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Haggis

CHB World Championship People's Champion
May 16, 2013
44,427
21,360
best tasting energy drink ever
It's the only energy drink I ever drink.

When I was doing jury service years ago, it was summertime and the jury box was in front of wall to ceiling windows. The afternoon sun would stream through the thin curtains, and since you can't stretch your legs or talk or eat, and a lot of testimony is boring, it would send you to sleep. So the entire jury got addicted to V, we were each drinking 3 cans every day. :lol: Had a fondness for it ever since. :thumbsup

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BigBone

Sugalowda!
Jun 13, 2012
13,767
3,262
Tycho Station
Nashville (1975)

Speaking of Altman... this giant achievement of 70s cinema is also remarkably simple: follow like 20 ppl. of various age, profession stature, mood and desires during a political campaign and music festival in the titular Tennessee town, and watch their lives, loves, ideologies and opinions tangle for an easy 160 minute watch. Considering how messy or preachy this could've been, it's remarkable how organic, peculiar and entertaining Nashville is while embracing on-screen chaos.

Lotsa characters just living their lives for better or worse around tumultuous times works both as a time stamp and a reflection of ow little we've advanced in political and social anxieties in half a century since. Love these type of natural "just happen" movies cause they are impossibly ageless, David Simon & co. clearly learned from the style how to handle large crowds while never losing the focus on individuals and seemingly irrelevants.

With Ned Beatty, Shelley Duvall, Jeff Goldblum (haha), Keith Carradine and more, there are plenty of big scenes and small moments that all create something far larger than the sum of its parts, even though it's impossible to describe the experience or recommend to you hard crowd, but lemme try: HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. :lol?

P.S. and who made the best poster for it? The Japanese of course!

 

AntG

Scaredy Bat
Nov 16, 2012
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I watched The Last of the Mohicans last night, it's on Netflix and I know a few people on here have watched it recently, I think it's a very overrated film, it has some entertaining moments but it's not the classic some people make it out to be.
 
Jul 29, 2012
18,863
4,072
Belfast, Ireland
Two Irish gangland dramas, very differing tones from each, unfortunately neither much good...

Cardboard Gangsters (2017)


Nothing to see here that hasn't been seen in scores of other gangster films - hard men and brutalised women as brash youngsters attempt to seize control of the drug trade. Set in Dublins incredibly deprived Darndale estate the story is granted some striking relevance due to an association with real-life events in Darndale (the Kinahan-Hutch feud and ensuing violence). The violence of the film is quite well staged for a film like this, managing to come across as effectively shocking and brutal rather than something that simply par for the course. The story itself is touching in a crude sort of way, even if it is absolutely nothing new.

Ultimately enjoyable enough watch as a time-killer, but Cardboard Gangsters is as formulaic as it gets so can't really give it more than a couple of stars.

Calm With Horses (2019)


One I was excited to see in the cinema originally. Unfortunately now that I finally got round to watching it I found myself pretty much totally unable to connect with it. There are few moments which approach something genuinely poignant, but mostly I was unimpressed.

It could be praised for the style employed, in that it at least aspires towards something more than a generic "gangster" film. In terms of style if not plot. However I ultimately didn't really find this that successful either. It creates a particularly dark and atmospheric tone, with an especially a gloomy portrayal of some indeterminate rural Irish hellscape, but it felt a bit flat given the broader story and character development.

I also found the soundtrack - tonally aiming for something like Refns Drive - incredibly obnoxious and neither was I convinced by Cosmo Jarvis' performance (which many have praised) as a hulking brute with a sensitive side. His face just seemed permanently contorted into some weird grimace. Keoghan was pretty solid; he didn't really have much to work with. Niamh Algar was probably the best of the performances.

Ultimately a few moments here and there isn't enough to save the film for me, the whole thing just didn't feel cohesive and what few good elements it possesses ultimately lead towards an incredibly uninspiring ending.
 
Jul 29, 2012
18,863
4,072
Belfast, Ireland
Les Misérables (2019)


I liked this one a lot, even if much of it is rather predictable in terms of its Training Day-esque "good cops first day on the job" dynamic. In spite of this though, it still delivers an effectively incendiary portrait of class conflict and racial tensions in the Parisian banlieues. Comparisons to La Haine (1995) are inevitable. While it doesn't quite reach those heights, it's still a very strong debut from Ladj Ly (who grew up in the same ghetto depicted in the film).

The title is very telling. On the one hand it simply takes its name from the setting (Montfermeil, the very same district where Victor Hugo wrote his famous novel and set much of the action). But by choosing to name the film after such a titan of French literature, something so essential to “French culture”, the film sets up a fascinating dicohtomy between French identity in theory and the reality of life in in the banlieue, poverty traps almost exclusively inhabited by French of foreign descent and more recent immigrants. The opening scene makes this notion explicit. We see a group of Black kids celebrating France’s World Cup victory in 2018, a small part of part of a massive crowd of people from many different cultural and social backgrounds, all united under the French flag. The film sharply undercuts that idealised picture of French society and identity as it shifts to life in one of France’s most deprived banlieues - "les Bosquets".

Where La Haine depicts a day in the life of three disenfranchised young men of differing racial backgrounds, Les Misérables perhaps deliberately takes the opposite approach by showing this social deprivation from the perspective of three cops. I won’t go into the story itself to avoid spoilers, but we are shown these three men - Chris and Gwada, a pair of hardened veterans and Stéphane Ruiz, a newcomer who has just moved to Paris from the country - as they contend with various issues around “les Bosquets”. With this approach I suppose Ly was attempting to humanize the cops as individuals placed in an extremely difficult situation, while at the same time showing the hardships and brutality faced by the local populace. It’s a balancing act I am not sure the film gets totally right, but it’s a valiant effort. Overall it is a very good film which conveys it’s themes well, even if it is perhaps not shedding any new light on the situation.

As Ladj Ly aims to show us, all people are a product of particular circumstances - both the police and the inhabitants of the banlieu. Yet it seems that little has changed since La Haine was released in 1995. Even since Hugo wrote his novel in the 1860s. Over a century may have passed and the colours of the faces may have changed, but those who live in Montfermeil are still Les Misérables, the wretched poor...
 

Bob Weaver

The original and best
Jul 6, 2019
8,625
9,023
Police Story

Jackie Chan actioner in which he plays a cop who ends up getting framed for the murder of another cop and must fight to clear his name and bring down the drug lord responsible. One of Chan's best films(my favourite is Police Story 3) with great action and a spectacular showdown in a shopping mall.
One of my favourite films as a kid. One of Chan's best too.
 

Bob Weaver

The original and best
Jul 6, 2019
8,625
9,023
Two Irish gangland dramas, very differing tones from each, unfortunately neither much good...

Cardboard Gangsters (2017)


Nothing to see here that hasn't been seen in scores of other gangster films - hard men and brutalised women as brash youngsters attempt to seize control of the drug trade. Set in Dublins incredibly deprived Darndale estate the story is granted some striking relevance due to an association with real-life events in Darndale (the Kinahan-Hutch feud and ensuing violence). The violence of the film is quite well staged for a film like this, managing to come across as effectively shocking and brutal rather than something that simply par for the course. The story itself is touching in a crude sort of way, even if it is absolutely nothing new.

Ultimately enjoyable enough watch as a time-killer, but Cardboard Gangsters is as formulaic as it gets so can't really give it more than a couple of stars.

Calm With Horses (2019)


One I was excited to see in the cinema originally. Unfortunately now that I finally got round to watching it I found myself pretty much totally unable to connect with it. There are few moments which approach something genuinely poignant, but mostly I was unimpressed.

It could be praised for the style employed, in that it at least aspires towards something more than a generic "gangster" film. In terms of style if not plot. However I ultimately didn't really find this that successful either. It creates a particularly dark and atmospheric tone, with an especially a gloomy portrayal of some indeterminate rural Irish hellscape, but it felt a bit flat given the broader story and character development.

I also found the soundtrack - tonally aiming for something like Refns Drive - incredibly obnoxious and neither was I convinced by Cosmo Jarvis' performance (which many have praised) as a hulking brute with a sensitive side. His face just seemed permanently contorted into some weird grimace. Keoghan was pretty solid; he didn't really have much to work with. Niamh Algar was probably the best of the performances.

Ultimately a few moments here and there isn't enough to save the film for me, the whole thing just didn't feel cohesive and what few good elements it possesses ultimately lead towards an incredibly uninspiring ending.
Thought Cardboard Gangsters was terrible. Starts off OK, but the plot is useless and it just kind of Peters out while the big thick lead character fucks about waiting to die like a poundland Scarface.

I was looking forward to Calm. With Horses, it's a shame you didn't like it.
 
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AntG

Scaredy Bat
Nov 16, 2012
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Lancashire
Missing In Action

One of those "so bad, it's good" action films where Chuck Norris plays a gruff no nonsense Vietnam veteran(is there any other kind?) who goes back into Vietnam years after the war has ended to rescue American POW's still being held in the country.

Chuck is so badass in this film it looks like it hurts, Rambo looks like a girl scout in comparison.
 
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Jun 14, 2012
14,142
6,719
Police Story

Jackie Chan actioner in which he plays a cop who ends up getting framed for the murder of another cop and must fight to clear his name and bring down the drug lord responsible. One of Chan's best films(my favourite is Police Story 3) with great action and a spectacular showdown in a shopping mall.
Did they remake that starring Chan again? I could have sworn I saw one of those set in the modern day where the fights at the end were in a shopping centre.
 

NSFW

Freedom Fighter
May 14, 2013
24,167
12,986
Castle Duckula.
Poseidon

A dull remake of The Poseidon Adventure, it's not terrible but it just doesn't live up to the standards set by the classic original and offers nothing new.

I remembered enjoying this movie at the cinema. I re watched it again before Chrismas and feel exactly the same as you do.
 
Apr 10, 2016
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1,429
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London/Wales
Bad Boys for life watched it at the cinema when it 1st came out. Nothing on last night so watched it again.

Its good and think the franchise could do more movies np
 

BigBone

Sugalowda!
Jun 13, 2012
13,767
3,262
Tycho Station
Scum (1979)

Talk about raw: it don't get much more brutal than this. Future Sexy Beast, current bad boy Ray Winstone is transferred to a British juvenile offender facility alongside with a possible homo and a black kid and each get beaten by correctional officers and inmates who get green light to break newbs in. Judging by sentiments shared in Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960), The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962), or Pink Floyd: The Wall (1982), coming up those decades nowhere near elite class must've been painful in the UK and particularly hellish if you ended up in juvie. Besides the rough and tough Winstone, Mick Ford stands out as Archer, an intellectual mischief who sees through the unnecessarily archaic and brutal system that only reinforces violent tendencies of have less tough inmates hang themselves. Pretty sobering and tough watch but also entertaining and rewarding in revolt.

 
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AntG

Scaredy Bat
Nov 16, 2012
3,949
3,120
Lancashire
Duel

A classic suspense thriller which takes place almost entirely on a road through the Mojave Desert as a traveling businessman is repeatedly menaced by a rusty old tanker truck whose driver he cannot see.

This is the sort of film which Spielberg excels at like Jaws, Indiana Jones and Jurassic Park, exciting, suspenseful thrill rides.


Police Story 2

Jackie Chan returns as a gang of ruthless blackmailers threaten to blow up public areas and businesses unless millions of dollars are paid. Not quite as spectacular as the first one but still a great Chan film.
 
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AntG

Scaredy Bat
Nov 16, 2012
3,949
3,120
Lancashire
Scum (1979)

Talk about raw: it don't get much more brutal than this. Future Sexy Beast, current bad boy Ray Winstone is transferred to a British juvenile offender facility alongside with a possible homo and a black kid and each get beaten by correctional officers and inmates who get green light to break newbs in. Judging by sentiments shared in Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960), The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962), or Pink Floyd: The Wall (1982), coming up those decades nowhere near elite class must've been painful in the UK and particularly hellish if you ended up in juvie. Besides the rough and tough Winstone, Mick Ford stands out as Archer, an intellectual mischief who sees through the unnecessarily archaic and brutal system that only reinforces violent tendencies of have less tough inmates hang themselves. Pretty sobering and tough watch but also entertaining and rewarding in revolt.

Alan Clarke was brilliant at those gritty dramas.
 
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May 25, 2013
8,341
5,045
Escape Room - Bog standard film of it's genre, people invited to an escape room where they must escape the room or die. Nothing original, little character development, typical douche bag characters and the one twist they tried to throw into the story was so predictable, saw it coming a mile off. Only thing that impressed me was the complexity of the rooms that's where all the attention seemed to be placed for this film.

Overall, watchable but forgettable, it's been done better with films like Cube and The Platform. But clearly enough people like this for a sequel which is being released soon.
 
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