Return of the RECENT VIEWING

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Postby Powehi » 29 Nov 2019, 11:01

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An incredible movie - both heartbreaking and heartwarming - about what happened - and is still happening in Syria.

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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby St Jeemo the Humourless » 29 Nov 2019, 21:21

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Matt Wilson wrote:Geez, I haven't posted a new review on this thread in months, but is no one going to review this?

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The Irishman

Happy Thanksgiving, everybody, got that out of the way. So we all sat down dutifully around the TV last night and partook of Scorcese's latest. His first mob movie since The Departed in 2006. I'll not bother with plot summary but I will say that Frank Sheeran's account of offing Jimmy Hoffa, and other Mafia hits are debated fiercely on the internet. There's absolutely no proof that any of this happened folks, And Sheeran himself is no longer around to answer questions. So with that in your head, just keep an open mind when you watch, strap yourself in, get over the CGI-faces which are on display for over half of the film, and you should have no problem enjoying the ride. DeNiro is in almost every scene, Pesci underplays, and Pacino steals almost every moment that he's in. Harvey Keitel is even in a few parts. It's three-and-a-half hours, but I wasn't bored much. Since this is the last time (?) we'll see something like this from these guys, we should be thankful it's around. I'm not going to heap effusive praise on the project like most of the reviews I'm been reading, but I will say I had a good time, and will probably watch it again before Christmas. It'll be interesting to see how the academy reacts next year come nomination (and awards) time. I don't know if I enjoyed it more than Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (and I had my issues with that picture as well), but I just saw it, so my thoughts on the two may change once I've seen both of them again.


Still got an hour to go, loving it do far. I'm not the biggest Marty fan but this is great.



Finished it last night and will watch it again on my big telly when back home. Wonderful performances from every single person in the film. Pesci is extraordinary good, the rest are just magnificent.

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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Six String » 30 Nov 2019, 18:21

I'm going to watch it today sometme but as it s 3.5 hrs long I haven't decided when.

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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby The Prof » 11 Dec 2019, 14:41

I was decidedly underwhelmed. It was all just so matter-of-fact and lacking in any real drama. I watched it to the end but when you're aware that it's one persons story and it may not be true I didn't feel in any way engaged with the whole thing.

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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Minnie the Minx » 11 Dec 2019, 17:43

Discovered more comedy on Netflix - Tom Segora is funny as fuck and Norm MacDonald’s stand up is also worth seeking out.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Matt Wilson » 11 Dec 2019, 18:24

Saw Once Upon a Time in Hollywood again last night. Liked it a lot better. I'm probably going to say it was my fave film of 2019.

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Postby Sneelock » 12 Dec 2019, 17:05

I'm not sure it's my favorite of the year but it just might be my favorite Tarantino movie.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Matt Wilson » 12 Dec 2019, 21:29

I don't really see that many modern movies anymore. There's The Irishman, Ford vs Ferrari and uh... I dunno, Parasite? I've seen the end-of-the-year lists and I can't even recall the names right now.

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Postby Diamond Dog » 01 Jan 2020, 20:18

I watched this earlier on BBC2 :

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It very nearly makes an appearance those "Top Ten Films" I participate in. Maybe one time it will.

The plot is somewhat 'light' but it is shot so beautifully that that almost makes up for it. It evokes the Swinging Sixties as well as any film of the time. And Whilst Steve McQueen is marvellous Faye Dunaway is, quite frankly, otherwordly. And she can act too!
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Postby Tom Waits For No One » 05 Jan 2020, 18:29

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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby St Jeemo the Humourless » 10 Jan 2020, 17:37

1917.

Technically brilliant but a bit uninvolving. The nature of the premise doesn't lend itself to investing much in the characters. Better than Dunkirk though.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Minnie the Minx » 11 Jan 2020, 12:14

I really enjoyed Booksmart the other week though I was surprised at how ‘teen movie’ it felt, which I didn’t pick up at all from reviews. I also watched the first series of Adie Bryant’s comedy show, the name of which escapes me but which was also totally watchable.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Minnie the Minx » Today, 02:14

I watched Killing Eve for the first time, and really enjoyed it - also watched a couple of episodes of Crashing, which has some joyous moments of cringing recognition.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby The Modernist » 22 minutes ago

Whilst the sub-Finscher gimmicky direction was something of an unwelcome distraction, this was highly watchable with continual twists and turns to keep you guessing and engaged. Quality commercial genre filmmaking of the type that's quite rare from Hollywood these days.

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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby The Modernist » 18 minutes ago

Matt Wilson wrote:I don't really see that many modern movies anymore. There's The Irishman, Ford vs Ferrari and uh... I dunno, Parasite? I've seen the end-of-the-year lists and I can't even recall the names right now.


What did you think of the The Irishman Matt?
I gotta say I was really disappointed. The acclaim is baffling (for me anyway).

edit: Don't worry Matt...I've read you thoughts on it at the top of the thread.