Search found 19897 matches

by Markgway
Today, 04:58
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 10065
Views: 755707

Re: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

Robocop 2 (1990) **½
Watched this a couple of months back and forgot to post a quick take.
Not a classic like the original, but violent sequel has enough satire and balls to be worthwhile.
by Markgway
Today, 04:53
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 10065
Views: 755707

Re: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

The Principal (1987) ***½
Reckless teacher James Belushi vows to clean up the worst school in the city.
A long time favourite of mine.
by Markgway
Yesterday, 03:57
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 10065
Views: 755707

Re: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

Big Man on Campus (1989) ** AKA The Hunchback Hairball of L.A.(!)... which pretty much sums up this goofy movie. Funnier than it should be, but keep your expectations low (brow). Blind Spot (2017) *½ Right-wing Belgian police chief's run for political office is jeopardised by a deadly personal griev...
by Markgway
25 Jan 2020, 22:30
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 10065
Views: 755707

Re: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

Black Butterfly (2017) *½ Has-been author Antonio Banderas makes a fatal mistake picking up surly hitchhiker Jonathan Rhys-Meyers. Slow burn thriller creates an atmosphere in its early going, before warping into a patently ridiculous mess. The twist ending actually makes sense of some of what we've ...
by Markgway
23 Jan 2020, 17:50
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 10065
Views: 755707

Re: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

The Nile Hilton Incident (2017) ** Corrupt Egyptian cop investigates the murder of a glamorous singer in Cairo. The ingredients - sex, scandal, and corruption - are all present, but this murky thriller is a chore to wade through. Some good scenes, particularly in the second half, but it's not really...
by Markgway
19 Jan 2020, 06:32
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 10065
Views: 755707

Re: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

The 15:17 to Paris (2018) *** Three American heroes taking out an Islamic terrorist on board a commuter train sounds like a sure fire premise, but Clint Eastwood took a huge risk by casting the men as themselves. This gives the film a certain verisimilitude, but it's also clear that these guys aren'...
by Markgway
16 Jan 2020, 08:41
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 10065
Views: 755707

Re: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

First Blood (1982) **½
Strong first act, runs out of ideas after that.
Stallone and Dennehy are great, Crenna not so.
by Markgway
14 Jan 2020, 01:41
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 10065
Views: 755707

Re: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

Rambo: First Blood, Part II (1985) **½
Cartoon sequel drops (most of) the first film's pretensions and serves effectively as a formula blow-shit-up action picture.
by Markgway
10 Jan 2020, 08:14
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 10065
Views: 755707

Re: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

Unforgiven (1992) ***
Clint's multiple Oscar-winner lays bare the myths of the old west.
by Markgway
09 Jan 2020, 22:05
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 10065
Views: 755707

Re: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

Mary Poppins Returns (2018) ***
As good a sequel as they could have done.
by Markgway
09 Jan 2020, 05:20
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 10065
Views: 755707

Re: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

Greta (2018) **½
Psycho chiller is just gripping enough for one to forgive its silliness.
by Markgway
08 Jan 2020, 23:12
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 10065
Views: 755707

Re: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

Dragged Across Concrete (2018) *** Long, but engrossing crime thriller in which two suspended cops stumble onto an armed gold robbery. It's always great to see Mel Gibson in roles like this, and he delivers his hard-boiled dialogue with aplomb. I did have two issues with the film, however: 1. The di...
by Markgway
07 Jan 2020, 16:12
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 10065
Views: 755707

Re: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

A Kind of Murder (2015) ** Architect Patrick Wilson becomes fascinated with wife killer Eddie Marsen, then his own neurotic wife commits suicide - or does she? Muddled period thriller plays like a TV movie with a few f-words. Based on a novel by Patricia Highsmith; there's probably a decent film to ...
by Markgway
06 Jan 2020, 14:50
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 10065
Views: 755707

Re: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

Father Figures (2018) **
Twin brothers Owen Wilson and Ed Helms (eh?) go on a search for their father long thought dead.
Weak road trip comedy drama never comes close to hitting the target.
by Markgway
06 Jan 2020, 14:48
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 10065
Views: 755707

Re: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

Batman Returns (1992) *** How Tim Burton got away with turning this Warner franchise into a perverted, twisted nightmare I'll never know. First one made tons of money. Same reason Joel Schumacher got carte blanche with Batman and Robin. Yeah, it was more of a rhetorical question. ;) Joel Shoemaker'...
by Markgway
05 Jan 2020, 23:26
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 10065
Views: 755707

Re: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

Batman Returns (1992) ***
How Tim Burton got away with turning this Warner franchise into a perverted, twisted nightmare I'll never know.
by Markgway
27 Dec 2019, 09:05
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 10065
Views: 755707

Re: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

Little (2019) **½
The polar opposite of BIG, as here a female adult turns back into her 13-year old self.
Formula comedy, utterly predictable, but amiable and innocuous.
by Markgway
26 Dec 2019, 10:48
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 10065
Views: 755707

Re: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

Domino (2019) ** Brian DePalma's trademark stylistic flourishes don't belong in this ugly Islamic terrorism-themed thriller. He should stick to Hitchcock tributes and more fanciful material. Marshland (2014) **½ Spanish detectives investigate the murder of two teenage girls. Has a good feel, with po...
by Markgway
25 Dec 2019, 11:28
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 10065
Views: 755707

Re: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

Bumblebee (2019) **½
The only Transformers film I've seen. Amiable entertainment, nothing exceptional; but at least is has heart and is more than giant robots smashing each other up. Hailee Steinfeld carries the picture.
by Markgway
23 Dec 2019, 19:32
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 10065
Views: 755707

Re: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

Star Wars, Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) **½ Epic, mega-watt entertainment throws in everything but the kitchen sink in the name of a good time, but this blatant attempt to atone for The Last Jedi (still, IMHO, the best of the Star Wars sequels) will likely irritate as many fanboys as it ...
by Markgway
22 Dec 2019, 22:21
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 10065
Views: 755707

Re: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

Love Hurts (1989) ** Jeff Daniels' divorcee returns to his family home for a wedding. Corny drama sunk by unappealing characters, overripe situations. Midnight Crossing (1987) *½ Silly cheese in which two married couples search for stolen loot off Cuban waters. Kim Catrall is hot in a wet t-shirt......
by Markgway
18 Dec 2019, 00:47
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 10065
Views: 755707

Re: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

Agatha and the Curse of Ishtar (2019) ** Another attempt to turn real life mystery author Agatha Christie into an actual detective, like from one of her novels, yeah? Opens promisingly with a little light humour and potent Iraqi archaeological setting, but the filmmakers aren't up to the task of cre...
by Markgway
17 Dec 2019, 02:11
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 10065
Views: 755707

Re: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

The Case of the Scorpion's Tail (1971) **½
Not bad giallo, directed by Sergio Martino.
by Markgway
16 Dec 2019, 04:34
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 10065
Views: 755707

Re: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

I Want Candy (2007) **
Frustrated student filmmakers make a low budget porno for gangsters; Carmen Electra is the XXX star they seek.
Produced by Ealing Studios. Yes, you read that correctly.
This vulgar farce is surprisingly coy when it comes to actual sex and nudity.