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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Posted: 11 Jan 2018, 20:59
by space. invadere
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This was terrific. Really solid performances, a deft script and it felt current despite its genre tropes (lawman on verge of retirement, heist gone wrong, end of movie shoot out).

And the director is Scottish bizarrely.




last April, BCB's Most Tedious Poster wrote:Image

Lots of by-now-familiar crime drama tropes - mumbling, tyres whirring up sand, diners, cops getting shot in the head and birds-eye shots of big open plains - but this was as good as this genre ever gets. And Jeff Bridges was outstanding. I love Jeff Bridges.


;)

Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Posted: 12 Jan 2018, 17:33
by jimboo
I love Jeff too , does he do that chewing on a stalk of grass delivery that has emerged in recent years?

Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Posted: 12 Jan 2018, 17:39
by jimboo
I watched Platoon the other night. I remembered it as a good movie. On second viewing I found it quite hammy and really rather comical. Charlie sheen seemed to be the obvious choice for the later hot shots , he really isn't his dad is he?

Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Posted: 12 Jan 2018, 20:53
by Davey the Fat Boy
PresMuffley wrote:I'm taking my best friend to see The Treasure of the Sierra Madre this Sunday as a belated 40th birthday present. He's never seen it before and I've never watched it on the big screen. Should be fun. It's only playing on the 14th & 16th:

https://www.fathomevents.com/events/tcm2018-the-treasure-of-the-sierra-madre


I’ve been contemplating going to that too. Never seen it on a big screen before.

Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Posted: 13 Jan 2018, 15:27
by Darkness_Fish
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Really liked this one, I just wish it hadn't kinda watered down its message a bit with the clumsy finale.

Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Posted: 15 Jan 2018, 14:41
by Geezee
pcqgod wrote:
Interesting HBO documentary featuring interviews with various Bowie collaborators, Bowie interviews and some great archival footage, tracing his career from the start, but focusing on the recording of his final two albums and the production of his play 'Lazarus.'


I didn't like it very much - didn't understand why they jumped back to the archival footage, just became very disjointed and watered down. The focus of this doc was really meant to be the last 5 years, which i felt could have been very interesting - but it didn't do that at all. Plenty of other docs out there focusing on his earlier career so didn't really feel the archival stuff was necessary, nor did it add anything (a couple of pieces of footage I think were newly discovered but they just seemed to incongruously add them in a "look! what we found here!" fashion despite having nothing to do with the documentary). It was probably too early to do this one.

Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Posted: 15 Jan 2018, 14:54
by PresMuffley
Davey the Fat Boy wrote:
PresMuffley wrote:I'm taking my best friend to see The Treasure of the Sierra Madre this Sunday as a belated 40th birthday present. He's never seen it before and I've never watched it on the big screen. Should be fun. It's only playing on the 14th & 16th:

https://www.fathomevents.com/events/tcm2018-the-treasure-of-the-sierra-madre


I’ve been contemplating going to that too. Never seen it on a big screen before.


I hope you went, or are planning on attending tomorrow. We had an excellent time. The theater was pretty much empty, and it had those badass reclining seats. A couple drinks of Booker's at the bar beforehand helped to liven up the event as well. We're going to try to catch Vertigo in March.

Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Posted: 15 Jan 2018, 15:42
by pcqgod
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Aguirre: Wrath of God (1971), blu ray edition

Immediately after finishing this I watched it again with the English Werner Herzog interview/commentary because I had so many questions about the locations, actors, native languages and other aspects of this movie and was not disappointed. Plenty of interesting, hilarious and even frightening anecdotes concerning the making of the film as well, plus interesting insights into Herzog's method and philosophy of film.

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The Villainess (2017)

Korean action movie mixing martial arts and shoot-em-up, in that sub-genre where the lead character is a killing machine who can take on an army by him/herself. Features some pretty good action sequences, but the human moments didn't quite balance them out.

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The Babadook (2014)

Allegorical story about grief and resentment posing as supernatural horror. Some surprising moments here.

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Spirited Away (2002)

I have to applaud the imagination in this Alice in Wonderland story, but I kind of hate that anime aesthetic.

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Godzilla 1984 (The Return of Godzilla, U.S.)

I think this was the first reboot of the series, returning Godzilla back to his destructive force of nature/nuclear allegory roots. It also relies heavily on the classic Godzilla formula and f/x: toy airplanes, rubber suit Gozilla knocking down power lines, detailed miniatures of Japanese cities for Godzilla to fuck up, and of course crowds of frantic people evacuating. Somewhat of a sluggish start to what would be a good series in the Godzilla canon.

Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Posted: 15 Jan 2018, 21:06
by Darkness_Fish
pcqgod wrote:
The Babadook (2014)

Allegorical story about grief and resentment posing as supernatural horror. Some surprising moments here.

I like that film an awful lot, even without the grief-driven thematic underpinning, it's just a quality horror. That kid is just weird, too. The guys behind the film also released a limited edition run of the Babadook book, but it goes for stupid money on ebay now. They actually tell people not to buy it, that they'll try and get more out soon, I hope they do, I'd love a copy.

Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Posted: 15 Jan 2018, 22:19
by pcqgod
Darkness_Fish wrote:
pcqgod wrote:
The Babadook (2014)

Allegorical story about grief and resentment posing as supernatural horror. Some surprising moments here.

I like that film an awful lot, even without the grief-driven thematic underpinning, it's just a quality horror. That kid is just weird, too. The guys behind the film also released a limited edition run of the Babadook book, but it goes for stupid money on ebay now. They actually tell people not to buy it, that they'll try and get more out soon, I hope they do, I'd love a copy.


The kid was amazing.

Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Posted: 16 Jan 2018, 05:56
by Matt Wilson
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Father Goose

Grant's penultimate film is a silly romantic comedy which isn't really either. He thought he might win an oscar if he pulled a Bogart a la The African Queen so we see him here scruffy and cranky with a woman thirty something years younger than he is. I think even he was embarrassed, but then he cast her so there's that. Yes, it's somewhat charming because he always was - and it made a lot of money in 1964, so he knew what he was doing. But no oscar, not even a nomination. He finally did get an honorary one years later. It made him very happy.

Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Posted: 16 Jan 2018, 10:29
by Goat Boy
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The Ninth Configuration

This is a funny one. Written and directed by William Peter Blatty it’s an odd mix of surreal comedy and angsty theology. It’s a bit messy and the shift in tone halfway through the movie is odd but there are some funny lines, some good performances and memorable images although I found the angsty theology stuff a bit alien. Oh, and a great bar room fight with a hilarious homoerotic undercurrent.

Recommended perhaps if you want something a bit off the wall and weird.


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Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation

I liked the first Mission Impossible movie but had little time for what came after until Brad Bird took the reins for Ghost Protocol which was hugely slick and enjoyable pop corn nonsense with fantastic stunts. Rogue Nation carries on in the same vein and it has a pleasing physicality that is sometimes missing from this sorta movie. I know Cruise is a wanker in real life but he's great at this sorta shit.

There’s a new one out this year and the same director is in charge. I’ll watch it.

Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Posted: 16 Jan 2018, 10:34
by space. invadere
Matt Wilson wrote:Image
Father Goose

Grant's penultimate film is a silly romantic comedy which isn't really either. He thought he might win an oscar if he pulled a Bogart a la The African Queen so we see him here scruffy and cranky with a woman thirty something years younger than he is. I think even he was embarrassed, but then he cast her so there's that. Yes, it's somewhat charming because he always was - and it made a lot of money in 1964, so he knew what he was doing. But no oscar, not even a nomination. He finally did get an honorary one years later. It made him very happy.


It's one of those films that always seemed to be on TV in the afternoons when I was a kid. I must have half-watched it a dozen times, and it has real sentimental appeal for me. Not that I've seen it in 30 years...

CG is always fun tho'. Especially when he's middle-aged and slightly harassed.

Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Posted: 16 Jan 2018, 14:33
by Matt Wilson
Do you have a blu ray player, John?

Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Posted: 16 Jan 2018, 21:04
by space. invadere
I do, yeah.

Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Posted: 17 Jan 2018, 10:52
by Goat Boy
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Satan’s Slave

The lass had Virgin TV now so she can record shit which basically means we can record all kinds of crap now. This had a 1 star rating but it wasn’t completely crap. In fact it had a few moments and a twisty ending that elevated it to the realms of at least average horror for this period. The acting and script were predictably wooden although Michael Gough added a touch of class. The plot is full of holes: a young woman, who happens to also be a bit psychic (of course!) leaves her boyfriend in the city to visit her uncle with her Mum and Dad but both are killed in a tragic car crash (this happens in her Uncles driveway at, like, 5 miles an hour). Satanic foul play has to be involved and her uncle and son, in particular, are creepy cunts and clearly wrong uns (we know this because the movie opens with some SATANIC RITUAL most likely featuring the UNCLE and then follows that with a scene where the son trying to rape a woman before letting her escape and LAUGHING) but the poor lass has no idea and for some reason doesn’t seem that upset about the tragic death of BOTH PARENTS in a very slow car crash. So she stays at her Uncles big house in the country MILES AWAY FROM EVERYWHERE and in turns out her uncle was a FORMER DOCTOR who recommends she should rest there for an indeterminate length of time with his creepy son and some woman who apparently is a secretary but who is also in love with the rapey son. During a psychic vision the lass sees some “witch” being tortured in the garden and herself burning at the stake but despite the creepy doc, rapey son and terrifying vision she agrees to stay and ends up falling in love with the RAPEY SON despite the fact that he is no personality and is clearly a RAPIST (must be his very good cheekbones). The Doc gives her drugs to help her sleep to help her get over the death of BOTH PARENTS IN A VERY SLOW CAR CRASH and she has nightmares about Satanic rituals (could these nightmares be in fact real?). The SATANIC DOC and RAPEY SON are clearly up to mischief and it turns out the doc and his son are necromancers who want to use the poor lass to bring back the docs dead wife who apparently was a very powerful witch or sorcerer or terrific cook or some shit. Etc.

It has that cheap exploitation quality. Lots of breasts, some gore and violence (actually quite stabby) and of course some attempted rape thrown in for good measure. The lead lass is a terrible actress but rather attractive with beautiful blue eyes (you also see her breasts. Hurray for horror!) and the ending is downbeat and better than most of what’s come before. It's not good but it's alright, you know?

Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Posted: 17 Jan 2018, 12:10
by Darkness_Fish
Spoilers?

Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Posted: 17 Jan 2018, 12:38
by Goat Boy
Like any cunt is gonna watch it!

Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Posted: 17 Jan 2018, 12:41
by wannabee enfant terrible

Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Posted: 17 Jan 2018, 12:48
by Goat Boy
I think I'll watch it again!