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Godzilla vs. Hedorah

 

I like Godzilla movies that have a bit of a message, and in this one it’s the damage we’re doing to the environment by polluting the oceans, which creates giant sludge monster, Hedorah. Who then proceeds to give Godzilla something of a battering, the biggest I’ve seen him take so far.

 

You see the human cost of monster fights, more so than the previous movies. But tonally it’s an odd one in the series. You have horror sitting next to breezy Austin Powers style nightclub scenes. But it also seems to be aimed at kids.

 

Still, I like the underlying environmental message, and the scene where Hedorah increases his powers by toking on some giant chimney stacks.

 

3½ out of 5

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Military Wives - 2/5

 

A well-meaning but ultimately haphazard story of the first military wives choir. Good cast, shame about the messy way the choir portrayed.

 

This is Your Death - 2/5

 

A half-interesting idea about reality TV but the makers lacked the wit, or conviction, to really make something notable. As it is, just a tawdry bit of reasonably polished nonsense.

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On 24/11/2020 at 06:59, Goose said:

Anyone seen Boss Level yet? Frank Grillo relives the same day over and over, getting killed by assassins for some reason.

 

A bit Edge of Tomorrow meets Smokin Aces (which makes sense since Joe Carnaharn directed it)

 

Where is this available to watch? 

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Homeboys (1992)

Cheapo straight-to-video trash from AIP cashing in on the gangster films popular at the time like Colors and Boyz N The Hood. Pretty slack in all areas, limp attempts at social commentary, predictable at every turn right down to the very last shot, literally. Not much worth bothering with here.

 

1/5

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I just watched Possessor and I enjoyed it a great deal. My gut reaction is to give it a 5, but I suspect on a rewatch it's going to be a 4.

 

Beautifully shot with some absolutely brutal scenes, I sort of wish there had been more time to explore the concepts laid out in the second half of the film, but as the run time was a very civilised 1 hour 45 minutes, I think it's a great cut.

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4 hours ago, cassidy said:

I took a trip on the High seas and watched Boss level. Fucking loved it. Yes it's nonsense but it's a cracker. 

 

5/5 

 

Arrrrrrrr

 

I'm off to the Bay! 

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Red Heat - 4/5

 

My love for Arnold is hard to hide, but I love this film, the chemistry is there man. James Belushi was great when I was a teen and still enjoyed him here. 

 

Films like this remind me of a glory day of action cinema and make me nostalgic for films of old rather than just fucking marvel movies. Bring back the silliness. 

 

The film has one of my favourite one liners (one worders?) of all time, that reminds me of happier times when me and my brother would reenact the film....

 

"cocaineum?"

 

Raw deal is next.... That's an 11/5 automatically. 

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Fire in the Sky (1993)

 

A few weeks ago on my podcast we did an episode about what things scared us in real life and in media. One of the guys mentioned that he saw this film when he was young and it scared the shit out of him, so much so that he couldn't handle anything to do with aliens.

 

The set up for this film is six Loggers from a small town in Arizona see a bright red light in the woods on their way back home after a day of felling trees. One of the men becomes entranced by the light and wonders towards it. Something happens to him and the rest of the men, fearing he's dead drive off scared. This man then goes missing.

 

What follows on from that is about as TV drama movie as you can get as the small town begin to turn on the other five and accuse them of lying about the UFO and begin to think there’s been a murder and cover up. None of it’s “bad”, the acting and script are perfectly serviceable and on the level you'd expect, but as I said it's about as early 90s direct to TV as you can get.

 

Where the real beauty in the film lies is the payoff with the alien abduction. If you ever watch this, stick around for that because I'm honestly not surprised this scared my friend. You get a really good amount of time in the ship, with the aliens and the experiments. It will make you feel very uncomfortable as it does a really good job with the horror element.

 

It really feels like someone had this brilliant idea, blew all the budget on it and then had to film some TV drama around it to fill time. But because they nailed that one idea it all feels worth it.

 

3/5

 

 

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Exit Speed (2008) Amazon Prime Video

The plot is the synopsis: a group of passengers on a bus hold out against a gang of nomad bikers. That's it and frankly it doesn't really need to be much more. Worth it for the surprisingly bloody and satisfying last 25 minutes or so which, for this sort of low-budget action, was a pleasant surprise. Mid section managed to not sag into a mawkish mire, with regular attempts by the bikers to get the drop on the group. There have been mention of Speed and Mad Max but this felt more like a western or zombie siege movie. Shame about the TV movie-grade music that makes it feel cheaper. Not a waste of time generally though.

 

3/5

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Kevin And Perry Go Large (2000) Amazon Prime Video

This was so late-90s I nearly paid 5 Euros for a bottle of water. The sounds, the clothes, Ibiza as a holiday destination for anyone under 25, it was all there. Full disclosure, I had drank the best part of a bottle of wine before watching this, and frankly that is probably advisable as this was a pretty flimsy comedy that couldn't even stretch to the 88 minute running time. A few good gags here and there at the expense of our pubescent anti-heroes, and it tried its best to extend beyond its TV roots. But this is so rooted to the times it's difficult to imagine how anyone born beyond the narrow window of the target audience would find anything worth watching. If you have any recollection of that superclub period it might be worth a watch. James Fleet and Louisa Rix do their best as the out-of-touch parents, and Kathy Burke was always great as Perry. Rhys Ifans steals it for me as the cliche shitbag DJ.  Alcohol probably helped.

 

3/5

 

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Run

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8633478/

 

Steven King was raving about this one recently but that's not a always a good thing. It's a two-hander about a young girl, a wheelchair user, and her mother who live in a remote house isolated from the rest of society. The daughter begins to suspect her mother is up to something suspicious and that she's hiding something from her. So she tries to investigate but is stopped at every turn. 

 

This was decent enough but nothing special. There were some silly contrivances and some scenes stretched credibility but the 90 minute run-time flew by. Once it's shown it's hand there's nowhere left for it to go but the two leads are good, it looks nice and it doesn't over stay it's welcome. 

 

I don't think it will appear on any best of the year lists but it was all right. 

 

2.5/5

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18 hours ago, Vimster said:

Kevin And Perry Go Large (2000) Amazon Prime Video

This was so late-90s I nearly paid 5 Euros for a bottle of water. The sounds, the clothes, Ibiza as a holiday destination for anyone under 25, it was all there. Full disclosure, I had drank the best part of a bottle of wine before watching this, and frankly that is probably advisable as this was a pretty flimsy comedy that couldn't even stretch to the 88 minute running time. A few good gags here and there at the expense of our pubescent anti-heroes, and it tried its best to extend beyond its TV roots. But this is so rooted to the times it's difficult to imagine how anyone born beyond the narrow window of the target audience would find anything worth watching. If you have any recollection of that superclub period it might be worth a watch. James Fleet and Louisa Rix do their best as the out-of-touch parents, and Kathy Burke was always great as Perry. Rhys Ifans steals it for me as the cliche shitbag DJ.  Alcohol probably helped.

 

3/5

 

I watched this a couple of years ago. I was far to geeky to visit a nightclub when I was a teenager, let alone going to Ibiza. And I blinking loved the film, just brilliant from start to finish, I was laughing so hard I fell off my chair at one point.

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Under Suspicion (1991) Caught this on Talking pictures, which specialises in old British TV and films. 

 

It's one of those films no one seems to make anymore. A neo noir set in Brighton at the end of the 50s. A satisfyingly labyrinth plot with femme fatales, dead ends the obligatory twist. I really enjoyed it.  4/5

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JoJo Rabbit 4/5

Maybe played it a little bit too safe. I don't know if it did the subject matter justice - especially given the current tendency towards nationalism - but I still really enjoyed it and it had some proper laughs, some tears and 2 fantastic performances.

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Extraction

 

Tyler Rake , brother of Garden, has to extract the son of a drug dealer  from where he's being held in Dhaka. That's it, nothing really more complicated than that, there's a fairly short setup and then into the action which is fast, bloody ,cartoonish and very entertaining.Then it slows down for some introspection or plot  in regards Tyler and a mate and probably shouldn't have bothered before  picking up again with the finale and a heap more entertaining and silly violence. Not much else to say, personally, like everyone , I though the action was fantastic but the rest was a bit shit and some of the stunts had be laughing out loud.Not a movie to stimulate the intellect but worthwhile nonetheless, it was like a sugar hit of action.

 

3.5/5

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Run

 

If you haven't already seen it, watch "mommy dead and dearest" instead.

If you have seen that, you can't help but know exactly what's up within the first 10 seconds of this.

 

Stupid, trashy fun, veers into so bad it's good territory at times, particularly in the last third.
Really goes to town with the old string-scraping horror music well past the point where it stops being effective.

 

Lots of laughable moments, feels like the film is talking down to you a lot of the time. Everything is kept very simple and pantomime like, and there's a real

Spoiler

eye rolling ending

, but it's competently made and enjoyable. I can't say that I didn't have fun.

 

**½

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The Love Witch

 

Was surprised to find this streaming on All4. Don’t remember adding it to my watchlist, but I assume somebody on here recommended it in the past. It was a real treat for the eyes. 60s inspired sets, costumes, hair & make-up. Dragged on a bit but generally worth a watch.  3/5

 

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Hounds of Love

 

I am trying to watch more Australian films as I find them very interesting and often with a unique outlook on life. This is excellent stuff if rather unoriginal. A good look at the dregs of society and what they do to amuse themselves. 
 

4/5

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1 hour ago, sandman said:

A good look at the dregs of society and what they do to amuse themselves.

 

The rllmuk documentary we've all been waiting for! :D


Hounds of Love was great! I remember that.

 

1 hour ago, sandman said:

I am trying to watch more Australian films

 

This is very route one, but just in case, have you seen "Wake in Fright"? That's a belter! You get an empathetic dehydrated day-drinking beer headache just from looking at the cover!

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The Swerve

 

Very level headed and none sensationalist (for the most part) film about an insomniac woman trapped in a depressing life of thankless servitude.
Heartbreaking at times. Methodically paced so that you feel like you're living her life in real time but not so much that the film drags.

The main actress is really good at making you empathise with the character.

 

Spoiler

 

There's no self pity in her decision to kill herself and it all feels very real.

I think it really shoots itself in the foot with the last third though. It all goes so desperately depressing that it comes back round the other side and starts being funny.
She ends up poisoning her sons with the rat poisoned pie she made to kill herself, and that took me right out of it and I couldn't stop smiling for ages.


That scene and the part where she goes to see her husband and shoots herself, all of this felt unnecessary and from an entirely different film. It would have been better off had it ended on her waking up in the bathroom.

Can't really dock it more than a star for pissing it all away at the end since what came before was so strong.

 

 

***

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17 hours ago, acidbearboy said:

The Love Witch

 

Was surprised to find this streaming on All4. Don’t remember adding it to my watchlist, but I assume somebody on here recommended it in the past. It was a real treat for the eyes. 60s inspired sets, costumes, hair & make-up. Dragged on a bit but generally worth a watch.  3/5

 


Brilliant thanks, I was going to see that at the cinema ages ago and forgot all about it, nice spot!

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Love Actually

 

Foppishness aside, I really enjoyed this - it's my better half's favourite Christmas film and whilst I know it's very uncool to like anything Richard Curtis has done post-Blackadder, I don't care.  Extra half mark for Bill Nighy's amazing faded rockstar character.

 

4/5

 

The Hunt

 

No idea what the fuck this was supposed to be - a muddled thriller about strangers thrown into a Hunger Games-esque man hunt with gore-a-plenty.  It's a silly film, and not particularly memorable either.

 

2/5

 

Richard Jewell

 

Clint Eastwood directs this very watchable true story about a security guard who saves many innocent lives after a bomb is detonated during the build up to the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, only to find himself accused of plotting the atrocity.  Paul Walter Hauser is excellent as the titular character, and Kathy Bates also shines as his mother.  Definitely worth a watch.

 

4/5

 

Last Christmas

 

A bit of a mess with too many unconvincing performances as Emilia Clarke plays a down-on-her-luck shop worker whose life changes when she meets a mysterious man.  This could have been a lot better but it's just too muddled, too soppy and too irritating to entertain.  Didn't like it.

 

2/5

 

Christmas With The Kranks

 

Part of a Christmas Triple Bill as we put the decorations up last weekend, this is fucking shit.  It's just annoying.  Throughout.  Not even Dan Aykroyd or Buzz Lightyear can inject any positivity into this Christmas Turkey than almost made me want to cancel the festivities for non-covid related reasons.  Christmas with the Kranks?  I'd rather spend Christmas with the Fritzels.  

 

1/5

 

Christmas Chronicles 2

 

If you're thinking I'm a soulless grinch with no Christmas Spirit (which would be fair as I watched all these in November) then think again because I liked this!  It's mainly nonsense, but Kurt Russell is clearly having the time of his life and his Minion-esque elves are ace.  I'm giving this a bonus mark for the fact that the most magical aspect of this is that Goldie Hawn is - somehow - SEVENTY FIVE yet still looks hotter than the sun.  No fucking wonder Santa always looks so jolly.

 

3.5/5

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The Siege of Jadotville - 2016 (Netflix)

 

The true story of an Irish army company battling thousands of battle-hardened mercenaries when a UN peacekeeping mission in the Congo goes tits up.

 

Stumbled on this when trying to find decent war films that aren't told from an American or British perspective (looking for recommendations, by the way).

 

It's a cracker, this one. 150 untested Irish soldiers against up to 3000 Congolese troops, supported by European mercenaries, mostly ex-Foreign Legion, led by a great vilian in the form of a former FL paratrooper who have been paid by western governments to protect their interests in the region.

 

It has shades of Zulu about it, but in a good way. It's really well acted - though the lead seems to be trying to do "if Chopper was Irish and Eric Bana was playing him" throughout, it's well shot and, most importantly, it's pretty much non stop action. Evidently, it's almost entirely accurate to how it all played out as well.

 

It's just a great film, start to finish.

 

5/5

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Yes I loved that flick, really great. I can’t remember as it’s so long ago I watched it but I think I got a bit tearful at the end how they got screwed over.

 

Or I might be thinking about something else!

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