Movie Record 2021 Edition
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  • poprock wrote:
    I actually ended up using Vere’s thread all through 2019, so let’s do it again.
    Verecocha wrote:
    Hvm3lL.gif 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.

    Here we are again. I enjoyed doing this last year as it helped me remember all of the things I had watched and what I liked.
    I still can't quite believe some of the stuff I watched was actually at the start of last year.

    Anyway, we all know the drill by now.

    Here's to watching all those releases that were supposed to come out last year!
  • 1. Soul
    I watched this in a bit of a mood which is a shame because I enjoyed it in spite of that so would have loved it if I was fully there for it. Their rendering and lens tech is off the chain right now. Stunning.
    [8]

    2. Monster Hunter
    If only Paul WS Anderson was good at making movies because the Monster Hunter stuff that was in this was very well realised and matched the games but it was wrapped in a very poorly put together package. It really didn't need the real world element and should have just gone full MoHan.
    [2]

    3. Wolf Walkers
    Very pretty Irish animation that maybe leans a little too much into the melodrama at times but the high points are very high.
    [8]

    4. Wonder Woman 84
    Ooft. Come on DC, time to do better. I was so confused about what and why and more why throughout. All score points are for Chris Pine being charming and funny
    [3]

    5. Host
    A fun Paranormal Activity style Zoom horror that doesn't outstay its welcome and has some effective moments that make good use of the setting.
    [7]

    6. High Ground
    Early 1900s set Australian drama thing that looked stunning but was one-note and plodding in pacing as well as not being very well written or thought out. Bit of a shame.
    [3]

    7. Sully
    A bit overplayed with the villainous NTSB even though their blame game was pretty accurate going from my own knowledge of that world. Solid film, nothing special.
    [6]

    8. #Alive
    Fuck me I hated this, ended up not paying attention to it and doing other stuff. Dumb people making dumb decisions in a dumb and cliched zombie film.
    [0]

    9. Iron Man
    I guess it's time to go through these again. Definitely feels like a film from a different time (hoorah bros!) but RDJ and Pepper carry it.
    [6]

    10. Saint Maud
    Excellent excellent excellent.
    Just watch it.
    [9]

    11. Ju-On: The Curse
    Realised I hadn't watched a Ju-On so went for the very first one. Compressed YouTube probably not the best platform but it's nowhere else. Was pretty good but could have done without the cliche horror soundtrack at times. Did a good job with tension and spooks without it.
    [5]

    12. Iron Man 2
    Wasn't as bad as I remembered. Carried by the performances though as it's still fairly pedestrian from a storytelling perspective. Avengers really did change it all.
    [6]

    13. To All The Boys: Always and Forever
    I have an unashamed love of the first two of these with the 2nd somehow being better than the first and now they top it off with an equally excellent 3rd. Just wonderful modern and emotionally mature rom-com writing.
    [8]

    14. Thor
    Saved by some top acting by Hopkins and Hiddleston, it was a good step forward taking Marvel off Earth but it's still largely meh viewing.
    [4]

    15. Extra Ordinary
    A pleasant and lightly funny Irish supernatural comedy. Nothing ground breaking but got some chuckles out of me.
    [6]

    16. Invasion
    Should have read about this before I watched it. Him what did Downfall hired to do body snatchers remake but then butchered by the studio afterwards and action etc added. Woeful.
    [2]

    17. Triangle
    Low budget Aussie pretending not to be Aussie sci-fi ish film. Not bad but not as good as other similar type films.
    [6]

    18. Captain America 1
    I really like this one, it's a fun action adventure film which also manages to make you care for the characters. Well I did. Also, what a cast! Tommy Lee Jones is MVP, just some great line readings.
    [7]

    19. Avengers
    I kinda forgot how much of a step up this film was not only in the scope of the story but also how much better the visuals look compared to all the previous films. Really set the look and tone for the upcoming films. Whedon may be in the sin bin now but he really does know how to write a script and knows effective visual film language.
    [8]

    20. Raya and the last Dragon
    I got really frustrated with this movie. To me it felt rather messy and like they got halfway through making it, realised it was too serious and so tried to lighten it up but unfortunately they Dreamworks'd it. I really don't like lazy anachronistic references in films like this, just commit to your setting! Have confidence! Stunning to look at of course though.
    [5]

    21. Iron Man 3
    The more Shane Black you watch the more you realise he's quite a misogynistic director who likes the word "spaz". He can spin a good yarn but this didn't land as well for me this time.
    [5]

    22. Sword and the Stone
    Been a long time since I'd seen this and I must have mixed it up in my mind with The Black Cauldron and others as I'd forgotten how nothing it is. Really quite cheap and boring. Squirrel part is still weird and overly sad.
    [2]

    23. Minari
    Not bad. I'm liking Steven Yuen's current career trajectory and he does well but the film seems to be made by someone grab bagging from typical drama tropes but not knowing how to really make them work.
    [5]

    24. Thor 2
    Yeah it's a bit average innit. Too much fantasy guff. It forgets that it hired charming and funny actors for most of it. I like the 'meow-mer' moment.
    [4]

    25. Godzilla vs Kong
    Complete and utter nonsense but it knows it and just goes with it 110%. Still too much human stuff really but the nonsense makes it entertaining. Pure big-screen cinema stuff. Got to see it at IMAX and it was loud and colourful and explosions. I loved it, put a big dumb smile on my face right when I needed it.
    [8]

    26. Captain America: Winter Soldier
    It is a solid movie but just a bit too serious for me to really love it. I'm more into the space magic/science side of things.
    [6]

    27. Guardians of the Galaxy
    I'd forgotten how much dialogue in this is exposition. But considering how weird, wacky and new the world is I guess it is needed. Still visually stunning, amazing design work.
    [7]

    28. Justice League
    Well they finally made a serviceable movie. A heavily flawed one that still doesn't seem to understand these characters or what makes these kinds of movies work or why slow mo can be good or how to use music to enhance a film work but it wasn't complete trash.
    [5]

    29. Sherpa
    An interesting look into the madness that is modern summiting of Everest and the Sherpas who do all the work. A bit clunky especially around the unforseen events that happen but still good
    [7]

    30. Thunder Force
    A covid project I think, mostly closed sets and very few extras. Very bland and unfunny except for a couple of moments. Really hate that US improv style.
    [1]

    31. Avengers: Age of Ultron
    I really enjoy this one. It has some clunky storytelling at times and it's peak product placement in a Marvel film but it has some of the best character stuff and cool action too.
    [8]

    32. Ant Man
    Paul Rudd makes anything watchable. It's a shame Edgar Wright didn't get to put his type of pizzazz on this as it could have used it
    [5]

    33. Civil War
    They did a good job with this making you actually believe that these characters could be at odds with each other. Kudos to that.
    [7]

    34. Dr Strange
    Worth it just for Madds
    [6]

    35. GotG 2
    Fun and colourful but I don't think I quite realised how hamfisted the storytelling is throughout. I noticed it with the first too. Probably shouldn't expect subtlety from Gunn
    [7]

    36. Mitchells vs the Machines
    Lots of fun with just the right amount of wacky. Perhaps a little long and a bit of a dip in the middle but definitely worth watching.
    [8]

    37. Spiderman: Homecoming
    Gotta love spiderman.
    [7]

    38. Thor Ragnorok
    The jokes don't land as well on repeat viewings but it's a definite improvement over the self-serious fantasy version of Thor's world in the previous movies.
    [7]

    39. The Empty Man
    I like films that swing for the fences and this one does do that. Just doesn't quite get there even though it's got some good elements and good sequences. I feel like the main thing that lets it down is the Empty Man monster type thing that doesn't fit the film and feels shoehorned in. One scene in particular is really out of place and gross because the girl is supposed to be a high schooler.
    [4]

    40. Rosemary's Baby
    Excellent. One I've been meaning to watch for a while and it held up to whatever expectations I might have had for it.
    [9]

    41. Isle of Dogs
    What a phenomenal film. Every frame of animation oozes effort and love and that snappy pace was so compelling. Loved it. Kinda makes me want to watch Plague Dogs again but I don't know if I can do that to myself.
    [9]

    42. Black Panther
    It's quite a shame that the effects in this movie aren't as great as the usual Marvel fare as I think it's the main thing that lets this one down, that and maybe some more story time for the bad guy to flesh him out more. The visual design and especially the music are great. I think I'd forgotten how good the good parts are.
    [7]

    43. The Clovehitch Killer
    Semi-competent indie thriller about a kid who thinks his dad is a serial killer. Was pretty good throughout but just didn't quite nail it for me, especially the later sections
    [5]

    44. Infinity War
    The opening 20 minutes or so of this is just perfection. The rest is still great but the repeated viewings has taken away from some of the moments for me. Still amazing that it works though, it's a very quick 2 hours 40 minutes.
    [8]

    45. Backcountry
    A couple in a toxic relationship go on a hike in bear country. Was alright considering the obviously low budget.
    [5]

    46. Spiral
    If you were to write out the plot points for this movie you'd have a solid, Saw-style thriller. Unfortunately the execution is garbage. Which is a shame really because I think this story could actually have been good if made well. That Saw music theme is still a banger though.
    [3]

    47. Les Diaboliques
    The next film on my horror podcast. Very enjoyable thriller from the 50s. Possibly a bit longer than it needed to be but it tells a fun story. Good quality version on YouTube.
    [7]

    48. The Fly
    Cronenberg did a good job hiring Goldblum and Davis because they really sell this. A lot leaner than I remember too but there's solid "flesh" action throughout.
    [7]

    49. Army of the Dead
    Abysmal
    [0]

    50. Ant-Man and the Wasp
    I enjoyed this a lot more than I thought i would. First time was probably hampered by coming off of Infinity War. Some really nicely done light comedy throughout.
    [7]

    51. The Croods
    Very typical DreamWorks fare except this time all rather ugly to look at and some very average writing.
    [3]

    52. Endgame
    Now I don't mean this is a perfect film but dang if it ain't a perfect viewing experience after smashing through all the previous films. They really did knock this out of the park in tying up pretty much all the threads and making it a satisfying ending. It got me again even on 2nd viewing.
    [10]

    53. The Map of Tiny Perfect Things
    A twee-er and not quite as entertaining version of Palm Springs (funny that they're both Amazon) but it does enough different and is enjoyable throughout if you're in the mood for another one of these sorts of things.
    [6]

    54. In & Of Itself
    Recording of a New York one-man stage show that's part illusions but mostly something else. Don't really want to say much more about it except that if you're curious you should watch it and go in blind.
    [9.5]

    55. Quiet Place Part 2
    Same problem as the first for me. Love the high concept sci-fi but there's too many moments that require you to not think about it for me to really get immersed in it.
    [6]

    56. Spiderman Far From Home
    A fun movie to go back into the Marvel universe after Endgame. Solid throughout and good action stuff.
    [7]

    57. Luca
    Pixar's need to cram a formulaic story into all of their movies ruined this one for me. Meant there was way too much time spent on characters and stories that just didn't need to be there. Could have been a cute little film about friendship but just ended up being watered down.
    [5]

    58. Stand By Me
    Had to go watch a good film about young friendship straight after Luca. Still holds up and the kids feel like real friends and real people.
    [8]
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    1. Shawshank Redemption been watching it since 11:30pm in 2020. Wanted something easy to watch that I’ve seen far too many times. Can still quote loads of dialogue. Wonderful story, cast and film.

    2. John Carter massive guilty pleasure. It failed at the box office and wasn’t particularly well received, but I just really enjoy the setting. The Victorian sci-fi thing has always appealed. I’m guessing it was growing up watching films like Journey to The Centre of The Earth and The Time Machine. This is a modern take on those films with an enjoyably nonsensical plot.

    3. Tenet Nolan doing Nolan again. Enjoyable stuff, good cast, just don’t try to make sense of it and go with it. Smatterings of Red Dwarf Backwards episode throughout. The usual physical set pieces that impress and the usual terribly balanced score and dialogue track. I think at this point he is just mocking the audience with it all. The best part of the film was the first half where he basically made a black Bond film to possibly irritate the gammons, while the world was arguing about Idris he just did. Enjoyable action, nonsense plot.

    4. Zodiac - have started this a couple of times and was always out off by the scene at the lake. It’s a completely plausible and uncomfortable scene to watch. Yet what follows is a brilliant investigative story with a top notch cast.

    5. Blade - great Marvel action with limited and generally considered use of CGI. This is still a great movie and the second DVD I bought. Just don’t bother with the sequels.

    6. The Equalizer - Denzel on top action man form. That first fight scene in the restaurant is great stuff and yes it’s your typical action plot.

    7. The Imitation Game - Benedict on top form as Alan Turing, with some solid supporting actors. Certain there was dramatic liberty, but the truth of a hero not being recognised for decades because of his sexual orientation is another British embarrassment.

    8. Cloud Atlas - flawed attempt at an epic. There is something about it that I still enjoy having watched it a few times. Broadbent’s caper being the highlight. But I want to like it more than I actually do.

    9. 1917 - the war film I didn’t know I wanted to watch. Spent the first 30 minutes concentrating on spotting the clever edits before letting that wash away and watch a genuinely surprising film with no idea about where it would go, enjoying the story and main characters throughout. Glad I missed the hype.

    10. Tron Legacy - hated this at the cinema. A kid fan of the original it really felt groundbreaking. I guess I was hoping for the impossible with the sequel. Having watched it again it’s not as bad as I first thought. Visually it’s stunning, but would love to see a 4K/HDR version. Soundtrack is fantastic too.

    11. The Equalizer 2 - actually prefer it to the first film, Denzel still being bad ass Denzel, with a hint of Bourne/MI spy/CIA in the mix, simple watchable action.

    12. Knight’s Tale - underdog sports story starring the late Heath Ledger, some of the romance in it is ultimate cringe, but it has a nice heart and the British humour takes the edge off the naffness.

    13. In Time - Justin just about acting in this enjoyable sci-fi action film playing on the growing divide between rich and poor. It’s been timely for a decade, but seems even more relevant now than when it was released. Cillian Murphy on fine form as a cop with a cool retro car and the lad from Mad Men is always watchable.

    14. Sideways - my favourite indie film of all time. Giamatti and Church are amazing in a film that isn’t really about wine, but just about life. Just watch it.

    15. American Pickle - definite film where the trailer made the film seem better than it is. Seth Rogen playing a man out of time and his great grandson. Average stuff with a couple of good scenes.

    16. City of God - haven’t seen this in about ten years but still holds up as an all time classic. Possibly my favourite gangster film and a great soundtrack.

    17. Inside Man - how did I miss this great film. A heist movie with a great story that keeps you guessing. While I did guess the “end” I still enjoyed some great performances from Denzel, Owen and Plummer. And Jodie Foster looked like she was having great fun really playing against type. The supporting cast were also excellent. Brilliant stuff.

    18. Greenland - just watch 2012 or Armageddon or Deep Impact instead.

    19. The Banker - Apple knocked it out of the park with this film based on a true story about two black men in the 60’s trying to own a bank. Sam Jackson walks his role and Hoult is solid as the supporting cast, but Mackie shows he can act when away from the action man. It touches on the obvious racism but not just that, it’s more about the systems in place to keep the status quo of which race happens to be one factor. Great stuff.

    20. The Matrix - been a while since I’ve watched this. The 4K rendition had a lot of film grain, but the Atmos sound mix was excellent. The club scene with Prodigy in the background did not drown out the dialogue with Neo and Trinity. I was expecting it to have aged, but apart from a couple of dodgy comps and the Nokia product placement it’s a very much a timeless film. I think this is thankfully due to limited CGI. The sequels definitely felt that CGI was realistic enough to use. It wasn’t. Despite being parodied a lot the film still holds up as a modern classic action film.

    21. The Greatest Showman - got the lockdown blues? Turn up the volume and watch this. Nonsensical fun and that Atmos music mix is *chef’s kiss*

    22. Independence Day: Resurgence - terrible sequel. If you liked the original do yourself a favour and don’t watch this.

    23. Twilight - trying to understand the appeal. Patts does a decent job. Stewart is terrible.

    24. Twilight New Moon - better quality but less fun sequel saved a bit at the end by Sheen hamming it up.

    25. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World - been a long while since I’ve seen it and yes it’s style over substance but when the style is this great who cares. Still enjoy all of it and the cameos are great Evans having the most fun I think.

    26. Twilight: Eclipse the third film adds more violence and sexual three way tension. Full report in the main movie thread. I even laughed once. Are these films growing on me?

    27. Ava John Wick meets Nikita with an ex-alcoholic hitwoman going back home while killing the odd mark. Not as big budget or a good as some of the other assassin films but enjoyable but it gets 2 extra points just because Chastain is in it, yes I’m in love.  

    28. Justice League: Snyder Cut what did I just watch? Ok positives. Flash guy and Wonder Woman are great. I like Batfleck and shame he didn’t get his own film. But meandering waffle wasn’t needed for Snyder to get his vision across. He just needed to cut the Whedonisms out. Tbh I can’t remember the OG version so have no idea what has been added beyond the pointless epilogue that added 30 mins to the runtime.

    29. Haven’t watched this since about 2000, but I always recall enjoying Dark City as a different take on something like the Matrix. The years have taken the edge off what is obviously a smaller budget film than The Matrix released a year later, but a solid cast well acted (apart from Sewell’s American accent) make it better than it should be.

    30. Molly’s Game - Chastain again on excellent (and incredibly hot) form alongside a solid Elba in based on a true story about a woman running a very lucrative poker game.

    31. Palm Springs - genuine successor to Groundhog Day. Wonderful time loop rom com.

    32. Thunder Force on Netflix is a superhero “comedy”. It’s odd, not very funny, but has a couple of moments during the training scenes that are ok. I personally wouldn’t waste your time.

    33. Life decent enough Alien rip off with solid cast that does the Alien thing far better than the shite Prometheus and Covenant. It’s weakness is the characters are too normal so you don’t have any empathy when they inevitably come up a cropper. With the OG alien you had a crew of character actors that all stood out. Anyway worth a watch and the alien was very well done.

    34. They Live - seems wrong watching this in hi-def. last time I properly watched this was on VHS. It’s a lot slower than I remember and at it’s core it’s still relevant today, probably even more so. And that alley fight. Oh boy!

    35. Love and Monsters - homage to Zombieland, Tremors, Stand by Me and any Harryhausen film with some great scenes all wrapped up into a simple but fun short action film that doesn’t seem to get made anymore.

    36. When Jeff Tried to Save The World the Sky  write up would make you think this is a Dodgeball type film. It’s not. They list it as a comedy. It’s not. It’s more about family and work and what pressure that can put on someone.

    37, 38 and 39 - The Lord of The Rings Trilogy in 4K - well that’s a sight and no mistaking. Still a classic. The 4K is a solid rendition that makes it look that little bit better.

    40. Page Eight - based on a rec in here. It’s Bill Nighy leading a great cast in a low key British spy drama. Enjoyable stuff, mainly for the sparring between the different characters. Though...
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    41. Godzilla (1998) - I recall this being one of the early DVD’s and pretty sure it got bundled with my Samsung DVD player. So I usually put it on to show friends the quality of DVD. It starts well enough but soon descends into a farcical mix of carry on meets Jurassic Park. Emmerich must have been on drugs making this.

    42. Nomadland - a widow experiences a different life after the town she lived in becomes no more. Emotional and bleak but with some hints of hope throughout.

    43. Crazy Rich Asians - fun take on the rom com. Some dubious questions about the morality of the super rich, but don’t think this is the sort of film worried about such things. Just some stupid fun with silly characters, with the female leads friend stealing the show (amazing what women keep in the boot of a car).

    44. Army of The Dead - err, one interesting idea in a film that isn’t as good as Snyder’s own Dawn of the Dead. Great opening titles though.
  • Shawshank is a long ass film.

    It feels like you’re doing forty with dufresne.
  • In!

    1. Double Date
    Semi-effective Brit comedy horror lite. Two friends, Alex and Jim, one a virgin, date two sisters, Kitty and Lulu, one an apeshit occult bothering fruit loop. 6.5

    2. Bad Santa 2
    Billy Bob is still bad in this lesser sequel that still manages to raise a few ho ho hos. 7

    3. JoJo Rabbit
    Witty Nazi baiting satire. It got more Reich than wrong but just not funny or biting enough to sustain my interest. 7

    4. My Bloody Valentine
    Apeshit pick axe wielding coal munching miner type party poops small town's Valentine's in this cult 1981 slasher. 7

    5. Fear
    Marky Mark sulks, smoulders and seduces his way into Reese Witherspoon's affections, but dad William Peterson doesn't fall for his good vibrations in this steamy 90s thriller. 6.5

    6. Fifty Dead Men Walking
    Taut and tense thriller telling the dramatised true story of Martin McGartland, an Irish hustler who rose up the ranks of the IRA whilst also informing for British Intelligence. 8

    7. The Night Eats The World
    Dude falls asleep at a party in Paris, wakes up in the zombie apocalypse. Interesting French zombie film dealing with themes of isolation, loneliness and social distancing. 7.5

    8. Deceived
    Formulaic early 90s run of the mill devious husband wronged woman thriller with Goldie Hawn and John 'Kevin' Home Alone' McAllister's dad' Heard. 5

    9. Nightmare Beach
    Apeshit leatherclad helmet biker nutjob bothers springbreakers in this entertainingly bad late 80s Italian American slasher cheesefest. 6

    10. Jagged Edge
    Glenn Close's lawyer defends Jeff Bridges, accused of murdering his wife, in this 'did he didn't he' legal thriller. This came repped but I found it to be a predictable, uninspired, unthrilling snoozefest. 5

    11. National Lampoon's Vacation
    First in the NL Vacations series sees the Griswolds making a cross country trip to Walley World in this zany cult comedy. 7

    12. Short Term 12
    Brie Larson's foster unit supervisor juggles her own troubles whilst caring for equally troubled kids in this powerful and emotional drama. 8.5

    13. E tu vivrai nel terrore! L'aldilà
    Lucio Fulci's The Beyond, bizarro 1981 Italian zombie horror. Chick buys Louisiana hotel, discovers it's one of the seven gateways to hell, shoulda done a survey lol. Not as amazing as its cult status would suggest but some decent scenes of horror to marvel at. 6

    14. Free Fire
    IRA members meet arms dealers at a Boston warehouse with catastrophic results in this 70s set black comedy shoot 'em up. Not mind blowing but a strong ensemble cast holds it together, featuring the delectable Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy, Sharlto Copley and Armie Hammer. 7

    15. National Lampoon's European Vacation
    Inferior but still fun follow up sees the Griswolds win a trip around Europe. 6.5

    16. Ocean's Eleven
    Clooney and Pitt head up this implausible but fun and cool, all star heist movie. 7.5

    17. Lucy
    Flashy, daft and moderately entertaining Luc Besson sci-fi. Scarlett Johansson is as beguiling as ever as an unwilling drug mule who ingests a super drug. The film however, is an odd mix of lavish effects, action and jump the shark storytelling. 6.5

    18. Mamma Mia
    Watched at the behest of mother and sister, the things you do for family. Cheesey, campy karaoke 'em up. A thin, inoffensive story stretched over Streep, Brosnan and Co., caterwauling out ABBA's back catalogue. Not a disaster but I question whether sticking pins in my eyes and Gold on the wireless would have been more preferable. 5

    19. Breakdown
    Kurt Russell loses wife in desert and falls foul of a kidnapping trucker gang. Very solid and effective 90s thriller. 7.5

    20. Calm With Horses
    Top tier Irish crime drama. A bruising ex-boxer with a soft side has to balance providing for his autistic son with the burden of responsibility of being the goto bruiser for a crime family. Excellent performance by Cosmo Jarvis. 8.5

    21. We Own The Night
    Joaquin Phoenix and Mark Wahlberg headline this solid crime thriller as a divided family of club manager (Phoenix) and cop (Wahlberg) are drawn together and into conflict with the Russian mob. 7.5

    22. Shirley Valentine
    Poignant drama about a bored, Scouse housewife who finds a new lease of life on an impulsive holiday to Greece. First watch for me, I really felt the hopelessness of Shirley's plight in the first half of the film, very effective, emotional performance from Pauline Collins. 8

    23. Cape Fear (1962)
    Dominant performance from Robert Mitchum as the sinister, predatory Max Cady, as he stalks and eyeballs lawyer Gregory Peck and his family. Instantly makes me want to watch Night of the Hunter for another creepy Mitchum showing. 8

    24. Villains
    Fugitive lovebirds uncover a dark secret after breaking into the house of oddball nutjob couple in this very competent comedy horror. 7.5

    25. A River Wild
    Fairly thrilling um, thriller that sees Meryl Streep's expert rafter take her family down river to save her marriage, whilst attracting the attentions of bank robbing duo Kevin Bacon and John C. Reilly. Great whitewater action camera work. 7.5

    26. Identity
    Ten strangers stranded at a motel start getting bumped off and John Cusack leads the chase to find the killer. Fairly entertaining, twisty thriller. 7

    27. Game Night
    Fun lowbrow flick sees Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams' game night turn into real life mystery when Bateman's bro Kyle Chandler is kidnapped. 7

    28. Hollow Man
    Paul Verhoeven's slightly creepy direction leads this sci-fi horror as Kevin Bacon's scientist develops an invisibility serum that sends him la la. 6

    29. It's Complicated
    Gentle and amiable romcom featuring Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin as divorcees who embark on a secret affair. The film could have done with more Lake Bell who is an absolute goddess, Baldwin is good value though and looks to be enjoying himself. 6.5

    30. Jumanji: The Next Level
    Fun sequel that is an inferior retread of sorts of the first film and carries a lesser impact as a consequence. Awkwafina is a good addition to the line up however. 7

    31. The Wailing
    Top tier Korean horror. A series of killings and queer goings on in a village draws in a local policeman who finds himself and his family suddenly the focus of some heavy supernatural shit. Long but fascinating and multilayered, a great lesson in storytelling. Big shout out to the intense exorcism scene. 9

    32. Do the Right Thing
    Super cool slice of 80s hood life written, directed by and starring Spike Lee. Racial tension bubbles up on a roasting day in Brooklyn, centred around a pizzeria. A fusion of music and subcultures and a visual treat for a sneakerhead like me. 8.5

    33. In Bruges
    Funny yet dark tragicomic drama from Martin McDonagh starring Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson as two hitmen sent to Bruges to lie low by Ralph Fiennes. 8.5

    34. Coming to America
    Peak Eddie Murphy plays Akeem, an African prince travelling to America to find his bride. A feast of memorable skits, one liners and Murphy and Arsenio Hall's genius cameos. 8.5

    35. Coming 2 America
    A likeable, modern sequel to the original that is inferior but manages not to tarnish its memory. Eddie Murphy becomes the Zamundian king and must now relearn the message from the original film as he discovers he fathered an illegitimate son in Queens. 7

    36. The VVitch: A New England Folktale
    Compelling, unnerving and unsettling period debut horror from Robert Eggers. A banished Puritan family encounter an unnatural evil from the woods by their homestead. Great performances all round and a wonderfully authentic script. 9.5

    37. I Care A Lot
    Scamming legal guardian Rosamund Pike bites off more than she can chew when her old and wealthy 'cherry' proves no easy fruit to crush. This film had me invested at first, Pike is immediately dislikable, but the final third seemed to throw it away and descend into implausibility city. Eiza González plays Pike's lesbian lover/business partner and is a total babe however. 7

    38. The Boy
    Underrated creepo doll horror. Nanny is employed to look after ageing cuckoo couple's boy, Brahms... who is a china doll. 7

    39. Sexy Beast
    Jonathan Glazer's stylish crime drama and directorial debut. Featuring a tour de force performance from Ben Kingsley and a solid Ray Winstone turn as a sun soaked retired gangster. 8.5

    40. The Tag-Along
    Taiwanese ghostly horror based on the Taiwanese urban legend The Little Girl in Red. A promising premise let down by a lack of scares and some ropey CGI. 5.5

    41. Bone Tomahawk
    Kurt Russell leads a posse to rescue kidnapped townsfolk from a tribe of cannibals in this solid and occasionally gruesome western horror. 7.5

    42. The Killing Fields
    Powerful, emotional and thought provoking biographical drama chronicling the Khmer Rouge regime based on the experiences of two journalists. 8.5

    43. Widows
    Solid heist thriller which I didn't realise at the time is based on an 80s TV show penned by Lynda La Plante. A decent update with strong all female protags plotting to cover a stolen debt left by the death of their husbands in a fatal robbery. 7.5

    44. Possessor
    Brandon Cronenberg's sci-fi psycho horror sees a corporate assassin struggling to disassociate from the minds she inhabits in order to carry out her contracts. A slow start that builds in to a visual and aural feast punctuated by trademark Cronenberg gore and brutality. 9.5

    45. Creation Stories
    Mildly diverting Creation Records founder Alan McGee biopic. Too scattershot and skimming to be successful. Too much is attempted to be covered in the runtime, it needed better editing and more focus on key events. 24 Hour Party People is a better example of this kind of story. 6

    46. In The Loop
    Big screen outing of this witty, political satire. Solid performances all round, Capaldi's creative delivery obviously a highlight. 8

    47. They Live
    John Carpenter's crazy, cool and cult, sci-fi social commentary. Roddy Piper is perfectly cast as the mulleted, muscley drifter who discovers life is a B movie through special sunnies. 'I have come here to chew bubble gum, and kick ass. And I'm all out of bubble gum.' Classic. 8.5

    48. My Big Fat Greek Wedding
    Two people from across the class divide meet and fall in love, leading to an amusing culture clash in this gentle rom-com. 7

    49. Zombeavers
    Self-deprecating, mildly entertaining, low budget horror comedy. A group of unlikeable youths find themselves in the middle of the zombeaver apocalypse during a rural retreat. Notable for the Bill Burr and John Mayer cameos that bookend the film on which presumably the majority of the budget was spent. 6.5

    50. The Hitcher
    2007 remake of the 1986 cult classic with Sean Bean reprising Rutger Hauer's apeshit highway nutjob role. Bean is mildly menacing but the film is an obvious naughties remake that lacks that 80s chiller style. 6

    51. Unhinged
    Woman gets on the wrong side of a wronged nutjob Russell Crowe during a road rage incident and a dark and menacing pursuit ensues. Crowe does a decent job, angrily chewing his way through the script but after a promising start the film descends into your average psycho chase thriller. 6.5

    52. Disclosure
    Michael Douglas plays a techie embroiled in a sexual harassment tug of war with his foxy boss and ex, Demi Moore, in this steamy 90s thriller. 7

    53. The Final Girls
    A group of friends are sucked into a Friday the 13thesque slasher and must make it to the end of the film alive to make it back home. Entertaining comedic homage to 80s slashers with a very touching central mother/daughter relationship. 8

    54. The Game
    Slick 90s Michael Douglas thriller from David Fincher. Douglas plays a wealthy, troubled banker who is gifted a 'game' by his brother Sean Penn, which becomes an all too real rollercoaster experience. 8

    55. The Vanished
    This twisty Korean thriller sees a professor bump off his missus using an experimental poison undetectable by autopsy, which is great... until the body goes missing. 7.5

    56. Host
    The Zoom call from hell. Inventive, unnerving and concise found footage horror. A group of friends hold a group call séance during the Cove and unwittingly unleash a malevolent force. 8.5

    57. Summer of '84
    80s set, Stranger Things inspired throwback thriller. A group of friends suspect their cop neighbour is the local serial killer and try to find proof. A fairly middling thriller that takes a darker final turn, leaving you yearning for the film as a whole to have had this tone. 6.5

    58. In Search of Darkness: Part II
    Part two of the 80s horror superdoc. Still an epic four and a half hour nostalgic trawl, if marginally less essential than the first. Still a treat for horror fans.  8.5

    59. In Search of the Last Action Heroes
    Similar in vein to In Search of Darkness, however this concentrates on the great action heroes of the 80s (and touching on the 90s). Not as epic in scale or as exhaustive in content, the shorter two and a half runtime seeing to this. A good whistle stop tour of the likes of Arnie, Sly and Van Damme, with slightly more offbeat looks at the likes of Cynthia Rothrock, etc. 7.5

    60. Dead & Buried
    Stan Winston effects driven 1981 horror with a notable early pre-Freddy Robert Englund appearance. A local sheriff investigates a spate of killings and uncovers a sinister, reanimated townspeople plot. 7

    61. Relic
    Australian psychological horror starring Emily Mortimer. A dark, demonic presence hangs over the grandma of a family that her daughter and granddaughter struggle to comprehend. An interesting film that explores themes of dementia but was just lacking a little more edge for me. 6.5

    62. Hellraiser
    Clive Barker's iconic 1987 gothic horror. The Cenobites and Pinhead in particular are great pieces of horror character design, although time and my age have dulled their impact over the years. 7

    63. Hellbound: Hellraiser 2
    A part of me slightly prefers this to the original, it carries a slightly weirder tone and offers a more bleaker, gothic vision, plus Kenneth Cranham's Cenobite is gruesomely realised. 7

    64. Ring
    I think again time and tide has dulled the impact of this since I last watched many years ago near release. The story and premise is still interesting, Sadako is still a creepy TV bothering chick, however it is a slow burn and the pay off now is not what it was back then. 7

    65. Ring 2
    A lesser sequel that doesn't really add more to the legend and forgoes shocks and dread to play out like a conventional horror lite. A couple of stand out creepy moments that again have lost impact over time. 6

    66. Benny Loves You
    A manchild's stuffed toy turns apeshit plushie nutjob in this chucklesome, Child's Play meets Toy Story, zany, lo-fi British comic horror. 7

    67. Saint Maud
    Powerful and unsettling study of a private nurse's religious fervour whilst in the grip of psychosis. Gripping and original psychological horror debut from Rose Glass with an excellent lead performance by Morfydd Clark. 9.5

    68. The Amusement Park
    A restored, unreleased until 2019, Romero, short educational film from 1973 on ageism. An old man encounters analogous instances of elder abuse on a day out to an amusement park. 7

    69. Bloody Birthday
    Surprisingly enjoyable 1981 slasher lite. Three little shits, all born during an eclipse, team up ten years later to wreak murderous havoc in sleepy Meadowvale. Couple of decent kills, little gore but lots of boobies. 7

    70. The Mutilator (a.k.a. Fall Break)
    Apeshit battle axe wielding nutjob bothers wisecracking vacationing youths in this 1984 slasher. An extra half mark for the final flourish that sees the nutjob's severed torso have just enough life left in it to chop off a cop's leg. Watchable. 6.5

    71. Urban Legend
    Lame 1998 Scream clone with a lol parka sporting axe wielding chip on shoulder nutjob who uses said urban legends with which to end its victims. 5
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  • Gonna put the effort in this year I think.
  • Shawshank is a long ass film.

    It feels like you’re doing forty with dufresne.

    It'd feel long if it you weren't engaged with it seeing as how slow and measured the pace is. But I can't help but get sucked into it every time I watch it
  • Yeah, I always forget what I've watched. This'll be handy

    1. Forrest Gump
    I'm conflicted about this one. On the one hand it's a good story well told with an iconic performance by Hanks and some great moments. On the other hand it's right wing reactionary wet dream about the karmic punishment you can expect if you don't conform to the American ideal and the system that has (and continues to) suppress the majority of its people under. But I'd be lying if I said I didn't enjoy it. 6

    2. Batman: The Killing Joke
    Despite the presence of Hamill and Conroy, this animated adaptation was very disappointing. 5

    3. Interstellar
    Seen this 4 times now and its still as stunning as it was the first time. 10.

    4. The Great Outdoors
    Not as funny as I remember it being, but still a classic bit of John Candy and the kids loved it. 7

    5. Baskin
    Turkish horror movie in which 5 cops in a transit van somehow end up in the middle of a black mass and then actual hell. It's as extraordinarily unpleasant, freakish and horrific as a trip to hell should be. I'm not sure I enjoyed it, but it's quite a striking and extremely unsettling watch. 7

    6. David Bowie: 5 Years
    Doco covering 5 key years in his career, using unseen footage and interviews with him and his closest friends and colleagues. Great stuff. 8

    7. David Bowie: The Last 5 Years
    Companion piece to the above, using the same format. Touching and lovely portrayal of a legend. 8

    8. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
    Long overdue rewatch, as the family movie night film. Utterly daft and chock full of quotable lines, it's Brick the weatherman that steals it though. Kids loved it and were crying with lols at one point. 8

    9. Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge
    Functional pirating. Large me want to play Sea of Thieves.5

    10. Deadpool 2: Funny and violent. 7

    11. Fighting with my Family
    Good natured true story tale of a rough as owt British amateur wrestling family who's kids want to make it big in the WWE. A good laugh, but felt a bit rushed towards the end. 7

    12. The Other Guys
    Interestingly subversive Will Ferrell comedy, rich with laughs and Mark Wahlberg who always surprises me with how good he is at comedy. 8.

    13. Greenland
    Once I'd got over my incredulity at the fact that I was watching a Gerard Butler film, I really enjoyed this. He's actually pretty good in it, playing against his usual type as an everyman is an extraordinarily stressful situation. Pretty great SFX and some very dark moments make this very watchable. 7

    14. Reign of Fire
    I remember this being better than it is when I first saw it years ago. Some choice overacting from Bale and some truly incredible feats of fast travelling, but it's all a bit crap really. 5

    15. Us
    A great premise and performances, but in the end struggles to keep the momentum of an incredible first two thirds and has a
    Spoiler:
    . Still, I really enjoyed it. 8

    16. Iron Man 3
    RDJ does his mumbley sarcastic schtick without a suit of armour for most of the film and it's the better for it. You can tell it's a Shane Black film and the action set pieces are suitably spectacular. 7

    17. Stan & Ollie
    John C Reilly and Steve Coogan are superb in this touching film about the duo at the end of their careers. 8

    18. Central Intelligence
    Dumb as a bag of hammers action comedy with The Rock and Kevin Hart. Was poised to hate it but it was actually a pretty entertaining way to pass a few hours. 7

    19. District 9
    Hasn't seen this for ages and decided to watch it as it had just started on sky. Still brilliant and I'd forgotten just how gory and cronenbergy it is - it's a very strange film. 8

    20. Ride Along
    Much to my dismay, watched this on Saturday. Rubbish. Felt like it was an action movie that got re-tooled for Kevin Hart comedy purposes, except they forgot to put any jokes in. Ice Cube appears to be visiting from a completely different film entirely. 3

    21. Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa
    Rewatched this and liked it a lot more second time around. Really funny. "I've got balls coming out of my arse!" 8

    22. Happy Gilmour
    Stupid and enjoyable Sandler film with the distinction of being actually funny unlike his other 'comedies'. 7

    23. Blue Ruin
    Aimless vagabond Dwight takes revenge on the family of the killers of his parents in this intense, melancholy but brutal film. Great performances and some grisly scenes. 8

    24. Safe
    Statham kicks, punches and shoots his way through Russians, Chinese and the cops to save a kid in this brain dead action flick. It's not bad, just very average. 6

    25. Zack Snyder's Justice League
    Much, much better than the original, I enjoyed this far more than I thought I would. It's too long and is essentially 2 films (or a single 3 hour one) but as a JL fanboy I loved it. 8

    26. Little Monsters
    Deranged Australian zombie comedy in which a man-child sad sack 'musician', a kindergarten teacher and an unhinged children's entertainer have to protect a class of 5yo kids when they find themselves in the midst of an undead outbreak at a petting zoo. Highly inappropriate, shitloads of swearing, gallons of gore, very funny and really entertaining - plus Lupita Nyong'o looking absolutely stunning. Loved it. 9.

    27. The Truman Show
    Haven't seen this since I seen it at the cinema. I'd forgotten how good it is and how great Carrey (and the whole cast) are. Plus it's only 94 minutes! Great stuff. 8

    28. Safehouse
    Surprisingly not shit genre action thriller with Ryan Reynolds and Denzel Washington chasing each other and being chased by everyone else for reasons. Better than I expected it to be. 7

    29. Tina
    Doco of the life of one Tina Turner. Very good. What a woman. Ike: what a cunt. 8

    30. Jerry McGuire
    Peak 90s, with Cruise and Cuba on top form - it's aged surprisingly well. 8

    31. Save Yourself!
    Two Brooklyn hipsters turn off their phones and get away from it all to a cabin in the country, just as aliens invade. Gently amusing and well observed low budget fare. 6

    32. Oceans 8
    Female cast reboot which wasn't as bad as thought it was going to be. Perfectly serviceable Sunday afternoon heisting. 6

    33. Green Room
    Hardcore punk band get booked to play a neo-nazi bar in the woods of the Pacific North West. Mayhem ensues. Brutal, bloody and brilliant follow up to Blue Ruin from writer/director Jeremy Saulnier. 8

    34. Avengers Assemble
    Haven't seen this in ages and this is the first time I'd seen it in HD. It's still a rollicking good time of a film. 8

    35. Alien Covenant
    Pretty average, but not as bad as some had painted it. Certainly better than Prom. 6

    36. Rambo
    Stallone looks like a half melted Waxwork as he escorts some idiotic missionaries down the river in this monumentally dumb slaughter-fest which is both incredibly violent and somehow a bit bloodless as CG demonstrates once again that it's no substitute for a good old fashioned practical squib. 5

    37. Speed
    High concept, highly wooden Canoe Reeves and highly hammy Hopper combine with lovely Sandra Bullock, some extremely daft moments and some great stunt work for a film that's still great fun. 8

    38. The Mitchells Vs The Machines
    Brilliant fun with some truly eye popping and stunning animation. Also very funny and although it does it heavy handedly (it is a kids film though) it's good to see big Tech getting a shoeing. The sequence in the shopping mall was a highlight. 9

    39. Good Morning Vietnam
    First watch in about 25 years. It still stands up. What I hadn't noticed about it before is how well it's directed. It feels very documentary at times and very in the moment - Williams is at his best when he's not doing the DJ thing and shows some real chops. Forest Whitaker is brilliant too, as is the rest of the cast. It's made me want to revisit all of the Vietnam war films of my youth, but I've got no idea where to start. 8

    40. Inside Out
    It wasn't as good this time around but it's still a great kids movie dealing with some big issues with a really great voice cast and it looks stunning in HD. 8

    41. The Social Network
    I'd forgotten how fantastic this film is and it only gets more sinister with the passing of time. The whole cast nail it, especially Eisenberg who treads that line between obsessional disinterest and actively sociopathic manipulation. Only weak spot is, as usual for Sorkin, the almost complete lack of decent female characters. 9

    42. Point Break
    The 90s action movie revival continues with one that I had never really rated that much when I first saw it years ago. Why I thought that I don't know, because this was brilliant fun from beginning to end. There's not that much action actually, but it's a great film that's incredibly well made and constantly gorgeous to look at, brah. 9

    43. Armageddon
    I'd forgotten how much I liked this stupid, stupid movie. It's in the so bad it's good category for me and the combination of grade A cheese, ludicrous set pieces and a fun ensemble cast made it a great Saturday night watch. 7

    44. Army of the Dead
    Fuck off Zack. 4.

    45. White House Down
    Absolutely cheese ridden dumb as all fuck action film, but was entertaining throughout and features a surprising amount of hand to hand grunting action. Like, really quite a lot of unnecessary and very noticeable grunting. 7.

    46.Tremors
    Still brilliant and the kids really enjoyed it. 9

    47. Primer
    Incredibly low budget and extremely obtuse, but was compulsive viewing even when I didn't know what the fuck was going on. 7
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  • 74 movies in 2020. Let’s see how 2021 pans out...

    1. Soul - 2 Jan
    That Pixar goodness. Fun to watch, funny, and good messages.
    [8]

    2. Mirai - 4 Jan
    Average anime about a toddler/young boy who is jealous of his new baby sister but learns to love his family.  
    [5]

    3. Destroy All Monsters - 13 Jan
    You can see the extra budget thrown at this and the additional production values that bought. But it still ended up being a simple alien invasion monster movie aso hear the additional themes Honda wanted to explore had to be cut due to budget reasons. But it was an enjoyable romp with a great all out battle at the end with Godzilla & Co. vs. Ghidora.
    [6]

    4. All Monsters Attack - 16 Jan
    A different kind of film and mostly light-hearted. Little boy being bullied uses dreams of monsters to spur himself and grow in confidence etc. Misses the mark though.
    [4]

    5. Godzilla vs. Hedorah - 6 Feb
    Mostly enjoyable one, this, with better effects. Strong environmental message. Theme for Godzilla wasn’t great and there’s still a little silliness in how the monsters act/attack/move, but far better than last few films. A drawn out final battle brings it down a little, but otherwise one of the better films.
    [6]

    6. Princess Mononoke - 16 Feb
    Not seen this in something like 20 years, but yikes! A bit violent for the kids and scary/freaks for my 7yo in a couple of places. But it didn’t disappoint. As good as I remember it to be with that wonderful music.
    [9]

    7. Saint Maud - 18 Feb
    A brilliantly directed, shot and edited British psychological horror about a nurse who recently found God. Some genuinely outstanding shots. Highly recommended.
    [9]

    8. Rocky II - 19 Feb
    Never seen any but the first. All on Amazon Prime, so why not? Enjoyable, fight was still shit.
    [7]

    9. Arrival - 20 Feb
    Vileneuve does beautiful alien contact film. Wish I had seen it in the cinema.  
    [8]

    10. Hustlers - 27 Feb
    Enjoyable film about a downtrodden stripper trying to make ends meet and makes friends. And money.
    [7]

    11. Moonlight - 28 Feb
    Utterly brilliant, devastating and heartbreaking story about a boy growing up in a difficult society and circumstances, trying to find out and be who he is. Had me on the verge of tears throughout the movie. People can be so cruel. Also beautifully filmed.
    [9]

    12. Rocky III - 4 Mar
    Hulk Hogan! Mr T! A shredded Stallone!
    [7]

    13. Rocky IV - 6 Mar
    Surprisingly emotional, but feels like I’ve seen this before. Recently.
    [6]

    14. Rocky V - 7 Mar
    These are getting worse. At least it’s a little bit different to the last few.  
    [5]

    15. Rocky Balboa - 7 Mar
    Oh dear. Pointless rubbish.  Not even a nice muscly man to look at. Stallone looks too old and the other guy looked like a weed.
    [4]

    16. Creed - 7 Mar
    Seen this before and I quite like it. A couple of great long takes, that first bout was brilliant. Even the boxing was ok.
    [7]

    17. Spirited Away - 5 Apr
    Not seen in ages.  So fun and beautiful.  Kids loved it.  The 2 hours absolutely flew by.
    [9]

    18. Where Is The Friend's House? - 20 Apr
    My first taste of Kiarostami and it didn't disappoint.  Found myself being reminded of Satyajit Ray's Pather Panchali although I can't quite place why - maybe it was the story unfolding about and around a little boy, and the images of rural Iran reminding me of my native Bangladesh.  Thumbs up and I'll be watching the next two in the trilogy soon.
    [8]

    19. And Life Goes On - 1 May
    A beautiful road movie where a director and his son travel from Tehran to Koker amidst the aftermath of the 1990 earthquake which claimed thousands upon thousands of lives. Described as a blend of fact and fiction, and unusual in its ‘plot’/narrative in that the film before this in the trilogy is actually portrayed as a film whose child actors the lead is in search of to make sure they are ok. If ‘Where is the Friend’s House’ wasn’t enough, this has certainly got me interested in watching even more Kiarostami beyond the Koker trilogy.
    [9]

    20. Through the Olive Trees - 4 May
    This goes full meta and twists the whole narrrative thread even more than the last film! A director picks out a cast and is making the film/documentary that was the last film in the trilogy, which itself was a film about how the first film was a film… erm, yeah hard to put into words easily. Great viewing again, I’m a fan.
    [8]

    21. Godzilla vs. Kong - 22 May
    Perfect popcorn spectacle movie to mark the return of cinema. As expected, story, script, acting, and exposition are all super shit. But I went for the monsters and found entertaining fights and spectacle.  
    [6]

    22. A Quiet Place Part II - 5 June
    More of the same cliched nonsense with lots of stupidity, but it was still fun and enjoyable.
    [7]
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  • I’ll take this slot. Top marks to Vere for starting this idea and props to Shabby for taking the reins this year.

    Notting Hill
    Smug romcom that I’ve somehow never seen until now. Hugh Grant before he learned to act, and Julia Roberts after she stopped bothering to.

    The Wife
    Jonathan Pryce plays a fêted novelist but his wife, played by Glenn Close, was the actual author of his books. He wins the Nobel Prize and she can’t take it any more. Strong stuff, made to feel like a stage play by not using any musical soundtrack.

    Skyscraper
    The Rock does Die Hard, but lacks charm. Hey, this has Neve Campbell in it! Even she can’t save it from its own po-faced unoriginality.

    Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
    Understated, melancholy drama that’s also funny as hell. Manages to make a lack of resolution entirely satisfying.

    Widows
    Widows of criminal husbands band together to pull off a heist. Subtle performances, restrained cinematography, and an unnecessary twist at the end. Solid stuff, nonetheless.

    The Dig
    Period drama framing the discovery of the Sutton Hoo hoard amidst the eve of WWII. Like a warm, comfortable pair of slippers, and Feinnes is excellent as the central curmudgeon.

    Hotel Artemis
    Jodie Foster runs a secret hospital for criminals. An all-star cast turn up for her attention and Events Get Out Of Hand, as they say. Top-grade bunkum with everybody involved merrily chewing the scenery.

    I Care A Lot
    Rosamund Pike knocks it out of the park in a pitch black comedy about exploiting the wrong old lady.

    Constantine
    I don’t give a damn if it’s not faithful to the comic books, this is a cracking film. Doesn’t show its age too much either. Tilda Swinton and Peter Stormare put in particularly good supporting performances.

    Made You Look
    Okay-ish documentary on (probably) the biggest known case of art fraud to date. A bog-average piece of film on a really great story. Could be done better.

    The Trial of the Chicago 7
    Really quite good period courtroom drama. Cracking cast. Very few women though, like most things written by Sorkin.

    Collateral
    Cruise is surprisingly solid as a stone cold hitman who hires Jamie Foxx’s cab. More action towards the end than I remembered.

    The White Tiger
    This is what Slumdog Millionaire might have been if it was made by Indian filmmakers instead of Danny Boyle. A solid [7] of a movie, telling some home truths about the caste/class system in a fun Hollywood style.

    Page Eight
    Beautifully paced old fashioned British spy thriller with Bill Nighy and Rachel Weisz on top form.

    Turks & Caicos
    Bill Nighy’s old school spy goes on the run to a Caribbean tax haven, gets mixed up with Winona Ryder, Christopher Walken … and the conspiracy from Page Eight follows him.

    Salting the Battlefield
    Final part of the trilogy. Bill Nighy is with Helena Bonham-Carter and up against Ralph Feinnes. Understated, taut, and beautifully done.

    Inside Man
    Still a great heist movie and arguably Spike Lee’s finest attempt at a mainstream hit. Strikes me on a rewatch just how many details the Money Heist TV show stole from it.

    Without Remorse
    Hmmm. A Tom Clancy adaptation with too much action and not enough intelligence shenanigans.

    American Hustle
    ’70s glam with the edges worn off. Incredible performances from Bale, Adams, Lawrence, Renner and Cooper, as con artists get out of their depth and the American dream sours.
  • I've neglected films since I started smashing the games. Will put a placeholder here just in case I stick to the plan this year (which is 'watch more films'). Tbh I watched more in 2020 than in the three or possibly four previous years combined, but it was mostly fluff selected for the spicific purposes of a synced group viewing with whatsapp texts. In 2020 I doubled my Van Damme count for example, having now seen four things with him in.
  • Watched Room on Netflix. Good film with a dark haired captain marvel
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  • Also watched Guy Ritchies The Gentleman. Thats enjoyable bunkem too. Not at the level of Snatch of even Rocknrolla but still worth a punt if only for hugh grant
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  • I've got some corkers lined up to start the year. I probably won't watch any of them.

    1. The Apartment (1960). Jack Lemmon lets company bosses use his apartment for extra-marital frolics. Complications ensue. Solid classic. [8]

    2. Tenet. Second viewing. I think Nolan just didn't have enough story here to justify a full movie, it feels like the sort of thing that would've made a cool short story. Still, there's some cool set pieces and it looks and sounds great. It's very Nolan though isn't it? I probably though of this as an [8] on first viewing, now it feels more like [7].

    3. Beastie Boys Story. Lots of interesting stuff here that I wasn't aware of. A cool ride through the Beastie's history. [8]

    4. Memories of Murder (Salinui chueok). Beautifully shot and carefully constructed serial killer thriller. [9]

    5. Calm with Horses. Fucking tense with horses more like. Solid enough gritty Irish gangster affair. [6.5]

    6. Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai. Feels greater than the sum of its parts. I thought Jarmusch had shit the bed with the tone of this, but the quirkiness grew on me over the course of the film and I ended up really enjoying it. [7.5]

    7. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (Extended). Not sure I've seen the extended version of this before, probably a bit overlong, it meanders a bit in the middle. Still class, but the pacing felt better in Fellowship.

    8. They Live. I mean, objecively this is not a good film. But, what a fucking film! [7]

    9. Saint Maud. This didn't grip me, but I did like it. The finale was great, and the build up is retrosepctively solid. Doesn't outstay it's welcome. I probably shouldn't have watched it in the daytime, found it difficult to engage with the middle third. [7]

    10. Rocky. I think my memories of this all stem from later entries in the series and famous clips, I remembered very little of it. It was much more ponderous than I expected, kind of a proper character study, especially compared to the later films. [8]

    11. The Croods: A New Age. Solid enough Dreamworks fare, the kids seemed to enjoy it. [7]

    12. The Map of Tiny Perfect Things. Actually quite watchable teen drama take on the 
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    formula. [6.5]

    13. John Wick. A long time since I last watched this, it's a very tightly put together revenge flick. It really didn't need any sequels. [9]

    14. Days of the Bagnold Summer. Typically British directorial debut from Simon Bird. Watchable (and short). [6.5]

    15. Django Unchained. Haven't seen this since release. I think the middle third drags a bit, proper Tarantino self-indulgent dialogue, but the finale rescues it. [8]

    16. Whiplash. Such an intense film. Couldn't watch it in one sitting, it was making me anxious! Quality performances. [9]

    17. Raya and the Last Dragon. Went in with low expectations, but enjoyed this. Would've been nice to see at the cinema, looks lovely, really nicely animated. Kids enjoyed. [8]

    18. Flora & Ulysses. Nice little family film. Doesn't do anything special, but it's enjoyable and well made. [7]

    19. Pete's Dragon (2016). Was a fan of the original as a kid, this passed me by entirely when it was released. See above for a relevant review. [7]

    20. BTTFII. UHD rewatch. Great, but reminded me that I think I prefer III these days. [9]

    21. Snyder Cut. I mean, it's better (I never made it all the way through the first), but it's still a cut below the majority of the MCU stuff, just doesn't feel as well written as it could be. [7.5]

    22. BTTFIII. UHD rewatch. Great, but the ending's wonky. Still the best trilogy of family films ever. [9]

    23. Tom and Jerry (2021). No. [4]

    24. Godzilla Vs Kong. Silly big monsters fighting. Had the opportunity to watch it with the sound right up, was worth it. [7]

    25. Sound of Metal. Nice performance from Riz, a good snapshot into coping with sudden and unexpected hearing loss. [8]

    26. Promising Young Woman. Solid can’t-hide-from-the-past sociopathic vengeance piece. Does a good job of not revealing too much detail.[7]

    27. The Mitchells vs the Machines. Really well made animated post-apocalyptic family adventure from the Spiderverse people. [8]

    28. Nomadland. Bleak, almost-a-documentary, but a nice message underneath. [7]

    29. Unforgiven. Can't believe this one passed me by. Great performances all round, and some class lines. It's a hell of a thing, killing a man. [9]

    30. Gattaca. I thought I'd seen this, but I definitely hadn't. Now I have, and I liked it. [8]

    31. Citizen Kane. Kind of expected more given the status of this, but still a really well told story that's still relevant. [8]
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    Well I loved this. Really really great concept and brilliant script. Shame the kids didn't engage with it.
    Not everything is The Best or Shit. Theres many levels between that, lets just enjoy stuff.
  • 1. Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
    Its terrible but I absolutely love this movie. The vast majority of points belong to Rickman's panto performance. A point for Sean Connery's Richard Lionheart just rocking up at the end.
    7
  • I might watch a film this year.
  • I'll see if I can keep up with it this year.

    1. Bad Boys - Haven't seen this since the 90s, when I might have enjoyed it. But it really is absolute shite. None of it makes any sense, the banter is tedious and the main feature of the big action scenes is a load of exploding barrels. *

    2. Inside Man
    Hadn't watched it since it originally came out. It's pretty great really - expertly plotted, paced and performed. Just don't think about it too much. ****

    3. Ravenous
    Zombies in Canada. It's got some nice camera work and a does decent line in long quiet bits followed by sudden bursts of noise/violence. But underneath it's still your basic zombie film with all the usual stuff. ***

    4. Outside the Wire
    One of the Netflix films that's competently made but just feels sort of like a mush of things you're supposed to like. Bit of action, sci-fi, some themes to chew over. Then it ends and on you go. Story by Yescombe, pedalling the same old Hazy ideas.**

    5. Us
    Just as wonderful as it was the first time. Playful, clever and confident. *****

    6. Intouchables
    It's a bit of a cliché set up, but it's beautifully written and performed, funny in parts and never overly sentimental. ****

    7. The White Tiger
    You can feel the slow build up of frustration and anger in this story of a lower class driver serving a rich family in India. And it does a good job of reflecting not only the corruption in the country but supposedly enlightened western attitudes to poverty as well. ****

    8. Red
    Daft action with a strong cast of veterans having a good time. Enjoyable. ***

    9. Magic Mike
    Solid Soderbergh about a male stripper who might just be getting too old for this shit. ***

    10. I Care a Lot
    Rosamund Pike has old people kicked out of their homes and sent into care, legally. Then she targets an old lady with shady connections. It's far-fetched, but it's really about the sheer unstoppable drive of American individualism, and does a good job at getting that across. ****

    11. News of the World
    Tom Hanks does a Western, getting into scrapes on a journey across dusty plains. Decent enough. ***

    12. Constantine
    Keanu Reeves dealing with demons and the fate of his soul. Daft really, but it was OK. **
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  • Bad Boys was bad on release. I’m shocked you even probably enjoyed it in the 90s.
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    Probably the best line in the film TBH.
  • LivDiv wrote:
    1. Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
    Its terrible but I absolutely love this movie. The vast majority of points belong to Rickman's panto performance. A point for Sean Connery's Richard Lionheart just rocking up at the end.
    7

    Probably my favourite film ever. Did a 'best film ever' thing at uni with a bunch of mates and nobody had rhpot as the best but everyone had it in their top few so much that it won. Best film ever imo.
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    Yeah lets do it, just downloaded 8 obscure foreign films that have been submitted for this year's Oscars.
  • nick_md wrote:
    LivDiv wrote:
    1. Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
    Its terrible but I absolutely love this movie. The vast majority of points belong to Rickman's panto performance. A point for Sean Connery's Richard Lionheart just rocking up at the end.
    7

    Probably my favourite film ever. Did a 'best film ever' thing at uni with a bunch of mates and nobody had rhpot as the best but everyone had it in their top few so much that it won. Best film ever imo.

    Sober me takes this back although it is top 5ish for sure.
  • Its great fun.
    Far better than the Crowe Robin Hood or the one from a few years back with the Elton John lad in it.
  • It's better than great fun, come ooon.
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