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    (Original post by Phalanges)
    And Potter certainly doesn't deserve to get in over The Fighter.
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    Whichever sixteen you choose there will be people complaining anyway, just go with your instincts.
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    If it were down to me it'd just be a straight shootout between Drive and Tree of Life. :daydreaming:
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    Wow, I didn't know someone else apart from me liked Tree of Life.
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    Yeah everyone I know pretty much hated it. Same sort of people who find Kubrick pretentious and Leone ponderous. Guess it's a patience thing.
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    Kubrick is pretentious, but it makes his films incredible.
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    (Original post by Phalanges)
    I'm a little bored, so figured I'd have a think of a shortlist of films for the start of January when we get up a film of the year thread. Any thoughts about these? Any glaring omissions? We'd be limited to 16 poll options, hence the omission of some good films like Hanna and X Men...

    • 127 Hours
    • Rise of the Planet of the Apes
    • Senna
    • Super 8
    • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
    • Warrior
    • Source Code
    • Bridesmaids
    • The Fighter
    • True Grit
    • Black Swan
    • The Tree of Life
    • Drive
    • Hugo

    With potentially Sherlock Holmes 2 and Girl With the Dragon Tattoo to be added.
    I haven't seen it yet, but Shame should probably be in there. I don't know what would be dropped to make room, though...

    (Original post by Colonel.)
    Wow, I didn't know someone else apart from me liked Tree of Life.
    :hi:
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    I'll most definitely be voting for True Grit, it absolutely blew me away.
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    I had a massive reaction to The Tree of Life. I can't remember the last film that did that.
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    (Original post by Abiraleft)
    I haven't seen it yet, but Shame should probably be in there. I don't know what would be dropped to make room, though...



    :hi:


    Think he's going by UK release dates, given the inclusion of The Fighter and Black Swan. Shame doesn't properly hit til January over here.
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    (Original post by Christien)
    Think he's going by UK release dates, given the inclusion of The Fighter and Black Swan. Shame doesn't properly hit til January over here.
    Oh, I see.
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    Was wondering: is there a unified thread for updates/discussion of the Nolanverse Batman films? I've noticed some smaller threads from way, way back, but the marketing campaign for TDKR has already kicked into gear and with the prologue and trailer hitting soon along with the inevitable barrage of stills, etc. over the coming months, I get the feeling those few, deeply misguided souls with absolutely no interest in Batman will get irritated by the endless TDKR-related updates and associated fangasms in this thread.
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    (Original post by Phalanges)
    I'm a little bored, so figured I'd have a think of a shortlist of films for the start of January when we get up a film of the year thread. Any thoughts about these? Any glaring omissions? We'd be limited to 16 poll options, hence the omission of some good films like Hanna and X Men...

    • 127 Hours
    • Rise of the Planet of the Apes
    • Senna
    • Super 8
    • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
    • Warrior
    • Source Code
    • Bridesmaids
    • The Fighter
    • True Grit
    • Black Swan
    • The Tree of Life
    • Drive
    • Hugo

    With potentially Sherlock Holmes 2 and Girl With the Dragon Tattoo to be added.
    I'll be voting for Drive. Most unconventionally brilliant film of the year.
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    Was condemned to a fate worse than the plot of the entire film itself the other night when I made the stupidly cavalier decision to take my girlfriend to the Cinema on a whim. The selection was abysmal; Happy Feet 2, Alvin & The Chipmunks 3, New Year's Eve (which makes me shudder with contempt for so many reasons) and because of time constraints the two best looking offerings - yet another Harold & Kumar sequel or the Thing remake (I must stress, the best of a bad bunch) - were off the table.
    In the end settled for half an hour's wait to see Dream House which just made me want to let out a long, dissapointed groan the like of which are generally reserved for the elderly sliding into armchairs after years of chronic back pain.
    a) the Trailer managed to both give the fundamental plot (which the film itself took well over 30 minutes to reveal) point away and yet still look sh**e. I'm not actually sure how that was even possible, I mean plenty of rubbish-to-mediocre films have superb trailers. Some superb films have superb trailers that give almost nothing away except the merest sliver of intrigue, but they really butchered this one.
    b) Dodgy trailers aside - I mean it would mock the very idea that I'd refer to myself as a self-styled film buffm buff if I allowed trailers to influence my choices - there was also the fact that horror films are generally clichéd, painfully predictable, riddled with plotholes and most importantly not scary. And think it's impossible to be scared at the cinema at the best of times...
    c) I can't stand Daniel Craig. Didn't like the new Bond he played (they coincided with me finally snapping out of an inherited childhood love of Bond films, by this stage I'd begun to hate them, they were just a series of films with negligible artistic merit, originality or character development stretched over a pointless amount of essentially remakes. By Casino Royale (a REMAKE itself! :rage:) I had had quite enough Bond for one lifetime. Besides Bond I've not seen him in anymore than the odd decent film. He never portrays characters with any heart, never engenders empathy. Just a boring, stony-faced slab of banality.

    So it kinda made for the perfect storm. I would love to tell you how, deligthfully and humbly I was made to eat my words at the witnessing of a modern day horror classic, something that Stephen King himself could be proud of; alas no, if anything the film was even worse than I expected it to be.
    It was just laughably - and I mean laughably - predictable, so much so that I'm not even going to have any qualms about repeating them here because it wouldn't even count as a spoiler (again, the ridiculous trailer didn't help things) but I correctly predicted firstly i) he was imagining his wife/daughters. They did the age old Sixth Sense trick of subtly making sure they never actually interacted with anyone else which led, therefore, to ii) He will come to a realisation that the mysterious killer patriarch of the previous family (film begins with them moving into their [wait for it] Dream House) is in fact himself, and that the grisly murders he is apparently reading about for the first time are actually his own doing, iii) Naomi Watts as the overly friendly neighbour would, as soon as this realisation has been made, have no qualms about letting Daniel Craig's dour faced hallucinating schizophrenic who had been living a bewildered fantasy in his now decaying family home (within which he quite possibly murdered his entire family) casually take a warm bath while her daughter was in the house, because she would then reveal her continued conviction of his innocence and together they would team up to get justice.
    All the characters, but especially the minor ones, were just woeful. The wife & daughters are almost a caricature of the perfect cutesy trio a loving husband/father could ask for. The allusions to the identity/motives of the real killer were so, so poorly done, like the totally random scene regarding the custody battle for their daughter that Naomi Watt's husband is heavily invested in at the beginning would later become significant. I mean given the fact a half naked man who probably killed three people in the very same street was being invited sound for baths and breakfast by Supermum Naomi, you'd have to say Fathers for Justice would have something to say.The awful characterisation couildn't be better demonstrated in how someone with obviously good intentions who was desperate to look after his daughter and who could bear no responsibility for the fact the goon he hired to kill Naomi, managed to go to the wrong house and murder the family of his own bizarre volition. And just to nail home the insanity, somehow the equally dour Rachel Weisz as the Superwife decided to take potshots while her husband was fighting the intruder serving only to shoot her own husband in the head and bleed out like a b***h, leaving the world's worst assassin to bizarrely murder the cute-as-cupcakes pair of brats they had. What was even weirder was that, 5 years down the line, the killer was continuing so skulk round the murder location with a torch he could shine in Craig's face for creepy, disorienting to me seemed like such a completely unnecessary and useless risk for the real killer to take.
    The film wasn't done there though. We wrapped up by the hitman-hiring Husband calling his loyal goon a "scumbag child-killer" before shooting him a few times and then rounding up Naomi & Dan and a bucketful of petrol to finish the job he still wanted doing, this time with the additional crime of arson thrown in for god measure. Lo and behold the 'spirit' of the dead wife managed to rattle a few metal ornaments and distract him long enough so that he could be beaten with a plank for a bit then left to burn alive. Then the final scene which was in reality a big nervous breakdown but was nauseatingly rehashed into a cringeworthily cheesy goodbye at the top of stairs between him(while the house was burning down like literally where he stood) and his hallucinations of his wife and kids, complete with a typical "You have to let me go and move on".
    My final theory was that post-credits he simply shacks up with the now loaded hot widow neighbour and her moody daughter. Then he'd have a replacement wife and a replacement daughter, she'd have a replacement husband and the girl would have a replacement father.
    Happy f**king days. The end.
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    I genuinely don't even know where to begin with that.
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    (Original post by Christien)
    Was wondering: is there a unified thread for updates/discussion of the Nolanverse Batman films? I've noticed some smaller threads from way, way back, but the marketing campaign for TDKR has already kicked into gear and with the prologue and trailer hitting soon along with the inevitable barrage of stills, etc. over the coming months, I get the feeling those few, deeply misguided souls with absolutely no interest in Batman will get irritated by the endless TDKR-related updates and associated fangasms in this thread.
    Not really. Last sizeable thread was one I created for the teaser trailer. You should create a main one for updates. It would be nice to have.
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    Watching Rumble in the Bronx for the first time... Half an hour in, and the way Jackie Chan's just getting ass-kicked is making me angry and sad ahah
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    Watched Snowtown. Excellent film.
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    Just realised more films out this year that should probably also be considered. The King's Speech, Blue Valentine, Inside Job and Beginners.
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    (Original post by Ape Gone Insane)
    Not really. Last sizeable thread was one I created for the teaser trailer. You should create a main one for updates. It would be nice to have.


    I don't really start threads tbh. I prefer to react rather than act, innit. But I guess if nobody else has done anything by the time trailer 2 hits (soon) I can whip something up :holmes:
 
 
 
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