What DVD have you just watched?

Originally Posted by EJS:

 

 

I was very taken with the 'Avengers' movie, so decided to catch up on the prequels: first Captain America and Thor, still should get Hulk and the two Iron Man movies. Of all these, I only saw Iron Man 1 in the theatre.

 

Cheers,

 

EJ

EJ 

 

Make sure it's the second Hulk film the first one should never be allowed anywhere near your dvd player 

Originally Posted by Steve C:
Originally Posted by EJS:

 

 

I was very taken with the 'Avengers' movie, so decided to catch up on the prequels: first Captain America and Thor, still should get Hulk and the two Iron Man movies. Of all these, I only saw Iron Man 1 in the theatre.

 

Cheers,

 

EJ

EJ 

 

Make sure it's the second Hulk film the first one should never be allowed anywhere near your dvd player 

Steve, it's the one with Norton, right? I have seen the one with Eric Bana and I think it is a genuinely good movie, although it seems to use the hulk theme only as a coat hanger for its parental conflict based story Right now I'm more in superficial action mood.

 

EJ

Originally Posted by EJS:

 

I was very taken with the 'Avengers' movie, so decided to catch up on the prequels: first Captain America and Thor, still should get Hulk and the two Iron Man movies. Of all these, I only saw Iron Man 1 in the theatre.

 

Cheers,

 

EJ

Well that was exactly like the doctor ordered! Remarkable really how they manage to cream off most of the cheese and still leave all the nutritional values, i.e. turn a man clad in stars-and-stripes tights and turn him into a cool hero.

 

Next up (I'm doing them in reverse order):

EJ,

 

As pop-corn movies go I think Marvel have done a great job of keeping things at a consistent level. I too enjoyed the Captain America episode, while having rather low expectations.

 

The Hulk I think is a difficult character to deliver, which makes Joss Whedon's handling all the better - he allowed 'the beast' to retain some more human traits, and almost turned him into the heroic centre of The Avengers.

 

I think that Branagh did a great job with Thor.

 

M

Originally Posted by EJS:
Originally Posted by EJS:

 

I was very taken with the 'Avengers' movie, so decided to catch up on the prequels: first Captain America and Thor, still should get Hulk and the two Iron Man movies. Of all these, I only saw Iron Man 1 in the theatre.

 

Cheers,

 

EJ

Well that was exactly like the doctor ordered! Remarkable really how they manage to cream off most of the cheese and still leave all the nutritional values, i.e. turn a man clad in stars-and-stripes tights and turn him into a cool hero.

 

Next up (I'm doing them in reverse order):

Another Marvel superhero movie with a heart, very well done.

 

EJ

Originally Posted by EJS:

Fun film, and more accomplished than the first. Downey's mumbling still makes me reach for the subtitling but otherwise the actor is on good form. BTW did anybody notice that "Die Forelle" was from the recording by Ian Bostridge, who in 1891 wouldn't have sung this song for another 100 years or so?

 

EJ

Originally Posted by EJS:

 

On recommendation of a friend, who is also big fan of the books. 

 

EJ

ExcellentI have to say having finished this set. HBO (& Showtime for that matter) are not shy about sex and blood which is unusual for US TV series but warranted as it fleshes out the alternate reality this is about. I read the book a while ago so have to applaud the way the series holds true to the story so far.

 

Geoff

Originally Posted by EJS:
Originally Posted by EJS:

Downey's mumbling still makes me reach for the subtitling but otherwise the actor is on good form.

EJ

Be warned he mumbles just as much in Iron Man & Iron Man 2 but again he makes these films just as enjoyable as the ones you have watched so far.

 

In a similar vein am revisiting these

 

 

Which I recall as good fun

 

Geoff

Originally Posted by Geoff P:
Originally Posted by EJS:
Originally Posted by EJS:

Downey's mumbling still makes me reach for the subtitling but otherwise the actor is on good form.

EJ

Be warned he mumbles just as much in Iron Man & Iron Man 2 but again he makes these films just as enjoyable as the ones you have watched so far.

 

In a similar vein am revisiting these

 

 

Which I recall as good fun

 

Geoff

Thanks Geoff - will be picking up Iron Man I & II tomorrow, and looking forward to them. I haven't seen Hellboy II, thought part I was very good though slightly heavy on the muppets (sorry - I mean practical effects creatures).

 

EJ

Originally Posted by EJS:

 

Ah yes

 

Bit of a change of pace from Iron Man EJS..... but it does us good to watch a film that requires you to think and Mr LeCarre does write extremely good stories.

I enjoyed this in part for the various acting skills, in part for the look and feel and in part because like most I suspect 'have read the book' as they say

 

Geoff

Originally Posted by Geoff P:
Originally Posted by EJS:

 

 

Ah yes

 

Bit of a change of pace from Iron Man EJS..... but it does us good to watch a film that requires you to think and Mr LeCarre does write extremely good stories.

I enjoyed this in part for the various acting skills, in part for the look and feel and in part because like most I suspect 'have read the book' as they say

 

Geoff

Hehehe I love my popcorn junk but enjoy some more intellectual challenge now and then Haven't read the book but a bit of careful attention and the story is easy enough to follow. EXCELLENT pacing, by the way, a really outstanding feature of this film.

 

EJ

Have you seen the BBC series with Alec Guiness?

 

Well worth the time.

 

Re-watched it a few months ago, I had forgotten how drab things were in the 70's!

 

 

....and I'm right with you with the pop-corn, as long as long as it resonates emotionally, and doesn't have a plot that can be blown away by a puff of wind - of either kind!

 

M

Originally Posted by Mr Underhill:

Have you seen the BBC series with Alec Guiness?

 

Well worth the time.

 

Re-watched it a few months ago, I had forgotten how drab things were in the 70's!

 

 

....and I'm right with you with the pop-corn, as long as long as it resonates emotionally, and doesn't have a plot that can be blown away by a puff of wind - of either kind!

 

M

Yup, that about sums up what makes a good film in my book as well, popcorn or otherwise - ever since my dad took me to Return of the Jedi. Spoiled me for life, as it turns out. 

 

EJ

The Awakening

 

 

The film follows a true unbeliever who has a passion for unmasking ghostley fraudsters, although she doesn't drive a van with 'The Mystery Machine' on the side - on occassion people do get perilously close to calling her 'pesky'.

 

This is actually a good old fashioned style of horror movie, and I enjoyed it.

 

It is atmospheric, with muted colours and typical camera use for this style of film. There is nothing new here, but it is delivered very professionally.

 

 

A well honed ghost yarn - ripping stuff!

 

M

Originally Posted by EJS:
Originally Posted by Mr Underhill:

Have you seen the BBC series with Alec Guiness?

 

Well worth the time.

 

Re-watched it a few months ago, I had forgotten how drab things were in the 70's!

 

 

....and I'm right with you with the pop-corn, as long as long as it resonates emotionally, and doesn't have a plot that can be blown away by a puff of wind - of either kind!

 

M

Yup, that about sums up what makes a good film in my book as well, popcorn or otherwise - ever since my dad took me to Return of the Jedi. Spoiled me for life, as it turns out. 

 

EJ

Talking about popcorn movies just worked my way thru' this. Couldn't resist it.

 

 

Geoff

 

Finally completed Season 3 of this great series that brought the Wars back in Star Wars Ep.I-II-III. By the end of season 3, this should no longer be considered juvenile fare although of course compared to Game of Thrones, it is simple stuff. Season finale introduces Chewbacca and the other wookies that will later feature in Ep.3. Bring on Season 4!

 

EJ

Originally Posted by Geoff P:
Originally Posted by EJS:
Originally Posted by Mr Underhill:

Have you seen the BBC series with Alec Guiness?

 

Well worth the time.

 

Re-watched it a few months ago, I had forgotten how drab things were in the 70's!

 

 

....and I'm right with you with the pop-corn, as long as long as it resonates emotionally, and doesn't have a plot that can be blown away by a puff of wind - of either kind!

 

M

Yup, that about sums up what makes a good film in my book as well, popcorn or otherwise - ever since my dad took me to Return of the Jedi. Spoiled me for life, as it turns out. 

 

EJ

Talking about popcorn movies just worked my way thru' this. Couldn't resist it.

 

 

Geoff

Geoff, when you get round to Back to the Future or Indiana Jones let me know and I'll bring the beer

 

Cheers,

 

EJ

I agree guys the JP, BTTF and IJ series are excellent sit back and enjoy movies, I would add the Star Wars films to (at least IV-VI ).

 

Not a DVD but we watched Telstar (BBC2) the Joe Meek story(?), a very strange man if it is to be belived.

Amazing the number of artists that passed through his studios(and some through his hands!).

Originally Posted by EJS:
 

Geoff, when you get round to Back to the Future or Indiana Jones let me know and I'll bring the beer

 

Cheers,

 

EJ

Sounds like a plan. I am sucker enough for films at home that I have a HD projector, a sub woofer for the bangs and roars and a good size screen so maybe I should charge admission 

 

Geoff

Back on track. Just watched:

 

 

Overall, a bit of a letdown. Now I have to say I like Ang Lee's Hulk, which they could have kept as a prequel but didn't. That one had Jennifer Connelly. Liv doesn't even come close, in terms of looks or as a believable scientist. But the real problem is that the background story doesn't work, the main story is too simple for its own good (let's chase the hulk), Banner's personality doesn't fit, his relationship with Betty completely unbelievable, the jokes don't work, the action is stale and the end to the climactic fight was.. ehh... did the budget run out before the sequence could be completed? And what was Iron Man doing there at the end when in the Avengers it's clear he was kept out of the initial plan to form that group?

 

Now, there are also some good points. The film is entertaining enough, there are some classic Hulk moments (some of them really shoehorned in), the sets and set pieces are good. Hurt as a more sinister General Ross was OK, Roth as manic as ever, and Ed Norton is very good as a somewhat naive, less brooding banner. I wish he had some better material to work with. 

 

One for the completists, then. Which I am.

 

EJ

Originally Posted by EJS:

Next up:

 

Cool film. Despite the focus on battling other suits again, it still felt fresh.

 

This concludes my Avengers prequel series, all in all very enjoyable with only the Incredible Hulk proving slightly subpar - at least now we know how/why Stark became involved with the avengers initiative.

 

EJ

 

Colorful effort by Fox to (slightly) break away from their Ice Age franchise. For a film that is as much about carnival in Rio as it is about birds, the music is pretty crap, and the overall film is not all that funny. Not bad, but I think I'll wait with showing this to the boys until they are a bit older.

 

EJ

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