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  • Lukus 27 Jan 2013 12:15:58 19,253 posts
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    A bit of a controversial review here...

    Star Wars - A New Hope

    I'm a big fan of the original trilogy, I must have seen them all at least 50 times, easily more than any other film, but I haven't watched them properly in a good few years. So with all the recent hype about Episode VII, I was in the mood yesterday for some classic Star Wars action.

    Something wasn't right. All I could do was point out the flaws.

    The effects suddenly looked pretty ropey to me (- the weird transition from zoom in on a photo of the Death Star trench to actual moving camera within the 3D model for instance. The same shot is used twice incidentally).
    The dialogue seemed to have lost all its kooky charm, appearing incredibly shitty and amateurish instead (- 'I've got a bad feeling about this' the go-to line in any troubling situation).
    The character development lacking any sense of realistic progression (- Luke hardly giving a single fuck about his charred Aunt and Uncle, no repercussions whatsoever other than motivating him to leave the planet). Weirdly, C3PO and R2D2 were the most human.

    There's an awful lot more that I could get into, I'm just too lazy and brain-dead to do so, but the more I think about it, the more convinced I am George Lucas just got lucky with the original film at the time. And the more aware I am that Star Wars really is just a kid's film (and the pacing and sense of progression is perfect for a child's brain but maybe not an adult one) and that I'm probably too old and cynical to enjoy it fully now. Which is quite sad. The goodwill and affection I've carried for the film since seeing it on TV on Christmas Day as a child has slowly eroded over the years as its many faults become more apparent. The prequels have demonstrated that Lucas doesn't really know what he's doing and probably never did.

    7/10

    If the same has happened to Empire I might cry a bit.

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  • Deckard1 27 Jan 2013 12:18:26 28,740 posts
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    Leave this place and never return.
  • monkman76 27 Jan 2013 12:20:05 4,758 posts
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    SPOILERS!!
  • Lukus 27 Jan 2013 12:20:06 19,253 posts
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    Search your feelings, you know it to be true.

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  • Tom_Servo 27 Jan 2013 12:20:41 18,009 posts
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    I only saw the original Star Wars films recently (well, I probably saw them as a kid but I couldn't remember them) and the only one that stood up is Empire, which is a very good film. A New Hope is okaaay and Jedi is pretty much terrible.
  • ecu 27 Jan 2013 12:22:28 77,023 posts
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    They're all pretty good, Empire is amazing though. I saw it again recently for the first time in a few years, and it was even better than I remember. People overanalyse stuff way too much these days, and everybody thinks they're a film critic.
  • keiraburns 27 Jan 2013 12:23:31 1 posts
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    Snow White and the huntsman.
    Kristen Stewart was really good in it. Although I couldn't stop picturing her as bella in twilight :)
    The special effects were awesome, especially the fairies in sanctuary.

    98% and a big thumbs up from me :)
  • Lukus 27 Jan 2013 12:26:14 19,253 posts
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    ecureuil wrote:
    People overanalyse stuff way too much these days, and everybody thinks they're a film critic.
    Oh that's it. Hey everybody, I was wrong! My opinion was wrong! False alarm. Sorry guys. I was just trying to be a film critic. Whoops!

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  • Mr_Sleep 27 Jan 2013 12:54:49 17,184 posts
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    ecureuil wrote:
    People overanalyse stuff way too much these days, and everybody thinks they're a film critic.
    I tend to think that a film that doesn't make one overanalyse is somewhere close to the perfect film. I recently saw Midnight's Children and what analysis I did of that was more to do with my preconceptions and ignorance, that's how to make a film!

    You are a factory of sadness.

  • TechnoHippy 27 Jan 2013 12:55:02 14,719 posts
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    The Possession

    Well done with some creepy moments.

    7/10

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  • Deleted user 27 January 2013 13:40:33
    Tom_Servo wrote:
    I only saw the original Star Wars films recently (well, I probably saw them as a kid but I couldn't remember them) and the only one that stood up is Empire, which is a very good film. A New Hope is okaaay and Jedi is pretty much terrible.
    Star Wars is Classic.. Empire is the best.. it was all down hill from there. Jedi only seemed ok once the 3 new films arrived, which all sucked.

    I never forget first seeing Jedi at the cinema. Jabba fitted in well, but what was with all the puppets surrounding him? Everyone knows Star Wars is people in costumes or midgets in tin cans. Puppets and CGI suck. The moment when Luke is thrown into the dungeon with that big monster, how bad did that look. That scarred me. How did they ever let pass. I wasn’t keen on the Ewoks either.

    Edited by blacksea at 13:47:59 27-01-2013
  • ZuluHero 27 Jan 2013 13:41:45 4,201 posts
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    keiraburns wrote:
    Snow White and the huntsman.
    Kristen Stewart was really good in it. Although I couldn't stop picturing her as bella in twilight :)
    The special effects were awesome, especially the fairies in sanctuary.

    98% and a big thumbs up from me :)
    It was filmed at a beach near me where i surf. You know the bit where she crawls on her knees and hands through a little arch and meets the white horse (might have been a unicorn), well that arch is used as a toilet by local surfers. I wouldnt crawl through it.

    I dont really rate KS at all, shes the same pouty emo in everything. Which is a shame as she showed a bit of promise in Panic Room.
  • b0rk 27 Jan 2013 13:48:30 2,882 posts
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    TechnoHippy wrote:
    The Possession

    Well done with some creepy moments.

    7/10
    -_-

    Sinister - 4/10

    Starts off quite well but really goes bad after the first 30 minutes. The movie lost me when the ghost kids started following the guy around unconvincingly ducking in and out of doorways, like a human would because they exist in physical space. Utter drivel.

    Edited by B0rked_Gamer at 13:48:51 27-01-2013
  • Deleted user 27 January 2013 13:54:09
    I watched Wanderlust with Paul Rudd and Jenifer Anniston. Really liked it tbh.

    8/10. Funny!
  • StarchildHypocrethes 27 Jan 2013 14:03:58 26,143 posts
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    I used to think Lukus was cool, but in actual fact he's a terrible human being.
  • TechnoHippy 27 Jan 2013 14:04:09 14,719 posts
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    Excision

    Nice and twisted. Builds up well to the climax.

    7/10

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  • Lukus 27 Jan 2013 14:08:46 19,253 posts
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    StarchildHypocrethes wrote:
    I used to think Lukus was cool, but in actual fact he's a terrible human being.
    :D I think this is fair.

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  • lordofdeadside 27 Jan 2013 14:24:31 1,136 posts
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    Django Unchained

    Enjoyable, slick and stylish western. Sharp script that's both funny and tense when it needs to be. Everyone in it (Tarrantino aside) is great but particular mention must go to Christoph Waltz who delivers another spellbinding performance. However it is too long, progresses at a glacial pace and does need quite a lot of the usual QT nonsense cutting out. Still it's better than a lot of Tarantinos recent films.

    75%
  • Mooney 27 Jan 2013 14:40:11 52 posts
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    Big fan of Andy Samberg. I hope he won't get taken under the wing of Sandler. Sandler is awesome, but I think they can make different films.

    Watched that's my boy the other day. I now it's not cool to like sandlers, it's so not cool it's cool. I love sandler, not including jack and gill, fuck me, that was horrible.

    I like how sandler films are developing with his life :D Good fun, incest though. What!
  • Kostabi 27 Jan 2013 14:56:05 4,978 posts
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    Dead Hooker in a Trunk - 5/10

    Decent enough debut on pretty much a zero budget. Nicely grotesque and funny in places, now onto American Mary to see if a budget improves their stuff.
  • mrpon 27 Jan 2013 16:00:51 29,191 posts
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    Lukus, these aren't the codes you're looking for.

    Give yourself £5 or ½ gig, you're worth it.

  • MrTomFTW Moderator 27 Jan 2013 16:15:21 38,705 posts
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    The Amazing Spider-Man - 7/10

    Wasn't bad, but it took sooooo fucking long to get going. Felt about twice as long as it actually was. I don't care if they don't make a sequel, it wasn't good enough to warrant one.

    The Apple - 1/10

    Sci-Fi musical from 1980. It's based veeeeery loosely on Adam and Eve and the music industry. A music company called BIM takes over the world and controls everyone's lives (for instance for 1 hour a day everyone has to stop EVERYTHING and do a workout to BIM music), then at the end I think it's supposed to be the rapture. But really all I need to do is show you the opening scene:



    Edited by MrTomFTW at 16:16:56 27-01-2013

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  • Kostabi 27 Jan 2013 16:54:32 4,978 posts
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    American Mary - 7/10

    Surprisingly not that gory considering it's about a trainee surgeon who branches out into the world of unlicensed surgery. It starts strong but never really goes any where which means it's probably only for fans of revenge films.

    On a shallow level it's worth a watch just because Katharine Isabelle looks stunning throughout, but even ignoring that it's an entertaining enough hour and a half.
  • Deleted user 27 January 2013 17:00:16
    The Collector - 7/10

    Vaguely original(ish) Saw-esque film where a guy breaks into a house, only to discover someone else has already broken in to systematically torture the family. Not brilliant, but okay. The cinematographer has clearly watched too much David Fincher, though.

    The Collection - 3/10

    Recent sequel to the above, and it basically does away with the originality and just makes it Saw Mk 2 (including the horror cliche of somehow making the bad guy indestructible).
  • kalel 27 Jan 2013 17:03:40 88,451 posts
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    I think the original did start out as something to do with Saw. A sequel, or a spin off or something.
  • Kostabi 27 Jan 2013 17:05:24 4,978 posts
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    Ahhh! I remember someone telling me about The Collector years ago and thought it sounded interesting but instantly forgot the name. Cheers for lifting the fog.
  • Deleted user 27 January 2013 17:06:06
    Yeah, looking up on it, it was supposed to be a prequel, but the studio actually said "no more Saw films". Presumably they saw the torture porn trend decline and the supernatural crap take the Halloween Release spot.
  • craigy Staff 27 Jan 2013 17:55:27 7,722 posts
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    Zero Dark Thirty: 8/10
    Very tense work, even though ultimately you know where the film is heading.

    The Debt: 5/10
    The entire cast displays uneven accents, but mildly interesting.

    Lincoln: 2/10
    Spielberg is infatuated with smoke machines, to the point where he uses them at all times to add supposed depth to his compositions. Even indoors. He frequently makes illogical lighting choices in order to cast shadows across anything and everything, again to add supposed depth. It's an addiction and a sign of lazy direction. The film is poorly paced and badly acted in many places. I'd really recommend avoiding this lincoln log.
  • captbirdseye 27 Jan 2013 18:02:47 5,108 posts
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    craigy wrote:
    Zero Dark Thirty: 8/10
    Very tense work, even though ultimately you know where the film is heading.

    The Debt: 5/10
    The entire cast displays uneven accents, but mildly interesting.

    Lincoln: 2/10
    Spielberg is infatuated with smoke machines, to the point where he uses them at all times to add supposed depth to his compositions. Even indoors. He frequently makes illogical lighting choices in order to cast shadows across anything and everything, again to add supposed depth. It's an addiction and a sign of lazy direction. The film is poorly paced and badly acted in many places. I'd really recommend avoiding this lincoln log.
    Tbh i thought Lincoln produced two of the best performances of the year from Day-Lewis and Tommy Lee Jones. I understand your complaint abot Spielbergs traits but no way was this film poorly acted.

    Edited by captbirdseye at 18:05:01 27-01-2013
  • oldschoolsoviet 27 Jan 2013 18:04:25 5,503 posts
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    Robot & Frank - 9/10

    Frank is a "retired" cat-burglar, trying to cope in his older years with the onset of Alzheimers. His son buys him a robot helper/carer in order to look after him following a set care programme, but Frank's realisation that the robot doesn't pay heed to the legality of certain actions sets about a different programme closer to heart.....

    The near-future environment, the lil' nods in the script, the relationship that develops and how it all pans out combine to create a stunning film. Absolutely adored this.

    Bunraku- wtf/10

    Josh Hartnett as a fast-fisted, gambling cowboy ! Woody Harrelson as the sage barkeep ! Ron Pearlman as the shady big-boss ! Demi Moore as a whore/wife ! Some Japanese guy as a Samurai.......

    Bizarre post-apocalyptic Eastern setting, stunning shots and set design, brilliantly lit and atmosphere and style by the bucketload. Fights choreographed to oldie big band swing like 60's West-era Batman, "sung" musical prompts and introductions, and the papercraft (Bunraku is Japanese paper theatre) theme throughout all show signs of brilliance.

    Pity the plot is awful, clichéd tripe, the script and acting leaden, and watching it is a mixed affair - it's certainly pretty, but why am I wasting my time watching it ?
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