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Feb 10

Posts: 1953

SlowLearner says:

Films for these long, dark nights

Anyone got a recommendation for a decent DVD to buy/rent, to see these Winter nights away?  Something with a decent plot,  good bit of action, well directed - none of this "shaky-cam" stuff, please :smile

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Feb 10

Posts: 1953

SlowLearner says:


ok... ordered 'The Expendables" - looks reasonable.   The sequel is still damned expensive, so will have to wait a year or so for that.   Thinking about ordering 'The Departed' too.  Also got "The Next Three Days" - this lot should keep us going until next month, at least.


Seen most of the others,  but maybe I can put down a couple of recommendations, since everyone else has been so generous:

- The tricolor series:  'Three colours: Blue',  'Three colours: White' and 'Three colours: Red'

- 13 Tzameti
- Max
- The Prestige
- 12 Monkeys
- Werckmeister Harmonies

The last of these, Werckmesiter Harmonies, is quite exceptional - the first clip lasts about 15 minutes.  This is such a difference from the shakycam/ fast-changing frames where it flashes from one scene to another multiple times a second.

- Memento was pretty brilliant too

- The Hurt Locker  (has shakycam, but it's just about bearable on this one occasion)

- Million Dollar Baby

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Aug 07

Posts: 6169

stevebaldy says:

some good choices amongst those....

Last Man Standing, not one for the missus though, 3:10 to Yuma a good one, saw Ted the other day, good, but not 'lol' of my all time favourites, Shawshank Redemption, brilliant film.   :smile

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May 12

Posts: 129

Valko says:

all french action movies



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Sep 11

Posts: 1103

entus says:

Life of Brian

gotta be in there.
Oh Brother Where Art Thou? One of the best films I've seen, based on Homer's Odyssey. Very amusing and will probably make you like George Clooney.

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Oct 05

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2012..... i really enjoyed it and the special effects are fab:smile

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Mar 07

Posts: 3215

Boult says:


Limitless explores a good idea - might (just) still be in the your local 'video' shop.

Family 'schmaltz'? - We Bought A Zoo

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Aug 02

Posts: 997

ANichol says:

Only seen

Season 1 of Homeland; very little in the way of Yay-USA there.

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Sep 09

Posts: 1766

beaconsman says:


HAve a good collection of westerns, and the dvd box set of Sharpe which I haven't seen yet as reading the books.  Plus mrs b hates sharpe..dunno y..

My best oldie film..Hell drivers..oldie but a goodie..think Sean Connery is in it..

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Jun 09

Posts: 1050

Amateurcynic says:

Where to Start?

Like all sorts mesen apart from some of the more crass American "comedies" such as Something about Mary or American Pie etc (too predictable & Not Funny!) agree with you on the "shakey cam" too!

One of my all time fave's is Unforgiven.

Action stuff, try Ironman,

Funny, try Superbad or The Hangover

Thought provoking, how about One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest or District 9

Does depend on personal taste I guess though.

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Feb 10

Posts: 1953

SlowLearner says:

Done some catching up!

Since the last post on this thread, and due to suggestions here, watched:

- Unforgiven
- Gran Torino
- The Expendables
- The Departed
- The next three days (surprisingly good!)

"One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest" - seen that many a time, total classic.   Ordering "District 9" on the advice of AmateurCynic,  saw 2012 in the cinema (thanks Oscar!),  and so still looking for some others... still got a few months to go before Summer is upon us.

Trouble with French films is that while some are brilliant, others are utter crap.  They get heavily sponsored by the French government no matter what sort of shite they put out.  And some absolutely do take the piss - two blokes talking to each other about very little over a kitchen table for 3 hours springs to mind, and nothing happens at all.  I'll never get that time back.

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