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Just now, cassidy said:

Bugger. 

 

See I'm sure it'e been on one of the Sky Channels or Virgin because a bit of a previous episode I knew almost word for word, So I wonder if I caught it channel hopping late one night. 

 

 

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29 minutes ago, Arn X Treme said:

 

See I'm sure it'e been on one of the Sky Channels or Virgin because a bit of a previous episode I knew almost word for word, So I wonder if I caught it channel hopping late one night. 

 

 

 

BOOM

 

https://alibi.uktv.co.uk/shows/evil/

 

The first two seasons are available now on the Virgin if you do a search. 

 

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Saw Black Phone tonight.

 

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Meeeeh. It was fine. Pretty much horror by numbers. Lots of unexplained plot holes. If you've ever seen a horror where the central theme is someone is being held captive, which you have, you've not really any need to watch this one. It doesn't bring much new.

 

It was enjoyable enough though I guess. Not a bad film just very run of the mill.

 

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I thought it was great. It's not shy about its themes, there's certainly some wiggle room for interpretation but it's themes are obvious and direct, unlike Annihilation which is more ambiguous. Some have seen this as a downside, but it worked for me. Maybe because I'm a man myself and I needed clear signposting to help me relate to an extremely female-centric variety of horror, the microaggressions and mild threat escalating to the extreme. I'm really hoping as it reaches a wider audience the themes don't get misconstrued. It's certainly a very interesting work from a man, I wonder how it might have been different coming from a woman. I'll have to think on it a bit longer.

 

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I was struck by how nearly all of the bodily injuries were self inflicted, and yet they only enraged the partner and antagonist/s more. Multiple of the iterations of antagonist had wounds or injuries that rendered them incomplete or grotesque in some way, all of their own making. That letterbox scene had me wincing in a way I virtually never do. The final sequence was visually and thematically interesting and well executed (mostly making up for some dodgy CG early on). The cycle of toxic masculinity sustaining itself through multiple individuals like some grotesque Matryoshka, on the one hand body horror and on the other hand a fairly unflinching depiction of childbirth. Which if you've been through as a bystander, leaves you in a mixture of awe and horror at someone undergoing something so natural and alien to you at the same time. Wielding that highly specific mix of innate understanding and revulsion as folk horror was clever.

 

Also, the many, many people complaining about a lack of payoff perhaps didn't notice the broken bird being euthanised earlier on, and the chekovs axe being toyed with in the last scene :)

 

Jessie Buckley and Rory Kinnear are great as always. Some slightly dodgy makeup/cg around Rory at times but it was forgivable. The music and cinematography were top notch too. 

 

It isn't a particular good straight horror film for popcorn lads looking for their next James Wan loud-bang fest. But it's also not for people who aren't horror literate looking for a mystery/art movie. It doesn't really work on those levels, which probably explains the 40% RT audience score and swathes of reviews either complaining it wasn't scary or it was too heavy with the symbolism. Then you've got the remaining negative reviews which were from people who couldn't follow it or didn't watch it, but they're pretty sure it's "woke" so they gave it one star. Go and read the RT reviews once you've seen it, they're a real laugh. The trailer really keeps the meat of the piece under wraps which has left lots of people walking in expecting something else.

 

Kermode's review is nicely written, If I couldn't do half-stars I'd have probably gone with 4. 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2022/jun/05/men-review-alex-garland-jessie-buckley-rory-kinnear

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On 27/06/2022 at 19:22, Dark Soldier said:

Watched The Black Phone as I was in town after work and wanted to avoid rush hour.

 

It's the best Blumhouse film. Which doesn't say much.

 

Generic but has its moments.

 

6/10

Yeah I really enjoyed Black Phone too, thought it was great but I'm biased since I hugely enjoy Joe Hill's works.  Definitely early vibes of King's early works.

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Surprised you guys are pretty meh about the Black Phone. I've only heard good things.

 

Think i'm gonna wait till it hits digital though.

 

If you have seen both, did you enjoy Sinister or Black Phone more?

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3 hours ago, DarhkFox said:

Surprised you guys are pretty meh about the Black Phone. I've only heard good things.

 

Think i'm gonna wait till it hits digital though.

 

If you have seen both, did you enjoy Sinister or Black Phone more?

Personally I enjoyed Sinister a lot more. The problem with a movie set predominantly in one location is you need to keep introducing new elements to keep it fresh and I don't think Black Phone did that very well. It all felt a bit like it had been done before and got pretty repetitive. It's not a bad movie, worth a watch but I'd not be rushing to see it.

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23 hours ago, DarhkFox said:

Surprised you guys are pretty meh about the Black Phone. I've only heard good things.

 

Think i'm gonna wait till it hits digital though.

 

If you have seen both, did you enjoy Sinister or Black Phone more?

Sinister is better, but I did hugely enjoy Black Phone. I wasn't meh about it, its not scary really more of a thriller with some supernatural elements. It definitely has that coming of age feel that King did early on in his career.

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On 23/06/2022 at 13:28, Arn X Treme said:

Just started Season 2 of Evil.

 

I got to the Funky Town part and literally jumped / laughed so hard I spilt my drink.

 

First time i've ever had that happen before.

 

 

 

Just seen that bit(madness and hilarious) and the next episode of S2. 

 

It's a lot more confident in what it is, I feel so far with S2. 

 

Think this deserves its own thread tbh. 

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God Noroi is probably my favourite horror film of the last however long since it was released. Feels like the perfect use of the found footage format.

 

Recent watches

 

Dashcam - awful, disappointing because I liked Host, but I found this aimless and frustrating, struggled to finish it.

 

Men - good, probably the best thing from that director, lovely atmosphere, subtle as a brick but that didn't really hurt it for me, wish the main character had been given a little more to do though.

 

Crimes of the Future - excellent, so happy that he's returned to something more genre-y, feels like it lands somewhere between Crash and Videodrome, looking forward to seeing it again.

 

Mad God - mind-blowing technical achievement, has a level of detail and invention that had me glued to the screen, could have easily watched another hour just floating about in that world. 

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19 hours ago, aubergine said:

 

 

Crimes of the Future - excellent, so happy that he's returned to something more genre-y, feels like it lands somewhere between Crash and Videodrome, looking forward to seeing it again.

 

Mad God - mind-blowing technical achievement, has a level of detail and invention that had me glued to the screen, could have easily watched another hour just floating about in that world. 

 

I thought Crimes Of The Future was just OK.

 

Mad God is something really special, like you say it's not just the technical side of things it's just an overall good package, and it works really well. 

 

 

 

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31 minutes ago, ucci said:

Mad God is the new Phil Tippett? Carrying on from the Robocop thread, the man is a bit of a wizard. 

yeah worked on Star Wars too, Jurassic Park. Godlike is more appropriate:)

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