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Unread postby saltysam » 16 Mar 2008, 20:32

The Orphanage 2/5

I'd heard good things about this Spanish chiller but i found it only so-so and not much different to the rest of the "others" type movies of the last few years.certainly watchable and worth seeing but no classic.

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Unread postby bradavon » 16 Mar 2008, 20:33

I wouldn't complain Dragonhero :D

I thought Der Untergang (Downfall) was very powerful. I've always thought of it as more a German film though, Austrian lead though, which is ironic.

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Unread postby grim_tales » 16 Mar 2008, 20:53

Why? Hitler was Austrian.

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Unread postby bradavon » 16 Mar 2008, 20:57

Hitler was but I've always thought of the "film" as German. Historically speaking he was Austrian but it mostly happened in Germany.
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Unread postby Lourdes » 16 Mar 2008, 23:15

bradavon wrote:Hitler was but I've always thought of the "film" a German. Historically speaking he was Austrian but it mostly happened in Germany.


What?

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Unread postby Lourdes » 16 Mar 2008, 23:22

Sukiyaki Western Django - π/5
Miike makes Yojimbo/A Fistful of Dollars, tamer than his usual fare and I got bored about halfway through. The rating is more for Miike himself than the movie, all his films fall into this sort of range. They aren't exactly bad, in fact some have some quite compelling dramatic elements, there's just this tendency to get progressively weirder until I lose interest.

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Unread postby grim_tales » 17 Mar 2008, 15:44

Do those films not have English subs?

Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975): 5/5

Hilarious :D One of the best comedies ever, there are loads of funny scenes :D
The DVD even includes the opening to a 1960's Bob Monkhouse comedy "Dentist On The Job" :D

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Unread postby grim_tales » 17 Mar 2008, 18:06

Simpsons: Miracle on Evergreen Terrace - 2.75/5

Really not a fan of this episode - for The Simpsons its dreadful. It's really not fair on the other family members they have to pay for Bart's lie/lies and have it taken out on them.
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Unread postby gasteropod » 17 Mar 2008, 18:22

Get off this thread, Grim! :D

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Unread postby grim_tales » 17 Mar 2008, 18:33

Huh? Ooops :D
Holy Grail is OK, yes?

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Unread postby HungFist » 17 Mar 2008, 18:59

grim_tales wrote:Do those films not have English subs?


What films?

Sukiyaki R2J doesn't have subs. It's an english language film.

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Unread postby Lourdes » 17 Mar 2008, 19:19

*Engrish & Whiney Tarantinosh.

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Unread postby HungFist » 17 Mar 2008, 19:35

Lourdes wrote:Whiney Tarantinosh.


[spoiler]"What can I say, at the end I'm an anime otaku at heart"[/spoiler]. Wtf was that? :lol:
(dialogue spoiler)

btw, which version did you see? The dvd has an unbearable amount of edge enhancement and I was wondering if the Blu-Ray was any better?

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Unread postby Lourdes » 17 Mar 2008, 19:54

HungFist wrote:btw, which version did you see? The dvd has an unbearable amount of edge enhancement and I was wondering if the Blu-Ray was any better?


The BD [of course!] and it's a lot better, the DVD has been sharpened quite excessively and crudely which adds all the EE (haloing). I forgot to take caps to do a comparison but I'm not going to bother to grab it again.

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Unread postby grim_tales » 17 Mar 2008, 20:05

HungFist wrote:
grim_tales wrote:Do those films not have English subs?


What films?

Sukiyaki R2J doesn't have subs. It's an english language film.


I meant Sukiyaki Western Django :)

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Unread postby HungFist » 17 Mar 2008, 22:18

Lourdes wrote:
HungFist wrote:btw, which version did you see? The dvd has an unbearable amount of edge enhancement and I was wondering if the Blu-Ray was any better?


The BD [of course!] and it's a lot better, the DVD has been sharpened quite excessively and crudely which adds all the EE (haloing). I forgot to take caps to do a comparison but I'm not going to bother to grab it again.


No problem. I don't even have a Blu-Ray player (and I have no plans to get one anytime soon, either)

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Unread postby Lourdes » 17 Mar 2008, 23:01

HungFist wrote:No problem. I don't even have a Blu-Ray player (and I have no plans to get one anytime soon, either)


Wise decision, you're better off waiting for a combo.

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Unread postby Markgway » 17 Mar 2008, 23:17

grim_tales wrote:The DVD even includes the opening to a 1960's Bob Monkhouse comedy "Dentist On The Job" :D


Was that not part of the film?
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Unread postby grim_tales » 18 Mar 2008, 14:39

Sort of, there's a "One Moment Please While the Operator Changes Reels" bit to take the piss :D

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Unread postby saltysam » 18 Mar 2008, 21:03

The Naked Prey (Criterion) 5/5

Criterion at last give this mainly forgotten 60's classic the treatment it deserves. watching this in scope after years of p&s tv showings is a revelation. Hunters hunting ivory in Africa are captured by the natives and much savagery ensues. brilliantly directed and starring Cornel Wilde this is quite savage and brutal for it's time,it's also clear where Mel Gibson got his inspiration for Apocalypto from. my only criticism would be the excess of wildlife stock footage,some of it unpleasant.

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Unread postby dragonhero005 » 19 Mar 2008, 18:54

There will be blood

Good film, excellent performance by Day-Lewis, but not always an enjoyment to watch this film. Has got some very powerful moments, makes you feel itchy somehow, but the ending is too exaggerated for my taste.
To me a good, but overrated film, with a great leading man.
Still, I'd have liked to see more of the pastor's rise to power, as a sort of comparison between the two characters...

3.5/5

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Unread postby saltysam » 19 Mar 2008, 19:37

Danny The Dog Blu-Ray 3.5/5

In my opinion one of Jet Li's better western efforts, this japanese blu-ray import of the unrated version offers a nice reproduction of the film's muted,rather grey colour pallette. the BD is region-free.

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Unread postby saltysam » 20 Mar 2008, 19:08

88 minutes 2/5

By the numbers thriller starring Al Pacino,an actor i really like but this material is really beneath him. He plays an arrogant,well known psychiatrist who has put a serial killer on death row,well the serial killer wants revenge and Al has 88 minutes to live! pretty contrived and curiously uninvolving,Pacino looks bored and weary throughout. has this had a cinema release as i'd not heard of it before :?

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Unread postby tom2681 » 20 Mar 2008, 20:06

Re: Danny the Dog:
Is it the european cut, then?
Does the film end on Danny's face?
I used to be "the man who loves the movies you hate".
Now I'm just "that weird french guy with a cat avatar who comes to BnB once a year for no reason and then disappears again".

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Unread postby romerojpg » 20 Mar 2008, 20:08

tom2681 wrote:Does the film end on Danny's face?


He was in Saltys House! :D


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