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Old 01-08-2010, 04:39 PM   #4971 (permalink)
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About forty minutes of Sherlock Holmes, then we walked out of the theater, which I can't honestly remember ever doing. It's not that I had high expectations from a Guy Ritchie film, but I at least expected to be entertained. It takes a particular talent to completely stifle the usually undeniable screen charisma of Jude Law and Downey jr., whose relationship, unlike what I had assumed it would be from the trailer - of a deep and long term friendship, seems more like a casual acquaintance. They have absolutely no chemistry together. And there's a painfully obvious lack of any humor in the film, which is pretty much the only thing that could have made this Snatch (or Lock, stock) 23 tolerable. Also, Downey's English accent is possibly the worst I've ever seen. I honestly would have preferred it had he spoken with his natural American accent, it would have been far less cringe-inducing, authenticity be damned.

In short, a shit film from a shit director who simply refuses to roll over and die already. Serves me right for spending time and money on this.
Lock Stock was brilliant, Snatch was good. That's about it, I'm yet to see this and I totally forgot that Downey JR is American. I can imagine how awful it must be, I'm like you - don't expect too much. Hopefully I won't be as disappointed as you when I get round to watching it.
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Old 01-09-2010, 05:48 PM   #4972 (permalink)
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I loved it. Hilarious.
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Old 01-09-2010, 09:58 PM   #4973 (permalink)
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So what if it's black & white and has no speaking parts, it's an incredibly accurate translation from story to screen and still fills me with dread even though I've seen it before and read it a thousand times. That's real horror.
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Old 01-09-2010, 10:05 PM   #4974 (permalink)
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wow.

what the hell do i say about this movie?


i definately enjoyed the surreality of it, especially in the daydream sequences. one of my favorite scenes was when Sam donned in his angel knight wear fought against the giant samurai, really a part that had me at the edge of my seat. visually fantasitc and how alot of the recurring themes were represented i loved.

something else i really liked was the use of music, and not just of the use of "Aquarela do Brasil"; alot of the other music was really strong and went with the tone of the movie greatly.

at first i had to question Sam Lowry's high strungedness and motives as some sort of mental issue, as some of the things he did "out of love" were very erratic and almost life threatening. it was like when he finally got a hold of Jill that something in him snapped and he just went off the deep end. i also had to question some of Jill's motivation to follow/stay with him in that with Sam's erratic behavior would've driven most other women away in fear.

in all i gotta say that this movie's....odd. definately something that keeps your attention, something beautifully done and greatly inspired, though many parts were just strange, not so much in a good or bad way but in an intriguing way that makes you want to analyze it all further.

favorite line: "Don't fight it son, confess...quickly! If you hold out too long you could jeapordize your credit ratng!"
Gilliam is one of the most underrated directors of the past 30 years. He's brilliant.
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Old 01-09-2010, 10:06 PM   #4975 (permalink)
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Appropriately stupid tribute to the stupidest people ever.
Yeah.... It's one of those movies that's easy to hate but impossible not to respect for it's massive influence on cinema.
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Old 01-09-2010, 11:43 PM   #4976 (permalink)
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It was near midnight and I probably should have gone to bed to maintain a regular schedule for work. But instead of course I watched 12 Monkeys with my flatmate. Definitely worth it and Brad Pitt shines here. Funny what the agenda of the army of the 12 monkeys actually was in the end.



After that we decided to watch a few clips of Withnail & I which I'd just acquired earlier that day. We ended up watching the whole thing and I'm now wondering where it's been my whole life! Supremely hilarious film!




It must have been around 4 by this point and we made the fatal mistake of chucking on another film to watch for a bit and to fall asleep to... this time it was Inglourious Basterds which neither of us had seen. And neither of us ended up falling asleep.

All in all, it was an entertaining spin on things. I like that the human side of the Nazis was given some attention in the charades scene (and others). One of the more amusing scenes was the one in which Aldo and his comrades were imitating Italians... terrible accents aside, Dominic completely botches the hand gesture. I liked the scenes involving Hans Landa - they were all fraught with tension... especially when he dines with Shosanna and orders milk for her without hesitation or inquiry. Speaking of Shosanna, the actress playing her was gorgeous... she looks scarily like Juliet from Lost.

And I finally retired to bed at 6:30 am.

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So what if it's black & white and has no speaking parts, it's an incredibly accurate translation from story to screen and still fills me with dread even though I've seen it before and read it a thousand times. That's real horror.
I have to see this myself! I'm kinda going my slow way about hunting down Lovecraft TV adaptations. All I've seen so far is an adaptation of Dreams In the Witch House, which I thought was fairly disappointing. This one sounds much more faithful and therefore better though.
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Old 01-10-2010, 02:50 AM   #4978 (permalink)
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definately, someone who could make such a visual mind**** as Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is truly a visionary.
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Not since I saw The Nightmare Before Christmas back in '93 (before the emo girls took over as its main fan base) have I seen an animated movie this magical. I expected nothing less from a movie adaption of a Neil Gaimen book and thoroughly enjoyed every second of this movie. The voice acting was top notch, Dakota Fanning is really starting to blossom into an established actress and every character in the movie felt fleshed out and interesting. I really wish I had gone to see this in theaters, however I think the next time I watch it will be on mushrooms so that may create a similar sensation.
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Not since I saw The Nightmare Before Christmas back in '93 (before the emo girls took over as its main fan base) have I seen an animated movie this magical. I expected nothing less from a movie adaption of a Neil Gaimen book and thoroughly enjoyed every second of this movie. The voice acting was top notch, Dakota Fanning is really starting to blossom into an established actress and every character in the movie felt fleshed out and interesting. I really wish I had gone to see this in theaters, however I think the next time I watch it will be on mushrooms so that may create a similar sensation.
I totally wish I had the means to do that.
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