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Re: DJ Doena's movie watchings 2009
« Reply #90 on: April 16, 2009, 07:14:31 AM »

Terence Hill    ...    Sir Thomas Fitzpatrick Phillip Moore
Gregory Walcott   ...    Bull Schmidt
Yanti Somer   ...    Candida Austin
Dominic Barto   ...    Monkey Smith
Harry Carey Jr.   ...    Holy Joe
Riccardo Pizzuti   ...    Morton Clayton

Synopsis: A young Sir from England comes over to California after his father died there. He inherits his farm and meets three of his father's friends. Bu they are three gunslingers who hate progress. But over time they will become friends and change their respective lives in a way none of them had anticipated.

My Opinion: This is one of my Hill favourites. I love to see him ride bicycle through a western town and to suddenly start reciting a poem by Walt Whitman or how he tried to explain how fertile the earth on the farm is by squeezing a pile of horse shit. ;D

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Re: DJ Doena's movie watchings 2009
« Reply #91 on: April 29, 2009, 11:02:06 AM »
April, 28th


Christian Bale    ...    Bruce Wayne / Batman
Michael Caine   ...    Alfred
Liam Neeson   ...    Henri Ducard
Katie Holmes   ...    Rachel Dawes
Gary Oldman   ...    Jim Gordon
Cillian Murphy   ...    Dr. Jonathan Crane
Tom Wilkinson   ...    Carmine Falcone
Rutger Hauer   ...    Earle
Ken Watanabe   ...    Ra's Al Ghul
Morgan Freeman    ...    Lucius Fox

Synopsis: When he was a kid, his parents were shot by a mugger. When he had the chance to take revenge he missed it. For seven years he wandered around the globe to study crime. But it's only when he meets Ra's Al Ghul that his life gets a purpose again. Back in Gotham City at day he is a (drunken) billionaire who parties too much while at night he becomes the greatest fear the underworld ever had: Batman.

My Opinion: Great restart of the franchise. I always liked the first Batman movie and since I've never read any Batman comic I imagined that was the way Batman was supposed to be: noir and serious. Oh, I liked the 60's show with Adam West, but one couldn't take it seriously ("anti-shark repellent" anyone?). And I like comics in general - I don't have that many, but I can certainly see their charm. But when it comes to a comic-to-movie adaptation I expect a bit more seriousness. I can accept super-powers of any kind and have no problems with their origin but the characters have to be "well drawn". They have to feel like real people and not behave like a Saturday morning cartoon show. And it that regard the old Superman movies (except maybe part 2) and also Batman 3 & 4 failed.
Batman Begins then was great. The background of Bruce Wayne hasn't really changed but the way it was told was great. I also liked that Gordon had become a three-dimensional character (no surprise when played by Gary Oldman). This is certainly a movie that doesn't try to make puns for puns's sake. I love it.
Let's just hope that the third movie (that is hopefully coming) isn't a letdown like the third parts of the recent X-Men and Spider-Man trilogies.
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Re: DJ Doena's movie watchings 2009
« Reply #92 on: April 29, 2009, 09:48:56 PM »
April, 29th


Louis Gossett Jr.    ...    Charles 'Chappy' Sinclair
Jason Gedrick   ...    Doug Masters
Tim Thomerson   ...    Col. Ted Masters
Larry B. Scott   ...    Reggie
Caroline Lagerfelt   ...    Elizabeth Masters
Jerry Levine   ...    Tony
Robbie Rist   ...    Milo

Synopsis: Doug is a teenager about to graduate from high school but then his father gets shot down in his F-16. He is falsely accused of having violated the airspace of a north-african country. He's trialed, found guilty and will be hanged. Doug is also a hobby Cessna pilot who has flown hundreds of hours in the F-16 flight simulator and when the Air Force shows no intention of rescuing his father, he decides to do something about it. He and Col. Sinclair steal two F-16 and try to rescue his father.

My Opinion: This movie is so bad. Seriously. It came out in the same year as Top Gun and Top Gun won. The story is ridiculous and very patriotic. But I love that movie in all its cheesiness. It has nice flying scenes and it has a great collection of songs in it, especially since Doug can't really hit a target without listening to music. ;D This movie was the reason that the F-16 "Falcon" was my favourite plane for quite a while.

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Re: DJ Doena's movie watchings 2009
« Reply #93 on: April 29, 2009, 09:59:58 PM »
But the soundtrack for the part 2 is great, even if the film isn't better... Just good time waster

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Re: DJ Doena's movie watchings 2009
« Reply #94 on: May 01, 2009, 11:07:50 PM »
May, 1st


William Shatner    ...    Admiral James T. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy   ...    Captain Spock
DeForest Kelley   ...    Dr. McCoy
James Doohan   ...    Scotty
Walter Koenig   ...    Pavel Chekov
George Takei   ...    Hikaru Sulu
Nichelle Nichols   ...    Cmdr. Uhura
Bibi Besch   ...    Dr. Carol Marcus
Merritt Butrick   ...    Dr. David Marcus
Kirstie Alley    ...    Lt. Saavik
Ricardo Montalban   ...    Khan
Judson Earney Scott    ...    Joachim Weiss

Synopsis: The Enterprise has become a teaching ship and Captain Spock is in command. When Admiral Kirk is on inspection and takes the ship for "a tour around the block" they get a disturbing call from Dr. Marcus. Someone is trying to get his hands on the "Genesis" project, a secret research project to create life on lifeless planets. But this Genesis device could also be used as a terrible weapon. And Kirk's enemy is no other than the genetically enhanced Khan. He tried to kill Kirk and take his ship fifteen years ago.

My Opinion: Still a great movie. I really liked how they used the fact that space is three-dimensional, a fact that even especially Sci-Fi shows forget too often. I also liked how Khan used quotes from Moby Dick, but replaced some of the places with astronomical locations. Technically he couldn't have this knowledge, he was in stasis and shortly after his defrosting he was banned to Zeti Alpha 5. He also couldn't know that the Klingons have a proverb: "Revenge is a dish best served cold". But I am willing to overlook that because Montalban was awesome when he said it. ;)
And I loved those close combat scenes, it reminded me of the old battles between sailing ships.
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Re: DJ Doena's movie watchings 2009
« Reply #95 on: May 01, 2009, 11:23:55 PM »
Technically he couldn't have this knowledge, he was in stasis and shortly after his defrosting he was banned to Zeti Alpha 5. He also couldn't know that the Klingons have a proverb: "Revenge is a dish best served cold". But I am willing to overlook that because Montalban was awesome when he said it. ;)

Maybe they got a selection of literature transferred to the Botany Bay computer before being stranded on Zeti Alpha 5.



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Re: DJ Doena's movie watchings 2009
« Reply #96 on: May 01, 2009, 11:25:29 PM »
Maybe. At least "Moby Dick" could be seen when Checkov browsed through the book shelf aboard the Botany Bay.
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Re: DJ Doena's movie watchings 2009
« Reply #97 on: May 02, 2009, 02:15:38 PM »
May, 2nd


Kirk Douglas   ...    Capt. Matthew Yelland
Martin Sheen   ...    Warren Lasky
Katharine Ross   ...    Laurel Scott
James Farentino   ...    Wing Commander Richard T. Owens / Richard Tideman
Ron O'Neal   ...    Cmdr. Dan Thurman
Charles Durning   ...    Sen. Samuel Chapman
Victor Mohica   ...    Black Cloud
Soon-Tek Oh   ...    Simura

Synopsis: Warren Lasky is a civilian consultant whose task is to evaluate the efficiency of the crew of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz. But shortly after the Nimitz has left Pearl Harbor on December 6th, 1980, the ship encounters an electromagnetic storm none of them has ever seen before. And when they are clear of the storm there are not where they are supposed to be. It's still December 6th - but 1941, one day before the Japanese Empire started its attack on Pearl Harbor.

My Opinion: What if? I really like the questions this movie asks - whether or not one is allowed to interfere with things that already happened. And I liked the faces of the senator and the japanese pilot when Owens told them what was about to happen. ;D And I have to say: I love aircraft carries, they are beautiful. And I love it to see planes starting from and landing on them and this movie had plenty of such footage.
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Re: DJ Doena's movie watchings 2009
« Reply #98 on: May 03, 2009, 07:58:43 PM »
May, 3rd


Russell Crowe    ...    Capt. Jack Aubrey
Paul Bettany   ...    Dr. Stephen Maturin, Surgeon
James D'Arcy   ...    1st Lt. Tom Pullings
Edward Woodall   ...    2nd Lt. William Mowett
Chris Larkin   ...    Capt. Howard, Royal Marines
Max Pirkis   ...    Blakeney, Midshipman
Billy Boyd    ...    Barrett Bonden, Coxswain

Synopsis: During the Napoleonic Wars the english "HMS Suprise" has the orders to sink french ships or take them as a prize. But their first battle against the "Archeron" doesn't go well. The "Archeron" has the better armour, longer guns and is still faster. But Captain "Lucky Jack" Aubrey will hunt her from Brazil to the Galápagos, no matter the cost.

My Opinion: A great movie about naval battles. Since it is a movie from this age there's very little nostalgia in it. Men get shot, stabbed, they bleed and die. We see the carpenters who repair the ship after a fight, we see the superstition that most of the crew shares, we see how young many of the crew are. It has nothing in common with the "fencing pirates" movies of the 50s and 60s. And it is also set in a great scenery along South America's coast and the Galápagos islands. I also like the soundtrack very much to which I am listening right now.
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Re: DJ Doena's movie watchings 2009
« Reply #99 on: May 20, 2009, 09:59:37 PM »
May, 20th


Brian O'Halloran    ...    Dante
Jeff Anderson   ...    Randal
Marilyn Ghigliotti   ...    Veronica
Lisa Spoonhauer   ...    Caitlin
Jason Mewes   ...    Jay
Kevin Smith   ...    Silent Bob
Scott Mosier   ...    Willam the Idiot Manchild

Synopsis: Dante is a convenient store clerk who isn't supposed to work today but has to come in anyways. Together with his friend Randal who works at the neighbouring video store he philosophizes through the entire spectrum of topics while unwillingly "serving" customers. When they don't work (which they mostly don't) and don't philosophize they play hockey or drive to a wake or talk to friends and girlfriends. And so the day goes by...

My Opinion: I got the idea of watching this again when I stumbled across the "ABC" dance video of Clerks II. It's funny how a movie is able to not to have an actual story and still be very entertaining for 92 minutes. I have always loved the part where they discuss the morality of destroying a Death Star while it's still under construction and thus having a lot of external contractors like roofers and plumbers are on board. ;)
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Re: DJ Doena's movie watchings 2009
« Reply #100 on: May 21, 2009, 08:29:31 AM »

Brian O'Halloran   ...    Dante
Jeff Anderson   ...    Randal
Jason Mewes   ...    Jay
Kevin Smith   ...    Silent Bob
Jennifer Schwalbach Smith   ...    Emma
Ben Affleck   ...    Gawking Guy
Trevor Fehrman   ...    Elias
Rosario Dawson   ...    Becky
Scott Mosier   ...    Concerned Father
Kevin Weisman   ...    Hobbit Lover
Jason Lee   ...    Lance Dowds

Synopsis: 10 years later. The Quick Stop has burned down and Dante and Randal are "working" in a Mooby's fast food restaurant. But not much longer. Dante will marry in a few months and he will move to Florida. Today is his last day. Randal plans to give him a going-away present in form of a "donkey show". But apart from that there hasn't been much change. Jay and Silent Bob are still selling drugs in front of the store and Dante still feels that he hasn't found his purpose in life yet.

My Opinion: A nice continuation of their story and when you watch both movies together you see the parallels they put into it much more clearly. And I really liked the addition of Rosario Dawson who was great as Becky. It was also great that Silent Bob who always had the one big speech per movie didn't know what to say this time: *theatrical pause* and then "I've got nothing.". ;D

The movie posters were also hilarious:

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Re: DJ Doena's movie watchings 2009
« Reply #101 on: May 21, 2009, 11:54:15 AM »
May, 21st


Tom Hanks    ...    Josh Baskin
Elizabeth Perkins   ...    Susan
Robert Loggia   ...    MacMillan
John Heard   ...    Paul
Jared Rushton   ...    Billy
David Moscow   ...    Young Josh

Synopsis: Josh is a 13 year old boy who loves to hang out with his best friend Billy. But he's also starting to get interested in girls and when he's humiliated in front of the girl he likes he just wishes to be big on a Zoltar magic machine. And his wish is granted. When he wakes up, he's an adult who has to flee from his own house. Billy helps him to find a room and a job in New York City. Then they start to search for the Zoltar again. But life as an adult isn't as terrible as it seemed in the beginning.

My Opinion: It's a nice comedy flick which I enjoyed very much. Tom Hanks is a great actor who can play like an innocent child as well as his more serious roles, like The Green Mile or Saving Private Ryan. And Elizabeth Perkins was great, too. They were a great it-wasn't-supposed-to-be couple and I especially liked the scenes where she tried to hit on him and he reacted like a 13 year old. ;)

There still one thing I can't get out of my head. I am aware that there are more movies out there like this (e.g. 13 Going on 30 from 2004). And even though I have seen the extended edition now I still have the following image in my head: After Josh had become a kid again he goes to school again and sits in his place when a new red-headed school girl comes into class and gets seated behind him. He turns around and she smiles to him.
I don't know from which movie I got that scene but I always associate it with Big.
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Re: DJ Doena's movie watchings 2009
« Reply #102 on: May 21, 2009, 12:00:30 PM »
And even though I have seen the extended edition now I still the following image in my head: After Josh had become a kid again he goes to school again and sits in his place when a new red-headed school girl comes into class and gets seated behind him. He turns around and she smiles to him.
I don't know from which movie I got that scene but I always associate it with Big.

I had the same problem after buying Big. I also expected this scene. As far as I could find out then, this scene is from Vice Versa (if I remember correctly), but I didn't have a chance yet to check it out.



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Re: DJ Doena's movie watchings 2009
« Reply #103 on: May 21, 2009, 09:16:15 PM »
Today I watched The Dark Knight again and my opinion hasn't changed.
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Re: DJ Doena's movie watchings 2009
« Reply #104 on: May 22, 2009, 12:36:14 AM »

Bill Milner   ...    Will Proudfoot
Will Poulter   ...    Lee Carter
Jessica Hynes   ...    Mary Proudfoot
Neil Dudgeon    ...    Joshua
Jules Sitruk   ...    Didier Revol

Synopsis: Will Proudfoot is growing up in a very strict christian society. He isn't even allowed to watch documentaries in school. Lee Carter is the troublemaker of the school who makes pirate copies of theatre movies. When their paths cross nothing will be the same. Together they make their own movie where Will is the son of Rambow and Lee plays Colonel Trautman. But their secret comes out and suddenly everybody wants to have a role in it.

My Opinion: It's a funny film with funny being not in the "hilarious funny" category but more in the category of "decent humour without forgetting that it wants to tell a story". Even though the actors were children (who did a great job) I had the feeling this movie carried a sentimental tune similar to the one in Be Kind Rewind. I also liked it that the movie had no problem with switching to a more serious tone after the accident when you don't know what has happened to Lee.



PS: Thanks to Tom for the recommendation.
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