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On 31/10/2021 at 10:20, Nathan Wind said:

Shot Caller (Netflix)

 

This is the better of the two. A very good turn by Jaime Lannister, channeling Walter White as he plays a city trader hardened into a career criminal by the US justice system. Forced to do what he has to do to survive prison - you know the drill. Violent as hell in places and very gritty. Other than the accelerated timeline (it would have suited TV better than cinema), it feels quite plausible. This is also really well shot with some lovely wide angles that hammer home the feeling of isolation, juxtaposed against some super claustrophobic prison cell action. Good support from Shane from the Walking Dead, Master Ken from Enter the Dojo and The Dean of Mean, Keith Jardine from the UFC.

 

I really liked this - 4.5/5

It's funny how opinions can vary. I hated this, I thought it was awful from start to finish. Just unbelievable crap. 

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2 hours ago, ScouserInExile said:

It's funny how opinions can vary. I hated this, I thought it was awful from start to finish. Just unbelievable crap. 

 

I also loved it...it has generic parts to it but the story itself I was into. Unbelievable suggests it's contrived? 

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How it's told in terms of acting, directing or the story? Going to prison for a driving offence is convincing, the likiest way the average law abiding person could end up there. Killing to survive in prison maybe not. Contrivances in films does really bother me, when the writer knows where they want the character to end up but don't earn it. Somehow it didn't bother me in Shot Caller. Maybe seeing the poster and knowing how he ends up helps? 

 

I know a lot of people like A Simple Plan but there are numerous actions by characters that are implausible. The writers could still make their point without going all in.

 

I think it's what the contrivance is, if it's misanthropic people are terrible I find it lazy. If it's more about sacrifice and pride, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau's character turning into a different person and accepting it to protect his family, it's not new but his performance is very real, I found that part of it the most compelling. Another often told angle is the father who murders for his profession in order to provide for his family but that's less interesting to me. 

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Brainstorm (1983)

 

More famous for being Natalie Wood's last film than anything else (she died during filming).  An oddly uneven piece of SciFi, the basic premise of being able to record people's brain function (including emotions etc) and play them back to other people is interesting - and the film hints at exploring this; for education, for the military for porn, etc.  But we also have to put up with Christopher Walken delivering lines like he doesn't really understand them (in that Walken way) - and an odd dynamic between his and Natalie Wood's characters.  They start the film in the midst of a separation, and then get back together in a bit of Weekday-Afternoon-TV-Romance way.  Which is at odds with the SciFi feel.  Then during the last act it becomes like a kid's film with a ridiculous slapstick sequence.  Add to that the director being a Visual Effects Expert rather than director (it shows), and the truncated ending because of Natalie Wood's death, and you have a very strange film.

 

On the plus side it does have some really interesting cinematography (and I don't just mean the POV stuff), with an unusual choice of shots and long takes.

 

2/5.  Unsatisfying, but still worth watching as a curio.

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On 03/11/2021 at 23:37, Monkeyboy said:

The Harder They Fall (Netflix)

 

4 out of 5

Just watched this. Felt it didn’t quite live up to its promise for me.  Think some of its stylings got in the way of the story a little. 
 

Nat Love’s gang clearly have his back but they don’t really cement the reasons behind this aside from a few slight inferences. I never felt they all had a history together. It never really set up the full motivations for Delroy Lindo’s character either. 
 

I think it just didn’t tie completely together unfortunately.  That being said each character individually was memorable and this kept it enjoyable for me. It was just more that each person had their own 1 to 1 opponent and it felt a little too convenient. 
 

3/5. 

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21 minutes ago, Loik V credern said:

Unbelievable

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It's been a while since I watched it, and I thought I'd posted about it in here when I did, bit I can't find my review. 

 

From what I remember, my biggest issues with it was that the main character turned down an absolute sweetheart deal for seemingly no reason. Like he was offered a couple of months vs decades, said he was going to take the couple of months then went for twenty years. I seem to remember rewinding to see if I'd missed something. 

 

Then first day, he doesn't just do "hit the biggest guy and they won't with fuck with you", he's immediately gone from "mild mannered architect" to accepted into the Aryan Nation. The guy he hits would have hammered him. And then he's not quite top dog, but not far off. Then he does some Houdini shit to kill a prison guard and ends up gang leader. Then he's a fucking criminal mastermind and tactical genius. Does a load of hardened criminal, spent years learning this stuff, criminality stuff. Dies, I think. The end. 

 

I just remember watching it and constantly going "oh like fuck that would happen". 

 

And they nicked the basic plot from Oz. 

 

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The Florida Project - 5*

 

It's funny finally getting around to watching this so soon after catching Dune because they were both such pure cinematic magic but couldn't possibly conjure it in more fundamentally different ways.

 

And the film itself is filled with contradictory elements - so bleak and yet, often simultaneously, warm and beautiful. The cast is excellent across the board but the performances that Baker wrangled out of the kids is something else. Having also watched Nomadland not all that long ago, it almost feels like a companion piece in the way that it captures another fragment of a broken country.

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Digging down I struck gold on Amazon Prime:

 

1990: The Bronx Warriors (1982)

Very Italian mix of urban biker exploitation and knock-off of The Warriors and Escape From New York, yet this is directed by Enzo G. Castellari of original Inglorious Bastardsj and one of my favourite Italian crime films High Crime fame, and he makes this watchable with a dash of style. Okay so the plot feels like an afterthought, it's more there to drive the action, but that's no bad thing. Worth it for the flamethrowers on horseback.

 

3/5

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Dune

 

Undeniable spectacle and a good start at world building with fun performances but ultimately unsatisfying. 

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It ended out of nowhere, with the pacing leading up to it more akin to a weekly TV scifi show rather than a tentpole designed to launch a franchise.

 

I hope more is coming, and if they were going to really commit to about 5 or so Dune movies, I'd be up for rotating directors.

 

3.5/5

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14 minutes ago, schmojo said:

Dune

 

Undeniable spectacle and a good start at world building with fun performances but ultimately unsatisfying. 

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It ended out of nowhere, with the pacing leading up to it more akin to a weekly TV scifi show rather than a tentpole designed to launch a franchise.

 

I hope more is coming, and if they were going to really commit to about 5 or so Dune movies, I'd be up for rotating directors.

 

3.5/5

 

Part 2 is confirmed and it'll be Villeneuve. He also wants to make Part 3. (But Part 2 will round the story up, Part 3 will be the follow up book)

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1 minute ago, Stigweard said:

 

Part 2 is confirmed and it'll be Villeneuve. He also wants to make Part 3. (But Part 2 will round the story up, Part 3 will be the follow up book)

 

That's good news, I've watched half a film and I was worried I wouldn't get to see the second half of it.

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18 hours ago, hmm said:

The Florida Project - 5*

 

It's funny finally getting around to watching this so soon after catching Dune because they were both such pure cinematic magic but couldn't possibly conjure it in more fundamentally different ways.

 

And the film itself is filled with contradictory elements - so bleak and yet, often simultaneously, warm and beautiful. The cast is excellent across the board but the performances that Baker wrangled out of the kids is something else. Having also watched Nomadland not all that long ago, it almost feels like a companion piece in the way that it captures another fragment of a broken country.

 

Have you seen American Honey? It also feels like a companion to that film I thought. I loved it too.

 

 

Enter The Void (2009) 4.5/5 - Daring cinematic marvel only let down by a weakish plot. 

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Snowpiercer (the film)

 

Oh my what a pile of garbage, about 10 times worse than the first half of the first season of the TV show and slightly worse than the end of Season 2. Risible nonsense - not even a great turn by Tilda Swinton can save this rubbish. Chris Evans is awful as is Hurt and Harris , the actual concept is even worse than the tv show and the ending reveal is hilariously awful.

 

1/5

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36 minutes ago, Benny said:

Throne of Blood

 

5/5

 

I just watched this for the first time. I don't think I need to watch any more films now. There's no need.

 

 

 

Isuzu Yamada's take on, basically, Macbeth's wife is one of my favourite film performances of all time. She plays the character as semi supernatural. Utterly amazing.

 

Of course, Mifune is always excellent too.

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There were elements of Noh theatre in there I think, and generally my favourite thing about the film is the exquisitely choreographed interior scenes - actors use the space around them to expert effect, and it's as much about the times they are not moving as the times they are, as important as the silent pauses in a piece of classical music.

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14 minutes ago, Benny said:

There were elements of Noh theatre in there I think, and generally my favourite thing about the film is the exquisitely choreographed interior scenes - actors use the space around them to expert effect, and it's as much about the times they are not moving as the times they are, as important as the silent pauses in a piece of classical music.

 

Kurosawa was always a master of space. Never more so than in High and Low.

 

Man, I gotta watch Throne of Blood yet again.

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I saw new mortal kombat was on sky, for pure nostalgia I thought I would put it on.  I would have loved to have been at a pitch meeting for this.  

 

"We're bringing mortal kombat back..", "Anihilation was panned, you sure?..."  

"The problem was the tournament so we're going to cut that.  Problem solved"

"In a story about a tournament for the earth you want to cut the tournament part?"

 

 It's not a good film.  It just kind of ends, I didn't know some of the people and I played a good chunk of MK in my youth.  It's lacking any real peril, the characters paper thin.  The more I've though about it the lower my rating has got.  

 

I'm somewhere between 1.5 and 2 out of 5.  

 

Edit: I'm at 1.5 I thought about all that back story shit so he could say that he is now scorpion but none of it in any way explained why he would be called that :D.

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Finch (Apple+)

 

This was pretty much a reminder of why Tom Hanks has become the star he really is. 

As a viewer you're thrown into a post apocalyptic setting with no narrator (or on screen text) telling you what has happened and the back story is drip fed through small visual clues without feeling unnatural. 

 

Tom Hanks plays Finch who lives on the premises he used to be employed as an robotics engineer. Getting sick, old and weary he creates a new robot for the sole purpose of leaving his legacy behind, and something to take care of his pet dog if he should perish before the dog. 

 

I loved the first half of the movie, it was beautifully shot and had loads of tongue in cheek humour and some proper belly laugh moments. Things turns a bit more serious in the latter half and here the movie starts to feel a bit rushed and incoherent. 

 

There are some really great scenes in the latter half as well and with a tighter direction this could've ended up as a modern classic but sadly it lingers on the lesser interesting aspects of the story towards the end, and thus ends with a wimper instead of a bang. 

 

3/5

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On 07/11/2021 at 21:13, Clipper said:

Snowpiercer (the film)

 

Oh my what a pile of garbage, about 10 times worse than the first half of the first season of the TV show and slightly worse than the end of Season 2. Risible nonsense - not even a great turn by Tilda Swinton can save this rubbish. Chris Evans is awful as is Hurt and Harris , the actual concept is even worse than the tv show and the ending reveal is hilariously awful.

 

1/5

Oh my word. I loved this film - especially Tilda Swindon.

 

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I quite like some fan theories behind it to being a dystopian future of Willy Wonka. 

 

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Old (2021)

 

Interesting idea but so poorly executed.

I though everything about this film stunk. Some of the acting is woeful, there's weird directional choices and the dialogue is so terrible, the way people speak just isn't normal. The ending was so flat and meh -

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"evil big pharma is behind it all" - YAWN.


This felt like such a cheap SyFy channel B movie wrapped up within a larger budget facade. It's easily the worst new release of 2021 to date.

 

1/5

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10 hours ago, iknowgungfu said:

Oh my word. I loved this film - especially Tilda Swindon.

 

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I quite like some fan theories behind it to being a dystopian future of Willy Wonka. 

 

I have seen the reviews here and elsewhere, obviously I bounced off it pretty hard. Swinton is superb that is the one positive for this film but the rest of it? eeek

 

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It was fine until they started to escape the tail then it fell apart. The drawers just looked like people literally sleeping in a filing cabinet no atmosphere or scientific elements at all just people asleep in filing cabinet so that made no sense. This is just an indication of the patchy quality of the production design throughout the film as if there were two teams working on the production design and one was used to making Roger Corman movies.

 

From the drawers they find Mr Deus Ex Machina who conveniently solves every door issue from then on taking out any sort of tension regarding how they are meant to make progress up the train.

 

Swinton is superb and lifts the entire thing everytime she is onscreen but she can't carry it on her own sadly (oh wait Alison Pill was fun in her part as well).

 

The drug Kronole is also plastic explosive? :rolleyes:

 

It was all population control? How stupid do you have to be to control population with such a random event.  :facepalm:

 

Ed HArris is sleepwalking his way through this, what should be a tense and atmospheric acting masterclass just ends up as pfft. Go and watch Ed Harris in the Truman Show and see him do an absolute genius job in only a handful of lines - here he is utterly wasted.

 

The children they were taking from the tail were literally inside the engine making it work? - so the future generations are all part of "the machine" - it is way too on the nose as is all of the social commentary. Hurt (in the tail) and Harris (in the engine) wotrking together to keep things on a par is just too obvious.

 

And at the end she/they can survive quite happily outside as if it is just a chill breeze with her hood down and only a few hrs earlier putting your arm outside the train led to it being frozen solid.

 

Basically every beat I think of in the story is flawed.

 

If I wanted to watch a film that is an obviousy allegory on society The Platform is a hundred times better despite its own flaws.

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