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Posted: Thu Mar 22, 2007 5:23 pm
Oh yeah, you reminded me I also saw Rottweiler recently. It was a strange one. Not particularly good but it gets bonus points for being completely not what I was expecting.
And that chicken was feckin great! Best actor in the film. Anyone who's seen it will know what I mean.
Posted: Thu Mar 22, 2007 10:04 pm
Also wattched Sorority House Massacre too, on Horror Channel. It's average slasher stuff, I'm sure most of you have seen it. It's essentially a remake of Halloween and Black Christmas. Hehe, it was years ahead of it's time
If you like Sorority House Massacre. There is another average slasher from the 80's called The House on Sorority Row aka House of Evil. That is worth a watch.
A bit cliched but watchable though.
Just had a real s###t day was about to see The Outlaw and saw musclebound 300 was on. Now what a choice!
Rather enjoyed this epic. Rather liked the washed out look. At times the scenes are just amazing. At other times the music is not as rousing as you think it should be. All the actors are just one word - strapping. Real mean near naked fighting machines. Really liked the some of the slow motion sequences.
There were instances of Gladiator, and Lord of the Rings. and Bruce Pennington artwork.
3 leather bounded stars
Posted: Thu Mar 22, 2007 10:30 pm
You did the right thing going to see 300 instead of Outlaw.
Posted: Thu Mar 22, 2007 10:35 pm
Was going to see 300 at the weekend . Forgot it was showing tonight. Rather pleased saw 300!!!
Posted: Thu Mar 22, 2007 11:57 pm
I half liked THE ILLUSIONIST, though I was slightly ahead of them some of the time. I figured Jessica Biel wasn't dead because unless you're Hitchcock you don't kill off the female lead halfway through the movie. A fine collection of beards (I suspect Rufus Sewell's was stuck on, though) and a nice period look.
THE GOOD GERMAN annoyed me. Soderbergh went to all the trouble of getting the same lenses as used by Michael Curtiz 60 years ago, and dug out the same back projection footage for the scenes with Tobey Maguire and George Clooney in the jeep; he shot in black and white, had a sweeping orchestral score - but any homage to 40s and 50s WW2 movies disappears when Tobey Maguire says the first of many F-words. Nice to watch but completely forgettable.
INLAND EMPIRE I actively hated. David Lynch is the master of creating an atmosphere of unspeakable dread and horror without really doing anything, and he does it again here - but he's been doing it since Blue Velvet 20 years ago. This new one is shot on digital, runs for around three hours and is total billhooks from start to finish. Laura Dern goes tonto and gets killed with a screwdriver. Or maybe not. It's rather like watching someone randomly channel-switching through the Sky Gibberish Plus package while they're yelling at you. Certainly the reels could be shown in any order and it wouldn't make a blind bit of difference (alright, not reels because it's on disc so there are no reels. It could be put on chapter shuffle and it wouldn't make a blind bit of difference.)
OUTLAW is generally terrible, and though auteur Nick Love has a few good points, he's been at pains to stress he hates violence, he doesn't agree with the methods, it's all a fantasy etc. But these guys are rubbish. The top-billed Sean Bean acts largely confused: he doesn't have any clear objective and doesn't seem to know what he's trying to achieve. The others are largely ciphers: the liberal black lawyer, the total nutter, the last good cop. There's a potentially terrific movie to be made about vigilantes in modern Britain, but this isn't it.
PREMONITION is nice and pretty, but it's ultimately a girlie movie. The time-slipping stuff is tricksy and clever but doesn't all hang together, and I kept expecting it to become a drive-the-wife-mad movie but it never did. Some nice moments but not a movie I'm anxious to see again any time in the next 40 years.
300 is terrific: loud, bloody, spectacular (even if it's mostly stylised in the computer) and about as subtle as a land mine. Lots of yelling and big scary men in jockstraps. The bronze look is fabulous. So that's Film Of The Week.
Posted: Fri Mar 23, 2007 1:54 pm
Im off to see 300 at the IMAX near waterloo on Monday - its gonna be cool!
Posted: Fri Mar 23, 2007 5:37 pm
mark wrote:Im off to see 300 at the IMAX near waterloo on Monday - its gonna be cool!
Ha ha ha, my friend just got in touch about the same thing for tomorrow. He's desperate to see 300 on 'the biggest screen in Britain'.
Posted: Sat Mar 24, 2007 9:24 pm
Just watched two films on DVD
Right at Your Door. What a genuinely scary film. With the current climate this makes it a engrossing film. The tension building and increasing paranoia thoughout the film. Then the outcome. Leaves you thinking....
Finally saw The Wicker-Dear oh Dear-Man. I agree with various comments on this film. Thought everyone in it was so stilted. The Willow character kept pausing so much I thought she was frantically trying to remember her lines. It is up there with The Omen remake.
Posted: Sun Mar 25, 2007 12:06 pm
Watched The Darwin Awards last night... funny, and great recreations of classic Darwins, but guilty of trying to do far too much and becomes overstuffed as a result...
Posted: Sun Mar 25, 2007 5:39 pm
Seen three films at the cinema this week:
Premonition - straight out of the 'scary movies for dummies' handbook. Utterly predictable - and at least having the balls to retain a downbeat ending - no chemistry between the leads, and to be honest who cared about her husband when he was a cheating b*stard anyway? And that funeral scene was unintentionally funny...
Factory Girl - interesting account of the Factory scene in the late 60's with some nice bits of direction and good tunes. Sienna Miller proved she can act a bit and Guy Pearce did a decent Warhol.
I Want Candy - fomulaic low-rent British comedy by numbers. In dire need of a decent script - really, are jokes about Asian girls and ping-pong balls funny in 2007? Really poor.
The latter also showcased my local Cineworld's projection talents to the fore - this time they managed to screen a trailer for Wild Hogs upside down and backwards. Probably funnier than the actual film.
Also watched a couple of Asian chillers on DVD this weekend - Koma (out on Tartan) which was an above-average thriller about kidney-harvesting. Then serial-killer flick Cure (from the director of the original Pulse) which was very moody but not very exciting at all...
Posted: Sun Mar 25, 2007 7:13 pm
Wish I'd seen the Wild Hogs trailer upsidedown and backwards, that sounds hilarious. Stupid question but did the sound go backwards as well?
Posted: Sun Mar 25, 2007 7:50 pm
Shame that did not happen to Premonition!!! Been more amusing to watch!
Posted: Sun Mar 25, 2007 11:18 pm
Oh yes, the sound was backwards as well... although I'm sure I heard something about John Travolta being in league with the Devil...
Posted: Mon Mar 26, 2007 12:34 pm
mark wrote:...the IMAX near waterloo...
If possible, sit near the back... the front seats are way too close to the screen (it's particularly bad for 3D movies).
Posted: Mon Mar 26, 2007 1:07 pm
cheers for the advice Jonbly - just getting my cape and gstring ready now!!