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

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

  1. imposs1904

    imposs1904 Thread Killa'

    Victor Crowley (2017)

    Comedy-Horror slasher flick. Not a genre of movie I'd usually watch but it was (intentionally) funnier than most comedies. Recommended.
     
  2. cybershot

    cybershot Well-Known Member

    Loving Vincent (2017) - IMDb
    Each frame is apparently done by oil painting. It looks good, too good, and it does appear to have been based off green screen type stuff (Loving Vincent: The film made entirely of oil paintings) However I did find some of it to make me feel a little dizzy. Probably just me.
    The story itself is about a lad who is trying to deliver Vincent's last letter, and ends up being a kind of investigation into his last days of being alive.

    I'm giving it a 6/10 but that's mainly for how the film was done to be fair. The story itself really isn't that interesting, but it's a feat in film-making.
     
  3. Nanker Phelge

    Nanker Phelge Monkey Boy

    The Founder (on Amazon) - Michael Keaton stars as Ray Kroc, the man who (while wasn't the founder) grew McDonalds to the worldwide business it is today.

    Keaton plays Kroc as a likeable, but failing, travelling salesman, alone in hotel rooms listening to motivational records, who stumbles upon the McDonald brothers little burger joint where they have developed a way to deliver prefect burgers and shakes quickly and efficiently. In this he sees an opportunity and talks the very humble McD brothers into starting a franchise operation.....this takes off, but for Kroc the next buck is never far from his sights and he wants more more more....regardless of what is in his way.

    It's an interesting film, and entertaining, but ultimately it boils down to the bastards win and the good guys get sucker punched out of the game, and that is what underpins the American dream; Take what you want and fuck everyone else.....

    So for all it's brightly coloured 50s nostalgia and an enigmatic performance by Keaton, it's basically a film about a loser who hits the big time by being a cunt to the very people who offered him the opportunity in the first place.

    Oh, and they completely waste Laura Dern having her play his wife who just sits at home a lot waiting for him to take her out to dinner.
     
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  4. TruXta

    TruXta tired

    Isn't that the point? He's a cunt.
     
  5. Nanker Phelge

    Nanker Phelge Monkey Boy

    I'm not sure what the film's purpose is.
     
  6. TruXta

    TruXta tired

    Surely not to show Kroc in a good light.
     
  7. trabuquera

    trabuquera Modesty Bag

    Manhunt: Unabomber - Rather over-stretched (could have been a few eps shorter IMO) but better and certainly much more compelling than you might think. Several cuts above the usual FBI profiling / true crime / airbrushed crime drama. Visually it's positively arty- some really well-done prefiguring and a nice weaving of nature motifs throughout; Paul Bettany does terrific work at opening a small window into Ted Kaczynski's thought process, not easy with an antisocial hermit; there's some agreeably acerbic stuff on FBI machine politics and how the media (and toads in the law-enforcemtn hierarchy) get to sway how these sorts of 'manhunt' stories are told. And without soft-pedalling the impact on the bombs' victims at all, it quietly points out, again and again, and sometimes quite subtly: didn't this guy have a point after all?
     
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  8. DotCommunist

    DotCommunist my world is fire and blood

    Downsizing

    funny in places and nicely odd. Props to both the serbian nieghbour and the vietnamese dissident. I know it wasn't meant to be that sort of film but I did hope for at least one fight with an insect.
     
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  9. marty21

    marty21 One on one? You're crazy.

    Blade Runner - The Director's Cut - haven't seen the original for years - it is still a fantastic film
     
  10. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model Every man and every woman is a star

    coogan's bluff - not seen it before, had a few good moments. but very much not eastwood's finest feature.
     
  11. Nanker Phelge

    Nanker Phelge Monkey Boy

    It doesn't go out of its way to show him in a bad light. If anything if presents the original owners as a couple of unambitious nice guy losers, and while not quite celebrating Kroc's ruthlessness certainly doesn't condemn him for it.
     
  12. sojourner

    sojourner Where's me readers?

    Made in Dagenham - fucking BRILLIANT, love love loved it :cool: :thumbs:

    Girl With A Pearl Earring - read the book years ago, enjoyed the film.

    Into The Forest - a good film, if dark and disturbing at times, with one of the shittest fucking endings ever :mad:

    Noah - errr :D That's...an interesting interpretation :D:confused::D
     
  13. Beats & Pieces

    Beats & Pieces 24601 / 9430

    Roman J. Israel, Esq.

    That Denzel can act is unquestionable, and here his performance is very strong indeed. Unfortunately it is the only thing about the film that is of note (except for the soundtrack), with a female lead providing little more than an attractive but unconvincing social activist cypher (Carmen Ejogo) and Colin Farrell being as uneven as ever - in his performance as a transformation (not helped by the way his character has been written). It really isn't clear what the film is trying to achieve, or indeed the audience for which it was intended - and the ending is deeply unconvincing and problematic.

    5/10 for the film.
     
  14. Beats & Pieces

    Beats & Pieces 24601 / 9430

    The Shape of Water.

    This started with the suggestion of something good - a possible exploration of sexuality, otherness, power, religion, only to slowly unfurl in to a beautiful confection with little or no substance. It is a joy to watch the careful composition of colour, scene, and movement but this is not matched by the story - shallow and unsophisticated.

    6/10
     
  15. DexterTCN

    DexterTCN Well-Known Member

    I disagree about substance. Sally Hawkins, playing a mute, gives an exceptionally expressive performance. The film is all about her journey, her limits, crossing those limits.

    And masturbating, lots of masturbating.

    I agree it's a joy to watch though.
     
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  16. Beats & Pieces

    Beats & Pieces 24601 / 9430

    The opening scene was fantastic - but contributed to the sense of disappointment that followed - it started out very strongly placing the woman's sexuality before the viewer - only to fall away.

    Post

    This is a very old fashioned film, presenting the world as a place free of moral ambiguity or difficulty. It is a piece of self-conscious Amercian myth making - and (despite the presence of Hanks and Streep) is utterly dull as a result.

    4.5/10
     
  17. cybershot

    cybershot Well-Known Member

    The Snowman (2017) - IMDb
    Everything about this film said I should have loved it, however it's just plainly poorly executed and with a terrible predictable ending. Every cliche that you could ever put into a murder/mystery/serial killer story is here and there is a reason a lot of this stuff gets made for multipart TV dramas these days.
    5/10
     
  18. krtek a houby

    krtek a houby The end is meh

    Haven't seen it but the Jo Nesbo books are pretty enjoyable. Yeah, the maverick cop, enemies within the force, hard drinking cliches are there but over the series you're pretty much rooting for Harry.
     
  19. Beats & Pieces

    Beats & Pieces 24601 / 9430

    I, Tonya

    A very enjoyable film, featuring some great acting. Margot Robbie is good, Allison Janney is especially compelling as her Mother.

    8.5/10
     
  20. 8115

    8115 sitting down is bad for you

    Small time.

    Tonight, Movern Callar. Ace film.
     
  21. samkosenko

    samkosenko New Member

    into the mind, 2013.
     
  22. Beats & Pieces

    Beats & Pieces 24601 / 9430

    Get Out

    A 'B movie' setting itself up as a critique of white liberal racism - but failing so very hard to escape the paradigm it wants to subvert. Oscar worthy? No.

    But don't say that out loud.
     
  23. Orang Utan

    Orang Utan Sub-Sub-Librarian

    How telling. :rolleyes:
     
  24. May Kasahara

    May Kasahara channelling Lynda Day

    Birdman :thumbs: :thumbs: :thumbs: Fantastic film.
     
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  25. krtek a houby

    krtek a houby The end is meh

    Seven Psychopaths. Not up there with Bruges and Billboards but better than expected. Walken in particular.
     
  26. The39thStep

    The39thStep Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbour?

    Great film
     
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  27. magneze

    magneze mnemonic beef

    Thor: Ragnarok - really entertaining all the way through. An easy watch.
     
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  28. Chz

    Chz Stark Raving Sane

    Takes the piss out of itself without being irritating like Deadpool.
     
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  29. DotCommunist

    DotCommunist my world is fire and blood

    Loki was top notch.
     
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  30. yardbird

    yardbird Understands love.

    Series IV - I've only just started. I'll watch until I'm up to current transmission, then each week.
     
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