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  # 1015822 31-Mar-2014 09:34
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Watched the new Paranormal Activity - The Marked Ones.

Tripe.  Doesn't add anything of value to the series - which needs to die it's death with whatever dignity it has left.

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  # 1015824 31-Mar-2014 09:41
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I, Frankenstein 2014

Great idea, horrible execution. I agree with the 5/10 IMDB gives it. If they just spent a few more $$$s on speical effects, it would have been a great flick, I think.

 
 
 
 


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  # 1015830 31-Mar-2014 09:50
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Burn After Reading 2008

I've seen this before but watched again this weekend with other friends. It's a great Coen brothers flick. In fact, I'm sure I picked up several things this time around I may have missed before. Great cast, great acting, good, well woven story. A good laugh, too. 8/10.

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  # 1015870 31-Mar-2014 10:52
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gundar: Burn After Reading 2008

I've seen this before but watched again this weekend with other friends. It's a great Coen brothers flick. In fact, I'm sure I picked up several things this time around I may have missed before. Great cast, great acting, good, well woven story. A good laugh, too. 8/10.

I've been meaning to see this for years.

May have to rent on iTunes this week...






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  # 1015884 31-Mar-2014 11:01
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gundar: Burn After Reading 2008

I've seen this before but watched again this weekend with other friends. It's a great Coen brothers flick. In fact, I'm sure I picked up several things this time around I may have missed before. Great cast, great acting, good, well woven story. A good laugh, too. 8/10.

I've been meaning to see this for years.

May have to rent on iTunes this week...




Coen brothers are a safe bet for entertainment.



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  # 1015934 31-Mar-2014 12:09
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gundar:
Coen brothers are a safe bet for entertainment.


Aside from True Grit and No Country for Old Men, and O' Brother, I really can't get into the Coens.  Burn After Reading was lost on me.

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  # 1016013 31-Mar-2014 13:45
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^ Ditto, though I haven't seen O Brother...

 
 
 
 


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  # 1016074 31-Mar-2014 15:46
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American Hustle. 

I saw it at the cinema and was actually satisfied that I got my money's worth (this hasn't been a given for some years). 

Good story, some great performances (Bale and Lawrence were robbed for Oscars IMHO) and a good shake of the magic dust just makes a trip to the movies worth the while. 




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  # 1016126 31-Mar-2014 17:27
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Just had a marathon session over the weekend and watched The Walking Dead S1 & S2.




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  # 1017373 2-Apr-2014 17:03
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gehenna:
gundar:
Coen brothers are a safe bet for entertainment.


Aside from True Grit and No Country for Old Men, and O' Brother, I really can't get into the Coens.  Burn After Reading was lost on me.


it's a lucky dip with the coen bros.

their latest, inside llewyn davis is worth a look.

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  # 1017390 2-Apr-2014 17:30
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The mortal instruments, city of bones

Escapism in a clich├ęd angels vs demons type of mould.
Clearly aimed at teens and young adults, but I enjoyed it.

5/10




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  # 1017556 2-Apr-2014 22:32
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True Grit, okay. I wasn't engrossed, but I find Westerns uninviting for the most part. 6.8/10.



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  # 1017659 3-Apr-2014 08:59
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^That's one of my favourites.  Was great on the big screen. Beautiful cinematography and really well acted by the main 4 in the cast.  I really love that kind of moody story (my other favourite films are Children of Men and The Road).  Only problem I recall is that Jeff Bridges accent was very hard to follow in the cinema as it was so loud.  Blu-ray was a lot easier to follow.


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  # 1019451 6-Apr-2014 13:27
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Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2D) - 8/10

I'm not sure how much I say about this film without spoiling it for others, but here goes.  I really enjoyed it.  It was a great action film with some great set pieces.  I love the fighting style of Black Widow, which they seem to be adding to Cap's repertoire now he's a SHIELD agent.  The new characters they have introduced are pretty good too - Sam Wilson/Falcon and Alexander Pierce both added more than they took away.  The Winter Solider was good too, though the reveal about his identity wasn't a surprise even to me as a non comic-book-reader - I guess I just picked it up by osmosis from the internet.  What was a little suprising, in a good way, was the plot twist about the persons pulling the strings.  

 

The viewing of the film is definitely helped if you've seen the latest episode of Agents of SHIELD, putting a lot of the film's plot into a wider context.  I guess it wouldn't hurt the film, but you probably get more out of it if you're all caught up with the TV show.  That was probably the most satisfying thing for me - I can't think of another film or TV series that has taken full advantage of the potential for cross-overs.  Back in the day when Buffy and Angel were airing one after the other, there was the thrill of seeing one set of characters interacting with the others, but this goes a step further.  It's a geek/nerd dream, breaking down the walls between stories and enriching the storytelling universe.

I can't really talk about the plot without spoiling it for others.  But it's an intriguing premise that seems pretty topical considering events over the last few years, tapping into themes of freedom vs fear, how much privacy and control we are prepared to sacrifice in the name of "security", and how we can edge closer to the brink of that dilemma over a long period of time without realising how much ground we have conceded.

While the plot is a great starting point, I did feel that once it was fully laid out, it was set aside in the name of action.  And therein lies my only real criticism of the movie.  It didn't quite have as much "soul" as the first Cap film.  It's not a major problem because the film is still entertaining as hell, but sometimes it just feels a bit hollow.  It's still a worthy addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  I'm constantly amazed at how rich the MCU has become, and how well Marvel has been able to retain the integrity of the comic book genre while still drawing in the mainstream audience.  If it wasn't for the daunting task of working out where to start, I'd be tempted to start reading the comics to try and get even more out of it all.  

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Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World

Breath of fresh air.  Dragged near the 2/3's mark but all in all I liked the fun of it all.
Music reminded me of the '90s Supergrass era I'd forgotten about too wink






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