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The Matrix : Kids Edition (Free Guy) - 2.5/5

 

Stupid and silly green screen action. Couple of amusing scenes. Ryan Reynolds being Ryan Reynolds like Ryan Reynolds does in every Ryan Reynolds film. 

 

Kids probably love it. I thought it was OK. 

 

The Grand Budapest Hotel - 5/5

 

Maybe my 4th viewing and I think this might now be my favourite Wes Anderson film, overtaking The Royal Tenenbaums. Its just so wonderful to look at, sweet, sad, wonderly written and bloody hilarious. Ralph Fiennes is just amazing in it.

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Kate (2021):


Every so often I check to see if Netflix has gotten any better at quality control with their film division and am generally left with the same impression. It's like eating at a Weatherspoons,Harvester,McDonald's, (insert your preferred cheap massmarket energy replenishment establishment of choice).


This film is fairly unremarkable, like the vast majority of the Netflix commissioned original 'bloke' films I've seen (Extraction probably being the best one they've made themselves so far). It's not absolute crap, just very nothing special. Mary Elizabeth Winstead looks quite a bit like a young Sigourney Weaver from certain angles at times in this film.


The fact that quite a bit of this film seems to have been filmed in Thailand was interesting as apparently modern cityscapes are so interchangeable, nobody but the locals ever notice 🤣


(2.5/5)

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The 40 Year-Old Virgin (2005)

Attitudes have changed a lot in the 16 years since I saw this first time around. There's material in there that probably wouldn't land in 2021, at its core there's a curious combination of coarse laughs and romance here that despite having some decent laughs doesn't quite work for me. The virgin geek thing was probably bullshit back then, it's hogwash now. The fact he had to give up his passions to "grow up" is frankly depressing. I did laugh more than I thought I would on a second viewing, there are moments of quality humour here. It felt hyper-contemporary for 2005 though, it definitely hasn't aged well on some levels. It may be because I'm 16 years older and my experiences have made me feel differently about sex and relationships.

 

3/5

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The Many Saints of Newark

Never seen Sopranos so had no idea who I should root for. A great film but it didn't Particularly have a plot 3.5 / 5

 

How It Ends (Netflix)

Dad tries to locate his daughter after an apparent nuclear bomb / disaster. Strangest ending to a film ever... It fades to black during a car chase scene... and ends! WTAF. Should be called "How it doesn't end"  2 / 5

 

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1944 (sometimes subtitled Forced to Fight

 

I like a good foreign language war film, and this is a good one. 

 

Set in Estonia during WWII, where men were forced (and sometimes volunteered) to fight for either Nazi Germany or the Soviet Union. Made a bit worse for the ones pressed into the German army - only German citizens could join the regular army, so foreigners were put in the SS. This didn't end well for any who surrendered. 

 

This film follows both sides, starting with the men in the Wermacht and then swapping to the Red Army. Literally for some characters. It explores their motivations, the impact both sides have on civilian life and the difficulties in being forced into fighting against your own countrymen for a cause you don't really believe in. 

 

It well shot with done decent acting, though the lack of budget shows in some battle scenes. 

 

A decent 4/5

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Galaxy Trucker - 2/5. Might have given it a 3 but a really tenuous grip on how gravity works knocked it down.

 

Superfly - 4/5. Elevated by an incredible soundtrack but still feel this holds up well. Great shots of New York, a reasonable story, even if it tails off a bit, and some seriously tight fashion. Stick it to whitey!

 

The Apartment - 3/5. A really clever premise which does a lot of the legwork, although there is some great dialogue too. 

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Black Mass - better than expected since it got a pretty poor reception at release. Depp was pretty terrifying (I think it was the scary ice blue contact lenses) at points and everyone else was good. Somehow I never knew that Whitey Bulger's brother was a fucking senator. You couldn't make this shit up.

3.5 hilarious Boston accents out of 5.

 

Ip Man 3 - Donnie Yen vs Mike Tyson

all of the stars out of 5

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It isn’t what this thread is for but when someone says “the thing 4/5” or “dawn of the dead 4/5” I am always tempted to ask what films in that genre would they give 5/5 

 

it is fascinating seeing the different perspectives

 

anyway

 

freeguy 3/5 - fun stuff but not perfect

 

the matrix 4/5 - so very close to a 5/5 just a handful of moments that hold it back. 
 

 

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47 minutes ago, Clipper said:

It isn’t what this thread is for but when someone says “the thing 4/5” or “dawn of the dead 4/5” I am always tempted to ask what films in that genre would they give 5/5 

 

it is fascinating seeing the different perspectives

 

anyway

 

freeguy 3/5 - fun stuff but not perfect

 

the matrix 4/5 - so very close to a 5/5 just a handful of moments that hold it back. 
 

 

 

I watched the Matrix again yesterday. One thing that always annoyed me is when Switch calls Neo coppertop. I always thought "whys she calling him ginger" 

 

Quick Google search brought up this... 

"Switch Calls Neo "Coppertop" - A Reference To The Fact That He's Really A Battery. Before Neo encounters Morpheus he has absolutely no idea about his situation - for him, the Matrix is reality, and no other planes of existence exist beyond it."

 

Ahhhhh!!!!! 

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3 hours ago, Clipper said:

It isn’t what this thread is for but when someone says “the thing 4/5” or “dawn of the dead 4/5” I am always tempted to ask what films in that genre would they give 5/5 

 

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the matrix 4/5

 

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Heheh I did wonder if my two posts might be linked :D

 

I am happy to explain in excruciating detail, I love film and I love being nerdy about it so if you want to know why it is a 4/5 for me then read on :D

 

I don't chuck 5/5 ratings about very often (ok I am willing to be proved wrong if someone trawls this thread). Matrix to me has a couple of moments that don't quite work for me - here is the short version...

 

1) the bullet time set pieces (Trinity at the beginning) now look a little "of their time" but they are the only fx that date to be fair.

2) The other crew members of the Nebuchadnezzar were very very sketchily drawn. When they die int hat scene (not like this etc...) the film is hoping we feel something but we barely know them, a few scant lines of dialogue isn't enough - the film hasn't earnt it yet. SO those emotional beats fall slightly flat

3) The "Basil Exposition" is a little on the nose and forced - this is a critique of all 3 films but the first is the least egrigious. The morpheus training scenes were a fun way to impart the info but there was too much of it in big chunks and it hit you over the head almost to ladybird book level at times - they didn't give the audience any credit. They could have sprinkled it round better

 

Now those are nitpicks and literally shave off just enough greatness to reduce it to 4/5 for me.

 

As for other films in the "scifi" or "action" genre that I would give 5/5. It is hard to think of parallels... but 5/5s for me are

 

Terminator  (T2 getting a 4 :P )

Alien

Predator

2001

Bladerunner

The Thing (but then that is horror really as well as scifi and action ish)

SIlent Running maybe (been a while since I saw it so need to re-evaluate!)

Bodysnatchers 78 (ditto)

 

The problem is the film is action and scifi so I have put examples from both as it were.

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I don't think a 4/5 rating for the Matrix or indeed any other ratings in here really need great justification. It was more you being surprised by subjectivity about genre classics moments before... well, you can see where I'm going here.

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3 minutes ago, hmm said:

I don't think a 4/5 rating for the Matrix or indeed any other ratings in here really need great justification. It was more you being surprised by subjectivity about genre classics moments before being... well, you can see where I'm going here.

I'm not surprised, I just said that if a "classic" of a genre is subjectively given a low rating then I'm just curious as to what films in that area they do think of as "classics". I was more thinking of instances where a classic gets a 1,2,3 out of 5 but the examples I thought of were 4s. I guess I am just interested in differing perspectives on classics etc and alternatives. Which is a bit indepth for this thread which is why I said it wasn't the place.

 

I am in no way surprised by subjective views :D

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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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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.

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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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