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JoBlo 01-21-2013 06:51 PM

What film(s) did everyone watch today? Redux Quatro!
The old thread was getting a little too big for its own weight, so here's a brand new thread (likely the longest ongoing thread in the history of our site) regarding everyone's LATEST MOVIE VIEWINGS...

Remember that you can also elaborate on your viewings in MOVIE FAN CENTRAL, just a click away...

sarah1980 01-21-2013 07:52 PM


smacaskill 01-21-2013 09:41 PM

Haywire - The fight scenes were really good but the rest of the film dragged at times. It just wasn't all that exciting watching the conspiracy unfold. There weren't any huge flaws it was just bland. Gina Carano can definitely kick some serious ass though. 6/10

ilovemovies 01-21-2013 10:37 PM

The Impossible - *** 1/2

Pretty powerful and intense stuff. I must confess, the reunited scene near the end had me in tears. As much as I love both Jessica Chastain and Jennifer Lawrence's performances, I am definitely rooting for Naomi Watts to win the Oscar. She's absolutely incredible. But then so is Ewan McGregor and all of the young actors playing the children. Definitely one of the best ensemble casts of the year.

Matchbox225 01-22-2013 01:12 AM


Originally Posted by smacaskill (Post 3646880)
Haywire - The fight scenes were really good but the rest of the film dragged at times. It just wasn't all that exciting watching the conspiracy unfold. There weren't any huge flaws it was just bland. Gina Carano can definitely kick some serious ass though. 6/10

I agree with you here. The action scenes were well done, but the characters just weren't interesting enough for me to care about what was happening. I was surprised that it got such good reviews.

Carlito's Way - rewatch *** 1/2

Longish, but still compelling film thanks to the performances by Al Pacino and especially Sean Penn.

Hubbs 01-22-2013 02:42 AM

Django Unchained

The new Tarantino flick, I gotta be cruel, there can't be any favours now, straight down the line. So first off I've never really been much of a Tarantino fan, the guy made two decent films many many years ago ('Pulp Fiction' and 'Reservoir Dogs') and has pretty much lived off the reputation he gained ever since.

So what we have here is a 60/70's type retro homage to the classic violent Westerns of that time mainly made by Leone. The thing is this film is not a spaghetti Western, it may look like one or try to imitate one but its not. The term 'spaghetti Western' was coined during the 60's for Western films that were made in Italy/Spain with Italians and other Euro folk, for budgetary reasons. This is a mega budget film jam packed with huge squillion dollar earning stars, far from the source material methinks.

Think 'The Man with the Iron Fists' and you're on the right track my friends, this is a Western equivalent.

This may have worked much better with more of an unknown cast. The huge overpaid names hired tend to detach you from the reality of the setting, you'd think Tarantino would know better.

The plot is the standard revenge one but with a difference, this Western is all about African slaves, one particular slave fighting back, fighting the man. Now this is a plus point for the film as its not shying away from real history unlike many old Westerns. This is a great concept for a great realistic drama/thriller, unfortunately what we get is yet another typical Tarantino personal fanboy flick which kinda borders on old blaxploitation flicks. You could almost say the film has 'Superfly' stylings, Jamie Foxx's character turns from innocent slave to 'Shaft' in the Wild West accompanied by a dreadful soundtrack to boot, there's even rap in this!.

Yes the film is violent which is cool but again Tarantino just goes way over board almost making the film a spoof in some places. Now having ridiculously huge exploding bloody squibs is top stuff, exhibit A: 'Robocop' and 'Total Recall'...the 90's version of course, what do you take me for!? geez!. But these films were futuristic sci-fi so you could believe the excess blood as possible with futuristic weapons. This film is a period set Western so it is totally ludicrous looking, of course its not suppose to be a serious film but these little things matter for your suspension of disbelief.

To be honest I was kinda expecting an old style Western much like Eastwood classics such as the 'Dollars' trilogy or 'Josey Wales' or the original 'Django' even!. But alas I was disappointed with this film, disappointed to see its just another excuse for Tarantino to use profanity and needless violence for almost three hours!!! wha!!!?.

Acting is pretty terrible from everybody bar Waltz who really should be in more serious epic roles where his talent would be better shown off. Jackson is perfect for the film as he gets to shout and swear continuously using his two favourite words whilst showing very little other talent, this man is the most over hyped actor in cinematic history. Didn't care about any of the characters a tall, only Waltz gave an interesting turn as the innocent peaceful dentist with a lethal hidden skill. Maybe they should of used Denzel Washington for 'Django', Foxx is bland and dull.

Not advisable to watch if you're a touchy liberal lefty that's for sure, this film may be a homage of sorts but the 'N' word is said so much you may come out thinking its OK to use it much like any other naughty word. I realise this film has done well but I simply can't understand why, I've seen a whole string of films recently which are far superior to this ('Killing Them Softly' 'Flight' 'Lincoln' 'Looper' 'Hobbit'). For me this had potential to be a really good serious Western ala 'Unforgiven' but instead its just more funky Tarantino retro trash.

TokeZa 01-22-2013 04:02 AM
City Lights (1931) by Charles Chaplin (8/10),214,317_.jpg
Modern Times (1936) by Charles Chaplin (9/10)
Ordet (1955) by Carl Theodor Dreyer (10/10),214,317_.jpg
Bicycle Thieves (1948) by Vittorio De Sica (9/10),214,317_.jpg
My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done (2009) by Werner Herzog (7/10),214,317_.jpg
Mulholland Dr. (2001) by David Lynch (10/10),214,317_.jpg
Vampyr (1932) by Carl Theodor Dreyer (9/10)

Cronos 01-22-2013 06:47 AM

The Sessions - 8/10
Beasts Of The Southern Wild - 6/10

Canto 01-22-2013 07:23 AM

Step Brothers

TheBlackCostume 01-22-2013 07:55 AM

Zero Dark Thirty - 4/5

Rambo: First Blood Part II - 3/5

JackassFan 01-22-2013 01:08 PM

Dredd - 8/10

Roy Batty 01-22-2013 01:09 PM


psycheoutsteve 01-22-2013 04:19 PM


Puck Bond 01-22-2013 05:22 PM
Broken City(2013)-6/10

smacaskill 01-22-2013 08:37 PM

The Squall - An early sound film in which a gypsy seduces all the men around her causing discord in a family. This film is really only notable for early film roles by Myrna Loy and Loretta Young. Otherwise it's just average. 5/10

The Long Voyage Home - This film takes place on a long sea voyage and chronicles the relationships among the many passengers. There did seem to be a lot of filler but there were parts that were really good. John Wayne and Thomas Mitchell were probably my favorites. 7/10

syxxpac 01-22-2013 08:54 PM

*walks in, looks around, nods in approval*

Nice digs.

*drops suitcases*

So! Where to start, where to start... Oh! I know...

Silver Linings Playbook

Watching Jennifer Lawrence’s performance here only reaffirms my subscription to that nugget of wisdom from WWE champ CM Punk – “I dig crazy chicks”. Tag to that the best single performance I’ve seen from Bradley Cooper (considering he’s just getting started as a “serious actor” in the heavyweight division), who delves into the manic headspace and mood-swinging heartbreak of a bipolar man trying to put his life back together after a severe meltdown. The theme of mental illness resonates with me for reasons I won’t get into, but David O. Russell crafts a story about just such affliction with emotional sensitivity, some dark but honest comedy, and a general understanding that those on the margins are people just trying to get by too, however quirky and abrasive they might be outwardly. Cooper and Lawrence are phenomenal together, and I can’t help but think their big dance number near the end of the film has to rival Travolta and Uma from Pulp Fiction on some level, for iconic power. The ending, anyway, which had me busting up. Django is still my number one film of the year, but this is on the list somewhere, for sure. And it was just so great to see De Niro acting again. I stress acting, not working.

-> 8/10

MidnightAngel 01-22-2013 09:21 PM

The best of the series. perfect movie to watch on a friday night at home.

Roy Batty 01-22-2013 10:00 PM


TheBlackCostume 01-22-2013 11:34 PM

Prometheus - 4/5

Hubbs 01-23-2013 01:15 AM

Recoil (2012)

Hurrah! Danny Trejo is a baddie again, thing is I'm so used to him playing good guys or anti heroes it doesn't quite suit him anymore. The guy was more intimidating when he was more unknown, now he's a big star and the threat seems to have faded. Oh and he also looks old.

Anyway this Steve Austin vehicle is your standard revenge action flick which merely serves up more ass kicking than you can shake a stick at. The plot is so simple its almost pointless, bunch of bad dudes kill a cops family and wound the cop, for some reason they don't kill the cop but leave him to recover (as they always do). Once recovered the cop goes after them and pretty much kills them all until they are well n truly dead.

Back in the day this would be a JCVD, Sly or Arnie vehicle, unfortunately now these type of films go to*lesser action stars like Austin. This large lump of meat simply lurches from one scene to another barely saying a thing. He finds a bad guy, grunts at him, then promptly kills him with a good solid beating.

I loved how corny this was, all the bad guys are in this biker gang and own their own biker bar complete with smokey seedy lighting, pool tables and slutty blondes (nice). They all dress in black leather waistcoats, black jeans, dark coloured bandanas, black leather jackets, biker boots or black cowboy boots, black t-shirts etc...and most have gruff looking facial hair. So just in case you're unsure, these are the bad guys right here, they dress in black and have Harley's.

The fights aren't even that well choreographed to be honest, its tame stuff with the occasional gunshot wound. Some nice locations and a cool US muscle car just about make this enjoyable to watch, most die hard, oldschool, action film freaks will probably enjoy. Why is the film called 'Recoil'? I don't rightly know but my best bet looks and sounds cooool.

KcMsterpce 01-23-2013 07:57 AM


OMG those last thirty seconds are so insane. This movie is so fucking funny.
If you have my sense of twisted humor.
I seriously laughed so hard at the end credits. Oh, man, that was some good shit!

That alone makes it worth my time.
McConaughey and T.I. Church really destroyed the third act - in a good way! One was smooth and unctuous, while the other was subdued and deadpan in delivery. Worked great! The end credits had me laughing like a hyena!

A nice surprise amongst a handful of ho-hum movies these last couple weeks.

syxxpac 01-23-2013 08:21 AM


Originally Posted by KcMsterpce (Post 3647368)

OMG those last thirty seconds are so insane. This movie is so fucking funny.

Haha, awesome, you're one of... US.

Solopop 01-23-2013 11:42 AM

Persepolis, which was my first time.

Then I did the Before Sunrise/Sunset double for like the bazzilionth time.

TheBlackCostume 01-23-2013 12:06 PM

Seven Samurai - 5/5

Hucksta G 01-23-2013 03:14 PM

Moonraker (4/10)

Pride 01-23-2013 05:52 PM

Beasts of the Southern Wild - 8.5/10

Holy Motors - 8/10

Both really good movies but vastly overrated

Roy Batty 01-23-2013 08:38 PM

Wow, this felt like a straight-to-dvd film that suffered from terrible dialogue and piss poor special effects.


syxxpac 01-23-2013 08:48 PM

Gangster Squad

More Sin City than L.A. Confidential. Yep, I’m gonna be one of those dickheads that invokes the “expectation disappointment” clause of the review contract. Sorry. What we have here is a terrific cast of everybody who’s anybody in a film that I so desperately wanted to be L.A. Confidential Part Deux. Instead I wound up enjoying a fun – but ultimately forgettable – piece of pulp fiction with style to spare and a Sean Penn performance that made this worth seeing in a theatre. But I can’t really get over the lack of substance beyond its cowboys against the entire L.A. gangland premise, even though the movie, in its own way, was precisely what it advertised itself to be with every trailer and TV spot. Cool, but empty of the brilliant writing of something like the aforementioned L.A. Confidential. But okay, I won’t dwell on that anymore and focus on the positive. Josh Brolin and Ryan Gosling continue to make me jealous with their effortlessly badass ways, and Penn’s Mickey Cohen is a violent, ambitious, almost stereotypically thuggish piece of work that calls to mind a junkyard dog that broke his leash and built a criminal empire on the chewed up corpses he left in his wake.

-> 6/10

Puck Bond 01-23-2013 09:30 PM
The Paperboy(2012)-5/10

KcMsterpce 01-23-2013 09:48 PM


Originally Posted by KcMsterpce

OMG those last thirty seconds are so insane. This movie is so fucking funny.


Originally Posted by syxxpac (Post 3647373)
Haha, awesome, you're one of... US.

Haha, well, I'm proud to be one of The Collective.

smacaskill 01-23-2013 09:55 PM

Les Miserables (1935) - There were some differences between this film and the book but over all it was still quite good. Fredric March and Charles Laughton both did fine jobs in their roles. 7/10

Les Miserables (2012) - I think this story is better suited as a straight drama like the 1935 version rather than as a musical. I know the musical has been successful in theaters around the world for decades but I still prefer it without the singing. It's not a bad film but I don't get all the hype about it. The singing didn't really add anything and I don't really find the performances to be award worthy. 5/10

sarah1980 01-23-2013 11:35 PM


Damon Son of Bernard 01-23-2013 11:37 PM

Bernie (2012) 4/10
Raid: The Redemption (2012) 9/10
Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012) 9/10
Chronicle (2012) 5/10

Lazy Boy 01-24-2013 12:07 AM

A Brighter Summer Day - 9/10

I can't believe it's taken me this long to actually watch an Edward Yang film, period. Good gracious, now I'm definitely looking forward to Yi Yi.

Matchbox225 01-24-2013 12:22 AM


Originally Posted by Lazy Boy (Post 3647586)

A Brighter Summer Day - 9/10

I can't believe it's taken me this long to actually watch an Edward Yang film, period. Good gracious, now I'm definitely looking forward to Yi Yi.

This movie needs a proper DVD release. It's a great film.

Solopop 01-24-2013 12:56 AM

Kill Bill: Vol 1 - 8.5/10

Kill Bill: Vol 2 - 9/10

Pretty great films.

sarah1980 01-24-2013 01:07 AM


Hubbs 01-24-2013 02:49 AM

Murder of Crows (1998)

Despite the fact this film has the appearance of a TV movie its actually a decent little thriller. On the whole the film is quite tame and the plot is rather quaint, it could almost be a mystery for Agatha Christie's 'Hercule Poirot' or 'Miss Marple'.

The plot is about a lawyer (Cuba Gooding) who is disbarred and goes off to live in the Florida Keys to write. He meets an old man whom he becomes friendly with, the old man shows him his novel and promptly dies days later. The novel is a top class murder thriller so Gooding's character decides to sell it as his own book, it goes viral and he becomes rich.

It later becomes apparent that all the murders in this book are based on real unsolved murders, thusly Gooding's character becomes the main suspect. Its up to him to get to the bottom of the whole ordeal.

The film is obviously played out as if you the viewer were reading a book, there is a constant narration through most of the film from Gooding. There is very little violence, no swearing I believe and the odd moment of action...oh and some sex n ass shots. The stalwart Tom Berenger plays the detective hunting Gooding's character down in a nice almost apologetic way, whilst Gooding suits the role of the innocent helpless fresh faced young ex-lawyer perfectly with his goodie goodie looks.

Overall a very solid film which is more of a 'who dunnit?' than thriller, its not tense enough to be called a thriller. The films dark title kinda gives you the wrong impression really, the film is more like a classic mystery from the 40/50's era of the silver screen.

Lazy Boy 01-24-2013 04:43 AM


Originally Posted by Matchbox225 (Post 3647588)
This movie needs a proper DVD release. It's a great film.

I read somewhere that Criterion is set to release it, ETA undetermined.

TokeZa 01-24-2013 06:48 AM,214,317_.jpg
In the Mouth of Madness (1994) by John Carpenter (7/10),214,317_.jpg
A Bay of Blood (1971) by Mario Bava (7/10),214,317_.jpg
Peeping Tom (1960) by Michael Powell (8/10),214,317_.jpg
Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (1970) by Jaromil Jires (7/10)
It's Alive (1974) by Larry Cohen (5/10),214,317_.jpg
A Simple Plan (1998) by Sam Raimi (6/10)

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