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    A movie watchers blog

    Not seen it in years but I thought My Own Private Idaho was a good performance. He’s fine in Parenthood too, thinking of his other early work. the trouble with him in Point Break is he seems to have turned up expecting the movie to be shit and plays it out like it just doesn’t matter. It’s the most absurdly incompetent performance, with several key lines uttered with almost incomprehensible levels of acting for a major movie. It’s laughably bad. It might have been a conscious choice to play it like that, but it can’t justify the execution. It’s a shame since without exception everyone else is brilliant. It doesn’t hurt the film, since it has extraordinary heart and skill and is unmatched, but I think he’s there much like how Tom Cruise was cast in Top Gun (Joel Silver’s “I paid a million bucks for this kid, I want to see some flesh.”)
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    The Crown

    Case in point - The Night Manager. God every tine she was on screen was annoying
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    The Crown

    So true. She’s the same in everything, except Hot Fuzz
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    A movie watchers blog

    I’m a class act - I tried Thoroughbreds, it was pretentious smug shite, I tried My Name is Joe, it was supposed to be a tough Glasgow council estate but the cast wouldn’t last 10 minutes, so I’m now watching Bad Teacher which is just fucking awesome, if there’s a bad movie with ‘bad’ in the title I’ve not seen it
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    Bad movies you can't help but to love

    Saw that in the cinema
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    Which classics have you still not seen?

    I’ve never seen The Italian Job
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    The Crown

    There is a quite beautiful moment, I think the very final shot
  8. They ran the trailer for this back to back with Captain Marvel, former first. The difference in craft between the two is staggering, I was grinning throughout and glued to the screen, think it looks fantastic.
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    M Night Shyamalan's Glass (2019)

    That was remarkably dull. McAvoy was fun to watch for a while, and Anya Taylor-Joy is just fun to watch, but what a silly movie
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    The Crown

    Wow, that’s interesting i love this show, season 2 especially, it really came together. Matt Smith as Phillip was just outstanding
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    Now TV

    I've searched titles for exact phrase and nothing showed up in this forum? For me it's the best value service out there right now, new movies every day, overall the least amount of crap (compared to Netflix and Prime) and a fantastic selection of classics Any regular users? Hit up recommendations?
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    A movie watchers blog

    I think I started a thread years back about movies which are truly incredible even when the lead is shockingly bad. Wall Street is another.
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    A movie watchers blog

    I’ve never seen it. But I get the hot fuzz ref point break has been a very important movie for more than half my life. Watching hot fuzz was sublime, to know someone like Edgar Wright feels same hardly unique - Jason Segal pays homage in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, the funniest movie of the millenium so far but why not, it’s one of the best movies of the last century.
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    What are you reading at the moment?

    Tai Pan. Again. its nonsense, I know it. Not a patch on Shogun, but the guy had a gift for nonsense.
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    Arcade Club (Bury, near Manchester)

    I got further than I’ve ever managed on Star Wars too, wave 11, 1,700,000 and something my poor old brain just can’t sort the laser barriers in the trenches beyond that difficulty!
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    Arcade Club (Bury, near Manchester)

    That's it. I have no more ambition left in life.
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    A movie watchers blog

    Mary Queen of Scots As title, basically - don't all UK school kids know the nursery rhyme? Having been steered away from Glass, and against better judgment based on less than impressive trailers, caught a gratifyingly busy showing (cinema in good health) this evening of the third period drama for me of the year. Much like the recent Netflix effort The Outlaw King, this is the tale of a Scottish legend based in some way in fact, and like that offering it suffers beyond all saving from the belief that a torrent of exposition is in some way an acceptable substitute for a good script. It is relentless, and baffling, like some bizarre am dram Edinburgh tourist sightseeing tour, whistling through a non stop succession of costumed events that makes the entire experience feel like a vastly extended trailer. Like Outlaw King, it's a dramatically unsettling experience, making the entire running time edgy but not in a good way, just begging for things to settle down and allow some kind of character development. It comes, but too late, and all too brief. The casting covers both ends of the spectrum. Mary's half brother, James, appears to be played by some kind of Saturday afternoon wrestler, complete with eyeliner, or a refugee from an 80s Nu Romantic band. Every scene had to force myself to listen to what he was saying and no concentrate on how annoying and unconvincing his face and makeup were. Her second husband, meanwhile, was like some bizarre de-aged Simon Pegg, with every facial tick and mannerism, but not an ounce of humour. For a big screen experience, having devoured the small screen Game of Thrones, it is, frankly, embarrassing, with probably the worst battle seen outside of Monty Python's handbags. Then there's old "THOU SHALT NOT" himself, John Knox - which, had he preached like David Tenant, would scarcely have mustered more followers than those seen at Speakers' Corner. OK so maybe he didn't want to go all Bartie Crouch and snake tongued but fucking hell those scenes of him supposedly whipping up the country to rise against the harlot are almost laughably unconvincing. It's a tepid performance which much like the rest of the film just never gets out of first gear. The good - in spite of reservations about her accent, Saroise Ronan is extremely good, playing with what little they give her. Similarly, in fact edging it for me, is Margot Robbie as Elisabeth I, Mary's rival for the throne. When they finally meet, in spite of more unintentional hilarity on the directing front (what was with those sheets...?) I was genuinely gripped - I felt almost conned that the film had it in it all along, but by then it was over.
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    M Night Shyamalan's Glass (2019)

    Yeah I get that it's a personal thing, hence referencing stuff like The Room. Or Mamma Mia! There are countless awful movies out there - god knows someone must like shit like Five Headed Shark - but I don't count myself among those who enjoy genuinely bad movies, whereas plenty movies I like are deemed guilty pleasures and I just think fuck that.
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    Bad movies you can't help but to love

    Classic example of a totally NOT bad movie, just one that is barely known Also has Bob Hoskins as baddie Confused the fuck out of me when I saw it was Glasgow, cos I watch anything martial arts related, and I can't recall if it's ever mentioned it's Glasgow? Especially amazing cos Jet Li really doesn't work outside of his homeland
  20. I read somewhere speculation they did so out of spite cos they wanted him to score Ghostbusters but he chose to do Back to the Future instead
  21. Tenuous link in the extreme but Spotify just served me up 'I need a new drug' by Huey Lewis. If you're a GB fan and have not heard this before might interest you https://youtu.be/KAdRPrXdXTU
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