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From the folks behind Host is another claustrophobic horror that plays with modern media and is built for the small screen. It's good, surprisingly messy and, for better or worse, the characters will stay with you. Of course there are plot holes, but who cares?

 

3/5

 

Dr Strange and the Multiverse of Madness

 

Not actually as mad as I'd expected, though has some lovely vfx sequences. And others that looked a bit budget compared to the Marvel standard. The story was a flimsy wrapper for set pieces, some of which were cute and inventive. Some of which were boring, despite some creativity clearly being involved.

 

I don't feel like I needed to watch this one for any greater MCU significance, but it had some fun cameos.

 

2.5/5

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Moontrap (1989)

Walter Koenig and Bruce Campbell are a couple of astronauts getting into some mystery involving robots on the moon. It sounds like the perfect B-movie premise with the right cast. Sadly despite some decent robot designs, this wasn't engaging, exciting or fun, the low budget stretched to breaking point.

 

1.5/5

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Hitchcock Filmography - 3/53

 

The Ring (1927)

 

A tale of love, infidelity, jealousy and redemption, but ultimately wrapped up in a fairly standard affair in terms of story.

 

After a very slow opening the film started to find its groove around 30 minutes in when the love triangle starts to rear its head and the tension between Jack and Bob starts to simmer.

 

Carl Brisons performance holds the whole film together, his facial expressions are great and he can do that crazed jealous look so well, especially with his eyes which are extremely emotive.

 

The boxing match at the end went on longer than I expected which was nice to see, a bit comical looking but I attribute that mainly to it being in the 1920s where the rules and styles were very different. It actually had a very Rocky-esq finish to it, I found myself engaged with what was going on and with the outcome of the fight.

 

The music is very good, there's a nice repeating ditty throughout that's very catchy and works very well. Not sure if it's the original music or a restored/newer scored, but it worked well.

 

You can see glimpses of Hitchcock in this, but it's nowhere near on the level of his previous film The Lodger, which was brimming with his style.

 

Overall, I actually enjoyed it more than the first 30 minutes seemed to be suggest I would, but ultimately, it's a fairly substandard story that doesn't do anything too creative.

 

3/5

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The Nightingale

 

Fuck posh English empire builders!  This was so so good, with a few surprises in its tale and not going quite the way I expected it would, which was welcome.  Highly recommended.

 

4

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Elvis - 4/5

 

For some reason I have always been fascinated by music biopics and over the years I have had a passing interest in Elvis, so took myself to watch it this afternoon.  Absolutely loved it to the extent I watched two documentary’s this evening and ordered a biography off Amazon to read up and learn more.

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The French Connection

 

Never actually watched this before, despite being familiar with Friedkin's other works. Absolutely mesmerising, grotty and nihilistic tale of obsession.

 

5/5

 

Also a rewatch of

 

Who Framed Roger Rabbit 

 

Stunning in 4k, and still an absolute classic

 

5/5

 

And finally

 

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

 

Felt like a missed opportunity to truly do something off the wall different, as it just falls back on the same tired old Marvel formula with a few Raimi flourishes and is full of really stupid stuff.

 

2/5

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On 06/06/2022 at 20:50, ZOK said:

Respect - 2.5/5 (Amazon Prime)

 

This is the Aretha Franklin story, and it is a funny old film…it starts off completely by the numbers, and apart from the odd hiccup that’s exactly how it stays for two and a half ponderous hours. Everyone puts in okay turns as the people they are supposed to be, but unless you specifically know who they are they may as well be playing themselves, from Mary J Blige to Marc Maron to Forrest Whittaker, it’s really just them being them. And as this is just Hallmark Channel fare with a mega budget it doesn’t really matter anyway. If you know her story there are no real surprises, and I suspect that’s the case if you don’t know it too.

 

What makes it worth the watch is Jennifer Hudson as Aretha, who barely changes expression throughout the movie. Except for when she’s singing, and these bits are flipping brilliant. To be honest I’d rather they’d included twice as many numbers and half as many characters, it would have been a lot better.

 

It’s hard to recommend this at all…maybe just fast forward through to the songs. And then watch What’s Love Got to Do with It to see how this sort of stuff should really be done.


I’ve been curious about this since it was getting promoted, as the clips they always showed focused on the creation of the title song - did they at any point make it clear in the movie that it’s originally an Otis Redding song?

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On 24/06/2022 at 23:19, Triple A said:

The Nightingale

 

Fuck posh English empire builders!  This was so so good, with a few surprises in its tale and not going quite the way I expected it would, which was welcome.  Highly recommended.

 

4

It's a great film but fuck me 'that' scene is brutal.

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23 hours ago, Dark Soldier said:

It's a great film but fuck me 'that' scene is brutal.

Yeah it's grim stuff for sure, perhaps going that bit too far; through that scene, my better half had completely soured on what could have been a goat movie for her.  It doesn't half shine a light on British Empire though.

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9 hours ago, Darwock said:


I’ve been curious about this since it was getting promoted, as the clips they always showed focused on the creation of the title song - did they at any point make it clear in the movie that it’s originally an Otis Redding song?


Yes, they show that.

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Went to see The Black Phone expecting nothing but garbage fun. Turns out to be a really decent modern horror. It feels like a Stephen King classic. Great cinema experience. The marketing makes it look terrible so avoid that.

FOUR OUT OF FIVE FROM ME

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Top Gun: Maverick: 2022

 

Just when you think you've seen the last American flag you see another five.  Some plot hole so large you could sail an aircraft carrier through it. Basically a rehash of the second half of Star Wars.

Still, I enjoyed it.

 

4 oiled up men nipples out of 5

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The French Dispatch - 3.5/5

 

Absolutely beautiful and like watching a painting (like most of Wes Andersons movies) If you aint a fan of his work then you wont like this. I was going to give it 4 but i felt the opening story with Benicio Del Toro was great and the two that followed lacked a bit. (the second being the worst for me)

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19 hours ago, LeighCb said:

Went to see The Black Phone expecting nothing but garbage fun. Turns out to be a really decent modern horror. It feels like a Stephen King classic. Great cinema experience. The marketing makes it look terrible so avoid that.

FOUR OUT OF FIVE FROM ME

 

It's based on a short story that King's son wrote. I'm looking forward to seeing it, but not sure I'll make it to the cinema to see it unfortunately.

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Everything Everywhere All at Once

 

An amazing film in many ways, but I was more impressed technically than anything else. I thought the story was a little too messy overall. Really enjoyed it, though. 4/5

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On 24/06/2022 at 22:52, Jamie John said:

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)

 

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This is the second time I've seen this, and I'm a bit pissed, but is this secretly the best Star Wars film? I thought it was great. High-stakes action, all the feels and a bittersweet ending. Super stuff. Puts most of the sequels to shame.

 

4.5/5

 

It could have been if they swapped the Moff's parts to be Darth Vader instead - to hell with the chain of command if it didn't match - no one cares. Instead we got a shit digital character for a long dead actor for quite a few scenes and Darth Vader for around 45 seconds. Don't even get me started on the digital Leia - otherwise yeah its OK

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36 minutes ago, englishbob said:

 

It could have been if they swapped the Moff's parts to be Darth Vader instead - to hell with the chain of command if it didn't match - no one cares. Instead we got a shit digital character for a long dead actor for quite a few scenes and Darth Vader for around 45 seconds. Don't even get me started on the digital Leia - otherwise yeah its OK

 

Yeah, but when we do eventually get Darth for those 45 seconds he's a mega bad-ass, more so than in any other film. If he'd had lots of screen time up until that point then the scene where he absolutely wrecks every motherfucker would have had less impact. Plus, the more he's on screen, the more noticeably silly his costume becomes. He looks like a hoover.

 

And, to be honest, I got used to Tarkin's CGI pretty quickly. Leia's only there for about 5 seconds anyway.

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Midnight in the Switchgrass

 

Weird movie. Not enough plot for the run time. Bruce Willis was really bad (though that makes sense given the recent news about him) and his character added nothing at all to the film. Megan Fox and Emile Hirsch did their best with a pretty bad script. The camerawork was nice, and the scenes with the villain were effective, but the dialogue was awful and it was full of weird, awkward flashbacks that added nothing. 
 

2/5

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Doctor strange in the multiverse of the evil dead. 

 

This film had some real problems with its protagonist and antagonists.  Wanda is billed as this crazy super being but nothing she did felt like it had any real impact the floaty red stuff never felt like the threat it was portrayed as and this is a problem I'm not sure how they solve if they go down this road of more magic and stuff.  Take the final battle of end game.  For all the lasers and stuff it all looked like it had impact, size light etc.  Wanda had none of that.  Similar issue with Chavez, her power by definition had no direct impact on the person she was fighting.

 

This film had moments I liked but has some significant fundamental flaws in its characters.

 

2.5/5

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Jurassic World Dominion. 

 

Possibly the loudest film I've ever been to. Proper chest moving pounding bass and jurassic roars. Great stuff. I was dragged along against my will,  but I ended up enjoying it. A nonsense story,  a typical Goldblum performance, which is handy because I quite like him.  Good old fashioned entertainment. 3/5

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Look at Me: XXXTentacion
 

Completely stumbled upon this by chance while scrolling through my IPTV provider at midnight trying to find something to keep me awake for the next few hours while my baby slept on me, and I feel like I should preface this saying I’m no fan of X but basically knew most of the story already. I thought it didn’t shy away from a lot of the negativity and felt like an accurate portrayal of his life. I say I’m not a fan, but essentially I mean I don’t regularly listen to his music but I have maaaaaad respect for the influence he made and how meteoric his rise was, and what impact it had on those who followed his journey. Quite phenomenal, and it was well told.
 

Call me an idiot but I’m a fan of 6ix9ine. In a way, Xxxtentacion is more interesting but he was legitimately a scumbag albeit with mental health problems, whereas I’ve never shaken the feeling that 6ix’s character is all an act (that eventually he couldn’t escape) to get rich and famous.

 

The stats regarding streaming plays for X’s music shown at the end of the doc are insane though:  XXXTENTACION is the first hip-hop artist to have three solo songs with over 1 billion streams each on Spotify and his album ‘?’ is the most streamed album ever on the platform. Especially impressive considering I’m pretty sure they took all his songs down for a bit when the court case was brought to like by Pitchfork.

 

4/5 made me SAD!

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Some more 90s movies

 

 

Sirens

 

Kind of an entertaining soft porn movie with excellent performances. Neill and Grant play off each other extremely well. 
 

3/5

 

 

The Truman Show

 

I’d totally forgotten just how good a film this is. Carey in a career best performance, excellent support from Harris. Weir is firing on all cylinders here with pitch perfect direction. The score is fantastic, really enriching the entire film. It’s hard to find fault in what is a mini masterpiece. 
 

5/5

 

 

Good will hunting 

 

My impression of this hasn’t changed much over the years. It’s a good film, not a great one and is mainly saved by Driver and Williams. It certainly never comes close to the heights of Drugstore Cowboy. 
 

3/5


 

Snake Eyes

 

Always had a soft spot for this. I’m a huge fan of De Palma, even his failures are a fun watch for me (well, maybe not Mission to Mars). Cage is in full on Cage mode which can be a bit much at times, but the film is a lot of fun, if utterly preposterous. 
 

4/5

 

 

The Talented Mr Ripley

 

I thought I had seen this before but couldn’t remember any of it. All 3 leads excel in this deftly crafted yarn. I really didn’t know what was going to happen next. Not perfect, but damn good fun

 

3.5/5.


 

Godzilla .

 

The Broderick one. My brother and I were huge fans of this on release. 2014 is better as a movie, but this still has much to recommend it. Most of the effects work holds up and Reno is on great form. Emmerich knows how to build the suspense incredibly well. The weak spot is the script which definitely needed a bit of doctoring. 
 

3.5/5

 

 

 

 

 

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The Big Short. 

 

The crash of 2008 has always fascinated me, and since Margin Call didn't do it for me, I figured I should watch the other movie. 

 

Christian Bale does everything well and he delivered a good performance in this one. Steve Carell on the on the other hand, he really doesn't belong in this movie. The plot is ok but the writing is bad. Old boomer CEO owner guy cursing at autistic Christian Bale intrigued me, I wanted to see old boomer guy kiss Christian Bales ass because he was right all along. He didn't. It was all for nothing. 

 

Again, it must be an insider thing.

 

2/5

 

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Burnt (Netflix - Bradley Cooper/Sienna Miller/Daniel Bruhl/Alicia Vikander/Uma Thurman/Lily James/Emma Thompson [!!!])

 

Stacked casting and great performances, magnificent food porn, lots of shots of London town, and from my limited understanding a good job done regards the portrayal of a kitchen team - except, the script went way over the top with its rockstar framing of the lead, which set the whole thing off kilter - the lead character is wholly unlikeable and the plot is pretty thin.

Still worth a watch though.

 

3

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Last Passenger (2013)

Dougray Scott and a few other passengers find themselves trapped on board a commuter train, trying to figure out what's going on. For a low-budget thriller it does the job albeit a merely average one. At the risk of damning it with faint praise everything here is alright, but a consistent, perfectly watchable alright. 

 

3/5

 

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Interceptor (2022)

Now I like a decent no-nonsense straight-to-streaming actioner as much as anyone, and I've watched enough to know what's good. Sadly this isn't one of them. This is firmly Netflix filler designed to catch the unwary viewer scrolling through. You have a weak baddie, a ludicrous premise poorly backed up, too much down time with useless smack talk. Obviously the single location nature of this limits things a lot but a sound writer and director would work every angle to make it possible. Okay, there are a few bits that work but nowhere near enough to justify a whole film. It's not quite Asylum level awful but certainly not great.

 

2/5

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