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Minions: The Rise of Gru

 

First day of a two week period of annual leave, and, as my eldest (7) and I (41) have been waiting for this since pre-Covid, I took him and my five year old daughter to see this.

 

We all absolutely love the first film (which has a surprisingly big name cast) so had high hopes for this. We weren't disappointed!

 

The whole story of how Gru became a supervillain is all well and good but, let's be honest, the real reason people watch these films is for the little yellow weirdos doing their fantastic slapstick and babbletalk!!

 

The screen was packed for a 10am showing considering the film has been out for a few weeks and I could hear adults laughing throughout as well as loads of children howling at the stupid.

 

Some nice nods to previous films in the series (so technically stuff that is yet to come in Despicable Me) and a brilliant 70s soundtrack.

 

4 MINI-BOSS / 5.

 

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Full Metal Jacket (1987) - 4K UHD BD

 

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This was only the second time I've watched this and I couldn't remember much about the latter half of it at all.

 

I thought the first section, on Paris Island, was brilliantly entertaining. Hartman, the relentless, stentorian and endlessly lyrical senior drill instructor, is such a fantastic creation. At first you hate him, but as the movie progresses you come to grudgingly respect him and what he's trying to do, in much the same way as the recruits themselves. Leonard's transition from witless oaf to deranged killer - 'Born again hard' - is also well-earned and genuinely disturbing. A great performance from an actor I don't recall seeing in anything else since.

 

The second half of the film, initially, I felt suffered by comparison: we lose our two most interesting characters and a lot of the levity that they provided. The film also becomes a lot more episodic as the forward propulsion of the plot takes a backseat. Instead, we are left to just observe how the war has damaged both the once-beautiful landscape and the psyches of the soldiers themselves - it's no coincidence that in this middle part of the film a documentary crew is on screen, wordlessly filming the men. The drama picks up again in the final act, when Joker is reunited with Cowboy, but even this section, when they're pitted against the sniper, feels more like a self-contained vignette than the climactic moment of a longer story.

 

Structurally and narratively, then, it's certainly an unconventional film, but you can imagine that the detachment Kubrick creates from his characters is intentional: these men are not supposed to be individuals, with their own pasts, personalities and emotional baggage; they are all cogs in the much larger machine that is the US Marine Corps, and the manner in which the movie has been created reflects that perfectly.

 

4.5/5

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27 minutes ago, Jamie John said:

A great performance from an actor I don't recall seeing in anything else since.


He’s currently in the Marvel TV universe as The Kingpin and spent a decade doing Law and Order.  You might recognise him from MiB.

 

Great review btw.

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On 22/08/2022 at 14:05, jonamok said:


What do the ending (hashtag) things mean? Sorry if I’m missing the obvious.

 

[jonamok out]

 

Glb is aiming for 1000 films in a year, that's the number he's on.

 

 

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23 hours ago, Jamie John said:

A great performance from an actor I don't recall seeing in anything else since.

 

Uh, if you've seen Men in Black, he's Edgar aka The Bug and he's the comatose serial killer in The Cell. He's been in lots of films, although possibly not very good ones.

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34 minutes ago, Talvalin said:

 

Uh, if you've seen Men in Black, he's Edgar aka The Bug and he's the comatose serial killer in The Cell. He's been in lots of films, although possibly not very good ones.

 

I've seen Men in Black, and yes, of course that's him! Haven't seen The Cell, though.

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On 22/08/2022 at 14:05, jonamok said:


What do the ending (hashtag) things mean? Sorry if I’m missing the obvious.

 

[jonamok out]

 

The hashtags are just me noting the films I've watched this year. Did start the year seeing if I could watch 1,000, but think I might be a few short, unless I can do a few marathons in the autumn/winter.

 

Class of 1984 - 2/5 (Prime)

 

In watching so many films, some work-related, a lot not, it means I go down genre/era rabbit holes (last week I've watched a handful of Amityville TV movie spin-offs because... reasons) This probably falls under 80s panic cinema; it starts out as looking like it will be a social commentary about directionless US yoofs but quickly become Death Wish but in a high school. None of it makes much sense in term of real world logic, but it's pretty entertaining throughout - think cult film playing at a local indie with audience participation. The ending is fantastically OTT too, with the film bookended by a pretty literal Alice Cooper ditty.

 

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20 hours ago, Stigweard said:

 

Glb is aiming for 1000 films in a year, that's the number he's on.

 

 

 

Ah, didn't see Stigweard had replied! Sorry thread. But yeah, aiming high with my ambitions in life this year. Currently need to watch about three a day to reach 1,000. I'm not doing it again, but come this far so might as well see how many I can reach.

 

Don't try this at home. Or do if you've got a comfy armchair.

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36 minutes ago, glb said:

 

The hashtags are just me noting the films I've watched this year. Did start the year seeing if I could watch 1,000, but think I might be a few short, unless I can do a few marathons in the autumn/winter.

 

Class of 1984 - 2/5 (Prime)

 

In watching so many films, some work-related, a lot not, it means I go down genre/era rabbit holes (last week I've watched a handful of Amityville TV movie spin-offs because... reasons) This probably falls under 80s panic cinema; it starts out as looking like it will be a social commentary about directionless US yoofs but quickly become Death Wish but in a high school. None of it makes much sense in term of real world logic, but it's pretty entertaining throughout - think cult film playing at a local indie with audience participation. The ending is fantastically OTT too, with the film bookended by a pretty literal Alice Cooper ditty.

 

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I LOVE Class of 1984.

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Runaway Car (1997)

It's easy to mock this TV film about three people and a baby trapped in a car that will not stop, but I found myself strangely compelled by it. There are some genuine thrills, albeit in a limited made-for-TV sort of way. Mind you, there are plenty of "what the hell are they doing?" moments too, but it's such a ludicrous premise you've already suspended your disbelief enough to accept it, at least you're advised to not question the whole thing too hard. Liked it a lot more than I thought I would. 

 

3/5

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Bullet Train

 

I think it’s trying to be a mix of John Wick, Lock Stock and Pulp Fiction.

 

It just about works but some of the jokes don’t work first time let alone second or third.

 

3/5

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5 hours ago, ZOK said:


I LOVE Class of 1984.

 

It's fun film. I was this close to giving it a 3/5. Watched Dead Heat afterwards for a lovely, schlocky 80s double-bill.

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Dog - 3/5 (Prime)

 

Channing Tatum's directorial debut (well, co-directorial, alongside Reid Carolin) is a pretty gentle comedy drama about a US Army Ranger who has to escort a military dog Lulu, to her handler's funeral. It's a buddy road-trip movie, with Tatum being his usual charming self, alongside some good dog japes and fun cameos. I liked it, an enjoyable way to end the day's viewing (unless I squeeze something else in tonight)

 

Also, because I know some will want to know the fate of the Lulu before going in:

 

Spoiler

Lulu survives the film :wub:

 

 

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7 hours ago, glb said:

 

The hashtags are just me noting the films I've watched this year. Did start the year seeing if I could watch 1,000, but think I might be a few short, unless I can do a few marathons in the autumn/winter.

 

Class of 1984 - 2/5 (Prime)

 

In watching so many films, some work-related, a lot not, it means I go down genre/era rabbit holes (last week I've watched a handful of Amityville TV movie spin-offs because... reasons) This probably falls under 80s panic cinema; it starts out as looking like it will be a social commentary about directionless US yoofs but quickly become Death Wish but in a high school. None of it makes much sense in term of real world logic, but it's pretty entertaining throughout - think cult film playing at a local indie with audience participation. The ending is fantastically OTT too, with the film bookended by a pretty literal Alice Cooper ditty.

 

(#620)


A genre classic. Bettered a few years later with 'The Principal' starring James Belushi. But that toilet scene with the sink and Roddy's performance are still eminently watchable.

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Nope (2022)

Loved it. Not the biggest Peele fan, but ths hit all the right buttons for me.  Pure spectical.  And, special bonus point for Michael Wincott, whom I swore died years ago.

 

6 yudas horses out of 5 (the extra on for Michael Wincott)

 

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Moonfall 3/5 I have to say, I actually enjoyed this. It’s not a baaaaad film, it’s actually quite good. It won’t win any awards, nor will the critics praise it. But… it’s the culmination of everything Roland Emmerich has done with a script, a camera, actors, and special effects to date. 
 

i especially like all the Easter eggs and callbacks.

 

They even quote Robocop.

 

Spider-Man: Into the Multiverse 5/5 gets better on each subsequent viewing. If it were live action they’d be calling it the best marvel movie.

 

Ted Ted 2 3/5 it has problems, no doubt, but hey, it is what it is, and anyway San fucking Jones!

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Finding Vivian Maier - 4/5 (Prime)

 

A stunning doc about a young historian who buys some negatives by chance at an auction, which results in him bringing an undiscovered genius of street photography to public awareness. The film follows his investigations into her life and works, and the reminiscences of her charges as a nanny, the job which allowed her the freedom to shoot.

 

If you find humans interesting, this film is gold. 

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Fresh Dressed - 3/5 (Prime)

 

Breezy documentary about hip hop fashion, with some good talking heads (Kid ‘n Play!) Some fine drip on display, and the soundtrack is head-bobbingly good. Nothing majorly revealing unless you’re completely new to the scene but a fun way to spend 90 minutes if you’ve got even a passing interest in hip hop culture.

 

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Orphan: First Kill

 

I never expected this to be that great but holy shit I didn't expect it to be that bad.

 

The first one has a huge twist and they try to replicate something on that level in this too but it was at that point that I completely checked out because it was beyond stupid. There's no gravitas to it at all and they even try to be clever with some symbolism earlier in the film alluding to it, but I just found myself shrugging my shoulders over this supposed huge twist. I bet they felt really smart writing it.

 

I would have liked there to be a little more build to the "First Kill" too. I thought the film might have focussed more on the gradual break down of Esther, been creepier and unsettling, leading us to that all important first time. But nope, she's literally a killer from the get go and this film is more of a slasher than anything. It kind of makes the title redundant because this quite clearly wasn't her "First Kill".

 

If you've seen Orphan, you know how this would end but the journey to get there was tedious, boring, uninspired and stupid. 

 

This movie is pointless.

 

1/5

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1 hour ago, Silent Runner said:

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I loved Orphan FK. Proper Malignant vibes. 

 

I thought that was awful too 🤷‍♂️ That film wanted to be a Sam Rami film so much but Wan has neither the skill or panache to pull it off.

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1917 (2019) - 4k UHD BD

 

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I enjoyed this up to a point.

 

It's a gorgeous looking film. Roger Deakin's cinematography is as good as ever (after this, Blade Runner 2049 and all the films he's done with the Coens, I'm always going to take an interest in anything he does), and the camera work, in general, is incredible, weaving in and around the environment as it tracks the protagonists. I watched some of the making of features afterwards and it was really interesting to see how creative they had to get in order to pull off some of the shots. And I know the 'entire film in one take' thing is an illusion, but it certainly convinced me. The 4K reproduction was also fantastic, especially in some of the darker, starkly lit scenes. If you've got a new TV or AV setup and want to see what it can do, then look no further.

 

Unfortunately, I thought the script was often on the nose and cliched, lacking emotional impact and leading to some uneven performances in places, particularly when it came to the more incidental parts. This was exacerbated by the fact that the takes are so long, meaning that, compared with a more conventionally shot film, Mendes would probably have been a lot less likely to have an actor try a scene again if he was only on screen for 20 seconds of a 6 minute-long shot.

 

I also found the casting of the better-known actors jarring. At the start, it seemed to me that two relatively unknown performers had been cast in the leading roles to suggest that the film was supposed to be a snapshot of the lives of grunts in WWI, capturing the casual horror, indignity and dehumanisation of everyday trench life - all stuff we've seen or read before. But this is undermined by the casting of a Who's Who of posh white English actors who routinely appear in every big-budget British film going (if Ralph Fiennes or Tom Hiddleston had materialised at some point then I would have completed my Bingo card), here turning up in little more than cameos. I just thought that these actors didn't fit in, and I didn't like how the film built up to them, endowing them with significance and power that felt unearned (they are all of superior rank compared with the protagonists - colonels, generals, captains or lieutenants - and we either hear them or hear of them before we see them). It was as if the film wanted me to sit up and be impressed by the casting of these actors - 'Look! We got Benedict Cumberbatch! Not bad, eh?' - but all it did instead was make me roll my eyes and pull me out of the moment. And, in a film which is evidently so invested in immersing the audience in its world, this felt like a big misstep.

 

So yes. A beautiful film with some simplistic writing. You can see the seams in it a bit too easily.

 

3.5/5

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Petite Maman

 

Best going into this knowing very little. Subtitled (French) film. Very quiet, slow, still almost - in the best possible way, with an ever so slight building sense of dread. It's less horror, more fairytale. It's only 70 mins as well, which is refreshing.

 

3/5 (5th best movie of the year so far)

 

 

 

 

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