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  Reply # 2029569 5-Jun-2018 08:34
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@Geektastic: Solo in Sony 4K with Dolby Atmos in Leicester Square.

Pretty good - better than the last Star Wars film, I thought.

 

 

Agree. Solo is a lot better than The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi.

 

 





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  Reply # 2032693 9-Jun-2018 19:04
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Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984) - 8/10





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  Reply # 2032785 9-Jun-2018 23:40
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FineWine:

 

Darkest Hour - 9/10 no wonder Gary Oldman won all those Best Actor awards, very much well deserved.

 

Saw it at the movies initially and recently visited the underground bunker (branded "The Churchill War Rooms") when in London on holiday. There was also an exhibition there of Churchill's overall life. What a fascinating man he was and absolutely the right man in the right place at the right time. Watched the movie again on the way back on the plane. Mainly to check out the familiar rooms this time.


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  Reply # 2032788 9-Jun-2018 23:58
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Pecking Order (Amazon Prime Video rental)

 

A deep look into the competitive world of New Zealand poultry competitions - rivalries, in club competition, drama. Obviously a documentary, but at some points quite funny. 





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  Reply # 2032797 10-Jun-2018 01:38
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V for Vendetta (2005) - 8/10





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  Reply # 2032962 10-Jun-2018 11:53
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Winters Bone 7/10

 

A pretty bleak drama set in the Ozark Mountains in the USA starring Jennifer Lawrence as a 17 year old caring for her younger brother and sister and mentally ill mother while living in poverty.

 

The real American Dream for a lot of people.


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  Reply # 2032991 10-Jun-2018 12:53
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Pecking Order (Amazon Prime Video rental)

 

A deep look into the competitive world of New Zealand poultry competitions - rivalries, in club competition, drama. Obviously a documentary, but at some points quite funny. 

 

The guy from Waitara who was a judge used to be our neighbour when I was a kid. He was into poultry competitions even back then (1960's).


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  Reply # 2033544 11-Jun-2018 11:02
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I was down in Wellington a couple of weeks back for work, and having an overnight stay away from the kids I decided to make the most of it and saw two films.

 

Deadpool 2 7.5/10

 

I saw this in the Gold Class lounge of Reading Cinemas Courtenay Place.  It was a pretty good experience - comfy chair, nice and secluded (i.e. not crowded by people slupring on drinks and texting on phones), and worth the extra few dollars.

 

The film was okay, but not quite as enjoyable as the first film.  I've been pondering why that is.  Part of it has to do with raised expectations, I guess.  Another part is that it felt a little too serious, too earnest.  The first DP did have a story but it felt mostly like a bunch of guys playing around and having fun.  DP2 felt more like they knew they were being watched, so capped a lot of the riffing that was evident in the first film.  The action was good, not great; the characters were okay, but mostly I felt it was just a little less. I can't really put it any other way.

 

Solo - 8.5/10  

 

After Deadpool 2 and some dinner, I went back in to watch Solo.  My expectations were lower than for DP2 (of the two films I planned to watch, I expected to like DP2 more), so I was pleasantly surprised by Solo.  I'd read some reviews which seemed a bit harsh; I thought it was an entertaining, coherent story, well told.  The balance of humour was about right, and while there were obvious moments of fan service, they weren't so distracting as to ruin the experience.  Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo did a pretty good job. He wisely avoided the temptation to do an impression of Harrison Ford, but was able to capture a lot of the nuances of the character while still bringing his own interpretation to it.  One criticism I read about his character, which I fully agree with, is that he wasn't "scoundrelly" enough.  When he's introduced in A New Hope, he's made out to be a "scoundrel", and that somehow in the course of the film he discovers his "heart of gold."  The criticism, which I think was spot on, is that the Solo we meet is pretty decent - he's in love and determined to do the right thing by his girl, and while he gets involved in a heist, it's in aid of his underlying mission.  I would have liked to see him be more of the "scoundrel" he's painted to be; we know he turns out to be a good guy, so let him be the scoundrel first.  Maybe there'll be a second film where he gets to develop his anti-hero background, but somehow I doubt it - his character is well established now.

 

That notwithstanding, it's still a great film.  I really enjoyed it.  I was surprised that I enjoyed it more than DP2, and also surprised that fans have been quite disparaging.  It's hard to do these prequel films when the fates of the character are already established and well-known, robbing the film of any real mystery.  I think they did a good job in fleshing out the background of Han Solo, whilst also establishing more of the universe in which the films are set.


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I went to watch Solo last Night, After the last star wars movie I actually had no intention fo watching this movie but the friend i went with organised so couldn't really say much. All in all I actually enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would it was just a fun movie!


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Lizard1977: Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo did a pretty good job. He wisely avoided the temptation to do an impression of Harrison Ford, but was able to capture a lot of the nuances of the character while still bringing his own interpretation to it.  One criticism I read about his character, which I fully agree with, is that he wasn't "scoundrelly" enough.  When he's introduced in A New Hope, he's made out to be a "scoundrel", and that somehow in the course of the film he discovers his "heart of gold."  The criticism, which I think was spot on, is that the Solo we meet is pretty decent - he's in love and determined to do the right thing by his girl, and while he gets involved in a heist, it's in aid of his underlying mission.  I would have liked to see him be more of the "scoundrel" he's painted to be; we know he turns out to be a good guy, so let him be the scoundrel first.  Maybe there'll be a second film where he gets to develop his anti-hero background, but somehow I doubt it - his character is well established now.

I heard in the novels Solo has royal parents of some kind but unknown how he ended up alone in the ghetto. Novels are never cannon in the star wars world so who knows.

My impression in the movie he was a Corelian ghetto kid used to stealing and dealing to get the basics in life but also had some store of humanity and nowhere near as hard nosed and mercenary as Beckett is. Then, in Solo's last scene in the movie with Beckett well, something is different. To me this is very consistent with New Hope.

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