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 Posted:   Jun 21, 2009 - 3:27 PM   
 By:   vorlonb4   (Member)

Live FRee/Die Hard 4 8/10

I do like the Die Hard films and to have Bruce back again in a modern day plot setting with humour from Justin Long was a cracking combo.

Not the best Die Hard but not the worst either, unlike the score which works very well in the film, yet not away from it.

 Posted:   Jun 21, 2009 - 9:26 PM   
 By:   Holly Mitchell   (Member)

The Bad Seed (1956): 9/10

"Quite disturbing" is one way to define it?

Even more shocking (in a fine way) is how dynamic and dark the presentation is without all the SFX that modern films are so characteristic of. No bells or whistles are needed to FEEL the emotion and intensity of this film!

As the main characters, Patty McCormack and Nancy Kelly are fabulous! While I loathe "Rhoda" (played by PMcC) from the beginning, my despise for "Christine" (played by NK) is gradual and cultivated through her means of passive agressive behaviour. E.g. I felt compassion for Christine up to a certain point, but her actions at the 3/4 mark caused me to gag and bite my tongue. *And that is all I will render...

Bottom line: the acting, direction, editing, music, etc. is excellent! I will most definitely be purchasing this film for our personal collection.

 Posted:   Jun 22, 2009 - 5:57 AM   
 By:   Ray Faiola   (Member)

I love THE BAD SEED because it's like watching a Broadway play (with many of the original cast). I played Richard Bravo in a regional production and our Christine sounded almost identical to Nancy Kelly.

As for my most recent viewing, my daughter and I just ran GENTLEMAN JIM with Errol Flynn (a nice AAP print from the early 60's). She laughed all the way through and was very moved by the wonderful scene at the end between Flynn and Ward Bond. It's nice to know a 22 year old can enjoy a golden oldie like this.

 Posted:   Jul 4, 2009 - 5:21 PM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)

Cecil B. DeMille's "Unconquered". I imported this about six months ago & just got around to seeing it. A lovely looking DVD from Universal, a rich (& I do mean RICH!) Technicolor picture, two & a half hours long, very enjoyable. Gary Cooper, Paulette Goddard, & one of the best badies ever, Howard Da Silva. Imagine going to see this at the cinema in 1947, what a great night out! 10/10

 Posted:   Jul 4, 2009 - 5:38 PM   
 By:   Steve Johnson   (Member)

STRAW DOGS - 1971-

It's been a while since I watched this, but it's still disturbing. Hoffman's wife considers him a weak sister, the townspeople in his English community consider him an odd ball, but when the chips are down, No one can invade the sanctity of his home!

A Peckinpah classic. Great Fielding Oscar nominated score. I rate this a 9!

 Posted:   Jul 5, 2009 - 5:03 AM   
 By:   Urs Lesse   (Member)

ROBIN AND MARIAN (1976) - 3/10

Frankly, the first third of the movie made me feel like in a Monty Python movie. Connery's "acting" appeared like a bully reluctant to play in a chick flick. The final third was better, although the sudden turn to "Robin and Juliet" drama was a bit incredible after the aforementioned build-up. And no, even the music didn't help it much.

W. (2008) - 7/10

I was surprised what forgiving take Stone presents on George W. Bush here. This was not Michael Moore tearing down Bush, this was an attempt to humanize him.
Politics aside, the cast was amazing, most and foremost the splendid Jeffrey Wright whose acting I like in every movie featuring him that I have seen so far.

 Posted:   Jul 5, 2009 - 7:57 AM   
 By:   mark ford   (Member)

Edward Zwick's film of a "Schindler's List" type of true story with Daniel Craig and Liev Schreiber in top form. James Newton Howard's score with Joshua Bell's solo violin is a standout in the film echoing some of his great work for M. Night Shyamalan.


 Posted:   Jul 5, 2009 - 8:26 AM   
 By:   MICHAEL HOMA   (Member)

last nite i watched THE YAKUZA with ROBERT MITCHUM . never knew it was directed by SIDNEY POLLOCK. it was perfect from the first frame to the last. and MITCHUM just seemed to get better and better as he got older. he swept everything before him and what he missed the rest of the cast picked up. it was hypnotic . and oh that score by DAVE GRUSIN is , well, wonderful.

 Posted:   Jul 5, 2009 - 8:42 AM   
 By:   LeHah   (Member)

The Right Stuff - 8
Unbreakable - 7
Speed Racer - 9
The Fountain - 10

 Posted:   Jul 5, 2009 - 2:21 PM   
 By:   MikeP   (Member)

Public Enemies - 5/10

Too long, too slow, too confusing. A huge misfire from Mann. None of the characters had any depth, the HD photography and shaky-cam were all wrong, half the supporting characters were impossible to identify - aside from Goldenthal's score there was very little I enjoyed.

 Posted:   Jul 5, 2009 - 4:05 PM   
 By:   Steve Johnson   (Member)


A Noir gem from 20th Century-Fox that is pretty bleak for it's era and just fascinating. Tyrone Power as the opportunistic carny heel makes for interesting casting- his rise and fall are fun to watch. Great supporting cast, too. Very well directed by Edmund Goulding. An 8.

 Posted:   Jul 5, 2009 - 7:03 PM   
 By:   Josh   (Member)

STAR TREK (2009)


I went in expecting to be disappointed, and came out with a big shit-eating grin on my face. What a blast!

 Posted:   Jul 6, 2009 - 7:16 AM   
 By:   David Sones (Allardyce)   (Member)

Million Dollar Baby (2004) - 10/10
Waterworld (1995) - 7/10
Field of Dreams (1989) - 10/10
James Dean (2001) - 5/10
The Cooler (2003) - 5/10
Borat (2006) - 5/10
Valkyrie (2008) - 1/10
The Last House on the Left (1972) - 0/10

 Posted:   Jul 6, 2009 - 12:37 PM   
 By:   Cryogenix   (Member)

United 93 - An interesting approach to visualizing the only flight where passengers fought back against the terrorists and won...and lost. It's all very low-key, real-feeling and somewhat calm - bordering on boring, yet it's not at all, probably because the tragic outcome is known. Even so, it's a highly emotional journey, and the last 20 minutes were especially intense - not sure I blinked or even breathed during that period. The music was a bit odd but worked perfectly. Not at all what I expected to see, but it was a very good, tastefully made film - 9

Other movies recently watched:

For the Love of the Game - 7
Dances with Wolves - 9.5
Waterworld - 7 (a watered-down No Escape - 8.5)
The Beast - 3
The Chase - 4
The Real McCoy - 6
1941 - 6
World Trade Center - 5 (boring)

 Posted:   Jul 6, 2009 - 6:13 PM   
 By:   Cryogenix   (Member)

Originally posted by Allardyce...
Waterworld (1995) - 7/10

Was that your first time seeing Waterworld? I've avoided it for years because so many people said it sucked. I finally broke down a couple of weeks ago and got it at Big Lots! for $3. It wasn't really bad, just not all that exciting. Admittedly, Trippleshorn's mesmerizing beauty is what kept me watching, although I did enjoy Costner's more indifferent and slightly villainous role. I think if the movie had spent more time beneath the waves, exploring the sunken ruins and perhaps having some underwater battles in caves or city structures, it would've been cooler.

 Posted:   Jul 6, 2009 - 6:47 PM   
 By:   Storyteller   (Member)


Underworld:Rise Of The Lycans-7/10

 Posted:   Aug 8, 2009 - 8:16 AM   
 By:   Urs Lesse   (Member)


I struggle to understand what all the fuss about this movie was about. If there is a run-of-the-mill Eastwood movie, then it is this one. My issue with GRAN TORINO is the lack of any surprises; and some of Eastwood's acting was outright silly and unnatural, especially his constant literal snarling.

However, I'd say the movie has the most beautiful combination of end titles picture and music I have seen for ages.


Solid. It stroke me as odd the whole time though seeing German Nazi characters speaking English. It just does not fit.

 Posted:   Aug 8, 2009 - 11:22 PM   
 By:   Michael24   (Member)

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra - 8/10

Really really loved this. Despite some changes here and there, it perfectly captured the spirit and sense of fun the franchise is known for. Made me feel like a kid again after rushing home from school to see the latest episode. The action scenes were all top notch and actually capable of being followed without being confusing or needing to reach for the motion sickness pills. A totally fun and enjoyable ride that was exactly what I wanted from a G.I. Joe movie. Looking forward to seeing it again and anxiously awaiting a sequel, especially after the way this one ended.

 Posted:   Aug 9, 2009 - 2:30 AM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

ROBIN AND MARIAN (1976) - 3/10

Frankly, the first third of the movie made me feel like in a Monty Python movie. Connery's "acting" appeared like a bully reluctant to play in a chick flick. The final third was better, although the sudden turn to "Robin and Juliet" drama was a bit incredible after the aforementioned build-up. And no, even the music didn't help it much.


And yet, for me, the film is a wonderful viewing experience. The style is unusual but after watching The Three/Four Muskeeters I was used to it. I found the acting by all to be top-notch and this is one of those rare films which gets better with repeat viewings (or perhaps simply as I get older).

Oh, and the music: simply superb - IMHO smile

 Posted:   Aug 9, 2009 - 2:36 AM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

Death Wish - 5/10

I haven't seen it for many years and always thought it was over-rated. But it is pretty good and kept my interest throughout, despite knowing the storyline. Certainly Charles Brosnan puts in a good performance (though I prefer him in many other roles) and it was fun to watch for the differences with today's action thrillers. The score by Herbie Hancock is okay but I wouldn't rush out to get a copy.

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