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Re: last movie you watched

Sat Nov 09, 2013 5:03 pm

Tang Lungs side kick wrote:Fate of Lee Khan , 4.5/6

Some prominent man visits a guest house , he has secret invasion plans that must not end up in wrong hands.

That's a very good film and a great cast. It's not entirely dissimilar to King Hu's previously released, Dragon Gate Inn. Both represent Hu at his finest and I'd love to see this great looking film on Blu-ray. But the balance of narrative with action, purpose and characterisation is terrific here. Hu was especially forward-thinking with regards to the role of female characters in his films. Whilst Sammo's choreography bore many of the hallmarks that typified the likes of Hapkido and his burgeoning credentials. Angela Mao could have been used to better effect on the whole, but that's a small gripe.

Re: last movie you watched

Sat Nov 09, 2013 6:48 pm

rjm wrote:Just got back, tonight.

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I don't want to spoil it, and frankly, I can't tell you how it ends, because . . . well, you'll see. But there is something I want to say.

That Redford, who is 77 years old, is one tough SOB! The part could have gone to anyone of any age, but he did it. And he DID it.

But I have a confession. I wasn't totally concentrating on just the film, or its symbolism, etc. Redford being born in 1936, and watching the scenes in this unrelenting film, I must admit that I just couldn't help thinking about Elvis, whose film career ended just as Redford's was taking flight. Here he is, in the age of smartphones, IPods and Kindles, books and music that magically fly through the air . . . and smart TVs, and social media, and all kinds of things Elvis would have so enjoyed, just so physically PRESENT that I couldn't get Elvis out of my mind, as much as I just wanted to enjoy the film. It was all so unnecessary to die. There was so much life to live! And Redford is living it, NOW, to the fullest! NOW!

All was not lost over 36 years ago . . . I kept thinking "why?" I shouldn't have been thinking of him, and I certainly don't begrudge Redford his fine physical condition and ripe talent, but what fan can watch Redford in this film, climbing the mast, and NOT think of him? The loss, the waste . . .

As I said, great film. Recommended!

rjm


I'm very much looking forward to this film, rjm. Redford is another favourite of mine and I do love to see a late career gem. He's a credit to the movies and a fine actor.

Re: last movie you watched

Sun Nov 10, 2013 12:10 am

Elvisgirl wrote:cast away. i've seen it before, but i was really really bored and there was nothing else on that was worth watching. but it's been a long time since i saw it the first time, so i couldn't remember most of it. so it was good i watched it again anyway



Awesome movie hanks is amazing.

Re: last movie you watched

Sun Nov 10, 2013 11:52 am

rocknroller wrote:
Elvisgirl wrote:cast away. i've seen it before, but i was really really bored and there was nothing else on that was worth watching. but it's been a long time since i saw it the first time, so i couldn't remember most of it. so it was good i watched it again anyway



Awesome movie hanks is amazing.


You mean the one with "Wilson" the pet volleyball? Gosh, I used to think it was great, or very good. Until last night, when I saw a "similar" theme in "All Is Lost." It almost makes the Hanks picture look like a joke; I hate to say that, but this one is not only brilliant, but gets BETTER the more one reflects on it after leaving the theater.

greystoke mentioned a "late career gem." I would say it might be his career triumph. One has to watch for themselves, of course. (Wondering if he'll do another, attempting to top himself, I was reminded of Michael Phelps at the last Olympics. How can he, without falling short? One can actually do something too well.)

An odd thing happened in the theater, that is not a spoiler, so I will share it. You can't really "spoil" this one, anyway. When the screen went to black, "the end," a few people behind me spontaneously broke out in laughter - just quickly, then stopped. Perhaps they just emotionally released; there was a sense of "what the (*) just happened here?" They were adults, not kids. I guess they just didn't know *how* to react. I didn't know what to think, myself. Still don't, but I could discuss it.

You all will have to see it first, though.

rjm

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Re: last movie you watched

Sun Nov 10, 2013 3:45 pm

rjm wrote:
rocknroller wrote:
Elvisgirl wrote:cast away. i've seen it before, but i was really really bored and there was nothing else on that was worth watching. but it's been a long time since i saw it the first time, so i couldn't remember most of it. so it was good i watched it again anyway



Awesome movie hanks is amazing.


You mean the one with "Wilson" the pet volleyball? Gosh, I used to think it was great, or very good. Until last night, when I saw a "similar" theme in "All Is Lost." It almost makes the Hanks picture look like a joke; I hate to say that, but this one is not only brilliant, but gets BETTER the more one reflects on it after leaving the theater.

greystoke mentioned a "late career gem." I would say it might be his career triumph. One has to watch for themselves, of course. (Wondering if he'll do another, attempting to top himself, I was reminded of Michael Phelps at the last Olympics. How can he, without falling short? One can actually do something too well.)

An odd thing happened in the theater, that is not a spoiler, so I will share it. You can't really "spoil" this one, anyway. When the screen went to black, "the end," a few people behind me spontaneously broke out in laughter - just quickly, then stopped. Perhaps they just emotionally released; there was a sense of "what the (*) just happened here?" They were adults, not kids. I guess they just didn't know *how* to react. I didn't know what to think, myself. Still don't, but I could discuss it.

You all will have to see it first, though.

rjm

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Yes the one "Wilson" the pet volleyball,i love this movie and it is all so directed by robert zemeckis one of my all time fav directors.can't comment on All Is Lost as i have not seen it but it must be great if you say its better than castaway !!!

Re: last movie you watched

Sun Nov 10, 2013 8:10 pm

Today I saw gravity,a fantastic film,space looks so cold and lonely

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Re: last movie you watched

Sun Nov 10, 2013 9:20 pm

I've always liked Cast Away, too, but haven't seen it in several years. It's a film I'll have to re-visit on Blu-ray. I've always like Robert Zemeckis as a director and rate Tom Hanks as highly as any actor, ever!

Re: last movie you watched

Sun Nov 10, 2013 9:55 pm

greystoke wrote:I've always liked Cast Away, too, but haven't seen it in several years. It's a film I'll have to re-visit on Blu-ray. I've always like Robert Zemeckis as a director and rate Tom Hanks as highly as any actor, ever!
:smt023


I went to see Philomena enjoyed it and very funny,also seen captain phillips and loved it what a movie ! and tom hanks what can i say amazing !!!


Ken im looking forward to seeing gravity hopefully see it this week along with thor.

Re: last movie you watched

Sun Nov 10, 2013 10:09 pm

rocknroller wrote:
greystoke wrote:I've always liked Cast Away, too, but haven't seen it in several years. It's a film I'll have to re-visit on Blu-ray. I've always like Robert Zemeckis as a director and rate Tom Hanks as highly as any actor, ever!
:smt023


I went to see Philomena enjoyed it and very funny,also seen captain phillips and loved it what a movie ! and tom hanks what can i say amazing !!!


Ken im looking forward to seeing gravity hopefully see it this week along with thor.


I'm glad you enjoyed Philomena. I'm sure it will remain memorable. Hanks really is outstanding in Captain Phillips. Which is a stellar film. What a great year 2013 has turned out to be for cinema.

Re: last movie you watched

Sun Nov 10, 2013 10:30 pm

greystoke wrote:
rocknroller wrote:
greystoke wrote:I've always liked Cast Away, too, but haven't seen it in several years. It's a film I'll have to re-visit on Blu-ray. I've always like Robert Zemeckis as a director and rate Tom Hanks as highly as any actor, ever!
:smt023


I went to see Philomena enjoyed it and very funny,also seen captain phillips and loved it what a movie ! and tom hanks what can i say amazing !!!


Ken im looking forward to seeing gravity hopefully see it this week along with thor.


I'm glad you enjoyed Philomena. I'm sure it will remain memorable. Hanks really is outstanding in Captain Phillips. Which is a stellar film. What a great year 2013 has turned out to be for cinema.



It sure has been a great year.and having an Unlimited Card you can make the best of it !!!

Re: last movie you watched

Mon Nov 11, 2013 3:52 pm

Just saw "The Place Beyond The Pines" but wasn't particularly fond of it. I finally started to like Bradley Cooper but I think he is far from being an "stellar" actor. And a shame Ryan Gosling and Rose Byrne didn't get more screen time. I thought the film was okay but maybe my expectations were too high on that one.

Then I watched "Insidious 2" at a local theatre and was really disappointed by this mess. I have the feeling that James Wan is slowly but surely running out of steam and the lackluster performances by Wilson and Byrne left an impression on me that they didn't feel like but were forced to shoot this movie. A shame, for it took a lot of the magic that part one created for me away.

Yesterday I gave "World War Z" a chance and I must say I enjoyed it (although it was "only" the PG-13 version). For such a chaos project they came up with a pretty fair result in my opinion. I'll check out the Blu-ray someday soon as the cut featured there runs about seven minutes longer. That said, I had some bad nightmares last night... :wink:

Re: last movie you watched

Mon Nov 11, 2013 7:49 pm

I enjoyed The Place Beyond the Pines. There's an element of Greek tragedy abound within the story. Both with regards to its narrative and the structure of such. But I do like what Bradley Cooper is doing as an actor, The Hangover aside. I haven't seen Insidious 2 and can't say that I'm in a hurry to do so. But will likely catch it on TV when it airs. I'm not fond of James Wan's brand of horror, but I'm curious as to what he will achieve with Fast & Furious 7. Especially with a cast that includes Kurt Russell and Tony Jaa along with Jason Statham and Dwayne Johnson. Part 6 was turgid, but that's a dream cast for something of the nuts and bolts variety.

I quite liked World War Z. And credit to Brad Pitt for sticking with it through a troubled production. It doesn't do anything new for the zombie film and is a bit anaemic, but some of the set-pieces are impressive and Pitt does well in the lead. Ultimately, it harks back to the claustrophobia of old, but comes to an odd climax, I thought. Certainly in comparison to what came before. But I would also like to see the extended version.

Re: last movie you watched

Mon Nov 11, 2013 11:35 pm

rocknroller wrote:
greystoke wrote:I've always liked Cast Away, too, but haven't seen it in several years. It's a film I'll have to re-visit on Blu-ray. I've always like Robert Zemeckis as a director and rate Tom Hanks as highly as any actor, ever!
:smt023


I went to see Philomena enjoyed it and very funny,also seen captain phillips and loved it what a movie ! and tom hanks what can i say amazing !!!


Ken im looking forward to seeing gravity hopefully see it this week along with thor.

I loved it probaby my favorite film so far this year

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Re: last movie you watched

Tue Nov 12, 2013 5:11 am

greystoke wrote:I enjoyed The Place Beyond the Pines. There's an element of Greek tragedy abound within the story. Both with regards to its narrative and the structure of such. But I do like what Bradley Cooper is doing as an actor, The Hangover aside. I haven't seen Insidious 2 and can't say that I'm in a hurry to do so. But will likely catch it on TV when it airs. I'm not fond of James Wan's brand of horror, but I'm curious as to what he will achieve with Fast & Furious 7. Especially with a cast that includes Kurt Russell and Tony Jaa along with Jason Statham and Dwayne Johnson. Part 6 was turgid, but that's a dream cast for something of the nuts and bolts variety.

I quite liked World War Z. And credit to Brad Pitt for sticking with it through a troubled production. It doesn't do anything new for the zombie film and is a bit anaemic, but some of the set-pieces are impressive and Pitt does well in the lead. Ultimately, it harks back to the claustrophobia of old, but comes to an odd climax, I thought. Certainly in comparison to what came before. But I would also like to see the extended version.


Is Jason Statham still masquerading as an actor? Someone really should sue him as part of the Trade's Description Act.

Re: last movie you watched

Tue Nov 12, 2013 10:50 am

Last night I gave the first "Kick-Ass" another spin (after turning it off after about an hour a few years ago) but I still think it's an boring, unfunny and trivial movie.

Re: last movie you watched

Tue Nov 12, 2013 5:30 pm

poormadpeter wrote:
greystoke wrote:I enjoyed The Place Beyond the Pines. There's an element of Greek tragedy abound within the story. Both with regards to its narrative and the structure of such. But I do like what Bradley Cooper is doing as an actor, The Hangover aside. I haven't seen Insidious 2 and can't say that I'm in a hurry to do so. But will likely catch it on TV when it airs. I'm not fond of James Wan's brand of horror, but I'm curious as to what he will achieve with Fast & Furious 7. Especially with a cast that includes Kurt Russell and Tony Jaa along with Jason Statham and Dwayne Johnson. Part 6 was turgid, but that's a dream cast for something of the nuts and bolts variety.

I quite liked World War Z. And credit to Brad Pitt for sticking with it through a troubled production. It doesn't do anything new for the zombie film and is a bit anaemic, but some of the set-pieces are impressive and Pitt does well in the lead. Ultimately, it harks back to the claustrophobia of old, but comes to an odd climax, I thought. Certainly in comparison to what came before. But I would also like to see the extended version.


Is Jason Statham still masquerading as an actor? Someone really should sue him as part of the Trade's Description Act.


I like him and his films. Not all of them, but that goes without saying. But Statham does what he does better than anyone in Hollywood or western cinema as a whole just now. He's self-aware, knows his audience and the strengths of his abilities, but will take risks. As with Blitz or Hummingbird. For action cinema, with a broad physicality, Statham's tops, in my opinion. Tony Jaa, on the other hand, would be th most exciting Asian star in martial arts/action cinema. How well he will get on in Hollywood is yet to be seen. It certainly took Jackie Chan long enough to translate, but his first time round was only a departure when the quality of his films in Hong Kong were of such a high standard. Jaa, I think, has done as much as he can with the Ong Bak series. So change may work to his favour, much in the same way it did Jet Li when moved to Hollywood.

Re: last movie you watched

Tue Nov 12, 2013 5:42 pm

luckyjackson1 wrote:Last night I gave the first "Kick-Ass" another spin (after turning it off after about an hour a few years ago) but I still think it's an boring, unfunny and trivial movie.


I'm fond of Kick-Ass. I think it's smart, creative and plays affectionately with the conventions of the superhero film. In the process, it does something new with the underdog story and fantasies of wish fulfilment writ large. In some ways, it's akin to Scream in the way it puts a new perspective on a particular genre, but in a knowing way. The performances are great, too, in my opinion. Mark Strong does menacing villain with the best of them, but Nic Cage channelling Adam West is brilliant. I can't say that I was as fond of the sequel. It lacked the same spark and invention, especially with aspects of the conventional grinding the film's gears to more than a few halts.

Re: last movie you watched

Sat Nov 16, 2013 4:47 pm

Yesterday I saw Don Jon and The Counsellor at the cinema. Don Jon, being Joseph-Gordon Levitt's debut as a director, and The Counsellor, representing the first original screenplay by Cormac McCarthy. Don Jon, also written by Levitt, is an acerbic romantic comedy that asks what would happen if two people with completely unrealistic expectations of the opposite sex happened to be in a relationship. Jon, played by Levitt, is someone who lives his life without asking questions, only indulges in what he knows and likes, especially an addiction to internet porn. Oppositely, Scarlett Johansson's Barbara is a girl whose idea of a real man and true love is what she sees in the most saccharine of Hollywood movies. Traits handed down from their parents, it seems, Jon's father played here by a gauche Tony Danza. Jon's walk down the proverbial corridor of life sees him as someone more interested in playing with himself than playing with others, and even when he's joined on that walk by Barbara, his compulsions and her single-mindedness come to drive a wedge between them. The narrative here is fairly simple, however, especially during the first half of the film, in which the usual conventions of romantic comedy are adhered to in spite of the central character's compulsory masturbatory habits. And this makes for a slightly hollow veneer, in my opinion, especially with some horribly outdated and quite banal exchanges in which girls are rated out of ten. Which, had the dialogue and design not seemed so false, it probably wouldn't have been one of many issues I have with this film. Jon's wonderment that he can view porn on his mobile phone also left me bemused at the writing of a film that's nowhere near as sharp as it would like to be. Basically, it doesn't ring true. However, the introduction of a third character, played superbly by Julianne Moore, changes the dynamics of the film. Her ever-excellent screen-presence finds her well cast as a genuinely three-dimensional character with an emotional core. Here is where the best of the film takes hold, and that's also noticeable in how Levitt directs Moore and the scenes in which she appears. Still, I was disappointed with Don Jon, which is tame next to something like Shame, and is more generic than its fledgling director may have desired. But it isn't without interest or merit, given Julianne Moore's performance. But it needed to be smarter, shorter and that bit more daring.

The Counsellor boasts an incredible pedigree, both behind the camera and in front. Cormac McCarthy has a towering renown in the literary world, whilst his material has proven ripe for big screen adaptation, especially the outstanding No Country For Old Men. Directing McCarthy's first original screenplay is Ridley Scott who, with a cast that includes Brad Pitt, Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem, Cameron Diaz and Michael Fassbender, should have all the ingredients of something very special. But this is quite a muddle of a film, and one that must have lost something considerable in the translation from page to screen. Set in New Mexico, the aloof plot of The Counsellor concerns a drug deal gone wrong and the consequences of the actions which led to that. There's few what's, why's or wherefores, with little exposition as we're introduced to a world of shady characters who surround Michael Fassbender's counsellor. Those include Javier Bardem's ostentatious gangster, his predatory moll, played by Cameron Diaz and Brad Pitt as an underworld trader/dealer of sorts. Nothing here is actually made clear, including the reason any character does just about anything in the film. Which is by design, of course, especially with this leaning more towards character study than narrative. But with no hook and nothing to hang on to, The Counsellor becomes an increasingly protracted and pointless film. And it's not as though the direction is poor or that the performances are bad, simply that the themes of the film undermines the entire movie. Whilst, some truly risible dialogue and glaring plot-points only serve to hammer home an exercise in the banal. File this under "could do better!"

Re: last movie you watched

Sun Nov 17, 2013 8:35 am

"Carnal Knowledge" (1971) starring Jack Nicholson, Ann Margret.

Re: last movie you watched

Sun Nov 17, 2013 9:17 am

Last Vegas

Re: last movie you watched

Sun Nov 17, 2013 9:23 am

The Evil Dead, Machete

Re: last movie you watched

Sun Nov 17, 2013 9:43 am

greystoke wrote:Yesterday I saw Don Jon and The Counsellor at the cinema. Don Jon, being Joseph-Gordon Levitt's debut as a director, and The Counsellor, representing the first original screenplay by Cormac McCarthy. Don Jon, also written by Levitt, is an acerbic romantic comedy that asks what would happen if two people with completely unrealistic expectations of the opposite sex happened to be in a relationship. Jon, played by Levitt, is someone who lives his life without asking questions, only indulges in what he knows and likes, especially an addiction to internet porn. Oppositely, Scarlett Johansson's Barbara is a girl whose idea of a real man and true love is what she sees in the most saccharine of Hollywood movies. Traits handed down from their parents, it seems, Jon's father played here by a gauche Tony Danza. Jon's walk down the proverbial corridor of life sees him as someone more interested in playing with himself than playing with others, and even when he's joined on that walk by Barbara, his compulsions and her single-mindedness come to drive a wedge between them. The narrative here is fairly simple, however, especially during the first half of the film, in which the usual conventions of romantic comedy are adhered to in spite of the central character's compulsory masturbatory habits. And this makes for a slightly hollow veneer, in my opinion, especially with some horribly outdated and quite banal exchanges in which girls are rated out of ten. Which, had the dialogue and design not seemed so false, it probably wouldn't have been one of many issues I have with this film. Jon's wonderment that he can view porn on his mobile phone also left me bemused at the writing of a film that's nowhere near as sharp as it would like to be. Basically, it doesn't ring true. However, the introduction of a third character, played superbly by Julianne Moore, changes the dynamics of the film. Her ever-excellent screen-presence finds her well cast as a genuinely three-dimensional character with an emotional core. Here is where the best of the film takes hold, and that's also noticeable in how Levitt directs Moore and the scenes in which she appears. Still, I was disappointed with Don Jon, which is tame next to something like Shame, and is more generic than its fledgling director may have desired. But it isn't without interest or merit, given Julianne Moore's performance. But it needed to be smarter, shorter and that bit more daring.

The Counsellor boasts an incredible pedigree, both behind the camera and in front. Cormac McCarthy has a towering renown in the literary world, whilst his material has proven ripe for big screen adaptation, especially the outstanding No Country For Old Men. Directing McCarthy's first original screenplay is Ridley Scott who, with a cast that includes Brad Pitt, Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem, Cameron Diaz and Michael Fassbender, should have all the ingredients of something very special. But this is quite a muddle of a film, and one that must have lost something considerable in the translation from page to screen. Set in New Mexico, the aloof plot of The Counsellor concerns a drug deal gone wrong and the consequences of the actions which led to that. There's few what's, why's or wherefores, with little exposition as we're introduced to a world of shady characters who surround Michael Fassbender's counsellor. Those include Javier Bardem's ostentatious gangster, his predatory moll, played by Cameron Diaz and Brad Pitt as an underworld trader/dealer of sorts. Nothing here is actually made clear, including the reason any character does just about anything in the film. Which is by design, of course, especially with this leaning more towards character study than narrative. But with no hook and nothing to hang on to, The Counsellor becomes an increasingly protracted and pointless film. And it's not as though the direction is poor or that the performances are bad, simply that the themes of the film undermines the entire movie. Whilst, some truly risible dialogue and glaring plot-points only serve to hammer home an exercise in the banal. File this under "could do better!"



I did not like the the counsellor found it boring.really enjoyed Don Jon i like joseph-gordon levitt think he is turning in to a fine actor.first seen him in the movie ten things i hate about you and always thought he would make a top actor.watched Prisoners last night with Jake gyllenhaal hugh Jackman and terrence howard i was really looking forward to seeing it but it turned out very slow.just did not step up the way ransom & taken had.it could and should have been so much better.although gyllenhaal & jackman played there roles very well.

Re: last movie you watched

Sun Nov 17, 2013 5:04 pm

I like Joseph-Gordon Levitt, too. I agree that he's a fine actor, who has grown in leaps and bounds. I first started to take notice of him in Mysterious Skin and Brick, but knew him from 3rd Rock from the Sun. He was great in Lincoln, Looper, 50/50 and Inception. He was also well cast in The Dark Knight Rises. I'm looking forward to Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, and think he'll bring a lot to the film.

Re: last movie you watched

Sun Nov 17, 2013 9:45 pm

greystoke wrote:I like Joseph-Gordon Levitt, too. I agree that he's a fine actor, who has grown in leaps and bounds. I first started to take notice of him in Mysterious Skin and Brick, but knew him from 3rd Rock from the Sun. He was great in Lincoln, Looper, 50/50 and Inception. He was also well cast in The Dark Knight Rises. I'm looking forward to Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, and think he'll bring a lot to the film.


im looking forward to Sin City: A Dame to Kill For too loved the first movie,shame we have to wait late next year for its release !!! i also loved Joseph in Premium Rush it was such a good movie !!!

Re: last movie you watched

Mon Nov 18, 2013 4:57 pm

luckyjackson1 wrote:Just saw "The Place Beyond The Pines" but wasn't particularly fond of it. I finally started to like Bradley Cooper but I think he is far from being an "stellar" actor. And a shame Ryan Gosling and Rose Byrne didn't get more screen time. I thought the film was okay but maybe my expectations were too high on that one.

Then I watched "Insidious 2" at a local theatre and was really disappointed by this mess. I have the feeling that James Wan is slowly but surely running out of steam and the lackluster performances by Wilson and Byrne left an impression on me that they didn't feel like but were forced to shoot this movie. A shame, for it took a lot of the magic that part one created for me away.

Yesterday I gave "World War Z" a chance and I must say I enjoyed it (although it was "only" the PG-13 version). For such a chaos project they came up with a pretty fair result in my opinion. I'll check out the Blu-ray someday soon as the cut featured there runs about seven minutes longer. That said, I had some bad nightmares last night... :wink:


I watched the extended cut of World War Z on Blu-ray last night, and could pick out a few scenes that certainly add to the sense of danger and intensity in the film. And it's a good film, one that is flawed and does have its problems, but entertains through the size and scale of some excellent set-pieces. The premise isn't new, of course, neither is the execution, but this is the zombie film at its most commercial, writ large and with a bona fide movie star in the central role. I still find the ending to be unusually out of synch with the rest of the film. For something so big and costly, the climax is more subdued and akin to a B-movie horror than the runaway budget of this film. A more elaborate ending was abandoned during filming, and it's a pity a more in-depth documentary on the film's problems throughout production isn't on the disc. But there's some good behind the scene stuff. However, for anyone who didn't like World War Z first time around, chances are the extended version won't improve the overall experience.