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Mortal Kombat

 

This was the rubbish I wanted. Plenty of fan service, cheesy performances, and they didn't try to pack too much in to the one film. Every actor knew what film they were in, and they even managed to raise some questions about how they'd get from A to B in a couple of cases.

 

Having Cole rather than Cage was interesting, but allowed them to explore some story beats that wouldn't have worked otherwise. If they did work.

 

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They did Goro dirty, but I suspect he was an expensive part of the film. 

 

Yeah, I'd happily watch another of these. 2.5/5

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8 minutes ago, Welrain said:

I really love the Max Max films, they are great stories that Max sort of wanders into and gets involved rather than being about him.  The first one is about a biker gang who seek revenge on his wife,  the second the fight between some settlers and the gangs harassing them and the last some lost children trying to find a home. 


Maxed that for you.

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Last Thing He Wanted 

 

An extremely poor effort which wastes an impressive cast and is the most boring film I’ve seen in some time. Apart from the lack of mobiles no effort is made to make it feel like it’s set in the 80s. Hathaway tries her best, bless her, but the material is so poor that not even she can redeem it. 
 

0.5/5

 

Death Note

 

An excellent palate cleaner after the last film, Great fun, if insanely daft. I’m sure fans of the manga hate it, but for someone new to the tale I thought this was a great introduction to the saga. Very clever in places and visually it was very interesting. 
 

4/5

 

that’s 2 films starring Dafoe . I will have to think of a third 

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Army of The Dead (2021)

 

I've never seen a Zach Snyder film before this but do like a good zombie film so followed the hype. I regret that.

 

This is one of the worst films I've ever seen - the extraordinary sense it has of it's own worth and import was really quite something given how inept literally everything about it is. It is turgid, has cliched characters shitly acted, looks awful (that vaseline effect!), is boring beyond belief, has the most irritating soundtrack/score (I think I got to four or five terrible acoustic, breathy, slowed down, covers of rock standards/classics before I bailed), is astonishingly long, has those shit yellow eyed turbo zombies, etc, etc.

 

To be fair, i gave up after an hour because, really, looking at the time and seeing that there was still an hour and a half to go, who could be fucked with it? 

 

My first, and last, Snyder film. I'm going to need to watch The Beyond to fix myself after this. Anyone who likes this is, frankly and without wishing to be too disrespectful, a fucking idiot. 

 

0/5.

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1 hour ago, sandman said:

 

Death Note

 

An excellent palate cleaner after the last film, Great fun, if insanely daft. I’m sure fans of the manga hate it, but for someone new to the tale I thought this was a great introduction to the saga. Very clever in places and visually it was very interesting. 
 

4/5

 

that’s 2 films starring Dafoe . I will have to think of a third 

 

I hated the Anime... the ending, after months and months of weekly watching... just didn't sit right with the tone the show had given off.

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Fuck me, I am still reeling from how awful Army of The Dead was. 

 

The opening sequence alone suggests a pretty significant budget (by Netlfix standards) yet all that money seems to have been  thrown at someone who  doesn't  have a fucking clue as to how to make even a half decent film.  It was all just so endlessly sub-par. Not one element I saw was even close to average, let alone above it.

 

My word, it is bad.

 

 

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9 hours ago, Mike S said:

Army of The Dead (2021)

 

I've never seen a Zach Snyder film before this but do like a good zombie film so followed the hype. I regret that.

 

This is one of the worst films I've ever seen - the extraordinary sense it has of it's own worth and import was really quite something given how inept literally everything about it is. It is turgid, has cliched characters shitly acted, looks awful (that vaseline effect!), is boring beyond belief, has the most irritating soundtrack/score (I think I got to four or five terrible acoustic, breathy, slowed down, covers of rock standards/classics before I bailed), is astonishingly long, has those shit yellow eyed turbo zombies, etc, etc.

 

To be fair, i gave up after an hour because, really, looking at the time and seeing that there was still an hour and a half to go, who could be fucked with it? 

 

My first, and last, Snyder film. I'm going to need to watch The Beyond to fix myself after this. Anyone who likes this is, frankly and without wishing to be too disrespectful, a fucking idiot. 

 

0/5.

 

I cannot believe you've never seen a Zack Snyder film before!! What have you been doing with your life??! What have you been doing????!! 

 

Those Who Wish Me Dead - 'A Film By Taylor Sheridan'. I suppose you're going to say you've never seen a film by Tyler Sheridan aren't you, aren't you???! Some people who contribute to this thread make me sick. 

 

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My expectations were lowered after other reviews and that i don't think Taylor Sheridan is some kind of screenplay writing god, so i enjoyed it.

 

I love watching assassins on screen, they don’t waste any time making decisions so in anything that might have a tendency to stall they will always move the action forward quickly. And it's just fun to watch psychopaths without any indulgent monologues, everything they say is to the point.

 

I know it's from a book now but 40 minutes in i was thinking; i wonder if Sheridan saw reports of forest fires that were said to have been started deliberately and wondered that maybe it was a hitman chasing somebody!

 

It is a 90s thriller throwback and that's fine, I'm glad there's more to add to the late night film list. It is lean at just over 90 minutes and that it is so makes you think that the writers had no intention of exploring exactly what the father discovered and who is implicated and who hired the hitmen because there was time to include all this. Are we so used to corruption that the suggestion of a conspiracy is not even enough to interest us anymore? I've not read the book obviously but you'd assume it covers it. I never expected the film to go further but once it ended it felt like overall there was so little there. For someone as weirdly overated as Sheridan, this is a film anyone could have written.

 

3/5

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15 minutes ago, Loik V credern said:

I cannot believe you've never seen a Zack Snyder film before!! What have you been doing with your life??! What have you been doing????!! 

 

Those Who Wish Me Dead - 'A Film By Taylor Sheridan'. I suppose you're going to say you've never seen a film by Tyler Sheridan aren't you, aren't you???! Some people who contribute to this thread make me sick. 

 

I double checked and can confirm that, prior to watching an hour of Army of The Dead, I had never seen a Zack Snyder film. As he appears to only make superhero/comic book adaptations that's no surprise as it is a genre I have zero interest in. Wait until you find out how many Marvel films I've seen!! 

 

I have seen several movies that Tyler Sheridan was involved with. They were OK. 

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Raya and the last Dragon

Our latest Friday night film and one the kids loved, so have watched it multiple times already. I am less positive. 

 

This follows familiar beats across a likeable genre-blending world, wrapped up in a forgettable package. The central character and motivation is just about strong enough and the adversary is the highlight, but the side characters offer nothing but distraction and the plot follows the path of an unimaginative videogame. 

 

Raya sets up a really bold and exciting Disney adventure but there's nothing here to get stuck into. The world is interesting from a visual perspective however it's mostly skin deep. I think the grown-up style of this broken world just can't match up to the tone set everywhere else - the comedy dragon, the annoying baby, the sudden tonal shifts from Raya herself. 

 

There was something great to be seen here, but we never get to see it. 

 

Kids liked it largely for the visuals and comedy dragon, but this was a miss for me.

 

2/5

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Luca

A new Pixar release is always a highlight for me and although their last two releases have arrived with little to no fanfare due to covid (and Disney+), they are still exciting prospects. Today was new Pixar film day, and after a hard week I needed this. 

 

Luca is a nice film. It doesn't have a particularly complex plot, it's not exploring any serious subject in clever and unique way...it's just simple, well told story about two boy-fish things trying to reach their goal in a human Italian town. 

 

It had some amusing moments but it wasn't the funniest Pixar release, it also had one really well done character moment but it's generally playing it safe throughout. The end felt like a cop-out on the drama stakes but I think that's OK. Its just a nice, well made film with pleasing visuals, music and characters that won't change the world but it will put a smile on your face. 

 

3/5

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Without Remorse

 

None of this film makes any fucking sense. None of it! Yes, i got to the end, finally, not without pain and resentment and know what it was trying to say but just because it's idiotic doesn't mean everything else is just allowed to be as well. And the direction and cinematography is so good as well, in that crisp darkly lit moody serious way i like so much. I've not seen Zero Zero Zero, but the trailer looked so impressive, so not a surprise to see the director of this be involved with that. What is surprising is he'd waste his efforts on a story so badly put together that basically the only time it makes sense is when it's lifting cliches and tropes from a dozen other cold war conspiracy thrillers you've seen.

 

And please somebody put me in contact with Guy Pierce so i can convince him to allow me to read the scripts he's sent and evaluate the failure of his agent to land him better jobs.

 

God I hated this film. I only watched it because others have, I'm fed up with watching films that spend their whole running time mounting up a list of things that don't make sense. Writers, producers, directors, please don't go into production without a proper story. Go through it, think about what you are trying to say.

 

I hope that sounds patronising.

 

1.5/5

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Two classics (and a Making Of...)

 

The Night of the Hunter (1955)
4/5

Excellent as an adventure thriller, though I was less keen on the attempts, in the film's opening and closing, to try and make profound, universal points about children. ("They abide.")

 

What I took from the film: religion screws people up, even the people like Lillian Gish's character who use it as a source of strength and force for good.

 

The child actors' performances are generally good, although the actress playing the little girl says her name "Pearl" in a strange way that sounded different from the accents of all the characters around her.

 

In one section, the film becomes a kind of dreamlike fairy tale adventure into darkness. I wonder if that was an influence on the action movie Hanna, released 56 years later, which likewise combined fairy tales with the modern thriller genre?

 

 

Charles Laughton Directs the Night of The Hunter (2002)
4/5

A Making Of documentary - but one that's substantial enough to be worth rating on its own!

 

I've occasionally wondered: have there ever been any films that have received alternate cuts (either official or fan-made) that were made up entirely of second-choice takes and other unused footage? As far as I know, that's still never been done - but this documentary on The Night of the Hunter's Blu-ray would give a committed fan of the parent film plenty of raw material to edit together their own version.

 

Charles Laughton Directs... contains some informative narration about the backgrounds of the cast and crew of The Night of the Hunter, but it's primarily a collection of footage of the camera rolling through take after unnumbered take of almost every scene in the film.

 

Some of the takes are cut short by obvious mistakes of the sort that might turn up on a blooper reel. But a lot of the time, the differences are imperceptible, and I often wondered just what flaws Laughton was seeing to prompt yet another retake, and another, and another, and another...

 

At over 2½ hours (over an hour longer than the main film), it's perhaps too overwhelmingly exhaustive for a newbie like me who isn't a true aficionado of The Night of the Hunter. But as an archival document, its existence is extremely welcome.

 

 

Black Narcissus (1947)
3/5

Sorry, everyone! I'm afraid this this is one of those important and beloved classics that I can admire for its technical achievements, but with which I didn't find a great emotional connection. The cinematography and production design are very impressive (it really is amazing that most of it was filmed at the studio, with only very brief location shots, still within England), but I never completely got invested in the story and characters. I found the other two Archers films I've seen (The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, and A Matter of Life and Death) much more consistently enjoyable.

 

As with other cases when I've found myself unengaged with a classic film, I spent much of the subsequent running time distracted as I struggled to work out why that was happening: is there's something wrong with me that makes me a philistine/contrarian/iconoclast unable to appreciate why it's remarkable? :( It's hard to enjoy a film when you're bothered by worrying about your own reaction to it! The only conclusion I can draw is that stories of religious repression keeping people from pursuing romance just might not be my thing.

 

Having said that, I thought the story became much more interesting after the film's hour mark (at about the point when something happens to make people stop visiting the school). Later, the film climaxes with a genuinely intense and unsettling sequence, including a shot near the end that makes a character look shockingly like a modern horror villain. That was an extremely well-executed part of the film.

 

Also, I found myself appreciating the film more on rewatch with the audio commentary from Michael Powell and Martin Scorsese (which was recorded for the 1988 laserdisc release) - enough that I considered bumping my rating up to 3.5 stars. But 3 is a more honest reflection of my first viewing.

 

Despite the beauty of the cinematography, there was one technical issue that I found bothersome: certain shots had a lot of rapid flickering fluctuations in colour, which reminded me of nothing so much as the time when my old DVD player used to be connected through a poor quality SCART cable. I'm not sure if this flickering is an inherent issue with Technicolor, or a problem with the restoration I watched - I didn't notice such flickering issues with the last classic Technicolor film I watched on Blu-ray (Adventures of Robin Hood). But the fact that I found it distracting enough to single out as something to nit-pick is another sign that I wasn't completely engrossed with the film.

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Silent Trigger (1996) Amazon Prime Video

It has a pretty standard plot involving a sniper and his spotter escaping a job gone wrong reuniting, yet it uses this to create a stylish and good-looking film with very 1990s production design and music. It does look great in a 90s way, maybe a tad too stylish at times although there is a very consistent tone. There's a theatrical feel, essentially a four-hander, Dulph Lundgren and Gina Bellman compliment each other well. It may be a bit too ponderous for some, but for me it was stylish, very watchable with action that feels apt for the tone they were going for.

 

3.5/5

 

I'm finding Prime Video a good source of films lately, it has a shedload of the sort of B-movie and genre films I tend to enjoy, you just have to dig a bit deeper. It's certainly a lot better than Netflix which, as I've said before, is pretty much just a cable TV channel that has given up all pretence of a movie rental service at this point.

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Da 5 Bloods (2020)

 

Disclaimer: The only other Spike Lee film I've seen is Inside Man, so I have no idea what I'm talking about with respect to his work but I do plan to watch BlacKkKlansman soon.

 

The use of archival footage and photos that regularly appear in the movie was possibly a little heavy-handed, but the Vietnam War being yet another way in which white America fucked over black Americans (11% of the population at the time, yet made up 23% of the armed forces and were much more likely to be assigned to combat units) was new to me and the reality of that footage made the brutality hit that much harder, like the photos of the My Lai massacre that flash up during the initial confrontation in the jungle and the footage of the execution of Nguyễn Văn Lém (I'd only ever seen the famous photo).

 

The shot/reverse shot (not sure if that's the correct term, but it's the thing where you see a scene and then the camera flips to the opposite side of the characters in shot to show the exact same action?) was definitely overused though, the CGI puffs of blood just didn't work for me, taking away some of the weight of the action scenes and the de-aging CGI on that photo of the Bloods was fucking terrible. Well, it could have been a composite image made using photos of the actors in their youth but fucking hell man. I realise there were budgetary issues but that just looked cheap as fuck.

 

Ahem. Before I forget, Delroy fucking Lindo absolutely killed it. Hands down a great performance and one that elevates the film.

 

3.5/5

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22 hours ago, Nick R said:

Black Narcissus (1947)
3/5

 

I bounced off this one the first time I watched it (many years ago), but it's one of those that perfectly hit for me when I gave it another go a few years back. I genuinely believe you sometimes just have to meet a film at the right moment.

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On 13/06/2021 at 09:50, Stigweard said:

In The Heights (2021)

 

Adapted from the award-winning Broadway stage play written by Lin Manuel Miranda of Hamilton fame. This tells the story of Usnavi, a bodega owner who has mixed feelings about closing his store and returning back to the Dominican Republic to restore his late father beach bar or staying in Washington Heights.

 

From the get go you can tell this is by the same guy who wrote Hamilton, there’s a lot of the same sounds, inflections and if you’ve watched Hamilton you recognise the rhythm of his hip-hop style. But this is less “epic” than Hamilton, it’s more of a traditional musical and also takes a lot of its sound influences from Central/South American culture, so it mixes rap, hip hop and salsa to wonderful effect. It starts out with an absolute banger of a tune and dance routine and if you aren’t in by then, then you might as well just stop.

 

There’s nothing relatively special about the plot, it’s just kind of follows the life of various characters connected by their close nit community, but the characters feel real and you enjoy being in their presence. We follow stories surrounding long lost loves, failed dates, ambitions, local business plights, salon girls and some very real-world issues such as racism & DREAMers (undocumented immigrants). 

 

The cast are strong, in singing, acting and dancing and the pace never lets up, it nips along at a great pace and for a 2hr 20min film it just flies by. It’s so vibrant and full of life throughout, especially with how it mixes the visuals of New York and South America influences.

 

There’s some fantastic tunes in there, especially the ones that involve the majority of the cast like ‘In The Heights’, ’96,000’, ‘Black Out’ and ‘Carnaval Del Barrio’. Some of them blend into each other so well too, there’s a great sequence in the middle during a club scene which seamlessly blends 2 songs together.

 

I really enjoyed this and whilst it’s not on the scale of Hamilton for me (although I know comparing the two only comes from who wrote them), this from the Empire magazine review sums it up perfectly – “this is a big, soppy, traditional musical, a story about a tight-knit community helping one another through their issues with a shared sense of scrappy optimism and a killer sense of rhythm, to enormously uplifting effect”

 

4/5

Couldn’t agree more with your review, I absolutely loved it. Can you believe there are people who don’t like musicals and so won’t appreciate this? The poor bastards.

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Just watched Saint Maud. Knew nothing about it until a couple of posts in the Amazon Prime thread earlier. Thought I'd give it a whirl. 

 

Words can't quite express what I just witnessed. Utterly spellbound from the first minute with an extraordinary performance from the lead, Morfydd Clark. 

 

One of the the most oppressive movie experiences I've had for quite a while. The comparisons to Under The Skin are definitely valid but I came away from that film being not quite sure what to make of it, it was either brilliant or daft, I was never quite sure. 

 

This though, is a bonafide modern classic in the making. Stunning. 

 

FIVE

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On 20/06/2021 at 00:10, Vimster said:

I'm finding Prime Video a good source of films lately, it has a shedload of the sort of B-movie and genre films I tend to enjoy, you just have to dig a bit deeper. It's certainly a lot better than Netflix which, as I've said before, is pretty much just a cable TV channel that has given up all pretence of a movie rental service at this point.

 

Please watch Showdown the 1993 Billy 'Tae Bo' Blanks classic on Amazon Video.It came up in my Amazon recommeds the other day. I think it sets the record for some of the oldest looking actors playing American High School teenagers. Its a Karate Kid rip off almost 10 years after that was the cool new thing. I'm sure you wil love it, well watch it at least.

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Wrath of Man

 

Pretty straight forward crime/thriller with some nifty (and gory) action scenes. It felt like it was made by someone who loves GTA V who was trying to make a Guy Ritchie inspired film and not an actual Guy Ritchie film but I liked it for what it was. It's a really 90's like action flick, it's rather predictable once it gets going and character development is non existent as every character are more or less like GTA NPCs. 

It's Guy Ritchie + Jason Statham. While not as clever as Lock, Stock or Snatch (or even Gentlemen) it's a solid popcorn flick which pretty much plays out as a mission in the GTA games. 

 

3.5/5

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22 hours ago, Talvalin said:

Da 5 Bloods (2020)

 

Disclaimer: The only other Spike Lee film I've seen is Inside Man, so I have no idea what I'm talking about with respect to his work but I do plan to watch BlacKkKlansman soon.

 

The use of archival footage and photos that regularly appear in the movie was possibly a little heavy-handed, but the Vietnam War being yet another way in which white America fucked over black Americans (11% of the population at the time, yet made up 23% of the armed forces and were much more likely to be assigned to combat units) was new to me and the reality of that footage made the brutality hit that much harder, like the photos of the My Lai massacre that flash up during the initial confrontation in the jungle and the footage of the execution of Nguyễn Văn Lém (I'd only ever seen the famous photo).

 

The shot/reverse shot (not sure if that's the correct term, but it's the thing where you see a scene and then the camera flips to the opposite side of the characters in shot to show the exact same action?) was definitely overused though, the CGI puffs of blood just didn't work for me, taking away some of the weight of the action scenes and the de-aging CGI on that photo of the Bloods was fucking terrible. Well, it could have been a composite image made using photos of the actors in their youth but fucking hell man. I realise there were budgetary issues but that just looked cheap as fuck.

 

Ahem. Before I forget, Delroy fucking Lindo absolutely killed it. Hands down a great performance and one that elevates the film.

 

3.5/5

 

BlacKkKlansman is great but make sure you watch Do the Right Thing for peak Spike Lee. It's been in my Top 5 favourite films since I first watched it back in the early '89 and still relevant and powerful today. It's on Prime and Netflix I believe. 

 

Lee's back cat is patchy but there's loads to enjoy. Summer of Sam is also a big favourite (currently on Disney).

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The Djinn

 

Solid B-horror, brought above average by a likeable central performance by the kid. If you're going for a child-centric, claustrophobic horror, it's typically better when you don't want the kid to die. And I didn't. Some nice little scares, and good use of a limited space.

 

2.5/5

 

Alive

 

I'm pretty much over zombie films, but this one had enough to make it enjoyable. It mostly focused on how a younger generation of Koreans might adapt from their cushy gaming bubbles to something real. I didn't love it as much as others seemed to last year, but I definitely enjoyed it. And I didn't really expect to.

 

3/5.

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