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I Care A Lot

 

Manages to be both utterly preposterous and a horrifying reflection of American healthcare at the same time. Though the questions it raises are a bit on the nose. While the plot itself doesn't stand up to a lot of scrutiny, Pike and Dinklage are both incredibly watchable. If you like seeing Rosamund Pike be mean, I can recommend it.

 

3/5

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8 hours ago, Retroid said:

Scott Pilgrim vs The World

Been a while since I've seen this, technically amazing - every scene is wonderful like some highly energetic anime and I can appreciate the practical stunts and VSFX a lot more than the first time around. Story wise it sort of take a shotgun approach and nothing really lands, there's actually a lot of potential here but it's like they couldn't really decide which way to go with it. Anyway, as an experience it was at least a very fun one. Also Veganism.

 

8/10

 

Its an 11/10 for me, from the first time I watched it, to very recently - it still holds up

 

You are forgetting that there are so many quotable lines in it. To utter one is a spoiler though

Spoiler

 

"You should see them live, they're much better live"

 

Also closely followed by "their first album is much better than their first album"

 

I could go on, so many

 

 

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5 hours ago, Bazjam said:

Promising Young Women

 

Going to work my way through all the awards nominated films and thought I’d start here as I’ve been really looking forward to this one. Unfortunately I was really disappointed with it, especially considering all the hype it’s received. All the male characters are such over the top caricatures that it gives the film an odd uneven tone. I guess that’s what they were aiming for, but for me it takes you out of the film and blunts the message. The endings a real cop out too.

 

Definitely worth seeing, but could have been so much more.

 

3/5

 

Thought it was going great, and then they fucked it up and I'm not sure what the actual message of the film is supposed to be.

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47 minutes ago, Festoon said:

 

Thought it was going great, and then they fucked it up and I'm not sure what the actual message of the film is supposed to be.

It’s very frustrating as there’s the bones of a really great film there, but it fails in quite a few key areas.

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Creation Stories (Now or Sky)

 

Really enjoyed this tbh. Made me laugh a fair bit and Ewan Bremner was great as Alan McGee. Yes it's all about Alan McGee and his role in creation records and his life. 

 

Worth a watch 4/5.

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The Perfection

 

A 'feminist' sexual assault revenge thriller about elite cello players. That is very obviously written by people who are not women, do not know any women, and possibly just don't like women.

 

A couple of stupid twists, a couple of comedy gore shots. Not worth anyone's time really.

 

1.5/5

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67 and counting for March... some picks from the last few days:

 

Skid Row Marathon 3/5

 

Really inspiring doc about an LA judge who forms a marathon running club at a local mission. You suspect partly out of guilt, but also because he’s able to see the best in people even if they can’t themselves. Some real moment of joy, and a touching reminder that a bit of respect and dignity can make life-altering changes to someone’s life. 
 

(Prime UK)

 

The Tax Collector - 1/5

 

Shite. Some atrocious acting in a story that is so by the numbers it might as well be told in dot-to-dot.

 

(Now)

 

Circus of Books - 3/5

 

Quirky look at the unlikely mom and pop story of a straight couple that ran one of West Hollywood’s most prominent gay porn stores. Has some interesting revelations along the way as the story of Karen and Barry Mason evolves into one of life-altering acceptance.

 

(Netflix UK)

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Judas and the Black Messiah - 3.5/5

 

Was alright. I was expecting something really brilliant but was a wee bit disappointed. 

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Birds of prey

 

Not terrible, but only slightly better than Meh. 

 

2.5 egg and bacon rolls out of 5

 

Reservoir Dogs. 

 

I remember this being a big deal at the time. Its still a great character piece and the dialogue is great. But the shocking thing seems very tame now and the ends a bit meh. Also who shoots nice guy Eddie if Mr wolf shouts gramps Joe? Also, lots of very racist language from very white characters. 

 

3 shots out of 5

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Disconnect

 

Several stories related to net/social media in one movie.  Some beats are a little obvious and I would have liked to have seen some more surprises, but this is still sobering, nicely shot, with great performances from a killer cast.

 

3

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Predestination


A bit silly really. An infinitely recursive knot of plot twists that are basically all the same plot twist, and which you can kinda guess from the title anyway. Sarah Snook meets Ethan Hawke and for no real reason spills her entire life story, which turns out to be a completely baffling and weird journey constructed for the express purpose of linking up with itself in various "unexpected" ways. Neither character has any interesting development beyond Finding Out What They Are Meant To Do. Look, I think predestination paradoxes are a total dead end in storytelling terms. I gave up on Doctor Who around the time Moffat started putting them in nearly every episode. They usually end up with characters doing things for no reason beyond "it has to happen! it's already happened!" which is very unsatisfying narratively. I almost want to say that The Reasons People Do Things is like the whole point of stories? And if you take that away there's basically nothing left? I guess I shouldn't have watched a film called Predestination huh.

 

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11 hours ago, Sidewaysbob said:

 

 

Reservoir Dogs. 

 

I remember this being a big deal at the time. Its still a great character piece and the dialogue is great. But the shocking thing seems very tame now and the ends a bit meh. Also who shoots nice guy Eddie if Mr wolf shouts gramps Joe? Also, lots of very racist language from very white characters. 

 

3 shots out of 5

 

Mr White shoots Joe and turns the gun on Eddie. Its quick but does happen. 

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A warning to all, tried to watch that Deadly Illusion film on Netflix. Didn't make it past the hour mark. Shit acting, shit story, and just bad. I couldn't stop watching for a bit as thought it may be one of the so bad it's good films. 

 

Nope it's not 0/5 

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The War with Grandpa

(Amazon Prime)

 

With a cast to die for, including De Niro, Uma Thurman, Christopher Walkin and Rob Riggle (who you will recognize if you've seen any middle-school type American film in the past five year's, he'll be the one playing the Dad) this family film was a massive hit in our house and hugely at odds with the critical panning it received.


This is a story about a grandad (De Niro) who has to move in with his daughter following an accident, taking his grandsons room. The Grandson is upset about this so declares war on De Niro to scare him off. It's silly fun with some entertaining set-pieces, including a few genuinely funny moments... so long as you don't think about it too much. De Niro is on full-on comedy mode and Walkin plays off him well, the rest of the cast are basically there to support these two. The kids aren't too annoying either and avoid whining. If the idea of seeing De Niro, Walkin and Doctor Quinn Medicine Woman playing Dodgeball in a trampoline park against a load of kids sounds like good fun, then you might well enjoy this. Note that the trailer contains most of the set pieces so stay away from that.

 

The film is sat at 29% on RT and this is really harsh. If I was watching it on my own with my critical eye then perhaps I'd score it that way, but with the kids (9 and 6) and my partner all sat down on a Friday evening it was a really entertaining surprise. Amazingly one of the most enjoyable films we've seen as a family over the past 12 months.

 

4/5

(based on watching with family) 

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I Care A Lot

 

Ridiculous but really entertaining. Rosamund Pike was completely brilliant.

Part of me wishes they had leant more into the morality of milking boomers - maybe that’s another movie though.

 

3

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Predestination (3.5/5)

 

Contrary to Made of Ghosts above, I really liked this film. Granted the premise (when you eventually get to it) is completely bonkers, but at the same time, it's well shot and Sarah Snook is absolutely brilliant in it, making Ethan Hawke (who is no slouch in the film) look a bit pointless. Having an extended flashback take up almost half of the film's length is odd, but Snook nails it so hard that it doesn't really matter. If you like SF films, then I reckon it's worth a watch. :)

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Hippopotamus

 

The actress fosters none of the emotions you’re meant to develop towards such a role. 

It’s crap. 


 

1.5/5 and it only gets that much because it conveniently wasn’t in subtitles like I was anticipating, as I really needed to be looking at my phone at the same time. 

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Infinitum: Subject unknown. 

Filmed entirely on an iphone during lockdown apparently, featuring Ian Mckellen.

 

I like the low budget concept, but:

2 Gandalf's / 5

 

Rubbish, or I'm just thick.

 

Go and watch Host for a bloody excellent lockdown film - where the actors filmed it all independently over zoom.

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I intended to give The Conjuring a 5* but on reflection dropped it down slightly, yet I've no real reason as to why other than 'well it cant be a 5 star film can it?'

 

Is anyone else afraid to give a film a 5* rating?  What does a 5* film mean to you?   Is it a level of enjoyment or beyond that?  Can a flawed film still be worth 5 stars? 

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5 hours ago, marcus said:

What does a 5* film mean to you?I

I rate out of 7, gives a bit more wiggle room in the middle, so 1 2 2.5 3 3.5 4 5

 

So a 7* for me is an all time classic, like you have to see this movie it will enrich you as a human. 6* you should see this, it's really really good seek it out. 5 is it's good but if you don't see it you won't miss out on too much, watch it if it's on you'll have fun. 4 is, it's not terrible but it doesn't do anything too interesting either.

etc.

I'm constantly reevaluating 5*s.

 

https://letterboxd.com/couchcorpse/films/ratings/rated/5/by/release/page/2/

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5 hours ago, marcus said:

I intended to give The Conjuring a 5* but on reflection dropped it down slightly, yet I've no real reason as to why other than 'well it cant be a 5 star film can it?'

 

Is anyone else afraid to give a film a 5* rating?  What does a 5* film mean to you?   Is it a level of enjoyment or beyond that?  Can a flawed film still be worth 5 stars? 

 

Flaws are subjective, also plot and logic do not need to be some clever interwoven mathematically water-tight thing... that does not make it "good" and often actually makes it a bit dull and it just doesn't even matter.

It's all about how the film makes you feel, if it's top tier, 5 stars in your opinion then that's your subjective opinion. Nothing is right or wrong.    

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You Were Never Really Here - 4.5/5

 

Very good, the compact runtime means it drags you along for the ride with little time to process everything going on. Adds to the frantic nature of the main character which is acted out incredibly well. Very uncomfortable too in some parts. Will probably watch again to see if anything was missed out.

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I think it also depends on what you bring to a movie too.

Empire strikes back is always going to be a 5 for me because despite seeing a billion times, it's the special times I've seen it that count. 

Drunk with a mate at the secret cinema event, in a room full of middle aged people dressed as jedi, waving plastic lightsabers in the air as full size x wing model flies over our heads cheering our collective heads off. 

The first time I saw it with my family on holiday in a rainy Scotland on 1980. We'd got tired of sitting in a wet tent so went to Glasgow for the day and ended up seeing empire. I remember the smell of the damp cinema and watching the weird sword and sorcery short film beforehand. 

Drink on the sofa on at Saturday afternoon at uni, with house mates having a great time, drinking beer, rolling joints and quoting lines from the film.. 

 

None of those experiences mean anything to anyone else, but they are why I love the film. 

 

Then there's Avengers infinity war, which was the culmination of 10 years taking my son to the cinema with his mates. He grew up watching these films and I was on the journey with him. So that film means a great deal to me. 

Conversely, his mates didn't invite him to see Endgame, and it wasn't cool to be seen with anyone's dad suddenly. So I don't have such a love for the follow up. 

 

So, I think your personal 5* films are the ones you connect emotionally with, regardless of whether its beautifully shot or is coherently edited. In my experience and film that wins an Oscar for best motion picture is unlikely to be one I'll watch more than once. 

 

Driving Ms Daisy was apparently better than Do the right thing. After all. 

 

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