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Captain fantastic - 4/5

 

About a mad communist guy (Vigo Mortenstein) living off the grid with his kids some shit happens and they have to interact with society. Really good. Can't remember the last twenty minutes or so was fucking hammered when I watched it. 

 

It's on Netflix. 

 

Ladybird - 3/5 

 

A coming of age story. Content wise it was just ok, but it had a good vibe to it. Whatever the fuck that means. 

 

Also on Netflix. 

 

Extra Ordinary 2/5

 

This looked like exactly the type of thing I would love. But I didn't. The jokes were all very on the nose. Was bored shitless half way through. 

 

Also on Netflix. 

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The Invisible Man - 3/5

 

Well that was solid, I did hear good things though. Could have been total shit but was well made with a great performance by Moss. 

 

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Monty Python (live): One Down, Five To Go - 4/5

 

Backstage with the Pythons as they prepare and perform their final 10 nights at the O2.  Honest, as always, and look, it's just a delight to watch five of the all time greats working together for one last time.

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Bloodshot -   1/5

 

Absolute, utter garbage.

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The Two Popes - Absolutely loved it. A cross between Grumpy Old Men and The Motorcycle Diaries with 2 of my favourite actors. Funny, moving, beautifull. Incredibly noisy cicadas.

5/5

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VFW - Thoroughly enjoyable Fangoria schlock-fest with a terrific cast of has-beens.

4/5

 

 

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The Revenant - I read the book not long before the movie came out so I didn't see much point watching it at the time. Very impressive film, cold and harsh and visceral. Gasped out loud a few times , particularly

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at one point Glass takes a drink of water and it comes dribbling out of the wound in his throat, goddamn!

4/5

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Aladdin - 3/6 

 

The new one. It was alright. That's all I can say. 

 

Lacks the charm of the original (obviously) but it's still a fun family movie. 

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Incredibles 2

Has a Better Call Saul link.

I enjoyed it in parts. Jack Jack's fight with the racoon was great. The main storyline was hackneyed and shallow - role reversal for Mum and Dad. It's been done a lot. It results in the same outcome that Dad's without their partners can't bring up children. I like Reflux :lol:

It's not peak Pixar by any means but it was fun.

3/5

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Comfort films off of NowTV

 

The A-Team 4/5 doesn't do anything wrong, isn't a masterpiece, but is enjoyable, not mindless.

 

Iron Man 5/5 despite being an origin story, and having a weak third act, it's the start of the modern comic book adaption in primary colours. Not grimdark.

 

2001 5/5 Even now, even fucking now, this fucker holds up to all but the closest scrutiny. Kubrick's distant & cold film making, with the up-close and personal soundtrack. Every sci-film that came after this, moved away from Jules Verne steampunk. It's influence is notable.Check out the in-flight entertainment on the shuttle. But didn't the Dawn of Man use to be longer than 15 minutes?

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The Debt Collectorhttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt7448180/ 

On Netflix

 

Scott Adkins and Jesse Johnson take their shtick to America. Adkins is a traditional martial arts guy running a traditional dojo in California. It's not doing well, no one wants traditional training any more it's all about MMA. He takes a job as an enforcer for the mob and gets teamed up with a grizzled enforcer. They're sent to collect money from various colourful characters around California. Needless to say this leads to a load of punch-ups and brawls.

 

I thought this was really good. There's a great chemistry between Adkins and Louis Mandylor as the other enforcer - lots of bickering dialogue and funny back and forths between them. The American setting is nicely done and the violence is excellent. The soundtrack is trash though - it reminded me of the GTA 3 soundtrack, lots of generic 'rock' sounding songs but no 'real' artists, just sound-a-likes. 

 

3.5/5

 

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Ah, I added that to my list after watching Avengement the other day. Good crunchy fun.

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Dark Breed (1996)

Pretty mediocre SF/action from PM Entertainment. Something to do with some astronauts getting possessed by bad aliens and wanting to invade, government cover-up, bit of intrigue, bit of shooting, lots of explosions, really spectacular explosions actually. Sadly though it's just not exciting or engaging enough.

 

2/5

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The Call of the Wild

 

good family film, ticks all the boxes. If you can get past the weird choice of making all the dogs fully CGI, you’ll love it.

 

harrison ford having a great time too and put my INDY5 fears to bed too.

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18 minutes ago, Glasgowchivas said:

The Call of the Wild

 

good family film, ticks all the boxes. If you can get past the weird choice of making all the dogs fully CGI, you’ll love it.

 

harrison ford having a great time too and put my INDY5 fears to bed too.

 

I highly recommend Togo which is a far superior film in the same genre (plus has real animals).

Its on Disney+ but it is out there to acquire if you do not have that option :)

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Ad Astra

 

Save for a couple of decent action moments, this was utter shite. I love a bit of sci-fi usually but this was a serious miss. 
 

1/5

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2 hours ago, grounded_dreams said:

 

I highly recommend Togo which is a far superior film in the same genre (plus has real animals).

Its on Disney+ but it is out there to acquire if you do not have that option :)


I really liked Togo too but I preferred this

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On 23/03/2020 at 19:13, Nick R said:

I watched Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) a month ago (when it still had its original, superior title), so it's not the last film I watched.

 

But to provide some balance to the above two reviews, I'm going to say that I gave it 3.5/5 and thought it was better than Shazam, Aquaman, and Joker. (And Tank Girl.) :P

 

 

@John Edward Gammell @RYAN WHITELAW Where did you watch it, anyway - the streaming purchase release isn't until tomorrow, is it? Did you yarr it? :o

 


Agreed, it’s a 3 at best. Ewan MacGregor is a fine actor but terribly boring in this. Disappointing because I love Margot Robbie and she does a fine Harley Quinn but the rest of the movie just isn’t up to snuff unfortunately. 

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Armageddon 4/5

 

better than most Michael Bay movies, I think. I think having actors helps.

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The Way Back - 3/5

 

Given Affleck's struggle with addiction I was expecting a fairly raw depiction of alcoholism but it didn't really go that far and honestly felt more like a straight sports film. Everyone puts in a good performance and it's a nice enough story in its own right though.

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Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle (2017)

When I first heard about this reboot I was sceptical. The original is peerless, a fantastic family film, and judging by some recent attempts to jump-start franchises long after the fact this didn't bode well. This didn't start well, teens at a highschool going into detention, wasn't doing it for me. But once their circumstances changed I quickly found myself really enjoying it. Yes it's definitely different from the original, in some ways you can't really compare them, but this was a fun adventure in its own right. Jack Black's character was the stand-out, it was obvious he was making the most of it. Plenty of solid humour, especially when it came to knob gags. Whilst there was some solid character development here you almost forgot they were avatars towards the end, but frankly I was enjoying it too much to care. Can't tell if my low expectations were easily met or this was actually good. 

 

3.5/5

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4 hours ago, SeanR said:

Armageddon 4/5

 

better than most Michael Bay movies, I think. I think having actors helps.

 

My absolute guilty pleasure.  Watch it at least once a year, it just has so many fantastic quotable lines.  ‘Houston you have a problem’.:lol:

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Blindspotting https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7242142/

Netflix

 

Set in Oakland. A young man is released from prison and is put on probation for a year. This follows him for the last 3 days of probation as he tries to stay out of trouble. 

 

I thought this was really impressive - reminded me a lot of early Spike Lee, the same inventiveness and energy. It's tense and funny and looks great. It's trying to say something about race relations, police violence and gentrification but it's never heavy-handed in getting it's message accross. The two leads are excellent, it looks great and the music is fantastic. It loses it's way slightly near the end and needs a slightly weak plot contrivance to bring the various plot-threads together. But otherwise this was fantastic.

 

4/5

 

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Me and the missus decided to do a quick tour of the newer Star Wars films. Started with The Force Awakens (2015) yesterday.

 

We'd seen this at the cinema at the time and I remember coming out feeling pretty positive about it, whereas the missus felt it was a bit of a cheeky reboot (which I didn't necessarily disagree with). Very notable that we both massively enjoyed it yesterday. Pacey, fun, exciting, likeable were words we seemed to be using to describe it. The cast are really great for the most part, with only Gleeson and Christie disappointing/annoying. The missus called it the anti-Phantom Menace which I reckon is about right.

 

Absolutely dreading The Last Jedi today. The backlash has been very clear with this one. I remember enjoying it on the whole in the cinema at the time but feeling some bits weren't quite right. I remember thinking they've ruined some of the characters they were so careful to create in TFA, like Poe and Finn, but I can't remember what was so offensive in detail. I also remember that casino bit. Urgh. Maybe it'll feel better viewed in quick succession with RotS straight after. We'll see!

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On 22/03/2020 at 23:43, Mike S said:

 

 

I thought Bacurau was exceptional. 

 

As you say, very odd, but incredibly engrossing for just that reason. Every character seemed like the had a story to tell even if most didn't get to tell them and I enjoyed how the movie took a turn for the unexpected in the second half. The blasted heated Western atmosphere was ace too.

 

Pretty overt in its love for John Carpenter but that is never a bad thing.

 

4/5 for me.


I watched this last night, and have to agree, it’s an incredible flick for my money.

 

Extra bonus is that the water truck driver looks like a Brazilian Kevin Rowland.

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Bloodshot

 

This is another film that I know, objectively, is pretty bad, but I still really enjoyed it. Vin Diesel Vin Diesels, stuff blows up, people die. The plot is actually pretty good, with a decent twist midway through, but there are holes in it that you could drive Vin Diesel through. The characters are ones we've all seen a million times before. There's an amazingly bad sequence where they are supposed to be in London, but it looked like they were in somewhere like South Africa or maybe Australia. They didn't even bother putting UK plates on all the cars.

 

But it was a good action film. Very enjoyable for a Saturday night in.

 

4/5

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The Goonies 5/5

 

again... the boy digs it, who am I to argue?

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