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Exhaust Port
04-16-2004, 09:28 PM
I've started renting movies now as I almost always never make it to the theater and it's a lot cheaper to rent anyway. I've been sticking to the recent release section at the local rental establishment and have found some good and some bad. All I know about movies is what I occasionally read or hear from family and friends but that isn't much which has led to me renting some real duds.

I know there are reviews out there but I'm hoping to get a simple YES or NO for movies that others have rented to help me make my choices.

If you rent it, rate it! Give it a YES or NO.

Ocean's 11: YES

Itailian Job: NO

Pirates of the Carribean: YES

School of Rock: YES

Lost in Translation: NO

Kidhuman
04-16-2004, 09:35 PM
I usually get them on PPV on Dish Network. I am way too forgetful and usually end up spending more on Late Charges.

I havent really watched anything recently as nothing has caught my eye though.

I did see from your list, Oceans 11 and POTC. I have no interest in the others except maybe Lost in Translation, as I love Bill Murray. I think he is one of the best actors out there.

Deoxyribonucleic
04-16-2004, 09:54 PM
The only recent renting I've done is

About Scmidt and I give that a YES but don't expect any action, it's just about the "human element"

Lowly Bantha Cleaner
04-16-2004, 11:19 PM
I rarely see movies at their release anymore, I have averaged about three a year the past couple of years. I find renting a perfect option or pay-per-view for those who have the option at home.

Ocean's 11: YES. A Star-studded cast. Even saw most of the original, and it was cool to see the rat pack in action.

Pirates of Caribbean: YES. Worth seeing just for Johnny Depp's performance as Captain Jack Sparrow.

Lost In Translation: YES. If you are an action movie type of person, then NO. It is a bit artsy and does have his lulls, but it paints a beautiful picture.

I haven't seen the other movies so no comment on them.

JediTricks
04-17-2004, 02:45 AM
Big Trouble - YES! Then you'll want to go buy it. This movie is funny, clever, beautifully directed, and incredibly paced... it's tragic that it got so badly lost.

Pluto Nash - Yes (I liked it, expected to hate it)

League of Extrordinary Gentlemen - NO! (turned it off halfway through)

sith_killer_99
04-17-2004, 02:29 PM
Hmm, well, being the ever progressive individual that I am, I choose a third route for video rentals, Netflix. No late fees and they have a larger selection of videos on DVD...I challenge anyone here to find the Original Star Trek series or X-Files on DVD for rent at the local video store. LOL

Anyway, I am a big time renter/buyer and seldom make it to the movies to see films any more. The big exception being Star Wars, which I always see at the theaters twice.

Anyway, here we go:

Ocean's 11 - Yes

The Italian Job - Yes

Pirates of the Carribean - Yes

School of Rock - Yes

Something's Gotta Give - Yes

Gothika - Yes

Vampire Effect - Yes

Matrix Revolutions - Yes

What can I say, I am easy to please. However, my recommendation for purchases is very different. The only film from this list I recommend purchasing is Pirates of the Carribean.

JediTricks
04-18-2004, 07:22 PM
Rented School of Rock last night, that's going on my NO list for sure. I was forced to sit all the way through it too even though the whole group found it fairly unwatchable.


BTW, we've been renting from Blockbuster more lately and have noticed that a lot of the DVDs are scratched now - and it's 10 times worse for kids films! What the hell? And their policy dealing with it pretty much sucks, they said "well, YOU can fill it in if you have a fill kit", like I want to waste my money on a disc I'm not even keeping when I'm paying them to rent it; or worse, they'll come back with "well, we've had no reports of a problem before this", as if we're making it up and that 3 inch gash across the surface is just a trick of the light. Hell, when I was working at the video store 10 years ago, we either tossed bad tapes in the trash or ran repairs on 'em if possible.

sith_killer_99
04-18-2004, 08:25 PM
JT, you're right about the poor disc quality out there. I still rent from Movie Gallery of Blockbuster from time to time and it is a problem. I have had to clean a few DVDs, but never found one in need of a fill!!!

Anyway, a few more for review:

Kill Bill - Yes

Rundown - Yes

Though I really recommend buying Kill Bill!

:Pirate:

JediTricks
04-18-2004, 08:56 PM
Ugh, I have to clean nearly EVERY disc I get from Blockbuster. I sorta give that one to them though, VHS tapes can get dirty too and that is something we generally didn't consider at the video store back in my day. But we had a splicing machine for fixing short damages in the tapes, they spent some money on this thing just so the customer would be able to enjoy their rentals properly. And now I have the useless knowledge of how to splice VHS using the auto-splicer. That can go alongside my shelf of useless knowledge next to the VHS repair classes and all that Star Trek knowledge. ;)

Tom Araya
04-18-2004, 10:04 PM
28 Days Later: My God...SUPER-CAPITAL "N" NO. What an unwiped arse of a movie. :dead:

Matrix: Revolutions: Meh, I'll give it a "Ye~no". If you saw the first two, you have to see it anyway, just get it over with. :rolleyes:

Cold Creek Manor: Zzzzzzzzzzz, huh? Oh..sorry.....NO. :zzz:

Identity: Hmmm, Ye~no. Entertaining. Hadn't seen John Cusack in awhile. :ermm:

Runaway Jury: Hmmm, Ye~no. Entertaining. Hadn't seen John Cusack in awhile. :ermm:

Out Of Time: Hmmm, Ye~no. Entertaining. Hadn't seen Denzel Washington in awhile. :ermm:

Matchstick Men: Not bad. Worth 4 bucks. Cage does a good job. :)

That's it for now.

Exhaust Port
04-18-2004, 10:54 PM
Minority Report: YES

Kidhuman
04-19-2004, 09:48 AM
Green Mile: Yes

8 Mile: Yes

28 Days Later: yes

James Boba Fettfield
04-19-2004, 10:58 AM
28 Days Later: yes

Hey, we got a man who knows a good movie.

sith_killer_99
04-19-2004, 11:51 AM
House of 1000 Corpses - Yes :D

JediTricks
04-19-2004, 11:23 PM
Minority Report: YES

I'll definitely second that, I expected to dislike this one but I really liked it.

2-1B
04-20-2004, 03:09 AM
School of Rock: YES

28 Days Later: NO

Wonderland: YES (Val Kilmer is so sleazy in this one)

Tom Araya
04-20-2004, 07:56 PM
Hey, we got a man who knows a good movie.

Errrr.....we...do? :ermm:

James Boba Fettfield
04-21-2004, 11:59 AM
Errrr.....we...do? :ermm:

Yeah, it's a great film. Big YES for 28 Days Later. Certainly better than all of the other recent American made zombie films. John Russo and Richard Rubinstein should take note. Well, Rich Rubinstein already took note since he did allow the Dawn remake to happen...and well, you see where this is going.

School of Rock-Sure, but just for one viewing. It's nothing memorable.

Cat in the Hat-Save the money for renting 28 Days Later a second time or buy lottery tickets. The movie is bad and a pain to watch it because of the visuals.

The Eye-I recommended this one a while back. It's a cool ghost film, kind of like the sixth sense. The final 30 minutes switches focus from being about seeing ghosts to becoming a detective story. It's foreign and subtitled, though, as that sort of thing does turn some audiences off. Their loss.

2-1B
04-22-2004, 02:18 AM
Danny Boyle is a hack.

Kidhuman
04-22-2004, 06:38 AM
Life of David Gale: HELL YEAH

2-1B
04-22-2004, 12:51 PM
Well, that now makes 3 people I know who liked David Gale: stillakid, kidhuman, and myself.

Exhaust Port
04-23-2004, 03:52 PM
Anyone rent Solaris?

James Boba Fettfield
04-23-2004, 04:03 PM
Whice one, EP? The one with Clooney or the original?

(not that it matters, since I haven't seen either....but the Clooney one does look good)

sith_killer_99
04-23-2004, 04:05 PM
I did! edit: The George Clooney one.

Solaris - No

I actually fell asleep during this one, maybe I was tired, but it started so slowly that I just couldn't bring myself to watch it again after I fell asleep the first time.

Star Trek The Original Series Volume 1 (DVD) - Yes :D

Kidhuman
04-23-2004, 05:37 PM
Solaris sucked eggs.

derek
04-25-2004, 12:02 PM
Well, that now makes 3 people I know who liked David Gale: stillakid, kidhuman, and myself.

you forgot me! i even made a thread on it. :)

my recent rentals:

swimming pool........no

dark city......yes

casino........yes

21 grams......yes

matrix revolutions......no

soul survivors....... no

out of time.....yes

jason x......no

wonderland......yes

solaris.....yes

in the cut.....no

shattered glass....yes

Deoxyribonucleic
04-25-2004, 12:40 PM
Freddy vs. Jason - Yes, for pure entertainment value only, expect no plot really, but it was fun!

Exhaust Port
04-25-2004, 09:57 PM
2 no's for renting Solaris and 1 yes. I watched the last 25 minutes of the movie last week and was intrigued. I might just break down and rent it.

2-1B
04-25-2004, 10:46 PM
sorry derek, I forgot about you ! That's 4, then. :crazed:

If I may opine on a few of your comments, derek:

Out of Time (with Denzel, right?) - that's one I enjoyed, too. I didn't think it would be very good but I liked it.

In the Cut - I MUST agree with you on that one. Okay, so I rented it only because I knew Meg Ryan got naked :D and I paid the price for my debauchery by seeing more of Mark Rufalo that I wanted to. :sur:

Soul Survivors - what a POS that was. :rolleyes:




Hey, did anybody see the movie Basic ? I watched it on HBO the other night (expecting it to be average at best) and I really enjoyed it ! It has some fun plot twists and I got a kick out of it. It's not a great movie but it was certainly fun.

So . . . afterward I went to IMDb and holy cow, that movie has really hit a nerve with some people ! I read the message board on it and some people just really seemed to hate it. Like I said, it's not a great flick but I thought it was very fun. I would recommend it for a rental.

sith_killer_99
04-26-2004, 11:39 AM
Basic - Yes

Better if you are non-military, there are some glaring mistakes, other than that, it is a seriously enjoyable movie. :D

Kidhuman
04-26-2004, 01:46 PM
2 no's for renting Solaris and 1 yes. I watched the last 25 minutes of the movie last week and was intrigued. I might just break down and rent it.


Dont do it. If you feel the need toget rid of 5 bucks, I will PM you my addy. :beard

derek
04-26-2004, 05:46 PM
2 no's for renting Solaris and 1 yes. I watched the last 25 minutes of the movie last week and was intrigued. I might just break down and rent it.

just don't go in expecting an action/adventure outer space film and you'll be OK. this is a film stanley kubrick could of made. if you like his stuff, you'll like solaris.:)

derek
04-26-2004, 05:50 PM
sorry derek, I forgot about you ! That's 4, then. :crazed:

If I may opine on a few of your comments, derek:

Out of Time (with Denzel, right?) - that's one I enjoyed, too. I didn't think it would be very good but I liked it.

In the Cut - I MUST agree with you on that one. Okay, so I rented it only because I knew Meg Ryan got naked :D and I paid the price for my debauchery by seeing more of Mark Rufalo that I wanted to. :sur:

Soul Survivors - what a POS that was. :rolleyes:


yea, soul survivors really sucked. only reason i rented it was for eliza dusku....and she was barley in the film......stupid movie box false advertising.(end homer simpson voice)

"in the cut" has to be one of the worst films ever made. i don't think they could of made a worse movie if they wanted to. and meg ryan went from being cute to some skanky plastic lip/botox chick. her and nicole kidman need to stay away from the plastic surgeons. :o

.....and ya can't go wrong with denzel. ;)

Kidhuman
04-26-2004, 07:08 PM
just don't go in expecting an action/adventure outer space film and you'll be OK. this is a film stanley kubrick could of made. if you like his stuff, you'll like solaris.:)

I like Kubriks stuff, but even he couldnt of made this film work. It was terrible in all degrees. I would rather watch Ishtar repeatedly. :beard:

sith_killer_99
04-26-2004, 07:33 PM
I gotta go with KH on this one, I am a Kubrick fan, but Solaris didn't do anything for me.

Speaking of which.

Dr. Strangelove (Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb) - Yes

A Clockwork Orange - Yes

Eyes Wide Shut - Yes

Kidhuman
04-26-2004, 07:55 PM
Full Metal Jacket - F#$% YES!!!!!!!!!!!


you forgot that one SK99

Deoxyribonucleic
04-26-2004, 08:32 PM
Dr. Caligari (redux) - YES

all the stanley kub talk made me remember this lovely piece of film(just 'cause his stuff is weird)...it is crazier than naked lunch (and more interesting too). It'll take you on a weird, sorta psychotic violent acid tripity trip. :crazed:

Exhaust Port
05-03-2004, 04:47 PM
Secondhand Lions - YES

Kidhuman
05-03-2004, 08:01 PM
Return of :beard: YES

Exhaust Port
08-08-2004, 05:57 PM
Master and Commander - YES

Gettysburg - YES

bigbarada
08-10-2004, 04:51 PM
These are documentaries but I still HIGHLY recommend them:

Fog of War: Yes, a must see

Touching the Void: YES!, absolutely amazing story that's all the more amazing because it really happened

Exhaust Port
08-10-2004, 09:24 PM
I haven't heard of either. Can you give a brief summary of each?

bigbarada
08-11-2004, 11:52 AM
I haven't heard of either. Can you give a brief summary of each?

The Fog of War is essentially an extended interview with Robert McNamara who was Secretary of Defense during the Vietnam War. He talks about most of the reasons behind the decisions they made among other things. It's a really eye-opening account of that era.

Touching the Void tells the story of two mountain climbers who overcame incredible hardship on a mountain in Peru when one of the climbers fell and badly broke his leg. It's an amazing story told by the men who experienced it and recreated by actors.

Exhaust Port
08-11-2004, 05:49 PM
Thanks bigbarada! The Fog of War sounds really interesting. Is it available at most video rental places?

Johnny English - YES/NO There are enough funny gags to make it through the movie but the plot is awful so I would say rent at your own risk. Luckily I got to rent it for free since one of my previous rentals was scratched and skipped.