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The Map of Tiny Perfect Things (Prime)

Another timeloop-er, in a similar vein to Palm Springs in that it's more of a romcom. Nice and undemanding stuff, and Kathryn Newton's really going places, she's having a great year or so after this and Freaky.

Highlander (TCM)

Probably just as well Pitcos isn't around because he'd block me for this, but this is still shit. Not enough action, too long, too stupid, and not enough Connery.

The Slammin' Salmon (pirate)

I bloody love Broken Lizard and even though this isn't their best, it's still full of great gags and a top cast and Michael Clarke Duncan being the best as ever.

MacGruber (pirate)

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I Care A Lot 

Performance wise, this doesn’t really put a foot wrong, the only complaint I have is that Dianne Weist is so underused. The scenes where her and The Lovely Rosamund trade threats is sublime and you wish for more. 
Ultimately though, the film can’t decide what it wants to be. It starts as a black comedy and thanks to the performance from TLR it absolutely works. Then it switches to a revenge thriller type and for me this is where it sagged, mainly because there is literally nobody to root for. Much like Gone Girl, TLR doesn’t play an anti hero, she plays a sociopath who, especially here, fucks over a load of innocent people. And she is going up against a gangster who human traffics girls into prostitution. 
 

Worth a watch for the acting but if it stuck to one genre, it could’ve been brilliant as opposed to good. 

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BBC 2 had a bit of an Alfred Hitchcock afternoon today, showing The Lady Vanishes and Suspicion as well as two episodes of their Talking Pictures documentary series, one on the great man himself and the other on one of his leading ladies Joan Fontaine. The films themselves were standard Hitchcock fare, enjoyed The Lady Vanishes slightly more though Fontaine is excellent alongside Cary Grant in Suspicion

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5 hours ago, Keith Houchen said:

I Care A Lot 

Performance wise, this doesn’t really put a foot wrong, the only complaint I have is that Dianne Weist is so underused. The scenes where her and The Lovely Rosamund trade threats is sublime and you wish for more. 
Ultimately though, the film can’t decide what it wants to be. It starts as a black comedy and thanks to the performance from TLR it absolutely works. Then it switches to a revenge thriller type and for me this is where it sagged, mainly because there is literally nobody to root for. Much like Gone Girl, TLR doesn’t play an anti hero, she plays a sociopath who, especially here, fucks over a load of innocent people. And she is going up against a gangster who human traffics girls into prostitution. 
 

Worth a watch for the acting but if it stuck to one genre, it could’ve been brilliant as opposed to good. 

Just finished this. It was ok, but you know Rosamund means business when she rocks up with that bob.

Also watched Waynes World and the sequel as part of self care Saturday, and had the best night in ages. Just lovely, fun, happy films. Smiled the whole way through.

Now obsessed with the idea of Komrades from 2 as well, which I had forgotten about. Dream nightclub. spacer.png

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Stuck for something to entertain my son, I gave Pudsey The Dog: The Movie a try. Remember Pudsey? The dog from BGT that could stand on his hind legs and turn round?

What an absolute pile of shit. Just the laziest script possible, insulting to even a child audience with it's lack of effort. David Walliams voices the inner-monologue of Pudsey, but puts so little effort in, he was probably browsing the Currys website and trying to figure out what to spend his fee on while recording it. He's so shit, it's like someone doing a pisstake of David Walliams.

Pudsey's input was to sit there and have his mouth animated less convincingly than Reagan walking like an Egyptians in The Bangles pop video, and occasionally he would stand on his hind legs and turn around for the most tenuous of reasons.

It probably turned into some overly moralistic feelgood movie at some point, but as a pig claiming to be a chicken and then shitting on the floor couldn't even hold the attention of a four year old, we didn't make it to the end.

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1 hour ago, Nostalgia Nonce said:



It probably turned into some overly moralistic feelgood movie at some point, but as a pig claiming to be a chicken and then shitting on the floor couldn't even hold the attention of a four year old, we didn't make it to the end.

Spoilers. He gets rabies and starts biting everyone around with hilarious consequences until the police chase him into an ally and shoot him multiple times*.

*At a guess, as it was written by Digitisers Mr Biffo himself.

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I watched the original Jungle Book with my daughter last weekend. It's held up really well, and the music is still just brilliant. Not just the big numbers but the rest of the score, too. I worried with an older film like that that the pacing might be too slow and not hold her attention but she loved it. She popped hard when

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Baloo came back to bail Mowgli out in the big showdown with Shere Khan, and my wife cried when she thought Baloo was dead after.

10/10.

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Class Reunion (1982) (YouTube)

Part of the National Lampoon's franchise.  Walter Baylor (played by Blackie Dammett, the father of Anthony Kiedis) was the victim of a humiliating high school prank on Graduation Day (he got wanked off my his twin sister in front of the school - don't ask!) and ten years later at the class reunion looks to get some revenge on those involved.  Pretty much a parody of slasher flicks with a motley crue of characters.  There are a few laughs in there, mostly provided by Zane Buzby's Dolores, but on the whole this is poor.  Bar the parody element, the horror Slaughter High (1985) steals the plot almost exactly from this.

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On 2/21/2021 at 5:50 PM, Keith Houchen said:

I Care A Lot 

Performance wise, this doesn’t really put a foot wrong, the only complaint I have is that Dianne Weist is so underused. The scenes where her and The Lovely Rosamund trade threats is sublime and you wish for more. 
Ultimately though, the film can’t decide what it wants to be. It starts as a black comedy and thanks to the performance from TLR it absolutely works. Then it switches to a revenge thriller type and for me this is where it sagged, mainly because there is literally nobody to root for. Much like Gone Girl, TLR doesn’t play an anti hero, she plays a sociopath who, especially here, fucks over a load of innocent people. And she is going up against a gangster who human traffics girls into prostitution. 
 

Worth a watch for the acting but if it stuck to one genre, it could’ve been brilliant as opposed to good. 

Can't disagree with this but I just plain didn't like it. She's stuck in this run of films that she's way too good for and that are almost wholly reliant on how good she is.

I wasn't bothered so much by the fact that it seemed muddled by what it wanted to be as for a while it was reasonably entertaining but the characters are really shit, aside from hers, and the ending was as obvious as could be. 

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20 hours ago, Nostalgia Nonce said:

Stuck for something to entertain my son, I gave Pudsey The Dog: The Movie a try. Remember Pudsey? The dog from BGT that could stand on his hind legs and turn round?

What an absolute pile of shit. Just the laziest script possible, insulting to even a child audience with it's lack of effort. David Walliams voices the inner-monologue of Pudsey, but puts so little effort in, he was probably browsing the Currys website and trying to figure out what to spend his fee on while recording it. He's so shit, it's like someone doing a pisstake of David Walliams.

Pudsey's input was to sit there and have his mouth animated less convincingly than Reagan walking like an Egyptians in The Bangles pop video, and occasionally he would stand on his hind legs and turn around for the most tenuous of reasons.

It probably turned into some overly moralistic feelgood movie at some point, but as a pig claiming to be a chicken and then shitting on the floor couldn't even hold the attention of a four year old, we didn't make it to the end.

I remember reading that her and that dog got paid £250,000 to do panto a few years ago. Quarter of a million pounds. Fucking hell.

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19 hours ago, Hannibal Scorch said:

Spoilers. He gets rabies and starts biting everyone around with hilarious consequences until the police chase him into an ally and shoot him multiple times*.

I'm not going to fall for that. When my parents were young, my Mum tricked my Dad into seeing The Sound of Music with her by telling him they get caught by the Nazis and have their fingernails pulled out with pliers.

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I was a bit disappointed by I Care a Lot. I thought the first 40 or so minutes were really good and compelling, but it kind of fell off a cliff in the last 20, for me. Everything in the middle was so-so. The story itself was interesting but the execution wasn't great. Some good performances but I didn't like how grandiose it all became, if that makes sense (with regards to the ending). 

I was also disappointed recently by True Stories. I'd been wanting to see this for a while because I'm a fan of both David Byrne/Talking Heads and quirky films set in small-town Texas, but this was more miss than hit, for me. Some decent stuff in there and visually quite spectacular on occasion, but overall not anywhere near as good as I'd hoped. 

Thankfully, I watched Bad Day at Black Rock last night and, fucking hell, what a film this is. 

I didn't know much about it going in, which always helps, and it completely gripped me. It's such a great and surprising film, really, and the cast is impeccable. Also only clocks in at 80 minutes, which is close to the ideal length for a film (which is actually 89 minutes). 

A must watch anyone who likes neo-westerns/noir. 

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Judas and the Black Messiah

All the attention being paid to Daniel Kaluuya's performance as Fred Hampton is well deserved but on the whole I found this a bit disappointing. It pays not nearly enough attention to Hampton's politics and spends too much time on Bill O'Neal being conflicted over his actions. Just not a patch on BlacKkKlansman.

The Kid Detective

I'm undecided on whether this works. I've seen it compared to Brick, but I think it's only because it deals with a high school crime. Its humour is patchy and it goes extremely dark at the end - too dark even for a film that's never trying to be 'real life laughing' funny. It's a bit different and rarely predictable though, and Adam Brody and Sophie Nelisse are great. Might need to give it another go.

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