RSS iconTwitter iconFacebook icon

The Trek BBS title image

The Trek BBS statistics

Threads: 140,943
Posts: 5,479,211
Members: 25,056
Currently online: 539
Newest member: JeremiahJT

TrekToday headlines

USS Enterprise Press-Out And Build Manual
By: T'Bonz on Nov 28

New QMx USS Reliant Model
By: T'Bonz on Nov 28

Star Trek Thirty-Five Years On 35MM: A Retrospective
By: T'Bonz on Nov 28

Trek Shirt And Hoodie
By: T'Bonz on Nov 27

A Klingon Christmas Carol’s Last Season
By: T'Bonz on Nov 27

Attack Wing Wave 10 Expansion Pack
By: T'Bonz on Nov 27

New Star Trek Funko Pop! Vinyl Figures
By: T'Bonz on Nov 26

QMx Mini Phaser Ornament
By: T'Bonz on Nov 26

Stewart as Neo-Nazi Skinhead
By: T'Bonz on Nov 26

Klingon Bloodwine To Debut
By: T'Bonz on Nov 25


Welcome! The Trek BBS is the number one place to chat about Star Trek with like-minded fans. Please login to see our full range of forums as well as the ability to send and receive private messages, track your favourite topics and of course join in the discussions.

If you are a new visitor, join us for free. If you are an existing member please login below. Note: for members who joined under our old messageboard system, please login with your display name not your login name.


Go Back   The Trek BBS > Entertainment & Interests > TV & Media

TV & Media Non-Trek television, movies, books, music, etc.

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old March 19 2010, 06:14 AM   #361
Harvey
Admiral
 
Harvey's Avatar
 
Re: Movies Seen in 2010

To be honest, when I was watching it, I knew he was in it from the outset and still I didn't notice him. But he's got to be there somewhere.

Up next I'm watching the David Duchovny "masterpiece" Playing God. Why? Because I decided, for no particularly good reason, to watch every David Duchovny film ever made a couple of years ago. You can see why this one has taken so long to rise to the top of my Blockbuster queue...
__________________
"This begs explanation." - de Forest Research on Star Trek

My blog: Star Trek Fact Check.
Harvey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old March 19 2010, 06:52 PM   #362
Harvey
Admiral
 
Harvey's Avatar
 
Re: Movies Seen in 2010

1. Sherlock Holmes [B-]
2. Men in Black [A]
3. Up in the Air [A]
4. Star Trek: The Motion Picture [D+]
5. I'm Not There [A]
6. Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (2009) [D-]
7. American Violet [B ]
8. Inglourious Basterds [A]
9. Death at a Funeral [B ]
10. A Serious Man [A]
11. The Hurt Locker [A-]
12. Mad Max 2 (AKA The Road Warrior) [C]
13. The Book of Eli [C-]
14. Elegy [B+]
15. Close Encounters of the Third Kind [A]
16. The Invention of Lying [B-]
17. Gamer [C]
18. Timecrimes [A]
19. Metropolis [A]
20. Pandorum [B ]
21. Raiders of the Lost Ark [A]
22. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade [A]
23. Moon [A]
24. Fun with Dick and Jane [C]
25. Sunshine [C]
26. Stanley Kubrick's The Killing [B+]
27. Ernest Hemingway's The Killers (1964) [A-]
28. Ernest Hemingway's The Killers (1946) [B+]
29. Glengarry Glen Ross [B-]
30. Gattaca [A]
31. The Big Chill [ B]
32. The Producers [A]
33. Rent [C+]
34. Blade Runner [A]
35. My Cousin Vinny [B-]
36. Zombieland [ B]
37. Infernal Affairs [A]
38. The Walker [F]
39. Starship Troopers [A]
40. Mrs. Washington Goes to Smith [F]
41. Altered States [A]
42. Devil in a Blue Dress [ B]
43. Renaissance [ B]
44. District 9 [ B]
45. The Shawshank Redemption [B+]
46. Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story [ B]
47. Memento [A]
48. Powaqqatsi [C+]
49. The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard [D-]
50. The Box [ B]
51. Beverly Hills Cop [B-]
52. Notorious [B+]
53. Apocalypse Now Redux [A]
54. Death to Smoochy [C+]
55. Double Jeopardy [D-]
56. The Maltese Falcon [A-]
57. Starship Troopers [A]
58. Green Zone [ B]
59. Roving Mars [ B]
60. Star Trek [B+]
61. Beverly Hills Cop 2 [B-]
62. Playing God [D-]

Playing God is as terrible as its reputation suggests, and perhaps worse. The entire cast delivers performances that are hammy, awful, or both. David Duchovny has a few amusing lines where his sense of humor is able to come through, but not many. Mostly, were subjected to some poorly written narration delivered with all the enthusiasm it deserves. Michael Massee is really over the top (to manic levels, really) as an FBI agent. Timothy Hutton isn't much better. There's an amusing scene where Duchovny's character goes to treat a man in the company of a couple of rednecks, but of course the man has been dead for hours. The only other amusing thing I can think of is when the credits came up and I was able to shut the movie off, check it off my list, and never have to watch it again.

Hopefully I'll do better tonight. Shouldn't be hard...
__________________
"This begs explanation." - de Forest Research on Star Trek

My blog: Star Trek Fact Check.
Harvey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old March 20 2010, 08:46 AM   #363
TrekNut87
Captain
 
TrekNut87's Avatar
 
Location: Minnesota
View TrekNut87's Twitter Profile Send a message via Yahoo to TrekNut87
Re: Movies Seen in 2010

The Incredible Hulk (2008) [B-] Much much better than the piece of crap that was Hulk (2003) but it could've been so much better. I liked Norton as Banner, but the lack of character development is disappointing. I would have liked to see the characters fleshed out a little more.

Watchmen (2009) [B] I've been meaning to get around to this for a while now and having just finished the novel recently, I thought it'd be a good time to watch it. For the most part I liked it, but there were a few scenes in the novel that really enriched the story that were either not in the film or done poorly, so that was a big letdown for me.

The Illusionist (2006) [A] This one was a lot of fun, I was highly entertained. Ed Norton and Paul Giamatti are fantastic.
TrekNut87 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old March 20 2010, 11:55 AM   #364
Kegg
Rear Admiral
 
Kegg's Avatar
 
Location: Ireland.
Re: Movies Seen in 2010

Shutter Island

The film plays its hand rather heavily; I suspecting the ending pretty much from the first scene. Still, it's a stylish melodrama, with lots of nice musical and visual cues (a favourite of mine would be when discussing the war, one of the marshalls drolly remarks they could have been paper-pushers - and we cut to an image of paper floating dreamlike in the office of a Nazi commandant.)

It seems to have elicited extremely mixed reactions, but I'd mostly place this as a return to form for Scorsese. But then, insanity, imbalance, worlds shifting out of order - this stuff I always find fun.

__________________
'Spock is always right, even when he's wrong. It's the tone of voice, the supernatural reasonability; this is not a man like us; this is a god.'
- Philip K. Dick

Last edited by Kegg; March 20 2010 at 12:13 PM.
Kegg is offline   Reply With Quote
Old March 20 2010, 02:59 PM   #365
stonester1
Rear Admiral
 
stonester1's Avatar
 
Re: Movies Seen in 2010

Sherlock Holmes (B)

Book of Eli (B+)

She's Out Of My League (B-)

Daybreakers (D)

Copout (D-)

From Paris With Love (B)

Alice in Wonderland (B)

Inglorious Basterds (A)
__________________
"New and stirring things are belittled because if they are not belittled, the humiliating question arises, 'Why then are you not taking part in them?' " - H. G. Wells
stonester1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old March 21 2010, 05:14 AM   #366
CaptainCanada
Admiral
 
CaptainCanada's Avatar
 
Location: Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Re: Movies Seen in 2010

45. Adam's Rib (C)

Continuing our Old Black-and-White Films series, I jump back further in time to 1949's Adam's Rib, one of the many cinematic collaborations between Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn, directed by George Cukor (who also directed The Philadelphia Story, which I watched/reviewed earlier in the year). Reading up, this is a film with a pretty good reputation (they even tried to base a TV series on it in the 1970s), but I didn't like it. It's supposedly a screwball comedy, but it's not particularly funny (the candy gun at the end made me laugh, though). Some of the subject-matter really seems strange for a comedy, and I'm not clear whether the way Amanda's feminism is presented is supposed to make us sympathize (in which case, her argument is preposterous) or not (given the female co-writer and Hepburn's general presence, I'm guessing this isn't just an anti-feminist screed, which just makes it weirder). There's also the most effeminate would-be wife-stealer I've ever seen in a movie. Hepburn and Tracy are both giving their all, and you can see whey people still speak of the pairing fondly, but overall I really didn't enjoy this one.
__________________
"I'm a white male, age 18 to 49. Everyone listens to me, no matter how dumb my suggestions are!"

- Homer Simpson
CaptainCanada is offline   Reply With Quote
Old March 21 2010, 07:48 AM   #367
LitmusDragon
Commodore
 
LitmusDragon's Avatar
 
Location: The Barmuda Triangle
Re: Movies Seen in 2010

District 9 - A
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince - B+
The Wrestler - B
V for Vendetta - C+
Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone - C
Corpse Bride - C
Battlefield Earth - F
There Will Be Blood - A
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - B
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly - B
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - A
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - B-
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - B
Faust (1994) - A
Night on Earth - B
Schizopolis - B-
The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes - B
Primer - B
Ryan (2005) - B
Lost Highway - C+
The Seventh Seal (1957) - A
Metropolis (1927) - A
Kagemusha - A
Following - B+
Masters of Russian Animation 1, 2 - A
The Old Man and the Sea (animated) - A
The Man Who Planted Trees - A
Miller's Crossing - B+
Ocean's Eleven - B-
Moon - A
Inglorious Basterds - B+
"Unnamed Bitorrent Animation Collection" - A
The Third Man - A-
Memento - A
Thirst - B

I'd somehow never gotten around to seeing Memento until recently. It's very good. Might have the most important last 5 minutes of any movie I can recall. Every time you think that you've got the motivations of the various characters figured out, the movie turns that on it's head. Excellent movie and an excellent use of it's premise. A

Thirst is a solid vampire love story movie hailing from South Korea. There's a bit of depth to the characters, the cinematography is good, and the writing is pretty smart. Seems to channel MacBeth a bit during it's third act, and really, that's the most interesting thing about these kinds of movies. B
__________________
I made an 8-bit style RPG, here it is
I'm getting married on July 19, 2014.

Last edited by LitmusDragon; March 21 2010 at 08:13 AM.
LitmusDragon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old March 21 2010, 08:52 PM   #368
Harvey
Admiral
 
Harvey's Avatar
 
Re: Movies Seen in 2010

1. Sherlock Holmes [B-]
2. Men in Black [A]
3. Up in the Air [A]
4. Star Trek: The Motion Picture [D+]
5. I'm Not There [A]
6. Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (2009) [D-]
7. American Violet [B ]
8. Inglourious Basterds [A]
9. Death at a Funeral [B ]
10. A Serious Man [A]
11. The Hurt Locker [A-]
12. Mad Max 2 (AKA The Road Warrior) [C]
13. The Book of Eli [C-]
14. Elegy [B+]
15. Close Encounters of the Third Kind [A]
16. The Invention of Lying [B-]
17. Gamer [C]
18. Timecrimes [A]
19. Metropolis [A]
20. Pandorum [B ]
21. Raiders of the Lost Ark [A]
22. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade [A]
23. Moon [A]
24. Fun with Dick and Jane [C]
25. Sunshine [C]
26. Stanley Kubrick's The Killing [B+]
27. Ernest Hemingway's The Killers (1964) [A-]
28. Ernest Hemingway's The Killers (1946) [B+]
29. Glengarry Glen Ross [B-]
30. Gattaca [A]
31. The Big Chill [ B]
32. The Producers [A]
33. Rent [C+]
34. Blade Runner [A]
35. My Cousin Vinny [B-]
36. Zombieland [ B]
37. Infernal Affairs [A]
38. The Walker [F]
39. Starship Troopers [A]
40. Mrs. Washington Goes to Smith [F]
41. Altered States [A]
42. Devil in a Blue Dress [ B]
43. Renaissance [ B]
44. District 9 [ B]
45. The Shawshank Redemption [B+]
46. Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story [ B]
47. Memento [A]
48. Powaqqatsi [C+]
49. The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard [D-]
50. The Box [ B]
51. Beverly Hills Cop [B-]
52. Notorious [B+]
53. Apocalypse Now Redux [A]
54. Death to Smoochy [C+]
55. Double Jeopardy [D-]
56. The Maltese Falcon [A-]
57. Starship Troopers [A]
58. Green Zone [ B]
59. Roving Mars [ B]
60. Star Trek [B+]
61. Beverly Hills Cop 2 [B-]
62. Playing God [D-]
63. Hook [C-]

There wasn't much on television last night, so I settled for Steven Spielberg's Hook. I remember, when the film came out, the reviews were poor and I, being six (saw it on VHS I think) loved it. Nostalgia only goes so far, though. At times, Robin Williams seems to be enjoying his role, and at times, he seems woefully miscast. The music by John Williams is wonderful, but it only makes me wish the design of Neverland could match it. It's just so drab.

Planning on watching 2012 tonight and Shutter Island the day after. Don't have grand expectations for either, but we'll see. I've had Wings of Desire rented for ages on Blu-Ray. I should probably get around to watching that soon...
__________________
"This begs explanation." - de Forest Research on Star Trek

My blog: Star Trek Fact Check.
Harvey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old March 21 2010, 09:45 PM   #369
Lord Garth
Guest
 
Re: Movies Seen in 2010

The alphabetical pattern is broken.

Avatar
Amreeka
Just Married
2012
CSA: The Confederate States of America (a mockumentary that's disturbing, horrific, and ridiculous all at the same time)

I've been purposely avoiding anything released before 2000.
  Reply With Quote
Old March 21 2010, 11:52 PM   #370
Too Much Fun
Commodore
 
Too Much Fun's Avatar
 
Re: Movies Seen in 2010

"Bullitt" - The much hyped car chase lived up to its reputation (one of the best car chases I've ever seen) and the shooting/chasing on foot scenes were terrific as well. Couldn't get into the characters or story, though. I was surprised by how bland Bullitt himself was. Just a typical, generic, straight arrow, smart, professional, intelligent cop. Didn't really help me understand why Steve McQueen is considered iconic. His meticulous, man-of-few words no-nonsense attitude was realistic, but made the character boring to watch.

The relationship with his woman in the movie was weak too. Same kind of thing as "Heat" where the woman worries about all the violence her man has to deal with in his line of work and how it makes him aloof and desensitized to violence. It was done so much better in "Heat", I think mostly because Al Pacino had great dialogue to work with and brought humour and intensity to the role. The chase at the airport in the end reminded me of "Heat" too. I wonder if Michael Mann was thinking of this movie when he made that. I'm glad I saw it because of the chase scenes, but overall I was disappointed by this so-called action classic.
Too Much Fun is offline   Reply With Quote
Old March 22 2010, 09:36 PM   #371
Harvey
Admiral
 
Harvey's Avatar
 
Re: Movies Seen in 2010

64. Notes on a Scandal [A-]

I bought this film at Blockbuster over a year ago for 3 dollars, but for some reason only got around to watching it this afternoon. I thought it was marvelous, for the most part. Barbara's sexual longing for Sheba is very palpable, but never overplayed. Glass' score is wonderful--at times, it plays to the composer's strengths and at times, it was much more dramatic and thematic than I would have expected from the composer. At times, I thought that the film, visually, relied on a cliche or two, but listening to the film was a joy--the interplay between music, sound effects, and dialogue (including Barbara's wonderful, unreliable narration) was quite well-done.

Shutter Island tonight, and then 2012 if I'm feeling self-destructive.
__________________
"This begs explanation." - de Forest Research on Star Trek

My blog: Star Trek Fact Check.
Harvey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old March 22 2010, 10:27 PM   #372
Kegg
Rear Admiral
 
Kegg's Avatar
 
Location: Ireland.
Re: Movies Seen in 2010

Loved Notes on a Scandal. I saw it basically for the Glass score (big fan) but it had solid performances and excellent writing. Judi Dench's incredibly cynical bitterness is a joy to listen to.
__________________
'Spock is always right, even when he's wrong. It's the tone of voice, the supernatural reasonability; this is not a man like us; this is a god.'
- Philip K. Dick
Kegg is offline   Reply With Quote
Old March 23 2010, 08:01 AM   #373
Daneel
Rear Admiral
 
Daneel's Avatar
 
Location: Toronto
Re: Movies Seen in 2010

Went out and saw The Runaways. As far as rock band biopics go, it's well-made and watchable, but if you're looking for something deep and insightful, you may be disappointed. To go with a musical analogy, the film hits all the appropriate notes, but it doesn't really do anything terribly unique or unexpected with them.

It's worth a viewing, though. I'll give it a B... maybe a B-, but I'm feeling generous, so I'll stick with the original grade.
Daneel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old March 23 2010, 11:35 AM   #374
od0_ital
Admiral
 
od0_ital's Avatar
 
Location: Nacogdoches, Texas
Send a message via Yahoo to od0_ital
Re: Movies Seen in 2010

I've got passes to see How to Train Your Dragon 3D for free tonight.
__________________
od0's bucket od0's facebook
od0_ital is offline   Reply With Quote
Old March 23 2010, 06:57 PM   #375
Harvey
Admiral
 
Harvey's Avatar
 
Re: Movies Seen in 2010

64. Notes on a Scandal [A-]
65. Shutter Island [B-]

Scorsese certainly comes across several wonderful visuals in this film, especially in the flashbacks, and he certainly succeeds in creating an atmosphere for his protagonist to lose all confidence in the world and himself. But at times it's all a little heavy. The use of music I found to be especially overbearing. And the twist...well, I saw it coming. Not because it's extremely obvious, but because every review I read emphasized that there was a twist and it seemed like the most obvious resolution. Actually, the whole scheme gets more crazy the more you think about it, but it's only a movie.

I loved the last line by DiCaprio, suggesting...well, I won't say in fear of spoilers and because I am too lazy to use spoiler tags.

This is probably Scorsese's best film since The Aviator, the only other recent film of his that I've rather liked.
__________________
"This begs explanation." - de Forest Research on Star Trek

My blog: Star Trek Fact Check.
Harvey is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Tags
movies

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump



All times are GMT +1. The time now is 05:00 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
FireFox 2+ or Internet Explorer 7+ highly recommended.