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Re: What have you seen recently?

Postby ragr » 8:01am on 29 Jul 17

negromaestro wrote:"Passengers" needed George R. R. Martin's input.....


Which is the one thing George doesn't seem keen on these days.

The film was originally scheduled to have a smaller budget which may have curtailed excesses - or, the excesses just would have looked worse. Then Sony came in and splashed the cash with the remit that nobody wants to leave a cinema crying; unless we want them to, which on this occasion, we don't. Even dear old George would have been under orders.
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Re: What have you seen recently?

Postby Darran » 12:48pm on 29 Jul 17

I have watched two remakes over the last couple of days, both to avoid!

Ben Hur. I knew that this wouldn't be as good as the original but I was watching it for a bit of sand & sandles inspiration. It was just so dull, I had to switch it off after an hour. It's main leads were uninteresting and what little action there was was insipid. Even the costumes and set locations were dull.


Jurassic World. This was a by-the-book summer blockbuster feature film. They got the narrative beats right and the special effects were very good. Trouble is it lacked any wonder and any insights into the nature of the dinosaur/human mix. It tried to make everything bigger and better but ended up making it hackneyed and uninspired.
I spent most of my time watching the changing hairstyles of Bryce Dallas Howard as the rest of the cast 'phoned' their performances in for the pay cheques!
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Re: What have you seen recently?

Postby ncmreynolds » 10:20am on 31 Jul 17

Stranger Things: A re-watch off the back of the season two trailer. I binged it in one sitting and it rewarded a second watch.

Spectral: Pretty basic action fodder with ghost-like entities killing soldiers in the middle of a messy conflict somewhere in a near future grimdark Eastern Europe. Full of cheese it has great visuals but flat characters and some horrific techno-babble to explain it all. This is a Netflix exclusive 'movie' and I've seen far worse at the cinema, I deliberately watched it to see what their output was like. OK if you accept its limitations.

Lucy: It thinks it's a meditation on the meaning of existence, with a dash of Morgan Freeman spouting posthuman aspiration for gravitas. It's not, it's tripe wrapped up in 'party girl gets superpowers' clothing. The only good thing about it is the frantic pace, especially the cross-Paris race against time.
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Re: What have you seen recently?

Postby Darran » 3:15pm on 31 Jul 17

As an antidote to Lucy check out Jonathan Glazer's sci-fi horror-flick, Under the Skin starring Scarlett Johansson and set in Glasgow of all places. It's very disturbing and almost surreal.
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Re: What have you seen recently?

Postby j0rdi » 3:35pm on 31 Jul 17

I watched the new 'King Arthur' recently... and it's not fit to polish Excalibur's spurs.

If they hadn't felt the need to butcher the Pendragon story it would just be a very bad movie, soiling that myth drags it to a new low even David Cameron's sub wouldn't reach. Arthur is a brothel-keeper (natch) and Vortigern is his uncle. Arthur's son Mordred is now a mage who attacks Camelot when Arthur is just a child (couldn't have used a different name perhaps because there's little point doing that unless it's to signal that this is just going to chew up and spit out the Arthur myth... oh).

You can tell it's a Guy Ritchie movie because it's basically the same cheeky-chappy lovable criminal characters, only now they have swords not guns. What worked (really well imo) for Snatch and Lock, Stock is horribly out of place here, jarringly so - at least Charlie Hunnam didn't put on a mockney accent I suppose (but tbh it wouldn't have detracted much from the film if he had). It's like Ritchie's tried to shoehorn his goto 'modern british gangster movie with snappy dialogue and flash-forward jump cuts' and the Arthurian legend, with predictably crap results - I don't know if either camp would enjoy this mish-mash, hodge-podge chimera (complete with kung-fu school in ancient Londinium 'avin a barney with the 'rozzers').

The good bits! (There were some.) The acting was pretty good all round I thought - some top notch British actors (and Eric Bana and Djimon Hounsou) put in a good shift in a bad movie. Not convinced by Hunnam leading yet, even though I want him to do well, this isn't the movie to convince anyone. The special effects were pretty good (although the sword is totally OP and should be nerfed in the next patch...) but overused at times - I could've saved Ritchie a bundle there - and the longer they go on the easier it is to spot the flaws.

I can't help feeling that if they'd left the Arthur angle alone and just done 'Guy Ritchie's: Magic Sword and Fings Innit' then it wouldn't feel as woeful.
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Re: What have you seen recently?

Postby Neil Gow » 3:55pm on 31 Jul 17

Dude. It's not even that good. Utter ****

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Re: What have you seen recently?

Postby dr_mitch » 6:43pm on 31 Jul 17

I remember laughing hysterically at the trailer when I first saw it. That's probably enough hilarity for me without seeing the film.
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Re: What have you seen recently?

Postby MartinP » 7:03pm on 31 Jul 17

dr_mitch wrote:I remember laughing hysterically at the trailer when I first saw it. That's probably enough hilarity for me without seeing the film.
I saw the trailer on TV with the sound off (a work thing), and all I could think was "Giant war elephant, WTF?"

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Re: What have you seen recently?

Postby Dom » 11:06pm on 31 Jul 17

I watched the live action 'Ghost in the Shell' 2017 film again last night. Great action movie, and having both rewatched the original anime and read the manga since I watched this in the cinema in March, I think that this more than holds up. Visually, it's stunning, and definitely worth a watch.


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