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6 is brilliant, but 5 has one of my favourite details - the guy playing Tommy in it was a born again Christian, and apparently only felt comfortable doing it when he realised that evil was punished in

I'll tell you why he did the film but I'm warning you, the answer is the blackest comedy of 2020  

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If this hadn't been made during the Covid, nobody would care. It's just another found footage film, albeit over Zoom. I get people being nice because of the restrictions it was filmed under, but that doesn't mean it's good.

The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (nefarious means)

The only other Peter Greenaway film I'd seen was The Baby of Macon and it was horrible. This is brilliant though - although still horrible but in a positive way this time. Michael Gambon is an absolute gem, and the ending is truly one of the greatest.

Career Girls (Prime rental)

Another Mike Leigh masterclass. There's nobody better at being able to explore how humans can air issues without resorting to the usual cinematic fall-outs. Beautifully written.

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So, after clearing out my dads’ house, I found an immerciful amount of Beatles memorabilia and vinyl etc, and after rejecting them for years, for no other reason than “my parents like them, so I shouldn’t” I finally get it now. I really do.
So, following my falling down a proverbial rabbit hole, I went on a Beatles movie binge:

Backbeat – It’s really quite all over the place and quite a shite movie. It really feels like a Beatles movie made for the Grunge generation. I didn’t like it when I saw it in the flicks (my girlfriend at the time had a thing for Dorff and I was mildly intrigued by the Grunge ‘supergroup’ over the top of the soundtrack and that's why we went to see it) and I don’t like it now. There’s a great basis for a good movie in there somewhere - and I enjoyed Ian Hart as Lennon, even though he looked 48 - but this fell wide of the mark.

Lennon Naked – I like Christopher Eccleston, but my word, his accent was so OTT. Horrendous. Even the missus said “I actually can’t listen to him speak anymore.” And surely they could have gotten someone younger to play Lennon in the flashback scenes. The B&W, I’m sure was made to null the fact Eccleston was nearly 50, but it made him look even older. The film itself was a bit of a chore and everyone overacted to all bollocks, but in saying that, I quite enjoyed Andrew Scott making McCartney sound like when your old Walkman was running out of batteries.

Nowhere Boy – I actually really like this movie. Great performances all around and I was genuinely heartbroken throughout the final third, which is a credit to all involved. What’s jarring is the genetic makeup of Aaron Taylor Johnson. He’s a physical specimen.

Two of Us – Now this, I absolutely adored. It was such a lovely, lovely movie. It’s kind of cheesy at points, but there were some magic moments between Harris and Quinn that just made the film so enjoyable. It’s kind of like if Lennon and McCartney were thrun into an episode of Friends. I was completely immersed and I laughed and frowned and I was devastated when it finished. Also, there were moments – angles and frames – where both actors were the absolute spits of their counterparts. Particularly the scene where Quinn is doodling on Piano and Harris is sitting at the window looking out.

So, in conclusion, Harris was easily the best Lennon, Quinn the best McCartney and Naoko Mori looks fantastic in the nip.

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Finally got round to watching the Departed.

Nicholson and  Di caprio are on top tier form in this film really enjoyed the back and forth with the rats, Damon really lets it down for me though never been his biggest fan and the end with the rat walking along the railing is just far to on the nose for me.

solid 7/10

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East is East (nefarious means)

I was really enjoying this culture clash comedy about a mixed race family in 1970s Manchester until it decided to be utterly cruel and depressing for its second half. Nope.

The Debt Collector (1999) (nefarious means are the only way you can find this)

This got some attention when it was released for featuring Billy Connolly in a dramatic role. But there's far more to it than that - Connolly is great, but Ken Stott as an obsessed cop is even better. Wasn't expecting much from this and while it's relentlessly bleak and violent, it's one of the best I've seen for ages.

 

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On 8/17/2020 at 9:57 PM, Devon Malcolm said:

The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (nefarious means)

The only other Peter Greenaway film I'd seen was The Baby of Macon and it was horrible. This is brilliant though - although still horrible but in a positive way this time. Michael Gambon is an absolute gem, and the ending is truly one of the greatest.

Peter Greenaway is such a massive blind spot for me. My dad worked in Ritz Video when I was a kid, and I think Greenaway and Hitchcock were the only directors' videos he ever actually bought rather than always renting, and he used to bang on about him - and this film in particular - to anyone who would listen.

Haven't heard him talk about him for years now, but that might have to be my next project to make my way through his filmography. 

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28 minutes ago, BomberPat said:

Peter Greenaway is such a massive blind spot for me. My dad worked in Ritz Video when I was a kid, and I think Greenaway and Hitchcock were the only directors' videos he ever actually bought rather than always renting, and he used to bang on about him - and this film in particular - to anyone who would listen.

Haven't heard him talk about him for years now, but that might have to be my next project to make my way through his filmography. 

I gather this is probably about his most accessible film but by and large I don't enjoy avant garde or experimental films, which is why I've avoided him. This was great but I don't anticipate watching more of his. Best of luck to you though!

High Hopes (Prime)

Another wonderful Mike Leigh film, been a genuine pleasure to watch a load of his films recently. Possibly my favourite to date, Phil Davis is fantastic.

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My Name Is Joe (YouTube)

Typical Ken Loach laugh-a-minute film. Really good though, as per usual, and Peter Mullan really is one of the best actors on the planet.

How to Get Ahead in Advertising (nefarious means)

Lunatic satire of advertising with one of Richard E. Grant's greatest performances, if not the greatest. Loses steam near the end, but still pertinent and very funny.

Vanishing on 7th Street (Prime)

Brad Anderson has made a bunch of superb films (The Machinist, Transsiberian, The Call) and could be the new Peter Hyams if he put his mind to it. But this is terribly boring and throws away a great idea on dull characters. Very disappointing.

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Twin Town (YouTube)

Not at all good or funny. Kevin Allen's best work will always be being in The Thin Blue Line.

The Empire Strikes Back (cinema)

Only got Return of the Jedi to see out of the proper five Star Wars films now at the cinema. 

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After avoiding it, and constantly being told it's not so bad, I relented and gave Transformers: Age of Extinction a try. 

Pile of shit. When I gave up, there was still another hour and a half to go. Budget is the only thing that separates it from the overblown, plot hole rampant crap that appears on a DVD with three other films.

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Watched Knives Out this morning. Really enjoyed it. The pacing, the seeming twists, the resolution. Rian Johnson seems to do a great job of thinking everything through where he can. Benoit Blanc is a great character and moves everything forward well. It'll be very interesting to see where a sequel goes. 

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45 minutes ago, jazzygeofferz said:

Watched Knives Out this morning. Really enjoyed it. The pacing, the seeming twists, the resolution. Rian Johnson seems to do a great job of thinking everything through where he can. Benoit Blanc is a great character and moves everything forward well. It'll be very interesting to see where a sequel goes. 

I'm hoping totally new setting, brand new mystery, all new characters except for Blanc (and maybe LaKeith Stanfield's character).

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Yeah they can totally turn that in to a whole series of films in the Agatha Christie style if they want. No reason for any major continuous plot to run through them. Then again Rian Johnson will probably want to put his own spin on the genre so who knows what he does next.

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