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Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: StrangeClock on October 13, 2005, 06:34:38 PM
I guess Leek's thread about this disappeared?

Four Brothers
Alright, not bad, not great, probably what you can expect from a movie that stars Marky Mark Wahlberg. Fun was had, but I think I annoyed some theatre goers when I burst out laughing during the fistfight in the end. I mean, Jesus. I thought protagonists stopped dropping their guns to engage in fisticuffs with big bosses after the 80s, and Jean-Claude Van Damme.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on October 13, 2005, 07:00:27 PM
Serenity

I never even knew about the TV show this was based on when I saw the preview of it, but I leaned over to my wife and said "That looks like a some shitty TV series they made into a movie." And it turned out it is based on a cancelled TV series. I won't say shitty because I hear the Firefly fans are known to hunt down and ass rape anyone who dares defy the greatness of their show. But the movie itself was, overall, pretty unmemorable. For a scifi movie, it was alright. If it were a made-for-TV movie it would have been great. But for a Hollywood release? It wasn't that good. There's too much they crammed in there, and the previews (which make the movie out to be about this girl who has some cosmic power that can destroy the universe) are misleading. There had the occasional funny line and the space battle sequence was pretty cool, but they should have just finished filming the episodes for a DVD release instead of messing the story up in movie form.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on October 15, 2005, 10:57:43 PM
The Girl Next Door (2004)

3.5/5

It may take a lot from other movies, but the result is a solid "teen" movie lacking the features that make "teen" movies suck.  It's intelligent, charming, and overall very entertaining. It has some great characters (great comic acting and timing) and scenarios. It made me laugh. It was a pretty straight-forward story, but it worked well.

I'd say it's main downfall is the choice in music.. Music really adds a lot to a movie, and in this case most of the songs seem too prominent and unfitting to their respective scenes. They're really well known songs and they stick out like a sore thumb, and lower the tone of the movie.. turn it into something mainstreamy and cheap. But if you look past this poor taste in music, the film is still solid.

Overall though, one of the better "teen" flicks. Worth a watch indeed! Almost worthy of a 4 (if it were more original and had better music.. but we can excuse these flaws).
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: chocolatechipclock on October 17, 2005, 08:15:13 PM
Jerry Maguire:  8/10

Cuba Gooding Jr. and Tom Cruise are good in this movie (like always?).  The story drags on kind of slow for a while, but the end makes up for it I guess.  It had a strong start, strong finish, but the rest was mediocre.  However, it was pretty decent.

Almost Famous: 9/10


This is probably Cameron Crow's best film.  It's about a teenage rock journalist in the '70s, who is hired by Rolling Stone Magazine to get a story on the band Stillwater.  There is some great acting, and a very intense seen on a plane.  Good love story, etc.

Alien: 9.5/10

A superb thriller/horror movie that really has a great plot.  It is about a commercial ship (in space) which receives a signal from a planet, and by contract, they are required to investigate it.  While down there, one of the crew members is attacked by an alien which just hatched.  They bring him back to the ship, and the alien is attached to his face.  From there, it really is an awesome movie, with some great killings.  If you want to see a similar movie, watch John Carpenter's The Thing (which I personally believe is slightly better than Alien).  Anyway, awesome movie.

Magnolia: 8.5/10

First of all, let me say this movie is VERY LONG.  I thought it was going to end about an hour before it actually ended.  It is a little over 3 hours.  The story is very confusing, and I won't even bother going on about it.  Let me just say that Cruise and William Macy (Fargo) do very well.  Let me warn you though, this movie is very weird, especially the end.  However, some things in the movie are to be taken metaphorically, not literally, in the movie, like a Lynch film.  However, it is a pretty entertaining drama that has its moments.  Good film.

Monster: 7/10

Out of these movies, this is definently the most disturbing film.  It is about a suicidal hooker who meets a young lesbian in a gay bar.   She makes friends with the lesbian, and eventually becomes one herself.  However, this doesn't stop her from being a whore.  However, one day she is brutally beaten and raped by one of her clients, and she takes his gun and kills him.  After this incident, she truly hates all men.  She starts killing every one of her clients, even if they never have sex with her.  Anyway, there's some good acting, but it's not that great of a film.  By the way, a similar, but much better movie is Mysterious Skin, which I give a 10/10 to.  I don't feel like reviewing it right now.  I may later, but just believe me, it is an excellent, and disturbing movie.

Oldboy: 10/10!

This is one of the best revenge stories ever told.  Oh yeah, and it's a foreign film.  It is about a man named Dae-su Oh who is kidnapped and held for fifteen years.  He is never told why he was kidnapped while he was in captivity.  When he was released, he took it upon himself to get revenge on whoever did this to him.  In the process of finding out his who and where his kidnapper was, he finds out more about himself, and why he was kidnapped.  The ending is shocking and sickening, and this film showcasing some of the finest acting ever.  You MUST see this fim.  It is very, very good.  If you don't think a movie in subtitles can be good, you're terribly mistaken.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Biblo on October 19, 2005, 05:51:10 PM
Crash
Pretty good. I was very impressed by how impartial the film was. The opinions were clearly those of the characters and even thought they were all racist in some way or another, they all had redeeming qualities as well.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Dr. Watson on October 19, 2005, 06:09:36 PM
Waiting

Good film for fans of the cult-film genre that goes along with Clerks, Mallrats, and anything in that vein. A great cast of people and a whole slew of jokes, from classy snapbacks, penis showing jokes, and things you know you have done or one of your friends have done constantly. It is a whole mess of lowbrow jokes as well, so don't go expecting good christian values jokes, or seeing Chandler from friends in a potato costume, rather you see the nutsack of Luis Guzman in one scene and a Jungle soon after...
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: DigitalClock on October 19, 2005, 06:33:57 PM
Corpse Bride
9/10

excellent acting and extraordinary animation. tim burton and johnny depp have done it again. would've gotten a perfect 10 but i felt it was a little too short (without credits its about an hour and ten minutes) and a bit predictible.

Shaun of the Dead
9.5/10

brilliant! not since airplane have i seen a better spoof. unlike most spoofs, shaun of the dead takes a different approach with the story by including another sub-story unrelated with the original movie. my favorite part of the movie is the transitions from one scene to another.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: SilverCherryClock on October 19, 2005, 06:57:51 PM
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
4/5

Short summary of the movie: Better than two, not as good as one. This is probably enough for most people, but I'll go into more detail.
Long Summary: Yes, the movie was a little on the short side. Something like an hour and 40 minutes. However, this movie restored my faith in the Terminator series, which was toppled by the sub-par T2.
Don't get me wrong, T2 is pretty good. But it's hard to think of the terminator as a hero after being the enemy in the first film. This movie was necessary, however, to make the terminator in T3 a more acceptable character.
Personally, I think being a mindless robot is Arnold Shwarzeneger's true calling (he's not too good of an actor as anything else). He plays the part suprisingly well. Aside from him, the movie does have some good acting.
I guess what really got me was the FX. The story is good, I always enjoyed the story of the terminator series. But the Special effects in this movie were incredible. From the Tx's chassis to the atomic explosions, this is some of the best FX work I have ever seen (beats the hell out of any of the Matrix films).
To sum it all up, I would suggest that anyone who is or is not a fan of the Terminator series sees this movie. But go watch the first two before you do, of course.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: VanillaPepsiClock on October 19, 2005, 11:52:35 PM
Quote from: SilverCherryClock
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
 Better than two, not as good as one.

Um, what?
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Masquatto on October 20, 2005, 12:00:10 AM
Yeah, seriously, T2 was awesome. T3 and T1 were good, but T2 beat them both.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: StrangeClock on October 20, 2005, 05:28:00 AM
Wow, I totally disagree with that review ;) And I thought Arnold was totally unconvincing in his robotic performance, as opposed to the two other movies.

Session 9
I remember someone had a gif in their signature a while back of David Caruso saying fuck you, and apparently it came from this movie. And while Caruso is cool, this movie is not. It commits the worst crime a movie can make - it's boring as hell. There's an almost interesting premise of a haunted madhouse, but it quickly becomes bad, worse, uninspired. Jesus, I really hate this movie, even though I probably won't remember anything about it next week. Worst part was probably the "satanic ritual syndrome" speech. Rarely seen such terrible writing and acting.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: KefkaClock on October 20, 2005, 05:40:45 AM
The Warriors:  4/5

In a city where gangs outnumber cops 3 to 1, a small gang is blamed for amurder they didnt commit. They are about 20 miles from their turf, their safety. Can they make it? Or are they fucked? This was an awesome movie. The fight scenes were cool. The only issue was it was short.I would have loved to see more gang on gang action (*snicker*) I dont see how the game would work, I hope they dont blow it. See this


Forrest Gump: 5/5

A retard copes with his disabilities, and does alot more than any other man can do in a life time. This move was very heartwarming. Forget about blood spatter from the shitty horror movies that are out, this had some vietnam action. Tom Hanks did an excellent job in this movie. another see it....


More in the morning...
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: camoclock is a great man on October 20, 2005, 12:16:05 PM
Shaun of the dead
not a nr.1 movie,but still a good 1


i give it 9 smileys out of ten  :)  :)  :)  :)  :)  :)  :)  :)  :)

i lol'd

Back to Gaya

piece of crap DO NOT WATCH

1 angry smiley :mad:


'nuff said
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: StrangeClock on October 20, 2005, 12:43:30 PM
Threshold
I've really been scraping the bottom of the barrel lately, I guess it's just not a great time for movies. In its defense, I think it was a made-for-TV movie, so that explains the low budget effects, use of camera angles to avoid needing special effect shots, bad writing, use of stock footage of a space shuttle launching and landing, etc. Pretty much a lukewarm X-Files episode. It's about alien moths incubating in people and turning them into people with pincers in their sides that can apparently come in and out without damaging your clothes. I'd've considered it a complete waste if Jamie Luner's breasts weren't so luscious.

And speaking of movies you should avoid:

The Untold (also known as Sasquatch)
Oh my God. To sum it up in one sentence: someone in a very, very, very unconvincing Bigfoot suit steals the movie's plot device. A plane containing a millionaire's daughter and a machine that can instantly categorize genetic material crashes in the wilderness, so the millionaire organizes a search party to get it. This search party has all the movie basics: the heroic honest guy, the evil trigger-happy guy who you know will end up going crazy and try to kill the others, the slutty chick who takes a bath in a convenient warm spring, etcetera. In the movie's climax it turns out the crashing plane accidentally killed Bigfoot's wife and child, we get a full frontal shot of Biggy that someone really should've edited out on account of it looking ridiculous, and it turns out Bigfoot stole the genetic device because he miraculously knew that it would help people find him and hunt him down. Yes. The millionaire ends up destroying the machine to make peace with... Jesus. Just don't rent it.

Wendigo
This was barely a movie at all, because it didn't really have a plot. A couple and their son move in to a small town where they get in trouble with a local hunting jerk. The kid finds out about the Wendigo legend from an old indian in a store who promptly vanishes, dad gets killed during a sleighride, and eventually the Wendigo comes to kill the jerk. Or something. Avoid at all costs.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Dr. Watson on October 20, 2005, 12:51:37 PM
Alone in the Dark

Uwe Boll, the dreaded director who emotionlessly slaughters every good known game with laughter and delight does it again with this movie. The original Alone in the dark was about a mansion that was up for grabs in the woods and had 2 guests that were to visit, the first was detective edward Carnby, who was to look for reasons what happened to the original owner, if it was murder or suicide, and Aline or Alice was related to the owner. So once you get inside and scope the attic, the house traps you in and thus youre fucked and have to find out how to leave the house and the curse it has placed on you....

NOPE

the movie is about a detective of the supernatural who is out to find out what these artifacts do, and open an underworld full of shadow creatures that kill off everyone, and end the world...

You'd have more fun watching, your pet dog/cat/bird/whatever take a shit...
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on October 20, 2005, 01:23:20 PM
Quote from: StrangeClock
WendigoAvoid at all costs.


I agree with this 100%. There's rarely a movie that comes along and makes me think I wasted my time and/or money, but this was one of them. I was looking for a new horror movie and saw this one for $7. A very wasted $7 that I could have bought thumb tacks to decorate my face with.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: VanillaPepsiClock on October 20, 2005, 08:44:44 PM
Has anyone seen Doom yet?
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on October 22, 2005, 01:00:44 AM
Dreamer

7/10 - It was pretty good. I'm not a huge fan of the cheesy Disney movies, though, so that may have hampered my opinion a bit. Great acting across the board, which brought it a lot farther in my eyes. The story was of a traditional breed (especially for Disney) so that took off a few points. But yeah, overall pretty good.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: chocolatechipclock on October 22, 2005, 02:31:25 AM
Ed Wood: 8/10

This is a black and white Tim Burton movie which revolves around the unsuccessful career of Ed Wood (Johnny Depp).  Ed makes "B" sci-fi movies, and he always has trouble with funding.  However, oppourtunities spring up when he meets Dracula star Bela Lugosi (Martin Landau), who is depressed and down on his luck.  He is able to get funding from a cheap production company with the star and by telling the manager a secret he's been hiding for his whole life.   Meanwhile, this secret causes fued between Ed and his girlfriend (Sarah Jessica Parker).  Overall, it was a unique story with great acting from Depp and Landau.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on October 22, 2005, 08:02:05 AM
Mean Creek - 4/5

Great acting, realistic/nostalgic/clever writing, nice cinematography! Quality film from a new director!


Batman Begins 4/5

Another great film! Much more logical and serious than the other batman flicks. Very cool direction, with some amazing visuals. For those of you that have seen it, I love the part where Batman confronts Scarecrow and Scarecrow starts tripping. Really cool scene.

What was I saying again? Oh yeah. Really clever take on the original flicks. I love all the little details, how everything ties up and makes sense. I also love the joker tie-in at the end.

Great casting for Batman, too. He's really good. And Liam Neeson does his "qui gon jin" role pretty well.  Superb!
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Snapple on October 22, 2005, 02:03:55 PM
Doom 4/5

I'd easily say that its the best video game movie out there. Though its not saying much, Mortal Kombat did kick ass and Doom beats Mortal Kombat so it means its good enough to go on my DVD shelf.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on October 22, 2005, 02:07:32 PM
Quote from: LeekClock
Batman Begins 4/5
Superb!


Indeed, I just watched it again last night on DVD. I looked all over for the two disc delux edition, which was $5 more, but with those Best Buy bucks from McDonald's I paid about the same price as the standard version. But I am curious as to what the point was taken off for in your review? I didn't see any negative feedback.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on October 22, 2005, 02:09:49 PM
I save a 5/5 for best movie of all time type movies. Maybe a 4.5 would have been fairer though.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on October 22, 2005, 02:14:42 PM
Quote from: LeekClock
I save a 5/5 for best movie of all time type movies. Maybe a 4.5 would have been fairer though.


Ah, I understand. That's usually why I use a 10/10 scale. The higher the number, the more specific the review. Batman Begins would, like yours, have received a 9.5/10 on mine. I loved most of it, but there could have been a more memorable score, like the first two movies. Music adds a lot to the feeling of a film, especially in relation to super heroes.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on October 22, 2005, 02:16:37 PM
Now you mention it, the music didn't really blow me away! There's your half point sir. Take it and get outta here!
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on October 22, 2005, 02:18:54 PM
Quote from: LeekClock
Now you mention it, the music didn't really blow me away! There's your half point sir. Take it and get outta here!


Thank you, good day. I will see you in an hour for our afternoon tea.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: ChocolateCoffin on October 22, 2005, 02:41:39 PM
Fight Club 4/5
Very Good, great acting all around and a good story. Although some of it is confusing.

Corpse Bride 2.5/5

Absolutely great animation, almost looks CG how smooth it is, but the story lets it down, I didn't really feel it.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: ChocolateCoffin on October 22, 2005, 02:47:09 PM
SPOLIER ALERT


Like, when meatloaf meets him and says he cant talk about fight club, even though tyler is the guy who says the rule, and tyler is him.

talk about confusing.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: camoclock is a great man on October 22, 2005, 03:04:49 PM
another movie


Team America:World Police

i lol'd

11 out of 10 :)   :)   :)  :)  :)  :)  :)  :)  :)  :)  :)
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: chocolatechipclock on October 22, 2005, 04:47:19 PM
Quote from: evilberryclock
SPOLIER ALERT


Like, when meatloaf meets him and says he cant talk about fight club, even though tyler is the guy who says the rule, and tyler is him.

talk about confusing.


Fight Club is awesome.  Watch it again, because it shouldn't be very confusing.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: StrangeClock on October 22, 2005, 05:20:30 PM
Quote from: evilberryclock
SPOLIER ALERT


Like, when meatloaf meets him and says he cant talk about fight club, even though tyler is the guy who says the rule, and tyler is him.

talk about confusing.


I might not be entirely right here since it's a while since I've seen the movie, but I think at that point in the movie, multiple Fight Clubs have started forming, and other guys besides Tyler have started leading these clubs under him. So, Bob (Meatloaf) has never actually seen Tyler at Fight Club (he thinks Tyler's almost a mythical figure).
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: ChocolateCoffin on October 22, 2005, 06:25:22 PM
Quote from: StrangeClock
I might not be entirely right here since it's a while since I've seen the movie, but I think at that point in the movie, multiple Fight Clubs have started forming, and other guys besides Tyler have started leading these clubs under him. So, Bob (Meatloaf) has never actually seen Tyler at Fight Club (he thinks Tyler's almost a mythical figure).


But Bob says that he goes on Tuesdays and Thursdays (I think) so it's the same club.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: ChocolateCoffin on October 22, 2005, 07:27:31 PM
American History X4/5
Very Good movie. Nice cast and an interesting plot.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on October 22, 2005, 07:46:41 PM
Quote from: Losperman
Thank you, good day. I will see you in an hour for our afternoon tea.



I just remembered what the other half point is for:


"I gotta get me one of those!". Shudder.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Munglai on October 22, 2005, 08:13:08 PM
Quote from: chocolatechipclock
Oldboy: 10/10!

This is one of the best revenge stories ever told.  Oh yeah, and it's a foreign film.  It is about a man named Dae-su Oh who is kidnapped and held for fifteen years.  He is never told why he was kidnapped while he was in captivity.  When he was released, he took it upon himself to get revenge on whoever did this to him.  In the process of finding out his who and where his kidnapper was, he finds out more about himself, and why he was kidnapped.  The ending is shocking and sickening, and this film showcasing some of the finest acting ever.  You MUST see this fim.  It is very, very good.  If you don't think a movie in subtitles can be good, you're terribly mistaken.


Whooo! It's like the comeback of film noir only in Korean and colour and with more fight scenes. Well shot films are the best thing ever.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: chocolatechipclock on October 26, 2005, 01:18:11 AM
Downfall: 10/10

Best war movie ever?
Yes.
This movie is about the "downfall" of the Third Reich.  The plot follows a woman who becomes secretery for Hitler.  However, there are tons of sub-plots throughout the movie.  Most of the movie takes place in just a few days in Hitler's underground bunker in Berlin, while the Russians are attacking the city.  Throughout the movie, many characters reveal how they have been disloyal to Hitler, and he falls into deeper and deeper depression.  Just a warning: this movie has more suicides than any other movie I've seen.  From what I hear, it is very historically accurate.  Also, the actor who plays Hitler does it extremely well.  He is very dramatic and really knows how to portray the dictator.

Anyway, this is definently better than great war movies such as Full Metal Jacket, Saving Private Ryan, and Dr. Strangelove.  You should really watch it.  And oh yeah, the whole movie is in German, but you can use English subtitles.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on October 26, 2005, 05:13:59 PM
Howl's Moving Castle 3.5/5

I had 3 hours free between lectures today so I slunked off to the cinema and this film was showing. Certainly could have found worse ways to spend my time! It was great.

 It's a stunningly beautiful japanese animation set in a world of sorcerers and witches and genial scarecrows.

As I said, the story is beautifully told, with a cunning mixture of 3d and 2d work (all made to look 2d... an ever-more-frequent technique used these days).

Being japanese, the characters are pretty wacky (a talking fire... an emo sorcerer... vegemite footsoldiers), and the plot is pretty tedious. It's rather original and charming though, well worth watching if you like a good animation.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on October 26, 2005, 05:15:58 PM
Quote from: chocolatechipclock
Downfall: 10/10

Best war movie ever?



Certainly one of them! Great film
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: chocolatechipclock on October 28, 2005, 12:37:05 AM
Blue Velvet: 9.5/10

To sum it up: a classic David Lynch thriller.  Unlike Lost Highway and Mulholland Drive, this movie isn't extremely confusing.  "Velvet" is about curious highschool student Jeffry (Kyle MacLachlan), who finds a human ear lying in the grass.  He reports it to his neighbor detective.  Jeffry is told that is not allowed to know the story behind the ear at the moment, but one day when the story is under wraps, he will tell Jeff.  However, he later met with the detective's daughter Sandy (Laura Dern), who helps him find connections to the case.  While most of the acting is sub-par, Dennis Hopper is incredible as the main villan.  His acting really makes the movie a thriller.  The story is great, too.  It's not my favorite Lynch film, but it's still excellent.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Dr. Watson on October 28, 2005, 01:38:58 AM
Quote from: Snapple
Doom 4/5

I'd easily say that its the best video game movie out there. Though its not saying much, Mortal Kombat did kick ass and Doom beats Mortal Kombat so it means its good enough to go on my DVD shelf.


Better than advent children and RE: apocalypse?
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Solenoidclock on October 28, 2005, 02:14:07 AM
Sin city - five

De-lovely - zero

Hitchhiker's guide - three

The wall - five

Kim possible- A Sitch in time "in chinese"  - two

The leprachaun 4 - two

the demented cartoon movie - one
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Masquatto on October 29, 2005, 01:33:20 AM
Well, today my friends and I rented a movie, and then saw its sequel on openning night.

Saw - 10/10
Really exciting to watch. Had a great ending, and the overall story was very well though-out.

Saw 2 - 10/10
Equally as exciting and awesome.

Watch them both.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Slurpee on October 29, 2005, 02:53:07 AM
(spoilers okay)

Saw 2 - 4/5 All of Lion's Gate Films' movies I've seen (that would be this and Cry Wolf) end with the bad guy revealing he or she's been making puns the entire movie. Cry Wolf must have subconciously put that idea in my head, (that and Jigsaw's stupid "in front of your eyes" wording,) because we spent the whole movie looking for those rediculous puns. "Your son is in a safe place," indeed. The shock ending was suprising, but not entirely fulfilling, as it felt a little too M. Night Shyamalan in nature. The psychotic motherfucker that cut the back of his head was technically playing the game better than anyone else was, even though it didn't seem like it. He had the survival shit down.

Weather Man - 5/5 We made perhaps the luckiest theater hopping choice ever and ended up watching this movie about people throwing things on Nicholous Cage. Rarely do I find "This man's life sucks. Watch it continue to suck." plots to be particularly engaging, but this story had me hook line and sinker. I even got to liking the little fat girl after a while. Michael Cain has the magic ability to make you feel uncomfortable just by talking. This movie is almost worth it just for that.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Masquatto on October 29, 2005, 12:54:22 PM
I've never seen Cry Wolf... :0
I thought the whole ending moments tied it together nicely, from the recorded video feed to the father getting captured.
Perhaps working with others is considered a survival skill.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on October 30, 2005, 10:09:22 PM
The Legend of Zorro

4.5/10 - I wasn't the biggest fan of the first movie, but this one was actually worse. The plot and dramatic events were, for the most part, fine. It was the action and comedy that ruined this movie. Choreographed action and fighting scenes are ok with me. Ridiculously over-the-top action and fighting scenes that strain to be as creative and animated as possible are not. I know that most movies are not realistic, and I know that Zorro is a fictional character, but come on. The comedy, likewise, seems forced in many areas, and I got the feeling this was done to acheive a more family-friendly film. The central theme of family might have given it away too, but they hammered at that point all too well. They could just as well made this into a cartoon.

In all, it was alright. I laughed a couple of times. Catherine Zeta-Jones was hot a couple of times. And I even thought that was pretty cool a couple of times. But the cheesy action, predictable comedy, and that annoying son took too much away from it for me to like it.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: BoulderClock on October 30, 2005, 10:22:57 PM
Big Fish  10/10

This movie is so great. It touches you in places you never knew you had. You know what? Im not even gonnna tell you what its a bout because i want you all to see this movie for yourselves.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on October 30, 2005, 10:26:03 PM
Quote from: BoulderClock
Big Fish  10/10

This movie is so great. It touches you in places you never knew you had. You know what? Im not even gonnna tell you what its a bout because i want you all to see this movie for yourselves.



My turn

Big Fish 2/5

Ewan McGreggor bores me.

The 2 is for the Buscemi action.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: chocolatechipclock on October 31, 2005, 12:20:25 AM
Quote from: LeekClock
My turn

Big Fish 2/5

Ewan McGreggor bores me.

The 2 is for the Buscemi action.


Big Fish was great, and deserves a 10/10.  I don't know what you're talking about.

Anyway,

Minority Report: 9/10
Taxi Driver: 7/10

If I feel like late it I'll ellaborate on why.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: SilverCherryClock on October 31, 2005, 08:39:05 AM
Quote from: LeekClock
My turn

Big Fish 2/5

Ewan McGreggor bores me.

The 2 is for the Buscemi action.


I liked it  :(
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: StrangeClock on October 31, 2005, 11:26:59 AM
Sin City
I missed it in theaters, and it was finally available at the video rental. Aw, mang. I can't remember ever seeing a movie that so strongly defies typical Hollywood compromising with what producers deem the audience demands. Fantastic.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Munglai on October 31, 2005, 02:50:32 PM
Quote from: LeekClock
My turn

Big Fish 2/5

Ewan McGreggor bores me.

The 2 is for the Buscemi action.


But it's not about Ewan McGreggor :x:
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: StrangeClock on November 01, 2005, 04:58:45 PM
Batman Begins
I was waiting for this and Sin City to hit the video store, and here it finally was. Very good, like Leek and Losper said. A great and refreshing realistic take on the Batman concept. Tim Burton's versions have their charm, but Batman Begins definitely sets us up for a new generation of excellent Batman movies, I think. The film also managed to tell a LOT in a short span of time, though the quick montages during the first quarter/third of the movie got me feeling a little hasty occasionally. And though I respect the realism, I would've liked to see Scarecrow in full costume... but I guess he's still out there, so it's possible.

Pretty much all the cast was great, but Michael Caine was very likeable especially.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on November 02, 2005, 08:56:01 PM
Broken Flowers - 3/5
 
Put it this way, if it wasn't Bill Murray, I would have scored it 1/5
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: SilverCherryClock on November 02, 2005, 09:00:22 PM
Lord of War
4/5

Nicholas Cage makes a comeback. Not what I expected, but I wasn't disappointed.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: ChocolateCoffin on November 02, 2005, 09:10:35 PM
The Hole 2/5

Bland, but Keira Knightly tit-shot...
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: DurianClock on November 02, 2005, 09:21:54 PM
Saw II: 4.5/5
They sure do know how to make sequels.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: chocolatechipclock on November 05, 2005, 06:23:51 PM
Saw 2: 9.5/10

What an excellent sequel!  The movie was very tense, bloody, an horrifying.   It really lived up to the first one, however, this movie reminded me more of Cube than Saw 1, in that there were more conflicts among the characters than with the killer.  The deaths were very creative and horrific.  However, you shouldn't watch this movie if you're squemish.

Anyway, the ending is very shocking.  It had me stunned with my mouth open for a long time.  Also, the editing in the end made it look like an Aronofsky (Requiem for a Dream, Pi) film.  The music score really complemented the whole movie.

Overall, it was great.  Go see it now.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: chocolatechipclock on November 06, 2005, 04:29:04 AM
True Romance: 9.5/10

This movie was very good.  The love story really touched me in a way most movies just don't.  Also, it was written by Tarantino, so there was much of his signature dailouge.  The only thing keeping it short of classic status is that it wasn't written and directed by Tarantino.  However, it was very good.  Don't watch it expected to see Pulp Fiction or Reservoir Dogs, but it is definently worth seeing.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: WackyClock on November 06, 2005, 04:57:04 AM
Quote from: KefkaClock


Forrest Gump: 5/5


That's probably my favorite movie. Tom Hanks was brilliant!  :D  :fifen:
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: chocolatechipclock on November 08, 2005, 03:57:52 AM
The Straight Story: 8/10

Heartwarming -  not your typical Lynch.  It may not seem feasible that David Lynch would create a rated G movie, but he did.  The shock value was gone, however, the camera style was still pretty "Lynchy".
This was a pretty good tale, however the ending is a bit unsatisfying.  Some parts are a bit slow and boring, but it's pretty decent.  Rent The Straight Story if you have to watch a movie with children.  It is good for all ages.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: KefkaClock on November 11, 2005, 05:01:58 AM
Office Space

I recently Picked this one up from Hollywood Video, since it seems popular. I have to say that this movie was funny, and good to watch. It had a plot to it as well, work sucks rebell against it. It just was funny to watch, and had a grwat ending..

A  :fifen:  out of  :fifen:
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on November 11, 2005, 05:45:06 AM
The Brothers Grimm - 1.5/5
 
Pig swill.
 
Set in French-Occupied Germany, and all the characters speak with either a regional English accent or a poorly imitated French accent. Full of stereotypes and cheap jokes, the most of which are stolen from somewhere else.
 
The plot is a garbled mixture of old ideas and stories, forced together in an uninventive manner, relying on the Grimm name to justify it's miserable lack of coherance.
 
It's a kids film, shut up, leek?
 
Yeah maybe, but it still stinks. It's every shitty fantasy-movie cliche rolled into one steaming ball of unoriginality and tedium.
 
I could tell it was going to be crappy, and usually I wouldn't have gone to see it. I recommend you avoid it like the plague.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: chocolatechipclock on November 14, 2005, 12:39:44 AM
The 25th Hour: 10/10

Maybe this is a bit biased because Edward Norton is one of my favorite actors, but this movie was very good.  It's about a drug dealer who gets caught and the moments that lead up to him going to prison for 7 years.  Norton basicly re-examines his life with his best friends, and it shows the emotional hardship of what it's like to know you're going to go to hell for 7 years.

The "bathroom scene monolouge" was the greatest monolouge I can remember seeing in a movie.  You should really see this movie.  Norton shines, and the story is good, too.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: StrangeClock on November 14, 2005, 05:38:53 AM
The Machinist - 3.5/5

Quite a weird movie, fantastic performance by Christian Bale here, and yet all the time I was mostly amazed by what he'd done to himself, the incredible weight loss. For the most part the movie was pretty good, I was just stuck with the idea that it didn't offer much new material. I've seen too many movies with the main character becoming acquainted with a bizarre person who turns out to only exist in their head. If not for that feeling I'd give it a 4/4.5. Great ending too, though.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: chocolatechipclock on November 15, 2005, 01:27:44 AM
Quote from: StrangeClock
The Machinist - 3.5/5

Quite a weird movie, fantastic performance by Christian Bale here, and yet all the time I was mostly amazed by what he'd done to himself, the incredible weight loss. For the most part the movie was pretty good, I was just stuck with the idea that it didn't offer much new material. I've seen too many movies with the main character becoming acquainted with a bizarre person who turns out to only exist in their head. If not for that feeling I'd give it a 4/4.5. Great ending too, though.


Yea, it's a decent movie, but the ending is too predictable.  I'd give it a 7.5/10 or so.

Anyway,

Dogville: 9.5/10

Over 3 hours, but not once did I feel anxious for the movie to end.  It really went by fast.  It's about a woman (Nicole Kidman) who suddenly shows up at the small town of Dogville, and is taken in by Tom Edison (Paul Bettany, and this Edison has nothing to do with the inventor).  The most noticable thing about the film is the setting.  Every house is invisible, so you can see what people are doing inside them all at once.  It is a highly original style, which is hard to understand at first if you're not told about it in advance.
Anyway, I highly recommend this.  It really displays Nicole Kidman's talent, and the creativity of the director Lars Von Trier.  When the movie is over, it will leave you thinking.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on November 16, 2005, 05:44:13 PM
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang 4/5 (+ brownie points for somewhat-animated intro)
 
Great, fun movie. Clever script (bordering on smartass/self-indulgent) with great comic acting. The plot gets a little tedious, but there's always something interesting/exciting/funny going on, so the plot ends up not being so important.
 
Some memorable and hilarious moments.
 
-1 point because the narration gets a bit overdone, and because the plot is a bit messy. Might have benefitted from some more music too, to season this meaty dish.

It gets brownie points for bringing back the good old ANIMATED TITLE SEQUENCE at the beginning. That was pretty snazzy.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on November 18, 2005, 04:59:50 PM
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou - 2/5
 
...Nah.
 
It gets two points for managing to be quirky and dull simultaneously.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: chocolatechipclock on November 18, 2005, 11:13:05 PM
Dawn of the Dead (2004): 3/10

Boring, not scary, just plain senseless violence.  Perhaps I give it such a low rating because I was drifting in and out of sleep while watching it, but I doubt I'd like it anyway.

Insomnia: 7/10

Not bad... not much to say about this movie, but it's worth a watch if you can't think of any other movie to rent.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on November 19, 2005, 09:02:02 PM
Sin City - 4/5
 
Finally got around to seeing it. The only characters I particularly liked were Hartigan, and Marv - Hartigan being the only character who i felt any sort of empathy for. The others read their lines a bit stiffly for the most part. Marv's character had great energy and delivery though. The girls were a bit weak in their delivery, even the hardass oldtown girls.
 
The visuals blew me away. I loved every aspect of the cinematography.
 
The plot could have been a bit tighter. Pretty solid film though, i enjoyed it.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: chocolatechipclock on November 20, 2005, 05:02:18 PM
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: 8/10

Pretty good.  It was about as good as the 3rd one.  I would've rated 10/10, but there's still no sex scenes with Hermione.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on November 20, 2005, 05:11:02 PM
Harry Potter GoF - 3.5/5
 
I agree with chocolate chip, but if you want a needlessly long and dorky review, here she is:
 
Best film of the four so far. They get better and better (although, like with the books, i predict the next one will be lacklustre).

Mike Newell's direction was a force much appreciated by those of us who like to see FILMS when we go to see a film, and not visualised books. Steve Kloves excelled this time around, with the script. The scripts are becoming more and more structured, which I like. We're getting to the stage now, where he's interlocking each scene with another, and making every minute of screentime count - as opposed to before when i felt the films were ambling along vapidly, struggling to keep up with the book and trying, all the while, to keep all the snotty little fans happy. This time around, they've made a film that's pretty solid in its own right.

The acting has improved in the youngsters, probably thanks to Mike Newell's "start from scratch" approach to their acting. He set up acting workshops for them, which was a good move. Although Radcliffe's performance is still pretty wooden and monotone, the other two leads have perfected their characters rather well I think. It's a shame that Harry's character is the one so poorly conveyed, when he is the centre of the entire saga. Oh well, at least there was so much going on this time, that the focus wasn't always completely on him.

On the whole, I was quite impressed with the film, and I think it's the most solid, emotional, dark and exciting of all four so far. The visuals were great - the graveyard was very powerful. Newell shows great craft with the way he sets up the shots, and composes the scene.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: GreyClock on November 21, 2005, 02:13:59 PM
Quote from: CorpseGrinderClock
Hi


Why would you need your own thread.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: chocolatechipclock on November 21, 2005, 10:59:06 PM
Quote from: CorpseGrinderClock

 Jason Issacs, the actor who plays Lucious Malfoy, would have been far better suited to play Voldemort.


They should've had Christopher Walkin, Joe Pesci,or Dennis Hopper... imagine that!
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Hate Clock on November 22, 2005, 04:49:24 AM
I personally love Ralph Fiennes, and thought he did an excellent job.  However, they absolutely raped the books in this one, so it was hard for me to enjoy it.  They cut out more than several highly important parts of the book, and added that retarded tongue flick foreshadowing, basically beating the audience over the head with it.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: ChocolateCoffin on November 22, 2005, 12:14:41 PM
Quote from: TurtleSoup
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: 10/10
We can't stop here this is bat country.


As your attorny I advise you to.....
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: StrangeClock on November 22, 2005, 02:48:00 PM
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

I wouldn't want to compare it to the Gene Wilder version. It's just fun to see the story visualized with a complete new take. Tim Burton's pretty good at making a "fair" kids movie, in that he doesn't give kid characters the breaks most other moviemakers feel they need to so as to not upset anyone. Though, I don't think that was something missing from the old version. I feel that Johnny Depp's funny awkward performance might've been more entertaining to the older audience than the kids, too. Well, there's much I could say about it but I'd just be holding it against the old version or the book. A fun, sweet, dare I say cheeky movie. Tee hee.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: StrangeClock on November 23, 2005, 08:53:03 AM
War of the Worlds

Wow, a lot better than I expected. I wish I'd gone to see it in the theatre, I'm a sucker for end-of-the-world type disaster movies. I appreciated that Tom Cruise's character wasn't too likeable for most of the movie, and SPOILER I thought it was pretty ballsy to put in the scene where he, assumably, kills crazy Tim Robbins, off screen as it may be.

There were several moments that made me cringe a little, like SPOILER the son going "I have to see, I have to see" while stuff was blowing up just over the hill (dude, you don't even have a gun! What's your master plan?), him just happening to appear at the end of the movie (yeah, saw it coming, but they could've made at least some effort to make it plausible), the little girl's character being changed every two seconds (after everything she suddenly finds the energy to scream just because a tripod gets shot at the end of the movie), and of course, all the times when Tom Cruise conveniently doesn't get blasted when everybody around him does. The ending was a little weak and unspectacular too.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on November 23, 2005, 07:43:56 PM
Quote from: StrangeClock
War of the Worlds



I agree, Strange. It started out awesomely, and then fell flat on its face.

The trailer was really good, too. But the narration is taken pretty much straight from the book, iirc.
 
Spoylerrrr!!!11
 
I felt totally SCREWED OVER to find out that that stupid kid was still alive. Like.. oh my god, you're willing to sacrifice the film's integrity and edge, just to get a happy ending? Screw you, hollywood. The ending was totally weak - not just about the kid.
 
The opening scenes and the invasion scenes were great on the big screen though, with full surround sound and such. Shame it fell apart.
 
 
Factotum - 2/5
 
You're watching it, waiting for something to happen in the plot that will justify its length... But it never comes.
 
If this were a short film, say 30 minutes, it would have been really great. 4/5 maybe
 
Something I found odd about the film was that the editor, director, and most of the film crew were norwegians, and the film was made in association with various norwegian film organisations... but it's set in america and stars matt dillon (who was pretty good in it).
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: chocolatechipclock on November 23, 2005, 09:56:55 PM
I didn't really like War of the Worlds... I thought the visuals were extremely unconvincing and cheesy.  It looked like Half-Life 2, but not as fun.  Also, the ending was just terrible.  Not as bad as the Matrix Revolutions, per say, but still bad.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on November 24, 2005, 05:41:21 AM
Quote from: chocolatechipclock
It looked like Half-Life 2

 
Ajaja, i had just been playing HL2 at the time before I saw it..
 
OMGwtfstriders? Run Freeman!
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: StrangeClock on November 24, 2005, 02:43:04 PM
It's technically not a movie, but I watched it in one sitting, so:

Star Wars: Clone Wars

Were the animators related to Yoink? Most of the characters had a serious giraffe complex. I felt like I was watching a far less detailed Aeon Flux. I don't really like this curvy/pointy style of art & animation either, nor the strong cliché anime influences (such as excessive posturing, hyperactive movements, and some genuine DBZ moments like Mace Windu AJAJAJAJA punching droids and Anakin looking like a damn saiyan while sacrificing his robot hand to destroy the reactor that was turning the wolf people into lard beavers). The exaggerated, flashy action left me a little numb. I'm definitely not part of its target audience.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: chocolatechipclock on November 26, 2005, 07:02:29 AM
The Corporation: 10/10

This is the best documentry I have ever seen (even better than Bowling for Columbine and Fahrenheit 9/11).  Before seeing this I never really thought how imperialistic and tyrannical most corporations are, but now I realize how much control they really have over the world.  The documentry is in three parts.  The first part explains how a corporation is considered to be a person by the government, and that every characteristic of a corporation is that of a psycho.   Other parts talk about how they target children in advertizing, exploit 3rd world countries, and biological damage.  However, it also shows how many people have taken a stand - and won against corporations, to show it is possible.  Talking about the movie doesn't really do justice to it, so do yourself a favor and go watch this movie by however means you can possibly find it.  It's a very informative, tragic, and powerful film.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: PearClock on December 02, 2005, 05:08:33 PM
Zebraman

Awesome parody on superhero movies , haha ^^ Its about this loser teacher , his wife is cheating on him , his daughter is heading for prostitution and his students dont respect him at all . He watched a superhero show called Zebraman when he was a kid and hes a big fan of that even though the show got cancelled due to too few people watching it . So one day when hes cosplaying as Zebraman he discovers he has Zebraman powers ^^
Alot of wild adventures follow , and in the end the new Zebraman faces the alien of aliens in an attempt to save the world .
Great movie , with corny powerranger-like special effects ^^
Best part has to be when cute little Kazuki * Zebramans son* goes " come on , fly , dammit"  mwaha ^^

Zebraman and Zebranurse ( ZEBURANAAAAAAASU)

(http://www.dvdalliance.net/DVD-images/DVD-festivals/deauvilleasie/miike/zebraman.jpg)
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Munglai on December 02, 2005, 06:57:17 PM
Quote from: StrangeClock
It's technically not a movie, but I watched it in one sitting, so:

Star Wars: Clone Wars

Were the animators related to Yoink? Most of the characters had a serious giraffe complex. I felt like I was watching a far less detailed Aeon Flux. I don't really like this curvy/pointy style of art & animation either, nor the strong cliché anime influences (such as excessive posturing, hyperactive movements, and some genuine DBZ moments like Mace Windu AJAJAJAJA punching droids and Anakin looking like a damn saiyan while sacrificing his robot hand to destroy the reactor that was turning the wolf people into lard beavers). The exaggerated, flashy action left me a little numb. I'm definitely not part of its target audience.


I really like big pointy exaggerated postures and poses and stuff, but the action was a bit more Dragonballish than normal Star Wars action which is more lasery samuraiish. Samuel L. Jackson looked funny.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: m. marbles on December 03, 2005, 02:51:08 AM
Pulp Fiction 8/10
Which wallet is it? The one that says bad motherfucker.

Fear and Loathing 20/10
No comment required, none at all.

Battle Royale 7/10
Killing, Chinks, Killing Chinks

Requiem For a Dream 9/10
Cripplingly sad :(

Suck me off
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: chocolatechipclock on December 03, 2005, 04:09:54 AM
Quote from: BluebeetClock
Pulp Fiction 8/10


That's an awefully low rating for the best movie ever.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on December 03, 2005, 10:36:58 AM
Quote from: BluebeetClock
Fear and Loathing 20/10
No comment required, none at all.

Overrated; i'd give it a 7.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: ChickenClock on December 04, 2005, 11:32:09 AM
Der Untergang  10/10

I've seen this one a long time ago but wanted to share my opinion about it. Though I was expecting some more action, it's stil an amazing movie. It greatly visualizes the madness and insanity of the nazis those last few days of the third reich.
The actors are almost authentic to the characters they played. Also I advise to you that you'd watch the original German version, and not the dubbed English version.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Munglai on December 04, 2005, 11:51:09 AM
Quote from: BluebeetClock

Battle Royale 7/10
Killing, Chinks, Killing Chinks


They're japs you stupid fucking coon.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: MapClock on December 04, 2005, 02:08:23 PM
Unbreakable
0/5
This was the most boring movie I have ever wasted my time watching. It had several minutes of any interest, but other than that it was all slow paced and boring.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: SilverCherryClock on December 04, 2005, 03:20:11 PM
Quote from: Menglai
They're japs you stupid fucking coon.


I thought chink was a term for all Asians.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Munglai on December 04, 2005, 03:21:48 PM
Quote from: SilverCherryClock
I thought chink was a term for all Asians.


No a chink is a chinese person. Asian people are fish.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: GuillotineClock on December 04, 2005, 03:25:06 PM
Zathura 7/10 it was somewhat good. i wouldnt say great though
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Craisin on December 04, 2005, 07:25:55 PM
Harry Potter 4 : 10/10

This movie was the shit. I can't compare it to the books since I've never read them. However this movie makes me ALMSOT want to go read the next book instead of waiting for it to come to theatres.

Also; even though she is jailbait Hermione is FAP fodder. Believe that.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: SilverCherryClock on December 05, 2005, 06:01:04 PM
What's Eating Gilbert Grape
3.5/5

The movie was mildly depressing and hard to relate to at times (I'm sure others would disagree), but overall somewhat good. The acting was probably the highest point in the movie. Johnny Depp's performance as Gilbert was great, in particular. The plot is a bit weak, but just enough to keep me interested. Overall, not too bad of a film, I'd recommend seeing it.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: g0nz0 on December 21, 2005, 02:36:46 AM
GAY PENGUINS MARCHING
0/5
SUPER GAY AND BORRING, MORGAN FREEMAN SHOULD STOP NARRARATING FILMS
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on December 21, 2005, 09:15:37 AM
king kong - 3.5/5
 
Fantastic adventure movie, but i wasn't completely satisfied by it. Didn't quite hit the spot. Jack Black was actually very good for his role though, and there are some great visuals.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Arctic on December 22, 2005, 12:55:02 AM
Quote from: Asshole
Unbreakable
0/5
This was the most boring movie I have ever wasted my time watching. It had several minutes of any interest, but other than that it was all slow paced and boring.


Seriously, go kill yourself. I would enjoy that very much.

I just saw Chronicles of Narnia tonight and I'd say overall I really liked the film.  I had problems with the story and feeling as though they rushed it to fit it all in.  It seemed like a slow paced discovery of the wardrobe and the world and the next minute they're in battle.  I wish I could kick that little girl in the face.  Worst actor of the year award.

I would also love to bring up Ocean's Twelve because I feel it's highly underappreciated.  I didn't get to see it in the theatre's because I predicted it to be a flop and everyone who went and saw it told me it was crap.  I saw it on DVD and the cinematography made me jizz my pants.  So Wes Anderson-ish.  The story wasn't as bad as everyone made it out as.  I mean the fact they used Julia Roberts as herself was pretty gay, but I didn't think it was that bad of a film.

Now if anyone can tell me if they've found a way to see thumbsucker or not and if it was any good I'd love you.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: chocolatechipclock on December 22, 2005, 01:29:56 AM
Quote from: StrawpegarrotClock
Seriously, go kill yourself. I would enjoy that very much.

I would also love to bring up Ocean's Twelve because I feel it's highly underappreciated.


March of the Penguins was pretty decent.  However, if Morgan Freeman wasn't narrating it, it definently would have sucked.  I'd give it 7.5/10.

I never saw Ocean's 12, but Ocean's 11 was terrible.  I have no clue why anyone ever liked that film.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on December 22, 2005, 11:49:24 AM
Quote from: StrawpegarrotClock
I just saw Chronicles of Narnia tonight and I'd say overall I really liked the film.  I had problems with the story and feeling as though they rushed it to fit it all in.  It seemed like a slow paced discovery of the wardrobe and the world and the next minute they're in battle.  I wish I could kick that little girl in the face.  Worst actor of the year award.


For the most part, I have to agree. After the fairly slow beginning, I expected the movie to last longer. Another slight problem I had was the realism. Yes, I know it's a fantasy story for kids. But when I see hundreds of people getting stabbed, clubbed, and sliced and I don't see one drop of blood, something's wrong. Also, the women in this movie are nearly completely useless. The little girl gets a knife. When does she use it? The big girl gets a bow that "never misses". When does whe use it? Once. Pointless. Yes, this movie conveys the traditional Christian belief in forgiveness. It also conveys that men should lead the pack (like a... lion) and women are either whiney and useless, or evil, ice hearted tyrants.

But the queen and her little Oompa Loompa were awesome.

2/5

Edit:

(http://img430.imageshack.us/img430/5235/lionwitch310243qh.jpg)
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: ChocolateCoffin on December 25, 2005, 05:58:09 PM
Just Watched SAW (2003) and I give it 8/10
Good acting,story,soundtrack and everything really.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: PearClock on December 26, 2005, 01:49:29 PM
7 Samurai / shichinin no samurai

I had my very first Akira Furosawa experience last night . I saw Shichinin no samurai and I loved it ALOT. Even though its a LOOONG movie , it wasnt boring for a sec , and I loved every oen of the 207 minutes of it .
RECOMMENDED!*although everyone has prolly already seen it since its a famous classic n all..*
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Munglai on December 26, 2005, 04:52:32 PM
Narnia: 7/10
Would have been a lot more enjoyable if I hadn't watched it in a room full of people who kept talking to eachother and getting up and wandering around and trying to catch a cat and also the phone kept ringing. I lost track of what was going on because of all the interruptions.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: StrangeClock on December 27, 2005, 06:23:15 PM
Harry Potter 4:

Felt like loads of side material ended up on the cutting room floor (especially stuff featuring the other wizard cup contestants, or just any scene that would've not featured Harry), though the editing was done quite well in my opinion, as the movie had a pleasant flow and didn't feel overly long. Daniel Radcliffe still isn't much of an actor, Emma Watson's probably going to grow up to be a hottie if she tweezes her eyebrows just a little more, and Rupert Grint will no doubt become a great character actor, mainly comedic.

Enjoyable movie. I'm not a great Harry Potter buff though I've read the first five books, but fun was had. Those French girls were pretty hot (onh-honh-honh-honh).
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Hate Clock on December 27, 2005, 06:32:25 PM
Quote from: StrawpegarrotClock
Seriously, go kill yourself. I would enjoy that very much.

I just saw Chronicles of Narnia tonight and I'd say overall I really liked the film.  I had problems with the story and feeling as though they rushed it to fit it all in.  It seemed like a slow paced discovery of the wardrobe and the world and the next minute they're in battle.  I wish I could kick that little girl in the face.  Worst actor of the year award.

I would also love to bring up Ocean's Twelve because I feel it's highly underappreciated.  I didn't get to see it in the theatre's because I predicted it to be a flop and everyone who went and saw it told me it was crap.  I saw it on DVD and the cinematography made me jizz my pants.  So Wes Anderson-ish.  The story wasn't as bad as everyone made it out as.  I mean the fact they used Julia Roberts as herself was pretty gay, but I didn't think it was that bad of a film.

Now if anyone can tell me if they've found a way to see thumbsucker or not and if it was any good I'd love you.



Thumbsucker actually came out in theatres near me and some kid invited me to go but I never did and I regret it every day of my life.  Apparently it's supposed to be good.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: PearClock on December 28, 2005, 09:54:12 AM
FMA the movie : Shanbara wo Yuku Mono

Saw it yesterday . It was good , but not really topping my expectancies . I waited for this so long and was looking forward to a satisfying ending to a great story at last , but the ending was kind of .. Hmm well it was a real ending , but kind of unlogical . Ed couldve just gone back , asked the gypsy chick to destroy the gate and then go thru the gate again and have babies with Winry . IMHO.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: BitterClock on December 28, 2005, 11:12:43 AM
Just watched The Chronicles of Narnia . It was decent. As was stated previously with redundancy, yes, very stunted accelaration of the plot then supplemented by a rushed ending left me wanting more, but not willing to give it another go.

The animal CGI was quite neat though, and the Ice Queen was fucking awesome. That hair is everything I've ever wanted in a 7 foot tall dominatrix with magic powers.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on December 29, 2005, 12:39:57 PM
The Untouchables - 4.5/5
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Topcatyo on January 01, 2006, 04:50:41 PM
The Ringer:
3.9/5
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: chocolatechipclock on January 01, 2006, 07:01:10 PM
The Aviator - 9/10

DiCaprio's acting is perfect in this film.  He plays his character as well as Johnny Depp does his.  However, I didn't find the ending fulfilling enough, despite how long the movie was (over 3 hours).

The 40 Year Old Virgin - 7/10

Plotwise, this movie just sucks.  However, Steve Carrel is a great actor, so he made it pretty funny.  I probably would have given it an 8 if it weren't for the outrageously random ending.  It was so fucking stupid.  But other than it, it's pretty good stuff.

Aliens - 9.5/10

Great sequel to one of the greatest horror films of all time.  I think it's almost or just as good as the first.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Munglai on January 01, 2006, 08:51:11 PM
Quote from: StrangeClock
Harry Potter 4:

Felt like loads of side material ended up on the cutting room floor (especially stuff featuring the other wizard cup contestants, or just any scene that would've not featured Harry)


I remember in the book that she didn't describe what the other contestants did and Harry had to find out from Ron later on or something. I guess they could have improvised to make the film seem more balanced but I guess it would have got a bit long.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: BitterClock on January 01, 2006, 08:54:09 PM
40 year old virgin, enjoyed it very much, but the ending sucked.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: ChocolateCoffin on January 01, 2006, 08:54:12 PM
Quote from: StrangeClock
Harry Potter 4:

Felt like loads of side material ended up on the cutting room floor (especially stuff featuring the other wizard cup contestants, or just any scene that would've not featured Harry)


They said "We'll either make it in 2 movies, or cut out anything that isn't relative to the plot and release it as 1 movie"
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Hate Clock on January 02, 2006, 02:06:27 AM
10/10 Wet Hot American Summer

Funny.

2/10 Syriana

Not funny enough.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: chocolatechipclock on January 02, 2006, 02:46:56 AM
Batman Begins - 9.5/10

This is really a fantastic film.  Christopher Nolan is a great director, and it really shows with all the effects he pulls off.  This is definently one of the greatest comic book films ever (in fact, I'd say it's second only to Sin City).  The acting is great, especially from Cillian Murphey.  He is really damn evil.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Solenoidclock on January 02, 2006, 03:02:54 AM
Saw 2- Survival horror, above par.

Memoirs of a Geisha- Better than you would expect, me and my girlfriend watched it twice.

Aeon Flux - Weak high-budget action flick, linear plot, etc. Don't pay money to see this.

The Ringer - Great comedy, though nothing revolutionary, I've never seen Johnny Knoxville act like this before, you can tell he wanted some stuntwork, but all he got was a scene with a police attack dog.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: chocolatechipclock on January 02, 2006, 07:36:45 PM
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - 10/10 flawless

This movie is incredible.  Just go rent it now if you haven't seen it...  Jack Nicholson is better than ever, and the rest of the acting is exceptional, too.  It is really one of the greatest stories put onto screen.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Munglai on January 02, 2006, 08:57:37 PM
Quote from: chocolatechipclock
Batman Begins - 9.5/10

This is really a fantastic film.  Christopher Nolan is a great director, and it really shows with all the effects he pulls off.  This is definently one of the greatest comic book films ever (in fact, I'd say it's second only to Sin City).  The acting is great, especially from Cillian Murphey.  He is really damn evil.


Yeah really really great directing, it's not that often that you see proper photographic type shots in films but Batman Begins did it quite a lot. The one thing I found annoying though was the fight scenes, the camera angle changed every second or two, which made it really really hard to tell what the hell was going on. When he was fighting thugs and stuff this kinda worked because it conveyed the confusion of the thugs and the speed and bla bla bla of Batman, but when he was fighting the main bad guy (whose name I can't remember now) it would have been a lot better if the camera had been mostly stationary. It was probably to disguise the crappiness of their fighting I guess. The best bit for me was when Bruce wakes up after his first Batman outing and Alfred is stirring a pill into some water and all you hear is the clink of the spoon against the glass really really loud - that's such a great portrayal of waking up with a headache/hangover.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Hate Clock on January 02, 2006, 09:03:00 PM
Quote from: Menglai
but when he was fighting the main bad guy (whose name I can't remember now)


R'as Al'Ghul?
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Munglai on January 02, 2006, 09:09:53 PM
Quote from: Hate Clock
R'as Al'Ghul?


Yeah that one.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: chocolatechipclock on January 03, 2006, 02:44:15 AM
Quote from: Menglai
Yeah really really great directing, it's not that often that you see proper photographic type shots in films but Batman Begins did it quite a lot. The one thing I found annoying though was the fight scenes, the camera angle changed every second or two, which made it really really hard to tell what the hell was going on. When he was fighting thugs and stuff this kinda worked because it conveyed the confusion of the thugs and the speed and bla bla bla of Batman, but when he was fighting the main bad guy (whose name I can't remember now) it would have been a lot better if the camera had been mostly stationary. It was probably to disguise the crappiness of their fighting I guess. The best bit for me was when Bruce wakes up after his first Batman outing and Alfred is stirring a pill into some water and all you hear is the clink of the spoon against the glass really really loud - that's such a great portrayal of waking up with a headache/hangover.


Yeah, the fight scenes were really confusing.  The camera shots were too up-close, so it was impossible to tell what was really happening until the fights were over.  Other than that, it was great.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: StrangeClock on January 03, 2006, 02:45:22 PM
Caligula

Good lord  :tophat: *monocle falls out*

Also Peter O'Toole is fucking scary.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Hate Clock on January 03, 2006, 04:54:57 PM
Quote from: StrangeClock
Caligula

Good lord  :tophat: *monocle falls out*

Also Peter O'Toole is fucking scary.


Doesn't Caligula have sex with a horse in that movie?
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Munglai on January 03, 2006, 05:39:01 PM
Mean Girls - Surprisingly entertaining. Lindsay Lohan is still a bastard though.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on March 21, 2006, 07:58:28 PM
little shop of horrors - 22/5
Childhood favourite of mine. Still very entertaining. Steve Martin, Bill Murray, John Candy, Rick Moranis, and Jim Belushi are great in it. As are the lesser known characters.
 
Capote - 4.5/5
Quality film: acting, writing, pacing, directing - all great.
 
RoboCop 4/5
Paul Verhoeven is one of my favourite filmmakers. Entertaining film with some interesting themes. Lots of clever little nuances.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on March 22, 2006, 03:05:51 PM
Charlie & The Chocolate Factory (TIM BURTON) - 2.5/5
 
TOO SIMILAR TO THE OLD MOVIE, and yet lacking all the things that made the old one good.
 
Although Johnny Depp does experiment with the role of Wonka and create an interesting character, he doesn't have the same intensity or comic genius of Gene Wilder.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Munglai on March 22, 2006, 03:11:10 PM
Quote from: LeekClock
Charlie & The Chocolate Factory (TIM BURTON) - 2.5/5
 
TOO SIMILAR TO THE OLD MOVIE, and yet lacking all the things that made the old one good.
 
Although Johnny Depp does experiment with the role of Wonka and create an interesting character, he doesn't have the same intensity or comic genius of Gene Wilder.


Who cares it looked amazing.
a billion/10
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on March 22, 2006, 03:13:42 PM
Quote from: Menglai
Who cares it looked amazing.
a billion/10

No doubt it looked great, but that's not enough. Do a new tale instead of recycling old ones.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Munglai on March 22, 2006, 03:21:11 PM
Quote from: LeekClock
No doubt it looked great, but that's not enough. Do a new tale instead of recycling old ones.


I could just watch a load of stuff happening in a row as long as it looked good. To be honest if I want a really good story then I'll read a book.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: ChocolateCoffin on March 22, 2006, 04:22:20 PM
Howl's Moving Castle - 8.5/10

Great animation by the maker of sprited away. It's an adaptation from a book of the same name, but my sister (who's read the book) says it's fairly different. The story is great and has alot of great characters, brough to life greatly by Christian Bale and Billy Chrystal. The animation is fine, and in most parts top-notch.

(http://therem.net/images/covers-jones/howlsmovingcastle.jpg) > (http://apike.ca/images/anime/hmc/howls_moving_castle_postcard1.jpg)

The movie lacks blue guitars but it suffices.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on March 23, 2006, 10:38:10 AM
V for Vendetta - 10/10

I was expecting this movie to be good, but my expectations were still beat. This is one of those movies that I feel the need to go see in the theater again. As a comic book movie it's awesome, but even as a "regular" film it's amazing. Probably the most clever comic book movie I have ever seen, though. Sin City was visually amazing, but lacked a lot of depth as far as characters and storyline went (although, I think it had to be for the type of film it was). V is filled with characters that are unique and multi-sided, and Natalie Portman and Hugo Weaving are perfect as the leads. Weaving's voice and subtle physical acting are superb, and the character V is incredibly strong. The story is also fantabulous. It manages to mix action, drama, romance, mystery and political issues together very smoothly. The political aspect is especially compelling, with tons of mirrors to today's society, both obvious and subtle.

Ok, I think I've jizzed over this movie enough. But I am curious to see what anyone from Britain thinks about it, mainly because it takes place in a futuristic Britain, yet uses parallels to both the U.S. and Britain. And the last scene in particular may stir different feelings for someone who was born and raised in Britain rather than America.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on March 23, 2006, 10:42:05 AM
Quote from: Losperman
V for Vendetta - 10/10
 
 
Ok, I think I've jizzed over this movie enough. But I am curious to see what anyone from Britain thinks about it, mainly because it takes place in a futuristic Britain, yet uses parallels to both the U.S. and Britain. And the last scene in particular may stir different feelings for someone who was born and raised in Britain rather than America.

I've only heard bad things about it, so I'm intrigued by a perfect rating.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on March 23, 2006, 11:27:41 AM
Quote from: LeekClock
I've only heard bad things about it, so I'm intrigued by a perfect rating.


Really? I've only read two reviews and they were pretty good. I will have to do some investigating...
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: StrangeClock on March 23, 2006, 05:25:17 PM
Doom

Eh, so much potential and so little application. I admit I haven't played Doom 3 and so don't know to what length it's styled after that, but I found the monster designs fairly boring, and I hate hate HATE the whole explanation behind their appearance. Why do movies like this always necessitate a long and detailed explanation behind the origin of whatever's wrong? Let the demons just be demons, the teleporter have a side door to hell, and just go from there. Mutating humans just opens a huge can of clichés. At least the movie wasn't too predictable in that the girl didn't really get romantically involved with anyone (who came out alive, anyway), and that Sarge didn't end up being the good guy. I did chuckle at "I'm not supposed to die!" - though of course, he didn't. The gore wasn't too shabby. But ending the movie with a fistfight? Uuuuuuuuuuuugggggghhhhh niggard please. Plus the BFG never hit anything and that made it kind of redundant to be in the movie at all. If they'd had a bit enemy like the Cyberdemon in, they could've actually used it.

Admittedly the FPS scene was awesome, especially because it looked so great as a continuous shot. I would've gone to see it in a movie theater for that scene alone, to share it with other people. It did occasionally look like the monsters were holding back which I guess was necessary for technical reasons, but still a little obvious from time to time. Way too many zombified humans too. And you need an elaborate explanation for the monsters' presence, but there's a chainsaw just lying around on an alien teleportation device facility? Blah, at any rate hearing Karl Urban scream while fighting the Pinky was hilarious and it's cool beans for him that he got a leading role - I root for pretty much any LotR actor breaking into mainstream.

The whole FPS scene also made me think of an idea I've had before of a completey first person-perspective movie about a person with amnesia, about which I wonder if it would be possible to pull off / desirable to see in the first place.

edit: reading all that I guess I'm being a little harsh on an entertaining movie and a very good videogame movie. I just feel like it could've been a cult classic had they made it with today's technology, but more of the mentality of 15-20 years ago.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Munglai on March 24, 2006, 07:26:49 PM
Quote from: LeekClock
No doubt it looked great, but that's not enough. Do a new tale instead of recycling old ones.


ALSO LEEKY LEEK-LEEK, it's very hard to get a film made these days unless it's based on something. Producers and film studios and the like are scared of taking risks so if you can say that your film is based on something popular then they will be more likely to fund it and stuff.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on March 24, 2006, 07:46:26 PM
Then I will make a film company of my very own and fund only original films that make no money. :cool:
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Munglai on March 24, 2006, 08:32:44 PM
Quote from: LeekClock
Then I will make a film company of my very own and fund only original films that make no money. :cool:


Ho ho. I too would like to see more films with original stories. I found it a little depressing that practically all the films nominated for BAFTAs and Oscars were based on books or bla bla bla. Still, I think Tim Burton is good at chosing intesting thing to make films of.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Munglai on March 25, 2006, 06:51:41 AM
Quote from: Losperman
V for Vendetta - 10/10

I was expecting this movie to be good, but my expectations were still beat. This is one of those movies that I feel the need to go see in the theater again. As a comic book movie it's awesome, but even as a "regular" film it's amazing. Probably the most clever comic book movie I have ever seen, though. Sin City was visually amazing, but lacked a lot of depth as far as characters and storyline went (although, I think it had to be for the type of film it was). V is filled with characters that are unique and multi-sided, and Natalie Portman and Hugo Weaving are perfect as the leads. Weaving's voice and subtle physical acting are superb, and the character V is incredibly strong. The story is also fantabulous. It manages to mix action, drama, romance, mystery and political issues together very smoothly. The political aspect is especially compelling, with tons of mirrors to today's society, both obvious and subtle.

Ok, I think I've jizzed over this movie enough. But I am curious to see what anyone from Britain thinks about it, mainly because it takes place in a futuristic Britain, yet uses parallels to both the U.S. and Britain. And the last scene in particular may stir different feelings for someone who was born and raised in Britain rather than America.


I saw it last night at the rad new cinema that just opened. I thought it was incredibly successful at feeling like England; the only thing that let it down were the occasional poorly used england words like "I enjoy bla bla as much as the next bloke!" and "we don't want this getting any more bollocksed up than it already is!". I really liked that there were no american characters in the film and that one of the two big stars in it had his face covered the whole time. It was very very weirdly paced though; at points it was going at the speed of an action trailer and at other times it was long and drawn out and didn't seem to amount to anything (the bit in the cells). The funny thing was that it didn't really make the film bad at all, somehow they made it all blend together as if these pieces were just individual chapters or something. When I think back I remember all these pieces that I'd forgotten about because everything changed so much throughout it, the character of Evey for example of completely different at the end from at the beginning. CRACK.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: ChocolateCoffin on March 25, 2006, 09:06:54 PM
V For Vendetta 9.5/10

A superb watch with lots of powerful scenes, great story, a message, great action, philosophy etc. I saw it earlier tonight in the cinema, and I think the use of it's soundtrack was really effective, the song used duting the explosions created great atmosphere. //spoilers// I think the most effective scenes were the marching of the "V"s past the army men, it could be anywhere, and if you've ever been in a protest, it makes you think back, and makes you want to be in another. The "God is in the rain scene" where portman comes out from captivity was great also, the one shot with the CG rain falling was nice and it had a good atmospheric soundtrack in the back. Good cast, good acting from the (northern)Irish actor Stephen Rea. It's kind of funny/coincidental, because his role in Michael collins was him working for the british government, but aiding irish rebellers. And props to portman for getting her hair shaved on camera. (http://www.thrillermagazine.it/imgbank/NEWS/vendetta.jpg) I haven't read the comic to compare, but I plan to. Aparently the main writer didn't seem to like some of the film. Favourite bits : November 5th 1 year later. "It's ANARCHY IN THE UK !!! WOO" scene. And the Rupert grvaes scene with the benny hill song would have been good without the benny hill song... And when portman gets black bagged by V it's a nice efect. Anyways. Great movie, nice anti-thatcher propaganda, pro IRA propaganda and it makes you think. moo
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Jimmy McNulty on March 25, 2006, 11:34:40 PM
Quote from: EvilBerryClock
Howl's Moving Castle - 8.5/10

Great animation by the maker of sprited away. It's an adaptation from a book of the same name, but my sister (who's read the book) says it's fairly different. The story is great and has alot of great characters, brough to life greatly by Christian Bale and Billy Chrystal. The animation is fine, and in most parts top-notch.

(http://therem.net/images/covers-jones/howlsmovingcastle.jpg) > (http://apike.ca/images/anime/hmc/howls_moving_castle_postcard1.jpg)

The movie lacks blue guitars but it suffices.

I hated that movie. I think it pales in comparison to Miyazaki's other films.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: DurianClock on March 26, 2006, 12:21:03 AM
V for Vendetta gave me chills of awesomeness at the end.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Munglai on March 26, 2006, 04:58:28 AM
Quote from: EvilBerryClock
And props to portman for getting her hair shaved on camera


Yeah I liked all the little extra-effort-into-the-making-of-the-film bits. At some points I was getting all weirded out because it seemed so real. I hear that the comic fans are a bit upset with it because it was adapted quite a lot to make the film, but really I don't see the problem with adaptations as long as the film is still good. The only thing I get a bit annoyed with when they adapt films is if they miss out good bits but even then it's understandable. Some people are just whiney dicks.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Joey 56465468 on March 26, 2006, 10:10:38 AM
Cinderalla Man 9/10
Wonderful movie, a story line that is very touching and beautiful.  This movie also has one of the greatest montage's ever.  It's thrown in so nonchalantly, that you might not even notice it.  The only thing that did not make this movie perfect was the fact that was hard to tell who was hitting who when they were boximg.  Besiides that the fightinhg scenes were awesome.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on March 26, 2006, 08:49:14 PM
Walk The Line 4/5
 
Powerful, well made movie. Great sound quality. Really helps you understand Cash and his music. The story is tastefully told, and all the actors are great.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: ChocolateCoffin on March 27, 2006, 03:57:13 PM
Here is a torrent for the V for vendetta torrent. Only download if you own it already yada yada ;) http://static.thepiratebay.org/hashtorrent/3457760.torrent/V_for_Vendetta.3457760.TPB.torrent
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: ChickenClock on March 31, 2006, 01:36:16 PM
The Day After Tomorrow 7/10

Meeeehhhh... I was expecting a lot more from this. The whole part of the dude's father traveling to New York was kind of pointless, seeing that right after when it started to get less cold they immideatly got resqued by chinooks. Nevertheless it was a decent movie for a doomsday theory movie. Wouldn't have been watching it if my geography teacher didn't keep hammering on about it.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Munglai on April 01, 2006, 09:31:13 AM
Syriana - 1 or 2 or 3 or maybe 4/5

This was a very very strange film. Throughout most of it I had very little idea what was going on. I didn't know what any of the character's personal motives were or what exactly they were doing or why they were doing it. To me it was just a lot of really nicely shot film clips in a row. It's nice to see that someone's trying to make something intellectually challenging and non-linear but you need some kind of a consistant story throughout a film in order for it to even feel like one. Maybe I would have enjoyed it if it was about people instead of politics. I can't really simpathise with oil.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: chocolatechipclock on April 01, 2006, 03:40:41 PM
Adaptation - 10/10

Wow, this movie is incredible.  It's about real screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (Being John Malkovich, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), played by Nicolas Cage, and his fake twin brother, Donald Kaufman, who is also played by Nicolas Cage.  Charlie is trying to adapt a book called "The Orchid Thief" into a screenplay, however, he is getting severe writers block because he does not want to "hollywoodize" it.  This movie is very strange, but it reveals a whole lot about human nature and is very inspiring.  I highly recommend this.  It's one of the most original movies I've seen in a long time.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: SilverCherryClock on April 02, 2006, 01:53:55 AM
Quote from: Viking
Cinderalla Man 9/10
Wonderful movie, a story line that is very touching and beautiful.  This movie also has one of the greatest montage's ever.  It's thrown in so nonchalantly, that you might not even notice it.  The only thing that did not make this movie perfect was the fact that was hard to tell who was hitting who when they were boximg.  Besiides that the fightinhg scenes were awesome.


I thought the "deciding fight" at the very end was lacking. There wasn't a triumphant win or a crippling defeat. I was highly unsatisfied. The movie was pretty good, though.

Pulp Fiction-10/10

I admit it-I only just saw the movie last week. After finishing it, I had no trouble proclaiming that it was the best movie I've ever seen. Just the feel of the movie was enough for me to enjoy it without all of the entertaining dialogue and violence. The movie felt relatively normal, despite the drugs and murder, which was probably Quentin's intention. The movie felt like three real life situations, only intensified and accented by the extralegal. It was like normal life for criminals and gangsters that was suprisingly easy to relate to and I can't see why anyone would find it apalling of offensive. Plus all of the witty dialogue and plot twists which really made it my all time favorite.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: PirateClock on April 02, 2006, 11:47:21 AM
saw V for Vendetta in the cinema the other day and it is fucking awesome indeed. 9.5/10


also saw Final Destination 3 which was somewhat entertaining but i dind't like it as much as the first part.. and i didn't like that very much to begin with. (hey it was a sneak preview, i didn't know what movie was playing) 6/10
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Barquis on April 02, 2006, 03:35:29 PM
Pink Panther Strikes Again 9.5 / 10

This movie had me waddling off to the bathroom many times.
Also note that this movie is from 1976, so no overrated, crappily dramatic acting. Just Peter Sellers hopping off parallel bars and down 2 flights of stairs. And getting back up. And Karate-chopping a suit of armor.
The gay bar scene, though, was a bit disturbing.

Nitro Circus 3

This isn't really a movie, rather than Travis Pastrana and company filming outrageously stupid stunts. (Firework war, anyone?) Oh, and a guy smashes into a bulldozer in midair. No, really.

Wrongfully Accused 3.5 / 5
Fun movie, one of Leslie Nielsen's lesser known ones, I think, but the nonstop gags in the background, like a trash can that said "for hiding" along with others, went a little too over-the-top. It was fun enough for another few watches, though.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on April 03, 2006, 10:11:16 AM
Ice Age:  The Meltdown - 8/10

Not much to say about this movie. The usual high quality animation and voice work, great humor for both adults and kids, blah blah blah. I think I'm just trying to forget all of the annoying kids in the theater when I saw it. They made me want to have a kid just to take out my aggression on it. Assholes.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on April 06, 2006, 09:48:18 AM
Brokeback Mountain - 8.5/10

What hasn't been said about this movie yet? Great acting, writing, directing... thought provoking subject matter... all around great movie. Of course it was a little dry in places, but I guess that's to be expected with any drama. And I think they could have made the ending (and events directly leading up to) more profound. For what was such a big deal, they sure just kind of dropped it in your lap. So I think that gave the last 20 minutes a kind of loose feeling. Other than that, it deserves all of the praise it has already been getting.

On a side note, you know how when you see certain movies you feel the need to be more like the stars? You see Top Gun you want to be a fighter pilot. You see James Bond you want to be a spy. You see Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles you want to be a mutant reptile who kicks ass. Etc. Well after I saw Brokeback Mountain, I wanted to be a gay cowboy. Yes, that's right. Because if you become a gay cowboy you get to sleep with women like this:

(http://img134.imageshack.us/img134/9523/annehathaway095bq.jpg)
(http://img91.imageshack.us/img91/9706/michellewilliams8gm.jpg)
(http://img98.imageshack.us/img98/4294/samantha9lz.jpg)
(http://img83.imageshack.us/img83/7623/778d67dc2b1zf.jpg)

Not such a bad deal, me thinks...
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: chocolatechipclock on April 08, 2006, 01:20:26 AM
Run Lola Run - 9.5/10

This film is very, very original.  Definently stands out from other movies.  It's about a chick who must resolve her boyfriend's situation in 20 minutes, otherwise he is going to die.  However, it does not end how she intended, and the story is done again.  The same situation happens 3 times.  Think of it as a videogame, where if you die, you can just restart.  Basicly what the movie is trying to point out is that the world is very unpredictable, and time can be the deciding factor in everything.  Anyway, the editing in this film is awesome.  There are a lot of really cool shots.  Overall a very cool movie.  Don't miss it.

P.S. If you liked Trainspotting's soundtrack, you will LOVE this soundtrack.  It is very trippy, fast, and cool.  One of the best soundtracks I've ever heard.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: StrangeClock on April 08, 2006, 06:02:20 AM
Quote from: Losperman
Because if you become a gay cowboy you get to sleep with women like this:


And as the movie showed, you get special booty priviliges.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: chocolatechipclock on April 14, 2006, 01:35:14 AM
Being John Malkovich - 10/10

Charlie Kaufman is a goddamn genius.  After seeing Adaptation and this, I wonder how I ever didn't like Eternal Sunshien of the Spotless Mind.  I'm going to go watch that movie again and see if I like it this time.  Anyway, Being John Malkovich is very original.  There are a lot of very funny parts, yet others were harrowing.  Go watch this movie now.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Arctic on April 14, 2006, 03:43:54 AM
It's been a very long time since I posted in this here thread so I'll keep it as short as possible.

Leon the Professional - 7/10
Wasn't what I was hoping at all.  Had an extremely strange 12 year old girl / 40 year old man relationship.  The endless use of the "dirty cop" stereotype.

Saved! - 6/10
God dammit, why couldn't this movie have been much better and completely mock religion in general?  It did to extent mock it, but always gave a backup moral.  I thought it'd be good having the chick from Donnie Darko and The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys (Jena Malone), but I was ... well wrong.  It was obviously aimed towards younger teenagers and stood firmly on the idea of getting their moral views across.  MacCauley Caulkin was kinda good in it.

UltraViolet - 2/10
I was like "wow this movie looks unique and fucking cool."  Well if you take an old used book, re-release it with a new cover it's still the same old story.  It's basically a movie that holds onto a particular objective that a good movie could finish telling about in 5 minutes, and stretches it into a long, boring (yes action-packed... but fuck action in this case) two hour film.  Very dissappointed.

Thumbsucker - 8/10
I finally saw it.  Another one that wasn't as good as I hoped (go figure).  It still told an entertaining story.

V for Vendetta - 6/10
Seems as though I'm the only one not impressed.  Parts like everyone in town having a mask and him having a replica of a holding cell in his secret place that were just too hard to believe really irritated me.  Too little action for a movie that seemed like it should have plenty.  I loved the character though.

Equilibrium - 8/10
This is 1984 put into a very entertaining movie.  Although the main actor sucked my balls and was just absolutely annoying at points.  The ending was fairly predictable and it followed almost an exact general story as 1984 (besides the ending).  But, I did enjoy it very much.  Not as good as the first Matrix, however. (as it's compared to)

KungFu Hustle - 9/10
Man this movie rocked my fucking house.  My only gripe is the very rare change of enviroment.

Still searching for those movies that can bump their way on my tops list.

Upcoming movies I am going to watch:
Lucky Number Slevin, Hostage, Cinderella Man, Italian Job (haven't seen this yet ok?), Seven Samurai, Silent Hill and Heat.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: ChocolateCoffin on April 14, 2006, 06:19:37 PM
scary movie 4 3/10

Don't bother. the best bits are in the adverts you can see for free.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on April 14, 2006, 11:35:00 PM
Quote from: EvilBerryClock
scary movie 4 3/10

Don't bother. the best bits are in the adverts you can see for free.


How would you say it stacks up against the other 3?

Mission Impossible 2 - 7/10

A good movie for what it is, which is an action movie. But after the first one, I was expecting a little more depth and complexity rather than flashy fight scenes. Again, for an action movie it's to be expected, but I was a little disappointed. And the whole romance thing kind of turned me off. I was hoping for a more hardened hero. Maybe in 3...
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Slurpee on April 15, 2006, 12:07:15 AM
Lucky Number Sleven - (8/10)
This movie's been getting a lot of Tarentino comparisons, but it feels more like Guy Ritchie to me. I liked the hell out of it. It's not very realistic, but it's enjoyable. Critics seem to be blasting this one. They're a bunch of fucking whiners.

Johnny Pneumonic - (6/10)
The people who call it a Matrix inspiration must be retarded or something. This is terrible cyberpunk from beginning to end. The acting is wooden, the plot completely eats it with needless wandering and bland twists, the dialogue is cornball, and the symbolism forcibly grinds it's way by. I still liked it.

Ultraviolet - (clown shoe/fish)
A friend pointed out that if she kept her gravity power on when she was escaping through the rooftop upsidedown she could have just kept going and flew away.

16 Blocks - (9/10)
I think critics just hate Bruce Willis or something. Maybe it was the fact that I just got finished watching a midget in a suit of armor capture a battalion of US troops with a water gun in Ultraviolet, but this was a nice solid movie, with some throwbacks to 90's action movies. Mos Def was adorable, and Bruce <3 Willis :)w:)as:) {{{}}}
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Munglai on April 15, 2006, 12:45:39 AM
Quote from: chocolatechipclock
Being John Malkovich - 10/10

Charlie Kaufman is a goddamn genius.  After seeing Adaptation and this, I wonder how I ever didn't like Eternal Sunshien of the Spotless Mind.  I'm going to go watch that movie again and see if I like it this time.  Anyway, Being John Malkovich is very original.  There are a lot of very funny parts, yet others were harrowing.  Go watch this movie now.


Anyone who doesn't like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is either really boring or has something wrong with them. Or they could be one of those fags who hates indefinite endings.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: StrangeClock on April 15, 2006, 05:38:43 AM
Quote from: slurpee
Johnny Pneumonic - (6/10)
The people who call it a Matrix inspiration must be retarded or something. This is terrible cyberpunk from beginning to end. The acting is wooden, the plot completely eats it with needless wandering and bland twists, the dialogue is cornball, and the symbolism forcibly grinds it's way by. I still liked it.


I did a google search for this movie hoping to find a picture of that silly scene where he's fighting in cyberspace or something and came up with this (http://etiwanda.k12.ca.us/win/images/dolphin%20computer.png) on an elementary school webpage. It IS an appropriate image result for that movie yet I have no idea how it got included in the search.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Slurpee on April 15, 2006, 06:24:51 AM
Quote from: StrangeClock
I did a google search for this movie hoping to find a picture of that silly scene where he's fighting in cyberspace or something and came up with this (http://etiwanda.k12.ca.us/win/images/dolphin%20computer.png) on an elementary school webpage. It IS an appropriate image result for that movie yet I have no idea how it got included in the search.
The image was probably leeched in some tongue in cheek discussion about the movie. Google worked itself some internet magic.
Jones was the best actor in the movie.


Google also informed me of how badly I botched the name of the movie:
Mnemonic - Relating to, assisting, or intended to assist the memory.
Pneumonic - Of, affecting, or relating to the lungs; pulmonary.
:capper:
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: ChocolateCoffin on April 15, 2006, 08:15:07 AM
Quote from: Losperman
How would you say it stacks up against the other 3?


I've only seen 1 & 2 and they were both better.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Arctic on April 15, 2006, 03:25:49 PM
Hostage - 7/10
In this Die Hard movie, Bruce Willis takes the role of Carl Winslow if his family had been kidnapped.  The 7 year old boy plays the role of John McClane, in his action packed vent crawling.  An idea done to death, but it was mildly entertaining to watch.

Howl's Moving Castle - 8/10
I have to say, I started out really loving this movie.  Such imagination, art and enviroment/feel.  The movie was heading into an awesome direction, and halfway... BOOM! it hit a wall.  The story hit it's limits once they met the "High Priestess" and the fatass got her powers taken away.  The war wasn't even cool... and the monster he became wasn't imaginative at all.

Steamboy - 8/10
It would have gotten a perfect score, had it been as imaginative as Howl's Moving Castle.  I loved the voice actors in this english version and the graphics are not even explainable.  A great movie, besides the fact that it wasn't even about a war, but a demonstration of a war....
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: DigitalLemonClock on April 15, 2006, 09:13:30 PM
Pi 10/10

fucking genius
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: PirateClock on April 16, 2006, 06:25:16 AM
ladder 49  8/10

great story. kinda sad at some point. but i also has some great humor when you see the pranks the fireman pull on each other.  also loads of great action.  it's like backdraft only way better.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on April 16, 2006, 06:55:23 AM
Ghostbusters 10/10
 
This movie has everything. It was one of my favourite movies as a kid - I must have seen it a hundred times. Although rediscovering it as an ADULT, makes it even better, because now I understand some of the jokes and conversations I didn't understand when I was a stupid kid.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: PirateClock on April 16, 2006, 07:02:19 AM
Quote from: LeekClock
Ghostbusters 10/10
 
This movie has everything. It was one of my favourite movies as a kid - I must have seen it a hundred times. Although rediscovering it as an ADULT, makes it even better, because now I understand some of the jokes and conversations I didn't understand when I was a stupid kid.

it has bill murray and dan akroyd what more do you want.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on April 16, 2006, 07:04:10 AM
Yeah exactly. Apparently Dan Akroyd and Harold Ramis actually wrote it, too. I didn't know that until now.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: AdrenalineClock on April 16, 2006, 07:00:12 PM
V for Vendetta: Awesome.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Jimmy McNulty on April 18, 2006, 10:51:19 AM
Donnie darko: 10/10
This movie is amazing. It's well acted and directed. It's unnerving, funny, and thought provoking all at the same time. It blew me away.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on April 18, 2006, 10:58:31 AM
Chicken Little - 7/10

This is a really good movie, especially for Disney's computer animation team (with no help from Pixar). But there is one problem that pretty much accounts for all the points I took off: length. 74 minutes? What the fuck? I've had orgasms last longer than that. I understand that it's a kids movie, but even when compared to other animated movies (Finding Nemo, the Incredibles, Aladdin, etc) it's still on the short side.

Stay - 6/10

I think if I saw this movie again my score would probably go up by a point or two. But as it stands, I still have no clue what the fuck was going on. I couldn't figure out who was seeing what and in what world. I kept thinking "wow, this movie is really clever," but then I couldn't figure out what it was being clever about. Acting and directing were great, though.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: ChocolateCoffin on April 18, 2006, 02:11:40 PM
Hey Arnold The Movie 9/10

Great animation voices story etc.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: chocolatechipclock on April 18, 2006, 06:45:26 PM
Quote from: Losperman


Stay - 6/10

I think if I saw this movie again my score would probably go up by a point or two. But as it stands, I still have no clue what the fuck was going on. I couldn't figure out who was seeing what and in what world. I kept thinking "wow, this movie is really clever," but then I couldn't figure out what it was being clever about. Acting and directing were great, though.


SPOILER ALERT

In the end you're supposed to figure out (although I admit it is very confusing, and it took a while to understand) that the main character was just having a dream the whole time because he had just been in a car crash and was knocked out.  However, he was more like half-asleep, because the people that were saving his life were appearing in his dream.  I thought the movie was really cool.  I'd give it a 9/10.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on April 19, 2006, 12:21:36 AM
Quote from: chocolatechipclock
SPOILER ALERT

In the end you're supposed to figure out (although I admit it is very confusing, and it took a while to understand) that the main character was just having a dream the whole time because he had just been in a car crash and was knocked out.  However, he was more like half-asleep, because the people that were saving his life were appearing in his dream.  I thought the movie was really cool.  I'd give it a 9/10.


WTF? Then why does the movie center around Ewan McGregor? How do we see all of his actions if it is the kids dream? Argh, so confused. I have to watch it again, dammit. It's like a David Lynch movie all over again.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: ChocolateCoffin on April 20, 2006, 08:26:50 PM
The dark 0.2/10

GAH! This was just a horrendous trainwreck of a film. Terrible acting and not scary at all. Waste of my time and it'll be a waste of yours.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on April 21, 2006, 08:38:17 AM
Jack - 9/10

Robin Williams was perfect for this role, and really made the movie. A lot of great humor that will remind most people of their own childhood, and the balance of touching moments was good. And, perhaps most importantly, Diane Lane is hot in this movie. Really hot.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Slurpee on April 22, 2006, 01:14:13 AM
(spoilers?)
Silent Hill - 3/5
Eh. I was expecting either to be sorely disappointed or to have my mind blown out my ass (where I store it.)
Ended up being somewhere in between. The acting was terrible, and there were a lot of unneccesary changes made, especially in terms of the town itself. There was also way too much exposition. It was obviously there to benefit the mentally deficient audience that couldn't put two and two together, but the long assed "here let me explain every thing that happens in the entire movie" part was a terrible break from the subtlety of the games.
 Though, the climax was worth the wait. Haven't seen anything like that since Hellraiser. I would have preferred to have Pyramid Head come in and start fucking things up, though.

Thank You For Smoking - 4.75/5
Awesome, and hilarious. Aaron Eckhart is a fucking rock star.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Mask on April 22, 2006, 07:12:57 AM
Primer 4/10

Creepy, complex, horrendously unexplained and unnerving film. Two backyard scientists  build a time machine in there garage and play around with the possibilites.  Things go wrong after an encounter with a double (I think, I was so fucking confused :3) and everything unravels. Shot in a claustraphobic fly on the wall frame involving two characters (who never change clothes and look like unshaven mormons). Very short but very creepy. Beat "Garden State" and "Napolean Dynamite" for the Sundance Jury Prize for best independant film. You need a good understanding of physics for this one, something I am lacking.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Barquis on April 22, 2006, 12:00:40 PM
Quote from: EvilBerryClock
Hey Arnold The Movie 9/10

Great animation voices story etc.


I miss that old show.  :(
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on April 22, 2006, 01:37:20 PM
spoilerz
 
 
Quote from: slurpee
(spoilers?)
Silent Hill - 3/5
Eh. I was expecting either to be sorely disappointed or to have my mind blown out my ass (where I store it.)
Ended up being somewhere in between. The acting was terrible, and there were a lot of unneccesary changes made, especially in terms of the town itself. There was also way too much exposition. It was obviously there to benefit the mentally deficient audience that couldn't put two and two together, but the long assed "here let me explain every thing that happens in the entire movie" part was a terrible break from the subtlety of the games.
Though, the climax was worth the wait. Haven't seen anything like that since Hellraiser. I would have preferred to have Pyramid Head come in and start fucking things up, though.

I agree with most of that, but I saw the film without having played any of the games and without having even seen the trailer, so I didn't have any preconcieved notions of what it might be like.
 
I found some aspects to be great, and some to be laughably poor. What I found great were the visuals, the use of sound and editing, and the gore/effects. The directing was pretty hot in general, except for the way the characters were directed.
 
What I found terrible was the writing and the pacing (as you mentioned). I think the acting being bad is always closely linked to the writing being bad. The director seemed pretty good to me, but the writing was quite poor ("Fuck you you stupid cop...!", etc), with lots of clichéd concepts and polarised 2d characters. And that's on top of the fact that the story is just implausible, and that you're forcefed it in a very uncharming and unconvincing manner.
 
I felt no empathy at all for the main character or her kid. Couldn't give a toss if she died or not. She's ostencibly just some complete idiot/nutjob. And the guy's role in the film makes no difference on the impact of the story other than as a hysterical guide through the town's past.. I found that too obvious and tiring.
 
It's a poor film overall but there are some great parts in it. The gore was quite creative and disturbingly executed (to use a bad pun). All the scenes with this "pyramid head" guy - incredible. The part where he skins that girl alive is magnificent, and the scene where he cuts the metal door open is very powerful. I liked the gaggle of demented nurses too, that was creepy, how they moved.
 
2.5/5
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Joey 56465468 on April 22, 2006, 09:20:38 PM
Chicken Little 8/10

I was actually shocked on how good this movie is.  The animation is stunning, eye candy for all.  The V.O. is very good, alot of good actors and whatnot gave thier voices (of course I am a sucker for Zach Braff)  There are quite a few funny parts.  My only beef with the movie is that it is very cleche.  Many predictible characters but hey, its a disney movie.  The music is also good.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on April 23, 2006, 02:14:52 AM
Spoilers and biased review ahead

Silent Hill - 9/10

The reason I labelled this as biased is because I was watching the movie from the standpoint of a fan of the series. So of course my view of the movie is going to be skewed because I have more knowledge of the universe and can appreciate a lot of what the director was going for. That said, if I were to view this movie from an actual critical standpoint, I would probably agree with you guys (Leek and slurpee) on many points and have scored it lower. But I didn't. So there.

Having played all of the games, I can tell you the writing, directing, score, etc. are very faithful to the series. This movie could easily be adapted into a game and fit right into the series without anyone casting a glance. I was extremely pleased with the way Pyramid Head was portrayed, but I do agree with slurpee on the church scene near the end. I was so waiting for him to pop up through the floor and start skinning some zealots.

And the director also added tons of small tributes to the games throughout the movie. The radio static, pipes, flashlights, the first enemy encounter... all brought back specific memories of the games. The story wasn't exactly in any of the games, but the overall theme fit into the SH universe. The visuals, sound, characters, etc. were all perfectly cast into this world.

So for a standalone movie, it had its flaws, but for an adaptation it was incredible. Definitely more faithful to the source material than any other movie I've ever seen.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Munglai on April 23, 2006, 03:15:51 PM
The Incredibles 10/10

The best CG animated movie ever in my opinion. Whereas the rest of them rely mostly on the fact that they're 3D to impress people, The Incredibles actually has a really good art style and focusees on that instead of on just trying to make everything look real. Also it's shot really really well so you don't just get cool looking characters and stuff you get some really great art shots. Also Samuel L Jackson is great.

P.S. Awesome soundtrack too.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: BobbyClock on April 25, 2006, 05:39:42 PM
FFVII: Advent Children - 8/10
Now I admit, I'm a total FFVII lover, and couldn't skip the chance to see this straight away, so as soon as I noticed on TV that it was released, I was out down town looking for it. It was definately worth getting, it's a fantastic movie, but if you haven't played FFVII, I doubt it'll make much sense to you, and the story itself isn't really that great I feel, and some of the battles are a little too over the top for my tastes, as is the focus on individual characters.

Animation and graphics are downright amazing, although at times the animation can feel a bit over the top, noticably when one of the battles has a character going at a super-fast speed, which isn't doesn't look all that good. There's a lot of focus on each characters appearance, which is great, they all look fantastic, and the scenery is spectacular, no complaints here.

The overall sound presentation is great, apart from the gunfire using the same tired old gunshot sounds I've heard in numerous games and flash movies. I like all of the voice actors (english), each character sounds just about right, although I feel rude should have a slightly deeper voice, and Vincents is a little off. Of course, lip-syncing isn't that great, but it'll do. Music is great all the way through.

Humour in the movie is pretty rare, but what's there I found hilarious. The Turks are probably 90% of the humour in the movie, and without them, I wouldn't rate this movie anything above a 6.5. They seriously underused the actual party from the FFVII game, which is a shame because they could've created some pretty funny scenes, especially mixed in with the turks., not to mention they only fully fought together once, which is a major drag. Cloud was way overused.

Battles in the movie are presented pretty well, but they are mostly over the top. As I said, Cloud is overused and overpowered, and the party is badly underused, but rightly powered. The best battle in the movie was the one involving the entire party, drawn together with the Turks own fight scene (hooray!). The other numerous fights were, as said, more over the top to the point I couldn't enjoy them as much, I'm not thirteen anymore.

As for the story? Well, I understand it, but it's not the easiest to make sense of, nor really the best. The overall plot of the movie is pretty simple, but there's a lot of other clutter sprinkled ontop of it, and it isn't wrapped up very well. Like I said, if you haven't played FFVII, I doubt you'll understand even half of this movie.

Overall, it's a fucking excellent movie, but too over the top for my tastes, easily made up for by the fact The Turks have a lot of screen time.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: AvocadoClock on April 25, 2006, 06:44:47 PM
American Dreamz 3/5

Okay movie. Good up until the weird ending.
Funny moments. Terrorists. Stupid president. USA. Wahoo.

Date Movie 1/5

What were they thinking when they made this?
I don't even want to know
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: SilverCherryClock on April 25, 2006, 09:03:43 PM
Quote from: StrawpegarrotClock
Equilibrium - 8/10
This is 1984 put into a very entertaining movie.  Although the main actor sucked my balls and was just absolutely annoying at points.  The ending was fairly predictable and it followed almost an exact general story as 1984 (besides the ending).  But, I did enjoy it very much.  Not as good as the first Matrix, however. (as it's compared to)


I agree, except I'd say the one aspect of Equillibrium that's better than the Matrix would be the spectacular fight scenes. The ending one was a bit powerplayed, but the fight in front of that patrol car was perfect.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: AdrenalineClock on April 25, 2006, 09:29:45 PM
She's the Man - Shit/10

Note: I didn't pay to see this.  Horrible movie.  Amanda Bynes is kind of hot, but has no acting talent and should be allowed to have leading roles.  She's not funny (never was), and can't legitimately pretend to be a guy at all.  This is one of the most unbelievable movies I've ever seen.  There's no way anyone would believe she was a guy.  It gets even more ridiculous at the end when the person she's impersonating arrives and no one notices the massive change in height, face, voice, and personality.  Not funny, not good in any way.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on April 27, 2006, 08:40:04 AM
Aeon Flux - 8/10

Pretty good plot with a couple of ample twists. Almost too predictable, but it was enough. Action was good, although some of the quick cuts were a little too obvious in hiding the fact that there were stunt doubles. Special effects were good, for the most part. As with most futuristic films, there were a few instances where you had to ask yourself "If they have *insert cool futuristic technology*, then why don't they have *insert technology that seems to have stuck around for ages*?" But I have to admit, the big draw for me was Aeon herself. Although I was a little disappointed to see her with more emotion than expected... Charlize Theron was hot, and I would like to personally thank the costume designer.
Title: The South Park Movie Bigger Longer and Uncut 10/10
Post by: PrussianHelmet on April 27, 2006, 04:29:39 PM
It might seem a little strange but that was the last movie i saw but it was one of the funniest movies ive seen if not the funniest especially the song where Cartman sang about Kyle's mom being a bitch hilarious   :)
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: DigitalLemonClock on April 27, 2006, 05:14:21 PM
Iron Giant 8/10
the Maltese Falcon 8/10
The Killing 7.5/10
Barry Lyndon 9/10
Se7en 10/10
Citizen Kane 9.2/10
Millions 8/10
All about Lily Chou Chou 9.5/10
King of New York 10/10
the Thief and the Cobbler (revised edition by orangecow.com) 10/10
Lord of War 7/10
Hooligans 6.5/10
The Maxx 9.5/10
Pi 10/10
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on April 27, 2006, 05:16:42 PM
Quote from: Digital-lemonClock
Iron Giant 8/10
the Maltese Falcon 8/10
The Killing 7.5/10
Barry Lyndon 9/10
Se7en 10/10
Citizen Kane 9.2/10
Millions 8/10
All about Lily Chou Chou 9.5/10
King of New York 10/10
the Thief and the Cobbler (revised edition by orangecow.com) 10/10
Lord of War 7/10
Hooligans 6.5/10
The Maxx 9.5/10
Pi 10/10

tell me why barry lyndon is good
 
i haven't seen it
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: ChocolateCoffin on April 27, 2006, 05:22:14 PM
Quote from: Digital-lemonClock

the Thief and the Cobbler (revised edition by orangecow.com) 10/10


That's out ? Can you please link me to where I can purchase it.
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Post by: DigitalLemonClock on April 27, 2006, 05:30:42 PM
Quote from: LeekClock
tell me why barry lyndon is good
 
i haven't seen it


Stanley. Kubrick.

It's a combination of a unique storytelling, accompanied by fantastic camerawork and a powerful score. It's how long stories should be adapted to screen.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: DigitalLemonClock on April 27, 2006, 05:32:47 PM
Quote from: EvilBerryClock
That's out ? Can you please link me to where I can purchase it.


I emailed him and he hooked me up with one of his earlier cuts

I'm really anxious to see the dvd version though

I think he said it would be ready in may or so
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on April 28, 2006, 08:38:43 AM
Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events - 7.5/10

For a kids movie, this was really good. I like the morbid storyline and was glad to see that they weren't afraid to present kids with things like murder. The acting was great as well, with even the kids pulling off fairly believable characters and Jim Carrey, as usual, providing some great comedic moments. The special effects could have used some work, as it was easy to tell they used a big hunk of money on making a CG baby that almost looked real (but still cartoony) and skimped on a few of the sets. But yeah, pretty good overall.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: StrangeClock on April 28, 2006, 04:20:22 PM
Constantine
Terrible dialogue, what seems like little effort to stay true to the comic (though I've only read sporadic issues of the Hellblazer comics and hated the first few dozen), sub-par performances all round with way too much melodramatically whispered dialogue and Keanu Reeves just looking like crap all over. Still it's one of those crappy, easy to watch movies like the Blade series or the Mummy movies. The only thing I did love about this movie was Tilda Swinton. Great performance and casting choice regardless of the material.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: ChocolateCoffin on April 28, 2006, 07:43:27 PM
Quote from: Digital-lemonClock
I emailed him and he hooked me up with one of his earlier cuts

I'm really anxious to see the dvd version though

I think he said it would be ready in may or so


you can hook me up ya? :)

agus

40 year old virgin 8.9/10

Very enjoyable and funny, great performances by Paul Rudd and Steve Carrel. A bit on the long side though.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Arctic on April 28, 2006, 09:07:16 PM
Quote from: EvilBerryClock
you can hook me up ya? :)

agus

40 year old virgin 8.9/10

Very enjoyable and funny, great performances by Paul Rudd and Steve Carrel. A bit on the long side though.



I liked that about 40 Year Old Virgin.  Felt like I got my money's worth and didn't get fucked like Chronicles of Narnia.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: DigitalLemonClock on April 29, 2006, 06:12:52 AM
Quote from: EvilBerryClock
you can hook me up ya? :)


email the dude himself  :confused:
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Munglai on April 29, 2006, 07:30:56 AM
Quote from: StrangeClock
Constantine
Terrible dialogue, what seems like little effort to stay true to the comic (though I've only read sporadic issues of the Hellblazer comics and hated the first few dozen), sub-par performances all round with way too much melodramatically whispered dialogue and Keanu Reeves just looking like crap all over. Still it's one of those crappy, easy to watch movies like the Blade series or the Mummy movies. The only thing I did love about this movie was Tilda Swinton. Great performance and casting choice regardless of the material.


I really liked how they showed Satan though. Makes a change from all the suave goateed guys with sleek white suits.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: StrangeClock on April 29, 2006, 10:28:14 AM
ya, the movie had some individual things I liked, like the portrayal of Satan. And the buffalos or whatever they were dropping dead when the guy with the spear passed by, even though it made little sense.

Narnia
hmmm hmmm alright. Tame, fairly predictable. I have yet to read the Lion, the Witch and Wardrobe, but I'm assuming it's not written in this rather obvious format (piece of shit brother nearly gets himself killed as redemption, but everyone saw that coming a mile away because of the magical potion the girl got). The whole crucifixion analogy felt kind of thrust in my face too. Plus the children were very, very ugly. At any rate, nice visuals and I like James Macavoy (the fawn).
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: AdrenalineClock on April 29, 2006, 12:18:53 PM
That centaur was a fucking badass.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on April 29, 2006, 11:40:39 PM
Quote from: StrangeClock
Narnia
hmmm hmmm alright. Tame, fairly predictable. I have yet to read the Lion, the Witch and Wardrobe, but I'm assuming it's not written in this rather obvious format (piece of shit brother nearly gets himself killed as redemption, but everyone saw that coming a mile away because of the magical potion the girl got). The whole crucifixion analogy felt kind of thrust in my face too. Plus the children were very, very ugly. At any rate, nice visuals and I like James Macavoy (the fawn).


I agree. And you notice how women are nearly useless in the movie? They both get weapons and between them, they only use it once. Although that scene (the bow shot) is my favorite part of the movie. Only because of the reaction of the person shot at.

Tristan and Isolde - 5/10

Average. Very average. Everything seemed so familiar. The characters, the themes, the dialogue, etc. There were some greats shots and scenery, but not enough to save the plot. And I was a bit confused as to why we were supposed to feel sorry for the conquering country rather than the native people (other than the king) who were having their land invaded. Most of the acting was good, but I can't stand James Franco. Horrible actor hired for his apparent good looks.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: chocolatechipclock on April 29, 2006, 11:58:21 PM
The Godfather - 10/10

Being the huge movie fan I am, it's amazing I haven't seen this before.  But I'm glad I did.  It was a great movie.

Shaolin Soccer - 9.5/10

This movie is goddamn hilarious.  It's basicly a parody of all sports movies, kind of what Shawn of the Dead was to zombie horror.  This movie is one of the funniest I've seen in a long time.  Great stuff, go rent it now.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: StrangeClock on April 30, 2006, 05:45:51 AM
Quote from: Losperman
I agree. And you notice how women are nearly useless in the movie? They both get weapons and between them, they only use it once. Although that scene (the bow shot) is my favorite part of the movie. Only because of the reaction of the person shot at.


Haha, yeah. Near the end of the movie I was like "now that I think of it, she hasn't shot a single arrow in bat- oh, there it is. And at about six feet distance. Bravo." The Ice Queen and her dwarf were cool though.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: AdrenalineClock on April 30, 2006, 01:17:39 PM
Well, how good of an archer do you expect her to be after a couple days?  Excusing that idiotic scene where the two girls hit the target like they were pros, of course.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on April 30, 2006, 10:17:19 PM
Quote from: Adrenaline
Well, how good of an archer do you expect her to be after a couple days?  Excusing that idiotic scene where the two girls hit the target like they were pros, of course.


Yet somehow Peter became a master swordsman, able to slice through groups of experienced fighters like they were nothing. I actually just watched the movie again an hour ago and I can't get over how they portray women in it.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Joey 56465468 on April 30, 2006, 10:22:05 PM
Quote from: Losperman
Yet somehow Peter became a master swordsman, able to slice through groups of experienced fighters like they were nothing. I actually just watched the movie again an hour ago and I can't get over how they portray women in it.

Personaly the only character I liked was the Centuar general.  The scene with him and the rhino was the only part I really liked.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Masquatto on May 01, 2006, 02:02:55 AM
Thank you for Smoking: 4.5/5. Very funny. For whatever reason, it seemed to be missing something, but all in all it's definitely worth seeing.

United 93: 2/5. If you've seen "The Flight That Faught Back," don't see this movie. I'd already seen that Discovery channel docu-drama that was more interesting, so it wasn't too enjoyable for me. I'm sure people who are easily touched by "inspired movies" will like it. It was just iffy for me.

Scary Movie 4: 3/5. Not as funny as 1 or 3, but still alright. Meh.

V for Vendetta: 5/5. Enjoyed it very much. Worth seeing. End.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: StrangeClock on May 01, 2006, 04:21:17 PM
One Night At McCool's
When I first saw this movie in stores, I thought it'd just be some lame romantic comedy crap from seeing the cover. Then my brother rented it and I grudgingly sat down to watch it. It's actually a really funny movie with some great characters. Paul Reiser is fantastic as a pervert lawyer and the ending scene is hilarious.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Barquis on May 01, 2006, 07:23:48 PM
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy 7.8/10


This movie was pretty funny, but it didn't entirely seem that it tried too hard. The apathetic Marvin made me laugh several times, as well as when the sperm whale smashed into the ground (the bowl of petunias must apparently be an inside joke that I don't get). And in several places throughout the movie, the ridiculous bureacracy of we Americans was demonstrated by the bumbling Vorgon alien type things.


P.S. Whoever was casted as the voice of the guide itself was well fit to that part.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Arctic on May 01, 2006, 10:30:46 PM
Walk the Line - 8/10
I liked it a lot, but it resembled any other musician's story put to film.  Nothing really creative was done with his life in this film. They introduced his future love early and made sure it was plastered in your head that there would be something going on between the two.

Revolver - 8/10
There are points when you can tell it's a Guy Ritchie movie and other times you're just wondering what the fuck.  I still don't understand half the shit, and why they used cartoon shaded 3d at that one particular scene.  I liked it, yet I really didn't.  Guess I'll have to watch it again.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: chocolatechipclock on May 02, 2006, 12:54:47 AM
Snatch - 7/10

Direction and editing were brilliant, but I felt that the writing wasn't too good.  It was cool visual candy, but the plot didn't really appeal to me.  Not a bad film, though.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: StrangeClock on May 03, 2006, 10:36:08 AM
The Butterfly Effect
Damn. I take back... nearly all the bad things I've said about Ashton Kutcher. Fantastic movie.

I thought it was kind of funny at first that the kid Tommy was such a badass, he looked like he walked right out of the Goonies. But he did command respect when he messed up that guy in the movie theater.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Roman Collar Clock on May 03, 2006, 10:54:56 PM
Quote from: StrangeClock

Narnia
hmmm hmmm alright. Tame, fairly predictable. I have yet to read the Lion, the Witch and Wardrobe, but I'm assuming it's not written in this rather obvious format (piece of shit brother nearly gets himself killed as redemption, but everyone saw that coming a mile away because of the magical potion the girl got). The whole crucifixion analogy felt kind of thrust in my face too. Plus the children were very, very ugly. At any rate, nice visuals and I like James Macavoy (the fawn).


Trust me, the book's way better.  Peter doesn't act like a simpering pussy like he does in the movie during the first fight scenes.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: chocolatechipclock on May 03, 2006, 11:34:26 PM
Dog Day Afternoon - 10/10

This is the best damn heist movie I've ever seen.  Pacino really steals the stage here.  It's hard to imagine that this was based on a true story with all the crazy twists throughout the movie.  At times, the movie is very thrilling, and others it's hilarious.  It's excellent stuff.  Go rent it.
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Post by: Sharp Clock on May 04, 2006, 12:17:27 AM
Get Rich Or Die Tryin - 6/10
My cop friend wanted to see this movie because of all the shootings caused by it in the greater washington area. And halfway through the movie you will feel like shooting someone too, and not completely because the movie sucks. The movie is actually quite entertaining though it realy glorifies the character of 50 cent. You almost can't help but idenitify with or atleast understand the posistions that 50 cent lives through. Also the movie shows a nice progression in the devolopment of the main character as he grows up.  If you are drinking a 40 of steel reserve and feel like being gangster it is worth a rent.

Butterfly Effect - 7/10
A enjoyable time travelling movie, that alters the realities of time travel. If you change your history and did not live your past 13 some years of life then you wouldn't remeber that you time traveled at all. (though i have never time traveled so i could be wrong)
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: StrangeClock on May 04, 2006, 05:16:09 AM
Quote from: Roman Collar Clock
Trust me, the book's way better.  Peter doesn't act like a simpering pussy like he does in the movie during the first fight scenes.


ah yes, I couldn't help but laugh when Aslan named Peter "Wolfsbane" just because the wolf JUMPED INTO HIS SWORD. Plus when he said "Peter... clean your sword" I mentally added "but do it off camera. Age ratings. You know how it is."
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Roman Collar Clock on May 04, 2006, 07:20:43 AM
Quote from: StrangeClock
ah yes, I couldn't help but laugh when Aslan named Peter "Wolfsbane" just because the wolf JUMPED INTO HIS SWORD. Plus when he said "Peter... clean your sword" I mentally added "but do it off camera. Age ratings. You know how it is."


lol

In the book, Peter actually goes up to the wolf and kills it without holding his sword all the way out like a moron.  The part where he breaks up the river when they're attacked is also made up.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on May 04, 2006, 10:07:25 AM
Last Holiday - 7/10

Although this is your traditional "feel good" movie with morals and values and all that good stuff, I actually found it to be pretty good. Queen Latifah and LL Cool J both did well, and, as always, Alicia Witt was incredibly and undeniably hot. She looks like she's lost a little weight from her already thin frame, though. Still hot. I think I'm going to change this review to a review of how hot Alicia Witt was in the movie. Her rich, red hair remained the focal point... eh, I guess I'll just finish up about the movie. Several cheesy moments and a way too predictable ending is where I took the points away. Other than that, it was a pretty good "feel good" movie. And Alicia Witt was hot. Hot.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Slurpee on May 04, 2006, 10:12:17 PM
Quote from: Losperman
Last Holiday - 7/10

way too predictable ending is where I took the points away.

That movie... as soon as I saw the preview, I turned to my friend and said "that can't have a happy ending."

She's dying, so she borrows a bunch of money and goes on vacation.
She's either going to die or be past her head in debt.

Tell me they didn't fuck this up somehow.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on May 05, 2006, 08:33:38 AM
Quote from: slurpee
That movie... as soon as I saw the preview, I turned to my friend and said "that can't have a happy ending."

She's dying, so she borrows a bunch of money and goes on vacation.
She's either going to die or be past her head in debt.

Tell me they didn't fuck this up somehow.


**Spoilers** Well, I wasn't sure if I should put a spoiler alert on a movie no one on this board will probably see, but I didn't want to take the chance. She doesn't borrow money, she cashes in her entire IRA and all of the US bonds her mother left her. And then when she's spending it all she wins like $100,000 gambling, only to later find out she's not dying. And she gets the man of her dreams. And her dream job. And meets her idols. So yeah, it's one of those super happy ending movies.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on May 06, 2006, 10:06:24 PM
Mission Impossible III - 9/10

A great action movie. Good acting throughout, with Philip Seymour Hoffman playing one of the best villains in recent memory. The action is nice and crispy, with only one or two WTF moments. The twist was a little predictable, but still provided enough guessing throughout. Overall, better than the second, and... I'm not sure where I'd place it with the first movie yet. I think the first movie was better, but I'd have to see this one again to be sure.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Slurpee on May 06, 2006, 10:08:06 PM
Quote from: Losperman
**Spoilers** Well, I wasn't sure if I should put a spoiler alert on a movie no one on this board will probably see, but I didn't want to take the chance. She doesn't borrow money, she cashes in her entire IRA and all of the US bonds her mother left her. And then when she's spending it all she wins like $100,000 gambling, only to later find out she's not dying. And she gets the man of her dreams. And her dream job. And meets her idols. So yeah, it's one of those super happy ending movies.

Jesus Christ that's a feel good movie.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Mask on May 07, 2006, 08:54:13 AM
Swingers 8/10

I had been meaning to see this for awhile and finally picked it up at the video store on saturday. the casing read "Tarantino meets Seinfeld" and thats an incredibly good analogy of the film, a series of somewhat connected events involving dialogue about inane subjects. But just like seinfeld and tarantino films it really pulls it off. Vince Vaughn's character starts off really annoying but really grows on you over time. The intro was pretty badly put together and there were some really noticible technical goofs (boom mikes, important props dissapearing) but the rest of the film makes up for those.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: StrangeClock on May 10, 2006, 07:32:23 AM
Irreversible
Borrowed it from a guy in my film course, and I'm not sure what to think. On one hand its story is fairly uninteresting, and at times the director has made the movie deliberately hard if not impossible to watch (during the first screening, the movie's first half hour contained a background audio noise that evokes nausea and vertigo in some people), which seems to me like focusing on audience reaction beyond any other point of your movie. On the other hand its style is wildly inspiring, with single takes that go on for minutes and bizarre twisting camerawork. The idea of a story unfolding backwards by playing scenes in a reverse order is not new, but as it appears to be limited to six or seven scenes in this movie, it still works.

My first impression of it was kind of like a cinematic cousin of dada - shaking up and irritating the medium by deliberately going against what is expected. It fascinated me in technique, but beyond that I don't think it's a good movie. It does hold points as the first movie I've ever seriously considered turning off at some point because it got too strong for me, though I kept watching - the 'fire extinguisher' scene. I doubt the DVD involved the nauseating background noise that was played at its first screening, but just the culmination of the drunken camerawork, the throbbing, warbling background music, the rancid gay sex going on all round, and then the violence just going on and on. Woo.


Land of the Dead
DENNIS HOPPER SAID THE Z-WORD. :( Has its charm from time to time, some fun feeds (chewing off a bellybutton piercing, lolol), but waaay too much emphasis on the story of the humans and all their characters versus not enough zombie focus, plus I don't care at all for intelligent zombies. Their mindlessness is what adds to their freakiness, just like their slowness. ness. Distracting them with fireworks? And that works everytime? Pfft. No sir. On the plus side, Asia Argento is unspeakably hot. All women should come with a tattoo like hers.


A Sound of Thunder
Not that it came as a surprise, but what a poor, boring, technically inferior in every way, illogical, formulaic piece of dreck. The fact that it's about time travel doesn't help, but I've rarely been so consistently aware of inconsistencies while watching a movie, yet at the same time it's too dull to care much. It's probably one of the overall worst movies I've ever seen.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on May 10, 2006, 05:50:45 PM
grr MI:3            2/5

I posted my thoughts in the MI3 thread, but here they are again for the record!
 
 
 
 
 
 
Let me first voice my opinion in grunt form, for those of you who cannot read long passages of text: UGHHHHHHH. UGH.
 
Now for everyone else:
 
Hoffman was good..
 
OK FINISHED WITH THE COMPLIMENTS, NOW ABOUT THE REST:
 
Ok, so at this stage of the film "series" we know as mission impossible, there are certain unavoidable factors which one can expect. Firstly, Masks. Lots of masks. It's like the fucking Scooby-Doo Mysteries. When you go into this movie, just take it for granted that everyone is probably someone else wearing a mask, and that all the good people are bad and the bad people are good.
 
The story started off quite acceptably. I didn't have high expectations. But I was satisfied. Then the writer went for a drink and got his 15 year old son to finish the script whilst he snorted coke off a stripper's tits. It devolved into an amalgam of all the quirks of the past two movies, and by the end of the film they were resorting to a great deal of cheap ploys in order to surprise viewers... to the point where it degraded whatever credibility the movie had.
 
Then throw in a ridiculous attempt to be current and intellectual by mirroring the recent political history in America, in such a blatant way as to make me scoff out loud (yeah i scoffed!).
 
But of course, the only reason you go to see a film like this is for the action, and that was very good. So with that considered, I recommend it. But don't go looking for a particularly engaging story or buckets of originality.
 
 
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: PirateClock on May 10, 2006, 05:56:40 PM
Quote from: chocolatechipclock
Snatch - 7/10

Direction and editing were brilliant, but I felt that the writing wasn't too good.  It was cool visual candy, but the plot didn't really appeal to me.  Not a bad film, though.

your kidding me right, snatch was a great movie.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on May 10, 2006, 06:02:05 PM
Quote from: PirateClock
your kidding me right, snatch was a great movie.

7/10 is a generous review. Especially for that movie, which doesn't offer more than its predecessor: Lock Stock & Two Smoking Barrels.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: StrangeClock on May 11, 2006, 11:26:32 AM
Saw II
It's good, but lacks the punch of the first one. Like someone else said, it reminded me of Cube (which is not one of my favorites). The plot was not as solid. The whole montage at the end seemed overkill, halfway through I was like "yeah, I get it, he was in the safe all along etcetera etcetera". There's probably no way to avoid it, but I felt Jigsaw lost too much mystery with this one. Lastly, the neck cutting scene was like the sequel to the leg cutting scene and lacked its shock element, probably in part because it happens to a bad guy instead of a good guy.

I feel like they honestly used elements from the first one more to 'mirror' them than out of lack of creativity, but still it ended up more conventional. If they're going to make a third, I hope they reach back more to the minimalist situation of the first one, two or maybe three people, and very few scenes outside the actual trap room.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on May 11, 2006, 11:34:33 AM
Nanny McPhee - 7/10

Not my kind of movie, but I try and rate them for what they are rather than what they're not. So, for a kids movie that borrowed heavily from the central plot of Mary Poppins, this was a pretty good movie. The acting was only so-so, with a few instances of over-acting, but for a kids movie I guess it's understandable. Emma Thompson and Colin Firth were both great, though. And Angela Lansbury played her role well. There were a few funny parts, and they actually did a pretty good job of avoiding the "baby talk" that a lot of kids movies use to help drag the smaller humans of a lesser IQ through the plot.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: AvocadoClock on May 12, 2006, 03:23:58 AM
Walk the Line 3/5

I just couldn't see its greatness. It had sex, drugs, and rock n' roll, but it didn't have enough of any of it. The drugs were minor, and the sex was off screen, and the rock n' roll was half country. I know that a lot of other people enjoyed the movie, but I needed something more to enjoy it. I felt like there wasn't enough driving the plot... wait, what was the plot?
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Arctic on May 13, 2006, 05:14:23 AM
Quote from: AvocadoClock
Walk the Line 3/5

I just couldn't see its greatness. It had sex, drugs, and rock n' roll, but it didn't have enough of any of it. The drugs were minor, and the sex was off screen, and the rock n' roll was half country. I know that a lot of other people enjoyed the movie, but I needed something more to enjoy it. I felt like there wasn't enough driving the plot... wait, what was the plot?


Speaking of music films... I recently watched these again:

The Doors - 8/10
Ok, the movie, probably tempted me to take acid. Besides that, it gave an entertaining tale and kept me interested the whole film.  Wasn't amazing though.

Almost Famous - 9/10
Even if they didn't stress drugs or sex enoug in my opinion, this movie is just entertaining, fucking period.  They developed the kid's character exceptionally well.  I don't think I liked the ending too much though.

I also went on a Kevin Smith binge:

Clerks - 8/10
I always liked this one, but a lot of the actors were just plain out fucking horrible.  Maybe because it was New Jersey.  This movie sets up a lot of the connecting material used in Smith's other movies as well. (i.e. Jay and Silent Bob, the girl who died in mid backtroke at the YMCA gym, the girl who fucked a dead guy, the quick stop store, etc..)

Mallrats - 10/10
Absolutely my favorite of all of his films.  Fucking love the multiple storylines and characters.

Chasing Amy - 9/10
Intro to the Bluntman comics.  I enjoy this story a lot, but I fucking hated the end.

Dogma - 7/10
This one is a stretch from the previous movies.  I still enjoyed it.

Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back - 9/10
This pulls all the other movies into one massive jizz of a comedy movie.  Funny shit.

Jersey Girl - 8/10
Ok, first off, the best thing about this movie is the fact that Jennifer Lopez's character dies within the first ten minutes.  The little girl has an almost addicting charm and liv tyler is hot.  I sadly enjoyed this movie.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: AdrenalineClock on May 13, 2006, 02:06:00 PM
I think Kevin Smith is a mediocre director at best, but he has an amazing ear for dialogue.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: StrangeClock on May 13, 2006, 02:45:29 PM
Quote from: StrawpegarrotClock
Chasing Amy - 9/10
Intro to the Bluntman comics.  I enjoy this story a lot, but I fucking hated the end.


Amen. It was like he had a fairly mature story going down about a guy who was too uptight to forget his girlfriend's past, and then he suddenly fucks it up completely by having the main character suggest a threesome as the solution to all their problems. I don't know whether Kevin Smith just has a fucked up concept of relationships or wanted to be controversial.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: chocolatechipclock on May 13, 2006, 11:33:12 PM
Mallrats - 9/10

Great comedy!

Kevin Smith writes brilliant dialouge.  However, some of the acting was a bit ridiculous.  Otherwise, it's hilarious stuff and definently worth the watch.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on May 14, 2006, 12:18:02 AM
Poseidon - 6.5/10

I don't see what all of the bad reviews are about. Well, I guess I do, but what do the critics expect from from a remake of a campy movie? Although most of the action happens in the last half of the movie, I liked the first half much better. They got things going pretty well with the characters, but they never really developed them like they should have. Especially Richard Dreyfuss. He and his character seem like wasted potential. Also, one thing I liked about the original was missing in this one: the splitting up of the group. But most of the acting was decent and the special effects were great. If they only continued with the characters rather than snowball the cheesy action bits in the last half this would have been a great movie.

Napoleon Dynamite - 8.5/10

I will refrain from using any of his trademark expressions of joy to describe this movie, but I really liked it. I laughed hysterically at a couple of parts, but I found myself at least chuckling through the entire movie, which is what makes it better than a lot of comedies out today. I wouldn't say it's one of the funniest movies I've seen, but it's enjoyable to the point of being able to watch it several times in a month and not getting sick of it.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: MapClock on May 14, 2006, 12:22:46 AM
Animal House 9/10
I know its old :/ But i stll think it was a hilarious movie. I lauged almost constantly.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Joey 56465468 on May 14, 2006, 12:58:17 AM
Derailed 8/10
Great move.  They do a great job of making you guess whats going on, and still intrigue you.  The acting was great, Clive Owens did the same kind of roll he did in Sin City (all ways a  :fifen:  for me there) but the only 2 bad actors are the 2 dumbass rappers who are only in this movie as a gimmick.  They also questioned the polices intelligence a bit too much for my liking, but hey, still an awesome movie.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: ChocolateCoffin on May 14, 2006, 07:55:11 AM
Final Fantasy VII - Advent Children - 8.9/10

A good nostalgic movie for me, animation and graphics were top notch, cream of the crop. The story was alright as far as it went but it wasn't anything that interesting. Some kind of avalanche terrorism action would have been cool. I think I'm gonna go play the game again...
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on May 14, 2006, 08:54:03 AM
Groundhog day 4.5/5
 
<3 Ramis
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Randy Pearson on May 16, 2006, 09:21:06 PM
Hellraiser: Deader
SPOILERS
A maverick, slightly corrupt cop solves the lament configuration. He finds the hooker he slept with murdered and tries to get to the bottom of the grisly murders that seem to be affecting all the people he gets close too. In the end it turns out he's in hell.

Storyline: A pretty good story, not that bad at all. It was actually quite original as far as sequels go. The problem was that we don't get to see Pinhead until the very end and there is virtually no gore as opposed to the other films which sort of kills the point of any fan seeing it. 3/5

Acting: Not at all bad, infact, quite good, especially the star of the film. 4/5

Effects: Great. Very dreamlike and disorientating at times. 5/5

Direction: Very well done. We are given a provokative and often isturbing film, even with the lack of gore or Pinhead. As i said with the effects, the director is able to pull off a very interesting visual look and feel. 4/5

4/5
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on May 17, 2006, 09:14:04 AM
The Ringer - 8/10

Pretty funny all the way through with a good amount of pretty hilarious parts. Johnny Knoxville played his part decently, but could have done better. Everyone else did fairly well, especially Steve's uncle. My only gripe is the ending. It really seems like they took the easy way out, especially after all of the developing they did. A better ending would have given it a 9 or more in my book.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: StrangeClock on May 17, 2006, 04:57:37 PM
Tank Girl
Surprisingly good. It suffers from some 80s movies elements like a weak plot (though as I understand it, Tank Girl comics were so chaotic it was hard to refine much of a plot from it) and it's kind of hard to justify that the Rippers are such extremely feared killing machines when you see they're just a handful of Teenage Mutant Ninja Kangaroos. And Malcolm McDowell, God love the man and wish he'd get more (and better) parts, has a really godawful big boss part. Finally, it's definitely overly long.
Set against that, Tank Girl and Jet Girl are awesome characters, Lori Petty is incredible, and the costume/set design (apart from the Rippers, but I guess that's to blame on outdated make-up and special effects) is spectacular. Plus despite the cheesy plot the movie is surprisingly bold with regards to language and action. I think if I'd seen in 10 years ago it might've become one of my favorite movies. For that matter, it's too bad they didn't wait a few more years and catch the wave of comic book movies so they'd have had a bigger budget, better technology and probably a tighter plot.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Jimmy McNulty on May 21, 2006, 09:26:31 AM
Paradise Now
9/10

It's a movie about two palestinian guys who get chosen to carry out a suicide bombing. It provides a very nice look at the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It's definatly worth watching.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on May 21, 2006, 01:04:42 PM
The Da Vinci Code - 8/10

I haven't read the book, so I can't offer any comparisons, but it was a good movie. Acting and all that was good. My only problem was the pacing. It's kind of backward. It starts out pretty fast paced, rushing to fill in backstories that are probably gone into pretty deeply in the novel. But then the last twenty minutes just kind of drag on, slogging between plot points. Still, a pretty good flick.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on May 21, 2006, 08:40:07 PM
Broadcast News - 4/5
 
Clever comedy-drama, well written/acted/directed.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: DigitalLemonClock on May 22, 2006, 10:46:22 AM
9.5/10 - Rushmore
If you've seen any other Wes Anderson films you'll know what to expect, excellent nonetheless.
9/10 - La Cité des enfants perdus
Bizarre and awesome
7.5/10 - Rio Bravo
John Wayne  :cowboy:
9/10 - Magnolia
Really great actors
6/10 - Night at the Golden Eagle
Not a bad film, but the dialogue and characters weren't great, and the grittyness was distracting at times.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on May 23, 2006, 09:45:26 PM
the king
 
4/5
 
A well told story. Predictable, but told in such a way as to make you think about the issues and themes at hand. I enjoyed it because it allowed my mind to wander.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: AdrenalineClock on May 23, 2006, 09:53:00 PM
Castle in the Sky - 8/10
Porco Rosso - 9/10

These are the first two Miyazaki films I have seen, and I definitely want to check out more.  Castle was a whimsical, fun fantasy movie with some decent action scenes, especially the ones featuring the robots, and Porco was a great movie in general with an awesome main character.  The pig thing didn't seem out of place at all, and the scene where he tells the story about the war was amazing.  I preferred Porco Rosso, but they were both great examples of how anime can be so much more than badly animated schlock with a real artist at the helm.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on May 24, 2006, 08:41:55 AM
BloodRayne - 3/10

I began watching this movie with an open mind. That mind has now been soiled with filth. Horrid acting, even from some good actors. Throughout the movie I had to keep asking myself "Did these actors know what they were doing? " In many cases it seems like they only did one take and moved on. The movie had potential, but it was all wasted away with shitty dialogue and made-for-TV sets and special effects. The gore was awesome. Not in the "wow that looks realistic" way, but more in the "holy shit that's over the top and cheesy" kind of way. Other than that and a few decent scenes, this movie was terrible.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Hate Clock on May 24, 2006, 12:51:02 PM
Quote from: Losperman
BloodRayne - 3/10

I began watching this movie with an open mind. That mind has now been soiled with filth. Horrid acting, even from some good actors. Throughout the movie I had to keep asking myself "Did these actors know what they were doing? " In many cases it seems like they only did one take and moved on. The movie had potential, but it was all wasted away with shitty dialogue and made-for-TV sets and special effects. The gore was awesome. Not in the "wow that looks realistic" way, but more in the "holy shit that's over the top and cheesy" kind of way. Other than that and a few decent scenes, this movie was terrible.


Uwe Boll has never made a good movie.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on May 24, 2006, 12:57:06 PM
Quote from: Hate Clock
Uwe Boll has never made a good movie.


So it seems. The fact that BloodRayne is his best movie is really, really sad.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: StrangeClock on May 26, 2006, 04:51:53 AM
Along Came Polly
I wouldn't call it terrible. But it's just really, really boring and not ever really funny. Producing it was a waste of money, watching it was a waste of time.

Corpse Bride
Beautiful, absolutely beautiful, in a way I don't think CGI can capture. Afterwards I kept thinking how much I'd like to see a Grim Fandango movie done in this way (though, at the same time I feel Grim Fandango was so right in its genre, remaking it as a movie would probably only detract from it), or Curse of Monkey Island. Music and songs didn't feel as memorable as Nightmare Before Christmas, and the story seemed a bit straightforward (no great twists or surprises), but a joy to watch.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: AvocadoClock on May 26, 2006, 03:39:44 PM
Quote from: Adrenaline
Castle in the Sky - 8/10
Porco Rosso - 9/10

These are the first two Miyazaki films I have seen, and I definitely want to check out more.  Castle was a whimsical, fun fantasy movie with some decent action scenes, especially the ones featuring the robots, and Porco was a great movie in general with an awesome main character.  The pig thing didn't seem out of place at all, and the scene where he tells the story about the war was amazing.  I preferred Porco Rosso, but they were both great examples of how anime can be so much more than badly animated schlock with a real artist at the helm.


Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away are golden and definitely worth it. Mononoke is an actionish movie with a nature theme and morals to it, and Spirited Away is like Alice in Wonderland. Atleast an 8+/10 on each.

I had a friend watch Princess Mononoke who didn't even like anime, and he enjoyed it.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on May 26, 2006, 07:52:08 PM
X-Men: The Last Stand - 7.5/10

True, it's not as good as the first two, but I wouldn't say it's bad. My only real gripes are that it was too short, and the generic mutants hogged the space that some of the cooler mutants should have had. Angel, Juggernaut and Colossus were not used to their full potential at all. I mean where was the Juggernaut vs Colossus fight? Oh well. Besides those shortfalls, I guess it ended the trilogy well. I'm sure we'll see another movie, but it won't be an actual "X-Men" movie. Wolverine? Gambit? I dunno, but I'm hoping they keep the quality at least as high as this movie...
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Joey 56465468 on May 26, 2006, 11:35:51 PM
Quote from: Losperman
X-Men: The Last Stand - 7.5/10

True, it's not as good as the first two, but I wouldn't say it's bad. My only real gripes are that it was too short, and the generic mutants hogged the space that some of the cooler mutants should have had. Angel, Juggernaut and Colossus were not used to their full potential at all. I mean where was the Juggernaut vs Colossus fight? Oh well. Besides those shortfalls, I guess it ended the trilogy well. I'm sure we'll see another movie, but it won't be an actual "X-Men" movie. Wolverine? Gambit? I dunno, but I'm hoping they keep the quality at least as high as this movie...

Yeah the no Gambit thing was a big let-down.
But is it truly the end I mean the movie kind of ended at a cliff hanger, especially if you wait until after the credits.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Kombucha on May 26, 2006, 11:37:58 PM
Quote from: Strange Clock
Corpse Bride was really good.

Agreed.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: AdrenalineClock on May 27, 2006, 12:18:28 AM
Quote from: Viking
Yeah the no Gambit thing was a big let-down.


It shouldn't have been, you've been told a hundred times he won't be in the movie.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: chocolatechipclock on May 27, 2006, 01:34:58 AM
X-Men: The Last Stand - 3/10

The writing for this movie completely ruined it for me.  There was line after line of cheesy cliches.  There were a lot of cheap laughs, too (kick in the balls and other stupid shit like that).  The acting simply could not save the terrible writing.  Also, it probably would have been better if Bryan Singer had directed it.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: PossumClock on May 27, 2006, 01:46:17 AM
X-Men 3. Vary good. I liked the story line, but they left out some of the mutants from 2, i.e. Nightcrawler. I'd give it a 9 out of 10, being vary adventurous, and loads of cool explosions.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: ChocolateCoffin on May 27, 2006, 03:46:54 AM
Quote from: AvocadoClock
Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away are golden and definitely worth it. Mononoke is an actionish movie with a nature theme and morals to it, and Spirited Away is like Alice in Wonderland. Atleast an 8+/10 on each.

I had a friend watch Princess Mononoke who didn't even like anime, and he enjoyed it.


Howls Moving Castle is also a great movie by him.

In other news

Mission Impossible 3 5/10

A movie where a situation where knocking two people out cold to complete the objective finds explosions and deaths. Most of it is pretty dumb but acting is actually alright on cruises part.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Slurpee on May 27, 2006, 04:48:16 PM
See No Evil- 1/10 as a horror movie, 8/10 as a dark comedy.
This had a 0% on Rotten Tomatoes.
We watched it with absolutely no intention of taking it seriously, and it didn't disappoint. This movie was a roflfest.
Don't get me wrong: It's graphic as hell, but after a character jams a pipe into Kane's head, seeing Kane gently pat the maggot-filled hole back into place before continuing the chase earned a dark laugh from most of the people in the very very small theater it was playing in. Another time, another character is being slowly lowered by a friend out of a 7th story window with Kane fast approaching. She suddenly stops her descent, and everybody laughs because we know Kane is up there and now he's pulling her back up.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on May 27, 2006, 05:18:28 PM
xmen3 4/5
 
entertainment
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: StrangeClock on May 28, 2006, 02:56:32 PM
A History of Violence
Damn, harsh. I like how David Cronenberg works. Four or five times through the movie I was like "damn!" and "shit!" (not "that is whack!" though). The only thing that seemed out of place was the son suddenly destroying the asses of high school bullies. Since when is being a skilled killer a hereditary trait? Very, very good ending though - I like how it ends rather open and fair to realism as opposed to happy.

Also, hot as Maria Bello may be and moreso in a cheerleader outfit while showing off the goods, I was laughing till I cried when they were 69ing and the soundtrack was all romantic. I'm not saying consentual oral sex isn't beautiful, I just don't see me and my sweetie cuddling up while two people scramble for each other's genitals.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Hate Clock on May 29, 2006, 09:15:43 PM
Quote from: Viking
Yeah the no Gambit thing was a big let-down.
But is it truly the end I mean the movie kind of ended at a cliff hanger, especially if you wait until after the credits.


What happens after the credits? I completely forgot to stay.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on May 30, 2006, 09:13:28 AM
In Her Shoes - 8.5/10

I liked the writing and character development a lot. Being a simple movie about simple people, it wasn't an altogether spectacular movie, but it was strong in pretty much every aspect. Sometimes it made me wish I could be an old person for a day so I could spout random gibberish.

Madagascar - 6/10

These CG animal movies are beginning to get on my nerves. But it wasn't a bad movie. It had a couple of funny parts, and some of the animation was good. The story was a bit stale, though. And most of the humor was aimed at kids, with only the few aforementioned parts that adults might find funny.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Munglai on May 30, 2006, 11:13:26 PM
Quote from: StrangeClock

Corpse Bride
Beautiful, absolutely beautiful, in a way I don't think CGI can capture. Afterwards I kept thinking how much I'd like to see a Grim Fandango movie done in this way (though, at the same time I feel Grim Fandango was so right in its genre, remaking it as a movie would probably only detract from it), or Curse of Monkey Island. Music and songs didn't feel as memorable as Nightmare Before Christmas, and the story seemed a bit straightforward (no great twists or surprises), but a joy to watch.


I don't think they could make a movie version of Grim Fandango but I'm pretty certain that Tim Schafer could write and direct one set in the Land of the Dead with all the same art style and stuff and it would be awesome.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Jimmy McNulty on May 31, 2006, 04:21:13 PM
The Deer Hunter-10/10

An incredibly well acted movie. Robert Deniro and Christopher Walken are amazing in it. The transition to Vietnam is almost surreal, what with the previous scene depicting a wedding. The russian rulette scene is probably the most intense thing I've seen in a movie. The music, what little there is, is haunting by the end of the film. Definately worth seeing.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: ShastaClock on June 04, 2006, 12:59:08 AM
Quote from: chocolatechipclock
X-Men: The Last Stand - 3/10

The writing for this movie completely ruined it for me.  There was line after line of cheesy cliches.  There were a lot of cheap laughs, too (kick in the balls and other stupid shit like that).  The acting simply could not save the terrible writing.  Also, it probably would have been better if Bryan Singer had directed it.


Holy shit was this a bad movie. It was just two hours of HEY LOOK AT MY POWERS! COOOOOOOOL. They added way too many sub-plots for themselves to keep up with, actually, they added too much everything to keep up with.  Just an all around horrid experience.

Quote from: AvocadoClock

was half country.


It is a Johnny Cash film...
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Jimmy McNulty on June 04, 2006, 12:50:28 PM
Munich-Filmgasm/10

This movie is the most moving, disturbing, and graphic movie I have ever seen. The acting is good, the camera work and directing especially, are masterful. Steven Speilberg has outdone himself.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on June 04, 2006, 07:15:47 PM
The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy
 
3/5
 
It seems like there's something missing. It had many individual moments of brilliance, but as a whole, it was lacking something. I might pinpoint exactly what it is and edit my post later. But I don't think it quite lived up to its potential. Highly enjoyable film though. Mostly down to Adams.
 
Didn't like Martin Freeman in it. Seems a bit wooden and unimaginative with his performance. I realise his character is supposed to be pretty boring and benign but it seems like Freeman isn't very versatile in his range of responses.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: SIC on June 06, 2006, 12:47:43 PM
the Descent 2/10


seriously...who makes a movie about some crazy cannibal guys who live underground?
Title: I'm Xenomorph_Lock:
Post by: Randy Pearson on June 08, 2006, 10:15:10 AM
Quote from: SIC
the Descent 2/10


seriously...who makes a movie about some crazy cannibal guys who live underground?


Are you the same SIC on the LL forum? If so, this is Xenomorph.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: SIC on June 08, 2006, 11:06:26 AM
Quote from: Predator
Are you the same SIC on the LL forum? If so, this is Xenomorph.


yep its me  :)
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Randy Pearson on June 10, 2006, 10:21:22 AM
Quote from: SIC
the Descent 2/10


seriously...who makes a movie about some crazy cannibal guys who live underground?


Well they already made one about cannibals in:

Forest (Wrong Turn)
Desert (The hill Have Eyes)
Texas (TCSM)
The list goes on. Caves could work.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: chocolatechipclock on June 10, 2006, 10:16:57 PM
Quote from: Predator
Well they already made one about cannibals in:

Forest (Wrong Turn)
Desert (The hill Have Eyes)
Texas (TCSM)
The list goes on. Caves could work.


Cannibal Holocaust (most fucked-up movie of all time)
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: SIC on June 11, 2006, 07:00:08 AM
Quote from: chocolatechipclock
Cannibal Holocaust (most fucked-up movie of all time)


oh yeah that movie was SIC!!!
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Jimmy McNulty on June 11, 2006, 11:23:00 AM
Jesus is Magic-10/10

An incredibly funny movie. Actually, it's more of a hybrid of movie and stand up. It stars a racist Jewish comedian, who disscusses (and sings about) her seven year old recently out of the closet lesbian neice, how Jewish people driving german cars is gay, why ron jeremy mastubates with his pinky out, how her 96 year old nana was raped and killed, and how jesus was killed by blacks. MS paint penises included.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Joey 56465468 on June 14, 2006, 07:35:32 PM
Running Scared  9.5/10
I love this movie, its a definate must see movie.  The story is very well done, with a great plot twist at the end.  Plenty of sterotypes too. I say go see it now.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: AdrenalineClock on June 14, 2006, 10:52:44 PM
I hate when people announce there's a twist at the end of a movie, and they think they didn't do anything because they didn't say what it was.  Revealing that there's a twist is just a bit shy of saying what it was, because a good portion of the surprise is gone because you're expecting something crazy to happen even if you don't know what.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: StrangeClock on June 17, 2006, 05:38:15 AM
Quote from: Bender 1
Fast and the Furious 3: Tokyo Drift - 0/10

Shitty fucking movie I want my $10 and 2 hours back.


Was it 2 hours? I hate how shitty movies nowadays can make the 2 hour or more mark. Shitty movies as a rule should be no longer than 90 minutes.


American Pie 3
Crap, but if laid next to it, the Scary Movie series is definitely 100 times worse than American Pie. Granted, I've only seen Scary Movie 1 and then trailers for the others but I stand by my statement.
While it's a little silly to analyze such a dumb movie, they really overdid it with Stifler's character in this one, and Kevin might as well have not been there, the movie didn't need another straight man. Stupid and not very funny but not something I'd turn off the TV for like Scary Movie.

Underworld: Evolution
A lot more like Blade than the first one and Blade sucks Wesley Snipes's beestung dick, but stomachable. Surprisingly violent. Micheal was again a very uninteresting character, just served a twofold purpose - a guy for Kate Beckinsale to get naked for and a super incredible werevamp to tear apart enemies. For that matter, the movie got kind of drunk on godmoding. It's silly to have characters who for only slightly explained reasons can survive all kinds of huge wounds. Plus the first werewolf could've looked more interesting.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Jimmy McNulty on June 18, 2006, 02:53:30 PM
Bananas-9/10
A wonderfully absurd comedy. Well directed and extremly funny. It has some wonderfully original moments. J. Edgar Hoover disguised as a black woman, sports coverage of an assassination, a raid on a general store, and the United Jewish Appeal in the middle of a warzone.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: PirateClock on June 18, 2006, 02:56:32 PM
Quote from: StrangeClock

Underworld: Evolution
A lot more like Blade than the first one and Blade sucks Wesley Snipes's beestung dick, but stomachable. Surprisingly violent. Micheal was again a very uninteresting character, just served a twofold purpose - a guy for Kate Beckinsale to get naked for and a super incredible werevamp to tear apart enemies. For that matter, the movie got kind of drunk on godmoding. It's silly to have characters who for only slightly explained reasons can survive all kinds of huge wounds. Plus the first werewolf could've looked more interesting.

i want to see this movie.

also you guys should check out frailty http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0264616/
it's an amazing story and i can't tell you to much about it cause it will ruin the movie.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Arctic on June 18, 2006, 03:16:13 PM
Quote from: PirateClock
i want to see this movie.

also you guys should check out frailty http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0264616/
it's an amazing story and i can't tell you to much about it cause it will ruin the movie.


It's a tad old (2001), but I loved it.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: AdrenalineClock on June 18, 2006, 03:50:58 PM
Quote from: PirateClock
i want to see this movie.


There's no actual Kate Beckinsale nudity in the movie.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: StrangeClock on June 18, 2006, 03:53:55 PM
they take it pretty far. At one point the fun bits are only just obscured by the guy's arms and legs.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: DigitalLemonClock on June 19, 2006, 07:15:01 AM
Walk the Line - 8.7/10
The acting and all around production of the movie was amazing, but it felt kind of empty.

Le Fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain - 9/10
This director is becoming one of my favorites, I love his movie magic

Boondock Saints - 7.7/10
This was a nice surprise, I didn't expect anything more than a simple cliche action movie, but it turns out it's filled with good acting and silly stuff. Willem Dafoe was awesome as always.

Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence - 9/10
Great music, great story, great David Bowie
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on June 19, 2006, 04:05:19 PM
Duece Bigalow: European Gigalow - 2/10

The first movie seemed to get a lot of harsh criticism, but I actually liked it. This one, however, deserves the shit it gets. The same stale story and jokes, with little deviation. Acting was pretty bad as well. There may have been a couple of funny parts, but they must not have been that funny because I can't recall them at the moment.

The Island - 8/10

A pretty good movie, in my opinion. The dramatic action scenes near the end were a little far fetched, though, and there was some horribly obvious ads thrown throughout the movie, but overall still good. Acting, plot, visuals, all great. Some nice humor as well. Yeah. Good.

The Lake House - 6/10

Nothing great, but I guess it was an interesting twist on romance stories. It just kept seeming a little too romance-novally for me, though. Especially with cheesy scenes like the snow scene near the beginning. Blah. Pretty good, though.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: GreyClock on June 19, 2006, 04:09:28 PM
The Omen 666 6.6/10 (LOL!!!)

Pretty enjoyable, though the end was gay!
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: ChevyClock on June 19, 2006, 04:15:23 PM
Nacho libre - 10/10

I laugh so freakin' hard at this movie, I had tears coming down my face.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Jolt Clock on June 19, 2006, 10:47:32 PM
Praire Home Companion (For Father's Day):  Makes MN look like fags (Which sucks, since I'm from there, have seen the show live, and don't have an accent), makes old people (those who are watching the movie) feel better about dying, and tries to be the actual show, without being a show nor a movie with a plot (Very difficult to obtain).

1/10 Since Garrison Keilor's voice is good, but face looks like downs.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Slurpee on June 27, 2006, 06:09:21 AM
The Omen (2006) - 6/10
This movie's been getting a lot of flack for being a shot-by-shot remake with inferior acting. One critic went on about how Damien shouldn't be portrayed as emotionless, and that he should be cheery on occasion to contrast with the shocking evil moments. For me, though, The Omen works better as a horror of inevitability. Every major plot point is predetermined, and Damien as an obviously evil little shit adds to the feeling of helplessness. This kid is going to fill out Revelations regardless of any attempts to stop it.

Dark City - 7.5/10
I was a little disappointed at the lack of closure, but the movie up until Keifer Sutherland removes all ambiguity during the boat ride is fantastic.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Marrow on June 27, 2006, 06:23:19 AM
Fun with Dick and Jane - 7/10 - It was good but some parts were really well thought up, but some of the jokes were just based on Mexican stereotypes. I can't really say a lot, Jim Carrey didn't really seem to be putting in his best effort, but other than that it was a solid movie with some very funny scenes.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on June 28, 2006, 09:37:51 AM
Failure to Launch - 8/10

Much better than I had expected. It had it's silly moments and expected outcome, but the humor and dialogue was there. The physical comedy was mediocre, but everything else was funny. The constant little twists was what made me like it, though. Seats kept changing and the film didn't hold your hand through most of it, which was good. So yeah, pretty good movie.

Annapolis - 3/10

Sadly, this movie was also better than I had expected it to be. That's not saying much, though. I personally think James Franco is a pretty shitty actor, and his performance in this movie didn't do much to change my mind. He also has a tendancy to play whiney characters, which he also does in this movie.

And the character development for most people in the movie was pretty terrible. I understand they want their characters to be realistic and "3D", but they could have done a better job with it. The fat guy (who is eerily similar to the fat guy from Full Metal Jacket) is nice, but won't give up junk food. The Asian guy is smart, but overbearing. The hispanic guy is dedicated but hotheaded. The main character is inspired but emotionally torn. Fucking Christ, give me a break on the cinematic cliches. One of the only characters that doesn't really have any flaws is the god damn main "villain". How retarded is that?

But some of the acting wasn't so bad, and there were a few moments that weren't too hard to watch. But yeah, this movie pretty much sucks ass. Smelly ass.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Hate Clock on June 28, 2006, 10:45:21 AM
Quote from: Slurpee

Dark City - 7.5/10
I was a little disappointed at the lack of closure, but the movie up until Keifer Sutherland removes all ambiguity during the boat ride is fantastic.


IF YOU'RE WONDERING WHY I'M IN YOUR MEMORIES IT'S BECAUSE I PUT MYSELF THERE
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on June 29, 2006, 08:44:32 AM
Superman Returns - 8/10

They did a great fan service with this movie, and the new guy works well as Supes. Acting was all good, as were the special effects. Story was pretty good, and I was glad to hear the theme music return. But it still wasn't as good as I expected it to be. In fact, there were several parts where I just thought "Damn, this is kinda boring." Especially in the first 30 minutes. They had a lot of explanatory things in the beginning that didn't need to be there. They wanted to stay away from origin-type stuff, so why do we need to see Superman as a kid? And they didn't explain enough for people who haven't seen/don't remember the old movies. So they could have traded off in those terms. Other than that, awesome movie.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: chocolatechipclock on June 30, 2006, 12:35:50 AM
Blow - 8.5

Great drama.  Johnny Depp is awesome.  This is a pretty good story and you really get attached to the characters.

12 Monkeys - 10/10

I recommend watching this while completely baked.  This movie was fucking crazy.  Brad Pitt is brilliant, and Bruce Willis is very good.  This thriller definently fucks with your mind.  Very good stuff.
Also, in case you didn't know, the director of this movie also directed Monty Python & the Holy Grail and Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas.  This is definently one of his best.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Slurpee on July 04, 2006, 04:35:09 AM
Superman Returns - 10/10
I could rant about this movie for hours. In a good way. The passing mention of Gotham already has me itching for a World's Finest crossover with the Batman Begins franchise. Probably my only complaint about the movie is that Superman didn't catch the Daily Planet globe with one hand and give a kid a balloon with the other.
Love me some Superman.

12 Monkeys - 10/10
Great movie. I love how many times the movie reveals it's not about what you thought it was about.
Gilliam is god.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Arctic on July 04, 2006, 04:42:45 AM
Nacho Libre - 8/10
It was a funny movie and all, but because it was made by Nickelodeon it seemed to lack a small amount of adult humor which limited them a bit.  Loved his partner dude, don't remember his name though.

P.S. 12 Monkeys has been on my top 10 list for years, good to see other people love it as well.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: ChocolateCoffin on July 05, 2006, 06:17:08 PM
Wild at heart - 9/10

Classic Lynch, this was a really good movie, great acting, script, directing, soundtrack. Everything about it was great.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: ChickenClock on July 06, 2006, 02:22:07 AM
Cars 6/10

Another cliché Pixar movie with a cliché story, cliché ending and cliché stereotypes.
Lightning the frat sportscar finds himself lost on the road to his big game. He eventually ends up in a town full of stereotyped cars, like a hillbilly (the comic relief), an army jeep and a 60s hippy van. Of course there's the inevitable chick who doesn't like Lightning at first but all of this changes in an epic plot twist. He eventually learns from his mistakes in this town and sees that the championship isn't really everything.
I should probably give you a spoiler warning, but were you really expecting something else?

Nevertheless I enjoyed this movie. Like most animation movies it had some jokes only adults would get. Pixar did an outstanding job on the animation and graphics.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Randy Pearson on July 08, 2006, 01:42:47 PM
Highlander 7/10

Want plot?

http://www.angryalien.com/0905/highlanderbuns.asp

Great movie with guy from Mortal Kombat as Highlander.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Jimmy McNulty on July 09, 2006, 09:54:30 AM
Syriana: 1st viewing-7/10

It was pretty good, but very hard to follow. There are about five plots which I can only vaguely connect. There is a scene where a kid gets electrocuted in a pool though, which was awsome. I'm probably gonna watch it again and see if I can make sense of it.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Arctic on July 09, 2006, 10:10:23 AM
Waking Life - 10/10

Awesome + Rotoscoping (some really cool styles).

Rushmore - 9/10

Love Wes Anderson.  Great movie of course.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on July 09, 2006, 11:03:36 PM
Racing Stripes - 3/10

Pretty bland. Most of the humor was pretty stale, save a few genuinely funny parts. The story was different, yet the same as any other underdog racing horse story. That's probably why they added the talking farm animals. Oh wait. That's not very original either. My biggest problem was with the one sided characters, though. We've seen them all before.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest - 9/10

I read a lot of pretty bad reviews of this movie, and personally I have no idea which movie they're seeing. One of the biggest complaints I see is that people say it's just setting up for the third movie. Wow. Imagine that. A planned trilogy has the second movie set up for the third. Surprising, to be sure. Smack. I liked pretty everything about this movie, but the best thing it has going for it is continuity. They were able to capture, with incredible success, the same look and feel of the first movie, with all returning cast members and even some old familiar haunts. The first twenty minutes is kinda cheesy and weak, but once things pick up it stays strong throughout.

Edit:

The Devil Wears Prada - 8/10


This actually surprised me at how good it was. Again, the first 30 minutes or so were a bit heavy on the corny fashion jokes, but there was a lot of good, subtle humor throughout the movie. Acting was great all around. Even Adrian Grenier (who is normally fucking terrible) didn't do too bad of a job. The characters were also pretty nicely written. They weren't cliche, which surprised me a bit. Especially Miranda (Streep), who not only remains nearly untouched at the end (in terms of "character redemption") but also seems like she very well could be a real person. And Anne Hathaway is pretty hot in it. Yeah.

Edit #2:

Exorcist: The Beginning - 6/10

As both a movie and a prequel, it was decent. Not great, but alright. They started off slowly, which was ok considering they were trying to build tension. The build up to the climax was great. They fit a lot of creepy stuff in there to set up for the final conflict with Lucifer. It was this conflict, however, that disappointed me. The whole thing just seemed kind of cheesy and not very scary at all. They could have done much better.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Jimmy McNulty on July 16, 2006, 06:26:27 PM
Good night and good luck: 8.5/10

A little boring and hard to follow at times, but the acting and directing was great!

Keeping up with the steins: 3.5/10

This movie was directed by fucking nazis, I swear to god. I doubt more than three cast members were Jews. And you know who the main character was? The little fucker from Spy Kids. Fucking Spy kids! There were a few funny moments, but overall not worth seeing. Unless you like seeing 5000 years of Jewish tradition bastardized over the course of two and a half hours.

2001: a space oddessy: 9/10

I loved the visuals and the camera work. Stanley Kubrick is an amazing director. It developed very slowly, but the end product was phenominal.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on July 16, 2006, 06:31:19 PM
the parole officer - 7/10
 
Highly formulaic and unoriginal, but fairly entertaining. Steve Coogan carried it along. Funny bastard.
 
And I'm pretty sure that the policewoman he falls in love with in this film is the same actress who plays the traffic cop in those indigestion tablet ads.. You know the one where she spontaneously breaks into song and dance? "I CAN FEEL IT!".
 
who's harry crumb? 8/10
 
Clever and well executed comic set pieces and a cool plot! Characters are a bit dull though, except for the two main ones, played by John Candy and Jeffrey Jones. Comic genii.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: AdrenalineClock on July 16, 2006, 07:25:42 PM
Superman Returns - 7/10

Superman's a really lame superhero and a lot of the humor with Jimmy Olsen fell flat.  Bryan Singer is still a great director however, and I actually found myself caring about what happened to Superman even though he's boring as hell, plus I thought Kevin Spacey was good.  It was sort of lame how Superman never actually fought anyone, he just stopped disasters and got the shit kicked out of him, but it was still relatively exciting.

A Scanner Darkly - 10/10

Completely brilliant movie.  The visual technique used to give it its look was very cool and interesting to watch; the dialogue, especially the lines spoken by Woody Harrelson and Robert Downey Jr. was side-splitting; and Keanu Reeves was very effective playing the lead in a thought provoking movie about the harm caused by drugs with some interesting sci-fi stuff going on.  Just a real pleasure to watch, one of the best movies I've seen in a while.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on July 17, 2006, 05:10:48 AM
empire of the sun 9/10
 
steven spielberg + tom stoppard + insanely good child actor christian bale = :thumbs:
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: chocolatechipclock on July 18, 2006, 08:34:25 PM
Pirates of the Carribean 2 - 5/10
Okay, not only was this movie a huge letdown, but a whole bunch of shit ruined it for me.  First of all, my friend and I were going to go see the midnight showing.  However, we had some time to kill, so we went to a friend's house by the theater to go smoke a few bowls before the movie.  However, when we got to the house, my friend (who was driving) was going to flip a bitch, but he hit the curb really hard and it completely fucked up his front right tire.  So we tried using our friend's jack, but the tire would not come off because a couple of lug nuts got stripped.  So we took another car to the theater and refunded our tickets (it was past 12 by the time we got there).  We came back, called AAA, and they sent out a mechanic.  Anyway, he fixed it up and I crashed at the guy's house.   However, the next day, my friend forgot that he put on the emergency break on so that the mechanic could work on the car while it was on the jack.  We drove for like 20 minutes with it on, and then the breaks went out.  In the end, he had to pay $250 to get the breaks fixed.
After all the drama with the car and shit, which wouldn't have happened if we didn't want to see Pirates of the Carribean, we went to see the movie.  I was really dissapointed.  It felt like the Matrix Reloaded of the Pirates series.  There was just too much action and not enough story, and a lot of cheap laughs.  Also, I didn't really like the visual effects on Davey Jones' crew.  So my friend ended up paying $250 and we went through a bunch of drama just to see a shitty movie.  Fantastic -_-

Princess Mononoke - 10/10
This movie has it all.  It is visually stunning, has a great story, and I really fell in love with the characters.  Ashitaka is one of the most admirable and intelligent heros I've ever seen in a movie.  This definently is one of my favorite animes now.

Rain Man - 8.5
Dustin Hoffman is brilliant in this movie, and Tom Cruise is an asshole (like always).  I really enjoyed the movie.  It was funny and sad.  However, the ending really leaves you hanging, which I didn't like.  I wish it had concluded the story more.

Session 9 - 6.5/10
This definently isn't a bad movie, but it's not that great either.  I didn't find it that scary, but some parts are pretty creepy.  It's a pretty typical psychological thriller/horror.  Sometimes the acting was a bit overdramatized, but it's worth a watch if you're a serious horror fan.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Topcatyo on July 18, 2006, 08:43:22 PM
Time Bandits - 7.3 ~ 10
It was a pretty enjoyable movie.  It was directed by Terry Gilliam, and the whole time it has a bunch of midgets running around.  How awesome is that?
Anyway, some kids parents are watching TV while this kid is reading about ancient Greece.  He goes to bed, when, all of a sudden, a horse crashes out of his wardrobe and into a forest that appeared in place of his wall (all in bad, crashing audio quality).  The kid gets in trouble.
The next day, he goes to bed early, and prepares for whatever happened again.  Soon, some midgets creep out of his wardrobe, and are chased by some kind of god.  The kid follows the midgets, and falls into some warzone.  He soon finds out he is in a town being invaded by Napoleon (who loves to see people shorter than he).
He inquires about how he went from present to past, and finds out the midgets are following a map and are going through portals through time and robbing people in different time periods.
The movie is pretty long, and ends quite weird.  It was a pretty enjoyable flick, if not boring at times.  Some parts you knew had to happen, some you didn't quite expect.
Also, a couple Monty Python members make hilarious cameos.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: StrangeClock on July 19, 2006, 04:36:28 AM
Zombie Movie

It was free on Steam, so I downloaded it. A pretty funny 15 minute low budget horror comedy from New Zealand, it's about three guys (bogans, for you NZ-ers), stuck in a car with no gas while zombies shuffle around outside. Almost the whole movie takes place in the car, where they have to deal with starvation and such. Cheap and not always convincing make-up, but innovatively used. Worth downloading.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Slurpee on July 19, 2006, 05:10:03 AM
Quote from: chocolatechipclock
Sometimes the acting was a bit overdramatized,

In Session 9? Nooooo.

(http://img148.imageshack.us/img148/7335/session9fuckyouqp7.gif)
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Jimmy McNulty on July 19, 2006, 08:49:14 AM
Quote from: chocolatechipclock
Princess Mononoke - 10/10
This movie has it all.  It is visually stunning, has a great story, and I really fell in love with the characters.  Ashitaka is one of the most admirable and intelligent heros I've ever seen in a movie.  This definently is one of my favorite animes now.


I loved that movie. Then my sister started constantly renting it and it sort of died for me after seeing it a million times. Most of Miazaki's stuff is great.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: chocolatechipclock on July 20, 2006, 03:01:11 AM
Quote from: Slurpee
In Session 9? Nooooo.

(http://img148.imageshack.us/img148/7335/session9fuckyouqp7.gif)


lawl
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Kombucha on July 20, 2006, 10:35:26 AM
Zathura: 4/10
Because of extremely shitty physics. If not for the shitty physics, I would have given it a seven.

A Sound of Thunder: 5/10
Again, really shitty physics. However, this movie has no hope of being saved from shitty physics, because the entire movie was based around them.  The only thing keeping me from giving this a two is the DINO MONKEYS AND I LIKE DINO MONKEEEEEEEEEEEEYSSSSSS!!!!
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Arctic on July 21, 2006, 06:10:59 PM
A Scanner Darkly - 10/10

Great movie.  The somewhat predictable ending doesn't detract from the movie.  Not sure how to describe the movie other than just saying it's a movie about drugs.
Title: Detroit Rock City
Post by: Topcatyo on July 22, 2006, 06:11:49 PM
Detroit Rock City - 9/10

Detroit Rock City is about 4 best friends who desperately want to see a KISS concert.  The only problem is, one mom thinks KISS is devil music.  She finds the tickets and destroys them the day of the concert.  The friends set out on a quest to Detroit to see the concert after one friend wins (or so they think) tickets and backstage passes.  However, when they get there, they find out the friend never gave his address and phone number when he won the tickets, so the friends were disqualified.
The rest of the movie takes place with all 4 friends going their seperate ways to find tickets.
The movie is pretty good.  It has some good cinematography, and it's pretty fun to watch.  Each characters' experiences are unique, and in the end, ***SPOILER ALERT*** things conveniently work out for them, and all of the friends get a girl.***END SPOILER***

Overall, the movie was a pretty fun watch.  It started out slowly, and then it began to pick up speed.  Pretty fun to watch if you don't want realistic.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on July 22, 2006, 09:42:44 PM
Lady in the Water - 6/10

I'll probably have to see this one again to make a more fair assessment. I think I was holding M. Night's recent efforts against him, which may have made me like this less. Overall, I thought it was ok. Funnier than I expected, but with a lot of predictability. Paul Giamatti and Bryce Dallas Howard were great, and most of the rest of the odd characters were good. The ending kinda sucked, but I guess there wasn't much else for them to do. Overall, pretty good movie.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on July 30, 2006, 01:47:52 PM
Thank You For Smoking 8/10
 
A well crafted film.. Well written and paced.  The  characterisations were splendid.. the only character that I found lacking charisma was the son of the main character.. which is a shame but it didn't have a major effect on my enjoyment of the film. Funny stuff.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on July 30, 2006, 10:19:33 PM
John Tucker Must Die - ?/10

I can't give this movie a fair rating because the entire audience was made up of a field tripping retarded class. Fucking dicks.

But I can say that there were several stupid parts. A couple of hot chicks. And I think I might have laughed once. Before hearing the goat behind me nearly choke collapsing a lung with her honk laugh and almost killing myself, that is.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: SchnozzberryClock on July 31, 2006, 03:22:15 PM
Miami Vice 6.8/10

Could have been alot better.

One of the things I couldn't stand was the fact that the plot was impossible to keep track of. Miss one little keyword, POOF, your lost for the rest of the movie.

The biggest problem was half of the movie was just a pointless sub-plot of Collin Farrell and some asian chick going to Cuba for two days and having sex three times. This took up half the entire film.

It did have a few little shining moments. (Skin-heads being shot in the face.) Other than that, it was very weak.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Topcatyo on July 31, 2006, 04:43:18 PM
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang - 9.7/10

What can I say?  I ended up really liking this movie.  The characters were great, the narration was hilarious, and the dialogue was well written.

Some guy is a small-time crook, but when he trips an alarm robbing a store, he hides in a casting office and ends up accidentally getting the part to a movie.
He travels to LA, and gets detective training, and meets his crush from High School at a party.  When he goes for detective training, he gets wrapped up in a murder mystery, along with his trainer.  I won't go on, but the movie is great.  As I said, it's funny and well-written (with the main character getting injured all the time).  My only gripe is that at the end, when they find out the whole deal behind the murders, I had no idea what had happened.  Maybe because my hearing is bad and we had the volume down, but I didn't understand what happened at the end.  Though, I like the movie enough to rewatch it, so that's not really much of a problem.
So, it's a different take murder mysteries and whatnot with a narrator who forgets to include what happened earlier until later on in the movie.  I recommend watching it.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: MonsterMunch on July 31, 2006, 07:03:54 PM
Dead man's shoes 9.5/10

Quite simply the best British film since Trainspotting.

Paddy Considine kicks all ass and kills a bunch of northern guys that tormented his retarded brother while he was away in the army. Great horror/revenge/drama with plenty of blood and is full of twists, turns and all that crap.

Watch it now.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: StrangeClock on August 02, 2006, 02:53:58 PM
Aeon Flux

boooorrrrrriiiiing. Even though it's only 90 minutes it felt overly long, nothing new or fresh or interesting. I'm gonna go download some of the cartoon episodes.


Cellular

Fairly good thriller. I thought it was pretty tense. It could've used a lot of smaller and bigger touches to be great, though. The little comedy elements could've been thrown out for my taste, and it's irritating how movies tend to exaggerate modern trends, ie literally everyone on the pier using a cellphone. And the end credits were really just sad... a montage with credits shown on close-ups on the cellphone screen. Yuck.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Jimmy McNulty on August 04, 2006, 08:04:19 PM
A Scanner Darkly: 9/10

A little confusing, but with some incredible performances. Robert Downey Junior was incredible. Keanu Reaves was shit, but very appropriate in some of the ending scenes. The visuals were splendid shifting from looking like live action almost, to cgi, to traditional animation.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: AdrenalineClock on August 04, 2006, 10:22:58 PM
You know you're just saying that because of his reputation.  Keanu was fine in that movie.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Jimmy McNulty on August 05, 2006, 01:12:40 PM
Quote from: Adrenaline
You know you're just saying that because of his reputation.  Keanu was fine in that movie.

That was the first movie I've ever actually seen Keanu Reeves in. He was good in some parts, but he's bad at acting out casual converstion (a large part of his role). As a brainwashed druggie he's good. Thats all I'm saying.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Poltergeist on August 05, 2006, 02:05:46 PM
Renaissance
7/10

Okay, first off, beautifull. I mean it, just as good if not better than Sin City. They REALLY got the whole noir thing perfect. Onto the plot, at times can be hard to follow, but pretty intersting and will keep you guessing. In the end, there were many questions unaswered, or answered so vaguely you still won't fully understand. Also, I'd like to note it has one of the coolest methods of suicide I've seen.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: AdrenalineClock on August 06, 2006, 04:16:24 PM
Quote from: pyromancer_clock
That was the first movie I've ever actually seen Keanu Reeves in. He was good in some parts, but he's bad at acting out casual converstion (a large part of his role). As a brainwashed druggie he's good. Thats all I'm saying.


...

That is truly inconceivable.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: ChocolateCoffin on August 07, 2006, 04:57:28 PM
Miami Vice - 7/10

I was surprised how it didn't suck alot. It was a bit long, and a bit confusing, but was pretty good all in all.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: StrangeClock on August 08, 2006, 06:46:53 PM
Exorcism of Emily Rose

Dreadful. Turned it off halfway through and I was already bored of it for a half an hour.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Jimmy McNulty on August 10, 2006, 12:05:06 PM
Quote from: Adrenaline
...

That is truly inconceivable.

I dont see to many movies.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: AdrenalineClock on August 10, 2006, 01:29:15 PM
Still... the Matrix?  Bill & Ted?  Speed?  Nothing?
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Randy Pearson on August 21, 2006, 08:59:00 PM
Quote from: StrangeClock
Exorcism of Emily Rose

Dreadful. Turned it off halfway through and I was already bored of it for a half an hour.


Can you really pass judgement on something you didn't really see through? I mean, I didn't think I'd like the new Charly and the Chocolate Factory when I saw it from the 2nd third of it until the end, but when I watched it all the way through, it actually kind of grew on me. Which reminds me:

Charley and the Chocolate Factory:

WARNING!! SMALL SPOILERS!!

FANS DO NOT BE MISLEAD!! This is NOT a remake of the 1970s musical, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. It is a new adaptation of the original book. The film itself is much more true to the book then the original adaptation was, but that in itself did not make it better.
While the film is often smart, funny, and very entertaining, I couldn't help but wonder why some of the plot elements were in the movie at all. Some aspects of the plot are introduced, but never resolved. For instance: Later on in the film, Willy Wonka comes to the conclusion that since he feels terrible, his candy has turned terrible, but we are never introduced to this concept early on in the film.
The next flaw is with the characters. The films characters are just as smart and funny as the rest of the film, but one can't help but feel that these characters don't get the attention they deserve, manly the child characters. The film is called Charley and the Chocolate Factory, but half way through the film, the attention switches suddenly to Willy Wonka. True, Willy is a crucial character, but once he is introduced, do we really need to know him any better? The child actors in this film portray their characters much better then the ones in the original, but they are not given nearly enough screen time to show that aspect off. Plot elements like Wonkas origins (told in flashbacks, accompanied by the narrator) only take up screentime that could be used in developing characters. The only plot elements that were added to the first film were simply to express the purity of Charlie's purity of heart, which is sorely lacking in the other children. Although, Charlie's crandparents are very well portrayed.
Although Johnny Depp portrays Wonka very well, the story of the film portrays him as a character with severe emotional issues that need to be worked out, but Gene Wilder's characters of Wonka was portrayed as a fun-loving, slightly crazy, child at heart man, whose only desire is to pass on his gift to the most deserving child. Gene Wilder's character has a sense of magic and wonder to him, Depp's character is unmagically insane.
One thing I enjoyyed about the film was the effects. They are all top notch, and we really get the feeling of being inside not just a factory, but an all new world!
Also, the singing numbers by the Oompa Loompas are vastilly entertaining (If only the second time around).
So, while the film has character, the story is just two complicated to have the simplicity that should come with a movie based on a Roald Dahl childrens book. This film is riddled with comical modern day subtext, which, ultimately, doesn't need to be there and just takes up time. Charlie mentions in the film that:

"Candy doesn't have to have a point, that's why it's candy."

The original film got this idea perfectly, with a simple yet emotionally driven film. The new film has comedy, a great cast, and wonderful effects, but Tim Burton seems hell bent on proving a point to us that we don't even care about. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory was a smooth, creamy sensation! Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is like a bowl of wipped cream, chocolate syrup, and all types of sprinkles, but just a small teaspoon sized scoop of ice-cream underneath it all. That my friend, is not true candy. And, although highly enjoyable, niether is the film.

6/10 for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (just barely passing).
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: StrangeClock on August 22, 2006, 05:26:30 AM
Quote from: Predator
Can you really pass judgement on something you didn't really see through? I mean, I didn't think I'd like the new Charly and the Chocolate Factory when I saw it from the 2nd third of it until the end, but when I watched it all the way through, it actually kind of grew on me. Which reminds me:


I think if a 2 hour movie doesn't manage to become interesting during the first hour, it's safe to say it's a bad movie. It's not going to turn over on its ass during the second half, and even if it does, it's still a bad movie for being boring for so long.

Besides, it became clear quickly that it had only moderate horror elements and was mostly a very boring courtroom drama. I applaud filmmakers for trying to mix genres, but these two don't mix.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Randy Pearson on August 22, 2006, 01:07:26 PM
Quote from: StrangeClock
I think if a 2 hour movie doesn't manage to become interesting during the first hour, it's safe to say it's a bad movie. It's not going to turn over on its ass during the second half, and even if it does, it's still a bad movie for being boring for so long.

Besides, it became clear quickly that it had only moderate horror elements and was mostly a very boring courtroom drama. I applaud filmmakers for trying to mix genres, but these two don't mix.


That's exactly what I thought about Napoleon Dynamite and Anchorman, but i sat through and ended up really enjoying them.

But, live and let live, right?
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Jimmy McNulty on August 22, 2006, 01:22:50 PM
The godfather: 9.5/10

Brilliantly directed. Almost every scene is masterfully done. Coppla does does an incredible job of building suspense. The actors are top notch, all of them do a spectacular job.

Snakes on a plane: Fucking awsome/ten

need I say more?
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: GreyClock on August 22, 2006, 01:31:11 PM
Step Up

totally ga y/10

(it was a sneak preview ok, we didn't know what we were going to see)
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Muffin Fellow on August 22, 2006, 01:31:18 PM
Snakes on a Plane is excelent when everyone in the theatre is intoxicated.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: chocolatechipclock on August 23, 2006, 12:03:05 AM
Quote from: Muffin Fellow
Snakes on a Plane is excelent when everyone in the theatre is intoxicated.


yeah I watched it while pretty baked, it was great.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Starman on August 28, 2006, 10:02:52 PM
Dawn Of The Dead

This movie had a very good idea, but didn't pull its full capability out. This movie should have been scarier, though it was a total gorefest. The effect were good, and a good story line.

3.5/5
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Kombucha on August 28, 2006, 10:05:27 PM
V for Vendetta: 9/10
Very good movie.

Ultraviolet: 7/10
Good but not so good.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: StrangeClock on August 29, 2006, 12:52:49 PM
Blade: Trinity
So absurdly, wretchedly, farfetchedly bad! I just laughed my ass off at how bizarrely tasteless the whole thing is. Unlike the first two, it's no longer written for a retarded audience, apparently - it's now written by a retarded audience. The attempts at jokes were embarassing, but the sheer amount of pointless out of place swearing and internet forum-bred  insults... like ten recent Kevin Smith movies. The godawful posing, the ratio of bad-guys-hit-nothing, good-guys-hit-everything, the plotholes that reach straight through the earth to China, the sad tragic hipster product placement for Alienware and iPods, the unspeakably vile soundtrack, the overuse of sound effects (like when the chick pops the earphones into her ears at the end)... Is there some kind of Lifetime Achievement Razzie award? This movie so deserves it. It only just misses the "so bad, it's good" mark.

I spent most of the movie laughing in disbelief, the only scenes that actually served their intended purpose were the ones with the vampire dogs. So bad! God!


the Descent
A bunch of chicks decide to go spelunking for fun and get trapped with underground vampire people. If the plot sounds familiar, it's probably because the movie "the Cave" was also released last year, and it was the same thing, just with a bigger budget, less credible story and more guys. Anyway, this movie surprised me, I wouldn't call it good, but worth a rent on a rainy day. The special effects are quite nice, and the sound work especially impressed me. Like when one of the girls gets her throat chewed by one of the creatures. (http://www.clocktopia.com/sig/hollyhead.mp3) I think someone here mentioned it was by the same director as Dog Soldiers? Sounds about right, neither are amazing movies, but good fun nonetheless.


They Live
Haha. Great bit of sci-fi pulp. The story reminds me of classic Invasion of the Body Snatchers, minced in with a fun script that just doesn't care and professional wrestler-level acting, which is to say not very good.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on September 01, 2006, 12:54:43 PM
Caché (hidden)
 
Good french thriller. I like the direction a lot. I like how the story is crafted. It allows you to become involved.
 
Also, the dvd extras are really great if you're interested in the filmmaking process, or if you want to understand the director's motives and way of working, and how he feels about the story.
 
Film: 4/5
 
Extras: 4.5/5
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on September 05, 2006, 11:12:07 AM
The Wicker Man - 7/10

I liked a lot of the acting, and the story/writing was mostly solid. Nicolas Cage's character was great. My biggest complaint is with the ending. I won't ruin anything, but it's way too predictable, and shows it's dependance on Hollywood trends. It didn't exactly ruin the movie, but it is a drawback. Maybe I will have a different opinion a few years down the line, when the film stands on it's own, but right now it's too much of a clone.

Hairspray - 4/10

John Water's movies get better over time, which isn't saying much. But as terrible as they usually are, they also manage to wedge a space in your heart. Hairspray started to create that wedge, but I think it only made it halfway in. Some of the acting was actually terrible, and not just campy, like it should have been. And there were far too many silent shots of pointless dancing that could have been used more productively.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Kombucha on September 05, 2006, 11:15:28 AM
A Beautiful Mind: 9/1o
Great movie okay?

Sphere: 8/10
Also good.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: DigitalLemonClock on September 05, 2006, 01:49:50 PM
Quote from: Predator
That's exactly what I thought about Napoleon Dynamite and Anchorman, but i sat through and ended up really enjoying them.

But, live and let live, right?


If you didn't enjoy Napoleon Dynamite the first hour how did you enjoy the last 30 minutes? Same for Anchorman.

I thought the Descent achieved some nice points; it made me succesfully claustrophobic at times, it had some very well composed shots that made the the hour long chickflick part of the movie bearable, and the the first few times they encounter the enemy is fucking scary as shit.

Well anyway,  that's how I experienced it on Lowlands festival, outside with 500 people, in the rain, stoned out of my mind.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on September 08, 2006, 09:00:04 AM
Crank - 9/10

This movie was ridiculous, but it didn't take itself seriously, so it kind of balanced out. Jason Statham was awesome, as usual, although he's still being typecast in his roles. Amy Smart was pretty hot, especially in the Chinatown scene. The action was good and the gore was great. Not too many complaints about this one.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Shadz on September 08, 2006, 03:02:52 PM
Lil Miss Sun Shine
6/10

Not the funniest movie I ever seen, the plot was a bit stupid but some parts were hilarious.

Accepted
8/10

Yet another teen movie. Nice plot and characters were cool. I laughed at like every 5 mins.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: StrangeClock on September 08, 2006, 03:55:52 PM
Quote from: DigitalLemonClock
Well anyway,  that's how I experienced it on Lowlands festival, outside with 500 people, in the rain, stoned out of my mind.


That's probably the best way to see a movie!

Funny enough I first saw Dog Soldiers at Lowlands, though it was an inside showing.

seriously though Blade Trinity why would a police sergeant use an Alienware laptop? Does he play Elder Scrolls: Oblivion when he's not hunting tasteless actors? I could write a book about this movie.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Munglai on September 08, 2006, 06:43:53 PM
Quote from: Losperman
Crank - 9/10

This movie was ridiculous, but it didn't take itself seriously, so it kind of balanced out. Jason Statham was awesome, as usual, although he's still being typecast in his roles. Amy Smart was pretty hot, especially in the Chinatown scene. The action was good and the gore was great. Not too many complaints about this one.


I thought Crank was brilliant. That and Snakes on a Plane are the best proper action films that have been done for ages. They've got all that same kind of extreme Die Hard/Speed feel to them but with enough new ideas and likeable characters and stuff to make them not just a shitty ripoff of those films (or the Matrix) like all action films for ages have been. Also Crank was really interestingly directed with all really cool visual stuff stuck into it.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Hate Clock on September 09, 2006, 12:11:24 AM
Quote from: Pistol
I thought Crank was brilliant. That and Snakes on a Plane are the best proper action films that have been done for ages. They've got all that same kind of extreme Die Hard/Speed feel to them but with enough new ideas and likeable characters and stuff to make them not just a shitty ripoff of those films (or the Matrix) like all action films for ages have been. Also Crank was really interestingly directed with all really cool visual stuff stuck into it.


I'm going to have to see Crank again.  I mean I liked it, but I didn't like it as much as I think I shouldve.  I had a pretty bad headache.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Munglai on September 09, 2006, 12:35:45 AM
Quote from: Hate Clock
I'm going to have to see Crank again.  I mean I liked it, but I didn't like it as much as I think I shouldve.  I had a pretty bad headache.


It's probably not a good film to watch with a headache because it's basically just an angry cockney smashing stuff for two hours.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Hate Clock on September 09, 2006, 12:39:21 AM
Quote from: Pistol
It's probably not a good film to watch with a headache because it's basically just an angry cockney smashing stuff for two hours.


I thought the pacing was just a little bit off, and he needed to do everything faster.  There were some parts where the action kind of slowed down and I wouldve liked the whole movie to just be this insane killing spree.  Also there werent enough straight up BRAWLS.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Poltergeist on September 09, 2006, 02:41:54 AM
Quote from: Shadz
Lil Miss Sun Shine
6/10

Not the funniest movie I ever seen, the plot was a bit stupid but some parts were hilarious.

Accepted
8/10

Yet another teen movie. Nice plot and characters were cool. I laughed at like every 5 mins.


.... You're insane. Switch the ratings. Accepted was another average teen movie, Little miss sunshine wasn't really a comedy, but it was awesome.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Jimmy McNulty on September 09, 2006, 11:37:53 PM
The Godfather Part 2: 10/10
As good, if not better, than the original. The plot is complex and somewhat hard to follow at the beggining, but it sorts itself out in time. Great performances all around.

Waynes World: 10/10
Wonderfully absurd. One of the best comedies I've ever seen.

Alien: 10/10
Yet another awsome movie. I had pretty much spoiled it for myself via wikipedia, but what I saw went above and beyond my expectations. The atmosphere is chilling, the characters are all very real, and the alien, damn is that fucker creepy. I loved how you saw so little of it. It didn't strike like a viper, darting out of a corner and nabbing you, but was much more subtle. He creeps up slowly, almost barely noticable, like when Brett is looking for Jonesy and the camera pans down from the ceiling and you see the alien, right? There is absolutly no emphasis on it. Like it's just part of the background. Fucking. Awsome.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Joey 56465468 on September 10, 2006, 10:34:28 AM
The New World 2/10 (I believe thats the name)

Incase you forgot about this movie, it was that new Pocahontas with Colin Farrel.  This movie was as awful as they come, Avoid at all costs.  The story didn't make any sense, the cammera was seisureiffic throughtout the whole thing and people in the movie said maybe 5 lines total.  And the acting, jesus that was bad.  You could tell that Colin Farrel did not want to be there filming this, that or he was extreamly drunk the entire time.  Never ever go near this movie for any reason at all.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Randy Pearson on September 10, 2006, 10:37:32 AM
Wallace & Grommit: The Curse of the Were-rabbit

While many people may think this is a "just-for-kids-movie," others may be pleasently surprised to find that This Wallace and Grommit film can appeal to people of alll ages. The characters are funny and well developed, as are the jokes (which at no point become corney). The clay-mation work in this film is outstanding, even better then some CGI graphics I've seen.

Horror film lovers will be happy to find that this film makes it's own share of references and spoofs of the werewolf mythos.

Unlike many family films, the story and premise never runs thin, which means we can thoroughly enjoy the middle and end of the film as we have enjoyed the beginning. It stays clean but never becomes cutesy. Also, unlike many so-called "family-films," The Curse of the Were-Rabbit doesn't leave the adult audience in boredom for the simple perpous of keeping children entertained.

The best aspect of this movie is that it's the first film in a long time that I came out of feeling very good and perfectly content with the story. The film was heart-warming and funny, yet still serious. It truly is a feel-good picture that I'm sure all who see it will enjoy.

I give Wallace & Grommit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit a perfect 10/10.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Jimmy McNulty on September 10, 2006, 07:32:08 PM
Dream Catcher: 7/10
not nearly as bad as I had expected. Some of the plot didn't add up in the end. Kind of surreal at some points. A fun thing to watch on a lazy sunday afternoon.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Arctic on September 14, 2006, 10:42:47 PM
Beerfest 10/10

Thumbs up to Broken Lizard once again.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: VanillaPepsiClock on September 15, 2006, 06:43:24 PM
Fight Club (Yes I just watched it.)- 10/10
Amazing cinematography, Brad Pitt is great, thought provoking concept. I don't know why I haven't watched this earlier.

Millenium Actress- 8/10
Anime can make good movie material and this one is a jewel. Highly emotional with a very unique narrative. If you've watched Perfect Blue or Paranoia Agent, then you're in for a treat since it's the same director.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: chocolatechipclock on September 16, 2006, 03:09:05 AM
Bad Education - ?/10

All I have to say is what the fuck.  It's basicly a movie within a movie about transexuals blackmailing a preist who molested them as kids... or something like that?  This movie really confused the hell out of me.  It was definently interesting, but I don't know what to say about it.  Check it out if you have an open mind.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: VanillaPepsiClock on September 17, 2006, 08:01:53 PM
V for Vendetta- 9/10
Hugo Weaving is amazing. It blows the mind how much emotion he can put into a constantly masked character. V's dialogue is some of the best I've ever heard in a movie providing thought yet being completely badass at the same time. Cinematography is powerful, especially the montage cutting back and forth between the dominoes near the end of the movie. My only complaint is how the backstory was changed to fit the present day Iraq war.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: chocolatechipclock on September 19, 2006, 12:06:25 AM
Quote from: pyromancer_clock
Dream Catcher: 7/10
not nearly as bad as I had expected. Some of the plot didn't add up in the end. Kind of surreal at some points. A fun thing to watch on a lazy sunday afternoon.


Yesterday my friend put that movie on top of his car while we went into a mall and to target for about 1-2 hours to see if anyone would steal it.  Suprisingly, nobody did.  I bet someone went up to it and was like "Dreamcatcher, why would I want to watch this piece of shit?"  Keep in mind that I live in southern California.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: ChickenClock on September 22, 2006, 02:55:07 AM
Zwartboek (Blackbook) 8/10

I don't care what the reviews say, I really enjoyed this movie.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: DigitalLemonClock on September 22, 2006, 06:38:53 AM
Quote from: StrangeClock
That's probably the best way to see a movie!

Funny enough I first saw Dog Soldiers at Lowlands, though it was an inside showing.

seriously though Blade Trinity why would a police sergeant use an Alienware laptop? Does he play Elder Scrolls: Oblivion when he's not hunting tasteless actors? I could write a book about this movie.


yeah there was a cinema tent aswell but you aren't allowed to smoke there and it was pretty crowded
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: chocolatechipclock on September 22, 2006, 05:37:04 PM
Evil Dead II - 10/10

God I love this movie.  It is a great gore fest with lots of scares.  My favorite scene was probably where everything in the room was lauthing at Ash.  I wanna watch this movie on shrooms.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on September 23, 2006, 06:25:56 PM
Stick It - 7/10

This was actually pretty good. Of course you have all of the cliche characters and relationships you would expect, and an ending taken from... well, every other movie like this. But the acting was good and there were some pretty funny parts in it. And who doesn't like watching chicks jump around in tight spandex?

The Tommyknockers - 5/10

I loved the story and the writing... but everything else was pretty crappy. The acting was hit or miss, with decent performances from the lead actors, but many of the minor characters were shit. Traci Lords was hot, as always. I think this movie would be great if they made it for the big screen rather than TV.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Munglai on September 23, 2006, 06:26:11 PM
Quote from: Hate Clock
I thought the pacing was just a little bit off, and he needed to do everything faster.  There were some parts where the action kind of slowed down and I wouldve liked the whole movie to just be this insane killing spree.  Also there werent enough straight up BRAWLS.


I think the general public likes car chases more than fights and Crank was supposed to be an all round action film so they had to cater to everyone in a very general way or something.

I went to see Talladega Nights yesterday. I was with my very anal friend who gets really worked up about product placement in films so he was making little pained noises all the way through, which was very funny. I don't really mind product placement and I'm not sure if they overdid it so much because they were mocking all the adverts in NASCAR or just because they wanted to make money but it got to the point where it was just ridiculous. Anyway besides the dodgy adverts throughout the film, it was pretty shit anyway. Most of the jokes just weren't very funny and most of them were very badly pased and predictable. I liked Sacha Baron Cohen's character for a while because he was so ridiculous but they couldn't really keep him funny. Also the joke of kids saying naughty things was really annoying and the kids were really awful actors.

What's weird is that the film seems to have been really well received with people comparing it to Anchorman and stuff. I don't know, what did everyone else think?

4/10
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: chocolatechipclock on September 23, 2006, 07:49:40 PM
Jackass Number 2 - 9.5/10

I never would have imagined giving this movie such a good rating, but it really exceeded my expectations.  Some of the stunts and pranks they did were just genius.  If you're squemish to male nudity or gross female nudity, don't see it.  Otherwise, enjoy.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on September 23, 2006, 07:57:31 PM
"Click" starring adam sandler - 0/5
I'm happy to say that i haven't actually seen this movie. I just saw a trailer for it, and I wept.
 
Perfume - 1.5/5
That was really silly. And not in a good way. The plot was like something I would have written when I was 12 for a creative writing assignment. The only good thing, really, was the photography.
 
superman returns - 4/5
Really cool movie.. Works on many levels. I liked the plot. Quite an inventive McGuffin in there!
 
the girl from the water (or whatever...) by m night shyamalan - 0.5/5
tripe. the plot was dumb. the script was dumb. everything was.. dumb. unoriginal. pointless. unentertaining. and shyamalan gives himself a big fat cameo with which to display his wonderful range of "normal guy" to "normal guy is somewhat bemused".
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: SnakeClock on September 23, 2006, 09:01:44 PM
Trainspotting 9/10

I was expecting Requiem for a Dream with this, but I was pleasantly surprised and thoroughly entertained by it. It has a great energy and wit, hilarious writing, great characters, and really imaginative imagery (Renton's withdrawl hallucination was crazy). I should pick it up; I loved it.

Being John Malkovich 8/10

My first experience with Charlie Kaufman, and a new benchmark in cinematic storytelling. I've seen it before, but it's still very good the second time. On top of the innovative tale, the movie has a delightfully low-key aesthetic to it that makes the story seem more serious, and a wonderful cast (I particularly liked Craig; he's so devestatingly pathetic).
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Munglai on September 24, 2006, 09:53:46 AM
Quote from: LeekClock

the girl from the water (or whatever...) by m night shyamalan - 0.5/5
tripe. the plot was dumb. the script was dumb. everything was.. dumb. unoriginal. pointless. unentertaining. and shyamalan gives himself a big fat cameo with which to display his wonderful range of "normal guy" to "normal guy is somewhat bemused".


Did it have a really silly twist?
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on September 24, 2006, 10:00:45 AM
Quote from: Pistol
Did it have a really silly twist?

Naturally!
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: ChocolateCoffin on September 24, 2006, 04:13:28 PM
Clerks II

Quite good, some funny moments.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on September 26, 2006, 12:02:48 PM
river of no return 4.5/5
 
pretty solid old film. cool story, cool dialogue & characters.
 
(http://www.goatview.com/Mitchum.jpg)
robert mitchum plays a kickass know-it-all cowboy daddy, and has some cool lines
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: SilverCherryClock on September 26, 2006, 04:33:47 PM
Poseidon (the new one) 3/10

A pretty lame movie, even it's neat special effects couldn't save it from being bad. The plot was terribly predictable (I actually picked out who would die half way through the movie  and was right except for the old homosexual who lived) and the characters were uninteresting and cliched. All the deaths that you thought would be so dramatic never were, which you'd think would be refreshing but it really just makes the movie worse. I've never watched the old one, but I'm sure you should watch that one instead.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Munglai on September 27, 2006, 06:12:11 PM
Quote from: LeekClock
Naturally!


They had M Nighty Night down for directing the Life of Pi film for a while but then Jean-Pierre Jeaunet who's a billion times more awesome took over instead. Apparently M Night Shymalan decided not to do it because he felt he was being labeled as a TWIST GUY and Life of Pi has a big twist to it. I'm glad he decided not to because it's not really a twist at all and he would completely rape all the subtlety out of it.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Hate Clock on September 27, 2006, 08:59:13 PM
Quote from: Pistol
They had M Nighty Night down for directing the Life of Pi film for a while but then Jean-Pierre Jeaunet who's a billion times more awesome took over instead. Apparently M Night Shymalan decided not to do it because he felt he was being labeled as a TWIST GUY and Life of Pi has a big twist to it. I'm glad he decided not to because it's not really a twist at all and he would completely rape all the subtlety out of it.


Also he's one of the worst directors of our decade.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Munglai on September 29, 2006, 12:52:47 PM
Quote from: Hate Clock
Also he's one of the worst directors of our decade.


See I don't think he's that bad a director but he is a pretty awful writer.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Hate Clock on September 29, 2006, 12:59:34 PM
Quote from: Pistol
See I don't think he's that bad a director but he is a pretty awful writer.


Either way, considering the direction his career is going right now, if he had directed Life of Pi it would probably be a piece of shit.  The M. Night curse is that each movie he puts out gets progressively worse.  Since Lady in the Water was utter garbage I can't even imagine what his next movie is going to be like.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: camoclock is a great man on September 29, 2006, 01:27:03 PM
Quote from: Hate Clock
Either way, considering the direction his career is going right now, if he had directed Life of Pi it would probably be a piece of shit.  The M. Night curse is that each movie he puts out gets progressively worse.  Since Lady in the Water was utter garbage I can't even imagine what his next movie is going to be like.

Unbreakable Sixth Signs In The Water

The silly twist is that a geiser erupts when the baddie is standing on it.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: chocolatechipclock on September 30, 2006, 02:40:38 AM
Last House on the Left - 8.5/10

This is a great 70's gore flick.  It's basicly about 2 hippie chicks that go to a stranger to "score some grass", as a matter of fact, an ounce of columbian weed for $20 (remember, this movie was released in 1972).  This movie works great as an anti-marijuana commercial.  

The supposed dealers they go to have no plans of selling grass.  They are kidnapped, taken to a forest, raped, tortured, and murdered.  All of this coincidently takes place across the street from the main character's home.  After killing the two girls, the killers ask if they can stay at the girl's parent's house, neither party knowing who the other really is, at least for a while...

My favorite thing about this movie is the soundtrack.  It is always happy and kind of reminds me of scooby-doo when the killers are chasing down the girls in the forest.  This movie is like no other horror I've seen.  Go check it out if you aren't disturbed easily.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Randy Pearson on September 30, 2006, 10:31:20 AM
Quote from: CamoClock
Unbreakable Sixth Signs In The Water

The silly twist is that a geiser erupts when the baddie is standing on it.


I thought Unbreakable was an awesome movie. It really gives a great new spin on the superhero genre. I liked the Sixth Sense, it was the second of his movies where I didn't see the twist coming a mile away (the first being Unbreakable). The Village had a fantastic story and visual style, but the acting was so bland and horrible, I really expected better of Sigourney Weaver. I also like Signs very much, simply because it didn't really have a stupid twist at the end, and it was genuenly scary.

One bone I have to pick with him is that he constantly makes cameos in his movies. Even though Quentin Tarantino does it alot too, he does it with a certain sense of modesty, that only he could do that role. With Night it's why bother.

Speaking of Tarantino:

Kill Bill:

I am going to write about both volume one and two, because the director obviously meant it to be as one epic story. I enjoyed this film on a level that I don't think I can say for other action/black comedy films I've seen, let alone action. The acting is superb, you really feel like you get to know all the characters on an emotional level, even if they are a murdering bastard (I practically cried when Bill died at the end; Oh come on, like the title doesn't make the outcome obvious enough).

Fans of his past work will appreciate the fact that this film is split into chapters, not all taking place in chronological order, as he has done with his past films. But because we have a narration to go with it, the story is much easier to follow then, say, Pulp Fiction).

The way this film looks visually is also very unique. It's almost like we're watching an old sixties or seventies action show. Even some of the little actual score that appears in the film sounds like the campy, over-exagerated tv show music we would expect from back then.

The story and direction are so strange that you can't help but enjoy yourself, even in the ultra-violent fight (or just plain slaughter) scenes. The film is shown in an ultra-modern setting, but told as a japanese comic book, but directed in the sixties tv style mixed with the look that is so distinctly Tarantinos. Even a whole 15 minutes of the film is done in anime form, showing that Tarantino is still the enciecopedia of pop-culture he was before. Multiple genres are also thrown in for good measure: sphaggeti western, italian giello, japanese/chinese fantasy epic, etc.

Fans of Lady Snowblood will immediately recognise the similar look of the first part of this film to the earlier, especially during the battle with Oren-Ishi. Bruce Lee fans will be pleased to see that the outfit the Bride wears is a go-go disco version of the outfit he wore in his uncompleted film: The Game of Death.

At the end of the films, we see an end credit very similar to old action films, showing the actor in one scene and then listing the character they played. There is also a second end credit sequence for the actors done in the style of the opening credits for a fifties film, and then the actual end credits (don't worry, it looks too good to be boring).

If there is any flaw with the film, it is that when we get to the volume two part, we find it hard to believe we are watching the same story, the style and look are so different.

In the end, Tarantino has once again made a fantastic film, one too keep old fans, new fans, and regular viewers alike entertained. I may even watch it again, I most likely will, I definetly will, it's just so enjoyable.

9.9/10
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: ChocolateCoffin on September 30, 2006, 06:51:36 PM
Little Miss Sunshine - 9/10

Great ,great movie. Go watch it right now.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Jimmy McNulty on September 30, 2006, 08:21:06 PM
Aliens: 9.5/10
James Cameroon delivers one kick ass, balls to the wall, edge of your motherfucking seat, damn good sequel of a movie. It isn't the horror movie Alien was, but it's the scifi-action film that everything else strives to be. Although it departs from alien in direction style, it bears the many of the same traits. Vibrant characters, badass sets, and our faviorite acid bleeding friend, Harry Q. Xenomorph. Also, Vasquez and Apone are fucking badass.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on October 02, 2006, 07:43:03 PM
Everything is Illuminated 1.5/5
 
Liev Schreiber tries his hand at writing and directing, and as far as i'm concerned, fails.
 
I really disliked the writing style. It was like a bad american sitcom to begin with. Somewhere in the middle it devolved further from a poor "finding-oneself" comedy into a poor "dealing-with-war" drama.
 
The story was not in the least compelling. None of the characters are very likable (nor could one relate to them very well) aside from the grandfather, but the story is so dumb that I was filled with a whitewash hatred for everything about it. Even though I quite liked the photography.
 
Also, personally, from a language student's point of view, I disliked the way he handled the Ukranian character's pidgin English. It wasn't very believable.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: chocolatechipclock on October 05, 2006, 01:40:56 AM
Dawn of the Dead (original) 9/10

Great gore, action, and pretty smart, too.  It's nice to see an old horror movie where they don't kill off the black guy.  Other than the grotesquely large walkie-talkies, it felt like a pretty modern movie.  I liked it a lot more than the new Dawn of the Dead.  This is one of my favorite zombie movies now.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: cokezeroglock on October 05, 2006, 08:36:53 PM
Poseidon Adventure (the new one) 10/10
I saw it on an aeroplane, and I was actualy listening to a Jazz station, and it is extremely funny looking at the ship sinking and such while listening to some light Chicago Jazz.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on October 05, 2006, 08:50:23 PM
Quote from: chocolatechipclock
. It's nice to see an old horror movie where they don't kill off the black guy.

I think there's an alternate ending in which he does die :D
 
But not until the end
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Arctic on October 05, 2006, 09:13:06 PM
Malcolm X - 8/10

I'm running out of things to watch.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: SilverCherryClock on October 07, 2006, 04:02:04 PM
Quote from: Amontillado
Poseidon Adventure (the new one) 10/10
I saw it on an aeroplane, and I was actualy listening to a Jazz station, and it is extremely funny looking at the ship sinking and such while listening to some light Chicago Jazz.


That movie is so awful I can't believe you didn't burst into flames when you gave it a 10/10
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Hate Clock on October 07, 2006, 05:49:34 PM
The Science of Sleep- 2/5

The main character was incredibly unlikable and impossible to relate to and the plot was nearly non-existent.  Honestly 90% of the movie seemed like the writer masturbating and the other 10 percent was Michel Gondry going, "Hey wouldn't it be cool if..."  The movie left me feeling unsatisfied.  Nothing was at stake and nothing was accomplished.  There were some interesting visuals but other than that I didn't like it.

Eternal Sunshine was better.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Jimmy McNulty on October 07, 2006, 08:20:14 PM
Akira: 10/10
Probably the best animated movie (anime or otherwise) I've ever seen. Flat out incredible. The animation was incredible, the music was incredible, the setting was incredible etc.[/rave review]
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on October 07, 2006, 10:51:07 PM
Employee of the Month - 3/10

I was amazed at the amount of jokes that fell flat in this movie. Not only that, but the fact that they kept using the same make-fun-of-the-fat-people or someone-gets-hurt joke over and over. The three points I gave it break down as follows: 1 for one of Jessica Simpson's breasts. 2 for the other breast. 3 for a funny anal joke. And that's about it.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: AdrenalineClock on October 07, 2006, 11:30:00 PM
Quote from: Losperman
Employee of the Month - 3/10

I was amazed at the amount of jokes that fell flat in this movie. Not only that, but the fact that they kept using the same make-fun-of-the-fat-people or someone-gets-hurt joke over and over. The three points I gave it break down as follows: 1 for one of Jessica Simpson's breasts. 2 for the other breast. 3 for a funny anal joke. And that's about it.


I still don't get why they thought a movie starring two non-actors was a good idea.

Quote from: Hate Clock
The Science of Sleep- 2/5

The main character was incredibly unlikable and impossible to relate to and the plot was nearly non-existent.  Honestly 90% of the movie seemed like the writer masturbating and the other 10 percent was Michel Gondry going, "Hey wouldn't it be cool if..."  The movie left me feeling unsatisfied.  Nothing was at stake and nothing was accomplished.  There were some interesting visuals but other than that I didn't like it.

Eternal Sunshine was better.


Gondry wrote it, so the WHOLE movie is him masturbating.  He needs Kaufman to write his movies.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: GreyClock on October 08, 2006, 06:47:17 AM
A Simple Plan 5/5

I loved it, the plot was great. I can't say much about it without ruining stuff so I won't. Watch this.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Slurpee on October 08, 2006, 06:51:11 AM
Quote from: Losperman
Employee of the Month - 3/10

I was amazed at the amount of jokes that fell flat in this movie. Not only that, but the fact that they kept using the same make-fun-of-the-fat-people or someone-gets-hurt joke over and over. The three points I gave it break down as follows: 1 for one of Jessica Simpson's breasts. 2 for the other breast. 3 for a funny anal joke. And that's about it.

Dang. I was holding out for this to be another 40 Year Old Virgin.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: AdrenalineClock on October 08, 2006, 10:56:45 AM
Quote from: Slurpee
Dang. I was holding out for this to be another 40 Year Old Virgin.


PG-13?  No cast?  Fat chance.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on October 08, 2006, 09:39:14 PM
Quote from: Slurpee
Dang. I was holding out for this to be another 40 Year Old Virgin.


Not even close. 40 Year Old Virgin is one of those movies where you see something new and hilarious every time you watch it. Employee of the Month is one of those movies you wonder why you're even bothering to watch a second time.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on October 09, 2006, 02:08:22 PM
The Departed
 
see this movie


edit: immediately
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: SilverCherryClock on October 09, 2006, 03:54:22 PM
Quote from: LeekClock
The Departed
 
see this movie


edit: immediately


Can't wait to do so
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: DigitalLemonClock on October 09, 2006, 06:40:20 PM
Quote from: LeekClock
The Departed
 
see this movie


edit: immediately


yeah
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Arctic on October 09, 2006, 08:04:09 PM
Quote from: LeekClock
The Departed
 
see this movie


edit: immediately


Saw it last night and I give it a strong 8 out of 10.  I felt the story was not very original, but the execution of it was good.  The movie was rather long for the story it told and it could have actually stood to be more gruesome and crude.  The thing that I liked the best was surprisingly the thing my cousin said he hated, the ending.  Music ranging from dropkick murphys to a horrible cover of pink floyd.  And my final thought, Leonardo DiCaprio's acting bothered me.  I would almost like it better if Matt Damon and him had switched roles.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Slurpee on October 09, 2006, 08:15:07 PM
I saw Monster House.

Got to tell you, it was better than I expected. Kind of thing I'd take my kids to see, if I hadn't eaten them. For contrast, I wouldn't wish any other non-Pixar 3d movie released in the last decade on baby Hitler.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Jimmy McNulty on October 09, 2006, 10:12:40 PM
Lord Of War: 8.5/10
A good movie. Nicholas Cage is good, and the black comedy is superb. The begginning was a little weak, but once it got started it didn't stop. I think it might also have the guy who played Ash in Alien in it, although he bled red and not cum.
Title: the passion of the christ
Post by: john lennon on October 11, 2006, 07:42:52 PM
i swear to god i want to force mel gibson to read the bible before he makes a movie about the last hours of jesus, that movie was so  innacurate, it sucked
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on October 11, 2006, 07:43:48 PM
Quote from: waffles-and-pancakes
that movie was so innacurate

so's the bible
 
zing zong zang
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Kombucha on October 11, 2006, 10:38:31 PM
Lorenzo's Oil: 8/10
Yep.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: buttplug on October 11, 2006, 10:41:19 PM
House of D
7.5/10

Heartwarming or something. The retarted guy was cool.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: CrustClock on October 13, 2006, 12:53:45 PM
Thank you for smoking:

Very funny, not in a "laugh out loud" repeat-quotes-to-your friends funny but the kind of funny that you snigger knowingly at. A clever and topical script with great casting. Five shocked expressions out of five.

(http://www.freewebtown.com/crustclock/shockedFace.png) (http://www.freewebtown.com/crustclock/shockedFace.png) (http://www.freewebtown.com/crustclock/shockedFace.png) (http://www.freewebtown.com/crustclock/shockedFace.png) (http://www.freewebtown.com/crustclock/shockedFace.png)
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Ingram-J/WristbandClock on October 13, 2006, 02:28:15 PM
I saw Stealth a few days ago, verdict:

It sucked. It lacked action, it made no sense whatsoever, and those planes sure were ugly. Also notice how those "Su-37s" are Su-30MKIs? (They have 2 seats, an Su-37 has only 1). IT WAS THE WORST AVIATION MOVIE EVER!

2/10
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: GreyClock on October 13, 2006, 02:32:58 PM
Quote from: waffles-and-pancakes
i swear to god i want to force mel gibson to read the bible before he makes a movie about the last hours of jesus, that movie was so  innacurate, it sucked
fuck jesus
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: SamFisherKlawk on October 14, 2006, 09:20:48 AM
Omen 2006:

It wasn't as good as I expected. ;D
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on October 14, 2006, 09:03:00 PM
The Grudge 2 - 2/10

What the fuck. I actually liked the first movie and I was more worried about them using the same storyline and scares from the first instead of coming up with new stuff. Now I'm wishing they had. They had such a convoluted and loosely tied together story, and there were only one or two parts that could actually be considered creepy. My 2 is for hot Asian nurses and cheerleader uniforms.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Slurpee on October 15, 2006, 11:50:16 PM
Quote from: Ingram-J
Also notice how those "Su-37s" are Su-30MKIs?

I don't think anybody I know would have enough knowledge about military aircraft to notice something like that.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Munglai on October 16, 2006, 02:55:19 PM
Quote from: Ingram-J
I saw Stealth a few days ago, verdict:

It sucked. It lacked action, it made no sense whatsoever, and those planes sure were ugly. Also notice how those "Su-37s" are Su-30MKIs? (They have 2 seats, an Su-37 has only 1). IT WAS THE WORST AVIATION MOVIE EVER!

2/10


neeeeeerd
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: GreyClock on October 16, 2006, 05:05:48 PM
Click 7.5/10

Not your typical Adam Sandler movie (which I like) It was surprisingly deep and stuff. There were even some fags crying at some of the scenes. Cool.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Topcatyo on October 18, 2006, 06:23:23 PM
The Usual Suspects
Awesome.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: DigitalLemonClock on October 18, 2006, 08:38:27 PM
Quote from: topkatyo
The Unusual Suspects
Awesome.


The first film that captures the history of today's dance music, and how it has changed not only the dance-floor, but the world.

sounds like not very awesome at all
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Hazelnut on October 18, 2006, 08:50:45 PM
Quote from: Ingram-J
I saw Stealth a few days ago, verdict:

It sucked. It lacked action, it made no sense whatsoever, and those planes sure were ugly. Also notice how those "Su-37s" are Su-30MKIs? (They have 2 seats, an Su-37 has only 1). IT WAS THE WORST AVIATION MOVIE EVER!

2/10

How did it lack action?  Unless you were expecting some super hyper stick fight it was a great movie.  And those planes made you hard, admit it.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Topcatyo on October 18, 2006, 08:51:02 PM
Quote from: DigitalLemonClock
The first film that captures the history of today's dance music, and how it has changed not only the dance-floor, but the world.

sounds like not very awesome at all

Fuck, made a typo.
Fixed now.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: DigitalLemonClock on October 18, 2006, 09:14:58 PM
Quote from: topkatyo
Fuck, made a typo.
Fixed now.


now you're very much right
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: chocolatechipclock on October 19, 2006, 01:31:36 AM
Interview with the Vampire - 8.5/10

Brad Pitt is great as always.  Cruise is good too.  A young Kirsten Dunst makes a great child vampire.  I really enjoyed it all except the ending, which seemed a bit ridiculous.  I read the book a long time ago, but don't remember much, so it was a good refresher.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on October 19, 2006, 07:43:19 PM
The Omen - 5/10

Eh, kinda boring, not as creepy as it could have been, and the plot was a little dull. They had some unfulfilled potential with all the history and stuff they had going for them. There was some nice gore, and the few creepy parts were actually nice and creepy. Oh well. Maybe next time.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Randy Pearson on October 20, 2006, 10:34:04 AM
"The Butterfly Effect"

An underated gem, this film was an extremely good entry into the science fiction/fantasy drama. It takes an out-there premise and sturs it in with incredible acting and plot developement. I found it a compeling and disturbing film. I really didn't expect this type of role from someone like Ashton Kutcher. I also like the hidden references in the film. Evan Trebron is a play on "Event Reborn".

Just for nerds, the title of this film references the short story, The Sound of Thunder, where people go back in time to hunt dinosaurs. One of the characters kills a butterfly, which somehow has disastorous effects on the future.

I give this movie and excelent 9/10
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Hate Clock on October 20, 2006, 11:35:27 AM
Quote from: Predator
"The Butterfly Effect"

An underated gem, this film was an extremely good entry into the science fiction/fantasy drama. It takes an out-there premise and sturs it in with incredible acting and plot developement. I found it a compeling and disturbing film. I really didn't expect this type of role from someone like Ashton Kutcher. I also like the hidden references in the film. Evan Trebron is a play on "Event Reborn".

Just for nerds, the title of this film references the short story, The Sound of Thunder, where people go back in time to hunt dinosaurs. One of the characters kills a butterfly, which somehow has disastorous effects on the future.

I give this movie and excelent 9/10


Nah.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Randy Pearson on October 20, 2006, 12:35:09 PM
Quote from: Hate Clock
Nah.


To each his own, Hate; to each his own.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Hate Clock on October 20, 2006, 12:48:45 PM
Quote from: Predator
To each his own, Hate; to each his own.


Nah.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Arctic on October 20, 2006, 01:09:48 PM
Quote from: Predator
"The Butterfly Effect"

An underated gem, this film was an extremely good entry into the science fiction/fantasy drama. It takes an out-there premise and sturs it in with incredible acting and plot developement. I found it a compeling and disturbing film. I really didn't expect this type of role from someone like Ashton Kutcher. I also like the hidden references in the film. Evan Trebron is a play on "Event Reborn".

Just for nerds, the title of this film references the short story, The Sound of Thunder, where people go back in time to hunt dinosaurs. One of the characters kills a butterfly, which somehow has disastorous effects on the future.

I give this movie and excelent 9/10


When I first saw that movie, it was like when I watched War of the Worlds,  there were so many things in it that conflicted with each other and made no sense.  I don't quite remember what they were, being like 3 years ago, but I'm just one of those people who watches a movie and if all the peices don't fit nicely together I absolutely hate it.  That movie had so many problems.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on October 21, 2006, 02:30:08 PM
Meeting People is Easy 3/5
 
It's a film about radiohead. It's basically a compilation of videos from their live performances and a lot of behind-the-scenes, off-stage stuff - all mixed together in a sort of arty farty un-narrated way. It's great for fans who are looking for more insight into their favourite band. As a fan myself, i found it interesting to see how they coped with their success after OK COMPUTER, and just to see more of their personalities, since you don't see them much aside from their performances. It's quite hypnotically/tastefully/creatively compiled - it gives you space to consider the material whilst you watch.
 
However, if you knew nothing of radiohead, or were not a fan, this dvd probably wouldn't convert you, or even interest you at all.
 
The History Boys 4/5
 
Excellent film - I really enjoyed it, and appreciated the passion put into it.  The script is very intelligent, and amusingly true (and witty at times) - and the actors pulled it of flawlessly. Apparently they're the same actors who did the stage version of the story, and so they knew their characters inside out. It showed - the characters all come across as very charismatic and they all have their own personalities. There was a very tight structure to the story - no filler or excess characters. Quite moving!
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Randy Pearson on October 22, 2006, 01:24:31 PM
Hostel

So my big brother intends to see Saw III, so he decides he wants to see the first two movies before then. He sees Saw over at a friends house and then goes to Blockbuster to rent Saw II. Well, fuck his luck, they're fresh out. So, he decides to pick up this little number instead. Unlike him, I am more enthusiastic about seeing this film, so, the next morning, I do.

Thank god my parents and family were out when I watched this. This film has some intense sexual content, almost to the point of being soft-porn at times (there is a point in the film where the guys have a conversation with another guy and two people are having sex in the background while this takes place). This movie is like the horror equivalent of Euro Trip.

Anyway, after seeing it all the way through, I think I can safely say people are way overly critical of this film. The acting in this film was good (enough) and I thought the premise of the story was an interesting one. This film, in the end, proves very entertaining, whether you laugh or scream or vomit or do nothing. There were some scenes in this film that were genuanly scary and shocking, which should please its target audience (as should the sex, since most of the target audience is just a bunch of degenerate perverts like myself).

But this film does have its flaws. As with many films in the genre, it has a very good premise, but is just ruined by cheap thrills and gore. The story centers around a group of friends traveling through Europe. For what reason? What else is their? Drugs and sex. Unfortunately for these guys, instead of stumbling upon the greatest sex of their lives with women who apparently will automatically screw any american, all they get is a group of sick, twisted people with all the rusty weapons and driping wall rooms you could think of (not gonna' give the exact premise that made it really interesting, just gonna' hafta' see). While this premise promises us some genuine scares and gore, it comes up short. The main reason being is that there really isn't that much gore to speak of. Most of the "unrated" content of this film comes from the extensive sexual shenanigans of our main characters, which may upset many gore-hounds expecting non-stop blood as in Saw. This leads to another problem with the films overall story. Despite how horrible the torture scenes in this movie are, I really could care less about what happens to these people. If I'm supposed to show unlimited sympathy for these perverts and horror at the torture they're put through, this film does a pretty poor job.

People looking for more gore in the unrated addition will be sad to know that there are only two brief second clips of gore and one briefly extended scene.

But do all these problems make Hostel the worst horror movie ever as people make it out to be? Hell no. Sure, it isn't The Texas Chainsaw Massacre or Psycho, but its a much better movie then others you could be watching. With all of its flaws the story is very suspenceful and drawn-out, and what little gore there is is enough to make you squirm in your seat. Besides, its quite a step up from Eli Roth's earlier film, Cabin Fever.

Hostel gets an average 7/10, and is worth seeing, even if just for the tits (which are HUGE by the way).

Looking foward to reviewing An American Werewolf and Evil Dead later.

See ya'!
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: AdrenalineClock on October 22, 2006, 01:48:24 PM
7/10 is good.  5/10 is average.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Randy Pearson on October 22, 2006, 02:21:12 PM
Quote from: Adrenaline
7/10 is good.  5/10 is average.


5/10 is 50%. Thats a fail. 7/10 is a 70%. That's average you piss-licker.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: AdrenalineClock on October 22, 2006, 04:20:24 PM
No, that's school grading.  This isn't school.  7/10 means it did most things right but was flawed, a pretty good movie.

When Ebert gives something 3 stars out of 4, do you think he thinks it's average?  No, he thinks it's good but not amazing, 2 out of 4 is average.  Most critics give bad movies between 0 and 30 percent.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: SilverCherryClock on October 22, 2006, 09:25:39 PM
The Departed 10/10

Arguably the best movie I've ever seen, go watch it if you haven't already.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on October 22, 2006, 09:45:38 PM
The Break Up - 6/10

This movie has a few funny moments, but nothing too memorable. I liked the characters a lot, though. The ending kind of sucked, but I guess it could have been worse.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Randy Pearson on October 22, 2006, 09:46:26 PM
Quote from: Adrenaline
No, that's school grading.  This isn't school.  7/10 means it did most things right but was flawed, a pretty good movie.

When Ebert gives something 3 stars out of 4, do you think he thinks it's average?  No, he thinks it's good but not amazing, 2 out of 4 is average.  Most critics give bad movies between 0 and 30 percent.


I have been shown the light by a prophet, his name is Adrenaline. _praiz_
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: AdrenalineClock on October 22, 2006, 09:51:20 PM
Your momma
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Randy Pearson on October 24, 2006, 07:27:08 AM
Quote from: Adrenaline
Your momma


My momma what?

Subsitute teaches? Eats? Breathes?
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Randy Pearson on October 27, 2006, 10:13:25 AM
Halloween Resurrection:

(SPOILERS ALERT! EXTREME CAUTION FOR THOSE WHO HAVE NOT SEEN HALLOWEEN)

I really watched this film over two nights, I saw the first half one night, and then the second half the other night. And I must say this is one god awful movie.

But first, lets do a little recap, shall we. Halloween was a film directed by horror master John Carpenter (The Thing). It tells the story of a girl who is being stalked by a serial killer named Michael Myers, who, for no explained reason, comes on Halloween and just starts killing teenagers. Since I doubt anyone will have a problem recognizing this formula in slasher films, I won't hold back on plot details. Michael is eventually shot out from a window and falls two stories to his death (but anyone who recognizes the slasher formula will know that doesn't last very long). The only other explanation for Michael is that he killed his baby sister (I can't remembe exactly) on Halloween so many years ago and, according to Dr. Loomis (a psychology expert who, for no explained reason, feels it is his duty to finally kill Michael) tells us he is pure evil. Well, wouldn't you know, Michael isn't laying on the ground dead when Loomis checks again, he's vanished.

4 years later, a sequel was made taking place at the same time as original, where the girl, Laurie Strode, is rushed to a hospital, where the doctors are as over-sexed as the ones in Grey's Anatomy. She seems to be in some sort of frightened coma. During which, we see flashbacks that reveal she is, in fact, Michael's brother, and he is hell-bent on killing her. He fails yet again, and the sequel actually ends on a happy note.

Since both films take place on the same night, it is often classified as being simply two parts of a saga, so in reviews for Halloween, they often reveal that Laurie is his sister, though this is not revealed until the sequel. A number of sequels followed that attempted to explain Michael's psychotic behavior, and why he is incapable of dieing, only to have a film called Halloween H20: 20 Years Later, which ignores the events of all the films except the first two, where Michael is alive and still trying to kill his sister (played by the same actress, Jamie Lee Curtis).

This movie takes place directly after the events of H20, well, sorta. Laurie Stode is in an insane asylum, aparently in another comatose state, after she had decapitated a man she thought was Michael! That's right! That wasn't even Michael in the last movie at the end, just a poor guy that Michael dicided to descise as him. He also crushes his wind-pipe so he can't reveal his true identity! What a twist! Michael Myers, the character who has constantly been passed down as a stupid brute like Jason, is actually an inteligent and stratigizing killer! For the first time in a long time, I felt nothing could go wrong, they had added an interesting twist on Michael's character. It made me fear him all the more. Even when Laurie is about to finally kill Michael, again, she has a conflict of concionse. What if this is not the real Michael, but I am being tricked again. The man in the mask even seems to plead for Laurie to not kill him, moaning in distress and flailing violently, certainly not the composed Michael from the past. She goes to take off the mask, to discover the truth. This can't possibly be Michael. WRONG! It is him. This was all a well fomulated trap, and, finally, after many years of tryying, Michael finally kills Laurie.

"Wow," you're probably thinking. "What a fantastic film."

Once again, it seems, Michael and whoever wrote this movie have surprised us. These events take place over the first 10 minutes of the film. The director and writer, rather than stretching this thrilling and pulse pounding plot idea into an entire film and finally provide a climatic end to the series, seem to think that it would be better to just kill off Laurie at the beginning of the film and then just set up the stupidest excuse for a plot with the most annoying actors ever so that Michael can just start killing people again.

A group of students are chosen to be part of an online broadcast of their escapades in a randomly picked haunted place or scary house, which, of course, is Michael Myers's old house. This happens to be on Halloween, so Michael returns to his home and begins  killing the people in his home.

From the end of the first 10 minutes to the end of the film, this movie is in no way scary. Events constantly switch from a the house, to the point of view of the characters, to the point of view of the cameras the characters have wraped around their heads for the web broadcast, to people at the party watching the web broadcast. The fact is I can not begin to tell you how incomprihensable and stupid this plot is. In fact, I would rather not like to go indepth, because it pains me to remember this horrible hunk of shit. It baffles me how the director took something so original (the first 10 minutes) and thought it was okay to  just end that part of the story there and then move on to a completely unrelated setting. The acting is bad, the story is bad, and the director obviously has no idea how to effectively use a camera and not make us vomit out of disoriantation while watching this film. What a sad excuse of celluloid.

See it only for the perpous of seeing the first 10 or so minutes. Then, just stop there.

0.5/5.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: StrangeClock on October 27, 2006, 01:46:30 PM
Silent Hill
Having not played the games, I can't judge it as an adaptation thereof, but as a horror movie I found it very cool. Not really scary, not overly gross, but very, very creative monster design. Of course much of that is to the credit of the game designers. Great use of CGI and soundscaping. The burning children, armless creature and dark nurses were very cool, and though I thought it was a shame he seemed completely CGI, Pyramid Head's ripping off a woman's skin ruled. The final appearance of Alessa was nice too. Bad points would be the occasional ridicutarded behavior of the mother, Rose (speeding off like it's her only chance when the cop first halts her), the overly archaic and VERY repetitive dialogue of the villagers (how many times can you make Alice Krige say "demon"?), and especially near the end, too melodramatic.

Nevertheless, I liked it a lot.

Oh, I also finally watched The Good, the Bad and the Ugly for the first time a few days ago, which is of course a shameful and unforgivable thing to admit to especially for one who claims to love and hopes to one day make his own movies. I'll not disgrace myself further by attempting to review it but will say that the climax is still utterly powerful (who will live?) and that it made me wish so hard I'd been born 50 years ago so I could've watched it in a theater. Well. There's probably still places where I could do that, but then it would've been completely new.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: AdrenalineClock on October 27, 2006, 02:32:53 PM
Quote from: Predator
Way too much to type about an intentionally shitty movie


Dude, what's the name of this thread?
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Randy Pearson on October 27, 2006, 10:10:05 PM
Quote from: Adrenaline
Dude, what's the name of this thread?


Uh... no hablo engles, senor. :sombrero:
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: FluxCapacitorClock on October 27, 2006, 11:48:45 PM
The Prestige
Original/interesting plot. I'd give it a 9/10 and I highly recommend seeing it.



SAW 3
The best of the 3 in my opinion. 9.8/10 and I highly recommend this as well.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on October 27, 2006, 11:52:09 PM
Nacho Libre - 7/10

I liked the atmosphere of this movie, and there were some really funny scenes. The acting was also top notch, and I loved the characters. I was still a little disappointed, though. I guess I expected more funny scenes, and the plot didn't seem to completely fill out like it could have. Overall, still pretty good. And the nun was hot.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: ZombieClock on October 28, 2006, 01:38:56 AM
Saw 3

I must say, I liked this one the best over the other two. And finally, CLOSURE! If you even kind of liked 1 or 2, go see this one.

8.6/10
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on October 28, 2006, 09:28:09 PM
Slither - 8/10

I really like campy horror movies, especially when they're purposeful, like this movie and Cabin Fever. So they did a really good job with this one. There could have been a few more funny jokes, but the writing and acting was mostly good. Special effects were good. I guess my main complaint is that it could/should have been longer. The climax came too soon. And for my obligatory hot chick remark, Elizabeth Banks is really hot, as always.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Jimmy McNulty on October 29, 2006, 11:25:41 AM
The Manchurian Candidate (2004 remake): 8/10

A nice little thriller. Denzel Washington is great. A lot of nice surrealism in there. Not everything adds up in the end, but it does make for an excellent blend of suspense and creepiness.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: StrangeClock on October 29, 2006, 11:50:30 AM
Final Destination 3
Kinda sucked. All these movies really have going for them are the originality angle of death coming after people as a force, but they really missed the mark with this one. The characters were insane stereotypes, even for a horror movie. The airhead bimbos, the aggressive black jock who swears excessively, the socially handicapped gothy boy and girl who quote statistics at awkward times, ugh. The paths leading up to deaths were way too farfetched this time, and the deaths themselves were never very impressive or original. Just a splatter of CGI blood and bye. Aside from a select few moments (guy getting squished between the subway and wall at the end, for instance), it sucked. It took ridiculously long to get underway too, like an hour, and the opening rollercoaster scene has nothing on the shock of part 1's exploding airplane or part 2's fantastic crash scene.

The uh redhaired girl was hot as hell though.

The Hills Have Eyes (2006 remake, unrated)
I liked it. All the horrible shit that happened to the main characters made me really feel for them when they started fighting back. Great effects. I felt they could've given the main guy some mean one-liners during his kills though.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Hazelnut on October 29, 2006, 12:09:11 PM
Saw 3, we meowed during the brain surgery.

Good movie, series seems to become more plot-based with each movie.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Randy Pearson on October 29, 2006, 01:09:38 PM
Saw II

I haven't seen one (GASP!!!), but I hope to soon. This movie had a really interesting plot. It just had too many characters in it. I really didn't feel like I was getting to know these people as well as I should. It had some amazing shocks, but nothing that I really found at all scary. The acting itself was pretty bad, but to be expected of horror movie/sequel. The twist at the end made it all worth it though. I really enjoyed myself.

3/5
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: yinyangclock on October 29, 2006, 01:26:17 PM
Quote from: Predator
Saw II

I haven't seen one (GASP!!!), but I hope to soon. This movie had a really interesting plot. It just had too many characters in it. I really didn't feel like I was getting to know these people as well as I should. It had some amazing shocks, but nothing that I really found at all scary. The acting itself was pretty bad, but to be expected of horror movie/sequel. The twist at the end made it all worth it though. I really enjoyed myself.

3/5


If you watch the first one you'll understand the second one a lot more (because I can think of a few things that must be pretty confusing for you at the moment), and you'll probably like it more because there's a whole lot less characters and you learn a lot more about them.
I don't think it really tries to be scary, as such. I know it won't ever lose the 'horror' label but it's really more of a thriller than anything else.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Folder on October 29, 2006, 03:16:56 PM
The Prestige: 9.75
This movie was incredible. The characters were well defined, the plot was amazing, the acting was phenomenal, and everything was spectacular. While it's confusing as hell when it starts off, you'll understand everything at the very end.  

Saw III: 8.5
I may just be a fanboy on this one, but you can't beat the first. While I liked this one better than the second, it paled in comparison to the first. The plot wasn't interesting, the characters were poorly defined, but the theatrics and gore won me over.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Randy Pearson on October 29, 2006, 09:08:04 PM
Quote from: YinYangClock
If you watch the first one you'll understand the second one a lot more (because I can think of a few things that must be pretty confusing for you at the moment), and you'll probably like it more because there's a whole lot less characters and you learn a lot more about them.
I don't think it really tries to be scary, as such. I know it won't ever lose the 'horror' label but it's really more of a thriller than anything else.


Actually, I'm not at all very confused. I'm sure the girl who becomes his apprentice was in the previous film, right?
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on October 30, 2006, 11:32:36 PM
An American Haunting - 7/10

I liked this movie for the most part. Most of the acting was good (with the exception of one or two over-actors), the scares were mostly quality, and the story was interesting. [Possible kind-of-sort-of spoilers ahead] I have kind of a love hate relationship with the ending. On the one hand I think it sucks for bringing real world issues in on fucking ghost stories. On the other, it does cause me to think back a lot on the movie and remember how certain things relate to the ending. I liked that aspect. As for my traditional hot chick comment... well, I could say the daughter is hot, but that would be wrong. She is, though. Just for clarification.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Randy Pearson on October 31, 2006, 11:42:20 AM
Evil Dead:

This movie kicked ass. Period. I loved the action and gore and I found many of the scenes genuenly scary (rare in this type of film, which is manly meant to shock and not scare). The acting was pretty awful, which is the only reason this isn't getting a 5/5.

Loved it: 4/5
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on October 31, 2006, 02:24:54 PM
Coffee and Cigarettes 4/5

It's a bunch of short segments in which we see various people (often familiar faces, including tom waits, bill murray, the white stripes, iggy pop, steve coogan, etc etc) shooting the shit over coffee and cigarettes. Each segment usually offers an interesting (at least) or funny observation on social interaction amongst different types of people.

Great character acting, and pretty sharp writing too. And the scenes change before you get bored of any particular couple.

 I found it very watchable and highly entertaining. Partly because it's amusing to see some of the known actors playing a somewhat askew version of themselves. My favourite scene is with Steve Coogan and Albert - no - Alfred Molina.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on November 03, 2006, 04:46:02 PM
Borat

LMAO out of 10
 
This is a clock crew movie, check it out!
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: buttplug on November 04, 2006, 01:03:59 PM
Quote from: LeekClock
Borat

LMAO out of 10
 
This is a clock crew movie, check it out!

I wanted to see this last night, but it wasn't up at the theatre. We saw man of the year instead.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on November 04, 2006, 01:05:01 PM
Quote from: Buttplug
I wanted to see this last night, but it wasn't up at the theatre. We saw man of the year instead.

What are you doing at your computer desk? You should be out trying to find a theatre that shows this film.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: SilverCherryClock on November 04, 2006, 01:12:27 PM
Quote from: LeekClock
Borat

LMAO out of 10
 
This is a clock crew movie, check it out!


I was hoping it would be!!
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Jimmy McNulty on November 04, 2006, 11:25:04 PM
Dreamcatcher (reaasessment): 10/10
Arguably the most absurd movie ever. It starts with an attempted suicide, utilizing psychic powers to find a woman's keys/hit on woman (which she only finds moderatly bizzare), etc. Four lifelong friends then go on a camping trip and we learn a retard from outer space gave them telepathy (in a lenghthy childhood flashback which is completly out of place), not to mention a scene inside one of the character's memory. Then everything gets even more weird when the guy from "My Name Is Earl" gets mauled by a killer turd. The captain from "band of brothers" is possesed by flesh eating ET, Morgan Freeman and friends blow up a starship, John Wayne is mentioned, a guy pees in the snow, another killer turd, everybody gets freckles, a guy takes down a helicopter with a pistol, a retarded guy turns into a mass of teeth and claws from hell, and two aliens turn into fetuses. Win.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: AdrenalineClock on November 04, 2006, 11:29:32 PM
Borat

It's hard to rate it out of 10, as it's not a normal movie at all.  But I will say it's one of the funniest things I've seen in a long time.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Pin Clock on November 04, 2006, 11:35:44 PM
my little bro and sis begged me to see

Piglett's big movie
One of the strangest movies of all time. the music was a bit annoying. part of it is still in my head. But for a kiddie movie, it was alright. nothing I'd normally see, of course, but alright. It also had that winnie the pooh charm. Not  :queer:  charm, but  :o  charm.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Kombucha on November 04, 2006, 11:54:24 PM
Homecoming: 8/10
Kind of corny for a horror movie but it rips into the current government so in that aspect I enjoyed it.
Dark Crystal: 8/10
Mmmmmm...
Monster House: 8/10
Rather funny and a decent story. I liked the old man.
Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S.: 7.5/10
Lol @ giant Caterpies.
Halloween: 9.5/10
I expected this to be good. It was. It was funny how nearly everyone in the movie besides Michael Myers acted retarded.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on November 05, 2006, 06:12:52 PM
The Prestige - 9/10

I was very much looking forward to this movie going in, so I was a little nervous that I was going to be disappointed after the first 15 minutes turned out to be a little slow. But once things picked up and the "dueling" began, it was great. I think my favorite aspect was the twists. I'd guess something, realize that I was wrong, go back to thinking that I was right, realize I was wrong, etc. And great acting all around. Oh, and Scarlett Johansson is hot. And Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman. Hot.

The Exorcism of Emily Rose - 9/10

I was skeptical about this one. Some of my friends said it was scary, and some said it was mostly boring courtroom drama. Well there was courtroom drama, but I didn't think it was boring. I think the integration with the possession parts was excellent. Also, I think the use of background noise and silence was used very effectively to evoke fear, rather than cheap scares. The lead actress also really played the role well, especially the physical aspect. I don't think anyone in this film was particularly hot. But for continuity, I'll say Emily wasn't too hard on the eyes.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: FluxCapacitorClock on November 05, 2006, 06:30:38 PM
Edward Scissorhands - It's my girlfriend's favorite movie, and she made me watch it with her. I can see where people are coming from when they say it's a good movie, but personally I hated it with a passion. I felt like it was just a movie where a bunch of people be douchebags to another person for 2 hours with no real conclusion to it all. Nothing changed at the end, the townspeople were still cockfaces, so it seemed like the entire movie was pointless. All it did was make you feel bad for the protagonist from start to finish.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Randy Pearson on November 06, 2006, 07:26:55 AM
Quote from: FluxCapacitor
Edward Scissorhands - It's my girlfriend's favorite movie, and she made me watch it with her. I can see where people are coming from when they say it's a good movie, but personally I hated it with a passion. I felt like it was just a movie where a bunch of people be douchebags to another person for 2 hours with no real conclusion to it all. Nothing changed at the end, the townspeople were still cockfaces, so it seemed like the entire movie was pointless. All it did was make you feel bad for the protagonist from start to finish.


Meh, it's Tim Burton. What are you gonna' do? I personally liked the film, but I see where you're comming from. It's much more of an art-house film, like alot of his films.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Poltergeist on November 06, 2006, 11:00:00 AM
Quote from: FluxCapacitor
Edward Scissorhands - It's my girlfriend's favorite movie, and she made me watch it with her. I can see where people are coming from when they say it's a good movie, but personally I hated it with a passion. I felt like it was just a movie where a bunch of people be douchebags to another person for 2 hours with no real conclusion to it all. Nothing changed at the end, the townspeople were still cockfaces, so it seemed like the entire movie was pointless. All it did was make you feel bad for the protagonist from start to finish.


Everyone was mean to someone at my school, then they died. The kids at my school are still dicks.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on November 06, 2006, 06:14:42 PM
Went the Day Well?

An excellent film made in 1942 -  shaped by the Ministry of Information in England - designed to shock people into not being complacent about the war. So that people would look at the idyllic english village portrayed in the movie and, firstly, remember how great their country is, and how wonderfully free and quaint everything is and, secondly, to inspire a fighting spirit in them.

(http://www.fugazi.net/plugin/articles/went_the_day_well01.gif)

It's extremely violent for the time - the more impact the better, in order to get the idea across.

It was filmed when a Nazi invasion was a possibility, and before the war was over, but from the perspective of a time after the war had been won by Britain (wishful thinking paid off?). It's an insight into the wartime mentality of the time, and the plot (if somewhat let down by an obvious hole.. which i still can't think of a good excuse for) is brilliantly entertaining.

Highly recommended. 4/5
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Randy Pearson on November 06, 2006, 07:02:47 PM
Quote from: Poltergeist Clock
Everyone was mean to someone at my school, then they died. The kids at my school are still dicks.


It's kinda' like what that guy said in The Butterfly Effect. You can't change who someone is without changing who they were, and that's impossible.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on November 07, 2006, 10:51:52 PM
Cars - 8/10

I don't believe Pixar can do much wrong. I would rank this movie among their worst, although it's still great, so that doesn't mean much. Great voice acting, amazing animation, some pretty funny lines. I didn't like that they seemed to waste a few characters, though. They set it up as though everyone in town was special in their own way, and then they proceed to only focus on half of them. Other than that, the story was a little cliche and predictable. But overall, excellent film. And, uh... the Porsche is hot. Or something.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Jimmy McNulty on November 12, 2006, 10:29:36 PM
Blade Runner: 9/10
Slightly confusing, but still a brilliant film. Harrison Ford gives a great performance. Ridley Scott's skills with suspense are still as sharp as when he directed Alien. A must see.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Industrial Bitch on November 13, 2006, 12:00:31 AM
3/10
The Covenant

It's a movie you bring your girlfriend to see in your big sporty car after a long hard day of charging on daddie's credit card and shopping at the mall. It's about 4 boys who are in a convenant who happen to be male witches... I know what your thinking "Oh my God must go and see! well... rent anyways" it sucked it's about these preps and there cutesy little college and how it's getting all screwed up because another dude witch is hanging around. Trust me, don't waste the money.

To sum it all up:
Gay

Anyone here actually care for the film?

Btw thank you to:
Lospterman and Predator for their reviews on The Prestige and Evil Dead
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: SilverCherryClock on November 13, 2006, 12:07:06 AM
Quote from: Industrial Bitch
3/10
The Covenant

It's a movie you bring your girlfriend to see in your big sporty car after a long hard day of charging on daddie's credit card and shopping at the mall. It's about 4 boys who are in a convenant who happen to be male witches... I know what your thinking "Oh my God must go and see! well... rent anyways" it sucked it's about these preps and there cutesy little college and how it's getting all screwed up because another dude witch is hanging around. Trust me, don't waste the money.

To sum it all up:
fabulous


I'm honestly not suprised.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Industrial Bitch on November 13, 2006, 12:12:10 AM
I should've figured when the leading character looked like runway models instead of actual people. But I bout the damn ticket anyway. I really want to go see that movie out with Hugh Jackman... Forgot the title but damn it looks good.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Folder on November 13, 2006, 03:06:31 PM
Borat: 8/10
This Shock-Comedy gives pretty much everyone the short end of the stick. From Homosexual Bashing to Stereotyping, You name it he does it. While if you can laugh at yourself/others without being incredibly offended, this is a great comedy for you, but if you can't stand anything that is offensive in the slightest way, stay miles away from this movie. While I found it slightly disappointing, I also loved it.

The Benchwarmers:3/10
Ugh, trying to ride on the success of Dodgeball, another "Underdog" story targeted to children rather than a wider audience, it was far from funny and the plot was incredibly stupid.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on November 18, 2006, 04:51:51 PM
The Page Turner ("La Tourneuse de Pages") 4/5 - highly recommended!

Great psychological thriller.. If i were to say anything about the plot it would probably either give the story away, or make it sound boring (even though it is intense and well directed and acted).

Music is used really well by the director throughout the film. Innovatively and effectively - which is crucial for a thriller. Particularly a thriller set in the world of music, as this one is. I think I read that the director has a background as a composer or conductor... A musician certainly.

I will say that if you have ever learned a musical instrument (piano in particular), you will relate to the film on a deeper level. But it's definitely worth watching even if you haven't.

The ending is really great!

By the way, that's page turner, as in "the person who turns pages for a musician", not as in "a good book".
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Kombucha on November 18, 2006, 06:44:31 PM
Whale Rider: 6/10
Pretty meh, as was the book. If I cared about it following the book, I would have given it a lower score considering how far away it was from the book, but I don't care. This is really just a warning to people who get pissed off by stuff like that.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on November 20, 2006, 02:30:51 PM
Click - 9/10

I thought this movie was a lot better than most people had told me. Of course it's not as crude and inside-jokish as most of his other movies, but it's still really funny (with some good drama as well). And he does still use some of his trademark jokes. The story itself is pretty interesting as well, even if it is kind of based off of the Scrooge story at it's core. Acting is great all around (Christopher Walken is particularly hilarious) and, yes, Kate Beckinsale is freaking hot.

The Return - 2/10

Fuck. Ing. Sucks. The director needs to learn to tell a story using film. There are so many misused lines of silence and a needlessly confusing plot. Some movies know how to string you along and get you to try and guess the outcome. Not this one. This one knows how to throw random information out there that doesn't have to do with anything and then throw a rushed ending out there in a poor attempt to tie everything together. But Sarah Michelle Gellar is hot.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Randy Pearson on November 20, 2006, 06:33:45 PM
Doom:

Alright. I know I have a tendancy to make reviews too long, so I'm gonna' try to sum this up as much as I can. Anyone hoping for a movie at all true to the game will be severely disapointed. Anyone hoping to see just some good old guns, monsters, and action will by severely disapointed. The story line of this film is so incoherent that it really makes you wonder  why they used it. What few monsters are in the film share little to no resemblence to creatures in any of the actual Doom games. The acting is so horrible that I think I got brain cancer watching this hunk of shit. There is absolutely NO REASON to see this movie.

0/10
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Topcatyo on November 20, 2006, 06:38:31 PM
   Rocky Horror Picture Show - 8/10[/U]

This is a movie that has deeply disturbed me.  I don't know how to explain it.  I lost track of the plot right about when I saw that Butler from Clue in drag.  Then I lost track of the plot I had just understood when Brad Majors "encountered" Frank N. Furter.  I then just stopped trying to follow the plot when everyone was in drag and the house blew up and... what happened now?
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Jimmy McNulty on November 21, 2006, 02:39:01 PM
Pulp Fiction: 10/10

Amazing. It's hillarious and suspensful at the same time. The characters are great and Samuel L. Jackson is the epitome of badass. Quentin Tarantino has outdone himself.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: AdrenalineClock on November 21, 2006, 05:45:40 PM
Quote from: GonzoClock
Pulp Fiction: 10/10

Amazing. It's hillarious and suspensful at the same time. The characters are great and Samuel L. Jackson is the epitome of badass. Quentin Tarantino has outdone himself.


How could he have outdone himself when it was the movie that defined his career?
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Jimmy McNulty on November 21, 2006, 08:30:33 PM
Quote from: Adrenaline
How could he have outdone himself when it was the movie that defined his career?

lack of a better word, I dunno
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Randy Pearson on November 21, 2006, 09:35:57 PM
Quote from: Adrenaline
How could he have outdone himself when it was the movie that defined his career?


Doesn't that honor really belong to Resevoir Dogs?

Hmm. Naw, in retrospect, I guess that was just his first film. It really was Pulp Fiction that did it.

I read the screenplay for Kill Bill. Exactly the way you think he'd talk, that's how he writes, which is funny and demistifying at the same time.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: AdrenalineClock on November 26, 2006, 11:32:53 AM
Oh fuck, 500th post.

The last 3 movies I saw were Borat, Casino Royale, and The Departed, and they were all excellent.  Looks like the movie industry might be headed in the right direction.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on November 27, 2006, 08:13:21 PM
Rio Bravo

This Howard Hawks directed Western ticks all the boxes! All I can say is..

DUDE!111 Check it out. Highly entertaining
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Topcatyo on November 27, 2006, 08:36:44 PM
The last three movies I've seen are Borat, Date Movie, and Tenacious D and the Pick of Destiny.

Date Movie sucked.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Randy Pearson on November 28, 2006, 07:27:44 AM
Borat: Cultural Learnnings in America for Make Benefit Beautiful Nation of Kazakstan

This is the single most offensive film I've seen in my entire life. I loved it. It was funny as hell, and even though it was filled with really crude humor, it was also a very intelligent film. This is not for the skemish or easily offended, though. You have to have pretty broad tastes to enjoy this movie fully.

10/10
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: SnakeClock on November 28, 2006, 11:57:31 AM
The Prestige - 9/10

A wonderful period piece depicting the spectacle and trickery of turn-of-the-century stage magic, the art of the turn, the pledge, and the prestige, with the new wonders of electricity courtesy of David Bowie as Nikola Tesla thrown in for good measure. It's also a gripping mystery and a harrowing tale of obsessive oneupmanship; you can never expect each new punch just around the corner, as they steadily climb in destructiveness. I just wish the whole thing didn't hinge on something as preposterous as that silly machine.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: StrangeClock on November 28, 2006, 06:25:39 PM
Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man's Chest

I always have a hard time finding people to go to movies with; I don't know if it's just a thing of the people I know or of the Dutch as a whole, but everyone seems to think of going to a movie theater as a special thing you don't do more than once every two months or so. As I watched this movie I was kicking myself that I didn't just go see it alone, something I think I'll start doing more often - I'm not much about the company aspect of watching a movie anyway, and the stigma attached to going to the theater alone is crap.

But, the movie. Grand, spectacular, everything a movie should be. Good writing, acting, effects, action, great music and great characters. Stellan Skarsgard and Bill Nighy are excellent additions and fit their parts well, and the voodoo lady is pretty cool too. The parallels to Monkey Island seem almost too blatant to ignore, ie the dog with the prison keys in his mouth from Monkey Island 2. Drama and intrigue are dosed well. I wondered if maybe they could've made the CGI a bit more subtle by using more prosthetics for Davy Jones's crewmen, but maybe this is cheaper on such a grand scale, though I think CGI of this kind is very pricy. I seem to remember from the Two Towers director's commentary that they were going to make a slime Balrog CGI sequence that would've cost like tens of thousands of dollars. It certainly beats the first one, which was already a great movie. It certainly got me pumped to see the next (last?) one as well.

One thing that did slightly bug me was how quickly, in the end, they set it up for Jack Sparrow's 'rescue'. It's like, let's drink to his death, but oh by the way he can be saved, well let's do it then! And, didn't Barbarossa get shot or stabbed at the end of the first movie? I'm sure it'll be explained in the sequel, but I immediately wondered. I briefly thought I was going to see Keith Richards coming down the stairs.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: StrangeClock on November 30, 2006, 03:21:25 PM
Jesus Camp
This was posted about in Youwhore; a documentary about an evangelical bible camp where children of Christian fundamentalists are programmed about the notion that church and state should become one body again.

Saw this today at the IDFA (International Documentary Festival Amsterdam). I was expecting to be less amused and more disturbed. At times fascinating, but mostly just funny cause you're looking at wacky people. Unfortunately the filmmaker got stalled or something and he wasn't there to answer questions and give commentary about his documentary.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on November 30, 2006, 03:27:43 PM
Braindead (by peter jackson)

There's a sort of naivity and/or theatrical bent to Jackson's earlier films which I find sort of distractingly twee, and somehow charming at the same time.

Once you get over the fact that plot and acting clearly aren't what you should be focusing on, you can see the film in a much nicer light. It's enjoyable for what it is: an entertainingly innovative and over-the-top gorefest.

Recommended if you like gore or peter jackson or zombies or all three.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: DigitalLemonClock on November 30, 2006, 05:57:09 PM
the Squid and the Whale (http://imdb.com/title/tt0367089/) 8/10

Really amazing perfomances all around, especially the kids. The way of thinking portrayed in this film; the desperate clenching to intellectualism, is one i've observed in a lot of people, and is very amusing to see. The ways of coping with circumstances and the consequential effects on eachother play out really nice and make it a nice, whole film.

Clerks II (http://imdb.com/title/tt0424345/) 4.5/10

I kind of liked the the first one when I saw it years and years ago, but this one seems to have made no progress at all. The production, when released from it's financial bounds, starts to crack and wither.

American Splendor (http://imdb.com/title/tt0305206/) 8.5/10

Effective use of the comic-movie interaction and the footage and narration of the actual peekar add a lot to an already impressive and enjoyable film.

the Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (http://imdb.com/title/tt0010323/) 9/10

1920's era silent german expressionist film. You can see where Tim Burton got his inspiration for Edward Scissorhand's appearance. A great film.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Randy Pearson on November 30, 2006, 10:03:22 PM
Metropolis (1927)

I had heard many good things about this movie before I got it for my birthday. Now that I've finally watched it, I must say I am astonished at the shear mastery with which this film was produced. The special and visual effects of this film are phenominal in every concievable way. The cinematography is far ahead of its time. The acting in the film is superb. Fritz Lang turns what would have been made in America now-a-days as a generic SFX light show with no substance into a gothic masterpiece. That being said, I did find that though the themes of the plot are provocative and important, I don't think the storyline was formulated in a respectable enough way to make the film have total coherent sense. One minute it's a movie about class seperation, next it's a movie about religion and cooperation, than it's a love story. It doesn't seem like they really integrated the different plot elements so much as they skipped from one plot to another. But this film is still fantastic and aweinspiring to watch. It really puts the science fiction movies we see in the modern day into real perspective.

8/10
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Randy Pearson on December 07, 2006, 09:50:42 PM
Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror

The first known adaptation of Bram Stoker's classic novel, Nosferatu combines a nightmarish villian with gothic imagery to make a film that it totally creepy. The film is a classic, which is not to say that it holds up pretty well compared to more recent horror films. It's incredibly dated, and might even be considered cliche nowadays. But Nosferatu left me feeling a certain ammount of respect for the people who made it. Without a doubt, this is the movie that shaped horror.
That being said, it does have some flaws. The movie is true to the book to a certain degree. Many of the characters have been renamed for the German audience. However, it is still easy to see who the characters represent. However, the film seems to decide to keep characters even when they serve no real purpose in the story. The character representing Van Helsing only gets a  few seconds of screen time, and all of it does nothing to further the story. We never get to see him as the brilliant scientist/Dracula's worst nemesis as he will appear in later films. Why would you keep a character when he serves no purpose at all to your story? Also, I found the ending wholey dissapointing. What a sucky way for such a cool villian to go.
However, flaws aside, the film is still a classic, with good acting and incredible cinematography. It's definetly worth a see.

7/10
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Jimmy McNulty on December 09, 2006, 08:15:40 PM
Terminator 2: Judgement Day: 6.5/10
I was expecting better. The opening scene with the war was pretty awesome and all and the T-1000 was pretty cool. Other than that, it really wasn't that great. The acting was a mixed bag (although the person who played sarah connor was good in the crazy scenes), Arnold Shwarzenegger's failure to actually kick ass sucked (Not a SINGLE kill outside of the T-1000) and the little kid was annoying. It tries to have some kind of lesson about violence being bad and shit, but it really fails in its delivery. I really was expecting more from the man who made Aliens.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Slurpee on December 10, 2006, 04:19:12 AM
Quote from: GonzoClock
Terminator 2: Judgement Day: 6.5/10
I was expecting better. The opening scene with the war was pretty awesome and all and the T-1000 was pretty cool. Other than that, it really wasn't that great. The acting was a mixed bag (although the person who played sarah connor was good in the crazy scenes), Arnold Shwarzenegger's failure to actually kick ass sucked (Not a SINGLE kill outside of the T-1000) and the little kid was annoying. It tries to have some kind of lesson about violence being bad and shit, but it really fails in its delivery. I really was expecting more from the man who made Aliens.

WHAT THE HELL IS THE MATTER WITH YOU.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Randy Pearson on December 10, 2006, 08:08:36 AM
Quote from: Slurpee
WHAT THE HELL IS THE MATTER WITH YOU.


QUOTED FOR TRUTH
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Jimmy McNulty on December 10, 2006, 12:05:37 PM
Quote from: Slurpee
WHAT THE HELL IS THE MATTER WITH YOU.

I was expecting something like this.

I will readily admit that the mental hospital scenes were great and the T-1000 was super cool. However, alot of the action was plain stupid. The scene with the minigun: stupid. The highway car/helicopter chase: stupid. The finale: stupid (except for the part where the T-1000 reforms. That was cool). It also looses points for the kid, who was an annoying faggot, and pacifist Arnold, which was lame. It was a fun movie, I will give you that, but that does not keep it from being anything but an okay movie in my eyes.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Randy Pearson on December 10, 2006, 01:45:29 PM
Quote from: GonzoClock
I was expecting something like this.

I will readily admit that the mental hospital scenes were great and the T-1000 was super cool. However, alot of the action was plain stupid. The scene with the minigun: stupid. The highway car/helicopter chase: stupid. The finale: stupid (except for the part where the T-1000 reforms. That was cool). It also looses points for the kid, who was an annoying faggot, and pacifist Arnold, which was lame. It was a fun movie, I will give you that, but that does not keep it from being anything but an okay movie in my eyes.


WHAT THE HELL IS THE MATTER WITH YOU
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Poltergeist on December 10, 2006, 02:23:48 PM
Quote from: GonzoClock
I was expecting something like this.

I will readily admit that the mental hospital scenes were great and the T-1000 was super cool. However, alot of the action was plain stupid. The scene with the minigun: stupid. The highway car/helicopter chase: stupid. The finale: stupid (except for the part where the T-1000 reforms. That was cool). It also looses points for the kid, who was an annoying faggot, and pacifist Arnold, which was lame. It was a fun movie, I will give you that, but that does not keep it from being anything but an okay movie in my eyes.



THE THUMB.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Randy Pearson on December 10, 2006, 04:30:30 PM
Quote from: Poltergeist Clock


THE THUMB.


DOWN
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: SilverCherryClock on December 10, 2006, 05:25:03 PM
Apocalypto-7.5/10
It was a fantasic movie with brilliant cinematography which was obviously bred for greatness. It's too bad it was nearly ruined by a corny and predictable ending which was probably historically inaccurate. If Mel Gibson wants to make a great movie he shouldn't give it a lame ending.



Oh and also
Quote from: Slurpee
WHAT THE HELL IS THE MATTER WITH YOU.

I'd have to second this because T2 was the best one
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Randy Pearson on December 10, 2006, 05:28:12 PM
Quote from: SilverCherryClock
I'd have to second this because T2 was the best one


Thank you!
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Jimmy McNulty on December 15, 2006, 09:28:06 PM
Amadeus: 9/10
A brilliantly directed and acted piece of film. Humorus, tragic, and thought provoking. So go see it.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on December 16, 2006, 05:48:10 AM
Casino Royale: 4/5.

Definitely check it out. The best Bond in years. The other recent Bond movies are comicbook abortions - their main saving grace being Pierce Brosnan who at least has some style and intelligence.

I liked Daniel Craig as Bond in this one. The fact that he had blond hair and blue eyes didn't distract me at all from the fact that he is Bond. My main gripe was that he didn't have much charisma - I know he perhaps isn't meant to yet, but I don't know if he could pull it off if he plays Bond for any further roles.

The action was terrific, and for the most part it was much more realistic (read: intelligent) than in other recent bond movies.

Munglai is enamored with the title sequence animation. Who else has  seen it? I like some aspects of it, but overall it doesn't feel as finished as it should...  I like all the intricate and ornate designs and stuff. But some of it seemed incongruous and clumsy... Trace Bitmap anyone? That has never looked good to my eyes. And their tweens were lazy. LOl. And the changing from real graphics to 2d didn't feel necessary or right.

The script was generally pretty great. Except for a couple of terrible cringeworthy lines...

"OH BABY IF YOU WERE ALL ASPLODED, AND ONLY YOUR MOUTH AND LITTLE FINGER WUZ LEFT... THEN I'D STILL LUV U ^___^

WHY? CUZ U KNOW I'D STICK DEM IN YO HOLEZ?".

And the structure was really odd.

I lost count of the amount of acts in this film. Usually there's four.. What was there here.. 7? The film kept "ending", and then not ending. It was Return of The King again, except, with this film, I wasn't disappointed when I realized that the movie wasn't actually ending.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Randy Pearson on December 16, 2006, 10:26:18 AM
Quote from: GonzoClock;612029
Amadeus: 9/10
A brilliantly directed and acted piece of film. Humorus, tragic, and thought provoking. So go see it.


I heard that movie was historically inaccurate. But I'm not one of those people who doesn't go see a movie just because it isn't exactly ture to the source material. I'll see it.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: ChocolateCoffin on December 16, 2006, 05:16:58 PM
Stranger Than fiction.

Quite good, interesting and funny. Worth a viewing.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Folder on December 16, 2006, 05:44:14 PM
Casino Royale: 4/10[/I]:
Blugh, I hated this. I could barely detect any plot until the end where they threw in random plot twists that were hard to grasp because very little had been revealed near the first 2 hours of the movie. Way longer than it should be as well, I saw about 100 potential ending points but they HAD to make it longer.

2001: A Space Odyssey; 9.75/10
[/I]
Brilliant, Confusing, and Awesome as hell all at the same time, parts of it seem unnecessarily long, but the whole plot and acting, etc is brilliant. But the ending made absolutely no sense but I loved it.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on December 16, 2006, 05:54:12 PM
Quote from: FolderClock;613504
Casino Royale: 4/10:
Blugh, I hated this. I could barely detect any plot until the end where they threw in random plot twists that were hard to grasp because very little had been revealed near the first 2 hours of the movie. Way longer than it should be as well, I saw about 100 potential ending points but they HAD to make it longer.

2001: A Space Odyssey; 9.75/10

Brilliant, Confusing, and Awesome as hell all at the same time, parts of it seem unnecessarily long, but the whole plot and acting, etc is brilliant. But the ending made absolutely no sense but I loved it.

So Casino Royale is terrible because you can't understand what's going on, but 2001 is amazing because you can't understand what's going on. Got it.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: AdrenalineClock on December 16, 2006, 06:16:14 PM
Quote from: LeekClock;613515
So Casino Royale is terrible because you can't understand what's going on, but 2001 is amazing because you can't understand what's going on. Got it.


It's funny, because not one, but TWO complaints of Casino Royale, confusion and being too long, are both evident in 2001, yet 2001 is apparently much better.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Randy Pearson on December 16, 2006, 09:52:01 PM
Quote from: Adrenaline;613528
It's funny, because not one, but TWO complaints of Casino Royale, confusion and being too long, are both evident in 2001, yet 2001 is apparently much better.


Oh Irony, thy name is FolderClock.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Folder on December 17, 2006, 01:28:23 AM
Quote from: LeekClock;613515
So Casino Royale is terrible because you can't understand what's going on, but 2001 is amazing because you can't understand what's going on. Got it.

No no no, not at all.

2001 had a detectable and entertaining plot until the last 20 minutes or so, making the better part of the movie understandable. Casino Royale, on the other hand, had very little plot detectable until the last third of the movie. For example, I could completely understand what occured in 2001 UP UNTIL Dave reached the monolith in orbit of Jupiter, but I couldn't find a major plot in Casino Royale up until midway through the poker game, and even then it seemed to totally cancel out the first half of the movie before he arrived. Casino Royale also seemed to be padded out with action sequences and classic bond love scenes. Don't get me wrong, I know this is typically the Bond formula, but from what I've seen in earlier Bond movies, this padding seemed irrelevant to the plot, or just because they hadn't revealed enough about it in the earlier part of the movie. Maybe I'm just judging in on prior experience in bond, maybe I just prefer science fiction. You can't change my opinion.

EDIT: Plus, in 2001 any parts that would confuse you early on would be revealed as significant later in the movie, rather than in bond, (I didn't seem to catch) the majority of plot details seemed to be left out.

Maybe it's because I saw Casino with a large group of people.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: AdrenalineClock on December 17, 2006, 01:51:22 AM
I simply don't see your problem with Casino Royale's plot having any merit, because it was definitely there.


Also, Predator, I'd appreciate it if you eased up on the posts that make me want to punch you.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Topcatyo on December 17, 2006, 02:26:53 PM
Airplane: - Great

Airplane was a great movie with a lot of strange humor, as well as a lot of puns.  The plot of ridiculous, and it works great.  As always, Leslie Nielsen just make the movie 10 times better.  I suggest watching it.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Randy Pearson on December 17, 2006, 02:38:12 PM
Creepshow:

This film is an absolute gem. From beginning to end it's either horrifying or a laugh-out-loud riot. I love how Stephen King and George A. Romero were able to take this film and exploit the completely out-there and over-the-top story ideas that you found in fifties comic books but still make them into something that'll scare the hell out of you. I think this has to be the number one (if only) trully effective horror-comedy. The cinematography and visual effects really made me feel like I was reading a comic book come to life. There's some pretty bad acting in it, but it's still very enjoyable, especially the segment with Leslie Nielson, "Hold Your Breath."

If you want to be scared out of your mind, see Creepshow. If you want to laugh uncotrolably, see Creepshow. If you want to see Stephen King and George A. Romero at some of their best, see Creepshow.

9/10
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Topcatyo on December 17, 2006, 07:05:48 PM
The Warriors - Awesome

I played the game before I got the movie simply because the game got to me first.  However, Rockstar did a spot-on job with the movie.
The movie is about The Warriors being blamed for a major gang-leader's death.  They then try and make it home while every cop and gang in New York is looking for them.
All the characters are cool, the chase scenes are well done, and the fight scenes are spectacular.  A great movie all-around.  Watch it now if you haven't.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Jimmy McNulty on December 20, 2006, 09:12:57 PM
This Is Spinal Tap: 11/10
Arguably the best comedy I've ever seen. Wickedly funny and original. Stonehenge is awesome too.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: PossumClock on December 21, 2006, 03:33:19 AM
Rocky Balboa

I reccomend it, but you could live without it. Basically, the whole first hour is about how everyone aged since episode 5, and how much they're lives have grown apart and stuffs. The last half hour is about him getting an eight pack and beating the shit out of a blak man.


P.S. Mike Tyson is in it.  :3
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: CrustClock on December 21, 2006, 08:57:52 AM
[IMDB]Wild Things[/IMDB]

A ridiculous crime drama boasting an all-star cast including Matt Dillon, the lovely Neve Campbell and Denise Richards, Kevin Bacon and Bill Murray. You could probably make a nice drinking game with this movie: "drink every time there's a major plot-twist".

The film begins as a tale of a college lecturer who is accused of rape by two of his students (Campbell and Richards). But it quickly turns into the story of an elaborate con and an officer's (Bacon) plan to reveal them. Throughout the movie are countless double-crosses and shifts in the balance of power. I don't want to ruin the ending in case you ever intend on seeing this movie but I will say that squashed  into the last 15 minutes of the movie there are 3 major plot twists. The story is incredibly convoluted, but in a kind of no-brainer kind of way - not to be taken seriously in any way at all.

6/10 - good fun for it's wealth of stars and ott plot. But don't expect anything that'll keep you glued to your seat, despite it's twists.

[IMDB]Paris, Texas[/IMDB]

Beautifully shot and directed. Ry Cooper's simple yet brilliant score fits perfectly with the film's more beautiful imagery. Touching and very well acted,  a must-watch.

9/10

Quote from: Dr. Gonzo;620123
This Is Spinal Tap: 11/10
Arguably the best comedy I've ever seen. Wickedly funny and original. Stonehenge is awesome too.

:hi5:
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: ChocolateCoffin on December 23, 2006, 12:40:12 PM
Quote from: CrustClock;620668

[IMDB]Paris, Texas[/IMDB]

Beautifully shot and directed. Ry Cooper's simple yet brilliant score fits perfectly with the film's more beautiful imagery. Touching and very well acted,  a must-watch.

9/10


:hi5:

[IMDB]Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind[/IMDB]

9/10

Wonderfully acted and shot.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Hate Clock on December 23, 2006, 04:56:39 PM
Quote from: FolderClock;614207
No no no, not at all.

2001 had a detectable and entertaining plot until the last 20 minutes or so, making the better part of the movie understandable. Casino Royale, on the other hand, had very little plot detectable until the last third of the movie. For example, I could completely understand what occured in 2001 UP UNTIL Dave reached the monolith in orbit of Jupiter, but I couldn't find a major plot in Casino Royale up until midway through the poker game, and even then it seemed to totally cancel out the first half of the movie before he arrived. Casino Royale also seemed to be padded out with action sequences and classic bond love scenes. Don't get me wrong, I know this is typically the Bond formula, but from what I've seen in earlier Bond movies, this padding seemed irrelevant to the plot, or just because they hadn't revealed enough about it in the earlier part of the movie. Maybe I'm just judging in on prior experience in bond, maybe I just prefer science fiction. You can't change my opinion.

EDIT: Plus, in 2001 any parts that would confuse you early on would be revealed as significant later in the movie, rather than in bond, (I didn't seem to catch) the majority of plot details seemed to be left out.

Maybe it's because I saw Casino with a large group of people.


I had no problem discerning what was going on Casino Royale, and I had absolutely no problem with all the action and fucking.  Because thats what makes great film, death and sex.

You might just have sort of learning disability.  Like downs.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: AdrenalineClock on December 23, 2006, 05:16:37 PM
I saw Little Miss Sunshine, I won't rate it because that seems more and more pointless, but it was very good.  Very funny characters and dialogue, and despite the dark humor it was still a nice movie with people you cared for and it makes you appreciate family.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Hate Clock on December 23, 2006, 05:24:55 PM
Quote from: Adrenaline;623702
I saw Little Miss Sunshine, I won't rate it because that seems more and more pointless, but it was very good.  Very funny characters and dialogue, and despite the dark humor it was still a nice movie with people you cared for and it makes you appreciate family.


Quality post, this was one of my favorite movies.  It made me feel really good inside, like how I'd probably feel if I ever donated money to charity or starving children in Africa.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Jimmy McNulty on December 23, 2006, 10:12:51 PM
Un Chein Andalou

...

wierdest sixteen minutes of my life. I want to say it's brilliant, but it was just so...weird. I'm going to need to watch it again.

Mulholland Dr. 10/10

One of the most thrilling and surreal films I have ever seen. I'm still trying to make sense of it. It's brilliant, but extremely confusing.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: AdrenalineClock on December 23, 2006, 10:49:34 PM
So a film can get a 10/10 while being extremely confusing but Casino Royale is majorly flawed because of it?  Royale is at least 300% more coherent than anything Lynch has done.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: PossumClock on December 25, 2006, 09:00:04 PM
Lost Boys: 9/10

Just saw this movie. Great movie. And no, i'm not saying this because of my Keifer Sutherland fetish. Lots of great deaths in this movie, i.e. Death by Stereo.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: CrustClock on December 26, 2006, 03:10:12 AM
Quote from: Hate Clock;623649
You might just have sort of learning disability.
Like lmfao
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: FrankClock on December 26, 2006, 05:11:37 AM
I just saw The Good Shepard in the movie theathers. It was pretty good. Matt Damon plays a cold Ivy League cast into the role of starting what is now known as the CIA. I don't want to give away too much but something happens when he is a child which gives him this cold demenor. He has a child via Angelina Jolie's character, yet he doesn't see his kid until he is 5 or 6. This make his son bitter and apparently want to join his father and goes to the same process of Ivy League, Skull n Bones, CIA. Alot of people said how the guy (a british actor) didn't look like Matt or Angelina. But I thought he had Damon's teeth and Jolie's lips so it was viable that he was their child. Either way, it is a dark look into the life of some one that does what needs to be done. How he got there and what he did. De Niro (atleast with this film) shows that he is as good a director as he is an actor.

9.5/10

Also, I got Clerks 2 on DVD and rewatched it again along with the 90 min making of documentary along with 27 minutes of unused footage, along with the 10 best (out of 75) Train Wrecks they put together. This is a really good movie. Period. Kevin Smith always makes fun of the fact that he is not a film maker. Well, I agree with him. He is a story teller and a great one at that. I mean its got its normal Kevin Smith humor and what not (enlarged clits, Ass To Mouth and Donkey Shows) but it also has heart. The Jail House scene is probably one of the best scenes ever in film. Atleast I think so. The way Randel pours his heart out. Behind every jerk faced kinda guy Randel is to people, there is a hidden want to be needed. And Randel needs Dante as much as Dante needs Randel.

10/10
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: StrangeClock on December 26, 2006, 02:49:10 PM
Happy Feet
Beautiful CGI nature - absolute garbage story. I can accept that it's centered around the usual cliché of a character with a useless talent that eventually turns out to save the world, but it being a kids' movie is no excuse for the insanely simplified ending. "Gasp! That penguin in our zoo tapdances! Thus... penguins must be preserved thus the UN must vote to stop all fishing around the arctic AND we must release the penguin in the wild with a transmitter." I would've expected them to stick the penguin in a circus or at least abuse him for  a marketing scheme. There's no end to the leaps of logic, and must it be so goddamn crowded? I swear, it's like at all times there must be three characters talking through each other, and the wild rides through arctic tunnels don't end. Crap!

I seriously did not want to see this movie, but my family wanted to go see one and I didn't want to be a stick in the mud, especially because there were almost no movies I wanted to see at all (Charlotte's Web, no thanks, Flushed Away, mweh) -- I haven't seen Casino Royale or Borat yet but neither seems a good movie to go see with my family.

2001: a Space Odyssey
Ssssooooo slowwwww it takes some concentration to keep watching it. Cinematically fascinating and wonderful effects for its time. Made me respect Kubrick more, but it'll never be one of my favorites.

Amélie
Very cute. The movie too. HAH. The French seem to have a slightly immature sense of humor, maybe that explains their love of Jerry Lewis. Lovely story and form though, and Audrey Tautou is mouthwatering.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on December 27, 2006, 09:14:36 PM
Home Alone

Everyone has seen this movie, of course, but I just watched it again for the first time in years. And I still think  it's a great film... Maybe partially due to a nostalgic bias. Watched it a million times as a kid. Everything, down to the intonation of the actors voices as they deliver their lines,  has stuck in my mind.

Chris Columbus directs people well, I guess: Making funny observations on family relationships and getting an alarming amount of charisma and humour out of Macaulay Culkin.

The script is great too. Perfect tight structure, and full of dialogue that you can tell had a lot of thought and consideration put into it. And a lot of the family observations ring very true.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Topcatyo on December 28, 2006, 12:18:37 AM
Grandma's boy - Fuckin' hilarious[/U]

Grandma's Boy is not a movie to watch if you want a mature movie.  It's not the movie to watch if you're looking for any kind of plot.  It is the movie you're looking for a movie about getting high, having parties, people acting stupid, and jerking-off on your best friend's mom.  The movie is not by any means good, but you'll laugh your ass off at the movie (Peter Dante especially) if you approach it with an open mind and be open for lowbrow humor.

Dead Alive - Fucking gross

I have never seen Saving Private Ryan.  I've not seen any movie gorier than that either (or, at least, how gory I'd expect it to be) until today.  The goriest movie I had seen up until about 9 o'clock was Shaun of the Dead.  That's nothing compared to this.  This is a zombie movie by Peter Jackson, and it is so gory it astounded me that I wasn't throwing up (barf bags were sold at theaters showing this).  From limbs being blended to 30 zombies being chopped up with a lawnmower to a guy being attacked by intestines, Dead Alive shows no mercy.  Watch it if you're looking for splatter porn.  Don't watch it if you're looking for a plot.

Also, Dead Alive is known as Braindead to you clocks from across the pond.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: cokezeroglock on December 28, 2006, 03:55:31 AM
The Italian Job (1969)
This is the real one, not that shitty remake they did.
Simply, utterly amazing. Sleek 60's style, an amazing chase scene, and great humour to boot. If you haven't seen it, see it. Now.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: CrustClock on December 28, 2006, 05:08:52 AM
[imdb]Hollow Man 2[/imdb]

I'll admit it, I took a guilty pleasure in watching the original "Hollow Man". It was full of Verhoeven's trademark fast-paced storylines and big, dumb special effects, not a film without it's flaws but nevertheless still very entertaining. The sequel, directed by Claudio Fäh, tries to be suspenseful with an engaging plotline but for me it just came off as a shoddy cash-in of the original with none of it's charm.

For a start, the main character is a jackass. You can't stand the guy. Instead of keeping his big nose out of this big invisible-man conspiracy he decides that he 'must find out the truth!' The killer has literally no interest in him so why does his decide that it's his duty to 'get to the bottom' of it? The only reason given is that his partner gets killed by the invisible killer (played by Christian Slater) and somehow this is a good enough reason to try and track him down to avenge her death apparently (despite being thrown off the case).

The dialogue is awfully hammy and badly thought out. The pace is very slow, the whole movie just seems to be "run away from the killer while he kills inconsequential characters every now and again". You feel nothing for the characters. I wasn't at all interested in whether any of them lived or died, watching this movie was a tiresome chore.

1/10 - Don't watch this. Watch the original instead.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on December 28, 2006, 02:52:57 PM
So many movies, so little time...

Night at the Museum - 8/10

I was surprised by how much I liked this movie. It reminded me a lot of Jumanji and Zathura, which is not a bad thing since it wasn't a blatant rip off. I especially liked the Brokeback Mountain joke, but apparently no one in the theater had seen that movie or gotten the joke because I was the only one laughing.

Little Miss Sunshine - 8/10

I'm almost positive that if I watched this movie again it would be funnier. I think it's one of those films you have to see a few times to really appreciate. But it was hilarious the first time. I love the characters, especially Steve Carell and the grandpa.

Zathura - 5/10

I liked this movie for the most part. Yes, it was basically Jumanji in space. That's what kept bugging me. But it still had some merit on it's own. Humor for kids and adults. Ok movie.

And a bunch of other movies that I can't remember at the moment.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Topcatyo on December 30, 2006, 01:04:19 AM
Night At the Museum - S'alright

I don't know why my dad wanted to see it so much, but we went.
It was alright.  One of those flicks you'd watch on a Saturday if you're at a relative's house with nothing to do.

Oh, and is it me, or does this guy look exactly like Eli Vance from Half-Life 2?  I'm talking about the face. (http://imdb.com/name/nm0167850/)

Also, the one short security guard who constantly insulted Larry reminded me of Billy or whatever his name was from The Ringer.
"You scratched my CD you know."
They sound kind of the same when they talk.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: StrangeClock on December 30, 2006, 03:45:08 PM
Superman Returns

Much better than I expected! The whole thing gave me a good feeling, a movie that seemed fair to the audience, and very respectful and loving towards the original movie(s). The plot mostly managed to tiptoe along the backstory, kind of leaving it up in the air which of the many Superman adaptations serves as origin here, which I liked. Most of the little jokes in the movie ("Wlois Wlane!") made me laugh (except for the ones already shown in the trailer), Jimmy Olsen managed to be funny rather than annoying for me. Kevin Spacey fullfilled if not exceeded my expectations as Lex Luthor, and Brandon Routh makes a mighty fine Supes (it helps that I can't remember seeing him any other role before this). Only problem was that the plot felt slightly unresolved because Luthor technically got away.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on December 30, 2006, 04:26:45 PM
[IMDB]Me and You and Everyone We Know[/IMDB]

Haven't enjoyed a film so much in a long time! It's a charming, philosophical, and beautifully crafted film. I think Clocks will be able to appreciate the daring humour and social observations.

It's provocative. It gives you a lot to think about, but every aspect of the story fits together so well that you don't feel like the scenes are just disjointed ideas used to provoke a certain response. There are messages to be interpreted... but it's not a pretentious, thematic free-for-all.

That's down to great writing and directing by this new director, Miranda July, who also stars in the film. She had experience doing lots of dialogue-heavy short films, so the dialogue and situations are always interesting.










AND
The DVD is great, too. It's got a great interview with the director, in which she talks all about the process of making the movie, and how it was for her as a first time director of a feature film. She talks about the writing, the funding, the actors... all the interesting aspects of the film that you will have probably been pondering about while watching the movie. And she's beautiful. :)

The DVD also has some behind the scenes footage and cast interviews.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Topcatyo on January 02, 2007, 05:01:39 PM
Being John Malkovitch - Fucking weird

I start off the new year with this movie, and boy was it weird.
But, I'll go in-depth about the movie.

Malkovitch malkovitch malkovitch malkovitch malkovitch malkovitch malkovitch malkovitch malkovitch malkovitch malkovitch malkovitch malkovitch malkovitch malkovitch malkovitch malkovitch malkovitch malkovitch malkovitch malkovitch malkovitch malkovitch malkovitch malkovitch malkovitch malkovitch malkovitch malkovitch malkovitch.

Malkovitch.

Anyway, the movie was weird, from the 7 1/2 floor (which is read on the floor plan 7 1/2 minutes into the movie), to the puppets, to the being in John Malkovitch part, to the end.  It's weird.
It's the only movie that confused the hell out of me while I knew what was going on.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: DigitalLemonClock on January 03, 2007, 04:29:37 AM
the Departed: yeah it's nicely put together, yeah the story is pretty interesting but the movie doesn't invest enough into the characters to make you care for them squirming endlessly around eachother babbling about rats and rodents.

Little Miss Sunshine: put a bunch of annoying depressed character in a car and ride them over a track of dissapointment and fucking ridiculous interaction and you have a predictable, ugly film which you want to turn off

Children of Men: even though this film didn't leave me with a feeling of awesome, or even that of a good film, it does get credit for breaking with a lot of conventions and giving a pretty interesting future. That is not to say it wasn't boring at times and was still pretty predictable.

Brick: This movie I enjoyed, but I can't help but wonder if it couldn't have been more than a high school noire detective, but points for good effort.

Clerks II: the characters have been for some time tiresome and trivial, and the new characters have even less dimension. Add to that the worthless humor and you're not off to a very good start. What it did have was a revisitation on themes from the first movie, which I understand can be to big fans of first films reason enough to forget this movie's bad aspects, but not to me.

Miami Vice & the Island: what the fuck why did i watch these
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Slurpee on January 03, 2007, 04:59:42 AM
Black Christmas (2006) - 3 out of whatever.
I think, in the absense of entertainment, my brain begins searching for some, because I found myself laughing when nothing was funny. Like when the guy's eyes kept appearing in the bathroom floor. It was like 'wtf is he doing looking lmao'
Hate this dumb movie.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: AdrenalineClock on January 03, 2007, 08:09:28 AM
Quote from: DigitalLemonClock;639478
the Departed: yeah it's nicely put together, yeah the story is pretty interesting but the movie doesn't invest enough into the characters to make you care for them squirming endlessly around eachother babbling about rats and rodents.

Little Miss Sunshine: put a bunch of annoying depressed character in a car and ride them over a track of dissapointment and fucking ridiculous interaction and you have a predictable, ugly film which you want to turn off


Wow, in one post you insured I'll never take your word for anything for the rest of time.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Hate Clock on January 03, 2007, 08:16:36 AM
Quote from: SlurpeeClock;639500
Black Christmas (2006) - 3 out of whatever.
I think, in the absense of entertainment, my brain begins searching for some, because I found myself laughing when nothing was funny. Like when the guy's eyes kept appearing in the bathroom floor. It was like 'wtf is he doing looking lmao'
Hate this dumb movie.


I had a nightmare about going to see this movie, but instead of the plot that it was supposed to have it was "Stay Alive," which I actually saw.  The whole nightmare revolved around me being afraid to go see the movie because I didn't want to get nightmares from it.  Wacky.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: DigitalLemonClock on January 03, 2007, 09:54:01 PM
Quote from: Adrenaline;639597
Wow, in one post you insured I'll never take your word for anything for the rest of time.


that´s a mean thing to say without any sort of argument

i couldnt find a post from you about the departed so i´ll just go from your Little Miss Sunshine one:

Quote from: Adrenaline
I saw Little Miss Sunshine, I won't rate it because that seems more and more pointless, but it was very good. Very funny characters and dialogue, and despite the dark humor it was still a nice movie with people you cared for and it makes you appreciate family.


Ok so why was it funny to you? Maybe if you haven't seen any of the hundreds of dark tales of suburban life, the horrible stereotyping of the famiy members, the blatant hollowness of such a staged combination of people, only existing because it makes for easy recognizable drama that people can relate with and the easy humor that is associated with it.

Hello I am the teenage boy and i am a misunderstood pseudo-intellectual. Ask me about my whacky and outragious philosophical views!

Hello I am the elderly character and im totally wild and full of life! I live by forune cookie life lessons and am supposed to be funny because im counter-intuitive for no reason!

Hello I am the mother character, I am stressed out and disillusionate about the future! I also have recognizable motherly and wife traits!

Hello I am the Dad character, I am a failure and only exist to either restrain or force the other characters! Also HAHAHA BELIEVE IN THE PLAN!!!

Hello I am the homosexual uncle played by funny guy #167, I am here to fill the stereotype gaps in the other characters

Hello I am the little girl who is here to embody the spirit of the film and contribute nothing

Together we are the a predictable cast to a predictable movie, trying to transcend a genre that never should have existed! The bastard child of confused and pretentious people.

Seriously tell me how this film is good.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on January 03, 2007, 09:57:06 PM
Quote from: LeekClock;633492
[imdb]Me and You and Everyone We Know[/imdb]

Haven't enjoyed a film so much in a long time! It's a charming, philosophical, and beautifully crafted film. I think Clocks will be able to appreciate the daring humour and social observations.

It's provocative. It gives you a lot to think about, but every aspect of the story fits together so well that you don't feel like the scenes are just disjointed ideas used to provoke a certain response. There are messages to be interpreted... but it's not a pretentious, thematic free-for-all.

That's down to great writing and directing by this new director, Miranda July, who also stars in the film. She had experience doing lots of dialogue-heavy short films, so the dialogue and situations are always interesting.










AND
The DVD is great, too. It's got a great interview with the director, in which she talks all about the process of making the movie, and how it was for her as a first time director of a feature film. She talks about the writing, the funding, the actors... all the interesting aspects of the film that you will have probably been pondering about while watching the movie. And she's beautiful. :)

The DVD also has some behind the scenes footage and cast interviews.

By the way, this is the film that the clip in my signature is taken from. I had quite a few people inquire as to what movie my signature clip was from.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: AdrenalineClock on January 03, 2007, 11:39:17 PM
Quote from: DigitalLemonClock;640612
misguided fun

Wasn't aware of the plethora of gay uncle characters. pChya right.

Anyway, yes, the characters weren't hyper-original, but that doesn't stop the execution from being good.  The movie is filled top-to-bottom with great, funny exchanges and dialogue, and absurd situations, such as the theft of the dead body, which I didn't predict, although you apparently did.  It had its own sense of unique, awkward interactions between characters that don't quite mix right and presented dozens of darkly humorous moments.  It was funny as hell throughout, and like I already said, still managed to make you feel nice inside.  If you can't get past familiar character types (Uptight dads and stressed moms aren't very common to see in real life and used often in movies for a good reason, right?), then so be it.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: DigitalLemonClock on January 04, 2007, 05:42:29 AM
Quote from: Adrenaline;640624
Wasn't aware of the plethora of gay uncle characters. pChya right.

Anyway, yes, the characters weren't hyper-original, but that doesn't stop the execution from being good.  The movie is filled top-to-bottom with great, funny exchanges and dialogue, and absurd situations, such as the theft of the dead body, which I didn't predict, although you apparently did.  It had its own sense of unique, awkward interactions between characters that don't quite mix right and presented dozens of darkly humorous moments.  It was funny as hell throughout, and like I already said, still managed to make you feel nice inside.  If you can't get past familiar character types (Uptight dads and stressed moms aren't very common to see in real life and used often in movies for a good reason, right?), then so be it.


Haha yes because gay characters played by comedians are normally included because they add such range and depth to a movie, not to simply have a few hahah gay jokes.

When you have cheap, unoriginal characters, the only interaction between them that you will see is cheap and unoriginal. I don´t see what´s good about the dialogue, it doesn´t mean anything, it doesn´t add anything, it´s predictable and worst of all it doesn´t have any comedic timing.

Grandpa: "Are you listening kid? Fuck a lot of women! You hear me? fuck a lot of women!"
This is just trying to shock people into a few laughs
Little girl: "What are you guys talking about?"
Grandpa: "Politics"
A cheap, poorly delivered gag, without any sort of meaning whatsoever

So much for the diagogue

All it has left beyond that is the absurdities which again are executed poorly and without any originality. I've seen at least 5 movies that have dealt with the taking of bodies as some sort of hilarious situation, where the Big Lebowski was the only one where it added anything to the film.

I might not have seen it coming per se, because how exactly do you see random absurdities coming, but it isn´t anything i hadn´t seeb before.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: AdrenalineClock on January 04, 2007, 04:08:29 PM
The politics thing wasn't really a joke, he was just getting her to put her headphones back on...

Look, you're not going to convince me that movie wasn't funny.  If you didn't like it, that's fine, I'm just saying I will never see your opinion as any sort of factor when it comes to anything.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: DigitalLemonClock on January 04, 2007, 04:34:05 PM
Quote from: Adrenaline;641190
The politics thing wasn't really a joke, he was just getting her to put her headphones back on...

Look, you're not going to convince me that movie wasn't funny.  If you didn't like it, that's fine, I'm just saying I will never see your opinion as any sort of factor when it comes to anything.


wow

ok have fun with your opinion
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Hate Clock on January 04, 2007, 05:09:39 PM
Digital Lemon Clock is obviously right because most critics agree with him! (http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/little_miss_sunshine/)

Oh.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: DigitalLemonClock on January 04, 2007, 05:52:08 PM
Quote from: Hate Clock;641324
Digital Lemon Clock is obviously right because most critics agree with him! (http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/little_miss_sunshine/)

Oh.


you're either clueless or you have a weird sense of humor
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Poltergeist on January 05, 2007, 02:40:35 AM
Just came in this thread. Little miss Sunshine was a great movie, and if you cannot see that in it, then I advise you to see Night at the Museum.

Quote from: DigitalLemonClock;640847

All it has left beyond that is the absurdities which again are executed poorly and without any originality. I've seen at least 5 movies that have dealt with the taking of bodies as some sort of hilarious situation, where the Big Lebowski was the only one where it added anything to the film.


OH NO! A joke in a movie has been done before!

OH WAIT.


Surely EVERY joke has been done before? If thats your logic then you probably hated Blues Brothers or Groundhog day.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: DigitalLemonClock on January 05, 2007, 02:54:02 AM
Quote from: Poltergeist Clock;642136
OH NO! A joke in a movie has been done before!

OH WAIT.


Surely EVERY joke has been done before? If thats your logic then you probably hated Blues Brothers or Groundhog day.


Look how stupid you are

Why reply if you cannot even comprehend my fucking post
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Poltergeist on January 05, 2007, 07:09:55 AM
Quote from: DigitalLemonClock;642145
Look how stupid you are

Why reply if you cannot even comprehend my fucking post

Seeing as your the only one on your side, and simply respond with "UR DUMB LOL" I don't really feel insulted by that post.

Anyway, the characters aren't winning any awards for being original, but then again, who does these days? I ask you to find one character in a movie released in the last ten years that was original.

I expect your reply to be "stfu u ghay fagut"
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: DigitalLemonClock on January 05, 2007, 12:55:43 PM
Quote from: Poltergeist Clock;642221
Seeing as your the only one on your side, and simply respond with "UR DUMB LOL" I don't really feel insulted by that post.

Anyway, the characters aren't winning any awards for being original, but then again, who does these days? I ask you to find one character in a movie released in the last ten years that was original.

I expect your reply to be "stfu u ghay fagut"


so you're not even wondering why i said you didnt comprehend my post?

because you still don't

and what good would it do me to make you feel insulted, that would only drag on this pointless conversation

try to actually argument something, anything, and actually adress a point I make, and I might not reply with ironic catchprases
Title: Night at the Museum
Post by: Maltese on January 05, 2007, 01:52:21 PM
It's funny, could have been better.

Owen Wilson's roles never change
Ben Stiller is good
Robin Williams makes a kick-ass Roosevelt
the rest of the cast was pretty much unknowns
the plot was predictable
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Biblo on January 05, 2007, 02:38:23 PM
Ghost In The Shell

haven't seen it yet, but i had enough people give out to me for not owning it
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: ChocolateCoffin on January 05, 2007, 02:54:35 PM
Quote from: Biblo-FUCKIN-saurus;642577
Ghost In The Shell

haven't seen it yet, but i had enough people give out to me for not owning it


manga force no doubt.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Biblo on January 05, 2007, 04:44:38 PM
Apocalypto
Pretty darn good. A little long but enjoyable nonetheless. Despite his foolosh rants and controversial opinions on the Jewish people and the fructose content of women's breasts, Mel Gibson can really create an atmosphere.

Deja Vu
Ok, not amazing. Up until a point I thought they were going for a big 12 Monkeys ending and I thought that was the whole friggin point of the movie, but then suddenly it changed. It contained a "more cowbell" reference, so for that I applaud.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on January 06, 2007, 09:26:53 PM
[imdb]Re-Animator[/imdb]

Masterful gore and shock-horror. Creative ideas. Starts off well. Herbert West is a great character.

The other characters are all a bit 2d and weak. The science involved is impossible - often distractingly and frustratingly so (for me at least).

Pretty good film though overall, for the genre. A few great scenes. Enjoyed it.


omg mega edit:
House of Re-Animator (2008) (announced (http://pro.imdb.com/r/legacy-inprod-name/inproduction/))     .... Herbert West

New film, with Jeffrey Combs returning as Herbert West!

Jeffrey Combs was great in The Frighteners (Peter Jackson)
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: DigitalLemonClock on January 07, 2007, 06:06:43 AM
The Fountain:

This movie was everything I expected and more, best movie of 2006
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Jimmy McNulty on January 09, 2007, 10:39:51 AM
Being John Malkovitch: 10/10
Bizzare, hillarious, and tragic. The acting is spendid. The humor is witty. The plot is original to an almost unhealthy degree. A brilliant study of identity and relationships. So see it.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: StrangeClock on January 11, 2007, 10:00:43 AM
[IMDB]Slither[/IMDB]
I thought I remembered reviews praising it as one of the sickest, goriest movies in ages? Must've been mistaken or they were just people who generally don't watch these kind of movies. Some very poor CGI, and kind of sinks into a very generic flick near the end, but still very funny. The sober attitude of the cops towards everything that's happening is something different, and the main character delivers his lines hilariously. Good for a laugh.

[IMDB]the Story of Ricky[/IMDB]
I'd already seen it reviewed in great detail, but nothing beats actually watching it. Rogan's "Bastard! You're really pissing me off today!" is one of my favorite quotes, but the movie's littered with them. Garbage of the gods.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Randy Pearson on January 11, 2007, 05:34:38 PM
Quote from: StrangeClock;652419
[IMDB]Slither[/IMDB]
I thought I remembered reviews praising it as one of the sickest, goriest movies in ages? Must've been mistaken or they were just people who generally don't watch these kind of movies. Some very poor CGI, and kind of sinks into a very generic flick near the end, but still very funny. The sober attitude of the cops towards everything that's happening is something different, and the main character delivers his lines hilariously. Good for a laugh.


I often find that what people think is gory these days doesn't even touch on what I'd even consider to be grotesque. I heard about how Hostel was so gory and found it a bit tame (in blood standards, that is, not sexual content). Saw II was a dissapointment too. I just feel like so many films that I go to just for the blood always sell themselves way short of what they can achieve. Are people afraid to show gore anymore?
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: CrustClock on January 12, 2007, 03:00:18 AM
Quote from: SlurpeeClock;639500
Black Christmas (2006) - 3 out of whatever.
I think, in the absense of entertainment, my brain begins searching for some, because I found myself laughing when nothing was funny. Like when the guy's eyes kept appearing in the bathroom floor. It was like 'wtf is he doing looking lmao'
Hate this dumb movie.

this review fits perfectly with your avatar.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: StrangeClock on January 12, 2007, 03:48:34 AM
Quote from: Predator;653036
I often find that what people think is gory these days doesn't even touch on what I'd even consider to be grotesque. I heard about how Hostel was so gory and found it a bit tame (in blood standards, that is, not sexual content). Saw II was a dissapointment too. I just feel like so many films that I go to just for the blood always sell themselves way short of what they can achieve. Are people afraid to show gore anymore?


I think a great part of it is that some people are more easily spooked by CGI than others. To me it never touches on the kind of stuff a good and creative make-up/special effects artist can do on set.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Slurpee on January 12, 2007, 04:13:07 AM
Quote from: StrangeClock;653820
I think a great part of it is that some people are more easily spooked by CGI than others. To me it never touches on the kind of stuff a good and creative make-up/special effects artist can do on set.
Speaking of that, I just watched John Carpenter's The Thing.

This fucking movie...
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(http://img292.imageshack.us/img292/9599/headfalloff7rhzv0.th.gif) (http://img292.imageshack.us/my.php?image=headfalloff7rhzv0.gif)

(http://img177.imageshack.us/img177/2513/headspider4diix4.th.gif) (http://img177.imageshack.us/my.php?image=headspider4diix4.gif)
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Poltergeist on January 12, 2007, 04:53:54 AM
Quote from: SlurpeeClock;653825
Speaking of that, I just watched John Carpenter's The Thing.

This fucking movie...
(http://img372.imageshack.us/img372/9122/chestmonster7gkje7.th.gif) (http://img372.imageshack.us/my.php?image=chestmonster7gkje7.gif)

(http://img292.imageshack.us/img292/9599/headfalloff7rhzv0.th.gif) (http://img292.imageshack.us/my.php?image=headfalloff7rhzv0.gif)

(http://img177.imageshack.us/img177/2513/headspider4diix4.th.gif) (http://img177.imageshack.us/my.php?image=headspider4diix4.gif)


/i call dibs on the first one for an avatar when this becomes a fad.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: StrangeClock on January 12, 2007, 05:14:26 AM
Funny enough I'm downloading that movie right now!
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Randy Pearson on January 12, 2007, 03:24:53 PM
One of the main reasons I'm finding that I want to be a director is to show people the fool extent to which violence can go. I'm not saying I want to do violence for the sake of violence (that lacks both artistic originality or talented thinking). I just want to make films that will have good plots and acting, but still reinvigorate people's lust for gore.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: SilverCherryClock on January 12, 2007, 03:55:45 PM
Quote from: SlurpeeClock;653825
Speaking of that, I just watched John Carpenter's The Thing.

This fucking movie...


I've had that movie for my whole life but I have yet to watch it.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: DigitalLemonClock on January 12, 2007, 04:58:33 PM
Quote from: Predator;654344
One of the main reasons I'm finding that I want to be a director is to show people the fool extent to which violence can go. I'm not saying I want to do violence for the sake of violence (that lacks both artistic originality or talented thinking). I just want to make films that will have good plots and acting, but still reinvigorate people's lust for gore.


I dunno I'd rather see honest violence for the sake of violence
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: SnakeClock on January 12, 2007, 11:32:55 PM
Just finished this one for the first time...

Shaun of the Dead - 9/10

"Get the car, get mum, get Liz, and hide out in the Winchester until this all blows over." Sounds simple enough, doesn't it?

My tastes have never run towards zombie films, but I can't resist a good British comedy, and now I got a fantastic one of both in this one movie.

Some really good writing and photography here; I especially loved the title sequence with the "zombies" at the beginning and the long track shot of Shaun going to work Z-Day Eve, and then the same shot on Z-Day. The movie starts off pretty slow but dry, with Shaun and his gang taking this pretty casually, until they get to the Winchester, and now I truly understand why zombie movies are such a good fright. Then it's right back to the dry wit at the film's end, after the massive carnage, massive grief, massive decisions, and massive bravery. I loved the film; I practically sunk into it.

And I've just noticed that Edgar Wright, the director, is working with the same cast and crew for his new picture, Hot Fuzz, coming out this April. The trailer looks fantastic. (http://www.workingtitlefilms.com/trailers/hotfuzz_trailer_large.php)
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on January 12, 2007, 11:56:11 PM
Quote from: Town Clock;654976
And I've just noticed that Edgar Wright, the director, is working with the same cast and crew for his new picture, Hot Fuzz, coming out this April. The trailer looks fantastic. (http://www.workingtitlefilms.com/trailers/hotfuzz_trailer_large.php)


It does look fantastic :bio:
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on January 13, 2007, 09:12:04 PM
Posted this in Town's thread earlier...






[imdb]Pan's Labyrinth[/imdb]

 I think this was marketed extremely badly. In the trailers it looks like a pretty unoriginal, darker, "narnia". But there's much more to it than that!

I saw it today and I was very impressed! It's a sharp, intelligent, stylish fairy tale. Strictly for grown-ups, I might add. There are some very graphic scenes of violence in there.

The fairytale nature of it is contrasted with very chilling realism. The fairytale aspect of it is basically just a beautiful and intelligent metaphor for what's going on in the real story.

I highly recommend this film. It's one of the best films of 2006, for sure.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: SnakeClock on January 14, 2007, 12:41:00 AM
A History of Violence - 7/10

Viggo Mortensen tries to not be Aragorn, and instead is Tom Stall, small-town diner owner who roughs up two dangerous thugs, which draws attention from some unsavoury company.

It's good that the movie has such a subdued photographic style, to make it very obvious that the movie is not meant to be splashy or glamourous. Ed Harris stays mostly out of the spotlight, but his moments are good, well up to Ed Harris' calibur.

I like that Tom's violent act had affected people closest to him the most, like how his son Jack pounds the class asshole when usually he would have gotten rid of him with a good witticism. His father's demonstration of the power of violence has made it seem like it's a more effective deterrent, at least to people that only understand violence, like the mob boss that he shotguns in the chest to save his father's life (yet he still resents Dad for his violent past).

Sex with Edie has also gone from playful to violent, possibly because she hates him but is turned on by all the violence he can do, like how the alpha male that gets all the girls is the one that can kill the most competition. It perhaps shows how two primeval animal instincts, sex and and violence, tie into each other.

It's a good examination on the nature of violence as a part of human nature, but I'm a bit bummed that it was tied together by a fairly trite "coming to terms with the past" sort of story, with a bit of a cheesy mafia motif thrown in, and it keeps a rather slow pace throughout. But a good aesthetic, nice direction, lifelike acting making for a more character-driven story makes this an enjoyable film.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Folder on January 14, 2007, 12:51:45 AM
That Thing You Do-7.5/10
Pretty good movie about a garage band that made it to the top of the billboards. Has a lot of cliche bits  in it and some of the acting was poor and flat, but still a movie worth a watch.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Jimmy McNulty on January 14, 2007, 10:37:45 PM
Rocky Horror Picture Show: fucking amazing/10
It's hard to describe. All you need to know is that it's amazing and that you should see it. immediatly.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Arctic on January 15, 2007, 01:26:58 AM
Quote from: LeekClock;656175
Posted this in Town's thread earlier...






[imdb]Pan's Labyrinth[/imdb]

 I think this was marketed extremely badly. In the trailers it looks like a pretty unoriginal, darker, "narnia". But there's much more to it than that!

I saw it today and I was very impressed! It's a sharp, intelligent, stylish fairy tale. Strictly for grown-ups, I might add. There are some very graphic scenes of violence in there.

The fairytale nature of it is contrasted with very chilling realism. The fairytale aspect of it is basically just a beautiful and intelligent metaphor for what's going on in the real story.

I highly recommend this film. It's one of the best films of 2006, for sure.


That's reassuring.  I've been dieing to see it.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: CrustClock on January 15, 2007, 12:09:36 PM
Quote from: Dr. Gonzo;658079
Rocky Horror Picture Show: fucking amazing/10
It's hard to describe. All you need to know is that it's amazing and that you should see it. immediatly.

A review normally consists of more than just a vauge indication of how much you liked it, and how badly we should see it.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Poltergeist on January 15, 2007, 12:18:53 PM
Quote from: Dr. Gonzo;658079
Rocky Horror Picture Show: fucking amazing/10
It's hard to describe. All you need to know is that it's amazing and that you should see it. immediatly.


It's fun to see that in an actual cinema, were people have got a little cult thing going on (throwing rice at the wedding, etc.)
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Slurpee on January 15, 2007, 09:10:50 PM
Oh, man. Speaking of extremely bad marketing, we went to see Primeval last night.

They advertise it like it's a dramatization of a real serial killer, right? It's all Zodiac killed 1 person, Burkowitz killed like 2, but Gustave killed a HUNDRED BAZILLION. I thought it would be, at best, an extremely bad Texas Chainsaw Massacre pastiche.

Instead I got a movie about political strife in Africa and a giant fucking crocodile that fluctuates in size from unspeakably gargantuan to just big enough to eat a guy.
It was... well, I don't want to say it was worth watching, because it wasn't. It was a giant crocodile movie. Why on earth was it a giant crocodile movie?
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Jimmy McNulty on January 15, 2007, 09:17:39 PM
Quote from: CrustClock;658605
A review normally consists of more than just a vauge indication of how much you liked it, and how badly we should see it.


If you look at some of my posts earlier in this thread I think you'll quickly realise I suck balls at this.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Kombucha on January 16, 2007, 12:13:29 AM
Left Behind: 7/10
Lol religion.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: AMPEEEM on January 16, 2007, 12:46:11 AM
Me And You And Everyone We Know - Great, I could really relate to this movie. Go see it. A fine independent film. I've already seen it 3 times. Thx leek
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on January 19, 2007, 05:53:15 PM
Zwart Boek / Black Book

Outstanding! Paul Verhoeven doing what he does best... Sex, Violence, Corruption. A thrilling film! And very moving - more so than I've felt about his other films. This is clearly a theme that is close to his heart - and it's in Dutch, his native language (with subtitles)!

As well as it being in Dutch, there's also some German in there (and a couple of lines of English). That was a pleasant novelty for me since i'm studying Dutch and German.

One of its strengths is perhaps that the different strands of the story are so tightly woven, and there's no excess flab that might drag down the pacing... That might be also seen as a weakness though, by some: I, for one, became conscious that every side-comment and seemingly-minor happening would have ramifications later in the film, and so I sometimes was able to predict some of the twists.

But that's nitpicking. It's a great film. If you like any of his other films (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000682/) (Total Recall, Starship Troopers, Robocop, etc), I highly recommend it!

Quote from: ampm;659707
Me And You And Everyone We Know - Great, I could really relate to this movie. Go see it. A fine independent film. I've already seen it 3 times. Thx leek

Three times! Wow, I've only seen it once (and I love it). If you really like it, maybe you should get the DVD. It has some cool interviews on there. Particularly the one with the director/writer/star - she's great.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Golfball on January 19, 2007, 08:00:47 PM
The pursuit of happyness

A bit emotionally draining and depressing for the most part, but will smith and his son are such lovable characters its still a good movie. The ending is a tear jerker too :'(

it deserves better reviews than what it got imo
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: DigitalLemonClock on January 19, 2007, 10:07:09 PM
Idiocracy

AMERUKKA IS STUPIT!! !!
What a fucking drag.

If you liked Office Space, this is nothing like it.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Kombucha on January 19, 2007, 10:58:39 PM
Bulletproof Monk: 8/10
Do a barrel roll!
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on January 21, 2007, 07:37:49 AM
[imdb]Das Leben Der Anderen[/imdb] / [imdb]The Lives of others[/imdb]

Very thrilling! Very sharp! Very moving!

Especially recommended for those already (even vaguely) familiar with Germany's post war history.

Sebastian Koch (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0462407/) was really good in his role - and he is also very good in Black Book (as a Nazi officer), which i reviewed a few posts back (http://www.clockcrew.cc/talk/showpost.php?p=664349&postcount=602).
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: CrustClock on January 21, 2007, 09:59:19 AM
[IMDB]Final Destination 3[/IMDB]

Almost certainly the weakest of the three movies. The production values were much lower than the other films and the plotline can almost be ignored seeing as if you're watching this movie you're probably only watching it for the ingenious and very gory deaths. Despite some great set-pieces which keep you guessing when or how the inevitable deaths will happen, the movie lacks any real character development or memorable characters and pales in comparison to it's superior predecessors.

2/5
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: GreyClock on January 22, 2007, 03:41:18 AM
Quote from: Down Syndrome Kenshi;653843
Funny enough I'm downloading that movie right now!
Next Sunday, 22:20, Veronica.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on January 22, 2007, 06:09:02 PM
[IMDB]Infamous[/IMDB]

I was going to avoid this movie; from the trailer, it looks as if nothing has been added to "Capote" besides a new, glitzier cast. "They can't be thinking that they are actually making a better film than Capote, since it was so good", I thought, "so they must be out to make a quick buck"

However... I did see the movie anyway, as it happens, and I found that this is not just a cheap rehash of the same movie that we have seen and enjoyed! It is intelligently done, and it does take a different approach to Capote - not in the plot, which is essentially the same, but in the characters and the storytelling techniques.

If you liked Capote, check out Infamous, if only to see the great performance by Toby Jones (playing Truman), and to see a new take on a captivating story. This film isn't, overall, as good as Capote... but almost. There are some aspects that I enjoyed more.

[IMDB]Billy Liar[/IMDB]

I related to the main character: a lad, out of school, not sure what to do with himself, can't commit himself to his job, always daydreaming, fancies himself as a screenwriter, but doesn't know where to begin. Never gets anything written.

He's also a compulsive liar, and this gets him into all sorts of trouble, with everyone. (I could relate to this too, but for me it's more a case of lying to myself).

By the end, you really feel his exasperation.

Great film from the British new wave... Very funny, innovative (for this time in British cinema at least) storytelling. Heartfelt acting, sharp writing. I really enjoyed it.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: AdrenalineClock on January 22, 2007, 08:43:28 PM
Quote from: LeekClock;668305
[IMDB]Infamous[/IMDB]

I was going to avoid this movie; from the trailer, it looks as if nothing has been added to "Capote" besides a new, glitzier cast. "They can't be thinking that they are actually making a better film than Capote, since it was so good", I thought, "so they must be out to make a quick buck"

However... I did see the movie anyway, as it happens, and I found that this is not just a cheap rehash of the same movie that we have seen and enjoyed! It is intelligently done, and it does take a different approach to Capote - not in the plot, which is essentially the same, but in the characters and the storytelling techniques.

If you liked Capote, check out Infamous, if only to see the great performance by Toby Jones (playing Truman), and to see a new take on a captivating story. This film isn't, overall, as good as Capote... but almost. There are some aspects that I enjoyed more.


It's not a rehash at all, they were filmed at the same time but Infamous was pushed back so it wouldn't release at the same time as Capote.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: StrangeClock on January 23, 2007, 05:05:35 AM
[IMDB]Spirited Away[/IMDB]
I wish I knew more movies like this - anime that doesn't involve major Japanimation clichés (sweatdrops, loser male + violent moodswing female), and while being mystifying, doing so in a way that is enjoyable rather than making you feel left out. Wonderful story and characters. Those rolling heads and soot creatures are awesome.

[IMDB]Fantastic Four[/IMDB]
Not that anybody didn't already know it, but garbage. The FF are superheroes with some of the most boring and bland personalities anyway, so I didn't think it was a good idea to make a movie out of it in the first place, but eugh. I was cinematically disgusted. Godawful dialogue, incredibly childishly written characters, sloppy continuity, extremely poorly motivated actions. I wish Michael Chiklis would've crushed Johnny's head between his hands. Not his Thing hands, his regular hands.

(edit, just saw this) Me And You And Everyone We Know
I feel all hollowed out after watching this, I was glued to the screen having almost no conscious thought through the whole thing. There's something intensely mesmerizing about a movie that almost throws out people judging each other, calling each other on weird or embarassing behavior, and people not being afraid of that and just doing what they feel they must/need/want to do.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Golfball on January 23, 2007, 11:49:33 AM
Quote from: Down Syndrome Kenshi;668820
[IMDB]Spirited Away[/IMDB]
I wish I knew more movies like this - anime that doesn't involve major Japanimation clichés (sweatdrops, loser male + violent moodswing female), and while being mystifying, doing so in a way that is enjoyable rather than making you feel left out. Wonderful story and characters. Those rolling heads and soot creatures are awesome.


The whole studio ghibli series is pretty unique like that. You'll probably like Princess Mononoke and Grave of the fireflies.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: PirateClock on January 23, 2007, 12:44:22 PM
Blood Diamond  9/10  
Apocalypto  7/10
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: StrangeClock on January 23, 2007, 12:52:00 PM
Quote from: Golfball;668938
The whole studio ghibli series is pretty unique like that. You'll probably like Princess Mononoke and Grave of the fireflies.


I've seen (and loved) Princess Mononoke, but thanks for mentioning the other one!
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Jimmy McNulty on January 24, 2007, 12:57:58 PM
Quote from: Down Syndrome Kenshi;668976
I've seen (and loved) Princess Mononoke, but thanks for mentioning the other one!


See the following:

Castle in the sky
Nausicaa of the valley of the wind

good shit right there
Miazaki is a brilliant animator
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Kombucha on January 24, 2007, 07:07:33 PM
Deck the Halls: 8/10
K.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: CrustClock on January 25, 2007, 03:01:54 AM
[imdb]Scary Movie 4[/imdb]

The story cobbles together 'War of the Worlds', 'Saw', 'The Village' and 'The Grudge', sliding from on spoof to another almost seamlessly. Dumb but oddly admirable for it's disregard for plot and it's unabashed lowbrow humour.

6/10
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Porti Fatti on January 25, 2007, 08:25:47 AM
Factory Girl - 7-8/10

It was quite a good film, it tells the life of Edie Sedgwick, her involvement with Andy Warhol and her apparent relationship with Bob Dylan. There was some marvelous acting from Guy Pearce and even that Hayden Christensen didn't ruin it.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: StrangeClock on January 25, 2007, 03:20:15 PM
[IMDB]Rescue Dawn[/IMDB]
Werner Herzog's telling of the story of his friend, fighter pilot Dieter Dengler (Christian Bale), who got shot down over Vietnam, captured by Vietcong and escaped.

Slightly disappointing. I can't tell if it's too dramatized, or not dramatized enough. The fact that this film is set before the war in Vietnam erupted publically might explain why Bale's Dengler is so chipper and positive, but it insanely enough makes his captivity seem much less horrible (the fact that we don't see any abnormal torture, which is somewhat of a staple of Vietnam films, adds to this). The speed at which the movie begins also makes it harder to emphatize with him, and the ending feels uneventful and classically clichéd. A good and entertaining film, but doesn't feel like anything special or new.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on January 27, 2007, 04:56:52 AM
28 Days Later - 7/10

I was a little disappointed in this movie. Not that it was bad, I just didn't think it lived up to all of the hype I kept hearing about it. The first half was slow, and sometimes the low budget showed. The almost documentary-style camera did add a bit of realism, though. And the last half of the movie picked up, especially once they got to the checkpoint. Overall good, but could have been better.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: CrustClock on January 27, 2007, 12:35:52 PM
[imdb]Labyrinth[/imdb]

It's been years since i've seen this movie and after watching it today I can happily say that it completely lived up to all I remembered it to be. Everyone's seen this film so I won't bore you with a synopsis, the acting is wonderfully camp and the puppets/set designs are still stunning today. Everything in this film exudes imagination and creativity, a fantastic film for all ages.

9/10
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Randy Pearson on January 28, 2007, 09:39:08 PM
Epic Movie: Absolute Zero/10

This movie is a disgrace against all that is good in comedy. To call it a shitstorm would be to compliment it. It does all the things which films of this framework (Scary Movie 1-4, Date Movie) did before: parody as many movies as fucking possible with a mishmashed plot, with as many crude jokes as can be fit into it. In the cases of some of the earlier films, this came closer to working out, occasionally being spot-on. In this film, however, it fails miserably. I haven't seen Date Movie, but I can't imagine it being much worse than this. This movie parodies movies which don't need to be parodied, relies heavily on dated pop culture references, as well as crude humor a five-year-old could have thought of, and stolen material. Not a "reference," as some would have it, but stolen material (no exaggeration: a joke is lifted from an LF cartoon, just to cite one of the more extreme examples). To see this movie is to waste money and commit an act of intellectual self-sacrifice. It's at the top of the IMDb estimated grossing list for this week; proof that the industry is declining, and, once again, that people are total idiots. To close, I'll cite a quote from Pinky and The Brain, which I think is more that applicable in this situation:

"Do you know what sells a sitcom?"

"The word 'butt?'""

{written on behalf of Predator by a friend, the bastard better be damn grateful for this}
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: DigitalLemonClock on January 28, 2007, 10:08:12 PM
Quote from: Down Syndrome Kenshi;671298
[IMDB]Rescue Dawn[/IMDB]
Werner Herzog's telling of the story of his friend, fighter pilot Dieter Dengler (Christian Bale), who got shot down over Vietnam, captured by Vietcong and escaped.

Slightly disappointing. I can't tell if it's too dramatized, or not dramatized enough. The fact that this film is set before the war in Vietnam erupted publically might explain why Bale's Dengler is so chipper and positive, but it insanely enough makes his captivity seem much less horrible (the fact that we don't see any abnormal torture, which is somewhat of a staple of Vietnam films, adds to this). The speed at which the movie begins also makes it harder to emphatize with him, and the ending feels uneventful and classically clichéd. A good and entertaining film, but doesn't feel like anything special or new.


have you seen any other of Herzog's films, and if so does this one hold up to them at all?
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: AdrenalineClock on January 28, 2007, 10:28:53 PM
Quote from: Predator;675720
It's at the top of the IMDb estimated grossing list for this week; proof that the industry is declining, and, once again, that people are total idiots.


Did you not contribute to this idiocy?  Why did you even see it in the first place?  Unless you pirated it, which is very very wrong.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: StrangeClock on January 29, 2007, 04:14:32 AM
Quote from: Fulgore;675751
have you seen any other of Herzog's films, and if so does this one hold up to them at all?


I haven't, but afterwards I was talking with a friend who has seen some Herzog movies (and didn't see this one), and he was surprised that I felt it was kind of clichéd, since that's completely against what he feels Herzog is about.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Slurpee on January 29, 2007, 04:32:50 AM
Quote from: Predator;675720
no exaggeration: a joke is lifted from an LF cartoon, just to cite one of the more extreme examples

This strikes me as tremendously unlikely.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: StrangeClock on January 29, 2007, 05:59:01 AM
Any joke LF tells comes from some other cartoon or sitcom.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: CrustClock on January 29, 2007, 02:31:28 PM
I hate it when the Simpsons steal LegendaryFrog's jokes.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on January 29, 2007, 05:33:15 PM
[imdb]Hollywoodland[/imdb]

Tasteful direction. Based on an inherently interesting story (which I presume is mostly true). Acting was great (apart from Adrien Brody... not enough attitude for his character, I felt).

But yet not a very satisfying movie experience.

Where I feel it falls down is its rather limp-dicked pacing/structure/storytelling. The film's needlessly long, and it relies on a bunch of flashbacks and a weak subplot (Brody's broken marriage... Yawn) to keep it alive for the full 162 minutes. Why not just make a shorter, sharper movie?
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: CrustClock on February 01, 2007, 11:54:22 AM
[imdb]Idiocracy[/imdb]

Highly recommended! An incredibly watchable movie; Wilson is very funny and likable, the plot moves at a terrific pace and the jokes are mostly successful (although the ones that don't seem to drag on forever). There really is very little to dislike about it; it doesn't take itself seriously in the slightest and the jokes are wonderfully dumb. Highly recommended for fans of Mike Judge.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Poltergeist on February 01, 2007, 12:02:54 PM
Quote from: Predator;675720


"Do you know what sells a sitcom?"

"The word 'butt?'""



Pinky and the brain?

Also, waiting for someone to give the movie an Epic Failure/10.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Randy Pearson on February 02, 2007, 03:26:16 PM
Quote from: Franklin T. Onion;675766
Did you not contribute to this idiocy?  Why did you even see it in the first place?  Unless you pirated it, which is very very wrong.


I am writing on behalf of my friend who wrote this review. It was not in any way his choice to see the film. His mother saw the trailers and it seems she was utterly convinced it was worth the time and money. I told him his mom was a tool for even being slightly convinced by the commercials to see the film.

Quote from: Slurpee;675987
This strikes me as tremendously unlikely.


I too found this unlikely... and my friend does have a past of misenterpreting material as stolen and if so from where it was stolen. He is a very hard person to please and often does compare similar jokes and then arrives at the conclusion they were stolen. He is very picky about his humor which makes it awefully hard as the writing half of our flash production team.

However he has convinced me not to see the film and to possibly avoid it (even if it means killing myself).

Pursuit of Happyness
8/10

I found this film incredibily enjoyable and worthwhile. I think with all of the films that portray the dark side of America its nice to see something that really affirms your faith and confidence in the whole "american dream" idea. It is abbly played by all the actors. I must say my favorite actor was Will Smith's son, who completely stole the picture from his father who just seems to try too hard with this one at times.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Jimmy McNulty on February 02, 2007, 10:18:21 PM
Anybody seen inland empire?
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Porti Fatti on February 03, 2007, 04:59:09 PM
12 Angry Men - 10/10

Incredible film, I'm not too much into the fifties but this was remarkable. It's focus is on a jury who decide the life on a man accused of killing his father and the performances are stunning. It also has quite unique writing, it many points in the film focusing on an unimportant subjects to feel real.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: DigitalLemonClock on February 03, 2007, 09:07:53 PM
Quote from: Soundwave;682008
Anybody seen inland empire?


I haven't, but if you're looking for common opinion it seems that it's another one of his heavily symbolic pieces and has some tie-ins with his Rabbits series, combine that with what has been said a very unique use of digital camera and you get people walking out.

I however really am excited for it.

Salo
The 120 Days of Sodom (http://imdb.com/title/tt0073650/)

The movie takes place in fascist-era Italy and depicts 4 powerful officials who capture a group of Italian youths to degrade and brutalize them in numerous of unimaginable ways.

When the four parts that a movie are split up in are called "Antechamber of Hell", "Circle of Obsessions", "Circle of Shit" and "Circle of Blood" you know you're in for a good ride.

I won't spoil too much of this film, since it really is a must-see.

7.5/10
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Topcatyo on February 03, 2007, 09:26:41 PM
Quote from: RadioTubeClock;682805


I've seen that [12 Angry Men] and I agree, its a great movie.

Me too, although I found the ending a bit hilarious.
"What's your name?"
"[guy says his name]."
"Oh.
...
Bye."

Also, the "I don't EEEEEEEEEEEEEH think he's guilty" threw that scene off.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: DWARFINATORclock on February 04, 2007, 08:44:16 AM
Smokin' Aces.

6.5/10

It was good but should have been better.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: CrustClock on February 06, 2007, 03:00:38 AM
[imdb]doa: Dead or Alive[/imdb]

Straight up: this is an awful, awful movie. The plot sounds like something from 'Totally Spies', the acting is a joke and is probably on par with 'Street Fighter' as the worst videogame movie licence ever.

The gist of the story is that the best fighters in the world are invited to the d.o.a tournament where they must fight each other until one of them is crowned the d.o.a champion and wins the mindblowing sum of $10m bux. Needless to say there's some shady conspiracy involving some shady shades, but it's so fantastically ridiculous that I won't ruin the bemusement for you.

You might think that it's ok for a movie based on the doa games to have a shitty plot as long as the fight scenes are kickass. But they're not. They're repetitive, boring, full of stolen ideas (house of flying dagger's blatantly ripped off in the jungle fight scene) and just plain uninspired.

You'd think that with a movie with about 500 producers and executive producers, one of them would have the guts to nip this in the bud and save everyone involved the embarassment. Trash.

0/10
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Arctic on February 12, 2007, 12:58:59 PM
Children of Men 8/10
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on February 12, 2007, 07:36:24 PM
Boogie Nights

Required viewing
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Girclock on February 12, 2007, 11:43:57 PM
the departed


actually kicked ass
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Kombucha on February 13, 2007, 12:10:20 AM
I have no idea what year it is. :(
Rocky Horror Picture Show: 10/10
Wins for fucked-upness.

Team America World Police: 9/10
Funny.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Jimmy McNulty on February 16, 2007, 09:33:27 PM
Transformers The Movie: 8/10

In a word: Awesome. As a diehard fan of the decepticons I got what I asked for. Soundwave kicked some ass, Megatron kicked some ass (I contend that he won against prime), Galvatron kicked some ass, and Unicron (played by Orson Welles) kicked a shitload of ass. However, this movie loses points for Bumblebee's failure to die, that annoying little shit Daniel, and the Decepticons loosing in the end. Other than that, a great peice of animation.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Joey 56465468 on February 18, 2007, 09:57:59 PM
Ghost Rider

If you are a fan of Nicholas Cage, then it is a must see.  If you do not like Nicholas cage then you will most likely hate this movie.  There is comedey and its extreamly random, but still kind of funny.  The special effects are top notch, up there with the Spiderman movies.  But the acting is more in the Punisher category.  Bottom line, this movie is eye candy, not ear candy.  Also, the voice of Ghost Rider is really bad.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: MasterClock on February 24, 2007, 07:17:35 PM
Epic Movie

The funny moments were extremely funny.  Otherwise the movie sort of sucked, you could tell it was low budget.  If I saw more than two of the movies they made fun of it'd probably be a lot funnier.

6/10
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on February 24, 2007, 09:51:43 PM
Saw III - 7/10

I found myself thinking "I've seen this before" more than once during this movie, which sucked. But the gore was pretty good, and the acting was all right. The plot really redeemed itself at the end, though. Good stuff.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on February 24, 2007, 10:31:45 PM
[IMDB]The Idiots[/IMDB] - Lars Von Trier

It's about a group of people who basically do what the Clock Crew does - they act weird in public, in order to find their "inner idiots".  To see how far they can go. To have fun. To let go, and escape social norms. To reach an enlightened state.

The nature of the film and its aesthetic are also very Clock Crew. It is purposefully no-frills. It is following the "vow of chastity", which is a set of rules layed out by Lars Von Trier, for his filmmakers' movement called Dogme 95. This movement, as it happens, also has a lot of parallels with the Clock Crew.

So basically, not only is it a very interesting, provocative and sometimes amusing film in it's own right, it is of particular interest to us Clocks. I highly recommend that everyone checks it out.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Porti Fatti on February 25, 2007, 12:48:32 PM
Hot Fuzz - 6/10

Dissappointing, I thought it would be a classic like Shaun of the Dead, but it was just lacking in humour, some of it was entertaining and the fight sequences were cool, but it just lost it's spark.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: ChocolateCoffin on February 25, 2007, 12:52:23 PM
Quote from: StalinClock;708127
Hot Fuzz - 6/10

Dissappointing, I thought it would be a classic like Shaun of the Dead, but it was just lacking in humour, some of it was entertaining and the fight sequences were cool, but it just lost it's spark.


There's humour everywhere in it, their expressions, actions, not just dialogue, go watch it again, and watch it harder!
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: AMPEEEM on February 25, 2007, 03:54:31 PM
Das Leben der Anderen: 8/10
I really like the recent out break of films about rebellion against the government, or even just movies about real countries and how fucked up they. Das Leben der Anderen (The Lives Of Others) is a German film about the East German's paranoia before the Berlin Wall fell, and when they planted microphones in people's houses. Its not a documentary, but a film about a man trying to stay out of jail for writing an anonymous article about secret statics of the current suicide rates in Germany. The movie is pretty thrilling and nicely directed. If you can find a theater that plays this movie, go see it.

The Last King Of Scotland: 9/10
Great acting, great directing, great music (suprisingly) and a very powerful movie to top it all off. Go see this movie.

Pick Of Destiny: 9/10 (Seriously)
I went into this movie with low expectations, which may have been why I enjoyed it so much. Jack Black and Kyle Gass were both just great. The way KG made himself look like a good in front of JB, and his whole stuck-up attitude when he really is a loser ("Hey this is KG...You know what to do, baaaaah") and JB's ignorance leading him to just eat his words up. So much more than what I thought it was going to be, original and great comedy. It loses a point for rhyming the words sick, dick, suck and fuck way to many times.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Topcatyo on February 25, 2007, 03:54:56 PM
Jackass 2

Quite hilarious.  Of course it's not going to make you smarter, it'll have the opposite effect, and I wouldn't suggest watching it with your mother.  But it's funny and enjoyable to watch.  Sure, there is defecation, testicles, dildos, and other various things, but it's fun to watch.  The movie also features one of the strangest musical performances I've ever seen.
Oh, and Johnny Knoxville has more balls than anyone else on the show.

The Departed

Fast paced, yet managing to fit a developed plot into a long ass movie full of killings and whatnot.  Great acting, superb directing, great storytelling, an all-around great movie.  I kind of expected people to die when they did, though.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: CrustClock on February 25, 2007, 05:16:22 PM
[imdb]Hellraiser[/imdb]

A classic! The special effects are pretty damn impressive for such a low budget movie and Clive Barker shows great talent as a director seeing as this was his first real film. The story is gripping from start to finish, Pinhead and the cenobites are fantastic movie antagonists despite only a small part in the overall plot - the scene in the hospital where Kirsty first opens the box is filled with fantastic, quotable lines from Pinhead.

The film starts with a man named Frank Cotton, who opens the ancient chinese puzzle box in order to experience the ultimate sadomasochistic thrill: being taken to hell by the 'cenobites' forever for some soul tearing. Frank's brother, Larry Cotton, and his second wife, Julia, move into the house years later. Soon after, Larry accidentally awakens Frank with his own blood and is discovered by Julia, who starts to feed Frank with the blood of randy businessmen until he is brought to full health. Larry's daughter, Kirsty Cotton, encounters Frank and steals the puzzle box - she later opens it in curiosity and meets Pinhead and his cenobites. She strikes a deal in exchange for her life: to give them Frank, who had escaped them. The cenobites reluctantly agree and Kirsty is left to save her father's life. He dies. That was all a spoiler.

9 outa 10!

[imdb]Hellbound: Hellraiser II[/imdb]

A fully worthy sequel! Clive Barker only writes and does not direct this time but all the terrifying and mystical elements of the first film remain. In my opinion it is even better than the first film!

Kirsty Cotton, the survivor of the first film, has been incarcerated in the Channard mental institution (the eponymous Channard just happens to be a man who has been desperately searching for the puzzle box). Channard, with the help of the resurrected Julia Cotton, opens the doors to hell again using a mute girl, Tiffany, who has a talent for puzzle solving. Kirsty is unwittingly thrown back into cenobite's maze for another hellish journey.

The film is completely faithful to the original, the plot events happening right where the last film left off. Pinhead and the cenobites make their last memorable appearance before becoming trashy horror villains along the vain of Freddy and Jason. All the performances are surprisingly good and the special effects are even gorier and crazy than the original. Bigger, bolder, and in my opinion, even better than 'Hellraiser', if you want to get into the Hellraiser series: go no further than these two films.

10 outa 10!

[imdb]Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth[/imdb]

A terrible and disappointing fall from form.

Read my long-winded review on IMDb here (http://imdb.com/title/tt0104409/usercomments-114).

2 outa 10

[imdb]Hellraiser IV: Bloodline[/imdb]

I felt this movie deserves some credit after the despicable 'Hell on Earth', 'Bloodline' deals with the history of the mysterious chinese puzzle box ; it's origins and cursed 'bloodline'. Although a slight return to form, it's just not anywhere on par with the first two films. The director, in fact, was unhappy with the lack of creative control he had with his film that he went under the famous pseudonym '[imdb]Alan Smithee[/imdb]'.

It's just alright, it has some good performances - especially from Doug Bradly (who is always good value as Pinhead) but the quality of the story isn't that great and is somewhat confusing as it contradicts the 'rules' of the cenobite's role set in the first two movies. For one thing, Pinhead was supposed to have been originally a WWI troop, which is odd considering that in this film the box has existed (with Pinhead) for hundreds of years! There are also some crazy sci-fi moments with Pinhead on a spaceship which are really unsuited for the Hellraiser universe.

It's... ok.

6 outa 10


--

Watching the rest in sequence! Not holding out much hope though.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: PirateClock on February 25, 2007, 05:20:01 PM
im not going to motivate my grades.

Blood Diamond 9/10  
Hanibal Rising 7/10  
Night at the museum 7/10
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Jimmy McNulty on February 25, 2007, 08:46:42 PM
School for scoundrels: 6/10

It's okay. A few really great scenes, but other than that, nothing memorable. The supporting characters are under developed which I think is one of the places where this movie fails. Jon Heder proves that he will never be remembered for being more than Napoleon Dynamite. Billy Bob Thorton is great though and is a cunning, but unsually human, antagonist.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Poltergeist on February 26, 2007, 02:52:50 AM
Quote from: EDDIE VAN HALEN;708469
im not going to motivate my grades.

Blood Diamond 9/10  
Hanibal Rising 7/10  
Night at the museum 7/10


Really? All the reviews so far have been horrible.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Randy Pearson on February 26, 2007, 06:18:48 PM
Quote from: Master;707071
Epic Movie

The funny moments were extremely funny.  Otherwise the movie sort of sucked, you could tell it was low budget.  If I saw more than two of the movies they made fun of it'd probably be a lot funnier.

6/10


It wouldn't, trust me. The movie is more or less just stealing material then actually lampooning it.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on February 26, 2007, 06:30:36 PM
Amores Perros

A film that uses the "interlocking stories" thing, and does it well, and for a reason. Rather than just saying "ooo isn't life mysterious!/what a small world!/we are connected in ways you'd never guess!", it's there to bring a greater understanding of the concepts in the film.

It's damn good.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: MasterClock on February 27, 2007, 12:00:35 AM
Quote from: LeekClock;709824
Amores Perros

A film that uses the "interlocking stories" thing, and does it well, and for a reason. Rather than just saying "ooo isn't life mysterious!/what a small world!/we are connected in ways you'd never guess!", it's there to bring a greater understanding of the concepts in the film.

It's damn good.


Love Dogs?  Is it like a Spanish film or something?
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Kombucha on February 27, 2007, 01:07:33 AM
Ghost Rider: 7/10
Good, but I was disappointed. I wanted it to be better.

Flushed Away: ?/10
I find this hard to rate out of ten. Anyway, I was surprised, I expected it to be worse. Fairly decent movie.

The Invincible Iron Man: 8/10
The animation was lazy in some parts and the voice acting was rather shitty in some parts, but it made up for it. I guess I am rating this as a fanboy, I have always been a fan of the character Iron Man.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on February 27, 2007, 11:16:34 AM
The Godfather - 9/10

I was going to give it a point or two less for being slow in parts, but I can forgive that since it was obviously needed to set things up for future plot points. The way the story is weaved is great, and the actors play their parts extremely well to bring that story to life. Like I said, the middle was slow in parts, but the ending more than made up for it. Quite a climax. Inspires me to create great things.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: AMPEEEM on March 09, 2007, 08:56:24 AM
Kids - 8/10
Pretty good movie. I can relate to it in some parts, and its pretty funny. Also a lot of good ideas in the movie, and pretty entertaining over all. Its always fun watching a movie about a controversial idea.

A look at the youth of America.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on March 09, 2007, 11:59:59 AM
Quote from: ampm;724969
Kids - 8/10
Pretty good movie. I can relate to it in some parts, and its pretty funny. Also a lot of good ideas in the movie, and pretty entertaining over all. Its always fun watching a movie about a controversial idea.

A look at the youth of America.

Entertaining? Kids fucking about, and then literally fucking? Mnaah

I felt like I was being preached to. It felt more like an educational video to me - and if the film's purpose is educational, who's it going to be useful to? Probably the sort of kids who are in the film, and they'd probably never end up watching such a film.

So what's its purpose? I don't think it really has a noble purpose or that it is very enlightening. We know kids fuck and get pregnant and get aids and stuff. So I conclude that it's just an excuse to make a "shocking" film.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on March 09, 2007, 04:09:28 PM
The Godfather II - 10/10

Although this was the longest movie in the trilogy, I really felt like it used it's time the best. It was the only one that didn't really have a section of the movie that made me wonder when the next plot point was going to be introduced. Again, amazing acting and all that. Tom Hagen was already my favorite character from the first movie, and he continues to prove why he's awesome in this one.

The Godfather III - 8.5/10

What the fuck, no Tom Hagen. :( That sucked. But I have a newfound respect for Andy Garcia. I've never cared too much for him, but not only was he great in this, that scene on the horse was fucking awesome. Again, the stellar production values, acting, writing, etc. carried over to this one. The build up to and climax itself was particularly well done. There was a portion that was probably a little too drawn out, and Sofia Coppola's performance was pretty weak, but I don't think it was enough to take much away from the film.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: CrustClock on March 10, 2007, 12:55:27 PM
[imdb]Primer[/imdb]

This movie makes me feel like an idiot :(

?/10
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Biblo on March 10, 2007, 01:15:54 PM
Inland Empire 10/10

WOW! Made me genuinely scared for my life. Made me laugh my ass off.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: ChocolateCoffin on March 10, 2007, 01:23:00 PM
Is it all low res? (inland empire)
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Biblo on March 10, 2007, 02:47:32 PM
Quote from: ArseOnToast;726560
Is it all low res? (inland empire)


em, sort of. it's all shot on digital video so it's not so much low res as it is weird quality. it adds a really weird atmosphere to it
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: ChocolateCoffin on March 10, 2007, 03:39:16 PM
I want to go see it, but my dad said I should just wait till it comes out on dvd because it's low res. Is it 18's? and does the IFI even care?
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: MasterClock on March 10, 2007, 04:29:08 PM
300

9/10

Pretty fun movie, good ol' bloody stabby fun.  Plus a sex scene.  Also every woman in the movie has erect nipples.  :L
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: joliet_jane on March 10, 2007, 04:51:50 PM
Zodiac  9/10

I was skeptical about seeing a serial killer movie when the killer is never found, but the movie doesn't let it end without a conclusion. It's Very considerate to the real people involved too.  It's long, but doesn't get boring or ever make you feel you've wasted time.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: AdrenalineClock on March 11, 2007, 12:09:20 AM
300

RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH/10

I really enjoyed the violence.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Zebu Clock on March 11, 2007, 12:33:17 AM
300 - PWN/10. This was too awesome for words.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Randy Pearson on March 11, 2007, 10:42:43 AM
Quote from: Zebu Clock;727802
300 - PWN/10. This was too awesome for words.


Well, then again, you said it :)

The Dukes of Hazard: The Beginning (2007)

Score: God-awful fucking shit/ZERO

Saw it on ABC Family as (bad)luck would have it. There is absolutely no reason to see this hunk of horse shit. At least the original from 2004 had the benefit of some good humor and sexy girls. This one has girls, but NONE of them are sexy. It isn't even really a prequel to the movie. It's more like a prequel to the actual shows, which just makes it fail even more.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Poltergeist on March 11, 2007, 12:00:55 PM
300/10
No real review needed.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: CrustClock on March 11, 2007, 04:13:34 PM
[imdb]Hot Fuzz[/imdb]

Great fun! For the first hour the film plays out as a murder-mystery pastiche before changing pace drastically in one sinister plot twist into a "bad boys" style buddy-cop action movie. Like "Shaun of The Dead", "Hot Fuzz" imitates without being a 'parody' or 'spoof' of their respective genre, more just a film of the genre with a tongue in cheek attitude. I can't really think of many reasons why you shouldn't go and see it if you can! Fantastic, charming and funny.

5/5
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Biblo on March 11, 2007, 08:24:55 PM
Quote from: ArseOnToast;726673
I want to go see it, but my dad said I should just wait till it comes out on dvd because it's low res. Is it 18's? and does the IFI even care?


it's "unrated" which is technically just over 18s. heber didn't get in on his own, but when i went a bunch of his friends who are clearly under 18 were there. your dad is wrong, just because something is grainy doesn't mean it's not fucking huge in a cinema, see it in the cinema, it really really adds to the experience. like, really. lynch is constantly talking about how it's not the same outside of a cinema so he makes his movies accordingly.
it'll scare the living piss out of you
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on March 11, 2007, 08:34:23 PM
Tenacious D and the Pick of Destiny - 7/10

I give this movie a 7 as a Tenacious D fan. If I weren't, I'm sure it would have gotten a 4 or 5 or something because a lot of the funny parts were more like inside jokes. But overall, there were some hilarious parts, and some parts that kind of fell flat. The ending was a little anticlimactic. I liked the cameos, and the music was classic D. They should have left the deleted scenes in.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: miracle fruit on March 11, 2007, 09:01:06 PM
Lord of War - 9/10

Nicolas Cage's best movie, not even arguable. Way underrated, and so full of truth.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on March 11, 2007, 09:03:02 PM
Quote from: MiracleFroot;729262
Lord of War - 9/10

Nicolas Cage's best movie, not even arguable. Way underrated, and so full of truth.

The trailer was pretty cool, but the film itself had no substance. I'd give it a 4/10
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: miracle fruit on March 11, 2007, 09:26:18 PM
Quote from: LeekClock;729263
The trailer was pretty cool, but the film itself had no substance. I'd give it a 4/10


oh well maybe if it had more disgusting whole wheat bread you'd like it
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on March 11, 2007, 09:27:46 PM
good one
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: CrustClock on March 12, 2007, 11:42:24 AM
Quote from: MiracleFroot;729297
oh well maybe if it had more disgusting whole wheat bread you'd like it

hahahhaha
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on March 14, 2007, 03:38:12 PM
Good Morning Vietnam

Some great parts, but they shine as sugar crystals in a caramelised dog turd.

Robin Williams is great, but I didn't buy that he was following his dick around after this dumb Vietnamese chick the whole time. Mainly because Robin Williams and his character are both really quite gay. Seems like a little-thought-out plot device.

Forest Whitaker was in there too. He was good. As were all the army officer characters.

My main dislike in the film was the way the Vietnamese people were portrayed. It was as though the only way the writer/director could think of, to gain our (American viewers) sympathy with them, was if they, somehow, unrealistically adopted American tendencies, vocabulary, and customs. They all love Robin William's jokes, even though I'm sure if it were a real situation they (A) would not be able to understand the words he was speaking and (B) would not find his sense of humour amusing anyway.

This reaches it's sickly saccharine climax by the end of the film, when for some reason a whole village of Vietnamese people hang out of their balconies and even join in, in a game of baseball with Robin Williams.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on March 16, 2007, 07:07:30 AM
The Departed - 10/10

I tried to talk myself into lowering the score, because I was paranoid that I was just going to like it because it was a new Scorsese mafia movie. But when I tried to find things to bring the points down, I couldn't. The story moved along at a better pace than his older movies, and the twists were great. The music selection was decent (although what was with that Comfortably Numb cover?) and the dialogue was well written. The acting was the highlight, though. Everyone was fucking awesome, and even Mark Wahlberg put on a pretty damn fine show. The Boston accents were all nice, with the surprising exception of Jack Nicholson, who sounded a little forced at times. Overall, it's up there with his best. I'll have to give it more time to settle before I say it's better than Casino or Goodfellas, though.

Borat - 8/10

I liked it, but there were a few parts that I think could have been left out. Some of the deleted scened would have filled in nicely, though. Overall, it was funny. Some parts more funny than others, but that's to be expected with a "live" filming. Now I just have to make sure I don't go around talking like him and making myself look like an ass.

Casino Royale - 9/10

I haven't watched a full Bond movie since Goldeneye. I don't want to say they were bad, since I haven't watched them all the way through, but they just seemed too flashy and boring for me to get into. But I had heard a lot of great things about Casino Royale, which was surprising given the disdain which a lot of people expressed when Daniel Craig was announced as the new 007. So I decided to give Bond a chance, and I'm really glad I did. It seems they picked up on the gritty realistic (well, for a movie) action of films like the Bourne series, which is good. And I liked that they went back to origins, showing how Bond picked up some of his traits and whatnot. Craig makes a great Bond, and I thought they balanced plot and action quite nicely. I think I just might start getting back on the Bond bandwagon after this.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Randy Pearson on March 19, 2007, 06:35:25 PM
Frank Miller's 300

300/10

That's right. I'm giving this movie an A++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++. This film was a fantastic  visual masterpiece. From the scenery to the blood so gracefully splattered all over it, this film was a sight to behold. I'm sorry if I draw on about this but 300 was fantastic.
300: a name that evokes size and power. The perfect name for a movie that does exactly that, for a movie that shocks its audience into a dark pit of its own silence. You can be the biggest Frank Miller fan there is a see clips from the film ahead of time, but nothing can quite prepare you for 300.
300! This film contained fantastic acting and was scripted so excelently I almost cried. Some people have criticized this movie for bastardising history. To them, I say, it does, and the film-makers don't try to conceal that. They just take the nostalgic/mythology like feel of Frank Miller's graphic novels and translate it into a tour-de-force chariot ride of twists, turns, and decapitations.
300! I remember watching this film begin and after the first 5-minutes hearing some old bitch in the back of the theatre laughing at what she obviously perceived as a purely absurd film. Another 5-minutes into the film: silence. There was not a single voice in the house as we watched shocked at master-ful filmaking. The only times a peep was made was when we cringed and gasped, shocked at the shear dynamic violence nobody could have prepared us for, or when we cheared on King Leonidas when he stuck it to Xerxes or Queen Gorga when she held the fort down back home in Sparta. This film that had seemed ridiculous at first had reduced the audience to sheer astonishment.
300! This film is definetly not for everyone. Anyone with any taste of any kind will deplore of the violence and gratuitous sexual content of the film, something only the trully tasteless film lover can enjoy. History Nazi's will shout at the film's innacuracies before the film speedily shuts them up.
300! I am telling you people! 300 is a movie that must be seen! There is no reason one should not see it in theatres at least once! Something that made in any other way would have simply been a pilgrimage for Frank Miller fans has become the Sin City of Sword-and-sandal Epics! Frank Miller fans will touch themselves watching 300! Gore hounds will touch themselves watching 300! Action movie buffs will touch themselves watching 300! History teachers and Nazis as well as well known historians themselves will vomit while us Frank Miller fans, gore hounds, and action movie buffs laugh at them... watching 300! This is the action film ride people have been waiting for all year! See 300!
300!
300!
3-fucking-00!![/FONT][/SIZE]
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: AdrenalineClock on March 19, 2007, 07:13:09 PM
You're so lame, dude.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Slurpee on March 19, 2007, 07:18:44 PM
300 - It was OK, I guess. The action scenes were well-directed, but it was littered with popcorn bullshit and horrendously masturbatory cinematic sequences that didn't serve to do anything but make the movie boring in-between the fights, which, let's face it, were the only point of this movie.

Dead Silence - This was outstandingly retarded. It oftentimes bordered on self-parody.

Ghost Rider - Pretty dumb. Nick Cage has something of a school boy charm that adds to his characterization scenes, but the action sequences were rarely anything other than mediocre, and the finger-pointing motif was really stupid. The villians were pretty subpar, too. All of them. The cowboy dude was cool.

The Number 23 - This was outstandingly retarded. It oftentimes bordered on self-parody.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: miracle fruit on March 22, 2007, 05:03:00 AM
The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl - 0/10

Worst movie ever? Yes.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Randy Pearson on March 22, 2007, 06:43:14 AM
Quote from: MiracleFruitClock;745399
The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl - 0/10

Worst movie ever? Yes.


And to think the guy who directed that garbage made both Sin City, From Dusk Til' Dawn and The Mariachi Trilogy.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on March 22, 2007, 08:02:20 PM
I <3 Huckabees - 9/10

Wow, I surprised I liked this movie so much. It's one of those movies that seems fucked up just for the sake of being fucked up... but it works. I think a big part is the huge ensemble cast. The characters already seem strong, but the strong acting really brings them to life. Mark Wahlberg was great, which is making me think he's really turning into a good actor. The humor was... well, fucked up. But, again, it worked. I especially liked the family dinner scene.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: miracle fruit on March 23, 2007, 05:18:47 AM
Quote from: Predator;745466
And to think the guy who directed that garbage made both Sin City, From Dusk Til' Dawn and The Mariachi Trilogy.


I know, I was like,

What the fuck Rodriguez?

Like, what the fuck?
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Robocop Clock on March 23, 2007, 05:26:43 AM
Ghostrider 1/10
 
Pretty much sucked...No good fighting scenes and the storyline was retarded.
 
The # 23 7/10
 
Better then they say. I expected it to suck from what i've herd but it was actually decent. The guy was overly paranoid about a # but other than that it had good story.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Randy Pearson on March 23, 2007, 07:40:35 AM
Quote from: MiracleFruitClock;746671
I know, I was like,

What the fuck Rodriguez?

Like, what the fuck?


The fact is, those weren't even really serious movies. That (along with Spy Kids) were really just experiments to show people a film could be made really quickly under a really low budget. To this day he hasn't made a single film over 40 million dollars, which kind of makes some of his films a little more note-worthy in that respect, even the Spy Kids films.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on March 23, 2007, 08:40:08 AM
Quote from: Predator;746724
The fact is, those weren't even really serious movies. That (along with Spy Kids) were really just experiments to show people a film could be made really quickly under a really low budget. To this day he hasn't made a single film over 40 million dollars, which kind of makes some of his films a little more note-worthy in that respect, even the Spy Kids films.


40 million dollars isn't exactly pocket change, y'know.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: kittyclock on March 23, 2007, 10:46:58 AM
Good bye, Lenin!
 
9/10
 
A guy is protesting against the regime in 1989 when he gets arrested. His mother sees, has a heart attack and falls into a coma. When the mother awakens, the GDR is no longer in existence. In attempts to keep her from any type of excitement, the son tries to set up the GDR again for her in their flat.
 
made in 2003, only in german
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Munglai on March 23, 2007, 10:49:32 AM
Quote from: Losperman;736628
The Departed - 10/10

I tried to talk myself into lowering the score, because I was paranoid that I was just going to like it because it was a new Scorsese mafia movie. But when I tried to find things to bring the points down, I couldn't. The story moved along at a better pace than his older movies, and the twists were great. The music selection was decent (although what was with that Comfortably Numb cover?) and the dialogue was well written. The acting was the highlight, though. Everyone was fucking awesome, and even Mark Wahlberg put on a pretty damn fine show. The Boston accents were all nice, with the surprising exception of Jack Nicholson, who sounded a little forced at times. Overall, it's up there with his best. I'll have to give it more time to settle before I say it's better than Casino or Goodfellas, though.

I'd knock it down a couple of points for having no likable characters and for the constant really bad swearing. It was a very very good film but I can't say I really liked it at all.

Quote from: Predator;745466
And to think the guy who directed that garbage made both Sin City, From Dusk Til' Dawn and The Mariachi Trilogy.

Wellll doesn't that show that he can make stuff that kids like and also stuff that adults like? It would be nice if the kids' films he made were the sort of things that anyone could like but I guess he achieves what he's trying to with his lame kiddy films and that's good.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on March 23, 2007, 06:36:01 PM
Quote from: Stephanie + Banana;746825
I'd knock it down a couple of points for having no likable characters and for the constant really bad swearing. It was a very very good film but I can't say I really liked it at all.


Does a film require you to like it's characters? Especially when the entire movie revolves around lying and backstabbing? I thought the characters were well written and even more well played, so I had no problem not having many likeable characters.

Also, I never find swearing in a movie to be a bad thing, unless it sounds too forced. When you're watching a movie filled with dumb mafia thugs who probably never made it through middle school, it's expected. I guess maybe that's because I swear a lot too. :/
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Randy Pearson on March 23, 2007, 08:22:50 PM
Quote from: LeekClock;746745
40 million dollars isn't exactly pocket change, y'know.


I'm aware of that. But considering the types of movies he makes and the types of actors he gets, its kind of amazing he can do it on a considerably low budget. I mean, Rodriguez just sits firmly in my book as an A-League B-Movie maker (which is good).
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: ChocolateCoffin on March 23, 2007, 08:46:56 PM
300 is very very good.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Arctic on March 23, 2007, 09:07:48 PM
Quote from: Losperman;746105
I <3 Huckabees - 9/10

Wow, I surprised I liked this movie so much. It's one of those movies that seems fucked up just for the sake of being fucked up... but it works. I think a big part is the huge ensemble cast. The characters already seem strong, but the strong acting really brings them to life. Mark Wahlberg was great, which is making me think he's really turning into a good actor. The humor was... well, fucked up. But, again, it worked. I especially liked the family dinner scene.


I bought the movie because I liked it so much.  Now I get shit from everyone.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Munglai on March 23, 2007, 09:07:57 PM
Quote from: Losperman;747420
Does a film require you to like it's characters? Especially when the entire movie revolves around lying and backstabbing? I thought the characters were well written and even more well played, so I had no problem not having many likeable characters.

Also, I never find swearing in a movie to be a bad thing, unless it sounds too forced. When you're watching a movie filled with dumb mafia thugs who probably never made it through middle school, it's expected. I guess maybe that's because I swear a lot too. :/


I realised that the reason all the characters were dicks was because the reality of that kind of thing is that they are all dicks, but that doesn't really make for a fun watching experience. For most of the middle of the film I was just getting annoyed because absolutely no one would stop being a bastard. A film techincally doesn't need any likeable characters but without them who am I supposed to sympathise with? I didn't really care what happened to anyone. Whenever anybody died I didn't feel anything because I liked neither the person dying or the person benefiting from them dying. Without any characters I could like the film felt very closed off and when it got into bits that weren't very exciting I just kind of tuned out because I didn't really care what was going on.

The problem with the swearing wasn't the amount of it, they were just all really bad at it. I think that's a culture thing though; americans only really have about five swear words and none of them are very fun.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: AdrenalineClock on March 24, 2007, 02:35:55 AM
I liked Dicaprio's character in the Departed.  He was a mean bitch but he was doing the right thing.  I also liked Martin Sheen's character, he was totally a good guy.  Mark Wahlberg and Alec Baldwin were dicks but enjoyable dicks, and Jack Nicholson was bad but entertaining.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: AdrenalineClock on March 24, 2007, 02:36:45 AM
Quote from: Key;747664
300-
Something happened at the end... dunno what it was. Not violence/sex.


The final scene was a charge into a battle of mass violence.  We don't get to see it, but it's violence.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Poltergeist on March 24, 2007, 05:03:55 AM
Quote from: Franklin T. Onion;747881
The final scene was a charge into a battle of mass violence.  We don't get to see it, but it's violence.


How come none of the thousands of arrows fired hit his crotch?
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: miracle fruit on March 24, 2007, 05:09:08 AM
Quote from: Poltergeist Clock;747959
How come none of the thousands of arrows fired hit his crotch?


Balls of steel. The arrows ricocheted.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: SilverCherryClock on March 24, 2007, 05:13:57 AM
Quote from: Stephanie + Banana;746825
I'd knock it down a couple of points for having no likable characters and for the constant really bad swearing.


None of Scorcese's crime films have truly likeable characters.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: AdrenalineClock on March 24, 2007, 12:58:26 PM
Quote from: Poltergeist Clock;747959
How come none of the thousands of arrows fired hit his crotch?


That wasn't the last scene.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Randy Pearson on March 24, 2007, 01:25:36 PM
Quote from: Franklin T. Onion;747881
The final scene was a charge into a battle of mass violence.  We don't get to see it, but it's violence.


The final scene is supposed to be the Battle of Plataea.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: AdrenalineClock on March 24, 2007, 01:40:57 PM
Quote from: Predator;748277
The final scene is supposed to be the Battle of Plataea.


Oh my God, who gives a shit what it's called?
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on March 24, 2007, 01:47:00 PM
Quote from: Franklin T. Onion;747880
I liked Dicaprio's character in the Departed.  He was a mean bitch but he was doing the right thing.  I also liked Martin Sheen's character, he was totally a good guy.  Mark Wahlberg and Alec Baldwin were dicks but enjoyable dicks, and Jack Nicholson was bad but entertaining.


I agree. And you can understand Leo being mean, too, I mean with the position he's forced into and all.

Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels - 5/10

I was kind of disappointed by this movie. It wasn't bad, but from all of the hype and history surrounding it I expected it to be better. Most of the acting was pretty good, but I just felt like I had seen the story before. It was all very predictable. That, unfortunately, made it very boring in parts.

The Ninth Gate - 7.5/10

If they hadn't left so many unanswered questions in this movie, it would have been an 8.5 or a 9. But, really, who was the French chick? Why was Johnny Depp "chosen"? And what the fuck was up with the ending? Other than that, I liked the overall storyline, and Depp was awesome as usual. I think I want that tattoo that the bad chick had on her thigh. And a witchy French girl who has color changing eyes. I want that, too.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Randy Pearson on March 24, 2007, 02:17:47 PM
Quote from: Franklin T. Onion;748291
Oh my God, who gives a shit what it's called?


I wasn't tryying to be a know-it-all. I was just thought some might think it was interesting. You're always to mean to me.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: AdrenalineClock on March 24, 2007, 03:36:01 PM
Just because you don't intend to sound like one doesn't mean you don't come off as one.  it just seemed irrelevant, all right?
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Slurpee on March 24, 2007, 03:38:13 PM
Quote from: Losperman;748296
Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels - 5/10

Why you dirty no good



Have you seen Snatch? I liked Snatch better.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on March 24, 2007, 04:05:29 PM
Quote from: Katz;748415
Why you dirty no good

Have you seen Snatch? I liked Snatch better.


Exactly. I think I saw them out of order, since LSaTSB was released first, right? I saw Snatch first, which was much better and had a ton of similar elements. So I think I was expecting something as good as Snatch, when Snatch is basically the same movie done better.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: AdrenalineClock on March 24, 2007, 04:06:33 PM
Snatch was definitely "cooler" than Lock Stock, but I think the story/writing were a little smarter in Lock Stock.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on March 24, 2007, 04:07:01 PM
Snatch is lame compared to Lock Stock. :(
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on March 24, 2007, 04:15:41 PM
Quote from: Franklin T. Onion;748432
Snatch was definitely "cooler" than Lock Stock, but I think the story/writing were a little smarter in Lock Stock.


Eh, I can see where originality points would go toward Lock Stock, but I didn't think the characters were very well written at all. A few were cool, but why did it seem like most were bumbling idiots in one way or another? And, like I said, it's probably hard for me to judge the story/writing very fairly because I saw Snatch first. So it seemed like I saw every plot point coming.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Munglai on March 25, 2007, 09:06:12 AM
Quote from: Key;747664
300-
Half hour of shit
Sex scene with bouncing tits
Half hour of shit
Tons of extremely awesome violence and gore
Weird thing (Hunchback of Notre Dame meets Gollum) in a tent with a whole bunch of half naked asian dancers, one girl on girl kiss.
Tons of extremely awesome violence and gore
Something happened at the end... dunno what it was. Not violence/sex.

10/10

That was a pretty stupid review. I know you're probably only 12 but jeez.

I thought 300 was a very good film. It was guaranteed to be entertaining because it had lots of angry burly men hitting eachother and stuff but putting that aside it was still just a really well done film. The fights were awesome but I'd say it was more because of the POWER and EMOTION and stuff in them than the lame OMG BLOOD WOOT stuff that you get in every action film at the moment. What was really great about it was that a million billion characters died but all of them died in a way that was right and a way they diserved.

Also I really liked King Xerxces because he was a huge black transvestite.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: ChocolateCoffin on March 25, 2007, 10:05:44 AM
Yes, it was quite cool when Xerxes stood in front of Leonidas in profile and you could see just how huge he was.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: AdrenalineClock on March 25, 2007, 12:15:40 PM
Quote from: Losperman;748438
Eh, I can see where originality points would go toward Lock Stock, but I didn't think the characters were very well written at all. A few were cool, but why did it seem like most were bumbling idiots in one way or another? And, like I said, it's probably hard for me to judge the story/writing very fairly because I saw Snatch first. So it seemed like I saw every plot point coming.


The characters were SUPPOSED to be idiots.  It was basically a comedy with cockney gangsters.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on March 25, 2007, 02:41:40 PM
Quote from: Franklin T. Onion;749519
The characters were SUPPOSED to be idiots.  It was basically a comedy with cockney gangsters.


I guess maybe it's just not my thing then. I'm not saying it can't be funny, but I think I was just looking for idiots that were more likeable than bumbling.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on March 26, 2007, 12:06:20 PM
[imdb]The Edukators[/imdb] - German film about a trio of young anti-capitalists who see it as their duty to educate the rich as to their ill ways. It's as preachy and juvenile as it sounds, but there are some cool scenes, and overall it's pretty entertaining.

The dialogue is rather didactic and sounds like something from the cc debate forum a lot of the time, in it's blind naivety and it's recycled
dead-end opinions. But other than finding its motives and sympathies somewhat disagreeable, I found the film enjoyable. It was pretty well acted.

[imdb]True Romance[/imdb] - exciting and entertainingly written. Clearly from the pen of Tarantino, in a lot of ways. Recommended if you like Tarantino's sense of humour and his creatively violent scenes.

This film is full of big names, and there is an hilarious and very well acted scene between Christopher Walken and Dennis Hopper. The film is full of memorable scenes.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: StrangeClock on March 27, 2007, 04:09:45 PM
[IMDB]the 40-year old virgin[/IMDB]
Great comedy! I'd expected it to rely on more gross-out jokes. The co-worker interaction was really recognizable and funny, kind of a primitive dog pack thing. I think a big musical number is the best way to end most comedies.

[IMDB]300[/IMDB]
Big visual and aural spectacle keeps it entertaining despite the fact that there's very little substance to it - the little cutaways to home, while I know they're probably straight from the comic book, seemed there only to give the audience a breather inbetween fight after fight. You really felt the translation of comic book to movie in a lot of places, the whole idea of a long long battle probably works best as a comic anyway. But, the director probably realized this and so focused on making it as visually interesting as possible. Great work with color, contrast, choreography and costumes. Of course it's boiling over with machismo but you're not asked to take it seriously so it's not an issue. It's probably not a movie I'll bother to watch twice though, again because of the lack of substance. The treacherous Quasimodo was a bit lame.

Oh, and while I'm shit at estimating distances and numbers, the 300 warriors never really seemed like 300 to me. OK, you can probably never see them all in the same place, but they never seem like more than about 60 to me. Especially at the end when they've formed the shield turtle formation, though maybe they've just lost most of their numbers by then.
Come to think of it, they probably weren't legally allowed to have more than 20 of those guys in frame at the same time or their assembled abs would qualify as a nuclear weapon.

edit: oh also the soundtrack kicked ass, I must have it.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Randy Pearson on March 27, 2007, 04:44:41 PM
Quote from: Peppa Pig;749309
That was a pretty stupid review. I know you're probably only 12 but jeez.

I thought 300 was a very good film. It was guaranteed to be entertaining because it had lots of angry burly men hitting eachother and stuff but putting that aside it was still just a really well done film. The fights were awesome but I'd say it was more because of the POWER and EMOTION and stuff in them than the lame OMG BLOOD WOOT stuff that you get in every action film at the moment. What was really great about it was that a million billion characters died but all of them died in a way that was right and a way they diserved.

Also I really liked King Xerxces because he was a huge black transvestite.


People like Zack Snyder are the type of people who can make a film super violent, but do it in a way where it... stops being so violent and more poetic. My father who saw the film with me said he really enjoyed, and while it was obvious he didn't think much of the acting or premise, he said it was very well written and edited.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: GreyClock on March 27, 2007, 04:50:21 PM
Hot Fuzz 10/10

BY THE POWER OF GRAYSKULL
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: RubberClock on March 30, 2007, 02:20:01 PM
Quote from: Barbapapa;752129
Hot Fuzz 10/10

BY THE POWER OF GRAYSKULL


Damn, I was going to talk about that movie but since you havent made
a review yet......

Hot Fuzz 15/10

In my opinion, THE BEST FREAKIN MOVIE OF THE YEAR!!!
Seriously, great story, amazing comedy, powerful fight scenes, a few bloody moments and a full 2 hours of pure british gold!

All of you MUST watch this! Trust me you won't be disappointed.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on March 30, 2007, 05:04:09 PM
Troll and Troll 2 - ¥/10

Hehehehehehe. I love the Troll movies. I had seen the second movie a few times, but I never remembered seeing the first movie. Watching it brought back some very vague memories, though, so I think I may have seen it as a very wee lad. Either way, both of the movies are fucking amazing. Why? Not because they're good, exactly. More because they manage to be both the best and worst movies ever. How many other movies can claim that? That's right. Not many.

Of note, also, is the fact that the first movie's hero is a young boy named Harry Potter who wants to learn magic from a witch in order to battle a troll... hmmm...
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: KeyClock on March 30, 2007, 05:05:01 PM
Quote from: Peppa Pig;749309
That was a pretty stupid review. I know you're probably only 12 but jeez.

I thought 300 was a very good film. It was guaranteed to be entertaining because it had lots of angry burly men hitting eachother and stuff but putting that aside it was still just a really well done film. The fights were awesome but I'd say it was more because of the POWER and EMOTION and stuff in them than the lame OMG BLOOD WOOT stuff that you get in every action film at the moment. What was really great about it was that a million billion characters died but all of them died in a way that was right and a way they diserved.

Also I really liked King Xerxces because he was a huge black transvestite.
It was a very good movie, although I thought it didn't show much emotion. And really, a lot of the beginning of the movie wasn't up to par with the rest, mainly up until the 300 met the rest of the 'soldiers'. From then on it was great, although I didn't like the ending, it seemed that after all that work-to they could've made it seem more dramatic. Another reason that I thought it was weak at parts was that it was exactly the same as the comic, not much creativity was put into the plot or sequence. And it's not as if changing would've deterred the movie because it didn't really match the real battle anyway. I loved the topography, scenery, violence etc. don't get me wrong, but I'm just a stickler for certain little things in movies.  Like I didn't like the way it made the ancient persian army look, the spartans weren't wearing their traditional armor and so on and so forth. I thought it was a good movie it just had some trouble living up to all the hype.

And who are you to be calling me twelve? I'm young yes (14), but can you honestly tell me that this movie wasn't designed with a largely teenage/adolescent audience in mind? A twelve year old might have enjoyed it more. Hell I know he would've, he'd love the sex and wouldn't be looking for those tiny little things that drive some people IE me, crazy.

And shortly, Reign over me was absolutely wonderful. One of the best movies I've seen in a long time. Although I was a bit disappointed by the (although not totally) lack of humor from Sandler, this was one of his most extraoridinary performances.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: CrustClock on April 01, 2007, 02:00:58 PM
[imdb]A Scanner Darkly[/imdb]

The impressive rotoscoped visuals really gel with the "trippy" plot centered around a near-future drug conspiracy. Keanu Reeves gives a surprisingly good performance as Bob Arctor [insert "animated" joke] along with Robert Downey Jr. and Woody Harrelson playing his eccentric flatmates. The film is rarely dull, especially with some magnificently executed plot-twists right near the end - demanding at least one rewatch. A very cool, very unique film, even if those aren't really Winona Ryder's tits.

4/5

[imdb]Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas[/imdb]

An emotionally devoid, tedious, chore of a film. Even Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro's highly memorable performances fail to stop this movie from being little more than a tiresome, inconsequential chain of events.

1/5
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on April 06, 2007, 06:48:08 PM
The Devil's Rejects - 8.5/10

I really liked the way Rob Zombie filmed this. It had an authentic classic feel to it, but with enough modern stuff thrown in to keep it fresh. The soundtrack was awesome, especially the use of "Freebird". Just throwing that song in a movie is all well and good, but to make use of the emotion that it draws to highlight the emotion in a scene? Sweeeet. Some of the acting was a bit stilted, though. Mostly good, but a few lines/accents seemed kind of forced. And I kind of wish some of the "normal" characters were a bit less dramatic (or give us a few more normal people at least). I thought it took away from the main characters by making them look like they were just another group of eccentrics that hardly stand out from the crowd. Overall, I thought it was great, though.

Scary Movie 4 - 6/10

I was a little disappointed by this for some reason. After the second movie in the series sucked pretty horribly, I was happy to find that the third was actually good. Knowing that the same team was coming back for the fourth, I was looking forward to it. Not that it was bad, it was just… predictable. Maybe 3 wasn't as predictable because it had been since the days of Naked Gun, Airplane, etc. that I had seen that sort of comedy. But, while 4 did have its moments, a lot of the time I was just thinking "Well I know what they're gonna say here." The cameos saved them, I think. They were damn hilarious.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Randy Pearson on April 06, 2007, 08:01:00 PM
Grindhouse - 8/10
Grindhouse is a very weird film going experience that at first seems like it is palating itself for the idiotic and viewers with no attention span. Tarantino and Rodriguez manage to make a double-bill that does, however, transcends that pre-conception and become a sort of sick, twisted, demented masterpiece. Not without it's flaws, Grindhouse is much less a film and much more a film-going experience, as with Tarantino and Rodriguez's other films. It takes everything that is sinful, taboo, or tasteless and polished that turd until it reveals a pearl (a smelly pearl).

-Robert Rodriguez's Planet Terror - 9/10
The first part of the feature is Rodriguez's homage to zombie films that he was apparently thinking of doing ever since The Faculty (1998). This film is gory, over-the-top, and twistedly funny. At no point does it attempt to take itself seriously and instead embraces all of the dagger-studded edges of the good-bad movie formula. The only reason this picture did not get a 10/10 is because of some bad acting. And I don't mean intentional bad acting. I mean bad acting as in the people were actaully tryying to do a good job and then fail miserably.

-Quentin Tarantino's Death Proof - 7/10
Nearly all the momentum and life that Planet Terror and the fake trailers for Machete, Werewolf Women of the SS, Thanksgiving, and Don't! spent building for the first hour and fifteen minutes of the bill is SUCKED COMPLETELY DRY within the first 10 minutes of Tarantino's film. Tarantino, unlike his fellow filmmakers, does not in any significant way attempt to replicate the grindhouse or even exploitation film experience. He is much happier with simple making one of his movies, which wouldn't be such a bad thing had it not been for the fact that the other films were full of all the sex and gore you could ask for, while Tarantino's films rely mostly on talking. Very little actually occurs in the film until the last 15 minutes, which, oddly enough, almost completely justified sitting through an hour and a half of his film. A good film in its own right, but definetly not Tarantino's best (even one of his worst) and simply not something that fit the atmosphere of the rest of the film. And it had some fantastic acting and music, especially from Kurt Russel.

Sorry to ramble.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on April 07, 2007, 12:03:07 AM
The Dirty Dozen - 9/10

Normally I don't like watching older movies because they seem kind of subpar compared to more "modern" movies. If they have something to say, that's fine, but action movies and things like that... what's the point? So when my coworkers here told me I just had to watch this movie (and basically forced to by watching it at work), I wasn't exactly jumping up and down with excitement. But this movie was surpisingly well made for its time, and the few flaws it had are easily forgivable due to when it was made. Great acting (especially by Lee Marvin), a good story (especially the climax), and fairly realistic sets and special effects (for the time). Some of the humor was a little dated, but like I said, it was forgivable. The symbolism was nice, too, even though no one around me believed me about the "last supper" scene. There's 13 of them... they're sitting at a long table facing the same direction with their leader in the center addressing them... a traitor is hinted at... and they're having their last supper before their mission... right. Dumbasses.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Joey 56465468 on April 07, 2007, 12:15:53 AM
Grindhouse-Go see it in theatres now.

One of the greatest film expereinces you can have.  The previews are hilarious, Planet Terror is over the top gory, and Death Proof takes a much needed spin on the boring horror genre.  I honestly can not imagine seeing this movie without a crowd of people cheering and yelling during the movie.  There are disgusting parts in the movie, but its even better when everyone goes "AUGH!" during that disgusting part.

Get off your lazy ass and see this movie now, it is well worth the $10.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Slurpee on April 07, 2007, 04:12:03 AM
Quote from: Predator;763851
-Quentin Tarantino's Death Proof - 7/10
Tarantino, unlike his fellow filmmakers, does not in any significant way attempt to replicate the grindhouse or even exploitation film experience.
Pffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffft.
I pfffft at you.

Planet Terror and Death Proof are just opposite sides of the same coin. There's plenty of shlocky exploitation that follows the route Death Proof did, as opposed to Planet Terror. Classics, too. I Spit on Your Grave comes to mind.
I'll be the first to admit Tarantino cheated and made a good movie to cap off what was basically a bombastic and parodical hour and a half, but that doesn't mean he didn't fit the bill.

The thing about exploitation movies is that they're NOT that good. There's moments that make them worth watching, but they're never, in their entirety, nearly as awesome as Planet Terror was.
For the most part, they're riddled with unneccesary, overly long dialogue scenes, because exploitation films didn't have the budget to fill a full motion picture with the good stuff. Tarantino recognized that, and played off of it, making a high quality take on the typical exploitation film's end product. On the flip-side, Rodriguez did things every grind house film-maker probably wanted to do, but could never get the kind of budget to. Planet Terror was completely off the hook. And if you were seriously bothered by the acting, you missed the point. Planet Terror had it's tongue planted firmly in it's cheek from beginning to end. The only thing in Planet Terror I'd label "good" acting, was Bruce Willis' Bin Laden monologue. And it was still so ridiculous I was busting my sides over it. The colored needles, the engagement ring (both of them,) the barbeque: these things were not meant to be real dramatic moments. They're take-offs on the almost ubiquitous pretense of dramatic moments in movies that were part of a genre that had no use for such things.

Grindhouse is a solid 10/10. They nailed it.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Randy Pearson on April 07, 2007, 06:59:30 AM
Quote from: Katz;764312
Pffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffft.
I pfffft at you.

Planet Terror and Death Proof are just opposite sides of the same coin. There's plenty of shlocky exploitation that follows the route Death Proof did, as opposed to Planet Terror. Classics, too. I Spit on Your Grave comes to mind.
I'll be the first to admit Tarantino cheated and made a good movie to cap off what was basically a bombastic and parodical hour and a half, but that doesn't mean he didn't fit the bill.

The thing about exploitation movies is that they're NOT that good. There's moments that make them worth watching, but they're never, in their entirety, nearly as awesome as Planet Terror was.
For the most part, they're riddled with unneccesary, overly long dialogue scenes, because exploitation films didn't have the budget to fill a full motion picture with the good stuff. Tarantino recognized that, and played off of it, making a high quality take on the typical exploitation film's end product. On the flip-side, Rodriguez did things every grind house film-maker probably wanted to do, but could never get the kind of budget to. Planet Terror was completely off the hook. And if you were seriously bothered by the acting, you missed the point. Planet Terror had it's tongue planted firmly in it's cheek from beginning to end. The only thing in Planet Terror I'd label "good" acting, was Bruce Willis' Bin Laden monologue. And it was still so ridiculous I was busting my sides over it. The colored needles, the engagement ring (both of them,) the barbeque: these things were not meant to be real dramatic moments. They're take-offs on the almost ubiquitous pretense of dramatic moments in movies that were part of a genre that had no use for such things.

Grindhouse is a solid 10/10. They nailed it.


You're entitled to your opinion. And you're right, hundreds of Grindhouse movies contain a substancial ammount of dialogue with the best parts occuring during the third act of the film (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre comes to mind. My beef is not with Tarantino's style of filmmaking. My beef is that after an hour and fifteen minutes of gut-busting laughter and excitement and cheering from the audience, I noticed the entire theatre was reduced to absolute boredom for Quentin's film. A lot of people simple left the theatre, not willing to sit through another half-hour of Tarantino's movie to see what happens in the end. I think Tarantino could have at least given us something to tie us over until the real shit began to fly. The Missing Lap Dance Reel comes to mind (it's not a spoiler since it isn't in the film, there isn't anything to spoil). I felt that Tarantino having a missing reel was totally unnecessary. Rodriguez pulls it off effectively, using it only to propel the story-line along faster. Tarantino, while picking a perfect moment for a missing reel, could have left this scene in, an we would have at least gotten something to look at, even if for just two minutes.

Do I think Death Proof was a bad film? No.
Is it one of Tarantino's best? Absolutely not.
Does it have fantastic dialogue and a twist ending that salvaged almost all the minutes the audience has been completely uninvolved in? Pretty much, yeah.
Is it so dramatically different from things we see previously that it kills the atmosphere and drags the rest of the movie down with it? It did for me.

You also seem to not have understood my review of Planet Terror. I absolutely loved Planet Terror. You said I didn't get the point of the movie. I got the point. I am fully aware that it wasn't supposed to be taken seriously and had bad-acting on purpous. But there were a few times in this film that I found myself watching an actor and sayying "God, he's trying so hard to act bad, he really is sucking out loud, in the really bad kind of way." If I hadn't gotten the point of the movie, wouldn't I have rated down all of the acting in the film, therefore giving it a much lower score?

I think you're entitled to every opinion you have, but, for me, Death Proof was just too much of a let-down until the very end.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Slurpee on April 07, 2007, 04:06:52 PM
That's fine.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: CrustClock on April 08, 2007, 11:55:45 AM
[imdb]The Aristocrats[/imdb]

I thought that this would be an interesting documentary about the history and origins of the joke, but in actuality it's just 90 minutes of talking heads repeating the same joke again and again before laughing hysterically. Although some of the contributers were quite high-profile, the majority of them left me completely blank (although this is probably just because i'm not American).

I'd have thought it pretty hard to string out an entire feature length film about one crude, esoteric joke, and judging by the structureless, meandering nature of the film, it seems like it is. The film runs out of steam in the first 20 minutes, and then the rest of the movie is just a lot of grasping at straws - at one point the comedians even start discussing the motives of such a family and how "men can say ruder things than what ladies canLOL", "once i siad 'aristocATS!!' haha".

Don't dedicate an entire documentary to one joke, especially one that isn't very funny. Overly long, zero insight, 90 minutes of self-indulgent waffle.

1/5
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: AdrenalineClock on April 08, 2007, 08:30:28 PM
Quote from: Predator;764381
Does it have fantastic dialogue and a twist ending that salvaged almost all the minutes the audience has been completely uninvolved in? Pretty much, yeah.


What twist?

Also, if you think saying the lapdance reel was missing isn't a spoiler you're an idiot, you ruined a joke for me.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Fub on April 08, 2007, 10:49:43 PM
Quote from: CrustClock;765604
[imdb]The Aristocrats[/imdb]

I thought that this would be an interesting documentary about the history and origins of the joke, but in actuality it's just 90 minutes of talking heads repeating the same joke again and again before laughing hysterically. Although some of the contributers were quite high-profile, the majority of them left me completely blank (although this is probably just because i'm not American).

I'd have thought it pretty hard to string out an entire feature length film about one crude, esoteric joke, and judging by the structureless, meandering nature of the film, it seems like it is. The film runs out of steam in the first 20 minutes, and then the rest of the movie is just a lot of grasping at straws - at one point the comedians even start discussing the motives of such a family and how "men can say ruder things than what ladies canLOL", "once i siad 'aristocATS!!' haha".

Don't dedicate an entire documentary to one joke, especially one that isn't very funny. Overly long, zero insight, 90 minutes of self-indulgent waffle.

1/5

Are you serious? I thought the Aristocrats was fucking hilarious. Best documentary I've ever seen, because most documentaries suck ass.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: joliet_jane on April 09, 2007, 12:23:33 AM
Grindhouse Grade A
Yes, it's been said already, but I like it too.  I expected it to be good.

Also I loved all the extra stuff, like the broken film and old movie theater transitions.  The ad for the restaurant was great, because I actually do remember seeing ads for consessions food at the drive-in that looked just like it, all bleached out and ugly but enough to make you hungry.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: ChocolateCoffin on April 09, 2007, 01:53:19 PM
Lost highway

An enjoyable 2 hours. It was nicely shot and the soundtrack was superb (the main reason I wanted to see this was because of the superb soundtrack).

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Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Randy Pearson on April 09, 2007, 07:06:13 PM
Quote from: Franklin T. Onion;766008
What twist?



I don't want to spoil it for anyone else. So I'll just P.M. you assuming you've seen it.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: AdrenalineClock on April 09, 2007, 08:05:48 PM
Would I complain about you spoiling something and then ask for another if I hadn't seen it?
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on April 10, 2007, 05:10:09 AM
Stranger Than Fiction - 9.5/10

I thought this was an excellent movie. I was worried that they'd over-do the voice in Will's head too much, but they didn't. I thought they balanced the comedy and drama pretty perfectly, and the writing/dialogue supported that wonderfully, and the acting was great throughout. I also liked the little things, like the Beatles references. I'm sure I missed stuff as well, which makes me want to see it again. The only real reason I took .5 off is because I can't decide if the ending was great or not. Well it was good, but could it have gone differently? Hmmm...

The Pursuit of Happyness - 6/10

Maybe I wasn't looking deep enough, but this movie seemed really one-sided to me. At one point I was kind of glad to see that they weren't dragging the race issue into it… and then after awhile I was thought that maybe it needed it. Even if not as a main plot point, at least as a slight layer. It was just one depressing situation after another. And the ending [spoiler]was disappointing after all of that drawn out depression. Sure, it was happy, but it was like "Ok, all better." And that was it.[/spoiler] Acting, writing (beside being one sided) were good, and it did have its moments. Just not enough.

A Scanner Darkly - 7/10

Up until they showed the scramble suit I was wondering if the rotoscoping would be put to good use, but they were pretty damn cool. Most of the artwork was great, and I did like seeing a "different" perspective for once. Acting, for the most part, was good. The story dragged a bit, but it picked up around the halfway point and the ending was good. Hank's identity was no surprise. And I hated Freck's character. I thought the actor was terrible first off, but even the character himself was totally misused. What point did he serve? He was friends with the core group of characters, but not really, he might be in the plot one minute, then not the next, his death has very little impact on anything… yeah, they should have either left him out or brought him closer to the core group. But overall, it was a pretty good movie.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: PirateClock on April 12, 2007, 02:49:20 PM
Shooter  8/10
Pretty awesome, reminded me of the Bourne Identity. only with more headshots.

Buzz Fuzz   9/10
One of the best comedy's made, I think it's even better then Shaun of the Dead.

Wild Hogs  6/10
mehh kinda shity.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: MasterClock on April 12, 2007, 03:55:05 PM
Shaolin Soccer: 7/10
Really boring at parts, but had some funny moments.  The person who subtitled it didn't know Engrish very well.

Undercover Brother: 9.5/10
Gotta love racism.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Jimmy McNulty on April 18, 2007, 09:07:56 PM
The Illusionist: 8.5/10

A very original and enjoyable movie. Paul Giamatti's performance is superb. The first ten minutes are a little weak, but once it get's going it's a great film. The ending was hard to follow and didn't quite add up, but all in all a great film.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on April 18, 2007, 09:17:15 PM
Beerfest - 7/10

Better than I expected, actually. There were still some parts that just didn't click, but I think this might be Broken Lizard's best (although I haven't seen the others in awhile). I liked the characters a lot, and the story, however far fetched, was pretty well put-together and paced nicely.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: SnakeClock on April 18, 2007, 10:25:14 PM
Network - 9/10

I don't have to tell you things are bad. Everybody knows things are bad; it's a depression. Everybody's out at work worried about losing their jobs, a dollar buys a nickel's worth...

So begins Howard Beale's rise and descent as the Mad Prophet of television. In the background of his inspired rage, the UBS network seeks ways to exploit him and give him as much of an audience as they can. Diana Christensen, new president of the Entertainment division, thinks she can save the network by giving a show to left-wing communist terrorists and a stock-market soothsayer. She's a television personality: she begins and ends there, so her life and personality is one of fantastic, garish entertainment unfettered by any actual depth. Even while having sex, she can't shut up about how great UBS is doing.

That's one thing that's interesting about the movie; it's able to parallel powerful emotion with TV's trademark hollowness, which makes for an interesting atmosphere. Howard Beale is a tortured figure, fired after losing his wife and children because of sliding ratings, and cynically decides to do an on-air suicide on his last broadcast to "earn a fifty share, easy." His personal life is never touched on and he doesn't get the medical attention he so obviously needs (as his friend Max Schumacher thinks), he's instead paraded about for ratings. At the end of his opening monologues on the Howard Beale Show, he faints dead away, and everyone applauds.

The character of Max Schumacher is one of the most essential glues keeping Network gripped to reality. Without him, all the characters are "humanoids"; statistics of the Nielsen Ratings. Diana is one as I mentioned earlier, her colleague Frank Hackett is one, and Howard Beale becomes one when the president of CCA tells him about the "primal forces of nature". Max, who still has a soul (or at least pays attention to it), is an essential piece, keeping Network from being a vast wasteland like its subject matter, and therefore being able to satirize it.

Watching UBS's news department change from a guy behind a desk to a big, looming set with an announcer and "feature segments", I was reminded of Jon Stewart and The Daily Show; about how we take entertainment more seriously than information now. More people get their news from Stewart, Colbert and O'Reilly than Couric, Williams and Gibson; this show with a studio audience and a cued opening chant eclipsed proper news on UBS. Television is not an information broadcast.

This all ties in with what I loved about the movie. It was very well-written, which is something I always love to see in my films (Charlie Kauffman always gets me excited), and the acting was all-around rousing and powerful, from Beale's and Arthur Jensen's booming, theatrical spiels to Max's quiet tearing apart of Diane, and I thought it had a lot of good symbolism about the state of television, which remains relevant today.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on April 19, 2007, 01:32:03 PM
Hot Fuzz

The concept sounded less ambitious than Shaun of the Dead, and so I didn't hasten to see it, despite being interested to see it. However, now i've seen it, I think it's even more ambitious than Shaun of the Dead, and an equally good film.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: CrustClock on April 19, 2007, 01:38:02 PM
[imdb]Perfume: The Story Of A Murderer[/imdb]

Whilst the sense of smell is understandably a difficult thing to represent in the medium of film, "Perfume: The Story Of A Murderer" manages it effortlessly. The anti-hero, Jean-Baptiste Grenouille is well cast (although his voice is distractingly high) alongside a short-tempered Dustin Hoffman as his mentor, Giuseppe Baldini, and Alan Rickman (playing Snape in a wig).

Despite it's two hour + length, the pace barely drops at all. The plot follows Grenouille and his ambition to create the perfect perfume - the scent of a woman (or 13).

Some of the shots and scenarios, while impressive to look at, however, seem to be there more for artistic effect rather than to tell the story. For example, a woman is trapped in a barn without a ladder. someone opens the door and walks in. The someone turns out to be Grenouille. In the next shot we see the same woman, dead, in a cylindrical glass tank being pickled in yellow liquid. In broad daylight. While a fantastic reveal it is an incredibly inconspicuous way of conducting your dubious lady-pickling experiments.

Another example of this is in the montage of death, where Grenouille dumps his victim's bodies, naked and hairless, back where he had abducted them. It again seems like an awful lot of effort and risk for a multiple murderer, and I doubt someone who kills women for their scent is going to care much for giving the famillies something to bury.

The ending of the film is one of the most bizarre and unexpected of anything I've ever watched. I don't want to ruin it, but it's almost fairy-tale like in it's nature, albeit with a massive group orgy. Whether it was meant to be literal or metaphoric I'm not sure.

Overall: a thoroughly enjoyable and original thriller, especially for something considered "unfilmable". Highly recommended. 4/5.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on April 19, 2007, 01:59:31 PM
Quote from: CrustClock;779797
[imdb]Perfume: The Story Of A Murderer[/imdb]

Whilst the sense of smell is understandably a difficult thing to represent in the medium of film, "Perfume: The Story Of A Murderer" manages it effortlessly. The anti-hero, Jean-Baptiste Grenouille is well cast (although his voice is distractingly high) alongside a short-tempered Dustin Hoffman as his mentor, Giuseppe Baldini, and Alan Rickman (playing Snape in a wig).

Despite it's two hour + length, the pace barely drops at all. The plot follows Grenouille and his ambition to create the perfect perfume - the scent of a woman (or 13).

Some of the shots and scenarios, while impressive to look at, however, seem to be there more for artistic effect rather than to tell the story. For example, a woman is trapped in a barn without a ladder. someone opens the door and walks in. The someone turns out to be Grenouille. In the next shot we see the same woman, dead, in a cylindrical glass tank being pickled in yellow liquid. In broad daylight. While a fantastic reveal it is an incredibly inconspicuous way of conducting your dubious lady-pickling experiments.

Another example of this is in the montage of death, where Grenouille dumps his victim's bodies, naked and hairless, back where he had abducted them. It again seems like an awful lot of effort and risk for a multiple murderer, and I doubt someone who kills women for their scent is going to care much for giving the famillies something to bury.

The ending of the film is one of the most bizarre and unexpected of anything I've ever watched. I don't want to ruin it, but it's almost fairy-tale like in it's nature, albeit with a massive group orgy. Whether it was meant to be literal or metaphoric I'm not sure.

Overall: a thoroughly enjoyable and original thriller, especially for something considered "unfilmable". Highly recommended. 4/5.

I thought it was bloody awful, the whole way through. I was waiting for it to become the intelligent movie it was trying to be, but it never got beyond a high-school level of sophistication, in terms of both the story and it's boring, one-dimensional, unbelievable, unlikable characters.

At the end, I was just left offended by how pointless it was. Tom Tykwer is the one wearing the Emperor's Clothes now: Run Lola Run worked because it had a thrilling story, innovative narrative and characters we give a shit about. Perfume has the opposite, and so its pretentious message falls flat on its face.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Jimmy McNulty on April 20, 2007, 10:02:15 AM
Eraserhead

I can't rate this. It's impossible to judge this movie like a conventional movie. I'm not sure of what I just watched. I'm not sure what was real and what was a dream, but I know this: That was the creepiest hour and a half of my life. The baby. Holy. Fucking. Jesus. I swear to god it was alive. There's no way it could have been fake. I'm going to need to watch it again.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Poltergeist on April 20, 2007, 10:16:24 AM
Quote from: G to tha ONZO clock;780794
Eraserhead

I can't rate this. It's impossible to judge this movie like a conventional movie. I'm not sure of what I just watched. I'm not sure what was real and what was a dream, but I know this: That was the creepiest hour and a half of my life. The baby. Holy. Fucking. Jesus. I swear to god it was alive. There's no way it could have been fake. I'm going to need to watch it again.


http://www.dvdverdict.com/printer/eraserhead.php
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on April 22, 2007, 08:19:56 AM
O BROTHER WHERE ART THOU?

I LIKED THIS MOVIE

THE DREAMERS

THIS MOVIE WAS WELL-MADE BUT RATHER UNSURPRISING AND GENERIC


NATURAL BORN KILLERS


THIS MOVIE WAS SO ENERGETIC THAT I FELT EXHAUSTED AFTER WATCHING IT. ITS ECCENTRIC VISUAL STYLE WAS OFTEN EXCITING AND BOLD, BUT SOMETIMES RATHER TEDIOUS. OVERALL A VERY ENTERTAINING AND INSPIRING PIECE OF ART THAT I RECOMMEND FOR VIEWING
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on April 22, 2007, 08:33:29 AM
Quote from: LeekClock;783712

NATURAL BORN KILLERS


THIS MOVIE WAS SO ENERGETIC THAT I FELT EXHAUSTED AFTER WATCHING IT. IT'S ECCENTRIC VISUAL STYLE WAS OFTEN EXCITING AND BOLD, BUT SOMETIMES RATHER TEDIOUS. OVERALL A VERY ENTERTAINING AND INSPIRING PIECE OF ART THAT I RECOMMEND FOR VIEWING


Lol, Leek has gone crazy. But that is one of my favorite movies of all time, so you can't be too crazy. ;)
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: CrustClock on April 22, 2007, 09:52:21 AM
[imdb]Pan's Labyrinth[/imdb]

I was surprised how small the fantasy aspect of the movie was considering how much the trailers centered around it. In fact, most of the time is spent in the real world setting - Fascist Spain in 1944.
Nevertheless, PL is a beautiful, violent film with highly memorable performances, especially for Ofelia and the despicable Captain Vidal. I thought that the Captain's death was perfect: he thinks that although he has lost the battle that his legacy will be passed on - but the last thing he hears before he dies is that his son won't even know his name.
The film itself looks gorgeous and the makeup effects on the Faun and the Pale Man really are remarkable, although strangely, the CGI effects aren't nearly as impressive. I'm not usually a fan of endings with no single interpretation but in this film it seemed to be a very fitting conclusion.  

5/5
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Kombucha on April 23, 2007, 09:53:50 PM
The Last Mimsy- 9/10
Much better than I expected.
Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man's Chest- 8ish or something/10
Enjoyable.
Man of the Year- 8.5/10
Gets big points for just the presence of Robin Williams, Christopher Walken, and Lewis Black in the same move.
Lady in the Water- 7/10
Lolk.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Jimmy McNulty on April 23, 2007, 10:41:54 PM
Touch of Evil: 9/10

A brilliant Film Noir. Orson Welles is the perfect villian for the genre, corrupt yet very human. Charlton Heston playing a mexican gives a mediocre performance, but it's ever so satisfying to see Orson Welles come on and act him into oblivion. A true classic.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: BrusselSproutClock on April 24, 2007, 10:45:12 AM
Meet the Robinsons
Actually one of the better 'new' Disney films - witty, and full of charm.  Better than Chicken Frickin' Little.  In fact, better than I thought it was going to be.  8.5/10

Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Wererabbit
Also better than I thought it was going to be.  Not sure if its up to the same standard as the original trilogy though.  7/10

Cinderella Man
Quite good, but a tad too dramatic.  One for the real boxing fans, I think.  7.5/10
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: CrustClock on April 24, 2007, 11:24:49 AM
[imdb]Oldboy[/imdb]

:siren:SPOILERS:siren: :siren:SPOILERS:siren:

A good film but I just felt completely depressed after watching it. I know that Daesu's rumour, in a roundabout way, killed the main bad guy's sister, but to be honest that's what you get for fucking your brother! Being trapped for 15 years in a hotel room then being unwittingly conditioned to fall in love and sleep with your own daughter makes Woo-jin's end of the stick look clean as a whistle.

:siren:END OF SPOILERS:siren: :siren:END OF SPOILERS:siren:



A very good, highly stylish film, although I think you can appreciate it much more on the second viewing.

5/5
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: ChocolateCoffin on April 24, 2007, 11:38:49 AM
Quote from: CrustClock;786711
[imdb]Oldboy[/imdb]

5/5


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Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Randy Pearson on April 24, 2007, 04:17:59 PM
Quote from: ArseOnToast;786714
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I heard about this. I find it really ironic that people are blaming Oldboy for this kid's psychosis. Because, although the story is a revenge story, it turns out that...

SPOILERS!!!!!

... the only reason Daesu has been imprisoned was for bullying he had done as a kid, making his revenge partially unjustified and in the end meaningless.

END OF SPOILERS!!!

If anything, the kid should have learned a good lesson about revenge from Oldboy, and it's quite obvious no reporter on the matter has really taken the time to sit down and watch the film. The kid was a psycho. You can't blame Oldboy for that.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on April 24, 2007, 04:49:37 PM
Eyes Wide Shut

An engrossing cinematic experience! Perhaps the type of cinema that I most admire and aspire to creating. You find yourself lost in the intimidating and intriguing world that Kubrick has created. You are taken on a dangerous and eye-opening (despite the title :)) journey. Your mind is stretched and kneaded skilfully into a doughy ball by Mr. Kubrick, the master baker.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: ChocolateCoffin on April 24, 2007, 04:54:42 PM
Quote from: Predator;787105
The kid was a psycho. You can't blame Oldboy for that.


He wasn't a psycho, just angry.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: StrangeClock on April 28, 2007, 07:57:02 AM
[IMDB]the Prestige[/IMDB]
Good movie, but not as good as I expected. The scene structure was a tad confusing at first, though it worked out as the story progressed. I could guess where the story was going at some point, but wasn't sure until the climax if I was right. And I did feel a moment of glee at the appearance of David Bowie. Worthwhile watch.

[IMDB]Ultraviolet[/IMDB]
Let's combine Aeon Flux, Equilibrium and Underworld and have the visual style of the film be a combination of Playboy airbrushing and typical Myspace whore filters. I'm not certain what's so wrong with this film that isn't wrong with [IMDB]300[/IMDB] -- both have poorly developed characters, a hollow plot and focus pretty much entirely on choreographed fights and visual effects, but in 300 I could appreciate it. Most likely Ultraviolet just likes itself too much -- the endlessly borrowed elements from comics and videogames scream "look at me, being hip". It might've been better if it had taken itself less serious and had been completely over the top ridiculous, rather than just balancing on the edge.
It's also a good idea if you're going to shoot a movie that's probably going to be greenscreen 90% of the time, don't get actors who can barely enunciate in English, it just confuses them more. They should've learned that from watching Immortel Ad Videm, which is another film this one suspiciously resembles.

I should probably admit that I didn't finish it, I felt like I was insulting my taste and wasting my time.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Kombucha on April 28, 2007, 10:53:04 AM
The Dead Zone- 10/10
I enjoyed this thoroughly.

Finding Neverland- 8.5/10
Pretty good.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on April 28, 2007, 09:52:10 PM
Smoking Aces - 8.5/10

At around the halfway point of the movie, I felt like they were just dragging me around trying to build suspense and wasn't really sure I was liking it too much. It was decent to that point, but nothing spectacular. That all changed once things started to go down. I thought they brought everything to a climax pretty nicely, and the ending was awesome (even though you will most likely figure out 75% of the "twist" by the 30 min mark). Acting was mostly great, with just a couple of exceptions. Alicia Keys was damn hot. So was Ryan Reynolds. And the action scenes were pretty awesome. So beside the mediocre beginning, I thought this was a pretty swell movie.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Randy Pearson on April 28, 2007, 10:20:07 PM
The Hills Have Eyes (remake) - 5/10

I just want to start out by sayying that there are some horror movies that have gone above and beyond the call of their genre to make a movie that can really stand its own as an actual film. Films like Cannibal Holocaust, while gory, had an important subtext about the nature of society and its misconceptions about the aboriginal world and sadistic way it treats disastor. There are many horror movies that want to make the viewer think and learn a lesson from the experience of seeing it.

The Hills Have Eyes does not want to do that. The Hills Have Eyes wants to track gore and shit through our minds. Its goal is not really to scare the viewer at all, but disgust them to the point that you wish you had gone ahead a picked a better movie. The film is paced poorly with little or no exposition in favor of long tracking shots of desert sand. It seems that any sort of marker for beginning, climax, and conclusion are abandoned in order to show us fleeting glimpses of... you guessed it, sand. It drags on and on through a gooey muck which is essentially the equivilant of putting your brain through a meat grinder and eatting it yourself. The writing is so horrible that one really has to wonder if the film was made by and for people with ADD. The same concepts and ideas are done over and over again to the point of being almost as sickening as the gore. What little dialogue there is does nothing to further the plot and this whole film is just watching people do stupid things that if they had any common sense what-so-ever they just wouldn't do. But, The Hills Have Eyes needs to be admired for its simplicity. It doesn't try to be anything other than what it is: a gorey, stupid, idiotic, sadistic nightmare filled with murder, carnage, rape, and babies constantly almost barely being killed. That is the only reason this film was at all bearable. It was at least better than The Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake. But, for the love of God, if you're in the mood for a horror movie and have to make a choice between this movie and something like Eraserhead, The Fly (remake), Tetsuo... for Christ's sake and the sake of your attention span, don't pick this movie.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: DigitalLemonClock on April 28, 2007, 10:21:32 PM
Quote from: Predator;787105
SPOILERS!!!!!

... the only reason Daesu has been imprisoned was for bullying he had done as a kid, making his revenge partially unjustified and in the end meaningless.

END OF SPOILERS!!!

No, Oh-dea su just told someone what he'd seen, there was no bullying involved.

The point was that those few words he uttered came to lead a life of it's own ending in the (assisted) suicide of the villains sister, and Oh-dea su's insane imprisonment over this small matter echoes this.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Asshatclock on April 29, 2007, 03:32:45 AM
Epic Movie 7/10

Pretty swell movie, gave me a few laughs, Scary movie was better though.
I liked it how they made fun of all the epic parts from each movie they parodied.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: StrangeClock on April 29, 2007, 04:05:54 AM
Quote from: Konthoedklok;793232
Epic Movie 7/10

Pretty swell movie, gave me a few laughs, Scary movie was better though.
I liked it how they made fun of all the epic parts from each movie they parodied.


You are like a rapist to mine eyes
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Slurpee on April 29, 2007, 04:20:45 AM
Quote from: Konthoedklok;793232
Epic Movie 7/10

Pretty swell movie, gave me a few laughs, Scary movie was better though.
I liked it how they made fun of all the epic parts from each movie they parodied.
Norbit 8/10
An excellent comedy vehicle for Eddie Murphy. His antics as both a skinny black man and a fat black woman make for some of the funniest scenes this year!

Dr. Strangelove 1/10
Boring! Lasted way too long, and it was almost nothing but talking.

The Covenant 9/10
Hot action film for youths! Cool and sexy up and coming unknowns star in an action movie about some guys with powers! There is a very cool scene where two of the guys use their powers on eachother!
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on April 29, 2007, 04:31:04 AM
Quote from: Slurpee;793279
Norbit 8/10

Dr. Strangelove 1/10

The Covenant 9/10


lolollololoooo
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Poltergeist on April 29, 2007, 05:24:26 AM
Quote from: Konthoedklok;793232
Epic Movie 7/10

Pretty swell movie, gave me a few laughs, Scary movie was better though.
I liked it how they made fun of all the epic parts from each movie they parodied.


Titanic: 10/10
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Randy Pearson on April 29, 2007, 01:40:07 PM
Quote from: Slurpee;793279
Norbit 8/10
An excellent comedy vehicle for Eddie Murphy. His antics as both a skinny black man and a fat black woman make for some of the funniest scenes this year!

Dr. Strangelove 1/10
Boring! Lasted way too long, and it was almost nothing but talking.

The Covenant 9/10
Hot action film for youths! Cool and sexy up and coming unknowns star in an action movie about some guys with powers! There is a very cool scene where two of the guys use their powers on eachother!


Zing.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: CrustClock on April 30, 2007, 01:44:30 PM
Quote from: Konthoedklok;793232
Epic Movie 7/10

Pretty swell movie, gave me a few laughs, Scary movie was better though.
I liked it how they made fun of all the epic parts from each movie they parodied.

(http://img407.imageshack.us/img407/3237/orangeclocksmileyeyeblefo3.gif)
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: StrangeClock on May 01, 2007, 01:21:10 PM
[IMDB]Spider-Man 3[/IMDB]

With great reviews come great SPOILERS ok

Entertaining, like its predecessors, but jesus christ what a crowded movie, moreso than X-Men Last Stand. There's way too much happening, and one of the sad consequences of that is that Venom absolutely sucks. I thought he was going to be a kind of afterthought at the end of the movie, setting up another sequel, but he's brought in very late and has none of the qualities that made him an interesting villain in the comics.

There's lots of excessive melodrama and I don't need a constant update on what the people of New York think of Spider-Man, but I guess that's what Raimi likes because it was in the first two movies too. Still, a lot of this stuff, coupled with cutesy jokes and funny scenes could've been scrapped for the sake of exploring the characters more. For instance, if you're choreographing Peter Parker dancing up a storm at a jazz club, but you limit Sandman and Venom's reason for working together to a 15-second sequence where Sandman punches Venom and Venom says "I h8 spidey too lets be friends ok!", then something's going wrong.

It's just much more family friendly than a movie series like X-Men and that causes a lot of the drama to be predictable and cheesy. Visually very impressive, but it's too much for one movie, and what content there is is poorly dosed.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Topcatyo on May 01, 2007, 04:14:00 PM
Smokin' Aces - 10/10

Really great movie.  Not as much shooting as I thought there would be (don't get me wrong, there was a lot), but I dunno, I felt like there wasn't as much shooting as there could've been.
Anyway, great movie.  The characters would cool, and plot was enjoyable, everything about it was good.
Also, suprisingly, Alicia Keys and Common's acting didn't blow, which is unusual.
Anyway, great movie, I highly recommend seeing it, though the movie isn't for everyone.
Also, I loved the sniper rifle bit (those who've seen it know what I'm talking about).
Also, the name of the movie is cool.  "Smokin' Aces".   MMmmmm mmm.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Poltergeist on May 01, 2007, 05:33:55 PM
Quote from: StrangeClock;795624
[IMDB]Spider-Man 3[/IMDB]

With great reviews come great SPOILERS ok

Entertaining, like its predecessors, but jesus christ what a crowded movie, moreso than X-Men Last Stand. There's way too much happening, and one of the sad consequences of that is that Venom absolutely sucks. I thought he was going to be a kind of afterthought at the end of the movie, setting up another sequel, but he's brought in very late and has none of the qualities that made him an interesting villain in the comics.

There's lots of excessive melodrama and I don't need a constant update on what the people of New York think of Spider-Man, but I guess that's what Raimi likes because it was in the first two movies too. Still, a lot of this stuff, coupled with cutesy jokes and funny scenes could've been scrapped for the sake of exploring the characters more. For instance, if you're choreographing Peter Parker dancing up a storm at a jazz club, but you limit Sandman and Venom's reason for working together to a 15-second sequence where Sandman punches Venom and Venom says "I h8 spidey too lets be friends ok!", then something's going wrong.

It's just much more family friendly than a movie series like X-Men and that causes a lot of the drama to be predictable and cheesy. Visually very impressive, but it's too much for one movie, and what content there is is poorly dosed.


FUCKASDFKJNSAF

You got me back for spoiling Eko dieing.

But not really.

I didn't read it.

I hope it's good.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: StrangeClock on May 02, 2007, 05:26:27 PM
Quote from: Poltergeist Clock;795834
FUCKASDFKJNSAF

You got me back for spoiling Eko dieing.

But not really.

I didn't read it.

I hope it's good.


HAH

You didn't really get spoiled, did you?

[IMDB]Pan's Labyrinth[/IMDB]
Good God this movie is sad, and occasionally violent, and very beautiful. I hope no parents accidentally take this as a kids' movie, because I think if I'd seen this as a kid I'd be distraught for weeks. The movie's two storylines don't really touch each other for a long time, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it feels weird at times to lose sight of the girl for a while. The visual effects and sound work are wonderful, as is the acting. The occasional violence is Crohnenbergian! Again, I don't mind it, but it feels unnecessary sometimes. The scene with the bottle gave me flashbacks to Irrésistible's fire extinguisher scene. On the other hand, all of it contributes to a film that couldn't have been made in Hollywood, where there's generally unspoken rules about that sort of thing. Kudos to Guillermo del Toro, I hope he'll make fantasy movies more often, preferably in his own country like this one.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on May 02, 2007, 05:32:04 PM
The bottle scene was possibly the best in the movie. Based on the fact that it was so powerful.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: StrangeClock on May 02, 2007, 05:55:36 PM
It certainly makes the juxtaposition of fantasy and reality that more stark. That's probably one thing that turned off critics of the movie, being taken out of the framework that other movies adhere to. When that scene first came by I thought "really violent scene that required some special effects - why is this in a fantasy movie?" But when I started realizing the girl's story was only half the movie, it started making more sense.

What I think is amazing, is that Del Toro's shown that he can make good, strong movies in two completely different genres. But mainly because the atmosphere of the fantasy part was so rich and sinister (the drawings of the creature with eyes in his hands, stabbing and eating kids!), I would looove to see him do another whole movie in that style. I'm a glutton for that kind of 'mature fantasy'.

edit: this post sounds totally gay but I stand by it
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on May 04, 2007, 06:53:06 AM
Kung Fu Hustle - 8.5/10

I had wanted to see this movie when it came out, but I never got around to it. It seems that there were a few parts that were sort of lost in translation (or lost to my sense of humor, lol) but overall I thought it was a great movie. The rest of the humor was either funny in an outrageous way or very subtle. I also liked the numerous nods to Hollywood (my favorite being the Shining reference). Characters were pretty cool, and I thought the ending was nice, even if it was somewhat predictable.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: CallMeBear on May 04, 2007, 06:19:48 PM
Dirty Harry
 
8/10
 
I guess by todays standards, the movie seems a bit redundant; loose-cannon cop who takes down a serial killer. And the premise of the movie isn't too big either. There are no bomb threats, no terrorist attacks...just one psychotic serial-killer, who only kills 3 people in the entire movie.
 
Maybe that's why it attracts me. Nowadays, an action movie isn't an action movie without an exploding building or a car chase. It's distracting. Sometimes, it's easy to forget what the whole fucking movie is about.
 
Dirty Harry is a bit more simple. A cop is trying to catch a sniper. You know what's happening. It's exciting, even without special effects.
 
It also helps to have Clint Eastwood as the main protagonist.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Poltergeist on May 05, 2007, 03:54:07 AM
Quote from: CadillacClock;800129
I have never read the first page so,



My ol' man was a fan of [IMDB]Firefly[/IMDB], not enough to see the theatre release of Serenity but enough to buy it when it was released on DVD.

The movie was intended to be the last episode of the series. Which, in all honesty, would have been an outstanding ending to any Sci-Fi series.

Sadly, the directors of the show got greedy and decided to turn it into a big BlockBuster release. Which of course flopped in theatres as only the real fan-boys of the show went to see or understood the film.


I'd never heard of it before, but I still saw it. It made sense even without all the of the episodes before it.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Randy Pearson on May 05, 2007, 01:13:39 PM
The Game - 10/10

My brain hurts. Watching this movie was an experience that I didn't think was possible for a movie. Usually, I can see a twist coming miles away, something that really pisses me off. What makes it worse is that with today's media the way it is, it's easy to figure out a twist long before seeing a movie. This film not only dilevered on a great twist, it actually had a good movie that held my attention. Unlike some other films that their whole purpose is to build up to the twist (cough - M. Night Shalmaylan - cough), David Fincher (Fight Club, Alien 3) goes out of his way to weave a story so intricate that some twists are so subtle we don't even understand them. The Game is also incredibly scary. It plays on an inherit fear of all people, that the entire world is in on a joke, except you, and you can't trust anyone. This is a must see for fans of thrillers, mysteries, or David Fincher's work.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: AdrenalineClock on May 05, 2007, 11:50:41 PM
Quote from: Predator;800422
The Game - 10/10

My brain hurts. Watching this movie was an experience that I didn't think was possible for a movie. Usually, I can see a twist coming miles away, something that really pisses me off. What makes it worse is that with today's media the way it is, it's easy to figure out a twist long before seeing a movie. This film not only dilevered on a great twist, it actually had a good movie that held my attention. Unlike some other films that their whole purpose is to build up to the twist (cough - M. Night Shalmaylan - cough), David Fincher (Fight Club, Alien 3) goes out of his way to weave a story so intricate that some twists are so subtle we don't even understand them. The Game is also incredibly scary. It plays on an inherit fear of all people, that the entire world is in on a joke, except you, and you can't trust anyone. This is a must see for fans of thrillers, mysteries, or David Fincher's work.


It's funny when reviews gush about how unexpected a twist is because it ruins the fact that there's a twist for people reading the review.  I think twists are more fun when you're not looking for one.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Randy Pearson on May 06, 2007, 09:25:11 AM
Quote from: Franklin T. Onion;801037
It's funny when reviews gush about how unexpected a twist is because it ruins the fact that there's a twist for people reading the review.  I think twists are more fun when you're not looking for one.


I know. I tried to not give away as much as I possibly could.

Hot Fuzz - 8/10

People expecting another Shawn of the Dead will be sorely disappointed at this film. It contains none of the sense of irony and pathetic atmosphere that Shawn of the Dead has. It is clearly not the same film. Hot Fuzz is like Shawn of the Dead in that it never actually spoofs one particular film in terms of plot. Rather, it takes the action movie genre as a whole, fills it with over-the-top scenes of violence inherint in the genre, and then takes a unique, humorous spin that we haven't seen even in other action comedies. This is the first film that had me laughing all the way through. It did have its problems, mostly in terms of exposition and character developement. But, hell, this is an action movie. Nobody came here to see classic film-making.

 WARNING: THE FOLLOWING REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS! DO NOT READ UNLESS YOU HAVE AT LEAST READ THE BOOK ANIMAL FARM!

Animal Farm - 9/10

 The UK's first animated film, and, man, is this ever a big one. Those familiar with George Orwell's book Animal Farm will know that it tells the tale of a farm where the animals rebel against their cruel owner, Farmer Jones, only to set up their own society that eventually finds an even worse tyranny in the form of the pigs. This old film carries the same plot line, with minor changes here and there to help move events along faster. For instance, the rebellion and creation of Animal Farm occurs much quicker in the movie than in the book. I can only imagine what it was like for parents taking their kids to see this film, thinking they'd find something kid-friendly, only to find this dark satire of communism with animation that is often frightening to watch and may have reduced more than a few children to tears. In many ways, Animal Farm is darker than its book counterpart, and it is here the film derives its main flaw. Orwell weaved a tale of subtlty about the Russian Revolution and the uselessness of rebellion. Animal Farm the movie is an all out propaganda film against communism, with the ending drastically changed to portray the power of people united under the common goal to over-throw a tyrant. The film even goes out of its way to have the pigs parade around in distinctly Russian military looking atire. It is because of this lack of subtlty that the film stops being a dark moral story and really becomes a trully terrifying glimpse into the nature of society ruled by only a few and a people too consumed with nationalism to see the oncoming dark clouds. Animal Farm is certainly a much different tale than George Orwell's book, but the intricacy in which the book makes Orwell's vision seem plausible is trully an honor to his memory as a great writer. Those who hated the TNT produced Animal Farm will certainly love this animated masterpiece and honest potrayal of how absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Busty Cops 2: More Cops, More Busted - 5/10

Okay, I know reviewing a soft-porn movie is kind of below any one person's standards, but I'm just really bored today. Since there is no doubt that nobody will care about the plot of this film, I'm just going to go ahead and give it away. I never saw Busty Cops but I can't imagine it has much connection to the sequel. It tells the story of three female super cops (who are very busty indeed) who get a fourth member right around the time of trying to solve a train robbing mystery. However, you might already guess that this plot takes up about 15 minutes of the whole film. The rest of the film is filled with shower scenes, strip club scenes, sex scenes, and girl-on-girl sex scenes. The filmmakers never go all out and show genital contact, but watching those tits bounce around, getting rubbed, licked, rubbed some more, smeared with soapy tub water, splayyed with, sucked on... you get the picture. Bottom line, a bottom line porno with nothing really that risque. Sorry I even bothered reviewing it.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: CrustClock on May 06, 2007, 09:28:53 AM
Quote from: Predator;801362
Busty Cops 2: More Cops, More Busted - 5/10

Okay, I know reviewing a soft-porn movie is kind of below any one person's standards, but I'm just really bored today. Since there is no doubt that nobody will care about the plot of this film, I'm just going to go ahead and give it away. I never saw Busty Cops but I can't imagine it has much connection to the sequel. It tells the story of three female super cops (who are very busty indeed) who get a fourth member right around the time of trying to solve a train robbing mystery. However, you might already guess that this plot takes up about 15 minutes of the whole film. The rest of the film is filled with shower scenes, strip club scenes, sex scenes, and girl-on-girl sex scenes. The filmmakers never go all out and show genital contact, but watching those tits bounce around, getting rubbed, licked, rubbed some more, smeared with soapy tub water, splayyed with, sucked on... you get the picture. Bottom line, a bottom line porno with nothing really that risque. Sorry I even bothered reviewing it.

haha wtf
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Arctic on May 06, 2007, 02:21:22 PM
Quote from: Losperman;799177
Kung Fu Hustle - 8.5/10

I had wanted to see this movie when it came out, but I never got around to it. It seems that there were a few parts that were sort of lost in translation (or lost to my sense of humor, lol) but overall I thought it was a great movie. The rest of the humor was either funny in an outrageous way or very subtle. I also liked the numerous nods to Hollywood (my favorite being the Shining reference). Characters were pretty cool, and I thought the ending was nice, even if it was somewhat predictable.


I loved the exaggeration in actions and especially the two guys with the string instrument.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: AnimeClock on May 13, 2007, 02:15:55 AM
Children of Men 10/10

Oh Jolly G. Jesus, yes, I enjoyed this movie. Terrific apocalyptic scenario, and oh! what beautiful cinematography. Good use of symbolism. The imagery drives the movie, not the dialogue. It's poetic--the imagery--it tells the story.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Slurpee on May 13, 2007, 06:12:09 PM
Quote from: Paul Atreides;812277
Wild Hogs was Tim Allen's best movie ever

Galaxy Quest would like a word with you.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: CrustClock on May 14, 2007, 12:41:52 PM
Quote from: Paul Atreides;812277
Delta Farce, Shrek 3 and Spiderman 3 were all really funny

And if I haven't said this yet, Wild Hogs was Tim Allen's best movie ever

(http://img407.imageshack.us/img407/3237/orangeclocksmileyeyeblefo3.gif)

[imdb]Spiderman 3[/imdb]

A horribly bloated and unsubtle sequel. The number of times that the film relied on pure coincidence to conveniently progress the story was unbelievable; the sleazy reporter praying at the same same church that Spiderman arbitrarily decides to land on, Harry's butler being able to identify and deduce the fatal chain of events from a glider-wound, the meteor colliding with the earth at the exact same time and place that Spiderman happened to be, Harry hitting his head and forgetting that he hates Spiderman for half the film, out of all the people in the world it's Uncle Ben's killer who falls into the mysterious sand experiment...

Talking of which, I have no idea why 1). The Sandman had to be linked to Peter Parker at all, 2). why we were supposed to sympathise with him, 3). why Sandman had to be included at all, was he really such a memorable villain?

Regardless, the sand effects and the special effects throughout the whole film were fantastic. Although having said that, I personally felt like most of the action sequences were overly impressive. The camera is constantly jerking up, down, traveling through falling rubble and shifting this way and that while CGI Spiderman and [adversary] fight an impeccably choreographed and intense mid-air scrap - so impeccably choreographed that a lot of the time I could barely tell what was going on. These battles get so amazingly fierce and extreme that the whole thing becomes absurd to watch. I remember a part in the Green Goblin fight where Spiderman gets smashed through several brick walls then hurled through panes of glass. Wouldn't stuff   like that, er, kill you?

I also thought that Venom was hideously mistreated. I read in an earlier thread that "I know what will happen, Spiderman will put on the black suit and turn emo" but I didn't think that they're being being literal. (On that note, I hated the self-referential "humour" and montage. If the whole movie was meant to be taken in a tongue-in-cheek manner then it'd be excusable, but since it obviously wants to be taken seriously in parts it creates an odd and confusing viewing experience).

A confused, cramped film with plot holes you could drive a truck through. Extravagant and very impressive to look at but lacking any emotional depth or substance. Highly disappointing.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: AdrenalineClock on May 14, 2007, 04:46:23 PM
Crust, it's a comic book movie.  They are super-powered beings.  The plot will be contrived and they will survive ridiculous damage.  Spider-Man 3 had problems, but those weren't them.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: StrangeClock on May 14, 2007, 06:08:37 PM
Quote from: CrustClock;813916
Harry's butler being able to identify and deduce the fatal chain of events from a glider-wound,


They should've put in a flashback where the butler hovers over Willem Dafoe's dead body, puts on a Sherlock hat and pipe, and says "Clearly, this was a self-inflicted glider wound."
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on May 17, 2007, 01:21:07 AM
Layer Cake - 9/10

Pretty awesome movie. Good acting all around, the story was fairly tight, and I liked the soundtrack quite a bit. The ending was pretty dang neat-o as well. I thought some of the characters could have been beefed up a little, but that didn't really take too much away. Might have even been too contrived if they were. But... yeah. Needed more Sienna Miller, though.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: AdrenalineClock on May 17, 2007, 01:30:31 AM
Saw Stranger Than Fiction today, damn good stuff.  Really nice acting and story, and quite funny.

Quote from: Losperman;818177
Layer Cake - 9/10

Pretty awesome movie. Good acting all around, the story was fairly tight, and I liked the soundtrack quite a bit. The ending was pretty dang neat-o as well. I thought some of the characters could have been beefed up a little, but that didn't really take too much away. Might have even been too contrived if they were. But... yeah. Needed more Sienna Miller, though.

Between this and Casino Royale, Daniel Craig is the effing man.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on May 17, 2007, 01:35:46 AM
Quote from: Franklin T. Onion;818179
Between this and Casino Royale, Daniel Craig is the effing man.


Word. I actually want to see Bond movies again after seeing Casino Royale.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Porti Fatti on May 18, 2007, 01:33:24 PM
Being There - 9/10

Such a brilliant film revolving the events of Peter Seller's character who is a mentally challenged "gardener" that gets big in the political world; it's quite similar to Forrest Gump in a way. It's got some fantastic acting and a great cast. This has to be one of the best Peter Sellers film.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: CrustClock on May 18, 2007, 07:47:55 PM
[imdb]Stranger Than Fiction[/imdb]

A silly chunk of Will Ferrell, "feel-good" buffoonery dressed up as a something highly profound about seizing the moment and, er... living life to the full or... er.... something...

it would be a much clearer annoying, cliché message without the baffling plot gimmick of the protagonist, Harold Crick (Will Ferrell), being a fictional character in a series of books who becomes aware of his fictitiousness and then contacts the writer of said series of books in order to find out why he's being killed off. If you're planning to blow some unsuspecting minds with your staggeringly far-fetched movie-concept then at least make it slightly intriguing and not just plain bizarre. The characters might as well have burst into song or started a race around the world for the (already minute) amount of interest I had invested in them.

StF is pretty much the same as any other lovable-nerd romantic comedy, bar an odd, highly confusing plot device (which you pretty much have to take at face value as it's never explained or resolved). It's not entirely bad and isn't without it's enjoyable moments, but overall it's forgettable fluff and not near as clever as it thinks it is.

(I thought Maggie Gyllenhaal's character was a really lame anarchist too)
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: AdrenalineClock on May 18, 2007, 08:29:29 PM
Quote from: CrustClock;821109
(I thought Maggie Gyllenhaal's character was a really lame anarchist too)


I'd hit that.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: StrangeClock on May 21, 2007, 03:25:51 PM
[IMDB]A Scanner Darkly[/IMDB]
Not for me! Unique, perfectly cast (who better to play drug addicts than Keanu, Woody and Robert?), but I think I needed more foreknowledge to go into it blindly. The rotoscoping distracted me further from keeping tabs on the plot. I read up on things later, but while watching I couldn't figure out what events were happening at what points in time. To grab back to two earlier points (Winona's) noted by Crust, one of the few times I wasn't completely irritated by Winona Ryder's acting, which annoyingly distracts from the fact that she's pretty hot!

[IMDB]Apocalypto[/IMDB]
Mel Gibson may be a short-tempered crazed antisemitic bigot, but he can still make a mean movie. Not as raw as I expected after hearing all the controversy about how the Mayans were depicted as too bloodthirsty, though. The only thing that bothered me was how everything happened in such a short span of time. In two or three days Jaguar Paw gets captured, escapes and gets back to his wife. Obviously it wouldn't make sense if his wife got stuck in that pit too long, but ya know. So fast. Also, theme-wise, the movie is broadly a copy of the Patriot. Still, a powerful movie and something quite different due to its lack of famous actors and untouched setting.

[IMDB]Children of Men[/IMDB]
Stunning! By its subtlety the near future is made believable, and the urban combat scenes are hauntingly realistic. The scenes with continuous takes are fantastically tense and pretty much had me on the edge of my seat. From a directorial point of view I'm impressed by how much work that must've taken (though I read that some 'continuous takes' were pieced together with special effects work, as they often are), but from a viewer's point of view I'm just impressed by how well they worked. It's interesting to think that about 50 years ago, filmmakers started using cuts to manipulate time in a movie and so build tension, but by now we've seen it done so much it's nowhere near as engaging as a cameraman running after an actor in the midst of explosions and gunfire. Probably an aftereffect of seeing warzone journalism.
Really, for this movie the story is overshadowed by the method by which it is told. It also made me take Clive Owen much more serious as an actor. It was just slightly weird how suddenly the end c
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Munglai on May 21, 2007, 04:10:21 PM
Quote from: CrustClock;821109
[imdb]Stranger Than Fiction[/imdb]

A silly chunk of Will Ferrell, "feel-good" buffoonery dressed up as a something highly profound about seizing the moment and, er... living life to the full or... er.... something...

it would be a much clearer annoying, cliché message without the baffling plot gimmick of the protagonist, Harold Crick (Will Ferrell), being a fictional character in a series of books who becomes aware of his fictitiousness and then contacts the writer of said series of books in order to find out why he's being killed off. If you're planning to blow some unsuspecting minds with your staggeringly far-fetched movie-concept then at least make it slightly intriguing and not just plain bizarre. The characters might as well have burst into song or started a race around the world for the (already minute) amount of interest I had invested in them.

StF is pretty much the same as any other lovable-nerd romantic comedy, bar an odd, highly confusing plot device (which you pretty much have to take at face value as it's never explained or resolved). It's not entirely bad and isn't without it's enjoyable moments, but overall it's forgettable fluff and not near as clever as it thinks it is.

(I thought Maggie Gyllenhaal's character was a really lame anarchist too)


I always wonder if people who write stuff like this actually think in this way or if they go into a kind of FILM WATCHING MODE where their brain turns into some kind of cynical machine that focuses all its energy on comparing and contrasting and all that wanky school essay stuff instead of just watching.

The only thing I thought was a bit off about Stranger Than Fiction was that the literature expert said the ending of the book was one of the most important things in literature history or something and actually it turned out to be pretty rubbish.

Maggie wasn't much of an anarchist though, I'll give you that.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Randy Pearson on May 23, 2007, 03:18:04 PM
28 Weeks Later...
8/10

28 Weeks Later does to the franchise what Aliens did to the Alien series. It supertransposed it out of the horror genre and into a more action oriented film. 28 Weeks Later is nothing like the original, which can be good or bad depending upon your tastes, I guess. I personally like the fact that the filmmakers used similar techniques but use them to create an entirely different effect (quick cuts, shacky camera work, etc.).
28 Weeks carries many of the same themes as the original film but instills it with a sense of sheer and utter hopelessness which it does even better than the original. Those who saw 28 Days will remember the horrifying nightmare being constantly interrupted by dream-like sequences of serenity and peace, all leading up to an optimistic ending. Those looking for that same "We shall overcome" mentality will be sorely dissapointed. There is no break. It is one continuoue nightmare. We watch it and get scared out of our minds all the while wondering when this horrible dream will finally end, and when it does it's kind of a shock.
It is not without its flaws though. One really has to wonder if nearly enough time is spent developing the characters as is done explaining situations and moving from place to place, all done extremely bluntly and with not nearly the same subtlety as the original. However, it does prove to be far easier to sit through and, if you have a slight demon streak, much more entertaining.  It also manages to be far more scary than the original.
28 Weeks is definetly a worthy sequel to 28 Days Later, and, depending on who you are, it can prove to be, not only up-to-par, but better than the original.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: SnakeClock on May 23, 2007, 03:27:24 PM
Quote from: Mr. Benn;824533
The only thing I thought was a bit off about Stranger Than Fiction was that the literature expert said the ending of the book was one of the most important things in literature history or something and actually it turned out to be pretty rubbish.

That was the ending in which Harold Crick would have died, rather than the one Karen ended up using, which the literature professor thought was just "okay". Had Harold Crick died, not only would Karen have to live with that, but the writers of the movie would have had to actually write one of the most significant literary pieces of the 20th century, which anyone will tell you is no picnic.

But Heck, since I'm here...


X-Men: The Last Stand - 6/10

I'm always a bit hesitant about comic book movies, because in my opinion they just regurgitate the most mainstream comic book plots that most everyone is aware of. That's not necessarily bad if the movie can support this plot with a foundation of invention, but in this particular instance, it can't.

Right, so there's a "mutant cure", which I can't possibly believe that someone's entire genetic makeup can be reversed in such a particular way that just injecting something or being near this chemo kid would perfectly reverse it: error one, a deus ex machina hinging the entire plot. Magneto's convinced that the oppressive US government is going to start using this to shoot at mutants to make them "normal" whether they like it or not, and all I can picture is scenes the Kent State University shooting.

Scott (Cyclops) is hanging out back at Alkali Lake where Jean died a few months ago, and holy shit, she's come back to life with great drama and fanfare. But apparently, the power that lets her do this also harbours a terrible split personality, so we're fucked. She's killed Scott, too. So much for Cyclops.

Plot: Jean Grey flips out and does several elaborate, destructive psychokinetic demonstrations where she slams heavy vault doors off their hinges, lifts cars in the entire city a few feet off the ground and drops them, causes debris ranging from grains of sand to houses to swirl around her, and let's not forget vapourizing people at random, and she does all of this while being extremely pissy.

And of course, Magneto's really starting to get serious about the whole "up with mutants" cause; serious enough that it practically parallels Jihad now. I guess this was inevitable, but it still seems so bluntly villainous. As well, Mystique gets stuck with the cure while they're freeing X-Men mainstays that have been absent from the series until now, Juggernaut (was he ever English?) and Multiple Man, so they just dump her off, naked and helpless. Whatever; she's "one of them" now.

Anyways, they continue: the power-stopping kid is being held on the very picturesque Alcatraz Island, so Magneto moves the Golden Gate Bridge so that his thousand-strong army can walk there, and about ten or twenty of the more awesome X-Men make a dramatic entrance to stop the huge army. It's Juggernaut's job to get the kid, and Kitty Pryde (also conspicuously absent until now) has to use her passing-through-walls power to get there first, so after the obligatory "I'm the Juggernaut, Bitch!" (at which point I'm sure some nerds left the theatre, content), Kitty gets him safe and sound.

Wait, then what? Oh, well he's forgotten, so now Jean Grey flips out again and start vapourizing people and swirling around cool debris. Only Wolverine, with his quick healing power, can walk through this debris field and confront her, with some good ol' "You don't have to do this!" sort of motivation, ending with a last cry of "I love you!" before he sticks her through the chest and ends all the horror... for now.

Magneto's been stuck with the cure too, so he's also "one of them". You'd think that's it for his terrorism, but at the end, he's trying to move some metal chess pieces. FORESHADOWING!

Oh, and about Angel... I guess his superpower, on top of having those cool wings, is that he pops up whenever it would be coolest for him to appear, but not necessarily with any plot rhythm.

What was great about the other X-Men movies is that they were able to etch out their own attitude and aesthetic both independent of and reverent to its source material. Their characters were confused and troubled, their situations were serious and dangerous, everyone was pretty astounded by what they could do, but they knew that's how it was for them. In this movie, the characters just seem like they're lugging plot from one end of the movie to the other, while Jean Grey makes stuff blow up real good.



Pulp Fiction - 10/10

Finally, I got to see this frigging movie. Even though I knew what it was about, I had no idea what I was in for.

As near as I could tell, this is a movie about wit. All these characters who are interesting in their own unique ways are getting involved with nicely interconnected vignettes while they have conversations about how things are, what's of interest to them, and what needs to be done. Some of the characters are tortured, some are confused, some are weak, some are irresponsible, but they all eventually figure things out about their problems, whether through dialogue, action, reason, circumstance, or yes, even divine providence.

Any movie can be great if it just has a little wit, so any movie entirely about wit is great by its very nature.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Randy Pearson on May 23, 2007, 08:40:36 PM
Quote from: Space Coyote Clock;826722
Pulp Fiction - 10/10

Finally, I got to see this frigging movie. Even though I knew what it was about, I had no idea what I was in for.

As near as I could tell, this is a movie about wit. All these characters who are interesting in their own unique ways are getting involved with nicely interconnected vignettes while they have conversations about how things are, what's of interest to them, and what needs to be done. Some of the characters are tortured, some are confused, some are weak, some are irresponsible, but they all eventually figure things out about their problems, whether through dialogue, action, reason, circumstance, or yes, even divine providence.

Any movie can be great if it just has a little wit, so any movie entirely about wit is great by its very nature.


SPOILERS!!

I don't know. To me the film has always been about redemption. Each one of the characters goes through a life-altering experience that almost always brings them close to death, and almost all of them see the "error of their ways" so to speak and become better people because of it. I say almost because, obviously, Vincent didn't learn his lesson. Vincent ignores the divine intervention of God to save his life and refuses to join Jules in "wandering the Earth." He is given the chance at a better life and redemption from his wickedness but ignores it. The result, by his own carelessness he is shot and killed by Butch. All the other characters? Alive and kicking.

Glad you got the chance to watch it. It is by far Quentin Tarantino's best work and perhaps even one of the greatest films of all time.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Kombucha on May 23, 2007, 08:46:33 PM
Spiderman 3: 9/10
Too many people complained about this movie for the wrong reasons.

TMNT: 3 or 4 or something like that blah/10
Not very good.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Slurpee on May 23, 2007, 08:52:38 PM
Quote from: Predator;827041
SPOILERS!!

I don't know. To me the film has always been about redemption. Each one of the characters goes through a life-altering experience that almost always brings them close to death, and almost all of them see the "error of their ways" so to speak and become better people because of it. I say almost because, obviously, Vincent didn't learn his lesson. Vincent ignores the divine intervention of God to save his life and refuses to join Jules in "wandering the Earth." He is given the chance at a better life and redemption from his wickedness but ignores it. The result, by his own carelessness he is shot and killed by Butch. All the other characters? Alive and kicking.

Glad you got the chance to watch it. It is by far Quentin Tarantino's best work and perhaps even one of the greatest films of all time.

I completely agree with everything you said here (which is weird.)

I just want to bring up one of my favorite aspects of Pulp Fiction: Every time Vincent goes to the bathroom, something terrible happens.
Mia overdoses, the restaraunt is held up, and finally Butch fucking shoots him.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: SnakeClock on May 23, 2007, 09:19:30 PM
Quote from: Predator;827041
SPOILERS!!

I don't know. To me the film has always been about redemption. Each one of the characters goes through a life-altering experience that almost always brings them close to death, and almost all of them see the "error of their ways" so to speak and become better people because of it. I say almost because, obviously, Vincent didn't learn his lesson. Vincent ignores the divine intervention of God to save his life and refuses to join Jules in "wandering the Earth." He is given the chance at a better life and redemption from his wickedness but ignores it. The result, by his own carelessness he is shot and killed by Butch. All the other characters? Alive and kicking.

I suppose Vincent Vega was the one character that thought he didn't have any problems, and therefore didn't need to examine himself like the other characters, and he paid. Though the "ignoring divine intervention" thing sounds cool, too.

Perhaps this is an allegory about how we all have things we need to talk to ourselves about, even if it's not obvious.

Every story is about some kind of redemption based on a story's nature, what makes each story different is how that redemption is reached. The characters in Pulp Fiction did it by examining themselves and their situations, which needs interesting, engaging characters to be a satisfying redemption. Fortunately, Pulp Fiction has that in spades.

Quote from: SlurpeeClock;827051
I just want to bring up one of my favorite aspects of Pulp Fiction: Every time Vincent goes to the bathroom, something terrible happens.
Mia overdoses, the restaraunt is held up, and finally Butch fucking shoots him.

Maybe it's a form of divine intervention that makes him absent in each of these situations. There must be some kind of allegory here... without others to help us, we are doomed?
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on May 24, 2007, 09:38:44 AM
Ministry of Fear, 1944 Fritz Lang

Beautifully shot and nicely written noir film set in WW2 London. A man who has just been released from an asylum becomes caught up in a big nazi plot after winning a cake at a village fete (lol). Recommended!
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: BeatnikClock on May 24, 2007, 09:50:08 AM
28 Days Later... 7/10
Finally watched this recently after I called it a zombie movie and my housemate complained. Really enjoyed it, freaked me out for all the right reasons. Great intense film that just seems so real. It was much more brutal and raw than any other movie of a similar type that I've seen. Less of that catoony lumbering zombie bollocks and much more red eyed desperate painful living corpses lunging for and overpowering humans.
Don't know if I want to see the sequel, I've heard it's a lot more blockbusterish.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Randy Pearson on May 25, 2007, 03:37:23 PM
Quote from: SlurpeeClock;827051
I completely agree with everything you said here (which is weird.)

I just want to bring up one of my favorite aspects of Pulp Fiction: Every time Vincent goes to the bathroom, something terrible happens.
Mia overdoses, the restaraunt is held up, and finally Butch fucking shoots him.


Not only that, Vincent seems to bring trouble upon every person around him. His narcotics are responsible for Mia's overdose. He shoots Marvin in the face and makes life incredibly difficult for both him, Jules, and Jimmy. In the restaurant when Jules has everything completely under control, twice he almost fucks everything up. And his inability to find and kill Butch eventually led to the  capture and rape of Marcellus Wallace.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Poltergeist on May 25, 2007, 04:21:33 PM
Zodiac: 9/10

By far the best movie of 2007 so far.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: PearClock on May 26, 2007, 07:13:05 PM
Ima, ai ni yukimasu , AKA Be with you

A Japanese movie I saw a little while ago. The acting was surprisingly good, especially the little boy was just brilliant, so much better than most Japanese movies/dramas. The story was touching, sweet , sad in a way. Not a spectacular movie and I guess its a chickflick but I recommend it to any of you guys confident enough in ur sexuality to watch a girly movie. It was quite impressive imho.
Theres a Hollywood remake of it coming up, starring Jennifer Garner so if ur gonna watch it please see the original version. Theres a couple of fansubbed versions available so.. Well yeah. Anyway on a scale of 1 to 10 id give it a 9.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on May 27, 2007, 05:06:01 AM
Epic Movie - 1/10

If this movie was made as a class project by a group of 3rd graders with down syndrome, I would fail them. And then I would make sure they were kicked out of school, beaten to death, their corpses incinerated, and the ashes sent to the sun. I have never seen a movie where every god damn joke fell flat. I didn't laugh once, but I actually grimaced several times. Acting, special effects, storyline, everything about this movie sucked ass. Worst movie I've ever seen.

But I did give it a 1 for Carmen Electra in body paint.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Randy Pearson on May 27, 2007, 08:41:38 PM
Quote from: Willie Nelson;832048
Epic Movie - 1/10

If this movie was made as a class project by a group of 3rd graders with down syndrome, I would fail them. And then I would make sure they were kicked out of school, beaten to death, their corpses incinerated, and the ashes sent to the sun. I have never seen a movie where every god damn joke fell flat. I didn't laugh once, but I actually grimaced several times. Acting, special effects, storyline, everything about this movie sucked ass. Worst movie I've ever seen.

But I did give it a 1 for Carmen Electra in body paint.


She could never replace the real Mystique. NEVER!

Dr. Strangelove: Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb - 10/10
It kind of kills me deep down in my soul that while some kids my age are going to see shit like Epic Movie or Scary Movie or Date Movie... you get the picture, that I am one of the few who will ever take the time to see a permanent classic like this, instead of the one-day shit everyone's cousin is making these days. What can be said about Dr. Strangelove that hasn't been said countless times before by countless other better and more experienced film critics. I'll keep it brief. I've seen this movie three times already. All three times I saw it on the screen of a TV from way back in the '80s on a VHS tape with sound so horrendous you have to be able to fucking read lips to get all of the brilliant dialogue. And it was still one of the most enjoyable times I've had watching a movie. Bravo Mr. Kubrick. Bravo Mr. Sellers. Bravo every blessed soul who worked on this amazing piece of cinema.

Reservoir Dogs - 8/10
Quentin Tarantino's first feature-length film and perhaps one of the best independent films I've ever seen. This film is ultra-violent, hyper-realistic, and so entertaining even with its incredibly dark storyline. I find it amazing how Tarantino makes such fluid dialogue and stories, while at the same time treading the line between hard drama and straight up comedy. This is the film that got him noticed, and I'm glad he was able to make it, so that he could go on to make other hyper-realistic classics, including Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill. I highly recommend Reservoir Dogs to anyone with the proper palate to stomach it (and it goes down hard, very hard).
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on May 27, 2007, 09:07:55 PM
Quote from: Predator;832748
She could never replace the real Mystique. NEVER!


Haha, woah, calm down there, I didn't say she could. She was still hot, though.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Randy Pearson on May 28, 2007, 10:10:31 AM
Quote from: Willie Nelson;832790
Haha, woah, calm down there, I didn't say she could. She was still hot, though.

Indeed. Than I have no quarrel with you, good Sir Nelson.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Golfball on May 28, 2007, 01:17:28 PM
The Prestige - I thought it was entertaining and interesting, but the idea of the ending was annoyingly clear ever since a particular character was introduced, and could have been better for a film all about fooling the audience. The characters just seemed silly for not working it out, or at least should have been suspicious. I still thought it was at least pretty fun. 8/10
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: ChocolateCoffin on May 28, 2007, 07:00:59 PM
Zodiac - 9/10

Superb film with very good acting. It was nicely editted, it seemed as if everything in the film was there for a reason. Great story, very tense at parts, and very interesting.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on May 28, 2007, 09:18:27 PM
Alpha Dog - 6.5/10

Pretty good. I think they could have cut out 20 minutes or so from the first half, though. There seemed to be a ton of build up, which made the better part of the movie (last 30 mins) seem far too short. Half of the kids played convincing bad asses, the other half seemed really stilted and awkward. Justin Timberlake actually pulled off his part very well. It's based on true events, so I can't complain too much about the plot. But if it were paced better I think it would be more of an 8/10.

Also, the bar fight is one of the most ridiculous scenes ever, lol.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on May 31, 2007, 08:08:58 PM
The Spongebob Squarepants Movie

Quite simply a masterpiece.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on May 31, 2007, 08:50:16 PM
The Fountain - 8/10

I liked this movie a lot, but there were some unanswered questions that could have been explained somehow. Mainly the "future" Hugh and how he got where he was and all of that. But the acting was superb, and I was very impressed with the filming and sound. They had some amazing shots, and the sounds and music added a lot more than it seems to in other films.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: cokezeroglock on June 01, 2007, 04:07:35 AM
Broken
Hahahaha. Would've had a 10/10 if it wasn't for the horrible special effects at the very last scene that let down the entire movie.
9/10
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on June 01, 2007, 08:34:37 AM
AMSTERDAMNED (1988)

It's dutch slasher/thriller/cop movie about a deranged diver who utilizes Amsterdam's many waterways as a means of mysteriously creeping up on his victims unnoticed, and also as a means of escape.

It's wonderfully eighties, wonderfully formulaic and - quite amusingly in an odd nostalgic kind of way - rather Hollywood, despite being filmed in Amsterdam. It's actually very entertaining, with some "fun" action, like a speedboat chase through the canals of Amsterdam.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Kombucha on June 02, 2007, 02:31:53 AM
Pirates of the Carribean 3- At Worlds End: Somewhere around nine/10
Best of the series yet, very enjoyable.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on June 02, 2007, 09:34:11 AM
Quote from: a whi t eba l lC l o c k;840887
The 300

9/10; Movie of manliness.

I couldn't sit through it.  3/10:

1 point for style, 1 point for manliness, and 1 point for historical accuracy LOl
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Randy Pearson on June 02, 2007, 10:13:20 AM
Quote from: LeekClock;841324
I couldn't sit through it.  3/10:

1 point for style, 1 point for manliness, and 1 point for historical accuracy LOl


It was adapted from a graphic novel by Frank Miller. I don't think historical accuracy should be dwelled on too much when watching a comic-book movie.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on June 02, 2007, 10:15:21 AM
Am I allowed to disapprove of Frank Miller's approach?
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on June 02, 2007, 08:28:53 PM
The Hitcher (2007) - 4/10

I haven't seen the original yet, so I can't compare, but I was kind of disappointed in this movie. The main problem I found was that it was really, really predictable and the characters did some really stupid stuff. It seemed that directors were going away from that in horror movies, but this one relapsed. The acting was good, for the most part. Sean Bean and Sophia Bush were good. And she was hot. I was never much of a fan of hers, but I might have to start, haha. The music was alright, but the plot was a little thin. So, yeah, kind of sucky. It had it's moments, but not nearly enough to make up for the plot and or lack of surprise/suspense.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: SoBe Clock on June 02, 2007, 09:39:43 PM
Spiderman 3 - 8.5/10

The movie was awesome. The storyline stayed true to the basics of the series, with their own twists added in to modernize it, which ended up working well. The fight scenes were expertly and flawlessly coreographed, the 3D modeling on sandman and venom was absolutely beautiful, and it had a good overall presentation. The acting was good, for the most part. There were times when Toby's acting was kind of unconvincing, but it didn't really take away from the whole experience. The movie had an appropriate ammount of comic relief, but it didn't really get in the way of the emotional scenes, which there were plenty of. All in all, I think it deserves the hype that it's getting, and if you're a fan of the series, definately go to see it.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Mangosteen Clock on June 02, 2007, 10:34:48 PM
Spider-Man 3
It was good 6 stars out of 7.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: miracle fruit on June 02, 2007, 10:41:54 PM
Quote from: LeekClock;841324
I couldn't sit through it.  3/10:

1 point for style, 1 point for manliness, and 1 point for historical accuracy LOl


Well considering it was based on a fictional comic book, that gives me an excuse to give it 2/10!

But really, I hated that movie.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on June 03, 2007, 07:03:04 AM
Quote from: MiracleFruitClock;842652
Well considering it was based on a fictional comic book, that gives me an excuse to give it 2/10!

But really, I hated that movie.

{{}}
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: ChocolateCoffin on June 03, 2007, 09:55:14 AM
Wayne's World 8/10

Excellent.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Randy Pearson on June 03, 2007, 07:06:52 PM
Quote from: LeekClock;841383
Am I allowed to disapprove of Frank Miller's approach?


Sure.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Proactiv Clock on June 03, 2007, 07:35:38 PM
Dr. Suess's "The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T" (1953)

Quite an enjoyable film. I had no idea it existed till I saw my brother watching it and talking about it. I'd give it 6 out of 7 stars.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Randy Pearson on June 04, 2007, 07:20:03 AM
Quote from: Proactiv;844418
Dr. Suess's "The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T" (1953)

Quite an enjoyable film. I had no idea it existed till I saw my brother watching it and talking about it. I'd give it 6 out of 7 stars.


The Sneetches - not sure which year - 8/10

A short film (well... cartoon episode, but it's worth reviewing) adapted from Dr. Seuess's book. The animation was quite good, as is the story-telling style, even if the songs do get rather annoying. It also has a nice, subtle message about racism. Worth a watch. You can probably find it on YouTube.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Porti Fatti on June 07, 2007, 11:07:08 AM
Twin Town - Glorious
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: DigitalLemonClock on June 09, 2007, 10:08:59 AM
hi

Chinatown 9/10

Tideland 7.5/10

Solaris 10/10

The Fountain 10/10

Brazil 10/10

the Science of Sleep 7/10

Dark City 7.5/10

Kiss me Deadly 7.5/10

Mad Max 2 10/10

Primer 10/10

Paprika 8/10

Meikyû monogatari 10/10

Riri Shushu no subete 7.5/10

Masters of the Universe 6/10

Braindead 8/10

Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang 4/10

El Topo 9/10

Holy Mountain 9.5/10

300 4/10

Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead 8/10

Black Sheep 7/10

Hills have Eyes 2 (remake) -1/10

Idiocracy 1/10

Kentucky Fried Movie 6/10

Dazed and Confused 10/10

Amadeus 8/10
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: salt on June 09, 2007, 11:56:17 AM
Spiderman3: 4/10, total shit
Pirates 3: 7/10 Haven't seen the 2nd one, and I'm not a big fan of pirates of the carribean movies
Hostel: 7.5/10 Not too bad, beggining was just sex and partying, the torchering was really Tarantino style at times which was fun.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on June 09, 2007, 06:04:02 PM
Quote from: DigitalLemonClock;853081
hi

Chinatown 9/10

Tideland 7.5/10

Solaris 10/10

The Fountain 10/10

Brazil 10/10

the Science of Sleep 7/10

Dark City 7.5/10

Kiss me Deadly 7.5/10

Mad Max 2 10/10

Primer 10/10

Paprika 8/10

Meikyû monogatari 10/10

Riri Shushu no subete 7.5/10

Masters of the Universe 6/10

Braindead 8/10

Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang 4/10

El Topo 9/10

Holy Mountain 9.5/10

300 4/10

Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead 8/10

Black Sheep 7/10

Hills have Eyes 2 (remake) -1/10

Idiocracy 1/10

Kentucky Fried Movie 6/10

Dazed and Confused 10/10

Amadeus 8/10


el topo

plz elaborate
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Munglai on June 09, 2007, 08:19:02 PM
Quote from: LeekClock;841324
I couldn't sit through it.  3/10:

1 point for style, 1 point for manliness, and 1 point for historical accuracy LOl

ur weird m8

even if I were willing to risk not looking like a man who loves manly man action and confess that 300 was pretty dumb, I'd be a fibber to say it wasn't totally rad.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: DigitalLemonClock on June 09, 2007, 10:29:52 PM
Quote from: LeekClock;853679
el topo

plz elaborate


It's a very surreal western following a man on his iconic journey full of bloodshed, cripples and symbolism.

The first half is just an amazing, fantastical western, the second a more satirical  metaphor, presented in a very pleasing yet raw video and audio quality.

There's much more to be said about it, but the most important thing is that you watch it.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: SnakeClock on June 09, 2007, 11:13:06 PM
My Cousin Vinny - 8/10

I've thought of this movie in the back of my head ever since it was mentioned on an episode of Seinfeld, and I just saw it this evening.

I was expecting a goofy fish-out-of-water story, but the story that eventually built up was very smart. Basically, two Italian-Americans from Brooklyn went to Wazoo City, Alabama (:wiebel:) and were at the wrong place at the wrong time; they got busted for shooting the clerk at the Sac O' Suds convenient store, and they think it was for accidentally stealing a 32 cent can of tuna (they don't usually point a shotgun at you when arresting you for that).

Anyways, they give a confession that they think is for the tuna, and the authorities think is for the murder. They can't afford a lawyer, so one of the boys calls in his cousin, Vinny Gambini, who had to take the Bar six times before passing. Uh oh.

He turns up in town with his fiancee, Mona Lisa Vito, who's as Brooklyn as they come. After rattling off a phony legal background and wearing leather and cowboy boots at the preliminary, Judge Haller charges Vinny for contempt of court (twice), and he can't get any sleep from the myriad of loud noises in the American hinterland. Meanwhile, the two boys in jail look nervously at the light whenever it flickers.

Anyways, at first Vinny's wise guy attitude is getting him nowhere with these good ole boys and as evidence against the boys piles up, things aren't looking good. But as Lisa announces, "when you get up there and do your thing, they don't stand a chance."

And that's true. After a scathing exposure of the first testimony thanks to some info about grits that Vinny picked up, the pile of evidence starts to shrink. And it keeps shrinking, almost to a miraculous extent, all while Vinny keeps using his irreverent Brooklyn attitude to his advantage. Vinny's transformation from a klutz to a pretty damn good lawyer feels a little jarring, but fortunately, this is more due to his personality than miraculously appearing legal expertise.

This is a pretty breezy and fun court movie with some hilarious moments, which is rather a surprise. The bawdy attitude of the such Bronxy actors as Joe Pesci, Marisa Tomei and Ralph Maccio (The Karate Kid, :)) makes the whole completely-out-of-place-in-Alabama thing seem barely noticeable; it's a setting rather than a plot.

The two accused are quickly pushed aside while the movie focuses on Vinny and Lisa, which is a cheap, but wise move. Vinny and Lisa have a relationship with a healthy scoop of animosity, but also quite a bit of sexuality. They can start having an argument about leaving the water in the sink on, which through an ingenious little tirade, leads quite naturally into lovemaking.

All in all, this is a great little comedy that really has strength in character, which I love to see in a movie. It was directed by Jonathan Lynn, who also made another great wise-guy movie, The Whole Nine Yards, so he knew what he was doing. Marisa Tomei won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role (which was only her second feature film role, which is cool), and it's well-deserved: she made the whiny, Fran Drescher-like archetype very engaging.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on June 10, 2007, 09:57:55 AM
Quote from: DigitalLemonClock;853957
It's a very surreal western following a man on his iconic journey full of bloodshed, cripples and symbolism.

The first half is just an amazing, fantastical western, the second a more satirical  metaphor, presented in a very pleasing yet raw video and audio quality.

There's much more to be said about it, but the most important thing is that you watch it.

Aj i missed it when it was rereleased in some small cinemas recently, and I saw the DVD on sale yesterday (but for an extortionate price).
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Jimmy McNulty on June 10, 2007, 11:47:24 AM
Heavy Metal: 8/10

One of the most bizzare and entertaining movies I have ever seen and my new favorite animated movie. The animation is great and feels very retro. There is no real central plot, but you don't need a plot when you have collosal animated breasts, space stoners, barfights, jews, guns, swords, and taxis, sex, more tits, and space cars. See it. You will love it.

Pans Labyrinth: 10/10

I finally got around to seeing this and it is easily one of the best films I have seen in ages. The cinematography is astoundingly beautiful. The director does a brilliant job of balancing between Ofelia's fantasies of fauns and faries and the very dark and disturbing world around her. Brilliant and profoundly moving.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: DigitalLemonClock on June 10, 2007, 11:49:59 AM
Quote from: LeekClock;854521
Aj i missed it when it was rereleased in some small cinemas recently, and I saw the DVD on sale yesterday (but for an extortionate price).


there's a dvd set that contains el topo, holy mountain and santa sangre restored with lots of extra's that i'm planning on buying, though i'm not sure if it's out yet.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: PirateClock on June 12, 2007, 11:18:58 AM
Hostel 3/10

im giving it 3 because the horrible acting made me laugh.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on June 12, 2007, 11:26:28 AM
Transamerica

Amazing movie! Ostensibly about a transsexual woman who finds out she has a son, but essentially the film is all about respecting people and their decisions. It's astonishingly well written, directed and acted. High quality filmmaking
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on June 13, 2007, 02:37:35 AM
Rushmore

Never seen anything like it! Another first class movie. Charmed the socks off me. Funny, moving and true. Also astonishingly well acted. Highly recommended
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Randy Pearson on June 13, 2007, 07:11:51 AM
The Life and Death of Peter Sellers - 10/10

A nice treat for surrealists and Peter Sellers fans. I really can't describe this film in words, it just has to be seen. It is like no other bio-pic I've ever seen, and pretty much the only bio-pic I've ever enjoyed. It helps that Peter Seller's life is actually an interesting premise for a movie so that you don't have to fudge the truth to keep our attention.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: SpongeClock SquarePants on June 13, 2007, 07:37:17 AM
300 - SPAAAARTAA

YES I KNOW IM LATE FUCK YOU NIGGER
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Poltergeist on June 16, 2007, 05:54:42 PM
Zodiac: 8/10
The pacing was fairly off, but it was told pretty well, and the acting was good.

Knocked up: 8/10
Great dialouge here, very easy to believe. Good sense of humor is kept throughout the movie, even in the serious moments.

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer: 6/10
The Silver Surfer does not have magical healing powers.

Mr. Brooks: 9/10
Excellent plot expertly told with terrific acting. Go see this now.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Randy Pearson on June 17, 2007, 05:27:17 PM
Spiderman 3 - 6/10

I don't think I can quite put my feelings about this movie into words, but I'll do my best. The acting was really good from everyone involved all around. I am even going to have to go against most of the internet and say Tobey plays a good emo. It really is too bad that it ended up sucking on such a grand scale as it did. This film starts off good, but slowly becomes more stupid, overly-complicated for a super-hero movie, and incoherent. But, the main reason it sucked so much was that they tried to put WAY TOO MUCH into one freakin' movie. Venom ended up being a huge fucking let down, and Sandman has to be one of the most un-inspired renderings of a comic book character I've seen since Poison Ivy and Mr. Freeze in Batman & Robin. They shove so much crap into this film that when it finally comes time for some really important plot element, they totally blow it off with some half-assed "revelation" or "Oh my God, I see the error of my ways oh lordy" thing. Luckily I was there with a friend and we MST3K-ed the hell out of that movie (not loud enough to be totally obnoxious to others in the theatre of course), which is really the only reason I'm not giving it a 3 or even a 2. Also, what me and my friend have dubbed Emo-Jazz Spidey has to be one of the most genius things ever recorded in motion picture history. I loved that so freakin' much. Go see it for the action, cool CGI, and Emo-Jazz Spidey.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Randy Pearson on June 20, 2007, 02:33:08 PM
Ice Age 2: The Meltdown 6/10
I'm not going to lie. I loved the original Ice Age, and I found this movie quite entertaining, if only because it is very funny. But anyone hoping for the same kind of well thought out and intelligent storytelling of the original should look elsewhere. Seriously, this film has the worst, most illconceived plot and character development I have ever seen (eh, except for Robots, and that movie trully sucked). Don't bother buying or renting it. Don't even download it and take up un-necessary space. Just wait for FX to eventually show it.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show 10/10
This was the most fun I've ever had seeing a movie. The songs are catchy, the characters are cooky, and the plot is crude, disgusting, and sometimes deeply offending. I loved every minute of it. If you've got a taste for sex and blood and just a bit of a masochistic streak, you must see this movie.

Team America: World Police 10/10
Jesus titty-fucking Christ, this was a good movie. Anyone who doesn't understand why this movie is funny does not understand comedy. I can't even some it up in such a short review, so I'll post this:
America! Fuck yeah!
Comin' again to save the motha-fuckin' day! Yeah!
America! Fuck yeah!
Freedom is the only way! Yeah!

Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Movie 10/10
What makes this online 4-part short so fantastic is just the little things that only people of my generation who grew up with stupid shows like this could understand.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Kombucha on June 21, 2007, 11:46:58 AM
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer- Around 8/10
DIS WUZ PRITY GUD.
Quote from: Poltrygeist Clock;865588
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer: 6/10
The Silver Surfer does not have magical healing powers.
As quoted from my copy of the deluxe edition of the official handbook of the Marvel universe:
"The Silver Surfer possesses great cosmic power granted to him by Galactus as a part of physically restructuring the Surfer's former organic body. He has the ability to channel cosmic energy into his own body at will, and expel it violently as a concussive force or gently as a means to restructure molecules according to his mental design."

I think that you might be able to heal someone that way.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Randy Pearson on June 22, 2007, 09:42:38 AM
Quote from: Martin Luther Ribbentrop;872798
An Inconvenient Truth


I usually don't watch these political movies but I was really surprised at how frank and compelling it was. It was mostly just footage of a talk and slide show he gave about global warming, but his research is very meticulous. One of the funniest things though is that he shows a clip of futurama to make a point! I almost died of shock and laughter at how absurd it was. It was really thought provoking and worth the watch.


I thought the Futurama thing did a pretty good job of, not only pretty accurately explaining global warming, but conveying the seriousness of the dilemma we face on this planet if we continue. I did kind of hate how he was so high on himself. I didn't like Manbearpig so much until I finally saw this movie and how their portrayal of Al Gore is pretty accurate too.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Randy Pearson on June 22, 2007, 02:57:42 PM
Little Shop of Horrors (musical film adapted from the stage play based on the Roger Corman b-movie)
Version with Happy Ending - 10/10
Version with Dark Ending - 10/10
Anyone who feels uncomfortable about the uncompromising sexual content of The Rocky Horror Picture Show but still want to see a good horror musical and/or comedy would do well to give Little Shop of Horrors a peek. Like Rocky Horror, this film is heavily influenced by old science fiction movies. However, this film is far more sadistic in its comedy. While violence is never really shown, only implied, the skillful way in which scenes and characters are shot is often very beutiful in a disturbing way. It also has points of honest sentimentality that Rocky Horror doesn't have. Jazz fans will appreciate its influence on many of the songs and attitude of the film. Finally, while Rocky Horror is simple an homage to the sci-fi films of yester-year, Little Shop IS that film genre. There is a much darker alternate ending to this film that was cut out because it was considered too disturbing, but I don't feel it ditracts from the over-all film. Both versions are perfect for two completely different reasons. I can't wait to check out the Roger Corman original.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on June 22, 2007, 04:46:29 PM
Quote from: Predator;874272
Little Shop of Horrors (musical film adapted from the stage play based on the Roger Corman b-movie)
Version with Happy Ending - 10/10
Version with Dark Ending - 10/10
Anyone who feels uncomfortable about the uncompromising sexual content of The Rocky Horror Picture Show but still want to see a good horror musical and/or comedy would do well to give Little Shop of Horrors a peek. Like Rocky Horror, this film is heavily influenced by old science fiction movies. However, this film is far more sadistic in its comedy. While violence is never really shown, only implied, the skillful way in which scenes and characters are shot is often very beutiful in a disturbing way. It also has points of honest sentimentality that Rocky Horror doesn't have. Jazz fans will appreciate its influence on many of the songs and attitude of the film. Finally, while Rocky Horror is simple an homage to the sci-fi films of yester-year, Little Shop IS that film genre. There is a much darker alternate ending to this film that was cut out because it was considered too disturbing, but I don't feel it ditracts from the over-all film. Both versions are perfect for two completely different reasons. I can't wait to check out the Roger Corman original.


This is one of my favourite films. I saw the original stage version in London (the "unhappy ending") too, and it was really good. Oh and I have the soundtrack too. :dork:
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: CrustClock on June 23, 2007, 11:13:14 AM
[imdb]Network[/imdb]

A fantastic and poignant satire. A really, really good film.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Randy Pearson on June 23, 2007, 12:49:26 PM
Quote from: LeekClock;874388
This is one of my favourite films. I saw the original stage version in London (the "unhappy ending") too, and it was really good. Oh and I have the soundtrack too. :dork:


SPOILERS!
The story about the new ending for the film was that they originally did film an ending where everyone gets killed, but subsequently show the Audrey IIs taking over the world in a very Invasion of the Body Snatchers/War of the Worlds like fashion. They even had an entire five-minute end of the world sequence and a "THE END?!?" ending. The entire sequence cost 5-million dollars to make and made it distinct from the play which only describes the global take-over. Test audiences thought the ending was far too dark and disturbing, so they re-shot a happy ending.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on June 23, 2007, 01:48:06 PM
Quote from: Predator;875256
SPOILERS!
The story about the new ending for the film was that they originally did film an ending where everyone gets killed, but subsequently show the Audrey IIs taking over the world in a very Invasion of the Body Snatchers/War of the Worlds like fashion. They even had an entire five-minute end of the world sequence and a "THE END?!?" ending. The entire sequence cost 5-million dollars to make and made it distinct from the play which only describes the global take-over. Test audiences thought the ending was far too dark and disturbing, so they re-shot a happy ending.

I know this already duh!!!!!!!!!! :dork:
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Randy Pearson on June 23, 2007, 06:27:55 PM
Quote from: LeekClock;875313
I know this already duh!!!!!!!!!! :dork:


Sorry, I should have assumed that you already knew this from wiki or some other source (well, I did assume it actually, I just like to hear myself talk... er... watch myself type?).
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: DigitalLemonClock on June 24, 2007, 10:29:01 PM
Quote from: LeekClock;860134
Rushmore

Never seen anything like it! Another first class movie. Charmed the socks off me. Funny, moving and true. Also astonishingly well acted. Highly recommended


have you seen the other Wes Anderson movies? they're great
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Finland Clock on June 24, 2007, 10:51:46 PM
[IMDB]Children Of Men[/IMDB] - (http://img217.imageshack.us/img217/1417/zzxzzsa9.png)

I had seen the previews and it looked awesome, but the actual movie was much deeper. Children Of Men has excellent use of single shot action sequences that adds to the utter chaos. Set it in a futuristic dystopian United Kingdom where the total world is in chaos and infertility rate is at 90 percent and there hasn't been a new birth in  18 years. Just an amazing movie. You must see it.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Topcatyo on June 24, 2007, 10:52:03 PM
Ocean's Eleven
Awesome in every way.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on June 24, 2007, 11:21:37 PM
Brokeback Mountain

Finally got around to seeing it. I don't really understand what all the fuss was about now, regarding the strong sexual themes etc. Maybe i'm spending too much time at the Clock Crew.

It was well directed, written and acted, though. It deserved the positive attention it got, but not all the palaver about its content. It's a great premise and it's developed deftly. I don't think it could be considered offensive at all unless you're a homophobe or a prude. It's essentially just a love story - not a story about being gay, although such themes are obviously present.

Quote from: DigitalLemonClock;876933
have you seen the other Wes Anderson movies? they're great

Only the Life Aquatic, which wasn't nearly as entertaining or well-rounded as this movie, I thought. I am looking forward to seeing the Royal Tenenbaums.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: AdrenalineClock on June 24, 2007, 11:37:23 PM
Quote from: Finland Clock;876940
infertility rate is at 90 percent


How did you arrive at this figure?  It doesn't make sense.

You're right though, brilliant movie.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: DigitalLemonClock on June 25, 2007, 05:41:33 PM
Quote from: LeekClock;876965
Only the Life Aquatic, which wasn't nearly as entertaining or well-rounded as this movie, I thought. I am looking forward to seeing the Royal Tenenbaums.


I saw it last and I think it works better knowing what to expect of the director

but yeah rushmore did a better job tieing it together
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: ChocolateCoffin on June 25, 2007, 07:32:50 PM
Ten Canoes (http://www.tencanoes.com.au/tencanoes/) I rate it 8 out of 10 canoes (coincidentally, there were only 8 canoes in the movie)

This is a good world cinema film based around a tribe a long time ago, and that tribes anncestors. It's very funny at times but is also a nice story. It's interesting to see how the aborigies kept their traditions for so long. The actors playing as the future tribe also played as the anncestores tribe and it was a nice addition. It's quite hard to explain, and I doubt you'll be able to see it in a cinema (it was in a small cinema over here), but I'd very much recommend it.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Kombucha on June 25, 2007, 10:52:04 PM
300- 7.8 or something/10
Good, but I hoped that it would have been better.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on June 29, 2007, 09:59:30 AM
Time to catch up.

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer - 7/10

It was better than I expected, but still a little cheesy/corny in parts. Not as bad as the first, but it's still there. The Surfer was cool (even if inaccurate), Galactus sucked, and Jessica Alba was hot.

Evan Almighty - 7/10

I was a little disappointed by it. Not that it wasn't funny, because it was. It just wasn't hilarious. There weren't that many parts that stick in your head, like in some of Carrell's other work. Hell, even his performance in Bruce Almighty seemed more memorable. But other than that, good all around movie.

Lords of Dogtown - 3/10

I admit, I didn't give it a fair chance because I didn't watch the whole movie. But it just really couldn't hold my attention, which is rare. Boring characters, standard story, etc.

Pumping Iron - 9/10

Very interesting look into the world of proffessional bodybuilding. I really liked the special features as well, as they provide some behind the scenes looks that reveal a lot of the secrets of the film and its stars. The "stars" are really what made the movie, too, not just Arnold. If it were just him it would have been less dimensional. I also found it interesting how some of it was staged to create a docu-drama rather than a straight up documentary.

Happy Feet - 5/10

Jesus, some originality, please? Nice animation and some good voice acting. That's about it, beside a few funny parts. Everything else has been done many times before.

The Holiday - 8/10

I was pretty surprised by this. Most chick flicks portray the women to be absolute victims with some minor quirks that make them likeable (at least to other women). But both women in this movie had pretty major flaws that kept you from liking them initially, which I found cool. Acting was great all around, and I liked the dynamic of the two scenarios. Throw in a few funny and touching parts, and it was a pretty good movie.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: GreyClock on June 29, 2007, 11:49:17 AM
Die Hard 4.0 - cool++/cool
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Insane Cultist #6 on June 30, 2007, 06:48:08 PM
Snakes on Plane 7/10

It was an okay movie, some parts were just damn right nasty but the movie was pretty good all in all. Way too short though.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: CrustClock on July 01, 2007, 09:45:15 AM
[imdb]Bridge to Terabithia[/imdb]

A mature childrens' film told in a realistic, non-condescending tone. The characters were all well developed and the story was very realistically told with charming performances from the two lead child actors. Unfortunately the rest of the child-acting isn't so great and the choice of music for the montage scenes is very poor.
A very touching and tragic film - 4/5
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: StrangeClock on July 01, 2007, 11:14:43 AM
[IMDB]Little Miss Sunshine[/IMDB]

Sweet, but fairly shallow. The premise of a family where everyone has their own dysfunction and comes together to work it out has been done better. The movie never dives too deep into any character's quirks, and so it never reaches its full potential, or become truly touching. Still fairly funny, and the little girl manages to be cute without being annoying.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on July 02, 2007, 11:22:09 AM
Ratatouille - 9/10

Although Pixar has never really failed me, I wasn't as excited about this movie as I though I would be. Maybe it's because they returned to an "animal" movie, which has been done to death in recent years? Either way, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that, even though it was "another animal movie" it avoided many of the cliche and overcooked aspects of the other movies in the genre. The animation was amazing, the voices were good, the story was original. Overall it was funny, but I don't think there was as much adultish type humor as some of their other movies. It still works for adults, but there wasn't as much "wink wink, nudge nudge" type stuff. Still, great movie.

Quote from: Howard Beale;884854
[imdb]Bridge to Terabithia[/imdb]

4/5


Woah, this was surprising to read. So it's not as much of a Narnia rip-off/cash-in as it looks?
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Slurpee on July 02, 2007, 12:11:22 PM
Quote from: Starman Deluxe;886056
Woah, this was surprising to read. So it's not as much of a Narnia rip-off/cash-in as it looks?

Not even remotely.

I can't believe how much the advertisements are still playing up the almost non-present fantasy aspects, because all of the movie's positive critical response comes from the actual story, which is a fairly mature yarn.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on July 02, 2007, 12:27:02 PM
Quote from: SlurpeeClock;886089
Not even remotely.

I can't believe how much the advertisements are still playing up the almost non-present fantasy aspects, because all of the movie's positive critical response comes from the actual story, which is a fairly mature yarn.


Wow, that's crazy. And good, because I didn't like Narnia at all. Maybe I'll have to check it out.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: AdrenalineClock on July 02, 2007, 02:20:47 PM
We read The Bridge to Terabithia in 4th grade.  I find it weird they positioned it like they did, it's a similar idea but the focus is completely different.  The fantasy isn't even real.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Porti Fatti on July 02, 2007, 10:53:01 PM
el topo -

Very surreal and clever, I love it.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: UnrealClock on July 02, 2007, 11:25:20 PM
Die Hard - 5 out of 5

Me and my friend, Jon McLain, went to go see it.  The whole time I leaned over and said "HAY LOOK YOU'RE BRUCE WILLIS!"
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: CrustClock on July 03, 2007, 04:28:34 AM
Quote from: Henchman 21;886199
We read The Bridge to Terabithia in 4th grade.  I find it weird they positioned it like they did, it's a similar idea but the focus is completely different.  The fantasy isn't even real.

Yeah, it had misleading marketing but I still thought it was a good film.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Randy Pearson on July 03, 2007, 11:04:55 AM
It isn't the first time advertising has COMPLETELY mislead me. For instance, does anyone remember Small Soldiers with Tommy Lee Jones as the commander? Because of the advertisement, I was completely under the impresion the toy soldiers were the good guys. But when I actually saw the film, I found out that they were the enemies, and the film had a shmultzy don't-persecute-the-different story. Plus, it really sucked.

I loved Bridge to Terebithia when I was younger, because it really spoke to me. I was kind of an outcast as a child and was never very social, partially because there were ZERO kids my age in the neighborhood. I often resorted to playing by myself, creating worlds with my imagination and friends in those worlds I could talk too. Kids at recess would make fun of me because I would be running round fighting invisible monsters (I was Godzilla in those instances).

Woah... sorry for the derail.

On the topic of Ratatouille, it can't possibly be worse than Cars.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: joliet_jane on July 04, 2007, 08:13:01 PM
Ratatouille 10/10

I loved this movie, but what I love even more is watching Pixar once again school everyone on what a quality CGI movie should look like.  Eat smega, Dreamworks.

Body and soul, Ratatouille is wonderful:  beautifully rendered and designed art, pleasing characters, and great story.  Most of what happens is unexpected and not dependent on formula (or too many pop references, for that matter).
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Slurpee on July 04, 2007, 08:46:19 PM
Sicko - 10/10
Well, he's got me convinced.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on July 04, 2007, 09:43:58 PM
Transformers - 9/10

Along with GI Joe, Transformers was the first cartoon I remember being into, but I quickly gave both of them up for Ghostbusters. So I don't remember enough background to say how accurate the movie was, but I thought it was pretty awesome. I really liked how they explained everything and brought everything into focus. The special effects were amazing, and acting was as good as can be expected in an action movie. I guess my only issue was that it really did seem like a huge advertisement for different companies. Hasbro (with the Nerf and Furbie plugs), GMC (obviously), the 360/Mountain Dew part...

...and it really did seem like an Air Force recruiting video, lulz. Not only did they roll out all of the popular AF planes and have the main enlisted special forces character be AF, but there was the line that I'm probably going to be hearing at work a lot: "We can't do it without the Air Force."
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Randy Pearson on July 05, 2007, 11:21:00 AM
Transformers - 2/10

Perhaps one of the worst movies I've ever seen. How this movie got an 8.4 on IMDb i'll never know. The hugest flaw I can say (far out-weighing any bad acting or bad writing or innapropriate funny moment), is that for a Transformers movie we BARELY SEE THE TRANSFORMERS AT ALL! How can you set out to make a Transformers movie and not have a storyline that would invite them to be more central characters? I can understand trying to make the story more human-oriented, but Jesus christ, they concentrate so much on these army guys and this 1337 h@xors bullshit that they have no choice but to cram character and plot developement into a few seconds of one-liners. I'm not kidding. This is literally what happens. Characters die off and NOBODY seems fazed at all. Characters, especially Transformers themselves, come into the film and serve NO PURPOSE AT ALL. This film made so little sense I can't imagine how they possibly convinced Hugo Weaving to be Megatron. How could they have been reading this script and not have thought "Wait a minute... this movie sucks!" I gave it the 2 for good special effects and some good laughs. The fact that they are planning two sequels to this film makes my entire body shake. Shame on Steven Spielberg for EVER letting this shit go down.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on July 08, 2007, 02:53:31 AM
[imdb]A Very Long Engagement[/imdb]

Visually striking movie about hope, by Jean-Pierre Jeunet (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000466/), the guy who directed Amelie (and starring Audrey Tautou). Recommended

Sometimes maybe the striking aesthetic/photography was impressive to the point of distraction. You could see the director's hand; that'd be my greatest criticism of the movie. I enjoyed its voice and appreciated its message.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Slurpee on July 08, 2007, 05:28:38 PM
Transformers - 9/10
Dis movie had sum robots fighting eachother for at least a half hour.
Best part of the movie was the black guy from Kangaroo Jack hacking his way into the sound recorded from Frenzy and Blackout by zooming in on the recorded sound waves and finding little transformers letters floating there. Hollywood science is awesome.

-1 because Bumblebee could not kill Devastator goddamnit. And what happened to Barricade?
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Jimmy McNulty on July 09, 2007, 12:52:17 AM
Quote from: SlurpeeClock;894121
-1 because Bumblebee could not kill Devastator goddamnit


this movie is dead to me
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Slurpee on July 09, 2007, 01:19:43 AM
It's not all bad. First of all, it's not the Constructicons; it's ostensibly just a tank that the producers named Devastator.
And, even so, it manages to kick a fair amount of ass, and it's implied he would have[spoiler] taken out the military ground troops single-handedly if it weren't for Bumblebee showing up.[/spoiler]

Starscream gets a much better deal, too.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Randy Pearson on July 09, 2007, 02:33:33 PM
Quote from: SlurpeeClock;894680
Starscream gets a much better deal, too.


What are you talking about? He takes out a few jets and says maybe two lines in the whole film. Barely any of the robots, decepticons or not, are developed well as characters.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Mangosteen Clock on July 09, 2007, 02:37:13 PM
Transformers - 10/10
[spoiler]Jazz dies.[/spoiler]
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Slurpee on July 09, 2007, 07:38:38 PM
Quote from: Predator;895134
What are you talking about? He takes out a few jets and says maybe two lines in the whole film. Barely any of the robots, decepticons or not, are developed well as characters.
I was talking about [spoiler]Starscream flying into outerspace in the end credits. He barely even gets touched when he fucks up the Airforce's little chekhov's gun run, and he's the only confirmed Decepticon survivor by the end of the movie.[/spoiler]

But I can see where you're coming from. You kind of had to have enjoyed the movie to see it my way.

Here's the thing: The Transformers are flat characters. Take Starscream. The entirety of Starscream's character is that he's the Decepticon second-in-command, and he viciously wants to be the leader. When you have characters that the audience already recognizes, giving them character development is boring. This is what crippled Superman Returns, and why it was redundant to have Leonardo and Raphael fighting in TMNT.
So, and this doesn't apply to everybody, but when I, personally, am watching a new Transformers movie, I want to see Starscream trying to usurp Megatron about as much as I wanted Talia Shire telling Stallone not to fight in Rocky Balboa; not at fucking all. (Bully on both counts.) For me, it's more than enough to have little winks at the characterization the names already have, such as [spoiler]Megatron telling Starscream he's failed again, and Optimus Prime's little speech about every sentient being's right to self-determination,[/spoiler] and just have the entire second half of the movie be robots fighting, peppered with the newly peripheral allspark plot.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Randy Pearson on July 09, 2007, 09:11:57 PM
Quote from: SlurpeeClock;895518
Perfectly valid argument


I didn't even stick around for the end credits. I just couldn't stand that movie. I can understand how fans are okay with little character developement with characters they already know very well, but, seriously, the Transformers are almost zero present in the film. I also think the film was severely lacking in action. It has the same problem that AVP had. What fight scenes it does have are too few and too short. Plus, there is far too much humor and explanation in this film. I went there to see robots beat the crap out of each other, not some half-baked "adults don't understand the robots we've only known for two-minutes" bullshit. You see, my beef is not so much with character developement, since it isn't neccessary for characters I am already well familiar with. But you can't call the movie Transformers and then save all of them for the last 15 minutes. And things that would make the movie good, even a little, are poorly executed:
[spoiler]
Humor - every action movie needs a little bit of cynical, satiracle, or dry humor to keep us attentive, but this movie not only had too much, it had it at the most innapropriate times (Bumblebee releaving himself? WTF?)
Human characters - even the characters we are forced to watch interact for the whole are poorly concieved (I don't buy Sam's relationship with that shallow idiot, and I don't by this 1337 h@x0r crap). Even characters that would be remotely interesting to watch (the army dudes) are stuck spouting one-liners the whole picture (it doesn't help that they are simply bad actors)
Over-all explanation for the conflict on Earth - once again, good ideas, but they are simply suffocated by the rest of the crap in this movie
Jazz's death - is it just me or did NOBODY GIVE A CRAP
[/spoiler]

I'm sorry I kinda' did a second review, but my problems don't solely lie with character developement. They really lie with what they put in place of character envolvement.

But, of course, you are entitled to what you like. Thanks for also understanding where I'm coming from.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: CrustClock on July 10, 2007, 05:34:44 AM
Quote from: joliet_jane;888833
Ratatouille 10/10

I loved this movie, but what I love even more is watching Pixar once again school everyone on what a quality CGI movie should look like.  Eat smega, Dreamworks.

Body and soul, Ratatouille is wonderful:  beautifully rendered and designed art, pleasing characters, and great story.  Most of what happens is unexpected and not dependent on formula (or too many pop references, for that matter).

I can't believe we Britishers have to wait until October or sometime stupid to watch this film :mad:
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: CrustClock on July 10, 2007, 08:16:20 PM
[imdb]Die Hard 4.0[/imdb]

I thought the 'digital terrorism' theme would be silly but, despite some absurdity when it came to the use of computers - see the webcam in Warlock/Freddy/Kevin Smith's room - I thought that it was a good idea that made an interesting, modern threat. The scene where Gabriel's men manipulate the tunnel lights and the traffic signals, for example, was an ingenious set up. I liked the Farrell character as well, I didn't find him annoying at all despite his cliché position as the 'brains to his brawn', their partnership was actually believable.

It's quite possibly the best Die Hard, in my humble opinion only. The scale is much larger (first film: a building, second film: an airport, third film: a city, forth film: a country, pretty much), the set pieces are more inventive and audacious and the threat is larger than ever before. The only thing it lacks is a truly memorable villain (DH3 gets that award), with Timothy Olyphant as Gabriel doing alright but never really matching the eccentricity, ruthlessness or presence of his predecessors. The chase sequences and action scenes are mindblowingly cool, too many to list, in honestly, but i'll try; the car through the window, the fire hydrant scene, the tunnel sequence, the elevator shaft, "yippie-kay-ay", flaming car missile, the gate flipping, grinder-death and the jet sequence. They're all beautifully shot as well, with high sky shots over a moving car gliding down to face the windshield and some amazing angles in the elevator shaft with the wrecked car.

The best third sequel ever, the best Die Hard ever. 5/5.


--
[imdb]Domino[/imdb]

lol how can you take her hard-living, glamorously violent bounty hunter story serious with that accent? It's absurd. Apart from that, the visual style of the directer is nauseating and gimmicky, the plot is a shallow, boring, confused gangster-movie rehash and the acting is unconvincing. The film introduces new characters all the way throughout the film and is told in fragmented flashback - mostly out of sequence - seemingly just to keep you nice and confused. The film ever shows you THINGS THAT DON'T REALLY HAPPEN and then later says "that didn't really happen, this happened" - [spoiler]see the (apparent) killing of the (fake) 'first ladies'[/spoiler]. What have we seen the first, wrong, sequence of events for then?

Terrible choice in casting, a convoluted, messy plot and a headache-inducing directorial style. 1/5.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on July 12, 2007, 05:06:06 AM
(http://www.eskimo.com/%7Enoir/ftitles/bigclock/bigcloc3.jpg)

[imdb]The Big Clock[/imdb]

Great film noir from 1948... suspenseful, and fun. Nicely written and acted too I thought. Recommended
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: salt on July 12, 2007, 09:40:16 AM
Die Hard 4.0-
Really enjoyed this movie. I find that they're using a threat with computers and modern technology very cool as this franchise is long-going and bringing it back in this modern age with this plot is really a really cool touch. The action was great, and come on, it's Die Hard.

And Bruce Willis was cool
4/5
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: AdrenalineClock on July 12, 2007, 10:58:18 AM
Why are you all calling it Die Hard 4.0
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Slurpee on July 12, 2007, 11:03:10 AM
Quote from: LeekClock;898388
(http://www.eskimo.com/%7Enoir/ftitles/bigclock/bigcloc3.jpg)

[imdb]The Big Clock[/imdb]

That picture combined with the title of the movie made me laugh. I thought you were kidding.

Is it actually about a big clock? That big clock?
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on July 12, 2007, 11:04:44 AM
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - 8/10

One of the things I like about the Harry Potter movies is how consistent they are in quality. Sure, the story and plot may change, but seeing the same locations, actors, creatures, etc. in each movie is strangely comforting. So it was great to see all of the returning cast (especially Gary Oldman), and the new people like Luna and Umbridge. I noticed that this movie seemed like more of a buildup to the next movie than the others have, but it wasn't totally void of entertaining moments. I liked the hall of mysteries part, and the whole school thing was pretty funny.

There were a lot of perceived loose ends, but I'm guessing it's probably because I don't read the books. Other than that, I think it could have been a little more epic. Even the fight scenes seemed kind of short. Again, they're probably just building up to the larger confrontations in the next two movies, but it made for a tiny bit of a disappointment. Still can't wait for the next one, though.


Stay Alive - 2/10

Sophia Bush is hot. Oh wait, what were we talking about? Oh yeah, some shitty horror movie. This was laughable in almost every way. Acting, plot, special effects... trash. And I like how they had Cliffy B as a gaming advisor and they portrayed gamers as morons. I think it could have been a great movie if they gave it a different angle. Maybe something self parody(ing?) like Slither. It would have been more like a 8/10. But it wasn't. And it sucked. And Sophia Bush is hot.

Turistas - 6.5/10

This was a decent horror movie. I think it tries the whole Hostel thing, which is "this could happen to you!" rather than something highly unlikely like Saw. So the plot was somewhat believable, and the acting was decent. The characters were fairly clever for a horror movie, which was good. I guess the main reason I marked it down was because it didn't stand out much at all. Sure, it was better than most cheesy/shitty horror movies, but is it memorable? Any memorable heroes or villains? Not really. Sure, everyone's hot, but not memorable. Still, a pretty strong movie for what it was.

Grandma's Boy - 6.5/10

This movie had a lot of the right ingredients to be hilarious, but didn't come through in the execution. It was still mostly funny, and it had a couple of hilarious parts, but overall it was a little bit of a let down in the humor department. Some jokes even seemed to fall flat. But I think they did a great job of capturing the gaming crowd. Better than any movie I've seen before at least. Jeff was my favorite character, played extremely well by Nick Swardson. I really liked the DDR scene, hehe.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Randy Pearson on July 12, 2007, 11:10:13 AM
Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! - 10/10

Russ Meyers is a genius. Plain and simple. A good, old fashioned Grindhouse that'll make you wonder why they don't still make films like this. Unlike some "grinders" where most dialogue falls flat, this movie has some of the most catchy, hip, kick-ass dialogue I've ever heard in a film. The girls are hot, the violence is dynamic, and the suspense is non-stop.

Check the official trailer.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nwe3Ikngwyk
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on July 12, 2007, 11:13:36 AM
Quote from: SlurpeeClock;898541
That picture combined with the title of the movie made me laugh. I thought you were kidding.

Is it actually about a big clock? That big clock?

Haha, no. That's the reason I decided to watch it actually - my mind has been so influenced by the Clock Crew that I thought HAHA I'M WATCHING THIS.

But it was really good. The clock that the title refers to is a big international clock in the lobby of the building where the protagonist works, and I suppose it represents the meticulous nature of this character's boss, who is rather obsessed with timekeeping and efficiency. The Big Clock (not that they ever refer to it as such) doesn't really have a great deal of screen time, but it's a rather appropriate image (thematically at least).
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Slurpee on July 12, 2007, 11:28:15 AM
Quote from: Starman Deluxe;898544
Again, they're probably just building up to the larger confrontations in the next two movies, but it made for a tiny bit of a disappointment. Still can't wait for the next one, though.

The sixth book actually builds up to the seventh more than the fifth to the sixth. Over the course of it, we mostly we just find out a lot about Voldemort.

How did the movie handle [spoiler]Hagrid's escape run, when the ministry officials attack him at his cabin?[/spoiler] It was kind of a minor scene in the book, but one of my favorites.

Quote from: LeekClock;898553
Haha, no.

Oh. =(

Well, I'll add it to my Netflix queue.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on July 12, 2007, 12:14:19 PM
Quote from: SlurpeeClock;898565
How did the movie handle...


They didn't. :/
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Slurpee on July 12, 2007, 12:22:48 PM
Quote from: Starman Deluxe;898631
They didn't. :/

WEAK.
I really wanted to see him Hulk out, damnit.

I'll see it anyway, but damn.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: CrustClock on July 12, 2007, 01:11:55 PM
Quote from: Henchman 21;898531
Why are you all calling it Die Hard 4.0

Only in America does it have your dumb title.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: SilverClock on July 12, 2007, 01:38:50 PM
Quote from: Howard Beale;898685
Only in America does it have your dumb title.

I like Live Free or Die Hard better. It just fits in with the other sequel titles. :P

1= Die Hard
2= Die Harder
3= Die Hard with a Vengeance
4= Live Free and Die Hard
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: AdrenalineClock on July 12, 2007, 05:41:32 PM
4.0 doesn't make any sense.  There's nothing technical about the movie.  The US title fits with the naming convention much better as Silver mentioned.

Quote from: Starman Deluxe;898544
One of the things I like about the Harry Potter movies is how consistent they are in quality.


Uhghgh I disagree. The third's the only one I'd call an actual good movie.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Randy Pearson on July 12, 2007, 08:48:00 PM
Quote from: Henchman 21;899010
4.0 doesn't make any sense.  There's nothing technical about the movie.  The US title fits with the naming convention much better as Silver mentioned.



Uhghgh I disagree. The third's the only one I'd call an actual good movie.


I agree to both of these, the second to a lesser extent.

The Harry Potter books reached their peak in quality around Prisoner of Azkaban like the movies did. For some reasons the transition from kiddie fodder to teen drama looks much better than the actual result.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on July 12, 2007, 10:49:07 PM
Quote from: Henchman 21;899010
Uhghgh I disagree. The third's the only one I'd call an actual good movie.


I can't argue opinion. I think I like them because they make me wish I had seen them as a kid. I'm sure I would have been running around with a wand at school and getting my ass kicked for it.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: AdrenalineClock on July 12, 2007, 11:20:56 PM
Quote from: Starman Deluxe;899306
I can't argue opinion. I think I like them because they make me wish I had seen them as a kid. I'm sure I would have been running around with a wand at school and getting my ass kicked for it.


I liked all of them just for being fantasy movies, but I think the third was actually a good film.  And it's because Alfonso Cuaron is brilliant.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Maltese on July 13, 2007, 12:15:45 AM
Live Free or Die Hard was hilariously violent, on an unrelated note, I've begun seeing human suffering as funny.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: CrustClock on July 13, 2007, 06:16:21 AM
Quote from: Henchman 21;899010
4.0 doesn't make any sense.  There's nothing technical about the movie.

but itz ab0ut H@CK3RZ :cool:
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: AdrenalineClock on July 13, 2007, 07:52:57 AM
Quote from: Howard Beale;899563
but itz ab0ut H@CK3RZ :cool:


Didn't know that.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Randy Pearson on July 13, 2007, 09:36:43 AM
Transformers is basically about h@x0rz... I'm gonna' start calling it Top Gun 2.0
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on July 13, 2007, 09:56:39 AM
Because I Said So - 7/10

It had most of the standard trappings of a chick flick, but it was actually pretty good. Diane Keaton was really terrible, though. You might say she was just doing her job as a good actress by acting annoying, but I think she overdid it. A lot. Mandy Moore, on the other hand, was actually great. And she's turned out to be a damn cute girl. Everyone else was alright. There were some pretty funny parts, and even though it was a standard chick flick, they did manage to stay away from too much cliche stuff.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: CrustClock on July 14, 2007, 05:37:14 AM
Quote from: Henchman 21;899589
Didn't know that.

Then why did you say there was "nothing technical" about the movie?
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: PlushieClock on July 14, 2007, 08:22:10 AM
Shreik the 3rd
but it suck'd
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Kombucha on July 14, 2007, 10:20:28 AM
Quote from: Kilala;900970
Sheik the 3rd
but it suck'd

Wut. (http://images.google.com/images?client=firefox-a&channel=s&rls=org.mozilla%3Aen-US%3Aofficial&hl=en&q=sheik&btnG=Search+Images&gbv=2)

Transformers: 10/10
Some parts were disappointing, but it more than made up for it with fantastic action sequences. The graphic and special effects and animation in this movie are amazing and should be more appreciated, it's in no way easy to do that shit.

Plus it had Transformers. Transforming. That alone is super awesome.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: StrangeClock on July 14, 2007, 10:49:29 AM
[IMDB]Monster Man[/IMDB]

Blatantly retarded horror film about a nerd and his grotesque friend and some shit about a hot girl and a monster truck driven by a [IMDB]Wrong Turn[/IMDB] character who likes to drive over bits of people or something. I couldn't stand watching it for too long because its elements of horror, gross-out comedy and slapstick comedy, and misplaced romance are jammed together so awkwardly, the movie completely fails to set any kind of tone. The sub-parness of everything, from the cheap-looking camerawork to the "look at me, I'm Kevin Smith!" diarrhetic dialogue, suggests that the people responsible will probably be making straight-to-dvd films like this for a few more decades.

edit: for the record, I love pulp as long as it has redeeming features.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: AdrenalineClock on July 14, 2007, 12:23:49 PM
Quote from: Howard Beale;900883
Then why did you say there was "nothing technical" about the movie?


Just from what I know of the series it's focused on Bruce Willis saying funny things and shooting guys and probably blowing up, which doesn't seem too technical.

Would you guys believe I haven't seen a movie since Spider-Man 3 when it came out?  And not just in the theater, I mean period?  God damn.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: CrustClock on July 14, 2007, 01:41:41 PM
Sorry, I assumed you were being sarcastic when you said "didn't know that" :o
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on July 14, 2007, 02:55:39 PM
[imdb]The Dambusters[/imdb]

A deftly directed, beautifully photographed, exciting and inspiring account of how one man's almost fanciful idea, with perseverance and teamwork, made a massive difference to the outcome of the war!

One of the best and most famous war films... It also has some pretty impressive special effects and miniature effects, for a 1955 film. Not to mention the rousing score with that infectious theme tune.

Highly recommended of course.

PS HOLY SHIT (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/5301998.stm), Peter Jackson was going to remake it last year but it looks like that's not going to happen anymore (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001392/) :( Maybe it's just postponed.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on July 15, 2007, 12:34:37 AM
Freedom Writers - 5.5/10

Acting and writing were good and all, but it didn't do much to distance itself from all of the other "troubled urban school kids making a better life" movies that are already out there. If you've seen any of those movies you can predict 90% of this one. So that sucked. But other than that, it was pretty good.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: CrustClock on July 15, 2007, 02:26:21 AM
[imdb]Beerfest[/imdb]

I couldn't sit through more than half an hour, absolute shit.

0/5
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on July 15, 2007, 09:36:49 PM
Date Movie - 2.5/10

Nearly just as bad as Epic Movie. It had a couple of vaguely funny parts, but most of them are rehashed. Michael Jackson jokes were funny. In 1993. And I think whoever the writers of these latest batch of shitty spoofs are need an important lesson in comedy: if you just replace the actors of a scene of another popular movie, it's not funny. Alyson Hannigan is the only reason to watch this movie.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: peyoteclock on July 15, 2007, 11:14:02 PM
cecil b. demented- this is the first john waters film i've seen but i am aware of his work, all i can say is wow. this film is alive in a way few are. the plot is a renegade film maker known as cecil b. demented kidnaps a major hollywood star to force her to star in his insane vision known as "raving beauty". the film is incredibly energetic and feels like the kind of movie cecil and his crew are trying to make. 9/10
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: CrustClock on July 17, 2007, 02:40:12 PM
Why do people insist that Alyson Hannigan is attractive? She's pretty plain looking to me.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on July 17, 2007, 02:41:52 PM
Quote from: Howard Beale;905466
Why do people insist that Alyson Hannigan is attractive? She's pretty plain looking to me.


I like redheads. She's cute in general, so when you add the red hair (which I understand to be fake) she becomes hot. That's just me, though.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: AdrenalineClock on July 17, 2007, 06:25:49 PM
Quote from: Howard Beale;905466
Why do people insist that Alyson Hannigan is attractive? She's pretty plain looking to me.


(http://z.about.com/d/tvcomedies/1/0/M/0/-/-/lily.jpg)

Don't lie, you'd trample your choking grandma to hit that.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on July 18, 2007, 08:37:21 PM
Premonition - 3/10

I found this to be one of the incredibly rare movies that had music that annoyed me. It wasn't the music that was bad, but the reliance on it to set a mood. Music is almost constantly playing in the background when there is no dialog, and it's made painfully obvious when something bad is going to happen. The movie is pretty predictable, which is sad considering it's supposed to be a thriller that "keeps you guessing until the end". Speaking of which, the ending is especially obnoxious, and the whole subliminal religious message? Please. Some of the acting was decent (although Sandra Bullock wasn't that great), and it did somewhat stimulate my intellect in a couple of parts. That's about it.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Porti Fatti on July 19, 2007, 11:09:53 AM
Children of Men

I love so many things about this film. Most importantly the depiction of the future, nothing that seems so out of place, but really familar with the little differences that show technology has advanced. It has fantastic one shot sequences that were pretty stunning and the plot was great. I think it managed to do the book justice.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: PatriotClock on July 21, 2007, 02:25:37 AM
harry potter order of the phoenix.

Hilarious.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: DigitalLemonClock on July 21, 2007, 09:55:43 PM
Dream Of A Rarebit Fiend (1906) 7/10
Little Nemo (1911) 8/10
How A Mosquito Operates (1912) 8/10
Gertie The Dinosaur (1914) 8/10

Windsor McCay is crazy lol

Little Nemo Adventures in Slumberland (1989) 7.5/10
Nostalgia, McCay characters and some very cool concept animation kept this one afloat

I also saw a small test-run for this movie by the same animation director that had much more impressive animation and a more substantial aesthetic, too bad he didn't go through with it that way

Robot Carnival (1987) -/10

Wildly awesome stuff

Not rating it though since I haven't found subtitles for it yet...
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on July 22, 2007, 06:29:23 PM
Quote from: DigitalLemonClock;911873
Little Nemo Adventures in Slumberland (1989) 7.5/10
Nostalgia, McCay characters and some very cool concept animation kept this one afloat


Yeah, I remember it being a great movie. I was surprised that it wasn't more popular, though.

The Painted Veil - 8/10

The whole time I was watching this movie I kept thinking that I should be thinking that it's boring, but it did a good job of constantly throwing interesting things in there that kept my attention. The subtle humor was great, I really liked the plot and writing, and the acting was very solid. Still, it was a pretty standard affair that followed a pretty linear path. Still, great movie.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on July 31, 2007, 05:57:11 PM
the simpsons movie 2/5

Recycled trash. Feels like any other episode from the most recent batch, stretched out, pumped full of sentimentality and forced political satire. This is not a return to its former glory, as some reviewers have been saying.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - highly recommended for fans of the books, especially if you don't like the book version of this film.

Strangely, they've taken one of the worst books in the series and made the best film of the film series. It was sensitively and intelligently directed, I thought, and well acted by most, especially Rupert Grint and Michael Gambon and Emma Watson. Daniel Radcliffe and the girl who plays Ginny were wooden as ever. I concede that Radcliffe has gotten into the role a lot more, but come on, it shouldn't take 4 attempts.

One of the highlights of the film for me was the [spoiler]duel between Dumbledore and Voldemort[/spoiler]. In the books, the duels are not very impressive to read, it's a case of "He shoots a spell. She dodges the spell. He shoots a different spell. She falls down.", but in this film the big duel was spectacular.

What I also found very interesting is, having just read the seventh and final book, I was quite moved by the characters in this film, who I now know will ultimately be killed by baddies, learning to fight, and rallying together and stuff.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on August 01, 2007, 10:19:38 AM
Dead Silence - 5/10

Pretty much standard fare. I mean, most horror movies are, but this one especially seemed old. Part of it might have been that they kept using the same bits again and again. "Oh no! The doll's eyes are slowly turning! And it's head follows! OMG it's looking at him!" They do that at least 4 or 5 times. That's pretty much the extent of how scary the dolls are. If you have half a brain you'll know the ending about 15 minutes in, to which I was shocked they didn't do more with. It was pretty stale. Acting was alright, and it did have a few parts that were nice and creepy. And, overall, it wasn't a bad movie. It just fell victim to a loose story that was pretty predictable.

300 - 9/10

This movie was great. Did it live up to the hype? Not in my mind. It is not the greatest movie ever made, as I kept hearing, but it did kick some major ass. I felt the beginning was really slow, though. It didn't help that I didn't like the narrator's voice. But I liked the visual style of the film. Everything was rough but still stylistic. Acting was great, almost all around, but especially by Gerard Butler. I very much liked how they took such a simple story and did so much with it. It wasn't deep, and they didn't pretend it was. They just focused on telling it through imagery, and I think they did a great job with it. Also, one of the ways I guage whether or not I really liked a movie is by whether or not it makes me want to be in it. And I definitely wanted to chop some heads off after seeing it, so yeah. Great movie.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on August 01, 2007, 02:56:56 PM
Lolita (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0056193/), 1962 Stanley Kubrick

Described as a dark comedy. Great comic performances by Peter Sellers and further great performances by James Mason, and the girl who played Lolita. Also impressive direction by the then-relatively-young Stanley Kubrick
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Mangosteen Clock on August 01, 2007, 04:09:11 PM
Children of Men: 10/10

Great movie. I liked it.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Slurpee on August 01, 2007, 07:15:19 PM
Quote from: Losperman;927815
And, overall, it wasn't a bad movie..
I disagree wholeheartedly. Dead Silence was fucking horrendous. Easily one of the stupidest fucking things I've seen this year.

I'm also 90% sure that it's a structural rip-off of 2003's Darkness Falls, which, while a terrible movie that only really served to bring the weaknesses and cliches of the horror genre into focus, was still at least twice as good as Dead Silence.

As soon as the movie ended, a black girl in the theater announced loudly, "That was some bullshit." There was laughter and a murmer of agreement.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on August 01, 2007, 09:53:45 PM
Quote from: Slurpee Hackins;928437
I disagree wholeheartedly. Dead Silence was fucking horrendous. Easily one of the stupidest fucking things I've seen this year.


I can definitely see your point, and have to admit a bias for horror movies. I guess somewhere inside I was comparing it to some other terrible horror movies I've seen in the last couple of years like The Return, Boogeyman, and the Grudge and Ring sequels. 5 probably is a bit high. :wiebel:
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Randy Pearson on August 01, 2007, 10:26:30 PM
Quote from: TriangleClock;928595
the wicker man is hilarious i couldnt stop laughing for the last 30-45 mins


Remake or original?
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: StrangeClock on August 02, 2007, 04:38:21 AM
I've seen some highlights from the Nic Cage Wicker Man on Youtube and while I'm pretty sure I've seen the funniest bits now, it made me want to see the rest.

"NOT THE BEES BEES OH GOD THEY'RE IN MY EYES AGGGGH AGGGGGGGGGGH"
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Mangosteen Clock on August 02, 2007, 01:00:54 PM
Quote from: StrangeClock;929128
I've seen some highlights from the Nic Cage Wicker Man on Youtube and while I'm pretty sure I've seen the funniest bits now, it made me want to see the rest.

"NOT THE BEES BEES OH GOD THEY'RE IN MY EYES AGGGGH AGGGGGGGGGGH"


How'd it get burned? HOW'D IT GET BURNED HOW'D IT GET BURNED!?
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on August 02, 2007, 01:05:54 PM
Hahaha what the??

Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: ChocolateCoffin on August 02, 2007, 03:57:17 PM
The Simpsons movie
A complete let down. Overly illogical and just plain stupid. And seeing as I'm Irish, the lame stereotypical Irish character was cringe worthy, as were alot of the jokes.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Porti Fatti on August 02, 2007, 04:45:46 PM
Pink Floyd: Live at Pompeii

A great insight to pink floyd even if part of it is just discussing their fry up for breakfast, I enjoyed it. They played Echoes which was a bonus.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: SilverCherryClock on August 02, 2007, 05:08:16 PM
The Wicker Man remake was a parody right?

I mean they weren't trying to be serious
Were they?
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Mangosteen Clock on August 02, 2007, 10:21:02 PM
Quote from: SilverCherryClock;929933
The Wicker Man remake was a parody right?

I mean they weren't trying to be serious
Were they?


Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: AdrenalineClock on August 03, 2007, 07:31:58 AM
Quote from: SilverCherryClock;929933
The Wicker Man remake was a parody right?

I mean they weren't trying to be serious
Were they?


It was serious, that's a fake trailer cut to be funny.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Randy Pearson on August 03, 2007, 08:55:55 AM
The Mighty Peking Man - 6/10
No, it's not about some "strong-man" type from Peking or some soft-porno, but a Hong Kong monster movie made to cash in on the success of the 1976 re-make of King Kong. It turns out the Yeti does exist... and he's 50 (size varies throughout the picture) meters tall and has a young, blonde jungle-girl named Samantha as a friend. They are both taken to Hong Kong where Peking Man reaks havoc (duh) and is finally killed by helicopters. The acting was horrible and the montage was totally un-necessary. It did have some decent special effects. Some. From the famous Shaw Bros. who also made Super Inframan.

The Cyclops - 5/10
A woman is convinced that her husband is still alive after three-years of being lost in a giant valley which has massive stores of plutonium. I won't reveal the twist but... aw hell, not like you're going to see it anyway: The husband is the Cyclops, mutated by plutonium exposure. The special effects were what you can expect from a cheesy, fifties monster movie. The make-up effects for the Cyclops and Lon Chaney co-starring make this a worth see.

The Horror of Party Beach - 5/10
Nuclear waste is dumpt into the ocean and mutates protozoa and a man's skeleton to create horrors that begin killing un-suspecting teenagers of Party Beach. Quite bloody for such an old movie. This is worth seeing for the wacky creature costumes, horrible acting, and blatantly racist, voodoo obsessed black-maid, Eulabelle (the actresses name was also Eulabelle...hmm).

Terror from Beneath the Sea 7/10
Shinichi "Sonny" Chiba (Yes, Chiba the Bodyguard himself) stars in this science fiction extravaganza about a mad doctor turning helpless ship-recked crew into amphibious androids! The androids are some of the worst costumes I've ever seen in a film, espellialy parts where you can see under the creature's armpits and see holes, big ones. All the dialogue and acting in absolutely perfect for MST3K-ing, and the special effects equally so. Go see it for the most phallic submarine since Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. I'm serious. Freud would have had a field day with that thing.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: PirateClock on August 03, 2007, 09:02:32 AM
hahah the wicker man was a horrible movie.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on August 03, 2007, 10:04:04 AM
Pathfinder - 2/10

On the surface, this looks like an interesting and complex film. There are even glimmers of some nicely shot scenes. Too bad there are even more poorly sequenced/cut scenes, bad sound effects (omg the wind is tearing past us on this mountain! ...but the snow is somehow gently falling straight downward), and really lame characters. Not to mention the poorly portrayed Native Americans and Vikings. Acting was pretty crappy, and the main character has huge bug eyes. Other than those few nice shots and a cool gore/fight scene or two, really boring and poorly made movie.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Foam Finger on August 03, 2007, 11:15:55 AM
Quote from: Sal Mangonella;930341


That is very hilarious.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: AdrenalineClock on August 03, 2007, 01:03:20 PM
Quote from: Sal Mangonella;929623
How'd it get burned? HOW'D IT GET BURNED HOW'D IT GET BURNED!?


Haha, from Wiki summary: "Malus also asks how the doll got burned, to which Willow replies she does not know."
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: cokezeroglock on August 04, 2007, 05:41:44 AM
Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story-8/10
The plot of this movie was wonderfully absurd, being a movie of a group of actors attempting to make a movie of the novel The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman by Laurence Sterne. Dylan Moran (playing Dylan Moran playing Dr. Slop) acted exceptionally and was a highlight of the film, albeit not appearing as often as he should have.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Randy Pearson on August 04, 2007, 11:07:55 AM
Quote from: Henchman 21;931216
Haha, from Wiki summary: "Malus also asks how the doll got burned, to which Willow replies she does not know."


Wikipedia can take the stupidest thing in the world and still make a big deal out of it.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Slurpee on August 04, 2007, 09:17:30 PM
The Karate Kid - 9/10
thatw as pretty good
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Randy Pearson on August 06, 2007, 02:09:21 PM
Watership Down - 10/10
One of the most beautiful and suspenceful animated films I've ever seen, and one of the most terrifying films period. Packed with violence and blood and some damns here and there. This is definetly not a kid's film. Good message about the pursuit of happiness and survival.

The Plague Dogs - 10/10
Even less of a kids film and the single saddest movie ever made. Made by the same people who did Watership Down. This time, a message about the value of all life.

The magic of these movies is that despite the darkness and moments of pure dispair, they continue to retain a beauty that surpasses all other "happy-go-lucky" animated films I've ever seen. The Plague Dogs is un-arguably the darker of the two, and, perhaps, because of that, the better.

Both films are worth seeing, especially if you're sick of the PC shlock they put out today.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: CrustClock on August 07, 2007, 01:49:09 PM
[imdb]The Simpsons Movie[/imdb]

The standard of the jokes was noticeably higher than those of the recent shows, but still no where near the brilliance of the show's peak. The plot's basis (Springfield gets cut off from the rest of the world by a giant glass dome) wasn't very interesting and had some plainly bizarre tangents, such as their trip to Alaska, which didn't really go anywhere - still, it served well as a foundation for some good jokes as was appropriately epic enough to justify a feature length film.
On the subject of the humour; a large portion of it was just so-so or something rehashed from old episodes, but fortunately there were only a handful of gags that totally fell flat (even the loud, enthusiastic group behind me didn't giggle at the scene in the government's conversation-monitoring department) and there were thankfully a decent amount of jokes that were genuinely laugh out loud funny.
One of the most niggling flaws with the film is that it's quite transparent in it's shoehorning of jokes that are too 'blue' for regular Simpsons episodes (by Simpsons standards, that is), e.g. Otto on the bong, Bart drinking wisky, Bart's penis, "ass", phallic containers etc. They seemed very out of place are weren't particularly funny. It's a slight return to form, worth seeing if you're a fan of the old episodes. If you go in without expectations too high then you'll be satisfied, I think.

3/5
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: l1fty on August 07, 2007, 05:47:25 PM
U-Turn 1997 - Oliver Stone, Sean Penn, Jennifer Lopez, Nick Nolte
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U-Turn stars Bobby (Sean Penn), a broke gambler whose car breaks down in a hellhole called Superior, Arizona. He is unable to buy his car back and desperately needs money. An old rich man in the town (Nick Nolte) offers him money to kill his wife. That wife however is a femme fatale and gets Bobby on her side, asking him to do the exact opposite: kill her husband and take the money.

Those who prefer Oliver Stone's political movies (Nixon, JFK) are in for a disappointment. This, however, is a nice piece of screwball with a smashing performance by leads Sean Penn, Jennifer Lopez (When she still actually acted) and Nick Nolte. A grim movie with comic relief and quite worthwhile to watch. Warning: May remind you of "Natural Born Killers"

3/5

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A rollercoaster of disappointments: The Simpsons Movie
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The town of Springfield faces an ecological disaster, and action is taken against pollution. A slight hic-up, however, causes Springfield to become even more polluted, and excluded.

I pretty much share the opinion of the previous reviewer, the jokes were better than the most recent episodes, but they still didn't come close to what made the Simpsons what they are today. A movie that took years to make, was only ~76 minutes in length, and overall a disappointment. I was hoping for a flashback to the good times, but my hopes didn't get fulfilled. Watch this movie only if you have to.

2/5

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Raging Bull - 1980 Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Cathy Moriarty, Joe Pesci
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Based on a true story, Jake Lemotta (A superb Robert De Niro) is an outstanding no-nonsense boxer with outstanding potential. He literally destroys his opponent, but unfortunately, the same happens to his personal life. Lemotta treats his family and friends the way he treats his opponents, you just know it's going to go wrong.

As aforementioned, Robert De Niro's performance is simply stunning and well worth the Oscar. Also notable were the performances of Cathy Moriarty and Joe Pesci (which turned Pesci into a star). This is in my opinion both De Niro's and Martin Scorsese's best (of the movies I've seen). If you're going to watch any sport-related movie, make it this one. Have I mentioned the boxing cinematography is fantastic?

5/5
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on August 08, 2007, 11:45:05 AM
The Messengers - 6.5/10

I liked haunted house movies, and they didn't screw this one up too badly. Of course the "twist" wasn't very twisty, and they did use the jerky-motion-scary-kid effect that every recent horror movie has had, but those are really the extent of my complaints. Well, I guess it could have been scarier. But it was sufficiently creepy. I thought Kristen Stewart did a great job, and has really grown up since Panic Room. She's pretty ho... er, talented. Acting was good, for the most part. The story was decent enough. Overall, better than a lot of recent horror movies I've seen.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: l1fty on August 08, 2007, 12:34:39 PM
Hedwig and the Angry Inch 1997 - John Cameron Mitchell, John Cameron Mitchell, Michael Pitt
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Hedwig (Born Hansel in East-Berlin) is a transexual punk rock girl who tours the USA with her band, playing in seafood restaurants whereas Hedwig's old friend Tommy Ggnosis, who stole all her songs and is now a big star. Hedwig tells her life story and demands her position of superstar, which is taken by Tommy.

"Hedwig and the Angry Inch" is a fantastic rockumentary, with an excellent cast and great soundtrack. It's the kind of movie that's full of satirical jokes, which is really neat. John Cameron Mitchell delivers a splendid performance as both the director and the protagonist. An excellent, entertaining and uh, somewhat peculiar film.

4/5
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Slurpee on August 08, 2007, 07:45:52 PM
Quote from: Losperman;939150
The Messengers - 6.5/10

I liked haunted house movies, and they didn't screw this one up too badly. Of course the "twist" wasn't very twisty, and they did use the jerky-motion-scary-kid effect that every recent horror movie has had, but those are really the extent of my complaints. Well, I guess it could have been scarier. But it was sufficiently creepy. I thought Kristen Stewart did a great job, and has really grown up since Panic Room. She's pretty ho... er, talented. Acting was good, for the most part. The story was decent enough. Overall, better than a lot of recent horror movies I've seen.

I saw The Messengers.
It was a decent movie, but I couldn't get passed how during the big reveal they retroactively inserted the bad guy into the intro sequence.

In the intro sequence, [spoiler]his daughter[/spoiler] apparently spontaneously hurls herself sideways over the banister of the staircase, which is funny enough on it's own, except later they reveal that it was him doing it, and yeah.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on August 08, 2007, 09:51:32 PM
Quote from: Slurpee Hackins;939865
I saw The Messengers.
It was a decent movie, but I couldn't get passed how during the big reveal they retroactively inserted the bad guy into the intro sequence.


Oh you, always coming behind me to add smug comments. :D

Yeah, that was kind of lame. They try to make it seem like it's a ghost the whole time and then "shock" the viewer with a not-so-shocking twist. Kind of like An American Haunting.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Slurpee on August 08, 2007, 09:59:16 PM
Quote from: Losperman;940057
Oh you, always coming behind me to add smug comments. :D

It's just that you keep reviewing horror movies, and that's almost all my friends and I watch. :)
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on August 09, 2007, 09:57:21 AM
Quote from: Slurpee Hackins;940075
It's just that you keep reviewing horror movies, and that's almost all my friends and I watch. :)


Hehe, awesome. What are some of your all time favorites?

Disturbia - 8.5/10

I don't remember hearing much about this movie before I saw it coming out on DVD, so I was pleasantly surprised that it was actually good. It wasn't mind-bendingly twisty, but they did manage to surprise me a good 2-3 times. I really liked how they managed to maintain that "Is he really a killer?" vibe for so long. All of the main actors did a great job of acting like real teenagers, although it did seem overdone at times. Shia LaBeouf is good. I think he'll make a fine Indy Jr.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: AdrenalineClock on August 09, 2007, 10:22:22 AM
Quote from: Losperman;940735
Hehe, awesome. What are some of your all time favorites?

Disturbia - 8.5/10

I don't remember hearing much about this movie before I saw it coming out on DVD, so I was pleasantly surprised that it was actually good. It wasn't mind-bendingly twisty, but they did manage to surprise me a good 2-3 times. I really liked how they managed to maintain that "Is he really a killer?" vibe for so long. All of the main actors did a great job of acting like real teenagers, although it did seem overdone at times. Shia LaBeouf is good. I think he'll make a fine Indy Jr.


It's totally a rip-off of Rear Window right?  Like, completely?
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on August 09, 2007, 11:45:57 AM
Quote from: Henchman 21;940750
It's totally a rip-off of Rear Window right?  Like, completely?


I've never seen Rear Window, though. I just looked it up, and yeah, it looks like some kind of unofficial remake... er, ripoff, lol.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: AdrenalineClock on August 09, 2007, 12:34:22 PM
Rear Window was pretty great
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: AirPumpClock on August 09, 2007, 01:34:03 PM
Quote from: StrangeClock;929128
I've seen some highlights from the Nic Cage Wicker Man on Youtube and while I'm pretty sure I've seen the funniest bits now, it made me want to see the rest.

"NOT THE BEES BEES OH GOD THEY'RE IN MY EYES AGGGGH AGGGGGGGGGGH"




Holy shit! The bees part is hilarious! rofflewaff
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Poltergeist on August 09, 2007, 01:44:00 PM
Someone NEEDS NEEDS NEEDS to replace Cages face with Strawberry Clock when he punches the old lady.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: SnakeClock on August 09, 2007, 01:53:18 PM
The Bourne Ultimatum - 9/10

Let us discuss a series. The Bourne Identity has this amnesiac who slowly (and often suddenly) regains scraps of his memory, until he realizes that he's a killer secret agent and the CIA is after him. In The Bourne Supremacy, he learns how deep his actions in the CIA go, and that now they're after him.

Now, in The Bourne Ultimatum, he's actually got a bead on things, and now he can push the CIA around a bit.

These proceedings suggest an evolution to Jason Bourne. In the first movie, he was a timid, almost vulnerable character (until he remembers how to kick ass, of course). In the second one, he's in kind of a Godfather III "every time I think I'm out" kind of situation, where he just wants to get this monkey off his back.

And now, after all that, he realizes the CIA's not going to ignore him, so he's got to take matters into his own hands. Now begins the next stage: Bourne knows what's going on, and he can finally really kick his pursuers in the nuts.

At the same time, Bourne's problems expand beyond him as he finds out about a despicable CIA operation that somehow started with him, called Blackbriar. How did it start with him? What is it? One of the biggest aspects of the Bourne movies is suspenseful intrigue, and now we've got something huge: Bourne's responsible for this CIA program which could undermine general freedom as we know it, and he has no idea how or why. One particular flashback keeps blinking back into his mind that hopefully might hold the answer as it fleshes out.

The movie also lands some fantastic blows. Bourne is very resourceful and always stays just half a step in front of the legions of assassins that are after him, and every trick he plays is very satisfying. The chase scenes are also incredible, including one amazing foot chase with a lot on the line. It's not only the mechanics of the chase, but what's at stake that makes them incredible.

Besides the story strength, the movie also has great technical strength. The director, Paul Greengrass, is a master with the camera, framing things really well and giving a great sense of mood. His use of colour is also quite good: the palette is very blue and neutral in winter places like Moscow and New York, and there's a lot of flaming, bright colours when he moves onto Tangier and Madrid. He doesn't overplay the colours too, like a big garish action movie. They're only an aspect, not a focus.

If there's one fly in this ointment, it's the character of Noah Vosen, who runs Blackbriar and is after Bourne. He's a bit of a generic antagonist, who's all like "GRR I'M AFTER BOURNE DON'T GET IN MY WAY!" He kind of reminds me of Al Pacino from Ocean's Thirteen.

A couple of villains pop up from the previous movies, including Pamela Landy and Nicky Parsons, who are actually on Bourne's side now. I think they've realized (or at least Nicky has) that Bourne isn't bad, he's just between a rock and a hard place and wants to get out.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: l1fty on August 10, 2007, 07:09:28 PM
Quote from: Henchman 21;940750
It's totally a rip-off of Rear Window right?  Like, completely?


Yeah it's like a secret teenage remake.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: PatriotClock on August 11, 2007, 02:47:34 AM
Rush Hour 3 - 8.5/10

Funny. Not Simpsons Movie funny, but funnier than Rush Hour 2.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on August 11, 2007, 04:36:06 AM
Quote from: PatriotClock;943626
Rush Hour 3 - 8.5/10

Funny. Not Simpsons Movie funny, but funnier than Rush Hour 2.

Oh, so you mean it's genuinely funny? Cool
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Munglai on August 11, 2007, 05:01:50 AM
Quote from: SnakeClock;940941
The Bourne Ultimatum - 9/10

I always thought Matt Damon was such a silly person to cast as a killer secret agent as he's just about the least threatening person in the world. Even if you got someone genuinely unthreatening like Elijah Wood or Michael Palin, when they did the stuff he does they would become threatening in a way because it'd be all "ooh I didn't expect that!" but Matt Damon is kind of a bit tough but also really lame so you sort of expect him to be able to beat people up but that doesn't make him any less lame. His head's all round and a bit sad and really unscary. The only way to make it even less threatening would be to get a fat comedy guy like Jack Black or Rickie Gervais or something and even then they'd only be less threatening than Matt Damon because they'd be pulling funny faces and stuff.

I want to see it anyway.

Quote from: LeekClock;943757
Oh, so you mean it's genuinely funny? Cool

Lalz I thought the Simpsons Movie was genuinely funny, it just wasn't that well written besides the jokes.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: CrustClock on August 11, 2007, 05:55:18 AM
[imdb]Dead Calm[/imdb]

Kind of silly, but it's a simple, intriguing idea and it works well. The acting is nothing to write home about, the guy who plays the psychopath dude is especially nothing to write home about, but the movie still has plenty of suspenseful, nerve-wracking moments. The [spoiler]flare-shot-in-the-face[/spoiler] was a fantastic, hilarious ending. The sex scene seemed really pointless and tacked-on though.

3/5
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Mangosteen Clock on August 11, 2007, 02:02:47 PM
Quote from: Stephen;943773
Rickie Gervais


Never threating.

Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Slurpee on August 12, 2007, 06:17:49 AM
Rush Hour 3 - 10/10
I found a chunk of the 90's everybody go watch it quick.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on August 12, 2007, 06:21:00 AM
Quote from: Stranger;945123
Rush Hour 3 - 10/10
I found a chunk of the 90's everybody go watch it quick.

yay :D
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: AdrenalineClock on August 12, 2007, 10:00:47 AM
Quote from: SnakeClock;940941
The Bourne Ultimatum - 9/10

Besides the story strength, the movie also has great technical strength. The director, Paul Greengrass, is a master with the camera, framing things really well and giving a great sense of mood.


I loved this movie but I have to say BULLLLLLSHIIIIIIIT.  Greengrass thinks it's smart filmmaking for the camera to be as shaky as possible, but it just gets annoyingly fake and completely hinders comprehension of whats happening in fight scenes.  You can still generally tell what's happening, and the movie is still really damn good, it just could have been better with someone who actually allows the action to appear plainly on camera directing those scenes.  He does a good job of drawing your eye to where it needs to be in lower key shots, but the direction during the action is inexcusable.

Quote
He's a bit of a generic protagonist


antagonist.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on August 13, 2007, 11:32:55 AM
The Bourne Ultimatum - 8.5/10

Pretty damn good, even if it's not much different from the second movie. I really liked the second movie, though, so I guess that carries over. The on-foot chase scene has to be one of the few chase scenes that has ever truly had me in suspense. I think they did a great job of setting things up to the point where you're not quite certain how they're going to play out. I also liked the action and stealthy-type parts, and I think they did a good job of portraying the CIA (convincing enough, at least). The only things I didn't like (aside from kinda not liking the similarity to the second movie) was the shaky-over-the-shoulder shots, and the fact that they didn't really tie up the loose ends with Nicky. Maybe I have to read the book for that. :wiebel:

Blood and Chocolate - 7.5/10

I think this was a fairly low-budget movie, which is partially why my score is pretty high. If that assumption is false, take off a point/point and a half. But if it was low budget, I think they did a great job with their limited resources. It was actually good to see a movie like this without huge effects and a big name Hollywood cast. All of these unknowns (to me, at least) did a great job with their parts, and the writing was good. The story was a little on the generic side, though. And, even though not having flashy effects was refreshing for the most part, I did kind of want the transformations to be a little cooler.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: AdrenalineClock on August 13, 2007, 12:08:10 PM
Quote from: Losperman;947004
The Bourne Ultimatum - 8.5/10
and the fact that they didn't really tie up the loose ends with Nicky. Maybe I have to read the book for that. :wiebel:


She's totally glad that he's not dead in the end
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on August 13, 2007, 12:17:12 PM
Quote from: Henchman 21;947065
She's totally glad that he's not dead in the end


Lulz.

But what the hell was with the whole "You really don't remember..." part with her? Later, they basically explain everything that happened, except that. Are we supposed to assume they had a relationship? Romantic? Friendship? Family?
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: l1fty on August 17, 2007, 07:21:56 PM
Four Rooms (1995) - Alisson Anders, Alexandre Rockwell, Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino, Antonio Banderas, Tim Roth,...
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Theodore is the new bellhop at the Mon Signor hotel and starts out on New Year's eve. For starters, he has to help out a coven of witches, then he gets a gun pointed at his face for bringing ice to the wrong room, he watches a gangster's children and eventually, is the neutral man in a bet.

"Four Rooms" is a collaberation of 4 directors, each piece of different quality. Quentin Tarantino's and Robert Rodriguez' parts are by far the best and most comical, and Tim Roth as the enthusiastic and spastic bellhop add to the overall comedy of the movie. Some great moments, combined with some uh, less moments.

Part 1: 2/5
Part 2: 3/5
Part 3: 3.5/5
Part 4: 4/5

Overall: 3/5

I recommend this, even if it's only for Tarantino's part.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: SnakeClock on August 18, 2007, 02:42:54 AM
Quote from: Henchman 21;945263
antagonist.


Shit.

I didn't really notice the shaky-cam business; I was too into the movie.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: AdrenalineClock on August 18, 2007, 12:10:15 PM
I don't know how you could possibly not notice something so obstructive to the movie that you'd actually compliment the filmwork.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: SnakeClock on August 18, 2007, 12:34:46 PM
Quote from: Henchman 21;959068
I don't know how you could possibly not notice something so obstructive to the movie that you'd actually compliment the filmwork.


I thought everything was more well-arranged, like how over-the-shoulder shots framed the focal characters and all the shots were very well-composed and made good use of colour and light.

Maybe I'm just used to the shakiness because I had already seen the first two Bourne movies and built up a tolerance.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on August 20, 2007, 03:50:50 PM
Arthur and the Invisibles - 6/10

This movie had Robert DeNiro, David Bowie, and Harvey Keitel. It should have been the best movie ever, animated or not. But they somehow messed it up. The pacing was pretty bad. It seemed like they were rushing to fit a lot in, which took away from the character development quite a bit. The animation was pretty amazing in some parts, and the voice acting is all great (except for Emilio Estevez playing an old man, wtf). Maybe if they added another 20-25 minutes on they could have slowed down and made the story good enough to match.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Randy Pearson on August 20, 2007, 09:14:18 PM
Grandma's Boy - Wha?/10

Once again, like Napoleon Dynamite, this film is an example of where I have no idea how so many people could find it remotely funny. This is a film only enjoyed by complete idiots with no taste.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: l1fty on August 30, 2007, 04:10:00 PM
Six Shooter (2005) (Short film)
Martin McDonagh, Brendan Gleeson.

An Irish short film (runtime: 25 minutes) is about a man whose wife died the morning of the journey, a couple whose son had died yesterday and a lonely kid on his way to Dublin. They start talking and stuff happens

An excellent short which quite rightfully won its Oscar for "best short". Very, very black Irish subliminal comedy. Very nice "in-train" cinematography!
4/5

Salvador (1986)
Oliver Stone, James Woods, James Belushi, Michael Murphy, John Savage.

A journalist decides to go to El Salvador to cover the horrific events that take place in the dictatorship in the 1980s.

"Salvador" is a very emotionally overwhelming and politically loaded drama. James Woods' performance is perfection itself, as is Oliver Stone's direction. Brilliant.
4/5
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: GreyClock on August 30, 2007, 04:59:54 PM
1408 - 10/10

A welcome relief from the recent flood of 'horror' movies with 'spooky' little girls running around. This obnoxious guy in the theater fell asleep due to his inability to cope with the utter terror that is this movie. Or maybe he was just really really drunk. I'll put my money on the latter, but the movie was great nonetheless.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Randy Pearson on August 30, 2007, 05:48:00 PM
Quote from: Stanley;981036
1408 - 10/10

A welcome relief from the recent flood of 'horror' movies with 'spooky' little girls running around. This obnoxious guy in the theater fell asleep due to his inability to cope with the utter terror that is this movie. Or maybe he was just really really drunk. I'll put my money on the latter, but the movie was great nonetheless.


A sad fact of life is that some people are incapable of sitting through any intelligent movie where they action doesn't occur within the first few seconds.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Slurpee on August 30, 2007, 09:47:26 PM
Superbad - 10/10
Tangy. Like an R-rated John Hughes movie.

Watch it.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: PirateClock on August 31, 2007, 07:06:22 AM
1408 was great!  10/10
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Randy Pearson on August 31, 2007, 08:45:14 AM
American Psycho - 10/10

Fucking brilliant. It's so funny it's disturbing.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Poltergeist on August 31, 2007, 11:15:08 AM
Breach: 9.5/10

There are very few movies based on true stories I like, and even less that I can say never bored me! This movie was wonderfully acted, had great dialouge and was presented well. See it!
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: l1fty on September 02, 2007, 06:31:52 AM
stop giving 10/10 to movies you assholes

Platoon (1986)
Oliver Stone, Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, William Dafoe, Forest Whitaker, etc

"Platoon" tells the story of Private Chris Taylor (Charlie Sheen), a well-educated youngster from a wealthy family who dropped out of college to join the marines and do his duty to his country in the Vietnam war. He had however underrated the war and realized he got himself in hell. The movie follows the struggle and frustrations of the soldiers in Vietnam, combined with the horrors during the war.

"Platoon" is again a politically loaded, gripping war drama. Oliver's Stone's direction is once again superb, and I was really surprised to see Charlie Sheen as a war drama actor, but he did not disappoint. A fantastic anti-war film, likely one of the best vietnam films (see also: Apocalypse now). Many scenes where I could've cried if I was a little schoolgirl.

4/5


The tailor of Panama (2001)
John Boorman, Pierce Brosnan, Geoffrey Rush, Jamie Lee Curtis
The British agent Andrew Osnard (Pierce Brosnan) is banished to Panama after having an affair with the Ambassador's mistress. Once there, he contacts the local tailor (Geoffrey Rush) who has guilts, a not-very-cool past, connections with the top political leaders of Panama, and a wife (Jamie Lee Curtis) who works for the president of Panama. Osnard's mission is to find out what's happening to the Panama canal, and for this makes up a fictional tale about the Silent Opposition.

A more than decent satirical film, remarkable for Pierce Brosnan's parody of his own James Bond image. In fact, he has lost Bond's loyalty and instead gained a few points in asshole rating. A great cartoon nicely performed by Brosnan. Another smashing role is Geoffrey Rush as the tailor, pretty much the biggest liar I've seen all week and a smashing fellow. Jamie Lee Curtis also adds her share in the film. The story is excellent and the characters are really interesting.
4/5
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: l1fty on September 04, 2007, 06:52:28 AM
Death Proof (2007)
Quentin Tarantino, Kurt Russel, Vanessa Ferlito, Rosario Dawson, Jordan Ladd, Rose McGowan... a bunch of chicks.

"Death Proof" has a simple plot: A maniac who goes by the name Stuntman Mike (Kurt Russel) owns a completely death-proof car. His goal in life is pretty much cruising around killing chicks with his car.

"Death Proof" was supposed to be part of a double-feature with Rodriguez' "Planet Terror" which paid homage to Grindhouse B-movies in the 60s 70s USA. However, due to lack of success, it pretty much flopped and got split into seperate films. "Death Proof" is a spectacular, mindless entertaining movie in its genre, but does not have as much global quality as other homage films such as for instance "Kill Bill" 1-2.
To conclude: Not a very good movie, but good for no-thinking entertainment.
3/5
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Randy Pearson on September 04, 2007, 06:39:40 PM
When the Levees Broke - A Requiem in Four Acts - 9/10

Spike Lee is probably one of the most influential independent filmmakers of all time, but I don't think he's really made a film that could match up to that naive yet gritty quality he has in movies like Do the Right Thing, Mo' Better Blues, and Jungle Fever. But what we get here is pretty much what we could expect from Lee: an honest portrayal of the events of Katrina and the aftermath. It's nice to know that Spike Lee is smart enough not to over-simplify his work like Michael Moore. Instead, Spike really doesn't try to say anything, he doesn't even narrate. He lets people do all the narrating for him. This isn't a documentary with a government-bad message. It's a fuck-it-let's-just-get-people-to-talk affair which ends in overwhelming success. It's a long one to be sure, but those who can sit through it may enjoy being able to see human beings portrayed honestly (but more just portraying themselves honestly).
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Moose Clock on September 04, 2007, 06:56:41 PM
Not to flame but Spike Lee is a stupid asshole.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Randy Pearson on September 04, 2007, 09:25:50 PM
Quote from: Moose Clock;990616
Not to flame but Spike Lee is a stupid asshole.


True. But that stupid asshole made Do the Right Thing.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: TabascoClock on September 08, 2007, 01:30:58 PM
Transformers (1986) - 9/10
That movie kicked ass, and the soundtrack IS way better than the new movie's soundtrack, it was also really funny at times, but the [spoiler]Dare To Be Stupid part was fucking creepy[/spoiler].
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: AdrenalineClock on September 08, 2007, 02:37:33 PM
That deaf Japanese chick in Babel really wanted to have sex.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: StrangeClock on September 09, 2007, 01:25:08 PM
[IMDB]Aliens (director's cut)[/IMDB]
As I sat down to watch this I realized I only saw Aliens from start to finish once before, other times I just caught bits of it on TV. And it struck me what a complete and perfect action film this is. The effects, props and sets are stunning, the characters are great. The further sequels really dwindled because they failed to capture what made either Alien or Aliens such a great movie.

[IMDB]Hannibal Rising[/IMDB]
Bleh, bland. The dialogue is often weirdly fact-stating ("Hannibal, you do not honor the human pecking order! You always fight the bullies!" -- what!?), and I've never seen a movie more guitly of over-amping its sound effects. You can call it a style method, but even then I think it's vulgar.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Slurpee on September 09, 2007, 05:00:23 PM
I liked Hannibal Rising because I watched it with friends.

We decided the main character's name was Dr. Samurai, because he was a doctor and a samurai. And then when he carved an M into that guy on the boat, I said "M... For Mr. Dr. Samurai," which is what we ended up called that movie every time we mentioned it.

Basically what I'm saying is we were laughing the entire time.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Biblo on September 14, 2007, 05:42:07 PM
Superbad
Fuckin brilliant. I did not expect it to be as good as it was. Just hilarious. A lot of the humour was quite crude, but they somehow managed to keep it smart and not veer too much on the "gross is funny" angle. Brilliant though. Meanders like Dazed & Confused and that can only be good. Also the girls are very attractive. And I mean good attractive, like, attainable attractive so you're actually way more attracted to them then you would be some model. Also, I AM Evan (Michael Cera's character). Some of the scenes were way uncomfortable because I knew exactly how he felt.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Randy Pearson on September 14, 2007, 06:50:41 PM
Quote from: Biblo!!!!!!;1009590
Superbad
Fuckin brilliant. I did not expect it to be as good as it was. Just hilarious. A lot of the humour was quite crude, but they somehow managed to keep it smart and not veer too much on the "gross is funny" angle. Brilliant though. Meanders like Dazed & Confused and that can only be good. Also the girls are very attractive. And I mean good attractive, like, attainable attractive so you're actually way more attracted to them then you would be some model. Also, I AM Evan (Michael Cera's character). Some of the scenes were way uncomfortable because I knew exactly how he felt.


I'm Fogul.:(

But that makes me McLovin :cool:
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Poltergeist on September 15, 2007, 03:32:58 AM
Run, Fatboy, Run - 5/10
I thought this was a fucking comedy.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: l1fty on September 15, 2007, 04:23:37 PM
To Have and Have Not (1944)
Howard Hawks, Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Walter Brennan
In France during World War II, Harry Morgan (Humphrey Bogart) is a guy who hires out a fishing boat to various people. The French Resistance wants him to smuggle people into the island. He rejects the offer at first, but when the person who owed him 825$ gets shot, decides to go for it anyway. As he grooves in France, a relationship develops between Harry and Slim (Lauren Bacall). Harry also has to take care of his constantly drink-requesting alcoholic friend Eddie (Walter Brennan)

"You know how to whistle, don't you, Steve? You just put your lips together and blow". Outstanding film. Great performance as usual by Humphrey Bogart, and also a remarkable first for Lauren Bacall (19 years old at the time!)

4/5
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: salmonberryclock on September 17, 2007, 11:30:02 PM
SuperBad
10/10
best movie ever, really funny.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: TabascoClock on September 20, 2007, 07:29:26 PM
Across The Universe - 10/10
That movie was fucking awesome, best musical I've seen in a long time, all the songs were from the beatles and the characters were based of their songs(Jude, Lucy, Max, Sadie etc). I highly recommend it. especially if you're a beatles fan
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: CrustClock on September 22, 2007, 04:08:12 AM
[imdb]The Dark Crystal[/imdb]

Visually dazzling and very ambitious, although due to an uninspired, sub-LOTR "good vs. evil" plot it's not quite a classic. Some of the puppets have aged better than others; the sagacious Msytics, the vulture-like Skeksis and their private army, the Garthim, all look convincingly lifelike and more impressive than any CG character today, whereas a lot of the creatures; fizzgig, the landstriders, the podlings and the Gelflings themselves are all a lot harder to take seriously.

The fantasy story is fairly interesting, with a small plot twist towards the end which makes sense of earlier events, but seems very condensed (for example, our protagonist's seemingly huge task of finding the shard of the dark crystal, that's been lost for thousands of years, is solved by visiting a witch and asking for it), lessening the "epic adventure" aspect, and a lot of the scenes are shot in a very self-indulgent way, with a superfluous amount of time spent tracking along the (admittedly, beautifully made) sets. Having said that, some of the best scenes: the death of the Skeksis emperor, the 'trial by stone', the cry of the Mystics, all have little to do with the actual plot, but look fantastic anyway.

3/5
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Slurpee on September 22, 2007, 04:12:16 AM
resident evil 3 - I actually watched this on opening day lol/10

the opening narrative is like "first the t-virus infected people. then it took over the world. and then it dried up the lakes and turned the world into a massive desert."
(Cue shot of tumbleweed blowing around the desert)
And you know what? It just keeps getting funnier.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: StrangeClock on September 22, 2007, 05:32:27 AM
Quote from: CrustClock;1023530
[imdb]The Dark Crystal[/imdb]

3/5


I remember reading about this movie as a kid, and wanting to see it, but never finding it for rental anywhere. Last year I saw it for the first time and I had a difficult time empathizing with the gelflings; it seems like it would've been easier if they'd either been played by real actors, or if they'd been made to look less human and more like the other creatures.


[IMDB]Hot Fuzz[/IMDB]
Sacrilige: I was a liiiittle disappointed. Everywhere I read about this movie people  declared it even better than Shaun of the Dead, which is the only reason why my expectations were too high (I completely adore SotD). I should've realize earlier that it was quite a different movie. It was funny, but I was waiting a long time for things to really heat up, and reviews had somehow given me the idea that it was an Invasion of the Bodysnatchers-type story. Still, perhaps if I'd seen this before SotD, I would've liked this one better.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: CrustClock on September 22, 2007, 06:13:22 AM
Quote from: StrangeClock;1023598
I remember reading about this movie as a kid, and wanting to see it, but never finding it for rental anywhere. Last year I saw it for the first time and I had a difficult time empathizing with the gelflings; it seems like it would've been easier if they'd either been played by real actors, or if they'd been made to look less human and more like the other creatures.

oh, was the castle in your Clock day teaser based on the Skeksis palace in The Dark Crystal?
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Randy Pearson on September 22, 2007, 09:46:43 AM
Quote from: StrangeClock;1023598
[IMDB]Hot Fuzz[/IMDB]
Sacrilige: I was a liiiittle disappointed. Everywhere I read about this movie people  declared it even better than Shaun of the Dead, which is the only reason why my expectations were too high (I completely adore SotD). I should've realize earlier that it was quite a different movie. It was funny, but I was waiting a long time for things to really heat up, and reviews had somehow given me the idea that it was an Invasion of the Bodysnatchers-type story. Still, perhaps if I'd seen this before SotD, I would've liked this one better.


Invasion of the Body Snatchers? It's an action movie spoof of films like Bad Boys 2, Point Break, and Die Hard. Why were you expecting a science-fiction spoof?
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on September 22, 2007, 10:35:55 AM
Control (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0421082/)

recommended!
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: l1fty on September 22, 2007, 03:51:14 PM
Quote from: StrangeClock;1023598

[IMDB]Hot Fuzz[/IMDB]
Sacrilige: I was a liiiittle disappointed. Everywhere I read about this movie people  declared it even better than Shaun of the Dead, which is the only reason why my expectations were too high (I completely adore SotD). I should've realize earlier that it was quite a different movie. It was funny, but I was waiting a long time for things to really heat up, and reviews had somehow given me the idea that it was an Invasion of the Bodysnatchers-type story. Still, perhaps if I'd seen this before SotD, I would've liked this one better.


ye Shaun of the Dead is way better, even IMDB poll agreed recently:

Which movie do you prefer: Shaun of the Dead or Hot Fuzz?
Shaun of the Dead - 7647 (36.8%)
I haven't seen one (or both) of them! - 4590 (22.1%)
Hot Fuzz - 4143 (19.9%)
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: StrangeClock on September 22, 2007, 04:00:19 PM
Quote from: Predator;1023811
Invasion of the Body Snatchers? It's an action movie spoof of films like Bad Boys 2, Point Break, and Die Hard. Why were you expecting a science-fiction spoof?


Probably a combination of reviews hinting that there's something weird going on beneath the surface of the otherwise idyllic town, and the fact that SotD was part zombie movie parody. Somehow that made me expect aliens.

Timothy Dalton was fantastic, though.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: StrangeClock on September 24, 2007, 12:17:51 PM
[imdb]Ghost Rider[/imdb]

Well this is surely one of the dumbest movies I've ever seen. It's as if in post-production they realized what a completely over-the-top fat-fucking-hamfisted performance every single actor puts in, so they dumped an AVALANCHE of visual effects on it and layered every supernatural character's voice with so many effects it either becomes pitiful or almost impossible to understand. Nicolas Cage can be good under the right direction, but I think it's clear the man himself has no sense of taste whatsoever, he can't tell shit from shinola. With his hairpiece and his silly performance of "pain" I realized he probably thinks the Wicker Man is his finest hour. Peter Fonda, Wes Bentley and the demon guys act with an enormity of angst to try and look scary. Script and dialogue are supremely stupid.

BUT I'm pretty sure this movie falls into the "so bad, it's good" category. I alternated between laughing and banging my head on the table, but if you watch it with someone else you'll probably just laugh. Most of its jokes come totally out of left field so they work pretty well, like the waiter being asked by Eva Mendes if she's pretty, or the goth girl throwing up gang signs.

In the brief origin story: Johnny finds his dad's "you have terminal cancer" letter in the trash -- can you imagine the hospital sending you a letter about this? Johnny's girlfriend suddenly pulls a magic 8-ball out of her purse in a restaurant, with no context whatsoever. The police's behavior is ridiculous in a manner you might've been able to ignore if the movie was made 15-20 years ago, and the first thing a bunch of prisoners do when celebrity stuntman Johnny Blaze is put into a cell with them is beat the shit out of him because... he's... famous. Or something.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: AdrenalineClock on September 24, 2007, 01:29:13 PM
Quote from: StrangeClock;1027712
Most of its jokes come totally out of left field so they work pretty well, like the waiter being asked by Eva Mendes if she's pretty, or the goth girl throwing up gang signs.


Our favorite was the gravy train with biscuit wheels bit
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: SpongeClock SquarePants on September 26, 2007, 05:53:02 AM
A Scanner Darkly : 8/10

Compelling and weird! Soo weird! The whole way the movie looks is also fantastic. I recommend this.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on October 01, 2007, 09:05:57 AM
Four Rooms - Pretentious. Pointless. Self indulgent cinematic brownnosing with nothing to say.  Avoid.

The Wizard of Oz - Watched this again recently. It's a classic for a reason.

'Bicho de Sete Cabeças
' / 'Brainstorm' - Nice photography and direction. Pretty weak story, and a similar scenario to what we've already seen in other, better movies (like One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest). Some really great individual scenes and moments in the script though. Worth checking out if you want to expand your cinematic horizons and take in some brazilian film. Even if it is largely influenced by American films, it retains its own national sensibilities.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Girclock on October 01, 2007, 09:14:44 AM
SHOCK TREATMENT
a slept on classic, its the "sequel" to rocky horror picture show, it shows brad and janet in denton, and denton has been turned into a giant tv studio, WEIRD AND DELIGHTFULLY MAD this movie makes more sence now then it ever could have when it was made.
a great satire on reality tv way ahead of its time, the musical numbers are as good if not better than rocky horror, and all RH fans should check this movie out, i picked it up for 5 bucks at the local wal-mart on a whim, and its the best 5 dollars ive ever spent
9/10
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: PirateClock on October 01, 2007, 04:33:50 PM
Shoot 'm Up 10/10

This movie is fucking awesome! 1 and a half hour of fucking cool shoot-outs. Highly entertaining.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: DigitalLemonClock on October 01, 2007, 05:22:16 PM
Quote from: LeekClock;1038032
Four Rooms - Pretentious. Pointless. Self indulgent cinematic brownnosing with nothing to say.  Avoid.


Yeah it's kinda weird how they even thought this would be a good idea

I secretly liked Tarantino's part though

Quote
The Wizard of Oz - Watched this again recently. It's a classic for a reason.


They're remaking it again with Todd McFarlane :(

Overnight (http://imdb.com/title/tt0390336/)
A documentary about the scumbag that is Troy Duffy, creator of Boondock Saints. Although it shares some interesting insights it's ultimately just a shallow personal attack on both Duffy and Miramax.
5/10

The Hudsucker Proxy (http://imdb.com/title/tt0110074/)
A company decides to puppeteer a, in their eyes, complete buffoon and put him in charge of the company in hopes of buying their own stock on the cheap.
A very good movie I had never heard about before. It has the Coen Brothers, Tim Robbins and Bruce Campbell, so it didn't even need to be good.
Luckily it was.
7.5/10

Le Roi et l'oiseau (http://imdb.com/title/tt0079820/)
Amazing animation and cool designs, very heavy on the satire.
8/10
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: StrangeClock on October 02, 2007, 06:04:01 AM
The first time I saw Four Rooms I only caught the very last bit and laughed at the conclusion, but when I watched the whole thing... I don't know. There's just not much to it.

[IMDB]Ghost Story[/IMDB]
As a kid, my best friend's older brothers always rented horror and pulpy sci-fi movies, so that introduced me to a lot of movies I would've missed otherwise. I didn't remember much of Ghost Story other than quick shots of decomposed faces, a man falling out of a window and being filmed from above with penis flapping firmly in the wind, and naked Alice Krige. Turns out, that's pretty much all there is to it. A ghost lady haunts four old men who were tittering dandies in their youth, and after killing the son of one by scaring him out of the aforementioned window, she hooks up with the second son.
The film has a really dominating soundtrack, which I'm sure has a bit to do with it being from 1981, but annoys nevertheless. In the brief shock moments, the ghost effects are pretty impressive though.

[IMDB]Black Sheep[/IMDB]
Mysterious genetic experiments on a sheep farm in New Zealand cause a disease to break out that turns the sheep into fast zombie-like, rabid meat eaters. What's worse, if they bite humans, they too become sheep-like!
Silly fun. I don't think it's possible to mistake a film about meat-eating sheep for anything other than that. It's too bad that the background story and characters are very horror standard - the hero, his good friend, the love interest, the evil brother. But the movie throws enough ridiculous gore and cheap jokes at you to keep things entertaining.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Munglai on October 02, 2007, 12:58:40 PM
Quote from: StrangeClock;1024247
Probably a combination of reviews hinting that there's something weird going on beneath the surface of the otherwise idyllic town, and the fact that SotD was part zombie movie parody. Somehow that made me expect aliens.

Timothy Dalton was fantastic, though.


I kind of liked Hot Fuzz more. Shaun of the Dead was sort of better but it's much more of a what-would-the-english-do style parody than Hot Fuzz is. Hot Fuzz stands on it's own better.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: AdrenalineClock on October 02, 2007, 01:00:16 PM
I thought Hot Fuzz spent too much time muddled in slasher/mystery territory.  I thought it was supposed to be straight action.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: CrustClock on October 02, 2007, 01:58:39 PM
[imdb]Silent Running[/imdb]

One of my all-time favourite films. Amazing and imaginative set deign, beautiful, if slightly dated space effects, a whimsical, moving story and great acting.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Munglai on October 02, 2007, 02:50:05 PM
Quote from: Henchman 21;1039663
I thought Hot Fuzz spent too much time muddled in slasher/mystery territory.  I thought it was supposed to be straight action.


That's what I mean, it wasn't really supposed to be anything. It was a film in its own right which happened to have some spoofy stuff in it. I think the problem was that most people went to see it expecting a parody and it mostly wasn't.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on October 04, 2007, 12:12:21 PM
Midnight Cowboy is now one of my favourite films
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Girclock on October 12, 2007, 10:41:55 AM
Quote from: LeekClock;1042605
Midnight Cowboy is now one of my favourite films


if im correct that movie originally got an x-rating
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on October 14, 2007, 07:10:59 PM
Vacancy - 7/10

My first problem was the somewhat stale plot (slight variation on the backroad tourist thing). Also, [spoiler]if a fucking Sheriff answers a call and never reports back in, don't you think the god damn dispatcher would send backup or at least be a little fucking curious? *smack*[/spoiler] The ending was also a bit on the bland side. I liked how everything worked out and all, but I just felt they could have made it a little less anticlimactic. Other than those issues, I thought it was a good movie. The acting was all great, and I liked the way they shot some of the action scenes. I also very much liked how the characters were written. They weren't perfect, but they also weren't the fucking morons you see in a lot of horror/thriller movies.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on October 16, 2007, 11:50:36 AM
PI

Interesting concept, uninteresting approach.

The Royal Tenenbaums


Not quite as flowing and endearing as Rushmore, but still some great performances and a fun narrative approach...

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if im correct that movie originally got an x-rating

Heh. By today's standards it's probably a PG...
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Slurpee on October 16, 2007, 12:15:25 PM
Dead Clowns (-50/10)
Fuck this movie.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: PatriotClock on October 20, 2007, 03:25:40 PM
Nightmare Before Christmas in 3D

3D adds a lot to the movie but at 10.75 I'm not sure if it's worth the price of admission.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Topcatyo on October 22, 2007, 12:01:31 AM
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Grandma's Boy - Wha?/10

Once again, like Napoleon Dynamite, this film is an example of where I have no idea how so many people could find it remotely funny. This is a film only enjoyed by complete idiots with no taste.

I thought Grandma's Boy was hilarious :(
It's probably not if you don't watch it with friends, though.  I watched it with a group of friends at about 12 at night.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Poltergeist on October 22, 2007, 04:04:19 AM
In the Shadow of the Moon - 8/10
I think I liked this a little more because the director answered queations aferwards. Gotta love the film fest.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Randy Pearson on October 22, 2007, 06:01:07 AM
Quote from: Medical Ghost;1065622
I thought Grandma's Boy was hilarious :(
It's probably not if you don't watch it with friends, though.  I watched it with a group of friends at about 12 at night.


It's a well documented scientific fact that guys become stupider around friends. And it was 12 at night, so you were probably sleepy and your logic centers weren't well rested enough. I, on the other hand, saw it alone at 3:00 pm.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Arctic on October 22, 2007, 08:57:11 AM
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It's a well documented scientific fact that guys become stupider around friends. And it was 12 at night, so you were probably sleepy and your logic centers weren't well rested enough. I, on the other hand, saw it alone at 3:00 pm.


Golly, tough movie reviewing guy.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on October 22, 2007, 08:59:07 AM
Quote from: Predator;1065729
It's a well documented scientific fact that guys become stupider around friends. And it was 12 at night, so you were probably sleepy and your logic centers weren't well rested enough. I, on the other hand, saw it alone at 3:00 pm.


I saw it by myself at around 9pm, and I thought it was much funnier than people gave it credit for. Maybe it wasn't a classic or even hilarious, but I thought it was pretty good.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on October 22, 2007, 01:28:06 PM
I watched Mind Game again yesterday

Great, inventive animation. Pretty unoriginal concept, but nicely executed. Highly recommended
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: DigitalLemonClock on October 22, 2007, 01:39:45 PM
Quote from: LeekClock;1065852
I watched Mind Game again yesterday

Great, inventive animation. Pretty unoriginal concept, but nicely executed. Highly recommended

Can you explain what you mean by unoriginal concept because I can't think of many similair stories, I always regarded it as pretty original
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on October 22, 2007, 01:41:32 PM
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Can you explain what you mean by unoriginal concept because I can't think of many similair stories, I always regarded as pretty original

Just the [spoiler]"Die / Reevaluate Life / Born Again" concept, and also the "Go back in time to avoid making the same mistake"[/spoiler] idea.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Randy Pearson on October 22, 2007, 08:25:25 PM
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Golly, tough movie reviewing guy.

I regret nothing. I hated that movie even more than 30 Days of Night.

Speaking of which:

30 Days of Night - 2/10

Okay, first off, I've never read the comics, so I won't even touch on how "accurate" it is, and frankly I don't care. For some reason, filmmakers can't seem to get it through their heads that the pacing used in comic books is not the proper pacing for theatrical adaptation (exceptions exist (Sin City)), but most movies obey this law (Spider-Man 3: how could you make a 2:45 movie and still make it too short?). 30 Days of Night is the latest hackneyed attempt at "Generation Z" horror film-making that manages to try to mimic the success of both 300 and 28 Days Later, failing at both, but succeeding in the gore department. However, the acting is poor, the pacing is atrocious, and, bottom line, this film is an incoherent mess with random unexplained interludes at every turn. Some people will call it's attempt to introduce the horror early on innovative and well executed. It is neither. The part where [spoiler]the vampire gets thrown into the grinder and the guy shoves his fist through the vampires skull[/spoiler] were pretty sweet though. But that's the only reason I gave this film a two.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: CrustClock on October 24, 2007, 08:09:32 AM
[imdb]Ratatouille[/imdb]

One of the best Pixar films (although still not better than Finding Nemo). The animation and attention to detail in the characters, objects and locations is beyond compare. Things like bread rolls, grapes and omelettes look more delicious than in real life and the human characters highly realistic yet perfectly cartoonish.
The story still isn't second priority, however, with the main human character, Linguini, being very likable and pathetically sympathetic, along with a strong cast of distinct characters - human and rodent - and the film's conclusion wonderfully satisfying.
The only plot element I didn't find working was the middle-section complication (Linguini hogs the limelight and fails to recognize Rat as his 'inspiration' - Rat gets his friends to raid the larder on the day the grey-faced, begrudging food critic is being served), with Remy's motivations seeming completely unjustified (what did he expect him to say?) and Linguini having a severe lack of foresight. That and I didn't thing Remy was a particularly distinctive leading character. However the fantastic final act more than makes up for it, with Ego's character-turnaround being strangely heartwarming and finishing with a perfect happy ending.

5/5
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on October 24, 2007, 09:06:26 AM
Rain Man

Tom Cruise was amazing in this. It almost makes up for his bizarre (not-so-) private life.

[minipoll]k7y1w0[/minipoll]

Dustin Hoffman was also pretty good. And I liked the subtle but deft direction.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Slurpee on October 24, 2007, 08:57:34 PM
The Catacombs (2006, FEARnet) - 6/10
Pretty good. It's kind of slow to start, and the surprise ending's.... deducible, but, I dunno. It was entertaining. Watching it in the dark at like 1 am by myself might have made the difference.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: StrangeClock on October 27, 2007, 05:25:46 AM
[IMDB]The Fountain[/IMDB]
I watched this movie knowing literally nothing about it other than that the DVD cover had a picture of a tree in a bubble in space, and that the people I heard talking about it seemed impressed. Rarely had such a powerful movie experience as a result. Touching, beautiful, rich with symbolism and patterns of a kind that even slow people like me can pick up on. See it.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: l1fty on October 27, 2007, 06:38:31 AM
Happiness (1998)
Todd Solonz, Jane Adams, Jon Lovitz, Dylan Baker, Lara Fynn Boyle, Philip Seymour Hoffman

The movie starts out with a guy telling a woman "i hope you rot in hell", and this way places a curse on her and her peers. One happily married sister's husband starts developping feelings for his son's 11-year old friend, wanks off to teen magazines in his car and dreams about mass-murdering in a park. The husband is also a psychiatrist, and one of his patients has fantasies of "fucking the sister so hard, she'll be coming out of her ears" and the marriage of the sisters' parents starts going wrong.

A hilarious, gross, appalling, black comedy. It has a lot of weird stuff, fantasies and the father-son talks are gold if you appreciate the kind of comedy. All performances were fantastic and really believable. A movie I would recommend to everybody who's up to this kind of stuff.

4/5
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on November 02, 2007, 09:36:47 AM
Spiderman 3 - 6.5/10

Although I feel a lot of potential was wasted here, there were still some good stuff in there. The CG was good, for the most part. Some of the action scenes still look a bit cartoony, but a lot of the Venom and Sandman stuff was awesome. The main cast acted well (even Harry was better this time around... still not that good, though). I didn't like how they handled Sandman as a character, though. He's bad, no wait he's not so bad... yeah, he's bad... no, no, he's actually pretty good. Smack. There's plenty more to say, but I will sum it up in these brief statements:

Needs More

Angry Spiderman
Gwen Stacy (lots more)
Venom

Needs Less

Angry Peter Parker
Harry
Cheesy stuff for kids (American flag shot, Stan Lee's line, stupid kids all over the place)
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Porti Fatti on November 02, 2007, 07:41:46 PM
man on the moon

fantastic, I don't see why everyone has to put it down
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: ChocolateCoffin on November 03, 2007, 05:37:36 PM
30 Days of night 6/10

It's okay. The plot is a great idea, but the people adapting the comic didn't really deliver. The acting was alright, the highlight being the main vampire, who was very believable. When it boils down to it, it's a bit of fun, but has alot of plot holes and relies on shock tactics.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: PatriotClock on November 04, 2007, 03:17:36 PM
Bella 0/10 - Abysmal

American Gangster 9/10 - very good also very long however
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: PirateClock on November 06, 2007, 04:29:54 PM
The Reaping 8-10  I liked this movie allot,  then again im a sucker for religious horror/thrillers (Stigmata, Frailty etc). I definatly didn't see the ending comming.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: SnakeClock on November 07, 2007, 07:31:28 PM
Michael Clayton - 9/10

A gripping legal drama about a "janitor" who cleans up messy cases for a legal firm. Written and directed by the ingenious writer of the Bourne movies (without Paul Greengrass' trademark shaky-cam). George Clooney plays a lawyer who consults with the client in secret to construct the most watertight defense that he can. After leaving a client's house who hit a pedestrian in his Jag because of the "bright lights and fog", he sees some horses on a hill, and for some reason feels compelled to approach them. As he does, his car explodes. Flash back four days earlier.

Clayton's law firm has been assigned to defend a company called U-North, who has marketed a chemical that is alleged to cause cancer, and they've been working on this case for six years. During a deposition, one of the head lawyers of the firm, Arthur Edens (played by Tom Wilkinson, the mob boss from Batman Begins) starts ranting, strips naked, and chases the plaintiff around. Clayton takes him back to New York, but after Edens talks with Clayon's son about a fantasy book called "Realm and Conquest", he breaks out and embarks on a bizarre mission.

So begins an involving, twisting legal plot involving the U-North case and the reason that Edens stripped naked at the hearing, and questions begin to crop out by the dozens, before giving way to well-stitched-up answers. What is the significance of Realm and Conquest? Why was the GPS in Clayton's Mercedes shorting out? Why did it explode? Why did he look at the horses? What's going to happen to Clayton? What about Edens, and his partner in the firm, Marty Bach (Sydney Pollack)? What is U-North up to?

This mystery is set up like a grand structure, mysterious in its purpose, and then the latter half of the movie builds a door, leading to the inner sanctum of the structure, which is at last opened in the last 15 minutes of the film, where we see something amazing. The film is helped greatly by its stellar cast of George Clooney, Tom Wilkinson, Sydney Pollack, Tilda Swinton, all bouncing off each other as the plot gets deeper and deeper, and the stakes higher and higher. It's also a small character piece about Clayton, where we see his financial troubles when his drunk brother lets this restaurant they were collaboration on fail, and sticks Michael with the bill. We also meet Clayton's son, immediate family, and that bum of a brother.

The visual aesthetic also helps the movie. It's very vivid and well-lit, with long, unbroken takes to set up ennui and dread, such as the scene with the horses where we don't quite know what the hell is going to happen. Watching Michael Clayton is an involving experience.


Surf's Up - 8/10

Whenever I see surfing documentaries like Endless Summer or Step Into Liquid, they always strike me as having kind of a streak of tedium, as zonked-out surfer dudes ramble about how great waves and surfing is, but they remain enchanting based simply on what a visually fantastic sport surfing is: tropical locales, azure water, and skidding along one of the grandest forces of nature, watching it crash and churn around you, as a spectator and participant all at once. I'd get into the sport if water wasn't so uncomfortable and if I wasn't a doofus.

So anyways, here we have Surf's Up, an animated film with the animated flavour of the day, penguins. They've been a popular subject for a couple of years after the inspiring plight detailed in March of the Penguins and the heartwarming, borderline-realistic fable of Happy Feet, Surf's Up takes a middle-ground between realism and goofiness, leaning far towards the latter. Cody Maverick, a Rockhopper penguin, lives in the Antarctic fishing town of Shiverpool (well, I thought it was funny :p) where all he does is sort fish into big piles, but he grew up a surfer, for reasons entirely unrelated to his species. Surfing is his life and obsession, and his family and neighbours can't understand it, and why he won't commit to honourable tasks like sitting on eggs for months. Cody is voiced by Shia LeBoeuf, in his classic cool-but-slightly-naïve tone familiar to his other performances, like Transformers, Holes and Disturbia. The ratio between cool and naïve varies between his movies.

What I found really charming about this movie is how it makes itself out to be a documentary as well as a cartoon. Improvisation was strongly encouraged during the voicing sessions, really capturing the effervescent and airy charm that surfers are known for, and causing the dialogue and action to kind of overlap and stumble over each other in very natural ways. It even uses a handheld camera to shoot its footage, with a system that they invented for the movie where a real camera was used for the animation! Even the cameraman and actual, physical camera get in on the action: the cameraman is often embarrassed or has things thrown at him, and the camera reacts, and there are little camera effects like water droplets on the camera or strong jitters when something tense happens, to really make the movie not seem staged and contrived.

Besides its surfing documentary appeal (and yes, they do meander a lot), it also has an amusing fable about it, with interesting characters and fantastic locales. Cody has always looked up to Big Z, a legendary surfer, but he was rumoured to have died after being chewed up in a big wave (the waves on Pengu Island, where they end up going, really are garishly large :p). He's recruited by Mikey, a skittish little talent scout, with really long, skinny legs that flutter about when he walks. Voiced by Mario Cantone, he has a delightfully sissy Broadway air about him. Cody joins penguins from all over the world, and a completely stoned-out chicken from Wisconsin named Chicken Joe (voiced by Jon Heder, of Napoleon Dynamite fame), and they head to Pengu Island for the Big Z Memorial surfing tourney to face off against big penguin mutha Tank Evans, who's a complete boor that knocks people off their boards on the waves, and calls his many trophies his "ladies". He's voiced by Diedrich Bader.

Once there, Cody cockily faces off against Tank, and fails spectacularly. He's hurt while wiping out, and is taken to a mysterious, middle-aged penguin named Geek (voiced by Jeff Bridges) by lifeguard Lani (a charming lady penguin, voiced by the equally charming Zooey Deschanel). Soon, they happen upon a secluded beach, and decide to make a surfboard together.

The story of Cody is about him growing up, but conversely, also about not taking things too damn seriously. He's cock-eyed and wild, but also dead-set and cocksure about winning the Big Z tourney. Geek, who turns out to be someone who should be obvious to most people, tries to teach him how to surf well enough to beat Tank, but insists that that shouldn't be his focus. Cody's emotions are up-and-down as Geek mentors him, who is often frustrated and enraged at his strange training methods, and his reluctance to return to civilization. Cody's story of growing pains is surprisingly real and powerful, with added dimension by the whole documentary aspect, and you can feel just how euphoric and amazed he is when he first enters the "tube".

Besides the surprising story strengths, the movie also has a strong presentation. It has an endearing cast from the goofy Broadway attitude and occasional compassion of Mikey, to the great and not-overplayed-or-underplayed comic relief of Chicken Joe, to penguin versions of real pro surfers and sports personalities like Kelly Slater, Rob Machado and Sal Masekela. The settings of Pengu Island and (briefly) Antarctica are also well thought out; they have a great sense of colour and space to them, with a couple of cool surprises (though not quite enough, not like the cool action sequences in Finding Nemo). The water is also amazing; it's really hard to make good computer water, but by hell Sony Animation pulled it off masterfully.

Technically astounding, resoundingly charming, a fascinating aesthetic, and a wonderful story about growing up and knowing what to do with your dreams, Surf's Up is a better movie than I imagined a goofy concept like surfing penguins would be. I'm amazed that Sony came out with something inventive. :cool:


Spider-Man 3 - 7/10

I've been avoiding this for a while out of fear that it would ruin the rest of the trilogy, like the fantastically mediocre X-Men 3 did to the X-Men trilogy in my mind, and though it held its own better than X-Men 3, I'm still glad I saw it on a 20-inch screen rather than a 20 or 30-foot screen.

I must commend Sam Raimi on one point: it looks like he has fun with his movies. From Bruce Campbell's hilarious cameo as a maître d', to Peter's emo transformation because of the Symbiote (complete with the hair), to the elaborate and unnecessary key-to-the-city ceremony, to the scene where J. Jonah Jameson has to watch his blood pressure as reminded by his ear-splitting intercom, Sam Raimi is treating this movie like the best toy ever. The fact that he gets a lot of members of his family do stuff for the movie helps confirm this idea.

The action scenes are also astoundingly choreographed are like the camera keeps panning at a steady pace, but it still hits perfectly timed and brilliant beats, and they consistently build up and change in astounding ways. I hadn't been this wowed by how well action scenes worked since Jack Sparrow and Bill Turner's first swordfight in Pirates of the Caribbean that just built and built.

What I also admire about the Spider-Man movies is how it depicts Spider-Man as just an ordinary guy that's extraordinary in a few ways. He can lift cars, swing all over the place, and be dragged across various things (which happens quite a lot) without being all that hurt. But that's about the extent of his superhumanity: he has to worry about his job, being able to pay rent, lets certain people into his confidence about his secret identity which most superheroes wouldn't even consider, and trying to finally propose to Mary Jane, and his superhumanity and humanity cross dangerously towards the end. It's done here far better than in many other super hero movies; for instance, in Superman Returns, Superman is always seen as this pillar of amazement and utmost power, whereas Clark is just depicted as someone to ask Lois "Where were you?" when she comes back from talking to Superman.

Having said that, the story is rather problematic. First Sandman is created because Flint Marko wants to cure his daughter's cancer, then this sassy upstart Eddie Brock, played by the reliably snide-but-sensitive Topher Grace, tries to move in on Parker's territory before being turned into a very cool Venom, and Peter Parker becoming a complete and utter dick as the Symbiote continues to eat him up. His descent into arrogance is quite funny: strutting like the dork he is, getting the blonde landlord's daughter from across the hall to make him cookies, an intensely finessed but brutally cruel performance at Mary Jane's jazz hole, PLUS Harry going all Goblin on Pete, losing his memory like a ticking time bomb, and then getting it again... it all sort of clumps together badly. Although I found the end of this mess quite touching and realized that sometimes, a jolly happy ending just can't do the job right, but it felt like "Okay, Venom's taken care of, let's deal with Sandman... alright, he's gone, let's deal with Harry..." it didn't develop very well due to the overabundance of plotlines and villains. I like a good long movie, but it's if one or two stories can support it, not like six different scripts with their pages all shuffled together.

The effects were astounding, but that's a given with Spider-Man, and I wouldn't mind watching it again, but probably just when I'm bored, rather than being in a particular mood to see it.


The Nightmare Before Christmas 3D - 8/10

I was excited to hear about this 3D version of this esoteric animated classic last year, and then epically pissed when it didn't make it to Canada, but now it's playing at only one of two theatres in the country in my hometown, so I couldn't resist popping in. I made it there late, though, because I thought there would be the usual obnoxious Disney previews, but I missed a 3D version of Tim Burton's classic 1982 short, Vincent. Damn. Fortunately, I didn't miss too much of the actual movie.

This was my first experience with polarizing 3D, and I must say it was pulled off well. Elements popped out as they were relevant to the shots and stories, such as the Town Meeting where Jack was far in the foreground against the stage, or the various trees as he's walking through the forest passing in front of him or behind him. The snow was expertly done as well; I actually waved at it at one point.

As for the movie, it had been a long time since I've seen it, and I was very admirable of Tim Burton's galloping-crazy imagination and Henry Selick's visual flair and stop-motion aptitude. Each character had a real uniqueness about them, from Jack's Fred Astaire-like flair and bubbliness, as well as his spindly, spider-like body, to Sally's clumsy but innocent gait due to being made from spare parts. The whole clash of opposing holidays premise is also surprisingly durable after so many years, and the musical numbers are very well-realized in 3D. Oggie Boogie's number, my favourite already, really went ape in 3D. I also thought after listening to the soundtrack so much, some of the numbers would be very tedious (especially "Kidnap the Sandy Claws"), but they hold up remarkably well; forced memory has not ruined them yet.

If it's playing around where you are, I recommend checking it out. Not even all the fucking emo kids that went to the screening could ruin something this enchanting and creative.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Slurpee on November 07, 2007, 08:01:05 PM
American Gangster - Good very good this was a nice movie.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on November 07, 2007, 08:04:36 PM
Last Tango In Paris

Great movie, Marlon Brando was so great..

There is inescapable Frenchness of the movie though, which is disappointing. More specifically I mean the bullshity romanticised perspective. Tedious, but you have to go with it.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Porti Fatti on November 09, 2007, 05:16:28 PM
Thank you for smoking

Witty and interesting, I really liked it but at parts it was a bit irritating with some of the cast
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on November 09, 2007, 05:24:06 PM
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the cast

I thought they were good. What didn't you like about them?
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Slurpee on November 09, 2007, 05:29:46 PM
Quote from: ZombieQuestionMarkClock;1089478
some of the cast
You can't be talking about Aaron Eckhart? He was half the movie.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Randy Pearson on November 10, 2007, 10:46:04 AM
Quote from: Slurpee;1089490
You can't be talking about Aaron Eckhart? He was half the movie.


I can see what he means. The girl who played the reporter (the girl from Batman Begins) just annoyed me to no end for some reason, and not just because she was a thieving slut.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: SilverCherryClock on November 13, 2007, 08:06:53 PM
The Holy Mountain-

This is my new favorite movie. The acting was good, the set designs were incredible (I've never been so fascinated with sets as I was in this movie), it was pretty hilarious at times too. Also someone said the ending to this movie was the most satisfying of any movie and they were right. I won't go in-depth because I don't really know how but I recommend this movie to anyone.

Also is El Topo/the other Alejandro Jodorowsky movies this good? I'll probably buy that box set if they are
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: DigitalLemonClock on November 13, 2007, 08:19:14 PM
Quote from: SilverCherryClock;1095528
The Holy Mountain-

This is my new favorite movie. The acting was good, the set designs were incredible (I've never been so fascinated with sets as I was in this movie), it was pretty hilarious at times too. Also someone said the ending to this movie was the most satisfying of any movie and they were right. I won't go in-depth because I don't really know how but I recommend this movie to anyone.

Also is El Topo/the other Alejandro Jodorowsky movies this good? I'll probably buy that box set if they are


im glad you liked it

el topo and santa sangre are both in the same class of awesome and i can recommend them

his other films are supposedly not so good but i haven't seen them
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: GreyClock on November 20, 2007, 05:01:00 PM
Eastern Promises - 10/10

Awesome. A movie about the Russian Mafia in London and Aragorn's dong.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on November 20, 2007, 06:14:49 PM
Raging Bull

I can appreciate that it's a well-made film but I didn't really connect with it at all so I didn't find it very enjoyable.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: SnakeClock on November 20, 2007, 06:36:44 PM
Across the Universe - 7/10

Six people from all over the 1960s gather together and hurl themselves through the decade's most interesting aspects in tune to Beatles songs. This works better than it sounds.

Jude (Hey Jude), a Liverpudlian, comes to Princeton, NJ to find his father. There, he meets Max (Maxwell's Silver Hammer, I assume), an ivy league troublemaker, who has a blonde, girl-next-door sister named Lucy (Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds), whose boyfriend was killed in 'Nam. They move into a Bohemian hovel with Sadie (Sexy Sadie), a Janis Joplin-esque firebrand, and are later joined by Hendrix-like Jojo (Get Back), who escaped to New York from Detriot after the 12th Street riot. Prudence (Dear Prudence) later "comes in through the bathroom window" (right after Joe Cocker's cameo).

These six friends get hauled by the ears through the turbulent 1960s, one of the more interesting decades, during several fascinating dance numbers. Max burns his 'Nam draft notice after dropping out of Princeton (oops), and then is hauled through his physical in my favourite number, "I Want You (She's So Heavy)", a wonderfully choreographed and nicely effect-laden sequence; I don't want to spoil any of the ingenious visuals for you. Before he's hauled off to 'Nam (which we see in two 10-second clips :p), the gang goes on the Electric Kool-Aid Test and join Doctor Robert on the Merry Pranksters' bus, during the delightful interim of mind-expansion numbers, with trippy editing effects, and the "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite" sequence that reminded me so much of MirrorMask that I thought Neil Gaiman was an art director for the movie.

Then while Max is stuck in 'Nam, we plummet into the next aspect of the 1960s; the radicalism. Lucy gets tied up with a crazy crowd, and Jude wants to get her out before it's too late (it's a close call). During that bit, the musical numbers all take a very appropriate dialing-back, so that they don't upstage the human drama, the characters all disband as the sixties goes through its dark period, but in typical Bohemian musical fashion, the characters all turn out alright, they get back together, and they learn a lesson or two about love.

The movie is punctuated by well-written dialogue and Beatles tunes, mostly sung by the cast and musical cameos (Bono, Joe Cocker... it was amusing to see Eddie Izzard pop up). The musical numbers, along with being excellent, are also well-suited to the situation and the sense of grandeur (the mind-trip and Vietnam insanity numbers) or intimacy that it may need (the radical demonstration numbers) and compliment the story very well. It's difficult to think of "I Wanna Hold Your Hand" as a happy song after Prudence sings it. The story, though pretty insubstantial, is also surprisingly timeless, even against such a distinctly '60s setting: have fun, don't get in too deep, and do what you do to help the world, and don't lose sight of yourself.

If there's anything I can say against it, it's very long and it keeps losing its attention span. Prudence is initially depressed because she wants to be with Sadie, and then after she locks herself in the closet as an excuse for the others to sing "Dear Prudence", she disappears, reappears, then disappears again. Why didn't that go anywhere? Nothing happens with Sadie and Jojo either; they break up, and get back together. Big whoop.

Though heavens knows the musical numbers don't drag it down, like some musicals where it's just a long, exhausting string of songs (ahem, Moulin Rouge!), in fact they make the movie pick up nicely. If you like Beatles and you like a movie that looks astounding, I recommend you see this.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Kombucha on November 21, 2007, 11:19:42 AM
Grindhouse

Planet Terror: 10/10
Fantastic. I like how it started out as and remained a somewhat serious movie but then lost all pretenses at the cop shoot-out scene.

Death Proof: 7.5/10
Too many long, boring girl talks and too few ridiculous moments, making it disproportionate to and incoherent with the last one. But it had enough good moments to make up for, and was actually very fun from when the second group of girls was attacked until the end.

Assorted fake trailers: 10/10
Funny as fuck, I especially loved Thanksgiving and Machete (which is being made into an actual film! (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Machete_(film))).
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on November 21, 2007, 06:17:00 PM
The following review will be in song


Ray - 0/10


Ray, Ray, go away,
don't come back another day,

seriously.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: PatriotClock on November 24, 2007, 07:28:43 PM
Dan In Real Life - 5/10

It had its moments but me and all my friends thought it would be funny since Steve Carrel is in it. We were quite wrong. We should've known since Dane Cook was also in it.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on November 24, 2007, 07:52:10 PM
Quote from: Kombucha;1104632
Grindhouse

Death Proof: 7.5/10
Too many long, boring girl talks and too few ridiculous moments, making it disproportionate to and incoherent with the last one. But it had enough good moments to make up for, and was actually very fun from when the second group of girls was attacked until the end.


Yeah, I just watched it last night and I agree in regards to the boring conversations. Tarantino's dialogue is very hit or miss, and in Death Proof it's 95% miss. If the movie was shortened to the 30-40 minutes that Kurt Russell was in it, it would be awesome.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: ChocolateCoffin on November 25, 2007, 07:59:09 AM
The Darjeeling Limited
It's great. Ignore the reviews. I can see why it wouldn't get great reviews, and it's because it would be hard to review. And for this reason, I will, instead of giving a review, state a fact ; Bill Murray is in it.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: camoclock is a great man on November 25, 2007, 08:26:15 AM
Pay It Forward
7.5/10

It was alright
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on November 25, 2007, 03:36:30 PM
Quote from: EvilberryClock;1109691
The Darjeeling Limited
It's great. Ignore the reviews. I can see why it wouldn't get great reviews, and it's because it would be hard to review. And for this reason, I will, instead of giving a review, state a fact ; Bill Murray is in it.

You make a good case. I will check it out
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Slurpee on November 30, 2007, 05:52:04 AM
The Mist - 9.5/10
Fuck yes everybody go see this movie it's awesome especially when [spoiler]the guy shoots that bitch fuck yeah.[/spoiler]
But it's also a good movie, in addition to being awesome, so kudos to the director on that rare achievement.

Aw dude when the [spoiler]big motherfucking huge thing walks over the car[/spoiler] AWWW MAN it's so awesome I wanted to be friends with it.

But seriously [spoiler]fuck that bitch, she's[/spoiler] one of the view movie villains I actually took an active dislike toward. I'm not even a violent person but [spoiler]I wanted her to fucking die and I wanted everybody to march on her fucking corpse as they walked out the door. I knew I hated her just from her lines in the trailer, but god DAMN[/spoiler]. When [spoiler]the fucking bug didn't kill her[/spoiler] I booed loudly, and when [spoiler]he shot her and HE SHOT HER AGAIN FUCK YEAH GO OLLIE I KNEW I LIKED YOU[/spoiler] the entire theater was cheering. They should have [spoiler]shot out the fucking windows when they left. Fuck that building and everyone in it. I hope the big thing fucking destroyed it and ate them before any help came.[/spoiler]

Saw the ending coming from a mile away. I was hoping that instead of [spoiler]suiciding =([/spoiler] Tom Jane would be all like [spoiler]"Four bullets... Let's give em HELL."[/spoiler] But I guess that would have made the movie more awesome than good, which movie directors never want to do.

This is only funny if you've seen the ending, but after Tom Jane [spoiler]shoots everyone, oh my GOD that was sad[/spoiler] one of the dudes in front of us was being like [spoiler]"Daaaaymn. He shot EVERYONE,"[/spoiler] which is a hilarious way to react, but then [spoiler]the military shows up[/spoiler] and Tom Jane breaks down and starts screaming at the sheer horror of that, they guy's all [spoiler]"Damn. AND the mist went away,"[/spoiler] and it was hilarious, because it did.


Yeah, go see this movie.

Oh, yeah. This is a spoiler, but even if you think the [spoiler]walktopus (walking octopus)[/spoiler] was kind of dumb, you're right, but STICK WITH IT, the rest of the movie is so good. The stupidest most obvious cliches are tapped, but the movie just NAILS them. It's so much fun to watch.

GOD I hope there's an alternate ending, though.
I'm buying the DVD just on the off-chance that I'll get to see some concept art for [spoiler]the monsters[/spoiler], but a [spoiler]happier[/spoiler] ending would be wonderful. It was SO disappointing. Did they not even test screen it? It was SO sad. Damn.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on November 30, 2007, 02:41:31 PM
Quote from: Slurpee;1117158
The Mist - 9.5/10
Fuck yes everybody go see this movie it's awesome


You know, I was kind of on the fence about seeing this in theaters, but based on some of your previous reviews I actually want to see it after reading this one.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Slurpee on December 01, 2007, 08:42:41 PM
No Country For Old Men - 2/10
Wherein the audience is deliberately misdirected into a depressing story about how old Tommy Lee Jones is and how things can and do turn out shitty sometimes, but with nothing to controvert the blandly nihilistic theme.
Who the fuck watches movies for that?

I looked into it, and evidently it stays true to the source material, which I've never read, but if it does, I really can't wrap my brain around who thought (nor who continues to think) it wise to adapt such a depressing and bleak narrative to the screen.

[spoiler]The apparent protagonist is killed off-screen, well before the movie ends, between two scenes that take place at the location of his death.[/spoiler]
Abandoning a meaningful resolution seems to have given every critic in hollywood a collective erection, but I fail to see what the hairy fucking deal is.

It's one thing to create a movie without regard to the standard trappings of Hollywood fare- it's quite another to deliberately make a boring, depressing movie.

Call of Cthulhu (2005) - 8/10
Cute. Looks very much like it was produced before the onset of films with sound, and it stays fairly true to the short story. Glad I got my hands on a copy.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Randy Pearson on December 02, 2007, 10:08:31 AM
Quote from: Slurpee;1119681
No Country For Old Men - 2/10
Wherein the audience is deliberately misdirected into a depressing story about how old Tommy Lee Jones is and how things can and do turn out shitty sometimes, but with nothing to controvert the blandly nihilistic theme.
Who the fuck watches movies for that?

I looked into it, and evidently it stays true to the source material, which I've never read, but if it does, I really can't wrap my brain around who thought (nor who continues to think) it wise to adapt such a depressing and bleak narrative to the screen.

[spoiler]The apparent protagonist is killed off-screen, well before the movie ends, between two scenes that take place at the location of his death.[/spoiler]
Abandoning a meaningful resolution seems to have given every critic in hollywood a collective erection, but I fail to see what the hairy fucking deal is.

It's one thing to create a movie without regard to the standard trappings of Hollywood fare- it's quite another to deliberately make a boring, depressing movie.


The only major difference is that the book has a more depressing ending, unlike the film which decides to end with Tommy Lee Jone's monologue about carrying on the human spirit.

I liked the film. You're entitled to your opinion, but honestly, I think to say that something is deliberately depressing as a bad thing is pretty reactionary. Not only this, it had fantastic acting and a very enthralling, complicated storyline: [spoiler]It's never really revealed who killed the protagonist. The bad guy doesn't even get the money in the end.[/spoiler]

I did think, however, that the main problem lied with the fact that the principles of the film out-grew the basic themes. What I mean is, the Coen Brothers seem more interested in showing us that violence shouldn't be glorified rather than conveying to us the basic greed of the world we are born into, and how we only realize the true nature of this world when it is too late (half the characters in the film are either sociopaths or psychopaths).

I haven't read the book either, but a friend informed me about the changed ending, and I am now beginning to read it.

Despite the films draw-backs, I still think it is one of the best films of the year, or even of the past several years. It, I think, will definitely go down as one of history's great thrillers, in the exact same way as Psycho did, a film with much more glorified violence and a far more depressing ending.

My Counter-Review Score for No Country For Old Men is 9/10. Sorry, Slurpee.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Slurpee on December 02, 2007, 07:26:51 PM
Quote from: Predator;1120497
[spoiler]It's never really revealed who killed the protagonist. The bad guy doesn't even get the money in the end.[/spoiler]
I've been told there's a deleted scene, where [spoiler]Chigurh goes to the office of some dude we've never seen before, gives him the money, and says something to the effect of being hired more in the future.
He didn't go after the dude's wife because he wanted the money- he just promised he would, and he's fucking crazy, so he actually did it.[/spoiler]

I'm just pissed off that I payed ~9 dollars to have some douche vomit a depressing, meandering personal philosophy at me, and little to nothing else.

The movie has a cruel, nihilistic theme, but endings do not have to be happy to be satisfying. Even with such a disgusting, misanthropic moral, it could have been a sound experience to watch. But presenting the narrative in such a way that no resolution is provided whatsoever borders on outright disdain for the audience. It was like a two hour trip to hell.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Slurpee on December 04, 2007, 07:24:26 PM
Enchanted - :thumbs:
I went in expecting to enjoy the animated portion completely, and the live action not at all, but my reaction was almost inverse of that.

Shrek took animated movie stereotypes and undercut them to comic effect, and I was fully expecting this movie to try the same, only less successfully.
Instead, Enchanted sends up reality, and things that couldn't possibly work outside of an animated feature are placed into the real world to a hilarious, very enjoyable effect. Amy Adams is adorable.

The visual effects are hit and miss, but the scene where we first see the [spoiler]poison apples[/spoiler] is incredible.

Disney's still got a little magic left in them, after all.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: salt on December 05, 2007, 10:17:07 AM
Fight Club 10/10
Why didn't I see this earlier? Love this movieeee
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: AdrenalineClock on December 05, 2007, 05:23:07 PM
Slurps, the point is, Brolin ISN'T the protagonist, Jones is, as reading the book would apparently make clearer.  It may seem otherwise, but by the end it's clear that it's not quite about what you thought it was.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Slurpee on December 05, 2007, 09:15:04 PM
If I have to read the book to get the real sense of the movie, the movie can't have been very good.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: VCRClock on December 05, 2007, 11:21:04 PM
Quote from: CadillacClock;1125466
Night at the Museum: 4/10

What mess. I was expecting a moral, some kind of glimmer of hope by the end of this movie and found none. The script and the characters reactions to things are horrible.


What I hated most about it was how it bridged the gap between kids' movie and shitty romantic comedy. The gap is there for a reason!
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: AdrenalineClock on December 06, 2007, 06:27:19 PM
Quote from: Slurpee;1125345
If I have to read the book to get the real sense of the movie, the movie can't have been very good.


That's not what I said though, is it?
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Slurpee on December 06, 2007, 07:19:03 PM
Maybe not, but it's certainly how I interpreted what you said.

Why is me not liking this movie a problem?
Fuck that movie. Fuck it in the ear.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: AdrenalineClock on December 06, 2007, 08:40:25 PM
I'm just saying you didn't get if you still think the protagonist was killed.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Slurpee on December 06, 2007, 09:02:17 PM
I was referring to him as the protagonist because I didn't know his name shut up adrenaline.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: AdrenalineClock on December 06, 2007, 09:07:17 PM
Whatever.  Ain't no thing.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: PatriotClock on December 09, 2007, 12:37:13 AM
Citizen Kane 9/10

Very very good. Don't think its the best movie ever but it was very good.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on December 10, 2007, 06:34:32 PM
BEOWULF

I probably wouldn't have seen this if I weren't studying the text at the moment... But I was quite pleasantly surprised: I was not expecting a masterpiece, or even.. a good film, but it was pretty good, as these historical bastardisations go.

I saw it in 3d, and it was quite spectacular. I recommend seeing this film in 3d, if only to marvel at the wonderful artistry... You won't really be marveling at the writing or the trueness to the source material, but it's kind of pedantic to complain about these things when they were never intended to be the focus of the movie.

So yeah, see it if you can see it in 3d
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Roman Collar Clock on December 10, 2007, 09:22:55 PM
Mary Poppins - 10/10

The musicals are hilarious.  Classic kids movie.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Slurpee on December 15, 2007, 06:26:25 PM
I Am Legend - 7/10
Will Smith can carry a fucking movie, kicking and screaming, into being a worthwhile watch. The [spoiler]other actors[/spoiler] serve only as a testament to this.
The dog[spoiler] dying was the saddest thing ever.[/spoiler]

The Golden Compass - 6/10
When I heard this was anti-religious, I thought people were over-reacting as they always do. But holy fuck, they so weren't, this shit is hilariously anti-religious.
But I have a weakness for talking ferrets with british accents, and Sam Elliot. And Count Dooku. But mostly the ferret, and just when it's a ferret.
But also Sam Elliot. (The man is a cowboy.)
And that bear fight. The one bear [spoiler]slapped the other bear's jaw off[/spoiler] that was fucking radical. Every time the bear started mauling things, it was awesome.
But it wasn't a good movie, just awesome. The narrative starts out feasibly, but eventually it just starts going "AND DEN DERES A WOLF ARMY AN SUM WITCHES AN DA BEAR KING" and it's like whatever. I still can't tell what was going on with the dust, or the chick from Batman Forever. The movie is just like "nope, now we're gonna end. And we might not even make the sequels, fuck you."
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: ActionClock on December 17, 2007, 06:54:07 AM
Quote from: Predator;1120497
[spoiler]It's never really revealed who killed the protagonist. The bad guy doesn't even get the money in the end.[/spoiler]

[spoiler]Acctually, I'm almost certain he does, and i thought it was cool the way they revealed that information to you.  At the end when he gets in the crash, and takes the kid's shirt to use as a sling.  He pays him a hundred dollar bill.  Not to say thats it's impossible to have a hundred dollars without stealing a whole case of it, but to show that was the smallest  bill he had on him to pay the kid, kind of says he got the money, at least thats how i understood it.[/spoiler]
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Munglai on December 23, 2007, 10:32:34 PM
I just watched Slueth and while it was very eloquent and smartly written and both Michael Caine and Jude Law act incredibly well (Jude Law really was surprisingly good, which makes him slightly less lame in my books) I felt like it ultimately didn't go anywhere at all. The first half an hour or so was like a really professional short film and then even though it seemed like it had ended, more stuff happened.

The cinematography and set design was really really nice too.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Slurpee on December 23, 2007, 11:56:54 PM
I saw Beowulf it was OK.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: ChickenClock on December 24, 2007, 06:18:02 AM
I am Legend 7.5/10

I went to see this one with my school, so despite the students being mostly 17- and 18-year-olds it didn't stop them from being annoying fucking kids through the movie. So I quite enjoyed what saw from the movie while I wasn't dodging beer cans. However the ending was really lackluster and I still remain ask myself as to [spoiler]why the vampires were dead affraid of a small beam of sunlight and didn't care much for the bigass spotlights around Neville's house[/spoiler]

American Gangster 9.5/10
Easily the best movie I've seen this year.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: l1fty on December 26, 2007, 04:59:59 PM
Cidade De Deus (City of God)
****+ (perfect)

I can't put this movie into words, all I can say is that, for me, it is - in its genre - the first movie I have seen to reach perfection so closely. Go see this if you haven't already
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Randy Pearson on December 26, 2007, 08:24:46 PM
Quote from: ChickenClock;1146980
[spoiler]why the vampires were dead affraid of a small beam of sunlight and didn't care much for the bigass spotlights around Neville's house[/spoiler]


Oh, the wonders of plot holes.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: AdrenalineClock on December 26, 2007, 09:05:10 PM
It's not a plot hole.  They're only vulnerable to natural sunlight.  BFD.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Slurpee on December 27, 2007, 07:28:21 AM
I saw Sweeny Todd it was cool.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: OvenmittClock on December 27, 2007, 07:53:56 AM
Quote from: ChickenClock;1146980

American Gangster 9.5/10
Easily the best movie I've seen this year.

was it as good as scarface?
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: l1fty on December 27, 2007, 08:33:55 AM
Lost in translation

***

Bill Murray plays an almost retired movie star named Bob Harris, whom is far past his prime. He goes to tokyo to film some commercials, where he meets a still recently wedded woman, who pretty much hates her marriage. they meet eachother in a bar, and keep growing closer to eachother
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Randy Pearson on December 27, 2007, 10:30:53 AM
Quote from: Ovenmitt Clock;1151072
was it as good as scarface?


It was better than Black Caesar. Oh...

Black Caesar - 4/10

Some good acting by the main characters will not save this film from atrocious writing, bad cinematography, and sloppy directing. Virtually unwatchable.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Munglai on December 27, 2007, 07:53:56 PM
I watcheddd A Scanner Darkly and I quite liked it but I must say this:
if it was properly rotoscoped (as in every frame drawn over) then it's a massive wasted opportunity because it just looks like they applied a photoshop-style filter to it.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: DigitalLemonClock on December 27, 2007, 11:08:31 PM
Quote from: Munglai;1151890
I watcheddd A Scanner Darkly and I quite liked it but I must say this:
if it was properly rotoscoped (as in every frame drawn over) then it's a massive wasted opportunity because it just looks like they applied a photoshop-style filter to it.


they used a computer program and edited how they applied the effects
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Arctic on December 27, 2007, 11:25:50 PM
Quote from: Yoshi;1136104
I Am Legend - 7/10
Will Smith can carry a fucking movie, kicking and screaming, into being a worthwhile watch. The [spoiler]other actors[/spoiler] serve only as a testament to this.
The dog[spoiler] dying was the saddest thing ever.[/spoiler]

The Golden Compass - 6/10
When I heard this was anti-religious, I thought people were over-reacting as they always do. But holy fuck, they so weren't, this shit is hilariously anti-religious.
But I have a weakness for talking ferrets with british accents, and Sam Elliot. And Count Dooku. But mostly the ferret, and just when it's a ferret.
But also Sam Elliot. (The man is a cowboy.)
And that bear fight. The one bear [spoiler]slapped the other bear's jaw off[/spoiler] that was fucking radical. Every time the bear started mauling things, it was awesome.
But it wasn't a good movie, just awesome. The narrative starts out feasibly, but eventually it just starts going "AND DEN DERES A WOLF ARMY AN SUM WITCHES AN DA BEAR KING" and it's like whatever. I still can't tell what was going on with the dust, or the chick from Batman Forever. The movie is just like "nope, now we're gonna end. And we might not even make the sequels, fuck you."


That's about accurate for both.  Except I'd probably make The Golden Compass a 7 because that bear scene was great.  Some of the scenes in there were treated too juvenile which killed it in places, but I thought the production of the movie was amazing.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: ChickenClock on December 29, 2007, 10:53:49 AM
Quote from: Ovenmitt Clock;1151072
was it as good as scarface?

That'd be comparing an apple with a pear. But since apples taste better I'd say yes, it was better than Scarface. Also the music was really awesome.

Quote from: Joba Chamberlain;1150192
It's not a plot hole.  They're only vulnerable to natural sunlight.  BFD.

So he just put the spotlights there for shits and giggles?
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Munglai on December 29, 2007, 01:11:16 PM
Quote from: DigitalLemonClock;1152134
they used a computer program and edited how they applied the effects


those lazy bastards!
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on December 29, 2007, 05:13:32 PM
A Scanner Darkly

...was full of masturbatory dialogue and the novelty of the quirky graphics wore off pretty quickly

A Matter of Life and Death

...hasn't aged very well in some respects , but it does contain some of what i presume must have been revolutionary special effects at the time, and  some quaint imaginings of life after death. Creative was the use of bw and colour for the 'dimensions' of heaven and earth.

One really great scene, though, I thought, was the one near the beginning where [spoiler]the main character is plummeting down to his certain doom, as captain of a ww2 bomber, and strikes up a conversation with the helpless airtraffic controller (who happens to be a beautiful young lady) who picks up his mayday[/spoiler]

Cinema Paradiso

...is beautiful in a number of ways. The story, the photography, the direction, the acting. It's an extremely well crafted film..


I saw the director's cut, and I'm not sure how different it is from the original - but I could probably hazard a guess as to say that the end is much longer than in the original. It did seem to go on and on, but I was really enjoying the story and the craft, so I didn't really mind at all. There was always some gem around the corner, in terms of the story or the cinematography, or something else.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Slurpee on December 30, 2007, 06:47:26 AM
Didn't A Scanner Darkly come out like a year ago?

I know I watched it a while back.
I think I fell asleep.


I saw Cube 2: Hypercube without watching the first Cube. It was actually decent, in a lunatic kind of way, but the ending was fucking horrendous.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on December 30, 2007, 07:21:50 AM
It was on tv recently
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: CrustClock on December 30, 2007, 12:39:58 PM
Quote from: LeekClock;1154432
A Scanner Darkly

...was full of masturbatory dialogue and the novelty of the quirky graphics wore off pretty quickly

you should read the book, it doesn't even have the quirky graphics.

(I think the outlines were drawn/traced frame by frame but the colour was rotoscoped and then added, like colourizing b/w films but in reverse)
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Munglai on December 30, 2007, 01:33:57 PM
Quote from: CrustClock;1155264
you should read the book, it doesn't even have the quirky graphics.

(I think the outlines were drawn/traced frame by frame but the colour was rotoscoped and then added, like colourizing b/w films but in reverse)


But the outlines were what made it look like a lame computer effect. They didn't look drawn in the slightest.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Topcatyo on December 31, 2007, 04:12:49 PM
I Am Legend
Will Smith does a good job acting, and it was great watching him just trying to survive in an empty New York.  When they added the creatures, though, the movie seemed not as cool, and the ending was bad.
Verdict: end sux

American Psycho
An odd movie.  Christian Bale does a great job portraying Patrick Bateman as a guy slipping fast into insanity, and the ending makes one question [spoiler]whether the whole movie even happened in the first place[/spoiler].  Also, the sex scenes were funny.
Verdict: wait, wut?

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
A movie meant just for stupid fun, this movie is absolutely hilarious.  The jokes are stupid, but man do they make you laugh.
Verdict: rofl!
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: CrustClock on January 01, 2008, 06:41:54 AM
[imdb]The Golden Compass[/imdb]

Pretty good. I couldn't remember a great deal about the books which is why I think I enjoyed it a lot more than the fans - after watching this with my younger brother (who has read them all recently) he was complaining about how certain parts were not in the right order, or sections being omitted and other liberties were taken with the book's story, but myself seeing it as a film and not as just an adaptation, I thought it worked perfectly functionally. As I expected, the special effects and CGI were great, the daemons(?) looked very lifelike and a particularly satisfying visual was the way these creatures exploded into golden sand whenever their owners were killed (a beautiful sight during the large fight at the end). The acting from the younger cast was mostly toe-curling, except for the lead role of Lyra, who was very ballsy and likeable, and while some of the casting choices for the adult roles were surprising (I never imagined Lord Asriel to have the build of Craig), I accepted them all quickly, although Ian McKellen's voice of Iorek Byrnison was distractingly fruity.
It's main problem was its impatience, it takes little time to develop the relationships between the characters, nothing is implied. For example, when Lyra gains the allegiance of the polar bear by finding its armour (kind of like an RPG 'blue key opens the blue door' kind of logic) and when the Witch (virtually) announces how she was once the lover of one of the 'Gyptions'. Characters like the former and latter are hurriedly introduced so they can be conveniently helpful later on (the exception being the wise Lee Scorsby, played by Sam Elliot).
Can't think of an end to this review.

3/5
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: CrustClock on January 01, 2008, 06:45:36 AM
Quote from: Munglai;1155323
But the outlines were what made it look like a lame computer effect. They didn't look drawn in the slightest.

Perhaps you're right:

"Rotoscoping in traditional cel animation originally involved tracing over film frame-by-frame. This is similar in some respects to the rotoscope style of filmmaker Ralph Bakshi. Rotoshop animation, however, makes use of vector keyframes, and interpolates the in-between frames automatically"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Scanner_Darkly_(film)#Animation

Whatever that means - a more functional version of a shape tween?
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on January 06, 2008, 01:51:21 PM
I AM LEGEND

Quite a few things bothered me, but I was impressed at how character-based it was, and I was surprised overall at how watchable it was. I was expecting complete trash to be honest.

It certainly isn't original, but it's quite well told, and Will Smith managed to push the movie beyond mediocrity all by himself. Although I find it hard to take him seriously. Partly due to the nature of some of his previous work, but mostly due to the ubiquity of his previous work. He's already a lot of stereotypical characters in my head.

[spoiler]Some things bugged me, as I said. I know one is supposed to just ignore these things and enjoy the movie for what it is but:

He's working with the military on a cure for the disease. You're telling me the president and a whole bunch of his military staff aren't underground, safe and sound? They would know he's still alive because they would monitor the airwaves for survivors, and discover that one of their men working on this project is still alive and well. Ok, maybe they just don't give a shit about him. Next:

Power. All the power stations would go offline after being unmanned for a while. True, Will Smith is probably resourceful enough to set up a generator for his house, but that does not account for the nuclear stations in the area which would all be going into meltdown, without people to man them, and infusing the air with crippling radiation.

The zombie vampires. If you're going to create a scientific basis for the mass extinction, you ought to follow it through on some basic levels. Such as, why do the zombies all have superhuman powers, when they are just normal people infected with this apeshit disease? If anything, they should be too lethargic and malnourished to fight back.

Well yeah, anyway, this is the kind of stupid crap that plagues me (pun intended) when I watch these movies.

Non -science-based "wtf" moment: Why does Will Smith blow up his own front yard (in doing so, setting his house on fire and letting the zombies in through the blown out entrances), when the zombies were not likely to get in very easily anyway?

Then, there's only one left (seemingly), and he destroys his own fortifications and basically traps himself and the MIA boy and mother in a burning house, when he shoots a gas canister in his kitchen to destroy a zombie. AND FAILS.

Oh I know why. Gratuitous explosions = $$$[/spoiler]
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: SpongeClock SquarePants on January 10, 2008, 06:59:14 AM
Letters from Iwo Jima
A nice new perspective to the war. The story of the battle for iwo jima is told from the perspective of several japanese soldiers. Telling the story of the japanese, the film offers a keen insight in their way of thinking and how the concept of honour is viewed in the japanese millitary.

I would recommend this film and therefore gets 8 F's of out of 10

FFFFFFFFFF
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Porti Fatti on January 10, 2008, 07:17:04 AM
Alvin and the Chipmunks - 3/10

So my mate wanted to see it, I said no, we saw it anyway, and it was awful. Jason Lee was ok, but loads of romance scenes seemed forced and the chipmunks weren't funny. But David Cross was pretty awesome.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Slurpee on January 10, 2008, 07:26:36 AM
Quote from: unknownclock?;1170478
Alvin and the Chipmunks - 3/10

So my mate wanted to see it, I said no, we saw it anyway, and it was awful. Jason Lee was ok, but loads of romance scenes seemed forced and the chipmunks weren't funny. But David Cross was pretty awesome.

David Cross is in that movie?

Now I want to see it, thanks a lot jerk.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: SpongeClock SquarePants on January 10, 2008, 07:43:21 AM
reading back in this topic i still don't get why people think V for Vendetta is such a great film.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on January 10, 2008, 09:24:15 AM
Quote from: Yoshi;1170481
David Cross is in that movie?

Now I want to see it, thanks a lot jerk.


He's also in She's the Man (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0454945/).
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Slurpee on January 10, 2008, 09:32:14 AM
THANKS A LOT, JERK.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on January 10, 2008, 01:33:30 PM
Quote from: Yoshi;1170588
THANKS A LOT, JERK.


Just wanted you to know how much I love you.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: CrustClock on January 10, 2008, 03:09:50 PM
Quote from: SCSP;1170500
reading back in this topic i still don't get why people think V for Vendetta is such a great film.

On IMDb, maybe, everywhere else the reviews were mostly average.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: SpongeClock SquarePants on January 10, 2008, 03:50:30 PM
Quote from: CrustClock;1170874
On IMDb, maybe, everywhere else the reviews were mostly average.


most clocks say its great and give it like a 8/10 or even 9/10 whilst i would give it a 5/10. The movie isnt that great at all.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: CrustClock on January 11, 2008, 11:01:04 AM
I agree, it's, at best, an enjoyable action film. The comic book is better in every way.

edit: oh, by 'everyone' I didn't know you meant in this thread.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Topcatyo on January 11, 2008, 10:00:56 PM
Lucky Number Sleven
Really good movie that starts off fast and keeps that pace.  The movie is really entertaining to watch, especially with the characters and wondering what's going to happen next, and finally the plot twist that makes you go "Holy crap it makes sense!"
Verdict:  wut?  o.  KEWL!
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on January 12, 2008, 06:50:57 AM
Quote from: WhiteClock;1172077

The Simpsons: 8/10 - I disagree with Leek, this movie was very nice.

My main complaint is that it's not the Simpsons I love and watched for years. It's a different brand of humour, and a different approach to storytelling.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: CrustClock on January 12, 2008, 11:31:46 AM
different in that the good shows' storytelling wasn't so awfully contrived
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Randy Pearson on January 12, 2008, 01:42:24 PM
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street 9/10

Considering they had to cram a 3 hour musical into a 2 hour movie, I'd say Tim Burton and Sondheim did a good job on this. It's certainly one of the best adaptations of a musical ever and Tim Burton pants a beautiful portrait of every character even with the some what limited screen time some of them get. Not since Ed Wood has Burton told a story so well. The cast is great, and I'm glad that they decided to get actors that could sing instead of singers who can act. Mind you, some of the head singing does get annoying at times, but you are so involved with these characters that you really don't care. The songs are loads of fun, and you'll actually find yourself trying to find out all the lyrics to them.
Do take note: this is also a hard-core slasher movie, with blood and guts to spare and some of the most cheesy and grotesque murders I've seen in a film. So slasher movie fans should give this a peak. It's almost like the Texas Chainsaw Massacre of musicals.
And, yes, I have seen the original musical.

Let's Go to Prison - 7/10

This movie is completely underrated. Yes, it doesn't nearly live up to the potential that it could, but it has a stylistic charm that reminds one of the early days of Mel Brooks (The Producers, initially, was almost universally panned, and looking back, it is quite an inept film). It becomes much funnier in the second act and the ending is a bit anti-climactic, but the creators deserve props for making an adequate comedy in a time that is riddled almost entirely with shit-storm parodies.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: PirateClock on January 15, 2008, 01:03:52 PM
mist 9/10

i wanted to give this an 8 but the ending allone was so awesome i had to add another point.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on January 15, 2008, 01:08:09 PM
I rewatched "A Few Good Men". Still a great movie - quite timeless.

One of the few (...only?) court-based movies that really holds your interest and rapt attention throughout. Mostly due to great directing and acting, but also a good script (it was adapted for the screen from it's original form as a play, by the same guy who did the play - so it's very well thought through.)

Can anyone think of other good courtroom films?
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: FrankClock on January 16, 2008, 11:32:18 PM
Quote from: LeekClock;1176936
I rewatched "A Few Good Men". Still a great movie - quite timeless.

One of the few (...only?) court-based movies that really holds your interest and rapt attention throughout. Mostly due to great directing and acting, but also a good script (it was adapted for the screen from it's original form as a play, by the same guy who did the play - so it's very well thought through.)

Can anyone think of other good courtroom films?


12 Angry Men (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0050083/). Although its not really a court room movie, as much as it is a jury movie.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on January 17, 2008, 01:34:32 PM
I just watched Soldat van Oranje/Soldier of Orange (d. Paul Verhoeven). Fucking great!

If you liked Black Book (Zwartboek), you will like this movie. It's by the same director, but it's considerably older. It's very similar in a lot of respects though, and I found it just as gripping as Zwartboek.

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Quote from: FrankClock;1179228
12 Angry Men (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0050083/). Although its not really a court room movie, as much as it is a jury movie.

Ah yes!
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: PatriotClock on January 21, 2008, 12:38:28 AM
The Departed 10/10 Holy shit why didnt I see this earlier
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: EtchASketchClock on January 21, 2008, 11:24:44 PM
Balls of Fury
God, dry story and jokes, got it in hopes to be like Dodgeball. I was quite mistaken.
3/10

The Kingdom
One word- DAMN.
A very realistic movie, great story, and great acting.
No complaints and a great choice if you are into down-to-earth action movies.
9/10

Shoot Em Up
Nice story, a lot of action and a balanced amount of violence. Kept me on the edge of my seat a good way though.
7/10

White Noise 2
It was pretty good all in all, had some jump moments, but a little too much killing for the theme of EVP and ghosts. *Not a sequel*
7/10
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: SpongeClock SquarePants on January 22, 2008, 01:16:23 PM
Quote from: LeekClock;1179682
I just watched Soldat van Oranje/Soldier of Orange (d. Paul Verhoeven). Fucking great!


did you watch the whole thing in dutch?
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on January 23, 2008, 04:22:17 AM
Quote from: SCSP;1186611
did you watch the whole thing in dutch?

There were English subtitles but I understood most of it without them :cool:
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: SpongeClock SquarePants on January 23, 2008, 07:29:41 AM
Quote from: LeekClock;1187784
There were English subtitles but I understood most of it without them :cool:


pretty cool, especially since the fact they sometimes use words or a general manner of speaking not so common anymore nowadays.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Porti Fatti on January 23, 2008, 12:20:44 PM
New Alien Vs Predator - 1/10

Jesus it was terrible, it's got american teenage romance, a cowardly boss, convict turned good, a military woman and basically you couldn't connect with any of the characters. Then there was the aliens and predators who were pretty lame. Too much killing, not enough suspense.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Poltergeist on January 23, 2008, 12:48:22 PM
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New Alien Vs Predator - 1/10

Jesus it was terrible, it's got american teenage romance, a cowardly boss, convict turned good, a military woman and basically you couldn't connect with any of the characters. Then there was the aliens and predators who were pretty lame. Too much killing, not enough suspense.


Was there a big beefy black guy with a big beefy gun?
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Porti Fatti on January 23, 2008, 04:20:18 PM
Quote from: Poltergeist;1188168
Was there a big beefy black guy with a big beefy gun?


like three black guys, one's a hobo, one's a bully backing up a big bully and one's an army guy
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: PirateClock on January 23, 2008, 04:22:42 PM
Quote from: unknownclock?;1188149
New Alien Vs Predator - 1/10

Jesus it was terrible, it's got american teenage romance, a cowardly boss, convict turned good, a military woman and basically you couldn't connect with any of the characters. Then there was the aliens and predators who were pretty lame. Too much killing, not enough suspense.


you forget the douchebag ex boyfriend and town sherrif.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Randy Pearson on January 26, 2008, 10:14:37 PM
Was it at least better than the original AVP?
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on January 26, 2008, 10:44:12 PM
Quote from: Predator;1193981
Was it at least better than the original AVP?


Not even fucking close.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: CrustClock on January 27, 2008, 02:48:14 AM
Why did you all go see that film?
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Losperman on January 27, 2008, 03:07:57 AM
Quote from: CrustClock;1194267
Why did you all go see that film?


I'm a big Predator fan, I love the Alien movies, and I actually liked the first movie (at least for what it was). I wasn't expecting much out of the sequel at all (especially after seeing the terrible previews), and it still disappointed.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Kombucha on January 27, 2008, 02:39:29 PM
I am Legend: 8/10
PRETTY GOOD MOVIE I LIKED IT.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: LeekClock on January 27, 2008, 02:45:35 PM
I watched some more early Paul Verhoeven films:

Katie Tippel, The Fourth Man, Turkish Delight

All I can say is there's a certain cheesiness and crassness to all his films that would come across as naivety and pure bad taste if it weren't for the counterbalancing honesty and intelligence that his films seem to breed, the more experience he gains.
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: Porti Fatti on January 31, 2008, 06:00:26 AM
Quote from: CrustClock;1194267
Why did you all go see that film?


Had the choice of PS I Love You or Alien vs Predator, either way we were going to be disappointed
Title: Brief reviews of movies you saw recently
Post by: SpongeClock SquarePants on January 31, 2008, 07:07:00 AM
Quote from: LeekClock;1194755
I watched some more early Paul Verhoeven films:

Katie Tippel, The Fourth Man, Turkish Delight

All I can say is there's a certain cheesiness and crassness to all his films that would come across as naivety and pure bad taste if it weren't for the counterbalancing honesty and intelligence that his films seem to breed, the more experience he gains.


I would prefer to call it rawness: footage, setting, character and story with the rough edgess still on and clear realistic way of displaying things as they are. fuck romanticism.