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  1. #1826
    Member
    Registered: Jun 2004
    Just saw Talented Mr. Ripley - excellent, excellent movie and loved the creepy-weird atmosphere in many places.

  2. #1827
    Taking the Death Toll
    Registered: Aug 2004
    Location: ideally far away
    The other day I saw the original Terminator for the first time.

    No idea why it took me so long, but holy shit what a great movie. Blame Perturbator for making me finally take the time to watch it.

  3. #1828
    Member
    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Melbourne, Australia
    Watched several movies over the past week:

    Chasing Amy - Old classic but really stupid towards the end.

    Jacob's Ladder - I see the Silent Hill connection with this one. Good, though a very random sort of movie. Could have sworn I recalled a different ending where he realizes he's dead. The one I watched ended different I think. The deleted scenes for this that I looked up on youtube afterward should have been in it. Really odd movie either way.

    Iron Man 3 - Loved this one. Very good. Hope they make another one.

    Pacific Rim - Predictable but quite good.

    dethtoll: So now that you've seen the first, which is your favorite? Mine will forever be the first. Far more of a horror movie than the 2nd or later films.

  4. #1829
    verbose douchebag
    Registered: Apr 2002
    Location: Lyon, France
    Terminator 1 is great. T2 was kind of a zeitgeist film in that it defined the special effects capability of the time, but it's a bit Michael Mann.

  5. #1830
    Member
    Registered: Jul 2002
    I watched Bad Grandpa last night. I have a weak spot for low humor, and that one had me laughing from start to finish.

  6. #1831
    Member
    Registered: Apr 2002
    Location: Landahn
    Bad Grandpa is an Oscar-nominated movie.

    Just puttin' dat out dere.

  7. #1832
    Got the James Bond Collection (which didn't include Skyfall) for Christmas, finished watching them this week. Seeing them in succession over such a relatively short period is fascinating, especially the evolution of technology over the course of the series. And while fairly formulaic, each movie spins its own version of the formula with small changes. You know 007 is going to get the bad guys (only Blofeld can escape to scheme another day), you know he's going to order a martini "shaken, not stirred" (or have one ordered for him that way), he'll introduce himself as "Bond, James Bond" (or possibly as his cover identity but in the same way), he'll use gadgets to escape a situation, he'll get the girl in the end, he'll drive a cool car (that almost certainly gets destroyed) and so on.

    Desmond Llewelyn as Q is great in all the movies he appeared in. Always have an escape plan ready.

    Since I watched them mostly for entertainment I did not mind the sillier ones, although Moonraker was the weakest of all of them it was still entertaining enough to stay through to the end credits. And I don't think Casino Royale & Quantum of Solace are much better than Moonraker when viewed in comparison to the rest of the movies. They'd fit better as Jason Bourne movies, which is what I guess the makers were hoping to tag along with (while also using the Bond name). It might be more realistic or gritty, but that was never the strength of the Bond movies.

    A fun ~2 hour action/suspense romp with awesome/silly gadgets, cool cars, plots to take over the world/get insanely rich, beautiful women and witty one-liners, that's a Bond movie.

  8. #1833
    Still Subjective
    Registered: Dec 1999
    Location: Idiocy will never die
    Quote Originally Posted by dethtoll View Post
    The other day I saw the original Terminator for the first time.
    Whaaaaat?

    How is this possible? There are a lot of films I've missed but this, this is really surprising.

    On the other hand that must have a been a pretty cool experience. It really is lean and mean and so much better than T2. Imho. I saw it back in the 90s. I still remember where, when and with whom.

  9. #1834
    Member
    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Melbourne, Australia
    Tonight I finished off Twin Peaks, both with the tv series and the movie "Fire Walk With Me".

    Firstly on the show, I CANT BELIEVE THEY ENDED IT LIKE THAT. AHHHHHHHHH. God dammit what the hell. They left so much stuff unfinished and unanswered, it's not funny. The show as a whole is excellent, but god damn. Nooooooooooooooo . Story and acting however, top notch. Cheesy but good. Man the Dark Lodge red curtain dimension was weird.

    Now on the movie. What an absolute piece of crap. I don't know how it's possible but the acting in the tv show was far better than the movie and it had THE SAME ACTORS for the most part. And other than a few laughs like seeing Chris Isaak's only acting role (to my knowledge, and I can see after this why it was his only one) and a cameo by David Bowie you could skip the movie entirely and barely miss a thing of interest. The acting was just bad. Like reading off a sheet of paper bad at times. They do on the odd occasion throw in some brief stuff tying in to the finale of the tv show (which with Fire Walk With Me supposed to be a prequel is really odd), but yeah you could skip this and you wouldn't miss a thing, except that since the show ended on such a "WHAT THE FUCK???" everyone who had watched the whole series would have gone and watched it and been like huh?

    So yeah. Skip the movie, the show is excellent but finishes with nothing resolved. Grrrrrr. Really needed:

    A) One more season (preferred option) back then in the early 90s
    B) Another movie, with better acting to resolve everything
    or
    C) One more season, but done present day (which if you've watched the final episode, then you'll know why that would make sense). Would need to be done this exact year though. Though how many of the actors from the show are still alive considering that this show was from 1990-1991 (92 for the movie), I dunno.

    Anyways, might watch Game of Thrones next. Never watched that before, besides casual glances when flicking channels.

  10. #1835
    Member
    Registered: May 2004
    Location: Canuckistan GWN
    Quote Originally Posted by Yakoob View Post
    Just saw Talented Mr. Ripley - excellent, excellent movie and loved the creepy-weird atmosphere in many places.
    "Oh what a tangled web we weave..."

    It really is a superb film and fable.

    There is a sequel called, Ripley's Game, with John Malkovich as an older, aged in oak Tom Ripley. It does not extend from the plot of the original in any direct way and could be watched as a stand alone film but knowing the origins of Ripley does enhance the enjoyment.

  11. #1836
    Still Subjective
    Registered: Dec 1999
    Location: Idiocy will never die
    RoboCop 2014

    You know, it actually starts off well. I didn't recognise the actor in the preview clips and he looked a bit boy-bandish to be Murphy but actually the casting was really good. And it started off really well, so much so that I'd say the first half of the film doesn't deserve the second. It's pretty gritty despite its rating and quite well cast - all the big names do stellar jobs.

    The new "suit", if you can call it that (could you ever call it that?) works really well actually. I was sceptical all through seeing the previews and the on set shots but damn if they didn't pull it off pretty damn well. I even thought the motorbike was fitting. The themes from the original are all still there - rediscovering Robo's humanity, dealing with the family, "remembering" what happened to him and who did it. There is a bunch of extra political stuff about drones that is fine, and Jackson is high quality.

    But Jackson is the only throwback to the ott satirical humour of the original, which was a real shame as with the mood of this they totally could have got away with it.

    The second half is just boring and the showdown is a damp squib. This needed a Dick Jones or a Clarence Bodiker and there just isn't anyone nasty enough in it, and there are no awesome sidekicks like Emil, Leon or Joe.

    2/5 (4/5 for the first half though).

  12. #1837
    Moderator
    Registered: Jan 2003
    Location: NeoTokyo
    I watched two movies that don't really have a story.

    The first was Inside Llewlyn Davis, which was the awesome way to do it. I don't even care if it wasn't accurate to the Village folk scene or didn't have a driving plot; it was funny & melancholic, like the music. This is now my favorite movie of the last year.

    The other was The Wolf of Wall Street, which was the blah way to do it. It had its share of zings, but at the hour and a half mark when I realized it was only halfway through and there was *another* hour and a half to go, I didn't bother finishing it.

  13. #1838
    Member
    Registered: Jun 2004
    So I just started rewatching Firefly, which I didn't care much for first time around. I don't know if it's cause I'm older or my interest in film, but I'm appreciating it much more this time around - the characters are interestingly written, the plot is multi-dimensional and well paced, and there's some interesting themes and symbolism going on (like the whore mentoring the Shephered at the end ala Mary Magdalene). At the same time I realized how shoddy the camerawork and editing is in places haha

  14. #1839
    Level 10,000 achieved
    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Finland
    When things are going well, thereís a voice in my head saying "Youíre gonna screw it up!" I just wish that voice was louder than the voice saying "Letís screw it up!"

    Just watched the first episode of Maron, starring Marc Maron as Marc Maron, and let me tell you, Marc Maron does an absolutely fantastic Marc Maron. Some of the jokes/lines are reused from his standup comedy, but the guy delivers them so flawlessly it's hard not to laugh. The rest of the episode, with the plot about the hunt for an internet troll and Dave Foley's bumbling Dave Foley character were a bit wobbly, but most comedy shows take a while to find their voice.

    It's good! Will defenitely watch the rest of the season.

  15. #1840
    New Member
    Registered: Feb 2014
    I've been cathcing up on True Detective, HBO's new cop show with Mathew McConaughey (who between Wolf on Walstreet and Dallas Buyers Club is becoming one of my fav actors of the year) and Woody Harrelson (who's always awesome). Don't wanna over-explain it for fear of spoilers but it's an intense and engrossing watch well worth your time.

  16. #1841
    verbose douchebag
    Registered: Apr 2002
    Location: Lyon, France
    Watched Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa. Brilliant, hilarious. Made me laugh aloud many times. The phrase "modesty sporran" in context is worth the price of admission alone.

  17. #1842
    Member
    Registered: Jun 2001
    Location: Tatry Mountains, Poland
    Quote Originally Posted by habitual poster View Post
    I've been cathcing up on True Detective
    What a great show! With Breaking Bad and Sherlock gone I was afraid that TV will become boring again. But this one is really good.

  18. #1843
    Member
    Registered: Jan 2014
    Location: Bangalore, India
    Silver Linings Playbook. Not amazing and awesome and something to rave on and on about, but a good movie nonetheless, with great acting from all sides.

  19. #1844
    Taking the Death Toll
    Registered: Aug 2004
    Location: ideally far away
    "Your bottom is touching my sausage!"

    Saw Top Gear's new season premiere last night. There was also discussion of dildo cars ("it's a strap-on") and Richard Hammond's erection. My yaoi-loving slashfic-reading homoerotic-subtext-inferring friend got a serious kick out of this episode.

  20. #1845
    Member
    Registered: Jun 2001
    Location: Tatry Mountains, Poland
    I've just watched the 4th episode of True Detective.

    The last 7 minutes were... incredible. Children-of-Men-like incredible. Such well-acted and complicated long take in a TV show? Just WOW.

    Breaking Bad was my favourite show. It seems the king might be dethroned.

    I also highly recommend other mini-series - Top of the Lake. Great acting and atmosphere.
    Last edited by bukary; 12th Feb 2014 at 06:43.

  21. #1846
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    Registered: Apr 2003
    Location: Wales
    Glad to hear it's good because it's what I'm going to watch next, I think, after I get to the end of the US version of The Killing. I 'enjoyed' Top of the Lake although it was a bit strange and disturbing sometimes. But I'd watch a series 2.

  22. #1847
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    Registered: Jun 2001
    Location: Tatry Mountains, Poland
    Quote Originally Posted by nickie View Post
    Glad to hear it's good because it's what I'm going to watch next, I think, after I get to the end of the US version of The Killing.
    The last (3rd) series was the best, I think. So... have fun.

    I've also watched Thor: The Dark World, The Frozen Ground and the last season of Sherlock.

    Thor is rather boring. Definitely not for me. Even some great actors (Anthony Hopkins) are quite bad in this. On the other hand Sherlock is great. Once again. As for The Frozen Ground... I was pleasantly surprised. I was expecting another bad Nicolas Cage movie, but this one was quite interesting.

  23. #1848
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    Registered: Apr 2003
    Location: Wales
    Quote Originally Posted by bukary View Post
    The last (3rd) series was the best, I think. So... have fun.
    I've ground to a halt at Series 1, Episode 8. Possibly I was spoilt by the Danish original but I'm not completely engrossed. I think there's some excellent acting, particularly Mireille Enos and 'the family' but I don't care enough about the rest of the characters to want to know what happens to the principals (possibly strange comment). I will come back to it though as it might just be that I've been distracted.

  24. #1849
    Member
    Registered: Jun 2001
    Location: Tatry Mountains, Poland
    Quote Originally Posted by nickie View Post
    I will come back to it though as it might just be that I've been distracted.
    You can skip Series 1 and 2 (tied). Series 3 is a completely different story.

  25. #1850
    Moderator
    Registered: Apr 2003
    Location: Wales
    OK - thanks for the tip. I have started watching True Detective but am struggling a bit. Just as I start thinking the characters might be a bit believable and start getting involved in the story, they take me out of what's going on and throw me somewhere in the future. But I'm told I should persevere and I do like the actors involved, so I will.

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