What was the last movie you watched?

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  1. Bobby Jr

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    I loved Startship Troopers but thought Pacific Rim was one of the worst films I've seen in years. I am totally with Sentinel on this one. I wasn't impressed visually since so much of it was a fast-moving blur - which is the easy way to do CGI.

    Startship Troopers was great because it was a heavy pastiche of American politics, media, the military-industrial complex etc which many people didn't quite realise the subtlety of. Pacific Rim was just a blur and terribly storyline aimed primarily at teenage males imo. I was very unimpressed by it -as much as I was the 2nd and 3rd Transformer films.

    There's actually a really good article on Startship Troopers from Nov which is worth reading. > http://www.theatlantic.com/entertai...of-the-most-misunderstood-movies-ever/281236/
     
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    Ok great, Im going to check it out for sure.


    Great link. I disagree about the Rim though. I have seen way worse movies, and actually thought it was great, but I have posted my opinion enough.
     
  3. Bobby Jr

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    I saw The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug on the weekend.

    It was very good imo and the dragon (Smaug) was amazingly well done - some of the best CGI you will ever see. Sadly, we have to wait a year for the final instalment.
     
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    I saw Gravity. Could have been far better had they not gone for dumb and cliched dialogues.
     
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    Just saw Muriel's Wedding this afternoon on Showcase. It was made in '94 and I didn't even recognize Toni Collette as Muriel. I read she put 40 pounds on for the role so that camouflaged her a bit but the hair and coloring was so different too. The movie was fun but nothing extremely interesting other than the heavily loaded ABBA soundtrack. Australia was picturesque.
     
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    Watched The Fourth Kind. 3/5 stars. Pretty scary at times, but not too great.

    Also watched Out of the Blue (UFO documentary from 2002). Great film, excellent material with a lot of highly credible witnesses. 4.25/5 stars.
     
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    Invictus - liked it. Morgan is a wonderful actor.
     
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    Nixon (1995) - Very interesting even though I know zilch about US politics. Liked Hopkins a lot. However, Nixon in Frost/Nixon seems like a very witty, suave chap whereas here he doesn't seem so. He is often at a loss against Kennedy. Very touching human/family angle shown here.
     
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    The Iron Lady - Meryl Streep (Best Actress), and Best Makeup. Sad, the part of MT's dementia and hallucinations. The husband is a really funny chap, especially in the hallucinations. Her children did not like the movie, and she never saw it. Her wikipedia entry only talks of her strokes, not of dementia.
     
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    Brokeback mountain, it's not new but i never watched before, i heard it was a good movie and indeed i like it, usually seeing 2 guys kiss each other makes me feel not good but the acting is so good in this movie, i thought it was a magnificent movie, very touching. Recommended if you have't watched it yet.

    And another movie is "Prisoners" (with same actor as Brokeback mountain :) + Hugh Jackman): very good stuff, thrilling
     
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    If you liked it, try Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
     
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    I heard this movie is really intense. I am checking it out for sure.
     
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    Thor Dark World, loved it loved it. Tom Hiddleston is amazing and makes that who franchise millions on his own.
     
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    JFK - very interesting. 3:20 hours and not one boring minute.
    Directed by Oliver Stone. Starring Kevin Costner.
     
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    My view is that Oswald wanted to prove himself to Cubans and Soviets, who viewed him as unstable and wanted nothing to do with him. Much of the speculation in the Stone film is beyond implausible.

    It is true that CIA's anti-Castro efforts had ties with mafia figures connected to Oswald and Ruby. If there was any conspiracy, it was probably to hide these connections, which are now well documented, but were far more than embarrassing and at the time.
     
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    Did you have a chance to watch Black Limousine yet?
     
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    J. Edgar (2011) - Interesting. Leo Di Caprio. Dir by Clint Eastwood.

    But focusses too much on his relationship with Tolson showing them as gay. I read that this is hearsay, there is no conclusive proof that they had a relationship or that JEH was gay. Thus, all that fictionalization of their relationship was a bit surprising.

    What about Black Limo ?

    I have downloaded some movies you recommended but it'll take time to get around to seeing them. Idiocracy, Shadowlands, Upside Down and Spy Game.
     
  18. Overdrive

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    This is the primary reason why I didn't watch the film. I wonder if Eastwood had any creative control at all..

    I guess the producers, writers, and film studio are the ones to blame.
     
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    No but i just got it, so i will watch asap
     
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    That is the same discomfort I had with The Iron Lady. (I know nothing about Maggie other than the her wiki page and the wiki page of the movie.) Her wiki page said she had two strokes. The movie page talks of dementia. The movie goes into great details on hallucinations with her husband joking around.

    I found the hallucinations very funny but also felt that something as sensitive as mental illness or dementia should not be fictionalized to this extent -- unless you have stories from close relatives or records of some sort of the hallucinations. Her children certainly were not a part of the movie's process, nor could doctor's records have been available (she was alive when it was made).

    Even if she was diagnosed with dementia, that does not imply hallucinations.
     
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    All those are good, but I don't remember Spy Game. Idiocracy is a comedy.

    I really liked Black Limousine, but many people didn't appreciate it. It is not a perfect movie, but something about it (perhaps its originality) really got to me.

    The last movie I watched was The Exam. A very clever and enjoyable psychological thriller. Definitely download it if you get a chance, I think you will like it.
     
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    American Hustle

    Just in time for the holidays, a film with a light comedic touch as well as something worthwhile to say about human nature. Good ensemble cast, Bale is superb.
     
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    The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug.

    Big improvement over the first one, but the stupid love triangle was stupid. The actress who played Tauriel specifically said she didn't want to be in a love triangle , but as soon as she filmed about 70% of her scenes, they made the changes.

    Smaug was wicked though.
     
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    what is the most anticipated movie of 2014 summer movies ?
     
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    Godzilla .

    There's a lot of comic book films coming out too.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2014_in_film

    Full list, some dates may change. But it will be a better year than the sh1tty 2013 year in film anyway.
     
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    Can Godzilla even be killed with conventional weapons ? and Edge of Tommorrow sounds really good.
     
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    ^ I already mentioned that.

    Yeah, 2013 was not a good year in film..
     
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    No, he feeds on nuclear energy. There were rumors that he is fighting another monster in the film.
     
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    Fast and Furious 7 MIGHT be one of the anticipated movies, due to Paul Walker's death. Not too sure though. But 2014 looks much better than 2013, Godzilla is my most anticipated film, followed by Guardians of the Galaxy.
     
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    They should make a crossover with Pacific Rim and Godzilla in the future. I actually liked Pacific Rim, best monster movie to date until Godzilla 2014.
     
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    That premise was already used. See "Mecha Godzilla vs Godzilla". It was an older Japanese film where the military constructed their own robot and fought the monster and Radon- another winged monster. It was basically a triple threat style of fighting. However, it was a poorly made English dub. They could improve it by applying an homage to sub-genre of Japanese Mech films/anime. It would be cool to use some satire..
    Also, they could improve it by better acting, visuals, cinematography, etc.

    One of the problems of this 'reboot' is that is won't have its own identity as a standalone film. In other words, they may not convince the audience that it isn't "Pacific Rim without the Mechs". I have a feeling that critics and moviegoers alike will say that..
     
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    Yeah but if you have the right director, anything is possible. Especially if you have Guillermo del Toro, he loves his Japanese mechs and anime. But I do see what you mean though, anime isn't that popular in the West so they need to add a bit of Western elements into these films.

    I'm still waiting for James Cameron to make the Battle Angel Alita film after he stops milking the Avatar series.

    Also I don't really follow critics or the sh1tty Rotten Tomatoes stuff, they panned the film Only God Forgives which I think was brilliant.
     
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    I had no problem with the love triangle. It wasn't exceedingly corny like in some other fantasy films, but it wasn't ravishing either. Evangeline Lily is perfect for Tauriel. And I agree, Desolation of Smaug is a nice improvement-- more action, more drama, and Smaug! His presence on screen alone is worth the admission price!
     
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    Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

    The first one is one of my all time favorite comedies, so I had exceptionally high hopes coming into this one...and I was a tad disappointed. The humor is downright stupid at times, to the point where it's redundant, overdone, and/or just unfunny. I still laughed a lot, and fortunately Brick is given a lot of screen time, but some of the cast struck me as out of place or unnecessary. There are a few questionable plot areas too, and that's what threw me off (especially towards the end).

    Anyway, I'm sure my second watch will be better since my expectations won't be tremendously high. Also, expect another cockfight! With cameos galore!
     
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    Not really. First, directors may/may not have creative control. Second, you can have a good director, but the film can still suck. The actors, producers, writers, and cinematographers are usually the ones responsible for making a film technically good.

    Eh, I think critics are somewhat important. They saved me a lot of money on films that I wanted to watch but turned up bad after they released in the box office. However, it depends on the critic itself. There are good critics and bad critics..
     
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    Yeah the film was a improvement. I think Peter Jackson just wanted to add a bit more female action or romance, Tauriel isn't a real character in the books, she was made up by Jackson and I don't know if you have read the books but there is a lack of women.
     
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    They sure did over promote the film.. I remember reading an article where a high school was named after Ron Burgandy for a day because Will Ferrell's publicist went there..
     
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    Pacific Rim was fully controlled by Del Toro. The story and the premise was written by himself and Travis Beacham who have worked together previously, same with the cinematography. His cinematographer was from Pan's Labyrinth and a few other smaller movies. The actors he brings in have worked with him previously aswell like Ron Pearlman etc...that is full control to me lol

    But not all movies have this. Directors like him and James Cameron have full control. Directors like Michael Bay don't, they just wanna cash cow with Transformers. That's what I mean, if the premise is done by the director himself, then the movie will likely turn out to be good, because it's his movie.

    Take for example, District 9 or Elysium. Both Sci-Fi movies and original concepts by Neil Blomkamp. You take risks, and you can do well.
     
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    Life of Pi. Anyone else seen it?

    Strange movie, but really good too. Some parts are a little weird but overall a good movie. Plus I got it as a gift so had to watch it.
     
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    Nah haven't seen it yet. Keep forgetting but I heard the visuals are impressive.

    Gravity took me by a surprise, I went there with low expectations and came back out with nodding my head in approval.
     
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    Oh okay, I see.
     
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    Yeah the visuals are really good, especially when Pi is at the carnivorous Island. It's a bit like Noah's Ark in a way except it goes in a different direction.

    Haven't seen gravity yet, but apparently it's a great movie. Got good reviews, looks like a must-see.
     
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    Gravity implements the best 3D I have seen, personally. Don't expect there to be aliens or stuff like that (most do since they think its a space movie), it's a space exploration film but the visuals are brilliant.
     
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    W. - Oliver Stone's movie about GWB. A big disappointment, IMO. Focusses too much on the early life of W and his relationship with Poppy (father). Does not, iirc, show his becoming Pres, or getting reelected. Shows W as being a complete zero, thus leaves me wondering how he became Pres.

    Upside Down - interesting. thanks for the recommendation, fod.
     
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    Do they both die at the end of the movie ?
     
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    One does,one doesn't...
     
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    Gravity was visually awesome. The story was boring as hell though.
     
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    I don't get why people post spoilers in here. Lame. Stop doing it.

    I watched Prisoners and that movie is amazing. Best cinematography and acting combo I have seen in a long time.

    It is really disturbing and tough to watch. It haunts you like Silence of the Lambs in a way.
     
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    I find it to be both boring as hell...
     
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    I had my doubts about it at first, but I really enjoyed the movie. Pi's magical story got a little weird, but it still captivated me. I especially enjoyed the ending. After watching the movie I tried reading the book, but I couldn't stand it and stopped reading after a couple chapters.
     

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