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7 hours ago, Lumpy said:

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!

 

Forgot the score - would probably give a 4.5. lots of fun.

 

So... The Last Jedi (2017) then.

Spoiler

 

First time I've seen this since the release in 2017. I'd rather foolishly watched a slightly spoilery review on YT by Red Letter Media before going in, but figured this was OK as I had actually seen it before just couldn't remember it. I like RLM reviews but sometimes they grate a little. I agreed with some of their points and less so with others, and I wish that one guy wouldn't laugh like that at everything the other one says. Talk about echo chamber. but glad I saw it before going in. I was expecting bad!

 

Massively enjoyed it! Not without flaws but waaay better than I remembered and much more interesting. I think Rian Johnson used the term "subject expectations" on the commentary or in an interview or something, and sadly this has come to define the film as if that's all it's about. Shame as there is more than this cheap statement to it. Loved the handling of Luke. Of course he's going to be grumpy. He's older now and the world doesn't work like a fairy tale. Not to spoiler it too much if you haven't seen it but it works out well without taking the focus off the new bunch and without destroying the original character imho. I loved it.

 

It comes apart a bit in the length for me. I still didn't like the casino section at all but it at least felt much shorter than I remembered it. It's too prequel-y and clunky and doesn't sit right with the film. It could have been excised to bring the length down a bit. There were perhaps too many endings. It would have been a much more poetic ending to close when the 'rebels' managed to scrape away, but we still have a sequence on the salt planet to go.

 

 

Won't go too far but I think it's telling that we all watched this for the entire duration and didn't budge or yawn or anything, despite my feeling about the run time. Still massively enjoyed it, probs a 4 out of 5 next to TFA. I think time will be kind to it.

 

Proper done me the world of good watching these during all this. Really looking forward to Rise of the Skywalker next. It's the only one I haven't seen. Is this gonna be the crap one?

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The World is Yours (Amazon Prime UK/Netflix US)

 

Good French reluctant criminal/gangster story, along the similar lines of 'one last deal' before going legit. I watched it after reading this recommendation. I'd also really recommend it to anyone who likes a good crime/underworld film. 

4/5

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Nekrotronic (2018)

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7453418/

 

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A man who discovers that he is part of a secret sect of magical beings who hunt down and destroy demons in the internet.

 

The sort of thing Peter Jackson would have made before he went soft and started fucking about with Middle Earth and CGI apes.

 

That it was dumped onto Amazon Prime here in the UK, and I just happened to find it while bored off my tits in quarantine, is fucking not right.

 

Now to source the Aussie Blu-ray...

 

4/5

 

 

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Monsters

 

a fantastic low budget Sci fi thriller. It's extremely well scripted and has excellent special effects for its minuscule budget. I'm not sure what Edwards is doing post Rogue One but he should perhaps return to his roots and make another film like this one.

 

4.5/5

 

Monsters Dark Continent 

 

What the actual fuck? An insane mess of a movie. This is at least two films mashed into one. When I saw Monsters I didn't think to myself  " what I really want in the sequel is the whole thing transported to Iraq and some absolutely loathsome arseholes to have a group sex session before heading off to fight the aliens but actually spending more time fighting ISIS types and forgetting that the aliens exist for about a third of the movie". To make matters worse, the DOP is excellent and the direction is competent throughout 

 

1/5

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On 29/03/2020 at 20:26, Lumpy said:

 

Forgot the score - would probably give a 4.5. lots of fun.

 

So... The Last Jedi (2017) then.

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First time I've seen this since the release in 2017. I'd rather foolishly watched a slightly spoilery review on YT by Red Letter Media before going in, but figured this was OK as I had actually seen it before just couldn't remember it. I like RLM reviews but sometimes they grate a little. I agreed with some of their points and less so with others, and I wish that one guy wouldn't laugh like that at everything the other one says. Talk about echo chamber. but glad I saw it before going in. I was expecting bad!

 

Massively enjoyed it! Not without flaws but waaay better than I remembered and much more interesting. I think Rian Johnson used the term "subject expectations" on the commentary or in an interview or something, and sadly this has come to define the film as if that's all it's about. Shame as there is more than this cheap statement to it. Loved the handling of Luke. Of course he's going to be grumpy. He's older now and the world doesn't work like a fairy tale. Not to spoiler it too much if you haven't seen it but it works out well without taking the focus off the new bunch and without destroying the original character imho. I loved it.

 

It comes apart a bit in the length for me. I still didn't like the casino section at all but it at least felt much shorter than I remembered it. It's too prequel-y and clunky and doesn't sit right with the film. It could have been excised to bring the length down a bit. There were perhaps too many endings. It would have been a much more poetic ending to close when the 'rebels' managed to scrape away, but we still have a sequence on the salt planet to go.

 

 

Won't go too far but I think it's telling that we all watched this for the entire duration and didn't budge or yawn or anything, despite my feeling about the run time. Still massively enjoyed it, probs a 4 out of 5 next to TFA. I think time will be kind to it.

 

Proper done me the world of good watching these during all this. Really looking forward to Rise of the Skywalker next. It's the only one I haven't seen. Is this gonna be the crap one?

I'm glad you enjoyed The Last Jedi more the second time around. I've seen it about five times now and it gets better on every viewing. It has so many strong, dramatic moments and more to the point is bold; shows what could be done with the franchise.

 

As for The Rise of Skywalker... be interesting to read your views.

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On 29/03/2020 at 20:26, Lumpy said:

 

Forgot the score - would probably give a 4.5. lots of fun.

 

So... The Last Jedi (2017) then.

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First time I've seen this since the release in 2017. I'd rather foolishly watched a slightly spoilery review on YT by Red Letter Media before going in, but figured this was OK as I had actually seen it before just couldn't remember it. I like RLM reviews but sometimes they grate a little. I agreed with some of their points and less so with others, and I wish that one guy wouldn't laugh like that at everything the other one says. Talk about echo chamber. but glad I saw it before going in. I was expecting bad!

 

Massively enjoyed it! Not without flaws but waaay better than I remembered and much more interesting. I think Rian Johnson used the term "subject expectations" on the commentary or in an interview or something, and sadly this has come to define the film as if that's all it's about. Shame as there is more than this cheap statement to it. Loved the handling of Luke. Of course he's going to be grumpy. He's older now and the world doesn't work like a fairy tale. Not to spoiler it too much if you haven't seen it but it works out well without taking the focus off the new bunch and without destroying the original character imho. I loved it.

 

It comes apart a bit in the length for me. I still didn't like the casino section at all but it at least felt much shorter than I remembered it. It's too prequel-y and clunky and doesn't sit right with the film. It could have been excised to bring the length down a bit. There were perhaps too many endings. It would have been a much more poetic ending to close when the 'rebels' managed to scrape away, but we still have a sequence on the salt planet to go.

 

 

Won't go too far but I think it's telling that we all watched this for the entire duration and didn't budge or yawn or anything, despite my feeling about the run time. Still massively enjoyed it, probs a 4 out of 5 next to TFA. I think time will be kind to it.

 

Proper done me the world of good watching these during all this. Really looking forward to Rise of the Skywalker next. It's the only one I haven't seen. Is this gonna be the crap one?

 

And here I am! Finished today with Rise of the Skywalker (2019). Where do I begin? Score - 2 out of 5.

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Is it true Rian Johnson was set to make the third film, but because there was a backlash they brought JJ back in? Shame if so, because for all its faults TLJ was a better film and to me left it fairly open. Red Letter Media said they felt TLJ was just "spinning the wheel". I disagree. This is the one that feels genuinely like it's spinning it.

 

JJ totally shits the bed with RotS. It feels like it was "written" on the fly and they must have been absolutely high as kites. It's absolutely manic and not in a good way. All plot, no story. I'm not a fan of macguffin chasing, and I knew we were in trouble early on with oh we need a dagger to find a triangle, and then we need a guy to hack C3PO, then these guys want to kill us oh not they don't they'll join us. I can't even piece it together. Han comes back as some sort of ghost at some point, which just about tipped me over the edge. The Michael Gove character that Gleeson is playing is suddenly some sort of spy he says. There's horsey creatures running about on spaceships, but then they seem to disappear. I mean what the fucking fuck? It's just absolutely all over the place and no fun to watch at all. Wasted characters, wasted cast, wasted the set up done before it, wasted the Star Wars name really by the end of it. And sadly it made me want to forget the other two fairly decent films that came before it. Even more sad that there is a germ of a decent story, but it's buried under a pile of crazy shit going off all the time. I think Ben Solo's story has been way more interesting up until this film than any of Anakin's. He was just a more nuanced and subtle character. Forget that here. Buried. What happened to the message in TLJ of leaving the past behind? I was so heartened with that, but no here's a metric fuckton of nostalgia fan pleasing. Lando! Ewoks! X wings being force-lifted out of water! And I absolutely hated the reverent mythologised tones that underscore references to anything from the original trilogy. Weren't we moving on? Yes there was a bit of this in TFA, but we skipped over it.

 

The only plus that came from this was it's sent me scurrying back to the safety of the beautiful Despecialized editions where I can forget all this even existed. At the very least I suppose, it stopped me thinking about covid for a couple of hours. But now I'm back to thinking about covid and also Star Wars is ruined, so it's a lose-lose all round!

 

Unless Disney promise not to make any fecking more.

 

 

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What Men Want - 2/5

 

Lacklustre comedy with a sparing amount of laughs.

 

Assassination Nation - 1/5

 

First film in an age I’ve come close to turning off. The epitome of style over substance, and the style runs out halfway through.

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4 minutes ago, Lumpy said:

 

And here I am! Finished today with Rise of the Skywalker (2019). Where do I begin? Score - 2 out of 5.

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Is it true Rian Johnson was set to make the third film, but because there was a backlash they brought JJ back in? Shame if so, because for all its faults TLJ was a better film and to me left it fairly open. Red Letter Media said they felt TLJ was just "spinning the wheel". I disagree. This is the one that feels genuinely like it's spinning it.

 

JJ totally shits the bed with RotS. It feels like it was "written" on the fly and they must have been absolutely high as kites. It's absolutely manic and not in a good way. All plot, no story. I'm not a fan of macguffin chasing, and I knew we were in trouble early on with oh we need a dagger to find a triangle, and then we need a guy to hack C3PO, then these guys want to kill us oh not they don't they'll join us. I can't even piece it together. Han comes back as some sort of ghost at some point, which just about tipped me over the edge. The Michael Gove character that Gleeson is playing is suddenly some sort of spy he says. There's horsey creatures running about on spaceships, but then they seem to disappear. I mean what the fucking fuck? It's just absolutely all over the place and no fun to watch at all. Wasted characters, wasted cast, wasted the set up done before it, wasted the Star Wars name really by the end of it. And sadly it made me want to forget the other two fairly decent films that came before it. Even more sad that there is a germ of a decent story, but it's buried under a pile of crazy shit going off all the time. I think Ben Solo's story has been way more interesting up until this film than any of Anakin's. He was just a more nuanced and subtle character. Forget that here. Buried.

 

The only plus that came from this was it's sent me scurrying back to the safety of the beautiful Despecialized editions where I can forget all this even existed. At the very least I suppose, it stopped me thinking about covid for a couple of hours. But now I'm back to thinking about covid and also Star Wars is ruined, so it's a lose-lose all round!

 

Unless Disney promise not to make any fecking more.

 

 

Go an watch the Mandalorian now, if you haven’t already. It’s by far the best Star Wars since the Disney takeover.

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45 minutes ago, Lumpy said:

Is it true Rian Johnson was set to make the third film, but because there was a backlash they brought JJ back in?

 

No - Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World) was going to direct it, but then The Book of Henry got 22% on Rotten Tomatoes so he was shuffled away and replaced with Abrams (though he still got a story credit).

 

Rian Johnson was never going to be involved with Episode IX, but he was going to write and direct a separate Star Wars trilogy. I don't think that has been officially announced as cancelled yet, but it's looking less and less likely to happen.

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10 hours ago, Nick R said:

 

No - Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World) was going to direct it, but then The Book of Henry got 22% on Rotten Tomatoes so he was shuffled away and replaced with Abrams (though he still got a story credit).

 

Rian Johnson was never going to be involved with Episode IX, but he was going to write and direct a separate Star Wars trilogy. I don't think that has been officially announced as cancelled yet, but it's looking less and less likely to happen.

For me it's a shame about Rian Johnson. Him getting the green light for a trilogy would be the only thing to excite me about the Star Wars franchise now.

 

Edit: they should get Vince Gilligan to do a 6 season Netflix run.

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16 hours ago, Nick R said:

 

No - Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World) was going to direct it, but then The Book of Henry got 22% on Rotten Tomatoes so he was shuffled away and replaced with Abrams (though he still got a story credit).

 

Rian Johnson was never going to be involved with Episode IX, but he was going to write and direct a separate Star Wars trilogy. I don't think that has been officially announced as cancelled yet, but it's looking less and less likely to happen.

 

Ah I see, thanks for replying. I knew he was lined up for some involvement with something SW related but couldn't remember what.

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Underwater

 

I have loads of films to watch but for some reason I'll end up checking out some rando new horror flick more often than not. Case in point. Kristen Stewart and Vincent Cassel are the leads and while some reviews might suggest it's Alien in the Drink or whatever, it's honestly got more in common with The Poseidon Adventure. An undersea drilling complex collapses and the last few survivors have to overcome numerous obstacles as they make their way to a far away section to escape back to the surface. Unlike a lot of similar such films, the crew all come over as good, decent folks instead of half of them at each other's throats. Yet despite a decent cast and some nice chunky diving suit designs (they could double up nicely as Warhammer-esque space marine suits with few tweaks) no one really shines and the film just plods along crossing off names one by one like hundreds of films before it, it's all so terribly, terribly average.

 

Still, as a wise man once said..."fuck the ocean."

 

2 Kirsten Stewart peroxide buzzcuts/5

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The Social Network: 5/5 - I’ve seen it many, many times, but it never gets old or loses its sheen. Wonderful, understated soundtrack and marvellous script & acting. How the Hell The King’s Speech beat this to best picture Oscar is beyond me!

 

The Color Out of Space: WTF/5.... I mean.... well... it’s Lovecraft and Cage!!!!! Go watch it, what are you waiting for???

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Strictly Ballroom

 

An absolute masterclass in cohesive film making, Everything is perfect from the performances to the script and direction and quite how Lurhmann fits it all into 94 minutes is beyond me.

 

Ive seen some fantastic films over the last few weeks (my thoughts on Suspiria will follow tomorrow) but this is in a league of its own and is one of the best love stories ever put on the screen 

 

5/5

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Monos: 5/5

As good as everyone’s been saying. Don’t know why I waited so long to watch it.

 

Wild Goose Lake: 4/5

Been watching a lot of Chinese cinema recently, and this has been one of my favourites. A great crime drama where a mid level crime boss has to spend a night on the run from police and rivals. Really keen to see more of Yi’nan Diao’s films now.

 

Sonatine: 5/5

I’d forgotten what a stone cold classic this is. Probably my favourite Takeshi Kitano film.

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So, my introduction to Gallia started last night with the following 3 Argento films

 

Inferno

 

An excellent start. Very creepy in places and excellent cinematography throughout. 

 

4/5

 

Phenonema 

 

Much less effective despite an excellent performance from a very young Jennifer Connelly. It's also far too long. I did really like the ending though.

 

2/5

 

Suspiria

 

I thought this was exceptional. Very few films have ever used music and colour as well as this film does. Intelligent film making and that boy really was disturbing. 

 

5/5

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The Secret Life of Pets 2 3/5

 

standard Illumination animated fodder. Some of the observations of animals are still spot on. Especially the animals at the vets.

 

Batman & Robin 2/5

 

if you pretend that the two Burton films don’t exist, and that this film is a movie spin-off from the 1966 show... no? No...

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Toy Story 4 -3.5/5

 

This looked tremendous and made me laugh out loud several times...but I couldn't shake the feeling that I was watching an extremely high budget straight-to-DVD sequel the entire time. After the perfection that was 3 this didn't feel like 'Toy Story 4' but rather 'Toy Story: Roadtrip', or something similar. It all felt a bit slight and rushed, juggling too many characters and their relationships. But still, the attention to detail in the animation was stunning.

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Annihilation (2018)

Strange and beautiful SF/horror adventure from Alex Garland. I'm a sucker for anything Lovecraftian and this is definitely one of the better films that warrant that description. In essence a group of scientists investigate 'the shimmer', an alien phenomenon taking over a bit of remote coastline. Whilst they apply science to try and understand what they encounter, the group are soon dealing with physical and psychological horrors way beyond human comprehension, in the best tradition of Lovecraft.  Like Garland's Ex Machina this manages to convey some deep and interesting ideas, some way-out ideas albeit grounded in what feels like scientific fact - hard to describe. And like Ex Machina this is a slow burn, largely character-driven drama, although some of the group were a bit undercooked. It does look absolutely stunning, a combination of real alien beauty and twisted horror.

 

4/5

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