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by Markgway
19 Feb 2019, 06:33
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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The Pelican Brief (1993) **½
Overlong, slightly muddled adaptation of John Grisham thriller has plenty studio polish, but neither the suspense (restricted to a few scenes) or meat to justify it's run time. Denzel is fine, Julia has been better.
by Markgway
14 Feb 2019, 21:52
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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The Karate Kid, Part II (1986) ***
Superior sequel adds depth of characterisation and new found maturity,
which makes the regressive Part 3 all the more painful.
by Markgway
12 Feb 2019, 17:00
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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The Karate Kid (1984) *** It's ironic that the karate fights are the weakest element in this enjoyable teen drama. The cast is good, and timid youngsters will appreciate the anti-bullying message. Kove's 'I want him out of commission' still makes no sense though... wasn't the whole point of the tour...
by Markgway
08 Feb 2019, 23:20
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) ***
UHD viewing.
Overlong and overstuffed, but great cinematic entertainment.
by Markgway
08 Feb 2019, 18:28
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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The Survivalist (2015) **½
Sombre drama in which an Irish survivalist's existence is threaten by the presence of a mother and daughter.
Pretty grim, but not without interest.
by Markgway
01 Feb 2019, 03:44
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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There's something fundamentally dishonest (and gutless) about a film including hardcore imagery but then faking it with CGI and porn stars.
by Markgway
30 Jan 2019, 03:54
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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The Brink's Job (1978) **½
Comedy crime caper about America's biggest ever heist.
Takes a while to get going, pretty decent when it does, but the end feels choppy and rushed.
by Markgway
29 Jan 2019, 19:25
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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HungFist wrote:
29 Jan 2019, 16:19
Watching the Japanese versions turned out a great choice as the optical censorship saved me from the parts I didn't care to see in the first place.
Pixelated stunt cocks? :D
by Markgway
24 Jan 2019, 03:20
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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You Were Never Really Here (2017) **
Peculiar thriller holds interest for a while... before becoming thuddingly pretentious (and utterly confusing).
by Markgway
23 Jan 2019, 20:45
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Ice Station Zebra (1968) **
Long, surprisingly dull submarine-spy adventure based on Alistair McLean novel.
John Sturges' direction, especially once the ice station is reached, isn't good.
Performances are uneven, with Patrick McGoohan's clipped Brit agent faring best.
by Markgway
23 Jan 2019, 03:57
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Air Force One (1997) **½
Entertaining, if improbable action blockbuster seems to be in two minds about what it is.
Is it a smart political/terrorist thriller or a jingoistic cheese fest? Well, it's both.
by Markgway
18 Jan 2019, 21:41
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Spaceballs (1987) **½
Funny, if expectedly uneven Mel Brooks spoof; Rick Moranis is hilarious as 'Dark Helmet'.
by Markgway
18 Jan 2019, 00:07
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Above the Law (1988) **½
Not my favourite Seagal film, but still pretty good, with a more complex plot than usual.
by Markgway
16 Jan 2019, 13:49
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Parkland (2013) ***
Interesting drama looks at at some of the lesser known characters involved in the Kennedy Assassination.
by Markgway
10 Jan 2019, 00:30
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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The Death of Stalin (2017) ***
Biting satire, very dark and often very funny.
Steve Buscemi, Simon Russell Beale, and Jason Isaacs standout in the cast.
And any film that gets up the noses of the Kremlin is doing something right.
by Markgway
09 Jan 2019, 06:39
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Goodfellas (1990) **½ I know I'm in the fucking minority here, but I find this fucking gangster epic to be overlong and fucking overrated. I actually prefer fucking Casino, which is fucking longer, but fucking faster, and more involving, so fucking sue me! Henry Hill is a total fucking dick; he star...
by Markgway
06 Jan 2019, 03:12
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Rambo III (1988) **½
Action-packed blockbuster unfairly bombed at the box office.
The politics are dated, but that's hardly the fault of the filmmakers.
More explosions than dialogue, but at least it has a sense of humour.
by Markgway
05 Jan 2019, 12:21
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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A John Hughes binge, eh?

Your scores are roughly in line with mine.

Glad I'm not the only one who finds Ferris a smug irritant.
by Markgway
03 Jan 2019, 20:34
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Trespass (1992) **½
Pretty good urban thriller in which a pair of fireman are trapped in a derelict building by gangsters.
by Markgway
02 Jan 2019, 04:28
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Carrie (1976) **½
Brian DePalma's celebrated adaptation of Stephen King's first novel.
Sissy Spacek is ideally cast and brings poignancy to an undernourished script.
The film for all its visual pizzazz requires more dramatic weight to offset the schlock.
by Markgway
01 Jan 2019, 22:01
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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The ABC Murder (2018) *½ The BBC's fourth attempt at re-imagining Agatha Christie. I didn't like 'And Then There Were None' and skipped 'Witness for the Prosecution'; as for 'Ordeal By Innocence', well, I may have seen it, or part of it, honestly not sure...? This time we have Hercule Poirot (a misc...
by Markgway
31 Dec 2018, 19:25
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Maleficent (2014) ***
Entertaining Disney re-telling of Sleeping Beauty with focus shifted to the wronged 'villainess' deliciously played by Angelina Jolie.