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  • 0BradyM0Bondfanatic70BradyM0Bondfanatic7 It was this or the priesthood.
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    Creasy47 wrote: »
    'Sabotage'

    Well, I commend this film for some surprisingly good acting performances and for being a lot more realistic in terms of blood and gunfights than I had expected. I also didn't expect it to be so much of a mystery/thriller than I did an action film. It's weird reading that the studio wanted the film cut to be more of an action film, so I'm guessing there was even less in the original three hour cut. Script is wonky, the one major plot hole really bothers me because it essentially destroys a big portion of the film, but overall, it was good. Not great, not terrible.

    Is that the '36 Hitchcock film, @Creasy? You'd be surprised how many films have that title, so I just wanted to know which you saw.
  • Creasy47Creasy47 In Cuba with Natalya.Moderator
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    @MajorDSmythe, I liked your review, makes me want to speed up the process and hurriedly get to 'Grand Piano.' I've been interested in it ever since I saw that trailer.

    @0BradyM0Bondfanatic7, I wish it was something more refined. The 'Sabotage' I was talking about was the 2014 Arnold Schwarzenegger film.
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    The Fugitive

    Thoroughly entertaining thriller which for the first 40 minutes is pure cinematic brilliance. Although there are a few weaker moments after that the film has excellent performances from Ford and Jones.

    8/10

    A couple of things that bothered me
    It wasn't explained why the police hadn't checked Kimble's car phone records earlier. If they had then they would have found the connection to Sykes and the whole thing would have been solved
    The twist involving Copeland's death felt kind of contrived to me - especially as he'd not been mentioned before by Gerard or his team.
  • MajorDSmytheMajorDSmythe Still waiting for the Jena Malone Batwoman movie that's never going to be made.Moderator
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    Creasy47 wrote: »
    @MajorDSmythe, I liked your review, makes me want to speed up the process and hurriedly get to 'Grand Piano.' I've been interested in it ever since I saw that trailer.

    There are threads on the IMDB listing the films plot holes, though to be honest, I only picked up on one, involving the mobile phone. But if there was one thing the film got absolutely right, then it was the casting of the leads. I can't think of more perfect choices than Elijah Wood & John Cusack. It doesn't make my Cusack top 10, but it is just outside at #11.
  • Creasy47Creasy47 In Cuba with Natalya.Moderator
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    Well I'll still have to watch it ASAP while it's on Netflix Instant.
  • Just watched Bullitt again - something about this movie....no not the car chase, it's the emptiness that surrounds our protagonist that gives it an atmosphere that is compelling. Great sound track, matched by Dirty Harry's. It's all quality stuff. Again proving that the from 1967 - 1979 - Hollywood's screen writing was at its best.

    Makes me think about all cg and sfx and reboot films I do enjoy but ultimately leaves me still looking for a modern classic film. I suppose TV has now all the creative writing and ideas.

    Looking for interesting films? Look to foreign fields.



  • Creasy47Creasy47 In Cuba with Natalya.Moderator
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    @forgotmyusername, yeah, but that car chase...incredible stuff! I haven't seen the film in a long time, but the performances and that car chase will always stand out in my mind. That's something that is hard to forget.

    If you want a good thinking man's film, please check out Villeneuve's 'Enemy.' I can't recommend this enough. Sit down, pay attention, (avoid the spotty CGI in one scene), and let yourself become enveloped in all of the details and hidden meanings as you make your way towards that insane ending.
  • StirredNotShakenStirredNotShaken I'm gonna use this to clarify that Dalton is tied with Craig
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    The new Total Recall, in response to @Murdock's reviews, gets 0/10 because Colin Farrell doesn't say "Geev this pippl aaaaaaauuuuuur!"
  • QBranchQBranch Always have an escape plan. Mine is watching James Bond films.
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    The new Total Recall, in response to @Murdock's reviews, gets 0/10 because Colin Farrell doesn't say "Geev this pippl aaaaaaauuuuuur!"
    =))

    "Git yoh aas ta maauhhz!"
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    QBranch wrote: »
    The new Total Recall, in response to @Murdock's reviews, gets 0/10 because Colin Farrell doesn't say "Geev this pippl aaaaaaauuuuuur!"
    =))

    "Git yoh aas ta maauhhz!"

    "Consider dat a divorce".
  • MajorDSmytheMajorDSmythe Still waiting for the Jena Malone Batwoman movie that's never going to be made.Moderator
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    I've seen Bullit a few times, and yet all I remember is the car chase. Even then, I don't think it is 'the greatest car chase'. Now The French Connection, which unlike Bullit, is worth watching from start to finish, has 'the greatest car chase' put on film (not to mention Hackman at his career best).
  • QBranchQBranch Always have an escape plan. Mine is watching James Bond films.
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    I only saw Bullitt a few years back, but I couldn't get over how much McQueen reminded me of Craig. Not just the likeness, but the way he carried himself in the film was remarkably like Bond in QOS. The seemingly mopey mood, his lack of dialogue, exchanged for moments of contemplation etc.
  • DarthDimiDarthDimi Behind you!Moderator
    edited July 2014 Posts: 19,216
    Wrong Turn 1 - 5

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    I did a bit of a Wrong Turn marathon over the past few days and I'm finally finished with it. That is until yet another entry in the series, the announced Wrong Turn 6, hits DVD shops.

    2003 was when I went to see Wrong Turn in theatres as a double feature with Freddy Versus Jason. I quite liked the first Wrong Turn film and still do to this day. Some genuine scares and bits of excitement, combined with more or less adequate acting performances, give me a good time.

    The sequel had some funny moments and still amused me but after that, things went bad very fast. The fifth film in particular couldn't have been more boring. I never thought I'd say this but Doug Bradley is absolutely uninteresting in this one. And he's most likely the only one with any acting experience at all!

    So I'd rank them like this:

    good
    WT 1

    sort of good
    WT 2

    bad but at times enjoyable
    WT 4
    WT 3

    abysmal
    WT 5
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    Gentlemen--Hitch's film is 'Saboteur' not 'Sabotage'. It is quite good. I also enjoy '39 Steps' as Robert Donat is a great actor. I wonder what Hitch's obsession was with blondes?

    As far as car chases goes, there was a French(?) film done in the early 70's that featured a chase above ground and then in the subway. It was the best one ever. Makes all others a nice ride in the country.

    For MajorDSmythe---"Do you pick you feet in Poughkeepsie?"
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    Kindergarten Cop

    "Take da toy back to da carpaatt"
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    Watched "The Wonders Of Aladdin" (1961) with Donald O'Connor and Terence Hill yesterday. Great movie! Very funny. Loved it!!!
  • QBranchQBranch Always have an escape plan. Mine is watching James Bond films.
    edited July 2014 Posts: 11,105
    BAIN123 wrote: »
    Kindergarten Cop

    "Take da toy back to da carpaatt"
    haha. Love that film. "IT'S NAHT A TOOMUH!"
  • DarthDimiDarthDimi Behind you!Moderator
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    Best line in Kindergarten Cop

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    "Boys have a penis, and girls have a vagina."
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    @DarthDimi

    "So that's where I've been going wrong all these years." ;-)
  • QBranchQBranch Always have an escape plan. Mine is watching James Bond films.
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    I forgot about that one, @Dimi!

    Arnold: "Thanks for the tip."
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    @DarthDimi

    "So that's where I've been going wrong all these years." ;-)

    :))

    I think Kindergarten Cop is quite sweet. Not one of Arnie's best but entertaining and charming. Penelope Anne Miller is lovely and I really like Danny Elfman's score.
  • Creasy47Creasy47 In Cuba with Natalya.Moderator
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    @MajorDSmythe, I read an article about the best car chases in films, isn't the one in 'The French Connection' the chase that involved a lot of unscripted property damage, and the stuntman was just kind of told to drive and deal with the damage and notoriety later? Perhaps I'm thinking of something else.
  • DarthDimiDarthDimi Behind you!Moderator
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    @DarthDimi

    "So that's where I've been going wrong all these years." ;-)

    @WillyGalore
    You make me laugh every time, sir. ;-)

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    QBranch wrote: »
    I forgot about that one, @Dimi!

    Arnold: "Thanks for the tip."

    "I have been known to keep my tip up"
  • MajorDSmytheMajorDSmythe Still waiting for the Jena Malone Batwoman movie that's never going to be made.Moderator
    edited July 2014 Posts: 11,807
    Creasy47 wrote: »
    @MajorDSmythe, I read an article about the best car chases in films, isn't the one in 'The French Connection' the chase that involved a lot of unscripted property damage, and the stuntman was just kind of told to drive and deal with the damage and notoriety later? Perhaps I'm thinking of something else.

    According to trivia, the crew didn't seek permission to film the chase and some of the other motorists and pedestrians, weren't part of the crew.

    Here's Freidkin himself talking about the chase:


    And just for clarity, here is the chase itself:


    I'm inclined to belief that it was indeed largly unscripted.
  • Creasy47Creasy47 In Cuba with Natalya.Moderator
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    Wow, that chase sequence was intense. I love those chases in films where the protagonist cannot let the bad guy get away, and one tiny slip-up can let that happen. That's how that chase felt to me, though I'm not sure how it fits into the rest of the film or anything.
  • MajorDSmytheMajorDSmythe Still waiting for the Jena Malone Batwoman movie that's never going to be made.Moderator
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    We'll i'm a big Gene Hackman fan, so i'll watch the film for start to finish for his superb performance (i'm also a fan of Roy Scheider, but The French Connection is all Hackman's film). I don't know how i'd feel if I were not a fan of Hackman's. The chase does has a real sense of danger, Doyle knows how to drive, but he's no a race driver, he nearly totals the car a number of times.
  • Creasy47Creasy47 In Cuba with Natalya.Moderator
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    That's what I loved about the chase: the lack of flawlessness to it. He smashes into numerous cars and items so many times. It's flawed and it makes it that much more exciting. Ashamed to say this is another classic of sorts that I've never watched, so onto the 'To Watch' list it goes. This thing is building and building. For every film I remove from it, another three or four takes its place.
  • MajorDSmytheMajorDSmythe Still waiting for the Jena Malone Batwoman movie that's never going to be made.Moderator
    edited July 2014 Posts: 11,807
    Creasy47 wrote: »
    That's what I loved about the chase: the lack of flawlessness to it. He smashes into numerous cars and items so many times. It's flawed and it makes it that much more exciting. Ashamed to say this is another classic of sorts that I've never watched, so onto the 'To Watch' list it goes. This thing is building and building. For every film I remove from it, another three or four takes its place.

    Tell me about it. I use Listal, and looking at my 'wanted' list, the are currently 76 films I want to see.
  • DarthDimiDarthDimi Behind you!Moderator
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    BAIN123 wrote: »
    "I have been known to keep my tip up"

    Yes, indeed I have. :( The doctors can't seem to help me either...
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