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    Happy Death Day & Happy Death Day 2U

    Absolutely loved both of them
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    Deadwood

    Well i must admit it’s exciting to see them back together. I still worry its going to have the feel of something crowdfunded tho.
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    What’s the worst film you have ever seen?

    That’s personal tho, surely? Again i will never watch The Room, or any knowingly bad movie. Same reason i dont go looking for nutter opinions on the Internet. So my worst is the one i hoped would be great but was not.
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    What’s the worst film you have ever seen?

    I did that on page one. For all the reasons given.
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    Good Cover Versions

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    Tombstone - The Western Film Genre

    Val Kilmer is exceptional in it, but TBH I struggle to remember much besides him. "Let's have a spelling contest" is achingly funny.
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    Songs that makes you want to cry - for no solid reason

    I think ive only heard it once but its totally burned in my memory. It’s classic country, that's for sure
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    Songs that makes you want to cry - for no solid reason

    Dolly Parton’s rendition of I Will Always Love You (the Whitney hit). It sounds like someone begging to be spared domestic violence, its utterly gut wrenching
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    A movie watchers blog

    It’s rllmuk. We are all capable of being that guy. edited for sake of peace.
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    A movie watchers blog

    Ring Hideo Nakata's influential ghost story turns 20 There's a lad on my team I talk to about movies, I asked him before tonight's Showcase Flashback screening of a new 4k restoration if he was a fan. Apparently it scared him to death. When he was 9. And that was the English language remake. So, two decades have passed since the urban legend of a VHS recording of a late night broadcast on an obscure cable channel brought creepy phone calls and death within a week to all who saw it first entered the mainstream. This is plausible, since I have a teenage cat named after the monstrous spawn of a witch and a goblin, though the cat is an idiot and far more likely to fall down a well than ever escape from one. I can't honestly say I ever found Ring all that scary. After all the hype, I was a little nonplussed and dare I say even slightly bored when I first saw that Tartan Asia DVD all those years ago. But then THAT jaw-dropping ending, thankfully not ruined for beforehand. On many, many viewings since, curiously the movie grew on me a little more each time. I was gobsmacked when the trailer aired in the cinema about a month ago in that nothing was left out, literally nothing. 20 people roughly in my viewing tonight, hopefully like me fans who just wanted to enjoy it on the big screen (the picture was great, the audio simply outstanding), but you have to wonder why anyone new to it would have bothered after that ruinous montage. What was interesting were the trailers beforehand ("appropriate for the movie certificate"). In other words, a load of horror movies, and one - of course - about mutants. One, an obvious Insidious clone by "James Wan", bored me so quickly I read my phone and yet I knew by the soundtrack pretty much what was happening. Such is most horror today. Ring didn't invent these cliches, but nor is it immune from them. What it is, above all, is extraordinarily patient. There are shades of John Carpenter of course, even Ghbili where it concerns the impossibly cute Yoichi (the scene where he encounters his estranged father in the rain is pure Miyazaki). The striking opening, two girls gossiping while home alone, is played completely straight, save for a complete lack of soundtrack or ambient noise. Setting the tone for the rest of the movie, there is nothing at all extraneous - no side characters (none worthy of names, at any rate), no diversions, just a growing sense of unease at what is absent rather than what's been added. And then the phone rings. Mostly, the movie is concerned with following around a local news reporter who quite reasonably and yet, as we already know, wholly unwisely tries to see if there's any truth in the bizarre rumours, until she too is personally touched when a young girl her child is friends with turns up dead. This takes her to Izu where again, at entirely its own pace and with nothing overtly sinister happening, we're lead to the moment where we first encounter the tape, and 20 years on this is still a masterpiece of fucked up - none of the imagery makes sense, and is utterly alien to the world we've become accustomed to, as it's supposed to be - shades of the hive mind scenes in Quatermass and the Pit which I still shudder to think of. The audio is quite simply an anxiety attack played out in 7.1. I'm delighted to find these sequences have lost absolutely none of their ability to hold your attention utterly. Whilst the ending is still spectacular - though I sense an effect or two have been added, in an ill advised bout of Lucas style meddling - the high point for me was always when the screen doors are flung open and Yoichi is in front of the TV. The patience and the silence are rewarded in spades in moments like this. It's hard to say if this is a movie that's genuinely aged well. Audiences today wouldn't find enough in it to keep them entertained, I expect, the trailers before all but proving that. Yes there's A Quiet Place and Hereditary but both feature hateful characters where Ring proves bad things happen to good people just cos.
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    Rage Against The Machines first ever gig

    Close enough i thought it was what they said though? (Not seen the clip yet)
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    Rage Against The Machines first ever gig

    Thats almost BTTF but not quite ... was it meant to be?
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    Tombstone - The Western Film Genre

    Oh fuck me I forgot an absolute cracker I didn't see til last year - Johnny Guitar. Might still be on Netflix.
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    Tombstone - The Western Film Genre

    The Lone Ranger, talking of Jonny Depp - the word was whitewash but on seeing it it's clear Depp only got involved because it's allegorical
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    Tombstone - The Western Film Genre

    Cat Balou is awesome
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    Tombstone - The Western Film Genre

    The Sisters Brothers is just about to land, hopefully not overhyped as looks like could be fun
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    Veronica Mars - revival in the works?

    Pleasantly surprised with Season 2 so far, maybe six episodes in, much better than some of the comments above seemed to indicate Really funny to see Steve Guttenburg follow up Harry Hamlin - man this show really had a sense of humour on AND off screen Logan is still my favourite.
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    Tombstone - The Western Film Genre

    There's no Unforgiven on that list? it also was remade with Samurai in Japan a few years back, interesing twist High Plains Drifter is nasty as fuck but I love the ghostly vibe to it. Pale Rider was a big favourite when I was younger. Homesman from a couple of years ago was pretty good, as was Hostiles from last year (which I believe is a remake of The Outlaw Josey Wales)
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    Tombstone - The Western Film Genre

    Deadwood is incredible. Seasons 1 and 3 especially.
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    Tombstone - The Western Film Genre

    I’ve never really rated it as a movie TBH, but Doc Holliday is a creation of total genius My favourite western in all honesty is Road House ...
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    What’s the worst film you have ever seen?

    Opinions are fine, I love it, I do remember Dustin Hoffman said if it won an Oscar he'd quit the academy. put me right off him. it's not "foreign people talk funny' IMO, it's western people being stupid abroad expecting the world to accomodate them. they are the ones to be laughed at, and I am sure the film intended it to be seen that way. if I really thought about it, like even on paper, it's not an easy sell - oh poor me, my rock star husband has left me alone in this eye wateringly expensive hotel and was my elite education worth it, but it's a beautiful film, just beautiful. I do adore Tokyo though.
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    Amazon Prime Video

    Lars and the Real Girl was added recently, never seen it, looks good though
  23. Horror of Fang Rock is my favourite Dr Who story, it’s genius, but it’s based on an old poem called The Ballad of Flannan Isle, which has been turned into a forthcoming movie ...
  24. I thought it was good fun as well, I did kind of blanche at the line about "oh yeah she did a spread for Tony last year".
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    A movie watchers blog

    I've learned a fair bit from that thread in terms of how people feel about certain things and much like posting in OT I'll know to steer the fuck away from it in future. It is easy to offend people when you've no idea what it is they're triggered by. Plenty seem to like being in the thick of it, I defo am not one of them. In fairness in Blog, people don't tend to neg movie reviews and that's why I like it, but there are personal issues and cliquey aspects to everything that either appeal or repulse you.
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