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Postby Darkness_Fish » 28 May 2017, 20:52

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Horror comedy. The first half was really quite unfunny and irritating, pitching itself somewhere between The Office and the Simon Pegg and Nick Frost films, but falling far short of either. Seemed to think that cuntishness & quirkiness is automatically side-splitting. Once the satirical bit got into play (the new bosses are literally blooduckers, GEDDITT!!!) it improved a bit, but beyond a couple of clever moments, it never really felt like more than anything but a mild distraction.
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Postby Davey the Fat Boy » 28 May 2017, 22:56

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Manchester By The Sea is an incredible film.


I found it completely unengaging. Affleck who I like as an actor was totally blank, no real insight into grief. just staring and being silent. His nephew was a total pain in the arse. The use of the classical music was manipulative beyond belief after it being so low key through out. Apart from that.....



I can't speak for what engages you in a film. I can only speak for myself - and I thought it was one of the best films I've seen in years.

Being a person who works everyday with people in grief, I can't help but think you missed something. Some people just don't have the tools. That's a thing you really never see in film unless it's shown in the most ham-handed ways. Watching both of the male leads try to sidestep their grief was admittedly not fun. But I think the film is loaded with insight (though I think it's about alcoholism and the weight of history as much as it is about grief).

I do get when someone doesn't enjoy a film like this. But I think it's silly to argue that the film lacks substance.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Jeemo » 28 May 2017, 23:26

Davey the Fat Boy wrote:
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Manchester By The Sea is an incredible film.


I found it completely unengaging. Affleck who I like as an actor was totally blank, no real insight into grief. just staring and being silent. His nephew was a total pain in the arse. The use of the classical music was manipulative beyond belief after it being so low key through out. Apart from that.....



I can't speak for what engages you in a film. I can only speak for myself - and I thought it was one of the best films I've seen in years.

Being a person who works everyday with people in grief, I can't help but think you missed something. Some people just don't have the tools. That's a thing you really never see in film unless it's shown in the most ham-handed ways. Watching both of the male leads try to sidestep their grief was admittedly not fun. But I think the film is loaded with insight (though I think it's about alcoholism and the weight of history as much as it is about grief).

I do get when someone doesn't enjoy a film like this. But I think it's silly to argue that the film lacks substance.


I never said it lacked substance. As to what engages me in a film, trying to put that into words is difficult. Because both main parts were so insular and enclosed, I found it hard to care about them. I'm not unsympathetic to their situation, I lost my dad when I was 14 to a very similar condition and had been ill since I was 9. I was looking forward to seeing it but it just didn't connect with me.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Matt Wilson » 28 May 2017, 23:35

Yeah, I liked Manchester by the Sea too. It just goes to show you, nothing is going to connect with everyone.
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Postby Jeemo » 28 May 2017, 23:38

My wife and son really liked it and I was looking forward to seeing it.
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Postby Davey the Fat Boy » 29 May 2017, 01:41

My apologies. You didn't say the film lacked substance. You said that Affleck's performance lacked insight.

My point is that he was playing someone who lacked insight.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Matt Wilson » 29 May 2017, 03:15

Affleck was great in that role. I hardly see how he could have done it better.
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Postby Darkness_Fish » 29 May 2017, 21:04

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Little-known indie-flick from 1975. Cellos, rubber, and the illicit thrills of water-sports seem to be the main thematic elements. Seriously though, watching it for the umpteenth time, I find it hard to see how a mainstream thriller/creature-feature could be handled any better. It doesn't waste a moment of its running time, exemplified by the ending where they blow the bugger to bits, and then the film stops. No need to show the homecoming, settle scores and tee up a sequel, just do the job, and piss off.
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Little-known indie-flick from 1975. Cellos, rubber, and the illicit thrills of water-sports seem to be the main thematic elements. Seriously though, watching it for the umpteenth time, I find it hard to see how a mainstream thriller/creature-feature could be handled any better. It doesn't waste a moment of its running time, exemplified by the ending where they blow the bugger to bits, and then the film stops. No need to show the homecoming, settle scores and tee up a sequel, just do the job, and piss off.

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Postby Darkness_Fish » 29 May 2017, 21:26

And I don't think I voted for it at all in my top 50 films. Muppet.
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Postby pcqgod » 30 May 2017, 16:36

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Life (2017)

'Life' is the story of a group of scientists on the ISS who have never watched 'Alien' and don't realize that squelchy little tentacled life-forms from other planets are not to be trifled with and generally best avoided altogether. I felt like I had watched literally every second of this movie before.


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Get Out (2017)

Effectively creepy and fun little film that plays on real-life paranoia, as many of the best horror movies tend to do.
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Postby Snarfyguy » 30 May 2017, 17:53

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I found this mostly pretty funny!
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Postby Matt Wilson » 31 May 2017, 16:16

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Julia

Slightly tedious tale of Lillian Hellman's experiences in the WWII resistance which have mostly been exposed as fabrications since the film's opening. Mostly good turns from Fonda, Robards and everyone's favorite Holocaust denier, Vanessa Redgrave. One of those handsome-looking pictures which is almost completely uninvolving. A blind purchase, natch.
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Postby inside-out fox » 01 Jun 2017, 13:39

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Fucking DeVito, man. I've never seen him put in a poor performance and he's fabulous in this.
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Postby Jeemo » 01 Jun 2017, 19:43

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Fucking DeVito, man. I've never seen him put in a poor performance and he's fabulous in this.



He's fantastic in Matilda which he also directed. Totally horrible character.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby mentalist (slight return) » 02 Jun 2017, 03:45

I saw Alien Covenant. It was enjoyable. But I got a bit tired of the convenient plot twists. Oh yeah there's freaky aliens around so I'm just going to casually wander around away from the group. No problems bro. Holler if you need any help.
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Postby Goat Boy » 02 Jun 2017, 10:45

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Once Upon A Time In The West

On the big screen. A great, great film. Charles Bronson was never cooler. The widescreen vistas of the west have never looked better, Morricone’s music is wonderful and lyrical (so much of the emotion is provided by the characters themes) and the whole thing has a tangible end-of-an-era melancholy that it becomes a fitting elegy for men like Harmonica and Cheyenne (an ancient race). I don’t think any movie has used close ups better either.

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Twin Peaks Fire Walk With Me

This gets better with repeated viewings. I think it’s a great piece of work, one that that expands the Twin Peaks universe brilliantly. There’s lots of great stuff in here. Visually it looks wonderful, Badalamentis music is probably his best and it’s genuinely moving and heartbreaking. Sheryl Lees performance is stunningly good and the ending is one of the most beautiful things Lynch has ever done.
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Postby Geezee » 02 Jun 2017, 13:28

Goat Boy wrote:Twin Peaks Fire Walk With Me

This gets better with repeated viewings. I think it’s a great piece of work, one that that expands the Twin Peaks universe brilliantly. There’s lots of great stuff in here. Visually it looks wonderful, Badalamentis music is probably his best and it’s genuinely moving and heartbreaking. Sheryl Lees performance is stunningly good and the ending is one of the most beautiful things Lynch has ever done.


Coulnd't agree more, I continue to be mesmerized by it. It's emotional in a way that maybe only Mulholland Drive matches, and does that unusual thing of standing incredibly well on it's own two legs (I watched it before I'd actually ever seen an epsiode of Twin Peaks) while also making sense in the broader context of the series.

I think I may have mentioned this elsewhere, but what is perhaps most incredible about the movie is indeed Sheryl Lee herself - not just that her performance is so jaw-droppingly fantastic, but that she didn't really act before - it's essentially a coincidence that the girl who did nothing but provide a dead body in the series (as impactful and central to the series as ti may have been) could also turn in a performance like this.
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Postby Goat Boy » 02 Jun 2017, 13:35

Well she was Maddy Ferguson as well, but yeah. I said to the lass last night that you could never have predicted a performance like this based on the TV show. And it's not an easy thing to do, all that crying and wailing but she's brilliant and heartbreaking and adorable too. The scene where Bobby shoots the guy and she cant stop laughing cracks me up. It really deepens the character and gives more emotional resonance to the whole thing. The ending kills me. Her reaction is wonderful.
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Postby The Great Defector » 02 Jun 2017, 13:43

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Twin Peaks Fire Walk With Me

This gets better with repeated viewings. I think it’s a great piece of work, one that that expands the Twin Peaks universe brilliantly. There’s lots of great stuff in here. Visually it looks wonderful, Badalamentis music is probably his best and it’s genuinely moving and heartbreaking. Sheryl Lees performance is stunningly good and the ending is one of the most beautiful things Lynch has ever done.


Yeah just finished watching the first season, starting season two now. This will also have to be watched.
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