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List the films you've seen at the cinema: 2017

Discussion in 'books, films, TV, radio & writing' started by Kesher, Jan 1, 2017.

  1. Kesher

    Kesher 마지막처럼


    Girl runs away from an orphanage to Paris where she hopes to become a ballerina. Animated film set in late 19th century. It's really enjoyable and looks great. As one film critic said about it: "Take the kids; take yourself; take everyone you know".
  2. chilango

    chilango *shrugs*

    Saw that a few days ago. It was much better than I feared it would be :D
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  3. chilango

    chilango *shrugs*

    My first this year: Rogue One. Which was ace.
  4. Miss-Shelf

    Miss-Shelf I've looked at life from both sides now

    A Monster Calls

    I found that review fairly accurate
    Maybe it's just the introspective time of year but I found it quite affecting
  5. krtek a houby

    krtek a houby The Machine Stops

    Silence - Scorsese puts religion under the lens again. This time in 17th century Japan. I preferred Last Temptation of Christ. Or Kundun; which I can't remember anything about.
  6. Sea Star

    Sea Star humourless parasitical narcissist. Apparently.

    Have seen Rogue One. On NYD.
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  7. Kesher

    Kesher 마지막처럼


    Thoughtful, powerful and although 3 hours long did not seem like it
  8. belboid

    belboid TUC Off Your Knees

    Rogue One

    Cracking stuff, despite the familiarity of many scenes.
  9. TruXta

    TruXta tired

    Trolls. Whatever else the music was upbeat.
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  10. Orang Utan

    Orang Utan Sub-Sub-Librarian

    The book is fantastic.
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  11. Miss-Shelf

    Miss-Shelf I've looked at life from both sides now

    I hadn't heard if it before but my nephew has it so I might borrow it. I thought it was going to be a bucolic take about a tree cos I just saw a pic if a tree. I was unprepared for the wringing out if the emotions :eek:
  12. Orang Utan

    Orang Utan Sub-Sub-Librarian

    It wrung me out too.
    I visited a school where the librarian there was reading out to Y9 English classes and I thought to myself that I wouldn't have been able to do that as I'd blub.
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  13. belboid

    belboid TUC Off Your Knees

    La La Land

    You've probably seen the advance publicity - Gosling & Stone in a hymn of praise to the MGM musical, tender and witty and bound to win every award going. And that isn't too far from the truth.

    Stone has the perfect light touch to convince, and can sing and dance more than adequately. Gosling is a bit uptight, and not as good at either singing or dancing, but he isn't bad, and definitely pulls it off. While there is no doubt that the film is a hymn of praise to the MGM musical (An American In Paris especially, and massive doses of the stupendous Young Girls of Rochefort) it is more than that too. Like the fight that Gosling tells us goes in within jazz, there is a tension within this film as nostalgia and anti-nostalgia fight it out, the pure and principled but staid and unchanging v fusion and modern techniques - that can sometimes end up as utter wank. The 'golden age' jazz Gosling listens to may well be the height of the genre's history, but it is still dead and gone, those who want to simply relive it will end up locked away in underground caverns missing what goes on in the rest of the world.

    When I first came out i thought that Stone had been superb but Gosling a little underwhelming, his face being too monotone. In the almost final scene he displays such a light touch, an elegance and grace that had been missing from the rest of the movie, and I thought it was a real shame he hadn't let any of that into the earlier scenes. But, of course, with a bit of thought, he had played it exactly right. That lightness was precisely what he was missing, that was his (characters) problem. So, well played that man.

    Minor criticisms- sometimes the music drowned out the lyrics, which should never happen in a musical, and the 'modern' jazz was mid-eighties synthy crap, which everyone now knows is awful, actual modern stuff wouldn't have fitted with the theme tho.

    Despite those quibbles - A cracker, go and see it.
    Last edited: Jan 14, 2017
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  14. emanymton

    emanymton A cat politely sat on the flaming gardener.

    Saw it this morning, yeah a great film.
  15. redsquirrel

    redsquirrel This Machine Kills Progressives

    Yeah, absolutely excellent. As you say Stone is great.
  16. Miss-Shelf

    Miss-Shelf I've looked at life from both sides now

    Three good reviews - going to watch this I reckon

    I saw I, Daniel Blake the other week, loads been said about it in urban already, most I'm in agreement with. Much overt sobbing from the audience.
    the film club showing it arranged a talk from the local food bank plus a collection, useful to do a small thing with the angst raised but such a small gesture :(
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  17. Sue

    Sue Well-Known Member

    Silence. Thought this was a bit of a strange one. Felt like it would'be been controversial and debate-provoking 50 years ago but the dilemma at the heart of it is pretty shoulder shrugging these days.

    There's some interesting stuff in there about faith and belief but it really dragged in the middle -- it would've been much better if it'd lost a good half an hour -- and lacked tension. A bit more context round events in Japan at that time would also have made this more interesting. Still, think it's the best film he's made in quite a long time.

    Jezebel. Spoilt Southern Belle Bette Davis scandalises New Orleans society and fiance Henry Fonda by wearing a red dress to a ball. Strangely old fashioned look and feel to this -- especially when compared to Gone With the Wind which was made round the same time -- but the Southern manners and Davis' flouncing make this enjoyable enough.
  18. redsquirrel

    redsquirrel This Machine Kills Progressives

    The Handmaiden - Park Chan-Wook's version of Sarah Waters Fingersmith, moving it to Korea. Very good if slightly over the top in places (but then you kind of expect that from the director), the humour, horror and thriller elements are all blended together very well. I'm less sure about the erotic parts, the sex scenes seemed a bit salacious (particularly the one at the end). I'm not sure if that was the point - a sort of comparison of the viewer with the uncle :confused:, if so I don't think it completely worked. Still, very much worth watching.
    Last edited: Jan 15, 2017
  19. belboid

    belboid TUC Off Your Knees

    Really want to see The Handmaiden, but it's not out here till bloody April.

    Just back from Manchester by the Sea, two and a bit hours of bleakness and general sadness. You spend the first half wondering why Casey Affleck is so miserable, and then you find out, and it turns out to be for a bloody good reason. But life goes on, messily and without neat happy endings. Bleak but engrossing. I didn't like the soundtrack.
  20. marty21

    marty21 One on one? You're crazy.

    La La Land

    Thought it was wonderful , did remind me of 50s American musicals ,Gene Kelly type.
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  21. redsquirrel

    redsquirrel This Machine Kills Progressives

    Really? Weird. Sue saw it last year.

    Arrival - Good, Amy Adams is one of those actors that I always find enjoyable even if the film isn't much good overall and this is much better than average. The aliens are done very well, there's a tense nervous creepiness about them that keeps you guessing. There's a couple of plot elements which jar a little but overall I found it a very enjoyable and interesting film.

    - Jim Jarmusch's latest, with Adam Driver as a but driver and poet. Beautifully shot it's a lovely movie, just taking it's time to explore people's interactions. Goldshifteh Farahhani is great as Driver's wife with a love of black and white.
  22. Sue

    Sue Well-Known Member

    Saw it at the London Film Festival (with Park-chan Wook doing a Q&A :thumbs:) but it's not on general release for a bit.
  23. redsquirrel

    redsquirrel This Machine Kills Progressives

    Ah, weird it's been on general release here for a good will now (beginning of Nov probably) I thought that I might have missed it.
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  24. Kesher

    Kesher 마지막처럼

    Manchester By The Sea

    Great performance by Casey Affleck. Michelle Williams is also very good.

    Manchester by the Sea
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  25. Kesher

    Kesher 마지막처럼

    The Bye Bye Man

  26. Addy

    Addy cooking...

    Asassins Creed - Shit!

    Passengers - Great
    Last edited: Jan 22, 2017
  27. RubyToogood

    RubyToogood can't remember what goes here

    Just got back from this. REALLY liked this film. I haven't cried so much at a film in ages, but it wasn't manipulative at all. The writing and acting were outstanding and it never takes the Hollywood way out. I'd like to see it again at some point because there are just so many great bits in it and although it's very harrowing it's also quite funny. It reminds me a lot of Ordinary People, which is one of my all time favourite films.
    Last edited: Jan 23, 2017
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  28. Kesher

    Kesher 마지막처럼

    Live By Night

    Enjoyable Prohibition era gangster film led by Ben Affleck
    Last edited: Jan 23, 2017
  29. bi0boy

    bi0boy Power User

    Underworld: Blood Wars - some good actors in the cast including Charles Dance wasn't enough to make this anything more than an average vampire flick
    Last edited: Jan 23, 2017
  30. kabbes

    kabbes "A top 400 poster"

    A Monster Calls was brilliant.

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