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Film Fanatics Society - Chat Thread

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    Film Fanatics - Chat Thread I
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    Description:
    Chat about anything Film related. Share your opinions about directors, films, upcoming releases. Found a grey hair in your DVD collection or perhaps you're obsessed with a certain actor/actress? This is the place. Everybody is welcome!

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    Film Forum Awards 2010 - Results


    The Kevin Spacey Award - Best Member
    :king1: Ape Gone Insane - 10 votes
    :king2: Phalanges - 4 votes
    :king3: zjs - 2 votes


    The Leslie Nielsen Award - Funniest Member
    :king1: Ape Gone Insane - 4 votes
    :king2: Madjackismad - 2 votes
    :king3: Seanisonfire, The Stig, unknownking321 and cambo211 - 1 vote


    The 12 Angry Men Award - Best Debater
    :king1: Phalanges - 7 votes
    :king2: zjs - 2 votes
    :king3: Aphotic Cosmos, Roobsa, channy and Ape Gone Insane - 1 vote


    The Roger Ebert Award - Most Knowledgeable
    :king1: Phalanges - 13 votes
    :king2: channy - 2 votes


    The Star Wars Award - Film Fanboy
    :king1: Jace Falco - 7 votes
    :king2: Roobsa - 2 votes
    :king3: lukejoshjedi, Guvnor, channy, MizzCupcakes - 1 vote


    The post-conversion 3D Award - Bandwagon Jumper
    :king1: unknownking321, lukejoshjedi - 2 votes
    :king2: SirRamAlot - 1 vote


    The David Lynch Award - Most Interesting Opinions
    :king1: Madjackismad - 3 votes
    :king2: Kolya, cambo211, Abiraleft, Christien, Ape Gone Insane and Phalanges - 1 vote


    Straight to DVD Award - Member most likely to become a bitter hack writing for a local newspaper
    :king1: S-man10 - 2 votes
    :king2: Seanisonfire, MrCarmady, Picnic1, channy, Reems23, zjs and Jace Falco - 1 vote


    The Mark Kermode Award - Member most likely to become a famous critic
    :king1: Phalanges - 7 votes
    :king2: Madjackismad - 2 votes
    :king3: SirRamAlot and Ape Gone Insane (:rofl:) - 1 vote


    The People's Choice Award - Most Nominations
    :king1: Phalanges - 32 votes
    :king2: Ape Gone Insane - 17 votes
    :king3: Jace Falco - 8 votes





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    I'll start off a discussion now then

    Anyone seen City of God?, saw it last week and I have to say that it was one of my favourite films ever, yet no-one i know has ever even heard of it

    I suggest you guys go watch it now
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    (Original post by Phalanges)
    I'm more pensive about a Cloverfield sequel than distraught. While it would undoubtedly be terrible and diminish the first film if they were to have backstory of the monster, or what he did next, Reeves and Abrams seem to know what they are doing and not want to spoil it by rushing it out. I also heard a pretty decent idea they were talking about where the sequel would be the events filmed from a different character's perspective of that night (when they were on the bridge, you saw another guy filming with a camcorder). That could be cool, and not take away from the first film.

    The 4th Bourne Book was the first time when a ghostwriter (Eric van Lustbader) took credit for a Robert Ludlum series. It is also the first time when Bourne transforms from merely a highly talented spy to a superhero capable of preposterous stunts. They are terrible books. But it is worth noting that the only thing the films really share with the books is the title. :p:

    I disagree a little bit with the comparison with video games developers. The film studio has very little influence on the finished product (not too many people would be able to tell you the company responsible for a film if they watched it without the opening announcements) whereas a games studio will often be very recognisable from their stock (Bethesda, for example). Churning out popular sequels are undoubtedly a good way of raising capital, but I don't like seeing the memories of decent films tarnished just for someone to spin a profit.

    MGM is a sad case, a bit peculiar too. Warner Bros. will buy them out very cheaply now though and in doing so gain the rights to a damned impressive back catalogue. But if their demise causes Brett Ratner to be made director of the Hobbit, I will be seriously unhappy. As an aside, Quantum of Solace isn't a very good film. It's a passable action flick, but it's writing doesn't stack up very well at all. In my eyes the only two Bond films that are good films when you view them on their own merits are From Russia With Love (excellent, excellent film) and Casino Royale.

    Wow, this is a little off-track. There should be a film chat thread where we could discuss these things.
    I seen that interview. You could see Cloverfield essentially from a totally different prespective and they are reflecting modern society there too. Something bad happens and we all automatically take out our mobiles and film it. :p:

    Ah, I didn't know they were written by a ghost writer. I dislike ghost writers. I watched a documentary on Bourne and how it translates over to reality. And..well, it's pretty realistic. This was such a good documentary and I've forgotten the name They went through all the U.S. secret programs of training assassins through drugs, hypnosis and brainwashing and finding ways to activate assassins with command words. It was intriguing. They also examined Bourne's various abilities, highlighting that the marines went through similar training (building pain tolerance, fighting bad guys with a rolled up magazine :teehee: )

    I agree with Quantum. I sort of rushed that film in there without thinking but I love the realistic and gritty nature of Casino Royale (if that makes sense) - the direction they took with that film was fantastic and fresh. I don't want to see Bond go down the drain or go back to the cheesy franchise it was under Pierce :awesome:
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    Films that I tell people are my favourites: The Godfather, Silence Of The Lambs, Chocolat, Taxi Driver, Girl Interrupted.

    Films that, if I am being completely honest with myself, are my favourites: Mary Poppins, The Sound Of Music, Grease, Aladdin, Titanic.

    :ahee:
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    (Original post by InvoluntarySlacker)
    Film :coma:
    Welcome :teeth:

    (Original post by matt10101)
    I'll start off a discussion now then

    Anyone seen City of God?, saw it last week and I have to say that it was one of my favourite films ever, yet no-one i know has ever even heard of it

    I suggest you guys go watch it now
    I've not seen it. :teehee: I had a look at the wiki page and I've added it to my watch list.

    Talking of films, no-one has heard of - Los Cronocrímenes. Excellent film :teeth:
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    (Original post by aja89)
    Films that I tell people are my favourites: The Godfather, Silence Of The Lambs, Chocolat, Taxi Driver, Girl Interrupted.

    Films that, if I am being completely honest with myself, are my favourites: Mary Poppins, The Sound Of Music, Grease, Aladdin, Titanic.

    :ahee:
    :rofl: I like Grease too. :teehee:

    You're telling me, guess what I'm listening to.

    Spoiler:
    Show


    :sigh:
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    I'll be the first to ask for recommendations :sexface:

    I saw The Wave a couple of nights ago on BBC 4. I thought it was a pretty epic film. Who cares if it was in German :p: Does anybody know films similar to it? If anyone's interested it is on iPlayer.
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    I'm really digging Kaufman at the moment. Eternal Sunshine and Synecdoche are quite incredible pieces of cinema. David Lynch as well; Mullholland Drive is just...wow.
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    More seriously though, films everybody should watch...

    > Battle Royale
    > Paris When It Sizzles
    > Volver
    > Spirited Away
    > Shallow Grave
    > The Opposite Of Sex
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    (Original post by yesioo)
    I'll be the first to ask for recommendations :sexface:

    I saw The Wave a couple of nights ago on BBC 4. I thought it was a pretty epic film. Who cares if it was in German :p: Does anybody know films similar to it? If anyone's interested it is on iPlayer.
    I had a look at the description and it sounds really interesting. I'm going to watch it and post any recommendations tomorrow. :yep:

    (Original post by Billy Pilgrim)
    I'm really digging Kaufman at the moment. Eternal Sunshine and Synecdoche are quite incredible pieces of cinema. David Lynch as well; Mullholland Drive is just...wow.
    On a related note to Eternal Sunshine, have you seen Memento, Vanilla Sky and The Truman Show by any chance?
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    (Original post by aja89)
    More seriously though, films everybody should watch...

    > Battle Royale
    > Paris When It Sizzles
    > Volver
    > Spirited Away
    > Shallow Grave
    > The Opposite Of Sex
    I have Spirited Away on DVD but haven't touched/watched it since I bought it. :sigh:
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    (Original post by Ape Gone Insane)
    I have Spirited Away on DVD but haven't touched/watched it since I bought it. :sigh:
    Watch it watch it watch it!

    It's truly astounding. :love:
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    I have Spirited Away on DVD but haven't touched/watched it since I bought it.
    Such an amazing film. Creepy but amazing.
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    (Original post by aja89)
    Films that I tell people are my favourites: The Godfather, Silence Of The Lambs, Chocolat, Taxi Driver, Girl Interrupted.

    Films that, if I am being completely honest with myself, are my favourites: Mary Poppins, The Sound Of Music, Grease, Aladdin, Titanic.

    :ahee:
    My guilty pleasure :teeth: I usually hate soppy, unrealistic romance movies but this one is just :coma:
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    I was having a very good discussion with Channy a while ago about French post-apocalyptic films. We both liked them. It's a small, but important genre. :sexface:
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    (Original post by Ape Gone Insane)
    On a related note to Eternal Sunshine, have you seen Memento, Vanilla Sky and The Truman Show by any chance?
    Yeah I love Memento and The Truman Show. Especially The Truman Show; Jim Carey is such an underrated actor. Vanilla Sky is a bit meh, but I like the ideas - have you seen the original: "Abre los ojos"? I think its a far superior film.

    I also rather like Spirited Away. I would definitely recommend watching it if you're into the whole surreal thing.
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    (Original post by SilverDoe21)
    My guilty pleasure :teeth: I usually hate soppy, unrealistic romance movies but this one is just :coma:
    Same here, can't stand The Notebook or The Time Traveler's Wife, but Titanic is like a whole genre for itself! :p:

    I must admit I do love the old romance movies though:

    > Casablanca
    > An Affair To Remember
    > Breakfast At Tiffany's
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    (Original post by vander Beth)
    I was having a very good discussion with Channy a while ago about French post-apocalyptic films. We both liked them. It's a small, but important genre. :sexface:
    Oooooh recommend me some. I love apocalypse films.
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    I'm off for some sleep :teeth:
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