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3 films starring (the lucky) Jason Clarke

 

Swerve

I am a big fan of Aussie cinema, some very interesting and original films have come out of Oz in the last 40 years. Shame then, that doesn't quite work. Its not at all original and doesn't seem to have anything to say. Its a predictable thriller involving drugs, lots of cash, cops and robbers - you know the sort of thing.

 

In this film Mr Clarke is married to Emma Booth (lucky bastard!)

 

2/5

 

All I See is You

If ever a director has had an interesting career, its Marc Forster. From Monsters Ball to Finding Neverland then on to Kite Runner and Bond, then World War Z, this and the Disney Christopher Robin film. This starts very promisingly with an interesting premise with a husband not at all happy that his blind wife can now see and is becoming far too independent for his tastes. Trouble is, it doesn't build up to anything and really loses it in the final act.

 

In this film Mr Clarke is married to Blake Lively (luck bastard!)

 

2.5/5

 

Everest

I've saved the best for last. This is an exceptional film which simply doesn't put a single foot wrong from the cast, to the direction to the plot. An expertly crafted film a director who has never been better (or even close to this). Clarke and Brolin are both on top form as well.  Its exciting and does a first rate job of telling the story. You never fail to believe that the entire film is shot on Everest.

 

In this film Mr Clarke is married to Kiera Knightley (luck bastard!)

 

5/5

 

 

 

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4 hours ago, gospvg said:

 

Time Trap 4/5

How did I miss this on release, low budget sci-fi on Netflix. It's really good go watch it.

 


You are late to the party.  There is a thread on here somewhere telling people to go watch it.  I did as a result of reading it and would totally agree with your 4/5 score.  It puts movies with 100 times the budget and maybe even more to shame.

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Three Billboards outside Ebbing Missouri

 

Less than the sum of its parts. The parts were great. Most of them. The film not so much. 

 

I might fill this out a bit more tomorrow. If I can keep it brief. I might have to write a 5000 word diatribe about everything wrong with it in the movie watcher's blog thread though. 

 

3/5

 

 

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I think the first 45 minutes of Confessions is one of the greatest things I've ever seen in a film (and it's also one of my favourite films full stop). You really need to watch this and tried to avoid spoilers.

 

5/5 - Masterpiece

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Oh perfect, I've been keeping a little list to jog my memory and remember what I watched recently.

Sorry it's just a list, I'll write a few thoughts about what I've watched in the future.

 

Cam - **
1917 - **
After We Leave - *
The Invisible Man - ***
talhotblond (2012) - ***
The Platform (El Hoya) - ****
Vivarium - ****
Tower - ***
Feedback - **½
The Wretched - *
the night eats the world - **
a good woman is hard to find - ***
Lifeforce - *
rewind - *
Extra Ordinary - *
1BR - **½
The Borderlands - **
The Vast of The Night - *
The Soul Collector (8.A.South.African.Horror.Story)- *
The Beach House - **
The Lodge - **
Relaxer - ****
Relic - ****
The Outpost - *
The ghost of peter sellers - *
amulet - ***
calm with horses - ****
The Inventor: Out for Blood in silicon Valley - *
starship troopers - *
everest - *

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Time Trap (2017)

 

Saw this getting some love on here so decided to check it out. This is about as much of a 2 star low budget sci fi film as you can get. The acting isn't great and the story gets SUPER cheesy, but I gave it an extra star because I enjoyed the premise and the length was spot on. If this had a bigger budget they could have done wonders with it. Great concept, but let down slightly the budget limitations (which isn't really the films fault if I'm being honest). 

 

3/5

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A Serious Man

 

Was watching this thinking that it was just OK, but feeling like it might be one of those films that would get better with repeat viewing. And then the ending was dog shit. 

 

Was gonna be a 3 that I thought had a good chance to improve upon repeat viewing. But now it's a 2 that I doubt I'll ever watch again. 

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Starship Troopers 1 star? What the fuck? Disqualified from scoring any further movies.

 

anyway

 

Otherworld

Sort of like Twilight without the arseholes. I liked it.

 

Could not believe the real world back story. Only just read about it afterwards. I feel kind of haunted by it.

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Secrets And Lies (1996)

Mike Leigh's drama about a black woman, Hortense, who seeks out her biological mother. The film takes its time to set up the complex web of characters and their lives: tragic single mother Cynthia just about holding things together with her adult daughter Roxanne; Cynthia's brother Maurice, a photographer leading a comfortable life with his wife Monica, having their own issues; and Hortense' reticence to connect with a mother she knows nothing about. Leigh draws the various strands together, building up to an intense, powerful family barbecue that starts out civil enough but releases the pent-up secrets and lies, perfectly timed for an immense hit of emotional release. Superb performances throughout, Brenda Blethyn's emotionally-fragile Cynthia, Tim Spall playing it straight and calm, building to a crescendo. It says a lot about what lies under the surface of family life, hidden until something, or someone, inadvertently stirs things up.  Exceptional drama.

 

5/5

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18 hours ago, Stigweard said:

 

:huh::wacko:

 

 

Yeah, giving Starship Troopers a low score can only be a function of his guilt at having gone so easy on 1917.

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The Very Excellent Mr Dundee

 

Paul Hogan dealing with various situations, while doing a good job of parodying himself. If this is his last film then it's a pretty decent effort to go out with. 

 

3 knifey-spoonys out of 5 

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1 hour ago, Mike S said:

Yeah, giving Starship Troopers a low score can only be a function of his guilt at having gone so easy on 1917.

 

I did think that's what Stig was getting at. I saw those two scores together and thought "is 1917 really the better film"?

I'll try to show my working since those ratings have stirred up some controversy.

 

1917.

I think it went for frothy, mediocre Hollywood adventure film but kept trying to go for a solemn, respectful tone at the same time and it just ended up falling over itself. You need real talent to pull that off.

Not the actors fault in the main as I really don't think they had anything to work with, but poor performance from the main guys. I found it hard to care about their characters. Poor script, and I just found the film dull for the most part.

A lot of the effects were really ropey, and some of the ways they went about hiding the cuts post production were really jarring.
I didn't care for all the one take trickery. I think if they concentrated more on what mattered instead of doing 50 keepy ups in a row with their shirts off, it would have been a better film.

I always felt like a camera following actors, I never lost myself in the film.

 

Starship Troopers.
I get that it's a satire, holding up a mirror to American fascism, selling it back to them via the perfect trojan horse, an easily digestible, trashy action movie. It's supposed to be bad, even, a saturday morning cartoon of a film. The exact thing the government would make after too much focus testing to show to potential recruits after class.

A smirk and an eye roll only get you so far, everything is so dishearteningly on the nose, ensuring that you're in on the joke from the very beginning. After that you still have to sit through what is arguably a flabby, terrible film. It's a ham fisted, one note joke that wears thin after five minutes and you've still got 2 hours to go.

Robocop and total recall were great but I reckon he dropped the ball spectacularly here.
I was 22 by the time this one came out so I think that's why I didn't bother with it at the time. I can understand why it would loom large if you were at the right age when you first saw it.

It's like EDF turned back into a B-movie. What's not to love? and it's got boobies!

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Charlie's Angels (2019)

 

Back in the day I really enjoyed the Drew Barrymore CA movies - which if you care is part of the canon for this latest film. I thought they were super good action movies for the time.

 

I remember seeing the trailers for this and thinking it looked a bit guff, but could be ok. Then it released and bombed, and Banks' gave some reasons for that. Given it was on Prime and we needed a family movie to watch, it seemed safe enough top it on.

 

It's just not very good at all. Stewart is actually excellent in it, but everything else is just cheap and badly done. Avoid.

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4 hours ago, Mike S said:

 

 

Yeah, giving Starship Troopers a low score can only be a function of his guilt at having gone so easy on 1917.

 

2 hours ago, ImmaculateClump said:

 

I did think that's what Stig was getting at. I saw those two scores together and thought "is 1917 really the better film"?

 

 

Nope, it was simply being baffled at such low scores for what I think are two fantastic films. 

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City of God.

 

Gritty story of growing up in the favelas of Rio De Janeiro in the 70s, guns, drugs, friends and love. The lead character "rockets" knows all the players but manages to avoid getting sucked into the cycle of violence, he dreams of becoming a photographer and having a girlfriends.

 

When this was released worldwide in 2003 it was an instant hit, and time has dulled none of its edges. I love the visceral handheld repotarge camera work, gunfights in claustrophobic alleyways, psychotic kids working their way up the drug gangs ladder. All to the beat of samba and firearms going off. Life is cheap and vengeance swift. 

 

 Based on real life events, you're drawn in from the off until the final drug war shootout. It's a superb film. The subtitles can whip past as speed in some of the more intense action scene. 

 

5 dead men's guns out of 5 

 

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On 22/07/2020 at 21:51, Minion said:

 

I watched this movie so much back in the 90's, I loved it precisely because of what you say.


The scene where Arnie ends up in the tar pit, covered head to toe, only to be handed a face towel and become completely clean and dry 30 seconds later is wonderful. 
 

Hey Claudiuuus... you killed my father. BIG mistake

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Waxwork (1988)

 Camp, tongue-in-cheek horror tale involving some college kids and a mysterious waxworks run by David Warner. You just know if this had been made 20 years previously it would have been Vincent Price in that role. Anyway, the exhibits need to be completed, cue several fun and gory vignettes based on classic horror topes including the mummy and vampires. Very much of that period of effects-heavy, irreverent horror films, the make-up and models do look good and there's plenty of blood in places although it never gets so graphic as to disrupt the tone. Zach Galligan stands out amongst the group of largely forgettable youngsters. David Warner and Patrick McNee ham it up suficiently. Generally good fun.

 

3/5

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Lethal Panther aka Deadly China Dolls (1990)

What's this? A Godfrey Ho film without the word 'ninja' in the title, that's what. It's a pretty shallow affair, weak plot and characters taking a back seat to some intense, at times hyper-stylish action with plenty of arse-kicking and sub-Woo gun fetishism, backed up by the usual magpie-curated soundtrack. And nowhere is that gun-fetishism more prevalent than when the two female assassins (Maria Jo and Miyamoto Yoko) are handling weapons or engaging in slick, sexy fighting. Anyone who has seen a Godfrey Ho film will know they're largely style over substance with low production values, although it's no less exciting for it. Apart from the poor script the film is let down by some appalling dialogue and several super-sleazy gratuitous sex scenes that made me feel grubby. All in all though this is a rough yet stylish bit of nonsense, girls with guns blowing away hundreds of guys in suits and shades, basically.

 

3/5

 

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11 hours ago, Popo said:

I’d like to see you argue that. 

 

Oh, you would, would you? I'd like to see you make me! :D
Not everyone's gonna like the same thing or even for the same reasons. I think I've said enough about Starship Troopers to explain why I didn't enjoy it.

I'm happy to have a Siskel and Ebert style headbutting competition but only if it's in the spirit of fun.

I figured this was a thread for folk in a hurry, giving a gut reaction score to the latest film they saw, maybe a brief explanation, but not really having to worry about defending their opinion.
 

I feel like I've already outstayed my welcome, got up for a piss in the middle of the night and knocked over a priceless artefact!

Are you lot having me on? Starship Troopers? Really?

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22 hours ago, Sidewaysbob said:

City of God.

 

Gritty story of growing up in the favelas of Rio De Janeiro in the 70s, guns, drugs, friends and love. The lead character "rockets" knows all the players but manages to avoid getting sucked into the cycle of violence, he dreams of becoming a photographer and having a girlfriends.

 

When this was released worldwide in 2003 it was an instant hit, and time has dulled none of its edges. I love the visceral handheld repotarge camera work, gunfights in claustrophobic alleyways, psychotic kids working their way up the drug gangs ladder. All to the beat of samba and firearms going off. Life is cheap and vengeance swift. 

 

 Based on real life events, you're drawn in from the off until the final drug war shootout. It's a superb film. The subtitles can whip past as speed in some of the more intense action scene. 

 

5 dead men's guns out of 5 

 

It really is outstanding, it blew me away when I first watched it on release. 

 

Be sure to watch City of Men, which is basically the TV series of the film. It isn't as gritty as the film but has some good moments (though it has been a long time since I've seen it!). 

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36 minutes ago, PeteJ said:

It really is outstanding, it blew me away when I first watched it on release. 

 

Be sure to watch City of Men, which is basically the TV series of the film. It isn't as gritty as the film but has some good moments (though it has been a long time since I've seen it!). 

 

I would actively avoid City of Men personally. I thought it was a very poor imitation of City of God.

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2 hours ago, ImmaculateClump said:

 

Oh, you would, would you? I'd like to see you make me! :D
Not everyone's gonna like the same thing or even for the same reasons. I think I've said enough about Starship Troopers to explain why I didn't enjoy it.

I'm happy to have a Siskel and Ebert style headbutting competition but only if it's in the spirit of fun.

I figured this was a thread for folk in a hurry, giving a gut reaction score to the latest film they saw, maybe a brief explanation, but not really having to worry about defending their opinion.
 

I feel like I've already outstayed my welcome, got up for a piss in the middle of the night and knocked over a priceless artefact!

Are you lot having me on? Starship Troopers? Really?


Nah, I’m just messing with ya. It just goes to show opinions can be wrong. ;)

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I know people have objected to half numbers in this thread before, but I'm using them so they match up with my Letterboxd ratings. :P

 

The Cat Returns (2002) - 3/5

This is one of the last few Studio Ghibli films I had left to see, and I'm sorry @ZOK - I know you love it but I'm afraid it ended up among my least favourites. Like the post-Ghibli Mary and the Witch's Flower, it feels a bit Ghibli-by-the-numbers: the typical ingredients are there (a girl, an unseen magical world, transformation, talking animals) but overall it lacks the spark of their best films. It's not a patch on its far more realistic predecessor Whisper of the Heart. Still, it has some great individual moments, and even lesser Ghibli is never really bad. (Except maybe Earthsea.)

 

 

Blow-Up (1966) - 3.5/5

I knew two things about this film before seeing it: one was that it features a performance by The Yardbirds; the other was that De Palma remade it as Blow Out, but with the medium changed from a photo to an audio recording.

 

I expected that the majority of the film would be spent focusing on this thriller/murder mystery plot. It turns out... it really doesn't!

 

I'm not against films being artsy and open to interpretation and containing elements that defy a definitive explanation, but ideally I prefer it when all that lies underneath a satisfying traditional surface-level story. This one doesn't really have that. Though I didn't find it unenjoyable to watch - I got more out of it than I did out of two other highly-regarded '60s art films (8½ and if..., neither of which I really got on with). Reading more about the film, some critics' interpretations are interesting, others sound like they're reading way too much into it because they want to see something th--

 

... hang on a minute! :o

 

 

 

His Girl Friday (1940) - 4.5/5

I'd never seen this before! It turns out that as well as being the source of that "get out" gif, this is also the origin of at least 50% of the Coen Brothers' career (particularly The Hudsucker Proxy and Hail, Caesar!).

 

I rarely laughed out loud, but I really enjoyed letting the dialogue just wash over me.

 

 

Open Your Eyes [Abre los ojos] (1997) - 3.5/5

I watched Vanilla Sky once, about 15 years ago, and I've been meaning to watch the original ever since then. I saw the remake too long ago to make any comparisons about their relative quality - the only major difference I can remember is that the Spanish original doesn't have the bit with the Bob Dylan album cover.

 

 

The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) - 3/5

Joe Cornish's belated follow-up to Attack the Block is a well-made kids adventure film. Unfortunately, there's not much in its action, jokes or story to really interest or surprise adult viewers (beyond an entertaining performance by Angus "Celia's Son" Imrie as Merlin, and a fun cameo by Dr Adam Buckles). Still, I can imagine that if someone first sees it at the right age, it's the sort of film that could become a favourite for life, so I'm reluctant to give it a negative score.

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2 hours ago, Popo said:

Nah, I’m just messing with ya. It just goes to show opinions can be wrong. ;)

 

:lol: To be fair, I'm seeing it for the first time aged 40. Inaction films are more my style nowadays.
Like I say, I was a bit too old when it came out, but if I'd been born later and I'd seen it at the right time, I'm guessing it would have been a different story.

I still don't think it compares in terms of quality but I reckon the 9 year old me that fell in love with robocop wouldn't be quite so critical.

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17 hours ago, Vimster said:

Lethal Panther aka Deadly China Dolls (1990)

 

How weird the world is. I came very close to putting this down the other night, but went with Kitano's Boiling Point instead. Of all the nothing movies to make a coincidence from :huh:

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