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  • lilchris
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    James Bond:
    Promiscuous alcoholic in a suit saves the day, aided by wealthy, possibly under educated villains.

    Inception – No idea if you could wright it down, sails the fine line of mind bendingly complex but not over the edge…

    Wow. You and I must have seen a different film. What I saw was a generic fight/flight action flick with some sixth-form-common-room sub-philosophy:

    “hey – what if, like, when you woke up, you were, like, still dreaming?”

    “Wow. Far out.”

    None of that embedded dreams stuff matters to the narrative anyway. The film’s only emotional pull is “quick – the baddies are coming.”

    Oooh dose baddies. Dey soo baad.

    fuzzhead
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    +1 Donnie Darko

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    A knights tale.

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    Right, can any of you Donnie Darko fans honestly say that you understood the intricacies of the plot without recourse to the web?

    I like it, but any film that requires research to fully understand the plot has a script, editing and direction that can only be considered as failures.

    Ramsey Neil
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    Inglorious Basterds , completely not what happened in WW2

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    I don’t know about Donnie Darko.

    I’ve read enough about it now for it to make sense, but whilst I’m all for a film being complex it should stand alone and not need a website to explain it.

    Compare and contrast Momento. Proper noodle-baking movie that rewards a rewatch or twelve, but at least you can unpick it, everything you need to know is in there.

    EDIT: ie, what Rusty said.

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    Absolutely.

    Complex films are fine.
    But great complex films give you all the info required to understand the plot whilst letting you think you’ve done the hard work yourself.

    Just for fun, try watching Pulp Fiction in chronological chapter order.
    It’s a very different film. 🙂

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    The Hairdresser’s Husband.

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    5th element

    a camp scifi comedy romp that somehow pleases everyone

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    Inception – No idea if you could write it down, sails the fine line of mind bendingly complex but not over the edge…

    It can be written down, as Scrooge McDuck had already demonstrated

    noteeth
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    Utter nonsense, but still gripping, menacing and beautiful

    Nice little homage to Thoreau’s Walden, too. Really enjoyed it.

    muzzle
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    a camp scifi comedy romp that somehow pleases everyone

    It didn’t please me. The 5th Element has to be the most overrated film of all time, but I suppose that’s a topic for another discussion.

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    The Lego Movie

    I’m still surprised that I agree with this. Saw it at the weekend with the kids, expecting a load of tosh. Instead it was well thought out, surprisingly profound (for the type of film it is) and in lots of places laugh out loud funny.

    Would also nominate a Fish Called Wanda (clichéd characters, over-acted, Michael Palin’s stutter) yet still has me weeping with laughter and anything with banjo strumming, ex-actor, Steve Martin in it that is actually funny (Planes/Trains, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Housesitter)..

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    The first Matrix film. Nice ideas, which ultimately turns into a superhero film.

    Second film was ok, the third film needed a bit of concentration, and was ultimately disappointing.

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    Primer

    Watched it and then read the IMDB synopsis after, but still didn’t really know what went on. In my defence I did nod off once or twice.

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    In an 80 minute film?

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    I was sleepy* 😳

    *it was on Netflix, so I’d not paid specifically to see it. It just took my fancy one evening when perhaps I would have been better just going to bed 😆

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    jon1973
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    completely not what happened in WW2

    Just like 90% of the other WW2 films made by the Americans then.

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    the Straight story, tried explaining the plot to someone the other day, I don’t think they’ve put it on their to watch list

    1) If you consider it as a religious story it’s perfectly reasonable.

    How so? (warning, ruin the movie for me and I’ll not be impressed)

    The first Matrix film. Nice ideas, which ultimately turns into a superhero film.

    matrix 1 was doing just fine right up until she snogged him back to life.

    Just for fun, try watching Pulp Fiction in chronological chapter order.

    do any of the DVDs offer this, a la memento?

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    this stuff, makes no sense but is so usefull

    pork pie approved too

    Kimbers, here is you coat, the taxi is on its way. 😉

    Back on topic.

    Being John Malkovich

    The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

    aaaand yeah, pretty much anything by Terry Gilliam.

    jon1973
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    Nice ideas, which ultimately turns into a superhero film.

    Especially when he flew away at the end, like superman.

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