Discussion in 'books, films, TV, radio & writing' started by editor, Jul 25, 2010.
Birth of the Dragon.
The laws of physics always being such a big part of SW canon and all
Atomic Blonde - pretty meh. Some nice evocation of the late eighties, a good soundtrack, but not enough to it otherwise.
Dunkirk - surprisingly uninvolving, for me. It's a Chris Nolan film, so it has various strong scenes and moments, I did like the beginning, and how he finished it. And that it wasn't stretched out to intermimable length, 105 minutes is positively brief. But most of the stuff inbetween just didn't grab me at all, almost a compilation of the best bits of other war films.
Spotlight - a look at the RCC's cover ups of systematic child abuse in Boston over several decades. From the director of The Station Agent.
Gook (2017) - IMDb
Based in 1992, although I’m not sure why that warrants the film needing to be in black and white! A story of an 11 year old black girl befriending a pair of Korean brothers who are running a dodgy trainer store. Of course shit hits the fan when the riots kick off with the girl caught in the middle of it all.
It doesn't happen too often, but I really, really wish I'd seen this at the cinema.
To expand, having watched again, it's the Zimmer score and the sound design really. Jeez, seeing this on an excellent BR rip that's somehow out there made me anxious and nervous, a proper unsettling experience at times. Damn.
Midnight Special. Liked it a lot, good sci-fi.
Just watched Mother. What a strange, horrifying, nightmarish disturbing film. Not sure if i totally understood it, but I well enjoyed it.
I googled it afterwards and with a brief bit of info it all makes sense. Info I wish I'd realised/known before
Comicbook Girl 19 on youtube has done 3 videos on it (basic, intermediate, advanced) that you might like.
I watched it at the cinema. People walked out. I’m sure you can guess at which bit.
I almost did myself to be honest before ‘that’ bit. The ‘party’ scene is just a mess and goes on for fucking ages.
The beginning of the film also pretty much gave away how it was going to end, I’m not sure if that was on purpose or just that people are so thick these days that they didn’t expect anyone with more than several brain cells to see it.
Yeah, was strange to show that, so you knew it was coming. Watched it a few hours ago and it's still on my mind though, and most films I've largely forgotten by the end of the credits.
I'm a big fan of Aronofsky; Requiem for a Dream is in my all time top ten and I even loved The Fountain. Oddly I turned off Noah though, and I never normally abandon films
Might as well update my watches whilst here.
Shame (2011) - IMDb
Michael fassbender has a sex problem. Downside is he can’t get horny for the Woman that actually likes him. He has sex with hookers and wanks on webcam with cam girls. His sister moves in to complicate things and she fucks his boss. You may as well just watch an erotic film, there’s probably a better plot.
Better Watch Out (2016) - IMDb
Kids want to impress babysitter and stage a break in. Goes bat shit crazy as one of them clearly has some issues. Should probably add it to the shit Christmas films thread.
Misery (1990) - IMDb
Rewatch of a favourite film. Kathy Bates is just brilliant in this as the mad woman imprisoning her favourite author and making him bring back her favourite character to live.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) - IMDb
Loved the first film and despite this one having a lot more American involvement which kind of took away the Britishness of it. Julianne Moore plays a great villain. I still really enjoyed it and some good laugh out loud moments. One of my new favourite franchises I think. Hope they can keep up the high standards.
Detroit (2017) - IMDb
‘Fact based’ drama on the 1967 Detroit riots. Majority of the film is based around one night and one incident of police brutality. I’d have liked to have seen more of the court room drama to be honest but that only gets about 30 minutes at the end.
Ditto re aronofsky. Requiem is also one of my top 10 all times I think.
I laughed a lot at the bit I'm guessing people walked out at (no-one did when I saw it) -- it was so ludicrous and OTT it was funny and I think was meant to be too. And the party scene was surely meant to be long and nightmarish and never ending..?
I thought it was really good, if not my usual kind of thing. Interesting and with something about it which is way more than this seemingly endless stream of superheroes/prequels/sequels/remakes.
I suspect the vast majority of people that did walk out were indeed Mothers! Of young children. It seemed a common story of people that went to see it.
And just as the cinema thread the movie has done a good job of making people talk about it. It’s the marmite film of 2017. I’m not sure the party scene needed to quite go on for as long as it did to prove its point. I’m the kind of guy that will go to the toilet at the start of a fight scene because the only significant bit to the next 5-10 minutes of action regardless of how well it’s done is the final blow. I’m all for story’s progressing rather than spending too long on one thing and getting boring, so many films could be 30 mins shorter this day and age by cutting down on the drawn out scenes and that went on for significantly longer than it needed too. In my opinion.
It will go down as a flop purely based on its box office performance. Which is impressive for a type of film that should be a box office winner. It’s why studios love horrors. Cheap to make and generally always make a profit. I’m not sure it needed Jennifer Lawrence. Her fee alone probably took up a significant amount of the budget and while not damaging her career has done nothing to enhance it, where as it could have been a significant break through film for some young actress and turned its box office performance around.
But we’re talking about it, again. Which is good and may make people want to see it. Which in potentially enough to say the director did his job. The studio won’t see it that way thou.
Not sure why The Fountain isn't appreciated more. The better half didn't like the Buddha style imagery in parts of it but I thought it was a refreshing change from, say, Catholic imagery what pops up in Scorsese movies. We're still unsure of Silence, although she preferred the novel...
You missed the twist ending?!
I don't remember ray winston being in the old testament
Boyz n the Hood
It doesn't look too dated
Jackie Chan and Brosnan as gerry adams. Wonderful accent. Excellent explosions, terible dialogue and a good scene where chan cauterizes his own wound with a hot knife
You need to update your thread
film/tv where someone cuaterizes a wound with crude field surgery.
Blue Planet 2.
The Vault. Actually a bloody good little horror film despite the reviews. James Franco in it which pleased my wife. Made nods to the Shining and Driller Killer
Dispossession: Great Housing Swindle.
Required viewing for anybody who does but particularly doesn't give a shit about what's happening with our social housing.
Lost City of Z. Amazingly, given it's about fascinating archaeological discoveries and the rough end of colonialism up the Amazon, and made on a decent budget, it's very very dull. Also seems to have been shot in the dark 90% of the time. Robert Pattinson pleasingly unrecognisable and melts into the background, mainly because of the blazing awfulness of Charlie Hunnam's acting in the lead role. He can't remember what the Yoookay is like so his attempts at an Edwardian officer-class accent and manner are absolutely painful. You know things are in trouble when Sienna Miller's doing the best work on screen. Overall rather interesting if dour because it's a big flick all about failure and left kind of unresolved.
127 hours. Bloke gets stuck in a canyon and then spends five days tripping and trying to get his arm free before deciding to break it at the elbow and hack it off. He also drinks his piss at one point. Its simple but keeps it tense enough.
Does he want a medal?
we've never heard the end of it etc
I have to say my grudging respect was tempered with the thought that the man had no phone, hadn't told anyone where he was going. And it cost him an arm lol
The Big Sick (2017)
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