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Sounds decent. Where did you see it? Netflix? Amazon? "other" means?
I don't think it's available on any of the big streaming services. I watched it via a Plex server on the interweb. You should find it on the usual free movie apps and Kod1 though.

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Caught up on some that I’d been meaning to watch for a while but were unsuitable for watching with the other half. 


Blackkklansman

Very entertaining. I was pleasantly surprised at Spike Lee including some white police as good guys. A couple of bits were a bit preachy and the undercover bits never felt like there was real peril. Never got bogged down though.  7/10

Ballad of Buster Scruggs

lost count of the stories in this and lost interest in a couple. Probably the weakest Coen brothers I’ve seen. Some memorable shots and performances but all over the place. 5/10

Parasite

Really enjoyed this. I was a bit disappointed but that was because of some stupid reviews that I read that suggested that it was going to go in some completely unexpected direction, which it didn’t.  I thought the characters were brilliantly drawn, the plot wasn’t too ott and the satire not too overbearing.  The only real criticism was the symbolism of going up and down was really overdone and overused. 8/10

Deadpool

tried to watch this a couple of times before but either got annoyed with it or fell asleep. Having watched it through, it’s still really irritating. I prefer the version with the stitched up mouth out of that x men movie. Also the CGI seemed overused, especially the frozen action shots and the 4th wall breaking stuff was trying too hard. I expect I’m probably about 30 years past the target demographic, but I quite enjoy most of the MCU and X men stuff. 3/10

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The Witch

I suppose it's better on a second viewing, but a couple of the more horror elements still land way wide of the mark, and I just don't see it as the modern horror classic that many do. As a family melodrama though, it works extremely well, and there were pretty special elements here.

7/10

Fantastic Mr. Fox


This was delightful.

9/10

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For a couple of good, funny and eviscerating reviews on Wonder Woman (both films) I recommend "The Critical Drinker" on youtube. He has a cracking go at Star Wars, Star Trek and Ghostbusters 2016 too (ooh, and GoT). Guy plays a drunken shambles while grounding his reviews on an understanding of character and plot. 

Anyway, I watched "Four Minutes" as I was looking for something uplifting and my google search of "uplifting movies on Netflix" recommended that.

It's set in, I think, the late 90's early 00's. An aged piano teacher teaches piano in a prison and has done since 1945 (why? don't know). It begins with her piano (her own, personal baby-grand) being taken into the prison by two ex cons (one murderer and the other raped his niece....this revelation is played to make her seem like a progressive maverick next to a supposedly atavistic prison guard but we learn nothing of her motivations so this just jars) and we also see a highly troubled (and excellently played tbf) young woman who is seemingly not just highly talented, but practised and accomplished at the piano. We learn a bit about the background of each character, but it's lazy. The young woman was a prodigy but her father sexually abused her constantly. She is in jail for murder, but daddio pops up later to say she didn't do it, that she got into the wrong crowd. It all leads to a fairly confused narrative for this character and I never bought into her journey. There's no motivation for her training with this teacher as she can already play to a high standard. The performance at the end is a nice enough end to her arc, but the audience is left with too much work to do to care about these characters and their so called stories. The emotional investment in the teacher comes from us knowing that she had a lover when she first worked at the prison, a female communist prisoner who was executed. Nothing is done to link that to what she is doing now, or why she keeps teaching at this prison. We learn nothing more about her. Her interactions with the other characters are cold and although she inevitably warms to her young charge, the relationship isn't given any time to breathe. It's just constant melodrama and histrionics. The end result is a movie that doesn't do anything to get you invested in the story. It's a cynical effort that uses cheap parlour tricks (omg, she was sexually abused.....omg, the teacher is a lesbian who is still in love with her lover) that feel manipulative.

A bit of a rant but this pish got 85% on Rotten Tomatoes audience score and it precipitated quite the heads gone from me. I was not uplifted by it. Not one bit.

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5 hours ago, coprolite said:

 

Deadpool

tried to watch this a couple of times before but either got annoyed with it or fell asleep. Having watched it through, it’s still really irritating. I prefer the version with the stitched up mouth out of that x men movie. Also the CGI seemed overused, especially the frozen action shots and the 4th wall breaking stuff was trying too hard. I expect I’m probably about 30 years past the target demographic, but I quite enjoy most of the MCU and X men stuff. 3/10

I can accept that Deadpool isn't for everyone, but the bit I've highlighted in bold is, frankly, offensive, and should see you banned

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Isle of Dogs

I guess I'm willing to go high with this, purely because it's NEVER boring, and it kept me interested at the very least, and the pace was terrific. Also not without some hilarious moments. The whole thing was very soulless but a simple plot well carried out, brief running time and outstanding voice cast meant that I'm willing to go on the low end of what I consider to be the high end scores.

8/10

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That Sinking Feeling - BBC iPlayer

 

Genuinely funny script and if you can overlook the student feel, a very good film. BUT why the hell was it dubbed? Totally ruined it for me once the lipsynch went wonky.

 

If ever a film should be remade, it's this one because the script is absolute quality.

"There's got to be more to life than suicide?"

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Goodfellas 8/10

Gangster film following the life of a young American with slight Italian background in the mob. De Niro and Pesci are brilliant in this but with a lot of gangster films, the ending always seems to get rushed and then you're done. 

 

Sex and the City 4/10

Four spoiled and wealthy women and their relationship problems. Probably really fun if you watched the series. 

 

Sex and the City2 5/10

A worse film than the first but gets a higher grade because of one line. Samantha- the sex crazed one blurts out when in the desert they're visited by some apparently handsome bloke "be the Lawrence of my Labia" which still gets me chuckling. 

 

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Unmasking the Idol

The most fun I've had watching a film since American Hunter. There's a guy who's a ninja acting like a drunken James Bond tribute. There are annoyed crocodiles that are fed up because the villain keeps feeding the piranhas and not them.  He also kills two people because they're old. Also there's a monkey that dresses like a ninja and kills people with ninja stars. Also there's a hot air balloon that's also a pick up truck. Also, there's a casablanca line for no reason.

8/10 (really a 3, but christ it was fun)

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The Witch

I suppose it's better on a second viewing, but a couple of the more horror elements still land way wide of the mark, and I just don't see it as the modern horror classic that many do. As a family melodrama though, it works extremely well, and there were pretty special elements here.

7/10

Fantastic Mr. Fox


This was delightful.

9/10
FMF just makes me so happy. The world design/animation/music make an already lovely script ×100 better.

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Run Hide Fight

Someone on a podcast I listen to uses the term "good movie adjacent" and I think that's a good way to describe this. This is NOT a good movie though. Infact, it's a total clusterfuck. A mish mash of embarrassing ideas put into what should probably have been a simple concept, which was actually well started, which is the only reason this gets the score that it does.

3/10
 

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Hunter Hunter

Finally watched this after reading about it on here ages ago. Really enjoyed it although many questions remained unanswered and it seemed to go by in no time at 93 minutes. Certainly didn't go the way I expected and the ending especially so..........8/10.

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Promising Young Woman

This rape revenge movie was dark but quite humourous at times. The main character is an unstable woman riddled with trauma with what had happened to her friend Nina in years gone past at college, and how her friends attacker, now living the high life got off Scot-free. Now she sets out to right the wrongs.

7.5/10

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Run Hide Fight

Someone on a podcast I listen to uses the term "good movie adjacent" and I think that's a good way to describe this. This is NOT a good movie though. Infact, it's a total clusterfuck. A mish mash of embarrassing ideas put into what should probably have been a simple concept, which was actually well started, which is the only reason this gets the score that it does.

3/10
 
Haha, I actually quite enjoyed this. Each to their own.

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I thought the first act was pretty good. Pretty cliche main character but simple and good for the story. I thought the first part of the antagonists' plans was pretty great and the setup with there being lots of pranks that day helped things as well.

From there, I honestly thought it'd be a lot more of a simple siege movies, but then it added all sorts of other shit and made practically zero use of the prank thing which makes me wonder why they included that potentially fun idea in the first place.

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On 18/01/2021 at 22:24, Mark Connolly said:

I can accept that Deadpool isn't for everyone, but the bit I've highlighted in bold is, frankly, offensive, and should see you banned

Cannot believe that was even posted, 

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Host

A "footage film" about a seance done via Zoom. It's only about an hour long but I was unexpectedly surprised as it was really good.

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Etoile/Ballet

A weird mish mash of giallo and swan lake that wants to be Argento's Opera but it too overly the place in terms of pacing, plot twists and overall look. It does however, have young Jennifer Connelly walking around dreamily, which is a huge plus.

6.5/10

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On 19/01/2021 at 09:06, NewBornBairn said:

That Sinking Feeling - BBC iPlayer

 

Genuinely funny script and if you can overlook the student feel, a very good film. BUT why the hell was it dubbed? Totally ruined it for me once the lipsynch went wonky.

 

If ever a film should be remade, it's this one because the script is absolute quality.

"There's got to be more to life than suicide?"

I’m sure it was to tone down the accents which somebody deemed too strong, could be wrong. The cameo from Richard Demarco waxing lyrical about the artistic merits of the sink art instillation is a great bit of self deprecating humour.

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