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Re: So which film have you seen last ?

PostPosted: Sat Nov 12, 2016 9:44 am
by hagz
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.

Re: So which film have you seen last ?

PostPosted: Mon Nov 21, 2016 1:49 pm
by Silkie
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.


Re: So which film have you seen last ?

PostPosted: Sun Nov 27, 2016 6:20 pm
by BenJy!
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.


Stay away from 31.

Re: So which film have you seen last ?

PostPosted: Thu Dec 01, 2016 6:52 pm
by Silkie
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.

Re: So which film have you seen last ?

PostPosted: Wed Dec 21, 2016 9:12 pm
by Silkie
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.

Re: So which film have you seen last ?

PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2017 3:31 pm
by Silkie
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.

Re: So which film have you seen last ?

PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2017 4:07 pm
by 13th Nightmare
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

Re: So which film have you seen last ?

PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2017 4:09 pm
by Silkie
Red Dragon. Netflix. Odd that I haven't watched this before but although it's mostly the same story as Manhunter it has a few extra things to add as a retired police profiler is called in to help hunt a serial killer. They set it as a direct prequel to Silence of the Lambs as the closing scene is leading into the beginning of the earlier film. Pretty good but the killer is less menacing than the Michael Mann movie.

Beyond Beyond. Netflix. An interesting looking children's movie from europe that drags a lot and while pretty is way too slow. A rabbit seeks his mother who was taken away by the mysterious feather king.

A Knights Tale. Netflix. Somehow this works despite it being a very stupid idea and ends up being a very entertaining version of Chaucer's The Knights Tale. The squire of a knight who dies take over his horse and armour to compete in tournaments using a fake identity crafted by a writer they encounter with a tendency to end up losing the very shirt on his back while gambling badly. The actors make it worth watching and allow you to forget how silly it gets.

I decided to play Bad Deadpool, Good Deadpool armed with some Belgian wheat beer, pizza and choccy.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Reasonable film of the Canadian mutants origin but yes this is bad Deadpool as they waste the opportunity.

Deadpool. Good Deadpool. I'm glad this came with a digital copy because I'm likely to wear the disk out.

Butch Cassidy & Sundance Kid. Netflix. A great cast but this old Western hasn't aged well at all.

Let the Right One In. Netflix. A stylish Swedish vampire film about a bullied young boy who meets an eternally young girl who helps him take revenge on his tormentors.

Eye in the Sky. Amazon Prime. A very modern spy thriller as a UK intelligence operatives hunt a wanted Islamic terrorist that they intend to kill with a US drone strike. Alan Rickman in his last film role and Helen Mirren play it all in a very balanced way showing the difficulty of 21st century anti terror operations.

Fantastic Mr. Fox. Netflix. A firm favourite of mine as Wes Anderson directs this animated tale of a reformed fox robber going back to his old ways despite the promise to his wife. I don't know the Roald Dahl book but it seems to have the right feel to me of great but often macabre work.

Re: So which film have you seen last ?

PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2017 10:04 am
by Athrun_Talan
Silkie wrote:Fantastic Mr. Fox. Netflix. A firm favourite of mine as Wes Anderson directs this animated tale of a reformed fox robber going back to his old ways despite the promise to his wife. I don't know the Roald Dahl book but it seems to have the right feel to me of great but often macabre work.


I loved this film. I think it really well captured the book itself.


We went to see the Lego Batman film at the weekend. Very funny, had some adult humour in places (plenty to keep the kids and the adults entertained), and well worth a watch. Not quite as good as the Lego Movie, but close.

Re: So which film have you seen last ?

PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2017 3:32 pm
by Silkie
I love the Lego Movie so will have to give that a view.

Bond double bill.

Dr. No. The first outing for 007 and still very entertaining without a host of gadgets with my favourite James Bond in the form of Sir Sean joined by the stunning Ursula Andress as Honey Ryder the first Bond Girl.

From Russia With Love. Another classic bond and despite a bit of a silly line or two still a classic.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. Amazon Video. I was interested in this when it played at the cinema but never made the time to see it then and now regret that. Burton without Depp always has a chance to produce some grotesque wonderful films and this one. A slight under use of Samuel L. Jackson as the villain but a good cast of adult and child actors made for a very entertaining film.
A teenage boy having listened to years of his grandfathers amazing stories about his youth at a home for peculiar children born with astounding gifts has to deal with the old mans death and the thing he thinks he saw lurking near the old mans eyeless body. In a bid to put it to rest he travels with his father to where the home was supposed to be only to find it a ruin having been bombed during WW2. His father tries to convince him that the stories of monster and magic are just how his father dealt with his experiences in occupied Poland and later the war as he left to enlist just before the home was destroyed. No spoilers but from here the magic begins and he is introduced to an alternate world that hides along side our own.

Re: So which film have you seen last ?

PostPosted: Fri Mar 10, 2017 5:02 pm
by Silkie
Goldeneye. DVD. A solid Bond film with a very enjoyable tank/car chase and one of my favourite modern 007 films.

Inglourious Basterds. Amazon Prime. I'm a fan of Tarentino films but this was more miss than hit for me as although it had a lot of good scenes it didn't fit together well. The cellar meeting or the French farmhouse deserved to be part of a better film.

Logan. IMAX. Well no spoilers but DAMN! You should go and see this post Deadpool Wolverine film which apart from a few flaws is the depiction of the clawed Canuck we needed all along. They should have had Hurt sung by Johnny Cash as the opening title song though as it's so perfect on the trailers.

Re: So which film have you seen last ?

PostPosted: Mon Apr 24, 2017 9:06 pm
by Silkie
Jupiter Ascending. Amazon Prime. Bizarre but frequently pretty space opera that ultimately wastes it's cast and a few good ideas.

Re: So which film have you seen last ?

PostPosted: Wed May 03, 2017 3:43 pm
by Silkie
Guardians of the Galaxy vol 2. 3d IMAX. Different to the first film but still excellent with lots of action and laughs it has a slightly different tone to the first film. It takes it's time to flesh out the characters more and considering how many there are it does a good job. The visuals are mind numbing and the soundtrack superb so it's hard to pick many flaws. It sometimes tries to stuff too much in one film and some of the references will be lost on non fans but from a rapid start to some entertaining closing credits it still remains constantly entertaining.

Also Groot.

Re: So which film have you seen last ?

PostPosted: Fri May 05, 2017 10:05 am
by Shuriken
Last films seen were Split and Logan.

Split

Unexpected tie in with unbreakable, joint sequel coming out eventually. Took an interesting premise, portrayed it as theatrical as you can and then turn the weird up to 11 right at the end. I enjoyed a lot of the film, not sure how I feel about the end.



Logan

might be one of the worst films I've seen in the last decade. It was great to see a real wolverine story, it's a shame the actual plot and writing was college garbage. I don't regret things usually,
I wish I'd never bothered with this.


Re: So which film have you seen last ?

PostPosted: Sun May 07, 2017 12:56 am
by Security
Silkie wrote:Guardians of the Galaxy vol 2.

I seen that one too last week and found it even better then the first film. :)
I just loved the Drax and Mantis scenes.

Re: So which film have you seen last ?

PostPosted: Sun May 07, 2017 8:55 pm
by Silkie
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World. DVD. I've wanted to watch this again for a quite a few years but never had the chance until now so with the surrounds on to enjoy the battle scenes I settled down with a glass of Scotch to get to grips with it. It's the story of an English naval ship hunting a French privateer during the Napoleonic wars and is a visual treat as well as an auditory one with great attention to detail in it's depiction of life aboard ship. The action is brutal with the grim consequences shown in fairly gory detail but it also has quieter moments with the friendship of the Captain (Russell Crowe) and the ships Doctor (Paul Bettany) as two very different men who remain strong friends. It's a real shame that no sequel came along. Epic stuff.

The Cat Returns. DVD. An utterly charming studio Ghibli animated film that has a girl drawn into a magic world of talking cats after she saves the life of their prince. Quality family friendly stuff and the way the magical cats had black & white secret service cats was a rib tickler.

Re: So which film have you seen last ?

PostPosted: Wed May 10, 2017 6:04 am
by Pancoast
hagz wrote: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.


I don't know about devils rejects but walter mitty was a godo watch.

Re: So which film have you seen last ?

PostPosted: Sun May 21, 2017 5:30 pm
by Silkie
Batman. DVD. Considering what they had to work with Tim Burton & Michael Keaton did a great job with the look and feel of this film but the story let it down a bit. Somewhere between this and the Nolan films lies a better vision of the bat but with DC that may never surface.

The 13th Warrior. DVD. A flawed but still very watchable film about an Arabic translator being taken along on a quest to defend a Viking village from a tribe of cannibals with some great performances especially Vladimir Kulich as the leader of the band.

The 5th Element. Bluray. Still a highly entertaining science fiction action romp with more than a few laughs as retired special forces soldier (now cabby) Bruce Willis is tasked to protect the humanoid alien Milla Jovovich in her fight against the ultimate evil. Campy but still so much fun and it's amazing to think I first saw it 25 years ago at Teighnmouth cinema.

Trilogy of Terror. Amazon Prime. Pretty terrible but still fun as a vehicle for superior B movie actress Karen Black in these little snippets of horror most memorable for the final sections last scene which still manages to be very creepy.

Moana. Play 99p rental. A very attractive film by Disney with a feel of Hercules about it, some nice tunes that fit well and a solid story. Lacking something but still very watchable and I liked it more than many of their recent animated films.

Re: So which film have you seen last ?

PostPosted: Wed May 31, 2017 4:03 pm
by Silkie
Hell or High Water. Amazon Prime. A very solid crime thriller as a soon to be retired Texas ranger hunts down two brothers who have taken to robbing banks of untraceable loose bills to pay off the mortgage on their family farm. Interesting stuff and well acted but no Hollywood style shoot outs and a fairly grim over tone.

John Wick. Amazon Prime. A retired hitman is brutalised by the son of a mobster who doesn't realise how dangerous the man he and his gang ambush and rob is. Old fashioned revenge thriller and very well done with lots of quality action scenes.

Casablanca. Amazon Prime. Oh come on? You know this classic right? Well it's funny but I don't actually remember every watching all of it before and although dated this story a man giving up his lost love so she can escape the Nazis is still great stuff. Maybe a little dated but still very watchable.

Hard Core Henry. Amazon Prime. Ridiculous over the top first person view film in the style of a video game that might class as a guilty pleasure but a pleasure for sure. Gory, silly fun.

The Horseman. Amazon Prime. An Australian revenge film in the vein of Hardcore about a father who hunts the truth about his daughters death and her involvement in a violent porn video. Brutal stuff showing the ugliness of true violence.

Captain Fantastic. Amazon Prime. A fantastic (I have no shame) looking film with a fitting musical score that is off the wall enough to be a Wes Anderson movie but isn't. A father (Viggo Mortensen) raises his children away from civilisation but is forced to return after his wife dies and the children have to deal with both their grief and first taste of the outside world. It's never less than interesting but the ending seems a little tacked on to me.

A Better Tomorrow. DVD. The 1986 gangster film directed by John Woo has aged a fair bit still has some great scenes with Chow Yun-fat stealing the show in a tale of embittered brothers and revenge.

Re: So which film have you seen last ?

PostPosted: Wed May 31, 2017 11:10 pm
by Dauntless
I agree Silkie, John Wick is a great film. I've watched it a few times. I liked the fact that John starts with an "oh shit we're all going to die" reputation. For those that haven't seen it, you'll understand once you have done.

I've recently seen John Wick 2. It carries on directly from the first film including all the same action. I did enjoy it but I'm a tad unsure if it could be called a good film. It had some good moments, great even, but I still feel like.... well I don't really know what I feel like. I'm going to have to watch it again I think.