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 Post subject: Reviews of Recently Watched Films
PostPosted: Mon Aug 03, 2009 9:58 am 
We watched "Seven Pounds" last night. Starring Will Smith.http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0814314/
I found it quite hard going and Im not really sure if I enjoyed it or not. It was awkward in places and other parts were very moving. Of course redemption is quite a weighty subject.
I know im sounding ambivalent on this one but its difficult to pin down. Probably worth a watch in my opinion .


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 03, 2009 11:33 am 
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I think the last film we saw was 'Il Divo' about former Italian premier, Andreotti. Well, directed, well acted especially the lead actor. It deals with Andreotti's ties to the Mafia and won the Prix du Jury at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival. The director had to be clever and careful, as Andreotti is still alive.........

wikipedia: The story of Italian Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti, who has been elected to Parliament seven times since it was established in 1946. The narration spans the period since the seventh election of Andreotti as Prime Minister of Italy in 1992, until the trial in which he was accused of collusion with the Mafia.

Very gripping and well worth seeing.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2011 2:35 pm 
Bought it at Christmas and finally watched it yesterday "Body of Lies" with Leonardo DiCaprio [ he has so grown on me, very good actor] and Russell Crowe. Very good film. Had to look away once towards the end [ouch]. Definately worth watching.


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I saw the new Tintin movie. I was a fan of the old cartoons as a kid, and still have a collection of (I think) all of the books, so despite my advanced age decided to go and see it. I had never seen a 3d film before, and was prepared to think that the whole thing was a gimick. I had also read quite a few poor to very poor reviews of the film.

Well, I thought it was really very good. It was exciting, and funny, and the 3d really added to it and there were times when it became almost realistic. Thoroughly recommend it. I don't understand what the reviewers could object to. I would, however, recommend that you see it in the flics in all of its 3d glory. I am sure that it won't be half as impressive on DVD.


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Elstow wrote:
I saw the new Tintin movie. I was a fan of the old cartoons as a kid, and still have a collection of (I think) all of the books, so despite my advanced age decided to go and see it. I had never seen a 3d film before, and was prepared to think that the whole thing was a gimick. I had also read quite a few poor to very poor reviews of the film.

Well, I thought it was really very good. It was exciting, and funny, and the 3d really added to it and there were times when it became almost realistic. Thoroughly recommend it. I don't understand what the reviewers could object to. I would, however, recommend that you see it in the flics in all of its 3d glory. I am sure that it won't be half as impressive on DVD.

Sorry Elstow; but if it is not as impressive without the 3D effect then you can't think it is a good film. Surely a good film should have a good script, be well directed; sympathetically photographed and be well acted without relying on 3D gimmicks. If not; Lawrence of Arabia and Citizen Kane weren't great films

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I disagree. I think that the film was impressive as a film, but that 3d added to the experience. I think that if you are interested in it, seeing it with 3d will be more enjoyable than without. I don't think that 3d is any different in principle to improved cameras and better sound quality.


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I have just seen the Ides of March, directed by, and starring George Clooney. After a slow start, you get a fairly slow finish. It had some mildly interesting bits when the pace got going slightly faster, but could have been much better. As it was, it was like a slow version of the West Wing stretched over 101 minutes.

Tintin knocked it into a cocked hat.


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Looking forward to seeing Meryl Streep in The Iron Lady when it turns up here next month. From all accounts she puts in a bravura performance. Review here.
I heard Mrs T speak up in the north of Scotland in the run-up to the '79 election and she was mesmerising - no other word for it.

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We went to see Mission Impossible 4 the other day.

It was ludicrous, but full of action, and I loved it :ymblushing:


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We saw "Girl with the Dragon Tatoo" last Saturday with Daniel Craig - very different - we thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it. Not for the faint hearted though.


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Think the Swedish version is on M6 at 2050 this evening..

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Seen all 3 Swedish films in the series. Brilliant!

On a slightly different note, we usually watch our films on Sky so several months behind the releases. We just watched Paul, which I found hilarious, full of superb one liners. If you want something complicated and taxing, then don't watch it, but if you just want to relax and have a laugh.........though some people have said I have a strange sense of humour. :-s


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Watched it and what a pleasure it was to see an unknown cast (to me) without Daniel Craig sucking his cheeks in, narrowing his eyes and all the rest of his shtick..

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2012 2:41 am 
Talking of Daniel we watched Cowboys and Aliens at OH'S behest last week and thoroughly enjoyed it. Normally anything with Cowboys in the title has me running for the hills but it was very good. Son was also scornful, because dad suggested it, before watching but changed his opinion too and texted his approval.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 03, 2015 3:05 pm 
Best films I watched over Christmas were...
"Guardians of the Galaxy", "The Grand Bupapest Hotel" [brilliant] and "Esio Trot".
We also watched the new "Dredd" yesterday too. That was a cheery little movie. :^o


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Just watched the Hobbit1 on French TV, watched black Swan (which we have had for over a year and never played) and the War Horse on DVD over Christmas.

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Best film entertainment over Christmas -

"Lucy"
X-Men "Days of Future Past"

and a while back, "A Million Ways to Die in the West" - hysterical!

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Planet of the apes 3D

Cool!

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Mr Turner at the cinema, loved it. Lucy, watched half but couldn't stay awake (not due to the film but being New Year's Day and having had little sleep !), will finish tonight.


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Watched Noah. Want a review?

Great piece of mythology along the lines of Clash Of The Titans. :D


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Noah? No-ah comment! :lol: I don't think it was Russell Crowe's best hour (and a half?) either! :-

Lisleoise - you gotta watch Lucy in the right frame of mind. My own daughter saw this at the cinema, so in French, with a girlfriend. When I started watching it, I was quite shocked at the violence and what my 14yr old daughter must have thought sitting in the cinema. But, after the rather grim start - Lucy was brill! :-bd

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Noah? No-ah comment! :lol: I don't think it was Russell Crowe's best hour (and a half?) either! :-

I don't know about the acting. I was too busy laughing!! :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Reviews of Recently Watched Films
PostPosted: Sun Jan 04, 2015 11:29 pm 
Whoops we've just been loaned Noe (Un Grand Film Epique, as it states on the box) I think it can back without a viewing....


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The Grand Budapest Hotel was bizarre , but yes brilliant

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Whoops we've just been loaned Noe (Un Grand Film Epique, as it states on the box) I think it can back without a viewing....



Oh, I don't know - it's light entertainment for the special effects, but as for the story line .... acting .... etc. 8-} It's worth it just for a good laff! :lol:

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 05, 2015 12:26 pm 
=))

I think I prefer to watch a film that is actually meant to be a comedy ! ;)


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Then I recommend "A Million Ways to Die in the West" - it appealed to my sick sense of humour, and the quick wit makes me chuckle even now ...... in fact I'll probably have to watch it again! :D
Here's a taster, and warning, a bit of bad language and rudeness ... :-


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Looks good, will seek it out, cheers.


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Basil wrote:
=))

I think I prefer to watch a film that is actually meant to be a comedy ! ;)

Oh, I don't know...... :lol:


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Last night, watched "The Imitation Game" ....... a totally awesome, emotional, thought provoking film.

Don't spoil the suspense by watching a trailer - I'll just say it's based on a true story, about breaking the Enigma code of the Germans during WWII.

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Bayleaf wrote:
Last night, watched "The Imitation Game" ....... a totally awesome, emotional, thought provoking film.

Don't spoil the suspense by watching a trailer - I'll just say it's based on a true story, about breaking the Enigma code of the Germans during WWII.


:-ss Plot spoiler alert - They did break the code and we won! :-bd


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I'm going to the cinema tonight to see Whiplash (in VO) "A promising young drummer enrolls at a cut-throat music conservatory where his dreams of greatness are mentored by an instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student's potential.". Great reviews and oscar nominated according to this link http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2582802/ Looking forward to it.


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Don't worry, Loup-cervier, I didn't mean it like that (bad choice of words!). I kind of just meant don't watch any clips of the film beforehand, so you can enjoy the whole film afresh.... or something like that! :D

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Watched "Monuments Men" on Canal last night.
A bit bland (maybe I've been conditioned to expect flash-bang-whallop every thirty seconds ...) but I certainly learnt quite a bit about how the works of art stolen by the Nazi during WWII were recovered (or not...). So, interesting from a historic point of view.

The previous evening we watched "Jacky au Royaume des Filles".
Funny, wierd and definitely thought-provoking, especially considering it was directed by a muslim woman. All the men in the film wear a hajib and are subserviant to women. A love story with an element of big brother.


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A film that we enjoyed "Rudderless" , well worth a look , with some good songs in it .


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