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well made, bit long, novel enough story even if there's a bit of a gross message to it, without spoilering
Ultra needy stuff, Irkedman!
i just watched Maleficent. it was quite good. i didn't know anything about it before we put it on. a good film to watch whilst hungover and in your pyjamas
Du Leo at The BFI directed by Eric Rohmer. I'd never heard of him before but really liked today's film and so will check out his others'.
Wasn't that fussed about Tatum's performance to be honest. Perhaps it's because of the role he was playing but his character came off as strangely inscrutable.
Both Ruffalo and Carrell were excellent however particularly Carrell's unsettling depiction of John DuPont, which, having subsequently watched footage of him perfectly captures the millionaires eccentric behaviour and peculiar quirks.
er well regardless Foxcatcher is brill
never work it out
galaxy quest - still great.
tangled - good. shits on frozen.
great film, it's on Netflix I'd highly recommend it
Really good with a great cast, gets pretty harrowing at times though. Mads Mikkelsen is fantastic as the lead character Lucas. Definitely worth a watch.
but the overly forced hunting metaphor doesn't really work
but it it's only 2 or 3 scenes and the final scene is pretty terrific so I didn't mind it
A wonderful film for anyone who loves unsentimental depictions of Native Americans. A 17th Century Jesuit priest tries to take Christianity to the native people of Quebec.
Really, really enjoyed it. Hardy and Gandolfini are both amazing in it.
But it completely passed me by in cinemas. Was it Gandolfini's last film? any chance it's on Netflix?
It's not on UK Netflix - I watched a naughty download.
watched doom generation last night, haven't seen it for awhile, love the 90'sness of it, and the disorientating atmosphere of bright colours, shoegaze music and james duval's budget keanu spaced out voice. think it was a cut version though.
The ridiculousness of it nicely counteracted how depressing it was. Good cast, worth a watch.
So so so good. Very dark and funny. The lip-syncing scene was fucking incredible.
I think i preferred it to the first one.
except maybe alcxxk
ARE YOU JOKING?
it was the same as the first film, but shitter.
good Sunday afternoon viewing for a New Year's Day
probably better than the first one. some stuff happened. I ate a pulled pork sandwich 40 minutes in, once I'd realised my gf had fallen asleep. watch minutes 25-40 twice.
probably a bit heavy for a mighty new year's day hangover
but the single-shot trickery is just delightful, and everyone is pretty spectacular
bit ridiculous but good for New Year's Day. the animation was good, too.
pretty good but not as spectacular as the hype would have you believe. good songs too.
wah wah wah emasculation!! enjoyed the first half hour but then it just descends into yer typical American postmodern bullshit. can't be doing with that.
obviously all the characters are loathsome, but it's great
nahhh, didn't enjoy this. the characters were annoying and banal. been in a LDR before so didn't really have that much sympathy with the whole overstaying visa thing (i.e. the whole plot) - yeah it really, really sucks to say goodbye to your TV but you just have to force yourself to do it, esp when not doing so will make things significantly harder in the long run :/
yeah, this was good. Redmayne absolutely nails it, Felicity Jones is far more sympathetic than in Like Crazy, and there were quite a few funny bits which were unexpected but appreciated. gonna read A Brief History of Time now to try and understand the sciencey side of things a bit more.
took a while to get into it but quite enjoyed it when I did
liked the *SPOILER* fact that it didnt' end tragically like most Hardy novels do.
hadnt seen the first one but was really easy to get into anyway. unbelievable and stupid but really entertaining, cracked me up loads despite the *problematic* portrayal of ethnic minorities/plus size women. gonna watc the first one if i can find somewhere to stream it tomorrow.
possibly cos I got introduced to all the characters in the sequel, didn't find it as funny as I found the 2nd one, although it's sweeter and more realistic.
interesting, doesn't live up to the hype but enjoyable nonetheless. just wish Bender were less sexist in his antagonism towards Clare (makes the ending less pleasing than it's meant to be).
just not as good as Goodfellas is it
bit cerebral for a kids' film really. quite enjoyable as a concept, some funny bits, but not up to Pixar's usual standard due to the limitations of the idea and trying to market it to kids.
12. This Is Spinal Tap
13. Almost Famous
14. Into The Wild
ohh this is so devious. went into it being like "well this'll be depressing" and then it's mostly not depressing, which makes the ending harder to deal with. that bit where Ron asks to adopt him was painful :'( kind of a dick move just to take off and not tell your family where you are or if you're alive or anything
15. Say Anything
it was OK (John Cusack is such a cutie) but didn't really feel like the romantic element and dad's crime really gelled? felt like two halves of different films.
17. Shawshank Redemption
never thought this would be that good but it actually is really good isn't it
scope of project: amazing. actual storyline: bit underwhelming. quite liked it though
19. When Harry Met Sally
enjoyed this far more than I expected to even if the premise that women/men can't be friends is bullshit
20. Virgin Suicides
hated the book (even though it was well-written) but the film was more palatable. though it's still miserable/creepy as fuck.
quite good, quite emotional. makes you think about the struggles of the suffragette movement more deeply than when you just read a stub about it in a history book
22. Spring Breakers
ugh. got better towards the end - some of the stuff with James Franco was pretty funny as was the tongue-in-cheek 'I found myself' voiceover in the last scene - but generally horrid.
This was quite good in parts, but Max is the creepy embodiment of What I Go To School For
24. The LEGO Movie
Bloody loved this. Really creative, entertaining characters/voice work, proper a-lolled at the Star Wars bit.
25. Thelma and Louise
26. The Bling Ring
ok but my least favourite Coppola film
29. One Day
the book is better
30. Fatal Attraction
31. Up In The Air
33. The Grand Budapest Hotel
34. Dangerous Liaisons
better than Cruel Intentions but the rapey stuff is squicky
bit of a disjointed, heavy-handed plot but mostly enjoyable
36. Breakfast At Tiffany's
quite faithful to the novella but didn't think the romance between Holly and Paul added anything
37. Dr Strangelove: Or, How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb
"you can't fight in here! this is the war room!!" enjoyed that bit
38. Royal Tenenbaums
ok, a bit try-hard though. preferred Grand Budapest Hotel
39. Hotel Rwanda
great film, but possibly the hardest film i've ever watched :(
40. The Big Lebowski
41. LA Confidential
Please go and tell those idiots in the Good actor: shit films thread
actually really good, Bill Pullman's fate aside
proper good 8/10
4. mission to lars. lovely stuff, made my heart burst with joy.
5. the last boy scout. enjoyable, braindead fun.
6. lethal weapon 2. see above.
not that great
Really enjoyed it, despite wanting to walk out the room every time Mickey Rooney came on screen.
New years day when I needed something as gentle as could be. A great re watch.
Booked it a month ago at the IMAX, don't have a lot to add the conversation other than disliked some of the themes, very much enjoyed the space and thrill of it.
not really sure what I just watched didn't really get it, think it was pretty good though 6.5/10, on a side note Sara Hjort Ditlevsen is ridiculously hot.
Maybe the most slated Ghibli film? but I love it.
2. Withnail & I. Gets more upsetting and less funny every time.
excellent indeed. Very clever stuff. Has rather put me in the mind to read another Fowles novel.
I very much enjoyed this excellent, clever moviefilm which is based upon the novel of the same name by the British post-modern novelist John Fowles (1926-2005). My enjoyment of the movie reminded me that I had previously enjoyed some of Mr Fowles' novels, and that should perhaps considering reading another one at some point in the not too distant future.
Mcconnaughey is fine it it and it's not terrible, but it's definitely not actually good
The tone was all over the place as was Pierce Brosnan's accent. Not bad enough that I regret watching it though.
1. Edge of Tomorrow
I'd heard that it was better than what I was expecting, and was -- I think the promo material had led me to think it was just another one of those totally beige action / sci-fi films; the sort that's OK, but nothing to go out of your way for. But what it actually turned out to be was a witty and well-directed timey-wimey thriller thing; with a good dose of 'Aliens'-style subverting the gung-ho action squad thing.
Seen it loads of times before; and was doing so last night partly because I'd spent the last month or so going through all of Wes Anderson's feature-length fiilms. So beautifully shot.
I really enjoyed this. Sort of like a less emotionally intense 'Synecdoche, New York' -- seems to be a divisive one (overheard someone on the way out of the cinema describing it as "torture"). I agree to some extent with the criticism that it seems, at points, to be maybe a bit smug and pleased with itself... but there's nonetheless a lot for it to be pleased with itself about.
Edward Norton's an utter pro in it, too.
(MODERATE SPOILER HERE)
I hope people don't get too involved with whether the superpowers are "real" or not (a'la the whole Inception ambiguous ending thing and how apparently that's history's greatest enigma or whatever), because it's pretty obvious - I thought - what role all that stuff can be seen to have to the film and to the main character. Or something.
X-Men: Can't Be Bothered To Look Up The Title, But You Know, The Latest One
Was a bit tired when watching it, so maybe wasn't as involved as I could've been. Funny contrast with 3., though, for sure. I enjoyed it overall, though; though I preferred 'First Class', which was less bogged down in all that timey-wimey business (as I say, I was pretty tired).
1. The Great Gatsby
Never been the biggest fan of the novel so was free to enjoy this spectacular romp. Worth it for the party scenes which are wonderfully put together, otherwise pretty average.
2. The Man with the Iron Fists
Absurd martial arts film with minimal plot and not even many good fight scenes. Russell Crowe basically spends the whole film cavorting in a brothel. Happy for RZA.
3. The Dark Knight
Not as good as I'd remembered. It has quite a weird pace to it, scenes seem to end very suddenly and without any resolution. Heath Ledger is great though.
8/10. Lovely performances. I cried a bit. Good story balance between relationships/disability/ physics. Oscar fodder all the way.
background filler really. was alright for what it is I guess. never seen the show
sorta ok? i like that people are still churning out these old-school style action movies where the focus is on stunts and person-to-person combat rather than cgi spectacle. it's not the best example but it did the job. liam neeson being angry into a phone/10
really enjoyed it. Found the idea of 17-year-olds following U2 on tour around Europe a bot far-fetched though.
Kind of generic, but really well done. Kids will be doing the fist pump routine in playgrounds for the next six months.
4. The Sting*
5. La Dolce Vita*
about a month ago, so doesn't count for the 2015 list. Really enjoyed it and actually I didn't know the actual story behind it until afterwards
what sort of monster glues lego?!
Nice aspect ratio
i don't really understand why any of that would happen
Genuinely great. Olivia de Havilland is still alive????!
Better than Die Hard 5, I'll say that much for it.
3. Expendables 3. See above.
Christ. I used to like Family Guy???
Still the best Pixar? yep. How old's Boo meant to be? Does she babble because the monsters don't understand her? She can draw, walk and sleeps in a bed rather than a cot, so she must be at least 3, right? Might write to John Lasseter to seek clarification.
Hmmm. Didn't know Rashida Jones was Quincey Jones' daughter.
7. Birdman. A rare visit to the cinema. Decent. Needed more mechanical birds and helicopters though.
1. Mud - this was okay-ish - McConnaughey was good but it was actually a bit Love Actually at times and the happy ending made me angry. And it's laughably sexist. Anyway. 5/10 or something.
2. Inside Llywen Davis - hmm this was okay as well. Some good bits (John Goodman) but mostly kinda dull and pointless. Not their best work by a long way. Felt kinda vindicated in not bothering to watch it sooner. 5/10
3. Dallas Buyers Club - good one, this. Really like McConnaughey I reckon even though he's a one-trick pony (just a different one-trick pony to the old rom-com one). 7/10
4. The Double - this was GREAT. 8/10
5. Enemy (can't remember if this was this year or last year but whatevs) - yeah pretty good, very weird. Cool ending. Reminded me of Primer. Love Jake. 6.5/10
6. Her (again might have been NYE or something) - really, really good. Amazing central performance. Cool high-waisted trousers. Good ending. Very good script. 8 on 10.
Forgot how good it was.
finally. Not as funny as expected but Mike Tyson singing In The Air Tonight did surprise me. Likeable garbage.
Pretty shite. Was actually quite disappointed because it could have been really good and generally the Winterbottom/Coogan interface is one I enjoy.
like it just flew through his life, didn't give any of the other characters any backstory
really shallow and lacking insight into...anything.
My brother hated it, so we stopped watching it, and played fifa instead. I thought it was great, will inevitably not get round
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good on the whole but ruined by how recklessly they deal with the new suspect, exactly what was wrong with the whole situation in the first place.
4. They Came Together
5. Jeff Who Lives At Home
6. Safety Not Guaranteed
They Came Together is really great. Deserved a much higher profile. Second time I've seen it and enjoyed it even more. Haven't seen a silly film with such a high hit-rate since Leslie Nielsen's peak.
Not very good really
1. Welcome to New York - A good idea for a short stretched over 2 + hours and the first 30 minutes which consists mainly of Gérard Depardieu having sex would have been incredibly awkward if I had seen it in the cinema.
2. Birdman - Excellent.
3. The Spectacular Now - Decent enough coming of age drama with an edge, shame it was never released here.
4. Venus in Furs - Claustrophobic two-hander, quite stirring in parts but probably felt too long even at 90 mins
5. Big Eye - Shite
truly brilliant. smug, and emma stone is either not very good or her character wasn't, but this seems like a film that people will remember for a long time i think
loads in here I need to see.
Forgot how amazing Animal Kingdom is, might re-watch that if I'm feeling brave.
Shame about Ted being in that list because it's almost made me think the guy's opinion is worthless.
He's an excellent writer and his reviews are always brilliantly written and researched but when he's wrong he's really, truly, out-in-the-deep-end wrong.
Think I've seen 26 of those, a few others on there I've been meaning to see for a while as well. Have a sneaking suspicion that he keeps putting Norte: The End of History on his lists because he's the only person in the world who's actually watched it.
i think he just tries to prevent his column from becoming the totally wanky guardian guy that only likes european art cinema, y'know? whenever he gives a glowing review to like a family film or something i'm always like 'yeah... sure'
it just plods on by.
rest of the list is good (bar Ted)
though I thought it was ok... the other film I saw by her was better, La Ciénaga ....you could say I prefered her earlier work.
is not credible
dunno though, can't put a finger exactly on why
P-Brad is definitely the critic I trust the most, think he's generally pretty on the money with a few horrible exceptions
Think his writing can be pretty bad and unstructured though, often seems to relay too much of the plot in unnecessary detail. His review of Grace of Monaco earlier in the year was a delicious hatchet job though.
Didn't like the Headless Woman that much, thought it was like an effective short film stretched out in to feature length.
Also one of those weirdos who has actually now seen Norte: End of History- it's very good. It's his shortest film though! Fucking hell Lav Diaz.
is fucking awful.
i went to cinema to see it as I loved Refn's Pusher trilogy and quite enjoyed some other Ryan Gosling films, however this is easily one of the worst films ever along with The Dark Knight Rises, Brick and the True Grit remake.
several times now.
Well not all of it.
I kept thinking that one of my housemates was going to walk in and think I was watching porn in the front room.
The Family. Appalling. 2/10.
Chopper. Not as good as I was expecting. Nice accents though. 6/10.
Reservoir Dogs (again). Much lower budget than I remember. Tim Roth is a bit crap. The ear scene is loads worse than I remember, couldn't even watch. Great film though. 7/10.
The Aviator. Really liked it although it would have been nice to see him go totally bonkers like in real life. 7.5/10.
Shutter Island. Hmm, I guess it was OK. 6.5/10.
I watched it and though the ear scene was really mild compared to game of thrones kind of gore we have now
Dallas Buyers Club - Pretty good. Impressive acting/gauntness all round. 7/10
Let's Be Cops - Doesn't do the premise justice, it really should be funnier. 5/10
Guardians of the Galaxy - Not as good as I was expecting given how popular it was but watchable 7/10
The Theory of Everything - Redmayne is really impressive and the story is well told. 8/10
great film, possibly the film i have enjoyed the most for a while. thought it was well done and i liked the 'depth' of the characters and how it played out at the end.
4. Under the Skin
really great and really weird. i loved the way it was filmed with hidden characters and people that aren't actors. lots of nudity but it was well done.
enjoyable and evokes a lot of emotion but i'm not sure it lived up to the hype for me.
based on Netflix recommendations thread. I loved it. Its obvious and I can see why people would hate it, but it made me laugh out loud more than most comedies
trite, broad, button pushing, not a million miles from Garden State. the kid is poorly written for. still some laughs and not dislikable. second naomi watts film in two days
great fun but suffers from the same problem from as every other anthology movie i've seen which is that one of the stories really stands out and overshadows the others
Incredible. It's just got so much energy. Such great camerawork during the concert scenes - made me fall in love with jazz. The lead guy was pretty great considering I've only seen him in slightly iffy indie romance movies before, and the bald guy from Juno is an amazingly convincing piece of shit.
I like him a lot now. Definitely see it, it's freaking spectacular.
7.5/10 Was OK. Bit charmless at times.
Yeah, was definitely good, enjoyed it a lot. Bearing in mind how much I love Amores Perros and 21 Grams I was a liiiiittle bit disappointed but can definitely see why it's getting so much praise.
Yeah, this was nice. Think the bit with Michael Shannon was the best.
7. The Wolf of Wall Street*
Haven't watched this before because I thought I'd hate it. I didn't hate it but I thought it was pretty bad. Just a much flatter, duller, longer Goodfellas, and I don't really like Goodfellas. Even at two hours it would have been too long.
8. The Theory of Everything*
Standard Oscar-bait fare really, strong performances but a very televisual sensibility.
Very good. Only shame for me was that it focused so much on live performances of the songs, because great as they are, they sounded absolutely awful live. But the story of how it was made, and the early footage of Nas, was great.
1. the river wild: i really like ethan hawke, think he's a good actor
2. the skeleton twins: love kristen wiig and bill hader, but thought this was kinda boring,
3. dallas buyers club: mildly enjoyable.
4. unbroken: if it wasn't a true story there would be no point watching this film.
i do like ethan hawke as well.
Laughed out loud several times, not too long. I kind of think people are taking kindly to it because they like the cast though.
i wouldn't have liked it if it wasn't david wain and michael showalter, sod poehler and rudd
Really enjoyed it, loved the jazzy drumming type score, thought everyone was pretty brilliant in it, especially Norton.
Really liked the apparently continuous tracking shot throughout.
Really liked this, for some reason it made sense that he'd be welsh, maybe the influence of marion and geoff? Tom Hardy was rly good but possibly too handsome.
because his accent was appalling, he sounded Indian half the time
birdman - great
foxcatcher - meh
9. The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford
Fucking DIRE - worst film I've seen in quite some time. Starts like a children's film, the middle feels like handycam footage of a 'spooky' ride at Drayton Manor, and the end is balls.
The Strangers - fairly effective at being unpleasant, but doesn't really do anything new or interesting and isn't good enough to qualify as a satisfying genre exercise.
Not a great start to 2015 thus far.
pretty good actually. Jake Gyllenhaal is good in it, pretty weird character. thought he looked a bit like Steve Carrell at some angles! the film is nearly 2 hours long but doesn't feel like it, it's also a good mixture of funny and tense and touching.
Taken 3 - went in with low expectations, was surprised that I enjoyed it, better than Taken 2. No blood though, considering how many bullets were sprayed into some mooks near the end. Loads of well close up action shots for the fighting.
Into the Woods - started off well, unintentionally hilarious bits with Johnny Depp's wolf being very lecherous and Chris Pine's accent/singing on a waterfall which made me think of GOB for some reason. The last 40 minutes dragged and were a bit shit really.
1. American Sniper - very surprised at how generic it is. The plot's been done to death. Entertaining though.
2. Birdman - Loved it. Norton is amazing.
3. Edge of Tomorrow - Groundhogpendence Day. The more actiony it gets the more boring it gets.
4. The Grand Budapest Hotel - only the second Wes film I've ever seen. Aside from being an almost entirely male cast, I liked it. Good costume / set design, funny and charming.
5. Her - currently watching. I want him to bone his computer.
Good one, that. 30 seconds to Mars bars gives a strong performance, as does Matty Mccauliflower. WEIGHT LOSS
Pretty, pretty awful
Really great, surprisingly emotive. Definitely shouldn't have watched it so hungover
very good, nearly great. works well as a horror and as a metaphor. narrative pace/progression a tiny bit off though maybe
some good ideas and themes running through the movie, just a shame it was all delivered in such a dragged out, dull and pretentious manner, the repetitive jazz drumming pissed me right off too, as did the camera work. I'm slightly nervous of saying I didn't like the film, as I've read stuff on other forums and apparently if you don't like it pretentious folk with beards to stroke are free to lambaste you for not 'getting it' I did get it, I just didn't particularly enjoy it, never mind lets move on there are a million and one better films out there for me to enjoy.
starts off as a relatively muted and stylish thriller but turns into a joyous 80s campfest in the last 40 minutes. fucking ludicrously fun. great score too.
11. License To Wed
12. Ghost World
Such magical capers
Owls soldiers, guys, owl soldiers.
They were right to recruit Bruno Brooks
Hey, it's Tony from Skins and he's once again posing interesting questions about our eradicate first fix later culture
#1 Lord Don't Slow Me Down.
An Oasis concert film. After never getting into Oasis when I was younger, and always taking the standard indie-ish view that they are shitty and overrated, I've finally become a convert to their cause. This is an hour and a half concert film of their 2005 tour and its basically the best thing I've ever watched. Definitive proof that the Gallaghers are entirely self aware of how bizarre their life is/was.
Fell asleep because I was drunk. Look forward to watching it again.
I like a lot of things about it, but it could be better.
hobbit - shit
hobbit II - same
hobbit III - repetitive
me it was actually good. 8/10
2) Hunger Games 2. More of the same, although the big plot twist in the middle of the film made me sigh a bit and I have a feeling the last two will disappoint me based on the direction it was heading. 7/10
3) Seven Psychopaths. Started off well but lost its way halfway through and got pretty tiresome tbh. Like a bad Coen Brothers film. Love Sam Rockwell though. 6/10
4) Wolf of Wall Street. Thought I was going to hate this but I didn't. It was overlong but thought it was one of DiCaprio's best performances - I was almost sympathising with his character by the end. 7/10
5) Jeff, Who Lives At Home. Lovely stuff, funny and genuinely heart-warming. 9/10
Must have watched this a dozen or so times since it came out, notice something new every time. Masterpiece.
Quite good if you don't think about it at all. Some really good looking bits, some really stupid bits. Unclear why Jamie Bell had an Irish accent.
11. The Dark Knight
Caught the tail end of this on New Year's Day, realised I haven't watched it in full for about five years. Think it's the weakest of the trilogy but still a good film. Probably Hans Zimmer's best score too.
12. St Vincent*
Preferred it when it was called Uncle Buck. Unclear why Naomi Watts had a Russian accent.
13. Little Miss Sunshine*
Had somehow never seen this before, mostly very good. The bit with Steve Carell in the petrol station was a bit unnecessary and by the end I was sick of that Devotchka song but otherwise not much wrong with it.
the whole thing was a giant pile of shit.
imitation game - alright
liberal arts - basically the fella from how i met your mother walking about being unfulfilled for 90 minutes punctuated only by a bunch of nauseating montages where he and elizabeth olsen exchange oh-so-eloquent-and-insightful letters with one another. as shit as it sounds.
breakdown - kurt russell's car breaks down in the deep south and his wife gets kidnapped by hillbillies who demand a ransom for her safe return. if that plot description doesn't want to make you wanna watch this then you're dead to me.
red rock west - remember nic cage before the internet turned him into a meme? good times. this film is all about dennis hopper tho, i'd forgotten just how compelling a presence he is prior to watching this. sterling neo-noir fare with a great if predictable showdown at the end.
those last two sound incredible and I'd never even heard of either
which i do
is a cinematic masterpiece. The rest is decent.
Really rather decent
Spent first half saying g to each other, do we really want to wat h this because the kid is more or less JUST like my youngest. Enjoyed it in the end, great atmosphere
Chernobyl diaries...fell asleep, seemed a bit daft
We came together...LOVED IT
hated how its structure and found the first two stories to be utterly dull. better with the two kids but still.
also saw half of Metropolitan which i need to finish but I am not ravin so far
didn't realise it was in French so I didn't understand a lot of the dialogue, but jeez louise was it a beautiful film. Managed to get all of the indie-film tropes in (spinny cameras, lots of out of focus shots, yada yada) but handled them masterfully so I can't really fault that. Really interesting to see a movie in 1:1, too; thought something was wrong at first, then quickly adjusted until I didn't notice it.
then when he reaches out and stretches it into standard aspect ratio, it was a proper eye-opener. Really excellent moment, that.
Did it not have subtitles?
Great film either way, and it makes Wonderwall sound amazing.
I could follow a decent amount of it but it was fairly hectic in parts with a lot of screaming etc. and it was impossible to read anything while also taking in what was going on onscreen. Coupled with that, my Spanish is still pretty dire.
gotta love baymax
Haunting. Very, very haunting. And superbly acted.
Couple of very clumsy metaphors at points but, that aside, very delicate and very chilling.
a bit shit actually. was hoping for a hefty morality play but it's slight to the point of tedium. sets up a load of interesting themes but never builds upon them in an interesting way. jessica chastain is good tho.
and how much was hinted at happening off screen, this would be fair enough for a short film but for a relatively lengthy film it just came across as flawed.
it was really boring. altho i'm glad it's doing well cos i like michael keaton and want to see him return to prominence.
there will be blood - still a classic.
the master - watched cos of there will be blood. also still a classic.
the double - how weird is too weird? i dunno but this was too weird.
rushmore - still a classic.
grand budapest - grand stuff.
theory of everything - shite
american sniper - fine
South Korean film absolutely blooming marvellous film can't recommend it highly enough
still probably the best laugh-to-minute ratio in cinema history
1. Gone girl - enjoyed it. As a thriller I thought the premise a bit ridiculous with a few plot holes but as a sort of satire on relationships it works really well.
2. Apart from the slightly odd welsh accent really enjoyed it.
3. God help the girl - kind of Enjoyable. It looks amazing with the attention the detail in every shot like on a Wes Anderson film. It's very Stuart Murdoch tho, odd, twee, bit camp, sexual undertones. If u don't like belle and Sebastian I would bother with it at all.
7.5/10 Its not brilliant. Flashy camerawork started to annoy me near the end. Good performances.
7/10 OK....bit slow at times. Carell is really good. It didnt help that some knob revealed the end last week.
loved it. found it similar to Wait After Dark in some ways
Intacto. A good idea not fulfilled
rpg one and the time travelling one. really really good. hope matt g can get another network to pick it up if only for one more season.
Yeah, pretty good. Felt like the kind of film that wins best picture so was surprised when it didn't get nominated. Very well directed.
Hard to really take against this seeing as it cost barely anything but the first 45 minutes or so is just "look at how precocious Jonathan Caouette is" which isn't how the film was marketed and sold at all. Couple of very good scenes towards the end but mostly a bit flat. Completely unnecessary shot of his balls about halfway through as well.
16. Black Cat, White Cat*
Terrific Balkan slapstick farce from Kusturica about two gypsy mob bosses and a wedding.
a good idea not fully realised, most of Mark Duplass' career really
mits doesn't like it but it's pretty good.
2. Whiplash - good. Review: http://reflectonfilm.co.uk/2015/01/14/whiplash-dir-damien-chazelle-usa-2014-review/
but am not counting it cuz I wasn't really paying attention/it was shit
awful film completely devoid of anything worthy of any merit whatsoever
isaac hayes plays a wise cracking bounty hunter who has a hit taken out on him by the girlfriend of a pimp he's killed. amazing soundtrack and great cast including yaphett kotto, dick miller and nichelle nichols. fuckin brilliant.
read a few pieces by drummers saying that it was pretty stupid and unrealistic and i thought "shut up you idiots" cos i'd heard lots of other people say it was great, including some drummers. anyway, it's a really stupid film. it's supposed to be about the question of how hard you have to work to become a great, and that's just dealt with so stupidly. drumming is just treated as an athletic endurance event. one anecdote about charlie parker is turned into a treatise on how emotional abuse creates genius. a guy tries to become the greatest jazz drummer in the world by practicing on his fucking own all the time and only ever going near an audience in a fucking concert hall. he alternates between being good and being appalling at the drums constantly, for no reason other than to create tension. it's all just fucking stupid.
also there's a scene at the beginning where the band leader hears that a horn's out of tune so goes through all the players until it turns out it's a trombonist who's out of tune. no remotely decent trombone player repeatedly plays out of tune because it's a self tuning instrument. fucking stupid.
performances are good, feel and editing are good, music's good, i didnt hate it, it was just really bloody stupid
shut up you idiot(s)
or how to do a gig or any of those things. It's about, yes, how far do you need to push yourself to be great, sure, and methods of getting there, but it is also about ego. What would you put up with to prove you are the best at something, something that you totally believe.
I struggled briefly with the idea that he would grass him up, then still go and see him, and still perform with him, but that was all because he totally believed in every ounce of his body that he was the best, and he can't rest until this gnarly old bastard admits it.
Was a power struggle, and a butting of heads, and quite frankly who gives a fuck what drummers thought of it. It isn't a study of how to be good at drums.
I did like it. and yet I also didn't. feelings are hard
just a bunch of boring stupid crummy jizz with wooden acting and weird stilted, dull camerawork. Don't get it. Should get back to the body horror.
Cronos - pretty cool. Can't say too much about it 'cause I watched it at a bar and was outside having a cigarette/buying drinks for large parts of it.
there are good sections of it, and good visual stuff. there are also very bad sections and very poor visual bits. it's really hard to make up my mind whether it's sort of good or just really a bit terrible. i think the tv series did a great job of fleshing out the laura palmer character through her absense, and the idea of the darkness and seediness of her life was more powerful not expressed, especially as sheryl lee is properly shit in the film. black lodge stuff is good tho and bob's good. also i dont get why the one armed man shouts at leiland a few days before laura's killing, but then doesnt remember that in the tv show
but makes sense that normal one-armed man and deranged without-chemicals one-armed man, the same way that leiland doesn't really know what he's been doing under a similar influence.
super erudite tho, in the series. and also specifically im thinking of the bit where they make the one armed man stay off his chemicals so that he can be a sensor for bob in the hotel - should have just gone "oh yeah it was that guy"
also why doesnt one armed man have a bob-equivalent form? that's nota complaint tho
but he cut off his arm and turned his back on the black lodge. dunno about erudite, even when he does know something he speaks in smeagol-esque riddles.
Brutal and brilliant
Can't find it on anywhere.
Looked amazing throughout - whatever was done to mute the colours that way is my new favourite technique. Arresting for the most part but it would've been better had it been a little shorter, I think.
#2 Almost Famous- enjoyed this in a somewhat passive way. Felt the portrayal of the main female character was a bit weird though.
#3 Robin Hood Men in Tights- Pretty funny but fell asleep.
an hour and a half it's great, flags massively at the end
2. Predestination 6/10 but very interesting and great performance by newcomer Sarah Snook
3. Birdman 8/10
4. Theory of Everything 6/10 - loved the first 45 mins, lost it's way towards the end but the acting was really good
5. American Sniper 3/10 - Agree with Seth Rogen on this one. Boring balls.
6. The Drop 8/10 - lean crime drama with excellent performances
7. John Wick - 2/10 So bad. Just ends up being one long shooting scene.
8. Paddington 6/10 Good fun but very overrated.
9. Whiplash 8/10 Really enjoyable even if it's a bit stupid
10. Exodus Gods and Kings 5/10 Handsome balls.
11. Ex Machina 8/10 - Very makeuthink sci fi film with great performances
12. Two Days One Night 7/10 - Pretty absorbing drama, not as arty as I thought it was going to be, Marion Cottilard is brilliant
Just realised I haven't watched any old films yet this year. What no I must have. Just can't remember which ones.
21. Waltz With Bashir
I can't believe the language those kids use!
4. Listen up Philip
Really enjoyed it. It was exactly what I thought it was going to be but did it in the best way without becoming insufferable. Good Job.
had an email telling me I had a free digital download of it. Mixed feelings, thought the drama was really cheap but then got super swept in with it so any criticism I give would just be a further criticism of myself.
6. Inherent Vice
Didn't know too much about it, got much better when I realised that the aim wasn't to keep track of all the names and schemes and plots.
"Dans want to be with him, Dans want to be him."
Yeah really good.
another good Danish mystery crime thriller type thing, shame they have to ruin it for themselves by all pro-zoophilia.
utter nonsense, pretty good, not recommended but not regretted
No experience of US life so I can't vouch for the accuracy or whatever, but it was really funny in parts and I appreciated the chance to see the world from a black person's perspective a little more; there are so many things it's easy to just completely not notice happening as a white guy. Some amazing shots, too. There's a dolly zoom when Sam's walking across a lawn towards camera which I actually had to rewind and watch a few times 'cause it was so fucking beautiful.
8/10 V enjoyable but a bit silly at times. The girlfriend story seemed to be shoehorned into the film.
but terrified it'll be the ultimate triumph of style over substance.
he is the master
but all at least a hard 8 boogeying nights, along with a bit of punch drunk love. also probably some things will be magnolia.
Yeah, I cried.
My kind of horror. The gore is cheap and splattery, the acting is awful, the soundtrack is all wobbly synths and it's all done and dusted in about an hour and a half. Good stuff.
18. La Cienaga*
So boring. "Oh, the swamp is a metaphor for the torpor of the middle classes, that's quite an interesting idea, wonder how it'll develop over the next 90 min - oh, it won't? Well what's going to happen then? Oh, nothing? Righto".
19. A Most Violent Year*
Quite enjoyed this all in all, does for the heating oil industry what Locke did for concrete pouring. Thought to start with that Oscar Isaac was just doing his best Godfather 2 era Pacino but his character developed really well.
20. Grand Piano*
Really stupid thing about Elijah Wood having to play a perfect song on a piano or John Cusack will shoot him. Think Phone Booth in tuxedos but about 100 times stupider.
not that it went anywhere or anything but I don't think that mattered with it
wish Cronenberg would carry on with what he's good at
Felt super glorified and was pretty annoying at times- could easily have cut an hour from it, My GF hated it, but I really enjoyed some of the performances, and it was certainly well shot and filmed.
#5 The Hobbit- Battle of the 5 armies.
Enjoyed it tbh. I mean basically its a pontless film and one long battle scene, but when its well done who cares. Felt like it ended abruptly tho.
What else are you going to do in January apart from wrap up and watch films tbf?
the only thing I've thought of is creating a Spanish alter ego that translates my tweets
Some really nice-looking bits and uniformly excellent music, but it was a bit crappy overall, I think. Could have done with being about half as long and having 90% less fade transitions.
a thousand pardons
bloody marvelous :)
Boyhood - superb in every way, top acting all round (especially Ethan Hawke) - left the cinema feeling really good as well. Brilliant stuff.
didnt really live up to what i was expecting
actually kind of enjoyed it
never seen before, thought it was brilliant
point blank - lee marvin gets double crossed by his partner while sabotaging a drop and spends 90 minutes trying to get back the money he's owed. cool as fuck.
seconds - a burnt out husk of a chap (rock hudson) who leads a hollow, joyless life is coerced into becoming a 'reborn' by a secret organisation who fake your death for you and give you an entirely new look and identity. this one will stick with me for quite some time.
properly good film
some hilarious 10/10 DiS Opinions on it upthread I see
Watching this again after having read the book and it's quite an odd one. Definitely suffers from being on a TV budget so it's pretty small scale. Has some interesting elements but he also changed some things which didn't really make any sense.
Still, as grim and as taxing as you'd expect a Haneke-Kafka interface to be.
Shiiiite. Actually Colin Firth was really good, too good to deserve to be in it. And it was quite problematic in a few ways too, particularly its depiction of the working class
say it was a seething comment on class disguised as a blockbuster
(haven't watched it myself)
and Dave the Artist who Drew Watchmen (Gibbons?) were both going on about how it was intended to be a positive portrayal of the working class and in particular people who live in housing estates... or something?
I suppose this hasn't translated to the film version very well
The comic was no better, not a high point for either of the creators. Also the original issues aren't worth shit on ebay after there's been a film made, literally no use to anybody.
Real pleasant surprise this, second time in two years Jean-Marc Vallee's taken an inauspicious "one courageous A's heroic struggle to overcome adversity B" screenplay and turned it into a film that's actually very interesting and very good. Loses a couple of points for the atrocious CGI fox. Think the best thing to say about Witherspoon's performance is that it never felt like a performance.
I really wanted to like this more than I did. It's good, don't get me wrong, but something feels like it's missing and I can't really place what. There's not a lot more to JK Simmons' character than a man channeling his inner Malcolm Tucker but at the same time you think any time he's not on screen is time wasted. Think the main problem for me is that having seen Foxcatcher so recently the student/teacher relationship between Teller and Simmons felt really two dimensional in comparison to Tatum and Carrell.
Antichrist 2 :D
but I know for a fact that alcxxk's review of it:
`performances are good, feel and editing are good, music's good, i didnt hate it, it was just really bloody stupid`
Is going to be spot on.
But it'll have to come to me rather than me go to it, y'know?
the babadook: good.
st vincent: ok. watchable.
the drop: very good.
nightmare on elm street: terrible.
the fly: very disturbing. but also very good.
Too long, too repetitive, closing sequence is nauseating. Cooper fine but bleurgh/10
A most violent year - Really enjoyable.
phase iv - two scientists shack up in a some sort of weird metal dome to try and figure out why radioactive ants are being such twats.
prime cut - lee marvin goes to kansas city to take down a notorious butcher (gene hackman) who grinds humans into meat and sells women as slaves.
if you need more than that then we have very different tastes.
6/10 Beautifully shot drivel. I liked the Can track in the first minute.
fucking stupid rubbish
and I am looking forward to the sequel.
really bad. there's not a bee in sight
any point to it at all?
there's a bit where a guy gets is taken away in an ambulance because he has too much sex
it's quite similar to Wicker Man in terms of plot/themes, but much worse in every possible way. - stupider, badly made, with no atmosphere, bad acting, bad humour, etc
enjoyed it, not as much as i assumed i would. will probably grow on me. very similar t o The Long Goodbye tho eh
jay and silent bob strike back - ashamed that i even bothered watching this. sexist, homophobic shite and probably one of the worst films i've ever sat through.
night moves - rewatch. still amazing.
I watched The Matrix at the weekend. It was pretty good. Looking forward to seeing the rubbish sequels.
pretty good for what it is
decent stuff. good tension. bit cheesey. funny that the characters nic cage, dennis hopper and lara flynn boyle play could easily be sailor from wild at heart having a bad day, a less scary frank from blue velvet and a slightly more mature donna from twin peaks
not what i expected at all. reminded me of Under The Skin
Still not quite sure what I think about the ending, but that's probably a good thing in itself. I just fucking love Gyllenhaal though tbh.
8- Life of Brian- rewatch. An old classic
9- Theory of Everything- Best film I've seen in ages. Redmayne's performance was incredible. Only weird thing is that it covers 20 yr period and felicity jones doesn't seem to age.
Definitely watched more but cannot remember them :/
rewatched it, wasnt very impressed tbh
Just...no. Hard to take anything it says about the band or the Berninger brothers seriously when it's all been stage-managed to within an inch of its life. Pointless and insincere.
24. Aguirre, Wrath of God*
Super. That end scene with Aguirre and the monkeys = ✓✓✓
Equal parts bonkers and compelling, treads a fine line of being shocking without ever feeling ostentatiously provocative. Enjoyed.
didnt enjoy this last time i saw it, i was probably 18 or something. actually think it's pretty great in many ways, if racist
I was like `Ooh - National documentary gimme gimme gimme` and then I read the synopsis and was like `That sounds insufferable. Actually insufferable`
It's very charming and funny, but either way you should watch it.
didnt seem stage managed to me. the fact that it's all edited by matt's wife and thats where the actual film is is sort of a little disingenous, and the use of music is as manipluative as you'd expect from the national, but it's pretty good
It was bloody great. Especially liked it when it went all Lylat Wars towards the end. Batista was the best. Almost welled up at one point and then realised I was getting sad about a raccoon talking to a tree. Absurd.
Gonna watch Nightcrawler or Gone Girl tonight.
finally watched this and enjoyed it a lot for the most part, got a tiny bit lost towards the end but I think that's probably cuz I was tired and not given a 100% attention but yes, very good
Jesse Eisenberg really makes The Double, he's fucking brilliant.
does that snivelling nervous guy particularly well ha
Aspects of it are really dated such as the slow motion cam during battles, but its still epic.
#11- Prometheus- Really enjoyed the first 45 minutes or so, found it compelling and really wanted to know what was going to happen.Then it got hella stupid and started to make me really angry. Not sure I want to rebirth those frankenstein threads that I’ve now read through, but:
almost all the character’s actions were stupid and just plot drivers. What was David’s motive to poison that guy with the DNA stuff? Why did the guy then commit flamethrower suicide? Why was that Weyland guy on the ship?! Why were the engineers going to attack earth after creating it? Why can’t Charlize Theron run sideways? How did the scientists get lost in those tunnels? Why did the BIOLOGIST stroke the snake thing? Why did that guy randomly become a zombie with no explanation/further mention of it in the film? Why the hell was that graveship abandoned anyway? How was the main female character able to run around so much after having a GIANT SQUID thing removed from her? Why, for no real reason did she decide to go after the engineers instead of going home then doing it. Also a stupid amount of chekov guns “Oh, look a medical pod”, “oh, look, I can’t have children”. There were more as well...
Fassbender and Elba were great.
Big Hero 6: some adorkable kid turned round at some point in this and said "mummy, this is the BEST FILM i have EVER SEEN". Not sure I'd go that far but it was pretty great. Disney doing films *actually* for everyone to enjoy, probs the most fun since Emperor's New Groove
Seen this a great many times but always worth a rewatch. Lily Tomlin should be in everything.
Really good. Seems to use a few very broad strokes in places (Malcolm X, why exactly the film suddenly hinges on Martin Sheen and Cuba Gooding Junior) but David Oyewolo is unbelievably good. Never seems to be doing an impression of MLK (and doesn't even look that much like him) but it's still unmistakably him. The speeches are properly powerful as well.
28. All is Lost*
Robert Redford on a gradually sinking yacht for 100 minutes. Possibly the best thriller I've seen this decade, so tense and involving. Can we start talking about what a brilliant director JC Chandor is yet?
29. Inherent Vice*
A success on its own terms, for better or worse. Going to lose a lot of money so it might be the last time PTA's given this long a lead for a while.
30. Draft Day*
$8 million recouped so far, so it'll probably break even on home formats
over the last few days. Wondered if it was going to be as bad as everyone said or if it's be a fun adventure film but it's just odd.
It's far too long at nearly two and half hour. Lone Ranger and Tonto are basically played for laughs and almost channelling the three amigos and loads of bits are ridiculous even within the Saturday matinee framework (riding a horse on top of a moving train) but then there's loads of (fairly bloodless but not totally)violence with people getting gunned down and killed left right and centre.
I wouldn't even say I disliked it, just confused by the whole thing.
rewatched. still fucking great. my criticisms of the cinematography were possibly bullshit idk
or am I SEEING DOUBLE??!!!!
it only took me 6 days to think of this!!!!!! yes!!!!!
didnt know anything about it beyond it being carpenter and sci fi, but it wasnt what i wanted it to be. had no idea it was so lo fi, and i didnt really find it funny. good music and some good visuals though
The directors' cut removed a lot of the filler that was added to the original student film for theatrical release.
I think it's great, but perhaps that's because I came at it knowing that it was a big influence on Red Dwarf.
suuuuuuuper padded out with the bit where he's lying down in a corridor pretending its an elevator shaft. can see how it turned into alien, and yeah looks like red dwarf. didnt hate it, just kind of wanted JOHN CARPENTER DOES ALIEN and that's not what it is
The original student film is 68 minutes, and the theatrical release is 83 minutes. The extra bits include the elevator shaft bit and the sleeping quarters scene.
Carpenter included the original 68 minute feature, with improved effects, in one of the DVD releases. (there have been so many that I can't remember what it's called though).
With Speed 2 as Jesus and Direct Line as Judas.
9/10 but I was a high and hadn't seen a film in months bd
Somehow still seen most of the ones mentioned in here though, review more new ones guys #hypocrisy
"With Speed 2 as Jesus and Direct Line as Judas. "
proper feels yeah? That bit after the bit :( Great stuff though.
reallu didnt like it
it had a couple really funny moments but it was mostly just kinda annoying
enjoyed this a lot. looked great, good tension, good character. nice enough to root for, weird enough to kind of believe it'd happen
33. Logan's Run
7.5/10 Enjoyed more than I thought I would. Chastain is brilliant. Quite understated. Good soundtrack.
was so tedious
really very good
was actually hugely moving?
one thing that did jump out was the music - seems insane that they were using contemporary vaguely hip indie rock for that film. really jars that it opens with vampire weekend and the main characters meet soundtracked by lcd soundsystem
dont know if im necessarily a big fan of him
first steve martin film ive seen. it wasnt that funny but still enjoyable. the last 5 minutes are really emotional
Nowhere near as bad as it should have been, actually quote enjoyed it. 7/10
American Graffiti - Ace! 8/10
Shaun the Sheep - Good fun, probably too long even at 85 mins, a 45 min BBC thing would probably have been better 7/10
Out of the Blue - Amazing Dennis Hopper film from the early 80s, no idea how this has passed me by until now. Great stuff 9/10
Jupiter Ascending - Really bad 4/10
Tropical Malady - First half amazing, second half plodding and although quite beautiful in parts I got bored. Find Weerasethakul really frustrating 6/10
Maybe a 7/10, really enjoyed bits of it but it really rushes through the story, some bits are just left unanswered (and not in a 'setting up for a sequel' kind of way) and, if I'm honest, the main storyline is just *too* sad - I couldn't really escape the sadness of it throughout the fun bits of the film :(
Really, really good, as expected. The score was a bit weird in places but I got used to it sort of suddenly turning screwball comedy every so often (Gyllenhaal is just the best).
I went to see 'Love is Strange' on Saturday with a friend.
initially struggled to empathise/connect because it was all so financially and culturally comfortable and privileged in its milieu, but as soon as George and Elliott were forced to sell their apartment, you really started to get a feel for the two, Elliott first, then the initially difficult to know George. Lithgow and Molina both turning in career-best performances.
heard it compared to Ozu; from what I've heard about Ozu, that's on the money. slow, gentle, moves without pushing, gracefully-expositioned interpersonal nuance... and the Chopîn-dominated soundtrack fitted this perfectly.
yeah, go see it.
Good, not as good as yer Young Frankensteins or yer Blazing Saddles but still good. Kenneth Mars was such an underrated actor.
32. Enter the Void*
Never seen any Gaspar Noe before (only heard about that bit in Irreversible and decided not to bother). Seems odd to describe something that's this all over the place as impressively disciplined but to go through nearly 3 hours of this without any deviation from the original drifty formula is quite impressive. The problem with anything this stylised is that sooner or later you forget the visual garnish and want something to actually happen, which coincides in this film with the post him getting shot stuff which is mostly insubstantial. Ultimately it doesn't add up to a lot, and if you took out the middle post-death segment and that last half an hour of boning they wouldn't be missed but it's an impressive piece of cinema nonetheless.
33. How I Ended This Summer*
Really good Russian thing about two blokes on a weather station in the Arctic circle. Has a real change of pace after about an hour which loads of reviews seem to think didn't work but I thought did.
34. A Touch of Sin*
Super-violent thing about modern China with four kind of overlapping stories. Looks amazing but doesn't feel like some of the stories (the first two in particular) get sufficiently developed in their limited time.
Thank chryst guys, finally a film I can fully get behind in 2015. Brilliant
Jodorowsky's Dune (again)
BOTH GOOD. Things are looking up
Beautifully shot; and balanced painfully sad loneliness and melancholy with a sense of humour, wonder, and a strange optimism. Reminded me of Eraserhead, in a way, though not in an obvious way.
Have you ever seen any of the Zellners' other films? I haven't, but I think I'd definitely like to.
Brad Pitt and other famous Americans, in a tank. Doing what U.S. soldiers do best in war films
Long at over two hours, pretty predictable, should have watched something else.
loved it, may go see it again (9/10)
5. The Hunt
Fairly tense Danish thriller from a couple yeasr ago with yer man Mads Mikkelsen having his life destroyed by a child's imagination, worth a watch (8/10)
can't believe you fell for this, you shit pricks
enjoyable enough, not a lot to it but passe dthe time
Anchorman 2 - actually better than I thought. its not as memorable as the first but sitll some good lines. Brick is rubbish in it though, and the final battle scene was pointless
6.5/10 OK. Pretty dull story but executed quite well. V interesting sound work. There are lots of flashbacks but the noises/bits of songs/overdubs bleed between the timeframes creating a woozy dreamlike state. (it reminded me of KLF's Chill Out)
the mr oizo film. enjoyably silly meta-fest. snoozed through a lot of it so not completely sure how it ended, but really good visually and funny
22. Jodorowsky's Dune
very interesting doc about when jodorowsky tried to make a film of Dune in the 70s and made an incredibly detailed design and story board for it but couldnt get the funding, but most of the team he put together for it then designed and wrote Alien and bits and pieces of the work have cropped up in other films
still liked it
Yeah really liked it. ridiculous plot and obvious holes but it was good
Purge Anarchy - thought the premise was much better than the first. all the way through I thought it'd make a better video game though
Jaws - thought it was a bit shit in all honesty
keep being tempted to rewatch it on the promise that it's actually a properly amazing film. keep being put off by the fact that it seems shit
im sure it was scary at the time, but you forget how much of it is them on the boat trying to catch it and it's really quite dull
and perhaps I havn't actually seen this one all the way through.
It did make me think though
a) because sid james is in it and barbara winsor, but she was jim dales love interest instead (whilst joan sims was chasing jim dale) ...this is about the only one in which sid james isnt in this role.
b) there is a gender swapping serum, and I think that this is a great plot device for stories, plays, films, philosophy, just general musings, alas it was not used well here
c) Charles Hawtry makes a convincing woman and is just generally great (as he always is, although he is always not noticable alongside the searchlight intensity of Kenneth Williams)
before, but I think its best described as 'Screen presence' (shes good without even doing anything)
only occasionally funny
which is utterly dreadful
Cake - Proper balls.
What a load of bollocks. Gave up and watched The Bourne Identity instead.
that film is offensively dull
loved it, mia wasikowska travels across the Oz desert with 3 camels.
I love films like this, like hideous kinky. People going off on extreme travels. Can anyone recommend more?
they don't even have to be extreme, just people on their own really
Robert Redford on a boat on his own. Great film.
CHECK OUT WHAT I've watched!
1) Maleficent - Not terrible, but completely forgettable, some pretty scenes but ultimately completely disposable hollywood fluff that keeps you fairly entertained and invested. 5/10
2) Transcendence - HNNNNNGHHHHHHHH 1/10
3) Bad Neighbours - It's actually nowhere near as bad a film as I thought it would. It lacks any sort of soul but some of the slapstick is pretty funny and it was an easy and faily enjoyable watch with the odd laugh. 6/10
4) Peabody & Sherman - Not as suitable for the adults as other 3d Animated films from Dreamworks but again perfectly inoffensive and I imagine a young me would've enjoyed it quite a lot. 5/10
Really good, Caesar is about as good an action character as there is at the moment. Bit silly in places (a film featuring a monkey riding a horse and firing two machine guns at once was always going to be) and Gary Oldman is woefully miscast, but having seen Dawn over Christmas I think this is probably the best action franchise around at the moment.
Excellent reality TV satire from Matteo "Gomorrah" Garrone. The cinematography is exquisite and the main actor filmed it while on day release from prison, where he's currently serving a life sentence for killing 3 people for the mob. Italy's not really like other places.
Somewhere between an advert for social media (not any specific social media either, all of it) and Jon Favreau cobbling together a dreadful script in which he gets to fool around with his actor mates, grope Scarlet Johansson, eat loads of food and still have a good dad story arc. Seems too insubstantial to properly hate but at the same time it's the vainest of vanity projects.
38. End of Watch*
I liked this, but got really distracted by how bad it was at sticking to the found footage vibe it's trying to create. If you ever watch it count how many times you ask yourself who's holding the camera.
39. Love is Strange*
Understated and brilliant, Molina and Lithgow on top form.
just saw All is Lost. not as gripping as I thought really but its good
second viewing, didn't really add anything from the first viewing other than yep it's still very good but not amazing.
wicked bonkers fun film. definately needs a rewatch
Solid and beautifully acted but... the sheer focus on `Hawking As Disabled Chap` left me unsatisfied. It was almost as if they begrudgingly put the science bits in from time to time. But then we wouldn't have seen as much of Felicity Jones in an array of vintage frocks so... #cynicism
Seemed like a film that was made to win awards as opposed to a film that was supposed to shed light on a subject. I mean Hawking's also quite interesting politically - but that was all smudged out . Presumably for fear of offending the Downton Abbey crowd it seemed to be pitched at.
I abhor cynicism but I can't help but be cynical about it.
Redmayne's very good but overall it's standard issue courageous person A's heroic struggle over adversity B fare, one of those where they're confident enough in the performance that they don't care that it ends up looking like a Sunday night ITV drama. File alongside The Queen, The Blind Side, Crazy Heart, Ray etc.
summed it up.
I mean it's not a bad film by any yardstick it's just... it didn't do the subject full justice. Kind of like when they made The Iron Lady and didn't touch upon the politics. What's the point?
About her relationship with him? It's meant to be focused on their relationship and not about the science or politics (I have to admit I thought the same as you until someone pointed it out to me).
Means the film `makes more sense` I suppose but still doesn't mean I enjoyed it any more or thought that other stories about Hawking were more worth making.
not nearly as good as Sleepless In Seattle, but still largely ok, and fun seeing 90s internet tropes. ironic that it's about a chain store closing down indie shops, with the internet as this hero that brings people together, and now amazon.
tom hanks' character in the last act is a disgusting psychopath tho, which is gross but funny
Bit too much naked Depardieu for my tastes but Jacqueline Bisset is absolutely amazing in it.
3. The Theory of Everything
6. Fifty Shades of Grey
So er, that's all the Oscars contenders then. Thought the acting in The Theory of Everything was immense, so believable I had a constant tear running down my cheek the entire time. Thought Birdman deserved Best Film as it was that bit different from the others, Didn't really enjoy Whiplash as I hated both characters. Fifty Shades was mince, but worth it to see Jamie Dornan with his top off. As you can probably tell, I won't be a film critic any time soon.
Italian caper film with a story almost directly lifted from breaking bad, nothing massively original but still a very enjoyable film, with some engaging characters and some laugh out loud moments.
not quite as amazing as i remember, but that might be the director's cut's fault. still a mile better than
which has lots of enjoyable things about it, and reminds me a lot of Jurassic Park, but has some truly shitty looking effects
the boss battle has properly brilliant moments, bill paxton is hilarious, the guy who plays bishop is great, the kid isnt as annoying as she should be, paul reiser is great. has dated so badly visually though, especially compared to Alien which only has one or two shots that look shite (chest burster running along the table for one)
"CHECK IT OUT! I AM THE ULTIMATE BADASS!"
6/10 Two old gay guys have trouble finding accommodation in New York. Well acted but dull. Thankfully short. (I wanted John Lithgow to be his character in Dexter...not just mope about in his pants)
Pretty good. 7/10.
Enjoyed the final scene much more than the rest of the film, although all the scenes where J.K Simmons was being a massive cunt were good value. Always nice to see Burke from Aliens getting a run out.
Thought the drumming was actually pretty good, I wonder how much of it he actually did.
or at least certainly in places, it would be extremely difficult to get a (presumed) novice to that level for the sake of a film, but maybe not
really good - seems to have gone largely ignored and got a quick DVD release but well worth seeking out. Felt a lot like Mulholland Drive in parts.
42 It Follows (2nd viewing) - still great, realised how great the soundtrack was this time round.
FUCKING AMAZING. Stupid Weinstein being a big baby and not giving it a worldwide release is criminal.
Pretty great. Pretty sad. Tatum needs to do more serious roles, not necessarily as a big hulking ape-like wrestler. Also, turns out Mark Ruffalo is a '9/11 Truther', so that's kinda ruined him for me forever :(
14- Harry Potter 4
15- Harry Potter 7- pt 1
I think it's the only film I've watched this year so far. Really interesting paranoid as fuck stuff. Seeing it all laid out in film rather than strings of articles is pretty powerful.
really enjoyed it. had a really foreboding atmosphere
Very charming, gently paced and really well acted. Know some people haven't liked the ending but I wasn't phased by it.
Great film :D
very impressive work
spent most of it thinking "surely there aren't people in those little things, right?"
very important story told informatively with really great performances. not actually a very good film though
Jurassic Park: Watched in 3d on the telebox the other day, visually it holds up remarkably well, I haven't watched it in forever so I enjoyed coming back to it but every time I do I notice more of it's flaws.
Guardians Of The Galaxy: Still great, legitimately turning into one of my fav movies of all time.
TinTin: A little monotonous, not quite as funny as it perhaps could've been, but still good fun.
Dead good, few too many subplots and I didn't know it was supposed to be a whodunnit thanks to some shonky editing at the start but properly scary in places.
41. Twelve Monkeys*
There are a few directors whose work I admire but films I dislike. Well I think there are anyway, but Terry Gilliam's the only one I can ever remember. I don't know what it is but this left be completely cold.
Fine I guess, but it definitely looks like a more primitive version of the much superior Descendents and Nebraska and doesn't have the nuance of Woody Allen to make watching white people having white people problems and drinking loads of wine particularly watchable. Upgrade my opinion of Paul Giamatti from "dislike" to "ambivalent" though.
43. It Follows*
Very good but flawed. The relentlessness of that middle hour is brilliant and it's really scary without being violent or jumpy, but I found the soundtrack intrusive and distracting (appreciate it's supposed to feel like an Argento film but I don't think a modern and fairly original horror needs to cling so fervently to the past) and the ending's a bit nothing.
44. White God*
Oh how I wish this was better. Haven't been this excited about a film from the trailer in ages, but it takes so long to get anywhere and the girl is so annoying. The dogs are the best actors in it but they deserve a better film.
Given the consistently high quality of his output, this means I rate it very highly indeed.
Found Nebraska a touch underwhelming mind.
Conflicting as first half was great and really gripping but started to feel suffocated by the end and wasn't entirely clear what the intentions of the film were.
vastly over-rated, obvious scares, the music ramps up a level of tension which just isn't matched by what is happening on screen, all in all very disappointing
46. Thelma & Louise
columbo and alan arkin's kid are marrying eachother. one's mixed up in crime, the other's a fastidious dentist. what happens when the former turns the latter's life upside down? quite a lot, but less funny than you'd hope
i didn't know who he was before i watched northern exposure but most people know who he is.
thought you said adam arkin
like bureaucracy or paperwork or auditing or something?
want something really, really boring. like a documentary about an accountant or something. surely this exists.
is a documentary about an old Scottish woman who made fly fishing flies. It's quite boring but kind of good in a weird way.
Achingly dull Japanese thing about working in an office.
6/10 Some good performances but also a bit like a cheap TV movie. I wasn't moved. And making the screen blurry when the protagonist forgot something became very tiresome. (Mind you not quite as tiresome as the fuckwit in the audience who laughed at the Alzeimers Antics. I hope you are reading this Mrs Shit-for Brains)
probably didnt concentrate enough to get the most out of it, but pretty sure i didnt think it was much good
30. Frances Ha
absolutely loved this first time i saw this. still thought it was fucking hilarious and very truthful
saw chappie last night, thought it looked terrible but really enjoyed it. definitely find it easier to relate to robots than people in films
Excellent for the most part. Great performances by Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland. Amazing Gordon Willis cinematography but the denouement was really unsatisfying and the twist was pretty obvious. Loads to like though.
Absolutely wonderful film. A rare case of a film with near enough universal acclaim actually being even BETTER than I was expecting. It didn't seek to make any specific political comment, which was crucial to its appeal.
Already one of the greatest British films of all time, for sure.
Zero Dark Thirty: 5/10. Fairly well done but overall a bit crap. CIA officers sending each other emails saying "LOL" as they're about meet some spies? Hmm. It's a shame Hollywood makes films that give us the impression that all Americans, even the leftwing ones, are massive warmongers, because they aren't. Also a bit weird putting the actual phone calls of people dying in 9/11 at the start.
Foxcatcher: 6.5/10. Quite good. Quite slow, and I'm not really sure which character we were supposed to be focusing on but I thought Channing Tatum was excellent. Shame that apparently a lot of artistic licence was taken so it wasn't very historically accurate. Was du Pont supposed to be gay? And why did the younger Schultz suddenly hate him so much?
Virunga: 7/10. Depressing stuff about a national park in Democratic Republic of Congo.
is that the actual events are pretty accurate, but the relationships between the 3 central characters aren't. M. Schultz was especially aggrieved by the homoerotic subtext within it - he said it was completely inaccurate. A filmmaker's never going to leave a homoerotic subtext unturned but... all seemed a bit unnecessary for me.
Think it takes a lot less poetic licence than a lot of `true story` films. Almost all of the story of Argo for instance is completely made up.
Because I couldn't work out if it was trying to insinuate that Du Pont was sexually assaulting Mark. Don't think he was though, I think he just put Mark in a downward spiral and made him resent wrestling.
When I looked it all up later it was the timing of it all that they seemed to disregard completely - the final 'event' happened like 12 years later in real life.
I still really liked it as a broody, tense drama though.
it was well good
Best comedies of the last few years for my money.
I thought they would be dumb comedies but they're very well made.
just the same jokes from 21 but not as funny because you've heard / seen them all before
thought it was ok. i wasnt alive at the time but the feel of the era seemed very real and genuine, and obviously the true story is interesting, and bill nighy and paddy considine did great jobs at not just being their normal types, but the story telling was really cheesy and obvious, as you'd expect from The True Story Of How Two Communities Learnt How To Get Past Their Differences And Find The Common Ground And Friendship Which Is Symbolised By Two Hands Shaking Eachother Which Is Solidarity
...but yeah there's a definite cheesiness to it which makes or breaks your affinity with it. I fucking loved it though. Loved the ending. Made me want to leap off the sofa pumping my fist against my chest.
but then i fucking love Brassed Off.
i dont think the arc of how the miners went from bigots to leading the pride march was very well illustrated. like it went from "the lads wont accept their help" to the coaches turning up. i guess maybe that's how LGSM experienced it, not really being privy to the actual mining unions machinations.
i meant obvious more in terms of some of the characters and their points and the bit where you find out one of the welsh is gay. not saying it could have been better really, just not for me. entirely like selma really, uplifting historical dramas which arent for me, which i get convinced are Proper Films What I'll Like and then watching them and thinkiong theyre ok
Wasn't dripping with `cinematic` brilliance or anything. Tried to fit too many narrative threads in there, meaning it was very rushed in parts but... the actual core of the film was about friendship, community, humanity etc. and it did all of that beautifully.
didn't really grab me to be honest, didn't find it as warm or life affirming as has been suggested
its really good. loved how it was a good blend b etween an 80s genre piece and modern tropes. trailed off towards the end but it was well worth it. probably not as good as everyones saying but still
Caught it as it was one of the few in Bradshaw's list of the century so far that I hadn't seen, really really terrific.
Anyone seen it or heard of it? A sort of Planet Of The Apes combined with Lassie. Excuse that last sentence but very well made. The dog training and choreography was extremely impressive.
It vanished from London cinemas pretty quickly.
end of the month. Instead of sitting in doors watching taped stuff on my Sky box I've been seen some films around The ICA and The BFI. I saw White God at The ICA and I think it has its final showing there tonight, although it's in cinema 2. I've got a ticket for The Duke Of Burgundy this afternoon and Whiplash later on tonight at The BFI. White God had some great reviews. I had my doubts but it turned out to be a terrific film.
The trailer is genuinely amazing so I was really excited going into it, but there's an aqful lot of faff prior to the denouement. The girl's really irritating too (all the human characters are properly 2d) and all that stuff with the club and the orchestra can fuck right off. The dogs are amazing though.
Really playful in the opening 30 minutes but turned into something much more severe and powerful and in that respect I thought the shifts of tone were impressive. Possibly my favourite dog movie, just ahead of Wendy and Lucy. Loved how open the allegory was (apparently a really right wing party are in power in Hungary and many read it as a reaction to that - but you can make of it what you will).
Loved all the cinematography from the dog's perspective. Insane that they pulled it off without it being too gimicky. Agree that the human characters were a little 2-d but I didn't care as I was so swept up in it all. More people should see.
'possibly my favourite dog movie'
Look at all these stone cold classics:
i'm questioning your credentials
Respected the use of star casting, but all in all it did nothing new with the genre.
FYI, Amazon Prime has an outstanding selection of dog B-movies.
48. School Of Rock
49. Maps To The Stars
to tell me if a film is on there?
another quality Danish film 8/10
chappie - gash
Really liked this, seems to be fairly under the radar compared to the rest of Cronenberg's early work (Videodrome, Scanners, The Fly etc) but just as good and probably with a stronger plot. Strange seeing him use an actual actor I've heard of (Oliver Reed) rather than just a load of wooden Canadians he seems to have rounded up off the street.
46. Good Vibrations*
Yeah, same as TKC. It's...fine. Enjoyable, but not really life-affirming or particularly uplifting or anything. The bloke who plays John Peel occupies the awkward no man's land of being too good not to be an impression but far too rubbish to be a non-distracting impression.
Also good, had no idea this was Alexander Payne until recently. Wears its Coen influences quite proudly, the whole thing plays as a cross between Raising Arizona and Fargo.
48. Catch Me Daddy*
Probably the best thing I've seen at the cinema this year, constantly unpredictable and unbelievably taut. The narrative seems to go a bit all over the place at the very end but that last scene is magic.
49. Like Father, Like Son*
Two Japanese families find out their sons were swapped in the hospital and have to decide whether or not to swap them back. A really simple idea done to absolute perfection by Hirokazu Kore-eda, who's quietly becoming one of the best directors around.
Simultaneously really good and really bad. There's something endearing about the Chappie character (it conveys a whole range of emotion just by the way it twitches its ears) and that central idea of a robot growing up like a child but the people characters are hopeless (Die Antwoord are just as annoying when they're not doing music as it turns out) and the plot's all over the place. It's hard to fault someone for making something heartfelt and interesting on this big a scale (and if the trailers are anything to go by films like this are going to be in short supply for a while) but it feels like it should have been much better than it is.
a film to admire more than enjoy
still just fucking amazing. so many laughs, such great characters, near perfect pace, happy ending. great stuff
Really need to start putting some happier films on my Cinema Paradiso list
i know it's a kid's film but god this is shite
really, really impressive film involving Jason Schwartzman more or less playing a "grown up" Max Fischer from Rushmore
and then this the next day at some point in a sort of intriguing duality thingy
seen it before but still really inspirational, Kathleen Hanna is the best
it was a bit disappointing
i really like this film, aside from the female characters not being wonderfully written and a few stupid things. still, really like it
6/10 World War Occupied France Romance. (Warning contains unrealistic Nazis) Nice camera work. Bit dull. Unsurprisingly put in Screen 13 of local multiplex. (You know, the one thats L-shaped) Audience was 90% 60yo women who were mostly eating crisps.
Kristen Scott-Thomas plays a cold hearted bitch. No change there then.
But I found the fact that everyone in it speaks English with English accents massively offputting.
It can easily turn a bit 'allo 'allo when accents are put on.
Been avoiding this for a while due to very poor reviews, but seeing as Sorrentino will be making another foray into the English language this year thought I'd give it a go. It's good, I like it when he uses that bright colourful palette and no-one does those drifting, swirling shots quite like he does. Sean Penn is more annoying than he's been before or since though (yep, that bad).
52. Rich Hill*
Magnificent documentary about 3 teenagers growing up in Rich Hill, a very poor town in Nebraska (I think it is anyway, I'm not sure). Does well to not point blame at anyone or anything and instead focuses on how they live day-to-day. Shot in a pretty stock arthousey way (lots of soft focus shots of firework displays and skateboarding, that sort of thing) which has drawn criticism, but it's very good nonetheless.
Intrepid Reporter and Rich Daughter contrive not to get killed by massive squids for 90 minutes. Doesn't look as cheap as it is, but everyone in it is a bit annoying.
54. The Missing Picture*
Cambodian Khmer Rouge documentary where all of the stuff that didn't get filmed by the Khmer Rouge is recreated with clay models. Haunting/10.
Xavier Dolan's clearly someone with a lot of ideas (although this is the only work of his I've seen, save for him getting shot in the stomach in Martyrs) but he'd do well not to try and chuck all of them into the same film. A lot of stuff works (there are some really beautiful bits, and the mother and son are superb), a lot doesn't (some of the dialogue feels like stuff that even Quentin Tarantino wouldn't go near, and whole plot strands disappear into nothing). Features a montage soundtracked by Dido and another one soundtracked by Wonderwall, both of which are unforgivable. Overall: unsatisfying.
Wonderwall's one of those bits of music that is distracting just by being there. Also I knew that [spoiler] was coming (because absolutely every review mentions it) and I thought it would have been better if it happened when they took the picture.
North, end of century (Lav Diaz)
We are the best (Lucas Moodyson)
Life of Riley (Alain Resnais)
Whiplash (Damien Chazelle)
Liverpool (Lisandro Alonso)
Inherent Vice (PT Anderson)
Searching for Sugarman (Malik Bendjelloul)
Au revoir les enfants (Louis Malle)
Sunset Boulevard (Billy Wilder)
Fascination (Jean Rollin)
Tokyo Tribe (Sion Sono)
Tony Manero (Pablo Larrain)
Wild Tales (Damien Szifron)
White bird in a blizzard (Gregg Araki)
The Iron Rose (Jean Rollin)
Tokyo Tribe is quite amazing. A gangster rap musical as if it was directed by Gaspar Noe. Think it comes out in May.
as Why Don't You Play in Hell was absurdly fun.
The Voices - much better than some of the reviews make out 6/10
The Signal (2014 Laurence Fishbourne sci-fi one) - not bad 6/10
Clown - enjoyable horror 7/10
Cold In July - best film I've seen in a while 9/10
because i really love the paranoia trilogy type stuff but he's made loads of other stuff. any of these you've seen/liked/would avoid?
1997 The Devil's Own
1993 The Pelican Brief
1992 Consenting Adults
1990 Presumed Innocent
1989 See You in the Morning
1986 Dream Lover
1982 Sophie's Choice
1979 Starting Over
1978 Comes a Horseman
1976 All the President's Men
1974 The Parallax View
1973 Love and Pain and the Whole Damn Thing
1969 The Sterile Cuckoo
All The President's Men <3
all great though
It's a complete mess of comedy, horror, touching drama and out and out-surreal. Parts of it work. Parts of it are really bad. But on the whole, it was pretty entertaining.
and although it was tonally all over the shop, I quite liked it the more I think about it.
don't get all the hate around it, it's an enjoyable and not too long film which isn't that common these days as far, far too many films recently are ridiculously and needlessly long
Sleep Tight is on iPlayer and its well worth a watch
Werner Herzog produced documentary about the Soviet Union's formidable 80's Ice Hockey team and it's role during the fall of communism. Mostly very good but glosses over some potentially interesting stuff I'd like to know more about
Really really enjoyed it, it looked and sounded superb and the lead performance was breathtaking.
51- The Last Girlfriend , which was also very good aside from a very silly and rushed ending.
I could not stand that film. Romain Duris is unbearably, offensively awful.
I've hated pretty much everything I've seen him in (Mood Indigo, Populaire ) but really liked it aside from the ending (quickest coma recovery ever!)
Taking of Pelham 123 (the remake) - absolutely fucking dreadful, so fucked off at myself for watching this, cos i fucking knew it was gonna be shite. Why try and even remake a film like the taking of pelham 123?! Fuck you tony scott and fuck you john travolta
that was absolutely awful
dumb as heck but really very enjoyable. famous of course for sean connery in a mankini, but a big messy occassionally jodorowski-esque fantasy nonsensefest
errm it started off promisingly and enjoyed the slow build,b ut in the end was ultimately underwhelming and predictable
good performances though
56. Death At A Funeral
Film shot entirely from the inside of a cable car on a Nepalese mountain, featuring 10-15 minute journeys with whoever's in the car at the time. Started out incredibly dull and arduous, but it slowly draws you in and is worth a watch.
really good, seemed very intrusive in a good way
for the love of god please include a few words in the way of a review of the films you watch.
christ it was shoddy
still fantastically entertaining. big fan of this nonsense
Attack of the Killer Tomatoes. Very few redeeming features, neither scary nor particuarly funny, nor even any George Clooney.
absolutely beautiful. stunning. wonderful artwork and a great story.
really cannot wait to see this, the UK release isn't until sodding July
A lot of fun, some of the humour was on the very cruel side which I had a bit of difficulty getting on board with (and the first story just feels weird now given recent events) but most of it was a total riot. Perfect film to see in a packed cinema.
good film, but I don't think it's worthy of all the 5 star reviews, purely because I think the subject matter is a bit flimsy and is definitely carried by the performances. I really liked it but wouldn't call it exceptional. Preferred The Kid With A Bike
and *that* scene is so clumsily handled (she recovers seemingly immediately) that it threw me off for the rest of it.
is if it focused more on the other character's situations. all it is really is her going from person to person and asking for their vote, them saying yes or no and then moving on. We should've got more background into the other characters so we can relate to them more and understand their point of view, it'd have made it much more balanced and interesting
Duel (1972) - good camera shots and stuff, quite exciting, crap acting by "Dave Mann" though - 7/10
Stir of Echoes - mostly crappy, Kevin Bacon shite as blue collar everyman, not a bad little ghost story though - 6/10
Pretty good thing about the uprising in Egypt. Doesn't quite fit together as well as it could but very interesting nonetheless.
57. Life Itself*
Impossible to dislike but I would have preferred it if there was more celebration of Roger's life and less chronicling of his death. Obviously circumstances might have got in the way, but there seem to be some fairly gaping holes that could have been filled with talking heads and documentary footage.
58. Wild Tales*
Just terrific, so glad I saw this in a mostly full cinema. The last couple of vignettes drag a bit so I think I would have liked the Ricardo Darin one moved to second last but it's such a fun piece of work that I didn't care at all. The thing with the two guys and the cars is slapstick at its finest.
59. The Babadook*
Properly creepy for 80 minutes, but the ending didn't work for me at all. Can't really elaborate without spoiling the entire film.
60. Next Goal Wins*
Lovely, lovely, lovely.
The Cronenberg one not the (unfairly maligned) Paul Haggis vs racism one. Didn't grab me at all this, I wanted to be more interested than I was but for whatever reason (and it feels like a stylistic choice) it looks and sounds like one of those films they used to have on after the news on Channel 5. Some of the dialogue is just hilarious as well and Elias Koteas seems to have walked straight in from Exotica only he's forgotten his wig. I'm really trying with Cronenberg and this is far from his worst but he's a maddeningly inconsistent film maker.
have you seen Videodrome yet
It's very good, as are The Brood and Scanners. Thought Eastern Promises and Maps to the Stars were OK, didn't particularly like History of Violence or Crash and thought Cosmopolis was utter rubbish. Think that's all the Cronenberg I've seen.
thought Cosmopolis was really, really good though
i need to watch more of his body-horror stuff, havent even seen The Fly
if i remember correctly, which i might not
i was under the impression it was good
tell you what wasnt good = that freud and jung one
but then he's a cronenberg fan boy generally
dangerous method was a disappointment considering the scope of what it could have been but there was still a lot to like i thought.
i don't really trust kermode at all nowadays. he's kind of a boob.
but he defo has his favourites and gives them an easy ride
for previous misdemeanour's
If anything he seems to be deliberately toning down the bile because (according to his book) people remember the utter kickings more than the positive reviews . That said he definitely gives certain people an easier ride when they churn out utter crap and anything about or involving a band is bound to get an overwhelmingly positive review.
but then it's been quite a long time since I've seen it
Jeremy Irons playing gynecologist twins.
Worth a look.
Videodrome is also ace.
Something that brazenly worthy is always going to be a magnet for criticism and I think a lot of it isn't warranted. I'm not a huge fan of either but if I had to watch one again it would probably be Haggis's.
That last vignette with the marriage is so unbelievably tense.
The reason the whole thing works as well as it does is that you can't help wondering what you'd be doing in any of those situations.
it follows - good
Very good. Tight, tense, exciting.
preety rubbish. It's got a good cast (Aubrey Plaza, Alia Shawkat, Bill Hader, Andy Samberg, Christopher Mintz-Plasse) but tbh, just dont buy Aubrey Plaza playing a meek virgin
Fantastic fun, incredibly tense and dark as fuck. Gyllenhaal is brilliant.
The overall message is incredibly trite, and a touch preachy, mind but still - belting entertainment.
Agree with all of that, think the comparisons with King of Comedy are very on point. Like you say it doesn't say anything KoC doesn't but it's a really fun ride. Robert Elswit's cinematography is brilliant.
7.5/10 Pretty enjoyable. It navel gazes a bit but the script was pretty sharp. It felt pretty personal to me.
yeah, really good. not too convinced at the ending and think sometimes the story left a few things out but overall it was engaging and the performances are excellent. also feels like one of the only prison films that accurately portrays what life must be like
8/10 Quite lovely. Glasgow based deprivation and whisky stealing caper. Ken Loach in quite a good mood. Could have done with some subtitles for some of the Scotch though.
Wild Tales absolutely brilliant Argentinian film, 6 stories all equally dark, funny and incredible in their own unique way 10/10
didnt take to it really
Solid, liked it but didn't love it. Very funny at the beginning, starts to get a bit tedious in the middle, but ends quite well to save its blemishes.
Ad-Rock was great though!
Some annoying Americans befriend a German whilst on holiday in Mexico and join him on a trip to some ancient ruins. What could possibly go wrong? Answer: a lot.
64 While We're Young - Enjoyed it mostly, ending felt like a cop out but AD ROCK.
65 X+Y - Hated it, felt weirdly racist too. Good one guys.
Can someone with more time to spare tell me if Peter Bogdanovich is the only director with a 100% rated and a 0% rated film on Rotten Tomatoes? Enjoyed this, although I just don't believe Jeff Bridges was actually ever that young (must be a camera trick, shirley).Weird to think that things like Friday Night Lights and Rich Hill are set nearly 60 years later but the message and the settings have barely changed.
64. Carry on Cowboy
There's a run of about 5 Carry On films that are actually really funny in that they're actually quite astute parodies while still being relentless "phwoarrrrr hyah hyah hyah" (don't think it's possible to type the Sid James laugh). This is one of them.
First time I've seen this since the cinema, watched it with the family on Easter Sunday. Categorically wonderful film.
66. Ashes and Diamonds*
Pretty devastating Polish war film from the 50s. Directed by someone called Andrzej Wajda who I'd like to see more by, as he has that Fellini quality of getting right into people's faces with the camera which people didn't seem to do much in the 50s. Has a great shot of a firework display.
67. Wreck-It Ralph*
Flimsy, but did a proper belly laugh at the Oreos doing the Wizard of Oz thing.
hmmmm not great. has no interest in seeing it til i realised it was Alan J pakula's work but yeah... not his best.
Massively surprised by this - its really excellent. New Zealand drama about a former chess champion recovering from a breakdown and tries to put his life back together. Was sold as "Shine but with chess" but its a lot more interesting than that. Seek it out if its on near you.
68 - Blade Runner - Not much to say really is there? Perfection.
The Dark Horse is not to be confused with Dark Horse, which comes out next week. Good timing, there.
Looks amazing, great music, loved the book but it really really dragged. I almost fell asleep again (first time I had eaten a large Xmas dinner so assumed the falling asleep during Blade Runner was a one off but no!)
Watched Jodorowsky's Dune yet again after to show my friend. Still mint
An early Bunuel. Really good, as would be expected
3/10 Shite. Can't think of much positive.
7.5/10 . Mmm...watching a 30 year old French movie at an arts cinema on a Saturday night. I truly am middle class/aged...1944 France. Two boys (Catholic and Jewish) form a friendship. The Gestapo approach. OK a bit slow but heartfelt. The realism was touching and some of the lingering shots of the children's faces are memorable.
The rock rock bottoms Jason Statham 7.5/10
39. This Is Spinal Tap
gf had never seen it. obviously it's truly, truly fucking amazing, and could never be overrated
absolutely fucking cack hated it on so many different levels
very well directed, if lacking a bit of spark. haneke esqu
bit dull really
This film about a naughty lion made my heart warm.
This film about a pair of mad people left me largely cold.
61. While We're Young
This film about an old man made me ponder my future.
62. Enter The Void
This trippy film blew my mind wide open but spent too long in there.
63. Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck
This film about Kurt Cobain was much too long.
64. The Duff
This film made me like Mae Whitman even more than I already did.
I hope this is OK.
Atom Egoyan thing. It's a good story and I enjoyed how it felt like it could've been from a real 40s-50s noir (minus the sex scenes), really had a feel of the age. Bit unconvinced by some elements, particularly the way it continually jumped between eras but yeah, enjoyable
The Rocker - much better than I thought. The cast are all good, it's surprisingly funny and has a bit of heart without being schmaltzy.
the mosaic style of editing/structure. Would quite like to see WTTL as it might be the last Egoyan film which hasn't had catastropic reviews
you should all watch Egoyan's early films as they're great
I think I have Exotica on DVD so Ill have a look.
WTTL is on Mubi btw - if you dont have it I can send you a free trial?
I am on mubi but I think i've used up my free subscription already
had it on in the background. p magical anyway. have decided i prefer it in english sorry
Disclaimer: I'll watch any old shit that's about the NFL. In this Mark Wahlberg, Greg Kinnear and a load of people you recognise from other stuff (a Soprano here, a Band of Brother there) sleepwalk through a film that's too schmalzy for adults and too social issues in Philadelphia in the late 1970s for children.
69. California Dreamin'
Cristian Nemescu wrote, produced, directed and nearly finished editing this before he was killed in a car crash at the age of 27. It's about a group of Nato soldiers transporting communications equipment through Romania who get stuck in a really small village. Part Local Hero, part clever allegory for US foreign policy. Really, really good.
Been ages since I've seen a Senor Spielbergo film. I liked this but it's massively flawed, which seems to be par for the course for anything about artificial intelligence. Ended up feeling very similar to how I felt after Interstellar in that it's an imperfect marriage of spectacle and sentiment in which narrative is relegated to a supporting role. Tonally it's all over the place (the Flesh Fair bit is unbelievably ill-judged and completely out of place in this film) and the story beyond the first hour is hokum of the highest order, but at the same time Spielberg does inject some genuine heart into proceedings (I hate to think how unremittingly bleak Kubrick's version would have been) and Haley Joel Osment is really brilliant. File under noble failure.
71. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2*
The law of diminishing returns in action.
72. Mean Creek*
"6 school friends go on a trip to plot revenge on a bully!" said Netflix.
"Sounds fun!" I replied.
It wasn't in the least bit fun, but it was good. Think the ending could be better and the soundtrack is indie film by numbers cello and piano stuff but the performances are very good. The sound mixing is terrible though, a load of scenes sound like they took place next to a lit firework.
love Kubrick, hate Spielbergo. This article seems to think it's a misunderstood classic:
most people think it's abjectly awful.
Gonna give it another go
I'm not sure what, if any, contribution he had to the final cut. There seemed to be a whole wave of critical reappraisal recently which is part of the reason why I watched it. I wouldn't say it's great but it's a better AI film than Chappie or Her.
72 The Duff
My first cinema walkout this year. Absolutely terrible.
66. The Makeover
My boyfriend was watching this while I played a cricket management game on my laptop. It was pretty watchable.
67. Sweet Home Alabama
My boyfriend was watching this while I played a cricket management game on my laptop. First time I've ever seen Reese Witherspoon (not just in a film - I'd never even seen a picture of her). Very odd film. I'm finding it hard to process.
And that means you haven't see Election, rectify that immediately.
bit cold to this really. its well made and the acting is good but I really dont see why its getting so much acclaim. I think it works best when its about the mother and son struggling to cope and theres jkust hints of the Babadook's existence. When hes revealed proper I think its just a run of the mill horror which doesnt do much different at all. Theres also too much glossed over - the elderly woman next door seems to have a more vested than usual interest in the family but why, and theres a line where the mother says the aunt doesnt want to talk to them about half way through and thats th last we hear of it
also dont know why they got the main guy from Snowtown, who is excellent, to just be in it for like 2 scenes
vested than usual interest in the family but why"
uh she's lonely and lives next to a bereaved family who are mental
Why the hell is this being sold as a comedy?
i really do not get it at all
I Love You Beth Cooper - surprisingly decent
Copycat- suprisingly dull
entertaining revenge western with Mads Mikkelsen as a Danish immigrant reunited with his wife and kid. Nothing new story wise but nicely shot and channelling the spirit of spaghetti westerns.
didnt like this that much
Hmm. One of my pet hates is the kind of film where "but you're not SUPPOSED to like any of the characters, that's THE POINT", so this was always going to be an uphill struggle. Spent most of this wishing a proper avalanche would come and sort them all out. Nothing like seeing someone do one of his films less well to remind you what an incredible director Michael Haneke is.
74. Au Hasard Balthazar*
Wonderful, obviously. Got a double helping of wonderful after looking up Roger Ebert's review to see if he thought the same stuff I did about it (he didn't, but it's a great review).
75. Animal Kingdom*
Excellent stuff, although I can't help but wondering if I'd have warmed to it so much if it was all geezers and birds and shooters rather than the relatively novel world of Melbourne crime. Like in The Rover David Michod tends to lean on the indie film maker affectations of slow motion shots of people walking and letting music fill in narrative blanks (David Gordon Green is the same but slightly worse) but overall I really liked this.
really is remarkable isnt it
God Bless America - only seen half as I went to bed, but so far it seems okay, but I'm a bit tired of all these protests against how people live now
So, so bad. Decided if we were going to watch a shit film it should be a shit classic so we watched Bram Stoker's Dracula.
Daughter asked me "is this really by the guy who made The Godfather?"
I was laughing too hard to answer.
Michael Fassbender & Mia Wasikowska? I found it soooo romantic, it was beautiful! It's on bbci
Probably needed more head shots.
Not quite as harrowing as I'd heard but still a pretty tough watch. I found the footage of people recovering in the weeks after release really fascinating.
69. Dark Horse
Decent. Didn't like the ex-accountant David Brent guy. Got right on my nerves. But pretty heartwarming. I fell down the stairs and bashed my head against the wall on the way out.
Contrived and earnest but still enjoyed it a lot. That last scene (the cover image) is a cracker.
excellent. like most Ostlunds work its extremely Haneke lite but thought this is my favourite of his so far, really made you feel uncomfrtable
Really need to get round to it.
Really lovely story and knowing nothing about horses it wasn't one I was familiar with. The way the film was made was somewhat flimsy and I could have done without the constant reconstructions, particularly when they were mostly depicting a group of people sitting in a pub, talking.
Loved this. Definitely would have ranked highly on my best of 2014 list had I seen it in time. Which would have been of great significance.
Documentary about the Ukrainian revolution. No narration. Camera sits stationary in different situations, usually pointing in a random direction. It was engaging, but found it less effective than The Square.
6.5/10 The Guardian and Kermode are wetting themselves about this. Not that impressed. Nice direction and vision but content is a bit meh. I kept thinking about the old Vic and Bob sketch where Bob said "Vic, I've fallen". 1969 schoolgirls fall victim to hysteria, incest and a Tracy Thorne soundtrack. Arya Stark leads the mayhem. (3 people walked out during the film....and there was only 10 people in the screening)
Thanks for the tip, rtoas. Enjoyed this. Brilliantly written.
Interesting. I like Big Star.
Very good, Agyness Deyn is great as an epilepsy sufferer who is trying to be reuinted with an estranged brother. All felt quite honest and true to life and looked stunning.
77 Winter Sleep - Makes his last film Once Upon A Time in Anatolia look like an Avengers film in its pacing but still very rewarding. Glad I finally got round to it.
Not too much to say about this that hasn't been said but yeah, incredible performances, stunning cinematography, amazing soundtrack, Just really good innit.
If (IF) I have one criticism it's that Michael jumps from reticent underling to full blown Don a bit quickly but that's if I'm being picky.
might work through them all this time though.
part 3 isnt REALLY "part 3", the studio just forced him to call it that
1 & 2 really are a (overlong) two part film, and 3 is a sequel to that film. but calling it 3 suggests it is as related to the other two as they are to eachother.
so yeah watch it, and it's less disappointing as an epilogue
it's still gordon willis shooting it though right?!?!
in my hazy memory of it
definitely felt very bright and 90s tho
Ludicrous but great
style over substance
argh fuck off
its absolutely awful
genuinely dont know why its been so revered. just Godard masturbating about how smart he is for an hour
Saw it in the cinema - in 2D admittedly - but yeah, utterly baffled as to why its been lauded. Must be some damn good 3D.
Not as good as I was expecting, but decent enough.
was under the impressions they only had a handful of films at a time but there's a bunch of good stuff on here
also got a boxset of alain robbe-grillet's films for 1963-74
is before the rain still on there?
Really really great. One of the best films I've seen in ages.
Not for me.
Very good, bites off a bit more than it can chew in basically trying to say everything the first three series of the Wire did in the first hour but focuses well towards the end and comes to a horrible, terrifying conclusion.
77. A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence*
Typically baffling stuff from Roy Andersson (inasmuch as Roy Andersson does anything typically). Never feels particularly like it's about anything in particular (there's not really a story to speak of) but it's wonderful to just sit and look at for a while in its weird, muted glory.
78. We Could be King*
Documentary about a high school American Football team. Never scales the heights of Undefeated (but really, what does) but passable.
79. Blue Ruin*
Still really good. Buzz from Home Alone is the bloke who gives him the gun.
80. Mr. Peabody and Sherman*
Was thinking recently that the only proper comedies that get made these days are the ones that are made for children. There are so, so many jokes in this, genuinely hundreds, and they don't all work but it doesn't matter because when one falls flat there's another one about 5 seconds later. The fact it's funny makes all the less good stuff (the premise, the story) easier to forgive.
i didnt really enjoy this. some good laughs at it? dunno, doubt i'll ever watch it again
43. Spring Breakers
still really great, but not as good as in the cinema. so funny, so well shot. very decently paced too, for what it is
Film of the year so far for me. I found it unsettling in a way I've not experienced in the cinema before. So many moments related back to the same pangs of fear I felt on the internet as a teenager. It works both as a fairly straightforward horror film, and a fascinating social commentary. There's so much depth to it, the more I think about it, and the directing is masterful. On paper, watching a whole film as essentially a screen share on a laptop should be the worst idea ever, but it's executed perfectly. I can't stop thinking about it.
Haven't even heard of it. Is it good?
but seems like unfriended is just a gorier version of it - same format, same set up, same "message"
probably one of the best horror films I've seen in awhile and I was particularly impressed by how detailed some of the scenes were (removing buttons/icons etc).
good idea, good acting just ruined by how painfully dull it all is
ok, not a must see, not bad
its pretty good
it was absolutely not what i was expecting and i gave up pretty soon
the only downside I hate was the sound quality was a bit shit so the dialogue didn't quite get through, but it's decent
liked it a lot, JG is really great.
Home - can see the jokes rumbling down the track, kids enjoyed it but it did not have the 2 level appeal that so many 'kids' films do nowadays. Also, way too much Rhianna
A VERY silly film.
didnt like this much
46. Possession (1981)
very strange, found it quite hard to follow but really liked it. should watch it again some time. isabelle adjani is just insanely beautiful in it
First Snow - was decent enough, could have done more with it though
Blue Angel - really good
Really enjoyed this. Documentary (in the loosest sense) about high school movies. I found it quite a moving look at the melodrama of teenage life through the lens of US teen movies. Worth a watch.
Classic Statham-action flick; really well shot, some nice twists, thoroughly enjoyable!
His American accent was rubbish though.
really interesting if slightly too long/repetitive documentary on Elliot Smith
Honeymoon - interesting little indie horror. quite nasty without being gory
Morning Glory- genuinely loved this. thought it was excellent. Harrison Ford is brilliant in it.
I liked it, though I can see why many transgender people think the film glosses over the true struggles of being trans
excellent. story of a group of soldiers fleeing from the Nazi's who get trapped in a sewer as they escape
Great. Very tense. Jack O'Connell reliably brilliant.
Surprised I hadn't heard of this before. Cillian Murphy, Thandie Newton and Jamie Bell film from 2011. CM and TN go on a break to a remote Scottish island. JB turns up half-dead and says while they've been there a virus has started killing everyone on the mainland. Not a classic, but I really enjoyed it.
so fucking cool, 100% recommended
7.5/10 Really enjoyed this. Lovely performances and camerawork. I even shed a tear when Gabriel and Bathsheba finally got their act together at the end. Love Carey Mulligan. Cant compare with tge Julie Cristie one as i havent seen it.
7/10 Great fun. Loved the dialogue. Prob best Marvel film.
4/10 Awful. Hated the stereotypes. The cartoon violence and humour (?) just doesnt work and i liked Kick-Ass. I only lasted 45 mins then turned off. (in flight movie) Watched Girls and Louie instead.
Never seen this all the way through before (although I saw the stuff with Stephen Tompkinson as the suicidal clown at a much too impressionable age). Dead good, Ewan McGregor seems really incongruous in it for some reason but Pete Postlethwaite is awesome.
82. The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio*
Julianne Moore carries a fairly pedestrian thing about a poor family in the fifties whose income is supplemented by her prizewinning. Harmless enough.
83. The Homesman*
84. Keep on Keepin' On*
Benign documentary about Clark Terry teaching a blind kid to be good at jazz. In trying to draw comparisons between their stories it manages to not really tell either.
3/4 very good, 1/4 a bit implausible. Bubbles along with a very natural energy that makes you care a lot less that not a huge amount is happening for most of it. Goes off the rails a bit towards the end, can't say how without high risk of spoilers, but the ending definitely works.
86. The Tribe*
Truly stunning, probably the best thing I've seen this year. In case you've not heard of it (it's got a very limited release over here) it's a Ukrainian film that's set in a boarding school for the deaf. Everyone speaks in sign language without dubbing, dialogue or any other subtitles. Hard to know where to begin with what's so good about it. Nearly every shot is a meticulously constructed tracking shot through the corridors of the grim bloc concrete of the school, but the main strength is how successfully it creates this complete otherworld of the deaf students (who have essentially become an amoral mob syndicate) despite having no dialogue and very little narrative signposting. Has one really, really horrible scene (I won't spoil it but it's specifically mentioned on the certificate for the film) and apparently if you look closely it has some element of commentary on the Russia/Ukraine situation (which I didn't pick up on). Really impressive.
Found it a bit of a slog.
80s teen comedy with john cusack, in the vein of ferris bueller or something. some laughs, not bad, not great
this autoplayed on youtube for some reason and i went along with it, excited that i had no idea what it was. basically it's about this legendary show biz manager who started with alice cooper and then literally invented the concept of "celebrity chefs" and is pals with the dalai lama. very interesting guy and story, cheesy film poorly made by Mike Myers
is it as good as gilmore?
Looks a bit *too* whacky for me. I still unashamedly love The Wedding Singer/Big Daddy, that's the best Sandler, other than Punch Drunk Love/Funny People grown up Sandler.
The Immortal One (1963)
His first film and is slightly amateurish in places (often intentionally it seems) but still perfectly transplants the mood of his written fiction into film. This one is ostensibly about a man who lusts after a woman that doesn't exist. Jarring, fragmented and... pretty good.
This was part brilliant and part terrible. A director and his producer sit aboard a train planning to make a film about a drug smuggler on the same train starring an actor who happens to be on the same train. As the story takes place around them, the producer and director argue about continuity and the believability of the story. Would have worked very well as a more po faced meta narrative but regularly devolves into comic book silliness which spoils it.
Mubi is a really good service, showing stuff I dont think I'd come across otherwise. This was really good - looks well older than 1965 though
Fruitvale Station- it's good but I think a lot of it is very centered on creating an emotional punch. The 'moment' (Chad Michael Murray!) is very well done
don't think i'm gonna renew it when my trial runs out
480p just aint good enough, maaaan
they probably keep it that way to keep it of the time
its only 3 quid a month you skinflint
i just don't see the point in watching PROPER FILMS in shitty web streaming quality
most of these i will only ever watch once, i wanna see them in all their glory. will stick to buying stuff on bluray.
stylish and intense with some great characters. didnt love it that much, probably better in 3d
wasnt very good. Maynard James Keenan is in the cast list. Didn't see him
Fantastic doc about ex-prostitute working to help women get away from the sex industry. Really emotional and made with a good heart.
105 Mad Max Fury Road - Essentially a 2 hour car chase but a very enjoyable one.
Achingly self-important and far, far too long. A good editor could have driven a bulldozer through this and dispensed with all those bookend shots of New York, but as it turns out this was edited by the same person who thought The Wolf of Wall Street needed to be 3 hours long.
Impressively glossy but completely empty. Like Suspiria would be if it was actually a 90 minute car advert.
89. Cuban Fury*
Fine. No more, no less, just fine.
90. Pitch Perfect*
Really very funny, much funnier than you'd expect. Takes about 20 minutes longer than necessary to get where it's going but enough laughs to make you not care.
89. Pusher (2012)
Jeff from Coupling as a hardman drug dealer whose life falls apart. Pretty good.
not as ridiculous as you'd hope and the ironic racism is a bit iffy. Geri Haliwell plays Jason Statham's mum
Behaving Badly - shite
6/10 OK. B Pitt is very watchable. Usual "War is hell" shtick. Intense at times. Lots of people die. Americans good, Nazis bad.
excellent. that endings so effective
5/10 Big film about very little. Dull people on drugs. Below par Scorsese. Yawn.
the bits about his rise and fall are pretty good
the bits about them partying and their excess are awful
dont get me started on that McConaughy chest thing
8/10 An absurdly brilliant film. Top script. Great family film. Awesome.
exactly as youd imagine
billy wilder film starring kirk douglas as a newspaperman who decides to get involved in a story about a guy trapped in a hole. basicallt like an oldentimey version of Nightcrawler. good stuff
8.5/10 Really impressive considering its a middle in the trilogy b movie blockbuster thing. Intellegent and well produced. Shame i missed it at the cinema last year.
92. Testament Of Youth
Very Sunday evening. Pretty shite.
very good piece of work. terrific performamces
Before I Go To Sleep - shite
The Day He Arrives - nothing happens but its still excellent
6.5/10. I love Gilliam. Some of his films are brilliant (Brazil, 12 Monkeys) some are really interesting (Tideland, Fisher King) This has so many ideas but is so unfulfilling. Comedy/tragedy sf virtual reality thing with C. Waltz and drumless cover of Creep (nearly) Sigh.
Jodorowski's take on giallo. amazing photography/design and some amazing choreography, so all good, but doesnt really work as a horror as such. like it tho, and finally found out why at the drive-in called an EP El Gran Orgo
Not really my cuppa.
107 Pitch Perfect 2 - Thought the first one was average, the sequel was dreadful. More homophobia, Anna Kendrick looking like she'd rather be anywhere else and pretty much the same jokes rehashed. Rubbish.
108 The Goob - British drama set in Norfolk - had some lovely scenes and the cinematography was amazing but the story didn't come together for me and the ANGRY DAD felt like a bit of a cliche and unconvincing. Hannah from S Club 7 is in it, mind.
Typically cheery Claire Denis fare about a coffee plantation owner in a miscellaneous African country (would guess Cote D'Ivoire but apparently you deliberately don't know where it's supposed to be) in the midst of civil war. Felt a suitable amount of white guilt afterwards so it clearly worked, but some of the flashbacks make the narrative quite confusing.
92. Mad Max: Fury Road*
Loads of fun, could pick a fair few holes in the story but feels like it would be fairly churlish to do so. Very impressed by how much thought has gone into the overall design, some of the detail on the costumes and vehicles is extraordinary.
93. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night*
Stylish but completely empty. Think it's somewhat duplicitous to say it's an Iranian film when it was shot in California and was therefore not subject to the draconian state restrictions of films made in Iran (which admittedly sounds like the wankiest criticism in history but is definitely valid considering some Iranian films have to be made in secret due to their content).
Really warm and spirited film about the Jihadist occupation of Timbuktu in 2012. Quite impressively banal when dealing with the day-to-day running of the insurgency (although there are still some utterly brutal bits). The various plot strands don't always come together but in the current climate this feels like it'll be a very important film (it's got a limited release over here but it was a huge hit in France, where it swept the board at the Cesars).
95. Gone Girl
Decided to watch this again to see if it was as good when I knew what was going to happen and having read the book. And it was! Really like this film, by far and away my favourite thing David Fincher's done.
I didn't know it wasn't shot in Iran, that IS disappointing. Definitely takes the edge off it a bit.
7.5/10 Umm. Slightly batshit crazy at times but better for it. At one point I thought it was like the Battle of Helms Deep. Enjoyable though Winstone and Hopkins are both a bit shit.
liked it a lot
7/10 Low budget but effective environmental thriller with Jesse Eisenberg. Lots of paranoia, moody soundtrack and Eisenberg does that confused/worried face a lot. Peters out a bit at the end. Better than OK.
I had no idea these were good. Will seek out the first one now.
8/10 Gripping prison drama. Jack O'Connell is brilliant. Recommended.
3/10 I kinda wanted to like this. The first 30 mins were OK. However Depp is such a shit actor and Morgan Freeman is there spewing wisdom as he always does. Its SF. I can let go of reality. But for fucksake. It jumps the shark so many times. Aaaaaagggghhhh. I felt sorry for Paul Bettany but its just a fricken fat paycheck. Shite Shite. Shite.
it's so so so tedious. tried on 2 separate occasions to finish it and just can't. absolutely nothing about it
What the what the fuck? Looked obscenely excellent throughout (though I found the directors seemed to run out of steam and start repeating themselves stylistically towards the end) and was weirdly riveting, but the slight semblance of plot that did exist was a bit dull. Definitely worth a watch for the pure experiential thrill of seeing all the knives skating over erect nipples, leather-gloved hands tightening into fists, boobs smoothing against broken glass, etc. etc., but I'd hesitate to recommend it for anyone looking for any story, intrigue, actual horror, or anything.
Oh, the soundtrack is excellent too, as is the soundtrack to A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, to which basically all the same criticisms apply. Looks cool, is basically empty. Neither of them are a touch on Barbarian Sound Studio or even Amer (the previous one from The Strange Colour... directors).
that Strange Colour is a lot like Amer in the sense it is beautiful to look at but lacks any form of substance or intrigue, but I didn't realise they were the same director.
I didn't like either
for Amer. I reckon there's something to be said for films that focus in heavily on the phenomenological aspects that loads of films seem to miss out - like Cronenberg's body horror stuff I think is unfairly maligned by some people as trashy or gauche or something but actually taps into some really deep-seated feelings we all (I think) have about being a physical entity and our own fragility and stuff. Likewise, Amer and Strange Colour definitely evoke how fractured experience and memory can be and how that can be pretty weird/frightening, and are both really good at invoking thinking about the intersection between sex/lust etc. and violence (if subliminally). It's just a shame that they couldn't seem to do that whilst also presenting more of a plot. Maybe they don't need to though actually; having written this is making me think I liked it a lot more than I first thought if that makes any sense.
and how the film approaches you. I'm not a big fan of experimental films masquerading as a film with a story. It might be why I thought Goodbye to Language was so horrible, because there's no story to it whatsoever.
I agree that Strange Body and Amer are attacks on the senses and are glorious to look at but I still think there needs to be a semblance of story to back this up. I haven't seen Enter the Void yet but I've seen similar criticisms of this - might try watching it this weekend if I can
simply didn't understand it
6.5/10 Complete nonsense but fun if you are wearing your stupid hat. Lots of Die Hard influences. Played for laughs but the wholesale slaughter of innocents jars a bit. Quite like C Tatum.
it's like Edge of Tomorrow - a film that embraces its silliness and runs with it to the max, and is genuinely funny. I remember creasing at the scene where Tatum is driving on the White House lawn shouting at Jamie Foxx cause he lost a rocket launcher
might watch this evening
it's good, really good. A surprisingly subtle and deep ending as well, one of the few 'cut aways' which isn't infruriating. Thought the way the characters were portrayed in fighting their internal dilemmas was really well handled
REALLY good british drama which has a shockingly low distribution (I had to go to East bloody Finchley to see it) as I guess they're aiming more to the DVD market as its comes out next month. Well worth seeing if its on somewhere near you.
Way better than the trailer would have you believe, McCarthy is superb. Enjoyed it more than The Heat.
111 - Springtime in a small town. Utterly heartbreaking.
nowhere near up to the first one :(
a bit underwhelming really. was expecting a silly action film that knows its daftness but its a bit po faced really
Stranger by the Lake - it was good but there's far too much unnecessary sex
there just aren't that many good movies and you must watch lots of rubbish ones
God I loved that film
But there is literally no good reason for showing a jizzing cock (or squirting vadge for that matter) in a non-pornographic film.
To answer the other thing I've been a bit busy and all of my current Lovefilm rentals are 3+ hour jobs.
Surprisingly absorbing doc about Spandau Ballet - turns out they make quite entertaining talking heads and loads of news/home movie footage. Gary Kemp seems like a total knob.
114 Touch of Sin - Just couldn't get into it, felt so much more heavy than his other films.
and I thought it was kinda crazy how he went from gung ho action to social commentary without skipping a beat
it is pretty similar to Jim Jarmusch, and yeah I can understand the criticisms re: style over subtance. still, I liked it and if you didn't you probably hate iranians and are a huge racist.
but yeah, possibly a little vapid
7/10 Enjoyable hokum.
8.5/10 Grim mumblecore western starring Beatty and Christie. Great Laughing Len soundtrack and amazing atmospherics. Lovely stuff.
7/10 French sequel to Boyhood. Girlz-in-the-Hood would be a better title. Some lovely visuals. Bit slow. Got a bit bored in the second half. Shines Bright n Like a Diamond.
amazing obviously. slightly irksome the bits they've tinkered with since the last cut of it. worst bit was where they fudged an edit for a completely unnecessary shot that disrupts the music in britt ekland's dancing bit.
watched it on bluray and the new cleaned up picture is absolutely stunning.
watched this while I'm ill with a stomach bug, how very apt
actually thought it wasn't that bad, on a scale of shock anyway- there's a lot of space/downtime for you to collect your thoughts, whereas I think something like Funny Games or Irreversible is more shocking because they are more relentless and more in-your-face. The whole concept is quite crude but effective. But there is a lot of elegance in there, the framing, set design, dialogue, etc.
that guy with the creepy eyes though- yeesh. there seems to be a tendency with 60's/70's art directors to find the weirdest, creepiest actors possible, almost like they shouldn't be anywhere near a film set- I'm thinking of Herzog and Fassbinder here.
Its still top of my films to only watch once list. A guy quite close to me threw up during the shit eating scene. It is elegant but is so bleak and cold.
Noah Baumbach's first film and it feels like a debut. Centers around a group of graduating intellectual guys and their overly precious worldviews. Often grating and lacks the depth of his later films but you can see the burgeoning artiness and the feel for witty dialogue there.
I think Metropolitan did that whole intellectual fratboy thing a lot better though.
the 'first Czech New Wave film'
slightly thin, strange story about a communist teenager who goes to the countryside leaving his girlfriend to meet another guy
the cinematography is fucking amazing, so beautifully shot, worth it just for the images. very poetic, lilting film.
some very funny physical comedy and some decent lines, and zips along well, but really not as good as i remember, as well as unremittingly homophobic/transphobic and misogynist
looks surprisingly nice though, nice and grainy
Really beautiful and a massive treat on the big screen - shout out to Stratford Picturehouse for screening it in a MASSIVE room with me and 1 other person in attendance.
all their rooms are the same size. saw adaptation. there alone save for some stranger, which was frustrating
as I've been in smaller but ANYWAY - I've never been to a busy screening at that cinema, curious as to how it stays afloat.
but when i used to go regularly it was 4 identically sized screens, which i loved. like most cinemas in my experience it's basically empty for the wanky dickhead films the likes of you and i go to see, and disgustingly teeming for blockbusters
good idea poorly executed. could have been so much more but its ultimately a bit dull. bit offensive in places too
good fun. saw it in 2d and, as is always the case, a few shots looked shit and you know it was cos they were shot to be made 3d. gets much better towards the end and overall a bunch of fun. did i mention fun?
Fun stuff, although would be a better film if it was just Hero and Baymax and not the rest of the shoehorned in hero characters (who were presumably there for franchise building reasons). Baymax repairing itself with sellotape was wonderful.
Somehow never seen this before, dopey fun (although all of the teenagers clearly being in their 20s is quite distracting).
98. Advanced Style*
Lovely documentary about stylish old women. The main bloke is a bit of a tool though.
Colossal mess of a film about Robert De Niro befriending a drag queen Philip Seymour Hoffman. There's a reason no-one's ever heard of it.
100. Coming to America*
Funny enough, although it appears to be the first instance of Eddie Murphy putting on rubber masks and playing a load of different characters (and we all know how that ends). Cuba Gooding Jr's first feature film (as "Boy getting haircut").
surprisingly effective. the grotesque bits actually contributed to the narrative and didn't seem to be gratuitous whereas the story itself was rather well done
preferably about people who are trapped and going crazy like the Thing or the X Files episode that was a rip off of the Thing
also they should be good films
but no one goes crazy
errrr dunno only thing I can think of right now is Whiteout which isn't very good. The Gray maybe?
My Little Eye was decent
Frozen (not the Disney one) isn't in the tundra but it's about 3 skiiers who get trapped on ski lift over night - it's a lot better than it sounds.
Also I watched the Odd Couple last night and liked it, thanks
can't find it
ive got it on DVD, yours for £20.05
Two blokes on a weather station on a Baltic island. Goes in a very unexpected direction.
pure, unmitigated cack
6/10 Quite enjoyed this despite it being very silly and tbh not very good. A cracking first 30 min though. Morgan Freeman explains everything in a Morgan Freeman kind of way.
load of fucking shite
just absolutely stunning to see scenery and armies of extras shot that incredibly. feel it tails off, but at times o toole is fucking great and the score is lovely
Didn't have massive expectations for this but still found it very disappointing. Both does and doesn't feel like the book which is a mixed blessing. Got rid of nearly all the surf rock and went for a much more obvious hippy soundtrack. Joaquin, Josh Brolin and Del Toro all gave great performances but the casting otherwise was jfc. Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson and Joanna Newsom were all terrible. The voiceover was unbelievably dumb. Could literally feel the studio execs going 'people wont understand what's happening, please just have it explained in voiceover'.
Such a shame. I didn't love the book but there was a lot of enjoyable stuff in it. And to make this film after having made the Master as well. Oofta.
That said, lovely photography as to be expected. Some proper belly laughs at the occasional bit of very off-beat humour. Foung Josh Brolin's meltdown quite affecting. Just a shame it didn't come together better than it did.
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that was not a complete post
Didn't like it.
Bit much at times (them all bursting into song and the horns coming through etc) but largely a positive experience.
96. The American
97. The Last Station
Amazing. Best film of the year so far for me.
99. Love Is Strange
Bit slow, but worth the effort
1988 Czech live action Alice In Wonderland. Had high expectations that weren't met. Don't really understand why the little girl did all the voices.
Recommended to me after I was saying how great I thought Coherence is. It wasn't as good, but still a good film.
102. Martha - Meet Frank, Daniel & Laurence
Really enjoyed this
Expected to love this. Did not warm to it at all.
104. Snow In Paradise
Equal parts great and dodgy. Some of the acting is sub-Eastenders breathy gangster shite, but quite a bit of moving stuff in there. Worth a look.
Fuck all happening really slowly.
Possibly even better second time round.
103. Stations of the Cross*
Really impressive bit of film making. Admirable rather than enjoyable but excellently acted and brilliantly disciplined.
104. Slow West*
Watchable, but Kodi Smit-Mcphee's accent and the script are pretty all over the place. Needs more Ben Mendelsohn.
well made and excellently acted..not convinced on the reveal tho
watched this a long time ago before i'd seen much The Thick Of It. have been looking forward to rewatching it and took the plunge when someone posted a clip on here today.
really just a long episode of the thick of it, with a bit of veep thrown in. not great
6/10 Saw this 5 days ago but have forgotten it already. Lots of unlikeable characters. Schwarzman portrays narcissism pretty well. I think is was supposed to be funny.
8.5/10 Bizarre but brilliant portrayal of the recent Ipswich murders recounted in operetta using witness statements as the libretto. Olivia Coleman is brilliant as ever. Tom Hardy less so.
7.5/10. Quite liked the Jarmusch/Lynch vibe going on here. Great soundtrack and even better cat. I love a nice bit of B&W. Mrs Olson hated it.
hate to be this guy but this just isn't as good as I remembered. Some absolutely breathtaking stuff, but as a whole doesn't feel very cohesive, and the whole 'deckard is a replicant' angle is just not well put-forward.
excellent. performances are fantastic
Both rubbish and good in equal measure. Emilia Clarke did a good Linda Hamilton impression, Arnie was great (as always), was a big mess of CGI in places. Jai Courtney was boring and ruined Kyle Reese - not sure how he's getting parts in big films (saw him in Die Hard 5 and Jack Reacher and he was balls in both of them). Better than Terminator 3.
watched this yesterday and really enjoyed it. it's a mockumentary following vampires that house share.
saw good reviews for it and been meaning to watch it, cheers
Alain Robbe-Grillet's third film. Was possibly too meta even for me. Still, somewhat enjoyed it. Pretty much this for 100 minutes:
I couldn't get on with this, despite really fancying Casey Affleck. I think I just don't like films like this anymore.
love IRanian cinema
it's good but it's pretty forgettable. No idea how it's in the IMDB top 500 or got such rave reviews
Did not like it.
Vanilla Sky - 5/10. Loads worse than I remembered. Terrible shoe-horned soundtrack. Tom Cruise is the worst actor ever. The ending! OK for parts and then Pretty rubbish. Just made me want to watch the original.
can we delete it please?
I watched John Dies At The End over the weekend but who gives a shit?
isn't it the guy from the day today/alan partridge who recaps everything in the elevator or have I gone nuts
it's Noah Taylor, the Australian version
Hard to compare this to other films, seems to have a much grander purpose than pretty much everything else. Glad it found its way into the hands of a director as deft and as restrained as Joshua Oppenheimer.
106. Dead Ringers*
Standard issue Cronenberg, although with big Jed Irons in the central role(s) rather than some Canadian no-mark. Fine I suppose.
107. What Happened, Miss Simone?
Decent documentary about Nina Simone.
108. Kinky Boots*
British clash of cultures type comedy, tonally it's a very diluted Pride. Has Joel Edgerton as a man who owns a shoe factory.
109. Dead Man Walking*
One of those films that actors do when they want an Oscar. Susan Sarandon is excellent, Sean Penn not so much. If it has a message it's not a very clear one.
110. You, The Living*
There really isn't another director like Roy Andersson. It's impossible to explain what this film's about or why it's so good, but it really is brilliant. It's all on Youtube (without the subtitles, but honestly they don't add a lot).
111. Zero Dark Thirty
Little less impressed by this than when I first saw it, but considering you know how it ends as soon as it starts it remains gripping for the whole two and a half hours. Has Joel Edgerton as man who shoots Osama Bin-Laden.
Sort of prods and gropes at something interesting without ever getting a grip on it. Did NOT like the last scene.
4/10 Just unpleasant.
Amazing. Phil Hartman as a cat! A story of self-confidence prevailing over self-doubt! Upset magpies! The sea! Just brilliant.
9.5/10 Brilliant. Amazing framing, colour and general camerawork. Some really haunting scenes. Sexually repressed nuns in the mountains. How have I never seen this!!! Imagine seeing this in the cinema in 1947...Awesome.
8/10 Really enjoyed this. Funny with pathos. George plays a professional twat who has commitment issues. Guess im slightly in love with Clooney. However i did need a cuddle at the end and Mrs O is in Crete.. :(
not what I expected at all - and to be honest it was a bit dreary
?.5/10 Really not sure what i think about this. I felt quite diffident about most of it then found the final scene really moving and powerful. Strange.
may be mistaken wit lyrics
it's pretty offensive but I don't care, I enjoyed it
4/10 Fucking awful quasi-fascist SF. Harrison Ford phones in his role. Tbh I hated the book so I blame myself for watching it.
Equal parts quite decent and completely awful. Some of Brand's ideas at the end are quite restrained and sensible, and some of the talking heads make some interesting points, but the tone at times is patronising to the point of being unbearable and there is a lot of flawed logic throughout.
surprisingly good. seems to be very little heard of but I would recommend it. Awful CGI though
I was expecting this to be a fun romp. I didn't expect to laugh out loud about forty times and cry at the end. Perfect Aardman film. So good.
111. A Most Violent Year
80s New York businessman deals with his rivals stealing his oil all the time. Really good, brooding film. Not too brooding. Just on the right side. Very engaging.
was OK, wanted to like it more but it fell short a few times, and the denouement was very disappointing. still worth a watch, some really powerful moments.
7/10 Slightly Coeny neo Western. A little uneven but entertaining. Lovely photography and music.
it was better than I thought . Not as much of a comedy as I expected but it was still quite fun
still pretty fun even if it's a bit silly and some bits have aged quite badly, and Keanu Reeves is awful of course, but the whole design and feel of it is still great. My flatmates put the second one on after and I lasted about 5 minutes into that sex scene and remembered just how awful it is and thus went to bed
Kevin Smith is shit
Housebound - good little NZ horror comedy that's actually funny and spooky
I might rewatch it. or maybe not
Meh. Wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be. Some of it was so CLEARLY acted/scripted that it was nauseating.
Wasn't entirely without merit though. Seeing an older brother's success through the eyes of a loser younger brother is fertile documentary ground - was just all a bit clumsy.
tons of good stuff on here i haven't seen. new project i guess.
on that list. but then, I saw Chelsea Girls is on it. I've not seen it. I should probably watch it. it's probably unwatchable.
also, out of the top 10, I'm assuming you've seen most, but the Sweet Smell of Success is really good if you haven't seen it.
will check it out again
yer man had a cameo in tootsie fwiw
I've never seen Tootsie. might do at some point. I don't even know that much about Andy Warhol (I mean, I've got more than a passing interest in him, but I'm no expert), but he's seems really New York, y'know? about as New York as it's possible to be. ... and I guess I'll pretend that's not a stupid statement.
and downtown 81 is on there which i can only assume he is some way involved with
Load of old shite.
Some decent bits. Largely underwhelming.
Interesting take on the sci fi / horror genre - only got a limited release here so already out on DVD. Well worth seeking out.
Crime and punishment through the eyes of a 6 year old in 1950s new york. Quite charming and affecting in places but probably twice as long as it needs to be.
The Taking of Pelham 123 (1974)
Walter Matthau as a wise-talking traffic cop taking on hilariously British subway train hijackers. Couple unfortunate instances of the bad racism but pretty enjoyable overall. Literally LOL ending as well.
Just ridiculous, really. Funny in places but just too silly most everywhere else. Really weird to see Bill Murray in a supporting role where he's just acting and not being Bill Murray.
When Harry Met Sally (1989)
Some moments of wit and charm but not great overall. Nauseatingly stupid ending.
it's good, I relaly do enjoy these types of films which is time-travel/alternative worlds type stuff.
Loved this, dirt cheap vampire Western thing from Kathryn Bigelow. Exactly the right kind of stupid, also features things exploding on a pleasingly regular basis. Always enjoy watching the inexpensive stuff directors who went on to be great made early in their careers.
Very good, not quite up there with Primer and there are a few too many Professor Explanington moments (oh, my brother just happened to leave a book about metaphysics lying around!) but such an inventive film.
Pants Daniel Craig vehicle about the Holocaust. Commits the cardinal sin of English people being foreign by speaking English in a foreign accent. Jamie Bell seems to be one of those actors who curses anything he's to rubbishness simply by being in it.
116. 22 Jump Street*
Not funny enough. Not even close to being funny enough actually, Lord and Miller should stick to kids films in future.
117. Out of the Furnace*
Ropey American drama with a very top-heavy cast (Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Forest Whitaker, Willem Dafoe, Zoe Saldana, Woody Harrelson, Sam Shepard, literally everyone with more than 2 lines is a name actor) blundering through a fairly hopeless script. Casey Affleck as a bareknuckle boxer is an atrocious peace of casting.
118. The Secret in Their Eyes
Rewatched this after learning there's going to be an American remake. Chiwetel Eljiofor is going to be playing the Ricardo Darin role, which fills me with trepidation.
The Loveless. there's lots of Willem Dafoe flexing in tight leather.
Nearly skipped it as it has Robert Patty in, and I have hated him in everything.. he was really good in this though.
Started but then stopped. Pretty fucked and pretty stupid
Surprisingly all right. Some good funny lines.
lot of laughs, great paul rudd
59. Inside Out
a valuable lesson and some good ideas, but not really very good
I absolutely loved it. just cracking fun all the way through
Finally got round to watching this last night, thought it was excellent. Considering some of the brutal content it was laugh out loud at some points and Brendan Gleeson was, as always fucking brilliant.
I just couldn't understand why the villagers hated the priest so much, historical factors aside. He was written and played as a thoroughly decent man
That's how bored I was.
Strange one this, feels like a bit of an outlier in the Kubrick canon. Feels like one of those fancy renaissance paintings you get of some rich merchant and his ugly children where everyone's wearing wigs; very elegant to look at but very hard to care about. Shout out to Ryan O'Neal's midatlantic accent too.
120. Inside Out*
10/10 for concept, 6/10 for execution. It was always going to be a big ask to marry the concept to something young children could enjoy and it seems that they end up compensating with a lot of fairly average slapstick. Amy Poehler and Richard Kind were both great but this was fairly disappointing.
Low budget, high concept horror about some people stuck in a cube. The kind of thing they show on the SyFy channel.
122. The World's End*
Actually really enjoyed this, expanding the Pegg/Frost axis to include Eddie Marsan and Paddy Considine actually worked really well. The stuff with the aliens wasn't brilliant but it was funny enough often enough for me to not really care.
after hearing poor things from people who saw it in the pictures. Actually really enjoyed it, I think it rounds out the trilogy really well. It's the least good of the three but that doesn't really matter.
Agree with you on Inside Out as well, I was so ready to love it from that trailer, but the film itself was too much dicking around inside the recesses of the brain. The dinner table scene from the trailer was by far the best bit. It was a great concept that they didn't use to its full potential. I might start being one of those bastards who say Pixar is over.
really? I thought it tainted what could have been a great trilogy. It was largely unfunny, boring and irritating.
Just thinking there haven't been enough independent films about Park Slope 20-somethings trying to find their way in the world.
The Landlord (1970)
Hilarious and quite affecting satire about a rich white kid who buys a run down tenement building and insinuates himself into the lives of the poor, black tenants to the absolute horror of his own family. Need to see some more Hal Ashby, this was good.
Three Days of the Condor (1975)
Pretty good not-quite-a-spy film though Robert Redford getting it on with a kidnapped Faye Dunaway is the rapiest romance I've seen on screen for some time. Max von sydow was great as the stalker assassin.
God Told Me To (1976)
Pulpy horror/crime TV movie about killing sprees occurring and all the killers claiming 'god made them do it', that moves into a second story about alien abductions and then on into even more bizarre territory. Mind-bendingly stupid but watchable and funny.
Death Wish (1982)
This could have been good and it does have its moments but Michael Winner's camp direction lets it down quite badly. Never knows when it needs to be serious or silly. I was considering watching the sequels but after reading the plot synopses i think probably best to give them a miss.
e.g. God Told Me To. seen a few other Larry Cohen movies, he seems pretty reliable for weird low-budget things
pedants corner: Death Wish came out in 1974 not 1982
dunno where i got that date
Dunno if there's any Kiyoshi Kurosawa fans here but I've been trying to track down some of his later films which don't seem to be getting wider distribution, but hooboy was this a stinker. Journey to the Shore played at Cannes to decent reviews so I'll check it out but I think he might be over.
This is fantastic, not sure why I've not got round to it before. Utterly heartbreaking.
Better than I expected.
surprisingly interesting and entertaining. he does come across as quite the arsehole. did make me want to listen to his albums with Fela Kuti though
looks very nice and has some interesting ideas but a bit too earnest for my liking. it's pretty much 2 hours of people talking about their feelings. and it includes a scene where Joaquin Phoenix plays the ukele and Scarlett Johansson sings along.
you'd expect a neo-noir written by Paul Schrader and Robert Towne and Starring Robert Mitchum to be great. instead it takes forever to get going. the first half hour in particular is interminable. it's quite good once it does, definitely has some ok ideas/scenes. still, not anywhere near as good as it should have been.
has a potentially decent cast for a comedy (Oscar Isaac, Elijah Wood, Kristen Wiig, someone from community, uh, some other people) but it was total shit. don't think I laughed once.
much better than anticipated 6.66/10
a bit incidental but still good. Tom Cruise is my new favourite man
Everyone in this is the worst kind of person, but it gradually develops into something you get drawn into.
I think had I not been supremely exhausted and had I not made the mistake of having one single pint (no pints fine, one pint exhausting, two or more fine) then I would have enjoyed it.
It looks incredible, similar to that German/Russian (I forget) version of Faust from a couple of years back. Just unremittingly bleak and muddy and foul. Really funny in places and feature some spectacular scenery, but I didn't find the visuals engaging enough for it not be be profoundly dull. What little plot there was wasn't all that engaging, and very, very little really happened.
Having said that, I gave up about two and a half hours in because I needed to go home and go to bed. Maybe the end redeems it totally.
except I stayed to the end. I'm glad I've seen it, but would never want to repeat the experience.
watched it to see whether it would be worth watching the TV series
will not be watching the TV series
4.5/10 Went because Mrs Olson is a fan of the series. She loved it. Some half decent Bondesque action set pieces but otherwise awful. Stupid plot. Acting by Pegg and Baldwin particularly hammy. 30 mins too long. Cruise looks great for hus age but his face is looking really puffy in close ups. Avoid.
My least favourite PTA, but still pretty good.
Worth a watch
159 Omar - Excellent
interesting, if a bit light drama about denial after a tragedy
Marshland - loved it, ridiculously enjoyable. a film that keeps you guessing all the way through and a complex but rewardin plot
saw a bit of jack and jill on TV> what on earth is Al Pacino thinking?
Roar - utterly bizarre film which has Noel Marshall living wit over 100 untrained big cats and other wild animals. Tippi Hedren nearly got scalped making it, 70 crew members got injured. You can see the utter fear on the actors face all through. As a film its not very good but its an interesting and unique watch
and it's a bit of a chore cause there is no story whatsoever, it's basically 1 hour and a half of people shitting themselves cause a lions trying to claw them
worth a watch
Mexican film about the rapes/murders/disappearances of 100s of young women every year in Juarez, good but depressing, makes me want to go out and apologise on behalf of my gender to every woman I meet, the world would probably be a better place if all men except the homosexuals and asexuals were culled.
but not sure i can trust them to do the reality justice. is it very "real"? looks like kind of a standard touch cop movie with the juarez murders as a backdrop.
Really loved this, seems to be being promoted as Sinister / Insidious-lite (the poster doesn't help) but it's a lot more like Fatal Attraction / Hand that rocks the cradle.
Jason Bateman is terrific and you can never guess where it's going. One of my best of the year so far.
thought it was excellent. The performances throughout are sublime (the scene where Kristen Wiig tells Luke Wilson she's been unfaithful), and the chemistry with Wiig and Bill Hader feels so natural.
Also contains the only time there' s been a comedy dance routine which hasn't been ridiculously annoying (other than Damsels in Distress)
Really excellent - some really nice touches and never feels like its trying to be shocking or irreverent and as a result feels very true. Shame its not a 15 but can sort of understand why.
162 52 Tuesdays
Aussie film about a transgender man going through the transition process over, as the title suggests, one year, while the real-life actor was going through the same thing. Nice idea but the film gets bogged down by how earnest it is & the lead character, the daughter, is intensely annoying and felt like a spoilt brat.
it's certainly a unique watch. Don't think it's quite as good as people make out but worth seeking out
Unfriended- surprisingly effective. For me, the film flagged when the characters started dropping. It's best when the tension is being racked up, whilst just looking at a computer screen. Thought it did a very good job
Black Narcissus - just great
Wondered if I would like it more watching it on a computer screen.
Mini review is up the thread. So wonderful.
How on earth has this got such good reviews? Basic man gets into dance music, proceeds to speak how literally no one speaks whilst in a night club, apparently becomes mega famous though no one seems to ever recognize or acknowledge him, Ecstasy is talked about as if its new in a scene set in 1995 - awful, just awful.
apparently i just watch childrens films nowadays. really good tho
a Josephine Decker movie with a Q&A w/ her afterwards. The film starred Joe Swanberg and it kind of felt like an even more wilfully 'indie' Swanberg movie but with SHOCKING violence/sex. It did look very beautiful in parts (cool use of a shallow depth of field and the wobbly handheld camera stuff didn't seem as cliched as usual b/c it was from animal's perspectives etc.) but it was a bit mumbly and sort of basically quite silly.
The Q&A was a legitimately absurd experience. Josephine Decker spent most of it talking about how she was trying to overcome various emotional problems with therapy and meditation, how her editor was a psychic, how she originally wanted a cow "with a deep Kentucky drawl" to narrate the film. It was great, if a bit cringeworthy. Maybe I'm just a judgemental dweeb though.
I had never heard of this - a mockumentary following Werner Herzog making a documentary himself about finding Loch Ness Monster with the guy who wrote Last Action Hero. bizarre
Breaking the Waves - it's a bit dull,way too long. Not as good as people make out, not as bad as its haters say
Trainwreck- loved it
Not a huge amount to say about these, watched them on DVD when I was at home. They're both great.
125. Pacific Rim*
Couldn't decide if this was a shit film or a good film masquerading as a shit film. It's certainly tongue in cheek but there's something about such diligent cliche box-ticking that rubs me the wrong way.
126. The Warriors*
Excellent, obviously. Took me until the very end of the film to figure out that the main bad guy is Ben Horne from Twin Peaks.
This was very nice, quite a few good laughs. The bear CGI was a bit ropey and lent the whole thing a Who Framed Roger Rabbit vibe, but it's too good natured to take against.
128. The Piano Teacher*
Typically bleak Haneke fare driven by a couple of excellent performances. Pretty powerful and genuinely unpleasant but I think I prefer Haneke when he's directing his anger outside the film rather than at the characters.
129. Almost Famous*
Was going to watch Man of Iron after The Piano Teacher but a double helping of misery felt a bit much for Sunday so I watched this instead. Enjoyed it a lot, features Mark Kozelek singing Tiny Dancer.
Satisfying 80s Action/Harrison Ford in silly hats vehicle. Alternative title: Gritty Cop's Amish Adventure.
it's good, until the aliens bit, then it just becomes stupid and dull. Would've been a much better film if it was just a comedy following them on the pub crawl
Orson Welles plays a Nazi in disguise, doesn't even attempt a slight German accent
Crawl or Die - shit low budget American horror. Good premise, ends up just someone sat in a tunnel shouting
Decent, but not great
124. Force Majeure
Really brilliant. Uncomfortably honest, to the point I felt really anxious watching it.
Eight O'Clock Walk, very good
The Guest (with Dan "Downton" Stevens): the best thing about it was Susanna Reid's interview with him on Morning Bellend:
Transsiberian: ace thriller with Woody Harrelson and Emily Mortimer getting mixed up with drugs in Siberia. Tense, credible and effective.
honestly dont know what the deal is with this and Cyberbully. anyway. too much reading
fucking STELLAR - excruciating send-up of twatty late 20s/early 30s dingbats and douchey 'intellectual' college freshmen that turns into a very touching and intimate examination of what makes people act this way and yada yada and it's really funny - great lines scattered throughout - really fast-paced and excellently shot to keep the energy up. Great great great.
126. Fantastic Four
Got free tickets as a surprise gift. Dreadful.
127. National Treasure
128. Kingsman: The Secret Service
Not very good
it's stupid and offensive but it is funny
Stitches - Ross Noble plays a clown who dies at a kids party and then gets payback 6 years later. surprisingly good
this seems to be a univerally panned film but i thought it was alright. features one of the most brutally realistic drowning scenes you'll ever see, and one of the most ridiculously mean-spirited death scenes you'll ever see. (really bothered me actually). apparently sunk the careers of everyone involved.
weird Austrian one about the lives of 6 bizarre people on a red hot day in Vienna. The lives interconnect but not annoyingly so like Pulp Fiction.
First half is a bit dull but actually does a great job in ramping up the feel of the film. Worth a watch
Didn't really get into this. The animation is really cool, but not enough to engage for over two hours.
Excellent. Top acting skills, actors.
131. Second Coming
I know this is a proper 'old man' criticism, but I literally couldn't understand what anyone was saying. Hitherto unseen levels of mumbling, and no subtitles available. I struggled to follow what was going on. Couple of good scenes regardless, but sort it out.
132. Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind
Thought it was excellent. Didn't understand the piety from some critics about it (Mark Kermode in particular). Just like Goodfellas it put the (particularly male) viewer in this uncomfortable place where you're like `These people are fucking horrendous but... nnng I BET that was all a lot of fun`. Sometimes it's good to have your morals prigged.
DiCaprio's fantastic and the ending was damning - showing that from all of this that he, and we, have learned absolutely nothing.
in that the scenes showing it going wrong at the business are interesting in an almost Margin Call type way
the scenes where it's showing them high on drugs or partying are absolutely terrible.
I thought the whole point of them was to be as outrageous as possible so you sit there and go `fuck... did this actually happen?`. The whole thing looked pathetic because, the whole thing WAS pathetic.
Why did you think the scenes were terrible? Because they were excessive and boring? Because if so... that was the point.
I think they were gratuitous and were intended to be
Be a bit odd making a biopic of a book which chronicles the immoral excesses of its subjects without actually showing them.
"Oh look, there's that. Yep, that's happening. Has it fin...no, no it hasn't. Well OK." It's the kind of film that just happens at you and is really difficult to take any sort of interest in.
If you're not interested in/intrigued by `what went on in that world` then you're not going to enjoy it. Simple.
131. I Love You, Man*
Funny actors who need funnier material.
132. The Hitcher*
Quite rubbish by any objective standard, but Rutger Hauer is just awesome.
How did anyone think this was a good idea? Good God. I think this might be the worst film I've ever seen. :D
I looked it up on Rotten Tomatoes afterwards expecting 0-5%. 72%?! What the fuck? It's so completely ludicrous and plays everything so po-faced and humourlessly. Every scene where the guys in hats do some explaining comes off like a South Park parody. The central premise is just wanged in 20 minutes in with no subtlety at all, and it's a really fucking stupid premise (sorry PKD, but it's fucking stupid). Terrible. Terrible.
(or WASHINGTON SNIPERS as its known here)
Went straight to DVD here but worth seeking out - about the true story of the Washington snipers. Really chilling & gripping in equal measure and the lead performance is truly menacing.
Why the name change though?
179 GRAND CENTRAL
The Angelina Jolie one - excellent.
after recommendations here
thought it was utterly brilliant. absolutely loved how the story was paced and panned out, and it's one of the only films where the ambiguity worked ofr me
8/10 Great thriller. Expected it to be a bit meh. Jason Bateman is really good.
thought it has been built up a little too much, and Tom Courtenay isn't great in it, but its still a really good story. Charlotte Rampling is such a good screen prescence, and I thought the script made you really invest in the relationship. I enjoyed how even though they are an old couple, and the film is centred around a party for their anniversary, their ages weren't a focal point. Much like Weekend, where it was a love story where the couple happened to be gay, the couple here happened to be older, if that makes sense
Largely good, some excellent bits
features a pretty gnarly, graphic bear attack. a lot of the film seems to be stretching itself to fill its running time though. solid
7/10 Old couple relationship saga. A piece of Tom Courtenays past returns creating existential angst. Rampling is excellent; all brooding stares and quizzical glances.
I agree with Steved, it's a great idea which comes up short. I suppose there is only so much you can do using real animals, but it still feels like the idea coud've been explored more. It's too long, but the animals in it are astonishing
it's just joyful isn't it
Excellent - knew little about this but it was on at the Picturehouse on Sunday morning when I couldn't get back to sleep so went along & very glad I did. Brazilian comedy/drama revolving around social class. Really loved this.
45 Years - Tremendous from Haigh, again. That last scene, fucking hell.
what a film. Had forgotten quite how funny Wes Anderson can be. It's just littered with great visual comedy - the bit in which he walks out of the lift holding the box of bees and sticks his chewing gum not he wall with that James Dean floaty 'don't give a fuck' expression is just genius.
I don't think I could leave it mega long without watching it. The Autumn'll bring on a yearning.
possibly my favourite ending to a film
yeah really enjoyed it, thought it packed more of a punch than I expect. The direction and cinematography is really really good as well
Very, very long but justified it for me. Right up there.
136. Heavenly Creatures
Excellent. Climactic scene was perfect.
137. One of The Hobbit films
On in the background. Bloody awful.
funny mumblecore sex comedy, if you can imagine such a thing
5/10 Underwhelming. Tom Hardy is fine but the script is ropey. Hated the cack handed narration. ( Full screen view of womans hands taking pills out of medicine cabinet. Narration "It was at this point I turned to pills" Really)
139. The Italian Job
been described as a new Mulholland Drive, it's not, but it's still an entertaining horror flick
my third favourite Of...and Men" film after Of Gods and Men, and Of Mice and Men
pretty good yeah
7.5/10 Meryl Streep plays rockstar with estranged family issues. Jonathan Demme directs . Saw this as it was prob the only half decent film showing in Bham that night so didnt expect much but it was rather good. I always find Streep watchable and the the characters/script was decent. The last 10 mins were a bit overblown and syrupy but otherwise good stuff.
Gene Hackman plays a priest in it.
creepy as fuck little horror flick. think certain aspects of it let it down a bit, but can see why it's got a cult reputation. there's a few images that really stay with you, great soundtrack too
you should check out something called the Tunnel, an Australian horror. it's a found footage but don't let that put you off
yeah very good, very tense
never seen it before, it's just great
stands up surprisingly well
By The Bluest Seas - Soviet film from the 30s, two sailors shipwrecked find their way to an island with a community farm, both fall in love with the same woman. only about 70 minutes but packs a heck of a lot in
Ends up being one of those documentaries you never quite connect with because it doesn't convince you that the subject (sushi) is all that interesting to begin with.
134. Waking Ned*
Lovely film, seems to have dropped off the face of the earth a bit since being released but lots to like about it. Had sort of forgotten James Nesbitt existes.
135. What We Did on our Holiday*
Feels like a boxing day BBC drama that only ended up in a cinema because Rosamund Pike ended up being really famous. If you think children are inherently charming you'd probably like this; I don't, and I didn't.
136. The Guest*
Loved this, really high quality stupid film making. Mr Downton Abbey is brilliantly creepy.
Good rather than great, never really felt as fraught as it should have done and the shady dealing elements of it distracted from the tension rather than adding to it. Could see the last key scene coming from space too.
138. Bull Durham*
I don't really get baseball and didn't really get this, it just felt like one really long second act.
139. 99 Homes*
Pretty good, having read a lot about the sub-prime market and everything that went down in 2008-2010 it's good to see a film that focuses on the human element of it (i.e. not weird shiny men in skyscrapers shouting at one another). Wasn't convinced by Andrew Garfield as a young father, but I don't think I'd be convinced by Andrew Garfield as himself in "Andrew Garfield: The Movie".
Having now seen all of the Best Foreign Language film nominees from last year's Oscars (this, Ida, Timbuktu, Leviathan and Wild Tales) I'm convinced that they gave it to the weakest film of the bunch. If it were me choosing this'd probably edge it over Wild Tales. It's a brilliantly understated 4 actor job about two Estonians nursing two injured soldiers from different sides (of a war I've never heard of) back to health. Antiwar without ever being preachy and very human and sad without resorting to cliché, One of the year's better films.
Going to try and pick up the pace to reach my 150 films I've never seen before target (same as every year). Good selection of films on the way though if the trailers are anything to go by, looking forward to The Lobster and The Program in particular.
in all honesty, it didn;'t grab me as much as I thought it would, until the last 20 minutes. The scene where Congo is watching him play the victim is really something else, extremely hard hitting
Area 51- found footage about some kids trying to get into Area 51, directed by yer man who did Paranormal Activity. the first hour is completely dull and pointless but it's actually not too bad when they get into the base. again though, the found footage element adds nothing to it though
It was terrible.
absolutely magnificent. tells the story of 5 key days across a families life. all members get pretty much the same amount of story time (maybe one brother falls by the wayside a tiny bit, but that reflects his role in the family too) and the performances are great. you find yourself really invested in them and the ending is devastating
cause I'd seen all the others. it's just staggeringly dull
Risky Business - again, it's not very interesting
this is an absolute gem of a film tbh, proof that if you watch enough trashy-looking horror/killer-animal-on-the-loose films, you'll eventually strike gold.
it's directed by the same guy who did Wolf Creek, but don't let that put you off (personally that would put me *on* but WC is divisive) - it's got a lot more heart and is less bleak and mean-spirited.
i think a key part of it is that in films like this the characters tend to be one-dimensional fodder, but here there's these really subtle little touches that humanize them and give them depth, nothing too obvious, there was even things i didn't notice til a 3rd viewing. not claiming it's a masterpiece in that respect, but it's a nice touch.
something about the dialogue is really effective as well, people talk over each other or say stuff off camera and you get the feeling a lot of it might have been improvised; gives it a really natural, realistic feeling.
some great scenery gorn/direction too. features the guy who played the outback killer in Wolf Creek but in a completely different role.
yeah great film
actually a lot better than I thought. it doesnt do anything new, but it still feels fresh. For some reason, the fact all these vampires love a chubby IT guy called Stu is still tickling me
loved it. one of the most sensual films I've seen
Parabellum - film at the LFI on Mubi (whay). its about a training camp for the end of the world. its really dull
Second watch. Still one of the best films I've ever seen. It's on Netflix if you have a free hour. You won't regret it.
141. Gangs Of New York
142. Return To Oz
143. Enron: The Smartest Guys In The Room
Decent. Seems a bit quaint now, compared to the level of awfulness that followed it.
144. Trading Places
Some weird race stuff in there, but largely excellent. Wish they still tried to make films like this.
145. My Left Foot
146. Training Day
Really liked this. First time I've seen Denzel Washington in a film.
147. The Holiday
Dreadful. Not my choice.
148. Not Another Teen Movie
Superb. Really surprised how much I enjoyed it.
149. Big Trouble In Little China
particularly given the fact that it's aimed at children.
based on a recommendation in the horror thread and yeah its pretty good. it's a little bit like Chronicle (albeit with far different outcomes) but not interminable
Lucifer - film about Satan passing through a town in Mexico. shot almost entirely so all the actions plays out in a circle , which isn't too distracting but is ultimately pointless. it's quite good
really very bad. fucking hilarious really. so clunky
What a headfuck this film is. Genuinely touching and its good intention is very effective. But the time travel shiz... appallingly handled. My main issue mind was the mawkishness of the ending. Y'know the `The important thing is to cherish the beauty of every day life - look at what's in front of you, not what's behind you` etc. etc. Fair enough. But it's all very fucking well for Donhall Gleeson to say that when he's manipulated his entire life and erased every mistake he's ever made, leading to him living in a nice big house in London with Rachel McAdams. Very rich.
That said, I think you'd have to have a heart of concrete to not find it a worthwhile watch on balance.
low budget thing about people who find a machine that takes photos of their future. bit like a Goosebumps story. It;s good but falls down horribly in the last 10 minutes
Cold Weather - mumblecore type detective thing. Good promise but then completely forgets what it's doing and has such a non ending
7/10 Ok. The last 30 mins were a bit silly. I liked the humour injection. Too long. M Damin is very watchable.
Laughed quite a lot at this, especially when he goes through the window on the child's plane thing.
The Place Beyond The Pines
The first part was okay, enjoyed the chase scenes, but the rest was just tedious and boring and far, far, FAR too long. Thought everyone in it was rubbish as well, especially Gosling when he was speaking *mumble, mumble, mumble....STARE FOR A BIT* His only good bits were when he was shouting for the "FUCKING MONEY" in the bank.
Seen it before, laughed unintentionally again, forgot about the weird bit in the basement near the end and the black sick.
151. The Omen
152. Field Of Dreams
I know everyone says it, but this is such a silly film. It was alright. Just so silly.
Paper Heart - twee mockumentary. not as annoying as it could have been, but not interesting at all
Amityville Horror (1979) - hasn't aged at all well
Circle - weird little indie horror, 50 people in a circle have to vote each other to die. does well to take a limited idea and make it not seem tired/too long but again, not too interesting
Watched this again in case it wasn't as rubbish as I first thought. It isn't, but it's still pretty rubbish. Considering pretty much everyone with a speaking part is a name actor they should be doing so much better than this.
142. Primal Fear*
Blinky lawyer Richard Gere and a young Edward Norton take the scenic route to the most obvious twist imaginable. Not supposed to make it sound bad, I actually quite liked it.
This was good, has that same made for TV quality that a lot of Stephen Frears' stuff has but perfectly watchable nonetheless.
144. Shakespeare in Love*
Sharp script and a strong cast (including a bizarre bit of Ben Affleck casting), but 1998 must have been a lean year at the Oscars.
145. The Lobster*
146. The Signal*
147. What We Do in the Shadows*
I never really got Flight of the Conchords, but this was quite funny.
Philomena. Y'see I went into this thinking it was going to have a bit of made-for-TV lightness. I actually found it really moving and was really taken in by it. Thought Judi Dench's performance was absolutely extraordinary. Really surprised by how much it all moved me.
Shakespeare In Love. I like a bit of Brit luvvie comedy as much as the next man... but absolutely HATED this. Skilfully done make no mistake but something about the concept was like nails down a blackboard for me, and it all seemed very self-satisfied in its cleverness, if that makes sense?
was a bit taken aback at how straight forward and..simple it is. decent fun though
Let Us Prey- suprisingly good indie horror. A police station takes in a stranger who may be the devil. nothing new, but it's good fun, treads a good line between creepy and ridiculous. well worth a watch
pretty decent, lesser carpenter
Also watched Tomorrowland. From Brad Bird who did that good M:I film, Iron Giant and The Incredibles. It's really good.
Family film with an adult edge to it a la Buffy or Dr Who, but it reminded me of watching films in my youth like Back to the future or Explorers where the plot isn't your run-of-the-mill blockbuster and is pretty leftfield. Some really inventive ideas in it, it has a really good pay off, some great action sequences and a strong moral heart.
Well worth a watch if you miss shit like The Goonies.
had been looking forward to this but I couldn't even finish it. Somewhat original idea but woefully executed and completely cringeworthy in many places. Had a feeling it was going to get really bad before the end so I turned it off.
Good but not as good as I remember. The nanny jumping off the roof still gave me chills though.
7/10 Ok. Carey Mulligan is very watchable. A tad dull.
So many Simpsons references make sense now.
thought it was lovely, very funny too. Nick Offerman steals it
Viy - weird Soviet film about a priest who has to watch over a witches corpse. absolutely flies by, great visuals for the era
My Best Friend's Girl- offensive and crass but I did enjoy it more than I should
Open Your Eyes- absolutely ruins itself with the ending
He's an alcoholic cop who gets turned into a werewolf via some blood sacrifice thing and becomes...WOLFCOP! Cue top bants, bit of bizarre pimp my ride to a cop car and lots of limbs being torn off.
It was actually pretty funny and ridiculous in places. The barmaid in it was stunning as well <3
fucking good. one of the best carpenter soundtracks, good jumps, good creeps
fairly twisted, disturbing stuff that sends up teen prom movies, verges on torture porn (maybe doesn't even verge) but there's also this really weighty, depressing, empathetic undertow to it that's still kind of haunting me tbh. has a fair bit of dark comedy in there as well
Was OK, actually the most cinematic thing Stephen Frears has done. Ben Foster and Jesse Plemons are both very good but overall it's a bit flimsy, lots of half explored ideas and a general sense of rushing through it all. Some utterly rubbish greenscreen work and a couple of glaring continuity errors to boot.
149. Shaun the Sheep*
Just brilliant. I remember saying when I watched Mr Peabody and Sherman that the best comedies these days are animated because they have more scope and imagination to be funny with, and like Peabody and Sherman there are hundreds of jokes in this, all of them visual because it's dialogue free.
Feels a bit like the plot is only there to facilitate the setpieces, but what setpieces they are. Really, really well shot as well, no idea how they shot the scene where the convoy crosses into Mexico.
151. American Gangster*
Baggy, flabby and generally not very good. Could be an hour shorter and about 5 times more sensible.
152. The Sixth Sense*
I'd like to think I'd have figured it out if I didn't already know. Mostly crap.
153. Cemetery Junction*
OK. Quite funny in places but mostly just the Tim and Dawn story mixed in with some coming of age gubbins.
i'#ve seen err
The Living and the Dead - from a recommendation in budget's thread (gonna check out more of those). Couldn't really get past it being Trigger. but yeah quite a good film, think it goes on a bit to start but worth a watch
Paranormal Activity 5 - jesus
Gattaca - wasnt at all what I expected. Jude law is actually good in it.
It was a bit shit.
somehow had never seen this, was absolutely incredible.
it's a decent story but the acting is AWFUL
Next Door - pretty much done with these films with that sort of reveal
Woman in the Window - but that was enjoyable before
it's not a comedy but its quite enjoyable. Ryan Reynold is actually a decent actor sometimes
Lady in the Lake - 40s noir, all filmed from the perspective of the detective. not as distracting as I thought and an excellent story
Mystery horror with no mystery or horror. Pants.
155. La Notte*
Feel this is a film I respected rather than enjoyed. Felt like that whole cold detached thing extended to the point where the couple's lack of interest in one another made me uninterested in either of them.
156. Dallas Buyers Club
Still really good. Kind of runs out of story towards the end.
157. August: Osage County*
This was quite good, not quite as dark as the other adaptations of Letts plays that I've seen but still a very strong Country and Festen (yeah, I'm proud of that) vibe. Think John Wells is a bit too MoR a director for this though, would like to have seen it given to Friedkin after Bug and Killer Joe.
158. Enough Said*
Telly actors James Gandolfini and Julia Louis-Dreyfus do a film that looks and feels made for telly.
159. Dazed and Confused*
It's a shame Linklater only made a couple of films like this (Slacker being the other) because one of the things he's very good at is capturing a certain place and time and just looking at it. Very little happens, characters drift in and out without consequence and there's no structure to speak of but it's one of those films you can just let wash over you.
also Enough Said is lovely , youve a heart of stone!
Enough Said's fine, just fairly insubstantial. Much preferred Love is Strange which is very similar but a lot better.
But saw Tangerine last week which is fantastic.
very interesting story of a very funny comedian who went through horrible stuff, but a bit long and schmaltzy in its production
quite funny tbh
looks good, some good music, if a lot of it very obvious
probably transphobic tho, and the dialogue is terrible, with the american characters speaking in broken english cos the script was written by a frenchman
far too long
good use of 3d tho
8/10 Lovely though aimed at a very middle class audience. Enjoyed. Maggie for the Oscar.
7.5/10 Good stuff. Plot a bit contrived. Some amazing camerawork.
very good, funny, looks good, but with a sense of mystery combined with utter frankness that is a good combination for making it stick in your mind. not certain i really understood the mechanics of the world, dunno if i was supposed to
quite disappointing, this. Too much melodrama and piled on far too thick. Good performances form Catherine Keener as Catherine Keener and Philip Seymour Hoffman as Philip Seymour Hoffman. Couple of moments of peak Christopher Walken too.
did not like
Anatomy of a Murder - really good, amazing it's 2 hours 40 but zips through it
Nosferatu the Vampyre- well good
very good. bloody love how he balances weird stuff and boring stuff
thought it was brilliant really
enjoyable but not sure i enjoyed blanchett's performance idk
It's A Wonderful Film!!!!
Heathers, which isn't really that good is it
Velvet Goldmine which isnt really that good is it
The Holiday which is actually alright
very solid, with frequent laughs, some of which big
Had really been looking forward to this. Was a little bit overcooked but still good. Reckon the novel will be good so I'm gonna check it out.
and then had a Tahar Rahim Double Bill:
Grand Central (2013)
This was decent though wasn't really about what it was meant to be about. More of a straightforward love triangle story. Decent enough. Yer man and Lea Seydoux are both very attractive people.
The Past (2013)
Second film I've seen by Asghar Farhadi and both were really good for 2/3rds and then really silly for the last third.
Was really good til the denouement
it's just L'Avventura though
A Separation is great btw
Funny just edges unfunny in this. Uneven but occasionally hilarious (Rex Kramer, Big Jim Slade).
161. Sling Blade*
Billy Bob Thornton goes full Simple Jack. No idea why this is so highly rated, all of the characters have the depth of a teaspoon.
Proper belly laughed at the Minions singing the Universal Studios theme, otherwise this is pretty half-arsed stuff.
163. Me, Earl and the Dying Girl*
A lot of trepidation coming into this but I actually quite liked it. Lots of the things I liked about Michel Gondry and Wes Anderson without too many of the things I hate. Ending's pretty meh though.
164. Pitch Perfect 2*
very good. also 76 lol
77. Mama Mia!
genuinely not a good film, but certainly doesn't drag
Skyfall*, School of Rock, Bridge of Spies*, Life of Pi* and Hannah and Her Sisters*. Not a huge amount to say about any of them other than I liked Bridge of Spies a lot.
Total for the year: 169.
Liar Liar, Goodnight Mommy, Mommy, It's A Wonderful Life, Another Year, Lost River
Salvage, The Searchers, Dodgeball
Others I cant remember
It is a bit of a mess and lacks cohesion, but its an interesting story. I think cause its ryan gosling people were quick to sneer but its not bad at all. It probably tries a bit too hard but yeah give it a go, its short so its not a lot out of your time
Not sure how I felt about this. Taut little thriller with some very no-nonsense and extremely uncomfortable moments of violence. Trying to pin down why it was I enjoyed it and feeling weirder and weirder about basically having a good time watching a bunch of people really viscerally fuck each other up.
NAZI PUNKS FUCK OFF