Re: Movie review thread...



  • [quote name='Kirwan']I kind of agree with Dogmeat really, if they are going to be accurate they need to speak German and have the film in subtitles. If they aren't going to do that it's less distracting for the actor to use their own accent.

    The whole point is to tell a story, so the less distractions from that the better. If you find yourself wondering about his accent, then the film has lost you anyway.

    To support my argument, see Far and Away for a film where trying the accent ruined it.[/quote]
    I would generally agree with you, thing is, I watched Schindlers List on Thursday night (still a fucking brilliant film) and then Valkyrie on Friday night, and I think that made me notice the accents issue, it did spoil it a bit for me having so many different English / American etc accents. I'd be very grateful if someone could explain to me why Eddie Izzard was putting on an American accent for the film too!



  • [quote name='Dodge'][quote name='Kirwan']I kind of agree with Dogmeat really, if they are going to be accurate they need to speak German and have the film in subtitles. If they aren't going to do that it's less distracting for the actor to use their own accent.

    The whole point is to tell a story, so the less distractions from that the better. If you find yourself wondering about his accent, then the film has lost you anyway.

    To support my argument, see Far and Away for a film where trying the accent ruined it.[/quote]
    I would generally agree with you, thing is, I watched Schindlers List on Thursday night (still a fucking brilliant film) and then Valkyrie on Friday night, and I think that made me notice the accents issue, it did spoil it a bit for me having so many different English / American etc accents. [b] I'd be very grateful if someone could explain to me why Eddie Izzard was putting on an American accent for the film too[/b]![/quote]

    thats what he was told to do

    I do hate that though, it aint like there are a shortage of actors out there, especially ones with small parts, and yet they still get people to put on accents, and sometimes they are appallingly bad! Be it a Pom to American or Aussie, or American to Pommy or Kiwi or whatever.



  • I watched The Wrestler last night. I thought it was good in a bleak sort of way.



  • saw Separation City last night and thought it a bloody good watch. Nicely observed , well acted, very clever script in places with some excellent lines.

    A sort of comedy of manners really. Quite different to see a film on relationships written from the masculine pov (in the main) without trying to appeal to the boorish element or being aimed at the teen audience. Aims some nicely weighted missiles at the femi-nazi's too.

    Quite different for a Kiwi film and avoids the cultural cringe



  • Generation Kill. A 7-part mini-series that chronicles the 1st Recon Marines during the invasion of Iraq in 2003. Supposedly one of the more realistic films/tv shows about the military. I thought it was hilarious, some of the characters were fantastic. Some of the scenes and topics ie, killing of civillians were shocking @ times.



  • Terminator Salvation, 7/10

    Worth a watch.



  • [quote name='dogmeat']saw Separation City last night and thought it a bloody good watch. Nicely observed , well acted, very clever script in places with some excellent lines.

    A sort of comedy of manners really. Quite different to see a film on relationships written from the masculine pov (in the main) without trying to appeal to the boorish element or being aimed at the teen audience. Aims some nicely weighted missiles at the femi-nazi's too.

    Quite different for a Kiwi film and avoids the cultural cringe[/quote]

    The womens lib movement in NZ at the time was pretty toxic, a good reminder is in this weeks Listener has a story about "the unfortunate experiment.Turns out the inquiry got it wrong and the doctors career was ruined by Sandra Coney and Phillida Bunkle and their anti male agenda.Looking forward to this film Tom Scott did a great job with Mr Gormsby.



  • [quote name='taniwharugby']Terminator Salvation, 7/10

    Worth a watch.[/quote]

    [spoiler:2k3ack5j]I got chills mate when a certain person turned up in that movie[/spoiler:2k3ack5j]



  • [quote name='Razbra'][quote name='taniwharugby']Terminator Salvation, 7/10

    Worth a watch.[/quote]

    [spoiler:2htav58q]I got chills mate when a certain person turned up in that movie[/spoiler:2htav58q][/quote]

    [spoiler:2htav58q]haha, yeah it was quite a surprise, I assume it CGI, with all the old footage wouldnt have been hadr[/spoiler:2htav58q]



  • Watched Horsemen last night.

    Kind of a seven rip off. Started very well, was good till maybe two thirds through. One conversation on the street between Dennis Quaid(lead) and Zhang Ziyi(female lead) was very creepy.
    Then I picked the ending and was completely disappointed. Very predictable.

    Extremely strange ensemble cast. Wasted in the end.



  • Watched 500 Days of Summer (shut up, it was free), supposed to be a rom-com, not a lot of com & no rom, its about a guy getting dumped (no spoiler they tell you that from word go), very quirky, but pretty good too, if you've ever been a wreck over some heartless whore who dumped you you'll get a lot out of it was enough humour to make it worth the watch, wouldn't take a 1st date to it tho' as it'll polarise men & women, could take a long term missus to it tho'

    Watched Public Enemies too, great acting directing script etc, but pretty fecking boring really. Reminded me of The Assasination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (the brad pitt thing). Sort of "worthy" rather than being "fun"



  • Just watched Smokin' Aces.

    Very long cast - longs of familiar faces. Pretty good movie as well.

    Based on a Las Vegas magician played by Jeremy Piven who they're trying to get to testify against the mob. He's holed up in Lake Tahoe. Ryan Reynolds and Ray Liotta are FBI agents assigned to get him once the deal is set. By a whole bunch of assassins are also heading there.

    Cast with Andy Garcia, Ben Affleck, Jason Bateman and Alicia Keys.

    Good shoot em up movie that has a lot of characters - sometimes too many, trying to sort through who's shooting who! Very enjoyable.



  • [quote name='LAKiwi']Just watched Smokin' Aces.

    Very long cast - longs of familiar faces. Pretty good movie as well.

    Based on a Las Vegas magician played by Jeremy Piven who they're trying to get to testify against the mob. He's holed up in Lake Tahoe. Ryan Reynolds and Ray Liotta are FBI agents assigned to get him once the deal is set. By a whole bunch of assassins are also heading there.

    Cast with Andy Garcia, Ben Affleck, Jason Bateman and Alicia Keys.

    Good shoot em up movie that has a lot of characters - sometimes too many, trying to sort through who's shooting who! Very enjoyable.[/quote]

    You missed out Kiwi Martin Henderson.

    I thought it was a good switch off your brain action film.



  • I don't usually go for martial arts movies (even though I do kick box...poorly) but I really like Ong Bak. Story was shocking, much didn't really make sense and the acting was non existent. However the action and fight sequences were amazing. Tony Jaa is out of it. The stunts he performs are crazy.

    Tonight I watched Ong Bak 2. That movie is "fuck off" awesome. Viusally stunning. The acting is not going to win any oscars but it was a huge improvement on the first. The action sequences really put all the CGI crap to shame. No wires, if there are its hard to spot them, or harnesses like the hong kong industry heavily rely on.

    I give it a 9/10 awesome!



  • [quote name='Razbra']I don't usually go for martial arts movies (even though I do kick box...poorly) but I really like Ong Bak. Story was shocking, much didn't really make sense and the acting was non existent. However the action and fight sequences were amazing. Tony Jaa is out of it. The stunts he performs are crazy.

    Tonight I watched Ong Bak 2. That movie is "fuck off" awesome. Viusally stunning. The acting is not going to win any oscars but it was a huge improvement on the first. The action sequences really put all the CGI crap to shame. No wires, if there are its hard to spot them, or harnesses like the hong kong industry heavily rely on.

    I give it a 9/10 awesome![/quote]

    I saw Ong Bok 1. Yeah. It was pretty freaky. The non-existent blocks in MTB freaked the sh#t out of me. Haven't seen OB2. Will get it out tomorrow.



  • Went three straight days of working, hitting a deadline on caffeine and without sleep, but damn if I was going to miss the midnight premiere of District 9. It was definitely a bit different than I expected. Not as splatter disgusting, for one. I thought it was a pretty good to excellent sci-fi thriller, not perfect, yet worth the time. Definitely not Hollywood, but the conventions are there. It wasn't until after the movie talking about it with friends that there were a number of fascinating discussion points that elevate it beyond the typical. I will see it again, slightly less hopped-up on sleep deprivation next time. 8/10.



  • [quote name='red terror']Went three straight days of working, hitting a deadline on caffeine and without sleep, but damn if I was going to miss the midnight premiere of District 9. It was definitely a bit different than I expected. Not as splatter disgusting, for one. I thought it was a pretty good to excellent sci-fi thriller, not perfect, yet worth the time. Definitely not Hollywood, but the conventions are there. It wasn't until after the movie talking about it with friends that there were a number of fascinating discussion points that elevate it beyond the typical. I will see it again, slightly less hopped-up on sleep deprivation next time. 8/10.[/quote]

    I concur. Bloody good sci flick. It's been a long time since I've seen a film with such an original concept. Some people may find a few holes in the whole aliens living on earth thing (actually reminded me a bit of the V mini series that people have been on about) but it is really well made and gripping. I'll definitely see it again.



  • You can watch a combat sequence demo Blomkamp did for the abandoned [i]Halo [/i]film here:

    [url="http://www.spyfilms.com/#neill_blomkamp/halo-combat_part1"]http://www.spyfilms.com/#neill_blomkamp ... mbat_part1[/url]



  • Anyone seen the new Tarantino film yet?



  • District 9 is a brilliant movie, very interesting at the start and emotionally gripping towrds the end - quite magnificant stuff really. Loved the documentary style methodology (instead of having some twit narrate and explain the whole thing to you at the beginning of the movie)...

    Highly reccomend it xzxgood



  • [quote name='Kirwan']Just back from seeing the awesomeness of Clint Eastwood in Gran Torino. Only he could get away with playing just a bastard and be so damn likable.[/quote]

    Just seen the dvd. Terrific movie. xzxgood Didn't expect the outcome but it was a great way of finishing the story.

    I've added "Get off my lawn" to my other favourite one-liners.



  • [quote name='taniwharugby']Seven Pounds; more evidence of the acting talent that is Wil; Smith - 7.8/10[/quote]

    Will Smith is a terrific actor. I must be the only person in New Zealand that didn't think much of the `Men in Black' movies (which I went to see because both Will Smith and the fabulous Tommy Lee Jones was in it) but all the other movies that I've seen him in have been thrilling, tear-jerking or funny.

    Some I'd recommend: Independence Day, Enemy of the State and Pursuit of Happyness.

    [quote name='taniwharugby']The Day the Earth Stood Still; more evidence of the lack of acting talent that is Keanu Reeves (mind you, shit script TBF) [/quote]

    Saw the original 1951 movie on television once and although the special effects may appear corny today, the storyline was far better than today's remake. By all accounts, instead of remaking the original movie they based their story on the original short story that the original movie was based on. Confused...? xzxwacko1

    I don't think they made enough of the evil robot. He scared the living daylights out of me. Instead they gave us a PC ending. Boring.

    By the way, the little boy in the movie, Jaden Smith, is Will Smith's son in real life.



  • [quote name='TeeJay'][quote name='taniwharugby']Seven Pounds; more evidence of the acting talent that is Wil; Smith - 7.8/10[/quote]

    Will Smith is a terrific actor. I must be the only person in New Zealand that didn't think much of the `Men in Black' movies (which I went to see because both Will Smith and the fabulous Tommy Lee Jones was in it) but all the other movies that I've seen him in have been thrilling, tear-jerking or funny.

    Some I'd recommend: Independence Day, Enemy of the State and Pursuit of Happyness.

    [quote name='taniwharugby']The Day the Earth Stood Still; more evidence of the lack of acting talent that is Keanu Reeves (mind you, shit script TBF) [/quote]

    Saw the original 1951 movie on television once and although the special effects may appear corny today, the storyline was far better than today's remake. By all accounts, instead of remaking the original movie they based their story on the [b]original short story[/b] that the original movie was based on. Confused...? xzxwacko1

    I don't think they made enough of the evil robot. He scared the living daylights out of me. Instead they gave us a PC ending. Boring.

    By the way, the little boy in the movie, Jaden Smith, is Will Smith's son in real life.[/quote]

    It seems to be fashionable these days to take the base material as your muse. I think it makes its easier to call your movie a "re-imagining" than a remake. Like "willy wonka and the chocolate factory" as opposed to "charlie and the chocolate factory"



  • District 9 which was great. Even the girlfriend enjoyed it. I enjoyed Startrek but this was heaps better.

    The Wrestler which was good but not great. Great acting was what made the movie.

    The Orphanage which is a horror with a great story and good ending. Worth a watch but is subtitled so stay away if you can't be bothered reading.



  • [quote name='Toddy']District 9 which was great. Even the girlfriend enjoyed it. I enjoyed Startrek but this was heaps better.[/quote]

    How `scary' is it? I'm asking as a huge sci-fi fan (but one who gets terrified in ghost / horror movies). xzxshok

    Anyone seen the latest Terminator movie? It looks really `bleak', whereas all the others have been great sci-fi-action movies.



  • [quote name='TeeJay'][quote name='Toddy']District 9 which was great. Even the girlfriend enjoyed it. I enjoyed Startrek but this was heaps better.[/quote]

    How `scary' is it? I'm asking as a huge sci-fi fan (but one who gets terrified in ghost / horror movies). xzxshok .[/quote]

    Not that scary. A few moments that might make you squeamish, though.



  • [quote name='TeeJay'][quote name='Kirwan']Just back from seeing the awesomeness of Clint Eastwood in Gran Torino. Only he could get away with playing just a bastard and be so damn likable.[/quote]

    Just seen the dvd. Terrific movie. xzxgood Didn't expect the outcome but it was a great way of finishing the story.

    I've added "Get off my lawn" to my other favourite one-liners.[/quote]

    I want some ethnic minorities to loiter outside my house so I can tell them that back in ( insert country of origin here ) I used to stack fucks like them five feet high and use them as sandbags but sadly no one has yet. Probably a bit hard to pull off given I've never fought in any wars but I am tall and menacing lke clint eusa_whistle eusa_whistle eusa_whistle

    I think I may have posted this already.... eusa_think



  • Gran Torino was all class. Really enjoyed it. The bit I liked (or one of them) was when he gobbed at the old lady and she did that huge gob back ... xzxsarcastic



  • [quote name='Jury']Gran Torino was all class. Really enjoyed it. The bit I liked (or one of them) was when he gobbed at the old lady and she did that huge gob back ... xzxsarcastic[/quote]

    The scene with the black dudes is probably my favourite. Interestingly the young white boy walking Sue home is Clints real life son, have a look at him the resemblance is pretty strong.....



  • Wonder if he talks to him like that at home. Hassling him for dressing like a gangster!



  • [quote name='MN5'][quote name='Jury']Gran Torino was all class. Really enjoyed it. The bit I liked (or one of them) was when he gobbed at the old lady and she did that huge gob back ... xzxsarcastic[/quote]

    The scene with the black dudes is probably my favourite. Interestingly the young white boy walking Sue home is Clints real life son, have a look at him the resemblance is pretty strong.....[/quote]

    Yeah. That scene was frigging excellent. My other fave (a bit more serious) was when he locked the lad in the basement and made his confession about what he'd done in Korea. It acted like a confessional and I thought it was a very clever scene.

    I must go buy that film when it comes out. It is brilliant.

    Never picked the ending but thought it was pretty powerful.



  • I was fully expecting a massive shootout and hoping it wasn't going to get too corny. Was disappointed for a nano second and thought: brilliant ending.



  • [quote name='Kirwan']I was fully expecting a massive shootout and hoping it wasn't going to get too corny. Was disappointed for a nano second and thought: brilliant ending.[/quote]

    Absolutely - first thought was Nooo, Clint always wins but then, second thought - Clint did win, just in a different way. Class.



  • [quote name='Catogrande'][quote name='Kirwan']I was fully expecting a massive shootout and hoping it wasn't going to get too corny. Was disappointed for a nano second and thought: brilliant ending.[/quote]

    Absolutely - first thought was Nooo, Clint always wins but then, second thought - Clint did win, just in a different way. Class.[/quote]

    Yep. Me too. Thought it was going to be Dirty Harry but it wasn't - more like Million Dollar Baby's notion of self-sacrifice. All class and thought after the initial "holy sh#t" had worn off I thought it was perfect. I guess if he'd gone DH on them the media would have made it out to be a racial crime (God knows Clint's character provided them with plenty of ammo on that one), but this way they were nothing but dirty wannabe gang-bangers.



  • This was nothing more than me feeling nostalgic....I decided to watch some old school movies I watched and loved as a kid. None of which are regarded as major cinematic achievements. No anthropology type human nature piece here....

    American Ninja 1 and 2. My favourite action movies for a long time. I would watch them over and over. Once revisited...utter crap. Some unintentional laughs but crap all the same. Steve James what a legend. Of the two the second was the most enjoyable to laugh at.

    Tango and Cash. Loved it especially for Terri hatcher. Revisited...Terry still wortha look other wise Shite! Stallone and Russell just aren't Riggs and Murtaugh.

    Best of the best. A martial arts movie starring absolutely no martial artists in any of the starring roles. Eric Roberts and Chris Penn. Revisited surprisingly still worth watching.

    They Live. Roddy piper the wrestler in a John Carpenter alien conspiracy movie. Still fantastic and has what might be the greatest street brawl ever on film. Apparently getting a remake.

    Big trouble in little China. Loved this movie then love it now. Some of the special effects stuff is great for the time it was made though the monster affects are all a bit "guy in a gorilla suit".
    Would love to see a remake of this.



  • Riggs and Murtagh - best 80s pair on film. Almost pipped by Crockett and Tubbs, but not quite.

    I liked Big Trouble in Little China too. Bloody hoot. Tango and Cash - oh yeah. Terry was excellent.

    They live ... bored me then, would bore me now. Street brawl went on too long. Strangely I do wish this had had a follow on because it had the genesis of something quite cool, but it didn't work as a stand alone for me.



  • [quote name='Jury']Riggs and Murtagh - best 80s pair on film. Almost pipped by Crockett and Tubbs, but not quite.

    I liked Big Trouble in Little China too. Bloody hoot. Tango and Cash - oh yeah. Terry was excellent.

    They live ... bored me then, would bore me now. Street brawl went on too long. Strangely I do wish this had had a follow on because it had the genesis of something quite cool, but it didn't work as a stand alone for me.[/quote]

    Roddy Piper "I came here to do two things. To kick ass and chew bubble gum...and I'm all out of bubble gum" thats brilliant!



  • [quote name='Razbra']This was nothing more than me feeling nostalgic....I decided to watch some old school movies I watched and loved as a kid. None of which are regarded as major cinematic achievements. No anthropology type human nature piece here....

    American Ninja 1 and 2. My favourite action movies for a long time. I would watch them over and over. Once revisited...utter crap. Some unintentional laughs but crap all the same. Steve James what a legend. Of the two the second was the most enjoyable to laugh at.

    Tango and Cash. Loved it especially for Terri hatcher. Revisited...Terry still wortha look other wise Shite! Stallone and Russell just aren't Riggs and Murtaugh.

    Best of the best. A martial arts movie starring absolutely no martial artists in any of the starring roles. Eric Roberts and Chris Penn. Revisited surprisingly still worth watching.

    They Live. Roddy piper the wrestler in a John Carpenter alien conspiracy movie. Still fantastic and has what might be the greatest street brawl ever on film. Apparently getting a remake.

    Big trouble in little China. Loved this movie then love it now. Some of the special effects stuff is great for the time it was made though the monster affects are all a bit "guy in a gorilla suit".
    Would love to see a remake of this.[/quote]

    Big Trouble in little China, man I haven't seen that in years !!!

    Another they should look at remaking is "The Warriors". Total class that movie. It would stand up well I reckon.



  • Another they should look at remaking is "The Warriors". Total class that movie. It would stand up well I reckon.[/quote]

    I had a copy of Warriors for years and never watched it. I remember dad getting it out once when I was really young and seeing about 20 min of thugs running round the streets before mum gave me the heave ho and said it was not a kids film(dad was old school and didn't care what i watched..I saw alien with him when I was six,nightmares and thoughts of face huggers under my bed for most of my early childhood). I am going to go have a look in the garage and see if its mixed in with my stuff the wife won't allow in the house!



  • [quote name='Razbra']Another they should look at remaking is "The Warriors". Total class that movie. It would stand up well I reckon.[/quote]

    I had a copy of Warriors for years and never watched it. I remember dad getting it out once when I was really young and seeing about 20 min of thugs running round the streets before mum gave me the heave ho and said it was not a kids film(dad was old school and didn't care what i watched..I saw alien with him when I was six,nightmares and thoughts of face huggers under my bed for most of my early childhood). I am going to go have a look in the garage and see if its mixed in with my stuff the wife won't allow in the house![/quote]

    Worth a watch dude, definitely a cult classic. Cast is full of no names except for maybe James Remar ( Ajax ). Hes one of those guys you've seen in a million movies but can't place him....aw and the guy who plays Luthar is David Patrick Kelly otherwise known as Sully from Commando who Arnie lets go....

    Very fun PS2 game as well !


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