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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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Dune 3/5

Didn't enjoy the story and felt nothing for the characters but the sense of world was fascinating

 

 The Electrical Life of Louis Wain 3/5

Quite surprised with this rather odd true story. Trailer makes it feel like a quaint ITV drama but it's pretty bleak and morbid as it is charming and comical. Great cast with some splendid small cameos. 
 

 

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The Siege - 2/5 (Disney+)

 

Starts off being a bit more considered than most 90s action flicks but becomes a tragic comedy by the time Denzel Washington’s world weary detective laments torturing suspects as being un-American. That rallying speech hasn’t aged well.

 

Glory Road - 3/5 (Disney+)

 

The story of Don Haskins, a basketball coach for Texas Western who coaches the first all-black starting line-up in NCAA history.

 

It is a Disney film so the hard edges of racism in the era are rounded off, but not completely, with some still-shocking moments. Uplifting because of the historical impact the squad made*; depressing that athletes still experience the kind of hate portrayed here.
 

*the end credits has a poignant montage of the athletes talking about their experience, worth sticking around to see.

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Decided to start watching the MCU movies for the first time ever, in release date order:

 

Iron Man - 3/5

 

Slightly concerned that this is generally considered to be one of the better MCU movies as I thought it was pretty average. If there's a lot of movies worse than this I may not make it through them all.

 

Fun and well acted by all involved but generally forgettable due to a weak and obvious villain and an origin story that hits pretty much every predictable narrative beat you'd expect.

 

The Incredible Hulk - 1.5/5

 

Well I got what is generally considered to be one of the worst out of the way I suppose. The 1.5 is for the chase scene in the slums at the beginning and parts of the university fight around the middle.

 

The rest of the movie is a flaccid 2 hour chase movie with completely flat characters that go through absolutely zero character development. Seriously, none of these characters develop or change in any way whatsoever throughout the movie. It ends pretty much as it started only with the villain (another weak one) a bit depressed.

 

The CGI battle at the end has aged horrendously and the movie is generally just a dramatically inert, pointless waste of time.

 

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2 hours ago, Majora said:

Decided to start watching the MCU movies for the first time ever, in release date order:

 

Iron Man - 3/5

 

Slightly concerned that this is generally considered to be one of the better MCU movies as I thought it was pretty average. If there's a lot of movies worse than this I may not make it through them all.

 

Fun and well acted by all involved but generally forgettable due to a weak and obvious villain and an origin story that hits pretty much every predictable narrative beat you'd expect.

 

The Incredible Hulk - 1.5/5

 

Well I got what is generally considered to be one of the worst out of the way I suppose. The 1.5 is for the chase scene in the slums at the beginning and parts of the university fight around the middle.

 

The rest of the movie is a flaccid 2 hour chase movie with completely flat characters that go through absolutely zero character development. Seriously, none of these characters develop or change in any way whatsoever throughout the movie. It ends pretty much as it started only with the villain (another weak one) a bit depressed.

 

The CGI battle at the end has aged horrendously and the movie is generally just a dramatically inert, pointless waste of time.

 

 

Whisper it, they're all pretty average. Only Infinity War really rises above.

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26 minutes ago, Festoon said:

Whisper it, they're all pretty average. Only Infinity War really rises above.

 

Nah, I still think it's remarkable how consistently good most of them have been, compared to most of the comparable effects-driven PG-13 action/adventure blockbusters related during the same period. (I don't just mean it's impressive how solid they are compared to other superhero stuff like the DCEU, X-Men, and Amazing Spider-Man films; but also compared to the Bonds, M:Is, Star Wars and Treks, Harry Potters, Hobbits, Pirates of the Caribbeans, Transformerses, etc...)

 

Especially the first Avengers, which remains my single favourite live-action action/adventure blockbuster since Fellowship of the Ring. :wub: 

 

Anyway, I look forward to seeing if @Majora has the correct opinion about Iron Man 3! (Which is that it is one of the best ones.)

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3 hours ago, Majora said:

Decided to start watching the MCU movies for the first time ever, in release date order:

 

Iron Man - 3/5

 

Slightly concerned that this is generally considered to be one of the better MCU movies as I thought it was pretty average. 

 

 

 

I gave up on them on my attempt to watch them and see what was what. Apart from the odd high/low spot they are fairly decent 3/5 films

 

eventually I couldn’t face yet another “it’s alright I suppose” superhero film

 

 

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I think some of this is when watching in a big bolus too as I rewatched last year and had a similar feeling about them. There not bad films but back to back I think they start to look a little flabby. 
 

also, once you form Up a team why would any single superhero not call in their mates to help out on their own individual adventures. Some plot lines explain why certain characters are absent but still….there wouldn’t ever be a time when one of the avengers can’t sub in for some help?!

 

 

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Iron Man 2 3/5

 

Bit surprised this ended up being received significantly worse than the first. I enjoyed it roughly just as much I think - better in some areas, worse in others.

 

I guess on the downside it feels messier and less cohesive than the first. There's a lot going on but at the same time much of it feels kind of inessential/inconsequential so I sometimes felt my focus drifting.

 

On the plus side, I thought this was a funnier movie than the first. Which was itself fairly amusing, but I actually found this funnier. Loads of great lines. 

 

The action sequences are more memorable too. It's been less than a week since I saw the first movie but the action sequences are already fading from my memory whereas I think a couple of the ones in this will stick around much longer. Better villains too, though still not GREAT.

 

Objectively, the first is a better crafted overall product but the second is funnier and has more individual moments I think I'll remember.

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