Discussion in 'books, films, TV, radio & writing' started by Kesher, Jan 1, 2017.
Off to see Detroit in an hour or so
Flatliners....I'm at a loose end tonight again. No other excuse. I'll let you know. Expectations are low
Bloody Hell. That was good. Didn't know whether to clap or cry at the end.
Didn't you wonder wtf Dismukes (Boyega) was doing there?
I saw SamiBlod a couple of nights ago and it was excellent. About two Sami sisters sent away to be 'tamed'. One returns to her Sami family and life herding reindeer but the other enters mainstream Swedish society and becomes a teacher denying her Sami origins. Beautiful cinematography and a captivating story. Although it is set around mid 1930s at the start its a similar story to ones I have heard in Romania with Roma people today. Sami Blood
Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
in the corridor, watching.
Oh..yes..I did wonder.
Borg vs McEnroe - if you've no interest in tennis then this film won't change your mind, but for those of us who remember this rivalry and the great Wimbledon final they contested in 1980, this is an interesting portrait of two great players, at the moment of Borg's career apex, but whose trajectories are crossing in the opposite direction. The film looks behind the popular media-fed image of these two champions - the Swedish Iceman and the brash New York Super-Brat - and suggests that their personalities were not always that dissimilar, but that Borg had been coached to contain and channel his emotions on court, while McEnroe openly used his frustrations and sense of injustice to spur him on. This is a better movie than some reviews I've seen suggested; the production team have done a great job in making the patina of the film and the clothes styles etc true to the era, but most remarkable are the likenesses of the actors to the characters - Sverrir Gudnason is an uncanny likeness for Borg, and Shia LaBeouf does a decent McEnroe (right down to getting his serve action right) but most of the other supporting characters such as Vitus Gerilaitis, Peter Fleming, McEnroe's dad and Borg's chain-smoking girlfriend are all believably well-cast too (not so Jimmy Connors, but he's seen only briefly on the opposite side of the net). However, for a Scandinavian production which is heavily skewed towards Borg, the irony is that, as in reality, the film only really comes to life when McEnroe's on screen.
Yes and suprisingly entertaining. If completely fucking stupid. So much like the original. Keifer Sutherland chameos.
That sounds good. We've got "Battle of the Sexes" opening down here and I'm quite keen to see that.
I was going to write more or less this about Kingsman 2 which I'm sure is EVEN dafter & which I liked despite the stinky reviews. Frankly far better entertainment than some po-faced Daniel Craig boreathon & only really marred by the over-use of profanity. Am I the first to notice that the lead character owes far more to the heritage of Harry Palmer than Bond ofcourse - probs why Sir Michael was in the first one.
ETA - I should make clear I wasn't actually in Northampton
In Between. Two hip partying Palestinian young women living in Tel Aviv take in a third female flat-sharer, a hijab-wearing Muslim student with whom they have virtually nothing in common except their gender. Admittedly it doesn't seem a very likely scenario, but it works well as a plot device as the film explores each woman's contrasting outside relationships and the repression, violence and consequences they confront. Great characters, excellent acting, believable and genuinely moving - and it's even more remarkable for being the (female) director Maysaloun Hamoud's first feature. And it's totally cool - no not bullshit Hollywood trying-to-be cool bollocks like Baby Driver, but proper sex n drugs n techno cool from the real world. Brilliant.
Sorry that's not right. Lambert (Jeremy Renner) identifies with the natives, lives like/with/as them, speaks their language. He, like them, points out the way they get fucked over and left to rot. You can't judge his character by his colour.
The great white males are the bad guys in this movie.
The story is predictable and very linear but I think the movie is very much worth watching. There are heart-breaking moments in it.
Thats not the way it came across to me but that's how you read it. I've since read at least one review that shares my perspective but hey, it's just a movie.
Just watched Mother!
Very few places still showing it, so I expect this will be it's last week if you can find it, thou, I'll spare you the effort. Don't bother.
Blade Runner 2049
I really enjoyed it. Not my usual kind of thing and it's turned up to 23 for half the film but thought it was very funny and knowingly absurd.
So yesterday watched the new Lego movie. Loved it. Laughed out loud throughout the movie much to my daughters embarrassment (although why we had the entire theater to ourselves). Today Ive been to see Bladerunne 2049 which blew me away. Last week I saw IT which I thought was superb. And last thursday I watched Mother which was intense but I adored it
Yep. As well as being an excellent film , it had the right balance of carrying on from the original and telling its own story.
Towards the end it was just ridiculous.
I was close to walking out. About 10 minutes later...
Spoiler: one couple did
Once the baby got crowdsurfed and ultimately killed.
Not particularly. Beautifully made, but utterly shallow and trite, without being redeemed by something like interesting characters. I was bored.
Like Stephen king but not a fan of horror per se. The secret seven confront their demons...5/10.
BTW the scariest thing about the film was Beverly Marsh played by Sophia Lillis. She is only 15
I went to see 'Home Again! yesterday at 11am as I needed to be out the house & nowhere to go! (I have a Cineworld card). This is I think a feel good coming of age (age 40) sort of comedy. It was slightly less than alright. Didn't make me walk out but meh overall.
Today again being out of the house I went to see Mother at 11am which I overall enjoyed despite wondering if it was all going to be a epic psychotic event due to the yellow powder. But it wasn't it was whatever it was.
I then returned at 14.30 for Abdul & Victoria which made me think we need a referendum on whether we have the monarchy as many of the people were rather grotesque.
I'm saving Blade Runner for the weekend. Will prob do Goodbye Christopher Robin tomorrow.
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