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23 hours ago, Stigweard said:

 

Interesting that you said his "English accent" cause he is English.

 

I'll be watching it tonight 

 

Oh I didn't know that, everything I've seen him in he's been playing an American then.

 

 

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Bodies Bodies Bodies 2/5

 

Not the slasher flick I expected, has a good chuckle throughout and was surprised to see Lee Pace in it. 

 

And great to hear Disasterpeace on the soundtrack. 

 

Was the girlfriend's daughters pick but was glad I watched it. 

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15 hours ago, glb said:

Interestingly with Fall, at least I thought so, they filmed on a platform built on top of a mountain, so the height seen in camera is at times genuine. Think the actors were around 100ft off the ground when on the ‘set’, which is still a fair old height. Looking back it is quite obvious when they switch from digital to in-camera but it’s still a damn effective thriller, certainly one of the better b-movies I’ve seen this year.

 

That's clever. I've also seen a lot of poor films lately, that are underwritten or aren't much fun. Like two Costner films, Revenge and No Way Out. I don't mind stupidity as long as it's fun*. And the last 40 minutes of No Way Out is I think the most enjoyable ending to a film I've seen this year. 

 

*like in The Fall 

 

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The 'he could never say 'I love you' so said '1-4-3' instead is so stupid it just becomes funny, especially when it becomes a plot point that makes it even funnier that she'd never seen her mates foot before or that her mate mustn't have thought that Dan said his catchphrase to every girl he sleeps with and if you're trying to keep the affair secret, you probably don't get a lifelong tattoo of it.

 

I can't believe a writer thought it up. Or that the main character (I never remember names) wasn't suspicious that Dan (Partridge has killed that name for all eternity) couldn't say 'I love you', seeing it as some sweet quirk rather than his guilt. 

 

Both films are just 6s for me, but I don't really give anything even 7s nowadays. 

 

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News Hounds (1990)

BBC drama about a bunch of hacks at a tabloid newspaper doing their worst to get a big story. Adrian Edmonson is superb in this straight role, has a very convincing air of casual sleaze about his news editor character who is a simply vile human being and ultimately rather sad, as is almost everyone in the office. What impressed me most was the portrayal of a culture where doing nasty stuff to get a story was totally normal, as was the casual racism, misogyny and contempt for anyone outside the office, all in an understated way.

 

4/5

 

 

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You Might Be the Killer - 3/5 (Shudder)

 

This gave me Tucker and Dale vs Evil vibes, and while not as good as that, is still an enjoyable horror comedy that takes a swipe at horror tropes. Plot: a camp counselor suffers blackouts. When he awakes to find himself surrounded by murder victims, he calls his horror movie enthusiast friend (Alyson Hannigan) for advice on how to survive.

 

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Using Shudder's 7-day trial for some early Halloween scares; some decent stuff on there amid the schlock (and some of the schlock is good too)

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18 minutes ago, glb said:

You Might Be the Killer - 3/5 (Shudder)

 

This gave me Tucker and Dale vs Evil vibes, and while not as good as that, is still an enjoyable horror comedy that takes a swipe at horror tropes. Plot: a camp counselor suffers blackouts. When he awakes to find himself surrounded by murder victims, he calls his horror movie enthusiast friend (Alyson Hannigan) for advice on how to survive.

 

(#744)

 

Using Shudder's 7-day trial for some early Halloween scares; some decent stuff on there amid the schlock (and some of the schlock is good too)

They usually do a good deal around Halloween so it's worth keeping an eye out. 

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All My Friends Hate Me (2022)- 4/5

 

Really enjoyed this. Don't want to give too much away other than a man goes to a country house for a birthday party with his posh mates from uni, and strange stuff starts happening. 

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Jurassic World Dominion

 

I mean, it isn't as woefully poor as JP3, but, it's not great.

 

It's like they gave up on it being a franchise about big, exciting, scary dinosaurs and tried to turn it into an espionage thriller.

 

Meh.

 

2 fossils / 5.

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Blonde - 1/5

 

Felt I should give it a shot seeing as I was very negative after reading an interview with the director.

 

Absolute fucking shit. And I thought Thor: Love and Thunder was the most arrogant thing I'd see all year. A physical impossibility - shit from a cunt.

 

Actually, no. 0/5

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The Jurassic Park/World Saga

 

As we hadn't watched Dominion, we thought we'd make a weekend of it and binge the whole lot of them.  What a rollercoaster it is!!  It's a shame that the series can never get close to THAT original, which somehow seems to get better and better with every watch.  So perfectly paced, no filler whatsoever, genuinely wonderful directing throughout and the scene with the brachiosaurus always takes me back to the summer of 93 when I watched agog at the screen, scarcely believing what I was seeing.

 

Although technology has improved, the talent behind and in front of the camera has diminished, particularly with the writing.  Both trilogies seem to fall away spectacularly after bright starts, and JP 3 is as far away from the original as Dominion is from Jurassic World.  As for JW - I actually enjoyed it far more than I thought I would, it's a really good reboot so what the fuck were they thinking when they wrote such utter dreck to follow it?  It's a series about dinosaurs.  There were plenty to choose from - why bother with the awful hybrid stuff?  The 'dino auction'?  Pretty much everything in Dominion?  

 

I really am not fussed if I don't see most of these ever again - but the original JP in particular is something I could watch over and over again.  Maybe they should have just made sure that there was more Jeff Goldblum spread across the 6 films?

 

Jurassic Park: 5/5

Jurassic Park: The Lost World: 3/5

Jurassic Park 3: 2/5

Jurassic World: 3.5/5

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom: 1.5/5

Jurassic World: Dominion: 1.5/5

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Jeepers Creepers: Reborn - 2/5 (screener, but think it’s also on Prime)

 

I think the kindest thing I can say about it is that it’s competently made. Still completely by-the-numbers, but is at least brisk. If you need a fourth Jeepers Creepers film in your life then you’ll probably get what you need out of this.

 

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The Age of Innocence
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0106226/?ref_=nm_flmg_dr_40

 

A tale of nineteenth-century New York high society in which a young lawyer falls in love with a woman separated from her husband, while he is engaged to the woman's cousin.

 

This is a Martin Scorsese film made in the middle of his 90’s hot streak that contained Goodfellas, Cape Fear and Casino. But is a million miles away from those films in tone and aesthetic. It’s set at the end of the 1870’s in the last years of ‘old’ New York. 

 

Daniel Day-Lewis plays Newland Archer, a lawyer who’s engaged to Winona Ryder. They live a pretty staid life of opera and dinner parties. Into this existence comes Count Olessa (Michelle Pfeiffer) – recently separated from her European husband and back in New York trying to get her life back on track. There’s an immediate attraction between Olessa and Archer but the social codes of the day mean they’re both stuck and unable to act on their feelings.

 

I thought this was really excellent and a total change of pace from Scorsese at that stage of his career. The three leads play their roles perfectly - Michelle Pfeiffer and Winona Ryder have never been better. It’s one of those films where you have to infer the meaning from the dialogue because so much is left unsaid. It has a great look to it and feels like it captures the reality of the era, just at the start of the ‘modern’ age. It’s two hours long but never feel slow or sluggish.

 

A sad-banger from the best to ever do it. 

4.5/5

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On 03/10/2022 at 12:29, PK said:

All My Friends Hate Me (2022)- 4/5

 

Really enjoyed this. Don't want to give too much away other than a man goes to a country house for a birthday party with his posh mates from uni, and strange stuff starts happening. 

 

I found this excruciating. Illogical writing from someone who's never witnessed or taken part in a human interaction. Archaic stereotypes, really poor acting and student film vibes.

 

It's amateurish, preposterous and truly tested my rule about not bailing on films. That said, once I realised that discount Rafe Spall was also in Cheaters, I got to pleasantly remember that infinitely better production.

 

1/5

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The Sound of 007 - 3/5 (Prime)

 

A gem of a doc about Bond themes, and how they’ve evolved over the years. Like all good docs provides an interesting subject complimented by a great selection of talking heads, from cast to composers to the recording artists themselves.

 

Does veer into over-reverence at times, but can forgive it that because the rest of the doc is fascinating, and, all things considered, the Bond theme still absolutely slaps.

 

Well worth a look if you have a passing interest in film scores (the Casino Royale breakdown is lovely) or you just like James Bond films, which I think one or two people do.

 

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16 hours ago, schmojo said:

 

I found this excruciating. Illogical writing from someone who's never witnessed or taken part in a human interaction. Archaic stereotypes, really poor acting and student film vibes.

 

 

Sorry you didn't enjoy it, I hope you weren't watching on my recommendation!

 

I went to Newcastle uni and thought the characters were pretty good depictions of the sort of 'Rah' archetypes it was populated with

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1 hour ago, glb said:

The Sound of 007 - 3/5 (Prime)

 

A gem of a doc about Bond themes, and how they’ve evolved over the years. Like all good docs provides an interesting subject complimented by a great selection of talking heads, from cast to composers to the recording artists themselves.

 

Does veer into over-reverence at times, but can forgive it that because the rest of the doc is fascinating, and, all things considered, the Bond theme still absolutely slaps.

 

Well worth a look if you have a passing interest in film scores (the Casino Royale breakdown is lovely) or you just like James Bond films, which I think one or two people do.

 

(#756)

 

 

Ooh, I'll try this. For a few reasons:

 

1. Barry was a fucking genius, and added class to the Bond films that, in my opinion, made them seem romantic and special and were a huge part of their success.

2. David Arnold was hard done by for the recent films, being replaced by composers who were, alternately, dull and unsuitable.

3. Eric Serra gets shot for GoldenEye, but his score was the inspiration for Rare's GoldenEye 64, which is a masterpiece. Especially the 'Watch' pause theme.

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29 minutes ago, Festoon said:

 

Ooh, I'll try this. For a few reasons:

 

1. Barry was a fucking genius, and added class to the Bond films that, in my opinion, made them seem romantic and special and were a huge part of their success.

2. David Arnold was hard done by for the recent films, being replaced by composers who were, alternately, dull and unsuitable.

3. Eric Serra gets shot for GoldenEye, but his score was the inspiration for Rare's GoldenEye 64, which is a masterpiece. Especially the 'Watch' pause theme.


If there’s a weakness in the doc, it’s probably that it’s only 90 minutes long, and has to skirt over certain eras with only a passing glance and nod to them. Honestly would have loved this to be a series covering each era. Barry does get plenty of time though, rightfully so.

 

Would love something similar on John Williams, or just music scores and composers in general. The skill to make a memorable score while not distracting but rather complimenting what’s on screen is immense. Can have such an enhancing effect on the storytelling. Itching to book in for an orchestral movie concert now.

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1 hour ago, PK said:

 

Sorry you didn't enjoy it, I hope you weren't watching on my recommendation!

 

I went to Newcastle uni and thought the characters were pretty good depictions of the sort of 'Rah' archetypes it was populated with

 

I was, but I can happily forgive you this transgression. Partly because we went to the same uni, and would've encountered similar Rahs.

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26 minutes ago, glb said:


If there’s a weakness in the doc, it’s probably that it’s only 90 minutes long, and has to skirt over certain eras with only a passing glance and nod to them. Honestly would have loved this to be a series covering each era. Barry does get plenty of time though, rightfully so.

 

Would love something similar on John Williams, or just music scores and composers in general. The skill to make a memorable score while not distracting but rather complimenting what’s on screen is immense. Can have such an enhancing effect on the storytelling. Itching to book in for an orchestral movie concert now.

 

SCORE, the doc is quite good but too short. The accompanying podcast is pretty good.

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Dune (2021)

 rewatch after seeing it about 6 months ago. Enjoyed it much more this time, probably because I had the time to take it all in, it's fucking glorious looking isn't it ?    As mentioned previously , the cast are still fine , Ferguson  is head and shoulders above everyone and Jason Momoa gets to play both of his characters , the charismatic  jokey one and the angry fighty one, and that's also fine. Dune itself is a bit of a cold book IMO , despite the setting, which is reflected in the movie   and there's a brutal look to all the architecture and designs, again  it goes to how well put together the visuals are for this.

 

Really enjoyed it this time , felt like I could take my time and wallow in the beauty of how this looks  and it's all the better for it, I think the story is about as well adapted as it could have been,  the performances are largely fine and am looking forward to the 2nd part and a bit more focus on the Harkonnens.

 

4/5

 

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Mr Harrigan’s Phone - 1/5 (Netflix)

 

Dour adaptation of an already pretty mediocre Stephen King short story. Not even Donald Sutherland can wring much from a thin plot that would have felt dated when smartphones first came out let alone in the tail end of 2022.

 

If you want a smartphone horror/thriller, watch 2015’s Countdown, which is trashy but at least leans into its premise and is a lot more fun for doing so.

 

The Father - 4/5 (Netflix)

 

Talking of fun… This is an exquisite drama led by a stellar Anthony Hopkins performance (never has the word “inanely” been given so much venom…) That alone should be enough to recommend a watch but add in a great supporting cast, a heartbreaking story directed deftly and beautifully, and you’ve got a must-see film.

 

Going to need to dig out something upbeat from my watchlist now. Jesus wept though, Hopkins man. What an absolute titan.

 

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3 hours ago, glb said:

 

Going to need to dig out something upbeat from my watchlist now. Jesus wept though, Hopkins man. What an absolute titan.

 

I had to watch Sing Street (2016, 5/5) as emergency upbeat care after The Father. The latter is an incredible film but christ it's utterly heartbreaking

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Tusk (2014)

 

Next time you have an idea when high on a podcast just keep it to yourself Kevin and dont let your fans decide on if you should make said shit idea into a film or not. Fuck me what a piece of shit this was.

 

1/5

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1 hour ago, PK said:

 

I had to watch Sing Street (2016, 5/5) as emergency upbeat care after The Father. The latter is an incredible film but christ it's utterly heartbreaking


Sing Street is such a joyous film, great pick-me-up. Went with Hopkins again in the Hitchcock biopic on Disney+.

 

Will squeeze a couple more in tonight.

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