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52 minutes ago, Jamie John said:

Soul (2020)

 

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I thought this was moving and funny, but I couldn't really figure out who it was aimed at, certainly not young children, and I'd have thought that even 7-12 year olds would have found it a bit too cerebral, whereas teenagers would probably turned their noses up at it, or not understood a lot of the references. A lot of Pixar's output is truly aimed at adults while being disguised as kids' films, but the façade was probably the thinnest it's ever been here. Still, I enjoyed it a lot.

 

4/5

 

Obviously YMMV but our 8 year old loved it, as did we. Plenty that flew over her head but that's par for the course. I doubt it would rank as her favourite Pixar, or probably mine, but it's pretty much as effective at providing something for everyone as usual.

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The Lost Daughter - 3/5

Quite an odd but solid film, there is a captivating sense of impending dread and wasn't quite sure where it was going. Am sure this will one of the Oscar luvvies, as it begins with a woman collapsing next to the sea with tranquil music playing in the background. 

 

Free Guy - 1/5

Horrendous. Just not my cup of tea at all but thought it would at least be entertaining. Lazy writing all over the shop and unlikable characters. The only time I came close to laughing was when the Taika Waititi character is praying on the floor and attempts to do a kick up to get back up but isn't quite able to. That was the highlight for me in what was my worst movie I saw in 2021.

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The Suicide Squad (2021)

Simply put this was hugely enjoyable, the mission felt more like a framework for all the inter-squad banter, which is no bad thing as it was genuinely funny. Great action that went for style over anything else, some of it looked beautiful. Not much else to say really, if you like James Gunn's style of doing things this will not disappoint, but it is entertaining generally. It's dumb in that knowing kind of way, like there's a pact between the film and the audience that we're all smart people but let's have some fun.

 

4/5

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8 hours ago, Capwn said:

Free Guy - 1/5

Horrendous. Just not my cup of tea at all but thought it would at least be entertaining. Lazy writing all over the shop and unlikable characters. The only time I came close to laughing was when the Taika Waititi character is praying on the floor and attempts to do a kick up to get back up but isn't quite able to. That was the highlight for me in what was my worst movie I saw in 2021.

Oof tough crowd!  This got a 3.5 from me.

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Elektra (2005)

Going by the general dislike for this I went in with very low expectations, and whilst it isn't a great film it isn't quite as bad as expected. Yes, the simple tale is messily told, pacing was a real issue, it didn't stir much in me, but the action is okay even if there was nowhere near enough of it.

 

2.5/5

 

When Brendan Met Trudy (2000)

Not really one for romance but seeing this was written by Roddy Doyle I had to give it a watch. I definitely didn't enjoy this as much as the novels, there were a few good jokes and Doyle-esque riffs on pop culture. Old-before-his-years teacher Brendan bumps into free-spirit Trudy and they get up to stuff, basically. There isn't a great deal of plot, more a post-modern take on the ups and downs of a relationship with a dig at middle-class pretensions thrown in. The headmaster stole the show.

 

3.5/5

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The Humans (dir: Stephen Karam, 2021)

A perfect embodiment of the A24 textbook, and as such almost a perfect embodiment of what I want from a film. Slow burning family drama, several generations all meeting at a daughter's new home to share lunch/dinner and to catch up, and as is always the case, things turn sour. Karam's first film as director and it is based off of his own play, which shows in the structure and flow of the film itself. Long lingering shots, out of focus, disorientating. It manages something which I find to be fascinating and I've rarely seen before - it turns the slowburn arthouse drama into a borderline horror film at times. Something which Cache and quite a lot of Haneke's work manages. Primarily done via sound (eerie bumps in the night, heavy footsteps from neighbours upstairs and a couple of 'jumpscare' moments which are really well done) mixed with a use of both light and dark as visual metaphor and mood piece. There is another visual metaphor that runs throughout which I found a bit heavy handed and is used way too often, but that's really the only slight I can give this. If the mood, atmosphere and creepy disjointedness of the whole thing doesn't grip you, you'll no doubt be bored shitless. Great performances by all concerned, especially Richard Jenkins and Amy Schumer. Will be on my list come end of year of topboy films innit. 

 

5/5

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13 hours ago, Vimster said:

When Brendan Met Trudy (2000)

Not really one for romance but seeing this was written by Roddy Doyle I had to give it a watch. I definitely didn't enjoy this as much as the novels, there were a few good jokes and Doyle-esque riffs on pop culture. Old-before-his-years teacher Brendan bumps into free-spirit Trudy and they get up to stuff, basically. There isn't a great deal of plot, more a post-modern take on the ups and downs of a relationship with a dig at middle-class pretensions thrown in. The headmaster stole the show.

 

3.5/5

 

I just saw the other day that 'Trudy' is playing Norma Major in the next series of The Crown.

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Nowhere Special - 2/5

 

Found this to be an earnest but fairly one dimensional drama. A deft performance from James Norton made it a worthwhile watch though.

 

999 films in 2022 to go!

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The Big Short 

 

This had been in my 'I should really watch that' list for a long time. I love it when Ryan Gosling plays characters like his one in this, but in fairness the whole cast were superb, and made what should have been a bore-fest into a thriller where I hung on every word. Brilliant film.

 

5/5

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The Power of the Dog

 

Dr Strange spends two hours being an absolute prick to Spiderman's girlfriend while Creepy Todd watches on.

 

I absolutely loved it. A tense, beautifully shot and superbly acted tale about the fragility of male ego.

 

5/5

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45 minutes ago, Nathan Wind said:

The Power of the Dog

 

Dr Strange spends two hours being an absolute prick to Spiderman's girlfriend while Creepy Todd watches on.

 

I absolutely loved it. A tense, beautifully shot and superbly acted tale about the fragility of male ego.

 

5/5

 

Only thing I struggled with was the score. It was too heavy-handed early on that 'something is wrong'.

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Ad Astra 

 

The first half of this is interesting and at least competently made. The second half though, oh dear. Been awhile since I’ve seen a film fall off a cliff like this one does. I simply couldn’t wait for it to finish and couldn’t give two fucks about how it ended. 
 

1.5/5

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Boiling Point - 5/5

 

Watched this after a thread was made, doesn't seem many have heard of it let alone seen it. I hadn't heard of it until that thread.

 

Brilliant.

 

One shot, one take about trials and tribulations working in a kitchen. It's really riveting and just amazing. Not over the top, well written, amazingly paced. It's an hour and a half that flies by and Just amazing acting across the board. 

 

The director and everyone behind it should be awarded for just a brilliant piece of filmmaking. Always stuns me the planning and precise nature that goes into a long one shot/take, let alone a while film using the method. 

 

Said it a million times but Stephen Graham is one of the best actors working today. Guy is incredible in everything. And I think he deserves an Oscar nomination for this. 

 

 

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The Chain (1996)

Gun-runner Victor Rivers ends up getting chained up with the cop who has been trying to get him, a past-his-prime Gary Busey, and they have to get over thier differences and stay alive after escaping a prison camp in a war-torn South American country. Spoiler alert: they end up best buds at the end. What a twist! The plot consists of a string of sticky situations, their partnership is put to the test, there's some character development, all the moving parts work, you get a few explosions. The film manages to hang on by its fingernails thanks to the two leads, especially Busey although it's fair to say Busey is very much playing Busey here.

 

2.5/5

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Been sick with covid and rewatched a few films while bed bound. Just noting them here but I’ll try and get back and flesh out the reviews. 
 

American Hustle 3.5/5

 

Apollo 13 4/5

 

The Big Short 3.5/5

 

Snatch 4.5/5

 

Platoon 5/5

 

The Gentlemen 3/5

 

Fracture 2.5/5

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The Power of the Dog (2021)

 

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I decided to see what all the fuss was about and this didn't disappoint. Tense, moody and beautifully shot. I think it'll invite lots of comparisons with There Will Be Blood, not least because of Jonny Greenwood's similarly faltering, almost queasy score, but, if anything, this was even more contemplative and ambiguous. Cumberbatch is excellent as a the nasty bastard insecure brother, but I thought Jesse Plemons' understated performance as the hesitating, impotent, almost bovine husband was even better - I was almost screaming at the TV at points for him to fucking do something.

 

Very good, overall. Just don't go in expecting an action filled thriller. I can't remember the last time I saw men and masculinity handled so deftly by a female director and screen writer. I immediately bought the novel as soon as the credits rolled (which is currently 99p on Kindle, if anyone's interested).

 

4.5/5

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4 hours ago, Nathan Wind said:

The Power of the Dog

 

Dr Strange spends two hours being an absolute prick to Spiderman's girlfriend while Creepy Todd watches on.

 

I absolutely loved it. A tense, beautifully shot and superbly acted tale about the fragility of male ego.

 

5/5

 

What was your interpretation about why Phil was such a wanker towards Kirsten Dunst's character?

 

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Did his closet homosexuality just make him a massive misogynist? I couldn't work out why he was so horrible to her. I kind of got that he wanted his brother to be more like him and he saw his new wife as drawing him away from the ranch life, but I think there was some stuff at the start that I missed. Where had George been all this time? And why weren't the brothers' parents at the ranch themselves? They almost sounded like they had English accents, so initially I thought they lived there, but they seemed to be around a fair bit. I got the impression they were quite a well to do family. Phil himself was a graduate, apparently, but chose the ranch life.

 

Maybe the novel gives more background information.

 

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19 hours ago, Jamie John said:

 

What was your interpretation about why Phil was such a wanker towards Kirsten Dunst's character?

 

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Did his closet homosexuality just make him a massive misogynist? I couldn't work out why he was so horrible to her. I kind of got that he wanted his brother to be more like him and he saw his new wife as drawing him away from the ranch life, but I think there was some stuff at the start that I missed. Where had George been all this time? And why weren't the brothers' parents at the ranch themselves? They almost sounded like they had English accents, so initially I thought they lived there, but they seemed to be around a fair bit. I got the impression they were quite a well to do family. Phil himself was a graduate, apparently, but chose the ranch life.

 

Maybe the novel gives more background information.

 

 

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He already seemed to feel like he was losing George which the relationship with Rose exacerbated. So for me, simple jealousy plays a big part, fear of losing his brother and of being alone - he didn't seem close to anybody else. Their early dialogue and the fact they shared rooms and beds early on hinted that they used to talk a lot more, and were probably incredibly close siblings in the past. He refers to them as Romulus and Remus at one point so I think that shows how Phil sees their relationship.

 

Possibly even hints later on about sexual abuse in his childhood, or maybe just forbidden love, but that's quite ambiguous.

 

George is already leaving the wild west behind as America becomes more gentrified, and Rose exacerbates that but Phil is losing his brother before she's even in the picture. I think he's also frustrated about time moving forward and feels he's being left behind. That's hinted at a lot - there's several times where Phil tries to talk about tales of the old days and George just shuts him down. Jesse Plemons was an absolute star in this. I dunno man, there's just so much to unpack about Phil alone, before you even start on any of the other characters. He's obviously repressing homosexual feelings in what's considered to be a very manly world. He's highly intelligent, educated, articulate and actually quite sensitive/artistic (sees the barking dog shadow in the hills for example) but he chooses to, or feels he has to hide those things. Instead projecting a front of extreme masculinity. He's clearly incredibly frustrated and constantly on the edge but also very, very sad. Such good acting.

 

That's all barely scratching the surface. It's a wonderful movie with incredibly good performances from everyone involved. It's challenging, there's a lot to think about.

 

All this stuff is very interesting to me having been around MMA gyms for the last decade and despite having done well at school and further education (the expectations that come with that), choosing to work in manual jobs.

 

I fucking loved it.

 

Edit - there's also so much symbology throughout which becomes clearer as the film goes on. Burning the paper flower for example. It seems such a straight forward act of masculine douchebaggery early on but once you reach the tail end of the film it represents so much more than that.

 

 

 

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Blood Rage (1987)

Enjoyable slasher set on the best-lit housing development ever. Got a few good laughs from this even though I'm assuming they weren't intentional. Louise Lasser overdoes it brilliantly, absent-mindedly vacuuming with a glass of wine in the other hand.

 

3/5

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2 hours ago, Nathan Wind said:

The more I sit and think about The Power of the Dog, the more I love it. There are so many layers to it. I think it's right up there with Cool Hand Luke as one of the best films about 'masculinity'.

Couldn't agree more. Watched it for a second time last night and found it mesmerising. The story telling is so deftly told, the way it twists and turns your expectations of where things are going.

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 The Conspiracy (2012)

 

A guilty pleasure horror which doesn't really get mentioned anymore. Documentary team follow a local prominent conspiracy mut who goes missing, they take over his research and stumble across a large conspiracy, things go tits up. Primarily based around Bohemian Grove.

 

One of the better examples of found footage horror and largely underrated. [7]

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Once Upon a Time In America - 3/5

Feel this one would benefit from a rewatch, allowing the details to slot together better, but with a 4 hour runtime, it’s unlikely that I’ll rewatch it anytime soon. I enjoyed it despite the length. 
 

Apocolypto - 2/5

A lot of intense running, peppered with brutal violence. Seemed to get a bit far fetched towards the end. It was alright, but I can’t see myself watching it again. 

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