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  # 1389711 18-Sep-2015 14:13
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Parklands on Rialto Channel. 8/10

Basic premise is the events at Parklands Hospital which is the hospital where JFK (and Oswald) were treated after their respective shootings.

Nice sideline stories about Abraham Zapruder shooting the famous footage and Robert Oswald (shooter's brother) dealing with his brother/mother.
Acting very good and it was very interesting - I didnt realise that Oswald had a brother who never doubted he shot Kennedy and subsequently refused to leave town/change his name.

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  # 1390288 19-Sep-2015 15:29
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avengers age of ultron bd  6/10

looked and sounded great on bd but just another by-the-numbers marvel film.


 
 
 
 


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  # 1390408 19-Sep-2015 19:36
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freitasm: Batman, The Movie (1966)... The same crew from the 1960s' TV series. Pretty funny and how different the take on the super heroes is compared to the movies from the 90s and 2000s. I give it a 6.5/10.


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Everest 10/10

Jesus that was a kick in the feels. Not a dry eye in the cinema.

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  # 1392907 23-Sep-2015 16:52
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Interstellar - 8/10

I took advantage of being home yesterday looking after a sick child to watch Interstellar, a film I had been meaning to watch for a while now.  Despite having to watch it in 2 sessions, and with the volume down low (to avoid waking said sick child), which made McConaghey's mumbled dialogue hard to hear, I really enjoyed it.  

It's a long film, and a convoluted story, which makes it a bit more challenging than the usual popcorn-fare, but I found the story to be rewarding despite the dreary/bleak outlook that dominates most of the film's running time.  There are more than a few macguffins throughout the story, but I didn't find them that distracting, and the core of the story - humanity's survival- still comes through strongly.  The cast is excellent, though Matthew McConaghey's low mumbling voice made it hard to hear what he was saying, and when it was exposition it left me a little lost at times.  Michael Caine, a Nolan stalwart, does a good job of the old professor at the heart of the plan for humanity's survival.  I was surprised at some of the other cast that I hadn't realised were in the film - John Lithgow, as McConaghey's father-in-law, Matt Damon as commander of the original NASA teams sent out to look for habitable planets, but everybody did a pretty good job.

My main criticism is with the running time - nearly 3 hours.  However, I think it can be justified as an "epic" film.  It scored highly in one area for me, in that I was able to finish the whole film without falling asleep, something that I (shamefully) can't say about 2001: A Space Odyssey, being the film that I would compare it with most strongly.  Admittedly, I wasn't able to finish it in one sitting (sick daughter woke up with 90 minutes still to go), but I think if I had seen it in the theatre I would have been able to follow the story a lot easier.

I found the portrayal of the robots TARS and CASE intriguing.  When they first appeared, I thought it was a joke and that it was a human inside a shiny cardboard box.  But then I realised that it was just how the fictional world presented the robots - as shiny, metal slabs that can reconfigure their arrangement to perform more useful tasks.  On more than a few occasions the convenient abilities of these giant metal slabs was jarring, but after a while the personality shone through and I just appreciated a change from the usual bipedal robots that sci-fi usually comes up with.



 
 
 
 


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  # 1392921 23-Sep-2015 17:41
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Kopkiwi: Everest 10/10 
Jesus that was a kick in the feels. Not a dry eye in the cinema.


Saw this last night with the wife - she was a blubbering mess at the end. Awesome movie, felt as though they really nailed how it might feel to be up there, and there wasn't any over-dramatisation. Just a very real portrayal of what was obviously a horrific experience.

Definitely worth a look and probably the best movie I have seen in 2015.

Strong 9/10.

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  # 1395167 27-Sep-2015 11:40
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Went and saw "The Intern" last night with the wife. Really decent movie, excellent acting, good plot. Unfortunately the ending wasn't quite as I'd expected and didn't quite do the rest of the film justice 7/10.

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  # 1398809 2-Oct-2015 14:32
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The Wolf of Wall Street 8/10

Full on from the opening scene. Di Caprio outstanding. 

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  # 1400653 6-Oct-2015 08:01
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Tomorrowland on BD

For a Disney film it was OK, but it was a little slow in parts and didn't really concentrate on Tomorrowland enough...not what I thought it was going to be but enjoyable enough and the kids mostly enjoyed it. 

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Lizard1977: Interstellar - 8/10

I took advantage of being home yesterday looking after a sick child to watch Interstellar, a film I had been meaning to watch for a while now.  Despite having to watch it in 2 sessions, and with the volume down low (to avoid waking said sick child), which made McConaghey's mumbled dialogue hard to hear, I really enjoyed it.  

It's a long film, and a convoluted story, which makes it a bit more challenging than the usual popcorn-fare, but I found the story to be rewarding despite the dreary/bleak outlook that dominates most of the film's running time.  There are more than a few macguffins throughout the story, but I didn't find them that distracting, and the core of the story - humanity's survival- still comes through strongly.  The cast is excellent, though Matthew McConaghey's low mumbling voice made it hard to hear what he was saying, and when it was exposition it left me a little lost at times.  Michael Caine, a Nolan stalwart, does a good job of the old professor at the heart of the plan for humanity's survival.  I was surprised at some of the other cast that I hadn't realised were in the film - John Lithgow, as McConaghey's father-in-law, Matt Damon as commander of the original NASA teams sent out to look for habitable planets, but everybody did a pretty good job.

My main criticism is with the running time - nearly 3 hours.  However, I think it can be justified as an "epic" film.  It scored highly in one area for me, in that I was able to finish the whole film without falling asleep, something that I (shamefully) can't say about 2001: A Space Odyssey, being the film that I would compare it with most strongly.  Admittedly, I wasn't able to finish it in one sitting (sick daughter woke up with 90 minutes still to go), but I think if I had seen it in the theatre I would have been able to follow the story a lot easier.

I found the portrayal of the robots TARS and CASE intriguing.  When they first appeared, I thought it was a joke and that it was a human inside a shiny cardboard box.  But then I realised that it was just how the fictional world presented the robots - as shiny, metal slabs that can reconfigure their arrangement to perform more useful tasks.  On more than a few occasions the convenient abilities of these giant metal slabs was jarring, but after a while the personality shone through and I just appreciated a change from the usual bipedal robots that sci-fi usually comes up with.




Actually I had forgotten about TARS and CASE...the "Marines" in the rectangular casings. 

They were, as you say, a change from the usual attempts at making humanesque bipeds in robot form. And they were function over form, as well. 
I couldn;t help but feel sorry for them, despite the fact that they were completely non-human...but I tend to anthropomorphise a lot of things...




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  # 1400659 6-Oct-2015 08:09
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Had to sit through San Andreas, awful, awful movie. Avoid at all cost. l




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