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RE: The Complete Ridley Scott - 5/5/2008 4:37:25 PM   
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I've seen RKO-281, and it's not that bad. Not seen The Hunger. Ridley and Tony Scott also produce the US FBI crime series, Numb3rs, where the FBI enlist a maths genius professor (who happens to be an FBI agent's brother!) to help with certain crimes that require some sort of mathematical involvement. Fortunately, one of these sorts of cases pops up about once every week... It's formulaic stuff, but entertaining.

I agree that Scott is my favourite director still working - in my top five films of all time, he's the only director who's still alive...


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RE: The Complete Ridley Scott - 21/5/2008 11:38:17 PM   
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Saw, in passing, Matchstick Men DVD in my local Somerfield for 2.99 so bought it on impulse.  Loved it too, although I already knew the twist - but I managed to catch the clues that had been left in the cut!  Very well played, and I was surprised by Cage's performance, given the quality of his output since Con Air.  It really does seem that if you have Ridley Scott in the director's chair, all the cast are automatically on top form!

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RE: The Complete Ridley Scott - 6/6/2008 12:42:21 PM   
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The Duellist... is one of Scott's underrated gems the more so for being his debut.



I get confused often when people refer to films as underrated.  It won the Best First Work at Cannes in 1977 and has an average rating of 7.4 on imdb.  Probably its one of Scott's films that hasn't been most widely seen, but I think most people who have seen it would give it a fair rating.  I'd personally give the film 3/5.  I think it contains the best of Scott, visually awesome, with the worst, style over substance.  Nice film, but I've only found the inclination to watch it a couple of times.

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Alien... This is one of the finest science-fiction films ever made, and certainly the greatest horror.



It might be the best sci-fi horror, but what are the contenders, The Thing, Event Horizon, Virus?  For me I can't rate is as the best horror film as its not in a setting that could ever effect me personally.  Jaws makes people afraid to go into the water, Psycho meant you thought twice about closing that shower curtain, Halloween made it a certainty you'd lock and check the lock on the door at night.  Alien doesn't have any of that proximity to my life so it can't really scare me on anything deeper than the surface level.

Still its a magnificently shot piece.  As Homer notes the Giger creation is an absolutely stunning creation and I think with the android and the crew being sold out by the firm there's probably a touch more than this film is sometimes given credit for.  Always a good late night view, can't fault it really 5/5.

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Blade Runner... is the zenith of his career, and of science-fiction films in general. 



Couldn't agree more.  I'd say 2001 is the only sci-fi film that could be argued to be as good - but I know a lot of people don't like that film at all.  As Homer says, its vision of the future hasn't aged, which is a fine achievement for an excellent film. 5/5

I've not seen Legend for too many years to comment on it at all (probably actually since it came out).  Not really a genre that excites me so I doubt I'll even give the Director's Cut a try.

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Someone to Watch Over Me.... It definitely doesn't work if you think of it as a contemporary thriller for today. However, see it as a period piece set in the 80s, and it works brilliantly.



I think that's a better way of classifying the film than I have as apartment porn.  Still we are twenty years on and the only reason I could find to recommend this to anyone now is if they are a Scott completist.  Won't deliver much more than a TV movie and you'll find it uneven 2/5

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Black Rain, is a fine eighties action film that looks wonderful, sounds great, and has some excellent action and some intelligent themes interwoven. if you've missed it, and fancy some sterling eighties action, then I highly recommend it.


I love Black Rain.  Its one of my favourite films from the 80s and I try hard to watch it whenever its on.  I know what you mean about the acting overall, but I love the Michael Douglas bit when Garcia is getting it by the sword carrying bikers.  Freaking brilliant.  I've heard accusations of racism levelled to it in the past, but I think its more that the character Nick is not happy outside his culture and probably does harbour racial distrust and dislike than a point the movie is trying to make.  And the film's title is just the most jaw-dropping holy fuck moment when you learn the reason for it.  Class 4/5


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Thelma & Louise.... If you haven't seen this film yet, then might I suggest it be moved up your rental list. A modern American classic.


Okay, here's my problem with this film (including inherent SPOILER, but I'm sure the world and his wife know the ending).  Far from being the modern, feminist masterpiece that this film is often held up as, it seems to me that the only way these women were able to take control of their lives and step out of the man-dominated world was to leave it.  Oddly the ending kind of does work, which I suggest means this film is kind of a fairytale or something, I mean afterall we all know dying isn't the best thing for them, but we are kind of happy when they achieve it, so we must be recognising this is a made-up story and playing along. 

Looks nice though and is well acted ummm 4/5

1492 Couldn't agree more with Gimli's comment that its a great score that doesn't work with the film or Dracovir's comments just about hit the nail on the head that maybe this story just doesn't translate to cinema very well, or maybe out of some reverence for the anniversary not enough license was made with the story to keep it interesting.  2/5

White Squall I'd never even heard of this, shows what I know.  GI Jane I've never seen.

Gladiator I don't know how you can't love this.  Some great scenes.  Lovely watching Richard Harris and Oliver Reed.  There's a lot been said about the film so I'll just add my score 5/5 (but Spartacus is better)

Hannibal.  I read the book when it came out and imo was shit (obviously I disagree with shool).  So there wasn't ever going to be much hope for the movie.  Florence looks beautiful, and I don't think its as bad as some would like you to believe.  Surprisingly I'm still giving it 3/5 cos Florence does look so nice and I think the Italian cop is a good character.

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Black Hawk Down... This is one of my favourite Scott films and nestles neatly in between Black Rain and Thelma & Louise in my order of Scott films. (I may put a complete order once I complete the list.)


Fantastic film.  Other than the final battle in Platoon one of the best depictions of a modern war imo 5/5

Matchstick Men.  Its interesting to see how different people see different films.  I definitely thought that the twist was going to come on the con, and I'm one of those people who just gets into a film and goes along with it instead of trying to think ahead of the film.  That led to the worst cop out ending ever, which ruins the film for me now.  In fact in the last 2 times I've seen this film I've made my own cut by not seeing the last 10 minutes.  3/5

Kingdom of Heaven I've only see the TC of, which was very much not the sum of its parts.  2/5.  I should give the DC a go I guess.

A Good Year I'd never heard of.

American Gangster I guess I agree with Homer.  The genre is done.  Was a little disappointed by this.  Just doesn't hit home at all and is certainly no French Connection 3/5.

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RE: The Complete Ridley Scott - 16/11/2008 4:04:26 AM   
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Its days like this when I wish I was still doing the news storys at the Cult - I mean Wha?

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RE: The Complete Ridley Scott - 16/11/2008 4:10:02 AM   
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It should be execllent! Few games have the ability to play with your emotions as Monopoly. The little thrill of getting 200 as you pass go. The sheer joy of landing on free parking (if you play with that rule). The dismay of picking up a "directly to jail" card. The heartbreak of not being able to buy both Mayfair and Park Lane. The sense of misplaced superiorty over those who have only snapped up Whitechapel and Old Kent Road. The ultimate terror of being on the Water Works and faced with the yellow and purple properties all having hotels. How could this not be one of the finest films ever made?

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RE: The Complete Ridley Scott - 16/11/2008 4:23:46 AM   
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I actually have about 30 sets of Monopoly and absolutely love the game. But what exactly would a film be about I just checked Future films and realised I'm actually a bit slow on the uptake here, but still, baffles me why Ridley would wanna turn it into a Blade Runner type thing. I just don't really get it!

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RE: The Complete Ridley Scott - 16/11/2008 9:44:31 AM   
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Should be... interesting. i too have loads of the games - the original, Star Wars, Simpsons, etc, but as a film I struggle to see how it might work.

"I've bought things you people can't imagine. Hotels off Mayfair. Water Works by Piccadily. All these things will disappear.... like...when you go directly to jail and do not pass go and do not collect 200. Time... to..... use my get out of jail free card."








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RE: The Complete Ridley Scott - 16/11/2008 3:19:41 PM   
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He should definitely do it more like Gladiator.

My name is Maximus Decimus Meridius, Commander of the legions of Trafalgar square, owner to a mortgaged hotel, buyer of Mayfair, and I will have my money, in this life or the next.

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RE: The Complete Ridley Scott - 16/11/2008 3:21:50 PM   
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RE: The Complete Ridley Scott - 16/11/2008 3:26:44 PM   
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Are you going to review Body of Lies for this thread?

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RE: The Complete Ridley Scott - 16/11/2008 3:27:28 PM   
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Sounds like a good place to put it, yeah!

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RE: The Complete Ridley Scott - 16/11/2008 3:27:31 PM   
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Also,QT's blood soaked remake of Cluedo. Who's with me?

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RE: The Complete Ridley Scott - 16/11/2008 3:28:00 PM   
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Good job I bumped it for you then

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RE: The Complete Ridley Scott - 16/11/2008 3:36:12 PM   
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Also,QT's blood soaked remake of Cluedo. Who's with me?


Not me.

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RE: The Complete Ridley Scott - 16/11/2008 3:52:32 PM   
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The original is too good to be remade, you're right.

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RE: The Complete Ridley Scott - 16/11/2008 4:56:02 PM   
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Imagine it though. Thy'd all be standing in the ballroom, looking very elegant, and then someone would play some nostalgic 90s music and then everyone would die completely overblown deaths whilst swearing excessively in completely unrealistic dialogue that reviewers would feel obliged to describe as 'zingy'

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RE: The Complete Ridley Scott - 18/11/2008 3:22:33 PM   
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I have no idea what your all wittering on about, but go on.

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RE: The Complete Ridley Scott - 18/11/2008 4:39:06 PM   
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I have no idea what your all wittering on about, but go on.


Ridley is directing a film version of Monopoly the popular board game. So me and Swords were imagining a QT remake of Cluedo.

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RE: The Complete Ridley Scott - 20/11/2008 3:45:37 PM   
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Which is one of the Dumbest ideas ever, Ridleys not yours if yours was even a idea.  I don't really like Board games which is partly what this semi-rant is based on.  Maybe Scott should retire.

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RE: The Complete Ridley Scott - 20/11/2008 6:20:48 PM   
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Monopoly is amazing but I still think its the worst idea I've heard in ages. Bring on Tony Scott's Boggle though.

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RE: The Complete Ridley Scott - 20/11/2008 7:11:39 PM   
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Darren Aronofsky's Cranium. 

(If you've never heard of Cranium then you're missing out on one of the greatest modern board games. Get it for Christmas, it's brilliant.)


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RE: The Complete Ridley Scott - 20/11/2008 9:36:44 PM   
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I'm totally holding out for Michael Bay's Battleships. Could potentially be his most emotionally powerful work yet.

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Are you going to review Body of Lies for this thread?


I was actually going to ask homer that, but hey, you got in before me. Has it not come out in Britain yet? That makes me chuckle - it's been out since the start of October in NZ. I caught it a couple of weeks ago, and while I haven't seen many Ridley Scott films, it ranks as probably my least favourite film from him.


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RE: The Complete Ridley Scott - 20/11/2008 11:46:38 PM   
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Darren Aronofsky's Cranium.

(If you've never heard of Cranium then you're missing out on one of the greatest modern board games. Get it for Christmas, it's brilliant.)



I wanted it but don't you need four people for it?

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RE: The Complete Ridley Scott - 20/11/2008 11:59:21 PM   
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yeah, that's the only drawback - at least two teams of two each.

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RE: The Complete Ridley Scott - 21/11/2008 12:00:36 AM   
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Would have been great when I was at university then, now I'd have to spend time with three other people.

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RE: The Complete Ridley Scott - 7/4/2009 10:35:52 AM   
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RE: The Complete Ridley Scott - 7/4/2009 10:56:31 PM   
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Are you going to review Body of Lies for this thread?


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Ha. I never actually got to see this at the cinema.  Isn't it out on DVD now/soon? Might pick it up.


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RE: The Complete Ridley Scott - 7/4/2009 11:00:47 PM   
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I think it came out a couple of weeks ago on DVD

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RE: The Complete Ridley Scott - 7/4/2009 11:20:18 PM   
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RE: The Complete Ridley Scott - 8/6/2012 9:23:12 PM   
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Are you going to review Body of Lies for this thread?


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Ha. I never actually got to see this at the cinema.  Isn't it out on DVD now/soon? Might pick it up.



I'M TOTALLY ABOUT TO WATCH BODY OF LIES

OMG I CAN UPDATE THIS THREAD.


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