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 Posted:   Dec 15, 2009 - 6:48 PM   
 By:   Michael24   (Member)

Drag Me To Hell (2009) 4/10

I was really liking this movie up until the end, when Sam Raimi felt the need to add a twist that completely ruined it for me. Until that point, though, I was really enjoying it and found it both suspenseful and a scary, a pretty solid flick that helped restore my faith in Raimi . . . But that damn twist ending. Totally unraveled it for me. I was really looking forward to repeat viewings, but not now. frown

 Posted:   Dec 15, 2009 - 9:13 PM   
 By:   henry   (Member)

BABE 10/10

I just received and watched the widescreen dts version dvd, and love it.

 Posted:   Dec 15, 2009 - 9:23 PM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)

"That'll do, pig...that'll do." smile

 Posted:   Dec 16, 2009 - 4:38 AM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)

John Carpenter's "Assault On Precinct 13". I think it's one of the best American films of the 70's, & made for almost nothing! The picture quality on the DVD is much better than it looked at the cinema. I thought John Carpenter would go on to make some really great films, sadly it didn't happen (I don't like The Thing very much). Laurie Zimmer is great in this, but I don't ever remember seeing her in another film. 10/10

EDIT. Almost forgot. What a great synth score by Carpenter!

 Posted:   Dec 20, 2009 - 7:46 AM   
 By:   Cryogenix   (Member)

Taking Woodstock - Is Ang Lee gay? I only ask because it seems this film was a vehicle for "gay acceptism." I didn't see the point of having to see men kissing, lying in bed together, dressed as women, stroking thighs, etc. That wasn't why I bought this DVD. The Woodstock element seemed to be a clever cover for what the story was really about: a gay son trying to find his place in the world. That pointless (to the Woodstock story) dynamic aside, the movie was rather consistently slow and humdrum, with some mild humor here and there - not unlike the feel of Napolean Dynamite and Office Space. The one thing I really enjoyed was seeing the most beautiful, shapely female body ever as this brunette was skinny dipping. Only problem is, she had no dialogue, so I have no idea who she is and what else she might have been in. A very classic-looking shape that was breathtaking; exquisitely proportioned. The acid trip sequence in the van was also very cool. Not a bad film, but not great. Solid acting all around - 7.5

 Posted:   Dec 20, 2009 - 7:48 AM   
 By:   LeHah   (Member)

Robinson Crusoe (1997, with Pierce Brosnan) - 6 or 7. Not bad, fairly entertaining stuff.

 Posted:   Dec 23, 2009 - 12:49 PM   
 By:   henry   (Member)

BABE: PIG IN THE CITY 10/10, a great sequel

 Posted:   Dec 23, 2009 - 1:12 PM   
 By:   Storyteller   (Member)

Mad Detective- 8/10 Excellent Chinese film revolving around a detective with incredible skills of intuition... to bad he is as mad as a hatter. This one had me guessing until the end. Worth watching.

Lonesome Dove-9/10 I've seen this mini-series many times, and it just keeps getting better.

If... 4/10 A British film given the Criterion Collection treatment. This film is just too slow and heavy handed for my tastes.

 Posted:   Dec 25, 2009 - 11:19 PM   
 By:   Michaelware   (Member)

Sherlock Holmes- 8 ****
Loved it. Not just FX and action. Sherlock Holmes always fights these guys. Smoke and mirrors and stage tricks aka technology plus fear are always handy ways to manipulate people.

2009 is the year critics proved they are useless.

Invictus - 7 ***.5
a movie about real leadership, eliminate hate by changing the game to empathy one person at a time. I was hoping it'd be a little livelier, but it's the content that matters.

Julie and Julia -5 **
Streep was great, the substory put me to sleep.

Avatar - 5 **
pretty, but I've had enough of finger-waggling blue aliens telling me what to think. Critics say it is a masterpiece. I'm glad I'm not one of them. Think for your self.

 Posted:   Dec 26, 2009 - 12:56 AM   
 By:   Tobias   (Member)

My life in Ruins - 4 out of 10.

Actually I gave this DVD to my mom as a christmas gift and she liked it a lot but I was dissapointed, it was not as funny as I had hoped.

 Posted:   Dec 27, 2009 - 1:46 PM   
 By:   TominAtl   (Member)

Avatar - 8/10 - splendid sci-fi action film. Yeah, it's a story retread, but it's well done nonetheless and told with heart and passion. Cameron truly has pushed the boundaries of 3-D and proved that it can be done and still tell a good story. And while James Horner continues his unabashed use of previous thematic material, it nevertheless works with the film and has provided us a score worthy of a sci-fi epic.

Gomorrah - 8/10 - both gripping and dismaying, a docustyle multifaceted look at the Comorrah crime syndicate in Italy. It's a dark and brutal world where life if cheap and for many, short. Expertly played by everyone and deserved all of the accolades it received last year.

Into the Storm - 7/10 - another great HBO historical movie, chronicling the WWII years of Winston Churchill. Brendan Gleesan fully inhabits Churchill and the movies shows us more of his human frailties then many other tv and film depictions have. In particular are the scenes with his supportive but long suffering wife, Clementine, also portrayed with excellence by Janet Mcteer. To be honest, to fully delve into such a rich history of such a man as Churchill, it really needs a miniseries ala "JOHN ADAMS" but this film still gives a good glimpse as to who he was outside of his speeches and meetings.

Sherlock Holmes - 7/10 - a fun if a bit tiresome action retelling of London's greatest detective. Downey is playful with the character but it seems he went too much the way Johnny Depp did when playing Jack Sparrow in the final 2 "POTC" films - too much "I'm funny, so watch me" bits and muggishness. He is best when contemplative and serious, and there are some cool moments where we jump seconds ahead with Holmes when he is figuring out how to take down his opponent. Jude Law on the the other hand brings a much more suave role to Watson and it works like a charm. The two actors play off each other well and have a really good chemistry. The plot though is ridiculous, even by Hollywood standards, and it never really gels. The score is nifty with a cool theme by Zimmer, but it's tirelessly replayed over and over and over, again like "POTC". And I hate having to bitch about that because movies have been in such a dry wasteland of non-thematic or unmemorable thematic material. But overall the movie is fun and I wouldn't mind seeing the inevitable sequels, should this first out prove successful.

 Posted:   Dec 27, 2009 - 2:29 PM   
 By:   Greg Bryant   (Member)

Avatar - 9/10

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 Posted:   Dec 27, 2009 - 3:22 PM   
 By:   Misanthropic Tendencies   (Member)

Gigi 8/10

 Posted:   Dec 27, 2009 - 4:01 PM   
 By:   Freejack   (Member)

Just sat down 3hrs watching 1976's HELTER SKELTER .

Loved Steve Railsback's portrayal of Charles Manson , he captured the real essence of Evil
and gave me shivers down the back of my spine every time he was on screen.

8 out of 10

 Posted:   Dec 31, 2009 - 10:58 AM   
 By:   Odlicno   (Member)

Inconsequential Basterds - 7.5/10 SPOILERS!

Enjoyable enough. I'd not buy it but watch it again if it was on telly.

Bits i didn't enjoy so much: Cringeworthy turn from Mike Myers still acting like he was in an Austin Powers film; Fassbender's English accent which seemed almost Terry Thomas (but i suppose was an echo of 40's Brit war films), the voice-overs seemed to belong to a different film from a different time period; the music didn't work at all for me and dragged me out of the film each time it started; Eli Roth's inability to act; the fact Basterds weren't very well fleshed out and were probably the least interesting thing in the film - the 2 interesting Bastiches dying in the basement and why were the rest seemingly simpletons? There was a lot of talk about how evil the basterds were and very little proof. The waitress in the basement gets shot!

I liked the top Nazi guy - he reminded me of Rob Bryden off the telly. The ending cracked me up. Brad Pitt cracked me up. Enjoyed much of the dialogue and overall idea. No references to Silver Surfer that i caught. Pantomime Nazi villains

 Posted:   Dec 31, 2009 - 12:56 PM   
 By:   Michael24   (Member)

Rating something from 1-10 is a little difficult for me, so from now on I'm doing with a range of * to ****.

Angels & Demons (2009) **** out of ****

I enjoyed The Da Vinci Code, but I liked this follow-up even more. A much tighter pace and suspenseful story. While unlike others I didn't have a problem with Tom Hanks in the first movie, I thought he seemed much more relaxed in his performance here. And Ayelet Zurer is a stunner in my book. smile

The Hangover (2009) *1/2 out of ****

I was surprised to find out just how unfunny this surprise blockbuster was despite having plenty of hijinks packed into it. I think I laughed out loud a couple times and chuckled a few others. Mike Tyson's cameo was the highlight. I normally don't say this, but I thought all the best parts were in the trailer. Very disappointing.

All About Steve (2009) **1/2 out of ****

I thought The Proposal was a much funnier Sandra Bullock movie, but I found this one amusing. A punchier script would have helped, though. To my surprise, Thomas Haden Church was actually, mostly, tolerable for a change. This is the first time since his final appearance on Wings that I didn't want to just grab him by the collar and say, "Dude, you're an actor, so freakin' act!"

 Posted:   Dec 31, 2009 - 1:58 PM   
 By:   Storyteller   (Member)

To my surprise, Thomas Haden Church was actually, mostly, tolerable for a change. This is the first time since his final appearance on Wings that I didn't want to just grab him by the collar and say, "Dude, you're an actor, so freakin' act!"

Did you see him in Broken Trail? He was quite good in that one. Probably my favorite performance of his.

 Posted:   Jan 1, 2010 - 5:00 AM   
 By:   Graham S. Watt   (Member)

Excellent, everyone! Now, as it's all becoming increasingly cumbersome, would anyone mind if we started a new thread for 2010, breaking things down into months?

OK, I'll go ahead anyway!

 Posted:   Jan 1, 2010 - 5:12 AM   
 By:   Urs Lesse   (Member)

Frankly, I don't think it's such a good idea. If someone wanted to look up a title, it would make things a lot more complicated if s/he had to click through several different threads.

Most of the entries here are not current releases, so threads by month would not offer added information.

 Posted:   Jan 1, 2010 - 5:16 AM   
 By:   Graham S. Watt   (Member)


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