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 Posted:   Feb 15, 2010 - 2:14 AM   
 By:   Urs Lesse   (Member)

SHERLOCK HOLMES – 3/10. Shockingly boring and uninspired. It looked like the fourth or fifth installment of a franchise, almost like a TV movie. The movie made me keep thinking back at how amazed I was when I first saw YOUNG SHERLOCK HOLMES.

The best thing about this one was Zimmer's great score.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 15, 2010 - 4:00 AM   
 By:   juhana   (Member)

Carthage In Flames:

This peplum epic tells the story of how the Romans conquered Carthage. This is a promising setting for a good historical epic, but I have to be blunt:
WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED IN THIS MOVIE??!!

Honestly, it is impossible to even understand, let alone explain the plot. There doesn't even seem to be ANY semblance of a plot structure, just some utterly confusing love triangles between same-looking Carthaginians without any motivation to do any of the things they do in the film. It feels like the movie was written by some schoolkid whose "storyline" goes like this: "Something happened and then something else happened but it didn't and then this guy did this and that and it was all a dream and then horses had wings and they ate lions and then someone went to school and something else happened and then oh no he's a bad guy and then he went away and something happened and then there was a fire and then..." AAARRGH! I am totally speechless at how bad the whole plot is.

However, the film does have some good things in it:
- Mario Nascimbene's score
- The sets and an overall strong mood
- The human sacrifice scenes in the beginning
- A great naval battle some 30 minutes into the film
- Impressive climax (The burning of Carthage)

= 5/10

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 15, 2010 - 4:00 AM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)

The Day Of The Jackal 1973. This looks better every time I see it, it's one of those movies that every new film maker should be made to watch.

It's not drained of colour, in fact it's beautifully photographed. No quick cuts (or car chases!). A lot of scenes are shot medium shot with no close-ups, in fact filmed in a documentry style by Fred Zinnermann, an old hand who dosen't need any gimmicks. It's a great script, dialogue pared to the bone, with a simple story with its own forward momentum. Just the kind of movie that wouldn't get made today. 10/10

I also saw The Godfather last night, I haven't seen it in ages (I bought the box set about seven years ago & forgot I had It, one of a great many unseen DVD's!). What can I say, 10/10. Looking forward to Godfather 2.

 
 Posted:   Feb 15, 2010 - 5:55 AM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)

The 40 Year Old Virgin (2005): 9.5/10

The most beautiful love story ever filmed.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 15, 2010 - 11:16 AM   
 By:   Michael24   (Member)

Moon (2009) *** out of ****

This movie wasn't quite what I was expecting. The middle act is a little confusing, but I suppose that helps because, well, the characters themselves are confused until they discover the mystery behind what's going on. A tad slow in spots, too. That said, it was certainly well-made. Sam Rockwell gave a good performance, and I enjoyed Kevin Spacey as the voice of GERTY. And the production design! That's what I most loved about this movie. Visually, Moon is a terrific throwback to sci-fi movies of the late-70s/early-80s, with set design and atmosphere that recalls the likes of Alien and Outland. For whatever problems I had with the storyline (which were very minor), the movie was simply great to look at. Easily the best sci-fi outing of 2009 for me.

 
 Posted:   Feb 15, 2010 - 8:30 PM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)

Edward Scissorhands (1990): 10/10

Tim Burton's masterpiece.

 
 Posted:   Feb 15, 2010 - 11:38 PM   
 By:   Mark R. Y.   (Member)

Just watched HOUSE OF SAND AND FOG again - and was once again moved beyond belief. I'll rate it a 9, as I'm too wussy to give out a 10 to any film.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 21, 2010 - 6:12 PM   
 By:   Cryogenix   (Member)

Up - Touching story, nice humor, terrific score, but not much real drama or wow factor in the visual department. Still, it's a solid film, but I don't think I'll ever want to see it again. It's becoming harder to find animated movies with replay value - it's no Shrek or Toy Story - 8.5

Monsters vs. Aliens - Amazing effects (the best I've ever seen), great humor and interesting characters, but the story was a bit on the weak side. The score was decent but unmemorable. As with Up, I feel the movie/story is so complex-less and something I now know by heart that there's nothing to lure me into seeing it again - 8.5

Natural Born Killers (Director's Cut) - This movie was so eff'd up that I didn't know how to feel. I hated the constant switching to black and white, past to present, this to that... I didn't like anything about this film. It was a visual and artistic nightmare - 2.5

Moon - ZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzz........... Why make a boring film? This was a cross between Solaris and the most boring, repetitive elements of 2001 (which is basically the entire film). Spacey's voice was absolutely annoying and overly queer/faggy to experience without his facial presence. Where Hal's voice was soothing and intelligent, Gerty's was prissy and arrogant. Nice set designs and effects, though. The score was different - 5.5

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 21, 2010 - 6:58 PM   
 By:   MikeP   (Member)



Natural Born Killers (Director's Cut) - This movie was so eff'd up that I didn't know how to feel. I hated the constant switching from black to white, past to present, this to that... I didn't like anything about this film. It was a visual and artistic nightmare - 3.5


It's one of the biggest loads of manure I've ever seen. The point can be made in 30 seconds, Stone keeps hammering it home. The only time I actually asked for a refund in a theater. And people think Transformers is bad?

 
 Posted:   Feb 21, 2010 - 10:35 PM   
 By:   Storyteller   (Member)



Natural Born Killers (Director's Cut) - This movie was so eff'd up that I didn't know how to feel. I hated the constant switching from black to white, past to present, this to that... I didn't like anything about this film. It was a visual and artistic nightmare - 3.5


It's one of the biggest loads of manure I've ever seen. The point can be made in 30 seconds, Stone keeps hammering it home. The only time I actually asked for a refund in a theater. And people think Transformers is bad?


True story: I saw this film in the theater on the first Saturday after it opened. Almost half way into the film, the film itself broke. The audience cheered and began to line up at the front to get their money back. The management would not refund the money and made us all wait 30 minutes until they fixed the film. People were ticked and began to demand their money back. The manager hid until the film was fixed and made an usher make the announcement that there would be no refund because the film was now showing again. Most of us just left. It was be 3 years before I finally saw how the film ended... I didn't miss a thing.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 23, 2010 - 7:28 AM   
 By:   Cryogenix   (Member)

Night at the Museum 2 - This was a blast and far more interesting and exciting than the first one. The woman who played Amelia Earhart (Amy Adams) stole the show and was really fun to watch. What a beauty!...and what an awesome ass! Her rear aside, she was totally captivating and cute, the way Naomi Watts was in King Kong. I hope they do away with Owen Wilson's character in the next installment - he's annoying and useless. Lots of fun... Bobblehead Einsteins... - 9

Amy Adams



Night at the Museum - 7.5

 
 Posted:   Feb 23, 2010 - 7:51 AM   
 By:   mark ford   (Member)

Taking of Pelham 123 (2009) 4/10 - Denzel Washington's earnest performance, John Travolta's fun and outrageously over the top one and John Turturro's solid presence, along with an interesting update to the original film's story, are almost completely buried under yet another Tony Scott directorial mangling. I think the average editorial time for a shot in the film is around 2 seconds and the constant moving camera work and unnecessary visual effects embellishments were distracting beyond all redemption. This is even too unnecessarily "stylistic" for a music video.

I rarely rant about a film, but this one bugged me because with a different director it would have had some potential and wouldn't have wasted some nice performances. AND the score ain't no David Shire Pelham by a long shot.

 
 Posted:   Feb 23, 2010 - 1:47 PM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)

Travolta was embarassing in that Pelham remake, all shrill and whiny. He and Washington should have swapped roles.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 23, 2010 - 2:18 PM   
 By:   Michael24   (Member)

I've not cared for Tony Scott's films in the last several years, so I was surprised by how much I did enjoy Pelham. I thought it was a suspenseful, well-made flick with solid performances by Washington and Travolta. Definitely one of 2009's more pleasant surprises for me.

 
 Posted:   Mar 1, 2010 - 8:39 AM   
 By:   Urs Lesse   (Member)

AVATAR – 5/10.

I found the opening monologue silly, just as the "security chief" character's lines. At times the first third of the movie appeared unwillingly parodistic. I would not have been surprised had the security chief suddenly ridden a horse, a Marlboro in the corner of his mouth and "The Magnificent Seven" playing in the background. The introduction of Sigourney Weaver's character into the movie was smelling of rotten butter, so stereotypical.

Later in the movie, everything felt all too familiar, like seen before a thousand times. All the hype, all PR. Even with everyone knowing the ending for 85 years, TITANIC was way more exciting. roll eyes

 
 Posted:   Mar 1, 2010 - 8:49 AM   
 By:   Storyteller   (Member)

30 Days Of Night- 8/10


Shoot'Em Up- 1/10


Moon- 7/10

 
 Posted:   Mar 1, 2010 - 9:06 AM   
 By:   David Sones (Allardyce)   (Member)

  • 48 Hours (1982) - 8/10
  • Another 48 Hours (1990) - 5/10
  • Commando (1985) - 7/10
  • Apocalypse Now (1979) - 10/10
  • Apocalypse Now Redux (1979 / 2001) - 3/10

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     Posted:   Mar 1, 2010 - 10:40 AM   
     By:   MusicMad   (Member)

    I've been watching a few oldies ...

    Black Widow - many years since last viewing; enjoyable but the story is a bit disjointed - okay - 4/10

    Bridgit Jones's Diary - I forced myself to watch this as it has a good following but it was worse than I thought it might be (it makes Notting Hill appear quite good!) - RZ is so miscast (just one of a number of faults) - so 2/10 (it gets the extra point for some sentimentaility). Dare I try the follow-up which I recorded a couple of weeks ago?

    Before Winter Comes - I recall watching this very many years ago and wanted to see what I recalled ... very little. Nicely played but a depressing story (set amid beautiful scenery) and very disjointed (I assume the original print ran twice the length and it was heavily cut) - so 3/10

     
     
     Posted:   Mar 1, 2010 - 3:51 PM   
     By:   CinemaScope   (Member)

    The List Of Adrian Messenger. I hadn't seen it for a few years, it's a really enjoyable movie. George C. Scott is very good, not as over the top as I remember. I can't imagine the film without Jerry Goldsmith's music, I think it's one of his best 60's scores. The UK DVD looks & sounds so good, & it's pocket-money cheap, £3.49 delivered from Amazon UK. 8/10

     
     Posted:   Mar 1, 2010 - 5:01 PM   
     By:   Storyteller   (Member)

    Forgot one.

    Up In The Air-6/10

     
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