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  • LocationDeepest, Darkest, South of England

Now You See Me.

I actually quite enjoyed this one a lot.

Four magicians receive a mysterious invitation and meet up at a creepy address. One year later they're headlining at a Las Vegas show as "The Four Horsemen" and end it with robbing a bank in Paris and giving the money to the crowd. (Jessie Eisnburg, Woodie Harrelson, Dave Franco, and the ever cute Isla Fisher)

This then spirals into Mark Ruffalo's FBI agent being tasked to investigate them alongside an Interpol agent and find out how they did it... but it turns out to be only the first step in one big magic trick...

Throw in Michael Caine's smirky CEO, Morgan Freeman's former magician turned "Magic Debunker", and it all turns into a nice series of illusions, dark secrets, set pieces and bizarre investigations all carried out at a fairly smooth pace and slickly done.

And the nice tag line: "Look closely, because the closer you think you are, the less you will actually see"

Some of the in-film suggestions for how various "tricks" are performed do get just a wee bit silly, but overall it's quite smooth and entertaining.

Posted 28 August 2013 - 09:49 AM

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Now you see me look like a fun movie. I will probably get it when it comes out on DVD.


The last movie I saw was RED 2. Just as fun and mindless entertainment as the first one. 


I plan on seeing Riddick this weekend. Got to love some Vin Diesel. :)

Posted 28 August 2013 - 12:35 PM

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Unfortunately cinemas and cabbage mobiles do not mix..............I am kinda a book and DVD person myself........okay more of a book person.... :D :D

Posted 29 August 2013 - 11:05 AM

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Re-watched Chronicles of Riddick...


Now, no matter what critics have to say about it, I enjoyed that film. It might be a little bit bombastic in places, but I applaud the attempt to make a sequel movie that's about the characters and the universe and not just re-treading the original film with "more".


It was entertaining enough that I actually watched through all the dvd extras which add a lot of amusing things themselves.


Although I do have to say, every-time I've seen it I get the feeling that the Necromongers are a strange mix of the Necrons and Chaos Space Marines from the WH40k universe....

Posted 29 August 2013 - 04:26 PM

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Managed to get a couple of the worst films ever.......................

Solarbabies(Solarwarriors is the UK title),

Wild Thing,

Biggles - An Adventure in Time


Spaced Invaders (This isn;t that  bad but some of the lines are pure gold)


This weekend is a torture weekend........ :P :P

Posted 29 August 2013 - 10:07 PM

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Hey, no hitting down on Biggles - An Adventure in Time.


That was a classic, and it had Peter Cushing in it!

Plus, the ending in a cooking pot.  "Get us out of here before they realise you're NOT a God. You're JUST an American!"

Posted 30 August 2013 - 01:14 AM

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Hey, no hitting down on Biggles - An Adventure in Time.


That was a classic, and it had Peter Cushing in it!

Plus, the ending in a cooking pot.  "Get us out of here before they realise you're NOT a God. You're JUST an American!"

Classic quote there from Peter Cushing's last film.......yeah, still not sure why a sequel was never made......and yet films like Twilight and Daredevil are made...... :ph34r: :ph34r:


Late addition to the Torture Weekend.......


Misfits of Science

Posted 30 August 2013 - 05:37 PM

  • LocationDeepest, Darkest, South of England

The Philadelphia Story.


There are reasons some films are just absolute classics. Cary Grant, Katherine Hepburn, and James Stewart are just a great mix with the dialogue.

Dang, now I feel in the mood to chase down some more of the 40's screwball comedies and light rom-coms.

Posted 01 September 2013 - 08:07 PM

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Harvey, Arsenic and Old Lace and although not a film but definitely a comedy classic.......Red Dwarf...... :D

Posted 07 September 2013 - 11:18 AM

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The World's End.


It got quite a few light chuckles out of me. SImon Pegg and Nick Frost working their usual magic and pulling in elements from assorted pop culture. Plus, it does have some quite amazingly well done fight choreography for bar fights with alien invasion...

Posted 07 September 2013 - 04:21 PM

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Joss Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing.


I quite enjoyed it. It's mostly low-key, although I think the fairly intimate setting of Whedon's house along with the black and white style pushes that along. It's an interesting way of handling the setting of the play, even if they've kept the original Shakespearian dialogue. The actors for the most part do a pretty damn good job, although I think more gets conveyed with the physicality and expressions then the way they speak the words.  I can't quite make up my mind on Alexis Denisofs "Benedict", for the most part he's good and especially for the physical pratfall aspects he plays up nicely, but there are a few moments he doesn't quite fit. Clark Greg's "Leonato" and Amy Acker's "Beatrice" pretty much rock out.  Nathon Fillion's "Dogberry" pretty much comes out as that idiotic ass. The musical score is quite understated, but the moments it does kick in, it really hits the right emotional note.


It's the little touches that really bring it out when you notice them. Sean Maher's villain, after successfully breaking up the wedding walks out... and casually snatches up a cupcake from the wedding tables. It's like "I am Evil. I deserve a cupcake!"

Posted 07 October 2013 - 07:44 PM

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So who is waiting for Ender's Game to be released?


Besides me...... :rolleyes:

Posted 07 October 2013 - 11:12 PM

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It'll be interesting to see Harrison Ford return to sci-fi, but I'm not sure about the film in general. I mean they've pretty much thrown mass spoilers into the trailer of the film for anyone who hasn't already read the book (which will be most of the viewing audience). I'm curious how they'll handle the adaption in general. But Ender's Game, and the follow-on book shave always been one of those odd groupings for me. I read it once and quite like it, then I re-read it and find things feel odd and out of place or don't seem to mesh as well as they did the first time I went through.

Posted 08 October 2013 - 09:04 AM

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Yeah......I am uncomfortable with the fact they made Ender a lot older for the film.....and I have avoided the trailers because I do not want a half-assed opinion before I actually see the film.  I have read the book and the series that follows and whilst Ender's Game was written for an adult readership it was openly embraced by school children..which unfortunately means that the subsequent books are not what the children expect.  However the book is fairly 'old' now......and one I find truly scary, even after all this time, all three of the Wiggins children are terrifying in their own right......Peter is the obvious terror but Ender is subtler than that. 


I just want to know if the producers had the backbone to include the killings, I say killings but they could so easily be murders/manslaughters, Ender is responsible for...but they I remember this is Hollywood and they can leave nothing alone...... :rolleyes:


Roll on October 25th..... :)

Posted 09 October 2013 - 12:53 PM

  • LocationDeepest, Darkest, South of England

John Wick.


I have to say, it's one of the better Action/Revenge flicks out in the last few years. I wouldn't say that it's out and out amazing, but its pretty damn good for the genre. Helped along by a lot of very good supporting actors in bit roles. It's chock full of "thatguy / thoseguys" - faces you'll know because they're always in the background roles, but you hardly ever see their names all doing very good work.


It also fits Keannu quite well, since the John Wick character is very self-contained and controlled for the majority of the film. Even in the start when he's suffering loss and grief, it's a good showing for him, and I was definitely impressed with the angry outburst sequence he managed towards the end of the film. You rarely see him having to work that sort of emotional sequence and he handles it quite nicely.


And of course, the variety of action sequences are all very nicely choreographed and smoothly done. Plus, no shakey-cam.

Posted 19 January 2015 - 12:23 PM

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We saw Paddington.

I haven't read the books, but we wanted to leave by the middle. I think the added plot elements were unnecessary and disturbing -- not suitable for the same age range that the books were aimed at.

The production values were good, Paddington was great and the Brown family appropriate. They could have made a lot more little misunderstanding vignettes rather than putting Paddington in deadly peril.

About half of it needs to be edited out.

Posted 28 January 2015 - 02:51 AM

  • LocationToronto

I feel so out of it. 


We are going to see a movie on Saturday - but I have no idea what’s actually out there. I like Keanu Reeves (mostly for off-screen interviews/reasons) - but I don’t always love revenge movies >.>. I am torn.

Posted 29 January 2015 - 06:19 PM

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I haven't even gotten to the theater to see the third Hobbit movie yet.  T_T

Besides that, I would like to get around to seeing Selma, because it's about an important time of change in American history and it looks like an uplifting film.  I'd also like to see American Sniper, because I have yet to see a Clint Eastwood-directed movie that I didn't like.  Despite controversy about the "American hero" aspect of the film, I've heard it addresses PTSD, which I feel is important for people to see and understand.  Our government (we, the people) asks these young men and women to go overseas and kill for us, so we should at least try to comprehend the psychological damage it can cause, not just to the individual, but to their families, too. My dad's a Vietnam veteran who suffered from PTSD, so these topics always draw my interest, because I want to understand his experience better. 

Posted 30 January 2015 - 01:42 AM

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I will warn you, John Wick starts in that very slow and mournful place. His wife dying from disease, his reactions, and then getting a puppy delivered to him that his wife set up.


Then (since it's in most of the trailers I don't think it can be considered a spoiler), some guys break into his house, beat him up to steal his car, and kill the puppy on the way out.  Which is a rather sudden jarring tonal change, and sends it into the more normal revenge flick. But that scene can hit quite hard. It's kind of amusing that a lot of people can find it easier to accept on-screen violence to people more than on-screen violence to animals.



For the more amusing turn - There's already been a fan-edit of the Hobbit films. They've taken them, cut out what they think isn't part of the book, and put it up as one single film online.

Posted 30 January 2015 - 11:06 AM

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Finally got out to see both The Hobbit #3 and American Sniper.  The Hobbit was entertaining, although I feel it was the weakest of the three movies, with more implausible action scenes (especially for Legolas, who seems to defy gravity, lol).  CGI Smaug was particularly awesome though, and as fierce as a dragon should be when angry. Overall, it was enjoyable, but the Lord of the Rings series was better, imo.

American Sniper was excellent, as most of Clint Eastwood's movies have been.  It's a serious look at one soldier's life during 4 tours of duty in Iraq, and his family struggles with PTSD when he is stateside.  It is a nuanced and thoughtful film, althought the focus is largely in theater.  The battle scenes do an excellent job of making clear how confusing engagements can be, and how soldiers must make quick, and often difficult decisions under stress, from which they will carry the guilt and burden of forever.  The clearly uncomfortable expression Bradley Cooper's Chris Kyle has when other soldiers come up to him and call him a hero, I would imagine is a common feeling among veterans. They don't feel like heroes, they just did the job they were assigned to do, and they couldn't save everyone.  I think this is an important film, with a sobering epitaph, and I feel it should be seen by all viewers of the appropriate age, because it bears thinking about.


Posted 08 February 2015 - 04:10 PM

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