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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 14 September, 2021, 11:55:45 PM »
The Full Monty

Meh.  I was thinking about Brassed Off the other day so I decided to give The Full Monty another go.  Cos it was very popular back in the day.  Remember when Prince Charles did the Job Seeker line dance thing.  That was hilarious.  Prince Charles at a Job Seeker Centre... funny.

There is casual misogyny and homophobia in the film.  I'm pretty sure two characters "turning out" to be gay is done for a cheap joke.  The first act is full of misogyny and it's never addressed.  It just tones down more as the film goes on.

Is this film about hard times and the struggles in deindustrialised Britain or are all unemployed feckless lay-abouts who just need to go out and get a job?  The film certainly doesn't know and neither do I.

Needed a better kid actor.  Is he sad?  Is he happy?  Is he a robot that kills children in the dead of night and wears their skin as a suit?  Who knows!  I get more emoting from the grouting in my bathroom.

The film is filled with contrivances that make it become more ridiculous as it goes along.  The conflicts are poorly considered and make me question what is really going on with this film.  It is not cohesive to the point that the conclusion does not resolve the inciting incident.  That just magically resolved itself.  Who cares, there is a show to put on!  That's what this was all about right?  Putting on a show?  Right?

So yeah.  It's not particularly good.  Thankfully I was under no illusion that it was.  There is a reason I haven't watched it in over 20 years.

Was there anything good in this film?  Well, kind of, yes.  Firstly, I liked the dance routine at the end.  Secondly, I liked (hang on, gonna look up the characters name) Dave's narrative.  I wouldn't say the film tackled body image problems and how they can effect ones relationship amazingly well, but it does see it through to the end and doesn't just hand wave it away like everything else.  It is the most fleshed out part of the film.  I suppose I should mention that most of the cast are good with what they are working with.

Still, that doesn't save this film.  It's a confused mess in both story and tone.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 14 September, 2021, 05:47:16 PM »
I have The Crow lined up for a rewatch.  Last time I watched it I thought it was very dated and ropey.  Recently I was wondering if I was being harsh on it so I intend on giving it another go. 

I'll probably watch the sequel as well, to see how that stacks up.  Never seen it before.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 14 September, 2021, 04:35:01 PM »
James Wan is and always has been atrociously over represented in major motion horror pictures.

Probably that Saw legacy.  I never understood the love for that film.  I watched Saw 2 in its entirety (it is shit) but I couldn't make it through the first one.  So very boring.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 14 September, 2021, 12:18:27 PM »
To a certain extent the 80's feels like it was a bit of a golden age for that type of film.  There seem to be a slew of films that didn't capture the popular imagination but actually fare fairly well.  For guilty pleasure you'd have to count the first Philadelphia Experiment film.  Then there's The Quiet Earth.  Slipstream deserves an honourable mention.  The Last Starfighter.  Moon 44.

I haven't seen some of these. I'll put them on the list.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 13 September, 2021, 08:48:42 PM »
A quiet sci-fi classic from the 80s - tends to fly under the radar but definitely belongs in the worthy bucket. I remember feeling like I'd found it, instead of it hyping itself into my life. (Matrix - I'm looking at you!)

A nice way to describe it.  I find myself at loss to say much about the film other than it's good.  It has an interesting ending as well.

Covenant is good actually.

This is so wrong I am now wondering if Endgame is actually a work of genius and possibly the best film ever made.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 13 September, 2021, 11:10:33 AM »
The Hidden

80's sci-fi thriller.  It's about tracking down an alien psycho that is on a crime spree on Earth.  It's a pretty decent film.  Efficient story telling and well paced hitting all the narrative beats when it needs and drip feeding the exposition.  It's pretty engaging, kinda humorous in places.  I enjoyed it.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 08 September, 2021, 08:42:56 PM »
Anyway I rewatched EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT today and it's probably in my top 5 of the 21st century so far and it's half as long as Endgame, this has been a PSA.

Not what I'd usually go for these days, but a brief glance and it looks good.  By that I mean the cinematography looks good. 

I've put it on my very long list of films to watch.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 07 September, 2021, 11:22:20 PM »
I watched Infinity War and Endgame back-to-back and it's not clear why the second one would be regarded as so woeful compared to the first.

I agree, I don't see why this would be the case.  I hate them both equally, but for different reasons.  Although I've never rated the franchise at being particularly remarkable to begin with.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 06 September, 2021, 09:18:51 PM »

The premise, exposition and setting are all better than the movie itself.  It's a sci-fi horror film with a plot based around paranoia.  Except the paranoid tension doesn't really build and the third act just gets silly.  It starts pretty strong, even with a bit of intrigue that I don't think got explicitly resolved.  Some motivations are... non-existent really, once the film plays out.  Like I say, it gets silly and that does undermine a lot of the narrative.

I enjoyed the look and design of the film.  I enjoyed the performances.  The world building is good.  It also has Peter Weller as the lead.

I'd have to say it's a very mixed bag overall.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 04 September, 2021, 11:36:41 AM »

Gonna get lynched for this but it's probably my least favourite of the MM films and at times embodies some of Millers worst habits as a director. Still a fun time in the first and final acts with a lot of drag in between.

I won't judge.  I prefer Beyond Thunderdome to Road Warrior. 

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 04 September, 2021, 11:18:28 AM »
Deep Rising

I hadn't seen this in years.  It's an action horror creature feature type thing... on a boat.  Watch as people die.  Watch as people yell and run.  Watch as a contrivance saves the day.

This film answer important questions like "can you open an elevator door by shooting the button with a shotgun?"

This film is loads of fun.  Pretty much how I remember it.  Dumb but entertaining and it has a lot of charm.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 02 September, 2021, 04:28:16 PM »

Plenty of good ideas that don't quite come together.  This was sold to me as a horror movie and it does have some horror themed elements, it is very much not that.  It's a high school comedy.  It hits all the beats of a high school comedy and doesn't really do anything much with the horror and sci-fi stuff.  It's pretty snarky, heavily referential, and quite predictable.  It doesn't come together because it has a large cast of characters but the focus is mainly on four of them, but very specifically one.  It uses vignettes to very briefly explore the other characters and they have their own resolutions, but it rings hollow as we don't spend enough time with them.  It should have ditched the traditional main character narrative structure of the high school comedy and gone for an ensemble character driven comedy.  I really don't understand why the film makers didn't do this.  The film is already pretty weird.

In the end, the recommendation I got was too gushing.  The film is style over substance.  For the weird style I'd say it's OK, but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 30 August, 2021, 01:01:19 PM »
Assault on Precinct 13

Unfortunately I didn't give this my full attention, but I don't think I actually missed anything.  It isn't a complicated film and was pretty fun.  A straight forward action romp.  I had only seen the remake before and I enjoyed that film for being a straight forward action romp as well.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 27 August, 2021, 03:10:00 PM »
It's all tight dresses and chrome and slow-mo and hyper-violence - but dumb as a bag of hammers.

Take out the slow-mo and that sounds like a film I'd certainly watch.  You almost sold me on the idea, but I sincerely hope to never see another Michael Bay film for the rest of my life.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 26 August, 2021, 08:59:18 PM »
On the recommendation of a friend I watched a film called Six Underground. I think maybe this guy isn't my friend after all...

It's a good album, though.

I looked the film up and thought "ooo, Ryan Reynolds" than read further and thought "eww, Michael Bay".  I think I understand why it may have not been the best film to watch.

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