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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby The Great Defector » 21 Apr 2017, 16:28

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This was better than your average comic book film


...aren't they all...?


Certainly not 'Suicide Squad.'


The suicide squad was just ok. They missed a big trick I thought with the way they used the average played joker.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby pcqgod » 21 Apr 2017, 16:50

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The suicide squad was just ok. They missed a big trick I thought with the way they used the average played joker.


I hated Jared Leto's Joker. But that was just part of the problem.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby The Great Defector » 21 Apr 2017, 17:03

pcqgod wrote:
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The suicide squad was just ok. They missed a big trick I thought with the way they used the average played joker.


I hated Jared Leto's Joker. But that was just part of the problem.


I thought he should have been the main bad guy that they were all against, with Quinn torn between him and if he really cares for her or not. Then at the end, he "wins" and give most of them the chance of freedom. Quinn is heartbroken because he was just using her and didn't care for her. Then, (because they played it in the first trailer) I started a joke (the version from the first trailer) playing in the last scene with him laughing over a montage of some of them walking free, Quinn back in jail but doesn't care because she's heartbroken, and the woman that created the squad having a look of "what the fuck did I just do creating this squad". It could have been the first superhero film were the bad guy wins.

Just an idea.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby algroth » 21 Apr 2017, 20:25

Suicide Squad is one of the worst films I've seen, without exaggeration. It was a stupid, gaudy, obnoxious mess, and I despised every minute of it.

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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby pcqgod » 21 Apr 2017, 23:28

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Free Fire (2016)

Somewhere in the USA in the 1970's, some IRA-connected types set up a deal to buy a large cache of black market arms, and meet in a deserted warehouse with an intermediary to accomplish the transaction. An unresolved feud between a guy working for the IRA faction and another henchman working for the gun dealer flares up, and before long everyone involved has at least one bullet wound and everyone is scrambling around on the dirty floor of the warehouse, crawling over broken glass and taking pot shots at anything else who moves. Then some other guys show up and start shooting at both groups, and the battle escalates into a gritty, prolonged ordeal in which the final objective is to get the briefcase of cash for the gun-purchase, or perhaps just to be the last man standing. The violence is excessive, but this isn't one of those movies with stylized violence and people flying through the air and nonchalantly firing automatic weapons with inhuman accuracy. There is plenty of dark humor here. It's by the same guy who directed 'Hi-Rise,' but this one is really fun.
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Postby PresMuffley » 23 Apr 2017, 16:28

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Entertaining though not revelatory - other than revealing to me just how gorgeous Alexandra Shipp is.
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I enjoyed this but then I have a soft spot for comedy horror. The 80s were great for this sorta thing. The special effects mostly still stand up – the transformation sequence is still a high watermark of the genre – and I enjoyed the jokey American perspective on Britain (why does David never eat our food?). Also: Brian Glover and Jenny Aguter with her kit off (predictably).

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Ahhhh, the 70s. Jack is electrifying as Buddusky who is determined to show the naive Meadows (a brilliant, touching Randy Quaid) a good time before he goes to military prison for some trivial offense. It’s shot through with typical 70s anti-establishment cynicism, the performances are great and Townes script is fantastic. There are so many great lines and so many wonderful little moments of humanity. Ashbys direction too has a naturalism that enhances the whole thing. Did I mention how awesome Nicholson is? Magnificent.

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The new movie from former Mighty Boosh man Julian Barratt. It’s similar to Alpha Papa but nowhere near as funny although it is watchable and I did chuckle along the way. The fans in the audience were loving it but I was less impressed.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Matt Wilson » 24 Apr 2017, 16:02

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Prince of the City

Pretty damned good. At almost three hours it could use some trimming (there's endless scenes of Williams in different rooms talking to lawyers). Based on fact, it's Lumet's follow up to Serpico - both films dealing with police corruption. Message: Don't talk to the Feds if you're a cop who wants to clear his conscience. You'll regret it.

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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby driftin » 24 Apr 2017, 19:58

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All surface, no depth, but the surface is a pretty good attempt to recreate 1980s schlock. The visuals, the sound, the soundtrack, the prosthetics are all top notch, if dimly lit and a bit shakey. The story's just utter nonsense and the characters are ridiculously stupid for the sake of plot. Still rather enjoyed it and if I got drunk I'd watch it again and have a good time. Just a shame it doesn't quite reach the cosmic heights it's aiming towards.

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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby PresMuffley » 25 Apr 2017, 08:19

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Stayed up late watching this on HBO. The best film I've seen from the past 5 years other than 12 Years a Slave. I haven't seen Spotlight, but I'm extremely skeptical that a movie about investigative journalists can be anywhere close to this good.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby COLIN LAND » 25 Apr 2017, 14:13

I watched most of it on HBO a few nights ago too. I just remember lots of HD hair, fur and undergrowth.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby PresMuffley » 25 Apr 2017, 23:03

How much did you watch? I was glued to the TV from the start despite really needing to hit the sack.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby algroth » 26 Apr 2017, 21:45

I saw the film alongside its Argentinian crew, and I think I was the one to enjoy it the most of the whole group. I liked it then a lot more than I do now, but it's a powerful cinematic experience all the same.

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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Matt Wilson » 27 Apr 2017, 03:57

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Lilies of the Field

Poitier's oscar-winning role is the highlight of this Catholic fable (the unbearably strident head nun was also nominated). It couldn't be made today. I've always enjoyed it. Pure Hollywood corn pone, but enjoyable nonetheless.

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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Jeemo » 29 Apr 2017, 00:21

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. Loved it. Everything was bang on.
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Postby fire and fueryIre » 29 Apr 2017, 08:15

Jeemo wrote:Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. Loved it. Everything was bang on.


Looking forward to seeing this one, too.
Caught the original during a lengthy wait for a flight in HK (12 hours from getting kicked out of my hotel to getting on board my flight) when it came out three summers ago and while generally hate Marvel Universe-type movies, loved it to bits.

Had the same happy experience with Logan when I reluctantly went to see it while waiting to fly back at the end of my most recent trip to Honkers.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby the masked man » 29 Apr 2017, 17:47

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In an age where American cinema is increasingly trapped within rigid genre frameworks, Charlie Kaufman stands out as the most distinctive film-maker left in the country. This technically brilliant but disturbing and depressing picture shows him moving no nearer to the mainstream. It's a nightmarish stop-motion animation, co-directed by animation specialist Duke Johnson, that confronts questions of identity and perception and does not produce reassuring answers.

Michael Stone, an English marketing guru based in Los Angeles, flies to Cincinnati to address a conference. We learn quickly that he is a success at his job, and also that he is living in a private hell, suffering from a (genuine but rare) condition called the Fregoli Delusion, whereby he sees everybody as looking and sounding the same. After a disastrous hook-up with an old flame, back at the hotel, he encounters a woman named Lisa, who sounds very different, and immediately becomes obsessed.

On a technical level, it is a remarkable feat. The animation is full of clever little details, and Michael's world is vividly portrayed; all other puppets have the same face and voice, and can only be distinguished by hairstyle and clothing. And the voice for all these characters, supplied by Tom Noonan, as shown to be persistent and deeply annoying.

The film starts out with a series of embarrassing scenes, which show how this Lancastrian man, voiced by Blackpool's very own David Thewlis, is totally out of his depth. I found myself flinching, particularly, when he encounters neurotic ex-girlfriend Bella in a scene that cannot possibly end well. Much of the film is shot in an anonymous hotel, where the phoney insincerity of the staff is guaranteed to set Stone on edge. There is, of course, a whole cinematic history of hotels being conduits for people losing their minds (The Shining, Barton Fink and Last Year At Marienbad all come to mind), and Anomalisa can only echo this, particularly with its dispiriting shots of seemingly endless hotel corridors. Yet the arrival of Lisa adds a welcome change of tone. After half-an-hour of solely listening to Thewlis and Noonan, the arrival of a third voice, belonging to the always-excellent Jennifer Jason-Leigh, is a breath of fresh air. Lisa, however, has problems of her own (insecurity and low self-esteem), and together Michael and Lisa fumble towards a kind of relationship.

The film peaks with a bravura dream sequence that evokes both Barton Fink and the inspired (Kaufman-scripted) Being John Malkovich. After this, though, I felt the film lost its way, unsure how to find a successful resolution. Athough Michael's return to Los Angeles has some clever echoes of earlier scenes, it felt like we'd moved back to the earlier tone of embarrassment, and it seem to peter out a little. That said, the film's brief coda has an interesting twist, which I think I've only just understood the significance of.

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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Matt Wilson » 30 Apr 2017, 17:08

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Rumble Fish

Is this a great film? I'd say no, but it's certainly interesting. What a cast for one thing - Dillon, Rourke, Hopper, Tom Waits, Diane Lane (was she ever so beautiful again?), Cage, Chris Penn, etc. And you've got Coppola's B&W photography with the stylized mise en scene. The Stewart Copeland score. There's a fascinating Argentinian documentary included as a bonus feature about people who are obsessed with this picture. The filmmaker traveled all the way to Tulsa, Oklahoma (where Rumble Fish was made) just to be there. It's almost his religion. Anyway, great effort from Criterion, as usual.

The thing is - the movie should be better than it actually is. All the right ingredients are there but it doesn't quite come together, does it? It's obviously a story written by an adolescent. The characters say "Rusty James" too often in the film - as if you're watching a soap opera and they don't want you to forget the character's names or something. People don't talk like that. And "Motorcycle Boy" is a silly moniker for a character who is supposed to be this deep thinker or whatever. Dillon's cartoon-like strutting is a tad overwrought for some of these scenes, but maybe that plays better in South American countries where the Latin, macho element is more pronounced and they can't understand the language and rely on subtitles.

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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby pcqgod » 30 Apr 2017, 20:06

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Time Lapse (2014)

3 room mates discover a camera in an adjacent apartment that takes pictures of their apartment, showing it as it appears 24 hours in the future. The owner, an eccentric inventor, is dead, but they decide to conceal his death and use the camera as a get-rich quick scheme. Unsurprisingly, things don't go as planned. Although pretty much freely ripping off the premise of a "Twilight Zone" episode, this decent b-movie offers a few surprises and has some pretty good pay-offs if you ignore some contrivances, the ridiculously poor decision-making of the main characters and the brain-hurting paradoxes.
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Postby Darkness_Fish » 30 Apr 2017, 21:07

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Surfer girl goes off the beaten track to an idyllic bay in Mexico. Staying for one surf too many, she's attacked by a shark and left wounded and alone in the shallows, unable to swim back past the persistent piscine peril. Blake Lively does a decent job of looking brave and pained for 80 minutes, and there is a decent bit of tension. Frankly, though, rubber sharks were more convincing in film than all this CGI piss, and the silly ending ruins most of what went before. Could've been more than half-decent, but fell like so many others at the CGI hurdle.
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