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Initial post: 9 Oct 2012 13:55:20 BDT
yep, this is obviously inspired by the "what's the most dissapointing film you have ever seen" topic :)

this film has been mentioned in that thread, but i disagree, so i'll kick off with die hard 4! 12 years after die hard 3, i was expecting it to be a shambles, a possibly past it bruce willis, justin out of dodgeball as a sidekick, and the pronz producer from girl next door as the bad-guy, it looks terrible on paper.

but for me it works! genuine humour, mcclane fighting old-skool against a digitial/electronic threat brings the series brilliantly up-to-date, but keeps the old die hard feeling :)

it wasn't as good as die hard 3, and tbf not a patch on die hard, (maybe best action film ever?) but is as good as die hard 2 imo, and comparisons aside is just a solid action film in it's own right. very pleasant suprise :)

same goes for leathal weapon 4 on all the above points really :)

Posted on 9 Oct 2012 14:05:59 BDT

Posted on 9 Oct 2012 14:14:54 BDT
Midnight Run [DVD] - This one is a gem, recommend to anyone with £3 spare.

Posted on 9 Oct 2012 15:04:23 BDT
Ah good topic !! ; )

Die hard 4 is def yes.. ill also add the following films i thougt would be abysmal but where ok-very good.

Silent Hill
Terminator Salvation
Transformers 1
Exorcist 3 (i.e should be awful following the rule that all horror film sequels are crap).
District 9 - for some reason i heard bad things, but it was brilliant.
A-Team

Posted on 9 Oct 2012 15:15:37 BDT
Silent Hill - yes! love it, but then again, wasn't prepared to hate it
Terminator Salvation - saw at the cinema, liked the trailers. was hoping to like it. did like it :)
Transformers 1 - good fun dumb action. prefer the 2nd. hate the third :p
Exorcist 3 (i.e should be awful following the rule that all horror film sequels are crap). - very decent. yeah - creey
District 9 - for some reason i heard bad things, but it was brilliant. - cinema film. hardly knew much about it and was blown away. awesome film :)
A-Team - not seen it :(

Posted on 9 Oct 2012 15:39:11 BDT
another film that very pleasantly surprised - 'real steel'

genuinely heartwarming, but not mushy. likeable performances, and good effects!

Posted on 9 Oct 2012 15:42:16 BDT
G. Hanks says:
Spirited Away - I had bought it on DVD and had it for years before I watched it. Whilst I'd heard great things I didn't think it would appeal. Now one of my favourite films of all time.

Zombieland - Didn't really know much about it, thought it'd be simple, untaxing fun and watchable enough, turned out to be a lot more than just watchable.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Oct 2012 15:44:13 BDT
Yeah Reel Steel .. I saw that on Sky recently, i only started watching it cause i couldnt find the remote and then I saw "Kate" from Lost was in Yum ! .. but then I really started to enjoy it.

Posted on 9 Oct 2012 16:02:26 BDT
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Posted on 10 Oct 2012 09:34:08 BDT
Ken O'Neill says:
Prometheus - I'd seen the critical kicking it had taken, and yes it has its flaws (obvious one being the rather jumpy narrative until we "board" the eponymous spaceship) and it isn't a genre-defining film the way that Alien and Aliens both are, but it's still a good film in itself.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Oct 2012 12:16:50 BDT
Still haven't seen it yet, but lowering my expectation should deffo improve my experience, I'll probz end up loving it.

Posted on 11 Oct 2012 13:46:23 BDT
The Room.

Funniest film ever.
well, the second time you watch it, it is.
First time you see it.... it's like WTF!
2nd time....comedy gold.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Oct 2012 14:12:15 BDT
Trigger says:
Is that the one with the "Oh... Hi Mark" bit in it?

Worst. Acting. Ever.

Posted on 11 Oct 2012 21:12:06 BDT
Ian Scott says:
I Love You Man

Expected a godawful chick flick. Got a guy flick.

Posted on 12 Oct 2012 16:33:36 BDT
J. Turner says:
Strangely, 'Deuce Bigalow' - laughed my socks off!

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Oct 2012 09:10:45 BDT
Ian Scott says:
Snap!

Posted on 14 Oct 2012 15:11:25 BDT
MajPanik says:
Lost boys and Evil Dead 3 - Still have both in the top 5 of my fav all time films but thought they were gonna be utter pants!

Posted on 14 Oct 2012 17:37:28 BDT
T4bsF says:
La Vie en Rose. (The Edith Piaf story). Didn't realise when I went to see this film that it was one with subtitles - or I wouldn't have bothered. What an interesting film it turned out to be though. When it finished - nobody in the cinema audience moved for about 5 minutes - think we were all spellbound. If even half of the portrayal of her life was true - she had a really s**t life.

Posted on 15 Oct 2012 16:11:59 BDT
D.S.Dk. says:
The Kings Speech.
Not normally my kind of film, but have to say I really enjoyed it.

Also The Green Hornet. Had heard it wasn't any good, but I thought they did a pretty good job of it.

Posted on 16 Oct 2012 11:41:18 BDT
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Post Soviet says:
Field of Dreams [DVD] [1989]
I was really going to hate this, as imagined all cheesy components thrown together: big American Dream, if you try hard and believe... than baseball of course, all those hundreds american films with Dad and little Son with his new birthday present - baseball glove on the perfect lawn...
In brief - I was moved by the film.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Oct 2012 12:46:16 BDT
Last edited by the author on 16 Oct 2012 12:48:01 BDT
Taken (To then be a bit dissapointed by Taken 2)
Batman Begins
Super 8
Dredd 3D (Awesome movie)
Happy Gilmour (some guy who had terrible tastes in movies reccommended it to a group of us watching a film one night), we all grudgingly rented it and laughed our socks off from start to finish.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Oct 2012 13:15:57 BDT
Taken 2 no good ????

I always though the 1st was slightly over rated, i enjoyed it but people rave about it?

Posted on 16 Oct 2012 14:00:57 BDT
Its ok, worth a watch, but a little obvious and forced I felt.

Just not as good a story or set up compared to first, but action is still good.

Posted on 16 Oct 2012 14:57:08 BDT
the first taken is a 15 no? and taken 2 is a 12A? am i wrong about this? basically does it still have the same level of action/violence as taken 1?

to me taken was brilliant, but a perfect example of a film that didn't need a sequel at all. even tho i love taken i have zero-interest in taken 2.

Posted on 16 Oct 2012 15:08:27 BDT
Yeah, its still pretty violent, but you dont have smacked up hookers dead in bed. its a bit more commercial action hero like, but Id still reccommend it as a good watch, better than most holywood action films, but not as good as Taken, sequels rarely are though.
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