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    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeFeb 18th 2012
    I enjoyed Chronicle a lot.

    Meta: After seeing the trailers for both, I find myself wanting to see The Three Stooges more than John Carter of Mars.
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    I, too, saw Ghost Rider this weekend. All Marvel bashing notwithstanding, I enjoy me some over-the-top, scenery-chewing Nic Cage. However - and with total respect to @RobSpalding - I found it a huge steaming pile. Script was shite, best bits were in the trailer, and both Cage and directors Neveldine/Taylor felt reigned in. Was it better than the previous flick? Yeah, I suppose. Though grading turds on their respective stinks is rather relative.
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th 2012
    Shame. Still processing. Any thoughts?
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    @ Osmosis - I thought "Shame" was one of the best films from last year. Beautiful looking film too. After I saw "Shame", I rented Steve McQueen's "Hunger". Also very good.
    • CommentAuthorMercer Finn
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th 2012 edited

    Some of mine over here. Didn't really understand why it was called 'Shame'. For me it was a film about loneliness, and, weirdly enough, the traps created by gender roles.

    Mark Kermode thinks its about addiction as self-annihilation, but that's less interesting for me (kinda tired idea, really).

    I'm living in Belgium at the moment, where releases are a little messed up. Beginning of January three Michael Fassbender films came out at once: Jane Eyre, A Dangerous Method and Shame. Watched all three over two weeks, and BOY is he a good actor. I think I've liked every film I have seen him in, actually.
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    Saw this with my mother yesterday, VERY GOOD.

    • CommentTimeFeb 20th 2012
    @Mostly Harmless - I am really looking forward to that movie. I am kind of a Miyazaki/Ghibli nerd, and the fact that is based on The Borrowers is pretty cool. I am very glad to hear it is good.

    Been catching up a bit here, with so little time I am often behind the curve these days. Just watched Drive, Hanna, and 50/50.

    Earlier in the thread @emonster said "Also Drive just hit DVD. It is a fantastic film as well. Super contrasting tones. Very quiet scenes. Very violent scenes. Very tense scenes. Worth your time."
    Much like @Ben Gwalchmai, I am going to thoroughly agree. In a way, as the movie developed, it reminded me a bit of Cronenberg in it's tone and ability to build quiet tension, interspersed by brief bits of stark violence. Not at all what i was expecting, and that was a good thing. Definitely worth the watch.

    50/50 Was good. Seth Rogen played the character he plays, but did it pretty well. I've enjoyed Levitt a lot lately and I thought he was very good in this. The movie is equal parts funny and touching. Maybe it struck me simply because I've had a couple friends go through "the big C" in the last few years, and some of it seemed oddly familiar.

    Hanna was...more European that I thought? I don't know, maybe I just wasn't looking for techno music and action scenes. I love the concept, the Grimm's references, and there are a few great moments. I thought the general coming of age/dicovering the world outside was done pretty well, but for some reason the whole thing left me a little flat, and I can't figure out why.
    • CommentTimeFeb 21st 2012
    @Mercer Finn - I've got some spoilerific ideas about why it's called Shame, but I'm away from a computer and don't trust myself to get the hidden tags right. Will get back to you.
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    @Brian Schirmer - No need to question my taste, I am the m,an who stops everything to watch Flash Gordon if I ever find it on tv. I love it dearly.

    Just got back from Man on a Ledge. S'ok.
    One twist is spoilt by the trailer, the rest of it is, um, competent I think is the best word. Not brilliant, not bad, decent.
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    @Mostly Harmless - I too enjoyed Arriety. I liked it enough to see it twice as I was concerned about the gender depictions but the second time I had to see it dubbed in English. It threw me so I saw it 3 times and my fears were settled with the thought process 'It's good art, it's mostly for kids or teens; stop worrying about it.' :)

    @cjkoger - I too left Hanna feeling it was a little lacking in something. I thought it might have been because the literary references weren't tied up well and didn't tease out from the subtext into the text apart from the obvious bildungsroman motif. It's also possible that all the
    action & mid-section techno [which I must admit to quite liking while watching the film]
    drained out the ending.

    I haven't seen Shame but I'm agreed that Michael Fassbender is an incredibly good actor.
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    Saccharine as this looks, I still want to see it:


    I do manual labour work on farms almost everyday at the moment and a lot of that is with horses. From what I can gleam from the advert, the man's approach is something I can agree with for all animals: none of them wants to be shouted at or punished into doing something - given the right training, all animals will do what they need.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeFeb 23rd 2012
    I occasionally record, from the THIS movie channel, oddball films that sound interesting. One such was "Lord Love a Duck," a mid-60s film starring Roddy McDowell. He plays a non-conformist high school senior. Not of the angry knife-wielding "YOU'RE TEARING ME APAAAAART!" variety, but a whimsical free spirit, like a proto Ferris Beuller. He decides to take an "poor" girl under his wing. She gets razzed by an elite girls' clique for not having fancy clothes.

    I gave up at this point. It was trying to be hip and irreverent in a way that made me feel like I was chewing tin foil. It was like something that dropped out of an alternative universe with different cultural rules. Which I guess might be true.
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    i also saw ghost rider and hated it, weak story, shite acting, only decent scene involves heavy construction equipment, it's about half way through you can leave the cinema after it and not miss anything.
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    Just watched I saw the devil.

    Yeah, that was pretty messed up.
    • CommentAuthorKoltreg
    • CommentTimeFeb 26th 2012
    Ended up catching Chronicle and Hugo today. Chronicle was a lot more enjoyable and satisfying that Hugo that felt a bit too rigid. So now I've seen half of the Academy Award films and didn't care for a lot of them I saw.
    I guess I'm not an old enough white guy.
    • CommentAuthorRobson
    • CommentTimeFeb 27th 2012
    ARRIETTY is minor Ghibli, but still a sweet and well-made film.

    So far, my favorite films of the year are HAYWIRE, THE GREY, PINA, and ONCE UPON A TIME IN ANATOLIA.
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    Finally seen ARRIETTY - enjoyed it. Yes, it is a bit slight, but then not every story needs to be as epic and sweeping as Princess Mononoke or Spirited Away.

    Also saw SUPER last night. I did enjoy that, Ellen Page's maniacal laugh is quite disturbing.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeFeb 27th 2012
    I went to see The Artist on Saturday.

    A touch too long, but entertaining and well done. Best Picture material? I dunno about that.
    • CommentTimeFeb 27th 2012
    I watched Super the other day as well, on a strong recommendation from a friend. Not what i expected. Awesome Nathan Fillian bits. Over all satisfying movie.
    • CommentAuthorandycon
    • CommentTimeFeb 27th 2012
    The Devil's Double was pretty great until I looked it up online and found out that the guy is full of shit and just made it all up. Oh and 2012 and we still make movies with a bunch of Honkey's playing Iraqis

    The Woman by Lucky McKee was pretty great until the very end when it went to bullshit territory. It was really effective in building up a deep sense of dread much like the first half of Martyrs.

    Essential Killing as well as Burke and Hare are next up tonight