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  • Stoker - 7/10
    A slow, eerie atmosphere where the main character is unpredictable but everyone else is a bit more transparent in their intentions, even the mysterious uncle. Regardless of that, you're not always certain where the story will head, or where it will end up. 
    Worth checking out, but don't expect Oldboy.
  • Drive didn't really work for me. It's a good film, to be sure, but it kinda seemed like a generic action movie disguised by a very cool style. You could kinda take the same script, put Jason Statham in it, and off you go.
    Which I know is a disingenuous thing to say, but it's the main thing that bothered me. I'd love to have a film in the same style with the same cast but with a less generic story.
  • I suppose the story for Drive was rather generic, however the way it was told was what I really liked. I know that Jason Statham couldn't have pulled it off like Ryan Gosling did. At least from the work I have seen from him. It was better put together than a typical action movie and I think the dialogue/script was just written better in general even though the overall plot was rather generic. It was definitely more "tastefully" done than most action movies, in my opinion.
  • Oh, absolutely. It seemed odd to me that with every element working to such a high calibre, the story itself was so low-rent. But, then, perhaps that was the entire point? Maybe the director was specifically making a comment on action movies, and how it's not their stories that are rubbish but their general implementation?
  • Drive didn't really work for me. It's a good film, to be sure, but it kinda seemed like a generic action movie disguised by a very cool style. You could kinda take the same script, put Jason Statham in it, and off you go.
    Which I know is a disingenuous thing to say, but it's the main thing that bothered me. I'd love to have a film in the same style with the same cast but with a less generic story.

     


    But Statham already made that movie - It was called the Transporter :D 
    All kidding aside, while Drive's story doesn't standout, the style and characters really made it for me.
  • AdyAdy Staff
    edited March 2013
    Mystic River: 9/10
    Absolutely fantastic movie. Loved every minute of it. The acting was terrific and the story was engaging. Not much else to say. Definitely a great movie.


    Yes! This is a great movie, what I wouldn't advise doing is watching this then 21 Grams straight after, put me on a major downer. Films about redemption are not usually the happiest, lesson learn't.
    Looper: 7/10 
    I was expecting nothing from this, I had heard from a few people it was better than the trailers suggested, so I thought I better check this out for myself. Thankfully it was not, this movie is very well made. It was well acted, shot and directed. I was never bored, but it does shift quite dramatically from the original plot & a shift that comes from nowhere really, except some hinting at telekinesis during the opening few scenes. But despite this I still enjoyed it, worth a watch for sure.


  • Looper was great, a far more original take on time-travel than most hollywood blockbusters.
  • edited March 2013
    Argo- 8/10
    While the plot held my attention and had me reliving moments I remember when I was in Jr. High School, the language and poor dialoge was the biggest draw back for me. "I'd rather be counting the wrinkles on my dog's balls"----really? Is it supposed to be funny? Lines like that and the gratuitous use of the 'f' word don't impress me as a viewer.
    Flight- 4/10
    The best part is the first 28 minutes which is where the 4 comes from. The rest is painfully and predictably contrived.
    :excl: ***SPOILER ALERT*** :excl: To read the following text, highlight the area below:
    In one scene he's sitting in the hotel room (cleared of all booze) eating dinner and it's quiet. A few scenes later, he hears the door to the adjoining room banging in a room with no open windows, so where'd the breeze come from? This predictably lead him to the mini-bar blah, blah, blah. I know it's Hollywood but come on. What are the chances?
    Life of Pi- 10/10
    This movie is more than just your average eye candy. I was pleasantly surprised that it got the core of three religions correct and it wasn't preachy. There are visually stunning passages, that I didn't see coming, which gave the over all feel of the movie a real sense of adventure. Loved Richard Parker- don't tell me he was cg- he's my friend. ;) Actually, there was one brief moment when Richard Parker climbed back into the boat where it just didn't look quite right- around the shoulders it looked too human in motion to what I've observed with my own cats. Maybe the arms were too far apart. Can't put my finger on it. Aside from that small nitpicking;
    4 paws up!!!!
  • Lawless: 7/10
    An enjoyable romp into the moonshine/prohibition days. Lots of violence, gruesome but somehow funny moments, and good acting.. even LaBeef is good in this. It's not overly deep or compelling stuff though - nice to look at, but not a lot going on underneath.
  • A Good Day To Die Hard - 3/10.
    Whilst I'm a Die Hard fan........I need a bit more than a few big budget over-the-top extremely action packed action sequences to win me over. Having said that...the action was wonderful..........the rest was not. They could have easily left John McClane out of it and called it something other than Die Hard. He just seemed like a tagalong dude delivering wannabe funny lines.
    I won't even start to mention the glaring plot holes in the story....such as driving from Moscow to Chernobyl in one evening (from Russia into Ukraine) with no visas, passports, paperwork, security etc....only just getting there before the bad guys helicopter did............but I won't go on :)
    Let's hope the next one is better.
  • Side By Side - 9/10
    Great documentary about Film vs Digital. Features a lot of great modern directors and DOPs. Hosted by Keeanu Reeves, who actually does a good job. Its on Netflix now.
  • A Good Day To Die Hard 3/10
    I agree with WedgeOz. I saw A Good Day To Die Hard a while back and was rather disappointed in it. IT was much like the Expendables movies. It was a big budget action movie with mostly poor acting and an absolutely flat plot. That said, I expected as much and still enjoyed seeing it when I did. It was very entertaining if all you are looking for is senseless fun action.
  • Thats how all the die hard movies are....
  • AdyAdy Staff
    James Bond SkyFall  5/10
    I appear to be very much in minority here, but I actually though this was a fairly average movie & only marginally better than Quantum of Solace. The movie starts off well enough, a good chase scene in an exotic location and it sets itself up for what could have been a good story. The trouble is after the first 15 mins the story seems to go nowhere. I had heard good things about this but only got round to watching it recently, I'm kind of glad I waited, worth a watch but Casino Royale is still the best for me.
  • Ady,
    I would say I agree about the story of Skyfall being a bit less than anticipated for me, however the great acting performance from not only the hero, Bond, but the rest of the cast, specifically the villian, made the movie for me which is why I enjoyed it as much as I did.
  • edited April 2013
    Lincoln - 10/10
    Pretty much amazing in every respect.  The script is superb, and offers some of the most brilliant, artistically crafted dialogue I've come across in years.  Nobody talks like that anymore, but in the context of the film, as delivered by the cast, it not only feels natural but is supremely powerful and enjoyable to listen to.  Daniel Day-Lewis completely becomes Lincoln, as he tends to do with every character he portrays, but the rest of the cast is fantastic as well. It really feels like they cast Abraham Lincoln in the role.  There aren't any huge, sweeping landscapes or epic scenery, as the entire film play out as a character drama.  that being said, the production design is entirely convincing and fells totally authentic.  I am curious as to how much of the dialogue actually is culled from historical records and documents, as a large part of the film plays out in the house of representatives, and is likely public record.
    The cinematography is very strange, but brilliantly so.  Its like very scene was lit for the scene as a whole, with no regard to whether individual characters were properly lit, in the traditional sense.  This is the White House before electricity, so everything is candle-lit, and thus a lot of the scenes are fairly dark.  But its not your typical approach, where the character's faces are lit first and foremost, but a much more realistic approach is taken.  I'm still not sure how Kaminksi managed to pull this off and still have it wrk as stunningly as it does, but I do intend to rewatch the film and examine it further.
    The one thing I would pick on a bit is the very ending.  I thought the final scene was a little weak, in relation to the rest of the film, but not to the point that it left me disappointed.
  • James Bond SkyFall  5/10
    I appear to be very much in minority here, but I actually though this was a fairly average movie & only marginally better than Quantum of Solace. The movie starts off well enough, a good chase scene in an exotic location and it sets itself up for what could have been a good story. The trouble is after the first 15 mins the story seems to go nowhere. I had heard good things about this but only got round to watching it recently, I'm kind of glad I waited, worth a watch but Casino Royale is still the best for me.


    You're not alone there Ady, I found it fairly boring.  Casino Royale is still the best one. 

  • G.I. Joe: Retaliation: 1/10
    Worse than Die Hard. Worse than the first GI Joe film. Worse than ever seemed likely. The plot was lame, the action sequences either lame or too short, the cheese factor was at least brie. For the first three quarters of the film you got the impression they were trying to build up to some kind of finale, then nothing much happened. There was a fair bit of pseudo-science going on, including some "hacking". I didn't go in expecting a classic, but I was hoping to be entertained, rather than wishing I had some games installed on my phone.
    Coriolanus: 8/10
    Found this on iPlayer yesterday, figured I'd give it a whirl. As it's a Shakespearean adaptation retaining the style of the original dialogue, it's tricky in places to follow every word. Fortunately though, you can still get the gist, and it is a great story. The final act is the only part that I found a little jarring, but the main character's journey is still very believable overall. The slight tweaks to plot and characters make it an excellent contemporary version, with commentary on class issues, politics and the psychology of crowds. Well acted, well worth watching.
  • SimonKJonesSimonKJones Moderator
    edited April 2013
    I thought GI Joe:R had a good amount of buzz, hence they'd delayed it to polish it up etc? The trailer looked a lot of fun.
    Taken: 2/10
    Possibly the worst film I've seen since xXx? I'd heard a lot of good word on this from a fair few people so was expecting something silly but fun. Instead I discovered an unpleasant, cynical, xenophobic movie that preys on people's paranoias and fears and thinks that torture is cool.
    Worse than that, though, is that the action was boring. The whole thing felt lightweight and irrelevant.
    Am writing a blog post with more detail which I'll edit in later today....
  • AdyAdy Staff
    I thought GI Joe:R had a good amount of buzz, hence they'd delayed it to polish it up etc? The trailer looked a lot of fun.
    Taken: 2/10
    Possibly the worst film I've seen since xXx? I'd heard a lot of good word on this from a fair few people so was expecting something silly but fun. Instead I discovered an unpleasant, cynical, xenophobic movie that preys on people's paranoias and fears and thinks that torture is cool.
    Worse than that, though, is that the action was boring. The whole thing felt lightweight and irrelevant.
    Am writing a blog post with more detail which I'll edit in later today....


    You probably should stay away from Taken 2 also!  ;)

  • Taken: 2/10
    Possibly the worst film I've seen since xXx? I'd heard a lot of good word on this from a fair few people so was expecting something silly but fun. Instead I discovered an unpleasant, cynical, xenophobic movie that preys on people's paranoias and fears and thinks that torture is cool.
    Worse than that, though, is that the action was boring. The whole thing felt lightweight and irrelevant.
    Am writing a blog post with more detail which I'll edit in later today....


    I find this to be a very interesting review. I have met very few people who have actually disliked it, and those that do at least find the action to be well shot/choreagraphed. I think I have seen this movie something like a dozen times or more, but hey, it's probably just cause I'm an American.

  • edited April 2013
    Oblivion: 7/10
    I think nowadays i enjoy films a lot more having not seen the trailers for them, which, imho, often show way too much, give away the plot and outcome, show all the 'best' bits and takes the surprise out of watching the actual film. So, having not seen more than a few secs of Oblivion, i really enjoyed it as a good sci-fi flick.
    It was not perfect, recycled ideas from other movies and a villain from a computer game, but visually it was gorgeous, helped by real world locations and models instead of heavy greenscreen.
    It had twists and turns i didnt see coming and just felt like an old school sci fi film.
    Of course, if you have seen the trailers then maybe they have already spoiled those :)
  • edited April 2013
    Man With The Iron Fist: 7/10
    RZA from the Wu-Tang Clan writes and directs a 1980's style kung-fu movie with Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino producing. Definitely done in the grindhouse style the film has great action scenes and mediocre non-action scenes. A fun watch though, especially if youre a fan of old school kung-fu movies, like me.  
    Interesting note: I watched the "behind the scenes" shorts on the DVD and saw that a "Red" camera was used. The thing is, the look of the movie was great but, there were multiple shots that looked like video. And I mean, looked like video in the bad way. 
  • Blacks' Game: 8/10
    Icelandic with english subtitles. The story itself and main character are not unfamiliar. A few surprising twists and turns as the movie unfolds. But what really made this entertaining were the ancillary characters.
    Have the remote handy for rewinding, unless you speak Icelandic. In several areas the subtitles fly by, and you dont want to miss even a little bit of the dialogue.
    Duff
  • edited April 2013
    Blank City: 9/10
    A documentary about The "No-Wave" punk rock independant film movement of the 1980's in New York. Awesome film and a great look at directors like Jim Jarmusch, Amos Poe and actors like Debby Harry (Blondie) and Steve Buscemi. A film movement that was basically started by a mysterious guy selling stolen super 8 cameras out of an abandoned building.
  • Upstream Color: 9/10
    Primer is one of my favorite movies, so I was incredibly excited when I heard that Shane Carruth was writing, directing, and starring in a new film.  I finally got a chance to see it tonight, and it definitely lived up to my internal hype.  Primer is a difficult kind of film, and Upstream Color is probably even more difficult.  It's incredibly thoughtful, and incredibly beautiful, but very, very strange, and with a lot of layers.  I didn't have a clue about what was going on for a long time, but the pieces all settle into a somewhat coherent picture at the end.  That's not to say that it doesn't make sense, it just doesn't spell anything out to the audience.  If you're not really paying attention, you won't "get it".
    I don't want to say much about the plot.  I'd say it's best to go in without much idea of what's happening, but I'll say it's a story about love (not so much a love story, though), identity, dependence, and individuality.  Like I said, it's a difficult watch, but I think it pays off extremely well.  The closest comparison I can come up with is Tree of Life, but I'd say it's more coherent than that by at least a little bit.  If you like movies like that, and if you liked Primer, you will probably enjoy Upstream Color.  It's my favorite movie of the year so far.
  • edited April 2013
    Oblivion: got a 9/10.  Great special effects in it, good story, great acting.
    The Hobbit (I will take heat for this) got a 5/10.  Great country to film in.  Pretty Locations there, but a lot of the special effects looked like they were done 5 years ago at times.
    Star Trek 2009: 7/10, when Kirks father stayed on the ship to get the people to safety in the shuttles.   at one point the
    Auto-Pilot was not working, but he set a course and set the auto pilot....  Did I miss something?
  • When he sets a course the ship is just heading straight, I don't think that's auto pilot.
  • That was the only part of the Star Trek intro I didn't like. Once the shuttles were away and he set the course, he just sat there for a full minute. He could have booked it to the closest escape pod or the shuttle bay and hopped into a work bee.
  • edited April 2013
    I'm pretty sure he didn't have enough time to find an escape pod, let alone take off. And even if he was able to take off he would have likely either been killed in the explosion from the ships colliding or shot down by the enemy ship.
    Colverfield 6/10
     
    Was pretty cool. Had some intense moments but overall didn't scare me nearly enough as it should, or I was expecting it to. Some impressive VFX and I liked the ending quite a bit. But overall if the movies goal was to scare me It didn't do its job very well.
     
    2001 A Space Odyssey 10/10
     
    Amazing. I have literally no idea how they pulled off some of those VFX shots. HAL was super creepy. Great acting and a intriguing story.
     
    War Horse 7/10
     
    An interesting look at WW1 Europe. I liked that it moved through several characters throughout the movie, but yet it didn't dwell on anybody so short that you didn't feel emotion for their fate. My main difficulty was the horse, I just had a hard time caring for it emotionally. So several scenes fell flat because of my lack of interest in the horse, but what should I have expected? its called War Horse after all. Great cinematography and acting. Worth a watch.
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