Movie record 2020 edition
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  • I actually ended up using Vere’s thread all through 2019, so let’s do it again.
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    Gonna record ALLLLLL the movies I watch here this year …

    I liked the short reviews/comments last year. Vere’s rule was a dozen words or less, but I broke that quite often. Some people like to leave scores, some don’t. It’s all good. You do you.

    What did really work was making a new post every time you watch a movie, then copy/pasting that into your master list at the start of the thread. I’m gonna do that again.

    Reading the list back at the end of the year was a nice thing.
  • London Has Fallen
    Big Gerard Butler saves the day again. Ridiculous macho ‘America fuck yeah!’ militarism.

    Wild Rose
    Glasgow, country music and redemption. Surprisingly affecting and Jessie Buckley is fucking brilliant.

    What Women Want
    No thanks to Mel ‘racist’ Gibson, but with Helen Hunt and Marisa Tomei this still stands up as a good light comedy.

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
    Nothing memorable, but a solid finale to the trilogy of trilogies.

    Destination Marriage
    Winona Ryder and Keanu Reeves in a low-budget indie romcom. Surely that’ll be worth watching? No. No, it really isn’t. Switched it off about 40 minutes in.

    The Hustle
    Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson in a remake of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, with all humour removed and replaced by actual steaming horseshit.

    Hustlers
    Star turn from J-Lo as the ringleader of strippers fleecing their customers after the Wall St crash. Glitzy and genuinely funny.

    Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood
    A beautifully shot whole load of nothing. Zilch. Zip. Nada. There’s just nothing there. A vacant lot.

    Joker
    An ugly story, told beautifully. No fun, no redemption, just an understandable descent into madness.

    The Devil Wears Prada
    Romcom fluff, but nevertheless a favourite of mine. I could watch Meryl Streep pretending to be Anna Wintour all day long.

    How to Build a Girl
    Caitlin Moran’s enormous ego: the movie. I fucking loved it. Nothing challenging, but smart, funny and heartwarming.

    Salt
    Can’t believe this film’s a decade old now. One of the better action spy thrillers from the days before every movie had to spawn a franchise. Jolie’s great in it.

    Anna
    Stylish lightweight Cold War spy thriller with a great cast. Not Besson’s best, but not his worst. Helen Mirren steals the show.

    Ad Astra
    Brad Pitt travels to the edge of the solar system but all he finds is yet another story of a middle aged white American man facing his Daddy issues.

    Made of Honor
    Proud bearer of some of the worst Scottish accents (by English actors, no less) I’ve ever heard, and a caber-tossing scene with an obviously fibreglass log. Also, a shit-tier romcom. For the bin.

    Ford vs Ferrari (or Le Mans ’66)
    Predictably, I loved it, Bale’s accent aside. Days of Thunder meets Mad Men.

    The Good Liar
    Ian McKellen and Helen Mirren hamming it up. You know there’s a twist coming … but fuck me, it wasn’t the one I expected.

    Knives Out
    Rain Johnson directs an all-star cast, attempting to make a modern Agatha Christie. Ends up making a Colombo pastiche. Fun, though.

    Late Night
    Light comedy with Emma Thompson as a US chat show host. A nothing film, but worth watching for scenes of Emma Thompson doing stand up.
  • Think I'll do this, this year. I often forget what I've watched...

    1. The Sound of Music
    I've never seen it and I don't generally like musicals, but this was on and it's one of Vicky's favourites so I chose to subject myself to it - plus it's set in and around Salzburg which I have family connections to. Surprisingly I enjoyed it, almost entirely down to the iconic songs and Julie Andrews performance which is lovely. What an astonishing voice she had.

    2. John Wick 3
    Much better than I thought it was going to be, despite it being basically a video game - although it was quite self aware too which helped. Great action though, nice long static shots with some hilarious deaths and a higher than average number of nut-shots, punches and bites.

    3. Spies in Disguise
    Fairly standard kids film with Will Smith and Tom Holland in the lead roles. Super Spy Smith gets turned into a pigeon and 'hilarity' ensues. Pure beige, instantly forgettable.

    4. Atomic Blonde
    Enjoyable clockwork spy action thriller with great performances and bone crunching action throughout. Theron is amazing as always.

    5. Tomorrowland
    I really like this film. This was the second time I've watched it and I'm convinced it's a lost kids cult classic. Brilliant production design, a great story, a nice message of hope which becomes more prescient with every passing year and grumpy Clooney. Great Sunday afternoon fare.

    6. Deadwood
    Or alternatively, 'Oldwood' - where everyone is a bit fatter or more withered than the last time you saw them. Finally finished re-watching the series and capped it off with this love letter to the show and it's characters. Finishes the story off brilliantly and brought genuine tears to my eyes.

    7. Enemy of the State
    Superb conspiracy theory thriller turned hauntingly factual dystopian nightmare with the Don, Gene Hackman, and Will Smith playing an 'everyman' which he should do more often because it suits him more than any of his daft superhero schtick.

    8. 1917. Brilliantly made and gorgeous to look at, with great performances to boot. There's not much to it, but what it does do it does superbly. 8.

    9. Divergent. Looking for something to watch with the family and we settled on this. Fairly middle of the road young adult dystopian sci-fi fare, with some interesting ideas, middling performances and a few inexplicable decisions in what felt like a rushed last third. (6)

    10. The Dark Knight Rises. Not seen this since I watched it at the cinema on release and I think I enjoyed it far more this time around. It's by far the most comic booky of the Nolan trilogy, where the two main characters having very silly voices is only like the fifth most ridiculous thing in it, but my God the action set pieces are superb. 8
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  • I'm in. Very much enjoy keeping the record. Just need to tie up 2019's viewing.

    1. Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers
    Mick has another pop at his niece in another average sequel. 5

    2. The Standoff At Sparrow Creek
    Militia men linked to police shooting stand off in this tame whodunnit. 5

    3. Hereditary
    Family ties are stretched in this top notch ancestral nightmare. 9

    4. Vice
    Portly Bale and heavyweight cast highlight in this interesting yet unenthralling biopic. 7

    5. Under The Skin
    Scarlett Johansson picks up LUCKY SCOTTISH BASTARDS in Jonathan Glazer's audiovisual treat. 9

    6. Hardcore Henry
    Bonkers full on style over substance first person shooter. Fuck John Wick. 7

    7. Little Monsters
    Teacher, musician and kids battle zombie outbreak in this funny, cute zom-rom-com. 7

    8. The Overnight
    Amusing comedy as two couple's dinner date serves up some revealing truths. 7

    9. Four Lions
    Chris Morris' black comedy following hapless Sheffield jihadis and their radical aspirations. 7

    10. 1917
    Epic, raw and personal piece of filmmaking, technically amazing, outstanding cinematography. 8

    11. The Disaster Artist
    James Franco's ode to cult 'so bad it's good' film, The Room. 7

    12. Us
    Jordan Peele's very inventive, demon doppelganger, thriller chiller. 8

    13. Accident Man
    Standard Scott Adkins actioner. Needed less Guy Ritchie-esque scripting and more action. 5

    14. 8 Mile
    Eminem turns in decent self performance in this semi autobiographical rap tale. 7

    15. Blue Ruin
    Hobo avenges parent's murder in this indie revenge thriller. 7

    16. The Death of Stalin
    Iannucci's satirical Soviet comedy, whilst witty, didn't sustain my interest. 6

    17. Midsommar
    Swedish set pagan cult folk horror. Quirky, unnerving and excellent. 9

    18. The Social Network
    Zippy and engaging nerdographical story of Facebook. 7

    19. Pumping Iron
    The Terminator and The Incredible Hulk face off in muscley man doc. 6

    20. Wet Hot American Summer
    Limp Damp Camp Comedy. 2

    21. Soul Men
    Ageing soul singers hit the road in this one note comedy. 5

    22. The Warriors
    Super cool, gangs of New York survival classic. I can dig it. 8

    23. Dragged Across Concrete
    Formulaic but still decent crime thriller with Mel Gibson and Vince Vaughn. 7

    24. Friday
    Ice Cube's classic rewatchable hood comedy. A lighter day in the hood. 8

    25. The Babysitter
    Tongue in cheek, hugely implausible but fun, teen slasher. 6

    26. The Crazies (2010)
    Reasonably effective Romero remake. Toxin leak turns Iowa residents into batshit mentals. 6

    27. Snowpiercer
    Class clash on the eternally engined express. Likeable but I expected more. 6

    28. This Is The End
    Seth Rogan and friends play fictionalised selves in this witty apocalyptic comedy. 6

    29. Spotlight
    Engrossing factual drama as Boston Globe reporters uncover Catholic Church child abuse scandal. 9

    30. Olympus Has Fallen
    Die Hard at the White House with Gerard Butler as John McClane. 6

    31. Fighting With My Family
    Heart warming rise to fame of Norwich WWE wrestler, Paige. 7

    32. Pet Sematary
    Stephen King's creepy resurrection horror adaptation with bonus Herman Munster. 6

    33. Argo
    Gripping account of the 'Canadian Caper' exfiltration of US diplomats from Iran. 9

    34. Nightcrawler
    Jake Gyllenhaal excels in neo-noir thriller as borderline psychopathic nightly video newshound. 8

    35. London Has Fallen
    Hugely implausible, loud, explosive and mildly entertaining sequel to Olympus. 6

    36. Gran Torino
    Eastwood is at his gruff, bigoted best in this redemptive drama. 8

    37. Heathers
    Cult dark comedy sees Ryder and Slater play high school antiheroes. 6

    38. Fruitvale Station
    Powerful retelling of Oscar Grant's last day, and his fatal shooting by metro police. 8

    39. Jarhead
    Bored marines in desert tale. Decent but doesn't convey a strong message. 7

    40. Friday Night Lights
    Energetic American football drama following the Permian Panthers crack at State Championship. 7

    41. Looper
    Solid and entertaining, yet thankfully uncomplicated sci-fi time travelling action yarn. 8

    42. The Night Sitter
    Cheesy, cheap and cheerful, schlocky Kickstarter horror. 6

    43. Trainwreck
    Brilliant Amy Schumer penned comedy. Funny, touching, great performances and excellent cameos. 9

    44. Cold Pursuit
    Chilly, mildly effective Liam Neeson revenge thriller with a dark humourous undertone. 7

    45. It Follows
    Quality, super creepy, 'is it really about the AIDS?', stalkahorror. Loved it. 9

    46. I, Tonya
    Effective tragicomic account of Tonya Harding and the Nancy Kerrigan kneecapping. 8

    47. The Girl On The Third Floor
    CM Punk wrestles with renovating a haunted house in scare free horror. 6

    48. Thunder Road
    Incredibly touching comedic melodrama with a great central performance by Jim Cummings. 9

    49. Daddy's Home
    Tittersome comedy with Ferrell and Wahlberg facing off as competing fathers. 7

    50. Cocktail
    TC shakes his way through this cheesy but entertaining, 80s boozy romp. 7

    51. Gerald's Game
    Wife battles inner demons and a bed in this Stephen King adaptation.  7

    52. John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum
    Keanu still kicking ass in this well worn but still thrilling formula. 8

    53. Maniac (2012)
    Interesting remake sees nutjob mannequin man Elijah Wood desperately seeking scalps. 7

    54. Blockers
    Entertaining, eager kids vs. overbearing parents, coming of age comedy.  7

    55. Christine
    Good King adaptation. Psycho car is restored by nerd, bad shit ensues. 7

    56. Ghost Stories
    Not essential Brit ghostly horror tale. A few jumps but nothing spectacular. 6

    57. Haunt
    Funseekers seek fun in freakshow nutjob infested haunted house. Immediately regret it. 7

    58. Thoroughbreds
    Dark, disaffected teen murder pact drama. Maybe better than my attention allowed. 6

    59. Happy Death Day 2U
    Entertaining Groundhog Day killer sequel with a debatable sci-fi bent. 7

    60. The Art of Self-Defense
    Jesse Eisenberg's timid accountant takes up karate in this darkly comic tale. 8

    61. Savage Dog
    Scott Adkins 1959 Indochina set beat em up. Average story, good choreography. 6

    62. Juliet, Naked
    Gentle romantic comedy. Girlfriend meets boyfriend's reclusive music idol, stuff happens. 6

    63. Hush
    Superior home invasion thriller. Crossbow wielding creep preys upon deaf, mute woman. 8

    64. Daddy's Home 2
    Slightly weaker sequel with Gibson and Lithgow as the dad's dads. 6

    65. True Romance
    Misfit newlyweds pursue a kooky romance whilst outrunning the Mafia. 8

    66. Manchester by the Sea
    Excellent reflective drama based on grief and redemption. Strong Casey Affleck performance. 9

    67. Raising Arizona
    Zany babynapping Coen comedy. Cute performance from Hunter and a vintage Cage. 8

    68. Backdraft
    William Baldwin smoulders and Russell crackles in this fiery brotherly firemen drama. 7

    69. A Cock and Bull Story
    Coogan and Brydon star as themselves in this film within a film. 7

    70. Searching
    Unique and original missing person thriller that plays out entirely on computer and phone screens. 8

    71. Empire Records
    Cult 90s time capsule centred on hip record store, its assorted teenage employees and father figure boss. 7

    72. Hustlers
    The amazing looking J.Lo highlights in this overhyped yet entertaining, scheming strippers tale. 7

    73. Beerfest
    Shallow, goofy yet still entertaining beer fuelled hijinks from the Super Trooper boys. 7

    74. Too Late
    Decent pulpy noir blend of multi threaded storytelling, cool music and snappy dialogue. 8
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  • In. Going to try for one a week.
  • 1. The Lighthouse. Eggers certainly knows how to do atmosphere! That was quite something.

    2. Dora and the Lost City of Gold. Fairly entertaining tomb raider-lite for kids.

    3. Knives Out. Catch the mouse, Squash his head, Put him in the pot. Decent film, in no way related to the Radiohead song.

    4. Abominable. Nice looking but fairly average animated shiz.

    5. The Irishman. Started in 2019, finished in 2020. Great film, not as good as goodfellas.

    6. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. Solid feel-good Tom Hanks playing a guy that’s probably quite a lot like Tom Hanks.

    7. Ex Machina First time I’ve watched this since the initial release. I remembered most of it really well, a testament to how good a film it is.

    8. Jagten (The Hunt) Mads on top form. Tough watch this, especially in my line of work. Very emotive.

    9. 1917. Don't know why they couldn't just call it quarter past seven like everyone else. Good film though, well worth seeing at the cinema on the nice seats with the extra big screen.

    10. Frozen II. The kids remained interested for the majority of it, so it must be ok.

    11. Ford v Ferrari (Le Mans '66). Looked good, sounded good, solid car racey drama. Enjoyed it.

    12. The Shining. You are the caretaker. You’ve always been the caretaker.

    13. Jojo Rabbit. Taika Waititi's third best film, probably. But then again, maybe it's his best. Maybe.

    14. Doctor Sleep. Solid enough follow-up to The Shining. Different tone, although the last 1/5th was a bit dodgy.

    15. Shaun (Shorn!) the Sheep: Farmageddon. Typically well made and enjoyable Aardman fare.

    16. Last Christmas. What the fuck was this shite? Fucking predictable and it doesn't even work, conceptually or practically. Even the wife has been ranting about how bloody stupid it was.

    17. Dragon Quest: Your Story. It's Dragon Quest (V), the game, but in film form. If you like that sort of thing you'll like it. I do like that sort of thing.

    18. Dolittle. Did little for me, but the boy seemed to enjoy it, and the girl was interested for a bit too.

    19. Dark Waters. Dark and soapy, and poisonous. Need to throw some pans out, just in case. Good film, didn't know about the case.

    20. Jumanji: The Next Level. Mindless trash, but a reasonably enjoyable adventure nonetheless.

    21. Richard Jewell. Interesting story, I have very little memory of the Olympic bombing incident but this was a good telling of the ridiculous approach that the FBI took to solving the crime.

    22. Sonic the Hedgehog. Actually not bad really. The kids loved it.

    23. Hustlers. Bag or irredeemable shite. It may well be based on a true story, but it's a story of shits.

    24. Pinocchio. Absolute classic, and the kids enjoyed it too.

    25. The Gentlemen. Very Guy Ritchie, which isn't for everyone, but I enjoyed it.

    26. Portrait of a Lady on Fire. Compelling viewing, a beautifully shot tale of love and loss.
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  • 1. The Intern

    First film of the new year. Not a particularly good film by any stretch but de Niro is oddly charming as the elderly Ben. I was strangely engaged through most of it. 

    (5)

    2. Attack the block

    Fun movie, kind of like an urban dog soldiers. Been meaning to watch this for a while and glad I did

    (7)

    3. Hellboy (2019)
    Not sure what drew me to this last night but its not nearly as bad as I expected. It isn't great, but I enjoyed it and its a pity Harbour wont get another go at the role. 

    (5)


    4. The Untouchables

    Seriously amazing film. So many classic scenes, generally good acting (de Niro and connery are a cut above though) and a really awesome score. De Palmas finest.

    (10)

    5. Ride Along 

    Kevin Hart and Ice Cube go through the motions in a typical, bland american comedy. I like some of Harts stand up and he came across well in Jumanji but he aint enough to save this.

    (3)

    6. John Wick: Chapter 2

    I'd seen this a while ago but couldnt remember much. So with Wick 3 on netflix, a refresher was needed. Still quite good fun but its much more one note than the first. It seems a much more simple plot and while there is world building going on, it's quite silly. Still, its good fun and I'm ready for the next chapter.

    (6)

    7. Inside Out 

    Watched this as a family movie and it brought out a lot of questions from my 6 year old daughter. It's a wonderful film that avoids being preachy while delivering some insight into the turmoil of growing up. One of the best mid-credits gags as well.

    (9)


    8. John Wick 3: Parabellum

    Maybe one too many times back to the well for Keanu. Some great action scenes cant save a character (or actor) who is so basic. Keanus inability to show pain, fatigue or weariness ruins what was already an over cooked turkey. How much better would Montenson or Mikkleson been in the role? The Wicks world doesnt just creak but collapses under the layers of stodge.

    (4)
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  • 2020 off to a good start so far. Currently watching Thirst by Park Chan-Wook.
    "But enough talk. HAVE AT YOU!"
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    I'll try to do this properly this year too. I didn't record every film I watched last year, but when I did I enjoyed trying to squeeze a review down to 12 words.



    My scoring :

    1. Offensively bad. A film that makes me properly angry at the film makers and actors.

    2. A terrible film. Multiple issues, how did this get made?

    3. This is really bad. There is the germ of a good film in here somewhere, but this isn't it.

    4. Some serious issues with plotting, writing or cinematography. Not worth it.

    5. Overall a bad film, but not without some positives. I wouldn't watch it again though.

    6. Not a great film but I got some enjoyment from it despite its flaws. I wouldn't choose to watch again, but wouldn't actively avoid it if it was on.

    7. Really good fun, or a very interesting concept. It doesn't quite work but it's still a really enjoyable watch.

    8. A great film. One I'll happily return to again and again.

    9. Almost perfect in every way, an all time classic.

    10. Perfect, there is nothing about the film that I could find fault with or want to alter in any way.



    1. The Aeronauts - The RSC does Gravity in Victorian England. Well acted. Not for me. [6]

    2. Le Mans '66 - A bostin film despite the barmy accent. Bale and Damon are great. [7]

    3. Fury Road - Cinematicaly stunning high octane roller-coaster with some fantastic practical effects. [8]

    4. 1917 - A very simple story shot very well. Didn't live up to the hype[7]
  • I’m in for this.

    Uncle Buck

    I miss John Candy

    Captain America : The Winter Soldier
    Still my favourite Marvel movie with my favourite Marvel hero. It’s a fun spy movie.


    Mission Impossible Fallout

    Some top tier A class Cruise action. Loved it for the fifth time!

    Orgazmo

    Now you’re a man, a maaao maaao maaan you’re a maaaaaaaannn! Now you’re a man!

    Angel Has Fallen

    The previous two films were shite, fell asleep in the last one. This one though was good fun!

    Ad Astra

    Brad Pitt deals with his daddy issues by adventuring to Neptune. Was pretty good but felt inferior to Intersteller

    Long Shot
    Really liked this. Funny and Seth Rogan was not as annoying as I normally find him.
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  • 1. Thirst - 1st Jan
    Park Chan-Wook does it again, this time with a vampire story.
    [8]

    2. 1917 - 18th Jan
    Went in expecting a well-made but somewhat dull war film. I got a very entertaining and incredibly made one. Made me want to see/read a ‘making of’ straight away. Brilliant.
    [9]

    3. Parasite - 8th Feb
    Bong Joon Ho’s best yet. The commentary on divisions in class and social status is obvious, but I think there are more subtle underlying messages here too. Plan to succeed could be one of them.

    It is so watchable too. It helps that the movie has great pacing and is full of surprises, and has some great, often comedic, lines. Couple that with some brilliant cinematography and you bet I could just watch this again pretty soon! The scene where
    Spoiler:
    , I loved the long shots and the different angles, the curves and leading lines.

    A film that makes you think and is also beautiful and fun. A rare beast indeed.
    [10]

    4. The Lighthouse - 8th Feb
    The picture format was weird at first but works. Enjoyed it mostly, but found my mind wandering at points and I wasn’t sure what the film was trying to be. It’s somewhere between no-genre-or-story art film and an actual mystery or horror film. So felt a bit lost in itself.

    Having said that, it’s beautifully shot, has some great eerie moments and good performances. There’s enough strangeness and intrigue here to enjoy and does warrant a viewing. Decent enough.
    [8]

    5. Jurassic World - 15th Feb
    Somewhat enjoyable silly crap. Always nice seeing dinosaurs / big CG monsters.
    [5]

    6. Dunkirk - 16th Feb
    I found this mostly dull and forgettable dotted with some decent scenes. That music and sound though - very good although I’m never a fan of continuous background music.
    [6]

    7. The Dictator (2012) - 20th Feb
    Apart from a couple of disturbing or slightly dull jokes/scenes (14yo boys and the baby delivery), this was thoroughly entertaining and in places downright hilarious. Really enjoyed it.
    [7]

    8. Uncut Gems - 21st Feb
    Really enjoyed this and felt for main character. Sandler was brilliant. He should act more often. Surprisingly edge of the seat for me at times.
    [8]

    9. Tonari no Totoro - 22nd Feb
    Ugh, American dub. Watched it on Netflix with the kids. Thought it would be my daughter’s first foray into anime... but she watched it at Xmas at her nan’s!!!

    It’s as brilliant as it has ever been. Timeless magical family fun.
    [9]

    10. Rush Hour 2 - ??? Feb
    I love the first film and regularly quote from it, could probably watch repeatedly. I remember enjoying the sequel, but on repeat watch, it’s actually shit. But GOD DAYUM ZHANG ZIYI IS SO UTTERLY FUCKING GORGEOUS I LOVE HER AND WANT TO GIVE HER BABIEZ
    [3]

    11. Tower Heist - ??? Feb
    Another random Netflix choice. I had forgotten that I had seen this before until about 5 minutes in but decided to carry on anyway. The definition of average.
    [5]

    12. Star Trek (2009) - 29th Feb
    Enjoyable reboot with some absolutely stunning space shots.
    [7]

    13. Kiki’s Delivery Service - 1st Mar
    Ugh, American dub. Not too bad I suppose. Watched it on Netflix with the kids. Not as good as I remember from yonks ago, but still very charming and a great fun coming of age story. Kids liked it, but obviously not as much as Totoro.
    [7]

    14. Tomb Raider (2018) - 3 Mar
    Stupid as expected, like the game. But I actually still kinda enjoyed it and liked how it followed the game (reboot) somewhat, and the gamey things like the rock axe me the traps and the climbing etc. Even the QTE style escape sequence. Average movie slightly elevated a little by that.
    [5]

    15. The Last Witch Hunter - 3 Mar
    I should stop just watching any shit on Netflix. Specially shit with Vin Diesel in it.
    [3]

    16. Pacific Rim Uprising - 6 Mar
    I continue to watch any shit on Netflix. This was pointless and gash. Bad plot, terrible exposition, and not even enough giant kaiju and fights to be entertaining.
    [4]

    17. Sonic the Hedgehog - 7 Mar
    Took the kids to see this. Actually kept my attention. Carrey is as annoying as ever, but there was one funny moment and it was mildly entertaining. Kids loved it.
    [5]

    18. Booksmart - 7 Mar
    Had this on my watchlist for a bit. Coming of age teenage high school comedy drama thing that reminded me a lot of Superbad. Just not as funny or memorable, but still good.
    [8]

    19. Lady Bird - 11 Mar
    Another high-school coming of age drama type situation. Hard to describe how or what I felt when watching this, bit or deeply resonated with me and was surprisingly emotional. Almost a 9.
    [8]

    20. The Grandmaster - 11 Mar
    I do love me some Kar Wai Wong. Thought this was better than the Donnie Yen Ip Man series, although it takes a different approach. Full of beautifully lighted shots and typically melancholic like with Wong’s other works. The fights aren’t as realistic as Ip Man, but are well choreographed. I think it would’ve been great as a longer and more epic film, but it’s good as it is.
    [8]

    21. Porco Rosso - 13 Mar
    God damn American du.... actually, I thought the dub was really good for an anime. This one was a bit lost on the kids although daughter did pick up on the "olden days miso" point. But they still enjoyed it more than Kiki. But less than Totoro. So same as me then! Good kids. I enjoyed it more than I remember when I first saw it aeons ago. Great Ghibli.
    [8]

    22. A Quiet Place - 13 Mar
    Been waiting for this to show up. Sister was raving about it. It was a good balance of intrigue and tense horror. But it was also fairly typical and cliched. Enjoyed it so that counts for it.
    [7]

    23. Contagion - 14 Mar
    Didn't enjoy it much the first time. Almost feels like I'm watching the news now.
    [7]

    24. Shutter Island - 17 Mar
    Scorsese does complex psychological thriller. Great cast and performances.
    [8]

    25. Rush Hour 3 - 17 Mar
    Shit but not as shit as 2.
    [4]

    26. Marriage Story - 18 Mar
    Driver is brilliant. Expected a little more from it but still a decent watch.
    [7]

    27. Kingsman The Secret Service - 20 Mar
    Pretty standard spy action flick.
    [5]

    28. Heat - 20 Mar
    Still an all-time classic. Can never tire if watching this.
    [9]

    29. Once Upon A Time In America - 24 Mar
    My personal favourite of all of Sergio Leone’s work. A true epic and a masterpiece. The haunting and bittersweet melancholic music by Morricone goes perfectly with the film and makes it even greater.
    [10]

    30. Get Smart - 26 Mar
    I like Carrell but this was a below average turd that only got one or two laughs from me.
    [4]

    31. The Killing of a Sacred Deer - 27 Mar
    Bloody weird film. I think I would’ve found it more convincing and enjoyable if the main family actually behaved like a proper real family. And why was everyone so kinda wooden? I found none of the acting convincing at all. And there was nothing in the shooting and camerawork and editing that made it any interesting. Only the music. Still, it gets a couple of points for the central plot/theme.
    [6]

    32. The Past - 28 Mar
    My 3rd Asghar Farhadi film, didn’t enjoy it as much as A Separation or The Salesman, but still a good family drama film. His films seem to be steeped in so much realism and always relatable, creating a lot of empathy for the characters. There are a couple more of his films I want to see.
    [8]

    33. Escape Plan - 28 Mar
    Arnie and Stallone prison escape flick. Didn’t have high expectations for this but it turned out to be pretty enjoyable albeit typical. 
    [6]

    34. Amour - 29 Mar
    Another French family drama with no background music. An elderly couple’s lives become strenuous and difficult when the wife becomes ill and the husband takes care of her. Very touching, reminded me of my mum and dad before he passed away. 
    [8]

    35. Platoon - 29 Mar
    Not as good as I remember. There are better war films but this does still hit you with the horrors of war etc.
    [7]

    36. The Fugitive - 30 Mar
    Typically Hollywood film. Harrison Ford is good but Tommy Lee Jones is on top form.
    [7]
    "But enough talk. HAVE AT YOU!"
  • 1. Thirst - 1st Jan

    Park Chan-Wook does it again, this time with a vampire story.

    [8]
    "But enough talk. HAVE AT YOU!"
  • The Sound of Music
    I've never seen it and I don't generally like musicals, but this was on and it's one of Vicky's favourites so I chose to subject myself to it - plus it's set in and around Salzburg which I have family connections to. Surprisingly I enjoyed it, almost entirely down to the iconic songs and Julie Andrews performance which is lovely. What an astonishing voice she had.
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    I didn't do the master list thing, oops, will try to remember to do that this time. I did enjoy condensing thoughts down to dinky one sentence reviews as well. Given my natural state is either stream of consciousness rants or one word uberbitchy it was a good exercise

    1. True Romance
    Not watched in years, still as good as it ever was, far prettier than I ever give it credit for as well [10]

    2. 1917 
    Bloke goes for a walk, basically Lord of the Rings but better [8]

    3. Terminator - Tampon of Fate (or whatever)
    Seriously, female dialogue written by committee is even worse than written by a shit man. Terminator likes soft furnishings, fuck off [5]

    4. Last Christmas 
    Surprisingly enjoyable, wltm the GoT girl, Brixton and Covent Garden both look lovely, hard to believe london tourist board not involved [7]

    5. Le Mans
    Two actors I very much enjoy, cameras set to spectacle, but not a lot else. Characters don;t grown at any point, didn;t understand what the post script added, make it shorter, end after the race [7]


    6. Fish Story
    I should be bored of it by now, but nope, it's still probably the best power ranger/rockumentary/apocalypse movie I've ever watched. My 12 above was silly [11.5]

    7. Face
    Having posted the soundtrack in the Britpop thread I decided to watch this again. Still so bloody good, proper document of it's time, even if the politics are a touch heavy handed. Some really well done setpieces and really well fulled characters, not to mention a few nice easter eggs that don't distract too much [9]

    8. Shallow Grave
    Watching straight after (an admittedly poor image quality) Face and it's difficult to believe that this is the older film. So many of Boyle's shots have been reused and become a Hollywood staple these days, that as a piece of cinema this seems really very current. Watching alongside Face and again I was transported to that time, cash is king and everyone has loads of it, nostalgia isn;t always terrible [9]

    9. Eagleeye
    What the hell was that, action movies need more action, but I just couldn't get past the "sonic trigger", don;t they realise that white noise contains all frequencies, so that explosive is liable to go off at any time at all [5]

    10. The Accountant
    A rewatch, and on second viewing the early autism seems a bit heavy handed, but the playing of it in the current time was very good, so I can see why it needed to be spelt out, as many with no exposure might have missed it. Some good action as well [8]



    11. Sonic The Hedgehog
    I enjoyed this, but apart from one thing I could have got by with just the end credits, which I super enjoyed. However was well worth watching purely for Jim Carrey, he raised this film several points. I hated him as a kid, at least until Cable Guy and Man In The Moon, and whilst this is nowhere near those heights, it did make me think, wow I've missed this bloke. More films for Jim plox [7]
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  • Wild Rose
    Glasgow, country music and redemption. Surprisingly affecting and Jessie Buckley is fucking brilliant.
  • Captain America : The Winter Soldier
    Still my favourite Marvel movie with my favourite Marvel hero. It’s a fun spy movie.
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    I'll try to remember to follow through and post here following my Twitter reviews more often this year...

    I've been enjoying reading all yours in any case.

    1. The Gentleman Best 'Guy Ritchie' Guy Ritchie film since Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. [7]

    2. Jojo Rabbit Don't see it expecting an out-and-out comedy, it's so much more than that. [9]

    3. 1917 Spectacularly produced but frustratingly disjointed pseudo single-take First World War experience. [8]

    4. Seberg Intriguing if meandering activism biodrama, although Kristen Stewart is as watchable as ever. [6]

    5. Just Mercy Emotive civil rights drama concerning shockingly recent criminal injustice in the Deep South. [8]

    6. Waves Intoxicating, if occasionally ponderous, stream of consciousness examination of a family in crisis. [8]

    7. Bombshell High profile but surprisingly unengaging exposé of systematic sexual harrassment at Fox News. [6]

    8. Spies in Disguise Reasonably enjoyable if relatively unmemorable animated spy spoof. One for the pigeon fanciers. [6]

    9. Cats Nonsensically weird yet oddly compelling musical extravaganza featuring a mixed bag of songs. [5]

    10. The Private Life of David Copperfield Inventively engaging Dickens adaptation with an excellent cast. Iannucci's best film so far. [8]

    11. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood Surreal yet disarmingly wholesome encounter between a journalist and a US national treasure. [8]

    12. The Rhythm Section Lively and atmospheric if generally somewhat implausible anti-terror amateur assassin revenge thriller. [7]

    13. Uncut Gems Uncomfortably intense, sporadically amusing but often incomprehensible financial risk and personal breakdown drama. [7]

    14. Richard Jewell Slow burning and unambiguously caricatured, yet broadly likeable and intriguingly terrifying scapegoat biodrama. [7]

    15. Queen and Slim The unexpected aftermath of a first date makes for a memorable road trip. [8]

    16. Parasite Classy social drama which starts brilliantly but goes a little over the top. [8]

    17. Birds of Prey Better than Suicide Squad but a similarly messy confection of action and music. [5]

    18. Underwater Underwhelming disaster/horror mashup that does at least start and end reasonably well. [5]

    19. Sonic the Hedgehog Unremarkable video game adaptation which isn't the car crash it could have been. [5]

    20. Poltergeist A friend badgered me to watch this so I did. It was ok. [6]

    21. Emma. Beautifully produced and well cast, if somewhat slow burning and slight, Austen adaptation. [7]

    22. Greed Intriguing if scattershot satirical examination of fast-fashion and the extremes of inequality. [7]

    23. True History of the Kelly Gang Raucous, if a little misleadingly titled, semi-biographical crime drama about Ned Kelly. [7]

    24. Dark Waters Powerful, if fairly slow burning and deeply depressing, corporate negligence class action biodrama. [8]

    25. The Call of the Wild Reasonably enjoyable adventure although the CGI dog is almost as distracting as Ford. [6]

    26. Dark Encounter Intriguing low-budget family disapperance mystery which unfortunately starts and ends really poorly. [5]

    27. Onward Emotionally engaging but predominantly rather irritating family quest within a contemporised fantasy world. [6]

    28. Sacrilege Laughably poor low budget horror which sacrifices any sense of originality for cliché. [4]

    29. Military Wives Upbeat true-life drama about the formation of a choir on an army base. [7]

    30. Portrait of a Lady On Fire Slow-burning yet sporadically incendiary period romance between a painter and her subject. [9]

    31. Calm With Horses Intense crime thriller in which a non-family gang member considers his position. [8]

    32. After the Storm Meandering drama about a failing writer come private investigator reconnecting with his family. [7]

    33. The Mystery of Picasso Insightful mixture of live/stop motion/behind the scenes creation with the artist. [7]

    34. High Life Uncomfortable deep space mission drama, although I fell to sleep towards the end. [5]

    35. The Miracle of the Sargasso Sea Randomly explicit crime drama set in a small eel-farming backwater in Greece. [5]

    36. The Awakening of the Ants A beleaguered mother tries to balance the demands of family and self-fulfilment. [7]

    37. Lourdes Slow-burning and well-observed drama about a group seeking out faith healing. [8]

    38. Force Majore Uncomfortable relationship drama set during a family skiing holiday in the French Alps. [8]

    39. The Silence Beautifully shot and quite intriguing, if somewhat dissatisying, relationship and emotional isolation drama. [7]

    40. Chaotic Ana Pretentious but genuinely creative drama exploring art, humanity and recollection of past lives. [6]

    41. Bacurau Bizarre thriller about a Brazilian village that suddenly loses contact with the world. [5]
  • John Wick 3
    Much better than I thought it was going to be, despite it being basically a video game - although it was quite self aware too which helped. Great action though, nice long static shots with some hilarious deaths and a higher than average number of nut-shots, punches and bites.
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  • Mission Impossible Fallout

    Some top tier A class Cruise action. Loved it for the fifth time!
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  • So far in 2020 I've watched:

    shazam

    Mindless pish.

    star wars:rise of skywalker

    Utter tosh, load of shite. Only redeeming feature was watching it in IMAX. If I'd paid for the ticket I'd be after a refund.
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  • Yes I’ve had a film day
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  • 1. The Lighthouse. Eggers certainly knows how to do atmosphere! That was quite something.
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  • 1. The Greasy Strangler
    Starting the year off right. Like Napoleon Dynamite turned up to 11 with added sex and violence. It takes a deft touch to make something so weird and gross actually work. I liked it more than I probably should have
    [9]

    2. Little Women
    Completely and utterly splendidly excellent at times. But not quite the whole time for me. Florence Pugh is a gem.
    [8.5]

    3. Jumanji: The Next Level
    Not quite as zippy as the first but still pretty fun and funny in places
    [6]

    4. Zombieland: Double Tap
    I enjoyed this more than I thought I might. Helped by the leads all being great, charming actors. Shame the final section comes from nowhere is kinda rushed.
    [7]

    5. Free Fire
    A fun, small movie with excellent sound design. I just wish the film set up the spacial side of it a bit better, I struggled to know where people were when it was just shots of people shooting out of the frame.
    [7]

    6. Xmen: Dark Phoenix
    Starts quite well. Made me wonder why it got such bad reviews. Then it managed to fail in everything it attempted to do due to poor writing and terrible execution.
    [3]

    7. Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2
    Even though Katniss is a rather annoying character I have enjoyed this series. There's been some cool direction that's fancier than these films usually are. It doesn't quite pull it all off to finish but it's not too bad. Shame PSH couldn't be in it more, he really elevated Part 1
    [6]

    8. JoJo Rabbit
    Taika does his thing again. Touching and funny and nice to look at. I think Boy is still my fave of his.
    [8]

    9. 1917
    There's a part of me that thinks I should drop the score a point for a few reasons but it comes back to me needing to compose myself when asked if I liked it as the credits rolled because I was close to a mild emotional breakdown. A stunning achievement.
    [10]

    10. Always Be My Maybe
    Wanted something light to start my day and this was a good choice. Doesn’t do anything new but it’s funny and fun to watch.
    [7]

    11. Centurion
    A 3 hour LotR style epic poorly written and crammed into an hour and a half. Neil Marshall should stick to small scale stuff.
    [4]

    12. Raiders of the Lost Ark
    Dated a bit but I can see why I loved it as a kid.
    [6]

    13. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
    Dang this is a dark film. Can’t really imagine how my parents let me watch this as a kid.
    [6]

    14. Brightburn
    A woefully put together film with an interesting concept. None of the characters react appropriately throughout the film.
    [3]

    15. Peanut Butter Falcon
    A nice little heartfelt movie. Skips about a bit in terms of pacing but it works.
    [7]

    16. My Life as a Zucchini (Courgette)
    Wonderful and sweet little animation with a slight hard edge too
    [9]

    17. Galaxy Quest
    Still a classic. Only a few years after Jurassic Park it's amazing to see the progress they'd made in effects.
    [8]

    18. We Need to Talk About Kevin
    Expertly made and quite uncomfortable. Lynne Ramsay is so good.
    [9]

    19. The Perfection
    Probably a good idea for a film on paper but poorly executed 
    [5]

    20. Underwater
    I love this kind of thing. So much of this is excellent. The design is way Anime in a good way and the sets and effects are great. But it's a bit too lean for it's own good. I couldn't tell if it was designed that way from the off or if they had to cut down the time in the edit because it moves a bit too fast sometimes. Another 20 minutes at the start to set up the characters like they used to do in Sphere and Dante's Peak etc etc would have helped.
    [8]

    21. Slumber Party Massacre
    A weird one this. It has some good writing and it feels like the female director is taking the piss out of slasher tropes but it's a bit too obsessed with making you jump all the time.
    [5]

    22. Detention
    What the fuck did I just watch. I think it was a slasher made for millennials. Maybe? I can't even score it.

    23. Spiderman: Into The Spider verse
    "Can you imagine, a seahorse meeting another seahorse and making it work."
    [9]

    24. The Big Short
    I still kind of didn't get what exactly happened but it was a fairly well told story. Kinda hate that filmmaking style though.
    [7]

    25. Terrified
    Creepiness ruined by LOUD NOISES and LOUD SOUNDTRACK. Also poor characterisation. A bit of a shame. Made me jump though.
    [6]

    26. Ashburn Waters
    Low low low budget Aussie horror film that I won tickets too. Glad I didn't pay for it. Wasn't all bad but needed to learn the "less is more" technique for its monster.
    [4]

    27. The Lighthouse
    Probably my most anticipated movie of the year. Luckily it was worth it. God bless Ari Aster and Robert Eggers and the people that give them money. I wonder if he'll ever make a modern movie with modern dialogue.
    [9]

    28. Uncut Gems
    Unlikeable people shout at each other for 2 hours and yet it's somewhat compelling.
    [7]

    29. Kiki's Delivery Service
    Still a wonderful little film. Perhaps not as perfect as some of his others though.
    [7]

    30. My Neighbour Totoro
    Perfection
    [10]

    31. A Dark Song
    I liked most of what it was doing but I thought the script was fairly lacking. Random "cunt"s don't make for good writing.
    [7]

    32. Mom and Dad
    A lesson in how to take a fun concept and ruin it by making a dumpster fire of a film.
    [2]

    33. Birds of Prey
    Pretty fun and bright and colourful. Robbie does a great job in the role but the character seems to mellow as the movie goes along. It's also lacking some story drive overall. Plus too many licensed songs again DC.
    [6]

    34. Ladybird
    Similar to Little Women in that it is completely and utterly excellent at times but not quite all the time. Very very good and well put together in how it moves through time.
    [9]

    35. Sonic
    Unlike Pikachu this was more of a straight up average kids film instead of a good film made mostly for kids. Not terrible but not worth paying money for.
    [4]

    36. Memories of Murder
    What an expertly made film. Korean cinema has been so good for so many years. A bit of a shame it took me so long to watch this. I'm sorry Tempy
    [10]

    37. Baywatch
    What an intensely woeful movie. No plot, no jokes, terribly shot, bad language for no reason. Literally nothing good in it. Well apart from how ripped Zac Efron is.
    [1] for Efron's abs.

    38. Laputa
    Probably the weakest of the Miyazaki Ghibli but that's not too say it's bad. Just is a bit shallow and rushed compared to his other stuff. Lots of ideas and visuals were carried into his other films it seems.
    [5]

    39. Song of the Sea
    Beautiful little Irish animation film. It’s nice to see representation of different cultures folk stories too.
    [8]

    40. Nausicaa
    La la lala la la la. La la lala laaaaa.
    [8]

    41. The Invisible Man
    A well executed thriller horror. Really neat use of camera and blank space. Has that Leigh Whannel thing of not quite executing it all quite as well though.
    [7]

    42. Bad Boys For Life
    Surprisingly entertaining. These guys do Bay better than Bay and it actually tries to say something about getting older.
    [6]

    43. Freaks
    Hate films that just handheld the camera about for no reason, it makes low budget films feel cheap and thoughtless. Story is okay.
    [3]

    44. Office Christmas Party
    I’m always curious with these US comedies. I’d like a screen prompt to show me when it’s supposed to be funny because without any actual jokes it’s hard to tell.
    [3] Man I watch a lot of shit.

    45. To All The Boys I Loved Before
    Again Netflix are carrying the genres that have faded from main releases. This being a nice and mellow-y presented romance film. I thought it would be a bit "teen" in it's presentation but instead I think they're going for John Hughes but not quite getting there. Still, enjoyable stuff.
    [7]

    46. To All the Boys P.S. I Still Love You
    Cute sequel to the first one that, like the first, it has a nice calm and reasoned style to it.
    [7]

    47. Millers Crossing
    The Coens before they had that real Coen spark. I didn't know anything about it so was surprised it was a period thing. Not bad but didn't zing. Nice hats though.
    [6]

    48. Color Out Of Space
    Slick schlock
    [6]

    49. Moonrise Kingdom
    Not quite as solid as I'd remembered but still fairly pleasant. But also a little creepy with the kids.
    [6]

    50. The To-Do List
    Another US comedy with funny people in it but no real jokes or comedy writing. Such a waste.
    [3]

    51. Onward
    A story with a lot of cliched beats to it but still very enjoyable and some nice themes throughout. Lush animation tech too.
    [7]

    52. The Hunt
    One of those films that tries to balance out it's lack of style or directing competency with violence. Not bad but a bit too meh with how it looks and the stock music.
    [5]

    53. Yesterday
    A pleasant romp helped by having all them songs.
    [7]

    54. The Fall
    A Bluray I like to revisit every now and then. Still a beautiful film and some lovely performances by Lee Pace and the young girl. I've possibly seen it too many times now though.
    [7]

    55. Cargo
    Neat to see an original setting for a zombie film. Had some good ideas too but let down by poor direction choices throughout.
    [5]

    56. Logan Lucky
    Not as tightly put together as Oceans 11 but still a lot of fun. Nice to have a movie where the characters all get along for the most part, no snark. Adam Driver is infinitely watchable too.
    [8]
  • hylian_elf wrote:
    1. Thirst
    Park Chan-Wook does it again, this time with a vampire story. 

    [8]

    Been a long time since I've seen this. Need to check it out again.

    The Daddy wrote:
    1. The Lighthouse. Eggers certainly knows how to do atmosphere! That was quite something.

    My most anticipated movie of this year. Not out till Feb I think. I know it's "available" but I'd like to cinema it.
  • 1. Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers
    Mick has another pop at his niece in another average sequel. **
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  • 1. The Greasy Strangler
    Starting the year off right. Like Napoleon Dynamite turned up to 11 with added sex and violence. It takes a deft touch to make something so weird and gross actually work. I liked it more than I probably should have
    [9]

    I’m not sure it really worked for me. I remember downloading and years ago and being less than impressed.
  • I'm not even sure why it worked for me really. It did drag a bit as it went on in its one-note way but I found bits to grab onto as it went.
    I thought but I find it genuinely funny at times (the potato chip bit was the right kind of silly) and every time the lady from Eastbound and Down did her disco dance it made me laugh too.
    It reminded me of what I liked about Napoleon Dynamite.

    The producer of Strangler directed a movie last year called Come To Daddy. It's worth checking out. Not quite as weird but still kooky.
  • The Daddy wrote:
    1. The Lighthouse. Eggers certainly knows how to do atmosphere! That was quite something.

    My most anticipated movie of this year. Not out till Feb I think. I know it's "available" but I'd like to cinema it.

    Good idea, it would definitely benefit from the immersion you get in the cinema.
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    That's also my most anticipated this year. Small dark cinema pls.
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    1. Sunset Boulevard

    Started the year with a classic and it's a well earned reputation. Ever so slightly hammy at the end but I love watching films when one of those all time quotes I never knew the origin of pops up - 'I'm ready for my close-up, Mr DeMille.'
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