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Dracula (1931)
6/10
The original Dracula movie starring Bela Lugosi is interesting
But I'm not sure I liked it as much as say the Wolfman
When it came to this movie Bela Lugosi is the stand out performance as the creepy "Count Dracula" and Dwight Frye also does well as the crazy minion Renfield
But the other actors just don't rise to match them, and I felt that they kinda let down some of the scenes
So while it is pretty awesome to see the original Dracula I wasn't as impressed by it as I thought I would be

The Wolfman (1941)

7/10
So I preferred this one over the Dracula movie
I thought the actors all played their parts well, and the story was well put together
The only thing I would have liked would have been more appearances of the actual werewolf form in the movie as he is rarely onlong enough to truly appreciate the makeup and action but that was a minor quibble
In the end what they showed was definitely entertaining and well presented
 

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The Razor's Edge This one is so tied up with my life that it is hard to put a number on it.

I think it proves that Bill Murray is not just a comic actor.
 

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Taoism Drunkard (or Shaolin Drunkard) 1984.
One of the oddest movies I've ever seen. Great fight sequences, including a couple with a giant watermelon with teeth. Either five stars or one, depending on your mood.

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The Razor's Edge This one is so tied up with my life that it is hard to put a number on it.

I think it proves that Bill Murray is not just a comic actor.

One of my favourite books. I have wanted to see this for some time. I'll have to make the effort.
 

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Blended Starring Adam Sandler. enough said. Run for your dear little lives away from this stinker. I would rather sit through another showing of Sharkanado than this crap. 1/10
 

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Godzilla 2000 (2000)

Godzilla fights something to protect the earth while destroying it.

Or something like that.

Bad dubbing. Incoherent plot. Hilarious special effects.

The man-in-a-rubber-suit fights are fairly good at times.

5/10
 

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Horrible Bosses A trio of disgruntled buddies conspire to murder their bad bosses. The laughs are far and few apart. What's wrong with the wretch who knocks back Jennifer Astin's character's attempts to seduce him??????? The guy needs a psychiatrist asap.
The reason I don't rate this any lower is because of the stunning Jennifer Astin's body. 4/10
 

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Is there a separate thread for those of us who want to share our thoughts of how horrible Star Trek Into Darkness was? And it wasn't just offensive to Star Trek fans, but all intelligent movie-goers.

On the other hand X-Men: Days of Future Past was quite enjoyable, despite its flaws.
 

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Is there a separate thread for those of us who want to share our thoughts of how horrible Star Trek Into Darkness was? And it wasn't just offensive to Star Trek fans, but all intelligent movie-goers.

On the other hand X-Men: Days of Future Past was quite enjoyable, despite its flaws.

I'm sure there's a lot of Trek Nerds here who would love to tear it apart. Here's my post in this thread about it, a few pages back

http://talkfreethought.org/showthre...y-and-how-would-you-rate-it&p=25468#post25468
 

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Is there a separate thread for those of us who want to share our thoughts of how horrible Star Trek Into Darkness was? And it wasn't just offensive to Star Trek fans, but all intelligent movie-goers.

On the other hand X-Men: Days of Future Past was quite enjoyable, despite its flaws.


I for one ALWAYS enjoy the "everyone who disagrees with me is an idiot" point of view.

I liked Star Trek Into Darkness. And I liked Wrath of Khan.
 

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Is there a separate thread for those of us who want to share our thoughts of how horrible Star Trek Into Darkness was? And it wasn't just offensive to Star Trek fans, but all intelligent movie-goers.

On the other hand X-Men: Days of Future Past was quite enjoyable, despite its flaws.


I for one ALWAYS enjoy the "everyone who disagrees with me is an idiot" point of view.

I liked Star Trek Into Darkness. And I liked Wrath of Khan.
I didn't think it was a bad film, just an unnecessary one. The only worse thing than time travel now is a remix.

What bothered me a bit was Khan killing the big bad Starfleet guy. It just cleaned that up too easily for Kirk.

 

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Is there a separate thread for those of us who want to share our thoughts of how horrible Star Trek Into Darkness was? And it wasn't just offensive to Star Trek fans, but all intelligent movie-goers.

On the other hand X-Men: Days of Future Past was quite enjoyable, despite its flaws.


I for one ALWAYS enjoy the "everyone who disagrees with me is an idiot" point of view.

I liked Star Trek Into Darkness. And I liked Wrath of Khan.
I didn't think it was a bad film, just an unnecessary one. The only worse thing than time travel now is a remix.

What bothered me a bit was Khan killing the big bad Starfleet guy. It just cleaned that up too easily for Kirk.


I never take Star Trek very seriously. I like the re-boots because they inject great special effects and action into an otherwise lame (to me) and pretentious and cheesy TV show from the 60s. I must confess that when I was a kid watching Star Trek in its original run (around age 8-10), I preferred Lost in Space to Star Trek.

Now you will never trust my opinion on anything :(
 

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The Housekeeper
2/10
So this is a French movie about a divorcee who ends up falling for his much younger housekeeper
This movie had an interesting premise, good acting and some good presentation
But when it comes to the final package it just lets itself down in so many little ways
Firstly characters come and go, bringing in plot points which are not relevant, are never resolved before they disappear into the ether and so it can be really distracting to go "oh the ex wife is back.... and now she is gone 5 seconds later never to return"
Secondly there seem to be some scenes missing, and I mean missing because at times the plot just seems to jump ahead and miss vital plot points (Like the beginning of their relationship which builds slowly the initial attraction until BAM they are suddenly madly in love)
This happens several times and each time it feels jarring to just have events suddenly spike in a different direction without any real warning
And Thirdly the male lead can come across as a little....stalker-ish in the early parts
I get that they are trying to make him kinda desperate for meaningful contact with people (And breaking through the rut he is in), but his actions sometimes seems a little creepy, aadd in the abrupt shifts and sometimes it is even worse
So while there is stuff in this movie to love, I think it's flaws just drag it down way too much to be worth watching

The Astounding She Monster (1958)
5/10
So this one is about an alien who comes to earth and people start getting killed
And it is alright for what it is
The small cast all work well, none are given anything really sudstantial to work with but they all just seem to have a bit of fun so I didn't mind
The effects are not too bad, although the film quality wasn't great and you can often see lots of little mistakes (but then to me that made it better, if you don't like really bad effects though then this movie might not be for you)
The plot is pretty simple, and it's biggest problem is that it is "People go inside, alien attack, people go outside, alien chases them back inside" repeated about 5 times
But if you have nothing else, or want a bit of old timey sci-fi you can do worse then this

The Brain That Wouldn't Die (1959)
7/10
I really liked this movie
Essentially it is about a scientist trying to pioneer medical research into transplants and saving people who are recently dead
So when his girlfriend is decapitated in a car crash he uses his new techniques to keep her head alive until he can transplant it onto a new body
And overall it delivers a solid and entertaining movie
The main entertainment for me was Virginia Leith as the head in a tray who was easily the best performance of the movie
Although the other actors all play their parts well througout the movie
The effects can be a little hit and miss, with the end monster being great up until the point that you see him on screen but the whole head on a tray bits were done surprisingly well and didn't look over the top or too corny at all
And the script can get a little preachy about "the daaangers of mad science" but the script delivers enough to cover this well
So I definitely give this one a recommend as it is well worth a watch
 

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Well I was home alone on Saturday and so I watched 'The Wedding Date' (A rom com), bitterly disappointed. I expected it to be more along the lines of a comedy like 'The Wedding Singer', but it wasn't. Both lead characters looked and acted like lumps of wood with no enthusiasm for the part let alone each other.

2/10.
 

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I'm about a third of the way through "The Unknown Known," Errol Morris' film on Rumsfeld. I decided to take a break, partially because it is getting late, and partially because now I want to punch my television to get that smirking bastard's face off of it.
 

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The Brain Eaters
4/10
This movie has mind controlling aliens (Who aren't aliens but the space ship is never properly explained)
Overall it isn't bad
The actors are all serviceable enough, the effects are decent for the time and the script is nice and solid
But it was just not that interesting, it plays it quite safe and in the end nothing really stands out as memorable
So not bad, and you could watch worse, but you will probably forget this movie as soon as it is finished

Poseidon Rex
0/10
Boring, boring, booooooooooooooooooorrrrrrrrring
This movie is bad in pretty much every way
And it isn't even entertaining bad
All the actors just look bored
All the effects go way beyond cheap
and the plot just kinda meanders without any real care for what is going on
Just avoid this movie

Dracula has Risen From The Grave
3/10
I was kinda disappointed in this one
Although Christopher Lee is pretty epic in the role of Dracula and brings alot of menace to something as simple as staring he is criminally underused and the attention stays for far too long on other much less interesting characters
And that was the disappointment for me
For the first half of the movie Dracula appears only 2-3 times mostly in shots of him doing nothing
And when he finally does get to do stuff it is a "too little too late" kinda deal as the main pair has already bored you out of your skull
So we get a rushed ending which doesn't satisfy
I am still tempted to try other Lee Dracula movies as he was good
but this one just didn't hold up very well
 

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All Cheerleaders Die

Not exactly as exploitative as I'd have preferred, but still an entertaining horror-comedy from beginning to end. Good performances all around, impressively brutal violence, and a plot that moved fast enough to prevent me from analyzing the magic like that one critic.

8/10
 

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Is there a separate thread for those of us who want to share our thoughts of how horrible Star Trek Into Darkness was? And it wasn't just offensive to Star Trek fans, but all intelligent movie-goers.

On the other hand X-Men: Days of Future Past was quite enjoyable, despite its flaws.


I for one ALWAYS enjoy the "everyone who disagrees with me is an idiot" point of view.

I liked Star Trek Into Darkness. And I liked Wrath of Khan.
:realitycheck:
 

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Semi Pro 2008 starring Will Ferrel and Woody Harrrelson. A hapless basketball team try to strike back. It's a spoof of sorts but fails to excite. The overrated Ferrel over acts as usual.

As comedies go if one hasn't anything else to do like clipping your toenails etc, may be worth a peek, but doubt you'll watch it all. 4/10
 

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Last weekend I watched a documentary that kept popping up on my Netflix feed. It was called "Milius," and it did not disappoint.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2370224/

The names of the film makers who came out of the USC film school in the early 70s are well known. Coppola. Spielberg. Lucas. And the renegade of the group that never got the fame, money, or credit, John Milius.

The writer behind Dirty Harry. Apocalypse Now. Conan the Barbarian. Red Dawn. Director, producer, surfer, right wing gun nut, and Hollywood original. His successes were as epic as his failures, and he might very well have been the last maverick allowed to run free for a moment before corporations took control of the film industry.
 

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Hoping someone here can give me the title of a film from a few plot points.

A voiceover talks about "carers" and "donors" while a woman watches through glass as a man seems to be being prepared for surgery. There are other surgical scars on him, and I felt that he was about to donate something he couldn't afford to lose.

Then the film regresses to her childhood in a strange boarding school where you know you will get explanation for the odd occurrences later but then the timer ran out. 1978, but a different reality from ours.

I would really like to see the rest of this film.

Nevermind. Never Let Me Go. It's amazing how little information Google needs to point you in the right direction.
 

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Acting is fine, nothing amazing. It's about a father, played by Denzel Washington, who holds people hostage in a hospital because the hospital refused to treat his son. I'm not really sure how to rate it, but it seems to portray the father in a positive light even though he threatened to kill innocent people and I despise the mentality of doing anything for family or loved ones.
 

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The Amazing Spider-Man Was this remake really necessary? Shithousen of the first degree. 3.5/10

Sony has to release a Spider-Man movie every few years or else lose the rights to the character.

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Dear Mr. Watterson

Lovely little documentary for Calvin & Hobbes fan.
 

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Frozen by Disney, 2/10.

Granted that I am a little old for the target demographic, my wife and I watched it because we hear all about it in our theater circles. What a boring, formulaic bunch of pablum. Even the bulk of the songs were just lame. Totally disappointed.
 

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Is there a separate thread for those of us who want to share our thoughts of how horrible Star Trek Into Darkness was? And it wasn't just offensive to Star Trek fans, but all intelligent movie-goers.

On the other hand X-Men: Days of Future Past was quite enjoyable, despite its flaws.


I for one ALWAYS enjoy the "everyone who disagrees with me is an idiot" point of view.

I liked Star Trek Into Darkness. And I liked Wrath of Khan.

I liked Star Trek into Darkness too. Wrath of Khan was also enjoyed by me.
 

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Is there a separate thread for those of us who want to share our thoughts of how horrible Star Trek Into Darkness was? And it wasn't just offensive to Star Trek fans, but all intelligent movie-goers.

On the other hand X-Men: Days of Future Past was quite enjoyable, despite its flaws.

I for one ALWAYS enjoy the "everyone who disagrees with me is an idiot" point of view.

I liked Star Trek Into Darkness. And I liked Wrath of Khan.

I liked Star Trek into Darkness too. Wrath of Khan was also enjoyed by me.

Look, I'm not saying that you can't enjoy Star Trek Into Darkness. I'm just saying you didn't enjoy it because it was a paragon of Star Trek storytelling. Nor did you enjoy it because it had a coherent, logical plot or stimulating dialogue.
 

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Frozen by Disney, 2/10.

Granted that I am a little old for the target demographic, my wife and I watched it because we hear all about it in our theater circles. What a boring, formulaic bunch of pablum. Even the bulk of the songs were just lame. Totally disappointed.

Let it go.
 

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Is there a separate thread for those of us who want to share our thoughts of how horrible Star Trek Into Darkness was? And it wasn't just offensive to Star Trek fans, but all intelligent movie-goers.

On the other hand X-Men: Days of Future Past was quite enjoyable, despite its flaws.

I for one ALWAYS enjoy the "everyone who disagrees with me is an idiot" point of view.

I liked Star Trek Into Darkness. And I liked Wrath of Khan.

I liked Star Trek into Darkness too. Wrath of Khan was also enjoyed by me.

Look, I'm not saying that you can't enjoy Star Trek Into Darkness. I'm just saying you didn't enjoy it because it was a paragon of Star Trek storytelling. Nor did you enjoy it because it had a coherent, logical plot or stimulating dialogue.


Your mind-reading skills need some work. My enjoyment of anything Trek rarely involves coherence, logic or dialogue. Well, maybe TNG had some good dialogue.

How about we all go out and see a fresh, new movie? This horse looks thoroughly dead and completely flogged.
 

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Cliffhanger starring Sylvester Stallone, say no more! Is this guy the worst actor who ever lived or what?? What utter rubbish. Made in 1993 and looks it. 2/10
 

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I tried to watch Rushmore but gave up after 45 minutes or so. There were a few chuckles, but nothing substantial ever materialized. Boy is threatened with expulsion, doesn't seem to care. Boy falls in love with older woman, woman finds him amusing. Older man who dislikes own children takes a liking to boy. Plenty of potential conflict, but no one seems to care about anything. I don't require over emoting in movies, Hell, I'm fond of the Coen brothers after all, but this movie was really listless. I liked the Royal Tennenbaums and the Life Aquatic (to some extent) but this seems to be their lesser cousin.

1/10
 

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Look, I'm not saying that you can't enjoy Star Trek Into Darkness. I'm just saying you didn't enjoy it because it was a paragon of Star Trek storytelling. Nor did you enjoy it because it had a coherent, logical plot or stimulating dialogue.


Your mind-reading skills need some work. My enjoyment of anything Trek rarely involves coherence, logic or dialogue. Well, maybe TNG had some good dialogue.

You'll note that my comments about plot and dialogue were in a different sentence than my reference to Star Trek storytelling, mirroring the logical structure I set up in my initial post where I said that the movie was offensive to Star Trek fans and to intelligent movie-goers. So, I agree that a good Star Trek story need not have coherence, logic or dialogue. But what I am saying about Star Trek Into Darkness is that it was neither a good Star Trek story, nor did it have coherence, logic or dialogue, which could have made it a good movie even while not being a good Star Trek story. I will gladly say that my "mind-reading skills" need work if you can honestly say that Star Trek Into Darkness was either a good Star Trek story or had a coherent, logical plot with good dialogue. I do agree that you can enjoy it, just not for those reasons.
 

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Is there a separate thread for those of us who want to share our thoughts of how horrible Star Trek Into Darkness was? And it wasn't just offensive to Star Trek fans, but all intelligent movie-goers.

On the other hand X-Men: Days of Future Past was quite enjoyable, despite its flaws.

I for one ALWAYS enjoy the "everyone who disagrees with me is an idiot" point of view.

I liked Star Trek Into Darkness. And I liked Wrath of Khan.

I liked Star Trek into Darkness too. Wrath of Khan was also enjoyed by me.

Look, I'm not saying that you can't enjoy Star Trek Into Darkness. I'm just saying you didn't enjoy it because it was a paragon of Star Trek storytelling. Nor did you enjoy it because it had a coherent, logical plot or stimulating dialogue.

What was incoherent about the plot to you? Seemed pretty straightforward to me.

Dialogue stimulating in a Star Trek movie? Since when? This is not a talky foreign movie.
 

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Is there a separate thread for those of us who want to share our thoughts of how horrible Star Trek Into Darkness was? And it wasn't just offensive to Star Trek fans, but all intelligent movie-goers.

On the other hand X-Men: Days of Future Past was quite enjoyable, despite its flaws.

I for one ALWAYS enjoy the "everyone who disagrees with me is an idiot" point of view.

I liked Star Trek Into Darkness. And I liked Wrath of Khan.

I liked Star Trek into Darkness too. Wrath of Khan was also enjoyed by me.

Look, I'm not saying that you can't enjoy Star Trek Into Darkness. I'm just saying you didn't enjoy it because it was a paragon of Star Trek storytelling. Nor did you enjoy it because it had a coherent, logical plot or stimulating dialogue.

What was incoherent about the plot to you? Seemed pretty straightforward to me.

Dialogue stimulating in a Star Trek movie? Since when? This is not a talky foreign movie.

Too many nested quotes. Brain overload. Interest in nerd arguments fading...fading.............fading.........................

:)
 

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Sand Sharks
5/10
So this is pretty much what it seems
Sharks that swim in sand...... then naturally start eating people
Oh and they really go for the whole "lets quote Jaws whenever possible' angle
And it kinda works
The characters are varied and interesting, some falling into stereotypes but most just kinda having fun with the roles and none coming across as exceedingly annoying or stupid
The plot is appropriately silly and keeps a good pace throughout
About the only letdown is the really really really cheaply animated Sharks which can come across as more stupid then anything else
But if you like a little bit of fun and can stand some cheap animation, then this movie works well enough

Enders Game
5/10
Ok so I have read the book a few times and was interested in the movie
And I can't decide if it would have been better to have watched the movie before the book or not
Because ultimately this movie seemed to be a highlight reel for the book
Going through and showing all the major plot points and skipping all that tedious detail and character building in between
So characters from the book come and go pretty quickly, major events are quickly shown and moved on from and the movie ticks each one off with almost mechanical precision
But I still kinda liked it
I think they really did a good job with the look of the movie
It felt like Enders Game come to life and it was really awesome to see all the things working and interacting like they did(Except the computer game which just looked a little cheap)
I thought that all the actors worked perfectly in the limited roles they were given
And everything that was presented was I think pretty damn awesome
But that lack of detail stops this being great
If this had been 2 movies, slowed down and explored in more depth then I think these movies could have gone from "alright" to "awesomtastic" as the seeds of greatness were there
So thats my 2 cents as a fan of the books

Romantics Anonymous

6/10
So this is a rather quirky little French film about two people with crippling social anxiety, falling in love and trying to save a chocolate factory
And it is quirky and fun
The lead actors are both likeable and preform their roles well
I might have liked a bit more of the female lead and an exploration of her side in more depth but it doesn't distract too much
The plot mves along well and the supporting actors all do their parts well
So if you want a simple and fun little romcom then this one is worth the watch
 
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Insidious

A horror movie about a boy who becomes possessed but not totally possessed. This not quite possession happens because the boy has an innate ability to astral project.

I thought it was a good angle. I'm sure there are other possession movies that don't involve a young girl either about to bud into her sexuality or in the process of doing so, but I can't think of any offhand. So the idea with it being a boy and the whole astral projection thing at least had some originality to it.

One of the weird things about this movie was that some of the special effects were great, but then it looks like their budget got cut towards the end. At that point, the effects look like something out of an old Twilight Zone episode. I'm not exaggerating.

Oh, BTW, the movie sucks. You shouldn't see it.

3/10
 

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This movie kinda drags
It does have a cool premise, basically alien magic supersharks that swim through snow turn up and begin eating people at a ski lodge
And when it has the sharks doing their B-movie buisness in all their cheap cheesy CGI glory it is not too bad
The acting is fine (for a movie of this level) and the whole thing does a good job of action and character
But this movie is just stuffed with random side characters that go nowhere and scenes that long overstay their welcomes in between their shark appearances
And they only serve to bring the movie to a screeching halt
If they were cut then this movie may have been up there with Sand Sharks in terms of fun
but as they are the movie can get really draggy
So not bad, but the extra randoms just bring this one down IMO

Noodle
6/10
So this is an Israeli film about a woman who is left with the son of her Chinese housekeeper after said housekeeper is deported
And you really need to be able to stick out the beginning
The start of this movie is definitely the weakest part and it can be confusing and tedious and not all that well done
But once it hits it's stride the characters all begin to grow on you and the story begins to unfold
And it is a good story
I must give kudos to the young kid actor as he is awesome, with the rest of the cast giving mixed but overall solid enough performances
if you like heart warming tales like this then give it a try

Alien Trespass
6/10
So this movie is basically a tribute to the old 1950's-1960's era sci fi movies
And it is solid enough
They don't spend the whole time making fun of the cheesy nature of the movies they parody and actually play it mostly straight which was fun to watch
It has a good sense of comedy and the effects are not over the top and yet still capture the feel of the old school
About the only quibble is that I would have liked to see them do more with what they had, and maybe aim a bit higher
but if you like old school sci-fi then this one will probably entertain
 

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"Jersey Boys" 9/10 A good movie for Frankie Valli Fans.
Geesus christ! Enough of this Four Seasons and Frankie Valli shite. Only recently a staged musical played here in sunny Perth. Now a farking movie! When is enough is enough! I hated their music and that falsetto voice. :mad:
 

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Snow Sharks, Sand Sharks. What's next Sharks on a Plane?
You forgot Sharknado.

Sharktopus > Sharknado
Apparently there is supposed to be one called Ghost Sharks, but I don't know when that would come out
You could also try Megashark vs Giant Octopus (it has a giant shark taking down a commercial airliner at like 20,000+ feet in the air)

Big Ass Spider
5.5/10
So this movie is pretty much exactly as the title says
And it has all the usual fare, cheesy spiders, government experiments, a girl who rejects the hero at first but fall for his heroism etc etc etc
Now everything about this movie is good
The acting is good and the main duo have some good chemistry together
the effects are low budget but very competantly done
and the script is pretty well put together
But when the movie was done I wasn't blown away
Because this movie takes no risks, tries nothing new and is not memorable for being really good or really bad
And so it doesn't stick with you at all and leaves no lasting impression like other movies such as Eight Legged Freaks do
And so in the end that took the overall enjoyment down a bit
So this movie is good, but kinda forgettable

The Thing (1951)

7/10
So this is the original thing (I should probably watch the 1980's version at some point)
And it was pretty well done
The sets are very detailed and large and detailed
The acting is all top notch with no parts being bad or annoying
The script is very well put together and everything moves along really well
The only problem is that "The Thing" is a little corny looking but I can get past that because of how well done everything else is
So definitely a good movie and well worth watching
 

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Her -- 8/10

I really enjoyed this movie. It asks all the right questions about: How do we get to be who we are? What is the nature of relationship? What gives us joy in life?
 

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I re-watched Titanic recently. It was a bit trite but still an enjoyable film.

7/10
 

DrZoidberg

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Animals in love 10/10

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0498091/

Best first date movie ever. Just a bunch of clips of animal courting rituals, fucking and caring of off-spring. It's so well done. And we've all done awkward shit when we're fucking. This will make you feel good about yourself, no matter what embarrassing thing you do later.

...and why not add another documentary

Winged Migration. 10/10

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0301727/

If you're ever stressed out. Watch this. It'll mellow you down in no time. Endless gorgeous long shots of various birds flying. I could never figure out how they did it technically. Must have been hard to pull off. Cool anyhow. If you need explosions to keep yourself awake, this is NOT the film for you. It's very sloooooooow.

Both of these documentaries pulled in every award they could at the time of the release. So it's not just me who likes them.
 

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So I watched this movie, called Journey Into the West. Loosely based on the incredibly wacky Chinese Classic of the same name, the movie version manages to be even wackier.

With some not perfect but at least fun computer animation, a lot of action slapstick, and some rather unfortunate (but at least non-hateful) gay panic humor, it tells the story of a novice monk turned demon hunter, in a China so filled with demons that this is a rather common profession. This monk unfortunately has neither magical items, nor martial arts prowess, or spells, like his competition. What he has is a book of children's fables and his master's charge to defeat demons by convincing them to change their ways. This is the second action movie I've seen out of China recently that seems to be an all-out bit of proselytizing for Buddhism. Beyond that, it is great fun, with a pig demon that cooks and eats people, a fish demon with a frog's tongue, and of course the monkey-king demon who can more or less do anything and requires a Buddha ex machina to bitchslap him into submission with a hand the size of a continent (really!).

Given that the monk only graduates to full monkhood and is sent off on the titular journey in the last five minutes of the story, we can expect more installments of this rather bizarre mixture of broad comedy, action, and religion.

6/10
 
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