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Rambo: Last Blood (2019)

Essentially Rambo does Taken, with John Rambo reduced to almost invincible gruff badass in a super-lazy, super-underwritten revenge tale that reinforces every bad stereotype about Mexicans. You won't find any shred of subtext regarding war, or see Rambo get involved in a conflict, even in a totally OTT way. This is straight-up brainless revenge. The story takes ages to get going, the baddiees are cartoonishly awful, you wonder how they managed to get where they were being so inept especially towards the end. It does have a high gore factor, which is welcome in this era of CGI blood, it's just a shame it's part of such a lazy film. But hey it's Sly in his dotage, being the old hero and all that.

 

2/5

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Was all set to watch Uncut Gems but I am very tired tonight. After watching Good time the other day I thought I'd better save it for a day when I have a bit more energy!

 

Midnight Special

4/5

 

Nice suspenseful Sci Fi movie. Liked how the film starts out where most movies would have as the middle. Lots of questions left unanswered which I get the feeling was intentional. 

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I've got myself a Sky Cinema pass for a few weeks on Nowtv to catch up on stuff I've wanted to watch for a while. Got a long list of things but started with the last 2 Avengers movies (4/5 each, entertaining, impressive spectacles but never been a huge fan of superhero stuff really)

 

Dogman (2018) 4/5 - Italian dog groomer/small time crook & dealer coming to terms with being picked on by his town's huge, criminal bully. Set in a somewhat delapedated Italian seaside town where everyone seems to know everyone else. Loved this. Absorbing story and great characters and although they don't really have much to do with the plot, the dogs in it are wonderful. 4/5 but a better 4/5 than I gave the Avengers.

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Ladybird 4/5

Great coming of age film which somehow manages to deal with some of the more cliche themes we see in these types of movies with delicacy and (dare I say it) maturity.  Would happily watch Saorse Ronan do anything given she manages to make everything she does on screen look meaningful and important. 

 

 

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Colour Out of Space - Not sure how to describe this other than it being trippy as hell. I genuinely can't believe this book was published in 1927, Lovecraft was truely ahead of his time.

 

Jojo Rabbit - Really enjoyed this. It's hilarious but has real drama and emotional weight to it. The plot description and trailer make it look like something completely different. Yes, it has Hitler as a little boys imaginary friend and a lot of laughs come from that but theres also a point to this inclusion which makes more sense as the film goes on. Scarlett Johansson was really good as the boys mother and the central relation ship between Jojo and a Jewish character is perfect.

 

Little Woman - I actually can't decide if I gave this too low a score tbh. I keep hovering between 4/5 and 5/5. The script, acting and directing is all brilliant. I really enjoyed and just loved the relationships between the sisters. Florence Pugh and Saoirse Ronan are both fantastic, especially Ronan who I just adore more with every new movie I see her in. I reckon if I watch this again  it'll go up to 5/5.

 

True Romance - I don't know how I got this far without ever watching this. You can tell Tarantino wrote it, the script has his finger prints all over it. Scott obviously injects his touches into it but it feels like it's a quintessential QT film. Its sharp, witty, fun with a brilliant star studded cast. The central relationship between Alabama and Clarence is perfect and really has you routing for them.

 

Good Boys - Teenage toilet humour comedy but rather than being the typical sexed up, drunk late teens this one centres around 3 very naive 11 year olds. Its light hearted and has some very funny gags.

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Galveston

 

I really wanted to give this a 5 due to the cast and author of the source, but am settling on a 4.

Great execution, in particular the performances of Foster and Fanning, but it ideally would have had a longer running time necessitated by a deeper plot. Some may argue that the simplicity works in its favour, which would be fair; I just wanted more of this very good thing and came away a little unsatisfied.

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Uncut Gems

 

It was alright, but just not that interesting. I see lots of reviews using words like "tense", "stressful", "fast paced" and "intense", I didn't think it was any of those. Wasn't a fan of the sound mixing, but I thought it was full of great acting, especially from Adam Sandler and I really liked his character, despite the fact he was a complete arsehole.

 

My wife hated it to the point that after half an hour or so, she voluntarily went and did the washing up instead of watching the rest. She NEVER does the washing up.

 

3/5

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Surely that means it's up for weekly rewatches, @ScouserInExile??

Anyway....

'A Beautiful Day In The Neighbourhood' - strange wee film. Obviously missing something by not having a childhood attachment to Mr Rodgers but enjoyed it for what it was. Probably says something about me that I was constantly waiting for some dark side of him to be revealed but no, he just appears to be a very nice person - odd but nice. 3/5

'Dr Doolittle' - Jesus Christ. All the rumours are true. A disater from start to finish. Downey's Welsh Accent!! Expect Iron Man to come back in Phase 4 of the MCU based on this box office alone. Tragic that this was a labour of love for Downey and instead it's a gigantic pile of shite. 0/5 - AVOID

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Hardware (1990) 5/5

 

Have not watched this since the year it came out, but having loved Color Out Of Space so much, I thought I’d revisit it. Such an absolute classic of its genre. I’d totally forgotten just how good it was. So sad that Richard Stanley went so long without making films.

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The English Patient

 

Absolutely sumptuous adaptation of the novel which is also well worth checking out. I'm not sure how this is thought of nowadays and the script is somewhat obvious but is still masterful stuff with a stunning central performance from Fiennes.  

 

4.5/5

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12 hours ago, Popo said:

@iknowgungfu if you haven’t already seen it I would fully recommend following up Ladybird with Little Women. Greta Gerwig and Saoirse Ronan bottle lightning once again with the added bonus of Florence Pugh giving a blow for blow excellent performance. 

I plan to.... Just didn't get chance to see this at the cinema.  

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Katie - 3/5

 

Documentary about Ireland's boxing world champion Katie Taylor, currently on Netflix. Often veers into promotional material, but earns a decent score thanks to revealing a bit more about Taylor's mindset. She's a pioneer in her sport, and deserving of being a bigger sporting star because of her talent.

 

 

The Personal History of David Copperfield - 4/5

 

Thoroughly enjoyed Armando Iannucci's Dickens adaptation; it strikes a lovely balance between manic and poignant, with the occasional directorial flair adding a whimsical flourish. Less scathing than his previous films, but all the better for it given the material. Dev Patel is very good as the titular David too.

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20 hours ago, Minion said:

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This was damn good up until the final 20 minutes which pretty much ruined an otherwise good film, shame.

 

3/5

Bit of pointless trivia with this one. You know the bit where he gets chased into a really shitty, war torn area of the city and ends up going through an alleyway and into an abandoned house? The alleyway in question is behind my brother's house, he actually runs past the front of said house n the way in. Given how crappy and worn down they were trying to make out the area was, it shows what kind of area you end up in if you buy a house for £20K (about four years ago)

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57 minutes ago, ScouserInExile said:

Bit of pointless trivia with this one. You know the bit where he gets chased into a really shitty, war torn area of the city and ends up going through an alleyway and into an abandoned house? The alleyway in question is behind my brother's house, he actually runs past the front of said house n the way in. Given how crappy and worn down they were trying to make out the area was, it shows what kind of area you end up in if you buy a house for £20K (about four years ago)

 

Where was that then, actually in Belfast or elsewhere? It was really well done up until the final parts, I can't imagine the budget was huge, such a shame that a badly written ending can tarnish a good film.

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I had a great afternoon at the cinema today.

 

The Personal History of David Copperfield

 

A delightfully, funny, charming, sweet and wonderfully acted film, with the added appeal of almost half of it having been filmed in Hull.

 

4/5

 

Jojo Rabbit

 

At times, I almost felt guilty laughing while watching this, and it pretty much had me laughing throughout the film.  It was also a really sweet story, and like David Copperfield, the cast was wonderful, especially the young boy playing the titular character and Scarlett Johansson

 

4.5/5

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2 hours ago, Minion said:

 

Where was that then, actually in Belfast or elsewhere? It was really well done up until the final parts, I can't imagine the budget was huge, such a shame that a badly written ending can tarnish a good film.

It's in Liverpool. Kinda Wavertree / Toxteth way, if you know the city.

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Birds of Prey - 3/5

 

If ever a film can get dragged along by the sheer force of a personality, this is it. Margot Robbie has an absolute ball as Harley Quinn, and the audience almost gets to have as much fun as she’s clearly having.

 

Small in scale, but big on style, think it sags a bit in the middle, but on the whole is irreverently enjoyable and a nice change of pace for DC.

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