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  1. Rocky 3 does for me too, but I was 12 when that came out. My era is very much Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Flash Gordon (the 1980? movie not the old Saturday Matinee originals you cheeky scamps!).

    I love Flash Gordon: a truly great cheesy movie, up there with Big Trouble In Little China for cheddary brilliance. I think I fell in love with Princess Aura and the guy who played Zarkov was excellently exaggerated. Who was they guy who played Ming, he was epic? He played that role faultlessly, a proper regal villain.

  2. Funnily enough, I was taken to see ET for my 6th birthday treat in late 1982 and did cry as well. Hold a strong emotional attachment as it was the first film I seen at the flicks and one of my more vivid earliest memories.

    Goonies and Gremlins as well in the 80s as I had two special photobooks as presents.

    To conclude: Spielberg >

    Goonies and Gremlins (particularly) bring back a lot of memories for me as well, as does Rocky 3 and Temple Of Doom. Man, I feel old.

  3. I saw ET when I was 8, maybe that's why I'm fonder of it than you. I remember trying not to cry in the cinema and then blubbing my eyes out when my little sister suddenly burst into tears. But then I've guess always been that kind of guy, into fairy tales, high fantasy and metaphor. That's probably why I love AI so much, the whole needy re-telling of the Pinocchio story.

  4. Raiders of the Lost Ark and Schindler's List would be the only films I'd put in a Fave Films category, but I find most of his films are watchable at least.

    AI was a snoozefest and I was never a big fan of ET or Close Encounters but apart from that...

    ...and the latest Indiana Jones movie which was dire.

    AI is one of my all time fav films but then I do seem to be in the minority. ET is arguable one of the best kids movies ever made. No point explaining why close Encounters is so good if you already don't think so. No accounting for taste I guess.

    Agree on Kingdom of the Crystal Skull though, a real let down.

  5. Love Kill Bill films. Just like watching a comic book

    Aye, they are awesome. So stylish. But then I love pretty much all of Tarantino's stuff. The scripts for Pulp Fiction/True Romance are just amazing, Jackie Brown is a really under rated movie and Inglorious is magnificently OTT.

  6. The problem with the Hulk movies is that he is a bit of a **** character tbh

    Nah, the Hulk is a great character if explored properly. He was (at the time) the modern Frankenstein's monster. He was a metaphor for what happens when we repress our emotions and the unhealthy consequences that come with it. It was later that they turned him into a gentle giant wanting only to be left alone. When the Hulk was done right he was a mean, arrogant and thuggish brute who put up a front to hide his 'weaker' human emotions. All good stuff.

    As for the movies I think they both missed the point tbf. The point of super-heroes is that they can do stuff normal people can't: fly, turn invisible, throw a tank into space. There's so much angst running through those films that 'being the strongest one there is' got a little lost. It's the same with the last Superman movie. There was no joy in exploring the ridiculous.

    That's partly why I think Thor kind of worked. It embraced the unbelievable, had fun with the source material and made no apology for it.

  7. I'm with you, never liked Captain America although did collect for a bit (collected a lot of Marvel comics back in the day) so around the time he was stripped of Captain America, always like the stuff with the bird in it, Elektra, was it or diamond something but he never used to do anywhere interesting with his character.

    That said, I wasn't a massive fan of Thor, not bad but just didn't grab me, I'll watch that film over Captain America though.

    Are they also making a new Hulk? ... leave it alone, you just can't do it

    I think the problem with both the Hulk movies is that they have a CGI Hulk. They went for the over-sized monster thing in both movies and it just didn't work. What's wrong with getting a bodybuilder in and painting him green?

  8. I think Thor's Earth-based stuff takes place during the end of Iron Man 2, so Stark is on the East Coast fighting Vanko & the drone, meeting Fury or receiving his medal when the Destroyer is around.

    I think the timeline goes: Iron Man 1 -> Iron Man 2 up to Agent Coulson leaving Stark's house -> Iron Man 2 final third/Thor's stay on Earth/Hulk fighting the Army at that college campus (news footage and maps behind Fury at the end in IM2 show the fallout of the Hulk/Army fight and have New Mexico highlighted) -> Incredible Hulk's ending.

    The end of Incredible Hulk is the latest chronologically as Stark is working with Shield by that point when he only agreed to do so at the end of IM2.

    /ubergeek

    I think you kind of nailed the chronology there. The film I'm really curious to see is Captain America because I've never really been a fan of him as a comic book character so it will be interesting to see how they portray him, be it the 'All American American' or a more worldly symbolic type.

  9. Didn't really like Thor, I can see what they were trying to do by to establishing the characters to people that might not have read the comics but it was all a bit meh to me. They spend the entire first act drumming into your head how he's spent the last thousand years being this arrogant, gung-ho, selfish man-child but

    24 hrs on earth and a couple of pints with Stellan Skarsgard is enough to show him the error of his ways and transform him into a selfless, heroic martyr? Really?

    Would have preferred they ditch the half-baked attempts at character development and just stuck in 10 mins of running around in capes and bashing things in the head with hammers and axes.

    Can't really do a Marvel based Thor film without covering his need for humility but I do see your point. But

    using Thor's misguided belief his father had died was a easy way for him to get that character defining shock to the system. Thor was always selfless and heroic he just also happened to be arrogant, headstrong and childish.

    It's hard to see how they could do any real character development in what is essentially a action adventure.

    Oddly though this is a bit of a trend with the Marvel characters. Thor, Spider-man and Iron Man are much more interesting imo before they have their epiphanies. As is the Hulk in the early comics who's more of a thug rather than a dumb brute who just wants to be left alone.

  10. @Thunder God: That's the impression I got, that if you were a fan of the comic you'd really enjoy it as much for seeing those characters on screen as anything. Having never read the comics, I found the plot a bit all over the place and the silly humour in the Earth scenes really annoying. Kenneth Branagh, although he did draw strong performances out of the cast, is a really useless director too. Interested to hear what others think, as my feeling is that it might be a bit too fantastic for most mainstream viewers.

    I do feel that it may be a bit too fantastical for a part of the mainstream audience but considering the subject matter I think Branagh did a fair job. Like you I don't really rate him as a director. Plot wise I also agree. It felt very crammed and some of the ideas are under-developed. Still, this could have been an utter disaster but what we've ended up with imo is a decent movie that hits the spot for fanboys like me.

    Having said that this is loosely based on Northern European myths and we live in a Northern European country. Surely, some of the themes, characters and settings resonate, at least a little, or have we completely lost our connection to our own historical and cultural roots?

    Speaking from a personal perspective one of the things I'm proud of about this film is that it may - unintentionally - play a small part in re-introducing some of us to our own rich cultural history.

    But as I say I'm far too biased to judge this film rationally. I adore the Norse myths and I adored the Thor comic books so I was bound to like this film unless they totally messed it up which thankfully they didn't.

  11. Went to see Thor this afternoon. Impossible to be objective about this film as Thor has been my favorite comic book character since I was 12 years old (Hence the Thunder God username). It's no masterpiece but I really enjoyed it. They got the balance between the ridiculous aspects and the human story down reasonably well. Hopkins is top draw as Odin and the cast do pretty well overall.

    For me though it was just such a kick to see Thor on the big screen. Asgard was fantastic, it looked amazing and the Destroyer was reasonably convincing as a cgi war-machine. They tie in all the Avengers stuff neatly enough as well.

    Not sure what the average punter would make of it though. As I said I'm far to biased to judge if this is a good movie or not. Still, it had frost giants. It had Bifrost the rainbow bridge. It had Kat Dennings. It had Springer Bell adding colour to a Scandinavian mythology and it had a hammer that can only be lifted by the worthy.

    Worth my £6.50.

  12. I spoke to Vodafone and they have offered me a free HTC Sensation if I stay with them. Only draw back is the phone is not out for a while yet. The guy said - may be sales patter of course - that this would be a top Android phone with 4gb and an inclusive memory card adding an extra 8gb.

    I said I'd get back to them and he's promised to note the offer on my account.

    Any good?

  13. Okay some quick advice here please. I currently have a Blackberry Bold as a phone and an ITouch 64g (given to me as a gift) for my music, games, vids etc.

    Now I'm free to upgrade my mobile (and have no desire for another Blackberry) so do I go for an IPhone 4 or an Android such as the Galaxy? Since I already have the Touch is their any benefit in getting an IPhone other than it's ability to make calls?

    The agony of choice! Tell me what to do!

  14. Watched Source Code yesterday. It was okay, but I found the lead guy Jake Gyllenhaal really annoying. Plus, I hate all that "one soldier to another" stuff. The plot was decent though and I can't say I was bored. Some clever plot twists along the way. Overall a solid 7/10 for me.

    Also saw HOP with my kid. Nothing to say about really. My kid, who's seven, thought it was funny though, which was the point of going in the first place.

  15. Had a free afternoon and went and saw Sucker Punch. I loved this. As someone already mentioned it’s like watching an X Box game on the big screen. For me though that was one of the things I liked about it.

    It was a violently visceral piece of filmmaking, full of extraordinary set pieces, stunning energy and reckless ambition. This is where I think Zack Snyder is at his best: coming up with elaborate combat sequences that are both cool and original. That’s his art. Michael Bay could actually learn a thing from Snyder about how to make a sci-fi fight scene the audience can actually follow. (I didn’t have a ****ing clue what was going on action wise in the last Transformers movie).

    Don’t get me wrong there’s a lot against this film. Many of the characters (including two of the main ones) are utterly plastic and pointless. Carla Gugino’s character is awful and without any dimension at all. Some of the dialogue is really weak, particularly when it’s used to ‘develop’ characters.

    Still this film isn’t really about that. It’s pure sensory overload, designed to appeal on a number of base levels. Or put simply: I’m more than happy to watch a fit bird in a revealing outfit take apart 10 foot armoured samurai robots with a sword and a gun while Bjork’s Army Of Me blasting away on the soundtrack.

    Afternoon well spent.

  16. It may as well not have been about Robin Hood - just some random medieval archer from Richard I's army. There's nothing of the legend in this version... and if you're going to do something based on a legend you should at least keep aspects of it.

    This was my main issue with it also. I wasn't bothered by his accent. It's not great but as you say not the worst. Most characters of note have either symbolic traits or iconic symbols attached to them but I think you hit the nail on the head when you said this could have been some random bowman without any ties to the iconography of Robin Hood. Plus for me the script was really weak. I can't speak on the second half as I gave up on it.

  17. Caught up on a few movies recently.

    Black Swan: Loved this. It was an immense piece of film-making. Superb performances and an intelligent script. I am a tad biased though as my own work tends to be preoccupied with duality and metamorphosis. Plus I have a bit of a thing for Natalie Portman (until she does her crying face). Excellent stuff though.

    Drive Angry: Utter rubbish but enjoyed it. Just a really silly movie that’s way OTT but I wasn’t bored at all and had a good laugh.

    Buried: Not my sort of thing. Just couldn’t get into it. Found the central premise weak and tbh was just irritated most of the way through it.

    Social Network: Agree with most people about this film, really good. Great dialogue, great performances and a movie that moves along really well even though the narrative is very narrow. Amazing how Fincher manages to direct this without getting in the way, if that makes sense.

    Robin Hood: Oh dear . . . watched this on Sky and couldn’t stay with it. Might have been my mood but it was so heavily clichéd and I honesty can’t believe this was directed by Ridley Scott, particularly since he’s so good at historical fiction (Kingdom Of Heaven, Gladiator). Turned it off half way through.

  18. Watched Tangled on Tuesday. And I normally love a good kids film, but it was horrendous. It was like it was straight out of the 1930s Disney catalogue. Sickeningly sweet and overly happy and chirpy. Awful by modern film making standards.

    Funnily enough those were all the things I loved about it. My kid loved it too but like any six year old boy pretended he was bored/not affected during the sad/cute stuff. A teenage girl sitting about six seats from us started crying near the end only to have the **** taken out of her by her mate, heh!

    Good film imo, worth it for the 3D lantern sequence alone.

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