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The Sisters Brothers. 4/5

 

Top cast with John C Reilly, Joaquin Phoenix, Jake Gyllenhaal and Riz Ahmed. Who are all excellent

 

A Western that did not turn out as I was expecting it to at all. Really enjoyed it. 

 

Pretty great take on a RDR 2 mission (that is not a complaint)

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20 hours ago, multi said:

The Sisters Brothers. 4/5

 

Top cast with John C Reilly, Joaquin Phoenix, Jake Gyllenhaal and Riz Ahmed. Who are all excellent

 

A Western that did not turn out as I was expecting it to at all. Really enjoyed it. 

 

Pretty great take on a RDR 2 mission (that is not a complaint)

 

The book is absolutely fantastic.

 

Leave No Trace - 5/5. Wonderful film; a very touching story and it looks beautiful.

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Little Joe

 

A slow-moving and low-key British, horror/sci-fi film. A plant-breeder develops a new breed of plant that can release a drug to make it’s owners happy. She takes one of these plants home to her son but her actions have unexpected consequences.

 

I thought this was really impressive despite it’s flaws. The cast are great (Emily Beecham in particular) it looks superb with a really cold, sci-fi aesthetic and it has a pretty interesting central idea. And like the best films it leaves you thinking about it long after it’s over. The problem is that it feels like an episode of a TV show, Black Mirror or something, stretched out to feature length. 

 

I’ll watch out for films from this director in future. 

 

3.5/5

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Charlie's Angels (2019)

It's tricky to review a film like this whilst trying to avoid all the talk of "wokeness" and suchlike, stumbling upon the sadly all too common online vitriol directed at female-helmed movies like this. Unfortunately as a piece of entertainment it missed something, it felt like it was less than the sum of its parts somehow. This does have the feel of too many hands involved, too many visions, and despite Elizabeth Banks' best efforts it lacked that clear voice. And I did enjoy Banks' performance in this too, she and Kirsten Stewart stood out. The comedy was typical of most recent big-budget Hollywood films, it felt improvised and didn't hit the mark. Action was solid if pretty standard for this sort of film, lots of car chases and hand-to-hand combat. Pretty sure the final reveal got the Twitter angry-men foaming at the mouth and it did make me chuckle. Ultimately it felt like it had been put through the corporate wash and had any soul taken out, it's smooth and competent but just not memorable.

 

2/5

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2 hours ago, Silent Runner said:

Little Joe

 

A slow-moving and low-key British, horror/sci-fi film. A plant-breeder develops a new breed of plant that can release a drug to make it’s owners happy. She takes one of these plants home to her son but her actions have unexpected consequences.

 

I thought this was really impressive despite it’s flaws. The cast are great (Emily Beecham in particular) it looks superb with a really cold, sci-fi aesthetic and it has a pretty interesting central idea. And like the best films it leaves you thinking about it long after it’s over. The problem is that it feels like an episode of a TV show, Black Mirror or something, stretched out to feature length. 

 

I’ll watch out for films from this director in future. 

 

3.5/5

This is something I'm really looking forward to watching having read a bit about it when it was released. 

I usually wait to see stuff on one of the streaming platforms these days though due to cinema attendees lack of cinema decorum so I hope it turns up somewhere soon.

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Spies In Disguise

 

It has Will Smith being Will Smith, Tom Holland being Tim Holland and a decent, if unoriginal plot - ultra cool spy needs the help of nerdy tech guy after the big bad frames him for stealing the maguffin. The moral of the whole thing is rammed home somewhat, but it's a kids film so what do you expect?

 

It was a good film, though. Lots of genuine laugh out loud moments, nothing too scary for the kids, just a bit of lightweight fluff.

 

4/5

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1 hour ago, multi said:

This is something I'm really looking forward to watching having read a bit about it when it was released. 

I usually wait to see stuff on one of the streaming platforms these days though due to cinema attendees lack of cinema decorum so I hope it turns up somewhere soon.

 

Yeah, I can dig that. I rarely go to the cinema these days because it's too easy for your experience to be ruined by some dope in the audience. I saw this at the art cinema here so the crowds are normally well behaved. I think it's a BBC production so it should be on home release soon. 

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Portrait Of A Lady On Fire

 

I’ve been wanting to see this for a few weeks now, but my personal situation has made going to the cinema something I have to avoid. I’m not exactly self isolating, but my wife has cancer so I need to stay away from unnecessarily enclosed/crowded spaces. But I was delighted to see that this was on Curzon Home Cinema, and gave it a watch tonight.

 

Its a truly stunning film. Beautifully shot, incredibly moving use of music, and superbly acted. It sits in probably my favourite sub genre of film, relationships thwarted by time and circumstance. See also Lost In Translation, Brokeback Mountain, In The Mood For Love, Shoplifters & Before Sunrise.

 

Early front runner for film of the year. 5/5

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The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996)

Whilst it's not the first film that comes to mind when anyone remembers 90s action this has the perfect combination of sharp writing and tight action direction. Shane Black's script is full of great lines and exchanges, and Renny Harlin's direction is a solid as ever. The lead-in to the action is just right, and there are just enough espionage twists combined with popcorn action to keep thing moving along nicely. Suitably explosive stop-the-clock ending befitting any decent 90s action film. Just the right combo of plot and action.

 

4.5/5

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Had a sicario  1+ 2 binge this afternoon never watched these when they came out but currently enjoying narco on Netflix so thought these would be good  4/5 

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The Favourite (2018)

 

This was not my choice and was sold to me as a period drama starring Olivia Colman. Both of which typically make my skin crawl with irritation. Just goes to prove that one should not judge a book by it's cover (genre/star)!

 

This is an outstanding movie and one which genuinely surprised me. Far from the twee irritation I was expecting, this might initially feel like your typical period drama with a dash of sharp modern humour, albeit shot and scored super stylishly but it soon shows itself to be much, more than that. This (semi-true) story of intrigue in the court of the elderly and sick Queen Anne, focussed on her close friendship with Lady Sarah Marlborough, played by a wickedly brilliant Rachel Weisz, a coutier who is effectively running the country by proxy, takes an amazing turn once Marlborough's cousin, Abigail (Emma Stone, another actress who usually has me reaching for the off switch), arrives in court as a maid (having fallen on very hard times from her former aristocratic life). I'll not ruin the plot but the story becomes a borderline psychological horror as Abigail and Sarah fight for the affection and favour of the Queen.

 

The cruel manipulation of Anne by the two younger women is often painful to watch as Colman puts in a first rate performance as the frail, broken, and slightly mad Queen which elicits genuine empathy and sympathy for her as a victim. The film is cut with moments of dark humour, some excellent very colourful language, and quite a lot more vomiting than I've seen in a film for a little while, but really it is a bit of a masterpiece of need, manipulation, control, abuse, and maybe even love. A real surprise.

 

The haunting score is worthy of note as it is quite unexpected, shifting as it does from baroque to gothic to the strangely avant.

 

4.5/5

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Bloodshot

 

Utter tripe. I knew it would be but went anyway with a few hours to kill.

 

0/5

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Captain Fantastic

 

Loved this film. No idea how I missed it and hadn't even heard of it before. A beautiful movie. I don't want to quite call it a feelgood movie as it's actually incredibly moving and one of the few movies to get my tear ducts opening. It made me quite envious of their upbringing in the movie. 

 

4/5

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Lost in Translation.

 

Have never watched it so this weekend was my first time. Really loved it, reminded me of my teenage years spent watching subtitled French and Italian films (No, not those) where we meet 2 characters, spend 2 hours with them as they go on a road trip and then they seperate.

 

Really enjoyed the subtle shots of Charlotte longing for a more fulfilled existence, Bob's fantastic dialogue of his trapped life and the beautiful but grounded atmosphere of a life lived in Hotel rooms. There's a few issues with the film, where I felt their relationship didn't come together as naturally as I would have expected and as mentioned; the shots of Charlotte at temples felt like it was filmed for a more longer movie that never quite got made. Overall though, I loved it and it and want to rewatch it.

 

4 / 5

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Little Women (2019)

Never seen any of the other versions and didn't know the story going in, so my rating may not be reflective if you have already been exposed to the story - my wife for example liked it but didn't love it.

 

I loved it. I was hooked from start to finish and yes, I was a little pissed by the time the film ended, but I was welling up several times during it. I expected it to be good, I didn't expect it to be that good.

4/5

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Creep

 

This is a very interesting movie I discovered on Netflix with a premise I really enjoyed but it was completely undermined by poor acting. The found footage nature of the piece only works if you feel a sense of authenticity about it, and I never did. There were too many situations where the acting took me out of the movie and it too often felt self-conscious rather than naturalistic.

 

The jump scares were pathetic too.

 

It still might be worth a try if you like something a bit off the beaten track but it's certainly a destitute man's Blair Witch Project.

 

2/5

(an extra mark for trying something interesting)

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Portrait of a Lady on Fire

 

I found this to be a desperately sad film. Brilliant performances and I got completely wrapped up in it and was one hundo percent crying at the end. Theatre was completely silent when it finished, everyone just shuffled out quietly (middle of the day screening, everyone sitting one seat apart, not sure if coronavirus), I can't remember not hearing any chatter or anything when a film ended. I think we all just felt like we'd had the wind knocked out of us.

 

It's beautifully shot. I would guess it was filmed digitally. It's always been a bit wierd to me that period pieces often try to ape a "filmic" look that is actually quite modern. This kind of just feels like you're there, in a kind of hyper-real way at times.

 

I've seen the word "erotic" used to describe this film, which I wouldn't really agree with. It's much more about the emotional aspects of their romance. Not a criticism. Also could be because there are female gaze-y aspects that I'm just not capable of detecting, I suppose.

 

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I thought the portrait of Heloise seen near the end of the film looked an awful lot like Marianne's first attempt. In terms of keeping to a certain formal style and not actually looking all that much like her. Was a nice touch.

 

It gets half a point knocked off for me because the dialogue sometimes seems a bit contrived. But I expect it's actually relatively grounded in the grand scheme of things, for a mildly gothic romantic film.

 

4.5 / 5

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12 Angry Men - 5/5

 

Just an absolute classic. Can't say anything that hasn't been said before. 

 

Midway - 3/5

 

Can't help but think that with a better director and scriptwriter at the helm, this could have been excellent. Although the lead actor (Ed Skrien) is atrocious. Some bigger supporting names were ok. But the didn't have much to work with. Some of the action scenes were good although there was much dodgy CGI that clearly needed more money. 

 

Commando - 5/5

 

"Stick around"

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On 16/03/2020 at 08:48, Sapa said:

Captain Fantastic

 

Loved this film. No idea how I missed it and hadn't even heard of it before. A beautiful movie. I don't want to quite call it a feelgood movie as it's actually incredibly moving and one of the few movies to get my tear ducts opening. It made me quite envious of their upbringing in the movie. 

 

4/5

 

Watched this last week and totally loved it. Viggo was unlucky not to win best actor (was a tight group in 2016)

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1917

 

I thought this started off really well. The part where they first make their way out into no man's land and towards the enemy lines was unbelievably tense. And that's the point where us started to go downhill and continued in that direction to the end. The problem was that it went from being grounded in reality to just becoming a set of slightly daft events. There were way too many coincidences and contrivances to make it in any way believable. And it fell rather jaringly into the Hollywood trope of the infinite ammo magazine - they made a point of showing them loading their rifles at the start, then they never reload again. I also thought the acting was almost universally poor throughout.

 

It was very, very well shot and atmospheric, though.

 

I think I'm being generous with 2/5.

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30 minutes ago, ScouserInExile said:

1917

 

I thought this started off really well. The part where they first make their way out into no man's land and towards the enemy lines was unbelievably tense. And that's the point where us started to go downhill and continued in that direction to the end. The problem was that it went from being grounded in reality to just becoming a set of slightly daft events. There were way too many coincidences and contrivances to make it in any way believable. And it fell rather jaringly into the Hollywood trope of the infinite ammo magazine - they made a point of showing them loading their rifles at the start, then they never reload again. I also thought the acting was almost universally poor throughout.

 

It was very, very well shot and atmospheric, though.

 

I think I'm being generous with 2/5.

 

 

I totally agree. I thought it was mostly awful.

 

Aside from the piss weak plot and ropey acting (it was the accents tipping from posh RADA to mockney that took me out of it), the acclaimed 'one shot' was just too restrictive and too intrusive. It didn't make me feel like I was in the trenches with them it made me look for the joins.

 

The cinematography was pretty decent but, otherwise, I can't recall a film that feels so hugely over-rated.

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A quiet Place

 

This had a good reputation so I was looking forward to it. Goodness, I really didn't like it. Not an original idea to be seen, people being stupid beyond belief just to serve the plot.

 

1/5 and that's because it was at least a short film.

 

 

Spiderman Into the Spiderverse

 

Everything that AQP got wrong, this gets right. Imagination to spare, a great plot and an epic sense of excitement. Original, polished and incredibly well executed. Personally I would make it about 10 minutes shorter. Also, as I'm an old git I didn't really like the songs. Everything else is perfect.

 

5/5

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On 17/03/2020 at 20:09, RYAN WHITELAW said:

 

 

Midway - 3/5

 

Can't help but think that with a better director and scriptwriter at the helm, this could have been excellent. Although the lead actor (Ed Skrien) is atrocious. Some bigger supporting names were ok. But the didn't have much to work with. Some of the action scenes were good although there was much dodgy CGI that clearly needed more money. 

 

 

 

 

 

My main issue with it was they should have just stuck with the Battle of Midway itself, which is one of the most fascinating and downright interesting naval battles of the war.  By detailing pretty much everything that happened after Pearl Harbour you get the context of the battle, but the actual engagement is badly short changed.  For instance they barely mention the desperate Japanese counter strike that very nearly evened the score, and could have made a dramatic difference to the war in the Pacific if not for the heroic actions of the American pilots, gunners and damage control teams who repelled it.

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John Wick Chapter 2

 

Ridiculously stylish and I absolutely love the hidden culture of the Continentale. Not much of a plot, takes a while to get going but the action sequences are fantastic.  Not quite as good as the original but I enjoyed Keanu Reeves headshotting a thousand anonymous henchmen.  And if that catacombs shootout isn't a ripoff of an FPS, I'll be very surprised.  4/5.

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I needed a break from all this virus panic this week. So what better way to escape than with a Scott Adkins/Jesse V. Johnson double bill? Trick question, these is no better way. First up.....

 

Accident Man
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6237612/

 

Based on a Pat Mills comic Adkins plays a hitman who specialises in murdering people and making it look like an accident. He works with a colourful crew of murderers and psychopaths and has seemingly cast morality aside for his job. Then his ex-girlfriend gets killed by one of his own crew! Is nothing sacred? So Scott has to use his punching skills to solve this mystery.

 

This was pretty good. Adkins isn't a great actor but he's handsome and charismatic and can do some outrageous stunts. He batters his way through the rest of his squad and there are some decent fight scenes. The rest of the cast are fine, Ray Stevenson is the pick of the bunch, it flies along, there's some laughs, it's well filmed and the violence is crunchy. 

 

3.5/5


Next up we have.....

 

Avengement
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8836988/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_8

 

Is 'avengement' even a word? That doesn't matter here. This is about two cockney brothers - Adkins and Craig Fairbrass. They have a bit of a falling out and Adkins ends up in prison. He gets out and goes looking for revenge (avengement??). But he's going to have to go through Fairbrasses gang to get to him. 

 

You know what you're getting with a Johnson/Adkins colab but this was a cut above the usual fare. The cast are pretty decent - Thomas Turgoose and Nick Moran also star - it flies along and is done inside 85 minutes. It's pretty funny in places and has a soundtrack that rips off both Morricone and Goblin shamelessly. But the real reason to watch these films is to see Scott Adkins batter some punks and we get a LOT of that here. Fights in lifts, prisons, community centres - anywhere you can swing a club/axe or iron bar they have a scrap. The highlight is a 10 minutes sequence in a pub where Adkins takes on all comers. And while it's not The Raid the fights are well choreographed, the action is clearly shot and they have a real weight to them.

 

I really enjoyed this and these two films surely took my mind away from the lockdown this week.

 

4/5

 

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John Wick 3: Parabellum

 

Better than I was expecting, but rarely goes above solid.  Can never go wrong with a bit of Mark Dacascos and some of the sequences are good fun, the knife flinging for instance.  But there is a line where your disbelief in one mans ability to survive against highly trained killers can only go so far.  The first one stayed just the right side of it, the second straddled it but the third... nope.

 

A solid enough 3/5 as it's better than most, but not a patch on its prequels.

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Thanks Silent Runner and Down By Law for the Avengment recommendation. Really fun film to watch after having a crap week. It felt like one of the good Blumhouse films. An awesome, extremely violent, modern day B movie. 

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Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment.

 

13 year old me loved this. Still has a few funny moments.

 

But several scenes are tremendously problematic in more enlightened times.

 

3/5

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