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    Giddy Stratospheres

    Lara and her friend Daniel are 00s Indie music scene mates. Their non-stop partying comes crashing down when Lara has to travel to her Grandma’s funeral and Daniel tries to explain what really went on the night before.
    Written, directed and starring Laura Jean Marsh, this punky little British movie has a certain style to it that reminded me of the hit TV show Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps. It’s revolving story around two best friends who live for the music scene very much felt like it could have been part of Two Pints… TV show. It’s got a bit of 90s/00s attitude to it. And I like it for that.
    Lara is a rebellious, party loving twenty something who just lives for the pubs, clubs and music. She is a wild creature that has no off button. Even her friend Daniel has no way of stopping her. And this does cause a problem between them when Lara, on the train to her Grandma’s funeral, is asked by Daniel if she can remember what happened the night before. This sets off a chain reaction in Lara as she begins to question what really did happen. But also, where is her life going? Can this be all she has in life? This may be a little Brit film, but it comes with some big, existential questions. I think it is a testament to Marsh that she has written something so thought-provoking and have her character be the entire centre of that and then watch her fall apart. It’s a showcase for Marsh’s talents and judging by what is on show here, she could go very far as she clearly has a keen eye for storytelling.
    I think the only thing really holding this film back is its sound. Granted this is a low budget British independent movie. But the majority of the film looks like it has a decent sized budget except the sound. The sound is quite tinny. Like the audio was being picked up on a desktop microphone or a lapel mic. It hasn’t been mixed properly, so the sound is a bit screechy or echo-y at times.
    It is something you do learn to live with during the film’s short 68 minutes runtime. So, its not all bad. In fact, the film isn’t bad at all. It’s actually quite impressive. I hope we hear & see more from Laura Jean Marsh in-front and behind the camera because she has crafted a nice little movie here.
    Is there a link, or was it inspired by the Long Blondes? It's a good song.




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    Riders of Justice

    Stationed away in the military, Markus must go home to his teenage daughter Mathilde after his wife dies in a train accident. It seems like an accident until a mathematics geek, who was also a fellow passenger on the train, and his two colleagues show up with revealing information.
    Markus is played by Mads Mikkelsen. Who has worked with director Anders Thomas Jensen a few times, each time with very interesting results (especially the crazy fun Men & Chickens). Riders of Justice is a really interesting and quite complex piece of work. On the surface it looks like your typical revenge movie where Markus goes around killing people. However, there is so much more to this film that simply calling it a revenge film. Markus’s story alone is very much pushing on PTSD, especially when he comes back and seems to feel that the only way to get back at these people is to deliver his form of justice. But that doesn’t help his daughter who is suffering in silence not just with the death of her mother but also the complete lack of emotion coming from her dad. The father/daughter relationship in this film is fascinatingly written and even better acted. We really get a sense of the disconnect from both of them. That story alone is enough to keep this film bubbling along very nicely.
    However, the film also throws into the mix this additional storyline of the nerd-y tech geeks who uncover the possibility that it might not have been an accident after all and turns it into a conspiracy drama. Or at least you would think it would, but in fact it is a black comedy because these tech guys are all bumbling fools. They know their computers but they aren’t so good in the real world. So we have this film where a macho man with a relationship disconnect with his daughter teams up with geeky tech guys to hunt possible murderers down. It is such a madcap multitude of genres that I honestly didn’t think it would work, but it does. And its not as though the black comedy is there for light relief. No! it is infused throughout and while it might feel rather odd at first, once you become accustomed to it you find it works really, really well.
    This is such an entertaining film because of it combining all those elements. Mikkelsen is on top form, as usual, and the rest of the cast back him up brilliantly. This film will surprise a lot of people as to how impressive it really is.
    That one is going on the list. Anything with Mads Mikkelsen is worth a watch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Francis Benali (on loan) View Post
    Is there a link, or was it inspired by the Long Blondes? It's a good song.

    Not sure. Don't think it's mentioned in the film.

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    New ‘Dune’ trailer




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    New ‘Dune’ trailer

    I am so looking forward to this.


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    I am so looking forward to this.
    If the trailer is anything to go by it will be absolutely epic.


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    New ‘Dune’ trailer

    Sorry, but I think this looks well dodgy.

    That forced Disney humour feel massively out of place, and the vibe of the film feels so bland when compared to Lynch's version.

    Have lowered my expectations. Hopefully the movie itself ends up top notch though.

    Here's another trailer which disappointed me.......



    Again, not really in line with the tone of the original. More a Spielberg, Stranger Things type trailer.

    The sooner Hollywood rags in with all these reboots, sequels and remakes the better for me. Blade Runner 2049 and The A-Team are the only ones which I can think of that I liked off the top of my head.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alf-engelos Mindminackers View Post
    Sorry, but I think this looks well dodgy.

    That forced Disney humour feel massively out of place, and the vibe of the film feels so bland when compared to Lynch's version.

    Have lowered my expectations. Hopefully the movie itself ends up top notch though.

    Here's another trailer which disappointed me.......



    Again, not really in line with the tone of the original. More a Spielberg, Stranger Things type trailer.

    The sooner Hollywood rags in with all these reboots, sequels and remakes the better for me. Blade Runner 2049 and The A-Team are the only ones which I can think of that I liked off the top of my head.
    Have you read the Books Alf?

    There is humour there, especially between Gurney Halleck, Duncan Idaho and Paul Atteides, I think that’s what the trailer shows.

    David Lynch‘s was OK, but it was a bit po-faced in parts.


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    Can someone recommend me some films in the vein of Nightcrawlers, Prisoners, Place Beyond the Pines? Some non Gyllenhall/Gosling ones would be nice


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    Reading that, for some reason 'Good Time' (2017) came to mind.


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    Quote Originally Posted by adam09 View Post
    Can someone recommend me some films in the vein of Nightcrawlers, Prisoners, Place Beyond the Pines? Some non Gyllenhall/Gosling ones would be nice
    I’ve only seen Prisoners out of those 3, enjoyed it.

    Try Gone Baby Gone. Enjoyed that too and similar vibes for me.


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    Under The Volcano

    On a remote Caribbean island, under the shadow of an active volcano, the world’s biggest recording artists made music and myth that defined an era.
    One for the music geeks amongst us, and I include myself in that. So this is the story about Sir George Martin, the legendary engineer of The Beatles, and his decision to build Air recording studios on the island of Monserrat away from the hustle & bustle of everything. I genuinely had no idea about this story and I found it very interesting. There is archive footage of Martin talking about building the place and also recording with big artists. Yet, it is the talking head interviews with the likes of Sting, Stewart Copeland, Mark Knopfler, Nick Rhodes, Midge Ure that really expand the stories. What comes across in the doc early on is that this idyllic paradise bore fruit to some of the great tunes of the era. Songs like “Everything Little Thing She Does Is Magic” and “Money For Nothing” and “Rio”, were all conceived in this idyllic getaway studio where life operated at a different pace. There is old footage of The Police laying around the pool or out windsurfing. There are photos of Dire Straits relaxing at the bar or being fed by the chef. It all seems like what Martin wanted the place to be – a studio away from everything so they could focus on just the music. And that’s exactly what it was.
    However, some musicians couldn’t get on with the isolation. There are a few interviews that discuss the need for them to be near something that had some energy. Stewart Copeland from The Police discusses how it became a pressure cooker environment with just him and the band there and how that, luckily, worked in their favour but he didn’t want to go back every again.
    So the documentary has a very big upside for about an hour. Then it all comes crashing down because the volcano that stood on the island erupted towards the end of the 1980s. Everyone was pushed to the other side of the island. There is some shocking and heartbreaking footage of the lava spuing down the side of the mountain. Basically, Air Studios was no more. Possibly my favourite bit of the documentary was that someone had managed to get back into the studios and had footage as to how it looks now. It is fully abandoned, visitors cannot get to it and nature has started to take over. Yet, there are little things there that still recall the heyday exploits that happened there.
    This music documentary is about a building in time that proved to be an inspiration for some of the world’s biggest pop stars, and then it wasn’t.


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    Jungle Cruise

    Dr. Lily Houghton enlists skipper Frank Wolff to take her down the Amazon in his ramshackle boat in-order to find an ancient tree that holds the power to heal.

    With Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean franchise grinding to a holt, I can just imagine the discussions in the House of Mouse:
    “What theme park ride should we make a movie out of now?”
    “Maybe Jungle Cruise? It is a popular attraction”
    “Brilliant.”
    “Who could star in it?”
    “What about Dwayne The Rock Johnson and Emily Blunt?”
    “Brilliant. It’s our new franchise. Greenlight ten films straight away. This idea just prints money”
    And herein lies the cynical movie making of Disney. It is plain & simple that this ride would translate very easily into an action-adventure film that the whole family will like, just like going on the ride.
    Cynicism aside, Jungle Cruise is a really entertaining film. It speeds through its two hours incredibly quickly and there isn’t much let up in terms of the action or adventure. There is lots of running and jumping and swinging and climbing and ducking and diving. It’s got it all going off in this film. And the funny thing is: It all harks back to older Disney movies such as National Treasure and Romancing The Stone and Indiana Jones and million more that did it much better. Yet, there is still something wildly entertaining about this whole film, and that is the two leads.
    Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Emily Blunt have such entertaining chemistry. They bicker and bark at each other. They don’t suffer fools gladly and they are their own strong-willed person. Yet beyond all of that, they are extremely funny separately and together in this film. If Disney had just made a film of them two sat making jokes at each-others expense then I would have paid good money to even watch that, so good is the chemistry between them. The whole film really hinges on it and thankfully it is the real winner here.
    It matters not that the CGI is a bit dodgy. It matters not that the bad guys aren’t that bad. It matters not that the dialogue is a bit on the weak side. Because you forget all of that and have an absolutely rip-roaring time watching Johnson and Blunt. For anyone who remembers and/or loves the Katharine Hepburn/Humphrey Bogart film The African Queen, then Jungle Cruise is the unofficial sequel we never knew we needed. This is a film that is fun for the entire family, and I don’t get to say that often enough these days.


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    The Suicide Squad

    Supervillains Harley Quinn, Bloodsport, Peacemaker and a collection of nutty cons at Belle Reve prison join a super-secret, super-shady Task Force X as they are dropped off at the remote, enemy-infused island of Corto Maltese.
    This is Warner Bros and DC Comics second stab at a big screen outing for The Suicide Squad after 2016’s monumentally awful version. This time I’d say they have got it right. And not just right, absolutely bang dead on as to how a Suicide Squad movie should be. There is no nuance or subtlety here. It is all in-your-face, on-the-screen adult action. This is not for kids or for the faint of heart because it is full of swear words and lots & lots & lots of blood & gore. It is also incredibly funny throughout, and incredibly sarcastic. I found myself in fits of hysterics within two minutes of it starting and that trend continued throughout its entire runtime.
    What the film does well is establishes each of the characters and also their hierarchy within the Suicide Squad. Idris Elba as Bloodsport is kind of the unofficial leader. A no-nonsense macho man who really couldn’t care less about anyone else. Then there is John Cena as Peacemaker, the very definition of an arch enemy to Bloodsport. But here they have to work on the same team. There is also the returning Colonel Rick Flag and also Polka Dot Man. Yep, that’s right a superhero who throws polka dots. All are great characters in their own rights. However, the absolute best thing The Suicide Squad does is get Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn dead right. This is the Harley Quinn I wanted to see in the previous Suicide Squad movie and in Birds of Prey. Fun, sarcastic, very crazy and very deadly. Director James Gunn, helmer of Guardians of the Galaxy, clearly knows what makes Quinn tick beyond her love of Joker and gives Quinn a full-on story that plays to every strength that character has.
    I could tell you more about the storyline or the explosions or the madcap adventures of this ragtag bunch. But I’m not because seeing some of the things in this film for the first time will have you open-mouthed or in fits of laughter. I will tell you this: This film, at its heart, is a monster movie. A good old-fashioned B-movie monster movie. Each of the The Suicide Squad are monsters and it is how they deal with that internally and externally that makes for such interesting, and hilarious, viewing.
    This is very much an adult superhero movie and I will say it is the best one for many years. It is raw, unadulterated Blockbuster material. It is an absolute blast from start to finish and if I can steal a line from the comedy classic This Is Spinal Tap, “This one goes up to eleven.”
    One warning: Don’t get too attached to any one character.


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    I’ve only seen Prisoners out of those 3, enjoyed it.

    Try Gone Baby Gone. Enjoyed that too and similar vibes for me.


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    Yeah watched that not too long ago, really good film.


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    Will you be reviewing The Sparks Brothers?


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    Have you read the Books Alf?

    There is humour there, especially between Gurney Halleck, Duncan Idaho and Paul Atteides, I think that’s what the trailer shows.

    David Lynch‘s was OK, but it was a bit po-faced in parts.
    I've not mate, have intended on doing so for about 18 months now, but still not got round to it.

    That's furry muff then. I just felt it was Disney-esq, and really thrive on the vibe of Lynch's version. I'll try and get the books tucked in over Winter, then might watch this next year then.


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    Watching 8 Mile, for the millionth time.

    Someone put Lose Yourself in the 00s thread for me


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    Will you be reviewing The Sparks Brothers?
    Probably when it hits dvd/blu ray. Unfortunately haven't got time to do it this week.
    I hear it is excellent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alf-engelos Mindminackers View Post
    I've not mate, have intended on doing so for about 18 months now, but still not got round to it.

    That's furry muff then. I just felt it was Disney-esq, and really thrive on the vibe of Lynch's version. I'll try and get the books tucked in over Winter, then might watch this next year then.
    Have you seen Jodorowsky's Dune?
    Amazing documentary about a failed attempt at making Dune.

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    Have you seen Jodorowsky's Dune?
    Amazing documentary about a failed attempt at making Dune.

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    No mate I've not. I've always loved the film since being a kid, but for it's vibe and artistry rather than it's plot and lore.

    I'm assuming it's worth a watch?


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    Probably when it hits dvd/blu ray. Unfortunately haven't got time to do it this week.
    I hear it is excellent.

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    I will watch out for it. :O)


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    Just watched Hangman starring Al Pacino.

    Came here to try and prevent anyone else wasting their time with it.

    Absolute garbage.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Alf-engelos Mindminackers View Post
    No mate I've not. I've always loved the film since being a kid, but for it's vibe and artistry rather than it's plot and lore.

    I'm assuming it's worth a watch?
    Yeah. Great doc. Well worth seeking out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RealRed85 View Post
    Just watched Hangman starring Al Pacino.

    Came here to try and prevent anyone else wasting their time with it.

    Absolute garbage.


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    A film starring Al Pacino that is rubbish?
    That just doesn't happen

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