Old 11-09-2012, 11:36 PM


Best Bond, ever!
Old 11-09-2012, 11:39 PM

SKYFALL - 8/10

SKYFALL is great if you're a fan of Bond. Certainly had plenty of references to the 50th anniversary of the Bond series. This is good, though. Plus, it didn't outweigh "homage" for "storytelling". They did a good job trying to incorporate these elements in a logical manner for the movie's benefit.
It was too long, but worth watching.
Old 11-10-2012, 01:38 AM

Definitely has that Dark Knight influence that they talked about. 9.5/10
Old 11-10-2012, 12:23 PM
Originally Posted by Canto View Post
Definitely has that Dark Knight influence that they talked about. 9.5/10
You don't say

Old 11-10-2012, 04:11 PM
Skyfall 9/10

A Bourneless-like Bond movie!
Old 11-10-2012, 04:38 PM
The Loved Ones (2009) - 8/10
Safety Not Guaranteed - 7/10
The Man With The Iron Fists - 6/10
Old 11-10-2012, 05:39 PM
Headhunters - This film is about a headhunter named Roger, who also happens to be an art thief. This was a fun flick to watch. For the most part I enjoyed the film, but there were some characters and scenes that felt out of place. I also think I would have enjoyed more of a tragic ending, versus the films actual ending that felt a tad cliche. Some of the scenes with Roger trying to survive and what he ends up going through are hilarious, definitely some enjoyable dark comedy.

Old 11-10-2012, 05:46 PM
The Apparition - 5/10
The Haunting Of Whately House - 3/10
Old 11-10-2012, 07:53 PM
Alpha Dog - A pretty solid crime drama but the only problem is I didn't really believe that some of the actors could possibly be that tough. The acting was fine for the most part but a few of the people involved (mainly Justin Timberlake) would be killed pretty quickly. I did really like the story though. 7/10

Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story - This was funny for the most part but there were a few scenes that I thought were too outrageous. Some of the running gags got on my nerves a bit too. John C. Reilly was fantastic though. 7/10
Old 11-10-2012, 08:49 PM

Casino Royale(2006)-8/10
Old 11-11-2012, 12:44 AM
War of the Worlds - This is pretty much your typical mediocre blockbuster film. War of the Worlds banks more on visual effects than anything else--With that being said, they are fantastic--However, that was the most enjoyable portion of the film. Tom Cruise as Ray Ferrier was decent enough. However, I found his kids (played by Dakota Fanning and Justin Chatwin) to be down right annoying. I thought that his son, Robbie (Chatwin), was a bit overzealous for what his character represented. Overall it's entertaining enough to watch at least once, and beyond the visual effects I did enjoy the portion of the film with Tim Robbins character.

Old 11-11-2012, 02:06 AM
The Watch

Right I saw this on a long haul flight from Indonesia so forgive me if I possibly didn't look upon it too favourably haha. Oh have I just done the review? need I go on?

This is one of those films that is split, it starts off really well with Stiller doing what he does best which is a parody of sorts. The warm cozy suburban life of Stiller's character is both amusing and easily the best section of the whole film. Add to the fray the always funny and shameless Vaughn whose brash loud outbursts can be hilariously awkward to watch, a loose cannon of comedy.

Hill boosts the fun factor more with his slightly psychotic wildcard of a character that lives with his mother, nice twist. All together they are a great trio, not too original in creativity character wise as we've seen them do this before but fun none the less. The last dude played by Ayoade tends to stick out like a sore thumb really, I know that's the idea but he never really fits in, he's just...there. Never heard of the actor either, maybe they should of used Carell or Rogen.

So the early sequences which show the guys doing their regular stuff is cool, there is a nice eerie feel to it which kinda reminded me of 'The Burbs'. It all goes down hill once the alien factor turns up and pretty much ruins everything. We go from a kooky neighbourhood type flick to a daft 'MIB' type romp and it just doesn't fit right if you ask me.

The whole alien invasion thing isn't funny nor is it good enough to be classed as an 'action romp', its just weak. It could of been so much better if they used the creepy neighbour's route despite that being a rip of the film I mentioned. The film is also unnecessarily vulgar with a lot of swearing that just isn't needed, swearing won't make the film funnier guys. Even the films original poster looked like something from 'District 9'.

Effects are satisfactory with your stupid looking flashy CGI laser beams and plastic looking aliens with obligatory tentacles. Gets stupider towards the end as it completely turns into a different kind of beast...such a waste. Overall the flight didn't effect how disappointed I was with this, could of been so damn good.
Old 11-11-2012, 08:23 AM
TED - 6/10
I had some laughs, it was pretty stupid but then again fulfilled what it intended to so, so I'm not all that upset about it. It's better than an episode of FAMILY GUY these days, which just plain sucks.

CRANK - 9/10
Speaking of movies that accomplish what they intend to do... this is the perfect example of that. Love this movie to know end.

I haven't seen this in many years... I am surprised by how well it holds up even today. Great pacing, wonderful storyline and overall a damned good time.

TOTAL RECALL (2012) - 4/10
For the first half hour, I was going with it. But then it just turned into pure shit. I even fell asleep at the final "action" scene; and I wasn't even tired. The two main scenes that try to be "intelligent" go on about four times longer than they should.
Plus, I dare you to take a shot each time he says "he's lying, don't listen to him" or some version of that near the end.... it's hilarious. Fuck me, man, I liked the LOOK of the movie but that isn't enough to keep it interesting.

Werhoven's version is more fun. It is audacious and has intrigue, which is a hard line to balance on. At the same time, the whole idea of Mars as the basis and the mystery behind it makes "mutants" more logical in this crazy sci-fi world. This time, a woman with three breasts is just pointless and only a reference to the original - which is a weak "nod" to a better product.

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Old 11-11-2012, 12:52 PM
The Comedy - 7.5/10

Holy Motors - 7/10
Old 11-11-2012, 06:03 PM
Originally Posted by Cronos View Post
The Sweeney - 2/10
Hahaha, why do you do it to yourself Cronos? Am I right in thinking you have yet to check out Skyfall?

I rewatched Skyfall

Had to be sure, and yes it is the best Bond in my opinion (do you agree yet Sarah?), loved spotting all the cute references to the others as well, can't wait to watch it again and spot all of them.

Argo (Ben Affleck, 2012)

Dammit! First Looper and now this! I hate it when I'm disappointed by a movie. Affleck is still three out of three in my book, but despite the fact that he expands on his directorial skills here I still didn't like it as much as his previous films. It's a glorious story, but I don't really feel like the quality of the movie itself was anything extraordinary. Alan Arkin was great here, but you can't really say that any of the ensemble deliver their best work, it was all just a bit too 'competent'. Everything else about the film was good but for some reason didn't engage or excite me as much as it did everyone else. Affleck remains one of the best new directors around though.
Old 11-11-2012, 06:28 PM
Originally Posted by Natty View Post
Hahaha, why do you do it to yourself Cronos? Am I right in thinking you have yet to check out Skyfall?
I don't know anymore... :'(

And you're correct, I haven't seen Skyfall.
Old 11-11-2012, 06:55 PM
Attenberg 6/10

First came Dogtooth and now this. Greece is creating a new freaky type of vanguard cinema.
Old 11-11-2012, 07:07 PM
On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)

Going into it, a lot of what I heard was that George Lazenby's performance as 007 this Bond movie was just so terrible that Sean Connery just HAD to come back and reprise the role. After watching the film for myself, I have to say that I don't think that was the case. I think, for what it's worth, he played a decent James Bond. He had all the cheesy one-liners Bond is known for, he acted the part well, and they even teased Bond with the prospect of quitting MI6, settling down, and getting married
The marriage was, of course, destined to fail. She died in a drive-by shooting...of course it had to end that way. Come on, he's Bond.
From the mouth of Sir Roger Moore himself, the apparent reason George Lazenby didn't come back for more 007 films was because of his outlandish, womanizing behavior as a professional actor outside of the film. I'm not sure how wild he might have been, but it was apparently enough for the film studio to not want him back. Unfortunate, but I'm glad for it; Sean Connery was a better Bond, in all honesty.

Old 11-12-2012, 03:50 AM

Quantum of Solace(2008)-6/10
Old 11-12-2012, 11:21 AM

No Country for Old Men - This is one of those experiences that after the credits roll you're almost haunted by the film. First of all, Javier Bardem as Anton Chigurh was brilliant. Such a unique and refreshing antagonist, I loved every second he was on screen. He's so foul and destructive, yet his personality is almost tranquil, it's like he's completely detached from his actions. You get this sense that he feels no responsibility for his actions. You get this sense from the coin flipping scenes. He discusses the path that coin took to get there, and now it's deciding whether the opposition lives or dies. In essence the coins fate led it to that point, and now it's the coin itself deciding whether or not the victim lives or dies, and not Anton. Which is why I love the scene where he gets into the car accident. I think it really illustrates this idea magnificently. Basically Anton and the other victim in the accident were on a path, a path that eventually would lead them to that intersection, it was completely uncontrollable and it was a great expression of fate, and ultimately emphasized the idea of the coin toss scenes. Absolutely phenomenal.

Josh Brolin was great as Llewelyn Moss, the man who stole $2,000,000 in drug money and is running for his life from Anton Chigurh. Moss was clearly a very poor man who was willing to do just about anything to hang onto that money. He went through hell and back trying to keep it. Moss' unwillingness to give the money up would ultimately lead to not only his demise, but his wife's as well. It's an amazing representation of what humanity is capable of when they have something to die for.

Ed Tom Bell, a near retirement sheriff, who was played by Tommy Lee Jones was a great character, and I think a little underrated when it comes to this film. Most talk seems to linger around Brolin and Bardem, but Jones was fantastic! I think by the end of the film he realized that he was truly outmatched, and man's evolution of evil is just too much for him. It takes a different kind of man to handle what Anton is capable of, something he was not willing to embark upon.

Overall I thought it was a great film. If I had one complaint it would be the character of Carson Wells, played by Woody Harrelson. The character in my opinion didn't have enough time to develop, and his death was a little anticlimactic as a result.

Old 11-12-2012, 04:18 PM

Old 11-12-2012, 06:11 PM
Blue Velvet - 9/10

Mulholland Drive - 10/10

Vertigo - 10/10

Old 11-12-2012, 09:31 PM
End of Watch - A really well acted drama with a lot of action as a couple of Los Angeles cops get caught up in a drug cartel's operations. Some of the camera angles were a little offputting but that's only a minor complaint. This is a really good film although I would have liked Anna Kendrick to have a bigger role. 8/10
Old 11-12-2012, 09:47 PM

For 50 years, filmgoers around the world have had the titular British secret agent, James Bond, on the big screen. From the birth of author Ian Flemingís character in 1962ís Dr. No, made famous by Sean Connery; to Pierce Bronsonís most recent take of the character of Bond in the mid nineties and millennium, the character has been passed through numerous directors to helm their vision of Bond throughout the different decades. But, while some of these films were solid in their own right, there wasnít a real connection towards the series until Daniel Craig helmed the Bond character in 2006 with the quasi prequel/reboot Casino Royale. That film cemented Bond as a vibrant and layered character, helped by Craigís stoic yet vulnerable portrayal of the character. Most Bond films have had that type of characterization in previous films, but the past Bond films have given the character a bit more well roundedness that audiences can invest in. While the most recent film, Quantum of Solace, sort of lost the vibrant comeback that Royale was yearning for, director Sam Mendes comes to the plate with Skyfall that takes the old school and new school formulas of James Bond and mix them with solid results.

For that, Skyfall seems apt to make a personal character story between Craigís James Bond and his relationship to his superior M (Judi Dench), who must deal with a nefarious villain (Javier Bardem) who wants to impose terror within the MI6 agency. The themes of dealing with Mís past sins and the relationship with Bond are done brilliantly, as they were the most vital parts in the Bond films that Craig previously appeared in with Dench. M and Bondís bantering, mother/son relationship is the true heart of Skyfall and Mendes milks it for all that its worth, with Craig and Dench selling it perfectly.

But it isnít a Bond film with all the typical plot proceedings that all these Bond films usually go by, and Mendes, with his teams of writers, has no qualms in digging into that toy box. One such archetype is a charismatic villain that can get under James Bondís skin, to which Javier Bardem answers with his villainous Silva. Bardem just exudes class acting in his role, relishing each monologue that he can give, while also throwing a nice twist to how these Bond villains can sometimes be portrayed as. His scenes with Craig and, particularly Dench in one scene, are some of the filmís highlights, adding more weight to this personal story.

As for the action, you say? Well, Mendes has the great cinematographer Roger Deakins on hand to create some gorgeous set pieces that feel epically massive in scale, while even the more one-on-one fisticuffs are still shot perfectly (one fight scene in Sanghai is great in terms of the usage of lighting, setting, and soundtrack). Even when there isnít a heart stopping action beat, Deakins still keeps the epic in this bond story, with setting choices that look absolutely beautiful on the big screen.

If the film has a bit of misstep, itís that most of the plot points seem to be a collection from other blockbusters that have come out in recent years. Thatís not a problem if thereís something new and refreshing to these ideas in a Bond film, but they mostly keep the film from breaking new ground for James Bond when it seems to pave a new road of the titular character. Mendes keeps the predictability engaging for the most part, but there are moments where the predictability slows down the momentum that the film was having.

But, flaws aside, Skyfall is still a quintessential and solid James Bond film. This is a film that wants to take Bond in a new, unique direction, but doesnít want to leave out what makes a Bond film worked for fifty years. Hopefully, the balancing act that Mendes and his crew gave to this film will continue and evolve in future installments, allowing Bond film to open to a whole new generation.

Old 11-13-2012, 01:53 AM


I enjoyed this movie more than Funny Games
Old 11-13-2012, 02:12 AM

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel(2012)-7/10
Old 11-13-2012, 05:26 AM
Your Highness

Old 11-13-2012, 03:48 PM
This week,

The Comedy - 8/10

Kill List (Rewatch) - 9/10
Old 11-13-2012, 05:19 PM
A Royal Affair - 7/10

Take This Waltz - 8/10

Fists of Fury - 8/10
Old 11-13-2012, 05:45 PM

The Sessions(2012)-7/10
Old 11-13-2012, 07:04 PM

Eyes Without A Face

Can't believe I never saw it before. It was marvelous.

Old 11-13-2012, 08:40 PM
The Common Law with Constance Bennett and Joel McCrea - A model must choose between the artist she loves and the extravagant lifestyle her family can provide. There's nothing special here and it was sort of boring. 4/10

Training Day - Denzel Washington was great as the cop who constantly breaks the law and even tries to kill his trainee. I really liked the story even if the end didn't make a whole lot of sense. 8/10
Old 11-14-2012, 09:13 PM

So here I am to contribute to the endless procession of Skyfall reviews! Yaaay. Bond’s Golden Anniversary is the very best of what the series was made of in the past, and a template for the remainder of Craig’s tenure as the character for the future. There’s much to love here, so it’s kinda hard to know where to start. For one, the visual aspect is outstanding. Mendes and Oscar-caliber cinematographer Roger Deakins give us easily the most beautiful imagery the series has ever had, bar none, and might even make it a shoe-in for the statue next year. It’s that gorgeous a film to look at, from the misty rustic vistas of the Scottish Highlands to the sexy neon opulence of Shanghai. It’s too easy to get lost in the aesthetic before you realize there’s a wicked cool fist fight going on between Bond and some hired goon. It’s an action film, yes, but what I love about the rebooted franchise (even Quantum, to a large degree), they serve as satisfying dramas first and action bonanzas second. It’s an important distinction, but I do love the nods to the lighter staples of the series that are clearly making a modern comeback – the sight gags, the office banter and the flamboyant villain with the swank secret lair. Mendes blends the old with the new seamlessly, never sacrificing too much realism for fantasy and vice versa. It’s a delicate balance. And of course, how can I end this without a nod to the memorable portrayal of Silva by Javier Bardem? Even when he chews scenery and plays homoerotic cat and mouse (or is it rat?) with Craig, he’s still more dramatically interesting than any other Bond villain to date. I’ll need to see this a few more times before I jump it up to Casino Royale’s classic status, a film in my Top 10 that I love to no end. But this one is well on its way.

-> 9/10
Old 11-14-2012, 10:18 PM
A Lady Without Passport with Hedy Lamarr - An immigration agent tries to infiltrate a human smuggling ring and falls in love with one of the refugees. There is some pretty good action for such a low budget film and I did like Lamarr. The other actors weren't so great though. 6/10

Gosford Park - A very entertaining whodunit with many fine performances. I especially liked Maggie Smith. 8/10
Old 11-14-2012, 10:22 PM
Killer Joe (8/10)
Old 11-15-2012, 04:20 AM
Skyfall - 9/10
Ted - 4/10
Old 11-15-2012, 08:29 AM

Cloud Atlas
Old 11-15-2012, 02:04 PM
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 (6/10)
Definitely not the marked improvement on its predecessors that the early reviews would have you believe. Aside from some effective humour (Dracula twins, Jacob stripping in front of Charlie), it's mostly very dull and cheesy for the first hour. There is a bunch of speechifying from Pattinson, and many corny montages that would be more at home on YouTube (one of the least sexiest sex scenes is one, though the worst is near the end of the film to that awful "I have loved you for a thoooousand years" song). The second hour is better, but still not all that great or "epic" as its trailer claims. The final battle is pretty cool and there's a very clever twist ending that had the whole audience gasping. But it's nearly ruined by the cheesy way all the vampires can so easily rip each others heads off. Really silly.

I don't feel this saga, film-to-film, really flowed that well. Each of the movies feel quite self-contained. The entire reason for the final battle, for instance, is not foreshadowed earlier than 20-30 minutes into this movie. Why not introduce some of the ideas (such as the Immortal Children) in one of the earlier, overstuffed movies? By throwing it all into the last movie it seems like a contrived excuse for an epic battle sequence, and one that carries little weight given it has no build-up in the earlier installments.
Old 11-15-2012, 03:27 PM
Killing Zoe (7/10)
The Lion King (8/10)
Old 11-15-2012, 10:49 PM
The Easiest Way with Constance Bennett - A woman tries to choose between a rich suitor and the poor reporter that she loves. Nothing really remarkable about this film other than an early film role for Clark Gable. 5/10

Fog Over Frisco with Bette Davis - A young socialite gets involved in a securities scam. This movie is one of the fastest paced that I've seen. I barely knew what was going one from one scene to the next. 4/10
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