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In Good Company. A romantic comedy drama, with Dennis Quaid as an ad sales manager in his 50s who is demoted to second in command when a 26-year old is put in his place (Topher Grace) - who then falls in love with the former's daughter (Scarlett Johansson). A very good film: well done, well acted, nicely (calmly) paced. Just the director's obsession with occasional sequences of face close-ups is a little odd - but hey, at least it's interesting.
 

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Coin Locker Girl
In many ways, this is as good as the classic Oldboy (I have a friend that would say that's sacrilege) but it is an outstanding film and any crime/noirs would very much love this one.
9/10

Beasts Clawing at Straws
Based on a novel, this movie does a great job unfolding from multiple points of view and only toward the end, do all the threads link together and make sense. Another outstanding film and only one or two details pushes this one down below Coin Locker Girl.
8.75/10

Time to Hunt
This is more an action film in a dystopian near future that does offer an interesting peak at just what our world might become in the next few decades unless some rational thinkers can rise into positions of power. This was a fun film but had some plot holes that I feel knock it down a notch. For some movie viewers, they'll probably like this more than the previous two but that's to be expected.
7/10
 

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Conjuring 3 : The Devil Made Me Do It

Yeah sure it did Jan.

Probably the least scary of the 3 after a promising opening with some impressive double jointed yoga posession. Story becomes quite pedestrian after that with the Warrens doing their thing and hunting down a thoroughly bad woman who's doing some thoroughly bad stuff.

Not sure about anyone else but the real life aspect of these films does not quite sit right with me. They're essentially making heroes out of a pair of grifters and in this one at least suggesting that they
got a murderer off death row by proving the existence of the demonic
, which is complete bullshit obviously.
 

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The Nice Guys - brilliant crime comedy which exceeded my expectations. Russell Crowe & Ryan Gosling are great together, the latter is really funny. 8.5/10.
 

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The Mitchells vs. the Machines. An anarchic family road movie in the mould of the Spiderverse film: bright, lively animations with lots of style clashes, crazy humour, tons of references, likeable characters - but this time accompanied by a proper story that drags you along nicely (which to me Spiderverse really lacked). Great fun.

The Nice Guys - brilliant crime comedy which exceeded my expectations. Russell Crowe & Ryan Gosling are great together, the latter is really funny. 8.5/10.
I hate that it went off Netflix before I got to watch it. Was really looking forward to this one!
 

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Movie night! I'm going through my back catalogue over film recommendations that I still haven't seen. It's a long list so I narrowed it down to these 5. Which should I go for? I'm in the mood for anything, as long as it's good:

Ikiru
It's A Wonderful Life
Stalker
Brazil
Goodfellas
 

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Conjuring 3 : The Devil Made Me Do It

Yeah sure it did Jan.

Probably the least scary of the 3 after a promising opening with some impressive double jointed yoga posession. Story becomes quite pedestrian after that with the Warrens doing their thing and hunting down a thoroughly bad woman who's doing some thoroughly bad stuff.

Not sure about anyone else but the real life aspect of these films does not quite sit right with me. They're essentially making heroes out of a pair of grifters and in this one at least suggesting that they
got a murderer off death row by proving the existence of the demonic
, which is complete bullshit obviously.
I will watch this when I can but not high hopes. It was directed by the guy that made Curse of La Lorona, which I didn't love. The original two were by James Wan, who is obviously far better at directing.
 

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Movie night! I'm going through my back catalogue over film recommendations that I still haven't seen. It's a long list so I narrowed it down to these 5. Which should I go for? I'm in the mood for anything, as long as it's good:

Ikiru
It's A Wonderful Life
Stalker
Brazil
Goodfellas
Brazil. They're all good movies, very different so hard to compare, its just a matter of mood and i'm in the mood for brazil.
 

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Movie night! I'm going through my back catalogue over film recommendations that I still haven't seen. It's a long list so I narrowed it down to these 5. Which should I go for? I'm in the mood for anything, as long as it's good:

Ikiru
It's A Wonderful Life
Stalker
Brazil
Goodfellas
you should save Its A Wonderful Life for Christmas

the rest are all great
 

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2149 The Aftermath

Set in an oppressive future where everyone connects via the computer, 2149: The Aftermath tells the adventure of a young man (portrayed by Nick Krause) who is forced out into the real world and discovers truths about that world and his own life that he never dreamed of.
I quite enjoyed it for what it was, a film with minimal cast with no expensive backdrops etc. It's almost a snapshot of a part of the whole story and yet it held my interest. If you like end of the world SF then I think you will like this, it's not going to get any awards or make big money but kept my interest.

6/10
 

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Body Brokers

Brought to Los Angeles for treatment, a recovering junkie soon learns that the rehab center is not about helping people, but a cover for a multi-billion-dollar fraud operation that enlists addicts to recruit other addicts.
Nice surprise with this, thought it was very good, Wasnt expecting much, but this is a great drama, brilliant acting and its a real eye opener on how there are many making Millions out of the misery of drug addicts.

7/10
 

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Syriana (2005):
Saw this when I was 13 and could understand neither the (western) accents nor the geopolitics, and definitely couldn't follow the story. Now, the accents are easy, the politics was quite simple (even hamfisted, like with a random reference to Mossadegh), though the story still requires concentration.
8/10

This review says everything I want to:

I don't care that nobody seems to understand the plot. I don't care that it's didactic. I don't care that "serious people" find the geopolitical analysis puerile. I love Stephen Gaghan's Syriana because it's the only American film to seriously and thoughtfully engage with the "war on terror." Every other Hollywood product either exploits the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as an easy background for action scenes or to make rather banal points about the traumatic effects of war on those who fight them. Syriana, on the other hand, examines the moral implications of our oil-based economy with deftly intertwined stories of terrorists, CIA officers and sheiks. There's just enough time spent teasing out the characters to make you care about them, with the rest of the running time devoted to the dispiriting and wholly inevitable bureaucratic machinations that happen when you run your country on a rapidly diminishing resource that largely rests under the sands of one of the world's most unstable regions. No bullshit about defending freedom, or how tough it is to be a solider, or other airheaded pablum; just a serious wrangle with a bloody, amoral foreign policy and the chest-thumping pieties that accompany it.
 

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Movie night! I'm going through my back catalogue over film recommendations that I still haven't seen. It's a long list so I narrowed it down to these 5. Which should I go for? I'm in the mood for anything, as long as it's good:

Ikiru
It's A Wonderful Life
Stalker
Brazil
Goodfellas
Stalker, nothing can touch it.
 

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Isn't Anyone Alive (2011)

What a strange film this is...

It's about a group of Japanese students who find themselves in the middle of a pandemic (lol) where a killer virus picks them off one by one. As they lay dying, they share their last messages to each other, which often end up abruptly cut and nowhere near as cool as they'd anticipated.

It doesn't so much highlight anything meaningful as much as it implores us, the viewers, to see the absurdity of the situation. The virus being a stand-in for anything really - unrequited love, poor interpersonal relationships, a subway sandwich lacking enough pastrami.

The best moment comes towards the end where they eulogise a weird scientist by playing his absolutely awful cassette mix.

If 'theatre of the absurd' doesn't have you recoiling in horror, you might like it.

3/5
 

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Crisis

Set against the backdrop of the opioid epidemic, stories of an undercover cop, a professor, and a grieving mother collide in this dramatic thriller from writer/director Nicholas Jarecki.
Another film about drugs, good acting and with a great cast, especially Gary Oldman and Evangeline Lilly
It's worth the 2 hour watch time
One of the better films I have watched this year so far.

7.5/10

Doors


Without warning, millions of mysterious alien "doors" suddenly appear around the globe. In a rush to determine the reason for their arrival, mankind must work together to understand the purpose of these cosmic anomalies.
Starts off OK ish, but goes downhill rapidly, ended up one of those that you sit all the way to the end and this say WTF have I just watched.

2/10
 

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Dream Horse Pleasant enough and mildly amusing an/or uplifting at times with some good performances, but you do feel that you have seen it all before to the point where it is a bit boring. 6/10
 

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I will watch this when I can but not high hopes. It was directed by the guy that made Curse of La Lorona, which I didn't love. The original two were by James Wan, who is obviously far better at directing.
The directing is nothing special but it's not the main issue of the film, I think (though Wan is a far superior director, for the genre, for sure). The script is super lazy, story is rather boring and some of the dialogue is eurgh. Saw it last week and have forgotten 90% of it in fact.
 

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Bad Times at the El Royale

Early 1970s. Four strangers check in at the El Royale Hotel. The hotel is deserted, staffed by a single desk clerk. Some of the new guests' reasons for being there are less than innocent and some are not who they appear to be.
Not bad, decent cast , decent acting , story was OK.
Defiantly worth watching.

7/10
 

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The Devil in the Room

A young couple look to prevent an evil spirit from trapping their souls in the realm between sleep and reality.
There was a decent story here, it could have been very good, but this was not it. The acting was shockingly bad, the filming was worse, the music was OK had a scary feel to it, but that was it.
A good concept, totally ruined and the ending was comical.

1/10
 

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Second Act
Jennifer Lopez works at a retail store but lies on her résumé and gets a top job at a leading cosmetics developer and has to keep the lie going to survive in her dream job. I actually enjoyed the first half of this, just a throwback to the 90s type of film but soon enough, it just starts becoming more and more convoluted as they throw in too many plot threads. The finale doesn't have the impact that the film promises throughout as the writer decided to take the easy option. Not the worst film but it had potential to be better 5.5/10
 

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Ruroni kenshin the final

The fifth? And final installment of the romance in meiji with the last arc from the anime brought to life.

Fans of the anime wont be disappointed as the live actions is carbon copy of the anime. The fight choreography is as excellent as the other movies.

A nice closure to the story of the manslayer. Although they all looks tired and surprisingly older than they're supposed to look. Not the best out of the five but hell, what a journey.

Rated 8.10 on imdb
 

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Ruroni kenshin the final

The fifth? And final installment of the romance in meiji with the last arc from the anime brought to life.

Fans of the anime wont be disappointed as the live actions is carbon copy of the anime. The fight choreography is as excellent as the other movies.

A nice closure to the story of the manslayer. Although they all looks tired and surprisingly older than they're supposed to look. Not the best out of the five but hell, what a journey.

Rated 8.10 on imdb
Which arc is this based on?
The final season of the anime or the final arc of the manga (which is entirely different)?
 

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Which arc is this based on?
The final season of the anime or the final arc of the manga (which is entirely different)?
for one reason I miss the last part of the anime series.

This "Final" is him against Enishi

Then there's the "Part 2 : The beginning" which I'm not sure which arc.

EDIT: The part 2 is not on the series, it's based on the Manga, telling Kenshin's origin story.

Anyways, they're out and the 2nd one is due soon (if not already out in Japan)
 
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In Good Company. A romantic comedy drama, with Dennis Quaid as an ad sales manager in his 50s who is demoted to second in command when a 26-year old is put in his place (Topher Grace) - who then falls in love with the former's daughter (Scarlett Johansson). A very good film: well done, well acted, nicely (calmly) paced. Just the director's obsession with occasional sequences of face close-ups is a little odd - but hey, at least it's interesting.
Agree - really enjoyable watch!
 

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Conjuring 3 : The Devil Made Me Do It

Yeah sure it did Jan.

Probably the least scary of the 3 after a promising opening with some impressive double jointed yoga posession. Story becomes quite pedestrian after that with the Warrens doing their thing and hunting down a thoroughly bad woman who's doing some thoroughly bad stuff.

Not sure about anyone else but the real life aspect of these films does not quite sit right with me. They're essentially making heroes out of a pair of grifters and in this one at least suggesting that they
got a murderer off death row by proving the existence of the demonic
, which is complete bullshit obviously.
Watched this last night and I agree with you. The real life aspects is what gets me too. I'm always scared for a few hours after the movie ends. My dog only gets to pee on one tree before bed on nights when I watch scary movies. We run quickly down the stairs he pees and we're out :lol:
 

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The Superdeep

A small research team went down below the surface to find out what secret the world's deepest borehole was hiding. What they have found turned out to be the greatest threat in history. And the future of humanity is in their hands.
A dubbed Russian film, that was OK , better than I thought it would be.
The acting is OK story was decent, worth a watch.

6/10
 

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Nobody

A bystander who intervenes to help a woman being harassed by a group of men becomes the target of a vengeful drug lord.
90 mins of pure entertainment, fights , explosions and deaths many deaths and he is NOBODY ! This is a must watch, one of the best films I have watched this year.
I cant find anything to fault it.
I want to see more of Hutch

10/10
 
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for one reason I miss the last part of the anime series.

This "Final" is him against Enishi

Then there's the "Part 2 : The beginning" which I'm not sure which arc.

EDIT: The part 2 is not on the series, it's based on the Manga, telling Kenshin's origin story.

Anyways, they're out and the 2nd one is due soon (if not already out in Japan)
Thanks. I'm going to check these out in the next few weeks.
 

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State Funeral

Sergei Loznitsa uses documentary footage as a retelling of Stalin funeral. Genuinely beautiful and disturbing all at the same time. A must watch

10/10