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    Posted: 16 hours 45 minutes ago at 11:15pm

Just my sort of stupid. A lot of really juvenile laughs to be had here.
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Really trashy and dumb. There's supposed to be a plot somewhere, but I think it disappeared the same place as most of the female wardrobe. Most notable for showcasing an early incantation of Vixen (pre-glam metal and fully clothed) as a band called Diaper Rash...
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If you've seen The Cannonball Run then you know the premise of this movie. It came the year after David Carradine had done the campy Death Race 2000 but this just isn't in the same class. There's some nice car stunts, but there's no comedy or fun.
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No one does the Cold War quite like le Carre. Richard Burton is excellent, and probably didn't need a lot of practice for the drunk scenes.
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I knew nothing about this movie, but it's quite the feel-good story. That it's based on a true story is both really cool and really sad, because racism like that demonstrated here is such a stupid, evil, simple-minded attitude.

A lot of people shit on this for winning Best Picture. I found it really compelling though. 
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I knew nothing about this movie, but it's quite the feel-good story. That it's based on a true story is both really cool and really sad, because racism like that demonstrated here is such a stupid, evil, simple-minded attitude.
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There was a lot of speculation of who was going to appear in this as they go through the multiverse, but it's probably a good thing they didn't go overboard. 

The biggest issue is how they used the cameos they did include. 

One alternate character in particular, based on how overpowered their 616 version is, feels like they shouldn't have been killed so easily. And in general I'd have liked to have seen that team stick around longer. 
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^Just watched it. I also thought it was excellent, and one of the better MCU movies. I don't really care either way for cameos or the like, so that didn't effect my enjoyment much (though one cameo in particular was really cool to see after all this time.) I liked the that movie just as weird, dark and silly as I had heard it was, while still having some excellent character moments, and excellent action as always. Some of the stuff near the end sure was way out there, but in a really awesome way, lol
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This has some missed chances and misteps in some ways, although I think I may actually admire it for just not completely giving into fan service. Otherwise this is quite a wild ride and for me one ups the first Doctor Strange movie (which I actually can barely remember). 

I'm really hoping though at some point the MCU (and we start calling it the MCM now, seriously) addresses why some people in different universes seem to always look the same (Doctor Strange and everyone who has more than one version in this movie) and why some are played by different actors (Spider-Man, Loki), who may exist in different times to each other (Spider-Man, again), other than just being fan service. 
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Genuinely thought this would suck. Instead it was the most fun I've had with a comedy film for a while. As a metalhead, it's very relatable. The character of Hunter (he's the one in the corpsepaint on the poster) can be cringe and engages in gatekeeping, but given his age that's pretty accurate. He grows as a person during the movie (which includes cameos from Scott Ian, Tom Morello, Kirk Hammett and Rob Halford), but I guess any metalhead who hasn't matured enough may feel attacked by his character. Musically it pays its dues to both the classics and modern heavyweights. It's biggest mis-step is the genre of music the trio ultimately play, which is referred to alternately as post-death metal or post death-doom metal, but actually sounds more like thrash come the finish. Some of the humour is tongue-in-cheek like them being forced to change their band name from Skullfucker to Skullflower to be let on stage at the battle of the bands and then sticking with it afterwards. 

I watched this and yeah, it was surprising, although it nearly lost me with the way Hunter treated Emily at first. 
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It's better than some say it is, but it's not great either. The protagonist is on the spectrum, portrayed as trying to help himself function better, but is inadvertently creepy in his methods. Then he gets caught up in a murder. Worth a watch but not a re-watch. 



Genuinely thought this would suck. Instead it was the most fun I've had with a comedy film for a while. As a metalhead, it's very relatable. The character of Hunter (he's the one in the corpsepaint on the poster) can be cringe and engages in gatekeeping, but given his age that's pretty accurate. He grows as a person during the movie (which includes cameos from Scott Ian, Tom Morello, Kirk Hammett and Rob Halford), but I guess any metalhead who hasn't matured enough may feel attacked by his character. Musically it pays its dues to both the classics and modern heavyweights. It's biggest mis-step is the genre of music the trio ultimately play, which is referred to alternately as post-death metal or post death-doom metal, but actually sounds more like thrash come the finish. Some of the humour is tongue-in-cheek like them being forced to change their band name from Skullfucker to Skullflower to be let on stage at the battle of the bands and then sticking with it afterwards. 
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A gritty tale of corrupt cops in the NYPD. The film was originally supposed to be made earlier with different stars (though the final cast is solid), but was shelved due to no one wanting to touch the script after 9/11 when it paints the NYPD in such a negative light. Not hard to see why. Surprised it got made less than ten years after to be honest. Solid film though. 



I have a few takeaways from this one:

1. Stephen Graham is a massively underrated actor. In fact the entire cast deserves heaps of praise as the movie is shot entirely in one take under pressure of the very first Covid lockdown looming (which meant they could only do half the attempts they had planned).

2. I never want to work in a restaurant. 

3. Fuck the guy at table 7. 



A female astronaut prepares to go to space for a year, leaving her daughter behind. It's a very sentimental movie, but compelling enough. However they take the sentimentality too far in the climax of the film which turns Eva Green's protagonist immediately from a character you're rooting for to someone much less sympathetic: a moment which is obviously supposed to be heartfelt and charming but actually kills the movie, especially in a world that's had to deal with Covid (this came out in 2019). 



This anime film's visuals are good and it has an interesting concept, but the actual storyline is too thin and some of the action sequences make me feel like I'm watching a level of Sonic the Hedgehog. 
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The original version (which was made by the same director) is better, but this one is also a decent watch. Or re-watch as this was. 



Decent WWI movie. An account of the Battle of Messines. 



Pretty good. Moral of the story: don't fuck with the CIA. 
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Not big or clever, but it made me laugh and made me hungry, and I'm not even a stoner.
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Maligned for it's poor special effects, and overshadowed by the 1980s TV series, this is still a pretty good horror movie. Being a British horror rather than American, the budget isn't what it could be, but SFX aside it's very well done.
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Yeah, kinda meh. Bond without the iconic theme turns out to be just plain weird. Connery is clearly past it to play the character convincingly (even more so than the too long in the role Roger Moore) and after a while I found I just couldn't care less. I mean what actually is the point when Thunderball exists? It's not all bad though. Bond has a fight with Bomber from Auf Wiedersehen, Pet and gets to meet Mr. Bean. 


I've got to make time for this one just for the hell of it. I read Rowan Atkinson's autobiography years back, and remember him bringing up his role in this movie. I can't recall what he said about it, but I doubt it was glowing praise. LOL
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Based on actual events, so this is an extra harrowing picture of war, which also got Brian de Palma accused of treason from some Americans. 



Another in the trend of horror sequels that bear exactly the same name as the first film of their franchise. This one is watchable, but it doesn't hold a candle to the original film. 



Meh. Was expecting more horror than it turned out to be. Definitely not Michael Caine's finest work. 

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The rest of the Bourne series, minus Legacy. The last film is perhaps unnecessary but solid all the same. 



Last film of the Nuri Bilge Ceylan boxset. I really like this one and it seems like it went under the radar a bit more than his previous two movies. Looking forward to seeing what he does next!



Very re-watchable in spite of it not being the Christmas season. This is basically a riff on the old John Wayne western 3 Godfathers. It's rare on UK blu-ray but I was lucky to score a copy off of ebay this week. Essential viewing for anime fans.



I've watched this one quite a few times. It's a favourite and an underseen film. Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy and Jason Clarke play a trio of bootlegging brothers during Prohibition, leading a great cast which includes Gary Oldman as a local gangster, Guy Pearce as a villainous lawman and Jessica Chastain and Mia Wasikowska as two of the brothers love interests. It's all based in fact as well. 
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Greatest Show On Earth? Maybe not, but it's a hell of a spectacle. This is one of those movies which would really benefit from seeing it on the big screen to truly appreciate the scale and scope. It's a movie that really couldn't be made now, because it has real live circus performances mixed with scripted performance, and these circuses just don't exist any more, and there's no way you could do those animal tricks any more. Betty Hutton and Gloria Grahame really shine here, outdoing their male counterparts (this was Charlton Heston's break-out role so he was lesser known than the other leads, And Jimmy Stewart wears clown make-up for the entire movie), and the pair, along with Cornel Wilde, had to learn genuine circus skills for their roles.
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Not 'great' but also not as worthless as some would have you believe. An intriguing supernatural mystery. 



Had this on my shelf to watch for a while but never seemed to get around to it. I was missing out. An artful, beautiful film (not without it's tragic moments). 

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I think the story of Gone Girl is one of those that loses something once you know the plot twist, but it's still a very watchable film and a solid adaptation of the novel. 



Started to go through the Bourne series again. The original trilogy is one of the most consistently solid ever made. I'll be skipping over Bourne Legacy since I didn't keep my copy of it (so unnecessary and boring), but will go onto Jason Bourne afterwards. That one's better than some give it credit for.



I have only seen the much shorter, theatrical cut before. This time I watched the almost three hour long director's cut. It gives a lot more resolution to the story and has elevated this to one of my favourite movies. It is equal parts beautiful and heart-breaking, with some elements of comedy. If you love cinema, then you need to see this film. It's basically a love letter to the art. 
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This movie ticks so many of my personal boxes it may just have got one over on The Dark Knight for me. 
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