January 1st, 2012, 02:03 AM
What's the last movie you watched 2012
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.
January 1st, 2012, 08:16 AM
Shadow's Lure (June 2011)
My wife and I just saw this last week. I pretty much agree. Not a great movie, but entertaining.
Originally Posted by Hobbit
January 1st, 2012, 08:19 AM
A chuffing heffalump
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.
Originally Posted by Hobbit
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.
January 1st, 2012, 03:31 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".
January 2nd, 2012, 08:59 AM
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.
January 6th, 2012, 08:40 AM
Personally I liked the "Minions". Great comic relief.
Originally Posted by Loerwyn
January 6th, 2012, 04:18 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 .
January 6th, 2012, 05:27 PM
You lucky lucky bugger. I love Tourneur's films.
Originally Posted by ubergeek
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.
Last edited by JunkMonkey; January 6th, 2012 at 05:30 PM.
January 13th, 2012, 09:04 PM
I saw The Descendants - I loved it!
January 14th, 2012, 12:56 PM
Saw King's Speech
I thought The King's Speech was terrific. I like period pieces, and don't find them stodgy, so I won't really comment on that regarding this movie. But, I do agree that Firth's performance is excellent and I agree that Rush isn't as exciting as he usually is. Helena Bonham Carter, better than Rush? Hmmm. I'd say she gives a performance equal to that of Rush's. But I don't feel that it came off as trying hard to be the best picture in the Oscars. I thought it it all the right notes, as you've presented. So, why do you feel that it was "too neatly wrapped"? In what ways?
Originally Posted by Luke_B
January 14th, 2012, 01:04 PM
Saw it too.
I agree with you about Mission Impossible. It is slick, glossy, fun. I thought it was just me about the plot. It is hard to follow - nevertheless, it works.
Originally Posted by Hobbit
January 14th, 2012, 01:10 PM
Heard good things
Originally Posted by kater
I've heard good things about both of these movies. My parents, both in their 80's, are avid movie watchers. Well, really my dad .. They had good things to say about Drive. I passed The Warrior in Netflix wondering if I should see it. I'm still not sure if I should. But I appreciate your review. And I might see Drive., now.
January 15th, 2012, 06:55 PM
\m/ BEER \m/
I watched Fanboys yesterday. That was certainly...a thing. It seemed like scenes from a lot of other movies I enjoyed cobbled together and recast into this movie. Sure there were some laughs and HEY LOOK, IT'S WILLIAM SHATNER cameos, but boy am I glad I didn't pay to see this thing. At least I got to see Kristen Bell in Princess Leia Slave outfit.
January 15th, 2012, 07:40 PM
At Play in the Fields of the Lord (1991) three hours long and ****ing brilliant.
January 17th, 2012, 06:41 PM
Was she her usual sour looking, pasty faced self ?
Originally Posted by Rob B