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transformers

dont get me wrong... i really enjoyed this film but...

a) the transformers form was too complicated... it should have been closer to the cartoon form... they managed it with optimus prime why couldnt they have made the others simpler?

b) when they transformers were fighting the shots were too closely cropped so you could barely see what was going on... it was just bits of metal and sparks...

c) i could have done with a little less US government and a little more transformers

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waitress

such a cute little film
i adored every step of jennas growth through the film
im a little sad she didnt end up with the doctor but having said that im kinda glad she didnt... proving to herself she could do it on her own

very soft comedy but you'll leave with a soft knowing smile on your face

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eagle vs shark

what a lovely little film
everyone said it was like new zealands version of napoleon dynamite but that doesnt do it any justice at all (i didnt like napoleon dynamite!)

its charming and sweet and funny

this isnt about laughing at the misfits... its about falling head over heels for them...

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black snake moan

im a little confused by this film... a lot of the audience were laughed quite heartily along to this film... but i didnt find it in the slightest funny
for example laughing at the fact that shes tied up... thats just not amusing to me...

the acting was alright... the story line was weird... and frustrating
i connected pretty well with rae (christina ricci) and ronnie (justin timberlake) but didnt get lazarus (samuel l jackson) at all... didnt feel much of anything towards him...

it was ok... but... i wouldnt watch it again...

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28 weeks later

i was dreading seeing this film... when i heard about the sequel i was expecting it to be... um... not great...
when i heard that danny had nothing more to do with it than executive producer... i wasnt holding my breath...

but... despite the 2 main characters (the kids) being really fucking annoying the film delivered... it was scary in the way only the '28.. later' (series? tthe rumour of 28 months later) can be...

fast movie zombies are brilliant...
having said that a lot of the scenes you couldnt see ANYTHING that was happening which didnt actually add to the feeling

but i enjoyed it... i was suitably scared by the jump-iness...

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Half Nelson

what an amazing film... so beautifully acted by ryan gosling

he manages to play this self obsessed drug addicted idealist and throughout... despite how much you should hate him he manages to make the audience laugh!
after he forces himself on the woman he goes and stands outside the room shes locked herself and talks a while and says "im bleeding some so im using your arm chair cover... i'll wash it and bring it back" and honestly i should hate him... but the way he plays the character i find him funny and still charming despite the crack smoking...
shareeka epps was also amazing...
this by no means a feel good movie tho... you'll leave feeling a little bit deflated... but it really is so... coincidentally(?) amusing...

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Fracture

this film is slow for the most part and it gets really difficult to see where its going but thankfully with the twist at the end they make the whole thing quite engaging
im quite sure now i know how it ends i wont bother to see it again though... no matter how good ryan gosling is in it!

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Sunshine

hmm... i love danny boyle... i love cillian murphy... i even have a soft spot for chris evans... and yet something wasnt quite right here

i think all the money they threw at danny boyle to get him behind this project must have slightly gone to his head... a few too many lingering shots of [sun/spaceship] [spaceship/sun] [sun] [sun] [spaceship] [sun].... some of the effects he used were really beautiful but im not sure they were really needed... it was too much of a hollywood storyline to carry the artier effects...

for me there was some really dodgy acting in places (even by the wonderful cillian murphy!)

this thing that most annoyed me was the fact the spaceships travelling to the sun were called icarus... it wasnt funny and it wasnt smart... it just angered me!

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factory girl

im unsure
i hate sienna miller in general but she didnt butcher this too much
hayden christensen was brilliant and awful at the same time which was impressive (read brilliant as a little bit hot)
guy pearce makes a pretty good warhol

i felt sorry for sedgwick which is i guess what counts

on a filmic level i loved the cuts between what was meant to be archival and thus shot like a warhol film

it didnt strike me as sylvia did but it did something... that i might pick up on later... but im not sure

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300

i was so worried this was going to be rubbish
everything i'd heard about it from the 'professionals' had been very cutting...
but thankfully it turned out just how i wanted it to
amusingly graphic and extremely gratuitous in a lovely way
it looked great and i really did attatch myself to the characters

brilliant

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