Rate The Last Film You Watched

AntG

Scaredy Bat
Nov 16, 2012
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Heat.

Pretty boring.

Heard it was good but it's over rated, for me. Not a bad film and the performances are pretty great, but just found it a bit slow and long.

6.5/10
It's good but it does drag, it's actually a remake of an earlier low budget film by Michael Mann which cuts out the boring shit like the annoying suicidal teenager.
 
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AntG

Scaredy Bat
Nov 16, 2012
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I watched Aliens for the first time in a few years last night, it's amazing how good that film still looks today. Outstanding film, definitely among my all time favourites as is the first film.
 
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BigBone

Sugalowda!
Jun 13, 2012
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The Miracle Worker (1962)



Arthur Penn's low-budget adaptation of his own stage play features some of the most physical, brutal acting put on the big screen, and it's also some of the most female dominated pics when Hollywood protagonists were all-male. It's based on deaf-blind female author and public figure Helen Keller's 1903 autobiography and depicts those early times when her teacher Ms. Anne Sullivan (also almost completely blind) tried to make her communicate. Fortunately both young Patty Duke (playing Helen) and Anne Bancroft (Ms. Sullivan) returns from stage to film set cause they deliver a stunning display of tour-de-force acting that would make any modern director proud.

7 yo Helen is pitied by her parents cause of her condition, and therefore allowed to grow into a selfish brute without any means of communication, acting like an undisciplined house pet. So before Ms. Sullivan can "teach" her anything, she literally has to break her in and teach some table manners. There's one kitchen scene that goes on for 10 minutes and would make any audience today gasp for air, it's incredibly daring for it's tine. There are some well written words, but also so much shoving, pushing, kicking, grabbing, biting and body language, you forget the old Hollywood style storytelling and music as Bancroft and Duke dominate the monochrome screen.

The three movies that comes to mind are All About Eve (because of the psychological accuracy), Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (because of the sheer physicality and sub/dom warfare) and Whiplash (because just like that jazz movie, this biological drama is also masquerading as a sports movie). Ms. Sullivan has to literally train Helen if she's to have any future when mommy and daddy's gone, and we're in late 19th century, so good luck, deaf and blind sister. The skirmishes between these two plus the parents and the brother are remarkably dynamic. The Miracle Worker also looks just fine on the MGM HD channel, so it's primed for Blu-Ray release, which I believe is yet to hit the shelves. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED


P. S. another great piece of Japanese movie poster!
 
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Yaboo

Sith Lord
Mar 1, 2019
71
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Serenity.

Stars a whole gang of A lister stars, but has had savage reviews online so far. Personally I thought it was ok. I liked the twist, which wasn't quite what I thought it was going to be.

Baker Dill (Matthew McConaughey) is a fishing boat captain leading tours off a tranquil, tropical enclave called Plymouth Island. His quiet life is shattered, however, when his ex-wife Karen (Anne Hathaway) tracks him down with a desperate plea for help. She begs Dill to save her - and their young son - from her new, violent husband (Jason Clarke) by taking him out to sea on a fishing excursion, only to throw him to the sharks and leave him for dead. Karen's appearance thrusts Dill back into a life he'd tried to forget, and as he struggles between right and wrong, his world is plunged into a new reality that may not be all that it seems.
 
Jun 3, 2013
2,638
697
London
Hereditary - 8/10

Yikes, this film is fucking disturbing - been a long while since a horror movie actually legit creeped me out, most of them nowadays are utter shite. Toni Collette as always, was bloody great. Rest of the cast was really good too. But holy shit, some of the imagery in there, I can't get out of my head lol
 
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Football Bat

Piss your pants
Dec 2, 2016
4,906
2,275
Outer Space Man
Hereditary - 8/10

Yikes, this film is fucking disturbing - been a long while since a horror movie actually legit creeped me out, most of them nowadays are utter shite. Toni Collette as always, was bloody great. Rest of the cast was really good too. But holy shit, some of the imagery in there, I can't get out of my head lol
I watched it a few weeks ago. It definitely has some pluses. As you say, some of the imagery is disturbing and props to the casting choices, but ultimately, I thought the story was too thin and the ending was an absolute let down. Could've been great but lost all its steam by the end. 5/10
 
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The Mule - 7/10

Decent late, late effort from Eastwood, although it's sort of heart-breaking watching the man looking so doddery and frail. There's a weird opening where they're obviously attempting to show his character as a younger man, but he actually looks slightly younger when they fast-forward to 2017, when the events being portrayed played out. I would have preferred if the film had elaborated on his relationship with the cartel fella he offers advice to, rather than the frankly tedious family reconciliation plotline. As it is, the editing is not great, and there are several jarring switches in narrative which tend to spoil the overall effect of the story. Still, it takes a big ole dump on the majority of recent cinema releases - definitely worth a watch.
 

BigBone

Sugalowda!
Jun 13, 2012
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All That Heaven Allows (1955)



Douglas Sirk & I had a strange relationship over the decades - namely we've been avoiding each other like the plague. The Master of Melodrama inspired the likes of Scorsese, Tarantino, Almodóvar, Fassbinder or Haynes, yet melodrama is a hard approach for a manly figure such as myself. All that's bull of course, it's a solid genre, and All That Heaven Allows is a fine example that looks magnificent in vivid Technicolor - clean, vibrant blues, oranges and reds tell a story much like they do in Pressburger & Powell's Black Narcissus.

Cary Scott is an upper-class milf with two adult kids, attending an upper-class small-town country club, with some upper-class, older suitors having a go at her. That's all dandy, but her fanny's having it for the house gardener, the much younger Ron Kirby, who looks like Rock Hudson, as a matter of fact he's played by him. Handsome fella! And... for some odd reason Rock Hudson, I mean Ron Kirby likes his trees young and women maturer, who am I to judge? My porn selection speaks for itself. Well the town isn't quite as tolerant (not sure about their porn preference) and Sirk shines where he gives a harsh criticism of post-WWII upper-class America, with all it's judgmental nature and false sense of how one should behave or choose based on financials, background and education.

Sirk is far more elegant in his less-obvious deconstruction of mid-20th century American values and ethics as Sam Fuller in madly wild The Naked Kiss, but the message still shines through many decades later: there are ways to go with these judgmental, gossipy, my way or the highway ppl. that are really just afraid and jealous, and that includes the children. Jane Wyman, who looks just fine in her red dress, must put her social and family status up against her class rule-breaking, free love that threatens exile and the end of her life as it is now.

But Sirk really succeeds not in the story and morals themselves, but in class deconstruction and emotional construct in symbolism and use of color. These shots say thousands of words, superb foreground-background composition too, well done Russell Metty, no doubt inspiring Haynes' excellent Far from Heaven (which is an obvious homage). All That Heaven Allows also inspired Fassbinder's Ali - Fear Eats the Soul (which is a West-German remake). A classic Old Hollywood melodrama you should handle with care, and it will care for you - I get where Sirk gets all the love, among some truly corny movies, he was well ahead of his time having a strong message. RECOMMENDED

 
Jul 29, 2012
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Tonight I watched (because it was showing on Mubi)

The Virgin Spring (1960)



Another brilliant Bergman film. With typical subtlety it tells the story of a father's revenge after his young daughter is raped and murdered on her way to deliver candles to church. Initially unbeknownst to both of them, her killers end up seeking refuge in the fathers farm; when the act is discovered naturally things go as you might expect...The story was adapted from a 13th century Swedish folk-song (which I only found out after), and it has the same kind of elemental feel as a folk song. It is a brutal film, though the action (which occurs very rarely) is pretty tame by our current standards. Of course that is not important as despite being a story of revenge the drama is of the existential and religious variety. Although the film is quite sparse, even simplistic in it's plot and style, it is very rich psychologically and emotionally. It is an extremely moving depiction of family trauma and religious faith (and doubt) in a medieval Sweden teetering on the brink between Christianity and Norse Paganism.
 
Jul 29, 2012
18,377
3,697
Belfast, Ireland
The Miracle Worker (1962)



Arthur Penn's low-budget adaptation of his own stage play features some of the most physical, brutal acting put on the big screen, and it's also some of the most female dominated pics when Hollywood protagonists were all-male. It's based on deaf-blind female author and public figure Helen Keller's 1903 autobiography and depicts those early times when her teacher Ms. Anne Sullivan (also almost completely blind) tried to make her communicate. Fortunately both young Patty Duke (playing Helen) and Anne Bancroft (Ms. Sullivan) returns from stage to film set cause they deliver a stunning display of tour-de-force acting that would make any modern director proud.

7 yo Helen is pitied by her parents cause of her condition, and therefore allowed to grow into a selfish brute without any means of communication, acting like an undisciplined house pet. So before Ms. Sullivan can "teach" her anything, she literally has to break her in and teach some table manners. There's one kitchen scene that goes on for 10 minutes and would make any audience today gasp for air, it's incredibly daring for it's tine. There are some well written words, but also so much shoving, pushing, kicking, grabbing, biting and body language, you forget the old Hollywood style storytelling and music as Bancroft and Duke dominate the monochrome screen.

The three movies that comes to mind are All About Eve (because of the psychological accuracy), Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (because of the sheer physicality and sub/dom warfare) and Whiplash (because just like that jazz movie, this biological drama is also masquerading as a sports movie). Ms. Sullivan has to literally train Helen if she's to have any future when mommy and daddy's gone, and we're in late 19th century, so good luck, deaf and blind sister. The skirmishes between these two plus the parents and the brother are remarkably dynamic. The Miracle Worker also looks just fine on the MGM HD channel, so it's primed for Blu-Ray release, which I believe is yet to hit the shelves. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED


P. S. another great piece of Japanese movie poster!
Sounds interesting, will have to look into this.
 
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BigBone

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Jun 13, 2012
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Any of you film bluffs signed up for The Criterion Channel? Unfortunately it's unavailable here but if the entire Criterion HD/DVD catalog becomes available I'll pay the monthly and work around with a VPN.


Tonight I watched (because it was showing on Mubi)

The Virgin Spring (1960)



Another brilliant Bergman film. With typical subtlety it tells the story of a father's revenge after his young daughter is raped and murdered on her way to deliver candles to church. Initially unbeknownst to both of them, her killers end up seeking refuge in the fathers farm; when the act is discovered naturally things go as you might expect...The story was adapted from a 13th century Swedish folk-song (which I only found out after), and it has the same kind of elemental feel as a folk song. It is a brutal film, though the action (which occurs very rarely) is pretty tame by our current standards. Of course that is not important as despite being a story of revenge the drama is of the existential and religious variety. Although the film is quite sparse, even simplistic in it's plot and style, it is very rich psychologically and emotionally. It is an extremely moving depiction of family trauma and religious faith (and doubt) in a medieval Sweden teetering on the brink between Christianity and Norse Paganism.
Funny cause I was hesitant which late 50s/early 60s flick to watch the other week, The Virgin Spring, The Miracle Worker or Edge of the City (1957), watched the latter two (Edge being a little disappointing). I'm still like 5-6 entries into Bergman and need to up my Ingmar game. I'm also having a 50s/60s spree, very eager to watch Teshigahara's Pitfall (1962) and Richardson's Look back in Anger (1959), and What Ever Happened to Baby Jane (1962), and Dymtryk's Warlock, hard choices man. I must say, damn good years, sir.
 
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May 16, 2013
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The night comes for us



Stars a few of the raid 2 cast, probably including the martial art co ordinators

Its essentially 2 hours of people being stabbed amd making “aaaaahhhhhh”noises
maybe this film is why knife crime is on the rise?
Couldnt finish it out of 10
 
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BigBone

Sugalowda!
Jun 13, 2012
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Aquaman (2018)

Yout next loud and messy CGI superhero flick that does nothing out of ordinary, and... quite entertaining actually? Marvel glassed DC hard so far but both Wonder Woman and Aquaman are fun, enjoyable and actually have more of a charismatic hero where Marvel only shines in teamwork (especially that Thor / Hulk bromance). I guess much like Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa can sell the next installment just fine, and I'll look it up on some streaming service or whatever when it comes out, never mind the terrible rest of the otherwise awful DC universe. RECOMMENDED






A Place in the Sun (1951)

George Stevens' big time melodrama is famous for 6 Academy statues and the lovely teenage Elisabeth Taylor's adult breakthrough. George Eastman (Montgomery Clift) comes from a dirt poor religious fanatic family and has ambitions at his uncle's big fashion company. He's young and uneducated in upper class manners, but that's exactly what makes young sassy Angela Vickers wet. Only problem is: despite Georgie boy completely digging Angie, he has a relationship with a co-worker on the side (strictly forbidden per company rules) that threatens to completely derail his social & economical climb.

A bold American melodrama with excellent chemistry, Taylor radiates in the high-end class hottie role (which she'll happily put aside for Virginia Woolf a few years later). It's mostly excellent and often unpredictable with a touch of social criticism and an ending to remember, but nothing too ahead of its time. I dig the monochrome palette, the outdoor scenery, Taylor's clothes but mostly Clift's multi-layered young man, troubled by a problematic family background and questionable choices, he's both confident and nervous, clearly in over his head. Would not put up there with the upper class of 50s Old Hollywood flicks though but it's RECOMMENDED

 
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BigBone

Sugalowda!
Jun 13, 2012
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Leaving Neverland (2019)

Before the current paedo vs. innocent MJ hoopla, and after I adored his music and public persona as a child, as an adult informing myself on the subject I'd always found Michael Jackson's behavior erratic, his publicly admitted affinity to young children as an adult suspicious, and also publicly known cases of sleeping together with them a serious red flag. How could any adult leave their kids for nights with someone who literally lives in a child fantasy farm, had no childhood and coming of age himself, wasn't much known about adult relationships until fake marriages and then facing sexual child abuse charges - and some parents still left children with him. So the shocking part of this four-hour, sometimes dragging, but ultimately necessarily long documentary - and a very powerful one - wasn't really all that shocking, it was rather interesting to see the victims' side, and was glad it didn't end with MJ's death, cause dealing with such trauma is what really Leaving Neverland is about. Families torn apart, guilt from the parents side and 99,999% genuine looking emotions - you'd have to be a psychopath or a blind fan to not raise question.

However professional the documentary is, and however important it is (very much so because how openly it addresses the life-long consequences of child molesting, sexual abuse and rape, I very much hope so it doesn't turn out that one of the victims were fabricating the story) - for me the reactions to it are far more interesting and scary. MJ was a beloved icon and billionaire and had the same kind of low-down high-end lawyers defending him with open threats similarly to Weinstein legal staff. Yet some are so hopelessly in love with MJ's music & public figure, they can't separate it from someone's personal life and being a sexual being - in the worst kind of way. Even if fifths of what's being said over the decades and in this documentary is true, that it's a pity MJ doesn't live to spend his life behind bars.

Yet all those red flags with past suspicious can't stop fanatics to take it to the streets, blindly dismiss accusations, verbally abuse and threaten those that come out as victims and flatly ignore the very documentary, or the court cases, or the Oprah interview itself, let alone the discussion of bloody child underwear. These delusional masses scare me cause they're not unlike religious and ideological fanatics, and they come in all ages, sexes, sizes and education. Sure, my senses spending hours and hours of reading about the lifelong MJ cases, watching documentaries and interview can be off, but my gut tells me he was 99,999% a peade at whatever level, and very likely a child raping molester.

Now America did well exposing of mistreatment of women in Hollywood, but I feel the US is not quite ready to move onto child predators, see how little actual publicity Bryan Singer or Kevin Spacey got compared to Harvey. I'd imagine UK deals with it better cause of many cases of high-class pedophilia cases of the past, yet I see ppl. taking it to London streets in blind defense. For me James Safechuck feels a little more credible than Wade Robson who did testify in favor of MJ before, however the latter's family seems more devastated by his late come out. I'm interested if Macaulay Culkin - who's quite fucked up as he is, and his MJ background could very well be the answer for it - will change his story as Robson did, but one way or another, I hope this hoopla raises enough attention so you won't allow your children to sleep with complete strangers irregardless of fame or fortune. That's a no go and those parents who did allow their little ones spend time at MJ's will should really feel guilty about it. But as far as never every playing MJ's songs again (the musician's not the possible monster behind doors) is just as silly in overreaction. His personal life and public persona is at stake. I don't think his music is.
 
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DB Cooper

peel me a grape
May 17, 2013
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The Mule - 7/10

Decent late, late effort from Eastwood, although it's sort of heart-breaking watching the man looking so doddery and frail. There's a weird opening where they're obviously attempting to show his character as a younger man, but he actually looks slightly younger when they fast-forward to 2017, when the events being portrayed played out. I would have preferred if the film had elaborated on his relationship with the cartel fella he offers advice to, rather than the frankly tedious family reconciliation plotline. As it is, the editing is not great, and there are several jarring switches in narrative which tend to spoil the overall effect of the story. Still, it takes a big ole dump on the majority of recent cinema releases - definitely worth a watch.
Fair call. It could have been better.

I actually wondered if Clint was acting more doddery and frail for the sake of the character than he actually is? But perhaps at 89 it is really where he is really at?
 

DB Cooper

peel me a grape
May 17, 2013
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'King Of Thieves' with Michael Caine & Ray Winstone.

Not sure how true to life the movie was? But although it had its moments it was fairly pedestrian and predictable.

Not a complete waste of time, but only about a 6/10.
 

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Freedom Fighter
May 14, 2013
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Castle Duckula.
Bohemian Rhapsody

A sort of feel good biopic of the legendary Queen front-man and Aids icon Freddy Mercury. I love Queen so seeing a lot of the classic songs being put together and blasted out loud and proud really got the blood pumping. The story itself tries to focus on Freddy and plays on the safe side when it really could have given him a good kicking for several things he did during his life. The rest of the band are just that, which is a shame. At over 2 hours the film does well not to drag apart from when the bad guy is getting his comeuppance. Not sure what was up with Freddy's teeth, the acting however was deserving of the recognition is gained. The decision to build up to and end at Live Aid gave the last 20 minutes a much needed orgasm like climax...you can not help but sit going, 'I fucking love Queen!' Freddy's last few years and struggle with Aids are not really covered. Not the type of thing you get in a feel god film I guess. It is an odd thing that apart from a internet joke the illness is not really a big issue these days?

8/10 Entertaining and full of Queen songs.

 

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Freedom Fighter
May 14, 2013
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Castle Duckula.
Isn't It Romantic

A romantic comedy with a fat female lead? Yep and it is a Netflix exclusive so a must see? Did I mention it stars Rebel Wilson? Are you expecting an agenda driven film, ramming ideals down your throat with a cast bad male characters and the type of comedy the last Ghostbusters movie would have cringed at? You'd be wrong. The story follows a young woman disenchanted with love who mysteriously finds herself trapped inside a romantic comedy. With elements of Groundhog Day and with enough jokes to whistle you through the hour and half run time it is an easy watch. Adam Levine and Liam Hemsworth play opposite and both surpass what I expected from them, Wilson is back to that Pitch Perfect level of actually bringing the laughs. I didn't step into this film expecting too much or to even see it to the end. Sometimes Netflix pulls off a little gem. Isn't It Romantic is not perfect and won't appeal to everyone, but it is funny and it has the odd musical number.

7/10 A lovely romp, proper Netflix and chill movie.