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    • CommentAuthorOddcult
    • CommentTimeSep 8th 2012
    Background things I caught were Chopper, Fatties and Fergee. There must have been more in there. Anyone get anything else?
    • CommentAuthorOddcult
    • CommentTimeSep 8th 2012
    Also; am I right in thinking one of the skater kids had Chopper's haircut?
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeSep 8th 2012
    There was a 'Kenny Who?' graffiti as well, and Judge Hershey gets a mention on one of the videoscreens.
    • CommentAuthorOddcult
    • CommentTimeSep 9th 2012
    • CommentAuthorGordon
    • CommentTimeSep 9th 2012
    Loved the new film: dark, brutal, gritty with a proper version of Dredd, not the camp buffoon from Stallone's version.
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    Dredd - loved it, loved it, loved it.
    Urban absolutely nails him, it treats Dredd like a force of nature, he's not a character you get to know - and that's how it should be.
    Anderson works well, she provides the audience counterpoint to Dredd, but not so much that you ever feel like she shouldn't be working with him. This is not an odd-couple buddy-cop movie.
    And the violence, of the violence! Some moments made me gasp, some made me laugh. I can't remember the last action film I saw that was this bloodily violent.
    I will be seeing it again, no doubt.

    As a counterpoint, Total Recall had some interesting set pieces, but doesn't work as a whole. Doesn't commit to the "Is it real or fake" question and takes itself too seriously to be entertaining.
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    I saw the documentary "Searching for Sugar Man" over the weekend and liked it a lot:

    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeSep 13th 2012
    New trailer for Wreck-It Ralph. Really starting to think this could be the first great 'video game' movie...

    One Game at a Time
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    @ Flabyo - wouldn't that title go to TRON?
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeSep 13th 2012
    @Will - probably yes. But I was only 5 when then came out so it doesn't count... ;)
    • CommentTimeSep 17th 2012 edited
    Dredd was great. Really, really well done. Obviously I was rooting for it to be good, but it's such a relief that it genuinely was. I'm so pleased it's gone wider than the comics fanbase and is getting mainstream recognition.

    Snappy dialogue; tight performances; lean script. Some of the Dredd black humour came through, but I liked the straight take on the character.

    Alex Garland has said that sequels are a 'financial equation', and that if it takes more than $50m in the States there will be at least one more film. Edited: Opening weekend in 400 theatres in the UK took $1.6m, and it's opening in 2400 theatres in the US this week.

    On this evidence, here's hoping.
    • CommentTimeSep 17th 2012
    A couple more Dredd things:

    I didn't see Hershey on a vidscreen, but in the opening riot scene there is a reference to 'Fergee memorial day'. And when Dredd is making the announcement over the PA from the call box, there was a glimpse of a poster for a film called Krysler's Gift, which of course is a reference to the Judge Child.

    After I saw the movie I was scanning around some movie sites, and saw a grab of the new Robocop character design, which looks like they may have taken, um, some inspiration ...
      CommentAuthorIan Mayor
    • CommentTimeSep 17th 2012
    Adding my voice to the choir praising Dredd.

    Thoroughly enjoyed it; Urban walked like he owned the world, his measured, deliberate pace walking through the smoky, desolation of the block was pure ballsy-Dreddness. Loved the handling of Anderson's psychic abilities and Thirlby was great, although not the cocksure older Anderson of the books she's on her way to becoming her.

    I do feel it lacked a memorable action sequence, relying very much on the slo-mo aesthetic and beautifully gleeful gore to get by in that department.

    the Judge on Judge fight in the Slo-Mo lab was really, really bland, and the 'big gun' section, I feel was an interesting bit of writing that could have been far more on the screen

    3D is a real headache inducer for me, but for Dredd, it was worth it.
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    Cockneys VS Zombies
    Has this been mentioned yet?
  5.  (10823.15)
    @Steve, that looks brilliant! I have to see it.

    For my part, I saw Woody Allen's newest recently - To Rome With Love.

    Not as good as Midnight in Paris but a helluva lot better than any of his other recent films and it harks back to his early New York based stuff.

    It has a good few references to Italian film while still remaining his own - sometimes surreal - 4th wall breaking style. All the performances are great and the whole piece is just charming. Though some scenes could be said to be Rome advertising, I don't think it takes much away from what is only really meant to be an amusing film. nothing groundbreaking but warming. It's also good to see Allen keeping form after Midnight in Paris.

    I came out with a smile on my face.
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeSep 19th 2012
    New Trailer for the Hobbit !

    Holy shit, was that Radagast the Brown between 1:21 and 1:26 ?
    • CommentAuthorOxbrow
    • CommentTimeSep 21st 2012
    Yes, yes it was.

    Also, Raiders Of The Lost Ark in IMAX this week. It helps to sit near the back of the cinema.
    • CommentTimeSep 22nd 2012
    I saw Joe Wright's Anna Karenina yesterday.


    There is a sex scene which contains the dialogue-

    How much do you love me?

    This much, and this much AND THIS MUCH

    [as he... y'know]

    HOW is...... WHY?
  6.  (10823.19)
    Add me to the list of people who dug "Dredd 3D".

    Call me a weirdo if you want, but you can put a giant GI Joe scar on Lena Headey and give her bad teeth, I'll still think she's pretty hot.
    • CommentTimeSep 22nd 2012 edited
    Just got back from Dredd 3D. As a Dredd fan, I loved it. And it would be able to crossover to people both unfamiliar with the comic and people who hate "that science fiction crap". Very minimal, which was great (one of the first films taking place in the future that didn't shout and scream that it was set in the future every five minutes). Gory as fuck and well done.

    When the other Judges came in to hunt Dredd down I had to stop myself from shouting "20 YEARS ON TITAN!"

    Excellent film. Will be watching again for sure. If only to catch more of those easter eggs.