#4161  
Old 05-19-2012, 06:50 AM

5/10


7/10
  #4162  
Old 05-19-2012, 08:14 AM
Inception 6/10
  #4163  
Old 05-19-2012, 08:34 AM
Battleship-5/10
  #4164  
Old 05-19-2012, 02:43 PM
Fright Night (Colin Farrell version) - 6/10
  #4165  
Old 05-19-2012, 04:20 PM
Haywire



It looks like Traffic, moves like Bourne, and would’ve been great if it didn’t have the heart and soul of a paint-by-numbers Steven Seagal actioner. Soderbergh wisely cast the physically impressive Gina Carano for her fighting abilities, and as such she does an okay job with a role that requires little but flexibility and a willingness to take some respectable bumps and bruises. But the biggest tragedy here is how wasted the rest of the big name cast is. When you have Douglas, Banderas, McGregor, Fassbender and The Pax onboard, and even they can’t spruce up a dull story, then you got problems. I’ll more than likely rewatch some of the action scenes (especially the awesome hotel room fight with Carano and Fassbender), but the rest is such substandard action fare that I can’t possibly recommend it as anything more than a failed experiment from a filmmaker that should stick to straight dramatic fare. Great closing line, though.

-> 5/10
  #4166  
Old 05-19-2012, 04:37 PM
Citizen Kane



I saw this with Ebert's commentary, and it makes sense why this film is important, essentially it paved the way for what films would look like from then on.

8/10

The Avengers



Genuinely surprised. Didn't really look forward to it though. Hella good time

8/10
  #4167  
Old 05-19-2012, 11:26 PM

Shame(2011)-7/10
  #4168  
Old 05-19-2012, 11:28 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Digifruitella View Post
Citizen Kane





8/10
Nice...I have this poster on my wall!
  #4169  
Old 05-20-2012, 12:47 AM
ABRAHAM LINCOLN VS. ZOMBIES - 1/10

Don't waste your time. Just wait for Lincoln to perhaps be fun when he battles vampires.

ACT OF VALOR - 3/10

OK, just skip to these parts:

28 minute mark
69 minute mark
- Cool action and FINALLY some CQC done well in a movie. Thanks for this. It's so rare.

I can't tell you how much anger wells inside just thinking about the shitty fucking screenplay. The "actors" had such an unwavering lack of conviction, it was painful to hear them talk.
The propaganda oozes so unabashedly that it's almost comedic. I also laughed at the "dying cam", where the first-person perspective is played out exactly like the "last stand" option in Call of Duty 4. I think the intent was supposed to evoke a dramatic response, not comedic.
And the guy who's "almost on his last mission", and writes his letter to home; oh yeah, HE'S not gonna bite it!
And there has to be extreme slow motion near one of the final scenes in which a grenade is dropped, so a soldier --- sloooowwwwlllly looks and sees it and.... sllloooowwwlllly turns and yells "gggrrreeeennnnaaaaaaaaaaaaaddde!!"
I want to die.

However, the "extraction" scene was worth watching by itself. And watch it LOUD. Awesome!


JOHN CARTER DOING THAT THING HE DOES ON MARS - 5/10

Way too long, predictable and really lacking in any true excitement. I don't think it deserves to be a massive financial failure when Michael Bay still exists as a "successful" director, but it's also just not that great of a moie.

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  #4170  
Old 05-20-2012, 01:38 PM
I Saw The Devil (2010)


A very brutal revenge thriller from director Kim Jee-Woon ( A Bittersweet Life , A Tale of Two Sisters ) starring Lee Byung-hun ( aka Storm Shadow in the GI Joe movies ) and Choi Min-Sik ( Oldboy ).

After his wife is the victim of an evasive serial killer (Choi) , a secret service agent (Lee) makes a promise to track down the deranged murderer and avenge her even at the price of becoming himself a monster along the way.

It's been a while since I saw a really good revenge movie and this one delivers even if at time , it's borderline torture porn. Don't worry , this movie isn't Saw or Hostel but some scenes are very graphic compared to the usual crime drama. Yes , I did say drama because the acting is top-notch and both main characters persona are well-developed (Choi is especially apathic and scary as the psychopath killer ). With a stunning cinematography and a very effective soundtrack , I'm happy to say that I Saw The Devil is a memorable and captivating movie.

Favorite Line : I don't know what pain is ... I don't know what fear is either ... You'll get nothing out of me ... so you already lost and you know it

9/10
  #4171  
Old 05-20-2012, 08:12 PM

7/10

From the director of Incendies. Not an easy film to see but well directed and possibly superior to Gus Van Sant's Elephant.
  #4172  
Old 05-20-2012, 08:13 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by KcMsterpce View Post
ABRAHAM LINCOLN VS. ZOMBIES - 1/10

Don't waste your time. Just wait for Lincoln to perhaps be fun when he battles vampires.
Is this a Syfy original movie or one of those knockoff movies you rent at redbox? At least there's an upcoming movie entitled Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter.
  #4173  
Old 05-20-2012, 11:01 PM
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Originally Posted by MidnightAngel View Post

7/10

From the director of Incendies. Not an easy film to see but well directed and possibly superior to Gus Van Sant's Elephant.
I could never get myself to watch this movie as I know people who were there that night. ( I remember exactly what I was doing when the news broke on TV ). Maybe someday.
  #4174  
Old 05-20-2012, 11:05 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by MidnightAngel View Post
Is this [ABRAHAM LINCOLN VS. ZOMBIES] a Syfy original movie or one of those knockoff movies you rent at redbox? At least there's an upcoming movie entitled Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter.
It's one of those knockoffs you'll find at redbox.
Sometimes they are fun to watch because they're so bad. This was wasn't one of those.
  #4175  
Old 05-21-2012, 02:06 AM
The Debt (8/10)
The Neverending Story (6/10)

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  #4176  
Old 05-21-2012, 02:32 AM
Rewatch:

Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol - *** 1/2
  #4177  
Old 05-21-2012, 02:42 AM
Until Death (2007)

A nice change for Mr JCVD here, he plays the anti hero whom everybody despises in his local police station. Mr JCVD is a bad cop who has a drug addiction which clearly affects his judgement leading to an undercover cop getting killed by another ex-cop friend of his who also turned into a bad guy...must be something in the water huh.

Its clear this is where Jean Claude has turned the tables and started to take roles with a bit more meat, roles that challenge his acting skills where he isn't just a kicking machine, and it works. Of course there is still plenty of gun action and Van Damme is still a bad ass but there is a strong undercurrent of real acting involved too and he's not too bad.

The film is held up with the help of Rea as the ex-cop turned drug kingpin (massive career swing there and it seems to be going well for him) who sneers his way through the action until the rather predictable conclusion. Yes its predictable and still cliched like all action thrillers but the European version has a different ending which does have a slightly original twist...for Van Damme anyway.

Still can't escape the 'straight to DVD' abyss but this admittedly is a much better film than his other action fluff, the Euro version has the better ending.
  #4178  
Old 05-21-2012, 03:06 AM
The Ref ('94) - 7/10

Unfairly tanked at the box office. Hilarious little comedy with top-notch performances. Guess it hurt to be released in March despite being set during Christmas.

Honeymoon in Vegas ('92) - 7/10

I don't know how I escaped seeing this back in the day. Features some flying Elvises and many scenes of Nic Cage going bat-shit crazy.

Thunderheart ('92) - 8/10

Hard to swallow Kilmer as a Sioux native, but despite that this is an absorbing thriller with a surprising attention to detail.

Shallow Grave ('94) - 7/10

Danny Boyle had yet to make his masterpiece (Trainspotting) but he turns in a fun little thriller with some good twists. Among similar movies, Bound was the better flick.
  #4179  
Old 05-21-2012, 06:48 AM
THE AGGRESSION SCALE - 5.5/10
The story of a family attacked by some criminals searching for stolen cash. Little do they know that the young boy just came out of a mental hospital and has severe aggression issues.
It's HOME ALONE with a sick twist!
That's the best part of the movie. It runs barely an hour and a half, bu felt like two and a half hours. I liked some of the clever stunts pulled on the baddies, and it's kinda gory. I think it could have been much more interesting, though.

POLICE ACADEMY - 6/10

A comedy that is proudly stuck in the 80s, but still has some good laughs after all these years. Not a "great" movie, but it was fun going back to it after not seeing it since maybe 1990.
I fear for my well being soon, since I plan to watch them all. *shudder*
  #4180  
Old 05-21-2012, 07:48 AM
SHAME

8/10

Incredibly harrowing about how devastating a sex addiction can be.

FOUR

4/10

Very disappointing.

Grave Encounters

7/10

Pretty creepy and had some good frights, but a bit too reminiscent of Blair Witch Project.
  #4181  
Old 05-21-2012, 12:23 PM
The Russia House - The story may have been a little uneven but Sean Connery and Michelle Pfeiffer are both very good in the lead roles of this spy film. 6/10

Bombers B-52 with Karl Malden and Natalie Wood - Malden is great as a man caught between his military career and his daughter's budding romance to a superior he does not like. The aerial scenes seemed pretty good to me although I don't really know much about the all the technical jargon that was used throughout the film. The one problem I had was the romance angle seemed to be lacking - there was little chemistry there. 6/10
  #4182  
Old 05-21-2012, 08:29 PM
Red Road



Fish Tank was such a wonderful little surprise, yet I probably wouldn’t have given Andrea Arnold’s debut feature a second look so soon had it not been for one of Kate Dickie’s Game of Thrones co-stars recommending it on one of the commentary tracks (I think it was Dinklage, and props to him if it was). Dickie is wonderful here in her BAFTA-winning role of a CCTV operator who suddenly finds herself stalking one of her subjects (Tony Curran) at every turn for some obvious past transgression. At a certain point her reasons do become clear (and my first guess was wrong, as it turned out), but to begin with, Arnold never pushes the point until she’s damn good and ready. A lot of Dickie’s performance is unspoken, and it’s interesting to watch her expressions change as she becomes more and more emotionally volatile and obsessed with confronting this guy about their unfinished business. There’s also something ominously Orwellian about how easy it is for Dickie to follow her target through an entire city with the twist of a stick and touch of a button, which gives the film an eerie undertone as well, at least until the voyeurism theme is more or less abandoned by the end.

-> 8/10
  #4183  
Old 05-21-2012, 10:31 PM

The Dictator(2012)-6/10
  #4184  
Old 05-21-2012, 11:28 PM


Morten Tyldum’s Headhunters is a film that, at first, appears to bring the viewer on a ride filled with twist and turns, but ironically allows those twists to become a bit of a problem for the film itself. Will other viewers perceive the film differently than what was brought to my expectations? There’s certainly a case to be made regarding how certain scenes are played up for the viewers, but unfortunately for this reviewer, my stance toward the film seems pretty assured.

For one thing, Headhunters is certainly not a bad film. The opening act that brings the film towards the forefront of intrigue and deception is handled swiftly and with a solid grace. The players are established, the story is laid out, and then the fun begins. The problem with the film is that while the fun certainly packs a punch in the first half of the film, there’s that inkling that everything is pretty noticeable at face value and whatever parlor tricks that the film’s screenwriters are throwing our way, they soon start to become a bit lazy. This brings about the film’s problems in a much more apparent, and a bit of a annoying way. It brings the stakes down a bit, and everything starts to become so susceptible that it borders on “very predictable scale”.

Thankfully, the actors that are on hand handle the flimsy plot with a great deal of grace and panache. Aksel Hennie is very solid as the flawed Roger Brown, the protagonist who makes up his short physical stature through his job as a headhunter, and also moonlighting as an art thief. It’s that second job on the side that soon gets him into the dangerous game that the film plays up, as that “one big job” comes to become more than Roger bargained for. The character of Roger Brown can easily become detestable to the viewer, but Hennie certainly has the charisma and desperation to have the viewer on his side, despite the questionable acts that he does.

Along with Hennie, there is also Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as the enigmatic Clas Greve, a powerful businessman that comes under the eye for Brown’s penchant for robbery. Waldau is mostly familiar, at least for this reviewer, as the boastful and deadly Jamie Lannister on the HBO show Game of Thrones, and Waldau certainly brings that venomous, yet charismatic quality to the character of Clas. He’s has that aura that he knows what the other person is up to, but puts up a classy demeanor to hide the ulterior motives that he has going on in his head.

Yes, the actors certainly elevate the film’s ongoing proceedings, which is a shame that the film’s ongoing plot doesn’t keep up with them. Mortem Tyldum directs the film amicably, but the script feels like it’s bleeding out the next big reveal through obvious clues from the get-go of the film. Like it was said previously in the review, perhaps certain moviegoers will not mind this, but it sort of ruins the wild ride that the first big twist brings to the film.

Headhunters is a pretty solid action thriller, doused in ingredients that are so obvious that don’t mix together to bring that unpredictable flavor, resulting in a bit of a disappointment. Check it out if you’re interested though, perhaps you’ll enjoy the meal more than I did.

7/10
  #4185  
Old 05-22-2012, 12:32 PM
Le Divorce - Wow a Kate Hudson movies that doesn't completely suck. Granted it was primarily people like Naomi Watts that made it a solid film rather than Hudson but she actually made a decent film other than Almost Famous. 7/10

Adventure in Manhattan with Jean Arthur and Joel McCrea - A cute little thriller with some romance thrown in. The two leads have good chemistry and the story about the robberies was decent too. 6/10
  #4186  
Old 05-22-2012, 01:25 PM

7/10

Rewatch

7/10
  #4187  
Old 05-22-2012, 11:58 PM

Battleship(2012)-7/10
  #4188  
Old 05-23-2012, 11:43 AM
Sons of Anarchy



Really quality stuff. The cast is truly the thing that holds this all together. I can only imagine what's to come.

9/10

The Doors



Man Val Kilmer is a dead ringer for Morrison. Not a bad performance either.

8/10
  #4189  
Old 05-23-2012, 12:49 PM
Drive Angry - Just a worthless piece of trash. 2/10

The Ghost Writer - A solid political thriller highlighted by Ewan McGregor and Olivia Williams' performances. The ending wasn't exactly a shock but the film as a whole provided enough suspense to maintain the story throughout. 7/10
  #4190  
Old 05-23-2012, 04:40 PM
Frontier(s)



The second half is brutally inspired stuff that’s as relentless as it is strangely mesmerizing in its depth of creative cruelty. I’d like to say it’s unmatched in that regard, but it is a French sadist thriller in the vein of Haute Tension and Martyrs, so I couldn’t really say. I guess it’s a wash. But it’s just too bad the first half is so uneven and awkward, where it feels like the filmmakers were stumbling through their paces trying to figure out what kind of movie they wanted to make. So before it accepts its destined role as the “French Chainsaw Massacre” and cranks the intensity full blast, director Xavier Gens makes some half-assed attempts at Bush-era political commentary and introduces a group of characters who I couldn’t care less about, aside from Karina Testa as the beautiful, formidable and unfortunately for her, pregnant, Yasmin. Once a few bodies drop and the neo-Nazis come out to play, it doesn’t let up on suspense or gory surprises, so it makes up for most of its early deficiencies.

-> 7/10
  #4191  
Old 05-23-2012, 10:57 PM

What to Epect When You're Expecting(2012)-5/10
  #4192  
Old 05-24-2012, 03:45 AM
What to Expect When You're Expecting - **

Pleasant but forgettable. There are some nice moments and a few good performances from Anna Kendrick and Jennifer Lopez but otherwise, the movie is exactly what you think it is. There are a few scenes in the movie that are really awful, a shockingly awful performance from the normally solid Dennis Quaid and way too many characters vying for screen time. So overall, it's a big fat MEH.


The Pirates! Band of Misfits! - * 1/2

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!

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  #4193  
Old 05-24-2012, 09:29 AM


Once Upon a Time in Anatolia - 7/10 (tentative)

I'm not sure if this is a good movie or a total masterpiece. Nuri Bilge Ceylan composes shots like a motherfucker but the crushingly slow pace makes this hard to want to revisit. If anyone (DMM maybe since I know he's seen and loved it) wants to direct me to some good write-ups on the movie I'd appreciate it.
  #4194  
Old 05-24-2012, 11:34 AM
A Night in Casablanca - One of the Marx Brothers later films. While not as funny as classics like Duck Soup or Animal Crackers there are still plenty of good bits and a solid story. 8/10
  #4195  
Old 05-24-2012, 12:04 PM
Tower Heist (2011)


It's from Brett Ratner , it's a mix of Ocean's 11 & Rush Hour , it's pretty generic yet enjoyable. My highlight of the movie was Eddie Murphy taking his role as a crook seriously ( while being funny ).

6|10
  #4196  
Old 05-24-2012, 08:12 PM
first time viewing just finished



7/10
  #4197  
Old 05-24-2012, 10:07 PM


Easily in my Top 10 of all-time

10/10




Thought I'd watch something while doing laundry to make the time go by, but dear God! This is hands down one of the worst films I've ever watched.

1/10
  #4198  
Old 05-25-2012, 01:37 AM
Battleship

'they ain't gonna sink this battleship no way!'

So without talking too much about the classic boardgame from my childhood this is BATTLESHIP!
Aliens come to earth and land in the sea near some US battleships, they are unfriendly, the ships engage in sea warfare and the humans win (check..the Americans save the world). Is that a spoiler? no no no no no, well yes but I think I can safely say everyone should realise this.

So 'Independence Day' at sea you say? well your pretty darn right mateys, this is indeed a complete rip of that errr classic alien invasion flick. The film is VERY by the numbers in every department, unbelievably cliched to the hilt and really very stupid. Oh and I forgot in this film they don't get the President to muck in oh on, they get all the old age ex-sailor pensioners to get stuck in haha ave it!

Is it good? hmmm well sort of, you know what will happen every bloody inch of the way no question, Taylor Kitsch's character is utterly predictable with his rebellious ways at first, then drafted into the Navy (this doesn't feel right), still a bit of a 'Jack the lad' in service, but turns into a leader of men when the shit hits the fan, grrrr leader of MEN!.

Casting Rihanna really didn't help this film one bit, right from the get go it gave the film a bad vibe of tacky sci-fi, she is also in damn near every fudging shot! plus she isn't that pretty looking without her usual swathes of makeup. Neeson is the other big name...why? dunno, lets move on.

OK so the effects are average really, the cgi on show isn't much, it doesn't look as nice as previous alien invasion films in my view. Does the job but overall the alien ships are uninspired and look like a cross between Transformer toys and Zoids toys (yep that's an 80's thing), didn't wanna mention Transformers but I had to .

The aliens themselves look a bit poor to be honest, humanoid with dumb facial expressions and these daft looking goatees on their chins that look like a patch of sea anemones. Their suits are better and made me think of 'Halo' somewhat, some nice futuristic spacesuit designs going on with 'Predator' vision inside their visors.
Again the weaponry the aliens use was uninspired and dull, their ships fire these boring shaped canister things that hit their targets but do nothing, after a few seconds they then explode...like wow! I since found out they are suppose to be shaped like the pegs in the boardgame of which this is based, yeah kinda stupid idea right there. They also fire Sonic the Hedgehog type mechanical metallic 'fury ball/disc' things that seem to have a mind of their own and zip all over the show seemingly blowing things up when they make contact.* In short I'm sure the aliens could of destroyed all the humans very quickly if they really wanted to.

I can see what they have tried to do here and I don't blame them with the aliens/alien invasion obsession doing the rounds but its just come along too late. Completely zilch originality so don't go expecting anything new and cool looking but it is reasonably pretty looking at times. The football (soccer) game at the start is hilariously bad (all football wise UK viewers I'm sure will agree) and stay till after the end credits for an extra scene (sequel much?).

Nice try for a cash in on the current bandwagon but these things don't always work do they (-_-), strike two for Kitsch (who is this guy?) and will Hollywood ever learn? stupid question that really. This battleship has well n truly sunk...zing!
  #4199  
Old 05-25-2012, 06:16 AM
Men in Black III - ***

Hugely enjoyable. In fact, I liked it better than the first one.
  #4200  
Old 05-25-2012, 07:51 AM
Men in Black 3

Better than the second one!!!
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