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Post by sorenlorensen on Thu Nov 27, 2014 9:17 pm

Watched Edge of Tomorrow (awful name). It was really enjoyable, intelligent scifi. Amd just like a Videogame - Tom Cruise reliving the same day and same sequence of events in an alien invasion, over an over, trying different tactics each time Very Happy

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Post by kerr9000 on Thu Nov 27, 2014 9:46 pm

I watched that with my dad a few weeks ago and enjoyed it as well
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Post by cal_el on Wed Dec 03, 2014 11:46 am

I watched Interstellar last week which I thoroughly enjoyed. It is a "proper" sci-fi movie but with a nice modern edge to it. Not Christopher Nolan's best film but still one of the best filsm I have seen this year.

Also watched The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 last night and really enjoyed it. It is very different from the first film and there is the great running theme of propaganda and how it can be used to shape public opinion.

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Re: The last film you watched Thread

Post by sorenlorensen on Thu Dec 04, 2014 9:59 pm

Last weekend, watched Guardians of the Galaxy.  Liked it.  Not as po-faced as some Marvel movies - this was just fun.  Well-paced too.

Also watched Nativity and Nativity 2.  The first one was a surprise, in that it was a 'proper' film with a plot and everything.  The follow-up was farce though.

And, this evening, I watched Elf - it's the Christmas season (i love elf and watch it every year santa)

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Re: The last film you watched Thread

Post by dste01 on Mon Dec 08, 2014 10:33 pm

Finally watched Skyfall at the weekend.

Meh.
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Re: The last film you watched Thread

Post by kerr9000 on Mon Dec 08, 2014 11:23 pm

I still havent watched Skyfall.  Quantum was so bad it put me of the idea of seeing him as bond again.
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Post by megablast16 on Tue Dec 09, 2014 10:14 am

kerr9000 wrote:I still havent watched Skyfall.  Quantum was so bad it put me of the idea of seeing him as bond again.

Skyfall is actually on ITV Christmas Eve, so you can watch it for free and make your mind up. I haven't seen it either.

Anyway watched Guardians Of The Galaxy on Blu-ray the weekend, I dunno I was slightly disappointed overall. It was fun and enjoyable but it just had something missing for me and it wasn't up to the standard of Avengers Assemble, I always judge a film by how re-watchable it is and I don't really feel any need to watch Guardians again.

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Post by MarkySharky on Tue Dec 09, 2014 12:37 pm

Guardians of the Galaxy was potentially the best Marvel for me. 

It's difficult to take Marvel films seriously due to their comic book elements and when they try to be serious it's laughable sometimes. 

Guardians got the mix right for me. Silly at times and funny but serious elements that worked in its own world without trying to force you into trying to believe it in the real world if that make sense.
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Re: The last film you watched Thread

Post by kerr9000 on Tue Dec 09, 2014 4:30 pm

I thought Guardians was the best marvel film so far.
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Re: The last film you watched Thread

Post by dste01 on Wed Dec 10, 2014 10:09 pm

I really enjoyed Guardians, definitely in my top four Marvel films.

In regards to Skyfall, it was definitely an improvement on Quantum but still nowhere near as good as Casino. It just felt like a typical Bond film and didn't really offer anything new. Probably worth a watch once even just for Judi Dench as M.

Last night we watched Blackfish, a documentary about the Orca's at Seaworld and how they covered up a lot of injuries and deaths. Definitely worth a watch know it loses it's way a little near the end in my opinion.
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Re: The last film you watched Thread

Post by Wolvieware on Thu Dec 11, 2014 8:55 am

I saw Unbroken last night, the true story of an Olympic runner held in a Japanese prisoner if war camp during WWII, directed by Angelina Jolie. It's actually a very decent movie, well directed and despite being long movesat a very swift pace throughout. It's hard to believe all this happened. I think it might get oscar noms, it's that kind of movie.

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Re: The last film you watched Thread

Post by kerr9000 on Thu Dec 11, 2014 9:31 am

You heard about her getting accused of racism over it ?
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Re: The last film you watched Thread

Post by Wolvieware on Thu Dec 11, 2014 2:35 pm

No I hadn't heard but the film is quite unflinching in its portrayal of the Japanese. However it is based on a true life story and if these events happened then it's only accurate. The Japanese camp overseer was one if the top 40 most wanted war criminals of WWII so I would say it's fairly accurate.

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Re: The last film you watched Thread

Post by Wolvieware on Thu Jan 01, 2015 9:30 pm

Saw The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies tonight, and to be fair, it was a pretty poor end to the LOTR saga. Don't get me wrong, it was a fun, enjoyable movie, but the film never really overcomes the doesn't need to exist issue. The problem is, the story is all pretty much wrapped up, so there's not a lot of plot progression - just build up to, and then fighting of, a very large battle, which, honestly, is a bit boring. It's a far cry from the fantastic Helm's Deep, or Pelennor Fields from LOTR. I really think they could have two really good streamlined movies. Instead, this whole trilogy has been a bit bloated, and while fun, just lacks the grown up fantasy and taking it serious of the first trilogy. At times, this just felt too cartoony, and Thorin's descent into madness is so quick it doesn't feel natural. Perhaps the extended versions will be worth watching, but otherwise The Hobbit as a whole was an entertaining, but non essential time.

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Re: The last film you watched Thread

Post by dste01 on Fri Jan 02, 2015 10:27 pm

As much as I really enjoyed the LOTR films I have absolutely no desire to watch the Hobbit trilogy due to pretty much what you said.

If they had done film then I would have definitely watched it, two films I would have watched at a push. Three films, nope.
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Re: The last film you watched Thread

Post by sorenlorensen on Sat Jan 03, 2015 1:54 pm

I agree and disagree with Wolvie on this one.

I completely agree that this should have been two (at the most) films rather than three.  There is plenty of non-core stuff there that could have been happily cut to no diminution of the adaptation.

I did really like this one though.  I watched Desolation of Smaug on blu ray the day before (which i think helped to get me back in the mood) and then watched the LotR trilogy in successive days afterwards (and then Unexpected Journey after that, to finish it off).  I thought Five Armies was the best of the Hobbit trilogy by far.  I do love a good battle sequence though (I would put this one above Pelennor  Fields but behind Helm's Deep) and I found this one very enjoyable (albeit long).  It was the first film I'd ever seen on IMAX though (they've just put one into my local Cineworld) and I will confess that this may have influenced my opinion (IMAX is awesome and I am a convert). 

I thought the performances in this one, particularly Richard Armitage (just as much of a dick as Thorin was in the book), were top notch. 

As well as all of the Jackson Middle Earth movies, over Xmas I've watched - Warm Bodies (good film, worth a watch), Back to the Future II and III, Inbetweeners Movie 2, Jingle All the Way, Nativity 2, Dredd 3D (best comic book adaptation made imo - above GotG and Avengers Assemble and all of Nolan's Batman movies), Lego Movie (awesome Smile) Taken 2 (a bit shit).  I love time off work!

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Post by Wolvieware on Sun Jan 04, 2015 6:18 pm

Saw Big Hero 6 today - disneys latest animation. It's a Japanese style superhero movie. The story is quite grown up for a kids movie but is all very by the numbers. I had the whole plot worked out in 10 minutes in. But it is well animated and the heart of the movie is a funny personable robot which just about makes this worth watching.

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Re: The last film you watched Thread

Post by dste01 on Sat Jan 10, 2015 10:37 pm

Homefront starring the Stath.

Was a bit sh*te but the to say that James Franco was playing the bad guy it was the first film that I've seen him in where I didn't want to punch him.

Seven Psychopaths starring Colin Farrell and Christopher Walken amongst others. Went in not really knowing much but ended up quite liking it.
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Post by kerr9000 on Sat Jan 10, 2015 11:18 pm

I watched  Hobbit 3 yesterday... I liked it, its the second one I dont like much and I feel has the most dead weight in it.

I also watched into the woods which I really enjoyed and Birdman which was weird but brilliant
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Re: The last film you watched Thread

Post by cal_el on Mon Jan 12, 2015 7:51 am

Watched They Came Together last night which is a spoof of romantic comedies starring Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd. I enjoyed it a lot for the most part. It gets a bit slapstick in parts but most of it is surprisingly well thought out tearing down of Rom-Com structure and cliches.

It is also one of those films were pretty much everyone in it is a recognisable face so I spent a lot of the film telling my wife who was who and what shows/movies they had been in that we have watched. Smile

The film also features Cobie Smulders as the evil ex-girlfriend which of course means that she is in various states of undress for a lot of the film Razz

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Re: The last film you watched Thread

Post by sorenlorensen on Tue Jan 13, 2015 8:20 am

I watched 20,000 Days on Earth, the Nick Cave kind-of documentary. It was absolutely excellent  (though perhaps not if you've no interest in Nick Cave!).

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Post by Wolvieware on Tue Jan 13, 2015 11:35 pm

Saw Into The Woods tonight. It's a very dense musical, with a lot of dialogue and rhyming. But it uses fairy tale stories very cleverly, and subverts the standard knowledge of the stories too, which was the more interesting part for me. It was all very dark though - the film was very grey throughout, and I find that when films use that kind of grey lighting my eyes strain when watching it. You kind of want a bit of colour, or change of tone than just cloudy grey. Still, the others I went with enjoyed it more than I did, but I didn't think it was bad. And James Corden wasn't as awful as I expected, and Meryl Streep was as brilliant as I did.

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Post by cal_el on Wed Jan 14, 2015 7:30 am

I saw Into The Woods last night Smile

I also enjoyed it a lot. My wife studied musical theatre at Uni and this is one of her favourite musicals and she really enjoyed it as well. So it has the musical nerd's seal of approval!

The cast is great and you can tell they were all having fun making the film, particularly Chris Pine who is hilarious in this. 

Being a Stephen Sondheim musical (get me and my knowledge!) means that it all has a flow to it and there is a lot of rhyme based sing talking mixed in with the usual ballads which is always fun to watch. It is an interesting take on the several fairy tale stories it uses. Plucking them from the Grimm end of the fairytale spectrum means there is an element of darkness to them. They are all weaved together into an interconnected web that is happy to poke fun at themselves and the established tropes of both fairytales as stories and Disney's traditional presentation of them. All while creating its own fairytale story that is derived from them.

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Post by sorenlorensen on Wed Jan 14, 2015 7:46 am

cal_el wrote:
Being a Stephen Sondheim musical (get me and my knowledge!) means that it all has a flow to it and there is a lot of rhyme based sing talking mixed in with the usual ballads which is always fun to watch. 
The things we pick up from our other halves...  Smile

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Post by dste01 on Sat Jan 24, 2015 9:58 pm

cal_el wrote:Watched They Came Together last night which is a spoof of romantic comedies starring Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd.

We started watching this earlier and lasted half hour before turning it off. We wanted to like it due to the cast but just thought that it was so bad.

Instead we watched The Family with De Niro and Pfeiffer. First half could have been a lot funnier but second half was enjoyable enough.
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