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  1. Jim_K

    Jim_K Executive Producer

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    Bravo! Excellent work Michael.......Especially love the large font.
    FWIW I did send an alert to the mods (not to you specifically) months ago and it got ignored, I also posed a question about the sticky function in the Feedback Area, it also got ignored....you have to admit there's no way in telling what mods are in charge of what areas anymore.
    I am a bit sad that you cleaned up my photo gallery of smut......... I was especially fond of the dancing nurse........maybe I could re-post 'em in the Horror challenge thread just to liven that crowd up /img/vbsmilies/htf/eek.gif">
     
  2. Michael Reuben

    Michael Reuben Studio Mogul

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    I'm checking back, because I knew you'd say that. /img/vbsmilies/htf/laugh.gif
    I don't know what kind of "alert" you sent, but I never saw it. But I've been here now; so you know who to call. If it's something I can do, I'm happy to.
    The reality is that the old area assignments weren't hard-and-fast, and no one's even tried to reinstate them on the new platform. We respond to problems as we see them or hear about them.
    As for where I've been hanging out, Christou knows. I now spend the bulk of my time at HTF reviewing discs.
     
  3. Steve Christou

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    Aah Michael pinned your thread up Jim, isn't that nice of him? Put his mod-like powers to good use for once eh. I am kidding Mike.
    Michael's always busy writing reviews. I tried to get him to post in testy and he laughed saying writing reviews was far more satisfying than posting pictures of half naked women in the testing area. /img/vbsmilies/htf/tongue.gif
     
  4. Jim_K

    Jim_K Executive Producer

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    Wha?! /img/vbsmilies/htf/eek.gif Writing reviews more satisfying than ogling beautiful women?! /img/vbsmilies/htf/eek.gif/img/vbsmilies/htf/eek.gif NEVER! /img/vbsmilies/htf/smiley_wink.gif
     
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    Jim, whenever I attempt to write a reasonably lengthy review it ends up being about 3 or 4 lines long, "good film, go see it" is about as deep as my reviews get. /img/vbsmilies/htf/biggrin.gif">
    I too envy people who can write an epic thesis on the film they just saw, I start yawning as soon as I start describing the plot, give up and just type in "thrilling adventure" which is one hell of a shortcut and makes posts look neater too. Which is what happened last night when I typed a review for UP in the 2009 movie tracking thread, 5 lines was all I can muster mister.
     
  6. Michael Reuben

    Michael Reuben Studio Mogul

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    Maybe I've just been lucky, but that hasn't been a big problem. It may have something to do with the obscurity of much of what I've reviewed. There aren't a lot of screenshot jockeys poring over Atom Egoyan films (Adoration is the one I just did) or obscure British imports (who's even heard of The Crew?).
    And people can surprise you. The one time a notorious screenshot nitpicker cruised through one of my review threads was True Romance. I think I was the only web reviewer who thought the Blu-ray transfer was any good, but that's because I was also the only web reviewer who'd seen all the prior versions, back to and including the theatrical presentation. Mr. Screenshot (I'm not going to give him the free PR of naming him) condemned the transfer without (I think) ever reading my comments. Over the next few months, several HTF members revived the thread just to say that, as fans of the film, they'd taken a chance on the Blu-ray and agreed with my views on the transfer.
    Turns out, the screenshot guys are like a lot of vocal minorities. Once they move on, you start to hear from the much larger group of reasonable people who were being drowned out by the volume.
    I agree with you about plot spoilers. My first question when I set out to describe a film is, how can I convey an accurate sense of it without ruining the experience? Sometimes that results in a short review (like the one I just posted: Orphan), but sometimes people need more (as with True Romance). The reader is always his own best editor. Just skip down to the audio and video sections.
    As for ogling beautiful women, why do you think I ask my wife to edit every review before it's posted? /img/vbsmilies/htf/biggrin.gif
     
  7. Jim_K

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    Slick moves Michael. /img/vbsmilies/htf/thumbsup.gif Whenever I'm caught ogling my wife, she'll either roll her eyes or she'll toss her hair back in that sexy way of hers, laughs then gives me the old "yeah right". WENCH! /img/vbsmilies/htf/laugh.gif
    Hey, I've heard of The Crew, I enjoy obscure British Gangster flics.
    and I do remember reading your True Romance review which was a very good read BTW so I know exactly who you're talking about. That guy is always good for a few unintentional laughs. /img/vbsmilies/htf/smiley_wink.gif
    Yeah I agree Steve. Especially with new films. By the time I've seen it there's nothing I have to add that has been stated over and over again in those review threads already so I don't even bother even if I feel the urge to write about it.
    I remember a few years ago doing that Track the films thread, writing a review for every film you watch....... man that was tedious. All I can muster up anymore is once a year for that Horror challenge. I'm even getting bored with that already. Plus there's only so much I can stomach reading when it comes to torture porn, teen-slashers, The Munsters or flippin Buffy the vampire Slayer [NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!] /img/vbsmilies/htf/eek.gif
     
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    Hoho when it comes to horror films I prefer the old classics, todays horror films are just too samey, variations on the same theme over and over again. Sandra occasionally drags me out the house kicking and screaming to go and see some new horror thats turned up in our local multiplex, she'll watch most of it thru her fingers while the only consolation I get is the leading lady walking around in her knickers, if I'm lucky, or the victim is running around starkers as in the remake of My Bloody Valentine, the highlight of the film IMO. Otherwise boredom sets in. /img/vbsmilies/htf/sleep.gif">
    I haven't seen The Crew, it's on my to watch list, there's a new Britflick out now called Dead Man Running I want to see too. No it's not a zombie film.
     
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    I took issue with some of the directorial and stylistic choices in The Crew, but it's well worth seeing, if only for the lead performance by Scot Williams. And I'm willing to bet Steve will enjoy Coredelia Bugeja as his wife, Debs, who was a last-minute replacement and is thrillingly credible. Also beautiful. Did I mention that she . . . ? Sorry, no spoilers allowed. /img/vbsmilies/htf/laugh.gif
     
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    ...takes her top off? ...turns out to be a man? ...doesn't really exist? ...secretly works for the bad guys? ...is a part-time stripper? ...kills her lovers with an ice pick? ...has an evil twin sister? ...once dated Charlie Sheen? ...was beautiful when she died... 100 years ago!"
    Any of the above Michael? I'll be watching The Crew at the weekend when some friends pop round. The last British gangster film we enjoyed was RockNrolla so hopefully this one delivers the goods too.
    Sandra and I will be watching The Orphan tomorrow night, people have been recommending it. /img/vbsmilies/htf/smile.gif
     
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    Thankfully Michael restrained himself there with the spoiler for The Crew. Talking about spoiler-free reviews.....I just got done looking at the Blu-ray review of Heat by Robert Harris which consisted of "see it" ............ A Few Words About is spot on /img/vbsmilies/htf/smiley_wink.gif......Bless him /img/vbsmilies/htf/biggrin.gif
    I've got Orphan coming in the mail........don't know when I'll get it. Also have Transformers 2: Judgment Day or some-such laying around here somewhere which I plan on watching in the next couple of days.
     
  12. Michael Reuben

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    One of the above, plus one you didn't mention. It's a fookin' gangster film! (Sorry, I can't spell Liverpuddlian.)
    My recommendation is to approach it as a comedy with special effects. I had a great time that way, but (full disclosure) I'm a complete sucker for Julie White, who plays Sam's mother and is one of the funniest women on the New York stage. (Quiet, Steve. I know what you think of the theater, but you don't know the theater.) And at the point where Sam gets seduced by . . . well, you'll see -- anyway, I was on the floor, because it was like the film was already parodying itself. And it just kept getting sillier (in a good way).
     
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    /img/vbsmilies/htf/laugh.gif Fookin' 'ell Michael, you sounded just like Colin Farrell then, seen In Bruges? Of course you have. Luverly film, deserved more Oscar recognition.
    Theater? Well I know you dress up in top hat, coat and tails, um white scarf? silver tipped cane? /img/vbsmilies/htf/tongue.gif
    Last time I went to the theater was 30 friggin' years ago! Dracula, starring George Chakiris (yep a Greek Dracula) and Roy Dotrice as Van Helsing. London's West End, I can't remember if I wore a white scarf... I do remember enjoying it, the place was packed, they had rats on wires on the stage and people would scream whenever one went zooming across (I'm assuming they were rats on wires, it was an old theater). Sadly I haven't been to the theater since, though I was tempted to go and see Spamalot.
    Jim, like Michael said if you treat Transformers 2 as a comedy with robots you'll enjoy it more, I couldn't stop laughing when I saw it, even during the serious parts. And having John Turturro return was an added bonus, loved him in the first film.
     
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    So it's like a F/X Comedy ala Ghostbusters/Gremlins except................[GRABS MICHAEL'S TOP HAT] with Giant Robots?! /img/vbsmilies/htf/eek.gif........hmmmm.
    I'll have to read that review........ after I've seen it that is. /img/vbsmilies/htf/smiley_wink.gif
    I glanced quickly at Steve's review of Orphan, which was thankfully spoiler-free .....you need to post that review in the Horror thread. Steve?! STEVE?!
     
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    Horror thread? HORROR thread?? Are you insane Jim? I wouldn't be caught dead there, or even undead for that matter. You are talking about the scary challenge thread right? It finishes tomorrow doesn't it? Okaay I did post a few times in there but soon lost interest when I noticed people were spending their entire day watching horror films that weren't even listed at the IMDB. I realised my mistake and sneaked out the back way, I don't think anyone noticed. /img/vbsmilies/htf/biggrin.gif">
    You'll enjoy Orphan, near the end of the film the dad discovers three sixes tattoo'd on the little girls head and he... oh jeez what have I done? Sorry! [sobs]
     
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    DAMMIT STEVE! [​IMG]........thanks a lot./img/vbsmilies/htf/tongue.gif.........Was that before or after her head rotates 360 degrees and she projectile vomits pea soup on an old priest? /img/vbsmilies/htf/laugh.gif Today's horror films are so unoriginal aren't they? /img/vbsmilies/htf/smiley_wink.gif
    Yep, that Horror challenge thread is painfully dull this year, more than usual I'm afraid.........not a very fun crowd, [​IMG]way too serious for me....
    Maybe I'll finish it off by reviewing some fluffy old Musicals and crusty John Wayne westerns, I doubt anyone in there would notice anyway......./img/vbsmilies/htf/biggrin.gif
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    You really wanna be brave? Try Easy Virtue, which I reviewed and got zero comments on, even though it stars Jessica Biel and is pretty damn funny. It's sort of a musical. Sort of.
     
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    Never heard of it Michael......A comedy chick flic? Pretty good? I'll have to remember grab that one next time we're in the video store and my wife gets dangerously too close to picking up a Matthew McConaughey film..../img/vbsmilies/htf/eek.gif Nooooooooooooooo!
    Don't feel bad though.....it's not the number of comments but viewings........I guess.
     
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    If you're Blu-ray-capable, try to get it on Blu, because it's gorgeous to look at (and not just because of Biel, though her outfits are great).

    Kristin Scott Thomas and Colin Firth kept turning it down, because they both felt like: We've done these period pieces before; why do another one? The director and producers managed to persuade them that, no, no, this is different -- and it is!
     

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