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Re: What was the last film you watched?
« Reply #8600 on: October 12, 2019, 07:51:20 am »
CBH and I took ourselves off to the new cinema in Stafford yesterday to see the film "Joker."

Now I will admit I know nothing of the franchise of which this film may, or indeed may not be a part as frankly, I have no real interest in such films. The same can be said about films like "Star Wars" (I saw the first in the cinema but haven't seen any of the rest), X Men (who?) and the like. So, why did I go? Well, CBH had seen some reviews which said it was good and er, it was the last day of my holiday and I was bored.... bored enough to spend £9 each on a ticket and £5 on a medium coke.... I mean WTF! £5!!!!

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Moving onto the film before this turns into a rant..... I am not a good cinema goer as peoples lack of manners and inability not to eat or talk for two hours gets right on my tits..... I can't decide whether it was one of the best films I have ever seen, or one of the worst. Yes, the acting was extremely good, the movie was well filmed and there were some extremely funny/horrible bits. However.... the story line was so predictable if I had been sitting in a ditch in Death Valley I would have seen what was about to happen coming along. There were no twists/turns/false moves to throw you off, no, it just plodded along at one pace. You knew what was going to happen on the train, to his mother and at the very end to the Wayne family. Why? Why write such a poor script????

Thus, I am confused over this film. I am glad we went but was it any good? I simply don't know.
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Re: What was the last film you watched?
« Reply #8601 on: October 12, 2019, 09:50:14 am »
For me the script and narrative wasn't an issue.  There is only one thing in play - the steady mental deterioration of the (only) character, illuminated by the introduction of key facts in the script punctuated throughout the film and reinforced by the stunning visualisation and acting.  It's a very traditional linear narrative, which for me makes it all the more effective - as does the complete lack of (obvious) CGI and "action" scenes.

I tend to judge films by how often I look at my watch, how I feel as I walk out and then on reflection a couple of days later.  On that basis this was a very good film indeed.

Re: What was the last film you watched?
« Reply #8602 on: October 15, 2019, 08:25:31 am »
El Camino. 'twas ok.

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Re: What was the last film you watched?
« Reply #8603 on: October 15, 2019, 08:48:31 am »
Rather agreed with the Graun about that one - suspenseful and superfluous. And a good dose of "god, he's got fat/old/ill".
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Re: What was the last film you watched?
« Reply #8604 on: October 15, 2019, 11:52:09 am »
CBH and I took ourselves off to the new cinema in Stafford yesterday to see the film "Joker."

Now I will admit I know nothing of the franchise of which this film may, or indeed may not be a part as frankly, I have no real interest in such films.
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However.... the story line was so predictable if I had been sitting in a ditch in Death Valley I would have seen what was about to happen coming along. There were no twists/turns/false moves to throw you off, no, it just plodded along at one pace. You knew what was going to happen on the train, to his mother and at the very end to the Wayne family. Why? Why write such a poor script????

I think this is the crux of your problem.  Everyone with experience of  a) superhero/villain origin stories in general  and  b) Batman specifically  already knows what's going to happen.  So it's all about the execution.  This one seems to approach things with a fair bit more subtlety than the traditional Act I plunge into a vat of ACID.

Personally I think the 1960s TV series was all the Batman we really needed, and the taking-things-too-seriously 1989 film was a terrible mistake that has been needlessly repeated ever since.

There seem to be signs that this one may be another Fight Club for the bottom half of the internet to revel in, which is another point against it.
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Re: What was the last film you watched?
« Reply #8605 on: October 18, 2019, 09:42:36 am »
Rango, on Netflux. Fun.  Hard to believe that some of those actors produced those voices, particularly Bill Nighy.
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Re: What was the last film you watched?
« Reply #8606 on: October 18, 2019, 11:22:02 am »
Well we enjoyed El Camino quite a lot as it happens.  It's not to the standard of its forebear, but Breaking Bad was so damn good that's possibly always going to be a tough gig to follow.


It was just fine.  Nothing wrong with it, but nothing special either. 


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Re: What was the last film you watched?
« Reply #8607 on: October 18, 2019, 01:10:09 pm »
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Re: What was the last film you watched?
« Reply #8608 on: October 18, 2019, 01:27:28 pm »
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Re: What was the last film you watched?
« Reply #8609 on: October 19, 2019, 09:20:38 am »
"Joker"
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Some superb acting, interspersed with some excellent moving making. It was very good, but I will probably never watch it again. It's uncomfortable most of the way through, as you watch him suffer. I'm curious what the family with 2 young teenage kids sitting behind me was expecting. They may have left before it finished :p.

Extremely low on CGI...even less than I thought, so they must of have gone to town on set dressing.

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Re: What was the last film you watched?
« Reply #8610 on: October 19, 2019, 01:26:10 pm »
The Laundromat, mainly to see what Netflux are being sued over.  A couple of amusing sketches in there but otherwise only interesting for the main revelation*. Certainly not on the level of Margin Call or The Big Short; conveys the sense of helplessness quite well, though.

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Re: What was the last film you watched?
« Reply #8611 on: October 20, 2019, 05:48:35 pm »
Stan and Ollie.  Very good.
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Re: What was the last film you watched?
« Reply #8612 on: October 24, 2019, 09:20:30 am »
Joker

I enjoyed the first 45 mins and felt it went away with itself in the second 45. Left me a bit 'meh'.
Other half hated the first 45, found it depressing/upsetting, but 'enjoyed' the bloodbath.

Frankly, It could have done without the Batman sub-plot. It didn't add much that couldn't have been made with different devices. It just seemed forced and awkward. Phoenix was brilliant though, as an isolated bit of character acting, sublime.

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Re: What was the last film you watched?
« Reply #8613 on: October 28, 2019, 09:51:18 am »
Terminator: Dark Fate. I confess I had low expectations, the last couple have been immediately forgettable and everyone knows it would have been a better franchise if it wasn't a franchise and had stopped at the first sequel. That said, it was quite entertaining, nothing new, basically the greatest hits, a mash-up of first two movies. I was sort of hoping but not expecting Bad Arnie, which would have been better. Plenty of things go boom and there's a suitably stabby liquid metal baddie and Linda Hamilton has a big fuck-off bazooka and a splendidly poor attitude to our robotic friends from the future. It'll probably make the sad men who get angry about women in films angry, for bonus points. If you set your expectations to unsurprising, it's not a bad way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

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Re: What was the last film you watched?
« Reply #8614 on: October 28, 2019, 10:29:37 am »
Escape from the 'Liberty' Cinema - lovely Polish satire about censorship under communism, with occasional Mozart and a dash of Woody Allen. Definitely to be re-watched.
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Re: What was the last film you watched?
« Reply #8615 on: November 02, 2019, 11:26:30 pm »
Magnus    Bio-pic/documentary of Norwegian chess prodigy. Excellent.  (Wowbagger - Its currently free on Prime)

Re: What was the last film you watched?
« Reply #8616 on: November 03, 2019, 08:31:23 am »
Ghostbusters - The rebooted one with an all female lead cast. I liked it. Not as funny as the original and a tad long but pretty good all the same. Don't look for any deep meaning its just a daft romp.
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

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Re: What was the last film you watched?
« Reply #8617 on: November 03, 2019, 08:52:15 am »
Netflux's simplified rehash of Shakespeare's Henry V, The King. Entertaining enough but couldn't help feeling they just wanted to get the blah-blah out of the way and have oodles of blokes in armour bashing the shit out of each other.
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Re: What was the last film you watched?
« Reply #8618 on: November 03, 2019, 09:38:12 am »
Boy Erased https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7008872/

Not my usual fare but a good and thought provoking watch
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Re: What was the last film you watched?
« Reply #8619 on: November 03, 2019, 01:20:00 pm »
Netflux's simplified rehash of Shakespeare's Henry V, The King. Entertaining enough but couldn't help feeling they just wanted to get the blah-blah out of the way and have oodles of blokes in armour bashing the shit out of each other.

Can't be as good as Dahling Kenny Branagh's version, coz I bet it lacked BRIAN BLESSED IN ARMOUR BASHING THE SHIT OUT OF BEASTLY FRENCH TYPES.
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Re: What was the last film you watched?
« Reply #8620 on: November 03, 2019, 02:12:28 pm »
The book of life.  As everyone knows, Mexico is the centre of the universe.
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Re: What was the last film you watched?
« Reply #8621 on: November 03, 2019, 02:12:41 pm »
Netflux's simplified rehash of Shakespeare's Henry V, The King. Entertaining enough but couldn't help feeling they just wanted to get the blah-blah out of the way and have oodles of blokes in armour bashing the shit out of each other.

Can't be as good as Dahling Kenny Branagh's version, coz I bet it lacked BRIAN BLESSED IN ARMOUR BASHING THE SHIT OUT OF BEASTLY FRENCH TYPES.

That sounds well worth missing.
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Re: What was the last film you watched?
« Reply #8622 on: November 03, 2019, 02:16:46 pm »
Netflux's simplified rehash of Shakespeare's Henry V, The King. Entertaining enough but couldn't help feeling they just wanted to get the blah-blah out of the way and have oodles of blokes in armour bashing the shit out of each other.

Can't be as good as Dahling Kenny Branagh's version, coz I bet it lacked BRIAN BLESSED IN ARMOUR BASHING THE SHIT OUT OF BEASTLY FRENCH TYPES.

That sounds well worth missing.

Nah, the Branagh one is OK. Not as splendidly morale-boosting and martial as dear, dear Larry's, of course.

Re: What was the last film you watched?
« Reply #8623 on: November 03, 2019, 09:20:11 pm »
Get Out.

Very good thriller / Edgar Allen Poe-esque horror.  Kind of film that you can watch twice to discover more...

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Re: What was the last film you watched?
« Reply #8624 on: November 09, 2019, 12:03:46 am »
A Grand Day Out.

A remastered version, for its 30th anniversary. Followed by a question and answer session with two Aardman chaps. And the opportunity to hold a real Gromit, as used in the films.

Cracking!
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