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Discussion in 'Anything Goes' started by Mark, May 15, 2005.

  1. furie

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    As Howie and Dave are a saying, Alien Covenant was very much suffering from split personality.

    It couldn't seem to decide if it was a dark and brooding tale of a decent into madness - telling the tale of what happened before Alien, or if it was a suspense/horror/action film.

    Even there it seemed to be unsure of itself. Telling the tale didn't work because it never explained some stuff
    If David launched the pathogen, why did the ship crash into the forest after it was docked and what happened to the thousands of new creatures born (David experimented on some, yes, but there must have been thousands)? Why didn't the lander see the entire city as it landed? It was walking distance from where they landed!!! None of the crew ask about the corpses or the aliens whose city they're in?

    Then the Alien stuff it couldn't decide if it was remaking Alien or Aliens and just kind of tried to cherry pick the best bits from both, offering none of the excellence of them.

    I never found the film to be particularly tense. It moved too fast to build suspense. The plot was telegraphed, so you already knew what was going to happen anyway, again ruining any tension.

    Then the CGI was just really silly a lot of the time. In fact, the film was generally silly quite often. The "Alien Mexican wave" being a particular low point. Both Alien and Aliens worked so well because of the physical effects. If you can't give us better than Alien 3 CGI, keep to physical. Lesson not learned there Mr Scott.

    As Howie says though, some of the film is utterly gorgeous. It never quite reaches the heights Scott should be reaching though. It just seemed to be badly cobbled together, ruining what should have been great moments.

    I dunno, I just found it a complete mixed bag. The highlights were too few and far between and the lowlights too huge to ignore. Let's face it, can any of you remember any character? When people are being killed, were you ever going "oh, I quite liked them", rather than "Who was that one?"

    Very poor effort.
     
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    I'm feeling glad I didn't bother with Alien this weekend, I didn't enjoy Prometheus and it sounds like this one is a bit of a mess.

    I did bother with Mindhorn and Miss Sloane.
    Mindhorn is the sort of low-budget British comedy that can either be a hit or miss. Unfortunately this is a bit of a miss. I think this is down to the main character just being too awful with barely any redeeming features and is surrounded by ludicrous caricatures that don't really help this situation. I did love the scene with Simon Callow, that was amusing and Russell Tovey was great. It has it's moments but I wouldn't say it's worth going to the cinema for.

    However Miss Sloane I thought was thrilling, I didn't know too much going in so was delighted that it was the sort of gripping drama/thriller that I enjoy. It's quite similar in tone to The Good Wife and House of Cards but with a movie budget. The cast were awesome and there's a couple of interesting twists in there. I really enjoyed it and if you like House of cards you'll love this.
     
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    Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge

    I love the Pirates films, none of the sequels have come anywhere near the excellence of the first one but they're still enjoyable. This fifth film however has soooo many issues. I'll start with the good, Salazar is actually creepy and intense, just a great villain. I thought the two younger characters worked really well. However I thought it was long, the story was overstuffed with lots of unnecessary things and it wasn't really that funny, almost trying too hard. Depp's performance as Sparrow felt off, I swear at times he merged into his Mad Hatter from the Alice films. I thought the direction was really bad, I've seen the film described as being dull and I have to agree. I really wanted to like it but overall it's just not very good, bit concerned they're keeping the same writers/directors for the sixth film (apparently, according to imdb).


    Also watched the new Netflix original film War Machine.

    This has a fantastic cast, I couldn't get over Brad Pitt's accent though, felt so put-on. It was kinda enjoyable, the scenes with Ben Kingsley were fun. The tone of the film was a bit all over the place, some parts are almost comedy and then it tries to be serious and it doesn't really work? Overall though it's ok.
     
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    Wonder Woman

    I really enjoyed this, and I haven't particularly enjoyed any superhero film for a long time. As with most of them these days, it's overly long, but that's probably because they're basically pushing two stories into the same film - an "origin" story and a "save the world" one. The final scene is disappointing in that after a mostly interesting film, it just turns into yet another CGI borefest. Gal Gadot is perfection.
     
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    Wonder Woman

    I was a little hesitant about this film because the two previous DC films have been dreadful. However I really enjoyed it, Gal Gadot and Chris Pine are fantastic. I felt like a lot of the side characters had barely any screen time and I'm not sure if that was a good or bad thing. I thought the score sounded a bit Pirates of the Caribbean at times which was weird. The action was ok, a bit too much slo-mo for my liking but generally ok.
     
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    Despicable Me 3

    It was alright. It all a felt a bit short and a bit rushed. Trey Parker voicing the '80s throwback villain is excellent though.
     
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    Saw a bunch of films on Saturday. I started with The Mummy.

    It was abysmal. It was just a mess of a film, felt like 4 different films intercut. There were several things that didn't really make sense or were really needed. I hated how ham-fisted recent events like the war in the middle east and London's crossrail construction were shoved in to make it feel relevant. I've seen people blame the direction etc but it's 100% down to a really terrible script. I quite like Tom Cruise these days and while he essentially does the same thing in all these action films they're usually fun, this was just a waste of everybody's time.


    Hampstead

    I quite liked this film, it was predictable and rather by-the-numbers but it was amusing and just a pleasant film to sit down and watch.


    Churchill

    Despite some great performances from the cast I found this excruciatingly dull. I was constantly distracted by the director/cinematographer trying to make it look interesting by focusing on a mirror with the rest of the image heavily blurred etc. It also felt like it really took its time telling quite a simple bit of story.


    Book of Henry

    This film has been ripped apart by critics and I have no idea why, I loved it. I thought the cast were superb, Jacob Tremblay was excellent as the little brother. I'll admit I didn't know much before going in to see it and so the story took some interesting and unexpected turns. I think one route it goes down is a bit bizarre (and probably why critics don't like it) but I like that it's different.
     
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    Baby Driver

    This was an absolute blast. I watched it with Dolby Atmos and jeez the audio mix was incredible, during the action sequences I was absolutely buzzing. There's a few minor issues with the way characters act towards the end but it's still very enjoyable. I think I'll be going to see this for a second time.
     
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    The House

    A comedy starring Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler where they start up an underground casino in their friend's house to help pay for their daughter's tuition. It's not perfect but there are some really stand out moments that generally had everyone laughing. I was also tickled with Ferrell's character having a crazy issue with numbers, it was stupid but it hit my funny bone. If you want to have a few laughs and generally enjoy Ferrell/Poehler then I'd recommend.


    Despicable Me 3

    I really like the first one, second one wasn't great and Minions was possibly the worst spin off I've ever seen. I found this to be rather boring and it somehow completely misses the point of what made the first film work, I'm starting to think the first film was a total fluke. The minions were ok in this and made me chuckle once or twice but overall I preferred the new villain. Balthazar Bratt was an excellent new character and I loved all the random 80s references, he was the only thing holding my attention in this film. Overall it was just dull.


    I also saw Baby Driver for a second time because it's great and I can't get the soundtrack out of my head.
     
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    Me again. Saw Spiderman Homecoming last night.

    I loved it, I thought it was really fun and I think the casting was fantastic. The trailers spoil maybe a little too much, I felt like there were several scenes where I knew what was going to happen next which is disappointing. There's still plenty of great surprises though and the two end credit scenes put a smile on my face. Actually there were plenty of times where I just found myself grinning from just really enjoying what was happening. I'm really excited to see where they take this new MCU spidey.
     
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    Get Out
    This film came out of nowhere, but it's awesome! Good mix of humour and suspense. Very creepy story and I love the way it slowly unfolds with a couple of twists. You know something is wrong but you can't quite put your finger on what exactly. I love these kind of mystery films.

    Life
    I enjoyed it, but it didn't really stick with me. It was extremely similar to Alien, but it did have a fab cast and a very interesting ending.

    Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2
    I liked the first one because it didn't take itself seriously and it was just a light-hearted fun watch. The second one has even more of that, so even though it's not necessarily better than the first, I think I enjoyed it even more. I had a blast watching it in IMAX, just sitting back and having a good laugh.

    Wonder Woman
    It was an enjoyable popcorn film, but for me it wasn't that much better than the rest of the superhero films. It has the same problems as the others. Incredibly lame and cliché villains, a main character so overpowered that there's literally not a moment of suspense and an over the top CGI fest finale. For me Chris Pine's character stole the show. He was awesome. Gal Gadot is hot though. I think I enjoyed the second act the most.

    Baby Driver
    OMG, this film was FAB! Heist films are often very similar to one another but this is definitely one of the best ones I've seen. It feels unique enough, has an incredible cast, great soundtrack, fab humour and scenes of pure adrenaline rush action leaving me all shakey and sweaty. This and Get Out are easily the best films of the year so far for me.
     
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    Not out until next year but I'm excited for the Fantastic Beasts Suquel coming out in 2018. Especially as I got to see one of the main sets for the film!
     
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    Saw Spiderman Homecoming again today because it's great.

    Cars 3 was a fun film, the animation is so beautiful. It was a little bit predicable but it was a nice family film with a couple of good chuckles (and barely any Mater!!!!!!)

    War for the Planet of the Apes. I've loved these prequels, they just look fantastic and have been really enjoyable. This one tends to get a little dull at times but it doesn't stop the film from being a great watch. The visual effects totally blow me away though, all of the apes are just so realistic, incredible work.
     
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    was a bit late to see wonder woman - got on my nerves a bit..
     
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    Valerian and the city of a thousand planets

    I liked it but I wasn't a fan of the two lead actors. I enjoyed it more for the spectacle and great creature design. I felt like a lot happened but there were certainly times where the obstacles faced by the main characters side-tracked too much from telling the story.


    The big sick

    I really enjoyed this. I was expecting a comedy but it's more like a drama with the odd amusing moment.
     
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    England Is Mine
    Had to go see this as I'm a HUGE Smiths fan, even though I thought it was going to be awful and the casting of Lowden was quite debatable.
    In reality it was actually quite good. About a million, squillion lyrical references for fans and some good acting and spot-on mannerisms from Lowden.
    It got a bit pretentious and dreary in the middle but that was kind of expected and it wasn't bad enough to loose you completely. Propped up by a great soundtrack too, naturally.

    Also my first visit to a Curzon. Expensive but the sound was excellent, the seats incredibly comfy, and I got to be able to drink tea in the cinema. Every cinema. Everywhere. Needs to serve tea.
     
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    Yesterday was time for a bit of a catch up sesh. Started with Dunkirk. My screening was plagued with an audio problem (my own fault for not paying the proper monies to see it in proper IMAX like I originally intended). I liked it though, I'm not Nolan's biggest fan and I didn't really like the way this film was cut together. There were some great tense scenes though.

    Atomic Blonde. I was easily entertained with the great visuals and amazing pumped up 80s soundtrack. The plot is a little by-the-numbers for a spy movie but the setting, style and action sequences made for a really enjoyable time.

    The dark tower. I know nothing of the source material and I'm guessing fans of that will hate it but I thought it was enjoyable enough. It felt very rushed and something about how the man in black's magic worked felt a bit flat - somehow his evil doings left zero emotional impact. It's quite meh overall.

    Assassin's bodyguard felt cheap but had some amusing moments. Some of the action sequences felt overlong and tedious. I was heavily distracted by some extremely amateur greenscreen action (the Ryan Reynolds drinking vodka in Amsterdam being the worst offender). It was fine for what it was and I'm hoping the whole thing was meant to be a pastiche on the usual action film (tone was all over the place). Meh, wait for it to be on TV.
     
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    Annabelle: Creation

    Finally went to the movies for the first time in a long time. I was feeling particularly Halloween-y due to the chilly day and cloudy sky (even though it was only mid-August, but it's never too early for Halloween), so I took my sister to see Annabelle: Creation. Much to my surprise, they had installed reclining leather chairs in each theatre which was amazing! I wasn't expecting too much from the movie, but it was actually pretty good. I wasn't a massive fan of Annabelle, but both Conjuring movies were good and I felt as though it lived up to those. The characters development and back story were done pretty well without dragging on for too long, which I find kills a lot of horror films. There were many creepy moments (such as the bunk bed scene and the scene where the orphan girl goes into Bea's room for the first time, but I won't give anything away), a little bit of gore, and a decent amount of suspense. Nothing groundbreaking, but one of the better horror movies!

    Axe Murders of Villisca

    0/10. Had promise because of the creepy backstory of the real axe murders, but executed terribly. 0. Zero. Nil.
     
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    I had quite a packed weekend of films. I started with Death Note on Netflix. I've never watched the anime despite finding the premise interesting. After all the fans saying this new film was terrible etc it just made me more intrigued. It was very meh, I love the character design of Ryuk and the voice work by Defoe. I still like the concept but most of the school bits felt really stereotypically Hollywood, could have literally been out of any high school based film, it just felt lazy. Everything seems to move at breakneck speed too and not really in any interesting way, just made it feel cluttered and without any emotional attachment to any of the characters. I quite like the mystery behind L but ultimately it didn't really hide anything interesting. Just meh.

    American Made. Despite the dreadful shakycam I really enjoyed this. I enjoyed the speed of which is went through the various stages of the guy's insane story, it never lingered too long on anything. Never really knew what was going to happen next which was refreshing.

    Logan Lucky. I was really looking forward to this and it wasn't quite what I was expecting. It was a lot slower and not as amusing as I thought it'd be. It was still enjoyable and the cast were great, for once Daniel Craig looks like he's actually having a good time.

    Patti Cake$. It follows some pretty basic storytelling tropes so you can sort of see whats coming next but the characters are interesting and the cast do a great job. The music is generally pretty good too (should be noted I tend to hate rap).

    Detroit. Urgh, this movie was so intense once it got into the main bit of the story. Just got so angry at the situation too, the cops were a bunch of douche nozzles. It's a really good movie and the cast nailed it (amuses me how many of them are British).
    I really want to know what happened to the starter pistol though and why no one admitted to its existence for so long

    Rough Night. I expected this to be a lame 'comedy' with all the jokes in the trailer. There's certainly a good amount of the amusing moments in the trailers but there's some excellent moments throughout that actually made me lol. The casting is really odd but it really worked, I quite enjoyed Kate McKinnon as the Aussie. It's not the best comedy this year but it's certainly worth a watch once it comes out on home release.

    Stratton. This movie made me angry and in a totally different way to Detroit. It's about a special ops unit that works with the MI6 but the characters keep making really simplistic mistakes and there are plot holes the size of a planet. The stupidity ramped up in the action sequences in London and spread to the editing room and this is where I got mad. There's an action sequence that takes place in the West End (down Shaftesbury Avenue, through Trafalgar Square etc) but the editing keeps skipping between the same locations again and again but makes the characters act like its going through unrecognizable areas. They're Londoners working for a top intelligence agency, they'd know exactly where they are the entire journey! It was like they looked at the poor location hopping in Skyfall and ramped it up to 11. :emoji_zipper_mouth: this movie.
     
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    Me again.

    It. I'm not really a horror fan and despite reading the comments here and there about the previous adaptations and the book I didn't know a whole lot going in. I really enjoyed it, I thought the cast were great, all the adults were creepy/intimidating and the kids seemed genuinely scared with what they encountered. I think I enjoyed the film more for the characters and their relationships and adventures rather than the scares which were fairly standard jump scares. The lady in the background of the library scene was probably the most creepy thing in the whole thing, sometimes subtle weirdness is more effective than CG monsters.

    Wind river. I also really enjoyed this, it's a bit of a slow film but I thought the characters were all interesting and I liked the way it all built up resulting in a bit of a shock scenario. I recommend checking this movie out.

    Limehouse Golem. I thought this film was a bit long but I loved the development of the investigation and the twists and turns. Much better than I was expecting and the cast were awesome.
     

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