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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: 4/10The 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: 6/10Unsane (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: 7/10The 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: 4/10Death Wish (2018) - Bruce Willis's big bald head. Violence. Doesn't really go anywhere, would rather rewatch Charles Bronson: 5/10Game Night (2018) - comedy with a few known faces. It's ok, has it's moments. It wasn't the worst film ever: 5/1012 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: 3/10Den Of Thieves (2018) - bank robbers and cops, lots of not very credible shooting etc. Don't bother: 3/10Hostiles (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: 1/10You 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: 5/10Veronica (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: 5/10Only The Brave (2017) - true story of firefighters fighting fires. Not much happens really, mostly drama rather than action. Jennifer Connelly. 5/10Lastly a couple of time/jump/paradox films:Before I Fall (2017) - drama/mystery, pretty decent: 6/10Happy Death Day (2017) - horror/mystery, a bit meh: 4/10
ChuckManual said:A Life In 12 Bars is a really good film that stands on its own merits. And, as my wife can attest, you don't even really have to know who Clapton is to find it engrossing.
10/10 films? Getting that 10 rather than a 9 depends on the whole package and it having that emotional resonance, I guess.Here are some of them:Heat, Blue Collar (1978), Don't Look Now (1973), The Thing (1982), On The Beach (1959), The Wicker Man (1973), Cure (1997), Invasion Of The Bodysnatchers (1978), Duck You Sucker (1971), The Last Of The Mohicans, Sexy Beast, Sunshine (2007), Old Boy (2003), Dawn Of The Dead (1978), Dead Of Night (1945)
A Life In 12 Bars.I am not an Eric Clapton fan, per se, but I was profoundly moved by this film.The story of his youth is far more distressing than I'd ever been made aware of before and (as much as it never seems to be an excuse for non-artistic types or, indeed, any poor person ever), to be honest, it's no wonder he turned into a selfish, paranoid, alcoholic, temporarily racist, misogynist twat for most of the 70's, 80's and 90's ...and, frankly, it's pretty astonishing that he found his way back to some semblance of normality.The film does not shy away from the uncomfortable and, to be honest, unsettling truth about the realities of his upbringing, it doesn't try and put a positive or defensive spin on anything that happened during, what he himself described as; "the arsehole years", or overly play the (many) tragedies in his life for sympathy. It doesn't request plaudits for his recovery or the happy family life he's had since the turn of the millenia either.A Life In 12 Bars is a really good film that stands on its own merits. And, as my wife can attest, you don't even really have to know who Clapton is to find it engrossing.For me, it's definitely up there with the great music documentaries, like; Let's Get Lost, The Last Waltz and Beat This.
Back to the future on film 4 classic!
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