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

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Ready or Not - I really, truly enjoyed this way more than I thought I would. Samara Weaving is unfairly and lazily labelled a shite Margot Robbie - unlike Logan Marshall-Green who for the most part really is a shite Tom Hardy - and was outstanding throughout this. Although an utterly bizarre movie, it's one I had a fucking hoot watching and it was kind of like if Cabin in the Woods met Knives Out by way of Surviving the Game.
Would love to see more from and within that 'universe', but for the most part, Cinematic Universes are gik, so it's grand as is.

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2 minutes ago, Scott Malbranque said:

Ready or Not - I really, truly enjoyed this way more than I thought I would. Samara Weaving is unfairly and lazily labelled a shite Margot Robbie - unlike Logan Marshall-Green who for the most part really is a shite Tom Hardy - and was outstanding throughout this. Although an utterly bizarre movie, it's one I had a fucking hoot watching and it was kind of like if Cabin in the Woods met Knives Out by way of Surviving the Game.
Would love to see more from and within that 'universe', but for the most part, Cinematic Universes are gik, so it's grand as is.

Yeah, I loved this one. Have you seen Mayhem? Weaving's great in that in a similar sort of role, cracking film too.

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On 5/17/2020 at 10:51 AM, Devon Malcolm said:

Alien (Amazon Prime rental)

The more I watch this, the more I wonder just how Ridley Scott fucked up Prometheus and Alien: Covenant so badly. To the point where nobody actually cares if he finishes that trilogy. Amazing.

I have a theory about this, having studied his films a lot.

 Before he filmed Alien he was a music video and advert director - he was hired to take something that existed and make it pretty.

 His early films are, if you like, adaptations of other people’s work where he is hired as the director.  He’s working with name actors who are invested in the product, producers who have developed the scripts etc.  Scott is there for his incredible eye - he’s an awesome cinematographer and production designer.

 On Alien he was all at sea apparently - I’ve chatted with a few of the British crew and he covered what he didn’t know by leaning on experienced hands.  When he went to the States to film Blade Runner he took some of them with him and then got on the wrong side of the highly unionised crews over there.

The more successful he became, the more control he’s got over his projects - he develops them from scratch via his production company. I feel this means he requires less input from actors (who are props to him), writers and so on.  And he’s not a Renaissance man like some directors, he’s not brilliant at everything.

 So Prometheus etc look great but have no soul, and he’s not bothered because he’s so driven he’s on to the next one.  As evidence I present his re-edit of Alien which genuinely added nothing of note.

 Can you imagine what his Blade Runner sequels would have been like?  Not nearly as good.

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17 minutes ago, Devon Malcolm said:

Yeah, I loved this one. Have you seen Mayhem? Weaving's great in that in a similar sort of role, cracking film too.

That's one I keep meaning to watch, D-Mal, and it keeps popping out of my head when I'm looking for something new. That's tonight's viewing sorted!
I enjoyed The Babysitter too. Had no idea it was McG until the end...

 

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14 minutes ago, Scott Malbranque said:

That's one I keep meaning to watch, D-Mal, and it keeps popping out of my head when I'm looking for something new. That's tonight's viewing sorted!
I enjoyed The Babysitter too. Had no idea it was McG until the end...

I was surprised by The Babysitter as well, it was genuinely good. Be interesting to see how the sequel goes.

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I had pretty much given up on Ridley Scott but then he went and made The Martian, which gave me some false hope we were going to get some late-career purple patch from him, then he followed it up with Alien: Covenant which is just one big, dumb and dull experience. Sadly The Martian will probably prove to be more of an apparition than a refound proficiency for his craft.

On @Loki's point, Mark Kermode is forever saying Ridley Scott should slow down how many films he pumps out, becoming more selective. Ever since the success of Gladiator 20 years ago, he's churned out a staggering 14 movies, and if you're being kind you can say 3 of them are of significant quality.

It's annoying because we saw with The Martian that there is still some excellence rattling about in there.

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Ridley Scott has been so consistently shit since Black Rain that The Martian should probably be considered a fluke.

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Gladiator and The Martian have been excellent I'd argue.   But it’s a terrible hit rate.

 

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Gladiator is ace. Especially Brian Dennehy in it. 

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Oliver Reed method acting masterclass.

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2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (nefarious means)

Absoutely ridiculous that this film is 52 years old and still looks better than almost anything else made since. Also ridiculous that I didn't like it at all when I first saw it. Have to see this on a big screen someday.

EMPIRE OF THE SUN (TCM)

Marks the point at which Spielberg started to become a Serious Filmmaker rather than arseing around making nonsense like Jaws and Raiders of the Lost Ark and that sort of shite. In all seriousness though, this is still really good - and I'd forgotten Joey Pants was in it too, so that was a good bonus.

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6 minutes ago, Devon Malcolm said:

EMPIRE OF THE SUN (TCM)

Marks the point at which Spielberg started to become a Serious Filmmaker rather than arseing around making nonsense like Jaws and Raiders of the Lost Ark and that sort of shite. In all seriousness though, this is still really good - and I'd forgotten Joey Pants was in it too, so that was a good bonus.

Somehow mis-read this as Tears Of The Sun and was trying to place Joey Pants as one of Bruce Willis' army tough guys.

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11 minutes ago, Devon Malcolm said:

Absoutely ridiculous that this film is 52 years old and still looks better than almost anything else made since. Also ridiculous that I didn't like it at all when I first saw it. Have to see this on a big screen someday.

 

While I've always liked it, I found a whole new appreciation for it when I watched it in the cinema a couple of years ago. I often thought on the big screen the effects would look less awe-inspiring and you'd maybe see more holes in how they got it all to work but there is none of that - instead it's more impressive. It just doesn't really make sense something so old about sci-fi can still look so great, comparatively. I can only imagine how incredible it must have been seeing it for the first time back when it was released, before people started to pinch everything from it.

I've never been the biggest fan of all the lightshow near the end but it's so much more immersive at the cinema. Hypnotic, almost.

Edited by ColinBollocks

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I remember seeing Empire Of The Sun in the cinema - like all of Spielberg’s movies it’s designed for the big screen and was utterly mesmeric.

 Is he the greatest film director of all time?  What an incredible resume.  Hardly a duffer either.

I rewatched War Of The Worlds the other day, the first half an hour or so of that may be the greatest action sequence ever.  The camera movement in and out of buildings is technically almost incomprehensible without CGI but I’m certain it’s in picture.

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Just now, Loki said:

Is he the greatest film director of all time?

No.

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