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  • AlexAlex The Eastern SeaboardPosts: 2,695MI6 Agent
    Quoting NAOMI_FAN 1:
    Quoting NAOMI_FAN 1:
    Quoting Alex:
    Only by Wood :D (now where'd I put my angora sweater)

    Good ol' Ed Wood! The guy actually thought he was a great director! The funny thing is, he was SO bad, he was brilliant!
    Johnny Depp did a great job portraying him on screen too!


    Wood was an excellent writer, he would type faster then dictation allowed. Directing on the other hand...let's just say it's not for everyone. Still an imaginative fellow in his own way.

    Captain Blood was on TCM this morning, what a thriller. The climax has got to stand as one of the best sea faring battles ever captured on film. And while everyone in this was perfectly cast, a scarred Basil Rathbone as the French pirate Levassier stood out for me. He was simply as riveting if not more so then the great Flynn himself. This was a stupendous movie.
  • scaramanga1scaramanga1 The English RivieraPosts: 840Chief of Staff
    Haunted Mansion with Eddie Murphy - a very silly film! :D
  • gregtrobertsongregtrobertson Posts: 52MI6 Agent
    I stayed up all night and watched the entire lord of the rings trilogy back to back!!!

    Quite an experience!

    Cheers
  • MAHOMAHO Posts: 95MI6 Agent
    Quoting Hugo Drax:
    I was surprised really because judging on the films I've seen, the actors who have become directors should have thought twice before making the crossover.

    Clint Eastwood, however, has an excellent track record when it comes to directing.

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    jfm
  • MAHOMAHO Posts: 95MI6 Agent
    edited August 2004
    Recently watched Once Upon A Time In China, parts I and II.

    Why couldn't Jet Li have made movies like that in Hollywood? It seems such an awful waste of great action talent.

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    jfm
  • Sir MilesSir Miles The Wrong Side Of The WardrobePosts: 25,217Chief of Staff
    I watched Runaway Jury last night, I didn't expect much so was pleasantly suprised when it turned out to be a relly good movie. Gene Hackman was tremendous in it but then, isn't he always ?
    YNWA 96
  • AlexAlex The Eastern SeaboardPosts: 2,695MI6 Agent
    Star Trek Nemesis was on the other day, so I finally watched it. Shouldn't have waited this long, it was a good film despite what the mediocre box office intake would have you believe. Much better then the last one, good plot, great villain, and an ending that reminds you of another Star Fleet officer's sacrifice. They wrapped it up prety well, with Riker's character (Jonathan Frakes) earning his own captain rank, this might be the last Next Generation flick. Two years late to see it but it was darn good!
  • SPECTRENumber1SPECTRENumber1 L.O.Posts: 75MI6 Agent
    I saw Godsend with Robert De Niro, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, and Greg Kinnear last night. It was pretty good with some jumps. You could tell it borrowed alot from The Omen.
  • AtticusAtticus Posts: 9MI6 Agent
    Quoting Sir Miles:
    I watched Runaway Jury last night, I didn't expect much so was pleasantly suprised when it turned out to be a relly good movie. Gene Hackman was tremendous in it but then, isn't he always ?

    Agreed, I don't think Gene Hackman is capable of giving a duff performance. One of my all-time favourite actors.

    Finally got my copy of Kill Bill Vol. 2 and watched it for the first time yesterday. Loved every minute of it and I can't wait for the two films to be released "as one".
  • scaramanga1scaramanga1 The English RivieraPosts: 840Chief of Staff
    King Arthur -entertaining -but the storyline is all over the place!
  • MBE_MBE_ USAPosts: 266MI6 Agent
    Quoting SPECTRENumber1:
    Last night, I saw Dog Day Afternoon. It was very good. It was a bank robbery that was only supposed to be a half-hour but turned into a ten hour hostage situation. Al Pacino, Joe Cazale, and James broderick were all excellent. It was extremely suspenseful and it was a biting satire and black comedy of the time it was filmed, the '70s. Very good.

    The best thing about the film (aside from Pacino in maybe his best performance ever), it's based on a true story and for once "based on" doesn't mean not resembling anything but the names, the story actually happenned.

    MBE
  • SPECTRENumber1SPECTRENumber1 L.O.Posts: 75MI6 Agent
    Quoting MBE_:
    Quoting MBE_:
    Quoting SPECTRENumber1:
    Last night, I saw Dog Day Afternoon. It was very good. It was a bank robbery that was only supposed to be a half-hour but turned into a ten hour hostage situation. Al Pacino, Joe Cazale, and James broderick were all excellent. It was extremely suspenseful and it was a biting satire and black comedy of the time it was filmed, the '70s. Very good.

    The best thing about the film (aside from Pacino in maybe his best performance ever), it's based on a true story and for once "based on" doesn't mean not resembling anything but the names, the story actually happenned.

    MBE

    It also looks very real. It looks as if you're watching a documentary.
  • AlexAlex The Eastern SeaboardPosts: 2,695MI6 Agent
    There's been a veritable movie explosion at the local Best Buy store over here. I've been watching a recent purchase. That's Vol I of the Benny Hill show, the early years. 1969-1971.

    These are the complete unadulterated hour long episodes. (released over here for the first time) all previous versions had the musical numbers and reference to British events in the time period edited out.

    Apparently some people thought we Americans wouldn't appreciate the complete song and dance numbers. :o

    Next up is Vol I of The Munsters. (time to sell some more blood)
  • jamesbondagent007jamesbondagent007 Divided States of TrumpPosts: 234MI6 Agent
    edited August 2004
    The last film I saw was Billy Madison, which is always a favorite.

    In theaters, though, the most recent movies I've seen are Napoleon Dynamite, Collateral, and The Manchurian Candidate. All of which are fantastic. (In their own right...)
  • scaramanga1scaramanga1 The English RivieraPosts: 840Chief of Staff
    Just watched Beyond Borders starring Angelina Jolie and Clive Owen. It's directed by Martin Campbell and is well worth watching. Clive Owen is very good in it also -much better than his performance in King Arthur.
  • Sir MilesSir Miles The Wrong Side Of The WardrobePosts: 25,217Chief of Staff
    Finally got to see SpiderMan 2 - what a great film. Can't wait for the third one now.
    YNWA 96
  • SPECTRENumber1SPECTRENumber1 L.O.Posts: 75MI6 Agent
    I watched The Taking of Pelham One, Two, Three last night. Very good. It was some inspiration for Tarantino when he did Reservior Dogs. Robert Shaw is fantastic. Go see.
  • MAHOMAHO Posts: 95MI6 Agent
    Frantic - Polanski & Harrison Ford.

    Really good, and with a bitter-sweet ending that was quite moving.

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    jfm

    PS. How bleeding hard must it be to find the original version of Blade Runner? Am I the only one to hate the director's cut?
  • AlexAlex The Eastern SeaboardPosts: 2,695MI6 Agent
    Just bought a flick from the "Saucy Cinema" collection but haven't sat down to watch it yet. Online reviews were terrible but as a fan of "bad movies" that didn't throw me off from buying it.

    So it's a Bond parody entitled Zena One with practically a who's who of British actors. Carry On man Charles Hawtrey, the babular Yute Stensgaard from Hammer's Lust For A Vampire and our very own Valerie Leon to name but a few of the numerous starlets. The man's called "James Word", an obvious Bond parody. All in all it looks like a soft core sexploitation piece of trash circa, 1969.

    Can't wait to get home and watch it. :D
  • SPECTRENumber1SPECTRENumber1 L.O.Posts: 75MI6 Agent
    Quoting Alex:
    Just bought a flick from the "Saucy Cinema" collection but haven't sat down to watch it yet. Online reviews were terrible but as a fan of "bad movies" that didn't throw me off from buying it.

    So it's a Bond parody entitled Zena One with practically a who's who of British actors. Carry On man Charles Hawtrey, the babular Yute Stensgaard from Hammer's Lust For A Vampire and our very own Valerie Leon to name but a few of the numerous starlets. The man's called "James Word", an obvious Bond parody. All in all it looks like a soft core sexploitation piece of trash circa, 1969.

    Can't wait to get home and watch it. :D

    I love bad movies too. I want to get the DVD series, "Soul Cinema," from MGM. Its of blaxploitation flicks.
  • scaramanga1scaramanga1 The English RivieraPosts: 840Chief of Staff
    Paycheck and Big Fish, fell asleep watching Big Fish -probably just too tired.
  • SPECTRENumber1SPECTRENumber1 L.O.Posts: 75MI6 Agent
    Quoting scaramanga1:
    Paycheck and Big Fish, fell asleep watching Big Fish -probably just too tired.

    I've seen both of those. Paycheck is perfect for mindless entertainment from John Woo, master of the Hong Kong action flciks, and have Ben Affleck and Uma Thurman :x

    Big Fish was pretty good, IMO. Shows the relationship between father and son, and that relationship far apart because of the father's tall tales.
  • Sir MilesSir Miles The Wrong Side Of The WardrobePosts: 25,217Chief of Staff
    Watched Tommy last night - a fantastic rock opera !
    YNWA 96
  • Napoleon PluralNapoleon Plural LondonPosts: 9,065MI6 Agent
    Raiders Of The Lost Art last night. Nice the way the Beeb let the credits roll in real time rather than truncated it.

    Also appreciate the sly, subtle wit. However, never totally got the hang of this film I must admit, and the main villain seemed a bit nondescript, like the lead singer of The Flaming Lips and as threatening.

    Karen Allen was great, a bit like Margot Kidder in Superman.
    "This is where we leave you Mr Bond."

    Roger Moore 1927-2017
  • Sir MilesSir Miles The Wrong Side Of The WardrobePosts: 25,217Chief of Staff
    Watched Back To The Future last night - I had forgot just what a good film it is.
    YNWA 96
  • The BaronThe Baron Posts: 66MI6 Agent
    Saw Unfaithful with Richard Gere and Oh baby!!! Diane Lane. She'd make a great Moneypenny.
  • Sir MilesSir Miles The Wrong Side Of The WardrobePosts: 25,217Chief of Staff
    Saw Back To The Future 2. Just the third to go now.
    YNWA 96
  • TracyTracy the VillagePosts: 369MI6 Agent
    Stanley Donen's "How to Steal a Million" is a cute, pleasant 60's romantic comedy, and it’s a lot better than nearly all of the ones made today anyway. It's certainly an entertaining caper about a painting forger's daughter enlisting the aid of a thief to steal her father's forged masterpiece from a Parisian museum. Peter O'Toole doesn't look too bad with his hair dyed brown, and Audrey Hepburn is her usual charming innocent self. It lacks the suspense and sharp wit of "Charade," though, but it’s fun to watch O’Toole and Hepburn run around Paris.

    "The Triplets of Belleville" is a very...memorable film. The plot is rather hazy, but it seems to be about a grandmother trying to rescue her kidnapped bicylist grandson who was picked up by the French mafia after dropping out of the Tour de France. The grandmother, with the help of the former French jazz trio, the Triplettes of Belleville, manages to rescue her son from some kind of private bicycle race betting scheme. For some reason I didn't like the animation style; the people is warped out of proportion. There's virtually no dialogue, and I still haven't figured out whether or not it was in English or French. There are some amusing visual gags, like a waiter literally bending over backwards. The film and the score are definitely overrated, or I'm a cultural barbarian.

    I also saw the remake of The Lion in Winter starring Patrick Stewart and Glenn Close. Short review: Go for the original as the supporting cast is pretty weak, and the direction is so-so. I'll come up with the longer one later.
    Flattery will get you nowhere, but don't stop trying.
  • BestBondSeanBestBondSean A Bavarian in CornwallPosts: 108MI6 Agent
    'belleville rendezvous' aka 'Les triplettes de Belville' is one of the most intelligent, innovative, original and utterly charming Animation i've ever seen.
    No offense Tracy but you must have missed load of in-gags and references to old movies.
    It's also loaded with obvious spoofs/hommages to
    real Artists of every facet of life.

    Probably yoyu should try and watch it again after some time with more background knowledge.
    I admit that some of the gags are very subtle and you have to have a wide general knowledge especially of old(er) movies but that made part of the fun watching this film.

    I can only say it's nothing less than brilliant.
    I have it on DVD and always watch the DTS original french version with subtitles but as you said there isn't much dialog anyway.

    If you get all the references (i'm not sure if i got them all as there are so many) and the great eye for detail the filmmakers have employed you will notice that it is nearly flawless from the aspect of making intelligent animtion.

    Ok enough now lol, i think it's not overrated it's just excellent.
  • MAHOMAHO Posts: 95MI6 Agent
    In the mood for love - Wong Kar-wai.

    Brilliant love story. Thank God it wasn't made Hollyfools.

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    jfm
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