Old 10-16-2012, 08:34 PM
On The Road - 5/10
Old 10-16-2012, 08:46 PM
Crime and Punishment is Suburbia - The best part of this was probably Michael Ironside as the alcoholic and violent father. The ending wasn't very good but up to that point it was decent. 5/10

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter - I definitely preferred the book but Alan Arkin did a fine job in the lead role of a deaf-mute. The film cut down the roles of a few characters but the ones they did leave were pretty faithful to Carson McCuller's story. 7/10
Old 10-16-2012, 09:06 PM

I like Luc Besson .... he is like Michael Bay minus the explosion but with a better camera work. Action movie packed with a lot of digestable cheese ( girl failed driver's test , cue pursuit sequence in Istanbul , girl gets perfect note after on her test .... don't get me wrong , i like maggie Grace but she's freakig 30 playing a 16 yo ). The movie doesn't even try to be cerebral. My only real letdown is the outtro , 3 weeks later , everyone is happy like no one is traumatized wtf.

Good popcorn movie , some innovative narration ( the grenade thing ) but overall it will not win any oscar.

Old 10-16-2012, 09:14 PM
The Campaign

Dare I say I pretty accurate representation of US politics and how party members behave?. Well maybe not that far but this sure is a good mocking of what US Congressmen get up to in their daily routines. When I say daily routines I mean all the slimy publicity stunts, ass kissing, grovelling...general PR stunts.

Wasn't sure about this one to be honest, Farrell films tend to have a huge swing meter ranging from great to total crap, this surprised me. First off this film is no kiddie fun flick, its an adult comedy all the way and better for it. I was actually really amazed at the level of vulgar swearing and sexual gags, completely hit me off guard as I was expecting something more tame.

Farrell's character is a winner here, his arrogant, loud mouthed, foul mouthed, clueless congressman who keeps sticking his foot in it and not really caring is genius. Easily one of his best performances for ages as he curses his way through the film whilst generally being corrupt, nasty and utterly unhinged, classic Farrell with no PG restrictions. Love that he is shown as the good all American Christian family man yet really he's completely the opposite, corny but funny.

Never heard of Zach Galifianakis much before this. Again its another winning character who is the perfect foil to Farrell's in your face congressman. Galifi....Zach plays your typical American Christian, both congressmen are supposed good Christians but Zach's character is basically the real deal, the good guy, gentle, timid and ultimately based on 'Ned Flanders' methinks.

Behind the plot are the even more corrupt 'Motch brothers' played by comedy legend Dan Aykroyd and John Lithgow. These guys play characters that are similar in vein to the 'Duke brothers' played Don Ameche and Ralph Bellamy in 'Trading Places' if you ask me. They are behind the scenes, behind the dastardly plot and not seen as much but add class and believability to the film.

Loved the PR stunts set up to gain valuable voters and how they are sabotaged by each congressman. Some are exactly as you would see in reality whilst some are truly hilarious, 'Brady' trying to sleep with 'Huggins' wife then broadcast it for example.

A cracking satire and spoof of good honest red, white and blue American politics. As a Brit the mockery of the typical religion obsessed wholesome Christian American family is very amusing. Its basically funny because its all based on reality, real folk and how US politics can be so childish and petty. Is there nothing more cringeworthy than watching real US politicians go on their greasy cross country voter campaigns.

Its all predictable right to the end but the lunacy and crude, sexist, un-PC toilet humour is outrageous, at times shocking, but down right fantastic I can't deny. Its good to see a proper no holds barred adult comedy, the cast benefit as do we the adult viewers. Its not original and its extremely rude but god dam its funny.

'Because Filipino Tilt-a-Whirl operators are this nation’s backbone'
Old 10-16-2012, 09:18 PM

Old 10-16-2012, 09:27 PM
Originally Posted by sarah1980 View Post

probably the best Disney poster EVER !!!
Old 10-17-2012, 12:24 AM

Theatre of Blood(1973)-8/10

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Old 10-17-2012, 03:17 AM
Dark House - 7.5/10

Hidden (2009) - 8/10
Old 10-17-2012, 08:27 AM

Old 10-17-2012, 12:37 PM

Killer Joe - 7.5/10

A movie where every character (except one) is a fuck-up, where there are absolutely no characters worth rooting for or liking and where morals cease to exist. William Friedkin and Tracy Letts know what they're doing, and they revel in the filth. Friedkin spends the first 2/3rds setting the southern gothic atmosphere and moving the plot along (reminiscent of the Coen brothers in a way) while throwing in a tiny amount of dread underneath. It feels like shit will get from bad to worse in a moment's notice, and Friedkin sure as shit delivers on that promise by the end. This is the best comedy of the year, and if you're not willing to get in the mud with everyone else then don't even bother trying.
Old 10-17-2012, 02:41 PM
#63 and my favorite vampire film ever made

Old 10-17-2012, 04:17 PM
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Its all things Abe at the moment as we've just had this flick and we've now got the upcoming biopic epic. Not to mention the Abe fetish that this has kick started with other low budget horror flicks where Abe fights the undead. When do we seen George Washington kicking werewolf ass?.

Tongue firmly in cheek here as we basically get a loose life story of Abe Lincoln but with clever tinkering. I must admit I do like how historical fact has been perverted with vampires, the way the writers have taken real historical events and twisted them to include vampire lore. Its not original of course but I do like this kind of thing, it makes it much more interesting, making you wish it was real history.

As a vampire flick this really is nothing much more than another 'Underworld' or 'Blade' simply set in the 18th century. The film is based on a book and has all the visual flare, editing, action, angles of your typical graphic novel/comicbook adaptation. This is totally fine as its exactly what you expect and nothing more, with a title like this you know to sit back and enjoy the ride.

Don't expect anything different from what you've seen before though. Although the action is swish, fast and actually pretty impressive with lots of twirling axe wielding slaughter its just the same as all the other vampire/werewolf action flicks we've seen. Add lots of slow motion into the fray and its all very familiar, highly unoriginal but highly enjoyable as it looks good. The main reason for the films saviour is merely the period setting which adds that nice dark gothic moonlit glow, plenty of opportunities for slick comicbook angles with dashing heroic lighting.

The main problem for me with this film is the fact you have part of a biopic and part of a vampire film. The director clearly must show both but has troubles keeping it together, the balance is there but it doesn't quite work at times due to historical fact. I do like how they incorporated vampire myth into Abe's civil war issues but at times your left thinking that it doesn't quite fit together...even though its complete fantasy.

The other issue I had, albeit small, was the fact that Abe seems to be almost super human himself. Slicing trees down with one stroke, leaping around like a Jedi knight and having a full grown horse thrown on him yet he lives without injury?. Suspension of disbelief being stretched there somewhat even though its a vampire film. I hasten to add that was it much of a surprise that Abe would be made out to be some kind of American superhero against slavery and fighting alongside a black man? pretty much your 18th century Captain America.

I did enjoy this film, I did enjoy Walker in the lead who does look like a young Liam Neeson with his prosthetics on. Its complete graphic novel type fluff full of cliches...hordes of faceless vampire fodder, the obligatory sexy baddie female vamp, tonnes of CGI, tonnes of slow mo, a token black hero and lots of implausible sequences where Abe gets himself out of trouble.

BUT as a fun goth vampire flick I quite enjoyed it, along the same lines as 'Priest' with Sewell playing the snarling bad guy to a tee. The train sequence finale is absolutely absurd and lets the film down but I like how the character of 'Henry' carries on through time. Lets not get too carried away with taking real historical figures and having them monster mash, quit for now while the idea is on a high.
Old 10-17-2012, 04:30 PM

Seven Psychopaths(2012)-8/10
Old 10-17-2012, 05:29 PM

Old 10-17-2012, 06:33 PM

Seven Psychopaths

There’s something special about the work of Martin McDonagh. His debut film In Bruges was something very special, mixing a dramatic hit-man film with a dash of comedy, and the result was something that felt wholly fresh and innovative. Now, McDonagh is at it again with Seven Psychopaths, but this time the director is more inclined with throwing more genres in the bus. A little crime caper film, drama, and a meta-commentary on screenwriting, McDonagh’s latest film does have a bit much on its plate, but the film is so hilarious that the pros definitely outweigh the cons.

If you are in love with In Bruges as I was, then the tone that his latest film goes around will feel right at home with you. The film follows a frustrated screenwriter Marty (Colin Farrell) who’s trying to come up with the next great film. In the midst of his writer’s block, he has to deal with his zany best friend Billy (Sam Rockwell), an actor who kidnaps dogs with his friend Hans (Christopher Walken) in order to reap their potential rewards. Ultimately, Marty gets in deep with Billy and Hans when the dog napping duo get their hands on a mob boss’s beloved shit-Tzu.

Now, while the concept seems a bit all over the place, the script does it’s very best to have it all come around in the end. There are more layers to the film than the above plot explanation, and those reveals make the film all the more fun, engrossing, and downright hilarious. This is mostly due to McDonagh’s handling of the collection of actors in his film. This guy knows how to get the best from everyone in his ensemble. If you need any evidence, just see Colin Farrell in In Bruges (Or just see In Bruges right now, if you can.). Farrell, this time around, is more a cypher to allow all the shenanigans to take place, being more reactive to the other characters than a fully formed character. That doesn’t mean that he’s terrible, as he gets some solid comedic moments when given the chance.

No, the real scene-stealers are Sam Rockwell’s Billy and Walken’s Hans. Rockwell is a ball of pent up energy, almost always stealing a scene whenever he’s given a chance. The man is truly a great actor, just see Moon to see him cement a grandiose performance in cinema history, but he’s a revelation in this comedic role. He’s the off-the-wall “wild card” character that you don’t know what he’s going to do next, and it’s an absolute blast.

On the more human, but still hilarious, side of the acting spectrum, there’s Christopher Walken. This role is truly a showcase on why Wlaken is just awesome at what he does, playing the pacifist Hans with such gusto and “Walkenism”. But, when it comes to the meatier, dramatic moments, Walken bites into those scenes with relish. He downplays everything perfectly, never overdoing or under handling a scene, he plays those moments just right. On the more minor, but still solid, side; there’s Woody Harrelson as the mob boss who just wants his dog back, and Tom Waits as a lunatic with a bunny. Trust me, the latter role makes more sense in context.

For McDonagh’s second feature, the director still has the chops and tenacity to make a film that is certainly his own vision in tone and comedy. There’s not a concise handling like In Bruges, but the ideas and themes are handled just right that the film never really misses the mark completely, just strays a bit space or two outside the bulls eye. But, despite those minor inconveniences, this is certainly one of the (if not THE) funniest comedies of 2012, and you’d be crazy not to see it.



With Argo, Ben Affleck seems to make a concise point that he’s a filmmaker, and he knows how to make movies, Impeccably directed, edited, and acted; Argo isn’t a movie classic that some movie reviews are claiming to be, but that doesn’t mean that this isn’t a damn fine piece of filmmaking, because it is. Affleck handles a true story about a top secret CIA mission during the 1980 Iranian Revolution in such accessible cinema glory that any fan of film, big or small, will eat this film up.

I’m going on a limb, but let’s face it, there are certain historical/political dramas that some viewers just have no interest in seeing. Whether it’d be too talky or the topic is just isn’t interesting, some films don’t have that overarching grasp to all the viewers. Argo is handled in a way that Affleck makes sure that the politics and history are intact, but that the film is involving for all the viewers involved. And boy, does he nail that sentiment. This film is thick with tension that you can cut it with a knife, with an opening sequence, showcasing the beginning of the Iranian Revolution crisis, that is riveting in how the clock is winding down, and when the shoe is dropped.

But, while the information is dropped regarding the Iranian Revolution and the proceeding plan involving the safe securing of 5 missing Americans who escaped when the US embassy was overrun, Affleck never loses the viewer with what is going on. He handles the proceedings in a concise fashion, building the plan with enough showcase and star power, but also knowing when to cut corners to continue the story. There’s always forward momentum for this film, moving forward to the next important piece of the CIA game, and never dawdling in the unnecessary. Then, when the plan finally goes ahead does the film really kick into gears, with suspense hitting fever pitch as the film draws to a blood-curdling conclusion.

Affleck has the enormous star power within this film, with Affleck himself as Tony Mendez, the CIA analyst who puts the plan known as “The Hollywood Idea” into fruition to save the Americans. Affleck is fine in the role, playing it subdued and control, never getting impatient when the plan goes awry. John Goodman and Alan Arkin as Hollywood players who get their hands in the CIA plan. They make up the lighter moments in the film, delivering one of the best lines in the film. Bryan Cranston is a class act as usual, playing an overseer to the rescue plan and getting a good funny line or two. Other well-known actors like Affleck’s go-to actor Titus Welliver, Kyle Chandler, Clea Duvall and Tate Donovan shine in the overall ensemble.

Argo is, without a doubt, the best film outing by Ben Affleck. Everything is just so assured in the direction, script, as well as acting wise. The film doesn’t set the bar in the extraordinary and sometimes settles into the predictable, but the filmmaking and handling of this true CIA mission is just so good that it really doesn’t matter.

Old 10-17-2012, 07:05 PM
The Mountain with Spencer Tracy and Richard Wagner - Two brothers climb a mountain in order to investigate a plane crash for very different reasons. Some of the climbing sequences were pretty intense. The plot isn't really very complex but Tracy does a fine job as the more pious and humble brother. 6/10

The Black Dahlia - Just one more piece of evidence for why Josh Hartnett should never be the star of a movie. The other actors were actually decent but Hartnett drags this whole film down. The story was unnecessarily convoluted as well. 4/10
Old 10-17-2012, 07:37 PM

Question – if you could go back in time to kill an evil cock-knocker like Hitler, would you? Another question – have you ever seen twelve monkeys die hard? Thanks to Rian Johnson, both of these philosophical questions are addressed. And how! Just a good old-fashioned crowd pleaser of an action movie that delivers a loopy (figures) time-travel plot of classic sci-fi proportions to boot. Which is conspicuosly wrapped around a well-acted character-driven structure that ensures longevity for many viewings to come and a reason to care about the people trapped in Johnson’s ingeniously conceived paradoxes. It won’t settle any time travel debates among nerds who still get worked up over the John Connor/Kyle Reese thing, but it doesn’t seek to relitigate old tropes so much as reinvigorate them through really strong dramatic writing at heart. In fact, for all the cool action setpieces in this, my favorite scenes tended to be those quieter human moments that Johnson is more concerned with, ultimately – the diner scene with Joe and Old Joe where they come face to face for the first time, or the surprisingly poignant montage of Joe’s life in the thirty years leading up to his slated execution.

-> 8/10
Old 10-17-2012, 07:56 PM
Soldiers Of Fortune - 6/10
Old 10-17-2012, 09:29 PM
#65 first time viewing

7/10 wasn't as bad as everyone was saying but hey that's just me
Old 10-18-2012, 01:21 AM

Old 10-18-2012, 01:27 AM
Hotel Transylvania

This year is really a good year for spooky Addams Family style halloween goth freaks like myself hehe. So far we've had 'ParaNorman' 'Frankenweenie' and now this Adam Sandler animated vehicle. Yes that's right...Adam 'I'm not funny anymore' Sandler.

After about 10mins into this film you can tell its clearly been made for kids. Nothing wrong with that of course but this isn't 'Toy Story' smart with little winks for the older folk, its way more tuned for the younglings. This is very evident with silly jokes, huge prat falls and a very loud in your face approach much like many kiddie cartoons, dare I say childish to the max.

Yes childish but did I expect more? well maybe yes, an Adam Sandler fronted film, I did think it might be a little more risky in places or even a tad scary judging by the concept. The best thing about the film in many sequences is the dialog from the brilliant voice cast line up. This is where adults will enjoy especially with the dry wit of Spade and Buscemi who give 'Werewolf' and 'The Invisible Man' some cracking moments of speech. Naturally Kevin James is in here too, can't have an Adam Sandler film without his tubby sidekick it seems. There was a time when it was Rob Schneider, not anymore.

The animation was 50/50 for me to be honest, at times some sequences and character movements looked fantastic. The flashback sequences for 'Dracula' were especially lovely with stunning colours, where as the best animated motion capture again was easily 'Dracula'. Some gorgeous looking work as we see 'Drac' glide across the hallways, flap and twirl is cape, slink amongst the shadows and sail through the air...its all in the cape work.
Other characters are well designed too, I like the blue collar look of 'Werewolf', the obvious simplicity of 'The Invisible Man', the gigantic foot of I presume 'Yeti' and 'Mummy' who looked a lot like 'Oogie Boogie' from 'The Nightmare Before Christmas'.

There are an impressive range of monsters shown throughout the film from standard skeletons to a 'Pumpkin King' like character. The main guys are the best looking where as the rest don't seem quite as well crafted.

I must just add, is it wrong that I found the young female character of 'Mavis', 'Drac's' daughter, kinda hot?. I mean look at it from my point of view, I'm into the whole goth look and vibe. So for me the sight of an attractive slim pale female with black lips, dark eye shadow, black fingernails and raven black hair wearing a surprisingly sexy tight black number complete with arm stockings was really quite sexy haha. It was like watching a young animated Winona Ryder! rawr!!.

But I digress, the film is a simple love tale between 'Mavis' and a random human lad who turns up at the hotel, nothing more. Its very sweet, very charming and will thrill the kids. I did enjoy it mainly for the monster mash aspect and of course the kooky vampire/haunted mansion side of it (if you haven't already guessed).

The animation was a slight let down for me as I did expect something a bit more original, quirky or diverse from director Geddy Tartakovsky. It all looks good but too generic for me, nothing trailblazing like his 'Star Wars' work. Also was hoping for something a little more adult orientated in places with the monsters but alas. Jokes are a bit forced, hated the pop songs included and the horrendous ending almost ruins the entire film Jesus! but it still just about made me smile.

Not as unique, amusing or moving as 'ParaNorman', so far that is the front runner for fun halloween flicks. Watch out for Geddy's unique and much better hand drawn animation in the end credits, maybe they should have done the whole film this way?.
Old 10-18-2012, 04:28 AM
Killing Them Softly (9/10)
From the moment it started I knew this was my kind of film. The direction, cast, acting, editing, cinematography and the dialogue are all top notch. Not too sure how general audiences will take it, evident from my girlriend who found it too talky and all the negative comments I heard around me as the credits rolled. However most film buffs, I believe will love it. Mendhelson is a stand out but all the cast deliver. Not as good as Assasination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, but still great, none the less. Dark, violent, gritty and smart but at times laugh out loud funny.
Old 10-18-2012, 04:29 AM
I've watched an absolute shit-tonne of chick flicks these past few days. I must be due my period or something...

Morning Glory - 6.5/10
The Switch - 6/10
Love & Other Drugs - 5.5/10
The Five Year Engagement - 5/10
What To Expect When You're Expecting - 4/10
Valentines Day - 4/10



Safety Not Guaranteed - 7.5/10
Old 10-18-2012, 04:32 AM
Originally Posted by BadCoverVersion View Post

I know! You gave Love and Other Drugs way too low of a rating!

Old 10-18-2012, 04:42 AM
Originally Posted by viceus View Post
Where have you been hiding, BCV? I don't see you post half as much (creepy).
Hola viceus.

I've fallen through the cracks. I'm what you might refer to as 'sassy' now. I drink skinny lattes and have shuddering orgasms over shoes and handbags.
Old 10-18-2012, 04:43 AM
Originally Posted by ilovemovies View Post
I know! You gave Love and Other Drugs way too low of a rating!

I think you are being swayed by the righteous amount of Hathaway boobage on offer...and I understand this.
Old 10-18-2012, 04:57 AM
Originally Posted by BadCoverVersion View Post
I think you are being swayed by the righteous amount of Hathaway boobage on offer...and I understand this.
Hahaha! Touche. That and Ed Zwick is one of my favorite filmmakers perhaps.
Old 10-18-2012, 08:19 AM

Old 10-18-2012, 09:55 AM

Old 10-18-2012, 11:49 AM
Moonrise Kingdom - 9/10
Old 10-18-2012, 01:18 PM
#68 first time viewing

and what a piece of shit 2/10
Old 10-18-2012, 01:57 PM

Dead of Night(1945)

Wow, I was expecting a dry, boring British murder mystery, but this was a classic of spookiness. You can see how this film has influenced countless horror films and television shows, including The Twilight Zone. It's a horror anthology film with 4 or 5 stories and an equally interesting wraparound story featuring a man who claims to have suffered recurring nightmares revolving around the group of strangers he has just met for a dinner party. The two highlight stories revolve around a haunted mirror that shows a grim room where a murder occurred and Ventriloquist whose dummy may or may not have a mind of his own.

The film started a bit slow but became more and more intriguing as it went on, and I wondered how it would all tie together at the end. I feared that the payoff wouldn't be there, and it may just be a sloppy anthology of spooky ghost stories; but the ending was the best part! I also appreciated some of the dry humor, particularly during a story about two golfers competing over the affection of the same woman.

There's a creepy shot of a man slowly descending into a lake that reminded me of the Japanese classic Sansho the Bailiff.

I'm watching a scary movie every night this month and it's interesting that of all of the modern, gruesome horror movies full of gore and jump scares this month, I feel like this movie is the most likely to give me nightmares.
Old 10-18-2012, 03:16 PM
#69 watched


#70 now watching

Old 10-18-2012, 04:21 PM

Here Comes the Boom(2012)-5/10
Old 10-18-2012, 04:56 PM
Eugenie ...The Story of Her Journey into Perversion

Such a twisted story that includes a cult of Sadists, a psychosexual sibling relationship that makes the Lannisters of Westeros look like the Joneses, and a sumptuous sense of style from the erotically-charged imagination of director Jess “The Jesus” Franco (as I’ve come to call him). What’s not to appreciate about this cult gem? And released in ’69 to cap things off, how fucking perfect is that for an erotic thriller at the flowering of the sexual revolution? If you saw this on late-night TV, you might be forgiven for dismissing it as nothing more than a second-rate European relic of softcore porn, but with further exploration there’s a sinister depth beneath the titillating surface details of nubile bodies and loaded double entendres. It’s about the loss of innocence for Eugenie (Marie Liljedahl) as she’s manipulated through drugs, pain and pleasure by the creepy-sexy Madame Saint Ange (Maria Rohm) and her brother Mirvel (Jack Taylor), a trio that aren’t afraid to show off some skin in the name of artistic horror. But for those who don’t wanna think and stuff, there’s always the sunbathing scene where Rohm and Liljedahl cream each other up with lotion.

-> 8/10
Old 10-18-2012, 04:57 PM

Old 10-18-2012, 07:09 PM

8/10 and another film series finished in my 31 days of horror marathon...at least untill Dec 21 lol
Old 10-18-2012, 07:54 PM
The Born Losers - This seemed like a typical motorcycle gang movie with a lone man willing to stand against them. The first of the Billy Jack movies and this one doesn't offer much more than violence, a gorgeous woman in a bikini, an low budget filming. The woman was the best part of the film but the gang was full of incompetent actors that just killed this for me. 4/10

Crazy/Beautiful - Even in her late teens Kirsten Dunst was knocking fairly complex roles out of the park. Her boyfriend in the film wasn't anything special but Dunst was fantastic in the film about two people from different backgrounds and heading for very different futures - one of them full of drugs and partying - falling in love. The ending neatly wraps things up in a way that was too easy but up to that point it was a pretty solid film. 7/10
Old 10-18-2012, 07:58 PM
Originally Posted by smacaskill View Post

Crazy/Beautiful - Even in her late teens Kirsten Dunst was knocking fairly complex roles out of the park. Her boyfriend in the film wasn't anything special but Dunst was fantastic in the film about two people from different backgrounds and heading for very different futures - one of them full of drugs and partying - falling in love. The ending neatly wraps things up in a way that was too easy but up to that point it was a pretty solid film. 7/10
True story: one of my sister's teacher's (either from high school or elementary, can't remember) nephew is one of the screenwriters of this movie.
Old 10-19-2012, 12:03 AM
Red Dragon - I hate to admit that this was my first time seeing this film, especially being a big fan of Silence of the Lambs. It had the same feeling as Silence of the Lambs without feeling pretentious. However, Silence of the Lambs is easily the superior of the two films, but it's hard to compare any film to the brilliance of Lambs. Hopkins is truly amazing as Hannibal Lecter. There is no one else that could play that role quite like he can. I'll admit that when the film first started I wasn't sure about Edward Norton as Graham, but I soon became quite fond of the casting choice and found that his performance was top notch.

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