You've got to admit though, visually the film is stunning.
I watched two pretty awful films recently - My Bloody Valentine in 3D with a load of mates, which was good for a laugh and a few of the gore scenes (the pickaxe goes through the back of the guys head, out his eye socket and then through the screen in 3D!) but aside from that it was pretty piss poor. 3D glasses and stereoscopic video on a TV just meant that the picture was perpetually green and generally blurry. It probably works better in a cinema. The film was pretty much just your average horror flick: serial killer goes around killing people with mining equipment but you don't know who the killer is because he's wearing a gas mask. They tried to have a shocking twist at the end but really didn't pull it off at all well and I guessed it about half way through the film: the killer has multiple personality disorder and doesn't know he's the killer. That left the biggest twist in the movie being that the black cop survives.
I also watched Max Payne, again terrible but in an amusing kind of way. The action scenes weren't bad, but it didn't really follow the plot of the games very closely at all and some of it just didn't make any sense: Why would BB himself go to Max's house with a load of V junkies to kill his wife? It also closed with the most horrible line from Mark Wahlberg: "I don't know about heaven, but I do believe in angels..." If they'd followed the plot from game a bit closer it would have been a better film and wouldn't have pissed off fans of the games so much. And most of the actors confessed to never having to played Max Payne.
You've got to admit though, visually the film is stunning.
Just watched Taken yesterday.
Aside from some rather wooden acting by Liam Neeson in the first part, and the actress who plays the daughter being rather annoying (she's obviously a woman in her mid-twenties trying to play a seventeen-year-old by acting like she's twelve), it's actually a really enjoyable thriller/action film.
It's also just cool to see Neeson act the badass and beat the shit out of a bunch of goons.
I watched a pretty cool Korean Cyberpunk action film yesterday. It was called Natural City, it was all about an MP and his cyborg doll and an escaped military cyborg. The plot reminded me of Ghost in the Shell or something like that and the special effects were quite nice. I enjoyed it.
Just watched Metal Gear Solid 3: Existence on youtube, does that count? It's essentially the MGS3 story told as a movie, made of the game's cutscenes and some gameplay. It's about 4 hours long. The story is good and the movie is well edited, I liked it - the game itself is probably good too, but I don't have a PS2, so I can't play it. I played MGS1-2 on the PC and I was interested in the third one's story - this movie thingy satisfied my curiosity.
Eden Lake. Well, that was depressing. Kinda ridiculous, too.
My waist grow, and my pants shrink. Think there's a relationship?
Want to catch District 9 this week.
I caught L'instinct de mort last week as it's only just come out here, and it was bloody fantastic. Jacques Mesrine is an irredeemable cunt. I'm definitely going to see part 2 (L'ennemi public n°1) when it comes out at the end of the month.
I also caught Orphan last week. It's a decent enough horror/thriller with a very creepy 'creepy little girl'. Not one to grab on DVD, but certainly worth a couple of hours of my time to watch.
And finally I saw Inglourious Basterds last night, which I shall comment on in the thread
Since I just finished watching every (modern) season of Doctor Who and with a renewed man-love of David Tennant I decided to catch the earlier series of Casanova he did a few years ago.
Gotta say; its like watching a Time Lord fuck his way around Venice - he's brilliant and Mr O'Toole is fantastic in it. Its funny and silly - perfect Friday night viewing!
Got State of Play to watch tonight...
The film or the BBC 6-parter? I saw the film when it was out at the cinema and thoroughly enjoyed it.
The BBC 3 part show.
I wasnt aware there was a movie - assume its not David Tennant?
Quite keen to see his performance in Hamlet which is out on dvd soon apparently.
Wow. Duplicity (Julia Roberts and Clive Owen) is actually quite a good movie.
Who'd have thought...
I saw State of Play at the theater earlier this year, it was pretty solid. Reminded me of these conspiracy films of the 70s, which is part of the intent. Russel Crowe rules. I'm aware there's a mini-series but I haven't had a chance to see it yet.
Lately I watched The Quiet Earth. Quite peculiar and pretty good too. The ending!
Agreed. While I will miss him as The Doctor; I can understand why he wants to leave so he's not type-cast.
The problem is though; he has a particular style so anything he does is comparable to his Doctor Character.
So thats why I want to catch his Hamlet take; and also I see he played Eddington in a 2008 mini series called Einstein and Eddington. Interested to see that.
He's like the Jim Carrey of the UK (except better).
I finally got to see Let The Right One In last night. What an awesome, awesome movie.
Ah thats on my list too.
This week I'm planning on watching:
District 9 (got my ticket)
State of Play
Einstein and Eddington (surprisingly, a friend has this on dvd!)
Not a bad set of movie-goodness there.
I thoroughly recommend 'In The Loop' and 'The Damned United' which come out on DVD in the UK later this week.
I had a bit of a movie-fest this weekend:
Surveillance - the second film by Jennifer Lynch. She appears to have inherited her father's (yes, that Lynch) penchant for showing the nastier side of humanity, as well as some general film-making approaches, in particular sound. It's a tale about a horrific incident perpetrated by a couple of serial killers and a couple of feds, played by Bill Pullman (in one of his fantastically weird, neck-cricking perfomances) and Julia Ormond, come into to town to question the survivors. It all unfolds in a sort of Rashomon like way via flashbacks and is intially intriguing despite some hammy acting and Lynch creates a strong sense of foreboding. When the twist is revealed, which I saw coming a mile away, the film completely falls apart. Everybody starts hamming it up, many characters suddenly become much less interesting and the whole thing stumbles to it's predictably nihilistic conclusion. So yeah, I wouldn't recommend it.
Interestingly for a film that goes into some pretty nasty territory, one character is strangled to death while the killers get off on her death throes, it still has to let the kid live.
All About My Mother - I've been getting into Pedro Almodovar's work lately and this is a typically excellent film. Like a lot of his work it's a melodrama with strong female characters and this one covers a fair amount of ground, dealing with grief, AIDS, transvestites as well as existentialism. That may sound like heavy going but thanks to the colorful characters, the transvestite Agrado steals almost every scene he/she is in, and Amodovar's natural cinemtic flair, it's always enjoyable. Highly recommended.
The Class - François Bégaudeau stars in this film based on his semi-autobiographical book about his experiences as a literature teacher in a tough school. Refreshingly honest, the teachers make just as many mistakes as the students and there are no 'stirring' triumphs, it is a superbly acted, shot and compelling 'slice-of-life'. I came away with an increased respect for teachers and the rather thankless job some of them have. Pick of the weekend!
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