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Post by malickfan on Fri Jan 19, 2018 6:01 pm

Four Lions was morbidly hilarious and very sharply written, was surprised Bendybrick Cucumbersnozzle had a cameo.

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Post by halfwise on Fri Jan 19, 2018 6:21 pm

Yeah, and there was no reason to pull him in for that bit. I think he must be friends with the director.

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Post by Mrs Figg on Fri Jan 19, 2018 7:23 pm

just watched finale of Babylon Berlin, boy was that good. glad to hear they are making new series.

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Post by halfwise on Fri Jan 26, 2018 3:47 am

Just saw The Post, and OMG I didn't think they were still making films like this. As much an ode to women's empowerment as anything else. And I take back my statement that John Williams had lost his mojo - it seems he needs an inspiring story, and he'll write an inspiring score. The last crop of Star Wars films didn't do it for him (come to think of it, it's not clear the prequels did either). But the score was amazing. The film was amazing.

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Post by Forest Shepherd on Fri Jan 26, 2018 4:22 am

I was put off by the premise of the The Post, assuming that the film was simply filling in the annual slot of "Journalists save the day concerning issue that is popular in Hollywood at the moment". So your praise has surprised me, to say the least. Perhaps I will see it now.

I mentioned Four Lions somewhere in this thread last year, I also really enjoyed it. I think my favourite part was when the two characters travel to the Middle East and join up.

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Post by halfwise on Fri Jan 26, 2018 1:05 pm

Let's just say that in The Post Spielberg temporarily abandons his typical over-mannered candy-coated direction and returns to his Schindler's List integrity. Not so weighty of course, in fact surprisingly funny. But it has the subtle humor of truth rather than filming by formula. They have a couple of script-writers that I've never seen before, and I think that's the secret. Their template was the absurdity of reality; all they had to do was tauten it up.

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Post by Mrs Figg on Tue Jan 30, 2018 12:44 pm

saw Guardians of the Galaxy 2. whats with the unbearably cute small log?

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Post by Forest Shepherd on Wed Jan 31, 2018 6:10 am

It's been a while, what are you talking about Figgs?

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Post by Mrs Figg on Wed Jan 31, 2018 2:41 pm

yep that's the unbearably cute little woody log. Very Happy

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Post by halfwise on Thu Feb 08, 2018 2:13 pm

How come I'd never heard of Withnail and I before? Justifiably a cult film in England, basically unheard of here.

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Post by Forest Shepherd on Thu Feb 08, 2018 5:33 pm

Grant looks so gaunt in that!

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Post by azriel on Thu Feb 08, 2018 5:36 pm

He did but, he was young & youth can do that to you, plus, he was meant to be out of work & struggling, tho the odd spliff doesn't help your looks & he was fond of that. Cooking the chicken on a brick in the farmhouse was funny Very Happy The ending was sad really, seeing him in the rain wandering along Regents Park.

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Post by halfwise on Thu Feb 08, 2018 5:46 pm

In the extras it said he had to lose a lot of weight for the role. That may have helped lend a certain desperate air to his depiction.

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Post by chris63 on Mon Feb 12, 2018 5:44 am

Blade Runner 2.


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Post by bungobaggins on Mon Feb 12, 2018 9:15 pm

chris63 wrote:Blade Runner 2.


This is true, I fell asleep several times.

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Post by Forest Shepherd on Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:55 pm

I liked it a lot! Even if the end slacked off a bit.

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Post by Pettytyrant101 on Wed Feb 21, 2018 3:20 am

{{Saw Cloverfield Paradox tonight. Didn't know much about it going in save I'd heard it didn't make sense and was over complicated.
I disagree on both counts. As far as sci-fi premises go anyone whose watched any series of sci-fi or read any sci-fi should have no problems with the premise (this will be spoilery).

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Basically its 2028 and earth is screwed, powers running out everyone's on the verge of war with everyone else. One hope is a new energy source and an international crew of astronauts on a space station are going to set it up and fire it off. Only obviously it all goes horribly wrong and they rip a hole in space and time and end up in a parallel dimension. Weird shit starts happening, a woman appears partly embedded in a wall and turns out to have been a crew member on the space station in this dimension, her space station got screwed and crashed back into earth she ended up embedded in their wall when they popped into this dimension.
There some double dealing and betrayals, a subplot where the main female character, who due her rigging up a dodgy power cell for her family burnt them all to death, discovers on this earth they are all still alive, and the most likeable character in the crew gets killed too soon.
Inbetween a lot of weird shit happens, someone is full of worms from the worm farm on the station (they all somehow ended up inside him) someone else loses most of their arm in a wall, an arm which then turns up dragging itself about Adams Family style- dont expect any sort of explanation for this stuff, there isn't any. Basically they have crashed dimensions together, they are at the epicenter of it so weird shit is happening with space and time and this stuff are examples of weird shit happening.
By the end there is two of the crew left standing and they get the energy thing going again and pop back to what at least seems to be our earth and make contact with base, only to be cut off.
They get in the escape capsule and plummet back to earth and we see a massive, towering up into the clouds version of the Cloverfield monster from the original film. Cut to credits.

Now I dont expect all the answers in this because the story is clearly not over and there is another film to come at least in this franchise. And as a franchise it is at least new in how its going about it, there are threads run through all three films, yet each film is in a different genre and shot in a different style and has a different subject matter. The first film is found footage monster film in the style of classic monster films like Godzilla, the second film is a psychological drama with an alien invasion and the third film is a classic scifi experiment goes wrong on a space station.
This film certainly answers some questions- we know from this that their attempts to use their super power energy device caused dimensions to clash and things to go from one to another- we are told in speculation at the start that this could include monsters, demons ect and indeed thats what seems to have happened.
In the first film it caused the Cloverfield creature to appear in our oceans where it was woken by an oil rig drilling team, whose owners are another thread that run through all three films. This happened on earth in 2008. The question interdimensionally of course is which earth? In the second film rather than monsters it seems to have parked a bunch of aggressive aliens onto earth instead in 2016, it is very possible that this film takes place on a different earth than the first therefore. The third film is set in 2028 and is when the 'paradox' occurs and they rip apart space/time (hence why things can appear in the past too and presumably how they can set the next film during WW2) but the ending to the third film leaves open the question of which dimensions earth did they land on?
It appears to be the power starved one they left, but there is nothing to confirm this. The Cloverfield monster only seems to have appeared here after the experiment went wrong (which would seem to rule out it being the 2008 version). But the only monster we have seen was in the first film, where it was nowhere near the size of the one at the end of the third film- so is that an alternate reality? It could be the reality of the first film, 20 years later and its grown undefeated to that size (it is said to be young in the first film, an infant of its species) or could be yet another version of earth that has a huge Cloverfield monster on it or it could be there original version of earth with monster on it as a result of their experiment (and one final more mind-boggling possibility is they are all the same earth being attacked by different inter dimensional things at different points along its timeline!)

So there is plenty complications to ponder yet, but the basic idea- big experiment goes wrong, tears apart space/time, causes dimensions to clash and shit hits the fan is the basic core of it all,and that's not complicated as sci-fi goes- or new for that matter. However how its being told, across several films and not in any sort of chronological order of events is new.
But they do tell it quite well, I could have done without some of the character subplots as they often seemed a bit stale and predictable, particularity the double cross by the 'new' from the dimension they go to crew mate they rescue from the wall, though its hard to argue with her reasoning for trying to slaughter the crew- her version of reality never discovered this new energy and they are further down the road to oblivion and engulfed in global war over energy already- kill a few to steal their technology and save the entire planet, as she asks, 'wouldn't you?'
Its all well shot, corridors and certain scenes will remind you of the original alien, and there are nods to other scifi classics too in a few of the shots. The effects are good and solid and believable and all the performances are pretty solid.
I will say though that I can see why they released it on netflix, it did not feel like a cinema film at all to me, so much as watching a high production two part miniseries in one go.
I like they gave time to develop most of the characters enough to at least know who they were when they popped off, but would have preferred better substance in the development, the time is a bit wasted when its a bit shallow and derivative.
But overall its entertaining enough, has its thoughtful moments, bursts of tension and action, well shot, directed and acted and answers and raises questions about the Cloverfield universe in equal measure. Nothing spectacular but a decent enough interesting watch.}}

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Post by Eldorion on Fri Feb 23, 2018 7:06 am

Black Panther.

Hot damn.

I'm way too tired to say much about it at the moment but my first impression is that I thought it was fantastic.
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Post by halfwise on Fri Feb 23, 2018 4:34 pm

I've kinda wanted to see it based on reviews and fan reaction, but the trailer does such a bad job of conveying story that I haven't gotten excited enough to make the trip.

(the local theatre in Harlem has showings every half hour. Razz )

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Post by Eldorion on Sat Feb 24, 2018 3:22 am

I tend to prefer trailers that are made more as teasers rather than give away a lot of plot information, but YMMV. Shrugging

As for the movie itself, I really liked the story, but I think that the performances stood out the most about it to me. Michael B. Jordan in particular was fantastic. Aside from Loki I've generally been underwhelmed by MCU antagonists even in movies that I've liked a lot, but Black Panther really delivered on that front. Chadwick Boseman in the title role and Lupita Nyong'o were also stand-outs. The worst thing I can say about the film is that some of the action were scenes were a bit visually messy IMO, but I think the action was well-integrated into the story which was nice compared to a lot of blockbusters were it feels like the movie is put on hold so they can fit in the perfunctory fight scenes. I'm not the best person to try to discuss the social themes of the movie but I will say that I'm pleasantly surprised to see a mainstream movie with so many Afrofuturist elements be so phenomenally successful.
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Post by Forest Shepherd on Sat Feb 24, 2018 10:50 am

It being a Marvel movie certainly helps. The thing I like about the movie is that it took something of which I had never heard and did not care about at all, and made that interesting.

I saw PotC 5 (!) tonight. It was so awful. Just total trash. It was so utterly abysmal that it made me question why it is that while all movies are a series of scenes involving actors talking and doing things, some are so much better than others. Strange how one movie will leave you sitting there entranced, while another will provoke you to yelling obscenities at the screen. It all comes down to apparently minor differences in how movies are made.

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Post by halfwise on Sat Feb 24, 2018 12:46 pm

I have no idea what PotC is.
EDIT: Pirates o t C.

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Post by Forest Shepherd on Sat Feb 24, 2018 7:38 pm

The Pirates of the Caribbean!

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Post by Forest Shepherd on Mon Feb 26, 2018 8:02 pm

(slightly spoiler-y review, but not too bad.)


I watched Annihilation last night in theatres. It's the most recent film from that writer/director of Ex Machina It was far more abstract than I was expecting! I'd say the movie suffers some from CGI overload, unfortunately, but there is still enough nitty-gritty effects thrown in to satisfy the purists out there.

Basically, it tells the story of a biologist whose husband goes missing while on a special ops mission. Through indirect circumstances, she eventually retraces her husband's last steps into a phenomenon called "The Shimmer", so called by the government agencies who are monitoring and policing the borders of an expanding region of "contamination" on the coast of the northwest United States. Surrounded by walls of soap-bubble like light refraction, the area is a dead zone for all radio and satellite communications, and anyone who ventures inside of it never comes out again. The main character joins a group of women scientists tasked with finding the source of the Shimmer: they hope to accomplish what the various military teams sent in before could not: find out why this is happening and then return to tell of it. Not really a spoiler: one of the earliest shots in the movie is of some kind of asteroid hurtling towards earth and striking a lighthouse. So the idea that this is all caused by some kind of alien-something is explicit for the audience early on.

Annihilation is a dark horror movie at times. Violent, gory, with subtle hints of Alien's body horror and set design strewn in here and there. It definitely earns its "R" rating. The characters are none of them happy people. The protagonist claims that she has something to go back to, but her marriage has some troubling undertones to it. I really can't stop comparing it to Alien, especially the most recent Prometheus sequel, if only because both films attempt to explore, in a philosophical or religious manner, this idea of some kind of life-form replacing or building onto one's own form. There is a strong existential threat in both movies, and themes of transformation.

The plot is not the strongest part of the movie, but rather the questions it attempts to raise about the nature of biological life, for humans in particular. There is one scene wherein a psychologist talks about how everyone self-destructs, to some extent in some part of their life, and that idea ties into the movie's exploration of human consciousness and the ways in which that consciousness can carry on past one's own annihilation: whether one dies through violent death, willing nirvana, or other, more bizarre ends like reincarnation by fire.

Thankfully, this movie mostly shrugs off the unnecessary baggage of the horror genre--only one scene wandered into run-of-the-mill horror cliche, and even that scene was not bad--and instead focuses on building to a kind of supernatural climax by sending the characters through an increasingly disturbing, but surreally beautiful, landscape. This landscape is mirrored in their own states of mind as the horrible and the surreal begins to break their sanity. I guess the main point of the movie is how the main characters, this group of female scientists, respond to what they find in the Shimmer. It's like a Litmus test for their worldviews, and a test of their endurance and strength.

I could go on, there's quite a lot of interesting ideas wrapped up in this movie, which I like to think is thanks to the author upon whose book the film is based. It's not a perfect movie by any stretch. I found myself wondering at some of the behaviour of the characters, in particular their methods. The complete lack of bio-hazard protection, for example, before entering the Shimmer seems like a particularly bad idea. And unlike in Arrival, we do not get a good sense of what exactly the government is trying to do as they attempt to contain and explore this threatening presence. But apart from a rocky start, I really enjoyed the development of the philosophical themes of this movie, and the conclusion actually lived up to my expectations. You know, if whatever is "at the lighthouse" (the center of the Shimmer) were a let-down, the movie would have suffered.

Probably... 8/10, mainly for the originality of some of the movie's ideas, memorable visuals, and the characters not sucking. The acting is the good kind where you don't really notice it most of the time. Portman carries the movie, although the other actors and actresses are good too. It was nice to see Jennifer Jason Leigh in a different kind of role after her horrible cussing outlaw in The Hateful Eight, but she was oddly subdued in most of her scenes. I mean, she didn't seem bored, but kind of depressed and accepting. I suppose it makes sense for her character eventually, but at first she comes across as kind of mean or disinterested.

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Post by halfwise on Mon Mar 05, 2018 5:41 pm

So what's up with The Shape of Water (which I haven't seen)?

I mean, we've already had a love story involving the creature from the black lagoon, it was called The Creature From The Black Lagoon. Did we really need another one?

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