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On 06/09/2021 at 20:33, ZOK said:

 


I’m sure you’ll all love it, it’s a cracking little doc.

 

And it makes a fine companion piece to the other lovely farmhouse studio documentary, ‘Rockfield: The Studio on the Farm‘.

 

I wonder if there are any others?


Muscle Shoals is a good doc along these lines - recommended if you’ve not seen that one. Features some amazing musical performances. 

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Kate (2021) Netflix

At the risk of damning this with faint praise this was decent enough, good, varied action with some nice touches, some humorous. The neon-night Tokyo backdrop is always going to look inviting. Mary Elizabeth Winstead's Kate looked suitably wrecked all the way through; I was afraid it would be one of those cases where they go "I've been poisoned" and cough a bit now and again but are otherwise fine, thankfully her condition was a big part of the story. It's predictable, follows a similar path as John Wick. It's not bad.

 

3/5

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An American Werewolf in London 

 

Like a fine wine, this has only improved with age. For such an old film it feels incredibly modern. It’s an absolute masterclass in efficient movie making. Not a single scene is wasted or goes on too long. It’s a cracking plot with great performances and a brilliant script. And the effects. Wow. 
 

5/5

 

Wolves. 
 

A daft romp, but everyone involved is having an awful lot of fun and it shows. I’ve yet to be convinced by Momoa but he relishes the role here. It’s like a 15 rated Twilight but with more fun. 
 

3/5

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Cloud Atlas - Blu-Ray

 

Spurred on from the new Matrix trailer I thought I return to this and give it another go. It's impressively made, but in film the constant fliting between sequences doesn't build any kind of suspense or immersion, probably works as a book but not a film

 

3/5

 

Star Trek II - The Wrath Of Khan - Blu-ray

 

I'm not a huge Trek fan, but this is the Empire Strikes Back of the Star Trek films. I remember seeing this at the cinema and clearly remember one kid crying on the way out, his dad unable to console him. The film is terribly out of focus though for the most of it.

 

5/5

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God's Pocket (2014)

This felt like a dark, dryly-comic farce, blended into a slice-of-life drama, difficult to pin down. In one of his final films Philip Seymour Hoffman does a decent enough job as the downtrodden husband and father dealing with the aftermath of his son's death. The 70s period is rendered well, maybe a more romanticised view of a working-class neighbourhood to be fair. The tone won't chime with everyone, by all accounts it's a bit of a Marmite film. Personally I quite enjoyed it for the dry, black comedy.

 

3/5

 

Watched this on the Arrow Video streaming service. Giving their 30-day trial a go. They seem to have a good selection of genre films on there.

 

https://www.arrow-player.com/browse

 

 

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Kate - 2/5

 

Shite by the numbers action film that I have seen many times before I'm sure. Predictable, forgetable and dull for long moments. 

 

Some competent action scenes can't make up for a complete lack of creativity. 

 

Could have come from the cutting room floor of an early 2000s action game script and storyboarding session. 

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Grosse Point Blank - 4.5/5

 

Still brilliant 23 years later. Sharply written, great performances, darkly funny, sweet, with a brilliant soundtrack. 

 

Also has one of the greatest one on one fight scenes committed to film. 

 

 

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On 11/09/2021 at 20:44, Vimster said:

Kate (2021) Netflix

At the risk of damning this with faint praise this was decent enough, good, varied action with some nice touches, some humorous. The neon-night Tokyo backdrop is always going to look inviting. Mary Elizabeth Winstead's Kate looked suitably wrecked all the way through; I was afraid it would be one of those cases where they go "I've been poisoned" and cough a bit now and again but are otherwise fine, thankfully her condition was a big part of the story. It's predictable, follows a similar path as John Wick. It's not bad.

 

3/5

I thought I could actually smell her at one one point, but the dog had simply shit in the hallway. 

 

 

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On 05/09/2021 at 21:03, Ry said:

Worth - 3.5/5

 

Great drama starring Michael Keaton about the 9/11 victim compensation fund. Solid performances and a bit heartbreaking at times. On netflix now. 

Watched that last night, and it wasn't too bad. Bit too generic for these types of biog films at times, but Michael Keaton's performance is excellent – playing a generally well-meaning technocrat who doesn't have the emotional intelligence to be a politician.

 

On 10/09/2021 at 23:42, Couch Corpse said:

Princess Mononoke - 4/7 5/7

See, that's one I'm still putting off in my Ghibli watch-through. It's sort of the anti-Nausicaä, or what the Nausicaä anime film would've been like had it been made after the increasingly-nihilistic manga had concluded. Sort of.

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So Gylenhaal's The Guilty is basically a shot for shot remake of the original. Same story, same script bar one moment.

 

Luckily it's a banger of a film, so doesn't matter if you watch this or the Danish original. He's fantastic, as per.

 

Comes to Netflix in a few weeks.

 

Pizzloatto (True Detective) screenplay and Fuqua (Training Day) directing.

 

5/5

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I think I saw The Guilty at the cinema years ago, is that the one about a bunch of soldiers in Afghanistan or somewhere and there’s a trial for some reason? I remember liking it a lot, although I can’t remember anything about it now!

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18 hours ago, ZOK said:

I think I saw The Guilty at the cinema years ago, is that the one about a bunch of soldiers in Afghanistan or somewhere and there’s a trial for some reason? I remember liking it a lot, although I can’t remember anything about it now!

 

That must be Jarhead, I would think?

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Thrashin' - 2/5

A young Josh Brolin stars in a skateboard turf war following a very generic 80's storyline. Starts off at a decent pace but tails off in the last half. Soundtrack isn't all that bad though, and an early-ish performance from RHCP in a club may be of mild interest.

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On 13/09/2021 at 16:16, Protocol Penguin said:

See, that's one I'm still putting off in my Ghibli watch-through. It's sort of the anti-Nausicaä, or what the Nausicaä anime film would've been like had it been made after the increasingly-nihilistic manga had concluded. Sort of.

 

I listened to the Nausicaä episode of the Ghibliotheque podcast* a few days ago. They made a lot of comparisons between Nausicaä and Princess Mononoke, largely viewing the earlier film as a rough draft for ideas that were later explored with more refinement and complexity in Mononoke.

 

* They've got a book out!

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9 hours ago, phresh said:

Thrashin' - 2/5

A young Josh Brolin stars in a skateboard turf war following a very generic 80's storyline. Starts off at a decent pace but tails off in the last half. Soundtrack isn't all that bad though, and an early-ish performance from RHCP in a club may be of mild interest.

Who's RHCP? I've been trying for ages to figure out who it could be, to no avail. I even went to IMDB, but I can't even see anyone in the cast with those initials.

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Not really watched anything standout recently, bought a nice artbook on anime cityscapes and went through a few titles it mentioned that were a gap in my knowledge.

  • Patlabor (1989) and Patlabor 2 (1993) - Mamoru Oshii's missing link between Akira and Ghost in the Shell, this is going for a more grounded, contemporary blue-collar setting rather than a OTT cyberpunk vision, and er... it kinda suffers from feeling a bit vanilla as a result. If you kind of squint, you can see both of them as being the eventual influence for Ghost in the Shell, with the firsts Christianity references and the seconds political intrigue and post-war anxiety, but they're a bit too dull to recommend on their own. 1 (2/5), 2 (3/5)
  • Tekkonkinkreet (2008) - This film is just gorgeous and sumptuous stylistically, with this colourful faux-60s/80s/timeless city that's a character of it's own and a great soundtrack. The plot is about two urchins, one hardened and one innocent trying to survive on the streets and fending off gangsters on their turf, but half way through it takes a hard turn into the supernatural, when Satan turns up with a bunch of demons. The last act is just the 10-year olds running away while being graphically injured and murdered, which is really not pleasant to watch, and I kind of resent such a great looking film being anchored to this narrative, because without it I'd be raving about it. 3/5
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The Guyver (1991)

Purely judging this on its own merits as I am totally unfamiliar with the idea's providence or the people involved, this was very silly, a dash of camp, the suits looked really good and there was plenty of fun fighting in lieu of anything else. It was a bit too goofy at times, it worked best when going for campily-serious and arch. Would have found this hilarious back then. A fun film, certainly.

 

2.5/5

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