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55 minutes ago, Art Vandelay said:

I watched Fight Club I think possibly for the first time the other night. It’s a strange one as I really like Fincher but I hated this. It tries so hard but frankly Zodiac does so much more with far better economy for me. I think it all falling apart in the second half has to be on Palahniuk though, it fritters a good premise which is classic Chuck. Sacrilege I’m sure, but 2/5 at a push. 

 

Absolutely. It's so try hard.

 

And urine isn't sterile. You can't drink it.

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44 minutes ago, Scribblor said:

I don't think it's aged very well.

 

It was tedious back in the day too. I saw it at a late show from the pub after two pints and just assumed I was in a bad mood, but saw it again a few months later and thought the same overall.

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Terminator: Salvation 

 

Not entirely sure why I pressed 'watch' for this. Hadn't seen it since it originally came out. All I remembered about it was that it was set in the 'cool' parts of the Terminator films - the future stuff. None of that pissy 80s/90s stuff for me, oh no! 

 

It is a very silly story, not very well told but mixed in to this chaos are some still pretty good sfx. The bare-metal terminators still are the stuff of nightmares, the terminator motorbikes reminded me of the light bikes in Tron, and - considering its age - the CGI nude Arnie at the end of the thing is actually pretty impressive-looking. The dead-eyes thing works in its favour.

 

Basically, I love the look of the thing but - like his other films - McG (eurgh) can't direct very well. 

 

Still think it's the best Terminator film after the original and its sequel, mind.

 

3/5 (probably 2.5/5, but the film does have a giant robot thing in it that makes some fun sounds as it moves)

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Rise of the Footsoldier Origins 

 

I've watched it do you don't have to.

 

I've seen all the others and they're a bit if a guilty pleasure. The series had already managed to stretch out very little story into four films and this one is very much scraping the bottom of the barrel.

 

As with most of these films, it's all a bit grubby and grim and there's lots of people getting called "cant".  Vinny Jones is in this one, for some reason. It's said a couple of times he's from Birmingham, but he just talks like Vinny Jones.

 

Even if you like any of the others, I can't recommend watching this one.

 

I was going to give it one point, but it seriously has no redeeming features.

 

0/5

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22 minutes ago, ScouserInExile said:

Rise of the Footsoldier Origins 

 

I've watched it do you don't have to.

 

I've seen all the others and they're a bit if a guilty pleasure. The series had already managed to stretch out very little story into four films and this one is very much scraping the bottom of the barrel.

 

As with most of these films, it's all a bit grubby and grim and there's lots of people getting called "cant".  Vinny Jones is in this one, for some reason. It's said a couple of times he's from Birmingham, but he just talks like Vinny Jones.

 

Even if you like any of the others, I can't recommend watching this one.

 

I was going to give it one point, but it seriously has no redeeming features.

 

0/5


Not even .5 points for Terry Stone’s wig?!

 

(agree though, it’s the weakest of the films)

 

The Miracle Season - 3/5 (screener)

 

Pretty by-the-numbers sports drama, albeit one built on a pretty tragic true story and with some good supporting performances from William Hurt and Helen Hunt. Wholesome ending, including very touching end credits. Live Like Line indeed.

 

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Star Trek - The Bad Robot ones

 

Star Trek 3/5

Star Trek into Darkness 3.5/5

Star Trek Beyond 2/5

 

It's amazing how badly modern day action blockbuster films date now - and its not the visuals, it's more about the substance within. Cast is pretty good, although I think Keith Urban has Bones' mannerisms down really well (and is underrated in these) - but the rest are more in spirit than anything else. Doubt they'd ever cast an Englishman as a Scotsman again

 

As for the villains - Bana and Idris are wasted in these, and Cumberbatch is a really odd casting choice for number 2

 

"Beyond" is what I'd imagine Star Trek by Christopher Nolan to be like - but then I think they have outdone him even in this. How complicated was the action in this one ? - mindboggling that anyone actually understands what the fuck is going on. To bemoan its unrealistic is a stupid thing, but you don't need to ramp things up to this level to make an engaging action film.

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13 hours ago, englishbob said:

Star Trek - The Bad Robot ones

 

Star Trek 3/5

Star Trek into Darkness 3.5/5

Star Trek Beyond 2/5

 

It's amazing how badly modern day action blockbuster films date now - and its not the visuals, it's more about the substance within. Cast is pretty good, although I think Keith Urban has Bones' mannerisms down really well (and is underrated in these) - but the rest are more in spirit than anything else. Doubt they'd ever cast an Englishman as a Scotsman again

 

As for the villains - Bana and Idris are wasted in these, and Cumberbatch is a really odd casting choice for number 2

 

"Beyond" is what I'd imagine Star Trek by Christopher Nolan to be like - but then I think they have outdone him even in this. How complicated was the action in this one ? - mindboggling that anyone actually understands what the fuck is going on. To bemoan its unrealistic is a stupid thing, but you don't need to ramp things up to this level to make an engaging action film.

Very disappointed that Bones didn’t sing any of his lines.

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Film #700 of the year, so obviously I went with something big, something memorable...

 

King of the Travellers - 2/5 (Prime)

 

Drama focusing on warring Irish families. It's pretty standard fare for this type of film - the cover tagline is the eyeroll-inducing, 'Love Betrayal Friendship Revenge'. John Conners (Cardboard Gangsters) is watchable but overall you'd be better off watching the similarly-themed documentary Knuckle (2011) instead.

 

(300 films to go to reach 1,000 with 101 days left in 2022...)

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Shattered Glass. Hayden Christensen is Stephen Glass a writer for New Republic magazine, who seems to find lots of interesting stories. 
 

Saw this many years ago, spotted it on Prime and fancied watching again. Feels like quite a light take on this true story and doesn’t feel terribly dramatic 3/5.

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Fall - 3/5 (screener)

 

Really enjoyed this. When I say ‘enjoyed’ my palms were sweaty throughout and I was constantly shouting ‘nope!’ at the TV. Would have loved to have seen it on an imax screen, but even at home it’s an effective b-movie.

 

Next 10 films I watch will be set on firm ground where no character even thinks about climbing stairs, let alone a 2,000ft tower in the middle of the Mojave desert.

 

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Men

 

Had something to say and featured the best sound design since, funnily enough, Annihilation.  But this wasn’t half as smart as it thought it was and actually felt a bit amateurish at times.  Worth a watch but disappointing.

 

3/5

 

 

Elvis

 

Really liked this, more than I thought I might, as Baz Luhrmann movies are hit or miss with me, mostly miss.  This is definitely one of his hits - a great story, extremely well and smoothly told.  It was very touching at times and Austin Butler was electric!  A must see for anyone that has put themselves up in front of others, had an unscrupulous manager, shown off to a girl, enjoyed black music and/or Elvis’s music, has generally experienced or is interested in any of the aspects of Elvis’s story, however small in comparison those experiences might be.

 

4/5

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Do Revenge - 3/5 (Netflix)

 

Gets by on the charms of Maya Hawke and Camila Mendes, plus a decent soundtrack but is a bit long and a bit too in love with itself by the end. Fun, disposable rehash of Strangers on a Train.

 

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Ghettoblaster (3/5)

 

I am a big fan of vigilante style movies and I managed to pick up an uncut German pressing on dvd of this obscure American movie. It’s no Death wish 3, but has some good action scenes and a decent enough story to get you through to the end.

 

 

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The Forgotten Battle - Netflix

 

A hefty Dutch WWII film charting the battle for The Scheldt during Operation Market Garden, and so named because the Americans weren’t involved so no big Hollywood movies get made about that shit. It tells its tale via three main characters - a Dutch soldier fighting for the Germans, a British airborne trooper who falls in with the Canadians that led the allied push, and a Dutch resistance member. It’s absolutely harrowing and incredibly tense at times, well acted and visually sumptuous. A very good war movie.

 

I’m dropping half a point for some uneven pacing, but that’s my only real criticism. 

 

4.5/5

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The Brain (1988)

It's an alright B-movie creature thingy about an evil psychologist brainwashing people with the aid of an alien brain and a regional TV show. A good effort considering it probably had quite a low budget, but despite a bit of pluck it wasn't quite daft enough, felt a little too serious somehow and lacked any humour. It also tries to do too much and falls down, not quite conspiracy thriller, not quite gooey creature horror. It's not awful though.

 

2.5/5

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20 hours ago, glb said:

Do Revenge - 3/5 (Netflix)

 

Gets by on the charms of Maya Hawke and Camila Mendes, plus a decent soundtrack but is a bit long and a bit too in love with itself by the end. Fun, disposable rehash of Strangers on a Train.

 

(#709)

 

Do Revenge 2/5

 

Just doesn't work. Trying to do 90's movies but it just doesn't have to spark or the zing. The plot is dragged out, the attacks are lazy and it's really got nothing to say, no insight. Main two cast are good but there's nothing there for them chew on.

 

Unacceptably long at 2 hours.

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