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Underwater (2020)

 

First 2/3rds of the film is rather good, its really tense and claustrophic with some great set designs. But the final act gets a bit messy, especially with it's shakey cam and creature reveal.

I didn't like the anthropomorphic style of the creatures and I'm a big believer of less is more in these type of films. Alien perfected it and this should have taken more inspiration from that.

I also would have liked a little bit more time with the crew before the disaster struck, just to get to know them better as it would have helped me feel more connected to them.

Not a bad film, with decent performances all around, especially Kristin Stewart (but not you TJ Miller). It could have just done with some tinkering of a few things and it would have been great.

 

3/5

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Spider Man: No Way Home (2021)

I'm not going to do any spoilers here but it's safe to say this went way beyond my limited expectations for the third film in this series. Very well done, and super entertaining with it.

 

4.5/5

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On 08/04/2022 at 21:02, Vimster said:

Arrow Player has added some more 70s Italian crime films

 

Kidnap Syndicate (1975)

Luc Merenda is a mechanic whose son is kidnapped along with the son of rich construction magnate James Mason. After the exciting opening not much happens apart from characters shouting at each other whilst waiting for the kidnappers to call. However, following a certain incident things hot up in the second half to a thrilling degree. The first half does deliver some decent drama, with the contrast between Mason's rich man and Merenda's poor mechanic, and the relative worth of their children, how the police were trying to handle the case (the police commissioner is a really entertaining character here). The action in the second half is pure quality though.

 

4/5


Agree, ace film.

 

I’ve just watched The Big Racket (1976) on Arrow player. Pretty much wall to wall to action, and hardly ever a dull moment.

 

4 out of 5

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On 06/04/2022 at 17:16, Dark Soldier said:

Bull (2021)

 

Gritty suburban UK revenge thriller. The things we do real well. Neil Maskell returns to his hometown after ten years to seek revenge on former 'friends' who destroyed his life.

 

Maskell is fucking insanely good in this. Compelling and terrifying as the unhinged lead. He's always been great as that middle aged, teetering on the edge kinda role (Kill List) something else.

 

The director's previous work, London to Brighton, was outstanding. Relentlessly bleak, but Paul Andrew Williams excels at these low budget slice of scum Britain pieces.

 

Incredibly graphic in parts, brutal. Nobody in this is a good person. Proper shades of Dead Man's Shoes at time, although nothing is in that level in the genre, nor will it ever be.

 

Let down somewhat by an ending which I didn't mind but could see a fair few not going along with, but if you can ignore that last five, it's a fucking great ride. Top film.

 

4/5

 

I thought this was absolutely incredible. I think I said 'oh fuuucccckk' out loud about 10 times during the course of it. 'Dead Mans Shoes' feels like the obvious reference point but it really reminded me of 'Sexy Beast'. Maskells performance has that same deranged intensity as Ben Kingsley in that. 

 

I thought the ending worked really well and fitted with the rest of the film. But I agree some viewers might feel short-changed or something.

 

One of the best of the year so far and I'd love to see it with an audience.

 

5/5

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Death on the Nile (1979) - Good fun, and a reminder of how an all star cast can improve a film. Also includes my new favourite zinger, Niven to Ustinov - 'I forgot about your opinion of yourself'. 4/5

 

Trouble Man (1972) - Trouble Man could be the best soundtrack of all time, it could even be the coolest album of all time. Yet the film barely uses it from what I could hear, absolute madness. It's a competent enough film, even if it lacks the character of the best films in the genre. The most curious thing is how little you ever find out about the main character, he's a fixer of some sort but that's it, feels like they never really considered it compared to something like Shaft or Superfly.

 

"There's only three things in life...taxes, death and trouble". 3/5

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All the Old Knives

 

Difficult to talk about this without spoiling anything, but this was very good.

 

4/5

 

Spoiler

I absolutely loved that from the very beginning the film sets the viewer up. It gives you everything you need to know from the opening conversation between Pine's and Fishburne's characters to comfortably watch the film, smugly satisfied that you know exactly how it will all play out, and then in the last ten minutes the movie gets to the why of it all. :hat:

 

It's on Amazon Prime right now.

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Ghostbusters Afterlife

 

Decent revisit to those halcyon days of heart-filled family adventures, and Stranger Things too of course.  Just the right amount of schmaltz and throwbacks.  Nice score.  Good casting - the young girl in particular was really good.  I wasn’t totally sold on the setting, which didn’t sell what was at stake enough?  Maybe need to think about that some more.  Buuut, yup, really solid.

 

4

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Enjoyed Bull even if it was the most grimy film I have seen in a long time.

 

Perhaps too many glasses of wine had me scratching my head at the ending 

Spoiler

So why was his son was suddenly ten years older ? What was the burying part about ? Who was the guy they shot on fire ?

 

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Spoiler

He'd been dead for 10yrs, that was where Bull was buried after they set him on fire and killed him. 

 

Yes it was Bull and the end confirms he's been in Hell and somehow got out to exact his revenge. 

@Orion

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Body of Lies (2008)

 

Supposed to be bottom-tier Scott, but I found it to be pretty watchable, with Crowe's performance as the CIA Head of East playing the affable dickhead boss to DiCaprio's CIA agent on the ground. Mark Strong was also excellent, despite the fact he was tanned up to play a Jordanian (Oscar Isaac also features as an Iraqi) and damn if that didn't make me feel conflicted. 


Anyway, a solid film that is well above the turgid nonsense of Alien: Covenant and Prometheus.

3/5

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Nightmare Alley 

 

I have it in my head that this reviewed poorly, but my wife wanted to see it. 

 

I really enjoyed it. Stellar cast, along with loads of "oo, that's him out of that thing", all doing a great job. Really well shot, with some art deco scenery porn. Decent enough story that keeps your interest throughout. Did seem to drag a little in places, but I was entertained overall. 

 

A solid 4/5

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Rambo First Blood Part II - 4k

 

80's classic - thin sound but pretty good 4k representation here. 90 minutes all killer no filler. Not a patch on the first film of course, but better than extreme mullet Rambo part 3

 

4/5

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Threads

 

I had some idea of such an attack’s aftermath, but this was still grim viewing despite my incomplete knowledge.  Absolutely harrowing stuff.  A tremendous, urgent style of editing, helped keep this really compelling throughout too.  Certain scenes like the runs on supermarkets particularly resonated, given early COVID times - and of course, the current Russia-related conflict.  Bloody hell.

 

4

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3 hours ago, Fireproofradiator said:

Threads is a 5.

 

The Lost City

It’s Romancing the Stone basically but Bullock and Tatum are as good as Turner and Douglas and it’s very warm, funny and charming. Bonus point for being original IP.

Eh....

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Metal Lords (Netflix)

 

Starts really awkwardly then gets a bit better, but it's not as good as the premise might lead you to believe. God knows what the budget was for this, the cast list goes on forever. It does have one or two laughs though. Given it's subject matter it'll probably end up being a cult classic at some point.

 

1.5/5

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On 04/08/2020 at 11:00, ZOK said:

Showgirls - 5/5

 

This cropped up on MUBI as a rediscovered classic, and by crikey they got that right. Not seen it before and I loved it, a totally bonkers whirlwind of neon dramarama. None of it really makes any sense, and who cares - the girl’s just got to dance to get ahead, and get ahead to dance. Plus some other unsavoury activities. Viva Las Vegas!


This has cropped up on MUBI again and it got me reading about the film, this is a great article from the BBC I thought on the film’s various reappraisals:

 

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20200714-how-showgirls-told-the-truth-about-americas-foul-misogyny

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