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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby driftin » 14 Dec 2018, 06:21

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Really nice visuals and I liked the allusions to the occult but the storytelling is muddled as anything and in the end it just becomes a bunch of particle effects flashing on the screen.


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Now this is more like it. Not only does it absolutely embrace its silliness, it’s told well by a proper filmmaker who understands visual storytelling. I also like the fact there’s lots of off-beat New Zealand humour and 80s aesthetics. This is one of the best superhero films I’ve seen in recent years and I say that as someone who is quite agnostic towards them. I’ve not really liked any of the other Marvel movies before, in fact I’ve flat out disliked most of them, but this one will be enough to urge me to actually watch… I dunno, a couple of others.


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Extremely Long & Incredibly Depressing. After 4 hours of downbeat nihilism and despair in the middle of the night It’s hard to say much. This one will take a while to process but it’s good.

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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Darkness_Fish » 14 Dec 2018, 09:23

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Now this is more like it. Not only does it absolutely embrace its silliness, it’s told well by a proper filmmaker who understands visual storytelling. I also like the fact there’s lots of off-beat New Zealand humour and 80s aesthetics. This is one of the best superhero films I’ve seen in recent years and I say that as someone who is quite agnostic towards them. I’ve not really liked any of the other Marvel movies before, in fact I’ve flat out disliked most of them, but this one will be enough to urge me to actually watch… I dunno, a couple of others.


I really disliked that one. It just feels like a culmination of all the smugness and apathy of superhero films rolled into one big bag of blah. It's all *smugly ironic voice* "oh, look, I appear to be in peril. I shall fight, make a witty quip, and move on." They've entirely lost the sense of adventure, excitement or purpose. Five hours of my life wasted, because I've seen it twice. Not that I was going to do anything useful with that time, but I could've been asleep or something.
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Postby $P.Muff$ » 14 Dec 2018, 13:16

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Pre-code William "Wild Bill" Wellman with Mackaill as a New Orleans hooker on the lam after the apparent accidental murder of her pimp.

Her loverboy sailor takes her away to an island in the Caribbean full of fugitive men and things go a bit nutty from there.

Not a great film by any means but a must-see for fans of Wellman & pre-code Hollywood.

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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby driftin » 14 Dec 2018, 15:11

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driftin wrote:I really disliked that one. It just feels like a culmination of all the smugness and apathy of superhero films rolled into one big bag of blah. It's all *smugly ironic voice* "oh, look, I appear to be in peril. I shall fight, make a witty quip, and move on." They've entirely lost the sense of adventure, excitement or purpose. Five hours of my life wasted, because I've seen it twice. Not that I was going to do anything useful with that time, but I could've been asleep or something.

I never thought any of that. Perhaps some of the comedy and quips were overdone but I think that's refreshing to see in a sea of superhero films that are far too self-serious.

Something's definitely wrong with me. Two superhero movies in less than a week and now I'm about to pay some money to watch this at the cinema:

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Postby driftin » 14 Dec 2018, 19:15

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I think I’ve seen this about a dozen times now and it never fails to impress. Kaneda forwardly courting Kei and the small sequence where the clowns sexually assault Kaori are a bit on the nose in the #MeToo age but its weirdness, beauty, affection and sheer ambition are almost unmatched in animated feature films, even 30 years after it was released. That finale in particularly is still one of the most spectacular moments in all of cinema, with the blob-Tetsuo crying out in pain for Kaneda as his emotions manifest into the near-apocalypse, the esper children desperately trying to summon Akira, Yamashirogumi’s “Requiem“ quietly humming as the white light consumes the city. Mind-blowing.


Oh, Spider-Verse is also a good animated film. Scratch what I said about Thor Ragnarok being the best superhero film I’ve seen in recent times, this one tops that.

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Postby Butch Manly » 15 Dec 2018, 11:03

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Saw this at the cinema on Thursday. Following Pinochet's bloody, CIA-backed toppling of Allende - the man who gave Chileans too much hope - in 1973, people around the world protested in their own ways, be it taking to the streets, boycotting Chilean produce or whatever. Thousands of miles from Santiago in East Kilbride, Bob, an engineer at the Hawker Sidley plant, spots that eight Rolls Royce jet engines, due to be serviced and refurbished, have come from Chile. In an act of solidarity with the people of Chile, he "blacks" the engines, meaning no one is to touch them since they are now under dispute. The rest of the plant fully support Bob's action and, though four of the engines are "kidnapped" in the middle of the night several years later (to what ends, we find out later on), the other four are left to rust into uselessness.

Many years later, Bob and his three comrades are visited by a Chilean documentary maker. Their act of solidarity had achieved a level of fame - and made a tangible difference - in Chile that East Kilbride had never been aware of - until now.

Touching, inspiring and a lesson to us all. Watch it if you possibly can.
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Postby Minnie the Minx » 15 Dec 2018, 13:19

We saw "Of Time and the City" the gorgeous "you can't go home again" love story to Liverpool.Wonderful.
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Postby $P.Muff$ » 15 Dec 2018, 14:09

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Of all the '80s hip hop / b-boy flicks this has to be the worst, but it's still a lot of fun at 3 AM.

Peebles as John "Rappin'" Hood recently released from prison helps his community from being destroyed by gentrification - which is a rather progressive message for 1985. If only the breaking and rapping weren't so awful, though that does lend to its charm in a way.

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Postby Matt Wilson » 15 Dec 2018, 16:26

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Robin and Marian

I hadn't seen this one since I was a kid. Still enjoyable, with Connery in fine form as an aged Robin Hood and fellow Scott Nicol Williamson as Little John. Richard Harris steals every scene he's in and there's even a From Russia With Love reunion with Robert Shaw. Hepburn is incandescent, as always. There's a scene where Sean has to knock her out by hitting her which is played for laughs of course, as it's the '70s, but which would rankle today's audiences - especially in light of Connery's subsequent comments about hitting women when they deserve it. Otherwise, I liked it almost as much as The Man Who Would be King.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Snarfyguy » 15 Dec 2018, 21:00

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Old guys rob a bank.

About as corny as you think it's going to be, and pretty stingy with the laughs, but as long as Alan Arkin is alive and making movies I'm going to see them.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby $P.Muff$ » 16 Dec 2018, 00:53

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Brilliant. How the hell haven't I seen this before? I need to see it again. Soon. One of the most unique, truly hilarious films I can recall watching in ages.

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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Neige » 16 Dec 2018, 15:48

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I can not gush over this enough. Absolutely wonderful in every way.


Great disappointment, all in all.

Nice black and white cinematography and great 1971 sets, but otherwise unnecessarily loud, often overlong and - save Cleo and the youngest son - full of clichéd, one-dimensional or pale characters.

I expected much more... depth.
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Postby ever/never » 16 Dec 2018, 16:36

Yeah, I agree. I enjoyed it but it was clear he'd put more into the superficial aspects than anything else.

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Postby Darkness_Fish » 16 Dec 2018, 20:36

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I happened to see most of both films on the same day. The 1994 version is such a soft-focus daytime TV serial, I don't know how they talked Attenborough and JT Walsh into it. At least JT does give a bit of bile and nastiness to his role, but it can't save such a dire film. Why change the resolution, too, it's far less convincing than the 1947 version.
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Postby Darkness_Fish » 16 Dec 2018, 20:46

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And finished off the day with the slightly less festive Terrifier. Another low-budget horror flick with a creepy clown killer. However, the silent performance by David Howard Thornton as Art the Clown is absolutely what makes the film, it's half dance, half ode to silent cinema, and properly creepy.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby driftin » 16 Dec 2018, 22:20

Neige wrote:Nice black and white cinematography and great 1971 sets, but otherwise unnecessarily loud, often overlong and - save Cleo and the youngest son - full of clichéd, one-dimensional or pale characters.

I expected much more... depth.

Couldn't disagree anymore. Firstly, loud? What the hell? There are moments where the sound design rises up in volume such as with the ocean's waves, the marching band, or a crowded street but this is generally a very quiet film.

Cliched, one-dimensional, pale characters? It's just a maid, her friends, and a normal middle class family that she looks after.

As for depth, there's plenty here, from Cleo having her own personal crisis while stoically helping the family who is also going through their own, and in the background the country is in turmoil. All three quiet dramas occasionally cross over but the point of the film is all of these small stories being told are transient and life carries on. There is no overreaching narrative and that's what makes it so wonderful. It feels real, authentic, warm.

I've seen it twice now and I was even more impressed because I was able to see its technical achievements behind the emotion, especially the framing, blocking, the camera movements. The huge crowd scenes are particularly wonderful in this regard.

So nope, nothing can change my mind. This is a wonderful film.

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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Neige » 17 Dec 2018, 12:55

I understand exactly what you're saying, driftin, I guess me and Lady Neige weren't in the mood.

I might have reacted differently if I had seen it alone and in a cinema, but as it is, the film left us strangely unaffected.

btw, with loud, I also meant the often glaring contrast of the black and white.
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Postby ever/never » 17 Dec 2018, 14:50

It was really just a series of image-rich recollections, with nothing much to connect them apart from the fact they occurred at roughly the same time. I'm not sure that's such a bad thing but I definitely felt there was something missing.

I'd still recommend the film. It's stunningly photographed, stamped with his very personal style (lots of wide-panned or mid-range shots, no close-ups). And the actress who played Cleo was phenomenal. It was an anti-performance, if you like.

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Postby harvey k-tel » 17 Dec 2018, 15:49

I watched it last night, and while I agree that it was undeniably beautiful to look at, at the end I was left feeling a bit underwhelmed by the story. Perhaps I'll watch it again just for the visuals (that forest fire scene in particular was stunning) and maybe I'll get more from it.
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Postby Snarfyguy » 17 Dec 2018, 20:18

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Pretty decent. It helps to have Jackie Chan and some of the cast members of Silicon Valley along for the ride. I like how the franchise manages to be both family- and stoner-friendly. Having said that, this isn't as good as the original movie or the Batman one.
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