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The Silent Partner (1978, Talking Pictures TV) I hadn't heard of this before, but saw Elliot Gould and Christopher Plummer as the stars and I was sold. It's a thriller with a really nice set-up -

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

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Because what you've been waiting for is a breakdown of the Revenge of the Nerds films.  Watched these over the past week, the latter two were made for TV (and you realize why once you've seen them).

Revenge of the Nerds (1984)

The title pretty much gives away the story here as a bunch of College Freshmen fight back against the jock Alpha-Betas who make their lives a misery.  Definitely of it’s time and one that wouldn’t get made today (a rape treated as comedy), funny and highly enjoyable though.  Good soundtrack too.

Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise (1987)

A similar plot to the first movie, just set in Fort Lauderdale as opposed to on campus, as the Tri-Lambas once again do battle with the Alpha-Betas.  In contrast to the first movie though, I never laughed once during this.  The theme song is cool but overall this is dire.

Revenge of the Nerds III: The Next Generation (1992)

It was cool to see some from the original film reunited (even if Anthony Edwards was clearly too busy), but this was another dismal sequel with the same regurgitated story.¬† There‚Äôs some shocking acting on display from the ‚ÄėNext Generation‚Äô class most notably fat Trevor and Bobo.

Revenge of the Nerds IV: Nerds in Love (1994)

A bunch of the nerds, including a now ridiculous full on nerd Stan Gable (Ted McGinley), get together to celebrate Booger’s wedding.  Of course his in-laws to be don’t happen to be fans of nerds.  The worst film of the four although the last three are all desperate.

Watch the first film if you're interested, give the remaining three a wide berth.  For posterity's sake 1, 3, 2 and 4.

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Jungle (Netflix)

Harry Potter and the Adventure in the Bolivian Rainforest. Pretty good and standard for this sort of thing, with one amazingly and brilliantly disgusting moment.

Only Lovers Left Alive (Mubi)

Two hours where very little happens is normally my idea of hell - but it's Jim Jarmusch. This is close to being his best just behind Paterson. Some great one-liners but it's at its best when Mia Wasikowska turns up and they become a dysfunctional vampire family. Brilliant.

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On 12/1/2020 at 3:32 PM, Magnum Milano said:

Because what you've been waiting for is a breakdown of the Revenge of the Nerds films.  Watched these over the past week, the latter two were made for TV (and you realize why once you've seen them).

Revenge of the Nerds (1984) Marathon

I've always loved the second one better. It's like Police Academy 5 "Assignment: Miami Beach". It's like everything is in beautiful sunshine which makes some of their shit even funnier. 3 or 4 are really for the hardcore fans. "Nerds in Love" was a bit of a stinker from what I recall.

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On 11/28/2020 at 10:33 PM, Devon Malcolm said:

Happiest Season (Prime rental)

Lovely lesbian romcom with Kristen Stewart finally producing a performance that was actually interesting, although she's outshone by Aubrey Plaza and Mackenzie Davis. No shame there though. No real surprises, but a nice take on a genre I often like.

Just watched this and thought it was wonderful. A stellar cast with all the leads putting not a foot wrong. I always like seeing Victor Garber and Dan Levy was Dan Levy. A cracking film that’s in the top ten of Chrismas films. 

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26 minutes ago, Keith Houchen said:

I always like seeing Victor Garber and Dan Levy was Dan Levy.

Garber's become one of the top character actors around, I love that guy.

Mank (Netflix)

David Fincher's latest. Looks great, acting's great, music's great - the usual Fincher staples. But I was surprised at how little there was to it beyond trying to make Orson Welles look a fraud. I quite liked it but Fincher should look in the mirror.

You Should Have Left (pirate)

Decent little horror film with Kevin Bacon and Amanda Seyfried slumming it. Takes too long to get going but you could say that about almost every horror film of the last decade.

What If (Netflix)

Nice enough romcom with a brilliant cast. Imagine what a power couple Adam Driver and Mackenzie Davis would be in real life. The bit with the window was superb.

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Dating Amber (Prime)

Another really nice comedy about a pair of friends united over wranglings over sexuality. On a par with The Half of It, in that regard. Brilliant soundtrack, too.

Big Time Adolescence (pirate)

I really don't understand the love or hate that Pete Davidson gets, and here he is playing exactly the same role he already seems to want to play all the time. The odd really good laugh but otherwise predictable and not especially good.

Logan Lucky (Prime)

I'm surprised I've only watched this three times as I love it so much. Soderbergh may be crap at most other things but there's nobody better at the crime comedy. Undecided on my preference for Daniel Craig's accent in this or Knives Out.

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On 12/4/2020 at 10:42 PM, Devon Malcolm said:

Mank (Netflix)

David Fincher's latest. Looks great, acting's great, music's great - the usual Fincher staples. But I was surprised at how little there was to it beyond trying to make Orson Welles look a fraud. I quite liked it but Fincher should look in the mirror.

I really liked it. Went to see it in a double-bill with Citizen Kane (which I've not seen for a long time). It gave me a new appreciation for Kane as well, which meant I enjoyed it a lot more than I expected.

What I particularly liked about Mank was the way it kind of mirrors Kane. If the main question around Citizen Kane is 'Does Kane's last word give us insight into who he is', then with Mank, the question is 'Why did he decide on his masterpiece being a character assassination of people he knew (and one who he cared about), and what does this tell us about this person?'.

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I Used to Go Here (Prime rental)

Former UKFF favourite Gillian Jacobs in another low budget indie comedy, and another pretty good one, with funny support from Jemaine Clement. Very light stuff and therefore ideal for a Sunday afternoon.

Juliet, Naked (Netflix)

Nick Hornby's books usually get really good adaptations, and this is another example of that. Some nice stuff about fan 'ownership' of media and a well done romcom story done at the centre of it all. Really enjoyed this.

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Maximum Risk (1996) - Sony Movies Action

Shit tonnes of action. Nearly wall to wall. Van Damme in top form, beating the piss out of people in any number of ways, with added guns, car chases and explosions. Proper action movie length as well at around 1hour 35 minutes. 

The Last Full Measure (2019) - Sky Cinema

You know what? This was way better than I expected. It absolutely had me from start to finish. Sad, uplifting, emotional. Harris, Plummer, Fonda and Sam Jackson all played their part in telling you a story about hope and heroes and I thought it was great. 

The Cotton Club (1984) --Talking Pictures

Between TCM, Sony and Talking Pictures, there is scarcely any need for other outlets these days as they have such great output that they tend to keep me occupied all by themselves. This was stylish as hell, and Gere, as always, can do stylish like few others. Almost a time capsule piece, you could say. The dancing and music, all as a back drop for the gangster and romance drama, this had a bit of everything. Bob Hoskins in this? Not somebody that I would have wanted to rub the wrong way. 

 

 

 

 

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Honest Thief (pirate)

Standard Liam Neeson fare, and I do mean that in a good way, although you will have to endure Jai Courtney's extremely shit performance. Just over 90 minutes though, so you can't grumble.

The Personal History of David Copperfield (Prime)

Rushed Dickens adaptation by Armando Iannucci, would have been far more effective as a mini-series or something. Still worth seeing for its great cast, especially Daisy May Cooper as Peggotty and Ben Whishaw making up for being a terrible Q by being a fantastic Uriah Heep.

Kelly's Heroes (Prime rental)

Long time no rewatch for this UKFF favourite. Would love to see someone do an updated version of this.

Von Ryan's Express (pirate)

Completing my dad film double-bill. One of Frank Sinatra's best as an actor, deserves more respect as one of the great WW2 action films.

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Freaky - I'm not a huge fan of horror comedys but this was a right laugh. All the cast are decent and it gives the feeling that everyone involved was having a blast. The ending was a bit shit but its ridiculously gruesome in parts & Vince Vaughn is great  

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This i think is just the place to i ask this question i think! 

To clear my mind i went for a stroll earlier and it got me thinking, for some reason, about trying to find films that involve growing up in the 90's or 90's themed stuff, anything with nostalgia really for someone who was 5 - 15 years old in that decade 

I would love to find something about a group of kids/teens growing up together in the uk and anything to do with friendships. Anything like this cheers me up

its why i like films such as the goonies, stand by me for example, as although its not British, it involves young friends hanging out, getting upto mischief and generally having a good time much like i did as at that age 

Hopefully that explains it enough, i finding it a bit hard to put into words 

I have netflix and torrents, so i should be able to get pretty much anything recommended 

 

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