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John Wick 3: Parabellum (2019)


This series caught us by surprise, not only reviving Keanu's career but the post-Bourne/Taken, post-epileptic jump-cut American action genre, and the 3rd installment has the best Hollywood opening perhaps in years. John Wick with a book. John Wick with knives. John Wick with a horse. Chad Stahelski clearly knows who to bring style over substance and where to borrow from (not only do they replicate some of The Raid fun, Yaya Ruhian (Redemption bad guy) and Cecep Arif Rahman (Berandal) also make it.

Though by that time the flick completely fall flat, the Halle Berry sub-plot with dogs, the side quests and the completely bollocks John Wick in cheat mode plus badly written twists take away the famous John Wick intensity. I see where they are going: building a little assassin world where not only sequels, but spin-offs can happen, however it somewhat ruins what worked best so far: non-stop non-thinking, non-world building action. Which also makes the first Raid better than the second.

Perhaps if the beginning of the 3rd Wick flick made the ending of the 2nd, we'd have two perfect action flicks to remember, with nothing to forget. John Wick 3 is still a lot of fun don't get me wrong, but it started slipping, and I predict downhill from here. Maybe the standard was too high. RECOMMENDED
 
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Masters

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Vice City
American Pie 2. Still entertaining
American Pie Wedding. Funnier than I remembered.



Gatsby. A visual feast with a good story and quality acting. Enjoyable.



Didn't watch /10
 

DB Cooper

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Saw the Elton John movie 'Rocketman.'

Not quite brilliant. But not far short.

8 perhaps 8.5 /10.
 

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Deadwood - The Movie

13 years after cancellation, it's no small miracle that one of the best series ever gets a proper conclusion. 110 short minutes, 10 years of plot holes to deal with and swan songs to deliver, it's rather a long, slow TV episode than a standalone epic. Not much in terms of action or twists, it's half look at our main characters' lives and half concluding the George Hearst plot line.

It's a strange mixture and I'm surprised it didn't go full 150 minutes following a classic western plot line, but revisiting the Gem, seeing E.B. and Wu and listening to Swegin's poetry makes any fan's eyes teary. Once again: fuck you HBO for cancelling Deadwoow... but also thx brah 4 the late, bittersweet finish.
 
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Citizen X (1995 TV movie)



The creator of HBO's Chernobyl, Craig Mazin admits that the style and late-Soviet setting of Citizen X (1995) was a major inspiration to create his incredible dramatized true events series, and the network probably financed it knowing they've been successful with the formula. Don't get me wrong: HBO's 1995 movie about the investigation and capture of Andrei Chikatilo, the 56-time (!) serial killer, one of the worst in history feels low budget with TV movie-like camerawork & music. But that style comes together beautifully, recreating that 80s late-Soviet atmosphere and socialist realism that isn't much different in Chernobyl (2019), it's just done on a higher budget.

Rather than being a gore-fest or high-concept thriller, Citizen X builds suspense slowly as Stephen Rea's detective Viktor Burakov desperately tries to uncover a series of child killings and the perpetrator despite the firm warning from his superiors: there are no serial killers in Russia! And of course RBMK reactors don't blow up, we know how things worked within the Soviet bureaucracy: lies, denial, secrecy and backstabbing. I'd even say some of the chemistry and dark humor between Rea's Burakov and Donald Sutherland's Mikail Fetisov (the only humane superior of the detective) inspired the Legasov/Scherbina dialogues.

It is an excellent TV movie with a fitting, slightly brownish visual shots of rural and small town places, old building and the air of desperation as the collapse of the USSR nears. Citizen X has overall superb performances, including Max von Sydow's Dr. Alexandr Bukhanovsky, Joss Ackland's Bodarchuk (a Moscow investigator) and of course Jeffrey DeMunn as the titular, deeply troubled serial killer. Disturbing role as Chikatilo was disguised as the perfect everyday comrade, who could go on murdering for a decade simply because there was no authority to stop him. DeMunn is utterly chilling, not unlike Kevin Spacey in Se7en the same year.

Citizen X also settles the accent debate for me: the Russian (and Hungarian-Russian) English accents are definitely off-putting compared to actors just using their own in Chernobyl. Other than that and despite budget limitations, Citizen X is superb entry into the detective / serial killer genre that comes VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for Chernobyl fans. Available on HBO Go in superb quality or above in regular 720p.
 
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The Manchurian Candidate (1962)

Well made political thriller by Frankenheimer with Sinatra & Laurence Harvey about the cold war and brain washing, by enemy powers and your own. Plot has enough MacGuffins and Red Herrings to confuse audiences of the time, right in the middle of the Cuban Missile Crisis, no wonder it freaked ppl. out (the few that actually seen it). Excellent performances and some stunning monochrome cinematography.

Script is also all over the place and aged bad. Love interest with Janet Leigh raises alarms then gets forgotten, what's going on there? Brain wash scenes are unusual at best, laughable at worst. Karate fights are lol. Hey, it's 60 yo and connection to reality make it special. Film about brain wash & assassination in the middle of Cold War propaganda, pushed for release by JFK who himself was assassinated months later. Satire of McCarthyism, nationalistic political conventions and secret service incompetency. It's a movie that's legend is greater than the flick actually is from today's POV, it still comes RECOMMENDED.
 
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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

I remember this being a very polarizing movie when it was released, so I shied away from it for many years. However, it was recently very strongly recommended to me, so I finally decided to give it a try. It's a long movie and I felt that about 20 minutes could've probably been edited out along the way, but overall I still felt it was a very moving and engaging film with some great commentaries on life itself.

I rate it 8.5 or 9 out of 10.
 
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The Long Riders

Criminally underrated western. It's one of many films that depict the story of the James and Younger gang of the Old West (culminating with the epic shootout in Northfield), but I consider it to be arguably the best. It was released in 1980 I believe, but it has the spirit and grit of a '70s film. It's especially noteworthy for the fact that every group of siblings in the movie was played by real-life sibs - the Jameses by the Keaches, the Youngers by the Carradines, the Millers by the Quaids, and the Fords by the Guests. It's one shortcoming may be that James Keach is rather unmemorable as Jesse James, but the movie focuses fairly equally on all the characters, and David Carradine (as Cole Younger) is really the de facto star. The movie achieves a sense of gritty realism throughout, and the climactic shootout in Northfield ranks among the best shootouts in movie history IMO.

My rating: 8.5 out of 10.
 
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Maniac (remake)

I had shied away from this movie for a long time because I liked the original and was put off by the idea of Elijah Wood being in the titular role. To my pleasant surprise, this was actually one of the best remakes of a film I've ever seen. It's MUCH more polished-looking than the (very raw and low budget) original. Nearly the entire movie is LITERALLY seen through the eyes of the title character. The soundtrack is also fantastic.

This scene gives a good taste of the film:


The few complaints that I had:
-A few isolated scenes were a bit over-the-top in terms of violence/gore, which detracted from the realism (though it's still much less over-the-top than the original and other films of this genre).
-I felt the original did a better job at delving into the title character's background and illustrating his motivation(s) for killing.
-The final chase scene at the end felt unnecessarily overlong and drawn out, and I was a bit unsatisfied with the way it played out.
-Although more polished than the original, I felt that, at times, this sacrificed some of the nauseating creepiness of the original.

My rating: 7/10.
 
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DB Cooper

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Finally got to see 'Yesterday.'

A bit chickflickish. But a good fun movie, and worth it just for the music.

7.5/10.

Dare you not to like it.
 
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Watched it for the poster alone, legitimately one of the worst films I've ever seen. Would still put the poster up though.


Never seen this John Carpenter film before. Very 70's tv movie feel but with Carpenter's good bits thrown in. Would recommend it, the missus also liked it as well, since it was about stalking and had a really good lead female character.


Too much flippy plastic cgi shit at times (especially with the murderball scenes) but great fuckin suspension of disbelief sci-fi film.
 
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Shit and creepy with no likable characters, turned if off half way through, Burton is a hack nowadays.


There is a good story to be told here about the power play in Queen Anne's court but Lanthimos is unable to find it underneath the quirkiness and lesbian shite, fair play to the three female leads though, all solid performances.


Boring and unfunny for most of the time. Such a rapid decline from the highs of Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein which were only 3 years prior.
 
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Maniac (remake)

I had shied away from this movie for a long time because I liked the original and was put off by the idea of Elijah Wood being in the titular role. To my pleasant surprise, this was actually one of the best remakes of a film I've ever seen. It's MUCH more polished-looking than the (very raw and low budget) original. Nearly the entire movie is LITERALLY seen through the eyes of the title character. The soundtrack is also fantastic.

This scene gives a good taste of the film:


The few complaints that I had:
-A few isolated scenes were a bit over-the-top in terms of violence/gore, which detracted from the realism (though it's still much less over-the-top than the original and other films of this genre).
-I felt the original did a better job at delving into the title character's background and illustrating his motivation(s) for killing.
-The final chase scene at the end felt unnecessarily overlong and drawn out, and I was a bit unsatisfied with the way it played out.
-Although more polished than the original, I felt that, at times, this sacrificed some of the nauseating creepiness of the original.

My rating: 7/10.
Was this on the net mate, keen to see this
 
Jun 1, 2013
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Terrible script, which is purely designed to be as simple and explanatory as possible for the foreign market subtitles, and the human story is stupid, boring and none sensible. Charles Dance is wasted and it feels like a lot of the human story was left on the cutting floor because the girl from Stranger Things is hardly in it. However, the monsters, sfx and fights are amazingly done, so much so that I watched it again the next day just for the monster fights while FFing through the human story. Better than the 1st one, would watch again.