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Response to Cinema Club 2011-06-10 07:01:29


At 6/9/11 10:37 PM, Makeshift wrote:
At 6/9/11 10:14 PM, Jolly wrote:
At 6/9/11 09:37 PM, Makeshift wrote: Netflix
Does the Canadian Netflix look like this? (It's the new design)
Kind of...

I don't have a queue and I can't bookmark movies or anything. The Canadian selection is horrid as well.

How do you use netflix without a queue? Can you only watch movies instantly?

Response to Cinema Club 2011-06-10 10:39:17


Hi, it's been a while since I posted in this forum but I'm still about.

Just posting to say I Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs the other day. Now I'm not the biggest fan of childrens animated films, it has to be said, but this one was good. I had the right balance of humour for everybody and some tongue in cheek jokes. The animation was of a good quality as well.

All I'm saying is that if you are stuck babysitting or something and have to put a film on to entertain the little shits. This is one to stick on.

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Response to Cinema Club 2011-06-10 15:18:57


At 6/10/11 07:01 AM, Jolly wrote: How do you use netflix without a queue? Can you only watch movies instantly?

Yep, as far as I can see.


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Response to Cinema Club 2011-06-10 21:43:19


I watched Slumdog Millionaire yesterday. I thought it was pretty good.. The dancing scene at the end shouldn't have been there, though.

At 6/10/11 03:18 PM, Makeshift wrote:
At 6/10/11 07:01 AM, Jolly wrote: How do you use netflix without a queue? Can you only watch movies instantly?
Yep, as far as I can see.

You should still have a queue.. On the American Netflix you have a seperate queue for movies you want to watch instantly and movies you want to have delivered to your home. The Canadian Netflix must really suck.

Response to Cinema Club 2011-06-10 21:52:21


At 6/10/11 09:43 PM, Jolly wrote: You should still have a queue.. On the American Netflix you have a seperate queue for movies you want to watch instantly and movies you want to have delivered to your home. The Canadian Netflix must really suck.

Maybe I don't have a queue because I'm on the trial right now. I didn't realize the queue meant it would actually get sent to your home.


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Response to Cinema Club 2011-06-11 16:28:46


At 6/10/11 09:52 PM, Makeshift wrote:
At 6/10/11 09:43 PM, Jolly wrote: You should still have a queue.. On the American Netflix you have a seperate queue for movies you want to watch instantly and movies you want to have delivered to your home. The Canadian Netflix must really suck.
Maybe I don't have a queue because I'm on the trial right now. I didn't realize the queue meant it would actually get sent to your home.

canadian netflix doesn't do mail... and the stream selection is seriously shit.

anyways, just watched Idi i smotri (eng: come and see). it was pretty good.

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Response to Cinema Club 2011-06-11 21:02:53


I got a ticket to the June 25th premiere of the Canadian horror/thriller film The Unleashed with Malcolm McDowell. (I don't know if he's gonna be there.) I've never been to a film premiere before. There's even a dress code. I'll talk about the experience afterward.

Response to Cinema Club 2011-06-11 23:23:51


I watched Super 8 tonight...

It might still be June, but I'm going to go ahead and say that this is probably the best movie of the summer. I honestly cannot see anything topping this.


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Response to Cinema Club 2011-06-12 01:14:48


I watched that owl movie whose title I can't be bothered to remember at the moment.

I have to say though, aside from the fact that the whole owl concept and stuff is a little too goofy for the kind of tone it takes this movie really is great to just watch.

Hell, throw on a few epic tunes and watch the action and you'd have a great time. It really is rather beautiful to watch even if the use of slow mo is a bit abusive at times.

Response to Cinema Club 2011-06-12 03:11:49


At 6/12/11 01:14 AM, Gobblemeister wrote: I watched that owl movie whose title I can't be bothered to remember at the moment.

I have to say though, aside from the fact that the whole owl concept and stuff is a little too goofy for the kind of tone it takes this movie really is great to just watch.

Hell, throw on a few epic tunes and watch the action and you'd have a great time. It really is rather beautiful to watch even if the use of slow mo is a bit abusive at times.

I think you're talking about Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole.

Response to Cinema Club 2011-06-12 08:33:37


Watched X-Men: First Class today, pretty good. I always enjoy prequels, if only because you already know how they're going to end. James McAvoy was pretty good as prof x and shit. a bit predictable not just in the long term but also in the medium and short term but oh well, a good summer blockbuster


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Response to Cinema Club 2011-06-12 14:01:41


Despite having a name that sounds like a hotel chain, I actually enjoyed Super 8. It really did keep me at the edge of my seat, which is kind of obvious because it's a sci-fi thriller, with some humor to keep it from being totally dark and gritty, which is a nice touch.

I also saw X-Men First Class, and I had my doubt about this, but I was pleasantly surprised on how it turned out. Even with mostly B-list actors, I thought they did an excellent job with the characters, most notably James McAvoy as Professor X and Michael Fassbender as Magneto, and the action sequences are well-done. Now is it going to replace "The Dark Knight" as the best superhero movie, I doubt it, but it's right up there for sure.


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Response to Cinema Club 2011-06-12 23:17:40


Watched Super 8last night.

Cute movie, skews a little young, but still entertaining. I thought a lot of the action sequences were really overdone and I actually enjoyed the quiet personal moments more than I did the explosions. Even if some of the dialogue so poorly written it had me squirming in my seat.


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Response to Cinema Club 2011-06-13 14:49:02


I don't know if I've ever actually posted in this thread before, which is weird considering I'm a film student, but whatever. Anyway, I've seen a handful of this summer's movies in the past week or so, so I guess I'll share some thoughts on them:

X-Men: First Class- I went in with low expectations and was pleasantly surprised. Professor X and Magneto were both written and performed well, and the history-incorporating plot was silly in a fun way. All in all it was nothing special, but aside from some seriously groan-inducing dialogue, it was a decent enough summer movie.

The Tree of Life- I'm not going to pretend to fully understand it after just one viewing, but I will say that it was an amazing, often awe-inspiring experience with some of the most beautiful cinematography I've ever seen. It's incredibly ambitious in its scope, themes, and style to the point where it's one of those rare movies that makes the plot of every other movie seem silly and trivial in comparison. It's about nothing less than the immensity of the universe and our little tiny place in it. It reminds me of 2001: A Space Odyssey in that way, and the two films are almost like inverses of each other. Where 2001 is cold, distant, and entirely intellectual, The Tree of Life is deeply personal, emotional and spiritual.

It's a very interesting new angle on similar ideas, but I think it's also what keeps me from connecting with it at the same level as I did with 2001. As a Northeastern Jew who grew up in the late '90s and early '00s, I had kind of a hard time connecting to the themes through the experiences of a Southern Christian kid in the 1950s. But still, it's a great film that you should definitely experience for yourself if you get the chance.

Super 8- This is everything that a great summer movie is supposed to be. Well-drawn and likable characters who seem like actual people and not just plot vehicles (er...for the most part), fantastical elements presented with nerdy enthusiasm and excitement, mystery, suspense, action, fun, humor, heart, wonder, sentimentality that's probably a little unearned but you let it slide and get wrapped up in it anyway because the whole thing's just so damn magical (or, "the Spielberg Effect"). The movie's got it all.

It's recycled magic, sure, but magic nonetheless, and that's a hell of a lot more than I can say for the latest piece of schlock about indistinguishable blurs of CGI banging into each other. Along with its derivative nature, there are a few other problems that hold Super 8 back from true greatness (the emotional throughline is kind of clunkily executed throughout, and as a result the ending doesn't quite work, plus the whole filmmaking angle is gradually dropped, which sucks because that's far and away the best part of the movie), as well as a couple other nitpicky issues to point out (seriously, J.J. Abrams, enough with the fucking lens flares), but overall this was one of my most anticipated movies of the summer and it absolutely delivered.

Something tells me that more than a few of the younger kids in the audience are leaving Super 8 cinephiles for life, if not actual filmmakers, and that's a quality that's important, special, and sadly rare in today's entertainment.

Also, as a side note, I just want to point out that X-Men and Super 8 (but especially X-Men), each rated PG-13, both make brilliant strategic use of their one allotted "fuck." If this becomes a trend in these kinds of movies, it'd almost make the MPAA's stupid, stupid rules forgivable. Almost.


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Response to Cinema Club 2011-06-14 09:50:03


I've just been to Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.

Just like the former films in the series, it's fun and entertaining to watch. There's more plot and direction in it than in the second and the third film, but I don't think it's any better or worse. It's just a typical Pirates film and I think fans of the series won't be disappointed.

But really... this ought to be the last film in the series. I think this cow has been milked enough already.


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Response to Cinema Club 2011-06-16 13:18:27


I saw a short film called Genesis, it was quite beautiful and sad.


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Response to Cinema Club 2011-06-16 21:09:10


Just watched Lords Of Dogtown for the second time. I mean the movie is great Stacy wrote it great the fights look real and I give it a 10 out of 10 and I was sad when thhey said Sid died.


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Response to Cinema Club 2011-06-17 22:50:30


The BBFC has banned The Human Centipede II in the UK. I think it's utter bullshit that they control whether an adult can see a film or not. The MPAA doesn't even do that for films. It may be cliched, but public citizens should be able to choose to see. If you say that this film is potentially harmful to viewers, what about the first film? It wasn't banned, yet someone can mimic the surgeon. It'd be interesting if they've even proved this harm issue before. On the plus side, the ban has given the film way more attention on IMDb, according to the MOVIEmeter. See this and this.

Switching gears, Ferris Bueller's Day Off came out 25 years ago. I even watched it for the first time a few days before June 11th forgetting about its anniversary. (I also forgot or wasn't aware that Charlie Sheen is in it.) I don't think it's a great film, but it's funny and enjoyable. These are then-and-now photos of the cast.

Response to Cinema Club 2011-06-17 23:38:00


i'm all for censorship of that wank


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Response to Cinema Club 2011-06-17 23:52:23


At 6/17/11 11:38 PM, BananaBreadMuffin wrote: i'm all for censorship of that wank

Why? Just because you don't like him and/or his centipede film?

Response to Cinema Club 2011-06-17 23:59:57


At 6/17/11 11:52 PM, EclecticEnnui wrote:
At 6/17/11 11:38 PM, BananaBreadMuffin wrote: i'm all for censorship of that wank
Why? Just because you don't like him and/or his centipede film?

And by him, I mean Tom Six. If you weren't referring to him, my bad.

Response to Cinema Club 2011-06-18 00:53:43


yeah, was referring to human centipede 2. While i respect his right to create the film he wants to create, and I have no objection with the first film getting an 18 and a full distribution (for the record, watched the first half of first film), the bbfc article gives me the impression of it being truly deplorable and without merit. I know I haven't seen it, and I know I never will, but I'm more than happy with the human centipede 2 never being aired in the same way that I'm fine with the stuff on efukt staying on efukt and not making its way to a blockbuster near me. Because, judging from that, it sounds like stupidly self-indulgent shock-porn (protag sandpaper wanks to dvd of 1st film... really?) and I don't care for that very much.

I'm not sure where I stand in terms of refusing to allow it any distribution in the UK, even as an R18 (essentially the porno rating). It's only being blocked because it contravenes the horrendously anachronistic Obscene Publications Act, although as you can see in that link, the examples were all but one found not guilty or overturned at appeal. They decided that there was no way they could allow the film, even with cuts. Obviously there's no way I can have an opinion on whether this would be possible, but I don't oppose the idea of an 18 certificate not having guidelines. I want to be able to tell from a certificate whether I'm picking up a film like Training Day (which by the way I watched earlier today, absolutely loved it, Denzel Washington was fantastic, and I loved the plot, the moment when denzel's like "motherfucker i've been planning this shit all week" was badass as fuck), which has a bit of blood, a bit of drug use, and some swearing, or whether I'm watching something that features a guy raping a human centipede while wrapping barbed wire round his cock.

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Response to Cinema Club 2011-06-18 13:35:04


Here's the thing, BBM: You don't want to watch it, so if it were released in your country, don't. You should have that choice. The BBFC shouldn't make that choice for you. This goes beyond one's impression of a film or even one's opinion of its quality if it was viewed. (This film hasn't even come out yet.) Your impression or opinion may not be someone else's. Blockbuster, Netflix, and so on don't have to carry this film if the people who run them don't want to, but again, they should at least have that choice. If they do carry it, then it should probably be restricted to adults only.

Response to Cinema Club 2011-06-19 00:27:16


Just saw Green Lantern it was pretty good except it wasn't exactly like the comic books by other was the acting was good the casting and effects but the beating and the way people died was weird and it must have been an animators nightmare to help make that movie.


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Response to Cinema Club 2011-06-19 18:08:07


At 6/19/11 12:27 AM, J-Rex wrote: Just saw Green Lantern it was pretty good except it wasn't exactly like the comic books by other was the acting was good the casting and effects but the beating and the way people died was weird and it must have been an animators nightmare to help make that movie.

I didn't enjoy it.. It was not a great superhero film. The acting was average at best the special effects were well just nothing original. The comedic bits were not bad could have been improved. Now The casting wasn't bad especially sinestro they got someone to play sinestro and god damn he was good at being sinestro. However I am hoping for a sequel and hopefully the director would have learnt from his mistakes.


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Response to Cinema Club 2011-06-20 03:58:33


My Top 20 Favorite Movies has changed, which I've decided to just put on IMDb makes the process quicker.

I took the movies Hook and Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl off the list and they have been replaced by two movies that I'll talk about here.

Grand Hotel
Year: 1932
Oscars: Won Best Picture

For those who know Drew Barrymore her father John Barrymore is in this movie. Also famed actor Lionel Barrymore is also in it. It revolves around different characters within the Grand Hotel, which is located in Germany, a very expensive five star hotel filled with glitz and glamour. These characters all have different dramas and problems that they're dealing with and throughout the movie their different paths cross and overall come to an end.

I apologize that I'm not telling you about the characters, but that's the main focus of this movie the characters and their stories. Two of the characters end up falling in love with one another and you think that you'll have the rest of the movie figured out, but the ending will certainly throw you for an interesting plot twist and this is back in 1932.

I will tell you the characters, but I won't tell you the two who have a love connection. One is the Porter basically the concierge of the hotel. His wife is pregnant and he ends up leaving the hotel to see to her.

You also have Baron von Gaigern who is high class, but is actually a thief and no that's not a spoiler.

General Director Preysing who is at the Grand Hotel to conduct a business meeting in which if this meeting goes wrong then he will be in dire straits, his anxiety makes him starts to question his morals throughout this movie and he makes him a very interesting a complex character.

Flaemmchen is a stenographer, which if you don't know what that means it is basically someone who types for others, in other words a rented secretary. She is hired by Preysing and wishes to do more with her life. She's not really a fascinating character, but she is one of wit.

Then there is Otto Kringelein, I love this motherfucker. He works for Preysing and has unfortunate news that he has a terrible illness and that he's going to die, so he has made the decision to use all of his funds to live out the remainder of his days at the Grand Hotel. This is my favorite character from this movie, at times he may seem annoying, always coaxing people to have champagne and to enjoy the company with another person and he seems to always push himself onto others, but when you analyze it he's sad that he's going to die and he doesn't want to be alone when and if it happens.

There are other characters in this movie, but I won't dare spoil them for you. I truly suggest that you see this movie.

Now let's talk about a newer movie that has made it on my list.

The King's Speech
Year: 2010
Oscars: Won Best Picture, Won Best Director, Won Best Actor, Won Best Writing For Screen, Nominated Art Direction, Nominated Cinematography, Nominated Costume Design, Nominated Editing, Nominated Original Score, Nominated Sound Mixing, Nominated Best Supporting Actor, Nominated Best Supporting Actress

Yeah I know that this movie has a lot of Oscar nominations and I found out about this movie from watching the Oscars. That's how I also discovered Capote.

This movie is about King George VI's stuttering problem. Why would stuttering be a problem for the King? Because his subjects would see him as lacking confidence, and if your king lacks confidence in himself then how can you be confident about your king?

King George VI's wife Queen Elizabeth garners the help of a man named Lionel Logue, a speech therapist. Together Lionel and King George VI, named Bertie, work to help with Bertie's stuttering.

Like Grand Hotel I really can't tell you much about this movie due to spoilers. This movie's main focus is words. Every time I hear George VI's speech at the end of the movie it just sends shivers down my spine.

I will say this though, Timothy Spall, the man you better know as Peter Petigrew from Harry Potter plays Winston Churchill, and does an amazing job at it.

Response to Cinema Club 2011-06-20 09:43:03


At 6/18/11 12:53 AM, BananaBreadMuffin wrote: yeah, was referring to human centipede 2.

It really doesn't matter what sort of film it is and what it contains. This sort of thing is wrong. I didn't realize there was an organization that can decide whether or not a film is allowed to be viewed in England. That's bullshit. fuck them. fuck them with a rusty pipe. They don't have the right to prevent people from watching whatever movie they want.


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Response to Cinema Club 2011-06-20 18:11:26


I watched Seven Samurai on Saturday and have spent the last three days since then watching Kurosawa movies. He's definitely one of my favorite directors now.

Seven Samurai: 10/10
Ikiru: 10/10
Yojimbo: 10/10
Sanjuro: 9/10
Rashomon: 8.5/10

That scene in Ikiru where Watanabe is singing on the swing in the park is one of the most beautiful scenes I have ever seen.

Response to Cinema Club 2011-06-20 18:22:50


At 6/13/11 02:49 PM, Dr-Worm wrote: X-Men: First Class- I went in with low expectations and was pleasantly surprised. Professor X and Magneto were both written and performed well, and the history-incorporating plot was silly in a fun way. All in all it was nothing special, but aside from some seriously groan-inducing dialogue, it was a decent enough summer movie.

SOME of the dialogue bothered me ("As long as I don't go bald HAHAHA IT'S FUNNY BECAUSE WHEN I GET OLDER I ACTUALLY GO BALD") but overall I thought it was alright. I'm not all that familiar with X-Men lore, but I LOVE how they portrayed Magneto here. Oh and Wolverine makes a cameo.

I guess the one thing I didn't like about it is that the characters establish their powers but they only use them a few times. Hank has amazing gymnastics and super speed, but he NEVER uses them. Mystique switches in and out of her "normal" form and her "Avatar" form for the entire movie talking about how she wants to be normal, but she only disguises herself...twice? Meanwhile Xavier and Magneto completely dominate the movie, which is fine, but give the other X-Men a chance to shine. Banshee didn't have more than a few lines, and I don't think Havoc had any lines at all.


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Response to Cinema Club 2011-06-20 21:34:10


At 6/20/11 09:43 AM, Sense-Offender wrote: They don't have the right to prevent people from watching whatever movie they want.

Why shouldn't they? I can't go on to a street corner shouting I HATE N*GGERS, so why should I be allowed to sign a distribution film for a film saying the same thing? The police will stop someone doing the first, and the BBFC will stop someone doing the second. At what point must the BBFC clamp down and say "Hold on, this film is just too far over the line"? Apparently it's at the human centipede 2.


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