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DVDs and Films You Have Watched Recently 3 - The Final Insult


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Had a day of films yesterday. I watched Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home on Channel 4, hadnt seen it in ages, enjoyable fluff even if the enviromental message is clumsy. No whales equates to death apparently. Scotty's talking to the computer is alwas fun, "How Quaint"

 

2nd up was Red Tails, I'd been wanting to see this for ages, and it was pretty good. It's no serious look into the Tuskagee Airmen, and is full of walking cliches and horrible dialogue, however treated as a 'matinee picture it works. The the action is fantastic, even if everything is shiny and War has never looked so clean. David Oyelowo is great as 'Lightening' and his wife to be in the film Daniela Ruah, is easy on the eye. Enjoyed it.

 

Finally, I rewatched The Deer Hunter for the first time in about 15 years. Fantastic film,the wedding does drag on a bit, but is important in establishing relationships and setting up for what is to come. Walken and DeNiro and Cazale are mesmeric and Meryl Streep is also great in a small role. The Russian Roulette scenes still shock and it remains great from start to finish.

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I watched Dredd last night. Under normal circumstances I wouldn't have done, you understand, but I'm quite glad that I did as it was pretty good. Not as good as most people have said but still a pretty good actioner. It still had a couple of bits in it they should have explained rather than just expect you to know the comics but I still enjoyed it.

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First wavering review i've heard of Dredd, but i'll take that given our similar views on comic book adaptations. It's slowly dropping in price, a fiver on DVD the last time i saw it. Another quid and i'll be tempted to take a punt.

 

Anyway, as posted incorrectly in the other thread...

 

So I went and saw 2 Guns on Monday. Very rare these days that I

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First wavering review i've heard of Dredd, but i'll take that given our similar views on comic book adaptations. It's slowly dropping in price, a fiver on DVD the last time i saw it. Another quid and i'll be tempted to take a punt.

 

I was more bothered by the arseing around with slow-motion that they overdose on, in fairness, plus it seemed a bit rushed in places. A solid 7/10 from me, though.

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I really enjoyed Dredd. At first, I thought that the slow-motion stuff would be annoying as it was clearly a tool to use the 3-D technology in the cinema, but it does work in the context of the film too showing the effects of the drug. Plus the story is straight forward: Dredd gets caught in a building with a tonne of baddies trying to find him and kill him, he has to get out while his rookie sidekick has a scrap with Avon Barksdale. Simple premise, loads of fun

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I really enjoyed Dredd. At first, I thought that the slow-motion stuff would be annoying as it was clearly a tool to use the 3-D technology in the cinema, but it does work in the context of the film too showing the effects of the drug.

 

It works the first time they do it. The fourth time? Not so much.

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I really enjoyed Dredd. At first, I thought that the slow-motion stuff would be annoying as it was clearly a tool to use the 3-D technology in the cinema, but it does work in the context of the film too showing the effects of the drug.

 

It works the first time they do it. The fourth time? Not so much.

 

I get what you mean, I was just saying I didn't mind it so much as there was a context for it to exist rather than just slowing the film down for no reason at all and going all Matrix-like

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Yeah, it felt like them trying to crowbar in a 3D effect they liked, too many times. It's probably less tiresome in 3D, but not on my telly. It's a solid film, though. Also a nice change from some of the other comic book flicks of recent times.

 

I watched Cape Fear (90s version) last night for the first time in over a decade. At times it feels a bit too over stylized, but it features some cracking performances. I also completely forgot that Gregory Peck turns up in it; a nice treat. That scene where Max Cady meets with Danielle at the school is genuinely unsettling.

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Not really. It was too bothered with ultra slow motion bits of violence for that. In that regard it felt far more like a modern actioner, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.

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The SloMo visual effect is just SO incredible in 3-D that you don't mind it being repeated. It's the single best 3-D effect I've seen yet.

 

On DVD though, perhaps feels over-used but I think it adds something each time, as it's usually used to slow down bullets, which looks amazing, and is VERY comic-book-y.

 

Honky - substance is killing people. It's that sort of film. Next you'll be criticising Commando for its lack of feminist issues.

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I don't care about 3D or effects, though. It was a pointless use of technology that added nothing to the story. It was just a jazzed up version of that yokel flicking a cigarette at the screen in that 3D Friday The 13th film. It should have had more killing.

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