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Posted 16 February 2013 - 09:52 PM

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I watched a music documentary this week that I had never seen before: "Gimme Shelter". This movie chronicles the last part of The Rolling Stones 1969 tour of America and most notably, their performance at the infamous Altamont Speedway on December 6th, 1969. The whole perspective of the film is kind of through the band's eyes as they review footage several months later in 1970 of their tour and you can just tell that they're all devastated by what had transpired at that event.

A little history here; skip if you know about Altamont: As some of you probably know, the Altamont Free Concert was supposed to be kind of a "Woodstock West" with the Rolling Stones headlining the whole event. Well, the story I've heard is that the Hell's Angels (outlaw biker gang) were paid $500.00 in beer to kind of sit on the stage and make sure no one got up there and f*cked with the band.......well since the stage was so low to the ground, it was kind of impossible with 300,000 kids all jumping around and rushing towards the stage. Anyhow, there were several fights before the Stones came on and even the guitarist of Jefferson Airplane was knocked unconscious by a Hell's Angel in the midst of a scuffle with the crowd. By the time the Stones got out on the stage the crowd was all kinds of f*cked up on amphetamines, alcohol, and mountains of LSD and were growing increasingly more violent. The Stones were constantly interrupted by fights in the crowd and eventually after the song "Under My Thumb", a young man named Meredith Hunter was stabbed to death by a Hell's Angel after he attempted to rush the stage with a revolver. In the end, 4 people died (2 were hit and runs, Meredith, and one drowned in an irrigation canal), and hundreds were injured. End of history lesson lol

For the first 35 minutes or so, the movie focuses on the Stones performance at Madison Square Garden on November 28th, 1969, and as always, they were stellar (as was Tina Turner)! Between songs, there are segments that show the band in interviews, recording songs in Alabama, and organizing what would eventually become Altamont. My favorite documentary is "Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace, Love, and Music" and as soon as the footage of the Altamont Speedway comes on, you can just tell immediately that the vibe is somehow "off". People in the crowd seem more antagonistic and more wigged out on hard drugs. Some of the footage is truly creepy....the look in some of these kid's eyes when they're in a full blast trip is almost animalistic; primal. The footage of Meredith Hunter's death is shown in the movie as well and the whole movie just feels like an evil twin of Woodstock. At the same time though, the music is still great and it really reflects the turbulent time America was going through at the time with the ever unpopular Vietnam War still raging on. Anyhow, I didn't mean for this to turn into a f*cking thesis, but if you love the Rolling Stones and love rock documentaries, this haunting movie is highly recommended.

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 03:27 AM Edited by I So Brink, 17 February 2013 - 03:34 AM.

@TPFS: Thanks for linking us to that! I'll be sure to check it out when I've got a spare half hour*. Looks promising as well after Gleeson's work with McDonagh in In Bruges. I'm glad he's moving into screenwriting more, I love his writing but almost never go to see anything on stage so it's wasted on me when he sticks to playwriting.

@Tsar: If you're interested in documentaries involving the Stones you might (emphasis on "might") wanna check out One Plus One (aka Sympathy for the Devil). I say "involving" because although a session where the Stones are recording SFTD makes up a majority of the film, it's not so much about them. It's a weird, surrealistic art film that I had to watch for my Popular Music and Film class I had last semester. It's not exactly entertaining, but it's a bit of a weirdly interesting piece of art. I did come out of it the first time saying "What the f*ck was all that about?" though.

Anyway...
End of Watch
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End Of Watch is something you don't see too much of these days. It's a cop movie that's very much grounded in reality. Tom Selleck and Michael Peña are Brian and Mike, two average LAPD cops who are assigned to a particularly crime ridden latin area of South Central LA. They aren't dirty cops who are willing to get their hands all sort of dirty to get the job done. They aren't two beat cops who take on the sort of job where after five minutes any real cop would call in the FBI. They most certainly aren't typical action heroes who gun down endless waves of street thugs while remaining untouched themselves. What they are is two regular cops who find themselves in a few extraordinary situations and react pretty much as you'd expect any normal person to do, and that's refreshing.

The way End of Watch is told is interesting. Brian is one of those cops who wants to move on to be a lawyer so is studying pre-law, and because of the strange way american further education works, he needs an art credit and decides to film his work. Outfitting the car, Brian and his partner Mike with a bunch of cameras gives the film a real sense of energy when the action kicks off and really does throw you into the middle of the chaos. The first person viewpoints and the dash cams and the pieces to camera give End of Watch the feel of those traffic cop shows you see on channels like Dave at 3am or on Bravo at any given time. If I could describe EoW in one sentence it'd be: Imagine the best episode of COPS you can and put it in the hands of a real film-maker.

Thankfully, the entire film isn't shown through Gyllenhaal's handicams, so this isn't another shaky-cam, found-footage film, but the use of first person really does give it that reality-documentary feel that grounds the film. In a one-two-punch style, the cinematography works hand in hand with the two leads to make the film feel real. Brian and Mike are proper,( generally) by the book cops. They might stray from procedure slightly from time to time, but they're not a pair of Dirty Harry's. We meet the two after they've been partners for years, so there's none of the usual "Oh they're such opposites! They'll have to overcome their differences and learn to work together!" bullsh*t you get with this sort of story. These two guys are great friends and know how to do their job together. It's really sold in the banter the two share in the car, along with the more serious side dealing with their respective families (which, even when we meet them at the start, are pretty much one big family already).

I went into End of Watch expecting a stereotypical tale of two everyday LAPD cops taking on an entire drug cartel single handedly and coming out on top completely unscathed. What I got was a visceral and grounded story about two best friends and colleagues who find themselves involved with some really heavy, but believable, events at work that escalates into a brilliant and emotional climax that'll leave you reeling.




*It's 3:30 in the morning here, otherwise I'd watch it now

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 06:50 AM

^ Wow, god review you got up there, I So Brink. icon14.gif

I'd totally recommend End of Watch. It is awesome. I'm not really good at reviewing things, so just read what I So Brink write up there, and you'll see why it's an interesting movie.

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 10:46 AM Edited by Chukkles, 17 February 2013 - 10:53 AM.

The Killing Room.
I saw it a long time ago and loved it, I've never seen it anywhere in the UK but bought it off amazon for £2 something.

I will post the imdb link but would RECOMMEND not knowing anything about the plot before hand. First time I saw it was online and knew nothing about it other than the title.

Even if someone went and bought it I'd recommend not reading the blurb on the back.


www.imdb.com/title/tt1119191/

Anyone tell me why it's not linking please?
I'm on iOS.

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 01:23 PM

QUOTE (Chukkles @ Sunday, Feb 17 2013, 11:46)
The Killing Room.
I saw it a long time ago and loved it, I've never seen it anywhere in the UK but bought it off amazon for £2 something.

I will post the imdb link but would RECOMMEND not knowing anything about the plot before hand. First time I saw it was online and knew nothing about it other than the title.

Even if someone went and bought it I'd recommend not reading the blurb on the back.


www.imdb.com/title/tt1119191/

Anyone tell me why it's not linking please?
I'm on iOS.

That sounds good.
I've seen a similar movie like that called "The Experiment" from 2001. It's a simulation of paid volunteers that willed to go to a jail. Some as guars and some as prisoner. Unbelievable how everything went on after a short while. So much similarities to the real world, too.

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 01:56 PM

Skyfall, watched it two days ago. I quite liked it, i havent even seen Quantum of solace and tought id at least see this one. It was bit boring in some places and too stretched, but i still like it.

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 02:29 PM Edited by I So Brink, 17 February 2013 - 02:37 PM.

QUOTE (DS 17 @ Sunday, Feb 17 2013, 13:23)
That sounds good.
I've seen a similar movie like that called "The Experiment" from 2001. It's a simulation of paid volunteers that willed to go to a jail. Some as guars and some as prisoner. Unbelievable how everything went on after a short while. So much similarities to the real world, too.

Based of the Stanford Prison Experiment in the 70s I'm guessing? That case has got some really messed up implications considering that it's soemthing that actually happens to the human psyche when given the illusion of inherent authority/subservience.

@SM: don't worry about missing out on Quantum of Solace, it's the weakest bond movie for a while, which is especially disappointing with it coming off the back of Casino Royale.

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 05:06 PM

Just watched 21 Jump Street.
Starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum as 2 undercover cops sent to a high school to infiltrate a synthetic drug ring.

Decided to watch it only because of i like Brie Larson (Yeah, i'd totally watch every movie starring one of my favorite actress) . But, man, i can't believe i enjoyed it so much. Thought that it will be a sh*tty and stupid action comedy, but turn out i'm having an a lot of enjoyable laugh. Ah, felt so good because i was never loling this much lately.

I like it much, and if i have to score it, it would be an 8/10.

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 09:02 PM

You're welcome, Brink. Same here. He's quite consistent. I'd love to see one of his stage works too. Really look forward to where he goes next. Nice review on End of Watch. I really enjoyed that film. We seem to have a similar taste in films. icon14.gif

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 03:45 PM

Finally got around to seeing The Perks of Being a Wallflower. A bit late, maybe, but still many tears were shed.

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 03:35 PM

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Titanic. Man, it was so sorrowful. Actually, I am a guy who doesn't feel sad over things like films and dramas. But after watching this movie...I..felt..weird..everytime I think of the 1500+ peoples' death...I feel a odd sensation of sorrow..I mean weren't there any way they all could've saved.. cryani.gif

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 07:17 PM

I can never appreciate the achievement that Titanic is because of how much my sister exposed me to it when I was too young to properly get it. She's seven years older than me and was obsessed with DiCaprio as every 13 year old girl was at that point, so I saw Titanic way too many times at age 6/7. I'm bitter, and bitter about being bitter just to compound that!

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Growing up on the Pierce Brosnan Bonds will do something to you. At the time lasers, and WWIII and invisible cars and faces encrusted with diamonds are all amazingly cool. The youre age reaches double digits and you start to realise that it's a bit too ridiculous and a bit too out there to be taken seriously. It's even more strikingly obvious that this sort of production had overstayed its welcome when you consider that Madonna sang the theme song for Die Another Day - in 2002. Thankfully, Daniel Craig and co came along and did the "in" thing for the 21st century and gave it a gritty reboot. Less gadgets, more pathos, and even without all the batsh*t crazy ideas, a lot more fun.

It seems Craig is set to cover most of Bond's career, from his first mission as 007 in Casino Royale to Skyfall where everyone is bleating on about how he's too old and this is a new world. There's a lot of talk about moving on from the "old times", with Q (now played by the youthful Ben Whishaw) pretty much explicitly saying that the times of exploding laser guided dart pens are long gone as he hands Bond a gun and a radio. It's no just thematic either, the Bond's villain is a ghost from MI6's past that has resurfaced to settle and old score. Javier Bardem is Silva, a calculating and charismatic antagonist that barely hides the cold maniac that hides beneath the smiley and polite veneer he puts on.

But plot's never been a strong point for the Bond franchise, even in its new timeline (I mean, does anyone both care and understand what happened in Quantum of Solace? It seems if you understood then you didn't care, and if you cared then you hadn't understood). Although the story's passable here and much an improvement on just about every Bond film plot ever, the real strengths come in characterisation and looking god damned fantastic.

The reboot series from Casino Royale onwards as much concerned with who Bond is as what Bond does. He's no longer a blank canvas who functions as a weapon to be deployed but we know a lot more about him. The whole arc with Vespa in CR and QoS gave us a man who can actually love as well as f*ck, and Skyfall gives us a man with a past and story. Many would criticise this, giving the international man of mystery a background, but I much prefer a man with motivations than mystery. It's just a matter of preference really. The only issues I have with the way Bond's past was explained were (minor spoilers): 1) his name is really James Bond? Really? They let MI6 agents operate under their real names? 2) He is essentially Batman.


The Bond franchise's treatment of women has never exactly been progressive, I know, but I was fooled again by the marketing and disappointed by one aspect of the film. The film's only just come on sale on DVD/Bluray so of course there's been a marketing blitz. Everywhere you look there's a 10ft Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem or Bérénice Marlohe - wait, who? Yeah, Ms Marlohe is all over the advertising. I expected the typical Bond-girl fare where she was some version of the good girl who gets turned by the bad guy or vice versa where she's evil but sleeps with Bond and his penis makes her re-evaluate her life choices. But no, the woman who is on probably 1/4 of the advertising is in the film for about 15 minutes and is never mentioned again. I don't have any idea why they even put her on the pos-
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I may have figured it out. Damn.


Skyfall has more than just pretty women though, the whole film is a treat for the eyes. Nearly every scene has one shot that'll make you stop and just think "holy sh*t that's beautiful". Cold, sharp daytime shots contrast beautifully with the warm tones that envelop the night where Bond does much of his work. This is honestly the most beautiful film I've seen in years, and I saw Life of Pi last month. Skayfall's up for the Academy Award for Best Cinematography and in my eyes it's already won, even if the Academy does go the artsy route and pick Life of Pi over it. Without director Sam Mendes and cinematographer Roger Deakins, this could have been a solid, reasonably entertaining Bond film, but with them on board because an exciting and engaging work of beautiful visual art.

I'll leave it here with some of the best examples of aforementioned art:

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Wow

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Every city needs to be neon blue at night.

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Damn

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Goddamn. Wanna live in those highlands.

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Fuuuuck. Soooo good.

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Encapsulating and almost dream-like. Fantastic.

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I need a bar like this in my life.


Absolutely stunning.

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 07:42 PM

..... barf8bd.gif ....your over written, elaborate reviews comes across like a pretentious art critic in a gallery looking at sh*t...not something to be found or expected on a forum dedicated to video game.

anyways, last film I saw was.....Django Unchained.

In a nutshell, great film, with the typical violence and memorable dialogue associated with Tarantino, much better than Kill Bill, slightly better than Inglorious Basterds but not quite Pulp Fiction, watch it.

9/10.

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 08:04 PM

QUOTE (ajbns87 @ Tuesday, Feb 19 2013, 20:42)
..... barf8bd.gif ....your over written, elaborate reviews comes across like a pretentious art critic in a gallery looking at sh*t...not something to be found or expected on a forum dedicated to video game.

anyways, last film I saw was.....Django Unchained.

In a nutshell, great film, with the typical violence and memorable dialogue associated with Tarantino, much better than Kill Bill, slightly better than Inglorious Basterds but not quite Pulp Fiction, watch it.

9/10.

Ah dude, I love his reviews and long ones as well. I respect for you dude too, so I'm a little surprised to said that. I think it's great form for writing nice reviews with images too. We all have our GTA in common and this topic is cool for me and other members to read reviews from other people we have something in common with (GTA)

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Your little review summed up Django for me too. icon14.gif

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 08:19 PM

The context will probably help. I have my own little blog dedicated to reviewing films, it's mostly a personal thing to keep track of what I think of films I enjoyed/disliked and to practice my critical writing. I just copy/paste them from over there.

And on a personal note, I accepted that I'm a bit of a pretentious prat a long time ago. It's something I can't deny.

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 08:21 PM

QUOTE (I So Brink @ Tuesday, Feb 19 2013, 19:17)

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Fuuuuck. Soooo good.


Absolutely stunning.

The reviews are good and appreciated, but the scene by scene analysis and comments were my main gripe, as I quote above....quite how that particular scene is.....Fuuuuuuuuuuck soooo gooood, I've got no idea, reminded much over hearing an over the top, prick in a modern art museum.


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Posted 19 February 2013 - 08:24 PM

QUOTE (I So Brink @ Tuesday, Feb 19 2013, 20:19)
The context will probably help. I have my own little blog dedicated to reviewing films, it's mostly a personal thing to keep track of what I think of films I enjoyed/disliked and to practice my critical writing. I just copy/paste them from over there.

And on a personal note, I accepted that I'm a bit of a pretentious prat a long time ago. It's something I can't deny.

Robinski? I thought you left?

http://robsthoughtso...blogspot.co.uk/

You know, if you want to come back, just ask the mods to unban you or something. Don't use this cloak and dagger nonsense.

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 08:24 PM

Well it wasn't so much a scene by scene thing, I just really appreciated some of the light/shadow stuff the film had going on. The only way to showcase something so visual is with pictures really. I'll keep it lighter on the images in the future if that's the gripe though.

E: f*ck, busted. Only came back to discuss film on here. Can't be f*cked with the rest of the stuff.

And with that, I'm off again.

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 08:26 PM Edited by Typhus, 19 February 2013 - 08:40 PM.

QUOTE (I So Brink @ Tuesday, Feb 19 2013, 20:24)
Well it wasn't so much a scene by scene thing, I just really appreciated some of the light/shadow stuff the film had going on. The only way to showcase something so visual is with pictures really. I'll keep it lighter on the images in the future if that's the gripe though.

E: f*ck, busted.

So...are you Robinski? Or just stealing stuff from his blog?
And if you are, why even leave in the first place? Pretty sh*tty thing to do, to be honest.

Oh, and try allowing comments on your blog, eh? Otherwise it makes you look like a pussy who's afraid of a little criticism.

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 11:53 PM

Hahahaha. Jesus biggrin.gif

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 09:08 AM

And his name is a word play of 'Robinski', haha.
Relax man, just be here and i'll read your review because they are good. Can't be bothered to go to your blog though, because i'm enjoying it in here, and seeing how much people agree to your review, and after that i'm going to watch those movies.
Yeah, SKyfall is that good.

Man, watched a lot of movies lately, and it's all good. But the only movie that leaves my brain still wondering about how good the movie was is Midnight in Paris, Up in the Air, and The Notebook.

Midnight in Paris - Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams
I find this movie is really charming and really makes me want to go to Paris, if i had the chance. I'm not really fond of the past, i couldn't tell exactly who is he/her, but the plot is really enjoyable. I bet it would be awesome living in our fantasy.

Up In the Air - George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick
I don't know that there's a job specializing in firing someone, so i find this movie quite unique. George Clooney is awesome in here, and how the plot goes is just good. A little bit spoiler her, one scene that really made me sad is on how Clooney's characater reacted when he decided to visit someone at Chicago. Got a little feels there.

The Notebook - Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams
Old romance movie, didn't really liked the ending, but how Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams played their character as a lovers here, is damn amazing and believable.

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 04:09 PM

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From the 2004 Academy Award-nominee Richard Linklater (School Of Rock, Before Sunset, A Scanner Darkly) comes the '93 coming-of-age comedy Dazed and Confused. Named after the Led Zeppelin classic, the film follows the incoming freshmen and senior students of Lee High School through the last day of school, 1973.

Featuring an ensemble cast of young actors and actresses such as Ben Affleck, Milla Jovovich and Matthew McConaughey, Dazed And Confused is driven by a loose yet entertaining plot with well-written characters and smooth dialogue. With surprisingly good acting from the young actors and a brilliant soundtrack featuring a variety of rock classics from artists such as Alice Cooper and Aerosmith, the film captures the atmosphere of the 70s at their finest.

What appealed the most to me personally about the film, however, is how the seventies' atmosphere and spirit are presented. With parties getting busted and young characters struggling to get their kicks, an existential angst is constantly present, contrary to today's youth's perception of the 70s as the golden era of sex, drugs and rock & roll. My interpretation is that Linklater, a 70s teen himself, is calling out to today's youth to live their youth to the fullest and show that their rock idols didn't think much of their own youth either before it was polished by MTV. Regardless of the philosophy, Dazed And Confused is guaranteed to entertain and amuse people of all ages from smoking joints in football fields to fighting drunk at beer busts.

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 08:34 PM

QUOTE (69_black_69 @ Wednesday, Feb 20 2013, 09:08)
And his name is a word play of 'Robinski', haha.
Relax man, just be here and i'll read your review because they are good. Can't be bothered to go to your blog though, because i'm enjoying it in here, and seeing how much people agree to your review, and after that i'm going to watch those movies.
Yeah, SKyfall is that good.

Man, watched a lot of movies lately, and it's all good. But the only movie that leaves my brain still wondering about how good the movie was is Midnight in Paris, Up in the Air, and The Notebook.

Midnight in Paris - Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams
I find this movie is really charming and really makes me want to go to Paris, if i had the chance. I'm not really fond of the past, i couldn't tell exactly who is he/her, but the plot is really enjoyable. I bet it would be awesome living in our fantasy.

Up In the Air - George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick
I don't know that there's a job specializing in firing someone, so i find this movie quite unique. George Clooney is awesome in here, and how the plot goes is just good. A little bit spoiler her, one scene that really made me sad is on how Clooney's characater reacted when he decided to visit someone at Chicago. Got a little feels there.

The Notebook - Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams
Old romance movie, didn't really liked the ending, but how Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams played their character as a lovers here, is damn amazing and believable.

You been forced into watching movies with a girl?

Anyways, I nearly cried watching the Notebook, as cheesy as it was.
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Up in the Air, all I remember was Vera Famiga's ass inlove.gif

and a similar thing in Midnight in Paris, which I'm sure i reviewed here too, but now i can only remember how damn beautiful the french actress in it was, Marion Cotillard. inlove.gif

And Robinski, stop being a drama queen and keep posting your pretentious, but very good reviews!!!!


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Posted 21 February 2013 - 02:08 PM Edited by 69_black_69, 21 February 2013 - 04:04 PM.

^ Nahh, just bored and grab everything that i thinks it would be cool to watch. Man, I wish i had a girl. The other movies i watched that day is 50/50, The Ides of March, Moonrise Kingdom (This one is kind of unique), and Jarhead.

Yeah, it was pretty touching indeed, but one of the reason i watched The Notebook because i think Rachel McAdams is damn hot.
And yeah, Vera Farmiga got a fine ass.

And again, recently watched a movie called Flight.

Flight - Denzel Washington
This movie is incredible, draw my feeling towards the main character as the story goes. It's about a pilot who saves a flight from crashing, but after several investigation about that incident, it reveals something troubling about the pilot. I think Denzel Washington is a talented actor, because i always enjoyed his movies.

EDIT: Just watched The Departed

The Departed - Leonardo Di Caprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg, Vera Farmiga
Jesus Christ, what i've been missing all these year? It's so god damn awesome. sh*t happens so intense, and even i afraid of what's gonna happened to the main character. Damn. Awesome.

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 07:22 PM

You should try also watching the Japanese movie for which The Departed is based on too, I think its called Infernal Affairs, or something similar.

50/50 was incredibly touching too, good choices. icon14.gif

Haven't got around to watching Ides of March, political films are not my thing.

Another movie I saw recently was Predators....
.....again nothing beats the original, but I did think this was a very watchable movie, definitely beats the Danny Glover sequeal! , Interesting concept and quite decent action, although Adrien Brody isn't fit to tie Arnie's shoe laces, film as a whole though, fairly decent, 6/10.
(Didn't have high expectations tbh)

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Taxi Driver is the story of a man with Insomnia who decides to take up Taxi Driving to fill in the time he doesn't sleep, this man is hopelessly alone, he is in a city filled with people, but has not a single friend he can relate, he is ridiculously bored, observing other people as he drives his Taxi at night, writing in his diary about The gritty suburbs of New York at night that are filled with crime, violence and neon lights, Travis wants the scum gone, he hates it, whores are everywhere, stuck in the grips of pimps and dope dealers, people are fighting, vandalizing, performing heinous acts, and Trevor is like a spectator passing through in his sleep deprived state watching with a level of disinterest.


In many ways this reminds me of me at times of loneliness, it was a to the bone reflection of how I felt at times of loneliness and insomnia, which was when I watched the film, unlike most movies which leave me feeling purposeless and alone at the end when the couple get back together or whatever the resolve at the end of the film is, this dark film did not do that, it just left me with the same feeling I had when I started it, it was very strange in that way. This film is perfect to watch late at night when you can't sleep and nothing else is of interest. I would go as far to say as this film is a one of a kind masterpiece in many ways, however I have not seen that many films so it is perhaps a bold statement to make.

All in all though, with my terrible reviewing skills, still not a bad film.

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 12:38 AM

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Probably the worst film (definitely the worst horror film) I've seen in a cinema.

For a horror film, it is not actually scary. The best that this film could come up with is the odd screamer (you know, when a big face pops out at you or something). Some parts the were meant shock and disgust were absolutely hilarious. And the CGI used on the ghost... barf8bd.gif

As for the story, it was alright. But it was so predictable; a ghost or whatever that was once a person who died in a certain way or lost somebody meaning the living people have to give it back what it wants to get rid and so on, and so on...

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 02:40 AM

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The movie was fantasic. It had great songs, great acting, and a good story. Anne Hathaway definitely deserved her Oscar. The only problem was that annoying little kid Gavroche. I was so happy when he died.

8.5/10.

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 07:42 PM

QUOTE (finn4life @ Friday, Feb 22 2013, 03:39)
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Taxi Driver .........

Scorsese said the phone call scene was probably his favourite in Taxi Driver. The idea that the camera pans out to the hallway is that it's too painful to watch Bickle getting rejected.


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Posted 04 March 2013 - 08:12 PM

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Directed and written by Tom Twyker.

Starring: Franka Potente, Moritz Bleibtreu, Herbert Knaup and Nina Petri.



This film right here is the sh*t. I mean f*cking wow, so suspenseful and intricate and dazzlingly clever.

Basically the film follows Lola and her boyfriend Manni over the course of one day, the whole concept of this film is basically "what-if" scenarios. Such as: what-if I didn't jump over a car, what-if I didn't go down that lane, what-if I didn't hit that woman etcetera. The film goes through three scenarios and in each of them Lola, who is played by the wonderful Franka Potente needs to get 100,000 Deutschmarks in the time-frame of 20 minutes otherwise her boyfriend will rob a store for the money. The first scenario was a complete disaster and Lola handled it unprofessionally which resulted in her death, the second scenario resulted in her boyfriend's death and the third scenario was the perfect scenario as her boyfriend retrived the 100,000 Deutschmarks that he left on the train as well as Lola winning an extra 100,000 Deutschmarks in a casino.

It's a pretty short film and only lasts 80 something minutes and you can tell that it was raised on a low budget as some of the scenes will repeat throughout the film but it just works... sometimes you watch a movie and you can tell that it wasn't made on a high budget but in most of these low-budget films the filmmakers have to think harder on how to implement ideas within a low budget -- and, in the case of Run Lola Run; it just works. In the film you really only see Lola but you do see her father, her boyfriend and other people that connects to her life -- but the film primarily only focuses on Lola getting the money and getting to her boyfriend before he robs a store. In most scenes of this film I found myself becoming ecstatic and I was genuinely gutted at some of the things that happened in some of the specific scenarios because I really wanted Lola to get there in-time and I really wanted her to succeed, and she did in the third and final scenario and she got more than what she thought she'd get! Not many films keep my eyes focused for so long -- when I saw this film my eyes were drawn to it at all times, I couldn't take my eyes off of what would happen next... it's one of those films that are unpredictable and suspenseful and you're always on your toes guessing what happens next.

Some people might consider this a downside but I've seen several foreign films and for some reason they produce more dramatic and meaningful movies nowadays over Hollywood productions... as to why I do not know but I do see a difference -- of course filmmaking is an artform of its own now and it's suspected for films all over the world to be greater than Hollywood productions (the home of cinema). So yeah back to my point; the entire film is in the German language, do I consider this a weakness to the film? Absolutely not, if Hollywood dared try to remake this film it would be garbage because a film should never be touched. Ever.

Oh yeah, the soundtrack is kickass; good beat to it and very uplifting... it fits the mood of the film perfectly: suspense, suspense, and suspense. It's incredible to think that it was made in 1998 -- almost 15 years ago; I mean in some ways it still feels very modern and it will appeal to teenagers and adults.

The only disadvantages I see in this film is the fact that it can SOMETIMES be unclear in parts due to the scenarios but I'm sure that if you watch it a few times you'll get to the grips of it because it's kind of like Pulp Fiction, the plot flows naturally but you've gotta see it a few times to fully understand what's happening in some parts -- that was the case with me anyway.

So the verdict? 9/10.




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