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DVDs and Films You Have Watched Recently 3 - The Final Insult

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4 minutes ago, Bellenda Carlisle said:

He actually is called Armand Hammer and he is the heir to the baking/soda toothpaste company fortune

Just checked this because it sounded too good to be true and alas, it sort of is.  His grandfather of the same name tried to buy the company that owned Arm and Hammer after years of being asked if he was the man behind them but wasn't successful.  His company did purchase enough stock to get gramps a seat on the board of directors though.

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The Old Man and the Gun is delightful. Great note for Robert Redford to retire on, a lovely little crime flick, and Tom Waits is ace yet again.

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You Were Never Really Here - Incredibly unsettling and violent without seeing much violence and Joaquin Phoenix is excellent.  Lynne Ramsay is such a brilliant filmmaker, she creates worlds that make you feel unclean.   Imagine what she could do with a Bond film?

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It's still my film of the year. Greenwood's scores for the film and/or Phantom Thread deserve all the awards. I haven't watched the film back because I found it to be so upsetting at the cinema.

Anyway, I watched Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse yesterday. To reduce it, it's basically a less funny version of Lego Batman with more serious and less gags. It's good fun, though. Getting it right with the balance of frivolous and serious so both can find space without hampering the story. I'm sure you dorks that read the comics will get more out of it than us super shaggers.

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Shagging at the time.

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Dumplin

Wasn’t expecting much from this but it was very good. Jennifer Aniston is an ex beauty pageant queen who is still very involved in the scene and her daughter Willowdean is not the beauty pageant type, who is obsessed with Dolly Parton, something she inherited from her aunt, who she was very close to.

That sounds pretty shit, but it’s a very good film, pretty concise, doesn’t outstay it’s welcome and the performances of Aniston (best since A Good Girl probably), Danielle MacDonald, who follows up a great turn in Patticakes with this, and Odeya Rush...good god...Odeya Rush, are excellent. 

It gets a bit schmaltzy, but really enjoyed that. Oh, and good cameo from Harold Perrineau too.

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I don't think I'd even seen a film set in Oakland before this autumn, but in the last couple of months we've had Blindspotting and now Sorry to Bother You. They're both two of the year's best films too.

Almost impossible to describe what this is but it works, like Blindspotting does, as a brilliant satire and a smart piece of entertainment. Lakeith Stanfield is such a good actor but Tessa Thompson steals it. Loved this.

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He was also in The Girl in the Spider's Web recently and was excellent in that in a pretty limited role. Just saw Short Term 12 recently too and he was the best thing in that. He's doing Rian Johnson's next film as well.

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What a show full of talent Atlanta is. @SuperBaconloves a bit of Netflix YA action. You'll be as happy as my 13 year old daughter that To All the Boys I've Loved Before has had sequels ordered.

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20 minutes ago, Mr_Danger said:

What a show full of talent Atlanta is. @SuperBaconloves a bit of Netflix YA action. You'll be as happy as my 13 year old daughter that To All the Boys I've Loved Before has had sequels ordered.

Yeah, me and my eldest enjoyed that. As long as that dreamy Noah Centino is in them, I’m happy. Netflix has done well with YA this year tbh.

And yeah, Atlanta is full of incredible talent. Zazie Beets...❤️

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It's a real shame First Reformed only got a minute cinema release because it's really quite a brilliant film. It's always a relief when you watch something that's received as much praise as this and it really is that good.

The Breadwinner is also excellent. I have a lot of time for these animated films that don't 'have' to be animated, and this is a gorgeous film.

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I've been waiting to see Sorry To Bother You for bloody ages, put off downloading a pirate copy as I really wanted to support it and it was ace. Was it just me or was there some low key digs at your white anarchist types throughout? They got a chuckle out of me.

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41 minutes ago, Merzbow said:

I've been waiting to see Sorry To Bother You for bloody ages, put off downloading a pirate copy as I really wanted to support it and it was ace. Was it just me or was there some low key digs at your white anarchist types throughout? They got a chuckle out of me.

Absolutely. Amazing how Riley managed to keep it subtle considering some of the things in it!

Watched a zombie film called The Cured last night, starring Astro's ex Ellen Page. One of the most surprisingly good films I've seen this year and a zombie film with actual different ideas in it.

Molly's Game wasn't very good, just 140 minutes of exhausting dialogue and poker and Jessica Chastain doing Acting. Kevin Costner and Idris Elba were great though. I don't think I like Aaron Sorkin.

Love, Simon was terrific but I do love a high school comedy. Stretches out its ending a bit too far but it's really funny in places and great fun. Almost on a par with The Edge of Seventeen as recent high school films go.

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