Discussion in 'Box Office' started by D4n, 13th Jun 2012.
Glad I'm not the only one!
On Netflix. Released in 1997 and featuring Kurt Russell. God knows how I found this as it's never featured on the homepage of Netflix or anything but it has a respectable rating of 6.9 on IMDB.
Just watched it. It's basically a thriller which starts off with a bloke (Kurt Russell) and his wife (some unknown) travelling through the mid-west or somewhere in the US and their car breaks down in the desert. Some badness ensues and it's actually pretty much non-stop gripping stuff from there on in. It was actually really enjoyable from start to finish so I had to write this review.
I'd give it a strong 7 out of 10 as it was just really really entertaining. I guarantee you'll find it a well spent couple of hours during an evening some time. Better than most of the high budget dross that comes out at the cinema lately.
Let's fill this thread with some film recommendations to get us through quarantine.
Anything on Neflix, Prime or Disney+ particularly helpful.
Circle is an absolute gem currently streaming on Netflix. A really interesting and tightly scripted character study. A group of people wake up in a room and have to vote to kill off somebody else in the room, one at a time. It could easily have descended into the torture porn category but it isn't graphic at all and poses some interesting philosophical questions about what we value most as a society.
Blinded By The Light (on Amazon Prime). Tells the story of a lad from an ethnic minority background growing up in Luton in the 1980s while influenced by the music of Bruce Springsteen.
Also Fighting with my Family (Netflix). True life story of a wresting family trying to make it big. You don't have to be into wrestling to really enjoy this movie.
And 'Good Boys' available to rent. Kind of a coming of age story. Quite puerile, but if you like the American Pie series you might like this. Some real laugh out loud moments if you are into this kind of thing. Something to lighten the mood in these particular times.
Fighting with my family certainly takes a lot of artistic licence
This is The End.
Seth Rogan and a bunch of hollywood arseholes are having a house party when the world ends. More cameos than you can count.
Throughout lockdown I have binged a lot of Clint Eastwood films with my Dad. Though they're old, there's some absolute gems in there.
'Dirty Harry' goes without saying is an absolute masterclass in raw action. The fantastic one liners and excitement is compelling enough alone for a brilliant 90 minute watch (10/10).
'The Beguiled' is a really underrated gem. It follows Eastwood in the civil war who injures himself and is saved by an all girl's school on the opposite side who take him prisoner. He leads on all the girls to survive and I won't spoil anything from there. This was a brilliant oddball film which took some sharp unexpected turns. Really entertaining and probably one of Clint's strongest performances (8/10).
'High Plains Drifter' is also one I'd recommend if you're looking for a slightly more unique take to the standard western. In this one it's eerie as Eastwood plays this mysterious cowboy who drifts into a deserted town by the sea and agrees to do them a favour on his terms to protect it from being destroyed by rebels. It's different but it works and you soon come to learn that Clint never plays a straightforward protagonist (8/10).
Mary Poppins Returns 9/10
Really liked this film, upbeat and cheerful, needed at the time. Prefer the first one but not bad for a sequel with suitable nods. Unlike other remakes of classic films, it has a new storyline. Good emotional connection and actually is enjoyable to watch. Would watch again.
Eh. It's OK. Can't decide if it wants to be a comedy or serious though. It ends up failing at both.
Emporers New Groove 8/10
Funny in places, very enjoyable and has aged well considering it's 20 years old this year.
Toy Story 4
Missed it at the cinema, but had heard it declared as the best in the franchise and certainly worth resuming the previously neatly concluded trilogy for. I'm not so sure. Felt a bit flabby to me, the laughs fewer and the wider characters underused. Don't get me wrong, it's still a great film, but I'm not convinced it was a necessary or worthy addition.
Saving Mr Banks
Absolutely loved it at the cinema, enjoyed it even more on second viewing. Surely one of the very best films of modern times. Practically perfect in every way.
[QUOTE="pluk, post: 285393, member: 195"Saving Mr Banks
Absolutely loved it at the cinema, enjoyed it even more on second viewing. Surely one of the very best films of modern times. Practically perfect in every way.[/QUOTE]
Totally agree, as usual Tom Hanks is superb.
Dumbo (2019): I thought despite its faults it was enjoyable. I know this one faces heavy criticism but I thought it was Burton's best work in years. The visuals were impressive, there was a good spin on the classic story and a decent cast to go along with it. That being said, the original does still hold up better and there is some cringe induced moments and clumsy dialogue. Nonetheless, it's entertaining and if you like Burton you'll most likely enjoy the film. (7/10)
Coco: Great film, great use of animation to deliver an engaging and emotional storyline. Couple of decent songs, Very enjoyable to relax and watch. 9/10.
White Boy Rick.
On Netflix currently. Documentary about a white Detroit drug dealer from the late 80s/early 90s. Highlights a lot of corruption by officials and cops in Detroit at the time.
Pretty good if you're into that kind of thing. Passed the late evening before bed quite nicely last night. Would recommend. 7/10.
I rented The Favourite earlier this week through Cinema Paradiso. What a bag of pretentious crap that was. The soundtrack alone was irritating beyond belief, dialogue that was Shakespearean but without any of the wit or charm, incoherent storyline and total confusion about what genre it wanted to be.
Olivia Coleman and Emma Stone do put in excellent performances considering the dud script they had to work with but, dear me, what a joke that this was considered award-worthy.
I'm sorry, did I watch the right film? I was lead to believe this was some kind of once-in-a-generation, controversial, Taxi Driver type game-changer.
It's a piece of sh¡t. Walk away.
2/10, saved from zero only by some nice cinematography. Otherwise utter crap.
Jean-Claude Van Damme plays Jean-Claude Van Damme, who teams up with long lost twin brother Jean-Claude Van Damme, played by Jean-Claude Van Damme.
Asskickery and kersplosions ensue. Also Triads.
8/10, for hillarity alone.
A Quiet Place: Eh.... I didn't get the hype. After seeing people rave about this I thought I'd give it a watch but I just found it boring. There were obvious facepalm worthy plotholes, no standout characters; it was just a really generic family with nothing interesting or memorable about them and the ending was predictable. I don't know what I was missing but I didn't even think the plot was anything spectacular either, especially with the whole silent thing that grows tiresome after the first ten minutes. The acting was decent though (4/10)
Inglorious Basterds: This I really enjoyed rewatching, enjoyed it even more on a second viewing. There's so many minor details and content in Quentin's films you often notice more on second viewings. This was no different. Waltz's performance is so chilling too, it just makes it just that bit more brilliant. (10/10).
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