Films I have seen

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TedMaul posted this 08 September 2016

One of the best, informed docu's on the military imperative of war in US

TedMaul posted this 09 September 2016

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pap posted this 11 September 2016

Caught X-Men Apocalypse this weekend.  Not a bad film at all.   Set in the 1980s, it's the younger versions of the X-Men kicking around in this.   Thanks to the huge events in the previous film, I think you can safely assume that the original 3 films didn't actually happen, especially  when you consider the events in this one.

Jean Grey, killed off at the end of X-Men II, arrives back in this movie, recast and played by Sophie Turner.   She might be my least favourite thing in this movie.  Some of this is not her fault.   Turner has one of those faces that depending on what she's doing, can be all over the place.  Contrast with J:Law, who is also in the movie, and has never had a problem conveying that sort of emotion with her face.   My main problem is that I didn't get a sense of Jean Grey.  Instead, I just felt like it was an English girl doing her best job of being Jean Grey, and not quite making it.     I was reminded more of Sansa Stark's character in GoT than Famke Janssen's earlier (and later) portrayal.

The Quicksilver sequence in this movie is something else, easily the best they've done in all the movies the character has featured in.  X-Men's Quicksilver is already looking pretty old.   Doesn't look that much younger than his dad.  Also on the looks crap stake is Xavier's bald head, which clearly looks like a shaved head, when the mop is supposed to have gone forever for story-related reason.   Fair play to McEvoy for scalping himself, but c'mon dudes, basic stuff.

The 7.3 it has got on IMDB is probably a bit harsh, but not that much.

SuperMikey posted this 11 September 2016

I think 7.3 is fairly representative for X-Men - it was good but pretty generic and I think a big missed opportunity for the series to establish itself. As it is, I don't think we'll get another one after the next film. Fox have a version of the Old Man Logan story in development for Hugh Jackman's last outing as Wolverine, and with him out of the franchise they lose a hugely popular character. I really don't like J-Law's version of Mystique and her contract is up after the next film anyway, so who leads the series going forward? McAvoy and Fassbender are fantastic but they aren't the two to be a focal point of the series.

My preferred option would be to do the next film planned, send off Wolverine with a great last hurrah and then take a break from the series for 5 or 6 years. What I think will happen is that Fox will continue to churn out X-Men films until people lose interest, which would be a shame.

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pap posted this 11 September 2016 - Last edited 11 September 2016

It is quite odd in that it's both the end of a trilogy and the setup for something new.  The film spent a lot of time subtly getting characters to the iconic X Man look. It very much reminded me of the way Skyfall completes the initial Craig trilogy and sets us firmly back into the classic Bond groove.

They're itching to do more.  Singer has just got this universe to the where he wants it.   Frankly, I don't mind and don't mind not seeing Wolverine either.  Jackman has already had more time devoted to him than any other character.  

pap posted this 12 September 2016

Finally got around to seeing Good Will Hunting over the weekend.  It was alright; very much enjoyed seeing Robin Williams do his thing.  Affleck is a much better actor these days lou_smiley

Also rewatched the Edward Norton Incredible Hulk film.  It's the forgotten part of the MCU (but hey kids, Iron Man is in it).   Odd film.  Apparently Edward Norton only took the role because he had a three film contract with the studio.   He doesn't look like he gives much of a fuck, but one suspects that even Mark Rufffalo, the current Bruce Banner, would have had problems making this movie much better.  

It's just unnecessarily dark, and by that, I'm talking lighting, not theme.   Most of the Hulk set pieces take place at night, which is unforgivable for this character.  There are bits that wouldn't look out of place in a Batman movie.

Dubai_Phil posted this 13 September 2016 - Last edited 13 September 2016

New entry in the worst film ever category...

Airplane vs Volcano 2014. Commercial airliner gets caught in a ring of supervolcanoes.

CGI was done on a BBC Micro. A 4 engined 737 with a cargo ramp. Passenger climbs out to mend an engine with a hammer on a rope made from seat belts.

It makes Sharknado seem like Shawshank redemption

Oh and the rescue plan involves in flight refueling a commercial airliner. Of course

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Won Ton posted this 14 September 2016 - Last edited 14 September 2016

Originally posted by pap

Caught X-Men Apocalypse this weekend.  Not a bad film at all.   Set in the 1980s, it's the younger versions of the X-Men kicking around in this.   Thanks to the huge events in the previous film, I think you can safely assume that the original 3 films didn't actually happen, especially  when you consider the events in this one.

Jean Grey, killed off at the end of X-Men II, arrives back in this movie, recast and played by Sophie Turner.   She might be my least favourite thing in this movie.  Some of this is not her fault.   Turner has one of those faces that depending on what she's doing, can be all over the place.  Contrast with J:Law, who is also in the movie, and has never had a problem conveying that sort of emotion with her face.   My main problem is that I didn't get a sense of Jean Grey.  Instead, I just felt like it was an English girl doing her best job of being Jean Grey, and not quite making it.     I was reminded more of Sansa Stark's character in GoT than Famke Janssen's earlier (and later) portrayal.

The Quicksilver sequence in this movie is something else, easily the best they've done in all the movies the character has featured in.  X-Men's Quicksilver is already looking pretty old.   Doesn't look that much younger than his dad.  Also on the looks crap stake is Xavier's bald head, which clearly looks like a shaved head, when the mop is supposed to have gone forever for story-related reason.   Fair play to McEvoy for scalping himself, but c'mon dudes, basic stuff.

The 7.3 it has got on IMDB is probably a bit harsh, but not that much.

 Also about looks, I'm interested how they're going to bridge the age gap between young Xavier and Magneto and their older selves. If the next movie is set in the early 90's it's only about 10 years before the original trilogy. Fassbender doesn't look 10 years younger than Ian McKellan so that's a ton of old man makeup they'll need.

Mulletsaint posted this 14 September 2016

Took my daughter to see the BFG last week before she started back at school. I knew nothing about it before going so I was pleasantly surprised at how good it was. Having realised afterwards that it was a product of the Spielberg, Mathison partnership that also brought us E.T. I guess I shouldn't have been so surprised.

Say what you like about CGI, but the amount of expression that they can get in the faces of these creations these days, combined with a great performance by Mark Rylance, made it truly believable. Ruby Barnhill who plays Sophie was also excellent as were the rest of the cast, although quite what was going on with Rafe Spall's soft Scottish accent I have no idea.

If you have young kids and have yet to see it I'd definitely recommend it.

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Intiniki posted this 15 September 2016

This is a film I've seen but this is it's first trailer.

I saw it's premier a few months back. There a few more showings for London Film Festival and then a December release. Screen play by an old mate of mine fom Southampton. Talented guy! It's also got a football theme so perfect for you all ;-) 

TedMaul posted this 15 September 2016

Originally posted by Intiniki

This is a film I've seen but this is it's first trailer.

I saw it's premier a few months back. There a few more showings for London Film Festival and then a December release. Screen play by an old mate of mine fom Southampton. Talented guy! It's also got a football theme so perfect for you all ;-) 

 Hey, well done on London Film Festival showing.  It's hard to judge a movie from it's trailer so I won't

TedMaul posted this 15 September 2016

 

TedMaul posted this 15 September 2016

Ignore the hard sell at the end ... It's a great literary interpretation of one of my favourite movies.

Sadoldgit posted this 21 September 2016

Bridget Jones's Baby -

As a trade off to see Eight Days A Week, I went with Mrs SOG to see this at the weekend. If you enjoyed the first two movies you will enjoy this. There are plenty of laughs in it and it poodles along quite nicely without taxing the brain too much (pretty much standard Chickflick fare). As we walked out I overheard a guy talking about how good The Beatles movie is so I am looking forward to catching that tomorrow!

pap posted this 26 September 2016

The Big Short is on Netflix, so I have how seen The Big Short lou_lol

Fantastic movie.   Amazing to think it does a better job of explaining the sub prime crash better than the news outlets of the day.   The fact that you've a number of very decent performers, on point, really doesn't hurt it.

On my list to watch again in the very near future.  It's that sort of film.

Dubai_Phil posted this 26 September 2016

Originally posted by pap

The Big Short is on Netflix, so I have how seen The Big Short lou_lol

Fantastic movie.   Amazing to think it does a better job of explaining the sub prime crash better than the news outlets of the day.   The fact that you've a number of very decent performers, on point, really doesn't hurt it.

On my list to watch again in the very near future.  It's that sort of film.

 Brilliantly done film. Love the way the Celebs explain complicated stuff throught the film.

Not only a must watch for Entertainment but should be part of EVERY MBA class around the planet to show what NOT to do

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PhilippineSaint posted this 26 September 2016

Sausage Party

absolutly bloody rubbish but well worth watching for th initial ten minutes of this ia a cartoon but did they just swear?

TheCholulaKid posted this 26 September 2016

I just watched High Noon for the first time. Wow! That is a great flim.

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SuperMikey posted this 27 September 2016

Caught Hunt for the Wilderpeople tonight, the new film by Taika Waititi (What We Do In The Shadows, Boy etc).

Beautifully shot, thoroughly well written and acted all round, funny and very heartfelt and emotional too. I hesitate to say that it's the feel-good film of the year but it's definitely damn close. Go see it!

pap posted this 27 September 2016

Originally posted by SuperMikey

Caught Hunt for the Wilderpeople tonight, the new film by Taika Waititi (What We Do In The Shadows, Boy etc).

Beautifully shot, thoroughly well written and acted all round, funny and very heartfelt and emotional too. I hesitate to say that it's the feel-good film of the year but it's definitely damn close. Go see it!

 "You've changed since you were called up to Edinburgh."