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

Posted: 13 Oct 2021, 15:09
by grim_tales
La Haine (France, 1995) - first time: 3.5/5

The acting is good, very realistic (I thought the opening parts were like a documentary with the riot scenes) but none of the characters are likeable and it's a tough watch. I think it would have helped more if I understood more of the background of the time, people seemed disaffected, bored, angry, etc.

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

Posted: 18 Oct 2021, 00:04
by grim_tales
Fantasia (USA, 1940) - first time: 3.5/5

I think this is the first time I've ever seen this from start to finish (that I remember anyway). Some parts were quite surreal and the animation was quite beautiful - I liked The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Dance of the Hours and Night on Bald Mountain parts. The part where the 'soundtrack' of the film (a single line) is animated to show the music of instruments is great and way ahead of it's time.

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

Posted: 22 Oct 2021, 00:19
by grim_tales
The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) - BD: 3.5/5

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

Posted: 23 Oct 2021, 23:08
by grim_tales
Silence of the Lambs (USA, 1991, first time viewing): 4/5

Anthony Hopkins' psychaiatrist (?) pyschopath cannibal is really scary in a psychological thriller/horror, in which Jodie Foster tries to use his character to find and trap another killer.
Did Buffalo Bill/Jamie Gun want to make themselves into a woman or hate something about themselves?
Some very effective scares The part when the cop who got shot/almost died is really Lecter underneath.. :o

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

Posted: 25 Oct 2021, 00:01
by grim_tales
The Vikings (USA, 1958) - BD: 4/5

Exciting adventure about Viking brothers (Kirk Douglas and Tony Curtis) who both desire a beautiful princess (Janet Leigh). Quite brutal for it's time.

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

Posted: 28 Oct 2021, 00:12
by grim_tales
Kung Fu Panda (USA, 2008): 4/5

Good fun, the story is really pretty similar to a kung fu movie :)

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

Posted: 31 Oct 2021, 16:13
by HungFist
The Silencers (USA, 1966) [VoD] – 2/5
Goofy Bond spoof has Dean Martin teaming up with walking disaster Stella Stevens to fight a ridiculous criminal syndicate. A couple of laughs and Stevens' bust aside, this first film in the Matt Helm series is a tiresome effort. It lacks style and energy, and doesn’t quite seem to have enough content to fill 100 minutes.

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

Posted: 01 Nov 2021, 14:28
by HungFist
Halloween Kills (USA, 2021) [DCP] – 1.5/5
Disappointing follow-up to 2018’s rather good Halloween revival. This is an ugly, monotonous kill marathon with no suspense, no characterization, and surprisingly almost no Jamie Lee Curtis. Even Carpenter’s score sounds dull and overly modern. The plot has a bit of potential but it’s badly wasted.

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

Posted: 07 Nov 2021, 01:20
by grim_tales
Beverly Hills Cop (USA, 1984): 4/5

Not seen this one in a long time and I enjoyed it :D

"Michael Jackson can sit on top of the world, just as long as he doesn’t sit in the Beverly Palm Hotel, ‘cause there’s no n****rs allowed in there!"
Axel gets a free room in a posh hotel by claiming a mistake was made with the reservation, and makes a scene :D

"I never been in no cell that had a phone in it. Can I stay for a while? ‘Cause I ordered some pizza"

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

Posted: 10 Nov 2021, 01:41
by grim_tales
Gone With The Wind (USA, 1939) - BD: Rewatch: 3.5/5

Theres some great acting here and memorable scenes - Clark Gable as a suave rogue, Vivien Leigh is beautiful but actually really annoying, and not a nice person, it seems she moans and bitches to get her own way, acting like a stroppy teen most of the time, and among much else, marries another guy she doesn't even like to make another one jealous and hurt him. She's mean and rude to the house servants.
Why do the 2 guys at the beginning seem so interested in war and find it exciting? :eek:
However the movie is really long and sometimes a bit boring.

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

Posted: 10 Nov 2021, 21:40
by Markgway
grim_tales wrote: 07 Nov 2021, 01:20 Beverly Hills Cop (USA, 1984): 4/5
"Michael Jackson can sit on top of the world, just as long as he doesn’t sit in the Beverly Palm Hotel, ‘cause there’s no n****rs allowed in there!"
Axel gets a free room in a posh hotel by claiming a mistake was made with the reservation, and makes a scene :D
The way Murphy delivers that line is comedic genius.

I also love (deep bass) "Hey, man! There ain't no banana in my tail pipe!"

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

Posted: 13 Nov 2021, 14:13
by HungFist
Murderers' Row (USA, 1966) [VoD] – 3/5
The 2nd Matt Helm movie, and a notable improvement over The Silencers. This is better paced, a bit more stylishly shot, and takes itself just a notch more serious. It's stiff goofy stuff, but just about stands on its own two feet. Also contains an absolutely insane disco scene with Ann-Margret.

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

Posted: 15 Nov 2021, 17:01
by HungFist
The Wrecking Crew (USA, 1968) [TV] – 3.5/5
The 4th Matt Helm film, a stupendously fun piece of 60s pop art on celluloid. There’s psychedelic art direction, a half-ridiculous / half-awesome score, entirely ridiculous characters, solid pacing, bad comedy, singing Martin, stiff line delivery, and plenty of beautiful girls. Bruce Lee served as the martial arts instructor (it looked to me like he might have been a stunt double as well, but I could be wrong).

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

Posted: 16 Nov 2021, 22:09
by Killer Meteor
HungFist wrote: 15 Nov 2021, 17:01 The Wrecking Crew (USA, 1968) [TV] – 3.5/5
The 4th Matt Helm film, a stupendously fun piece of 60s pop art on celluloid. There’s psychedelic art direction, a half-ridiculous / half-awesome score, entirely ridiculous characters, solid pacing, bad comedy, singing Martin, stiff line delivery, and plenty of beautiful girls. Bruce Lee served as the martial arts instructor (it looked to me like he might have been a stunt double as well, but I could be wrong).
I hope Sharon Tate gets more to do then Wong In-sik did in Way of the Dragon!

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

Posted: 21 Nov 2021, 22:55
by grim_tales
No Time to Die (2020) - first time: 4.5/5 (maybe 5/5)

Definitely one of Craig's best, maybe one of the best of the entire series. Felt like it had references/allusions throughout to Licence to Kill (Bond loses his 00 - briefly), On Her Majesty's Secret Service, and Casino Royale (2006)
Excellent movie.

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

Posted: 26 Nov 2021, 22:30
by grim_tales
Last Night in Soho (2021): 4/5

An intriguing story with mystery, time travel and horror elements and a great 60's soundtrack, I thought this would be right up my street. It reminded me of the TV show 'Life on Mars' with John Simm, it also touches on themes of mental health.
I know I shouldn't judge like this but I found the lead actress annoying at first as her breathy, babyish voice sometimes made it difficult to understand what was being said. :oops:
Last act: The last act goes astray a bit - it reminded me of the twist in Unbreakable. I thought the 18 certificate was harsh.