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License To Kill (1989)

Definitely enjoyed this more than The Living Daylights. It's essentially what Bond did on holiday, as if someone did a standard American action film of the time and for whatever reason make James Bond the good guy to the point where when M and Q turn up they feel almost like an intrusion. Robert Davi is the perfect bad guy in this situation too. Is it a Bond film though? It does feature my favourite Bond theme though, properly epic stuff made even more so by Gladys Knight.

 

4/5

 

Goldeneye (1995)

This Bond has a great deal, from Sean Bean's Alec Trevelyan to comic relief from Alan Cumming as Boris, a resourceful, no-nonsense Bond girl in Natalya to a properly dangerous femme fatale in Xenia Onatopp, cold war hangover plot, exotic locations, stuff exploding for no reason, and a genuinely gripping fight at the end. There are enough films spanning enough time for people to have an idea of their Bond and what that means, but it would be hard to deny how much fun Goldeneye is. There's a nod to Bond's character flaws brilliantly delivered by the then new M, Judy Dench, although to be fair they didn't really follow though on that. Brosnan didn't seem quite as slimy here, there are a few well-timed double entendres and some 90s-style quips. It's debatable whether he moved the character that much forward though. You could argue the whole film is somewhat reliant on past films as a sort of shorthand, although it's important to note by this point post-modernism was becoming dominant, taking familiar elements and making something new. To be honest it doesn't take away from the pure enjoyment for me. It makes The Living Daylights look like a wet Sunday afternoon anyway.

 

4.5/5

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13 minutes ago, Ry said:

Halloween Kills - em?/5

 

Is this a comedy? If so it's a solid 3/5. Got a handful of laughs from me

 

If it's meant to be taken as a serious horror/slasher film then it's a 1/5. 

 

The tone is a mess. Not seen anything like it in decades. Is it a spoof? If its trying to emulate 70s and 80s slasher films then they missed every beat and were clueless. Every single thing about it is atrocious Only decent thing was John Carpenters score. 

 

Laughably bad. 

Agree completely. Bizarre film. I'll probably give it 2/5 as I wasn't bored at least.

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Circuitry Man (1990)

Quirky post-apocalyptic cyberpunk-noir? It certainly has all those elements. The humour did chime with me, as did the cast of odd characters. All that made up for a pretty simplistic pursuit plot that, for a post-apocalyptic film, at least didn't totally rely on a desert locale. Vernon Wells' Plughead is great, suitably creepy, the number of leads coming out of his head increasing as time goes on. Some great ideas, and definitely a bit of style here too in places. Gets a bit messy especially towards the end although I applaud director Steven Lovy for trying to at least to imbue the film with something. Your enjoyment will probably depend on how well you get the off-beatness of the setting and humour. It won't be for everyone.

 

3.5/5

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Two wonderful treats on MUBI, together running for a grand total of twenty minutes:

 

I Like Life A Lot - 5/5


A work of touching beauty, this 1977 animation is the work of Roma kids illustrating their own thoughts on life. Breathtaking in every respect.

 

Scenes with Beans - 5/5


Another Seventies Hungarian animation, this is the stop motion tale of an alien bird investigating life on a planet populated by beans. But really they are human beans. Just amazing.

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Ban The Sadist Videos (2005)

Documentary that covers the furore surrounding 'video nasties', starting off with the home video boom, the outrage whipped up by the likes of Mary Whitehouse, attempts to control what people could see via the BBFC, then the second half looks at James Ferman's time as the had of the BBFC and a fresh wave of outrage following the murder of James Bulger in 1993 and attempts to link that with Child's Play 3 in particular. It's amazing to think that we came dangerously close to having a bill and amendment passed that would stop people accessing 18-rated films normally. Good variety of voices here including those opposed to violent videos. From this distance the tabloid-fuelled sensationalism seems a bit quaint compared to our more cine-literate society now. Food for thought.

 

4/6

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Night of the Living Dead 90 (or Night of the living dead remake)

 

I followed through on my threat to rewatch Night of the Living Dead remake after watching the steaming turd that is Dawn of the Dead remake.

 

NOTLD90 has aged far far better. It is too respectful to Romero's original in many ways which means it feels like it is being held back a bit. However this remake does make marks of its own. It makes changes to various parts of the plot and structure, all of these changes are interesting but invariably I still prefer the original. PAtricia Tallman is great value as Barbara and Tony Todd is superb as Ben, bringing a different vibe to the role. That is the one change I enjoyed is that Ben AND Cooper are the "bad guy" at certain points which makes you realise noone really knows what the right thing is to do and humanity is destined to fight itself instead of being united.

 

Great remake, the way they should be done.

 

4/5

 

As an inverse to the Dawn remake I would rather watch this remake than any of Romero's second trilogy!

 

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Loophole (1981)

Sedate bank heist where professional bankrobber Albert Finney persuades down-on-his-luck architect Martin Sheen to help plan an audacious job. It does take a fair old while establishing Sheen's predicament, but the rest of the film is the planning and execution of the heist. It's not especially action-packed, more steady and methodical with some tension here and there. Not sure what was going on with the ending though, it felt like some shots had been cut out. If it was an attempt at ambiguity it passed me by. Not a top-tier heist film but great performances from the leads plus Susannah York and Jonathan Pryce it's worth a watch at least.

 

3/5

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Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)

Whilst I didn't enjoy this nearly as much as Goldeneye I didn't find it as awful as its reputation would have it. Jonathan Pryce absolutely fits the bill as the insane media mogul, things livened up every time he'd archly pontificate or demand yet more ruthless execution of his plans, even if it all felt a bit silly, although that's half the fun. Action was all over the place though and didn't have nearly as many memorable set-pieces. At least Michelle Yeoh got to kick some arse, albeit nowhere near as deftly-directed as she was in Hong Kong. To a greater extent that Goldeneye it felt like the past Bond films had been plundered for ideas, it did feel very familiar albeit with a 90s veneer. To someone my age it's never going to be considered Classic Bond, but it's not that bad either.

 

3.5/5

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Ron’s Gone Wrong (2001).

 

Saw this with my kids this morning and we all loved it.

 

It’s sort of Mitchell’s vs The Machines (without the end of the world scenario) meets Big Hero Six as a Big Tech firm launches robots social media bots to all the kids except one can’t afford one and has no friends.

 

He ends up with a broken one that’s like a mini broken Baymax called Ron that permanently acts like Baymax does when he had low battery.

 

And then its all about friendship and that social media is pretty shit.
 

It’s very warm and really really funny and has a mad goat. Your enjoyment may vary on how funny you find Ron and his antics, but I was laughing throughout and even properly cracked up with tears of laughter at one point.

 

4.5/5

 

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21 hours ago, El Pibe said:

Bad Trip on Netflix - 4/5

 

Gave this a watch after listening to Eric Andre on the Adam Buxton podcast. Really enjoyed it. Some much needed laughs throughout and nice chemistry between the leads.

 

Is Eric in character for the podcast or just being himself ? I would like to hear him talk about his comedy normally. It is funny when he just goes nut in interviews though like the Hot Ones chicken thing on YouTube.

 

The Eric Andre Show is essential too if you have not seen it and liked Bad Trip.

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2 hours ago, Vimster said:

Ban The Sadist Videos (2005)

Documentary that covers the furore surrounding 'video nasties', starting off with the home video boom, the outrage whipped up by the likes of Mary Whitehouse, attempts to control what people could see via the BBFC, then the second half looks at James Ferman's time as the had of the BBFC and a fresh wave of outrage following the murder of James Bulger in 1993 and attempts to link that with Child's Play 3 in particular. It's amazing to think that we came dangerously close to having a bill and amendment passed that would stop people accessing 18-rated films normally. Good variety of voices here including those opposed to violent videos. From this distance the tabloid-fuelled sensationalism seems a bit quaint compared to our more cine-literate society now. Food for thought.

 

4/6

 

That sounds like it might make a good companion to This Film is Not Yet Rated, a 2006 documentary about the MPAA which I haven't seen but is supposed to be good.

 

One of the big differences between US and UK film certification that I find interesting iswhy in the UK, we think nothing of the jump from 15 to 18 cert, whereas in America, the jump from R to NC-17 is considered a really big deal. They're roughly equivalent in terms of which ages are allowed to see them unaccompanied, but NC-17 is perceived as essentially synonymous with pornography. It's considered box office poison to such an extent that companies prefer to give uncut home releases no rating at all rather than NC-17.

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1 minute ago, Nick R said:

 

That sounds like it might make a good companion to This Film is Not Yet Rated, a 2006 documentary about the MPAA which I haven't seen but is supposed to be good.

 

One of the big differences between US and UK film certification that I find interesting iswhy in the UK, we think nothing of the jump from 15 to 18 cert, whereas in America, the jump from R to NC-17 is considered a really big deal. They're roughly equivalent in terms of which ages are allowed to see them unaccompanied, but NC-17 is considered essentially synonymous with pornography. It's considered box office poison to such an extent that companies prefer to give uncut home releases no rating at all rather than NC-17.

This Film Is Not Yet Rated is generally good although it tries to mix useful information with an attempt to name and speak with the people responsible for doing the rating which doesn't amount to anything. It has lot lots of info which is common knowledge now like the US military offering access in exchange for control of their image. Re NC-17 though it speaks to a few film-makers about how their films were basically killed stone dead when given that rating over an R, plus how unrated films struggled to get distribution due to discrimination from the likes of Walmart who won't stock them. Obviously things have changed a lot in the last 15 years or so and the situation for distribution is different. It's been years since I saw it but there was a female director who had made a lesbian romance drama which got lumbered with an NC-17.

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2 hours ago, Orion said:

 

Is Eric in character for the podcast or just being himself ? I would like to hear him talk about his comedy normally. It is funny when he just goes nut in interviews though like the Hot Ones chicken thing on YouTube.

 

The Eric Andre Show is essential too if you have not seen it and liked Bad Trip.


It’s him just being himself. I’ve never seen any of his stuff so no idea how different that is to his shows, mind you.

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13 hours ago, ZOK said:


It’s him just being himself. I’ve never seen any of his stuff so no idea how different that is to his shows, mind you.

 

Thanks. All of The Eric Andre show is on All 4 now. The episodes are only 10 minutes long. Well worth a try, if you haven't seen it before. 

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The Love Witch - 4/5 (MUBI)

 

I found this to be a riot, although if you don’t dig what it’s doing I can imagine it would grate. It’s the story of a witch living in modern day LA and looking for love, who doesn’t really mind who pays the price for her romantic misses. It’s filmed in a groovy sixties Technicolor style, and the performances all play to pitch perfect parodies of B movie performances while they whack out incongruous occult opinions on sex, feminism and the patriarchy.

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Halloween Kills - 2/5

 

Schlockier than a b-movie monster movie marathon at the Prince Charles Cinema.

 

I didn’t hate it, even though it’s utter rubbish. A proper bizarro lurch between comedy and gore (so, so much gore) that at least is never boring.

 

Nothing really works, nothing really makes any sense. What a complete madness.

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On 17/10/2021 at 18:11, Ork1927 said:

Ron’s Gone Wrong (2001).

 

Saw this with my kids this morning and we all loved it.

 

It’s sort of Mitchell’s vs The Machines (without the end of the world scenario) meets Big Hero Six as a Big Tech firm launches robots social media bots to all the kids except one can’t afford one and has no friends.

 

He ends up with a broken one that’s like a mini broken Baymax called Ron that permanently acts like Baymax does when he had low battery.

 

And then its all about friendship and that social media is pretty shit.
 

It’s very warm and really really funny and has a mad goat. Your enjoyment may vary on how funny you find Ron and his antics, but I was laughing throughout and even properly cracked up with tears of laughter at one point.

 

4.5/5

 

Yeah, this was a really nice surprise. Some properly funny lines and situations had me guffawing away, which doesn’t happen often in family films.

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Titane is the most wonderful, incredible film I've seen in years. Ducournau has such confidence in her vision and is fast becoming my favourite filmmaker.

 

It, also, is not the film I expected. However, like Raw, it has flashes of the horrific, but I wouldn't label it as horror.

 

Agathe Rouselle is electric as the lead.

 

5/5

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South of Heaven - 2/5 (screener)

 

Jason Sudeikis-led crime drama. While he’s charming enough, he never feels quite right in the role. The film sort of meanders for two hours without really ever being anything other than passable.

 

The Deep House - 2/5 (screener)

 

Half-decent idea (spooky house only accessible by using scuba gear) that’s never really scary. Also let down by a half-arsed lead actor. Wanted to like it more but at least it’s only 82 minutes long so never outstays it’s welcome.

 

Die in a Gunfight - 1/5 (screener)

 

Tiresome. Watched the last half hour on x1.5 and it still felt too long. A few flourishes that might have been more engaging had any of the characters been likeable. Thought this kind of Tarantino-lite shite went out of fashion two decades ago.

 

(all screeners as listed, but think South of Heaven is already on PVOD; not sure when the other two are)

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