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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Jeemo » 14 Jan 2019, 23:02

Marathon Man. I hadn't seen it years. I had forgotten most of it apart from the major plot points. Really enjoyed the gritty New York setting. This must have one of the last movies to show that side of New York. Any others that came after.

Hoffman and Dear Dear Larry were brilliant but I'd forgotten how good Roy Scheider was. He was really underrated and should've had better roles. Although he did drop a clanger rejecting The Deerhunter.
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Postby Powehi » 16 Jan 2019, 08:27

Stan and Ollie (Sorry have tried posting poster via Photobucket but it keeps refusing to upload the images from IMDB and Pinterest)

Excellent little movie about Laurel and Hardy's final tour of the UK. Reilly and Coogan are spot on in the leads and there are some lovely recreations of moments from Way Out West, County Hospital and Music Box. Essential if you love L&H as almost everyone with a sense of humour must surely do.

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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Tom Waits For No One » 17 Jan 2019, 00:05

caramba wrote:Stan and Ollie (Sorry have tried posting poster via Photobucket but it keeps refusing to upload the images from IMDB and Pinterest)
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Powehi » 17 Jan 2019, 11:19

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Cheers, TW. Have you seen the film? It's very good.

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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Tom Waits For No One » 17 Jan 2019, 11:31

I have and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Two great performances from Coogan and Reilly.

I remember my Dad telling me, as a kid who was obsessed with L&H as they were shown on the telly, that he watched them perform at The Queens in Newcastle, the first 'stage performance' scene in the film.
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Postby clive gash » 17 Jan 2019, 12:07

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I’m not sure how well known the story is outside of the US but try not to find out too much before seeing it.

Crushing.
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Postby Darkness_Fish » 20 Jan 2019, 19:10

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Ultra-low budget horror thing about a long-missing family member, and the neighbours who may just be practicing witches. One third Rear Window, one third Rosemary's Baby, one third British folk horror. I didn't buy into it at the start, largely due to how cheap the look and feel is, but it makes use of that aesthetic, and as far as suburban witchcraft goes, this is pretty good.
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Postby Darkness_Fish » 20 Jan 2019, 21:17

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Our Sunday evening family film. Arthouse classic.
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Postby Snarfyguy » 22 Jan 2019, 16:53

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Passable teens-on-the-run thing. This has been done much better. Mercifully short, at least.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Snarfyguy » 25 Jan 2019, 15:16

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By turns amusing and sad, this is relatively unsentimental as far as guy-in-a-wheelchair/addiction recovery narratives go, and Joaquin Phoenix, Jack Black and Jonah Hill (not to mention Udo Kier, Kim Gordon and Carrie Brownstein (!)) are all very effectively deployed.

Even so, it can't entirely avoid cliché, there's too much padding and I found the main character essentially unlikable and unsympathetic.

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This is pretty strange, even for Terrence Malick, but I'm only halfway through, so we'll see.

ON EDIT: I spent most of this trying to 1) figure out who the characters were and 2) parse multiple, shifting timelines, at least one of which appeared to run in reverse. There was some gorgeous imagery and it probably even makes sense, so it might be worth a re-watch now that I've sort of gotten the lay of the land, but I'm not 100% certain I'm going to make it a top priority.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby GoogaMooga » 27 Jan 2019, 03:46

Wow... Tried to watch Annika Berg's award-winning feature debut, "Team Hurricane", from 2017. I lasted exactly six minutes. My eyes hurt. My head hurts. Had I gone on much longer, I'd probably have had an epileptic fit. With "Team Hurricane", a teen-age punk chick flick, Annika Berg shouts, "Fuck you, rulebook!", and bombards the senses, throwing everything and the kitchen sink into a wild, neon-colored, kaleidoscopic, stroboscopic, mash-up ride of an Instagram-casted visual diary. Eight teen-age grrrlz are holed up in their about-to-be-closed youth club one summer, bonding over this and that and everything in between. It's chatroom hell come alive for 96 minutes, of which I lasted six. If you are old enough to have been visually alienated when MTV was launched in 1981, I suggest you forget all that happened since, and give "Un Chien Andalou" another spin. File under: generation gap.

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Postby The North Yorks Moors » 28 Jan 2019, 09:31

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On Netflix. One of the best football documentaries I've seen.

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Postby Snarfyguy » 31 Jan 2019, 14:25

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An oddball noir, more concerned with formal cinematic playfulness than crime and violence. Montgomery casts himself as a rather dull and dislikable anti-hero on a doomed mission to blackmail a crime boss in New Mexico, where there's plenty of sleazy local color. An ingenue, an avuncular G-man, a femme fatale and a grubby sidekick all do their parts to good effect.

It has a kind of familiar feel to it, perhaps because cinematographer Russell Metty also did Touch of Evil.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Jeemo » 03 Feb 2019, 15:51

I took the wee guy to see Glass last night, his choice for his birthday. I think total shite would be underplaying how bad it was. Plot holes you could drive a herd of elephants through and overacting by McAvoy taling ham to unscaled heights.

I really struggle with why M. Night Shyamalan is still making movies that are always hinging on some plot uturn towards the end. Has he not thought that he could move on and do something different. Also throw in a cameo for no other reason than getting himself innfront of the camera.

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Postby Penk! » 04 Feb 2019, 14:13

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Alfonso Cuaron's semi-autobiographical film about a middle-class Mexican family in the 1970s has been hailed as a masterpiece but I was rather ambivalent.
It's certainly gorgeous to look at and full of memorable shots and images, with some wonderful tracking shots and lots of detal in the crowd and street scenes, and the acting isn't to be faulted, but I thought that the film mixed its elements somewhat uncomfortably: the cinematography, sweeping and slow in the manner of Tarkovsky or Jancso, say, was mightily impressive in capturing the turmoil and scenery of Mexico at the time, but it made the human dramas at the centre of the film feel sterile and distant, as do the passive nature of Cuaron’s direction and the lead character, both more observers than direct actors, which again makes the whole less involving. It’s also hamstrung by the fact that none of the other main players develop any real personality: again, there is no emotional involvement, with genuine heart replaced by a couple of manipulative setpiece scenes.
The emphasis on long, arty shots simply made the human action feel posed and forced, stripping it of emotional heft; I'm all for making your film look great, but when even the dogturds look pristine and perfect, it's hard to buy into the reality.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Snarfyguy » 04 Feb 2019, 19:48

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This seems to have won high praise as some kind #metoo empowerment fable, but I saw it as just a sleazy (and rather hard to believe) exploitation movie. Oh well!
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Difficult not to like.

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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Minnie the Minx » 06 Feb 2019, 15:47

I’d recommend Alex Lockwood’s 15 minute documentary ‘73 Cows’ which is quite lovely. You can watch it online on Vimeo.
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Postby Polishgirl » 07 Feb 2019, 20:28

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We saw this the first weekend as Phil's a diehard fan. It was just wonderful- touching without being mawkish, sweet without being cloying. The leads were sensational, but the whole cast shone. I especially enjoyed Stan's wife, Ida. Both wives, in fact, were so good that I could happily have watched a spin-off about them. It gave me everything I want in a film ( apart from epic car chases ).

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This was also utterly enjoyable. An unusual story told with humour, pathos and a light touch. Melissa McCarthy is unbelievably good in it; what a revelation. I hope she gets the Oscar, because I can't remember when I last saw such a terrific female lead.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby The North Yorks Moors » 08 Feb 2019, 10:53

Polishgirl wrote:Image

We saw this the first weekend as Phil's a diehard fan. It was just wonderful- touching without being mawkish, sweet without being cloying. The leads were sensational, but the whole cast shone. I especially enjoyed Stan's wife, Ida. Both wives, in fact, were so good that I could happily have watched a spin-off about them. It gave me everything I want in a film ( apart from epic car chases ).



I really liked it. Someone's done a comparison of the Way Out West dance.