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  1. The movie heads-up thread

    Let the Right One In 11/08/2016 8:30pm SBS TWO Movie https://en.wikipedia...e_In_%28film%29 Oskar, an overlooked and bullied boy, finds love and revenge through Eli, a beautiful but peculiar girl.
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    Romper Stomper https://en.wikipedia.../Romper_Stomper An early 90s Australian movie starring Russell Crowe as a Nazi skinhead in a breakout role. A neo-Nazi group are violently attacking Asians who are gentrifying a heavily industrial area of Melbourne. The Asian groups band together and drive out the skinheads, leaving them to retreat and plot revenge. However the skinhead group eventually devolve as they question their lifestyle. This definitely has that raw crisp feel of an early Australian movie, but the pace of the plot wasn't thought out. The first act builds up a rivalry between the skinheads and Asians, then it abruptly comes to a head half way through the movie, leaving the second half to the skinheads licking their wounds and not much else. I think this is a case of being exposed to many great Nazi/racially motivated movies such as American History X, and this not holding up that well. I wouldn't recommend this if you need a strong story to pull you through a movie. Murder Party https://en.wikipedia...ki/Murder_Party I finally got around to tracking down the directorial debut of Jeremy Saulnier, the director of one of my favourite movies, Blue Ruin. The story is about a socially awkward guy, Chris, with no plans on Halloween. He randomly finds an invitation to a "murder party", dresses up in a poorly constructed cardboard outfit and attends the party. Things firstly do not go as planned when the address directs Chris to an abandoned part of town. The party consists of others dressed in a costume, surprised that someone actually turned up. I don't want to say much else as it would ruin the plot, but things definitely don't go as expected for Chris. Many odd and memorable characters show up and the movie turns partly into a black comedy. This is a great cult film that flew under the radar if there ever was one. The story is well written and acted for what looks to be no budget at all. I was entertained throughout and would recommend to all horror or suspense film fans. Green Room https://en.wikipedia...reen_Room_(film) To continue with the work of Jeremy Saulnier, this is his latest film that sadly got no realise here in Australia. Also relating to the first movie I posted, this is set around a Nazi community where a band desperate for work, plays a gig at a remote Nazi stronghold. After a nervous but successful set, the band plans to get paid and leave, but inadvertently witnesses a crime by some unsavoury people. Things go from bad to worse rather rapidly in the worst possible situation for the band. Again, this is all I can say without giving away too much of the movie. If there's one thing that this director does great, it's create suspense. Countless times I was biting my nails or holding my face, not knowing what was coming, which is incredibly rare for me. Surprisingly I found a bit of hate for this movie from people calling it boring. I guess this director and his story telling is either love or hate. I thought this was great one of the best movies I've seen all year.
  3. The movie heads-up thread

    Falling Down 20/07/2016 11:00pm 9Go! Movie https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Falling_Down A borderline personality disordered defense worker frustrated with the various flaws he sees in society, begins to psychotically and violently lash out against them.
  4. Flickfessions

    American History X https://en.wikipedia...rican_History_X A movie most people have heard of, depicting neo-Nazis in modern day America. This tells the story of a white family with low level racial views that become strengthened as the father is murdered by African American gang bangers. The eldest son, Derek, becomes a leader of a local Nazi group, becoming too extreme and alienating him from the rest of his family. He ultimately goes to jail for a hate crime, and is slowly deradicalised, unbeknownst to his Nazi community on the outside. Derek now faces an internal struggle of being a role model for a movement he no longer supports. This has very good ratings; no doubt for tackling a sensitive subject and doing it justice. My only criticism is that this didn't go longer or had a sequel. There was still so much back story and "what ifs" that could've been explored. But for what for this movie set out to do, it nailed it and is definitely worth watching. Welcome to Leith https://en.wikipedia...elcome_to_Leith Continuing the Nazi theme, this is a documentary about a small remote town with a population of 16 hard working, friendly residents. Due to the location and cheap land, a well known white supremacist moves into town and starts buying up the land, planning to turn the town into a KKK haven. The locals don't really know how to approach this, and try to discourage him from living in Leith before more racists move in and hold more power at the community meetings. Luckily what's going on makes headlines and more people come to help the townspeople. Although an interesting topic, the documentary felt a little under-cooked as there were some loose ends and pending court cases in the end. I had to do my own research to find out what actually happened. Like I said, an interesting topic, but not a must-watch. We Are Legion https://en.wikipedia...i/We_Are_Legion A documentary about the infamous group Anonymous. I thought this was going to be a "cleaned up for TV" talking heads doc only about the newsworthy incidents, and that is partly true. But there were glimpses of the true origin of this group; socially awkward perverted misfits with a collective superpower of internet hacking. This did touch on the roots of Anonymous, beginning in the cesspool of 4chan, but was mostly stepping through the chronological order of notable attacks, protests, trolling and defending themselves against counter attacks against the likes of Scientology, the US government and Sony. I think most of what Anonymous stands for is justice and the greater good that all of us can agree with, but personally I find their trolling and mischief the most entertaining; such as spamming gaming dating apps with MIB lookalike agents or pranking racist journalists. If you're someone who will like this, you'll already know who Anonymous is and have probably already seen it.
  5. The movie heads-up thread

    Red State 29/06/2016 9:20pm SBS TWO Movie https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_State_(2011_film) Set in Middle America, a group of teens receive an online invitation for sex, though they soon encounter fundamentalists with a much more sinister agenda.
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    Eden Lake https://en.wikipedia.../wiki/Eden_Lake A British take on the "cabin in the woods" genre, but replace the cabin with a tent, and have the uncivilised children from dodgy welfare cheat parents as the antagonists. The basic premise is that a couple is camping for a weekend in the English countryside, expecting to have some quiet secluded time to themselves. Unfortunately a gang of uneducated youths from a nearby rural town cross paths with the couple, and their interactions soon turn ugly. Once figuring out the antagonists in this, I thought this was going to be quite campy in execution, but surprisingly the movie takes a rather extreme and gory turn at the midway point, turning this into a true horror film. However part of me just couldn't take these scumbag kids seriously as something people would be scared of. Afterwards I found that people criticised this movie for portraying uneducated youths from poor families in this manner, but I think it's pretty spot on with certain parts of society. If you haven't seen a decent horror movie in the while, this is definitely worth the watch. The Conjuring https://en.wikipedia...i/The_Conjuring Keeping the horror theme going, I saw James Wan's next film after the disappointing Insidious. Hearing this was better, I gave it go, knowing the sequel is currently out in cinemas if I liked it. This is almost a carbon copy of Insidious, where a family moves into a haunted house and psychics must remove the demons. The lead actor is even the same in both movies. So is this a better movie? I'd say yes as this is partially based off a true story with real world history to base the story off. James Wan seems like he's learnt from the previous movie and the methods used here to scare the audience are more subtle. In a way this is a retelling of The Exorcist, so if you're over that trope, maybe give this a miss. I'd rate it as average in the horror genre. There's nothing offensively bad, but nothing memorable either. Now You See Me 2 https://en.wikipedia...ow_You_See_Me_2 A movie about a group of selected magicians being tested to join a mysterious club. I hadn't seen the first movie, which I think was a mistake, as I was often asking who people were and why they are in the middle of an unexplained scenario. This is still a watchable movie on its own, but I think knowing the history of the first would have added to the story. This is a classic example of style over substance. The movie seemed like a sequence of set ups to show crazy camera angles of magic tricks/heists in real time, much like a poor man's Ocean 11. I know this is a movie about magic, but I just couldn't see the point of it to drive the story. I spent most of the movie wishing I was watching The Prestige instead. Clearly this movie wasn't meant for someone like me, but if you're impressed by magic, lots of CGI and cookie cutter characters, go see it.
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    Trophy Kids https://en.wikipedia...%282013_film%29 The follow up documentary from Chris Bell, who wrote and directed Bigger Stronger Faster*. This time the backwards cap enthusiast delves into the world of overbearing sporting parents within high school division sports. You follow 5 unique socially inept parents who control their kids to the extreme. Whether it is super strict training and nutrition, early morning practices, berating the child for having a social life or using school politics to get coaches fired, all for the benefit of their own child. The stuff you see in this is almost unbelievable and would be suspect if were seen in a movie. You experience many emotions watching this, starting with anger towards the parents, then being confused why the schools allow it, and finally simply hoping that the children are able to at least live normal lives after being emotionally scarred. Unlike Bigger Stronger Faster*, Chris takes a step back from the camera and is barely seen, focusing purely on these children and their insane parents. Prescription Thugs http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4505666/ Chris Bell's latest documentary, this time turning the camera on himself, much more than his previous films. Much like a Michael Moore documentary, this focuses on the prescription drug industry in America, and what's wrong with it. I was surprised to learn that America is the only country in the world that's allowed to advertise medication through mainstream outlets. Where the rest of the world looks at medication as something to take when sick, the American medication culture is to up-sell as much as possible and to get people onto lifetime subscriptions, where the doctors and medicine producers profit. Much like their broken medical system, this is just another area that's exploited by corporations. There is somewhat of a twist towards the end that some people liked, but I felt by then I had heard enough and was getting bored of this. For me this is the weakest of all the Chris' docs, as I feel he was in front of the camera too much, dragging out interviews. Not to mention that some of his "experts" were people with a financial interest in alternative medicines. I'd rate this as average. Paranoid Park https://en.wikipedia...Park_%28film%29 A Gus Van Sant film I've had on my list for a while. Being 10 years old, it feels very dated seeing it's sort of a skateboard movie, back when skateboard movies were a thing. This is about a group of high school skateboarders being questioned about a dead body found near their skatepark. You follow Alex before, during and after the incident, in the typical Van Sant way of lingering slow motion shots just out of focus. If you haven't seen one of his movies before it can be frustrating as it's the opposite of the typical Hollywood style of always having the maximum action on screen at a time. But if you let his movies take you on a ride, they're always memorable. Like his other movies this will leave you with unanswered questions and plot points you want to discuss. This isn't for everyone, but if you're into art house style movies, you'll enjoy it.
  8. The movie heads-up thread

    The Social Network 08/06/2016 8:30pm 9Go! Movie https://en.wikipedia..._Social_Network Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg creates the social networking site that would become known as Facebook, but is later sued by two brothers who claimed he stole their idea, and the co-founder who was later squeezed out of the business.
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    Foxy Brown https://en.wikipedia...rown_%28film%29 A classic 70s' blaxploitation film that was kind of ahead of its time. An undercover police investigator is murdered by gangsters, and his former partner vows to take revenge, even if it means getting her hands dirty and becoming a high-class prostitute. I say this is ahead of its time because Pam Grier play the lead role and really is the hero of the story, which was rare for not only a 70s' action film, but one starring predominately African Americans. Sort of like the black female version of a James Bond film. I like the direction this film took, being gritty and not being afraid to show Foxy beaten up or vulnerable. Surprisingly what I thought of as a strength, people criticised about the movie, saying this movie was just an excuse to beat up on women. These people completely missed the point of this film. This holds up really well and is worth watching. Hollywood Shuffle https://en.wikipedia...llywood_Shuffle Another iconic African American film, this time a satire on the acting roles for blacks in Hollywood during the 80s. The loose plot, inner-cut with vignettes based on social commentary of the film industry, is about a wannabe actor trying to get his break in Hollywood. However he's mostly relegated to embarrassing stereotypical black roles. When watching this, it seemed like a below average comedy with hints clever writing within the skits, not part of the main story. Reading about this afterwards, it was universally praised as a pivotal movie addressing real issues African American actors faced at the time. So it's safe to say that a lot of the subplot was lost on me due to not really understanding the situation of the film industry 30 years ago. You can definitely see the roots of black comedy today in the skits, most obvious in Chappelle's Show. I'm sure actors or perhaps people who've faced racial prejudice will find this a worthwhile watch. End of Watch https://en.wikipedia...ki/End_of_Watch A movie I heard great things about when it came out, but never got around to seeing it. Feeling almost like a documentary, you follow two police officers in their day to day duties patrolling the bad parts of Los Angeles. The movie opens strong with the police officers being faced with shooting dead a criminal who pulls a gun on them. It soon becomes clear that this is just seen as another day on the job. Throughout the movie the officers encounter petty crimes along with mistakenly stepping on the toes of federal agents in a major sting operation. If you're a fan of prison shows or realistic police movies, you'll love this, as did I. Every moment had me on the edge of my seat, especially sensing that something tragic was impending. I think that feeling was intentional; to give a feel for what real police officers must face daily. This is one of the best movies I've seen this year.
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    The Hangover Part III https://en.wikipedia...ngover_Part_III The final instalment in The Hangover series. The first movie was a surprise hit despite looking like a typical Hollywood comedy. The sequel was surprisingly good, living up to the high expectations even though it followed a similar plot in a different setting. So I don't know what happened here as the crew are mostly back to the Vegas setting, but with a totally different story structure, defying the name of the film. There is no partying or premise of forgotten memories apart from the last 2 minutes of the film, which consequently is the best part of the movie. Here the old gang/recurring characters are back together to track down gold and kidnapped friends. So basically the action of the previous movies without the clever story telling or comedy. This movie feels as if it was rushed into production to cash in on the name, and I think that's partially true reading about the film afterwards. This was disappointing and not worth checking out. Prince of Darkness https://en.wikipedia...ness_%28film%29 A very 80s John Carpenter film following The Thing in the horror genre. I didn't know this at the time, but within the first 10 minutes I suspected someone had copied The Thing, so if you liked that movie, you'll like this. The premise has a lot of poorly thought out concepts rolled into one. The story follows a secret being/entity/liquid stored in an abandoned church, only to be discovered and analysed by a professor and his students. Mix in demonic possession, low level homeless zombies, time travel and even some acceptable college misogyny and you have this film wrapped up. There are some good and suspenseful scenes, but as a whole nothing is truly fleshed out or has much direction. The movie basically devolves into "who can survive the night". I guess this would be a good candidate if hosting an 80s movies night and wanted something a little out of left field. Glory https://en.wikipedia...%281989_film%29 A movie based on the letters of a young colonel during the American Civil War who lead the very first African American unit, providing an alternative to slavery. Obviously very loosely based on a true story as the only real character is the colonel, but with some big name actors such as Denzel Washington and Morgan Freeman, they did a good job with this. The first half of the movie shows the African Americans in training, willing to go to battle and die over a life in slavery. It soon becomes apparent they are just a publicity stunt and there is no intention of them actually fighting in the war. Seeing no purpose in their lives or being in the army without actually fighting, the colonel and his unit volunteer for an almost certain suicide mission. I found this movie quite good and above average for a war movie with a lot of notable and powerful scenes. No doubt Americans and especially African Americans would find this of more significance. I'd add this movie to your to-watch list.
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    It's been hard lately to catch up on movies with all the prep/cardio I've been doing for the recent comp. I have been able to mow through a lot of podcasts though. I should be able to get back into movies now. Million Dollar Baby https://en.wikipedia...ion_Dollar_Baby A 12 year old film that most people have probably seen. Boxing films are always way down my list as they nearly always tell the same story of someone fallen on hard times with no money, who then discover they have boxing talent they use to rise to become a champion despite being an underdog the entire way. And with that synopsis I've exactly described the plot in this film, leaving out one crucial twist. However the reason this movie has such rave reviews is because it does the boxing genre film perfectly. All the characters are well developed, you actually care about them, and you ride shotgun with them during their ups and downs. I had some issues with this such as Freeman's character not being used to his full potential and the back story of Eastwood's character would have been interesting to learn more about. I think what sets this movie apart from other similar films is the twist in the third act. I knew very little about this movie going in, and I think others should get that opportunity too. Because of the subject matter at the end, this goes from an above average movie to a must see. The Sea Inside https://en.wikipedia.../The_Sea_Inside A movie of the same year and dealing with a similar subject matter as Million Dollar Baby. I actually purposely watched these films back to back, as well as wanting to watch more Javier Bardem movies. This is a biographical film of Ramon Sampedro, a 25 year old Spanish man who broke his neck during a cliff diving accident. Having above average intelligence and being able to successfully debate others with ease, he is now a paraplegic resigned to a bed for the rest of his natural life. Understanding that he is not living live with dignity, he asks for euthanasia. However his family and friends are either against it or too worried they'll be prosecuted with his murder. So now living a hellish life both in body and mind, he must fight for his right to his own body in the courts, which goes on for 28 years. Undoubtedly a film like this won numerous awards, will definitely stay with you and will possibly have an impact on your morals. The Boss https://en.wikipedia...%282016_film%29 To break up the good movies I've seen, now some trash. I really don't get what others see in Melissa McCarthy films, as they are the perfect example of textbook Hollywood mush comedies for the masses. Gag humour with no lead up, throw everything at the wall and hope something sticks, and always follow the rom-com formula of "everything is great, oh no I did something wrong to offend someone, now we're made up". What annoys me with these movies are there are genuinely funny scenes and jokes, but then they have to add all this unnecessary drama and filler that makes it like all the other forgettable movies. The plot is about a self-made millionaire who loses it all. She then has to live with a previous employee and learn what it's like to be a commoner. I think this may still be in cinemas, but don't waste your time.
  12. The movie heads-up thread

    Apocalypto 28/04/2016 9:30pm NITV Movie https://en.wikipedia...wiki/Apocalypto As the Mayan kingdom faces its decline, the rulers insist the key to prosperity is to build more temples and offer human sacrifices. Jaguar Paw, a young man captured for sacrifice, flees to avoid his fate.
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    5 Broken Cameras 13/04/2016 11:45pm ABC2 Documentary https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/5_Broken_Cameras A documentary on a Palestinian farmer's chronicle of his nonviolent resistance to the actions of the Israeli army.
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    Invasion of the Body Snatchers 06/04/2016 10:40pm SBS TWO Movie https://en.wikipedia...%281978_film%29 In San Francisco, a group of people discover the human race is being replaced one by one, with clones devoid of emotion.
  15. steveP's training log

    Thought I may as well make a log as it's getting a bit tricky to keep all the stats and figures in my head. Should have created a log years ago as I've made a lot of progress in the last few years, but anywho. Signed up to a gym in 2007 and gave everything a bit of a go. Started to get into running, mainly because it was my weakest point and wanted to make it my strongest. Got to a point where I would do 6kms in 30mins 3-4 times a week. Good for losing weight, but I started getting sore shins and it got a bit boring. Then I mainly trained in the weight room trying to go the heaviest I could go and measuring my success based on how often I could up the weight. The main problem with this was the gym (Fitness First) was totally packed when I used to go after work. It would take me 2 hours to do a 1 hour workout waiting for equipment and avoiding douchebags posing and chatting. I tried going later in the night after I got home from work, but my motivation was pretty much non existent. For quite a while I would do a combination of running and weights depending on what room had the equipment free. Anywho enough dribbling on. About 2 years ago I started giving the classes a go. Tried everything from Body Attack to Yoga (damn you get some hotties in that class lol). I eventually settled on Body Pump as it gave a good balance of weight training and cardio. I was in and out within an hour with no issue of waiting on equipment or being surrounded by posers. I started doing Body Pump once a week around my normal workout. Then it was half and half. After seeing results within a month which would have taken me 3 times as long normally, I ditched my regular workout and started doing Body Pump 3 times a week with a day of full on cardio. A bit about Body Pump for those who haven't tried it. - 1 hour class using light weights with high reps. - The class has 10 tracks (warm up, squats, chest, back, triceps, biceps, lunges, shoulders, stomach, cool down). - Each track is roughly 5 mins with sometimes one 10 sec break. - No breaks between tracks. - Focuses more on technique than maximum weight. - Timing varies between reps. The class is as hard as you want it to be. It's normally full of chicks doing the lightest weight possible who then complain they never see results. Doing 20kgs for a bench press is usually laughable, but when it's for 5 minutes without a break, close to 100 reps with mixed timing, it's pretty full on. Doing Body Pump really showed me where my weaknesses were. Leg strength was pretty much non existent. Despite my running, my dead lift and lunge technique was terrible. Seeing a lot of the exercises are compound movements, it really increases your core strength. Anyway enough acting like a sales rep, I'm not trying to sell you the class. I've been doing this class regularly for 2 year now and constructed a few formula's for weight selection. This is what I'm currently at. Warm Up 15.0 kgs Squat 42.5 kgs Chest 30.0 kgs Back 27.5 kgs Triceps 20.0 kgs - (bar) 7.50 kgs - (per arm) 20.0 kgs - (over head/dips) Biceps 20.0 kgs Lunges 27.5 kgs Shoulders 20.0 kgs - (bar) 6.25 kgs - (per arm) Sit ups 10.0 kgs Shame I didn't start this log 2 years ago as my weight selection was about a quarter of what it is now.
  16. steveP's training log

    For some reason I remembered this log existed the other day. So a bit over a 2 year later check-in. Training harder than ever. Got into hiking and go every weekend rain or shine for a 2 hour hike with a 10kg weighted vest. Places like this are just 20 minutes from home. Funny, as I used to go on cruises through these hills. Now I'm on foot. I'm also going to enter my first ever bodybuilding comp in 4 weeks. Still a noob at it all, but thought I'd give it a try. Progress pics 5 weeks out.
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    Senna https://en.wikipedia...enna_%28film%29 A documentary I've had on my list for a very long time. Being somewhat of a motorsport fan, I knew who Ayrton Senna was, but my knowledge was patchy as he was before my time. This tells a brief history of his racing career, focusing mostly on his time in F1, his rivalry with Alain Prost, and what his success meant to Brazil. His early years and death isn't particularly focused on; I think due to his F1 career being so eventful. Like I've said before, all good documentaries take a subject you may have no interest in, and get you emotionally invested, and this does that to the extreme. I don't think it's possible to watch this and not be moved by the life of Senna. It's probably up there as one of the best documentaries of all time. Seeing Senna's death wasn't a major point in this, or wasn't a topic of investigation, I did my own research. There is a lot of controversy over his death as technically his body was kept alive for 4 hours after the deadly crash, even though he was brain dead with no chance of survival. Apparently this was done so the race wasn't cancelled and could resume. Not surprising seeing the corruption documented in this. 10 Cloverfield Lane https://en.wikipedia...loverfield_Lane Being labelled a Cloverfield sequel, this is a spiritual successor currently in cinemas. The Cloverfield tie in may leave fans disappointed as there are only a few cross references that are easily missed. This movie is a total change in genre from the original. Where Cloverfield was an action movie with a slight horror feel, this is the definition of a thriller. This is an easy movie to spoil, so I'll try my best to avoid that. Michelle is involved in a car accident one night and wakes up in a cellar, chained to the wall. Fearing the worst, she is greeted by other survivors who tell her the apocalypse is here. Now she must figure out who is telling the truth and what is really above ground. I'm kind of two minds about this movie. If it was a standalone movie, I would have really enjoyed it. But because I knew it tied into Cloverfield, I was distracted, waiting for the action to pick up. However this definitely is a movie worth watching, and I've heard nothing but great reviews from everyone. Tank Girl https://en.wikipedia...Girl_%28film%29 An iconic movie most people have heard of, as had I, but never seen. This is a little hard to describe apart from calling it very 90s. Tank Girl, the character, is a bit of an accidental hero, air head and just generally out of touch with reality. In post apocalyptic Australia where water is an extremely scarce resource; there is a power struggle between a big corporation that controls the water and the rebels or scavengers who try to control their own wells. The plot is really a placeholder for Tank Girl to get into situations and act bipolar, to the frustration of the antagonists. Think of a female version of The Mask, but without a mask or actually being funny. Many parts of this movie were very hard to follow and felt disjointed. Researching afterwards, this was due to the production company totally butchering the script and deleting scenes that were much more sexual in nature and meaningful to Tank Girl's character. It's a shame, as if this was done properly, it would actually be a decent movie. But as it stands, it's a bit of a mess not worth digging up if you missed it.
  18. The movie heads-up thread

    My Awkward Sexual Adventure 19/03/2016 12:25am SBS ONE Movie https://en.wikipedia...exual_Adventure To win back his ex-girlfriend, a conservative accountant enlists the help of an exotic dancer to guide him on a quest for sexual experience, leading him into a world of strip clubs, sensual massage parlors, cross-dressing and S & M.
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    Deadpool https://en.wikipedia...pool_%28film%29 The latest blockbuster superhero movie, but with a twist. This is meant to be a parody on the superhero genre, where Deadpool breaks the forth wall and is self referential. And it is, but it's a bit of a one trick pony. I had high hopes for this as I'm starting to loath all the superhero spin-offs; they're a blatant money-grab. The premise for this movie is that Deadpool undergoes experimental surgery to cure his cancer, with unexpected results. Even though this movie is trying to make fun of the superhero genre, it becomes exactly what it's making fun of. The ending is predictable, and after the unique intro with a few one-liners, it devolves into the tried and true formula for all Hollywood movies. I was really disappointed that the jokes in this were just saying "hashtag" and shouting nonsense. Is that's what's funny now? I thought I was just being cynical about this movie, like most movies of this type. But no one else in the cinema was laughing either. I think we've all been tricked by the hype. The people talking this movie up are actual superhero fans that like anything and everything. I was very disappointed in this. The Hunter https://en.wikipedia...tralian_film%29 A movie that's been on my list for a while. Willem Dafoe stars as a secret agent for a biological company trying to track down a Tasmanian Tiger for research purposes. This seems like it could take a very Hollywood route, but thankfully it doesn't. It's a slow burn with a lot of screen time devoted to the Tasmanian wilderness. The premise seems pretty straight forward, but things are not what they seem. There are multiple agents working on the same case, unbeknownst to each other. Then throw in the local issues of disgruntled loggers and greenies. I'm not 100% sure on the political situation in Tasmania, but the aggressiveness and rudeness of the locals seemed a little extreme and unbelievable. I enjoyed the entire movie and it had me in, except for the end. It just lost its way and instead of wrapping up loose ends or creating suspense, it abruptly ended with little explanation. I suspect some budget or time constraints on filming. Either way, I'd recommend this as a worthy Australian film to put on your list. Grimsby https://en.wikipedia...msby_%28film%29 The just released Sacha Baron Cohen film about a man from the poor side of England, still looking for his adopted out missing brother 28 years later. Like with most of Cohen's work, the story isn't the driving factor, but merely a theme and a way to string jokes together. With Cohen's previous scripted movies, the jokes are almost rapid fire, hoping to win you over with some, and this is no different. Some jokes fall flat, but the majority are genuinely funny. And I'm sure there were many England specific jokes I missed. The pacing was a little weird as the movie opens up as a full on action movie that most action directors would be jealous of. Then the movie stagnates in the middle with a lot of big name actors not being made use of, but it does finish strong. I don't want to give anything away, but there is an elephant scene that will get a laugh out of the toughest critic; this scene alone is the worth the price of admission. This is the best comedy film I've seen for a long time, so I was surprised to see it get such bad reviews. If you're a fan of Cohen's work, you won't be disappointed.
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    Léon: The Professional 11/03/2016 9:30pm SBS ONE Movie https://en.wikipedia...he_Professional Mathilda, a 12-year-old girl, is reluctantly taken in by Léon, a professional assassin, after her family is murdered. Léon and Mathilda form an unusual relationship, as she becomes his protégée and learns the assassin's trade.
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    Let the Right One In 09/03/2016 12:15am SBS ONE Movie https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Let_the_Right_One_In_%28film%29 Oskar, an overlooked and bullied boy, finds love and revenge through Eli, a beautiful but peculiar girl.
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    The Wild Bunch 05/03/2016 12:10am 9Gem Movie https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wild_Bunch An aging group of outlaws look for one last big score as the "traditional" American West is disappearing around them.
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    Brüno 26/02/2016 10:55pm 7mate Movie https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Br%C3%BCno Flamboyant and gay Austrian Brüno looks for new fame in America. 2001: A Space Odyssey 26/02/2016 11:35pm 9Gem Movie https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2001:_A_Space_Odyssey_%28film%29 Humanity finds a mysterious, obviously artificial object buried beneath the Lunar surface and, with the intelligent computer H.A.L. 9000, sets off on a quest.
  24. The movie heads-up thread

    No worries, cheers. One of the few threads that are somewhat maintained haha.
  25. The movie heads-up thread

    Eight Legged Freaks 24/02/2016 8:30pm SBS TWO Movie https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eight_Legged_Freaks A variety of horrible poisonous spiders get exposed to a noxious chemical that causes them to grow to monumental proportions. Skyfall 24/02/2016 8:30pm 9Gem Movie https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skyfall Bond's loyalty to M is tested when her past comes back to haunt her. Whilst MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.