Discussion in 'books, films, TV, radio & writing' started by metalguru, Jan 2, 2018.
Lady Bird - shite. switched off in 20 mins.
So you a) didn't watch the film and b) didn't watch it at the cinema
It is a magnificently entertaining two hours. Margot Robbie is superb as Harding, as is Alison Janney as her mum. The two main fellas are utterly ridiculous, but so they should be. It plays with the line between 'what really happened?' and 'we know you did it' very nicely, just a few lines here and there to undermine (but not totally destroy) the denial. It's impossible not to feel massive sympathy for Harding, struggling to overcome a shitty lie and rigged system. Even though,she almost definitely did know what was going on, really.
Went to the Banff Mountain Film Festival tour last night.
Into Twin Galaxies
The Shape of Water.
Think everyone else already nailed it. Strong start that just turns into a starman remake.
A Fantastic Woman - 9/10
Really loved this Chilean film about a transgender woman coping with the aftermath of the death of her older lover. The lead performance is incredible, but the film is actually very trance-like with a subtle hallucinatory soundtrack and camerawork.
Ultimately an uplifting film, and best one of the year for me so far.
Saw it tonight, really enjoyed it. I normally hate films that breach the 4th wall, but it really worked in I, Tonya. As you say, great performance by Robbie. Thought they might have included a bit more of Kerrigan, but still loved it.
Black Panther. Looks marvellous, great cast but a bit flabby in parts and BP is all a bit straight and noble. 3/5.
Top cast, great chemistry between Jason Bateman and Rachael McAdams. Jesse Plemons who plays the creepy cop and their next neighbour is great. Funny, clever and lots of twists.
Just bloody brilliant. Best Marvel film yet, great script, great performances, looked fantastic, well paced, and even had decent politics! All it lacked was a bit of Sun Ra.
Black panther *****
It had bast
Highly competent performances by Margot Robbie and Allison Janney. But I can't say overall I really enjoyed this film as there aren't enough breaks from the depressing, nastiness of the main characters. However; Paul Walter Hauser is a scene stealer: he plays Tonya's bungling, delusional bodyguard and brings some much needed comedic relief.
Yep, even though you know he's a chronic bullshitter and saddo - and is being portrayed as exactly that - he's still very amusing.
The Shape of Water
Excellent. The story is a pastiche of other stuff but the design, direction, acting, world building, dialogue and basically everything else about the movie is pretty perfect. Visually it reminded me of Delicatessen which can only be a good thing. The shifts in tone and mood are well handled and it works as a piece of entertainment as well as a piece of drama or visual art.
Still not as good as Pan's Labyrinth though, and I doubt I'll watch it as many times as I've watched Hellboy 2 but those are two very high bars.
T'Challa himself is arguably the least interesting person in the movie but sometimes that's the job of the protagonist, to be a fixed point around which everything else revolves. Wakanda itself is the real star.
I think GDT got his masterpiece in relatively early with Pan's Labyrinth, but Shape of Water is a worthy Oscar winner for him. Gawd, I really wish he'd been able to do The Hobbit.
Very disappointed: main character dull. The villain played by Andy Serkis was probably the most interesting. Anyway, generally boring I had trouble trying to stay awake. Also confusing choreography and overlong. One the worst Marvel films I've seen.
Hahah it's surely the best - you can actually tell what's going on and why people are doing the things they do and the villain is actually complicated with nuanced motives. And he's played by Wallace off of The Wire.
The highest grossing film ever in West and East Africa.
Just been to see Lady Bird and ended up loving it. I was not sure at all for the first half of the film then it just started to tug at me. Tug at my own memories and feelings about that part if my own life. I got quite emotional towards the end. So yeah....I liked it very much.
I also wasn't sure for the first third to half of the film; but it creeps up on you and turns out to be a heart warming film. Saoirse Ronan as usual is excellent.
The Shape of Water
Style over substance indeed: fine cinematography with impeccable attention to era detail. Unfortunately let down by a sub standard plot. Michael Shannon and Michael Stuhlbarg were the stand out actors, although the rest of the main cast were good. But taken as a whole, I just don't understand how this won the Oscar for best picture over Three Billboards or Get Out
Me either. Three Billboards is a much better film IMO. And Lady Bird. I liked Get Out but I don't think it's the best film of the year.
But then the Oscars are a load of old nonsense anyway.
Dark and gritty spy thriller. Jennifer Lawrence does a great job as the Russian Ballerina who has a career change and becomes a spy but not before undergoing a sadistic training regime. Good supporting cast as well. Be prepared for scenes of torture and sexual violence. This is a 15 cert; but if I hadn't known I would have thought I was watching an 18 cert. Can be slow burn at times; but it's never boring. Somewhat complicated story line always keeps you guessing, and it's got a good ending.
Despite the messy plot it's entertaining
Taxi driver. Good film
Went to cinema to see Shape of Water for the second time and it had lost none of its charm for me. It's a lovely fairy tale, that looks fantastic, has some really good performances, great score. That relationship between Eliza and Amphibian Man is made believable, and the world is made believable, and that is great fantasy film making.
I did spot a lot of plot holes second time around though....but they were all trivial points...although my main issue was if the Neighbour guy was narrating the story to us, how did he know about Eliza's 'private time' in the bath?????
This happens a lot with films that are narrated.
Finding Your Feet
Let down somewhat by it's predictable storyline, though saved by it's first-rate cast.
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