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  # 1916772 11-Dec-2017 14:31
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As per the TV show thread, have managed to watch a few recent films while on leave:

 

Eye in the Sky - 9/10

 

I really enjoyed this thriller starring Helen Mirren.  It has a great cast - Alan Rickman (his last film, I think?), Aaron Paul, Iain Glen (Sir Jorah Mormont from GoT), with a nicely laid out story.  It follows the people involved in a Joint Forces drone mission to capture a suspected terrorist, including a British National.  The film follows the different groups of people, operating at different locations, and communicating to carry out the mission.  There's the mission control room where Helen Mirren plays a British Colonel in charge of the operation, politicians providing political oversight with Alan Rickman as the General liaising with the operations team, the ground forces acting in a support role, field operatives providing intelligence, and the drone strike crew.  The film unfolds as the mission evolves and parameters change, and along the way it highlights the philosophical quagmire of remote operations and collateral damage, communication (and miscommunication), and chain of command issues (including the reluctance to take a decision).  It becomes almost farcical as people progressively push decisions further and further up the chain, demonstrating either a desperate desire to avoid responsibility, or a misunderstanding of the place of delegated command.  In all, an excellent, highly watchable film.

 

Snowden - 8/10

 

It's interesting to watch a film based on recent events.  With something like the information released by Edward Snowden, I was only aware of bits and pieces, and that only from the general media.  While this film is described as a "dramatisation" of events, and only represents one perspective of the event, I still found it fascinating and informative.  I have a soft spot for "spy films", and this manages to insert a measure of the spy film genre, with some background scenes showing the spycraft of modern espionage.  The evolution of the story, revealed as flashbacks recounted by Snowden holed up in a hotel in Hong Kong with Glenn Greenwald and other journalists he is cooperating with to get his story out, is well managed.  It shows a nice character arc for Snowden; one thing in particular I noticed was that the way I recalled the media portrayed Snowden was as a NSA contractor - I didn't realise how deeply involved he was with the intelligence community.  It was interesting to see how the media (deliberately or otherwise) downplayed the role that Snowden played in intelligence (though, equally, the film may have exaggerated his involvement - I don't really know).

 

The cast is pretty good.  I quite like Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and he does well as Snowden.  Nicholas Cage provides a good background character, and Shailene Woodley does well as Lindsay, Snowden's girlfriend.  Another good, watchable film.

 

 

 

There are a few more films to review, will post them as I have time.


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  # 1919671 14-Dec-2017 16:57
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Star Wars Episode VIII : The Last Jedi
I don't know quite what to think about this movie.
Worth seeing at the cinema? Yes
A good movie in true Start Wars style? Yes
Some excellent plot twists as well, but maybe a half hour too long. Imagine just about every action sequence from episodes 1 through 6 and there was pretty much a nod to them all. Some nice injection of humour see points as well.
Can't say to much more without spoilers.

I'd give it a pretty solid 8 out of 10. But I am a long time SW fan.




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  # 1919804 14-Dec-2017 19:15
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Dingbatt: Star Wars Episode VIII : The Last Jedi
I don't know quite what to think about this movie.
Worth seeing at the cinema? Yes
A good movie in true Start Wars style? Yes
Some excellent plot twists as well, but maybe a half hour too long. Imagine just about every action sequence from episodes 1 through 6 and there was pretty much a nod to them all. Some nice injection of humour see points as well.
Can't say to much more without spoilers.

I'd give it a pretty solid 8 out of 10. But I am a long time SW fan.

 

Echo those thoughts without adding any spoilers.  Also some poignant moments re: Carrie Fisher.  Unknown whether this was a cutting room effort or whether the story was already written this way prior to Ms Fishers passing.

 

Pretty dark about paying top dollar and having to stomach 25 minutes of advertising and trailers that I couldnt skip.  So add the 2h 30m of movie and you've got to be pretty patient to sit in your spot for 3 hours!  So I totally agree about the movie being a bit long.


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  # 1920850 17-Dec-2017 20:32
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Star Wars.

 

 

 

Meh, mostly. Some good moments but they were too rare, over-shadowed by some very long tedious bits. My wife actually fell asleep for a while!

 

 

 

Having seen every film in the series, the first three (in terms of release dates) are still by far and away the best of the lot. 

 

 

 

Edit - sorry that should have been "by far, far away"






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  # 1920881 17-Dec-2017 21:59
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Last Jedi. First viewing. 6/10. Needs a re-release and remastering. Also, too much Disney humor.

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  # 1920905 17-Dec-2017 23:50
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Star Wars Episode VIII : The Last Jedi

 

I'm not a massive Star Wars fan, and I have to admit, if you don't have knowledge of the story line so far, the plot of this movie will probably make absolutely no sense at all.  I think it's best to consider it as the eighth episode of a nine part series, rather than as a standalone movie.

 

On the plus side, the movie is incredibly cinematic, lots of big sets and grand scenery, but on the down side, it needs a rewrite and about an hour cut out of it because the story is just too drawn out.  The  attempts at humour seemed clumsy and out of place as well - for the first five minutes I thought I was watching some sort of parody due to the persistent sight gags and one-liners.  Thankfully the writer gives up on trying to write a comedy pretty quickly.

 

I'd give it a 4/10, and that's only because it didn't send me to sleep.


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  # 1921135 18-Dec-2017 10:36
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The Last Jedi - Ever since The Phantom Menace, every time I go and see a Star Wars movie I expect very little, but in the back of my mind hope it will be the one that redeems the franchise. This was not the movie to do that. Without spoiling it it's hard to describe just how much they messed this movie up. I am truly baffled at the good reviews this is getting. 3/10


 
 
 
 




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  # 1921391 18-Dec-2017 15:56
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^It's a 10/10 home run for me.  I'm equally baffled by the negative reviews.  


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  # 1923127 21-Dec-2017 12:46
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Mayhem.   didnt know what to expect but really enjoyed it . 8/10.  i suppose it is in the horror/comedy genre  with a large dose of satire.





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  # 1923450 21-Dec-2017 22:25
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Kingsman Golden Circle.

Not bad, but not as good as the original.

7/12




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  # 1923799 22-Dec-2017 21:54
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Currently halfway thru "IT".

 

 

 

You can tell how interesting I find it.

 

Adding a bit of gore and other FX to the original miniseries doesn't make it better. 

 

It was what WASN'T shown that made the original so good.


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  # 1927735 1-Jan-2018 20:06
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The Last Jedi 3D - 7/10

Unlike most 3D versions this was totally worth it. I'm surprised now this did not get more promotion. I gave the standard version 6/10 ; ).

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  # 1927775 1-Jan-2018 21:11
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Im going to break the norm here, The Force Awakens....was ok in parts but felt rather disjointed at the beginning (first time watching this one! and yes i know im incredibly late to the party with the latest star wars films...)


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  # 1927800 1-Jan-2018 22:27
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Just watched Rambo on Netflix, and didn't realise until 30 minutes before the end that it was a 2008 remake It was terrible and I was wondering why was this such a cult film? Need to go find the original.


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  # 1927805 1-Jan-2018 23:20
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jondavis:

 

Just watched Rambo on Netflix, and didn't realise until 30 minutes before the end that it was a 2008 remake It was terrible and I was wondering why was this such a cult film? Need to go find the original.

 

 

Not a remake but the latest sequel, the first one is called First Blood.


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