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In my opinion, it played more like one of those 70's era "B-movies", (except with modern special effects). It was gritty, but with tongue in cheek, based in reality, but otherworldly. Like a comic if you will. I realise some people will disagree with me here, but the overall feel of the movie has more in common with "The Warriors" or "Machete" than "Captain Marvel".

I recommend seeing "Venom" if you're tired of the same old superhero movies, because this one feels different. I would say if you liked "Fury Road" (also with Tom Hardy), you'll like "Venom".
Just finished watching it and agree 100% with your review. I enjoyed its grittiness and dark humor.

Not sure why it got negative reviews compared to other superhero movies - what drawbacks it had (i.e.: absurd plot, chaotic action sequences, overuse of CGI) could all be said of most other superhero films as well.

IMO, it was worth watching just for the part where Tom Hardy sat in a restaurant's lobster tank eating live lobsters. :lol: :rofl

Rating: 6-6.5/10.
 
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A Face in the Crowd (1957)

Superb 60+ yo media satire that's very relevant today, touching on themes like political elite having control over information and opinion, the star crunching machine making and breaking talented or semi-talented ppl., abuse of power over co-workers in advantageous position and I think even the word influencer comes up, some two decades before Network undressed mass media machinery in an even more cynical way.

Andy Griffith plays a charismatic, womanizing drifter with a guitar and a voice that reaches the simple folk who gets a chance to appear on a small town radio show, becoming an overnight sensation. He's very much his own man with his free opinion that influences his every growing audience, and powers to be see how corrupting him a little bit could make him swing their way and up ratings and votes.

While this is genuinely Old Hollywood stuff and not modern, methodical acting, Griffith is a natural in Lonesome's overbearing and overacting role and has the charisma not unlike Lancaster in Sweet Smell of Success, another masterpiece of the same year and the better known media satire of the two. But I think Patricia Neal as his early producer and potential love interested is just as good or even better, as she has to endure dark side of Lonesome's larger than life figure and stardom.

Anthony Franciosa and Walter Matthau also shine is side roles and the script keeps this cautionary tale superbly together. Too bad A Face in the Crowd is not as well known as the other two flicks as Elia Kazan gives sharp direction with excellent pacing and some memorable scenes, and the movie predicts just right how targeting the less educated and the single fold can decide elections and exits. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Just watched the second half of this movie, and quickly regretted not having seen the first. What a powerhouse performance by Griffith.
 

AntG

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A Matter of Life and Death

Superb fantasy about a pilot who cheats death and must prove to a heavenly court why he should be allowed to carry on living.

One of my top 10 favourite films.
 

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Hellraiser (1987)

Immensely impressive make-ups and practical effects in this gory, bloody, weirdly sexy British cult-horror. Light on story but written enough to care and very strong on perverse visual ideas, just what the doctor ordered. Not sure it cures my AIDS? RECOMMENDED




Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988)

Much like Aliens, Terminator II or Predator II: more is not necessarily better. Still fun gore-fest with more of the bizarre scenery, just bordering hilariously bad at times, which is... good?
 
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Hellraiser (1987)

Immensely impressive make-ups and practical effects in this gory, bloody, weirdly sexy British cult-horror. Light on story but written enough to care and very strong on perverse visual ideas, just what the doctor ordered. Not sure it cures my AIDS? RECOMMENDED




Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988)

Much like Aliens, Terminator II or Predator II: more is not necessarily better. Still fun gore-fest with more of the bizarre scenery, just bordering hilariously bad at times, which is... good?
Except unlike the movies you listed, neither HR is a truly great movie IMO.

I actually prefer the sequel for its grandeur and visuals. It also has one of the greatest horror film scores of all time:

 
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In the Shadow of the Moon.

Netflix sci-fi film about a cop who becomes obsessed by a crime where the killer dies in front of him only to return several years later and continue on their killing spree. Initial idea for this is interesting but can't help but feel it's all a little too contrived to be believable.

The lead character is simply unlikable, while what happens to him is sad and initially makes you root for him, his continued actions which see him estranged from his daughter for being such a terrible father due to his obsession with this case makes him harder to empathise with as he continues on a self destructive path.

The twist at the end was so contrived and predictable, while it's meant to be a gut wrenching ending, which eventually sees him solve the case but at a terrible cost which apparently then turns his life around, I can't help but feel from his daughters perspective, he literally is the worst father ever and she is somehow meant to forgive him for what he has done, not just to her but her own daughter. I mean how can you forgive that? Which is why I find the whole thing kind of implausible. 3/10
 
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Hellraiser (1987)

Immensely impressive make-ups and practical effects in this gory, bloody, weirdly sexy British cult-horror. Light on story but written enough to care and very strong on perverse visual ideas, just what the doctor ordered. Not sure it cures my AIDS? RECOMMENDED




Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988)

Much like Aliens, Terminator II or Predator II: more is not necessarily better. Still fun gore-fest with more of the bizarre scenery, just bordering hilariously bad at times, which is... good?
Strange that I never think of it to be a British movie.


Don’t bother with the third movie if you were considering it.
 
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Looker 1981

Refreshingly novel and strange Sci-Fi that plays more like a thriller sees Albert Finney trying to work out why a bunch of models are being murdered. A nice change of pace from most Sci-Fi/Thrillers, it might also have some influence on John Carpenter's They Live. I enjoyed it.

It also has this great stunt. RIP that stunt women's back.
 
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Just read that they've cast a CGI James Dean for an upcoming film called Finding Jack. Apparently the director has auditioned shitloads of people but decided James Dean would have been perfect for an important role and is going ahead with trying to bring him back to life with CGI. It's a cool idea on one hand but that shit should only be used for instances like the Paul Walker Fast and Furious thing or for very small scenes. Trying to do this with an actor who's been dead for over 60 years just seems a bit wrong to me. He's bringing up the Irishman as an example but that film is only making the actors look younger not bringing a dead person to life on the big screen.
 
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Just read that they've cast a CGI James Dean for an upcoming film called Finding Jack. Apparently the director has auditioned shitloads of people but decided James Dean would have been perfect for an important role and is going ahead with trying to bring him back to life with CGI. It's a cool idea on one hand but that shit should only be used for instances like the Paul Walker Fast and Furious thing or for very small scenes. Trying to do this with an actor who's been dead for over 60 years just seems a bit wrong to me. He's bringing up the Irishman as an example but that film is only making the actors look younger not bringing a dead person to life on the big screen.
My understanding is that it's illegal to recreate an actor's likeness without the permission of him or his estate (stemming from Crispin Glover's successful lawsuit of the makers of Back to the Future 2), so I imagine the filmmakers must have permission from any surviving family members to do this.

Having said that, it's still a very strange and eerie proposition to say the least, and (depending on the success of the film) could open the floodgates for similar "castings" in the future.
 
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My understanding is that it's illegal to recreate an actor's likeness without the permission of him or his estate (stemming from Crispin Glover's successful lawsuit of the makers of Back to the Future 2), so I imagine the filmmakers must have permission from any surviving family members to do this.

Having said that, it's still a very strange and eerie proposition to say the least, and (depending on the success of the film) could open the floodgates for similar "castings" in the future.
The makers have permission from his family but it doesn't sit right with me. Imagine in years to come having films released with CGI Marlon Brando or some new martial arts film with Bruce Lee. It's cool if the technology is capable of making it realistic but I'm not in favour of it.
 
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Loophole 1981

British heist film where Albert Finney recruits Martin Sheen to help rob a bank. It's nicely shot and has a nice build up but the last 5 minutes are very unsatisfactory. It also could have had a better score, the Lalo Schifrin score on this doesn't really work, it's a bit quaint that seems stuck between his 70's stuff and the electronic stuff that was around at the time.
 
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The Beyond

Typical post-Suspiria Italian horror mish-mash - lots of fake blood, laughably over-the-top death scenes, bad acting, bad dubbing, bad cinematography, bad FX, pompous music, an incomprehensible "plot," and a WTF ending. It's as if the filmmakers held a competition amongst themselves to devise the most creative and bloody character deaths, then said, "Meh, we'll figure out a plot for them later."

Recommended ONLY for those people who enjoy watching bad and/or bloody horror films as a guilty pleasure.

Rating: 4/10.