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

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watched Lady Bloodfight this afternoon on Amazon Prime, stars Amy Johnston who is more known in film as a stuntwoman on major films like captain America and also a multiple time world kickboxing champ. Anyhow if you loved old school Van Damme films especially Kickboxer and Bloodsport this will be right up you're street. Basically the plot follows the same path to Bloodsport, as Johnstone goes to Hong Kong to compete in the Kumite for females, and seeks training by a female martial arts master. Its basically a mash up of Bloodsport and Kickboxer, I loved it, like a say if you loved the old school JCVD you're in for a treat.

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Flashback

I was excited because this was a 1990s buddy cop film I hadn't seen. But it's not very good and a really boring version of Midnight Run (which everyone should watch, by way of a reminder) and the only good bit was when Carol Kane was in it.

Good Vibrations

Nice little biopic with the predictably great soundtrack and a brilliant Richard Dormer performance. John Peel would have been fuming at the guy who played him though. Fucking hell.

Lolly-Madonna XXX

One for the 1970s crime / thriller heads on here (I think that's just me and @Scott Malbranque tbh). A cracking deep south thriller about two warring families, the cast is fucking amazing and it's brilliantly downbeat right to the grim ending. An unseen treasure.

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Watched Vivarium over the weekend, which I thought was a pretty good sci-fi film, even if it does feel like an extended episode of something like The Twilight Zone or Black Mirror, with a premise that has been done before (a couple trapped in a labyrinth of identical houses with each escape attempt returning them "home", but this time slightly tweaked with the addition of a strange child that the couple are given to raise to allow their release, but that they don't want and cannot seem to relate to). I liked it more than the directors previous film Without Name
(the story of a land surveyor who goes mad in a mysterious forest), which while it had some nice visuals was a really slow, subtle Irish-horror film that never really seemed to get going and had little pay-off in the end.

Also watched The Hunt, which is a perfectly watchable if very average horror-thriller-comedy-satire. It has some good violence and action, but is pretty underwhelming, tonally all over the place and is heavy handed with its politics and some of the dialogue. Again I preferred it to the directors previous film though (Z for Zachariah), which while a fine apocalypse-drama that is well acted by its small recognisable cast (Margot Robbie, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Chris Pine), is really slow-paced with a poor, flat conclusion.

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I always meant to get round to watching Z For Zachariah. We read the book at school in Year 9 and it's stuck in my head ever since!

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Yeah we read it at school too but I wouldn't watch that adaptation as Craig Zobel's two other films have been utterly awful.

BBC's Play for Today did an adaptation back in 1984 that's supposed to be far superior.

 

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I watched The Sting last night for the first time based entirely on posts in this thread about it and I think I have a new favourite film. Thanks lads.

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6 minutes ago, LaGoosh said:

I watched The Sting last night for the first time based entirely on posts in this thread about it and I think I have a new favourite film. Thanks lads.

My facebook memories a few weeks ago was me watching The Sting ten years ago and it was also based on recommendations from here. It's brilliant. Need to watch it again.

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I watched Love & Mercy the other night. I've not watched it in about two years after watching it almost in a constant loop for a couple of months. I was a bit sniffy about it when I viewed it at the cinema, which was mainly due to being unconvinced by John Cusack's performance - a sharp contrast to the excellent Paul Dano as a young Brian Wilson. However, it's won me over ever since. Music biopics are usually always flawed and a bit rubbish, but this is definitely one of the rare good ones (not Rocketman good, maybe more Born to be Blue good). It helps that this isn't 100% about the music - although this is serviced by Paul Dano's younger Wilson story, this part is also about a troubled man succumbing to mental illness and addiction. The Cusack parts on a later Wilson is essentially a love story, some of it a little unconvincing, but I'm always on board for the finale. The music is there but the most interesting parts in these things are never how someone farted out 'We Will Rock You', so it's good Brian Wilson has led such a mad mad life. It helps I'm a massive Brian Wilson fan so get a kick out of seeing folk like Van Dyke Park cutting about, or Mike Love getting portrayed as the willy that he is.

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14 hours ago, Devon Malcolm said:

Lolly-Madonna XXX

One for the 1970s crime / thriller heads on here (I think that's just me and @Scott Malbranque tbh). A cracking deep south thriller about two warring families, the cast is fucking amazing and it's brilliantly downbeat right to the grim ending. An unseen treasure.

Never even fucking heard of it, much to my utter self loathing and disgust, D-Mal.
100% absolutely all over this tonight. Thanks as ever, boss!

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Just a thought, but as we are in a lockdown, I wonder if there is a place for a UKFF Film Club. Where a film is chosen for people to watch and then discussed? I don't want to nominate someone like Devon (by that I mean I don't want to throw it in your lap, though you would be ideal to run it) , but I think there are certainly people who could do a good job of choosing something accessible (maybe limited to TV/Netflix/Amazon Prime). Any thoughts?

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2 minutes ago, Hannibal Scorch said:

Just a thought, but as we are in a lockdown, I wonder if there is a place for a UKFF Film Club. Where a film is chosen for people to watch and then discussed? I don't want to nominate someone like Devon (by that I mean I don't want to throw it in your lap, though you would be ideal to run it) , but I think there are certainly people who could do a good job of choosing something accessible (maybe limited to TV/Netflix/Amazon Prime). Any thoughts?

Got to be worth a punt. Start the thread up and see what happens. If no-one does it, what've you lost?

I'm up for it.

And yeah everyone that hasn't watched The Sting need to go rectify that immediately. Pure magic. The other essential Robert Shaw performance. ITV used to play it about once a week. 

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@Devon Malcolm With some of these films (particularly the crime ones which I really want to get into), could you let us know if you're watching them on Streaming, please? Spent a while looking for one or two and realised they're DVD only. Or should we assume they're mainly DVD/Blu-Ray?

Not asking you to search out where they are if not - just that if you watched it on a streaming service, letting us know where.

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Just now, Chris B said:

@Devon Malcolm With some of these films (particularly the crime ones which I really want to get into), could you let us know if you're watching them on Streaming, please? Spent a while looking for one or two and realised they're DVD only. Or should we assume they're mainly DVD/Blu-Ray?

I'll happily post links on here if they're reputable sources, sure.

With regard to Lolly-Madonna XXX, I found it here:-

https://ok.ru/video/899107457583

You do need to sign up but it's just a Russki social media site, not some illegal Putlocker knock-off.

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The Sting's poker scene between Newman and Shaw on the train is one of my favourite film scenes of all time. The sheer tension, between Newman's poke-the-bear goading and Shaw's mounting and barely-contained fury, is palpable, and I love the camera work too.

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