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Re: last movie you watched

Mon Oct 14, 2013 2:22 pm

I watched Jaws last night -- "Smile you sonofafish"

Re: last movie you watched

Mon Oct 14, 2013 2:39 pm

Watched all three "The Hangover" movies over the weekend. I think they're totally unfunny anyway. Didn't laugh once, except on part three.

That said, somehow I enjoyed the final part which is more of a "thriller" than a comedy. And slowly but surely I start to like Bradley Cooper although his role in "The Hangover Part III" was somehow replaceable.

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Re: last movie you watched

Mon Oct 14, 2013 8:50 pm

luckyjackson1 wrote:Watched all three "The Hangover" movies over the weekend. I think they're totally unfunny anyway. Didn't laugh once, except on part three.

That said, somehow I enjoyed the final part which is more of a "thriller" than a comedy. And slowly but surely I start to like Bradley Cooper although his role in "The Hangover Part III" was somehow replaceable.

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Must admit i love the hangover movies.the first 2 are just so funny 3rd one not so much !!!

Re: last movie you watched

Tue Oct 15, 2013 10:28 am

Last night watched "The Monkeys Paw"utter rubbish

Re: last movie you watched

Sat Oct 19, 2013 10:41 pm

"Don't Look Now" ....a 1973 thriller starring Donald Sutherland & Julie Christie.

Re: last movie you watched

Sat Oct 19, 2013 11:12 pm

Escape plan.......Stallone and
Schwarzenneger doing what they do best

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Re: last movie you watched

Sun Oct 20, 2013 11:50 pm

"Fun With Dick & Jane" (1977) starring George Segal & Jane Fonda. Hilarious.

Re: last movie you watched

Mon Oct 21, 2013 9:03 am

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbG3IkvJUfo[/youtube]Last night i watched Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges in R.I.P.D a very good film(Jeff sings quite well too)
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Re: last movie you watched

Mon Oct 21, 2013 9:37 pm

Gladiator. Loved that movie!

Re: last movie you watched

Mon Oct 21, 2013 9:42 pm

Yesterday, i watched Monster in Law ... Jane Fonda and Jennifer Lopez

Re: last movie you watched

Mon Oct 21, 2013 10:03 pm

Mama

Re: last movie you watched

Tue Oct 22, 2013 2:43 am

Watched the Criterion blu ray of The Killing.What a great movie. I then decided to go the other way and watched the Roger Corman flick Starcrash. Its so bad it's great. Plus it features the stunning Caroline Munro.

Re: last movie you watched

Sat Oct 26, 2013 5:09 pm

Went to see Sunshine on Leith today what a fantastic movie.hope this is a start of more scottish films showing the real scotland ! not about drugs and Violence.but about our humor,our culture,our wonderful city's(in this case edinburgh)hope this is a template of scottish movies of the future ! a must see !!!



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Re: last movie you watched

Sun Oct 27, 2013 3:00 pm

This week I saw Captain Phillips, Le Weekend, Escape Plan and Nosferatu at the cinema. Captain Phillips, directed by Paul Greengrass and starring Tom Hanks, offers a straightforward premise expertly told and in a thrilling manner. Here, Hanks is the eponymous Captain Phillips, whose cargo ship is boarded by Somali pirates as it routes the horn of Africa. The pirates, played by newcomers, Faysal Ahmed, Barkhad Abdirahman and Barkhad Abdi bring the kind of genuine menace and intensity a film like this thrives on. Hanks raises his game tremendously because of that and Greengrass puts every moment at sea on a knife edge as danger looms large and threat becomes immediate and real. Greengrass' direction is excellent throughout, with Phillips and his crew given nowhere to run or hide in a cruel juxtaposition of open sea and closed compartments on a giant vessel. The political undertones of the story are never pushed ahead of the narrative, although, my one complaint would be that more back story on the pirates would have afforded that bit more depth. However, the climax packs a wallop. Hanks should be Oscar nominated here, as should his primary antagonist, Barkhad Abdi, Greengrass for direction, Henry Jackman's foreboding score and the film, itself.

Le Weekend, directed by Roger Mitchell, is a smartly-written, funny and, at times, acerbic, romantic comedy/melodrama, starring Lindsay Duncan and Jim Broadbent. Here, playing a couple who are spending a weekend in Paris as a means of rejuvenating their marriage and capturing some of the magic from time spent there before. Immediately, nothing goes to plan and romance turns to bickering, teasing, hijinx and a chance encounter with an old friend, played by Jeff Goldblum. Shot on location in Paris, the scenery and sights are a treat in themselves, whilst Hanif Kureishi's script hits most of the right notes. In a way, Le Weekend is akin to an older version of Richard Linklater's wonderful Jesse/Celine trilogy -- if not nearly as good. But it's still a fine film with much to offer those seeking a more mature, lingering romantic comedy that rings true and presents realistic characters and genuine situations.

Escape Plan finally brings Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger together in a fully-fledged on-screen pairing. Unfortunately, this isn't a film with a great pedigree despite the stature of its two leads. And that comes to show in a high-concept action film that thrives and succeeds only on the strength of Sly and Arnold. The story, of a prison breaking expert who voluntarily gets locked up, and escapes, but has been tricked into a job with no apparent escape, has shades of a 1992 Robert Redford vehicle called Sneakers. In that film, Redford hacked into bank computers systems, showing where faults lay and how they could be fixed. He's stitched up along the way, as is Stallone's Ray Breslin, when he's put into a super high-security prison that's, seemingly, inescapable. Within its walls are the usual stock characters that habitat prison movies of this type -- a dictatorial warden (Jim Caviezal), his henchman-like head guard (Vinnie Jones), inner-prison factions and an old con whose help proves indispensable (Schwarzenegger). The action unfolds both inside and outside the prison walls, as Breslin tries to escape and his colleagues, played by Amy Ryan and Curtis Jackson, try to find out where he is and who set him up. It's generic to a fault other than the times in which Arnold and Stallone share scenes -- one particular scene, in which Arnold speaks German, incredibly reveals something new in his abilities after all these years. This is the most compelling part of the film, in my opinion. Whilst, Stallone gives one of his quietest, most introverted performances in some time, as a man always thinking, looking and biding his time within an environment that's hostile, unfamiliar and challenging. It's a pity, then, that so-so writing and direction lets it down. Caviezel is wasted here, as is Sam Neil as the prison doctor, although Vinnie Jones seems to relish in what he does well, which is shouting and grimacing. But, for all its flaws, I liked Escape Plan and didn't come away with a bitter taste or any disdain. It' nuts and bolts stuff, with a few surprises, some good laughs and enough action to please.

Newly restored from a patchwork of elements, F.W. Murnau's classic 1922 take on Bram Stoker's Dracula probably hasn't looked this good since the 1920s. The print still has some problems, but this film will never look better and to see it on the big screen is a real treat. Granted, some of the film's power to scare has been diminished over the years, but the imagery is compelling and Max Schreck's performance remains powerful, creepy and engrossing. Nosferatu's influence and design, both with regards to its narrative and imagery, still retain an influence on contemporary horror, if indirectly so. Whilst, Hans Erdmann's brilliant score was great to hear in all its glory.

Re: last movie you watched

Mon Oct 28, 2013 5:31 pm

Great post as always greystoke and good to have you back mate.went to see escape Plan this morning i enjoyed it a little slow at times but it was great to see stallone & schwarzenegger star in a movie together !!!

Re: last movie you watched

Mon Oct 28, 2013 5:32 pm

rocknroller wrote:Went to see Sunshine on Leith today what a fantastic movie.hope this is a start of more scottish films showing the real scotland ! not about drugs and Violence.but about our humor,our culture,our wonderful city's(in this case edinburgh)hope this is a template of scottish movies of the future ! a must see !!!



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I'll also give a thumbs up to Sunshine on Leith, rocknroller. It wasn't perfect, and presented a romanticised Edinburgh that's sure to do wonders for the tourist trade, but it's immediately enjoyable, highly infectious and very endearing. Yes, it's predictable, given the songs and where they're bound to fit, or how they would be used, but the Proclaimers' catalogue is more than suitable for this kind of treatment. Equal to that of ABBA's, given comparisons to Mamma Mia. And kudos to Dexter Fletcher's direction and managing to keep such a busy and lively film together. Great performances, too. Including Peter Mullan, who may have been more at home in Filth, but showed how comfortable and diverse this superb actor is.

Re: last movie you watched

Mon Oct 28, 2013 5:39 pm

greystoke wrote:
rocknroller wrote:Went to see Sunshine on Leith today what a fantastic movie.hope this is a start of more scottish films showing the real scotland ! not about drugs and Violence.but about our humor,our culture,our wonderful city's(in this case edinburgh)hope this is a template of scottish movies of the future ! a must see !!!



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I'll also give a thumbs up to Sunshine on Leith, rocknroller. It wasn't perfect, and presented a romanticised Edinburgh that's sure to do wonders for the tourist trade, but it's immediately enjoyable, highly infectious and very endearing. Yes, it's predictable, given the songs and where they're bound to fit, or how they would be used, but the Proclaimers' catalogue is more than suitable for this kind of treatment. Equal to that of ABBA's, given comparisons to Mamma Mia. And kudos to Dexter Fletcher's direction and managing to keep such a busy and lively film together. Great performances, too. Including Peter Mullan, who may have been more at home in Filth, but showed how comfortable and diverse this superb actor is.


Its not perfect your right but the feel good factor and the great peter mullan and dexter Fletcher's direction make it a scottish movie to be proud of.for me the songs are much better sung than the songs on mama mia ! what did you think of filth ?

Re: last movie you watched

Mon Oct 28, 2013 5:48 pm

rocknroller wrote:Great post as always greystoke and good to have you back mate.went to see escape Plan this morning i enjoyed it a little slow at times but it was great to see stallone & schwarzenegger star in a movie together !!!

I second that,welcome back greystoke

Re: last movie you watched

Mon Oct 28, 2013 6:22 pm

rocknroller wrote:
greystoke wrote:
rocknroller wrote:Went to see Sunshine on Leith today what a fantastic movie.hope this is a start of more scottish films showing the real scotland ! not about drugs and Violence.but about our humor,our culture,our wonderful city's(in this case edinburgh)hope this is a template of scottish movies of the future ! a must see !!!



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I'll also give a thumbs up to Sunshine on Leith, rocknroller. It wasn't perfect, and presented a romanticised Edinburgh that's sure to do wonders for the tourist trade, but it's immediately enjoyable, highly infectious and very endearing. Yes, it's predictable, given the songs and where they're bound to fit, or how they would be used, but the Proclaimers' catalogue is more than suitable for this kind of treatment. Equal to that of ABBA's, given comparisons to Mamma Mia. And kudos to Dexter Fletcher's direction and managing to keep such a busy and lively film together. Great performances, too. Including Peter Mullan, who may have been more at home in Filth, but showed how comfortable and diverse this superb actor is.


Its not perfect your right but the feel good factor and the great peter mullan and dexter Fletcher's direction make it a scottish movie to be proud of.for me the songs are much better sung than the songs on mama mia ! what did you think of filth ?


I thought there was much to admire in Filth, but not a lot to actually like. James McAvoy is excellent in the lead and I found him more convincing here than in Trance or Welcome to the Punch. Eddie Marsden was also very good, as was Jim Broadbent in a tricky role to pull off, but he's very memorable. And given how challenging the materials is, Jon Baird done a fine job in directing the film, considering that he's relatively inexperienced. But the narrative didn't work for me, because it failed to transcend who, and what, McAvoy's character was. It missed that moment of realisation which was needed to make him more than a corrupt, junkie cop with emotional issues. This was touched on, with his back story revealed and moments where a semblance of humanity was shown, but the final act should have been able to give this character some degree of empathy and affection, but only offers a narrative twist that doesn't convince. For some, I guess the relentless nature of the film will work, but I wanted something more. Something that made it worthwhile investing in this character, and doing so because there's an element of fascination in watching him stoop so low, but with a wink to the audience. But that's not enough to encourage genuine goodwill for a character who doesn't actually deserve any, and that's where Filth stumbles, in my opinion.

Re: last movie you watched

Mon Oct 28, 2013 6:37 pm

keninlincs wrote:
rocknroller wrote:Great post as always greystoke and good to have you back mate.went to see escape Plan this morning i enjoyed it a little slow at times but it was great to see stallone & schwarzenegger star in a movie together !!!

I second that,welcome back greystoke


That's a great picture as your avatar, Ken. Hopefully Willie will be on stage over here again next year.

Re: last movie you watched

Tue Oct 29, 2013 9:48 am

greystoke wrote:
keninlincs wrote:
rocknroller wrote:Great post as always greystoke and good to have you back mate.went to see escape Plan this morning i enjoyed it a little slow at times but it was great to see stallone & schwarzenegger star in a movie together !!!

I second that,welcome back greystoke


That's a great picture as your avatar, Ken. Hopefully Willie will be on stage over here again next year.

Thanks!I hope so too

Re: last movie you watched

Tue Oct 29, 2013 10:50 am

Watched "Hitchcock" last night, starring Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren. Enjoyed it very much! :D

Before that I watched "Gangster Squad". Even though it had a great cast I thought there were a lot of movie cliches in it.

And I saw "The Seasoning House", which really left a bad feeling after watching it. Equally to when I watched "The Passion Of The Christ" years back. Terrible.

Re: last movie you watched

Wed Oct 30, 2013 8:31 pm

I saw Thor: The Dark World at the cinema today. The latest film from Marvel studios and a step closer to the forthcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron. Picking up after the events in the first Avengers film, but allowing itself a prologue in which the threat of Malekith and a race of dark elves is detailed, Thor: The Dark World is - as the title suggests - a darker affair than the first film and more bleak than any Marvel film in recent memory, save for The Wolverine. Much of this film is set in Asgard, with a rain-soaked London making a soggy alternative to New York, as Thor's love interest, Jane Foster, and Stellan Skarsgard's Dr. Erik Selvig, have convened there for further research into astrophysics. Chris Hemsworth is more than perfect in his third outing as the God of Thunder, although, the ever-excellent, Tom Hiddleston steals every scene he appears in as Thor's brother, Loki. And here lies a key dynamic of the film, Thor and Loki's complex relationship intertwined with the impending, and ultimate, threat of Christopher Eccleston's Malekith. A villain who, at times, seems to have more bark than bite, despite what's at his disposal. But there's danger abound within a busy, unrelenting narrative that affords some welcome levity and in-jokes despite the severe tone. Those staying behind for the obligatory end credits scene should wait until the last credits roll for a second scene.

Re: last movie you watched

Wed Oct 30, 2013 8:36 pm

luckyjackson1 wrote:Watched "Hitchcock" last night, starring Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren. Enjoyed it very much! :D

Before that I watched "Gangster Squad". Even though it had a great cast I thought there were a lot of movie cliches in it.

And I saw "The Seasoning House", which really left a bad feeling after watching it. Equally to when I watched "The Passion Of The Christ" years back. Terrible.


I agree regarding Gangster Squad - I found it wholly enjoyable and wholly predictable. Great entertainment but it was movie-making by numbers.

Re: last movie you watched

Wed Oct 30, 2013 8:40 pm

I did finally get to see The Conjuring a week or two back. I'm not quite sure what all the fuss was about. Like so many other films in this cycle (Insidious, Dark Skies etc) it starts off well and is a good, old-fashioned, creepy little tale for the first hour...and then, when the supernatural events hot up in the second half, it becomes pure hokum and almost laughable. There seems an obsessions in Hollywood that horror films need to have a big element of "visual horror" in them to attract audiences, and I think that's underestimating audiences. We would rather have something atmospheric, realistic and believable than something so fantastic it's just plain ridiculous.