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 Posted:   Jan 1, 2010 - 9:50 AM   
 By:   CindyLover   (Member)

Avatar - not James Cameron's best work by a long way, but far less preachy than it could have been. Worth seeing for the awesome effects, for Stephen Lang, for Sigourney Weaver, and for Michelle Rodriguez ("I got a gun too, bitch"). 7/10.

 
 Posted:   Jan 1, 2010 - 11:10 PM   
 By:   Steve Johnson   (Member)

FATHER GOOSE- 1965- Cary and Leslie Caron. HE makes it enchantment....

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 1, 2010 - 11:35 PM   
 By:   Michael24   (Member)

District 9 (2009) *1/2 out of ****

Interesting concept, but I found it extremely poorly-executed. The first half-hour or so was a chore to sit through with the mockumentary style, and it wasn't until over an hour into it that I felt like it finally started showing signs of life, only to eventually flatine again. The MechWarrior-esque finale was kinda cool, but everything around it was just boring and mostly uninteresting. And it's tough to watch a film when there's no characters you can really root for. Watchmen is still secure as the worst movie of 2009, but this (along with Star Trek and The Hangover) came close.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 2, 2010 - 9:53 AM   
 By:   Tobias   (Member)

Johan Falk 4: Leo Gaut.

Elever years ago the Swedish (former) B-movie director Anders Nilsson got a huge blockbuster with his Gothenburg based cop action-thriller Zero Tolerance. At first it became three movies about the lead character Johan Falk who is a tough Swedish cop.

Now ten years after the first movie in the trilogy. Nilsson and company apparently decided to do a series (of so far 6 TV-movies)) about the further "adventures" of Johan Falk.

In this 4th of those 6 movies we are reacquainted with the main villain from "Zero Tolerance": Leo Gaut who is now living a "Cosby family life" (as said by Johan Falk himself) with his wife and 2 children (a daughter in the teens and a young handicapped son). This Leo Gaut is now (after spending 8 years in prison) running a restaurant. Some crooks from the gangster world wants to take over the restaurant but this Gaut does not want to sell to these crooks.

So they do whatever crooks do: They kill his daughter. Then Gaut decides it is "no more nice guy" so he turns to cop Johan Falk for help to get his revenge.

Most Swedish cop movies takes place in Stockholm but when Zero Tolerance came Gothenburg at last came to be the main city of action. The second movie in the trilogy (for the cinemas): The Bodyguards was in my mind THE best Swedish action-thriller I`ve ever seen.

So when these new TV-movies is released on DVD I had to see them and now I got parts 3 & 4 as christmas gifts. Today I watched this fourth of these new Johan Falk movies. And just because of the earlier movies in the series where really good (in my mind) so the pressure for this one to be as good as them was really high. And it was pretty good but not as good as The Bodyguards.

I will give this movie 7 out of 10. If I gonna give it some negative critic then it must be because I thought the movie had a little bit too much about the personal life of the two main cops, Falk`s boss had a baby and Falk himself have some problems with his wife. But otherwise I can`t complain except for maybe the fact that I would love a soundtrack with Bengt Nilsson`s music (the composer is the brother of the writer/producer/director Anders Nilsson).

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 2, 2010 - 12:24 PM   
 By:   henry   (Member)

THE ROAD WARRIOR 10/10

In my opinion the best action film ever.

 
 Posted:   Jan 2, 2010 - 12:38 PM   
 By:   Freejack   (Member)

Wes Craven's THE PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS.

Everett McGill and Wendy Robie were fantastic as the deranged couple.



8 stars out of 10.

 
 Posted:   Jan 3, 2010 - 5:03 PM   
 By:   TominAtl   (Member)

The Proposal - ***/5 stars - fun, funny and predictable, a cute move nonetheless with it's likeable stars and overall great cast. I laughed out loud quite a few times but as usual the film had a predictable ending. But a fun movie nonetheless.

Up in the Air - ****/5 - One of the best films of the year and yet so few people have seen, which is unfortunate. George Clooney gives one of his best performances and the film has a great, keen script . Witty, funny and moving, Up in the Air proves that an enjoyable time at the movies doesnt not always have to include guns and explosions. And Rolf Kents jaunty score helps keep the pace moving along.

 
 Posted:   Jan 3, 2010 - 6:26 PM   
 By:   Storyteller   (Member)

State Of Play- 8 out of 10. A very effective little political thriller.

Everybody Wants to Be Italian- 2 out of 10. One of those implausible comedies that attempts to pass off people that don't exist in the real world as "quirky". razz

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 5, 2010 - 7:25 AM   
 By:   scrapsly   (Member)

The Killing Room. What a mind screw. It was intense and a little scary. I have not enjoyed a film this much in a long time. I will grade it as a nine (9).

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 10, 2010 - 7:37 AM   
 By:   groovemeister   (Member)

The Cove : 9/10.
Easily the best film/documentary i've seen in a long time !

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 10, 2010 - 8:25 AM   
 By:   Cryogenix   (Member)

Star Trek - After having mixed feelings about this on the big screen (which may have been due to insanely loud audio levels), my friend bought the DVD and wanted to watch it on my system, to which I reluctantly agreed. Just like AvP (which is the only film I ever walked out on in the theater - I almost did for Star Trek, too) this film seems better suited for a smaller screen and is far more enjoyable. I still found the majority of the score to be boring, incomplete and ineffective, and there's far too much contrivity in the writing, and the film didn't seem grand like TMP or TWOK. J.J. doesn't seem to get what makes a film large, and he's giving the visuals way too much space and distance. But...it was really fun to watch. I still hated Uhura the Slut lusting after Spock, I felt the monster on the ice planet was stupid, Chekov's accent was too thick and comical, and Nero is one of the lamest villains in cinema history. I liked the performances for Kirk, Spock and McCoy. As for the others...re-cast the roles. Some things instantly made no sense - e.g. where did old Spock get the wood for a campfire? I saw no trees for miles and miles on that frozen wasteland. Also, the final battle was completely unexciting and anti-climactic. All in all, I think I like this film better than TSFS and TFF, and I'll probably grab it on DVD if I can get it for under $7 - 8

Juno - An odd film with interesting writing, camerawork and female lead. I doubt I'll ever watch it again, but it was pretty cool. The ending is one of the best I've ever seen - 8

Swamp Thing - This movie was more boring and retarded than I remember, and I thought that Adrienne had much bigger breasts... I watched it purely for reasons of nostaligia - 5

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 12, 2010 - 9:16 AM   
 By:   Cryogenix   (Member)

Private School - Ahhh, those wonderful 80's films that were so refreshing and fun and not afraid to show you some awesome T&A&B. Great soundtrack, beautiful girls, funny characters...and Pheobe Cates... - 9


 
 Posted:   Jan 12, 2010 - 9:47 AM   
 By:   Misanthropic Tendencies   (Member)

Tim (Mel Gibson, Piper Laurie) 7/10. Some stilted performances, some of the narrative was a little amateurish and the music was OTT. But still a nice film.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 12, 2010 - 10:00 AM   
 By:   Odlicno   (Member)

Deadwood series 1: 8/10 i liked it a lot. Good cast. The swearing was a bit much, though. Half the eff words would have been more effective and less boring.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 12, 2010 - 11:37 AM   
 By:   Greg Bryant   (Member)

Theodora Goes Wild sounds like a risque movie of ill repute.

Instead, it's a first comedy for Irene Dunne, playing a woman living with her spinster aunts in a straight-laced uptight little town. When scandal strikes the town, Irene finds herself smack in the middle of it.

I can't tell you any more than that. Otherwise, I give away a the entire plot of the rest of the movie.

Dunne shows that she can handle comedy in her first comedy outing. Melvyn Douglas is his usually dependable self as the male lead, and the great character actor Thomas Mitchell is the town's newspaper editor.

Best line in the movie: This place is crawling with a(u)nts!"

8/10

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 12, 2010 - 11:41 AM   
 By:   Greg Bryant   (Member)

The Cove : 9/10.
Easily the best film/documentary i've seen in a long time !


That's then one where the filmmakers expose Japanese fishing practices, killing dolphins?

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 12, 2010 - 11:44 AM   
 By:   Greg Bryant   (Member)



Adoration - 2/10 - Atom Egoyan, please stop making films.



I love Egoyan's films, and thought that Adoration was great. Keep making films! big grin


I keep watchnig his films on the off chance i start to "get" them or they click with me. But it hasn't happened yet. i know he's well thoguht of i just don't understand why (feel free to tell me why you think he's great). It's the same problem i have with Jim Jaramusch.



Hmmm, I also like Jim Jarmusch movies.

Look, you don't have to get every movie made. Some movies I don't get either. I don't get pretty much all of Orson Welles movies with the exception of Citizen Kane.

 
 Posted:   Jan 17, 2010 - 8:30 AM   
 By:   mark ford   (Member)

Rasputin and the Empress (1932) - 6.5/10

An historic movie, the only one with all three Barrymores: Lionel, John and Ethel.

It was a bit overlong and Ethel, in her first film in 13 years and first talkie, hadn't adapted her theatrical presentation yet for film. Lionel and John both stole many of the movies they were in and here Lionel pretty much wins as he had the flamboyant role of mad monk Rasputin to John's more subdued role of a prince (but what a handsome prince). It was great to see them all together. What a dynasty!

 
 Posted:   Jan 17, 2010 - 12:42 PM   
 By:   Michaelware   (Member)

The Lovely Bones- 9 ****
I found it very powerful and wise, never pandering to simplistic emotional compromises, and fearlessly delving into uncomfortable areas- I dont mean the murder but the aftermath.
I think for a film to be acclaimed now it almost has to pander to negativity, and Jackson/Spielberg stick to classic cinematic principles instead. I think it is the best movie around, others won't.

Nine- 8 ****
The director faces breakdown as his life crashes from all the emotional abuse he gives out- it's a movie about the power to damage others with love and jealousy and lies. His work reflects the false intentions inside himself.

Avatar - revised 6 ***
There is some real stuff buried under all the end of the environment propagandas.

The Hurt Locker- 5 **
Yes, effective directing but it's sort of like Super Mario Bros, guys bouncing around without a clue. Shallow maybe.

 
 Posted:   Jan 17, 2010 - 1:36 PM   
 By:   Steve Johnson   (Member)

BLU RAY - ESCAPE FROM THE PLANET OF THE APES- 1971 6/10
I revisited this over the weekend- cheesy fun, dark ending. Eric Braeden steals the show- great character.

BLU RAY- CONQUEST OF THE PLANET OF THE APES -1972- 5/10
Over the top performance by Don Murray adds to the cheesy fun - I watched the original, more violent version - the one where the apes bash Murray's brains out- not the eventual theatrical issue.

Not great art, but still fun after ALL these years.

 
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