Re: Movie review thread...



  • 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 !



  • [quote name='Jury']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]

    They Live might just be the best b-movie of all time.


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    [quote name='MN5'][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 !!!

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

    Yes yes, that movie is brilliant. Some of the fighting scenes are incredible. Not sure how they could make it today though. The clothes most of the gangs wore in that film would be laughed at today. The funniest were the guys dressed as mime artists, very scary....

    Saw 2 interesting films recently.
    The Winter War - a Finnish war movie about the war with the Ruskies in 39-40 and one of the best and most realistic war movies around.

    Dead Snow - A Norwegian zombie film in which a group of skiiers staying in a mountain cabin are attacked by Nazi zombies. Cråp but very entertaining.



  • Just had a `Transporter' fest. A recap of I and II and the recently released III.

    Jason Statham is the poor man's Bond.

    It's really the same movie with different fight scenes but they are lots of fun with great scenery, fast cars and great fight scenes. He's not too bad either.



  • [quote name='Razbra']Tango and Cash. Loved it especially for Terri hatcher.......Big trouble in little China. Loved this movie then love it now.[/quote]

    If you like Kurt Russell (with a cameo part for Steven Segal) you might like the movie Executive Decision'. It's not a kick-butt movie; it's more along the lines of Airforce One' but quite gripping. Kurt Russell would be the most underated actor of our time, I'd say.

    The Bourne Identity' movies are great too as are the Die Hard' series. I watched each series back-to-back over a couple of weekends. Just tell everyone you're going away for the weekend, take the phone off the hook, get plenty of goodies in and blob out. My kind of weekend. eusa_whistle



  • [quote name='TeeJay'][quote name='Razbra']Tango and Cash. Loved it especially for Terri hatcher.......Big trouble in little China. Loved this movie then love it now.[/quote]

    If you like Kurt Russell (with a cameo part for Steven Segal) you might like the movie Executive Decision'. It's not a kick-butt movie; it's more along the lines of Airforce One' but quite gripping. Kurt Russell would be the most underated actor of our time, I'd say.

    The Bourne Identity' movies are great too as are the Die Hard' series. I watched each series back-to-back over a couple of weekends. Just tell everyone you're going away for the weekend, take the phone off the hook, get plenty of goodies in and blob out. My kind of weekend. eusa_whistle[/quote]

    Exec decision is a good watch [spoiler:3w090yum]very suprised when Segals character bought farm[/spoiler:3w090yum]

    I gotta say though, I agree with the Die hard and Bourne movies, but the transporter movies mate i am seriously not a fan. I think Luc Besson produced them. That guy started out so well. Leon is a massive movie and 5th element was bloody good fun too. But its been all down hill from there. But each to their own. If you like them and they made 3 of the bloody things other people must too.



  • Nope, Raz - I'm with you. The Transporter films weren't for me. I liked Leon (The Professional) too. One of my favourite movies from the 1990s and has a particular cool factor with the brilliant Gary Oldman playing the villain.



  • Inglorious Basterds, pretty good, very Tarentino, probably his best film. The dialogue is a LOT better than kill bill, and most of the actors were excellent. Few very good laughs too. Did amuse me that its basically about terrorists attacking the occupiers, as noted in the movie at one point, guessing that'll fly over the head of most audiences

    Definately recommended tho'



  • Finally saw District 9 - agree with others that it was great. I even liked the effects (and as some of you will know from the Avatar thread I'm not that much of a fan of effects.)

    It is easily one of the best films I've seen this year.



  • The Boat that rocked. Great cast completely wasted. One of the most unfunny comedies I have ever seen. Nick Frost wasted. Rhys Ifans wasted. Rhys Darby wasted(must the first time 2 rhys' starred in a movie together). Bill Nighy wasted. Kenneth Branagh Wasted. It was pathetic. Not one laugh out loud moment. I don't think I even smirked.

    Crap

    Sound track however was fantastic.



  • [quote name='mogwai']Inglorious Basterds, pretty good, very Tarentino, probably his best film. The dialogue is a LOT better than kill bill, and most of the actors were excellent. Few very good laughs too. Did amuse me that its basically about terrorists attacking the occupiers, as noted in the movie at one point, guessing that'll fly over the head of most audiences

    Definately recommended tho'[/quote]

    It was great, I agree it's one of his better films; his most grown up and most infantile at the same time.

    I loved the slow burner scenes, you just don't see those in blockbusters any more, the tension at times was unbearable. Great acting too.

    Nice to see something different too, pretty original idea. And Mike Myers was funny: shock!



  • Oddly for a tarentino I thought the music was the bit that really let it down, the music through-out seemed really badly thought out.

    Some cracking digs in the movie too, like the bit about "In France we respect directors"



  • [quote name='mogwai']Oddly for a tarentino I thought the music was the bit that really let it down, the music through-out seemed really badly thought out.

    Some cracking digs in the movie too, like the bit about "In France we respect directors" [/quote]

    Yes, he had some pearlers alright. I didn't really pay much attention to the music, though the Gasoline song was pretty good in context, but that's the only one I noticed.



  • [quote name='Razbra']The Boat that rocked. Great cast completely wasted. One of the most unfunny comedies I have ever seen. Nick Frost wasted. Rhys Ifans wasted. Rhys Darby wasted(must the first time 2 rhys' starred in a movie together). Bill Nighy wasted. Kenneth Branagh Wasted. It was pathetic. Not one laugh out loud moment. I don't think I even smirked.

    Crap

    Sound track however was fantastic.[/quote]

    Thanks for the heads-up. I think Bill Nighy is great but when I saw the trailer I thought it looked rubbish. ($$$ saved!)



  • [quote name='Toddy']District 9 which was great.[/quote]

    Went to see it today.

    I think the documentary' bit went on a bit too long. I think Peter Jackson must have thought the audience were thick or something if he thought they would not get the idea' after a short intro. He should have just let us follow the storyline ourselves.

    Although it wasn't bad, I actually thought it was more like a dvd or made-for-tv movie than a big screen block-buster.

    Good ending though.



  • Saw the latest Harry Potter movie, alas with my lack of research I thought it was the last installment in the series and thougt. "Well I might as well go see the last one at the movies". Only of course to discover that it wasn't, made up for my some poor sap blubbering away in the cinema when dumbledorph died and I recalled the parody in the Simpson's when Homer is reading the book to Lisa and changes then ending when poor greystache dies - then spends the next night in Moe's sobbing into his beer cying out "Greystache, oh greystache!!" Spent the next 15 minutes furiously trying not to bray like a donkey with laughter - worth the price of admission alone!!

    Movie was ok as well...

    Saw Ingolorious Basterds lat night, good except for the last 20 minutes where it really just got a bit silly - still what does one expect from Tanintino...

    Loved that Colnel Landers character - all class "Mind if I smoke my pipe as well??" Outstanding!!!



  • Rambo V. It's officially happening. Oh yeah.

    [url="http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118007920.html?categoryId=2429&cs=1"]http://www.variety.com/article/VR111800 ... =2429&cs=1[/url]



  • [quote name='Tim']Rambo V. It's officially happening. Oh yeah.

    [url="http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118007920.html?categoryId=2429&cs=1"]http://www.variety.com/article/VR111800 ... =2429&cs=1[/url][/quote]

    Fuck yeah! Impressive gross the last one got, he made that on a shoe string.

    Be great to see Rambo in US soil again.



  • [quote name='Kirwan'][quote name='Tim']Rambo V. It's officially happening. Oh yeah.

    [url="http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118007920.html?categoryId=2429&cs=1"]http://www.variety.com/article/VR111800 ... =2429&cs=1[/url][/quote]

    Fuck yeah! Impressive gross the last one got, he made that on a shoe string.

    Be great to see Rambo in US soil again.[/quote]

    Yeah, $150M box office + DVDs. Looking forward to this and [i]The Expendables[/i].



  • State of Play, good cast, 6.5/10

    Conspiracy Thriller, does ok, never really gets going though.



  • Lies and Illusions; Chrisitan Slater, Cuba Gooding Jnr

    Very odd movie, started off really good, and then it was like the Director musta gone home sick and some (poor)Tarantino wannabe finished it...



  • I just saw everyone's favourite Nic Cage in Bangkok Dangerous - my good was it awful, and I don't even hate the guy like some of you fullas on here.
    Saw Inglorious Basterds and District 9 last week and they are both brilliant.
    Peter Jackson is creating quite a little fiefdom at Weta and giving our tri nations buddies a good leg up (as well as working with Speilberg, Cameron and Del Toro.) Inglorious Basterds rates as my 2nd favourite Tarantino movie after Pulp Fiction.

    Edit: I also watched King Corn which is a documentary about the corn industry in the US (how corn syrup is used as a sweetener and how corn is fed to cattle mostly - I'd explain more but don't want to give too much info away before viewing). Basically 2 guys rent an acre of land to grow corn and then investigate what corn gets used for. At the start they did some tests and found out that they were around 80% corn based nutritionally. It would be one of the best docos I have ever watched and the makers are in a class above the likes of Michael Moore and his grandstanding. They don't ambush or harass people, rather they just let the facts speak for themselves. Great movie whether you're a greenie or not (I'm far from a greenie).



  • I just returned from a few weeks away hiking/tramping in the wilderness. It was a two-day drive out of province, and coincidentally, right after posting a comment on the James Cameron "Avatar" thread, where I commented that I couldn't say his "Titanic" was any better than "A Night to Remember," the cheap motel I stayed at showed the film on the tv that very evening. It was the first time since I saw the movie on opening weekend (Christmas 1997) and I would like to revise my comment. The film is substantially inferior to the earlier Brit version. In fact, there was quite a lot there that I had forgotten that was really, really bad, including a historical abomination and disgrace where Cameron puts a gun into the hands of a First Officer, named Murdoch, and has him shooting passengers, that is total historical bullshit and defamation of character. That was just one thing of many that pissed me off, so I walk back some of those earlier half-positive comments.



  • Saw Up on Sunday and it's another great Pixar movie. Good to take your kids to and adults can enjoy to. I saw it in 3D but I didn't really think it was nessesary.



  • watched a couple on the weekend

    The International: Clive Owen takes on the international banking industry. Story actually pretty good, but it really looks like they made the story too big and didn't know how to end it, so just slapped one toegether. Last 3 mins a total let down. Still, gets a pass 5.5/10 (life lesson learned from movie, don't fuck with an Italians family)

    Role Models: Cynic's life falls apart, and along with slacker mate has to do community service with kids. I laughed a shitload, its pretty funny stuff (i have to admist i like Sean William Scott, he is a funny fucker), its not serious, or high brow, in fact it is the total opposite, but its funny. Lots of familiar faces as all these people seem to do movies together now. 7/10

    Rendition: Now this was good. Egyptian American taken by authorities after they think he is involved with terrorists. Wife can't find what happened, CIA (i think) operative thinks its all unfair, lots of bad shit happens to this guy. Film maker takes a pop at US policy, torture as a method of obtaining info, and a few other causes. But its pretty well done. 8/10.



  • [quote name='Toddy']Saw Up on Sunday and it's another great Pixar movie. Good to take your kids to and adults can enjoy to. I saw it in 3D but I didn't really think it was nessesary.[/quote]

    It's probably the best movie I have seen this year. Personally, I also thought it the best 3D film I have ever seen, I thought the depth was awesome, gave me vertigo.



  • Ok saw District 9 today. Excellent movie. Can't fault it at all. It does however have a whole lot in common with the 80's movie Enemy Mine(Louis Gossett jr and Denis Quaid) though. A few minor plot differences but the general political racial undertones are very similar.



  • [quote name='taniwharugby']State of Play, good cast, 6.5/10

    Conspiracy Thriller, does ok, never really gets going though.[/quote]

    State of Play.....is this a new movie or dvd? Who's in it?

    I l-o-v-e conspiracy theory movies.



  • [quote name='mariner4life'] The International: Clive Owen takes on the international banking industry. Story actually pretty good, but it really looks like they made the story too big and didn't know how to end it, so just slapped one toegether. Last 3 mins a total let down. Still, gets a pass 5.5/10 (life lesson learned from movie, don't fuck with an Italians family) 8/10.[/quote]

    I couldn't wait for this movie to come out. The trailer looked fantastic and I'm a huge Clive Owen fan. (He should have been picked as 007, not Daniel Craig - but that's another discussion).

    I don't think the director realised how much potential the movie had and it struggled a bit.



  • [quote name='TeeJay'][quote name='taniwharugby']State of Play, good cast, 6.5/10

    Conspiracy Thriller, does ok, never really gets going though.[/quote]

    State of Play.....is this a new movie or dvd? Who's in it?

    I l-o-v-e conspiracy theory movies.[/quote]

    Russell Crowe & Ben Afflect



  • Oooooh, Ben Affleck.

    Gotta see that. xzxcool



  • [quote name='TeeJay']I l-o-v-e conspiracy theory movies.[/quote]

    Ever seen "The Parallax View"?

    There is no conspiracy. Just twelve people dead.



  • The Expendables

    [url="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1320253/"]http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1320253/[/url]

    A bit of a whose who of action movies...

    Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Bruce Willis. A few other names like Mickey Rourke, Eric Roberts, Brittany Murphy and Terry Crews. Some muscle bound non actors in Steve Austin and Randy Couture and even Governor Arnie makes an appearance.

    Written and Directed by Sylvester Stallone and featuring character names like Tool and Toll Road it will be interesting to see how this one turns out!!



  • Actually that was a preview in a review thread. Apologies.



  • Gran Torino - Eastwood is the perfect grumpy old bastard. Good film, quite slow but enjoyable watching - 7/10

    Notting Hill - Yeah, I know an old school rom com, but I hadnt seen it and Mrs MR was watching it. Enjoyed it actually! 6.5/10



  • [b]Homicide [/b]- David Mamet film. A little bit disappointing (dialogue not as good as expected, plot a little simple/uneventful), but interesting to think about after. 7/10

    [b]The Getaway[/b] - Sam Peckinpah/Walter Hill adaption of the Jim Thompson book. Rather different than the book. Well shot etc, a little dull. 7/10


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