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

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Ready Player One - this really passed me by, I knew nothing about it and have no idea what the reviews were like but having been signing Spielberg's praises I thought I should catch up.

It's really excellent.  Given how difficult a proposition it is to sell a story where the protagonists spend half their time appearing in completely different guises, and you have to juggle two different universes, it's an incredibly coherent and fun film.  Mrs Loki, who generally doesn't like CGI heavy movies or scifi, loved it and said "it's got that Spielberg magic" which it did.

It may not be in his top drawer of films, but I once again find myself marvelling at his range.  Not many (if any other) directors have the breadth of genre understanding to make Jaws, ET and Schindler's List.

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I had a free cinema ticket voucher about to run out and used it on that, expected nothing good but was suprised at just how decent it was.  A good fun Hollywood blockbuster, better an most I've seen in recent years.

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It's nowhere near top tier Spielberg but I really liked it. I was hoping he'd be working on a sequel by now but no he's fucking about with West Side Story.

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I’m not normally one of those “the film isn’t as good as the book” wankers but I make an exception for Ready Player One. 
They completely butchered the book and removed all the adventure stuff and replaced it with car chases and explosions. It seemed to have lost all its heart and peril that the book contained. 
 

I guess it’s due to licensing issues, but I’m gutted they cut out the part where he had to re-create the scene from Life of Brian, rather than The Shining, as well as the Rush guitar solo. The Dungeons & Dragons, arcade game, 80s music and text-adventure game stuff was all cut out and they swapped storylines to other characters. 
 

I watched the film straight after finishing reading the book as I loved it and couldn’t wait to see how they did it but I ended up really disappointed with how it turned out. It had so much potential but seemed to care more about being able to get the rights to famous characters more than the story of the movie. 
 

It should have been this swirling epic but ended up just being a quite basic action movie for kids. 

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Due to the nature of the story though it kind of needed to be switched around what they could work with. It's one thing in a book to write "and he performed the whole of War Games flawlessly without fluffing any of the lines from the film" and another to try and represent that sort of thing on screen and all the rights involved. World building and so on might have been lost but as a film, not a bad couple of hours entertainment and still hits the beats and absorbs the nostalgia fix the book is essentially trying to create. With less 30 page essays about how great wanking is.

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5 minutes ago, lanky316 said:

30 page essays about how great wanking is.

Sounds like the pitch for ‘UKFF: The Movie’

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29 minutes ago, lanky316 said:

With less 30 page essays about how great wanking shitting is.

 

22 minutes ago, Mr_Danger said:

Sounds like the pitch for ‘UKFF: The Movie’

 

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Just giving Looper a watch. It's strange seeing Joseph Gordon Levitt made to look like Bruce Willis. 

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Kung Fu Killer (Amazon Prime)

Like a martial arts Se7en as Donnie Yen chases a serial killer. Slows down a bit in the middle but the fights are great, especially at the end, and it works alright as a crime thriller too.

Dead Calm (nefarious means)

Still a superb thriller which even Billy Zane comes out of well, and when did that ever happen? Even the tacked-on ending works quite well. Absolutely no fat on this one, it's great.

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On 5/3/2020 at 11:28 PM, SuperBacon said:

You've Got Mail

A wonderful film. Just really lovely. I know it's considered the lesser of the Ephron triple giants (Your Harrys and Sallys, your Sleeplesses), but it was great.

I used to dislike Tom Hanks quite a bit, as I thought he was overrated and limited, and I fully hold my hands up that this was a bad opinion on my behalf. I've always enjoyed his films and thought he was merely "good" in them. He's in the GOAT running.

Incredibly for a film that revolves around the brand new concept of chat rooms, emailing and early IM, it doesn't feel dated at all.

Fuck conventional opinion, it's the best of the three, easily. I really love this film. Not just because it's a throwback to a different time and in a strange way that era appeals to me (when you first got the internet and had no idea what was in store), not just because it uses New York in a far better way than Harry Met Sally (or most films set in New York, for that matter). The dialogue, the quirkiness, the fun and heart of it is fantastic, the chain vs. Mom and Pop store element, its fucking brilliant. Films like this usually are completely unmemorable to me, but this is an exception. I enjoy it the more I watch it. Hanks is fantastic, Meg Ryan is in her  best role, and in a very rare criticism, I almost wish it was five to ten minutes longer so the Joe/Kathleen budding friendship has a little more time to breathe before the meeting in the park. 

Edited by Liam O'Rourke

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A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES (NETFLIX) I've read a few Lawrence Block crime books and they're always entertaining, but I resisted watching this at it seemed to be another Liam Neeson action film. However, its a pretty good Private Detective Film, with Neeson giving a nice stoic performance. Its quite uncomfortable at times to see the build up to the murders, David Harbour plays unsettling well. Probably the best Neeson led film from that whole period.

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East Is East

Such a wonderful film, and as moving as when I first saw it.

Everyone is great but Om Puri and Linda Bassett are just superb, absolute next level performances from both.

Weirdly, with each watch I find myself sympathising with George more.

Don't get me wrong, I obviously don't condone what he does or how he behaves, but I used to see him as an absolute monster, and now he seems more like a bit of a tragic figure, and I can understand his struggle more.

Weirdly, just realised that for how much I love the film, I've never seen West Is West. 

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6 Underground 

Mopey Muse soundtrack and some not even remotely subtle product placement aside, great action pretty much from the start, very funny and Adria Ajona is an absolute rocket. Top popcorn action flick. 

Edited by Fatty Facesitter

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Watched Toy Story 3 again today. It’s absolutely fantastic as we all know, but one thing I hadn’t noticed before was a Ghibli Totoro playing with all the other toys in the credits! 

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