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

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The film doesn't click at all. Lots of great talent, but it doesn't hang together. The first Netflix series they did was much better, but I didn't think much of the second one. 

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One thing you can't deny; Jackie Chan plays a might fine drunk. One of the most enjoyable films of this ilk you'll likely to find. The fights are incredible, none more so than the fight fight with Ken Lo. The speed is mesmorising and you struggle to believe the techniques used. The axe gang fight is also another highlight and this is Chan at his apex. Some of the humour also lands very well too IMO and Anita Mui, who plays Chan's stepmother, plays her character and the comedy element so well and is a joy to watch.

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Fair to say that Us lives up to its trailer. I'll be genuinely sad when Jordan Peele decides to make a non-horror film. The last two-thirds of this are totally relentless. I'm going again next week.

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I've booked to see it tonight. I got to lead my good lady a merry dance as we did a "I've booked for Us tonight" "What are seeing though?" back and forth until she clocked on. This coupled with The OA second series should make a great weekends viewing.

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US is the best film of 2019 so far. Utterly compelling. Better than GET OUT for me. He's a talented filmmaker is Peele. I don't think he will step away from horror for a while, as he's slowly becoming the master of it.

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ffs Branquey you double up on your Jordan Peele hatred and you've seen Dragged Across Concrete two times more than me. Divorce!

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I know nothing of Motley Crue really. Obviously I know of them and the members and that they were debauched, but I’m not arsed about them or the genre at all. 

The Dirt though, is a load of fun. Is it a good film? I don’t know. It’s a bit of a sprint and the editing seems a bit...erratic, but I was never bored at any point. It’s directed by Jeff Tremaine of Jackass fame. Huh, how about that?

Iwan Rheon is great, following up a superb turn in Hurricane, but the star is Machine Gun Kelly as Tommy Lee. Yes, really. 

Worth watching, and well worth watching if you’re a fan of them.

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2 hours ago, Scott Malbranque said:

Dragged Across Concrete was even better on second viewing. Just gloriously, unapologetically brutal 

I'm sure there's a good film in there, but fuck me, I don't think I've ever sat through something so needlessly overlong. 2hrs 40m that could (and should) have been 1hr 40. I loved Zahler's other work, and usually dig the slow burn, but filling every scene with extra bits of silence and nothing, with every character doing everything realllllly slowly, does not make for compelling storytelling. There's just a baffling level of extraneous shit. "Here's a 15 minute origin story about a background character!"

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What We Do In The Shadows. I've never watched Flight Of The Conchords but hopefully it's better than this.  A few little chuckles here and there but it wasn't very good at all.

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Objectively, The Dirt is bad. It fucks with the timeline of events massively and misses a lot of stuff out for the sake of a cleaner narrative, but it was a breezy watch for a film stuffed with the things it does cover. It doesn't paint Motley Crue as saints, far from it, but they do come across as sanitised.

I almost wish it had been done as a mini series rather than a movie although I am aware that it would descend into nothing more than a catalogue of morally reprehensible acts.

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6 hours ago, Keith Houchen said:

What We Do In The Shadows. I've never watched Flight Of The Conchords but hopefully it's better than this.  A few little chuckles here and there but it wasn't very good at all.

No, that film is much better that Flight of Conchords. I loved that film though...

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11 hours ago, Devon Malcolm said:

ffs Branquey you double up on your Jordan Peele hatred and you've seen Dragged Across Concrete two times more than me. Divorce!

This is nothing that a double bill of Aliens and Event Horizon with a nice dinner and some Toblerone cheesecake won't iron out,  D-Mal. Don't you dare give up on me...

I don't know what it is about Peele's movies that I don't like. It could well be my brain irrationally rebelling against itself because the whole world is telling me I should love Jordan Peele and I subsequently sulk about it. 

It could also be as I approach 40, I'm getting grumpier and bitterer, because I used to love everything really and was always a 'glass half full' kind of chap but now I seem to have a permanent furrow that says "hurrrnuuhhrnunnnnmmpphh".

8 hours ago, Astro Hollywood said:

I'm sure there's a good film in there, but fuck me, I don't think I've ever sat through something so needlessly overlong. 2hrs 40m that could (and should) have been 1hr 40. I loved Zahler's other work, and usually dig the slow burn, but filling every scene with extra bits of silence and nothing, with every character doing everything realllllly slowly, does not make for compelling storytelling. There's just a baffling level of extraneous shit. "Here's a 15 minute origin story about a background character!"

It is absolutely, unnecessarily overlong and sometimes the camera lingers far longer than it should after a piece of dialogue, almost uncomfortably like Zahler was waiting for the actor to elaborate and finish his point but I love that, for some bizarre reason. 

When I went to a screening of it in early January, my mate thought it was poxy - one of the worst films he ever had to sit through - and I came out wanting to go back in and go into that world again. Like the way the yanks felt about Avatar.

I just personally love the unapologetic, nihilistic rawness of the world(s) that Zahler creates, and I like spending as much time as possible in them. 

There's a chap on the Fanedit forums already working on an improved pacing/reduced runtime edit, so I'm very interested in seeing that, particularly as this chaps fanedit made Blair Witch 2 quite a decent movie. 

In saying all that above, you're dealing with someone here who thinks Hudson Hawk is a masterpiece, so I'm really not sure anything I ever say holds any weight or validity. 

 

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I liked Us. As Devon mentioned, the pacing of the film means the two hours go by quickly. I appreciated that it doesn't take itself too seriously and took the piss out of the mad plot, without fully turning it into a goof, which is a real skill.

My only big criticism is the voice Lupita does sounded like Jim Norton's Edgar Mellencamp character. I spent the time wondering when she was going to bring up her dry teeth. I started thinking Peele told her to listen to the compilation below.

 

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