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Old 24th Dec 2011, 04:54 PM   #4901
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The Matrix
The Matrix Reloaded
The Matrix Revolutions-9/10


The missus wanted to watch the first film and then we ended up watching all three back to back. I don't know how many times I've seen these flicks but they never get old.
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Old 24th Dec 2011, 05:33 PM   #4902
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Old 25th Dec 2011, 06:52 AM   #4903
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Season of the Witch 7/10

Got an extra mark because it was way better than I expected.

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At the start, we have the mystery of is she or isn't she a witch? The transition from noble objective through growing doubt to what lay beyond plays out well. That is the unexpected strength of this film.

Locations were just peachy.

I liked the script's view that honour is defined by one's actions and not by one's position and its willingness to not shirk from the outcome that sometimes requires. Happy endings were in seriously short supply.

The interplay between the two central characters (yes, it is also a buddy movie) works well. At first I was rather irritated by the excessively "now" style of the dialogue but in the end I think it worked.

Cage and Perlman were great. Their typical onscreen personas present but suitably toned down (to good effect).

What else? Plenty of enjoyable battles and sword fighting and a sense of increasing dread contribute to the mix.

When all is said and done, Season of the Witch is still a relatively low-budget fantasy quest film shot in Eastern Europe but it stands head and shoulders above the usual entries in the genre.

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Old 25th Dec 2011, 03:02 PM   #4904
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Men of Honor-9/10

True story. Probably de Niro's best acting in years. Compelling viewing.
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Old 25th Dec 2011, 03:12 PM   #4905
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Mission Impossible: Phantom Protocol 7.5/10, but mind you, as I'm russian, I could only treat it as comedy.
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Old 26th Dec 2011, 03:34 AM   #4906
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The Matrix
The Matrix Reloaded
The Matrix Revolutions-9/10


The missus wanted to watch the first film and then we ended up watching all three back to back. I don't know how many times I've seen these flicks but they never get old.
My favourite movie franchise. I just don't get why the second and third movies are so underrated.
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Old 26th Dec 2011, 04:42 AM   #4907
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Independance Day - 8/10

Hard to believe this film is nearly 15 years old but it does capture Will Smith at the peak of his acting career in what is undoubtably a film that re-defined what a blockbuster movie should be.
The sheer amount of American patriotism and over-acting is what most people remember about the film but it delivers the action in spades.
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Old 26th Dec 2011, 04:45 AM   #4908
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8/10!? The film was pretty poor other than the effects D:
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Old 26th Dec 2011, 05:05 AM   #4909
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In Time - 5/10

Justin Timberlake trying his best to act seriously in a film that, on the surface, has quite a unique storyline to it - bottom line is, time is used as currency in a future dystopia, reminiscent of Logans Run.
Initially you get 25 years for free but after the that, the clock starts ticking down with only a year left until you expire & you have to constantly find ways to keep it topped up, usually nicking it off someone else or earning time extensions through other means.
The whole film is based around this initial concept but loads more could have been done with it.
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Old 26th Dec 2011, 02:24 PM   #4910
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The Hangover 2 - 5/10
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Old 26th Dec 2011, 06:28 PM   #4911
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The movie where Tom Cruise climbs the tallest building in the world - 7.5/10

Very entertaining popcorn flick. Non-stop action and really cool gadgets that can only exist in such a film.

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8/10!? The film was pretty poor other than the effects D:
GTFO! ID4 is incredible, and one of the most re-watchable films of all time.
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Old 26th Dec 2011, 07:07 PM   #4912
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ID4 had great effects, other than that a very poor storyline and comical characters. And lots of **** gets blown up.
Typical blockbuster indeed.
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Old 26th Dec 2011, 10:02 PM   #4913
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Screwy thing about ID4, they actually explained how Goldblum's character managed to interface with an alien computer, but it was cut from the film
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Old 27th Dec 2011, 05:37 AM   #4914
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Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol 6.5/10

Possibly it's the season of goodwill, but yet another film that exceeded expectations.

For the most part, the action was great (some of the stunts looked like they really did hurt) and as an action movie this pretty much did what it said on the tin.

Just as well, because the plot had more holes than the proverbial Swiss cheese, the characters were anonymous and not particularly likeable. Keeping the arch-villain off-screen might have worked for Lord of the Rings but not so much here.

I think these (and other defects) limit the re-watchability of the film. It will never be like a good James Bond even though some of the action is up there with the best of the entire Bond series.

Lynx translating "Ghost" as "Phantom" reminds me of an (almost certainly apocryphal) story of an early exercise in machine translation where "The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak" was translated from English to Russian and back again into English, where it emerged as "The vodka is good but the meat is rotten". Nothing to do with MI:GP, I just liked the story.
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Old 28th Dec 2011, 02:40 AM   #4915
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Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows 8/10.

Very good movie, I recommend it to everyone.
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Old 28th Dec 2011, 05:06 AM   #4916
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Terminator2 - Judgement Day - 9/10

This 21 year old film (that's right, 21 years) is another movie that re-defined what a summer blockbuster should be and it more than earns it's place as one of the most awesome action movies ever made.
Arnie, doing what he does best, basically not saying a lot and looking menacing went on to become one of Holywoods action film icons.
As for the rest of the cast, they disappeared into obscurity but Cameron went on to give us two other giants in movie history, Titanic & Avatar.
Not a bad CV James.
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Old 29th Dec 2011, 01:28 AM   #4917
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Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol 5/10

Super predictable.
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Old 29th Dec 2011, 03:20 AM   #4918
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Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines - 5/10

It would have to be one hell of a movie to top Terminator 2 and unfortunately, this isn't it.
Something about the wimpy Nick Stahl, who plays John Connor, just doesn't ring true and his supposedly resistance leading attributes are nowhere to be seen.
Arnie, who really started to show his age in this movie, just didn't have that sparkle in his cybernetic eye anymore and his acting was even more wooden than usual (if that's at all possible)
Kristinna Loken, who plays the T-X terminator, looks great in tight leather and looking like she's just walked off a cat-walk in Milan, never convinces as a ruthless death machine and it all starts to get a bit silly later on in the movie.
The chase scene with the crane truck is pretty awesome though but that's what all the budget was blown on by the looks of things.
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Old 29th Dec 2011, 06:08 AM   #4919
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We can't send chemical components back!

*Film #3: send back Terminator with a laser gun*.

The CGI in the crane truck scene actually wanes halfway through and it starts to look very budget.
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Old 29th Dec 2011, 06:37 AM   #4920
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