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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. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    I think redsquirrel has a point. I used to post on this thread on previous years. There was a group of posters who did post up interesting short and longer reviews. I always liked reading them. It has gone downhill.

    But see after red squirrel post some better posting now.

    Good to see Sue back.

    I haven't been here as seeing films in cinema just got to expensive. (In London).
  2. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    Sorry for confusion. Yes it's the new Ridley Scott film that has just come out in cinema.

    Amended post.
  3. redsquirrel

    redsquirrel This Machine Kills Progressives

    The Childhood of a Leader -hmmm, bit mixed on this one. You have to give real credit to the director, for a debut film the vision and ambition is really bold. Moreover, sometimes the vision does come off, there are some really powerful set pieces. The attention to detail is also very strong, the sets and costumes give a real atmosphere and even the credit sequences have been thought about the put together with intention. Most of the cast give good performances though I'm wasn't entirely convinced by Robert Pattinson, I especially liked seeing the the excellent Liam Cunningham in something.

    However, despite all that I have to say I don't think it really worked. Firstly, the references and nods to fascism are just trite, and revel an ignorance of what fascisms was/is. Second, that bleeds through to the plot in general, it doesn't work as a political allegory but I also don't think it worked as a family drama. Individual scenes are powerful but the characters seem more like ciphers than real people and so I didn't feel any emotional connection to the events. Bit harsh to call it an interesting failure but it's good points are more for what it could have been rather than what it is.

    Things to Come - Mia Hanson-Løve's new film, starring Isabelle Huppert as a philosophy lecturer dealing with a number of difficulties in her personal life - divorce from her husband, an ageing mother, her job. My main problem with it was that the central character is pretty much the sort of Macron loving, second home owning, liberal 'intellectual' wanker that I want to bury an icepick in.

    For example, there's a scene where students are trying to stage a college strike, Huppert's charater walks right though the "picket" and takes other students across, then in classical liberal arrogance the film/character makes the classical liberal assumption/implication that her actions weren't political, she just wanted to teach! It was the strikers that were political. So my sympathy for the character wasn't really there anyway, but even the events she has to deal with are really pretty benign. Ok, so her husband leaves her (after ~20 years of marriage) for another woman but she doesn't have to move out of her, extremely nice, apartment. Her mother has dementia but she can afford a carer to visit and then to send her to a private nursing home. She loses a book contract but she still has a very high paid job.

    Berlin Syndrome - Australian film by Cate Shortland (Somersault, Lore) set in Germany about an Australian traveller, Clare (played by Teresa Palmer) who meets and has a two-night stand with a local, Andi, only to find he's locked her into his apartment won't let her leave. It's got that same washed out look and feel that Shortlands previous films have. It's a drama rather than a horror film, though there are a couple of (pretty cliched) horror set pieces, that it makes use of.

    The first two thirds of the film are the best, with the set up done well and good performances from the actors. It loses it way at bit towards the end, and final 5-10 minutes are very stupid and make no sense.

    Strangely, there's another 'woman kidnapped and locked up' Australian film released in a few week times, Hounds of Love, which has been getting very good reviews.
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  4. DaveCinzano



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  5. AnnO'Neemus

    AnnO'Neemus Is so vanilla

    Go and see Lady Macbeth and Get Out. That is all.
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  6. Maltin

    Maltin Well-Known Member

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  7. redsquirrel

    redsquirrel This Machine Kills Progressives

    Robert Mitchum retrospective at Melbourne Cinematheque, with three double bills over three weeks kicked off with

    The Night of the Hunter
    - Probably his greatest film and an absolute masterpiece, it's been some time since I've seen it so it was good to re-watch it, for example I'd forgotten how good Shelly Winters is in it.

    Pursued - a noir-western by Raoul Walsh, with Mitchum playing a character haunted by his past. As a boy he's orphaned and then adopted by a woman with two children of her own, he and his foster sister fall in love while his relationship with his foster brother is antagonistic, all the time he's troubled by something he can't fully remember. It's not a bad film, and there's some nice cinematography but its a little too melodramatic, and the ending is just naff.

    The Sense of an Ending - A reasonably interesting mediation on memory and the tricks we play on ourselves, adapted from the Julian Barnes book, which I've not read so no idea how it compares. Decent cast, Jim Broadbent, Charlotte Rampling, Harriet Walters, Michelle Dockery, and a pleasant enough way to spend two hours but doesn't really say a lot that hasn't been said before.

    Also the ACMI is have a Kurosawa festival so
    Seven Samuari - Not sure I can say anything about this that hasn't been said before. If you haven't seen it you should.

    Ikiru - This was totally new to me, set in then present day (1952) Japan it's the story of a bureaucrat who suddenly finds out he only has six months to live. It seemed like an interesting film but unfortunately I had a stinker of a cold and probably didn't get as much out of it as I should have. The ending is nicely melancholic though.
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  8. belboid

    belboid TUC Off Your Knees

    The Other Side of Hope

    New one from the magnificent Aki Kaurismaki, with familiar themes and stylings. Something of a cross between Le Havre and Drifting Clouds, following Syrian refugee Khaled and former shirt salesman Wilkstrom as they each try to start new lives. Told with his trademark deadpan humour, the generosity and kindness of individuals over the pious indifference of the state shines through. Go see it.
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  9. A380

    A380 How do I change this 'custom title' thing then?

    Wonder Woman: :|
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  10. Kesher

    Kesher 나를 잊지마요


    Cracking film about a single man (Chris Evans) bringing up a child genius, and how he wants her to have a normal life despite be being under pressure to do otherwise. This was a lot better than I thought it would be: very engaging and humorous in parts. Brilliant acting by Mckenna Grace who plays the child prodigy. A minor criticism is the music that accompanies the film is clichéd; nevertheless well worth seeing.
    Last edited: Jun 24, 2017
  11. Kesher

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    Based around the lead up to the Allied landings in Normandy and Churchill's arguments with their military leaders. Interesting, well made and edited with a solid performance by Brian Cox as Churchill.
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  12. Kesher

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    Twee romcom involving Diane Keaton and based on the true life story of Harry Hallowes played by Brendon Gleeson who built a shack on Hampstead Heath, and then got into a battle with property developers. Only touches on the housing crisis. Gleeson is well suited to the rule but it hardly stretches him. Bit of a Richard Curtis Notting Hill feel about the film.
  13. Kesher

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    Transformers: The Last Knight

    Convoluted storyline involving King Arthur; nevertheless better than the other Transformer films, more humour and less fighting
  14. Kesher

    Kesher 나를 잊지마요

    Baby Driver
    Directed by Edgar Wright. Teen getaway driver has to listen to music to drown out his tinnitus. Very exciting, very stylish, not a single boring second in the film. Great cast as well.
  15. skyscraper101

    skyscraper101 0891 50 50 50

    I saw it this evening and thought it was very boring. Very lame story and gratutitous action scenes which went on and on. I had hoped its saving grace would be the soundtrack but it was just meh.
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  16. Wilf

    Wilf 8% Beach Ready

    Berlin Syndrome.

    Very uncomfortable.
  17. redsquirrel

    redsquirrel This Machine Kills Progressives

    In a good way or bad one?
  18. Wilf

    Wilf 8% Beach Ready

    Wasn't a fantastic film, but a 3.5/5 type thing, certainly watchable. The discomfort was about the conventions of the genre - a genre suggested by the title ...
    It's a woman kidnapped by an abusive psycho type thing. The discomfort is her, seemingly, having moments where she normalises her capture and gets into a 'routine'. Well acted, uncomfortable, but a rubbish ending
  19. redsquirrel

    redsquirrel This Machine Kills Progressives

    Yeah, I pretty much agree with all that, especially about the ending.
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  20. Kesher

    Kesher 나를 잊지마요

    Baby Driver has a very high rating on Rotten Tomatoes: Baby Driver

    It's Mark Kermode's film of the week. He gives it 5 stars out 5: Baby Driver review – boy racer hits all the right notes

    Even The Guardian's other film critic Peter Bradshaw who is often very critical with his reviews gives Baby Driver 5 stars: Baby Driver review – Edgar Wright puts pedal to the metal for wildly enjoyable heist caper
  21. skyscraper101

    skyscraper101 0891 50 50 50

    yeah fine.. I just thought it was bollocks.
  22. Dr. Furface

    Dr. Furface One small step for man

    Me too. It started off well with a great car chase - easily the best action in the whole film, and that was all over in about 5mins - but it went downhill fast after that. The first 20-30 mins were alright, there were a few amusing lines but after that it got gradually more tedious. The plot is wafer thin and the characters don't engage you at all. This was like sub-sub-sub-sub Tarrantino - and I'm not a big fan of his either.

    I quite liked the girl who played the waitress but I was so bored that my main point of interest was trying to figure out if she was Beth Cosentino the singer of Best Coast - until disappointingly I realised she wasn't. Still, for me she was the best thing in it - but she didn't have much competition, which from a film containing A-listers like Jon Hamm
    (awful) Jamie Foxx and Kevin Spacey is pathetic.

    I can't remember seeing another film that has so many songs in its soundtrack and yet the choices are mostly so well known and obvious. However, towards the end I did get a small thrill when I realised there was a Boards of Canada track playing - and it wasn't one of their better known ones either - and that, sadly, was just about the highlight of the whole sorry thing for me. I actually got more pleasure from taking a shit about half way through the film.
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  23. Orang Utan

    Orang Utan Sub-Sub-Librarian

    Just cos other people like a film, it doesn't mean skyscraper101 has to like it.
    IMDb's top films has some proper shite in it, like The Shawshank Redemption
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  24. lefteri

    lefteri Well-Known Member

  25. Ranbay

    Ranbay The same rules apply

    :cool: Baby drive .... Wow
  26. Kesher

    Kesher 나를 잊지마요

    All Eyez On Me

    Entertaining and engaging biopic about the complex and at times contradictory Tupac Shakur. At 133 mins long it packed in a lot; but still seemed rushed in parts. Even so worth seeing.
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  27. chilango

    chilango By the many, not the few.

    Despicable Me 3

    A bit like the Jesus Jones reunion tour this shameless cashing in on nostalgia for the recent past only succeeds in reminding us that actually it was pretty shit in the first place.

    Not even up to the low standards set by the Minions spin off movie, this film starkly illustrates the unsustainably of recirculating commodities with little use value and the rapidly diminishing returns its gaining from exchange value.

    The protagonists attempt to sell out, find themselves alienated and exploited by a system that has little interest in their dreams and desires and discards them once it has extracted all the labour it needs from them.

    Their response is disappointingly a half-arsed rebellion that only manages to be a fading mirror image of the system that they are trying reject.

    Rooted in the same marketised paradigm, the protagonists quickly surrender and return cap in hand to the drudgery of their previous lives, tugging their forelocks eagerly.

    A bleak film that seeks to underline the futility of resistance.

    The cheese grating slide was a nice touch though.
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  28. tommers

    tommers Yourdisco needs you

    Disappointed, as I think that Despicable Me is one of the best films of its genre. I guess that with hindsight it was clear to see that things were already in decline with the sequel, and the execrable Minions, but I hoped against all evidence that this would be a return to form.

    I imagine I will still sit through it about twenty times. :(
  29. DaveCinzano


    War For The Planet Of The Apes

    Really good, really enjoyable, with great characters, performances and production. Superb score, too.

    On the downside, for some reason Woody Harrelson didn't really gel in his role. Odd, because you could cut out his performance in Out OF The Furnace and paste it in here and it would work better than what there is, which is a sort of meant to be a Marlon Brando in Apocalypse Now/Matthew McConaughey in Reign Of Fire/Jeffrey Dean Morgan in The Walking Dead kind of vibe. A shame, because they give him this big chunk of expositional nonsense to spout, and it fucks with the rhythm and the interplay between him and Caesar. Oh well.
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  30. LiamO

    LiamO Share the love

    Wash your mouth out!

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