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

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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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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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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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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:
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Conor wrote:
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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.
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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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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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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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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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:
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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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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:
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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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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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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:
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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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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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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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Post by Gavin Chipper » Sat Aug 22, 2020 9:21 pm

Just watched Gravity. Terrible film. Obviously it was made to be watched in the cinema in 3D so I missed out on all of the super-duper special effects, but a film needs to be more than special effects. If a film minus its special effects is terrible, then it's never going to be good. Watch The Martian instead.

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Post by Paul Worsley » Sun Aug 23, 2020 9:42 am

I enjoyed The Imitation Game on Netflix the other night.

I found it slightly irritating when characters kept saying how "smart" Alan Turing was. I'm pretty sure that the term "smart", meaning "clever", wasn't around in the 1940s. Turing seemed to know what they meant though, so maybe he was even smarter than I thought.

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I enjoyed The Imitation Game on Netflix the other night.

I found it slightly irritating when characters kept saying how "smart" Alan Turing was. I'm pretty sure that the term "smart", meaning "clever", wasn't around in the 1940s. Turing seemed to know what they meant though, so maybe he was even smarter than I thought.
I think it was but it was used more in the US
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I enjoyed The Imitation Game on Netflix the other night.

I found it slightly irritating when characters kept saying how "smart" Alan Turing was. I'm pretty sure that the term "smart", meaning "clever", wasn't around in the 1940s. Turing seemed to know what they meant though, so maybe he was even smarter than I thought.
I think it was but it was used more in the US
I'm sure you're right, but in the film it was used by the British characters, a couple of times when he was a pupil at Sherbourne school in 1926, and again by Keira Knightley at Bletchley Park.

When I was at school (some time after 1926), the term "smart" could mean well dressed, but for a short time it was used for "cool" or "good". It may have been a northern thing.

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Post by Marc Meakin » Sun Aug 23, 2020 8:39 pm

I remember smart Alec being a derogatory term..
Funnily enough I have never used the original meaning of smart ,when you hurt yourself.
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I enjoyed The Imitation Game on Netflix the other night.

I found it slightly irritating when characters kept saying how "smart" Alan Turing was. I'm pretty sure that the term "smart", meaning "clever", wasn't around in the 1940s. Turing seemed to know what they meant though, so maybe he was even smarter than I thought.
I found it more irritating that Turing was portrayed as an isolated loner, when in reality he had an active social life and a wide circle of friends. That plus the usual historical absurdities, like the way the film depicts John Cairncross (later revealed as the "fifth man") as working with Turing at Bletchley Park.

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Post by Ian Volante » Mon Aug 24, 2020 12:11 pm

Just watched Gravity at the weekend. Quite enjoyed it - it flew by (haha). Just shows that a single-idea film can be entertaining. And well done her for landing on land in the tropics.
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Just watched Gravity at the weekend. Quite enjoyed it - it flew by (haha). Just shows that a single-idea film can be entertaining. And well done her for landing on land in the tropics.
Did you read my review of it (a few posts above)? A bit of a difference of opinion!

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Post by Ian Volante » Tue Aug 25, 2020 12:40 pm

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Just watched Gravity at the weekend. Quite enjoyed it - it flew by (haha). Just shows that a single-idea film can be entertaining. And well done her for landing on land in the tropics.
Did you read my review of it (a few posts above)? A bit of a difference of opinion!
I did! Maybe it helped that I have a big telly? It was obviously a very simple idea, simply done, which to me, is quite nice. Didn't need to think too hard about it.
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Just watched Gravity at the weekend. Quite enjoyed it - it flew by (haha). Just shows that a single-idea film can be entertaining. And well done her for landing on land in the tropics.
Did you read my review of it (a few posts above)? A bit of a difference of opinion!
To be fair, all you said about it was that it was "terrible", which is an opinion, but hardly a review.

We've been watching all the Bond movies in sequence as ITV have been showing them over the past few weekends (except Goldfinger which they missed out for some reason). Watching For Your Eyes Only, I was reminded of Barry Norman's comment that it "cost less to make than its predecessor, Moonraker, and, while still not coming within hailing distance of plausibility, was at least close enough to be contacted by phone".

Now that's a review.

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Post by Gavin Chipper » Tue Aug 25, 2020 5:06 pm

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Just watched Gravity at the weekend. Quite enjoyed it - it flew by (haha). Just shows that a single-idea film can be entertaining. And well done her for landing on land in the tropics.
Did you read my review of it (a few posts above)? A bit of a difference of opinion!
To be fair, all you said about it was that it was "terrible", which is an opinion, but hardly a review.

We've been watching all the Bond movies in sequence as ITV have been showing them over the past few weekends (except Goldfinger which they missed out for some reason). Watching For Your Eyes Only, I was reminded of Barry Norman's comment that it "cost less to make than its predecessor, Moonraker, and, while still not coming within hailing distance of plausibility, was at least close enough to be contacted by phone".

Now that's a review.
Well I left it at that because I knew that it wouldn't reach Barry Norman's standards.

But anyway, it was just about a woman floating about in space trying not to die. There was nothing really gripping about the way it was done, and the way George Clooney's character decided to commit suicide was just stupid and showed that the film makers had no idea about physics. There was also one point where the killer satellite shrapnel came along and destroyed exactly everything present except for Sandra Bullock's character and the shuttle she needed to get into. That sort of thing goes too far and reduces any potential suspense in future scenes. It was also quite unclear what was going on a lot of the time - what she needed to do to get to the next stage in the process and what she was doing etc.

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Watching For Your Eyes Only, I was reminded of Barry Norman's comment that it "cost less to make than its predecessor, Moonraker, and, while still not coming within hailing distance of plausibility, was at least close enough to be contacted by phone".

Now that's a review.
I don't think it was Barry Norman, but my favourite review was for Alien 3......."In space, no one can hear you yawn."

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Watching For Your Eyes Only, I was reminded of Barry Norman's comment that it "cost less to make than its predecessor, Moonraker, and, while still not coming within hailing distance of plausibility, was at least close enough to be contacted by phone".

Now that's a review.
I don't think it was Barry Norman, but my favourite review was for Alien 3......."In space, no one can hear you yawn."
My favourite review was of Raise the Titanic,. I think Barry Norman said it would have been cheaper to lower the Atlantic
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My favourite review was of Raise the Titanic,. I think Barry Norman said it would have been cheaper to lower the Atlantic
It was Lew Grade, and it wasn't a review. Other than that, excellent.

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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
I think it was OK and picked up a lot when the action got to Edinburgh, but Will Ferrell was clearly trying too hard and could have chopped off a fair bit. The ending was so utterly soppy. However, I thought it was OK overall. 3 stars.

I am also watching the James Bonds - many of which I haven't seen before. Don't think ITV are showing all of them (they went straight from OHMSS to The Spy Who Loved Me I think). Loved The Spy Who Loved Me. For Your Eyes Only was OK - License to Kill was good but not great. GoldenEye this Saturday, though... my personal favourite.
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Phil Reynolds wrote:
Tue Aug 25, 2020 11:20 pm
Marc Meakin wrote:
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My favourite review was of Raise the Titanic,. I think Barry Norman said it would have been cheaper to lower the Atlantic
It was Lew Grade, and it wasn't a review. Other than that, excellent.
Probably a budget review rather than a film review.
Actually this was the first film I watched, at the cinema, that I fell asleep watching.
The second one was The Swarm.
Fun fact, when a critic interviewed Michael Caine about how dire it was, he replied that it paid for his summer house.
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Marc Meakin wrote:
Wed Aug 26, 2020 8:42 am
Phil Reynolds wrote:
Tue Aug 25, 2020 11:20 pm
Marc Meakin wrote:
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My favourite review was of Raise the Titanic,. I think Barry Norman said it would have been cheaper to lower the Atlantic
It was Lew Grade, and it wasn't a review. Other than that, excellent.
Probably a budget review rather than a film review.
Actually this was the first film I watched, at the cinema, that I fell asleep watching.
The second one was The Swarm.
Fun fact, when a critic interviewed Michael Caine about how dire it was, he replied that it paid for his summer house.
I'm Sure Phil will let everyone know if I'm wrong though
I will, that referred to one of the Jaws sequels - IV, I think.
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Post by Ian Volante » Wed Aug 26, 2020 12:45 pm

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Did you read my review of it (a few posts above)? A bit of a difference of opinion!
To be fair, all you said about it was that it was "terrible", which is an opinion, but hardly a review.

We've been watching all the Bond movies in sequence as ITV have been showing them over the past few weekends (except Goldfinger which they missed out for some reason). Watching For Your Eyes Only, I was reminded of Barry Norman's comment that it "cost less to make than its predecessor, Moonraker, and, while still not coming within hailing distance of plausibility, was at least close enough to be contacted by phone".

Now that's a review.
Well I left it at that because I knew that it wouldn't reach Barry Norman's standards.

But anyway, it was just about a woman floating about in space trying not to die. There was nothing really gripping about the way it was done, and the way George Clooney's character decided to commit suicide was just stupid and showed that the film makers had no idea about physics. There was also one point where the killer satellite shrapnel came along and destroyed exactly everything present except for Sandra Bullock's character and the shuttle she needed to get into. That sort of thing goes too far and reduces any potential suspense in future scenes. It was also quite unclear what was going on a lot of the time - what she needed to do to get to the next stage in the process and what she was doing etc.
The other person watching with me found it gripping, and no matter how implausible it all was, we weren't there for a physics lesson (it wasn't that bad either - the momentum he clearly had was possibly enough to take her with him - seemed reasonable, if overly noble). As for confusion, I was only half watching, and it was pretty clear what was going on to my mind - like I said above, it was a pretty simple, linear tale. Not sure what there was to get confused about.
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I am also watching the James Bonds - many of which I haven't seen before. Don't think ITV are showing all of them (they went straight from OHMSS to The Spy Who Loved Me I think).
Nope, so far they've showed all the Eon films (i.e. the official ones) apart from Goldfinger. They're tending to show the better regarded ones on Saturday evenings and the lesser ones on Sunday afternoons, which means they sometimes come out of sequence.

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The other person watching with me found it gripping, and no matter how implausible it all was, we weren't there for a physics lesson (it wasn't that bad either - the momentum he clearly had was possibly enough to take her with him - seemed reasonable, if overly noble). As for confusion, I was only half watching, and it was pretty clear what was going on to my mind - like I said above, it was a pretty simple, linear tale. Not sure what there was to get confused about.
It seemed to me that he had no momentum left because they were holding on at that point, and momentum doesn't have memory. It might seem a small point but it would have been quite easy for them to do it in a more realistic looking way.

With the confusion, I understood the main objective - it was just some of the little things that were going on. E.g. What is she trying to achieve right now?

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Post by Marc Meakin » Wed Aug 26, 2020 8:13 pm

Tenet.... spoiler free review.
Feeling confused all the good guys wearing masks a sense of impending doom.
Yes a film that fits in with the current world atm.

What's good : Great visuals and set pieces.. To steal someone else's quote (over to you Phil) it's like James Bond on acid..

What's bad : Iffy soundtrack, mumbled dialogue at times a bit like talking to someone with a face covering.
Dodgy Russian accent from Sir Ken.

Overall, needs at least two watches in order to follow it, although please don't copy me and watch it twice in the same day.
4 out of 5 rating
As a footnote for those that watched it
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I've watched this film four times now and every time I have leant something new.
I am waiting for a subtitled version before I see it a fifth time as there are still dialogue issues
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Post by Paul Worsley » Tue Sep 01, 2020 11:10 am

Venom. On the recommendation of a friend. I think I need some new friends.

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Post by Marc Meakin » Tue Sep 01, 2020 12:04 pm

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Venom. On the recommendation of a friend. I think I need some new friends.
Watch Upload instead similar premise but far more entertaining and on a fraction of the budget
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Post by Paul Worsley » Tue Sep 01, 2020 9:21 pm

Marc Meakin wrote:
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Venom. On the recommendation of a friend. I think I need some new friends.
Watch Upload instead similar premise but far more entertaining and on a fraction of the budget
Thanks for the recommendation.

I don't mind sci-fi, but this modern surge of superhero movies leaves me cold.

I tried watching another one that was recommended by a different friend, called The Umbrella Stand, or something, and lasted one episode. There was a sage-like talking chimp in it, and no-one batted an eyelid.

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Post by Marc Meakin » Wed Sep 02, 2020 8:21 am

Paul Worsley wrote:
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Marc Meakin wrote:
Tue Sep 01, 2020 12:04 pm
Paul Worsley wrote:
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Venom. On the recommendation of a friend. I think I need some new friends.
Watch Upload instead similar premise but far more entertaining and on a fraction of the budget
Thanks for the recommendation.

I don't mind sci-fi, but this modern surge of superhero movies leaves me cold.

I tried watching another one that was recommended by a different friend, called The Umbrella Stand, or something, and lasted one episode. There was a sage-like talking chimp in it, and no-one batted an eyelid.
The Umbrella Acadamy is OK.
If you want to watch something that subverts the Super hero genre than give The Boys a go.
I do have a love hate relationship with Marvel and DC films.
Just lately only Logan and Joker worked for me because they were plot and character driven and would work as a non comic book movie.

Give Watchmen a go both the film and the breathtaking HBO series
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I watched Joker recently and thought it was awful. Forget being a poor man's King of Comedy, this was destitute.

Watched a few based on a true story stuff which I enjoyed.

American Made with Tom Cruise. Decent. Ended up reading about the real thing while watching the movie though. I tend to do that a lot recently, read wiki on my phone with the movie in the background.

Bad Education with Hugh Jackman (not Jack Whitehall). Excellent stuff. Really enjoyed it. Alison Janney is always good too.

Marvellous. Based on the true story of Stoke City's kit man. It was marvellous.

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Post by Paul Worsley » Wed Sep 02, 2020 9:35 am

Mark James wrote:
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Based on the true story of Stoke City's kit man.
Suddenly, the talking chimp doesn't seem such a bad idea.

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Paul Worsley wrote:
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Mark James wrote:
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Based on the true story of Stoke City's kit man.
Suddenly, the talking chimp doesn't seem such a bad idea.
It truly was marvellous, Toby Jones was superb as was the writing by Peter Bowker who went on to write the A Word
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Post by Marc Meakin » Wed Sep 02, 2020 1:14 pm

Mark James wrote:
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I watched Joker recently and thought it was awful. Forget being a poor man's King of Comedy, this was destitute.

Watched a few based on a true story stuff which I enjoyed.

American Made with Tom Cruise. Decent. Ended up reading about the real thing while watching the movie though. I tend to do that a lot recently, read wiki on my phone with the movie in the background.

Bad Education with Hugh Jackman (not Jack Whitehall). Excellent stuff. Really enjoyed it. Alison Janney is always good too.

Marvellous. Based on the true story of Stoke City's kit man. It was marvellous.
Beyond the disgruntled fan boys, yours is the first negative reviews of The Joker I've heard.
An acting tour de force. Yes, it is derivative but it captured seventies New York perfectly, its more a Taxi Driver homage than the King of Comedy.
Interestingly Scorcese was meant to be a producer of this film but when Netflix was chucking money his way in order to make The Irishman he had to drop out

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