What's the last movie you watched 2012

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  1. Teresa Edgerton

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    A whimsical interpretation of A Midsummer Night's Dream (1999), with Lindsay Duncan and Alex Jennings.

    I loved the performances, and had mixed reactions to the costuming. They cut out a lot of classic lines, but as a result brought other things that more or less slipped by me in other versions into sharper focus. I'm sure I'll watch it again.
     
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    THE BRAIN THAT WOULDN'T DIE

    Not a very good film although at times it was unintentionally hilarious.
     
  3. JunkMonkey

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    A film of genius! with some great great lines too. I particularly liked our mad doctor's speech to his assistant when we first see the (accidentally) severed head of his fiancée being kept alive by three test tubes, a bubbling beaker of Ingredient X, and a couple of G cramps: "What you see is real. What I've done, I've done, and what I've done is right - it's the work of science." Amen. It's the cri de coeur of every movie mad scientist. Every white-coated misguided scientist playing god with a walk in cyclotron, a hunchback assistant and, something strapped to the lab bench awaiting the pineal extracts of nubile women recites those words as he brushes his teeth in the morning.
     
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    I watched Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure on Friday and Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey yesterday. Enjoyed both of them quite a lot, but I think Alex Winter isn't quite good enough at times - his acting falls apart a little, weakening Bill.
     
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    Whoa! Cue Spooky Door music, dude. I watched Excellent Adventure on Friday too....
     
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    I hope it was most triumphant.
     
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    Saw the newest Resident Evil, if you saw one you saw this one too. Not good, fight scenes seemed repetitive. Zombies now capable of driving, yet never explained. Lot of clones and emotions not fully developed.
    Really destroying the concept of the video game and action movie in 90 minutes. Both Anderson and his wife need to move on to new ventures. That said the popcorn was excellent.
     
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    The Three Musketeers, the new steampunkish one.

    I don't have anything good to say about the script (which was abominable), but the costumes and sets were enough (for me) to make it worth the cost of renting the film. I wouldn't have been happy if I'd paid to see it in a theater.
     
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    I'll warn you now this is long. And I apologise for cross posting this from another forum. I think it is my civil duty to warn / alert people to the true terror that is....

    The Legend of Harrow Woods (2011 maybe) - The third Richard Driscoll film of the year*, or maybe half of a third and half of a fourth stitched together. From what I can gather, from watching the extras on this disc, the cast thought they were appearing in a British Blair Witch type rip-off while trying to do American accents. At one point one of them refers to characters who don't appear on screen - or at least not in the way she describes them. (The film they thought they were making seems to have been called Alone in the Dark and, I suspect, most of them were glad that it looked like it would never be released). Running alongside this terribly dull, and seemingly plotless but predictable, wandering around in the woods s**t is another strand of 'surreal', sepia-toned stuff which seems to have come from a totally different film. In the sepia sections Puritans burn witches at the stake in 1843 (sic), Rik Mayall and Norman Wisdom play the same bathroom attendant, and the director gets to do a scene where he is pawed by eight(?) naked women, two of whom indulge in limp sapphic fondling in a urinal before turning their attention to him (I wonder just how long he agonised before casting himself in the part). To add confusion to the bewilderment, the aspect ratio of shots changes from time to time (found footage, straight to camcorder stuff obviously shot at 4:3 is stretched to 16:9 and many shots presented in 16:9 look strangely cropped - people's heads go out of frame a lot of the time.) The sepia dream movie sequences are much better composed (apart from one glorious moment where our director completely blocks the only decent actor in the whole show (Rick Mayall) and we get to stare at the back of his head for a bit). The sepia stuff was possibly originally meant to be part of a film called The Raven, or Evil Calls, or The Raven: Episode One - Evil Calls as it is known on its 2011 DVD release.

    To add even more bewilderfusion to the fact that there are two different versions of a film made up of parts of at least two other separate (possibly uncompleted) films, The Raven: Episode One - Evil Calls seems to contain all the wandering around in the woods stuff from Alone in the Dark but not Christopher Walken's voice reading Poe's 'The Raven' which appeared in The Legend of Harrow Woods. (At least his name does not appear on the IMDb credits - though it is mentioned as being there in the 2008 release as detailed in MJ Simpson's delicious and exhaustive review.) I am now thoroughly confused but I think there are at least two other versions of this film knocking about under a variety of titles. I may have to buy them.

    Driscoll's films have all the hallmarks of an auteur hard at work. There is something uniquely Driscolly about the three that I have seen. They are all hypnotically uniquely bad, totally derivative, and incomprehensible in equal measures. Another common factor seems to be that actors don't work much in film after working for him. For most of the first-time unknowns appearing here, this (these?) is their only screen credit to date. This time the poor actress persuaded to get naked for the camera at the start of her career was the rather yummy Kathryn Rooney who, I'm glad to say, has gone on to make a decent looking career on the stage.

    My favourite moment was a truly inspired bit of bad acting from Jason Donovan as the wiz kid computer geek web master 'dude'. For some inexplicable reason the whole of the wandering around in the woods stuff is being streamed live to 'the internet' with Jason webmastering like crazy (while he's not looking at sweaty semi-naked, girls-with-guns, pornsite Actionsgirls.com... (...erm... ) ...anyway! While he's not looking at other stuff on the web, (or sorting his 3.5" floppies) he's keeping an eye on events in the woods. Suddenly! the signal goes down and the half of his monitor screen that contains the streaming image window fills with a huge red on black blinking message, 'Connection Terminated... Connection Terminated... Connection Terminated... ' (Not a dialogue box mind you, a huge, filling the screen, animated graphic, like something out of a 1983 thriller from back in the days when computers were new and exciting, and no one but geeks knew what error messages were, let alone looked like). So, what does our ace webmaster do when presented with 'Connection Terminated... Connection Terminated... ' filling half his screen? The rest of the screen, by the way, is still filled with all the buttons and sliders that were there before. Answer. He hits the monitor on the side like it was a badly tuned TV set. Whack! If all my connectivity issues could be solved that easily.

    I also felt really sorry for whoever was waggling the bit of cardboard in front of the orange light (off screen right) at one point. Whoever it was was supposed to be simulating the flickering of firelight on the faces of two unrehearsed actors locked in an interminable conversation. The whole conversation was covered in one shot. By the end of it the firelight is flickering at about half the rate it was at the start. The poor bugger's wrists must have been giving out.


    *The other two were The Comic (1985) and Kannibal (2001) they are truly dreadful films. He is the British Ed Wood Jr.
     
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    Cabin in the Woods; A lot of people I know insisted this was a must see. After watching it I have no idea why. Cramming ever single horror flim cliche into one movie dosen't make it any better imo.

    Avengers; was apprehensive as I'm not a Whedon fan, but he did a good enough job.

    Prometheus; Bit of a mess really. I loved Alien and Aliens, but after that further films added nothing of worth to the legacy.
    I had high hopes this would get it back on track but it failed miserably for me on so many levels.
    For shame Ridley Scott, you're better than that!
     
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    Last night I went and saw Dredd, I enjoyed it. Thought it was going to be bloodier than it was. Urban did a great job of playing him straight. Overall more like the comic. May check it out again in 3D soon.
     
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    And worse... did you see the godawful reworking of The Andromeda Strain?
     
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    The Fall was awesome! One of the best movies I'd seen in a long time. I liked how the story the stuntman told was seen through the little girl's eyes (i.e. characters in the story are populated by people she knows in the hospital with the stuntman himself in the starring role). I don't want to give too much away but it's a great story on many levels and beautifully filmed in locations all over the world.
     
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    I saw the one with Ben Bratt a while back, really can't remember much about it (think I fell asleep).
     
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    Robin Hood: Men in Tights
    Much funnier than I expected, and I expected quite a lot of laughs. Easily one of Mel Brooks' better films - not as forced as Spaceballs and more exciting than Blazing Saddles - and a lot of the jokes were just great.

    Loved every moment of it. Absolutely every moment.
     
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    Ah, Men In Tights. Great movie!

    I watched Looper and Ruby Sparks this week, and The Princess Bride for the first time recently. Why did I not know it sooner!

    Looper's got a great premise and a great ending. The fact that they're both criminals makes the heroic moment all that more meaningful.

    Ruby Sparks has the kind of ending you'd expect, all things considered (they meet like in the dream), but man, that evil control part (you know it's going to have one) is pretty dark. NOT your normal romantic comedy formula. This romantic comedy has teeth. I am not surprised that I enjoyed it.

    And the Princess Bride... wow! Funny, engaging, charming. I finally know what the deal with Inigo Montoya's famous line is. I mean, I knew it was badass from IMDB, but still.
    "Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die."
    So glad I picked it up the second I saw my dvd store had it. And 'Dread Pirate Rogers' and Inigo are so sporting to their foes. Classic!
    "I'm not left handed."

    I hear Dredd is good. But I'll discuss when I've seen it in October or whenever it's out in Australia.
     
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    A Good Woman, loosely based on Oscar Wilde's Lady Windermere's Fan, and set in the 1920's.

    I watched it hoping they would keep most of the original dialogue intact. They didn't, but they managed to keep a lot of it.

    Moving it into the early 20th century didn't bother me, but some of their attempts to make the movie more pleasing to modern audiences sort of wrenched the story out of place (I thought) and some of the casting didn't thrill me. But I enjoyed parts of it.
     
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    Looper and Butter

    Both movies were surprisingly good. I went into them with low expectations. Looper is an excellent time travel movie, still is messing with my head :confused: The whole concept that time travel is illegal in the future was awesome. The cg was great too.

    Butter actually made me lol several times (might be because Rob Corddry always cracks me up). And I have to say that as a native Iowan I can tell you they depicted the locals quite accurately. Also, Olivia Wilde was hilarious!
     
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    Just watched Rise of the Planets of the Apes and found it to be pretty entertaining. Certainly much better than the other Apes movie with Mark Wahlberg. Was interesting to see how the whole "apes take over the world" started. Still not better than the originals. Damn dirty apes!

    Draco Malfoy(I don't even know the actors name) is a bastard in this one too!
     
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    The Master

    What a disappointing, tedious film of giant faces having blithering discussions. I had very high hopes since I consider Philip Seymor Hoffman an excellent actor. Joaquin Phoenix was impressive, but the film itself was disjointed mess. I shouldn't be surprised since the film was made by Paul Thomas Anderson who also made Magnolia, three hours of my life I'll never have back, though I did like PTA's Boogie Nights.
     
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