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  #281  
Old 02-19-2013, 08:56 PM
Safety not guaranteed 9/10
United 93 7/10
  #282  
Old 02-19-2013, 10:02 PM
The Sweeney



Based on the UK ‘70’s cop show of the same name (that I hadn't heard of), for the most part it also operates like a throwback Hollywood cop movie from the ‘70’s or ‘80’s, with Ray Winstone’s gravelly Cockney timbre standing in for Sly or Chuck Bronson. Director Nick Love doesn’t really deviate too much from the tried and true formula of the genre, though the story paths he wanders – involving the usual assortment of ballbusting police chiefs and cops doling out vigilante justice - are not only well-trod but are trod well, for the simple goals they have to accomplish. It won’t win awards, but it might just win your lizard brain’s love. And it has at least one amazing action sequence straight out of Heat or The Town, a blistering shootout through Trafalgar Square that does both those movies proud. Intense and well-shot. Winstone carries the film as the inimitable Jack Regan, the stone cold veteran of the London police’s elite, rule-bending Flying Squad (or, the “Sweeney” of the title). Basically, he plays the same hard-edged character he’s played to a tee for years now, so if you love his shtick, you’ll love his performance here. If you don’t, you won’t. Simple.

-> 7/10
  #283  
Old 02-20-2013, 12:59 AM

Women's Prison Massacre(1983)-6/10
  #284  
Old 02-20-2013, 02:17 AM

Running Scared (the one with Paul walker)

Really dig this movie. Trashy and violent but entertaining as hell

8/10
  #285  
Old 02-20-2013, 07:49 AM


9/10
  #286  
Old 02-20-2013, 11:54 AM
Casino Royale - 8/10
  #287  
Old 02-20-2013, 04:45 PM

Beautiful Creatures(2013)-6/10
  #288  
Old 02-20-2013, 06:33 PM
Pierrot le Fou



A critique of the 60's through French new wave. I just can't get into Godard or love his work. I can see where his influence on other filmmakers comes from. I can't connect with his films at all, not even in an entertaining way.

5/10

Krzysztof Kieslowski: I'm So-So...



An illuminating documentary on the filmmaker who brought us the Three Colors Trilogy. It's set up as an interview and through its course it becomes obvious how intelligent and most importantly self-aware Kieslowski was about everything. Makes me want to rewatch the entire trilogy again.

8/10

No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo & Vilmos



Another illuminating documentary on two highly influential cinematographers who have made their mark on filmmaking.

7/10
  #289  
Old 02-20-2013, 08:58 PM
The Organizer with Marcello Mastroianni - The story of a professor who organizes a labor strike in 19th century Italy. Some of the characters were pretty good but the story was lacking a little. There were a few pretty intense scenes as well but they couldn't make up for the rest of the film. 5/10

The Master - Philip Seymour Hoffman was fantastic as the leader of a cult. I had trouble understanding Joaquin Phoenix at times with that weird accent he was doing but he was still pretty good as well. 8/10
  #290  
Old 02-20-2013, 09:28 PM

Sniper(1993)-6/10
  #291  
Old 02-20-2013, 11:10 PM
Man's Best Friend (1993)

This film is listed as a black comedy? well I guess some of the effects are now amusing sure. The plot is one that is sure to get emotions high, its all about medical experiments on animals by some mad/sadistic doctor who is trying to create the prefect super dog, and nothings gonna get in his way.

This means there are lots of sequences with animals shown locked up, experimented on, being captured etc...all the things that would make most animal loving people squirm uncomfortably. On the flip side because the film is based around a dog there are also some cringing soppy moments although we're not talking 'Beethoven' type soppiness.

The plot is basically a 'Terminator' 'Jaws' mixed idea but for a dog. The huge hound prowls around the neighbourhood getting up to no good like killing the postman, eating a cat whole, eating a parrot whole and half killing another dog by screwing it good n proper. The effects now are laughably bad with hokey puppets and a silly 'Terminator' style focusing eye close up from time to time. Although I must admit they do well to get the dog to look menacing at the right moments, but he's a cute big fella really.

The whole thing is totally dumb and looks poor today, its reasonably amusing just to see Lance Henriksen do his wide eyed crazy villain thing which he does so damn well. The ending 'twist' is sooooooo predictable but I'm glad they never made another as the whole notion is just stupid. A good example of this is the sequence where the dog camouflages itself like a chameleon would, riiiiiight.
  #292  
Old 02-21-2013, 12:23 AM
Skyfall. 10/10

Movie was badass
  #293  
Old 02-21-2013, 01:00 AM
Manhattan - 7/10

I wanted to like it more than I did, but this seems like it'll be a grower (it's usually the case with a lot of Woody Allen's movies).

Tears of Gaza - 8/10

Not for the weak of heart, but absolutely necessary viewing. The director was refused access into Gaza during the 2008 attacks that were launched by Israel, so she contacted different filmmakers in the region to capture footage for her. The doc goes back and forth between scenes from the attacks and months later when three different children in Gaza are profiled. The footage from the attacks are going to be hard to stomach for anyone, with one part involving parents showing the bullet holes on their dead infant children that I'll probably never forget.

This doc comes from a very angry place, but other than an opening crawl that gives some statistics the moments captured on camera do all the talking. The only negative statements about Israel come from the citizens interviewed in the film, which is understandable considering what they've went through. This will probably never get a proper release (it had a brief run in NYC and, now 3 years after its release, you'll have to hunt it down online if you want to see it) but it naturally shares a lot in common with the Oscar nominated doc 5 Broken Cameras. Both of them show how, whether it's aggression in Bil'in or warfare in Gaza, the inhumane and horrifying actions on display suck out any and all political aspects.

I Am A Ghost - 7/10

Can't say much for certain reasons but despite its limitations (mostly due to budget) this is a breath of fresh air for the horror genre. For a horror film it has more in common with Chantal Akerman and Michael Haneke than Paranormal Activity. Currently without distribution, but hopefully that'll change soon.
  #294  
Old 02-21-2013, 07:04 PM
The West Wing: The Complete Seventh Season



I’m still not sure why they went all Sopranos on the DVD art, but anyway, another quandary for another day. This season comes serialized by necessity with the presidential campaign pitting Democratic nominee Matt Santos (Jimmy Smits) and Republican Arnold Vinick (Alan Alda). It’s a faster and looser structure I’m more partial to after being spoiled on premium cable series, but it fits this particular storyline the most, since every leg of the campaign is critical to both candidates. Best episode that stands out the most for me, predictably enough, had to be the “Debate”, which was a literally live edition of the show that aired as a real televised NBC debate would. I’m amazed that Alda and Smits pulled it off as well as they did, with the lights on bright. Remarkable. Elsewhere, the show delivers what might be its strongest, most emotional year of the Bartlet presidency to date due to the real life death of John Spencer (and therefore the great character of Leo McGarry). It was both a tragedy for the acting profession and for the Bartlet saga, with the funeral episode “Requiem” eliciting more than a thin sheen of mist from yours truly. What surprised me the most, however, was the fact that a chunk of the regular cast aside from Spencer – including Martin Sheen - are punted to the sidelines in favor of those directly involved in the Santos/Vinick campaigns (Bradley Whitford as Josh being the MVP of this season, without question). More Toby in the finale would’ve been nice, but I understood why they couldn’t do more for him. I think Allison Janney was the only one with a consistent appearance through most of the season, and even then her role as Chief of Staff was downplayed, save for some geopolitical drama involving a Russian/Chinese standoff over oil reserves in Kazakhstan. All in all, it’s sad to have reached the end of one of the greatest shows ever, but I feel smarter for having watched it. Slightly, anyway. Only so much you can do after you’ve led the horse to the spring, know what I mean? But to close this out, you know who made the best guest star, by far? Dean “Hank Schrader” Norris! As the fuckin’ RNC Chairman! Ha! I wanted him to chuckle devilishly and call Alan Alda “Vinney”, just once. Alas, we can’t all get what we want…

-> 10/10
  #295  
Old 02-21-2013, 07:16 PM
Quantum of Solace - 6/10
  #296  
Old 02-21-2013, 07:50 PM
Pennies From Heaven - Well that was weird. A drab drama set during the Depression with bright musical numbers used for the characters fantasies. I'm not really a fan of Steve Martin but I did like Bernadette Peters. 6/10

Life of Pi - This was a pretty faithful adaptation of the book with some impressive effects. This was a really well made film and I liked the actor who played Pi as an adult. 8/10
  #297  
Old 02-21-2013, 08:12 PM
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Originally Posted by smacaskill View Post
Pennies From Heaven - Well that was weird. A drab drama set during the Depression with bright musical numbers used for the characters fantasies. I'm not really a fan of Steve Martin but I did like Bernadette Peters. 6/10
I liked it even less that you did, BUT Christopher Walken was awesomely menacing in it, and his dance number was the best part of the whole movie.

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Life of Pi - This was a pretty faithful adaptation of the book with some impressive effects. This was a really well made film and I liked the actor who played Pi as an adult. 8/10
I liked it a little MORE than you did, and it got me wanting to read the book. Which I'll do when I have time.
  #298  
Old 02-21-2013, 08:58 PM
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I liked it a little MORE than you did, and it got me wanting to read the book. Which I'll do when I have time.
The book really is fantastic. It doesn't take very long to get through it either.
  #299  
Old 02-22-2013, 01:16 AM

Last Action Hero(1993)-6/10
  #300  
Old 02-22-2013, 05:34 AM
Holy Motors (2012) French 7.5/10
  #301  
Old 02-22-2013, 06:39 AM
Attack the Block (UK, 2011)

My first impressions for this British made sci-fi were not good, not good at all. We are introduced to a small gang of South London youths in your typical modern day gang get up...hoodies, baseball caps, tracksuits, gold chains around their necks, riding bikes and the obligatory Staffy pet dog. This foul mouthed bunch of yobs go about robbing a female passer by at knife point clearly relishing every moment of it. Its at this point I immediately hated what I saw.

Maybe its because I live in South London, I know London very well and have experienced gangs like this in reality. Maybe its the fact that South London is exactly like this with massive problems of gang culture, knife attacks, muggings and (some) youths generally acting as portrayed in this film. The gang consists of teens, mainly black with one white boy (who typically thinks/pretends he's black). Unless you know South London you will probably need a translator to understand what they are saying in this dreadful gangland/street culture way of speech that has evolved in London. The dialog is chock full of 'bruv' 'cous' 'blood' 'innit' 'for real' 'ghosting' 'ducking' 'breezing' 'fam' etc...they sound like morons and I hear it often in everyday life.

Yeah I know I sound like an old fart but this is what we have to put up with in South London, this film is very accurate, so much so its annoying. So basically I found myself hating the main characters in this film right from the word go, this gang are the 'heroes' as it were and we're suppose to root for them? yeah right. Twas only when the invaders popped up I got into this, well once this gang started to get some extraterrestrial 'retribution'.

The actual sci-fi element of the film is pretty good I must admit. The whole thing runs along the same kind of lines as 'Aliens' (and tonnes of others) with the standard escape plot and the standard 'characters getting killed off one by one' idea. Nothing original but it is very effective setting it within the confines of a tower block.

It doesn't seem totally thought out though as why would these aliens only stick to this one block? there is a reason of course but surely they would spread out and explore. Also you'd think with all the noise, violence, bodies and general racket going off people might notice and call the police, surely there would be 999 calls going off every minute. Also no one ever thinks that maybe the discovery of alien life might be kinda important, if you wanna make money then maybe tell someone instead of smoking weed.

I must also give huge kudos to the design for the aliens as they look truly terrific. At first you're thinking they are gonna look rubbery and cheap (especially after the first encounter), but with a combination of CGI and men in suits the look is really quite eerie and original at the same time, amazingly!. Think big pitch black coloured gorillas with a set of bioluminescent jaws (teeth) that glow blue, sounds odd I know but they are highly effective and really lift the film. You wouldn't think this was a cheapish simple Brit flick horror, if it wasn't for the aliens this wouldn't be half as good.

So yes I enjoyed the alien aspect of the film and it doesn't hold back on blood n gore which is good. The main problem for me was the gang of scrotes that are fighting the aliens and meant to be bad guys turned good in a coming of age kind of way. This is in no way a feel good 'Goonies/Stand By Me' type group, far from it. Bottom line is they are all thoroughly unlikeable and I REALLY wanted all of them to get eaten by the creatures so badly. To be honest I'm sure there would be many South Londoners that would agree, if only there were some real monsters cleaning up the streets by eating all the hooligans.

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  #302  
Old 02-22-2013, 08:49 AM
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Tears of Gaza - 8/10

Not for the weak of heart, but absolutely necessary viewing. The director was refused access into Gaza during the 2008 attacks that were launched by Israel, so she contacted different filmmakers in the region to capture footage for her. The doc goes back and forth between scenes from the attacks and months later when three different children in Gaza are profiled. The footage from the attacks are going to be hard to stomach for anyone, with one part involving parents showing the bullet holes on their dead infant children that I'll probably never forget.

This doc comes from a very angry place, but other than an opening crawl that gives some statistics the moments captured on camera do all the talking. The only negative statements about Israel come from the citizens interviewed in the film, which is understandable considering what they've went through. This will probably never get a proper release (it had a brief run in NYC and, now 3 years after its release, you'll have to hunt it down online if you want to see it) but it naturally shares a lot in common with the Oscar nominated doc 5 Broken Cameras. Both of them show how, whether it's aggression in Bil'in or warfare in Gaza, the inhumane and horrifying actions on display suck out any and all political aspects.
This sounds fascinating, and something I'd love to watch - but again, the visceral content is hard to stomach for me. Usually this shit is seared into my memories forever. Is there a lot of such footage with the dead children and such. I'd love to watch, however would it still have a relatively the same impact if I skipped on these scenes? are there a lot of them in there?
  #303  
Old 02-22-2013, 10:57 AM
The Impossible (2012) 8/10
  #304  
Old 02-22-2013, 12:31 PM
Kafka - 7/10
Cimarron - 3/10
Lore - 7/10
Safe Haven - 4/10
L'argent - 8/10
Carnival of Sinners - 5/10
The Perks of Being a Wallflower - 7/10
The Aviator's Wife - 7/10
A Good Marriage - 6/10
Boyfriends and Girlfriends - 7/10
This Is Not a Film - 8/10
  #305  
Old 02-22-2013, 04:09 PM
St George's Day (UK, 2012)

Directed by Frank Harper, well known for some tough guy roles in a few violent British crime flicks so you can bet your bottom dollar what this is about. I will refrain from using cockney slang in this review if I can.

So its a British crime/mob flick (did you see that coming?) about a couple of cousins who screw up a drug shipment for the sadistic Russian mafia. Sounds like it could be an awesome, nasty, beat em' up type thriller right, well I don't wanna disappoint you but....

The problem is this type of film is sooooo damn predictable and over done, we all know there is gonna be double cross and twists, the only question is who. But at the end of the day its obviously usually down to a couple characters, its not exactly hard to guess. The other problem is the film is rather dull actually, I half expected a really good bust up as with other British gritty crime flicks, but this is sorely lacking that punch.

The characters are the usual stereotypical cockney loudmouths, nutters, hard men and smooth talkers, the whole obligatory range of underworld fellas, oh and there are pikeys in there again too. The only difference here is the fact the main characters are much more slick and well off, rather than being grimy pub dwelling football thugs...although there is that element just in case you miss it.

I wouldn't say the acting is terrible, its good enough for the job in hand, plus Charles Dance and Vincent Regan add some class. The rest are almost the same flippin cast from previous cockney crime flicks! I dunno why they just don't use the cast of 'EastEnders' and be done with it. The main trouble is nothing really happens, there is nothing to really boast about here, no action, not much fighting, no sex, just the odd murder, not even much girly action! blimey guv!!.

I like the films title and I think this had some promise but end of the day its no different from all the other British crime thrillers, accept this has no action. Generic, cliched and really a bit pony, this type of film has had its day, but I'm always up for a good bit of footie hooligan action...in the silver screen sense I mean.
  #306  
Old 02-22-2013, 08:38 PM
Thousands Cheer with Gene Kelly and Kathryn Grayson - The first part of the film was sort of a musical romantic comedy that was pretty good. The show they put on for the troops in the second half kind of sucked though. 5/10

Lincoln - There were some good performances but I don't really get all the hype. This wasn't as good as many of the other contenders at the Oscars. Daniel Day-Lewis played a great Lincoln and I liked Sally Field as well but it's just silly that this is the most nominated film this year. 7/10
  #307  
Old 02-22-2013, 09:30 PM

4/10
  #308  
Old 02-23-2013, 01:14 AM

The War of the Worlds(1953)-8/10
  #309  
Old 02-23-2013, 08:54 AM
watched these yesterday



7.5/10



7/10



6.5/10
  #310  
Old 02-23-2013, 11:26 AM


9.5/10
  #311  
Old 02-23-2013, 03:11 PM


8/10
  #312  
Old 02-23-2013, 03:29 PM
Revenge



A Fuck story

7/10

The Red Shoes



8/10
  #313  
Old 02-23-2013, 05:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Digifruitella View Post
This sounds fascinating, and something I'd love to watch - but again, the visceral content is hard to stomach for me. Usually this shit is seared into my memories forever. Is there a lot of such footage with the dead children and such. I'd love to watch, however would it still have a relatively the same impact if I skipped on these scenes? are there a lot of them in there?
Well it's hard to really recommend watching it like that since it kind of undermines the doc's point. If you can't make it through that's fine, but I'd still recommend trying to get through it if it's something you think you'd want to see (and for a lot of people who are ignorant about the I/P conflict it should be something they need to see). I'd personally recommend you check out 5 Broken Cameras first if you haven't already. It covers similar ground but the footage, while still powerful and despairing, isn't graphic.

A Hijacking - 7.5/10

The Danes really have something figured out right now when it comes to making compelling dramas. This one, which portrays the long negotiation process between a corporate head and Somali pirates who take one of his ships (and the crew) hostage, takes a while to get going before it becomes an engrossing and tense thriller. The film's style and commitment to realism has earned it comparisons to Paul Greengrass (the man who plays the adviser for the negotiations actually is a real-life negotiator for these situations) which give a pretty good idea of what to expect. No shaky cam though, trust me.

Make Way for Tomorrow - 9/10

I honestly have no clue how a movie this emotionally raw came out of Hollywood in the 1930s. The story, about an old couple who lose their house and are forced to live separately when none of their kids can take both of them in, is so dark that this has been referred to as one of the saddest movies of all-time. It's a bit of a misleading statement as a lot of the movie is surprisingly human and funny, but the emotional scenes pack a huge gut punch. Simply put this is a masterpiece, and one of the best movies I've seen from Hollywood's classic era.
  #314  
Old 02-23-2013, 08:23 PM
Zero Dark Thirty - A pretty intense look at the search for Bin Laden. Jessica Chastain does a very good job as a woman who has spent her entire career looking for this one man. There were many good scenes - especially the raid on the compound. 9/10

Anna Karenina (2012) - While there are better versions of the story this one still manages to do the novel justice. I didn't like the guy who played Vronsky but everyone else did a solid job. There were also very nice costumes in the film. 7/10
  #315  
Old 02-23-2013, 10:20 PM


10/10
  #316  
Old 02-24-2013, 12:07 AM

Hard Target(1993)-6/10
  #317  
Old 02-24-2013, 12:12 AM
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10/10
Didn't you originally give this a 9 or 9.5?
Glad to see it go up!
  #318  
Old 02-24-2013, 02:18 AM
RED DAWN (2012) - 4/10

At first I was kinda just like, "meh", and tried to ignore how fucking IMPOSSIBLE it would be for this kind of scenario. I tried to not justify how thousands of aircraft can fly from North Korea to the pacific northwest without anyone being aware of it beforehand. Or how occupied PacNW would be "occupied" for long when there's an entire fucking continent to contend with.
Then I shook off my attempt at logic and kept watching for the sake of stupid action fun.

But then I just started shaking my head more and more often. I started also to realize that this didn't need to be remade at all (a big "DUHHH" there, but still). And it was funny to me how whomever thought it was a good idea to remake an already ridiculous actioner from the 80s that is good ONLY for nostalgia and was obviously meant to be seen and duly forgotten afterwards, is obviously a huge fucking idiot.
I feel even more stupid for watching this. The first time they scream "WOLVERINES!!!!" was where it really started getting bad.

RESCUE 3d- 6/10

The narration by these people is terrible. No energy and it was almost like they didn't know how to speak English sometimes, reading with such a lack of conviction.

The cinematography is top-notch. The 3d is some of the best I've ever seen. Great audio (when these people aren't talking), and the final 15 minutes was an encouraging symbol of how humankind can come together in times of crisis [u]for the better[/i].
  #319  
Old 02-24-2013, 09:29 AM

6/10
  #320  
Old 02-24-2013, 10:01 AM
Zero Dark Thirty - 7/10
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