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On 25/07/2020 at 00:31, Vimster said:

Naked (1993)

Bleak, dark drama rooted in the very depths of humanity yet it goes places beyond it. Johnny flees Manchester to London, to the house of an old girlfriend, Louise. After making an impression on her broken flatmate Sophie, he embarks on a nocturnal meander around the streets of the capital, a catalyst for the various characters he encounters. David Thewlis' Johnny stands out above some strong performances. You get the impression Johnny's mind is a constant whirr, both a blessing and a curse, sort of reminded me of Mark E Smith with his idiosyncratic view of the world. My favourite part has to be his encounter with the security guy guarding an empty building who believes he has the key to existence, leading to one of the most memorable exchanges in the film. Probably the weakest character was Jeremy, the sadistic rich guy. Every time it switched to him other than towards the end it made me want to just go back to following Johnny around. My words can't do this justice, I watch too much crap, but this was absorbing, took me to places unimagined even though it couldn't feel more real. I want to watch this again soon where I know I'll find more.

 

5/5

 

I remember watching this when I was a student and it left quite an impression on me. All you need to know is that it's directed by Mike Leigh and has that earthy improvised quality that he does so well.

 

A quote stayed with me ever since, though I looked it up for accuracy: "Have you ever thought... you might already have had the happiest moment in your whole fucking life...and all you've got to look forward to is sickness and purgatory?'"

 

It's not an easy watch but haunting and brilliant. Thanks for reminding me of it, I'll have to look it up.

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On 25/07/2020 at 00:31, Vimster said:

Naked (1993)

Bleak, dark drama rooted in the very depths of humanity yet it goes places beyond it. Johnny flees Manchester to London, to the house of an old girlfriend, Louise. After making an impression on her broken flatmate Sophie, he embarks on a nocturnal meander around the streets of the capital, a catalyst for the various characters he encounters. David Thewlis' Johnny stands out above some strong performances. You get the impression Johnny's mind is a constant whirr, both a blessing and a curse, sort of reminded me of Mark E Smith with his idiosyncratic view of the world. My favourite part has to be his encounter with the security guy guarding an empty building who believes he has the key to existence, leading to one of the most memorable exchanges in the film. Probably the weakest character was Jeremy, the sadistic rich guy. Every time it switched to him other than towards the end it made me want to just go back to following Johnny around. My words can't do this justice, I watch too much crap, but this was absorbing, took me to places unimagined even though it couldn't feel more real. I want to watch this again soon where I know I'll find more.

 

5/5


Love this film. I was in a zoom Q&A with Mike Leigh the other day and I asked him if he was conscious of shooting London in a way that would make it iconic to him, in the same way As Fellini did with Rome or Scorcese with NYC. He just said "no". Lol

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Glastonbury - 4/5
 

I managed to catch the Julian Temple Glastonbury documentary before it went off iplayer last night. A fantastic movie, and if you’ve ever been to Glastonbury it’s one that will make you wish you were at a Glastonbury, even though it barely scratches the surface of the event really.

 

Weaves festivals past and present together wonderfully, and captures the ups and downs of irrepressible human spirit trying to square the circle of coping with authoritarian society into the bargain.

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Rope (1948)

 

The third film from the Hitchcock boxset.

 

Out of the three I've seen so far I think this one is my favourite. I like how tight it is, how it keeps everything to one location and the spin on the Agatha Christie style murder mystery in that we know who did it and that the two men responsible have different responses, with one being terrified of being caught and the other seemingly setting up clue after clue to prove how much more intelligent than everyone else he is.

One thing though, was the shakey camera work on purpose or just something from the time? I know alot of films in the 40s were very static but this had moments where the camera would follow the characters

 

5/5

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27 minutes ago, Commander Jameson said:

I think that's on the disc in my collection, I'll be sure to give it a watch, I was given these two links to read too

https://vashivisuals.com/alfred-hitchcock-hiding-cuts-rope/

 

 

http://nofilmschool.com/2013/10/understanding-hidden-editing-in-hitchcocks-rope

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How to Build a Girl (Amazon Prime)

 

It sits somewhere between Sing Street (which I loved) and Almost Famous (which I like).

 

The film has two bonafide stars; Moran's writing itself ("I like doors, they tell me where the world stops") and Beanie Feldstein who has a more dramatic part than anything I've seen her in previously (Book Smart and What We Do In The Shadows) and she's more than up to it, especially when the main character is really hitting rock bottom.

 

I know of the book the film is partially based on (my wife is a fan) and so at times I think it struggles stepping between autobiographical (did this happen to Caitlin Moran? did that happen to Caitlin Moran? etc.) and fictional lines.  It's totally watchable and thoughtful throughout.  Hit me right in the nostalgic feels when she goes to see the Manics at Edwards Number 8.

 

A very strong 3/5 recommendation.

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The Rental (2020)

 

I thought this was so bad. I'm gonna spoiler the rest because I'm pretty much ranting on the plot and characters outcomes.
 

Spoiler

For a 90 minute film this sure does take its sweet time to get going. It took nearly an hour for anything of real note to happen, then there's another 5-10 minutes of plodding about before the killer finally does something. 

 

Unfortunately he's probably on screen for all of about 15 minutes (if that) looking like a 3rd rate Michael Myers. He takes two people out instantly (one we don't even see) and a 3rd in quick succession. All of them with a hammer and very unseremoniously. Then the final characters death is so laughably stupid as she falls off a cliff. Whoops didn't see the cliff edge in all that fog I guess :rolleyes:


There's absolutely zero tension because they have to rush through everything to get to the end after wasting so much time on other bullshit. If you're going to keep your movie to a nice 90 minute run time, dont spend an hour of it doing nothing but having annoying people talk about their life problems, getting high and fucking each other.

 

The set up needed maybe 40 minutes max and the next 40-50 minutes could have been used much more effectively with more involvement and stalking from the killer. Doesn't feel like enough was made of the cameras and bugs either, again due to nature of the rushed 3rd act. Do something more inventive with the time and maybe also don't spend about 5-8 minutes of the ending being about the killer taking all the bugs out of one house and putting them in another, it's boring.
 

 

This was dull, unimaginative, cliched and completely lacking in tension. 

 

1/5

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Game Night (Amazon Prime)

 

Entertaining and with a good cast, with a premise that's basically a comedy version of The Game (Michael Douglas) - friends meet up every week for to play some shit games, one of them escalates it by hiring a company to fake a kidnap and the cast then need to figure out the clues to solve the case. Kidnapping goes wrong so the film keeps you and the characters guessing if the kidnapping was planned or something else.

 

It does a pretty good job with the humour, especially in the first half of the film. Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams are great in it and clearly enjoying themselves, and nice to see Sharon Horgan too after Catastrophe. Some surprisingly creative direction in there , for example the third person camera they use for the vehicles was pretty neat (like driving in a videogame in 3rd person).

 

Unfortunately the film doesn't quite hold it together, and we felt it fell apart the more the plot unfolded. That said, we both found it very entertaining in places so worth a go if you want something that's better than your average comedy. 

 

3/5, reminded me I need to watch The Game again.

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The Way (2010) - Amazon Prime

 

Thomas Avery (Martin Sheen) is a California opthamologist.  His son, Daniel, (Emilio Estevez, who also wrote and directed) gives up the planned career as a doctor to travel the world.  Thomas receives a phone call - Daniel was walking the Camino di Santiago, a pilgrimage route from Southern France across Northern Spain, when he is lost in fog and dies.  Thomas travels to France to pick up his sons body and decides that he will walk the Camino, alone and with no experience.  On the way, he meets up with Dutchman Joost (Yorick van Wageningen), Canadian Sarah (Deborah Kara Unger) and Irishman Jack (James Nesbitt) who are all walking for their own reasons.

 

In terms of plot, this movie is predictable rather than cliched.  A fish out of water, meeting other fishes out of water with their own Secret Reasons, who at first irritate each other and then become friends.  It's not the destination, it's the journey kind of thing.  But that is just an old story, it's what you do with it that counts.  The film itself is very solid and you can't really go wrong with the likes of Sheen and Nesbitt.  It would be very easy to slip into stereotype and cliche (which Nesbitt initially does, before toning it down a bit) and Estevez steers away from it most of the time - special props to van Wageningen, who brings subtlety to what could easily have been a cliched loud Dutchman character.  Although a story of people walking a religious pilgrimage, it doesn't smash you over the head with the religion and the characters motivations are relatable and normal.  The various bits about why people travel the world are nicely observed, with cliches carefully skewered without cynicism or preaching.

 

Ultimately, you spend a couple of hours with some great scenery, likable characters played by excellent actors in an uplifting story that has some very funny moments.  It's not going to change the world or do anything particularly original, but you will have a smile on your face at the end.

 

4/5

 

Also, Estevez is the absolute spit of his father.

 

 

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The Old Guard

 

Great concept, trapped in a pretty bog average action shooter. I think I'd prefer to have seen more of them through the ages rather than in the modern day (although the bits we did see weren't great and looked more like Xena Warrior Princess). The general plot and bad guy were pretty crap too...however having said all that, I was never bored and the 2 hours flew by. There was some pretty good gun/sword/axe fights. Would watch a sequel.

 

3/5

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The Lighthouse (Amazon rental £3.50 SD)

 

Weird and creepy and unpleasant. Willem Dafoe was tremendous in it. The other guy was decent too. And it was very well shot in what I would describe as a very old timey style that fit with the story. The old timey aspect ratio was annoying a fuck though and I really hope playing around with weird aspect ratios like this doesn't become a trend. 

 

Hard one to score. It was good for what it was but I don't wanna watch it again. I dunno...

 

4/5

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2 hours ago, Lovelyman said:

Harold and Maude.

 

Charming, weird old movie. 

 

4/5

 

 

I saw this last year. I very much doubt it would be made now. As you say it is weird and wonderful and available on Netflix.

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A few I have watched recently

 

Bad Boys for Life 3/5

The chemistry and humour is still around but they are both way too old but I expect we will get a sequel.

Will I watch it? Of course! Bad Boys, Bad Boys, what you gonna do...

 

Vivarium 2/5

WTF! very odd estate agent sci-fi alien breeding.

 

Time Trap 4/5

How did I miss this on release, low budget sci-fi on Netflix. It's really good go watch it.

 

The Forgotten Army 5/5

I really enjoyed this mini-series about the the beginnings of the INA & their march to Dehli.

 

Artemis Fowl 2/5

My daugher quit after 30 minutes, I stupidly carried on watching. No idea why!

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3 films starring (the lucky) Jason Clarke

 

Swerve

I am a big fan of Aussie cinema, some very interesting and original films have come out of Oz in the last 40 years. Shame then, that doesn't quite work. Its not at all original and doesn't seem to have anything to say. Its a predictable thriller involving drugs, lots of cash, cops and robbers - you know the sort of thing.

 

In this film Mr Clarke is married to Emma Booth (lucky bastard!)

 

2/5

 

All I See is You

If ever a director has had an interesting career, its Marc Forster. From Monsters Ball to Finding Neverland then on to Kite Runner and Bond, then World War Z, this and the Disney Christopher Robin film. This starts very promisingly with an interesting premise with a husband not at all happy that his blind wife can now see and is becoming far too independent for his tastes. Trouble is, it doesn't build up to anything and really loses it in the final act.

 

In this film Mr Clarke is married to Blake Lively (luck bastard!)

 

2.5/5

 

Everest

I've saved the best for last. This is an exceptional film which simply doesn't put a single foot wrong from the cast, to the direction to the plot. An expertly crafted film a director who has never been better (or even close to this). Clarke and Brolin are both on top form as well.  Its exciting and does a first rate job of telling the story. You never fail to believe that the entire film is shot on Everest.

 

In this film Mr Clarke is married to Kiera Knightley (luck bastard!)

 

5/5

 

 

 

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4 hours ago, gospvg said:

 

Time Trap 4/5

How did I miss this on release, low budget sci-fi on Netflix. It's really good go watch it.

 


You are late to the party.  There is a thread on here somewhere telling people to go watch it.  I did as a result of reading it and would totally agree with your 4/5 score.  It puts movies with 100 times the budget and maybe even more to shame.

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Three Billboards outside Ebbing Missouri

 

Less than the sum of its parts. The parts were great. Most of them. The film not so much. 

 

I might fill this out a bit more tomorrow. If I can keep it brief. I might have to write a 5000 word diatribe about everything wrong with it in the movie watcher's blog thread though. 

 

3/5

 

 

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I think the first 45 minutes of Confessions is one of the greatest things I've ever seen in a film (and it's also one of my favourite films full stop). You really need to watch this and tried to avoid spoilers.

 

5/5 - Masterpiece

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Oh perfect, I've been keeping a little list to jog my memory and remember what I watched recently.

Sorry it's just a list, I'll write a few thoughts about what I've watched in the future.

 

Cam - **
1917 - **
After We Leave - *
The Invisible Man - ***
talhotblond (2012) - ***
The Platform (El Hoya) - ****
Vivarium - ****
Tower - ***
Feedback - **½
The Wretched - *
the night eats the world - **
a good woman is hard to find - ***
Lifeforce - *
rewind - *
Extra Ordinary - *
1BR - **½
The Borderlands - **
The Vast of The Night - *
The Soul Collector (8.A.South.African.Horror.Story)- *
The Beach House - **
The Lodge - **
Relaxer - ****
Relic - ****
The Outpost - *
The ghost of peter sellers - *
amulet - ***
calm with horses - ****
The Inventor: Out for Blood in silicon Valley - *
starship troopers - *
everest - *

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Time Trap (2017)

 

Saw this getting some love on here so decided to check it out. This is about as much of a 2 star low budget sci fi film as you can get. The acting isn't great and the story gets SUPER cheesy, but I gave it an extra star because I enjoyed the premise and the length was spot on. If this had a bigger budget they could have done wonders with it. Great concept, but let down slightly the budget limitations (which isn't really the films fault if I'm being honest). 

 

3/5

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A Serious Man

 

Was watching this thinking that it was just OK, but feeling like it might be one of those films that would get better with repeat viewing. And then the ending was dog shit. 

 

Was gonna be a 3 that I thought had a good chance to improve upon repeat viewing. But now it's a 2 that I doubt I'll ever watch again. 

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Starship Troopers 1 star? What the fuck? Disqualified from scoring any further movies.

 

anyway

 

Otherworld

Sort of like Twilight without the arseholes. I liked it.

 

Could not believe the real world back story. Only just read about it afterwards. I feel kind of haunted by it.

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Secrets And Lies (1996)

Mike Leigh's drama about a black woman, Hortense, who seeks out her biological mother. The film takes its time to set up the complex web of characters and their lives: tragic single mother Cynthia just about holding things together with her adult daughter Roxanne; Cynthia's brother Maurice, a photographer leading a comfortable life with his wife Monica, having their own issues; and Hortense' reticence to connect with a mother she knows nothing about. Leigh draws the various strands together, building up to an intense, powerful family barbecue that starts out civil enough but releases the pent-up secrets and lies, perfectly timed for an immense hit of emotional release. Superb performances throughout, Brenda Blethyn's emotionally-fragile Cynthia, Tim Spall playing it straight and calm, building to a crescendo. It says a lot about what lies under the surface of family life, hidden until something, or someone, inadvertently stirs things up.  Exceptional drama.

 

5/5

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