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A good, old-fashioned horror film. It just works. The goat is genius. Ted Raimi's cameo is glorious.
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imamazed 6,295 posts
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Blue Jasmine - 8 / 10
Woody Alan's best film for years and a great performance from Cate Blanchett that is sure to see her nominated for an Oscar. The plot dragged a bit at times but always picked up again thanks to some first class supporting performances from Alec Baldwin, Louis CK, Sally Hawkins, Bobby Cannavale and most surprisingly of all Andrew Dice Clay.
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nickthegun wrote:The ending was so hard to watch. Me and the missus were just sitting there opened mouthed
TheHammerite wrote:Yeah, its a really good film. King actually said he wished he had thought of the movie ending, rather than the one he actually wrote.
The Mist 8/10
A town is invaded by a mist that carries vile monsters in it. A bunch of people hole up in a supermarket and try to survive. Loved it.
MoGamer2006 1,019 posts
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Loved The Mist, but as a new parent I don't think I could ever watch it again.
craigy Staff 8,791 posts
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Blue Jasmine: 7/10
I'm a fan of Woody whatever he does, and this is another solid film from him. The supporting cast were great, especially Andrew Dice Clay and Bobby Cannavale.
The Hunt - 10/10
Phenomenal. Harrowing as hell. Gripping.
Saw it because of the rave reviews from this here thread.
Short synopsis: the villain from Casino Royale (Mads Mikkelsen - a terrific actor, as it turns out) is accused of something heinous. Stuff happens.
This is an utterly nightmarish movie. It slowly turns up the tension until you're left squirming in your seat, riveted but overwhelmed.
It makes We Need to Talk About Kevin seem like a pleasant Sunday afternoon family flick.
I only bring up the comparison (a flawed one, sure, but I'm committed to it now) in order to illustrate that this, whilst being an excellent movie, is also an emotional ordeal. The Hunt is much less wanton and and ghoulish than WNTTAK while being more relatable and pleasant - but for the same reasons, it is also more difficult. It elicits your sympathy, it ropes you in, and it gently puts a hand around your throat. It then proceeds to constrict that hand, ever-so-gradually, until you're left completely at its mercy. Then it strangles you and smacks you around, leaving you dazed, drained and disillusioned.
Don't let that put you off, though. It's fantastic.
I really can't rave about this movie enough. I may have overstated how 'unpleasant' it is, but really, it's eminently watchable, with great performances, sympathetic characters, etc.
My film of the year.
(Maybe that'll change after I see Gravity.)
I was sure that, at the end, the whole town was in on some sort of sinister pact to kill Mads Mikkelsen and make it look like a hunting accident. (I suppose that is what happened, kinda.)
I'm glad he didn't die, but perhaps death would have been more merciful than a lifetime of ostracisation. Not that it matters, since by that point, his life has already been thoroughly ruined.
Edited by sirtacos at 23:05:36 04-10-2013
mrpon 32,265 posts
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Hansel & Gretel UK Netflix
A bit slapstick, silly and short.
MetalDog 24,035 posts
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And the cat =P
I love Drag Me to Hell - great little horror. If you haven't seen Insidious yet, check it out, it's almost as good.
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Pacific Rim - 6/10
Alright to look at but fucking hell, the standard of acting and the script is absolute dogwank.
Yeah but that was Del Toro's intention. He purposefully made those elements of the movie fucking awful, or something...
Deep Red is an Italian horror film from the mid seventies, it's considered a classic in the genre and with good reason. It tells the story of a pianist who becomes involved in the investigation of a murder committed by a masked killer.
In many ways the film shows it age, the acting is overly dramatic, the effects obvious (although no more so than some of the CG effects in recent films), but it does have a number of traits that stand the test of time. The first is the story, it is well paced and unfurls in an interesting direction.
The humour in the film also adds to the entertainment, it intersperses the strangeness and the horror of what is going on. For its time it's also quite gory and the effects must have been quite shocking. Like most good horror films it doesn't rely on shock and gore to make its point, there are a few creepy moments.
I mentioned strange and as well as creepiness the film has its surreal moments too. These use tricks familiar to us now, but again were novel for their time. All in all this is still a fun film to watch and also provides some good instruction in how a good horror can work.
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Iron Man 3
Much better than I thought it would be given some of the flak it got.
Quite liked the change of pace and it being more about the mindset of 'Iron Man' rather than just boom-blam-kaboom.
The bad guy was never threatening though, and the introduction of the kid was needless and cheesy.
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Gravity - 8.5/10
Absolutely gorgeous and incredibly intense film. Visual effects were brilliant and Cuaron definitely deserves a nod for Best Director.
Two problems... dialogue and Clooney. It's really one of those films where the less said, the better. Some of the lines were a bit cringeworthy and almost took me out of the movie entirely. Same with Clooney, his appearance is too jarring. I enjoy his acting, but probably would have liked another (less recognizable) actor in his place.
That said, Bullock gives a great performance, and there was a certain moment that made me tear up. There's definitely no other film like it. See it on the biggest screen possible.
Edited by Toonster at 21:52:20 05-10-2013
The Pit and the Pendulum
I can't believe I've not watched this before! Lance Henrikson is always fun to watch in action and this is the dark and twisted role he excels in. He plays the infamous Torquemada, the bane of heretics and head of the Spanish Inquisition. He is bewitched by a young bakers wife and accuses her of witchcraft, this is a regime that only accepts confession if it is given under torture, which sets the tone of the film.
Torquemada becomes obsessed with the woman and blames her for his feelings and tortures her and her husband who attempts to rescue her. The story is loosely based on Poe's story of the same name, it's fairly predictable, but well told. For the most part everyone does a good job with their roles, Oliver Reed even makes a quick appearance to have a few drinks.
In fairness Henrikson carries the film, his portrayal of Torquemada is great fun to watch (I might have to watch Millennium again),l he plays the zealot very well and it's worth watching for that alone.
Yeah very Rocky-esque and full of cheese but hey it hooked me from the start, great film.
Tom Hardy was good and Nick Nolte was immense as the mental dad.
It's OK. But also fucking shit. I bet the Guardian loved it
I enjoyed it I also disliked it immensely.
Clooney was a big no no for his role. There is just something about his acting that feels like he's phoning it in. He's so one note throughout.
After the initial "incident" the peril gets old a bit quickly as its one thing after another and the screenplay struggles to pad it all out.
Great effects though
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Thats really good news. I was worried it would be a bit boring, but it turns out its a 10/10.
Glad Clooney puts on a good performance too. One of my favourite actors.
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Excellent film, based on a true story about a group of high school kids building there own rockets after the Russians launched Sputnik.
The end credits attest to the 'based on a true story' part.
Well worth catching if you can, great attention to period detail, late 1950's - one of Jake Gyllenhaal's earlier films.
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Brsm Stoker's Dracula
Keanu Reeves' notoriously shit acting aside, the film is still excellent. An absolute feast for the eyes and ears, and manages to eke out a deeply tragic love story from the events of a book in which none such story exists.
The sets, the costumes, the music, and a borderline surreal sense of photography in places make it, by far, one of my favourite adaptations of classic Victorian horror literature (and definitely my favourite adaptation of the original novel).
Was expecting to hate, turns out I laughed a lot which means it was good right?
I also felt like vomiting a few times which is not as good.
Watched half of Pacific rim. Fell asleep.
3 / 10.
Exactly he same as all the other films of this type. Family moves into home. Non scary stuff yadda yadda. I nearly fell asleep virtually nothing happened and when it did I might have been watching a repeat of all the other nondescript possession/ghost films.
Utter crap. 2 hours I'll never get back
Terrible acting and casting. Was like watching the power rangers all over again. Some of the fights were good. That's all really.
Quite shit once you get past the great design and sleek visuals.
Dialogue is cringe-worthy. Plot is formulaic and dull. The cast is devoid of chemistry.
It's all quite bland really, but the visuals alone make this film worth seeing.
Also, the robot 'voices' are an inspired touch.
I was disappointed by the blindingly obvious 'twist'. I really hoped it was going to be more interesting than the Moon-like cloning scenario they went with.
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The Internship - 4/10
The 4 is because despite being incredibly formulaic, sticking to the "underdogs snatch victory" template so rigidly you could watch this and Cool Runnings simultaneously and get confused as to which is which, and despite being basically a two hour advert for Google, there are a couple of funny bits here and there. Though anyone with more than a passing knowledge of technical stuff will kind of roll their eyes in places, especially the bit where Owen Wilson seems to master CSS in about a week, even though in a previous scene he couldn't explain how to close a browser window properly.
How are folk seeing Gravity already? I can't wait to watch it, although there seem to be a few conflicting release dates as to when it's supposed to come out in the UK.
Does anyone else go to the cinema on their own? I did it last night and it felt really, really weird.
I'm at Grimmfest on my own. Watched a few great horror and sci-fi films. Got no problem watching on my own.
Up next...The Machine!
Here's what I saw at Grimmfest. Only got time to see 4 films.
The Human Race - 7.5/10
The film sets up some very simple rules from the start. A group of random strangers end up waking up in a location and told the following...
"If you are lapped twice, you die. If you step off the path, you die. If you touch the grass, you will die. Race... or die".
However, this film in not a 90 minute full-on action fest. A number of character stories are told is flashback as to how they got there. These vary drastically and build up the characters that you genuinely care about. The characters are a bit different from the usual stereotypes you get in these kind of films.
So, what happens if you do not follow the rulers. The head explodes Running Man style. However, there is a fair bit of gore in this film that comes from what people would do to survive and ensure winning in those kind of circumstances.
It's also not stupid. Thinking of this situation they're in a number of things that came into my head whilst I was watching this. Some really obvious "Why don't they...?" or 'Why doesn't he/she...?" moments. The film handles these which is a genuine surprise. Characters doing what normal, desperate people would do in those kind of circumstances.
The one thing that could alienate the audience though is when they reveal what the race is all about and why there are there. You'll either just accept it and go with it or go "what a load of bollocks!" or words to that effect.
Found - 9/10
"My brother keeps a severed human head in a bowling ball bag in his closet". This is the opening line of a film that delivers some seriously fucked-up shit. I loved it!
The audience came out of this pretty much shell-shocked as did I.
The plot focuses on a 12 year old boy, who is bullied at school, discovers that the older brother has some very dark secrets.
The first half of the film is slightly reminiscent of Stand By Me in terms of tone. A young boy who's growing up and feeling his parents are just not there for him. He's picked on at school and has to deal with the usual kind of problems. To a point...
Severed head in a blowing ball bag anyone? Yep, things start getting a bit darker about half way through the film. As in totally off the wall, bat-shit crazy, unrelenting, uncompromising, uncomfortable, shocking and totally outrageous. If anyones ever seen Excision and the last bonkers 15-20 minutes of that, this film gets like the end of that about half way through. Then it rapidly escalates.
Anyone who gets frightened, scared or finds the gore a bit too much in films such as Sinister or Insidious need not apply. This film makes these look like a gentle Disney film. Even the recent remake of The Evil Dead seems tame by comparison. Yes, Evil Dead has a lot more blood and gore but this is all about context.
This is one film you'll never forget. You may hate me for recommending it though and think I'm one seriously sick fuck. I'm not.
Stalled - 8/10
Hilarious British horror about a janitor trapped in a toilet cubical on Xmas eve due to a zombie apocalypse.
This film is a genuinely unexpected horror treat. The premise is brilliant and the film is very clever in the way it uses the (mostly) one location. Some of the set-peices are really well done.
The film is also really quite touching and saddening in places, which came as a surprise to me as I didn't expect much, if any, kind of emotional depth to this kind of film. It's also very gory and gut-bustingly funny in places.
The Machine - 9.5/10
A brilliant sci-fi horror film which has been compared to Blade Runner and it's easy to see why.
The plot focuses on two computer programmers who fall in love whilst creating a self-aware AI which is designed to help humanity. The MoD who are funding the project however, have different ideas.
The obvious comparisons to Blade Runner are clear pretty much apparent from the very start. The cinematography looks stunning and shot in pretty much the same way whilst the electronic score gives it that Vangelis vibe.
Comparisons don't end there though. The machine questions what it is to be alive, to be human and if it is possible for a machine to have a soul.
The film is a very different beast from Blade Runner though. There are also echoes of Frankenstein and Robocop in there as well. There's much more of a creator and creation relationship going on. The two main actors are excellent. Toby Stephens steals the show with his haunting performance as the machines creator. The machine is played by Caity Lotz, who proved she could kick ass in the TV series Death Valley.
For a film created on such a small budget, it's remarkable. It's only towards the end where the film's lack of budget shows itself in the action finale and that's the only thing that really hinders the film.
A film that truly deserves all the praise it's been getting. Never mind Gravity, this film needs to be seen as well.
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