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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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Dune (1984) Alternative Edition Redux - ****

That was like watching Flash Gordon in comparison to the new one :D

Fantastic. Enjoyed every minute.
 

Spoiler

I know that it's fun for everyone, but as a geordie, it's a singularly exquisite pleasure to see sting getting stabbed right up his cunt chin.

 

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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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9 hours ago, Dark Soldier said:

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

I watched this tonight, and would also give it 5/5. I had absolutely no idea where the film was going, which is such a rarity these days, and loved where it ended up. Need to watch it again as it’s a film that the more I think about it, the more I love it.

 

One thing I didn’t notice was that apparently Garance Marillier’s character has the same name as she had in Raw, so that we could be looking at a Ducournau cinematic universe.

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No Time to Die

 

I'm surprised that the Craig era Bond films turned into one long story, so if you're not reasonably familiar with previous films (you could probably skip Quantum of Solace but the others are pretty much required) then a lot of the story will be baffling, possibly as much as the timeline for Rami Malek's character but movie logic eh.

 

I do feel that they should have let younger people write these films who were perhaps a little less enamored of the pun-filled gadgetry of the older films, gadgetry that has gradually become divorced from actual reality (I mean, developing a LiDAR that can go around solid objects in 3D *and* return to its emitter? That's not indistinguishable-from-magic levels of advanced technology so much as just plain fucking magic), but such is life.

 

Still, I enjoyed it and it finishes off Craig's Bond in a suitably big way. I might even rewatch it in IMAX but next up is Dune.

 

3/5

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3 Best picture winners I hadn't seen....

 

West Side Story

 

Great songs, but the rest of the film fell flat for me. It was a mediocre film and had none of the life that imbued every scene of The Sound of Music. 

 

2/5

 

Nomadland

 

I was hoping to be surprised by this but I got exactly what I was expecting - an expertly crafted movie that really wasn't my cup of tea at all. I'm simply not the target for this sort of thing - shame as its so well made and I totally get the plaudits. Strathairn was brilliant.

 

3/5

 

Driving Miss Daisy

 

I enjoyed this a lot. It really doesn't put a foot wrong. 3 amazing performances from the 3 leads. Zimmer's score is great and a nice departure from his usual stuff. I was totally surprise by how good this was. The saccharine was dialed up to 11 but sometimes I don't mind that at all.

 

5/5

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On 20/10/2021 at 01:31, Bazjam said:

I watched this tonight, and would also give it 5/5. I had absolutely no idea where the film was going, which is such a rarity these days, and loved where it ended up. Need to watch it again as it’s a film that the more I think about it, the more I love it.

 

One thing I didn’t notice was that apparently Garance Marillier’s character has the same name as she had in Raw, so that we could be looking at a Ducournau cinematic universe.

 

Ooh this is from the Raw director, excellent I love that film!

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3 hours ago, sandman said:

3 Best picture winners I hadn't seen....

 

West Side Story

 

Great songs, but the rest of the film fell flat for me. It was a mediocre film and had none of the life that imbued every scene of The Sound of Music. 

 

2/5

 

Ban request.

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The Last Duel - 4/5

 

Ridley Scott's latest and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  The same story detailing the events leading up to the titualar duel, but told from the differing perspectives of each of the 3 protagonists.  Looks absolutely stunning as well.  Well worthy of your time.

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