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176 Re: Films on Mon May 07, 2018 4:37 pm

The Snowman and King Arthur, both terrible especially King Arthur. Cockney Knights of the Round table?  That sounds like a joke somebody would make about Guy Ritchie doing a King Arthur film but then he actually makes it? Confused

The Snowman was just boring; life is too short

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177 Re: Films on Wed May 09, 2018 12:43 am

The Outrage with Paul Newman and William Shatner, interesting to compare it with Rashomon

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178 Re: Films on Thu May 10, 2018 3:43 pm

The Woman in Red (1984)

Amusing comedy starring Gene Wilder as a married man who is prepared to risk everything for one night alone with a ravishing model. Very entertaining stuff and enhanced by a great soundtrack by Stevie Wonder. Wilder also directs and expertly handles the comedy elements whilst presenting some very beautiful imagery of San Francisco.

4/5


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179 Re: Films on Sat May 12, 2018 2:06 am

Spectral (2016) a Netflix film that is more of an action film than SF. Good acting and effects but paper-thin characters, very militaristic and reminds me of a shoot-'em-up computer game. Soldiers see ghosts, shoot ghosts, doesn't work, "we need better guns", so they build better guns and shoot the ghosts. Job done. Needless to say, I prefer more ideas orientated SF.

Also saw Kill Command, very similar. Started off as formulaic pick 'em off one by one but then got it's act together in the second half. The relentless onslaught of Robots was nicely intimidating but they couldn't aim straight. There was one bit where the soldiers are running towards a bunker and turning back and firing despite their bullets having zero effect and there was no cover. Over that distance, they should have been slaughtered.

Also saw a Canadian SF from Netflix called Radius. Man, that was good, genuinely clever, chilling and enigmatic. Very Happy

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180 Re: Films on Wed May 23, 2018 10:10 pm

Coco (great & inventively original), Victoria & Abdul (surprisingly sad), The Greatest Showman (fun enough musical) and Killing Gunther (a cringeworthy, almost Arnie-less shambles).


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181 Re: Films on Wed May 23, 2018 10:39 pm

Crumb.

An extraordinary documentary about an extraordinary man. A 9/10 film.

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182 Re: Films on Tue May 29, 2018 9:04 pm

One Hour Photo, for the first time since it came out. I forgot how much of a character piece it was, just as much as it is a thriller. Only problem is it doesn't really pick up pace as the film progresses so the last 3rd or so is rather tedious. It's still a great film though and I wonder why it doesn't get talked about more. Robin Williams is easily as good in this as anything else he was in.

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183 Re: Films on Wed Jun 06, 2018 12:29 am

Fear.

An obscure 1990 thriller where Ally Sheedy plays a young psychic named Cayce who helps the police track down various kidnappers and serial killers. Eventually, however, one of the serial killers she helps the police to try and track down just so happens to have psychic powers himself. Not only that, but his psychic powers are much more powerful than Cayce's. The killer then proceeds to psychologically torment Cayce by telepathically threatening her and showing her visions of some of the murders he commits.

A rather underrated, absorbing film that's quite well paced and keeps you hooked until the very end. Ally Sheedy is also absolutely adorable in this movie and gives a good performance as the vulnerable, timid, attractive nice girl.

Good movie overall. I quite easily recommend it.

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184 Re: Films on Mon Jun 11, 2018 4:38 pm

Spring Breakers, I thought it was a comedy. It wasn't. It was a very odd film about a group of girls that become gangsters. The filmed seemed entirely happy to sell an credibility it had down the river with a massacre where the two remaining girls, clad in skimpy bikinis and pink balaclavas, slaughtered a load of gang members. They didn't get a scratch on them. Rolling Eyes

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185 Re: Films on Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:36 pm

Nico: Above The Law

Steven Seagal's first film is certainly one of his best efforts. It isn't quite as good as "Under Siege" or "Exit Wounds" but this charming actioner has a solid plot and great characters. I found my something totally immersed in the story which was surprisingly heavy at times. I'd probably rank it as his fourth best movie.


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186 Re: Films on Sat Jun 23, 2018 11:01 pm

Halloween. With the new Halloween due out later this year, touted as a direct sequel to the original (and ignoring all the other sequels!:rolleyes:) it seemed an apposite time to revisit the original as babysitting duties for teenager Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) turn into a terrifying battle for survival when escaped madman Michael Myers decides to come home for Halloween... Still a classic after all these years, Halloween has lost none of its power to scare and seems, much like 1974's Black Christmas, both very 70s and yet oddly timeless at the same time.

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187 Re: Films on Sun Jun 24, 2018 12:13 am

I am working my way through the Godfather films at the mo, forgotten how good they are

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188 Re: Films on Mon Jun 25, 2018 9:22 am

Went to the cinema to see Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. I was somewhat underwhelmed by Jurassic World, and this latest in the franchise has come in for very harsh reviews, though I'm not entirely sure why. It's a big dumb fun popcorn movie that delivers what it says on the tin, and I think I preferred it to its predecessor to be honest; I enjoyed the switch in location in the second half, along with its corresponding claustrophobic horror movie feel. Overall nothing special but perfectly watchable and enjoyable.

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189 Re: Films on Mon Jun 25, 2018 5:39 pm

@Rawkuss wrote:I am working my way through the Godfather films at the mo, forgotten how good they are

Even 3!?


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190 Re: Films on Mon Jun 25, 2018 10:18 pm

I had to stop halfway through 2 and haven't gone back yet. I barely remember them from when I watched them in the '90s. I don't remember having a problem with 3 but that's not to say I won't when I get around to it. TBH, I wouldn't mind seeing Casino and Good Fellas about now. Also getting a nostalgia craving for some Tarintino films

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191 Re: Films on Tue Jun 26, 2018 5:24 pm

The first half of the third one wasn't too bad. I was just praying for a quick death after that

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192 Re: Films on Thu Jun 28, 2018 5:46 pm

The World's End. Perhaps the best of the Cornetto trilogy, even if it can seem a bit over-manic on a first viewing. More rewatch value than Shaun Of The Dead and (a lot) more depth than Hot Fuzz.


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193 Re: Films on Thu Jun 28, 2018 10:31 pm

Wolfen. Gruesome killings lead an NYPD detective to conclude that the perpetrators may actually have been wolves - but these are no ordinary animals. Albert Finney and Gregory Hines star in this spookily effective early 80s chiller that has a wonderfully creepy atmosphere and is very well directed throughout. The actual use of real wolves makes it hella scary.

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194 Re: Films on Sat Jul 14, 2018 11:03 pm

Knock Off.

A pair of idiot fashion designers get themselves mixed up in a counterfeiting scheme that involves their company's jeans, Russian terrorists, nano bombs and the CIA.

One of the greatest films I've ever had the pleasure of seeing. I've never seen anything quite like it before. The whole thing feels like it's from a different universe and I can't help but dig it just because it's so weird and bizarre. It also has the BEST movie song ever:

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195 Re: Films on Sat Jul 21, 2018 10:54 pm

Back to the Future Part III (1990)

A disappointing conclusion to the trilogy. Lacks the frantic nature of the entertaining second film and the charm and heart of the original. The wild west setting just got on my nerves and I don't like Clara all that much. Bit of a downer sadly.  
2/5

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196 Re: Films on Sat Jul 21, 2018 11:23 pm

I think it's generally fine, but the Doc/Clara subplot is boring and drags down the rest somewhat.

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197 Re: Films on Tue Jul 24, 2018 10:05 am

I was checking the DVD of the George C Scott 1984 version of A Christmas Carol that arrived today and was more than a little surprised to see the young version of Scrooge played by none other than Mark Strickson! Big Grin

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198 Re: Films on Wed Aug 01, 2018 2:53 pm

Goldfinger.

Boring and overrated. I'd even go as far as to say it is my least favourite Bond film pre-Brosnan. Thunderball is better in every single department. Better girls, cooler villains, nicer locations and a far more engrossing story.


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199 Re: Films on Wed Aug 01, 2018 11:05 pm

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.

My favourite Harry Potter movie and one that I have a tremendous amount of affection for. I had it on VHS way back in 2003 and I used to watch it religiously. The tone and atmosphere are just perfect; John Williams' score is truly wondrous and the script is incredibly faithful to the source material. The only problem is the length of the film which is about ten minutes too long. Other than that I would say that it's one of the best films of the century. The Potter films were never really as good once Chris Colombus left as director.


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200 Re: Films on Thu Aug 16, 2018 10:48 pm

The Children. A teenage girl is not looking forward to a weekend stuck with her parents and much younger siblings at her aunt and uncle's house with them and her equally young cousins. But boredom and social isolation become the least of her concerns when a strange illness appears to sweep through the children - and then leaves them possessed of a cunning and gleeful malevolent intent... This late 2000s entry in the "evil kids" horror subgenre turned out to be a rather delightfully unexpected hidden gem, taking a potentially silly premise and treating it with absolute fidelity and becoming genuinely scary and disturbing as a result, with some scenes that even shocked a jaded horror fan like myself. I'd go so far as to say this is one of the best horror flicks of the 2000s, and I'm staggered that I'd never even heard of it till the other day!

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