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

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The Ice Storm (Mubi)

I still haven't watched that many Ang Lee films but clearly I should change that. This is the best I've seen from him so far - an absolutely stacked cast playing out bored upper class lives to an unexpected tragedy, it's an acting masterclass.

Body of Lies (Amazon Prime)

One more for the 'Ridley Scott might be shit' evidence pile. Absolutely pointless, jingoistic bullshit, nobody ever needed to see this aside from when Leo pushes Russell Crowe off his chair.

POW: The Escape (YouTube)

Unheralded Cannon actioner set during Vietnam. David Carradine says "Everybody goes home" 768 times and UKFF favourite Steve James gets a good-sized role too. Surprisingly decent story as well, but the action is what you're here for, and it's good quality.

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Blinded By The Light 

Superb. Soundtrack is fantastic even before you hear one of Brucie's bangers. Star turns from several cast members (Nell Williams is great as tory-hating Eliza) and you'll go through the suitable range of emotions throughout the film. Luton is painted perfectly as the suitably grim shithole it was/is (with apologies to any local residents reading this). Just warms the cockles really. 

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Wait until someone down the pub tells Peter Stainforth you were slagging off Luton.

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The Bling Ring (Mubi)

This is so fucking shit, but even worse than that it's just so pointless. What's the point of taking the piss out of rich cunts if you're then going to have Paris Hilton in it? Emma Watson is a terrible actress and she should feel terrible.

Shanghai Express (DailyMotion)

Marlene Dietrich was absolutely ridiculously stunning. But also a brilliant actress and her work with the dialogue in this staves off disappointment in the predictable plot. Not the outright classic I was expecting but still worth seeing.

Date Night (nefarious means)

I really like Steve Carell so I'm polishing off all the other reportedly good films by him I haven't seen yet. Could have done without the surprise James Franco but this was loads of fun, and not dissimilar to The Lovebirds.

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The Fallen Idol (ok.ru)

Carol Reed made this between Odd Man Out and The Third Man, and that has to go down as one of the most underrated three film runs from a director in history. This is a brilliant but unusual noir, and even the kid wasn't annoying.

Frog Dreaming (Amazon Prime)

Had never heard of this until a few days ago. So it's an Australian fantasy adventure with Elliott from E.T. and Bronwyn from Neighbours about a monster living in a nearby creek. It's pretty enjoyable and worth an hour and a half of your time.

The 40 Year Old Virgin (nefarious means)

The usual Judd Apatow overlong, hit-and-miss thing. Some truly great moments, a total underusing of Jane Lynch, who's brilliant, and the usual Seth Rogen drugs shit. Apatow will never make a great film but hiring an editor might help.

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The Driver (1978)

Thanks very much Talking Pictures for showing this last night. What a brilliant film this was. Phenomenal car chase scenes, but the last one, in the warehouse? Lovely stuff. Ryan O' Neal was kind of like a cross between McQueen and Nolte here, and that's no bad thing. Talking Pictures will join my favourites list, along with other beauties such as TCM and the Sony channels. 

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1 hour ago, Devon Malcolm said:

 

Frog Dreaming (Amazon Prime)

Had never heard of this until a few days ago. So it's an Australian fantasy adventure with Elliott from E.T. and Bronwyn from Neighbours about a monster living in a nearby creek. It's pretty enjoyable and worth an hour and a half of your time.

 

Got shown quite a few times on BBC back in the day then disappeared without trace, to the point that for a few years, pre Internet, I thought I had imagined the whole film and my brother said I was full of shit and it didn't exist. That wasn't helped by it apparently having half a dozen different titles when you look for it online. Still vividly remember the monster 'reveal' 

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I’ve just remembered that film for the first time in about 30years! What’s blown my mind more though is that Henry James is Elliott and I’ve never realised until now, even after The Haunting of Hill House.

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CHILDREN OF MEN (Netflix) - I hadn't rewatched it in a number of years, and in many ways it often gets forgotten, but fuck me, I don't know if its the times we're living in but it really affected me a lot more than it used to. There's a lot of parallels that are uncomfortable to watch now that there are people who appear on BBC news who want this type of shit. Clive Owen doesn't do much so that helps. It is superbly directed. An underrated gem really.

To get all University essay on you all, it shows what people can become when the government orchestrates their fears for its own advantage

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I.D. - YouTube. 

 

FACKIN LAV YOU GUMBO 

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43 minutes ago, Factotum said:

Clive Owen doesn't do much

Sums up his entire career quite nicely

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16 minutes ago, PowerButchi said:

I.D. - YouTube. 

I ended up watching the sequel a few months back around a mates. Gumbo's back in it with Billy Mitchell from 'Enders.

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