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    Enjoyed 'Hostiles', and which I also found thought-provoking.

    An excellent performance also from Christian Bale in my opinion.


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    Downsizing

    Paul Safranek is drawn into the new crazy of downsizing oneself to live a better life and save the environment.
    At the centre of this film is two important messages - one about the grass isn’t always greener and the other about the environment – yet these messages don’t really start to fully appear until about half way through the film. Initially it is just a funny comedy about a couple who decide their life isn’t very enjoyable and decides to get downsized, which involves being shrunk to tiny proportions. It’s a bit like Innerspace meets Honey! I Shrunk The Kids but with a deeper level of meaning and worth. Once shrunk there are plenty of “big” jokes about how bizarre it is. There are on-going jokes about trying to find miniature versions of certain items.
    However, scratch below the surface and all of a sudden the two messages of the film start to come flooding out. Paul soon finds that actually his life is exactly the same as when he was normal size. In fact, he might be worse off now than he was before. Soon these issues manifest in the form of racial, social and political issues as Paul becomes friendly with a Vietnamese cleaner and he discovers that they downsized hoping for a better life but are now living in a housing block far from the main metropolis. That’s when the messages of the film come thick and fast. In this new downsized community which was meant to save the environment, the same barriers were being put up to prevent a certain set of people from being happy and living in harmony.
    Paul sets out on a mission to go to the original downsized camp in Norway to talk to the creator of downsizing. When there he discovers that all this downsizing has still lead to the same environmental issues. It was meant to save the planet but in fact it is still killing it. It is still humorous to the end and Paul is a bit of an airhead, yet it’s the core ideas of the storyline that are the most important – injustice is still happening around the world and we must find a way not only to stop it but also reverse it. Downsizing makes a very compelling argument about that in amongst all the jokes.


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    Last Flag Flying

    Thirty years after they served together in the Vietnam War, Doc Shepherd re-unites with his buddies Sal and Richard to bury his son, a young marine killed in the Iraq War.
    Director Richard Linklater describes this film as a spiritual sequel to Hal Ashby’s 1973 film The Last Detail starring Jack Nicholson, and on some level he is correct. This has the ghost of that film running through it yet there here it is much more up to date and prescient in terms of modern thoughts on war. However, it’s not a sad film instead it’s actually a road trip movie with lots of humour in it. The three main characters – played by Bryan Cranston, Steve Carell and Laurence Fishbourne – are on a mission to ensure the body of the young marine is treated correctly. But because these guys are now getting on in their years there is a lot of jokes about how they can’t do certain things or they don’t understand modern day society. There is a wonderfully funny scene about halfway through where they all buy their first mobile phones and then start to prank call each other. It’s that type of jovial humour that keeps this film constantly bubbling away at making you laugh on a regular basis.
    Dig below the joke-y surface and you have a film about the after effects of war and how it affects those who have served and continue to be haunted by those demons. There is a thought process in the film about what happens when the government lies directly to your face aka when the Army spin the truth to make it look better for them. And that is an interesting plot to include in this film. And because of that some of the dialogue gets quite heavy into the characters feelings however it never feels scripted, much like all Linklater’s films, instead it is very natural, authentic and heartfelt.
    Do not be caught out thinking this is a downbeat movie about war. It’s actually a very funny and moving ode to those that served, survived and now have to survive again because their children are on the battlefield.


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    mother!

    A couple’s relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence.
    mother! will divide those that see it. Some will love it and some will hate it. I’m in the former camp. It is a film that defies standard film logic and instead offers so many meditations, metaphors and soliloquies on life, love, religion, art and existence in general. At first it is a very placid film, we are introduce to this handsome couple known only as Mother and Him (played by Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem) and it is easy to fall for their relaxed life set away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Him is a writer and mother is busy doing up their home. They are the perfect couple. However, when a strange called Man (played by Ed Harris) comes to stay the film takes a sinister path and started to play out like a home invasion horror film. As Him starts to invite his family to stay, Man is fine with them arriving but mother struggles and we start to be at one with her as she is made to feel unwelcome and claustrophobic in her own home by these unwanted guests.
    Then the film starts to spiral wildly and mother is forced to deal with an influx of guests invited by Him. Her house is soon awash with people she doesn’t know and she is telling them to stop doing things and to get out of rooms they shouldn’t be in. This is when the film really starts to grip you because if you don’t like the idea of unwelcome guests not listening to you ask nicely then this film is horrible to watch because you are at one with mother the whole way through and that is partly due to the way it has been shot. It is very close quarters cinematography, almost from the eye level of mother. It really does give plenty to think about in terms of boundaries and social interaction.
    The final third of the film is both horrendous and captivating. It pins you back in your chair and forces you to watch a harrowing end to a story that you might have seen before but never done like this. It’s difficult to know if I enjoyed this film. I know I experienced it and I’m looking forward to experiencing it again. For me it’s a horror film in all but name and what I took away from it is that hell is other people. Yet others who watch it may find something else to take away from it. It is an unforgettable viewing experience whether you like it or not.


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    Wind River

    Watched it earlier not expecting much, was very pleasantly surprised. Definitely worth a watch.


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    Ex-Machina

    I know it was released a year or more ago, but only just caught up with it last night.
    Excellent sci-fi/ A.I./ Turin Test movie with some tasty female androids, and some excellent performances from the main players.
    I found it highly engaging and thought provoking.


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    Den Of Thieves

    The L.A. County Sheriff’s Department are hot on the heels of California’s most successful bank robbers as they plan their biggest heist yet – the Federal Reserve Bank.
    There are some films that borrow bits & pieces from other films without making it too obvious. Then there are other films that blatantly lift 90% of a film and then call it their own. Den Of Thieves is the latter. It is basically Heat but with a different name and without De Niro and Pacino. Instead it has Gerard Butler and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson. This isn’t a loving homage to Michael Mann’s crime opus. This is a complete rip off even down to one of the bad guys being called Bosko, which is the same as in Heat. It tries to look like Heat. It tries to act like Heat. Basically it wants to be Heat but it isn’t, and not by a long shot.
    The good and bad guys aren’t particularly interesting and actually what happens in the film is that a few good guys become bad guys and vice versa. Almost creating this ambiguity as to who they really are and what they are truly after. Yet, it doesn’t play out like a plot full of twists & turns. Instead it’s full of generic cops & robbers clichés that we’ve seen a million times before. Hard drinking cops who don’t care for their home lives and the meticulous bad guys who are constantly looking at schematics of buildings. There are simply no redeeming features about any of them. The film runs at slightly over two hours and is far too bloated with sub plots and unnecessary scenes that take away any interest the viewer might have. The action set pieces are over the top and without merit. The opening set piece you might well have seen in another film – You guessed: Heat!
    The only actor who is at least giving it a go is Pablo Schreiber, but even he can’t escape the subpar dialogue and action. The rest of the cast seem happy to trudge their way through it all. Den Of Thieves is as generic as they come. It is pretty clear the writer/director has watched Heat many times and has tried to emulate that. But Heat is a timeless crime masterpiece, whereas Den Of Thieves will be forgotten about within a week.


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    Phantom Thread

    Set in 1950s London, Reynolds Woodcock is a renowned dressmaker whose fastidious life is disrupted by a young, attractive, strong-willed woman who becomes his muse and lover.
    Paul Thomas Anderson is an interesting director. I always find that he can be at either end of the scale. There Will Be Blood was incredible but The Master was atrocious. Yet, I’m always excited to see his new films. Phantom Thread is at the top end of every scale. It’s a quiet film about confidence. Reynolds is a man who you don’t like. He is a man so set in his ways that even the merest change will put him in a bad mood. Yet he is a very confident person, he knows what he wants and he gets it done by any means. Yet when he meets Alma, a hotel maid, everything changes not just for Reynolds but also for his business. As Alma becomes more entwined with Reynolds you see her confidence grow every single time she is with him, as if she is bulletproof. It is a fascinating character study of how different ends of society can come together and work & love together to create not only something beautiful but also help them grow as people. It is a revealing insight into how confidence or the lack of it can affect people at different times and in different society classes.
    Phantom Thread is Daniel Day-Lewis’s final film and he has gone out on top. He always gives incredible performances and is one of the last method actors. Here it is a very different performance. More reserved and confined than most would expect. His performance is very much internal because it is not what he says instead it is what he doesn’t and also the looks he gives people. Reynolds is not a nice person but there is something that continually draws you into him and that is the outstanding performance from Day-Lewis. Also a mention for the wonderful Lesley Manville as Reynold’s sister Cyril, a wonderfully deadpan and stoic character who is given more life thanks to Manville’s heartfelt performance.
    The script is superb, the directing is outstanding, the performances are mesmerizing and even the score is wonderful. Phantom Thread is a classic romance film twisted with a modern edge to it. It is a movie that will linger long in the mind afterwards.


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    Majorie Prime

    A service that provides holographic recreations of deceased loved ones allows a man to come face-to-face with the younger version of his late father-in-law.
    Based on the play by Jordan Harrison, Majorie Prime is a perfect example of how you can take a story that is set only in two or three rooms and create a film that is just as much intrigue and revelations as some big budget dramas. The idea of being able to purchase holograms of those we loved and have them comfort us through a transition or just to be there as we get old is an interesting idea and the film explores it is some very intriguing and thought-provoking ways e.g. Would a hologram help someone who has Alzheimer’s? Could it help stimulate the elderly mind and prolong life? Could it help a child understand where their elders came from? All of these points and many many more are discussed in the film. It is a unique angle to take and one that is incredibly fascinating.
    While this film is about three generations of a family sat around discussing life and what is best for others, there are many other ideals happening. The film moves through so many thought processes and each of them are of good substance to see why each of the characters wants to operate in that way. The acting is excellent throughout, but then what do you expect with actors such as John Hamm, Geena Davis and Tim Robbins? Yet this feels different. This is actors truly acting. They can’t hide behind lots of CGI or loads of locations. This is them in rooms talking, talking, talking about technology and grief. You wouldn’t think that those two subjects would work well together, yet here they are very compelling.
    This is not a sad film and I don’t see it as a Sci-Fi film either, more a powerful story about death, loss and aging. It is a terrific piece of filmmaking and one that will strike up an interesting discussion afterwards.


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    The Pirates Of Somalia

    Rookie American journalist Jay Bahadur forms a half-baked idea to embed himself among the pirates of Somalia. He soon discovers that infiltrating these bands provides him with in-depth knowledge of their operations.
    Did you know there is a new Al Pacino film out this week? probably not as the marketing for this film has been absolutely atrocious. This is a film based on a true story that stars Evan Peters, Al Pacino, Melanie Griffith and Barkhad Abdi. Big names in an interesting story about infiltrating brutal pirates. The strange thing with this film is that the first third is very much a stoner comedy. Jay, played by Evan Peters, is a wash out at college and in work as he smokes too much. He likes to hang with his mates. He has no real career goal apart from doing a bit of writing here and there. Fortunately he meets haggered writer Seymour Tolbin, played by Al Pacino, who stirs something up for Jay to decide he wants to take the leap into the unknown and infiltrate a band of pirates. He has seen them on the news and nobody is getting close to understanding them or their methods. So he simply packs up his bags and moves to Somalia.
    The film then flips into a spiriting and quite revelatory story about following your dreams and being able to accomplish them. It stops being a stoner comedy and becomes an almost serious film about true journalism and pushing boundaries. Watching the film it is easy to think that Jay infiltrated the pirates a bit too easy but this all actually happened. An American with no experience went to Somalia and became good friends with pirates. It really is a bonkers story, and Jay knows that so he starts to pitch it out to big American news networks. At first they all think he is joking but soon they realise he is truly behind enemy lines and then a bidding war starts in order to get Jay’s stories. There is a little subplot about Jay falling in love that is quite sweet and actually fits in nicely with the overarching storyline as well.
    The Pirates of Somalia is an entertaining look at someone who just decided to go for it, even if that meant his goal was being friends with pirates. Make your way past the dodgy comedy opening third and wait for it to become an interesting and informative drama.


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    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0247586/

    Anyone seen 9 queens? Great film, well worth wathcing.


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    Goodbye Christopher Robin

    Finally got to watch this one.
    Best film I have seen for ages.
    The youngster who plays the young Christopher Robin is excellent, as are all of the cast.
    Mind you, after watching you may not feel a lot of love for A.A.Milne's wife.
    It is staggering, assuming the portrayal is true to life, how self-centred, cold and cynical she was.
    Beautiful cinematography, and a film I am sure I shall be watching again and again.

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    no way I'm paying to watch another Disney flick after The Last Jedi, but just seen the trailer to the Solo film and, whilst it's not really fired me up for the flick at all..............Emilia Clarke

    Christ that woman is fucking divine. the things I would love to do to her

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    Loveless

    A couple going through a bitter divorce must work together to find their son who has disappeared.
    Loveless is a film that puts you on the front foot almost immediately in terms of understanding the two central characters, the husband and wife. It is instant hatred towards both of them. They are nasty, vindictive, spiteful and self-centred people. You truly hate them for all your worth. The film spends the first thirty minutes establishing how narcissistic these two adults are and while it does spend too long hammering home that they simply don’t care about anybody other than themselves it does give you the full picture of how truly despicable they are as people and even worse as parents. You would hope that when their son goes missing that they put their hatred aside in-order to find him, but actually what we see is the same side to them all the way through. At one point the mother actually says “he is a pain” and “I wish he had never been born”. That is type of nasty people at the centre of this harrowing missing person’s story.
    Yet the film very cleverly isn’t actually about the disappearance of the child. It’s more about how two adults simply cannot function together or separately. They are of their own making and struggle to adapt when others come into their lives. Underneath all the hatred they spew out there is sorrow because they cannot connect with others the way most humans can do. The film doesn’t make you feel sorry for them instead it shows how some adults are lost to themselves and to others. During the search the missing person’s team search through abandoned buildings and misty fog covered wasteland. It is haunting imagery that is actually a metaphor for the parents who are abandoned from their emotions and can’t see the woods for the trees so to speak.
    Loveless is being touted as one of the big films not in the English language that could win big at the awards ceremonies this year and it is easy to see why. It is a tough and uncompromising film about human emotion or the lack thereof. It is a film that you don’t come to lightly because it is a frightening film. See this version before the inevitable Hollywood remake in a couple of years.


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    Tad The Lost Explorer and The Secret of King Midas

    The bumbling explorer Tad Jones must rescue his girlfriend Sara from a millionaire who is on the hunt for King Midas’ necklace.
    This film is a sequel to the Spanish 2012 film Tad The Lost Explorer, which went very much under the radar when released (It was a fun if unspectacular kids animated film). The sequel has upped the ante and gone bigger and bolder than its predecessor, and for the most part it does work. Tad is still the bumbling buffoon – an Inspector Clouseau if you will – and his affection for Sara leads him into more adventures that start in Las Vegas and then move around the continent. The opening segment in Las Vegas doesn’t really work. It has too many jokes about Vegas, which possibly little kids won’t understand, and also a lot of talk of things that happened in the first film yet are not very well explained here. So if you didn’t see the first film then it could be a tough first ten or so minutes trying to understand what they are referring to. After that the film does set out on its own path and, as to be expected, it’s a mixture of The Pink Panther, Inspector Gadget and Indiana Jones but nowhere near as good as those films (apart from Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull). Tad is a fun character and he bumbles his way through things that are both hilarious and groan-inducing.
    The film is very playful and has a lot of energy to it. What lets it down is the average computer generated animation. This bubble human look is about ten years out of date now. While I don’t expect smaller animated companies to be able to keep up with Pixar or Dreamworks, there still has to be signs that they are pushing the designs forward. Yet here they are eclipsed by even kid’s animated shows on CBBC.
    The entire film is never going to trouble Disney etc, yet there is enough fun to be had with Tad.


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    Flatliners

    Five students obsessed with the afterlife decide to flatline themselves to discover what the afterlife is like before being revived.
    This is a modern day remake of the 1990 film Flatliners which starred Keifer Sutherland, Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon and others. Was anybody really crying out for a remake of that film? I don’t think so. It is a cult classic that has stood the test of time. Well now we have a remake so we have to live with it (pun intended). Whereas with the original you felt that all the characters were on the fringes of society in their own way. Not so here, they are all the cool kids and all appear to be very very intelligent. You simply don’t care for any of them, in fact it is quite easy to hate a couple of them from the get-go. Obnoxious is not a strong enough word for one of the characters. Then suddenly we are thrown into the flatlining experience. There is no build up or even a short scene showing why these students are obsessed with it. Nope! Just straight into “Ooo I think I’ll flatline myself.” The idea of flatlining in the original was to confront the past and try to foresee the future. Here is it a mess of different ideas and genres. The film starts out as a drama, then veers towards a thriller then has moments of jump scare horror. It has no idea what it wants to be.
    Even the characters don’t know what they should be or where they fit in. One of the females decides to flatline and when she is under too long, panic breaks out among the group. However, she is revived but is completely without energy or the ability to full speak so they carry her out of the laboratory. Next scene she is at an all-night rave dancing around. Hang on! I thought you were unable to walk five minutes ago? That moment encapsulates the entire film as to how messy it is.
    The original film dealt in psychological terror and was shot in a very Gothic style. This has no clue what genre it operates in and is so CGI heavy that it looks & feels almost like an animated film. It is a pointless remake.


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    The original Flatliners was a classic, as you say.

    Another rubbish and utterly pointless remake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chriscl View Post
    The original Flatliners was a classic, as you say.

    Another rubbish and utterly pointless remake.
    I heard whispers recently that they were planning to remake Gattaca, which would be an equally pointless exercise IMO.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bangerz View Post
    I heard whispers recently that they were planning to remake Gattaca, which would be an equally pointless exercise IMO.
    That would be a travesty.

    For fuck’s sake do something original!

    I’m currently binging on Netflix’s adaptation of Altered Carbon, which is excellent.


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    Cannonball Run

    Has anyone watched this recently? It's quite telling how fairly shallow & substenceless it is as a film, yet still manages to just be good fun.

    Watched is earlier & it says a lot for how much big tits, Burts tash, and fancy cars can carry a film.

    Here's Burt now bless him, still ticking and but probably only down to 3 bods per night.........




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    Hen are you going to see black panther fbs?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    Hen are you going to see black panther fbs?
    I saw it last week. I'll pop up my review later this week.
    Brief notes: beautifully colourful. Great action but not over the top. Much more a drama. Shades of James Bond stylings in there.

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    How about Red Sparrow? Looks good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by T.B.T. View Post
    How about Red Sparrow? Looks good.
    Haven't seen it yet. Couple more weeks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by T.B.T. View Post
    How about Red Sparrow? Looks good.
    Lard, any ideas? Never seen a red one.


 

 

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