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Great Movie, Deserved The Oscar Win
I just got out of my second viewing of Parasite. I first seen it back in November at an advanced screening.
I think anyone watching this after the Oscars will probably think it is over rated (I certainly think that about Gladiator and Silence Of The Lambs) and 1917 should have won. I'm not one of them, I loved 1917, but I loved this equally as much, and I was totally fine with it winning. If movies with subtitles bother you, this will not be for you.
For me thought, it is 100% original, you'll never know where it is going, the acting is great by all concerned and it is darkly funny.
I have to say, It was a lot more effective on its first watch, as I knew nothing about the movie (which is how I think it should be seen) and it simply blew me away. That has now been taken away now, but it is still a great movie.
Much Better Than You'd Expect!! I Really Enjoyed It
I just got out of Underwater.
This was made in 2017, before Disney bought Fox, now I don't think Disney care about this movie, as they are just dumping it out with minimum publicity. I have seen two posters, and I only seen the trailer here.
Now, I actually thought it was ok, in fact I enjoyed it, It's as cliche as it gets, but it it gets straight to it, the explanation for why they are their is told over the opening credits, so no exposition is needed!! It is insanely claustrophobic and has a few moments of genuine intensity and it is entertaining. Don't get me wrong, I have plenty of issues with it (I hated Stewart's voice over!! Not seems totally out of place) but it was not as bad as I expected and I was mostly entertained throughout. About 40/50 minutes in, I said to my girlfriend "I'm actually enjoying this" but once you see the creature, it kind of lost something.
Kristen Stewart was ok, not as good as she was in Charlies Angels, because I found her funny in that, but she was ok. She seems to be much better in things like Seberg than more commercial movies like this. She is no Sigourney Weaver, that is for sure.
As for the running around in her underwear her jacket is not fastened during the opening and you see her in get stripped down getting in and out of her suit (as you do all the cast) the end is the longest period, where they get out of their suits and run to the escape pods. So not great deal, and you do not see anything.
Vincent Cassel an actor I always I like seeing was fine in his role as the Captain too, but sadly he is sort of wasted as he isn't really given a lot to do.
Too many times, Underwater reminded me of better movies and the characters are pretty wafer-thin and walking cliche's, but you don't watch movies like this expecting great characterisation!!
Surprisingly, for the first time ever, there were adverts and no trailers at all... Do studio's think nobody will go and see this and have not bothered attaching their new trailers to it??
I Want More Robbie As Harley Quinn
I just got out of a surprisingly packed screening of Birds Of Prey.
Disclosure, I'm not familiar with the comics, so I don't know if the character portrayal are accurate or not. BL k Madk for example, I do not know if this is his comic story arc or not
I knew going in it would be a girl power movie, as it's Birds Of Prey, but every man in this is a horrible, vile, misogynistic d*ck. Literally every male character is a would be rapist, sexist woman hater. You can have a girl power movie without making it a man hating one. And it's not really a Birds Of Prey movie either, It's a Harley Quinn movie. That out of the way...
What I liked about this movie is I love Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, what ever you hated about Suicide Squad, everyone pretty much agreed she was the best thing in it. Mary Elizabeth Winstead (so bad in Gemini Man) is good as Huntress, but she had the least screentime, I could watch an entire movie around the backstory shown briefly here she has the best arc. Her and Black Canary (Jurnee Sonnet-Bell) were the best characters after Harley Quinn.
It is well directed, the action is well shot, you can actually see what is going on, and it's choreographed well in long shots instead of lots of cut aways and no shaky cam. There are a lot of appendage breaks (the most I have seen since I did the Steven Seagal movie marathon) considering what happens to people in the movie, there is not a great deal of blood, although it's littered with F Bombs!!
There were some decent laughs, one in particular got a huge reaction in my screening, but I think it could have used a few more laughs.
Ewan McGregor is fine, he is having fun, but a little too over the top. Rosie Perez is bland and dull as the cop, her and Casandra Cain (Ella Jay Basco) for me were a waste of screentime. I'd have rather there screen time went to Black Canary and Huntress. Although Cain is integral to the plot, she is just a waste of screentime. She is also the worst movie pickpocket of all time.
There is no characterisation outside of Harley Quinn (she is the only one you actually care about) and Huntress, the main plot (retrieving a diamond) is nothing we have not seen before. I had some issues with the police raid, which was awesome, even if it does not make sense.
Some scenes from the trailers are not in the movie!! For example the scene where she says "Boom" and appears to headbutt someone is not there.
I think it will split the fans, you will either like it or hate it!! I'm pretty sure it's depiction of men will rub a lot of people up the wrong way. I can't say I disliked it, as I was entertained through out, because it was a fun movie, so I'm kind of on the fence, but I do think it will have decent rewatchability.
Hanks Is Deserving Of Oscar Nomination
I just got out of A Beautiful Day In My Neighbourhood!!
About 10 minutes in to it, I realised I watched this about 8 weeks ago at an early preview screening, and outside of Hanks, I didn't like it.
However, knowing what I was getting, I enjoyed it more for what it was, than what I expected. Hanks deserves his Oscar nomination, I still think Brad Pitt will win, but If Hanks does, you will not hear any complaints from me. On my first viewing Matthew Rhys incredibly dull and bland, today less so.
Queen & Slim (2019)
Hits The Ground Running & Does Not Let Up
I just got out of Queen & Slim
I enjoyed it!! This movie hits the ground running and for the first hour, does not let up, it is really intense. It loses its momentum in the middle part, but it picks up again for the ending. I hated what happened in the protest scene, and truthfully that scene could have been taken out, and the movie would not have been any worse for it.
Daniel Kaluuya is excellent as is Jodie Turner-Smith, funny thing though I don't think there names are ever said, let alone them being called Queen & Slim
I liked Kaluuya's character, he was really relatable and likeable!! Turner-Smith less so, she was annoying and a bit of a hard work diva/princess, especially early on befor you found some things out about her past.
I'm not surprised it is leaving my cinema after one week as there was only 1 other person in my screening, and annoyingly he spent most of the time on his phone. A shame as this movie deserved to find an audience.
The Rhythm Section (2020)
It Has It's Moments, But Is Underwhelming
I just got out of Rhythm Section
There is not much new here. We have seen this type of 'avenging my loved ones' movie countless times before, we have seen the 'training to be an assassin' a ton of times too and that is without the 'must stop the terrorist' plot thrown into the mix.
Of the cast Blake Livley is ok, I suppose, but nothing special, whilst Jude Law is ok, although his jet black hair will give Steven Seagal black hair envy.
This is not the action movie the trailer promised. It's somber tone and pacing problems make this pretty boring at times. Due to its plodding pace, I was certain this clocked it over 2 hours... but it's about 1 hr 45.
One of my main problems was Blake Lively, I didn't care for her character, in fact I outright disliked her!! Considering she is out for revenge due to her innocent family being killed, she caused a lot of collateral damage to innocent people.
Huge nitpick for me was she left her blood and finger prints at a lot of the crime scenes and it has some awful precisctable dialogue.
It does have some things going for it, I like how she never actually becomes a great assassin in fact she is pretty awful (as any normal person suddenly trying to kill people would be) and there is a good scene where Jude Law trains Blame Livley in combat and it's all done in one take. For such a downbeat movie, the songs in it's soundtrack are very upbeat.
There was only 3 other people in my screening and one of them walked out.
The Turning (2020)
Watch In A Dark Place Instead
I just got out of The Turning
WOW did this suck!! It has some decent ideas, but the execution is just awful.
All they way through it, I kept thinking I have seen this before!! Then I realised this is pretty much a loose remake of a much better movie called In A Dark Place, starring Leelee Sobieski (characters even have the same names) that had a budget of $5 million, compared to the $20 million wasted on this.
They dropped some of the interesting subplots from In A Dark Place and replace the ending with a totally WTF moments where we were all sat scratching our heads at the movie being over.
Mackenzie Davis in a bad wig is fine, but for me, Natalie Portman in Black Swan is the gold standard of a woman slowly losing her mind, and Davis doesn't come close. Horror does not seem to be her forte based on this, but she is still ok. I kind of get why Finn Wolfhard was attracted to this movie, as he gets a chance to get away from nice Mike in Stranger Things and be a horrible douche, For me, Brooklynn Prince (the little girl) gives the best performance.
All in all, skip this and watch In A Dark Place instead
The Gentlemen (2019)
A Great Time At The Cinema
I just got out of watching the Gentlemen
I enjoyed it a great deal. There were things I liked and things I didn't care for and it does try to be a bit too clever for it's own good, but I liked it. Something happens at the beginning (the first minute) and it's all told in sort of a flashback by Hugh Grant.
Everyone is clearly having fun, Matthew McConaghey is as charming as ever, and this is the best I have ever seen Charlie Hunnam in a movie and Colin Farrell is just great and someone you'd want on your side when things are going bad. Hugh Grant's accent was not as annoying as the trailer (thank God) and he is clearly having fun camping it up, whilst Henry Golding does his best to keep up.
It has a great energy and the dialogue is wonderful (it got some huge laughs). It goes a bit all over in its narrative, but I'll be watching this again, sometime soon.
Sharky's Machine (1981)
Easily One Of Burt's Best Movies
I just rewatched Sharky's Machine
This is a rare one for Burt, as it was the first time since Deliverance where he is not wearing a wig
Directed by Burt himself this is one of if my favourites (if not the), it's easily one of Burt's best performances and best movies. This could and should have been a franchise for Burt, instead the next sequel he made the woeful Cannonball Run 2, as a favour to Hal Needham.
It's very violent and bloody, and there is a brutal interrogation scene where Burt is tortured for information and the finale has a great stunt by the legendary Dar Robinson (He dropped 220 feet, setting a record for the highest wireless free fall jump from a building in a film). It's light on its comedy, I don't think Burt makes one joke, 5"there are a few humerus moments and the always brilliant Charles Durning has a few funny moments too.
The supporting Cast of Bernie Casey, Brian Kieth, Richard Libertini, Vittorio Gassman, Joseph Mascolo, and Earl Holliman are all great. Rachel Ward is incredibly sexy and what a voice she has.
I wish Burt did more of these in his prime, instead of the car chase comedies. Instead they were few and far between, until after his injury and he was grabbing any movies he could (Malone, Heat and Rent A Cop) to being money in.
A great jazz score and the brilliant Street Life by Randy Crawford plays over the opening credits.
Roger Ebert said of this movie "Reynolds reminds us that there is a fine actor within the star of the awful The Cannonball Run"
Some Superb Performances
I wasn't keen on seeing this movie, but my girlfriend wanted to, so I went!! I wasn't happy as I didn't want to be preached about how Women are always victims and the nasty men are sexist pigs who abuse their power!!
It turns out, it held my attention through out, thanks to some great performances. Charlize Theron deserves her Oscar nomination for Best Actress, but I don't think she will win, I think Rene Zellweger will win, likewise Margot Robbie deserves her nomination for Best Supporting Actress, but I think Laura Dern will get it. John Lithgow is superb as the vile head of Fox News. There is a really uncomfortable scene involving John Lithgow and Margot Robbie hinted at in the trailer. Nicole Kidman doesn't really have a lot of screen time, but she is good when she is on screen.
Worth watching, but not one for repeat viewings.
Bad Boys for Life (2020)
A Lot More Heart Than The Previous Movies
I just got out of Bad Boys for life
If you liked the others, you will like this one.
This movie has a lot of heart, and whilst there is a change in tone, it is still an action movie!! Personally, I think it helps the movie that it was NOT directed by Michael Bay!! You can actually see what happening during the action. Will Smith and Martin Lawrence are so good together, I love their chemistry. Lawrence does not kook as heavy as he does in the trailer either. Sadly the line I hated from the trailer "We're not just black... We are cops too!!" made it in to the movie.
There Are one cool action sequences but nothing really stands out. There was some dodgy CGI at times (maybe 3 or 4) during the action scenes, but it's a minor gripe.
I liked the villains, a lot more than the two drug dealers from the first two movies. Joe Pantoliano steals all his scenes as per usual. Vanessa Hudgens was fine as was Paola Nunez and Alexander Ludwig.
There was something I hated and there is something at the end, that I thought was cheesy as hell and I just didn't buy this change from a certain character!! Its my biggest problem with the movie.
There is a post credit scene that hints at a Bad Boys 4, but it won't be the Bad Boys that we know.
Kristen Stewart Shines
I just got out of Seberg
At times it's a bit flat, and at times it's predictable. But since I don't know anything about Jean Seberg, I do not know how accurate it is, but I know enough about Hoover and his actions to believe what is shown here. Sadly it's more interesting themes are left unexplored.
Kristen Stewart is the best thing in this movie, she is fascinating to watch. She owns the screen, I couldn't take my eyes off her. Vince Vaughn and Anthony Mackie are both decent support, whilst Jack O'Connell is the conscience of the FBI who feels a great deal of guilt about what they are doing. Overall it has a great lead performance with some solid support and I was entertained through out.
Sady, in not expecting many people to see this, there were only 10 other people in my screening.
Do Not Expect Saving Private Ryan Style Action
I just got out of 1917.
I have to say the one continuous shot thing, really does work, and I certainly never noticed the cuts. It's a simple story, but it's done in a way that you are always invested. I found myself looking out in the background for the enemy. There isn't much gunplay in this movie, so don't go in expecting a Saving Private Ryan. Although something happened and I jumped out of my skin. In fact I was on edge a lot of the time during this movie, you never feel like they are safe.
The cinematography is great, I just looked and it's the same guy who won the Oscar for Blade Runner 2049. I expect him to be nominated again here. The acting (especially the two leads Dean Charles Chapman and George McKay) is great from all concerned too.
I have a few gripes, the two main soldiers are pretty naive when it comes to the enemy, they are either trying to help injured Germans, or don't kill them when the have the chance!! Only for the Germans to try and kill them first chance they get.
I'm surprised this won best picture at the Golden Globes, as for me it is not better than Joker, The Irishman or Once Upon A Time in Hollywood.
I highly recommend seeing this on the big screen, it deserves it.
Just Mercy (2019)
Excellent Performances In Compelling Movie
I just got out of an advanced screening of Just Mercy. I was surprised to see it was only half full. Normally these advanced screenings are almost sell outs.
I can't believe this blatant injustice was based on a true story, based off the lawyers book. Considering it is based on a true story, it is a bit precicfable at times, and you know where it is going most of the time. I also need to add, it is not a feel good movie at all, but I think most people will like it.
It is a very compelling movie, I was wrapped up in it throughout. Michael B Jordon is terrific, Jamie Foxx gives his best performance since Collateral and Ray!! Rob Morgan and Tim Blake Nelson offer solid support, whilst Brie Larson is also effective. Possibly my favourite performance from her.
It will be interesting to see if it gets any Oscar love, Foxx really deserves a best supporting nomination. I hope this finds an audience, it deserves to.
Little Women (2019)
A Bit Of A Slog To Get Through
I just got out of Little Women.
Well, I made it to the end, but it was a slog at times (especially the last half hour). Despite cries for it, I'm not expecting Greta Gereig to be nominated for any Oscars as it just isn't that good!!
If Saiirse Ronan gets a nomination I'd be ok with that as she carries thus movie. Emma Watson and Florence Pugh are good in their supporting roles, whilst Laura Dern and Meryl Streep do what they do, so well. For me though, the stand out performer was a man. Timothèe Chalamet is a man to watch.
The costumes are all on point and the cinematography as beautiful. Yorik Le Seux should be nominated for an Oscar. I think the cinematography is the best thing about the movie.
Jojo Rabbit (2019)
My Favourite Movie Of The Year
I just got out of Jo Jo Rabbit
Man, I loved this movie so much. My favourite movie of 2019.
Roman Griffin Davis is wonderful, Thomason Mckenzie is a delight, Taika Waititi is awesome, as is Rebel Wilson, Sam Rockwell and Alfie Allen, but it's Scarlett Johanson who leaves the biggest impression, I think she deserves to be nominated for best supporting actress
This deserves to be seen by as many people as possible.
Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
I Liked This A Lot More Than Any aversion Of The First Movie
Just watched Blade Runner 2049 for the first time in Blu-ray.
I didn't love any of the seven versions of the 1982 movie, and since the marketing on this one relied on nostalgia for that movie (instead of promoting this movie) I passed. I seen it at a boot sale for 50p this morning and bought it.
I'll just say this right off the bat, Denis Villeneuve has directed a great movie. I really enjoyed it!! A lot more than any of the 7 version of the first movie. He isn't going for setting up an action franchise, he is focusing on one movie and it's great.
Its a long movie (2 hrs 43 mins), in fact It is definitely too long. It could have lost half an hour and still been awesome, it did not need to be that long. The pacing is seriously off at times and it feels like a long movie.
All the acting is great, there is not one weak link. This is Goslings movie and he is excellent. Ford (who didn't show up till the 1 hr 45 mark) is gruff and great. Sylvia Hoeks is really good as Luv too. Dave Batista has a small role, likewise Mackenzie Davis (Terminator Dark Fate) has a small but important role as a human prostitute. But for the second movie in a row (that I have seen her in), Ana De Armas (Knives Out, being the first) steals the show as JOI.
I'm glad to see this won Oscars for its cinematography and visual effects. It is a shame this under performed at the box office!! Maybe if it had lost half an hour, they could have fit another showing per day in.
I will be keeping this bad boy in my collection.
Rambo: Last Blood (2019)
Does Not Feel Like A Rambo
It was great to see Balboa Productions at the start. It moves at a very quick pace, but it is almost too quick. We do not have time to get to know and care about Gabrielle/The housekeeper, and to a lesser extent Carmen. We don't have time to get to know and hate the bad guys, they are just one dimensional, cliche bad guys. I prefer it when a movie makes me hate a bad guy!!
For me, it is nothing like Unforgiven, except the narrative similarities, but that is it. It is more a Taken movie than Unforgiven/Logan type. Which may please some people, as I know a lot of people did not care for Logan.
All the acting is decent from all concerned, especially Yvette Monreal, she does a great job, especially in the scene where she is first explaining to Ramho about wanting to go see her father in Mexico. Bulgaria (a location I am never a fan of as a filming location) does a great job of standing in for Mexico. Sly does his best acting (since the first Creed) when he is delivering a monologue at about the hour mark.
There is not much action until the end, I expect there to be a lot of Home Alone comparisons after the final act, which is amazingly brutal. Fans of the violence in the franchise will not be disappointed. Sly didn't seem like Rambo up until this point. He is popping a lot of pills!! The way he stealthily takes out his enemy one by one is reminiscent of the woods in First Blood. Make no mistake, this is Rambo. Easily the best part of the movie
I went to see this at the cinema. Octavia Spencer is always brilliant, and she does not disappoint here. All the cast do good jobs (especially Diana Silvers) and it was an enjoyable way to spend 90 minutes.
Horror movies are not my favourite genre, but I would consider this more of a thriller.
Ignore the bad reviews and give it a try
Avengers: Endgame (2019)
I Am Iron Man!!
I just rewatched Avengers: Endgame
After 11 years, this is it.... And they pretty much stuck the landing. It borrows heavily from Back To The Future 2, and that's not a bad thing, they even mention Back To The Future.
I loved Thor's hammer going to Cap (goosebumps), but I think my favourite part was when Peter Parker first sees Tony Stark, and he starts telling everything that has happened and Tony, so happy to see him, gives him the biggest hug, and despite being shocked at first, Peter cuddles into him and says "mmmm this is nice" I actually liked Captain Marvel in this movie. Considerably more than I did in Captain Marvel. I enjoyed Nebula too.
I thought fat Thor was funny to start with, but they should have done away with it, by the midway point, the GIRL POWER scene was Cringe-worthy!! I though Don Cheadle's jokes fell flat EVERY time!! Given the situations he makes them, his jokes are awful and badly timed.
There are plenty of plot holes and problems with it, The time travel was a lot of fun, but it opens up such a can of worms. Especially the ending, In End Game you can't change your future, by changing the past, as it sinply creates new timelines. Yet Cap decides to stay in the past with Peggy and grows old to meet back up with the team at the end, with all his current knowledge. I'm happy he ended up with Peggy, but it totally went against his character, are we really meant to believe he could just sit idly by as all the bad things happened around him?? It was pretty established that wasn't something he could do. He also stopped Peggy marrying the man who she would marry and have kids with. Changing his life and stopping their children being born.
Finally I have to talk about Robert Downey Jr, he IS the MCU!! If the first Iron Man (which worked mainly because of Downey Jr's performance) movie didn't work, there would be no MCU!! And what a way for him to go.... "I am Iron Man!!" I'm not going to lie, I cried when he died, in fact I cried a few times. I think it was 4 times in total.
If you can arrange for Thor to be in GOTG Vol 3 that would be great.
Captain Marvel (2019)
One Of Marvel's Worst Movies
I just watched Captain Marvel
It starts off with a nice tribute to Stan Lee and then it's all down hill!! Well not all down hill. But I don't enjoy this one at all.
Brie Larson is bland as hell, I just didn't find her relatable at all. I can't put my finger on why, she is an Oscar Winner, but she is such a mixed bag here!! It says something when Jude Law is not the worst actor in a movie. Ben Mendleson was great, Samuel L Jackson had more screen time than I thought he would, and I always enjoy seeing him play Nick Fury.
Sometimes it works, but it misses more than it hits. I'm not the target audience as it's a feminist movie aimed at women and little girls to say "I want to be Captain Marvel" nothing wrong with that, but at least make an interesting movie. I'm going to say something that is not said often..... DC did it better!! Wonder Woman was the same but it was entertaining as hell and Gal Gadot gave a layered performance and is charismatic as hell!!
The thing I hated the most is the stupid way Nick Fury loses his eye!! So lame!!
Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)
I Enjoyed It
I just rewatched AntMan & The Wasp
I just love Paul Rudd, and I love him even more as Scott Lang, he is like the Roccky of this Universe!! The little underdog you root for. Evangeline Lilly is good as is Hannah John Kamen as Ava/Ghost but although the movie is an enjoyable palette cleanser after the dramatics of Avengers: Infinity War again it has a weak villain!! After Thanos and Killmonger in Black Panther, it's a step back.
Random side note!! Laurence Fishburn is in both Marvel and DC Cinematic Universe's at the same time lol
Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
I just rewatched Avengers: Infinity War
The nailed it. Against all the odds of juggling THAT MANY balls in the air, they pulled it off and it just gets better every time. It is imperfect, but it's still great.
Josh Brolin is great as Thanos, he is a great villain!! Too many Marvel movies have weak villains. Not here. He is a great character, it is pretty much his movie. Continuing how great he was in Thor: Ragnarok, Chris Hemsworth steals the movie as Thor!! No mean feat in a movie with this many awesome characters. Robert Downey Jr is as awesome as always (when isn't he??) as is Tom Holland, he made me cry, it not going to lie. Mark Ruffallo has more to do than normal as Bruce Banner.
Chris Evans and Benedict Cumberbatch are more supporting here as is Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany (even though I was crushed with there final scene) Sadly, Scarlett Johansson is wasted here!! She does not really have much to do.
As usual in a Marvel movie, the action is great and it nails it's humour too!! One of Marvel's best for me.
Black Panther (2018)
I Don't Get The Hype, But I Liked It
I just watched Black Panther
I enjoyed it at the cinema, but truthfully it has not held up for me on repeat viewings. Whilst I appreciate the cultural significance of the movie, a Best Picture Oscar nomination it did not deserve. It wasn't even the best Marvel movie of the year (That honour goes to Logan).
Chadwick Boseman is slightly over shadowed by a ridiculously charismatic turn by Michael B Jordan. Forest Whittaker and Angela Bassett are both good, as are Danai Girira and Lupia Nyong'o It is Letitia Wright who steals the show as Shuri however, she is a delight.
The action scenes are all well done, but the final fight left me a bit bored as two faceless CGI characters slugged it out
Overall I liked it, I just do not get why it was so over praised.
The 15:17 to Paris (2018)
I Liked It
The name Clint Eastwood is enough to drag my skinny ass to the cinema most days of the week. Throw in the fact that most people are watching either Black Panther or Shape Of The Water. And I could pretty much guarantee I would not be annoyed by other people in there.
I can certainly see why it is not for everyone and at times the acting is not the greatest, but they are not professional actors and are more than adequate. In fact I have seen worse professional actors. The second act drags a bit with a lot of filler scenes, but I think the ly off is worth it.
Clint should be applauded for having the none acting Experienced heroes portraying themselves. Certainly a bold move. There are some professional actors in there Thomas Lennon with Judy Greer and Jenna Fisher as two of the boys mothers too. All three child actors are decent too. I think Clint is always good at getting performances from children.
I think it deserves to be seen as Clint knows how to direct and it's a true story featuring the real heroes