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  Reply # 731554 12-Dec-2012 19:14 Send private message quote this post

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - The Movie. I still love this. A little dated and the editing is awful, but still great.

Also watch Man of Steel trailer. Pants wettingly awesome.

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  Reply # 731770 13-Dec-2012 08:51 Send private message quote this post

freitasm: Skyfall.

Good movie, but not great as I was expecting. The whole personal revenge thing didn't cut for me. I give it 7.5/10 (a bit less than the 8.1/10 average on IMDB).


+1.  This pretty much sums up everything I was going to say, and saves me having to type my usual wordy review...



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  Reply # 731780 13-Dec-2012 09:17 Send private message quote this post

You're all soulless. Mr Silva was fantastic! 

Screw you guys, I'm going home.


Kopkiwi: 
Also watch Man of Steel trailer. Pants wettingly awesome.


So much of this.

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  Reply # 731799 13-Dec-2012 09:39 Send private message quote this post

Hysteria. Solid 7.5 out of 10. Worth watching. Good story, average to good acting. Reasonably funny.




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  Reply # 731850 13-Dec-2012 10:26 Send private message quote this post

gehenna: You're all soulless. Mr Silva was fantastic! 

Screw you guys, I'm going home.


He was okay as a villain.  A little bit of Heath Ledger's Joker in there, particularly in the London Underground scene.  But I found his dastardly plans more than a little bit petty - revenge alone seemed too week, and the threat to MI6 didn't really seem that menacing.  Javier Bardem did really well in the role, especially the scene in his "lair" where he's got Bond chained to a chair.  One of the best moments in the film.

Judi Dench did a great job in this film, and it was great to see her be more than just the source of Bond's mission instructions.  The writers did well to integrate her character more fully into the story.  However, this came at the expense of the other Bond women, who kind of faded into the background.  Berenice Marhlow (sic?) as Severine really didn't bring anything to the story, and Naomie Harris kind of just bobbed along for the duration of the film, popping up every now and then.  I've heard others say that Dame Judi really is the number one Bond woman in this film, and I'm inclined to agree. 

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  Reply # 731861 13-Dec-2012 10:32 Send private message quote this post

Interesting M was a widower in this movie, when in Casino Royale she's bed with (supposedly?) her husband when MI6 calls her at home to report Bond's whereabouts...

Time flies.




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  Reply # 731973 13-Dec-2012 12:18 Send private message quote this post

Also watch Man of Steel trailer. Pants wettingly awesome.


I haven't seen this trailer yet. I do like most of Chris Nolan's movies, but I'm not sure if I want to see yet another superman remake.

Might have to view the trailer soon. :D 



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  Reply # 732091 13-Dec-2012 15:29 Send private message quote this post

DarthKermit: I do like most of Chris Nolan's movies 


It's a Zack Snyder film, Nolan is just Exec Producing...

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  Reply # 732095 13-Dec-2012 15:33 Send private message quote this post

gehenna:
DarthKermit: I do like most of Chris Nolan's movies 


It's a Zack Snyder film, Nolan is just Exec Producing...


Ah, thanks. I thought he was the director for some reason.

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  Reply # 733087 16-Dec-2012 11:29 quote this post

"Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi" and it's still awesome!!

But I reckon in real life Han Solo wouldn't go anywhere near Princess Leia because he might catch something really really nasty!



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  Reply # 733159 16-Dec-2012 14:40 Send private message quote this post

DarthKermit: 
Ah, thanks. I thought he was the director for some reason.


Either way it adds some serious credibility to a franchise that has been severely mistreated in the last few decades!

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  Reply # 733298 16-Dec-2012 22:14 Send private message quote this post

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey  (8/10)

An enjoyable "summer blockbuster" style movie, and certainly an entertaining 3 hours or so.

The basic storyline was fairly true to the book (Chapters 1 to 6); but as you'd expect for a three hour film based on that simple book, there was a lot of embellishment.  Not all of this, in my opinion, was required - without going into spoiler territory too much, I thought that the development of "The Baddie" was not required for this film.  I had heard some comments about the beginning being "slow"; the main thing I found unnecessary was the large amount of exposition/back-story in the "prologue".

Technically, I found it to be a stunning presentation, which I saw at The Embassy, so in 3D HFR with Atmos - the picture clarity and brightness were great; the 3D wasn't "in your face", but just made the whole thing seem much more real, in my opinion.  The Embassy's sound system is brilliant - it was great to hear snoring dwarfs all around you during a particular scene, for example.

From the opening bars of the soundtrack in the first few frames, I found the feeling of revisiting an old friend (Middle Earth) very strong; and it was great to see a number of reminders of previous films during this one.  I had my doubts when I first heard that they were going to make 3 films; and I was getting very worried over the last few weeks that due to the whole over-exposure that my expectations would be let down; but no, I really enjoyed the film, and am looking forward to the next two.

YMMV, of course!



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  Reply # 733367 17-Dec-2012 09:14 Send private message quote this post

The Hobbit: I also saw this at the Embassy and I'd agree with a lot of what is said above....except to say that I really enjoyed the whole "prologue" part of the film - it was a fantastic way to ease me back into The Shire and Middle Earth in general. I thought the "timing" of it was very clever in terms of how it fits with the wider film series.

I cannot stress how fantastic HFR is. I was quite literally smiling from ear to ear from the moment the opening titles disappeared and the first real HFR images I have ever seen filled the screen. This is the future of cinema, and I was sitting there almost welling up thinking "this must be what it was like when people heard talking movie's for the first time, or the first time they saw a film in colour". I was blown away - there was no period of adjustment for me, I was hooked from the first frame to the last.

The 3D is stunning, with the odd obligatory effects of something coming out of the screen or coming from behind you - but these were thankfully kept to a minimum and the 3D was used as it should be - to provide depth and balance to the world. The richness of these environments cannot be understated. Seeing the Dwarf and Goblin kingdoms in 3D is something I'll never forget.

The audio is also fantastic.  Several times i almost turned around to tell the people behind me to shut up - until I realised it was a snoring dwarf or some other rich sound from Middle Earth that we've never heard before.  Thankfully it's not overly loud - certainly not as loud as LOTR was when I first saw it at the Embassy years ago - perhaps that's because the sound is better distributed?

You need to see this in HFR 3D if you can. It won't be for everyone I'm sure, but there's no denying it's a massive game changer. I have to see this again, as many times as is financially viable :)

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  Reply # 734015 17-Dec-2012 23:36 Send private message quote this post

jamesrt: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey  (8/10)

An enjoyable "summer blockbuster" style movie, and certainly an entertaining 3 hours or so.

The basic storyline was fairly true to the book (Chapters 1 to 6); but as you'd expect for a three hour film based on that simple book, there was a lot of embellishment.  Not all of this, in my opinion, was required - without going into spoiler territory too much, I thought that the development of "The Baddie" was not required for this film.  I had heard some comments about the beginning being "slow"; the main thing I found unnecessary was the large amount of exposition/back-story in the "prologue".

Technically, I found it to be a stunning presentation, which I saw at The Embassy, so in 3D HFR with Atmos - the picture clarity and brightness were great; the 3D wasn't "in your face", but just made the whole thing seem much more real, in my opinion.  The Embassy's sound system is brilliant - it was great to hear snoring dwarfs all around you during a particular scene, for example.

From the opening bars of the soundtrack in the first few frames, I found the feeling of revisiting an old friend (Middle Earth) very strong; and it was great to see a number of reminders of previous films during this one.  I had my doubts when I first heard that they were going to make 3 films; and I was getting very worried over the last few weeks that due to the whole over-exposure that my expectations would be let down; but no, I really enjoyed the film, and am looking forward to the next two.

YMMV, of course!


Pretty much sums up my thoughts exactly, although I might add that there was a little overuse of CGI in this film. This was to be expected though.




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  Reply # 734445 18-Dec-2012 16:33 Send private message quote this post

jamesrt: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey  (8/10)

 The Embassy's sound system is brilliant - it was great to hear snoring dwarfs all around you during a particular scene, for example.



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