Re: Movie review thread...



  • for a 7 - 13yr old would be perfect I reckon....Bedtime stories was pants!



  • Bruno

    It seemed to me that all Baron-Cohen was trying to do was out do Borat in terms of how vulgar he could get a movie, he certainly did it. If you want a homo erotic cringe fest then this is your go.

    5 out of 10.



  • [quote name='taniwharugby']for a 7 - 13yr old would be perfect I reckon....Bedtime stories was pants![/quote]
    Cheers ...yes bedtime stories was woeful



  • [quote name='red terror']I saw [b]"Public Enemies"[/b] yesterday. Pretty good, but I can't say it's any better than the Warren Oates version, which I haven't seen in many years but used to enjoy. I'd rate 7/10, but with some reservations, especially in some of the oddball decisions used for film stock, but that's getting deep into the weeds.

    One thing that caught my eye, like [b]"The Friends of Eddie Coyle" [/b](feat. Bobby Orr cameo), was a clip from the movie "Manhattan Melodrama" (1934) starring Clark Gable, William Powell, Myrna Loy and Mickey Rooney. (The movie was playing Chicago's Biograph theatre just before the FBI iced Dillinger.)

    In the short clip, the Gable and Powell characters are at a hockey game, presumably Madison Square Gardens, but the clip was too short. (Wikipedia informs me that, "Blackie then arranges the murder of Snow in the bathroom of Madison Square Garden in order to protect Jim.")

    I'll have to look for that movie, it might be some of the earliest NHL footage in movies. I can't tell the teams, the clip was too short, but one did look like the Rangers, and the 1933 New York Rangers were the Stanley Cup champions that season (beat the Leafs).[/quote]

    Did you watch the recent Criterion reissue of [i]The Friends of Eddie Coyle[/i], RT? Probably the best thing I have seen this year.



  • I'm with everyone else on Angels & demons....pants



  • [quote name='Tim']Did you watch the recent Criterion reissue of [i]The Friends of Eddie Coyle[/i], RT? Probably the best thing I have seen this year.[/quote]

    Yes, was excellent. I hadn't seen the movie in many, many years. They showed it on TCM recently, and I went and rented the Criterion disc to see it again.



  • Saw Bruno last night and thought it was funny. I laughed through the whole movie but it isn't as good as Borat.



  • Decided to watch a few oldies this weekend. 12 Angry Men and The french connection movies. Angry men is a classic (see also its remake very tidy too) The french connection series is massive love both movies. Gene Hackman as Popeye Doyle is awesome.



  • Watchmen; given some mixed views of it on here, was not sure what to expect, and TBH, after watching am still no better off, 5/10.

    Watched Transformers, I enjoyed it, 7.9/10.



  • Burn After REading.

    Not a bad movie, strange plot, interesting characters. Brad Pitt makes the movie playing this gym geek & is absolutely hilarious. The final scene is pretty funny too. Certainly not a comedy all the way through though.

    6/10.



  • Won tickets to the latest Horror, something to hell, to Hell is back or something like that but i hate horrors and will be giving them away.

    Anyone seen it and care to give a scary out of ten rating??



  • [quote name='MajorRage']Burn After REading.

    Not a bad movie, strange plot, interesting characters. Brad Pitt makes the movie playing this gym geek & is absolutely hilarious. The final scene is pretty funny too. Certainly not a comedy all the way through though.

    6/10.[/quote]

    Interesting story but hardly funny at all, I barely recall laughing - bit of a let down when you rent out a "comedy" to watch on a rainy day. Would reccomend only there wasn't something else exciting to do, like knitting or folding clothes...



  • Made by the Coen brothers should be a clue that's it's going to be a bit odd. I was just stoked to see David Rache pulling out his SledgeHammer act again, brilliant actor



  • [quote name='Hooroo']Won tickets to the latest Horror, something to hell, to Hell is back or something like that but i hate horrors and will be giving them away.

    Anyone seen it and care to give a scary out of ten rating??[/quote]

    Drag me to hell? Mate absolutely fantastic! Its old school scary. None of the teen scream BS. Sam Raimi the director of evil dead and SPIDER-MAN made this one.
    I'd say scary rating 9 out of 10.



  • [quote name='Razbra'][quote name='Hooroo']Won tickets to the latest Horror, something to hell, to Hell is back or something like that but i hate horrors and will be giving them away.

    Anyone seen it and care to give a scary out of ten rating??[/quote]

    Drag me to hell? Mate absolutely fantastic! Its old school scary. None of the teen scream BS. Sam Raimi the director of evil dead and SPIDER-MAN made this one.
    I'd say scary rating 9 out of 10.[/quote]

    yeah that's the one! 9/10 for scary!! Well that seals it. I definitely WON'T be seeing it!

    I hate frights and all that gory stuff!

    BGB!!!!

    [size=7]Big Girls Blouse[/size]



  • [quote name='Hooroo'][quote name='Razbra'][quote name='Hooroo']Won tickets to the latest Horror, something to hell, to Hell is back or something like that but i hate horrors and will be giving them away.

    Anyone seen it and care to give a scary out of ten rating??[/quote]

    Drag me to hell? Mate absolutely fantastic! Its old school scary. None of the teen scream BS. Sam Raimi the director of evil dead and SPIDER-MAN made this one.
    I'd say scary rating 9 out of 10.[/quote]

    yeah that's the one! 9/10 for scary!! Well that seals it. I definitely WON'T be seeing it!

    I hate frights and all that gory stuff!

    BGB!!!!

    [size=7]Big Girls Blouse[/size][/quote]

    Its not hugely gory. It isn't the sadistic type violence you get in "Saw" and "Hostel". Its just scary more than anything.



  • [quote name='Hooroo'][quote name='Razbra'][quote name='Hooroo']Won tickets to the latest Horror, something to hell, to Hell is back or something like that but i hate horrors and will be giving them away.

    Anyone seen it and care to give a scary out of ten rating??[/quote]

    Drag me to hell? Mate absolutely fantastic! Its old school scary. None of the teen scream BS. Sam Raimi the director of evil dead and SPIDER-MAN made this one.
    I'd say scary rating 9 out of 10.[/quote]

    yeah that's the one! 9/10 for scary!! Well that seals it. I definitely WON'T be seeing it!

    I hate frights and all that gory stuff!

    BGB!!!!

    [size=7]Big Girls Blouse[/size][/quote]

    I'm with you Hooroo.

    The five scariest movies I ever saw were Hell House , the first Freddie Kruger movie, The Omen,the Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Others. I have refused to watch a scary as in spooky/gory movie ever since The Others. I used to go to the Sunday night movies in Levin in the 70's when you would get a spooky double header such as Dracula and then a Frankenstein movie but never got spooked until Hell House and that did my head in fully. xzxshok



  • Watched Transformers last night!!!

    It was ace!!! Loved it easily as much as the first one.



  • "Chinatown" for the umpteenth time. Stunning, timeless movie. A true great - script, acting, plot & cinematography outstanding

    "Flightplan" with Jodie Foster - good, enjoyable film. Quite tense in places

    Concur on Angels and Demons - utter shite.

    Watching Soderburgh's "The Limey" tomorrow nite



  • Saw 21 not that long ago - one about a math's whizz who via his college professor earn's stacks of cash counting cards at blackjack - quite interesting...



  • Knowing - despite Nicholas Cage and a kak ending [spoiler:cjyxh2uz]the whole Alien deal, not to mention when you first realise there is something out of this world supernatural about them[/spoiler:cjyxh2uz] I quite liked it, a few genuine tingly moments.

    7.5/10



  • [quote name='JP']Saw 21 not that long ago - one about a math's whizz who via his college professor earn's stacks of cash counting cards at blackjack - quite interesting...[/quote]
    if you haven't read it, try the book(s), they're infinitely better than the film. They're written by Ben Mezrich and are excellent, first one's Breaking Vegas, the second is Bringing Down the House (or the other way around).



  • [quote name='Victor Meldrew']"Chinatown" for the umpteenth time. Stunning, timeless movie. A true great - script, acting, plot & cinematography outstanding

    "Flightplan" with Jodie Foster - good, enjoyable film. Quite tense in places

    Concur on Angels and Demons - utter shite.

    Watching Soderburgh's "The Limey" tomorrow nite[/quote]

    Absolutely agree on Chinatown - truly excellent. Has Jack ever been better? Also probably Faye Dunaway's finest hour.

    I hope you enjoy The Limey too Vick. It didn't get much of a release in the UK but I quite liked it - mind you I rate Terence Stamp - shame he's been so quiet over the years.



  • The Limey was very entertaining. Tell them I'M coming.



  • [quote name='Razbra'][quote name='Hooroo']Won tickets to the latest Horror, something to hell, to Hell is back or something like that but i hate horrors and will be giving them away.

    Anyone seen it and care to give a scary out of ten rating??[/quote]

    Drag me to hell? Mate absolutely fantastic! Its old school scary. None of the teen scream BS. Sam Raimi the director of evil dead and SPIDER-MAN made this one.
    I'd say scary rating 9 out of 10.[/quote]

    Saw it opening night. I enjoyed it, but didn't find it scary. I'm a mark for Raimi however. I think I may have rated it 7/10. But until you posted that, I actually forgot that I'd seen it.



  • [quote name='red terror'][quote name='Razbra'][quote name='Hooroo']Won tickets to the latest Horror, something to hell, to Hell is back or something like that but i hate horrors and will be giving them away.

    Anyone seen it and care to give a scary out of ten rating??[/quote]

    Drag me to hell? Mate absolutely fantastic! Its old school scary. None of the teen scream BS. Sam Raimi the director of evil dead and SPIDER-MAN made this one.
    I'd say scary rating 9 out of 10.[/quote]

    Saw it opening night. I enjoyed it, but didn't find it scary. I'm a mark for Raimi however. I think I may have rated it 7/10. But until you posted that, I actually forgot that I'd seen it.[/quote]

    Perhaps I scare more easily. I am just surprised that you in a round about way agree with me on something.



  • [img]http://www.timeoutsydney.com.au/film/newsinterviews/large-mongol31.jpg[/img]

    FYI, following up on an earlier posting for [b][color=#FF0000]Mongol[/color][/b], which I highly recommend to anybody who loves the epic battle LOTR/Braveheart/Gladiator-style movies, and I was led to believe was the first part of a trilogy:

    [quote]"Originally, 'Mongol' was the first part of a projected trilogy. However after the difficulty making this film, director Sergei Bodrov decided not to make the sequels. Several months after shooting wrapped however, he changed his mind again and decided to conflate his scripts for parts 2 and 3 into one script, and just do the one sequel, entitled 'The Great Khan', it is scheduled to be released in 2010." (From the IMDb trivia section.)[/quote]

    [url]http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0416044/[/url]



  • [quote name='JP'][b]Saw 21[/b] not that long ago - one about a math's whizz who via his college professor earn's stacks of cash counting cards at blackjack - quite interesting...[/quote]

    After Saw 3 they just got silly.

    I watched "In the Name of the King" a while ago.

    Truly the worst film ever. Amazing in its shitness.



  • xzxsarcastic

    Ah, good to see you back Fuller.

    Skite: I went to grad school with one of the guys 21 based on.

    EDIT: But didn't learn to write a sentence.



  • After seeing "Public Enemies" at the cinema last week, I decided to go retro and watch earlier filmed versions available on DVD the past week. Each one is somewhat imperfect, but each rates at least a 7/10 and deserves a viewing.

    [color=#FF0000]"Dillinger"[/color] (1945) a.k.a. "John Dillinger, Killer," starring Lawrence Tierney in the lead role. Excellent pulp, with several fictitious anecdotes. They have Dillinger's gal Billie Frechette and the "Lady in Red" as being one in the same. Wrong!! Still, very cool gangster visuals, some of the footage from this film was used in Errol Morris "Thin Blue Line" (imo the best documentary feature film of the 1980s).

    [youtube:3tjpo4sj]7df6vmwoz7c[/youtube:3tjpo4sj]

    [color=#FF0000]"Dillinger"[/color] (1973) is an excellent, graphic violent biopic starring Warren Oates in the lead role, and Richard Dreyfuss as "Baby Face" Nelson. This one written & directed by John Milius, the screenwriter of "Apocalypse Now" and "Magnum Force." Some of you may remember Oates from that late 70s Kiwi-flick "Sleeping Dogs," as well was "The Wild Bunch" and other great films from the 60s/70s. Excellent cast also stars Harry Dean Stanton and Ben Johnson.

    [youtube:3tjpo4sj]oX72ZdOJh3o[/youtube:3tjpo4sj]

    [color=#FF0000]"Public Enemies"[/color] (2009) is in current release, and probably won't be available on dvd for several months yet. Directed by Michael Mann, starring Depp as Dillinger and Christian Bale as his FBI manhunter Melvin Purvis. Much more historically accurate than the others, and yet I can't say for certain that it's necessarily a more entertaining pot-boiler, but definitely worth seeing to get a better grasp on the reality underlining the mythos.

    [youtube:3tjpo4sj]Q8xOgO7_eT8[/youtube:3tjpo4sj]

    I'd be remiss if I didn't also mention the immortal pre-film noir [color=#FF0000]"The Petrified Forest"[/color] (1936). An absolute gem of a film, this one doesn't exactly have John Dillinger, but this is the movie that made Humphrey Bogart a star, and his character "Duke Mantee" was based upon Dillinger. Bogie got the role because of his close resemblance, and it was the sort of character that helped define his career in the ganster genre for years to come.

    [youtube:3tjpo4sj]SbRH__KePbQ[/youtube:3tjpo4sj]



  • Did anyone else watch the feature length pilot for Ron Moore's new series, [i]Virtuality[/i]? It was pretty good, and it's a real shame it probably won't go ahead as a series.



  • [quote name='Tim']Did anyone else watch the feature length pilot for Ron Moore's new series, [i]Virtuality[/i]? It was pretty good, and it's a real shame it probably won't go ahead as a series.[/quote]

    I'm half way through it at the moment, it got pretty good reviews from the critics.



  • Rewatched Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

    Del Toro is totally under-rated. That movie would be crap without him imo.



  • watched Let the Right on in.

    I liked it, 7.5/10, a couple of really bizzaro moments though...

    [spoiler:3654nn8v]the bit where Oskar spies her naked, the cats attacking that woman[/spoiler:3654nn8v]



  • [i]For All Mankind [/i]- HD reissue from Criterion of a great documentary about the Apollo missions to the moon. Amazing use of the archive footage to create a beautiful experience. Brian Eno music used for the score. 9/10. Great way to celebrate the 40th anniversary of man setting foot on the moon.



  • [quote name='Tim'][i]For All Mankind [/i]- HD reissue from Criterion of a great documentary about the Apollo missions to the moon. Amazing use of the archive footage to create a beautiful experience. Brian Eno music used for the score. 9/10. Great way to celebrate the 40th anniversary of man setting foot on the moon.[/quote]

    Related - this odball news item hit the newswires today on the anniversary:

    [quote][size=7]Moon landing tapes got erased, NASA admits[/size]

    Thu Jul 16, 2009

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The original recordings of the first humans landing on the moon 40 years ago were erased and re-used, but newly restored copies of the original broadcast look even better, NASA officials said on Thursday.

    NASA released the first glimpses of a complete digital make-over of the original landing footage that clarifies the blurry and grainy images of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walking on the surface of the moon.

    The full set of recordings, being cleaned up by Burbank, California-based Lowry Digital, will be released in September. The preview is available at [url="http://www.nasa.gov"]http://www.nasa.gov[/url].

    [color=#FF0000]NASA admitted in 2006 that no one could find the original video recordings of the July 20, 1969, landing.[/color]

    Since then, Richard Nafzger, an engineer at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, who oversaw television processing at the ground-tracking sites during the Apollo 11 mission, has been looking for them.

    The good news is he found where they went. The bad news is they were part of a batch of [color=#FF0000]200,000 tapes that were degaussed -- magnetically erased -- and re-used to save money.[/color]

    "The goal was live TV," Nafzger told a news conference.

    "We should have had a historian running around saying 'I don't care if you are ever going to use them -- we are going to keep them'," he said.

    They found good copies in the archives of CBS news and some recordings called kinescopes found in film vaults at Johnson Space Center.

    Lowry, best known for restoring old Hollywood films, has been digitizing these along with some other bits and pieces to make a new rendering of the original landing.[/quote]

    Rest o' the story here:
    [url]http://www.reuters.com/article/newsOne/idUSTRE56F5MK20090716[/url]



  • There's a really nice collection of photos here:

    [url="http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2009/07/remembering_apollo_11.html"]http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2009/0 ... lo_11.html[/url]



  • [quote name='Tim']There's a really nice collection of photos here:

    [url="http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2009/07/remembering_apollo_11.html"]http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2009/0 ... lo_11.html[/url][/quote]

    Those are cool. About five years ago I bought two huge banana boxes of newspapers at a garage sale, one a box with fifteen different newspapers about the first Apollo landing, and the other a dozen newspapers about the JFK assassination. I asked the seller how much he wanted. He told me "five bucks." I asked, "each?" "No, both." I was stupified that somebody would take up so much storage space preserving the newspapers, then basically giving them away for peanuts. "Sold!!" Love looking back at that historic stuff. I still remember watching the Apollo landing when I was a small kid and being pretty damn mesmerized.



  • [quote name='Tim']
    Skite: I went to grad school with one of the guys 21 based on.
    [/quote]
    Mike Aponte? Jeffrey Ma?



  • Not actually a movie I've seen, but from memory a lot of posters on here will be stoked about this -

    [url="http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118006050.html?categoryid=13&cs=1&nid=2562"]http://www.variety.com/article/VR111800 ... 1&nid=2562[/url]

    1st of Bernard Cornwells books to hit the big screen soon... (well, 2011). If that works theres a fuckload of a back catalogue to mine!

    [b]Independent takes aim[/b]
    Hirst to adapt Cornwell's bestseller 'Agincourt'
    By SHARON SWART

    Luc Roeg's London-based Independent Film Co. has tapped "The Tudors" creator Michael Hirst to adapt Bernard Cornwell's bestseller "Agincourt." Pic will focus on Nicholas Hook, the humble archer who fought the French alongside Henry V in 1415 in one of the bloodiest battles in European history.

    Independent optioned the feature rights to "Agincourt" earlier this year and plans to mount a E25 million ($35 million) European co-production. Pre-production is slated for late 2010, followed by a spring 2011 shoot.

    Cornwell's 2008 novel sold nearly 200,000 hardback copies in the U.K. in the first three months and sat on the New York Times bestseller list for four weeks.Outside of Showtime hit "The Tudors," Hirst is primarily a feature screenwriter. He penned 1998's "Elizabeth."

    A former William Morris London agent, Roeg co-founded management-production company Artists Independent Network in 2000. Four years ago, he spun off a separate production-finance-sales shingle, Independent, backed by VC fund Living Capital Group.

    Independent most recently developed and financed "Mr. Nice," a biopic of a London drug dealer who got out of jail time by posing as a MI5 agent, starring Rhys Ifans, David Thewlis and Chloe Sevigny. Company also is repping foreign on Duncan Jones' "Moon," which it boarded at the script stage.


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