December 12th, 2011, 01:22 AM
Watched two of the supposedly best films of the year over the weekend:
Warrior - if there's a target audience for this movie it's me. Unsuprisingly I loved it for the most part. I thought the main cast were superb, with Tom Hardy powerful as the near monosyllabic Tommy. The action scenes were brutal and ejoyable if a little unrealistic. On the downside the actual storyline and set-up is a just a bit too unrealistic and coincedental, the ending not really having the impact it should have. I also found it too short which, given it's 2hrs 10mins running time, is a bit frustrating. Flawed but good.
Drive - One of the best starts to a movie I've seen in years but from there it's disappointingly downhill. At times oddly surreal with no real core to the story it can almost be mistaken for a series of tenuously related vignettes. Gosling is at times brilliant but his performance is so sparse there's nothing of value to the character come the end which is meh.
December 12th, 2011, 10:56 AM
A mere player
Watched Run Lola Run for the first time. Didn't know a thing about it other than people like it. It was very enjoyable... quite unusual. The driving rhythm of the backround score really keeps the intensity up.
December 18th, 2011, 10:41 AM
Uh... Yeah? It's... a film alright. It was quite good, but also quite painful to watch. I got a bit fed up of all the camera swingy rotationally momenty things, and I didn't think all that much of most of the acting. But it was watchable, and enjoyable even.
December 19th, 2011, 12:41 PM
Boba Fett Lives
Thor mostly worked for me - especially the visualisation of Thor himself, his companions and Asgard - beautiful Asgard. It felt like a comic book story. I'll see a sequel.
December 19th, 2011, 12:50 PM
It worked, definitely, but it wasn't the best thing I've seen.
Originally Posted by Daddy Darth
December 19th, 2011, 01:49 PM
Boba Fett Lives
Agreed - but it has been a long time since I've seen the best thing!
December 19th, 2011, 04:37 PM
I was surprised how well it worked so much of what goes on in Thor just seems ridiculous in the comics. The fact that there's a mixed but generally positive reaction on here is pretty impressive when you figure how easy it could've turned out to be a big bad joke.
December 19th, 2011, 04:42 PM
Definitely. I think Hemsworth's acting really did risk turning it into a joke, he went way too theatrical at times, but I thought it was largely a fairly reasonable - if slightly self-indulgent with the effects - effort. I do think a more satisfying "big bad boss" fight would have been good, though, as the one they used felt a little shoe-horned in.
Originally Posted by saintjon
At least it didn't do what Iron Man 2 did, which was start and continue really, really well and then fall flat on its big, shiny, metal face right at the end.
December 19th, 2011, 06:14 PM
At the moment I'm choosing my films at random sight unseen. I have a couple of huge boxes full of VHS tapes with no sleeves in the corner of my living room. Part of the pile I was given a couple of weeks ago. I have no idea what's in there. Eyes shut I pick one out and get it into the machine without peeking and I watch whatever comes up*. Tonight it was Diva a well above average 1981 Film Policier with a great chase sequence. Total credibility stretching coincidence ridden nonsense from beginning to end but wonderful to watch.
*Actually this is fib. First out of the pile tonight was Scandalous Behaviour 2 which from the two minutes of it I did see before hitting the eject, looked like the kind of Playboy reject Kens and Barbies bonking porn-lite that fills the Movies4Men channels when the audience have gone to bed. I've no objection to watching people humping, but not people who look like plastic dolls.
December 20th, 2011, 06:23 AM
Boba Fett Lives
You got that right - the ending of IM2 was kinda lame.
Originally Posted by Loerwyn
I grew up on Thor comics - I think Hemsworth nailed it. He brought a larger than life, god to life and I bought it. The Asgard sequences were so strong - I must echo what I have read elsewhere that a movie set pimarily there exploring the Marvel take on the mythology would be amazing. I am so looking forward to the Avengers movie to see the super heroes interacting. We have not had that before. Please be good please be good.
December 25th, 2011, 01:17 PM
LEGO Star Wars: The Padawan Menace
Best. Short. Film. Ever. It's 20 minutes of non-stop tomfoolery, in-jokes, spoofs and other hilarious interactions between various characters. Oh, and Jar Jar gets shot...
December 25th, 2011, 04:09 PM
Apologies for the double post:
Biggest load of rubbish I've seen in some time. It made the Pirates films look good. Imagine a dude movie with the crudeness of, say, American Pie set in a fantasy setting, and you get... Your Highness. Many jokes about sex, many implementations of phallic imagery (some using fake phalluses and some going for more subtle implications), rather insulting depictions of women (they're seen as sex objects, rape fodder and/or have varying degrees of breast showing - including many bare breasts at one point) that aren't even funny (not to mention the constant references to them being "sluts" and so on) and so on and so forth.
I would advise people wanting to see this to instead go and watch Dungeons & Dragons. Twice. In a row. Sober. With no allowance for breaks.
December 26th, 2011, 06:29 AM
Moneyball - I'm not really sure what the hype was about with this, decent enough sports movie with a solid performance by Pitt but I struggle to believe even huge baseball fans would be crowing about this.
December 26th, 2011, 07:02 AM
Considering the A's didn't even really win anything due to that guy's management I think baseball fans are the least impressed by it. They got competitive on a tight budget but I don't think they even won a pennant.
December 26th, 2011, 05:15 PM
Just saw The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. I have not read the book or seen the original version of this movie but I can say that I enjoyed it immensely and think the character of Lisbeth Salander kicks ass. It's hard to believe that this is the same actress (Rooney Mara) that played the lead in the Nightmare on Elm Street reboot.