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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: Today at 09:39:21 PM »
I will not tolerate Batman and Robin slander, embrace the high camp. Joel Schumacher gang rise up.

If you want to give props to Schumacher why not go for Forever?  After all, it's Jim Carrey's best movie.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: Today at 06:58:22 PM »
Lego Batman and 1989 Batman are high water marks for the Caped Crusader on screen, and both embrace the absurdity.

I think Batman and Robin goes too far in the other direction, however.  I couldn't even manage to get all the way through watching that film.

I appreciate the '89 Batman is probably the better of the Burton films, but there's something about Returns I just enjoy that little bit more.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: Today at 02:49:13 PM »
Dunkirk. Finally got around to this admirable piece, but came away dissatisfied as I have with all Nolan films since Dark Knight Rises. The time shifting felt like a piece of gaffer tape rather than a legitimate part of the vision, and while the film had amazing tension in fits and starts, none of it travelled all the way from the opening scenes to the end. I recognise the cinematic value of vignette storytelling, but the unfortunate structure just diluted everything into sludge. One of the great things about Nolan's work is that you can marvel at the imagery and there's always the possibility it was created in camera, but apart from one stand-out shot at the beginning, I never, ever believed there were 300,00 troops on those beaches, which lent the whole thing a boutique scale at odds with the record. Plenty to admire, but more like a newsreel cut into something resembling a narrative. This may have been the director's intention, but I didn't get on with it.

I tend to agree with this assessment.  In the end I found it a very dull experience.  I rate it is my least favourite of the Nolan films I've seen.

I find him an interesting director, but he only has two films that have engaged me on an emotional level: Memento and The Prestige. It's hard to see past the artifice in the rest of his work, as you outline above.

His Batman films have aged particularly poorly, I think

I like those two films.  I think Memento may be his best crafted film.  It's a pretty simple story that is made engaging by it's presentation, which is woven into the narrative and breaks are provided by exposition for the gimmick.  Everything works in service of providing an engaging piece of cinema and I respect it a lot for it's efficiency in doing so.

I never especially liked his Batman films from the outset.  I can't take Batman as seriously as the films wanted me to - the concept of the character is too silly for me.  That might be why I like the Lego Batman movie and Batman Returns as much as I do.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: Today at 12:57:37 PM »
The Crow: City of Angels

More like shitty of Angels, amirite?

I'd like to say something positive about this film.  Um.  It has Ian Dury in it.  And Iggy Pop's characters death was visually poetic, I guess.

Otherwise, it just isn't very well made.  Not entirely badly made, but it falls just shy of competent in many places.  The script and characters are really weak.  There are a few interesting visuals, but mostly it just looks bad.  As a sequel it is pretty samey, but where it does try and change things up it fails to really add any value.

What I'm saying is the film is crap and not very entertaining.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 20 September, 2021, 09:30:04 AM »
The Crow

I rewatched it because I feared I was overly harsh on it last time I watched it, having been left with the impression that it aged very badly.  I wouldn't say it aged badly, but it hasn't exactly aged well, either.  It is a very 90's film.  There are some weird editing and clunky slow-motion in places.  It can be over-the-top with melodrama.  Some of the effects are ropey.  The film doesn't bother to allow the audience to connect with Shelly, the character for whom Eric is out to avenge.  Her "character" is only there to provide the motivation for Eric, so yeah, it's a fridging.

Nevertheless, the film has a style.  Ernie Hudson is great and Michael Wincott chews scenery like any good villain should.  I can see why the film is still loved and I can believe that new generations coming across this film could easily get something from it.  I also think it covers over Brandon Lee's death very well.  I struggle to find the seams in regards to the pick-ups done without him to get the film complete.  His performance is a little bit of a mixed bag.  Good in most places but not consistent.

So I've re-evaluated the film again and I can say it's ok to decent.  If you liked it back in the day, you might still like... but you might not.  I enjoyed it enough this time that the next film I watch will likely be it's sequel.  I'm pretty sure I haven't seen that before and I'm curious.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 19 September, 2021, 11:44:01 PM »
Ace Ventura is played for Guantanamo inmates.

Watching it should be considered a form of capital punishment.

Seconded and same so for the sequel.  Fuck those films.

Has this just become "name films Jim Carrey has been in"?  Why not Bruce Almighty?  Me, Myself and Irene?  Sonic the Hedgehog?

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 19 September, 2021, 08:04:18 PM »
Dumb and Dumber, surely?
No love for The Cable Guy?

For my personal taste, I prefer watching Liar Liar to these two films.  I have my reasons and they are largely shallow.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 19 September, 2021, 07:12:24 PM »
The Truman Show - probably the best Jim Carrey movie (although there is some contention from Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), and an ever-relevant critique of religion, reality television, social media and capitalism.

Yeah, I'd say ESotSM wins out.  The Truman Show is still a film I thoroughly enjoy and probably watch more often.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 19 September, 2021, 04:52:55 PM »
Brassed Off

"...I thought it mattered. I thought that music mattered. But does it bollocks! Not compared to how people matter."

I still like this film.  It's pretty grim and it's happy ending isn't all that happy, really.  A lot better than The Full Monty.  It is very well paced.  It has a nice balance of levity.  It aims for the gut with its punches.  I'm glad it's everything I remember, but there is clearly a reason I haven't watched it in a long time.  I don't often like to be reminded of how shit life is.

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.

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