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Re: Rate the last movie you saw

Postby TheRock » Thu Nov 29, 2012 12:03 pm

jfg wrote:I've watched half of Safety Not Guaranteed. So far it's kind of slow and not in a good way, but I'll finish it.


I added it to my Blockbuster queue and watched it last weekend. Strange movie. I liked it, but I can see where people might hate it. I'll give it a 6 or 7. If you liked Sunshine Cleaning I think you'll like it.
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Re: Rate the last movie you saw

Postby The Artful Dodger » Thu Nov 29, 2012 11:29 pm

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Mookie4ever wrote:Skyfall 7/10
Great movie if you ignore the plot. The story was really stupid but everything else excellent.


I'd give Skyfall more or less the same rating. The story was confusing and it even felt like a weird re-hash of splices from unrelated films. Despite that, this was an enjoyable Bond film. Definitely an improvement from Quantum of Solace, but not as good as Casino Royale.


I see every Bond movie anyway, but in this case I kept hearing people describe it as the best one ever. So I was looking forward to seeing it. In that context, it was a complete flop. Worst Bond movie I've seen since the Timothy Dalton days honestly. I agree with the plot issues. What was the plot again? Evil dude has an elaborate evil plan which culminates in (SPOILER ALERT) walking into Parliament dressed as a policeman and shooting M.? Nothing memorable in the whole movie, and he doesn't even get a girl in the end.


Worst Bond film since Dalton's films is an exaggeration; one clearly doesn't remember Die Another Day. Then, there's Brosnan's other low point, Tomorrow Never Dies. Both of Dalton's Bond films are underrated IMO. Licence to Kill was too dark for the Bond series at that time and once you got past the zig-zagging plot of The Living Daylights, it ranked easily as a top 10 Bond film. But I digress.

I didn't really have a problem with Silva's main motivation. It just makes him the more deranged for doing it, without having any worldly gain in so doing. For him to go in the archetypal megalomaniac route would've been a hackneyed route for him, although his character would've suited it fine as well. I think the scene you bring up in particular was the high point of the film, especially the ratcheted buildup towards it.

I can understand the criticism of Skyfall, but at the end of the day, it's still a Bond film which really doesn't need to be overanalyzed. Purely on artistic merit, the formulaic Bond films of the past wouldn't have been worth watching, except for the fact most watch Bond films for the escapism of it all. The rebooted Bond films have been a refresher, reflecting more truly on the mood of the Ian Fleming books. I think the last two films after Casino Royale, have disappointed somewhat in elevating the Bond series into something greater than it could have ever been. However, with the required suspension of disbelief one would grant to the run-of-the-mill Bond film, Skyfall delivered well as an action film. Compared to Quantum, this had a better balance between Bond's further humanistic character development and the feeling of watching a Bond film.

I think Skyfall sets up the series nicely. I'm looking forward to seeing if the next Bond film can manage to be a traditional escapist caper without having to resort to outrageous things like radioactive lint or an invisible Aston Martin.
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Re: Rate the last movie you saw

Postby AussieDodger » Sat Dec 01, 2012 10:21 am

Just saw Ted, not sure what the rating is yet but:

Flash Gordon, Saturday Night Fever, Pink Floyd and Fenway

It spoke my language in a big way.

My wife's reaction: "I think I need to see Flash Gordon now"
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Re: Rate the last movie you saw

Postby Art Vandelay » Sun Dec 02, 2012 3:13 am

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jfg wrote:I've watched half of Safety Not Guaranteed. So far it's kind of slow and not in a good way, but I'll finish it.


I added it to my Blockbuster queue and watched it last weekend. Strange movie. I liked it, but I can see where people might hate it. I'll give it a 6 or 7. If you liked Sunshine Cleaning I think you'll like it.

I liked it up until the very end. I thought that just ruined it. I would give the first 1:28 (or whatever, I'm assuming it was about an hour and a half long) a 7 and the last 0:02 a 1, for an overall five or so.
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Re: Rate the last movie you saw

Postby The Artful Dodger » Sun Dec 02, 2012 8:36 pm

Lawless - 4/10

Good acting all around, but the film lacked direction, character development is underwhelming, and a few characters didn't serve much purpose. Might have been better had Gary Oldman played the deputy, but somehow I doubt it would.
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Re: Rate the last movie you saw

Postby GiantsFan14 » Sun Dec 02, 2012 9:46 pm

The Artful Dodger wrote:Lawless - 4/10

Good acting all around, but the film lacked direction, character development is underwhelming, and a few characters didn't serve much purpose. Might have been better had Gary Oldman played the deputy, but somehow I doubt it would.


Sounds like a pretty accurate review for TDKR except it did have Gary Oldman and that didn't seem to help.
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Re: Rate the last movie you saw

Postby The Artful Dodger » Wed Dec 05, 2012 11:17 pm

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The Artful Dodger wrote:Lawless - 4/10

Good acting all around, but the film lacked direction, character development is underwhelming, and a few characters didn't serve much purpose. Might have been better had Gary Oldman played the deputy, but somehow I doubt it would.


Sounds like a pretty accurate review for TDKR except it did have Gary Oldman and that didn't seem to help.


Gary Oldman was in Lawless too. He played a mobster who only had about 5 minutes screen time.

I finally got to see TDKR last night. A bit disappointing compared to the first two of the Nolan Batman trilogy, mainly because the narrative was too ambitious for its own liking. Narrative and character flaws aside, I thought it was a good, not great, conclusion to a wonderful reboot of Batman.

I'm inclined to say 6/10, but entertainment value pushes it up a notch. 7/10.
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Re: Rate the last movie you saw

Postby Skin Blues » Thu Dec 06, 2012 11:09 am

AussieDodger wrote:Just saw Ted, not sure what the rating is yet but:

Flash Gordon, Saturday Night Fever, Pink Floyd and Fenway

It spoke my language in a big way.

My wife's reaction: "I think I need to see Flash Gordon now"
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Re: Rate the last movie you saw

Postby AussieDodger » Fri Dec 14, 2012 2:26 am

Saw Skyfall while I was in NZ last weekend.
Gotta tell ya, I LOVED everything after the opening titles.

When the movie started and they had the usual clichéd stunt-man-fest shooty-bang-chase I was not impressed at all. Was picturing another Quantum Of Snorelace, but then (what happens at the end of the chase) peaked my interest a tad.
After that, everything was great.

Javier Bardem was terrific as a mwah-ha-ha camp villain. Really top notch. I hope they can somehow write him into another one.
I seem to enjoy it more when the villains have some sort of personal grudge against Bond, I loved Scaramanga and Trevelyan. When they're after (for example) 60% of the water in Bolivia.....who cares (as much)?

Skyfall was a rock solid 8/10. Best one since GoldenEye in my book
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Re: Rate the last movie you saw

Postby AussieDodger » Mon Dec 17, 2012 3:06 am

Blacula (1972) 7/10

I wasn't sure what to expect from this, it turned out to be highly entertaining.
Who knew that Dracula was an enormous racist?
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