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Vikki
23-12-08, 10:21 PM
Basically tell us what the last movie you saw was, either on DVD or at the cinema. Would you recommend it??

dharron
23-12-08, 11:24 PM
Oops, you don't want much!!

Some weeks ago I was dragged, kicking and screaming and being pumped full of red wine to see Quantum of Silence. Actually it was a fund raiser for the Royal British Legion branch in Santiago and I went with quite a large group to a private showing.

Ok, the good things; it was loud, it had some great explosions, um, it was loud... that's about all I can think of. Other than that, the acting was quite mediocre, the special effects mind numbing (meaning that by the third camera flash the mind was too numb to comprehend what was happening), the plot generally non-existent.

If you are a dedicated James Bond fan, then by all means go and see it just so you can say you did, but if you want to see a good movie, then don't bother.

I really should have been more prepared for the mediocrity, having just had the misfortune to see part of Casino Royale on tv a few days before that. Had it not been for the group I was going with, I'd have stayed home.

There is only one real James Bond, and he's a Scot. They did try to replace him with an Aussie who was so memorable I can't recall how he did, but he finally found his niche playing alongside the intimately famous Emmanuelle. The great Scot came back for one more round, then they tried to elevate some Englishman from Sainthood to Bondhood with little success after 7 tries. He was followed by a more obscure and even less successful Englishman.

Someone then got smart and hired an Irishman, arguably the next best thing to getting another Scot for the role. He did a great series of four movies and then the whole thing got flushed down the WC. They went out and hired yet another Englishman, this time one with the range of expression, both verbal and facial, of Hal (Google that one), and even less acting talent. Will they never learn? I'm amazed that old Sean doesn't get so p*ssed off that he comes back and does a few movies for free just to save poor old Bond's rapidly declining reputation.

Piper Mac
24-12-08, 01:53 AM
Just recently saw 'The Bucket List', with Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman.

Good movie, highly recommend, classic Nicholson....

Two men, one a billionaire, one a modest auto mechanic, share a hospital room and both get 6 months to live, compose a bucket list of things they want to do before they kick the bucket.....

KatieMc
24-12-08, 01:54 AM
Just recently saw 'The Bucket List', with Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman.

Good movie, highly recommend, classic Nicholson....

Two men, one a billionaire, one a modest auto mechanic, share a hospital room and both get 6 months to live, compose a bucket list of things they want to do before they kick the bucket.....

That's the most recent one I saw too.... I thought it was great!!

SancheA
24-12-08, 02:01 AM
Mamma Mia, and no....My mom and granny watched it, I had no choice...so I had many a beer to tolerate it.

StealthPiper
24-12-08, 03:06 AM
The last movie we saw in the theater was "Alvin & the Chipmunks". It was cute, and a nice movie to take your kids to. The last movie my husband and I went to, just the 2 of us, was Star Wars, Episode III...whatever the name of it was. All I really remember of it was the blue corduroy people, short Wookies, and Jimmy Smits adopting Princess Lea.

Last movie I remember watching any significant part of on TV was "Mrs. Brown", which we have on video and I've seen several times, but it never seems to get old.

jjpiper
24-12-08, 03:18 AM
I just watched Transformers again this afternoon with my kids. I love it and have watched it only half as many times as my kids. I'm pretty sure they have seen it 20 times or more. Definitely on my top 10 list. It's definitely more than meets the eyes. The last show at the theatre was a couple weeks ago (again with the kids) and it was Madagascar 2. Worse than the first but the kids loved it.

Bobby
24-12-08, 02:38 PM
I saw "The Day the Earth Stood Still" at the IMAX theatre recently.

It was entertaining. no ones going to win an Oscar for it, but I'd say if you're into Sci-Fi, then sure...go see it. Just don't compare it to the original or you'll be disappointed. The story was changed substantially.

SDowns
24-12-08, 03:58 PM
I just watched it last night. Liked it!

That's the most recent one I saw too.... I thought it was great!!

Don Robertson
25-12-08, 04:54 AM
I just finished watching Sherlock Holmes and The Pearl of Death, with Basil Rathbone and Sir Nigel Bruce. Yes, I would recommend it.

jessierose
25-12-08, 04:58 AM
I just got Atonement on DVD. Ohhhhh! The next Mr Jessierose is in it and he is soooo good! (<3 James McAvoy!)
It is good, very well made, pretty well acted (not nuts about Keira Knightley) but OH SO SAD.
I recommend it if you don't mind a film minus a happy ending. Slightly different from the book but leaves with the same feeling.

SancheA
25-12-08, 05:36 AM
If Keira is in it, I'll watch it....

Vikki
26-12-08, 04:22 PM
Twilight. Had heard a lotta good reviews about it, and wasn't disappointed.

getawaytae
16-01-09, 10:24 AM
"Mongol" the story of Ghengis Khan with subtitles. One word- Fantastic!

jessierose
30-01-09, 08:28 PM
Just saw The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Mr. Jolie is not my fave actor but it's worth seeing. It reminds me of a Big Fish/Forrest Gump lovechild.

DrummerBolley
30-01-09, 08:54 PM
I saw Paul Blart Mall Cop is wasn't that good, but it was funny

redneck
31-01-09, 10:30 PM
The last film I seen was about some girl in Dallas........:blush::blush::bob::whistle::whistle ::bg:

jessierose
31-01-09, 11:49 PM
What kinda plot did it have, Iain? :poke:

TnTJ
22-10-12, 06:18 AM
Just watched Last of the Mohicans- Definitive Director's Cut. One of my favs but I think this version added a few more minutes of extended scenes. Based on the J. F. Cooper book from like 200 years ago. Daniel Day_Lewis is a ******* acting powerhouse!

Best part is the score. Has "The Gael" playing throughout. Though not on the pipes, still one of the best cinematic pieces ever. I listen to the RSDG version of it during every workout and when I need motivation to pick up the chanter to practice.

You'll need more than a couple of hours to watch this version so come prepared.

Daz Gregory
22-10-12, 10:05 AM
Prometheus........very cool.

FDPiper
22-10-12, 02:03 PM
This weekend we watched Hunger Games. I waited to see the movie until after reading the unabridged book. Hence, we watched it on Blue Ray. Good flick. I would recommend it. Also recommend reading the book first. Lots not covered in the book.

Churchill
22-10-12, 03:49 PM
Taken 2. I felt like I was taken to the cleaners by the producers and directors though. What a waste of a perfectly good franchise! In my opinion giving it a 12A rating meant it never had a chance, instead of cutting it to bits to cater to a teenage audience it should have remained true to the first one. Had to be at least a 15 to be decent. I'm hoping that there'll be a directors cut BluRay with at least a 15 certificate on the cover :-).

I would like to say that a film doesn't have to have violence to be entertaining but if you've seen the first one you're expecting more of the same.

On a lighter note, just booked tickets for Skyfall on Friday night! Gotta love a wee bit 007!

Hoot Mon
23-10-12, 03:26 AM
Saw Argo last week. I'd heard several reviews slamming it for not being all that historically accurate but, I thought it was a pretty suspensful political thriller.

ppyper1
23-10-12, 05:00 AM
Arsenic and old lace. : bg:

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Daz Gregory
23-10-12, 11:42 AM
On a lighter note, just booked tickets for Skyfall on Friday night! Gotta love a wee bit 007!

I used to like a bit of Bond too......until the opening car chase sequence in 'Quantum of Solace'......it was so heavily edited that I thought my brain was melting inside my skull and I was gonna have a stroke. That was as far as I got with that one!

jessierose
23-10-12, 03:54 PM
I didn't make it through that one, either. I did like Casino Royale, though. I felt bad turning QoS off since I am pretty sure Daniel Craig begs me to be his love concubine about halfway in...oh well...his loss. :wink:

FDPiper
23-10-12, 08:12 PM
Arsenic & Old Lace - my wife and I just saw that at the local university theater. It was a great play. It followed a gourmet meal at Five Guys, a gourmet hamburger joint.

ppyper1
25-10-12, 06:12 PM
And gourmet peanuts!

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tartaniac
26-10-12, 07:19 PM
What kinda plot did it have, Iain? :poke:

And Iain says, "What's a plot?"
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I didn't make it through that one, either. I did like Casino Royale, though. I felt bad turning QoS off since I am pretty sure Daniel Craig begs me to be his love concubine about halfway in...oh well...his loss. :wink:

No chance. I filled the position (so to speak) already.
:drool:
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I like the Bonds that rely on his wits, brawn,and skill rather than the special effects and tom-foolery.

As a Bond reader, give me Connery and Craig as the real deals.

Churchill
29-10-12, 11:54 AM
I could spraff on about Skyfall all day tbh but all I will say is that it's awesome. It's one of the few movies I've seen where I felt like cheering or applauding at the end. It's a must see.

Vikki
02-11-12, 06:54 PM
Last film I saw at the cinema was Sinister.
My problem is that I tend to find horror movies funny rather than scary. Hence most people in the cinema are jumping etc and I'm trying very hard not to laugh at them.
Personally... I found most of the film predictable... One part that was revealed at the end, I guessed much earlier on.

FDPiper
04-11-12, 11:50 PM
My daughter got Dark Shadows. I remember when I was in high school that show was the rage with the girls. I never saw a single episode back then. My daughter tells me all the seasons are available on Netflicks.

ppyper1
09-11-12, 06:51 AM
Bourne Legacy........it was good. I wasn't sure I could watch a Bourne Movie without Matt Damon in it,but it was well done.

Churchill
09-11-12, 10:37 AM
I think the thing with Legacy is that they need to continue the franchise on that path because, for me, either as a stand alone movie or a continuation of the existing franchise it's not the best.

tartaniac
20-11-12, 04:59 AM
I liked it.
The special effects were used to enhance the imagination and not over-ride it.
The villain was a bit overdone but that can be forgiven because Craig is a consistent Bond.
I loved the cinematography.
Enjoyed the "insider" jokes and the nod-and-a-wink bits.
It was less intense than other "serious" Bonds but still, I got my money-pennie's-worth.

P.S. -- Looking at Scotland was delicious and Craig was not hard on the eyes.

rpeitzsch
20-11-12, 05:32 AM
The homages to old Bond movies were great! For instance:
Q: What were you expecting, an exploding pen?
Loved it!!!

bwbees0
20-11-12, 07:42 AM
The last movie I saw was Skyfall. I enjoyed it very much, except for the part where the Aston Martin DB5 was destroyed -- I hope it was just a stage prop instead of a real car... . The movie was full of clever references to past Bond movies. That said, I like the more down to earth grittyness of the newer Bond films. The character flaws are real and believable, even if ripping into a train car wearing a perfectly tailored suit is something I'll likely never see anywhere else ;-)

I would recommend it.

Cheers, Ben

tartaniac
26-11-12, 04:58 PM
AND after ripping through the train car, he did have to adjust the cuff of his sleeve. Fabulous.

I think the thing that was so different about this one is that it was about relationship (his with M) and the depth of character that was revealed. The interaction between them was great and revealing. Makes me look forward to the next Bond to see if they keep those sides of his character available.

jessierose
26-11-12, 11:56 PM
Does he finally hook up with M?! That's what I wanna see!

Churchill
27-11-12, 10:29 AM
Does he finally hook up with M?! That's what I wanna see!

Em, ewwwwwww!!!!!!!!! lol.

As for the depth of his character, I'd doubt it being honest, I think they're looking to take it back to the days of Connery.

AllThumbs
27-11-12, 10:45 PM
What bothers me about skyfall, is it was a great action flick. FUN FUN FUN...

But it wasn't very "bondy" I loved the old bond references, the old bond car, etc.

However, no gadgets, no spy tricks? Where were the women, where was the classic bond villain, didn't play any games at all?

I know the first argument might be, that the books weren't that way... However, bond didn't even drive an aston martin in the books either he drove a bentley...


IMHO they took the bond out of bond in this film...

Hoot Mon
28-11-12, 07:09 AM
Just got home from seeing "The Life of Pi" and I really liked it! The CG was terrific and, I thought, was actually part of the story rather than some gimmick. It's been 10 years or so since I read the book but, if memory serves, the movie it followed it pretty closely. A big thumbs-up from me.

AllThumbs
28-11-12, 07:29 AM
Just got home from seeing "The Life of Pi" and I really liked it! The CG was terrific and, I thought, was actually part of the story rather than some gimmick. It's been 10 years or so since I read the book but, if memory serves, the movie it followed it pretty closely. A big thumbs-up from me.

That's actually the movie i am hoping to see this weekend! Glad you liked it, especially someone who has read the book as well..

Churchill
28-11-12, 10:35 AM
What bothers me about skyfall, is it was a great action flick. FUN FUN FUN...

But it wasn't very "bondy" I loved the old bond references, the old bond car, etc.

However, no gadgets, no spy tricks? Where were the women, where was the classic bond villain, didn't play any games at all?

I know the first argument might be, that the books weren't that way... However, bond didn't even drive an aston martin in the books either he drove a bentley...


IMHO they took the bond out of bond in this film...

Hmmm, I thought they put it back to be honest! Casino Royale and Quantum could have been any generic action movie really. No great villains in either and the scene were it's implied bond slept with Gemma Arterton in Quantum just felt thrown in for the sake of a bond dirl. Personally, I thought Bardem is up there with the all time great bond villains and, for me, there's a hint of Heath Leger's Joker about him, especially in the final scenes.

I think the fact there's not spy tricks or gadgets adds to the current bond films though, the theme of this one is a changing MI6 and they do highlight the fact that it's not about gadgets these days.

Daz Gregory
28-11-12, 01:34 PM
Watched 'The Dark Knight Rises' last night....not bad but I was begging for the end....waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too long!

AllThumbs
28-11-12, 08:26 PM
Hmmm, I thought they put it back to be honest! Casino Royale and Quantum could have been any generic action movie really. No great villains in either and the scene were it's implied bond slept with Gemma Arterton in Quantum just felt thrown in for the sake of a bond dirl. Personally, I thought Bardem is up there with the all time great bond villains and, for me, there's a hint of Heath Leger's Joker about him, especially in the final scenes.

I think the fact there's not spy tricks or gadgets adds to the current bond films though, the theme of this one is a changing MI6 and they do highlight the fact that it's not about gadgets these days.

Casino Royale (the remake w/ daniel craig) was one of my favorite recent bond movies actually, and it absolutly had a classic bond villain, Le Chiffre!
He was complete with a scar over his eye, and his evil plot exposed to bond for no good reason etc... Neat Death traps, etc.

In contrast, skyfalls villain (while great, and i totally get your ledger comparison) was so obfuscated... Since it was Spy V Spy, he was always playing through the background... Bond villains are gregarious, outlandish, out there over the top types....

quantum.... blech... least favorite movie i think...

However, i can't stand for the arguement they make that MI6 has evolved from gadgets and spy tricks.... I'm sorry thats at least half the point of a james bond flick...

cars with missles and machine guns that turn into submarines, watches with lasers, exploding pens.... Its a spy flick! With out the gadgets he might as well be just another action hero with a gun...

Its taking the spy out of the spy flick!

SADNESS! :soapbox:

Churchill
29-11-12, 09:32 AM
I suppose because Le Chiffre was only interested making money then in saving his own skin means he's not my idea of a great bond Villain. Other than a few henchmen, who were no where to be seen when the Africans turned up and then the kidnap of Vesper and subsequently Bond, there wasn't a lot to him for me. I may be misremembering but didn't Bond work out what the plan was rather than being told? Unless you mean the scene at the end when Bond was kidnapped?

I struggle to see how Silva could be described as anything but outlandish and out there over the top, the first scene they meet is the prime example. Plus, Silva does reveal his plan, or at least the plan he wants Bond to think is the plan. Add in the disfigurement and you've got all the key characteristics of a truly great Bond villain. For me it's a shame they couldn't have this character as a recurring one.

Agree on Quantum though, sheer filler and definitely one of the worst.

As for the gadgets argument, I agree that gadgets in a Bond film, traditionally, have been a highlight and make Bond, Bond. The thing with Bond films for me though is that they've always been "of their time" and the current trend or thinking is that spy's don't rely on gadgets, the Bourne influence having an effect on this.

I will say though, it's great to have a wee debate like this, I suspect it's simply a differing of opinions on this movie from two clear Bond fans and end of the day, I'm sure we can agree on that!

AllThumbs
30-11-12, 12:20 AM
I could be convinced i was mis remembering as well, its been a fair bit since i have seen the movie...

However, i was thinking that the exposition took part at least partly in the casino over the card game..

Certainly its where Le Chiffre tries to kill him openly with the poisoned drink....


... Think I'm going to watch that movie now... LOL

bwbees0
01-12-12, 02:12 AM
Does he finally hook up with M?! That's what I wanna see!

Reminds me of an Austin Powers quote..... I hope you know which one that would be. That said, Dame Judy Dench put on an exquisite performance!

jessierose
01-12-12, 03:33 AM
I don't know what quote you're referring to. That being said, he's beautiful, she's beautiful. Plus, she's his boss! I think it would be hot.

ppyper1
01-12-12, 10:08 AM
I saw skyfall tonight. My new fav bond movie!

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AllThumbs
01-12-12, 07:20 PM
I don't know what quote you're referring to. That being said, he's beautiful, she's beautiful. Plus, she's his boss! I think it would be hot.

Dame Judy Dench, is one of the female equivilent to Sean Connery Types...

She ages amazingly well, and i still find her to be a very attractive actress...

Even at 77 years old!!!!!


Daniel Craig, is lucky to be able to have an on screen romance with her LOL... He has a funny looking face... teehee...

tartaniac
02-12-12, 06:04 AM
I truly enjoyed the hands-on approach to the spy world. That's real, not all the gadgetry. If you want the silly and sci-fi stuff, pick a different franchise. Bond is epic. Read the books, see all the films, live with Bond for a while and I think you will really enjoy this film. I think it was dedicated to the Bond Buffs who have been with him for a long time. M is the closest thing Bond ever had to family.

BTW -- there were girls in bed with him in Skyfall. Keep your eyes open. He is one sexy Bond who can park his shoes at my door.

Like the comparison with Sean Connery and Judy Dench -- two of a kind.

Q was a bit of a disappointment but they have to carve out the character and persona of a new Q. It's about the characters and not the stuff. That's way spying is really about. If you want tricks, look elsewhere but hurrah for the new flick.

(I also love most of the stuff from John le Carre -- classic!)

Flatsphere
21-12-12, 05:05 AM
The Hobbit is spectacular High Frame Rate 3D!
I had to hunt around my area to find a theater that had the HFR 3D projector.
The higher frame rate eliminated a lot of motion blur, making it easier to follow all the beautifully choreographed hand to hand sequences.
Cheers!
R

Hoot Mon
21-12-12, 06:30 PM
Warning: This is more of a rant than a review.

I saw The Hobbit on Tuesday evening and I was disappointed with it. The three LOTR movies left me with the feeling that there was so much of the books included but some had to be left out and I wanted to see each movie again. Each movie (at, whatever, 3 hours and 17 minutes) was, although long, the right length to do the book justice. The Hobbit, on the other hand, should have been a single 3+ hour movie, not three movies!

"An Unexpected Journey" feels like it has been stretched beyond its tensile strength in order to drag three movies out of one book. There are numerous scenes that don’t appear in the book and, many of the scenes that are from the book are are changed. Also several LOTR characters making appearances for what seems like no other reason than to show that, yes, this is still a LOTR movie, made the whole thing boring and disappointing… which is a shame because I really wanted to like this movie. None of which will stop me from seeing the next two, though.