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I also enjoyed (although that’s the wrong word) Good Time. I’m a sucker for night in the city movies and it’s a good one. Kind of has that meandering Mean Streets or Bad Lieutenant feel about it. Synthy soundtrack helps nail the 70’s /80’s vibe. Pattinson plays an excellent manipulative unlikable scumbag.

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Really enjoyed Nothing to Hide on Netflix.  French, with subtitles (There's an English dub but it's really bad).  Dinner party goes to hell when they play a game.  Everyone puts their mobile phone on the table, and all communications for the duration of the party are read out to everyone.  Turns out this is a remake of a film called Perfect Strangers, which has been remade in multiple countries.  Enjoyed the French one so much that I'm going to track down the Spanish and Italian versions to see if they compare.

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Recent watches for me are 

 

Sex Education - loved this funny and moving on occasion, only issue is story beats were a bit too trad

 

The night eats the world - French zombie movie which has some superb gore and a good atmosphere throughout. Shocked that it was in English was expecting subtitles but they must have shot in English as well. 

 

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6 hours ago, cassidy said:

Recent watches for me are 

 

Sex Education - loved this funny and moving on occasion, only issue is story beats were a bit too trad

 

I wound up really enjoying this. Initially hated the unrealistic affectations and American styling, but in the end they're why I liked it so much.

 

It's John Hughes for a current audience of kids, but with an important sex-positive viewpoint. Predictable arcs with a kitsch, pseudo-intellectual sheen.

 

The characters are all cartoons, but I'd like to think that the Instagram generation will respond well to their better traits.

 

And the ambiguous setting will probably sell it well internationally. It's much more clever that it came across in the first episode.

 

N.B. I've always disliked American media's obsession with sexualising schoolkids, and having them played by older actors so they can feel ok about it. Or as wish fulfilment by the writers. And there is that here, but I dislike it less because the messages are generally positive.

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I watched Escape Plan the other day. I'm not watching Escape Plan 2. Only one good Arnie line in the whole film.

 

"You punch like a vegetarian."

 

I always end up watching something rubbish when I'm by myself.

 

I enjoyed Outlaw King but it felt a bit like it was a mini series edited into a film - the beginning was really quick and it did surprise me how fast the English soldiers could march out of London and end up in Scotland in what seemed like a day.  

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What are some good Japanese movies that are set in more run down areas? I like watching stuff where it's set in the areas tourists don't go to. I just like to sit back, watch the movie, and take in the sights of the back streets and strange little places. Not much to go on I know, but if anybody has any recommendations I'd appreciate it :)

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3 hours ago, SteveH said:

What are some good Japanese movies that are set in more run down areas? I like watching stuff where it's set in the areas tourists don't go to. I just like to sit back, watch the movie, and take in the sights of the back streets and strange little places. Not much to go on I know, but if anybody has any recommendations I'd appreciate it :)

 

Kurosawa’s Stray Dog? Not sure if it’s on Netflix though.

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On 30/12/2018 at 11:21, Wizcat said:

Another thumbs up for 'Sunderland 'till I Die'.  I have no interest in football whatsoever, and no foresight of the events that the documentary covered.  That possibly helped with my enjoyment, though I expect even if you know how it all turns out it's still a great behind the scenes on 'life in a football club'. 

 

I was sceptical about this series, already knowing the ending and not being particularly interested in spending eight episodes with a team that perennially struggled in the PL and rarely played any football worth watching, particularly in the latter years as investment dried up. However, halfway through so far, it is indeed absorbing viewing. The makers seem to have been granted almost unfettered access, despite what the club was going through, and have taken full advantage. I think the breadth of viewpoints and the blend of those with game footage, training, glimpses into the impacts upon the locals, and so on is really well judged, and I'm particularly glad that they haven't chosen the overly trodden route of focusing on one or two 'characters' to synthesise a narrative, and instead have simply told the real story.

 

And in fact, I think that going in with at least a rough idea of how events unfolded only enhances it, if anything. Not sure a spoiler is necessary, but -

 

Spoiler

The episode when Chris Coleman turns up and gives everyone hope with his infectious energy and passion and the initial results - preventing them from going a full year without a home win by just a couple of days! - is, I suspect, a very different watch when you know how quickly that fell apart and the ultimate outcome.

 

I think it also provides some insight, or at least context, into his decision to take the job. A huge club, with little room to make things any worse, and all quite reminiscent of the challenge he faced - and exceeded - with Wales. Sure, he was presumably told that there was no money, he must have been able to see the lack of quality in the squad, and so on, but those are all almost as true of Wales really - it's not like there could be any quick fixes in the transfer market there either.

 

I realise it's on Amazon instead, but how does the Man City documentary compare? 

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Nah, Wales had a proper world class talent with Bale and a top 4 PL player in Ramsey. Not saying what Coleman did with them wasn't impressive but he had at least those two to build on. At Sunderland he had nothing but he went in with his eyes open. And at the time I remember everyone saying he was nuts to take that job because no matter how bad things were they could always get worse.

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Wales were 100-and-something in the world rankings when Coleman took over. I don't think that dragging them to the Euros semi-finals and a ranking of eighth was really any less of a challenge than making Sunderland competitive - or even just not relegated! - in the Championship. Success in football owes so much to attitude, momentum and sheer luck that I can see why a motivated, confident manager would take that on. The only real surprising part to me is that he hadn't received any better offers already.

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10 hours ago, hmm said:

Wales were 100-and-something in the world rankings when Coleman took over. I don't think that dragging them to the Euros semi-finals and a ranking of eighth was really any less of a challenge than making Sunderland competitive - or even just not relegated! - in the Championship. Success in football owes so much to attitude, momentum and sheer luck that I can see why a motivated, confident manager would take that on. The only real surprising part to me is that he hadn't received any better offers already.

 

48th, actually.

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You're right; my earlier search obviously wasn't thorough enough. They were down that low in 2011 but Gary Speed was in charge for that first jump.

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I had no interest in Sunderland football club whatsoever but Sunderland Till I Die was utterly brilliant. Haven't binge watched something for a long time but I gobbled this up. I thought Chris Coleman came across very well and like a lot of football docs it was the more ordinary, everyday people who delivered the best drama.

 

Don't know who Jack Rodwell is but he came across as a right bellend.

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Watched Close. Reminded me of The Hotel Manager, in style, location and some elements of the plot. A few decent scenes aside, it doesn’t amount to a whole bunch of anything, really. Naomi Raapace was decent as a bodyguard but the rather hackneyed and hole-filled plot let her down. Not one to seek out unless you like Raapace, Morocco or danger rooms. 

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Denis Leary's No Cure For Cancer is terrible isn't it, it's not just me is it? I'm struggling to get through it. Don't just say 'you had to be there at the time'. I was 6, so no.

 

I do like him in The Thomas Crown Affair though.

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