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      CommentAuthorMagnulus
    • CommentTimeMay 8th 2012
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    I quite enjoyed Real Steel as well. It's a blatant by-the-numbers type of film (BUT WITH ROBOTS) but it's played with so much charm that it doesn't matter that much. Plus, it opens with a robot fist-fighting a massive bull. That's got to count for something. And Hugh Jackman. I tend to refer to it as Rock*E, though.

    It doesn't quite seem logical to me that they'd need any kind of permission from Rock 'Em Sock 'Em to make Real Steel. I can't recall anything in it that hints at it.
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      CommentAuthorFauxhammer
    • CommentTimeMay 9th 2012
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    "Rock*E"

    i'm dying
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeMay 9th 2012
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    @Magnulus: That exactly describes my feeling RE Real Steel. Utterly predictable, totally charming.
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeMay 9th 2012
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    Even jaded me enjoyed Avengers.
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    I still would have liked to have seen a Steve Buscemi Bruce Banner and a evil rapist cannibal Hulk.
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      CommentAuthorFoamhead
    • CommentTimeMay 11th 2012 edited
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    Just got back from seeing The Avengers - first time I've been to the flicks since S*p*rm*n R*t*rns in 2006 (?).

    Very, very good, even though I'm not that much of a Marvel reader, and felt like I was in there for way longer than the actual running time, but in a good way.

    Loved the all scenes/quotes some of you have mentioned but my fave was
    Cap's:
    Barton: I want you on that roof, eyes on everything. Call out patterns and strays. Stark: you've got the perimeter. Anything gets more than three blocks out, you turn it back or you turn it to ash. Thor: you've gotta try and bottleneck that portal, slow them down. You've got the lightning - light the bastards up! You and me [to Natasha]: we stay here on the ground, keep the fighting here.
    And Hulk...smash!

    Heh. Still chuckling.

    [old fart] When did cinemas begin cranking their volume up to 11? [/old fart]
    • CommentAuthorgreg
    • CommentTimeMay 11th 2012
     (10525.7)
    @Foamhead

    [old fart] When did cinemas begin cranking their volume up to 11? [/old fart]


    I guess since the audience can't make the difference between a cinema hall and their own living-room...
    You have to cover up discussions and phone calls.
    Yeah, old fart too...
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    Loved it so much, I've seen it three times already, and it does not bore me.
    An at my third viewing I started to appreciate the characterization, dialogue and even the direction done.
    I like how one of you said, that it's a dumb movie done smartly. It's a fitting critique.

    Like the scene when Coulsen is talking to Cap about his costume, and Cap asks, "Isn't that a little old fashioned?) and Coulson responds, "considering how things are right now....People could use a little old fashioned" and then later when Nick Fury is giving Cap and IM the "Push" saying how it's an old fashioned notion to believe in heroes. A great subtle way to connect with the audience.

    ANd I loved the natural friendship tha occured between two geeky scientists, Banner and Stark. Not just because they are both scientific geniuses but because Stark was fascinated by Banners control of the Monster within.
    I didn't notice it the first two times, but the third time when Stark and Banner are talking about Banners "condition", there is the image of them talking through the see through computer screen suggesting they are reflections of each other, hinting at Starks own Inner monster.As if, even at this point, he knows he has his own inner monster to control. An image of duality, yes nothing original about this, but it was a perfect way of hinting at Tony's "Demon in a bottle" story arc were he eventually sucumbs to self destructive alcoholism.
    I'm actually hoping that Banner takes a supporting role in IM 3 to keep exploring this relationship.
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeMay 11th 2012
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    It's only a few weeks till Prometheus is released, and that's a good thing, hopefully...

    Because of The Avengers being screened there, I'm actual glad that they built that atrocity shopping center where I live; £7.50 before five o'clock aint too bad. And yeah, my old fart ears enjoyed the volume at 11.

    Eh, did anyone see it in 3D? See, the reason I ask is because I've not seen anything at the cinema with novelty glasses on since I groaned my way through stuff like Jaws -3D etc. in the eighties, and I'm just wondering if I should folk-out a few extra quid for Prometheus, and sit with sunglasses on for "extreme entertainment", or just do the sane thing, and watch it in "old fart vision"? I'm not having a pop at 3D, we've heard all that, I'm just a bit...curious, is all.

    Ah, it's my choice!

    And, I'm slightly embarrassed to ask, who was that pinky behemoth evildoer that showed his mug at the end during the credits? Shit, for a few seconds I thought it was Darkseid, but he bats for the other team. I'm fairly certain who it was, but my inner fan-boy was on vocation.

    Anyway, probably best Marvel film I've seen.

    #Apart from Howard The Duck# (old fart cynicism)
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    @ flecky -
    that was Thanos:

    http://www.google.com/imgres?hl=en&safe=off&biw=1577&bih=792&gbv=2&tbm=isch&tbnid=G3S4JzzejzERvM:&imgrefurl=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thanos&docid=537bofQJDHvFrM&imgurl=http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/0/06/Thanos.png&w=250&h=278&ei=YLGtT9TuJNLSiALjsNmJBA&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=180&vpy=167&dur=1019&hovh=222&hovw=200&tx=106&ty=134&sig=102137960101755821129&page=1&tbnh=126&tbnw=119&start=0&ndsp=43&ved=1t:429,r:0,s:0,i:153
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    @Boodoffstage: They actually touched upon Tony's alcoholism already in the second Iron Man movie.
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeMay 11th 2012
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    @William: Thanks, matey :)
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      CommentAuthorBeamish
    • CommentTimeMay 11th 2012
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    @flecky

    I saw it in 3D and regular. There really are only a few scenes where the 3d sticks out and they have zero affect on the story. Although, the 3D in this was much better than it was in Green Lantern and Avatar.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeMay 12th 2012
     (10525.14)
    @Twentythoughts

    As told to me by my wife, the part in Iron Man where Tony comes back changed from his experiences in the Middle East and wants "a cheeseburger"? Apparently, years before Robert Downey Jr went on a bender of drugs and alcohol and had a moment of enlightenment about his state in life while sitting on the curb of a fast food joint's parking lot, eating a cheeseburger, and decided at that moment he wanted to clean himself up. I wonder if he had any input into that scene in the movie based on his real life.
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      CommentAuthorAlastair
    • CommentTimeMay 12th 2012
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    yeah apparently that was all Downey JR, as were most of his lines, as well as just about all the Stark/Potts banter was all off the cuff stuff between the two of them
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    @ Alastair - after your recommendation, sir, I watched The Skin I Live In: it's an intriguing film and one that is superbly shot and acted; the themes were teased out well and questioned by the script and director' I think I have a quandary about it though, I didn't like any of the characters enough to empathize. Did you find that?

    After watching The Skin I Live In today, I went to IMDB to see what the other actors had done [no not Banderas =P] but saw a new Gosling film trailer.

    Going straight to Youtube because it's quicker, I enjoyed this Fedora'd gem
    but then immediately afterward clicked through on on a Russian trailer because I figured, 'Hey, let's see what the Russians are up to' and jebus wept does it look COOL
    [I think it might be called 'Branded' or 'Mad Dog' for an English language release but I can't find it on IMDB or maybe they'll do a remake called 'The Mad Cow' which I can find but surely no-one would use that title? Whatever it is, it's a cool trailer.]
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      CommentAuthorAlastair
    • CommentTimeMay 14th 2012
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    @Ben i did but i find that a lot with Almodovars films. Its like film making as portraiture. you're not really there to empathize you just sit and let it was over you.... at least thats my take. and i think a real achievement to me is to make me love a film in which all the characters are mad murdering rapey bastards!
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    @twentythoughts: They actually touched upon Tony's alcoholism already in the second Iron Man movie.

    Actually, even in the first movie theirs scenes of Tony around alcohol. It's obvious they are leading up to it, wonder if it will be in IM 3
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      CommentAuthorAlastair
    • CommentTimeMay 15th 2012
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    the Raid is batshit insane and one of the best action films this year. just utter tits
    • CommentAuthorCrusherJoe
    • CommentTimeMay 15th 2012
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    @Alastair The Raid was indeed awesome. Just set up and we're off, non-stop action. I was exhausted at the end of it.