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  • ThunderpussyThunderpussy My Secret Lair
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    To be honest they're both, ...... well not great, but fun. :)
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    Rescue Dawn (2006), directed by Werner Herzog, starring Christian Bale and Steve Zahn - both excellent. The actors said they enjoyed the experience of making this... crazy mofos. And Bale says the maggots didn't taste that bad. Ok, I'll take his word for it, I have no interest in actually finding out. I don't particularly care about exact historical accuracy - for one, that never happens in movies, anyway, plus Herzog was a close friend of Dieter Dengler (the main character), so I have no complaints on that front. I didn't particularly like the bookends to this, but the middle part - the majority of it, that is, in the jungle, was very good.

    3:10 To Yuma (2007), directed by James Mangold, starring Russell Crowe and Christian Bale. I haven't seen the original 1957 film - at least I don't remember seeing it - but this one had me internally grinning from very early on until the end. A thoroughly enjoyable modern Western, and the central dynamic of the main characters was fascinating.
    It was also clear (from the relaxed, fun atmosphere in their interviews together) that the two actors had really enjoyed working together, and I hope they'll get to do it again.

    Harsh Times (2005), written and directed by David Ayer, starring Christian Bale. I just finished watching this. I didn't expect to like it necessarily, but I sort of had to watch it because of David Ayer, and I wanted to watch it because of Bale. And bloody hell... I liked it a lot... more than Training Day (which sure wasn't bad, either).
  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger Das Boot Hill
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    THE AMAZING SPIDERMAN
    Rhys Ifans, what a dedicated method actor! Imagine cutting off your right arm for a Spiderman movie! Bravo!
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    Big Fish
    While i didn't like Beetlejuice, i actually thought that this Tim Burton movie was pretty good 7/10
  • ThunderpussyThunderpussy My Secret Lair
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    Caught The Dark Knight, on TV last night. After 007 The Bat is my
    Favourite. It looks fantastic on bluray.
  • chrisisallchrisisall Brosnan Defender Of The Realm
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    X-Men Days Of Future Past, liked it even better the second time. Fassbender came close to stealing the movie from Jackman, he was that good. If this is the last one, they went out the highest of notes.
    Edit: silly me, I see they're onto X-Men Apocalypse...
  • quantumofsolacequantumofsolace England
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    Yesterday, for the first time in many years, I watched Redford and Streisand in classic 1973 romantic drama 'The Way We Were'. Thoroughly enjoyed it. It's got a double double-oh connection in that it's scored by Marvin Hamlisch and features future (at the time) Bond girl Lois Chiles in a supporting role. Oh and directly beforehand I watched an episode from the fifth and final season of 'Charlie's Angels' starring another future Bond girl, Tanya Roberts - who somehow manages to give an even more wooden performance than she would later do in AVTAK. No small achievement!
  • DaltonCraig007DaltonCraig007 They say, "Evil prevails when good men fail to act." What they ought to say is, "Evil prevails."
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    Last night I watched the 2 Clint Eastwood WW2 films, 'Flags of our Fathers' and 'Letters from Iwo Jima'. While I think Letters is the best of the 2, I really enjoyed Flags as well. The landing scenes in Flags are just amazing, much like the beach scenes of Saving Private Ryan. I reallly applaud Eastwood for portraying the Japanese side with dignity. Ken Watanabe is excellent as always. Also the theme song for Letters is quite beautiful. I found that Clint as a director is not a very optimistic person, but his movies are nonetheless very powerful.
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    Mr Turner - Visually a movie like a painting, directed by Mike Leigh. Impressions and feelings and... um... grunts from the life of an artist. Certainly not your regular biopic, and not a hell of a lot happened. I liked it, though. Timothy Spall was great as Turner. And I should probably mention that The Fighting Temeraire made an appearance... :P

    I'm Not There - Ok, this one is weird. I assume that interest in and knowledge of Bob Dylan's life, career and music (none of which I have) would have been useful when watching this. Obviously with Cate Blanchett, Christian Bale and Heath Ledger in the cast I was interested in watching it at some point, and it was sorta interesting at times, but I found it hard to keep concentration and interest going all the way through, and at times I was just "wtf?"
    The Heath tribute in the extras was lovely - short and sweet, not a word written or spoken, just Heath... said it all, really. I was in tears in about 30 seconds.

    Batman And Robin - I only remembered it was bad, but... ugh. I admit I was tempted to get the damned disc out of the dvd player after the first embarrassingly awful 10 minutes or so, but I resisted the urge. I also held my finger off the forward button. I don't think I've watched anything this bad in years - maybe not since I saw this in theatre. I'll need to watch something decent later today, that's for sure.
  • DarthDimiDarthDimi Behind you!Moderator
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    @Tuulia
    I'm going to do the unenviable thing of defending Batman And Robin - in so far as humanly possible. ;-)

    When I first watched B&R, I flat out rejected the movie like a pig's turd. Seeing my beloved characters from the Animated Series, especially the hot Ivy, so mishandled by the laughably bad script, I wanted to unzip, whip it out and go indecent on the video tape. (Yes, I'm that old.)

    So for years I listed B&R as even a worse movie than the 1992 German horror film Zipperface, which had already traumatized me because of its pure badness. Then I re-discovered something I had watched as a kid: the Adam West series. I mainly re-watched that series and its feature film because of Julie Newmar and Lee Meriwether, but also because of Cesar Romero and Burgess Meredith. I had such great fun with it, I actually learned to appreciate the campy Batman a little more. Reading close to a hundred Batman comics from the 50s, I got into the all-fun-no-darkness Batman still more. Thus, when the time came to watch B&R again - I'm a completist so I will watch Burton's Batman and sit down for the sequels too - I suddenly recognised the mission statement of Batman & Robin...

    ... You see, this film is not even intended as a sequel to the Burton Batman, at least not in tone, but as a tribute of sorts to the 60s Batman. People spit on Arnold but I applaud the man for getting the joke. Even Clooney made it obvious in the media that he had helped to make the most insulting thing since the MacMuffin. Granted, the fact that it goes back to the one era in Batman's history that most people prefer to forget, doesn't mean it's a quality product, but it had some cojones for doing it. And while I still think Uma wasn't by far hot enough as Ivy and Bane was an assault on the wonderful comic book arc of KnightFall, I can at least appreciate their guts to go for the monkey suit when everybody else envisioned Batman as a dark, brooding, menacing thing.

    Lest I do a poor job explaining my feelings about the film; Batman And Robin stinks like a rotten egg. But there are times when it's okay to plug it in and relive the 60s Batman. They currently have a Batman 66 comic going and I'm quite fond of it, though obviously because it too is so deliciously campy. But just like I can dig Casino Royale '67 when my mind asks for two hours of unpaid vacation, Batman And Robin can get me to laugh, sometimes with the movie, often at the movie, but it makes me laugh a lot more than Batman Forever. Now there's a film I have a lot more trouble defending...
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    DarthDimi wrote: »
    @Tuulia
    I'm going to do the unenviable thing of defending Batman And Robin - in so far as humanly possible. ;-)

    When I first watched B&R, I flat out rejected the movie like a pig's turd. Seeing my beloved characters from the Animated Series, especially the hot Ivy, so mishandled by the laughably bad script, I wanted to unzip, whip it out and go indecent on the video tape. (Yes, I'm that old.)

    So for years I listed B&R as even a worse movie than the 1992 German horror film Zipperface, which had already traumatized me because of its pure badness. Then I re-discovered something I had watched as a kid: the Adam West series. I mainly re-watched that series and its feature film because of Julie Newmar and Lee Meriwether, but also because of Cesar Romero and Burgess Meredith. I had such great fun with it, I actually learned to appreciate the campy Batman a little more. Reading close to a hundred Batman comics from the 50s, I got into the all-fun-no-darkness Batman still more. Thus, when the time came to watch B&R again - I'm a completist so I will watch Burton's Batman and sit down for the sequels too - I suddenly recognised the mission statement of Batman & Robin...

    ... You see, this film is not even intended as a sequel to the Burton Batman, at least not in tone, but as a tribute of sorts to the 60s Batman. People spit on Arnold but I applaud the man for getting the joke. Even Clooney made it obvious in the media that he had helped to make the most insulting thing since the MacMuffin. Granted, the fact that it goes back to the one era in Batman's history that most people prefer to forget, doesn't mean it's a quality product, but it had some cojones for doing it. And while I still think Uma wasn't by far hot enough as Ivy and Bane was an assault on the wonderful comic book arc of KnightFall, I can at least appreciate their guts to go for the monkey suit when everybody else envisioned Batman as a dark, brooding, menacing thing.

    Lest I do a poor job explaining my feelings about the film; Batman And Robin stinks like a rotten egg. But there are times when it's okay to plug it in and relive the 60s Batman. They currently have a Batman 66 comic going and I'm quite fond of it, though obviously because it too is so deliciously campy. But just like I can dig Casino Royale '67 when my mind asks for two hours of unpaid vacation, Batman And Robin can get me to laugh, sometimes with the movie, often at the movie, but it makes me laugh a lot more than Batman Forever. Now there's a film I have a lot more trouble defending...

    Great post :) I like B&R It's a great comedy .

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    @DarthDimi, thanks for an entertaining defense of that thing. I get your point and respect it. Of course it was clear that movie wasn't done seriously, but that didn't help my experience of sitting through it. I guess I'm just not into spoofs much in general, often those aren't actually funny to me, I just feel sort of embarrassed watching. I like my Batman dark. I haven't even seen the Adam West series - or the '67 Casino Royale, for that matter... I've seen clips of both, obviously, but that's it... and I have no desire to actually watch the whole things. I just don't. Life's too short to try and watch everything just because it's out there.

    I watch some people's work even when I think I may not like it - in a "this is maybe not not for me, but because so and so is involved, I will watch it" sort of way... and sometimes get surprised and like them (most recently Harsh Times, wow... absolutely loved it, and I'm still thinking about it). I'm a completist, too, and that's why I now watched Schumacher's films as well, even though I remembered I really, really didn't like them when I first saw them.

    I know that seeing something when in the wrong mood for it or whatever doesn't really work, just like not any music suits any mood or situation, even if it's music I love. With movies I sometimes find myself thinking "I'll just need to watch this again some other time". (Btw, American Psycho is waiting... I saw it was funny the last time, it just didn't make me laugh then... saw some clips from it on YT recently when watching other stuff, and found them totally hilarious.) And good stuff just gets better when you see it more (similar situation with music again).

    Sometimes - like with the Schumacher Batmans - I don't see any potential for me, personally, to enjoy a movie at a later date, either, but still re-watch for some reason. In this case after a considerable amount of time. I felt like I needed to see them because I didn't remember them at all, really, and felt like I needed to... not sure why I felt that was necessary, but I did. I'm not completist enough, though, to feel the need to familiarize with anything Batman-related just because it's Batman (the same with Bond etc.) So I guess I'm more compelled to watch any work by someone whose work I generally enjoy, than to watch anything involving a certain character.

    I have no opinion about Uma being hot enough or not, I really wouldn't know. I do have opinions about the hotness (or lack of) of various Batmans, but ultimately that's not really an essential aspect in the movie (the same with Bonds, btw). I mean hotness is a nice bonus, but doesn't save a film, and lack of hotness won't destroy a film, either. Well, not unless it's something like Fifty Shades Of Grey, I suppose, which surely should have hotness to work at all, but apparently has none whatsoever judging by the trailer that I've been subjected to when going to see other films. Everything in Batman and Robin was completely fake to me (acting, humor, excitement), so if hotness was as well, that's to be expected.

    I didn't find either Schumacher Batman funny at all, in any sense (absolutely no laughing from me, just cringing and wishing it would be all over soon), but for me Batman Forever wasn't quite so much hard work to even sit through. They certainly made me remember, very vividly, my pleasure and relief when first seeing Batman Begins. And the Batman and Robin Bane made me miss Tom Hardy like crazy. Clearly I'll need to watch that trio again, soon, damn... :))
  • bondjamesbondjames You were expecting someone else?
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    Inside Man.

    I highly recommend this film. The charisma and star quality just oozes out of the screen in this Spike Lee joint.

    Superb acting by all concerned, including the always brilliant Denzel Washington (why has he not been a Bond villain?), Clive Owen (could easily have been Bond imo), a superbly ambitious bitchy Jodie Foster, Chiwetel Ejiofor (also a Bond potential) and of course the incomparable Christopher Plummer (if there is a man who could still be a Bond villain it's him).

    I won't spoil it for you, but it's a bank heist with a twist. The movie is all about character's and characterizations, and is impressive for the fact that Owen does most of his acting behind a mask and with glasses on. Featuring a great Terence Blanchard score, it's truly a great little film (for those who like things like Get Shorty or Out of Sight - this is for you).

  • ThunderpussyThunderpussy My Secret Lair
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    +1, Inside man, is a superb thriller with a great twist. :)
  • chrisisallchrisisall Brosnan Defender Of The Realm
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    DarthDimi wrote: »
    Batman And Robin can get me to laugh, sometimes with the movie, often at the movie, but it makes me laugh a lot more than Batman Forever.
    "At tirty tousand feet yoah heaht will freeze... and beat no moah!"
    F***in' brilliance!
    =))
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    @Master_Dahark My god, that moment where Demon signing while he is sitting on the toilet was hilarious :D I was wondering what kind of good stuff they smoked while thinking of such a scene...
    DarthDimi wrote: »
    That scene was hilarious! What is it he says? "Those damned enchiladas"? :D
    I watched Friday the 13th Part V yesterday (Netflix has them all on right now! Woo Hoo!)
    I came across this gem. The 'Hey Baby' REMIX!!!

    I don't usually laugh out loud at these sort of things, but when rave lights came on I lost it! It has a catchy tune too!!

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    Saw Boyhood the other day - absolutely excellent. Very watchable and brilliantly acted by pretty much everyone in it.

    It was a long flight, so followed that up with some more traditional in-flight popcorn. Defenders of the Galaxy was highly entertaining twaddle. I wanted to check out Bautista as well, who is actually pretty good in it. He plays it for laughs here, so I am hoping they up the menace a lot for Spectre.

    Then saw Expendables 3, which does exactly what it says on the tin. Okay for what it is. What a shame Mel Gibson has basically made himself a bit of a lepper in Hollywood - he's a great movie star and sorely missed.
  • quantumofsolacequantumofsolace England
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    Can't seem to watch a film these days without a Bond alumni putting in an appearance. This morning it was Robert Shaw in the classic 60's WWII epic 'Battle Of The Bulge' - a wonderful film I never tire of seeing. And last night as I was enjoying Michael Mann's superb thriller 'Collateral' for the first time in a few years there was our very own Javier Bardem in a supporting role.
  • bondjamesbondjames You were expecting someone else?
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    Getafix wrote: »
    What a shame Mel Gibson has basically made himself a bit of a lepper in Hollywood - he's a great movie star and sorely missed.

    Agree on Mel. A+ star quality. Surely he pissed off the wrong crowd with his rant. Hell hath no fury it seems.
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    Well, he is a bit of a racist and an anti-semite! On the one hand I understand why people don't want to work with him. But Polanski is a child rapist and Woody Allen is clearly more than a little bit dodgy when it comes to young children, but actors queue up to work with them.

    I just think Gibson is a really good old-school movie star - charisma, charm and screen presence in abundance. Russell Crowe is similar IMO and perhaps an even better actor.

    Gibson is a good director as well. Though Apocalypto was excellent. Who else would have done something like that? He's a genuine talent.

    have you seen "How I Spent My Summer Vacation" ? Odd title but actually very entertaining. Mel's on fine form.
  • bondjamesbondjames You were expecting someone else?
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    No, I've not seen that movie. I'll check it out.

    I just think he shouldn't have to pay for this for the rest of his life. He did apologize, but as I said, he surely pissed off the wrong crowd. So much for free speech in that respect.
  • I can never properly enjoy Polanski's films. He raped a 13 year old girl and he got away with it. I don't understand why anyone would work with him (I lost a bit of respect for Pierce Brosnan when he did), regardless of how good a director he is. There was a petition making the rounds not long ago which a load of Hollywood types signed (including Martin Scorcesse and, another Bond link here, Sam Mendes signed it) to allow him to freely go to some film festival without being arrested. Makes me sick. He shouldn't even be up for these awards, not until he's been punished properly.

    I mean look at the Ched Evans case recently. He's a convicted rapist because the woman (who was an adult, unlike the girl Polanski raped) was deemed to drunk for it to have counted as consensual. He went to prison, did his time and people are questioning whether he should be allowed to play football again. Roman Polanski got off scot free, he raped a 13 year old and ran off rather than face the consequences, and yet he's still allowed to win fucking Oscars. At least Chad Evans accepted his punishment. Roman Polanski ran off, continued to make millions and win Oscars and then 30 odd years later he finally apologises. Never mind a petition to allow him to go to film festivals, there should be a petition launched to finally get him sent to prison.

    The Dark Knight.

    It's easily one of the best films of the decade. I did wonder for a while whether Rises had topped it but after watching this one again I've decided no it didn't.

    What I really like about this one is how un-superhero-y it is, which may sound weird. Unlike Begins or Rises, which were both fantasy superhero films, TDK was a crime epic more than anything else, completely grounded in the real world, which I really liked. Heath Ledger is brilliant as The Joker, the Nolan Joker is one of the best villains of all time. He's a terrifying mysterious psychopath and Ledger did a fantastic job. The score is fantastic, the cinematography is awe inspiring, the whole film is brilliantly acted, etc. I hadn't seen this for a few years and I'm glad because in a lot of ways it felt like I was watching it for the first time all over again.

    It's the best Batman film and the best superhero film (if you can even count it as one) ever made imo and one of the greatest films of all time.

    There's no way Snyder and co will be able to top this.
  • ThunderpussyThunderpussy My Secret Lair
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    I love Nolan's three Bat films. =D>
  • Same. They're all great but my ranking is

    1) The Dark Knight
    2) The Dark Knight Rises
    3) Batman Begins
  • ThunderpussyThunderpussy My Secret Lair
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    That looks good to me, I'm amazed at the amount of people who don't like
    TDKR. ?
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    TDKR is my favourite of the 3
  • ThunderpussyThunderpussy My Secret Lair
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    I think it's an epic and Bane is a fantastic villain.
  • DarthDimiDarthDimi Behind you!Moderator
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    @thelivingroyale

    I understand what Polanski did. It was wrong. He also lost his wife, Sharon Tate, to the Mansons' brutal killings. In that respect I sympathise with him. But no matter what he did or what happened to him, I think he made some very good films and for example Rosemary's Baby is one I tend to revisit often.

    Danny Trojo spent many years in prison, and he himself admits it was justified. Yet now many of us are quite fond of him. And who knows what Michael Jackson did or didn't; I still swing to Billie Jean.

    In showbizz, people deliver a product. I think it's okay to enjoy the product while distancing oneself from the deliverer's personal background. I watch Leni Riefenstahl's films too when I get a chance... I even watch NSNA though it is claimed that Fleming's deteriorating health was partially induced by McClory's endless court humping.

    Polanski made a mistake. Many filmmakers, actors, producers, ... make mistakes. That girl was traumatised by Polanski; Linda Blair and Ellen Burstyn have suffered back trouble for life from Friedkin's extreme methods on set; Sinatra was accused of links with the mob... Let's not even begin to discuss the abuse of child actors by certain people - you ought to read Corey Feldman's great biography "the Coreyography", which is hardly as funny as the title suggests but instead dead serious.

    So in the end, I don't think it's wrong to put oneself on moral high-ground and refuse to touch anything made by this or that person - on the other hand I don't feel bad for liking Polanski as a filmmaker. To even include Brosnan in this, who starred in a Polanski film post-Bond along with McGreggor may be going a trifle too far? ;-) Remember the first rule of showbizz: the show must go on.
  • DaltonCraig007DaltonCraig007 They say, "Evil prevails when good men fail to act." What they ought to say is, "Evil prevails."
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    I rewatched all 4 Mission Impossible films. I have to say this is quite possibly the only franchise where I prefer each sequel more than the previous outing. And the first one was pretty damn good already, even if the ending with the plane was insane and didn't fit with the mood of the film. I also must be the only one who absolutely loves MI2. It's just 2 hours of mindless, epic, mindblowing fun. Tom Cruise is excellent as always, and the other actors through the years are stellar - Seymour Hoffman, Reno, Voight, Pegg, Renner, Rhames...
  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger Das Boot Hill
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    Yeah, even if Walt Disney was a nazi, I love his classics.
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