What have you been watching? (Cinema)

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Re: What have you been watching? (Cinema)

Postby TheBaxter on Tue Jan 24, 2012 10:58 am

minstrel wrote:
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justcheckin wrote:I just saw The Artist, really great. The dog should win an award. :)


Is it true that Andy Serkis plays the dog?


Actually, the dog looked more like Michael Cera.


That just shows how great an actor Andy Serkis is.


yes, i think Andy Serkis should play Michael Cera in every single Michael Cera film from here on.
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Re: What have you been watching? (Cinema)

Postby Nachokoolaid on Sun Jan 29, 2012 2:41 am

I watched THE GREY. It was the best film I'd seen in the theater since INCEPTION. I really loved it. IT wasn't just a movie for me. I connected with it on a few levels, and it was very emotional. As soon as I stepped out of the theater, I texted my wife and told her how much I love her and I gave her and my son hugs and kisses when I got home. It just made you appreciate EVERY LITTLE THING you have in your life. That's pretty powerful.
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Re: What have you been watching? (Cinema)

Postby TheBaxter on Mon Jan 30, 2012 10:39 am

i saw Underworld 3D this weekend. yes, 3D, because the theater i saw it at was only playing it in 3D. it was the first time i'd seen a movie in 3D in a couple years probably, and promptly reminded me why i go out of my way to NOT see films in 3D. the extra $4 a ticket is just adding insult to injury -- i would've rather paid $4 more to see it in 2D.

as for the film itself.... it's better than the last, beckinsale-lacking one. not quite as good as the first 2, but if you liked the first 2 you'd probably like this one. which means most people won't like it. but i liked it.
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Re: What have you been watching? (Cinema)

Postby The Vicar on Sat Feb 04, 2012 12:05 am

Nachokoolaid wrote:I watched THE GREY. It was the best film I'd seen in the theater since INCEPTION. I really loved it. IT wasn't just a movie for me. I connected with it on a few levels, and it was very emotional. As soon as I stepped out of the theater, I texted my wife and told her how much I love her and I gave her and my son hugs and kisses when I got home. It just made you appreciate EVERY LITTLE THING you have in your life. That's pretty powerful.


Okay, you talked me into it.
I'll scope it out Sunday morning ( never anyone at that first showing ), because I could use a film like that about now.
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Re: What have you been watching? (Cinema)

Postby tfactor on Sat Feb 04, 2012 12:16 pm

Nachokoolaid wrote:I watched THE GREY. It was the best film I'd seen in the theater since INCEPTION. I really loved it. IT wasn't just a movie for me. I connected with it on a few levels, and it was very emotional. As soon as I stepped out of the theater, I texted my wife and told her how much I love her and I gave her and my son hugs and kisses when I got home. It just made you appreciate EVERY LITTLE THING you have in your life. That's pretty powerful.


This is easily the Best Movie Recommendation that I have heard in a long time. Seriously Nacho, short & sweet yet highly effective and it made me truly want to see the movie. Maybe you could go visit the thread I have going over in General Interest while you are in this state of mind, as I think you would be receptive to what I was saying there. I know your creative mind will think up something awesome if you have the time to give it some thought...

Anyway thanks for this feedback about The Grey, you have just concreted what we will see in theatres next. Nice work sir. who knew that Liam Neason hung out in The Zone under the alias Nachokoolaid? :o :wink:

Regrdless, hey Harry - are you paying attention? :D

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Re: What have you been watching? (Cinema)

Postby Bloo on Thu Feb 09, 2012 4:02 pm

I went and saw CHRONICLE last night. It's good. it doesn't break any new ground in the superhero genre, but it's a solid movie. And while it's been termed "found footage" it really isn't (at one point a camera is lost and they don't try and explain where that film went), it's just more of using the camera to bring us to Andrew's point of view. I'd call it more a "first person" film then anything else.
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Re: What have you been watching? (Cinema)

Postby TheBaxter on Thu Feb 09, 2012 4:56 pm

Bloo wrote: And while it's been termed "found footage" it really isn't (at one point a camera is lost and they don't try and explain where that film went)


the film has to be "lost" at some point in order to be "found" doesn't it?
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Re: What have you been watching? (Cinema)

Postby Spandau Belly on Sat Feb 11, 2012 11:54 am

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ACROSS 100TH STREET

Since February is black history month, my local grindhouse is using it as an excuse to show a bunch of blaxploitation flicks. Although I was once a student of this genre, I am far from an expert and there are many big name blaxploitation classics I have never seen, such as this one.

This film is definitely a cut above your standard blaxploitation film. For the most part when I watch these films I go in expecting them to have no real momentum and meandering plots. I usually see them for the charismatic leads, the funny jive expressions, the pimp fashions, the badass moments, Pam Grier's tits, and of course the awesome scores and theme songs. So this one was a real nice surprise in that it had a really tight plot and was a solid tense crime caper.

The film is about three nobodies in Harlem who choose to pull a heist on the local black crime syndicate during its regular payoff to the bigger Italian crime syndicate. Obviously things go violent and the robbers end up killing all the black gangsters and Italian gangsters (including Paulie from ROCKY) at the payoff. The heist ignites tension between black gangsters and the Italians as well as the police. We follow several characters all on a collision course in their conflicting quests for revenge, justice, a clean getaway, and money.

Aside from the re-use of the theme song in JACKIE BROWN, there's a lot of dialogue here that you can tell inspired dialogue in that film. ACROSS 110TH STREET has lots of good character moments and some decent acting. I really liked this one, it's one of the best blaxploitation films I've seen and I would recommend it to anybody who likes classic crime capers.
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Re: What have you been watching? (Cinema)

Postby Nice Marmot on Fri Feb 24, 2012 3:26 pm

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Nachokoolaid wrote:I watched THE GREY. It was the best film I'd seen in the theater since INCEPTION. I really loved it. IT wasn't just a movie for me. I connected with it on a few levels, and it was very emotional. As soon as I stepped out of the theater, I texted my wife and told her how much I love her and I gave her and my son hugs and kisses when I got home. It just made you appreciate EVERY LITTLE THING you have in your life. That's pretty powerful.


This is easily the Best Movie Recommendation that I have heard in a long time. Seriously Nacho, short & sweet yet highly effective and it made me truly want to see the movie. Maybe you could go visit the thread I have going over in General Interest while you are in this state of mind, as I think you would be receptive to what I was saying there. I know your creative mind will think up something awesome if you have the time to give it some thought...

Anyway thanks for this feedback about The Grey, you have just concreted what we will see in theatres next. Nice work sir. who knew that Liam Neason hung out in The Zone under the alias Nachokoolaid? :o :wink:

Regrdless, hey Harry - are you paying attention? :D

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I FINALLY caught this on Sunday after failing to the last two weekends prior. It was killing me. WOW, did it live up to the hype and then some. As a child of the late 70s/early 80s, I consider this an old-school "man's" film with heart. It felt like I was watching a film by someone like Walter Hill, in his prime.

The violence was just blunt and brutal. I actually felt like the elements were beating me down, too.

The characters were refreshingly fleshed out. Something I feel is rarely done properly any more these days.

Can't recommend this one enough . . .
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Re: What have you been watching? (Cinema)

Postby Spandau Belly on Mon Mar 12, 2012 7:59 pm

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BATTLE ROYALE

Like most people in North America, I saw this film on a bootleg DVD (an official DVD release of this 2000 film will be released in a few weeks). I saw it ten years ago on a small television. I'd heard a bit of hype, but not a lot. I couldn't tell if the shitty video was a result of the telly I was watching it on, the bootleginess of the DVD, or if that was the way the movie was shot. I had a lot of trouble seeing what was going on. It had a cool enough premise but left me kinda unsatisfied.

Strangely, I decided to read the novel several years later, which I greatly enjoyed. The novel had a lot of stuff that I didn't remember being in the film such as some really good absurdist satire. When I found out my cinema was showing the director's cut of the film, I decided I would give this film a second chance. I am glad I did. The film still looks like shit. It's very murky, especially nighttime shots are not very clear. Daytime shots also look a bit dull. The cinematography all around is pretty lousy. The directing isn't great either. A lot of the shots feel like they are filmed from awkward angles because that's the only place the camera crew could get good footing on this island. And the film lacks tension, especially noticable during the big Tarantino moment in the lighthouse. I didn't need that scene to go for half an hour like the tavern scene in BASTERDS, but there was oodles of unmined tension in that scene. Also, who decorates the interior of a lighthouse with a poster of a lighthouse? The film doesn't have the satire of bureaucracy and Chinese communism that the book did (in the book China takes over all of Asia creating a neo-Asian USSR, this is omitted from the film), but the film had a lot more humour than I noticed the first time.

However, the overall movie fared very well with me this second go round. It did a good job juggling very conflicting tones, going between being sympathetic to satirical to sadistic to outright mocking the teenagers. The violence does a pretty good job going between cartoonish and brutal. The performances are hit and miss as can be expected from a group of young actors, but generally okay and Beat Kitano holds the whole ship together. And the film explroes this scenario creatively enough to keep it interesting. I would also say it's a pretty faithful adaptation from the novel.

I still don't consider this film a masterpiece that I would revisit time and again, but I now at least get the cult following it has. I think I prefer this director's cut, although I think it adds some tedious epliogues that deflate the film at the end.
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Re: What have you been watching? (Cinema)

Postby The Vicar on Mon Mar 26, 2012 12:07 pm

A local theatre ran Monty Python and the Holy Grail, so WW and I were nerd bound to represent.
Great to see it on the large screen after all this time.
Still funny.
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Re: What have you been watching? (Cinema)

Postby minstrel on Mon Mar 26, 2012 1:25 pm

The Vicar wrote:A local theatre ran Monty Python and the Holy Grail, so WW and I were nerd bound to represent.
Great to see it on the large screen after all this time.
Still funny.


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Re: What have you been watching? (Cinema)

Postby Spandau Belly on Fri Apr 06, 2012 10:19 am

THE FLOWERS OF WAR

I do usually go into movies with an open mind, but I'll admit to having lowered expectations on this one. It got surprisingly lousy reviews. Also, there's a bit of a history of directors who normally do overthetop spectacle failing when they try to reign in their style and do a bummer war movie (John Woo, Michael Bay). I love Zhang Yimou's filmmaking, but the guy's strengths are grace and chereographed spectacle, and war is neither graceful nor chereographed. So I feared he would fumble with this material. However, possibly because of lowered expectations, I ended up really enjoying this. In my opinion, Yimou makes the most the direct attempt at making a David Lean type epic I've seen in awhile, and I would say he is mostly successful.

The film deals with Japan's rape and pillage of China during WW2, with the emphasis put on rape. The film stars Christian Bale, playing an American like usual, as a drunken buffoon mortician stuck in China when WW2 breaks out. His drunken buffoonery in this will remind you of the part of BATMAN BEGINS when he acts all drunk at that restaurant. He goes to a Christian church to burry the priest, who has died, and ends up staying/hiding and taking care of the dozen or so little girls who live and study there. The prostitutes of a local brothel also show up and seek refuge in the church. Between the kids, the prostitutes, and the Japanese occupying forces, Bale's character has several different relationships going on. None of which felt underdeveloped to me, however the film might have been more memorable if any one of them had been slightly more developed. And that might be this film's problem for most audiences. It's a war movie, but doesn't have the big battle scenes of a SAVING PRIVATE RYAN; it's got some romance, but it's not enough of a love story to satisfy the TITANIC / NOTEBOOK crowd; and Bale's relationship with the Japanese occupation never produces enough of a personal dynamic to become the character/cultural study that MERRY CHRISTMAS MR. LAWRENCE was. THE FLOWERS OF WAR is more of a DR ZHIVAGO where you get a bit of everything and have to like most of it to make it worthwhile for you. If you're just in it for one element, you'll leave unsatisfied.

Bale gives a solid performance and shows good restraint where other actors might've overplayed it such as the scene where he has a chance to save his own ass but passes to go back and be with the kids and hookers, and the scene where he's trying to lie to the kids so that they don't think about their impending rape at the hands of Japanese soldiers. Ni Ni as the film's female lead (she's the only prostitute who speaks English and so becomes the main prostitute character) is perfect, a real classic beauty with poise and pressence. I look forward to seeing her more films.

The film is amazingly shot. I don't know what mix of sets and CGI they used, but it all felt like a real war-torn city. It never felt stagey for a moment. It's especially impressive during scenes where characters run through several blocks of the destroyed city. And Yimou changes up his style to suit the material. For the most part, I probably wouldn't guess it was him making it.

So yeah, I liked this film. Sure it's got some schmaltz and the odd plot contrivance, but far less so than Spielberg or Cameron would do. The subject matter is very grim, but well handled. I found this to be an engaging and worthwhile film.
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Re: What have you been watching? (Cinema)

Postby darkjedijaina on Mon Apr 16, 2012 9:04 pm

Went to the Drafthouse the other week and caught JUAN OF THE DEAD. It's a cuban horror-comedy zombie flick. It's worth a watch if you can venture out. I wouldn't say that it was amazing, but it had some moments of brilliance. (i.e. a guy handcuffed to someone that gets zombified - the struggle is like a choreographed dance)
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Re: What have you been watching? (Cinema)

Postby Spandau Belly on Wed Apr 18, 2012 4:12 pm

THE RAID

This is an action film, likely inspired by the NES game called Kung-Fu, about kicking a building's worth of ass, but not actually kicking the building's ass :( . This is set in Toronto or some shit where there's no real incentive to being a crime lord. In most places the guy at the top enjoys a luxurious lifestyle with nice clothes, swanky digs, and lotsa sweet bitches. Here, the top dog wears the same shitty K-Mart clothes as the guys who take out his trash and he has a crappier television than the kid who works as his lookout down on street level. Fucking socialist crime syndcates! His office is pretty small and has no view, but considering that his neighbours are snipers that's probably for the best.

Most of the characters in this film have similiar sounding names like Jaka, Taka, Toko etc, except the top henchman is called Mad Dog and the criminal accountant is called Andy. The film is a series of shootouts and fights. This Gareth Evans guy who wrote and directed this movie has a good sense of pacing and variety within a simple structure. He knows when to change up the action, when to go hyper kinetic with fast fist fighting, when to slow it down for more tense sequences that involve hiding from bad guys, and when to take a breather. The fighting style is very exciting; it is well shot and well edited for maximum clarity and impact. The guys always feel like they legitimately are trying to kill each other and not just dance around rubbing their forearms against each other like a lot of martial arts films. Everything feels fairly unpredictable in terms of how the fights will play out. The film has several exciting sequences, but the big fight against Mad Dog is definately the highlight. We've seen many movies where a hero goes up against multiple adversaries, this one put a nice cocky spin on it by having the villain actually free a captured good guy so that he could fight two heroes. And his confidence in his abilities is justified.

What the film does lack is a charismatic lead. This guy is no John McClane or Snake Plisken or Jackie Chan. The film doesn't give him any stylistic quarks to really distinguish him either. He has a pregnant wife, which is good because he gets kicked in the balls a lot during this movie and probably won't be able to father children after another two weeks in this job. But the first fifteen minutes or so (before the mayhem kicks in) aren't the type of fun character interactions one would find at the begining of PREDATOR etc.

The score is good enough. Some drum and base stuff and some electronic keyboard stuff, none of which is ever intrusive.

The film also has a special quality to it. As I watched it, I couldn't help but feel redemption pouring over me. Every time one dude stabbed another dude in the face with a machete, I could feel my sins being cleansed. That time I got drunk while cooking dinner and accidently burnt my house down with my kids inside, those two times I voted for Hitler, that time I farted in yoga class, all forgiven as though I though I were showering in the golden spray of the Lord, which is a pretty impressive accomplishment for a 2D movie. I just felt so purified. I only wished that somebody somehow could work that feeling of redemption more explicitly into the existing film. Other than that, THE RAID is a solidly entertaining time at the movies. I hope the sequel takes place the next day when the hero's bruises all come out so that it just looks like a big purple marshmellow fighting people.
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Re: What have you been watching? (Cinema)

Postby Spandau Belly on Wed Apr 25, 2012 9:22 pm

CAT PEOPLE (1982)

IMDB wrote:By his own admission, director Paul Schrader says that one day he got so stoned on set that he refused to come out of his trailer. A whole day's filming was lost


That kinda sums it up right there.

Every now and then some artsypants takes a shot at making one of these ambitious highbrow concept erotic thrillers. Sometimes the result is something that is both ridiculous and a great movie, like BLACK SWAN, the rest of time you end up with stuff like Coppola's DRACULA and this, which are generally still worth watching for the merits of their intellectual brand of smutty camp.

Since the original CAT PEOPLE in the 1940s, Paul Schrader noticed that cinema had made leaps and bounds in the fields of tits and gore and so it was time do a remake that was more explicit about the film's theme of surrendering to animal insticts (fucking and killing). The story is basically a werewolf story, but instead of turning into wolves on full moons, they turn into panthers when they get sexually aroused. It focuses on Natassja Kinski and Malcolm McDowell as cat people siblings. McDowell has surrendered to his pantherman syndrome, Kinski is fighting it. Kinski handles her character arc well, coming across as inocent, then struggling with abandoning her inoncence, then animalistic when she embraces her dark side. McDowell, as is probably no surprise, comes across a tad too rapey. They probaby should've gone with Rutger Hauer, because those of us who have seen FLESH + BLOOD know he can play a rapey guy but still maintain a seductive magnetism.

CAT PEOPLE features many of the hallmarks of unfocused smut made by talented but stoned people. The film has pretty horrendous pacing. It seemed like it ended, but then they realized they hadn't shown the cute redhead chick's tits, so they kept going and the part that started off feeling like a pointless epilogue eventually grew to feel like a whole sequel. You also get a fair share of crazy ambitious visual moments, my favourite being near the end when it turns into a David Bowie music video. Kinski is teleported into a stagey looking train station while Bowie sings about putting out fires with gasoline (not advisable) and all the extras strut around her as the stagey train station breaks apart to reveal the golden kingdom of the cat people, which has a giant tree like the one in THE FOUNTAIN as its centrepiece, and Malcolm McDowell pops out of the wheat and rattles off exposition about the history of the kingdom of the cat people. This part definately made me wish there had been an entire plotline set in the kingdom of the cat people, especially if it had involved talking animatronic panthers. They could've cut back and forth like GODFATHER II showing Kinski's ancestors decline and the cat people's present day life in secret. But if the film truly missed out on one opportunity, it was to have a really awkward shot of a dude humping a panther.

The film requires a fair bit of suspension of disbelief such as when Natassja Kinski is giving us boners and we have to keep it out of our minds just how much she looks like her father. Schrader made a good choice in relocating the story from New York to New Orleans, because it is more believable that a panther could sneak around the streets unnoticed in New Orleans. But it's still all incredibly silly to have panthers coming in and out of brothels and public pools.

The movie is all over the place; but it's pretty fucked up and moments from it have stayed with me and if a movie is a memorable mess, that's sometimes better than being good but forgettable. And the title has a really nice font. I hope Nicolas Wingdings Refn uses that font for that Thai cagefighting movie he's doing with Gosling and Kristen Scott Thomas.
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Re: What have you been watching? (Cinema)

Postby Spandau Belly on Sun May 06, 2012 2:08 pm

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THE HUNTER

I'm sure there are lots of movies called THE HUNTER, it's a pretty generic title, so just to be clear, I am talking about the film from 2011 starring Willem Dafoe. Dafoe plays a master hunter from Canada who is hired by a big shady biotech company to journey to Tazmania and kill what is likely the last Tazmanian tiger (if it even still exists at all). The biotech company arranged for him to board in a spare room with a single mother who needs money after her husband mysteriously disappeared. Dafoe quickly finds himself at the centre of several conflicts and at least one mystery. The biotech company has him there under the cover that he is a researcher from a university studying the habits of Tazmanian devils so that he doesn't draw attention to himself and draw in competition from other hunters and other biotech companies who may want the tiger too.

Dafoe is greeted with hostility and outright menaced by the locals. The local lumberjacks fear that he some Greenpeace hippie who is part an environmental study that will put them out of a job, and the Greenpeace hippies who are trying to shut down the logging suspect that Dafoe is a hunter using inhumane methods. And you've got Sam Neill in there as the wild card who seems to have contacts on all sides of the conflict. Wilh no one he can trust, surrounded by hostility and a shady mega-corporation breathing down his neck, the tension piles up pretty fast and all these plotlines gel well and come together in a satisfying and emotional conclusion. I really prefer these types of thrillers that are more about overall tension than jump scares. The stuff with the locals had a nice STRAW DOGS vibe to it that I really liked.

The film is shot in a straightforward manner. There is nice nature cinematography, but it never gets all artsy and distracted or thinks it's a Terrence Mallik movie or something. The characterization of Dafoe is also well handled. They don't bother with clichés you'd expect such as giving Dafoe a dead wife or some shit to make him sympathetic, and they also don't fetishize his expertise by giving us endless scenes showing how slick he is or a bunch of sexy shots of all his fancy equipment.

The film pulls all its subplots together well, but also never loses its main focus on the mythic bigfoot aspect of getting to see an unique creature. And I will say that the climax of this movie made me cry a little, it was really perfectly handled. I haven't seen the subjects of masculinity and personal ethics handled this well since REDBELT. Dafoe plays it perfectly. So I think this is an excellent film and would gladly watch it again.
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Re: What have you been watching? (Cinema)

Postby BuckyO'harre on Mon May 07, 2012 12:48 am

I enjoyed The Hunter but less so, I imagine, than if The Grey Hadn't been fresh in my mind. Of course, under close examination they aren't all that similar, but it's hard not to compare two films about hunters disconnected from humanity. So if anyone is curious about these two I would suggest watching The Hunter first.
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Re: What have you been watching? (Cinema)

Postby Spandau Belly on Mon May 07, 2012 7:25 am

BuckyO'harre wrote:I would suggest watching The Hunter first and then The Grey


I shall follow your advice! Not that I have any choice since I've already seen THE HUNTER and not yet seen THE GREY.

I look forward to seeing THE GREY, I kinda wrote it off when it came out as another passable Liam Neeson b-movie but everybody piled the praise on it, so I'll give it a rent. Maybe I'll finally understand why people believe in this Joe Carnahan guy so much.
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Re: What have you been watching? (Cinema)

Postby Bloo on Sat May 12, 2012 11:07 pm

went and saw FIVE YEAR ENGAGEMENT with some friends of mine tonight. It's not bad but pretty paint by the numbers. I mean it's a Judd Apatow raunch-rom-com. It is what it is. Segal's about the only Apatow rep. actor in it though, so that's nice. Alison Brie was hot with a British accent, Chris Pratt does a varation on Andy from Parks and Rec. David Paymer is in it, so that's nice, Brian Poshen was doing his stoner thing. Overall it was funny, I enjoyed it more then BRIDESMAIDS, less then say WALK HARD or SAVING SARAH MARSHALL or GET HIM TO THE GREEK.
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Re: What have you been watching? (Cinema)

Postby RogueScribner on Sun May 13, 2012 11:39 am

Five Year Engagement was like a comedic Blue Valentine except with a forced happy ending. It was okay overall. It felt a bit long. I don't think the 3rd act was as focused as it should have been.
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Re: What have you been watching? (Cinema)

Postby Bloo on Sun May 13, 2012 11:42 am

that's a really good description Rogue, and yeah that 3rd Act just didn't know when to stop
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Re: What have you been watching? (Cinema)

Postby junesquad on Wed May 16, 2012 2:01 pm

Went and seen The Raven (kinda slow) and The Hunger Games (with my wife). First time I have been to the movies in over a year!
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Re: What have you been watching? (Cinema)

Postby Spandau Belly on Mon Jun 04, 2012 7:24 pm

THE HUNGER GAMES

So I took the kid to see this and it scared the shit out of her. I generally thought it was pretty good. They have a clear idea of what they want to say and they say it explicitly; but the message is delivered in a compelling enough story that it doesn't just feel like it's there to deliver a message. It's all done in a straightforward manner, there's no Verhoenvenesque dark humour about it. Even though the premise is more like BATTLE ROYALE, it plays out more like GLADIATOR in terms of the powerless using entertainment to gain power over those who sought to exploit them.

The characterization is handled well. Despite the main characters being young people, they are neither annoying nor too wise beyond their years that it loses the whole impact of being a movie about young people pitted against each other in a deathmatch. They also do a good job of not making the opressed underclass some sort of annoyingly self-righteous hippy commune like Zion turned out to be in THE MATRIX sequels. They just seem like simple working people from the late 1800s.

Going into this movie I was willing to accept that there would be a fair amount of plot contrivances to keep the protagonist's humanity in tact. I knew they probably weren't going to have her in kill in cold blood, and that they would probably stick to her killing in self-defense situations. And once they introduced the other likeable character, Rue, I knew they weren't going to have these two go up against each other. But they handled these contrivances as well as can be expected and kept the film fairly thrilling.

The only thing that stuck out and bugged me was when the producers of the hunger games start uploading demon dog beasts from computers into reality. Did I miss something there? Please tell me they were just unleashing these dogs in some visually confusing way that made it look like they were being shot out of a computer into reality. If the bourgeoisie in Capital City can just print out anything they want from a computer, then why do they need the proletariat providing them with resources. You want wheat? Just print it out of your computer! You want oil? Just print it out of your computer! You want Russel Crowe? Just print him out of your computer! That part was fucking retarded. I hope somebody who's read the books can tell me that this is explained better. If it turns out they can just print out whatever resources they need, but still force the proletariat to slave for them just for the power trip of it all, that would be kinda double brilliant and all would be forgiven.

The look of the movie is so-so. It's at it's best during the actual hunger games in the forrest. The parts in Capital City all look a little stagey like those STAR WARS prequels. They use a fair bit of shakeycam to avoid being too explicit about the violence. My guess being to get a rating that will allow kids to see this.

Anyway, this is a pretty good film. Good for scaring kids.
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Re: What have you been watching? (Cinema)

Postby Bloo on Tue Jun 05, 2012 2:05 am

Spandau, you'd probably enjoy the book's depiction of the demon dogs in which they are genetic werewolves of the fallen hunger game contestants
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Re: What have you been watching? (Cinema)

Postby Spandau Belly on Wed Jun 06, 2012 7:52 am

SAFE

Jason Statham plays a former-cagefighter former-cop former-special forces agent hobo who teams up with the world's youngest accountant to take on the Russian mafia, a Chinese triad, and a corrupt police force in New York City. The setup is obviously your typical goofy action movie premise, but I would say the plotting and pacing are a lot better than your average Statham joint. It reminded me a bit of that movie MAXIMUM RISK with Van Damme where it was still a Van Damme movie, just a slightly classier one.

The action parts are all good and more violent than a lot of other Statham movies. There's a good variety of fist-fighting, shooting, and car smashes. And the production quality is very good. I really liked the ornate Asian sets. And they do a good job shooting enough stuff on location to make it really feel like New York and not just Toronto with the occassional shot of the Statue of Liberty.

So I really liked this film and think any action fan would have a good time watching it.
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Re: What have you been watching? (Cinema)

Postby ironic name on Wed Jun 06, 2012 3:55 pm

Spandau Belly wrote:SAFE

Jason Statham plays a former-cagefighter former-cop former-special forces agent hobo who teams up with the world's youngest accountant to take on the Russian mafia, a Chinese triad, and a corrupt police force in New York City. The setup is obviously your typical goofy action movie premise, but I would say the plotting and pacing are a lot better than your average Statham joint. It reminded me a bit of that movie MAXIMUM RISK with Van Damme where it was still a Van Damme movie, just a slightly classier one.

The action parts are all good and more violent than a lot of other Statham movies. There's a good variety of fist-fighting, shooting, and car smashes. And the production quality is very good. I really liked the ornate Asian sets. And they do a good job shooting enough stuff on location to make it really feel like New York and not just Toronto with the occassional shot of the Statue of Liberty.

So I really liked this film and think any action fan would have a good time watching it.

so, its my oleg outline, minus the america getting invaded.
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Re: What have you been watching? (Cinema)

Postby bastard_robo on Mon Jun 18, 2012 1:10 am

Watched Takashi Miike's ACE ATTORNEY this weekend at the AM2 convention. It took Miikie to finally make a video game movie that not only lives up to the material of the source, but makes it a fucking fun and damn good film in the process


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Re: What have you been watching? (Cinema)

Postby Al Shut on Mon Jun 18, 2012 4:58 am

Looks intriguing

do I have to know the game to have a clue how that juridical system works?
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Re: What have you been watching? (Cinema)

Postby Spandau Belly on Tue Jun 19, 2012 7:31 am

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This is a standard, but well-built crime flick in the heist-gone-wrong subgenre. It is done with a light and frequently humourous tone, but is also at times very violent. In that way it is somewhat reminiscent of one of those old Coen Bros movies. Everything is well set up and pays off well with no loose strands that I can think of. The basic setup is that a professional recruiter uses his job to case rich executive guys about what art they own, then he breaks into their homes and steals their art. He does this because he is short and has an inferiorty complex that compells him to spend beyond his means in order to impress his supermodel-looking sweetheart. His insecurity causes him to constantly fear that his girlfriend will leave him and so he avoids her requests to have a baby together. When a big score lands in his lap, he starts feeling more secure about his future and finally warms up to the idea of having a baby, but then while on the heist he discovers that his sweetheart is having an affair with the bloke he's robbing.

It all plays out with some good twists and more importantly, some fun scenes. The best being when he ends up covered in poo driving a tractor with a dog impaled on the front of it down the motorway. The movie is a good entertaining flick. I liked it.
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Re: What have you been watching? (Cinema)

Postby SilentBobX on Thu Jun 21, 2012 4:19 pm

I didn't see a thread on this so I decided to put it here. Bump if necessary.

Anyway, my girlfriend got us into an advance screening last night of the Seth McFarlane directed film TED. Yes, the one about the filthy mouthed teddy bear. And I have to report that I loved it. Yes, I loved it. Did it have numerous and pointless pop culture references?...Of fucking course(we're talking Seth McFarlane after all). But here's what it did have: Raunchy R rated comedy that actually works for a change.

Before I begin, let me give some highlights:

Sam Jones(playing himself) going batshit crazy drinking, doing cocaine, and basically believing himself to be Flash Gordon after all these years and presiding over the wedding of John and Lori

The Tick and Green Lantern sharing a passionate kiss

Ted pulls down John's pants in the middle of the hotel fight, exposing his bare ass and whipping him with a television antenna

So anyway, here's the story without going too deep into pointless detail. Little John Bennett is a kid growing up in Boston who has no friends and makes a wish for his Xmas gift to be his best friend forever. Wish granted. The next day Ted is up and walking and talking and a whole lot more. His parents' reaction is priceless as is the world's. Ted becomes a celebrity and he and John are inseparable. The prerequisite montage of them is actually good and in a place or two, heartfelt. With a very funny narration by Patrick Stewart.

Of course, now John has a relationship with Lori(Mila Kunis) and Ted's a bad influence and a fifth wheel in the relationship which has Lori annoyed and wanting John to improve his life and ditch Ted. Random shenanigans ensue and Lori eventually dumps him after squandering his last chance when John leaves her from her company's party to go to a party Ted's throwing at his new place with Sam "Flash Gordon" Jones. John all but blows him after a small Flash Gordon fantasy scene expressing his glee at meeting his idol.

Thrown into the mix is Giovanni Ribisi as un ultra creepy craigslist troller type who wants to buy Ted for his son(who is just as creepy in a hansel and gretel sort of way). And Joel McHale who plays Lori's boss and has eyes for her but really isn't much of a factor as he's basically playing the douchebag we all know he is in real life albeit with more money and possessions. Also, Ted's job interview is a fucking classic piece. I can only say that it's short, foul mouthed, and it works. I wouldn't suggest trying it myself unless you apply at McDonalds.

After losing Lori and telling Ted off, John finally realizes he has some growing up to do but not before rescuing Ted from Ribisi, which of course is instrumental in reuiniting him with Lori and ends at an anticlimactic showdown at Fenway Park with Ted getting ripped in two and appearing to die. He does but of course returns due to Lori making an unspoken wish upon a star to bring him back.

I have to say I recommend this quite highly. I enjoyed myself thoroughly and laughed a hell of a lot, probably the most in years. But if you don't like McFarlane, his schtick, or his pop culture references, then it isn't for you. But I do implore you to give it a shot at least. The worst parts are still light years funnier than anything Adam Sandler could hope to give us.


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Re: What have you been watching? (Cinema)

Postby Bloo on Thu Jun 21, 2012 5:40 pm

I went and saw Rock of Ages today.

Now I'm a fan of the original stage show, it played a loving homage while at the same time poking fun at 80s music, culture, and movies. It was just a fun show. Not groundbreaking, not anything important, just...fun with 4th wall breaking, a cheesy (and somewhat unreliable) narrator, and the cheesiest villains in the world.

Adam Shankman, as I said on Facebook, if I ever meet you, i"m going to punch you in the junk. What you did in the movie version is completely strip away all the fun of the stage show, change the story, change the book, change sons, eliminate characters who were needed, add in characters who weren't, change character motivations, change character's sexuality (with no hint of it prior or afterwards, seriously it was the most random men kiss scene ever) completely misinterpret songs, and shoe horn your own personal biases and agenda. Seriously, you are like a less talented Ryan Murphy.

You have zero respect for the original musical (your source material). I know people that hated the Phantom of the Opera movie musical because it lacked something that the stage show did. Same with Sweeny Todd (there are a couple of you here that I know hate the Burton/Depp Todd musical) but you know what, at least those had respect for the source material and seemingly tried to modify it for the screen from the stage. I don't think Shankman even saw the original show. I think someone handed him a list of songs and the basic story line.

IN THE HEIGHTS is one of my favorite stage shows that has been in movie purgatory for awhile. And you know what, if this is how movie studios are going to treat the source material of stage show musicals, then fuck it. Stay in movie purgatory. I'd rather have a poorly filmed "live on stage" then what happened to Rock of Ages happen to that show. In other words, Adam Shankman can go just fucking die.
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Re: What have you been watching? (Cinema)

Postby The Vicar on Thu Jun 21, 2012 11:23 pm

You're on the gods damned list, Shankman. I'd work on that if I were you.
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Re: What have you been watching? (Cinema)

Postby Wolfpack on Thu Jun 21, 2012 11:44 pm

He'll be in good company on that list. Lucas can loan him some flannel shirts if it gets too chilly.
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Re: What have you been watching? (Cinema)

Postby The Vicar on Fri Jun 22, 2012 12:19 am

Wolfpack wrote:He'll be in good company on that list. Lucas can loan him some flannel shirts if it gets too chilly.


Heh heh heh heh heh.........flannel shirts.
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Re: What have you been watching? (Cinema)

Postby Spandau Belly on Fri Jun 22, 2012 1:19 pm

Wow! That ROCK OF AGES review has got to be the most negative thing I've ever heard from Bloo. Don't mess with that man's hair bands! I do like musicals, but I'm not really into these jukebox musicals where they take established songs and work them into a musical. I'm not really into hair band rock, but I thought at least getting the songs from one school of music would be better than something as scattered as MOULIN ROUGE.

I'm also not really into actors who can sorta sing trying to sing. I'd rather they do film musicals with pop stars or if you really feel the acting is that important, dub over the singing parts. Like, I saw the trailer for ROCK OF AGES and I'm all like why is Tom Cruise in this movie singing Bon Jovi songs? Why not just get John Bonjovi? It's not like Cruise is even younger or something.

The musical I really want to come to the screen is CATS. Not in a good way. I actually want it to be done with CGI photo-realistic cats dancing around in all sorts of really unnatural ways. I think that would probably be the creepiest thing ever.

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And as for TED. Honestly, the trailer looked okay. If they didn't put that FAMILY GUY's name up on the screen I wouldn't have guessed he was involved. It didn't have any of things that annoy me about his brand of humour. It actually looked like it had enough of a story (sort of a DROP DEAD FRED type of thing) and humour coming from the characters and situations. I see about one new comedy movie per year, so this year it might be this one. We'll see.
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Re: What have you been watching? (Cinema)

Postby SilentBobX on Fri Jun 22, 2012 7:27 pm

Spandau Belly wrote:Wow! That ROCK OF AGES review has got to be the most negative thing I've ever heard from Bloo. Don't mess with that man's hair bands! I do like musicals, but I'm not really into these jukebox musicals where they take established songs and work them into a musical. I'm not really into hair band rock, but I thought at least getting the songs from one school of music would be better than something as scattered as MOULIN ROUGE.

I'm also not really into actors who can sorta sing trying to sing. I'd rather they do film musicals with pop stars or if you really feel the acting is that important, dub over the singing parts. Like, I saw the trailer for ROCK OF AGES and I'm all like why is Tom Cruise in this movie singing Bon Jovi songs? Why not just get John Bonjovi? It's not like Cruise is even younger or something.

The musical I really want to come to the screen is CATS. Not in a good way. I actually want it to be done with CGI photo-realistic cats dancing around in all sorts of really unnatural ways. I think that would probably be the creepiest thing ever.

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And as for TED. Honestly, the trailer looked okay. If they didn't put that FAMILY GUY's name up on the screen I wouldn't have guessed he was involved. It didn't have any of things that annoy me about his brand of humour. It actually looked like it had enough of a story (sort of a DROP DEAD FRED type of thing) and humour coming from the characters and situations. I see about one new comedy movie per year, so this year it might be this one. We'll see.


Spandau, I can safely say it's nothing like Drop Dead Fred. The best way I can describe the relationship between Ted and John is if they were both brothers who never grew up, but need to. I mean, I got over the fact it was Peter Griffin in voice only. But it has plenty of laughs. If you don't like McFarlane, you might not like it. And as far as his direction, it is directed pretty much like an episode of Family Guy, minus the "Remember the time" segments. It's a judgement call but I'd say give it a chance for some genuine laughs.

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Re: What have you been watching? (Cinema)

Postby Ribbons on Sat Jun 23, 2012 10:29 am

It's hard for me to tell how I feel about Ted. I have a sort of love-hate relationship with Seth MacFarlane, whose phone-it-in, "I'm rich, bitch" attitude makes sitting through the only-sporadically-funny Family Guy a challenge, although the first 3 seasons were pretty solid. And I have a sort of hate-hate relationship with Mark Wahlberg, who can't act his way out of a paper bag (I know, he was nominated for an Oscar blah blah blah). But Ted looks like it could be okay, despite the obvious debt it owes to material like Harvey and, more recently, Wilfred. It wouldn't be the first time MacFarlane put his own stamp on familiar material.
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Re: What have you been watching? (Cinema)

Postby justcheckin on Sat Jun 30, 2012 12:22 am

I just went to see Magic Mike.

Let me clarify the reason I went before I loose most of my credibility of being a good zoner. My friend planned a girls night with her co-workers and invited me. I of course like to have fun on girls night out and other women rarely want to see what I want to see at the theater anyway (sci-fi and other such coolness). SO... I agreed to see butt cheeks. I couldn't let down my friend. :twisted:

Ok. Let me just say... there was a plot, it wasn't terrible but it wasn't good writing either. Matthew Mcconaughey is sort of creepy in it. Canning Tatum, I could swear possibly had a body double for some of the dancing but as I try to research that, it seems like he actually did the dancing himself. That man has some moves.

The best part about the movie was seeing it at a sold out showing. You would have thought we were in a strip club. The women yelled and clapped and screamed. It was craziness. I think there was 1 man in the audience. I hope for his sake that he was g@y. I can only imagine the torture that would have been for a straight man to endure. A lot of husbands were left at home with the kids tonight all over America.
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Re: What have you been watching? (Cinema)

Postby Bloo on Sat Jun 30, 2012 12:25 am

I'm still trying to wrap my mind around the fact that Soderbergh directed it
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Postby justcheckin on Sat Jun 30, 2012 12:32 am

Bloo wrote:I'm still trying to wrap my mind around the fact that Soderbergh directed it


It's not a bad story... just lots of loose story lines that never quite go anywhere. The drama isn't serious enough and the funnyish parts are shocking but take away from the point a little. I don't know, it's hard to explain.
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Re: Ted

Postby TheButcher on Sat Jun 30, 2012 7:49 pm

SilentBobX wrote:I didn't see a thread on this so I decided to put it here. Bump if necessary.

Anyway, my girlfriend got us into an advance screening last night of the Seth McFarlane directed film TED. Yes, the one about the filthy mouthed teddy bear. And I have to report that I loved it. Yes, I loved it. Did it have numerous and pointless pop culture references?...Of fucking course(we're talking Seth McFarlane after all). But here's what it did have: Raunchy R rated comedy that actually works for a change.

Before I begin, let me give some highlights:

Sam Jones(playing himself) going batshit crazy drinking, doing cocaine, and basically believing himself to be Flash Gordon after all these years and presiding over the wedding of John and Lori

The Tick and Green Lantern sharing a passionate kiss

Ted pulls down John's pants in the middle of the hotel fight, exposing his bare ass and whipping him with a television antenna

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Re: What have you been watching? (Cinema)

Postby Spandau Belly on Thu Jul 05, 2012 11:44 am

SEEKING A FRIEND FOR THE END OF THE WORLD

Anybody who happens to live in Canada can probably recognize this as a blatant rip-off of the 90s Canadian movie LAST NIGHT, also a romantic dramedy set in our world consciously nearing its apocalypse. This longer titled movie is basically a remake. This doesn't bother me since I don't demand originality from movies and because I think this one is slightly better overall. The leads are definitely more likeable and better actors. I generally like Steve Carrel as a lead and find he handles this role of dorky average middle-aged guy well in dramedy movies. Kiera Knightley is cast as Emily Blunt and does a good job as the spunky female lead. Although, man, she makes some of the most uncomfortable faces I've ever seen. They've got to get her in a movie with Nic Cage and Jim Carrey where they all just go nuts at each other for 90 minutes.

I found the comedy portions of the movie pretty funny, although it's mostly the same joke told different ways: seeing people continue to do normal things that no longer really seem to have purpose in a world that is due to end within weeks. People go to work, have yard sales, apply for promotions, Carrell works as an insurance salesman and people continue to buy insurance from him. Stuff like that.

I'll say my only problem with the film is that it's another one of those films that reaches a totally satisfying conclusion and then overshoots it for another ending that feels tacked on and less satisfying. I think the film should've ended with Carrel putting Kiera on the airplane to go back to her family in England, but instead the film carries on with her demanding the aiplane be turned around so she can go back to USA and spend the final days with Carrell so that it can play out even closer to LAST NIGHT than if it had ended where it should have.

But overall, I found this to be a cute date movie. Pretty enjoyable and different enough for a romantic dramedy movie.
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Re: What have you been watching? (Cinema)

Postby so sorry on Thu Jul 05, 2012 12:29 pm

Spandau Belly wrote:SEEKING A FRIEND FOR THE END OF THE WORLD

Anybody who happens to live in Canada can probably recognize this as a blatant rip-off of the 90s Canadian movie LAST NIGHT, also a romantic dramedy set in our world consciously nearing its apocalypse. This longer titled movie is basically a remake. This doesn't bother me since I don't demand originality from movies and because I think this one is slightly better overall. The leads are definitely more likeable and better actors. I generally like Steve Carrel as a lead and find he handles this role of dorky average middle-aged guy well in dramedy movies. Kiera Knightley is cast as Emily Blunt and does a good job as the spunky female lead. Although, man, she makes some of the most uncomfortable faces I've ever seen. They've got to get her in a movie with Nic Cage and Jim Carrey where they all just go nuts at each other for 90 minutes.

I found the comedy portions of the movie pretty funny, although it's mostly the same joke told different ways: seeing people continue to do normal things that no longer really seem to have purpose in a world that is due to end within weeks. People go to work, have yard sales, apply for promotions, Carrell works as an insurance salesman and people continue to buy insurance from him. Stuff like that.

I'll say my only problem with the film is that it's another one of those films that reaches a totally satisfying conclusion and then overshoots it for another ending that feels tacked on and less satisfying. I think the film should've ended with Carrel putting Kiera on the airplane to go back to her family in England, but instead the film carries on with her demanding the aiplane be turned around so she can go back to USA and spend the final days with Carrell so that it can play out even closer to LAST NIGHT than if it had ended where it should have.

But overall, I found this to be a cute date movie. Pretty enjoyable and different enough for a romantic dramedy movie.



I'll probably never see this, but I'm curious about the ending. please spoiler text the answer to this question:

So does the end of the world actually happen?
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Re: What have you been watching? (Cinema)

Postby Spandau Belly on Thu Jul 05, 2012 1:02 pm

so sorry wrote:I'll probably never see this, but I'm curious about the ending. please spoiler text the answer to this question:

So does the end of the world actually happen?


Yes. The asteroid hits and every dies. It's actually one of the funniest jokes in the movie that daylight savings time occurs on the day of the apocalypse so everybody dies an hour earlier than they planned.
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Postby ironic name on Thu Jul 05, 2012 1:07 pm

I saw the last night one. was good. callum kieth rennie!
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Re: What have you been watching? (Cinema)

Postby The Vicar on Thu Jul 05, 2012 9:16 pm

Bloo wrote:I'm still trying to wrap my mind around the fact that Soderbergh directed it


Soderberg's got a lot of explaining in to do..........
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Re: What have you been watching? (Cinema)

Postby John-Locke on Sun Jul 08, 2012 9:34 pm

So I went to see William Friedkins latest Killer Joe tonight, very enjoyable in an ultra sleazy, southern fried, darkly comic way. McConaughey is in career best form and gives a performance the likes of which have possibly never been seen before. Thomas Hayden Church is pretty hilarious at times. Juno Temple gets proper nekkid and ain't bad herself. Hirsch maybe goes a bit overboard but has some great moments.

This is one fucked up film, it does go a little flat at times and it it took a while for me to get into the groove of the flick BUT... when it clicks it's pretty brilliant.
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Re: What have you been watching? (Cinema)

Postby ironic name on Mon Jul 09, 2012 3:15 am

John-Locke wrote:Juno Temple gets proper nekkid

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ironic name wrote:
John-Locke wrote:Juno Temple gets proper nekkid

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