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 Posted:   Sep 29, 2012 - 9:49 PM   
 By:   LeHah   (Member)

The Avengers - a very enthusiastic 7. Loved it.

The Limey - 9.5, one of my favorite movies ever.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 30, 2012 - 12:34 AM   
 By:   CindyLover   (Member)

I wish I'd seen the original version instead of the redubbed US version, though.

Are you sure about this? Most of the voices in both versions seem to be the same (Grant, Hayek, Freeman, Tennant, Piven etc).

Scream 4 with the DVD commentary playing. Even with commentary the lack of scares and overall meh-ness (and its "Are you freaking kidding me?" third act) come over loud and clear; thank goodness for Alison Brie, Mary McDonnell, Emma Roberts when not overacting and especially Hayden Panettiere (the best thing about both film and commentary - if only Hayden hadn't departed from both before the end. Bring back Kirby!). 5/10.

 
 Posted:   Sep 30, 2012 - 5:40 PM   
 By:   The REAL BJBien   (Member)

I wish I'd seen the original version instead of the redubbed US version, though.

Are you sure about this? Most of the voices in both versions seem to be the same (Grant, Hayek, Freeman, Tennant, Piven etc).

Scream 4 with the DVD commentary playing. Even with commentary the lack of scares and overall meh-ness (and its "Are you freaking kidding me?" third act) come over loud and clear; thank goodness for Alison Brie, Mary McDonnell, Emma Roberts when not overacting and especially Hayden Panettiere (the best thing about both film and commentary - if only Hayden hadn't departed from both before the end. Bring back Kirby!). 5/10.


I don't know about scares but I was HOWLING with laughter when the two cops were killed and the teen in the room was murdered in such an absurd over kill.

And that gay line was epic! I agree Kirby was the best thing about this film and I would love if Rose McGowan and Hayden Penettiere were both in a horror film.

 
 Posted:   Sep 30, 2012 - 6:35 PM   
 By:   SBD   (Member)

Thinking back, the strangest thing about SCREAM 4 was that, late in the film, Hayden Panettiere was practically throwing herself at Rory Culkin and he picks that moment to waste her. Given that he's a film geek and given his look (he's no longer the cute asthmatic of SIGNS), that seemed pretty defeatist.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 30, 2012 - 7:37 PM   
 By:   CindyLover   (Member)

Thinking back, the strangest thing about SCREAM 4 was that, late in the film, Hayden Panettiere was practically throwing herself at Rory Culkin and he picks that moment to waste her. Given that he's a film geek and given his look (he's no longer the cute asthmatic of SIGNS), that seemed pretty defeatist.

That also makes what happens, like most of the movie, pointless and illogical - so he wants her, she's finally about to give him what he wants and just because some jerk interrupts he possibly offs her a little later*... as the DVD commentary (and a lot of others) have noted, Kirby's still alive the last time she's seen and as per said commentary there was supposed to be a scene at the end where she's found ("We got a heartbeat!"). Considering that Panettiere got a lot of props from most people, fans and critics alike, it might have done better at the box office had said scene gotten filmed... who would you rather get rid of, Hayden Panettiere or David Arquette?

*Making for the ultimate "Serves you right" a few moments later courtesy of Emma Roberts ("This isn't what we rehearsed"). Anyone who brings harm to Hayden Panettiere deserves whatever he or she gets.

 
 Posted:   Oct 1, 2012 - 8:34 PM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

Looper (2012) 9/10
“Looper” is a powerful science fiction film that manages to combine bleak futuristic action with emotionally involving plot and characters. In an unusual twist, much of the future described in the film is not shown but merely referred to. The loopers have the job of killing people who are sent back from the future to be taken out. When a looper decides he is done in the business, his future self from 30 years later is sent back to get taken out like any other target. This ensures that the looper will not cause too much trouble.

Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is a looper who is going about his usual business, until he runs into his future self, Old Joe (Bruce Willis). To go much further into the plot would spoil a lot of the fun, so I will leave that to other critics. Needless to say, it is not your typical action movie like the trailer makes it seem. The plot weaves an intricate tale that fits together nicely and leaves you satisfied in the end.

Nathan Johnson composed a unique score for “Looper” combining traditional instruments with a number of unique clicks from guns and other environmental clicks and bangs. It provides the film with a powerful emotional underpinning and presents some powerful themes. Gordon-Levitt, Willis and a few other actors who are key to the film provide powerful performances that help engage the audience.

Though “Looper” may not go down alongside the best science-fiction films of all time, it is one of the better-crafted science-fiction films of recent years. It manages to combine a well-written story with engaging characters and taut action in a way that is likely to stay with audiences long after they leave the theater. “Looper” is a satisfying film that is worth catching in theaters for fans of science-fiction who have been yearning for something good.

 
 Posted:   Oct 2, 2012 - 3:22 PM   
 By:   The REAL BJBien   (Member)

Looper (2012) 9/10
“Looper” is a powerful science fiction film that manages to combine bleak futuristic action with emotionally involving plot and characters. In an unusual twist, much of the future described in the film is not shown but merely referred to. The loopers have the job of killing people who are sent back from the future to be taken out. When a looper decides he is done in the business, his future self from 30 years later is sent back to get taken out like any other target. This ensures that the looper will not cause too much trouble.

Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is a looper who is going about his usual business, until he runs into his future self, Old Joe (Bruce Willis). To go much further into the plot would spoil a lot of the fun, so I will leave that to other critics. Needless to say, it is not your typical action movie like the trailer makes it seem. The plot weaves an intricate tale that fits together nicely and leaves you satisfied in the end.

Nathan Johnson composed a unique score for “Looper” combining traditional instruments with a number of unique clicks from guns and other environmental clicks and bangs. It provides the film with a powerful emotional underpinning and presents some powerful themes. Gordon-Levitt, Willis and a few other actors who are key to the film provide powerful performances that help engage the audience.

Though “Looper” may not go down alongside the best science-fiction films of all time, it is one of the better-crafted science-fiction films of recent years. It manages to combine a well-written story with engaging characters and taut action in a way that is likely to stay with audiences long after they leave the theater. “Looper” is a satisfying film that is worth catching in theaters for fans of science-fiction who have been yearning for something good.


Couldn't disagree more.

For starters, the film is a solid 5 out of 10 and all of that is for what essentially the first act and the last 10 minutes.

The problem with the film is the middle where it all falls apart. HORRIBLY.



OK, so the first act is much like the trailers and the film moves fast and furious and its quite intoxiacting the world the director has presented and because it deals with time, its rather self aware of how retro is cool is now in yet ANOTHER cycle and the whole scene with JGL and Jeff Daniels is AWESOME.

Then Bruce shows up and the film takes up a notch with a FANTASTIC montage and plays around with time sequence and chronological order plus throws in some INSANELY violent moments and it then it appears to be heading into greatness...

And then we arrive at the farm and the film falls apart.

After the Diner scene where the stakes of the second act are presented and Willis is given a backstory of love that is worth rooting for, we are stuck with a rehash of TERMINATOR 2 what with Joe having to protect a kid that will grow up and kill all Loopers and eventually Willis' wife.

Now for those who saw, when Willis kiss the first kid and gains the memory of his wife back, its a GREAT scene and yet sadly, the moment passes and then he essentially is presented as the villain of the piece where in my point of view, he was the hero.

Thank goodness the kid actor and his mother are fantastic but sadly, I didn't care about this kid because he essentially goes AKIRA when he gets scared of mad and blows up shit or people or both and the over all story with him is that his mother wants LOVE to change him and wouldn't you know it, its the one thing Joe lacks that eventually he sees and thus decides to "break the cycle."

More problemeatic is the following:

Why have people with TK? Why have the INSANE amount of red herrings that makes us thing that Joe and Cid are one in the same? Why end the film damn near IMPLYING this? Why have such a bumble fuck idiot be the main villain and one who belongs in a slapstick film?

Instead of search for Willis, why not JUST kill Joe and focus all efforts on him because as we see, thats is what they do anyways once they get both of the loopers.

And then you have the flaw of how the hell did Cid become the Rainmaker if in the first time line, Joe never met Cid or his mother on the farm but as we saw, the Rainmaker lore is that he has a fake jaw and saw his mother killed before him which is EXACTLY how it plays out in the Willis / JGL timeline.

Maybe it is my hang up that I thought it would a slick and cool action sci fi film when instead it wants to be that AND a drama about love and breaking the cycles that create evil and the power of love.

Hopefully the director moves onto a full action film because the Willis sequence where he goes in and single essentially kills EVERYONE was amazing and powerful.

Good score, Weak film, Great acting... a wasted opportunity.

And I wanted to love it so bad!


 
 
 Posted:   Oct 4, 2012 - 8:10 AM   
 By:   Xebec   (Member)

DREDD-3D 5.5/10

I'd been waiting for this a good long time, read the script over a year ago, and figured it needed a few more drafts. Instead they got rid of my favourite bit from it at the beginning.

It was just alright. Urban made a very decent Dredd and Thirlby a good Anderson. The script needed beefing up a bit. The action was alright, but the set-pieces were fairly unmemorable. It just felt quite flat to me. The baddies were just a faceless procession of targets.

I won't be buying the score, but it worked better in the film than i thought it would do after listening to it on samples. I may buy the film on DVD or BluRay but only if it's cheap and has a great commentary attached to it.

Parts of it felt odd. The slo-mo effects were interesting ad there's some almost beautiful bits mixed in with the general grunge, which i'm sure was the intended effect. My eyes had trouble with the 3D at first, i think i need an eye test on my leftie, my first 3D film.

 
 Posted:   Oct 4, 2012 - 9:16 PM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

Damsels in Distress (2011) dir. Whit Stillman

The Five-Year Engagement (2012) dir. Nicholas Stoller

Red Lights (2012) dir. Rodrigo Cortés

No comments now because I'm exhausted. Maybe I'll edit some in later.

 
 Posted:   Oct 4, 2012 - 11:43 PM   
 By:   Storyteller   (Member)

The Expendables 2- Wow. Just wow. I could not believe how inept this movie was. First, the score is an inexcusable mess. It sounded like it was recorded by an out of sync high school band. Seriously, what happened there? The action-what little there was- was poorly staged and edited. Chuck Norris and Jet Li, while getting top billings, are barely in it. Jean Claude Van Damme turns out to be the films only redeemable feature. 2 out of 10. I'd say avoid it, but action fans are going to see it no matter what anyone says.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 5, 2012 - 2:30 AM   
 By:   johnasjade   (Member)

I recently watched Step UP revolution. Awesome Movie..
i will give 8 out of 10

 
 Posted:   Oct 14, 2012 - 10:13 PM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

Seven Psychopaths (2012) - 9/10
“Seven Psychopaths” is a deliciously sadistic comedy that is powered by a fantastic cast and script. Marty (Colin Farrell) is a screenwriter who is working on a new script with the help of his friend Billy (Sam Rockwell). Marty finds out that Billy and his friend Hans (Christopher Walken) have been kidnapping rich people’s dogs and returning them for the ransom. Only this time, Billy stole from the wrong person, leading to a storm of crazy.

Marty’s script is also called “Seven Psychopaths” and we watch as the script and movie weave together. This gives the film an interesting self-awareness, making the jokes so much more interesting. As the film’s psychopaths interact, there is lots of blood spilt and the movie shows a lot of gore. Still, the movie rarely takes itself too seriously and much of the gore is used for comic relief.

The music in the film is largely pre-existing songs with a small amount of score by Carter Burwell. Burwell’s music is reminiscent of his score to “Burn After Reading” and fits well when used. I really enjoyed watching the main 3 actors on screen as they disappeared into their characters. Woody Harrelson also does a great job as his character jumps between emotional and violent.

If you enjoy dark comedies and don’t mind laughing about overly-violent deaths, there is a lot of fun to be had with “Seven Psychopaths.” I haven’t laughed this much at a movie in a long time. Despite its light tone, I found myself strangely attached to the characters and the quirky situations they face. The film in many ways feels like a Cohen Brothers’ comedy, though it doesn’t reach the level of “Burn After Reading” ridiculousness.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 14, 2012 - 11:21 PM   
 By:   Xebec   (Member)

Prometheus - 3/10 - After watching it several times. Great effects. Very poor script, stupid character actions, unmemorable dialogue, unintentionally funny in places. Good acting by Fassbender and Rapace. Theron is beautiful but should learn to run sideways. I watched this last week.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 17, 2012 - 10:56 PM   
 By:   Xebec   (Member)

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 - 1.5/10

Intentionally more goofy, unintentionally almost totally rubbish. One good jump scare in a record room. Bill Moseley is a bit of fun, but the writing is abysmal and every scene just drags on. Leatherface isn't even slightly scary, he's more like Sloth from The Goonies.

Grandpa's old age make-up by Tom Savini is good and more convincing than whoever did Guy Pearce in Prometheus.

The score is terrible.

 
 Posted:   Oct 17, 2012 - 11:01 PM   
 By:   Storyteller   (Member)

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 - 1.5/10

Intentionally more goofy, unintentionally almost totally rubbish. One good jump scare in a record room. Bill Moseley is a bit of fun, but the writing is abysmal and every scene just drags on. Leatherface isn't even slightly scary, he's more like Sloth from The Goonies.

Grandpa's old age make-up by Tom Savini is good and more convincing than whoever did Guy Pearce in Prometheus.

The score is terrible.



Oh man! How could you not enjoy this film? It is so much fun. Dennis Hopper alone is worth the price of admission. "Bring it all down!"

And like you mentioned, Bill Mosley is a blast as well, "Lick my plate."

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 18, 2012 - 2:28 PM   
 By:   Xebec   (Member)

Hey Storyteller - i don't know, it just wound me up. I think it was the protraction and stupidity of several scenes - the initial car-chase - leatherface v the girl in the store room, i just thought it could have been done a lot better - either funnier or more horrific - in half the time. There was some fun to be had for sure, Bill Moseley was bonkers fun and had some good lines. And there were some nice gruesome moments - but i don't know, it just rubbed me the wrong way entirely. I would definitely watch a documentary on the making of it and why Hooper made it so different to the first, i find that interesting.

Maybe in another mood or with a crowd i would have enjoyed it more. I mean, i watch and enjoyed Star Crash, Barbarian Brothers movies and various other Golan/Globus bilge. Maybe i was just in an unforgiving mood?I host bad movie nights for my friends - we loved Troll 2/The Room double bill. So it's not like i'm not open to films that aren't exactly the best smile

The jump scare in the record room was EXCELLENT and very well executed though.

Hated the music. Thought it was awful. More amused and detracted than added anything to the film.

 
 Posted:   Oct 20, 2012 - 10:39 AM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

Argo (2012) - 9/10
“Argo” opens with a history lesson because the events portrayed in the movie, though dramatized to an extent, are primarily based on history. The few minutes at the beginning of the film devoted to history help instill a sense of urgency on it all. The whole thing took place before I was born so I appreciated the refresher. Because everything is based on real-life events, great lengths were taken to ensure that the actors in the film look as close as possible to the people they play. In the end credits we are shown side-by-side photographs that illustrate just how great of a job they did.

“Argo” is a tense film. If it wasn’t for the skilled interspersing of jokes, you would likely be in a constant state of anxiety from beginning to end. Thankfully, there are plenty of jokes to lighten the mood at times, though they never feel forced or unrealistic. Alexandre Desplat’s score helps drive the tension skillfully and often displays a middle-eastern flavor fitting of the Iranian setting.

The film does a fabulous job of making very clear the high stakes involved, letting the audience at times create additional tension in their minds. The mass uprising of the Iranian people is faithfully recreated on screen so that it often feels like you are watching from a news camera rather than events in a film. The actors all give convincing performances, so you can see the fear in their eyes.

“Argo” is a triumph of film-making and a highly-engaging history lesson. It is well worth checking out in theaters, and will not disappoint.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 21, 2012 - 1:25 AM   
 By:   CindyLover   (Member)

The Campaign. The scene where Zach Galifianakis's kids start 'fessing up to what they've done is genuinely funny, as is the bit where Brian Cox's mistress is compared to Dog the Bounty Hunter. But apart from that... 2.5/10, one each for the aforementioned bits and .5 for a cameo'ing John Goodman having the sense to leave his name off the credits. (Oh, and if I never see Will Ferrell naked again it'll be too soon.)

 
 Posted:   Oct 21, 2012 - 7:01 AM   
 By:   Adam B.   (Member)

Live! - Eva Mendes stars as an ambitious TV exec who is searching for the next big thing to save her network's sagging ratings. At a meeting, she comes across what seems like a sure thing - a game show where contestants play Russian Roulette. Those who don't die get a big cash prize. Those who die, well... The set up is OK, but the film runs out of gas half way through. 5/10

Devil - Four individuals get stuck in an elevator while on their way to work in an office building. The security and maintenance crews attempt to free them while watching them on a surveillance camera. The people become restless and begin fighting amongst themselves. When one dies, the police are called in. Could a supernatural force be involved in the goings-on in the elevator? It doesn't really have a satisfying pay-off, but it's not bad. 6/10

Winter's Bone - Jennifer Lawrence proves she's not just a pretty face. The girl can act. Here she plays a 17 year-old who must take care of her much younger siblings when her father disappears and her mother is mentally unable to care for them. Desperate for cash to prevent foreclosure on her backwoods cabin, she sets out to find her dad before her sister and brother are taken away from her. Her neighbors and hillbilly relatives seem to be actively working against her. The film is well acted and quite depressing, but certainly worth a viewing. 9/10

The Great Train Robbery - Sean Connery and Donald Sutherland star as thieves who come up with the idea to rob a train. There's the plot! The coolest thing in this film is seeing the real Connery atop a train coming within inches of getting his head torn off when passing under a couple of stone bridges. No CGI back then. I didn't find Goldsmith's score that interesting. I'll pass on buying the soundtrack. 7/10

Congo - Director Frank Marshall's silly follow-up to his very entertaining Arachnophobia. Laura Linney leads an expedition to Africa to search for members of a company who may have been killed by a new species of gorilla. Ernie Hudson plays their guide. Not one of Stan Winston's better film creature efforts. Goldsmith's score did nothing for me. Another 20 bucks saved on a soundtrack. 4/10

Kick-Ass - Very entertaining action-comedy starring Chloe Moretz as a foul-mouthed crime fighter who has been trained by her father (Nicolas Cage) to use weapons against the scum of society. You've got to love a film that has an eleven-year-old girl shouting the C-word at a bunch of thugs before taking them down. 8/10

The Thing (2011) A prequel to a remake with the same title. Interesting concept. Mary Elizabeth Winstead stars in this not bad reworking of the oft-told story of a shape shifting alien with a nasty attitude. They come up with some rather scary creations and tie it to Carpenter's film at the end nicely. 7/10

 
 Posted:   Oct 21, 2012 - 7:37 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Home On The Range- 2 out of 10.

I believe this was the film that put the last nail in the coffin for traditional 2D animated films at the studio. It performed so badly at the box office they dismantled the animation department and gave most of their employees pink slips. (Though they did try again with the Princess and the Frog. Made up of mostly freelancers at that point in time)

But I understand why. I had a WTF reaction while watching this film. Was this Disney trying to be Warners Brothers? Its pretty much a watered down Tex Avery short stretched into a 80 minute film. The humor was forced and uncreative, the characters had no depth at all. They really skimped on the animation. By stylizing the film they obviously made a conscious effort to give the film as little atmosphere as possible. Presumably so they could keep the budget as low as possible. But a Road Runner cartoon for all its simplicity had better layout and design than this film.

I give it a two only for Alan Menken's rousing score, which in retrospect I need to pick up.

 
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