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43 minutes ago, waters44 said:

First Cow is now streaming on MUBI - I’ve not seen it but I’ve heard it’s great, so really looking forward to checking it out. EDIT apparently First Cow is a MUBI release in cinemas! Not on MUBI streaming
 

One film I have seen - One Cut of the Dead - is being shown tomorrow night on Film4 without adverts! It’s a really fun little film, get involved! 

I thought First Cow was amazingly boring but if you like Kelly Reichardt's other amazingly boring films you should love it. The cow is nice.

And yeah, One Cut of the Dead is magnificent. Hugely recommended to everyone, especially if Army of the Dead pissed you off.

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Those Who Wish Me Dead (cinema)

Unsurprisingly agree with @CleetusVanDamme on this. Just a terrific thriller, really tight, and expands out nicely into an action-adventure late on. Taylor Sheridan's really hit on something. Jolie - great. Hoult and Gillan - give them their own prequel.

Chopper

Andrew Dominik hasn't made a better film than this yet. Cracking debut, Eric Bana is a frightening bastard in the lead, and he's never been better than here either.

The Third Man

Never loses a thing even after several rewatches. Few noirs (or any other films, for that matter) have made a cityscape as much of an integral character as Carol Reed did with this. Some great overlooked humour, too.

Godzilla vs Kong (cinema)

Serviceable monster twat-a-thon. Also serves as only Adam Wingard's second good film, so well done on that.

Gangs of New York 

Very long and not very interesting. Daniel Day-Lewis plays it at the daft level the rest of the film should be at, but nobody else, least of all Scorsese, follows suit. Yeah, Diaz's accent is bad but 1) It's hardly Brad Pitt in The Devil's Own and 2) Leave Cameron alone.

The Brothers Rico (YouTube)

Obscure late-50s noir with the great Richard Conte showing he could be a sympathetic lead just as effectively as he could be a bastard villain (see The Big Combo). Just a great story to this, really bleak at times, with a sharp ending.

The Challenge (Talking Pictures TV)

Anthony Quayle gets persuaded into a heist by Jayne Mansfield in a black wig, which is just as fetching as it sounds. Starts daft but develops into a vicious and really enjoyable thriller with a couple of superb twists. Great stuff again by TPTV.

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Fyre

Rewatched the Fyre festival documentary on Netflix (the good one, not the one made by Fuck Jerry who are scumbags of the highest order and were actually involved in the festival) 

It's a still a great watch, focuses on the smaller people who were impacted by it and doesn't try and take the easy route of laughing at the rich kids. It's also a great example of we are now in the age of having footage for everything. Years ago, watching Capturing The Friedmans, it was amazing that through the terrible events that unfolded, one of the sons coped by essentially filming everything on VHS, which was almost unheard of at the time.

Now we are spoilt with literally every person involved having access to film what's happening, giving us an insane amount of access. 

Also. This guy will always be the most dedicated man in the world. 

 

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The Unholy. 
 

Jeffrey Dean Morgan was ok, as was William Sadler. The film was absolute dogshit with effects that wouldn’t look out of place in Supernatural. 

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Bloody hell, been a while since I updated this;

Bad Trip is funny as fuck for the most part but I really hated that gorilla scene to the point it almost ruined the whole movie for me. Raya And The Last Dragon was pretty fun and looked as great as you'd expect, one of Disney's stronger offerings for a while for me. If I was watching this as a kid I'd definitely have asked for a Tuk Tuk for Christmas. Palm Springs is brilliant – funny, sweet and Samberg and Milioti have insane chemisty together. One of my favourites of the year and I can't wait to double-bill this with The Map Of Tiny Perfect Things one night.

Chaos Walking is really quite bad. It's got the potential to be a half-decent generic YA sci-fi but it's hamstrung by the 'Noise' gimmick which it never manages to get right. Sound Of Metal is a terrific film. Another favourite of the year so far, I've never been a massive fan of Riz Ahmed but he is incredible here. Hopefully Paul Raci gets a lot of work off the back of this too as he's great also. Thunder Force was about as shite as you'd expect a Melissa McCarthy Netflix comedy to be.

Promising Young Woman was my first rewatch of the year to tie in with it becoming officially available, but it didn't grip me nearly as much the second time around. The short Alfred Molina scene is far and away the peak of the film. I'm absolutely gutted Love And Monsters wasn't on the big screen as it seems made to be watched in a full cinema with popcorn and the works. Dylan O'Brien is really likeable in this and it's just got a great energy to it that po-faced shite like Chaos Walking sorely lacks. Wild Mountain Thyme got negative press just from the accents in the trailer, but fuck me, give it a watch and the accents will be the last thing on your mind. It's really really stupid and badly written. After his good turn in Barb And Star, Jamie Dornan is back to his usual crap self here, although he's got a rotten script to work with to be fair.

Run is a really engrossing edge-of-the-seat thriller, the kind of thing we don't get enough of anymore. There's a million movies called Run – this is the 'girl in a wheelchair' Netflix one. At times watching this my pots had gone (trademark Malbranque). Mortal Kombat is really crap. I can't quite believe it wasn't a straight-to-DVD affair, the quality across the board is so low. Cowboys is worth watching just for the scenery alone, but outside of that it's a sweet, touching film about a father on the run with his trans son. It's only an hour and 20 too!

Things Heard And Seen, like tons of modern horror films, starts off interesting and ends up becoming a bit of a mess by the end. There's a few strands to this that just get completely dropped as the movie progresses too. Amanda Seyfried is really good, though. The Mitchells Vs The Machines is every bit as great as I'd heard. Really funny and genuinely emotional. Minari left me quite cold, to be honest, but I'm not a massive fan of these type of films that are more made up of vignettes than a proper narrative. The gran is great.

Those Who Wish Me Dead is another strong movie from Taylor Sheridan, who is on quite the roll. Great to have Angelina Jolie back on screen too, although I'd liked to have seen a bit more of the Aidan Gillen/Nicholas Hoult pairing. It's rare for me to say this but if anything, this could've done with being a little longer and fleshing out some of the backstories more. Still great, mind. I can't say the same about Without Remorse which is one of the most generic actioners I've seen in quite some time – I only watched it last week and already forgotten most of it. Michael B. Jordan really wasn't at his best here, too. Lastly, Godzilla vs Kong is the perfect example of a movie being ridiculously stupid but in a fun way that just works.

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I really liked Love and Monsters. It’s video gamey as fuck and has the best film dog in years. It did trigger my film dog anxiety though where I spend a good portion of the film worrying about whether the dog will live or die. 

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That's reminded me I had the misfortune of watching Without Remorse the other day. It's one of the dullest, most generic and badly written 'action' films I've ever seen. Seriously eye rolling stuff. Avoid.

Not quite as bad was Honest Thief but only just. Neeson is way past pulling off an action role and this has one of those annoying identity crisis where it pretends it isn't just a ropey action film made solely off the back of Taken and trys to wedge in a bunch of emotion and amateur feeling dramatics. Also Avoid.

Palm Springs on the other hand is top notch fun.

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Pledge (2018) (All 4)

A group of College freshmen pledge for what they think is an exclusive fraternity, but soon realize they’re involved in something far more deadly. A solid modern horror film with some stomach churning moments and an unsuspecting twist in the final third.

Bloodfight (1989) (YouTube)

I watched Bloodsport a day or so before for the first time in years and fancied something similar, getting slightly duped by JCVD's picture being on the YouTube thumbnail for this. After a Sensei’s student is killed in a Free Fighting tournament, he comes out of retirement to gain revenge. Stick Rocky, Karate Kid, and Bloodsport in a blender and you get this, Bolo Yeung practically playing the same villain as he did in the latter. Acting is desperate but can’t say I didn’t enjoy it.

Calendar Girl Murders (1984) (YouTube)

The girls on Paradise magazine’s calendar start being killed, one month at a time. Surely Paradise magazine and their owner is based on Hugh Hefner and Playboy? Early Sharon Stone is the primary draw here and with it being made for TV, it’s not too violent. Watchable but forgettable.

Oxford Blues (1984) (YouTube)

A Las Vegas student has seen the woman of his dreams, the only problem is she is at Oxford University in England. An early brat pack movie and the kind of movie that I’m a sucker for. Rob Lowe’s character is pretty darn selfish throughout though, but naturally everything works out and he gets his redemption in the end.

Northern Soul (2014)

John’s a loner who doesn’t have much of a focus in life, that is until he meets Matt at the local Youth Club and becomes ingrained in the Northern Soul scene with him. Enjoyable and of course the music is superb but at times come across as much about drugs as it does about the music.

One Cut of the Dead (2017) (All 4)

The recommendation on here was enough for me to check it out and I'm glad I did. A director is given the task of filming a zombie movie for a new TV channel, only issue is it is going to air live and be shot in one take. Hilarious, innovative and very, very clever. "Come on monster, get her!"  Oh yeah, and All 4 are showing this advert free.

Daphne (2017) (All 4)

A woman witnesses a shopkeeper get stabbed and struggles to deal with what she saw. Emily Beecham is good, but I just didn’t find this that compelling, also it’s tough to care about Daphne the way she carries on in her life and treats people.

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Spiral the film is worse than Spiral the rapper from Big Brother 7. I thought it was meant to be a good, smart version of the Saw films, with Chris Rock instead of people you've never heard of, but instead, it's a worse, dumber version. Amazing really. Plot holes everywhere, and a fucking clunker of a script, filled with "you have got to be kidding me!" lines you've heard 1000 times before. Hard avoid.

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28 minutes ago, Astro Hollywood said:

Spiral the film is worse than Spiral the rapper from Big Brother 7. I thought it was meant to be a good, smart version of the Saw films, with Chris Rock instead of people you've never heard of, but instead, it's a worse, dumber version. Amazing really. Plot holes everywhere, and a fucking clunker of a script, filled with "you have got to be kidding me!" lines you've heard 1000 times before. Hard avoid.

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Cruella is another film fired out of the "did we need to know a villains backstory to make them sympathetic" canon from Disney. That said, it is certainly their best of those efforts, Emma Stone does a great job of being a criminal mastermind Vivian Westwood, Emma Thompson has a great turn as does the always reliable Paul Water Hauser with his best Bob Hoskins impression and Joel Fry as Cruella's lackies and John McCrea as yet another of Disney's first time openly gay characters, although on this occasion he openly is. But the whole cast is great apart from Kayvan Novak who seems out of place as Roger. Fantastic soundtrack as well. Maybe about 15 minutes too long, and come of the CGI work is poor, but I enjoyed this much more then I had expected.

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45 minutes ago, Hannibal Scorch said:

Paul Water Hauser with his best Bob Hoskins impression

I really like Hauser and I've heard great things about this so if someone could do a cut just of his performance preferably hosted illegally somewhere that would be great.

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