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    Rose

    Gripped by a violent, terrifying illness, Rose lives in seclusion with her husband. But the arrival of a stranger shatters the fragile refuge they have built.
    The old adage “On a dark and stormy night” can apply to Rose. It is a film set mostly at night and mainly when the bad weather is blowing into their secluded house set in the snow-covered terrain. It is also a film that benefits from very little light. Rose and Sam live in a house that seems to only be lit by red or blue neon lights. It’s stinging cinematography really penetrates the eyes when watching it. Yet, that is sort of the point of the film. It is here to harm you. To make you question everything and then snap at you when you do question it. It’s a painful film as well. Rose is not a well woman. Only brief glimpses of what might be wrong with her occur throughout the film. It isn’t a film that offers up answers easily. This is a dark, foreboding thriller rather than a straight up, blood curdling horror film.
    The horror comes more from the isolation that Rose and Sam have created as their own lives. They want for nothing but each other, and that is what they have. Until a young woman arrives and suddenly everything changes. The tension the film suddenly creates in that first instance could be cut with a knife. This new character is suspicious and also a chatterbox. This is not something Rose or Sam have dealt with before. The film piles of the tension the more the woman continues to rabbit on and on and on. You wonder what is going to happen.
    The film is layered with dread as well. That sense of unease even when it is just Rose and Sam in the house the film makes you wonder if something could happen between them. What is Rose’s illness? Is Sam hiding something? What is Rose’s book really about?
    Questions and answered are littered through a film that is ultimately about isolation and what it can do to any one person. But throw into the mix a character with a dark illness and it creates a genuine sense of unease around everything that is happening.


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    New video from me. Looking at 1993's NAKED. A film from Mike Leigh starring David Thewliss, Lesley Sharp and Katrin Cartlidge. Be warned: This film is devastatingly miserable




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    New video from me. Looking at 1993's NAKED. A film from Mike Leigh starring David Thewliss, Lesley Sharp and Katrin Cartlidge. Be warned: This film is devastatingly miserable

    Thewlis' performance in this film is first rate. Some of the riffs on the human condition are on the money and matter more today than they did then. Timeless.

    Will add, good summary of one of my favourite films of the 90's. Not sure it is underappreciated though(?)

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    Superintelligence

    When an all -powerful Superintelligence chooses to study average Carol Peters, the fate of the world hangs in the balance. As the A.I. decides to enslave, save or destroy humanity, it’s up to Carol to prove that people are worth saving.
    I love Melissa McCarthy. I think she is such a naturally talented comedic actress. She really can turn her hand to any type of comedy. Which is why I find it infuriating when she is in movies like this. The film is devoid of comedy. I wasn’t even sure which bits were meant to be funny because none of it seemed funny. This “joke” that an average, everyday person is left to save the world just isn’t funny here. There are times where the film forces Carol to make mistakes that any other film, or human being, would not even attempt to do. It is full of cliches upon cliches. And speaking of cliches, my absolute pet peeve with people who write for Melissa McCarthy is they do this thing where they see that she is fat so they make her fall over a lot. As if watching a fat person fall over is hilarious??!! In this not ten minutes has gone by before we see McCarthy fall off a giant bean bag not once, not twice but three times. As if we didn’t find it funny the first time the director (who is McCarthy’s husband) makes us sit through this relentlessly unfunny and quite bullying scene of a fat person falling over. This joke needs to stop. It isn’t funny.
    Anyway, back to the story. Or what bamboozlement there is of it. So Carol has to stop this A.I. from destroying the world. But because Carol likes James Cordon, the A.I. takes on the audio and visual of Mr Cordon. I’m really not sure why that’s funny but clearly writer/director Ben Falcone thinks it is. It literally does nothing except for look like a Brit is trying to destroy the world. I guess in America they see it as quaint and a bit cute. Here, it plays completely differently. Grating, I would say.
    Yet, for all the films problems, and there are many. There is a little subplot about Carol falling back in love with her ex-boyfriend George, played by Bobby Cannavale. This storyline is actually rather lovely and heart-warming. It doesn’t have stupid comedy moments. It just plays out a rekindling romance and I’d have loved to have seen just McCarthy and Cannavale do the whole film together with just that storyline.
    Sadly, it wasn’t to be and we are left with a staggering unfunny movie starring a staggeringly funny actress. McCarthy, and the viewers, deserve better than this load of clap trap.


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    Promising Young Woman

    A young woman, traumatized by a tragic event in her past, seeks out vengeance against those who crossed her path.
    Female revenge flicks never come this sugar coated, and by that I mean sugar-y sweet in look. You could be forgiven for thinking this is a Katy Perry pop music video because of how bright and bubbly it looks. But there in lies the trick of the film and the central character of Cassandra because it lures you in to a sense of “Oh, this will be fine as it is all fun and laughter” and then Bang! You get hit with the dark revenge motif that Cassandra is doing. It really is a great piece of yin yang type styles that fit together so well. So do be prepared that this is not the flowery, upbeat film you think it might be. However, that is the beauty of it because it is digging underneath all of that and becoming an almost modern day, social media driven Last House on the Left style movie. Cassandra lures these men into her life by pretending to be drunk in a club and they see their opportunity with a woman almost passed out and then escort her back to their place thinking they will have their dirty way with her. But back at their place Cassandra shows she isn’t really drunk and the look on the men’s faces is absolutely priceless, and then the film goes a bit horror movie-esc.
    The film really takes apart the male toxicity and sexual predatory of women brilliantly. It is a really sharp take down, literally and figuratively, of all that comes with thinking you are God’s gift to women and can get any woman you want. It is so well written in that regard. It is also very well written in terms of it showing how a woman has to struggle to deal with a tragedy that has affected her whole life and how she has channelled grief in a very different way to what many would do.
    I think Carey Mulligan is perfectly cast as Cassandra. This “whateva” type of attitude in her day life and then a near serial killer style in her night life. Mulligan really gets to grips with a character who is, when all said and done, a killer but she makes us care every step of the way that actually all of this is justified. Not many could pull off this type of sugar-y sweet on top and killer underneath performance like Mulligan does.
    There are many similarities to American Psycho in Promising Young Woman and as many complexities in the central character as well. A great revenge flick painted up like an almost Princess movie. Loved it.


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    The Reckoning

    Evelyn, a young widow haunted by the recent suicide of her husband Joseph, is falsely accused of being a witch by her landlord after rejecting his advances.
    Written and directed by Neil Marshall. The man responsible for giving us such great horror films as Dog Soldiers and The Descent, alongside directing some of the best episodes of Game of Thrones. Well, Dog Soldiers and The Descent seem a long way off compared to this drivel. This is a very poor horror film from a man who used to make great horror films. It is set during the great plague of England, so it is a costume horror film. But the costumes are about the best part of the film. They look very authentic. Can’t fault those at all. But the rest of the film is woeful. Considering this is set during the plague and that most people in England were dying of it and many others were malnourished and all looking like death anyway, I’m surprised to find Evelyn looking very glamorous with her curled hair and plenty of make-up. I’m not quite sure the filmmakers needed to glam anyone up here. It’s a story about witchcraft during the plague. Yet, most seem very clean.
    Then we have the storyline. Evelyn is plagued by visions. So, the film is sort of a psychological horror as well. But the problem is that the visions don’t really amount to much. They are just there in her mind and don’t do much for the plot. Then there is Evelyn in real life where she seems to be tortured in very sexually explicit ways. Not your normal torture, instead the filmmakers have decided it should be to do with her gender. Now, I get that maybe this is meant to point to the final girl motif in horror films and it certain is desperate to be a plague era I Spit On Your Grave. But this film has none of the nuance or complexities that a final girl film has. Instead, it’s just she is naked and then she is in a pretty dress and then she exacts revenge. It really misses the point of what it is trying to say about female revenge movies. Instead, it comes across as male fantasy period horror.
    So, costumes and locations aside, this film is a woeful. Simply woeful.


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    Come Away

    When their eldest brother dies, Peter and Alice seek to save their parents from despair. However, they are forced to choose between home and imagination.
    Revisionist fairytales are nothing new. Most films are just updates/remixes/remakes/reboots of classic fairytale stories. However, combining fairytales and then making a whole new story is something completely different. Come Away amalgamates Peter Pan and Alice In Wonderland and sets it in a colourblind world. It is an intriguing idea, but my main take away from this film is: Who is this aimed at?
    It comes across as a high-brow, upper-class film that really looks to exclude a lot of age ranges and demographics. Its dialogue is heavy going at times. It’s acting is good but more akin to a arthouse stage production than a fairytale film. Its story can, at times, be hard to follow because it has so many things going on at once that it is difficult to know where we are meant to be looking and also listening.
    It is beautifully shot and the sets and costumes are amazing. But they can’t save this film from being quite a pompous bore. Even when the kids go out to play and they are using sticks but the film converts them to swords is all a bit underwhelming. There are plenty of nods to Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland but they seem to be either too subtle to really pick up on too nerdy for the most common of viewers to understand the point. There is a moment in the film, an important moment, and it makes reference to something in Peter Pan. But I had no idea what reference it was making and then had to go and look it up on the internet and it turned out it was such a minor piece of Peter Pan folklore that most of us average Joe’s would never pick up on it in a month of Sundays.
    I love the idea of making this film about the stories and not about who should be playing each character. But when the script is this snotty, it feels like it is looking down its nose at you for not getting all the references or enjoying its revisionist storytelling. This is a film clearly not designed for kids, and for the most part for the majority of adults either.


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    FBS film reviews on a Wednesday?

    Whats the world coming to!

    I like the sound of Promising Young Woman though, Ill look out for that.

    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

    Don't forget you're alive. 'Cause sometimes when you walk around the city and you're in a bad mood, you can think, hey, wait a minute, we're alive! We don't know what the next second will bring and what a fantastic thing this is. This can get easily forgotten in the routine of life, and that's something I'm trying to bring to my attention at all times. Don't forget you're alive. We're not dead, you know. This is the greatest thing.

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    I love Melissa McCarthy. I think she is such a naturally talented comedic actress. She really can turn her hand to any type of comedy.
    My opinion of her is the exact opposite of yours. I think shes unfunny and a bit of a one-trick pony, so given your review, Ill definitely be giving this one a miss.

    Does James Corden actually play the villain then? Even more reason to avoid the film I guess.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Strummer View Post
    FBS film reviews on a Wednesday?

    Whats the world coming to!

    I like the sound of Promising Young Woman though, Ill look out for that.
    Hahahaha.

    Having a few days off. So thought I would post them up today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RealRed85 View Post
    My opinion of her is the exact opposite of yours. I think shes unfunny and a bit of a one-trick pony, so given your review, Ill definitely be giving this one a miss.

    Does James Corden actually play the villain then? Even more reason to avoid the film I guess.


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    James Cordon voices the A.I.
    I think there are a couple of scenes where his face shows up on a screen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FBS View Post
    Hahahaha.

    Having a few days off. So thought I would post them up today.

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    They are as ever most welcome mate - Ive posted before but Ive learnt about some fantastic movies from your reviews Id not have heard of otherwise.

    I almost feel LTLF benefits considerably here!


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    Quote Originally Posted by FBS View Post
    James Cordon voices the A.I.
    I think there are a couple of scenes where his face shows up on a screen.

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    My screen would be at risk if I had to sit through a film with that talentless twats voice in it


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    Quote Originally Posted by Strummer View Post
    They are as ever most welcome mate - Ive posted before but Ive learnt about some fantastic movies from your reviews Id not have heard of otherwise.

    I almost feel LTLF benefits considerably here!
    Thank you. Very kind of you to say.

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    FBS have you watched Spacewalker? It's on Amazon Prime.

    It's the story of the first manned mission to do a spacewalk. I don't usually watch films with subtitles as I'm usually doing other things as I watch/listen, but right from the start where Russian test pilot Lenov was in his plane and developed problems and he couldn't eject, I was hooked and stayed hooked right to the end.

    I'm not going to give a summary of the film as I wouldn't do it justice, but needless to say things don't run smoothly and there are scenes reminiscent of Gravity when he does the space walk. I would recommend it to anyone with an interest in the space race.

    I may be going Russian again tomorrow on Amazon Prime prime and watch Salyut-7: The True Story of the Soviet 'Apollo 13.' The true story of an unmanned soviet space station spinning out of control and the attempts to save it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by I'm Red Till Dead View Post
    FBS have you watched Spacewalker? It's on Amazon Prime.

    It's the story of the first manned mission to do a spacewalk. I don't usually watch films with subtitles as I'm usually doing other things as I watch/listen, but right from the start where Russian test pilot Lenov was in his plane and developed problems and he couldn't eject, I was hooked and stayed hooked right to the end.

    I'm not going to give a summary of the film as I wouldn't do it justice, but needless to say things don't run smoothly and there are scenes reminiscent of Gravity when he does the space walk. I would recommend it to anyone with an interest in the space race.

    I may be going Russian again tomorrow on Amazon Prime prime and watch Salyut-7: The True Story of the Soviet 'Apollo 13.' The true story of an unmanned soviet space station spinning out of control and the attempts to save it.
    I'm afraid I haven't seen it.
    Had a quick look on IMDB and looks like it has a small cinema run in 2017 and then straight onto streaming.
    The Russians are pretty good at doing Space/Sci-Fi movies. Sadly, we get very little in English speaking countries as they just don't sell.

    I'll take a look at this. Thanks for the recommendation

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    Quote Originally Posted by I'm Red Till Dead View Post
    I may be going Russian again tomorrow on Amazon Prime prime and watch Salyut-7: The True Story of the Soviet 'Apollo 13.' The true story of an unmanned soviet space station spinning out of control and the attempts to save it.
    Ive seen Salyut-7, its very good.

    Didnt know theyd made a film about Comrade Leonov, that is something I will have to check out.


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    I watched Promising Young Woman last night. It was all right, but I somehow got the feeling I was watching a made for Sky One film.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Strummer View Post
    Ive seen Salyut-7, its very good.

    Didnt know theyd made a film about Comrade Leonov, that is something I will have to check out.
    That is the Spacewalker film I suspect Chris. (I misspelt his name. 5 years in Siberia for me for that faux pas)


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    Watched Nobody last night.

    Went into this with low expectations. Saw it was written by the guy behind John Wick and after watching the trailer it seem to be a revenge film very similar. Man loses something and goes about violent retribution. Bob Odenkirk is no Keanu Reeves though and couldn't imagine him playing a tough guy role.

    I was plesantly surprised. Hutch Mansell isn't John Wick. Yes he has the violent past which he is trying to move on from, but a big part of him enjoys a fight and it doesn't take much to bring it out. It's good to see fight scenes where the main man isn't bulletproof or immune to any pain. Hutch takes his fair share of hits, and really feels them. It seems to be part of the bloody experience he thrives on.

    Aleksey Serebryakov plays a cracking insane bad guy and who doesn't love to see Christopher Lloyd(Hutch's Dad)) blowing people away with a shotgun?

    Lots of nods to a past-life family back story so expect a sequel, and look forward to it.

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    Stardust

    A young David Bowie, a star in the UK but unknown in the US, takes a promotional tour in 1971. While touring the country he begins to take inspiration from many different areas. These would inspire the invention of his alter ego Ziggy Stardust
    This snapshot biopic has been made without the consent of Bowie’s family and also the estate. So don’t expect to hear any of the iconic songs from that era. Also, expect a lot of “Hmmmm, did that really happen?” throughout because this feels very much like a biopic that has no real truth-telling in it. I’m not saying there isn’t, but I’d take everything with a pinch of salt. Possibly the big probably the film has is getting the viewer to feel like Johnny Flynn is the right actor to play Bowie. It feels like this needed an actor who could disappear into themselves and emerge as Bowie during filming. Instead we have an actor who is playing at being Bowie, and what I mean by that is the word “playing” that harks back to when you were a kid and you played army or cowboy & Indians or whatever, there was a sense of play. Flynn’s portrayal of Bowie is exactly that – a man playing someone. Sure, that’s what acting is. But it needed someone who goes beyond the character and digs deeper and then explodes that on-screen. We saw exactly the same disconnection between actor playing artist in Bohemian Rhapsody.
    Also, for a film about a journey, literally and figuratively, that Bowie goes on during this press tour, it doesn’t half seem like he is being guided more by his road manager Ron Oberman than anything/anyone he meets along the way. It seems Ron is the bringer of light to Bowie. Marc Maron is excellent as Ron Oberman. The reason why he is good is because he gets the music. He understands the significance of his dialogue and really puts the heart into the love for talking excitedly about different artists and albums and whatever.
    But this film can’t survive on just Maron’s Oberman because this is a film about David Bowie turning into an alien. But that transformation never really happens. That growth is missing from the film. We are left with a very uninteresting snapshot biopic, and when you are talking about some as exceptional and ground-breaking as David Bowie then Stardust just doesn’t have the requirements to make it what it needs to be.


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    Me You Madness

    A young thief cases an architectural dream house in Malibu, not realizing it is the home of an eccentric female serial killer.
    So, not five minutes into watching this film I think to myself: “This is a female American Psycho.” Then two minutes later Catherine Black, the female serial killer at the centre of the film, turns to the camera and says exactly the same thing. Initially that sounded great but this film has one huuuuuge problem, and that is the lead character of Catherine Black. I love that she breaks the fourth wall and talks to camera about her killings. I love that she is a hyper-stylized business woman. I love that she bows down to no-one. But there is a point very early on in this film where it goes from really liking Black’s attitude to absolutely despising it. And it is because of the way the character is written and also how she is performed. So the way this character is written is right on the edge of love or hate. She is a despicable character but there is a certain charm to her. The problem is that the charm turns into obnoxiousness very quickly, and that is because of the performance by Louise Linton. It is a horribly over the top performance that, at times, needed Linton to just pull back from the ferociousness and give the character a bit of breathing room and a bit of downtime. Expose who she really is and what she is actually doing. But we don’t get that. Instead we get an acting performance that is so in-your-face, over-the-top that it is almost impossible to like, let alone, love the acting or the character.
    Also, there is this weird meta action going on in the film. It seems to be self-referencing itself after already self-referencing herself. So the final third of the film goes around and around AND AROUND BECAUSE IT DOESN’T KNOW HOW TO GET OUT OF THE PERPETUAL LOOP IN-ORDER TO FINISH THE STORY AND THE two characters journey’s. So we are left watching two characters endlessly try and kill each other with all manner of different weapons without the story actually progressing beyond the middle third of the film.
    This film is so incredibly frustrating because at the heart of it it does have an interesting female serial killer angle. But it blows all of that very early on when it decides it wants to be so outlandishly over the top that it becomes a parody of the very film genre it is already parodying.


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    Black Bear

    A filmmaker at a creative impasse seeks solace from her tumultuous past at a rural retreat, only to find that the woods summon her inner demons in intense and surprising ways.
    Many will know Aubrey Plaza from her scene stealing comedic turn in the TV show Parks & Recreation. And she is a naturally funny actress. However, she is also very good at doing weird, disturbing characters as well. Her work in the TV show Legion is amazing. So I was sort of hoping we might get more of that in Black Bear. Instead what we get is a strange flip story that I think doesn’t really work. Initially, we see Plaza’s Allison sit down to dinner with the couple who own the retreat. Alcohol is consumed and soon the couple are having an argument. Allison leaves to go outside and then the film tries to make a point of how much lusting there is going on by the man. But it doesn’t really do too much instead it just has them stripping off and almost having sex before they stop and realise it wouldn’t be a good idea. The next day things try to get back to normal but there is that constant noodle at the back of all three’s minds as to what went on last night. It is an inquisitive storyline but one that doesn’t really do anything.
    Then the story flips and the female character roles are swapped. So Allison plays the partner to the man who own the retreat. But this time it is all based on them filming a movie and Allison is the star. She is also a drunk and things spiral out of control in a different way.
    Part of me is impressed with the idea of having the same actor play the same character but in two different ways, and I think it shows how wildly different a character in a film can be interpreted. However, I really don’t think that is the point of the film. Instead I think it is trying to be esoteric and full of mysticism. Which I just didn’t get any of. If there is a point to anything in this film then it is buried in amongst themes and ideas and ideologies that just don’t fit into what the film is, or isn’t, about.
    I think the film has so much potential, especially with Plaza in that sort of dual role. But it doesn’t seem to know what it wants to give the audience in terms of a character development or a kernel of a storyline.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Trents View Post
    Watched Nobody last night.

    Went into this with low expectations. Saw it was written by the guy behind John Wick and after watching the trailer it seem to be a revenge film very similar. Man loses something and goes about violent retribution. Bob Odenkirk is no Keanu Reeves though and couldn't imagine him playing a tough guy role.

    I was plesantly surprised. Hutch Mansell isn't John Wick. Yes he has the violent past which he is trying to move on from, but a big part of him enjoys a fight and it doesn't take much to bring it out. It's good to see fight scenes where the main man isn't bulletproof or immune to any pain. Hutch takes his fair share of hits, and really feels them. It seems to be part of the bloody experience he thrives on.

    Aleksey Serebryakov plays a cracking insane bad guy and who doesn't love to see Christopher Lloyd(Hutch's Dad)) blowing people away with a shotgun?

    Lots of nods to a past-life family back story so expect a sequel, and look forward to it.
    Absolutely loved it. And I say that as someone who doesn't like these one man vigilante films that are en vogue these days.


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    Default Re: The LTLF Film Thread (sponsored by FBS!)

    Latest video from me looks at a film about egg chasing. 1998's UP N UNDER was and continues to be a hugely successful play. But getting it adapted for the big screen proved a challenge



 

 

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