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Old 08-04-2013, 06:06 PM   #13441 (permalink)
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The writer/director Andrew Niccol (Gattaca, Lord of War) always has interesting ideas and makes really great looking films and this is no exception. Justin Timberlake is surprisingly good and Amanda Seyfried is gorgeously kooky but the DVD print is horrendous. Very grainy which annoyed the crap out of me and there are a couple of gaps in logic in the film but it was enjoyable enough.

A decent little British doc about a guy (Tom Spicer) with fragile x syndrome (a sever form of autism I think) who is obsessed with Lars Ulrich from Metallica so his older sister and younger brother set about a meeting between them. Imagine my surprise when the sister turns out to be Kate Spicer a sometime journalist/judge on Masterchef!

It was definitely worth a watch especially as Tom changes his mind at every other opportunity to actually meet Lars (due to his condition) but it didn't have the emotional punch I wanted as Kate already has contacts in the industry and money behind her so the meet was a lot easier than it could have been and that robbed it of some genuine emotional magic.

Written and directed by the infamous Uwe Boll who has the unfortunate moniker of being our generations Ed Wood in terms of making abysmal movies but having never seen one of his films I was pleasantly surprised by this.

A jet black (and violent) film about a 20 something guy who has had enough of his bland life and so builds an armoured suit and goes around his local town shooting the crap out of all and sundry.

It has a couple of nice twists, the acting is decent and it takes many digs out of mass consumerism. If this came out in the early 80's and without Boll's name attached it could well be a cult classic.
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Old 08-05-2013, 12:01 PM   #13442 (permalink)
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Silent Hill: Revelation


I really liked the first Silent Hill movie...could've been a lot better, sure, but it's a video game adaptation done the way it should be, ie using the source material as a launchpad to explore new ideas as a story. In fact, along with Mortal Kombat and Prince Of Persia, it's one of my favourite adaptations (although admittedly it's not really up against particularly stiff competition). So, yeah, I was actually quite looking forward to this one.

This film was just an abomination though. Definitely the worst film I've seen in a long time, if not one of the worst I've ever seen in my life. Very, very rarely do I think a film is irredeemably awful in every single way, but this certainly qualifies. The acting is bad, the characters thoroughly unlikeable if not totally bland, the effects are laughable, the story from start to finish just smacks of the kind of cheap, hollow gimmicks designed to suck money from fans' wallets, all stitched together to form a boring and totally illogical plot.

If you've thought about seeing this, do yourself a favour - don't!
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Old 08-05-2013, 02:49 PM   #13443 (permalink)
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Pacific Rim (2012).

I honestly didn't enjoy this film. It felt cliched and the plot was paper thin.

I know it's supposed to be silly fun, but watching a slightly less serious Real Steel isn't my idea of a good time.
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Old 08-05-2013, 02:54 PM   #13444 (permalink)
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It's probably one of my favourite musicals ever.

Omg, you literally are like awesome! It's totally my favourite too and I know all the songs as I bought both soundtracks. The end of the movie song is incredible:

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Old 08-05-2013, 04:07 PM   #13445 (permalink)
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Pacific Rim (2012).

I honestly didn't enjoy this film. It felt cliched and the plot was paper thin.

I know it's supposed to be silly fun, but watching a slightly less serious Real Steel isn't my idea of a good time.
What is that? geez, what do you even consider a good time if NOT that? Did you even have a childhood? lol


You don't need a heavy plot when you have robots battling huge monsters!
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What is that? geez, what do you even consider a good time if NOT that? Did you even have a childhood? lol


You don't need a heavy plot when you have robots battling huge monsters!
Real Steel is a film starring Hugh Jackman about robots that fight each other.

I consider films like The French Connection, Goodfellas and The Master a good time, because they're exciting but also incredibly well made and/or though provoking.

Pacific Rim is satisfactory because of the great effects, but is mere satisfaction really enough?

Also, I think I would have enjoyed the film a lot more if the script was done better; I cringed for about 10 minutes after hearing, “Haven’t you heard the world is coming to an end? So where would you rather die? Here or in a Jaeger?” lol
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I consider films like The French Connection, Goodfellas and The Master a good time, because they're exciting but also incredibly well made and/or though provoking.
Ahh you are one of those.

I don't see what's wrong with being able to enjoy both types of films. I do. I'm able to get into the more artistic well made films but also turn my brain off and enjoy a blockbuster trash fest for what it is and not look for deeper meaning in a movie about big ass robots fighting monsters.


Also, I do know what Real Steel is and I have yet to finish watching it til this day. I saw the first 20 mins but I just wasn't interested anymore. I may finish it one day.
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Ahh you are one of those.

I don't see what's wrong with being able to enjoy both types of films. I do. I'm able to get into the more artistic well made films but also turn my brain off and enjoy a blockbuster trash fest for what it is and not look for deeper meaning in a movie about big ass robots fighting monsters.


Also, I do know what Real Steel is and I have yet to finish watching it til this day. I saw the first 20 mins but I just wasn't interested anymore. I may finish it one day.
I don't see anything wrong with being able to enjoy both kinds of film, I just don't happen to be one of those people that can. For me, if the film doesn't have something deeper, it tends to feel the same as the previous fun blockbuster.

That's not to say I don't enjoy very fun films; my favourite film is one of the goofiest I've ever seen (a film called Playtime). But the film also has a lot to say about modernism and how it can be destructive to cultures.

Real Steel is nothing special, though.
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The writer/director Andrew Niccol (Gattaca, Lord of War) always has interesting ideas and makes really great looking films and this is no exception. Justin Timberlake is surprisingly good and Amanda Seyfried is gorgeously kooky but the DVD print is horrendous. Very grainy which annoyed the crap out of me and there are a couple of gaps in logic in the film but it was enjoyable enough.
I loved this film, or rather, how interesting the storyline was. Although the actors didn't let down either. I have yet to see a Justin Timberlake film where he disappoints. He's always surprisingly good (I especially liked him in Southland Tales). I bought this one on BluRay and I've seen it about 10 times. I have a soft spot for off-kilter sci-fi / drama films though. You'd like it even better if you were able to watch a good copy of it.
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Old 08-07-2013, 08:41 PM   #13450 (permalink)
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I consider films like The French Connection, Goodfellas and The Master a good timel
Okay, what? The Master is one of my favorite films released in the last couple of years. I won it. I've seen it like ten times. I love Paul Thomas Anderson. I think he's the next Kubrick.

However...

A GOOD TIME? I mean, it had it's moments but it was a very challenging film. I bet you thought the bathroom mirror scene was the best time of them all didn't you? I just don't understand.
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