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Everything Everywhere All at Once 

 

So I went into this pretty damn blind. Just really riding the hype train without much knowledge of what to expect. 
 

I liked it and I respect what they tried to do. It managed to be both light-hearted and humorous while still delivering an interesting moral message. 
 

What I would say is that the pendulum swings from the really quite ridiculous humour to the hard hitting moral message, and the transitional phase is basically 20 odd minutes of what felt like quite needless kung-fu. The ending wrap up of hammering home the message felt a bit laboured and stretched. The transition didn’t feel all go natural either. 
 

That said these are mostly minor niggles and I enjoyed it for the most part and admired the ambition, even if lacked a tiny bit in execution. 
 

3.5/5 

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Black Widow - Disney + IMAX edition

 

Quite enjoyed some of it, the dialogue seemed genuine amongst the ridiculousness.

 

2.5/5 (you could probably add another 1.5 if you like this stuff, I gave up this Marvel lark with Iron Man 2)

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1 hour ago, englishbob said:

Black Widow - Disney + IMAX edition

 

Quite enjoyed some of it, the dialogue seemed genuine amongst the ridiculousness.

 

2.5/5 (you could probably add another 1.5 if you like this stuff, I gave up this Marvel lark with Iron Man 2)

I would take-off 1.5 because I like this stuff. I thought it was an awful film. 

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Prometheus (2012) DNF/5

 

Man, I am struggling with this. I vaguely knew it was divisive, and that it relates to Alien or something, somehow (?), but mostly forgot all that and was just enjoying it until the absolute litany of stupid decisions by characters about a third of the way through. I'll normally watch any old shit while I'm on the treadmill but I'm not convinced this is worth the effort. 

 

edit - this prompted me to read a wiki synopsis. Strewth.

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43 minutes ago, TehStu said:

Prometheus (2012) DNF/5

 

Man, I am struggling with this. I vaguely knew it was divisive, and that it relates to Alien or something, somehow (?), but mostly forgot all that and was just enjoying it until the absolute litany of stupid decisions by characters about a third of the way through. I'll normally watch any old shit while I'm on the treadmill but I'm not convinced this is worth the effort. 

 

edit - this prompted me to read a wiki synopsis. Strewth.

It's stupid decisions the movie.

 

She doesn't run sideways. 

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1 hour ago, TehStu said:

Prometheus (2012) DNF/5

 

Man, I am struggling with this. I vaguely knew it was divisive, and that it relates to Alien or something, somehow (?), but mostly forgot all that and was just enjoying it until the absolute litany of stupid decisions by characters about a third of the way through. I'll normally watch any old shit while I'm on the treadmill but I'm not convinced this is worth the effort. 

 

edit - this prompted me to read a wiki synopsis. Strewth.

Say what you like about it, it’s Citizen Kane compared to Alien Covenant. 

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The Souvenir Part II - 4.5/5 

 

Just really fucking good, a film makers film. Some might find it pretentious but I found it very moving and it's great to see a British film actually doing something different with the medium compared to a lot of the typical types of films that come out of our industry. Part I is essential viewing beforehand.

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Tony Hawk: Until the Wheels Fall Off - 4/5 (Sky Documentaries)

 

A look at the life and times of skateboarding’s Birdman. The footage is excellent (and brutal in places), with honest contributions from his family and peers.


The focus is very much on Hawk’s career, with only allusions to moments in his private life. Some reviews suggest this is a flaw of the film, but I didn’t have an issue with swerving the more ‘gossipy’ elements, obviously YMMV. 

 

Overall I loved it. I’ve never skated but find the culture and a lot of the people involved fascinating. Seeing the levels Hawk pushes to and the physical cost does get addressed; some may find it selfish, others will see the beauty in the pursuit. The side you fall on will likely decide your enjoyment. I found the film to be equal parts thrilling and poignant.

 

The doc also features Rodney Mullen, who comes across as the most chill dude that ever did skate. Smiled every time he appeared, could listen to him all day.

 

(#382)

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39 minutes ago, glb said:

Tony Hawk: Until the Wheels Fall Off - 4/5 (Sky Documentaries)

 

A look at the life and times of skateboarding’s Birdman. The footage is excellent (and brutal in places), with honest contributions from his family and peers.


The focus is very much on Hawk’s career, with only allusions to moments in his private life. Some reviews suggest this is a flaw of the film, but I didn’t have an issue with swerving the more ‘gossipy’ elements, obviously YMMV. 

 

Overall I loved it. I’ve never skated but find the culture and a lot of the people involved fascinating. Seeing the levels Hawk pushes to and the physical cost does get addressed; some may find it selfish, others will see the beauty in the pursuit. The side you fall on will likely decide your enjoyment. I found the film to be equal parts thrilling and poignant.

 

The doc also features Rodney Mullen, who comes across as the most chill dude that ever did skate. Smiled every time he appeared, could listen to him all day.

 

(#382)

 

Mullen is the man. His sections in the doc Bones Brigade by Stacey Peralta are mesmerising.

 

Sample quote:

Rodney Mullen: Tony Hawk won everything; or close to it. That creates so much more pressure because there's no gratification in winning - there's only upholding something so that you don't lose it. And it is staggering. It usurps the joy of it. It's like a Kafka short story. You, you, you... build something but you can't live in the house because you sit around guarding it.

 

He's an elequent man, and, for my money, an astonishing skateboarder.

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Hawk the Slayer - 0.2/5

 

I had heard this was so bad it was good? No, just bad. I did like two of the magic effects - the storm of fireballs, which was somebody opening the door and chucking a lot of ping pong balls into the room, and the bad guy that got encased in an impenetrable cocoon of silly string (sprayed straight from the can). For each of those it gets 0.1 points.

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2 hours ago, Festoon said:

 

Mullen is the man. His sections in the doc Bones Brigade by Stacey Peralta are mesmerising.

 

Sample quote:

Rodney Mullen: Tony Hawk won everything; or close to it. That creates so much more pressure because there's no gratification in winning - there's only upholding something so that you don't lose it. And it is staggering. It usurps the joy of it. It's like a Kafka short story. You, you, you... build something but you can't live in the house because you sit around guarding it.

 

He's an elequent man, and, for my money, an astonishing skateboarder.


Thank you for posting that; I’ve only known him through the Tony Hawk games and a few YouTube clips, so had no idea how interesting he actually is and your post underlines that. 
 

Will seek out the Bones Brigade docs (BB do get mentioned a fair bit in Until the Wheels Come Off - Peralta comes across really well too)

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2 hours ago, glb said:


Thank you for posting that; I’ve only known him through the Tony Hawk games and a few YouTube clips, so had no idea how interesting he actually is and your post underlines that. 
 

Will seek out the Bones Brigade docs (BB do get mentioned a fair bit in Until the Wheels Come Off - Peralta comes across really well too)

 

Cheers man. It's really great. I preferred it to Dogtown and Z-boys as it goes into more detail on the people.

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Senior Year - Netflix (2022)

 

Cheerleader lands in a coma and wakes up 20 years later and the world is totally different. Still decides to go back to school because she needs to become prom queen. 

 

1/5 avoid at all cost. 

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17 hours ago, SeanR said:

Blue Thunder (1983) 4/5

 

it’s about the helicopter, but also NOT about the helicopter

 

I adore this film, one of the few films we had on Betamax! 


The first reveal of the chopper is 😍

 

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The script is pure class and has some amazing action sequences  

 

click, click.. catch you later!

 

 

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5 hours ago, Rayn said:

Senior Year - Netflix (2022)

 

Cheerleader lands in a coma and wakes up 20 years later and the world is totally different. Still decides to go back to school because she needs to become prom queen. 

 

1/5 avoid at all cost. 

 

Dodged a bullet last night then when the wife said 'it might be good' but we decided not to bother.

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On 07/05/2022 at 11:21, ZOK said:

The Truffle Hunters - 5/5 (BBC iPlayer)

 

This Storyville documentary is indescribably good. It’s about truffle hunters and their dogs in Italy, and every shot is like a painting come to life. A fascinating cast of characters, both human and animal, make this an unmissable dig into a very particular style of rural life.

This was magical. Thank you.

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On 19/05/2022 at 10:13, glb said:


Thank you for posting that; I’ve only known him through the Tony Hawk games and a few YouTube clips, so had no idea how interesting he actually is and your post underlines that. 
 

Will seek out the Bones Brigade docs (BB do get mentioned a fair bit in Until the Wheels Come Off - Peralta comes across really well too)

Mullen is indeed a super interesting guy. He did a couple of cool TED talks a while back too in case you’re interested. 

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1 hour ago, barkbat said:

This was magical. Thank you.


It’s amazing isn’t it? So glad people are digging (ho ho!) this, it’s a really special film I think.

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Fiddler on the Roof - There's very few bits of media out there with a message about respecting tradition, mostly we get the Disney princess individualism, "fuck your parents and your society, go and do your own thing". Well poor Teyve lives in a world where his daughter went off and turned society upside down. It's a good reminder that even though in Western Europe the ripping up of the old gave us the Enlightenment, modern political structures, etc, a few hundred miles further east (this is set near Kyiv) it didn't work out so well. About half an hour too long, but for something over 50 years old, this hasn't aged a bit. 4/5

 

Naucisaa: Valley of the Wind - This is wonderful, I haven't actually seen any pre-2000s Ghibli tbh, something that I'll now be correcting, I appreciated the ones I'd seen (Spirited, Howl) but they didn't really entice me to seek out more. The world is so imaginative, and you can see that it was really influential on a whole bunch of media since, Final Fantasy, Panzer Dragoon - I mean even the Scarlet Rot from Elden Ring is just the Sea of Decay. A nice little ecological fable that still feels contemporary despite being nearly 40 years old. 5/5

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Nobody

 

4/5

 

Bob Odenkirk, Christopher Lloyd and RZA get the band back together to kick chumps through windows and shoot Russian gang sorts in the face for 92 minutes

 

A very fun, daft and snappy throwback action man-puncher with zero fat and some great performances.

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Everything Everywhere all at Once - 5/5.

 

Stupid, brilliant, bonkers, funny, inventive, original, sad, sweet.

 

Just an absolute joy and an amazing piece of film-making. 

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God knows why it suddenly appeared in my mind, but I had an urgent desire to watch the original Vampire Hunter D from 1985.

 

Sure, it's not a theatrical movie and it clearly had an animation budget of approximately £5 (or the Yen equivalent), but it's still an enjoyable 70-odd minutes. 

 

I mean, it's got ghastly dialogue, absolutely daft fan-service and the story makes fuck-all sense unless you've done a little bit of research on the character, but it's still worth-while giving it a look, because some of the art design is fantastic and holds up really well.

 

I guess because of the budget constraints, there's a real interesting choice of very limited colour palette, and whilst the majority of the animation is fairly basic (I mean, it's standard fare of the period really), there are a few moments where they presumably found a little extra money to use and you get some really cool stuff going on. 

 

Anyway, it's a fun thing and worth watching simply to watch in utter confusion when D's hand starts talking and eating things. No, I don't get it either.

 

3/5  

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Everything Everywhere All At Once 4/5 - great film, but a point off for the odd part that dragged.

 

Jackass 4.5 3/5 - exactly what I expected, stuff not good enough for the final cut. Still made me laugh / wince / nearly vomit.

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Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers (2022)

 

A Disney+ original. Directed by Akiva Schaffer and featuring the voices of Andy Samberg and Jorma Taccone so it's another The Lonely Island film.

 

It says for 9+ but there are some clever jokes for parents throughout and some fantastically knowing cameos from various animated characters from popular media 

Spoiler

Ugly Sonic was a highlight!

 

The animation is really good and the story moves along at a good pace.

 

3.5 / 5

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