What movie did you watch last night? (3 Viewers)

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Ha ha, I like Gosling too. I just didn't enjoy Blue Valentine. I am looking forward to The Place Beyond The Pines though. Are you a hipster, Hermie?

Ha, I don't think so. I neither own a camera nor a pair of glasses and haven't had my hair cut in over a year. But perhaps it's like your driving test, there are certain things you fail on regardless of anything else.

Yeah it's a weird one. I can see how it's a bit annoying with the ukelele and all - not to mention how bleak it is. But a lot of it was so close to the bone it actually knocked the shit out of me when I saw it. Maybe it won't stand up to repeat viewing, I dunno.
 

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Ha, I don't think so. I neither own a camera nor a pair of glasses and haven't had my hair cut in over a year. But perhaps it's like your driving test, there are certain things you fail on regardless of anything else.

Yeah it's a weird one. I can see how it's a bit annoying with the ukelele and all - not to mention how bleak it is. But a lot of it was so close to the bone it actually knocked the shit out of me when I saw it. Maybe it won't stand up to repeat viewing, I dunno.

I did enjoy the bit where Gosling makes a tit out of himself at Michelle Williams workplace. That was some damn fine acting.
 

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Still taking about Blue Valentine, no? When they go to the future room and it gets to the point where they are going to have sex but then fight... perhaps I should have said, 'almost' sex scene. That was some realistic and uncomfortable shit.

Oh yeah. I thought that was some weird room in their house. Anyway, yeah it was uncomfortable.
 

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Very slight in terms of plot but really engaging film which Paul Dano is amazing in and I was really reminded of Five Easy Pieces all the way through
then the ending is the exact same with the jumping into the truck to escape it all
which annoyed me more then it really should have.
 

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I looked up a list of films that won Oscars during the 1970s recently and most if not all of them are absolute classics, the list of films that were nominated and didn't win are pretty special too. The 70s were a golden age for Hollywood and the Oscars were not only a good chance for hollywood to have a party and congratulate themselves but also a decent historical barometer of what was going on at the time. Of course the 70s ended and the academy started the 80s by utterly dropping the ball and failing to reward Raging Bull and Martin Scorsese or Apocalypse Now and Francis Ford Coppola or The Elephant Man and David Lynch or Tess and Roman Polanski. Instead they handed the top prize to Robert Redford for Ordinary People and since then they've made some really massive mistakes and really does anyone care anymore anyway ?

So Daniel Day Lewis won his third best actor oscar on sunday and fair play to him. To be honest I'm not sure of who else was nominated. Is he any good in Lincoln ? Yes he's his usual excellent self. Is the film any good ? Well no, not really. It's amazing t me that it's held in such high esteem to be honest. The plot is set around the end of the Civil war and honest Abe is determined to get his amendment through and put an end to slavery altogether, thus end the war and finally stop an inhuman practice. To do this he employs two shisters to bribe, coerce and generally finagle votes out of senators. In a nutshell it's honest Abe has to play in the dirt for the greater good and here in lies the major problem with the film. Every frame is a elegy to Lincoln so rather than deal with either A. the personal turmoil of an honest man cheating for the greater good, or B. Look at how the system is and always has been corrupt. The film just seems to say, this is for the greater good and therefore is acceptable. It's utterly ridulous that this years oscars have basically said "torture bad" - "political corruption ....well that's just par for the course and Lincoln ..well he's our hero so it's grand". So the film explains the hows and whys of Lincoln and his cronies getting the bill passed. ..... and ...that's it. That's all. That's the film.

The whole thing plays out like a really long episode of the West Wing so much so that Lincoln himself reminded me of President Bartlet. What's more frustraiting is that the scenes in congress or whatever it's called portray the Democrats as pig ignorant elitist shits determined to keep women and african americans tied to the kitchen and the cotton field and oh how the actors playing the democrats ham it up, Lee Pace for one looks like he's going to break into an evil cackle at any moment. While on the other hand the Republicans (the good guys, Imagine that ?) are the righteous forward thinkers. This is Steven Speilberg so you can imagine just how syrupy things get. In the end Daniel Day Lewis does a brilliant job at holding the whole film together, he essentially has won an oscar for playing a real human in a film which has precious few moments which deal in anything remotely realistic. Sally Field does her best to make his wife seem concerned, depressed and under great strain rather than bat shit crazy but it's a tight rope and she's not helped by a clunky script. Tommy Lee Jones is great as the republican party leader, or whatever he is, but he only gets one short scene with Day Lewis and it's a shame because he's the only one who seems to be on the same page as him in terms of performance and his charachter seems to be the only one who can answer back to honest Abe. In the end It's a Spielberg ode to Lincoln the american hero rather than any kind of investiagtion into a real man. If it wasn't for Daniel Day lewis this would be utter tripe.

Skyfall
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This image ^^^ has been everywhere in London since I moved here. You walk outside your flat it's on busses, billboards you take a piss it's on the back of the toilet door, I wouldn't be surprised if it's on the jacks roll at this stage. It's on trains, mugs, dogs, clouds, internal organs, it's fucking everywhere. And come on, admit it, he's fucking ugly. He's the ugliest James Bond by a long way he looks like a fucking rugby player for christ sake. On the other hand he's also a very good James Bond ... well maybe not "James Bond" because the character he plays in these films is not exactly Bond. Bond was a spy and this new guy is an assassin so apart from the name there's actually very little in Casino Royale or that other yoke, the Quadrangle of Solpadine or whatever it was called, to say that he's Bond, James Bond etc. That's for the best really because as it has been stated many times in the last few Bond films if James Bond from the 60s was rambling around now he'd be in jail for date rape, I mean how many times does this guy point a gun at a woman and then ride her ? Anyway this new Bond has the usual Bond shit to do and so he's out doing his thing, and seems to be dead when suddenly MI6 is attacked so he comes back to do more Bond shit (this is in the trailer so I don't think I'm giving too much away) This is where the film becomes rather clever. Bond isn't going after so shady villian intent on destroying the world (for once) he's on a mission to protect his own agency and as such this smaller scope actually does the film a favour, it doesn't get too big and brash and so the new low key ugly Bond gets to do low key ugly things and it all feels a little more controlled and condensed. There are plenty of nods to the old Bond rhetoric but thankfully it does this knowingly and only fumbles occasionally. What Director Sam Mendes has managed with Skyfall is very similar to what the team at Marvel managed with The Avengers. Firstly they get the script right, It's written by a tem of three, which is usually a bad sign, but, it seems that John Logan (writer of Gladiator, Hugo, the Aviator, Rango and Coriolanus) was drafted in somewhere along the line to beef the whole thing up and as a result the whole thing is fairly beefy indeed. Mendes keeps things simple, he runs over the checklist, hot women, fast cars, guns, and a freak for a villain all present. Then he steps aside and lets the production designers, stunt coordinators, special effects folk et al get on with making the whole thing look spectacular and if that wasn't enough the whole thing is shot by Roger fucking Deakins (look him up if you don't know him, then see all of his films). What Skyfall gets absolutely right is that it looks spectacular. Mendes takes his cues from Christopher Nolan as much as the Bourne series without ever getting bogged down in emulating either of those, like Tarantino he just takes what he wants from them but ultimately he's very much making his own film. Daniel Craig is excellent as Bond, seeming more disconnected than suave, which works. Javier Bardem is chewing the scenery as a sex pest computer hacker type, which also works and Judi Dench gets to play a fuller role as both an iron lady military leader and a vulnerable older lady which also works. Even the IRA get a mention and in one scene you can see my local boozer in the background. Probably not a great "Bond" film but a highly entertaining film in it's own right. I enjoyed it. If I was Craig I'd hand over my Walther PPK now and go out on a high, also then his mug wouldn't be fucking everywhere. The fact that Lohn Logan is writing the next 2 films bodes well I suppose, if they can keep the team together they could well get a few more decent films out, but like Everton they'll probably end up losing Mendes and Deakins and Bond will be back scrapping it out for the europa league next season.
 

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Les Miserables

I enjoyed it
Most surprising thing..........Amanda Siegfried (sp?) has an absolutely beautiful voice - bright clear as a bell and no bizarre ornamentation.
Hard to listen to anyone but Colm Wilkinson sing Bring Him Home - and everyone is giving out about Russell Crowe's singing - but Hugh Jackmann's voice is far more reedy and annoying.
 

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Buddy movies. There's a genre that throws up more than it's fair share of absolute rubbish. For every Odd Couple there's fifty Martin Lawerence meets another human, or a CGI Ostrich or a talking dildo or some other fucking turgid shit that actually makes you kind of understand where married peoples hatred of gay marriage comes from. Bear with me here I don't care about gay marriage, if gays want to ruin there lives and never get a blow job again fair enough, they should have the same right to do it as anyone else. Wait did I just say that or am I repeating a Louis CK gag ? I don't know any more I really need a job. Anyway, folks usually christians say that Gay Marriage devalues there marriage. Which on the surface makes no sense what so ever, actually it doesn't make any sense what so ever because your marriage is devalued by the fact that you bother even thinking about marriage at all and sticking your nose into other peoples business and okay that's getting off the point again but to be fair to them once you've watched a Martin Lawerence movie you do feel that the existence of that movie does devalue not just cinemas rich and varied history but it devalues your entire life because that movie exists. If you've sat through Bad Boys II then you know what I mean. Anyway for the most part I wish to abort most buddy movies. They're usually a moronic genre in which two (usually men) find themselves trapped together by circumstance, don't like each other, trade insults, overcome an obsticle and eventually find that they now have a deep respect for each other and in a nut shell that is the outline for Robot and Frank. I say outline because unlike most of the idiotic shite that actually gets made thus mystifying me and keeping me up at night until 3 AM writing about how fucking bad they are. Robot and Frank is a deeper and more original movie than the "genre" usually allows for. Frank Langella plays Frank. A man who is in the early stages of Althsiemers, unable to care for him his son played by James Marsden buys him a robot voiced by Peter Sarsgaard (but you'll swear it's Kevin Spacey) who is capable of essentially being his nurse and therapist. Frank initially hates the robot but eventually comes to get on with him enough to find a project which will keep his mind active and thusly slow the deteriaration of his mind and body. The plot really isn't that important but I don't want to spoil it. Robot and Franks greatest asset, in fact the crux of the movie and it's reason for existing lies solely with Frank Langella, who gives one of the finest performances I've seen in a long time as the ,mentally diminishing and curmudgeonly Frank. He is ably supported by Liv Tyler who is annoying as an annoying daughter, Susan Sarandon as a librarian who Frank is attempting to woo and James Marsden as his put upon son who is trying with great difficulty to do the right thing for his father. As the movie progresses thematically it deals with nature of memory and it's value both as a tool and as something shared and passed on, it touches on our passions and our need to work to define our selves and ultimately with how we deal with our enevetable impending exit. Though the film is essentially light entertainment director Jake Schreier and writer Christopher D Ford smart enough to not fall into the black holes of being too quirky or too sentimental. As a result it allows the film to rest on Langellas shoulders and he wears what could have been a burden like a three piece suit casually strutting into your home engaing you, hinting at his exciting past and being open and bare about his present. A nuanced and entertaining film which takes a few turns in it's last act and is all the richer for it's ability to head down interesting paths while never losing site of it's key feature which in short is charm. What's utterly refreshing is that though the film is essentially dealing with age and with the onset of a debilitating condition it manages to imbue it's central charachter with a quiet dignity without becoming a saccharine mess which is rare. Warm hearted, light, affecting in it's execution and utterly nice.
 

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I like your reviews WC but they'd be easier to read if you formatted the text into paragraphs

I finally watched Vanishing Point. I really liked it, everything I expected it to be plus lots of familiar faces to spot and wonder where I'd seen them before.

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I like your reviews WC but they'd be easier to read if you formatted the text into paragraphs

I finally watched Vanishing Point. I really liked it, everything I expected it to be plus lots of familiar faces to spot and wonder where I'd seen them before.

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The first time I saw Vanishing Point was on TV, while utterly wasted. It was fucking amazing. AAAAH Moviedrome *sigh*

"Kermode is already banging on about the tone and mood, get the spliff rolled fast you fool"

Found this handy archive,

http://www.kurtodrome.net/moviedrome.htm

I'd say everyone has seen 90% of it by now but at the time you couldn't find most of these in your local video shop but there was no internet either so I for one didn't know half of them existed anyway.


(^^^^Look an old man is talking)


Oh yeah Paragraphs ? Hmmmmm


 

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Still haven't see it (Cutter's Way) . Might download now that I've figured out how to watch stuff on TV via the laptop( i think)
 

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I watched two movies last night.Well one and a half.

The first was Damon Albarn going round selling fracking.Was very enjoyable then the stream borked about 40mins from the end so I need to see the rest.I'll do that tonight.

The second was Magic Mike..about male strippers in Tampa Florida..and it was very good.I really enjoyed it.Well worth a gawk.

I remember Vanishing Point on moviedrome too.I also skinned up before hand.Was excellent.
 

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