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  • rze99rze99 Frets: 884
    Empire of the Sun

    i didn’t see this when it was released. Watched it by myself last Friday night (it’s 140 mins long so a late one). Superb old school grand scale epic. Real vintage aircraft and crowd scenes no CGI. Brilliant performance by a young teen Christian Bale. 
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  • merlinmerlin Frets: 3901
    edited March 3
    We watched "Seconds" with Rock Hudson last night. 
    A strange somewhat dystopia sci-fi thing with plastic surgery, fake deaths and lots of naked people in a grape treading vat treading grapes. This was made in 1966 and may have been quite outrageous at the time but we found it a little dull and stilted. 

    5.5
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  • BigBearKrisBigBearKris Frets: 1434
    edited March 3
    "Mauritianian" (2021)

    https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_mauritanian

    Based on true events - story of a Gauntanamo prisoner post 9/11. 

    Good acting - with Jodie Foster in it, and well shot.


    Recommended. 

    7.125/10
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  • rze99rze99 Frets: 884
    Apocalypse Now (final cut)

    Just watched again. Still superb though the synths on the score do annoy. 

    It’s on iPlayer 
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  • bobblehatbobblehat Frets: 330
    Iron Sky - The Coming Race  ,    Pretty hopeless ,some fun moments but not as good as the first Iron Sky. (prime)

    Space Sweepers - Korean Space romp ,  Complete nonsense , it looks great but felt like it was written by a 12 year old.(netflix)

    The Favourite - Not sure what to make of this. The performances were great but no where near as funny as I was expecting. Slightly disappointing. (Star/Disney+)
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  • BrioBrio Frets: 306
    Iron Sky - The Coming Race  ,    Pretty hopeless ,some fun moments but not as good as the first Iron Sky. (prime)

    I’d never heard that was out.

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    Brio said:
    Iron Sky - The Coming Race  ,    Pretty hopeless ,some fun moments but not as good as the first Iron Sky. (prime)

    I’d never heard that was out.

    It came out a couple of years ago. Don't think it made it to Cineworld  =)

    There's a third installment on its way soon !
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    Nooooooooooo!
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    edited March 5
    Cosmic Sin with Bruce Willis and Frank Grillo.
    Seven rogue soldiers launch a preemptive strike against a newly discovered alien civilization in the hopes of ending an interstellar war before it starts.

    One of the worst films I have ever seen. IMDB gives it 2.5/10. Even the abysmal Breach - also SciFi starring Bruce- managed a trashy 3.8/10
    2 comments from their user reviews section: 

    Bruce Willis stopped telegraphing his acting for this film. He just didn't act at all. I mean, it looked like he was between high and mentally disabled. I worry about the dude. 

    But what makes this film shine like a black hole is the story. It felt more than devoid of passion, like a spreadsheet that sucks one's soul away in the accounting department on a hot day after the air conditioning died.


    First,I adore sci-fi. And am willing to overlook A LOT. But this piece of.... What the heck where they thinking. The writing and scenes/environment are so sooo bad its just too distracting. I still (skipped after a point) to the end but this is one of the worst sci-fi movies I have EVER seen. This is supposed to be happening in 2500s . And sci-fi is usually written by guys/gals who like the genre right? So you'd assume they're not dumb, this is genre for tech/gadget/future visions loving people/thinkers. First of all, its all happening in a city like today. Petrol cars, grunge plaid shirts wearing, beer drinking dudes everywhere and every single piece of the environment they are in is from like 2005. NOTHING is advanced anywhere except a CGI spaceship here and there. Everyone still uses regular guns with bullets propelled by gun powder and use petrol. They still use incandecent lightbulbs. Even we in Europe dont use them anymore, they dont even sell them anymore by law. TODAY.

    Or landing with a spaceship on a foreign planet and then they pitch up A TENT. A TENT!!! In 2500s and not a fancy,sci-fi redesigned/decorated for the movie to look special, hi-tech tent. Nah-ha. An obviously locally bought, regular, simple tent with old regular folding chairs and tables. They didnt even try to make anything look advanced.

    Also everything from clothing,storage boxes, various military tools, every piece of housing is from 2000s. You might think (for a milisecond), how about Firefly, combo of Wild West and space. Not even close,that beautiful show was an intelligent combination,smartly done,with foundations explaining everything. Insulting to even be considered in regards to this disaster.

    The story. Lets not even get there. The (IMO) very interesting plot summary that draws your interest to watch it is 100% misleading. Its so boring and slow it stops drawing your interest after 15 minutes. In then end its just confusing and silly. Never mind again, that so so many things just dont make sense or are ignored. I do not know how such a thing can get approved. It is so bad. And Bruce. What the heck. De Niro at least sold his soul for comedies that work in 50%. But Bruce lately... this movie isnt worth the few cents of material that the medium it is recorded on. Dont watch.

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  • Philly_QPhilly_Q Frets: 9829
    Brio said:
    Cosmic Sin with Bruce Willis and Frank Grillo.
    Seven rogue soldiers launch a preemptive strike against a newly discovered alien civilization in the hopes of ending an interstellar war before it starts.

    One of the worst films I have ever seen. IMDB gives it 2.5/10. Even the abysmal Breach - also SciFi starring Bruce- managed a trashy 3.8/10


    Funnily enough, I was reading a review of another film with Willis and Grillo a couple of days ago - I think it was Reprisal (2018).

    Apparently in the DVD extras Grillo is openly contemptuous of the script.  And (of course) Willis seems to have it written into his contract that he doesn't have to do any interviews for all these shoddy just-turn-up-and-collect-the-paycheck films he's doing nowadays.

    I'm a bit sorry to see Frank Grillo doing these shitty films, I like him as an actor.  I guess everyone needs to put food on the table.

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  • BrioBrio Frets: 306
    I'm a bit sorry to see Frank Grillo doing these shitty films, I like him as an actor. 

    Don't worry, the excellent Boss Level is streaming on Hulu from today. The best film I've seen in the last year. Like a slightly different take on Edge of Tomorrow with hunour.

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  • zepp76zepp76 Frets: 2032
    Torque

    I thought I’d rewatch it to see if it’s as bad as I remember....

    Yep!

    -10/10
    Tomorrow will be a good day.
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  • GreatapeGreatape Frets: 384
    Grosse Pointe Blank. Nostalgic indulgence.
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  • EricTheWearyEricTheWeary Frets: 11334
    Greatape said:
    Grosse Pointe Blank. Nostalgic indulgence.
    One of my all time favourite films. One of my band ideas to be Grosse Point Band and only play songs off the soundtrack ( which I think would include Guns n Roses and The Clash and The Specials and Aha...).
    On Disney+ by the look of it. Excellent.    
    Inhale away Jackson Jeffrey Jackson. 
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  • SPECTRUM001SPECTRUM001 Frets: 527
    Haych said:
    The Notebook

    Romantic drama based on a Nicholas Sparks book. It was Mrs Haych’s turn to choose the movie tonight, she likes his books so wanted to see how the film compares to the novel. 

    Not bad in all honesty. 

    Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams take the leads as young lovers before, during and after WWII America. 

    Typical kind of thing really, they fall in love, break up, lose touch, she finds somebody else and then they get back together again. 

    It flits between then and now as the older Ryan Gosling, played by James Garner, reads their life story to his sick wife. 

    For all its syrupy romance, it’s predictability from the outset and the fact that nothing really happens, it’s a pretty decent movie. 

    7/10 - on Netflix in case anyone wants to see it. 

    Slightly embarrassed to admit, but yes I also really enjoyed this film when I saw it.

    Ryan Gosling is very watchable, and the story is quite engaging. 

    Probably best watched on a Sunday !
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  • SPECTRUM001SPECTRUM001 Frets: 527
    Farewell My Lovely - 1975

    Surprisingly good adaptation of the Raymond Chandler classic. Robert Mitchum plays Marlowe in a drier more distant fashion compared to Humphrey Bogart - and the film has a dirty grit that I thought quite original.

    Charlotte Rampling is icily sexy, and Harry Dean Stanton playing clean cut !

    On the classy Talking Pictures channel.

    8/10
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  • DrCorneliusDrCornelius Frets: 3163
    Coming 2 America on Prime.

    After 15 minutes I said to my wife ‘this is a 9 out of 10 film already , I can’t believe it got such bad reviews ‘

    It went downhill rapidly from there but still ended up a solid 6 as far as an easy to watch film with the kids.

    Wesley Snipes is very good in it
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  • MoominpapaMoominpapa Frets: 1347
    Farewell My Lovely - 1975

    Surprisingly good adaptation of the Raymond Chandler classic. Robert Mitchum plays Marlowe in a drier more distant fashion compared to Humphrey Bogart - and the film has a dirty grit that I thought quite original.

    Charlotte Rampling is icily sexy, and Harry Dean Stanton playing clean cut !

    On the classy Talking Pictures channel.

    8/10
    Wis for this - Robert Mitchum is a walking Chandler character par excellence

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    Farewell My Lovely - 1975

    Surprisingly good adaptation of the Raymond Chandler classic. Robert Mitchum plays Marlowe in a drier more distant fashion compared to Humphrey Bogart - and the film has a dirty grit that I thought quite original.

    Charlotte Rampling is icily sexy, and Harry Dean Stanton playing clean cut !

    On the classy Talking Pictures channel.

    8/10
    Wis for this - Robert Mitchum is a walking Chandler character par excellence

    He was very good - and refreshing to move away from the Bogart stereotype.
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  • MoominpapaMoominpapa Frets: 1347
    Farewell My Lovely - 1975

    Surprisingly good adaptation of the Raymond Chandler classic. Robert Mitchum plays Marlowe in a drier more distant fashion compared to Humphrey Bogart - and the film has a dirty grit that I thought quite original.

    Charlotte Rampling is icily sexy, and Harry Dean Stanton playing clean cut !

    On the classy Talking Pictures channel.

    8/10
    Wis for this - Robert Mitchum is a walking Chandler character par excellence

    He was very good - and refreshing to move away from the Bogart stereotype.

    If you haven't already seen it, check him out in Night of the Hunter directed by Charles Laughton - he's wonderful in that.
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  • HaychHaych Frets: 2017
    Black Sheep

    New Zealand comedy horror that I’ve wanted to see for a while. It was £1.99 to buy on iTunes so thought why not. 

    Fairly thin plot of genetically modified sheep  on a massive sheep farm that get out and spread/become flesh eating. 

    Some rather grim gore and far too few laughs which is a shame as it could have been a lot funnier and a lot better. 

    Quite disappointing, can’t give it more than 5/10

    Had enough, I don’t want to be me anymore!

    Bit of trading feedback here.

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  • zepp76zepp76 Frets: 2032
    Haych said:
    Black Sheep

    New Zealand comedy horror that I’ve wanted to see for a while. It was £1.99 to buy on iTunes so thought why not. 

    Fairly thin plot of genetically modified sheep  on a massive sheep farm that get out and spread/become flesh eating. 

    Some rather grim gore and far too few laughs which is a shame as it could have been a lot funnier and a lot better. 

    Quite disappointing, can’t give it more than 5/10
    If you think that was bad, try this film!

    https://youtu.be/0pIfFNbm2bk

    WARNING: A little bit of swearing in the trailer.
    Tomorrow will be a good day.
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  • zepp76zepp76 Frets: 2032
    I bought a vampire motorcycle

     An absolute cult classic for me, probably not most people’s cup of tea but I think it’s great.

     I haven’t seen it for a while but thought I’d share a little clip...

    10/10

    https://youtu.be/HalD12wJ2_s
    Tomorrow will be a good day.
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  • not_the_djnot_the_dj Frets: 7113
    Grizzly Man (on prime). 

    I’ve seen it before and it’s one of those films that I think about quite regularly. 

    Amazing, tragic tale....and a great Richard Thompson soundtrack. 
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  • SPECTRUM001SPECTRUM001 Frets: 527
    Farewell My Lovely - 1975

    Surprisingly good adaptation of the Raymond Chandler classic. Robert Mitchum plays Marlowe in a drier more distant fashion compared to Humphrey Bogart - and the film has a dirty grit that I thought quite original.

    Charlotte Rampling is icily sexy, and Harry Dean Stanton playing clean cut !

    On the classy Talking Pictures channel.

    8/10
    Wis for this - Robert Mitchum is a walking Chandler character par excellence

    He was very good - and refreshing to move away from the Bogart stereotype.

    If you haven't already seen it, check him out in Night of the Hunter directed by Charles Laughton - he's wonderful in that.
    ‘Oh Children...’

    Yes, very good call - possibly the most sinister film of its era. Another classic that I haven’t seen for circa 30 years.

    Will check the schedules to see if it is available.
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  • HaychHaych Frets: 2017
    zepp76 said:
    Haych said:
    Black Sheep

    New Zealand comedy horror that I’ve wanted to see for a while. It was £1.99 to buy on iTunes so thought why not. 

    Fairly thin plot of genetically modified sheep  on a massive sheep farm that get out and spread/become flesh eating. 

    Some rather grim gore and far too few laughs which is a shame as it could have been a lot funnier and a lot better. 

    Quite disappointing, can’t give it more than 5/10
    If you think that was bad, try this film!

    https://youtu.be/0pIfFNbm2bk

    WARNING: A little bit of swearing in the trailer.
    Thanks, I think I’ll add it to the list of what not to watch. 

    Had enough, I don’t want to be me anymore!

    Bit of trading feedback here.

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  • SPECTRUM001SPECTRUM001 Frets: 527
    Casablanca - 1942

    What to say - It is pure genius. Still amazing to watch it (again and again). The plot, script, performances and atmosphere is sheer class.


    10/10
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  • ICBMICBM Frets: 53931
    Sympathy For The Devil

    Jean-Luc Godard and the Rolling Stones 1968 music/film collaboration.

    It’s both fascinating and infuriating at the same time - or mostly, alternating. The studio footage of the Stones working on the song is incredible, it’s largely unedited for long periods and full of amazing detail about how they worked and what they used, although a bit disjointed in parts. The interposed film sections are utter bollocks that just drag on interminably and painfully. Perhaps of some historical interest as an illustration of how pretentiously shit ‘art’ film-making could be in the 1960s, but really just very annoying. I nearly gave up a few times but forced myself to not skip them just to get the full experience...

    Stones bits - 9/10
    Godard bits - 2/10

    "Take these three items, some WD-40, a vise grip, and a roll of duct tape. Any man worth his salt can fix almost any problem with this stuff alone." - Walt Kowalski

    "Just because I don't care, doesn't mean I don't understand." - Homer Simpson

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  • Philly_QPhilly_Q Frets: 9829
    Coming 2 America

    I've been reading extremely mixed reviews of this, so when I saw it was free on Amazon Prime I thought rather than just assuming it's terrible rubbish, I might as well confirm it's terrible rubbish.

    It's terrible rubbish.

    That said, I couldn't say I absolutely hated it.... it's essentially a fairly family-friendly, soppy, romantic fairytale with some pop culture references.  Like a Shrek film only not as funny.
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  • HaychHaych Frets: 2017
    Back to the Future (again)

    Has to be in my top five list of all time great films. Not sure what the other four are but Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid also has to be in there and probably Spaceballs too. 

    I’m sure nobody needs a synopsis on BttF, just a brilliant and timeless film (no pun intended)

    10/10

    Had enough, I don’t want to be me anymore!

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