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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 -

Yuen Biu's first lead role if memory serves, hence half the film basically being a showreel for him. Groundhog Day Andie McDowell plays Rita, a producer newly employed by a TV network that she

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Literally typing this during the end credits of 100 Days to Live, so I can say I did my best, as soon as possible, to stop anyone here watching this. 

I should have known better, really, with my buying into the avalanche of good reviews online, but a begrudging fair play is due to the filmmaker(s) on that front, because they either got a fierce amount of friends and relatives to take the time to write in depth reviews or a wee few of the crew signed up to varying websites under thousands of different usernames to write these reviews. 

A fucking farce. "Game changing twist", my clanging bollocks. I'm appalled here. 

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24 minutes ago, Scott Malbranque said:

Literally typing this during the end credits of 100 Days to Live, so I can say I did my best, as soon as possible, to stop anyone here watching this. 

So noted!

The Dig (Netflix)

Carey Mulligan is going through a pretty consistent run of being in films that she's too good for. Loads of boring relationship drama, not enough digging. Lily James in glasses is its other positive.

Knockabout (pirate)

Sammo Hung action comedy, one of his lesser known films but also one of his better ones. Actual funny jokes and some stunning fight scenes, completely great.

The Hireling (Talking Pictures TV)

Another bloody gem unearthed by TPTV, with Robert Shaw playing a WWI veteran who falls in love with his upper class employer, Sarah Miles. Brilliantly acted and a really powerful ending.

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10 minutes ago, Devon Malcolm said:

Knockabout (pirate)

Sammo Hung action comedy, one of his lesser known films but also one of his better ones. Actual funny jokes and some stunning fight scenes, completely great.

Yuen Biu's first lead role if memory serves, hence half the film basically being a showreel for him.

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Andie McDowell plays Rita, a producer newly employed by a TV network that she openly admits is below where she considers herself to be. To boost her career she sets her sights on Phil Connors, one of the network's main personalities, and curses him to live the same Hellacious day again and again, thousands and thousands of times, driving him to insanity and ultimately suicides (plural) until he finally gives up on himself and adopts her beliefs and interests.

Rita gets her cake, and eats it.

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Anything for Jackson ‚Äď I‚Äôm usually not mad on anything to do with this sort of thing, because my nerves do be gone for nights on end and I don‚Äôt be able to sleep - what, with the divvil and all - but this was actually a really fun, nerve wracking experience until it the end, when as films usually do these days, disappeared up it‚Äôs own bollocks.

Singles (1992) ‚Äď I watched this straight after that other one, because my brain needed a screensaver as I attempted to go asleep, and this wee flick will always do the job for me. I adore this movie and it's soundtrack, because it reminds me of a time when my mate got thrown out of the cinema for peeing in his empty Fanta cup because he was enjoying the movie so much that he didn‚Äôt want to walk all the way out to the jacks. The effort it took him to get down on his knees, squished up in the aisle beside us and pee into the cup was probably more exerting that a stroll to the toilet anyway.
An usher arrived soon after and escorted him off the premises, leaving the rest of us sitting there beside a paper cup of steaming piddle that started to fold in on itself, and none of us were touching it to move it.

It smelled like he was in need of an antibiotic. I remember that much.

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A bunch from the past ten days, including a couple of Carry Ons.

Can’t Buy Me Love (1987)

Ronald Miller wants to be popular and seizing an opportunity pays cheerleader Cindy Marconi to be his girlfriend for one month.  For a time he gets what he wants, though ultimately learns a very valuable lesson.  Really good, moralistic teen comedy and Amanda Peterson shines as Cindy.  Pretty gutted to find out what became of Peterson who died of an accidental drug overdose in 2015.  There's some uncomfortable looking photos of her online and its a crying shame when you see her here and then see what drugs did to her.

Carry on Abroad (1972)

Capitalizing on the ‚Äėpackage holiday‚Äô fad, the gang head off to Elsbels and what turns out to be a half-finished hotel.¬† My favourite of the Carry Ons with a steady stream of one liners.¬† I‚Äôm appreciating Peter Butterworth and Kenneth Connor way more than I used to, both fine comic actors.¬† ¬†Also worth noting that this was the final outing for Charles Hawtrey¬†who was by this point an alcoholic, and most of his scenes see¬†him with a drink in his hand to facilitate his needs.¬†

Carry on Emmannuelle (1978)

Emmanuelle, wife to the libido less French Ambassador, goes around sleeping with all and sundry.  If the final nail was in the coffin after England (which is even worse than this) the lid was hammered shut here.  Took me three sittings to get through.  What few laughs are garnered from Kenneth Williams’ mugging and the ever reliable Connor.

Rolling Thunder (1977)

Major Charles Rane returns from Vietnam after spending years in the POW camp.  When some crooks rob him and kill his family, it is only going to end one way.  William Devane and Tommy Lee Jones do a grand job as the returning veterans, both clearly suffering some serious PTSD.   Quality violent, revenge action with an almighty shoot-out as things come to a head.

Beverly Hills Cop (1984)

When Mikey Tandino is killed whilst visiting his close friend Axel Foley, the Detroit cop takes himself to Beverly Hills to investigate.  Murphy’s star continues to rise as the street-smart Foley and Ashton (Taggart) and Reinhold (Rosewood) make a great double act.  An 80s classic.

Beverly Hills Cop II (1987)

After Chief Bogomil is shot and almost killed, Axel Foley returns to Beverly Hills to look into it, getting help from his old pals Taggart and Rosewood.  A strong sequel to the original, even if parts are clearly cribbed from the first film.  Nice to see Dean Stockwell in this and John Ashton can do little wrong in my eyes.

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4 hours ago, Magnum Milano said:

 Also worth noting that this was the final outing for Charles Hawtrey who was by this point an alcoholic, and most of his scenes see him with a drink in his hand to facilitate his needs.

A friend once told me that this was the Carry On production teams attempt to subtly tell Hawtry that his drinking was out of control.

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Watched Rollerball last night (obviously the 1975 one) been about 15 years since I last watched it and I still believe it's one of the greatest movies ever. The future displayed here is more like current times than I remember with corporations running the world and there no longer being any nations. Society no longer cares about freedom because they have comfort and luxury. I wonder if we all wouldn't accept that if offered to us today. The rollerball games are still very well done and hold up for it's time, although the violence seems tame you can feel the impact of all those crashes and collisions, Love LOVE  LOVE the final scene as well.

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56 minutes ago, gmoney said:

If that's true that has to be one of the most ineffectual interventions I've ever heard of. 

Big ‚ÄúLast Call Scott Hall‚ÄĚ vibes.¬†

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Another round-up of 2021 releases I've watched the past few weeks;

Synchronic started really well but like a lot of these type of sci-fi films, loses its way a lot towards the end and seems to break its own rules (disclaimer, I could just be thick). Anthony Mackie is as great as ever though. Greenland is a terrific nail-biter of a disaster film and further proof that Gerard Butler doesn't deserve the amount of shit he gets from mutants like Mark Kermode and their ilk. Morena Baccarin too, jesus christ that woman is attractive. Malcolm & Marie seemed a bit 'screenwriter trying too hard' but both performances were fantastic and it gave me PTSD to never-ending arguments with the ex so job done in that regard, I guess.

I saw Bliss on my list of watched films and it took me a good minute to remember what it was, which says it all. For the record it's a shit faux-reality sub-Matrix piece of bollocks that bored the shite out of me. One to avoid. PVT Chat was a strange low-budget indie film that could've veered into generic stalker territory but was a little more interesting than that. I wasn't really enjoying the first half hour but by the end I was gripped. I'd seen Barb And Star Go To Vista Del Mar described as Hot Rod meets Bridesmaids and while it could never live up to that tag, it was entertaining enough. A little over-long though. Jamie Dornan should do more like this, it's the first time I've enjoyed him. 

News Of The World and Palmer are both predictable 'man looks after child' films which have been done hundreds of times before, but when they're done well who cares? Both of them get by on the likeability of their leads and are well-told stories. Seeing Tom Hanks in a western made me smile. And I'm stunned Justin Timberlake hasn't done more over the last 10 years. Lastly To All The Boys: Always And Forever was a nice enough end to the trilogy, although it's quite a feat that they managed to drag three films out of a relationship where not a lot happens. 

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12 minutes ago, Lorne Malvo said:

Lastly To All The Boys: Always And Forever was a nice enough end to the trilogy, although it's quite a feat that they managed to drag three films out of a relationship where not a lot happens. 

Best film of 2021, won't be topped, pure 11/10. The way they shoehorned in a band that hasn't been relevant in 20 years for absolutely no reason was incredible.

Thought 

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Peter was turning heel when he found out Lara Jean was going to NYU but the boy came good in the end.

 

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