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  # 1611946 15-Aug-2016 14:28
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Speaking for only myself, I've had my fill with comic book adaptations now. Most have been pretty forgettable, some just so awful you wonder what leafy green herb they were toking on when they greenlit the idea.


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  # 1612054 15-Aug-2016 16:30
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Hmm I put it as this, if deadpool is an 8 out of 10. Then suicide squad is a 4 out of 10 :-P it started well and then went down hill from there. When I'm waiting for a movie to end, it's not a good movie.

 
 
 
 


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  # 1612228 15-Aug-2016 22:06
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I wish that they would go for some originality instead of just turning out endless clones, remakes and sequels.

 

Like DarthKermit, I have more than had my fill of superhero and comic book based movies (and had it some time ago). I think Iron Man II was the last one I bothered with. As soon as anyone makes a film that works, Hollywood seems to swarm and produce a string of clones with "bigger explosions" and bigger special effects, and just keep unimaginatively churning them out like sausages.

 

These days I have more interest in the Film Festival offerings than most mainstream movies. At least you will find originality.

 

 


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  # 1612292 16-Aug-2016 07:25
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Hardcore Henry. 9/10

A FPS movie basically. I loved it, although the head bob took a bit of getting used to.




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gehenna:

 

I get the sense it's just "cool to bash DC" these days.  Suicide Squad was not great, not terrible.  I don't know what type of movie people are expecting to see, but for me it delivered on what I wanted - a fun way to waste 2 hours on a Saturday afternoon.  Anyone expecting Good Will Hunting or a plot that makes sense considering there's a nearly 7 foot crocodile-man is clearly barking up the wrong tree.

 

 

Perhaps if they hadn't been hyping it for such an insanely long time people would have been less hard on it.

 

And when the director stands up during the premiere and yells "F*** Marvel" then he should damn well have the movie to back it up.

 

Maybe it's unfair to rate it as poorly as has happened, but DC have taken what should be fantastic films (and hyped them as amazing) but given us films that range from average to outright turds.


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  # 1612337 16-Aug-2016 09:38
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andrewNZ: Hardcore Henry. 9/10

A FPS movie basically. I loved it, although the head bob took a bit of getting used to.

 

Interesting. Saw this available on Amazon Fire TV and watched the trailer but wasn't sure. Might have to watch then.





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  # 1612341 16-Aug-2016 09:47
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Prisoners (2013).  Have been meaning to watch it for a while, and it was AWESOME.  Performances by Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal were fantastic.


 
 
 
 


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  # 1612713 16-Aug-2016 20:04
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10 Cloverfield Lane.
Really enjoyed it, it was a rental and now I think I need to buy it it or rent it again because I want to rewatch it. That's the sign of a good movie for me.
First Atmos movie I have seen since I installed the ceiling speakers. Sounded so good, even made the wife a little anxious with the realistic sound in a couple of scenes.



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  # 1612748 16-Aug-2016 20:13
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Paul1977:

 

 

 

Perhaps if they hadn't been hyping it for such an insanely long time people would have been less hard on it.

 

 

 

 

I feel like trailers have a lot to answer for in that regard.  I often wonder what sort of reviews films would get if people who had no idea what they were heading into other than a title and synopsis.  


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I quite enjoyed Hardcore Henry too it's a different perspective and way to watch a movie.  It is very much like the title suggests though hardcore.


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  # 1614026 18-Aug-2016 23:36
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Ghostbusters. Average action comedy. There was a small but diverse audience at my cinema and they all seemed to enjoy it with a lot of laugh out loud moments.

I do not really get the level of anti that has been around for this movie. Overall I think it has been underrated and missed it's audience slightly because it did not deserve the level of anti.

If I'm going to be nit picky the editing and continuity had a few challenges to overcome. It gives an impression they shot lots more than appeared in the movie and had to work hard to stitch the remainder together.

It is very unusual in a movie to have three female scientists/engineers (four if you count S.Weaver) so I imagine this will encourage a few young ones in their aspirations.

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  # 1614311 19-Aug-2016 12:36
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Suicide Squad. 

 

What a shame that DC continue to make films made up of a bunch of 'cool scene ideas' and 'amazing emotional close up moments'. They work out a series of bits and scenes and then I guess afterwards glue it all together into a film. The story just didn't flow, it felt like it was burping through it's story.

 

I also suspect someone over at DC HQ saw a recent movie where they use 'retro songs in cool moments'. Except they did it like four or five times and it just felt awkward around the third time it happened. Really jarring. Too much of a good thing and all that.

 

I am a ridiculous fanboy when it comes to Marvel and DC universes though so I still enjoyed it and will be watching it again a few times when it comes out on Blu Ray, but that doesn't necessarily speak to the quality of the movie. If I was asked if I would pay to see it again I would answer yes, it had loads of cool stuff in it.


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  # 1615815 22-Aug-2016 14:33
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10 Cloverfield Lane - 6/10

 

I had a free night, so decided to catch up on some missed films, and after hearing some good things about 10 Cloverfield Lane, gave it a shot.

 

It wasn't bad.  In fact, it was kind of fun to watch John Goodman do creepy as opposed to his usual comic roles.  The film did a pretty good job of building the sense of claustrophobia and tension, but I thought it started to feel a bit overwrought about halfway through.  I think others had commented that it seemed like an extended episode of the Twilight Zone, and I think I agree with this comparison.  But despite the film's attempt to build a rising sense of dread for what lies outside, it never really feels like it's all that serious.  I can't say much more without giving away spoilers.  The film does have a couple of *jump* moments and while it wasn't exactly shocking, there was one occasion where I was caught off guard and was slightly stunned for a second or two.  Nothing scary, just surprising.

 

Attempts to link it to Cloverfield seem a little weak and hamfisted, though the ending hints at promise of a deeper universe.  But ultimately, I didn't care enough to really dwell on it for more than a couple of minutes.  But then I was also underwhelmed by Cloverfield, so maybe that's not surprising.


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  # 1618489 27-Aug-2016 20:58
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2 fictional accounts from the rich history of american jazz.

 

miles ahead (don cheadle) -, mediocre, totally forgettable 4/10

 

born to be blue (ethan hawke as chet baker) - much better story, acting, music, 7/10

 

 

 

 


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Kubo and the Two Strings 9/10

 

Kubo is a stunningly beautiful-looking film, set in historic Japanese times.  The IMDB plot summary sums it up well: Kubo lives a quiet, normal life in a small shoreside village until a spirit from the past turns his life upside down by re-igniting an age-old vendetta. This causes all sorts of havoc as gods and monsters chase Kubo who, in order to survive, must locate a magical suit of armor once worn by his late father, a legendary Samurai warrior.  

 

Marvelous stop-motion animation (from the studio that made "Coraline"), and with a wonderful soundtrack to go with it; well worth seeing.

 

 


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