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X - 4/5

 

I really like Ti West. He’s one of the best horror directors around these days, and this was a blast. Happy to see that he has also made a prequel to this (shot back to back.)

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The Lost City - 3/5 (cinema)

 

A bit long, but gets by thanks to the chemistry between Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum. Daniel Radcliffe should ham it up as a villain more too, he does it well.

 

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Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World

 

I know it's somewhat a thing now to slate Edgar Wright for crimes unknown to me, but this is still one of my guilty pleasures. I still find the lines funny - such as "You should see them live, they are so much better live" amongst many other classics. Ahead of its time in 2010 I would say, one or two scenes now seem a bit dated/naff, but it's very minor stuff indeed. I'm 51

 

5/5

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Bull (2021)

Watched this based on the good word from here and agree with those that liked it. Really brutal, scummy and nasty. For a regular looking guy Neil Maskell plays unhinged and scary really well. There's moments in the film that caused audible reactions from me. The ending wasn't what I was expecting at all but it wasn't something I hated. A decent revenge thriller but don't be expecting a Dead Mans Shoes (those are few and far between anyway)

3/5

 

The Mummy (1999)

It's been years since I watched this, but this week on my podcast we did film pitches, I came up with an idea for The Mummy 4 and it made me want to revisit the original. My daughter is now at an age where we can watch a film like this with her too.

 

Outside of the terrible CGI (it was 1999 after all) it still holds up as a fun action adventure film. It's really fun, appropriately scary for a younger audience (my daughter screamed out a couple times) and Fraser is just such a wonderfully charismatic leading man. Really enjoyed watching it again.

4/5

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1 hour ago, englishbob said:

Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World

 

I know it's somewhat a thing now to slate Edgar Wright for crimes unknown to me, but this is still one of my guilty pleasures. I still find the lines funny - such as "You should see them live, they are so much better live" amongst many other classics. Ahead of its time in 2010 I would say, one or two scenes now seem a bit dated/naff, but it's very minor stuff indeed. I'm 51

 

5/5

It’s probably still greatest comic book movie of all-time and at the same time, the best video game movie as well.

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Well, I was going to sit down to watch the latest Bond film on Amazon Prime...however, the first five minutes in and I realised I had absolutely no idea who anyone was.

 

So, I watched Spectre instead.

 

I enjoyed it. It is the very definition of a movie that you really must shut off a whole part of your brain, because were you to start thinking about just exactly how any of it would work in real life, then you'd probably go mad. I mean, the motivations for the villain doing what he did was...well...don't even go there. Don't give it a moment's thought.

 

However, if you take it for what it is, then it's a decent entry into the Bond series. Plenty of fun little call-backs to previous films, and I've got to say I enjoyed it more than any of the last few 'real' Super-hero movies I've seen.

 

3/5 (maybe 3.5/5)

 

Edit: I wish it had more Monica Bellucci in it, mind. She has such an amazing screen presence. 

 

 

 

 

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No time to die - 2/5

 

fucking hell. So busy spotting  callbacks I even noticed it’s a remake of the spy who loved me AND moonraker, at the same time. 
 

did like the use of the world is not enough musical cues. Oh wait, that was just the billie eyelash song again, wasn’t it 

 

#ponderous

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The Daniel Craig Bond series is just that, there is too much plot connecting them all up - I'm no Bond expert but they didn't make them like that before, where you had to have prior knowledge of any film

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X (2022)

The trailer definitely made this seem like there was something more going on, which is why it was a bit of a shame that it just ended up being a fairly run of mill "slasher", but with old people. It was neither scary, shocking or gruesome.

3/5

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The 355 (2022)

 

CIA agent Mason "Mace" Brown joins forces with a rival German agent, a cutting-edge computer specialist and a Colombian psychologist when a top-secret weapon falls into the hands of a group of mercenaries. Together, the four women embark on a breakneck mission to save the world while staying one step ahead of a mysterious figure who's tracking their every move.

 

Makes the 2019 Charlie's Angels look like The Avengers. 

 

0/5

 

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Sugar Hill (1974) - A zombie blaxploitation film, nothing particularly interesting as it doesn't have the gore to really nail the former or the cool/soundtrack to nail the latter. Decent costume design/effects though. 2/5

 

Wily's Wonderland (2022) - Thought this was pretty good, it's ridiculous and let down by the quality of acting from the group of teenagers but it doesn't outstay it's welcome. Doesn't get anywhere neat the highs of Mandy or Colour in Space but worth a watch - 3/5

 

Bull (2022) - Would echo a lot of recent reviews in here, it's no dead man's shoes and screams 'revenge wank fantasy' for large stretches but Mitchell's performance does do a good job of elevating it a bit. 3/5

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Boss Level - 3.5/5

 

Thought the concept was intersting - basically Groundhog Day for action movies.  Guy wakes up and from the off, is hunted by assassins.  This leads to situations where the days repeat enough that he learns what happens and what to do (though we do get loops where he forgets something and messes up, either leading to his death or making him restart).

 

Its a bit of a weird one this.  There are no big hitters in the main cast, and Mel Gibson is the bad guy and it all screams cheesy straight to video nonsence.  But they've got Naiomi Watts as the love interest, and Annabel Wallis is in a really small insignificant role, and she's been in some much bigger roles leading up to this, as well as Michelle Yeoh having about 5 mins of screen time.

 

Weirdly the structure of the thing is its strongest point.  The pattern of events for the loops make sense and dont feel overly obtuse or weird, while the science stuff is obvious gumpf, its understandable whats happening, and events that push the story forward all make sense and dont feel forced.  Like, the problem of what he needs to do all follows a logical order, more or less, and everything is very clearly laid out.  The performances are good too, Grillo is likable and easy to root for, and theres some funny bits too, like when one of the assassins is talking about their custom expensive weapon and then they reveal why its that much.  Gibson is a pretty decent bad guy as well, though I wonder whos idea it was to have him throw in some "anti SJW" comments here and there.

 

The action is passable.  Its decent in places, and in some sections its not so good, in particular one of the swordfights where it feels like they couldnt edit around the actors very well.  The best one (which is actually very good being fair, almost John Wick-esque) is actually a bit of a bait and switch

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In the climatic showdown when he goes to save the girl, theres a build up to a big fight against all the elite assassins in one go in the main hall room....which pulls out to show he's carrying a chaingun from the copter he came in and he decimates them all instantly.  Straight after that though, he has a gunfight down a stairwell against nobody guards, and its very good.

 

Overall, it was enjoyable enough without being great.  I've given it 3.5, that could be a bit generous though.  It moves along quickly enough that at the very least you probably wont get bored watching it.

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The Matrix: Resurrections

 

It was pretty good I thought. They went ham with some of the meta-ness, or self-referential-ness, or whatever you want to call it... and it's definitely more watchable than some of the stuff in the second or third films, but I can imagine that some people would find it a bit too nonsensical or up its own arse. I can forgive that kind of stuff more easily but I don't think it'll win over people who didn't like The Matrix before.

 

Anywhere from 2 to 4 depending on your tolerance for Matrix fluff/5

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Green Room - 3 out of 5

 

Fun but I'd heard alot of very good things about this and it didn't really come close to greatness.  Way too many daft, wtf are they doing moments for me plus not enough time really setting up our main cast up too. Everyone just felt like caricatures tbh.

 

Pretty good B movie stuff though.

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2 hours ago, Stigweard said:

 

Thank fuck. The feedback in the main thread was making me worry it was just me that loved it.

I thought it was incredible. Very visual, very Eggers. He's so good at building believable real worlds. Love it.

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The Northman

 

Quoting from the main thread -

Just got out of this.  Was really really good, but not quite the 5 out of 5 I was hoping for.  A slightly longer runtime, with a little more complexity in plot, would have made this perfect.  What there was though, was really bloody good - Eggers' big brass balls delivered again!  Major video game vibes, especially when 

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he went to get the sword.

Come to think of it, I would bloody love a AAA action adventure game or RPG of this tone and manner.  Some have got a little way there, but haven't gone far enough.

 

4.5

Still brilliant!  I just wanted that little bit more.  Go see!

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Avengers Endgame

 

Just finished watching this with my son.

 

It's just brilliant! I've seen it a few times and it still makes me whoop / fist pump at the cool bits, laugh at the jokes and cry like a baby at the end.

 

I love it!!

 

5 Infinity Gems / 5.

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A Clockwork Orange - 4K

 

Not Kubricks best work - sort of misses the point with missing the final chapter from the book, but its notoriety, especially in the UK, elevates it maybe just a little bit higher than you would normally score it. The 4K is a bit pointless, but a million miles away from my 20th generation VHS copy that I had acquired back in the late 80s from an advert in the back of the Melody Maker

 

5/5

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End of Days

 

Or perhaps Oh My Days. Boils down to Arnie vs Gabriel Byrne’s Devil. Mostly toss of course, but has the odd moment. It’s also the answer to the quiz question: in which fever-dream of a film does Miriam Margolyes twat Arnie with a piano?


2/5

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Honey, I Shrunk the Kids! (1999)

 

Not sure how I missed seeing this when it came out, but it's been on my 80s movies to-watch list for decades now. The practical effects have held up pretty well, all things considered, and the plot surprised me by having actual character development, foreshadowing and payoffs included. I imagine that some smaller kids would have been traumatised by the giant insects (and poor Antie :(), but as a slice of family entertainment this was great.

 

3.5/5

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No Time to Die 

 

It was alright. It was plenty entertaining and had a decent plot. But, as people have said above, it had too many callbacks and I couldn't remember previous films that well, so didn't really understand some bits of it. Which I don't think it right for a Bond film, they're always self contained in my head. 

 

3/5

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No Time to Die.

 

I did not enjoy this. Seemed like a disconnected set of action sequences with little story and a completely uninteresting villain. Found the whole experience extremely dull.

 

I think this film may have set a record. How many annoying characters can you fit into one film? Loads, it turns out.

 

2/5

 

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