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  • imamazed 23 Sep 2013 10:52:37 5,533 posts
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    TechnoHippy wrote:
    Compliance

    This is a weird film, it's based on true events (apparently) and explores how people will blindly obey authority. It's not a bad idea and starts with the manageress of a small fast food restaurant receiving a phone call from a police officer who explains that one of her staff has committed a crime. From that point he issues a series of quite frankly absurd instructions which the manageress and some of the staff comply with.

    I can't fault the film as such, the cast do a good job with what they have. It tells the story well and effectively, however the real problem is the stupidity of it. It's hard to comprehend how ridiculous the events are. Anyone with any sense wouldn't have obeyed if the policeman had been stood in front of them, let alone an unidentified voice over the phone.

    So the film is fine, but I ended up shouting at the screen at the stupidity of it, so for your own sake I'd give this a miss, unless of course you like watching stupid people doing stupid things for no sensible reason.

    4/10
    I agree mostly, but the thing is - it actually did happen. Stupid, yes, but you can't fault the film for it. I found it very intense, and disturbing, but couldn't say I enjoyed it, nor could I say I'd like to see it again.
  • Chopsen 23 Sep 2013 10:56:13 15,849 posts
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    Side Effects

    Wasn't expecting to enjoy this. I generally don't get along with medical dramas, and the first 20 minutes or so are very po-faced and I expected to develop in to some kind of social piece about antidepressants. Went unexpectedly to silly town on the daft bus and was really enjoyable.

    78%
  • kalel 23 Sep 2013 10:57:31 86,909 posts
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    Side Effects

    Watched this on Netflix late last night when I couldn't sleep, and it massively exceeded my expectations. I've really lost faith with Soderbergh over the years, and was coming to the point where I was considering him a hack, but this was a real return to form and very comparable to Sex, Lies and Videotape in several ways.

    Without spoiling too much, I like a film where you can never really be sure what type of film you're watching, and this had me fooled a few times. It's helped by a truly brilliant performance by Rooney Mara who is a serious talent, although by a similar token it's held back by an incredibly (literally and metaphorically) plastic performance by Zeta Jones. And Jude Law is doing his usual Rada-esque stage acting shtick which sometimes works (AI, Closer) and sometimes feels incredibly hammy (Road to Perdition, this).

    My only real criticism is it just slightly fell-apart right at the end, but only just. All in all it was a bit of a treat.

    8/10
  • Load_2.0 23 Sep 2013 10:58:20 19,132 posts
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    Well that confirms it, Chopsen and Kalel are dating.
  • kalel 23 Sep 2013 10:59:48 86,909 posts
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    Well what a coincidence!
  • Chopsen 23 Sep 2013 11:03:44 15,849 posts
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    He ate all the popcorn as well, the bitch.
  • Deckard1 23 Sep 2013 11:06:03 27,679 posts
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    Was there a meaty surprise at the bottom though?

    Hush you ponce

  • Dougs 23 Sep 2013 11:07:37 67,143 posts
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    Cheers, added to the list.
  • CosmicFuzz 23 Sep 2013 11:30:27 23,825 posts
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    Side Effects is very good, but I agree the ending kind of falls apart. Great stuff until then though.

    Regarding Compliance, I've been meaning to watch it for a while now, and after listening to the director be interviewed on Empire podcast I learned that it's not actually based on one true event. Apparently these types of phone calls happen a lot and they pulled from about 3 or 4 different sources to create one event. So it is based on real life, but they've magnified and exaggerated the one singular event.

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  • imamazed 23 Sep 2013 11:36:21 5,533 posts
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    CosmicFuzz wrote:
    Side Effects is very good, but I agree the ending kind of falls apart. Great stuff until then though.

    Regarding Compliance, I've been meaning to watch it for a while now, and after listening to the director be interviewed on Empire podcast I learned that it's not actually based on one true event. Apparently these types of phone calls happen a lot and they pulled from about 3 or 4 different sources to create one event. So it is based on real life, but they've magnified and exaggerated the one singular event.
    Oh, fair enough. I don't want to spoil anything, but a certain "outrageous" plot point in the film I know is based on a true event; even if not consistent with the rest of the film.
  • kalel 23 Sep 2013 11:37:28 86,909 posts
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    I thought Compliance was interesting, but for a supposedly serious film it veered uncomfortably towards being gratuitous/exploitative. Too many Hollywood films these days use the excuse of exploring certain themes as cover for a bit of rape porn. It's a fine line to tread, but I think this one probably went further than was necessary to tell the story.
  • kalel 23 Sep 2013 11:58:44 86,909 posts
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    I also saw The Devil's Double. also on Netflix.

    Supposed biopic (no actual evidence for any of it ever happening) of Uday Hussein's (Saddam's son) double. Probably more a thriller based on events rather than a true biopic, it's competent, if a touch 'made for TV'.

    Dominic Cooper does an extremely impressive double role right up there with the best examples, but apart from him there's not much to it. It's not really the in-depth examination of Saddam's Iraq that it could have been though, and you feel that there's a much meatier film that could have been made. It's a missed opportunity really. Still, it's watchable.

    The real highlight is just how much Uday Hussein looks like Louie Suarez.

    6/10
  • beastmaster 23 Sep 2013 13:34:19 11,316 posts
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    Rites Of Spring - 5.5/10

    One of those 'interesting' horror films that tries to avoid the usual horror clichés before unleashing all of them in a barrage in the final 15-20 minutes.

    The plot is a bit different from the usual "indestructible madman with a weapon" for a while. There are two separate stories going on which, over time, become connected. The first involves an abduction and the second a group of kidnappers.

    The acting is mostly excellent and the plot keep me interested for the most part. But I found myself being more curious as to what was going to happen next rather than cowering behind something through fear.

    It's gory in places but not massively so. It doesn't resort to loud jump scares either which is also a bonus.

    However, the last 20 minutes is just your usual "here comes the nut-job" fare with cars not starting, victims falling over, not checking the back seat of the car type nonsense.

    Interesting fare that ends up just slightly better than average and is not the slightest bit scary.

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  • -cerberus- 23 Sep 2013 13:54:57 2,701 posts
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    House on Haunted Hill (1999)

    Entertaining but unremarkable. This particular nightmare scene however is the movie's highlight and deserves a 9/10! I remember seeing this in theatres back in the late 90's and nearly filling up my pants with smelly brown goo :lol: The rest is just meh...

    4/10

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  • Deleted user 23 September 2013 18:36:40
    Goodbye Lenin.

    Been a few years since i seen this, really holds up, such a terrific film. Always been one of my favourites, but on this viewing it had a poignancy that i can't remember seeing last time round.

    For those yet to see it, (copies and paste blurb) The year is 1989 and East and West Germany are still divided. Alex (Daniel Bruhl - In rush for those who have seen it) and his sister Ariane (Maria Simon) live in East Germany with their single mother, Christiane (Katrin Sass) who is a staunch Socialist. When Alex’s mother witnesses his arrest on a protest march, she suffers a heart attack and falls into a coma for eight months, just enough time for the Berlin Wall to come tumbling down, along with all of East Germany’s ideals. Eight months later, Christiane wakes up and things have changed. The doctors warn Alex that any shock could bring on a fatal heart attack. He then realizes he must convince his mother that her beloved Communism has not been overthrown but is in fact triumphing over Capitalism. Alex then sets out to recreate every detail of the old East inside the four walls of their tiny council flat … what begins as a little white lie soon turns into a major deception with hilarious consequences!


    The film is very funny, with loads of great observations, underneath all that, is a deeply layered film about family.

    10/10
  • Toonster 23 Sep 2013 19:08:15 6,842 posts
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    Also a fan of Goodbye Lenin. Great flick, though I haven't seen it in ages.

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  • wobbly_Bob 23 Sep 2013 20:32:21 1,714 posts
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    Another vote for Goodbye Lenin, fantastic film.
  • CharlieStCloud 23 Sep 2013 20:50:15 5,202 posts
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    Good Bye, Lenin! is one of my favouritiest German film after Black Book.

    ... such a lovely story!
  • -cerberus- 23 Sep 2013 21:23:39 2,701 posts
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    @CharlieStCloud Black Book is a Dutch film ;) Or did you mean Der Untergang (Downfall)?

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  • TechnoHippy 23 Sep 2013 21:35:58 14,707 posts
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    @imamazed

    I did say that I couldn't blame the film for the people's stupidity, it didn't make it any less annoying to watch :-)

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  • CharlieStCloud 23 Sep 2013 21:40:08 5,202 posts
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    Clearly I don't know which language is which therefore I can safely say I am a little bit dim in that department.

    ... I guess this means Good Bye, Lenin! is my favourite German film after all.

    Black Book is blooming superb though, German or not!
  • spindle9988 23 Sep 2013 21:47:36 3,528 posts
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    The hangover 3

    Even though the last one got slated, I really enjoyed it. Really not sure where they were going with this one though. It does have a couple of funny bits but the tone just feels wrong

    4/10
  • Deleted user 23 September 2013 22:05:10
    @CharlieStCloud Havn't seen Black Book, didn't realise it was a paul Verhoven film either. Will be sure to check it out.
  • thelzdking 23 Sep 2013 22:14:12 4,367 posts
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    Heavenly Creatures - 10/10

    The love between the two main characters is coruscating. Heartbreaking.
  • dominalien 23 Sep 2013 23:13:13 6,848 posts
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    Iron Man 3

    What a disappointment. It's not funny, it's not clever, it's not gripping, it's basically nothing. I will finish watching, maybe even tomorrow, but for now, it's

    turnedoffhalfwaythrough/10

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  • khaz 24 Sep 2013 12:14:50 2,780 posts
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    joelstinton wrote:
    Goodbye Lenin.

    Been a few years since i seen this, really holds up, such a terrific film. Always been one of my favourites, but on this viewing it had a poignancy that i can't remember seeing last time round.

    For those yet to see it, (copies and paste blurb) The year is 1989 and East and West Germany are still divided. Alex (Daniel Bruhl - In rush for those who have seen it) and his sister Ariane (Maria Simon) live in East Germany with their single mother, Christiane (Katrin Sass) who is a staunch Socialist. When Alex’s mother witnesses his arrest on a protest march, she suffers a heart attack and falls into a coma for eight months, just enough time for the Berlin Wall to come tumbling down, along with all of East Germany’s ideals. Eight months later, Christiane wakes up and things have changed. The doctors warn Alex that any shock could bring on a fatal heart attack. He then realizes he must convince his mother that her beloved Communism has not been overthrown but is in fact triumphing over Capitalism. Alex then sets out to recreate every detail of the old East inside the four walls of their tiny council flat … what begins as a little white lie soon turns into a major deception with hilarious consequences!


    The film is very funny, with loads of great observations, underneath all that, is a deeply layered film about family.

    10/10
    I adore this film to bits.
  • TechnoHippy 24 Sep 2013 13:14:00 14,707 posts
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    The Blair Witch Project

    I remember watching this when it first came out and not being greatly impressed. It wasn't a bad film by any means, but it didn't match up to the hype surrounding it's release. I thought I'd give it another watch and I'll confess that I enjoyed it more this time round.

    That's not say that it's a great film, far from it, but it is a solid horror movie that makes good use of very little. It's biggest strength for me is that it relies more on atmosphere and building the feeling of tension rather than shocks or cheap camera tricks.

    The lost footage format has been used many times since, but what The Blair Witch Project gets right compared to most of these later films is that it feels authentic, most films of a similar vein had obviously higher production values that fight with the raw footage concept.

    The film's story is a simple one, local legend tells of a witch that haunts the forest. A team of young film makers head into the woods to film a documentary about the legend. The story progresses at a slow pace, it teases at the presence in the woods and most of the film is simply the crews' reactions to these clues. It does however build pace to an abrupt and slightly enigmatic ending.

    Much has been made of the film's very low budget and while it shows it doesn't really harm the film. In part it aids the authentic feel of the film, it also forces the film makers to get a lot from very little, which they do manage to achieve.

    So while the story isn't particularly new, the format was reasonably so (for its time) and it still stands as a decent horror watch.

    7/10

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  • TOOTR 24 Sep 2013 19:26:51 9,516 posts
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    Well, obviously I'm going to have to check out Goodbye Lenin aren't I? :)

    Everybody should just calm down a little bit and have a nice cup of tea.

  • TOOTR 24 Sep 2013 19:28:27 9,516 posts
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    This is the end

    self-indulgent yet occasionally hilarious.

    6.5/10

    What is good to follow up on this one is the comedy central roast of James Franco - again, at times very self-indulgent but frequently hilarious.

    Everybody should just calm down a little bit and have a nice cup of tea.

  • craigy Staff 24 Sep 2013 19:35:04 7,586 posts
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    InRealLife: 6/10
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