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Old 02-02-2009, 01:08 AM   #2211 (permalink)
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Zulu (1964) Dir: Cy Enfeld, starring Stanley Baker and Michael Caine

Watched this again recently having been obsessed with the Colonial period as a kid. It was Michael Caine's breakthrough, it's dreadfully inaccurate like most war films and I can see it getting a big Hollywood remake at some point. What would be interesting is to see how differently modern filmmakers would choose to handle the subject matter; the original was just out of the post-war era and it shows - a romantic depiction of an heroic last stand that what was in fact a bit of a freak occurrence in the context of 19th century warfare.

It doesn't disregard the Zulu or the fact that we were invading their country but it doesn't really acknowledge it either; there's some good old stiff-upper-lip respect of the Zulu warrior prowess by the end but that's about it. Still a nostalgic experience for me to watch and the kind of film that doesn't get made anymore. 7/10
Would be interested to hear what the other Brits (or anyone else) on MB think of this. The 70's flick Zulu Dawn with Bob Hoskins depicts the massacre at Isandlwana. The British army suffered worse defeats but it's fascinating how disastrous poor troop placement and bad timing can be...

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Old 02-02-2009, 03:26 AM   #2212 (permalink)
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Gran Torino- 9/10

The main complaint I have is the white dude from that one scene and Thao's inability to show raw emotion (or that's how I viewed it). Otherwise, this was a wonderful movie. Eastwood slowly learns that he doesn't have to hate AZN's (though I have yet to understand why) and gets some friends that aren't honky whores. He helps our young Thao in life lessons, like how to be a man in many ways. Thao's sister obviously likes them old. Thao's grandma, like me, hate's honkies and chews tobbaco like no other. The gangbangers are annoying and try to scare and hurt Clint Eastwood, but as we all know, Clint Eastwood cannot feel pain. The final showdown contains one of the few instances where my heart jumps with anxiety for a cool guy (because they don't come cooler than Clint). OMG why aren't you watching this legally or illegally. Recommended.
I thought it was awful. I place too much importance on acting ability and originality and this one doesn't pass muster on either account.
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Old 02-02-2009, 08:36 AM   #2213 (permalink)
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What can I tell ya, certain films should insult everyone's intelligence. Maybe it's cos I'm so gay so I can't really relate on a testosterone level. :\

Australia - Baz Lurhmann


It was bad. 4/10
I've seen all of Lurhmanns other films. Romeo + Juliet is the only good movie he's done. Moulin Rouge was a big bloated mess and Stictly Ballroom was pretty stupid too.

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I thought it was awful. I place too much importance on acting ability and originality and this one doesn't pass muster on either account.
Says the Billy Elliot fan.
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i'm not a fan but there wasn't anything wrong with the acting in Billy Elliott was there? Clint Eastwood doesn't act anyway, he just 'does Clint'
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I've seen all of Lurhmanns other films. Romeo + Juliet is the only good movie he's done. Moulin Rouge was a big bloated mess and Stictly Ballroom was pretty stupid too.



Says the Billy Elliot fan.
I actually like Strictly ballroom. But it's a campy comedy...how can you not like it?

Everyone did an excellent job in Billy Eliot, including Jamie Bell who is by far the least capable actor of the lot. Comparing anyone from that film to the complete amateurs of Grand torino is ridiculous. Clint excluded. And if you can name some other film that deals with such a topic, let me know.
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This movie is utterly mesmerizing. The graphics are so spectacular I can't peel my eyes away from the screen. It's beautiful, IMHO. Even if you know nothing about the video games, this movie is still worth a watch.

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That's actually fairly comprehensible. I started laughing when I watched the start of Sweet sixteen, did not understand a single word...

I have trouble with Scots sometimes too when it comes to understanding them, especially the Glasweigans. Im alright 90% of the time but if the accent is really, really thick it'll go over my head. I understand that video, but not much of the first minute or two I have to admit. I think thats because there are so many voices though, over the top of one another.

Purely Belter (and Billy Elliot for that matter) is set in my part of the world, or not far away at the least. Im from Sunderland but I live roughly in the middle between Sunderland and Newcastle. Ive tried to show people from abroad Purely Belter before but they couldn't understand enough of it. My cousin said most of it went over her head but I think any thick English regional accent confuses her.
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I hope Marijan gives Purely Belter a chance as it's such a great little movie.
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Marijan will try to give it a shot, but since he couldn't find any subtitles, he will blame you if he doesn't understand any of it.

Incidentally, I watched Breakfast on Pluto and I couldn't understand a lot of it, not just because of the Irish accent, but because they seemed to mumble a lot. That's why I prefer watching films with subtitles no matter what accent they speak with...just in case... :\
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I hope Marijan gives Purely Belter a chance as it's such a great little movie.
Yeah it is. I keep meaning to buy it on DVD but i do have it on video. Tim Healy in particular is great and it's very funny.

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