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Incredibles 2 3/5

"JakJak has powers!?!"

 

Raiders of the Lost Ark 5/5

"It's a radio for talking to God"

 

HP and the chamber of secrets 1/5

"So there's this ghost, who hangs around the toilets..."

 

Independence Day 2 0/5

Nearly scored a point, just for having the some of the actors return, but then lost it again for shitty green screen work.

 

 

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On 09/04/2020 at 11:31, Boothjan said:

 

Oh yes.  It's fucking TERRIBLE - you'll love it.

 

Correct on both points!

 

This was lots of fun - blind, albino sharks hunting teenagers by sound in an submerged Mayan city. It was quite formulaic but there were a couple of kills I didn't see coming and the underwater photography was nicely done. There were some *interesting* soundtrack choice (Roxette and Aztec Camara??) and I loved how they dragged the already short running-time out by inserting slow-motion sequences at random.

 

Shark/5

 

(I'll be there for the 3rd part for sure)

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The Irishman: 3/5.

 

There are some sparks in here somewhere but this overlong, over boiled, underseasoned "epic" is a real slog. I'm reviewing it preemptively at the point any God-fearing film would end but there's another hour to go FML.

 

The draw- old actors look younger via the magic of CGI- is largely undone by everyone moving around like they're 30 years older than the character they're portraying, so you forget about it after the first 45 minutes anyway.

 

There's a classic movie that could be made about the Mob, Teamsters and Jimmy Hoffa, but this isn't it. Scorcese has some real cheek complaining about Marvel movies when he's churning out this retirement home of a movie just to keep his old pals in work.

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On 08/04/2020 at 11:42, Sidewaysbob said:

My son is starting film studies at 6th form in September so we're doing the "furlough film club" with my collection of films I bought because they won loads of awards. 

 

First up. There will be blood. 

I'm not sure I understand why this got so much praise. It looks amazing, sure. But there are so many plot point that don't make sense that I'm just left puzzled by it at the end. For instance, are there two sons of the farmer? Does the preacher have a dual personality if not where does Paul go and why did he talk about his church at the meeting?

And then the end sort of arrives and there no explanation about the drinking and the sudden desire to tell the truth to the son. After all he's been through. 

So, looks amazing, Daniel Day Lewes utterly mesmerising, but ultimately unsatisfying. 

 

3 working Wells out of 5.

 

Next up no country for old men. 

I absolutely loved this. Big skies America, moody shots of desolate County. The protagonist are all believable and Bardem is outstanding as the pshyco killer. Everyone one is at the top of their acting game. 

You believe everyone's motives and reactions. The only odd thing is the setting, Brolin seems too young to have done two tours of 'Nam, in what feels like a mid 80s setting. 

But other than that superb. 

 

5 dead bodies out of 5. 

 

Tonight, Mad Max : Fury road

 

 

I got an A in that. I absolutely loved the course.

You could give him a headstart by watching German Expressionism. They're quite short films and available on YouTube.

 

Rocket Man - not a fan of Elton John's music but this was great. The opening 30 minutes were fantastic. 4/5

 

 

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Midsommer - ?/5

 

I don't even know how to rate this. I watched it a week ago and I still can't stop thinking of it from time to time but I don't think it was a particularly great movie either. Lots of great individual moments and superb craft in all technical aspects but it reminds me of something like Mother! in that it is only really satisfying on a narrative level as allegory. The core plot doesn't hold up to much scrutiny. And while allegory is great, it works best when the literal story is good too, as an additional layer - not the only layer.

 

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Rage and Honor 2: Hostile Takeover (1993)

Cynthia Rothrock and Richard Norton are BACK... in this pretty forgettable sequel to a pretty forgettable original. On balance the fighting is better in this, as a few good uses of ad hoc weapons including a fish, and you even get a few full-body shots as opposed to the normal too-close camera. Whilst the Indonesian setting is novel the plot is the usual sort of thing for this era, lots of talk of "product", flash crime boss, you know the drill. Rothrock's character somehow has morphed from teacher to secret agent with no explanation given. In fact the only real link to the original is her pairing with Richard Norton and people getting kicked in the nuts. Oh and mention must be made of the car chase in the world's largest multi-storey car park, it went on forever. The film will pass the time, it simply doesn't leave a trace.

 

2/5

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Bait (2019)

 

A tale of impoverished locals in a Cornish fishing village coming face-to-face with gentrification and local income shifting toward tourism, shot in self-developed 16mm black and white by the director.

 

Initially it seemed shaky- the editing was a bit haphazard- but quite engaging when you settle into it and a really strong, taciturn lead performance.

 

Spoiler

"Lycra cunt" is probably my favourite new insult.

 

4/5.

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I haven't made any posts in over a month so just gonna post my Letterboxd diary list for now and will do a proper post next time I watch something. 

 

Out of all these, if you haven't seen them then I highly recommend Captain Fantastic and The Farewell. 

 

 

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Man Of Steel - 4.5/5

 

Most people seem to disagree, but I make no apologies for loving this film.  Shame they rushed straight into the Justice League movies as a follow up to such a promising start.  I would have gone with Wonder Woman, A Batman stand alone and a sequel to MOS before even thinking of a Justice League movie.

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For some reason this is popular on Netflix right now, haven't a clue why.

 

Outbreak (1995)

Right from the off this slams you in the face with it's 90s-ness, maybe it's the font on the titles, I don't know. Like the virus involved this doesn't hang about, people get sick really fast and before you know it Dustin Hoffman and pals have an epidemic on their hands. 100% mortality rate no less, serious business. You just know that Hoffman and Rene Russo will be cancelling that divorce by the end, no subtlety there.  It throws about some virological terms and there are a lot of people knocking about in hazmat suits, but this is firmly good-vs-evil action, Dustin Hoffman being the good, Donald Sutherland doing the bad, Morgan Freeman somewhere in between. And I've never seen so many helicopters in one film ever. Pretty sure this was part funded by Sikorski or whatever. As I write this review we're in the midst of a real global pandemic and it's interesting to note how things like the town's folk would rather harangue the army than stay in their homes. But these were more innocent times. Not many parallels can be drawn from this, just enjoy it for the silly 90s action that this is.

 

3/5

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Creep (2014)

Interesting low-budget horror, sort of found-footage. A young fella gets a job filming a cancer sufferer who wants a record of his last few days for his son, or does he? Things definitely take a turn for the worst. Really low-key drama that builds slowly and rewards the patient viewer. Excellent twist ending. Difficult to talk about without spoiling it so I'll just say give this a spin if you like understated horror.

 

3/5

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Interstellar.

 A movie who's reach exceeds its grasp , Christopher Nolan goes for 2001 and falls (a fair distance) short.That said there's some nice ideas, though the actual physics might not hold up , and fantastic imagery in it , Doyle face down on the tidal planet being a stunning shot among a few.

 

3.5 /5

 

M.I: Fallout.

 

 Idiotic  plot written on the back of a postage stamp connects a number of impressive but overly long and eventually boring set pieces.Long time returning cast wander around in their slippers they're that comfortable while Ferguson  , Baldwin and Cavill try to inject some life into proceedings and, in fairness,  manage it on occasion. Bad guy so dim he could be outwitted by one of my dogs, probably the one who eats her own poo.

 

I'm being generous 2/5

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In order to escape the feeling of being trapped indoors by a malevolent, near-unstoppable force we decided to watch Misery last night. 

 

Not seen it for over 20 years and it's still absolutely fantastic with a phenomenal performance by Kathy Bates, who flips between emotional deadness, creepy over-enthusiasm and total fucking physco seemlessly. I did find the score a bit overbearing for the first fifteen minutes or so, but then I was completely lost in it. Just brilliant. 5/5

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10 hours ago, Vimster said:

Creep (2014)

Interesting low-budget horror, sort of found-footage. A young fella gets a job filming a cancer sufferer who wants a record of his last few days for his son, or does he? Things definitely take a turn for the worst. Really low-key drama that builds slowly and rewards the patient viewer. Excellent twist ending. Difficult to talk about without spoiling it so I'll just say give this a spin if you like understated horror.

 

3/5

 

Top film this. The sequel is just as good.

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15 hours ago, Vimster said:

Creep (2014)

Interesting low-budget horror, sort of found-footage. A young fella gets a job filming a cancer sufferer who wants a record of his last few days for his son, or does he? Things definitely take a turn for the worst. Really low-key drama that builds slowly and rewards the patient viewer. Excellent twist ending. Difficult to talk about without spoiling it so I'll just say give this a spin if you like understated horror.

 

3/5

 

The jump scares are terrible. 

Spoiler

Literally BOO!

 

The ending is horrible.

 

I thought it was a decent take on the found footage genre.

Spoiler

That was 'kept' footage.

 

Detective Pikachu

First 20 mins were OK but the rest of the film was atrocious.

1/5

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Dumbo

 

After the horror that is The Lion King live action I approached this with some trepidation. I needn't of been worried. It's a first rate updating of the classic movie with a truly excellent cast who all give stellar performances. Particularly Keaton and Green (possibly my favourite performance of hers outside Penny Dreadful).

 

4/5

 

This Life

 

Second Keaton movie of the week. I avoided this at the time as Empire gave it 2/5 IIRC.  I thought it was extremely well written and far less schmaltzy than I was expecting. Keaton and Kidman were both very natural in their roles. It's all about a man who is  dying of cancer as his wife is pregnant. 

 

3.5/5

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London Has Fallen.

 

I've not seen the first but this came up on my Amazon Prime feed and we fancied something simple to waste an hour and a half so took a punt. Turns out this was both very simple and a complete and total waste of said hour and a half.

 

One of the worst films I have seen in many, many years although, to be fair, we are usually a bit more careful when choosing what to watch. An endless stream of inconceivably dumb, ridiculously implausible nonsense and not in a good way - just genuinely wall to wall stupid and some of the worst scripting, dialogue and plot imaginable even by the low standards of its genre. Hell, even the bombast was tarnished by some hopeless CGI.

 

I have no idea why we didn't just turn it off after fifteen minutes.

 

0/5.

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20 minutes ago, Mike S said:

London Has Fallen.

 

I've not seen the first but this came up on my Amazon Prime feed and we fancied something simple to waste an hour and a half so took a punt. Turns out this was both very simple and a complete and total waste of said hour and a half.

 

One of the worst films I have seen in many, many years although, to be fair, we are usually a bit more careful when choosing what to watch. An endless stream of inconceivably dumb, ridiculously implausible nonsense and not in a good way - just genuinely wall to wall stupid and some of the worst scripting, dialogue and plot imaginable even by the low standards of its genre. Hell, even the bombast was tarnished by some hopeless CGI.

 

I have no idea why we didn't just turn it off after fifteen minutes.

 

0/5.

The first one is a good b-movie, knows it's totally ridiculous and plays up to it, especially the ludicrously OTT takeover of the White House. The sequels were a mess, especially Angel Has Fallen which was dire.

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Southland Tales

 

Bizzare load of shite. I knew I shouldn't have bothered after seeing that Justin Timberlake and The Rock were in it, but I was seduced by it being on Mubi as 'perfect failure' and having a positive review. Also, quite an interesting concept. It's the second film by Richard Kelly, director of Donnie darko (his first film). Apparently it's now reached cult status acording to the Mubi 'take', though I suspect it can't be a fraction of the cult status Donnie Darko has. I found it to be a confusing mess. Maybe if I had finished it, it would have wrapped up and revealed itself. I had to switch it off though when Justin Timberlake started a weird music video scene where he lip syncs to The Killers All These Things I have Done. I just thought, what the hell am I doing wasting my time persevering with this shite. The JT video is hidden below.

 

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Arlington Road (1999)

 

The grieving husband (Jeff Bridges) of an FBI agent killed during a botched counter-terrorism operation suspects his neighbour (Tim Robbins) of being a domestic terrorist when new shit comes to light.

 

It stumbles headlong into "extreme" 90s cliché out of the gate- generic, pounding action music (why would you waste Angelo Badalamenti like this?), jump cuts and silly camera angles, the opening credits look like a bad music video... yet it starts to come together. The cast are never really believable- the dialogue is ridiculously on the nose sometimes and it does a poor job of building suspense. But the ending...

 

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Robbins is at the heart of a unit of domestic terrorists and tricks Bridges into delivering a car bomb to FBI headquarters. Bridges doesn't realise this until it's too late- the bomb goes off, killing Bridges, an FBI agent and scores of security guards, while Robbins not only walks away free but also manages to pin another major terrorist incident on him. Bridges' orphaned son goes to live with other family and Robbins' unit moves to conduct operations elsewhere.

 

Fantastical, but bold to end the film on such a downer and it reminded me of all of the times you've heard about a major studio film having endings like this changed after test screenings or executive interference. It made me like the film a lot more than I was expecting to, given the shortcomings elsewhere.

 

3/5.

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Last Black Man in San Francisco
(2019)
Dir. Joe Talbot

 

Wonderfully dreamy and gentle allegory about gentrification and the ones who are left behind. A young and poor black man and his wannabe playwright friend squat in the house built by his Grandfather in 1946.

The house is a metaphor for the city, the new gentrified neighbours and the sketchy, maybe inaccurate history of the house reflecting the shaky sense of ownership of a place that people of all demographics feel (how can anyone ever claim to belong to stolen land more than anyone else?).

It feels very much like a West Coast 'Do the right thing'. Sumptuously shot and delicately performed.

In one lovely scene (which doubles as a Ghost World easter egg), a lady on a bus proclaims "I fucking hate San Francisco".

To which our man replies.

"But do you love it? You can't hate San Francisco unless you love it".

I really loved it.

 

8/10

 

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6 minutes ago, DeciderVT said:

Arlington Road (1999)

 

The grieving husband (Jeff Bridges) of an FBI agent killed during a botched counter-terrorism operation suspects his neighbour (Tim Robbins) of being a domestic terrorist when new shit comes to light.

 

It stumbles headlong into "extreme" 90s cliché out of the gate- generic, pounding action music (why would you waste Angelo Badalamenti like this?), jump cuts and silly camera angles, the opening credits look like a bad music video... yet it starts to come together. The cast are never really believable- the dialogue is ridiculously on the nose sometimes and it does a poor job of building suspense. But the ending...

 

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Robbins is at the heart of a unit of domestic terrorists and tricks Bridges into delivering a car bomb to FBI headquarters. Bridges doesn't realise this until it's too late- the bomb goes off, killing Bridges, an FBI agent and scores of security guards, while Robbins not only walks away free but also manages to pin another major terrorist incident on him. Bridges' orphaned son goes to live with other family and Robbins' unit moves to conduct operations elsewhere.

 

Fantastical, but bold to end the film on such a downer and it reminded me of all of the times you've heard about a major studio film having endings like this changed after test screenings or executive interference. It made me like the film a lot more than I was expecting to, given the shortcomings elsewhere.

 

3/5.


Yeah the whole film only really exists to service that fantastic ending. A film from a time when a film existed to tell a fully encapsulated story, isolated from audience tests and franchise potential. 

Oh how I miss those days.

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Bad Boys for Life (2020)

 

Not as good as the first, way better than the second, but if you enjoy Bad Boys then you'll enjoy this. It's really just more of the same but thankfully without Michael Bay directing (and based on Six Underground that was a very good decision). 

 

Lots of ott set pieces, slow mo, decent gun fights, fast vehicles and some good comedy. It was fun, I enjoyed it.

 

Bad Boys 3/5.

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