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Following The Block Island Sound, I caught another couple of really decent new horror films today too.

Lucky (Shudder)

The themes in this feel very close to the bone considering the events surrounding Sarah Everard, and it's as much a drama about gaslighting as it is a slasher film. It's very good at both these things though, and Brea Grant is quickly becoming one of the very best horror actors around.

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It was sad this had such a dogshit ending but the rest of it, about a dream study that starts to go badly wrong, is really good. The dream scenes are brilliant and Julia Sarah Stone is great in the lead. Just maybe end it 5 minutes early.

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19 hours ago, Devon Malcolm said:

Following The Block Island Sound, I caught another couple of really decent new horror films today too.

Lucky (Shudder)

The themes in this feel very close to the bone considering the events surrounding Sarah Everard, and it's as much a drama about gaslighting as it is a slasher film. It's very good at both these things though, and Brea Grant is quickly becoming one of the very best horror actors around.

Come True (pirate)

It was sad this had such a dogshit ending but the rest of it, about a dream study that starts to go badly wrong, is really good. The dream scenes are brilliant and Julia Sarah Stone is great in the lead. Just maybe end it 5 minutes early.

 i watched Lucky yesterday, didn't like it at all. Thought it was trying too be way clever for its own good. Maybe i missed the point totally on this one.

 

Also watched Bliss, loved it. What a crazy movie with beautiful visuals. 

 

On a bit of a shudder watch with my trial ending in a couple of weeks, whats good on there to watch people ?

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A film that I didn't see myself liking as much as I did was The Adventures Of Robin Hood. Shot in Technicolor, this was an incredibly looking film where the colours pop off the screen, which is impressive seeing as the movie is 83 years old! The story isn't exactly deep, but it didn't need to be and the action is consistently engaging and exciting. Errol Flynn might of been a grade-A cunt in real life (take a minute to read about him, guy was pure evil), but he has buckets of charm and charisma and he made for an extremely likeable lead. I went into this thinking that this might be one of those films where I respect it more than I actually enjoy it (see Vertigo and Wizard Of Oz), but I had a big grin plastered across my face during the entire film.

I followed this up with The Jerk. My god, this was hilarious and so ahead of it's time. Steve Martin plays a blithering simpleton who leaves his poor family to make something of himself. Some of the jokes wouldn't fly today, but they're still absolutely hilarious. I could tell that guys like Will Ferrell were massively influenced by this movie and Steve Martin's brand of comedy. Some will find it loud and obnoxious, but this hit the sweet spot for me. 

I brought a Charlie Chaplin boxset and gave both City Lights and The Great Dictator a rewatch. I've seen these movies many times before and they never fail to move me. The ending to City Lights is endlessly heart-warming and the final speech of The Great Dictator might just be one of the best speeches put to film. I don't think either of these films are Chaplin's best picture (that honour goes to Modern Times), but every film buff should see them at least once. Chaplin's ability to tackle serious issues showed the world that he was more than just a comedian. 

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16 minutes ago, Kamaras-Tash said:

Boss Level - After going on the recommendation on the previous page, I loved it.  I've yet to find a time skip film like that I havent liked yet tho tbh

I didn't like it at all but I think it's probably because I hate Frank Grillo. Like you though, I love that sort of film usually.

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Blue Collar (1978)

Watched this last night purely due to @Devon Malcolm's recommendation in the Yaphet Kotto thread. Basic storyline is that three factory line workers decide to rob their Union HQ offices to ease their money issues, however they find themselves out of their depth and in over their heads. Great film. Excellent performances from all three leads (Richard Pryor, who is a revelation here, Harvey Keitel and Yaphet Kotto), the scene with Kotto in the spray room will stay with you for a while.

And from a few night's earlier.

Roadgames (1981)

A truck driver engages in a game of cat and mouse with a man he suspects of a series of hitch-hiking abductions and murders only to become a suspect himself. A smart script, a good twist at the end and suspense is maintained despite it practically being a Stacy Keach one-man show. Recommended.

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Eric Andre stars in a new Netflix film called Bad Trip. It’s a mixture of Borat, Jackass and his show. Was only 86 minutes long and when it’s good, it really made me laugh, but some skits work better then others. The end credits are also worth a watch. 7/10.

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I liked Bad Trip, but every single one of the prank road trip movies... (spoilers for Borat 1 & 2, Br√ľno, Bad Grandpa, and Bad Trip)

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have the exact same structure, where the two leads split after a big argument, before an emotional third act reunion.

 

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On 3/24/2021 at 10:57 AM, Magnum Milano said:

Blue Collar (1978)

Watched this last night purely due to @Devon Malcolm's recommendation in the Yaphet Kotto thread. Basic storyline is that three factory line workers decide to rob their Union HQ offices to ease their money issues, however they find themselves out of their depth and in over their heads. Great film. Excellent performances from all three leads (Richard Pryor, who is a revelation here, Harvey Keitel and Yaphet Kotto), the scene with Kotto in the spray room will stay with you for a while.

I watched this as a result of @Devon Malcolm 's recommendation too. Superb film, with plenty going on, and great performances. One bit really impressed and surprised me:

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Pryor's character basically selling out is so unexpected. Although the justification, with a great description of privilege... overall, that was incredibly smart.

 

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I made a list of 50 critically acclaimed films that I haven't gotten around to seeing yet on Letterboxd (add me lads) in an attempt to knock off a large chunk of my watchlist by the end of the year. The first film I watched from this list was High Noon. I went into this feeling wary that I might of been spoilt by the more gritty and bloody spaghetti westerns that came after this. The worry that this would feel tame in comparison would be put to bed as soon as I hit play. William Kane has only an hour (which takes place in real-time) to get ready for a  bandit to return to town, looking for revenge. This was tense and as suspenseful as a Hitchcock picture, with some excellent performances from it's all-star cast. 

I rewatched Modern Times and it's still one of my all-time favourite movies. Charlie Chaplin becomes Comrade Charlie and takes on capitalism. The feeding machine gag is funny on so many different levels. It's funny as it highlights how companies will exploit it's workers in any way possible if it could save a couple of quid, but it's also funny to just watch a man get a bowl of soup chucked down his face. 

If Carey Mulligan doesn't get an Oscar for her performance in Promising Young Woman, I'm going to eat my hat. This was a thrilling rape revenge film, with Mulligan looking like a total badass ruining the lives of predatory men as she tries to make sense of what happened on the night that her best friend was raped. It is by no means an easy watch, but it's sensationally made film. 

I checked out Little Caesar and I was very disappointed. I've enjoyed other pre-code gangster movies, but this one felt cheesy and cliché. Edward G. Robison stars and he feels like every gangster trope rolled into one. Looking like Del Boy and sounding like Chief Wiggum, I struggled to take him seriously. Being released over 90 years ago and being one of the first ever gangster talkies, it's hard to be too harsh on this. It's just one of those influential films that hasn't stood the test of time.

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Major League

Still fantastic. Wesley Snipes. 10/10

Major League II 

No Wesley Snipes, Omar Epps instead. 6/10

Major League: Back To The Minors 

Not even Omar Epps, but Scott Bakula turns up. 2/10 (and that's solely for Bob Uecker)

No, everything is not alright.

 

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Godzilla vs Kong wasn't very good. On the plus side, there's no attempt at adding any sort of "emotional" human story, which has been the worst part of the last couple of films, so at least that's something. But apart from one or two cool moments, most of the fights were all boring as fuck. You wouldn't think it'd be possible to cock up a massive event like Godzilla and King Kong smashing the shit out of each other, but here we are. I'll barely remember any of it after I've had a sleep. 

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I felt the exact opposite.  Enjoyed every minute of it.  Just a big, silly film and it didn’t try to be anything but.  So sorry it wasn’t on the big screen, it would have looked awesome.

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Godzilla vs. Kong has terrible dialogue, a nonsense plot and unimaginable amounts of meaningless CG destruction. However, for some reason all these things are why I really enjoyed it. I wish I'd seen it in a cinema. If they release it when they finally reopen, I think I'd go.

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