review, "it's like a feature length Gilmore Girls episode that's gone horribly wrong". That could be taken two ways but I actually ended up liking this movie. It was quirky and funny and I honestly think Greta Gerwig is going to be the next Tina Fey or Amy Poeler (sp?). There were SO many stupid characters in here but that was the point and once you accepted the silliness of the movie the comedy presented itself to you. I watched it free on demand so if you have those kind of services then check it out.

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The Loved Ones

Holy sh*t!

What a crazy ****ing movie. One of the more unique horror films you're going to see now a days. It also continued my theory that Australia is pumping out some of the best horror/psychological thrillers of the past decade. They seriously know how to do it. I'm going to be watching everything they have to offer now because this is like the 4th or 5th horror film from them in the last two years that has been utterly fantastic. Check this one out.

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Old 03-10-2013, 11:04 AM   #13029 (permalink)
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OZ The Great And Powerful

first and foremost....this movie was fun....not good so much...just fun....all of the key actors/actresses play their roles so over the top it gets to a point of annoying...which sucks since they are all great...just a bit over the top....but in all honesty it really did not take away from the fun feeling throughout the film....tons of little throw outs to the original classic and a couple of question surrounding the witches answered....actually one of my biggest problems was that the witches really got very little screen time in my opinion.....if you go to see this i highly suggest 3d....if anything for the opening credits and the black and white parts....amazing....overall this was fun....a must for fans of the original and worth the 9 bucks i spent to see it

and the Iron Man 3 trailer floored me ...i think its gonna be a good summer
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Old 03-10-2013, 01:12 PM   #13030 (permalink)
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Last night I saw a film called Skyline (US 2010). I wouldn't say it was the worst film I've ever seen (that would be Passenger 57), but it came close. I think the lead actor was Eric Balfour, who either cannot act or was severely miscast. Various reviews I read, described the finale as bizarre, but it wasn't really. The story, such as it is, involves a bunch of tiresome people who wake up, in a swanky high-rise apartment, after a party, to find LA has been taken over by a variety of nasty aliens. Why this has to follow a party is lost on me. As usual with tihs type of film, there is lots of screaming, aliens lifted from War of the Worlds, people making irrational decisions leading to their deaths, a sensible woman amidst a bunch of stupid men, lots of computer graphics resembling video games and so on. As it happens, the final scenes imply that a sequel or series is on the way. I assume the studio had second thoughts.

It seems to me that computer graphics have made enormous technical advances in a relatively short space of time, but they are taking the place of sensible dialogue, imaginative plots and convincing characters. The exception is in computer animated films like Toy Story, The Incredibles, Up and the like.
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