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Anthony Lawrie 14 months ago

Damn right re: Hugo dude

Paul Jensen 14 months ago

Yes, Lone Star is a fine film. Good comparison with Mud. Then of course there's his performance in Texas Chainsaw The Next Generation ;)

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Birmingham, UK
Favorite Movies:
GoodFellas, Oldboy, Apocalypse Now, Yojimbo, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Pulp Fiction, Fight Club, Memento, The Usual Suspects, Heat, Seven Samurai (Shichinin no Samurai), Taxi Driver, American Beauty, The Godfather, Reservoir Dogs, Unforgiven, Fargo, Raging Bull, Sin City, American History X, The Godfather, Part II, Kill Bill: Volume 2, Kill Bill: Volume 1, Seven (Se7en), The Elephant Man, Planet of the Apes, Alien, Dirty Harry, Jaws, L.A. Confidential, Casino, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, 12 Angry Men (Twelve Angry Men), V for Vendetta, Lat sau san taam (Hard-Boiled), Narc, Aliens, Donnie Brasco, LÚon: The Professional, Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, Chik geuk siu ji (Bare Foot Kid) (Young Hero), Black Hawk Down, The Big Lebowski, Brazil, Salvador, Mississippi Burning, Miller's Crossing, The Thing, Psycho, Evil Dead 2, House of Flying Daggers, Hero, Raising Arizona, Musa (The Warriors) (Musa the Warrior), Ju-on: The Grudge, Citizen Kane, Koroshiya 1 (Ichi the Killer), The Departed, Gladiator, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Ace in the Hole (The Big Carnival), One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Schindler's List, Serenity, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Monty Python's Life of Brian, Battle Royale 3D, Blade II, Batman Begins, Casino Royale, Stalag 17, Desperado, Donnie Darko, Audition (ďdishon), The Way of the Gun, This Is Spinal Tap, Sonatine, Double Indemnity, The Thin Man, Mou gaan dou (Infernal Affairs), Key Largo, Cidade de Deus (City of God), Rear Window, Amadeus, X2: X-Men United, The Bridge on the River Kwai, Mr. Vampire, Downfall (Der Untergang), Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, Paris, Texas, Barton Fink, Le Pacte des loups (Brotherhood of the Wolf), Platoon, Full Metal Jacket, The Deer Hunter, Trainspotting, Lifeboat, The Great Escape, Rebecca, A Better Tomorrow II, Eddie Izzard - Glorious, The Hidden Fortress (kakushi-toride No San-akunin), Vertigo, My Darling Clementine, The Outlaw Josey Wales, A Fistful of Dollars (Per un Pugno di Dollari), What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, The Maltese Falcon, Suspicion, The African Queen, The Magnificent Seven, The Big Sleep, Destry Rides Again, For a Few Dollars More (Per Qualche Dollaro in Pi¨), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Odd Couple, Napoleon Dynamite, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Doctor Zhivago, Spider-Man 2, Inherit the Wind, Empire of the Sun, Kelly's Heroes, Gandhi, The Man Who Would Be King, Little Big Man, Tremors, The Conversation, Rope, The Fifth Element, Batman Returns, In the Heat of the Night, Mission: Impossible, The Madness of King George, Minority Report, The Three Musketeers, The Four Musketeers, The Stepford Wives, Kung Fu Hustle, Braveheart, Sleepy Hollow, Chinatown, Fahrenheit 9/11, Bowling for Columbine, Equilibrium, High Fidelity, Grosse Pointe Blank, Ed Wood, Constantine, From Dusk Till Dawn, Jackie Brown, Three Kings, Midnight Cowboy, Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia, The Prophecy, Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, Bonnie and Clyde, Michael Collins, The Return of the Living Dead, Pale Rider, Lone Star, Marathon Man, Ghost Dog - The Way of the Samurai, Dog Soldiers, The Dead Zone, Ronin, In the Mouth of Madness, The Taking of Pelham One Two Three, Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead, Blazing Saddles, Deep Rising, Brother, The Beast (The Beast of War), Get Carter, The Last Detail, Boogie Nights, Being John Malkovich, Assault on Precinct 13, Murder in the First, Speed, Love and a .45, Buffalo '66, Twelve Monkeys (12 Monkeys), The Crow, Interview with the Vampire, A Clockwork Orange, They Live, The Devil's Backbone (El Espinazo del diablo), Highlander, Palookaville, Blue Velvet, Repo Man, Die Hard, An American Werewolf in London, Dead Ringers, Snatch, Lost Highway, Stagecoach, True Romance, Kumonosu J˘ (Throne of Blood) (Macbeth), Zulu, Withnail and I, Lethal Weapon, Pitch Black, Sien nui yau wan (A Chinese Ghost Story), The Killer (Dip huet seung hung), RoboCop, It's a Wonderful Life, Eddie Izzard - Dress to Kill, On the Waterfront, Some Like It Hot, It Happened One Night, The Caine Mutiny, Fail-Safe, The Ladykillers, White Heat, Attack, Hell Is For Heroes, Pork Chop Hill, The Philadelphia Story, Violent Cop (Sono otoko, ky˘b˘ ni tsuki), The Hidden, Spoorloos (The Vanishing), Back to the Future, Wolf Creek, Night of the Living Dead, Infernal Affairs III (Mou gaan dou III: Jung gik mou gaan), Monty Python's And Now for Something Completely Different, Supercop, Pan's Labyrinth, Hot Fuzz, Sympathy for Lady Vengeance, Mulholland Drive, The Thin Red Line, Brick, Zat˘ichi (The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi), The Prestige, Galaxy Quest, AmÚlie, The Wild Bunch, Children of Men, Blow, Paths of Glory, Jet Li's Fearless (Huo Yuan Jia) (Legend of a Fighter), Rash˘mon (Rashomon) (In the Woods), Azumi, The Pianist, Zodiac, The Wind and the Lion, No Country for Old Men, Hard Times, Letters from Iwo Jima, Capricorn One, Busting, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Sweet Smell of Success, Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (AVP 2), Planet Terror (Grindhouse Presents: Robert Rodriguez's Planet Terror), The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, The Dark Knight, Dead Man's Shoes, Wong gok hak yau (One Night in Mongkok), American Gangster, Michael Clayton, A Bittersweet Life (Dalkomhan insaeng), In Bruges, Araburu tamashii-tachi (Agitator) (The Outlaw Souls), Before the Devil Knows You're Dead, Hotel Rwanda, Slumdog Millionaire, Defiance, Cape Fear, Pursued, Skin Game, Once Upon a Time in the West, Run Lola Run (Lola rennt), The Killing, Gone Baby Gone, Changeling, Blood Diamond, Fireworks (Hana-bi), Requiem for a Dream, The Shining, Watchmen, In the Loop, Dead Man, The Roaring Twenties, Duck Soup, Inland Empire, Welcome to Dongmakgol, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Forbidden Kingdom, Bill Hicks: Revelations, Sukiyaki Western Django, Red Cliff (Chi Bi), Kick-Ass, The Good, the Bad, and the Weird, Triad Election (Hak se wui yi wo wai kwai), Lawrence of Arabia, Ju-on: The Curse (Curse Grudge), Inception, Mystic River, Sherlock Holmes, District 9, A Very Long Engagement, Ichi, The Lovely Bones, Sanjuro (Tsubaki Sanjűr˘), Felon, Starship Troopers, Little Miss Sunshine, JSA: Joint Security Area (Gongdong gyeongbi guyeok JSA), The Killers, Murder, My Sweet, Out of the Past, The Matrix Revolutions, Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, Out of Sight
Favorite Actors:
Robert De Niro, Toshiro Mifune, Benicio Del Toro, Takeshi Kitano, Humphrey Bogart, Clint Eastwood, Johnny Depp, James Stewart, Henry Fonda, Maggie Cheung, Frances McDormand, Lauren Bacall, Gene Hackman, Michael Caine, Sean Connery, Spencer Tracy, Steve McQueen, Uma Thurman, Michelle Yeoh, Kevin Spacey, John Turturro, Steve Buscemi, John Goodman, Harvey Keitel, Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Juliette Binoche, Beatrice Dalle, Alain Delon, Jean Reno, Christopher Walken, Takashi Shimura, Andy Lau, Keith David, James Woods, Richard Harris, Richard Burton, Ian McKellen, Cary Grant, Katherine Hepburn, Gregory Peck, Robert Duvall, Al Pacino, Christina Ricci, James Mason, Sterling Hayden, James Cagney, Bob Hope, Groucho Marx, William Holden, Alec Guiness, Gary Oldman, George Clooney, Lee Marvin, Christian Bale, Clive Owen, Li Gong, Jet Li, Djimon Hounsou, Anthony Hopkins, Ian Holm, Freddie Jones, Ving Rhames, Ewan McGregor, Ed Harris, Viggo Mortensen, Morgan Freeman, Forest Whitaker, Charlize Theron, Gloria Grahame, Robert Mitchum, Helena Bonham Carter, Claudette Colbert, William Powell, Claude Rains, Gene Tierney, Katharine Hepburn, Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Winona Ryder, Christian Slater, Kate Winslet, Errol Flynn, Cate Blanchett
If you: 1. are under 18 2. have a really low MCT score 3. have Adam Sandler/tinkerbell/some sweaty bloke's sixpack as your profile picture 4. have Adam Sandler in your "favourite actors" 5. have the playboy bunny as your profile skin 6. have the word "sexy" or "princess" in your e-mail address 7. ryt yr msgs lyk ths lol xxxxxxxxx 8. list "chillin" as one of your interests 9. have got a profile that's wall-to-wall widgets then don't bother... Key to my ratings system: 5 stars In the presence of greatness 4.5 stars Inspired 4 stars Impressed 3.5 stars Thoroughly entertained 3 stars Satisfied 2.5 stars Not offended 2 stars Indifferent/bored 1.5 stars Irritated 1 star Insulted 0.5 stars Angry! "More generally (and this applies to Christianity no less than Islam), what is really pernicious is the practice of teaching children that faith itself is a virtue. Faith is an evil precisely because it requires no justification and brooks no argument. Teaching children that unquestioning faith is a virtue primes them - given certain other ingredients that are not hard to come by - to grow up into potentially lethal weapons for future jihads or crusades. Immunized against fear by the promise of a martyr's paradise, the authentic faith-head deserves a high place in the history of armaments, alongside the longbow, the warhorse, the tank and the cluster bomb." Richard Dawkins

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The Forbidden Kingdom

The Forbidden Kingdom

34 days ago via Flixster

An American kung fu movie geek is entrusted with an ancient staff which transports him to a magical world where the mystical kung fu characters of his movies are real. The Forbidden Kingdom is a throwback to the wish fulfilment fantasies of the 1980s, sharing a lot in common with the likes of The Karate Kid, Big Trouble In Little China and even Indiana Jones. Making the hero of the film an American will no doubt irritate many and he is certainly the least interesting character in the film, but he is for the most part a figure of fun in the same way as Jack Burton was in Big Trouble. Jet Li strikes up a great buddy partnership with Jackie Chan who revives his Drunken Master routine, and their face off is impressive as you'd expect. And having grown up on cheesy 70s TV show Monkey, I'd have to say that he makes a brilliant Monkey King; I'd go as far as to say that I'd love to see a film version with him in the role. I would have to say that it is inevitably very formulaic and Yefei Liu's superfluous character only seems to be there to make sure that there's an even distribution of hotties. As a whole it's a funny, exciting family friendly fantasy with a knockabout charm that is clearly pandering to the Pirates Of The Shaolin crowd. But it works. Corny in an almost pleasing way and probably the best thing Jackie Chan has done since he first started bending over for the Hollywood buck, hating this film for the "homogenization of Chinese culture" is basically like calling Mr. Miyagi an evil traitorous sell out. Completely missing the point.

The Next Three Days

The Next Three Days

38 days ago via Flixster

A schoolteacher's wife is imprisoned for first degree murder based upon circumstantial evidence and when the final appeal fails and she resorts to a suicide attempt he pours all his skills as a researcher into engineering a meticulous plan to break her out. Very much in a similar vein to TV series Prison Break, The Next Three Days has the premise of an ordinary and honest man resorting to extreme measures when faced with an untenable situation. It's not as convoluted as the series however, concentrating more on the human drama than histrionics; in fact the inevitable mix of wobbly-cammed screeching tires, helicopters and cop dodging is easily the least interesting part of the film. Some will be disappointed at the lack of action, especially considering the trailer which was clearly cut together to make it look like another shit-witted action thriller for the ADHD generation but I personally am a fan of Haggis' more subtle and human approach to the thriller formula which dispenses with the usual associated macho bullshit and pointless running around with guns. As a result it feels a lot more plausible and realistic (at least until the rather unlikely finale) and you actually care what happens to the characters thanks to a strong performance from Crowe as the desperate husband and father. It does stall somewhat near the conclusion and never really gets back into gear, but the intelligent approach makes it a cut above the usual Hollywood fare.

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