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4 hours ago, RedKnight said:

The Florida Project - Drama filmed in a gritty, realistic style about a young mother and daughter living in Kissimmee and the shadow of the 'magic' of Disneyworld. I knew this had good reviews but wasn't sure what I was getting and luckily it was really good. Naturalistic performances from the two newcomers in the main roles and especially from Willem Defoe as the apartment's manager. The mother just comes across a massive cunt who refuses to grow up and reacts badly to nearly every situation and it certainly elicits sympathy for the young girl because she doesn't stand a chance in life. 9 out of 10.

 

Moonlight - Oscar winning film about the life of a young black man in a tough Miami neighbourhood (slight thematic link to the Florida Project) who struggles with an addict mother and his own sexuality. To be honest not a lot of this resonated with me. It was well-acted and looked gorgeous but I found Acts II and III to be much less interesting than Act I and I wasn't sure that the sensitive lad from Act I would necessarily become the man he became in Act III. I preferred La La Land which was announced as Best Picture by accident instead of this. Good but it just didn't move me much. 7 out of 10.

Act 1 Act 11, didn't move me. La La Land.

 

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The Senator - Jason Clarke as Ted Kennedy covering the week of the incident at Chappaquiddick when a young woman died after he crashed his car into a body of water. Fairly standard biopic with very little criticism of Kennedy's actions (he didn't notify the police of the accident for 10 hours) or insight into why he acted like he did. So no matter how good the film is, you'd want a more insightful, critical take on such a strange, tragic incident. 6 out of 10.

 

Downsizing - Matt Damon stars in a Charlie Kaufman film that doesn't actually involve Charlie Kaufman about a man who shrinks himself to 5 inches as part of an initiative to save the planet. Whatever tone it was going for doesn't matter because it doesn't land anywhere. It's a bit quirky, a bit dramatic, has a some humour and is a bit saccharine and all of it adds up to a unsatisfying film. There's probably a good film in the premise but it's not in this 130 minute mash-up with questionable special effects and science. 4 out of 10.

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16 minutes ago, Jose Jones said:

Normal intelligent human behaviour, rather than fake macho bullshit?

If it’s macho bullshit to not be ‘moved’ by La La Land I’ll take it thanks.

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All The Money In The World - Ridley Scott's version of the kidnap of Paul Getty, and his grandfather's hesitancy to pay the ransom, which is more famous for the jettisoning of Kevin Spacey at the last minute for Christopher Plummer. A fairly nuts and bolts movie that's fine but nothing more. Mark Wahlberg is relatively understated as Fletcher Chace and Plummer is okay as the elder Getty, though I can only think he was Oscar nominated as an eff-you to Spacey because his performance is nothing special. The definition of average so 5 out of 10.

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Just watched a film called Ares on Netflix; subtitled French futuristic thing.

 

I absolutely loved it, right up my street.

 

7.9 syringes out of 10 dystopian Paris'.

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Blackkklansman - Spike Lee's film based on a true story of a black policeman going undercover with the KKK. Good performances all round, though I think the film could've been trimmed by 15 minutes, and the story/themes are still incredibly relevant today. In fact the film ends with footage of Charlottesville in 2017 and Trump's response to it. Worth seeing even if it'll make you wonder why people are such cunts. 8.5 out of 10.

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Brimstone - Moody Western with Guy Pearce and Dakota Fanning that's incredibly grim viewing for most of its overlong run time. It features (in no particular order) rape, child abuse, incest, mutilation, hanging and immolation - not viewing for all the family. The story is told in a Tarantino-esque fashion to hide the mystery of the central character until the last quarter of the film and it mostly works but it's gruelling to watch due to the subject matter and it's near 2hr 30min run time. Told from a female perspective but I wouldn't call it a feminist revisionist Western or anything like that because so much violence and misery is heaped on the central character. Guy Pearce absolutely revels in his role as evil incarnate and Dakota Fanning puts in a good performance as the doomed protagonist but it's hard work. 6.5 out of 10.

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6 hours ago, RedKnight said:

It features (in no particular order) rape, child abuse, incest, mutilation, hanging and immolation....

No bestiality? Sounds a bit dull...

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Fisherman's friends -7.5/10

 

Pleasantly surprised by this, heartwarming drama with excellent performances from all involved particularly Danny Mays who goes under the radar a bit, I really rate him.

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10 hours ago, Scott_M said:

Triple Fromtier - 5.5/10. It was Ok. Considering the cast, it should have been better.

Agree with that. Charlie wasn't to bad. Suppose he was not the lead. Maybe 6 from me. Not much happens.

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36 minutes ago, Elite said:

Has any Netflix original been any good? They all seem shit.

 

They make some cracking TV shows.

 

Well Roma got a best picture nomination so I think that might be good.

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10 minutes ago, RedKnight said:

 

Well Roma got a best picture nomination so I think that might be good.

I haven't seen that but yes, the reviews are positive. 

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1 hour ago, Elite said:

Fisherman's friends -7.5/10

 

Pleasantly surprised by this, heartwarming drama with excellent performances from all involved particularly Danny Mays who goes under the radar a bit, I really rate him.

I haven’t  seen this but I think Daniel Mays is boss.

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1 minute ago, Tony Moanero said:

I haven’t  seen this but I think Daniel Mays is boss.

Get on it Tony when you get chance, it's a good little film.

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Fyre - 7.5/10. Netflix documentary charting the rise and abject fall of the ill-fated Fyre Festival and Fyre booking platform. Won’t say too much as it would spoil some of it, except to say the enjoyment of watching a bunch of entitled millennials descend into Lord of the Flies after a few hours hardship  is soon replaced with sympathy for the other victims of the fraud - employees and particularly the Bahamians who weren’t paid or in one case, lost their life savings having to pay the extra employees they took on. Fyre head honcho, Billy McFarlene, deserves a seriously good hiding, as does that obnoxious fuckwit Jarule. Worth a watch.

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4 hours ago, Elite said:

Has any Netflix original been any good? They all seem shit.

 

They make some cracking TV shows.

They make some good films too but quite bizarrely they tend not to promote them much. Probably as they are largely non English and English speakers are not able to use subtitles!

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