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Ended my watching of the Terminator films has

 

Terminator Salvation

 

John Connor is very angry. No, really he’s VERY ANGRY!!  REALLY ANGRY. 

 

Apart from how angry JC is, I’ve always really liked this and never got the hate. Great action, fantastic SFX and a decent enough plot. Worthington and Yelchin are excellent and despite being really fucking angry Bale is the best JC so far. It also looks stunning on blu ray. 
 

4/5

 

Terminator Genesys 

 

Well, the rot had to set in somewhere. The main problem is Emilia is just crap, despite never looking lovelier. She totally kills the film stone dead with her utterance of the second most famous line of the franchise. Jason is brilliant as JC but even he isn’t enough to save the film, nor is an excellent turn from Arnie. 
 

2/5

 

Terminator Dark Fate

 

This just runs out of steam 2/3rds of the way through. I’m not sure why people were very happy when it was announced that Hamilton would be returning as Sarah. There’s a reason she hasn’t had much of a career post T2. It’s because she’s shit at acting . I think she actually spoils the film and undoes some of Davis’s and Arnies phenomenal work. The terminator is also rubbish with no personality at all.

 

2.5/5. 

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Blood Games (1990)

"Don't let them knockers hypnotise you, boy!" Unfortunately for the hicks in this film they didn't heed the advice. Members of a women's baseball team are attacked, their coach is murdered. The survivors will have to fight for their lives against a small town full of determined, if comically-inept, rednecks, and ultimately get their revenge. Brilliantly trashy revenge flick with plenty of T&A, baseball bats to the bonce and oh-so-satisfying slo-mo payback. The pace never lets up, both sides take a proper beating, but the feisty girls give it right back. It's straightforward but no less entertaining for it.

 

4/5

 

 

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Knives Out

 

It's been a while since I saw a good whodunnit movie, and I'm sure it'll be a while from this point on as well. 

 

5 knives / 5

 

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Single location and, I think, near realtime hijack thriller on Amazon Prime. It starts strong but very quickly runs out of steam and ends pretty terrible. 

 

2/5

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For my latest experiment I’m going to mix up all the X men films with a selection of films by Fritz Lang. The x films are in my own weird order. I’ve never seen a Lang film before.

 

X men First Class

 

Not only my fave X film, but one of my favourite super hero films full stop.  Just A fantastic fun with a perfect cast. I was going to deduct half a mark as the usually brilliant Bacon is a bit rubbish here. But it’s got Ironside in it, so fuck it

 

5/5

 

X men Apocalypse 

 

Perhaps the most under rated blockbuster of the last 5 years. This ridiculously entertaining film rarely puts a foot wrong apart from some sexist costumes and a couple of poor casting choices for the new mutants. Great plot, great baddie and McEvoy and Fassbender are just sublime. 
 

5/5

 

Scarlet Street 

 

Theres no fool like an old fool. Meticulous direction, a cracking script and a surprisingly downbeat ending make for a truly captivating piece of art.  I’m off to a great start here..

 

5/5

 

 

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Equalizer 2000 (1987)

This is a thrilling mess of a film, various factions in the borderlands constantly fighting, the sound of foley explosions and gunfire is almost constant. All you need to know is the guys in black are the arseholes, then you can just sit back and enjoy the confusion of combat. At the centre of this is Richard Norton's character, a deserter from the bad guys who, in a montage that could only really come from 1987, crafts the ultimate OTT gun with more barrels than you could ever want, all without his shirt on - prime 80s. This features a pre-T2 Robert Patrick in his first feature, puts in a decent performance. Definitely a decent enough straight-to-video post-nuke watch.

 

3/5

 

 

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Internal Affairs (1990)

 

Filled a gap in my list of nineties film I missed first time round. I remember this film was a pretty big thing at the time it came out. Probably because Gere was playing against type as a bad guy. I always think super good looking guys like Richard Gere make for good baddies (see also Tom Cruise in Collateral). His dead eyed stares in this are chilling.

 

Overall, it's an odd film, starting out fairly routine but interesting as Andy Garcia and Laurie Metcalf work the case, trying to bring Gere to justice. Then it seems to take a bit of a left turn towards the end, becoming more dreamlike and psychological. When the picture turns black and white, and the credits start rolling over the aftermath of the film's violent climax, I didn't feel as though the good guys had really won. I felt grubby.

 

4 out of 5

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Extra Ordinary (2019)

A fun Irish independent horror comedy about a woman who can communicate with the dead but is reluctant to do so until a man whose dead wife won't leave him alone and whose daughter goes missing contacts her. I don't think it really pushed the boundaries as much as it could and plays it quite safe with the laughs but it was an enjoyable 90mins that past the time and the 6 laughs test. It's on Netflix if you fancy something easy one night.

3/5

 

Your Name (2016)

I don't think I need to say much more about this cinematic masterpiece. It's easily the best animated movie of the last decade and outside of Avengers Infinity War/Endgame it's my most watched film of the last few years. The animation is stunning, the soundtrack is second to none and the storytelling beautiful. It's ticks every box imaginable. I watched it this time with the English dubs as my daughter wanted to watch it (even though it's a 12A, I think it's suitable for a 6-year-old). The English dubs aren’t great tbh, Makoto Shinkai clearly doesn't have the pull Studio Ghibli has to pull in A listers, but that still didn't ruin my experience. This is also on Netflix and I would advise everyone to watch it as its truly something special. Make sure you watch it in Japanese though with the subtitles, it works so much better.

5/5

 

Space Jam (1996)

I recently watched The Last Dance (watch this if you haven't as it's incredible, even if you don't follow Basketball) and it made me nostalgic for Space Jam. It's not great, we all know this, but as someone who saw it when they were 10, I still really enjoyed it and couldn't help myself singing along to all the music (minus R Kelly for obvious reasons). It's fun silly entertainment and I still get a kick out of the Looney Toon characters. Also, Bill Murray is easily the best thing in it, but it's Bill Murray so what do you expect.

3/5 for nostalgia reasons but objectively it's a 2/5 at best

 

A Simple Favour (2018)

A black comedy starring Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively that has more layers that several onions. I did find it enjoyable and funny in places but it seems to pull on too many threads. It just needed to stick to the main one really and not go into all the side stuff that in reality doesn't have too much bearing on the story. They could have reached the same places without all the convoluted back story of Anna Kendrick's character.

3/5

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Jumanji:  welcome to the jungle.

 

So this is on Oz Netflix as of today.it's not a bad way to waste 2 hours and even Kevin Hart's inclusion can't fuck it up. Kids will probably love it and it's mild diversion for adults, the rock does his thing, Jack Black is fine, Kevin Hart is only moderately annoying and Karen Gillian(?)  kicks arse.

 

3/5

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I watched two films back to back last night.

 

John Wick 2

 

My favourite of the three. Follows on nicely from the first, with some excellent choreography and action set pieces. 

 

4/5

 

 

John Wick 3

 

I do not like this film at all. The previous two films where all about the plot and the tight gunplay action. All that goes out the window in this film. The plot is utter nonsense, and the action veers too far into close-quarters-combat for me, and even that's not really well done because the choreography is poor, with fight scenes looking slow. But the killer for me is this film veers wildly into torture porn, it's trashy as fuck. The whole film is trash.

 

1/5

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Furlough film club returns

 

"Eurovision song contest, the story of fire sage"

 

First up, I actually really like eurovision. It's big stupid cheesy fun and it's as out and proud as it's possible to be. I don't identify with that world, but I do identify with bunch of people who are having a bloody good time and don't care what you may think about it all.

 

So, Will Farrell turns up and thinks he can take the piss out of it all and singularly fails to spot that eurovision isn't taking itself seriously in the slightest to begin with.

Every moment Farrell is in the scene it's shit. His character is apparently obsessed with eurovision and wants to win the contest to put his Icelandic Town on the map for reasons. Bizarrely he gets there with sidekick Rachel McAdams (who is ace), is rubbish and is told constantly why he is rubbish.

The highlight is a big party with past winners of eurovision in a big sing along. Suddenly Conchita Wurst, and Netta Barzilai turn up to demonstrate just what's so amazing about eurovision and how it doesn't need a 50 something American playing his usual 50 something idiot man child to take the piss.

Every scene without Will Farrell is great, he shits it up. But every scene with European actors in, who know what eurovision is, is great. But really, Ireland should have won with "my lovely horse"

 

Iceland nill points out of 5

 

But the popular vote gives Iceland duex points

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Inception (2010)

 

 Holy shit, inception is 10 years old. I've attempted to watch it on two other occasions and got 1/2 hour in before giving up for some reason and the fact that it's nearly 3 hours long is quite daunting. Anyhoo, Nolan and 3 of his  apparent best mates, Tom, Ciaran and Michael   with help from one or two others put together a mind bending heist movie. Given the fact that the movie is 10 years old and the 'ohh, ahhh' moments have largely been given away I was wondering if the plot would hold up to scrutiny. People smarter than me will pick holes in said plot no doubt but for me there was a pretty consistent level of tension  and some cracking set pieces in the 2nd half, for me it's Nolans best. Which is not to say that  anything else he's done is not good, I just appreciated them more than enjoyed them outright.

 

Am looking forward to Tenet, seems similar in mind bending stakes to this.

 

4/5

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Won't you be my neighbour? (2018) - 4/5

 

Such a lovely individual who dedicated his life to making the world a less scary and more understandable place for kids who watched his show.

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The Girl in the Spiders Web

 

An effective if over produced thriller with a mesmerising performance from Foy. Basically a better version of Spectre this rarely puts a foot wrong apart from playing everything a bit too safe. 
 

4/5

 

The Stepfather

 

A good remake of the 80s b movie starring the bloke from Nip/tuck (no, the other one). This is a well made film with a cast that’s clearly enjoying themselves (not least jailbait Amber Heard who really shines here). 
 

3/5

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Lifeforce (1985)

 

I seem to watch this every couple of years. It has many charms, not least those of Mathilda May. And a cast of old school British thespians chewing the scenery. So much so that they tend to overshadow the film's lead who plays an American astronaut. One thing that stood out a lot more this time round, is the film's positive depiction of countries working together to explore space: Europe (including the UK) and the USA combining their skills and expertise, and pool of astronauts for manned space flights. Certainly nothing like we have now.

 

Somehow, I discovered that I'd rated this 3 out of 5 on letterboxd. Madness. It's wonderful schlock.

 

4 out of 5

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Artemis fowl - 0/5 Execrable 

 

Ad Astra - 1/5  Boring. Made no sense. 


Can you ever forgive me? - 3. Richard E Grant takes every scene, stuffs it into his coat and runs away with it. 
 

once upon a time in Hollywood. 4/5 

probably Tarantino’s weakest film to be honest, a manly film about manly men doing manly man stuff. The ending is amazing though. And it’s still loads better than most other shit out there. 

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11 hours ago, And said:

Can you ever forgive me? - 3. Richard E Grant takes every scene, stuffs it into his coat and runs away with it. 

 

That's all I needed to hear :D

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The lady from Shanghai

 

Excellent thriller from Orson Welles. Cracking script and not a weak performance anywhere. Highly recommended for noir fans

 

4.5/5 (I’m deducting half a mark for that bloody accent)

 

House by the River

 

My second Lang film doesn’t quite hit the highs of the first. It’s still very good, but doesn’t feel as fresh or essential. The court case is pure farce on occasion and reminded me of a Phoenix Wright case. Great ending.

 

4/5

 

Xmen Dark Phoenix 

 

Not as good as the first two films I watched in the series, not by a long shot. Turner struggles here and the direction isn’t up to the quality of FC and A. Still, some great action scenes and the leads are excellent still.
 

3.5/5

 

Xmen origins

 

Not a well liked movie this one. I’ve always had a soft spot for it but it definitely does fall apart in the final act. Still the combo of Jackman,  Huston and Schreiber  is like a casting dream come true as far as I’m concerned. 

I think the main reason why people didn’t like It was due to the certification and a lack of violence. Well, they must be reading different Wolverine comics to the ones I’ve read as it’s all PG stuff.

 

3.5/5

 

 

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Dark Night of the Scarecrow (1981)

 

This has got a great rep but ultimately it's shackled by being a TV movie. As usual you can feel things stretching out to fill a primetime spot (with ad breaks), and being a vengeance thriller it could really use a splash of red here and there. Two deaths are so heavily signposted you can only roll your eyes when they happen exactly as expected. Cast is good, including Charles Durning as a postman who seems to live in his uniform, and bug-eyed wall of teeth Lane Smith as two of a quartet of trigger-happy vigilantes quick to action after a tragic misunderstanding. There is a nice little mystery you can juggle in your head as clock counts out, but it's not really worth going out of your way for.

 

3/5

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Little Joe (2019)

 

I shan't lie, I only watched this because I have a soft spot for Emily Beecham, who actually won Best Actress at Cannes for it. She's very good as Alice, a divorced botanist struggling to find time for work and her son, Joe. She uses genetic engineering and viral techniques to create a new flower - the Little Joe of the title - and shit 'appens, as they say. It's equal parts middle class single parent angst and pod people paranoia ala Invasion of the Bodysnatchers. It's rather slow and feels quite stagy, restricted as it is to just a few repeating sets/locations. It feels very much like a BBC2 Sunday night drama in scope and ambition considering it's about mind-altering plant pollen turning people into pod people (OR IS IT?). Despite that, Emily gives an excellent and realistic/natural feeling performance as the uncertainty and paranoia begins to creep in, and while the camera work is hella static, visually it's surprisingly beautiful at times with some nice framing and use of colour, albeit not particularly cinematic.

 

While it sounds like it would be horror on paper, it's not remotely a horror film. More like vaguely unsettling at best. I wouldn't watch it again but eh, it passed the time.

 

2 and a half Bill & Bens/5

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4 hours ago, sandman said:

The lady from Shanghai

 

Excellent thriller from Orson Welles. Cracking script and not a weak performance anywhere. Highly recommended for noir fans

 

4.5/5 (I’m deducting half a mark for that bloody accent)

 

House by the River

 

My second Lang film doesn’t quite hit the highs of the first. It’s still very good, but doesn’t feel as fresh or essential. The court case is pure farce on occasion and reminded me of a Phoenix Wright case. Great ending.

 

4/5

 

Xmen Dark Phoenix 

 

Not as good as the first two films I watched in the series, not by a long shot. Turner struggles here and the direction isn’t up to the quality of FC and A. Still, some great action scenes and the leads are excellent still.
 

3.5/5

 

Xmen origins

 

Not a well liked movie this one. I’ve always had a soft spot for it but it definitely does fall apart in the final act. Still the combo of Jackman,  Huston and Schreiber  is like a casting dream come true as far as I’m concerned. 

I think the main reason why people didn’t like It was due to the certification and a lack of violence. Well, they must be reading different Wolverine comics to the ones I’ve read as it’s all PG stuff.

 

3.5/5

 

 

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Dirty Computer Emotion Picture

 

Brilliant album film. Some of the best music videos this decade tied together with a Sci Fi dystopian vibe. 

 

5/5

 

Do the Right Thing

 

Really good. Kind of reminded me of Goodfellas in some scenes and a Coen film in others. Spike Lee nails the feeling of tension between people struggling in unbearable heat. 

 

5/5

 

I'm feeling generous today but both are excellent. 

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Ready Player One

 

Really enjoyed this.  Great fun spotting the countless gaming easter eggs, parts of it were filmed right by where I used to work in Birmingham and the story was really entertaining.

 

4/5

 

The Colony

 

Hermione Granger and Niki Lauda end up in a fucked up commune following Pinochet's revolution in Chile.  An interesting story which I had no idea was based on real life.

 

3/5

 

Plus One

 

What looks like being a formulaic, dull rom-com actually ends up being quite good fun as two old friends make a pact of being each other's 'plus one' for the countless weddings they end up being invited to.

 

3/5

 

Carla's Song

 

Robert Carlyle is in great form as a Glaswegian bus driver who gets involved with a traumatised Nicaraguan refugee.  Emotive and powerful in places - but it is a Ken Loach film so that's to be expected.

 

4/5

 

Monsters

 

As a huge fan of Rogue One, I thought I'd give Gareth Edwards' first film a go and I enjoyed it - good, indie fun.

 

3.5/5

 

What If

 

Another rom-com starring Daniel Radcliffe and Adam Driver.  Another inoffensive, fun film that ended up being a lot better than I expected.

 

3.5/5

 

Free Willy

 

Amazingly, I'd never seen this before so we watched this for our Sunday family film.  Dripping with nostalgia and plenty of awful 2D bad guys, this was heart warming enough but I did watch it the day after I saw Blackfish which wasn't a wise decision in hindsight.

 

3/5

 

Captain Fantastic

 

Viggo Mortensen is absolutely brilliant as an eccentric father who raises his 6 kids in the woods, totally away from any form of civilisation.  The film shows them trying to re-engage with society and is funny, sad, powerful and heart warming all at the same time.  It raised a lot of really good questions after we finished watching it - no-one in this film is right, but neither are any of them 100% wrong either.  Loads of flawed characters but all of whom - to some degree - are absolutely right in how they think about life.  A wonderful film that is amongst the best I've seen this year.

 

5/5

 

Wasp Network

 

A gritty drama focussing on the troubles in Cuba during the early to mid 1990's.  Having visited Cuba, this was extremely interesting despite the fact that the biggest surprise was just how young Wagner 'Pablo Escobar' Moura looks since he was in Narcos.  This is very good and worth a watch.

 

4/5

 

Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga

 

Just...... what??!  This has 2 marks because I genuinely can't decide whether this is utter shite or a very clever homage to the cheese fest that is Eurovision.  Dsiclaimer: I HATE Eurovision and the dreadful excuses for music it produces.  Sorry.  Having said that, some of the songs in this are just bloody hilarious.  My better half keeps singing Ja Ja Ding Dong at me to piss me off.  I hate it less now than when I watched it, but I might hate it more tomorrow.  It's a mood thing.  Will Ferrell is a bit OTT though, the best parts of this are the scenes without him.  The only advice I can give here is see it for yourself and decide which of the following scores is the more accurate!

 

1/5 or 4/5 

 

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

 

This is good, but TBH if Hermione Granger hooked up with Percy Jackson, I'd expect far more fireworks.  Plenty of good performances in this.

 

3.5/5

 

The Boxer

 

Goes without saying that Daniel Day-Lewis is outstanding in this, but Ken Stott, Brian Cox and Emily Watson are also very good in a gripping tale based around a Boxing club in Northern Ireland during the troubles.

 

3.5/5

 

Olympus Has Fallen

 

A really lazy film that annoyed me a bit.  Essentially a Washington DC-based version of Air Force One without the charisma of Harrison Ford or Gary Oldman.  And a lot of guns and explosions.  I know there's a sequel based in London but I'm not fussed about seeing it unless it's just as gory and shows the demise of lots of Tory MPs.

 

2/5

 

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I really thought it was stupid, rushed in places, clichéd and verging on pornographic with the gory violence.

It's one of those films that will probably have a cult following.

Not for me.

I didn't get the point of it. What was it trying to say?

2/5

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The Truman Show

 

Not seen this in over a decade, but it recently popped up on Netflix. It was so ahead of it's time, and even now the world is still obssessed with reality television. Watching Jim Carrey's slow descent into madness, an excellent performance with him managing to pull back before going into full on "Ace Ventura" mode. I forgot that it really takes a while before we get a look into Ed Harris' control room, and when it does it's handled brilliantly, with a lot of thought going into how this world works. A great supporting cast too (Scully from B99 is in it!).

 

Still a classic.

 

5/5

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Pet Semetary 

 

I really rather liked this. Clarke was brilliant and so was Lithgow. Miles better than the rubbish 80s version, that’s for sure. Looks amazing, a very well shot movie. 
 

4/5

 

Frost/Nixon

 

Utterly spellbinding film. How on earth Langella didn’t win best actor is beyond me. The best performance I’ve seen in the last few months. Miles better than Penn was in Milk who won that year. Sheen is almost as good in a performance that would dominate most other movies. Perfect film making from the (still) vastly underrated Howard.

 

5/5

 

Kill the Messenger

 

A good but not great film. Renner is his usual reliable self but the film is obvious and I felt I could predict a fair bit of it. Still, I certainly enjoyed it and was a first rate cast.

 

3/5

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The Taking of Pelham 123 (1974)

 

By reputation an influential classic, and one I figured that I would save so that I could sit down and properly watch. And I’ve avoided the remake too.

 

It’s frickin’ brilliant. Robert Shaw is the one by reputation but Walter Matthau is awesome throughout. Add in snappy dialogue, whip smart plotting and the fact that there is nowhere cooler and more atmospheric for a thriller than 1970s New York and it was well worth the wait.

 

5/5 (and bonus points for having an amazing cast, including Julius “Tee Hee” Harris)

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17 hours ago, Gambit said:

The Truman Show

 

Not seen this in over a decade, but it recently popped up on Netflix. It was so ahead of it's time, and even now the world is still obssessed with reality television. Watching Jim Carrey's slow descent into madness, an excellent performance with him managing to pull back before going into full on "Ace Ventura" mode. I forgot that it really takes a while before we get a look into Ed Harris' control room, and when it does it's handled brilliantly, with a lot of thought going into how this world works. A great supporting cast too (Scully from B99 is in it!).

 

Still a classic.

 

5/5


This post triggered me to watch this again. It really is a brilliant film, so original, and there is nothing quite like it. 
 

Easy 5/5

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