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Re: What was the last film you watched?
« Reply #8300 on: February 03, 2019, 04:53:29 pm »
The Girl with All the Gifts

This is an original take on a zombie film.  Using the concept of "zombie as a disease" is far from original, it's been used in many many films and books, but the viewpoint of the main character in this one, is quite different.

This certainly isn't what I'd call a fun film, it's quite dark, but it does have a relatively positive end to it, unlike many other zombie films.  Sennia Nanua does a very good job of playing the lead role, probably a better portrayal than the older leads, Glenn Close, Paddy Considine and Gemma Arterton.  None of them do a particularly bad job, but their characters are a little one dimensional, and don't particularly surprise.  Paddy Considine's sergeant Parks was actually more interesting than that sentence gives him credit for, insofar as I expected him to be a typical cliched slightly psychotic military type, but he develops just on the other side of that, a bit more realistically human.

I think this is an original and good film, although it had quite a moderate budget, and doesn't seem to have done very well at the box office.  Worth seeing, even if science fiction / zombie movies are not your thing.  This definitely isn't a typical running around being chased by zombie adventure film, although clearly there has to be an element of that.
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Re: What was the last film you watched?
« Reply #8301 on: February 03, 2019, 04:58:33 pm »
Total Recall (2012)

I just came across the new version of this film (albeit, 6 years after it was made!) on Amazon Prime, and watched it out of curiosity.

It is essentially a remake of the Arnie version, however there are some substantial changes to the storyline.  Colin Farrell is a far more believable character than Arnie was, and generally they've played this version with a lot less of the lighthearted elements of the earlier one, and that seems to have been a good choice. In my opinion, Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel also work better than Rachel Ticotin and Sharon Stone did.  Sharon Stone, like Arnold, seemed to have been inserted into the film as actors who were popular at the time, rather than ones who actually suited the parts.

The basic concepts aren't quite as scientifically bad as the 1990 version, although there are still things which are hardly rigorously accurate, but the future it portrays is more accurate given our current technology, than the earlier version.  It's quite a bit more dystopian, and Mars is barely mentioned.  I think the one small mention of Mars that I noticed, was like a few of the other elements, dropped in as a small tribute to the earlier version.

I think it works quite well.  I haven't read the PKD novel, so don't know how it compares to that, but it's certainly a better film than the one with Arnie.  It portrays a more realistic future, a bit darker, using far better special effects and with better acting.  The story also doesn't depend on telepathy, implausible and inaccurate science, and mysterious martians, which it definitely benefits from.  Overall I think I'd give it a B+ for an action and adventure film.

(Much the same post also in this thread : Remake of Total Recall in the offing).
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Kim

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Re: What was the last film you watched?
« Reply #8302 on: February 04, 2019, 01:14:37 pm »
Mortal Engines

Pretty steampunk[1] nonsense.  All the best bits are in the first ten minutes.


[1] Aesthetically, if not technically.
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Re: What was the last film you watched?
« Reply #8303 on: February 06, 2019, 11:06:47 am »
Burning

Korean film.  Kind of a mystery film, sort of a thriller, sort of a detective film.

Getting all the praise from critics.  I spent the first half of the film with my sceptical hat on, thinking "get on with it".  But it turns around in the second half when you realise "the slow pace of the first half means I'm really engaged in this."  It's very thought provoking, with connections and themes running through it. 

Rather than getting all wanky about these connections/themes I'll just suggest you either go and see it if you like classy films with subtitles (or wait for the inevitable remake, no doubt starring Steve Carrell who appears to be in f**king everything pumped out by Hollywood at the moment).
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Re: What was the last film you watched?
« Reply #8304 on: February 06, 2019, 05:36:47 pm »
Mortal Engines

Pretty steampunk[1] nonsense.  All the best bits are in the first ten minutes.


[1] Aesthetically, if not technically.
Seen the trailer somewhere and it looked unutterably shite.  Rather you than me.

Re: What was the last film you watched?
« Reply #8305 on: February 07, 2019, 09:58:15 pm »
The Alice Vikingland Tomb Raider. Better than the Jolie #2 but not as good as #1.

Well, probably technically better than #1 but not as fun.

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Kim

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Re: What was the last film you watched?
« Reply #8306 on: February 07, 2019, 10:29:03 pm »
Bohemian Rhapsody

Going into it expecting a huge amount of historical inaccuracy meant I had low expectations.  I didn't expect it to be as moving as it was.

All the best bits are in the last ten minutes.  Turn it up to 11.

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Re: What was the last film you watched?
« Reply #8307 on: February 10, 2019, 07:42:31 pm »
Tag.

Not bad, the "untaggable" Jerry is slightly oddly cast compared to the others but Isla Fisher is very good as a slightly over-competitive (read: barkingly aggressive) wife.
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billy crystal

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Re: What was the last film you watched?
« Reply #8308 on: February 11, 2019, 09:46:47 am »
The Guilty

Essentially a policeman in the emergency call centre tries to unravel the identity of a killer through a succession of received calls.  All of the action takes place in the call centre, focussed on the central character.  This maybe doesn't sound that great, particularly if I add that it is in Danish and the twist doesn't come as a shock, but this is 90 minutes or so of pretty gripping plot that shows what can be done through simple narrative and good acting.  I think it was Denmark's entry for the foreign language Oscar (if that kind of thing matters).  Well worth a try imo (it's on Curzon home player but is no doubt available on other on demand options).
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Re: What was the last film you watched?
« Reply #8309 on: February 14, 2019, 10:08:54 pm »
What's eating Gilbert Grape

Excellent. The best performance I've seen from Leonardo de Caprio, but everyone in the Grape family is really good. A beautiful story of brothers and family life. Very highly recommended.