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I went to see Beowulf at the cinema. have yet to watch it in 3-D but damn I shall lol.

There is no way I am missing that in my lifetime!

I thought the film was brilliant! heehee

The amount of blood in an animation gosh I haven't been so surprised since Watership down haha

Even though the end was different to the version I read when I was younger (actually the entire story was different but oh well)..it was still an incredible film and my goodness they got Viking life down to a tee. My friend after watching it has now agreed that my building of a roundhouse somewhere in Finland is actually a rather good idea haha :D

Result ;)

Excellent movie.

Can't wait to see it again haha :cool:

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Ah, good news and bad news in the morning. Good? Grammath's thoughts on Eastern Promises that I am dying to see, and bad? David's on what was to be my Christmas viewing as eldest is getting it for Xmas.

 

Yesterday, I watched Die Hard 4.0. Now, stop laughing - I know that it is rubbish and a over-tired franchise, but Bruce Willis is in it, and the stunts were fantastic (no matter how much movie trickery was used to create them). Did I mention that I love Bruce Willis?

 

For the 4th outing, a cyber-hacker guy called Thomas Gabriel, played by Timothy Oliphant, starts a 'fire sale'. He shuts down computer networks across America throwing the government, financial sector, power and industry...into disarray. A 'fire sale' - everything must go. Meanwhile he kills off all the hackers that could possibly assist the FBI/CIA in restoring the networks, as they originally created the code to carry out these fire sales. So, we John McClane is sent to pick up one of these endangered hackers, Matthew Farrell played by Jeepers Creepers' brown-eyed boy Justin Long. As soon as he picks him up, terrorist's try to kill him. Yup, European terrorists. Yup, again. French this time. Much fire, explosions, bullets, stunts, and 'wacky' dialogue ensues. Even the "Yippee kie-aay".

 

I enjoyed it - it's not brilliant by any stretch of the imagination - but it is fun, watchable and total popcorn. The only problem I had was Oliphant as the baddie. Oliphant as Earl Hickey's enemy- hmmm. Oliphant as a wannabe-porn director in The Girl Next Door - much better. Oliphant as a drug dealer in Go - hell, yes, but Oliphant as a scary cyber-terrorist...nah.

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Films I've seen while I've been away from the board.

 

Eastern Promises - the best film I've seen this year, no doubts. Mortensen is brilliant. The film has a relatively simple story that Cronenberg twists to make it quite complicated and interesting. I can't wait to see it again because I think it will be one of those films that improves with each viewing.

 

Good Luck Chuck - Dire comedy that does have laughs but little else.

 

30 Days of Night - A really good concept: The most northerly town in America goes without light for 30 days, this is when the vampires come out to play!

Stylishly done, excellent vampires. Worth a watch, but you'll feel like you've seen bits of it before.

 

Beowulf - I really didn't enjoy this at all. The animation and technical aspects were superb but it killed the story for me. They seemed to draw the plot out until it got a little thin. I just felt bored. In fact my sister fell asleep, waking up with the word: "Oh, where did that dragon come from?" Ray Winston was such a bad choice too. I couldn't resist making Eastenders parodies.

 

Saw IV - same old same old, gore and clever torture traps. No more of these films need to be made.

 

The Darjeeling Limited - Saw this last night. It's about three brothers that haven't spoken for over a year meeting up for a trip across India. I found it really interesting. Owen Wilson is bearable (I don't usually enjoy his acting), Jason Schwartzman is brilliant as is Adrien Brody. It is funny but at the same time builds emotionally throughout. Sometimes I go to the cinema on a whim and just watch whatever is showing, by doing this you get mostly disappointments, but it's worth doing when you stumble over a little gem of a film like this.

 

Has anyone seen American Gangster? I'm going to see it next week.

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Hazel, don't worry too much. I watched POC 3 with my oldest 2 a couple of nights ago. I had seen it at the cinema with the younger ones.

 

Although I agree with most of David's points (reservations on Orlando who is generally referred to as Orlando Blooming Gorgeous who is really perfect eye candy, I don't expect much more) my boys sat and watched it all the way through, hardly stirring.....that doesn't happen often (3 refused to watch bridge to Terebithia after the first hour). So as not too demanding Christmas (or Yule) fare i think you will be fine.

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That's good to hear Elfstar! I watched a silly POC3 special this morning on ITV3, and it looks really good. Bill Nighy summed the whole franchise up though saying that the public have just taken Depp's Jack Sparrow to their hearts, they have been charmed by him and have an endless appetite for him. That's me.

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That's good to hear Elfstar! I watched a silly POC3 special this morning on ITV3, and it looks really good. Bill Nighy summed the whole franchise up though saying that the public have just taken Depp's Jack Sparrow to their hearts, they have been charmed by him and have an endless appetite for him. That's me.

To be fair, kids will probably love it. They won't follow most of it, but they won't be terribly bothered. It does look great, there's no denying it, and much of the humour that didn't get me chortling was because it was a bit infantile, so necessarily once again the kids will love it.

 

My objections were very much from an adult viewer's perspective. A show that picks out best bits would look good, I agree, but much of my problem was the way those bits were strung together in the actual film.

 

Sparrow is a great creation and I gather Depp has said he'd be happy playing him again. But of course it's a while in this film before we even see him, given where the previous film left off!

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When Bill Nighy is briefly returned to Davy Jones' old human form I actually thought he looked less like Bill Nighy than with the tentacles. Odd and disconcerting.
I agree with you totally, I hardly recognized him.
Although I agree with most of David's points (reservations on Orlando who is generally referred to as Orlando Blooming Gorgeous who is really perfect eye candy, I don't expect much more) ...
:yup::yup::yup:
To be fair, kids will probably love it.
They certainly do. Mine loved it.
Sparrow is a great creation and I gather Depp has said he'd be happy playing him again.
Sparrow wouldn't be the same without Johnny. As I said elsewhere, he is a great actor.

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Worst of all (Oh forgive me!) was Keira Knightley. Not so much in herself, but in the role that was created for her. There was obviously this feeling that the young female demographic should be pandered to in the patronising notion that she should become an ass-kicking swashbuckler, but I'm sorry, that just ain't Keira. The whole business of her becoming King of the Pirates was laughable and the 'wedding' had me cringing in embarrassment.

Aw, poor David, but that does sound absolutely dire. I haven't seen the second one and I definitely won't be watching this, particularly after your description.

Saw IV - same old same old, gore and clever torture traps. No more of these films need to be made.

They will, though, you know they will. Hollywood just doesn't know where to stop sometimes.

 

We watched Dirty Dancing after Strictly on Saturday. I've seen that film so many times, but I still love it. Can't believe it's twenty years old...

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Decided to borrow a DVD of The Quiet American as I have just finished reading the book. Have to say I thought it was a very good interpretation of the book by Graham Greene. They overdid the gore a bit in the one explosion used in the film and adapted a lot of the dialogue and story, but overall I enjoyed it. But then Michael Caine starring kind of says it all for me. ;)

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I watched Vacancy last night, starring Luke Wilson, Kate Beckinsale, and Frank Whaley. I think this film is probably billed in the same genre as all these torture-porn/slasher flicks, but actually there was very little of the gory violence viewers have come to expect from these types of film. And what there is is coming to you third-hand.

 

Amy and David Fox are returning from Amy's parents' house where they have been pretending to be the happy couple, when in fact they are about to divorce following the death of their child. So things are tense as it is. They get lost on the back roads and pull into a garage when their car falters. The mechanic fixes their car and off they go again, only to break down a mile later, So, they return to the garage and end up having to stay at the Motel attached to the garage.

 

Popping a video on in the 'comfort' of their room, they find a stack of snuff films that appear to have been shot in their Motel room. And so begins the terror where they try to escape ending up as the main feature of the next snuff movie at the Motel.

 

When David watches the snuff movies, this is really the only 'torture-porn' violence the audience sees and it really is just snippets. So, don't worry too much about gore or violence depicted within the movie. It really is just a thriller, and while I wasn't hiding behind the sofa, my heart did race occasionally. Especially, when the Foxes arrive in their room for the first time and strange things start to happen.

 

If anyone remembers Frank Whaley as the hapless wannabe turned torturer in Swimming With Sharks, they won't be surprised at his turn in this film. He's just older, and slightly more creepy as the Motel manager.

 

Not a bad thriller for a Friday night, but too many predictable turns to give the audience real chills.

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Watched Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End last night.

 

The expression 'lost the plot' works on every level for this film.

 

The actual plot was ludicrously complex as well as being predictable when you didn't want it to be and lacking cohesion and sense throughout. So many threads were being pursued it became an over-stretched higgledy-piggledy mess. Someone also pressed the George Lucas button at some point and made the mistake of assuming massive CGI spectacle made good plotting redundant.

 

Even more seriously, things went rather dark and they forgot the fact that at the heart of the first film's success was that it was a glorious romp. It was funny, whereas this film tried to take intensely fantastical ideas and treat them seriously. In the previous entries, curses and the undead, sea monsters and doomed ships were all part of a fanciful fabric we could buy into for a slice of fun, but here we had realms of the dead and journeying to the afterlife; sailing off the edge of the world; a sea goddess being freed and so on. It started to take seriously that which you really shouldn't in this sort of thing. It was clear right from the opening when long lines of people are being hanged in something of a conveyor-belt process, finishing with a young boy who has to be stood on a barrel to be hanged. Evidently it wasn't going to be a laugh-a-minute romp. What humour there was felt forced and even rather amateurish: the deft touch had been lost.

 

The resolutions were sloppy (the whole Calypso storyline fell into complete oblivion - what was the point there?) and the fights had none of the sparkle and originality from the previous films.

 

Worst of all (Oh forgive me!) was Keira Knightley. Not so much in herself, but in the role that was created for her. There was obviously this feeling that the young female demographic should be pandered to in the patronising notion that she should become an ass-kicking swashbuckler, but I'm sorry, that just ain't Keira. The whole business of her becoming King of the Pirates was laughable and the 'wedding' had me cringing in embarrassment.

 

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David,

 

If I might ask a personal question... Are you moonlighting as my husband when you're not doing the day job because we watched PiCab 3 last night and he said what you've written just about word for word. I know because he repeated it all again at breakfast suce was his disgruntlement with the complete mess up that was made of the film.

 

What a shame.

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I went to see 30 Days of Night last week. I found it quite scary, but predictable in its plot.. It was pretty gory - hacking off of heads.

In complete contrast I took my daughter to see Bee Movie today. It was great fun for adults as well as children, with Chris Rock making a wicked mosquito. It had an environmental message about nature's inter-dependence, which may go over kids heads, but it kept us entertained.

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Went to see The Golden Compass last night. I quite enjoyed it, whether that`s because I have never read the books I do`nt know. Nicole Kidman as Mrs Coulter was great.

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In complete contrast I took my daughter to see Bee Movie today. It was great fun for adults as well as children, with Chris Rock making a wicked mosquito. It had an environmental message about nature's inter-dependence, which may go over kids heads, but it kept us entertained.

 

Hubby and I have decided to take the boys to see this on Christmas Eve night, in a vain hope that it will completely tire them out for a long sleep that night.

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Hubby and I have decided to take the boys to see this on Christmas Eve night, in a vain hope that it will completely tire them out for a long sleep that night.

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I don't have kids, obviously, but even I can see how naive that is! ;)

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Hubby and I have decided to take the boys to see this on Christmas Eve night, in a vain hope that it will completely tire them out for a long sleep that night.

 

Not a chance :D . I remember being woken up at 3.30am, 4am, 5am and 5.30am by an over-excited seven year old wanting to open his presents. Not that I was any better as a child. :o

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Blimey guys, give a mum some hope! I haven't even wrapped pressies yet so I need them to be asleep that night!

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On Tuesday, I went to see Beowulf at the Imax Cinema. 3D and everything.

 

I was really quite impressed. Though I suspect that had it been just your normal 2D type of affair, I wouldn't have enjoyed myself nearly so much.

 

My friend and I still snickered (a lot) at Mr Winstone and his 'acting'. I never knew Beowulf was a shouty Cockney bloke.

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Took myself along to the cinema today for the first time in ages to see The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford. It certainly feels better to watch it over reading the book, because it only took three hours rather than the three days I spent on the other. Great cinematography, some excellent acting, and an enjoyable cameo from Nick Cave. The only problem was that the ending felt far more rushed than that of the book. The annoying thing was some audience members that obviously weren't expecting a long, slow movie that was more arthouse than generic blockbuster - but they left at the half hour mark, so sod them.

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I am looking forward to seeing Jesse James - it does look like a great film. I especially want to see Casey Affleck as he always makes for gripping viewing.

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Last film I saw was Hairspray and it was fan-bloody-tastic! I wasn't familiar with the songs at all, but loved the ideas it presented (anti-apartheid, the bigger girl getting her guy, following your dreams...). Plus, John Travolta as a woman was just fabulous! I actually forgot the part was being played by a man! I came out of the cinema grinning from ear to ear, and, almost 6 months later, I occasionally burst into song & start dancing :dance: like a crazy person when I se/hear something that reminds me of it!

I will have to get it when it comes out on DVD here, as it's the ultimate cheerer-upper!

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Went to see The Golden Compass (it annoys me to call it that) on Friday with my sisters. It was good, but should have been better. The big problem they had was the fact that they weren't sure if they were making the second and third parts when they made this, so they've had to make a complete, stand-alone film here and the result is disappointing if you know the book.

 

Special effects were excellent and Dakota Blue Richards fit the role of Lyra extremely well. Lord Asriel and Mrs Coulter seemed to be more sympathetic than in the book, especially Asriel. Ian McKellan as the voice of Iorek was thrilling, a real highlight, as was Eve Green as Serafina and Sam Elliot as Lee.

 

They changed some things around, which I expected, but I expected it to be darker in places than it was. They didn't really get the significance of the bond between daemon and human accross and I think that relates to one of the changes they made from the book.

 

Another thing that irked me, and will annoy anyone who knows the story, is the fact that the entire premise is set up from the word go. There is a lot of simplification in it, some of which is necessary clarification, but some of it feels like deferring to the uninitiated, which isn't done to this extent in Harry Potter.

 

One good thing is the way they've dealt with the references to the church and God. They're still there, though, which I was happy about.

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It’s a caper film and it’s not a great one but it’s such a relief to see Santa portrayed as the swearing, skirt-chasing drunk that we all know he really is. Mostly Santa is Billy Bob Thornton at his baaaaad best, robbing department stores, swearing at children, engaging in unmentionable acts in fitting rooms, abusing his dwarf sidekick with glorious disregard for the offence he might cause, but occasionally there’s some real pathos. After all, no one can seriously think Santa is all bad.

 

Terry Zwigoff (Ghost World) directed – this isn’t as good as that earlier film (remember it? Thora Birch with her Bollywood passion, Steve Buscemi as the record collector? The gorgeous Scarlett Johansen?), but he’s obviously a director with an eye for very human, strange characters. Society’s outsiders. And who could be more of an outsider than Santa?

 

Don’t even suspect for a minute that it’s a feel good flick to watch with your kids.

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I usually order a Christmas themed DVD for the kids to watch on Christmas Eve, so ordered The Santa Clause 3 days ago. I added Bad Santa to the order as a treat for myself - I love Billy Bob Thornton, so I am extremely pleased, Kimberley, to see that it is just my thing.

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After The Santa Clause 1,2 or 3 it is probably the perfect antidote. ;)

 

Make sure your kids are asleep first, or watch it, as I did, on my laptop wearing headphones. Unless you want them picking up some most un-Christmassy language.

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