General Films thread
14 December 2017 at 17:10 #62614
So I went to see the new Star Wars movie today – cos I hate spoilers but I’m on the internet all the time. So NO SPOILERS here.
I was underwhelmed, which is a shame because I like director Rian Johnson’s work a lot. ‘Brick’ is a fantastic movie and Looper has a lot of good ideas even if it doesn’t quite hold completely together.
This is the longest ever Star Wars movie, and yet it probably has the least plot. So it drags at times. The pacing is really off. I just feel it could’ve been so much better.
There are some good moments, in fact some really strong, exciting moments, but not enough. I’d say Rogue One was a better Star Wars movie, even though it has its flaws. At least in that movie there was a plot.
But there was no Death Star in this one. For that we can be thankful.14 December 2017 at 17:24 #62615
On the other hand, I also saw a brilliantly lovely movie this week called The Big Sick. Not that it really means anything, but it has 98% on Rotten Tomatoes. I heartily recommend it. There is talk that it will at least be up for Best Screenplay at the Oscars. It’s a heartwarming film, and definitely one for our times.15 December 2017 at 16:52 #62616
The Big Sick is definitely one of the gems of the year.
Interesting to hear your thoughts on Last Jedi too. Hearing wildly conflicting reports on it. Some love it. Some hate it. Will probably check it out next week though have to see I am feeling a little bit of Star Wars fatigue at the moment. I wonder if Disney’s production line approach to Star Wars movies at the moment is going to end up being counter-productive. It’ll all be down to the tone, I guess. I really liked Rogue One and its grittiness was really quite refreshing.16 December 2017 at 07:39 #62618ichabod @ichabod
Loved The Big Sick — very strong sense of people maturing right before our eyes.17 December 2017 at 12:53 #62630
We are waiting until Boxing Day to see the new Star Wars film, in keeping with tradition. In Oz big films always opened on Boxing Day until a few years ago and so that was when we did the line up to see LOTR with friends and went out for dinner after at a favourite Indian Restaurant. Since then Boxing Day is cinema day followed by curry.
The Star Wars franchise is becoming very production line. Disney will milk it. (Reminds me of a line from Martin Chuzzelwit about screwing money out of the customer) If it wasn’t for the Boxing Day tradition I would probably not bother to see it in cinema.
Have heard good things about The Big Sick. Will look out for it.
Janette18 December 2017 at 20:30 #62639
Saw it this afternoon and have to say that I was left not exactly loving it either. Definitely preferred Rogue One. It’s too long for starters definitely. And there’s a few nonsensical plot moments. It’s a shame because it does go out of its way to correct some of the bloodline supremacist nonsense that had crept into Star Wars lore and there are also some fine moments too… but overall oddly soporific for what’s basically an action movie….20 December 2017 at 07:17 #62653
Not a fan of Star Wars, or Star Trek, but I truly hope you all enjoy the coming films.
Missy4 January 2018 at 01:45 #62966
Finally got to see the film on Boxing Day. Boys spent the next two days ranting about how bad it was. Next year we are going to see Mortal Engines on Boxing Day rather than the next Star Wars film. Hope that doesn’t end up so badly. It is an adaptation of R.3s favourite book which makes it risky however Peter Jackson is the producer so have hope it will be as good as the source material, and I think Steam Punk is a long missed opportunity in cinema. To date only two mainstream films have touched upon it, Golden Compass and Hugo so fingers crossed.
Janette4 January 2018 at 01:49 #62967
Oh and a note on the Star Wars film, what annoyed me most, even more than the cutesy Disney critters on the island which were so clearly “photoshopped” in, the scenes that were purely designed for 3d effect, or the pointless script, was Ray’s makeup. There she is, a “tomboy” character type on a remote island with perfect makeup of the “spend an hour in front of a mirror” category. It didn’t match the character or the situation, just the Hollywood ideal of what a woman should be. Grrrr
Janette13 January 2018 at 00:12 #63013
I went to see “Three Billboards…” tonight.
It’s really good. Not even just really good, but really, really good. Even really, really, really good.
I was totally wrapped up in it, fully engaged, I laughed, I was moved, I cried a little, and the plot constantly had me out-foxed. It’s brilliantly done.
Frances McDormand and and Sam Rockwell truly deserve their Golden Globes for their acting, the film deserves its Best Film award, and it should probably win everything really.
Gets a big thumbs up from me – one of the best of the year. I have no doubt about it.
It even has what I personally call a ‘Kubrick’ ending – which is a very good thing in my book – all films should have them (although then they wouldn’t be special, I guess).
There is a little bit of controversy. I can see the point, it crossed my mind, but I think the people offended are wrong. But I can understand that, if taken on face value, there are some things that might really anger people – even make them totally furious and want to boycott the film or burn down the cinema.
That’s kinda the beauty of it – it’s not just a movie you watch then it’s over and you go for a beer or go to bed – it’s something you’ll talk about with people for a while, for days maybe. Which to me is a sign of a good movie, not a bad one or one that should be pilloried. You actually have to think about it for a while and piece it all together in your brain afterwards.6 July 2018 at 13:20 #63610wolfweed @wolfweed
Only just realised that this has been out for many months. Stars lovable Doctor Whos Peter Capaldi & Hugh Grant.9 October 2018 at 16:43 #64350NearlySane @nearlysane
Don’t know if anyone watches Talking Pictures TV – if not, I thoroughly recommend – but today they are showing at 6pm UK The Agitator, a once ‘lost’ film starring William Hartnell – and it’s rather good13 October 2018 at 10:46 #64425
Nope, never heard of this. What exactly does it involve – or should I say they involve?
Missy15 October 2018 at 09:39 #64515NearlySane @nearlysane
TV Channel available on Freeview in UK. Shows an interesting set of old films and TV series, Yesterday had The Ugly Duckling with Jon Pertwee playing a descendant of Dr Jekyll, didn’t get chance to watch, but they do repeat showings usually.25 October 2018 at 03:15 #6492916 November 2018 at 12:46 #65683
As it was Remembrance Day (I believe it’s Veteran’s Day in the US) on Sunday I thought I’d bring this up. I found out about it when I went to the Imperial War Museum recently with my Mum and Dad.
For those of you with access to the BBC’s iPlayer (via whatever means) there’s a really incredible film by Peter Jackson (yeah, him of ‘Lord of the Rings’). He took old footage from World War One and used the full power of his special effects department, sound department and voiceover artists to bring it to life. He then used interviews with people who were there, made in the sixties, to provide the voiceovers.
It’s called “They Shall Not Grow Old” and it’s well worth a watch.
And if you don’t have access, here’s a taster, with Jackson talking to Mark Kermode about the process:17 November 2018 at 03:27 #65692winston @winston
@craig That looks like an amazing documentary. I don’t have iplayer but I will ask my library to order it if they can because everyone should have a chance to watch it. The work that Jackson has done on these WW1 films has brought these men back to life in a way that brought tears to my eyes. It looks like they were here just yesterday. I really want to watch it all. My grandfather and 2 great grandfathers and at least 6 uncles left Canada to serve in Europe with 2 young men never coming back and this film offers a visual connection to all these young men. What amazing things computers can do.
Thank you for telling me about it or I may have missed something very important.19 November 2018 at 06:29 #65760
I am eager to watch this too. I think, whatever one’s views, it is going to be very worthwhile. One grandfather was a pacifist the other failed the height test. (Australian army had very strict height rules in WWI which perhaps fortunately for my father they had relaxed a little by WWII) A great uncle, also a pacifist, went with the first contingent to Europe in December 2014 as a stretcher bearer and served on the front lines until the end of the war. Got home and burnt his uniform. Never mentioned the war again or tolerated it to be mentioned in his hearing.
Janette5 December 2018 at 13:40 #66212
I just found out that Karen Gillan has written, directed and starred in her own movie. Which is amazing.
It’s called “The Party’s Just Beginning” and it looks pretty good. She shot it in her home town. It’s got 67% on Rotten Tomatoes so far.5 December 2018 at 18:13 #66216IAmNotAFishIAmAFreeMan @pedant
Somewhere waaaay upthread I posted an interview with her, and I think she was talking about this. She seems to be quite ambitious on the directorial/ creative side, which given how Hollywood tends to treat women who have the brass-bound audacity to approach 30, is probably not a bad thing.
Ah. Here.13 December 2018 at 21:30 #66614
I thought you might like this. An interview with James Cosmo. You may know him from Highlander, Braveheart, Trainspotting or Game of Thrones. But I know him because he’s my Uncle once removed (or something like that – my grandfather and his father were cousins – and he looks just like my Uncle).
You can skip the first 11 minutes as it’s all intro – but the rest is an interesting perspective on an actors life.18 December 2018 at 13:01 #66767
HBO have now made ‘Brexit – the movie’ With Benedict Cumberbatch.
I wonder, and when you watch the trailer you’ll see what I mean, if they made this because they can’t quite target the Trump campaign just yet. So, although it’s real, it’s also a metaphor. Quite clever if that was their thinking.26 May 2019 at 17:57 #67704
I think that I recommended “Snowpiercer” a while back. I was delighted to find that it has now been added to Netflix, so now I don’t have to watch it illegally.
It really is worth a watch. It is incredibly good. John Hurt, Chris Evans, Jamie Bell, Tilda Swinton and more, in a crazy allegorical sci-fi movie where all that’s left of humanity is stuck on a huge train travelling the whole globe, round and round.
It was directed by the amazing Korean director Bong Joon-ho and also stars several amazing Korean actors.
It is totally bonkers, but is worth your time, believe me. You won’t regret it. I’ve watched it several times and loved it every single time.27 May 2019 at 02:22 #67705winston @winston
@craig I borrowed this from the library awhile back and it was really good. The cast was very good and I also recommend watching it for something new. In fact I think I will borrow it again as it is worth a re-watch. And if you like trains well……..!26 July 2019 at 22:44 #67898Whisht @whisht
So, I’ve just watched the movie Arrival and there are tears in my eyes and on my cheeks.
This music I’m not sure about. @blenkinsopthebrave asked on the Music thread if any of us had embarrassing music in our past, but my greatest embarrassment is that I construct walls between myself and the music I hear.
I hear this music and I’m not sure whether I trust it – am I being played?
I hear something from Arvo Part and I do trust it (likewise between Coldplay and Elbow).
I’m a musical snob and its an embarrassment to me, but there you go.
This below is used in the movie Arrival. The accompanying video has nothing from the movie.
This film has been mentioned before but all I’ll say is that its about love, communication and experience.
I think its a really really good movie as I have tears in my eyes and on my cheeks.27 July 2019 at 02:39 #67900blenkinsopthebrave @blenkinsopthebrave
yes, Arrival was a very emotionally effective movie. I urge you to read the story which it was adapted from. It was called “The Story of your Life” by Ted Chiang. It is easy to find (I found it for free on the web before the movie came out).
It was really rather brilliant. (And only about 40 pages long, as I recall.)27 July 2019 at 10:08 #67901Cath Annabel @cathannabel
@whisht @blenkinsopthebrave yes, yes, yes to Arrival. A truly beautiful film. I really didn’t want the lights to go on in the cinema when it finished as I was still sobbing. Thoughtful and subtle and unexpected. Soundtrack is brilliant – by the late Johann Johannsonn who died far too young but left us some wonderful work. I will track down the story the film is based on – thanks for the tip!13 February 2020 at 12:11 #69665
As a warm-up / homework for this Sunday’s episode, you might want to check out “Gothic” from 1986. It’s maverick / bonkers director Ken Russell’s take on the night Mary Shelley conceived “Frankenstein”. It stars Gabriel Byrne as Lord Byron, Julian Sands as Percy Bysshe Shelley and Natasha Richardson as Mary. They don’t make them like this anymore.
Someone has posted the whole thing on YouTube – you can also rent it on Amazon. But here’s the crazy trailer:13 February 2020 at 18:42 #69666
There’s also Frankenstein Unbound which had Michael Hutchence as Shelley, if you can believe that. Plus the biopic of Mary Shelley from a couple of years back, which I believe is on Netflix….13 February 2020 at 20:45 #69669blenkinsopthebrave @blenkinsopthebrave13 February 2020 at 21:04 #69670
@blenkinsopthebrave That is true. But I really hope, if you’re gonna do a re-telling of the same story in Doctor Who, you might have watched some of the earlier takes and stolen the best ideas.
Fingers crossed for Sunday. I hope it’s really creepy and bizarre.14 February 2020 at 08:32 #6967214 February 2020 at 11:52 #69673
Think I read the Corman many moons ago but never the Russell. (Corman to me always came across as a funny and affable bloke who never took himself too seriously. Russell, meanwhile, um, didn’t….)13 May 2020 at 15:56 #70658The Idiot From Gallifrey Base @dalekbuster523
I really don’t know what to do any more. I want to see Black Widow when it comes out in October/November, but my parents (who I live with, alongside my brother) said they don’t want me going then if the virus is still around. The problem is that I feel like if I don’t see that film at the cinema, it will have a negative impact on my mental well-being.
It’s going to be really detrimental to my mental health if I don’t see it on the big screen; I’ve bigged up the idea of Black Widow at the cinema in my head, and been waiting a decade for her to get a solo movie. To not see it now with the full cinema experience after all that waiting could destroy me.12 June 2020 at 22:56 #70754The Idiot From Gallifrey Base @dalekbuster523
Curiously interested to check out Artemis Fowl on Sunday, just to see how bad it is. It sounds like the biggest unintentional comedy of the year.13 June 2020 at 03:50 #70756
I watched “Finding Neverland ‘ the other night and loved it. Have any of you seen it?
Missy13 June 2020 at 04:30 #70758
Yes and shed a tear or two. It is highly fictionalised but I can forgive that because it is such a beautiful film. You might remember an old BBC series back in the 70s or very early 80s, (before I left home in 82) about J.M.Barrie called “The Lost Boys” I think. It was very good but probably too slow and “dry” for modern audiences. I Dr Who link, Maureen O’Brien, who played Vicky companion to the First Doctor is Barrie’s wife.
Janette9 December 2020 at 16:49 #71232samajo @samajo
Always really liked this movie. It’s treads the line between truth and fiction very carefully and even when it trips a little into the latter it’s still a great story about one of the great characters of our time. Screenplay is excellent too with the typical snappy dialogue from Sorkin.
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