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 Posted:   Jan 25, 2020 - 4:09 PM   
 By:   Spinmeister   (Member)

They forgot the film grain.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 26, 2020 - 12:46 AM   
 By:   Xebec   (Member)

Parasite
7/10
Good but not brilliant. Ending is a tad daft. Nice score.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 26, 2020 - 2:34 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

Micmacs - 9/10

Third or fourth viewing, still a lovely but edgy and very clever film. Jean-Pierre Jeunet directs Dany Boon as Bazil, who loses his father to a landmine and as a misfit adult is accidentally shot in the head while managing a video store. Thus a perpetual victim of the armament industry, he establishes that the two arms manufacturers responsible for the hardware occupy sites facing each other, and together with a disparate band of friends that he’s fallen in with, resolves to get his revenge. Like Amelie, part of the joy is the characterisation, and it’s matched (again like Amelie) by the sinewy plot. The music is a joy, Raphael Beau and some Max Steiner harking back to Bazil’s love of old films.

A very French film, I don’t know if there’s an English dub but you have to watch it in the original language with subtitles to get the maximum atmosphere from it.

 
 Posted:   Jan 26, 2020 - 6:26 AM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

Pal Joey (1957) ... 8+/10

Take away the fabulous Rodgers & Hart songs (and underlying tunes) and the film loses more than one point. Without Frank Sinatra singing those wonderful songs, the rating would be 4 - 5 since the underlying story, whilst enjoyable, is limited: guy wants something badly, is willing to accept certain life restrictions (not exactly sup with the devil but he won't be his own boss which is/was one of his red lines), then finds he wants something more...

... all wrapped up in Hollywood Technicolor.

But add Sinatra at the height of his talent, several classic American songbook entries and I'm a happy man. I'm not too taken with Rita Hayworth and Kim Novak's acting is less than stellar. It doesn't matter because this is entertainment.

I think High Society (1956) is the better film and rates as my favourite musical but I could watch this later film time and again. I know that The Lady is a Tramp and Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered are the stand-out standards (the latter works very well for the underscore, too) but it is the melody for I Could Write a Book which is my ear-worm (much to my better half's chagrin!)
Mitch

 
 Posted:   Jan 26, 2020 - 6:35 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Mitch, I know you're a sap for Sinatra, so I'll take your high praise of those lesser Sinatra films with an eighteen-wheeler of salt.

I always enjoy your demolitions of films. It would be interesting to read of your thoughts on today's tripe; I'd bet you'd have a field day.

 
 Posted:   Jan 26, 2020 - 6:58 AM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

Mitch, I know you're a sap for Sinatra, so I'll take your high praise of those lesser Sinatra films with an eighteen-wheeler of salt.

I always enjoy your demolitions of films. It would be interesting to read of your thoughts on today's tripe; I'd bet you'd have a field day.


I thought I'd been quite positive about the last few films I've watched/reviewed! As for this being a lesser Sinatra film ... , I struggle: it's easily one of his best.

And, as for today's tripe ... this is a major problem for me. As a youngster I was an avid film fan ... but now: I haven't been to the cinema since paying to watch ... and being very disappointed with ... Skyfall (2012), the one single film which took away my life-long pleasure in going to see films.

I do watch modern films - on TV - and occasionally find one which is enjoyable and worth a second viewing. But the general insistence that every film has to have more and more CGI/foul language/incoherent~incomplete scripts makes me turn to the back catalogue more often than not. Of course, many of the films of yesteryear were rubbish but at least I can change channel or turn the TV off ... and I haven't spent my dwindling CD budget on buying seat tickets smile
Mitch

 
 Posted:   Jan 26, 2020 - 8:32 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

The Amazing Spider-Man 2- 3.5-5

Fairly enjoyable with good performance and fine chemistry.

Never saw the first Amazing Spider-Man movie. I just didn't think the main actor playing Peter Parker had the right look for the role. (oh and that stupid hair cut) Channel surfing I came across ASM2. I know this was universally panned by critics and fans but I just don’t see why.

I thought it was actually pretty engaging for a super hero movie. It has its issues, though no different than every other super hero film. No more, no less. I thought most of the performances were excellent and the film had a lot of heart.

I really don't like Tom Holland Spider-Man movies. There's no chemistry between the actors, there's no sense of real danger and the humor falls flat. And don't get me started on Marisa Tomei as Aunt Mae, WHAT THE FUUC?!

I was expecting an unwatchable film. Its fine for what it is.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 26, 2020 - 1:19 PM   
 By:   Xebec   (Member)

Wildlife
9/10
Paul Dano directed and co-written family drama set in the 1950's. I really enjoyed it. It has great acting from Carey Mulligan and Jake Gyllenhal and looks very nice. The score is by someone called David Lang, who i had never heard of before, but i really liked it. It is quite mournful and slow. it put me in mind of Jackie by Mica Levi (which i love) but more emotionally restrained. A very nice film.

Sweet Virgina
6/10
Slight but decent small town crime story that doesn't take the traditional route you'd expect. It's a short 90 mins. Jon Bernthal is good in the lead, even better is the slightly challenged, psychotic villain. I can't recall the actor's name but he's somebody i've not been a fan of in other things. He was Yossarian in that Clooney Catch-22 TV series. Anyway, he's great in this. Nice brooding score.

The Caretaker (1963)
7.5/10
Well acted by a great cast of Robert Shaw, Alan Bates and Donald Pleasance in a play i'm not a huge fan of. This might be a BBC production from back in the day. Nic Roeg does the cinematography.

Bad Teacher
5.5/10
Lucy Punch is the best thing about this sometimes half-amusing but very standard commentary.

National Security
1.5/10
Martin Lawrence is awful in this tiresome and half-hearted cop comedy

Results (2015)
5.5/10
An indie film starring Guy Pearce and Cobie Smulders about a gym owner, an employee and a multi-millionaire client.

The Birthday Party (1968)
5/10
Starring Robert Shaw, directed by William Friedkin. I found the play itself tiresome. It feels like it takes a very long time to say what it has to say, and the people don't act like people. The repetition in the dialogue, seemingly a favourite thing to do of Pinter, is wearing.

Bustin' Loose
1.5/10
Painfully rubbish Richard Pryor "comedy".

Galaxis
1/10
Bargain-bin sci-fi with Bridgette Nielsen, Craig Fairbrass, Richard Moll and Sam Raimi. The Christopher L. Stone score didn't seem too bad in places. Better than a film like this deserves.

Hanky Panky
4/10
Gene Wilder comedy-thriller with Gilda Radner, directed by Sidney Poitier. I quite liked some of the Tom Scott music, Wilder is reliable as his usual high-strung self, but the action thrills are poor.

Child's Play 3
1/10
Just poor, though the animatronics are nice to see.

Anon
4/10
Dour sci-fi film from Andrew Niccol. A killer is going around hacking into people's brains and allowing them to see their own deaths as they are killed. The brain hacker is being hunted by the cops. It's not a very interesting or thrilling thriller. Clive Owen and Amanda Seyfried are very watchable. There's some lovely brutalist architecture. and clean, composed design. The script sadly has the "way above our pay grade" line. Has the stupid trope of the hero being suspended and everybody disbelieving him despite everything they have seen and heard about the villain. It's just quite dull, and the POV visuals with the excess of information are interesting but become wearing very quickly. I'm just not really into this kind of sci-fi. I find this sort of future tech a bit boring, so it might just be me.

 
 Posted:   Jan 28, 2020 - 11:54 PM   
 By:   Spinmeister   (Member)

In the spirit of 2019-nCoV: The X-Files: Fight the Future (1998)

Still a spiffy little thriller boasting the ever redoubtable Mulder & Scully, solid production values and a forthright suspense score from Mark Snow. A pity the movie series never really took off.

7.5/10

 
 Posted:   Jan 29, 2020 - 4:32 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Wildlife
9/10
Paul Dano directed and co-written family drama set in the 1950's. I really enjoyed it. It has great acting from Carey Mulligan and Jake Gyllenhal and looks very nice. The score is by someone called David Lang, who i had never heard of before, but i really liked it. It is quite mournful and slow. it put me in mind of Jackie by Mica Levi (which i love) but more emotionally restrained. A very nice film.

Sweet Virgina
6/10
Slight but decent small town crime story that doesn't take the traditional route you'd expect. It's a short 90 mins. Jon Bernthal is good in the lead, even better is the slightly challenged, psychotic villain. I can't recall the actor's name but he's somebody i've not been a fan of in other things. He was Yossarian in that Clooney Catch-22 TV series. Anyway, he's great in this. Nice brooding score.

The Caretaker (1963)
7.5/10
Well acted by a great cast of Robert Shaw, Alan Bates and Donald Pleasance in a play i'm not a huge fan of. This might be a BBC production from back in the day. Nic Roeg does the cinematography.

Bad Teacher
5.5/10
Lucy Punch is the best thing about this sometimes half-amusing but very standard commentary.

National Security
1.5/10
Martin Lawrence is awful in this tiresome and half-hearted cop comedy

Results (2015)
5.5/10
An indie film starring Guy Pearce and Cobie Smulders about a gym owner, an employee and a multi-millionaire client.

The Birthday Party (1968)
5/10
Starring Robert Shaw, directed by William Friedkin. I found the play itself tiresome. It feels like it takes a very long time to say what it has to say, and the people don't act like people. The repetition in the dialogue, seemingly a favourite thing to do of Pinter, is wearing.

Bustin' Loose
1.5/10
Painfully rubbish Richard Pryor "comedy".

Galaxis
1/10
Bargain-bin sci-fi with Bridgette Nielsen, Craig Fairbrass, Richard Moll and Sam Raimi. The Christopher L. Stone score didn't seem too bad in places. Better than a film like this deserves.

Hanky Panky
4/10
Gene Wilder comedy-thriller with Gilda Radner, directed by Sidney Poitier. I quite liked some of the Tom Scott music, Wilder is reliable as his usual high-strung self, but the action thrills are poor.

Child's Play 3
1/10
Just poor, though the animatronics are nice to see.

Anon
4/10
Dour sci-fi film from Andrew Niccol. A killer is going around hacking into people's brains and allowing them to see their own deaths as they are killed. The brain hacker is being hunted by the cops. It's not a very interesting or thrilling thriller. Clive Owen and Amanda Seyfried are very watchable. There's some lovely brutalist architecture. and clean, composed design. The script sadly has the "way above our pay grade" line. Has the stupid trope of the hero being suspended and everybody disbelieving him despite everything they have seen and heard about the villain. It's just quite dull, and the POV visuals with the excess of information are interesting but become wearing very quickly. I'm just not really into this kind of sci-fi. I find this sort of future tech a bit boring, so it might just be me.


Over what time span did you watch all of these films? I hope these are just fragmentary recollections of when you saw those films down the years.

If not, then your viewing habits are Howard Hughesian in their twisted sickness.

 
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