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  Reply # 930949 11-Nov-2013 18:25 Send private message quote this post

Thor: TDW It was ok. Visually quite impressive, but the plot was boring. Another bad guy out to destroy the universe. Don't they know that they never ever win?

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  Reply # 931275 12-Nov-2013 10:54 Send private message quote this post

the world's end - better than expected 7/10

the wolverine - much better than the last solo wolverine and xmen last stand films put together - a solid 6/10

man of steel 3d - what a waste of time ! 3d sux 3/10

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  Reply # 933378 13-Nov-2013 17:54 Send private message quote this post

NZ255: Well whatever you do don't see Runner Runner, last time I let my brother decide what movie we watch.


I originally read that as 'Blade Runner' and was like...



Just saw 'After Earth' - so glad I didn't pay to see this in theatre. I don't get why this movie was even made.




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  Reply # 933388 13-Nov-2013 18:16 Send private message quote this post

Saw "Captain Phillips" on Sunday. Enjoyed it too!




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  Reply # 935285 17-Nov-2013 18:56 Send private message quote this post

Cinerama Holiday 1955. Cinerama the 1950s Imax. Restored from pink negatives.

PQ = 8, sound = 6 Story. Well it's a travelog of the 1950s so it's interesting from a historical point of view..




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  Reply # 937270 19-Nov-2013 13:08 Send private message quote this post

^ was that off bluray ?

i've seen how the west was won bd in a simulated curved screen presentation that only works on a big screen.


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  Reply # 943607 1-Dec-2013 09:29 One person supports this post Send private message quote this post

I was over in the States a few weeks ago, and with all the travelling time, plus a little bit of downtime while I was over there, I got to catch up on a number of films:
Silver Linings Playbook - 8/10
A fantastic film.  They did a good job of presenting mental illness.  A lot of the time, it's undiagnosed or just seen as eccentricity, which is where both Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro won me over.  Both of them showed how it can affect you in small ways, but with big impact.   Jennifer Lawrence, as always, was good.

The Man with the Iron Fists - 4/10
It looked like a fun film going by the trailer, but it was pretty much rubbish.  RZA, Russell Crowe, and Lucy Liu - it looked like it could have been nicely tongue-in-cheek, but it just came across as silly.  (Disclaimer - I watched this on the flight from LAX to Sydney, and was pretty sleep-deprived, which may have affected my viewing)

Safety Not Guaranteed - 6/5/10
Another film where the trailer made it look good, but in this case it wasn't too bad.  The plot is about a magazine writer who volunteers to write a story about a guy who has placed an ad for a companion to travel through time with him.  He brings along a couple of interns, and life lessons abound.  Slightly cheesy, but mostly harmless.  I like how the ending leaves things a little ambiguous.

Young Adult - 7/10
Pretty good - Charlize Theron as a ghost writer for a series of young adult books, which are being phased out.  She goes back to her hometown for her the christening of her ex-boyfriend's (Patrick Wilson) first baby, with the intention of winning him back.  Patton Oswalt plays a geek from her high-school past, imparting life lessons.  It's quite a good story, about her attempts to live in the past when everyone else has moved on, if a bit sappy at the end.  All the actors do a good job.

House of Cards: The Final Cut - 8.5/10
I finally finished the original, British trilogy about Francis Urquart, the Machiavellian Prime Minister striving to create his legacy.  I haven't seen the US version of House of Cards yet, though I've heard it's not too bad.  Personally, I think it will have a hard time matching the original.  Slightly awkward watching this on a plane though, with the frequent nudity cropping up just when the drinks and meals are being served...

Thor: The Dark World (IMAX 3D) - 7.5/10
Good fun, at least as good as the first.  I got the chance to see it when I was in New York, in 3D IMAX.  The IMAX was good, but the 3D didn't add much.  They managed to retain some of the wry humour that popped up in the first Thor and Avengers films, which helped things along a bit.  Chris Hemsworth seems pretty comfortable in his role as Thor, and it's hard to imagine anyone else playing it so well.  That goes double for Tom Hiddleston as Loki, who is only equalled by Shane Cortese's version of the mischief-maker in The Almighty Johnsons (albeit, in a completely different way).

Ender's Game (IMAX) - 6.5/10
I haven't read the story, but I knew that it was written in the 80s and is pretty popular.  So I was in the fortunate position of being able to see the film (again, in New York) without any preconceived notions (I don't think I even saw the trailer, which is unusual for me).  I thought it was okay.  It was a bit slow moving, and I couldn't really understand what made Ender so motivating and leader-like, but the ending wasn't too bad.  Talking to a couple of people after the film who had read the book, they were livid about the way the story had been abused, and said that the movie bore almost no resemblance to the book, which is different in lots of ways, apparently.  They said the book was much better, and far richer, than the film, so I'm going to try and read now so I can see how different the two are...

There were some other films I saw, but I can't remember what they were, so I'll post more mini-reviews when I can remember what I've seen....

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  Reply # 944001 2-Dec-2013 11:16 One person supports this post Send private message quote this post

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Ender's Game (IMAX) - 6.5/10
I haven't read the story, but I knew that it was written in the 80s and is pretty popular.  So I was in the fortunate position of being able to see the film (again, in New York) without any preconceived notions (I don't think I even saw the trailer, which is unusual for me).  I thought it was okay.  It was a bit slow moving, and I couldn't really understand what made Ender so motivating and leader-like, but the ending wasn't too bad.  Talking to a couple of people after the film who had read the book, they were livid about the way the story had been abused, and said that the movie bore almost no resemblance to the book, which is different in lots of ways, apparently.  They said the book was much better, and far richer, than the film, so I'm going to try and read now so I can see how different the two are...


Slightly off topic, I just finished the 5th book in the Ender Saga and I'm disappointed to hear the movie doesn't live up to the book but I'll probably see it anyway. Just wanted to jump in and +1 you have to read it, the books are amazing! I especially liked Ender's Shadow, which is Bean's story.




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  Reply # 944032 2-Dec-2013 12:12 One person supports this post Send private message quote this post

I read the series way way back but just re-read Ender's Game. I'm looking forward to the movie. None of the big name sci fi movies have done much for me this year though like Elysium, Star Trek, WWZ or After Earth. I'm hoping Mr. Pip and Captain Philips fare better. I also want to see About Time and Blue Jasmine.

Edit: tv seems to have taken the place of movies for best viewing ie. Justified, House of Cards, Walking Dead, Game of Thrones. There's a pirate show called Black Sails coming up that might be good too. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2375692/




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  Reply # 944036 2-Dec-2013 12:15 Send private message quote this post

Saw Interns on sky on demand last night.

Kind of wish I hadn't.

It was quite slow, a bit pointless and not up to the usual standard of Vince Vaughan and Owen Wilson.





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  Reply # 944040 2-Dec-2013 12:22 One person supports this post Send private message quote this post

Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is probably the best movie I've seen in a long while.




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  Reply # 944110 2-Dec-2013 13:46 Send private message quote this post

Other films seen while I was away...

Hitchcock - 7.5/10
It was pretty good.  Helen Mirren is great as always, and Anthony Hopkins did well as Hitch.  Engaging story, well told.

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps - 6.5/10
Not as dreadful as I was expecting, but a far cry from the original.  I used to like Shia LaBeouf, but I've kind of gone off him (even before this film).  The ending felt a bit flat.

Total Recall (Colin Farrell remake) - 5/10
This one was as dreadful as I was expecting, and goes to show that sometimes (most times) Hollywood should leave the classics alone.  The whole thing just didn't feel believable (which is hilarious when it's being compared to the original Total Recall, which doesn't really deal in reality so much), and lacked the scope and scale of the Verhoeven original.  All flash and no bang...

Argo - 8.5/10
Even with the historical inaccuracy about the role of Kiwis during the Iran Hostage Crisis, it was still a great film.  Well plotted and paced, and pretty good acting all round, it was a really enjoyable film.

Jack Reacher - 8/10
I haven't read the books, but I was well aware of the controversy around the casting of Tom Cruise as Reacher.  Putting this aside, though, it's a pretty good film.  I enjoyed it enough that I managed to track down a copy of One Shot at the hotel, and read the first few chapters.  It seems reasonably faithful (the physicality of Reacher aside) and works even without it being a "Reacher" film.



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  Reply # 944126 2-Dec-2013 14:11 Send private message quote this post

Rewatched Scarface the other night. That film really holds up - even though it is VERY early-1980's it still holds up as a very watchable gangster film.

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  Reply # 944208 2-Dec-2013 16:15 Send private message quote this post

7th voyage of sinbad bd - the film is a classic but this hd presentation is awful !

grainy, fuzzy - it looks more like vhs than bd.

1/10

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  Reply # 944240 2-Dec-2013 16:43 Send private message quote this post

I love scifi but Elysium was a badly cast, badly acted (Jodie Foster appears to have completely forgotten how to act) clichéd piece of screen torture. 4/10

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