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Postby Silkie on Sun Jul 10, 2016 1:52 pm

Movie 43. This is a linked set of short films of gross comedy and if you don't like disgusting this isn't for you despite a star studded cast. The link is some slackers trying to revenge prank one of them's tech savvy little brother and they distract him by trying to get him to find a mythical movie online called Movie 43. The whole thing has the feel of older comedy films like Kentucky Fried Movie and the humour is in the vein of Jackass with Noxville actually appearing in one of the short films. I loved it mostly but if you are a tad sensitive then give it a miss as Elizabeth Banks drenched in urine from an evil jealous cartoon cat beating it to a pulp with a shovel in the middle of a children's birthday party may not be for you. Yes this is the one with neckballs Wolverine.

Tomorrowland. A young boy inventor discovers a hidden high tech world when given a pass badge from a mysterious young girl then switches to a feisty young woman whose positive attitude is out of step with a negative world. While trying to stop the dismantling of NASA equipment where her father worked she ends up in jail and finds one of the badges that shows her glimpses of the future she wants. It's all a bit predictable and misses some opportunities without ever really being bad. i wanted to like this film as the message that no matter how bad our problems are they can be solved is a much needed one in a world as miserable and self indulgent as we live in now but the film misses the mark.

Terminator Genisys. Although I still think the original has never been bettered by a series of sequels that ranged from awful to forgettable I actually quite liked this but that may have been due to low expectations. Now I hate Terminator 2 and told the cinema so as I left which I've only ever done that once as I felt that it wasn't just the price of the ticket but 2 hours of my time I'd rather have spent in the dentists chair getting a root canal but this film is a much better attempt. The whole thing is standard time travel mind twisting but mostly paced well and enjoyable as it rewrites some of the first film quite well. A for effort but I still wish the original had remained an only child and at least it isn't another shitty reboot.

The Martian. Amazon Prime. 99p rental night. Better on the big screen but still very enjoyable as Matt Damon plays a stranded astronaut who has to survive on Mars while trying to contact home and eventually reach a rescue mission in orbit. It's a likeable film that doesn't descend into aliens or mysticism with a strong cast although the idea isn't actually that original of course. The film Robinson Crusoe on Mars did a similar thing but with padding in the form of aliens while aknowledging the source material that inspired it.
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Re: So which film have you seen last ?

Postby Silkie on Sun Jul 17, 2016 1:23 pm

Edge of Tomorrow. Amazon Prime. A reluctant soldier fighting an alien invasion of Earth gains the ability to reset the day by dying while retaining what he's experience and tries to use it at first to escape until he realises that fighting is the only option. Entertaining with the usual silly bits of exo suits not sealed or even properly armour plated but strong alien designs with a solid cast led by Emily Blunt and Tom Cruise raise it above the mediocre.

Deadpool. Bluray. Yes again. Deadp :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D l.

The Exorcist. Amazon Prime. A restored version introduced by the director. Practical effects, good casting and an amazing vocal performance by Mercedes McCambridge as the demon mean that this classic can still chill your bones. Disturbing but fascinating.

The Losers. Amazon Prime. A rather mediocre action film about a team of soldiers double crossed by their handler. It never really engages and I forgot about it while I was watching it.

Babylon 5: The Lost Tales. DVD. Two linked stories set before the destruction of space station Babylon 5 with some of the original cast. Mainly only for fans like myself but the second story was both humane and enjoyable. Its a variation on the old theme of killing a murderous dictator before they rise to power common in time travel stories.

Firewall. Amazon Prime. A crime thriller starring Harrison Ford as a bank cyber security expert whose family is held hostage while criminals try to use him to break the banks security protocols. Very average.
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Re: So which film have you seen last ?

Postby EWJ on Wed Jul 20, 2016 2:05 pm

Jane got a gun. I felt like it was going tarrantino'esque in places. Enjoyable all the same but fairly predictable outcome.

The Nice Guys. Set in the 70's with a great soundtrack and a fairly fun vibe to it, even with the violence. The kid makes it though with her attitude.
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Re: So which film have you seen last ?

Postby Bobbobthebob on Thu Jul 28, 2016 9:45 am

The Ambassador
Danish comedian/journalist investigates the dark world of ambassadors for hire in sub-Saharan Africa. With enough cash and some interesting meetings in the Netherlands and the UK, he gets himself appointed as Liberia's ambassador to the Central African Republic. It's sketchy as heck as he wheels and deals his way into the CAR and tries to demonstrate how easy it is to start trading in conflict diamonds. This guy seriously put his life on the line for this film - the CAR is horrendously poor, corruption is rife and life seemingly cheap. Some of the stuff on France's involvement there is seriously, seriously dark.

Batman v Superman
Starts rather well (despite the obvious Jeep commercial) with Batman watching Superman tearing his city apart while battling Zod. This really brings home the human cost of these superhero events in a way that I feel Capt. America Civil War really failed to do. But then the film leaves much of it behind to get incredibly bloated and boring (with a whole chunk of advertising halfway through the film to advertise other franchises that won't otherwise be part of the story).

Prince Avalanche
Weird little indie flick with a great soundtrack starring Emile Hirsch and Paul Rudd as highway workers cleaning up and repairing a remote road after a wildfire in the 1980s. A bit of an odd couple comedy but mainly just two very insecure guys trying to work out what to do with their lives.

Warcraft
I've never played WoW or the Warcraft strategy games so the world was all new to me. Definitely felt like there was a lot of meat behind the story but all we got in the film was the skin. The orcs themselves were impressive and well acted but I really didn't give a monkey's about the humans or their plight. Overall pretty average/good for a videogame film.

Gone Girl
David Fincher is a wonderful horrible bastard who makes engrossing and unnerving films like this one. Felt like it tied things up a little too perfectly towards the end but that's literally the only criticism I can make of it.

Keanu
Tries to be an American Hot Fuzz and when it's Key & Peele together it really works. It's just a shame that we don't get a huge amount of them riffing on each other. Fingers crossed they make more films as I really love their TV skits.

The Man from Nowhere
Korea's answer to Liam Neeson's Taken series. A young loner runs a pawnshop and strikes and unlikely sort of friendship with the neighbour's young daughter. When she's kidnapped by gangsters after a drug deal gone wrong, this "man from nowhere" reveals he has a very special set of skills. It's a bit paint by numbers but has some well choreographed and gruesome action scenes.

Memories of Murder
Very Fincher-esque. A bunch of cops in rural small town South Korea find their lives taken over by the hunt for what turns out to be Korea's first ever serial killer. Based on a true story and totally engrossing. If you like films like Zodiac or Prisoners, you'll love this.
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Re: So which film have you seen last ?

Postby Silkie on Fri Aug 05, 2016 4:29 pm

Willow. I don't see why this occupies such a special place in many peoples hearts so maybe it's a childhood thing as despite being a likeable enough fantasy film it didn't do anything for me.

Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker. OK animated future Batman cartoon with pretty good voice acting. The future Batman suspects the return of the original Joker to Gotham masterminding a series of crimes.

9. A very enjoyable animated film in which little mechanically propelled sack creatures try to bring down a corrupt AI that has destroyed humanity.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Watching again after snagging the Bluray on sale which has a generous amount of extra content along with a solid plot and excellent fight sequences.

The Last Witch Hunter. Vin Diesel plays a man cursed to eternal life by the queen of witches in a daft romp with a few good bits thrown in.

Hellboy 1 & 2. Both films are pretty good and Ron Perlman owns the part of the big red demon puncher.

Dragon Blade. A very odd film that despite an obvious budget seems very cheap and suffers from some odd casting. Jackie Chan plays a soldier sworn to help preserve peace on the Silk Road when a large force of Roman soldiers arrive. A few good fights but it can't decide what it wants to be and ends up a mess.

Jeremiah Johnson. One of a slew of quality 1970's Westerns that left the traditional 'cowboys & injuns' to try and show something more interesting. Robert Redford plays a man fed up of civilisation who heads off into the wilds to be a mountain man while struggling at first until he encounters an older grizzly hunter who teaches him to survive. Mostly very good especially for the time despite the Amazon streaming version suffering from a fair few picture quality issues it has a lot of heart along with a much more enlightened view of the native tribes.
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Re: So which film have you seen last ?

Postby Bobbobthebob on Mon Aug 15, 2016 7:33 pm

Whiplash
Great character study. JK Simmons is terrifying.

Eye in the Sky
Felt like an extended BBC TV episode of something like Spooks. Notable as the last film released starring Alan Rickman. The plot/script gets a bit too heavy-handed in places particularly labouring the moral points of the use of drone missiles but it does examine the differences in US/UK approacheson this front rather well.

Star Trek Beyond
Rather boring. Shows us characters from the previous films and then does very little with them except to throw them into peril periodically and expect us to care much. Just tons of the weightless destruction disease that's been plaguing action SF and the superhero genre so much lately. The bad guy is sorely under-developed and is a total waste of Idris Elba.

Midnight Special
A fairly tight little sci fi about a boy with mysterious powers wanted by both a religious cult and the government. Michael Shannon plays his dad, ferrying him around the United States and keeping him in hiding, not knowing what is up with his son or the true strength of his powers but sacrificing everything for him. It's a bit of a heavy-handed allegory for parenthood but very watchable.

Take Shelter
Michael Shannon plays a working class American in the mid west plagued by apocalyptic, possibly prophetic dreams. He struggles over it with a family history of mental illness but a mismatching set of symptoms driving him in different ways. Shannon is absolutely fantastic in this one.

The End of the Tour
Almost claustrophobically intense study of writers and their egos. David Foster Wallace rocketed to fame for his book Infinite Jest in the early 90s when a journalist from Rolling Stone joins him for an extended interview by following him on the tale end of the book tour. Both Jason Segel (yes, really!) and Jesse Eisenberg act their socks off - very believably portraying a tortured, uncertain genius and a shrewd but vulnerable journalist respectively. Slow going and entirely dialogue driven but engaging throughout.

North by North West
I don't get what the fuss was about. Thought the sex scene represented by a train entering a tunnel was pretty funny though. :lol:

Taxi Tehran
Wowee. Iranian director Jafar Panahi has been a bit of a gadfly for years; making films critical of the government or about sensitive or contentious subjects. He was recently banned by the Iranian government for 20 years from making films, writing screenplays, holding interviews for any media and from leaving Iran. Despite this he made this film shot largely from dashboard cameras in a taxi that Panahi drives himself around Tehran. There's an impish sense of humour as the actors entering his vehicle call him out on the deceit over fact/fiction and some frankly bizarre passengers turn up in quick succession. It throws digs in at hardline Iranians eager for capital punishment and explores the repercussions; it makes fun of Iran's film code as Panahi's neice is given homework to make a short film within the rules and struggles to shoot anything "distributable"; and it also calls attention to the plight of political prisoners of all stripes within Iran. Well worth a watch!

The Big Year
A bland, feel-good comedy that I have a soft spot for by being a bird-watcher myself.

The Imitation Game
A decent historical drama if a bit paint-by-numbers. While the focus was on Turing's homosexuality and persecution, I felt it undersold the story of his war contribution and the real "imitation game" in the latter part of the war whereby we managed to hide from the Germans that we'd cracked their code.
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Re: So which film have you seen last ?

Postby windowmaker on Wed Aug 17, 2016 10:30 pm

Just seen the Martian (I know, late to the party but I had to read the book first...)


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Re: So which film have you seen last ?

Postby Silkie on Sun Aug 21, 2016 2:54 pm

The Little Prince (2015). Netflix. Although this covers the children's fantasy story it's more about a stressed out girl with a pushy mother who becomes friends with an eccentric old man who may be the pilot in the original story. It's fairly good and quite charming without being too sentimental.

The Woman in Black. A rather old fashioned ghost story that mostly works well as a recently widowed lawyer is sent to a deal with the affairs of a deceased client and encounters a haunting by a vengeful female spirit.

The Tale of The Princess Kaguya. Film 4. One of Studio Ghibli's last two films is a very traditionally animated Japanese folk tale that has a lot to please fans of animation but may be less interesting for others.

Chef. Film 4. A funny, warm hearted film about a man reconnecting with his son while regaining the passion that started his career as a chef which I can't recommend highly enough.

Kung Fu Hustle. A totally over the top martial arts comedy from and starring Stephen Chow but the Chinese version of Flo and Andy Capp steal the movie for me. :D

Rounders. Matt Damon leads a good cast in this film about a reformed gambler trying to deal with his life and help an old friend fresh out of prison but although it has it's moments it didn't do much for me.

Resident Evil series. Yes the whole film series which is wonderfully terrible and really only for fans of either the series or Mila <3

Megamind. Netflix. I really quite enjoyed this animated story of a villain forced to turn hero as after finally defeating his life long nemesis he finds himself so bored he tries to create a replacement who turns into a power mad psychopath. Solid animation and pretty good voice acting made this a very entertaining watch.

Escape From LA. Ouch. A mess that looks more like a fan film but has some entertainment value as Kurt Russell reprises his role as the mercenary Snake Plisken forced into another rescue mission for a corrupt US government. As though there's ever been any other type of American government. :roll:

The Good, the Bad and the Weird. A Korean film described as a Kimchi Western by it's director lifts most of it's plot from the obvious spaghetti Western and thanks to some quality fight scenes makes a good job of it. Three men search for a treasure map in 1940's Manchuria all pursued by the occupying Japanese forces with the Weird gangster doing most of the comedy.

Deadpool. I'm going to wear the bloody disk out at this rate but each time I watch it I spot something new and it still makes me laugh every time.
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Re: So which film have you seen last ?

Postby Silkie on Tue Aug 30, 2016 10:41 am

Argo. Amazon Prime. Very loosely based on the rescue of six American diplomats from Iran in 1979 using the cover of a film crew scouting for a science fiction film location. To me this is wildly over rated and a missed opportunity for a better and more accurate film. If I was Canadian this film would make me as angry as one of their geese.

Ironclad. Amazon Prime. A crusader version of the magnificent seven that has some odd casting choices and simplistic views of history but works as an action film. The fight scenes are entertaining and it offers the chance to see Vladimir Kulich in action which is worth anyone's time. When the looks were being handed out he got extra helpings of rugged and handsome.

Looney Tunes: Back in Action. Passable live action meets animation in the style of Roger Rabbit but the toons steal the day and it even features my favourite Bugs & Daffy skit. Duck season! Wabbit season!

Dead Man. Amazon Prime. An odd film shot all in black and white featuring Johnny Depp as an accountant who becomes a murderer and then runs from the law across the old west. An interesting cast keeps things going but it meanders a fair bit. Not for everyone.

Akira. DVD. A classic in animation and the film that brought the Japanese anime genre to mainstream Western attention is amazingly nearly thirty years old but still fascinating. In a rebuilt Tokyo after the devastation of a limited nuclear war some members of a teenage bike gang accidentally get involved in a secret government project to unlock psychic powers in children. Visually still a treat and featuring a fantastic musical score it remains as watchable now as when I first saw it.
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Re: So which film have you seen last ?

Postby Silkie on Sun Sep 04, 2016 1:47 pm

Rampage. Amazon Prime. I've never watched anything by legendary terrible film maker Uwe Boll but this caught my eye as it's his first to get positive reviews. The plot of this 2009 film is sadly still relevant as it's about a spree shooter and his killing rampage in his home town. The main actor does a fairly good job of portraying a chilling killer with a plan and even provides some insight into the type of person who does these things. A pretty good effort.

Zootopia (AKA Zootropolis) GooglePlay. An odd but entertaining Disney animation that actually feels more like a Dreamworks production complete with a poster very much like their standard one. It loses it's way a bit in the middle and the plot is pretty by the numbers but remains watchable even with such an obvious villain.

Kiki's Delivery Service. DVD. A studio Ghibli animation from 1989 that mixes a 1930's style Mediterranean city with a world where witches still live and uphold an old tradition of going out on their own into the world at 13. Kiki and her end up being rather ignored but she finds a friend in a local bakers shop owner who helps her set up a delivery by broomstick service and offers her a room. This isn't a Disney style film so there isn't a villain just a very charming story of a girl finding her feet and making new friends with beautiful traditional art and a rich musical score.

Tales From Earthsea. DVD Another Ghibli film but one that didn't do so well and I can see why. Based loosely on the Earthsea novels it suffers from a tendency to meander and although well made it never really engaged me.
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Re: So which film have you seen last ?

Postby Silkie on Wed Sep 21, 2016 2:51 pm

The Big Lebowski. Film 4. A case of mistaken identity gets a slacker involved in a tangled web of kidnapping and lies all told in the usual odd but entertaining Coen brothers fashion. The film has a deliberate Raymond Chandler feel about it and I can't believe it's taken me so long to actually watch this very entertaining film.

Little Big Man. Amazon Prime. Dustin Hoffman stars as a white settlers child adopted by Cheyenne and wraps his life around the events of the time leading up to the battle of The Little Bighorn all as told to a reporter by the main character as a very old man. The film is a war satire not surprisingly as it was released during the Vietnam war but it's humour and sympathetic portrayal of the Cheyenne mean it has aged well. Chief Dan George steals pretty much every scene he appears in as the Little Big Mans adoptive father and received a well deserved Oscar nomination for his performance.

April and the Extraordinary World. Amazon Prime. A very entertaining French-Belgian-Canadian animated film based on the works of comic artist Jacques Tardi set in an alternative history where the Franco-Prussian war didn't happen. The mysterious disappearances of scientist's all over the planet lead to a long lasting stagnation of science and a lasting steam age where coal reserves are exhausted and wars are fought over dwindling forests in a world choking on pollution. The daughter of two missing scientists tries to complete their work to make an 'invincibility' potion that's only result so far is an intelligent talking cat while a dogged policeman still tries to track down her grandfather through tracking her. It has a pleasing Steampunk style, humour and a solid story that came as a pleasant accidental find on Amazons newly added movies list.

Deadpool. Yes I know but every time I watch it I laugh and find new things to enjoy. I'm obsessed with this film.

An American in Paris. Amazon Prime. A still amazing looking old musical starring Gene Kelly and the exotic dancer Leslie Caron that cheered me up during the flu. An American who stays on in France after WW2 struggles as an artist until he catches the eye of a rich divorcee but he falls in love with a young woman he sees in a cafe.

Rio Bravo. Amazon Prime. When I'm ill I like to watch old movies and although I prefer the remake of this (El Dorado) it still manages to be a good but old fashioned Western. The brother of a local cattle baron is held by a local lawman and a rag tag group of deputies until the Marshall can arrive starring John Wayne & Dean Martin.
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Re: So which film have you seen last ?

Postby Silkie on Tue Oct 11, 2016 4:09 pm

Public Enemies. ITV4. A very lightweight telling of the story of the bank robber John Dillinger starring Johnny Depp and Christian Bale that prefers style over substance.

The Expendables 2. CH5. More of the same hokum but if you grew up watching eighties action flicks like me it still manages to be dumb fun as ageing action heroes shoot an endless supply of bad guys led by Jean Claude Van Damme.

Gravity. Amazon Prime. It loses some of the impact of seeing it in 3D at the cinema but still has a lot to offer in a story of an inexperienced astronaut stranded in Earth orbit.

Tokyo Godfathers. DVD. An amazing film by the late Satoshi Kon about a odd trio of homeless people who find an abandoned baby around Christmas time and attempt to care for it while looking for the parents. Funny and sad but ultimately heart warming.

Rio Lobo. Amazon Prime. A rehash of Rio Bravo played a bit more for comedy.

Room. Amazon Prime. A fascinating film about a women and her son whose entire life is lived in a single room. No spoilers but you should soon realise what is happening and how relevant it is to some true events then just enjoy two very good acting performances. I really can't recommend this film highly enough.
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Postby Silkie on Tue Nov 08, 2016 6:34 pm

The Raven. Amazon Prime. A serial killer bases his crimes on the stories of Edgar Allen Poe and the detective in charge of the case brings in the author to help but the movie doesn't engage much despite this interesting premise.

Terry Pratchett's Going Postal. An entertaining adaption of the book with some good casting as a con man is forced to take the vacant role of Post master in Ankh Morpock.

Deadpool. Yes I know I'm an addict but each time I watch I laugh.

The Dead Next Door. DVD. A real stinker notable only for a voice dubbing by Bruce Campbell as a police team hunt zombies and a cult at the same time. Cheap and messy.

The Devils Rejects. DVD. A gory but surprisingly stylish movie about a family of serial killers on the run from the law that's actually a lot of violent fun.

Phantasm. DVD. Old and cheap horror movie with a few good ideas especially a flying murder drone.

The Man With Two Brains. Amazon Prime. Ye olde Steve Martin comedy about a brain surgeon who marries a psychotic murderess then falls in love with a brain kept alive in a jar.

Shutter Island. FILM4. An excellent thriller with masses of twists as two detectives are sent to investigate a disappearance from an asylum that gets cut off during a storm.

The Last Days on Mars. Film4. A bit bland but with a few good ideas about a Mars mission that discovers a force that possesses the astronauts in a murderous fashion.

Star Trek into Darkness. Bluray. A guilty pleasure in this reboot that boasts great casting with a rather weak story but good action.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Film4. A very beautiful film with a message that won't appeal to everyone but the story of a dreamer who finally heads off on an adventure is one I enjoyed.

The magic Roundabout. DVD. A bit stuck between a children's movie and nostalgia but with a laugh or two as Zebedee's evil twin comes back to life.
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Re: So which film have you seen last ?

Postby hagz on Sat Nov 12, 2016 9:44 am

i watched Walter Mitty and totally loved this film. it seems aimless at times but is so fantastically shot you sort of feel you're there with him all the way.

Devils Rejects also a great movie a bit gory as you said but still good.
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Re: So which film have you seen last ?

Postby Silkie on Mon Nov 21, 2016 1:49 pm

House of a 1000 Corpses. DVD. I watched this after the sequel (Devils Rejects) and I'm glad as this mess might have put me off the second film as it has little going for it but a couple of decent ideas. Basically a mess.

Drive. Amazon Prime. A nameless stunt driver moonlights as a getaway man in a film that manages to capture the feeling of older films from the seventies but whose slower pace and lack of lighter moments may put people off this tense film about stolen mob money.

Creepshow. DVD. A horror compilation from the minds of Stephen King and George A. Romero who had been friends for a while before seeing an opportunity to do a joint project. Tongue stuck firmly through a hole in a zombiefied cheek it's nostalgic fun.

Creepshow 2. DVD. A second film with good moments but less fun than the first .

Contact. Amazon Prime. This film about first contact with an alien civilisation based on a story by Carl Sagen tends to split opinions and feels more like a rough draft of a better film. Jodie Foster plays a young astronomer who has dedicated her life to the search for extraterrestrial life but has to deal with a change in government attitudes that threaten to end the project. Then comes an alien signal hidden in a rebroadcast signal of the 1936 Olympics than contains plans for a 'space machine' that the US government builds only to have sabotaged by a religious fanatic. If you watch Family Guy the next bit got referenced by Stewie and it is weird but a second multi billion dollar device has been built in secret elsewhere. The test continues with Foster and to her she has been transported through space but to the rest of the world her pod merely passes through the machine. The ideas are fascinating but the execution is way to sloppy and ultimately misses for me.

Dr. Strange. 3D Cineworld. Off to see the new marvel with it's odd casting choice of a white woman to play a character that was an old Asian man. Visually it's a treat with reality warping all the over place and a lot of the casting is strong with Benedict Cumberbatch doing well as the lead while Chiwetel Ejiofor gives his usual strong performance. The villain was rather bland but the action was fun while trying to deal with the constant superhero movie problem of getting the origin story out of the way.



The movies after credit sequence sets up what anyone who knows the comics will realise is the inevitable villain of the second film as Karl Mordo with Chiwetel Ejiofor who can play a quality villain as anyone who has seen Serenity would know.

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Re: So which film have you seen last ?

Postby BenJy! on Sun Nov 27, 2016 6:20 pm

Silkie wrote:House of a 1000 Corpses. DVD. I watched this after the sequel (Devils Rejects) and I'm glad as this mess might have put me off the second film as it has little going for it but a couple of decent ideas. Basically a mess.


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Re: So which film have you seen last ?

Postby Silkie on Thu Dec 01, 2016 6:52 pm

A Street Cat Named Bob. Cinema. Based on the two books about how a homeless reforming drug addict got the focus he needed when a stray ginger cat came into his life and he ended up a best selling author. It's a movie about redemption and although similar to the books has a few changes in plot and is much shortened. Well I'm a fan of the books and absolutely loved it especially as Bob played himself.

Captain America 3: Civil War. Amazon 99p rental offer. A bit of a missed opportunity and although it still has a lot of good action sequences a single film was never in with a chance of being a good version of a flawed but interesting story.
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Re: So which film have you seen last ?

Postby Silkie on Wed Dec 21, 2016 9:12 pm

Big Hero 6. A likeable film that feels more like a series pilot than a stand alone film as a boy genius uses his late brothers medical robot invention to help solve the mystery surrounding his death.

The Book of Life. Netflix. Very enjoyable and full of fun designs based around Mexican puppets but done in CGI as a tale of a wager between supernatural beings as to which boy will win a girls heart.

The Siege of Jadotville. Netflix. I'd never heard of this incident in which Irish UN troops defended their post during the Congo-Léopoldville conflict but it was very worth watching as the whole incident got hushed up at the time.

Astro Boy. Netflix. Mediocre adaption of the old Manga character that plodded along.

The November Man. Netflix. A post Bond spy thriller for Pierce Brosnan that has all the ingredients for a good film but still ends up as an unsatisfying mess.

Spectral. Netflix. An DARPA scientist researching hyperspectral imaging techniques is flown to the Moldova war zone after a soldier is attacked by a figure invisible to the naked eye. It has a few bits from other science fiction movies such as Aliens and yet remains quite watchable throughout despite being more 'B' movie at heart than it wants to be. Worth a watch even with the cliches.

Bone Tomahawk. Netflix. A horror Western as a small town sends out four men to track down towns people kidnapped by a tribe of Native Americans shunned by the other tribes for their savagery. A little stretched out but with an interesting look and starring Kurt Russell who seems to specialise in cowboy roles lately it benefits from some strong acting and ideas.
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Re: So which film have you seen last ?

Postby Silkie on Fri Jan 06, 2017 3:31 pm

Interstellar. Amazon Prime. It has some weak points but this science fiction thriller is great looking and only slightly less entertaining on the small screen than in the cinema. A strong cast act out a dying Earths last chance at finding a new home in a new solar system.

How to Train Your Dragon 2. Not bad but it hasn't the spark of the first film and lacks it's charm as well.

Dracula Untold. Netflix. A reworking of the Dracula tale that pinches some parts of the historical characters who inspired the myth but is mainly some entertaining special effects and a good dollop of action.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny. Netflix. Enjoyable but without the sheer majesty of the first film and only really suffers in that comparison.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Blu-ray. I still think this has the best fight scenes of any superhero film to date and it includes a relevant plot about the powers we grant government bodies.

Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants. Also known by it's original title Minuscule - La vallée des fourmis perdues is a hugely entertaining Franco Belgian animation about a gutsy little ladybird who ends up in the middle of a battle between black and red ants. I really can't recommend this charming film enough and don't panic as there aren't any subtitles to read for people who normally avoid non English language films.

The Pyramid. Netflix. A previously unknown pyramid is discovered via. satellite imaging prompting an expedition to explore it by an archaeological team in modern day Egypt. The idea is a good one but the execution is pretty routinely poor from acting through dialogue and effects all being mediocre at best.

The Void. Amazon Prime. An interesting short film anthology full of promising ideas and visuals.

Bad Taste. Amazon Prime. Peter Jackson's first film produced on a shoestring budget is a cult science fiction splatter film that lives up to it's title. If your sense of humour is sick enough it's a laugh riot but don't expect miracles of a film where the director took two roles and built most of the props.

Hardcore Henry. Amazon Prime. This is what you get when you make a movie in the style of a first person console shooter and it works quite well for what it is. Relax and enjoy the roller-coaster ride of a man bought back to life as a cyborg trying to rescue his wife from the clutches of a telekinetic villain.
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Re: So which film have you seen last ?

Postby 13th Nightmare on Fri Jan 27, 2017 4:07 pm

The Rezort. Set after a zombie apocalypse, somebody thought it would be a good idea to have the remaining zombies shipped to an island where people can shoot them all they want. Of course things go wrong and the zombies are let loose.

Wasn't really impressed with it. Hell, I predicted a twist in the movie maybe 20 minutes into it. And predicted something else that happened near the end maybe halfway into it. Didn't care about any of the characters whatsoever
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