Rate The Last Film You Watched

BigBone

Sugalowda!
Jun 13, 2012
13,425
3,082
Tycho Station
The Hunt - Liberal elitists kidnap and bunch of redneck conspiracy theorists and hunt them down like animals. Loads of recognisable actors such as Hilary Swank, Emma Roberts, Justin Hartley, Betty Gilpin etc, lots of shooting, fighting, dark comedy and overall just a fun film that doesn't take itself too seriously. 7/10 worth a watch, especially if your a conservative as it paints liberals as the bad guys for a change.
Wrong Hunt mate

 
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Jul 29, 2012
18,827
4,034
Belfast, Ireland
War and Peace (1966)


Holy shit...

...was pretty much my initial reaction after finishing this wildly ambitious seven hour long adaption of Tolstoy's most famous tome. I am honestly not sure I have ever seen a film that is on such an awe-inspiring, epic scale as this one. I have seen multi-part films with a similar running time (for instance Jan Troell's quiet masterpiece The Emigrants / The New Land), and of course there are big blockbusters which aim for a similar grandiose scale (not to say they are good films). Bondarchuk's War and Peace swings for the fences on both fronts and totally hits the mark.

With this epic run- time, innovative film-making techniques and a deep sense of authenticity (featuring genuine priceless antiques from the era) it brings both the book and the historical reality it depicts to life in unparalleled fashion. Just a totally singular experience. Perhaps it's even unfair to compare it to any similar films. The whole project had the entire state apparatus of the Soviet Union behind it and would have been totally inconceivable within a conventional Western production model.

But cold war politics aside, it really is a spectacular film. Over the whole of the seven hours we are given a curious brew of aristocratic romance and historical drama (with more than a pinch of melodrama), as well as absolutely immense battle sequences which I would not hesitate to say are easily the best I have ever seen. Maybe the only thing I can think of which even comes close are those in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. And if I need to add the obvious point, that film uses modern CGI to achieve it's sense of scale. Bondarchuk on the other hand was able to film with thousands of real soldiers. Thousands of real human beings! I was almost speechless. At times it felt like we are being shown real footage of the Napoleonic Wars.

These battle scenes are incredible, all the more so when combined with the excellent cinematography and innovative camera techniques, but as in the book they perfectly underscore and undercut the petty intrigues and romance of Moscow's high society. And alongside all of this this there are also philosophical inquiries into man's place in the world, the nature of suffering, of love, and various other grand questions.

It's a testament to the direction of the film (and to the book of course) that this doesn't come across as trite nonsense, which it might easily have done. In these sequences the film is actually somewhat reminiscent of the work of Soviet Russia's more famous auteurs. At least it hints towards that. It's like arthouse tendencies suddenly appearing intermittently throughout a Hollywood blockbuster. And yet in this film it works seamlessly in capturing the myriad aspects of human existence, both the particular and the general, much in the way Tolstoy does in the original book.

Boy, what a film.
 
Jul 29, 2012
18,827
4,034
Belfast, Ireland
The Church (1989)


Pretty dreadful for the most part. One for Argento fanatics only I would wager (he acted as producer).

It opens in the 12th century with a woeful, cliched depiction of Teutonic Knights massacring an entire village and burying the dead in a pit. It's cringe-worthy nonsense. Anyway, apparently on top of this pit someone decided it would be a good idea to build a church. Centuries later renovations on the church begin to reveal the sinister secrets lurking within...

And basically from this we get a daft, nonsensical supernatural mystery which fails to excite any kind of interest. Some bits were better for a laugh to be quite honest, particularly as the schlock starts to ramp up in the latter portions. There were maybe one or two scenes which were somewhat unsettling, or even intriguing. The soundtrack was alright at times. That's about all I can say for it, just a dull, empty film which ties itself in knots.
 
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Jun 3, 2013
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Romper Stomper

Brilliant gritty Aussie drama where an abused young girl falls in with a group of Neo-Nazis led by a violent psychopath played by Russell Crowe in his breakout role.
Savage film, also quite horrible.

The scene were they're being chased through the warehouses by about five thousand g**ks shits me up worse than any scene from a horror movie.
 

Sittin Sonny

The Antifa Shuffle
Jun 10, 2013
6,818
5,968
The Church (1989)


Pretty dreadful for the most part. One for Argento fanatics only I would wager (he acted as producer).

It opens in the 12th century with a woeful, cliched depiction of Teutonic Knights massacring an entire village and burying the dead in a pit. It's cringe-worthy nonsense. Anyway, apparently on top of this pit someone decided it would be a good idea to build a church. Centuries later renovations on the church begin to reveal the sinister secrets lurking within...

And basically from this we get a daft, nonsensical supernatural mystery which fails to excite any kind of interest. Some bits were better for a laugh to be quite honest, particularly as the schlock starts to ramp up in the latter portions. There were maybe one or two scenes which were somewhat unsettling, or even intriguing. The soundtrack was alright at times. That's about all I can say for it, just a dull, empty film which ties itself in knots.

That movie was so bad, I initially thought Fulci must've directed it.
 

AntG

Scaredy Bat
Nov 16, 2012
3,849
3,016
Lancashire
Lifeforce

Enjoyable nonsense about a crew of astronauts who discover 3 humanoids in an old spaceship near Halleys comet, however when the bodies are returned to Earth they wake up and cause havoc draining the lifeforce of their victims.


The Dead Zone

Brilliant adaptation of the Stephen King novel starring Christopher Walken as a school teacher who after being involved in a car crash wakes from a coma five years later and discover he's got the ability to see a persons future with a mere touch.
 

Sittin Sonny

The Antifa Shuffle
Jun 10, 2013
6,818
5,968
Lifeforce

Enjoyable nonsense about a crew of astronauts who discover 3 humanoids in an old spaceship near Halleys comet, however when the bodies are returned to Earth they wake up and cause havoc draining the lifeforce of their victims.

I think this was the first film I ever reviewed in this thread. :lol:

Would've been much more enjoyable if we could've seen a lot more of Mathilda May.



Still, the original version had arguably THE greatest opening AND closing credit sequences ever. Great score by Henry Mancini that's been widely ripped off ever since.

 
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Pedderrs

2012-2020
Jun 1, 2012
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16,127
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United Kingdom
That movie was so bad, I initially thought Fulci must've directed it.
:lol::lol:

The Church was directed by Argento protege Michele Soavi. I haven't seen The Church but I thought Stagefright and Dellamorte Dellamore were great. Had a visual flair not too dissimilar to Argento but with a greater sense of humour.
 

AntG

Scaredy Bat
Nov 16, 2012
3,849
3,016
Lancashire
A Good Day to Die Hard

Well and truly flogging a dead horse this one as John McClane takes his terrorist killing roadshow to Russia to save his CIA agent son. John seems to spend half of his time blowing bad guys up and the other half saying "I'm on vacation" only good thing about this film is the Russian chick in bike leathers :conf


Parasite

Finally got around to watching this and I throughly enjoyed it, a story of a poor Korean family who manage to worm their way into the lives of a wealthy family by posing as unrelated workers around the house. Starts out as a comedy type drama before taking a turn into a dark thriller. Check it out, it's currently on Prime Video.
 
May 16, 2013
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War and Peace (1966)


Holy shit...

...was pretty much my initial reaction after finishing this wildly ambitious seven hour long adaption of Tolstoy's most famous tome. I am honestly not sure I have ever seen a film that is on such an awe-inspiring, epic scale as this one. I have seen multi-part films with a similar running time (for instance Jan Troell's quiet masterpiece The Emigrants / The New Land), and of course there are big blockbusters which aim for a similar grandiose scale (not to say they are good films). Bondarchuk's War and Peace swings for the fences on both fronts and totally hits the mark.

With this epic run- time, innovative film-making techniques and a deep sense of authenticity (featuring genuine priceless antiques from the era) it brings both the book and the historical reality it depicts to life in unparalleled fashion. Just a totally singular experience. Perhaps it's even unfair to compare it to any similar films. The whole project had the entire state apparatus of the Soviet Union behind it and would have been totally inconceivable within a conventional Western production model.

But cold war politics aside, it really is a spectacular film. Over the whole of the seven hours we are given a curious brew of aristocratic romance and historical drama (with more than a pinch of melodrama), as well as absolutely immense battle sequences which I would not hesitate to say are easily the best I have ever seen. Maybe the only thing I can think of which even comes close are those in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. And if I need to add the obvious point, that film uses modern CGI to achieve it's sense of scale. Bondarchuk on the other hand was able to film with thousands of real soldiers. Thousands of real human beings! I was almost speechless. At times it felt like we are being shown real footage of the Napoleonic Wars.

These battle scenes are incredible, all the more so when combined with the excellent cinematography and innovative camera techniques, but as in the book they perfectly underscore and undercut the petty intrigues and romance of Moscow's high society. And alongside all of this this there are also philosophical inquiries into man's place in the world, the nature of suffering, of love, and various other grand questions.

It's a testament to the direction of the film (and to the book of course) that this doesn't come across as trite nonsense, which it might easily have done. In these sequences the film is actually somewhat reminiscent of the work of Soviet Russia's more famous auteurs. At least it hints towards that. It's like arthouse tendencies suddenly appearing intermittently throughout a Hollywood blockbuster. And yet in this film it works seamlessly in capturing the myriad aspects of human existence, both the particular and the general, much in the way Tolstoy does in the original book.

Boy, what a film.
Boy, what a review.
 
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May 25, 2013
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A Good Day to Die Hard

Well and truly flogging a dead horse this one as John McClane takes his terrorist killing roadshow to Russia to save his CIA agent son. John seems to spend half of his time blowing bad guys up and the other half saying "I'm on vacation" only good thing about this film is the Russian chick in bike leathers :conf


Parasite

Finally got around to watching this and I throughly enjoyed it, a story of a poor Korean family who manage to worm their way into the lives of a wealthy family by posing as unrelated workers around the house. Starts out as a comedy type drama before taking a turn into a dark thriller. Check it out, it's currently on Prime Video.
I finally got around to watching Parasite too. I thought it started off well, funny like you say but overall I was kind of disappointed. It kind of lost me half way through, I simply didn't find any of the characters likable, they had no real redeeming qualities, so I found it hard to really care what happened to them. The dark turn did liven things up for a bit but overall I thought it was a pretty tame ending.

I thought it was decent overall but I preferred Bong Joon Ho's 2006 film The Host.
 
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kf3

Jul 17, 2012
7,409
4,133
South London
iron sky - not as good as i thought the first tme i watched it, few too many lazy jokes. 5/10. i read about the sequel and it just sounds dumb, not gonna waste my time.

godfather 1 - def better than iron sky.
 
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kf3

Jul 17, 2012
7,409
4,133
South London
godfather 2

1v2?

i was always a 2 guy, but idk now.
the problem with 1 is that it doesn't make sense that corleone is so powerfull in ny but not affiliated with any of the famillies.
2 carries that and is a weaker story. but some of the scenes are exceptional, particullarly everything with michael/neri/fredo and the pantangeli stuff.

i'll stick with 2 based on deniro's performance, even closer than i prev thought tho.
 
May 25, 2013
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Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan

Not as good as the original but that's to be expected as a sequel always lacks the impact of the original usually. Overall was enjoyable, his daughter was a nice addition that set up a lot of jokes but I think some of it was clearly fake, like when some stranger agrees to let him stay with him during Covid lockdown.

The part with Guiliani isn't as bad as it's made out to be, just came off naive and too accommodating.
 
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