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by Tafdolphin » Tue Feb 19, 2019 3:07 pm

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Tafdolphin wrote:It was the best superhero film of 2018.

I'm not joking.

I assume you're talking about Spider-Man into the Spider Verse?


...ok, second best.

Senna 9/10

Been meaning to watch this ever since it came out as F1 was very much a constant presence in the household, growing up. Glad I finally caught it as it's an exceptionally well made documentary that feels like a complete record of the man's legacy.

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PostRe: Last film you watched and your rating
by Ecno » Wed Feb 20, 2019 11:38 pm

Outlaw King 6/10- There's bits of real quality, where you think it's going to kick on to a higher level, and then just all ends up a bit meh.

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by fry87 » Fri Feb 22, 2019 10:29 am

MI: Fallout - An entertaining action flick, although I can't help but feel some of the reviews and hype were a little excessive. Tom Cruise did what Tom Cruise does and was solid as the lead with a good supporting cast. It featured some cool set pieces and for a reasonably long film the pacing was good and kept me interested. 7/10

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PostRe: Last film you watched and your rating
by Corazon de Leon » Fri Feb 22, 2019 11:16 am

Tafdolphin wrote:It was the best superhero film of 2018.

I'm not joking.


You must be. Black Panther, Spider-Verse are in a different league. I recall you not being a fan of Avengers but that was better too.

Upgrade is the Venom film that Venom should've been.

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by Tafdolphin » Fri Feb 22, 2019 11:19 am

Corazon de Leon wrote:
Tafdolphin wrote:It was the best superhero film of 2018.

I'm not joking.


You must be. Black Panther, Spider-Verse are in a different league. I recall you not being a fan of Avengers but that was better too.

Upgrade is the Venom film that Venom should've been.


I do need to watch Upgrade.

I did love Venom though. It's gooseberry fool, but really, really fun gooseberry fool. Marvel films are far too strawberry floating pofaced these days, big epic dramas about nonsense McGuffins with a few jokes thrown in along the way. Venom was strawberry floating...batshit. Absolute insanity. And it was as refreshing a take as Spiderverse in my mind.

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PostRe: Last film you watched and your rating
by SugarDave » Sat Feb 23, 2019 2:22 am

Only recently learned that BFI have a streaming service with a pretty good library of classic films, so I spent the two week trial period watching as many as I could.

Paths of Glory (1957) - *****
The Seventh Seal (1957) - ****

Scanners (1981) - ***
Stephen Lack's acting is the highlight of this film. It feels like he walked out of an old FMV game.

Paris, Texas (1984) - ****
This is on the cusp of being 5 stars and could very well become one after a rewatch, it's great. The 'Mirror' sequence is one of the most memorable things I've seen in a film.

The Silence (1963) - *

8½ (1963) - **
I'm being overly harsh with this one, if I'm honest. It's undeniably an expertly made film and there are some very creative and funny moments, but I simply found myself disinterested for most of it. Probably a similar situation with The Silence above; I'm not sure I could point to anything I think it did especially wrong, I was just bored as strawberry float and waiting for it to be over.

Smiles of a Summer Night (1955) - ****
Eyes Without A Face (1960) - ***
Suspiria (1977) - ****

Late Spring (1949) - ***
I wasn't massively engaged for the majority of this film but the last 30 minutes or so has some fantastic scenes and the ending is superb.

Tokyo Story (1953) - ****
Late Autumn (1960) - ***

Akira Kurosawa films:

One Wonderful Sunday (1947) - *****
Drunken Angel (1948) - ****
Stray Dog (1949) - ****
Rashomon (1950) - ****
Ikiru (1952) - ***** :wub: :cry:
Seven Samurai (1954) - *****
Throne of Blood (1957) - *****
The Lower Depths (1957) - ****
The Hidden Fortress (1958) - *****
Yojimbo (1961) - *****
Sanjuro (1962) - *****
High and Low (1963) - *****
Ran (1985) - *****

Holy gooseberry fool, the strawberry floating consistency there.

His films are better than the hype. Most directors are fortunate if they create a single masterpiece, and that's just the ones who are good. I count at least five from the above list and a handful of others I could probably make a strong case for; not only that but everything left over ranges from very good to excellent as well. You've got one of the best adventure films ever in Hidden Fortress, one of the best crime films in High and Low, a couple of the most entertaining action films ever in Yojimbo/Sanjuro, and perhaps the best adaptations of Shakespeare I've seen in Throne of Blood and Ran, the latter of which is also an amazing period epic.

Seven Samurai seems to unanimously be considered his best film, or at least the most popular, but Ikiru was the one that resonated with me the most. It is quite possibly my new favourite film of all time and I would consider it essential viewing for anybody.

The work is brilliant but it's also crazy how I could constantly feel the influence it all had on so many of my favourite films. Kurosawa is undoubtedly now my personal favourite director. Oh, and as far as long-running director/actor collaborations go, Kurosawa and Toshiro Mifune or Takashi Shimura have to be among the greatest.

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PostRe: Last film you watched and your rating
by Tafdolphin » Sat Feb 23, 2019 11:09 am

Alite: Battle Angel

The very definition of a 7/10 popcorn movie. Its action was exciting, its quiet moments tolerable and the CGI was great.

As an adaptation of the manga though, which I read about 15 years ago and fell in love with, it's a complete failure. The Scrapyard (called Iron City here) in the manga is a dirty, grimy hellhole of a place which gives a reason to all those wanting to escape to the floating skycity of Zalem. In the film it's a sunny paradise amongst the rust, a place with fun games of motorball and lovely trips to the sundrenched countryside. One character's obsession with leaving the place is reduced to a plot McGuffin because of this. The body horror and trauma of people living as cyborgs, half human and half something much, much worse, is completely ignored too. These were two fundamental concepts of the manga and they're removed for brevity's sake. They also turn the series' Joker character into the Kingpin, which felt a little off.

But still. It's good fun.

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PostRe: Last film you watched and your rating
by Squinty » Sat Feb 23, 2019 11:17 am

The Conjuring 2 - 5/10

This was disappointing. Liked the first one a lot.

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PostRe: Last film you watched and your rating
by dmin » Sat Feb 23, 2019 12:36 pm

SugarDave wrote:The work is brilliant but it's also crazy how I could constantly feel the influence it all had on so many of my favourite films. Kurosawa is undoubtedly now my personal favourite director. Oh, and as far as long-running director/actor collaborations go, Kurosawa and Toshiro Mifune or Takashi Shimura have to be among the greatest.

So so true. High and Low, Ikiru and Seven Samurai are my faves, but they're all so good. You've still a few classics to watch too. Red Beard and Kagemusha the main two.

Kurosawa, Mifune, Shimura :wub:

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PostRe: Last film you watched and your rating
by SugarDave » Sat Feb 23, 2019 1:52 pm

dmin wrote:
SugarDave wrote:The work is brilliant but it's also crazy how I could constantly feel the influence it all had on so many of my favourite films. Kurosawa is undoubtedly now my personal favourite director. Oh, and as far as long-running director/actor collaborations go, Kurosawa and Toshiro Mifune or Takashi Shimura have to be among the greatest.

So so true. High and Low, Ikiru and Seven Samurai are my faves, but they're all so good. You've still a few classics to watch too. Red Beard and Kagemusha the main two.

Kurosawa, Mifune, Shimura :wub:


Yeah, I really wanted to get around to Red Beard, No Regrets for Our Youth and The Bad Sleep Well but unfortunately ran out of time with the BFI trial. It's only £5 for a month though so I'll get back to them once I've watched all these blu-rays I recently bought and neglected. I don't think Kagemusha was on there among some others, mind.

Mental that I still have half of his films to watch and he's already the best I've ever seen (granted I've already watched the most prolific ones).

The thought of revisiting many of them excites me already. :wub:

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PostRe: Last film you watched and your rating
by Ecno » Sat Feb 23, 2019 1:57 pm

Vice 7/10- Interesting, and enjoyable but I felt it was missing something and I don't quite know what. It might just be the frustration of
not knowing the truth behind what happened re the Iraq war and US oil companies, or exactly the reason for the administration hatred of Sadam.
which of cause you can't know unless involvement parties come out and directly say it.

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PostRe: Last film you watched and your rating
by Pedz » Sat Feb 23, 2019 1:57 pm

What is BFI?

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PostRe: Last film you watched and your rating
by SugarDave » Sat Feb 23, 2019 2:07 pm

Pedz wrote:What is BFI?


British Film Institute.

https://player.bfi.org.uk

I think they're primarily a film preservation group, similar to the Criterion Collection or something like that. I know they've been behind cinema returns for films like Blade Runner and 2001: A Space Odyssey.

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PostRe: Last film you watched and your rating
by Vermilion » Sat Feb 23, 2019 2:33 pm

Squinty wrote:The Conjuring 2 - 5/10

This was disappointing. Liked the first one a lot.


It's better on the second viewing, as there are lots of neat little things you don't notice first time around (such as the large letters on the Warren's bookshelf).

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PostRe: Last film you watched and your rating
by Jamo3103 » Sat Feb 23, 2019 6:34 pm

Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse - 9/10

Thoroughly enjoyed this. It looks absolutely gorgeous, the animation is brilliant and the story is very different from what we've seen in previous Spiderman films. Was nice to see Miles Morales and Spider Gwen on film but also refreshing to see different takes on Peter Parker, particularly the older, world-weary version. Such a contrast to the young Spiderman we're currently seeing in the MCU.

IO - 4/10

There's a really decent concept in here, nothing particularly revolutionary but an alternative to the usual war torn/zombie filled post apocalyptic environment we usually get. It starts off at a slow pace as we get used to the setting but it never really feels like it gets going and it ends quite abruptly. Ultimately ends up being a film which feels quite half-baked which is a shame because the two lead actors do a pretty good job and as I say, there is a decent idea in there somewhere.

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PostRe: Last film you watched and your rating
by Wedgie » Sat Feb 23, 2019 7:00 pm

Seven Samurai is a strawberry floating masterpiece.

Amazed at how old the film is. Very rare that a film can be that long from that time.

And since I watched it, I refused to watch the American remakes, Magnificent Seven. Both of them.

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PostRe: Last film you watched and your rating
by Corazon de Leon » Sat Feb 23, 2019 9:40 pm

Magnificent Seven(the original) is a good film. The Seven Samurai is a masterpiece. I wouldn't avoid it completely, because it's worth it for Yul Brynner alone.

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PostRe: Last film you watched and your rating
by Ecno » Sat Feb 23, 2019 10:48 pm

Alita Battle Angel 7/10- Enjoyed this quite a bit, however I thought the teenage romance was (obviously) a bit crap.

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Was annoyed I only got half a film, when I thought I was getting a full movie. Especially when it's done poorly at the box office so the sequel won't be made. Unless it's big in China? Do people like it in China, as I would like a sequel.

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PostRe: Last film you watched and your rating
by Banjo » Sun Feb 24, 2019 11:05 pm

High & Low is my personal favourite Kurosawa. It's utterly electrifying and does so much using so little. I'd recommend checking out Cinefix on YouTube, they uploaded a video on the use of Blocking in the film and it's a fantastic video delving deeper into the staging and precision on display. I would link to it but I'm in a bar on my phone trying to drink away the pain of some wanky Argentinian flick I just saw. May post tomorrow with a bigger gush over High & Low and put the actual link in.

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PostRe: Last film you watched and your rating
by Zartan » Mon Feb 25, 2019 9:27 am

The first Magnificent Seven is a wonderful film, with one of the most iconic scores of all times. The recent one is terrible and should be avoided. But seriously no matter how much you love Seven Samurai do not skip the first

Anyhow Enter the Spiderverse, this was easily the best Superhero film of 2018, head and shoulders above the rest. Though one question for you all, was Chris Pine doing a Bill Shatner impression at the start of the film?

I am going to be humming the theme to magnificent Seven all day now :fp:


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