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  # 1253052 7-Mar-2015 22:10
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The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. 7/10.

Whimsical light comedy. I actually thought it was slightly better than the first one, which was a pleasant surprise as often sequels fall a bit short of the original. Not a great film, but a good one, with a great cast and eminently watchable. A good choice if you are looking for a light comedy that's good for a bit of a laugh, and a nice option to take the Wife/GF to. Maggie Smith, Judi Dench and Bill Nighy were as good as always, and Richard Gere was a nice addition.

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  # 1266125 23-Mar-2015 19:34
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Watched Zoolander last night, just because it was free on Netflix. Still a good 6.5/10 but some good laughs.

Can't say the same about Dumb and Dumber To. Watched it on the plane (QANTAS movie selection WLG - SYD - WLG is appaling) and at the end saw the credits showing SIX WRITERS for this movie. I can't believe they need six people to write this piece of crap. 3/10.

Watched Lucy, free on Chromecast Offers. A real Luc Besson movie, interesting premise, give it a 7/10.




 
 
 
 


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  # 1266155 23-Mar-2015 20:02
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freitasm: at the end saw the credits showing SIX WRITERS for this movie. I can't believe they need six people to write this piece of crap. 3/10.


It probably got re-written 9 times, and they just had to credit most of them.

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  # 1266157 23-Mar-2015 20:17
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Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn.

Disappointing.





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  # 1266276 23-Mar-2015 21:30
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has there ever been a good film based on a game or toy ?

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  # 1266284 23-Mar-2015 21:38
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Watched Rover this weekend and found it to be a lot more entertaining and 'real' than John Wick. 7.5.

Interesting to watch them back to back if you have the luxury of time to see how a story can be different even when it's not that much.

I won't say more for fear of ruining the joy.

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  # 1266433 24-Mar-2015 09:09
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Lucy - 6/10

I saw the trailer for this back in 2014, but only just got around to watching it on Blu Ray this weekend.  The trailer made it look really cool, but I have to say that the best bits of its 90 mins are probably contained in the trailer.  It's an interesting idea for a film - drug enables "access" to 100% of your brain - but I couldn't shake the feeling that Limitless had explored some of the same territory.  Morgan Freeman appears as a professor to explain that we only use about 10% of our brain's capacity (which I understand from QI is actually now an urban myth, and not supported by science), and it's this idea which forms the film's central conceit - that if we can access even just a little bit more (say 20%) then we can start to fully "control" our own bodies, which supposedly leads to telekinesis and other cool powers.  It sounds like a really cool idea, but sadly I didn't feel like the film did the concept justice.

Firstly, the film didn't really develop any of the characters.  I normally like Scarlett Johansson a lot, but here she didn't really seem to be invested in her character, and so neither did I.  Other than her and Morgan Freeman we don't really spend enough time with any other character to get invested in them, and so the film just falls a bit flat.

Secondly, the pacing is a bit weird.  The film opens by just dropping a couple of characters into a situation, with no backstory or context.  Then it sets off on its journey, which lurches forward in fits and starts.  It's on the short side for a feature, but it felt simultaneously too short and too long.

Finally, the film inserts images to metaphorically reinforce the message being conveyed by the characters' dialogue.  However, it feels a bit hamfisted and any subtlety is lost.  It's almost like the director doesn't think the audience will work it out, and is trying to hold our hands through the "tricky" concepts.

I think my wife summed it up best: it's an okay film, but I don't feel compelled to ever watch it again.

 
 
 
 


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  # 1266461 24-Mar-2015 09:40
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ilovemusic: has there ever been a good film based on a game or toy ?

Maybe...but I can't be 100% certain. 




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  # 1266550 24-Mar-2015 10:23
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Watched Will Smith and Margot Robbie in Focus. Had potential, was partially destroyed by pacing, decent acting, reasonable plot 6.5/10

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  # 1266698 24-Mar-2015 12:24
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networkn: Watched Will Smith and Margot Robbie in Focus. Had potential, was partially destroyed by pacing, decent acting, reasonable plot 6.5/10


I also watched this a few days back and would agree 100% with it adding that it also got a little predictable towards the end though.

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  # 1266703 24-Mar-2015 12:27
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jtbthatsme:
networkn: Watched Will Smith and Margot Robbie in Focus. Had potential, was partially destroyed by pacing, decent acting, reasonable plot 6.5/10


I also watched this a few days back and would agree 100% with it adding that it also got a little predictable towards the end though.


Yep, I thought about adding that to my review :) 


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  # 1266725 24-Mar-2015 12:54
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ilovemusic: has there ever been a good film based on a game or toy ?


None that I can think of. More than a few good films that were based on comic books though.




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  # 1266837 24-Mar-2015 14:42
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ilovemusic: has there ever been a good film based on a game or toy ?


Wreck it Ralph, the original transformers animated movie (1980s, not the Michael bay ones) Toy story 1, 2 and specially 3?

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  # 1266838 24-Mar-2015 14:45
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I watched dumplings, a Chinese movie that's a psychological horror about dumplings made of aborted foetuses.

 

 

 

I think it was pretty good and poigniant once you get past the fetus eating part. a bit of a social commentary too on how far women will go for beauty and the pressures of women to keep looking young.

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  # 1268980 27-Mar-2015 12:09
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Watched The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies last night. I am glad I waited until available for rental on Amazon Instant Video. What a disappointing ending of a series. Bad acting, bad screenwriting. Give it a 6/10.




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