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    Anyone seen Tolkein?
    Is it any good?
    Has it been reviewed on here yet?


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    John Wick 3 – Parabellum

    Super assassin John Wick is now on the run after killing a member of the International Assassin’s Guild. He becomes the target of hit men and women as the price tag on his head continues to rise with each passing minute.
    There have been millions of action films through the years. But in 2011 Gareth Evan’s released The Raid and Hollywood has been trying to catch up ever since. The Raid is the best action film of the decade. John Wick 3: Parabellum is the best Hollywood action film of recent years and is clearly heavily influenced by The Raid. It is a non-stop onslaught of action and brutality. It is great to see an action film not pull any of its punches (figuratively and literally) and go for the hardcore action fans, not the fans of the Liam Neeson safer action flicks that are usually rated 12A. This is BBFC rated 15 and, honestly, I have no idea how that is possible. The sheer brutality of it is mind-blowing. The press screening I saw it in had people cheering and laughing and applauding. Do you know how difficult it is to get critics applauding?! The first thirty minutes sets the scene for Wick as he moves from fight to the next but he is struggling because of his age. The film makes sure that while he is a super assassin he is still in line with his age, so we see him hobbling down the road and out of breathe. It is good to see a film actually show an older actor do action but also have him exhausted at the end. It just looks and feels more real.
    The action jumps from New York to Morocco where Wick joins up with an old friend in the form of Hallie Berry’s Sofia, and off they go to kick butt all over again. Also, there is some of the best stunt dog action work I have ever seen in one sequence they are together. My mouth was agog at those dogs brilliance. Back to New York and Wick is on the run again. Having to fight other assassins and be thrown through so many panes of glass that they would cover The Shard twice over. Then it gets to an unrelating final battle in the lobby of the Intercontinental hotel.
    Basically, what I’m saying is John Wick 3: Parabellum is all-out action and all-out brutality. This is Keanu Reeves best work for years. It has touches of The Raid and also The Big Boss, and it also does its own thing. It is easily the best of the franchise and kicks all other Hollywood actions films of recent years into touch. An absolute belter of an action film.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Sinister View Post
    Anyone seen Tolkein?
    Is it any good?
    Has it been reviewed on here yet?
    I haven't seen it. I've heard it is pretty average. But I guess it depends what you are wanting from a biopic of a writer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FBS View Post
    I haven't seen it. I've heard it is pretty average. But I guess it depends what you are wanting from a biopic of a writer.

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    My son went to see it and raved about it.
    His view was at odds with the reviews I had read about it.
    I think I'll wait until it is available on download or Netflix.
    My next "pay a King's ransom at the cinema" to see is like as not going to be the new Tarrantino


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    Watched War Games for the first time in years last night, still an absolute quality film which is IMO even better with the rustic, old-school computer setup of the day.

    Along with Rocky 4 probably saved the world from nuclear analation.


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    Love War Games

    "Would you like to play a game?" was my message alert for a while.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Alf-ugginblowupyourbakery View Post
    Along with Rocky 4 probably saved the world from nuclear analation.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Alf-ugginblowupyourbakery View Post
    Watched War Games for the first time in years last night, still an absolute quality film which is IMO even better with the rustic, old-school computer setup of the day.
    Bizarrely, so did I. And not just for Ally Sheedy.

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    War Games has the distinction of being one of the few films mentioned in an episode of Only Fools and Horses


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    Feast your eyes and count the days down to July...




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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Sinister View Post
    Feast your eyes and count the days down to July...

    What's got you so excited about this Cap? personally I think the trailer is bland as chips.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Alf-ugginblowupyourbakery View Post
    What's got you so excited about this Cap? personally I think the trailer is bland as chips.
    A new Tarantino is always something to look forward too!


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    Yeah, me too, I’ll admit to being a fan of Tarantino‘s films.

    And the reviews for this one are extremely impressive.


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    Personally I think Kill Bill is massively overrated. Like the rest of his stuff though.


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    I generally like his stuff but the last one was boring. The Hateful Eight I think?


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    However, I am very excited about the new one.


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    Rediscovered the delights of Bambi Woods last night...


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    Now, I actually really enjoyed The Hateful Eight, but I know many found it overly long and slow paced.

    Jackie Brown is my favourite of Quentin‘s movies though. Pam Grier is brilliant in it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Strummer View Post
    Now, I actually really enjoyed The Hateful Eight, but I know many found it overly long and slow paced.

    Jackie Brown is my favourite of Quentin‘s movies though. Pam Grier is brilliant in it.
    Long and slow paced is fine by me, just you know, bit of story telling wouldn't go amiss!


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    Aladdin

    A kind-hearted street urchin tries to win the hand of a Princess while also doing battle with a Grand Vizier for control of a magic lamp.
    There is a line in the song A Whole New World, which features in Aladdin, that goes “Indescribable feeling.” Well, I can tell you it is very describable – boring! That’s how to describe this live action version of Aladdin – Boring! If Disney are going to do these live action remakes of their own catalogue then they have to bring something new to them. This one not only doesn’t do that, it actually tames everything down to uninteresting levels. Take for example Jafar, he should be this incredibly devious man who will stop at nothing to get what he wants. In this version he casually strolls along looking a bit put out and a little bit angry. Even when he gets the lamp (spoiler alert) he does transform into a megalomaniac, just someone who has new clothes. This character should have been played with gusto and zeal. The same is sort of true for Will Smith’s version of the genie. The Genie has to be larger than life, he has to be hilarious and a bit of a character. Will Smith gives none of that. I didn’t laugh once at his performance. It is like someone has sucked all the life out of character and left a blue swirling mess. Also, how is it possible the Will Smith is a singer yet in this film it sounds like he has never sung a note in his life. His performance in the musical number “Prince Ali” is about three notes lower than the music and completely off-key. While watching Smith bumble his way through a scene it popped into my head who should have played The Genie – Eddie Murphy. He would have brought that larger-than-life energy that is needed. He would have worked perfectly.
    There isn’t much to say about the storyline except to say that it does follow the original Disney animated storyline but with one- or two-bits cut-out, and you can tell that hinders the storyline greatly. It loses that pizzazz and wow factor because it is live action.
    The one positive in the film is Naomi Scott who plays Princess Jasmine. She is the only thing keeping the film alive. It doesn’t look and feel like she is doing a take on the well-known character instead she is bringing something fresh to Jasmine. Also, she has an absolutely cracking singing voice especially during “Speechless”, which is a new song for the film, and Scott absolutely nails it. But Jasmine isn’t just a Princess in a tower, she gets in on the running & jumping as well and is hugely entertaining when she does. Naomi Scott is a talent and a half.
    Look, I’m not saying this is a bad film. Simply that it feels like: What’s the point. It reminded me of those straight-to-DVD rip off films you see in the supermarket. The ones that look like the big blockbuster in cinemas but actually it has a slightly different name, a cast of unknowns and a much lower budget. This version of Aladdin is exactly like those films. Come the end of the year we will have forgotten that this film even exists.


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    Rocketman

    The life & times of global recording artist Elton John.
    Everything Bohemian Rhapsody isn’t, Rocketman is. It’s funny, heart-warming, heartbreaking, cruel, kind, magical, twisted and endearing. It is a very different musical biopic than has been done before. It tells the story of Reg Dwight growing up and slowly becoming Elton John, yet what the film does very well is weave some of John’s greatest hits into the narrative in-order to tell the story at that point. For example, early on we see young Reg being cast aside by his parents and he begins to sing “I Want Love” but it is a stripped back version of the song. The songs are not just forced into the film as they were recorded, many of them have a different arrangement and it is such a pleasure to watch a musical biopic take these types of chances in a mainstream film. There is one huge showstopping number where young Elton sings Saturday Night’s Alright and he ducks & dives through the pub singing it and then out the door and into the funfair out the back. It’s like something out of Grease. So, yes, at times it is very stage musical yet it knows that and it plays up to it in such a fun way.
    The actual story is quite straight forward but in the hands of director Dexter Fletcher it feels anything but straight forward. It isn’t afraid to show Elton’s fears or desires. It isn’t afraid to show his struggle with being gay. It even isn’t afraid to show the downward spiral during the drink & drug years. Interestingly, the way those scenes are shot is done in a very haze-y way almost as if we, the viewer, are on the trip with them. It reminded me of the trips in The Big Lebowski to a certain degree. The film has all these different styles going on and Fletcher has managed to blend them so well that you don’t notice it veering wildly between them all. It all blends so naturally.
    Huge praise has to go to Taron Egerton playing Elton because there is rarely a moment where he isn’t off-screen. It is a performance that required more than just putting in some fake teeth and strutting about the stage. This performance is everything Elton was and is. There were a couple of times I had to do a double take because they look & act so similar. It shows a man who has been emotionally tormented all his life yet has a gift that took him right to the top. Magnificent performance from Egerton.
    Go for the life story. Go for the songs. Go for the performances. However, I guarantee you’ll be surprised and wow-ed at how imaginative and different this music biopic is.


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    Just watched Rocketman... Quite surprised at how well received it's been by critics. It's cliched, runs like an extended montage and the dialogue is so shallow. It may as well be an advert or a music video.


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    Quality satire taking the piss out of the awful exposition used in the more modern films...........




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    Oh dear Lord, more rape of the Terminator franchize. Looks awful, effects no better than T2.............




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    Quote Originally Posted by Alf-ugginblowupyourbakery View Post
    Oh dear Lord, more rape of the Terminator franchize. Looks awful, effects no better than T2.............

    Problem with the Terminator franchise is it was based on a staple of horror movie setups, that of "something's coming to get you and you can't stop it". It's used time and time again in various different ways.

    Thing is it's only good for a couple of films. After that you're trying to create a story out of nothing, which is why all the Terminator films since Terminator 2 have been shit.


 

 

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