Films I watched this week (NO SPOILERS) (Vol 3)

Films I watched this week (NO SPOILERS) (Vol 3)

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yellowjack

15,604 posts

143 months

Wednesday 4th May
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Pommy said:
Sounds like Letter to Brezhnev!
We're definitely going to have to work on the title. 'Letter To The Officer Commanding 73 Field Squadron, Royal Engineers' doesn't quite have the same ring to it! Although in those days it was still expected of soldiers to write to their OC for "permission" to get married. more of a formality/military etiquette than actually seeking permission, but a definite expectation from senior officers...



motorizer

1,470 posts

148 months

Wednesday 4th May
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Midsommar
Had this queued up for ages as it seemed like it would be a long slog....it was a long slog, good bits but probably could have been an hour shorter.
6/10

Bacurau
Brazilian take on the hunting humans theme, corrupt officials cut off a remote village from the outside world and remove it from the map so that rich americans can hunt the locals for sport. Reminiscent of other similar stuff like the hunt or paintball, and the hunters casual callousness reminded me a bit of the Squid game VIPs
6.5/10.

Watching these two back to back did make me realise that a huge mallet to the face and a huge antique shotgun to the face produce remarkably similar results eek

RizzoTheRat

22,501 posts

169 months

Wednesday 4th May
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As it's Liberation Day, it seemed like a good evening to watch De Slag om de Schelde (aka The Forgotten Battle), a Dutch/British WW2 film set around the battle for Walcheren island in Zeeland, a German fortification protecting the approach to Antwerp port, which I annoyingly managed to miss at the cinema.
I enjoyed it but it wasn't fantastic. I quite liked the way it followed 3 mains threads that link together, but not convinced they couldn't have made a better film focussing on just 1 of them.
Some bits didn't make much sense eg only 5 survivors from a crashed Horsa, but both the pilots survived!


Edited by RizzoTheRat on Wednesday 4th May 22:21

DodgyGeezer

31,033 posts

167 months

Wednesday 4th May
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RizzoTheRat said:
Some bits didn't make much sense eg only 5 survivors from a crashed Horsa, but both the pilots survived!
didn't Horsa's have a rather unfortunate habit of splitting making a pilot's survival not unlikely?

American iv

452 posts

173 months

Wednesday 4th May
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CAH706 said:
ben5575 said:
CAH706 said:
Watched The Way Way Back after seeing it mentioned on here some time ago

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That's was probs me as I'm a big champion for that film and it's very underrated. A modern take on the 80's coming of age film that openly sets the parents who grew up on 80's coming of age films (and the consequences) against the kids.

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Thanks for flagging The away Way Back (I’d have never spotted that) and the additional suggestions.

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Thank you both for this - we watched it last night and it's a wonderful film. We're now recommending to others smile

RizzoTheRat

22,501 posts

169 months

Thursday 5th May
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DodgyGeezer said:
RizzoTheRat said:
Some bits didn't make much sense eg only 5 survivors from a crashed Horsa, but both the pilots survived!
didn't Horsa's have a rather unfortunate habit of splitting making a pilot's survival not unlikely?
I always assumed so. I've been in the replica at Pegasus Bridge and having several hours solo in gliders it looked bloody terrifying!

Thinking about it maybe they were carrying a jeep or supplies and only the 5 of them onboard, but a heavy load makes it even less likely they'd survive the crash after losing half a wing.

robemcdonald

6,745 posts

173 months

Thursday 5th May
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Dr strange 2. (At the cinema)

Strong start with a good blend of comedy and action. Some genuine WTF moments and cameos (some we knew about others we suspected and some we didn’t) a surprise antagonist (for me anyway).
Some great ingredients then, but ultimately it didn’t quite all come together.
Stay for the mid credit scene, but don’t bother for the post (unless you’re a Sam Rami completist)

616 / infinity Multiverses

A Winner Is You

23,830 posts

204 months

Thursday 5th May
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Face/Off, which I feel can be best summed up in gif form



Utterly batst mental, yet somehow it works.

QuartzDad

1,625 posts

99 months

Thursday 5th May
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The Power of the Dog Netflix

Nothing happens. At all. Three minutes of content squeezed into two hours of arty cinematography. I ended up out-drinking one of the characters just to get through it.

4/10.


phazed

20,671 posts

181 months

Thursday 5th May
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QuartzDad said:
The Power of the Dog Netflix

Nothing happens. At all. Three minutes of content squeezed into two hours of arty cinematography. I ended up out-drinking one of the characters just to get through it.

4/10.
You, me and everyone else I know who has seen it!

A very fair sum up of the whole shebang.

Richyvrlimited

1,752 posts

140 months

Thursday 5th May
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epom said:
Finally got around to watching The Batman. Very very disappointed.
I thought it was superb, the Atmos soundtrack was absolutely top notch too.

coppice

7,291 posts

121 months

Friday 6th May
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QuartzDad said:
The Power of the Dog Netflix

Nothing happens. At all. Three minutes of content squeezed into two hours of arty cinematography. I ended up out-drinking one of the characters just to get through it.

4/10.
A sublime film I enjoyed hugely, despite its lack of car chases or gunfights. And what's wrong with a slow pace - it adds to the tension.


Anyhow - I can highly recommend The Last Race (Amazon) , a beautifully shot , elegiac film about the last short oval on Long Island .

DoctorX

5,965 posts

144 months

Friday 6th May
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robemcdonald said:
Dr strange 2. (At the cinema)

Strong start with a good blend of comedy and action. Some genuine WTF moments and cameos (some we knew about others we suspected and some we didn’t) a surprise antagonist (for me anyway).
Some great ingredients then, but ultimately it didn’t quite all come together.
Stay for the mid credit scene, but don’t bother for the post (unless you’re a Sam Rami completist)

616 / infinity Multiverses
I have absolutely no idea what this was all about. Reasonably entertaining though. Cameos were an eye opener.

Teddy Lop

6,422 posts

44 months

Friday 6th May
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Return trip to Australia... Many films. Emirates entertainment system is impressive with a large selection.

One of the more memorable was Mortal, from the director of trollhunter. I guess it's a "if you liked that you'll like this". Similar kind of curiously engaging, nervous, brooding and unusual story, well told. Refreshing change from the formula...

Brother D

3,213 posts

153 months

Saturday 7th May
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DoctorX said:
robemcdonald said:
Dr strange 2. (At the cinema)

Strong start with a good blend of comedy and action. Some genuine WTF moments and cameos (some we knew about others we suspected and some we didn’t) a surprise antagonist (for me anyway).
Some great ingredients then, but ultimately it didn’t quite all come together.
Stay for the mid credit scene, but don’t bother for the post (unless you’re a Sam Rami completist)

616 / infinity Multiverses
I have absolutely no idea what this was all about. Reasonably entertaining though. Cameos were an eye opener.
I thought it was one of the worst films I've seen in quite a while. A spaghetti script where they threw everything at the wall, hoping something would stick.

Would have walked out if not with others. I was not the only one laughing not from amusement, but from the absurdity of certain scenes.

Considering the thousands of people involved in production, turns out no one thought to employ an editor.

2 I don't know what the hell is going on out of 10.



robemcdonald

6,745 posts

173 months

Saturday 7th May
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Brother D said:
DoctorX said:
robemcdonald said:
Dr strange 2. (At the cinema)

Strong start with a good blend of comedy and action. Some genuine WTF moments and cameos (some we knew about others we suspected and some we didn’t) a surprise antagonist (for me anyway).
Some great ingredients then, but ultimately it didn’t quite all come together.
Stay for the mid credit scene, but don’t bother for the post (unless you’re a Sam Rami completist)

616 / infinity Multiverses
I have absolutely no idea what this was all about. Reasonably entertaining though. Cameos were an eye opener.
I thought it was one of the worst films I've seen in quite a while. A spaghetti script where they threw everything at the wall, hoping something would stick.

Would have walked out if not with others. I was not the only one laughing not from amusement, but from the absurdity of certain scenes.

Considering the thousands of people involved in production, turns out no one thought to employ an editor.

2 I don't know what the hell is going on out of 10.
You can trace all of the problems back to the choice of villain. Once they made that decision Dr Strange was along for the ride in his own film. It’s obvious when you think about it.

Clockwork Cupcake

69,191 posts

249 months

Saturday 7th May
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robemcdonald said:
You can trace all of the problems back to the choice of villain. Once they made that decision Dr Strange was along for the ride in his own film. It’s obvious when you think about it.
Surely with these sort of films, thinking about it is the last thing you should do? wink

robemcdonald

6,745 posts

173 months

Saturday 7th May
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Clockwork Cupcake said:
robemcdonald said:
You can trace all of the problems back to the choice of villain. Once they made that decision Dr Strange was along for the ride in his own film. It’s obvious when you think about it.
Surely with these sort of films, thinking about it is the last thing you should do? wink
Disagree. MCU at its best has always been well thought through.

Coming up with a cool concept, but not realising you’ve painted yourself into a corner… not so clever.

grumbledoak

30,115 posts

210 months

Saturday 7th May
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Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, at the cinema.

At the core are several individual stories of tragedy and regret. Shown through the lens of superheroes and supervillains this could have been another Watchmen. But it falls way short of that. There are some good bits and some good dialog, but every scene is trying to out-do the last, with characters introduced and shown to be powerful just so they can be splashed to the four winds to show how powerful the antagonist is. I was exhausted by the dramatic music before the rather predicable end.

More like 5 Universes / the infinite Multiverses.

Filming must have been surreal, everyone permanently in power poses in front of green screens.

psi310398

7,571 posts

180 months

Sunday 8th May
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Brother D said:
The unbearable weight if massive talent
Really really fun entertaining film. So rare to ever have an American take the mikey out of themselves.

Cage was the best parody of Cage I've ever seen. I think this is probably the 2020's version of blazing saddles.

It got a round of applause at the end if that's any indication.

10/10 from me.

Edited by Brother D on Tuesday 26th April 20:08
I agree with most of this, and a good film on any terms.

But, by the end, it was becoming so archly self-referential that NC was in danger of disappearing up NC’s own arse.

8/10 for me