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I'm No Longer Here

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4323594/

 

I saw Guillermo del Toro mention this film on twitter recently and it's on Netflix so I watched it last night. It's about a group of friends in a Mexican village who are trying to avoid the realities of the drug war and live the way they want. They are all fans of Colombian music and base they're identity and lifestyle around it. After a run-in with a local drug-dealer one of the kids is sent to New York to live with relatives there.

 

This was pretty good. It was well filmed and there was some lovely shots of the Mexican wilderness and New York cityscapes. The acting is decent and the main kid portrays a lost, culture-shocked teenager really well. The music and dancing are great and there's a sweet love-story that works nicely. 

 

Recommended.

 

3.5/5

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Logan

 

I hadn't seen it before but having heard a variety of comments about it I think I was expecting even less 'superhero' than we got. That isn't a bad thing though, it was just a little bit straighter than I had been led to believe but still a fresh step away from the franchise/genre and Jackman and Stewart were well up to the task.

 

It's a cheap comparison (and not fully accurate) but the description of "The Dark Knight" of the X-Men does give a sense of understanding where it sits. Definitely a solid way to see out that series though.

 

One thing I did think was that if you squint your eyes slightly there is a lot of The Last of Us in there. Jackman would make a good Joel.

 

4/5

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The Inglorious Bastards (1978)

Really enjoyable no-nonsense Italian war film from director Enzo Castellari. France 1944: a group of American soldiers on their way to military prison escape and try to make it to the Swiss border. Lots of explosions, gunfire, Germans, some twists and turns, all topped off with a chaotic episode aboard a train. Not much else to say other than Bo Svenson and Fred Williamson dispatch the enemy with style. Not seen the Tarantino one so can't say what he pinched from this.

 

3.5/5

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Dating Amber

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7886936/

 

A mid-90s set, Irish rom-com about two gay teenagers, a boy and girl, who pretend to be dating to avoid being hassled by their class mates. 

 

This was decent enough but seemed a little confused about what it was trying to be. Some of the characters and performances are knockabout comedy but others are played dead straight. It makes for a weird mix. That aside the cast are good, the music choices are fine but not always period accurate and it's pretty clear what's going to happen right from the start. A tighter script and this could have been excellent but as it is, it's totally fine. 

 

A nice bit of escapism on a Sunday night - 3/5

 

 

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On 06/06/2020 at 16:01, ZOK said:

American Animals - 4/5

 

A neat little docuthriller with a couple of nice tricks up its sleeve and some genuinely tense moments. Worth a watch if you’ve got Prime.

 

This was great. I was surprised to learn it was the director's first feature film, it seemed like the work of someone who'd been making movies for years.

 

He made a documentary in 2012 called The Imposter which is similarly stylised, with some dramatised scenes, and you can see the seed of American Animals in it. It's about another bizarre crime story, "The Chameleon" Frederic Bourdin:

 

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Nicholas Barclay, aged 13 at the time he went missing, was last seen playing basketball with his friends in his home town of San Antonio, Texas, on 13 June 1994. Barclay never made it home and has not been seen or heard from since. In 1997, Bourdin took Barclay's identity and was flown to the United States. Although Bourdin had brown eyes and a French accent, he convinced the family he was their blue-eyed son, saying he had escaped from a child prostitution ring and the ring had altered his eye color. Bourdin lived with the family for almost five months until 6 March 1998.

 

 

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On 07/06/2020 at 10:23, ScouserInExile said:

Cell

 

A film based on the Stephen King book of the same name, this is a very run of the mill post apocalyptic tale with the basic premise of "everyone has been turned into zombies by their mobile phones". John Cusack and Samuel L Jackson put in thoroughly average performances for a thoroughly average film. It doesn't do anything new or interesting, you be seen it all before, really.

 

One thing of note: the music they used for the climactic scene was Gerry Marsden (he of And The Pacemakers) and the whole of Anfield singing "You'll Never Walk Alone", I think from one of the Hillsborough memorials. Which was just a bit odd.

 

2/5

 

The first 30 mins are actually quite good. A bit on the nose and not subtle at all but it's a good set up and then it just falls apart into nonsense.

The book is probably worse for this.

Similar to Bird Box and, even more similar to The Happening. 

The end of the film is quite different to the book. 

Stephen King always struggles to prolong a story and end it well and The Cell is probably the most obvious example of that.

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The Invisible Man (2020)

 

Not as good as the reviews had me believe. I did like the updated origin story, and making new Universal Monster movies on a low budget is a far better idea than the likes of Tom Cruise's The Mummy, but it dragged in places and the "invisible acting" had me laughing more than anything.

 

3/5

 

Long Shot

 

Leftie journalist Seth Rogan joins the writing team of presidential candidate Charlize Theron. The twist being Theron used to babysite Rogan's character who had a crush on her in high school. It's not laugh a minute but it had its moments and the chemistry between the two leads definitely makes this worth watching. Also has a good supporting cast of June Diane Raphael and Ice Cube Jr.

 

4/5

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The Family

 

Fun mafia-themed comedy with Robert de Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer 

 

3/5

 

Crash

 

Shocked myself that I hadn't seen this before.  A fantastic work of art full of drama and superb performances.

 

4.5/5

 

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

 

It's been years since I've seen this, but I found my DVD a few weeks back!  You can't find it anywhere anymore...  anyway, I still adore this film.  Annoyingly, my better half really didn't enjoy it. Pah.  It's a classic!!

 

4.5/5

 

10 Things We Should Do Before We Break Up

 

Still have no idea what this film is supposed to be - it's a muddled mess which takes too many twists and turns that really didn't work at all.  Shame.

 

2/5

 

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2

 

I keep reading on here that people rate the first instalment over this one, but I think this one just shades it.  Visually stunning with some fantastic set pieces (Yondu's arrow thing is fucking great) and a funnier Drax means it's my favourite GotG film.  My kids agree with you lot though - they like the first better.

 

4/5

 

Get Hard

 

Very very silly comedy starring Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart, that overuses tired racial cliches long before the end.

 

2.5/5

 

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3 hours ago, Sabreman said:

Is that 'Crash' Crash, or 'Crash' Crash?

 

Also... stare at the word 'Crash' for a bit then try to pronounce it in your head. Weird!

 

Crash Crash. That crashy film with Don Cheadle and Sandra Bullock. 

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City of Life and Death (2009)

 

Well, that was harrowing.

 

The story of the Japanese conquering of Nanjing / Nanking. Also known as "the rape of Nanjing", a name which sets the tone.

 

It's told from both the Chinese and the Japanese side of things and, given the circumstances, the Japanese are very much the villains of the piece. They verge on pantomime villains at times. You'd say it was a blatant propaganda film, full of lies and exaggerations, were it not for the fact the horrors depicted all really happened (and worse). Though there is at least one sympathetic character amongst the Japanese, and one who kinda has a redemption spot. There's a couple of really good characters on the Chinese side and you root for them throughout. I found myself really willing some of them to survive. They're all real people as well, which I found added something.

 

It's fantastically shot - in black and white  - with a score that fits perfectly and has some brilliant acting. There's a few scenes that had me in the edge of my seat and some that had me on the verge of tears. But it's disturbing throughout, to the point where it it's almost a horror film.

 

A hard watch, but worth it, I would say.

 

I was going to give it 4/5, but I can't think of a reason to dock a point.

 

5/5 

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5 minutes ago, Raoull duke said:

Mallrats 

 

First time ever seeing this in its entirety. Here is my review:

 

Kevin Smith is the most overrated fucking hack in the history of cinema. 

 

2/5

 

It's on Netflix if you're into this sort of thing. 

The World's End really stuck a pin in a lot of these kinds of films for me. It did a great job of pointing out that these man-child, cool slacker heroes are actually just a bit pathetic.

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On 06/06/2020 at 22:19, neoELITE said:

The Shining.

6/5

 

Just amazing. The camera work on this film is phenomenal. That long tracking shot with the tricycle is fabulous and the sound of those wheels - carpet wood carpet wood carpet wood. Gaudy 70s colour clash sets and the soundtrack makes you feel exhausted and on edge. I love it. Watching it again, I felt this time it was about misogyny. I've seen it so many times without even thinking about that. That's why I love it. There's always something new.

 

7/5 :lol:

 

Oddly enough, and without seeing this post, the last film I watched was:

 

The Shining

 

A film that, for all its incredible craftsmanship and iconic scenes, I never enjoy as much as I always feel I should. Whilst the cinematography and extraordinary score are frequently riveting all that good work is somewhat undermined by having Jack Nicholson play Jack Torrance. He is just too hammy, too comically OTT, and his descent into madness so rushed that he drags me out of the film in almost every scene that he appears in. I don't believe I am seeing a man driven to madness by cabin fever, internal demons, and ghosts (real or imagined) as all I can see is Jack Nicholson frantically gurning his way off the screen.  I certainly prefer the stately, creeping, set up of the first half of the movie to the second, more Jack heavy, half and am always left wondering just how much better it could have been with a more restrained actor playing the Torrance role.

 

This is the first time I've seen this in 4K and it looks more magnificent than ever which makes my frustration with the acting all the more annoying.

 

3/5

 

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19 minutes ago, Mike S said:

 

Oddly enough, and without seeing this post, the last film I watched was:

 

The Shining

 

A film that, for all its incredible craftsmanship and iconic scenes, I never enjoy as much as I always feel I should. Whilst the cinematography and extraordinary score are frequently riveting all that good work is somewhat undermined by having Jack Nicholson play Jack Torrance. He is just too hammy, too comically OTT, and his descent into madness so rushed that he drags me out of the film in almost every scene that he appears in. I don't believe I am seeing a man driven to madness by cabin fever, internal demons, and ghosts (real or imagined) as all I can see is Jack Nicholson frantically gurning his way off the screen.  I certainly prefer the stately, creeping, set up of the first half of the movie to the second, more Jack heavy, half and am always left wondering just how much better it could have been with a more restrained actor playing the Torrance role.

 

This is the first time I've seen this in 4K and it looks more magnificent than ever which makes my frustration with the acting all the more annoying.

 

3/5

 

 

I started watching The Shining in 4K and the scene where Jack is being interviewed in the hotel had this weird lighting change every time the camera switched angles. Found it really distracting, and gave up watching it. Did you notice that as well, or am I going mad? Might give it another go tomorrow night.

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Kubrick fuckin' wit ya.

 

Either that or overzealous colour graders in the lab. I love The Shining, but we always joke about Jack being clearly unhinged on arrival. I think he'd fail the interview on the basis of his performance, especially since everyone's so concerned the job would drive someone round the bend.

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10 hours ago, Monkeyboy said:

 

I started watching The Shining in 4K and the scene where Jack is being interviewed in the hotel had this weird lighting change every time the camera switched angles. Found it really distracting, and gave up watching it. Did you notice that as well, or am I going mad? Might give it another go tomorrow night.

 

I'll check later ...

 

8 hours ago, Sabreman said:

Kubrick fuckin' wit ya.

 

Either that or overzealous colour graders in the lab. I love The Shining, but we always joke about Jack being clearly unhinged on arrival. I think he'd fail the interview on the basis of his performance, especially since everyone's so concerned the job would drive someone round the bend.

 

 

Yeah, I think that is a great example of how Nicholson's over acting has a negative impact. As subtle as a sledgehammer.

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11 hours ago, ScouserInExile said:

The World's End really stuck a pin in a lot of these kinds of films for me. It did a great job of pointing out that these man-child, cool slacker heroes are actually just a bit pathetic.


That’s pretty much the whole point of Mall Rats.

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11 hours ago, Raoull duke said:

Mallrats 

 

First time ever seeing this in its entirety. Here is my review:

 

Kevin Smith is the most overrated fucking hack in the history of cinema. 

 

2/5

 

It's on Netflix if you're into this sort of thing. 

 

Chasing Amy is his best film. Thought that's going on a 15 year memory (that's the last time I watched it) so could now be terrible.

 

Though let's be honest the best thing he ever did was the Superman story on one of his "Evening With's..."

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I watched the 1990 film Narrow Margin starring Gene Hackman.

 

It started off OK, but when the bad guys appeared, their behaviour was so stupid that it really annoyed me. It could have been a decent film if the script didn't have this huge glaring problem. So I can only award it 3/10. 

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22 hours ago, Monkeyboy said:

I started watching The Shining in 4K and the scene where Jack is being interviewed in the hotel had this weird lighting change every time the camera switched angles. Found it really distracting, and gave up watching it. Did you notice that as well, or am I going mad? Might give it another go tomorrow night.

 

 

Just watched that scene and no lighting change for me at all. That's on the apple TV 4K Dolby Vision stream..

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A few from a disappointing last few weeks:

 

The Mule - 2/5

 

Well acted but felt utterly hollow. Veered from drama to melodrama with no real care for its overall tone.

 

The Invitation - 2/5

 

Tedious twaddle albeit with a half-decent FU ending.

 

American Factory - 2/5

 

Surprised at the critical acclaim this got (or maybe I was just having a bad day) Felt quite simplistic and without too much to say beyond American and Chinese work culture is a bit different. No shit.

 

Ma - 2/5

 

Ma? Meh more like.

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On 09/06/2020 at 22:38, Raoull duke said:

Mallrats 

 

First time ever seeing this in its entirety. Here is my review:

 

Kevin Smith is the most overrated fucking hack in the history of cinema. 

 

2/5

 

It's on Netflix if you're into this sort of thing. 

Not aged well at all. Chasing Amy is even worse, personally. Clerks is still really good though. As the years go by Kevin Smith, to me, is more interesting to listen to talking about any old shit and less vital as a film director. Other than Clerks it's difficult to see any of his other films as more than a bit of fun with a short shelf life. 

 

I don't even think Smith liked Chasing Amy, which film was it where the protagonists were walking out of a cinema and basically said "oh well at least it wasn't Chasing Amy"?

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Backdraft (1991)

 

***

 

Never heard of this film before and found it after scrolling endlessly on Netflix for something to watch. Enjoyable enough action thriller with a good performance from Kurt Russell and a phoned in showing from de Niro. Big laugh when a post script, usually reserved for biopics to explain what the characters did next, appeared at the end to state how many active firemen there are in the US.

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