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Children of Men is a superb movie

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26th September 2006 12:24  #1

Bodhi Member Join Date: February 2005 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 403
Children of Men is a superb movie
As per title really. One of the finest scf-fi/political commentaries I've seen in a long while. Love the director's unique visual style, his long single take action shots, seamless CGI. Brilliant, absolutely superb.

26th September 2006 14:06  #2

Chris Gould Editor Join Date: May 2001 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 7,107 Send a message via ICQ to Chris Gould Send a message via MSN to Chris Gould Send a message via Skype to Chris Gould
Going to see it on the weekend with my brand spanking new Cineworld Unlimited card. Seems like it's the only decent film around at the moment, and I missed all the c**p like Snakes on a Plane that would have been a laugh to see for free. Clerks II was a disappointment.

26th September 2006 15:15  #3

Mr.Badass Banned Join Date: April 2006 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 539
Children Of Men was great and I loved loved Clerks II

27th September 2006 9:09  #4

scottmck Contributor Join Date: April 2006 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 393
Saw it last night and loved it.  I liked the way there was no attempt to explain everything and even though Clive Owen is in every scene, all of the characters had their own back-story.  Cuaron could have dragged it out to a 3 hour epic but kept it moving forward all the time, which is refreshing given that so many of the major releases since LOTR have been fairly bloated affairs.

27th September 2006 12:33  #5

Bodhi Member Join Date: February 2005 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 403
Those long single-take action sequences were nicely done. Tom Yum Goong had a similar bit but with CoM, it was a lot more frequent.

Agreed there is a shortage of good films atm (although I personally preferred Clerks II to the first - loved both). I have a cineworld pass but the Aberdeen branch only screens mainstream garbage (*yawn*). Glasgow has a much better selection. Next film I'm looking forward to is the Prestige (Nolan).

27th September 2006 15:17  #6

Mr.Badass Banned Join Date: April 2006 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 539
I was pleasently surprised at how good the reviews due to how pro- aslyum seeker it is, which is in my own personal opinion a good thing

27th September 2006 16:35  #7

Jersey Jedi Member Join Date: August 2004 Location: United States Posts: 714
Can't wait for this to hit the States on friday. Clive Owen is arguably the most talented actor working today and I'd be hard pressed to miss any of his new flicks.

Funny... I go from Jackass 2 this past weekend, to Children of Men this comming weekend. Duality of man indeed...

27th September 2006 18:22  #8

Mr.Badass Banned Join Date: April 2006 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 539
it's not out over in the states till December 29th for the country wide release

27th September 2006 18:46  #9

Bodhi Member Join Date: February 2005 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 403
Interesting that American audiences have to wait so long. Their loss I suppose.

30th September 2006 23:53  #10

Chris Gould Editor Join Date: May 2001 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 7,107 Send a message via ICQ to Chris Gould Send a message via MSN to Chris Gould Send a message via Skype to Chris Gould
Saw it tonight and thought it was a solid film. I've been a fan of Clive Owen's ever since Sin City. Michael Caine was surprisingly good in it as well.

I also saw Little Miss Sunshine, which was better than I thought it would be. Kermode's review said it needed to be darker, but I thought it was about right. The end cracked me up.

1st October 2006 1:14  #11

Mr.Badass Banned Join Date: April 2006 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 539
Kermode is GOD!

1st October 2006 1:48  #12

stanton heck Member Join Date: June 2005 Location: United States Posts: 1,098
I did not care for it!  You could see the plot twist coming!

1st October 2006 3:02  #13

Chris Gould Editor Join Date: May 2001 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 7,107 Send a message via ICQ to Chris Gould Send a message via MSN to Chris Gould Send a message via Skype to Chris Gould
What plot twist? There wasn't anything particularly 'twisty' about it.

1st October 2006 4:15  #14

Jersey Jedi Member Join Date: August 2004 Location: United States Posts: 714
So dissapointed to learn that the release date was pushed back here. I was still going by Premiere's Fall preview issue. (One tear...)

1st October 2006 5:15  #15

Cheddar J. Cheese Member Join Date: October 2004 Location: Canada Posts: 1,492
I beg of you all now, please, use spoiler tags before discussing this so called "Twist" ending. The title of the thread makes it seem it is about the quality of the film (as the original poster did, making reference to style and technique, etc.), and while every discussion about a film being good or bad usually requires reference to the plot, but for someone who has waited a long time to see this and doesn't want any major plot points revealed, it'd be appreciated by me, and many others who click the link to see what others thought of it (good/bad, not "Wow! It was awesome when they revealed the Butler did it!").

Many thanks in advance.

2nd October 2006 19:28  #16

Mr.Badass Banned Join Date: April 2006 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 539
their is no twist, and you haven't even seen the film so you don't know what your talking about

4th October 2006 19:29  #17

stanton heck Member Join Date: June 2005 Location: United States Posts: 1,098
Sorry I got the movie confused with another So Sorry.

5th October 2006 12:17  #18

Nic Mall Member Join Date: November 2005 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 1,202 Send a message via MSN to Nic Mall
Aye it was good. Though don't arrive ten minutes late and end up in the front row. Christ its evil on the eyes!

5th October 2006 12:46  #19

Intergalactic Ponce Member Join Date: April 2005 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 1,151
Nic Mall wrote: Though don't arrive ten minutes late and end up in the front row.

I bet you were popular. Audiences love that. Turning up late and sitting down front. Did you capitalise on this by wearing either a) a big hat or b) big hair?

5th October 2006 13:01  #20

Nic Mall Member Join Date: November 2005 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 1,202 Send a message via MSN to Nic Mall
Both :D

Lucky for us though the trailers at Cineworld are about three hours long. So we didn't miss the beginning of the film.

5th October 2006 13:23  #21

Chris Gould Editor Join Date: May 2001 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 7,107 Send a message via ICQ to Chris Gould Send a message via MSN to Chris Gould Send a message via Skype to Chris Gould
If it's anything like my Cineworld there's a clause that stipulates that the image must not be projected entirely on the screen - some parts must spill out onto the wall. Three of the five films I saw last week were misaligned, and they only corrected two out of the three after I complained. Obviously run out of trained monkeys.

5th October 2006 15:13  #22

Intergalactic Ponce Member Join Date: April 2005 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 1,151
Oi. I'm one of those monkeys. But I am one of the last few well trained monkeys. I've 'projected' for Kubrick, Cameron, Stone, Scorcese and Darabont to name(check) a few and they all went away happy.

But you are quite correct, there is no quality training happening now. Current thinking with the multiplexes is to get ushers to also work in projection. This is not the way to go but it's going that way and experiences like Chris's are the norm now and it's only going to get worse. That's why we need digital cinema pronto then at least the audience will get a passable presentation.

Nic Mall wrote: Both :D

Lucky for us though the trailers at Cineworld are about three hours long. So we didn't miss the beginning of the film.


'That's one bad hat, Harry'.

5th October 2006 15:37  #23

Nic Mall Member Join Date: November 2005 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 1,202 Send a message via MSN to Nic Mall
I thought it was nice Happy

5th October 2006 16:42  #24

Intergalactic Ponce Member Join Date: April 2005 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 1,151
There's something a bit er...

Apollo Creed about it.

To refine it you could stick a Statue of Liberty on top then the people on the back rows could enjoy it as well.

The hat I mean.

5th October 2006 18:11  #25

Nic Mall Member Join Date: November 2005 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 1,202 Send a message via MSN to Nic Mall
Now thats taking it a bit *too* far don't you think?

5th October 2006 21:56  #26

Intergalactic Ponce Member Join Date: April 2005 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 1,151
You can never take hats far enough. The further the better so they are soo teeny tiny in the distance that they are small enough to perch at a jaunty angle atop a wee hamsters head.

The hamster is pleased with his new hat.

5th January 2007 22:02  #27

Cheddar J. Cheese Member Join Date: October 2004 Location: Canada Posts: 1,492
Finally out in wide release now over here. Pity no one will ever see it. This is the best movie I've seen in a long time. This and "The Fountain" are two of my four or five must owns for this year in DVD. The only CGI I could think of in there were the screens and the game, and maybe the statue of David. Great movie, I don't think I've seen a tracking shot done that well (with exception to Scorsese) in a long time. Bravo. Go see it now, before it's too late.

5th January 2007 22:54  #28

Tony DeFrancisco Senior Member Join Date: July 2005 Location: United States Posts: 2,652
I'm gonna see it tomorrow, if they let me in.

6th January 2007 3:19  #29

Cheddar J. Cheese Member Join Date: October 2004 Location: Canada Posts: 1,492
Why wouldn't they?

Oh and I sat in the front row (by choice, theatre was practically empty, as expected) and didn't find it evil on the eyes at all.

6th January 2007 16:48  #30

Adrian Senior Member Join Date: September 2005 Location: United States Posts: 1,305
Cheddar J. Cheese wrote: Why wouldn't they?

Oh and I sat in the front row (by choice, theatre was practically empty, as expected) and didn't find it evil on the eyes at all.


It's rated are (in the usa) and Tony isn't 18 yet (if I remember correct.)
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