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I normally don't particularly like Robbie Collin's reviews, but his comments on the Kermode and Mayo show feel quite spot on for me. Trying its hardest to not "offend" by just being so aggressively bland. It's horror by the numbers that's not half as clever as the films it's trying to ape.

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I really enjoyed Fear Street, am looking forward to seeing what it does as a trilogy.

 

Just watched the Intruder. It continues the current trend of remaking Hollywood's heavily recycled scripts, but with black leads, but it does a good job of it. Dennis Quaid is great in it. Enjoyable nonsense.

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Enjoyed Orbiter 9.  It's a Spanish film and it's been featured in those "best sci fi movie you need to watch right now!" articles so if you Google it you'll get massively spoiler filled articles.  In fact, the thing I read that made me decide to see it was actually a massive spoiler for the main event that happens midway through.  So avoid any further spoilers and give it a go. Don't even read Netflix's description.  

 

It's sci fi, and a good film based on a good idea.  

 

Spoiler

No! Just go and watch the film!

 

 

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Trial 4. This is the third time I’ve watched it. Wrongful conviction and imprisonment of a black man for the murder of a white cop in Boston. 
 

It’s good in such an awful way. Unbelievable but sadly, believable. Very fleshed out. Bigger than it seems. Definitely worth a watch even if Making a Murderer wasn’t your thing. 

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16 minutes ago, NexivRed said:

Trial 4. This is the third time I’ve watched it. Wrongful conviction and imprisonment of a black man for the murder of a white cop in Boston. 
 

It’s good in such an awful way. Unbelievable but sadly, believable. Very fleshed out. Bigger than it seems. Definitely worth a watch even if Making a Murderer wasn’t your thing. 

Watched this recently after seeing The Innocence Files, thought Trial 4 was incredible, sad, frustrating all in equal measure. If you haven't seen The Innoncent Files which is also on Netflix, well worth it.

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49 minutes ago, NexivRed said:

Trial 4. This is the third time I’ve watched it. Wrongful conviction and imprisonment of a black man for the murder of a white cop in Boston. 
 

It’s good in such an awful way. Unbelievable but sadly, believable. Very fleshed out. Bigger than it seems. Definitely worth a watch even if Making a Murderer wasn’t your thing. 

If you haven't seen it already give Two Distant Strangers a watch. Won an Oscar for best short film. Go in blind. 

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3 hours ago, NexivRed said:

Trial 4. This is the third time I’ve watched it. Wrongful conviction and imprisonment of a black man for the murder of a white cop in Boston. 
 

It’s good in such an awful way. Unbelievable but sadly, believable. Very fleshed out. Bigger than it seems. Definitely worth a watch even if Making a Murderer wasn’t your thing. 

 

Watched this a few months ago. Other than the way it treated the main guy (can't recall his name) and the absolute blatant corruption and racism in the police, the worst thing was that one retired cop they kept interviewing; utterly bent to his core and so unashamed about it. You can see he was literally the embodiment of probably 80% of US police - white, corrupt, racist and impervious to official criticism.

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On 06/07/2021 at 12:40, Benny said:

I normally don't particularly like Robbie Collin's reviews, but his comments on the Kermode and Mayo show feel quite spot on for me. Trying its hardest to not "offend" by just being so aggressively bland. It's horror by the numbers that's not half as clever as the films it's trying to ape.

Just a warning there’s a big spoiler from Robbie Collin at the beginning of his review. I was pretty annoyed.

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14 minutes ago, Sarlaccfood said:

Just a warning there’s a big spoiler from Robbie Collin at the beginning of his review. I was pretty annoyed.

 

Oh yeah, never, and I mean never listen to or read his reviews before watching a film if it interests you. He practically summarised the plot in the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood one.

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1 hour ago, Benny said:

 

Oh yeah, never, and I mean never listen to or read his reviews before watching a film if it interests you. He practically summarised the plot in the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood one.

Just insane in this day and age. I was fuming tbh.
 

I’ll not bother with him again.

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On 06/07/2021 at 20:40, Benny said:

I normally don't particularly like Robbie Collin's reviews, but his comments on the Kermode and Mayo show feel quite spot on for me. Trying its hardest to not "offend" by just being so aggressively bland. It's horror by the numbers that's not half as clever as the films it's trying to ape.

 

Collin utterly spoils every film he reviews in the review. If that's his idea of not being bland then he can utterly fuck off. 

 

I think the word he's looking for is 'balanced' as opposed to holding extreme views on films.

 

What a twit he is. I will never read another review of his because he seems to think every review is a Sight and Sound plot description.

 

There's a reason Kermode has the job and Collin was the holiday temp boy.

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38 minutes ago, Festoon said:

 

Collin utterly spoils every film he reviews in the review. If that's his idea of not being bland then he can utterly fuck off. 

 

I think the word he's looking for is 'balanced' as opposed to holding extreme views on films.

 

What a twit he is. I will never read another review of his because he seems to think every review is a Sight and Sound plot description.

 

There's a reason Kermode has the job and Collin was the holiday temp boy.

 

Kermode has, for the most part, the professionalism that seems to have come with age. He used to be a lot more hot headed and prone to wild flights of fancy about certain films, but now he's settled down a bit I keep coming back for his excellent attitude toward animation and largely spoiler free reviewing. Though if it's shown in a trailer, it's still often considered fair game. So because most trailers give away a whole movie it's sometimes not worth the risk.

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The picture is so bloody dark I can barely make out what's going in this one either, even in daylight scenes. Is it intentional? It's as though the HDR is fucked or something. It reminds me when everyone complained about that episode of Game of Thrones being a dark and grainy mess that looked shit on everyone's TV, and it turned out whoever was in charge of the cinematography/colour grading didn't know what the fuck they were doing.

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The music is really weird - there's licenced music to set the scene on the soundtrack, but then there's a really crap score behind everything that can't seem to decide if it's supposed to be scoring a horror movie or channel Danny Elfman.

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Been on a bit of an anime trip recently:

 

Godzilla: Singular Point

13 episodes of god knows what the hell they were talking about, I don’t really know what was going on or what they were trying to do. Insanely science heavy.

 

Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness

Only 4 episodes, felt like one of those YouTube montages where they show all the cut scenes from a game. 
 

Records of Ragnarok

This is more like it, good story, good action and pretty well paced out rather than out and out action like Baku for example. Looks pretty similar to that visually too. Only about 4 episodes in, they’ll never finish the story in the remaining 8 or so episodes to will be a couple more series at least I hope.

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I thought Fear Street 78 was pretty good. Totally unoriginal but the kills were well staged and the connections to the 1994 one were handled well. I feel like I've seen dozens of films that were shot at that Summer Camp - I'm pretty sure a season of American Horror Story was filmed there.  

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Fear Street 1978 was fine, though I didn't enjoy it as much as I expected to after 1994, which felt the more effective pastiche of the two (albeit more lax in its attention to period detail). Outside one or two well-staged kills, this felt like a relatively tame version of classic '70s summer camp horrors, and Sadie Sink apart, I found the characters relatively unappealing. Still very watchable, though, and I'm interested enough in the overarching story that I'll probably watch the third chapter as soon as it's available. 

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On 09/07/2021 at 22:06, Benny said:

The picture is so bloody dark I can barely make out what's going in this one either, even in daylight scenes. Is it intentional?

Sounds like it might be your TV or settings.  I've just watched it and it was dark, but not overly. Infact I found it a bit more authentic in lighting than a lot of horror films that seem to be overly bright for night time scenes.

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18 minutes ago, Rudderless said:

Fear Street 1978 was fine, though I didn't enjoy it as much as I expected to after 1994, which felt the more effective pastiche of the two (albeit more lax in its attention to period detail). Outside one or two well-staged kills, this felt like a relatively tame version of classic '70s summer camp horrors, and Sadie Sink apart, I found the characters relatively unappealing. Still very watchable, though, and I'm interested enough in the overarching story that I'll probably watch the third chapter as soon as it's available. 

I enjoyed it, the idea of doing a 3 parter has really appealed to me and I'm glad part 1 and 2 have both been enjoyable and well acted.  Usually these sort of films tend to annoy with the shit acting and people running in dumb directions away from the killer.

 

Looking forward to part 3, hopefully it finishes the story of nicely.

 

By the way, who is Ziggy? I've seen her in something and I can't think what.

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3 minutes ago, Chewylegs said:

I enjoyed it, the idea of doing a 3 parter has really appealed to me and I'm glad part 1 and 2 have both been enjoyable and well acted.  Usually these sort of films tend to annoy with the shit acting and people running in dumb directions away from the killer.

 

Looking forward to part 3, hopefully it finishes the story of nicely.

 

By the way, who is Ziggy? I've seen her in something and I can't think what.

 

Yeah, I still enjoyed it, I think I just had slightly higher hopes after the reviews pegged it as an improvement over 1994.

 

You've probably seen Ziggy as Max in Stranger Things. 

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8 minutes ago, Chewylegs said:

Sounds like it might be your TV or settings.  I've just watched it and it was dark, but not overly. Infact I found it a bit more authentic in lighting than a lot of horror films that seem to be overly bright for night time scenes.

 

I'm thinking it might be specific types of HDR encoding, because I watched the Katla series and that looked great, both in bright and dark scenes. I've only found an issue with a few recent series like this.

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5 minutes ago, Rudderless said:

 

Yeah, I still enjoyed it, I think I just had slightly higher hopes after the reviews pegged it as an improvement over 1994.

 

You've probably seen Ziggy as Max in Stranger Things. 

Ah yes, Stranger Things.

 

I'm with you, preferred 1994 but still enjoyed this.

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