What were the last movies you watched?

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  • Chief StubbsChief Stubbs Road Warrior
    edited December 2008
    Malibu's Most Wanted. I watch it every time it comes on Comedy Central.
  • sweet-t310sweet-t310 Road Warrior
    edited December 2008
    Re-watched a couple this weekend: Wanted (on fancy blu-ray!) and The Thing (I love the Chiller channel).

    I also watched Nobel Son. I went into it with practically zero knowledge or preconceptions. I saw it was playing, saw the plot outline, and thought, "what the hell, got nothing else to do". Even though it took me a few minutes to get past the lady selling tickets because she didn't know what movie I was talking about (apparently I was the only person to have bought a ticket to this thing the entire weekend), I enjoyed it. It was definitely entertaining as long as you just sit back and let the movie take you where it wants to take you and don't over-analyze it. Afterwards as I was walking to my car, I started thinking about how little sense the plot made when you look back at the WHOLE picture, but then I smacked myself and remembered that the movie entertained me, which is what it was supposed to do. It wasn't out to be an Oscar winner, just a fun caper pic. Definitely recommend.
  • StewieStewie Stewie Star
    edited December 2008
    Just saw Transformers and Shrek The Third recently.

    8/10 for Transformers and 7/10 for Shrek 3
  • RenrockRenrock Too bland to be banned
    edited December 2008
    Finally got around to watching the new Indy movie.

    I think I was so de-hyped from all the negative things I had heard about it , I actually enjoyed it. Granted , it's nowhere near the original 3 , but it was a fun watch.

    (pretty on Blu-Ray too !)
  • bood-boybood-boy Headliner
    edited December 2008
    Shredder87;1655112 said:
    I watched Beowulf last night since it was the last copy in HD DVD over at Fry's, and I just wanted it. It was actually pretty bad ass, I grew a beard watching it.
    it was definately badass. ill watch it again soon. great in HD.
  • afterstasisafterstasis Washed Up
    edited December 2008
    i watched the germs documentary "what we do is secret" early this morning...
    i was too drunk to decide if i liked it or not, so i'll have to watch it again.
  • Shredder87Shredder87 Road Warrior
    edited December 2008
    bood-boy;1662213 said:
    it was definately badass. ill watch it again soon. great in HD.
    I know. I thought I wasn't going to dig it. I mean, the man fights Grendel naked. NAKED!!! And he mentions his name every ten minutes. Now that's a man among boys.
  • MighedMighed Opening Act
    edited December 2008
    i saw futurrama benders game
  • jayou521jayou521 Washed Up
    edited December 2008
    This morning I saw The Sting before going to school. Paul Newman and Robert Redford probably should have made more than two films together~ they were also both in Butch Cassidy. It would have been nice if they did since both films were outstanding. Even the director was the same for both of them (George Roy Hill)

    I just found out that Hill made an adaptation of SlaughterHouse-Five in between the making of those two films. Apparently Vonnegut loved it~ so it must have been really good.. another one to add to the list.
  • Rock_StarmanRock_Starman Headliner
    edited December 2008
    Batman Begins,Gotham Knight and The Dark Knight. All 3 in a row on Blu-ray.
  • jayou521jayou521 Washed Up
    edited December 2008
    Rock_Starman;1667439 said:
    Batman Begins,Gotham Knight and The Dark Knight. All 3 in a row on Blu-ray.
    Oh right~ The Dark Knight came out on DVD~ how are the bonus features? Anyone?
  • stigmaticastigmatica Opening Act
    edited December 2008
    Last movie I watched = "Wanted" on bd just last night. Fun movie, I'll definitely watch it again, but like most movies today, you've got to check you're brain in at the door.
  • SpiritintheskySpiritinthesky Unsigned
    edited December 2008
    The Bucket list - great film.
  • EerifEerif Opening Act
    edited December 2008
    Trainspotting!

    Still workin my way down, knocking off films I haven't seen that are on the IMDB top 250.
  • jayou521jayou521 Washed Up
    edited December 2008
    Eerif;1669058 said:
    Still workin my way down, knocking off films I haven't seen that are on the IMDB top 250.
    Ah, I remember seeing that list~ you made a thread didn't you?
    I'll dig that out now (don't wanna de-rail this one)~ maybe help pick out some more films~ :)
  • GoatbusterGoatbuster Rising Star
    edited December 2008
    The last movie I saw was 300 for like the tenth time. That movie is so awesome, inaccurate as hell, but awesome.
  • JSchmidt85JSchmidt85 Rising Star
    edited December 2008
    g/f made me watch Moulin Rouge today.. :o
  • travmeatwadtravmeatwad Road Warrior
    edited December 2008
    Step Brothers, and You Don't Mess With The Zohan (not my choice.)

    Both were absolutely horrible. This is why I need to pick the movies. Haha.
  • culturedogculturedog Road Warrior
    edited December 2008
    Watched Burn After Reading on DVD last night, and on second viewing it cemented my opinion that it is really solid Coens material. They've done the comedy of dunces thing before, but I loved how they bounced spy film tropes against the everyday subterfuge of marital infedelity. And man, Malkovich, Clooney and Pitt were funny as hell. Loved J.K. Simmons as well. I think this one's going to stick on my top ten for the year.

    A few hours before that I saw The Day The Earth Said "Whoah!", which was pretty underwhelming - even in IMAX. Keanu was fine, as was Jennifer Connelly and Jaden Smith, but the human angle of the story just never connected.

    The CGI was interesting enough, but there wasn't much of a 'wow' factor that makes it a necessity to see in IMAX. Hell, the best scene in the whole film was a quiet moment with Reeves and John Cleese working out a mathematic equation on a chalkboard.

    The plot and the philosophy remained true enough to the original, perhaps to a fault. I kept thinking that they really could have pushed the envelope and delivered something majorly thought provoking. Instead, we get another 'humans judged by aliens' story that doesn't deviate enough from the films that came before (the original DtESS, The Fifth Element, The Abyss Special Edition etc.).

    The biggest problem is that the film never captures a true sense of urgency - the world never really feels like it's standing still, and the story of the characters doesn't resonate with the viewer despite the script's vain attempts to reshape the cold-war plotline into our post-9/11reality and our focus on global warming and the tanking economy.

    I kept thinking back to The Abyss, and what made that film so great was that the microcosmic human drama was so engaging and compelling that it fueled the macrocosmic alien judgement story. Here, nothing ultimately connects on the smaller, dramatic level, so it's hard to invest yourself in the whole end of the world routine.

    James Hong (Lo Pan!) appears briefly as another alien who is enraptured by mankind, but Reeve's character never gets to stretch his **** sapien legs. He learns lessons because the script demands it, not because it happens naturally. There's alot of philosophy-laden dialogue about humankind and the duality of violence and love, but it's been done much better so many times before. They could have carried this thread out further and created a great thinking-man's sci-fi instead of a lukewarm remake of a classic.

    The night before that I caught Slumdog Millionaire, which was fantastic. Danny Boyle yet again proves that he can tackle just about any genre with satisfying results. This one is an adaptation of a novel about a poor Indian kid Jamal from the Mumbai slums who becomes a successful victor on a popular TV game show (here the Indian version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?).

    Of course nobody as low-class as this guy could possess such knowledge without cheating, so the film is framed by his interrogation by the local police as they force him to review the game footage and explain how he could have possibly gotten the answers right. This allows the story to bounce back in time to show Jamal's tumultuous childhood and how even the harshest of lives can be a learning experience.

    The film is also a very sweet love story, as Jamal and his more street-wise brother form their version of The Three Musketeers with another homeless kid - a girl whom Jamal becomes obsessed with 'saving', even after her fate (and beauty) drags her into the possession of multiple sleazy underworld heavies.

    This simple love story works just as well here as it did in WALL-E, and Jamal is a very similar romantic character. The film works well enough as an 'against all odds' tale of a poor man reaching for the gold, but it hit high gear once you realize that Jamal doesn't even care about the money.

    Boyle does a great job adopting the low budget aesthetic of Indian filmmaking, and the kinetic camerawork really digs into the nitty gritty of the life of the poor in India. Great music too by luminary A.R. Rahman (and yet another appearance of M.I.A.'s "Paper Planes" hit). There's even a dance number in true Bollywood fashion!

    Before that I caught the other Boyle flick 28 Days Later again for the zillionth time. I've gotten my nephew obsessed with the series since showing them both to him earlier in the year, and he asks me to see them again just about every time we hang out. Even though it rankled George A. Romero purists by inspiring the era of the 'fast moving zombie' (or pseudo-zombie in this case), it really is a great film that gets better with each viewing. And I love the tour de force Manchester massacre segment where Jim discovers his own natural version of Rage.

    My nephew's still disturbed by the decision to have Cillian Murphy naked to the world at the beginning. I tried to explain that it symbolized him being reborn and that it (and his unruly facial hair) was meant to be a visual reference to the bed-ridden chimpanzee in the animal laboratory during the previous scene. Of course he still sees it as "Ewww, that's ***!"

    That's it for now. Going to see Tale of Despereaux tomorrow morning. I'll report back later. :D
  • RenrockRenrock Too bland to be banned
    edited December 2008
    Saw Prince Caspian on Bluray last night. Very pretty and it had its moments , but not nearly as good as Lion Witch and the Wardrobe.
  • rowtheboatrowtheboat Road Warrior
    edited December 2008
  • jayou521jayou521 Washed Up
    edited December 2008
    I saw Heat again the other day~ and am in the middle of watching The Thin Red Line~

    I'm looking forward to seeing Slumdog Millionaire even more from that description you gave culturedog. It sounds really interesting.
  • sweet-t310sweet-t310 Road Warrior
    edited December 2008
    Watched Commando last night. I win.

    But Ahnold shouldn't try Bondish-quips, just doesn't work. "Don't wake mah friend, he's dehd tahhred"
  • TopazDolphinTopazDolphin Opening Act
    edited December 2008
    The Dark Knight, finally!

    A good movie. Planning to see Brazil next.
  • sweet-t310sweet-t310 Road Warrior
    edited December 2008
    rowtheboat;1676979 said:
    batman dark knight
    Wow, watched two movies in a row did you? Both Tim Burton's 1989 film and Chris Nolan's recent blockbuster?

    While that would be fun, I just watched the Dark Knight by itself last night on Blu-Ray with the Special Features turned on. Made the 2 hour 32 minute movie into 3 hours 53 minutes! But worth it.
  • culturedogculturedog Road Warrior
    edited December 2008
    Saw The Tale of Despereaux on Saturday, and it was much better than I anticipated. When I saw the trailer I wasn't that into the character design of the humans, but the finished product looked beautiful, with amazing virtual sets and a ton of detail. It also didn't hurt that it had a solid, character driven story at its center, unlike some of the other Pixar wannabes who churn out any ol' dumb concept and then try to make up for a lack of substance with cute characters.

    This also has cute characters (the titular mouse is a cuddly little bugger with giant, floppy ears), but it isn't afraid to dish out some creepy looking rats, including the leader of Ratworld - who resembles a rodent version of Max Schreck's Count Orlock the Nosferatu.

    It's a nice flick about shades of grey, and how people can do villainous things without being villains per se. It also gets into explorations of what it means to be honourable and gentlemanly, and how grief and forgiveness can lead one to do suprising actions.

    Good voicework from Matthew Broderick, Dustin Hoffman, Emma Watson etc., and a great 3-D storybook look. It's a little long for a kids' movie, and the story skews a little bit older than most CG animation fare, but children around the age of ten should love it.

    Also finally got around to seeing Elf on video, which was very cute and definitely benefited from having a great cast of seasoned actors such as James Caan, Ed Asner and Bob Newhart. They were the perfect balance to Will Ferrell's childlike zaniness. The plot dealt with plenty of well-worn Christmas movie motifs, but it's like Favreau et al shook everything up in a snowglobe and gave it a fresh kick in the pants.

    My niece was also visiting and she wanted to watch Peter Jackson's King Kong, so I finally found an occasion to pop in the extended version. I love the original, and I find that Jackson's infectious affection for it helped him craft a solid remake. I can understand complaints about the self-indulgent nature of the bulk of the island-based adventure segments, but they feel spiritually faithful to the spectacle-devoted parts of Cooper's film.

    It's funny how it starts as a character piece before turning into a non-stop rollercoaster ride of CG creature attacks, before finally turning back into a character piece for the third act. I can understand why Jackson cut out the ceratops and raft attacks segments, but they are fun enough when you're not sitting on a butt-numbing theater chair for three and a half hours.

    It also hit me how similar it felt to watching the Redux version of Apocalypse Now, which was another film about a journey peppered with a series of skirmishes and unrelated dangerous scenarios. This of course no doubt stems from King Kong's multiple allusions to Conrad's Heart of Darkness.

    While some of the greenscreen shots integrating live actors into CG dinofests still come off a bit clunky, it's still pretty staggering how well Jackson has been able to create amazing worlds with a completely free-moving camera. And Andy Serkis' work at breathing life into Kong really worked wonders. The movie definitely would have failed if Kong ceased to be a believable, sympathetic character - but they really knocked it out of the park in that aspect.
  • culturedogculturedog Road Warrior
    edited December 2008
    sweet-t310;1685601 said:
    While that would be fun, I just watched the Dark Knight by itself last night on Blu-Ray with the Special Features turned on. Made the 2 hour 32 minute movie into 3 hours 53 minutes! But worth it.
    Have you tried any of the BD-Live features yet? I'm really intrigued by the 'record your own commentary' options on the newer WB and Universal discs.

    I think I want to try to do one sometime, but I want to make sure I have some notes and thoughts put together so I'm not just going "Uhhhh, this part is cool. Uhhh, I like the Joker. He's a badass. Uhhhh, isn't Christopher Nolan great?"
  • StewieStewie Stewie Star
    edited December 2008
    Fred Claus, Get Smart and Step Brothers. Get Smart was the best of the three.
  • sweet-t310sweet-t310 Road Warrior
    edited December 2008
    culturedog;1685715 said:
    Have you tried any of the BD-Live features yet? I'm really intrigued by the 'record your own commentary' options on the newer WB and Universal discs.

    I think I want to try to do one sometime, but I want to make sure I have some notes and thoughts put together so I'm not just going "Uhhhh, this part is cool. Uhhh, I like the Joker. He's a badass. Uhhhh, isn't Christopher Nolan great?"
    I think that's the reason I didn't try it yet. I loaded the BD-Live on Wanted, but ended up not doing anything with it. Guess I'd rather listen to the commentary from the people that actually made the movie!

    But on a side note, has anyone seen the Super Troopers Blu-Ray? That was an "ok" movie for me as I enjoyed it, but wasn't fanatical about it like some. Even so, I'm thinking about picking it up as it has a drinking game and a picture-in-picture commentary with the guys staring back at you at the bottom of the screen randomly throwing insults at you. Now THAT'S entertainment!
  • culturedogculturedog Road Warrior
    edited December 2008
    sweet-t310;1685764 said:
    I think that's the reason I didn't try it yet. I loaded the BD-Live on Wanted, but ended up not doing anything with it. Guess I'd rather listen to the commentary from the people that actually made the movie!

    But on a side note, has anyone seen the Super Troopers Blu-Ray? That was an "ok" movie for me as I enjoyed it, but wasn't fanatical about it like some. Even so, I'm thinking about picking it up as it has a drinking game and a picture-in-picture commentary with the guys staring back at you at the bottom of the screen randomly throwing insults at you. Now THAT'S entertainment!
    Yeah, I don't think I could handle listening to 2 and a half hours' worth of commentary from some random guy called Jok3rRoolZ71. If only the old MST3K people hadn't made pay commentary services with RiffTrax and Cinematic Titanic, they could break out some awesomely funny free ones!

    Still haven't seen Super Troopers yet, even though I get regularly yelled at by superfans for being such an inexperienced bastard. That abusive PIP feature does sound cool!
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