What was the last film you watched?

Some things cultured but mostly films and telly stuff.

Re: What was the last film you watched?

Post by thekungfury @ Fri Jan 04, 2019 1:36 pm

Disastrous wrote:I think we need to stop making films especially for the Chinese market.

It's 3rd on my NY resolution list and >has a quick check< so far I've managed to stick to it.

You know how it is though. Come early Feb you slip into your old habits. Fingers crossed I stay true to my resolve.
User avatar
thekungfury
 
Posts: 36083
Joined: Thu Mar 13, 2008 1:27 pm
Highscores: 1

Re: What was the last film you watched?

Post by Damien Thorn @ Fri Jan 04, 2019 1:54 pm

Disastrous wrote:Escape Plan 2. Absolute shit featuring the exhumed corpse of Stallone and a clearly made-for-China lead actor. Honestly, this is garbage and I think we need to stop making films especially for the Chinese market. They like shit films! It makes no sense at all. It’s a stupid prison break thing but the prison is ludicrous and features a Cube-esque shifting structure and weird electric punishment beams and other shit. Like a cross between Fortress, Cube and an actual shit, but made for China.


I well appreciate how this may sound, coming from me, but why on earth would you knowingly subject yourself to something that is clearly going to be irredeemable shit? Even the rubbish films I watch I watch because I think I will like them. Or something about them. I've scrolled past EP2 on Netflix every single time without pausing. Of course it's shit.
User avatar
Damien Thorn
Spamcop
Spamcop
 
Posts: 13444
Joined: Mon Oct 06, 2008 10:24 am

Re: What was the last film you watched?

Post by Disastrous @ Fri Jan 04, 2019 5:41 pm

Damien Thorn wrote:
Disastrous wrote:Escape Plan 2. Absolute shit featuring the exhumed corpse of Stallone and a clearly made-for-China lead actor. Honestly, this is garbage and I think we need to stop making films especially for the Chinese market. They like shit films! It makes no sense at all. It’s a stupid prison break thing but the prison is ludicrous and features a Cube-esque shifting structure and weird electric punishment beams and other shit. Like a cross between Fortress, Cube and an actual shit, but made for China.


I well appreciate how this may sound, coming from me, but why on earth would you knowingly subject yourself to something that is clearly going to be irredeemable shit? Even the rubbish films I watch I watch because I think I will like them. Or something about them. I've scrolled past EP2 on Netflix every single time without pausing. Of course it's shit.



I quite liked the first one in a brainless entertainment sort of a way. Like the Expendables sort of thing.

Also, Aquaman.


Laugh @teeks. I know right??
User avatar
Disastrous
Monkey Licker!
 
Posts: 39456
Joined: Thu Feb 28, 2008 3:58 pm

Re: What was the last film you watched?

Post by stuart @ Sat Jan 05, 2019 2:43 am

Alien Covenant - I know people shit on the new Alien films but I really liked this, I liked the origin story of the aliens and want to see more films that sit between the timeline of Covenant and Alien.

Hereditory - Boring. I can't believe the hype this had. What dreary boring shit. It annoyed me how dull this was.

Death Wish - Bruce Willis as a vigilante tracking down the bad guys that hurt his daughter and killed his wife. Liked this a lot, was fun and some good kill scences.

Source Code - Jake Gyllenhal is a helicopter pilot forced to go into this Matrix type quantum wooowoo thing / time travel to stop a bomb. Just silly and rubbish.

Escape Room- Film based on those escape rooms where you have an hour to figure out how to get out, but with a twist that if you don't get out you die. ALl the characters are pretty hateable and I didn't care that they died. Rubbish.

Resident Evil the Final Chapter - I bet it isn't. I bet they will keep making them. I liked this though.

Arrival - Alien squid things come down to earth. Now, the first time I watched this I thought it was a bit dull. I rewatched it recently though and absolutely loved it. One of my favourite sci-fi films now.

Gremlins - This still holds up! It's still good, silly fun but with some pretty dark moments I don't remember from watching it as a kid! The old lady clearly dies when she's thrown out of the window on her stairlift! The monologue from his girlfriend about how they found her dead father in the chimney at christmas...

Tomb Raider - One of the new ones with Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft. I thought this was good, much better than I expected. A good take on a Lara Croft origin story.
User avatar
stuart
I know a front door when I see one
 
Posts: 18070
Joined: Mon Mar 03, 2008 4:15 pm
Location: There
Highscores: 2

Re: What was the last film you watched?

Post by chinkypig @ Sat Jan 05, 2019 11:04 pm

Skyscraper just finished.

Die Hard but higher, hotter and with more hopping..

Ludicrously enjoyable and marred only slightly by being a little po faced.


Last night was Hell Fest. A heartwarming story about a real killer using a Halloween haunt as cover for his stabbiness.

Pretty decent with a likeable cast (by this type of films standard anyway) and a surprise or two up its sleeve.
Last edited by chinkypig on Sat Jan 05, 2019 11:07 pm, edited 1 time in total.
chinkypig
 
Posts: 1765
Joined: Sun May 30, 2010 1:07 pm

Re: What was the last film you watched?

Post by Käsemeister @ Sat Jan 05, 2019 11:34 pm

Käsemeister wrote:
Turntable wrote:i haven't seen spectre yet I am afraid.

I did watch Jurassic World the other day with the kids and I thought it was excellent. I thought I had read crap write-ups so I was expecting another Jurassic Park 3, yet I thought it was as good as the first one. Obviously cheesy, unrealistic and ridiculous but it was very nice overall
7.4/10


We watched that last weekend too. Wife found it boring, but kids enjoyed it and thought Star Lord Owen Grady was hilarious. Some of the CGI was phenomenal but it did feel a bit like they were cramming every idea they had all into one movie so much so that some of the ideas were ridiculously fleeting and could almost have made another movie out of it. Vincent d'whatsit grated a bit, but on the whole pretty good.

7.5 just to be contrary.


Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdum however.... 4.1
User avatar
Käsemeister
 
Posts: 37307
Joined: Thu Feb 28, 2008 5:24 pm
Location: Hanging on in quiet desperation.

Re: What was the last film you watched?

Post by tanglerat @ Sat Jan 05, 2019 11:39 pm

No Dry January here tonight. It's a boozy night in with Black 47.

Which incidentally is also the name of a pretty academic book on the same subject - the Irish Famine, in 1847. It mentions my village. Apparently, the local English landlord placed an armed guard on the shore to stop starving Irish from foraging for food.
User avatar
tanglerat
Ruler of the Queen's Navee
 
Posts: 7533
Joined: Mon Oct 22, 2007 7:49 pm

Re: What was the last film you watched?

Post by Strawman @ Sun Jan 06, 2019 1:07 pm

I read a thing where this Irish journalist was at the last Tory conference and went to see it at the local multiplex, as she was leaving still wearing her conference neck tags she met another two attendees and they asked her what it was about "it's a revenge fantasy set in Ireland in 1847" she replied, "revenge for what?" they asked, which left her lost for words.
User avatar
Strawman
 
Posts: 40217
Joined: Mon Oct 22, 2007 7:50 pm
Location: insignificant next to the power of the force

Re: What was the last film you watched?

Post by Damien Thorn @ Wed Jan 09, 2019 7:52 am

stuart wrote:Resident Evil the Final Chapter - I bet it isn't. I bet they will keep making them. I liked this though.

I tried to watch this last night, optimistic because I quite enjoyed the earlier films and buoyed by stuart's ringing endorsement. Sadly, it's unwatchably terrible.

I'm amazed that Paul W S Anderson can even direct his way out of bed in the mornings, as the way this choppy, indecipherable mess kung fu's your eyeballs at every opportunity suggests he's on a deliberate mission to make his film as confusing and impenetrable as possible. This must be what being visually impaired is like: murky scenes in almost total blackness, where clearly there's a fight or some action happening, but you just can't see it. Scenes of fights of some action in broad daylight, blistering desert sun, where you can't see what's happening because it looks like PWSA was carrying all the film stock in small pieces in his arms when he sneezed and they all went everywhere, and he nonchalantly just glued them all together where they lay.

Wretched shit. Just awful. Awful.

I managed an hour and then turned it off in sheer hopelessness. I don't care about the rest, and never will. Stuart, I blame you entirely.
User avatar
Damien Thorn
Spamcop
Spamcop
 
Posts: 13444
Joined: Mon Oct 06, 2008 10:24 am

Re: What was the last film you watched?

Post by Strawman @ Thu Jan 10, 2019 12:11 pm

Deathwish, the remade version with Bruce Willis stepping into Charles Bronson's shoes. The opening is really good with a cop racing through city streets to get his buddy to hospital before be bleeds out. Nicely shot and looked like cars being driven fast rather than CGI. From there it is all downhill, subtle changes from the original to make the story much less compelling and also raises the question can Bruce Willis act? He looks confused rather than anguished most of the time, probably wondering how he ended up doing this cleveland steamer of a film, but still he chose to do it. 3/10

Even though stuart didn't recommend this film, AFAIK, I still blame him for this one as well.
Last edited by Strawman on Thu Jan 10, 2019 12:12 pm, edited 1 time in total.
User avatar
Strawman
 
Posts: 40217
Joined: Mon Oct 22, 2007 7:50 pm
Location: insignificant next to the power of the force

Re: What was the last film you watched?

Post by Damien Thorn @ Thu Jan 10, 2019 12:46 pm

You're right to blame Stuart, as he certainly DID recommend Death Wish.
User avatar
Damien Thorn
Spamcop
Spamcop
 
Posts: 13444
Joined: Mon Oct 06, 2008 10:24 am

Re: What was the last film you watched?

Post by thekungfury @ Thu Jan 10, 2019 1:24 pm

Last night I noticed The Big Lebowski was in NF so I decided to rewatch it. I didn’t remember the whole first 20 minutes and after 40 minutes I realised it was because I was actually watching it for the first time.

It was really weird as I recognised all the characters and settings and even knew some of the lines. It has somehow reached my consciousness over the years via quotes, memes, gifs etc. to the point I was telling myself I’d seen it before.

Anyhow it’s a great film. But then you know that because you’ve seen it. OR HAVE YOU?
User avatar
thekungfury
 
Posts: 36083
Joined: Thu Mar 13, 2008 1:27 pm
Highscores: 1

Re: What was the last film you watched?

Post by Deuteronomy @ Thu Jan 10, 2019 2:03 pm

thekungfury wrote:Last night I noticed The Big Lebowski was in NF so I decided to rewatch it. I didn’t remember the whole first 20 minutes and after 40 minutes I realised it was because I was actually watching it for the first time.

It was really weird as I recognised all the characters and settings and even knew some of the lines. It has somehow reached my consciousness over the years via quotes, memes, gifs etc. to the point I was telling myself I’d seen it before.

Anyhow it’s a great film. But then you know that because you’ve seen it. OR HAVE YOU?


>nods slowly<

Compelling.
User avatar
Deuteronomy
 
Posts: 17332
Joined: Thu Sep 04, 2008 4:57 pm

Re: What was the last film you watched?

Post by S1K @ Thu Jan 10, 2019 5:18 pm

The bit with the ashes on the cliff top is one of the funniest things ever
User avatar
S1K
 
Posts: 6974
Joined: Fri Nov 06, 2015 7:10 pm

Re: What was the last film you watched?

Post by Strawman @ Thu Jan 10, 2019 6:51 pm

So many quotable lines in that film "Nihilists! ..fcuk me. I mean, say what you want about the tenets of National Socialism, Dude, at least it's an ethos."
User avatar
Strawman
 
Posts: 40217
Joined: Mon Oct 22, 2007 7:50 pm
Location: insignificant next to the power of the force

Re: What was the last film you watched?

Post by Damien Thorn @ Wed Jan 16, 2019 8:00 am

Over the last few days I've watched a handful:

Ghost Stories - a sort-of-anthology of, duh, ghost stories, as a professional debunker investigates three terrifying cases of hauntings unexplainable by his now-retired predecessor. Reassuring Britishness sees Martin Freeman and Paul Whitehouse victim to hauntings, which gives this a very different feel to the usual. The film takes its time to build a very effective atmosphere and avoids obvious jump scares, but I was disappointed that the climax was exactly what I expected. I'm not sure if it's a twist that they over-clued during the film, or if it's supposed to be an obvious conclusion, but it was an obvious conclusion. A shame.

Split - everyone's seen this by now I expect; multiple personality nutter abducts a carful of teenage girls, who try to escape his clutches by pitting his different personalities against one another. Seen apparently as something of a return to form for M Night Shamalamadingdong, I expected it to be alright but dull. But it wasn't, it was actually terrific. Thrilling and gripping and genuinely exciting I thought. James McAvoy's range of different performances is somehow unshowy, and Anya Taylor Joy as one of the abductees is brilliant - probably better even than she was in The Witch. I look forward to seeing her in more stuff.

Bird Box - yes, that Sandra Bullock one with the blindfolds. It's been a huge hit, so naturally I expected it to be a bit shit because if everybody else liked it, it's probably not really for me. It isn't shit though, it's alright. I spent a lot of the time wondering if Sandra's had work done though, which probably isn't the endorsement of scary atmosphere they were aiming for. It's fine and not boring, but weak enough that all the "but what about..?" questions that often occur to you after you've watched a film occurred to me as I was watching.

And The Guard, which I haven't got time to tell you about now, but was ace.
User avatar
Damien Thorn
Spamcop
Spamcop
 
Posts: 13444
Joined: Mon Oct 06, 2008 10:24 am

Re: What was the last film you watched?

Post by Clown Ice Skater #4 @ Wed Jan 16, 2019 8:14 am

I liked Ghost Stories, though I agree with you about the end.
User avatar
Clown Ice Skater #4
 
Posts: 3472
Joined: Sun Jun 29, 2014 11:40 am
Location: Melos Station

Re: What was the last film you watched?

Post by ttwiggy @ Wed Jan 16, 2019 10:02 am

Ghost Stories was ok I thought, but not a patch on the stage play.
ttwiggy
 
Posts: 1949
Joined: Tue Aug 11, 2015 3:54 pm

Re: What was the last film you watched?

Post by thekungfury @ Wed Jan 16, 2019 2:59 pm

I watched Split the other day too. I only watched it so that I could be up to speed for Glass. I’d heard it was meant to be shite but I really enjoyed it.

Everything hung on James McAvoy’s performance which I thought was superb. After a while you forgot he was acting which, given he was playing half a dozen characters, is impressive.
User avatar
thekungfury
 
Posts: 36083
Joined: Thu Mar 13, 2008 1:27 pm
Highscores: 1

Re: What was the last film you watched?

Post by Damien Thorn @ Thu Jan 17, 2019 7:44 am

Ha, I also watched Split so that I'd be ready for Glass. I'm glad I did though.
User avatar
Damien Thorn
Spamcop
Spamcop
 
Posts: 13444
Joined: Mon Oct 06, 2008 10:24 am

Re: What was the last film you watched?

Post by Damien Thorn @ Fri Jan 18, 2019 8:23 am

Right, The Guard. This is a few years old, so you've probably watched it before. But if you haven't, watch it. Watch it now. Go on, now. I'll wait.

...

...

...

That was excellent, wasn't it? Just brilliant. I love Brendon Gleeson, and I love the writing, and I love the composition of the shots (cinematography?). So funny, and yet not because jokes. I expected I might quite like it, but I liked it so very much that I want to watch it for the first time again. Just ace.
Last edited by Damien Thorn on Fri Jan 18, 2019 8:24 am, edited 1 time in total.
User avatar
Damien Thorn
Spamcop
Spamcop
 
Posts: 13444
Joined: Mon Oct 06, 2008 10:24 am

Re: What was the last film you watched?

Post by Strawman @ Fri Jan 18, 2019 8:30 am

I have that on DVD, it is excellent but also sad in parts.
User avatar
Strawman
 
Posts: 40217
Joined: Mon Oct 22, 2007 7:50 pm
Location: insignificant next to the power of the force

Re: What was the last film you watched?

Post by Damien Thorn @ Fri Jan 18, 2019 8:53 am

And no less good for that.
User avatar
Damien Thorn
Spamcop
Spamcop
 
Posts: 13444
Joined: Mon Oct 06, 2008 10:24 am

Re: What was the last film you watched?

Post by span @ Fri Jan 18, 2019 9:41 am

I loved The Guard too, Damien.

And you're guaranteed to also love Calvary if you haven't already seen it. Both written and directed by the same man, and both starring the same (other) man. Calvary's a bit darker, but absolutely terrific.
User avatar
span
 
Posts: 7327
Joined: Mon Jun 29, 2009 9:14 pm

Re: What was the last film you watched?

Post by chinkypig @ Sat Jan 19, 2019 12:09 pm

Strawman wrote:Deathwish, the remade version with Bruce Willis stepping into Charles Bronson's shoes. The opening is really good with a cop racing through city streets to get his buddy to hospital before be bleeds out. Nicely shot and looked like cars being driven fast rather than CGI. From there it is all downhill, subtle changes from the original to make the story much less compelling and also raises the question can Bruce Willis act? He looks confused rather than anguished most of the time, probably wondering how he ended up doing this cleveland steamer of a film, but still he chose to do it. 3/10

Even though stuart didn't recommend this film, AFAIK, I still blame him for this one as well.


The biggest issue with Death Wish, other than Bruce Willis only looking slightly less bored than usual is its tone imo.
A smirking, tongue in cheek approach doesn’t really sit that well with the dead spouse and child in a coma premise.

Having said that I quite enjoyed it in that way that seeing horrible people get fcuked up always pleases me but a better version released of late, Peppermint, although flawed follows the tone of the original more closely.

Still to watch Death Kiss though and I’ve heard good things about it.
chinkypig
 
Posts: 1765
Joined: Sun May 30, 2010 1:07 pm

Re: What was the last film you watched?

Post by Tokyo Sexwale @ Sat Jan 19, 2019 12:47 pm

I quite enjoyed Death Wish but wished it was darker and grittier as the original was a childhood fav. Loved the brutality of wasting hoods. Bruce Willis was a strange choice as he wasn’t a convincing doctor and just a bit weird.
5/10.
User avatar
Tokyo Sexwale
 
Posts: 49802
Joined: Thu Jan 24, 2008 5:14 pm

Re: What was the last film you watched?

Post by chinkypig @ Sat Jan 19, 2019 1:05 pm

Tokyo Sexwale wrote:I quite enjoyed Death Wish but wished it was darker and grittier as the original was a childhood fav. Loved the brutality of wasting hoods. Bruce Willis was a strange choice as he wasn’t a convincing doctor and just a bit weird.
5/10.



I think you’d enjoy Death Sentence if you haven’t already seen it. It’s pretty much Death Wish but nails the tone, struggle and escalation much better.
chinkypig
 
Posts: 1765
Joined: Sun May 30, 2010 1:07 pm

Re: What was the last film you watched?

Post by Damien Thorn @ Sat Jan 19, 2019 1:47 pm

I was just about to mention Death Sentence. I remember that as excellent, from and brutal, and a frightening escalation of events as you say.
User avatar
Damien Thorn
Spamcop
Spamcop
 
Posts: 13444
Joined: Mon Oct 06, 2008 10:24 am

Re: What was the last film you watched?

Post by Tokyo Sexwale @ Sat Jan 19, 2019 2:31 pm

chinkypig wrote:
Tokyo Sexwale wrote:I quite enjoyed Death Wish but wished it was darker and grittier as the original was a childhood fav. Loved the brutality of wasting hoods. Bruce Willis was a strange choice as he wasn’t a convincing doctor and just a bit weird.
5/10.



I think you’d enjoy Death Sentence if you haven’t already seen it. It’s pretty much Death Wish but nails the tone, struggle and escalation much better.

thanks will check it out
User avatar
Tokyo Sexwale
 
Posts: 49802
Joined: Thu Jan 24, 2008 5:14 pm

Re: What was the last film you watched?

Post by Greg66 @ Mon Jan 21, 2019 3:56 pm

Mary Queen of Scots.

Hmm.

Yes, definitely hmm.

The ingredients were there for a great film. Good characters, a good story, a strong cast, and yet somehow this film never quite managed to pull it all together. I felt like I was being told a story that wasn't quite the exciting story that could have been told. And that the two principal characters weren't portrayed quite as well or convincingly as they could have been. The great film remained elusively just out of reach throughout and realising that as I was watching it left me feeling frustrated, distracted and let down.

6.5/10
User avatar
Greg66
 
Posts: 3390
Joined: Tue Jun 02, 2015 11:03 pm

PreviousNext

Return to Nervy's Culture Club

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest

yt
  Enable youtube titles