Old 11-25-2012, 08:03 PM

7/10 An aussie Red Dawn.
Old 11-25-2012, 09:05 PM
killer elite
solid action movie. liked all the actors, but i woulda preferred another one besides jason statham.

love this movie one of my favorite de niro movies! love jean reno in this. lots of great parts. havent seen it in years
Old 11-25-2012, 09:06 PM
You Only Live Twice - The plot was a bit less coherent in this film than in Connery's previous Bond films but there were still some fun moments. I liked the appearance of Blofield for the first time and it was nice to have some Asian Bond girls. 7/10
Old 11-26-2012, 11:03 AM
Resident Evil (2002)

There was much trepidation when this came to bloom way back in 02, an adaptation of the highly popular zombie horror videogame franchise? hmmm. Anderson's first foray into the adaptation world after some reasonable films like 'Soldier' and 'Event Horizon', his CV didn't look too shabby but previous attempts at this sort of genre proved dismal.

Amazingly enough this first offering in what is now an overly ridiculous 'Matrix' 'Blade' 'Underworld' monster mash mess is actually quite good and sticks to the original formula. It all kicks off inside the well known mansion but in an imaginative spin delves deep underground to the secret Umbrella facility. Here we get a very admirable 'Aliens' type thriller as a team of commandos battle to survive against a sadistic mega computer that runs the facility and of course lots of undead creatures/monsters.

So the whole film is contained within the underground labs instead of roaming the mansion which at first seemed wrong. Maybe they could of done with some mansion action but it actually works well. Later adaptation 'Doom' does seem somewhat similar in premise though, slight case of concept rip methinks.

Naturally the effects are mostly CGI for the creatures and they do now look rather crappy, very obvious. Of course you can't pan a film for that but the CGI hasn't dated well, where as sets and overall look for the film isn't too bad, zombies look a bit childish though. It is nice to see most of the videogame nasties in the film though, Anderson certainly did well not to stray far from the source yet add to it as well. Zombie dogs which aren't fully CGI but real dogs with makeup is a nice touch, a hint of the crows and 'Lickers' which are good n scary...accept for the fact they are all fully CGI. The 'Red Queen' computer character is a good addition to the fray and quite eerie at times also 'your're all going to die down here'.

This film is a welcome presentation of the franchise and shows what can be done if done properly. Its still mind boggling to me that the film is actually a reasonably scary horror flick! there are quite a few good jumpy moments and certainly no hesitation with blood. A creation of slow building dread and suspense is well handled throughout, alongside some nifty visual moments and a good if slightly cliched bunch of commandos all adds up to a darn fun ride.

Yes you can see many steals from other similar films (the usual tough bunch of soldiers taken down one by one) and the characters are all generic copies stemmed from a certain Cameron film but the fact its not a kiddie flick and watered down is fantastic and astonishing. There is no silly slow motion nonsense, no over the top set pieces, actually Jovovich plays it for real and isn't a 'Selene' clone from 'Underworld'...yet.

Probably the best of the series if you ask me, and it was an Anderson film!!. Its formulaic and cliched but still provides enough punch to do what its suppose to do...pretty much like the 'Doom' film.
Old 11-26-2012, 02:03 PM
Breaking Dawn Part 2 (6/10)
Old 11-26-2012, 04:26 PM

Silver Linings Playbook(2012)-810
Old 11-26-2012, 05:24 PM
Originally Posted by someguy View Post
It really is something, my appreciation of it has grown more and more since watching it. Tim Heidecker easily gives one of the best performances of the year.
I am so glad that people seem to be picking up on what that movie is trying to do and be and say and in my opinion totally accomplishes in all aspects. It has literally grown on my thoughts since it ended. Each time I reflect on it I continue finding new observations and stabs throughout...Heidecker is goddamned poetic with the way he handled that performance and it is becoming my 2nd favorite of the year behind Phoenix in The Master.
Old 11-26-2012, 07:22 PM

Old 11-26-2012, 10:40 PM
After Office Hours with Clark Gable and Constance Bennett - A newspaper story turns into a murder mystery in high society. Gable was his usual charming self but the story was a little thin. 5/10

Casino Royale (1967) - Still one of my favorite spoof films. David Niven is great in the lead role and there were a lot of beautiful women who also had important roles with real character development. 8/10
Old 11-27-2012, 01:11 AM
Reign of Fire (2002)

Anyone for dragons? a scorched earth where humanity is almost extinct and small bands of survivors scrape along day by day eeking out some form of life in a desolate barren world. The only leaders left to keep the pitiful human morsels alive are Batman, King Leonidas and a bald tattooed Texan.

And thus the premise for 'Reign of Fire' is born, like a phoenix from the flames, like the one true ring from the searing heat of Mount Doom, like...I'm going overboard aren't I?. So yeah, totally cool movie title and a wicked idea no doubt, the problem being the final execution of the entire film.

An apocalyptic 'Mad Max' type future with a pocket of human wastrels holed up in an old castle in the north of England. An American ego joins the team (love how the yanks always butt in on a war hehe even in the future!) and together they all fight dragons, only problem is we don't see much of the dragons!. Of course there is dragon action but its few and far between and even then you don't see the dragons too much.
On one hand hiding the beasts does add more mystery and suspense, I can see that notion. But on the other hand we all know what dragons look like and what they do, there's really no need to hide them in the shadows ala Ridley Scott's 'Alien'. End of the day a dragon is a dragon and to be completely honest they aren't that scary, more mythical and fun really, like unicorns.

Other issues with the film is how utterly grey and dull it all looks, so very unexciting. Sure its an apocalyptic world set up north in a sea of ash but lets try make it somewhat visually thrilling for the viewer. The characters are all rather generic and somewhat annoying also, you kinda want to see them get eaten half the time. Bale has his stupid mockney accent again and just shouts all the time, Butler's character just seems pointless and you just know he's gonna end up crispy dragon meat, but McConaughey is more intriguing as the obvious 'Captain Ahab' with muscles and tattoo's.

Other than those three everyone else is unimportant and you couldn't care a less whether they live or die. Although seeing more folk getting baked or eaten by dragons is sorely missing here.

I also recall when this film came out that everyone was half expecting to see epic battles between helicopter gunships and dragons over the skies of London. Why you ask? because the films poster had that rather neat design advertising the fact. So it was disappointing not to see any of that, also disappointing not to see any real epic dragon fights a tall, just lots of flying dragons at a distance, roars, silhouettes and shadows. We finally get to see the big male properly at the end but only seconds before it gets killed, what's the point of that!?.

The whole concept is good and there are some nice moments in the film. The whole team effort of trying to kill a dragon by the Americans is quite fun to watch if somewhat ridiculous. Would you really do all that just to try and kill a dragon if you had a helicopter, lots of guns and a tank? surely you just blast it when its close by, its a pretty big target. Is the skydiving with nets really necessary? I still fail to see how that would even work, which it doesn't in the film haha. Also are dragons immune to bullets or something?? again surely a few good shots in the head, eye, legs or leg joints would at some point bring it down?, meh what do I know eh.

This film is a semi decent fantasy flick and it is fun but its just not as good as it can be. You get the impression there is an epic visual treat lurking which hasn't been fully realised. You can't even say its a good B-movie as the film had a big budget and was suppose to be a blockbuster, it did OK though.

Not bad but really lacking some punch. All I can think of whilst watching is how I could of done things differently to make the film more thrilling and in your face exciting. It just feels like such a wasted chance for a truly rip roaring fantasy, McConaughey's character just about saves the film really, without him it would of been totally dry. He goes down in epic glory too which was cool.

Final heat/fire pun...this film was definitely not as hot as it could have been, zing!.
Old 11-27-2012, 07:10 AM
Spoilers possible

Street Thief - This film is made to look like a documentary that follows a professional burglar named Kaspar Karr. The film captures everything from his information gathering stakeouts, his rigorous planning, to Kasper's actual heists.
I think the best part of the film is the way it's shot. It's wonderfully filmed in such a way that it makes it feel like a believable and true documentary. Malik Bader was fantastic as the "Street Thief" Kaspar Karr, and he was definitely the icing on the cake when it comes to making this movie feel real.
As good as the movie was at being believable, I found it to drag in quite a few spots. I understand that it was all part of the experience, but it just didn't hold my attention like I thought it should have. Also, I felt the film was most interesting at the end when they were trying to find out what happened to Kaspar Karr, did he vanish on purpose, is he really dead, was it a result of the night club heist? A lot of unanswered questions that I felt were more interesting than the actual film.

Old 11-27-2012, 07:15 AM
The Sessions - ***

A good movie that is beautifully written and acted. Definitely wouldn't be surprised to see Oscar nominations for stars John Hawke and Helen Hunt. Maybe even Bill Macy too.

Silver Linings Playbook - *** 1/2

Great flick. Great performances. David O. Russell delivers yet again. Definitely among my favorites of the year so far.

Fire with Fire - ***

Cool straight to dvd action flick. I actually think this is Josh Duhamel's best performance since Las Vegas. And it was cool seeing Danny and Mike together again. Even though Mike (James Lessure, playing a fellow firefighter names Craig) has a very small role. Bruce Willis is very fine here although his role isn't as important as I would have thought. And Rosario Dawson is as lovely as ever. Vincent D'Onofrio hams it up, giving an effectively over the top performance.
Old 11-27-2012, 07:32 AM

American Gangster
Old 11-27-2012, 10:36 AM
The Details - 6/10

Great performances by all, but it falls short as it never offers enough laughs for a comedy or enough atrocities to make it a dark one. Mildly entertaining, though (owing to Laura Linney).

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Old 11-27-2012, 12:20 PM
Man on a Ledge - 5/10
Old 11-27-2012, 05:23 PM

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2(2012)-4/10
Old 11-27-2012, 05:41 PM
This one!

Old 11-27-2012, 09:21 PM
Diner - I did like the relationships between the friends in this one even if it was a little self-indulgent at times. There was good dialogue and the characters felt real. 7/10

On Her Majesty's Secret Service - The were some good action sequences but the story did get a little silly and George Lazenby just wasn't up to the task of playing James Bond. 5/10
Old 11-27-2012, 10:13 PM

Red Dawn(1984)-8/10
Old 11-28-2012, 06:59 AM
Dark Horse - 3/10

No laughs to be had here, not even the type you're sorry for. Quite a frustrating watch, really.
Old 11-28-2012, 07:13 AM

A Dangerous Method
Old 11-28-2012, 08:01 AM
Originally Posted by viceus View Post
Dark Horse - 3/10

No laughs to be had here, not even the type you're sorry for. Quite a frustrating watch, really.
I wholeheartedly agree. Since I watched this like a week ago, ive realized more and more everyday how I really hated this movie, and I'm a big fan of Solondz....

Trying to play catch up, but I know I'm missing some titles...

Harold & Maude - 9/10

The Unborn - 7/10

Sinister - 7.5/10
Old 11-28-2012, 09:44 AM

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns part 1

Michael Emerson's joker laugh (from the preview to part 2) is creepy as fuck! Anyway, it's The Dark Knight Returns, I liked it, was stylish and thoughtful.

Old 11-28-2012, 12:06 PM
Fantasy fashion short film

Old 11-28-2012, 12:16 PM
Life of Pi - 7/10
Old 11-28-2012, 12:47 PM

A soul-searching road trip with Gene Hackman and Al Pacino? Yes please! An early start for both acting greats, it’s an imperfect piece where the parts end up being greater than the sum, where the performances from both men elevate the material beyond its modest philosophical station. Hackman’s Max is a churlish ex-con with a taste for liquor, fistfights and easy women, and Pacino’s “Lion” is a soft-spoken prankster ex-sailor with an estranged ex-wife and a child back east he never met. Both are missing something, and both provide that missing piece to the other's personality. And that's all you need right there for dramatic male bonding. Plus, there’s a special sort of magic that happens when you bring such dichotomous characters to life with actors the caliber of Pacino and Hackman, and it’s on full display here. The opening scene where Max and Lion meet on an open dusty road is a classic piece of film that could go in a time capsule by itself. Which is true of most of the film, actually, hence why I can’t go so far as to call it “great”.

-> 7/10
Old 11-28-2012, 02:40 PM

The Skin I Live In -8/10
Sound of My Voice -7/10
Planes, Trains, and Automobiles -8/10
Lincoln -8/10
Life of Pi -6/10
Sullivan's Travels -8/10
5 Broken Cameras -8/10
Smashed -7/10
Network -10/10
Skyfall -8/10
Searching for Sugar Man -8/10
Jiro Dreams of Sushi -7/10
The Man With The Iron Fists -5.5/10
The Perks of Being A Wallflower -7/10
The Ambassador -7/10
The House I Live In -7.5/10
Cloud Atlas -7/10
Old 11-28-2012, 03:31 PM

Red Dawn(2012)-7/10
Old 11-28-2012, 06:54 PM

Black Lightning 7/10
Old 11-28-2012, 09:29 PM
11-11-11 - Theatrical Cut - 8/10
Old 11-28-2012, 09:41 PM
History is Made at Night with Charles Boyer and Jean Arthur - A good romance in which a woman is torn between the man she loves and a man extorting her. 8/10

Diamonds are Forever - This could have been a good film but the villains were pretty weak in this one. Definitely Connery's worst Bond film. 5/10
Old 11-29-2012, 01:10 AM
Killer Joe (2011)

Warning, the term 'trailer trash' and other derogatory slang terms for Southern State Americans will probably be used too much in this review.

Wasn't sure what to expect with this film but you do get the gist of it pretty quickly as things kick off. The films poster describes what it is and I can't really disagree, a redneck, white trailer trash, hick, corn on the cob chewing murder thriller with a strange fetish for fried chicken...in one scene.

The plot is straight forward to a point, a young Texan lad owes some local hoods money due to the lack of his drug dealing skills (I think). In order to get the money he decides to hire a hitman to kill his mother for the insurance, nothing special so far. As things get deeper we are presented with twists and double cross as family members have lied and 'Killer Joe' requires payment for his part of the deal.

To be honest the film is made by its characters. All players perform so well throughout and really set the tone. 'Ansel' played by Church is easily the best in the film, his slow lumbering baseball cap wearing 'Herman Munster' type is both amusing and captivating with that slow Southern draw. Gershon as the slutty loud mouthed mother in law is strangely sexy (that's Gershon though) despite her foul mouth and eratic behaviour, even when shes beaten its kinda hot...or is that just me?.

Hirsch plays the young inexperienced grubby hillbilly drug dealer beautifully even if the role is more standard than the rest. Temple is another piece of perfect casting with her very young pale innocent looks combined with the fantastically trashy outfit provided. Both of these young actors along with Gershon and Church make up a brilliantly low brow, dysfunctional, blue collar family of yokels that swing from moments of care and affection to violence and profanity in the blink of an eye.

Of course the main character is 'Killer Joe' played by McConaughey and he does surprise. Not really seen him in a role like this before, kinda familiar to Bale in 'American Psycho'. His ice cool calm detective lures you into a sense safety and security but can turn on a dime, yet he remains calm and collected. You can see him thinking about the situation in every scene, he is intelligent and deadly and doesn't think twice to battering a female to a bloody mess only then to act as if everything is fine and nothing happened.
The guy is scary as he smoothly talks to other characters, you know he is gonna do something nasty but when? how? how nasty? its intimidating and tense. Never knew McConaughey had it in him.

Yes the whole look, feel, sound and outcome of the film is slightly generic, the redneck visuals being cliched maybe?. There is a strong 'Deliverance' 'Blue Velvet' type theme running through the film which is uncomfortable. 'Joe's' 'taking' of 'Dottie' and sexually using her despite her youth and virginity which she proclaims is rather edgy and awkward to watch. The whole violent sequence with 'Sharla' isn't as bloody or nasty as expected but its damn suggestive and just has such a creepy vibe to it. The quick return to normality after this sequence followed by another quick burst to violent aggression from everyone is both shocking and bizarre frankly.

This film isn't outright shocking but more highly suggestive and plain cheeky, blue at times with full nudity. Even though there is much titillation it never really excites you in that way, the film has a dirty, smutty, greasy feel as if you need to have a shower whilst watching. Friedkin's curious blend of murder, dark humour, sexual content, a lot of typical Southern Americana visuals/social culture with likable oddballs is a good watch. The plot is nothing special and there are no fancy action set pieces, its all about the characters and none of them disappoint.
Old 11-29-2012, 04:35 AM
Walkabout - 9.5/10

The Road (2011) - 7.5/10

The Hole (2009) - 7.5/10

The Strangers (Blu Ray) (rewatch) - 7.5/10
Old 11-29-2012, 03:54 PM

Life of Pi(2012)-8/10
Old 11-29-2012, 04:38 PM

It’s so nice to see Bobby Zemeckis venturing back into live-action, isn’t it? I haven’t seen any of his animated movies this past decade, so that should tell you how much I appreciate this return to form. This is a film that might surprise a lot of people for just how antithetical to “entertaining” it seeks to be, aside from some moments of needed levity from John Goodman as Denzel’s coked-up best friend. Like in Argo, he pretty much steals the scene every time. But this is a Denzel film mostly from top to bottom, and with the exception of Kelly Reilly’s concurrent storyline in the first act, Zemeckis keeps the focus on hero pilot and walking liquor store Whip Whittaker. The downward tailspin of the plane may end up being too neat a metaphor for Whip's rapid self-destruction thereafter, but what the hell, I’ll run with it. The film packs an emotional punch, and along with films like Affliction is one of the most honest portrayals of chronic alcoholism I’ve ever seen. Coming from a family where this issue is prevalent myself, it was only too familiar the frustrations that go along with someone who’s in the grip of addiction, the startling moments of dark humor to be found in any given situation, and the hope of redemption without the neatness of a “happy ending”. As such, Denzel’s performance is impeccable, and should be up for Oscar contention.

-> 8/10
Old 11-29-2012, 08:37 PM
Into The Abyss - 9/10

F For Fake - 9/10

-Still on a pretty good roll I think. Watching Eating Raoul right now too...
Old 11-29-2012, 10:10 PM
The Group - Eight women graduate from a prestigious university where they had become close friends and their lives take very different paths. There were a few decent stories and some that took on controversial topics but overall the film wasn't as engrossing as it could have been. 6/10

Live and Let Die - Roger Moore's first Bond film is basically a blaxploitation film. The villains weren't very good and Moore was pretty dull in this but the story was actually good. 5/10
Old 11-30-2012, 01:22 AM
Eating Raoul - 9/10

The roll continues!!!
Old 11-30-2012, 02:35 PM
Super Mario Bros (1993)

So could this be one of the worst films ever made?? yep we have a contender. Huge on hype and anticipation but hugely sole destroying upon release. Its hard to comprehend what the creators of this film were looking to achieve, the style, looks, soundtrack, plot, basically any links to the classic legendary videogame are none existent.

The main issue with this film is the blatant fact it has NOTHING to do with the classic videogame. Apart from the two leads and the villain there is zero here to please anyone unless you have a metal and dinosaur fetish. True Hoskins does look wonderfully like 'Mario' in his red n blue jumpsuit and I did quite like the sliminess of Hopper as 'Koopa' but that's as far as it goes.

The whole thing is just so damn odd, its a corny thing to say but its basically 'Mad Max' 'Highlander II' and 'Blade Runner' styled futuristic visuals aimed at children but utter nonsense. I guess this could be forgiven if the visuals were good or original but its all so ugly and scrappy looking. As if no one could really be too bothered so they just tossed a load of sparking metal, badly dressed extras and the most bizarre designed cars I've ever seen...everywhere.

Nothing really makes much sense in any way whatsoever, sure its a kids film and Mario Bros isn't a stern reality based concept but some of the decisions in this film!. The effects of course are horribly dated now which you can't poke fun at really but geez its nasty!. Early CGI effects, terrible stunts with obvious wire work, awful costumes, the fungus king and awful hairstyles...yet the dino model/puppet of 'Yoshi' looks good and moves quite nicely.

It really does feel as if the bigwigs had gotten halfway through making one film and suddenly decided to turn it into a Mario film for kids. Just take the tonne of crappy looking junk they already had going and stick in some very loose references to Nintendo's big franchise and voila! instant Mario Bros movie hurrah!. I really believe this was the set of 'Lawnmower Man 2' transformed at the eleventh hour, and they still fudged that up too.

Its not too often that a film is really so bad, really its not!! and this was suppose to be a blockbuster and franchise builder!. Sure there are bad films but this is really really quite terrible in all areas with virtually nothing to save its ass. I did quite like the use of the old Nintendo Super Scope 6. But was that a clever little easter egg wink/nod for the legion of NES/SNES players or did they really think they could fool everyone into thinking it was a proper purpose build prop?. I'll let you decide.
Old 11-30-2012, 03:05 PM
LOOPER - 6/10

Meh. Nothing new. I also hate time travel paradoxes, and rarely "just go with it". Especially when the movie is obviously trying so hard to be legit and artsy-fartsy. Some times I wondered what kind of movie I was watching.
"Am I watching a drama? Oh wait, no, I think it's an action movie. Oh wait a sec, now we're going all avant-garde and shit... oh, ok it's an action movie. Not really, but sorta."
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