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  1. 19 hours ago, MechE said:

    I thought it was predictable on purpose, using the opening ten minutes to detail all the whys and hows in order to demonstrate what a messy business knowing when people are lying is. The audience knows when certain characters are lying, so we know what information Natasha Lyonne is working with and how patchy and disjointed it all is.


    Anyway, I thought it was quite fun and will watch a few more.


    Yeah, having watched the second one I think that's accurate. It's the Columbo model where we know the killer from the start so we're always one stop ahead of the 'detective'. Second episode is good but for a 70 minutes episode there didn't feel like there was enough story for the running time.

  2. To Catch a Thief


    A retired jewel thief sets out to prove his innocence after being suspected of returning to his former occupation.


    Alfred Hitchcocks follow up to Rear Window, starring Cary Grant and Grace Kelly. Set in the south of France and full of colour and romance but lacking in drama and thrills. Cary Grant is trying to track down a jewel thief that's copying his MO and as a result has the cops on this trail. 


    There's some Hitch magic here but never really hitting the heights of his best work - which is some of the best cinema ever made. The cast are good but the age difference between Grant and Kelly is a bit gross. The final sequence at a masked-ball is really good though. 



  3. It Felt Like Love


    Lila wants to emulate the sexual exploits of her more experienced best friend. She fixates on a tough older guy who will "sleep with anyone" and tries to insert herself into his world, putting herself in a dangerously vulnerable situation.


    This is a low-budget coming of age film set over a summer in Brooklyn. It follows two 14 year old girls as they hang out at the beach, start meeting boys and start getting a bit more independence. It covers pretty familiar territory but takes a fairly dark swerve near the end.  

    I thought this was really good. The young cast are very natural and believable. And there's a nice shabbyness to the locations. I'm a big fan of these films where it's just people hanging out and chatting. 

    This was Eliza Hittmans first film and she's gone onto much better things - Beach Rats and Never, Rarely, Sometimes, Often. You can see a lot of NRSO in this film - there's a scene in a doctors office that's very similar and both films are about how much grief young girls get from fellas at all times in their day to day life. 

    3/5 - A strong debut from a really good director. Watched on MUBI - Beach Rats is also on there which is highly recommended. 

  4. 1 minute ago, Art Vandelay said:

    Signature win, the intensity was absolutely unreal in that second half. 


    The pressure they had them under was relentless - so impressive to see. 


    Another 10/10 performance from Zinchenko - guy is on the same technical level as Odegaard at the moment. 

  5. Give Saka a million quid a week - whatever he wants. We're well worth that goal for the second half pressure. 

  6. Deep Water


    A well-to-do husband who allows his wife to have affairs in order to avoid a divorce becomes a prime suspect in the disappearance of her lovers.


    Did you ever watch a film and wonder how it came to exist? Like, what was the thought process behind this thing being made? Because that was what i was asking myself every few minutes watching this turkey. An "erotic thriller" that's about as erotic and thrilling as an episode of One Foot in The Grave. 


    Ben Afflec and Ana De Armis are married but their marriage is pretty much over. Ana is having affairs with loads of other men who all turn up dead shortly after - Afflec likes to joke that he's killing them! Hahahaha, what a cad. The cops don't seem to care, no one in the town they live in is too worried that bodies keep turning up and everything plays out in the most predictable way possible and there isn't a single scene of any merit. 


    It's directed by Adrian Lyne who made some great films in the past and the screenplay was by Sam Levine who wrote Euphoria - so it's not some amateurs having their first go with a camera. It's mind-blowing that talented people can make something as bad as this, that fails on every level. 


    1/5 - I don't think I'd ever give a film 0 but this as close to 0 as it's possible to get. Utter rubbish. 

  7. On 19/01/2023 at 10:34, Vimster said:

    Serious answer: Manhunt - maybe not 10 episodes but you could do some grotty Maniac-style slasher for the first half, then he gets caught and sent out as in the game. Pure, grimy, exploitation telly. 


    Playing Manhunt at the time, it felt like a John Carpenter film - the grimyness, the synth soundtrack, the Brian Cox narration. I'd love to see Craig Zahler or someone like that film it. 

  8. War of The Worlds


    An alien invasion threatens the future of humanity. The catastrophic nightmare is depicted through the eyes of one American family fighting for survival.


    I haven't watched this since the cinema and didn't have great memories of it. But revisiting it tonight and I a blast. Tom Cruise plays against type as a regular guy (dock-worker divorced from his wife trying to connect with his children) who is caught up in an alien invasion. 


    This doesn't hang around. We get about 5 minutes of setup then the invasion starts. And after that it's action and tension right to the end. The cool thing Spielberg does is that the war is playing out in the background, we're just with a normal family caught up in the chaos.


    Everyone puts in great work here. It's hard not to see Cruise as a hero but he is believable as a regular dad not doing a great job. It's not an original observation but no one moves a camera like Steven Spielberg -  there's a sequence where Tom and his children are driving, one second the camera is in the car with them, the next it's filming from outside then it swings out into traffic before coming back into the car to close out the scene. It's all so smooth you don't realise it's happening but it never distracts from the conversation between the characters.


    There's some proper striking shots - the burning train, the river full of bodies, the ferry sinking and the 9/11 imagery is very prominent. And there's a real hopeless vibe to the efforts of humanity trying to fight the aliens. 


    Absolutely loved this. And I'm glad I left it so long to rewatch because it all felt fresh.



  9. 2 hours ago, Larsen B said:

    Saw someone lament that Trossard will likely be the last player signed who is older than they are, which made me wonder: who was the last player Arsenal signed that was older than you?


    For me, I think it was David Luiz.


    Despite complaints about how washed he was, somehow Willian is younger than me and I'm in the prime of my life.


    William Gallas I think. I was 29 when he signed. Christ. 

  10. I thought Sick was all right. Pretty standard home invasion stuff but the two women were good and acted sensibly instead of doing stupid stuff just to move the plot along. I was surprised when I saw Kevin Williamsons name on it though - didn't feel his influence at all. A solid 3/5 for me. 

  11. Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist


    High school student Nick O'Leary, member of the Queercore band The Jerk Offs, meets college-bound Norah Silverberg when she asks him to be her boyfriend for five minutes.


    Michael Cera is totally mis-cast as a nerdy musician who splits up with his girlfriend then pulls Kat Dennings. Him and his bandmates then go on a New York adventure to track down a missing girl while trying to get into a secret concert. 


    This wasn't terrible but didn't really have much going for it. Michael Cera does his usual schtick which gets old pretty quick, the other cast members are fine and there's a few laughs but it's all a bit flat. Good soundtrack though. 



  12. Moonstruck


    Loretta Castorini, a bookkeeper from Brooklyn, New York, finds herself in a difficult situation when she falls for the brother of the man she has agreed to marry.


    This is the film Cher won an Oscar for. It's a romantic comedy set in Brooklyn in a multi-generational Italian American family. Cher gets engaged and as soon as she has a ring on her finger her fiancee leaves town, some stuff happens and she ends up involved with his brother, Nicholas Cage. 


    This is a total delight. Cher and Cage are so good together and have a proper chemistry. It's almost stereotypically Italian, with even simple conversations ending in a raging argument and everyone believing in mad superstitions. There's a great support cast, including Olympia Dukakis, and all the minor characters have proper story-lines. It looks great and there's an excellent ending.



  13. I played the game when it came out but have forgotten almost all of it except the main characters names. So I went into this pretty much blind and I thought it was decent enough. Fairly standard end of the world stuff with a HBO budget and production values - not a massive step-up from The Walking Dead and the like.

    I'm sure I'll stick with it but I expected a little more from a Sunday night HBO drama. 

  14. Unbelievably good football so far. Partey and Odegaard are on a different level and Saka getting kicked all over the pitch as usual. 

  15. Benediction


    Legendary 20th Century war poet Siegfried Sassoon's life-long quest for personal salvation through his experiences with family, war, his writing, and destructive relationships goes unresolved, never realizing it can only come from within.


    This was a pretty interesting biography spanning 40 years in the life of Sassoon, his experiences in the war and the troubles he lived through when he got home. Jack Lowden and Peter Capaldi play Sassoon in the different periods of his life. Other cultural figures like Iver Novello and Wilfred Owen also feature.


    I thought this was very impressive. It's very 'stage-y' and it does feel like watching a play at times and some of the dialogue is a bit heavy-handed but there's an intensity that pulls everything together. The cast are excellent - special shout-out to Jeremy Irvine who puts in a great turn as Ivor Novello. It's relentlessly miserable, interspersed with Sassoons poetry and real footage from WW1 and the men who came home.


    You definitely need to be in the mood for this but if you are, or have an interest in WW1 poetry (a niche interest for sure) you'll get a lot here.



  16. Rob McElhenney on twitter seeing if there's any interest in an Always Sunny live tour here in the Spring. I wonder what format it would take? I was at one of the Trailer Park Boys live shows years ago and it wasn't great - just seemed to be drunk people shouting catchphrases from the show for 90 minutes. 

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