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    (Original post by philistine)
    I watched Skyfall last night. Solid performances from Whishaw, Bardem and Finney (and Craig, naturally). Definitely in the top five of the franchise, though certainly not the best yet, as critics have been saying. Shame about that fat troglodyte Adele singing the intro. There's a song by Lana Del Rey off her new album which sounds very Bond-ish, though I can't quite remember the name of it. I would have much preferred that as the intro.

    8.5/10

    Wouldwatchagain/10
    Actually the film was quite dark and I thought Adele's performance of Skyfall was quite appropriate for the film.
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    (Original post by danny111)
    Actually the film was quite dark and I thought Adele's performance of Skyfall was quite appropriate for the film.
    Well, that's just super, champ.
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    (Original post by philistine)
    Well, that's just super, champ.
    Thanks bro! Really means a lot to hear that from you.
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    (Original post by danny111)
    Thanks bro! Really means a lot to hear that from you.
    Easy turbo.
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    Watched five Gus Van Sant films (My Own Private Idaho, Good Will Hunting, Elephant, Last Days and Milk) over the past week. Interesting to see how he's fairly at home with either the mainstream stuff he makes or the more art-house films he's done. Maybe I've just hit a lucky selection and missed some of his worse ones. Last Days was forgettable though - give it a miss.
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    Just rewatched The Dark Knight Rises, find it hard to believe that some people think The Avengers was better.
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    (Original post by Deshi)
    Just rewatched The Dark Knight Rises, find it hard to believe that some people think The Avengers was better.
    As a film or for enjoyment?

    I do think the film itself was better, however, I absolutely loathed Bane's stupid long monologues. The Joker was a much better villain. Bane's speeches were long and tedious and I hated his voice. Whereas during The Avengers I thought, especially Ironman, there was more humour and the action scenes were quite good. So overall I enjoyed The Avengers more.
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    (Original post by Deshi)
    Just rewatched The Dark Knight Rises, find it hard to believe that some people think The Avengers was better.
    I dunno, they're pretty equal in my eyes.

    However, I don't consider them to be great films. Neither of them. Fun enough at times, but not great.
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    TDKR was missing something and Bane was pretty annoying, The Avengers was missing any discernible plot.

    They were both still enjoyable films though, just nothing on TDK.
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    (Original post by danny111)
    As a film or for enjoyment?

    I do think the film itself was better, however, I absolutely loathed Bane's stupid long monologues. The Joker was a much better villain. Bane's speeches were long and tedious and I hated his voice. Whereas during The Avengers I thought, especially Ironman, there was more humour and the action scenes were quite good. So overall I enjoyed The Avengers more.
    Totally agree with this. I mean, Heath Ledger's Joker was written and performed perfectly. There was both darkness and insanity there, but at the same time it was so realistic, which is what I loved about him. There was no comic-booky vibe to his character. Instead, there was a sense that this kinda guy could actually exist and do all that stuff. That's what Nolan's trilogy's all about, tbh.

    Bane's essentially supposed to be a mindless juggernaut, yet the way Nolan wrote him just made no sense and didn't suit the character at all. It just felt like changing him for the sake of changing him, and it didn't work like it worked for the Joker, imo.
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    (Original post by PoGo HoPz)
    Totally agree with this. I mean, Heath Ledger's Joker was written and performed perfectly. There was both darkness and insanity there, but at the same time it was so realistic, which is what I loved about him. There was no comic-booky vibe to his character. Instead, there was a sense that this kinda guy could actually exist and do all that stuff. That's what Nolan's trilogy's all about, tbh.

    Bane's essentially supposed to be a mindless juggernaut, yet the way Nolan wrote him just made no sense and didn't suit the character at all. It just felt like changing him for the sake of changing him, and it didn't work like it worked for the Joker, imo.
    Bane isn't meant to be a mindless juggernaught :confused: He is meant to be incredibly intelligent, a great leader, organiser and then has the strength, determination and fighting skills to be an equal of Batman.

    Nolan used him incorrectly in Nolan's world because Bane should have been in-charge, not Talia. Bane shouldn't have been so ridiculous with the voice and weird plan as well.
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    (Original post by Mess.)
    Bane isn't meant to be a mindless juggernaught :confused: He is meant to be incredibly intelligent, a great leader, organiser and then has the strength, determination and fighting skills to be an equal of Batman.

    Nolan used him incorrectly in Nolan's world because Bane should have been in-charge, not Talia. Bane shouldn't have been so ridiculous with the voice and weird plan as well.
    Ah, okay. Thank Batman: Arkham Asylum for making me think that. I've never read any comics about Bane, so I don't know all that much about him.
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    Consider the following - Tarantino. That is all.
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    (Original post by PoGo HoPz)
    Ah, okay. Thank Batman: Arkham Asylum for making me think that. I've never read any comics about Bane, so I don't know all that much about him.
    Woah why neg this, Arkham was a quality game.
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    Just watched Dazed and Confused, fun film to watch despite the lack of a plot xD.
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    I just finished watching Les Tontons Flingueurs. I swear, Lino Ventura, in several scenes, looks like the doppelgänger of Robert de Niro. The likeness is uncanny. The film itself was good, although I did have a bone to pick with the subtitles. Being a speaker of the language myself, I noticed several inconsistencies- some more grave than others- which I couldn't help but think might have detracted from the overall experience.

    7/10

    I'm just now discovering the Mesrine duology. Vincent Cassel is one of my favourite actors, so I have good faith in this, despite the lackluster ratings. Will report back.

    (Original post by British-Student)
    Consider the following - Tarantino. That is all.
    Are you suggesting Tarantino is the greatest director of all? If so, you clearly have- at the very least- a profound misunderstanding of the man's work, not to mention cult Japanese cinema, post-noir crime/gang cinema, and several other important matters. Tarantino, as I'm sure you don't already know, watched the entire filmography of the legendary Seijun Suzuki, and soon after ripped off all of his hallmarks, motifs, and signature style- completely; the smoking gun to this declaration being 東京流れ者.

    Saying that, I'm not anti-Tarantino at all; merely a person who gives praise where it is due, and derision in very much the same way.
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    (Original post by pgreg1)
    Just watched Dazed and Confused, fun film to watch despite the lack of a plot xD.
    I hated that film. No idea why. Didn't enjoy it.
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    I've finally seen the Dark Knight Rises, it was good but I was expecting so much more.
    Just in case...

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    Bane was a good villain but for all his presence and the building of his history it was completely undermined after the Talia reveal, where this super-intelligent menace is reduced to a faithful guard dog type figure and of course then killed in the blink of an eye. Without the joker the villain/hero dialogue became a lot more stilted and it was a lot more cartoonish, e.g Bane: Come to die with your city? Batman: No I've come to stop you. The whole to fulfill the legacy of ra's al ghul motive was also very meh for me.

    Why always with the bombs as well?! The fly the bomb away before it explodes thing was very familiar. I think I'd just set my hopes too high, I was expecting something a bit more profound.

    The city of Gotham itself lost a lot of personality in this film and I never felt a real connection to how your average citizen was feeling after Bane took control of the city.

    A bunch of not necessarily plot holes, but things that stop me being as immersed because I was busy going 'huh really'. ALL the policeman in Gotham being trapped underground, those same policeman then making an assault in which they all just get in to a massive column of people and then charge at Bane's men. Bruce Wayne just reappearing in Gotham and happening upon Catwomen.. etc etc

    I did like the Alfred, Bruce relationship though and the whole motif of Batman 'Rising'. But even then, I was expecting a really stirring conclusion after he returned from the prison. At that point I was saying this has been good, but it'll need a really strong and moving conclusion to bring it on par with TDK and it just didn't happen.
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    (Original post by philistine)
    Are you suggesting Tarantino is the greatest director of all? If so, you clearly have- at the very least- a profound misunderstanding of the man's work, not to mention cult Japanese cinema, post-noir crime/gang cinema, and several other important matters. Tarantino, as I'm sure you don't already know, watched the entire filmography of the legendary Seijun Suzuki, and soon after ripped off all of his hallmarks, motifs, and signature style- completely; the smoking gun to this declaration being 東京流れ者.

    Saying that, I'm not anti-Tarantino at all; merely a person who gives praise where it is due, and derision in very much the same way.
    I didn't know this. I'm glad he did it, though, because his work has made for some truly outstanding cinema. :yep:
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    Best male acting performance ever was from F. Murray Abraham as Salieiri in Amadeus (1984).

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