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Saint Frances - 4/5

 

Found this absolutely wonderful. Bridgit is in her mid-30s; without a job, husband, any kind of life, gets a job as a nanny for a six-year old. The backbone of the story is the relationship between the two, and Bridget trying to juggle her heavy, sporadic periods while trying to find her way in life. But it's the performances that make this. It's quite blunt in its depiction of abortions and periods, but I loved how honest it was. In the end, it's all about hiding from - and having to confront - emotion.

 

Kelly O'Sullivan writes, directs and stars in this. Really excited to see what she does next.

 

Just read a letterboxd review which I think's lovely

 

Spoiler

This film understands how raw bodies and hearts are. The way you start crying and then cry even more because there’s a tear stain, or a blood stain, you’ve given yourself a headache and you haven’t finished your work, you burnt your dinner, you sent the wrong text message, you shouted at someone you shouldn’t have and your hormones and feelings and fears and desires are all mixed up and overwhelming and you stain something else and that makes you cry even more. You’re a mess in a way that only you know, because it’s private, but that also anyone who has ever wanted to show you love will work to understand. Saint Frances knows all
of this, it knows you’re tired, and it makes everything else a mess to show you that it cares, that it gets it. To show that you’re not alone, and you never will be.

 

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47 minutes ago, Popo said:

Stripes - 1/5

 

This has been on my to do list for some time. Bill Murray? Harold Raimis? Ivan Reitman? Wow, who ya gonna call write, direct and star in a fun 80s comedy? Let’s just get one thing out of the way - the leering, sleazy photography and depiction of all women as either strippers or floozies is discomforting are best and deplorable at worst. I do think the movie is quite boring and unfunny but I can’t honestly say if that’s the case because it alienated me right from the word go and to the point where it was lost to me. Bill Murray’s girlfriend character walks around topless during one of the first scenes for literally no reason other than for the audience to ogle her boobies and this sets the tone for the rest of the movie as it digs deeper into a pit of puerile despair. 

 

I imagine this is what watching Caddy Shack or Police Academy would be like? I don’t plan on finding out. The kind of movie you’d feel embarrassed was on if someone walked in on you watching it. 

 

Caddyshack is a bit bawdy, but there's nothing I remember being particularly bad about it. The main love interest has quite a bit of agency and it's all harmless enough. I can't guarantee you'll like it, but it's in a different league to Police Academy which I always thought was shite.

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I haven't seen Stripes in forever. On one of the episodes of The Movies That Made Me podcast Josh Olsen talks about revisiting it to show to friends, realising it absolutely didn't hold up to his memory, and actually feeling embarrassed that he'd recommended it.

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Good Time

 

Annoying. Plot was annoying. Characters were annoying. But worst of all was the score every five minutes oh suspense: dun dun dun dun dun doo doo doo doo doo da da da da da!

 

Do not recommend. 

 

2/5

 

 

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12 hours ago, Popo said:

Stripes - 1/5

 

This has been on my to do list for some time. Bill Murray? Harold Raimis? Ivan Reitman? Wow, who ya gonna call write, direct and star in a fun 80s comedy? Let’s just get one thing out of the way - the leering, sleazy photography and depiction of all women as either strippers or floozies is discomforting are best and deplorable at worst. I do think the movie is quite boring and unfunny but I can’t honestly say if that’s the case because it alienated me right from the word go and to the point where it was lost to me. Bill Murray’s girlfriend character walks around topless during one of the first scenes for literally no reason other than for the audience to ogle her boobies and this sets the tone for the rest of the movie as it digs deeper into a pit of puerile despair. 

 

I imagine this is what watching Caddy Shack or Police Academy would be like? I don’t plan on finding out. The kind of movie you’d feel embarrassed was on if someone walked in on you watching it. 


Caddyshack is in a different (superior) league altogether.

 

Police Academy flicks are not really like either, totally different kind of film, just dumb ‘humour’. They’re more kids/teen movies really, whereas Stripes and Caddyshack are for adults.

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Yakuza: Like A Dragon

 

My Yakuza fandom was not complete till I watched the Takeshi Miike movie. The most bizarre thing is that it was released in 2007, just two years after the first Yakuza game came out. I guess Sega really were banking on this being their GTA.

 

If you haven't played the game then good luck following the story. Or what there is of it. I now realise how Takeshi Miike has a filmography of over 200 films. This feels like it was made over a weekend. Set in one night in Kamarocho, it starts off with Kiryu walking around the city fresh out of prison with Haruka following. That's how it starts! Not the crime that he took the fall for, or his relationship with Nishki, it starts with what I think is partway through the story of the game. Nishki himself not turning up till the last fifteen minutes the film, that's your main antagonist who has less screentime than some comedy duo who are robbing a bank in "hilarious" fashion. It's clear Miike took the wrong things from the Yakuza game, instead of the humour being from the witty and clever writing, coupled with Kiryu's dry reactions, its all a bit slapstick. Especially from Majima who is just a cartoon. I didn't care for it. Even though I loled when the final fight ends with Kuryu drinking a Staminan X and getting Heat.

 

1/5 - 2/5 if you like the games

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14 hours ago, Sabreman said:

I haven't seen Stripes in forever. On one of the episodes of The Movies That Made Me podcast Josh Olsen talks about revisiting it to show to friends, realising it absolutely didn't hold up to his memory, and actually feeling embarrassed that he'd recommended it.


This is exactly how I felt watching, and I hadn’t even recommended it to anyone. 
 

Hard to believe the same people went on to create one of the most fondly remembered 80s movies of all time. It’s not even that it’s badly made - it hits all the notes it’s aiming for - it’s failings are introduced at the point of conception. I know I’m looking at it through the lens of 2020 and that there were different expectations of what was acceptable at the time, particularly in comedy, and that the 80s were awash with gross-out comedies of this ilk but Stripes goes way beyond its contemporaries and, I’m sure, would have come across as tone-deaf even by the 1990s. 

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Dead Dicks

 

A plucky little underdog with a fun idea and a miniscule budget. It's greater than the sum of it's parts. You can't help rooting for it. I could list it's failings, and many people might not agree but I think it's definitely worth a watch!

 

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6 hours ago, Popo said:


This is exactly how I felt watching, and I hadn’t even recommended it to anyone. 
 

Hard to believe the same people went on to create one of the most fondly remembered 80s movies of all time. It’s not even that it’s badly made - it hits all the notes it’s aiming for - it’s failings are introduced at the point of conception. I know I’m looking at it through the lens of 2020 and that there were different expectations of what was acceptable at the time, particularly in comedy, and that the 80s were awash with gross-out comedies of this ilk but Stripes goes way beyond its contemporaries and, I’m sure, would have come across as tone-deaf even by the 1990s. 

 

Early to mid 80s comedies have dated really, really badly and all of them have scenes which are incredibly problematic.  Even classics like Beverly Hills Cop have stuff like the strip club scene  There were a lot of scenes in movies which existed purely to put tits on screen - Police Academy's party on the beach, Trading Places, The Wraith, Smokey and the Bandit III.  I don't think it was about what was acceptable in comedy at the time, more like producers knew that a couple of minutes of norks out would get word of mouth in video stores at least, where a 15 certificate was largely ignored by the owner.

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One Cut of the Dead. 5/5

 

After a rather bizarre opening half hour, it all starts falling into place. Such an entertaining movie, a brilliant idea excellently executed.

 

Go into it completely blind if you've not seen it! 

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Host (2020)

 

Found footage style horror that takes place over the course of a 60 minute Zoom call.

 

There something about found footage films that just ramps up the tension for me. I think its because theyre presented in a way that feels real and not over produced. The way this was filmed worked really well and I found it to be extremely tense throughout. There's also some really great jump scares.

 

It does break the immersion a little at times i.e. why would you pick up and carry the laptop around with you or be pointing your phone directly towards certain things but I can kind of forgive it for that as for a 60 minute horror it hit all the right beats for me. Its nothing ground breaking but the way it uses Zoom worked so well and was very inventive.

 

It was really great  

 

3/5 4/5 (editted after thinking about it, discussing it and hearing the Empire podcast. I realised I enjoyed it a lot more than a 3/5 suggests)

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King of Thieves (2018)

 

I’m a sucker for a Brit gangster or heist movie, and spotted this on ch5 this week, its based on the Hatton Garden job a few years back, pulled off by a gang of pensioners.

 

The cast is a who’s who of expected names, Michael Caine, Ray Winston, Michael Gambon, Paul Whitehouse and a fantastic evil playing Jim Broadbent.

 

It got a bit of a critical shoeing but I loved it, found the grumpy old bloke dialogue funny and always enjoy seeing a heist pulled off.

 

It’s quite stylised with a lot of music, and the police investigation after the robbery wrapping up very quickly with no actual dialogue, it focussing on the heist itself and then divisions in the gang post haul.

 

4/5 which is high for me as I don’t like films now and very rarely watch them.

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The Bouncer (aka Lukas) 4/5

 

Van Damme plays....a Bouncer named Lukas. I got this blu ray as a gift and thought it would the usual straight to video clunker but this is a dubbed film, shot in Brussels that's surprisingly.....very good. There's not a lot of action but it's super lean at 86 minutes and very much a character piece. There's two fantastic long takes and a very atmospheric soundtrack. I was reminded of Drive on numerous occasions which is always a good thing. 

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Continuing my Mike Leigh strand:

 

Vera Drake (2004)

The film starts off with Vera generally helping out, visiting various homes cleaning and making sure people are okay. So when she visits the home of a young woman and performs an abortion in a similarly good-natured and disarming way it comes as something of a quiet shock. This is contrasted with the experience of an upper-middle class young woman's experience of having an abortion after being raped. Eventually Vera's secret comes out and has repercussions for her family. I remember hearing when this came out how much effort went into making this as authentic a slice of 1950 everyday life as possible, and it is very impressive. My parents got married not long after when this was set and would talk about the period. Watching this it was obvious just how close this came to that world described, from the dancehall to how home life was. Mind you this didn't have the feeling of life going on beyond the story like the other Leigh films I've seen, it felt almost self-contained. However, it did have the layers and complex interweaving of characters that make Leigh's films so engrossing. Whilst this didn't grab me as much as other more contemporary Mike Leigh films have, this is still a drama with real impact. No-one brings the hammer blow of consequences to a family quite like Mike Leigh, in this case Christmas 1950.

 

4.5/5

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Time for another quick-fire round. My reviews won't be too in-depth (because i'm drunk), just at re-cap since last time:

 

American Psycho

I remember this feeling really graphic at the time. But now its farcical. And yes i know thats the point. Short too at just over 90 mins. Bale is exemplary. 

2/5

 

Brewster's Millions

Like The Blues Brothers from the last round-up, this was a childhood favourite of mine, and the good news is, its still as wondrous today. Wouldn't it be great if all the actual millionaires and billionaires were as kind and humble as Montgomery? Oh well.

4/5 for nostaglia only

 

Free Fire

After Kill List i decided to re-visit Ben Wheatley's other works. And they are not good. Gotta be honest.

2/5

 

The Mask of Zorro

Pure cheese, but thoroughly entertaining. The director Martin Campbell did two decent Bonds, then this, and then seemingly fell off the face of the Earth. 

3/5 

 

Batman (1989)

I've not seen this since release. The rooftop/dark alleyway sequences are the best Gotham (and even the Bat, who i hate) has ever looked. Burton's gothic architecture works so well. Love Keaton. Then Nicholson shows up and its just the worst kind of hammy acting imaginable. I couldn't bear it so had to turn it off after an hour.

2/5 some things are better left in your hazey memory

 

Palm Springs

There's a thread about this film already, and i enjoyed it for the most part, but got bored by the end. If i had to live the same day over and over i'd do it with a beer can in my hand just like the protagonist. 

3/5

 

The Old Guard

Complete and utter shite! Netflix is and always be the worst thing to happen to movies. They are constantly throwing money at so-called talented directors and letting them run wild. The studio system is there for a reason - to keep everyones ego in check. Its not this film specifically. But that Michael Bay travesty evoked the same emotions. A massive, steaming pile of excrament made entirely of Netflix dollar bills. Please let it stop!

0/5

 

Why Don't You Just Die!

Now this is more like it. I watched it based on a recommendation from the 'Rate the last movie you watched' thread, and i was not disappointed. It just goes to show that money does not equal success. Because this Russian low-budget affair is utterly captivating, exciting, shocking and most importantly it felt fresh and original. There is not a shot or second of film wasted in its lean 90 mins running time. Never a dull moment. Just watch it, trust me.

4/5

 

First Love

I've always admired Takeshi Miike since Audition and Ichi The Killer. But he's so prolific with his output its hard to play catch up. The last one i really loved was Blade of The Immortal (highly recommend). Anyway, this films synopsis sells it short. Yes its about two young losers who find each other, but mainly its a twisty-turny back-stabbing Yakuza tale full of all the showdowns and violence you'd expect. An absolute riot and a must watch for some escapism.

4/5

 

Hell or High Water

Modern day westerns when they are written by Taylor Sheridan are always good. I'm a huge fan of his work (check out the TV show Yellowstone). This film upon second viewing is good but not great. The plot reveal towards the end is nice. And the non-firearm showdown is well played. Ben Foster has matured with age. It kinda reminded me of a Coen brothers movie this time around (the "one last time" Sheriff, the odd-ball side characters). 

3/5

 

 

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5 hours ago, Waggo said:

The Empire Strikes Back 5/5.

 

Was not going to turn down the chance to watch my favourite movie of all time on the big screen.

Done the same a few weeks back. 6/5

 

And over the next few days I'll be going to see:

 

Pulp Fiction tomorrow. 

 

Goodfellas Sunday. 

 

The Matrix Monday. 

 

Batman Begins Tuesday. 

 

Corona cinema is best cinema.

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On 05/08/2020 at 20:23, Art Vandelay said:

 

Caddyshack is a bit bawdy, but there's nothing I remember being particularly bad about it. The main love interest has quite a bit of agency and it's all harmless enough. I can't guarantee you'll like it, but it's in a different league to Police Academy which I always thought was shite.

 

 

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7 hours ago, Raoull duke said:

Done the same a few weeks back. 6/5

 

And over the next few days I'll be going to see:

 

Pulp Fiction tomorrow. 

 

Goodfellas Sunday. 

 

The Matrix Monday. 

 

Batman Begins Tuesday. 

 

Corona cinema is best cinema.

 

With a lot of major studios starting to now focus on streaming platforms in this post Covid world, I think old films is what the cinemas are going have to pivot too in order to survive. Now put Aliens on the big screen!

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Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai (2011)

 

I’ve not seen the original, but Takashi Miike’s retelling of a tale of struggling ronin and social injustice in 17th century Japan had some great surprises along the way. Gut and heart wrenching in equal measure.

 

4.5/5

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Sea Fever - 3/5 

 

Low budget Irish horror set on a fishing trawler.  Basically Event Horizon in Oirish, with a hint of The Thing. I enjoyed it.

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Upgrade

 

People were raving about this when it first came out, now that it's on Netflix I decided to check it out. Wow. Just wow. Initially I was ready to give a 4/5 but the last half an hour really cemented it as a 5. I really hope this isn't the last we see of this world and character.

 

5/5

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1 hour ago, Gambit said:

Upgrade

 

People were raving about this when it first came out, now that it's on Netflix I decided to check it out. Wow. Just wow. Initially I was ready to give a 4/5 but the last half an hour really cemented it as a 5. I really hope this isn't the last we see of this world and character.

 

5/5

I rewatched it last night, enjoyed it more the second time around. There's an Upgrade TV show in the works.

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