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Spontaneous (2020) Netflix

Yet another coming-of-age flick and while the premise sounds stupid I found it to work surprisingly well. 

The main gimmick here is that kids start blowing up in a pool of bloody mess without any forewarning and nobody knows who's next. While it's gory at times the movie rather sets its focus on the way the kids are handling the situation and living life as if every day is your last day suddenly feels natural and believeable. 

I found it surprisingly entertaining from the opening scene and it keeps getting better until the last third where it halts to a stop and things are getting a bit too predictable. 

Overall a good watch and one to watch together if you've got teenagers in the house.

3/5

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Top Gun (the old one). 

 

My wife was watching this last night so I got swept along for the ride. 

 

It's an 80s movie in so many ways. Cringe inducing, amateurish and with nothing to say. And with a nostalgic soundtrack. 

 

It's rubbish that looks and sounds nice in places. 

 

Tom Cruise isn't handsome yet, and the characters are as flat as it's possible to get. 

 

There's some emotional payoff for teenagersi guess. 

 

I don't have any memories of enjoying this as a kid, so I guess I'm missing the nostalgia factor. 

 

2/5

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Paddington 2

 

Watched this again. I think the best thing to come out of the Jubilee celebrations were the reminder about the Paddington films and how there absolutely must be a 3rd one. So yeah I watched this again for the second time and it's just as good as it was then. I think part of the magic is just how nobody really acknowledges the absurdity of a single bear living among everyone, he's treated the same as everyone else. Then you have Hugh Grant who I think seems to getting into this role more than any other role of his before, he's 100% committed to playing such a over the top character, it's almost Jack Sparrow-esque in parts. 

 

It's kind of cheesy tripe in so many ways but I can't help but enjoy it, perhaps a guilty pleasure.

 

3/5 (for those that don't know my reviews. 3 is a VERY good score!)

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One Man And His Shoes - 3/5 (iPlayer)

 

What starts out as a quite interesting doc about the origin of Air Jordans (Nike didn’t cap Jordan’s royalties in their original contract :lol:) morphs into an equally interesting look at how the same trainers became life and death for some US teens.

 

Minding the Gap - 4/5 (iPlayer)

 

Oscar-nominated doc about a trio skateboarding friends that quickly gives way to being a pretty brutal look at nature Vs nurture, set against the backdrop of growing up and not always coping with doing so. Footage shot over 12 years, it’s like Boyhood but in real life! Fascinating throughout. On iPlayer for another two weeks.

 

Hustle - 3/5 (Netflix)

 

I really enjoyed this. And also came away wishing Adam Sandler acted in more dramas because he comes across as being so effortlessly good at it.

 

As sporting underdog films go it’s pretty by-the-numbers (it reminds me of Warrior in tone and likability) but the central relationship between Sandler’s Stanley and potential superstar Bo is completely charming. Queen Latifah, Ben Foster and a cast of NBA superstars add plenty to the mix to keep the film humming along.

 

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Matrix resurrections

 

I saw this was on sky so I put it on.  I loved the first and hated the sequels so I went in with trepidation.  I thought this was fucking terrible, like really fucking terrible.  There was an hour plus of exposition that offered nothing; half the film!  I don't know if it was age of actors or budget or what but the 'action' scenes felt straight to dvd quality trash.

 

I actually think this film deserves 0 out of 5.  It's just not a good film.  It would have made more sense if van damme was in the lead or something and it popped up on netflix costing 500k.   I genuinely think I could have done a better job with the fight scenes. 

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On 08/06/2022 at 05:18, Capwn said:

Paddington 2

 

 

3/5 (for those that don't know my reviews. 3 is a VERY good score!)

Nah. I don't care for your caveat. Paddington deserves better from you.

 

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10 hours ago, tenrou said:

Matrix resurrections

 

I saw this was on sky so I put it on.  I loved the first and hated the sequels so I went in with trepidation.  I thought this was fucking terrible, like really fucking terrible.  There was an hour plus of exposition that offered nothing; half the film!  I don't know if it was age of actors or budget or what but the 'action' scenes felt straight to dvd quality trash.

 

I actually think this film deserves 0 out of 5.  It's just not a good film.  It would have made more sense if van damme was in the lead or something and it popped up on netflix costing 500k.   I genuinely think I could have done a better job with the fight scenes. 

 

 

Its up there with the worst films I've ever seen. 

 

The copy/paste romantic hallmark films my other half watches have more to offer. 

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More 90s films.....

 

Star Trek Generations

 

I don't think this is a favourite amongst hardcore ST fans. I think its great with my two favourite captains (by far) playing off each other brilliantly. Personally, I wouldn't have had the big crash sequence towards the end, but other than that I thoroughly enjoyed this. Really liked McDowall as the villain. 

 

4/5

 

California Man

 

I heard this was a bit of in overlooked gem. Well, maybe I'm just too old but I fond this barely mediocre. There is some fun to be had, but it isn't fit to lick of the boots of something like Bill and Teds. I watched American Pie the other week and found that to be a much better film. 

 

2/5

 

The Long Kiss Goodnight

 

Oh dear. I mean, this is good, really really good in fact, but that is down to the first rate performances and direction. The script though. Most of it feels like something a 14 year old boy who thought he was edgy and cool would write. Its such a shame as this would be an action classic if not for some of the terrible lines. Thank goodness Harlin knows what he is doing. Then we have Davis and Jackson on brilliant form with good support from the likes of Morse and Cox.

 

4/5

 

Affliction

 

I had never heard of this. Some great performances (including an Oscar winning turn from James Coburn) but they are undermined by  what is an incredibly confused mess of a film.  It reminded me of The Book of Boba Fett in its untidy approach to simple story telling and plot. Its nicely shot and in other hands could have been a very intersting movie.

 

2/5

 

The Sixth Sense

 

For many this is MNS's finest hour. Willis gives one of his best ever performances and Osment is a revelation as the young boy who is seeing something very odd. When I first watched the film I didn't see the twist coming, but on this rewatch it seems totally obvious. I found it to be an enthralling film with an intriguing premise. 

 

4.5/5

 

Sleepy Hollow

 

A fun if by the numbers Burton/Depp film which looks absolutely fantastic. You know what you are getting here - gothic dialled up to 11, an odd central character and loads of bizarre situations. Took me a while to work out it was Johnny from Starship Troopers in one of the lead roles. I enjoyed this a fair bit, but it never surprised me.

 

3.5/5

 

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On 08/06/2022 at 22:51, tenrou said:

Matrix resurrections

 

I saw this was on sky so I put it on.  I loved the first and hated the sequels so I went in with trepidation.  I thought this was fucking terrible, like really fucking terrible.  There was an hour plus of exposition that offered nothing; half the film!  I don't know if it was age of actors or budget or what but the 'action' scenes felt straight to dvd quality trash.

 

I actually think this film deserves 0 out of 5.  It's just not a good film.  It would have made more sense if van damme was in the lead or something and it popped up on netflix costing 500k.   I genuinely think I could have done a better job with the fight scenes. 


Lol. I rather enjoyed its slightly value-brand mix of silliness and sentimentality. No worse than the other sequels though.

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On 08/06/2022 at 22:51, tenrou said:

Matrix resurrections

 

I saw this was on sky so I put it on.  I loved the first and hated the sequels so I went in with trepidation.  I thought this was fucking terrible, like really fucking terrible.  There was an hour plus of exposition that offered nothing; half the film!  I don't know if it was age of actors or budget or what but the 'action' scenes felt straight to dvd quality trash.

 

I actually think this film deserves 0 out of 5.  It's just not a good film.  It would have made more sense if van damme was in the lead or something and it popped up on netflix costing 500k.   I genuinely think I could have done a better job with the fight scenes. 

Fuck me I think this may be the worst film I’ve seen in 10 years. 
 

Absolutely non-sensical plot and pretty much zero drama/danger for the characters. If they insist on making more Matrix films I think they should Rogue One it and do supplementary stories in and around the main story. Which would be pretty much what Enter the Matrix was attempting to do. 

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On 08/06/2022 at 22:51, tenrou said:

Matrix resurrections

 

I saw this was on sky so I put it on.  I loved the first and hated the sequels so I went in with trepidation.  I thought this was fucking terrible, like really fucking terrible.  There was an hour plus of exposition that offered nothing; half the film!  I don't know if it was age of actors or budget or what but the 'action' scenes felt straight to dvd quality trash.

 

I actually think this film deserves 0 out of 5.  It's just not a good film.  It would have made more sense if van damme was in the lead or something and it popped up on netflix costing 500k.   I genuinely think I could have done a better job with the fight scenes. 

 

I don't think anyone can make a film today for 500k

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Pig

 

Wasn't really sure what to expect from this movie. Initially it didn't really green me but it builds up subtly. 

 

It looks and sounds lovely, and I ended up really liking it. 

 

4/5

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Pop quiz, hotshot!

 

When trying to decide on a Saturday afternoon matinée I saw that a 4k version of

 

Speed

 

was on Amazon Prime, so that was the natural choice. Is this the most 90s action movie ever? I was surprised to find the music sounds really similar to Metal Gear Solid 2. Harry Gregson Williams is obviously a hack. Or just all 90s action movie music wanted to be like Speed.

 

Anyway. I'm going home to have sex/10

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Just laughed out loud as I'd forgotten about the bit with the guy relaying what Keanu was saying on the phone

 

Spoiler

"FUCK ME"

 

A beat...

 

"...Oh darn"

 

:lol:

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I skimmed through it on Prime recently too. Pretty hammy by today's standards but still good fun.

 

Spoiler

Harry: "Shoot the hostage..."

Jack: *fires*

Harry: "Argh! ...You fuck!"

Jack: *shrugs*

 

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I'm sorry i have to mention one more, it's been so long since I've seen this

 

Spoiler

The tourist guy after their death defying jump and when they get to the airport:

 

"We're at the airport. I've already seen the airport."

 

Brilliant.

 

The ham is perfection. Today's "standards" are lame.

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And actually it's funny because, while it is on the hammy side, characters actually act with genuinely believable emotion at all the crazy shit going on. And Keanu isn't just stoic cop all the time and loses his shit completely at one point.

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Sherlock Holmes - this is the noisy 2009 Robert Downey Jr version, that's heavy on fistfights and low on subtlety. It's two hours of nonsense that passes agreeably enough - RDJ's Sherlock is a bit charmless and it's let down by some very dodgy green screen work at the end but it sets up a decent mystery and after a fair bit of running around and punching fools the appropriate resolution is reached. I'll have forgotten it all by this time next week.

 

It's interesting to see how this might have influenced the (far superior) BBC Sherlock series that aired a year or so later. The "Sherlock vision" segments are almost the same, Martin Freeman's performance as Watson in the later version is seemingly modelled almost exactly on Jude Law here, and the music is bizarrely similar. I'd take Cumberbatch over Downey Jr in the lead role any day, though.

 

2/5

 

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