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Downton Abbey

Forelock tugging shite.  Also it never ends, with more false finishes than an Indy match in a school gym.

1/2 Star for Tuppence Middleton being in it as her name makes me smile.

 

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Midway is *exactly* what you'd expect a Roland Emmerich war film to be like. Great action scenes and the rest is largely rubbish. Apart from Mandy Moore.

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I’m just about to watch Dora and the Lost City of Gold. This better be good. 
 

Sold 7. Nice kid friendly Indiana Jones alike with some nice comedy moments. Plus points for a song from 1/2 of Flight Of The Concords and The Cure. I’m glad James Bobin has finally had a decent follow up film on his resume. Because Muppets Most Wanted & Alice through the looking glass are woeful.

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Bugger me, that is a bad film.  The best action sequence is shown, virtually in its entirety, in the trailer.

If you want spies and assassins and all that at the tail end of the Soviet Union watch Atomic Blonde, or if you fancy some naked Jennifer Lawrence you could go for Red Sparrow.  Even Red Sparrow is infinitely better than this.

Being set between 1985 and 1990 you'll be surprised to see them use full colour TFT laptops running at least Windows 95 versions of applications, big screen IBM ThinkPads (wouldn't surprise me if they were fucking Lenovo such is the lack of attention to detail), clamshell mobiles, email with HD video attachments, USB pen drives, CCTV servers using hotswap SATA drives with plenty of modern cars in the background.  Look, if the lead characters drive LADAs no one will notice...  Less attention to detail than a sixth form creative media assessment piece.

Sub-phoned in lazy, lazy, embarrassing shite.  Yeah I used lazy twice because this didn't deserve me firing up the mental thesaurus.

(There are a sprinkling of CRT screens and photographers use film cameras.)

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Ingrid Goes West - Some really good bits in this, I thought when it was funny it really was funny but there is a huge undercurrent of sadness throughout.  And O'Shea Jackson Jr is an absolute delight.  4 likes out of 5 from nearly 10k Kool Keith.

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Today I saw Frozen 2 and Parasite.

one is as disappointing as you’d expect. The other I might have to go and watch again at the cinema. Why were getting it so late fuck only knows

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21 Bridges

Tim Riggins, Dr Bashir, and The Black Panther meant this was unlikely to score poorly for me.

We've all seen this film 50 times before (double that if you like your 70s New York cop thrillers) but it was well done, if entirely paint by numbers, with people I enjoy watching.

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Knives Out

Daniel Craig's Foghorn Leghorn impression, oddly, doesn't detract from this.  Huge Clue vibes and bonkers family energy from Ready or Not.

A really fun whodunnit escapade, but best to see it spoiler free, I declare see it spoiler free.

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I had a long haul flight a couple of weeks ago with really varied on demand libraries so managed to get through a few films each way and then caught up on some bits I'd missed once I got home. Listed in order of viewing.

Predator. What better way to kick off a ten hour flight than watching this classic with my 11 year old son. What to say that hasn't already been said a million times. The cast, the score, the monster, the script. Just perfect.

The Lego Movie. We fancied a light follow up to Predator and whilst this is the polar opposite it's an equally brilliant film. Plenty for both kids and adults to enjoy.

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood. Maybe it's because we were four hours in to the flight by this point but I just found this tedious. I love Tarrantino (bar Hateful Eight) but this just felt a slog. Yes it's filmed well, yes DiCaprio and Pitt are great actors, yes the dialogue is good but it just felt like hard work.

Gone Girl. Was getting fed up by this point so watched this over someones shoulder three rows down and it still gave me palpitations. Poor Neil Patrick Harris.

Bruce Almighty. Was channel hopping on holiday and this was on and I had a couple of hours to kill having not seen it in years. A lot better than I remember it being, some genuinely funny moments, Carrey being himself, Steve Carrell being a brilliant twat and a not-terrible-for-once performance from Jennifer Anniston.

A Star Is Born. Another one that was randomly on US telly early in the morning. I've put off watching it because I assumed it would be shit but found myself pleasantly surprised, particularly with Lady Gaga's performance. Would watch again.

The Full Monty. First film on the flight back home and still gets some belly laughs. Brilliant score too. Couple of awkward moments during the stripping scenes where I remembered I was on a plane and my screen was in full view. Nothing like an hour and half of blokes in their kecks to set your stall out with the other passengers. The final scene in the working mens club is marvellous so no shame.

IT. I was nodding off at this point and wasn't going to put anything on but the kids sat behind me started acting up so I put this on with the hope they would watch over my shoulder and and give their parents something to deal with at a later time. Then I fell asleep. My Mrs was across the aisle watching Red Sparrow at the time so anybody sat behind us had the choice of murderous clown demon or Jennifer Lawrence getting raped. Good old British Airways and their film selection.

Good Boys. First film when we arrived home and was in tears laughing at this in places. Great performances by all the kids and about as good a comedy as I've watched in years. Superbad with tweens, but funnier.

Joker. Masterpiece isn't a word I use often but this is such a stunning film. I've spoken to so many people who went to see it thinking it was going to be full of Batman and hated it as a result. This is such an anti-comic book movie to the point where if it wasn't the Joker but someone else just losing their mind it would still be great.

Frozen 2. I fell asleep. One of the songs is good.

Gemini Man. What a load of old shite.

 

 

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EDIT - Misread what you said because I'm an idiot.

 

I can't wait to watch Predator with my daughter, I'm thinking age 11 is about right. Die Hard I'm thinking age 10.

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46 minutes ago, DEF said:

 

EDIT - Misread what you said because I'm an idiot.

 

I can't wait to watch Predator with my daughter, I'm thinking age 11 is about right. Die Hard I'm thinking age 10.

Eh? What has made you come to that conclusion?

I moved flats recently and went through a 8 day period without WiFi (which luckily coincided with the UKFF being down), so I raided local charity shops for DVDs as I don’t really have any anymore.

500 Days Of Summer

Jesus Christ. I was willing them both to die 10 minutes in, and had to hate watch it until the end to find out. The only time I’ve ever been angry at hearing a Pixies song. Oh god it’s so shit. The scene where he’s playing The Smiths on his office computer so she’ll notice as she walks past made me cringe so hard I hurt my fingers balling my hands into fists. Probably the worst film I’ve ever seen 

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

An absolute riot of a film, and one that I would’ve easily watched another half an hour of. Easy to see why Downey Jr got the Iron Man gig based on this.

American History X

I have seen this before but a long time ago. Still decent, although I’ve never bought into the “Ed Norton is the best actor of his generation” thing (I think it’s his voice that puts me off), but he is superb in this. The whole cast is to be fair.

Animal Factory

I didn’t mean to watch two Edward Furlong films in a row, but again this was good. Really easy watch and Willem Dafoe is mesmerising as a prison big shot and exudes quiet menace as always. He’s a scary dude. 

Also rewatched Juno, American Beauty and The Matrix again and they’re all still great. In fact, if I could erase my memory of one film and go back and watch it fresh again, it’d be The Matrix. Blew my tiny little 14 year old mind and it still does now. 

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15 minutes ago, SuperBacon said:

Eh? What has made you come to that conclusion?

Just seems about right. I think I was about 10 when I saw it. Die Hard's not especially gory or violent or frightening. The action is pretty much on the level of a 12A these days. It's tense and suspenseful in a good way that I know would definitely hook my daughter. Do you disagree? I'm really interested on other peoples takes on went to show films to kids. I certainly want to protector her but at the same time I also want to blow her little mind with the greatest films ever made.

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