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Anthony Lawrie 8 months ago

Damn right re: Hugo dude

Paul Jensen 9 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 (Il Buono, il Brutto, il Cattivo.), 12 Angry Men (Twelve Angry Men), V for Vendetta, Lat sau san taam (Hard-Boiled), Narc, Aliens, Donnie Brasco, Lon: 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 (dishon), 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, kyb 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 (Police Story 3) (Ging chaat goo si 3: Chiu kap ging chaat), Pan's Labyrinth, Hot Fuzz, Sympathy for Lady Vengeance, Mulholland Drive, The Thin Red Line, Brick, Zatichi (The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi), The Prestige, Galaxy Quest, Amlie, The Wild Bunch, Children of Men, Blow, Paths of Glory, Jet Li's Fearless (Huo Yuan Jia) (Legend of a Fighter), Rashmon (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 Sanjr), 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 Bourne Ultimatum

The Bourne Ultimatum

8 hours ago via Flixster

The final installment of the Bourne franchise sees Matt Damon finally discovering who he is and who's behind this fine mess he's in. I must admit, I found this film an odd one. The usual formula of a thriller involves the story being set up for the first two thirds of the film, and the last half hour climaxes with a frenetic action set piece. In The Bourne Ultimatum, it's the other way round! The first hour and a half is more of Greengrass' wobbly cam following an earnest looking Damon as he runs through interchangeable corridors, chases down generic bad guys and speeds through traffic. There is literally no plot til the last half hour. It reminded me of The Matrix trilogy in that the second film seemed irrelevant, and the two sequels could easily have been compressed into one superior film. But as it stands, it's an entertaining enough thriller which ties up the story satisfactorily (if unsurprisingly) and at least the direction contained more drama and less seasickness than the second (the climactic car chase is actually very impressive indeed.) Still not as good as the first but it will please fans of the series.

Inequality For All

Inequality For All

8 hours ago via Flixster

Former US Labour Secretary Robert Reich's examination of the growing economic gap between the rich and poor makes for very sobering viewing in a kind of financial version of Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth. If anything, Reich's reputation and employment history makes him an even more credible figure and he clearly and concisely explains how this massive inequality in the distribution of wealth occurred and how it will affect the workers of his country. Of course the entitled right will dismiss everything he says as "propaganda" and "socialism" but anyone with any sense of impartiality will see it as mere common sense; if the super rich continue extracting all the wealth from an economy and fail to inject anything back as they consistently do through tax evasion, investment in the financial sector instead of job creation and manufacture, and the use of offshore accounts and tax havens then the system becomes unsustainable. Reich himself makes an likeable and straight talking front man and although the film, like An Inconvenient Truth, is based upon a lecture, his affability and use of attractive and informative infographics means it never fails to entertain, despite the rather worrying message. Fascinating stuff and I'd have to say that anyone who still thinks that unfettered capitalism is a good thing after viewing this film must be the economic equivalent of a Creationist!



2 days ago via Flixster

A future society that subdues its populace with an emotionally inhibiting drug is enforced by a police force of "clerics" who execute all those accused of "sense crime". Dismissed by most upon its release as just another Matrix clone, there are superficial similarities; stylistically the action choreography and costume design are very similar. There's a lot more going on under the surface however, as it takes cues from the likes of 1984 and Fahrenheit 451 in its depiction of a totalitarian, book burning society and message of individuality and what it means to be human. But by far the biggest difference is in its star; Christian Bale's far superior range makes for a performance that's both emotionally engaging and believable in its depiction of a man suddenly in conflict with everything he had been taught and dealing with emotions he has no experience with. Equilibrium is a very under-rated film in my opinion and is everything a sci-fi movie should be about; style, action, strong concepts and a message about the human condition. More V For Vendetta than The Matrix and definitely worth seeking out if you like sci-fi with a political slant.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

2 days ago via Flixster

A disgraced journalist and a young researcher who has been the victim of serial abuse throughout her life join forces to discover the fate of a girl who disappeared from a small Swedish town 40 years earlier. I was nowhere near as enamoured with the Swedish original as many others seemed to be, but this big budget American reinvention achieves something very rare; a Hollywood remake that is better than the original. Daniel Craig is a much more charismatic protagonist, Rooney Mara's Lisbeth seems like much less of a caricature and the supporting cast that includes Christopher Plummer and Stellan Skarsgard provides much more dramatic depth. But it is Fincher's dark, brooding visuals that give the necessary texture and the result is a film that feels more adult and less sensationalist than the Swedish version. Like The Departed and Insomnia before it, TGWTDT is proof that a Hollywood remake CAN work in the right hands if the bigger budget is spent on talent rather than superfluous special effects.

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