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  • MoominpapaMoominpapa Frets: 404
    Chasing the Dragon (2017)

    Not great, but I'm a huge fan of both Donnie Yen and Andy Lau, so i couldn't really pass this up. Interesting take on Hong Kong in the 1960s and 70s - I don't know of a British film maker that has thought of tackling this subject so as flawed as this is, it's very watchable.
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  • DeadmanDeadman Frets: 2525
    '71.

    Superb. 9/10.
    My trading feedback is here 
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  • BlueingreenBlueingreen Frets: 663
    Deadpool 2. Expected slightly inferior retread of the first one but there’s enough risk-taking, fresh ideas and good jokes to make it better than that. Not a film that’s going to make a deep impact but very well done escapist entertainment. 8/10
    “The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wise people so full of doubts.” Bertrand Russell

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  • sinbaadisinbaadi Frets: 807
    Terminal.

    Margot Robbie can draw a crowd and that plus the noir style drew me in.
    It feels like a Guy Ritchie movie in a few obvious ways.  I am quite able to enjoy a movie for its aesthetic and stylish qualities, but I only really walk away thinking it was a good film if I have invested some shred of interest in what happens to at least one character.  Read: Who should I give a shit about for 90+ minutes?  In this movie, there really isn't anyone to care about.

    It imposes the exposition of the characters at the conclusion, but that just makes you think that much of the rest of the movie was all the more pointless.

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  • EricTheWearyEricTheWeary Frets: 6899
    Rewatched Deadpool. I don’t love it ( although I do love  Morena Baccarin) but I do enjoy the level of detail and lots of bits I’d forgotten. All the big fight stuff toward the end bores me a bit but there’s much to be said for it otherwise. 
    I feel the warm, healing, liquid presence of God’s genuine cold-filtered grace. 
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  • BigBearKrisBigBearKris Frets: 1042
    ''Lost in London''.

    Bit bizarre, but enjoyable.
    Woody Harrelson finds himself in the middle of cheating scandal which turns his life upside down. Whole movie seem to be a series of events that happen during one night. Really funny references (when English take him for Woody Allen) but the pace and long dialogues resulted in watching movie in two parts. 
    Good, nothing more.
    5/10
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  • Philly_QPhilly_Q Frets: 4279
    Spider-Man: Homecoming

    Not the greatest of plots and the action scenes are less than thrilling, but I like the portrayal of Peter Parker/Spider-Man as an awkward, clumsy, naive kid - the school scenes work better than the superhero ones - and the cast is excellent.  Certainly an improvement on the previous incarnation.
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  • sinbaadisinbaadi Frets: 807
    Melancholia (2011)

    Watched this on recommendation from my little sister with the footnote that "it's weird".  Knew nothing else.

    Weird is right!  At times it's so art-house you winner if it's in fact a movie at all.  Quite the cast for such an obscure film but nothing really to grab you at any point.  It obviously spends a lot of energy trying to build tension even though you know what will happen throughout and that is simply interspersed with random weird events and awkward family interaction.

    Long too.  I found myself wanting the conclusion to hurry up about an hour before it eventually arrived.

    5 points for being different.
    5/10
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  • EricTheWearyEricTheWeary Frets: 6899
    Ghostbusters.

    The recent one. Okay family tea time movie I guess. A few things that annoyed me, a few things that I liked but it’s a very slight movie. Bizarrely long ending credits. 
    I feel the warm, healing, liquid presence of God’s genuine cold-filtered grace. 
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  • valevale Frets: 804
    been on a russian theme lately so last two i can remember were 'est-ouest' (1999) & 'elena' (2011).

    'est-ouest' is the better. plot from imdb 'June 1946: Stalin invites Russian emigres to return to the motherland. It's a trap'. based on a true situation if not directly on a true story.
    sandrine bonnaire is totally electric in it. one of her best i think. she's like isabelle huppert when she's on fire. same razor-sharp & super-intense vibe.
    plot is robust & compelling & roars along. even presents potential for a few tears, if you are so inclined.
    the russian baddies sometimes seem one-dimensional, but the central really nasty one is spot on.
    anyway, worth the watch. a proper saturday evening film in the art-house vein.

    all the trailers make it look awful (hollywood-ised) so this is just a compilation of sandrine being lush.


    'elena' won at cannes (& many other places) but i found it heavy & over-ponderous. plot from imdb 'when a sudden illness and an unexpected reunion threaten dutiful housewife Elena's potential inheritance, she must hatch a desperate plan'.
    when it's good it's like prime early krystof kieslowski (more 'ten commandments' than '3 colours'). squalor v luxury, old life v new life, the big moral dilemma. so far so good.
    but the actual plot drags a bit. too much meaningful moping around, too many angsty close-ups at windows. get's cliched. i liked the ending though. no spoilers... but she did good.
    what she said.
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  • stickyfiddlestickyfiddle Frets: 9036
    Solo

    A solid 3.6 out of 5. Entertaining, but predicable to the point that it was literally everything I thought it would be and nothing at all unexpected. And the Han Solo Bingo card tustve been pretty much full by halfway...

    Woody Harrelson v good though, as usual.

    Would happily watch again on a flight or some such. Not going to buy the bluray
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  • MoominpapaMoominpapa Frets: 404
    Watched Miyazaki's Porco Rosso for the first time last week. I'm a big fan of Studio Ghibli stuff and this was right up there among the best. Lots of the usual Miyazaki themes - early aviation, big-hearted pirates, plucky young women, the discipline of engineering. There was a fistfight  that was one of the funniest pieces of animation I've seen for a long time. Also in among the humour was a very solemn scene that was done absolutely beautifully - quite breathtaking. Strongly recommended if you are into animation.
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  • boogiemanboogieman Frets: 4872
    The Great Wall. Mediaeval Chinese hokum with some particularly dodgy CGI (and Matt Damon). Killed an hour and a half but there’s really not much to recommend it. 
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    Watched Miyazaki's Porco Rosso for the first time last week. I'm a big fan of Studio Ghibli stuff and this was right up there among the best. Lots of the usual Miyazaki themes - early aviation, big-hearted pirates, plucky young women, the discipline of engineering. There was a fistfight  that was one of the funniest pieces of animation I've seen for a long time. Also in among the humour was a very solemn scene that was done absolutely beautifully - quite breathtaking. Strongly recommended if you are into animation.
    Probably my favourite Ghibli. Absolutely brilliant.
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  • underdogunderdog Frets: 5409
    edited June 17
    I watched Kick Ass 1 and 2 again, what's not to love, funny and brutal.
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  • FazerFazer Frets: 439
    Some recent films:
    Thelma (2017) - Norwegian film, girl with psychic powers she doesn't know about, kept suppressed with religious fervour, confused by lesbian feelings at university, discovers about her family history, etc. Bit dull really: 4/10

    The Untamed (2016) - Mexican film, strange alien sex tentacles kept in a cabin the woods by a couple of hippies, lovely cinematography. Pretty good will watch again: 6/10

    Unsane (2018) - Steven Soderbergh film famously shot on iphones. Woman moved to new city to flee a stalker in her past ... I won't say anymore than that. The usual Soderbergh quirky angles and acting, this time really works. Recommended: 7/10

    The Cured (2017) - Irish zombie film with Ellen Page, who seems to turn up in these low budget indies. After the zombie outbreak, "the cured" [of their zombie infection] are trying to reintegrate back into society, while the uncurable are still held in detention. You can guess the plot, nothing special: 4/10

    Death Wish (2018) - Bruce Willis's big bald head. Violence. Doesn't really go anywhere, would rather rewatch Charles Bronson: 5/10

    Game Night (2018) - comedy with a few known faces. It's ok, has it's moments. It wasn't the worst film ever: 5/10

    12 Strong (2018) - based on true story of US Special Forces team deployed in Afghanistan after 9/11. Blah blah. I like Michael Shannon and he's in it, so I can cross it off the list of Michael Shannon films to watch. Mostly annoying: 3/10

    Den Of Thieves (2018) - bank robbers and cops, lots of not very credible shooting etc. Don't bother: 3/10

    Hostiles (2017) - Western with Christian Bale, who I like. Meditations on "hate" etc. I can't really remember much about it, except that I hated it: 1/10

    You Were Never Really Here (2017) - Lynne Ramsay directs Joaquin Phoenix as a tramatised veteran who tracks down missing girls. High level conspiracies and brutal moments. I marked it at 5/10 but will rewatch it at some point.

    All The Money In The World (2017) - Ridley Scott film about the 16yr old grandson Getty III kidnapped in Italy in the 1970s. It's the film that they reshot to remove all traces of Kevin Spacey, who had originally play J. P. Getty. It's interesting to see the recreation of 1970s Italy, but overall nothing special: 5/10

    Veronica (2017) - Director of [REC], Spanish horror about teenage girl who accidently summons *something* while trying to contact the dead. The usual, if you like that kind of thing: 5/10

    Only The Brave (2017) - true story of firefighters fighting fires. Not much happens really, mostly drama rather than action. Jennifer Connelly. 5/10

    Lastly a couple of time/jump/paradox films:
    Before I Fall (2017) - drama/mystery, pretty decent: 6/10
    Happy Death Day (2017) - horror/mystery, a bit meh: 4/10

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  • MoominpapaMoominpapa Frets: 404
    boogieman said:
    The Great Wall. Mediaeval Chinese hokum with some particularly dodgy CGI (and Matt Damon). Killed an hour and a half but there’s really not much to recommend it. 
    The very definition of hokum, indeed. Some great visual design in the sets for the Wall fort, but some of the plot holes were as big as the damned wall itself.
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  • breakstuffbreakstuff Frets: 5503

    Cargo on Netflix.

    Martin Freeman being Martin Freeman,but in the midst of the Zombie Apocalypse.Not bad,but quite formulaic (added human protagonist anyone?) and a silly twist at the end that makes no sense.

    6/10.
    In my life,why do I give valuable time to people who I'd much rather kick in the eye.
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  • ChuckManualChuckManual Frets: 401
    Watched Miyazaki's Porco Rosso for the first time last week. I'm a big fan of Studio Ghibli stuff and this was right up there among the best. Lots of the usual Miyazaki themes - early aviation, big-hearted pirates, plucky young women, the discipline of engineering. There was a fistfight  that was one of the funniest pieces of animation I've seen for a long time. Also in among the humour was a very solemn scene that was done absolutely beautifully - quite breathtaking. Strongly recommended if you are into animation.
    Probably my favourite Ghibli. Absolutely brilliant.

    Exactly what I was going to post, after reading Moominpapa's original post.
    Not much of the gear, even less idea.
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  • schrodinger1612schrodinger1612 Frets: 32
    edited June 24
     Eraserhead (1977). 10/10 Excellent family entertainment with a major feel good factor. Highly recommended. 
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  • EricTheWearyEricTheWeary Frets: 6899
    Star Trek Beyond.

    Interesting on IMDB the number of back references to other parts of the Star Trek franchise within it, even a reference to Spaced. Almost all of it had passed me by though. I just got a slightly shit film to watch. 
    I feel the warm, healing, liquid presence of God’s genuine cold-filtered grace. 
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  • darthed1981darthed1981 Frets: 1680
     Eraserhead (1977). 10/10 Excellent family entertainment with a major feel good factor. Highly recommended. 
    If anyone doubts it's family entertainment, tell them there's a baby in it!
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  • FazerFazer Frets: 439
    A Quiet Place (2018)
    Post apocalyptic monster movie.
    Fizzles out a bit as it goes along, but worth watching. 7/10

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  • MoominpapaMoominpapa Frets: 404
    Wind River: a little formulaic but well done - I liked it.
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  • BigBearKrisBigBearKris Frets: 1042
    Wind River: a little formulaic but well done - I liked it.
    Loved it. Proper rural masterpiece.
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  • valevale Frets: 804
    edited July 1
    'Gomorrah' (italian title 'Gomorra') 2008. based on the book-expose' of the same name.

    i saw it when it came out & was blown away by it. really powerful film. the trailers probably just show the shoot outs but it's far more profound & ugly. it really gets under the skin of what the mafia really is as an organisation & what it means (& feels like) to be living your life in that environment.
    it's not sharp suits, or fine wine or wise guys singing 'volare', it's like mold or bacteria, creeping over eveything, poisoning everything, & rotting entire towns from the inside out.
    it's scary & sad. & sadder that many invloved are young, because they are easier to manipulate & often come from damaged & broken backgrounds where life is seen as cheap (theirs & others).

    anyway, this appeared in the paper last week & it made me want to rewatch it. italy is in serious trouble if this is the shape of things to come there politically.
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jun/21/matteo-salvini-threatens-to-remove-gomorrah-roberto-saviano-police-protection

    as stunning, if not even more so, on rewatching. it deservedly won at cannes & all over on release. so if you haven't seen it i recommend it. heavy viewing but the price of authentic insight.


    what she said.
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  • BigBearKrisBigBearKris Frets: 1042
    vale said:
    'Gomorrah' (italian title 'Gomorra') 2008. based on the book-expose' of the same name.

    i saw it when it came out & was blown away by it. really powerful film. the trailers probably just show the shoot outs but it's far more profound & ugly. it really gets under the skin of what the mafia really is as an organisation & what it means (& feels like) to be living your life in that environment.
    it's not sharp suits, or fine wine or wise guys singing 'volare', it's like mold or bacteria, creeping over eveything, poisoning everything, & rotting entire towns from the inside out.
    it's scary & sad. & sadder that many invloved are young, because they are easier to manipulate & often come from damaged & broken backgrounds where life is seen as cheap (theirs & others).

    anyway, this appeared in the paper last week & it made me want to rewatch it. italy is in serious trouble if this is the shape of things to come there politically.
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jun/21/matteo-salvini-threatens-to-remove-gomorrah-roberto-saviano-police-protection

    as stunning, if not even more so, on rewatching. it deservedly won at cannes & all over on release. so if you haven't seen it i recommend it. heavy viewing but the price of authentic insight.


    Tv series is pretty good too.
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  • boogiemanboogieman Frets: 4872
    Nude Nuns With Big Guns. On the Horror channel last night.

    The title was the best thing about it.  :s
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  • goldtopgoldtop Frets: 804
    The Happy Prince - Rupert Everett as a post-prison Oscar Wilde, poor, out-cast, homeless. Disappointingly small film of his twilight. It felt very self-indulgent and it was hard to like anyone. Contrast with Stephen Fry and Jude Law in the other Wilde movie. 6/10

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  • Child's Play 2. Dreadful, as expected, but good silly fun and hilarious in places. 
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