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PostSubject: Re: What I've just watched   Sun Sep 07, 2008 12:15 pm

Star Wars Episode II Attack Of The Clones 4/5



My 248th film of the year, meaning I've overtaken last years record total.. Cool Cool
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PostSubject: Re: What I've just watched   Sun Sep 07, 2008 12:31 pm

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Star Wars Episode II Attack Of The Clones 4/5



My 248th film of the year, meaning I've overtaken last years record total.. Cool Cool


Nice one! You'll have smashed it by the end of the year. Are you still updating you list in the top 10 section of Empire.

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PostSubject: Re: What I've just watched   Sun Sep 07, 2008 12:38 pm

That would be a no, I'm afraid, it got to hard putting them in order. I do think we should have a film diary thread here next year though so all the films watched would be listed in one post.
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PostSubject: Re: What I've just watched   Sun Sep 07, 2008 12:41 pm

A fine idea!

It is hard putting them in order. I'm keeping up with it, but I know I could change the positions of about 50 in a heartbeat. My number one stays the same though Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: What I've just watched   Sun Sep 07, 2008 10:22 pm

And it'd be my number 1 too when I get round to watching it again, and if I was still doing the list

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Star Wars Episode III Revenge Of The Sith 5/5

The Untouchables 3/5
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PostSubject: Re: What I've just watched   Mon Sep 08, 2008 11:52 pm

The 40 Year Old Virgin 3/5

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang 4/5

No Country For Old Men 5/5
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PostSubject: Re: What I've just watched   Tue Sep 09, 2008 11:44 am

The Bucket List (1st view) – With Rob Reiner at the helm, director of two of the funniest comedies of the last 30 years (This Is Spinal Tap and When Harry Met Sally) and Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson starring, folk with Oscar nominations pouring out of theirs ears, you’d expect some kind of masterpiece, so it’s something of a shame that it’s instead just enjoyable. But that’s no bad thing really as it is very enjoyable. With just months to live, Freeman and Nicholson create a list of things they want to do with their remaining days. It’s occasionally funny, more often the kind of funny that provokes a smile rather than a life, but it’s good-natured and, come the finale, quite moving as well – 4/5




Killers from Space (1st view) – A science fiction thriller from 1954, directed by W. Lee Wilder, brother of Billy Wilder. Dr Douglas Martin (Peter Graves) is a scientist working on atomic bomb tests. When his plane crashes he’s presumed dead, only for him to reappear hours later, unharmed except for a surgical scar on his chest and no memory of what happened. After he’s given a truth serum, he recounts a tale of being brought back to life by alien beings who want his help in conquering the world. It’s a typically paranoid 50s film, filled with laughable aliens, dodgy science and poor effects (particularly during the tiring 5 minutes sequence in which our hero’s escape is blocked at every turn by giant insects and lizards) but it rattles along at its own enjoyable pace and, at just 62 minutes, doesn’t outstay its welcome – 3/5




Lonely Hearts (1st view) – A film based on a real life duo known as the “Lonely Hearts Killers”, played here by Jared Leto and Salma Hayek. James Gandolfino and John Travolta are the detectives tracking them down and the film’s director, Todd Robinson, is the grandson of the character played by Travolta. Compared to some period real-life crimes film of recent years (Such as Zodiac) this seems rather laid back and tame, but the stars acquit themselves well and it end ups being a highly engaging watch – 4/5




The Dark Knight (2nd view) – It’s been about 5 weeks now since I first saw this and, as much as I loved it then I was a bit letdown. Thankfully, the problems I had seen to have vanished with a second viewing. This time the action is far more thrilling, the overall story more engaging. And everything else is just as good, it not betyer then before. Ledger is phenomenal as the Joker, Eckhart superb as Harvey Dent, the score gets the heart pounding and the finale just leaves you wanting more – 5/5




The Good Night (1st view) – Penelope Cruz, Simon Pegg, Gywneth Paltrow, Micheal Gambon and Danny Devito and all wasted in this muddled and charmless comedy. Martin Freeman plays a man who is ib love with a woman in his dreams and is highly surprised to discover someone who looks exactly like her in real life. There is more to it than that but that’s pretty much all I can recall from up from a film I saw less than 12 hours ago – 2/5




Revolt Of The Zombies (1st view) – During WWI, an oriental priest who possesses the power of turning men into zombies, is killed by Colonel Mazovia (Roy D’Arcy) who wants the secret for himself. Compared to modern films, these zombies are quite tame, simply men who have been hypnotized rather than the dead reanimated. Mazovia uses his power to drive a wedge between a girl he loves and her fiancé, but once he realizes he’ll never be loved by her, he relinquishes his power over all those he’s taken control of and this leads to the revolt of the title. I wish this revolt had occurred in the 5th minute rather than the 55th, as the whole thing would have been over so much quicker – 2/5


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PostSubject: Re: What I've just watched   Tue Sep 09, 2008 12:26 pm

The Elephant Man (1980), following his debut Eraserhead (1977), David Lynch was entrusted with a real-life historical drama, and he delivered in spades. Set in Victorian London, it tells the story of John Merrick (John Hurt), a man with a severe facial and body deformity, which has made him an outcast from society. But, he is rescued from a carnival sideshow by the kindly Dr. Frederick Treves (Anthony Hopkins), who is determined to make him fit into society and bring back any dignity he once had, after much coaching, he becomes eloquent and intellectual, and is finally able to fit into society. It is a very tragic story but one which proves to be touching and beautiful, it's a pity David Lynch doesn't make more films like this, as he shows great confidence with his first big-budget film, and he brings out great humanity and gravitas from his actors, especially the leads, Hurt and Hopkins have never been better, plus he was able to get an all-star cast into appearing in the film, including Dexter Fletcher, Hannah Gordon, Michael Elphick, Keith Barron, Kenny Baker, Pauline Quirke, Phoebe Nicholls, Wendy Hiller with John Gielgud and a scene-stealing Freddie Jones. Watching the film again makes you want Lynch to make more films, and the cinematography by the late, great Freddie Francis is flawless. 5/5

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PostSubject: Re: What I've just watched   Wed Sep 10, 2008 12:09 pm

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998), now a decade old, this is the film that put Guy Ritchie on the map as a director, and made a couple of stars in the process. Wink The film has card expert Eddie (Nick Moran), getting involved in an illegal poker game, and his 3 friends Soap (Dexter Fletcher), Tom (Jason Flemyng) and Bacon (Jason Statham) bankrolling the game. The game is rigged and Eddie ends up owing £500,000 to porn king Harry Lonsdale (P.H. Moriarty). So, they decide to steal the money from a gang of thieves living next door who are planning to rob from a local drugs baron, but nothing goes as planned, and a pair of antique shotguns come into it. Alot of people are quick to dismiss director Ritchie because he's married to Madonna, but when he puts his mind to it, he is a good director, and this has some good performances, (best known for Vinnie Jones' cameo as Big Chris), and the Cockney rhyming dialogue is instantly memorable. Look out for cameos from Sting, (his wife funded the film), and a young Rob Brydon as a hapless traffic warden!! Wink 4/5

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PostSubject: Re: What I've just watched   Wed Sep 10, 2008 10:44 pm

Rising Damp The Movie



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PostSubject: Re: What I've just watched   Thu Sep 11, 2008 12:15 pm

Snatch (2000), Guy Ritchie's follow-up to Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998), with a bigger budget and a bigger cast. This film involves two complex plots, it begins with boxing promoters Turkish (Jason Statham) and Tommy (Stephen Graham), who are in debt to dangerously violent local crime boss Brick Top Polford (Alan Ford), as his prize fighter was severly beaten in a fight by Irish Gyspy boxer 'One Punch' Mickey O'Neill (Brad Pitt). To complicate matters even more, Turkish and Tommy become interwined with an on-going diamond heist involving an 86 carat diamond stolen from Antwerp by Frankie "Four-Fingers" (Benicio Del Toro), but has stopped off at London with it, as it's to be given to New York money-launderer Avi Denovitz (Dennis Farina). It's certainly not as good as Lock, Stock, which would be a tough act to follow, but it makes for entertaining viewing in the long term. Ritchie has a good visual style, and even with it's setting of the grimmier parts of London, he gets the best out of his actors, Brad Pitt is funny to watch, even with a dodgy Irish accent. The rest of the cast include Lennie James as Sol, Mike Reid as Avi's English cousin Doug, Goldie as Bad Boy Lincoln and Vinnie Jones plays Bullet Tooth Tony. Razz 3/5



RocknRolla (2008), for the first time since the low points of Swept Away (2002) and Revolver (2005), Guy Ritchie rediscovers his mojo, and could put him in good stead for the future. It involves a property development scam going on, two streetwise gangsters One Two (Gerard Butler) and Mumbles (Idris Elba) end up owing money to local underworld kingpin Lenny Cole (Tom Wilkinson), so they decide to steal the money from another deal Cole has going on with Russian billionaire Uri (Karel Roden), and Uri's lucky painting goes missing as well, and Cole's druggie rockstar step-son Johnny Quid (Toby Kebbell), persumed dead, gets involved as well. Ritchie has made up for the sins of his last 2 films, got it together and makes a good piece of entertainment. True, there's nothing very original about the film, but it makes for a good piece of entertainment for nearly a couple of hours. Butler makes a good gangster, but Wilkinson makes a better slaphead crime magnate. Ritchie also has a sequel planned, but first he's gonna do Sherlock Holmes, and on the strength of this, he'll do well with it!! Wink 3/5

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PostSubject: Re: What I've just watched   Thu Sep 11, 2008 9:59 pm



Really enjoyed it, but it wasn't as good as the TV adaptation 7/10
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PostSubject: Re: What I've just watched   Fri Sep 12, 2008 12:36 am

Dark City - a wonderfully under-rated sci-fi romp. Deserves to be seen by more people, although the Directors Cut is supposed to be the better version. 4/5


Tis the region one version ive got. Got it for €5.21 off of Play.Trade Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: What I've just watched   Fri Sep 12, 2008 12:48 am

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Really enjoyed it, but it wasn't as good as the TV adaptation 7/10


I didn't know there was a TV version! I'll have to seek it out.

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PostSubject: Re: What I've just watched   Fri Sep 12, 2008 8:55 pm

Nothing (2003), a little-seen comic fantasy curio from underrated Canadian director Vincenzo Natali. Set in Toronto, it has two friends, Dave (David Hewlett), a loser in a dead-end job who ends up being sacked for embezzlement, and Andrew (Andrew Miller), who is afraid of going outside and works from home. When the world turns against them and wants their house, lodged between two flyovers, demolished. They somehow wish everything away, and the outside of the house is replaced by an endless white void, with a bouncy walking surface. They struggle to figure out what on earth is going on, and find themselves getting by as days pass. It's a very novel idea for a film, and it makes for a quite perfect antidote to the excesses of what a lot of big-budget sci-fi films have to offer. Natali is best known for making Cube (1997) and Cypher (2002), which were both dark pieces of sci-fi, this is much lighter in tone, despite the shades of darkness creeping in, it is a one of a kind film, Natali should be more famous, and even though this doesn't really go anywhere, it is very enjoyable and very funny in the long-term with two likeable leads. Charlie Kaufman would have KILLED for this idea!! Wink 4/5

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PostSubject: Re: What I've just watched   Sat Sep 13, 2008 9:51 pm

Star Wars Episode IV A New Hope 5/5

Star Wars Episode V The Empire Strikes Back 5/5
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PostSubject: Re: What I've just watched   Sun Sep 14, 2008 10:29 am

And to complete the saga,

Star Wars Episode Vi Return Of The Jedi 5/5
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PostSubject: Re: What I've just watched   Sun Sep 14, 2008 11:01 am

Trespass (1st view) – Bill Paxton and William Sadler are two firemen who, while attempting to rescue an old man from a burning building, are given a map that leads to stolen loot hidden in a disused warehouse. They decide to look for the stolen goods but upon arrival find themselves witness to an execution performed by Ice-T and his gang, and soon they find themselves trapped and surrounded in the building. Pretty much the whole film takes place in this one location and director Walker Hill does a good job at cranking up the tension. This was never a film that was going to win awards for acting or writing, but it’s an entertaining diversion – 3/5




The Eye (1st view) – American remake of the Hong Kong film about a classical violinist (Jessica Alba) who has been blind since childhood. Following a cornea transplant, she starts to see ghostly images and becomes convinced she is seeing visions from her donor. The original was quite effective and scary at times, but something seems to have lost in the remake process, bit it remains watchable nonetheless. Alba can’t act for toffee though! – 3/5




The Cameraman (1st view) – The first film Buster Keaton made after moving to MGM, and one of the last over which he had control. It follows the misfortunes of Buster, who hopes to get a job for the MGM newsreel department in order to impress a girl who works there. As inventive as ever, it’s not on the same level as some of his other features such as The General or Steamboat Bill Jr. It’s almost as if there’s too much plot, the dialogue cards often interrupting the action. Still there are some fine comic set pieces, notably the recreation of a baseball game that Buster performs single-handedly – 4/5




Sleuth (1st view) – The final film from Joseph L. Mankiewicz is an adaptation of Anthony Shaffer’s play. It stars Laurence Olivier as a wealthy crime novelist who invites Michael Caine over to his country house, in the full knowledge that Caine has been having an affair with his wife. Going into the plot would spoil the fun, but it’s a cracking story, even if it is farfetched at times, but is worth watching for the two stars giving great performances – 4/5




Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (1st view) – An HBO TV film, adapted from the final two chapters of Dee Brown’s book of the same name. It takes place after the Battle of the Little Bighorn and follows the assimilation of Native Americans. August Schellenberg plays Sitting Bull and Adam Beach is Charles Eastman, a Sioux who has become a doctor who tries to improve life on the reservations. You get the feeling that there’s a lot more story to tell here and perhaps a mini-series would have been a better format, but this is still highly interesting and emotional – 4/5


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PostSubject: Re: What I've just watched   Sun Sep 14, 2008 8:13 pm

Dirty Harry 5/5
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PostSubject: Re: What I've just watched   Mon Sep 15, 2008 4:06 pm

Ned Kelly (1970), from Oscar-winning British director Tony Richardson, comes his version of the telling of the titular Australian outlaw, but it isn't without it's faults. Released from Beachworth Jail in 1871, it has Ned Kelly (Mick Jagger) coming home to his family, and resorts to stealing horses to keep his family, but after his mother is wrongfully imprisoned for shooting a policeman, he turns against the state with his 'gang of brothers'. It looks good visually, and the countryside of South-Eastern Australia looks beautiful, and the soundtrack comprising of songs sung by Waylon Jennings, (best known for The Dukes of Hazzard) is top-notch. The film is only let down by it's lead in Mick Jagger, merely a piece of stunt-casting. Kelly was well-built, Jagger is skinny, plus he struggles with an Irish accent and has a very stupid beard. This aside, it's well made, oh, and look out for Mark McManus (from Taggart) as Kelly's mate, Joe Byrne. Razz 3/5



Ned Kelly (2003), a more lyrical and visually epic version of the tale of the Australian outlaw, from underrated Aussie director Gregor Jordan. This version of the tale has Heath Ledger as Ned Kelly, who after being wrongfully emprisoned for the stealing of a horse, and tired of his family being oppressed by the brutality and corruption of the police, forms a gang. This gang consists of his brother Dan (Laurence Kinlan), and two other men, Steve Hart (Philip Barantini) and Joe Byrne (Orlando Bloom). The crimes of his gang capture the attention of a nation, but Police Superintendent Francis Hare (Geoffrey Rush), is determined to put a stop to his criminal activities. It's a visually poetic western, (it predates The Assassination of Jesse James with alot of it's visuals), Ledger gives Ned Kelly a very human quality, portraying him as a man driven to crime by the laws and unfairness of the country he calls home. It's got a suspenseful climax, and Oliver Stapleton's cinematography makes the Australian countryside shine. Smile 3/5

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PostSubject: Re: What I've just watched   Mon Sep 15, 2008 6:16 pm

Seven 5/5

My Darling Clementine 4/5

Cop Land 4/5
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PostSubject: Re: What I've just watched   Wed Sep 17, 2008 12:00 pm

Heavy Metal (1981), based on the extremely popular comic book series, producer Ivan Reitman brought some of the stories to the big screen, it's an anthology of stories, revolving around a mysterious glowing orb known as Loc-Nar, which brings evil to those who come into contact with it. The stories include Harry Canyon, a noirish tale of a taxi driver who encounters the orb, as does a nerdy teenager in Den, Captain Sternn has the Orb coming into the hands of a witness in a trial, B-17 has the orb encountering a plane on a bomb-run, So Beautiful, So Dangerous, has two Pentagon consultants being abducted, and the tale of Taarna has a beautiful warrior maiden fighting mutated barbarians. Although the animation does look a tad ropey in places, (where's Ralph Bakshi when you need him?? Wink) In the long term, it makes for visually entertaining viewing, it features the voices of Reitman's friends John Candy, Harold Ramis and Eugene Levy. It's a dark film, with stunning imagery and a biting black satire. As well as an eerie score by Elmer Bernstein, it also features a rock soundtrack with songs by Black Sabbath, Grand Funk Railroad, Devo, Journey, Sammy Hagar, Nazareth, Cheap Trick and Stevie Nicks!! Very Happy 4/5



Bedazzled (1967), the original and best version, (never mind the 2000 remake), a satirical take on the Faust tale, as interpreted by Peter Cook and Dudley Moore!! Very Happy Set in Swinging London, this has Wimpy short-order chef Stanley Moon (Dudders), who yearns for waitress Margaret Spencer (Eleanor Bron), and finds help from the devil himself, known as George Spiggott (Cook), who offers Moon 7 wishes so he can be with Margaret, alot of the wishes are too good to be true, and they are!! It has him going from an intellectual to a millionnaire to a pop star, and nothing goes as planned!! The film is a brilliant time piece of 1960's Britain, and it was made whilst Cook and Moore were at the peak of their success, and it has the very best of their humour, a satirical take of modern life, (for then), and with some very funny dialogue and situations, (nuns on trampolines!! Very Happy) It also features Raquel Welch as Lust and Barry Humphries as Envy, oh, and it was directed by Stanley Donen, best known for Hollywood musicals like Singin' in the Rain (1952) and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954), you wouldn't have thought he'd have gone for this, good on him for doing so!! Wink 4/5

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PostSubject: Re: What I've just watched   Thu Sep 18, 2008 11:36 am

Paranoid Park (1st view) – Gus Van Sant’s film based on Blake Nelson’s novel. When young skateboarder Alex accidentally kills a security guard, he decides to not tell anyone and hope that the police, who come to his school and interview him and his classmates, don’t discover the truth. That’s about it really but it’s far more interesting than it sounds. It takes its time in telling this slight story, the long elegiac shots make it seem longer than its 85 minute running time, but like Van Sant’s previous films Last Days and Elephant, it has a hypnotic quality – 4/5




Syriana (2nd view) – When I first saw this 3 years ago I gave it 5 stars. It’s gone down one since then, which I expected, but it’s still a thoroughly engrossing tale, even if it is both simplistic and confusing at times. It has a fine cast, just a shame that some are wasted in brief sequences, and while George Clooney won the Oscar, it’s Jeffrey Wright who gives the best performance. Great score too – 4/5




Night Of The Living Dead (5th view) – The first and the best of George Romero’s zombie films. It’s still one of the most insanely creepy films ever made, the shocks of the film mixed with an overall sense of depression and gloom. It has some terrifically shonky acting and the low budget is always in evidence, but the documentary style and tight story make this unmissable – 5/5




Dawn Of The Dead (2nd view) – I really don’t care whether this film is meant to have some message about consumerism, I just think it’s a damn fine sequel. Bigger and bolder than it’s predecessor (not to mention much gorier) it’s generally less chilling but has a much more agreeable set of endangered characters. The apocalyptic nature of the original is also expanded upon and quite well realised – 4/5




Day Of The Dead (2nd view) – The least of the three original Dead films, and filled with the most annoying characters, but some terrifically horrible make-up effects and inventive sequences make this more than worthwhile. The ending’s a bit of a cop out, bit overall this would have been a fine way to end the series - 4/5





North By Northwest (9th view) – This is quite easily the most all out entertaining film that Hitchcock made, as well as being a damn fine thriller. A great script from Ernest Lehman, Bernard Hermann’s wonderful score, some great cinematography and fine performances from all (only Eva Marie Saint lets the side down), this is a hugely enjoyable, gratifying film – 5/5






Deterrence (1st view) – This 1999 drama gives Kevin Pollak a rare spot in the lead. He plays President Walter Emerson, whose campaign trail is halted by a freak snow storm and finds himself, his advisors and a TV cameraman in a small local diner. While there, the news broadcast announces that Iraq has invaded Kuwait. Emerson makes a broadcast, announcing that if Iraq does not withdraw he’ll authorise the dropping of a nuclear bomb on Baghdad. Iraq responds with the threat of nuclear missiles. The entire film is played out entirely in one location, and this claustrophobic setting works wonders for such a dramatic situation. Still, playing such a storyline for real (unlike, say Dr Strangelove) and in almost real time (a bit like Fail Safe), it does stretch believability a bit that way in which events pan out – 3/5

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The Left Hand Of God



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