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  # 1799227 13-Jun-2017 11:52
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Guardians of the Galaxy 2 - Not as good as the first one, but quite enjoyable. 7/10

 

Wonder Woman - By far the best offering from DC so far, but I fully expect it to go downhill fast with Justice League (unless the extensive Joss Whedon re-shoots can save it - but I suspect it's too late). 7.5/10


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  # 1803202 19-Jun-2017 09:22
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John Wick 2 - Really enjoyed the first one, but this sequel was wholly inferior on every level. 5/10

 

Hidden Figures - Well acted, but fairly forgettable true story. Ostensibly about three very intelligent black women and their contributions to the NASA in the 1960s, however, it should have been called Hidden Figure (singular) as it was really only about one of them. 6/10

 

Life - This had received pretty average reviews, however I thoroughly enjoyed it. Fairly mindless, but suspenseful fun. Probably wouldn't stand up to repeated viewing, but for enjoyment factor of a one-off viewing a solid 8/10


 
 
 
 


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  # 1804728 21-Jun-2017 16:10
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Wonder Woman - 8.5/10

 

I was expecting good things from this, based on the trailers and an impressive outing in BvS last year, and it didn't disappoint.  Just about everything was spot on - plot, cast, score, but have to single out Gal Gadot for taking a character that I always remembered as a cheesy TV show from the 70s and making it a legitimate protagonist.  For me, the parallel is with Batman in 1989, where Michael Keaton and Tim Burton took something that was just a joke (albeit a fun one) on TV and gave it a depth and meaning that hadn't been tapped on the big screen before.  It will be interesting to see where they take this in subsequent films.

 

I've also seen a few older films over the past two weeks as my second daughter just arrived and I've been spending many late nights up with feeding and settling.  One that I'm ashamed to admit I hadn't seen before was Jaws - 9/10.  This wasn't because I had an aversion to it, I just never got around to it.  Though I watched it over 3 nights of disrupted sleep, it was still excellent.  Even 40 years later it still stands up as a masterclass of taut storytelling and tension-building atmosphere.  It was fun to spot the cinematic tricks which are now fairly commonplace or used to pay homage to the Jaws-era (and earlier) films.  I don't know that I'll bother with any of the sequels, but I feel better for having crossed one of the classics off my list.


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  # 1804758 21-Jun-2017 16:57
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Jaws - 9/10.  This wasn't because I had an aversion to it, I just never got around to it.  Though I watched it over 3 nights of disrupted sleep, it was still excellent.  Even 40 years later it still stands up as a masterclass of taut storytelling and tension-building atmosphere.  It was fun to spot the cinematic tricks which are now fairly commonplace or used to pay homage to the Jaws-era (and earlier) films.  I don't know that I'll bother with any of the sequels, but I feel better for having crossed one of the classics off my list.

 

 

I don't know what you mean - much like Highlander and The Matrix, they only ever made one Jaws film...




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  # 1804779 21-Jun-2017 18:09
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BlueShift:

 

 

 

I don't know what you mean - much like Highlander and The Matrix, they only ever made one Jaws film...

 

 

 

 


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  # 1804789 21-Jun-2017 18:42
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A Street Cat Named Bob - 4/5 - loved it, based on a true life best seller about a Londoner drug addict and his stray cat. Curl up with a bottle of your best - very easy on the brain. No violence or cgi.





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  # 1805707 23-Jun-2017 15:26
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Been forced off work for a while so a random selection from my week.  

 

Life:  Not bad entertainment for a couple of hours although familiar and predictable.   7/10

 

CHiPS:  Was looking forward to this being a child of the 70's and my super hero power being the ability to have humor of a 12 year old, I usually would like this sort of thing but it was to be blunt...terrible. 3/10 and that's only 1 for the bike stunts, 1 for the graphic use of yoga pants (cue 12 year old), and 1 for the cameo.    

 

John Wick 2:  Loved the first one and equally relished the second.  Can't wait for the TV series.  Keanu plays the role brilliantly.  Well set up for #3.  8.5/10  More please!

 

XXX Return of Xander Cage: Enjoyable action romp matching the first (lets just pretend #2 didn't happen).  Check brain at the door and don't think about the reality of physics too hard and you will be fine.  7/10

 

Lion:  Simple enough story superbly told, fantastically filmed, and brilliantly acted. 10/10.  The young actor has a bright future.  

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





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  # 1805711 23-Jun-2017 15:35
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CHiPS:  Was looking forward to this being a child of the 70's and my super hero power being the ability to have humor of a 12 year old, I usually would like this sort of thing but it was to be blunt...terrible. 3/10 and that's only 1 for the bike stunts, 1 for the graphic use of yoga pants (cue 12 year old), and 1 for the cameo.    

 

 

 

 

CHiPS? I watched the trailer and thought "Nope".

 

 







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  # 1805738 23-Jun-2017 16:11
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^Hah watching this right now.  Some OK banter between the main characters but aside from that it's a poor man's 21 Jump Street reboot.  

 

I watched Resident Evil Vendetta last night.  The third of the CGI movies after Degeneration and Damnation.  The CGI is very impressive, in some cases almost indistinguishable from reality.  It's not a great film - typical Japanese to English dubbing which feels slightly off for some reason.  But some of the action is exceptionally well choreographed and animated.  Worth a look just as an impressive technical achievement I think!  


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  # 1805748 23-Jun-2017 16:19
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On that note I want to watch Underworld: Blood Wars this weekend...

 

 

 

 

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I'm avoiding watching some sequels, almost all remakes, all superhero movies and all comic book adaptations. I'm afraid this leaves little to see either at the movies or on disc, as most Hollywood product is so unoriginal now. undecided


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  # 1805817 23-Jun-2017 18:33
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gehenna:

^Hah watching this right now.  Some OK banter between the main characters but aside from that it's a poor man's 21 Jump Street reboot.  


I watched Resident Evil Vendetta last night.  The third of the CGI movies after Degeneration and Damnation.  The CGI is very impressive, in some cases almost indistinguishable from reality.  It's not a great film - typical Japanese to English dubbing which feels slightly off for some reason.  But some of the action is exceptionally well choreographed and animated.  Worth a look just as an impressive technical achievement I think!  



Yep keen to watch this also, I enjoyed the other 2. They are a lot better than the RL versions.

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  # 1805924 23-Jun-2017 23:30
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gehenna:

 

^Hah watching this right now.  Some OK banter between the main characters but aside from that it's a poor man's 21 Jump Street reboot.  

 

 

 

 

Good use of Ducatis, and some other good bike stunts.

 

Vince D'Onofrio must've been paid some serious coin to even show up. 

 

Everyone has bills I s'pose.


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  # 1805931 24-Jun-2017 00:17
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scuwp:

 

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Lion:  Simple enough story superbly told, fantastically filmed, and brilliantly acted. 10/10.  The young actor has a bright future.  

 

 

 

 

Wonderful movie!

 

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