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  1. I’ve watched a stack of 4K’s recently. Here’s my ratings


    Godzilla (kick ass one)

    Wow. An absolute stunner of a disc. 4/5



    This is even better. What a belter this is in 4K, really makes you realise how good Besson can be. 5/5


    Jurrasic Park

    A slight letdown. Picture quality is extremely variable. 3/5


    Man of Steel.

    A great film in 4K with the opening Krypton scenes looking staggering. 4/5


    Apollo 13

    Major disappointment. Didn’t feel like any kind of upgrade. 1/5


    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood 

    Sublime picture quality throughout.  5/5



    Brilliant. 5/5


    Kong Skull Island 

    An incredibly vivid picture and amazing sound. 4/5


    Fantastic Beasts 1 and 2

    Both of these are great. Particularly the night scenes. 4/5


    Indiana Jones and the last crusade

    Great stuff. A real upgrade from the standard blu ray 4/5



    Absolutely amazing, miles better than the standard blu ray. 5/5

    Power Rangers

    Poor. No different to standard blu ray. 1/5

    The Mummy (Brendan)

    A mixed bag. Some of the CGI shots look abysmal in 4K. 2.5/5



    Absolutely first class picture quality. 5/5



    A fantastic film in 4K. 4/5


  2. The Maze Runner Trilogy


    An interesting set of films with only the middle movie feeling a little flabby. Incredibly well realised with a consistent feel. Having the same director across all 3 certainly helps and means that we don't different people pulling in different directions. The films use their relatively small budgets extremely well and the films boost some excellent action scenes (particularly the start of the third film, which is just a superb opening sequence). 


    The young cast are all putting in a first class effort and the supporting adults are also fun to watch. 


    As far as kids dystopian films go these really don't put a foot wrong. In fact, I would call them the most over-looked trilogy this century.



  3. House of Gucci


    I thought this was very good, but overlong. TBH Pacino and Irons (two of my favourite actors) sharing screen time was more than worth the price of admission for me. Driver and Gaga are simply breathtaking (rarely have I been so wrong about an actor, but I hated Drivers performance in Force Awakens and wrote him off. Fast forward a few years and he’s the most interesting actor working today). 

    Its bonkers, often slowly paced, fantastically shot and utterly nails the time period. The accents feel a little out of place in the modern era yet somehow they work perfectly. Scott can still deliver an interesting film and I’m quite enjoying this period of his career (certainly more so than his 90s output)

    4/5 ( 3/5 from the wife, 5/5 from my daughter) 

  4. 1 hour ago, Bazjam said:

    I seem to be in the minority who found The Mandalorian distinctly average. And the fact that they’re just continuing to plough out the same old characters for the new upcoming tv shows smacks of playing it safe and treading water. I think the success of The Mandalorian could prove damaging in the long run, as we’ll just get a bunch of shows trying to emulate it, without progressing the Star Wars universe, or in any way moving things forward.

    I think the Mandolorian is absolute cack. Not even finished the second season 

  5. On 26/11/2021 at 11:28, Boothjan said:

    I haven't posted in here for a while - but I just had to share my thoughts on THE WORST film I have ever seen, which my beloved fiancee forced me to watch on Wednesday night.  Behold:


    Father Christmas is Back


    This Netflix turd somehow manages to get worse with each passing minute.  It opens with the hammiest acting - performances that would genuinely make a primary school nativity blush.  


    Then you realise the characters are as likeable as the love child of Nigel Farage and Donald Trump, despite a cast featuring John Cleese and Kelsey Grammer.  WHAT ARE YOU DOING, guys?  What made you sign up to this festering shittip of a movie?  How was it sold to you?  I can only imagine the individual who sold it to you could sell snow to an eskimo because even if I try to summarise this in the vaguest possible way, it still sounds awful.


    Potential sales pitch 1: "Erm... it's a Christmas film"  (Disclaimer - this won't work with anyone normal because it's still fucking November.  My darling wife-to-be is clearly not normal as this was enough to convince her?)


    Potential sales pitch #2: "Liz Hurley is in it" - okay - you know that Ms Hurley isn't exactly Judi Dench in the acting skills department?  Well - her usual standard of wooden-ness is about the norm for everyone else in this.  As for Liz's performance here - I've seen more convincing promises from Boris Johnson.


    I can't think of anything else TBH.  FWIW it also stars Caroline Quentin and the lady who played Juno Eclipse in the Force Unleashed games.  Oh and the dude who played Colin in Love Actually.


    So we've only just met these appalling characters and yet it STILL manages to get worse.  How can characters reduce in depth even when you've only seen them flash up on the screen once and they've not spoken any lines yet?  Erm... give them some lines.  And make them BAD.  Achievement unlocked - you've made an extra specially film even shitter than you thought it was possible to.


    I'm going to tell you why this is calls Father Christmas is Back - because it basically tells the plot of the film without going into the details that will make your skin itch.  This horrendous family (honestly - I'd rather spend Christmas with Saddam, Uday and Qusay Hussain) are called the Christmas family.  And the father of the family (Kelsey Grammer - you fucking mug) left the family when his 4 daughters were young.  And he comes back.  For Christmas.  So he's Father Christmas (literally) and he comes back.  So: Father Christmas is Back.  The title of this film is actually the cleverest thing about it.  Speaks volumes.  Because it's a fucking shit title.


    I'm actually not going to say any more about this film because it's made me genuinely angry.  I had to watch it on my lovely 55" LG C1 screen.  It was NOT made to endure dreck such as this, and I could have spent my time doing something more enjoyable such as a few rounds of Halo Infinite.  (Though in all fairness passing a kidney stone would have been more fun than suffering through this film).


    Move over, Deck the Halls - your place as the worst Christmas film ever has been taken.  And adios, He's Just Not That Into You - I've found a far more objectionable flick.  And get fucked, Stourbridge Infant School Year 1 drama group - you're not the worst bunch of talentless thesps I've ever had to suffer through the performances of.


    Father Christmas is Back has just taken whatever 'shittest film ever made' crown there might be out there.  I will never be able to look at Fawlty Towers or Frasier in the same way again due to the main stars in both being associated with this monstrosity.




    It's on Netflix, by the way.  Just so you know where to avoid it.

    You’ve really made me want to watch this now. And He’s Just not that into you 

  6. Vice


    This felt like very immature movie making to me so I was surprised and baffled to find out it was the director’s 10th movie or thereabouts. What saves the movie is two amazing central performances from Bale and Adams. They add a prestige to the film that it really doesn’t deserve. Perry is also fantastic, but Rockwell is woefully miscast as Bush. When it works, the satire is good, but far too often I felt it lacked any finesse at all. 



    The Da Vinci Code


    An excellent thriller that moves at great pace. It’s utterly daft of course, but the cast all seem to be enjoying themselves and Howard juggles all the plot threads with ease. Bettany is almost unrecognisable as Silas and gives a wonderfully over the top performance. 


  7. I own an S, X and PS5.


    For me, the PS5 is the clear winner. Now, I really dont want it to be because hardcore Sony fans are absolute tossers, but there's no denying that, for me at least, it feels like a proper next gen console and not a slightly better way to play old games that the S and X do. The only thing that's truly awesome on the Series consoles is quick resume which feels like a totally necessary missing component when playing on my Ps5. The PS5 has had the best exclusives by far and there's still nothing on the Series that's blown me away apart from The Medium. 


    However, I still play on my One X more than any of the next gen consoles. Its my favorite console of all time and, most importantly, it actually fits under my TV.  I have a cheap external HD drive fitted so I can have a huge library of games ready to go at a moments notice (vitally important to me). 


    Beyond even that, the switch is my most played console at the moment, mainly down to the under-rated (and somewhat looked down upon on here) switch lite. If they release an OLED lite then my life is complete. 

  8. S


    Licence to Kill


    From Russia with love


    Live and let Die




    The Living Daylights 


    Quantum of Solace 

    Tommorow Never Dies

    No Time to Die




    Casino Royale


    The Spy who loved me

    A View to a Kill

    For your eyes Only


    Die Another Day



    You Only Live Twice 



    Dr No

    The Man with the Golden Gun

    The World is not Enough 




    Diamonds are Forever. 







  9. 7 hours ago, Bazjam said:

    So many great films for people to catch up on in this thread, but I have to echo what everyone is saying about Lawrence Of Arabia. For my money, it's the greatest film ever made. No matter how many times I watch it, I simply never feel the run time, as I'm instantly transported into the world of the film and transfixed till the end.

    A perfect film.


  10. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood 


    So much to absorb here. A richly layered film with an almost unmatched sense of time and place. When watching it I wasn’t sure if it was a masterpiece or hogwash. But now I’ve had an hour or two to take it all in, I think it’s definitely a masterpiece. Tarantino does it again, coaxing career best performances from pretty much everyone. 

    It’s so refreshing to see a director and cinematographer who actually know their craft and relish in telling a story with patience and skill. 


  11. Assault on Precinct 13


    Meh. I’m sure this has a few ardent fans on the forum, but it left me cold. I had no empathy for any of the characters and it wasn’t at all exciting. It’s certainly nowhere near peak Carpenter. I’d put it about the same level as Vampires and that’s mainly for the amazing score and sound editing. The criminal held up in precinct looked about as threatening as Rupert Bear.


    The rest of the cast were okay considering what little they had to work with. 


  12. On 08/11/2021 at 09:56, Hewson said:

    Psychonauts 2 I remember being incredibly excited about the first one back in the day, and then being completely baffled by the gulf between my experience of it and the critical reception. It was slow, stop-start, ugly, unfunny, self indulgent and lacking in finesse. Since it was on Gamepass I figured I'd give the new one a shot, especially because I was in such a minority on the last one. And I've found exactly the same thing. The sheer volume of tedious cutscenes would make a decent platform sink, but the mechanics here just aren't that much fun. It's complicated rather than nuanced and it's just so lacking in respect for your time that I deleted it after just a few hours.

    The guys on TCGS were saying how amazing this was and I just didn’t get it. A competent middle of the road platformer 

  13. Leon


    Why I have I left it so long to rewatch this? Quite simply one of the best films of the 90s this is pure cinema with a star and director at the absolute top of their game. The plot, script, cinematography, score, cast, editing and production design are all beyond perfection. 

    For the few who don’t know, it’s the tale of an assassin and the young girl who he ends up caring for. Besson is one of my favourite directors and this is his magnum opus. Portman needs good direction to bring out her best work and she is stunningly good in her debut. 

    Flawless. 5/5


    Its also a stunning 4k disc. 

    Has anyone ever dared to check out his Arthur and the Invisibles movies?

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