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Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 January 2009 09:04 Written by Christian Monday, 5 January 2009 09:33
First off, happy new year to all of you. I hope you all had a great time during the holidays and that 2009 comes full of good things and plenty of SMEx events
This is the second time I’m writting this review. The president ask me to the year’s wrap up after the last movie, and I DID, but the bad ogre (in the form of an unwelcomed timeout) came and ate my cookie (in the form of my previous post) and let me tell ya; it was a great post, full of charts, graphics, thrill, drama, artifacts, etc. I wont be able to do that again, the pain is still too deep.
But!, I can quickly go over some of the highlights of the year that went by:
We started the year on a shaky form, with “National Treasure II”, and we ended up in a low key with “The Day the Earth Stood Still” In between there were some really good movies, some not-so-good ones, one that we all would like to forget and some very cool unofficial and catching up events, which continues to prove that SMEx is not only about the movie, but about the time we spend together.
This year we saw our CWE leave Norway to create (unsuscesfully so far) the Swedish branch. We welcomed the new CPO who quickly got in the role.
Around mid summer we moved to our own new domain and later that year we changed the layout, so we could say that we are now in SMEx 2.0. Also now we have a rating system, so you can go and check yourself how we have rated all the movies so far!
On that note, here are some statistics:
Highest body count by one man (not including aliens): Rambo IV
Longest battery time: Webcam work at Cloverfield.
First (and hopefully only) musical: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.
Most movies into one: Doomsday
Superheroes movies watched: 3 (IronMan, The Dark Knight and The Incredible Hulk)
Most WTF during a movie: Tied between Sukiyaki Western Django and Ashes of Time Redux.
Most WTF previous to a movie: Ashes of Time Redux
Longest and most comprehensive review: Ashes of Time Redux.
Places where we will probably not come back: Any kind of movie festival.
Worst movie of the year: The X Files, I want to Forget.
Best movie of the year: that will be for you to decide!
Highest attendance: James Bond Quantum of Solace. 20 SMExers!
All in all, there were 36 official movies during 2008, the president continued the tradition and attended all of them.
Thanks for the good memories, looking forward to see you all during SMEx 2009!
Last Updated on Monday, 1 December 2008 07:34 Written by AVL Tuesday, 29 July 2008 10:01
Saturday it was time for a movie that’s been making waves on IMDB: The Dark Knight, a direct sequel to Batman Begins. After watching Batman Begins at Christian’s place to remind ourselves of what happened before, we went on to see The Dark Knight at the Colosseum.
There’s still a lot of crime in Gotham City, but Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) is wondering if it isn’t time for him to give it all up. Not everyone is happy with his Batman presence, and some are wondering if it wouldn’t be better if he weren’t there at all. But when a psychopatic criminal called The Joker (Heath Ledger) enters the scene, Batman is the only one that can help.
He also faces some problems in his life as Bruce Wayne, since his maybe-girlfriend Rachel Dawes (Maggi Gyllenhaal, way better than Katie Holmes in the previous movie) has hooked up with an ambitious district attorney named Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhard).
As has already been mentioned in a lot of reviews on the web, Heath Ledger is a revelation as The Joker. His role simply makes the character so much more realistic (and scary) that it’s easy to forget Jack Nicholson’s clownesque appearance in the old Batman movies. The way he walks and talks, and his little nervous ticks all seem to fit perfectly together. Christian Bale seems even more comfortable this time in his role as Batman and Micheal Caine is still a perfect choice for his butler, but their performances are completely overshadowed by the loony Joker.
The story is dark and moves reasonably fast, even though the movie lasts two and a half hours. There are some cool action scenes to watch, and Batman has a new shiny toy to play with (did you ever see a motorbike with wheels that wide?). Although I liked the movie a lot, I can’t see the reason for its current top spot at IMDB (I guess due to Heath Ledger’s death and too many fanboys on the Internet). It was an extremely good comic book movie, but there surely are better movies around than this one, right? .
This was a fantastic movie to finish off my run on the SMEx Board. I’ll be moving to Sweden this week, where I’ll hopefully be able to setup a new SMEx chapter. A new member of the Board will be revealed soon. I’d like to thank the Board and every SMEx-er out there for organizing this event and for being at all those events we organized on all those Sundays (36 events already!), it was absolutely great! Thanks all!
Hoff says: “The dark knight is almost as tough as a Baywatch night”
Last Updated on Monday, 1 December 2008 07:36 Written by Jeremy Monday, 21 July 2008 10:59
It was my first SMEx and the weather was horrible, though i didn’t let it dampen my spirits. We met up in Billabong before hand for the pre-movie beer. There was an unhealthy amount of guys with umbrellas but i decided to let that one pass.
In Hancock, Will Smith plays a lazy-drunk-bum who is lucky enough to have superhero powers. Its a pretty interesting concept and had a lot of scope for good superhero related comedy. The movie doesn’t disappoint, with some great laughs in the first half of the movie and a pretty decent performance from Will Smith.
Unfortunatly this is where it started to go downhill, the second half of the movie took itself far to seriously and broke the formula which worked so well in the first half. Don’t get me wrong, i still enjoyed the movie, i just think i would have enjoyed an entire movie of drunken superhero laughs more.
Technically Hancock has everything, some great laughs, a very attractive lady, decent action scenes, some drama, suspense and a couple of interesting twists. Maybe it was trying too hard to include everything.
Still if you have an evening to spare, there are enough laughs in this movie to make up for its inconsistant genre.
Hoff says: “Too bad I couldn\'t fly away when I was drunk”