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4 hours ago, Magnum Milano said:

I also watched Lover's Rock (2020) from the Small Axe series on the iPlayer.  A joyous way to spend seventy minutes.

Probably the best soundtrack to anything I've seen in years, it's so evocative.

The bit where the song drops out and they're all singing along to Silly Games is such fantastic, brave film making.

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In the Name of the Father (Netflix)

Even Bono couldn't make this bad. Sometimes I think Daniel Day-Lewis can lapse into being like a higher brow Johnny Depp in the way he's always playing a Character but back in the 1990s he was more likely to be producing more realistic and relatable work. He's absolutely brilliant in this and it's a really good film even if I'd have liked less prison stuff and more on the Conlans' campaign.

True Grit (Netflix)

The Coens have made so many great films that they have plenty that get forgotten for how good they really are, and that's already happened to True Grit, which is one of the greatest westerns of the post-revisionist era. Just a great time, and surprisingly quite traditional and less idiosyncratically Coen in nature. Just brilliant stuff from Hailee Steinfeld too.

The Game (Netflix)

I've cooled on David Fincher significantly over the last few years but it was still disappointing that this wasn't nearly as good as I remembered. Just unforgivably ludicrous even for this sort of thing, and at least half an hour too long. Michael Douglas innocent, Deborah Kara Unger even more so.

Do the Right Thing (Netflix)

Is this the most important American film of the last 50 years? Probably. It's really only Spike Lee's early dodgy gender and sexual politics that weighs it down at all, and his own dodgy acting. Asks so many difficult, vital questions as well as being very, very funny at times.

Collateral (Netflix)

I think Michael Mann is more shit than good but this is easily one of his best and not just for Tom Cruise. Still has it's crap moments (nobody wants to hear a surprise Audioslave track) but just superbly paced and the last half an hour is possibly the best stuff Mann's ever done.

Citizen Kane (BBC iPlayer)

A film that thoroughly deserves the respect that it has gathered over thea years for a landmark piece of cinematic art, but dismissing it as a enjoyable watch with a terrifically developed story is stupid. It really does have everything and it really is one of the best of all time.

The Hustler / The Color of Money (pirate)

Fascinating to watch these back-to-back, to see Eddie Felson's character development despite the quarter of a century gap between the two. The way he becomes the main character in the latter is great work by Scorsese, and this is one of his most underrated films. The Hustler is the better in terms of emotional investment and performances, but The Color of Money is almost as satisfactory in terms of story development.

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7 hours ago, Devon Malcolm said:

The Game (Netflix)

I've cooled on David Fincher significantly over the last few years but it was still disappointing that this wasn't nearly as good as I remembered. Just unforgivably ludicrous even for this sort of thing, and at least half an hour too long. Michael Douglas innocent, Deborah Kara Unger even more so.

I watched this last night too and was expecting slightly more of a twist at the end, but still enjoyed it. Apart from that the same part of the score seemed to be playing for about 90% of the film which became a bit grating.

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I liked The Game a lot but felt it would be a million times better if it ended with

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A fade to black when he hits the crash mat. It's still unambiguous, but seeing him milling about at a party after going through all that felt jarring and silly.

 

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I need everybody involved with Netflix’s Bad Trip to drop everything and fully devote their lives to making more of these films and ideally release one a week

I watched it last night and could not stop laughing! My body was swimming with endorphins by the end, I feel like it’s added ten years to my life expectancy!

Its not only funny but it’s heart warming as well, it shows that regardless of how bonkers the situation is there are good people everywhere.

I really can’t recommend it enough 

“You’re obviously in a bad place right now, we’ve been talking for five minutes and you’ve already offered to suck my dick”

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Collateral

I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve watched this. It’s absolutely brilliant. Cruise plays a belter and it was perfectly timed for him to play the antagonist for once. The late-LA mood is dead important to the film. It’s practically a supporting character, but Jamie Foxx steals the whole damn thing. His arc throughout the film slowly builds and despite the absurd circumstances, going from meek cabbie to hero works really well.

I think that Audioslave song motivated him.

 

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Ooh, double x in Foxx
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Gregory's Girl and then a bunch of B-level slasher/horror films.

Gregory’s Girl (1981) (BBC iPlayer)

Coming of age Scottish comedy. Gregory (John Gordon Sinclair) is smitten with Dorothy (Dee Hepburn), however unbeknown to him, Susan (Clare Grogan) is quite taken with Gregory. Wonderful film where every character brings something to the plate. Very funny. Takes you back to simpler more innocent times. Why Gregory had to think about going out with Susan I'll never know. 

Girls School Screamers (1986) (YouTube)

After a wealthy benefactor leaves his estate to the local girl’s college, a number of the students stay overnight to catalogue his wares ready for sale. No prizes for guessing what happens next! Proper B-level fare. Dodgy as acting and with killings that don’t start until the final third. Poor.

Intruder (1989) (YouTube)

A group of employees working the late shift at a supermarket become the target of a killer. A very good late 80s slasher that manages to overcome some subpar acting (Danny Hicks). Gruesome kills (head squashed in the hydraulics, head in the meat slicer, butcher's hook through the neck), nice sight gags, a unique setting and a grand job done in hiding the killer’s ID.

The Slumber Party Massacre (1982) (YouTube)

A mass murderer escapes from prison and goes on a killing spree, primarily targeting students at a slumber party. What this lacks for in gore it makes up for in gratuitous nudity. The attempts to build suspense are poor and the killer is like some comical 60s Batman villain. Dull script, dull film.

Slumber Party Massacre II (1987) (YouTube)

Is this a horror, a comedy or a musical? What it is is confusing. Courtney, one of the survivors from the first film, is haunted by nightmares of a killer dressed like a rock & roll guitarist. Then he shows up out of nowhere and starts killing her friends. But I think it was just another dream. Utter garbage.

Slumber Party Massacre III (1990) (YouTube)

Another sleepover, another spate of killings. Now this actually feels like a horror film. Some red herrings before the reveal of the unexpected psycho killer, plenty of tension and the usual T&A for T&A’ sake! Went in expecting the worst but turned out to be my favourite in the trilogy.

Microwave Massacre (1979) (YouTube)

A browbeaten husband kills his wife in a drunken fit of rage. After chopping her up and storing her in the fridge, he accidentally eats her hand, getting a taste for human flesh! Awful acting, lousy looking prosthetics and corny one liners. Laughed plenty though! So bad it’s good?

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A few I've seen recently...

I don't know why I thought it would be a good idea to watch Pink Flamingos first thing in the morning, but I did and I was disgusted as expected. That's not to say that I hated it as I couldn't take my eyes of the screen. I can see how it influenced filmmakers like David Lynch and horror films in general. Could of done without Divine eating what looked to be literal dog shit at the end, mind.

After getting my hands on the gorgeous looking boxset from Arrow Video at Christmas, I finally cracked and gave House a watch last night. It's an enjoyable 80's horror, packed with plenty of cheese and a hint of self-awareness. It's main problem is that it can't make up it's mind if it's a spoof on the horror genre or if it wants you to take it seriously. 

You're not going to name a film with a better cast than Escape From New York. You got Kurt Russell, Harry Dean Stanton, Donald Pleasence, Lee Van Cleef, Ernest Borgnine, Isaac Haynes and even a cameo from Ox Baker! I've been wanting to watch this one for years and it was exactly as I expected. A big, dumb, sci-fi action flick, brilliantly scored by John Carpenter. 

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46 minutes ago, Magnum Milano said:

Microwave Massacre (1979) (YouTube)

A browbeaten husband kills his wife in a drunken fit of rage. After chopping her up and storing her in the fridge, he accidentally eats her hand, getting a taste for human flesh! Awful acting, lousy looking prosthetics and corny one liners. Laughed plenty though! So bad it’s good?

I found this the weirdest, most unpleasant little film. It seemed to be a star vehicle for a comedian who used to be a reasonably big TV name in the 50s, and was basically trying to pull a Bernard Manning to stay relevant. It had one weirdly racist bit that I still genuinely don't understand - it's a gag that asian people have really dense bones, so are difficult to dismember? That one utterly baffled me.

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I watched Ed Wood last night, as my partner had never seen it. I'm not a big Tim Burton or Johnny Depp guy these days, but tend to find Depp at his best when he's playing real people, and Burton when he's not doing the "it's a story you know, but imagine if Tim Burton did it" stuff where it's more about the Burton brand than anything else, so this falls in the right area, though Depp is pretty frustrating throughout. It'd been a long time since I watched it, and in my memory a lot more time had been spent on Plan 9 than this movie allots to it, and actually the pacing of the whole thing feels really off, it just kind of meanders along. The supporting cast absolutely make it - Martin Landau in particular is superb as Bela Lugosi. I still like it, but not as much as I used to - it has heart, but not much else, it feels like it lacks any real weight, and Wood's struggles never really amount to anything, as he just consistently solves them almost immediately, there's no sense of him ever actually struggling to achieve anything, so the few scenes of him despondent don't feel significant at all. The fact that he's missed three rent payments is introduced and dismissed within one scene. 

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Hunter Hunter :  I really enjoyed this (for want of a term) and was happy to see Devon Sawa and Nick Stahl in something half decent. It's quite a bonkers film in that you think it's going to be a certain type of movie, then it isn't, and then it isn't again, and then it ends, and you're left needing a dose of whatever's on Comedy Central or UK Gold for levity. It's exceptionally fucking grim, but I'd recommend it, I think. Aye, actually, I would, aye.

Nobody : Well, this is really the movie of the year thus far for me. In fairness, I love these type of movie, and in a miserable world, full of gik and people jumping out of your way and jazz handing if you walk past them in the shops, this movie has given me hope that there's still fun and humour left in someone, somewhere out there.
Never would I ever have had Odenkirk as a bollock out Chev Chelios-esque action hero, but here we are, and there he was. A fantastically enjoyable movie that took me away from a shite world for a couple of hours.

 

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1 hour ago, Magnum Milano said:

Gregory’s Girl (1981) (BBC iPlayer)

Coming of age Scottish comedy. Gregory (John Gordon Sinclair) is smitten with Dorothy (Dee Hepburn), however unbeknown to him, Susan (Clare Grogan) is quite taken with Gregory. Wonderful film where every character brings something to the plate. Very funny. Takes you back to simpler more innocent times. Why Gregory had to think about going out with Susan I'll never know. 

Bill Forsyth had a run, from That Sinking Feeling to Comfort and Joy, which is one of the best four film streaks of any director in history. All wonderful films, Comfort and Joy and Local Hero especially are brilliant.

10 minutes ago, Scott Malbranque said:

Nobody : Well, this is really the movie of the year thus far for me. In fairness, I love these type of movie, and in a miserable world, full of gik and people jumping out of your way and jazz handing if you walk past them in the shops, this movie has given me hope that there's still fun and humour left in someone, somewhere out there.
Never would I ever have had Odenkirk as a bollock out Chev Chelios-esque action hero, but here we are, and there he was. A fantastically enjoyable movie that took me away from a shite world for a couple of hours.

I'm trying to resist watching this because I'm hoping it will be at the cinemas when they reopen but this isn't helping!

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18 minutes ago, Devon Malcolm said:

I'm trying to resist watching this because I'm hoping it will be at the cinemas when they reopen but this isn't helping!

When I saw it pop up, I just had to watch it because fuck knows when the cinema's will open here in Ireland.
We're - as always - ten steps behind you guys here in Ireland (and pretty much the rest of the developed world), so I reckon it could be August/September when the cinemas open again.
But, I'll be fucking stewing if I don't get to to see The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard in the cinema. Truly will.

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17 minutes ago, Scott Malbranque said:

But, I'll be fucking stewing if I don't get to to see The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard in the cinema. Truly will.

You know, I nearly didn't go and see the original at the cinema until I came to my senses. Needless to say I've watched it plenty since.

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