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      CommentAuthorarklight
    • CommentTimeNov 26th 2012 edited
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    @oldhat

    For me the best bond movie was Casino Royale or "Bourne Identity IV" as I call it because of the use of physicality instead of CGI which seemed to be taken straight out of the Matt Damon Bourne movies. A complete departure from the CGI heavy Pierce Brosnan era.This seems to be Something Christopher Nolan had taken note of for the Batman movies he helmed.

    As for the cinematography, im that much of an anorak, i can just appreciate the cinematography being excellent while the story may be so- so. I love the way Velvet Goldmine [1998] is filmed-[Not digital cinematography]. I've watched that movie with the sound off.

    And the Dark Knight Rises was my favorite blockbuster movie.



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      CommentAuthortaphead
    • CommentTimeNov 26th 2012 edited
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    Skyfall was pretty as anything, no doubt about it. It's failures (like those of TDKR) were wholly on the shoulders of the director and screenwriter(s). Don't get me started on Nolan...

    (I edited my previous comment, as I was griping on TDKR, not TDK. That one was actually very nice, by virtue of having an insane antagonist. Again brilliantly played, as Silva was by Bardem in Skyfall.)
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      CommentAuthorOsmosis
    • CommentTimeNov 27th 2012
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    I just watched Threads.

    Why did I just watch Threads?
    • CommentAuthorOddcult
    • CommentTimeNov 27th 2012
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    Don't watch Threads.
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    now I have to see what Threads is all about.
    • CommentAuthorOddcult
    • CommentTimeNov 27th 2012
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    Don't say you weren't warned.
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    I think it's about threads.

    *checks IMDB*

    ... There are, like, ten different movies named "Threads". Ooh, hey, a 2012 movie. ... about fashion.

    Why did you watch Threads, again?
    • CommentAuthorOddcult
    • CommentTimeNov 27th 2012
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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Threads

    That.

    Don't watch it.

    Just don't.

    I'm not saying that in a 'it's like Bad Taste, it's nasty but it's also pretty awesome' sort of way. It's more like a Grave of the Fireflies sort of 'don't watch that'. Except worse. Much worse.

    If you're the sort of person that likes watching snakes eating kittens, or you can knock one out to When The Wind Blows, you might enjoy it.

    It's genuinely traumatising and not in a cathartic way that you can come out of a changed, better person.

    It might, however, explain a bit about Margaret Thatcher and how she came to power and where people thought the world was going at the time, and just how fucked Britain was in the 80s.

    There is that, if you need it.

    Don't watch Threads.
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeNov 27th 2012
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    It was made to be shown to schoolkids. Educational.

    Yeah, they made damn sure we knew that if Russia and the US kicked off, we were totally an irrelevant afterthought, erased before anyone even noticed the war had started.

    Growing up in the UK back then was *fun*.
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeNov 27th 2012
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    Besides, The War Game was much better.

    Free on youtube.

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      CommentAuthorOsmosis
    • CommentTimeNov 28th 2012
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    Threads, free on Youtube too.

    I could never get too far into The Day After, as America is still On-TV-Land, but for goodness's sake I used to live in Sheffield, and I still go there regularly for work - most often to a building about fifty yards from the town hall in Threads. The emergency public information broadcasts in Threads are completely real, by the way. Profoundly depressing - don't say you weren't warned.
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      CommentAuthorOsmosis
    • CommentTimeNov 28th 2012
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    (Thanks, @Oldhat, for The War Game - queued it up)
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      CommentAuthortaphead
    • CommentTimeNov 28th 2012
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    Recent viewings:

    The Men Who Stare at Goats

    Really mixed on this one. On the other hand the strange new age counterculture by way of the military-industrial complex angle is fascinating (and, like the opening credits state, not as fictitious as one might think) and the acting is as fine as you'd expect with that cast (if a bit hammy).

    On the other hand it's weighed down by some weird desire to be "quirky", in that rather insincere Hollywood fashion. (In that, it reminded me of another offender: The Informant! That was even more disappointing coming from Soderbergh.) I'd love to see a story like this one played straight without a bargain bin elfman-esque score and the rest of the trappings of this genre.

    Blindness

    I'd wager your enjoyment of this film is pretty much entirely dependent on your ability to watch it as a parable, and not expect a Contagion-like disaster movie. I liked it quite a bit, especially for being rather unflinching and quite gorgeusly shot; for once there's a good reason for playing with the colour saturation and exposure. In the end the film may not quite hit its mark, but I do admire the aim. Goodness, a movie that has some sort of an emotional core and/or message? In this day and age?

    And of course Julianne Moore is wonderful, but ain't that always the case.
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      CommentAuthorMorac
    • CommentTimeNov 28th 2012
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    I saw the first 20 minutes of the Informant. Had already guessed the ending by that point, didn't watch any further.
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    The Informant! is brilliant. It just gets funnier to me every time I watch it.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeNov 28th 2012
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    I enjoyed The Informant! I thought it would be a "watch once" sort of film, but I picked up the DVD cheap and watched it with my folks. The loved it. My father, an old-time movie guy, seemed blown away by the fact that the new generation of actors could, well, act. (He also spotted the ADM secretary as the actress who played Louis C.K.'s fictional sister . . . the pregnant one.)

    Oh, man. I really, really wanted to love Men Who Stare at Goats. After a promising start, it got so ordinary. Really, I was squirming for the last half hour.
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeNov 29th 2012
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    I hate all of you for making me watch Threads.
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeNov 29th 2012
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    Apparently someone made a "Hunting of the Snark" movie, narrated by Christopher Lee, and it's on Kickstarter ? 5 dollars will get you a digital download ? How come I didn't know about this sooner ?
    • CommentAuthorOddcult
    • CommentTimeNov 29th 2012
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    @wood - we did tell you not to
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeNov 29th 2012
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    @Oddcult

    Yeah, you did. Repeatedly, with great insistence. Which was the surest way to make me watch it.