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RE: Film reviews 2009/01/26 09:27:10 (permalink)
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RE: Film reviews 2009/01/26 10:45:34 (permalink)
Watched A History of Violence on Saturday night: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0399146/
 
I thought it was very good but still surprised to see it won Oscars as I'd never heard of it. Vigo Mortensen is excellent in it. You think it's gonna be quite a sleepy film (if you don't know the synopsis anyway), set in a backwater American town where everyone knows and looks out for each other. For the most part, it is like that, but with the odd flash of really graphic violence. Cronenberg has always been one for the weirdness and although this isn't as strange as say Crash, it still deals with family values and the difficulties one can have in shedding an unwanted past in an original way. Recommended.


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RE: Film reviews 2009/01/26 11:21:32 (permalink)
watched a couple of wicked films lately;
rocknrolla is good but not as gd as snatch and lockstock
american history x is the tits (curbstomp )
bullet boy set in london, bit like kidulthood but a bit older and darker
 
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RE: Film reviews 2009/01/26 11:24:13 (permalink)
ORIGINAL: Joga

Watched A History of Violence on Saturday night: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0399146/

I thought it was very good but still surprised to see it won Oscars as I'd never heard of it. Vigo Mortensen is excellent in it. You think it's gonna be quite a sleepy film (if you don't know the synopsis anyway), set in a backwater American town where everyone knows and looks out for each other. For the most part, it is like that, but with the odd flash of really graphic violence. Cronenberg has always been one for the weirdness and although this isn't as strange as say Crash, it still deals with family values and the difficulties one can have in shedding an unwanted past in an original way. Recommended.


yeah, great film.
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RE: Film reviews 2009/01/26 11:30:26 (permalink)
Got these Sky Plussed, which ones should I watch this week (some have been on there for donkey's):
 
V For Vendetta
Videodrome
Things To Do In Denver When You're Dead
Thank You For Smoking
8MM
Quadrophenia


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RE: Film reviews 2009/01/26 11:35:01 (permalink)
ORIGINAL: Joga

Got these Sky Plussed, which ones should I watch this week (some have been on there for donkey's):

V For Vendetta
Videodrome
Things To Do In Denver When You're Dead
Thank You For Smoking
8MM
Quadrophenia


They are all good but I'd say Thank You for smoking and 8mm are the best personally.  Videodrome is twisted and along with Quadrophenia, culturally important.  Things to do in Denver is a good yarn, V for Vendetta is good but not as good as the book.
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RE: Film reviews 2009/01/26 19:18:43 (permalink)
nice, threads picking up.
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RE: Film reviews 2009/01/27 05:28:50 (permalink)
anyone seen Diva yet?


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RE: Film reviews 2009/01/27 19:32:49 (permalink)
ORIGINAL: silentjob

anyone seen Diva yet?


its on my lovefilm list. not arrived yet tho.
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RE: Film reviews 2009/01/28 01:58:54 (permalink)
good lad.
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RE: Film reviews 2009/01/29 21:54:08 (permalink)
ORIGINAL: DjNefarious

Here we go then
Stalker (1979) Andrei Tarkovsky.

this'll be brief and i may give it a proper go when i feel more active.

the film follows a man "the stalker" who takes people into "the zone" an unpopulated and highly guarded area - a secretive and mysterious place.
I'm going to try and avoid pure synopsis as i can't be fucked.
Stylistically the film is minimal, beautiful, tense and highly thought provoking. The cinematography is pure brilliance with every shot bleeding beauty and really drawing in the viewer - confusing, mystifying and taunting them. the characters are strong and abrasive which adds to the films awkward atmosphere; you'll find yourself almost begging for closure at some points.

ok that review sucks and makes no sense and i'll come back and give it a proper go later this week hopefully.

to sum it up i'd say it's a great film but hard work, it isn't easy viewing, it wont be to everyone's tastes but if you're after something psychologically heavy, well shot and well written it's definately worth a watch.


this arrived today, aint watched it yet. waiting to be in the right mood
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RE: Film reviews 2009/01/29 22:03:06 (permalink)
Tonight I did not watch a film.

I have no opinions on the ins and outs of the various credible on none credible elements of the aforementioned none watched film and will therefore not we waxing lyrical about anything that may or may not have been relevant to the film I haven’t watched.

The none watching of a film tonight has been neither good nor bad, therefore I cannot hope to convey to you any views of the situation what so ever.

Tomorrow I may also not watch a film and if I don’t I will let you know that I didn’t.

Thanks for reading.
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RE: Film reviews 2009/01/29 23:00:35 (permalink)
was just gonna ask about slumdog millionaire and read the review, still definitely a must see  but to be honest if i want to see a film i dont listen to reviews much because someone elses perception of a film can be totally different to mine

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RE: Film reviews 2009/01/30 00:38:19 (permalink)
I thought Slumdog was pretty good. Well worth a watch. IM not sure id would be bothed abut seeing it again. Go see at cinema if you can, looked sick on big screem.



IKOS you terrible cunt!!!!! you are old so you should be sensible. OLDIE PANTS!!!
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RE: Film reviews 2009/01/30 01:16:17 (permalink)
I watched Twin Town last night. This'll probably be quite short and shit.

Brilliant film. It's set in Wales, Swansea, I think. The main characters are a couple of trouble making waster brothers who people call twins, because they do everything together. The film starts off innocently and with good humour and ends up being dark as pay back between the twins and a rich local escalates to a ridiculous point, starting classically because of something minor that could easily have been sorted if some people were cunts.

The film is cast very well, with all the characters being believable and nearly all being funny in one way or another. The fact it's set in Wales creates an immediate sense of joviality and the community amongst the characters helps to tie everyone and everything together very nicely and helps to make the characters a lot more accessable and likeable. There's no groundbreaking cinematography, but it's well scripted, very humourous and delivered excellently by the cast, making the darker parts of the film quite surreal and the more involving, also helped very much by a good soundtrack. The last few scenes are surprisingly tense, but fit in nicely with the film and only add to it.

It's hard to say what kind of film this is (making it that bit better and perhaps original). The mixture of crime, comedy, community scenes and filler parts make it seem like a soap opera, but with a good twist with a quality about it, which is quite rare in films.




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RE: Film reviews 2009/01/30 10:35:56 (permalink)

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IKOS you terrible cunt!!!!! you are old so you should be sensible. OLDIE PANTS!!!


What could not watching a film have to do with being old? I’m not old anyway, what gave you that idea?

Terrible cunt though That’s like a DABA staple cuss, i love it you terrible cunt. I’m watching Valkyrie tonight.
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RE: Film reviews 2009/01/30 12:13:15 (permalink)
I watched Tropic Thunder the other night and I didn't think I would like it - but I laughed a lot.  In fact I would quite like to see it again - Tom Cruise was great in it.
 
Watched Mary and whatever his name is make a porn film last night, it was watcheable but not great.  Not great at all really.


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RE: Film reviews 2009/01/30 12:51:23 (permalink)
okay, i've seen quite a few films recently. with the run through awards season I find all things i want to see are on now so i try and get to as many as possible

so....


The Argentine - Che: Part One (2008)

Dir: Steven Soderbergh

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0892255/

Plot Summary

The Argentine, begins as Che and a band of Cuban exiles (led by Fidel Castro) reach the Cuban shore from Mexico in 1956. Within two years, they mobilized popular support and an army and toppled the U.S.-friendly regime of dictator Fulgencio Batista.


The first prominant feature of this film is Soderbergh's conscious departure from the style and form most notable biopic films have adopted of late (Ali, Capote, etc).  Although several key revolutionary figures in the movement and certain key events have been cut or merged for the economy of the film, no artifice has been included with the aim of 'dramatising' the story and thrilling the audience. Due to this stylistic choice, audiences are given access to the day to day practicalities of guerilla warfare, intercut with forward flashes to Che's visit to New York to address the UN. Instead of using the what could be considered the classic conventions of a central character driven film, Soderbergh instead steers the film through a narrative style more akin with a documentary feature; even the possibility of a love interest for Che is understated and reserved where as other directors might have been tempted to include long broody silences and hestiant glances coupled with the swelling of strings.

The narrative style for the film results in a feeling of distance between the events on screen, and the audience; at times, one feels like an unwitting spectator unnoticed by the characters on screen as they go about their revolution. Due to this reluctance draw the audience into the character of Che it is difficult to draw an conclusions as to the man himself; we see him give orders, train peasents, converse with Castro and lead attacks, but we dont get to know the man as he marches forward through Cuba. Che was one of the most iconic figures of the 20th Century and for most people he doesn't exist beyond the image gracing the walls and t Shirt of many a student; because of this, one might want a little more access to this man and his thoughts, but this is decidedly lacking from the feature apart from his UN address which is full of Communist rhetoric.

The film itself looks quite remarkable. Entirely shot on DV, with follow the action in amoungst the guerillas with hand held shots granted access to all areas. Stylisticly, it is the forward flashes to Che's UN address in New York that stand out as being the most beautiful; the black and white awkward close ups and grainy effect make great effort to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary.
post edited by Myxomatosis - 2009/01/30 13:21:06


hello dave.....
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RE: Film reviews 2009/01/30 15:38:33 (permalink)
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ORIGINAL: sandmanJO3

IKOS you terrible cunt!!!!! you are old so you should be sensible. OLDIE PANTS!!!


What could not watching a film have to do with being old? I’m not old anyway, what gave you that idea?

Terrible cunt though That’s like a DABA staple cuss, i love it you terrible cunt. I’m watching Valkyrie tonight.


Monty? Monty you terrible cunt!?!?!?!?

i was subtly probing your film quote skills ikos. im afraid you failed ikos, you failed. twas a very subtle quote from WITHNAIL AND I.  i thought at your age you would get it ikos, but it flew over your head didnt it? oh well. i like you. cos your OLD and wise.

On a real, post a review on Valkyrie, I am interested in what its like but i know i'll not get round to seein it myself. Does actually look ok for big hollywood film doesnt it Ikos?
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RE: Film reviews 2009/01/30 16:33:31 (permalink)
I must have some booze. I DEMAND TO HAVE SOME BOOZ! Big film.

Valkyrie review to follow.
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RE: Film reviews 2009/01/30 16:50:42 (permalink)
Ok, been meaning to add to this thread for a while, i'm no film critic, so this review wont be too deep.
 
"Fix"   http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1103221/
 
Watched this a couple of weeks ago, had never heard of it, but saw it online for free and read up a couple of reviews and thought i'll give it a go. The plot is based on true events, of one day set in and around LA and centres around a couple, Milo and Bella and Milo's brother Leo. Milo and Bella are making a documentary film of themselves taking Leo (smack head) to rehab. They pick him up in the early hours of the morning and have untill 8.00pm to take him to rehab and pay $5000 cash to make sure he avoids a 3 year prison sentence. Cue lots of wild/wacky/"insane" antics as Leo drags Milo and Bella around LA, meeting lots of different characters and coming up with different schemes to try and raise the cash....
 
The whole film is shot on handheld camera, as filmed by the character Milo, who we hardly see in the film. It definetly has got a raw docu style feel to it. And even though i have never heard of any of the actors, i think they were impressive. The main character Leo, i thought was played well, probebly slightly better than the other two main characters. But it was the randoms that they meet on the way that kept the energy and twists going. There is never really a dull moment and its well directed, with plenty of tangents and little gems of randomnees that ensure you never quite know whats gonna happen next. 
have to admit i wasn't expecting too much from this film, but found myself gradually getting into it. Good if u want something a bit different. overall:  3/5 stars.



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RE: Film reviews 2009/01/30 17:07:12 (permalink)
ORIGINAL: skint

Ok, been meaning to add to this thread for a while, i'm no film critic, so this review wont be too deep.

"Fix"   http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1103221/

Watched this a couple of weeks ago, had never heard of it, but saw it online for free and read up a couple of reviews and thought i'll give it a go. The plot is based on true events, of one day set in and around LA and centres around a couple, Milo and Bella and Milo's brother Leo. Milo and Bella are making a documentary film of themselves taking Leo (smack head) to rehab. They pick him up in the early hours of the morning and have untill 8.00pm to take him to rehab and pay $5000 cash to make sure he avoids a 3 year prison sentence. Cue lots of wild/wacky/"insane" antics as Leo drags Milo and Bella around LA, meeting lots of different characters and coming up with different schemes to try and raise the cash....

The whole film is shot on handheld camera, as filmed by the character Milo, who we hardly see in the film. It definetly has got a raw docu style feel to it. And even though i have never heard of any of the actors, i think they were impressive. The main character Leo, i thought was played well, probebly slightly better than the other two main characters. But it was the randoms that they meet on the way that kept the energy and twists going. There is never really a dull moment and its well directed, with plenty of tangents and little gems of randomnees that ensure you never quite know whats gonna happen next. 
have to admit i wasn't expecting too much from this film, but found myself gradually getting into it. Good if u want something a bit different. overall:  3/5 stars.


sounds pretty good this^ im gonna look out for it
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RE: Film reviews 2009/02/08 22:39:38 (permalink)
MARTYRS - Pascal Laugier - 2008

Just got back from what may turn out to be one of only two screenings of this ferocious french horror film in UK cinemas ever. Things are uncertain at this point to what extent the films release will be restricted but in the UK but it is already seeing prohibited release issues around the world and has caused a huge amount of controversy and buzz at cannes and horror film festivals already. We were told at the cinema before the film started that people had been exiting screenings and vomiting and fainting at cannes and that this film was not to be taken lightly, so naturally when the lights went down to start i was quite excited about thw whole thing!

The film tells the story of a woman (Lucie) seaking vengeance after being held captive and tortured as a child. Somehow she escapes and ends up in a orphanage/hosptial for treaumatised and abused children where she befriends a like minded companion. The two girls grow up and seak revenge for the terrible, traumatic ordeal Lucie has been burdened with.

The film doesnt fuck about, your thrown into unnerving territory from the off and your immediately immersed into the terror and relentless unflinching violence. However it is not purely violence and tension that makes this a horror to be excited about, the main thing that gives Martyr the edge over the slue of extreme films being put out around the world these days is the sense of purpose and maturity to the film that often lacks in extreme cinema. You find yourself dreading the answers to the many many questions that are thrown up at you straight away, what is Lucie being stalked by? (!) Who captured and abused her as a child? Why? Where did this happen? How will this all pan out? how much will be revealed? how far will this film go? Its this sense of unease and dread about what may be lurking round the next dramatical and visual corner that really sets the film apart from the murky, generia that swamps the horror genre.

I am struggling to review this film, i want to talk about what happens in it but this will ruin it for everyone, to just mention how they portray this, how they deal with that would deliver so many drastic spoilers that will reduce the impact of the film. So all i will say is, while this is not quite as extreme as the hype makes out (as fucking always) this is an original horror with a plan, a purpose and a plot that for me delivered the goods and then some. Very well made, looks great and keeps you guessing and unnerved through out. Any fan of extreme cinema NEEDS to get on this. Extreme, hyper violent, creepy and interesting.
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RE: Film reviews 2009/02/08 22:50:29 (permalink)
Nice review SandmanJO3. Usually never bother with horror but banned films usually get my attention just to see what the fuss is about. Sounds like a good film and revenge is always a good subject for 'extreme cinema'. LOL at the stories about people vomiting and walking out, every year at Cannes some film apparently has this happening. Usual bullshit. I'll look out for this though, nice one
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RE: Film reviews 2009/02/08 22:52:08 (permalink)
Sounds fucking deep, im not a big horror fan but i will check this as it sounds a little deferent.

Nicely written by the way.

(I watched slumdog the other day, i'll write my thoughts on it tomorrow as im kinda busy tonight)
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RE: Film reviews 2009/02/08 23:02:42 (permalink)
nice one fellas. I didn't know anything about this film before seeing it plot wise apart from some vague bits and bobs, i urge you to track down and watch with out finding anything more about the plot out. The real key to the terror is the mystery. INTESNE tho. My mate had to leave half way through she a girly girl so its ok tho
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RE: Film reviews 2009/02/09 08:53:37 (permalink)
 read up alittle on Martyrs, its not been banned in france as was suggested to me by shorrom management. Its been given and 18+ certificate in france, which sounds normal for us but in france i dont think any films other than actual porn get anything above a 16+, so the french certification of the film means it can only be screened in adult cinemas who wont show nothing but porn. So in a affect its been banned from a cinema general release, Uk are still on the fence, i hope it gets a bigger release cos seeing such a gruesomly extreme film on the big screen is an experience.

Also was a bit buzzy when writing reveiw as i'd just got out of the cinema, just need to post some shit after i've calmed down though my review above harps on about the plot let me clarify that it is NOT a complex or far reaching plot, it is quite one dimensional but handles mystery very well to make it compelling for thoise who can stomach the horror. Those of you opting to check it out who are not into horror films or extreme cinema will not like it i dont think, despite having a little more weight to the plot than most horror films it is still a very gruesome, hyper violent gore fest and is extreme to the core. Not a pleasant watch for people who dont usually check this kind of stuff. I still urge u to have alook though[sm=biggthumpup.gif]
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RE: Film reviews 2009/02/12 00:41:24 (permalink)
ORIGINAL: DjNefarious

Here we go then
Stalker (1979) Andrei Tarkovsky.

this'll be brief and i may give it a proper go when i feel more active.

the film follows a man "the stalker" who takes people into "the zone" an unpopulated and highly guarded area - a secretive and mysterious place.
I'm going to try and avoid pure synopsis as i can't be fucked.
Stylistically the film is minimal, beautiful, tense and highly thought provoking. The cinematography is pure brilliance with every shot bleeding beauty and really drawing in the viewer - confusing, mystifying and taunting them. the characters are strong and abrasive which adds to the films awkward atmosphere; you'll find yourself almost begging for closure at some points.

ok that review sucks and makes no sense and i'll come back and give it a proper go later this week hopefully.

to sum it up i'd say it's a great film but hard work, it isn't easy viewing, it wont be to everyone's tastes but if you're after something psychologically heavy, well shot and well written it's definately worth a watch.


BIG BIG FILM

Ive not actually watched any Andrei Tarkovsky before this to my knowledge but will be on his other films like a fly round shit after watching this beauty. While i feel i need to watch it again to truley appreciate the philisophical depth to the sub-text of the plot and script, i thoroughly enjoyed it. Really simple plot on the surfacem, but so, so intricate when you get into the script and the metaphorics of it all. And of course, it lookes amazing, perfect static framing,vast majestic pans, brilliant, haunting sound, great acting. 

Check it if your into sureal arhouse cinema and your up for a deep script and some beatiful film making.

big ups Nefarious.
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RE: Film reviews 2009/02/12 01:57:47 (permalink)
Some really good films mentioned in this thread so far.. Chinatown, History of Violence, The Wrestler.

My Film: Blade Runner

I know it's a classic, but I watched it again recently and reminded myself why I love it so much. Such a bleak futuristic sci-fi movie. Set in the foreseeable future in which L.A. is a black city with flaming skyscrapers and the dominant race is oriental. It is constantly dark and constantly raining.

It, like most good sci-fi films, is concerned with some of the philosophical implications of artificial intelligence. 'Replicants' (identical to humans) have been made to work as slaves on other planets and a recent super-advanced brand of replicants (Nexus 6) have managed to get back to earth. Replicants on earth are illegal and must be killed ('retired'). The people employed to kill them are called Blade Runners, of which Deckard (Harrison Ford) is the best, so naturally it is his job to 'retire' them. Because some of the Nexus 6 replicants are so intelligent, they are only given a 4 year life-span, which is why they have come back to earth to find their creator, Tyrell, and demand more life.

Deckard meets Rachel in Tyrell's massive pyramid building (it is amazing) and finds out that she is a replicant, a very advanced one too. He finds out that she is so intelligent because she has been implanted with the memories of a human. I think the philosophical questions this raises are really interesting. Is she really an individual? What makes her different from a real human apart from her lifespan? Is it ethical to give her such a short lifespan if she is so close to being a real human? These are the issues that concern Roy, the leader of the 4 rogue replicants. (Rutger Hauer)

As you follow Deckard around it becomes difficult to tell whether he is really the hero of the film. The replicants seem to have a strong justification for demanding more life and it is unclear whether he is performing such a moral duty as you understand the replicants' personalities. They seem to be more sensitive and aware of the world than the small amount of humans shown in the film. In other words, they are more human than humans themselves. The fact that Deckard falls in love with Rachel also undermines the task he is supposed to carry out. It confirms that 'retiring' replicants is actually execution.

The dark and ambitious subjects that are raised in this film are all enhanced by the bleak cinematography and the music. The Vangelis soundtrack is ridiculously good. I use it as an alarm in the mornings. The acting and the script is so good.. Rutger Hauer's apparently improvised "tears in the rain" speech is pretty much poetry... "attack ships on fire off the shore of orion"

There is also the brilliant question of whether Deckard is a replicant himself, which also raises another load of great questions. I think Ridley Scott thinks he IS a replicant and Harrison Ford doesnt. He has a dream about a unicorn. Then this policeman, who follows him around, leaves an origami unicorn his flat. Does this show that he knows Deckard's memories/dreams and that they are therefore implanted?

So much depth to the film... On the surface it makes a great cop/detective tracking down the criminals kind of story as well. Visually stunning. Have already written way more than I wanted to write and could write much more... Cant fault anything about Blade Runner, at all.

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RE: Film reviews 2009/02/12 12:28:09 (permalink)
nice one Kingbop. Good to here someones review of a well known classic.

Love Blade Runner so much, interesting that Harrison Ford hated it when he was making it as he felt that the scenery was the main character rather than him. It is true, but strange to get upset about that as an actor.
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