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NovaKart
Dec 28, 2010, 04:32 AM
I just watched Private Parts (1997) the Howard Stern movie. It's actually not a bad movie and not just gross out humor. If you don't believe me, Roger Ebert gave it 3 stars.

After you've seen Private Parts you can then tell people - Have you seen Howard Stern's Private Parts? I have. I wasn't impressed. It was a small subject.

Monsters looks interesting, I'm downloading it. Apparently it was filmed in Belize, Guatemala, Mexico, Costa Rica and Texas.

Update - I just saw Black Swan. I kept waiting for her to lay an egg on stage. Pretty good movie.

2nd Update - I just watched Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965) - What a movie. Really offbeat and a real classic. Totally bizarre in a good way.

NovaKart
Dec 28, 2010, 10:17 PM
OK new post, I just watched the Girl on the Train/ La fille du RER (2009). It's a French movie about the girl in France who claimed that anti-semitic people attacked her on a train but it was false. The movie tries to explain why she did that. It's kind of an interesting movie and only the second half is really about that.

4th movie in a 24 hour period for me.

Owen Glyndwr
Dec 28, 2010, 11:51 PM
I watched Inception again. God I love that movie.

I also may or may not have done some writing today for a certain movie, to be later placed on a certain website. :mischief:

Joecoolyo
Dec 29, 2010, 01:24 AM
Just finished Dr. Strangelove, Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.

"No fighting in the war room" :lol:

Great movie :goodjob:

Shekwan
Dec 29, 2010, 10:14 AM
I've seen a couple of commendable movies recently.

The President's Last Bang
Korean black comedy about the assassination of Park Chung Hee. This movie has reconfirmed my belief that my Korean Cinema is world class. Some of the references went over my head and it is at times hard to follow (perhaps because of my ignorance of Korean politics), but anyone into political movies with a satirical edge should check this out. I particularly enjoyed how normal people got caught up in the historical event and reacted pretty much how I would, by going WTF and just watching events unfold.

Cyrus
This film falls into the category of "dramedy" along the lines of Funny People. Unlike Funny People it doesn't ramble on for two and a half hours which is very welcome. I liked the films sense of humour but it wouldn't be for everyone. Basically it follows the romance of a middle aged divorced guy (John C Reilly) who falls in love with a woman (Marisa Tomei) who has an extremely clingy grown up son (Jonah Hill). I liked the film in that it seemed more genuine to real life situations that I would find humourous. The comedy relied more on the protagonists odd behaviour and mannerisms rather than witty quick fire punchlines. I reccommend it, but some will definitely be put off by this movie.

Communisto
Dec 29, 2010, 11:25 AM
True Grit

Amazing. The trailer was incredibly misleading though, I was expecting something more in the vein of No Country, but instead got more of the classic Coen bros. formula; dark, violent and hilarious. Highly recommended.

GoodGame
Dec 29, 2010, 02:59 PM
True Grit

Amazing. The trailer was incredibly misleading though, I was expecting something more in the vein of No Country, but instead got more of the classic Coen bros. formula; dark, violent and hilarious. Highly recommended.

Saw True Grit too. I thought it was quite good, though I don't think I saw the John Wayne original, not that it mattered.

Great character drama/ ok travelogue, with some ok action-suspense scenes. Punctuated with some quirky humor. Kind of leads to a downer ending, but I'll let you decide. Not your typical Western where a bunch of guys go off and hunt a bunch of other guys and just raise mayhem.

I'd say it's the only good movie out currently.

The_Tyrant
Dec 30, 2010, 02:16 AM
Anyone know any Mel Gibson movies you would recommend?

NovaKart
Dec 30, 2010, 07:45 AM
I just watched Splice. Really good movie, touching, frightening, suspenseful, it's got a lot.

Cutlass
Dec 30, 2010, 09:59 AM
Anyone know any Mel Gibson movies you would recommend?

The Mad Max series wasn't bad.

Joecoolyo
Dec 30, 2010, 10:57 AM
Saw 2001: A Space Odyssey yesterday.

Very, very strange movie. Much stranger than I thought it would be.

But still, a very, very good movie. Loved every second of it :goodjob:

Yeekim
Dec 30, 2010, 01:57 PM
I saw Devil (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1314655/), which was good and Buried (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1462758/) which was a huge disappointment.
EDIT: "Huge disappointment" is actually an understatement.

Ajidica
Dec 30, 2010, 11:21 PM
I just saw Apocalypse Now.
"I love the smell of napalm in the morning. It smells like.... victory."

NovaKart
Dec 31, 2010, 03:57 AM
I just watched Devil which I thought was OK. Before that I watched Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane (1976) starring Jodie Foster as a 13 year old who lives alone. It was OK too, actually a pretty good movie I think.

NovaKart
Jan 01, 2011, 02:43 PM
Just finished Agora (2009). It has great visuals, the sets are really nice and detailed. The story was OK, I mean not bad really, but I think it could have been better. Not having much background information made it a bit confusing at times.

It's a Spanish movie but the dialogue is in English. The occasional introductions in text are in Spanish.

I read on IMDB that originally the director wanted Baron Sacha Cohen and Jonathan Rhys Meyers to be in the movie but Baron (whatever he's called) turned it down and I don't know about Rhys Meyers. That was great because I can't imagine either one of them in that movie. I'm not ready to see Sacha (or whatever he's called) in a serious role, or any role really, I mean Borat was OK but once is enough. I hate Jonathan Rhys Meyers in the Tudors, he's such a whiny pretty boy to play Henry VIII and he's too young for the part also. The director really dodged a bullet there.

Dachs
Jan 01, 2011, 03:04 PM
I had been waiting to watch Inception until I could see it on Blu-Ray in the comfort of my parents' home. It was worth the wait. I ended up getting the soundtrack too.

Owen Glyndwr
Jan 01, 2011, 03:05 PM
I had been waiting to watch Inception until I could see it on Blu-Ray in the comfort of my parents' home. It was worth the wait. I ended up getting the soundtrack too.

Noice. OwenGlyndwr approves! :goodjob:

Now you should get on #nes more :(

_random_
Jan 01, 2011, 03:07 PM
I saw Anchorman. Pretty damn funny.

Shekwan
Jan 01, 2011, 03:24 PM
That Agora movie has piqued my interest, I think I'll download it. I've really been into Roman themed stuff lately. I read that book Rubicon by Tom Holland recently and really got into Roman history. I realise that it may be mere coffee table history for the hardcore historians here but its a good read for the uninitiated. Can anyone reccommend any other good movies set in Roman times? Not Spartacus/Ben Hur/Gladiator please.

So anyways I've been suffering from some serious Man Flu. As a result the quality of the movies I have been viewing has declined steeply.

I watched Year One yesterday. It was actually quite bearable until about the last 40 minutes by which point it had run its course. I can only bear so many Jack Black silly raised eyebrow faces. I sat it out anyways. And for what its worth Michael Cera peeing in his own mouth was funny.

Afterwards I attempted to watch The Other Guys. I really didn't like this one. Mark Wahlberg is a terrible comedic actor. I have renewed respect for the funnymen of the world after watching his cringeworthy turn in that film. I watched about half an hour of it before turning it off. A bright spot is Michael Keaton's character.

Dachs
Jan 01, 2011, 03:30 PM
That Agora movie has piqued my interest, I think I'll download it. I've really been into Roman themed stuff lately. I read that book Rubicon by Tom Holland recently and really got into Roman history. I realise that it may be mere coffee table history for the hardcore historians here but its a good read for the uninitiated. Can anyone reccommend any other good movies set in Roman times? Not Spartacus/Ben Hur/Gladiator please.
Agora isn't really about Romans. It's part of the atheist/science nerd fantasy about Christian persecution of said atheists and science nerds throughout history as opposed to what the events depicted actually were, namely a power struggle between various authorities in Alexandreia with pagans vs. Christians barely being relevant. Ignoring that and various other historical inaccuracies about which you presumably don't give a crap, apparently there are quite a few plot holes and it's of course fairly confusing for people who lack the cursory popular-history atheist/science nerd background in the subject.

And no, I can't think of any other good Roman flicks other than the ones you mentioned.

Shekwan
Jan 01, 2011, 03:37 PM
Agora isn't really about Romans. It's part of the atheist/science nerd fantasy about Christian persecution of said atheists and science nerds throughout history as opposed to what the events depicted actually were, namely a power struggle between various authorities in Alexandreia with pagans vs. Christians barely being relevant. Ignoring that and various other historical inaccuracies about which you presumably don't give a crap, apparently there are quite a few plot holes and it's of course fairly confusing for people who lack the cursory popular-history atheist/science nerd background in the subject.

And no, I can't think of any other good Roman flicks other than the ones you mentioned.

So its not accurate and a poor movie. I looked it up on RT and it seems to be fairly badly reviewed. Aw. I have been searching for good Roman era movies and they really are few and far between.

Do I really have to resort to Rome or Spartacus:Blood and Sand? Screw that.

_random_
Jan 01, 2011, 03:48 PM
That Agora movie has piqued my interest, I think I'll download it. I've really been into Roman themed stuff lately. I read that book Rubicon by Tom Holland recently and really got into Roman history. I realise that it may be mere coffee table history for the hardcore historians here but its a good read for the uninitiated. Can anyone reccommend any other good movies set in Roman times? Not Spartacus/Ben Hur/Gladiator please.

Caligula. (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0080491/) :mischief:

Ajidica
Jan 01, 2011, 03:59 PM
You could just hunt down the program BBC did on Rome. I watched it a while ago and like most BBC programs, it was very well done. It went from the early republic to Justinian's Reconquest over the course of about 12 hours.

Shekwan
Jan 01, 2011, 04:02 PM
Caligula. (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0080491/) :mischief:

Hmm.

Imdb doesn't like. Might be worth a go.

You could just hunt down the program BBC did on Rome. I watched it a while ago and like most BBC programs, it was very well done. It went from the early republic to Justinian's Reconquest over the course of about 12 hours.

A documentary I guess? Sounds like something I'd like.

Cutlass
Jan 01, 2011, 06:00 PM
Saw "Blood Diamonds" last night. Meh. I was thinking, I don't think DiCaprio is a bad actor, but for some reason I have almost never cared for a movie he's stared in.

_random_
Jan 01, 2011, 07:37 PM
Hmm.

Imdb doesn't like. Might be worth a go.
I'd suggest reading TV Tropes (http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/Caligula) before making such a judgement. As a more serious suggestion, have you seen Quo Vadis?

Cashie
Jan 01, 2011, 09:20 PM
I watched Highlander last night. Time not well spent :(

Fanatic Noob
Jan 01, 2011, 09:25 PM
Well, today I saw about two minutes of "Return of Superman", but few months ago I saw about a half of it or more... Quite good effects.

Owen Glyndwr
Jan 01, 2011, 10:16 PM
Saw "Blood Diamonds" last night. Meh. I was thinking, I don't think DiCaprio is a bad actor, but for some reason I have almost never cared for a movie he's stared in.

Not even Inception? I generally echo your feelings, but I make an exception for Inception.

NovaKart
Jan 01, 2011, 11:25 PM
About Roman movies, if you haven't seen HBO's Rome series then I would say that's definitely worth a watch. It's about Julius Caesar and that story has been done so many times but I think they do it better than anyone else. There's 2 seasons and it ended several years ago.

Fellini's Satyricon is pretty interesting. I don't think it's that historically accurate and it wasn't really intended to be but it's still a hell of a movie. Completely bizarre but very interesting visually. What other movie has a holy albino hermaphrodite in it.

Caligula is a terrible movie. It could have been better but the director changed the script and turned it into a porn movie. It's such a notorious movie that it might be worth a watch just for the experience. I saw it once.

I've heard of I Claudius which is a miniseries but I haven't watched it. It's a BBC miniseries from the 70s and very highly rated in IMDB. It's a big download but I might watch it later once I've deleted some stuff.

Owen Glyndwr
Jan 01, 2011, 11:34 PM
I've heard of I Claudius which is a miniseries but I haven't watched it. It's a BBC miniseries from the 70s and very highly rated in IMDB. It's a big download but I might watch it later once I've deleted some stuff.

Watch it. One of my favorite miniseries of all time. Derek Jacobi is just superb. The Caligula episode is a hundred times more horrifying than anything that crappy Caligula movie could summon up, and it does it without any gore and very little blood.

NovaKart
Jan 02, 2011, 12:00 AM
OK I'm downloading I Claudius but at 8.19GB it's going to take a hell of a long time to download.

Glassfan
Jan 02, 2011, 12:01 AM
I picked up a bunch of DVDs from the $5 bill at our local Chinese Distributer Outlet (Wallmart), including Spaceballs and Buckaroo Banzai. What a hoot!

Glassfan
Jan 02, 2011, 12:02 AM
Watch it. One of my favorite miniseries of all time. Derek Jacobi is just superb. The Caligula episode is a hundred times more horrifying than anything that crappy Caligula movie could summon up, and it does it without any gore and very little blood.

This.

OK I'm downloading I Claudius but at 8.19GB it's going to take a hell of a long time to download.

But well worth the wait.

Yared
Jan 02, 2011, 05:38 AM
I think that Shutter Island is a better movie than Inception. The twist just really makes you go :O and is totally unexpected, and the ending really leaves you going oh dayum.

Inception is a movie that's fun to watch, but I think it was the most over-hyped movie of all of 2010.

holy king
Jan 02, 2011, 05:48 AM
Hmm.

Imdb doesn't like. Might be worth a go.


it's a work of true genius.





i quite liked this series: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rome_%28TV_series%29

J-man
Jan 02, 2011, 06:33 AM
Into the wild

Great movie, I loved it.

NovaKart
Jan 02, 2011, 07:03 AM
I just read this about the Agora movie:

http://armariummagnus.blogspot.com/

The blogger is an atheist so he doesn't have a Christian bias against the movie. He mentions that there is some historical basis to the movie such as the destruction of the Serapeum and the murder of Hypatia, the attacks on Jews, the Jewish ambush at a church and the Jews being driven out of the city. The facts though are twisted to make a story and for an ideological purpose.

This is actually typical of most movies so I wouldn't exactly single Agora out as a major offender on this point. I enjoyed Agora mostly for the atmosphere which has a nice mix of Egyptian and classical elements. I thought the story was OK, it could have been better but not terrible.

Cashie
Jan 02, 2011, 07:56 AM
I just watched Miller's Crossing - solid flick.

I've heard of I Claudius which is a miniseries but I haven't watched it. It's a BBC miniseries from the 70s and very highly rated in IMDB. It's a big download but I might watch it later once I've deleted some stuff.

I, Claudius is great. Great acting, good story tonnes of great (and mostly real) characters. Also worth seeing for Brian Blessed clean-shaven and Patrick Stewart with hair. Did mention the cast is good? Pick up the books if you can, too.

Cutlass
Jan 02, 2011, 10:37 AM
Not even Inception? I generally echo your feelings, but I make an exception for Inception.

I haven't seen that. From the previews and the hype, marginal interest. I may see it some day, it's not something to really go out of my way for.

***

Last night saw Dogma. That's a fav of mine.

NickyJ
Jan 02, 2011, 10:49 AM
Just to be sure, do I have to have seen a movie in a theater to qualify, or does watching a recording (i.e. TV broadcast, DVD, VHS, etc.) also qualify?

cardgame
Jan 02, 2011, 11:02 AM
Anything goes as long as it's a movie.

I just saw SALT, I was quite impressed. Best movie of 2010 imho.

bigdog5994
Jan 02, 2011, 11:21 AM
saw antichrist holy crap what a creepy movie

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NovaKart
Jan 02, 2011, 11:26 AM
I saw that last year, neat movie.

NickyJ
Jan 02, 2011, 11:31 AM
Anything goes as long as it's a movie.
Okay, thanks!

My last movie was Robin Hood, Russel Crowe edition. It was pretty good. I hope they make a sequel to it.

cardgame
Jan 02, 2011, 11:36 AM
Okay, thanks!

My last movie was Robin Hood, Russel Crowe edition. It was pretty good. I hope they make a sequel to it.

hmm, was that the most recent one?

*googles* yes, yes it was.

I hated that movie so, so much. Far too simplistic (at times stupid) and full of gaping plot holes.

Communisto
Jan 02, 2011, 11:40 AM
I was so disappointed with that film. I would call it Magna Carta: The Movie but a) that would be a more interesting film and b) require factual and historical accuracy

NickyJ
Jan 02, 2011, 11:44 AM
Far too simplistic (at times stupid) and full of gaping plot holes.
That's why I didn't say it was the greatest. :p It was missing something, but overall, it was pretty good. At least they didn't destroy it like other things I have seen.

Shekwan
Jan 02, 2011, 11:45 AM
Movies never require historical accuracy. Even if they purport to be about a historical event.

Documentaries require historical accuracy.

holy king
Jan 02, 2011, 11:46 AM
but robin hood is just boring as a movie.

NickyJ
Jan 02, 2011, 11:46 AM
Movies never require historical accuracy. Even if they purport to be about a historical event.

Documentaries require historical accuracy.

Ditto. As long as it is entertaining, it is, well, entertaining.

Dachs
Jan 02, 2011, 12:34 PM
I just read this about the Agora movie:

http://armariummagnus.blogspot.com/

The blogger is an atheist so he doesn't have a Christian bias against the movie. He mentions that there is some historical basis to the movie such as the destruction of the Serapeum and the murder of Hypatia, the attacks on Jews, the Jewish ambush at a church and the Jews being driven out of the city. The facts though are twisted to make a story and for an ideological purpose.

This is actually typical of most movies so I wouldn't exactly single Agora out as a major offender on this point. I enjoyed Agora mostly for the atmosphere which has a nice mix of Egyptian and classical elements. I thought the story was OK, it could have been better but not terrible.
Yeah. I used to have a link to that blog in my sig, actually.

NovaKart
Jan 02, 2011, 02:36 PM
I just finished watching the descent. Really intensely scary movie and pretty intelligent too. It's not like a typical slasher movie.

civplayah
Jan 02, 2011, 02:39 PM
The Langoliers. It was awesome!

Cheezy the Wiz
Jan 02, 2011, 10:23 PM
I've been on a Jane Austen stint lately. Watched Pride and Prejudice (2005), Emma (1996) and Sense and Sensibility (1995). My girlfriend loves Jane Austen, so her interest is rubbing off onto me. While I enjoy them, I have to admit that I am really annoyed by several parts of them, especially the impression they can potentially leave on girls who adjust their expectations to the experiences of Austen's characters. Basically, if you obsessed over these books then you would probably walk away with the idea that you must spend your life beefing up your repertoire of cultural skills and mastering sensibility so that when the perfect gentleman comes along for whom you've always been waiting, you two will magically fall in love at first sight and he'll whisk you off to his manor house and a happy, mutually loving life which gives your very existence meaning.

And of course, everyone, everyone always gets married. Unless you talk too much.

And as a final addendum, Gwyneth Paltrow was omgwtf hot in 1996.

http://images1.fanpop.com/images/photos/2600000/Promo-Gwyneth-Paltrow-emma-2633242-500-812.jpg

Azale
Jan 02, 2011, 11:04 PM
I just finished watching the descent. Really intensely scary movie and pretty intelligent too. It's not like a typical slasher movie.

The second one is a pile of refuse though!

Joecoolyo
Jan 02, 2011, 11:18 PM
Saw True Grit earlier today.

Not the best Coen Brother's movie, but still, very, very good.

The_Tyrant
Jan 03, 2011, 12:01 AM
Dead End
A very clever, low budget horror film.

stormerne
Jan 03, 2011, 12:12 AM
Watching Amélie again, with my wife while she's recovering from surgery.
Witty and artistic. Funny and poignant. Realistic and surreal. Romantic and tragic. Wonderful camerawork and use of color.

NovaKart
Jan 03, 2011, 12:50 AM
This is an interpretation of Jane Austen by Fran Lebowitz from youtube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujjJlT9cCts

I'm not high-tech enough to embed it into this message. Fran Lebowitz basically says that Jane Austen is misunderstood as a girlish romantic when she's actually writing social commentary. People associate her with the Victorian era when she's actually earlier than that.

Dachs
Jan 03, 2011, 12:50 AM
This is an interpretation of Jane Austen by Fran Lebowitz from youtube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujjJlT9cCts

I'm not high-tech enough to embed it into this message. Fran Lebowitz basically says that Jane Austen is misunderstood as a girlish romantic when she's actually writing social commentary. People associate her with the Victorian era when she's actually earlier than that.
ujjJlT9cCts

NovaKart
Jan 03, 2011, 12:59 AM
:lol: thanks

classical_hero
Jan 03, 2011, 01:12 AM
Okay, thanks!

My last movie was Robin Hood, Russel Crowe edition. It was pretty good. I hope they make a sequel to it.

That was terrible to watch. I hope they leave that "legend" alone for a time being.

Owen Glyndwr
Jan 03, 2011, 01:14 AM
Saw 2001: A Space Odyssey. That movie was in-freaking-credible. Simply superb.

dirtyparrot
Jan 03, 2011, 01:33 AM
Saw the movie Moon over the weekend. I can't remember the last time I was this impressed with a movie. I had the good fortune of stumbling upon it. kudos. :goodjob:

Traitorfish
Jan 03, 2011, 06:05 AM
I've been on a Jane Austen stint lately. Watched Pride and Prejudice (2005), Emma (1996) and Sense and Sensibility (1995). My girlfriend loves Jane Austen, so her interest is rubbing off onto me. While I enjoy them, I have to admit that I am really annoyed by several parts of them, especially the impression they can potentially leave on girls who adjust their expectations to the experiences of Austen's characters. Basically, if you obsessed over these books then you would probably walk away with the idea that you must spend your life beefing up your repertoire of cultural skills and mastering sensibility so that when the perfect gentleman comes along for whom you've always been waiting, you two will magically fall in love at first sight and he'll whisk you off to his manor house and a happy, mutually loving life which gives your very existence meaning.

And of course, everyone, everyone always gets married. Unless you talk too much.
And yet, for the era, they were pretty feminist-y. I suppose that's progress? :crazyeye:

NovaKart
Jan 03, 2011, 07:26 AM
I just watched Der Untergang/Downfall about the last days of Hitler. It's a really intense movie and so much is going on that it really deserves a second viewing but at 2 1/2 hours I don't know if I'll get around to it. Especially since I have so many other things to watch.

It's sort of told from the point of view of his secretary but doesn't really stick to that and she's more of just another character but a bit central to it as well. Apparently it's based on her memoir and there's also a documentary about her so I might try to find a download of that. Well at least her recollections and everything would be interesting, not so much her.

The movie didn't really explain where her personal devotion to him came from because she said herself that she wasn't such a serious Nazi and most of the time in the movie he's shouting and talking about how he doesn't care how many people die. Still it's a great movie.

Yared
Jan 03, 2011, 07:33 AM
IIRC he was pretty charismatic and kind to her when he hired her?

Communisto
Jan 03, 2011, 08:16 AM
Max Manus - it was cool. Many nazis died to bring you this information.

NovaKart
Jan 03, 2011, 08:23 AM
He was kind to her but it didn't seem to really justify her staying with him at all odds until the end.

holy king
Jan 03, 2011, 08:29 AM
get the interview.

Cheezy the Wiz
Jan 03, 2011, 08:32 AM
This is an interpretation of Jane Austen by Fran Lebowitz from youtube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujjJlT9cCts

I'm not high-tech enough to embed it into this message. Fran Lebowitz basically says that Jane Austen is misunderstood as a girlish romantic when she's actually writing social commentary. People associate her with the Victorian era when she's actually earlier than that.

Well she's both. But I don't expect most girls to read into that part of it. I appreciated the social commentary parts, but the romantic "guy I've been waiting my whole life for, don't let him get away from you" part was much more in my face.

And yet, for the era, they were pretty feminist-y. I suppose that's progress? :crazyeye:

It was. While her characters nearly always wound up married, it was always a consensual marriage, built upon mutual love. In her time, this was a fairly radical idea. All the more because these books were actually written by a woman! Remember that 40 years later, the Bronte sisters still felt they had to lie about their sex to get their first books published.

While there is still a very large element of man-importance, Austen's characters are generally headstrong women who, while they dabble in silly things like the latest most delicate song on the piano forte, or how to dance or paint or memorizing Shakespearean sonnets, still take charge in a way rather unusual for women of their time. Of course, all of them still must wait for the man to propose to them. And there are plenty of her characters who seem to leap from loving one man one moment to deeply loving another man the next, as soon as the first one dumps her; and none of them do anything remotely resembling dating, they just meet a few times, take a walk in the park, and he decides that its marriage-time. Probably the only instance of two characters actually knowing each other for years enough to make that decision is Emma Woodhouse and George Knightley in Emma. Most of all, I blame these books for beginning the "confess your undying love to her and as she swoons, all will fall into place" nonsense that absolutely pervades the minds of both boys and girls alike. But as always, it must be the man who does this. The woman must just sit quietly and pray to God that he chooses her and not the dozen other girls fawning over him in town. Or even on the estate!

Also annoyed that poor people are mentioned twice in her books. Ever. And one of them remains unmarried because she talks too much! Talk about social commentary.

Darth Caesar
Jan 03, 2011, 10:06 AM
Watched "Legends of the Guardians: Owls of Ga'Hool last night. I must say it was pretty good, the main problem I found is at the end I wanted more, and parts of it I found rushed, I think another 30 Minutes to allow more character development could of done it some good.

Eran of Arcadia
Jan 03, 2011, 10:46 AM
I think that Shutter Island is a better movie than Inception. The twist just really makes you go :O and is totally unexpected, and the ending really leaves you going oh dayum.

Anyone with a basic knowledge of such movies can figure out the twist from the trailers alone.

NovaKart
Jan 03, 2011, 12:06 PM
I just watched Mar Adentro/The Sea Inside. I'm really watching a hell of a lot of movies these days. This movie was pretty good if a bit melodramatic. All about euthanasia.

holy king
Jan 03, 2011, 12:51 PM
Anyone with a basic knowledge of such movies can figure out the twist from the trailers alone.

never saw the trailer, didnt see it coming for a long time.

didnt have any idea what it would be about when i started watching though.

Love
Jan 03, 2011, 12:58 PM
The trailer is just misleading.

Dachs
Jan 03, 2011, 01:29 PM
Anyone with a basic knowledge of such movies can figure out the twist from the trailers alone.
Trailers give everything away. Or they deliberately mislead you.

cardgame
Jan 03, 2011, 01:35 PM
Here's all I have to say (http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/NeverTrustATrailer) about trailers.

SuperJay
Jan 03, 2011, 02:04 PM
I saw Wanted. Yeah, that one where they curve bullets. Angelina Jolie and Morgan Freeman are in it. It was alright.

There's Angelina tush involved, btw.

Eran of Arcadia
Jan 03, 2011, 02:42 PM
Trailers give everything away. Or they deliberately mislead you.

Well in this case I looked it up later, so it's the former.

Traitorfish
Jan 03, 2011, 04:15 PM
While there is still a very large element of man-importance, Austen's characters are generally headstrong women who, while they dabble in silly things like the latest most delicate song on the piano forte, or how to dance or paint or memorizing Shakespearean sonnets, still take charge in a way rather unusual for women of their time. Of course, all of them still must wait for the man to propose to them. And there are plenty of her characters who seem to leap from loving one man one moment to deeply loving another man the next, as soon as the first one dumps her; and none of them do anything remotely resembling dating, they just meet a few times, take a walk in the park, and he decides that its marriage-time. Probably the only instance of two characters actually knowing each other for years enough to make that decision is Emma Woodhouse and George Knightley in Emma. Most of all, I blame these books for beginning the "confess your undying love to her and as she swoons, all will fall into place" nonsense that absolutely pervades the minds of both boys and girls alike. But as always, it must be the man who does this. The woman must just sit quietly and pray to God that he chooses her and not the dozen other girls fawning over him in town. Or even on the estate!
True enough. Product of the time, I suppose- not only was she constrained by the reality of the time, she may well have found it quite difficult to imagine a more egalitarian society. (I mean, a lot of people still do today, and we're more egalitarian now than we've ever been before.)

Also annoyed that poor people are mentioned twice in her books. Ever.
They do lead some very blinkered lives, don't they? In Emma they talk about that farmer chap like he's some unfortunate dirt-scraping peasant and not a wealthy land-owner! Lord knows what they'd think of a real peasant... :crazyeye:

Eran of Arcadia
Jan 04, 2011, 08:48 AM
I saw Zodiac last night.

Love
Jan 04, 2011, 03:09 PM
Saw inception for the first time. Genius!

Evil_Abe
Jan 05, 2011, 11:38 AM
I saw the Green Mile last night. The only things I've heard about it before watching it was "Tom Hanks and prison." It definitely wasn't what I expected! It was great until the "magic healings" started happening, then I was like "what the hey kind of movie is this?" Then I readjusted and it became a good movie for me again by the time it ended. 3/5.

We Were Soldiers: Great movie that brought a couple tears to my eyes. Also makes me want to punch Jane Fonda and the like square in the face. 5/5.

GoodGame
Jan 05, 2011, 11:57 AM
I picked up a bunch of DVDs from the $5 bill at our local Chinese Distributer Outlet (Wallmart), including Spaceballs and Buckaroo Banzai. What a hoot!

"Wherever you go, there you are..."



I had been waiting to watch Inception until I could see it on Blu-Ray in the comfort of my parents' home. It was worth the wait. I ended up getting the soundtrack too.

You should have seen in it the theatre though.

GoodGame
Jan 05, 2011, 11:59 AM
We had an emergency sub for physics today so we watched the Disney version of Anastasia. Good film.

You mean Fantasia?

Yeekim
Jan 06, 2011, 06:25 AM
I watched Winter's Bone. It was a great film, and now I seem to have a minor crush on Jennifer Lawrence, whose acting was just terrific.

Ramius75
Jan 06, 2011, 07:09 AM
Nude nuns with Big guns.... :P

not worth the tickets but should be DL.

Eran of Arcadia
Jan 06, 2011, 07:47 AM
I watched Winter's Bone. It was a great film, and now I seem to have a minor crush on Jennifer Lawrence, whose acting was just terrific.

I have that from Netflix at home - haven't seen it yet, but your observations about the quality of the film and both the acting skill and general attractiveness of Jennifer Lawrence square with everything else I have heard.

NovaKart
Jan 06, 2011, 09:03 AM
I liked Winter's Bone too. The scenery made me kind of nostalgic for Kentucky although it takes place in Missouri but looks pretty similar. The people on the other hand...........

I did like the part where they're playing the fiddle.

Cutlass
Jan 06, 2011, 09:12 AM
Saw The Expendables last night. If you like endless action, this may be for you. Not very believable, but then action movies aren't these days.

Shekwan
Jan 06, 2011, 09:14 AM
Saw The Expendables last night. If you like endless action, this may be for you. Not very believable, but then action movies aren't these days.

Action movies are probably at their most believable. Stuff like the Bourne movies or Casino Royale are somewhat based in reality, whereas action movies of the past were ridiculous. Expendables is an homage to those sort of movies.

Darth Caesar
Jan 06, 2011, 09:17 AM
Saw The Expendables last night. If you like endless action, this may be for you. Not very believable, but then action movies aren't these days.

I heard IGN reviewed the movie and said "If testosterone and an explosion could mate the Expendables would be their child." That sounds awesome!

Owen Glyndwr
Jan 06, 2011, 05:33 PM
Watched The Manchurian Candidate (the original with Frank Sinatra). Was simply superb.

Jos Ballenbak
Jan 06, 2011, 06:48 PM
watched: Old School.....

Ramius75
Jan 06, 2011, 09:25 PM
watched "Machete",

not enough violent, not enough nude, computerised Blood.... -_-"

but overall, still enjoyable. 3.5/5 stars

NovaKart
Jan 07, 2011, 02:47 AM
I'm not sure if I would want to see that guy in the Machete nude. Maybe.

Ramius75
Jan 07, 2011, 10:49 AM
I'm not sure if I would want to see that guy in the Machete nude. Maybe.

it will be cool. :mischief:

anyway, just watched "the Fighter"

great movie. Like it. 4/5 stars :D

Christian bale is stealing the show thou.

Shekwan
Jan 07, 2011, 12:58 PM
Winnebago Man
An exploration into the soul of Jack Rebney, the angriest man in the world:

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He's actually quite delightful, and you will enjoy his wit and repartee throughout, despite his political ramblings. Best doucmentary I've watched since King of Kong. Like KoK it grips us with the tale of an ordinary man trying to struggle with a rather odd form of celebrity; but Jack Rebney is probably the exact opposite of Steve Wiebe. Charismatic, antagonistic, and just a little bit senile, I was always rooting for him but quite certain that I wouldn't be able to stick him for more than a few hours at a time.

I also watched The Losers. Its a poor man's A-Team. Idris Elba is better than this bull, I hope he doesn't waste his talent on crap like this in the future.

Cashie
Jan 07, 2011, 08:58 PM
I watched The Village last night - I already knew the twist in advance. It was OK, but I could see how people wouldn't like it.

Saw inception for the first time. Genius!

That must leave me as the only person on earth who hasn't seen it yet, then.

Cutlass
Jan 07, 2011, 09:01 PM
Family Business. Good cast. Sean Connery, Dustin Hoffman, Mathew Broderick. With a cast like that, I expected better.

Joecoolyo
Jan 07, 2011, 10:05 PM
anyway, just watched "the Fighter"

great movie. Like it. 4/5 stars :D

Christian bale is stealing the show thou.

Just saw it tonight too.

Very, very, very good movie. Much better than I thought it would be.

I went into that movie expecting a middle-of-the-run sports movie about some underdog who makes it to the top in some unexpected victory. What I got though, was an emotional movie about one man, and his dysfunctional family, how he has to cope with them, and develop his career at the same time.

Really, I can see now why it's getting on so many top movies lists this year.

madviking
Jan 07, 2011, 11:01 PM
Saw the last third of Fight Club. Uhh...yea...though the part I did watch was awesome.

Star Wars Episode IV for Film Study. Great, great movie.

Martacus
Jan 08, 2011, 12:47 AM
My wife and I broke out our copy of Bedazzled last night. I now have an inexplicable craving for a Frobisher & Gleason raspberry flavored ice lolly. Are they really worth selling one's soul over?

GerrardCapashen
Jan 08, 2011, 02:07 AM
Saw "Blood Diamonds" last night. Meh. I was thinking, I don't think DiCaprio is a bad actor, but for some reason I have almost never cared for a movie he's stared in.

I watched Revolutionary Road a couple of weeks ago, and I thought DiCaprio was really good in that movie. As was Kate Winslet. It's about 1950s suburbia in America, by Sam Mendes, so you can probably guess that it isn't exactly a comedy.

Traitorfish
Jan 08, 2011, 04:45 PM
Black Death. Cool, creepy stuff.

Jos Ballenbak
Jan 08, 2011, 07:09 PM
Saw the last third of Fight Club. Uhh...yea...though the part I did watch was awesome.

Star Wars Episode IV for Film Study. Great, great movie.

:eek:

You just have to watch that movie from beginning till the end to even remotely understand how brilliant that movies plot is!!

Just like another Pitt movie: Se7en, they only have brilliant plots if you watch the whole movie!

Link
Jan 08, 2011, 10:55 PM
i watched The Madness of King George last night, and thought it was wonderful.

Owen Glyndwr
Jan 08, 2011, 10:57 PM
i watched The Madness of King George last night, and thought it was wonderful.

WHAT WHAT? :goodjob:

Cynovolans
Jan 08, 2011, 11:37 PM
Watched the original True Grit, it was great except for the actor with the weird haircut.

Eran of Arcadia
Jan 10, 2011, 09:10 AM
Saw Winter's Bone - although I personally didn't find the plot quite as compelling as I think a lot of people did, overall it was well made. And everything that I have heard about Jennifer Lawrence is true.

NovaKart
Jan 10, 2011, 09:25 AM
I kind of agree. Winter's Bone has an interesting backdrop but not much really happens in the end.

Eran of Arcadia
Jan 10, 2011, 09:29 AM
Although the most deus ex machina part turned out to be, on reflection, not as much so. Still, hard to say that anyone was better off.

Ayatollah So
Jan 10, 2011, 05:56 PM
Saw the movie Moon over the weekend. I can't remember the last time I was this impressed with a movie.

Seconded.

Recently rented DVDs:

Four Rooms - make no room for this movie in your life
My Blueberry Nights - gets a big raspberry (as in PLPLPL! :p )
Chloe - meh.

Jos Ballenbak
Jan 10, 2011, 06:45 PM
the first and second best Indiana Jones movies, and the Great Escape.

warpus
Jan 10, 2011, 06:47 PM
I had time to kill in Auckland (it was raining) so I saw Skyline.

DO NOT WATCH SKYLINE.. it is the worst movie ever made.

Seconded.

Recently rented DVDs:

Four Rooms - make no room for this movie in your life
My Blueberry Nights - gets a big raspberry (as in PLPLPL! :p )
Chloe - meh.

When I was flying from San Francisco to Auckland, the guy sitting beside me was watching Chloe.. I *think* it was Chloe anyway.. as soon as the plane took off and the lights went off, he put it on.. I was playing tetris on my game thingy, and I look over to what he's doing.. and what do I see? BOOBS! Wonderful amazing boobs

I kept peeking over to his screen every once in a while and half the time I saw boobs or other forms of softcore action.. I loved it! Made for an interesting flight

The funniest was when the movie got into a fairly graphic sex scene.. I have no idea who was screwing who, but one of her legs was way up in the air, the guy was pounding her like there's no tomorrow, and.. that's when the waitress stopped by and asked us if we want anything to drink!

"Napkins.. we need napkins!! and vasoline" (I didn't say that.. but I thought it)

holy king
Jan 10, 2011, 11:50 PM
Nude nuns with Big guns.... :P

not worth the tickets but should be DL.

nobody hs ever tried so hard to be tarantino.

Owen Glyndwr
Jan 11, 2011, 03:22 AM
Great Escape.

Saw that recently (and wrote about it too ^_^)

Ramius75
Jan 11, 2011, 03:39 AM
nobody hs ever tried so hard to be tarantino.

or closer to robert Rodriguez...i think the quality is about the same as machete.:crazyeye:

Jos Ballenbak
Jan 11, 2011, 08:20 AM
Saw that recently (and wrote about it too ^_^)

Steve Mcqueen awesomeness:king:

holy king
Jan 11, 2011, 10:35 AM
or closer to robert Rodriguez...i think the quality is about the same as machete.:crazyeye:

it was one tarantino quote after the other, be it pictures or even lines.

Communisto
Jan 11, 2011, 10:58 AM
The Good The Bad The Weird

Korean remake of the good the bad and the ugly which takes place in 1930s Manchuria. It was really awesome, I recommend it to anyone who's a fan of spaghetti westerns and people gettin caps busted in their asses.

Pokurcz
Jan 11, 2011, 12:31 PM
Bronson, a very nice movie, very violent with a twisted sense of humor about a convict in GB. Based on a true story, and a perfect soundtrack and very easy on the eye.

HAving seen a movie about a guy calling himself Charles Bronson I saw one where the actuall actor stared: Deathwish from 74, it was pretty good.

Jos Ballenbak
Jan 11, 2011, 01:08 PM
Bronson, a very nice movie, very violent with a twisted sense of humor about a convict in GB. Based on a true story, and a perfect soundtrack and very easy on the eye.

HAving seen a movie about a guy calling himself Charles Bronson I saw one where the actuall actor stared: Deathwish from 74, it was pretty good.

And another reference to the great escape, which is an awesome movie starring Bronson.:mischief:

Pokurcz
Jan 11, 2011, 01:29 PM
And another reference to the great escape, which is an awesome movie starring Bronson.:mischief:

It must be at least 14 years since I saw that movie!

mechaerik
Jan 11, 2011, 03:01 PM
I saw The Town. The previews never really interested me, but my brother got it on Blu-Ray and we saw it when we went over to my sister's house. It was better than I expected, and overall, quite good.

Jos Ballenbak
Jan 11, 2011, 05:18 PM
I watched Let me in with Chloe Moretz. Good movie that balances horror with romance.

Joecoolyo
Jan 11, 2011, 05:26 PM
Run Lola Run

Strange and crazy, yet surprisingly good at the same time.

Cashie
Jan 11, 2011, 08:32 PM
Run Lola Run

Strange and crazy, yet surprisingly good at the same time.

That's a great film.

I watched Rushmore last night. Was alright.

Cashie
Jan 14, 2011, 08:51 PM
Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0310775/) (복수는 나의 것)

Park Chan-wook makes some seriously awesome/disturbing films. But you've got to love some of his great little absurdist touches.

Camikaze
Jan 15, 2011, 05:25 AM
The King's Speech. 8/10. My grandparents absolutely loved it, and I thought it was quite good. The average age of people in the cinema was probably about 70, and I guess that's where the subject matter is targeted. But it's a good movie regardless of your fascination with Ed VIII and George VI. Firth and Rush will win accolades for their performances (it's hard to say if they're worthy of Oscars, but they're certainly right up there), and Carter was very good too. Beethoven's 7th was used very effectively.

holy king
Jan 15, 2011, 06:11 AM
inception.

"his subconscious has been militarized"

seriously? freaking seriously?

also, pretty asuexual dreams those characters have...

story 2/10
groovy special effects 9/10

overall 5/10

Yeekim
Jan 15, 2011, 06:32 AM
I finally got around to watching Amelie, which was pretty good as expected.

Yared
Jan 15, 2011, 08:18 AM
inception.

"his subconscious has been militarized"

seriously? freaking seriously?

also, pretty asuexual dreams those characters have...

story 2/10
groovy special effects 9/10

overall 5/10

Finally someone agrees with me.

Jos Ballenbak
Jan 15, 2011, 09:06 AM
I think there is more to a movie then just a story and special effects. Acting, camarawork and music for example. Inception left me dazzled and a bit confused so I agree that the plot makes itself unnecessarily difficult, and at sometimes wants a bit too much. Still it deserves better then a 5.

Joecoolyo
Jan 15, 2011, 11:43 AM
inception.

"his subconscious has been militarized"

seriously? freaking seriously?

I don't see what you're getting at...

Inception left me dazzled and a bit confused so I agree that the plot makes itself unnecessarily difficult, and at sometimes wants a bit too much. Still it deserves better then a 5.

It wasn't that difficult to follow, the plot was deep, yes, but no complicated. If you want difficult to follow, try Memento.

sp1023
Jan 15, 2011, 12:21 PM
Tron

Spec. FX: 10/10
Plot: 4/10

14/20. Still not bad

ZeletDude
Jan 15, 2011, 12:27 PM
I saw Little Fockers and it was not nearly as good as the previous ones.

Owen Glyndwr
Jan 15, 2011, 12:43 PM
I saw Little Fockers and it was not nearly as good as the previous ones.

You expected it to be? :dubious:

holy king
Jan 15, 2011, 02:05 PM
I don't see what you're getting at...


i dont know about you, but i had to laugh about the ridiculousness of that line.

shadowplay
Jan 15, 2011, 02:10 PM
I saw most of Dances with Wolves last night (it was late and I ended up falling asleep). Overall I enjoyed it, especially the visuals, but it was loaded with the usual Hollywood love-story crap that makes my eyes glaze over.

Shekwan
Jan 15, 2011, 02:49 PM
Not in the mood for a long winded post so I'll just recommend 127 Hours and Moon if you're looking for one of the Castaway type solitary guy films. Except they're better than Castaway.

The Good The Bad The Weird

Korean remake of the good the bad and the ugly which takes place in 1930s Manchuria. It was really awesome, I recommend it to anyone who's a fan of spaghetti westerns and people gettin caps busted in their asses.

I second that. Best actioner I've seen in a long time. Possibly since The Matrix.

Joecoolyo
Jan 15, 2011, 03:19 PM
i dont know about you, but i had to laugh about the ridiculousness of that line.

I didn't find it all that ridiculous, it made sense within the plot :dunno:

But whatever.

Link
Jan 15, 2011, 11:10 PM
I saw The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc, and thought it was very strange. Not sure what to say about it.

Ajidica
Jan 16, 2011, 12:16 AM
I saw Inception. It was a good film overall but I feel the director pillaged alot from other sources. The entire snow section feels like it was ripped out of a James Bond film and the subconcious scene feels exactly like William Gibson's subconcious scenes in Neuromancer.

Dachs
Jan 16, 2011, 12:20 AM
The snow section was explicitly supposed to be a homage to On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Nolan's favorite (!) Bond movie. It's worth watching more than OHMSS is, not least because of lolazenby.

But I think that's part of the point. Dream sequences would strongly be affected by movies that the dreamers like or remember well. Hell, it's one reason that some people say that Inception is actually a movie about filmmaking, not just the nature of reality.

Ajidica
Jan 16, 2011, 12:24 AM
The snow section was explicitly supposed to be a homage to On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Nolan's favorite (!) Bond movie. It's worth watching more than OHMSS is, not least because of lolazenby.
I've only seen three Bond films. (Thunderball, Goldfinger, and Quantum of Solace).

But I think that's part of the point. Dream sequences would strongly be affected by movies that the dreamers like or remember well. Hell, it's one reason that some people say that Inception is actually a movie about filmmaking, not just the nature of reality.
I suppose, but the similarities were just eerie.

Dachs
Jan 16, 2011, 12:29 AM
Those three are good. Other good ones include Goldeneye, Casino Royale (the 2006 one, which was spectacular), From Russia with Love, and The Spy Who Loved Me (best of the Roger Moore period, chiefly because he got his best Bond Girl of the era).

madviking
Jan 16, 2011, 12:29 AM
Saw the Marx Brothers' Duck Soup. Thoroughly enjoyed the film, especially the mirror scene.

holy king
Jan 16, 2011, 03:04 AM
But I think that's part of the point. Dream sequences would strongly be affected by movies that the dreamers like or remember well. Hell, it's one reason that some people say that Inception is actually a movie about filmmaking, not just the nature of reality.

you know what dreams are also full of?
sex. and sex. oh and more sex.

actually, this was probably one of the worst and most unrealistic depictions of dreams ever made.

Dachs
Jan 16, 2011, 03:12 AM
you know what dreams are also full of?
sex. and sex. oh and more sex.

actually, this was probably one of the worst and most unrealistic depictions of dreams ever made.
Only the good dreams. I mean, it's a Nolan movie. Romance barely enters into it, let alone sex.

Owen Glyndwr
Jan 16, 2011, 03:42 AM
Saw the Marx Brothers' Duck Soup. Thoroughly enjoyed the film, especially the mirror scene.

I love that one.

Another one worth watching is A Night at the Opera. The boat-quarters scene is hilarious.

Also give A Night in Casablanca a try. It has one of the greatest sessions of charades of all time.

Jos Ballenbak
Jan 16, 2011, 06:47 AM
Kingdom of Heaven Directers cut, the normal version sucks, but the directors cut makes it a good movie with a lot more background information, and explaining why the characters make the decisions they made.

Pokurcz
Jan 16, 2011, 08:44 AM
It wasn't that difficult to follow, the plot was deep, yes, but no complicated. If you want difficult to follow, try Memento.

Memento was't that difficult to follow.;)

Saw Land of the lost, it had it's moments, but the characters where a bit to stupid, and the movie plot was stupid in a bad way. And I had low expectations...

Communisto
Jan 16, 2011, 08:49 AM
Caught Enter the Dragon on AMC the other day, always love watching that flick. Lee was a walking destructomatic devil of pain.

Jos Ballenbak
Jan 16, 2011, 10:54 AM
Enter The Dragon is also very funny, everytime Bruce shouts in a that high pitched voice I laugh :D.

Tonight I'm going to the Green Hornet.

kiwitt
Jan 16, 2011, 11:03 AM
"The Tourist" - rating 3/5

holy king
Jan 16, 2011, 11:13 AM
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1341167/

four lions

pretty funny, but be warned, funny in a very british way.
great actors, bonus points for a very relaxed approach to a "difficult" topic.

8/10.

Flying Pig
Jan 16, 2011, 12:04 PM
Just been to the cinema with the det to see the King's Speech. Amazing film with a cracking cast and almost got a bit dusty towards the end.

Owen Glyndwr
Jan 16, 2011, 01:49 PM
I watched Penelope last night, oh god what a terrible movie.

Joecoolyo
Jan 16, 2011, 01:53 PM
Memento was't that difficult to follow.;)


Harder to follow than your average sex and explosion movie :)

Link
Jan 16, 2011, 06:50 PM
Memento was't that difficult to follow.;)

Saw Land of the lost, it had it's moments, but the characters where a bit to stupid, and the movie plot was stupid in a bad way. And I had low expectations...
Land of the Lost was hilarious.

Cashie
Jan 16, 2011, 07:32 PM
I've seen a bad run of movies over the last 2 days. Especially considering that I've decided to watch all the Star Wars movies in episode order.

Wild Horse from Shangri-la - a Chinese noble savage-type kids' movie, some beautiful scenery, though 4/10
The Phantom Menace - not as bad as I remember
Attack of the Clones - still bloody horrible. Hayden Christensen is possibly the worst actor in history, even the kid in the first one was better than him

bestrfcplayer
Jan 16, 2011, 08:22 PM
Just saw the Green Hornet. I think it is worth seeing. 7/10

Eran of Arcadia
Jan 18, 2011, 08:36 AM
Saw two movies over the weekend:

The Lovely Bones: yet another movie with "bone" in the title, a teenage girl as protagonist, and a plot driven by a crime. But completely different from Winter's Bone. So I am not sure why I brought it up. Visually interesting, and I liked the story.

Inception: for the first time. It lived up to my expectations; I have heard a lot of people say "this movie makes me worry if reality is really just a dream" but I already knew that the odds are that it is.

Traitorfish
Jan 18, 2011, 08:41 AM
Saw Confucius. It was ok. All very cool visually, but the plot was a little dull, and I've never been all that into hagiographies.

JtheJackal
Jan 18, 2011, 11:15 AM
I saw:
The King's Speech which was fantastic.
Scott Pilgrim vs the World which was enjoyable and funny
Paranormal Activity was creepy, good horror movie

mechaerik
Jan 18, 2011, 02:12 PM
Just saw the Green Hornet. I think it is worth seeing. 7/10

I saw it last night and I agree. It wasn't great, but it wasn't bad either. 7/10 seems like a good score for it (although seeing as a 5/10 would be an average film, a 6 or 6.5/10 would be better, but that make me feel like I'm making it seem worse than it is).

dirtyparrot
Jan 30, 2011, 06:43 PM
Over the past couple of weeks I checked out the Expendables (run of the mill action flick), Sunshine (nice visuals, but the plot was only OK), 40 Days of Night (a mediocre vampire movie), Daylight (I want my time back), and Buried (not that interesting). So, overall not a good run.

Traitorfish
Jan 30, 2011, 07:02 PM
The Trotsky. A lot of fun, and with a cast that managed to endear themselves to me a lot more than with most North American comedies. (Traitorfish, empathising with a geeky, excitable, adolescent communist? I wonder why... :mischief:) Definitely worth a watch.

Eran of Arcadia
Jan 30, 2011, 07:12 PM
I saw Holes, which was one of the most faithful adaptations of a book I have ever seen (easy when a) the book is pretty short and b) the author was the screenwriter).

The_Tyrant
Jan 30, 2011, 07:28 PM
Saw Rosemary's Baby. Good movie but was disappointed they never actually showed the baby (who wasn't?) Probably a good enough reason to film a remake.

Thorvald of Lym
Jan 30, 2011, 07:33 PM
The Trotsky. A lot of fun, and with a cast that managed to endear themselves to me a lot more than with most North American comedies.I saw that! Is Canadian cinema regularly so clever?

Saturday I saw Never Let Go. A crime drama about a man who won't rest until he finds his stolen car. Peter Sellers, in a serious role, as the villain? Once again he proves his inexhaustible versatility.

Communisto
Jan 30, 2011, 08:46 PM
I saw that! Is Canadian cinema regularly so clever?

Yes (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bon_Cop_Bad_Cop) and no (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Passchendaele_%28film%29).

Also yes (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strange_Brew)

Owen Glyndwr
Jan 30, 2011, 08:52 PM
Just got back from seeing Casablanca. To say it was a damn good film would be a gross understatement.

Glassfan
Jan 31, 2011, 12:29 AM
Wife and I went to see The King's Speech. It certainly deserves the many award nominations it has received. Pride and Prejudice fans might recognize Colin Firth, Jennifer Ehle and David Bamber.

holy king
Jan 31, 2011, 06:09 AM
Saw Rosemary's Baby. Good movie but was disappointed they never actually showed the baby (who wasn't?) Probably a good enough reason to film a remake.

yeah, just show the monster, that makes it so much more suspenseful.

Luckymoose
Jan 31, 2011, 06:15 AM
The King's Speech was excellent.

Jos Ballenbak
Jan 31, 2011, 10:01 AM
Saw Tron yesterday, it was fun... that was all!

Owen Glyndwr
Jan 31, 2011, 10:02 AM
The King's Speech was excellent.

I really want to see that movie!!!!

Supr49er
Jan 31, 2011, 10:07 AM
True Grit and The King's Speech.

Loved The King's Speech and was surprised to like True Grit.

Flying Pig
Jan 31, 2011, 12:58 PM
Wife and I went to see The King's Speech. It certainly deserves the many award nominations it has received. Pride and Prejudice fans might recognize Colin Firth, Jennifer Ehle and David Bamber.

I recognised Helena Bonham-Carter (Mrs Lovett from Sweeney Todd, also brilliant, and Bellatrix Lestrange from Harry Potter) and Geoffry Rush from Pirates of the Caribbean).

MobBoss
Jan 31, 2011, 01:24 PM
Just on a lark with my wife saw 'No Strings Attached' over the weekend, and it was certainly more fun that one would think. Not great cinema per se, but fun for a date night.

Traitorfish
Jan 31, 2011, 02:05 PM
Pride and Prejudice fans might recognize Colin Firth, Jennifer Ehle and David Bamber.
Colin Firth is only known for Pride and Prejudice in the US? :confused: He's very famous over here...

Owen Glyndwr
Jan 31, 2011, 02:53 PM
Colin Firth is only known for Pride and Prejudice in the US? :confused: He's very famous over here...

No, he's also known for that terribad Alexander movie that I hate.

Eran of Arcadia
Jan 31, 2011, 03:06 PM
No, he's also known for that terribad Alexander movie that I hate.

That's Colin Ferrell . . .

Traitorfish
Jan 31, 2011, 03:08 PM
No, he's also known for that terribad Alexander movie that I hate.
Colin Firth wasn't in Alexander... :confused:

Edit: x-post with Erin.

Also, to be fair to Alexander, it was one of the very few big American films to use the "Queen's Latin (http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/ptitlebb330lv9nf12)" thing intelligently.

Owen Glyndwr
Jan 31, 2011, 04:02 PM
That's Colin Ferrell . . .

Bah, it's all the same to me. Bloody Europeans. :mischief:

Japanrocks12
Jan 31, 2011, 04:04 PM
Saw The King's Speech. Thinking of seeing an anime movie, need suggestions. (I have seen pretty much all of Miyazaki's work already)

Owen Glyndwr
Jan 31, 2011, 04:05 PM
Saw The King's Speech. Thinking of seeing another anime movie, need suggestions.

Miyazaki anything.

The Samurai X prequel movie was quite good.

Japanrocks12
Jan 31, 2011, 04:06 PM
Agh, you missed my not-so-stealth edit. I have seen all of Miyazaki's stuff.

Owen Glyndwr
Jan 31, 2011, 04:07 PM
Agh, you missed my not-so-stealth edit. I have seen all of Miyazaki's stuff.

Watch it again.

Or the second thing I said :p

_random_
Jan 31, 2011, 04:07 PM
I saw True Grit and Unforgiven Friday. Both were very good. True Grit was more entertaining, but Unforgiven was by far the better movie. I was a tad surprised that the fat 19th century southern sheriff never once used the n-word though.

Clement
Jan 31, 2011, 04:12 PM
I saw a film called "the straight story" its about an older gentleman that travels a huge distance on a lawnmower to see his sick brother, he's too proud to ask for anyone for a lift and he can't drive, so he uses his lawnmower and meets many people along the way, it was really good.

Yared
Jan 31, 2011, 04:13 PM
I saw The Tourist. The twist was somewhat nice, but it left the movie with some plot-holes.

Japanrocks12
Jan 31, 2011, 04:14 PM
Watch it again.

Or the second thing I said :p

I haven't seen enough things to warrant rewatching them!

I guess I have a craving to go watch some indisputably good sci-fi movies too, what are some?

Ajidica
Jan 31, 2011, 04:25 PM
Agh, you missed my not-so-stealth edit. I have seen all of Miyazaki's stuff.
Steamboy? It was done by the same director who did Akira.

Owen Glyndwr
Jan 31, 2011, 05:08 PM
I haven't seen enough things to warrant rewatching them!

I guess I have a craving to go watch some indisputably good sci-fi movies too, what are some?

Blade Runner, 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Day the Earth Stood Still (Not the crappy remake), Invasion of the Body Snatchers (either version), Metropolis, Alien, Predator, Aliens, etc.

Communisto
Feb 01, 2011, 10:40 AM
Saw the King's Speech. It was pretty ok. I was disappointed that they kind of lost the angle of how archaic the royal family was at the time and by extension how radically wasteful it is in the modern age and instead opted to further glorify. Also hellena bonham carter just rubs me the wrong way. Worth watching though, had some good bits.

SuperJay
Feb 01, 2011, 10:45 AM
I watched Iron Man and Iron Man 2. I approve of Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark.

That said, I'm not an old-school Iron Man comics fan, so I'm not sure how badly the movies eviscerated the backstory.

Dachs
Feb 01, 2011, 10:47 AM
I watched Iron Man and Iron Man 2. I approve of Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark.

That said, I'm not an old-school Iron Man comics fan, so I'm not sure how badly the movies eviscerated the backstory.
Doesn't matter. Most of the backstory was crappy anyway. You know, because it's a comic book. And what wasn't crappy was anachronistic; replacing Vietnam with Afghanistan is hardly a change that anybody can object to.

shadowplay
Feb 01, 2011, 11:20 AM
Talented Mr. Ripley. I think I'll have to watch it again to absorb it. I had a giant question mark hovering above my head for the last 45 minutes or so.

Jos Ballenbak
Feb 01, 2011, 01:47 PM
Tron and Green Hornet, both fun movies (and fun is all they have).

Green Hornet was better though

NYHunter
Feb 01, 2011, 05:25 PM
The Hurricane- A bit messy at times but, I love movies that put the effort into focusing on actual character development so I enjoyed this film a lot. 4/5

Scott Pilgrim v The World- I had read the first three books, and was looking forward to the movie. They did a good job of removing unnecessary plot to focus on the core of it, but a lot of my favorite jokes were left out. I'm no purist but it did upset me how irrelevant they made Natalie. 3/5

The Other Guys- The comedy is just a series of one-liners, some of them pretty funny, but it can't make up for a very generic and predictable plot. 2/5

The A-Team-] I really enjoyed this film, much more than I thought I would. Definitely better than most action movies that come out these days anyway and it didn't try to be something it wasn't. 4/5

Predators- Generic but entertaining throughout. And I like Laurence Fishburne as a crazy man. 3/5

Salt- Enjoyable, but really it wasn’t a big deal. 3/5

Grown Ups- Perhaps, the most boring comedy starring Adam Sandler, not too bad of a plot, but it's jokes about family and kids are mostly things you've heard stand up comics saying for 5 years now. 1/5

Machete- A perfect example of a "good crappy movie". Incredibly fun to watch. Has a political point I agree with but got a little too preachy. 2.5/5

Ramius75
Feb 01, 2011, 09:15 PM
Reservior Dogs.... not bad, i like the swearing and violent. better than the recent movies with computed generated blood and gore...

one of the best soundtrack too.

Owen Glyndwr
Feb 01, 2011, 09:17 PM
I watched The Bridge on the River Kwai. It was pretty damned good. I'm pretty pleased with my selections for this week so far.

Jos Ballenbak
Feb 01, 2011, 09:26 PM
you should try: the man who shot liberty vance, that movie is awesome!

Communisto
Feb 01, 2011, 09:30 PM
Zatoichi The Blind Swordsman (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2F_zjwDPLPk). Yeah... it was awesome. Good take on the character.

Traitorfish
Feb 01, 2011, 09:31 PM
I'm honestly not sure that there's anything more awesome than Zatoichi.

Owen Glyndwr
Feb 01, 2011, 09:32 PM
you should try: the man who shot liberty vance, that movie is awesome!

All things in time dude, all things in time.

shadowplay
Feb 02, 2011, 12:19 AM
Zatoichi The Blind Swordsman (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2F_zjwDPLPk). Yeah... it was awesome. Good take on the character.

I saw this - it's pretty cool. I enjoy the weirdness of Japanese cinema. BTW, the Japanese-Canadian Cultural Centre in Toronto occasionally hosts Japanese films and film festivals. Lots of fun if you ever get a chance to check the place out. http://www.jccc.on.ca/

cardgame
Feb 02, 2011, 01:14 AM
Just recently I'ved watched Black Hawk Down, The A-Team, and Red.

BHD, freaking intense..

A-Team, great movie.

Red, they got the silly/serious mixture all wrong.

Communisto
Feb 02, 2011, 11:15 AM
I saw this - it's pretty cool. I enjoy the weirdness of Japanese cinema. BTW, the Japanese-Canadian Cultural Centre in Toronto occasionally hosts Japanese films and film festivals. Lots of fun if you ever get a chance to check the place out. http://www.jccc.on.ca/

Awesome!

Do you ever go to Bloor Cinema (http://bloorcinema.com/) on Bathurst? They showed Seven Samurai the other day.

shadowplay
Feb 02, 2011, 11:53 AM
Awesome!

Do you ever go to Bloor Cinema (http://bloorcinema.com/) on Bathurst? They showed Seven Samurai the other day.

Used to go there all the time back in the day. :smug: It's been a while, though. I think the last time I was there was in 2002 for a propaganda film festival. :D

Thoughtful Thug
Feb 02, 2011, 04:07 PM
Watched Due Date on a 720p BD Rip. :)

Ramius75
Feb 06, 2011, 08:18 AM
Black Swan.

scary but very nice overall 4.5 stars. :)

Thoughtful Thug
Feb 06, 2011, 03:21 PM
Black Swan.

scary but very nice overall 4.5 stars. :)

Very good movie. Which is quite rare these days. And for a (SCR) that I found!

holy king
Feb 06, 2011, 03:56 PM
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1183276/

la horde

great zombie flick, imdb rating doesnt do it justice at all.

7/10.

Communisto
Feb 06, 2011, 04:53 PM
Watched Predators. It was pretty disappointing, especially the "twist" with eric 'topher grace' foreman's character.

west india man
Feb 06, 2011, 05:00 PM
I will have seen Inception by tomorrow.

NYHunter
Feb 06, 2011, 05:00 PM
Watched Predators. It was pretty disappointing, especially the "twist" with eric 'topher grace' foreman's character.

Yea, that was terrible, it might as well had not been there.

Communisto
Feb 06, 2011, 05:02 PM
I will have seen Inception by tomorrow.

Based on what I know of your film pallette, I'm really curious as to whether youre gonna like it or not :p

Joecoolyo
Feb 06, 2011, 06:22 PM
He better like it :trouble:

Azale
Feb 06, 2011, 06:47 PM
Watched Predators. It was pretty disappointing, especially the "twist" with eric 'topher grace' foreman's character.

Saw it coming from a mile away. Still probably better than the Expendables.

Ramius75
Feb 06, 2011, 08:38 PM
Very good movie. Which is quite rare these days. And for a (SCR) that I found!

i really like the way the camera moves with the dancers... :) great cinematography

Annex
Feb 06, 2011, 09:35 PM
I watched The Bridge on the River Kwai. It was pretty damned good. I'm pretty pleased with my selections for this week so far.

I saw this last night. Its funny, Guinness once refused to do the movie because he thought it was anti-British, but to me it seemed to frown upon Japanese culture if anything, while poking some fun at Americans.

Thoughtful Thug
Feb 06, 2011, 11:32 PM
Night Catches Us

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0775543/

Most underrated movie of last year.

Night.Catches.Us.2010.LiMiTED.720p.BluRay.x264-sinners

Thoughtful Thug
Feb 06, 2011, 11:45 PM
[QUOTE=Thoughtful Thug;10194201]Night Catches Us

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0775543/

Most underrated movie of last year.

Watched it today on my VLC player. 720p BD Rip.

dirtyparrot
Feb 07, 2011, 07:02 AM
Saw Mad Max over the weekend. Wasn't all that impressed with it. The antagonists felt too much like the ones in something like Rumble in the Bronx and the tables turned in basically the span of 10mins.

Eran of Arcadia
Feb 07, 2011, 08:04 AM
Saw Dinner for Schmucks. It dragged at points, and it was formulaic and cliched (seriously, I hate it when a movie has one "two people talk about a third person who, unbeknownst to them, is lurking in the background, and finds out what they REALLY think about them" scene, let alone two) but it managed to be just funny enough to be worth watching.

Especially Goat Boy.

Yared
Feb 10, 2011, 09:21 AM
Saw Four Lions at an "indie"cinema. It was one of those "the 50 first people who comment on this post will get to go along with a friend to see x" things on Facebook ;)

I liked it. A good British dark comedy.

NYHunter
Feb 10, 2011, 10:04 AM
Iron Man 2- It wasn't as good as the first one, however, it was less dragged out, had a more defined plot and had a more awesome villian, so maybe it was.

west india man
Feb 10, 2011, 11:34 AM
Saw Inception on Tuesday, it was awesome.

Flying Pig
Feb 10, 2011, 01:22 PM
I watched The Bridge on the River Kwai. It was pretty damned good. I'm pretty pleased with my selections for this week so far.

That's a fantastic film. Once, many years ago, the padre at my unit decided to get in on the 'instruction for life' act and played a clip from it one Sunday - the one where the British CO points out that under the Geneva Convention he doesn't have to do work, and is sent to prison day after day - and asked a mate of mine what it said about British officers. Apparently 'that the average officer would rather starve than do an honest day's work' wasn't the correct answer

Re-watched 300. As a work of art or history it's awful, but as a comic book and for sheer enjoyment there are few that can beat it.

Jos Ballenbak
Feb 10, 2011, 03:24 PM
I watched Season of the Witch, it was so terrible.............

Communisto
Feb 11, 2011, 08:05 AM
Re-watched 300. As a work of art or history it's awful, but as a comic book and for sheer enjoyment there are few that can beat it.

Thank you! I've had to argue this point to soo many art house goons in the past.

Traitorfish
Feb 11, 2011, 12:13 PM
Army of Crime. Pretty good. French, so a nice change from the 7UK-American-centric war films you usually get in the Anglosphere. I should watch more foreign war films. (Plus, a film which managed to have a cast comprised primarily of European communists without adding "but we know they're silly and misguided" is pretty refreshing.)

Re-watched 300. As a work of art or history it's awful, but as a comic book and for sheer enjoyment there are few that can beat it.
Well, to be fair, it wasn't meant to be a work of history.

MobBoss
Feb 11, 2011, 12:17 PM
Watched 'The Social Network' and enjoyed it. Very informative. I wasnt sure whether I was supposed to dispise Zuckerberg or feel sorry for hiim. Maybe both.

Communisto
Feb 11, 2011, 12:21 PM
Watching Brotherhood of the Wolf as I type this. So far its a pretty badass imagining of the legend of the Beast of Gévaudan. Fantastical though it may be (with the kung fu and the giant wolf and all).

MobBoss
Feb 11, 2011, 12:31 PM
Watching Brotherhood of the Wolf as I type this. So far its a pretty badass imagining of the legend of the Beast of Gévaudan. Fantastical though it may be (with the kung fu and the giant wolf and all).

I actually watched this in the theater in French with no subtitles and was still able to follow it. Very interesting.

Dachs
Feb 11, 2011, 01:16 PM
Thank you! I've had to argue this point to soo many art house goons in the past.
You're a Frank Miller fanboy, though. Some of us like our comic book movies to be of a higher quality. :p

Communisto
Feb 11, 2011, 04:59 PM
You're a Frank Miller fanboy, though. Some of us like our comic book movies to be of a higher quality. :p

Haha, I'm less of a Miller fanboy than a DKR fanboy. I am however, an unabashed rhinos-used-as-instruments-of-war fanboy.

I actually watched this in the theater in French with no subtitles and was still able to follow it. Very interesting.

I was actually surprised at how much I enjoyed it. When it started I was a little unsure, but then dudes started getting worked over with bowstaffs and I was in.

Next on my foreign language roll, Im gonna watch Alatriste (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alatriste)

Loppan Torkel
Feb 11, 2011, 05:06 PM
Shutter Island - Well done throughout, not very surprising, but a good movie.
Watchmen - A pleasant surprise, I like it more than I thought I would.

madviking
Feb 11, 2011, 06:20 PM
Gattaca...urgh.

Traitorfish
Feb 11, 2011, 06:40 PM
Gattaca...urgh.
I thought it was pretty good. I mean, yeah, it throws the "genetic engineering is bad" thing around like a sledgehammer, but even that's not too bad if you take it as a critique of transhumanism, rather than simply as run-of-the-mill Hollywood ludditism (http://dresdencodak.com/2009/09/22/caveman-science-fiction/).

Joecoolyo
Feb 11, 2011, 07:07 PM
Agreed with Traitorfish, Gattaca was pretty good imo.

Yeekim
Feb 11, 2011, 07:23 PM
Next on my foreign language roll, Im gonna watch Alatriste (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alatriste)
Don't. Imagine "Three Musketeers" that starts with D'Artagnan entering Paris when he is 17 and ends when he dies at that siege - all in about 2 hours.
Most. Disjointed. Movie. Ever.:sad:

Made me want to read the books one day, though.

EDIT: Well, the wiki article itself makes this pretty obvious:
The plot of the film has elements from each of the five books published up to the premiere, and it maintains the same storyline for the main characters. It includes excerpts from the future books of the saga. If the movie plot coincides with the desire of the author it should all end in Rocroi thus leaving enough material for three more books.

madviking
Feb 11, 2011, 07:23 PM
Not unless it's the third time the school has shown the movie this year...

Joecoolyo
Feb 11, 2011, 07:24 PM
Heh, you watched it in school too? :)