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Go on, be a critic:Tell us what the last movie you saw was and give it a rating (1-10)

1 meaning horrible, 10 meaning excellent


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posted 20-Feb-2004 6:44pm  
The last movie I saw for the first time was "Freaky Friday", and I would give it about a 7 or 8. Lindsay Lohan (sp?) is a pretty good actress. smile
posted 20-Feb-2004 6:44pm  
Lord of the Rings - Return of the King. I have to give it a 10. It was so much better than the other two but the ending was a bit cheesy and long winded.
posted 20-Feb-2004 6:52pm  
I just saw The Straight Story again. I love that movie. I give it a 9.
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posted 20-Feb-2004 6:59pm  
It was Big Fish. I'll give it a 6/10. I was entertained enough, and the acting was good, but it just wasn't brilliantly written or put together. It felt unbalanced. I wouldn't watch it again.
posted 20-Feb-2004 7:06pm  
The last film I saw was Giuseppe Tornatore's "Una Pura Formalità", starring Gérard Depardieu and Roman Polanski. I'd give it an 8, although 9 is tempting. It was quite a good film.

Depardieu plays Onoff; a well-known writer who is found by police running through the woods at night in a rainstorm. Just prior to this, the police had discovered the body of a gunshot victim. Onoff is taken into custody for interrogation. The police chief, played by Polanski, happens to be a big fan of Onoff's work and uses this in an attempt to verify his identity, as Onoff is without his papers.

During the interrogation, which takes place in a rural police station with a roof which leaks so severely as to be almost surreal, Onoff has a series of flashbacks which provide clues to the viewer as to the truth of his statements and his possible complicity in the crime.
posted 20-Feb-2004 8:08pm  
I saw Seabisquit the other night. I gave it an 8. The acting was excellent and the directing and editing was superb.
posted 20-Feb-2004 8:41pm  
The last movie I saw was 'The Butterfly Effect' it was better in my opinion than what most critics said it was (though how often do critics really like a movie? lol) id give it a 7.5 - Ashton was suprisingly good in his first dramatic/serious role-i had my doubts after 'That 70's Show' and 'Punk'd' as to whether he could pull off a serious roll (though i do love those two shows). Not the best movie i ever saw but it was pretty good.
posted 20-Feb-2004 9:53pm  
I just bought American Beauty on dvd - I give it a 9. I really loved it, but to have a ten, the film has to make me emote in some way. Though I thought the film was excellent and I enjoyed it a lot, I wasnt thinking about it the next day.
posted 20-Feb-2004 9:58pm  
50 First Dates 8 1/2
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posted 20-Feb-2004 10:41pm  
"Iron Jawed Angels"--I'd give it an 8, I guess. It was very good, but not perfect.
posted 20-Feb-2004 10:57pm  
Mystic River
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posted 21-Feb-2004 12:35am  
LOTR:The Return o the King
Raiting: 11/10
posted 21-Feb-2004 7:54am  
The Lion King 1 1/2

I give it a 7, I guess - I don't know really, I fell asleep half way through the movie!
posted 21-Feb-2004 8:26am  
I don't even remember what the last one was. I think it was ok though so I'll give it a 7.
Oh, it was Ocean's Eleven. Yeah it was a 7.
(reply to autumnlight) posted 21-Feb-2004 8:31am  
I like these surveys! They give me ideas for what to watch...

I went to the American Beauty web page to see what the movie is about - I don't get it... That site really sucked, unlike Big Fish's site which was really entertaining. I don't want to judge a book by it's cover so tell me a little about the film (without giving it away of course). The title is so cliché that I thought I might have seen it, you know- American Pie, Black Beauty and etc. On the web site, there's a picture of a naked woman in a bed of red roses - I'm sure this image is from another film... Is it in this movie?
(reply to mandy) posted 21-Feb-2004 8:47am  
Wow! Just went to the official site and it looks like a good movie - great cast too!
I'm putting this one on my list!
posted 21-Feb-2004 8:54am  
Daredevil (on HBO): 7
I thought it was really pretty good, it exceeded my expectations. I actually found the fight scenes interesting for a change (because DD was blind, it put a cool spin on it).
(reply to Irene007) posted 21-Feb-2004 9:03am  
"American Beauty" is one of my favorite films of all time. Though, I will admit that many people just don't get it. It's not a typical movie. It's mostly about some guy's midlife crisis, his awakening into living life to its fullest in his own way, but also the pitfalls of such a choice. Along the way it takes us through all sorts of twists an turns with characters who are all broken in one way or another. My favorite part is the video of the plastic bag in the wind (hard to explain); the sense that the very nature of existence is beauty, we just need to see it.
(reply to bill) posted 21-Feb-2004 9:41am  
Aw shoot! I did see it!! I went to the site and only recognized the girl in the bed of roses thinking that it was from another movie - the same one!! No wonder the title seemed familiar! Obviously didn't make much of an impression on me. I just remember a couple of scenes... hmmm... I get a stronger impression of the same scene from a "Family Guy" show!
(reply to Irene007) posted 21-Feb-2004 10:37am  
It was amazing. Mallory took me for my birthday. She was blown away too. Sean Penn is...magnificient!
(reply to bill) posted 21-Feb-2004 10:44am  
his awakening into living life to its fullest in his own way, but also the pitfalls of such a choice

Damn...I can relate. I really need to see that movie again.
I recently watched Fight Club again for like the millionth time and came away with that same feeling. That life must be lived to it's fullest no matter the consequence. There is a line that says, "It is only when you have lost everything that you are free to do anything."
posted 21-Feb-2004 12:15pm  
Family Business - 6 (because of some plot problems)
(reply to mandy) posted 21-Feb-2004 4:25pm  
It's on my list of films to see!

I have to write them down or I'll never remember!

posted 21-Feb-2004 5:54pm  
The last movie I saw was a rental that my son rented. Why in God's name he rented "Jesus Christ, Vampire Slayer" is beyond me, but I give it a minus 11! dead face!!
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posted 21-Feb-2004 8:42pm  
I just watched Empire of the Sun on video with my friends. Wonderful film, and wonderful acting. 9/10 - loses a point for having a few cheesy bits, but otherwise excellent.
posted 21-Feb-2004 11:48pm  
Last time actually in a theqter? If so, that would be maybe back in 2000, "Gone in 60 seconds". Okay flick, but not enough chases, viewing time of the hot cars. 6

Last movie period - Bruce Almighty on tv. I thought it was funny but it started to drag about 2/3 through. 8
(reply to autumnlight) posted 21-Feb-2004 11:50pm  
I liked the movie too, but I woulda done the teen girl. No way I could refrain from that opportunity.
(reply to darkshadowsseeker) posted 22-Feb-2004 1:13am  
lol, that sounds like a south park episode or something
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posted 22-Feb-2004 1:56am  
It was probably Johnny English, on DVD while we were travelling recently. I'd give it a 3. It was awful. We gave up about halfway through it.
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(reply to TrinityAnn2) posted 22-Feb-2004 1:59am  
I thought that The Butterfly Effect was much better than the reviews, too.
(reply to Irene007) posted 22-Feb-2004 5:17am  
From the advertising you would think that the girl and the roses was all the film was about - but she's actually not in it all that much. It's basically about this guy (played by Kevin Spacey - who I think is a fantastic actor) who has a boring job, wife, etc and is generally unhappy with his life. So he makes changes and deals with the relationship with his daughter. It's basically about the transition from him being an arsehole to a decent guy. Some bits are really funny and touching, and I would really recommend it.
(reply to cerealkiller) posted 22-Feb-2004 5:20am  
No, I don't suppose many guys would turn a young blonde down! The first time I watched it I was yelling at the TV for him not to sleep with her - I was so glad he didn't!
(reply to autumnlight) posted 22-Feb-2004 8:23am  
It turns out that I did see it - that's why I recognized the girl in the roses and the title sounded so familiar... Like I told Bill, it didn't make much of an impression on me. wry smile I remember my disappointment with Spacey for choosing to play this role.
posted 22-Feb-2004 8:24am  
Pirates of the Caribbean , 10
(reply to mandy) posted 22-Feb-2004 9:02am  
Fight Club is great, but I think the end of the movie may be as important as the beginning. Living life to the fullest is great, but what about the effects of doing this on other people? Do we need to take it so far that we shoot ourselves in the head? smile Can we still live life to the fullest without hurting others? ...and hurting ourselves? ...maybe hurting and being hurt are just normal parts of life? Still, wasn't Hitler living his life to his fullest? So what, maybe he was and maybe there's nothing wrong with that in a cosmic sense, maybe there is no good and evil and it's all relative. ...or maybe all we really have in life is what is in front of us and thinking cosmically means you never really connect with the true essence of life, which is loving others and ourselves.

The pivotal scene in American Beauty is when he has the opportunity to sleep with the high school girl...
(reply to Biggles) posted 22-Feb-2004 10:01am  
How would you compare it to other Burton movies?
(reply to autumnlight) posted 22-Feb-2004 10:03am  
I don't know, that movie still makes me think. The reason I watched it is because I was reading this book on screenplay and the movie was praised throughtout it.
posted 22-Feb-2004 10:03am  
The Hunted with Tommy Lee Jones

Rating: 6

Could have been excellent but wasnt!
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(reply to Iseult) posted 22-Feb-2004 10:16am  
Better than Planet of the Apes! But they both suffered from poor scripting/planning.
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(reply to Wicksy) posted 22-Feb-2004 10:16am  
The Hunted? Or The Missing?
posted 22-Feb-2004 10:51am  
The New matrix a lot of people dident like it but i give it a 10
(reply to bill) posted 22-Feb-2004 12:02pm  

When I was a little gurl, my mother used to make a big deal out of the word "selfish". She used the word to shame me into doing what she wanted. Shame me into being "good". I grew up believing that to do anything pleasurable or "naughty" or for myself was "selfish", a word that has such a negative connotation. I grew up believing things that were pleasurable to me were bad and selfish and I should be ashamed of desiring that which makes me feel good.
In turn, I grew up with not much love of "self".
At this point in my adult life, I do not want to deliberately hurt others as I strive to do what brings me bliss in life but I am being the most "self"ish I have ever been. I've broken the word down. More people should.
I am also willing to take full responsibility for any consequences of my selfishness. More people should.
I really need to watch American Beauty again.
(reply to autumnlight) posted 22-Feb-2004 2:40pm  
The blonde part doesn't turn me on. I'm partial to brunettes/black hair, Latinas. It's the young, soft, supple body that would compel me to do it, of any color hair.
posted 22-Feb-2004 3:21pm  
Bad Santa
posted 22-Feb-2004 4:52pm  
Mystic River...Directed by Clint Eastwood....was very thought you knew what the outcome was going to be...but you are wrong..
(reply to mandy) posted 22-Feb-2004 5:03pm  
I see it as something each of us struggles to balance in our lives. It sounds like you were unbalanced for a long time and are looking for your real balance point now.
posted 22-Feb-2004 6:31pm  
i change the last movie i saw now; i only add this because i thought it was an excellent movie- "In Love and War" with Sandra Bullock and Chris O'Donnel-id def. recommend it (give it an 8.5) and for all you ppl who like history, its actually based on Ernest Hemingway and his first love (all of this before he became big writer and all) well, i think ive bored you enough with my explanation-go rent it already smile lol
posted 22-Feb-2004 7:09pm  
American Beauty - 10/10 - thought it was one of the best movies i have ever seen - what a great ending!
posted 22-Feb-2004 9:19pm  
Right now I am currently watching dazed and confused. Since I am not finished it, I would have to get back to you. On that note, up untill this point, I am not impressed.
posted 22-Feb-2004 11:23pm  
Just got back from seeing Monster with Charlize Theron. Her performance lived up to all the hype. I'd give the movie an 8 or a 9.
posted 22-Feb-2004 11:44pm  
50 first dates. It was a 6.
(reply to Irene007) posted 23-Feb-2004 9:24am  
really? I think the character's really great!
(reply to Iseult) posted 23-Feb-2004 9:27am  
The bit about how there is so much beauty in the world got me, I have to admit.
(reply to cerealkiller) posted 23-Feb-2004 9:29am  
I never understood that about guys - why they want younger girls! I can't think of one girl who covets a young guy!
posted 23-Feb-2004 9:45am  
Runaway Jury: 8 Great cast and a great story with an excellent twist at the end. In my opinion, the villan makes or breaks any movie, and Hackman is an excellent   villan. It's worth a look if you haven't seen it.
posted 23-Feb-2004 11:20am  
Thirteen--Give it a 8--good "coming of age movie"
(reply to mandy) posted 23-Feb-2004 11:23am  
Oh, I have been wanting to see this, it hasn't come to our small town movie house yet. I have heard that it is great. I love to see Sean Penn, I think he is actually one great actor. Clint Eastwood directed this film, right? I will HAVE to go see this and not wait for the dvd/vhs to come out. You gave it a ten so it must be good.
(reply to Biggles) posted 23-Feb-2004 11:44am  
The Hunted
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(reply to FordGuy) posted 23-Feb-2004 11:52am  
I saw that while flying recently... I'd wanted to see it in the theater. I totally agree... Hackman was great.
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(reply to Wicksy) posted 23-Feb-2004 1:12pm  
Good! Because I'm looking forward to The Missing smile
(reply to autumnlight) posted 23-Feb-2004 8:20pm  
Maybe I should watch it again... I just might do that on a rainy Sunday afternoon!
(reply to freebird) posted 24-Feb-2004 12:45am  
Yes, Clint Eastwood directed it. It's amazing!
posted 24-Feb-2004 10:00am  
We just watched "My Boss's Daughter", and boy, was it funny! I give it a 10.
(reply to autumnlight) posted 24-Feb-2004 1:12pm  
Women look for relationships/maturity/strength/father figures in men. Guys look for the youngest, supple bodies.
posted 24-Feb-2004 3:51pm  
In the cinema: Cold Mountain (rating: 9)
On DVD: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (rating: 5)
(reply to cerealkiller) posted 24-Feb-2004 6:11pm  
I agree that a majority of women I know want relationships and maturity - father figure I wouldn't necessarily agree with though. I'm a firm believer that a woman should be able to look after herself - not depend on the guy she is with, or anyone else for that matter.

Surely there is more to a guy than that? surprise Leave us women some hope!
posted 26-Feb-2004 9:06am  
The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King - 10!!! Excellent - The entire trilogy was amazing and I think Tolkein would be proud.
(reply to autumnlight) posted 26-Feb-2004 9:18am  
I've always liked younger men....I was in college when I met my husband, who at the time was - the age difference works a little better than it did then smile
posted 26-Feb-2004 12:11pm  
Peter Pan (the new version). Nice victorian feel to it, loved the music and effects. Disturbingly Freudian in some parts.
posted 26-Feb-2004 2:16pm  
school of rock!!! it was gr8 . ill give it a 9
(reply to caviartaste) posted 26-Feb-2004 2:17pm  
lord of the rings is the greatest film of all time lol
(reply to caviartaste) posted 26-Feb-2004 2:55pm  
Lucky you! It's nice to hear a success story of an age gap...especially where the woman is older than the guy. smile I was recently seeing a guy much older than me, but it didn't work out frown
(reply to autumnlight) posted 26-Feb-2004 3:59pm  
ASBT is 12 years older than me and we have a great relationship !
(reply to ASB) posted 27-Feb-2004 5:25am  
That's really great for you! I hope to have a close relationship like that one day smile
(reply to autumnlight) posted 27-Feb-2004 2:52pm  
I took a long time for me to find my soul mate and he ended up finding me. The key is not to look to hard or you will miss the important stuff smile
(reply to TrinityAnn2) posted 27-Feb-2004 6:35pm  
It would have probably been a better movie if Matt and Trey had directed it!
(reply to darkshadowsseeker) posted 28-Feb-2004 1:37pm  
who are matt and trey?
(reply to autumnlight) posted 28-Feb-2004 1:48pm  
I prefer younger men too. My last two boifriends were younger, one by nine years and this current boi(who is more than likely going to be my husband) is 6 years younger than me. I'm 37. We're totally compatible. Even the boi who was 9 years younger sometimes seemed like he was older than me in many waysraspberry
Age is just a number, it's attitude and energy that counts.
(reply to TrinityAnn2) posted 28-Feb-2004 2:26pm  
Matt Stone and Trey Parker are the creators of South Park.
(reply to ASB) posted 28-Feb-2004 5:09pm  
Oh I absolutely agree about not looking - but then the result of that is that I have been single for a year!
(reply to mandy) posted 28-Feb-2004 5:13pm  
I'm glad to hear someone else isn't frreaked out by age. The last guy I was 'seeing' was 34 - I'm 19. Unfortunately age was the reason that we have kept it a secret and why it hasn't developed into anything serious!
posted 29-Feb-2004 4:35am  
Runaway Jury - 7
(reply to darkshadowsseeker) posted 29-Feb-2004 8:51pm  
oh ok, lol, ive seen south park, no clue who the creators were though
(reply to TrinityAnn2) posted 1-Mar-2004 1:10pm  
smile They also do most of the voices and song-writing as particular Trey Parker.
posted 1-Mar-2004 4:06pm  
50 First Dates - Adam Sandler (and all his old buddies) and Drew Barrymore... I give it an 11!!
(reply to darkshadowsseeker) posted 1-Mar-2004 5:20pm  
really? i honestly never heard of the ppl who make the show- did you see the movie? it was pretty hilarious
(reply to Twacy222) posted 1-Mar-2004 5:22pm  
i just saw that yesterday! i liked it too...i think Drew and Adam go good together-have you seen wedding singer? im tempted to say i liked wedding singer better, not sure why though....though i did love the walrus and the weird guy w/the blue eye in 50 first dates. and was that one..thing...really a man or woman? i still havent figured that one out surprise
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posted 1-Mar-2004 7:22pm  
The Missing. I'll give it an 8, largely on the basis of that little girl's acting! It was very silly in places though frown
posted 2-Mar-2004 5:25pm  
Lost in Translation=3
(I know I'm going to har about that!)
I thought it was slow and pointless.
(reply to TrinityAnn2) posted 3-Mar-2004 1:08pm  
I've not only seen the movie, but own it.
posted 3-Mar-2004 6:48pm  
I don't watch a lot of movies.I like 'Showcase' movies that are not run of the mill.
posted 9-Mar-2004 6:21am  

posted 9-Mar-2004 5:51pm  
the last movie i saw was the new MTV movie: "Monster Island." Wow. That was probably the worst movie I have ever seen, Barney's singalongs included. it gets a half, and i'm being generous. VERY generous.
(reply to southernyankee) posted 9-Mar-2004 5:55pm  
how do you not like dazed and confused? its an amusing movie!
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(reply to southernyankee) posted 10-Mar-2004 4:18pm  
A bit testy today?
posted 11-Mar-2004 3:55pm  
10 - Passion Of The Christ. I love any movie that pisses people off. It has to be very close to the truth.
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(reply to kaleb777) posted 11-Mar-2004 7:39pm  
It was actually good then? I want to see it, but it isn't out here yet.

Hey, what if there was a film about global warming caused by man - that would piss you off! Close to the truth? wink
posted 12-Mar-2004 9:38am  
Hidalgo- 10 and I feel the need to tell you why. Besides being an interesting, based on an actual person, movie, Viggo Mortensen. Need I say more.
(reply to Biggles) posted 12-Mar-2004 9:51am  
Fiction is hard to get pissed off about. smile

Passion was great in some places. The temptation by Satan was chilling. The use of Aramaic and Latin was great too I thought because it gave a realism to it. Finally a movie about Christ where he doesn't have a west-coast US accent!

The torture and crucifixion was full on and stomach churning in parts.
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(reply to kaleb777) posted 12-Mar-2004 3:57pm  
I'll definitely go and see it then.
(reply to Biggles) posted 13-Mar-2004 11:12am  
What for, the authenticity or graphic violence?
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(reply to kaleb777) posted 13-Mar-2004 6:02pm  
Just because you said it was great. I may have to close my eyes during some of the graphic violence. Gladiator was too much for me in places - it seemed gratuitous.
(reply to Biggles) posted 14-Mar-2004 7:53pm  
I heard two women talking about Gladiator after it played and one said she liked it but found it a bit far fetched. Boy some people have no idea about what went on in history. Gladiator could have been far worse. They used to feed people to lions remember.
posted 16-Mar-2004 5:42pm  
Bone Collector 6/10
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posted 20-Mar-2004 3:40am  
Mona Lisa Smiles: 2

and right before that I saw Radio.. which I'll give a 6
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(reply to Wicksy) posted 20-Mar-2004 3:47am  
Check out the book.. the movie sucked ass.
(reply to they) posted 20-Mar-2004 6:17am  
It wasnt great but yes, I may check the book out thanks
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(reply to kaleb777) posted 18-Apr-2004 6:01pm  
I would have loved to see the naval battles when they flooded the Collosseum. Well, without the blood and gore and death - I would have liked to have seen the boats sailing around in there.
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posted 18-Apr-2004 6:02pm  
The Butterfly Effect - 8/10 (It was really, really good smile)
(reply to Biggles) posted 26-Apr-2004 1:04pm  
Pretty impressive too was the fact they ran a city of 1 million with no electricity and only foot carried messages for communication.
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(reply to kaleb777) posted 26-Apr-2004 7:17pm  
1 million? I had no idea that it was so many. My classicist friends have been telling me recently about how few Roman soldiers were actually out enforcing law in the empire. I don't remember the numbers now, but they were tiny. And armies were banned from entering Rome at one point too, so maintaining a city of 1 million without resorting to martial law makes their achievements even more impressive.
(reply to Biggles) posted 1-May-2004 4:56pm  
It helps if the people are happy and wealthy. It's also a fact that many peoples who were annexed by the empire prospered under Rome and were happy with Roman rule and culture. It's a bit like how now people accuse the US of being culturally imperialist but people choose to take on American culture. Americans don't go around forcing movies and burgers on people at gunpoint. As an American friend often says to me, if people don't like American culture, create something better that people want. Until then, people vote with their feet and wallets. Ever seen "The Life Of Brian"? The revolutionaries were discussing "what have the Romans ever done for us?" then after a list of many things like sanitation, medicine, law and order, clean water etc etc they still said "Yeah, but what have the Romans ever done for us?". Sounds a lot like many people today when talking to each other on technology created by Americans.
posted 1-May-2004 7:04pm  
Big Fish 10 it was very good
posted 12-Jun-2004 12:50am  
Bandits- 7
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posted 12-Jun-2004 9:15am  
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - 6
(reply to Biggles) posted 12-Jun-2004 2:01pm  
I was so excited to see the new HP, only to be incredibly let down. Did you enjoy it as much as the first two?
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(reply to pandora) posted 12-Jun-2004 3:06pm  
I only saw the first one. I thought it was terrible. I liked this one much more - far truer to the books. But not funny or scary enough. A TV series would work so much better.
(reply to Biggles) posted 12-Jun-2004 3:38pm  
I liked the first two much better, and feel pretty much the opposite, as far as them being true to the books. I thought the first two were much funnier, but the third was definitely very scary to me. I can't imagine a TV series ever being up to par, just because of the state of television that's on now, but I think as a format in general, you're probably right.
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(reply to pandora) posted 12-Jun-2004 3:47pm  
Just imagine Harry Potter by the creators of the West Wing or Six Feet Under! Or each book a short TV series made by film directors and very highly polished.
(reply to Biggles) posted 12-Jun-2004 4:07pm  
Six Feet Under is one of my absolute favorites, but I have never watched The West Wing. A series as you describe would be excellent.
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(reply to pandora) posted 12-Jun-2004 9:44pm  
The West Wing is my favourite current TV show - it has everything smile
(reply to Biggles) posted 12-Jun-2004 10:02pm  
I've taken note of your glowing reviews around here. Maybe I'll pick up some episodes on DVD. It's always just looked kind of boring to me! (Please don't throw your cheese grater at me! grin)
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(reply to pandora) posted 12-Jun-2004 10:35pm  
Hee hee smile You probably need to start at the beginning, but it's still a baptism of fire - it launches straight in and explains nothing! But after a few episodes, you'll be either bored out of your mind or completely and utterly hooked smile One of my friends was thoroughly unimpressed by the first episode (because she got lost) but is now a fanatic wink
(reply to Biggles) posted 13-Jun-2004 12:18am  
I'll give it a try, just for you! If I like it, it won't be the first time I've been very pleasantly surprised by a television show.
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posted 6-Jul-2004 7:52pm  
Spiderman 2.
posted 19-Aug-2004 5:29pm  
Regretfully, I watched Vanilla Sky the other day.


Basically Vanilla Sky was one of those Hollywood films that unfortunately is not half as clever as it think it is.

Basic plot - Spoilt, vacuous, rich, brat David Aames (Tom Cruise) is chairman of daddy's company. He spends most of his time on holiday or drinking with his best mate. His major decisions in life are whether to go for the red magazine cover or the white magazine cover and YET out of all the 6 billion people on the planet he somehow thinks that he is the one person in all the world that deserves to live forever. But wait! His parents were killed by a drunk driver 10 years ago, so despite the fact that he is a walking waste of blood, we're meant to feel sorry for him.

Cue birthday party (featuring a superfluous cameo by Steven Spielberg), where David meets Sofia (Penelope Cruz). David instantly falls in love with Sofia because she is something he has never seen before - a real person. She's a dancer, she's unpretentious, she's in touch with her feelings, and yet she spouts the kind of lines that you would expect to find on the back of a "Forever Friends" birthday card. Basically she's the kind of person that would never look twice at a grinning, feckless tw*t like him. But Wait! Our David is inexplicably good at drawing and a sketch he does of her (how many times have I seen THAT before?) makes her wonder whether there's more to him than meets the eye.

Cue mentally-unhinged, jealous 'f*ck-buddy' Julie (Cameron Diaz) who on seeing David and Sofia together, decides to commit suicide. Natch. Following them to Sofia's flat she confronts David the next morning and persuades him to get into her car to 'talk things through' only to drive the pair of them off a bridge. She dies, he suffers a fate worse than death. He gets a face that matches his personality.

At this point in the film (although it is not revealed until right at the end) he signs up for an agency called Life Extension, figuring that he shouldn't have to deal with what life has thrown him (what with him being rich enough to do something about it). Life Extension is a dreamworld for cryogenically frozen rich white men that can't cope with real life, so its perfect for David. But wait! It all goes wrong, and like a Terry Gilliam film, David's own wounded psyche starts to turn the dream world into a nightmare until eventually he is arrested for Sofia's murder.

Enter sufficiently geeky looking Tech Support man. He explains that there has been a bug in the software. The bug has been fixed and because he's a caring sharing corporate guy he offers David a choice. Either he can carry on in the dreamworld minus the glitch that f*cks everything up. Or he can wake up and carry on with his life safe in the knowledge that the technology now exists to reconstruct his precious, gurning face. The one saving grace of the film is that when he wakes up, the credits roll leaving it up to the viewer to decide which world he chose.

Of course it was Citizen Kane compared with "Anaconda"

Biggles Bronze Star Survey Creator
posted 20-Aug-2004 8:07am  
Spirited Away. Everyone says it's great, but I didn't see much depth in it or anything very clever. I'd just seen My Neighbour Totoro a couple of days before which is *wonderful* so maybe I judged SA too harshly.
posted 23-Aug-2004 8:24am  
Last one I saw was Little Black Book w/ Britney Murphy and Holly Hunter. I give it a 9.5. I really enjoyed it, because it ended like I thought it would but still surprised me, although the baked in stuff at the end did diminish it a little bit. Definitely a different kind of romantic comedy.
Biggles Bronze Star Survey Creator
posted 23-Aug-2004 9:25am  
The Village. I give it a 7. Not his best film, but certainly not deserving of the trashing that the critics have given it. A lot of the plot twists were very obvious - especially the one at the end - and not brilliantly executed. But overall, I enjoyed it.
(reply to Biggles) posted 23-Aug-2004 10:54am  
I enjoyed Spirited Away and thought it was clever and deep. Having said that, I do feel that I would have enjoyed it more were I Japanese as there were obviously cultural and spiritual references that, whilst I liked them, I didn't fully 'get'.
I can't compare it to "My Neighbour Totoro" as I haven't seen it (it's really% difficult to get hold of the subtitled version in this country, and I've heard that the dubbed version is poor).
I can compare it to Princess Mononoke, which I thought didn't have as much going on, but was more of a 'complete' film.
In essence I thought Spirited Away was a nice collection of ideas and themes, without necessarily having a coherent story.

PS - what did you think about my review of Vanilla Sky?
Biggles Bronze Star Survey Creator
(reply to icurok) posted 23-Aug-2004 11:11am  
I didn't read it because I haven't seen it but hope to some day smile

My brother bought My Neighbour Totoro from China (over the internet). It's in Japanese, but the film menu is in Chinese but it also has English subtitles. It seemed a lot deeper to me than Spirited Away which never seemed to really hook me. And the two little girls are just so beautifully observed. The younger one is so me when I was little smile I haven't seen Princess Mononoke but it's another one that my brother raves about.
(reply to Biggles) posted 23-Aug-2004 11:23am  
You should add "Kiki's Delivery Service" and "Castle in the Sky" to your list too (in case you hadn't already). Actually, just add every Miyazaki film ever made. They're all better than anything Disney has done in the last 10 years.
Biggles Bronze Star Survey Creator
(reply to icurok) posted 23-Aug-2004 12:27pm  
Well Disney generally = ick so I imagine that's true.
(reply to Biggles) posted 23-Aug-2004 12:59pm  
Except Pixar of course. But their distribution deal with Disney will expire in 2006 after "The Incredibles" (this year) and "Cars" (next year) are released.
Biggles Bronze Star Survey Creator
(reply to icurok) posted 23-Aug-2004 2:20pm  
I didn't even realise that they *were* Disney wry smile
(reply to Biggles) posted 23-Aug-2004 3:02pm  
In order for a film to make the most money, you need to have a deal with a powerful distribution company. As far as I know, Disney had minimal input on the creative side. Pixar, chiefly John Lasseter, were in charge of production. Disney simply ship the finished product and handle marketing/merchandising. Hence if you walked into any Disney Store, you'd see plush toys in the shape of Nemo.
Biggles Bronze Star Survey Creator
(reply to icurok) posted 23-Aug-2004 6:08pm  
Finding Nemo wasn't great wry smile Pretty animation and a nice joke or two, but nothing special.
(reply to Biggles) posted 23-Aug-2004 6:25pm  
I thought it was good. Not Pixar's best, but after Toy Story 2 the bar has been set *very* high for all their future releases. Still, it has the best fart joke in a kid's film I have *ever* seen.
Biggles Bronze Star Survey Creator
(reply to icurok) posted 23-Aug-2004 6:36pm  
The fart joke was funny smile

I don't think I ever saw Toy Story 2. Toy Story I loved, but I think the sequel came out when I was in the middle of my A-level exams.
posted 21-Sep-2004 4:30pm  
The last movie I saw was The Exorcist. It was the newest installment of the tale. It was easy to figure out the plot and the scary actions were saved for the end. I would give it a 6
posted 3-Oct-2004 3:40pm  
the last movie i saw was 13 going on 30, i would give it a 8, i loved the michael jackson dance scene, it is a pretty good movie if you like chick flicks
posted 14-Nov-2004 11:22pm  
The Polar Express 10 smile
posted 18-Nov-2004 12:08am  
The last movie i saw from to begining to end was completely American and very usual, but very funny on many levels. I reccomend Shreck part 2 as much as i would shreck part one, as an example of computer animated wizardry as well as well thought writing and comedic voice acting. It recieved a 7 out of ten for a movie of it genre.
(reply to Biggles) posted 18-Nov-2004 12:10am  
> It was Big Fish. I'll give it a 6/10. I was entertained enough, and
> the acting was good, but it just wasn't brilliantly written or put
> together. It felt unbalanced. I wouldn't watch it again.

I expected so much more from tim burton.
posted 25-May-2007 2:21am  
Epic Movie and I'd give it a -3. It was horrible and a complete waste of time. I only got it because I found some of the Scary Movie films funny.

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