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    Tell It To The Bees

    In 1950s small town Britain, a doctor develops a relationship with her young patient’s mother.
    Director Annabel Jankel’s last big screen feature film was Super Mario Bros way back in 1993. She has done a few music videos and Live From Abbey Road TV programme’s but directing a feature film is different and the rustiness of it shows in Tell It To The Bees. It is a sombre tale of love in an age when it was it was seen as wrong. There are many things in this film that show how we have grown as human’s and especially in Britain in relation to same-sex relationships. The film sort of shows the hardships that Dr Jean Markham and Lydia Weekes went through in-order to try and be together. But the film never fully fleshes out any of the more interesting points. For example, when it is known that Dr Markham and Weekes are living together we see the town start to turn their back on them. But it isn’t that brutal a turn of events. These two people possibly would have been ostracised straight away in those times, yet Dr Markham still continues to practise and Weekes continues to walk her son to school. None of it has any real anger behind either side’s storyline. You simply do not feel their pain at all.
    The more interestingly storyline in the film is the subplot about a teenage girl getting pregnant and the family doing what they want without consulting her and in the most abhorrent way possible. That was the story that needed fleshing out more. That was the story that should have been pivotal in the film. But it is just a subplot left hanging in a storyline that fails to go the places it should do.
    I do think Holliday Grainger, who plays Lydia Weekes, is very good and I enjoyed watching Anna Paquin in a slightly reserved role (even if she did struggle with the accent a bit). It is the script that has let them down. It is melancholic sadness that should lead to happiness yet seems to never want to get there. Also, the direction is very slow and sluggish. It seems not to know who the real put upon is between them.
    It is disappointing to see a forbidden love story be so woefully tepid in every aspect of its story-telling.


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    The Lion King (Live-action)

    After the murder of his father a young lion prince flees his kingdom only to learn the true meaning of responsibility and bravery.
    The animated version of The Lion King was an important milestone in Disney Studios evolution. It essentially put them back on top of the animated movie world after a several years of being in a very rapid decline. There are billions of people out there who love it. I’m not one of those but I do understand its importance and the love it receives from fans. So why remake it? Once again that question which I asked during the other Disney live action films rears its head – why bother? And with this version of The Lion King I have to ask it again because this is utterly tedious to watch. It has none of the heart or emotion that the animated film does. It lacks warmth and fear and empathy. Instead it is much more like a nature documentary. The scenes of the animals running through the tress or across the dusty plains are incredible. But they are, for all intents purposes, documentary footage. When the film gets to the actual characters and their storylines it is very difficult to see who is talking. You are constantly scanning each characters’ mouths to find who is talking. The problem is that cats and their ilk (Lions etc) have no lips so it is very difficult to get them to emote through CGI. So, what we get instead is a series of mouth movements that look like they are just simply breathing. It is very strange and doesn’t wholly work.
    The storyline is exactly the same as the cartoon but stretched out by a further twenty or so minutes by adding additional dialogue, which is not needed and as such the film gets quite baggy in certain scenes, and a new song by Beyonce which is really quite poor.
    The film is saved from the scrapheap by three animals. Firstly, Zazu (voiced by comedian John Oliver) is delightfully British deadpan in his delivery of dialogue. He is fun. But funnier than that is Timon and Pumbaa (voiced by Billy Eichner and Seth Rogan restrictively). They have created a double act that is utterly hilarious. They are so scathing at times that it is quite brutal. Then other times they are just hilarious as they bicker and playfight between themselves. Disney needed to get these two characters absolutely spot on, and they have. I’ll even go so far as to say I think they are better incarnations than the animated film versions.
    But those three can’t hold the entire film together. As such, this live-action (or Photo-realism, to give it its real terminology) version of the much loved Disney classic is vastly underwhelming in nearly every department and I think fans of the original are going to be sorely disappointed.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Freddie View Post
    Apollo 11 doc for me tomoz. Very excited
    Was it up to your expectations?
    Me and the Mrs are off to Melton to their cinema - one of 3 owned by a family concern who have lovingly restored it to its former art-deco glory (apparntly).


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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Sinister View Post
    Was it up to your expectations?
    Me and the Mrs are off to Melton to their cinema - one of 3 owned by a family concern who have lovingly restored it to its former art-deco glory (apparntly).
    It was brill, really enjoyed it myself.


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    Apollo 11: just got home.
    Simply brilliant.
    And the Regal at Melton: amazing.
    It was like stepping back in time.
    Family owned, bar, beautiful restoration, great staff.
    Made going to the cinema a marvellous experience.


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    Midsommar. American postgrads taken to a Swedish commune by student friend. Obviously as it's a horror, they are taken there to be part of weird commune rituals and it won't be a nice holiday. That's it..for 2.5 hours.

    I liked Hereditary from Ari Aster. Not this though.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Sinister View Post
    Apollo 11: just got home.
    Simply brilliant.
    And the Regal at Melton: amazing.
    It was like stepping back in time.
    Family owned, bar, beautiful restoration, great staff.
    Made going to the cinema a marvellous experience.
    Yes the regal is a little gem of a place and the butchers opposite is very good.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Alf-aSemedoBlueJeans&Chinos View Post
    Top Gun:Maverick trailer..........

    Can’t wait for this!

    'Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings' - Salvador Dali 1904-1989

    I think 'odd' is a good thing. Oddness shows originality, uniqueness and a desire to be different from the masses. Oddness is, maybe, only deemed 'odd' by the majority who are considered less odd but only by their own blinkered observations and understanding. Oddness should never be criticised but be encouraged to nurture, develop individualism and to explore the mind rather than conform to expectation and 'normality'. Many of the world's greatest works of art and prose were born from those minds many considered to be 'odd'.
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    This is the announcement I've been waiting for from Marvel.

    New Blade film starring Mahershala Ali

    https://www.nme.com/news/film/marvel...la-ali-2531100

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    Quote Originally Posted by GOD View Post
    Yes the regal is a little gem of a place and the butchers opposite is very good.


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    Thanks for the nod about the butchers.
    Our village butcher is excellent, but he and his wife are planning to shut up shop in the next 12 months or so.
    As for the Regal, it made "going to the cinema" an event once again - going to the Showcase or Odean was not an experience that I liked as the cinemas there were always littered, the staff disengaged and the sound proofing inadequate.
    More choice, but I don't enjoy listening to the dialogue in a movie I want to see while the explosions and loud rock music of some piece of tat movie in the next little room blasted through the inadequately soundproofed walls.
    Plus the garish, plastic, shit filled food foyers are bloody horrible.
    This is England, not bloody the US of A.


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    Quote Originally Posted by T.B.T. View Post
    Can’t wait for this!
    Rich will struggling to contain himself!

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    Quote Originally Posted by T.B.T. View Post
    Can’t wait for this!
    Hoping they don't butcher it mate

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    Quote Originally Posted by alabamared View Post
    Rich will struggling to contain himself!
    Mav's gonna do a drive by of the cinema at 100mph. Yeeeehaaaa!!!!

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    Duncan Jones and Sam Rockwell on how they made the rather wonderful Moon:

    https://www.theguardian.com/film/201...e_iOSApp_Other

    „I believe in socialism because it seems more humanitarian, rather than every man for himself and 'I'm alright jack' and all those arsehole businessmen with all the loot. I made up my mind from viewing society from that angle. That's where I'm from and there's where I've made my decisions from. That's why I believe in socialism“

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    Talking of Top Gun, has anyone seen Kelly McGillis lately bless her?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alf-aSemedoBlueJeans&Chinos View Post
    Talking of Top Gun, has anyone seen Kelly McGillis lately bless her?

    https://www.express.co.uk/entertainm...tures-where-is
    Oh my Lord, I’m guessing she won’t be playing his love interest in this one then.


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    Quote Originally Posted by T.B.T. View Post
    Oh my Lord, I’m guessing she won’t be playing his love interest in this one then.
    GILF

    I love Tarintino's take on her & Topgun in general........




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    Josh Brolin went to an 80's themed fancy dress party dressed as himself from the Goonies:




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    The Current War

    The true story of the battle between electricity titans Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse to determine whose electrical system would power the modern world.
    Men sitting around in rooms discussing electricity sounds the stuff of boredom, especially for a 100 minute films. But you’d be wrong because The Current War is absolutely riveting. Whether you know the history at play or not, this film keeps you immersed because of the outstanding performances from all involved. There isn’t a bad performance throughout the entire cast, and it is a big named cast as well – Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Shannon, Tom Holland, Tuppence Middleton, Nicholas Hoult, Katherine Waterston, Matthew McFayden, Craig Roberts and a few other familiar faces. They all grind out performances that make you hate and love them all in equal measure. Cumberbatch play Edison in the type of cock-sure, full of bravado manner that you sort hate him constantly but also love him for his sheer gamesmanship. Shannon plays Westinghosue with a little more reserved attitude. Much more stoic and disciplined. Happy to stay out of the limelight for the sake of his product. It is a fascinating yin yang movement between them.
    This is a movie about one man-upmanship. Who will be the first to cave to the other and concede defeat? Both Edison and Westinghouse continually try to improve their product while also rubbishing the competition. There is a moment where Edison explains to the press that Westinghouse’s electric could kill people instantly. This sets off a chain of events that send both their lives and their works spiralling beyond what either of the inventors could have imagined.
    The other impressive thing about this film is how it is shot. Director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, who directed some episodes of Glee and American Horror Story along with the wonderful film Me, Earl And The Dying Girl, shoots The Current War with such confidence that sometimes only half the screen is used. Then he will use a fishbowl lens for the wide shots. It is a fascinating array of different types of angles and styles, and all of them work because of the style of the film and the confidence with which the director brings to it.
    I really couldn’t take my eyes off this film. It is absolutely riveting.


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    What Men Want

    Ali Davis is a sports agent who is consistently side-lined in favour of her male colleagues. After a drunken accident she gains the ability to hear the thoughts of all men.
    Yes, this is a gender swap version of the Mel Gibson/Helen Hunt movie from 2000. This time is is Taraji P. Henson who has the ability to hear the thoughts. Henson was the breakout star of the TV show Empire but has been woefully underserved in the movies and What Men Want is another disservice to her excellent talents. It isn’t Henson’s fault as she is doing the best she can with the dialogue she is given. In fact, she is going above and beyond the efforts the script is calling for. Henson tries to make it interesting. But sadly it isn’t. There is not one joke that works. Every single one of them falls fall and most times it sounds like it wasn’t even meant to be a joke. There are too many moments in this film that feel like they should be something other than what they come to be. The ability to hear men’s thoughts is, as to be expected, mainly littered with sexual thoughts. That might be funny at first but a whole hour of it?! It soon becomes very tiresome. Very tiresome.
    The main plot of Ali’s ability to hear thoughts is to help her and the company she works for get a big up & coming sports client. All of this story is entirely formulaic. It telegraphs every single twist and turn without any interest in making the viewer guess what is going to come next. It is so blatantly obvious where this film is going that there are key beats that you just know will go wrong as soon as the scene is set up. It is really difficult to take this film seriously when it is directed in such a basic way.
    It is very simple: a comedy should be funny. It doesn’t necessarily have to be funny from start to finish. It just has to have funny, as in laugh out loud funny, jokes scattered throughout the film. By the end of What Men Want I genuinely thought I had watched a drama film about suppression of females in the work place rather than a comedy about a woman constantly getting one over on her male counterparts. As big a wasteful film as is possible to be.


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    Teen Spirit

    Violet is a shy teenager who dreams of pop stardom. She finds an unlikely mentor who encourages her to enter a local singing competition.
    Oh Blimey! This film is a little gem. It’s a bit A Star Is Born, a bit X-Factor, a bit in the club in Ibiza and a bit coming of age. It’s a cracking combination that first time director Max Minghella (He is normally an actor) has put together. It is a movie that plays by its own rules and as such we get this storyline that is both awkward & shy and exhilarating & out-going. Violet is a teenager who struggles with everyday life but when she gets lost in music she opens up and becomes so full of life and energy. Her family don’t really support her in this music stardom crusade and instead it is left to a sort of Mr Miyagi figure in Vlad, an older, scruffy ex-Opera singer who see’s only that Violet has talent. He doesn’t so much as push her to enter the contest, more just gives her confidence when she needs it most. It is such an interesting dynamic to watch because it could be awkward yet Minghella’s writing (he also wrote it) makes it this tender kinship relationship that benefits both sides but not in the rags to riches way that it could so easily have gone.
    The coming of age angle is pretty standard stuff. Yet, when it moves into Violet singing and/or dancing her heart out on stage then it becomes so much more of a film. It has a pulse to it, a beat, a rhythmic energy to not only the film but also Violet’s emergence from her shyness. The music is mainly electro dance and as such the film’s song sequences are very much like neon drenched pop videos. It explodes into your eyeballs like you’re in a nightclub at 3am and your favourite dance tune has just come on. The film knows how to play its dance music winning hand at all the right places and when Violet edges closer in the singing contest you want that grandstand finish. You want her to be victorious for her own confidence and also because she is a very very good singer in her own right.
    The whole film has an electro punk attitude to it. It is very modern and yet still retains a classic underbelly of a singer just wanting to sing no matter the venue or song. This is a coming of age underdog story with a brilliant central performance by Elle Fanning that just grabs you and doesn’t let go. This is an electrifying little movie.


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    Bad Times At The El Royale

    Seven strangers, each with a secret, meet at Lake Tahoe’s El Royale, a rundown hotel with a dark past. Over the course of one fateful night, everyone will have one last shot at redemption – before everything goes to hell.
    From writer/director Drew Goddard, who previously made the twist-y turn-y horror film Cabin In The Woods. Bad Times At The El Royale follows a similar path to Cabin In The Woods. It is all about a road trip to a weird place. This time strangers meet and try to circumnavigate around why they are there. It is a neon lit, rain-soaked thriller that is clearly a homage to some of Quentin Tarantino’s early work. But El Royale doesn’t have the bite or anger that Tarantino’s movies do. This is a meandering piece that at two hours and twenty-one minutes outstays its welcome after two hours. It seems to stay too long on one-character arc than give equal billing to all. It also doesn’t help that the finale goes on for way to long. So much so that you do wonder if it will ever end.
    However, the first third of the movie sets up some mysterious storylines very well. You want to know why these people are at the Hotel. You want to know what they are each hiding. The film keeps the viewer at arms-length throughout the opening act and it keeps us guessing. There are just enough titbits to make you think you know who these people are, but do you truly know?! It is a shame that the rest of the film can’t keep that level of tension throughout. Instead we are treated to wafer-thin character storylines and long scenes where nothing interesting happens. It runs out of steam in all the wrong places and that makes the rest of the film suffer. A tighter runtime would have made it much better and much more disturbing.
    The other problem El Royale has is that it is too bogged down in big names. John Hamm, Jeff Bridges, Dakota Johnson and Chris Hemsworth all overwhelm the film. If Goddard was homaging Tarantino, then he should have used the Reservoir Dogs formula and put lesser known actors in the lead roles. It is only Cynthia Erivo who is consistently good in this film. She is a true stand out amongst so great actors.
    I joked to a friend that Bad Times At The El Royale should have been called “Blame it on the Cabin in the Woods Bellboy”. But that isn’t far wrong. It wants to have edgy comedy while also being a taut thriller. But it is too long and meandering for it to be one or both.
    Watched this last night and wondered if you'd reviewed it. Came to the exact same conclusion in that it offers some twists and good set ups but it justs falls the wrong side of surprise and you can predict most of what's coming. I must say I do like a longer film that is fleshed out rather than ones that feel too short but some of the scenes do seem to drag a tad. It's a pretty fun, entertaining film with some nice ideas but lacks the cutting edge of QT.


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    On that note are there any other films in this sort of style I should watch? Obviously seen the Tarantino ones and things like Seven and Memento.


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    Quote Originally Posted by adam09 View Post
    On that note are there any other films in this sort of style I should watch? Obviously seen the Tarantino ones and things like Seven and Memento.
    You mean slow burning thrillers?

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