Rate the last film you watched out of 100 Page 2013

  • Deleted user 23 November 2012 17:27:22
    glaeken wrote:
    Well they went for the greater of two cliché’s then.

    No-one believing the mad man who turns out to be correct is a much bigger cliché for me that leaving things unexplained. I was expecting that twist for the whole film and then I got it. It's such a cliché I don't think it even really is a twist.
    No, the irony of the twist is that because no-one believed him, he's now doomed and will die in the oncoming storm, whereas if people had believed him, he'd live on in his shelter, so it becomes a criticism on the treatment and perception of mental illness - it also ties in with his daughter's deafness, where a key point of it is whether it's helping her or hindering her in life.

    And that's even if you think the storm is real, so it's still an ambiguous ending if you pay attention to the film. For instance, the jump to the vacation just happens, with no build-up or flow, which goes against how the rest of the film was structured narratively. The whole point of the yellow rain throughout the film is a marker for when something is not actually real - we only see it is when something unnatural happens like the crows and whatnot. You can easily take from this that Curtis had a psychotic break and is now stuck in hard therapy somewhere, and what we're seeing is a hallucination in his mind. Do you really think that they'd let a schizophrenic who just broke and endangered his family wander off on holiday for a few weeks before being committed?

    One of the key lines of the film is "I'm afraid something may be coming...something not right". Is he talking about the storm, or a psychotic schizophrenic break?
  • WoodenSpoon 23 Nov 2012 20:46:27 12,345 posts
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    I thought it was a fairly straight forward case of a nutter in denial, then he opens up to his doctor and his family and everything's OK. The storm comes at the end but unlike before his wife and kid are now there to help him through it.

    spoilered for pussies

    Edited by WoodenSpoon at 17:29:52 24-11-2012
  • stephenb 23 Nov 2012 21:18:04 3,378 posts
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    I'm amazed how many of you have watched this. I caught it on sky by accident one night. Thoroughly enjoyed it too I failed to see the storm could be a metaphor for his mental state. I just thought 'ooh ye bastard, big twisters!'
  • TechnoHippy 24 Nov 2012 16:50:14 14,707 posts
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    In fairness I wasn't expecting much. It was silly, but fun in places,but my word it dragged.

  • MadCaddy13 24 Nov 2012 17:47:47 2,828 posts
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    A little dodgy with the accents, some Germans are American, some English, some (most of them baddies) German.
    Plot was quite interesting but a little bland and straightforward, some really good actors though (yes even mr cruise).

  • Toonster 25 Nov 2012 03:56:33 6,903 posts
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    Life of Pi - 9/10

    Visually amazing and emotionally investing. Great adaptation and worth watching on the big screen. Some amazing CG work as well, especially on the tiger. I mean, you know it's CG, but not distracting. Main downside is that it is slightly marred by the awkward transitions between the narrator and the main story.

    Overall, though, a real treat, and I hope it wins big during the awards season.
  • sirtacos 25 Nov 2012 04:03:27 8,017 posts
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    Saw the trailer for Pi yesterday before Skyfall. It looked shit (then again I loved the book so hasty judgment is to be expected). Glad it's not the case.


    Visually pleasing. Thomas Newman does the score, which I was pleasantly surprised by.
    Great cast. Javier Bardem adds a touch of genius to the film, even though his masterplan is a bit retarded. The main problem with Skyfall is that the plot is a bit shit considering the caliber of talent involved.

  • tuff 25 Nov 2012 08:47:16 640 posts
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    Dull Clive Owen

    Five Year Engagement
    I stubbed my toe half way through and laughed more than I laughed at the film

    Dark Knight Rises
    Yummy cat suit
  • skuzzbag 25 Nov 2012 08:50:59 5,950 posts
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    Marley - A 2 hour and 25 documentary about Bob Marley. Fantastic - covers his whole life and is absolutely brilliant 10/10
  • Nemesis 25 Nov 2012 10:37:56 19,372 posts
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    -cerberus- wrote:

    I absolutely love this movie. Such a deliciously over-acted and cleverly written flick based on a bloody good boardgame. Also: multiple endings!

    I forgot about this film, watched it last night and thoroughly enjoyed it.

    90 minutes of watching the maid TBH, but so was Christopher Lloyd.
  • kentmonkey 25 Nov 2012 10:48:03 22,536 posts
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    Used up the last of the 'Five for £5' rental with Blockbusters.

    Mission Impossible III

    The wife really liked the previous MI films, not even she could get into this. As someone a little 'meh' to the previous two, it was quite hard watching. Nothing really happens, Pegg is irritating (and I like Pegg) and the whole concept about him and his wife just felt unnecessarily tagged on just to get another character into the film.


    The Descendants

    My choice and thoroughly enjoyed it. Some great acting by the two kids and a nice mix of wit and story. Can see it being a marmite film but really enjoyed it.


    Men In Black 3

    I wanted the Expendables, she wanted MiB 3, it was obvious who was going to win. Dialled in performance from everyone other than Josh Brolin and I didn't laugh once. It also managed to have some of the worst CGI outside of a Pierce Brosnan bond movie.

  • mrpon 25 Nov 2012 11:07:48 34,280 posts
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    The Snowtown Murders (US Netflix)

    Gritty, bleak, absorbing etc.. Really liked this, reminded me of Dead Mans Shoes in a way. As has been stated already, the lead guy was just fabulous. A real menace to his persona. I thought all the performances were top notch, is it me or do movies seem more realistic with no-name actors? Even more so here as this is a true story.

    I hope the cross dressing grandad was dramatised.

    PS: I needed subtitles on in a few places, audio/accents slightly muffled.


    Edited by mrpon at 11:14:05 25-11-2012
  • sirtacos 25 Nov 2012 11:38:07 8,017 posts
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    Yeah, famous faces can get in the way. Especially when they have personalities to match their fame, e.g. Pacino. Hooaah

    Dark City (Director's Cut)

    Was good until the last 30 minutes. The final boss battle was hilarious. Loved the little touches, the atmosphere and the set design though.

  • speedofthepuma 25 Nov 2012 12:39:23 13,418 posts
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    MightyMetalMonkey wrote:
    The most recent version of spiderman - 80%

    I never liked Gwenn, I want M-J.
    That aside, the film works reasonably well, I just prefered Sam Raimi's vision and version.
    My 3 year old loves Raimi's Spider-Man and it was on again this morning in our house.. I just think there wasn't point in trying to better it. The latest reboot brings nothing, and I love the character.
  • speedofthepuma 25 Nov 2012 12:41:30 13,418 posts
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    Oh and Mission impossible 3 is my fave of the lot. True story.
  • craigy Staff 25 Nov 2012 13:27:31 9,285 posts
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    Silver Linings Playbook: 7/10
    The Master: 7/10
    Carrie 2: The Rage: 6/10
  • TechnoHippy 25 Nov 2012 14:05:47 14,707 posts
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    Special Forces

    A French film about a special forces team rescuing a reporter taken hostage in Pakistan. I enjoyed it a lot, interesting story and well filmed. One of the better modern war films.

  • beastmaster 25 Nov 2012 14:31:41 18,065 posts
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    Just seen The Master. Will post a proper review of it later. Hmm...

    Score probably what craigy gave it.
  • TOOTR 25 Nov 2012 14:46:58 10,422 posts
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    The Descendants




    21 Jump Street

  • beastmaster 25 Nov 2012 15:55:44 18,065 posts
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    Katy Perry Part Of Me - 7/10

    Surprisingly decent documentary following her massive word tour. Much better than In Bed With Madonna.

    Okay, it's full of cheese and schmaltzy and al the rest of it but it's quite insightful. It's covers her whole story. Her evangelist preacher parents, how she got her lucky break and her meteoritic rise to stardom.

    There's plenty of behind the scenes footage and some that you really don't expect to see. Katy without makeup (YIKES! no seriously, YIKES!!!), just how totally exhausting doing a world tour is and her whole divorce with Russell Brand. Takes some guts to go up and do a stadium gig after finding out your divorce has come though.

    It all has a happy ending though. There's not much concert footage in there (that'll probably be released at some other point) what there is is stunning. Much better than I expected.

    The Master - 7/10

    Masterpiece or masterbates? Is this really one of the greatest films ever made as some claim or a load of self-indulgent, pretentious cinematic wank?

    It's both and for that reason it ends up being a good film and not a great one.

    A drunk drifter who's been discharged from the navy has trouble adjusting to civilian life. He meets the head of a new cult called The Cause and offers him the chance to change.

    The first hour is firmly in the masterpiece territory. It really is brilliant. The plot is really quite intriguing and you don't know where it's going to go. It's not based on Scientology (so the film makers say) but I think they're just trying to cover themselves.

    There's a reveal after the first hour which puts a total different light on what's previously happened. The problem is that even though there's a lot of potential coming from this, the story and direction doesn't know what to do with the characters and what else to do with the plot. It doesn't really progress in any way whatsoever. This is what brings the film down.

    The performances are oscar worthy from everyone involved and it looks beautiful. It's a very watchable film. Even though it looses it's way a lot in the second half it's still very watchable. The shame is that it could have explored other areas in the second half and made it the film that some people are claiming it is.
  • mrpon 25 Nov 2012 15:59:52 34,280 posts
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    beastmaster wrote:
    It all has a happy ending though.
  • CharlieStCloud 25 Nov 2012 16:25:00 5,812 posts
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    craigy wrote:
    Silver Linings Playbook: 7/10
    The Master: 7/10
    ... didn't you give the latest (and last) Twilight film a higher rating than those two?!

    You are mad.

    I see a lot of 'The Descendants' love on this page, which makes me happy.

    I always like George Clooney as an actor in his more serious films and this was no exception. The part that gets to me is when he finally tracks down 'Brian-fucking-Speer' and the following scene in the evening where he introduces himself as the husband. The whole gradual build up is brilliant.

    Edited by CharlieStCloud at 16:25:58 25-11-2012
  • Khanivor 25 Nov 2012 16:55:15 43,671 posts
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    Beasts of the Southern Wild - 7/10

    A curious and bold piece of filmaking. It enjoys a bounty of good acting, with the little girl lead being quite something. Very inventive and visually enjoyable this film does suffer from being too heavy on the allegory in place of a more coherent story.

    If I was trying to get into the knickers of an art student this film would be a ten.
  • Blotto 25 Nov 2012 17:21:50 2,778 posts
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    Only just found out that "The Descendants" was written by Jim Rash who plays the Dean in community and that he won an Oscar for it.

    Edited by Blotto at 17:22:03 25-11-2012
  • TechnoHippy 25 Nov 2012 17:55:48 14,707 posts
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    Starship Troopers Invasion

    A new CG film, while its better than the previous effort it's not great. The cutscenes in Halo 4 looked and were anumated better - although they probably had a bigger budget.

    It had a tits and arse moment which failed to live up to DOA standards.

    It was however reasonably entertaining. And it's good to see Barret light fifties still being used in the future :-)

  • Lunastra78 25 Nov 2012 18:00:04 6 posts
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    I Saw the Devil

    Korean serial killer movie. Awesome acting from the bad guy (who also starred in OldBoy) but the plot dragged on a bit too long towards the end. Still, worth seeing.

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