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Life of Pi - I thought it was a great film. A brilliant way to cover spirituality and the will of humanity. I thought I had understood the story until I went to work a few days later and an Indian colleague explained it all to me. Thought it was even better after that.



It was a copy of the story of the Mignonette, the yaght that sunk. The 4 survivors in the raft ate the teenager year old bellboy, called Richard Parker.

The writer of the book just threw in some spiritual mumbo jumbo and the director a lot of CGI (there were more blue-green stuff than Avatar!) and suddenly you get a box office.

The more I think about it, the more I don't like it


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Pa ... hipwrecked)

Excuse me for using Wikipedia as a reference, but if it's correct then it seems that the author was well aware of the name "Richard Parker" in shipwreck stories.


I think he's also been quoted as saying that "there were too many Richard Parker's that it had to mean something", or something like that.

However, I've also read that his inspiration also came from the novel "Max and the Cats". So who knows. The Mignorette story though is eerily too close to ignore!

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Silver Linings Playbook is a simply brilliant movie.

It's subtle, it's in your face, it's up and it's down. Jennifer Lawrence is simply amazing as Tiffany. She can dance a dozen different emotions across her face in the space of seconds, a talent few actresses possess these days. For being only 22 the maturity of her performance is sublime and you really invest belief that this isn't a character, this is a real person struggling to come to terms with what happened to her and the aftermath. Bradley Cooper is second fiddle to Lawrence but his performance is still fantastic. He goes from gentle and nervous to manic and angry within seconds in one scene, he pitches the level of mental instability perfectly. The chemistry between the two leads is believable without being rammed down your throat. Di Nero brings a comic light touch to the film whilst keeping it serious at the same time.

It's funny, it's hard hitting and it stays with you long after you leave the cinema. My favourite film in a long while.

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Silver Linings Playbook is a simply brilliant movie.

It's subtle, it's in your face, it's up and it's down. Jennifer Lawrence is simply amazing as Tiffany. She can dance a dozen different emotions across her face in the space of seconds, a talent few actresses possess these days. For being only 22 the maturity of her performance is sublime and you really invest belief that this isn't a character, this is a real person struggling to come to terms with what happened to her and the aftermath. Bradley Cooper is second fiddle to Lawrence but his performance is still fantastic. He goes from gentle and nervous to manic and angry within seconds in one scene, he pitches the level of mental instability perfectly. The chemistry between the two leads is believable without being rammed down your throat. Di Nero brings a comic light touch to the film whilst keeping it serious at the same time.

It's funny, it's hard hitting and it stays with you long after you leave the cinema. My favourite film in a long while.


I'll take your word and watch it then!

As I wasn't impressed by her in the Hunger Games, she had that stupid, vague expression that only Kristen Steward has mastered, bar a few objects in your every day table (napkins, forks, etc.).

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Silver Linings Playbook is a simply brilliant movie.

It's subtle, it's in your face, it's up and it's down. Jennifer Lawrence is simply amazing as Tiffany. She can dance a dozen different emotions across her face in the space of seconds, a talent few actresses possess these days. For being only 22 the maturity of her performance is sublime and you really invest belief that this isn't a character, this is a real person struggling to come to terms with what happened to her and the aftermath. Bradley Cooper is second fiddle to Lawrence but his performance is still fantastic. He goes from gentle and nervous to manic and angry within seconds in one scene, he pitches the level of mental instability perfectly. The chemistry between the two leads is believable without being rammed down your throat. Di Nero brings a comic light touch to the film whilst keeping it serious at the same time.

It's funny, it's hard hitting and it stays with you long after you leave the cinema. My favourite film in a long while.


I'll take your word and watch it then!

As I wasn't impressed by her in the Hunger Games, she had that stupid, vague expression that only Kristen Steward has mastered, bar a few objects in your every day table (napkins, forks, etc.).

Given the subject matter of the film the sometimes vacant expression works here. It worked in THG for me too tbh given the environment they were in!

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Silver Linings Playbook is a simply brilliant movie.

It's subtle, it's in your face, it's up and it's down. Jennifer Lawrence is simply amazing as Tiffany. She can dance a dozen different emotions across her face in the space of seconds, a talent few actresses possess these days. For being only 22 the maturity of her performance is sublime and you really invest belief that this isn't a character, this is a real person struggling to come to terms with what happened to her and the aftermath. Bradley Cooper is second fiddle to Lawrence but his performance is still fantastic. He goes from gentle and nervous to manic and angry within seconds in one scene, he pitches the level of mental instability perfectly. The chemistry between the two leads is believable without being rammed down your throat. Di Nero brings a comic light touch to the film whilst keeping it serious at the same time.

It's funny, it's hard hitting and it stays with you long after you leave the cinema. My favourite film in a long while.


I'll take your word and watch it then!

As I wasn't impressed by her in the Hunger Games, she had that stupid, vague expression that only Kristen Steward has mastered, bar a few objects in your every day table (napkins, forks, etc.).

Given the subject matter of the film the sometimes vacant expression works here. It worked in THG for me too tbh given the environment they were in!


I see! I agree to a point I guess, but I expected more in THG

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She really was amazing in Silver Linings Playbook.

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I watched Skyfall on the weekend & I loved it. After reading some of the negative reviews here I was a bit apprehensive. But, even after that, I still loved it. To me, it blended all the things I loved about the old Bond movies with the things I love about the new ones :D .


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I watched Skyfall on the weekend & I loved it. After reading some of the negative reviews here I was a bit apprehensive. But, even after that, I still loved it. To me, it blended all the things I loved about the old Bond movies with the things I love about the new ones :D .


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Bullet to the Head.

Pretty medicore. It's not awful, and it is better than The Last Stand. However, I just felt it was a little lacking in character development. I know it's an action film, not Schindler's List... but I expected more. I cared about Rocky. I cared about Rambo. I cared about the Expendables. This guy, whose character name I have forgotten... not so much.

The action is generally pretty good, though Stallone doesn't look realistic. Seriously, he has the body of a greek god, but the face of a middle aged man (given his age he actually looks quite young) but it ends up looking like they have photoshopped his face onto a younger guys body!

I dislike rating a film by score, but this would probably be a 6/10 for me. I'd consider anything at a 9 or 10 to be pretty much essential viewing, this is not.


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I watched Skyfall on the weekend & I loved it. After reading some of the negative reviews here I was a bit apprehensive. But, even after that, I still loved it. To me, it blended all the things I loved about the old Bond movies with the things I love about the new ones :D .


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FWfg__wKSY

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I watched Skyfall on the weekend & I loved it. After reading some of the negative reviews here I was a bit apprehensive. But, even after that, I still loved it. To me, it blended all the things I loved about the old Bond movies with the things I love about the new ones :D .


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FWfg__wKSY

:lol: I still love it :-P :D


I know, but these vids were great!!!

Two main things I didn't like. Firstly, it was another Bond without gadgets. Bond always has two things, girls and gadgets (cars included), that's what you watch it for!!! No gadgets (and no car either) left me feeling a bit robbed.

The second thing I didn't like, was Moneypenny. Moneypenny was always a slightly older, white gal. This Moneypenny was a young, black girl. But age and skin colour apart (I have absolutely no problem with that), Moneypenny was never super sexy and she always craved Bond (who she could never have). So they always did kind of flirt, but nothing more. In this film she is as hot as it gets and she actually sleeps with Bond (can we count her as a Bond girl now?).

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Two main things I didn't like. Firstly, it was another Bond without gadgets. Bond always has two things, girls and gadgets (cars included), that's what you watch it for!!! No gadgets (and no car either) left me feeling a bit robbed.

The second thing I didn't like, was Moneypenny. Moneypenny was always a slightly older, white gal. This Moneypenny was a young, black girl. But age and skin colour apart (I have absolutely no problem with that), Moneypenny was never super sexy and she always craved Bond (who she could never have). So they always did kind of flirt, but nothing more. In this film she is as hot as it gets and she actually sleeps with Bond (can we count her as a Bond girl now?).


For my own additions here, gadgets are what ruined Bond. Sure, they were generally there and increased in prominance with Roger Moore. The best Bond films (as voted by me, but also the ones generally considered better) have less gadgets. Perhaps not for you, but if you plotted popular opinion to ridiculous/numerousness of gadgets, you'd see a nice correlation.

The second thing is interesting. You don't see them in bed. I don't think they got it on. Pouring on the sexual tension but leaving the situation "unresolved" would fit much more nicely into the general continuation of Bond-Moneypenny. As for being young and black, that didn't bother me either. Nor did Felix being black and having his legs back - he was played by like 7 people over 8 movies before Casino Royale iirc. Interesting we have taken a slightly ambiguous event and read into it in totally different ways. And for the record, Moneypenny is still not a Bond girl in my book. She is Moneypenny, and stands in her own category.


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Silver Linings Playbook is a simply brilliant movie.

It's subtle, it's in your face, it's up and it's down. Jennifer Lawrence is simply amazing as Tiffany. She can dance a dozen different emotions across her face in the space of seconds, a talent few actresses possess these days. For being only 22 the maturity of her performance is sublime and you really invest belief that this isn't a character, this is a real person struggling to come to terms with what happened to her and the aftermath. Bradley Cooper is second fiddle to Lawrence but his performance is still fantastic. He goes from gentle and nervous to manic and angry within seconds in one scene, he pitches the level of mental instability perfectly. The chemistry between the two leads is believable without being rammed down your throat. Di Nero brings a comic light touch to the film whilst keeping it serious at the same time.

It's funny, it's hard hitting and it stays with you long after you leave the cinema. My favourite film in a long while.


Well that definitely just made me cry in a good way.

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Two main things I didn't like. Firstly, it was another Bond without gadgets. Bond always has two things, girls and gadgets (cars included), that's what you watch it for!!! No gadgets (and no car either) left me feeling a bit robbed.

The second thing I didn't like, was Moneypenny. Moneypenny was always a slightly older, white gal. This Moneypenny was a young, black girl. But age and skin colour apart (I have absolutely no problem with that), Moneypenny was never super sexy and she always craved Bond (who she could never have). So they always did kind of flirt, but nothing more. In this film she is as hot as it gets and she actually sleeps with Bond (can we count her as a Bond girl now?).


For my own additions here, gadgets are what ruined Bond. Sure, they were generally there and increased in prominance with Roger Moore. The best Bond films (as voted by me, but also the ones generally considered better) have less gadgets. Perhaps not for you, but if you plotted popular opinion to ridiculous/numerousness of gadgets, you'd see a nice correlation.

The second thing is interesting. You don't see them in bed. I don't think they got it on. Pouring on the sexual tension but leaving the situation "unresolved" would fit much more nicely into the general continuation of Bond-Moneypenny. As for being young and black, that didn't bother me either. Nor did Felix being black and having his legs back - he was played by like 7 people over 8 movies before Casino Royale iirc. Interesting we have taken a slightly ambiguous event and read into it in totally different ways. And for the record, Moneypenny is still not a Bond girl in my book. She is Moneypenny, and stands in her own category.


Hmmm, interesting thoughts indeed. Regarding the gadgets, why do you think that they ruined Bond? Bond was different than any other action/spy films because of the gadgets and the girls, at least in my view (and a lot of other people I've had discussions with). Even from other spy series/films from back in the day, say from the Saint (in it's later years). I'm not saying that the gadgets make the movie, but it was always cool how he got off a difficult situation due to a little gadget hidden in his watch or something. It was a trademark if you want. And it was the reason many people watched it, not only for the action, but the cars/gadgets/girls as well. Roger Moore brought the comical element for me, not the increased gadgets!

You are right about the bed thing, I don't remember seeing them in bed. But the whole tension before (when she is shaving him, chatting within inches from each other) and afterwards (in the club, she's jealous of him checking the other girl) hints to me that they did sleep together. I have no issue with Moneypenny's age/colour, purely from a continuation point of view. Same with Felix, I would prefer if they had kept the same image of the character. Could you imagine Rocky 7 with Rocky being a 15 year old Philipino guy? Or Iron Man 4, being played by Morgan Freeman? Just doesn't fit. I was also thinking, it will be interesting to see how can we have Moneypenny being a field agent, then a "grounded" agent (so far so good), but then a secretary???? How do they make this leap?

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Silver Linings Playbook is a simply brilliant movie.

It's subtle, it's in your face, it's up and it's down. Jennifer Lawrence is simply amazing as Tiffany. She can dance a dozen different emotions across her face in the space of seconds, a talent few actresses possess these days. For being only 22 the maturity of her performance is sublime and you really invest belief that this isn't a character, this is a real person struggling to come to terms with what happened to her and the aftermath. Bradley Cooper is second fiddle to Lawrence but his performance is still fantastic. He goes from gentle and nervous to manic and angry within seconds in one scene, he pitches the level of mental instability perfectly. The chemistry between the two leads is believable without being rammed down your throat. Di Nero brings a comic light touch to the film whilst keeping it serious at the same time.

It's funny, it's hard hitting and it stays with you long after you leave the cinema. My favourite film in a long while.


Well that definitely just made me cry in a good way.


The film or Laura's review???

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SchumieRules wrote:
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Silver Linings Playbook is a simply brilliant movie.

It's subtle, it's in your face, it's up and it's down. Jennifer Lawrence is simply amazing as Tiffany. She can dance a dozen different emotions across her face in the space of seconds, a talent few actresses possess these days. For being only 22 the maturity of her performance is sublime and you really invest belief that this isn't a character, this is a real person struggling to come to terms with what happened to her and the aftermath. Bradley Cooper is second fiddle to Lawrence but his performance is still fantastic. He goes from gentle and nervous to manic and angry within seconds in one scene, he pitches the level of mental instability perfectly. The chemistry between the two leads is believable without being rammed down your throat. Di Nero brings a comic light touch to the film whilst keeping it serious at the same time.

It's funny, it's hard hitting and it stays with you long after you leave the cinema. My favourite film in a long while.


Well that definitely just made me cry in a good way.


The film or Laura's review???

Hehe

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Being serious I'd like to think the film!

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About to leave work a little early.

A little game for those with too much time:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_fi ... _the_worst

I must say, I have seen Battflefield: Earth. In fact within 24 hours of it I had to go to hospital. It was probably the infection I had, but the two occurred very closely together.



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Bond for me was about believable technlogy and a good story. The ridiculous amounts of beautiful women help too. It always has had a certain charm that differentiates it from the rest of the ilk. And now it stands alone just on longevity. Gadgets don't ruin it when they are not the focus. But when you get too campy and silly, it sucks. Bond should be pithy and sharp witted, sarcastic and narcissistic but above all else someone who goes the whole hog to get the job done... whatever that entails. Gadgets getting increased prominence generally meant Bond got more silly as a character and ruined the films for me. (I really dislike Roger Moore as Bond for this reason, though some of his films were still decent).

I must say, I wouldn't have ever said Moneypenny was a secret agent. In my mind she was the civil servant, and the lack of excitement in her life was part of the reasoning for her craving on Bond. I suppose that still translates to new Moneypenny, though as you say it is a little odd to go from sniper, fighting and general action girl to arranging meetings and sending a card to the bosses wife on her birthday when he forgets. It is a bit odd. Surely she could be a trainer or some kind of useful analyst type? Then again, I suppose we don't know her exact role at MI6.

Anyway, Skyfall I look forward to seeing again. I just found it a very different movie from other Bond films in the main series. I haven't got a surefire opinion on it yet. Need to order the blu-ray (my first non-comic book hero blu-ray! ohhh, exciting).


Hmmm, interesting thoughts indeed. Regarding the gadgets, why do you think that they ruined Bond? Bond was different than any other action/spy films because of the gadgets and the girls, at least in my view (and a lot of other people I've had discussions with). Even from other spy series/films from back in the day, say from the Saint (in it's later years). I'm not saying that the gadgets make the movie, but it was always cool how he got off a difficult situation due to a little gadget hidden in his watch or something. It was a trademark if you want. And it was the reason many people watched it, not only for the action, but the cars/gadgets/girls as well. Roger Moore brought the comical element for me, not the increased gadgets!

You are right about the bed thing, I don't remember seeing them in bed. But the whole tension before (when she is shaving him, chatting within inches from each other) and afterwards (in the club, she's jealous of him checking the other girl) hints to me that they did sleep together. I have no issue with Moneypenny's age/colour, purely from a continuation point of view. Same with Felix, I would prefer if they had kept the same image of the character. Could you imagine Rocky 7 with Rocky being a 15 year old Philipino guy? Or Iron Man 4, being played by Morgan Freeman? Just doesn't fit. I was also thinking, it will be interesting to see how can we have Moneypenny being a field agent, then a "grounded" agent (so far so good), but then a secretary???? How do they make this leap?


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Two main things I didn't like. Firstly, it was another Bond without gadgets. Bond always has two things, girls and gadgets (cars included), that's what you watch it for!!! No gadgets (and no car either) left me feeling a bit robbed.

The second thing I didn't like, was Moneypenny. Moneypenny was always a slightly older, white gal. This Moneypenny was a young, black girl. But age and skin colour apart (I have absolutely no problem with that), Moneypenny was never super sexy and she always craved Bond (who she could never have). So they always did kind of flirt, but nothing more. In this film she is as hot as it gets and she actually sleeps with Bond (can we count her as a Bond girl now?).


For my own additions here, gadgets are what ruined Bond. Sure, they were generally there and increased in prominance with Roger Moore. The best Bond films (as voted by me, but also the ones generally considered better) have less gadgets. Perhaps not for you, but if you plotted popular opinion to ridiculous/numerousness of gadgets, you'd see a nice correlation.

The second thing is interesting. You don't see them in bed. I don't think they got it on. Pouring on the sexual tension but leaving the situation "unresolved" would fit much more nicely into the general continuation of Bond-Moneypenny. As for being young and black, that didn't bother me either. Nor did Felix being black and having his legs back - he was played by like 7 people over 8 movies before Casino Royale iirc. Interesting we have taken a slightly ambiguous event and read into it in totally different ways. And for the record, Moneypenny is still not a Bond girl in my book. She is Moneypenny, and stands in her own category.


Hmmm, interesting thoughts indeed. Regarding the gadgets, why do you think that they ruined Bond? Bond was different than any other action/spy films because of the gadgets and the girls, at least in my view (and a lot of other people I've had discussions with). Even from other spy series/films from back in the day, say from the Saint (in it's later years). I'm not saying that the gadgets make the movie, but it was always cool how he got off a difficult situation due to a little gadget hidden in his watch or something. It was a trademark if you want. And it was the reason many people watched it, not only for the action, but the cars/gadgets/girls as well. Roger Moore brought the comical element for me, not the increased gadgets!

You are right about the bed thing, I don't remember seeing them in bed. But the whole tension before (when she is shaving him, chatting within inches from each other) and afterwards (in the club, she's jealous of him checking the other girl) hints to me that they did sleep together. I have no issue with Moneypenny's age/colour, purely from a continuation point of view. Same with Felix, I would prefer if they had kept the same image of the character. Could you imagine Rocky 7 with Rocky being a 15 year old Philipino guy? Or Iron Man 4, being played by Morgan Freeman? Just doesn't fit. I was also thinking, it will be interesting to see how can we have Moneypenny being a field agent, then a "grounded" agent (so far so good), but then a secretary???? How do they make this leap?


I think the issue with the gadgets probably came about from when Bond had some standard gadgets he would then improvise a solution to a problem with - into times where Bond was given gadgets at the start of the film that were direct indications of what he would encounter later.

I mean, films like Moonraker were totally ridiculous for silly unrequired gadgets.


I don't mind them giving Bond some standard gadget all agents might be expected to be given, but they had started to get silly.

Maybe Skyfall was a bit short on gadgets, but I think that's OK if they get back to a few gadgets in the next one. I mean, Skyfall was the 3rd in the redefining opening trilogy. NOw they have things set up to continue as it was before but with a bit more realism...

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Maybe Skyfall was a bit short on gadgets, but I think that's OK if they get back to a few gadgets in the next one. I mean, Skyfall was the 3rd in the redefining opening trilogy. NOw they have things set up to continue as it was before but with a bit more realism...


But it did have arguably have the best Bond gadget of all time back (and in my opinion the most beautiful car to have ever graced the series) .... The DB5 :)


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With Skyfall, they are basically taking Bond back to the beginning when he didnt have all the cool gadgets and cars. Moneypenny was shown as an ex agent who decided to takeup a desk job as the PA to M. But lastly it was sad to see Judi Dench being killed off but the addition of Ralf Finnes, IMO he'll do justice to the M role. Overall i felt the movie was pretty good. Well compared to the debacle that was Casino Royale.

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Snatch - just brilliant.

Even Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels was pretty good. Very similar stories but good.

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With Skyfall, they are basically taking Bond back to the beginning when he didnt have all the cool gadgets and cars. Moneypenny was shown as an ex agent who decided to takeup a desk job as the PA to M. ********** But the addition of Ralf Finnes, IMO he'll do justice to the M role. Overall i felt the movie was pretty good. Well compared to the debacle that was Casino Royale.

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Snatch - just brilliant.

Even Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels was pretty good. Very similar stories but good.



amongst my mates, we're in two camps in terms of which we prefer (both are good incidentally)

I think i watched Snatch first, so for me its my favourite out of the two, my mate saw Lock Stock and likes that better!

some of the lines in Snatch are hilarious though, Tyrone is a legend!!!!


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With Skyfall, they are basically taking Bond back to the beginning when he didnt have all the cool gadgets and cars. Moneypenny was shown as an ex agent who decided to takeup a desk job as the PA to M. ********** But the addition of Ralf Finnes, IMO he'll do justice to the M role. Overall i felt the movie was pretty good. Well compared to the debacle that was Casino Royale.

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This is what I said previously. Skyfall takes you back to the original Bond & I loved it. I do disagree that Casino Royale was a debacle. But each to their own :D


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I saw this on BBC, found it interesting. It's about various Oscar records:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-21444098


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Snatch - just brilliant.

Even Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels was pretty good. Very similar stories but good.



amongst my mates, we're in two camps in terms of which we prefer (both are good incidentally)

I think i watched Snatch first, so for me its my favourite out of the two, my mate saw Lock Stock and likes that better!

some of the lines in Snatch are hilarious though, Tyrone is a legend!!!!


I think Snatch is just ahead for me but they're ones I'll watch every time they're on.

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Silver Linings Playbook is a simply brilliant movie.

It's subtle, it's in your face, it's up and it's down. Jennifer Lawrence is simply amazing as Tiffany. She can dance a dozen different emotions across her face in the space of seconds, a talent few actresses possess these days. For being only 22 the maturity of her performance is sublime and you really invest belief that this isn't a character, this is a real person struggling to come to terms with what happened to her and the aftermath. Bradley Cooper is second fiddle to Lawrence but his performance is still fantastic. He goes from gentle and nervous to manic and angry within seconds in one scene, he pitches the level of mental instability perfectly. The chemistry between the two leads is believable without being rammed down your throat. Di Nero brings a comic light touch to the film whilst keeping it serious at the same time.

It's funny, it's hard hitting and it stays with you long after you leave the cinema. My favourite film in a long while.

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Really funny movie. I think all actors played brilliantly.


Zero Dark Thirty:
I wasn't fan of Kathryn Bigelows The Hurt Locker. This one is way better. Not so action packed like Argo with its silly scenes. Bigelow doesn't try to excuse Americans and their methods or anyone else. You just see how they found and killed Osama. While Silver Linings Playbook was really good movie with amazing acting, Zero Dark Thirty is better movie in my opinion. It has few very strong, emotional and memorable scenes. Really worth watching. Very well filmed and while it's quite realistic, it still very exciting. Even my mum liked it. :)


Argo:
It's crap. I've seen it few months ago. Only good scene is attack on embassy. I have to admit, it's one of the best filmed scenes I've ever seen, but beside that Argo is crap. You don't watch movie for one scene. While they at the beginning they try to say that Americans did it wrong in Iran in 1950s and later (it's different now, in the past they really screwed it), the movie is still about good Americans and bad Iranians... The escape at airport shows what is wrong with this movie.

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Argo:
It's crap. I've seen it few months ago. Only good scene is attack on embassy. I have to admit, it's one of the best filmed scenes I've ever seen, but beside that Argo is crap. You don't watch movie for one scene. While they at the beginning they try to say that Americans did it wrong in Iran in 1950s and later (it's different now, in the past they really screwed it), the movie is still about good Americans and bad Iranians... The escape at airport shows what is wrong with this movie.

I've not seen it but I want to, your 'review' just sounds like you didn't like it rather than it being badly made or written.
Is it possible for you to be more specific with what's wrong with it? From what I've heard from Affleck and read online some of the unbelievable events are real, and I thought it was Canadians not Americans who staged the rescue.


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Zero Dark Thirty:
I wasn't fan of Kathryn Bigelows The Hurt Locker. This one is way better. Not so action packed like Argo with its silly scenes. Bigelow doesn't try to excuse Americans and their methods or anyone else. You just see how they found and killed Osama. While Silver Linings Playbook was really good movie with amazing acting, Zero Dark Thirty is better movie in my opinion. It has few very strong, emotional and memorable scenes. Really worth watching. Very well filmed and while it's quite realistic, it still very exciting. Even my mum liked it. :)
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Agree. I really liked ZDT much better than the overhyped Hurtlocker.
Good acting, good directing and a really interesting story.

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Argo:
It's crap. I've seen it few months ago. Only good scene is attack on embassy. I have to admit, it's one of the best filmed scenes I've ever seen, but beside that Argo is crap. You don't watch movie for one scene. While they at the beginning they try to say that Americans did it wrong in Iran in 1950s and later (it's different now, in the past they really screwed it), the movie is still about good Americans and bad Iranians... The escape at airport shows what is wrong with this movie.

I've not seen it but I want to, your 'review' just sounds like you didn't like it rather than it being badly made or written.
Is it possible for you to be more specific with what's wrong with it? From what I've heard from Affleck and read online some of the unbelievable events are real, and I thought it was Canadians not Americans who staged the rescue.

They are real. Canadians let Americans into their embassy. CIA did the rest. What was wrong? I know that films are like Argo are *BASED* on real events, I know it's Hollywood, but I think Affleck tried too hard to make it even more dramatic. He used rather cheap tricks. Someone needed to answer the phone and he did it at the very last moment after overcoming some silly difficulties, if not the whole operation and Americans would have been doomed... Similarity with other thing. You know that it couldn't be real, even knowing that the storyline is based on real events. They added some more stuff to make it more exciting and it's ok as long as they are believable. I don't want to watch boring movie, but few times they crossed the line and made film ridiculous rather than more exciting. Visually it's perfect. I mean you could look at the real photos of the Americans and the movie and you won't be able to tell the difference. Music was also very good. I have a mixed feelings. Maybe I shouldn't say crap, but it was overdramatic at times.

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Watched The Impossible today. It's very very grim. Very glad it wasn't written in a 2012/Day after Tomorrow way with the majority of the film being special effects, and that the director made it more about the people involved rather than the event.

Also watch Wreck it Ralph. It's amazing. A basic description of it I saw floating around the web was Toy Story with video game characters, which is pretty much spot on, both in terms of plot and quality of film. There's lots of nods to video game history in it, both in terms of cameos from famous game characters, and how lots of things are stylised. The main character comes from an 8-bit game, and so the fringe characters from that particular game, despite having detailed 3d models, have the sprite like animation from that period, so they have 4 frames or so for every movement, and are deliberately jerky in their movement. Similarly, the characters from the newer games are in much higher definition, and have more intelligence (due to their better coding)


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dizlexik wrote:
bbobeckyj wrote:
dizlexik wrote:
Argo:
It's crap. I've seen it few months ago. Only good scene is attack on embassy. I have to admit, it's one of the best filmed scenes I've ever seen, but beside that Argo is crap. You don't watch movie for one scene. While they at the beginning they try to say that Americans did it wrong in Iran in 1950s and later (it's different now, in the past they really screwed it), the movie is still about good Americans and bad Iranians... The escape at airport shows what is wrong with this movie.

I've not seen it but I want to, your 'review' just sounds like you didn't like it rather than it being badly made or written.
Is it possible for you to be more specific with what's wrong with it? From what I've heard from Affleck and read online some of the unbelievable events are real, and I thought it was Canadians not Americans who staged the rescue.

They are real. Canadians let Americans into their embassy. CIA did the rest. What was wrong? I know that films are like Argo are *BASED* on real events, I know it's Hollywood, but I think Affleck tried too hard to make it even more dramatic. He used rather cheap tricks. Someone needed to answer the phone and he did it at the very last moment after overcoming some silly difficulties, if not the whole operation and Americans would have been doomed... Similarity with other thing. You know that it couldn't be real, even knowing that the storyline is based on real events. They added some more stuff to make it more exciting and it's ok as long as they are believable. I don't want to watch boring movie, but few times they crossed the line and made film ridiculous rather than more exciting. Visually it's perfect. I mean you could look at the real photos of the Americans and the movie and you won't be able to tell the difference. Music was also very good. I have a mixed feelings. Maybe I shouldn't say crap, but it was overdramatic at times.


Well, both of you can find out whether it's real or not in this BBC article which has insight from one of those actually involved...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-21003432

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Gothalamide wrote:
dizlexik wrote:
bbobeckyj wrote:
dizlexik wrote:
Argo:
It's crap. I've seen it few months ago. Only good scene is attack on embassy. I have to admit, it's one of the best filmed scenes I've ever seen, but beside that Argo is crap. You don't watch movie for one scene. While they at the beginning they try to say that Americans did it wrong in Iran in 1950s and later (it's different now, in the past they really screwed it), the movie is still about good Americans and bad Iranians... The escape at airport shows what is wrong with this movie.

I've not seen it but I want to, your 'review' just sounds like you didn't like it rather than it being badly made or written.
Is it possible for you to be more specific with what's wrong with it? From what I've heard from Affleck and read online some of the unbelievable events are real, and I thought it was Canadians not Americans who staged the rescue.

They are real. Canadians let Americans into their embassy. CIA did the rest. What was wrong? I know that films are like Argo are *BASED* on real events, I know it's Hollywood, but I think Affleck tried too hard to make it even more dramatic. He used rather cheap tricks. Someone needed to answer the phone and he did it at the very last moment after overcoming some silly difficulties, if not the whole operation and Americans would have been doomed... Similarity with other thing. You know that it couldn't be real, even knowing that the storyline is based on real events. They added some more stuff to make it more exciting and it's ok as long as they are believable. I don't want to watch boring movie, but few times they crossed the line and made film ridiculous rather than more exciting. Visually it's perfect. I mean you could look at the real photos of the Americans and the movie and you won't be able to tell the difference. Music was also very good. I have a mixed feelings. Maybe I shouldn't say crap, but it was overdramatic at times.


Well, both of you can find out whether it's real or not in this BBC article which has insight from one of those actually involved...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-21003432

:D :D :D

I've already read this article, but thanks anyway. :-P
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Argo's final scenes are superbly tense, as the six make it onto the plane by the skin of their teeth. The CIA had given them false departure documents for which, of course, there were no matching arrival forms.

The big climax is a heart-pounding chase down the runway as gun-toting members of the Revolutionary Guard try to stop them taking off.

This was the worst part of the movie. The other stuff that was changed was ok.
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There is a sequence in the film where the six go on a location scout in Tehran to create the impression they are movie people. According to Mark, the scene is total fiction.

This was ok, because it was quite believable to be honest, but what happened at the airport looked like a cheap fiction form start to beginning.

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I enjoyed Argo and loved ZDT.

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Watched The Impossible today. It's very very grim. Very glad it wasn't written in a 2012/Day after Tomorrow way with the majority of the film being special effects, and that the director made it more about the people involved rather than the event.

Also watch Wreck it Ralph. It's amazing. A basic description of it I saw floating around the web was Toy Story with video game characters, which is pretty much spot on, both in terms of plot and quality of film. There's lots of nods to video game history in it, both in terms of cameos from famous game characters, and how lots of things are stylised. The main character comes from an 8-bit game, and so the fringe characters from that particular game, despite having detailed 3d models, have the sprite like animation from that period, so they have 4 frames or so for every movement, and are deliberately jerky in their movement. Similarly, the characters from the newer games are in much higher definition, and have more intelligence (due to their better coding)


Loved it. I'm a sucker for these animation films!

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The second thing is interesting. You don't see them in bed. I don't think they got it on. Pouring on the sexual tension but leaving the situation "unresolved" would fit much more nicely into the general continuation of Bond-Moneypenny. As for being young and black, that didn't bother me either. Nor did Felix being black and having his legs back - he was played by like 7 people over 8 movies before Casino Royale iirc. Interesting we have taken a slightly ambiguous event and read into it in totally different ways. And for the record, Moneypenny is still not a Bond girl in my book. She is Moneypenny, and stands in her own category.


You are right about the bed thing, I don't remember seeing them in bed. But the whole tension before (when she is shaving him, chatting within inches from each other) and afterwards (in the club, she's jealous of him checking the other girl) hints to me that they did sleep together. I have no issue with Moneypenny's age/colour, purely from a continuation point of view. Same with Felix, I would prefer if they had kept the same image of the character. Could you imagine Rocky 7 with Rocky being a 15 year old Philipino guy? Or Iron Man 4, being played by Morgan Freeman? Just doesn't fit. I was also thinking, it will be interesting to see how can we have Moneypenny being a field agent, then a "grounded" agent (so far so good), but then a secretary???? How do they make this leap?

:lol: No wonder they say males & females come from different planets. As a professional spy, Moneypenny knows that Bond might have to sleep with the other female & would accept that. Apart from the fact that we don't see them in bed, as a female, & other females may disagree with me, if they had slept together than Moneypenny would have been smug not jealous as she already knows what he is like in the sack. Being jealous means that they didn't sleep together cause she knows that Bond may have to sleep with the other woman &, because Moneypenny wants to but hasn't, she's jealous. That's my take on it anyway, others may disagree. The shaving scene, though, was really sexy :D


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:lol: No wonder they say males & females come from different planets. As a professional spy, Moneypenny knows that Bond might have to sleep with the other female & would accept that. Apart from the fact that we don't see them in bed, as a female, & other females may disagree with me, if they had slept together than Moneypenny would have been smug not jealous as she already knows what he is like in the sack. Being jealous means that they didn't sleep together cause she knows that Bond may have to sleep with the other woman &, because Moneypenny wants to but hasn't, she's jealous. That's my take on it anyway, others may disagree. The shaving scene, though, was really sexy :D


Hell yeah, I admit defeat here! I see what you're saying, but in all honesty I wouldn't dare try to interpret what goes through her mind

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My eldest sister & my brother-in-law went to see Lincoln on the weekend. Even though it was 3 hours long they said that they thoroughly enjoyed it & that Daniel Day Lewis was brilliant in the part & they wouldn't be surprised if he won best actor this year. My brother-in-law said, though, that he wished that he had read up on Lincoln's history beforehand as, even though he knew the names of the other characters, the movie didn't explain who they were & he would have enjoyed it more if he had known more about them & their role in history :D


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I thought Argo was an excellent film.

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