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Re: last movie you watched

Fri Dec 27, 2013 9:57 pm

Christmas present watching has started in earnest with Premium Rush starring Joseph Gordon Levitt. While I don't ever recall seeing a film about bicycle couriers before, this did seem like we've seen it all before many times, probably because the actual narrative itself is nothing very new. After all, how many times before have we seen a film or read a book where someone or something has to reach a particular destination, and various problems try to prevent that from happening? It's The Wizard of Oz all over again! In the case of Premium Rush, Levitt is a bicycle courier who has to deliver an envelope that a crooked cop will do anything to get his own hands on.

But there are two things that make Premium Rush great entertainment. The first is the direction and pacing of the film, which never lets up in its adrenalin rush from the opening until the credits start to roll nearly ninety minutes later. That Levitt did many of his own stunts (one went wrong, and resulted in 30 stitches) add to the intensity of the film, not least because there are never those moments when you wonder which shots at the actor and which are the stuntman. But it's Levitt that makes the film, injecting character into a role that could so easily have turned into a cardboard cut out action hero role we have seen before. His talent seems to know no boundaries - he even managed to rescue a small portion of the Lady Gaga and the Muppets Christmas special, which was no mean feat.

Re: last movie you watched

Sat Dec 28, 2013 10:38 am

I also returned to the cinema for a second viewing of The Hobbit, it indeed does hold up still and found it well worth the admission price. It has 'almost' hit the standard set by the previous trilogy and gives much hope now for the final part....and oh what a cliffhanger.
I was going to give the Keanu Reeves samurai popcorn muncher 47 RONIN a go but the critics have been universaly mauling it, quite unexpected to find almost everyone, everywhere being so down on a film, apparently it has no saving grace whatsoever! So think I will next see The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, which seems to have had much more positive reviews.

Re: last movie you watched

Sat Dec 28, 2013 7:46 pm

I'm just home from seeing 47 Ronin, and although I liked it, I didn't love it. But it doesn't deserve the critical mauling it's been getting -- it's flawed, but has some great moments and an enticing premise that hits and misses. I guess your liking of the film will hinge predominantly on the cast, the idea and whether you will allow enough goodwill to overlook far too much exposition, poor pacing, cliches abound and some fair-to-middling CGI. But this is more akin to the Lone Ranger and Pirates of the Caribbean than Kurosawa or Hiroshi Inagaki' s classic film version of the 47 Ronin story. However, it's also hurt by a lack if humour, which wouldn't have gone amiss given how stern the tone remains throughout. There's also a sense of dread that's lacking, whilst excitement never builds to a real frenzy in spite of gargantuan samurai foes, dragons, demons and witches. But the story of a half-breed outcast who lives like a slave and works alongside samurai worked for me, and was supposed to provide a credible reason for the casting of Keanu Reeves in the leading role. And he brings a lot to the role, especially a terrific physical presence and martial arts ability that's a joy to watch -- particularly in a fight scene with the great Hiroyuki Sanada, that was worth the price of admission alone for me. Sanada is well cast and reliable here as the samurai retainer and head of the 47 ronin; and what's appreciable here, is that Reeves, despite his star-billing, is never pushed to the fore. He's a pariah who become respected and part of a band, but isn't there to be first and foremost in every scene. Tadanobu Asano was also well cast as the scheming Lord Kira, whilst Rinko Kikuchi's slinky, wicked witch is an insanely brilliant creation. And I relished in watching actors whom I like so much playing it up broadly with such a colourful and often vibrant spectacle. I wanted more, though; and don't think the end result, despite its flaws and virtues, is entirely robust. But I still liked it and greatly admire Keanu Reeves for sticking with a project that really needed a better director to flourish. Unfortunately, this seems to be tanking in every market, and although it's been well advertised, I haven't seen Reeves promoting a film that's alienating Japanese audiences and holds little interest in the subject matter for western audiences.

Re: last movie you watched

Sat Dec 28, 2013 10:18 pm

Like most movies that are so maligned I have usually found, with some exceptions [step forward Battlefield Earth], there to be some quality to them that raise above the poor expectations, by the sound of your review this is among them. A shame that it appears to be a lost opportunity considering it boasted the most amazing trailer I'd seen in quite some time. If nothing after Walter Mitty catches my attention then perhaps I will give it a go at the cinema, thanks Greystoke, your opinion has changed my mind from a 'never' to 'perhaps'.

Re: last movie you watched

Mon Dec 30, 2013 10:58 am

Watched "Vehicle 19" starring Paul Walker and I liked it. Nothing special but enjoyable. And finally I watched "Friends With Benefits" starring the lovely Mila Kunis and... J. Timberlake. But it was really entertaining.

Re: last movie you watched

Mon Dec 30, 2013 5:52 pm

Went to see walter mitty at the cinema today.it was a little slow but once it kicked in i enjoyed it very much !!!

Re: last movie you watched

Mon Dec 30, 2013 6:11 pm

rocknroller wrote:Went to see walter mitty at the cinema today.it was a little slow but once it kicked in i enjoyed it very much !!!


I'm aiming to see Walter Mitty on Friday or Saturday. I'm really looking forward to it. American Hustle and All is Lost are on the cards, too. And Long Walk to Freedom.

Re: last movie you watched

Mon Dec 30, 2013 6:15 pm

luckyjackson1 wrote:Watched "Vehicle 19" starring Paul Walker and I liked it. Nothing special but enjoyable. And finally I watched "Friends With Benefits" starring the lovely Mila Kunis and... J. Timberlake. But it was really entertaining.


I haven't seen Vehicle 19 but did like Friends With Benefits. I think I wanted to like it more, but I like Kunis and Timberlake.

Re: last movie you watched

Mon Dec 30, 2013 11:52 pm

greystoke wrote:
luckyjackson1 wrote:Watched "Vehicle 19" starring Paul Walker and I liked it. Nothing special but enjoyable. And finally I watched "Friends With Benefits" starring the lovely Mila Kunis and... J. Timberlake. But it was really entertaining.


I haven't seen Vehicle 19 but did like Friends With Benefits. I think I wanted to like it more, but I like Kunis and Timberlake.

Since I've seen this movie I really envy Timberlake! :D I think I like his movies better than his music although it had to grow on me and this movie helped a little bit. Looking forward to see "Inside Llewyn Davis" though.

Pretty cool selection of movies you are going to see, greystoke. Enjoy!

Re: last movie you watched

Tue Dec 31, 2013 1:00 am

luckyjackson1 wrote:
greystoke wrote:
luckyjackson1 wrote:Watched "Vehicle 19" starring Paul Walker and I liked it. Nothing special but enjoyable. And finally I watched "Friends With Benefits" starring the lovely Mila Kunis and... J. Timberlake. But it was really entertaining.


I haven't seen Vehicle 19 but did like Friends With Benefits. I think I wanted to like it more, but I like Kunis and Timberlake.

Since I've seen this movie I really envy Timberlake! :D I think I like his movies better than his music although it had to grow on me and this movie helped a little bit. Looking forward to see "Inside Llewyn Davis" though.

Pretty cool selection of movies you are going to see, greystoke. Enjoy!


I haven't like Timberlake's latest musical efforts, but his film performances are aided and abetted by his remarkable charisma. While his acting ability is pretty much middling, his likeability seems to just ooze from the screen - so much so that it's he we remember from a below-par effort such as Edison, as opposed to Kevin Spacey or Morgan Freeman, and he managed to elevate In Time to one of the most entertaining films of 2011.

Re: last movie you watched

Tue Dec 31, 2013 3:00 am

greystoke wrote:
rocknroller wrote:Went to see walter mitty at the cinema today.it was a little slow but once it kicked in i enjoyed it very much !!!


I'm aiming to see Walter Mitty on Friday or Saturday. I'm really looking forward to it. American Hustle and All is Lost are on the cards, too. And Long Walk to Freedom.



Im going to check out American Hustle and And Long Walk to Freedom too !!!

Re: last movie you watched

Tue Dec 31, 2013 4:30 am

poormadpeter wrote:
luckyjackson1 wrote:
greystoke wrote:
luckyjackson1 wrote:Watched "Vehicle 19" starring Paul Walker and I liked it. Nothing special but enjoyable. And finally I watched "Friends With Benefits" starring the lovely Mila Kunis and... J. Timberlake. But it was really entertaining.


I haven't seen Vehicle 19 but did like Friends With Benefits. I think I wanted to like it more, but I like Kunis and Timberlake.

Since I've seen this movie I really envy Timberlake! :D I think I like his movies better than his music although it had to grow on me and this movie helped a little bit. Looking forward to see "Inside Llewyn Davis" though.

Pretty cool selection of movies you are going to see, greystoke. Enjoy!


I haven't like Timberlake's latest musical efforts, but his film performances are aided and abetted by his remarkable charisma. While his acting ability is pretty much middling, his likeability seems to just ooze from the screen - so much so that it's he we remember from a below-par effort such as Edison, as opposed to Kevin Spacey or Morgan Freeman, and he managed to elevate In Time to one of the most entertaining films of 2011.

Uh... my brother loved "In Time" but I thought it was pretty boring and repeating. I somehow enjoyed "Alpha Dog" for various reasons... Olivia Wilde, Amber Heard... :wink:

Anyway, I was about to watch "Bachlorette" but am too tired right now. Maybe tomorrow. I have to find a movie to make it through the turn of the year. Maybe I'll watch "The Time Machine" again.

Re: last movie you watched

Tue Dec 31, 2013 8:11 pm

Finaly got around to seeing the Ron Howard movie Rush, after having missed it at the cinema, my loss, what a great movie. My favourite of the year. I cannot recommend this movie highly enough to anyone who has'nt seen it.
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Re: last movie you watched

Tue Dec 31, 2013 8:16 pm

poormadpeter wrote:
luckyjackson1 wrote:
greystoke wrote:
luckyjackson1 wrote:Watched "Vehicle 19" starring Paul Walker and I liked it. Nothing special but enjoyable. And finally I watched "Friends With Benefits" starring the lovely Mila Kunis and... J. Timberlake. But it was really entertaining.


I haven't seen Vehicle 19 but did like Friends With Benefits. I think I wanted to like it more, but I like Kunis and Timberlake.

Since I've seen this movie I really envy Timberlake! :D I think I like his movies better than his music although it had to grow on me and this movie helped a little bit. Looking forward to see "Inside Llewyn Davis" though.

Pretty cool selection of movies you are going to see, greystoke. Enjoy!


I haven't like Timberlake's latest musical efforts, but his film performances are aided and abetted by his remarkable charisma. While his acting ability is pretty much middling, his likeability seems to just ooze from the screen - so much so that it's he we remember from a below-par effort such as Edison, as opposed to Kevin Spacey or Morgan Freeman, and he managed to elevate In Time to one of the most entertaining films of 2011.


I thought the first 20/20 Experience album was outstanding, although part two isn't nearly as good. I'm hoping to order a ticket for his forthcoming tour this week and have read good things about his performance in Inside Llewyn Davis. But he usually acquits himself well on screen and has lots of potential. Even with numerous acting credits to his name, and now in his thirties, there's growth in his acting and gradual development without being shoehorned into leading man roles. Something that went amiss for Elvis who, at the same age, was about to walk away from acting. Timberlake has a great future in Hollywood and is going in the right direction.

Re: last movie you watched

Tue Dec 31, 2013 8:22 pm

Eddie wrote:Finaly got around to seeing the Ron Howard movie Rush, after having missed it at the cinema, my loss, what a great movie. My favourite of the year.


I thought Rush was outstanding. It's one of my favourite films of the year, too. It was superbly acted by Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Bruhl, whilst Ron Howard's direction was stunning. His eye for detail and intricacies is quite incredible, making the big things and the small things matter. I was totally engrossed in this film, both visually and audibly. Although I'm not fan of Formula One, but was aware of Lauda and Hunt. Their story is captivating and is done justice in this excellent film.

Re: last movie you watched

Tue Dec 31, 2013 8:37 pm

Couldnt have said it better, I already knew Bruhl to be a very good actor with a big future and his performance as Lauda was spellbinding, as good a performance as Ive seen in a long time, a real surprise for me was Hemsworth, a very fine portrayal of James Hunt, a part he was born to play and he has went up in my estimation of him as an actor. Im not a formula one fan either Greystoke and indeed have never enjoyed a single motor racing based movie in my life. Step forward Ron Howard who's direction was a real tour de force in film making. A movie that never at any point held anything less than my full attention and I could happily watch many times over. I had beforehand watched a BBC documentary on the Hunt/Lauda rivalry and found the film refreshingly free of the usual Hollywood embellishments and rewrites, the story itself was enough and what a story it was.

Re: last movie you watched

Tue Dec 31, 2013 8:48 pm

I watched it over Chhristmas and thoroughly enjoyed it.would recommend it to anyone

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Re: last movie you watched

Fri Jan 03, 2014 12:46 pm

Watched "All Good Things" starring Ryan Gosling and Kirsten Dunst. Strange movie, wasn't too impressed with it (except for the shower scene :P ).

And I watched "Rubber"...

Re: last movie you watched

Fri Jan 03, 2014 3:49 pm

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Thoroughly enjoyed this one
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Re: last movie you watched

Fri Jan 03, 2014 3:56 pm

Watched Richard Curtis' latest film "About Time" a really good two hours of film making starring the very good Bill Nighy
On the eve of his son's ascent to manhood, Dad reveals a family secret ā€“ the men in their lineage have the ability to travel in time. After swiftly dispensing with the hard financial and philosophical questions (never met a happy rich person, don't worry about the "butterfly effect" etc), Curtis sets his sights once again on romance, with Tim (Domhnall Gleeson) using his new-found skills to "get a girlfriend", and thence to relive and refine his courtship on eternal play and rewind. Naturally, as events progress, he learns that the real trick is simply to live in the moment, without recourse to the Time Lord antics. And so it proves with Curtis, too, who sets up his rules of temporal engagement, only to break them willy-nilly whenever the prospect of an extra hug rears its head.

And what a hug it is. For all the oddly naff naughtiness (Curtis owes a weird seaside-postcard debt to Benny Hill and Carry On) and familiarly hesitant one-liners, this has a Capra-esque tendency toward tearfulness and you'd have to be pretty hard-hearted not to succumb to the glimpses of a wonderful life captured in the quiet moments shared by Nighy and Gleeson ā€“ the true romance at the heart of this drama. Yes, Gleeson overdoes the Hugh Grant-isms, while Rachel McAdams plays a Time Traveller's Wife for the third time in recent memory. Yes, it's baggy and overlong, qualities heightened whenever Curtis is behind the camera as well as the typewriter. And, no, the edgy smarts of the leaner, meaner Groundhog Day are not on the menu. But like Julia Roberts asking us to forget all that other stuff and just love her anyway in Notting Hill, About Time wants us to put aside our cynical reservations and accept an extra pint from the milkman of human kindness. As I stood outside the preview screening watching middle-aged men and women alike wiping away a tear, it was evident that, for all its flaws, the film had indeed delivered.
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Re: last movie you watched

Fri Jan 03, 2014 4:01 pm

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Enjoyed it very much.

Re: last movie you watched

Fri Jan 03, 2014 4:34 pm

Rob wrote:Image

Enjoyed it very much.

What was it Rob ?,i see no image

Re: last movie you watched

Fri Jan 03, 2014 4:56 pm

Stallone and De Niro

Grudge Match.

Re: last movie you watched

Fri Jan 03, 2014 5:09 pm

Rob wrote:Stallone and De Niro

Grudge Match.

Thanks Rob,Im looking forward to that one ,its not out till Jan 25th here

Re: last movie you watched

Fri Jan 03, 2014 5:59 pm

I'm really looking forward to Grudge Match, and I also liked About Time. Nice review, Ken.