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RE: WEIRD/STRANGE favorite movies fan base? - 16/7/2011 11:15:48 PM   
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ORIGINAL: DONOVAN KURTWOOD

has anyone done a review for Season of the Witch (not the Halloween sequel!)? I think it qualifies. I really enjoyed it, though it doesnt seem to have many fans. It's got witches, demons, cgi wolves and huge battle scenes! And Nicolas Cage and Ron Perlman! Though the less said about Stephen Graham's horrendous accent the better


You can read my review here mate  http://horrorcultfilms.co.uk/2011/04/season-of-the-witch-2/

I didn't think much of it to be honest, it was a good, easy film to watch but nothing special. A good Sunday afternoon couch potatoe type of film



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RE: WEIRD/STRANGE favorite movies fan base? - 17/7/2011 10:38:27 AM   
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And here's mine, I liked it in parts.



In the 14th century, veteran Crusaders Behmen and Felson grow weary of the constant battles and the way the Church orders the deaths of women and children whose only crime was to be not Christian.  After Behmen kills a woman, he and Felson desert and after a long journey reach Eastern Europe to find it stricken with plague.  They are arrested for desertion but offered a full pardon if they escort the ‘witch’ responsible for the plague to a monastery where they have a ritual which can kill her.  Though the ‘witch’ appears to be just a poor young woman who has been brutally beaten, they set off, accompanied by three others……



I hadn’t even heard of Season Of The Witch until a couple of weeks ago, but I found the idea of another medieval horror-orientated film pretty exciting, especially after the fine Black Death.  The Middle Ages seems like a perfect setting for horror and it hasn’t really been used much.  However, upon reading up on this movie, it turns out it’s had a troubled production history.  It was originally conceived of as an ‘R’ rated movie, really dark and brutal, and was actually made in 2008, but Lionsgate sold the movie to Rogue/Universal.   After many delays it was due to come out in March last year, then was pulled and changed into a softer ‘PG 13′ rated movie, with lots of footage removed and new scenes shot.  One would expect Season Of The Witch to be a total mess after all this and it is a bit of a mess but is not as bad as all that.  It’s a passable action/adventure movie with mild horror elements that does just about entertain if you switch your brain off.

Matters begin in pretty strong  fashion, with supposed ‘witches’ confessing and then being tossed over a castle balcony on ropes to their deaths.  There’s a strong sense of authenticity to this scene, but then a couple of minutes later one of the dead witches comes back to life as a Deadite kind of creature in a mild jolt, setting off an inconsistent tone which remains throughout the film.  Then we cut to our heroes as Crusaders about to partake in a battle, talking amusing stuff about whoever kills more buys drinks, and the like.  A series of battles are briefly shown, and we are adroitly shown Behmen and Felsen’s increasing tiring of all this stuff, in the process.  Then after deserting and much wandering they are arrested and after what has seemed like forever the main plot of the film finally decides to get underway.  The ensuring journey is handled at a rather slow pace, but enough happens to keep the interest, from wolves to a rickety rope bridge which even Indiana Jones might have second thoughts about going on to.  We are kept guessing as to whether ‘the Girl’ [as she is called] is a witch or not, and several scenes are kept rather ambiguous.  Then we arrive at the monastery and we are treated to a ridiculous but fun action climax with zombie ninja monks [honestly!] and a rather effective looking demon.

Plenty of elements for a fun fantasy then, but unfortunately Season Of The Witch is handled, for the most part, in a plodding and overly serious manner.  I say for the most part, because there are also some out of place goofy bits such as 80s action movie oneliner quips from Ron Perlman’s Felsen, and a demon who sounds like a bizarre cross between Rupert Everett and Jar Jar Binks.  Obviously this inconsistency is partially due to the alterations made, but so much else about this movie is inconsistent too, you have really good scenes alternating with pretty awful ones, and that’s frustrating, because there is some good stuff here.  The depiction of the Middle Ages is really convincing, obviously a great deal of work has been done to make it seem really realistic, with more mud and grime than even Terry Gilliam might want to put in.  However, set against this you have some atrocious CGI, including the worst cloud effect I’ve probably ever seen in a film.  Most of the action is handled in the manner that most action is handled now, with whirling cameras and close ups making proceedings little more than an eye-hurting blur at times, though sometimes, such as during the afore mentioned wolf attack, it was probably done to help hide the crap effects.  However, then you have the absolutely brilliant rope bridge scene, which is extremely suspenseful and really had me on the edge of my seat.

Bragi Schutt’s script seems to have quite a bit to say about religious hypocrisy and intolerance, and suggests the interesting notion that maybe the Crusades were motivated not by Christianity but something darker.  However, all this gets forgotten after a while. The dialogue is wierd, it tries to be an approximation of the way people think that olden folk talked, but every now and again throws in a modern word or phrase.  Nicolas Cage gives one of his lazier performances but him and Perlman do make a good team and the interplay between the two does bring a little bit of warmth to the film. The standout performance is Claire Foy as ‘the Girl’, she has an unnerving knack of looking sweet and nasty at exactly the same time, and of course there’s a brief appearance by Christopher Lee.  Atli Orvarsson’s score serves its purpose but is as generic and unoriginal as you could imagine, sounding like a cross between Hans Zimmer and Harry Gregson-Williams.  Overall I did quite enjoy Season Of The Witch despite its many flaws, and I’m willing to bet money on the original cut being very good indeed.  As it stands, there just seems to be just bits and bobs of that movie scattered throughout this one. 5.5/10

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RE: WEIRD/STRANGE favorite movies fan base? - 17/7/2011 12:02:51 PM   
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both good reviews guys! I really enjoyed the movie

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RE: WEIRD/STRANGE favorite movies fan base? - 17/7/2011 8:34:43 PM   
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In a small New England town, four elderly friends form what they call the “Chowder Society,” regaling themselves with the telling of scary “ghost stories.”    When one of Edward’s two sons, David, living in New York, falls from a window after the girl he’s sleeping with turns suddenly into a hideous demon, his other son, Don, a college professor who’s fallen on hard times, shows up in town.  By now the four elderly gentlemen are unsettled, experiencing nightmares.  Clearly, something is bothering them.  Edward becomes so distraught, he wanders across a bridge in the snow, sees the same female apparition that caused his son to fall to his death, and falls to his own death from the bridge.  Don approaches the remaining three friends, requesting membership in their group, offering up a bizarre “ghost” story of his own, a flashback in which he had a torrid affair with Alma, a beautiful but mysterious secretary who came to work at his university………….


  Ghost Story isn’t a film that is generally much thought of by horror fans or indeed film fans in general, and though it made a reasonable profit in 1981 it’s rarely talked about these days.  This is a shame, because it’s an interesting movie that doesn’t always entirely work, but really is worth giving a go if you fancy a break from all the gore-drenched films of today.  I also think it influenced What Lies Beneath and maybe some of the Japanese horrors of recent times such as Ringu.  It’s not especially frightening, instead it’s gently chilling, in the manner of a classic ghost story that you might have read aloud to family or friends in front of a fire in Victorian times, and although when I first saw the movie at around 15 it didn’t terrify me, I was uneasy and it stayed with me for quite a while.  It was adapted by Lawrence D.Cohen from the novel of the same title by Peter Straub.  Many fans of the book were angry at what Cohen had done to it, though he had to seriously condense what was a very long tome into what could be a two hour movie.  In doing so, he drastically simplified the story – for example the vengeful ghost in the film is actually part of a race of immortal shape changers in the book, and though I personally haven’t read the book, it’s obvious upon investigation that it has considerably more action.  Filmed mostly in Vermont and in an abandoned railway station in New York, the production proceeded smoothly but suffered a large amount of post-production re-editing, with some scenes involving Gregory and Fenny Bate, the two human accomplices of Eva the ghost, being cut [though one scene suggesting a perverse sexual relationship between the two was in early cinema showings before it was removed from seemingly all prints] and quite a few scenes obviously having bits and pieces missing.

It begins superbly, with one of the elderly guys telling a ghost story to the others, in an ornate brown dominated room replete with a fireplace.  The story is obviously reaching its climax and we see it visualised, and the fact that it’s virtually silent makes it quite creepy.  Then we cut to New York and David’s sudden death, and as the old men are all shown having nightmares and waking in terror, there really is a great sense of terrible horror to come.  Unfortunately, not much of that happens, and the film almost slows to a halt with a lengthy flashback sequence featuring Don’s affair with the eerie Alma.  Considering that soon after that we have another lengthy flashback, showing the event from decades ago that started everything, this first flashback should really have been cut to just a couple of scenes, especially as Craig Wasson is very bland as the incredibly passive ‘hero’, though he’s not helped by odd editing of some of his scenes.  The film seems to build up to a terrifying climax with Don trapped with a broken leg with Eva/Alma, but then seems to stop, with everything hinging disappointingly on a corpse falling out of a car.  Honestly, I felt very unsatisfied by the ending on first viewing, but more unsatisfying to these older, more critical eyes is the script, which is full of holes and things which should have either been expanded upon or removed altogether.  A good example is Eva, she’s basically just a ghost, but how does she walk around during the day and get a job at a school? Why does she do at least half of the things she does?  The shape shifter of the book is still hinted at one scene where she pretends to be someone’s son too.  I’m wondering if the film would have been better either suggesting that Alice might possibly be a figment of people’s imagination and a manifestation of their guilt, or not telling the audience she’s a ghost for a while. Still, the sequences when Alice wreaks her vengeance are well managed, with director John Irvin building the tension very well, and the shock cuts to Alice as a decomposed corpse are quite shocking the first time round.  Dick Smith created a really horrid apparition here, though some shots were originally going to feature the beauty on the right.
   
When the effect apparently didn’t work properly, it was replaced with the corpse, though the faceless horror was later used in The House On Haunted Hill.  Another moment that may stay with you is a supposedly dead body coming to life in a car sinking into a lake, something which Brian De Palma pinched wholesale for Raising Cain.  What is most haunting in the film is Alice Krige, who is quite simply incredible as Alice.  As she also proved in Sleepwalkers and Star Trek:First Contact, this actress, who hasn’t made nearly enough films, has a bizarre ability to be very frightening and very sexy at the same film, you know she’ll get you, but you’re have the time of your life first!  Her English accent alone suggests both perfect upbringing and a promise of uninhibited carnal pleasures, and the way she says line like “dance with me, you toad” are skin crawling.  Her character is poorly and inconsistently written but in some ways that’s why she’s so fascinating.  I must also say that though in many ways this is a nicely old fashioned horror movie, it still features some sex and nudity, so it’s still not one for the kids to watch.

Four Hollywood veterans play the members of the Chowder Society, and Fred Astaire, John  Houseman, Melvyn Douglas and Douglas Fairbanks Jnr are all wonderful in their parts, showing that most actors really do improve with age.  Astaire is especially good, adding little humorous touches to his character.  The score by Philip Sarde has a dark beauty and is sometimes very eerie indeed, such as some scenes set in a derelict house, where Sarde does much of the work that the mediocre Irvin fails to achieve with his direction.  There are a great many things wrong with Ghost Story, and this one film that could probably do with a remake, though I can’t think of any actress who could match Krige!  It is a film I often return to, partly because, I suspect, I’ve always loved stories about the sins of the past arising to take revenge in the present.  Are we ever truly aware of the ramifications of what we do?  Do we ever think that our actions have altered events that were perhaps not meant to be changed?  Though it doesn’t actually scare me much, I do find Ghost Story very haunting indeed.
6.5/10


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RE: WEIRD/STRANGE favorite movies fan base? - 18/7/2011 7:16:13 PM   
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ORIGINAL: Frankyh

I really wish i could turn back time and experience that film for the first time all over again and have my brain completely pulverised by the ending.
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I really wish i could turn back time and experience that film for the first time all over again and have my brain completely pulverised by the ending.


WELCOME!!!!
Now are we talking 2001 or Don't Look Now or??????????


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RE: WEIRD/STRANGE favorite movies fan base? - 18/7/2011 7:42:49 PM   
evil bill


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ORIGINAL: Dr Lenera

And here's mine, I liked it in parts.



Nicolas Cage gives one of his lazier performances but him and Perlman do make a good team and the interplay between the two does bring a little bit of warmth to the film. The standout performance is Claire Foy as 'the Girl', she has an unnerving knack of looking sweet and nasty at exactly the same time, and of course there's a brief appearance by Christopher Lee.  Atli Orvarsson's score serves its purpose but is as generic and unoriginal as you could imagine, sounding like a cross between Hans Zimmer and Harry Gregson-Williams.  Overall I did quite enjoy Season Of The Witch despite its many flaws, and I'm willing to bet money on the original cut being very good indeed.  As it stands, there just seems to be just bits and bobs of that movie scattered throughout this one. 5.5/10

Same here liked in parts,as i was hoping for a sort of modern take on Witchfinder General,but instead we get a very poor Crusade film.Maybe a directors cut R rated will lift this out of it's average score,here's hoping.
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Four Hollywood veterans play the members of the Chowder Society, and Fred Astaire, John  Houseman, Melvyn Douglas and Douglas Fairbanks Jnr are all wonderful in their parts, showing that most actors really do improve with age.  Astaire is especially good, adding little humorous touches to his character.  The score by Philip Sarde has a dark beauty and is sometimes very eerie indeed, such as some scenes set in a derelict house, where Sarde does much of the work that the mediocre Irvin fails to achieve with his direction.  There are a great many things wrong with Ghost Story, and this one film that could probably do with a remake, though I can’t think of any actress who could match Krige!  It is a film I often return to, partly because, I suspect, I’ve always loved stories about the sins of the past arising to take revenge in the present.  Are we ever truly aware of the ramifications of what we do?  Do we ever think that our actions have altered events that were perhaps not meant to be changed?  Though it doesn’t actually scare me much, I do find Ghost Story very haunting indeed.
6.5/10

Now this i believe i gave it a 7/10,as i just love Ghost story's,and this has as you pointed out influenced a lot of modern day Thrillers/Horror films.I love how it sets out to be an out and out chiller right from the off,yet it was released during the 80's when gore and shock horror was in a boom time.It feels and looks very much like a classic from the 30's IE The Dark House,but with a 80's production look,maybe that's why so many give it a miss,which is a shame.Peter Straub's book which i have read is awesome,and to get it down to 2 hours ruining time was a hell of a job,only Peter Jackson could have done better.But then his cut,would not have been re cut or butchered as this has suffered,and yet it's still a classy chiller well acted and from what i can tell well directed even in its messed up cut.


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RE: WEIRD/STRANGE favorite movies fan base? - 18/7/2011 8:38:27 PM   
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The Adjustment Bureau (2011)

Congressman David Norris(Matt Damon) runs for the United States Senate in 2006 he loses his lead,and while rehearsing his concession speech in a hotel bathroom meets beautiful contemporary ballet dancer Elise Sellas (Emily Blunt) and they fall instantly in love. However, he is being followed by mysterious men with strange powers who start to alter events so as to to keep them apart.These men are actually the agent's of The Chairman?,and call themselves The Adjustment Bureau?.The couple weren’t supposed to meet, so the Adjustment Bureau will do all it can to separate them, but David is determined to be with Elise no matter what.

Now the Dr has already review this and gave it a poor 3/10,now this i think is in no part due to the mix of Sci/Fi/Si/Romance/Supernatural thriller???IE what the hell is it about.The film also lacks a sense of energy but maybe that is due to my peoples expectations as the film is completely miss-marketed as an action thriller,which it's not.So what is it then,well it's simple,do we control our own destiny, or do unseen forces,(alien or not) manipulate us?and if so what are they?and why?Like Signs the Mel Gibson chiller it asks questions of Fath or Fate,which adds to the confused storyline,as you think it's Sci/Fi.Being that it was written by sci-fi legend Philip K. Dick,you expect a Sci/fi story of fate,but i think it's not,maybe it was in the short story,but here it's not,my impression of this movie is it's more about a modern take on Fath.Why because the Adjustment Bureau agents are in my mind are Angels without the wings, or the religious baggage that so many movies get tied down in.It plays up on those thoughts most of us have had at some time,IE if only i had of made that move things could have been so different,but hey that's life??or is it??Now t's not perfect in story or script,in fact it seems lost between all the threads it has,being too light hearted at times then serous,all of which comes close to spoiling a good story.

Luckily the chemistry between lead stars Matt Damon and the sensually beguiling Emily Blunt keep the romance on the boil while they are on screen.And all set in all the famous spots of Manhattan and NYC,all beautifully filmed,plus a decent ruining time that keeps it from being boring.The rest of the cast John Slattery,a sympathetic Anthony Mackie and menacing Terence Stamp as members of the Adjustment Bureau are on good form,but it all feels a bit by the numbers acting.I feel Terence Stamp could have been put to better use,and Emily Blunt could have been given more lines and more time on screen.But still for a Sunday night chill out movie it was good,and i would say give it a go,both myself and the missus enjoyed it,a good couples film with a Strange story line to keep me happy and the Love element for the missus.6/10

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RE: WEIRD/STRANGE favorite movies fan base? - 20/7/2011 8:48:24 PM   
evil bill


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Anyone seen The Tree of Life yet? I went to see it today, it is a beautifully shot visual feast for the eyes. Very little dialogue, but the imagery is truly stunning throughout. I still can't get my head round it to be honest, it will take several viewings to appreciate its genius. As far as my interpretation of the film goes, its a meditation on life... I think! Deeply profound and spiritual as well as philosophical.

Well got to see this last night so here's my review;
The Tree Of Life (2011)



The Tree of Life is the impressionistic story of a Midwestern family in the 1950's. The film follows the life journey of the eldest son, Jack, through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years as he tries to reconcile a complicated relationship with his father (Brad Pitt). Jack (played as an adult by Sean Penn) finds himself a lost soul in the modern world, seeking answers to the origins and meaning of life while questioning the existence of faith.

First off a warning to some of the popcorn fodder cinema goers,this is a slow heavy going adult themed Arthouse movie,with quasi-biblical imagery.If you did not get 2001 or lately The Fountain,this is not the movie for you,watch Transformers or Harry Potter,they are great fun. But this is a very deep movie,that in truth needs to be watched more than once,as it's themes need time to sink in,which is why i mentioned 2001 and The Fountain.This has beautiful, hypnotic, and memorizing artistry in every frame,and one hell of a story,and is a film that demands an incredible lot from you, as viewer.But will reward those that want a film that has brains,and who believe that cinema is a great art form not just an form of entertainment.

Terrence Malick, the acclaimed director of such classic films as Badlands, Days of Heaven and The Thin Red Line,gives us his first true Masterpiece.A film that is more of  an impression of a childhood,than a tale of childhood,maybe based on his own as his is both writer of the story and screenplay.Malick has achieved the height of his art form/imagery, we see how both cruel nature and spiritual grace shape not only our lives but that of our families and all around us.You see how against the odds we as a race have somehow survived,and through the poetry of life there just maybe some sort of spiritual force at work?? There is simply nothing like it out there at the moment,though many have tried,but none are as profound,or as idiosyncratic, complex, sincere.With some truly philosophically  heavy imagery, and the visual effects are impressive,which is no surprise as Douglas Trumbull the effects genus behind 2001,Close Encounters,Etc was a special effects consultant.Also stunning was the editing,and the cinematography,this will be added to my Blu-Ray collection as soon as i can get my hands on it.

The cast are also excellent with Brad Pitt giving one of his greatest performances,i kid you not,he is heading for the top of his craft going by this movie.In this he plays Mr. O'Brien, the stern Irish-American,Catholic disciplinarian father and husband to Jessica Chastain's Mrs. O'Brien.She is a superb actress and in this role as the soft loving mother,bringing balance into the lives of her children,she excels,as do the three boys who are magical as the O'Brien son's,well chosen for there roles,and a real treat to watch.And yet with so little dialogue,it's all down to emoution displayed through movement and facial expression,this is true acting skill.And lets not forget Sean Penn who plays the oldest O'Brien son,who despite learning difficulty's as a child has become a very successful middle aged adult who still struggles with the death of his younger brother.

Overall this is a stunning visual journey through Life,Death,Love the Universe in fact everything,and full of all the ups and downs that life can throw at you,yet always contemplative without preaching.If you open your mind and soul this will move you,and you will want to watch it again and again,and i think will give you a different experience on each viewing,which is exactly what real Art is about.It might just be the film of the year,and maybe the decade,a mind bender at times but in the end it's about LIFE!!10/10


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RE: WEIRD/STRANGE favorite movies fan base? - 21/7/2011 6:50:08 PM   
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I commented on your great review on HCF, one of your finest sir! Anyway, I saw this yesterday, and couldn't be bothered to do a long review [Harry Potter fans look away!]


The evil Lord Voldemort now has the Elder Staff and prepares to attack Hogwarts with his followers.  Meanwhile Harry, Ron, and Hermione continue  their quest of finding and destroying the three remaining Horcruxes, the magical items responsible for Voldemort’s immortality, but as the mystical Deathly Hallows are uncovered, Voldemort finds out about their mission……

And so the saga of Harry Potter comes to a close, and for this critic it's not before time!  There have been undoubted highpoints in each film, and the third and fourth movie were reasonably good, but for much of the time these films are just dull, seemingly too constrained by the necessity of sticking to J.K.Rowling to be truly imaginative, and especially since the mediocre David Yates, the director who thinks taking the colour out makes a film dark, has taken over the series.  How I wish somebody like Terry Gilliam or Guillermo Del Toro would have done one of these!  Still, I must admit, this final episode is one of the better ones and does at times have real dramatic weight.  It moves at a surprisingly fast pace, has probably more action than the last three of four films combined, and even has the odd good plot twist in what generally has been a tediously stretched out and weakly plotted saga.  It also dares to get quite dark, until a mawkish happy ending rights things, and I'm probably the only one who thinks such an ending is out of place considering how supposedly 'mature'  each film is supposed to be.  In fact it didn't even make much sense to me in terms of the story.  Yates actually shows himself to have considerably improved as a director, with some terrific camerawork and the odd really well staged scene, such as a snake killing partially seen through the other side of a window, though he still lacks a real flair for fantasy, and the battle scenes come across as a poor imitation of those in The Lord Of The Rings.  The effects are mostly fine and occasionally quite interesting visually, though the performances by the young cast are little better than they were ten years ago, and Radcliffe is downright awful in some scenes.  There is that wonderful older cast to enjoy of course, many of whom are given great moments to shine.  Generally better than expected, if you dislike Harry Potter [in which category I don't quite place myself, it's all just kind of okay in my opinion] you may be pleasantly surprised, though it'll hardly make you a convert.  Then again, I love The Lord of The Rings and even prefer The Chronicles Of Narnia, so what do I know?

6.5/10

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RE: WEIRD/STRANGE favorite movies fan base? - 21/7/2011 7:17:44 PM   
evil bill


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ORIGINAL: Dr Lenera

I commented on your great review on HCF, one of your finest sir! Anyway, I saw this yesterday, and couldn't be bothered to do a long review [Harry Potter fans look away!]



  And so the saga of Harry Potter comes to a close, and for this critic it's not before time!  There have been undoubted highpoints in each film, and the third and fourth movie were reasonably good, but for much of the time these films are just dull, seemingly too constrained by the necessity of sticking to J.K.Rowling to be truly imaginative, and especially since the mediocre David Yates, the director who thinks taking the colour out makes a film dark, has taken over the series.  How I wish somebody like Terry Gilliam or Guillermo Del Toro would have done one of these!  Still, I must admit, this final episode is one of the better ones and does at times have real dramatic weight.  It moves at a surprisingly fast pace, has probably more action than the last three of four films combined, and even has the odd good plot twist in what generally has been a tediously stretched out and weakly plotted saga.  It also dares to get quite dark, until a mawkish happy ending rights things, and I'm probably the only one who thinks such an ending is out of place considering how supposedly 'mature'  each film is supposed to be.  In fact it didn't even make much sense to me in terms of the story.  Yates actually shows himself to have considerably improved as a director, with some terrific camerawork and the odd really well staged scene, such as a snake killing partially seen through the other side of a window, though he still lacks a real flair for fantasy, and the battle scenes come across as a poor imitation of those in The Lord Of The Rings.  The effects are mostly fine and occasionally quite interesting visually, though the performances by the young cast are little better than they were ten years ago, and Radcliffe is downright awful in some scenes.  There is that wonderful older cast to enjoy of course, many of whom are given great moments to shine.  Generally better than expected, if you dislike Harry Potter [in which category I don't quite place myself, it's all just kind of okay in my opinion] you may be pleasantly surprised, though it'll hardly make you a convert.  Then again, I love The Lord of The Rings and even prefer The Chronicles Of Narnia, so what do I know?

6.5/10

The Daughter seemed to enjoy it,and tells me it finished off just like the book,but i'll wait for the Blu-Ray rental as like yourself,it's OK but that's average in my book.Lord Of The Rings is awesome,but then i've read the book more than once,and the films get dusted down each year.

By the way Discodez has done a great review of Argento's GALLIO and Do You Like Hitchcock on the Dario Argento thread,worth the read.


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RE: WEIRD/STRANGE favorite movies fan base? - 22/7/2011 5:21:51 PM   
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RE: WEIRD/STRANGE favorite movies fan base? - 24/7/2011 11:05:35 AM   
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Hello folks... a quick message to say i've watched the following recently...

HARRY POTTER 7... Some decent set pieces but fuck all story in-between them and a death scene which definately did not warrant a 10 year wait. This film is just very OK and whilst a vast improvement on the first part which played out like an episode of Coast(!), it's certainly not worth wasting a trip to the cinema for. Overall: 2/5

BEGINNERS... Mike Mills meditation on life, love and death in the family. It's a very odd film with a tone that always feels slightly off-kilter. However, all the actors do a fantastic job including the cute Jack Russell and i'm not ashamed to say the father's death scene made me cry. See thisone at the cinema! Overall: 3.5/5

Still wanting to see BRIDESMAIDS... HORRIBLE BOSSES... and planning to rent LIMITLESS, RANGO and HOWL from Blockbuster tomorrow. Oh and also been watching a lot of WEEDS... I love that show!

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RE: WEIRD/STRANGE favorite movies fan base? - 24/7/2011 11:53:17 AM   
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I commented on your great review on HCF, one of your finest sir! Anyway, I saw this yesterday, and couldn't be bothered to do a long review [Harry Potter fans look away!]


The evil Lord Voldemort now has the Elder Staff and prepares to attack Hogwarts with his followers.  Meanwhile Harry, Ron, and Hermione continue  their quest of finding and destroying the three remaining Horcruxes, the magical items responsible for Voldemort’s immortality, but as the mystical Deathly Hallows are uncovered, Voldemort finds out about their mission……

And so the saga of Harry Potter comes to a close, and for this critic it's not before time!  There have been undoubted highpoints in each film, and the third and fourth movie were reasonably good, but for much of the time these films are just dull, seemingly too constrained by the necessity of sticking to J.K.Rowling to be truly imaginative, and especially since the mediocre David Yates, the director who thinks taking the colour out makes a film dark, has taken over the series.  How I wish somebody like Terry Gilliam or Guillermo Del Toro would have done one of these!  Still, I must admit, this final episode is one of the better ones and does at times have real dramatic weight.  It moves at a surprisingly fast pace, has probably more action than the last three of four films combined, and even has the odd good plot twist in what generally has been a tediously stretched out and weakly plotted saga.  It also dares to get quite dark, until a mawkish happy ending rights things, and I'm probably the only one who thinks such an ending is out of place considering how supposedly 'mature'  each film is supposed to be.  In fact it didn't even make much sense to me in terms of the story.  Yates actually shows himself to have considerably improved as a director, with some terrific camerawork and the odd really well staged scene, such as a snake killing partially seen through the other side of a window, though he still lacks a real flair for fantasy, and the battle scenes come across as a poor imitation of those in The Lord Of The Rings.  The effects are mostly fine and occasionally quite interesting visually, though the performances by the young cast are little better than they were ten years ago, and Radcliffe is downright awful in some scenes.  There is that wonderful older cast to enjoy of course, many of whom are given great moments to shine.  Generally better than expected, if you dislike Harry Potter [in which category I don't quite place myself, it's all just kind of okay in my opinion] you may be pleasantly surprised, though it'll hardly make you a convert.  Then again, I love The Lord of The Rings and even prefer The Chronicles Of Narnia, so what do I know?

6.5/10

Went to see this yesterday, thought it was an excellent finale to the series. I think Ralph Fiennes walks away with every scene he's in as Voldemort. From The Goblet of Fire onwards, especially The Order of the Phoenix, his performance as the Dark Wizard has been sensational.

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RE: WEIRD/STRANGE favorite movies fan base? - 24/7/2011 12:36:22 PM   
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Watched Men in Black on blu ray yesterday. It's definitely worth the $5.49 that it's currently going for on Amazon. The picture and sound is amazing. Almost all of the fx hold up really well too, and the humour is still great.


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RE: WEIRD/STRANGE favorite movies fan base? - 25/7/2011 12:01:48 PM   
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Watched two films last night:

30 DAYS OF NIGHT: DARK DAYS... As STDVD sequels go this wasn't too bad. The story jumped about a bit too much but the gore was pretty strong and the absence of Melissa George wasn't a great loss. If a fan of the original and Blood Trails spin-off, then it's worth a rental but nothing more. Overall: 2/5

BLACK DEATH... I picked up this one after watching Game of Thrones and being enticed by Sean Bean on the front cover. It's not a bad film and offers up an intriguing battle between Christian and Pagan morality. The acting throughout is reasonably good but the film seriously falls short on the gore. It's all suggestion with much of the action taking place behind backs or slightly off camera. The tone of the film demanded better but i'm guessing the backers were aiming for as big a draw as possible so Chris Smith had to work within the remit of a PG-13/15 cert. Shame really cos this could have been great if it had been given free reign to go for the full R/18 cert visuals! Overall: 3.5/5

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RE: WEIRD/STRANGE favorite movies fan base? - 25/7/2011 6:49:01 PM   
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Watched two films last night:

30 DAYS OF NIGHT: DARK DAYS... As STDVD sequels go this wasn't too bad. The story jumped about a bit too much but the gore was pretty strong and the absence of Melissa George wasn't a great loss. If a fan of the original and Blood Trails spin-off, then it's worth a rental but nothing more. Overall: 2/5

BLACK DEATH... I picked up this one after watching Game of Thrones and being enticed by Sean Bean on the front cover. It's not a bad film and offers up an intriguing battle between Christian and Pagan morality. The acting throughout is reasonably good but the film seriously falls short on the gore. It's all suggestion with much of the action taking place behind backs or slightly off camera. The tone of the film demanded better but i'm guessing the backers were aiming for as big a draw as possible so Chris Smith had to work within the remit of a PG-13/15 cert. Shame really cos this could have been great if it had been given free reign to go for the full R/18 cert visuals! Overall: 3.5/5

Straight to the point reviews as always,and i have to say i been given the 30 Days Of Night follow ons a miss.
BLACK DEATH is an excellent movie but i do agree if it had been an 18/R rated it would have been a far more powerful film.Still what was on screen was top notch acting and direction with a excellent script,if some what toned down.Have you been watching Camelot on channel4,it's pretty good though not quite as violent or as much sex as Game Of Thrones


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RE: WEIRD/STRANGE favorite movies fan base? - 25/7/2011 6:57:01 PM   
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i hated 30 days of night dark days. It was so boring. I didn't think much of the first one either, but that was way better.

I loved Black Death also, really cool movie. That director has made some cool movies, Creep, Severance, Triangle, it is Christopher Smith isn't it?

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RE: WEIRD/STRANGE favorite movies fan base? - 25/7/2011 7:29:41 PM   
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Watched Men in Black on blu ray yesterday. It's definitely worth the $5.49 that it's currently going for on Amazon. The picture and sound is amazing. Almost all of the fx hold up really well too, and the humour is still great.


I fancy getting this on Blu-Ray to replace ye old DVD i have,don't know if we can get the film for that price this side of the big pond.
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i hated 30 days of night dark days. It was so boring. I didn't think much of the first one either, but that was way better.

I loved Black Death also, really cool movie. That director has made some cool movies, Creep, Severance, Triangle, it is Christopher Smith isn't it?

Yes it was Mr Smith here's my old review;
Black Death

In medieval England fallen under the shadow of the Black Death, a young monk called Osmund is charged in leading a fearsome knight, Ulric and his group of mercenaries to a remote marsh. Their quest is to hunt down a necromancer - someone able to bring the dead back to life. Torn between his love of God and the love of a young woman, Osmund discovers the necromancer, a mysterious beauty called Langiva. After Langiva reveals her Satanic identity and offers Osmund his hearts desire, the horror of his real journey begins.

This film has a very dark vision of the brutality and fanaticism of middle age life and also explores the madness and futility of religious extremism.It deals with the consequences of the clash between believers and non‐believers,and the conclusions it draws are stark and disturbing.Very much made with The Wicker Man in mind,and In The Name Of The Rose,as it mixes these themes of what is Witchcraft,and yet has a strong feel of being a mystery thriller at the same time.

The cast are fantastic, although Sean Bean's towering performance as the leader of the soldiers and a man "more dangerous than pestilence" steals the movie. Eddie Redmayne does well in the central role of Osmund and manages to make his character's personal journey very believable, whilst Carice van Houten is also memorable in her role ,as a witch????during the second half of the movie.This is a well made well written and directed with real skill,by Christopher Smith(Creep, Severance and Triangle),and is going to be counted as a true classic in years to come.7/10

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RE: WEIRD/STRANGE favorite movies fan base? - 25/7/2011 7:50:02 PM   
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bill i meant to put £5.49! I'm from the uk too. It's on amazon.co.uk at that price!

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RE: WEIRD/STRANGE favorite movies fan base? - 25/7/2011 8:15:04 PM   
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bill i meant to put £5.49! I'm from the uk too. It's on amazon.co.uk at that price!

I know your from this side of the pond,just thought you could only get region 1 for that price.Thanks anyway it's now ordered..
Just noticed HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN is on at a cinema just down the road,so it's crazy Tuesday tomorrow,guess where i'll be.


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RE: WEIRD/STRANGE favorite movies fan base? - 26/7/2011 8:56:37 AM   
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Enjoyed Black Death a lot. I was really surprised by how much I did like it. Sean Bean and Carice Van Houten do run away with the film however Kimberley Nixon was also very good as Averill who is the secret love of Osmund played Eddie Redmayne delivering a fine Performamce. Osmund a Monk who must show a group of Soldiers the way to a village to hunt down a witch.

Well acted and directed Black Death was a film that surprised me a lot last year.
4/5.



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RE: WEIRD/STRANGE favorite movies fan base? - 26/7/2011 12:53:34 PM   
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It is the dawn of time, in a world that existed before recorded history.  Young Conan’s village is raided, destroyed by men carrying a standard of two snakes entwined, and his parents killed.  He spends the rest of his childhood in slavery, then has a brief spell as a gladiator before he is turned loose, having become too dangerous for the school.  He sets off to find Thulsa Doom, accompanied by a fellow warrior, Subotai, and reaching a city, learns that a deadly snake cult is responsible for mysterious towers springing up everywhere.  Hoping to find both great treasure and a clue to his parent’s killers, he sets out to rob the tower in the city, but encounters a warrior woman, Valeria, also out to rob the tower………..


  If you’re as old as me you will no doubt remember the short-lived ‘Sword and Sorcery’ craze of the early 80s, where cinemas and especially video shops were, for a while, filled with muscular men, and sometimes women, striding through fantasy settings dispatching all and sundry with a bloody great big sword.  Most of these films were low budget affairs, but it’s sometimes the tackiest that were the most fun, such as The Sword And The Sorcerer and Hundra.  All these films were influenced by the success of one film, Conan The Barbarian, and few actually differed very much from it [The Beastmaster was virtually an unofficial remake].  Conan The Barbarian remains probably the best of these films, not really because it was the only one with a big budget, but because it was made with care and skill, with director John Milius and writer Oliver Stone seemingly not content with just making a cinematic version of Robert E.Howard’s stories, but out to make a great movie full stop.  I think they almost succeeded, I wouldn’t say this is a great movie, but it is a very good one, almost operatic in its style, though some have said that it’s approach is too serious for the pulpy material.  I will say that it is not really a faithful adaptation of Howard, whose books and comics I used to read quite a bit when I was young.  While the film combines elements of several Howard stories, the basic plot is invented and Conan himself is quite different to Howard’s character.  Instead of an intelligent, agile and talkative hero, we have a strong, silent and slightly dumb one.  Arnold Schwarzenegger is perfect in the role as written, but it’s not Howard’s Conan at all.

There had been several aborted plans for a Conan film prior to the making of this one, including one by Ray Harryhausen which would have probably been great [though would he have allowed for all that essential blood and gore?], but eventually producer Dino De Laurentiis bought the rights and Oliver Stone wrote a hugely ambitious script that took bits from several Howard stories but set then in the future.  When the proposed budget was ludicrously expensive, Stone relocated the story to the distant past and also drastically scaled down his script.  When Milius came on board he added his own things into the script.  Filmed mainly in Spain in some of the same locations that Sergio Leone used for his ‘Dollars’ trilogy, and with the exception of James Earl Jones and Max Von Sydow using a mostly inexperienced or not well known cast, the original cut ran almost two and a half hours and was apparently far too gory.  The film lost a great deal of brutality, though even the version that was released remains very bloody and violent, and I’m always amazed it got a ‘15’ certificate in the UK, considering how much stricter the BBFC were then.  Some of the cut scenes sound quite interesting such as Conan battling a female gladiator and a fight with a monster outside the Tower Of Set.  Milius’ final cut ran 131 mins but the studio removed a couple more minutes which are now present and correct in most versions of the film.  In the UK the film lost a few seconds from a sex scene but was most extensively cut to remove horse falls, which causes the final battle to suffer gaps in the music which are probably obvious even if you don’t have the soundtrack.  Conan The Barbarian was a big success, despite mostly terrible reviews, and made Arnie a star.

Conan The Barbarian is really a film of two halves, the first showing how he ‘becomes’ Conan, the second showing how he goes on his first major quest and in doing so avenges his parents.  The opening half hour or so is terrific, stylised in a manner resembling Akira Kurosawa or even Sergio Leone, with certain moments, such as the death of Conan’s mother [a brilliantly staged scene] taking ages to play out and long sections which have no dialogue at all. There is though a narrator who gets a little annoying but does actually become a major character in the film later on.  There are lots of montages, sometimes featuring graphic brutality such as a gladiator sequence, sometimes emphasising the wonderful Spain scenery, and almost always featuring Basil Poledouris’ amazing score. There’s a startling scene where Conan has sex with a woman who turns into a demon in the middle of coitus, and the film seems to be building up to be really good indeed.  Well, it remains good, but, despite encounters with everything from a giant snake to Valeria, the lady who becomes the love of his life, the film does start to drag around the middle.  Stone and Milius seem to be holding back a bit on the expected action – we don’t even see Conan fight with his sword until the last half an hour, and I’m not sure that the philosophical elements that they bring in to the story really suit it.  I do respect them though for incorporating things like Nietzsche and ‘the riddle of steel’ into a sword and sorcery movie, and giving the film a feel of a real epic rather than a straight forward actioner.  Milius really did give himself full reign to explore his own interests though, such as the nature of true manliness, and I must say this is a very right wing movie indeed – notice, for example, the jibes at hippies!

There are striking scenes throughout though, such as Conan biting the head of a vulture whilst crucified, and the fighting in the final quarter is superbly staged and quite astonishing in the violence of its slashing, slicing and dicing.  The special effects are mostly very good and often simply done, for example some ‘mound demons’, who just look like cartoons but are all the more effective that way, as they are only vaguely seen.  There is though a rather shoddy giant snake though it’s footage appears to be cut down.  Thulsa Doom’s later transformation into another large snake is superbly handled though through just effective cutting.  Oddly, despite the presence of at least two wizards in the film, we don’t see much actual magic at all, though James Earl Jones’ performance as Thulsa Doom is so effective that he gives the impression of being able to do anything if he wanted to.  There is a far amount of quotable dialogue in this movie, some of it slightly amusing especially when delivered by Arnie, such as his reply when asked what is best in life, “to crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women”, a quote which was actually attributed to Genghis Khan.   There certainly is a slight camp element to the film, however seriously Stone and Milius take it, and some might say because it’s taken to so seriously.  That said, there is some intentional humour, such as Arnie punching out a camel.

Ron Cobb’s production design superbly evokes a variety of historical periods while still looking quite original, whilst Basil Poledouris’ powerful and often rousing score is one of the greatest ever composed for a fantasy movie.  With lots of scenes without dialogue and some seemingly edited around the music, the film almost relies on the music at times to tell the story.  Now unsurprisingly the performances are a mixed bag, for example surfer Gerry Lopez is very wooden as Subotai, but Mako is wonderful and actually pretty funny as the Wizard.  Sadly Sandahl Bergman doesn’t do Valeria justice though she most certainly looks the part and I love the way that their romance is handled with hardly any dialogue.  Arnie is just Arnie, and probably even more wooden than normal because this was one of his first films, but it’s safe to say he didn’t improve much afterwards!  He does have a distinct presence though, you can’t take your eyes of him when watching him on screen, and there’s something distinctly funny about him, something which was later cleverly exploited.  In most of his successive films he was cast very well so his lack of acting skill didn’t matter much and I readily admit I was a bit of a fan for a while [and I still enjoy watching him from time to time].  There is a lot in Conan The Barbarian which is extremely praise-worthy and I think critics tended to miss many of the film’s strong points because of the genre it belongs to.  Passionate, convincing and uncompromising, if just a bit more action was added I reckon it would be almost perfect of its type.  Although I’m usually very dubious about all these remakes, I’m actually rather looking forward to the new movie, for a start it seems that Conan is more like Howard’s creation.  Will it be as good a film though? I somehow doubt it!
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RE: WEIRD/STRANGE favorite movies fan base? - 27/7/2011 12:16:08 PM   
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RANGO... Surreal. Surreal. Surreal! A script firmly aimed at adults, visuals which are stunning in hi-def but hardly easy on the eye and nods to films of yesteryear which will go over many kiddy winks heads. This is one of the most kid-unfriendly kids films i've watched in a while. The biggest regret is that on this evidence, Gore would have done a fanastic job of the now shelved Bioshock movie. Oh well! As for this film, worth a watch but I wouldn't sit through it again. Overall: 3/5

WEEDS: SEASON SIX has arrived in the post... I'm a happy boy!!!

Darabont has left The Walking Dead... no great loss. The first season was a crashing bore/disappointment so i don't have very high expectations for S2 tbh.

And finally... Has anyone watched BREAKING BAD?? Is it worth shelling out £20 for S1 and S2?? Thoughts/comments please.

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RE: WEIRD/STRANGE favorite movies fan base? - 27/7/2011 8:08:08 PM   
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There is a lot in Conan The Barbarian which is extremely praise-worthy and I think critics tended to miss many of the film's strong points because of the genre it belongs to.  Passionate, convincing and uncompromising, if just a bit more action was added I reckon it would be almost perfect of its type.  Although I'm usually very dubious about all these remakes, I'm actually rather looking forward to the new movie, for a start it seems that Conan is more like Howard's creation.  Will it be as good a film though? I somehow doubt it!
8/10


Hell of a review for a awesome cult classic from the wonderful 80's,and one i will buy on Blu-Ray as the DVD i have is a bit shit to be honest.Looking forward to the remake but like you i know it will never be like the original,and as for Beastmaster ,well it was shit.The Sword And The Sorcerer 1982  now that was another classic,i just loved this one to bits,full of sex and violence,a real adult fantasy film.


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RE: WEIRD/STRANGE favorite movies fan base? - 27/7/2011 8:36:15 PM   
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Darabont has left The Walking Dead... no great loss. The first season was a crashing bore/disappointment so i don't have very high expectations for S2 tbh.

And finally... Has anyone watched BREAKING BAD?? Is it worth shelling out £20 for S1 and S2?? Thoughts/comments please.


WTF Walking Dead was great!

I just watched the first ep of Breaking Bad yesterday. I was very impressed.

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RE: WEIRD/STRANGE favorite movies fan base? - 27/7/2011 8:36:48 PM   
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RANGO... Surreal. Surreal. Surreal! A script firmly aimed at adults, visuals which are stunning in hi-def but hardly easy on the eye and nods to films of yesteryear which will go over many kiddy winks heads. This is one of the most kid-unfriendly kids films i've watched in a while. The biggest regret is that on this evidence, Gore would have done a fanastic job of the now shelved Bioshock movie. Oh well! As for this film, worth a watch but I wouldn't sit through it again. Overall: 3/5

WEEDS: SEASON SIX has arrived in the post... I'm a happy boy!!!

Darabont has left The Walking Dead... no great loss. The first season was a crashing bore/disappointment so i don't have very high expectations for S2 tbh.

And finally... Has anyone watched BREAKING BAD?? Is it worth shelling out £20 for S1 and S2?? Thoughts/comments please.

This is the TV show Breaking Bad about an underachieving chemistry bloke who becomes a high school chemistry teacher.Informed he has terminal cancer he turns his expertise in chemistry to producing the world's highest quality crystal meth to earn money for his family and relive the pain. Bryan Cranston as Walter steals the show for me as his role is darkly comic,yet played in such a serous way your not sure if your going to laugh or cry.I watched it on channel 4 late night a couple of years back,and yeah it was good,but it is about Cancer of course which it deals with in a very serious way, and it is not simply there for the dark comedy.It deals with the issue whether you should get the expensive treatment,where you might live or just die in days/weeks/months/or maybe years later  there's no guarantee.It also deals with very serious family issues,like Walt having a son with cerebral palsy,the daily grind of life in a family that is falling apart.Also the show touches on general moral issue of is what Walt doing for money justified the drug's,he's involed in all for to help his Family??Heavy going at times mate,but well acted and directed for a TV show,hope this helps.


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RE: WEIRD/STRANGE favorite movies fan base? - 28/7/2011 8:37:06 AM   
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Watched Men in Black on blu ray yesterday. It's definitely worth the $5.49 that it's currently going for on Amazon. The picture and sound is amazing. Almost all of the fx hold up really well too, and the humour is still great.


I fancy getting this on Blu-Ray to replace ye old DVD i have,don't know if we can get the film for that price this side of the big pond.
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i hated 30 days of night dark days. It was so boring. I didn't think much of the first one either, but that was way better.

I loved Black Death also, really cool movie. That director has made some cool movies, Creep, Severance, Triangle, it is Christopher Smith isn't it?

Yes it was Mr Smith here's my old review;
Black Death

In medieval England fallen under the shadow of the Black Death, a young monk called Osmund is charged in leading a fearsome knight, Ulric and his group of mercenaries to a remote marsh. Their quest is to hunt down a necromancer - someone able to bring the dead back to life. Torn between his love of God and the love of a young woman, Osmund discovers the necromancer, a mysterious beauty called Langiva. After Langiva reveals her Satanic identity and offers Osmund his hearts desire, the horror of his real journey begins.

This film has a very dark vision of the brutality and fanaticism of middle age life and also explores the madness and futility of religious extremism.It deals with the consequences of the clash between believers and non‐believers,and the conclusions it draws are stark and disturbing.Very much made with The Wicker Man in mind,and In The Name Of The Rose,as it mixes these themes of what is Witchcraft,and yet has a strong feel of being a mystery thriller at the same time.

The cast are fantastic, although Sean Bean's towering performance as the leader of the soldiers and a man "more dangerous than pestilence" steals the movie. Eddie Redmayne does well in the central role of Osmund and manages to make his character's personal journey very believable, whilst Carice van Houten is also memorable in her role ,as a witch????during the second half of the movie.This is a well made well written and directed with real skill,by Christopher Smith(Creep, Severance and Triangle),and is going to be counted as a true classic in years to come.7/10


Neat film, I can't say I have watched a film by Christopher Smith that I didn't enjoy. I put quite a bit on expectation on this one since I consider Severance an excellent film and Triangle was quite awesome too. I don't know if it is my perception of it but there's seem to be some kind of price on setting a film during the Dark Ages. Christopher Smith does what he does very well and even when it failed to blow my mind like Severance and Triangle did it's still a worthy film. I agree with the 7 score.

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Darabont has left The Walking Dead... no great loss. The first season was a crashing bore/disappointment so i don't have very high expectations for S2 tbh.

And finally... Has anyone watched BREAKING BAD?? Is it worth shelling out £20 for S1 and S2?? Thoughts/comments please.


WTF Walking Dead was great!

I just watched the first ep of Breaking Bad yesterday. I was very impressed.


I was let quite a bit down by The Walking Dead. I just couldn't really keep an interest on it with its scalation of American style drama dulling the whole thing down.



Little Deaths is an antology of three horror tales by different British directors. Its common axis is sex and horror and all around it is quite fine. The fisrt Story, "House and Home", shows us a posh couple with some creepy habits you're faced to progresively. Its build up is very good but when things change, they do it quite a bit too suddenly. The second, "Mutant Tool" is quite a fucked up story about some kind of drug distilled in quite an horrific way and the addict prostitute who end up acting as a guinea pig. It is a bit confusing but that even fits well at some moments in the insane mood. the last one, "Bitch", is the cleanest of all three and revolves around a couple with quite an unhealthy and horny relationship and how things end up going wrong. All around each of the stories has things to like as well as low points.The array of fucked up characters and its strangeness worked well for me and even when I have my complaints I feel they have more the "hope these guys keep up working" mood than the "this is shit" one. 7?/10

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La Campane del Infierno 9/10
The Edukators 8/10
War World Z 6/10
Inbred 5?/10
The Brass Teapot 7/10
Dettachment 6?/10
The Dead Inside 7?/10
The Haunted Mansion 5/10
Anatomie 2 6/10
Anatomie 6?/10

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RE: WEIRD/STRANGE favorite movies fan base? - 28/7/2011 5:59:41 PM   
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There is a lot in Conan The Barbarian which is extremely praise-worthy and I think critics tended to miss many of the film's strong points because of the genre it belongs to.  Passionate, convincing and uncompromising, if just a bit more action was added I reckon it would be almost perfect of its type.  Although I'm usually very dubious about all these remakes, I'm actually rather looking forward to the new movie, for a start it seems that Conan is more like Howard's creation.  Will it be as good a film though? I somehow doubt it!
8/10


Hell of a review for a awesome cult classic from the wonderful 80's,and one i will buy on Blu-Ray as the DVD i have is a bit shit to be honest.Looking forward to the remake but like you i know it will never be like the original,and as for Beastmaster ,well it was shit.The Sword And The Sorcerer 1982  now that was another classic,i just loved this one to bits,full of sex and violence,a real adult fantasy film.



Thanks and you right about Sword And The Sorcerer, still have that one on video, think I'll order that asap and do a review.  Conan The Destroyer coming soon too!


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RE: WEIRD/STRANGE favorite movies fan base? - 28/7/2011 6:00:33 PM   
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Watched Men in Black on blu ray yesterday. It's definitely worth the $5.49 that it's currently going for on Amazon. The picture and sound is amazing. Almost all of the fx hold up really well too, and the humour is still great.


I fancy getting this on Blu-Ray to replace ye old DVD i have,don't know if we can get the film for that price this side of the big pond.
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i hated 30 days of night dark days. It was so boring. I didn't think much of the first one either, but that was way better.

I loved Black Death also, really cool movie. That director has made some cool movies, Creep, Severance, Triangle, it is Christopher Smith isn't it?

Yes it was Mr Smith here's my old review;
Black Death

In medieval England fallen under the shadow of the Black Death, a young monk called Osmund is charged in leading a fearsome knight, Ulric and his group of mercenaries to a remote marsh. Their quest is to hunt down a necromancer - someone able to bring the dead back to life. Torn between his love of God and the love of a young woman, Osmund discovers the necromancer, a mysterious beauty called Langiva. After Langiva reveals her Satanic identity and offers Osmund his hearts desire, the horror of his real journey begins.

This film has a very dark vision of the brutality and fanaticism of middle age life and also explores the madness and futility of religious extremism.It deals with the consequences of the clash between believers and non‐believers,and the conclusions it draws are stark and disturbing.Very much made with The Wicker Man in mind,and In The Name Of The Rose,as it mixes these themes of what is Witchcraft,and yet has a strong feel of being a mystery thriller at the same time.

The cast are fantastic, although Sean Bean's towering performance as the leader of the soldiers and a man "more dangerous than pestilence" steals the movie. Eddie Redmayne does well in the central role of Osmund and manages to make his character's personal journey very believable, whilst Carice van Houten is also memorable in her role ,as a witch????during the second half of the movie.This is a well made well written and directed with real skill,by Christopher Smith(Creep, Severance and Triangle),and is going to be counted as a true classic in years to come.7/10


Neat film, I can't say I have watched a film by Christopher Smith that I didn't enjoy. I put quite a bit on expectation on this one since I consider Severance an excellent film and Triangle was quite awesome too. I don't know if it is my perception of it but there's seem to be some kind of price on setting a film during the Dark Ages. Christopher Smith does what he does very well and even when it failed to blow my mind like Severance and Triangle did it's still a worthy film. I agree with the 7 score.

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ORIGINAL: losthighway

Darabont has left The Walking Dead... no great loss. The first season was a crashing bore/disappointment so i don't have very high expectations for S2 tbh.

And finally... Has anyone watched BREAKING BAD?? Is it worth shelling out £20 for S1 and S2?? Thoughts/comments please.


WTF Walking Dead was great!

I just watched the first ep of Breaking Bad yesterday. I was very impressed.


I was let quite a bit down by The Walking Dead. I just couldn't really keep an interest on it with its scalation of American style drama dulling the whole thing down.



Little Deaths is an antology of three horror tales by different British directors. Its common axis is sex and horror and all around it is quite fine. The fisrt Story, "House and Home", shows us a posh couple with some creepy habits you're faced to progresively. Its build up is very good but when things change, they do it quite a bit too suddenly. The second, "Mutant Tool" is quite a fucked up story about some kind of drug distilled in quite an horrific way and the addict prostitute who end up acting as a guinea pig. It is a bit confusing but that even fits well at some moments in the insane mood. the last one, "Bitch", is the cleanest of all three and revolves around a couple with quite an unhealthy and horny relationship and how things end up going wrong. All around each of the stories has things to like as well as low points.The array of fucked up characters and its strangeness worked well for me and even when I have my complaints I feel they have more the "hope these guys keep up working" mood than the "this is shit" one. 7?/10


Now this looks very interesting indeed, especially as good anthologies seem hard to come by these days!


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RE: WEIRD/STRANGE favorite movies fan base? - 28/7/2011 7:50:29 PM   
evil bill


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Black Death

I7/10


Neat film, I can't say I have watched a film by Christopher Smith that I didn't enjoy. I put quite a bit on expectation on this one since I consider Severance an excellent film and Triangle was quite awesome too. I don't know if it is my perception of it but there's seem to be some kind of price on setting a film during the Dark Ages. Christopher Smith does what he does very well and even when it failed to blow my mind like Severance and Triangle did it's still a worthy film. I agree with the 7 score.

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Little Deaths is an antology of three horror tales by different British directors. Its common axis is sex and horror and all around it is quite fine. The fisrt Story, "House and Home", shows us a posh couple with some creepy habits you're faced to progresively. Its build up is very good but when things change, they do it quite a bit too suddenly. The second, "Mutant Tool" is quite a fucked up story about some kind of drug distilled in quite an horrific way and the addict prostitute who end up acting as a guinea pig. It is a bit confusing but that even fits well at some moments in the insane mood. the last one, "Bitch", is the cleanest of all three and revolves around a couple with quite an unhealthy and horny relationship and how things end up going wrong. All around each of the stories has things to like as well as low points.The array of fucked up characters and its strangeness worked well for me and even when I have my complaints I feel they have more the "hope these guys keep up working" mood than the "this is shit" one. 7?/10

Like the Dr i miss those old anthology horror films,and this has the bonus of being British,yet somehow i never heard of it till now.Going by your review i will seek this out,as it sounds like a great Weird/Strange film,and you are always good at picking out some really good ones mate.


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