Film you recently watched: part 3

Discussion in 'Taylor's Tittle-Tattle - General Banter' started by BigRossLittleRoss, Dec 30, 2015.

  1. Maninblack

    Maninblack Reservist

    Babylon. The biggest pile of **** since the opening scene of the same film when an elephant opens its bowels and ***** on someone immediately below them who inexplicably chooses to stay there in the line of fire. No discernible storyline, each pointless scene of debauchery trying to outdo the preceding one. Utter tripe, walked out after an hour and a half of a three hour film.
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  2. SkylaRose

    SkylaRose Administrator Staff Member

    Jurassic Park Dominion.

    Not terrible, no great. Too much focus on the locusts, not enough on the actual dinosaurs. Nice to see the original cast back together mixed with the newer cast of Dallas-Howard and Pratt. Goldblum always makes me chuckle and he sort of holds the comic relief here are well which breaks up the seriousness of some scenes. Didn't really like the plot focusing around the young girl. as she was more or less shoe-horned in as a main character despite being a side character in the last film. Oh and I never would of thought that "Dodson. Dodson, We've got Dodson here!" would ever be made into an antagonist, but here we are.

    Effects were great on the dinosaurs as always, and some of the story made more sense than other bits. Overally long though at almost two and a half hours. Is it the last one? Probably not. Worth a watch? If you've seen the other "World" JP films then it's more of the same really, with a bit of extra nostalgia with the old cast.

  3. Clive_ofthe_Kremlin

    Clive_ofthe_Kremlin Squad Player

    AI Artificial Intelligence (2001) - I was expecting this to be quite good seeing as how it was a Spielberg film.

    The first half hour or so was really boring. Nobody thinks USA kids are 'cute' apart from USA people I suppose.

    Then there was quite a good bit where some robots got shot out of cannons and minced through a big fan thing. That was OK.

    I was fed up with the whiny kid by then. Why didn't we hear from the Teddy more? He was just as much a robot with a heart as the kid.

    I had hoped that the kid would get shot through a fan or have acid dropped on him, but it didn't happen unfortunately. Just went on to an unsatisfactory and boring ending.

    PARP! Fin. Disappointing. 4/10
  4. Smudger

    Smudger Messi's Mad Coach Staff Member

    I quite liked the sad ending. As at the end of BSG. All we think that is important and noteworthy is in the grand scheme of things unfortunately not that meaningful. We're pretty transient and ephemeral sadly. The film like others of it's ilk raises questions on the way we deal with AI in the future and how it impacts society. And undoubtedly as materials engineering, nanotechnology, quantum computing combine to produce ever more powerful robots and ultimately sentient machines.

    Back to the good old days of the silent cinema and the comic genius of Buster Keaton. Great little documentary here.

    With the upcoming biopic of Robert Oppenheimer the man who was at first lauded then treated with suspicion after being whispered against by the rapacious Edward Teller what are your favourite films on scientists ? It's a pity there are not more biopics although the subject matter and time involved is extensive for most. There is A Beautiful Mind (John Nash), The Imitation Game (Turing), Evolution, (Darwin) and The Man Who Knew Infinity (Ramanujan). The latter film also touching on two of the great English mathematicians Littlewood and Hardy.
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  5. Bwood_Horn

    Bwood_Horn Squad Player

    Two from the BBC Horizon 'strand': the first is their dramatisation of Crick & Watson's 'discovery' of the structure of DNA:

    The second is Simon Singh's frankly amazing account of the life of Andrew Wiles and his obsession to prove Fermat's Last Theorem (the book's very good too):

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  6. Smudger

    Smudger Messi's Mad Coach Staff Member

    Thanks Bwood. I think I can vaguely remember watching the first one as a small child and not fully understanding what it was about. Apparently directed by the great Kieslowski who did direct plenty of TV in Poland. Dekalog for instance.
  7. andy wfc

    andy wfc Academy Graduate

    Watched Mr Jones last night on BBC2 last night. About pre ww2 Soviet Union and how Stalin caused a man made famine in Ukraine, the bread basket of Europe. Very good although harrowing in parts. Really brought home how it must have been to live in a totalitarian state and how the elite thrive and the poor suffer even in a communist utopia. (Sorry Clive).
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  8. Sting

    Sting Squad Player

    Watched that yesterday - happened upon it by chance but really enjoyed it
  9. Bwood_Horn

    Bwood_Horn Squad Player

    Finally got around to watching Scorsese's Silence. It was billed to me as " Darth Vader and his grandson in the same film...." but I found it to be a very interesting meditation of the concept of belief. Liam Neeson was suprisingly non-**** in this. I knew nothing about the film before watching and I am very surprised to see, from wiki, that it was a box-office bomb.
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  10. Sting

    Sting Squad Player

    Just watched "The Fog" again - for the first time in many years. Just shows it can be a mistake to go back to a film.
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  11. BigRossLittleRoss

    BigRossLittleRoss First Team

    Yeah they were just jumping on the bandwagon of the runaway success of the collaboration between Ben Foster and Jackie Collins
  12. HappyHornet24

    HappyHornet24 Crapster Staff Member

    Funnily enough I did exactly the same with this film a while ago - and came to the same conclusion.
  13. Bwood_Horn

    Bwood_Horn Squad Player

    Review of the new 'blockbuster' 65:

  14. Lloyd

    Lloyd Squad Player

    Went to see Rye Lane last night. Well acted jolly rom-com set in sarf London. Would be better if it had a few car chases, shoot outs, explosions etc but enjoyable nonetheless
  15. Bwood_Horn

    Bwood_Horn Squad Player

    The Boston Strangler. This was the first 'adult' film I ever watched and, B'wood favourite (he was one of those rare actors who was beloved by the studios' crews) Tony Curtis gave a career defining performance. I was conflicted to catch the new version of the tale because of its two 'breathtaking' stars: the breathtakingly awful Keira Knightley and the breathtakingly wonderful (looks and talent - she was amazing in the, frankly, astonishing "The Leftovers") Carrie Coon. My fascination with Coon won (who sadly plays a very minor role in the film). The film focusses on the work of the two journalists who did much to to turn the case into a cause célèbre. It's a very pacey tale, with a good script and some very atmospheric scenes. It was so well made that after 5 minutes I forgot I was watching the dreadful Knightley (and stopped egging-on her 'performance' with cries of "Act dear girl.... Act!!!") and, surprisingly, got immersed in this new retelling of the whole sordid affair. I would recommend it.
  16. Smudger

    Smudger Messi's Mad Coach Staff Member

    I cried at the last scene. Two friend. Two genuine friends who loved each other dearly. Who brought and still bring laughter to millions. Coogan and Reilly were perfectly cast. This scene where the shadows play, mirrors the twilight of their careers as they supposed to themselves fading into the shadows. In a sense just watching the shadows playing is enough to know it's them which marks their immortality. They are integral to the cinematic pantheon. And their legend has grown. Sadly Hardy never got to see it unlike Laurel in his last years where reruns of their films started. Indeed I remember in the late eighties as a child watching them on the Saturday matinee and while not fully understanding them, their physical comedy was perfect.
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  17. Clive_ofthe_Kremlin

    Clive_ofthe_Kremlin Squad Player

    I haven't seen this film yet, but will pirate it soon.

    An Irish-made take on the case of the Miami 5 - the brave men of the Wasp network who infiltrated the darkest corners of the wormery of Miami to find out information about their terrorist attacks on Cuba.

    I will give a full review after I have seen the film. I don't like the title much, but I suppose it has to be dramatic to attract viewers. Why is 'Castro' always just the insulting 'Castro'? Why not President Castro? Why not even 'Fidel'? You often hear on the news about how "President Biden" is standing up to "Putin" or "Castro" or "Gadaffi" or whoever.

  18. Bwood_Horn

    Bwood_Horn Squad Player

    @Clive_ofthe_Kremlin do you know if this has picked-up by the BBC's 'Storyville' strand?
  19. Clive_ofthe_Kremlin

    Clive_ofthe_Kremlin Squad Player

    Nooo...I've heard nothing about any bbc film about it.

    There was a very good book recently published and that claimed it was going to be made into a film. I'm not sure if this is it. The Miami wormery were *extremely* unhappy about the book I know, so I don't suppose Hollywood or any US film maker would dare touch it.

    It's impossible to avoid saying that the reason the 'spies' were there, was because of all the terrorist attacks and bombings of Cuban hotels and tourist locations.

    All planned, financed and organised by the 'gran exilio' in Miami of course and with the US authorities turning their usual blind eye.

    "Through the 1980s and 1990s, violent anti-Castro groups based in Florida carried out hundreds of military attacks on Cuba, bombing hotels and shooting up Cuban beaches with machine guns. The Cuban government struck back with the Wasp Network—a dozen men and two women—sent to infiltrate those organizations. The Last Soldiers of the Cold War tells the story of those unlikely Cuban spies and their eventual unmasking and prosecution by US authorities. Five of the Cubans received long or life prison terms on charges of espionage and murder. Global best-selling Brazilian author Fernando Morais narrates the riveting tale of the Cuban Five in vivid, page-turning detail, delving into the decades-long conflict between Cuba and the US, the growth of the powerful Cuban exile community in Florida, and a trial that eight Nobel Prize winners condemned as a travesty of justice. The Last Soldiers of the Cold War is both a real-life spy thriller and a searching examination of the Cold War’s legacy."
  20. Clive_ofthe_Kremlin

    Clive_ofthe_Kremlin Squad Player

    One other thing to say is that I had a letter correspondence with Gerardo during the time he was in prison in the United States. Of course they treated them very badly with isolation and no visits. They would not even allow their family to visit them.

    Also I was interpreter for some of the UK meetings of the tour of the wives and families of the Five. They were very moving in their speeches. As you can suppose though, there were just the usual handful of people at the meetings.

    When you try to talk to people about these things they have no idea what you are telling them really. No comprehension.
  21. Lloyd

    Lloyd Squad Player

    What are you going on about, now?
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  22. Bwood_Horn

    Bwood_Horn Squad Player

    It's not a film - it's the Beeb's strand for showing (very, very good) documentaries from around the world.
  23. Bwood_Horn

    Bwood_Horn Squad Player

    New 4K print of "The Wicker Man" (nb that's a very pi$$-poor article).

    I saw the first re-cut re-release of this film in 2006 (followed by a Q&A with the director, Robin Hardy, at the Phoenix in Finchley). The bits/cuts that had been added were cleaned up and the film was re-packaged as the final-cut in 2013 (with a special appearance by Christopher Lee at the Phoenix waxing lyrically about how it was the best 'thing' he's ever been in and he only went into the project because, after reading the script, he thought that it would win a bagful of Oscars).

    It's a fantastic film - the only thing holding me back calling it a masterpiece is the fairly ropey/variable film quality in the movie. I really urge everyone to see this on the big screen when it come out.
  24. Bwood_Horn

    Bwood_Horn Squad Player

    Phoenix holding a special event on the solstice.
  25. Smudger

    Smudger Messi's Mad Coach Staff Member

    Which one ?
  26. Smudger

    Smudger Messi's Mad Coach Staff Member

    Indeed. Lot's of classic titles getting the full scan treatment at the moment. Second Sight have done a great job with Picnic at Hanging Rock, Midnight Run is out in the States. National Lampoon's Vacation, The Maltese Falcon ,Gregorys Girl via the BFI and several Kurosawa films too later in the year. Kino Lorber have been rattling out releases in the US. Curzon here with The Three Colours trilogy and The Double Life of Veronique and Arrow upgrading several former releases such as Silent Running, The Wolf of Wall Street, The Naked Lunch and The Last Emperor. On the continent Second Run continue to knock them out of the park with their releases of Eastern European cinema many also now in 4K scans. Which includes Morgiana and The Cassandra Cat.

    The trailer for the much anticipated Dune part two has also been revealed.

  27. Bwood_Horn

    Bwood_Horn Squad Player

    Finchley central.
  28. Otter

    Otter Gambling industry insider

    On Netflix in the last month I watched both "Knives Out" films starring Daniel Craig, very enjoyable who dunnit films. I understand they're writing a third film in the series currently.

    Also I watched Nobody starring Bob Odenkirk, also worth watching.
  29. WillisWasTheWorst

    WillisWasTheWorst Its making less grammar mistake's thats important

    Mornington Crescent.
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  30. Optimistichornet

    Optimistichornet Penguin Assassin

    Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3

    Absolutely loved it. I am a marvel fan, but this series in particular has always shone particularly bright. Since Endgame I have really struggled with a lot of the marvel movies, Thor love and thunder was good but everything else has been meh or worse.

    This one however deserves a place in the pantheon of the greats. It’s packed full of laughs, but also a whole lot of heart. There are some genuinely heart rending moments, and the film touches on some incredibly dark themes but deals with them well.

    A very good 8.5/10 for me.
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  31. Smudger

    Smudger Messi's Mad Coach Staff Member

    To anyone interested in Russian films the Mosfilm studio does have a channel on Youtube which often features classic Russian cinema and adaptations of famous works from Goncharov to Bulgakov. Mosfilm have an unfortunate reputation in one respect of failing to bring these restorations to the media format ie 4K blu rays and blu ray.

    Mosfilm - YouTube

    Here is Anna Karenina. You can get the subtitles in the settings. The eponymous lady is played by the beauty that is Elizaveta Boyarskaya. Unfortunately it's one of the worst adaptations of the novel. Big budgets don't equate to quality.

  32. Bwood_Horn

    Bwood_Horn Squad Player

    The New Year's film for the majority of the ex-USSR:

    Two masterpieces by Tarkovsky:

    Absolutely any of the Soviet era WWII films, but this one's spectacularly good:

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  33. Smudger

    Smudger Messi's Mad Coach Staff Member

    The framing and other worldliness of Tarkovsky set's him apart to a degree. But this also permeates Come and See a truly accurate (I think the screenwriter was a Belarussian/Soviert partisan and it makes incredibly uncomfortable viewing) depiction of a apocalypse as the title suggests. The directors wife Larisa Shepitko who was cut short in her prime by a car crash, also directed The Ascent also in the same historical timeframe and location. Dealing with the themes of guilt, sacrifice, and what makes humans tick when faced with the choice of survival or death. Like a keen portrait photographer she explores the inner pysche. Every physical action lies cast within a solid framework of mental and emotional motivation. Every gesture has a meaning. The cinematography of black and white in the depths of winter is a masterpiece in itself of spare elements (Shepitko would have made a superb photographer like many in the tradition of Soviet cinema and the composition involved), the conveying of the enormity of the world, the silence of trying to break and communicate with that world.

    The BFI are also undertaking a retrospective of the late Kira Muratova's work with the BBFC having passed several films recently presumably we hope with the intention of physical media releases of her work.
    Kira Muratova obituary: a great, fearless filmmaker who poked at open wounds | Sight & Sound | BFI
  34. Lloyd

    Lloyd Squad Player

    He's been crap for Everton this season, though
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  35. Bwood_Horn

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