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Postby Darkness_Fish » 23 Oct 2017, 10:05

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This seems to have gathered more positive reviews than M Night Shalamar films normally get, and I don't know why. I think it may be because instead of a twist, we get a bit where the twist should've been, but he couldn't think of one. Really, I'm not even sure James McAvoy's performance is that special, and his interchanging between personalities is ok, but it's all a bit hammy. He's got the chops, but the cliched nature of the personalities means he doesn't have a lot of subtlety to work with. Not good.
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Postby Dor-Relip Hotels and Bathings » 23 Oct 2017, 10:08

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A Fish Called Wanda

Practically as funny as the Python films, though for different reasons. The screenplay is excellent, Kline kills, and the entire cast is ace. I can watch it over and over again...


I watched Cleese on John Bishop's chat show last night, and he talked about how he always considered himself a writer more than a performer. He was very proud to get the AA and BAFTA nominations for best screenplay for this one.

And I just found out that Palin went on to found the London Centre for Stammering Children after a group of stutterers confronted him regarding the sensitivity with which he dealt with Ken's handicap in this film.

I should watch it again - it's such a wonderful film.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Goat Boy » 23 Oct 2017, 10:27

Didn't Palins Dad have a really bad stammer?
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Postby Dor-Relip Hotels and Bathings » 23 Oct 2017, 10:33

Darkness_Fish wrote:This is a big fucking mess of absolute shit from the off.

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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Snarfyguy » 25 Oct 2017, 22:57

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I think this received mixed reviews, but I thought it was quite good, presenting a convincing, if not exactly believable world (it is a zombie movie after all). While the characters are types, they're fleshed out to be more than just walking depictions of ideas, so that they generate sufficient empathy to keep the viewer engaged. Nothing earth-shatteringly novel here, but plenty to enjoy.
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Postby driftin » 25 Oct 2017, 23:40

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I think this received mixed reviews, but I thought it was quite good, presenting a convincing, if not exactly believable world (it is a zombie movie after all). While the characters are types, they're fleshed out to be more than just walking depictions of ideas, so that they generate sufficient empathy to keep the viewer engaged. Nothing earth-shatteringly novel here, but plenty to enjoy.

I really enjoyed that one. What I liked about it was that it treated zombies not as the horror bad guys but simply as something that nature has unleashed through circumstances. It reminded me a bit of I Am Legend (the novel) in that way.

Terrific performance by the little girl too.

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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby driftin » 25 Oct 2017, 23:44

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This seems to have gathered more positive reviews than M Night Shalamar films normally get, and I don't know why. I think it may be because instead of a twist, we get a bit where the twist should've been, but he couldn't think of one. Really, I'm not even sure James McAvoy's performance is that special, and his interchanging between personalities is ok, but it's all a bit hammy. He's got the chops, but the cliched nature of the personalities means he doesn't have a lot of subtlety to work with. Not good.

It's pretty rubbish, isn't it? There was a lot of talk about McAvoy's performance being brilliant when it came out but I agree with you. He chews on the scenery. It doesn't help that the depiction of split personalities is cliched and very movie-like rather than subtle and realistic so I put the blame entirely on Shyamalan's writing rather than McAvoy's lack of acting chops which he clearly has in other films.

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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Goat Boy » 26 Oct 2017, 09:35

Bicycle Thieves

A great, simple, profound movie fully deserving of its reputation.
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Postby The Modernist » 26 Oct 2017, 13:39

Goat Boy wrote:Bicycle Thieves

A great, simple, profound movie fully deserving of its reputation.


One of the greatest films ever.

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Postby Goat Boy » 26 Oct 2017, 13:50

I thought so.

It's such a simple story too but it says a lot. The climax is heartbreaking (the shot of Brunos poor face). The little things too, like Bruno dusting off the old mans hat as if to try and restore some of his dignity.
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Postby The Modernist » 26 Oct 2017, 14:30

Yeah it's full of those little details. Neither of the two leads had acted before, but they have such a chemistry together.
It's so cleverly filmed too - the way the lead character keeps getting engulfed by crowds like he's losing his identity.

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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Matt Wilson » 27 Oct 2017, 02:57

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OMG, this has never looked so good. I'm pleased as punch.
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Postby Samoan » 27 Oct 2017, 12:13

I watched Parkland last weekend: I didn't know there was to be the release of documents this week. A stunning and poignant film as expected, with so many affecting scenes such as the difficulties of moving Kennedy's coffin into the AirForce One plane for flight back to Washington to the pitiful scenes at Oswald's burial*.
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Postby Matt Wilson » 28 Oct 2017, 01:17

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Universal Classic Monsters - The Essential Collection

Hell yeah... Perfect films for October. Dracula, Frankenstein, The Invisible Man & Bride of Frankenstein are classics. The Mummy is great, and The Wolf Man, Phantom of the Opera & Creature from the Black Lagoon are all worthy. Had they included the original 1925 version of Phantom instead of the one from the 40s, they could have had one more great one. Essential Halloween movies.
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Postby Jeemo » 28 Oct 2017, 18:18

Took David and Cameron to see Thor 3. Great fun, ideal Friday night movie.
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Postby jimboo » 28 Oct 2017, 19:30

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Barry Lyndon

OMG, this has never looked so good. I'm pleased as punch.


Fantastic film , every moment of the movie is magical , what's not to love?
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

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Barry Lyndon

OMG, this has never looked so good. I'm pleased as punch.


Fantastic film , every moment of the movie is magical , what's not to love?


It's great, but there are always things to nitpick about. It's slow, for one thing, and I don't care about any of the characters. And all Kubrick really cares about is the photography and getting the details right.
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Postby Davey the Fat Boy » 29 Oct 2017, 07:21

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Barry Lyndon

OMG, this has never looked so good. I'm pleased as punch.


Fantastic film , every moment of the movie is magical , what's not to love?


It's great, but there are always things to nitpick about. It's slow, for one thing, and I don't care about any of the characters. And all Kubrick really cares about is the photography and getting the details right.


I love how slow it is. It’s a film that allows you luxuriate in it (as opposed to most of today’s films that act like a restaurant that wants its booth back as fast as possible). As for Kubrick not caring about the characters - that’s largely the point of the film. I love how it builds to one masterful existential joke.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby hippopotamus » 29 Oct 2017, 11:52

jimboo wrote:
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Barry Lyndon

OMG, this has never looked so good. I'm pleased as punch.


Fantastic film , every moment of the movie is magical , what's not to love?



I hate it. I've never tried so hard with anything so tedious.
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