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Recently viewed films

Postby PlaythingOrPet » Tue Oct 14, 2003 7:06 pm

Do we have a recently seen movie thread?

I went to see George Harrison's 'A Concert For George' tonight. Anyway, this isn't really a film, more a documentary - his tribute concert from last year at the Albert Hall. Totally engaging, with fabulously performed songs and an honest poignency running throughout from all involved (Jeff Lynne was excellent). I think it's only being shown in cinemas in the US and Liverpool, with a DVD release everywhere coming up. Try and catch it if you can.

Also seen these two in the past few days: Want to see the best ever animated film? Then go and see the Japanese film Spirited Away. Hayao Miyazaki (think that's right) is a genius.

The strangest animated film (in a good way)? Find somewhere that's showing Belleville Rendez-Vous. Involving the Tour De France, a kidnapping, a determined old woman and a dog called Bruno, it's in french but there's virtually no dialogue. These two are a counter attack on the usual animation around today. Fantastic.

So... seen any good ones lately?
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Postby BlueChair » Tue Oct 14, 2003 7:52 pm

Concert for George comes out on CD and DVD in November and I am greatly looking forward to it.

The most recent movie I've seen in the cinema, as mentioned, was Lost In Translation which I thoroughly enjoyed.
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Postby sulkygirl » Tue Oct 14, 2003 9:49 pm

Loved "Identity" w/ John Cusak on DVD...
One of those psychological thrillers that make the hair on the back of your neck stand straight up throughout the movie!!

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Postby martinfoyle » Wed Oct 15, 2003 2:27 am

Saw Finding Nemo and Spellbound last weekend. Both are well worth seeing. Nemo really did live up to my expectations, everytime I see a seagull from now I'll see it going Mate! Mate! and crack up. Spellbound is easily one of the most engrossing films ever. Part charming, part sad and part horrifying. Incredible.

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Postby so lacklustre » Wed Oct 15, 2003 4:26 am

I also saw Finding Nemo last weekend (bribe to five year old to be good for babysitter when we went to see EC), but thought it was a bit disappointing (although the seagull joke was v.funny), and not nearly as good as Monsters Inc. or Toy Story.

Probably off to see Kill Bill next week.
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Postby miss buenos aires » Wed Oct 15, 2003 8:59 am

School of Rock. Big fat yawn. Could I find Jack Black any less appealing? Probably not.

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Postby HungupStrungup » Wed Oct 15, 2003 1:17 pm

I thought "Concert for George" was well worth seeing. Jeff Lynne's rendition of "The Inner Light" was superb, with Ravi Shankar's daughter playing the sitar. Clapton's version of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" was also good; in fact, Clapton was in good form throughout. Paul was pretty cool too. For everyone old enough to remember the handsome young George of the early 60s (or for those who've looked at the stunning "A Hard Day's Night" DVD recently), the sight of Dhani Harrison playing acoustic guitar behind the singers was heartbreakingly reminiscent.

I liked "Lost in Translation" too.
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Postby Who Shot Sam? » Wed Oct 15, 2003 1:21 pm

Saw the Australian film Rabbit-Proof Fence this past weekend and liked it a lot. With two kids under the age of three, we don't get out to the movies much anymore, but I would like to see that new Clint Eastwood picture, Mystic River, with Tim Robbins and Sean Penn.
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Postby ice nine » Wed Oct 15, 2003 1:53 pm

I'm on vacation this week and so I thought I would catch the 5:30 showing of American Splendor

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Postby so lacklustre » Wed Oct 15, 2003 2:24 pm

I'm on vacation this week and so I thought I would catch the 5:30 showing of American Splendor


That's a bit early to get up to watch a film!
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Postby laughingcrow » Wed Oct 15, 2003 3:25 pm

Finding Nemo is the best animation Pixar have done so far...amazing, but you're right SL, not as funny as Toy Story or Monsters, it's better than Bugs Life though.

I just saw Down with love tonight, it's really well done it terms of replicating the look of a Doris Day style movie...the film is even a bit less contrasting with a little too much light like those old films, and the wardrobe and score really work. But the story is a bit duff, though funny in bits, and Renee Zellwhatever is crap as usual. Cannae act IMHO!

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Postby mood swung » Wed Oct 15, 2003 3:32 pm

I had a choice of Down with Love or The Italian Job. My old fart was home for a change, so I picked action flick for him. Stupid, stupid idea. My kids got Ice Age, which somehow none of us had seen--kinda cute, made me laugh.
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Postby laughingcrow » Wed Oct 15, 2003 3:40 pm

I liked Ice Age too.

Was the Italian Job as bad as it might be expected? The original is pretty naff, so the US remake gotta be bad yeah?

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Postby BlueChair » Wed Oct 15, 2003 3:44 pm

I need to say something:

I HATE REMAKES.

Even decently done remakes. The original is still out there. It still exists. I don't bloody care if it's OLD or if it's FOREIGN. IT CAN STILL BE GOOD.

So WHY REMAKE IT???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

There, I feel better now.
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Postby laughingcrow » Wed Oct 15, 2003 3:47 pm

Case in point...one of the finest film series ever to grace the silver screen, Planet of the Apes (ok don't laugh, I likem)..

Why remake PoTa with a dodgy lead, a dodgy story and dodgy effects...plus Tim Roth, ham ham ham ham ham.

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Postby mood swung » Wed Oct 15, 2003 3:48 pm

I don't get it either, blue. I think they've run out of ideas, or maybe everything from 1976 and back is now in the public domain or something. The Italian Job sucked until the last 10 minutes or so--save your money.
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Postby laughingcrow » Wed Oct 15, 2003 3:51 pm

Did anyone see that remake of Get Carter with Sylvester Stallone!

*breaks out in cold cold sweat*

Imagine how bad a remake of the Matrix would be!

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Postby bambooneedle » Wed Oct 15, 2003 3:59 pm

The best thing about Get Carter was Stallone's perfectly trimmed small beard - that's how I'd wear one if I ever do. Better than a goatee. And the car chases, esp in that Cadillac.

Can you think of any good remakes? Cape Fear and Scarface were pretty good.

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Postby Goody2Shoes » Wed Oct 15, 2003 4:17 pm

The Magnificent Seven.

It's a complicated question, really, are there any good remakes. Is the question "Are there any good remakes as good as the original?" I don't know if The Magnificent Seven is as good as The Seven Samurai. I like it better. That doesn't make it better.

I like the original Cape Fear better than the remake, but I also thought that the remake was pretty good.
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Postby Tim(e) » Wed Oct 15, 2003 5:30 pm

BlueChair wrote:I need to say something:

I HATE REMAKES.

Even decently done remakes. The original is still out there. It still exists. I don't bloody care if it's OLD or if it's FOREIGN. IT CAN STILL BE GOOD.

So WHY REMAKE IT???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

There, I feel better now.


I hope you are willing to make an exception in the case of Scorcese's Cape Fear. I can sit and watch both of versions of that film back to back and enjoy each thoroughly on its own merits. I particularly like the way in which the two protagonists from the original (Peck and Mitchum) appear in the remake.

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Postby selfmademug » Wed Oct 15, 2003 5:42 pm

It should give you all a read on my life to know that the only movie I've seen in a theater or on video in the past month has been GOOD BOY (eh) with my almost-5-yr-old. Sigh. I love TV and movies and never get to watch either (though I'm getting a chance to watch the ACLS, which is a mixed blessing for a Red Sox fan, it would appear as of this minute).

I love Jack Black and hope to see SCHOOL OF ROCK before it is remade...

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Postby ice nine » Wed Oct 15, 2003 10:15 pm

American Splendor is one of the best movies I have seen and I would recommend it to anyone. If you like independent films with laughs, heart, and a good soundtrack this film is good. (One track was 'My Favorite Things' by Mr. Coltrane) It's one of those films that after you have left the theatre you think to yourself, 'My life is a little bit better off having seen it'.

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Postby miss buenos aires » Thu Oct 16, 2003 8:21 am

laughingcrow wrote:...plus Tim Roth, ham ham ham ham ham.


Blasphemy! Tim Roth is one of my faves, especially when he's being effete. Has anyone here seen Gridlock'd? (He's not effete in that, but I love it anyway.)

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Postby pophead2k » Thu Oct 16, 2003 10:53 am

I saw an amazing film last night at the New Orleans Film Fetival. Its called 'In America' and is directed by Jim Sheridan (My Left Foot). It seems to be somewhat autobiographical and is just beautifully made and wonderfully acted. Gave me hope.

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Postby laughingcrow » Fri Oct 17, 2003 6:11 pm

Miss BA said;

Blasphemy! Tim Roth is one of my faves


Sorry I meant 'ham ham ham ham ham' with regards to Planet of the Apes, a 'line my pockets with gold' venture. Almost as hammy as Arnold Californianeger in Batman Forever...

''You won't send me to da coola!''

With regards to remakes..I just remembered that the much-revered Cohen bros are remaking one of the finest/funniest british films of all time, The Ladykillers starring Alec Guinness and the good lord Peter Sellers. This film is amazing...if you havent seen it, I really honestly urge you to, seriously! I don't feel too bad about the Cohens adapting it either...if it was someone else maybe, but they're resetting it to the US, instead of a train-station robbery it's a casino...and it has Tom Hanks. So Im actually looking forward to it!!!


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