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  1. Triangle of Sadness
    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7322224/

     

    A fashion model celebrity couple join an eventful cruise for the super-rich.
    (I absolutely love these 'burying the lede' IMDB descriptions ^)

    Spoiler

    This won the Palme Dor last year but got some mixed reviews at the time. It's an 'eat-the-rich' satire that's about as subtle as Don't Look Up. A group of awful, super-rich people and an influencer couple are on a yacht that sinks and leaves them fighting for survival on a desert island. The power-dynamic quickly shifts.

     

    I thought this was absolutely brilliant. The cast are all excellent (Woody Harrilson as the Marxist captain of the boat and Harris Dickinson as a gormless but handsome model especially), it's really funny and switches between clever satire and gross-out humor, there's some proper shocking bits and a quality ending. 

     

    This would make a great double-bill with The Menu.

    4.5/5

     

  2. 25 minutes ago, wev said:

    Vieira and Lokonga causing Oxford no problems at all

     

    :)  Two great deliveries for the the goals - yeah, I know one was a freekick but it was a quality ball. 

  3. 22 hours ago, womblingfree said:

    Completely flummoxed by the massive success of Wednesday. I mean, it’s fine, but just another lightweight teeny gothy show like dozens of others.

     

    I think the Addams Family brand and is still pretty strong and Jenna Ortega elevates it above the usual YA stuff. 

  4. Finished Fleishman Is in Trouble tonight. An 8-part Hulu drama about a newly divorced 40-something man and his life in New York. Shortly after he moves into his new apartment his ex-wife disappears so he's trying to balance his new hedonistic life and be a full-time, single parent. At the same time he has work issues and old friends from his past trying to catch up.

     

    Jesse Eisenberg is the lead and channels Woody Allens 70's performances and his turn in The Social Network. He's excellent as the slightly confused guy trying to do New York life for the first time. Claire Danes as his ex-wife is also in top form and the support from Lizzy Caplan and Adam Brody is just as good. It looks great, it's shot in New York and has that crisp photography that modern shows have that looks really alive. Also Mazzy Star turn up on the soundtrack and it feels like I've heard them on a lot of soundtracks recently. 

     

    It does drift into 'rich people problems' territory but the quality of the scripts and acting elevate it. Not sure I'd recommend it and I put off watching the last episode for a week or more because I wasn't feeling it but I think I'm happy I put the hours in. And I'm always glad to see Adam Brody. 

     

    3.5/5

  5. Tough half. First 10 minutes were good, lots of movement and decent possession at the top of the pitch but it's been heavy weather since then. Lucky not to be behind really. 

  6. I'm subbed for a few years yet using the Gold method and I still think it's a great deal. I played games over Christmas I'd probably never have paid for if they weren't on GP - Exo One, Undertale and Vampire Survivors. And loved them all. 


    I had a great time with Prodeus, Halo and a few more over the year. 

  7. The Pope of Greenwich Village
    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0087932/

     

    Two cousins unknowingly rob the mob and face the dangerous consequences.

     

    Eric Roberts and Mickey Rourke are cousins down on their luck - they've just been fired from their jobs and they both need money. They come up with a crackpot scheme involving a break-in, a horse with secret parentage and a day at a race-track. Unsurprisingly things don't go to plan and they end up on the wrong side of the mob and the cops. 

     

    I thought this was really fine. The cast are excellent, both the leads are on top form and it's easy to forget how good Mickey Rourke was back in the day. The support are also class and there's loads of the kind of faces that are full of character that you don't really see any more; Emmet Walsh, Burt Young, Frank Vincent. And Daryl Hannah does a lot with a small role.

     

    No Italian crime-movie cliched is left unused; Sinatra soundtrack, private members clubs full of old lads drinking coffee and chain-smoking, everyone is someones cousin with a connection to something, massive deli-meat sandwiches being scoffed at all times - it's so good. The clothes are pure Travolta in Saturday Night Fever and it has that same New York grimeyness that films from that era have that make them feel so alive.

     

    Great start to this years films.

     

    4/5

  8. The Wailing
    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5215952/

     

    Soon after a stranger arrives in a little village, a mysterious sickness starts spreading. A policeman, drawn into the incident, is forced to solve the mystery in order to save his daughter.

     

    Has this one on the list for a while but the long run-time put me off, so I watched it over a couple of nights - half in 2022 and half in 2023. This is set in a rural Korean village where strange things are happening. It feels like a mash-up of multiple horror genres - plague outbreak film, zombie film, ghost story, murder mystery - but it all adds up to something really unique with an amazing atmosphere all the way through.

     

    The acting and the cast are all tremendous. And you're never really sure what's going on - the main mystery is strong and there's always something weird or spooky happening. It's proper scary and there's some legit shocking scenes - trigger warning if anyone is thinking of watching there are some animal killing scenes. And there's a battle between a shaman and a demon that's the best edited and most exciting I've seen in a long time.

     

    I did feel that there was things I was missing because I know nothing about Korean folklore or the history of conflict between Korea and Japan. But I don't think it took away from my enjoyment of it. 

     

    Absolutely loved this - a real quality piece of work.

     

    4.5/5

  9. Finished up a rewatch of High Fidelity tonight and loved it as much as I always do. It's a tiny bit too-cool-for-school at times but the cast are all so charming and the vibe is so positive I just enjoy spending time in that world. 

     

    Zoe Cravitz is the business, the soundtrack (and Spotify playlist) is superb and it's a crime it didn't get a second series. 

     

    5/5

  10. That double substitution at the back unbalanced the defence and made the last 20 minutes harder than they should have been. But 7 clear into the new year is better than anyone could have predicted at the start of the season. Happy New Year Arsenal fans. 

  11. Should be more than 2 up but we're absolutely flying out there. Think I'd prefer if White wasn't down the line at every opportunity but otherwise it's superb. 

  12. Thelma and Louise
    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0103074/

     

    Two best friends set out on an adventure, but it soon turns around to a terrifying escape from being hunted by the police, as these two girls escape for the crimes they committed.

     

    Working my way through a few Ridley Scott films and if this is the last film I watch this year I finished it on a real high. 

     

    Everyone involved here does great work - the two leads are excellent and the support are just as good, in particular Brad Pitt and Christopher McDonald. It moved between funny, dramatic, exciting and sad effortlessly. I really liked how this this film looked, pretty much any shot captures a nice piece of Americana - there's oil fields, the grand canyon, honky tonk bars, run down towns that are falling apart - it feels like a real American road trip.

     

    This will almost certainly be in my Ridley Scott top 3 with Alien and Gladiator. Loved it.

     

    4.5/5

  13. Underwater

    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5774060/

     

    A crew of oceanic researchers working for a deep sea drilling company try to get to safety after a mysterious earthquake devastates their deepwater research and drilling facility located at the bottom of the Mariana Trench.

     

    This rips off about 10 other, much better, films - Aliens, The Descent, The Abyss etc. But never really amounts to anything. 

     

    Kristen Stewart and Vincent Cassel but in good turns but they can't really save it. The frustrating thing is that it feels like there is the bones of a good film here but it never gets a chance to live. For example, about 30 seconds into the film the disaster hits and from there on it's panic all the way. But if they'd taken a few minutes to introduce characters and the setting I might have cared a bit more when they start getting killed off. And it looks like it has a decent budget - the sets are nice, the character design on the monsters in competent and there's a bit of thought gone into the design. 

     

    A real waste of potential.

     

    2/5

     

     

  14. 49 minutes ago, Silent Runner said:

    If Nketiah through the middle is the only option until Jesus is back we're finished. 

     

    He put his boot thought that one unlike what he was doing in the first half. Really great stuff this half.

  15. Probably - think the poll needs more options. I bought the most expensive sub back during lockdown 1 because I kept getting the 'Too many simultaneous log-ins' error. Because my sister, nephews, nieces and parents were all stuck in their houses and used my account. The only things I've watched recently were Glass Onion (excellent) and Pretty Little Liars (removed in October before I finished it). 

     

    If they have a reasonably priced 4K, 1 screen price I might keep it but it's slipping down the subscription services for me. 

  16. 12 minutes ago, Art Vandelay said:

    I don’t care what anyone says, the decisions don’t even out.

     

    I'm curious to see how many times that prick can pull the shirt off Saka before a foul is given.

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