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Westsiyeed
January 1st, 2012, 03:03 AM
Watched a few over the holiday break:

The Skin I Live In - really enjoyed this, very dark, sometimes humorous, modern take on the Frankenstein story. Spanish director Almodovar can do no wrong lately with this his latest after other sublime movies such as Volver, Broken Embraces and Talk to Her.

The Ides of March - not a bad movie, well acted by Clooney and Gosling (who seems to be the latest flavour of the month, and has been pretty good so far), but I thought it was average overall. Probably also American politics is not the most inspiring of topics (personally) so the subject matter wasn't a great start.

Moneyball - quite a good movie even if you don't like baseball, though it was a fairly formula-driven underdog-proves-them-wrong movie

Kill List - now this was quite good, a genre-bending British movie about two hitmen doing some final jobs that go very strange. Not for the faint-hearted but well acted and a bit original for a change.

The Inbetweener Movie - have never seen the TV series, but this was a good bit of fun with a few genuinely funny bits (especially the dance scene to impress the girls). Quite juvenile humour with plenty of swearing; if this is your thing you can't go wrong.

Jon Sprunk
January 1st, 2012, 09:16 AM
Just back from Mission Incredible/Impossible. Good fun from Tom and Brad Bird (Director of The Iron Giant/The Incredibles: see what I did there?)

Very slick, very glossy: some awesome stunts which look incredible on a big screen. Plot's a bit all over the place, but generally worth the money.

Better than the last Bond movie...

Mark

My wife and I just saw this last week. I pretty much agree. Not a great movie, but entertaining.

Chuffalump
January 1st, 2012, 09:19 AM
Have looked at both of those, Chuff... but not been tempted enough yet. Be interested in what you think/thought.

Mark

Well, we watched The Eagle last night. I'm not quite sure what to make of it. It dived in and out of the original storyline without stamping all over it but the ending diverged from the original, which was a bit annoying. A little superficial towards the end, I thought. It might have been interesting if The Eagle had been slightly more 'gritty'. Maybe half way between what it is and what Centurion was. On the whole, worth a watch.

So, if you like a bit of gratuitous slaughter then Centurion is for you. If you prefer something a little less focused and more towards Hollywood style then The Eagle fits the bill.

Rat-Man
January 1st, 2012, 04:31 PM
I got dragged out to, "Hugo". It was actually a delightful surprise. I enjoyed it a lot. Before that, I saw "A Dangerous Method". That was pretty good. You can't go wrong with Keira Knightly getting whipped while wearing a corset.

But you know, I think the feel good movie of the year was, "Melancholia".

Loerwyn
January 2nd, 2012, 09:59 AM
Despicable Me

I remember someone saying they'd seen this not long ago, and I saw it for sale in Tesco. I thought I might as well get it, so I did.

I thoroughly enjoyed it. Some great animation, some great voice work and some really good humour. It reminded me a lot of Megamind, although I have to say I felt this worked better even though it's aimed at a younger audience. I liked how it wasn't a love story in the way these sorts of films tend to be, but it was sweet - if a little creepy at first.

Only real gripe is that Russell Brand wasn't any good... Sort of. He might have been better if the character he played suited the voice more. It just didn't work for me.

DDCOrange
January 6th, 2012, 09:40 AM
Despicable Me

I remember someone saying they'd seen this not long ago, and I saw it for sale in Tesco. I thought I might as well get it, so I did.

I thoroughly enjoyed it. Some great animation, some great voice work and some really good humour. It reminded me a lot of Megamind, although I have to say I felt this worked better even though it's aimed at a younger audience. I liked how it wasn't a love story in the way these sorts of films tend to be, but it was sweet - if a little creepy at first.

Only real gripe is that Russell Brand wasn't any good... Sort of. He might have been better if the character he played suited the voice more. It just didn't work for me.

Personally I liked the "Minions". Great comic relief.

ubergeek
January 6th, 2012, 05:18 PM
NIGHT OF THE DEMON

Couldn't believe my luck when i got this today in my local charidee shop for 1 scottish pound .



Directed by Jacques Tourneur of Cat People fame. Again the most striking thing for me is the use of shadow and light. Whether this is d.o.p. skill ,Tourneur or both i don't know but i am impressed. [ i'd be grateful for any more knowledgable readers input here ] . Certainly black and white filming accentuates the contrast that perhaps colour films can't exploit.
Cat People had the fabulous swimming pool scene where the waves were reflected on the ceiling and voices echoed.

Night of the demon also has the famous ' It's in the trees it's coming ' line which Kate Bush sampled on Hounds of love lp .

JunkMonkey
January 6th, 2012, 06:27 PM
NIGHT OF THE DEMON

Couldn't believe my luck when i got this today in my local charidee shop for 1 scottish pound .


You lucky lucky bugger. I love Tourneur's films.

I too liked Despicable Me though it suffered by comparison with Megamind which I saw in the same week - and thought was the better of the two. My wife and Number two daughter kept nudging each other all the way through Despicable Me and whispering - "It's Dad!". Couldn't see it myself.

ubergeek
January 6th, 2012, 07:07 PM
Cheers Junkmonkey i was just in the right place at the right time.
Did you catch the recent Tourneur season on BBC2? Assuming you're brit based or have access to brit terrestrial!

kater
January 7th, 2012, 07:19 AM
Killer Elite - yawn. Jason one-expression-unconvincing-hardman Statham teams up with Robert DeNiro, who has some of the most godawful lines of his career, as mercenaries to pull off three assassination missions against former SAS soldiers who killed the sons of the exiled Sheikh of Oman. Clive Owen, who does by far the best job with a crap script, tries to stop them. Don't bother watching this movie, every cliche, cheesey line and possible action movie trope you can think of thrown into a mixing bowl and painted to look part Bond/part Bourne, as so many recent movies have also failed at. When you have a Welshman played by an Australian with a Bondii Beach accent and a crack team of mercenaries using a civilian on a mission (with accidental comedy classic effect at a supposedly poignant moment) you know this hasn't been thought out. It's supposed to be based on a true story, I have my doubts. Avoid.