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

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Remember that bit in Money Ball where Brad Pitt listens to that song his daughter says she made up but it's really Lenka's The Show and then he cries, the lying little witch. It's no Major League like.

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Race With the Devil

Absolutely ridiculously entertaining 1970s road movie / occult chiller as Peter Fonda and Warren Oates fend off Texan devil worshippers. Absolutely no way you don't enjoy this.

Cold Souls

Similar to Eternal Sunshine, if not nearly as good, but still enjoyable enough mainly thanks to Paul Giamatti as (sort of) himself and Katheryn Winnick dancing.

The Sting

Had to give it another spin after the recent discussion about it on here. Just everything that cinema can be - it's both totally entertaining but also artistically and creatively brilliant. Easily one of the greatest films ever made.

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We treated my daughter to Trolls: World Tour tonight. £15.99 for a 48 rental, but it would have cost about £20 for a trip to the cinema had it been opened.

Inoffensive. seemed pretty similar to the first film but I have sat through far worse kids films of late.

i quite like this early release policy. I still don’t think it will change my viewing habits with a cinema trip for most things. But it will come in handy if this policy keeps on when cinemas re-open. However it will be interesting to see how well this does. It doesn’t get released in the US until Friday and was streaming in the usual illegal places first thing this morning

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I actually watched a film that wasn't a U. It was only Shazam but still, small victory. I quite enjoyed it. Not sure when I last watched a superhero film. Unless Kick-ass counts, it's probably Superman 2. Anyway, I enjoyed Shazam. Was all a bit daft and seriously cheesy but that's to be expected. Funny bits were all in the trailer though.

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13 minutes ago, tiger_rick said:

I actually watched a film that wasn't a U. It was only Shazam but still, small victory. I quite enjoyed it. Not sure when I last watched a superhero film. Unless Kick-ass counts, it's probably Superman 2. Anyway, I enjoyed Shazam. Was all a bit daft and seriously cheesy but that's to be expected. Funny bits were all in the trailer though.

It’s probably my favourite DC film. And the sequel will have The Rock in it 

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28 minutes ago, Hannibal Scorch said:

We treated my daughter to Trolls: World Tour tonight. £15.99 for a 48 rental, but it would have cost about £20 for a trip to the cinema had it been opened.

Inoffensive. seemed pretty similar to the first film but I have sat through far worse kids films of late.

i quite like this early release policy. I still don’t think it will change my viewing habits with a cinema trip for most things. But it will come in handy if this policy keeps on when cinemas re-open. However it will be interesting to see how well this does. It doesn’t get released in the US until Friday and was streaming in the usual illegal places first thing this morning

It doesn't really affect me because my daughter just loves the experience of going to the cinema. Half the time she doesn't even pay any attention to the film unless it's got a dog or dogs in it. She's mostly interested in the popcorn and the dark. But it will be interesting to see how things change, although I really worry about smaller chains and independent cinemas, which are fewer and further between with each passing year as it is.

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I can't see digital downloads still getting an early release once everything settles down. There might be a period of a few months where studios toy with it, but I can imagine piracy putting a massive dent into profits (especially at the prices they are expecting people to pay) and studios reverting to the old model before long. It's a shame as I'd love more movies to become available for download alongside a cinema release, but I really can't see that many people putting £15-20 down on a 2 day rental of a movie when they can torrent it for fuck all and keep it forever.

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32 minutes ago, Devon Malcolm said:

It doesn't really affect me because my daughter just loves the experience of going to the cinema. Half the time she doesn't even pay any attention to the film unless it's got a dog or dogs in it. She's mostly interested in the popcorn and the dark. But it will be interesting to see how things change, although I really worry about smaller chains and independent cinemas, which are fewer and further between with each passing year as it is.

I think the smaller chains will survive actually. It’s the bigger chains I think will suffer over the next 5/10 years

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10 minutes ago, Hannibal Scorch said:

I think the smaller chains will survive actually. It’s the bigger chains I think will suffer over the next 5/10 years

Should probably take this to another film thread, but I'd like to know why you think that when everything indicates otherwise.

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Never Too Young To Die 12 year old me would have fucking loved this. Its basically a cross between the Mad Max 2 scene of Weird Science x100 combined with Teen Agent and American Ninja aesthetics, oh and it has Gene Simmons playing an absolutely problematic evil hermaphrodite gang boss. (Wtf!)

It's absolutely bat shit.

Former bond George Lazenby has an extended action sequence as Drew Stargrove. A spy trying to stop the evil doings of Simmons. John Stamos joins the action as his son and all hell breaks loose.

If it weren't for the casual homophobia and sexism then if I had 'fuck you money' this is exactly the kind of movie I'd make. The thing about 37 year old DEF is he can identify and disapprove of these things far better than 12 year old DEF and still think it's an amazing experience. The only other criticism I have is that Robert Englund is utterly wasted. It's an awesome clusterfuck.

 

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6 hours ago, SuperBacon said:

Should probably take this to another film thread, but I'd like to know why you think that when everything indicates otherwise.

The overheads. Multiplexes costs loads to run because they are huge. Your little local 2 screener will have less overheads. Also, smaller chains will focus on independent films, cheaper to buy in then big tentpoles. Cinema will become more niche as people start to become more concerned about being in such close proximity to others. China re-opened their cinemas and they closed less then a week later because people were not ready to start going back to them. I think it will take a while to recover, way more than other forms of socialising. 
 

Or, as previously seen, I’m talking tosh

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7 hours ago, SuperBacon said:

Should probably take this to another film thread, but I'd like to know why you think that when everything indicates otherwise.

Not sure I agree but one of the big things coming out of this Coronavirus shitstorm will be to shop local and support local independent businesses, particularly the ones that got us through this. I don't think there's been a better time to be independent, assuming you can survive this downtime.

Niche cinema will also have a place but as Dev says, it's been shrinking anyway. Hopefully it can thrive on the sentiment of the next year or so. 

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We always go to our local Savoy cinema, there's only five of them nationwide and it's a bit dearer than going to the likes of Vue or Cineworld but there's a much nicer atmosphere there, only six screens and feels that bit more personal an experience. They even do cinema hire for kids birthdays for £150 quid where you get the whole screen to yourself, take in your own food, we've done it a couple of times and it's awesome. We'll continue to go there, hopefully they manage to make it through.

On topic we watched Escape Room last night for probably the forth time. Yeah it's a bit daft in parts (see spoiler tag) but it's a cool concept, good fun and I think only one jump scare which suits me fine. The escape rooms themselves are really well designed and really ramp up the tension, particularly the one in the bar. To me it sits in a similar ball park to the first two Final Destination movies by at least making you want to give a shit about the characters. I'm looking forward to the sequel, I just hope they don't go down the route of the later films in the Final Destination series or something like the Saw sequels where the kills get more spectacular and convoluted as they go along but you can't remember the victims names.

After Ben escapes the last room and comes out in to the technical area and meets the Games Master it gets a bit Saw 2.

Yorick van Wageningen feels like he's seconds away from going "MWOOOHAHAHAHA" and going full panto which takes the shine off it for me. That lifting choke still looks vicious though. I do like the almost Cabin In The Woods thing of seeing the mysterious villains testing the next escape room though. 

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Watched Trolls World Tour last night and I'm very happy that I didn't pay for it. Even my 7 year old daughter thought it was a load of gik and asked could she put on Fairly Odd Parents instead, towards the end of the movie.

Then myself and the missus watched Vivarium. I'm also very happy that no money was spent on the viewing of this movie.

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18 minutes ago, cobra_gordo said:

On topic we watched Escape Room last night for probably the forth time.

I'd rather take my chances with the corona.

12 minutes ago, Scott Malbranque said:

Then myself and the missus watched Vivarium. I'm also very happy that no money was spent on the viewing of this movie.

I was going to catch this at the cinema before they all shut. Sci-fi has been very hit and miss the last few years with me and I suspect I won't like this either but I'll still watch it for the Poots.

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