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1 hour ago, neoELITE said:

News of The World - Netflix

Tom Hanks playing the usual dependable, heart of gold Tom Hanks character. The co-star was great and I thought the use of language was well done. In HDR/Dolby Vision (whatever it was), the landscapes were breath taking in places and the sets were amazing too - it had a real Red Dead Redemption vibe.  As a road movie, it was OK but they didn't seem to stay long enough in one place for the story to really flourish and the relationships between all the cultures and ethnicities wasn't explored enough. It was a decent watch though.

3/5 

 

 

 

Yeah, I'd agree with most of that but would knock off half a point as the whole thing was the definition of average (bar the actress playing the kid who was very good). The film felt like it was written to be an Oscar contender but, in reality, was just too slight and inconsequential. Tom Hanks was also not the best fit for the role he was playing as he just didn't have that well travelled grizzliness and hard edge that I think his character needed.

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2 hours ago, Glasgowchivas said:

I remember it being - to me at least - the first film where the extras explained the rig they used for the stunt cars, where they had the actors in the car but the actual driving was done by a stunt driver on the roof or mounted on the front of the car. Pretty common now but what sells it in 'Ronin' is the fact the De Niro is so obviously cacking himself during these scenes and so - naturally! - makes you believe how scary being in a car chase like that is.

 

I might be wrong, but i thought the guy in the passenger seat is driving the car and De Niro has a dummy wheel in his hand. He's trying to copy the stunt drivers moves, has no control, and has no idea where the car is going to go next. Hense the look of utter terror on his face. Great scene :)

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Promising Young Woman

 

A fair bit to unpack in this. It feels a bit all over the place. Even though it's a female writer/director, it feels like it's been through a male lens of female victimhood during development. Tropes of women being driven to unreasonable extremes by systemic unfairness, but little exploration of it beyond that. I know it veers towards popcorn, and everyone puts in a solid performance, but if this film had a clear message it didn't make it through to me. Felt muddled between making a statement and kicking some ass, without the right substance behind it.

 

I don't think anyone's likely to come out of this understanding anything they didn't before. But... I did enjoy the trip in a superficial way. 3/5 I guess.

 

 

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21 hours ago, Mr Combo Breaker said:

(Action Park sounds completely ridiculous)


It’s absolutely whacko. Didn’t realise there were two parks side by side. Nor what the second park was. How people didn’t die on a daily basis is a minor miracle.

 

I Care A Lot - 3/5

 

Really enjoyed this (a lot). It’s a nudge away from a 4, think a slightly snappier runtime would have got it there for me. Rosamund Pike is sensational in the lead, so watchable even though the character she plays is utterly detestable.

 

Recommend knowing little going in. Double-checked the trailer and it is restrained but hints at a few things that I didn’t expect and would have preferred not to have seen before watching. Darkly comic in places, good support and a solid soundtrack too.

 

(watched on Amazon Prime UK)

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Silk Road 2/5

 

Philosophical twenty-something Ross Ulbricht creates Silk Road, a dark net website that sells drugs, while DEA agent Rick Bowden goes undercover to bring him down.

 

Odd little film about the Silk Road take down. It's very open at the start about how it has changed things about this semi true story. If you've watched any of the documentaries or read about the case then a lot of this film will piss you off, although I applaud it for actually pulling up the US government's shitty tactics. I'd wait for it to wind up on Film 4.

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A few rewatches;

 

Scott Pilgrim vs the world

 

Don't know what the comic(?) Is like but this is funny, quirky and has some cracking dialogue.

 

4/5

 

The Truman Show

 

Jim Carrey does ' serious'  mainstream for possibly the 1st time? Regardless it's generally great movie with Carrey giving a fantastic performance.

 

4/5

 

The edge of tomorrow

 

Tom cruise and Emily blunt time travelling war vs Alien invaders. Based on a manga it's pretty fantastic up to the last 1/2 hour where it goes a bit more safe with the ending and is slightly poorer for it. Design of the aliens is fantastic and the initial beach landing is reminiscent of Saving Private Ryan though few movies can match that intensity.

 

4/5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Thirteenth Warrior - 3.5/5

 

One of those films I always seem to end up watching whenever I stumble across it.  I was flicking through the new Disney Star content, came upon it and so naturally a rewatch was in order.

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News Of The World 4/5

 

Enjoyed this a lot more than I expected. Both the leads are great.

 

The Post 2.5/5

 

This was a massive disappointment. The first half is baggy as hell, and the second is done with such heavy handed direction that it just takes you out of the story. In the hands of a more subtle director this could’ve been a fascinating watch. The last scene in particular has all the subtlety of a sledgehammer. What the hell’s happened to Spielberg?

 

Ravenous 4.4/5

 

Delighted to see this added to Disney+. I only have a vague memory of watching this when it came out, and one of thinking it was just OK. It’s much better than that. A gory horror western hybrid that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Robert Carlyle is fantastic in a scenery chewing performance. And the soundtrack by David Albany and Michael Nyman is superb.

 

A real pleasant surprise to rediscover this film.

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4 hours ago, Bazjam said:

News Of The World 4/5

 

Enjoyed this a lot more than I expected. Both the leads are great.

 

The Post 2.5/5

 

This was a massive disappointment. The first half is baggy as hell, and the second is done with such heavy handed direction that it just takes you out of the story. In the hands of a more subtle director this could’ve been a fascinating watch. The last scene in particular has all the subtlety of a sledgehammer. What the hell’s happened to Spielberg?

 

Ravenous 4.4/5

 

Delighted to see this added to Disney+. I only have a vague memory of watching this when it came out, and one of thinking it was just OK. It’s much better than that. A gory horror western hybrid that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Robert Carlyle is fantastic in a scenery chewing performance. And the soundtrack by David Albany and Michael Nyman is superb.

 

A real pleasant surprise to rediscover this film.


Is that 88% for Ravenous or 4/5 for the forth instalment of the Ravenous films.  Same question for The Post. Did you watch the sequel?

 

 

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Guess I should have added mine here instead of making a massive pointless stoned thread. 
 

Bringing out the Dead 


Cage. John Goodman. Ving Rhames. More famous people. Not what you’ll expect. 
 

4/5 

 

 

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8 hours ago, Bazjam said:

The Post 2.5/5

 

This was a massive disappointment. The first half is baggy as hell, and the second is done with such heavy handed direction that it just takes you out of the story. In the hands of a more subtle director this could’ve been a fascinating watch. The last scene in particular has all the subtlety of a sledgehammer. What the hell’s happened to Spielberg?


Just watch All The President’s Men instead. A far superior film set at The Washington Post.

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Creation Stories - 3/5

 

Energetic biopic of Alan McGee, founder of Creation Records and manager of Primal Scream and Oasis among others.

 

A bit tonally uneven but always just about the right side of entertaining, largely thanks to Ewen Bremner as McGee. He and the nostalgic soundtrack are the standouts amid a flurry of 80s and 90s cultural touchpoints and British acting cameos.

 

(watched as part of the virtual Glasgow Film Festival, releases 20th March)

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9 hours ago, Bazjam said:

The Post 2.5/5

 

This was a massive disappointment. The first half is baggy as hell, and the second is done with such heavy handed direction that it just takes you out of the story. In the hands of a more subtle director this could’ve been a fascinating watch. The last scene in particular has all the subtlety of a sledgehammer. What the hell’s happened to Spielberg?

 

I watched it a few weeks ago and liked it more than you did. I enjoyed those macro shots of the typesetters and printing presses in action, and there's some fun Competence Porn in watching them sort through files.

 

But how much you enjoy it depends on how much you can tolerate its lack of subtlety. It was filled with moments that shouted "DID YOU NOTICE THAT THESE ISSUES ARE APPLICABLE TODAY, IN THIS ERA OF DONALD TRUMP?"

 

The Reception section of the film's Wikipedia article links to this retrospective RogerEbert.com post by Matt Zoller Seitz, where he describes The Post as "a stealth portrait of the media’s responsibility in the age of Trump, and in any age. ... a coded commentary on the present, but done in such an accessible and largely invisible style that many critics assume that they’re supposed to take everything literally..."

 

"Stealth", "coded" and "invisible" are not words I'd use to describe it!

 

 

43 minutes ago, Mr Do 71 said:

Just watch All The President’s Men instead. A far superior film set at The Washington Post.

 

I agree, that is a much better film. And the ending of The Post, with its attempt to explicitly present it as a direct prequel to All The President's Men, could have been handled more subtly or omitted entirely.

 

But you're not limited to one film on a given subject, and I think that it's worth watching The Post for the additional context it adds to All The President's Men. I'd always assumed that it had always been one of the major American newspapers; I didn't realise until watching The Post that its rise to national prominence only happened a few years before Watergate.

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I'm very much looking forward to Judas and the Black Messiah and hoping we get a way to watch it over here soon (a quick google still doesn't confirm a release) and this tweet from Letterboxd caught my eye, not to mention for the absolutely superb poster too, so I watched this as it was on Amazon Prime Video:

 

 

The Final Comedown - 3.5/5

 

Firstly there is no getting away from the fact that this is extremely low budget and lots of the visuals and practical effects (not to mention some of the acting) are very dated. But leaving that aside it's unbelievable (and slightly heartbreaking) how much of this is still relevant today. Police brutality, racism, hopelessness of those being discriminated against, white liberal guilt. I know even when the film was made these themes weren't exactly new but it really is shocking how little has changed. If you can get past the issues I mention it is definitely worth a go (also features a young Billy Dee Williams/Lando Calrissian.) 

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On 24/02/2021 at 00:20, Waggo said:

The Thirteenth Warrior - 3.5/5

 

One of those films I always seem to end up watching whenever I stumble across it.  I was flicking through the new Disney Star content, came upon it and so naturally a rewatch was in order.

 

I remember taking my dad to see it at the cinema and enjoyed it. It got pretty poor reviews at the time but. It looked at favourably these days. 

 

The stories regarding production and the budget getting insane plus the making of are fascinating. 

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Spinster - 2/5

 

Chelsea Peretti leads an indie comedy drama about a woman struggling with relationships. It’s a film that’s been made about as many times as a depressed writer having father issues.
 

Peretti’s talent at least shines in a limited role but the material is so slight that by the end just wound up feeling bad for her wasted effort.

 

(watched on NOWTV)

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Isle of Dogs

 

Very entertaining, great voice cast. Of course, Anderson is about as marmite a director you can get, but this really flows well and is a visual treat.

 

4/5.

 

Transylvannia 6500

 

I always saw this on the shelf of the video shop way back when and always wondered what it was like. Well, now I know, it’s a pile of crap which wastes a good idea with a terrible script and poor direction. The score is also awful. Goldblum tries, but even he can’t rescue this mess

 

1/5

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Grosse Pointe Blank.

 

I don't think this film puts a foot wrong.  Cusack is charming, rambling, deadly, recovering and ultimately hopeful.

 

My 20s something me constantly falls in love with Minnie Driver who is consistently spiky and funny and vulnerable in all the right places.

 

As a film it's equally comfortable laced with action and comedy.  The soundtrack's cracking, they invented a Doom 2 arcade machine just for the movie, it has an adorable baby scene, the fight scene near the lockers, the excruciating reunion talk.  As I say, pitch perfect.

 

TEN YEARS!/5.

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Dune (1991) - Holy shit this is one of the worst films I've ever seen, just atrocious on every level. Even technical stuff like the pacing is a mess, it starts with 30 minutes of endless exposition scenes, most of which you don't need to know, and then fast-forwards through most of the heroes journey in a montage. Bizarre. 0/5

 

Falling Down (1993) - Never seen this before, but it's really good, the themes of 90s society shifting away from the WASPy nuclear family might not be particularly relevant these days, but honestly you could file the serial numbers off and say it's about toxic masculinity and it'd work just as well. 4/5

 

Legend (2015) - Someone in another thread said this was Tom Hardy drifting off into parody, and I disagree wholeheartedly. I thought it was excellent, an unexpectedly deep character study whose only fault is maybe being 20 minutes too long. 4/5

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I love Falling Down, don't get me wrong, I've watched it so many times I'm close to ruining it but it always struck me as opening in a really cinematic way then gradually ending up more like a tv drama. If you reach the end and think back to the beginning with him trapped in his car in a traffic jam, the way the camera drifts and magnifies all the little sounds that combine for maximum irritation, the heavy close ups, it's pretty dreamlike and perfectly captures the searing heat...it's like a different film. It is seamless with it, and I'm not sure how else it could have developed because all the elements are there early on. 

 

Same with Schumacher's other 90s thriller, The Client, about a boy who witnesses a murder in the woods, the opening is so tense and involving and cinematic in a way that can't be improved on...then the film's intensity fades away and it becomes more about a boy's dependance on a parental figure...i think, it's so boring i can't remember and the wiki plot seems to detail all the interesting stuff the film fails to make interesting. It doesn't become much of a court room drama either. 

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All Day and a Night (Netflix) 

 

The worst film I've seen in a while and I've watched both Greenland and Geostorm in the last couple of weeks. 

 

I understand the message it was trying to convey, but the plot was awful it was universally badly acted, not helped by the fact every character seemed to be doing a voice. The main character was hugely unlikeable and the fact that the whole point of the plot was "you can't escape your destiny in an unfair society" which was somewhat lessened by the fact he actively didn't do anything to escape his destiny. Its badly shot and directed and generally makes no sense. 

 

It was also horrendously clichéd and, while I'm aware it was trying to convey what life is like for POC in "the hood", it was close enough to being racist that it made me a touch uncomfortable. Like I wouldn't be surprised if you told me that it was made by white supremacists to push their agenda. 

 

0/5 hated it. 

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On 24/02/2021 at 23:10, glb said:

Creation Stories - 3/5

 

Energetic biopic of Alan McGee, founder of Creation Records and manager of Primal Scream and Oasis among others.

 

A bit tonally uneven but always just about the right side of entertaining, largely thanks to Ewen Bremner as McGee. He and the nostalgic soundtrack are the standouts amid a flurry of 80s and 90s cultural touchpoints and British acting cameos.

 

(watched as part of the virtual Glasgow Film Festival, releases 20th March)

Off topic, but: a guy who worked for me best part of 20 years ago would frequently tell anyone who would listen about when he was signed to Creation. When his first album was finished the guy who ran it, presumably Alan McGee, said to him "I've only got the budget to promote one act, and there's these lads from Burnage who I reckon could be massive. Sorry". Hence, a couple of years later, I was paying him £6 an hour to test mobile phone games. 

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Holocaust 2000 (1977)

Pretty blatant UK/Italian rip-off of The Omen with Kirk Douglas taking on the Gregory Peck role. He wants to build a state-of-the-art nuclear plant with the help of his son Angel, but things aren't running smoothly, not least because Angel may very well be the antichrist. They make little effort to hide the fact they're ripping off The Omen: English setting, set-piece deaths (although not nearly as well handled; mind you, the helicopter bit is still effective), ageing Hollywood actor, a bit where someone won't go near a church. It's somewhat uneven, takes bloody ages to get to the point, slapped together and a bit disjointed, yet is a fair stab at the inspiration, but I guess that's the point, I suppose. Kirk Douglas makes this watchable, puts the effort into the role. However, it's impossible not to feel a bit ill when he's making love to a woman half his age. It has that 70s Italian look and feel, and a superb Ennio Morricone soundtrack to boot.

 

2.5/5

 

 

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Monster Squad - Held up better than I thought it would. The Shane Black script keeps the whole thing sharp. Some nice monster effects work too.

 

Plus Rudy is still a total bad ass. 

 

3/5

 

Tempted to give it 4 but outside of Rudy and Phoebe the main kids performances are pretty weak compared to say something like Goonies.

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8 hours ago, Vimster said:

Holocaust 2000 (1977)

Pretty blatant UK/Italian rip-off of The Omen with Kirk Douglas taking on the Gregory Peck role. He wants to build a state-of-the-art nuclear plant with the help of his son Angel, but things aren't running smoothly, not least because Angel may very well be the antichrist. They make little effort to hide the fact they're ripping off The Omen: English setting, set-piece deaths (although not nearly as well handled; mind you, the helicopter bit is still effective), ageing Hollywood actor, a bit where someone won't go near a church. It's somewhat uneven, takes bloody ages to get to the point, slapped together and a bit disjointed, yet is a fair stab at the inspiration, but I guess that's the point, I suppose. Kirk Douglas makes this watchable, puts the effort into the role. However, it's impossible not to feel a bit ill when he's making love to a woman half his age. It has that 70s Italian look and feel, and a superb Ennio Morricone soundtrack to boot.

 

2.5/5

 

 

 

I was just thinking about this one. Thank you for finding it!

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