September 11th, 2012, 08:48 PM
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.
September 16th, 2012, 05:14 AM
THE BRAIN THAT WOULDN'T DIE
Not a very good film although at times it was unintentionally hilarious.
September 16th, 2012, 07:45 AM
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.
September 16th, 2012, 07:57 AM
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.
September 16th, 2012, 08:36 AM
Whoa! Cue Spooky Door music, dude. I watched Excellent Adventure on Friday too....
September 16th, 2012, 09:23 AM
I hope it was most triumphant.
September 18th, 2012, 07:22 AM
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.
September 18th, 2012, 02:58 PM
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.
September 18th, 2012, 06:44 PM
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.
Last edited by JunkMonkey; September 18th, 2012 at 06:51 PM.
September 19th, 2012, 07:56 AM
Kiss my axe!
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!
September 19th, 2012, 10:01 PM
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.
September 20th, 2012, 03:51 AM
And worse... did you see the godawful reworking of The Andromeda Strain?
Originally Posted by kahnovitch
September 21st, 2012, 07:24 AM
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.
Originally Posted by EllenS
September 21st, 2012, 07:50 AM
Kiss my axe!
I saw the one with Ben Bratt a while back, really can't remember much about it (think I fell asleep).
Originally Posted by JunkMonkey
September 26th, 2012, 03:45 PM
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.