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I'd give The Matrix 3/5 and the sequels 1/5 each.

 

Last film I watched was Netflix's Kate. 2.5/5

There were some really nice looking scenes, the fight choreography was good and I really like Mary Elizabeth Winstead (she deserves better).

The story felt very old hat though and twist was telegraphed in about the first 5 minutes. Also - crap title. I don't like these titles which are just the main character's name, especially when the name is so unremarkable. They should have called it Poisoned to Death or something.

 

 

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The Kitchen (Prime Video)

 

This is a very bad film, don't watch it. Bad acting across the board, clearly cut to shreds in the edit with terrible pacing, a paper thin story and zero comeuppance for bad people that did bad things. It gets a point for being set in 70s New York, which I'm an absolute sucker for. Also, the soundtrack's alright I suppose.

 

1/5

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What I Did On My Summer Vacation aka Get The Gringo (2012)

 

Mel Gibson ends up in a cartel run Mexican prison after the Policia take his robbery money. Not an ounce of fat on a slick, well made gangster filled action thriller. Lots of neat moments that made me go hmmm and nod my head at the twists and turns.

 

4 disgraced moviestars /5

 

 

 

 

 

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Midsommar (2019)

 

Watched with trepidation as I was told if you liked Hereditary you'd like this, and I thought Hereditary was shite.  This was quite good, though. Very 70s British horror out there theme, I appreciated the summer feeling throughout. Bit too long, but that's it.

 

4/5

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Having a re-watch of the Daniel Craig Bonds, a good a time as any:

 

Casino Royale (2006)

Forgot how long the poker segment goes on for. Might be tense for poker fans. Mixed feelings about the much-needed reboot for Bond, it's more serious and gritty, silliness dialled right back. The Bond elements are there albeit with a drier wit, Bond is still sleazy albeit in a less smarmy way. Enjoyed it more than when I first saw it.

 

3.5/5

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23 minutes ago, ZOK said:

I think that first Craig Bond showed an amazing amount of promise, there was so much about Casino Royale that was dot on, but going by what came after it must have been an accident or something.

It felt really clean and fresh compared with how silly Brsonan's Bond got. It pulled everything back, there were no gadgets, the humour was a lot drier, less camp, what humour there was anyway. If they'd stuck with it and not gone down the rogue-Bond route later on...

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The Matrix. Haven't watched it since it came out and in my mind it was slow, pretentious nonsense.

 

Inspired by the above chatter and some natterage about it in a Discord group the other day, I decided to watch it last night. In my defence, when it came out I was a poncey art student so it was cool to dismiss popular things and be all contrary. CUT ME SOME SLACK.

 

It's fucking brilliant! Balls to the wall sci-fi action and not at all dissimilar in concept to Terminator, which is one of my favourite films obvs. The fuck was I thinking? Loved it.  The effects have held up really well I think. I'm going to unagree with Clipper and put it right up amongst the genre classics.  Gonna get on the sequels next before they leave Included With Prime.

 

5/5

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Dawn of the Dead (Cannes Cut) 

 

Full disclosure before I start. I've always been a big fan of the zombie genre and this is probably the template for everything that followed. Night obviously set out the basic rules, but this kinda codified them. It was also my favourite film for a long time. I had three or four cuts of it on VHS and have watched it dozens of times. 

 

But I hadn't seen this cut, I think. I couldn't see a lot of difference to the laserdisk "uncut" version. 

 

So I decided to give it a go. 

 

It's erm... its... Its actually not very good, is it? 

 

The acting is universally awful. From the leads, to the side characters to the frankly terrible zombies. 

The weird blue zombies and odd bright red blood look almost comedically bad. 

The only real female character is gratingly pathetic for the bulk of the film. 

The pacing is terrible and whole sections feel unnecessary (and not just the bits added in for this cut) 

There's quite a few "obvious stupid decisions to drive the plot. 

 

The plot is the ur example of a zombie survival fantasist's dream, though, so it has that going for it. So it has that going for it. 

 

It may not have started the genre, but it definitely drove it forward. Its really not a good film though. 

 

Time to kill your gods. 

 

2/5. Sorry. 

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Free Guy. Good fun, some nice references here and there, but I’m sure I missed loads of them. Nothing surprising and probably about half an hour too long. 3/5

 

John Carter. Enjoyed this more than I expected to. It’s fine and probably didn’t deserve to bomb at the box office the way it did. You can definitely see the budget on the screen. 3/5.

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3 hours ago, ScouserInExile said:

Dawn of the Dead (Cannes Cut) 

 

Full disclosure before I start. I've always been a big fan of the zombie genre and this is probably the template for everything that followed. Night obviously set out the basic rules, but this kinda codified them. It was also my favourite film for a long time. I had three or four cuts of it on VHS and have watched it dozens of times. 

 

But I hadn't seen this cut, I think. I couldn't see a lot of difference to the laserdisk "uncut" version. 

 

So I decided to give it a go. 

 

It's erm... its... Its actually not very good, is it? 

 

The acting is universally awful. From the leads, to the side characters to the frankly terrible zombies. 

The weird blue zombies and odd bright red blood look almost comedically bad. 

The only real female character is gratingly pathetic for the bulk of the film. 

The pacing is terrible and whole sections feel unnecessary (and not just the bits added in for this cut) 

There's quite a few "obvious stupid decisions to drive the plot. 

 

The plot is the ur example of a zombie survival fantasist's dream, though, so it has that going for it. So it has that going for it. 

 

It may not have started the genre, but it definitely drove it forward. Its really not a good film though. 

 

Time to kill your gods. 

 

2/5. Sorry. 

It's one of those films that gets held up as a genre classic, I'd say it's not a bad film but doesn't deserve a lot of the prise. And I know this is an unpopular opinion but I agree, the zombies look rubbish, and the blood looks more like paint.

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If one more person moans about the blood or FX in DOTD I'm gonna lose it. 

 

It was 1978 this was doing shit that had never been done before. Savini wrote the book on this shit and it was the early days of his career. Give him a fucking break. 

 

Rant mode off. I'm away to the pub for some food 😂

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5 hours ago, Vimster said:

It's one of those films that gets held up as a genre classic, I'd say it's not a bad film but doesn't deserve a lot of the prise. And I know this is an unpopular opinion but I agree, the zombies look rubbish, and the blood looks more like paint.

 

Counter point. It does deserver the praise because it's a great film.

 

No nostalgic eyes on this either, I only watched the Trilogy for the first time in 2019.

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9 hours ago, Nathan Wind said:

The Matrix.

 

It's fucking brilliant! Balls to the wall sci-fi action and not at all dissimilar in concept to Terminator, which is one of my favourite films obvs. The fuck was I thinking? Loved it.  The effects have held up really well I think. I'm going to unagree with Clipper and put it right up amongst the genre classics.  Gonna get on the sequels next before they leave Included With Prime.

 

Don't ruin this.

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Quantum Of Solace (2008)

Largely enjoyable second outing for Daniel Craig's James Bond. Lots of great action albeit marred by the quick-cut editing style that was in fashion; it was probably exciting enough without the need for this sort of energy-generating editing. That exploding compound though, what's that all about? You couldn't really describe it as a direct sequel to Casino Royale, an extension of it perhaps. It worked a lot better watching this back to back though. Greene feels like an attempt at a classic Bond baddie but lacks the ruthlessness; he turns out pretty pathetic compared to others though. Of all the Craig Bonds I've seen this felt the most tied in to the old ones, there's a lot of good action and with a running time under 2 hours it doesn't mess about.

 

3.5/5

 

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21 minutes ago, Bazjam said:

I’m really not down with the Dawn Of The Dead bashing on here recently. It’s a god damn masterpiece.

To be fair I did say my opinion was unpopular, plus I said it was an okay film that had been hyped, not a shit film. That's the great thing about the internet in 2003.

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13 minutes ago, Vimster said:

To be fair I did say my opinion was unpopular, plus I said it was an okay film that had been hyped, not a shit film. That's the great thing about the internet in 2003.

It’s a perfectly fine opinion to have. There’s been a few posts about it in recent weeks, so just thought I’d throw my two penneth in. Personally, it’s in my all time top three.

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Halloween II - 2/5 (Netflix UK)

 

Such a comedown after the original. Has a couple of moments of promise but largely feels flat throughout.

 

Ghostbusters: Afterlife - 4/5 (Work. Cinemas soon!)

 

Enjoyed this so, so much. I’m sure some will find holes at which to pick at, and expect it to review like a 3/5 film in most places, but found it to be a hugely enjoyable throwback of a film. It’s made with a lot of love, and as such is pretty sentimental but sometimes sentimental is hugely comforting, especially after a weird as fuck couple of years.

 

I’ll forgive its stumbles and slightly saggy middle purely because it made me grin with childlike glee more than a few times.

 

Athlete A - 3/5 (Netflix UK)

 

Depressingly familiar story of institutional abuse, this time within USA Gymnastics. Highly disturbing and heartbreaking in places. That many of the women affected still competed at an elite level even while being abused is testament to their courage and mental strength. Can only hope those affected now have closure, even if the scars will never completely fade.

 

Fuck Larry Nassar, may he rot in his cold, dank cell and die a slow, painful death when his time comes.

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The Alpinist

 

You'll love this if you enjoyed The Dawn Wall or Free Solo. It follows the frankly eye-watering climbing exploits of Marc-Andre Leclerc, a person who sees a peak and navigates it with only a couple of ice axes as his companions (food is often an afterthought - he'll often pack a few granola bars though). And we're talking big, previously un-soloed peaks like Torre Egger. Even world renowned climbing figures think he's nuts.

 

The only very minor issue with the film is that Leclerc does it for the experience and has zero interest in fame, hence the filmmakers struggling to get footage of him, especially in the second half of the movie.

 

A must watch.

 

4/5

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9 hours ago, Bazjam said:

It’s a perfectly fine opinion to have. There’s been a few posts about it in recent weeks, so just thought I’d throw my two penneth in. Personally, it’s in my all time top three.

We're dragging the thread off topic a touch, but Dawn was undoubtedly my favourite film for years and years. I first watched it in my early teens and was immediately obsessed with it. I had what was at the time the complete set of cuts, including an awful UK cut that had big chunks cut out (no kids at the airport, most of the zombie bites cut out stuff like that). I haven't watched it for a long time, I think the last time was just before the remake came out, so was almost coming at it fresh. The first thing that struck me was just how bad all the acting is (I always remember the priest being a bad actor, I didn't realise everyone else was) . All of it. There's badly done blackface in the bit where the police raid the project at the start, which I'd probably never noticed due to watching on dodgy copies. I'd also never quote realised how pathetic Fran is throughout. Also, once you notice it, it's a bit grating how a lot of the attempts at injecting drama involves a character grappling with a zombie while another character stands and watches instead of helping (including an early example of Fran being shit). Blue zombies. Loads of stuff that shows they were short on money (zombies teleporting around the mall, disappearing from shots and so on). It would be easy to say I'm judging it by modern standards, but even in 1978, there were well shot, well acted films with decent special effects. 

 

But, the plot is brilliant. As is the way it shows society breaking down and how people deal with that. And a lot of it resonates today, especially looking back over the last 18 months or so. And some of the practical effects are amazing, considering when it was made. But that's not really enough to redeem it, I don't think. 

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9 hours ago, Triple A said:

Ooh, colour me intrigued!

The trailer I saw the other day didn’t do it for me, so this gives me hope


I watched the original a few hours before Afterlife, and felt tonally the new one is more akin to 80s family film than the more adult humour of the original.


As a child of the 80s that grew up on films like The Explorers and The Goonies, this stoked those fires. I’m intrigued how it will fare; expect around 55-60s on Metacritic.

 

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9-5: The Story of A Movement - 3/5 (Netflix UK)

 

A timely reminder of how far office culture has progressed and yet hardly at all. Some really interesting talking heads offering some perspective on a turbulent period for women’s rights at work.

 

Can’t fathom disparaging someone’s ability or standing in their way because of their gender but watching the doc did serve as a reminder that I can always do more to support colleagues and peers.

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