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24 minutes ago, Stigweard said:

Nope

 

You should give give Egdar Wrights Sparks Brothers doc a shot. It's like Carax basically let Sparks do not only the music, but also the narrative of the film and Annette bears many of their hallmarks.

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1 hour ago, Festoon said:

 

You should give give Egdar Wrights Sparks Brothers doc a shot. It's like Carax basically let Sparks do not only the music, but also the narrative of the film and Annette bears many of their hallmarks.

 

I didn't really have any interest in the documentary, even though I'd heard good things about it, but it sounds like it might be a nice companion piece to Annette.

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18 hours ago, Stigweard said:

Annette (2021)

 

 

I left it a few days before doing a review on this because I wanted to let the film ruminate in my head a bit more, to spend more time analysing what I'd seen and what it meant. I've come to the conclusion that I love it.

It's bizarre, it's weird and almost like a fever dream but it just penetrates your soul. I know that's sounds so pretentious but it's the best way for me to describe it.

The music is catchy, kooky, operatic and admittedly sometimes doesn't work, but when it does it's fantastic. May We Start and We Love Each Other So Much are both great. I was pulled in from the get go with the opening musical number. There's an operatic and Shakespearean nature to the story telling and I can't imagine it's by accident that certain scenes felt like you were watching a stage play.

At the heart of it all, it's a father/daughter tale and whilst the concept of a puppet child sounds like it's trying to be weird and odd for the sake of it, it actually has great purpose to the plot and when it all that comes to the forefront, it made me love it even more.

Adam Driver is just outstanding in this, his stand-up routine at the beginning is mesmerising and I love how in time the crowd is with him and how that starts to falter as the film goes along and his stardom starts to fall. It's a really wonderful performance, especially his physicality which is on another level, plus he has this amazing presence that doesn't let up throughout the film.

I can't tell you this is accessible for most movie goers because it really isn't. It's like no musical or film I've ever seen before, but I really recommend people giving it a go. If for nothing else other than to see a musical number during both a sex and a childbirth scene.

 

The more I've thought, talked and read about it the more it's grown on me. I have it ranked as my 6th favourite film of last year.

 

4/5

I’ve watched Annette three times now, and my love for it grows with every viewing. As with all musicals, your appreciation of the songs grows with familiarity. The final song in particular has been stuck in my head ever since my last viewing.

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15 minutes ago, Bazjam said:

I’ve watched Annette three times now, and my love for it grows with every viewing. As with all musicals, your appreciation of the songs grows with familiarity. The final song in particular has been stuck in my head ever since my last viewing.

 

When I first watched it, I thought "yeah I really liked that, but I'll probably never watch it again" but as I said, since I watched it, I've been thinking and talking about it loads. I could see myself watching it again very soon.

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West Side Story.  Much better than I was anticipating. Veered from the saccharine to gritty. Great production values to match the location setting and the classic songs.  Dragged just a little, but a worthy update.  

 

3.5/5

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I really enjoyed "Gone Girl" the other night.

It was just well made, throw away entertainment, so I looked up what else the guy had made, and I saw this.

 

I recognised the name and remember skipping it when it came out because I didn't think it was anything or anyone worth making a film about and just assumed I would hate it.

I can't remember who it was, but I remembered them saying that despite everything, the people involved had actually managed to make an entertaining film out of the whole thing, so I figured I'd give it a shot.

 

I should have listened to my gut, because it just gave me a headache for two hours straight.
I hated everybody in it, and just found it all so flat and dull.
I was pleased when it was all over.

I have enjoyed a few films with Jesse Eisenberg in, but it's always been despite his presence, rather than because of it.

 

I've seen zodiac and really liked that. Thought fight club was overrated garbage, seven, was aaaalright. Alien 3 was alright. So he's a bit hit and miss for me, and this one was a big miss.

 

The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson - ***

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10 hours ago, ImmaculateClump said:

 

 

I've seen zodiac and really liked that. Thought fight club was overrated garbage, seven, was aaaalright. Alien 3 was alright. So he's a bit hit and miss for me, and this one was a big miss.

 

The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson - ***

 

Can we have Negs back please !!!

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Vivo - a couple of people I know had told me this was excellent so settled down to watch it with my daughter. They were wrong. Awful film with some terrible voice work, cringey songs and some of the most annoying animated characters I've seen in a long time. Utter crap.

0 Skulls/5

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Fortress 3 (aka The Fortress) - 1/5 (screener)

 

Bruce Willis has ‘starred’ in three of these films. Three! He looks disinterested for the most part, and grumpy the rest of the time. This jungle-set action romp is 1h38m long but made Return of the King feel short. There’s a nice lady that warns a main character about insect bites in the jungle. A few scenes later she’s dressed like Lara Croft and doesn’t apply any extra insect repellent. None! Cryptocurrency gets a mention, I think it is the main plot but by that point I was questioning the point of my own existence. Ends on a cliffhanger. Guess I’ll be watching part 4 in a year or so. Fuck.

 

(#36/1000)

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Uncut Gems

 

Second time viewing, this time on Criterion 4K UHD.  Still sublime - a landmark character study that sucks you into New York.

 

An easy 5.

 

 

As Above, So Below

 

A-Level quality writing and generally a bit shit, but a few nice ideas.  Might have been an interesting Lara Croft story?

 

2.

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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

 

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Fuck me, man, this is now 21 years old. Jesus, that's depressing.

 

Anyway, I hadn't watched it all the way through for about a decade so I bought the trilogy on fancy pants 4K Blu-Ray, and it looks magnificent, probably the best UHD BD disc I've seen so far. And as for the actual film, it really is still very, very good - the scenery, the action, the gravitas, the scale, the fucking music. So great. When it comes to big budget fantasy, I don't think anything has really touched it since it came out, not even GoT.

 

What especially struck me this time were two things. First, how well-paced it is. Granted, I only watched the theatrical cut, but for a three hour film it flies by and not a second feels wasted. Second, and this is a bit of a 'Well, duh' sort of point, but it's never truly occurred to me just how much Hidetaka Miyazaki was influenced by so much stuff from this film (and its sequels) when he and the From Soft team made the Souls games. I mean, in hindsight it's obvious, but there's so many parallels you can draw between those games and the world that Jackson and co. have created here.

 

Excellent. Looking forward to watching Two Towers, probably next weekend.

 

5/5

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6 hours ago, Jamie John said:

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

 

IMG_14012022_234504_(1500_x_625_pixel).thumb.jpg.dadce78103f870561a99a9b01477b914.jpg

 

Fuck me, man, this is now 21 years old. Jesus, that's depressing.

 

Anyway, I hadn't watched it all the way through for about a decade so I bought the trilogy on fancy pants 4K Blu-Ray, and it looks magnificent, probably the best UHD BD disc I've seen so far. And as for the actual film, it really is still very, very good - the scenery, the action, the gravitas, the scale, the fucking music. So great. When it comes to big budget fantasy, I don't think anything has really touched it since it came out, not even GoT.

 

What especially struck me this time were two things. First, how well-paced it is. Granted, I only watched the theatrical cut, but for a three hour film it flies by and not a second feels wasted. Second, and this is a bit of a 'Well, duh' sort of point, but it's never truly occurred to me just how much Hidetaka Miyazaki was influenced by so much stuff from this film (and its sequels) when he and the From Soft team made the Souls games. I mean, in hindsight it's obvious, but there's so many parallels you can draw between those games and the world that Jackson and co. have created here.

 

Excellent. Looking forward to watching Two Towers, probably next weekend.

 

5/5

We watched them again over the Christmas holidays. The first is still wonderful like you say. Sadly the pacing of 2 and 3 really let them down imo.

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The King. Been meaning to watch this for ages and finally gave it the time tonight. 4/5 excellent film. It looks amazing, has great performances, the battle scenes were brilliant once they got going. It’s a slow burner but highly recommended. Great to see films like this still get made. 

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The Ice Road (2021)

Liam Neeson does his blue collar hero thing, there's a bit of peril, some pointless corporate skulduggery, and trucks on ice. The truck bits are the best, everything else was undercooked. They go into all this detail about how driving on ice requires all this knowledge of speed and weight distribution then throw all that out of the window about half an hour in. If you really can't be bothered you could do worse filling 100 minutes.

 

2.5/5

 

 

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