What DVD / Video did you watch last night? (pt3)

Discussion in 'books, films, TV, radio & writing' started by editor, Jul 25, 2010.

  1. redsquirrel

    redsquirrel This Machine Kills Progressives

    The Narrow Gauge - Richard Fleischer crime thriller from 1952. Plot is a policeman has to guard the wife of a (dead) mobster who is going to testify during a train trip across the states. It's all a bit standard really, not bad but strictly inferior to Fleischer's Violent Saturday he made a few years later. Best thing is the portrait it gives of US train travel in the 50s.
     
  2. DaveCinzano

    DaveCinzano WATCH OUT, GEORGE, HE'S GOT A SCREWDRIVER!

    I was just thinking, ‘that sounds very similar to The Narrow Margin...’ :hmm: :p :thumbs:
     
  3. redsquirrel

    redsquirrel This Machine Kills Progressives

    D'oh. Trains on the mind
     
  4. Beats & Pieces

    Beats & Pieces 24601 / 9430

    Coco (2017)

    Predictable - yes - but still very sweet and moving. A film about memory, love, and the importance of family 7.5/10

    American Made (2017)

    Tom Cruise acts in this film! A good solid performance from Cruise in a fairly straight forward and enjoyable film. 7/10

    (He does run in it too)
     
  5. farmerbarleymow

    farmerbarleymow daft apeth

    Just watched Forbidden Planet, and now onto Logan's Run. Slightly disappointed that Silent Running isn't available on archive.org. :(
     
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  6. DexterTCN

    DexterTCN Well-Known Member

    Paddington (one)

    There was no reason for me to like this film but it's sublime. It's a superior movie. The jokes hit, the visuals are impressive ...well the whole thing just works.
     
  7. Orang Utan

    Orang Utan Sub-Sub-Librarian

    Plenty of reasons to like it then!
     
  8. DexterTCN

    DexterTCN Well-Known Member

    I was genuinely impressed. Apparently the second one is better.
     
  9. krtek a houby

    krtek a houby The end is meh

    Argo.

    Not bad. Was expecting a little bit more grit and angst but worth a look all the same.
     
  10. DotCommunist

    DotCommunist my world is fire and blood

    Thor: Ragnarok

    Pirates got it leaked early so theres a HD rip on the usual places. Best Marvel film in ages. Thors generally quite a boring character but this worked because of the humour. Genuinely funny throughout which means you put up with all the cheese storyline.
     
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  11. copliker

    copliker ...

    1/10 according to this person on imdb. Now I don't know what to think.

     
  12. DotCommunist

    DotCommunist my world is fire and blood

    Likes his norse mythos done grim faced and seriously eh? cards marked...
     
  13. Nanker Phelge

    Nanker Phelge Monkey Boy

    To be fair, shitfilmliker has pretty much summed it up.

    I still enjoyed it though. Most fun superhero flick since Superman 2.
     
  14. bryanthhen

    bryanthhen New Member

    the dark knight, 8th time
     
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  15. DexterTCN

    DexterTCN Well-Known Member

    It's fucking awesome.

    It's the funniest superhero movie ever, it has some led zep in the soundtrack...at TOTALLY APPROPRIATE PLACES...it has Jeff Goldblum...it has the hulk the best you'll ever see him.

    You cannot go wrong watching it. The God of Thunder from Down Under!
     
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  16. krtek a houby

    krtek a houby The end is meh

    Peaky Blinders series 4.

    Nothing else like it. Loved it.
     
  17. ringo

    ringo Macaroni cheese controller

    Robin Hood Prince Of Thieves on the telly at the weekend. Never seen it before, or any of the Kevin Costner 'epics'.

    Needed something brain dead and it more than delivered. Can't see the slapstick attempted rape happening these days :eek:
     
  18. Chz

    Chz Stark Raving Sane

    Oh christ, we had that on too. I simply didn't remember it being that intensely awful. I just thought it was a bad film, but really it's a complete disaster on all levels. Far better to watch two episodes of Robin of Sherwood back-to-back, even the wanky ones with Herne the fucking Hunter in them.
     
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  19. DotCommunist

    DotCommunist my world is fire and blood

    it's a stone cold classic you heathens. Morgan Freeman pins a witch to a wall with a big spear. 'WITH A SPOON' and my personal fave, the bit in the burning sherwood tree camp. Littlejohn's standing up in the tree and bellows 'FANNNY!'

    that was fucking hilarious when I were a lad
     
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  20. The Octagon

    The Octagon Stop......Hammertime

    Christian Slater's accent alone makes that film unmissable, let alone Alan Rickman going full ham.
     
  21. DotCommunist

    DotCommunist my world is fire and blood

    the anti-celt racism that passes you by as a kid. Nottinghams men are easily defeated but then the celts get hired and they all look like bestial devils
     
  22. imposs1904

    imposs1904 Thread Killa'

    That fucking song, though.
     
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  23. krtek a houby

    krtek a houby The end is meh

    Legend. Ridley Scott fantasy/dark fairytale from 85. I think it's the European version, as it has the Jerry Goldsmith score, rather than Tangerine Dream. I sometimes forget that there was a lot of this genre type movie about, back then. Dark Crystal, Labyrinth,Return to Oz, Time Bandits, Company of Wolves. I'm guessing Willow is in there, too. Haven't seen it.

    But yeah, Legend. Looks lovely,as you'd expect from Scott. But it feels strange (and it felt out of sorts when I first saw it years back). Tom Cruise is all Peter Pan/Michael Jackson, there's the odd anachronism like "adios, amigo", the characters don't really establish themselves, even Tim Curry's Sith-like villain. And the unicorns and whale songs!
     
  24. redsquirrel

    redsquirrel This Machine Kills Progressives

    Couple more crime/noir pieces from the 50s

    On Dangerous Ground - Nicholas Ray noir starring Robert Ryan as a cop who's sent out of the city and into the county to learn how to deal with people where he meets Ida Lupino. Ryan, Lupino and Ray all do their best but are held back by the plot and script. Not terrible but a long, long way from Ray's best.

    The Lineup - crime film by Don Siegel, apparently a spin off from a TV series, starring a young Eli Wallach. Wallach plays a killer hired to collect a series of drug shipments that the police are also after, cue killings and kidnappings. It's rather good, Wallach is nicely cold as the killer, action scenes well as well done as you'd expect from Siegel and San Francisco makes an excellent backdrop. There's a couple of gaping plot holes but all in all very enjoyable.
     
  25. Nanker Phelge

    Nanker Phelge Monkey Boy

    The Girl on the Train. Nowhere near as bad a critics made out. It's an adequate enough thriller, with a good central performance from Emily Blunt (who does a great job playing an alcoholic). It's a glum and miserable though.
     
  26. Krasnye dyavolyata [The Red Imps / Little Red Devils] (1923) The added rousing soundtrack with a mix of music styles from classical to folk singing along with sound effects is the star here, also interesting is a black actor [Kador Ben-Salim] playing a leading role in a 1923 Russian film. This is no Battleship Potemkin but the movie is a fun action adventure romp set in Ukraine during the Russian Civil War of Red vs White armies, with Nestor "Batko" Makhno's Makhnovist army also being baddies here, with the usual Commie propaganda points covered. It was a big hit at the time and they made another four sequels in 1926. The plot concerns a brother and sister who both fantasize about being characters Hunter & Hornet from their favourite novels, they get to become action heroes when their father is killed by Makhno's bandits and they swear to avenge him, joining up with a afro-american sailor who has jumped ship along the way. The plot is a bit hard to follow at times, IMDb has it down as 2 hours long but mine was only 1hr 23 so must be some parts missing / lost - hence characters occasionally appear out of nowhere with no introduction, the print is a little dark too adding to the problem. A full length well restored version of this with the soundtrack in synch & the subs well translated would definitely be a classic.

    there are subs lurking about the usual sites
     
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  27. starfish

    starfish No dialogue. Just plot.

    Watched The Foreigner last weekend. Id read the book its based on, The Chinaman by Stephen Leather, years ago & thought it would make a good film & i was right, it was bloody good. Even ms starfish liked it despite her initial objections.

    We then watched The Red Turtle which was just beautiful. A perfect film for a wet sunday afternoon.
     
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  28. krtek a houby

    krtek a houby The end is meh

    Watched Groundhog Day.

    Again.
     
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  29. redsquirrel

    redsquirrel This Machine Kills Progressives

    It's terrible, no tension whatsoever. Gone Girl was no masterpiece but it was a throughly decent thriller, TGONT wasn't even that.

    Charley Varrick - Excellent Don Siegel heist film starring Walter Matthau, not really sure why it's not better know. Good central performances, nicely drawn bit parts, good script.

    Mischief Night - full length feature film by Penny Woolcock that serves as the last part of the Tina trilogy, doesn't quite live up to the quality of the first two parts but still very good.
     
  30. krtek a houby

    krtek a houby The end is meh

    Bright - Will Smith in a film by the guy who made Sucide Squad. Marginally better. The premise is great; set in an alternate world where an age of fantasy existed. Present day LA has humans, elves, orcs etc living side by side but not necessarily in harmony. Alien Nation probably did it better.

    Obligatory scene of Smith being a good dad. I wonder is that something he insists in, when he signs up for a picture?
     

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