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Old 22-05-2013, 09:57   #301
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Snitch (2013)-a real surprise from "The Rock", more drama than all out action 4/5

Before Dawn (2012)-bleak Brit Zombie flick 4/5

Mission To Lars (2013)-uplifting documentary 4/5
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Old 22-05-2013, 10:03   #302
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Star Trek Into Darkness - 7.5/10 - decent, but a few plot holes.
The Campaign - 7/10 - silly fun, enjoyed it
The Tooth Fairy - 8/10 - watched with 7 year old daughter, decent kiddies film. Dwayne has good acting chops
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Old 22-05-2013, 12:59   #303
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Killing them Softly - Enjoyable with some great performances from Pitt, Gandolfini and
Mendelsohn. 6/10

Star Trek Into Darkness
- Entertaining but ultimately disappointing. 7/10

Street Hawk
(The Movie) - Love a bit of 80's cheese but this was hard to watch in most places. 2/10
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Old 24-05-2013, 10:20   #304
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Napoleon Dynamite - Essence of a marmite film from what I hear, goes into my list of favourites.

Season of the Witch - Well, Nic and Big Ron were good. Could have cheerfully lost the intro back-story, and the ending as originally shot is better. But a relative disappointment (and I'm too easily pleased).

Battle of Wits - a film about Mohism, wouldn't you know! Andy Lau is a true star in what could have been a two dimensional role. Suitably epic when it needed to be and very good indeed. Just short of Emperor & the Assassin quality, though.
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Old 24-05-2013, 11:51   #305
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The Lady (2011) - Michelle Yeoh made a great Aung San Suu Kyi - very nicely made, but a bit too much family drama and not enough of the politics & national events. [6/10]

The Iron Lady (2011) - again, Meryl Streep made a great Mrs Thatch and surprisingly I soon forgot it was her (a problem I often have doing). Less about the politics and more about an old woman with dementia - but it was all the better for it (although it might leave some people disappointed as you don't really learn much history). Surprised & disappointed they didn't make more of the soundtrack to date the events. Worth a watch, even for us Lefties. [7/10]

We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011) - I had high expectations after really enjoying the book - and I wasn't disappointed. Great acting, stylish direction without being too flashy, theatrical rather than gritty, sufficiently bloody without being at all explicit. Not been punched this hard in the chest since Requiem For A Dream. Essential. [8/10]
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Old 24-05-2013, 12:58   #306
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V/H/S - Having re-appraised, I think it has 1 very good story, 1 ok and the rest rubbish. 4.5/10

Extreme Prejudice - Walter Hill at his gun-totin' best. 7.5/10

The Incident - Terrific little thriller set in an asylum with only a silly ending to spoil it. 7.5/10
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Return of the Jedi (Happy 30th birthday!) - Hadn't watched it all the way through for years. Still great. The last 40 minutes or so with the Endor battle, space battle & Vader/Luke duel is probably the highlight of the entire saga.

The Company You Keep - Robert Redford is a 70s activist on the lam. Very well put together with a fantastic supporting cast. Only really spoiled by Shia LeBeouf's completely unlikable journalist character (& unlike most people I don't usually have a problem with LaBeouf).

Bullet to the Head - Stallone & Walter Hill, together at last! Alas, Stallone is horribly miscast & looks a **** walking around with his chest puffed out while wearing overly tight shirts. Most of the film makes no sense whatsoever & the Korean partner is a complete charisma vacuum. The axe fight was slightly different to the norm I guess, & there are a few hints of the old Walter Hill style, but apart from that, absolutely dire.
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The Divide - Pretty awful overall with a couple of decent scenes thrown in. Michael Eklund stole the show. 4/10.

Red Lights
- Really enjoyed this one. Great performances all round. Though the finale could have been handled a little better. 8/10

Django Unchained - Maybe my expectations were too high as I love all of QT's films but this left em a little empty inside. It will need a repeat viewing before I give it a rating.
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My neighbour Totoro (cinema): Lovely to see this on the big screen, remains after all these years one my top two favourite films.

Moonrise Kingdom (cinema): Just as funny and delightful as on the first viewing.

Grave of the Fireflies (cinema): Beautiful and very moving
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In the last week I saw 3 dystopian future type sci-fi films from the 70s from my DVD collection and each had different impressions upon me, compared with what I felt back then.

1. Soylent Green (1973): Well made but downbeat and depressing film version of Harry Harrrison's book. The setting is very dystopian and some ideas weird (eg the 'human furniture') but the final reveal and ending make a strong impression. Memorable as the exellent Edward G Robinson's last film. I liked it a lot as a teenager 40 years ago but it seems very dated now. 7/10

2. Rollerball (1975): Ironically, I did not think much of it back then, but it has steadily grown on me over the decades and I now consider it a near-classic. I had missed the political undertones as a youngster but appreciated them later. James Caan's curiously understated performance is excellent and the cinematography very imaginative. 8/10

3. Logan's Run (1976): I originally thought that it was bit of a hoot and the impression has not changed much. More stylised than the other two but wooden acting and shallow characters make this film somewhat forgettable. But worth to keep in the collection for a rainy Sunday afternoon. 6.5/10
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3. Logan's Run (1976): I originally thought that it was bit of a hoot and the impression has not changed much. More stylised than the other two but wooden acting and shallow characters make this film somewhat forgettable. But worth to keep in the collection for Jenny Agutter getting her kit off 6.5/10
Amended that for you.
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3. Logan's Run (1976): I originally thought that it was bit of a hoot and the impression has not changed much. More stylised than the other two but wooden acting and shallow characters make this film somewhat forgettable. But worth to keep in the collection for Jenny Agutter getting her kit off 6.5/10
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Not really. I have seen better insides.
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Nausicań of the Valley of the Wind (BD): Pure delight!

Star Trek (XI) (BD): I had reservations when I first saw this but these seem to have disappeared on rewatches; appreciate the deft storytelling and unlike many I enjoy Pegg's Scotty.

Star Trek into Darkness (cinema): Much better than I expected - I found the trailer underwhelming but the issues I saw in that did not surface; excellently paced and very exciting, though I still think there's too much reliance on good old fisticuffs. Plus they are, as is usual in Hollywood movies, totally unrealistic - getting kicked repeatedly in the head is going to leave you braindamaged or dead, not leaping up to perform more amazing stunts. But that's a minor quibble...
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Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Parts 1 & 2 : Both excellent, and very true to the source materials as far as I remember. Loved Reagan.

The Campaign - Mildly amusing and short; that's being quite generous.
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The Ant Bully - Surprisingly funny (even with an enormous hangover). Something for all the family to enjoy. 8/10

Hop - This animation/live action was hugely disappointing viewed shortly after Ant Bully. Turned it off after about 30 minutes. Not one for adults 2/10

Below - Came through as a surprise from LF which means I much have picked it after reading good reviews from here. I like it. 7/10
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Tinker Tailor Solider Spy - liked it very much, must revisit the BBC serial.

The Dictator - very likable at times, but hated it at others. Hmmm...

Goon - seemed to miss the points that Slapshot was making, but very enjoyable (heck its the brothers from Slapshot you remember). Seann William Scott seemed brighter than the scripted character.
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Bedtime Stories - Blech

Hobo with a Shotgun - Troma with a double helping of ugly. Rutger gave it some dignity, but really getting too old for this.

Sexdrive - But not too old for this, huge fun, good hearted film.
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Alex Cross - Matthew Fox was the only good thing about this stinker. 3/10

Zero Dark Thirty - Could have been a bit shorter but on par with Argo for tension. Solid pay-off. 7/10

Jack Reacher - Poor performance from Cruise, bad storyline but strangely enough, a very enjoyable film. 7.5/10

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter - Not the complete turd I expected it to be. Overly long though. 5/10

Bullet to the Head - Awful. 1/10
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Alex Cross - Matthew Fox was the only good thing about this stinker. 3/10

Bullet to the Head - Awful. 1/10
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Well they did succeed in making Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter watchable.
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