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War Games (1983-USA) **½
This probably worked a whole lot better in 1983.
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Unread post by grim_tales » 24 Dec 2015, 15:47

Father Ted: A Christmassy Ted 5/5

The Snowman 5/5

Father Christmas 5/5
Apparently there is a US dub of this which replaces Mel Smith's voice. The fact that Father Christmas in the original (UK) version of this short is basically a grouchy old git hoping people dont recognise him, is what makes it funnier.
'Bloomin' this' and 'Bloomin' that' :D

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Unread post by saltysam » 24 Dec 2015, 17:52

Was sweating there...thought christmas tradition was about to be broken with no Grim review of The Snowman.... it's now entered xmas culture along with Slade,Roy Wood, The Pogues and mince pies ;)
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Ha ha :D

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The world seems like a more innocent place with Grim in it. :)
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Lethal Weapon (1987-USA) ***½
Classic 80s buddy-actioner stands up terrifically well. Brilliant script by Shane Black, a model for the genre; dynamite performance by Mel Gibson as L.A's favourite suicidal Aussie copper.

Lethal Weapon 2 (1989-USA) ***
Cartoony sequel, filled with one-liners, ups the comedy content, and goes widescreen, but returns to its darkly violent origins in exciting third act.

Lethal Weapon 3 (1992-USA) **½
The law of diminishing returns applies... Gibson and Glover are still a fun team, and the laughs and big action are there in spades, but the depth and intensity have all but evaporated.
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Unread post by grim_tales » 25 Dec 2015, 23:33

Did you see the Director's Cut or Theatrical Editions?
I like the DC of Part 1 because at least it adds something to the story and fleshes out Riggs' character more. Dont know why I kept the DC of 2 and 3, probably completists sake.

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grim_tales wrote:Did you see the Director's Cut or Theatrical Editions?
Yes, I still have it on DVD. Couldn't bring myself to get rid. Although the BD (from the box set) includes all the additional scenes and a few more bits and pieces.
I like the DC of Part 1 because at least it adds something to the story and fleshes out Riggs' character more. Dont know why I kept the DC of 2 and 3, probably completists sake.
Agreed. It may be a commercial job but the DC of LW1 is actually good and the extra scenes mostly worthwhile (love the school sniper scene). The DCs are 2 and 3 are pointless. It's obvious those were cutting room floor scenes from the outset.
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Lethal Weapon 4 (1998-USA) **½
No one in their right mind would call this a good movie... but there's just enough gas left in the tank to propel this violent action sequel; certainly the weakest in the series and unsurprisingly the last. Everyone is having a grand old time behind the scenes, which is infectious up to a point. Jet Li's villain is the real star and the brutal final fight the film's highlight.

Midnight Run (1988-USA) ***
Sharp mismatched-buddy vehicle made way back when putting the words 'DeNiro' and 'comedy' in the same sentence wasn't a threat.
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This Is the End (2013-USA) *
A bunch of celebrity friends face the apocalypse together... but if you think impending doom will prevent them from a barrage of unfunny dick and weed jokes... think again...
Intolerably smug vanity project gathers many of Hollywood's most obnoxious comic actors to perpetrate a true crime against cinema. Satire? These clowns couldn't even spell the word.

And Then There Were None (2015-UK) *½
Drab, dreary BBC TV adaptation of Agatha Christie mainstay takes 90m of plot and stretches it out to three hours (in three parts) with repetitious flashbacks and countless scenes that should've hit the cutting room floor. Something dear old Agatha never thought of? A bunch of f-words. I expect she's rolling her grave... The 1945 version is widely available. Just saying...
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Intruder (1988-USA) **
No budget slasher pic has just enough flair and sly humour to pass muster. Probably your only chance to see Sam Raimi hung up on a meat hook.
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Spectre: 4/5

Felt like more of a spy thriller and contained less wham-bang action than Daniel Craig's previous entries (Imo) but still, what there was impressive. It also felt a bit too long but I liked how, while the traditional elements seem to be in place now (almost), Craig still reacts to them in his own way with deadpan, dry humour which doesnt feel out of place.
I liked the references to previous films the fight on the train with the brick sh*thouse is rather like Moore v Jaws, the villain's underground base etc.
It was obvious M's subordinate was going to be a villain from the moment he was introduced, the attempt to tie this film to the previous Craig ones was good though but is every film he's in going to be about his past and personal hang-ups?
Léa Seydoux was so hot :D
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grim_tales wrote: Léa Seydoux was so hot :D
It's extremely rare that I find a Caucasian girl attractive, but I'd have to agree with you here.

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Unread post by grim_tales » 30 Dec 2015, 20:08

I agree with Mark's comments about the brutality and darker moments in Spectre working well.

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Markgway wrote:
Midnight Run (1988-USA) ***
Sharp mismatched-buddy vehicle made way back when putting the words 'DeNiro' and 'comedy' in the same sentence wasn't a threat.
I LOVE Midnight Run. Such classic characters and lines, and it has a nice pace. Just a fun road movie.
grim_tales wrote:Spectre: 4/5

Felt like more of a spy thriller and contained less wham-bang action than Daniel Craig's previous entries (Imo) but still, what there was impressive. It also felt a bit too long but I liked how, while the traditional elements seem to be in place now (almost), Craig still reacts to them in his own way with deadpan, dry humour which doesnt feel out of place.
I liked the references to previous films the fight on the train with the brick sh*thouse is rather like Moore v Jaws, the villain's underground base etc).
It was obvious M's subordinate was going to be a villain from the moment he was introduced, the attempt to tie this film to the previous Craig ones was good though but is every film he's in going to be about his past and personal hang-ups?
Léa Seydoux was so hot :D
I really enjoyed SPECTRE quite a lot until the last half hour orso, where they basically fucked it all up completely by going wayyyy overboard on the stupid, as well as ruïning the prior 3 movies as well, by trying to tie them all together...

The whole identity and motivation for Bond's nemesis, as well as the ridiculous set-piece in an abandoned building in London, were just beyond stupid. I really think Sam Mendes messed up his Bond-run big-time. I know they're a commercial success, but the extremely poor scripts and plot-holes in both his movies, are just very hard to swallow.

Craig is fantastic, as always, but after 1 amazing Bond-movie (Casino Royale), followed by 3 mediocre/poor ones, either in plot (Skyfall & SPECTRE) or execution (Quantum), you can imagine why he would have enough of it all.
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Mindscape (2013-Spain-USA-UK-France) **½
Clever, engrossing psychological thriller does, alas, what so many of its ilk do, and fudges the third act, grinding to a glib conclusion, and leaving behind myriad unanswered questions. Good performances from leads Mark Strong and Taissa Farmiga.
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The Church (1989-Italy) **
Atmospheric, capably crafted religious-themed horror from the Soavi/Argento team, but don't go looking for coherence or characterization or consistency.
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Big Driver (2014-USA-Canada) **½
Maria Bello stars as a mystery novelist who sets about getting revenge on her rapist in a manner Jessica Fletcher would most definitely not approve of in quirky, but generally not bad Stephen King adaptation. Made for TV, but contains some strong sexual violence.
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Kingsman: The Secret Service (UK, 2014) [Flight] – 2.5/5
This is pretty much what you’d expect from the director of Kick-Ass: a post modern action comedy that lacks balls, but is nevertheless pretty well made, except for the horrible soundtrack. The action scenes are boring and nonsensical, but there are some fun acting performances and the film remains more watchable than it probably should.

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Bone Tomahawk (2015-USA) ***
Quite good western overcomes a sluggish pace thanks to intelligent tone and some strong performances; Kurt Russell is great as always, Richard Jenkins and Matthew Fox almost unrecognisable in their roles. Patrick Wilson is fairly bland, but doesn't do any harm. The third act is rather shocking and gory -- I won't say anymore lest I spoil it for anyone. Stay through the end credits for the most unintentionally hilarious theme song.
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The Hateful Eight (2015-USA) **½

H8 is pure Tarantino, which (for me) is both its positive and its negative. It has flair, style, wit, audacity and memorable characters... it's also overlong, self-indulgent, cartoonish, childish, and cruel. Ever since Kill Bill V.1 you can't seem to get one lot without the other and my feelings about Inglourious Basterds (sic) and Django Unchained hold just as true here. I still happen to think that only Reservoir Dogs and Jackie Brown are Tarantino's great films -- if you disagree with that you'll probably disagree with my assessment of Hateful 8. Kurt Russell is awesome as usual, Sam Jackson is Sam Jackson, while Jennifer Jason Leigh walks away with the acting honours and deserves a Best Supt Actress nom at least.
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Fixing the Shadow (1992-USA) **½
Psychologically traumatised cop Charlie Sheen goes undercover as a biker in rather decent drama; imagine a more serious version of Stone Cold.
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Horror Hospital (1972-UK) *½
Naff black comedy in which mad surgeon Michael Gough (hammy as usual) performs lobotomies on unsuspecting hippie youths (would anyone notice?). Dated and very low budget film offers some gore (though nothing to justify the recently reconfirmed '18' cert) and mutton-chopped Robin Askwith as the horny hero!
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Delta Force 2 (1990-USA-The Philippines) **½
Action-packed, if overlong sequel; not as good a film as the original, but should satisfy most Chuck fans.
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A Force of One (1978-USA) **½
Tame martial arts thriller (with Chuck Norris) plays like a slightly above average TV movie or series pilot. Watchable, but uninspired, especially the action.
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