Re: Movie review thread...



  • Surrogates; 6/10

    was ok, a tad slow, lacking in action given what we expect from ol' Bruce.



  • My wife and I tried to watch Bruno last night. Utter shit. Basically recycled jokes from Borat.

    SOme of the people he made fun of were not deserving of it at all and the ones that were made me sick.

    [spoiler:stta0rmf]I like a bit of immature infantile humour as much as the next guy and did laugh during the pigmy sex stuff but that was it.[/spoiler:stta0rmf]

    Turned it off after 35min



  • [i]Thinner [/i]was a very fun/cheesy little horror movie. And Joe Mantagna f*cking owned in it.

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  • [quote name='Razbra']My wife and I tried to watch Bruno last night. Utter shit. Basically recycled jokes from Borat.

    SOme of the people he made fun of were not deserving of it at all and the ones that were made me sick.

    [spoiler:1k7ihqy3]I like a bit of immature infantile humour as much as the next guy and did laugh during the pigmy sex stuff but that was it.[/spoiler:1k7ihqy3]

    Turned it off after 35min[/quote]

    I lasted all the way through but yeah, no hurry to see it again. Mercifully it wasn't that long. As I said though I'm god damn certain more people were actually in on it than in Borat. Raz just be thankful you [spoiler:1k7ihqy3]turned it off before the straight Dave scene, lets just say that's something I could quite comfortably never see again[/spoiler:1k7ihqy3]


  • Banned

    Saw Hitchikers Guide to the Galaxy last night. Utter shæt. I thought the TV series was bad but the movie was total pants. There are some books that just can't be made to film and you really had to read the books to understand what the hell was happening in the film. The effects were good but the acting and altered plot were cråp.

    W: Terrific performance from Josh Brolin as W. One of the worst performances ever by Thandie Newton as Rice. God god she was shit. Entertaining enough film, not the total hatchet job the lefties were expecting but still hardly a sympathetic portrayal of Bush or his family.

    Angels and Demons: Entertaining enough without being brilliant. Absurd plot but on the whole a good adaption from the book.



  • Last House on the Left - not a bad thriller, obviously follows the tried and true format for these kind of thrillers, but a decent enough watch 6.5/10

    Although

    [spoiler:1d15x3xi]I dont see why they felt the need to explode that dudes head in the mocrowave, I mean you thought he was dead movie kinda ended and then they ruined it with somethign trivial. Also, I did like the fact they steered from the norm of the baddie not really being dead and jumping up for one last go at killing them, and the guy actually checked his pulse (even if he was still alive)[/spoiler:1d15x3xi]



  • [quote name='Rancid Schnitzel']Saw Hitchikers Guide to the Galaxy last night. Utter shæt. I thought the TV series was bad but the movie was total pants. There are some books that just can't be made to film and you really had to read the books to understand what the hell was happening in the film. The effects were good but the acting and altered plot were crÃ¥p.

    W: Terrific performance from Josh Brolin as W. One of the worst performances ever by Thandie Newton as Rice. God god she was shit. Entertaining enough film, not the total hatchet job the lefties were expecting but still hardly a sympathetic portrayal of Bush or his family.

    Angels and Demons: Entertaining enough without being brilliant. Absurd plot but on the whole a good adaption from the book.[/quote]

    I used to think Newton was fit as anything now as the roll by she looks more and more like Eartha Kitt...yeeeeeeeeeeuuuuuuuuuccccccccccckkkkkk!!!!



  • [quote name='taniwharugby']Last House on the Left - not a bad thriller, obviously follows the tried and true format for these kind of thrillers, but a decent enough watch 6.5/10

    Although

    [spoiler:1hk5wghv]I dont see why they felt the need to explode that dudes head in the mocrowave, I mean you thought he was dead movie kinda ended and then they ruined it with somethign trivial. Also, I did like the fact they steered from the norm of the baddie not really being dead and jumping up for one last go at killing them, and the guy actually checked his pulse (even if he was still alive)[/spoiler:1hk5wghv][/quote]

    As I mentioned earlier I thought that was a pretty decent flick TR. Certainly one of the better ones of its type. But as you mentioned [spoiler:1hk5wghv]the microwave scene was a bit ridiculous, also there is no way his head would explode like that, his skin would burn and his brain would get all messed up internally but to actually explode ? not likely.Like so many movies nowadays this is a remake ( where are all the original stories ) and in the original the daughter actually dies, I think it may have been a better flick if they'd have stuck to this.[/spoiler:1hk5wghv]



  • [quote name='"MN5"'][quote name='"taniwharugby"']Last House on the Left - not a bad thriller, obviously follows the tried and true format for these kind of thrillers, but a decent enough watch 6.5/10

    especially...

    [spoiler:34koxfpo]given microwaves dont normally work when the door is open...in a way, I didnt mind it that the daughter lived, in fact all of them did (I thought for sure the father or the boy would be killed) so often they simply kill people because that is what we expect them to do, and then sometimes simply for the added drama. On the exploding thing, it may do, because dont microwaves cook things from the inside out?[/spoiler:34koxfpo]



  • [quote name='taniwharugby'][quote name='MN5'][quote name='taniwharugby']Last House on the Left - not a bad thriller, obviously follows the tried and true format for these kind of thrillers, but a decent enough watch 6.5/10

    especially...

    [spoiler:3v3slfo0]given microwaves dont normally work when the door is open...in a way, I didnt mind it that the daughter lived, in fact all of them did (I thought for sure the father or the boy would be killed) so often they simply kill people because that is what we expect them to do, and then sometimes simply for the added drama. On the exploding thing, it may do, because dont microwaves cook things from the inside out?[/spoiler:3v3slfo0][/quote][/quote][/quote]

    well [spoiler:3v3slfo0]you can rig the switch on the door to stay down even if the door is open,. No problem there.....as for the exploding head maybe the boys from mythbusters need to get in on the act. As I said it would mess up the brain internally but I doubt it'd make something as solid as a skull disintergrate like that[/spoiler:3v3slfo0]



  • Do not under any circumstances watch "2012". I was cheering for the giant tidal wave to sink all the arks. Fuck me, what garbage.



  • [quote name='Scorz']Do not under any circumstances watch "2012". I was cheering for the giant tidal wave to sink all the arks. Fuck me, what garbage.[/quote]

    If I see the words "Roland" and "Emmerich" listed under the title on a movie poster I avoid like the plague.

    Independence Day - bit of fun disaster movie

    Gozilla - less fun disaster movie

    The Day After Tomorrow - no fun disaster movie

    10000 BC - just a disaster of a movie

    2012 - seeing a pattern emerge



  • [quote name='Toddy']Watched The Vinters Luck last night. It's based on the (kiwi) Elizabeth Knox novel of the same name and is directed by Nikki Caro. It was a pile of utter shit. Nikki really missed the point of the book and it is hard to believe that is was the same director that did whale rider and North Country.

    Read the book and never see the movie.[/quote]

    In case anyone is interested.

    [url="http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/3076674/Vintners-Luck-film-a-betrayal"]http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/30 ... a-betrayal[/url]

    [quote] The author Elizabeth Knox lay in bed and cried for days after watching Niki Caro's film adaptation of her acclaimed book The Vintner's Luck.

    Knox, who got to see the film only days before its first public showing, says she was shocked and upset by how much it departed from her story.

    "She took out what the book was actually about, and I was deeply surprised and deeply puzzled by it, because I don't know why she did it."

    The film did have virtues, including its visual beauty and the actors' performances, Knox said.

    "But I kept expecting the story that I'd written to happen."

    The movie opened in New Zealand last week. It has received a critical drubbing both here and overseas, but Knox has kept her reaction quiet until now because she wanted viewers to decide for themselves.

    The book centres on a 19th-century gay romance between an angel, Xas, and a French peasant winemaker, Sobran Jodeau.

    But the film reduced that relationship to little more than the angel giving advice about wine, Knox said.

    "The film doesn't do the gay romance. It has a vague gay flirtation that amounts to nothing and it has quite a lot of heterosexual sex in it."

    Immediately after seeing it, Knox wrote an email to Caro praising much of the movie but also calling it a "betrayal" for its treatment of the relationship. She received a response that was polite, but a "great big cop-out", she said.

    Since then, she and her husband, the publisher Fergus Barrowman, had sent more emails to the film's producers, including one while "I was lying in bed crying for several days", Knox said.

    The disappointment had come during a difficult year, when her mother had also been ill, so it was hard to separate the stress from that and the film.

    She had little to do with making the movie, she said. "I believe in letting people get on with their jobs. And I also trusted [Niki] and had respect for her as an artist."

    Knox said she would have been happy if Caro had ignored the tale and created a great new film, but that wasn't the case. "She's taken her own chance on her own story – and it hasn't worked."

    When contacted by The Dominion Post yesterday, Caro immediately hung up and subsequently did not return phone messages.

    REVIEWS OF THE FILM

    Not even Caro's earthy, sensuous film-making can overcome the tale's glib supernatural conceit, overstated moral lessons and overall dramatic torpor. Justin Chang, Variety

    An overblown work of amazing silliness. Peter Brunnete, The Hollywood Reporter

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    Readers of the book will be wondering why Caro has left out, well, pretty much everything ... What is left over is not only nonsensical, it is bloody tedious. Graeme Tuckett, The Dominion Post

    Niki Caro's film of The Vintner's Luck will divide audiences. Some will despise it with a passionate fire, and some will merely find it rather dull and pointless. David Larsen, Listener

    Falls midway between absurd and engrossing, misjudged and intelligent. Mike Goodridge, Screen Daily

    The film's lyrical beauty and intelligence makes it something quite unexpected. Paul Fischer, Dark Horizons[/quote]



  • Watched Funny People last night. Stars Adam Sandler and Seth Rogen and directed by Judd Apatow. It's not really an out and out comedy which will probably put some people off but I really enjoyed it. I'm a great fan of Apatow, Freaks and Geeks and Undeclared are great TV and I enjoy most of his produced and/or directed etc films. A solid 7.5 out of 10, losing marks for too quick an ending.



  • Yes Bruno made me ask the question: Is Sacha Baron Cohen the 21st Century version of Frank Spencer? I found it more cringe inducing than laugh worthy.



  • A Serious Man - the lastest from Coen Brothers. Should have read the review in the foyer first that said "difficult to enjoy, but thats the point".

    Well made, sets the period well but slower than Tialata in the 80th minute. Not one sympathetic character in the whole movie. I guess maybe the eopnymous hero but too frustrating to have any time for him. Grow some balls man. 4/10



  • Watched 7 pounds last night. While predictable and drawn out at the end, I can't get enough of Will Smith. I think he is a tremendous actor



  • [quote name='dogmeat']A Serious Man - the lastest from Coen Brothers. Should have read the review in the foyer first that said "difficult to enjoy, but thats the point".

    Well made, sets the period well but slower than Tialata in the 80th minute. Not one sympathetic character in the whole movie. I guess maybe the eopnymous hero but too frustrating to have any time for him. Grow some balls man. 4/10[/quote]

    I admit to being a Coen Bros tragic so I'll probably still give this a watch. But I have not heard anything but "Yawn" to describe this movie. I hadn't followed the story much but a mate told me it was like a lighter attempt at Mad Men?



  • [quote name='Scorz']Do not under any circumstances watch "2012". I was cheering for the giant tidal wave to sink all the arks. F@ck me, what garbage.[/quote]

    haha, sounds much like all the comments on it when I was looking at Pirate Bay...

    same sh!t different movie and name...but at least somone in America gets to save the day!



  • Saw Zombieland - a marvellous piece of work, doesn't engross itself in the what you already know is going to be wildy ridicolous and incredibly far-fetched "how we all became zombies in the first place" and instead just tells a man's story from a quite unique angle...

    So good I'm even considering going to the movies to watch it as I saw this one on a DVD download eusa_whistle



  • "Lesbian Vampire killers" ( yes that is the real title )....

    Basically a "Sean of the Dead" rip off. Pommy dude has his heart broken and finds himself battling supernatural forces with tubby comic relieft buddy. Some genuine funny bits, lots of T & A. You're not gonna get oscar winning performances in a movie with that name are you ?

    worth a look though.



  • [quote name='Hooroo']Watched 7 pounds last night. While predictable and drawn out at the end, I can't get enough of Will Smith. I think he is a tremendous actor[/quote]

    I was really angry after seeing that film. I think Will Smith's performance was note perfect, and he showed his range as usual.

    But that was such a manipulative, Oscar bait of a movie, and it was a bit bloody relentless.

    And while I've having a bit of a rant, I finally saw Terminator Salvation. What. A. Pile. Of. Shit.

    I actually think T3 was a better film.

    Felt like I was watching a big budget, bad version of mad Max 2, as opposed to a Terminator film. And it's quite an achievement to make Terminators not very scary - all they do is knock you far enough away that you can run away. At least in T2 if you got close to one you were deadski.

    I could write pages of what was wrong with that film.



  • [quote name='MN5']"Lesbian Vampire killers" ( yes that is the real title )....

    Basically a "Sean of the Dead" rip off. Pommy dude has his heart broken and finds himself battling supernatural forces with tubby comic relieft buddy. Some genuine funny bits, lots of T & A. You're not gonna get oscar winning performances in a movie with that name are you ?

    worth a look though.[/quote]

    thats those two dicks of 'gavin n stacy' innit? their trying really hard to be a newer hipper version of Peg and Frost. one my mates based in the uk was going on about these two and how they think its hilarious to make fun of mentally disabled people, very clever xzxsarcastic . Im not mother bloody teresa but theres a bloody line.....



  • Watched a recent remake of Friday the 13th (produced by Michael Bay) and it was suprisingly good for yet another horror sequel/remake, it's technically very good for a horror flick especially the score by Steve Jablonsky (Transformers), plenty of action and some chilling moments. Don't expect much or take it too seriously and you'll enjoy it.



  • [quote name='JP']Saw Zombieland - a marvellous piece of work, doesn't engross itself in the what you already know is going to be wildy ridicolous and incredibly far-fetched "how we all became zombies in the first place" and instead just tells a man's story from a quite unique angle...

    So good I'm even considering going to the movies to watch it as I saw this one on a DVD download eusa_whistle[/quote]

    I watched this last night, and I thought it was great too!

    [spoiler:4m12yl7q]Rule #1 Cardio...thats why all the fat people get eaten first[/spoiler:4m12yl7q]



  • [quote name='taniwharugby'][quote name='JP']Saw Zombieland - a marvellous piece of work, doesn't engross itself in the what you already know is going to be wildy ridicolous and incredibly far-fetched "how we all became zombies in the first place" and instead just tells a man's story from a quite unique angle...

    So good I'm even considering going to the movies to watch it as I saw this one on a DVD download eusa_whistle[/quote]

    I watched this last night, and I thought it was great too!

    [spoiler:2kowoaqa]Rule #1 Cardio...thats why all the fat people get eaten first[/spoiler:2kowoaqa][/quote]

    TR you have young kids how the hell do you get to go to the movies ?!?!?!

    but yeah I seriously want to see this. Zombie movies are among my favourite genre.



  • [quote name='MN5'][quote name='taniwharugby'][quote name='JP']Saw Zombieland - a marvellous piece of work, doesn't engross itself in the what you already know is going to be wildy ridicolous and incredibly far-fetched "how we all became zombies in the first place" and instead just tells a man's story from a quite unique angle...

    So good I'm even considering going to the movies to watch it as I saw this one on a DVD download eusa_whistle[/quote]

    I watched this last night, and I thought it was great too!

    [spoiler:1oq0qlhs]Rule #1 Cardio...thats why all the fat people get eaten first[/spoiler:1oq0qlhs][/quote]

    TR you have young kids how the hell do you get to go to the movies ?!?!?!

    but yeah I seriously want to see this. Zombie movies are among my favourite genre.[/quote]
    i was looking foward to zombieland but found it rather dull in the end. the cameo by bill murray was great but im really over Woody H.



  • Watched 2012 over the weekend,, was expecting much. Good thing too.
    Sum pretty dazzling effects for sure, but must have contained just about every cliche there is.

    7/10



  • Took the misses to This Is It (The Michael Jackson thing)

    Pretty cool. Even at 50 he still had it. Amazing how much of an influence he had on how the show was to run.

    Nice just to sit back and listen to his music



  • I saw This Is It when it first came out. Pretty much agree with everything you said Hooroo. If you can just sit back and take his music for what it is then I think it's pretty good.

    I made the mistake of going to New Moon today. I'm beginning to wonder why. xzxscratch_one-s_head It was just bad on every single level.



  • [quote name='Hooroo']Took the misses to This Is It (The Michael Jackson thing)

    Pretty cool. Even at 50 he still had it. Amazing how much of an influence he had on how the show was to run.

    Nice just to sit back and listen to his music[/quote]

    He was a terrific performer, i saw him when he came down here in the mid 90's?



  • for some bizaare reason I decided to watch Hostel 2, one of those movies you kow will be sh!t, but always watch to the end to find out what happens...

    was one scene in particular I could have done without seeing too!!

    [spoiler:1xalxwm8]where the chick cuts off the dudes tackle and feeds to a dog![/spoiler:1xalxwm8]



  • [quote name='taniwharugby']for some bizaare reason I decided to watch Hostel 2, one of those movies you kow will be sh!t, but always watch to the end to find out what happens...

    was one scene in particular I could have done without seeing too!!

    [spoiler:240r4vdo]where the chick cuts off the dudes tackle and feeds to a dog![/spoiler:240r4vdo][/quote]

    Yup that scene just made you wince and cover your groin!

    Makes you wonder if that kind of shit might actually happen over there...


  • Banned

    Forgetting Sarah Marshall: Simply brilliant. Super Bad, Knocked Up, 40 year old virgin. Can't get enough of these guys.

    Valkyrie: Not bad at all but absolutely no suspense because you know the whole thing will end in tragedy. Interesting to think what would have happened if they'd succeeded. Shocking that much of the army leadership hated Hitler's guts and knew he was bringing them to destruction but didnt have the balls to do anything about it.



  • As an interesting aside in history the army was planning a coup in Germany to get Hitler out of power but had the stuffing knocked out of it by Chamberlin waving his white piece of paper and Germany politically being able to take over the rhineland, Hungary, Austria and Czechoslovakia with-out firing a shot well made Hitler look like a genius instead of a raving mad-man - alas they and the world didn't find that out till much later...

    Regardless Hilter never did have universal approval with the German army but rather had just enough friends, connections and more importantly power to hold onto it...



  • [quote name='Virgil'][quote name='taniwharugby']for some bizaare reason I decided to watch Hostel 2, one of those movies you kow will be sh!t, but always watch to the end to find out what happens...

    was one scene in particular I could have done without seeing too!!

    [spoiler:19iuacn8]where the chick cuts off the dudes tackle and feeds to a dog![/spoiler:19iuacn8][/quote]

    Yup that scene just made you wince and cover your groin!

    Makes you wonder if that kind of shit might actually happen over there...[/quote]

    A mate of mine is engaged to a lovely lass from Bratislava and ( to be fair the movie confirms this in parts ) some of it is really beautiful. I think Hostel 1 and 2 and Eurotrip paint it in a much more depressing light than it actually is. I'd believe that shit like that would happen but not to that extent and [spoiler:19iuacn8]I'm sure they wouldn't go all the way to the US to decapitate the only survivor ![/spoiler:19iuacn8]

    Yes the scene mentioned wasn't pleasant was it ? your worst nightmare really.....



  • On a lighter note, I saw Where the Wild Things Are last night, and it was really good. Captured the spirit of the book very well, and was very well crafted. For a movie that is mostly guys in furry suits, it was beautiful to look at at times. Beautiful imagery.

    Hung on the ability of the child lead and he was something special, in a non Haley J. Osment way, just an honest portrayal of a young kid, tears, tantrums and all (One highlight was the standoff with him standing on the table in his Wolf Suit shouting "Feed Me Woman".)

    Due warming that it's a movie about emotions, so that might put some people off.


  • Banned

    [quote name='JP']As an interesting aside in history the army was planning a coup in Germany to get Hitler out of power but had the stuffing knocked out of it by Chamberlin waving his white piece of paper and Germany politically being able to take over the rhineland, Hungary, Austria and Czechoslovakia with-out firing a shot well made Hitler look like a genius instead of a raving mad-man - alas they and the world didn't find that out till much later...

    Regardless Hilter never did have universal approval with the German army but rather had just enough friends, connections and more importantly power to hold onto it...[/quote]

    Yeah many of the big shots in the army like Mannstein hated him but they never had the balls to get rid of him. Hitler was brilliant at the art of divide and rule.

    Its incredible to think what would have happened it the coup had taken place in 38 or indeed if Britain, France etc had stood up to Hitler and declared war. This is actually something guys like Canaris were hoping for because they knew that the German army wasnt strong enough at that stage to take on the allies.



  • I watched T4 - Salvation last night. It was okay. Not great and I think it made a really big mistake of focussing on the Marcus character and not enough on John Connor. The cameo by Arnold (read CGI) made my son's day.

    BTW: Kirwan - I think I'll be seeing Where the Wild Things are on the weekend ... Dear God. It's my turn to take the kids to the flicks and use up the tickets we got. I can tolerate most kids' movies. Most of them are a laugh, but I got stuck with taking the kids to New Moon when it came out. Our daughter loves it and son wanted to see the Werewolves. It was right up there (or down there) with Sisters and the Ya-Ya sisterhood thing or the traveling pants or whatever that rubbish was. Avoid like the plague.



  • [quote name='Jury'][b]I watched T4 - Salvation last night. It was okay. Not great and I think it made a really big mistake of focussing on the Marcus character and not enough on John Connor. The cameo by Arnold (read CGI) made my son's day.[/b]

    BTW: Kirwan - I think I'll be seeing Where the Wild Things are on the weekend ... Dear God. It's my turn to take the kids to the flicks and use up the tickets we got. I can tolerate most kids' movies. Most of them are a laugh, but I got stuck with taking the kids to New Moon when it came out. Our daughter loves it and son wanted to see the Werewolves. It was right up there (or down there) with Sisters and the Ya-Ya sisterhood thing or the traveling pants or whatever that rubbish was. Avoid like the plague.[/quote]

    Yeah thats what i thought, on the whole enjoyed it more than the last terminator flick.
    Another nice touch was when he played the GnR song from T2 on the boom box...


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