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I watched Gerald's Game on Netflix yesterday. It sounds cute doesn't it? It really isn't. 

A kinky sex game goes wrong and a woman is trapped in an isolated place with just her slowly-loosening grasp on reality. 

It's a Stephen King adaptation. It's a bit creepy, it has a good central performances, and possibly the most sickening scene I've ever seen on camera. If I could work out spoilers on this board I'd discuss it. 

Like many films I wish it would end a handful of scenes earlier than it did, but it's well done. 

Anyone else seen it? 

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Going to watch it sometime this month as part of my October horrorfest, looking forward to it. Netflix have a couple of other horrors being released this month too - 1922, which sounds really interesting, and The Babysitter, which sounds dreadful and is directed by McG, so it definitely will be worse.

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On 10/5/2017 at 8:54 PM, Merzbow said:

According to the woman sitting in front of me 2049 was a load of shit, there were only a few people at my showing but they were constantly up and down missing the biggest plot points just to have a shit or buy a drink.

I've already told myself that I have to watch it again, this time in IMAX.

I understand her view point. it is not a typical blockbuster

It is visually, one of the best films I have ever seen. It looks phenomenal. But It just feels like it goes on and on. Could have easily shaved 20 minutes off that (and about $30 million) and it would have been no worse for it. It is going to be a massive bomb unfortunatly. Tracking at a $35-40 million opening in the US and at a cost of a reputed $200 million, I dont think we will see another.

I enjoyed it, but I didnt love it from a story point of view. That said, go and see it on the biggest screen you can. My IMAX was being refurbished and I am grateful to have still seen it on a big screen.

I wouldn't bother with 3D at the cinema though. Film is pretty dark, but it will excel on my home set up 

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7 minutes ago, Nick Soapdish said:

My IMAX was being refurbished

To get hyper local for a minute, is that the Bas Vegas Imax? How long is it out of action for? 

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5 minutes ago, Onyx2 said:

To get hyper local for a minute, is that the Bas Vegas Imax? How long is it out of action for? 

It is and no idea. Cineworld have been refurbing all screens for about the last 6 weeks or so but they said should be finished by November (just in time for Star Wars :-D) but I think they were showing Kingsman in Imax when it first opened so hopefully the IMAX wont be down too long. Though I am hoping if it is being redone they might install Laser in there like they did in Leicester Square

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11 minutes ago, Onyx2 said:

What is that? 

As the light source in the projectors (rather than a lamp).  So bright and clear.

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18 minutes ago, Onyx2 said:

What is that? 

I went to see The Force Awakens in Leicester Square not long after they installed it. One of the best 3D experiences I've had and TFA wasn't even a great example. Just very clear

 

https://www.whathifi.com/news/imax-launches-laser-projection-system-in-uk-and-it-looks-spectacular

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Blade Runner was never going to make that much money at its opening. It's a sequel to a 35 year old film that was a box office failure itself on its initial release. Factor in its length and its lack of appeal to most young people, I think it's done well with what it's got. I was expecting it to be a box office flop and just glad the studio were dopey enough to part with over $150 million on a film unlikely to make them that much back but almost certain to be great.

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37 minutes ago, Devon Malcolm said:

Blade Runner was never going to make that much money at its opening. It's a sequel to a 35 year old film that was a box office failure itself on its initial release. Factor in its length and its lack of appeal to most young people, I think it's done well with what it's got. I was expecting it to be a box office flop and just glad the studio were dopey enough to part with over $150 million on a film unlikely to make them that much back but almost certain to be great.

Tron: Legacy did alright. Better then Tron did 28 years earlier, but similar story to Blade Runner (bleated sequel to cult film). My main worry is the more big budgeted flops happen, the less likely we see this thing again (also see Ghost in the Shell and Valarian from earlier this year)

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Tron: Legacy had the advantage of not being R / 15 rated though.

Valerian was shite and completely over-budgeted, absolute insanity spending $200 million on a film starring a supermodel and Dane fucking DeHaan. Ghost in the Shell was based on a thing almost none of the multiplex going public had heard of and was always a risk, although I liked it and much preferred it to the stupid anime.

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So, I've tried watching Blade Runner a couple of times but just can't get into it. I'm not a huge fan of sci-fi films so I'm sure it's great, it just didn't grip me. 

My question is, do you need to have seen the original to "get" the sequel? Or is it a good stand alone film without the knowledge of back story? 

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