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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2012 9:15 pm 
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I'm a bit ahead of myself, don't think any of those are out yet (on DVD anyway). I did notice that Hard Candy was on BBC2 tonight, 11.45 if memory serves, I can recommend that wholeheartedly if you haven't seen it -- especially if you have a PVR. ;)


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Loved Take Shelter. Michael Shannon was brilliant.


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Oh dear, I must have been missing something with Take Shelter - we actually walked out of it because we were really bored! Sorry! I know the reviewers on Film 2011 really liked it too.

Perhaps we were hacked off to start with because we'd booked to see The Awakening, but turned up to find the cinema hadn't got the reel. :(

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I had a somewhat similar experience with "Elektra" that Ray mentioned earlier. Wanting to avoid the crowds I went to a 10.30 in the morning screening, but after sitting for ten minutes on my own in an entirely dark cinema I realised that, possibly, something had gone wrong. The Vue had advertised the screening in the paper, but nobody had thought to inform the projectionist, so he hadn't bothered showing up for work.

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Andy wrote:
I did notice that Hard Candy was on BBC2 tonight, 11.45 if memory serves, I can recommend that wholeheartedly if you haven't seen it --


I have, and I really liked it. I recommend it to students, too, when we re-write fairy tales and it always impresses (if that's the right word).

I ended up watching an old movie, Road Kill, which had a certain charm. And an awful awful film which was great because it was so awful, Wanted, with Angelina Jolie and bullets that go around corners. :shock:


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PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2012 12:28 pm 
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Watched a fab film the other day about Aung San Suu Kyi called The Lady. Very inspiring - yet another short story on the go now, thanks to that.

Also watched the classic Some Like it Hot for a Marilyn Munroe story - loved it. Again.

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I started watching "Dexter" series 1 again, after catching it on TV a few years back, and also some episodes of "CSI:Miami" which I discovered on DVD in Poundland, and I'm finding them a lot more enjoyable than when I watched it on TV, which I consider very peculiar. Perhaps it's being able to freeze frame the beach volleyball matches and fast forward through the moments when David Caruso is looking soulful.

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Never did catch Dexter but keep meaning to - recommended?

I finally completed Lost last night, having put it off due to thinking the ending would have to be awful. I thought it redeemed itself pretty well though, with some genuinely touching moments. Six years of my life, give or take. I'm going to miss that island.

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I only watched the first two series, but thought they were excellent, and now somebody has lent me a box set of the first five series (going cheap on amazon at the moment), so I'm getting reacquainted. This is one case where I prefer the TV series to the book - reviewed the first "Dexter" book for TTA and from memory didn't get on at all well with it.

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Not a new film, but I only saw it recently and I thought it was absolutely wonderful: 9.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OnoJecu9e7c

Not for kids, unless you want to answer some tricky questions.

Actually, considering what we all like at this forum, if you've got kids maybe this is fine for them - I can't help but think some other parents were a little less prepared, though...

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That's one of my son's favourites Ray, he's six and had no problem with it although he refuses to watch Coraline as he finds the button eyes too scary.

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Hi folks :) :arrow: Just saw Prometheus at the Vue cinema..... so disappointed! I'm going to explain why in the Prometheus thread lower down in the index for this forum: suffice to say here that it fails as science fiction, on every level, including the basic mind set of any scientist.... getting drunk instead of collecting and analysing data like mad upon discovering an alien artefact!? The writers obviously know nothing about evolution, so the entire basis of the plot is a joke..... just a fancy video game. What a waste of gorgeous cinematography and holographic computer display design. I was suckered by the Ridley Scott name.... should have known better, but my hopes and expectations were much higher for this film than they would have been if Joe Bloggs had made the film, but in the end it was written by Bloggs clones, I guess. Too sad.

Anyway, let me recommend Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind as a real science fiction film (okay I know the tech is indistinguishable from magic, but at least they make some reasonable explications and it feels right, and is just a brilliant film, as a film and as sf. Also a revelation of Jim Carey's actual brilliance as a straight actor! Who knew?)

And I have on my Virgin box a film I've kept since seeing it twice in a row about three years ago: not actually sf, but kind of phildickian in feel, showing the same set of events over and over from different characters' points of view, slowly thereby getting further along in the unfolding of events and revealing more about what's going on each time, even as it seems to change each time through greater understanding of what people and events in earlier "versions" meant to the actuality of what's going on. And near the beginning, the aftermath of the explosion which is the fulcrum of plots is so well done, you are sucked into the film and you never get out until after the last frame.... if then! I'm still in there!

The film is Vantage Point, directed by someone called Pete Travis, written by Barry L. Levy, starring Dennis Quaid and Forest Whitaker among others (including Sigourney Weaver in a small part :D ) and it was released in 2008. Tell me why I'm wrong!

Incidentally, saw the trailer for Total Recall yesterday while waiting for the start, and it looked great! I'll have to brace myself for disappointment again.... the damn trailer has raised my expectations again! At least the source material should be more sound (what a word to use in relation to a Phil Dick plot!).... grit teeth and enter the adaptation!

Which reminds me, one of the greatest films ever made is Adaptation which also qualifies as novel grade sf! Yesterday's experience reminded me that if you really want sf, you have to read the literature.... movies are like pictures to hang on the wall for decoration (love to see those rocket ships!)... the actual experience of sf is having your mind expanded.... films like Adaptation are the rarest of triumphs for the cinema.... which just reminds me that only last year we had the amazing Inception!

That's why my expectations were so high yesterday! I can't afford to go to the cinema often, and that was virtually my previous visit! It made me forget the usual experience! I will try not to make that mistake again.

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Vantage Point didn't catch fire (for me) as it was too plainly just a recycled Rashomon format. I prefer Tony Scott's Deja Vu, as it was more overtly sci-fi.

Syd, have you seen CARGO yet?
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0381940/
Its influences are obvious, but it's a great space movie!

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I have just spent the last two hours writing an in-depth critique of the sf failings of Prometheus, only to find when I hit submit that I had to log in again, and my post was lost! If I had known I would get timed out, I would have saved a draft, but I didn't, so now the moment has passed, and I really cannot be arced to write it all again. I'm sure all sf readers here know what I was going to say ( I hinted at it above... you can all extrapolate the rest).

I'm very disappointed that this forum has done that to me.... getting logged out after a certain time is it? It was a good piece of writing from me, and now it's gone. Gutted.

Hi Tony, I've heard of Rashomon but never seen it.... but since the explosion in Vantage Point is the hinge, and there's all that techy aspect, I can't see how it could be a simple copy of a medieval Japan samurai story except in principle.... it's a shame you couldn't have enjoyed it with "virgin" eyes the way I did.

No I haven't seen CARGO.... missed it I guess.... can't often afford the cinema. I'll look out for it though, thanks! Obviously you must think it's good.... have you seen Prometheus? Can you do a brief contrast and compare?

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I thought Prometheus was nearly great... no matter that its sci-fi is mostly borrowed/ stolen from elsewhere (including 2001, Forbidden Planet, etc), seems to me it's a nightmarish thriller, just as ALIEN was. I enjoyed it as Scott's tribute to various SF classic movies.

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