What was the last film you watched?

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Re: What was the last film you watched?

Post by Damien Thorn @ Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:18 am

I forgot to tell you about a couple of films:

Ghostbusters, the new one that's made of ladies. It was alright; reasonably funny but not hilarious. Not a travesty or a crime against nostalgia. Chris Hemsworth is also an excellent comedy actor - his performance made me want to rewatch all the Thor films to see what subtle stuff he'd actually sneaked into them.

5.5


And also Veronica, the supposedly scariest film ever that had the internet's knickers in a twist. It's alright, pretty decent acting, clichéd story but interesting enough. And frankly we just don't see as many sinister blind nuns as we should do these days, so that's to be applauded.

Is it the scariest film ever? No, of course not. Is it genuinely scary at all? Not especially - there are a couple of jumps, but that's not fear that's surprise. There's no real dead or tension, but a reasonable tense atmos pervades things.

5.9
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Re: What was the last film you watched?

Post by S1K @ Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:34 am

I always watch films well after they've come out so I'm a bit behind the times but I just recently saw Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri and loved it. Great acting, a good script and surprising twists.

I also saw Darkest Hour and while I can see why Gary Oldman got the best actor Oscar I thought the rest of the film was well below the standard of his acting. Too much expositional dialogue, too many 2D characters and that ludicrous scene of Churchill going in a tube train to talk to the commoners. I actually fast-forwarded through most of that because I knew how much it would annoy me.
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Re: What was the last film you watched?

Post by Dirk @ Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:39 am

Agree about the tube bit.

I thought his secretary was well acted though (and overlooked)
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Re: What was the last film you watched?

Post by Deuteronomy @ Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:51 am

Cargo - Martin Freeman Netflix zombie film.

It was pretty enjoyable, nothing earth shattering and more about a fathers struggle to protect his child than actual zombies.

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Re: What was the last film you watched?

Post by Damien Thorn @ Wed Jun 13, 2018 11:20 am

Three posts ago I liked that a lot less than you.
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Re: What was the last film you watched?

Post by stuart @ Wed Jun 13, 2018 11:34 am

Damien Thorn wrote:Three posts ago I liked that a lot less than you.


It was dissapointing, but then they based a full length film on a short.

It was just a bit dull and meh, not terrible but not interesting either. I kept waiting for something to happen, but nothing ever did...
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Re: What was the last film you watched?

Post by Käsemeister @ Wed Jun 13, 2018 6:18 pm

Avengers infinity war today. Kids loved it, I was meh. 5.
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Re: What was the last film you watched?

Post by Strawman @ Fri Jun 15, 2018 9:06 am

The Death of Stalin, from the mind of Armando Iannucci, 6 out of 10. Funny in parts but that whole epoch is so horrific I'm not sure applying the thick of it type dialogue really worked for me, stellar cast though and worth seeing it for their interactions alone
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Re: What was the last film you watched?

Post by Damien Thorn @ Sat Jun 16, 2018 9:19 am

The Greasy Strangler. A father and son team of tour guides vie for the love of a beautiful woman, while a hideous murderer is at large in their community.

The Greasy Strangler is nuts. I watch all sorts of films, and this feels like one of a kind. It also feels like exactly the sort of film that critics like to say "you either love it or hate it!" about, with it's wilful peculiarity and repetitive dialogue, endless fart jokes, grotesque nudity and relentless shit synth score. Except I don't know whether I really liked it or really didn't like it. I think this might be what nonplussed feels like.

The atmosphere is something akin to a television programme for very small children, Tellytubbies or something, with constant simplistic repeated phrases and images mirrored and echoed throughout, and yet equally it is very far from children's viewing - unless you want small children to see graphic wanking and oral sex, monstrous lolling penises and a man's head punched inside out. And I do not want small children to see that.

The film batters you with inanity until you are brutalised into submission, but I think it might actually be a comedy. I really just don't know. There is one see-sawing synth riff repeated throughout the score that pries it's way into your head even as you try to resist, making you wonder if you might actually be being brainwashed into a different frame of reference. The entire soundtrack is a bananas combo of sleazy disco parps and gurgling electronica that suits the addled visuals down to the ground.

Here is a short scene, see what you think -

Original video page: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_MYuorOdfw


I don't know.

I can't give it a score because I can't tell yet if I liked it. Ten years ago I think I would have been imploring you to watch it as the cultiest soon-to-be cult film ever, but maybe now I'm just bewilderedly wondering "who comes up with this stuff?"

I certainly kept me interested. Or maybe I mean trapped.
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