The London Film Club - A Chat about Films

Discussion in 'London UK' started by Lord-Tice, Nov 7, 2005.

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  1. jamierichards Jedi Padawan

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    my god,that trailer goes on for ever!!!
    i saw a tv ad for it and again,it went on for ages and ages... like they were showing the whole bloody film.
    got to say though,colin farell does look like sex on a stick.
    sorry,amberstarbright... the man oozes...
    i'm not gay.
    ;)
  2. AmberStarbright Jedi Knight

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    Dec 20, 2002
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    lol I agree, I just don't like the mustache, personal taste I guess ;)

    Oh and I have been roped into watching Mike's DVD this weekend....should be errr interesting :p
  3. major_phennir Jedi Youngling

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    I am seriously beginning to have my doubts about that ;)

    Btw, what films is everyone looking for to in the next 6 months? I can't think of anything that's coming out that has caught my eye. Any ideas?
  4. Lord-Tice Jedi Knight

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    Aug 20, 2001
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    I can't think of any either Mark, which is partly depressing actually, lol. I'm guessing the next M.Night Shyamalan film Lady in the Water] will be the next big thing but it looks really bad and thus far the reviews have agreed. I'm not much of a fan of his work either.

    I'm thinking of paying more attention to the art house scene, A Scanner Darkly is out on my b'day and I liked the book, so I may be tempted. Either that or I'll go see Superman again at the IMAX :D
  5. gaiatha Jedi Knight

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    May 25, 2002
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    Looks like we Germans are kind of lucky that we have to wait a little longer for Superman Returns than you had to :p

  6. jamierichards Jedi Padawan

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    we're both looking forward to lady in the water,being huge fans of m nights work.
    i know it's taken a huge drubbing in the press but i don't care,frankly.
    what's the chance that this one is going to be a stinker when all of his previous films have been good/excellent.
    other films i'm looking forward to are the new one from the creators of anchorman,talladega nights...
    there's this film out called csa;the confederate states of america,a mockumentary showing how america would have evolved had the south won the american war of independance... i like the look of it... but i doubt my local multiplex will be showing it on the school holidays.
    when's you birthday,matt?
  7. major_phennir Jedi Youngling

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    Yeah I like the look of that too :) Thanks for reminding me Jamie.

    I am not sure about Lady in the Water . I've enjoyed Shyamalan's previous films but it sounds from the review in Empire that he has taken hell of a risk with this one and perhaps not quite pulled it off.

    Hey Matt, did you like Superman Returns then? I thought it was okay, although I am not a big fan of these superhero movies. Most of those I have spoken to though seem to have hated it.
  8. jamierichards Jedi Padawan

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    i hated it.
    officially.
    although it is,apparantly,the highest grossing IMAX film ever...
  9. major_phennir Jedi Youngling

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    What was so bad about Superman Returns then? My criticisms of the film were that it seemed not to know when to end and the religious references were a little too overt, especially the idea of Superman being a Christ-like saviour of mankind. I wasn't too keen on Kevin Spacey as Lex Luthor either, he just didn't seem right for the part. Not villainous enough for my liking.

    Btw, apologies if this has already been discussed earlier in the thread.
  10. jamierichards Jedi Padawan

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    admittedly,i haven't seen it again...i know sometimes,opinions can change on a second viewing. but...
    some of the reasons why i hate superman returns today are
    the inexcusably poor filmmaking... basic filmmaking rules seem to have been thrown out the window in huge chunks of the film,in particular the downright atrotious editing...
    a whole sequence is given to showing clark kents arrival in metropolis and the cameras lingering on his suitcase,which,in previously cut scenes,is revealed to conceal supermans costume... we then follow the suitcases to a storecupboard where clark stashes them out of sight.
    later on,we see him running throught the streets and changing into his costume,despite the fact that several scenes where shot showing him opening his shirt to reveal a plain white t-shirt and then having to sheepishly return to the daily planet storecupboard to get his costume...
    would that have been funny,or shown superman in a silly light?
    it seems like the filmmakers didn't know what to do either.
    the same goes for the inclusion of the actor portraying ben hubbard-he gets a credit in the opening titles and, with more terrible editing to follow,we only ever see him for a split second outside the hospital with ma kent.
    i could go on...and on... and on...
  11. jamierichards Jedi Padawan

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    and i never did like the costume,to be totally honest...
    the 's' is too small and the raised nature of it means that if someone bumps into him and feels the 's' shield beneath his suit,then he's rumbled!
    and the 's' shield on the belt is completely pointless.
    and the boots are ridiculous. why does he need padded soles?
    he's a man of steel.
    and the collars too high... which means he can never have his top button undone.
    the inclusion of marlon brando is shocking... how the estate of his ever agreed to this,they hyped it up so much...
    and the child?
    exactly when and how was this child concieved,again?
    and...
    i'm really reading too much into all of this...
  12. Lord-Tice Jedi Knight

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    Aug 20, 2001
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    To save a lot of discucssion and arguements, I think it's best I just say that I really liked Superman Returns, Mark ;)

    I walk a line of sometimes liking what M.Night Shyamalan does, and hating what he does. I find he concentrates too much on the BIG twist at the end, making most of the film redundant and simply "going through the motions". I also dislike his dialogue and overall style. But he is a big Alex Ross fan, so I've read. In some ways I feel he's been found out now with the diaster Lady in the Water has been, but maybe I'm being too harsh? :p

    Friday 18th August, Jamie ;)
  13. Lord-Tice Jedi Knight

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    I've just realised after looking at the Collectormania 10 site, Casino Royale is out in November and I am looking forward to that one, yay!!
  14. AmberGold Jedi Youngling

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    The film never appealed to me at all.

    I always wondered what the deal was with the child and I haven't seen it. Based from the trailers it was never going to be like the original stuff.
  15. major_phennir Jedi Youngling

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    M.Night Shyamalan is also a bit of a fan of Hitchcock I believe, although he doesn't come close to bettering the master of suspense :)

    I am not excited about Casino Royale, I gave up on the Bond series years ago. I enjoyed them when I was much younger but now frankly I find them boring and tedious. The last Bond film I saw (and couldn't make it to the end) was Goldeneye.
  16. SithLordDarthRichie CR Emeritus: London

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    Connery was the best by far anyway

    I'm gonna see Casino Royale, but just cos it's Bond and I wanna see how the new guy is
  17. Lord-Tice Jedi Knight

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    I feel Casino Royale will be a huge departure from the most recent Bond films, which can only be a good thing. DAD was truly awful and TWINE not too far behind. I did like Goldeneye though, but I think Casino Royale will be back to basics and very gritty.

    Because I'm a child of the Eighties, I have to say Roger Moore is my Bond :p
  18. AmberGold Jedi Youngling

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  19. jamierichards Jedi Padawan

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    matt,are you having a party?
    drink in the pub after work?

    i really enjoyed DAD,i thought the mix was just right.
    not so sure about casino royale,though...
    did the bond franchise need another shake up?
    i guess we'll soon find out.
    although daniel craig is a star perfomer and will be great as bond.
  20. SithLordDarthRichie CR Emeritus: London

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  21. jamierichards Jedi Padawan

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    connery is the man who would be king.
    or was that caine?
  22. SithLordDarthRichie CR Emeritus: London

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    Well, they were both in it, and Connery became King, so I assume it's him




    I see the remake of The Wicker Man will be out at the end of this month, starring Nicholas Cage.
    I hope it's good, because the original is classic
  23. major_phennir Jedi Youngling

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    Exactly, the original is a classic, so why remake it?
  24. Commander Antilles Jedi Grand Master

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    Classic in the sense that Plan 9 from Outer Space or Manos: The Hands of Fate are classics?
  25. major_phennir Jedi Youngling

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    :eek:

    Are you being ironic CA? How can you compare The Wicker Man to Plan Nine from Outer Space. The latter is a risible film, the former is surely a masterpiece of 1970s British cinema?
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