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Qwerty Norris -> RE: (29/10/2010 2:05:29 PM)

Had this on my shortlist of things to see at the Edinburgh Film Festival, but it didn't make the final cut. Wish I had done so now....

Looking forward to anyway....

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nhassell -> RE: (29/10/2010 10:57:26 PM)

Looking forward to this. Will hopefully, not disappoint.




Rgirvan44 -> RE: Monsters (7/11/2010 6:30:25 PM)

I hope more people go and see this, and have an open mind about what it is. 




homersimpson_esq -> RE: Monsters (7/11/2010 9:29:34 PM)

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ORIGINAL: Ultimo Lee

A tedious, dull, uninteresting bore of a film with two painfully average performances.

1/5



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captainrentboy -> RE: Monsters (8/11/2010 5:45:03 PM)

It bored the pants off of me.
I knew from reviews this wasn't going to be Cloverfield 2 in the action department or anything, so I watched it expecting to at least to see a riveting character drama (with the odd glimpse of monster here and there, thrown in for good measure) but annoyingly didn't even get that. It was just bloody dull.
It's alright saying ''Oh the two main characters were supposed to be like you or me, not your common movie action heroes'' fair enough, but in that case at least make them likeable or even the slightest bit interesting to watch. [&:]
Frankly I couldn't wait for it to end.
1.5/5 from me.




Mr Underhill -> RE: Monsters (26/11/2010 11:28:24 PM)

Just watched this and I really liked it, a neat premise, solid acting, beautiful photography and some genuinely tense moments not to mention an ending which was ethereal and poignant. The film really flowed well for me, it was refreshing to see a sci fi monster movie with such languorous pacing and attention to character moments over empty spectacle. A superb debut, especially considering the miniscule $15,000 budget. I'll certainly be looking out for Edwards next film. 4/5




the sangypange -> RE: (29/11/2010 9:13:27 PM)



i felt the film was about the limits that we have about understanding the unknown ......maybe the aliens have come in peace but we would never know because of the response of the government and their shoot first and ask questions attitude

I really liked the film, and prefer the realistic acting ( to me it was like mumblecore went sci fi) and the small detail was amazing
four out of five....i thought the cgi was a bit ropey....however this should be forgiven seeing how small the budget was




Rgirvan44 -> RE: (29/11/2010 9:54:31 PM)

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ORIGINAL: keir

oh, and the squid sex scene... shee-yit, so what's the message here, that giant man-eating alien monsters are people too and should be left in peace? Or that Mexicans remind the filmmaker of giant calamari? I dunno. Ouch. It's like taking that 'sci-fi as allegory' and bashing it to death.


They aren't man eating.




gordonsalive -> Shame on you Cineworld (3/12/2010 7:55:11 PM)

Been looking forward to this for ages and so glad to see the great reviews - but alas not impressed with Cineworld, my local Gloucester cinema aint even showing it!

A critically respected film by an exciting new British filmaker and it's not being supprted by our cinemas - shame on you Cineworld, shame on you.[:@]




barneybulgin -> RE: Monsters (3/12/2010 11:56:52 PM)

I agree, bored. Kept looking at my watch.




the ageless stranger -> 5 stars, seriously? (4/12/2010 10:14:12 AM)

I went to this expecting an alien invasion story, instead it turned out to be a painfully tedious road movie with two bored-sounding actors and a ridiculously clumsy metaphor for illegal immigration ("wow, I never imagined what the wall looked like from outside" Translation: MESSAGE, MESSAGE). Endless shots of people looking off a boat at ruined buildings might make a good documentary, they don't make a good film, and ridiculous attempts to build tension with scenes like the cows just fell flat.

Honestly one of the worst films I've seen recently.




nhassell -> RE: Shame on you Cineworld (4/12/2010 11:34:29 AM)

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ORIGINAL: gordonsalive

Been looking forward to this for ages and so glad to see the great reviews - but alas not impressed with Cineworld, my local Gloucester cinema aint even showing it!

A critically respected film by an exciting new British filmaker and it's not being supprted by our cinemas - shame on you Cineworld, shame on you.[:@]
My local Cineworld isn't showing it either. Luckily I have an Odeon as well, that is.




Qwerty Norris -> RE: Monsters (4/12/2010 3:27:25 PM)

quote:

ORIGINAL: Ultimo Lee

A tedious, dull, uninteresting bore of a film with two painfully average performances.

1/5



Ultimo Lee, in general you've a good taste in films but you're WAY off the mark on this one! [:D]






gordonsalive -> RE: Shame on you Cineworld (4/12/2010 4:11:12 PM)


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ORIGINAL: nhassell

quote:

ORIGINAL: gordonsalive

Been looking forward to this for ages and so glad to see the great reviews - but alas not impressed with Cineworld, my local Gloucester cinema aint even showing it!

A critically respected film by an exciting new British filmaker and it's not being supprted by our cinemas - shame on you Cineworld, shame on you.[:@]
My local Cineworld isn't showing it either. Luckily I have an Odeon as well, that is.


Then you are lucky my friend, our closest odeon aint showing it either! Doh! [:(]




adambatman82 -> RE: Shame on you Cineworld (4/12/2010 4:36:34 PM)


quote:

ORIGINAL: gordonsalive

Been looking forward to this for ages and so glad to see the great reviews - but alas not impressed with Cineworld, my local Gloucester cinema aint even showing it!

A critically respected film by an exciting new British filmaker and it's not being supprted by our cinemas - shame on you Cineworld, shame on you.[:@]


To be fair on Cineworld, the reason for them not showing the film no doubt lies in the lack of an audience for it in your particular branch. Cineworld arent stupid; if people will pay to see it then they will show it.




Qwerty Norris -> RE: Shame on you Cineworld (4/12/2010 5:34:41 PM)

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ORIGINAL: adambatman82


quote:

ORIGINAL: gordonsalive

Been looking forward to this for ages and so glad to see the great reviews - but alas not impressed with Cineworld, my local Gloucester cinema aint even showing it!

A critically respected film by an exciting new British filmaker and it's not being supprted by our cinemas - shame on you Cineworld, shame on you.[:@]


To be fair on Cineworld, the reason for them not showing the film no doubt lies in the lack of an audience for it in your particular branch. Cineworld arent stupid; if people will pay to see it then they will show it.


It's on at my local Cineworld...guess I'm one of the lucky ones. [&:]




adambatman82 -> RE: Shame on you Cineworld (4/12/2010 6:01:11 PM)


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ORIGINAL: Qwerty Norris

quote:

ORIGINAL: adambatman82


quote:

ORIGINAL: gordonsalive

Been looking forward to this for ages and so glad to see the great reviews - but alas not impressed with Cineworld, my local Gloucester cinema aint even showing it!

A critically respected film by an exciting new British filmaker and it's not being supprted by our cinemas - shame on you Cineworld, shame on you.[:@]


To be fair on Cineworld, the reason for them not showing the film no doubt lies in the lack of an audience for it in your particular branch. Cineworld arent stupid; if people will pay to see it then they will show it.


It's on at my local Cineworld...guess I'm one of the lucky ones. [&:]



Its on at mine too. Its also showing at our Arthouse, Vue and Odeon!




nhassell -> RE: Shame on you Cineworld (4/12/2010 10:57:23 PM)

Just got back from seeing this. Hmm. It was good, but just good. Not sure what it lacked, I just didn't think it was as good as any of the reviews made it out to be. Might be the lack of realism? I am really not sure. I think it could have benefited more had it left that scene involving the 'creatures' at the gas station out. Good ending, though.




markteacher -> (Not Enough) Monsters (5/12/2010 12:24:58 AM)

5 Star Rating Empire?

***POSSIBLE SPOILERS***
Only 5 Stars if you enjoy dull movies about a ramble through the Mexican jungle with the occasional glimpse of something that could be quite menacing if it really tried, but in the end isn't.

Looking forward to the Directors Cut on Blu-ray, when apparently they are going to actually put some monsters in it!
(I made that last bit up, I am sure they have no intention of putting some monsters in it...)

Oh, and note to the writer, we all know it's good fun to make strange noises and move the camera slowly forwards to some unseen terror, only to reveal it as something harmless, but it shouldn't be harmless EVERY time, occasionally, just once every so often the unseen terror actually needs to be a terror!
***END OF POSSIBLE SPOILERS***

A solid 2 Star disappointment




adambatman82 -> Point. (5/12/2010 2:06:12 PM)

If you're moaning about the lack of Monsters then you really missed the point.




gordonsalive -> RE: Shame on you Cineworld (5/12/2010 3:48:03 PM)


quote:

ORIGINAL: adambatman82


To be fair on Cineworld, the reason for them not showing the film no doubt lies in the lack of an audience for it in your particular branch. Cineworld arent stupid; if people will pay to see it then they will show it.


No doubt, although I don't like the idea of cinema's second guessing their customers tastes, I mean I know at least a dozen other people who would have gone to Gloucester Cineworld to see this - maybe the majority of Gloucester cinema goers just want to be force fed brain dead 3D garbage, but that's enough of my bitching.

This film really seems to have audiences divided though.




swordsandsandals -> RE: Point. (6/12/2010 2:13:13 AM)


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ORIGINAL: markteacher


quote:

ORIGINAL: adambatman82

If you're moaning about the lack of Monsters then you really missed the point.


Nope, didn't miss the point, just the monsters. Perhaps they were hiding behind the foliage........



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KnightofZyryab -> RE: Point. (6/12/2010 1:07:58 PM)

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ORIGINAL: markteacher


quote:

ORIGINAL: adambatman82

If you're moaning about the lack of Monsters then you really missed the point.


Nope, didn't miss the point, just the monsters. Perhaps they were hiding behind the foliage........



No, you did miss the point.

Another thing about cinema-going in general; why do people want to see what they expect all the time ? That's just fucking boring.




LeonardShelby -> RE: Monsters (6/12/2010 3:40:44 PM)

Watched this yesterday and fairly enjoyed it. Not as mindblowing as it's hyped up to be. Considering the budget and restrictions it was made with it's a great acheivement but it doesn't stop the overall film from being quite lackluster. I look forward to whatever Edwards makes next. Anyway yeah...

**SPOILERS**

Did anyone else realise that the opening scene actually takes place at the end of the film? The blonde girl we see falling is Sam and the guy that carries her away is Kauldner. It seems like a lot of people have missed this point but it's definitely accurate. The same shot that opens the film is shown at the end and the same dialogue can be heard (as well as the humming of Ride of the Valkyrie). Definitely interesting although it probably means the couple got killed during the air strike. Bad times.




Gretzky -> RE: Monsters (6/12/2010 4:02:41 PM)

^^ Thanks for saying that. I wondered that too when I heard the soldier humming Ride of the Valkyrie and thought we'd be going full circle. If it's true, it's well done.




adambatman82 -> RE: Monsters (6/12/2010 4:04:12 PM)

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ORIGINAL: Gretzky

^^ Thanks for saying that. I wondered that too when I heard the soldier humming Ride of the Valkyrie and thought we'd be going full circle. If it's true, it's well done.


Yep definitely the case. Edwards confirmed it at FrightFest. Not that its actually open to question, its glaringly obvious (although you wouldn't know that from the IMDB boards).




homersimpson_esq -> RE: Cateir de Pheniox (6/12/2010 4:11:56 PM)

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ORIGINAL: Cateir de Pheniox

What the fuck are you talking about at the end there. There is no sex scene in this film, there is an obviously implied one but we do not actually see it.


You're thinking too human...




LeonardShelby -> RE: Monsters (6/12/2010 4:14:50 PM)


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ORIGINAL: adambatman82

quote:

ORIGINAL: Gretzky

^^ Thanks for saying that. I wondered that too when I heard the soldier humming Ride of the Valkyrie and thought we'd be going full circle. If it's true, it's well done.


Yep definitely the case. Edwards confirmed it at FrightFest. Not that its actually open to question, its glaringly obvious (although you wouldn't know that from the IMDB boards).


I wouldn't say it's glaringly obvious, but it makes sense of a lot of things when you realise.




adambatman82 -> RE: Monsters (6/12/2010 5:11:26 PM)


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ORIGINAL: LeonardShelby


quote:

ORIGINAL: adambatman82

quote:

ORIGINAL: Gretzky

^^ Thanks for saying that. I wondered that too when I heard the soldier humming Ride of the Valkyrie and thought we'd be going full circle. If it's true, it's well done.


Yep definitely the case. Edwards confirmed it at FrightFest. Not that its actually open to question, its glaringly obvious (although you wouldn't know that from the IMDB boards).


I wouldn't say it's glaringly obvious, but it makes sense of a lot of things when you realise.


Of course it is! How is there any question about what happens? Its as clear as day, a final kick in the teeth, and ties in to the overwhelming feeling of inevitability that lingers through the whole film. The audience is supposed to feel everything when the realisation dawns upon them what is happening (said realisation ought to fall when one hears The Ride Of The Valkyrees).

I'm sorry if this sounds harsh, but as disjointed narrative structures go, this is about as basic as it gets.




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