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6 minutes ago, Johnoco said:

IMO.... The Rise of Skywalker is fantastic. Really good.

👌🏻👌🏻

Thank you for your review. I'll get along to seeing it once the initial "got to see it" settles down. 


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33 minutes ago, Wiltshire Rhino said:

Thank you for your review. I'll get along to seeing it once the initial "got to see it" settles down. 

Don’t let that stop you, if you like Star Wars (at all) just go. It is very very good.

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I saw Knives Out t'other week. Quite a clever Whodunnit. A bit slow, very talky, but engrossing. Unnecessarily starry cast n'all. Daniel Craig, Toni Collette, Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis, Christopher Plummer, the wage bill must have been huge and some of them didn't get a lot to do.

I also went to see Last Christmas, one of the most derided films of the year.

Shock, horror, it wasn't nearly as bad as the critics made out. I sat through it to the end and my eyeballs didn't jump out and go home in protest.

Ok, it's not exactly what you'd call a good film, artistically speaking, and I can see why joyless movie critics would hate it, as it's a load of sentimental nonsense with an implausible plot and weak characterisation. But it's Christmas!! Who wants to watch The Seventh Seal at this time of year when you can watch Daenerys Targaryen mugging about in an elf suit singing George Michael songs?

That said, I'm not brave enough to go see Cats. 😸


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Saw Star Wars on Sunday and enjoyed it.

Have to say it brought a tear to my eye too as something so meaningful from my childhood finally reached its conclusion.

I understand that Disney will launch spinoffs but I think this is it for the main story and original cast.

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18 hours ago, Gerrumonside ref said:

Saw Star Wars on Sunday and enjoyed it.

Have to say it brought a tear to my eye too as something so meaningful from my childhood finally reached its conclusion.

I understand that Disney will launch spinoffs but I think this is it for the main story and original cast.

Sorry, i thought it was terrible only slightly better than the Last Jedi.

It seemed to be parts of episodes 4, 5 and 6 stitched together.  


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39 minutes ago, jacksy said:

Sorry, i thought it was terrible only slightly better than the Last Jedi.

It seemed to be parts of episodes 4, 5 and 6 stitched together.  

I enjoyed it without thinking it was a better film than the original trilogy which all had a big impact on me when younger.

It’s no Citizen Kane that’s for sure, and I don’t think it’s the intention either, just the revisiting of a space opera morality tale.

I believe the big issue is that something that wowed me as a child is not going to wow me now as an adult, despite that though it brought back sentimental feelings.

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20 minutes ago, jacksy said:

Sorry, i thought it was terrible only slightly better than the Last Jedi.

It seemed to be parts of episodes 4, 5 and 6 stitched together.  

Yep, dreadful. Went to the midnight release and left feeling so deflated. I can accept anything happening but it has to make sense. I felt (and I strongly suspect I might be right here) that the "twists" were only written when it came time to write this movie or late on in the process of the second. They make no sense within the storylines they themselves have created. I don't want to post spoilers so I won't but none of it is earned at all.

It was really poorly paced. It seems to just be ADHD the movie until the decided they needed to end it and then everyone downs tools to do it. Nothing they faced was solved by the characters actually using their brains or brawn even; things just resolved themselves by coincidence most of the time. 

So unsatisfying.

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2 hours ago, Gerrumonside ref said:

I enjoyed it without thinking it was a better film than the original trilogy which all had a big impact on me when younger.

It’s no Citizen Kane that’s for sure, and I don’t think it’s the intention either, just the revisiting of a space opera morality tale.

I believe the big issue is that something that wowed me as a child is not going to wow me now as an adult, despite that though it brought back sentimental feelings.

Both my son and I felt it was just terrible. But each to their own and everybody has different views.

I much preferred the Rogue One and Solo movies to the last three SW movies. 

I am OT child, i was 12 when it arrived in 77. So i am not bashing it out of spite. 

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6 minutes ago, jacksy said:

Both my son and I felt it was just terrible. But each to their own and everybody has different views.

I much preferred the Rogue One and Solo movies to the last three SW movies. 

I am OT child, i was 12 when it arrived in 77. So i am not bashing it out of spite. 

Fair enough, I don’t doubt the integrity of your comments.

I think agree that Rogue One and the underrated Solo have stronger performances in them.

I think it was always a tall order to bring peace to the Star Wars galaxy of fans for the new directors!

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The football was called off at the last minute so I fired up Netflix to watch Fighting with My Family.

And it's brilliant.

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On 24/12/2019 at 16:18, Gerrumonside ref said:

I think it was always a tall order to bring peace to the Star Wars galaxy of fans for the new directors!

I don't think they did a bad job, tbh.

The army of wide eyed kids who watched the original film in 1977 couldn't go online on forums and twitter and whatnot to pull the plot to bits within minutes of the closing credits, so it left a joyous unsullied mark on many memories that could never truly be repeated or surpassed.

I remember watching it in the Bradford Odeon, aged 11, and before the film started, the lights went out and a glitterball descended from the roof to project a 'starscape' all around the auditorium. I thought that was amazing at the time. 

Moviegoers in 2019 are a lot more savvy, cynical and hard to impress. And that's just the 11 year olds, let alone those who have had 40 years of growing up get in the way of their childlike wonder since 1977!!

I think you have to go watch these things in the right frame of mind. Don't expect miracles. Just enjoy the ride.

Personally, I've loved seeing the return of Han, Chewbacca, Luke, Leia and company to the big screen these past few years.

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3 minutes ago, John Drake said:

I don't think they did a bad job, tbh.

The army of wide eyed kids who watched the original film in 1977 couldn't go online on forums and twitter and whatnot to pull the plot to bits within minutes of the closing credits, so it left a joyous unsullied mark on many memories that could never truly be repeated or surpassed.

I remember watching it in the Bradford Odeon, aged 11, and before the film started, the lights went out and a glitterball descended from the roof to project a 'starscape' all around the auditorium. I thought that was amazing at the time. 

Moviegoers in 2019 are a lot more savvy, cynical and hard to impress. And that's just the 11 year olds, let alone those who have had 40 years of growing up get in the way of their childlike wonder since 1977!!

I think you have to go watch these things in the right frame of mind. Don't expect miracles. Just enjoy the ride.

Personally, I've loved seeing the return of Han, Chewbacca, Luke, Leia and company to the big screen these past few years.

I saw Star Wars at the Odeon too in 1977, also aged 11. Wonder if I was at the same one? 🤔🤔

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Some films are good but depressing

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And thanks to whoever suggested 41 worth a look despite the low budget feel, enjoyed it very much.

The Two Popes was watching paint dry with a great cast.

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2 hours ago, Johnoco said:

I saw Star Wars at the Odeon too in 1977, also aged 11. Wonder if I was at the same one? 🤔🤔

I went to see it four times which increases the chances! 😁

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Eraserhead - David Lynch, 1977: One of my favorite movies, and so far Lynch's best film, even with Mulholland Dr being in the mix. It works for me in part because of the unique cinematography and visuals that lend it a dark, unsettling atmosphere and of course the droning sound design that always features something playing the background, so there's never a moment of silence. The location plays a large part in it as well, because you aren't quite sure where we are, but it's somewhere wholly unique and terrifying. All of it comes together to create a fantastically surreal piece, and that's not even including the "baby" and Jack Nance's performance. I think I'll try to make watching it on Halloween a tradition. 

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Not watching full films on tv at the mo . BUT for some strange reason i'm watching 10/15min films on youtube. Mainly about knights/vikings/ww1/ww2 death,blood,destruction . Hope it passes soon .

 

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Hangover Square (1945) - a great old movie about a series of killings set at the start of the 20th century that is oozing with atmosphere, great music and cinematography.

Make Way For Tomorrow (1937) - a movie about an old couple with financial problems and adult children who don’t really care. The final third of the movie is beautiful and only the hardest of hearts could remain unmoved.

 

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4 hours ago, Copa said:

Hangover Square (1945) - a great old movie about a series of killings set at the start of the 20th century that is oozing with atmosphere, great music and cinematography.

Make Way For Tomorrow (1937) - a movie about an old couple with financial problems and adult children who don’t really care. The final third of the movie is beautiful and only the hardest of hearts could remain unmoved.

You'd love this UK TV channel.

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I watched Hotel Mumbai on Sky Cinema last night.

Brutal, gripping stuff, based on a true story which made it all the more terrifying.


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On 23/12/2019 at 15:37, John Drake said:

I saw Knives Out t'other week. Quite a clever Whodunnit. A bit slow, very talky, but engrossing. Unnecessarily starry cast n'all. Daniel Craig, Toni Collette, Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis, Christopher Plummer, the wage bill must have been huge and some of them didn't get a lot to do

I enjoyed it. Daniel Craig's accent was a thing of beauty.

I'm off to see JoJo Rabbit now. I'll report back.


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watched 6 underground on netflix tother night and it is very good it has a fantastic 20min car chase at the beginning.


We zap and maim With the bravery of being out of range We strafe the train With the bravery of being out of range

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Went to see The Gentlemen tonight, directed by Guy Ritchie.

I'm not usually one for gangster capers, not my bag at all, so I can't say whether it's good or not compared to the best of the genre, but after being talked into seeing it by a friend, I sat through this and didn't fall out with them at the end of it, so it can't be all bad.

The story is told mainly in flashback, and it has a good number of twists and turns, but to me the plot and the characters were a bit cartoonish and unbelievable. Hugh Grant playing against type and Colin Farrell are the most memorable, but none of them are remotely likeable, and when you don't care what happens to the characters it can result in a fairly uninvolving couple of hours.


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On 08/01/2020 at 16:19, my missus said:

watched 6 underground on netflix tother night and it is very good it has a fantastic 20min car chase at the beginning.

It's bonkers but strangely enjoyable to watch. So many deaths, in some entertaining ways.


"I am the avenging angel; I come with wings unfurled, I come with claws extended from halfway round the world. I am the God Almighty, I am the howling wind. I care not for your family; I care not for your kin. I come in search of terror, though terror is my own; I come in search of vengeance for crimes and crimes unknown. I care not for your children, I care not for your wives, I care not for your country, I care not for your lives." - (c) Jim Boyes - "The Avenging Angel"

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