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The Greasy Strangler - Turns out it was on All4 Art :) That was unpleasant anyway :) It had all the terrible acting, bizzare pointless scenes, and dodgy dialogue that they were surely mostly making up as they went along as The Room but instead of unintended hilarity it was just gross. Plus what the hell was the ZX Spectrum soundtrack all about? There was this one particular unexpected moment at the beginning that made me laugh out loud but it was rare, i think it is the look of sheer surprise in the single eye you can see :D 1/10

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Yeah, it's not an easy watch. The music may just be the most unpleasant thing about it, although there are a few contenders. I think I like the idea of other people watching it more than I actually liked watching it. I was going to just write 'very engrossing and original thriller 9/10' and hope someone just wandered into it by mistake.

If you want a film that's enjoyable bad in the style of The Room, I'm going to take this opportunity to again recommend 'Birdemic'. It's great. Awful obviously, but also great.

In a pertectly equal film swap II'll go with one of your films and I'm chosing Bad Times, which I've had on the laptop a while but not got round to....

Slaughterhouse Rulez - Boarding School set comedy horror. Not particularly funny or scary but just about watchable enough. I'll go 5/10

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I've had a look around for Birdemic but it looks like it is solely on Amazon Prime at the moment (which i don't have), will keep a look out though. Weirdly, when searching i found that there is a documentary on it on the Vice channel on Wednesday this week (called Outsider) if you fancy that :)

Zombieland: Double Tap - Released 10 years after the original, with the original cast all signing up. I liked this again, they kept all the good stuff from the first one but still made a new movie. Again Bill Murray managed to steal the show with the post credits scenes. 7/10

Terminator: Dark Fate - I love the Terminator franchise, well i love the first 2 and have tolerated the rest which is why i was looking forward to this one because it is the return of James Cameron (who left at T2) and is a direct sequel to T2 that ignores the other films as alternate timelines. This one is poor though. It's just light hearted action film, at no point did i feel any sort of danger for the good guys despite the Terminator sent back being even more advanced and unstoppable than ever. Honestly the whole thing was stupid, including (and mild spoiler here) the "revelation" that it is the girl that is the resistance leader and not her son. They do it in such an over the top way, as if they are saying "yes that's right, women can lead too!!" dun dun duuuuurrrrrrrr <mind explosion>!!!! As if that hasn't been the overriding trend in Hollywood for the past number of years. A few other points, they have to stop getting Arnie back! Every time they do they have to invent even more convoluted and moronic reasons as to why he is there and why he is good now. They also have to stop making the Terminators even more advanced because it just makes it even more implausible when the humans somehow win with their crap guns that couldn't even stop the first Terminator. Anyway, this was supposed to be yet another attempt at a trilogy reboot, i expect that , as per the last 3 attempts, this will again fail and they will try another trilogy reboot (with Arnie STILL in it) in a few years time. My pitch: The resistance seem to have unlimited access to a time machine now apparently so they decide to send back hundreds of soldiers to the various decades and murder any bastard that makes any mention of Artificial Intelligence or AI. Seriously even if there name is Adam Ian Smith but they prefer to go by AI Smith, they murder him. Terminators are sent back to stop them (and since they will be saving people, Arnie can have his good guy story arc) :) 4/10

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You're not getting away with it that easily RT. I've just been downloading 'Night of the Comet' from youtube and while I was there what should come up as a recommendation? Birdemic! yes, it's on there in all its glory B)

I've recorded that documentary. Thanks for the tip off, I'd never have found it on the Vice Channel. I didn't even know that was a channel....

The Belko Experiment: A group of office workers are trapped in an isolated building and there's an announcment that something bad is happening. Things get very bad indeed in office block based horror thriller type thing. 5.5/10

 

 

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As it was Halloween last night I thought I'd get in the spirit and watch a horror film. I settled on IT. In a sentence, I'd describe this as a horror version of The Goonies. I don't want to give the story away but the characters were more authentic than in most horror films. It seemed that the casting was done with a nod to some of the teenage movie stars of the 80's - the bully resembled a young Kevin Bacon, the "wise guy" looked like Corey Feldman and the female lead very reminiscent of Molly Ringwald, the latter was actually acknowledged with the tongue in cheek line "who invited Molly Ringwald?". Funny, but also scary where it had to be. 8/10.

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Dragging the missus out to see Le mans 66 in a bit. Serves her right for making me sit through that Joker shit the other week. 

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The Irishman.  I'm struggling here to be honest. 3 and a half hours long = too much padding, complications and unnecessary dialogue. 

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Joker - A standalone origin story of the Joker that doesn't involve him falling into a vat of acid. I had heard really great things about it, except from IKS above of course, but it really wasn't all that. The first two thirds of the movie (with a couple of exceptions) are really really slow and, while i appreciate it is supposed to be that way, you can't get away from the fact that it is jarring and annoying. I guess the pay off in the last third was OK though. 5/10

Knives Out - Really really loved this. A classic whodunnit mystery story with a top sleuth PI trying to find out if the Patriarch of a rich family really did commit suicide or whether he was murdered by one of his spoiled kids. It features loads of top actors playing loads of really great characters and it is a lot of fun along the way. Great stuff. 9/10

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I'm assuming the recent film of 'It' left out the scene from the book that I'm going to generously refer to as the sewer sex scene?  A bit creepy. And not in a good way.

Right, I've seen.....

Bad Times at the El Royale - Four strangers check into an otherwise empty hotel in 70s set mystery crime drama thriller type thing. I was enjoying the start of this but I was left a bit disappointed in the end. I was expecting all their individual stories to be brought together in some way or there'd be some big pay off but it didn't really happen. There was a big climax but it was a bit of anti-climax. I'll go 6/10

Incident in Ghostland - A mother and her two daughters move to a creepy old house where something bad happens. Years later one of them is still reliving that night. Or so it seems....... Intense horror thriller from the guy who did Martyrs, which I assume we all enjoyed appreciated. It won't be for everyone 6.5/10

Piercing - Well, that was a weird little film. Best not to really know anything going in as it's pretty slow so you need all the surprises you can get. There's a man and a woman in a hotel room, it's never quite clear who's in control or even what they're hoping to acheive. But one or more of them will be pierced in cat and mouse horror drama type thing. It won't be for everyone. Or possibly anyone. I'll go 5.5/10

One Cut of the Dead - Japanese film making zombie comedy drama type thing. The first third of this is (I think) all on one camera in one take, then the second third is the build up to what you just watched, then the final third is what happened off camera while the first third was being recorded. I don't think that spoils anything and it's best not to know any more going in. Original and inventive, I'm going 7.5/10

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Watched a couple of Taika Waititi films recently, the guy behind What We Do In The Shadows (and the most recent Thor movie):

Hunt For The Wilderpeople - Really enjoyed this. Proper fun, and daft, story of a rebellious kid and his foster dad going missing in the New Zealand bush while they are hunted by the authorities. They meet some great characters along the way (Rhys Darby's "Bush Man" was classic!). I was chuckling the whole way through. 9/10

Boy - Struggled a bit with this one. Again set in the New Zealand outback, a Boy, whose Mum died years ago, idolises his absent father who he's never met. When he shows up (just to try and find a bag of stolen money he buried somewhere on the property) the Boy tries to get to know him. The main problem with this is the Boy is just not very likeable, and since the film is about him it's hard not to switch it off after the first 15 minutes. Ultimately it is worth seeing it through, if nothing else for the hilarious bit at the end credits where the cast basically do a Haka in the vein of Michael Jackson's Thriller video. 5/10

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Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker - I think out of the latest 3 installments, this was my least favourite. The plot didn't really make sense and was all over the place trying to put too much in, and they went for cheap corny sentimentality as opposed to any real heart. I also felt like they pandered to all the man-babies that threw a hissy fit over the previous installment a little too much, almost throwing that movie under the bus. Still I love Star Wars - the inventiveness, the ideas, even stuff like them adding a random monster into the background for no reason - and when that John Williams music hits i just can't help but slide into that world and enjoy it. I wouldn't say it was a fitting end to the Skywalker saga but i'll certainly be watching it again (and again probably knowing me!). 7/10

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Hunt for the Wilderpeople is great.

Watched a couple of films I've already seen this week, nice having nothing to do eh?

We need to talk about Kevin and Under the Candellabra about Liberace.  Both brilliant. 

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Possum - Happy valley, painted black, all the children in a sack. Wave goodbye to sun and moon, say hello to black balloon. The parcel opened, out it sprang, the black, long-legged Possum Man. Children run, he'll eat and smother any child without a mother.

I think that gives you the gist of it. First film from Matthew 'Garth Merenghi' Holness. Slow, grim, and creepy  6/10.

Eighth Grade - A girl's final days of eighth grade before starting high school. I liked that. I liked it a lot. Go on, as it's Christmas 9/10

 

 

 
 

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Withnail and I, again.  Pretty much flawless. 

First they killed my father.  About living as a child under the Khmer Rouge.  Pretty much nothing in the film in terms of what those nutty cunts were about, just a retelling of a 6 year old's story.  My Dad went to Cambodia a few years ago and came back saying how mad it must be when your own people set about you like that, and afterwards, everyone is just together again and gets on with it.  And how does anyone know who was Khmer Rouge?  But they all just deal with it.  Crazy stuff.

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On 12/20/2019 at 8:39 AM, Random Task said:

Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker - I think out of the latest 3 installments, this was my least favourite. The plot didn't really make sense and was all over the place trying to put too much in, and they went for cheap corny sentimentality as opposed to any real heart. I also felt like they pandered to all the man-babies that threw a hissy fit over the previous installment a little too much, almost throwing that movie under the bus. Still I love Star Wars - the inventiveness, the ideas, even stuff like them adding a random monster into the background for no reason - and when that John Williams music hits i just can't help but slide into that world and enjoy it. I wouldn't say it was a fitting end to the Skywalker saga but i'll certainly be watching it again (and again probably knowing me!). 7/10

 

Just got back from watching this. I thought the opposite to you in that for me this is the best of the latest trilogy. Thought it was very well done, with a couple of surprise characters popping back up and overall tied up the Star Wars story quite well. I've read a few quite negative online reviews of this film which give it 1/5 which I really can't fathom. In it's own right, no it's good as good as any of the first three films and it's not as good as Revenge of the Sith, but a decent enough watch not deserving of the some of the bile it's received - 3.5/5.

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Why is H-B suddenly giving marks out of 5 like some kind of crazy maverick? I can only assume after reading him praising Revenge of the Sith that he's completely lost his mind in Chrismas excitement. Anyway, I watched:

Summer of 84 - Four teenager boys suspect their neighbour might be a serial killer in 80s set mystery drama type thing. I can't really mention the most notable thing about it without spoiling it so I won't, but it has a nice nostaligic feel about it and I'll go 7/10

Popstar Never Stop Stopping: Comedy music documentary from the Lonely Island people. T'was alright. 5.5/10

 

Does someone want to recommend me a good christmas film? Ideally something a bit unusual that I haven't already seen.

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On 12/29/2019 at 5:46 PM, H-Block said:

 

Just got back from watching this. I thought the opposite to you in that for me this is the best of the latest trilogy. Thought it was very well done, with a couple of surprise characters popping back up and overall tied up the Star Wars story quite well. I've read a few quite negative online reviews of this film which give it 1/5 which I really can't fathom. In it's own right, no it's good as good as any of the first three films and it's not as good as Revenge of the Sith, but a decent enough watch not deserving of the some of the bile it's received - 3.5/5.

I've noticed that a lot of these people that give 1 star reviews are people that speculate, before the film comes out, on what they think the plot is going to be (usually something shit they've ended up having an argument with someone about on Reddit or something). Then when the plot isn't that, they throw a hissy fit, give a 1 star review and try and claim there idea was better (when it usually isn't). Either that or they have some weird gripes about the women characters v the men characters or the fact that someone is Asian :)

I actually gave it the same rating as you (literally), mainly because i love Star Wars whatever though because there were a lot of problems with this one i think, mostly where they have tried to "correct" something that people didn't like from Last Jedi. My biggest gripes were the U-Turns they made from important bits in Last Jedi that, not only didn't need doing because they were better how they were (in my opinion anyway), but because the U-Turns didn't actually make any sense (trying to remain spoiler free, so a vague example would be the Helmet... what the fuck was that?).

 

MILD SPOILER BELOW!!! Highlight below to read it.

My favourite part of the whole movie was the big jar of Snokes at the Sith home world :) I was chuckling about that for ages :)

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On ‎11‎/‎27‎/‎2019 at 6:49 PM, Dane B said:

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. 2.5 hours of waiting for something to happen. Very disappointing. 5/10

I rented this on sky movies last night and was really looking forward to it but as you say nothing really happened. Lots of pointless sub-plots and quite silly at times (flame thrower in the shed)

Not a QT film I would watch again

Also a 5/10

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Stuff like the flame thrower is what made me love that film.  Other bits, Kurt Russell's wife, although she was only in it for a couple of minutes was superb.  Then there's the crying, the dog, the drinking, Bruce Lee, the two lead actors who were great in it and so on. 

Was my favourite film of the year. 

 

 

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3 hours ago, Charlie Cheswick said:

Stuff like the flame thrower is what made me love that film.  Other bits, Kurt Russell's wife, although she was only in it for a couple of minutes was superb.  Then there's the crying, the dog, the drinking, Bruce Lee, the two lead actors who were great in it and so on. 

Was my favourite film of the year. 

 

 

I liked the ending Chaz. Brad Pitt high on acid confronted by those hippies made me piss. In fact, I'd go as far as to say that the only bits worth watching were those that had Brad Pitt in. The rest of the film was a yawn.

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2 hours ago, Dane B said:

I liked the ending Chaz. Brad Pitt high on acid confronted by those hippies made me piss. In fact, I'd go as far as to say that the only bits worth watching were those that had Brad Pitt in. The rest of the film was a yawn.

Dicaprio was great in it too.  When he was in his trailer bemoaning getting pissed the night before, brilliant.  And the crying!

The first time I watched it I thought not much happened but with my lad being obsessed with stuff he dragged me to watch it again and I thought it was brilliant the second time.  It seems to divide opinion though, everyone's either it's great or it's boring. 

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On 1/11/2020 at 5:38 PM, i.k.s said:

I'm hoping to see 1917 tomorrow night.  Review to follow if I remember 

What was it like? Think I might like to see it too.

How's things with you? Long, long time since I saw you!

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