Re: Movie review thread...



  • Just watched Avatar in 3D . Amazing , must see movie. I reckon it will make James Cameron even more squillions. It has a basic plot (just like Star wars, Superman etc) but is so well done ,only the most cynical (cue to fern reviewers) will diss it,


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    [quote name='fatbaldbloke']Just watched Avatar in 3D . Amazing , must see movie. I reckon it will make James Cameron even more squillions. It has a basic plot (just like Star wars, Superman etc) but is so well done ,only the most cynical (cue to fern reviewers) will diss it,[/quote]

    I was skeptical after seeing the preview but saw a more in-depth show on it last night and it does look pretty amazing. What I'm wondering about is it if humans are able to to develop the technology to travel such vast distances and turn a guy into an alien how come they don't have the tech to make him walk again?



  • [quote name='Razbra']Has any one seen JCVD? Heard good things but never actually got round to watching it.[/quote]

    I saw it and was expecting good things due to the reviews. Personally, I found it boring and just couldn't get it into it. I still found there were a few good scenes though.



  • [quote name='Rancid Schnitzel'][quote name='fatbaldbloke']Just watched Avatar in 3D . Amazing , must see movie. I reckon it will make James Cameron even more squillions. It has a basic plot (just like Star wars, Superman etc) but is so well done ,only the most cynical (cue to fern reviewers) will diss it,[/quote]

    I was skeptical after seeing the preview but saw a more in-depth show on it last night and it does look pretty amazing. What I'm wondering about is it if humans are able to to develop the technology to travel such vast distances and turn a guy into an alien how come they don't have the tech to make him walk again?[/quote]

    Fuck, that was exactly what I was thinking. And if they can warp through space how come they have planetery energy problems? Can't turn that part of my brain off now.



  • I was skeptical after seeing the preview but saw a more in-depth show on it last night and it does look pretty amazing. What I'm wondering about is it if humans are able to to develop the technology to travel such vast distances and turn a guy into an alien how come they don't have the tech to make him walk again?

    They do , you will have to watch the movie. My suggestion definitely watch the 3D version.



  • I'm booked in to see Avatar at 3D Imax tomorrow afternoon. It's pretty full so my seats are out on the side. Hope it's still ok.



  • I do love the fact that folk can readily accept 10 foot tall blue aliens but question the scientific legitimacy of future health care standards & feel they lack realism

    Not a review, but I shit myself in excitement yesterday when watching this -

    [url="http://www.apple.com/trailers/wb/clashofthetitans/"]http://www.apple.com/trailers/wb/clashofthetitans/[/url]

    I know its probably going to more 300 than Gladiator, but fuck me its a cracking trailer

    Oh, on the review front, saw A Serious Man, very very good movie but seemed more like an exercise in film making & less like a film. One of those for people to talk about how wonderful it was to make others feel they are deep thinkers, like the way people cite Citizen Kane as a clasic despite it being boring as all fuck. Still, it was pretty good, but more in a Man Who Wasn't There way from the Coen Brothers, rather than Burn After Reading or Lebowski



  • [quote name='mogwai']I do love the fact that folk can readily accept 10 foot tall blue aliens but question the scientific legitimacy of future health care standards & feel they lack realism

    Not a review, [b]but I shit myself in excitement[/b] yesterday when watching this -

    [url="http://www.apple.com/trailers/wb/clashofthetitans/"]http://www.apple.com/trailers/wb/clashofthetitans/[/url]

    I know its probably going to more 300 than Gladiator, but fuck me its a cracking trailer

    Oh, on the review front, saw A Serious Man, very very good movie but seemed more like an exercise in film making & less like a film. One of those for people to talk about how wonderful it was to make others feel they are deep thinkers, like the way people cite Citizen Kane as a clasic despite it being boring as all fuck. Still, it was pretty good, but more in a Man Who Wasn't There way from the Coen Brothers, rather than Burn After Reading or Lebowski[/quote]

    I fucking know dude. Sam Worthington must have holes in his jeans by now... But how good does this look. Its like Jason and the Argonauts on roids.

    On the Citizen Kane thing, but from way out in left field, I remember years ago reading a Empire interview with Steven Seagal. He claimed that [i]On Deadly Ground [/i] was his Citizen Kane. I had not seen Orson Welles yet but decided to watch both. How fucken confused was I.

    I was only 17 though.



  • [quote name='mogwai']I do love the fact that folk can readily accept 10 foot tall blue aliens but question the scientific legitimacy of future health care standards & feel they lack realism

    Not a review, but I shit myself in excitement yesterday when watching this -

    [url="http://www.apple.com/trailers/wb/clashofthetitans/"]http://www.apple.com/trailers/wb/clashofthetitans/[/url]

    I know its probably going to more 300 than Gladiator, but fuck me its a cracking trailer

    Oh, on the review front, saw A Serious Man, very very good movie but seemed more like an exercise in film making & less like a film. One of those for people to talk about how wonderful it was to make others feel they are deep thinkers, like the way people cite Citizen Kane as a clasic despite it being boring as all fuck. Still, it was pretty good, but more in a Man Who Wasn't There way from the Coen Brothers, rather than Burn After Reading or Lebowski[/quote]

    That looks pretty good, I got the whole LOTR ROTK feel form that clip myself...


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    [quote name='mogwai']I do love the fact that folk can readily accept 10 foot tall blue aliens but question the scientific legitimacy of future health care standards & feel they lack realism

    Not a review, but I shit myself in excitement yesterday when watching this -

    [url="http://www.apple.com/trailers/wb/clashofthetitans/"]http://www.apple.com/trailers/wb/clashofthetitans/[/url]

    I know its probably going to more 300 than Gladiator, but fuck me its a cracking trailer

    Oh, on the review front, saw A Serious Man, very very good movie but seemed more like an exercise in film making & less like a film. One of those for people to talk about how wonderful it was to make others feel they are deep thinkers, like the way people cite Citizen Kane as a clasic despite it being boring as all fuck. Still, it was pretty good, but more in a Man Who Wasn't There way from the Coen Brothers, rather than Burn After Reading or Lebowski[/quote]

    Yes good point but but I still find it weird that amidst all these aliens and impossible technology theres a guy sitting in a wheelchair. Kind of like how in Star Wars Anniken has to keep walking around with that gold mechanical contraption for an arm.... I'll stop now.

    Cheers for posting that trailer. Shit that looks cool.

    BTW Citizen Kane is a great film though I admitt that if you knew about Rosebud before watching then it could be a bit boring.



  • Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus eusa_whistle

    Bear in mind I got this out in the hope that it would be "so cheesy and bad it would be good" in a Snake on a plane type way....

    Sheesh don't fucken bother. Shocking shit on any number of levels with the horrific acting only surpassed by the horrific special effects. They were so bad they actually showed the shark swimming in the same shot about 10 times. Not only can a giant shark leap out of the water and bite a jumbo jet out of the sky a giant octopus can swat a supersonic jet.

    I think the giant monsters were only on screen for a total of about five minutes. The rest was spent with Deborah Gibson ( remember her ? shes still not too bad ), an asian guy and an irish guy mixing liquids and doing scientific stuff for no apparent reason.

    Remember my initial sentence, "so bad its bad, no so bad it's good...."

    1.3/10



  • [quote name='MN5']Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus eusa_whistle [/quote]

    As I was scrolling down i saw that come up and instantly started laughing. Didn't even need to read the rest.

    Still laughing now.



  • Inglorius Basterds, this movie is 2.5 hours long.... xzxscratch_one-s_head

    It is an ok movie with a decent enough story, but it is 2.5 hours long, it was not good enough to be that long I am afraid!



  • warning for those with kids ~ "the dog who saved Christmas" is by far the worst fucking movie ever made. It has talking animals and they couldn't even be arsed doing CGI to get mouths to move or even given them peanut nutter (Mr Ed) so you get a dog sitting there doing nothing with a voice over, then it pans to another dod doing nothing with a voice over.


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    [quote name='taniwharugby']Inglorius Basterds, this movie is 2.5 hours long.... xzxscratch_one-s_head

    It is an ok movie with a decent enough story, but it is 2.5 hours long, it was not good enough to be that long I am afraid![/quote]

    Watched that last night although I watched in instalments so it didnt feel as long. I really liked it. Nobody does dialogue like Tarantino. I lived in Germany about 12 years ago and it was hilarious for me to see Austrian tv actors (Jew Hunter and the Austrian jew) in a major Hollywood film. The guy that played Jew hunter will win an oscar for sure. 8 out of 10.



  • [quote name='Razbra'][quote name='MN5']Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus eusa_whistle [/quote]

    As I was scrolling down i saw that come up and instantly started laughing. Didn't even need to read the rest.

    Still laughing now.[/quote]

    BUt Razbra it was SOOOOOOOOOOOO awesome eusa_whistle and besides all the District 9s had been rented out.....

    [img]http://thenationalevil.files.wordpress.com/2009/07/mega-shark-vs-giant-octopus-560x345.jpg[/img]



  • [quote name='Rancid Schnitzel'][quote name='taniwharugby']Inglorius Basterds, this movie is 2.5 hours long.... xzxscratch_one-s_head

    It is an ok movie with a decent enough story, but it is 2.5 hours long, it was not good enough to be that long I am afraid![/quote]

    Watched that last night although I watched in instalments so it didnt feel as long. I really liked it. Nobody does dialogue like Tarantino. I lived in Germany about 12 years ago and it was hilarious for me to see Austrian tv actors (Jew Hunter and the Austrian jew) in a major Hollywood film. The guy that played Jew hunter will win an oscar for sure. 8 out of 10.[/quote]

    it was ok, for me about 6.5/10, but just seemed way too long xzxunknown Thought the Jew Hunter and Pitt were both very good though.



  • Watched [i]Happiness [/i]for the first time in about 10 years the other night. Bloody good movie, dark as fuck, not for everyone - last scene between father and son is brutal. Jared Harris was good - who knew he could play a russian. Obviously I've been watching too much [i]Fringe[/i].



  • Here's the dream sequence, FWIW:

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  • Saw Avatar in 3-D last night, excellent movie but you would really have to see it in 3D to appreciate it e.g. some of the movie would be lost in translation with-out the 3D effects.

    Thought it was excellent, seamless integration of real and CGI, entertaining storyline and visually stunning - a little blunt in it's delivery though...

    Ironical in that this movie somewhat appeared to represent what happened between the American's and the American Indian's, can't help but feel it's a little sanctimonious...



  • [quote name='JP']Saw Avatar in 3-D last night, excellent movie but you would really have to see it in 3D to appreciate it e.g. some of the movie would be lost in translation with-out the 3D effects.

    Thought it was excellent, seamless integration of real and CGI, entertaining storyline and visually stunning - a little blunt in it's delivery though...

    Ironical in that this movie somewhat appeared to represent what happened between the American's and the American Indian's, can't help but feel it's a little sanctimonious...[/quote]

    I enjoyed it, but wasn't sure about the 3D. It felt a little gimmicky, and with all the brilliant CGI on display I'm not sure it needed it.

    I will say it's the best CGI I've ever seen, I didn't see a single bad effect and the aliens looked utterly real. A real landmark in the technology, it was like a couple hundred gollums being on screen, but even better than that CGI.

    The story was fine, very predictable but that's not a problem for this type of film. And I'm not convinced about Sam Worthington, he's fine in a Colin Farrel sort of way, but like him I have no idea how he's getting these movies. He was very earnest, and with some of the dialogue he bloody needed to be.

    I'd give it a 7/10 and will see it again on a normal screen.



  • [quote name='Kirwan']And I'm not convinced about Sam Worthington, he's fine in a Colin Farrel sort of way, but like him I have no idea how he's getting these movies. He was very earnest, and with some of the dialogue he bloody needed to be.
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    Its a snowball thing, he hit the headlines in Somersault & then he gets cast in 1 huge film & then everyone goes "I saw this guy in Somersault, he was pretty good & he's cast in Terminator 4 so by the end of 2009 he'll be HUGE, so we cast him in Avatar".

    Then the when they are casting Clash of the Titans they go ""I saw this guy in Somersault, he was pretty good & he's cast in Terminator 4 AND in Avatar, so by the start of 2010 he'll be HUGE so we'll cast him in Clash!".

    And so on, becomes self-fulfilling. That and they are betting on him becoming MASSIVE & yet they can get him for a tenth of the price of Christian Bale.

    Same happened a few years back with Shia Lebouf.

    And for that matter with Colin Farrell

    We recently bought a film for no reason other than it having Gemma Arterton in it on the back of it delivering in Q4 2010 after shes been in Clash & Prince of Persia. Shes shit for the role, but its a bet on her being massive. Cracking set of tits tho'.



  • And on a review / upcoming point I saw the 99% finished version of this a little while back -

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    (its Kick Ass)

    The trailer pretty much sums up the movie. Its just superb, action, great one liners & just an insane amount of very inappropriate violence. Based on a slightly obscure set of comics. Next year is shaping up to be superb from a mindless exploding helicopters people being shot in the face kind of way - Clash of the Titans, Robin Hood (ie Gladiator 2), Kick Ass, Iron Man 2...



  • Ya, the Robin Hood trailer looked pretty good - people getting a massive sword in the head and shit



  • [quote name='Tim']Ya, the Robin Hood trailer looked pretty good - people getting a massive sword in the head and shit [/quote]

    It really is Gladiator 2. (YAY!)

    I defy anyone to watch big Russ smoke those 6 guys & end with the double handed beheading in Gladiator & not pee themselves just a little bit at the awesomeness of it. Its like the bit in Star Wars when you realise Han Solo has come back & shot those last couple of Tie Fighters.

    Yes Russ, yes I am entertained.



  • Seen a couple of shorts for Robin Hood - and I'm looking forward to it as well.
    That and Iron Man - Robert Downey Jr. one of my favourite actors.



  • Saw Invictus last night - thought it was very good.

    The rugby scenes in it, were very realistic, most impressive. For the non rugby player they infused parts of the story to give ideas as to how to play rugby, which I also thought was good for the American audience. As much to a number of you on here's surprise - they didn't paint the All Blacks off to be villians. In fact the opposite - we were portrayed very well, especially our favourite man - JONAH!
    The haka wasn't too bad, could have been better, but could have been worse, so no complaints.

    Also some of the characters were a close resemblance, so they were trying to stuck to the true story. For instance the little scruffy haired guy they had for Merths.

    Story line was good as well - but most of us should know it anyway.
    Freeman and Damon both played their parts very well, no surprise there as they're both brilliant actors. A reasonable bit of humor throughout as well, which was good.

    Overall I thought it was a very good movie. To watch as a spectacle, to portray the game we love, and to also show the team we love.



  • 2012 - a tale of man vs nature, looking into your soul and seeing the depths of human spirit, how mans survival instinct and selfishness can be overcome by the heart and togetherness.

    3/10



  • Watched [I]eXistenZ [/I]for the first time since 1999 (I'm a huge Cronenberg fan) last night. Good movie, even with the tacked on last line from the asian dude. Aged surprisingly well (although those plastic VR sets were pretty clunky). 8/10.



  • Jennifers Body is pretty awesome (given Megan Fox is Jennifer)

    The movie however, is not so awesome...wannabe cult horror type flick, 6/10



  • Went to see `2012'. The story is corny, it has a predictable ending but the special effects were amazing. Out of 10 .... 8

    Also went to see `The Time Travellers Wife'. Clever idea but the director didn't manage to pull it off. Still trying to work out why the time traveller travelled back in time. He disappeared, arrived at his new location naked, stole some clothes and immediately jumped back to a his life with his wife and family (albeit sometimes in a different year). Out of 10....5.

    Has anyone seen `Avatar'? What's it like? Someone said you have to view it through 3D glasses (?)



  • I saw that tonight, and it was very enjoyable - a definite 8/10 in my book. I particularly liked that he didn't wear a deerstalker hat!



  • [quote name='TeeJay']Went to see `2012'. The story is corny, it has a predictable ending but the special effects were amazing. Out of 10 .... 8

    Also went to see `The Time Travellers Wife'. Clever idea but the director didn't manage to pull it off. Still trying to work out why the time traveller travelled back in time. He disappeared, arrived at his new location naked, stole some clothes and immediately jumped back to a his life with his wife and family (albeit sometimes in a different year). Out of 10....5.

    [B]Has anyone seen `Avatar'? What's it like? Someone said you have to view it through 3D glasses /B[/QUOTE]

    Stunning, caught it on an Imax screen in 3D...visually brilliant. Cant imagine seeing it any other way would do it justice.



  • Missed District 9 at the movies but saw it on DVD the other day. Now I don't know how to actually do a spoiler on this new format so a mod can feel free to do it for me but for those who haven't seen it....

    SPOILER BELOW !!!!!!********

    How come these Aliens who could literally rip people to pieces were herded up and treated like slaves ? not only that they had weapons and surely they could easily break out and take over Jburg ? There were 1.8 million of them, did they not communicate and think "fuck this lets get out of here, those with weapons go in front"

    After all those were some of the coolest guns in movie histpry, it would only take 20 or 30 of them leading from the front to annailate an entire armed force surely....

    Maybe this was discussed cos I was a bit tired and pissed while watching it so I may have missed it.



  • I think its because they are generally peaceful and did not want to enter full scale war. I saw an interview with the director and he said the [I]Prawns[/I] considered us their hosts and thought it rude to rebel.



  • I also saw Avatar in 3D on the Imax screen. Pretty damn cool. I was skeptical about the 3D, but it was actually quite neat, and integrated into the movie. Not as distracting as I thought it would be. First movie I have seen in the theater in about a year, and was worth it. I thought the less obvious 3D stuff (like the floating ash after Jake Sully wakes up alone after the Home Tree was destroyed) was better than the 'obvious" stuff (like the golf balls near the beginning of the flick)



  • [quote name='rustycruiser']I also saw Avatar in 3D on the Imax screen. Pretty damn cool. I was skeptical about the 3D, but it was actually quite neat, and integrated into the movie. Not as distracting as I thought it would be. First movie I have seen in the theater in about a year, and was worth it. I thought the less obvious 3D stuff (like the floating ash after Jake Sully wakes up alone after the Home Tree was destroyed) was better than the 'obvious" stuff (like the golf balls near the beginning of the flick)[/QUOTE]

    Yup exactly how i thought, you expect movies in 3D to play on it far too much (things flying towards your face etc)
    But avatar didnt do that, it just enhanced the experience, made you feel like your actually there.



  • [QUOTE=]I also saw Avatar in 3D on the Imax screen. Pretty damn cool.[/QUOTE]

    I wonder how they'll sell this if and when it comes out on dvd?



  • Saw 2012 , the story was as predictable as hell but i thought it was worth the price of admision for the special effects alone . 8/10
    Saw Avatar . Not a bad film but at nearly three hours it dragged out a little . Still well worth going to see . 7/10
    Saw The Time Travellers Wife . Movie was ok but a few bits were a little slow and pointless , i still enjoyed it though . Mrs Jack had just finished the book which meant she found the movie a little disappointing as she said the book was brilliant . 6/10



  • [quote name='TeeJay']I wonder how they'll sell this if and when it comes out on dvd?[/QUOTE]

    you generally get a double sided DVD with a 2d version & a 3d version & give away shit 3d glasses. thats what pretty much all of the 3d releases have done. Interestingly (or not) 3D movies MASSIVELY underperform on DVD, they are a real stinker, probably because people assume you have to watch them in 3D,

    Watched Avatar (like everyone else) over the break, pretty good, great CGI - after 30 minutes or so you forget its CGI, which is pretty much the hallmark of great CGI in my book. Story is a bit hokey but its still very entertaining.

    Also watched Let The Right One In (Swedish vampire movie) very arty & surreal, I liked it but it was very strange, not scary or horrific, more like a work of art than a movie.


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