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Old 14-12-2010, 18:50   #1
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What were the last 3 films you watched: Thread 2

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Old 14-12-2010, 19:50   #2
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Inception and The Expendables - both excellent films in their own way (not enough Charisma carpenter in the The Expendables)
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A Mighty Heart-2007 Film4 Drama based on the kidnapping of Daniel Pearl in Pakistan in 2002.Angelina Jolie is very good in this.

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Just got back from NYC where I planned to watch Black Swan and The Fighter but ended up watching (drumroll please) :-

Faster - Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson runs around with a facial expression that screams "I need a toilet" in this utter nonsense that also features a very skinny Billy Bob Thornton in a bad wig. Avoid unless drunk.

Burlesque - Showgirls without the fanny or the laughs, passable fluff for a very wet afternoon.

The Next 3 Days - reamake of French flick 'Anything For Her' which sticks very closely to that plot and has a fat Russell Crowe trying to break his wife out of prison because he's hungry or something.
Unlike 'Let Me In' you'll think 'why did they bother ?'.
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The Yakuza. Mitchum goes to Japan and thankfully doesn't cash in on the (then) kung-fu fad.

Hannibal. No chop-socky in this one either.

Salt. Predictable hokum - but breathlessly paced, unexpectedly entertaining, and Jolie doesn't look completely stupid doing action (or standing back while her double steps in). She also quite suits blonde, which I wasn't expecting, because blondes are rubbish.
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Possession - hysterical, occasionally risible (is this a black comedy?) yet genuinely compelling. There’s plenty of striking imagery, with good use of the Berlin location. Plus Isabelle Adjani is stunning even when spouting inane psycho-babble and misusing sharp kitchen utensils. Well, almost.

The Dark Half - finally caught up with this and was generally impressed. Hutton does well to make both roles interesting, and Romero's direction and set-piece timing is as sharp as ever.

Prince of Darkness - daft premise is no match for the combined power of Victor Wong and Donald Pleasance. This is up there with Carpenter’s very best, I reckon.

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Old 18-12-2010, 21:01   #7
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Prince of Darkness - daft premise is no match for the combined power of Victor Wong and Donald Pleasance. This is up there with Carpenter’s very best, I reckon.
Yep I agree with that, remember the bad reviews he got at the time over it, one of my favourite Carpenter flicks.

The Mother - James Bond getting it on with his girlfriend's 70 year old mum

The Heavy - Typical British gangster movie, seen it all before, but enjoyable enough to pass the time.

Date Night - Very funny, had me in stitches a couple of times.

Short Circuit - A film from my childhood, that still entertains. Johnny Five's voice starts to grate towards the end though...
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Ace In The Hole - 59 yrs old & good as ever. Relevant too.

Born On The 4th Of July. Love the soundtrack. Film way too long.

Under Siege - on tv now. Great crunchy fun.

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Die Hard, The Goonies and Die Hard 2.

Watched Die Hard and Die Hard 2 as its christmas, and i just picked up the Goonies score so thought i'd watch the film again (all on Blu BTW)
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Memento: I saw the chronological edit this time. Both editions are very interesting in their own way but I am not yet sure which one I like better. This is a sort of movie that requires a few viewings and consideration because of the slight sense of disorientation it creates.

Green Zone: Brilliant filmmaking from Paul Greenglass in his own unique style. Quite provocative in its expose of the McCarthyisque WMD hysteria that gripped America soon after the 9/11 attacks. I could not help but smile at the inclusion of The Guardian in the list of priority e-mails to which Miller sends his report at the end.

Good Night & Good Luck: Great semi-documentary period piece about TV reporter Edward Murrow's confrontation with Senator McCarthy and his ant-communist hysteria of the 1950s. Very well made with a touch of Gregg Toland's style to the camerawork but the film is talky and might not be suit everyone's tastes.

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The men who stare at goats (BD rental): Funny and entertaining but didn't seem to amount to anything much.

Only Yesterday (J R2): Takahata masterpiece; the final scene one of pure cinematic magic.

HP and the Order of the Phoenix (HD-DVD): Consistently excellent; Evanna Lynch almost steals the show as Luna Lovegood.
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Mother - I'd heard good things about this but I just thought it was weird and unlikeable.

REC 2 - It was alright but not a patch on the original.

Salt - Solid and fun. Jolie was good in the lead role but I found her so skinny that it was slightly distracting.
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Universal Soldier: Regeneration. JCVD proves that he really can do this sort of thing in his sleep.

Sweet Smell of Success. An early cannibal film.

Ponyo. Miyazaki-san's magical masterpiece of magicky magicness.
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Sweet Smell of Success. An early cannibal film.
Are you referring to the Burt lancaster, Tony Curtis classic or was it really an old cannibal film?
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That's the one. Saw it aeons ago and refreshed the memory yesterday. Never have I seen people torn apart so painfully - and this morning I discover it's out on Criterion blu in Feb! That should be a bit of an improvement over the non-anamorphic dvd rental I watched.
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Into the Wild 2007 Film4 (got to mention this before deleting it) beautiful film with heart
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Cry Freedom -

Air Plane - to remember Leslie Nielson

Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence
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I watched expendables film......
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The Heavy - terrible piece of ****, enlivened only by Vinnie Jone's ultra crap beard.

Splice - entertainingly warped

Enter The Void - mental film,brain was frazzled after it. Do not watch this while chemically impaired.
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