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

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6 minutes ago, HarmonicGenerator said:

Saw Jumanji: Next Level tonight. Just as much fun as the first, although I maybe had a few more quibbles with this one, but...

 

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The last five minutes gave me a genuine thrill. Bebe Neuwirth showing up was lovely - and I thought that’d be it for subtle nods to the Robin Williams film. But that final scene! It made me genuinely really, really excited for what they might do in a third one. The idea of Jumanji invading the real world feels earned after these two films, rather than being a retread of the 90s one. And the idea of Martha, Spencer etc meeting the ‘real’ versions of Ruby Roundhouse, Bravestone etc - I can’t wait!

 

I’ll agree with you there. Similar to that Jurassic World sequel, I didn’t enjoy it as much as the first, but

It set up a third film well, and I was more excited for that then what I had just watched. Was she playing the same character? I couldn’t remember her name from that original film. But I was well pleased to see her appear as well

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The Disco Godfather

This was bloody extraordinary. I have a semi-regular "Bad Movie Night" at a mate's place, but this was our first foray into blaxploitation. I was told we'd be watching The Human Tornado, so was not prepared for this. It's Rudy Ray Moore playing a character that's Not Quite Dolemite, trying to tackle a drug trafficking ring in LA (though at various times he refers to it being a "small town"). The combat is janky, the hallucination sequences low-budget but insane, the dialogue is often completely bonkers, and at one point a hitman character is introduced who dresses as a cowboy for no discernible reason. The final ten minutes are an absolute trip. When people talk about movies being "so bad they're good", it's absolutely this sort of thing they're talking about.

Dolemite Is My Name

Then, obviously, I had to go and watch this. It's brilliant. I wouldn't have changed a thing. Stellar cast, superbly acted. With the exception of Chris Rock's role, I don't think there was a single point where I found myself focusing too much on the actor behind the character - Eddie Murphy was Rudy Ray Moore, and given what a powerful personality Murphy is in the majority of his films, to see him completely disappear into a role like this was so impressive. Wesley Snipes is a delight throughout as well. I would say the only thing that comes close to a criticism is that it never really feels like Moore is up against adversity - we're constantly told that he is, but then every scheme pays off better than expected in every single instance. But then the film is joyous for it, and there's more than enough "struggling artist" stories out there anyway.

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A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

I'm not sure this will work nearly as well if you don't have a decent handle on who Mr Rodgers is.  I'd highly recommend watching the "Won't you be my neighbor" documentary as a lead in.

Being a huge mark of the aforementioned documentary I was well up for this.  Many parts left me with moist eyes, but the documentary is the superior of the two and it covers a lot more ground.

Structural spoiler:

The film is largely a big-screen episode of Rodgers' show focussing on one topic/subject as a show episode would.

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Just made the mistake of watching the RoboCop remake. Even shitter than the Total Recall remake, somehow, but levels things by having Abbie Cornish in it.

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We’ve re-watched the Star Wars episodes one the run up to The Rise of Skywalker.

Episode 1 - Other then the pod race, the final battle and that piece of music, it’s really boring 

Episode 2 - Awful acting, clunky script, and clear that George Lucas is like Vince Russo and needs someone to be his filter

Episode 3 - a few good scenes, an improvement on 2, but overall it’s not great

Episode 4 - Still a really fun romp

Episode 5 - Clearly the best all rounder 

Episode 6 - Cheesy but the one I have most fun with

Episode 7 - Good, but the buzz of re-watching does diminish my enjoyment

Episode 8 - Best visually, best humour, especially the iron. Rian Johnson did a great job. Probably top 3 of the whole lot. Better on rewatches 

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1 hour ago, Rey_Piste said:

The big question is lapti nek or yub nub?

Yub Nub. I want someone to make a house remix

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6 Underground was definitely a Michael Bay film, so whatever your stance on him you need to watch or not watch it accordingly. The three main action set pieces in this are incredible, especially the car chase. Superb action film.

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Michael Bay is one of those directors who's definitely made more awful movies than good ones.  So I'll probably pass.

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What’s the difference between the Director’s Cut and the Theatrical Cut of Robocop?

I’m usually pretty sceptical about Director’s Cuts, Extended Editions etc as they rarely do much/add anything different from the Theatrical. I was umming and ahhing about buying the Arrow Video release that’s just come out, but the version with the TC aswell as the Director’s Cut was £10 more than the one with just the DC, which I’ve never seen. I like the TC, but if the DC is more or less the same then I might aswell get that one.

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21 minutes ago, WyattSheepMask said:

What’s the difference between the Director’s Cut and the Theatrical Cut of Robocop?

I’m usually pretty sceptical about Director’s Cuts, Extended Editions etc as they rarely do much/add anything different from the Theatrical. I was umming and ahhing about buying the Arrow Video release that’s just come out, but the version with the TC aswell as the Director’s Cut was £10 more than the one with just the DC, which I’ve never seen. I like the TC, but if the DC is more or less the same then I might aswell get that one.

It's been a while but the DC is much more gory from memory.

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I watched The Godfather for the first time ever last night. After reading and loving the book a couple of months ago, I went and bought the Coppola Restoration Blu Ray box set so I could finally get round to watching it.

I really enjoyed it although I found the first act to be really rushed. I know with it being a three hour movie they couldn't have done much about it but I prefered the slower start of the book with more backstory. Mainly for...

 

the whole Luca Brasi bit. In the book there's a lot more backstory and just general description and storyline about him so when he gets killed it's a much bigger deal as you're more invested in him. In the movie, his death is only the second time you see him.

Pacino was fucking brilliant in it though. Can't wait for number two.

Also, nowhere near as many penis descriptions or racial slurs as in the book.

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8 hours ago, WyattSheepMask said:

What’s the difference between the Director’s Cut and the Theatrical Cut of Robocop?

I’m usually pretty sceptical about Director’s Cuts, Extended Editions etc as they rarely do much/add anything different from the Theatrical. I was umming and ahhing about buying the Arrow Video release that’s just come out, but the version with the TC aswell as the Director’s Cut was £10 more than the one with just the DC, which I’ve never seen. I like the TC, but if the DC is more or less the same then I might aswell get that one.

The Director's Cut is considerably better in my opinion.  Without going into a huge diatribe about it, as it's a favourite topic of mine, but a lot of the satire and humour in Robocop comes from the ridiculously over the top violence.  Ironically, by forcing the director to make some shots shorter, they made them more disturbing and less comical.  So the tone of the film works better in the DC.

I think there are also a few more of those fantastic new reports and adverts in that got cut from the theatrical release.  All told, you should definitely plump for the DC.

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I was in a hurry to find something to watch last night because I just wanted to stick something in before my food got cold. We thought we'd watch something Christmassy, so browsed to the Christmas Comedies section in Netflix, and picked something that had an actor we recognised. 

Fuck me, Nativity is one of the worst films I've ever seen. It's just so absolutely soulless and terribly written and really poorly directed / edited.

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