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American Sniper

Biggest pile of shite movie I’ve ever seen. Far worse than Sex and the City 2.
So you're suggesting they are related somehow? Haven't seen either, but this makes me really curious!
 

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So you're suggesting they are related somehow? Haven't seen either, but this makes me really curious!
They are vaguely related in their shared dehumanizing portrayal of Arabs, and celebration of the very worst aspects of American culture and society. But Sex and the City 2 does not take itself seriously.
 

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They are vaguely related in their shared dehumanizing portrayal of Arabs, and celebration of the very worst aspects of American culture and society. But Sex and the City 2 does not take itself seriously.
So there is a real link!

Yeah, makes sense - or at least, no surprises there.
 

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I was told it was the greatest zombie movie ever, but I just don't get it. I liked the anti-consumerism theme, but as a zombie movie it did very little for me. I reckon it's a nice piece of movie history, but it was a pretty 'meh' viewing experience overall.
 

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I was told it was the greatest zombie movie ever, but I just don't get it. I liked the anti-consumerism theme, but as a zombie movie it did very little for me. I reckon it's a nice piece of movie history, but it was a pretty 'meh' viewing experience overall.
Booooo it's a great film.
 

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An immigrant couple from war-torn Sudan seek Asylum in a small British town. Soon they realize that their new home is haunted by evil spirits. I really enjoyed this. Haven't seen the topic of Asylum seekers tackled in horror before and the overall narrative was engaging and shocking in parts. The horror elements felt a bit tacked on and were closer to hokey than scary. Regardless, it was a good film and definitely worth a watch 7.5/10
 

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An immigrant couple from war-torn Sudan seek Asylum in a small British town. Soon they realize that their new home is haunted by evil spirits. I really enjoyed this. Haven't seen the topic of Asylum seekers tackled in horror before and the overall narrative was engaging and shocking in parts. The horror elements felt a bit tacked on and were closer to hokey than scary. Regardless, it was a good film and definitely worth a watch 7.5/10
Hmm I’d give this a 5 at best. Definitely wanted more from it.
 

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Hmm I’d give this a 5 at best. Definitely wanted more from it.
I'm being quite generous on my horror scores. Probably because my wife is pregnant and refuses to watch them at the moment so when I sneak one in, it feels like a drug hit :lol:
 

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Maybe my decision to exclusively watch dumb action movies for months was bad. This was a lot of fun and so much better than 90% of those action films. Agatha Christie was always a fun read and this was a nice version of that.
7.5/10.
 
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Pan's Labyrinth (2006)

Meh, a bit boring. The civil war aspect of the movie was much more interesting than the silly fantasy stuff.
 

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Follows a bunch of characters with dark pasts and intentions which all leads into a young man and his desperation to protect the ones he loves. All Star cast and good performances from the likes of Bill Sarsgaard, Tom Holland, Robert Pattison etc. The narrative meanders a little bit but that's expected with a film of this nature. It's very downbeat though and has a few gruesome scenes that stick with you 7.5/10
 

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So I have finally made a full run over the whole Marvel Cinematic Universe over the course of the last 2 months, skipping only 4 movies. Here's a quick opinion on everyone of them :

Iron Man 2008 : Very fun movie, probably one of the best origin stories for a super hero I have seen. RDJ is an incredible actor with insane charisma on screen it's just fun to watch and listen to him. 8/10.
Thor 2011 :
Decent movie, but a little bit forgettable. Could have been done better to be honest, and unfortunately didn't sell me that much on the character. Only a latter movie did, still a fun watch and important for the Avengers 2012 plot. 7/10.
Captain America First Avenger :
Mediocre. Didn't like it to be totally honest. America vs Nazi Germany is a topic I can't withstand in any media anymore. It's ridiculous how much it has been consumed. The action scenes were average and the American propaganda in it was honestly a little bit too much. I only started to like Cap as a character starting from the next 2 movies. 6/10
Avengers 2012:
Fantastic and epic experience. They did the first assembly absolutely right. 9/10.
Captain America Winter Soldier:
Great movie. Well written story, great pacing and action scenes. Between this and the first Iron Man, probably the best solo movies in the series. This is the movie that really sold me on the character. 8/10.
Guardians of Galaxy :
That's a movie I can call "stupid fun". Doesn't seem to take itself way too seriously probably till the very end and that would make it unique and fun to watch. Didn't expect to enjoy it that much since I knew jack shite about them from the start but it was a nice surprise. 8/10.
Avengers Age of Ultron
: Feel like this movie is way too hated for no reason. I think it's still a very fun ride, just weaker than the first Avengers movie. I do agree with the majority that Widow/Hulk romance wasn't a good idea and they both don't suit each other that much, and the final battle was weaker than 2012 film, but still really enjoyed it and had some great action. Iron Man vs Hulk was fantastic. 8/10.
Ant Man :
Very fun. Between this and the first Iron Man movie as well are the best origin story in the series (I seem to mention Iron Man movie a lot). 8/10.
Captain America : Civil War :
That was the best thing I have seen from the series up till the the Infinity War. A much more serious tone, a very unique villain, and great twists thrown at the end, I see people talking a lot about coincidence and while I agree there some of them, I think his plan would have worked anyway, the coincidence just made it work faster that's all. Last fight was epic and had a heavy weight on it. Also introducing Black Panther and Spidey. 10/10.
Doctor Strange :
Good movie. Just honestly nothing special. 7/10.
Spiderman Homecoming :
Second worst in the series from what I have seen for me. Terrible, rushed story, very poorly written villain, uninteresting action, and Spiderman was way too concerned about showing Tony how good he's than doing the right thing. Spiderman suit having an AI was honestly stupid. Tom Halland and RDJ acting was what saved it. Honestly don't understand the high reviews everywhere at all. 6/10.
Black Panther :
Very good movie. Just honestly a little bit overrated ? I have seen people talking about how it's political and how it's different..etc. There's nothing political about it, just because it happens in Africa and not America doesn't make it different or political, and the storytelling is pretty much the same Marvel trope., there's a hero, a villain and the hero as usual loses first then win at the end..etc. It's still fun but I honestly think the 9s and 10s are overrating. RIP Chadwick Boseman though. Was fantastic in every single scene he made in MCU in general. 8/10.
Guardians of Galaxy Vol 2 :
Much slower and more boring first half than first movie. Much better climax and emotional impact in second half than the first movie. I'll rate both equally but both have different strengths. First movie had better coherent story but second one's climax is way much better and more memorable. 8/10.
Thor Ragnarok:
Another movie that I can call "stupid fun". The movie doesn't take itself serious at all and realizes how ridiculous the story is. I laughed a lot several times in it. This is the movie that I really started to like Thor thanks to it. His development from this one throughout Infinity War and Endgame was incredible. 8/10.
Infinity War and Endgame :
Both are 10/10 easily. Both have some legendary scenes I'll never forget, ever. I have replayed several scenes from them since I last watched them and I can't get enough of some Endgame scenes. Incredible.
Ant Man and the Wasp : My main problem with this movie is I wasn't interested in the story at all. Not a single scene in it I felt I wanted to know what will happen next. Some enjoyment in some scenes along the ride but totally and completely forgettable. Only post credit scene matters to be honest. 6/10.
Captain Marvel :
Good movie. Feels like it's hated way too much because people didn't like the actress or the strong female trope, and I do agree the character itself is really boring ( I honestly hated her more after Endgame) but if we're talking about the movie, it was fun, well at least much more fun than Ant Man and the Wasp. The mystery in the first half and the twist midway were done well. Final battle was a little bit anticlimatic though. 7/10.
Spiderman Far From Home :
Definitely much, much better for me than Homecoming. This is a movie I felt it was really about Spidey, unlike Homecoming, and felt like I was reading a Spiderman comic book. The twist was of course predictable for anyone who read any comics for Spiderman but it overall a pretty fun and enjoyable watch. 8/10.

I hear you about Peter wanting to impress Tony, but Homecoming does have one of my favourite villain 'reveals' ever, and the following car ride is just fantastic as pieces are put together. "Good old Spiderman "
 

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I hear you about Peter wanting to impress Tony, but Homecoming does have one of my favourite villain 'reveals' ever, and the following car ride is just fantastic as pieces are put together. "Good old Spiderman "
I remember going to the toilet (was desperate for a piss) and I missed the reveal of the bad guy :lol:
 

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I hear you about Peter wanting to impress Tony, but Homecoming does have one of my favourite villain 'reveals' ever, and the following car ride is just fantastic as pieces are put together. "Good old Spiderman "
I actually thought this reveal was way too strong of a coincidence for my liking. Didn't see it coming for sure, but I felt it was one hell of a coincidence this one.
 
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A father keeps his daughter locked away in their house as he fears the outside world will kill her. She is unsure if there's truth to his paranoia or if he's simply nuts. I quite enjoyed this but as many films I been watching recently, the final act let it down a bit 7/10
 

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Greenland is an end of the world disaster action type movie but you will be sadly disappointed if you expect The Day After Tomorrow level entertaining bollocks. So much more boring than it should have been if not totally terrible. 5/10
 

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Meh, a bit boring. The civil war aspect of the movie was much more interesting than the silly fantasy stuff.
It seems like people love or hate this film. I think I gave it 9/10 and totally loved it. Don't ever think I've seen anyone rate it between 5/10 and 7/10.
 

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It seems like people love or hate this film. I think I gave it 9/10 and totally loved it. Don't ever think I've seen anyone rate it between 5/10 and 7/10.
I think it’s a great movie made mostly for teenagers.
 

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Greenland is an end of the world disaster action type movie but you will be sadly disappointed if you expect The Day After Tomorrow level entertaining bollocks. So much more boring than it should have been if not totally terrible. 5/10
5 is being extremely generous
 

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It’s interesting enough as a story about the difficulties a young immigrant faces after moving into a new country with a vastly different culture and trying to fit in. The clash between the parent’s more traditional religious values and the child’s embrace of modern western culture is clearly a well-worn path.

The shock value obviously comes from the highly sexualised dancing. It is a bit much in some ways -when they’re dancing on the steps it did feel quite full-on- but really they’re just copying moves from music videos, as kids have done for years. It doesn’t feel like such a new phenomena that the film is tackling, it’s more in the way it does it headlong.
Saying that, I’m not sure that the graphicness of the film is ultimately fully warranted or needed though.

Amy obviously finds redemption at the end, but it doesn’t feel like a strong repudiation of the sexualisation of kids or any real examination of it. There is that slight ray of hope that kids do still have some semblance of a moral compass, but it just all felt a bit hollow in many ways. It probably didn’t help that most of the characters were not particularly likeable.
Not something I'd rewatch.

6/10
 

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Parasite - Amazon 9/10

Best proper movie I've seen in ages, and well worth the Oscars hype.
Don't read too many reviews as they may give away the plot which is truly engaging, with twists and turns and a truly ironic and satisfying ending. The casting is also fantastic and the characters are well developed.
It's a shame I can't understand Korean and so have to rely on subtitles, and so can't concentrate fully on the cinematography which is fantastic and I really appreciated as a photographer.
 
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Not sure where to put this but for anyone interested here a bunch of blade runner stuff

(This video will mostly likely get taken down soon. So might but worth ripping it from youtube)




Cool - thanks for sharing. I wonder what's up with that Vangelis soundtrack from the first clip. I get that some bits could come from discarded scenes, but Himalaya is a full track from his earlier China album. Vangelis did repurpose things: Memories of Green is in Bladerunner (or at least on the soundtrack) but is originally from his See You Later album. Himalaya does not really fit the mood and sound of the Bladerunner soundtrack though. Maybe it was used as a temp track?

The voiceover at the end of the second clip is fun; it really adds to the film noir-side of the movie. It does make the genre reference a little on-the-nose though.
 

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Cool - thanks for sharing. I wonder what's up with that Vangelis soundtrack from the first clip. I get that some bits could come from discarded scenes, but Himalaya is a full track from his earlier China album. Vangelis did repurpose things: Memories of Green is in Bladerunner (or at least on the soundtrack) but is originally from his See You Later album. Himalaya does not really fit the mood and sound of the Bladerunner soundtrack though. Maybe it was used as a temp track?
Yeah its a weird one, I can't find anything online about a ultra edition soundtrack. It might just be a fan/bootleg of the soundtrack(You haven't already check out the Esper edition of the soundtrack).


The voiceover at the end of the second clip is fun; it really adds to the film noir-side of the movie. It does make the genre reference a little on-the-nose though.
Agree its very on the noise but I sort of like it(I don't really mind the original dream ending). Although Ford was phoning it in on the voice over, imo its adds something to the decker character who for the most part is pretty bare bones.
 

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Greenland

After the reviews on here, was expecting nothing to be honest, but I have to be honest, I enjoyed it.
Admittedly it was bad in part, some of the stuff that happened was just mental, but I thought the acting was decent enough.
Sad thing about it, there was a good film in there somewhere, it had all the normal stuff for a disaster film.
Would I watch it again , no I doubt it, but it passed 2 hours.
I think 5/10 is a fair score, it was no blockbuster, but it was not the worst cheesy disaster film I have seen.
 

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Yeah its a weird one, I can't find anything online about a ultra edition soundtrack. It might just be a fan/bootleg of the soundtrack(You haven't already check out the Esper edition of the soundtrack).

I didn't know the Esper edition, but I've read up on it now (link). Quite the project! Not sure how interested I personally would be though. Film music as such is meant to watch with a film; just listening to it without the image and other sounds isn't as interesting. That's why I agree with Vangelis's approach to soundtrack releases: he makes them into albums that work as an album, even if that takes cutting or changing stuff or switching things around. (See also the Conquest of Paradise soundtrack - which I think he turned into a pretty great album. But that might mean nothing to you if you're into Bladerunner but not Vangelis more generally. :wenger: ) All the same, impressive how much effort they put into this!

There actually two official releases: a one-disc cd in 1994 with some of the best known bits plus a little bit of new music; and a 2007 3-cd release, which features the 1994 cd, a CD with other film music (still not everything else, but most by now), and a CD of new music inspired by the film. I don't have that second one, but Himalaya isn't on the track list. Oh well!

Agree its very on the noise but I sort of like it(I don't really mind the original dream ending). Although Ford was phoning it in on the voice over, imo its adds something to the decker character who for the most part is pretty bare bones.
Actually, phoning it in works great to get just the right film noir mood! :lol: Wouldn't be film noir if you'd put anything but monotone tiredness into the voice. (I say this as a big fan of the genre. :) )
 

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Mangrove: 9/10
https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p08vy19b/small-axe-series-1-mangrove

A brilliant piece of cinematography telling the story of Frank Crichlow and his Mangrove Restaurant in Notting Hill, capturing blatantly racist Police meting out indiscriminate violence against black people in 1970s West London. Brilliant scripting, casting, acting and character development allied with authentic location sets, costume and popular culture from the time makes the film truly engaging and the 2 hours fly by.

It jolted me back to when I remember just how racist British society was, where unsophisticated white folk tried to cleanse foreigners of their sophisticated culture and where it was acceptable to use language and behaviours against ethic minorities that are illegal today. It reminds me that we have made progress towards equality, even if it is always frustratingly two steps forwards and one step backwards.

But I think what makes this movie so brilliant is that it makes it very easy for British millennials and GenZ to understand how their parents and grandparents behaved and struggled with the concept of cultural integration. It's especially pertinent given the recent Windrush scandal and BLM movement and is also representative of the issues all immigrants have faced when trying to make a home for themselves in UK.
 
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Thoroughly enjoyed watching this for the first time. Robert Redford plays a bookish CIA information reader in an unassuming NY office. He uncovers a scheme in a low selling journal printed in random languages and reports it to his superiors. Now someone doesn't agree with his report and his colleagues are found dead when he returns from lunch not long after. Whoever is behind this hit haven't finished yet as 'Condor' was also on the hit-list. With him soon realising even the CIA can't protect him, the cat and mouse game then begins...

Starring Von Sydow as the strictly business villain. I especially enjoyed the fact that he can only get by soley on his intelligence, with him not being a Bond or Bourne type. It was also refreshing to watch a film that didn't need a haunting score or fast action scenes to pull off decent suspense. Just a solid script with talented actors, screenplay & director.

9/10.
 
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