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#1 kerraig UK

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Posted 21 May 2008 - 04:59 PM

Hey guys, dunno if this'd work really, but I thought we could just have one random thread where we can all just comment on whatever movie we've just watched. just as an ongoing conversation. kinda like the 'what are you doing right now' thread in off topic. if its a bad idea i'm sure it'll just die off but i like talking about the films i've just watched but dont neccessarily wanna start a new thread for every film.

Just watched 'In the valley of Elah' which is Paul Haggis' follow up to Crash as Director.

A lot of people had a million criticisms with Crash's manipulative script, racial stereotyping and moral bludgeoning. personally I thought it was an unsubtle and flawed movie with some astounding moments, most notably Matt Dillons performance.

However, the thought of Haggis tackling Iraq filled me with dread so I didnt go see this at the cinema. Having watched it now though i am seriously impressed. Tommy Lee jones is just sublime as the arrogant and driven Father of a soldier who has gone AWOL after returning from iraq. the story takes us on a journey into the hearts of men who are trained to kill without thought or remorse, who are then brought back into the fold on soil where they are supposed to behave in a completely different manner.

It nails it for me. the soldiers are all terrifically apathetic and cold, Tommy lee is intolerable of human failings "i cant sit here and listen to you cry" and simply wants the truth, which is ultimately what he finds.

Seriously recommended to anyone who like TLJ, conspiracy movies or war movies. Its shot beautifully and the script is solid gold. Only wish i'd caught it earlier.
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Posted 21 May 2008 - 05:35 PM

Singin' In The Rain. Brilliant fun. Me and the kids keep watching the songs again and again. Youtube is blocked from work so I can't check these links work: the title song, Make 'Em Laugh, Good Morning and Moses Supposes, but if they don't work interested parties will have to type "Singing In The Rain" in the youtube search box for themselves.

I'm not sure I consider Gene Kelly a likeable presence: his smile seems a bit forced and fake to me, but I'm definitely watching some more MGM musicals soon.

Singin in the rain is a bit of history of the movies, and a key sequence is based on Busby Berkeley, so I've been looking him up too. Check this out By a waterfall (it doesn't take off for a minute or two). Quite, quite mad.
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Posted 21 May 2008 - 05:39 PM

I know what you mean about gene kelly. he seems to lack a bit of charisma.

back in the day I wasted a lot of time on the IMDB forums and I remember a thread that went on forever where we all tried to agree on one film that we all at least 'liked'. There would be somebody there to contest every single movie, from Shawshank, to citizen kane, to godfather to the princess bride. SOMEONE would hate it for some stupid reason. Singin in the rain was the only film we could come up with that was at least liked by everyone. you could argue that possibly makes it the best film ever made.
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Posted 21 May 2008 - 05:45 PM

The thought of Haggis tackling Iraq also filled me with dread but I keep hearing good things about Elah so I think I will have to bite the bullet and give it a watch.

I've been watching a few of the animated Disney films I had missed first time around. First up was Lilo & Stitch which I thought was fantastic. I'm still not sure why I hadn't watched it until now but it was worth the wait. It is very different to the traditional Disney film (both in content and look) but it more than holds it own against their classics. I loved the character designs (apart from some of the other aliens). Chris Sanders has an interesting twist on the old pin-up girl look and it really worked well with the Hawaiian setting. It is also a really sweet story with bags of heart and it is one of the more consistently funny Disney films. It did have an Iron Giant feel to it (instrument of destruction with a heart connects with lonely child etc) but as that is one of my all time favourite animated films I didn't care at all.

I also watched Treasure Planet which doesn't hold up as well as Lilo & Stitch. It isn't terrible but certainly doesn't compare with the Disney greats let alone the mediocre ones such as The Black Cauldron. The animation is pretty decent and I really liked the crescent shipping dock but they don't really do anything interesting with the Treasure Island story. None of the set pieces are particularly exhilarating and with the exception of John Silver none of the characters are remotely memorable. Compared to what was to follow (Brother Bear and Home on the Range) it is a mini-triumph but considering Lilo & Stitch was released in the same year the film can't help but look weak (and to think it almost cost double what L&S did it is even more depressing).

Finally I watched Meet the Robinsons. I don't know how much involvement Lasseter et al had but this is definitely a step in the right direction after the risible and ugly Chicken Little. Perhaps expectations were at rock bottom but I really enjoyed this. It is scattershot but that is also part of its charm. So many things are played with in the film that inevitably some bits don't work but you don't have to wait long for something else to come along to divert your attention. Visually it probably lags behind the 3 other studios (Pixar, Dreamworks, Blue Sky) but I found it far more enjoyable than any of the films either of the latter studios have produced.
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Posted 21 May 2008 - 05:47 PM

I cant reccomend Mr Brooks enough at work.

Terrific film.
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Posted 21 May 2008 - 06:32 PM

The thought of Haggis tackling Iraq also filled me with dread but I keep hearing good things about Elah so I think I will have to bite the bullet and give it a watch.


do you like Paul Schrader Cookie? Elah felt very much to me like the old George C Scott movie hardcore (i thnk thats what it was called) where he's looking for his daughter who ends up in porno
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Posted 21 May 2008 - 06:46 PM

Yeah I like Schrader a lot. I've added the film on to my rental list now. It better be good.
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Posted 21 May 2008 - 07:04 PM

do you like Paul Schrader Cookie? Elah felt very much to me like the old George C Scott movie hardcore (i thnk thats what it was called) where he's looking for his daughter who ends up in porno


This Schrader film is called Hardcore, by the way.
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Posted 21 May 2008 - 07:04 PM

Elah felt very much to me like the old George C Scott movie hardcore (i thnk thats what it was called) where he's looking for his daughter who ends up in porno

Now mentioned twice in two days! And both posts expressed doubt about the title! :angry:
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Posted 21 May 2008 - 07:41 PM

I cant reccomend Mr Brooks enough at work.

Terrific film.

Saw that in the cinema, had enough dark humour to keep it pretty interesting throughout
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Posted 21 May 2008 - 10:19 PM

I just watched Paths of Glory. A Kubrick classic, so I had to see it someday even though I don't have such an interest in warfare. I was quite surprised that it was actually a quite subtle affair that portrays the faults made at that time like they were: a mentality in the army that caused millions of unnecessary deaths. The film focused mostly on the humane aspects of the war and only crossed the line between humane and sentimental on a few occasions. A nice surprise, made me interested in Full Metal Jacket.

And oh, Lilo & Stitch is brilliant. I can't quite believe what went wrong after that (Home on the Range almost made me cry).
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#12 kerraig UK

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Posted 22 May 2008 - 10:32 AM

Paths of Glory is one of Kubricks warmest films. its the one I trot out in his defence when people say what a detached director he was. Its incredibly moving.

Last night I went to see Charlie Bartlett. Really nice mixture of Ferris Bueller and Election. A bit of a virtuoso performance from young Charlie, who is a proper rich kid sent to public school after being kicked out of all the private ones. The usual off kilter Robert Downey Jr performance as his nemesis the school principal. Similar to election its really watchable and fun, but with some quite serious undertones that add weight where its needed. I'd highly recommend it.
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Posted 22 May 2008 - 11:44 AM

Ditto about Mr Books.. I watched it on an aircraft flying back from Singapore and still loved it. Kev's CV is all over the place isn't it? I wonder if he chose that himself?

I watched Nick Broomfield's Battle for Haditha with the wife a few weeks ago and have been recommending it to just about anyone that will listen at work. Not a bad performance from anyone throughout, lovely natural acting that lets the story carry you through.

Sad but important. I loved it.
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Posted 22 May 2008 - 01:09 PM

I saw In Bruges at the cinema a few days ago and loved it. For anyone who didn't catch it, it's a black comedy in the vein of Grosse Pointe Blank or Sexy Beast (Ralph Fiennes' villain is obviously inspired by the latter) about a pair of hitmen sent to Belgium, ostensibly to lay low for a while after Colin Farrell's first job goes shockingly - and genuinely shocking it is - wrong.

I read a handful of reviews before I decided on it, and the number one criticism seemed to be that the movie never hits the right balance between pathos and comedy, and it's true that its mood veers wildly from comic to suicidally depressed at the drop of a hat, but that's sort of the point of the movie and reflects the inner turmoil of the Colin Farrell character. Occasionally it's a bit obvious how far the scriptwriter is trying to push boundaries of taste, but nearly all the gags are LOL worthy. There's a bit lifted from the trailer which is particularly memorable: Ralph Fiennes is visiting with an associate to pick up a gun and finds a table full of mini submachine guns: 'I'm not trying to kill 20 black 10 year olds in a drive-by in South Central Los Angeles. I want a regular gun for a regular person.'

There's a plot contrivance involving a dwarf (not the one from Station Agent, though he sounds similar) that's a bit too obvious and neat for this movie and Brendan Gleeson's character is too adorable to be believed as a killer, but I massively recommend it. I haven't been so impressed at the cinema in a while, and it should be heading to DVD soon if it's not available already. Eight thumbs up.
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Posted 22 May 2008 - 01:42 PM

I just watched Paths of Glory. A Kubrick classic, so I had to see it someday even though I don't have such an interest in warfare. I was quite surprised that it was actually a quite subtle affair that portrays the faults made at that time like they were: a mentality in the army that caused millions of unnecessary deaths. The film focused mostly on the humane aspects of the war and only crossed the line between humane and sentimental on a few occasions. A nice surprise, made me interested in Full Metal Jacket.

Paths of Glory is an amazing movie. The political toing and froing at the start is played almost like a comedy (especially the way they both move around the room assuming control of the situation like a dance) but it really helps foreshadow what is to come and gives the closing scenes far more impact when you realise the people in charge were treating the war as some sort of promotional game. The scene
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It is Kubrick's first feature film that really points to how good he was.

I watched a short anime called Kakurenbo today which was really good. With only a 25 minute run time it ditches any character development and is more about the mood.

IMDB plot summary:
In a street where no one lives, there is a rumor saying that if you play the game 'Otokoyo', or hide and seek after dark, demons will come and take you away. One night, 8 children play the game, each for their own reasons. A boy named Hikora has joined in search of his missing sister who played the game last. But when the game does begin, it becomes apparent that the rumors were true, and that children do get taken away, and Hikora discovers the fate of the one who is "it".

The animation is decent as is the character design and there is a copy of the English dubbed version (it isn't too bad) up on Youtube.
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Posted 22 May 2008 - 02:21 PM

Wow that sounds great. I loved the atnosphere in spirited away where she first discovers the fairground. Is that sort of desolate feel?
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Posted 22 May 2008 - 02:26 PM

Kind of. It is a lot darker and is set in a disused town that fuses fuedal design with more modern architecture such as neon signs etc. The animation inevitably isn't up to Ghibli standard but it is well worth checking out, especially as it only takes 25 minutes out of your day.

Part one, two and three
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Posted 22 May 2008 - 02:32 PM

I can see why people would hate Crash. It is manipulative, didactic and looks like an Orange advert. However, I watched for the third time the other day, and loved it. I think I just like a bit of melodrama every now and then.

Some of the key 'emotional' scenes and extremly slick (almost inappropriately so) - with the music taking the place of diegetic sound, the use slow motion, and the self-conciously wobbly camera - but it just works for me.

I think it's blatant parable-like form is quite refreshing, as you don't get much of that kind of thing these days.
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Posted 22 May 2008 - 02:37 PM

A film I wanted to avoid because I felt I knew I'd spend most of it mocking stereotypes of Gay Cowboys eating chocolate pudding in the hills.

Brokeback Mountain was actually very compelling and it was so sad that no matter how much they were both in love with each other, they just couldn't show who they really were in terms of their sexuality. Apart from ahving to have to odd fling and Heath Ledger's character being caught out by his wife, it showed a raw emtoion of love, loss and acceptance.

The scenes on the mountains are stunning and I'm still shocked at how many sheep they had to herd around. Just thinking of how many takes it took makes my mind boggle.

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A truly moving movie that certainly took me (personally) by surprise.
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Posted 22 May 2008 - 02:39 PM

A film I wanted to avoid because I felt I knew I'd spend most of it mocking stereotypes of Gay Cowboys eating chocolate pudding in the hills.


I was desperate for this to happen all the way through the movie; Ennis eats some apple pie at one point, though!

I loved this film. Amazing score, as well.
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Posted 22 May 2008 - 03:24 PM

This week I have seen four films

Cromwell off TV - good drama but poor picture quality off ITV (Due to pan and scan) and lot of inaccurate bit of History ie No mention of Bentley Hall

Monarch on the run

On the night of September 10th 1651, King Charles II took shelter at the hall. The English Civil War had just ended with Charles’s defeat at the Battle of Worcester and he was now fleeing for his life from Oliver Cromwell's victorious troops.

The King was helped by the then owner Colonel John Lane and his sister Jane Lane. The next day she took Charles, disguised as her servant, to Bristol. From there he continued what became over a 950km (600-mile) escape route to France. The journey is now commemorated by the Monarch's Way long distance footpath.


This bit is not in the film.

Ironman in cinema - very good film and better than expected. An enjoyable blockbuster comic film. Not heard of Ironman last year.

Brokeback Mountain - Very good film with beautiful cinematography, wonderful location, storyline and acting. Just don't like gay sex scene but you can't cut it out.

Ed Wood - Weird and interesting film about Ed Wood who is one of worst B Horror film director ever. Nice use of Black and white filming.
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#22 kerraig UK

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Posted 22 May 2008 - 04:22 PM

I saw In Bruges at the cinema a few days ago and loved it. For anyone who didn't catch it, it's a black comedy in the vein of Grosse Pointe Blank or Sexy Beast (Ralph Fiennes' villain is obviously inspired by the latter) about a pair of hitmen sent to Belgium, ostensibly to lay low for a while after Colin Farrell's first job goes shockingly - and genuinely shocking it is - wrong.

I read a handful of reviews before I decided on it, and the number one criticism seemed to be that the movie never hits the right balance between pathos and comedy, and it's true that its mood veers wildly from comic to suicidally depressed at the drop of a hat, but that's sort of the point of the movie and reflects the inner turmoil of the Colin Farrell character. Occasionally it's a bit obvious how far the scriptwriter is trying to push boundaries of taste, but nearly all the gags are LOL worthy. There's a bit lifted from the trailer which is particularly memorable: Ralph Fiennes is visiting with an associate to pick up a gun and finds a table full of mini submachine guns: 'I'm not trying to kill 20 black 10 year olds in a drive-by in South Central Los Angeles. I want a regular gun for a regular person.'

There's a plot contrivance involving a dwarf (not the one from Station Agent, though he sounds similar) that's a bit too obvious and neat for this movie and Brendan Gleeson's character is too adorable to be believed as a killer, but I massively recommend it. I haven't been so impressed at the cinema in a while, and it should be heading to DVD soon if it's not available already. Eight thumbs up.


I loved In bruges too. A lot darker than i thought it was gonna be and genuinely moving.
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Posted 22 May 2008 - 04:25 PM

A film I wanted to avoid because I felt I knew I'd spend most of it mocking stereotypes of Gay Cowboys eating chocolate pudding in the hills.

Brokeback Mountain was actually very compelling and it was so sad that no matter how much they were both in love with each other, they just couldn't show who they really were in terms of their sexuality. Apart from ahving to have to odd fling and Heath Ledger's character being caught out by his wife, it showed a raw emtoion of love, loss and acceptance.

The scenes on the mountains are stunning and I'm still shocked at how many sheep they had to herd around. Just thinking of how many takes it took makes my mind boggle.

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A truly moving movie that certainly took me (personally) by surprise.


I think brokeback shows how subttley homophobic a lot of people are. So many of my friends are hesitant to watch it or mock me for my love of it, but its an absolutely beautiful film. Heartbreaking, stunningly acted and just a bittersweet joy to watch. i dont know why it qwould take anyone by surprise that it is great when its won so many accolades.
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Posted 22 May 2008 - 04:26 PM

I thought In Bruges was alright, but I thought Ralph Fiennes was really, really hammy in it. He was like a panto villian compared to the two reasonably well-rounded leads and almost ruined the film for me - I think he completely misjudged the tone. Apart from the "is it a wee or a poo?" line, which was genius.
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Posted 22 May 2008 - 04:30 PM

I think brokeback shows how subttley homophobic a lot of people are. So many of my friends are hesitant to watch it or mock me for my love of it, but its an absolutely beautiful film. Heartbreaking, stunningly acted and just a bittersweet joy to watch. i dont know why it qwould take anyone by surprise that it is great when its won so many accolades.


It's mainly me being a pig ignorant and the fear of being ridiculed for watching a film about two gay cowboys, but it is a beautiful film. It certainly learnt me good and proper. I can understand why it was up for many Oscars. Had my girlfriend's flatmate crying at the end.
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Posted 22 May 2008 - 04:33 PM

I think brokeback shows how subttley homophobic a lot of people are. So many of my friends are hesitant to watch it or mock me for my love of it, but its an absolutely beautiful film.

I had the same response from my friends when I went to see it at the cinema. Along with Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind it really is one of the best love stories of the past 10-20 years.
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Posted 23 May 2008 - 05:18 PM

I watched PT Anderson's first feature film, Hard Eight today and I was a bit disappointed. It looks and sounds great and the cast are brilliant but the story never really shifts gear. It never really builds to the big reveal and after that moment it doesn't go anywhere interesting either (apart from the touching phone call between Sydney and John).
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Posted 23 May 2008 - 05:37 PM

I had the same response from my friends when I went to see it at the cinema. Along with Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind it really is one of the best love stories of the past 10-20 years.

Don't forget Before Sunrise/Sunset! Brokeback Mountain is brilliant, but I don't rate it that highly. I have to see it again though, it has been a while since I've seen it in cinema.
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Posted 23 May 2008 - 05:44 PM

Well I did say one of the best of the last 10-15 years. I would certainly put Before Sunrise up with it and Before Sunset would be pretty close too.
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Posted 23 May 2008 - 11:48 PM

I don't like to cross over personal stuff onto here in case someone stalks me, grooms me and then sexually abuses me, but I thought I'd do a bit of shameless self-promotion in here and mention that I'm one of the new people at CHUD.com and you can read my blog in their blog section. My latest blog is about Wong Kar Wai's Ashes of Time Redux. Larrydavidsanger might get a kick out of seeing that the profile picture of my big face was taken in his girlfriend's backgarden a few years ago.
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