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  # 577680 5-Feb-2012 22:26
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Apollo 18 - wow, what can I say... 0.5/10. It was terrible beyond belief and I still can't figure out why I persevered...

Somehow the genre of "found footage" (a la Blair Witch and Paranormal Activity) simply did not work for this movie !




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  # 578085 7-Feb-2012 10:33
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Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy - 8.5/10

I read the book last year in anticipation of the movie.  I enjoyed the book, with my only real criticism being the disjointed timeframe (it was a bit hard to follow the action as it seemed to flick from past to present without any real indication of which was which), so I was looking forward to the movie.  It didn't disappoint.  I loved the feel of the film - almost despondent, describing the era very gloomily.  Gary Oldman as George Smiley does an amazing job, portraying the spyhunter as a very reserved figure, with very little outward emotion, but still conveying his feelings almost telepathically.  Benedict Cumberbatch, as Peter Guillam, does a very good job too as the slightly harried offsider to Smiley.

It's a slow burner, so prepare yourself to pay attention.  There's very little action, which made it all the more ironic that the trailers before the movie only included one blockbuster - Battleship - after a couple of arthouse film trailers, and a trailer for Leonardo Live.  Go figure!

 
 
 
 


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  # 578089 7-Feb-2012 10:56
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Last Saw: The Iron Lady
Waiting For: Iron Sky




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  # 578090 7-Feb-2012 10:57
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ScottStevensNZ: Last Saw: The Iron Lady
Waiting For: Iron Sky


And? How was it? 




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  # 578159 7-Feb-2012 13:01
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THe Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2011 version) - Excellent, gritty & well paced movie that kept me guessing throughout. 8/10.




 

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# 579239 9-Feb-2012 12:44
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The new Johhny English Movie..... LOVED IT!!!!
Would highly advise you to watch it Smile

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  # 579256 9-Feb-2012 13:00
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scareyclairy: The new Johhny English Movie..... LOVED IT!!!!
Would highly advise you to watch it Smile


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I actually think it's better than the first.  Great family movie, and we were all laughing our heads off.
   




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  # 580354 12-Feb-2012 08:02
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Shock: THe Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2011 version) - Excellent, gritty & well paced movie that kept me guessing throughout. 8/10.


This :)





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  # 580385 12-Feb-2012 09:29
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Wall Street (1987) - 7.5/10

From my list of "movies I should have watched by now but haven't got round to it", I finally watched the original Wall Street.  I quite enjoyed it - a lot of the stock terminology flew over my head, but then I didn't expect it to be a tutorial as such, and I understood the basic ideas.  I thought the ending was a little unusual, and a bit of an anti-climax - having built up the anticipation of a showdown between the main characters, the actual showdown is pretty limp, and it just pulls back to the skyline.  I guess it's intended to be a bit more realistic, but I was a bit surprised when the credits started rolling and there was nothing else.  I suppose you're expected to ponder the outcome and what happens afterwards.

It was cool for the experience of looking back 25 years and seeing the march of technology.  I also liked how Gordon Gecko is a fan of technology, marvelling at his 2" portable TV screen.  Made me smile.

Now I can watch the "sequel."  Not expecting much - such films never really amount to much, but at least I'll understand the character of Gecko better.

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  # 586754 25-Feb-2012 18:33
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Watched Drive on iTunes... Both me and wife give it 6.5/10. Not that great really.

Watched The Ides of March and can say the marketing is overhype. I give it 6/10.

Also watched The Rum Diary, a Caribbean version of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas... I give it 6/10.






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  # 586944 26-Feb-2012 14:19
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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (US) - 9/10

I read the book last year, in preparation for the US movie, and watched the Swedish movie a couple of weeks ago.  I really enjoyed it (about as much as you can "enjoy" a film with a graphic rape scene in it).  I liked the Swedish film, and don't have a problem with subtitles, but it was nice to be able to watch the film and not have to keep flicking my eyes to the bottom of the screen for the translation.

My only real criticisms are minor ones.  Daniel Craig's "Swedish" accent was a bit uneven, particularly compared to most of the other actors.  The running time was a bit drawn out, and probably could have shaved about 10-20 mins off.  One thing in particular that I liked was the opening credit sequence.  It reminded me of the classic Bond film tradition of devoting a sequence to a cool visual effect, with a good song to accompany it.  Trent Reznor's reworking of Led Zep's classic Immigrant Song is awesome, and the graphics which riffed on the motifs of the film got my foot tapping and quite excited for the film.

I've almost finished the second book, and will then watch the second Swedish film.  I'll also be looking forward to the US version of the second story...

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  # 586947 26-Feb-2012 14:36
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Watched Frequency last night.

Pretty dang cool, I'd give it 7/10... I'd have given it 8/10 but there's some continuity errors that bugged me.  It's not a time travel movie, rather, an accidental cross-time radio link connecting father and son across 30 years. Events get messed up and every attempt to correct the timeline makes things worse.




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  # 586970 26-Feb-2012 16:03
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Watched Moneyball (on Vudu).  While it's about baseball, it's a not a sports movie by any means. Brad Pitt was superb in the lead role as the GM of the Oakland A's.

I didn't know the final situation so while the result isn't so important as the path taken, that did add a bit of suspense for me.

As an aside I was able to stream this at 720p DD+ for 90 minutes without any pixellation or buffering. And this was not over a VPN.




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  # 588060 28-Feb-2012 22:17
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Elite Squad 2 : Enemy Within

One of the best non-hollywood crime thriller/drama since Infernal Affairs.  And yes, I seemed to have watched the sequel before watching the first one!!

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