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Re: What films have you watched lately?

Post by JimBentley » Fri Mar 29, 2019 5:51 pm

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Just watched Mandy, psychedelic revenge flick with Nicolas Cage in top form. It's gorgeously shot. One of the best looking movies ever. A real face melter. Highly recommend.
Nicolas Cage is amazing. The accepted story seems to be that he blew all the money that he'd made from his early successful films on dinosaur skeletons and Austrian castles and stuff (and owes loads in taxes), so has had to appear in any old shit since then just to keep afloat. I've no idea if that's true or not (I suspect there must be some truth to it) but it doesn't really matter, because I think he's now got a much more interesting filmography than he would have had if he'd stayed in the mainstream. So yeah, good for him.

And needless to say I'm looking forward to this when I can get to see it.

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Re: What films have you watched lately?

Post by Marc Meakin » Fri Mar 29, 2019 7:34 pm

JimBentley wrote:
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Mark James wrote:
Tue Mar 19, 2019 12:15 am
Just watched Mandy, psychedelic revenge flick with Nicolas Cage in top form. It's gorgeously shot. One of the best looking movies ever. A real face melter. Highly recommend.
Nicolas Cage is amazing. The accepted story seems to be that he blew all the money that he'd made from his early successful films on dinosaur skeletons and Austrian castles and stuff (and owes loads in taxes), so has had to appear in any old shit since then just to keep afloat. I've no idea if that's true or not (I suspect there must be some truth to it) but it doesn't really matter, because I think he's now got a much more interesting filmography than he would have had if he'd stayed in the mainstream. So yeah, good for him.

And needless to say I'm looking forward to this when I can get to see it.
I thought Mandy was terrible (apart from the soundtrack)
The dialogue was appalling.
But many of my movie gowing friends think it's brilliant.
So maybe it's me
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Re: What films have you watched lately?

Post by Ian Volante » Tue Apr 02, 2019 12:21 pm

Watched Ready Player One the other night, was okay actually, although over-simplified from the book, which is saying something.
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Re: What films have you watched lately?

Post by Marc Meakin » Tue Apr 02, 2019 4:13 pm

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Watched Ready Player One the other night, was okay actually, although over-simplified from the book, which is saying something.
Ironically it didn't have enough Spielberg references considering he made it
Certainly no narcissist.
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Post by Ian Volante » Fri Apr 05, 2019 12:11 pm

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Ian Volante wrote:
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Watched Ready Player One the other night, was okay actually, although over-simplified from the book, which is saying something.
Ironically it didn't have enough Spielberg references considering he made it
Certainly no narcissist.
I was indeed thinking that it was most unlike his sort of referential type of thing. [this may be the least coherent thing I've said all week]
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Re: What films have you watched lately?

Post by Paul Worsley » Sat Apr 13, 2019 12:55 pm

Watched two in-flight movies this week.

"First Man", the Neil Armstrong biopic was very good, and I can recommend it.

"Widows" based on the Lynda La Plante novel/mini-series, started off well, but the final twists were a bit preposterous.

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Paul Worsley wrote:
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Watched two in-flight movies this week.

"First Man", the Neil Armstrong biopic was very good, and I can recommend it.

"Widows" based on the Lynda La Plante novel/mini-series, started off well, but the final twists were a bit preposterous.
First Man had a great soundtrack
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Post by Conor » Sun Apr 14, 2019 3:03 pm

Point Break - about time I’d watched it, and good to watch on a plane to California. Scratched an itch; oh to be young and free again.

The Conjuring - trope-heavy but well made and just a bit scary at times

The Nun - the above’s prequel or sequel or something. Complete garbage.

Can you ever forgive me? - Kinda bleak and sad yet funny and in a way uplifting. Worth watching.

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Post by JimBentley » Sat Apr 20, 2019 10:29 pm

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Can you ever forgive me? - Kinda bleak and sad yet funny and in a way uplifting. Worth watching.
I'm really looking forward to seeing this. I love Melissa McCarthy. I've only seen her in comedy roles up until now and can't wait to see what she's like in something more serious. A lot of comedians transfer well to serious roles, so hopes are high. And Richard E. Grant is always good fun in whatever he does.

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Post by Marc Meakin » Sun Apr 21, 2019 4:12 pm

JimBentley wrote:
Sat Apr 20, 2019 10:29 pm
Conor wrote:
Sun Apr 14, 2019 3:03 pm
Can you ever forgive me? - Kinda bleak and sad yet funny and in a way uplifting. Worth watching.
I'm really looking forward to seeing this. I love Melissa McCarthy. I've only seen her in comedy roles up until now and can't wait to see what she's like in something more serious. A lot of comedians transfer well to serious roles, so hopes are high. And Richard E. Grant is always good fun in whatever he does.
There is a lot of humour never the less
Still think it's a shame Julianne Moore wouldn't wear a fat suit though
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Re: What films have you watched lately?

Post by Paul Worsley » Mon Apr 22, 2019 7:27 pm

The Highwaymen.....Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson. A netflix special. It's about the hunt for Bonnie and Clyde. I quite enjoyed it 7/10

Also new on netflix, The Thing. I hadn't seen this in over 30 years and was surprised how well it had aged. It's considered to be one of the last big special effects movie not to use CGI, and the effects are very impressive when you know that.

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Post by Marc Meakin » Tue Apr 23, 2019 9:04 am

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The Highwaymen.....Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson. A netflix special. It's about the hunt for Bonnie and Clyde. I quite enjoyed it 7/10

Also new on netflix, The Thing. I hadn't seen this in over 30 years and was surprised how well it had aged. It's considered to be one of the last big special effects movie not to use CGI, and the effects are very impressive when you know that.
That and the original Bladerunner.
Both overshadowed by the hype of E.T.
Both classics
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Post by Marc Meakin » Wed Oct 09, 2019 7:10 pm

Just watched Joker.
A brilliant tour de force performance by Joachim Phoenix.
A very dark movie evoking ekenents of A Clockwork Orange and Taxi Driver
I see the movie is getting pelters for using a Garry Glitter track.
I can't believe anyone would boycott a film over s piece of music.
I'm sure I will get some pelters for that.
I can easily seperate the art from the artist.
Hence I have no problem watching Polanski movies.
Not Woody Allen though , cos his movies are not my cup of tea.
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Re: What films have you watched lately?

Post by Paul Worsley » Mon Oct 21, 2019 8:44 pm

Joker is relentlessly bleak and not as good as I had hoped. Phoenix was outstanding though.

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Re: What films have you watched lately?

Post by Marc Meakin » Sat Dec 28, 2019 5:18 pm

Jojo Rabbit.
If you like satire and your humour dark then this film is for you.
Laugh out loud moments followed by scenes to make you sob.
I haven't seen a better film at the cinema this year and I've seen over a hundred ( good old Curzon movie pass )
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Re: What films have you watched lately?

Post by Mark James » Sat Dec 28, 2019 8:32 pm

Dolemite is my Name is my film of the year so far.

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Post by Marc Meakin » Sat Dec 28, 2019 9:38 pm

Mark James wrote:
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Dolemite is my Name is my film of the year so far.
Considering I have Netflix , I haven't got round to that one yet.
It seems this year is a good year for comedy actors playing serious roles.
Uncut Gems starring Adam Sandler is superb
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Post by Mark James » Fri Jan 17, 2020 10:23 pm

Finally got around to seeing Us. Really liked it. Thought it was way better than Get Out.

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Post by Mark James » Sun Apr 19, 2020 9:28 pm

Just watched Velvet Buzzsaw. Thought it was pretty good. The final third was a bit weak but overall I would recommend it. I liked Nightcrawler from the same director too, his cinematography is amazing, in particular his shots of city skylines which are unreal in both movies.

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Post by Mark James » Mon May 04, 2020 10:27 am

2001: A Space Odyssey was on the other morning. I had watched it before back when I smoked weed which is supposedly how you're meant to watch it but I didn't like it that first time so thought I'd give it another. Still not getting it really. You can tell how well it's made I guess and it was probably groundbreaking for its time but it falls way outside any all time greats list for me.

Also caught Once Upon Time in Hollywood over the weekend. Can't make my mind up on it. I love to watch Red Letter Media and they always that Tarantino is the last true film maker who can command a mainstream audience. Like everything he makes is true to his vision. I agree with that and I guess overall I enjoyed it but I wouldn't put it up there as one of his best. I was amazed at the recreation of the time period. When they're just driving around the streets of L.A. it's astounding how authentic it feels and looks.

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Post by Marc Meakin » Mon May 04, 2020 10:47 am

Mark James wrote:
Mon May 04, 2020 10:27 am
2001: A Space Odyssey was on the other morning. I had watched it before back when I smoked weed which is supposedly how you're meant to watch it but I didn't like it that first time so thought I'd give it another. Still not getting it really. You can tell how well it's made I guess and it was probably groundbreaking for its time but it falls way outside any all time greats list for me.

Also caught Once Upon Time in Hollywood over the weekend. Can't make my mind up on it. I love to watch Red Letter Media and they always that Tarantino is the last true film maker who can command a mainstream audience. Like everything he makes is true to his vision. I agree with that and I guess overall I enjoyed it but I wouldn't put it up there as one of his best. I was amazed at the recreation of the time period. When they're just driving around the streets of L.A. it's astounding how authentic it feels and looks.
Once Upon a Time in America was very self indulgent .
For a film that lasts close to three hours nothing really happens until the last 15 minutes
That said it's still visually better than most things I saw at the cinema in 2019 ( I watched a lot of movies in the cinema ).
Great performance from Brad Pitt , deserved his Oscar.
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Marc Meakin wrote:
Mon May 04, 2020 10:47 am
Once Upon a Time in America was very self indulgent .
For a film that lasts close to three hours nothing really happens until the last 15 minutes
That said it's still visually better than most things I saw at the cinema in 2019 ( I watched a lot of movies in the cinema ).
Great performance from Brad Pitt , deserved his Oscar.
Brad Pitt wasn't in Once Upon a Time in America.

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Post by Marc Meakin » Mon May 18, 2020 5:32 pm

Phil Reynolds wrote:
Mon May 18, 2020 1:50 pm
Marc Meakin wrote:
Mon May 04, 2020 10:47 am
Once Upon a Time in America was very self indulgent .
For a film that lasts close to three hours nothing really happens until the last 15 minutes
That said it's still visually better than most things I saw at the cinema in 2019 ( I watched a lot of movies in the cinema ).
Great performance from Brad Pitt , deserved his Oscar.
Brad Pitt wasn't in Once Upon a Time in America.
More specifically , Hollywood
I recant that first statement
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Post by Marc Meakin » Mon May 25, 2020 12:18 pm

It's a documentary rather than a film but I really enjoyed We Need to talk about AI.
Very well made , I enjoyed the film references
Check out Baby X , creepy as fuck .
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Post by Rhys Benjamin » Sun May 31, 2020 11:56 pm

Die Another Day was on ITV just now. The first half is brilliant. The second is... not. Brosnan is brilliant in it, Halle Berry isn't (what's she doing nowadays? The sort of D-list celeb that would be ideal in Dictionary Corner, surely?), Toby Stephens is OK as a deranged North Korean general who's whitewashed himself, which is... an, ahem, *interesting* idea.

In all seriousness, the minute London Calling starts playing is the minute the film crashes downhill, it's almost like the storyline was two films they had to squeeze into one. The infamously bad CGI's not... actually that bad (but admittedly I was watching what appears to have been a HD-upscaled version). Everything that goes before London Calling is amazing, however, and I thoroughly recommend the first 30-odd minutes for anyone even vaguely into James Bond.
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Post by Paul Worsley » Mon Jun 01, 2020 12:29 am

Rhys Benjamin wrote:
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Die Another Day was on ITV just now.
Easily the worst Bond film. He has an invisible car ffs! Also, the scene where he windsurfs on a tsunami is embarrassing. This movie could have killed off the franchise.

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Paul Worsley wrote:
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Rhys Benjamin wrote:
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Die Another Day was on ITV just now.
Easily the worst Bond film. He has an invisible car ffs! Also, the scene where he windsurfs on a tsunami is embarrassing. This movie could have killed off the franchise.
In a way it did, cos it then rebooted and then we had Casino Royale, one of the best (in my Top 5, if you read my Bond countdown list on Facebook relatively recently...)
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Paul Worsley wrote:
Mon Jun 01, 2020 12:29 am
Rhys Benjamin wrote:
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Die Another Day was on ITV just now.
Easily the worst Bond film. He has an invisible car ffs! Also, the scene where he windsurfs on a tsunami is embarrassing. This movie could have killed off the franchise.
But again, that's in the naff second half... and the car chase is pretty good, since the car's hardly ever invisible. And, well, the theory works.
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Re: What films have you watched lately?

Post by Marc Meakin » Sun Jun 28, 2020 7:09 am

The Eurovision Song Contest : The Story of Fire Saga.
This was a fun silly campy film.
I'm not sure Americans will get it but if you like Eurovision you will like this
Even Will Ferrell is not annoying , which is hard to achieve
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Post by Tom S » Sun Jun 28, 2020 9:25 pm

Marc Meakin wrote:
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The Eurovision Song Contest : The Story of Fire Saga.
This was a fun silly campy film.
I'm not sure Americans will get it but if you like Eurovision you will like this
Even Will Ferrell is not annoying , which is hard to achieve
It's #1 in the US Netflix charts, so obviously opening the contest up to some Americans. Seems well received with the viewers, but not so much the critics. Volcano Man cracks me up.

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