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    I read that Hollywood could be expanded on, according to Brad Pitt anyway.

    Can't remember the last time I was this impressed with a film. I might go and watch it in a week


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    Not strictly a film, but went to see the stage show of Fleabag (streamed to Broadway) tonight.

    Incredible. Loved it.


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    Been waiting a week for my wife to get home from a family trip so we can go see it.

    Loved the Tim Curry version as a kid. And loved Chapter One too.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Francis Benali (on loan) View Post
    Been waiting a week for my wife to get home from a family trip so we can go see it.

    Loved the Tim Curry version as a kid. And loved Chapter One too.
    Have you seen Stranger Things? Storylines are a bit similar but I think Stranger Things is way cooler.

    The guys who made Stranger Things went hell for leather to get IT but failed


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    Quote Originally Posted by Freddie View Post
    Have you seen Stranger Things? Storylines are a bit similar but I think Stranger Things is way cooler.

    The guys who made Stranger Things went hell for leather to get IT but failed
    Watched it yep.

    Still loved IT.


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    Downton Abbey

    With the impending visit of the King & Queen, Downton Abbey becomes a hive of activity. Not all of it good though.
    Those going to see this film will probably have been huge fans of the TV series and this elongated film of the TV series is, essentially, a continuation of the day-to-day life of those that live and work at Downton Abbey. The good news is that this is a delightful watch. From the first moments of the iconic theme tune and as we follow the postman up the drive to Downton Abbey it all seems so familiar and as if we haven’t been away. There are the usual perils without being perils really. The biggest issue in the film is that there is no hot water at the Abbey for when the King & Queen arrive. So, it’s not really as serious as some of the episodes used to be. This is very much a light-hearted two hours with a couple of dramatic but very quickly finished storylines and then several intertwining storylines about the family and the servants. As much as it is nice to see everyone back, some characters do get more screen time than others. Upstairs it is left to Lady Mary to drive their story along as she considers what life would be like if they decided to leave Downton. There is a whimsical storyline involving Lady Edith & her husband that really doesn’t do much. The same can be said about Lord & Lady Crawley who just seem to be in scenes without any reason to be. The storylines don’t really affect them a whole lot. Downstairs is where the fun is happening and a lot of laughter happens when watching the servants storylines. When the King & Queen’s servants turn up it puts Downton’s employees noses out of joint, so they decide to stage a rather funny yet simply coup of making sure they serve the Royal family. It’s all fun in a very light-hearted manner.
    Most of the full-on laugh out loud moments come from the interplay between Violet Crawley (played by Maggie Smith) and Isobel Grey (played by Penelope Wilton). They bicker and bark at each other in such hilarious terms. It is such a wonderful dynamic between them and I’d happily pay to watch a spin-off of just them two talking for two hours. They are a joy to watch and you can tell that Smith & Wilton are having an absolute blast simply joking at each other.
    If you’ve never seen the show before then I think there are a several moments that will keep you interested and have you laughing along. For those who loved the show then you’ll be pleased to be back in the company of Downton’s inhabitants, even if it is only for a couple of hours.


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    Tolkien

    The life and times of orphaned author J.R.R. Tolkien as he finds friendship, love and inspiration.
    Biopics are clearly in vogue in 2019. We have had so many of them already and now we have a biopic about one of the gamechanger fiction authors. The problem is that not everyone needs a biopic. Some people’s lives behind the product they put out are not that interesting. Tolkien is a prime example of that. His writings were and still are and will continue to be revelatory and inspiration. His own personal life not so much. This is a film that meanders through his early years at school and college where he has a few friends and strikes up a small relationship. Ultimately, it just shows where he got his inspirations from. But these aren’t interesting in any way shape or form. In fact, they are just run of the mill stuff that he, in his mind, twisted and then wrote down onto the page and created some iconic text. There is no meeting of Smeagol or talk of one ring. It was Tolkien who conjured those and more up especially for his work. So what we are left with is a series of vignettes almost that are loosely binded by the coming of age of Tolkien. So we see him fall in love (ah isn’t that sweet) then we see him off at war (ahh isn’t that horrible) and then we see him playing pool with his best chums (oh fellowship – hint hint). None of this creates a through line to his entire growing up years.
    Nicholas Hoult plays Tolkien and it is a sweet yet unsatisfactory performance, and that is down to a script that really has no idea where it wants to go. Hoult tries to make the best of some of the scenes but ultimately they come across as uneventful moments in Tolkien’s life when, in fact, the film is trying to make them eventful. Lily Collins is given a one dimensional role as Tolkien’s love interest that basically see’s her make googly eyes at him and then run around in the sunshine while throwing her hair around. It is all pretty lacklustre.
    It is such a gentle film that you be forgive for thinking the storyline is going back. This idea that Tolkien experiences all these things that then go into formulating his book is beyond ridiculous. He took some elements from his life but then combined them with fantasy elements that he had read in books. Not every moments of his film needs to be a nod or a metaphor to what he would put in his written works. This is a biopic that really didn’t need to happen and that comes across in the threadbare writing.


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    Night Hunter

    A weathered Lieutenant, his Police force, and a local vigilante are all caught up in a dangerous scheme involving a recently arrested, troubled man who’s linked to years of female abductions and murders.
    Night Hunter stars, amongst others, Henry Cavill as Marshall, the Lieutenant investigating the case. Now, if you have Henry Cavill in your film chances are you don’t want him looking as grotty as possible. I get that he is a world weary Lieutenant but this is Henry Cavill, at least make him look half way presentable. In this film he has a big bushy beard, long curly hair and constantly wears the ugliest of knitted jumpers. From the get-go it is as if the filmmakers are trying to hide his buff, manly exterior. Why? Use it to the storylines advantage in someway. Don’t try and hide it because it just looks odd that this big hulking man is dressed like he had to get stuff out of the school lost property box. Very strange decision for their leading man.
    The film itself thinks it is much more intelligent than it is. It clearly wants to be Seven but with a different twist. Well, it doesn’t even deserve to be mentioned in the same breath as that film. This is a fairly uninspiring film that has a twist equally uninspiring and a cast who all look like they are going through the motions just for a nice payday. The three storylines that intertwin struggle separately and individually to hold any substance to what they are striving to achieve. Also, it does feel as if there are one too many plot strands going on and while it is isn’t difficult to follow it does become quite tiresome watching them flip between each one and then try and tie them all up together towards the end.
    When you have excellent acting talent in your film such as Henry Cavill, Alexandra Daddario, Nathan Fillion, Sir Ben Kingsley and Stanley Tucci and you don’t use them to even one tenth of their acting abilities then you are on a hiding to nothing. This is a by the book movie that struggles to engage every step of the way. Thrillers have to be thrilling and Night Hunter is a thriller, but simply isn’t thrilling. It is a Friday night watch that you’ll have forgotten about by Saturday morning.


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    Iíll save you the trouble of reviewing Wolf. Total shite.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich B View Post
    Iíll save you the trouble of reviewing Wolf. Total shite.



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    IT part 2 or Once Upon a Time in Hollywood chaps?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Alf-aSemedoBlueJeans&Chinos View Post
    IT part 2 or Once Upon a Time in Hollywood chaps?
    Quentin Tarantino, undoubtedly.

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    The kid

    The idea behind the story is a good one. Child asks for help from western gunslinger to rescue his sister. Similar in a sense to true grit.

    The actual film however is like three blokes have watched true grit 15 pints of stella into the night and hashed a story together on the back of a fag packet. I've genuinely read better put together stories in my baby sisters entries of what she did that weekend on her monday english class.

    It ended up being a steaming pile of turds and I am genuinely disappointed that I spent an hour and a half of my life watching it. The worst thing was Asda's forgot to take the security tag off of the DVD case so broke a nail to watch this abomination when in reality I should have frisbeed it straight at the directors head when I bumped into him.

    0/5 if your stuck with ideas at what to do on your next film night, have more fun by kicking a bag of puppies or shitting in your hands and clapping. Not worth your time at all.

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    The Nursery

    Pegged as a horror flick, this film contains about as much horror as the aftermath of a dodgy 3am kebab on mansfield road. It's jump scares would struggle to move a schizophrenic pigeon. I can see why it was a £3 bargain DVD. After seeing it I would actually suggest the shop pays you for enduring this absolute shambles of a film.

    -1/5 if you fancy a more "edge of the seat" experience on a Wednesday drink a box full of laxatives and drive around the m25 at rush hour. Much more rewarding

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    Stepmom

    Great film, watched it with the mrs turned me into an emotional wreck.

    4/5 single now, anyone know of anywhere cheap to rent?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alf-aSemedoBlueJeans&Chinos View Post
    IT part 2 or Once Upon a Time in Hollywood chaps?
    If IT 1 (the original) is anything to go by, It 2 will be crap - but I haven't actually seen IT 2 so that is just my prejudice against crap versions of the poorer Stephen King novels.
    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is a joy to watch.
    At 2 hours 41 minutes I thought it might be a tad long, but actually it was a perfect length (a bit like mine).


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    Quote Originally Posted by Carlos View Post
    . I've genuinely read better put together stories in my baby sisters entries of what she did that weekend.
    Breaking into your kid sisters secret diary. That really is scraping the barrel in your search for wanking material!



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    The beast is stirring yet again!! :devil:

    it has nothing to do with football or NFFC

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timothy Pope View Post
    Breaking into your kid sisters secret diary. That really is scraping the barrel in your search for wanking material!



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    It was a challenging one I will admit

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    Iíve seen films using that plot device on PornHub.


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    Downton Abbey

    With the impending visit of the King & Queen, Downton Abbey becomes a hive of activity. Not all of it good though.
    Those going to see this film will probably have been huge fans of the TV series and this elongated film of the TV series is, essentially, a continuation of the day-to-day life of those that live and work at Downton Abbey. The good news is that this is a delightful watch. From the first moments of the iconic theme tune and as we follow the postman up the drive to Downton Abbey it all seems so familiar and as if we haven’t been away. There are the usual perils without being perils really. The biggest issue in the film is that there is no hot water at the Abbey for when the King & Queen arrive. So, it’s not really as serious as some of the episodes used to be. This is very much a light-hearted two hours with a couple of dramatic but very quickly finished storylines and then several intertwining storylines about the family and the servants. As much as it is nice to see everyone back, some characters do get more screen time than others. Upstairs it is left to Lady Mary to drive their story along as she considers what life would be like if they decided to leave Downton. There is a whimsical storyline involving Lady Edith & her husband that really doesn’t do much. The same can be said about Lord & Lady Crawley who just seem to be in scenes without any reason to be. The storylines don’t really affect them a whole lot. Downstairs is where the fun is happening and a lot of laughter happens when watching the servants storylines. When the King & Queen’s servants turn up it puts Downton’s employees noses out of joint, so they decide to stage a rather funny yet simply coup of making sure they serve the Royal family. It’s all fun in a very light-hearted manner.
    Most of the full-on laugh out loud moments come from the interplay between Violet Crawley (played by Maggie Smith) and Isobel Grey (played by Penelope Wilton). They bicker and bark at each other in such hilarious terms. It is such a wonderful dynamic between them and I’d happily pay to watch a spin-off of just them two talking for two hours. They are a joy to watch and you can tell that Smith & Wilton are having an absolute blast simply joking at each other.
    If you’ve never seen the show before then I think there are a several moments that will keep you interested and have you laughing along. For those who loved the show then you’ll be pleased to be back in the company of Downton’s inhabitants, even if it is only for a couple of hours.
    f you want to see a Stately Home set movie, I'd go for Gosford Park rather than Downton.
    I've watched about 20 minutes of 1 episode of Downton and was so disappointed.
    I didn't catch a single glimpse of the car-park or the masses of floor-space filled with all manner of emporias.


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    The Kitchen

    Hell kitchen, New York. 1970s. When a group of mobsters get locked up, their wives decide to continue to operate their rackets.
    A little twist on the age old New York mobster’s stories here. This isn’t a sprawling gangster film a la Once Upon A Time In New York. This is very much a self-contained piece of work about three women sticking it to the man… or men… and women, as they rise to become some of the most feared people in Hell’s Kitchen. I like the idea of the nothing-to-something rise storyline. It is very Michael Corleone in that regard. These three women are initially quite meek characters who are only there to serve their husbands. At times they are not even allowed to speak without their husbands say so. But that all changes when they realise they cannot afford to continue their lifestyles with no money coming in. So by banding together they begin to set out their rackets to those who are already paying their husbands. It is a fun storyline and it does, early on, have some entertaining moments when the women aren’t sure how to react when confronted with aggression. But over time they begin to fall into the mobsters attitude and start strong-arming people and other gangsters around them.
    For such an interesting and quite 70s cool plot, the film doesn’t half make it a slog to get through. Even at just over ninety minutes this film feels like it has been on forever. Once the three women become names to fear the film struggles to know what to do with them apart from occasionally bring in other characters who might get in their way but ultimately don’t because they dispatch them without any problems. It is all far too light weight to ever have a powerful film about who rules and where. While the film is set in the 1970s, it looks as though it has been styled by someone from the modern day who has no clue on 70s fashion and has got clothes that are based on 70s fashion from nowadays. There are no flares, there are no large lapels and there are very few huge hair dos. It all looks like 70s fashion done in the modern era. When you can’t get the look right then chances are the feel of the film won’t be right either, and it most certainly isn’t.
    This is a film that should be so much better than it actually is. It is letdown by a dull script and some slouch-y direction. These should have been entertaining characters but they come out looking like one dimensional wanna-be mobsters.


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    Ad Astra

    Astronaut Roy McBride undertakes a mission across an unforgiving solar system to uncover the truth about his father’s disappearance and his doomed expedition that now threatens the universe.
    If you have family problems, and specifically father issues, then this film is going to give you an existential crisis. Ad Astra will hit you so hard in those emotions that you’ll be on the floor crying. This is a family drama masquerading as a Science Fiction film. Don’t get me wrong, there are some incredible Sci-Fi moments in this film. The first five minutes had me clenching my bumcheeks and getting sweaty palms. It gives some of the most heart-stopping, and very scary, space visuals seen on-screen since Gravity. It deserves to be seen on the biggest screen possible because these visuals are outstanding, absolutely mind-melting at times. And yet, this is the most relaxed Sci-Fi/drama I’ve seen in many years. The film is almost asking you to watch it while laid out horizontal. It’s as if the film gently washes into you as you are one minute relaxed watching Brad Pitt monologue pieces from his space journal and then the next minute you are frightened by the terror in space scenes. The way this film blends those two opposites is an absolute masterstroke of filmmaking.
    It’s other masterstroke is having Brad Pitt on-screen for 99% of it’s two hour runtime. He gives a performance that will be talked about for decades to come. It is a reserved, almost whispering act as Roy McBride. This is an astronaut who lives in the shadow of his legendary father. So not only is he having to deal with that comparison each day, he struggles to come to terms with the fact his father dies thirty years ago in space on his biggest space adventure yet. Pitt’s performance grabs you and never lets go as it runs through ever emotion possible. This is the story of a man who never got to say a final goodbye to his father. His existential crisis manifests itself in very different ways compared to the average person. This is where the film truly catches you off guard as it makes you be at one with McBride’s sense of loss and his inability to work through it. Pitt’s performance in this so incredible it just reminds us why he is always an A-list actor.
    This film is real filmmaking at it’s highest. It doesn’t care for conventions. It blazes its own trail and we need more films that are not afraid to do that. This is one of those films that has to be seen to be believed. Ad Astra = Astounding


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    Ad Astra

    Astronaut Roy McBride undertakes a mission across an unforgiving solar system to uncover the truth about his fatherís disappearance and his doomed expedition that now threatens the universe.
    If you have family problems, and specifically father issues, then this film is going to give you an existential crisis. Ad Astra will hit you so hard in those emotions that youíll be on the floor crying. This is a family drama masquerading as a Science Fiction film. Donít get me wrong, there are some incredible Sci-Fi moments in this film. The first five minutes had me clenching my bumcheeks and getting sweaty palms. It gives some of the most heart-stopping, and very scary, space visuals seen on-screen since Gravity. It deserves to be seen on the biggest screen possible because these visuals are outstanding, absolutely mind-melting at times. And yet, this is the most relaxed Sci-Fi/drama Iíve seen in many years. The film is almost asking you to watch it while laid out horizontal. Itís as if the film gently washes into you as you are one minute relaxed watching Brad Pitt monologue pieces from his space journal and then the next minute you are frightened by the terror in space scenes. The way this film blends those two opposites is an absolute masterstroke of filmmaking.
    Itís other masterstroke is having Brad Pitt on-screen for 99% of itís two hour runtime. He gives a performance that will be talked about for decades to come. It is a reserved, almost whispering act as Roy McBride. This is an astronaut who lives in the shadow of his legendary father. So not only is he having to deal with that comparison each day, he struggles to come to terms with the fact his father dies thirty years ago in space on his biggest space adventure yet. Pittís performance grabs you and never lets go as it runs through ever emotion possible. This is the story of a man who never got to say a final goodbye to his father. His existential crisis manifests itself in very different ways compared to the average person. This is where the film truly catches you off guard as it makes you be at one with McBrideís sense of loss and his inability to work through it. Pittís performance in this so incredible it just reminds us why he is always an A-list actor.
    This film is real filmmaking at itís highest. It doesnít care for conventions. It blazes its own trail and we need more films that are not afraid to do that. This is one of those films that has to be seen to be believed. Ad Astra = Astounding
    I am looking forward to this!


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    Once upon a time in Hollywood...


    First third was too long and meandering, I feel DiCaprio's performance is getting over rated and brad pitt was brad pitt (which is a good thing, but he's always a similar character) but it was a great film and worth seeing in the cineama. I just wish tarintino would do a full on thriller, the scene at the old ranch was the highlight for me.


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    I am looking forward to this!
    Ad Astra is on at the Regal next Saturday - persuaded the Mrs it is a "must see" on the basis of FBS's review!


 

 

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