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Thu Aug 21, 2014 10:27 am

Wasn't there a movie thread on here?

Just watched Ender's game. Loved it. Exactly my type of movie.

Any movie recommendations?


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Thu Aug 21, 2014 10:30 am

Having read all the books and hearing that the movie was rubbish, I was actually pleasantly surprised by Ender's Game and thought it was alright.

Have you read the books, RedLyn?
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Thu Aug 21, 2014 12:13 pm

In regards to good movies I've watched recently, there are a few.

The Place Beyond the Pines (2012)
Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper star in a smartly produced drama consisting of three distinct acts telling three distinct stories connected by links from the characters' pasts.

Sightseers (2012)
Outstanding British director Ben Wheatley (Kill List, A Field in England) presents a quirky black comedy detailing the surreal caravan trip of a pair of unlikely killers.

Flight (2012)
A fine performance from Denzel Washington as an alcoholic airline pilot dealing with the aftermath of crash in which he saved hundreds of lives.

About Time (2013)
A very modern Richard Curtis directed romantic comedy depicting the relationships of a man who is both gifted and burdened with the power to travel back in time at will and alter his past. A much brighter telling of the Butterfly Effect.

Byzantium (2012)
Gemma Arterton looks gorgeous in a very original and grounded take on the modern vampire story, set in Scotland.

The Awakening (2011)
The Wire's Dominic West stars in a classic British haunted-mansion ghost story which stands alone in modern cinema in not spoiling the well crafted atmosphere with a heavily CGI leaden climax containing screaming women and stupid gory effects.

Captain Philips (2013)
Far better than I was expecting. A somewhat predicable unlikely hero story starring Tom Hanks quickly descends into a full on military action-drama with tension levels through the roof throughout. Hanks acts brilliantly.

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
The latest Cohen brothers movie depicts the pre-Dylan New York folk scene by following the struggles of a talented, selfish and occasionally homeless musician with strong cameos from both John Goodman and Justin Timberlake.

Pacific Rim (2013)
Didn't expect much; was in fact blown away. A brilliantly cheesy Sci-Fi action movie which doesn't take itself seriously one bit but nevertheless manages to achieve in every sense where Transformers routinely fails, whilst displaying some of the finest special effects I've ever seen.

Prisoners (2013)
Hugh Jackman and Jake Gylanhaal star in a modernish take on the missing girls/murder mystery film. Great performances all round, including Paul Dano as the superbly unfathomable and disturbed prime suspect.

Precious (2009)
A dark, Oscar winning coming of age drama about an illiterate teenage girl suffering from domestic abuse in Harlem 1987.

Bad Grampa (2013)
The funniest film I've seen for a long time, Johnny Knoxville demonstrates that his Jackass character easily has enough depth for a feature film. The kid co-star is superb also and the movie surprisingly ends with you actually caring for the characters despite the ridiculous spoofy-prank nature of the laughs.

Filth (2013)
Screen adaption of the Irvine Welsh novel starring James McAvoy as a truly bent and sadistic Scottish copper whose excesses quickly cause him to lose his grip on reality with rather brutal and intense effect.
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Thu Aug 21, 2014 12:40 pm

Maverick McKillshark wrote:Having read all the books and hearing that the movie was rubbish, I was actually pleasantly surprised by Ender's Game and thought it was alright.

Have you read the books, RedLyn?
No but it is exactly the type of book I would get lost in until its finished.
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As I will not be reading, hope they make the other books into movies as well.
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Thu Aug 21, 2014 12:54 pm

Would include Pacific Rim in a list among those titles. Some of them I've not seen. The Place Beyond the Pines & Prisoners were great.

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Thu Aug 21, 2014 12:54 pm

No they won't be making any more of the Ender novels into movies. The sequels are written to a different style entirely with Ender depicted as a widened old man. There's nothing for Hollywood to work with beyond the first book in the series.

Whilst Ender's Game (the movie) presents a reasonable synopsis of the storyline, it completely fails to capture the brilliant internal characterisation inherent in Scott Card's text. The sequels take that brilliant writing ten steps further, but present it in a setting entirely sans the sci-fi movie type action scenes apparent in the first book.
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Thu Aug 21, 2014 1:08 pm

A movie with ryan gosling and bradley cooper. Must remember to watch that. About time is one of the best films I have seen in a while, a romantic time travel film I wasn't expecting much but I was pleasantly surprised.
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How to train your dragon 2 - decent but not as good as the first one

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Spiderman 2 - Too long in my opinion, could have been done better
Divergent - Pretty good, thought the romantic storyline took a bit away from the actual plot. Not as good as the hunger games.
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Thu Aug 21, 2014 1:29 pm

Watched a couple of those. Loved Pacific Rim as well. In fact thats my genre - thriller sci-fi along with war movies.

Along those lines I like Divergent, After Earth, District 9, Red Dawn, Robot and Frank

I have been watching a lot of oldies recently working my way through some of the best movies of all time list with movies such as the great escape, Into the Wild and Airplane!
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Thu Aug 21, 2014 1:34 pm

Have you seen the Tom Cruise movie Oblivion yet? That's pretty much a homage to every Sci-fi movie that came before and I thought it was very good.

You'd probably like Matt Damon's Elysium though I personally didn't care for it.
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Thu Aug 21, 2014 1:37 pm

Yeah seen Elysium. It was alright but forgettable. Oblivion is high on my list of movies to watch.
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Thu Aug 21, 2014 1:38 pm

Oblivion > Elysium
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Thu Aug 21, 2014 1:41 pm

What about Cloud Atlas?

Somewhat left-field but a very good attempt at doing something original with the genre I thought.
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Thu Aug 21, 2014 1:44 pm

I know I've seen it, but I somehow can't remember what it's about.
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Thu Aug 21, 2014 3:08 pm

Oblivion was good.
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Thu Aug 21, 2014 4:01 pm

i'll try to find Oblivion and Elysium. Watched Pacific Rim and it is good. how about Purge Anarchy? anyone watched it?

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Thu Aug 21, 2014 8:50 pm

Maverick McKillshark wrote:What about Cloud Atlas?

Somewhat left-field but a very good attempt at doing something original with the genre I thought.
I liked Cloud Atlas but I tend to like anything on the fringes.
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Tue Aug 26, 2014 10:36 am

Nashville (1975)
An unfocused slice of mid-70's Americana following the lives of a number of fictional country singers to the backdrop of a presidential election campaign. A hodge-podge of many concurrent stories rather than any central narrative, there's a nostalgic, trippy atmosphere and good music throughout.

Pain & Gain (2013)
A caper-comedy starring Mark Walburg and The Rock as bumbling, body-building kidnappers. Apparently a true story; it's weird and adrenaline fuelled, though not particularly funny or interesting.
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Tue Aug 26, 2014 11:17 am

So what are your favorite movies ever lads?
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Tue Aug 26, 2014 11:22 am

Braveheart & Gladiator.

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Jurassic Park, Aliens and The Matrix.
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Fellowship of the Ring
Amadeus
JFK
Raiders
Terminator 2
Jaws
Seven
The good/bad/ugly
Unforgiven
Goodfellas
Fargo
Barton Fink
Mona Lisa Smile
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Eastern Promises
Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada
Das Boot
City of God

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Oooooooh shit, I forgot There Will Be Blood. Pure cinema.
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The Italian Job
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