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39 minutes ago, Monkeyboy said:

Bloody Hell

 

2 out of 5

Wow and I loved that one so much. 
 

Blindspotting 5/5. How the fuck did I not find or see this movie till today. What a film.  Loved every minute.

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Druk - 4/5

 

Four middle-aged friends (one of whom is played by Mads Mikkelsen) decide to try to maintain a constant blood alcohol level of 0.05% for "research purposes".

 

Funny, sad, and ultimately pragmatic in its examination of booze.

 

If like me you have a complicated relationship with alcohol it's probably best if you don't watch this.

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Finally finished MCU phase 2

 

ANTMAN

 

Hey it isn't shit, far from it. Silly premise but actually works and the cgi, whilst obvious, isnt as annoying as the other MCU films can be. The father daughter stuff was laid on a bit thick and I don't really like Paul Rudd as an actor but Michael Douglas and Evangeline lilly put in decent performances and it ends up being very entertaining. Sharp script despite having 7 names on it (Wright and Cornish being top billed, I assume had most influence)

 

So very pleasantly surprised

 

4/5

 

Onto phase 3!

 

 

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On 12/02/2021 at 21:25, Thor said:

Anyway, before that, when this film first came out I hated the title - the undiscovered country?

Fun fact, this was originally intended as the title of Star Trek II, with its original meaning. It was changed following rumours of Spock's death, which was meant to be a surprise. This is also why Spock supposedly dies during the Kobayashi Mary sequence at the start.

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By Dawn's Early Light (1990)

Late stage cold war thriller with a nuke launched from Turkey into Russia triggering a potential nuclear war. The drama switches between high-level wrangling over whether this is a genuine attack, and a long-range bomber crew dealing with the realities of combat. The premise does ask some interesting questions about what happens when things aren't quite so cut and dried, about power and command. Powers Boothe, James Earl Jones and Martin Landau do a decent job with this above-average TV movie, lending it some weight. It gets tense right to the end although maybe a tad over the top for this sort of political thriller, mind you this wouldn't feel out of place in a Tom Clancy novel. Yes it's dated but as someone who remembers 80s nuclear paranoia this gets those kind of hairs raised.

 

3/5

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Piercing
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6516314/

 

A man kisses his wife and baby goodbye and seemingly heads away on business, with a plan to check into a hotel, call an escort service, and kill an unsuspecting prostitute.

 

Christopher Abbott and Mia Wasikowska star in this one. Abbott is a slightly drab husband/father who decides with his wife that he will murder a prostitute to help him get his love of life back. He arranges a night with Mia W. but as soon as he starts to put his plan into action (drugging her, tieing her up and murdering her) she turns the tables on him. And they end up in a kind of battle of wits for survival. 

 

I'd never heard of this but was looking on Netflix for horror films and saw it recommended in a few places. I'm a fan of the two stars and the premise was interesting so I watched it last night. 

 

This didn't really land for me. The two leads are fine but it has this weird tone where I didn't really know if it was meant to be serious or funny or what. There's a few shocking bits and some gross-out horror bits but it all feels a bit pointless. It looks nice and there's a heavy giallo influence which I'm always in favour off but even at 80 minutes I felt it dragging by the end.

 

2/5 - Netflix 

 


The Map of Tiny Perfect Things
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt11080108/

 

Two teens who live the same day repeatedly, enabling them to create the titular map.

 

This is another variation on the Groundhog Day format. This time it's a teenage romance being reset at the end of every day. As the two teens keep living the same day over and over they try to work out what they have to do. They decide they need to witness every 'perfect thing' that happens in the town that day - a tortoise being saved crossing the road, a caretaker playing the piano etc - to break the loop. 

 

I think I've liked every version of this idea I've seen (Edge of Tomorrow, Happy Death Day 1 and 2, Palm Springs, Russian Doll) and this one is very enjoyable too. The leads are fun and cute and never get annoying. It looks great, there's really nice music and it doesn't overstay it's welcome.

 

Recommended for sure.

 

4/5 Amazon Prime

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17 hours ago, PK said:

Druk - 4/5

 

Four middle-aged friends (one of whom is played by Mads Mikkelson) decide to try to maintain a constant blood alcohol level of 0.05% for "research purposes".

 

Funny, sad, and ultimately pragmatic in its examination of booze.

 

If like me you have a complicated relationship with alcohol it's probably best if you don't watch this.

 

Just to be less coy about this - if you've struggled with alcohol abuse or alcoholism then this film will almost certainly be a very strong trigger, and I'd advise caution when watching it. It's a touching and entertaining film but the message is definitely not one of abstinence, so if that's the path you're taking it may present a stumbling block.

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Star Trek: Generations

 

Only saw this once before, in the cinema at release. I recall enjoying it for the most part, but today I loved it. Kirk deserved a better send off if you ask me, I've recently been watching TOS and of course the earlier movies and have really grown to like Shatner's Kirk. But as a bridge between TOS and TNG this is rather good. Back when I first saw this I didn't have any idea who the Duras Sisters were, and had completely forgotten Klingons were even part of the plot this second viewing this evening. Imagine my surprise when the Duras Sisters not only turned up, but were then blown up! :lol:

 

3.5/5

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41 minutes ago, Thor said:

It's the same shot as in another film, isn't it?

It's the same shot from Star Trek VI, the film right before it. You have to applaud then for being so brazenly cheap.

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I Watched a few things this week

 

Identity

a bit silly, but I like Cusack in this and it’s nice to see John C Mcginley playing a role where he isn’t a hard ass.

3/5

 

Red Dot

I liked the premise but I found this got silly pretty quickly, particularly when the antagonist is revealed.

2/5

 

Mad Max Fury Road

still one of the best action movies of the last 10 years.

5/5

 

Lord Of The Rings fellowship

epic scale, great cast, solid effects and it looks great in 4k

5/5

 

i’m sure I watched something saturday but can’t remember what it was.

 

i remember snakes on a plane

gloriously shit

2/5

 

 

 

 

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News of the World (Netflix)

Tom Hanks stars as a southern Civil War veteran who makes a living reading newspapers to packed audiences five years after the war ended. On his travels, he finds an abandoned girl, played by newcomer Helena Zengel, who was taken from her family at an early age by a native American tribe and raised as one of them.

 

The girl, JoHanna, was being taken to her aunt and uncle (her only remaining living relatives) when her protector was attacked, leaving her abandoned. On their journey, the pair find themselves at the mercy of the remnants of the wild West. 

 

Hanks is solid in this as ever, playing a world-weary man who has seen too much death. Zengel is excellent as the young girl who does not fit in anywhere 

 

Directed by Paul Greengrass, this is worth a watch.

 

3.5 / 5

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Greenland (2020)

 

Piss poor wannabe serious disaster movie.  Just don't bother.

 

In the last year I have now seen two films starring Gerard Butler - this, and London Had Fallen. Both courtesy of Amazon Prime. London Has Fallen is the worst film I have seen in years and years and Greenland is decent runner up and made all the worse for its tilt at seriousness. From now on I'll just not watch a film that has Gerard Butler's name anywhere near it as he is fucking terrible.

 

2/5 (and that is for the first half hour or so)

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Dances With Wolves

They don't make movies like this anymore / 10. Really enjoyed it, heartwarming (at least as heartwarming as an account of the early stages of a genocide can be) and beautifully shot. The scenes with the enormous herd of buffalo were spectacular. All the main characters were great, less so some of the comedy army guys.  Possibly less deserving of the Best Picture oscar than Goodfellas though.

4/5

 

Bad Boys (3) For Life

Dissapointing, Bad Boys 2 was one of the most gleefully amoral movies ever and probably the most fun I ever had at the cinema. The interplay between Smith and Laurence is still good fun (although the best joke was a serious line where they were searching on 4chan for arms dealers :lol: but everything else was lacking. Couple of nice shots in the action scenes (the big dude gets a little 300 panning combo as he wrecks some mooks, a baddie gets blown across the room and impaled on a forklift) but nothing on the level of the Michael Bay insanity of the second movie. The main baddie had some good moves, I'd probably watch the spinoff they were setting up at the end.

2/5

 

Ex Machina

Fucking fantastic. Best episode of Black Mirror ever. 

6/5

 

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MCU phase 2 is GO

 

Captain  America - Civil War

 

Not a great start here. Chucks a load of stuff against the wall and sees what sticks. Too many "heroes" boring plot that is almost school playground argument level of hey who'd win if X fought Y.

 

Positives? Introduces Black Panther quite well and the ending/reveal wasn't bad.

 

Meh.

 

2/5

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Not the last film I watched but just realised I missed one off my recent list of films I caught up with:

 

Leave No Trace

 

I remember Mark Kermode raving about this ages ago and I finally watched it. Father and daughter living in the wild and how that catches up with them and some of the reasons why/how they got there.

 

Really excellent film and great performances from both the leads, especially Thomasin McKenzie who plays the daughter. She was also the girl in Jojo Rabbit.

 

Don't want to say too much but there are some beautiful moments in the film and as I say some excellent performances. Trying to think of what I didn't like and coming up short. It's on Amazon Prime at the moment and worth catching if you have access.

 

5/5

 

The actual last film I watched was:

 

The Peanut Butter Falcon

 

For some reason I always have Shia LeBeouf in mind as someone who has been in something better than those godawful Transformer movies but can't put my finger on it. This is finally a good performance from him. A man with Down Syndrome escapes from care and bumps into Shai LeBeouf's drifter and they become friends. Part-road movie part buddy movie, has both comedy elements and some really touching moments. Last act wasn't what I was expecting but it pulled it off. 98 minute running time means it doesn't hang around but well worth a watch if you have Netflix.

 

4/5

 

 

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20 hours ago, Mike S said:

Greenland (2020)

 

Piss poor wannabe serious disaster movie.  Just don't bother.

 

In the last year I have now seen two films starring Gerard Butler - this, and London Had Fallen. Both courtesy of Amazon Prime. London Has Fallen is the worst film I have seen in years and years and Greenland is decent runner up and made all the worse for its tilt at seriousness. From now on I'll just not watch a film that has Gerard Butler's name anywhere near it as he is fucking terrible.

 

2/5 (and that is for the first half hour or so)

You've clearly hot had the pleasure of seeing Angel Has Fallen then. At least London has a decent OTT opening set piece, although not as bonkers as Olympus.

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Wild Target (2009)

 

God this is shit. I may have to split up with my girlfriend for choosing it. Bill Nighy plays a hitman who falls for his target, Emily Blunt, to 'comic' effect. She has a costume change in every single scene and there is no chemistry between the two main players, probably because Nighy could easily be her grandad.

 

1/5

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Phase 2 trundles on

 

Dr Strange

 

A good origin film, it was way more focused than Civil War but I found it lost its way a bit in the last third. Some nice ideas and good performances and in the end it just tripped over into the above average score

 

3/5

 

 

 

Next up is Guardians of the Galaxy Vol2 then I need to slog my way through ANOTHER Thor film - christ I hope it isn't as dull as Dark World.

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2 minutes ago, Clipper said:

Next up is Guardians of the Galaxy Vol2 then I need to slog my way through ANOTHER Thor film - christ I hope it isn't as dull as Dark World.


You’re in for a treat as Ragnarok is amazing!

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Violence Voyager

 

On their way to another village, two children are looking for a shortcut through the mountain, but instead stumble into an amusement park called Violence Voyager, and everything goes wrong.

 

I'm going to pop the trailer below as it won't be everyone's cup of tea. It's weird, gory, violent and kept me hooked, it's an animated movie but not in a traditional sense. 

 

Spoiler

 

 

4/5

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8 minutes ago, psycho_fox said:


You’re in for a treat as Ragnarok is amazing!

I am hoping against hope that this is a genuine post as it took me three attempts to watch Dark World without falling asleep.

 

 

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