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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Posted: 07 Aug 2019, 23:15
by St Jeemo the Humourless
Lord Rother wrote:
Jeemo wrote:Wee guy wanted to see Yesterday, yesterday. Can honestly say it's one of the worst films I have ever seen. It also has a jaw droppingly awful scene. Dont waste your money trust me.


Nonsense.

It’s delightful.

And it’s got Lily James.

(And Ed Sheeran.)

If you don’t like Richard Curtis, don’t go. If you do, you’ll love it.

I sense BCB movie watchers are probably a long way up they own arses so I may very well be alone, which is fine.


Where to start. As I said if wasnt my choice, The Wee guy wanted to see it, so I took him. However, I have enough critical facilities about me to judge a film on its merits, even if it's not particularly my taste.

Do I love movies? Yes. Do I like a lot of movies that are regarded as classics or artistic? Yes. Does that mean I'm "a long way up my own arse" no it doesn't.

The film doesn't even follow it's own internal logic. The main character can remember The Beatles but all his albums have ceased to exist. The Beatles were never sucessful. Yet, later in the film two other characters turn up that know the Beatles, and one of them is waving a Yellow Submarine. Why didnt this disappear along with the afore mentioned albums.

As for the appearance of a certain person, delightful? Christ, man its one of the most hackneyed moments in cinema history.

Every character was a cardboard cliche. And then there was the charisma vacuum of Ed Sheeran.

Yes it's a fantasy, but that's no excuse for this car crash. It's a Wonderful Life is also a fantasy and is perfection. I saw Hobbs and Shaw at the weekend with the Wee Guy. Also a fantasy, gloriously over the top entertainment.
You liked Yesterday, good for you. It's just your opinion, my opinion is that it was complete and utter shite.

I sense your opinions on film are just like your opinions on music. Totally out of step with mine. Which is fine.

Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Posted: 08 Aug 2019, 07:09
by Lord Rother
Oh God Yes, the plot was a real back of a fag packet job, but I can’t hide the fact that I was thoroughly entertained and came out with a feel-good glow from watching it.

Sometimes you want to be challenged, scared, exhausted from laughing, intrigued, in awe..... for sure Yesterday did none of those. But it didn’t need to (for me).

I’m an intelligent enough guy though not at all intellectual and maybe that’s an advantage when it comes to watching / reading / listening. I just engage with the level something is pitched at and rarely analyse it too deeply. Maybe that’s a bit shallow but it works for me.

Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Posted: 08 Aug 2019, 09:10
by St Jeemo the Humourless
I agree that meeting something at the level that it is pitched at, is how to generally approach stuff. I just thought that Yesterday failed on that basis badly.

Anyway, must get back to my box set of Eisenstien black and white silent classics.

Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Posted: 15 Aug 2019, 18:33
by Snarfyguy
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Pretty forgettable black comedy/thriller kinda thing. Starts out okay but becomes predictable and rote promptly.

Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Posted: 11 Sep 2019, 22:04
by Snarfyguy
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This was enjoyable, but vaguely annoying in its own hyper-competence (it's Aaron Sorkin helming, don't ya know).

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French zombie film about how to live when you're (presumably) the last non-zombie in the world. Really good, I thought.

Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Posted: 14 Sep 2019, 16:19
by Darkness_Fish
Snarfyguy wrote:Image

French zombie film about how to live when you're (presumably) the last non-zombie in the world. Really good, I thought.

Yeah, I liked that one a lot. I think it's the definitive film in the zombie & experimental percussion genre.

Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Posted: 18 Sep 2019, 15:20
by Livet
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I really loved this Jarmusch film. Sophisticated vampires and a great soundtrack!

Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Posted: 18 Sep 2019, 19:45
by Snarfyguy
^^^ Thanks for reminder that I really want to see that. I've placed it on my Netflix queue.

Meanwhile,

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Us, d. Jordan Peele, U.S. 2019

I thought this was excellent. Most movies with this premise are just rote and predictable, but this was very original, compelling, exciting and spooky.

Also,

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M, d. Fritz Lang, Germany 1931

Found the Criterion double DVD at a flea market for two bucks, so what the heck. As great as ever, and I wept at Peter Lorre's oration in the climax of the film. Just... the humanity of it. What a performance!

There's a hilarious sequence where the various guilds and syndicates gather and carp about how the murders are putting a crimp in their operations and it's a SMOKE-FEST. Like, virtually every person is smoking and you can almost hardly even see their faces.

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I wonder what Lang scholars make of it.

Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Posted: 25 Sep 2019, 20:59
by Livet
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Came across this when I was looking for Spanish language films to go with an upcoming trip to Spain. Good fun.

Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Posted: 26 Sep 2019, 02:36
by Snarfyguy
^^^ I recall that being hilarious.

Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Posted: 26 Sep 2019, 14:56
by Minnie the Minx
It really was!

Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Posted: 26 Sep 2019, 17:09
by Samoan
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Based on Evelyn Waugh's novel of the same name, A Handful of Dust hinges on a deeply toxic marriage, an accidental death and the subsequent escape from this quagmire by English country gent, Tony Last. He's off into the wilds of the Amazonian jungle on some tomfool expedition equipped with a box of wind-up mechanical mice amongst key supplies. All told, he probably should have stayed at home.
A fine cast with Anjelica Huston in a supporting role stealing the show.

Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Posted: 29 Sep 2019, 02:34
by Minnie the Minx
‘The Chess Players’ - Satyajit Ray. From 1977 so to date, the most ‘recent’ Ray film I’ve seen. As everything, absolutely fucking great.

Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Posted: 17 Oct 2019, 16:15
by Snarfyguy
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Not much to do with the Elmore Leonard novel of the same name, except the rough premise, but this is entertaining enough.

Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Posted: 26 Oct 2019, 15:27
by Samoan
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The cream of the crop.

Thora Hird is the definition of termagant.

Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Posted: 26 Oct 2019, 23:36
by Flower
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Posted: 28 Oct 2019, 20:08
by Snarfyguy
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Seasonally appropriate!

The Criterion edition has some nice bonus features, including interviews with Devo's Mark Mothersbaugh and Gerald Casale on how the film influenced them.

Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Posted: 28 Oct 2019, 21:15
by Flower
Snarfyguy wrote:Image

Seasonally appropriate!

The Criterion edition has some nice bonus features, including interviews with Devo's Mark Mothersbaugh and Gerald Casale on how the film influenced them.


My parents were big fans of cheesy horror and I would watch it with them late at night. To give them credit, they allowed me to sleep with them when I was scared.

Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Posted: 30 Oct 2019, 20:29
by Livet
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I was excited for a Jim Jarmusch film set in Spain, and I loved the cast of characters and the cinematography, but damn, it was slow.


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Also called Chef's Special. This was a nice little romantic comedy set in Madrid. I enjoyed it.

Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Posted: 05 Nov 2019, 00:47
by Snarfyguy
^^^ Never heard of Jarmusch movie; thought I'd seen them all. It doesn't seem to have garnered very enthusiastic reviews, though, so I suppose I won't rush into it.

Meanwhile,

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His best?