#5481  
Old 10-14-2012, 09:07 AM
what i've watched so far today

#43



9/10

#44



7/10

#45



8/10

#46



8/10
  #5482  
Old 10-14-2012, 09:18 AM
King Ralph - 3/10
Hotel Transylvania - 5/10
  #5483  
Old 10-14-2012, 11:07 AM
Memoirs of an Invisible Man (1992)

Not your typical Carpenter film this and certainly not your typical Chevy Chase film either. Everyone knows the basic premise for 'The Invisible Man' and this film is based on a novel so there aren't too many surprises along the way.

I think the casting of Chase was wrong for the film really, he does add a nice light touch but he doesn't fit the seriousness of it all. You can't help but think Dan Aykroyd or Eugene Levy will pop up and crack a few visual gags. Chase does charm well, adding a gentle feeling but the addition of Hannah as his love interest really doesn't help, she is so so wet and lame, turns the whole thing into real mush.

Effects wise the film is quite good and at the time they did make an impact. Nothing original looking back of course, all the usual type of visual gags and transparency problems one would expect, but some sequences do look good still. Its more enjoyable to watch the special effects knowing no CGI was used, that does make you appreciate the work more and some of it is kinda cute these days.

A pleasant film with no real surprises or much originality. Expect to see the typical bandaged man look a few times, can't have an invisibility flick without the obligatory bandaged man, makes you wonder where he got all the bandages. Also gotta wonder where he gets all the clothes and smoking jacket type attire from, the Claude Rains film really set a trend there.

Bottom line, Chase is the good invisible guy and Sam Neill is the bad CIA guy after him. Personally the offer of being a top undercover spy working for Uncle Sam doesn't sound too bad if you ask me, dunno what Chase's character is complaining about. A wander into mainstream Hollywood type affairs for Carpenter without his usual quirky mysterious thrills, nice film but nothing to shout about.
  #5484  
Old 10-14-2012, 11:18 AM
Annapolis 6.5/10
  #5485  
Old 10-14-2012, 12:51 PM
Hoop Dreams (Steve James, 1994)



What a phenomenal film. Not just a great basketball documentary but probably the best film about pursuing a dream that I have ever seen, and even then there's more to the film than that particular theme. Just a really rich and complex watch, and a new favourite.
9/10
  #5486  
Old 10-14-2012, 04:22 PM

8/10

Great film but i expected more.

State of Siege 6/10

From Costa Gavras the director of Z and Missing.
  #5487  
Old 10-14-2012, 04:29 PM
Tyrannosaur



Paddy Considine’s directorial debut rivals Gary Oldman’s Nil By Mouth as a no-frills, blue collar British pitbull of a movie that pulls no punches, spares no ugliness, and delivers some of the finest performances of its respective year. Hopefully Paddy keeps doing it and doesn’t quit after one like Oldman. Come on, Gary, ya can’t leave us hangin’ like that! NOT cool, bro! Anyway. Peter Mullan is a marvel of restraint and explosive intensity as the misanthropic widower Joseph, important for a role that requires a fine line to be tread the whole time, and Olivia Colman turns in some heartbreaking work as Joseph’s potential path to redemption, Hannah, a Christian shop owner with her own painful secrets in tow. Chief among them a dickhead husband played by Eddie Marsan, whose first scene will make you want to punch him in the pancreas. It makes you almost understand how Joseph can be such a self-identified cunt, when everyone he comes into contact with aside from Hannah is just asking for a mad thrashing, with a pool cue or otherwise.

-> 9/10
  #5488  
Old 10-14-2012, 05:42 PM
Up - 9.5/10
  #5489  
Old 10-14-2012, 06:20 PM
#47



9.5/10
  #5490  
Old 10-14-2012, 07:02 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by syxxpac View Post
Tyrannosaur



Paddy Considine’s directorial debut rivals Gary Oldman’s Nil By Mouth as a no-frills, blue collar British pitbull of a movie that pulls no punches, spares no ugliness, and delivers some of the finest performances of its respective year. Hopefully Paddy keeps doing it and doesn’t quit after one like Oldman. Come on, Gary, ya can’t leave us hangin’ like that! NOT cool, bro! Anyway. Peter Mullan is a marvel of restraint and explosive intensity as the misanthropic widower Joseph, important for a role that requires a fine line to be tread the whole time, and Olivia Colman turns in some heartbreaking work as Joseph’s potential path to redemption, Hannah, a Christian shop owner with her own painful secrets in tow. Chief among them a dickhead husband played by Eddie Marsan, whose first scene will make you want to punch him in the pancreas. It makes you almost understand how Joseph can be such a self-identified cunt, when everyone he comes into contact with aside from Hannah is just asking for a mad thrashing, with a pool cue or otherwise.

-> 9/10
Very nice. This was on my radar earlier this year but at some point I lost interest in it. The Gary Oldman's Nil by Mouth comparison brings back this excitement for me. That was truly a great film. Like you, I wish Oldman continued directing.
  #5491  
Old 10-14-2012, 07:57 PM
Prometheus - Ok, these have to be just about the worst scientists ever. Some of the things they did were just so stupid that I had trouble enjoying such a beautiful film as much as I should have. This was a case of a lot of style and not much substance. 5/10
  #5492  
Old 10-14-2012, 07:57 PM
TUCKER & DALE VS. EVIL - 8/10


CABIN IN THE WOODS - 8/10


EVIL DEAD II - 8/10


DRAG ME TO HELL - 8/10


GOON - 7/10


Interesting weekend. Had to re-watch two I watched LAST week because my friend had never seen them. I didn't mind.
  #5493  
Old 10-14-2012, 07:59 PM
#48



8/10
  #5494  
Old 10-14-2012, 10:08 PM
In the Mouth of Madness (1995)

Now this is your complete John Carpenter experience right here, the perfect type of film for his crazy ass imagination. Everything Carpenter made prior to this has elements all rolled in resulting in classic Carpenter horror mixed with body shock mutations.

The plot is creepy as it is surreal. Sam Neill is hired to find a missing horror writer in a small sleepy leafy US town, boy does Carpenter love small US towns. He must find 'Sutter Cane' and retrieve his final novel for publishing. Sounds simple eh? well think again.

When I first saw this film it creeped me out a lot, these days it doesn't have the same kind of punch but its still solid. Carpenter goes into overdrive here with lots of trademark icky effects and monsters, most of which look like ideas from 'The Thing'. As usual effects are created with models and puppets which do now look a bit hokey but plenty of makeup and prosthetics and good use of suggestion.

The whole film is extremely surreal and plays out like a nightmare, in fact the whole point is you don't know if it is a nightmare or reality. Pretty much anything goes really as Sam Neill goes nuts trying to get out of 'Hobb's End' and destroy the final evil horror manuscript. This surrealist approach does work and offers up plenty of weirdness which does equal some nice eerie moments, the ghostly boy cycling along the dark deserted highway at night being a good one.

The start of the film is definitely better than the second half and ending. The film is much more creepy as Neill and his female sidekick leave for and arrive at 'Hobb's End'. After Neill gets what he needs and we return to reality the film slightly loses its mysterious spooky essence, the final sequence is an interesting twist to make you think.

Basically a descent into madness for Neill's character, but we're not even sure if he is a real person or not, could it all be part of the horror novel itself?. Its left to your own thoughts really which is cool but annoying also hehe I like to know what happens period.

If your a Carpenter fan then this will appeal with tentacled monster puppetry, creepy kids running about, satanic references and all set within a 'Michael Myers' type town. Just don't expect too many final answers regarding characters and plot.
  #5495  
Old 10-14-2012, 10:23 PM
Stolen - 6/10
Taken 2 - 6/10
  #5496  
Old 10-15-2012, 01:56 AM

The Legend of Hell House(1973)-8/10
  #5497  
Old 10-15-2012, 03:34 AM
Watched Sinister over the weekend and loved every minute of it. The audience was pretty busy and were jumping throughout. If you like horror films - especially now it's near Halloweeny - then I'd highly recommend this one. It's awesome! 5/5
  #5498  
Old 10-15-2012, 04:55 AM
Rewatch:

The Avengers - *** 1/2

The fam was watching it so I decided to watch it.
  #5499  
Old 10-15-2012, 07:45 AM
The Barrens - 7.5/10
  #5500  
Old 10-15-2012, 08:14 AM
ARGO




While promoting his new film Argo, Director/Actor Ben Affleck and various talk show hosts poked fun
at the changes he made to his physical appearance for the film.Well it was all worth because Argo
is one of the best films of the year.
The film opens with a brief history lesson that brings us up to speed to the subject matter of the film.
When the United States took in the recently deposed Shah of Iran,this set off a chain of events:
giving Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, supreme power and Islamic militants taking over the U.S. embassy in Tehran
and taking most at the embassy hostage.There were 6 that evaded capture and hid in the home of Canadian ambassador
Ken Taylor (Victor Garber) but with the militants going over every bit of documents shredded at the embassy
it wouldnt be long before the 6 would be found and possibly killed.

I was very young at the time of these events,but i do recall certain things and i sought them out in the film,and
Affleck nailed every one of them.He completely captures,the look and the feelings of that time period.
From the tied yellow ribbons to Presidents Carter's strong stance against Iran,from the eyewear to
a Mcdonald's bag.
No one is short changed in the film what the hostages experienced,the aggravation,and fears of the six
in hiding,and CIA specialist Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck) who comes up with the plan of using the guise
of making a sci fi film in Iran and the six as the crew of the film in order to get them out of Iran safely.
Equally good are Alan Arkin as producer Lester Siege and John Goodman as make up artist John Chambers,
and ,Bryan Cranston as C.I.A supervisor Jack O'Donnell.

I liked how the film not only pokes fun at the Hollywood machine,but also how if you are going to sell
anything or make it believable in this life you have to dress it up,and dressing up the faux sci fi
film was of vital importance from fake posters in Hollywood mags,to script reads and press parties.

Argo,has humor,drama and all the right moments of edge of your seat tension,even though i knew the
outcome,and that says something for the Director Affleck and the writer Chris Terrio of this
stunning film.I see a lot of awards in it's future.

Scale of 1-10 a 10


SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS




Seven Psychopaths is one of the most insane and unpredictable films i have ever had the pleasure of watching.
Sam Rockwell as Billy Bickle is the psycho from which most of the madness stems,an actor with
a screen writer buddy Colin Farrell as Marty Faranan with writer's block and Christopher Walken as Hans
who assists Bickle in kidnapping dogs and then collecting the reward.Everything seems to be going well until the take the dog of
a psycho gangster Woody Harrelson as Charlie Costello.
This flick completely threw me off and i liked it.I found myself moved by an intense moment and then shocked
and laughing at an over the top violent moment.The whole cast is great and they all look like they are
having a good time great moments from Tom Waits as Zachariah Rigby a rabbit carrying psycho
and even though some of the characters express what may or may not happen in the film i was still
surprised by some of the turns in the script.
The numerous and overlapping story strands start to wear thin towards the end of the film but this is a flick
that would make any fan of Pulp Fiction happy and Quentin Tarantino bow down with praise.

Scale of 1-10 an 8
  #5501  
Old 10-15-2012, 08:24 AM
#49

first time viewing



7/10

#50



9/10
  #5502  
Old 10-15-2012, 10:52 AM
Werewolf: The Beast Among Us (2012)

Judging by the cover of this film thoughts of 'Van Helsing' and 'Underworld' spring instantly to mind...and your not far wrong with that.

This is pretty much a copy and mix of both of those films chock full of lovely cliched characters and everything you've ever seen before in a werewolf movie.

Bunch of crazy hardass werewolf hunters come to a small village to purge them of the wolf horror. A young man from the village volunteers to help them do so but there are twists to come, many predictable twists that aren't too well hidden.

The film looks quite good with that typical bleak dark murky 19th century forest set Eastern European village look. The characters are basically rips from many other films and include your obligatory 'Hudson' type, the cool calm Clint Eastwood leader, the sexy ninja like female and a well spoken smartly dressed guy who throws lots of little knives. A kind of quirky 'League of Extraordinary Gentleman' type looking gang. The dialog is all the right kind of hero spouting fluff you have heard before, tight little one liners throughout the action just to emphasize these guys are cool and tough etc..

The reason I watched the film (apart from being a werewolf fan) was down to the reasonable looking effects. It swings from good to bad really, some shots of the werewolf's claws, eyes or silhouettes against the darkness are pretty neat and work well. Transformation sequence is fully CGI and a bit hokey but I've seen worse, whilst in full CGI motion the creature doesn't look that bad. Put it this way its no worse than the first 'Underworld' flick which had a much bigger budget.

Unknown cast accept for previous vampire player Stephen Rea, none of which are much to shout about although Guy Wilson who plays the young man from the village looks perfect for his character. Honestly for a straight to DVD film this isn't too bad and offers some nice visuals and claret soaked action, just don't expect anything original a tall.
  #5503  
Old 10-15-2012, 02:33 PM
#51



8/10

#52



8/10
  #5504  
Old 10-15-2012, 04:09 PM

Argo(2012)-9/10
  #5505  
Old 10-15-2012, 05:15 PM
The Creature From The Black Lagoon- 8/10
  #5506  
Old 10-15-2012, 06:00 PM
Person of Interest: The Complete First Season



Not as great as I hoping with the Nolan pedigree behind it (even though it’s the other Nolan brother), but with Jim Caviezel and Michael Emerson’s undeniable chemistry, the show kept me interested and consistently entertained. Caviezel had the personality of a cadaver, sure, but it did make some of his one-liners even funnier. Some of the stories here were really fun – such as Reese and Finch’s “Two Men & A Baby” kidnapping storyline, and the Usual Suspects-esque development of a mafia mastermind – but a lot of the stories fell flat due to some undercooked writing that telegraphed a lot of “twists”. It also had the annoying procedural’s knack of having characters state the painfully obvious. As smart as Reese and Finch are made to be, sometimes they could be pretty clueless about villains’ schemes. I guess there’s only so many routes you can take when one of The Machine’s numbers either means the person of interest is A) a victim, or B) a perp. It kinda becomes trite by default, much as the writers try their damnedest to spice things up. And I’m still not a fan generally of Kevin Chapman, as colorful as he could sometimes be on Showtime’s Brotherhood. His crooked cop has a few moments to shine, but his most interesting involvement was in the pilot episode itself, and then… I couldn’t care less about a redemptive arc that seemed like a good idea on paper. I did like his banter with Caviezel, though. Since the show was renewed, I’ll probably keep tabs on it, though I’d prefer if they went the direction of something like Justified, a case of the week show that just said “Fuck it”, went the serialized drama route, and became all the better for it. The last batch of episodes were sharply written reminders of what this show could be if they did… We’ll see.

-> 7/10
  #5507  
Old 10-15-2012, 06:48 PM
#53



8/10

#54 first time viewing



9/10
  #5508  
Old 10-15-2012, 07:28 PM


Holy shit this movie was awesome, I want to see it again as soon as possible.
  #5509  
Old 10-15-2012, 08:25 PM
The Man Who Found Himself - A film about a doctor and pilot who falls from grace and is later needed in an emergency. It is rather dull despite cramming a lot into its 70 minutes or so. Really the only notable thing about the film is Joan Fontaine's breakout role. 5/10

Role Models - Paul Rudd was probably the best part of this film. Jane Lynch was pretty funny too. The rest of the cast wasn't all that great - especially that kid that's supposed to be funny because he's so precocious that he swears all the time and loves boobs despite being ten years old. 6/10
  #5510  
Old 10-16-2012, 12:40 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Frosty_86 View Post
[blank space]

Holy shit this movie was awesome, I want to see it again as soon as possible.
While quoting the post, I see now what the title was, but I mean, why not just type it?
Looper.
Simple.
  #5511  
Old 10-16-2012, 12:58 AM

The Abominable Dr. Phibes(1971)-8/10
  #5512  
Old 10-16-2012, 02:06 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by syxxpac View Post
Person of Interest: The Complete First Season



Not as great as I hoping with the Nolan pedigree behind it (even though it’s the other Nolan brother), but with Jim Caviezel and Michael Emerson’s undeniable chemistry, the show kept me interested and consistently entertained. Caviezel had the personality of a cadaver, sure, but it did make some of his one-liners even funnier. Some of the stories here were really fun – such as Reese and Finch’s “Two Men & A Baby” kidnapping storyline, and the Usual Suspects-esque development of a mafia mastermind – but a lot of the stories fell flat due to some undercooked writing that telegraphed a lot of “twists”. It also had the annoying procedural’s knack of having characters state the painfully obvious. As smart as Reese and Finch are made to be, sometimes they could be pretty clueless about villains’ schemes. I guess there’s only so many routes you can take when one of The Machine’s numbers either means the person of interest is A) a victim, or B) a perp. It kinda becomes trite by default, much as the writers try their damnedest to spice things up. And I’m still not a fan generally of Kevin Chapman, as colorful as he could sometimes be on Showtime’s Brotherhood. His crooked cop has a few moments to shine, but his most interesting involvement was in the pilot episode itself, and then… I couldn’t care less about a redemptive arc that seemed like a good idea on paper. I did like his banter with Caviezel, though. Since the show was renewed, I’ll probably keep tabs on it, though I’d prefer if they went the direction of something like Justified, a case of the week show that just said “Fuck it”, went the serialized drama route, and became all the better for it. The last batch of episodes were sharply written reminders of what this show could be if they did… We’ll see.

-> 7/10

One of my favorite shows! Love it. Although I guess I can see your complaint about Caviezel not having much personality, he is more of the silent type, I think he's the biggest badass character on television since Raylan Givens/Rick Grimes/Jack Bauer!!!
  #5513  
Old 10-16-2012, 02:09 AM
Argo - *** 1/2

Finally, after a string of disappointments, there is a movie that delivers and actually lives up to the hype. I still think Gone Baby Gone is Ben's best directorial effort, but this is definitely his second best. An extremely well crafted, taut, gripping, fascinating and thoroughly entertaining yarn, one that happens to be true.


Sinister - ** 1/2

Disappointing. Starts off well, but grows increasingly silly, way too many scenes of Ethan Hawke around the dark house and way too boo scenes and the ending felt flat.
  #5514  
Old 10-16-2012, 05:46 AM
#55 watched last night



8/10

#56 now watching



8/10
  #5515  
Old 10-16-2012, 07:03 AM
#57



8/10
  #5516  
Old 10-16-2012, 07:33 AM
Lawrence of Arabia - 6.5/10

and if you find that shocking let it be known that all of my issues were with part 2
  #5517  
Old 10-16-2012, 08:15 AM

Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson
8/10
  #5518  
Old 10-16-2012, 09:54 AM
#58



7/10
  #5519  
Old 10-16-2012, 04:07 PM
#59



8.5/10
  #5520  
Old 10-16-2012, 08:15 PM
#60 and a massive childhood favorite



9/10
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