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  # 2332778 8-Oct-2019 15:54
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First Man - 5/10

 

Well before all the wall-to-wall coverage around the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, I had been reading and watching lots of stuff about the Apollo missions.  In particular, I finally re-acquired From the Earth to the Moon, the HBO series from 1998, which I still really enjoy.  So when I finally sat down to watch First Man, I was geared up for something good.

 

Sadly, though (and that's exactly the right word), it wasn't particularly enjoyable.  While the cinematography was fine, and the emphasis on POV shots and extreme closeups showing the engineeredness of the space vehicles was a more visceral experience than most other representations of the flight experience, the story felt so bland and uninteresting, and the acting so wooden, that it just became depressing.  

 

The story focusses on Neil Armstrong, almost to the exclusion of any other character, even his wife, and the events which the story are based around - you know, that little thing of landing on the moon - are treated almost casually.  I know from other documentaries and books that Armstrong was a very reserved, perhaps taciturn, person.  But as portrayed by Ryan Gosling he's virtually comatose.  He only has one expression - moochy, bordering on clinically depressed.  If this movie is to be believed, he barely ever smiled, continually moping through life.  It's understandable that the death of his daughter had a tremendous impact on his life, but by making this the driving aspect of the story the significance of the achievement gets totally lost.  When the crew are boarding the rocket, when they are preparing to launch the LM, and when Buzz and Neil finally step foot on the moon, they are so sombre it looks like they are being sent to the gallows.  Even Michael Collins, who comes across in interviews as the joker of the crew, barely registers an emotion.  It's almost as if the film deliberately sets out to make the most emotionless story possible.  

 

Would it have been so bad to lighten the mood a little?  To show Neil's determination in the face of his loss?  I feel like the film got stuck on one aspect of the story, and forgot about everything else.

 

 

 

 

If you don't mind slow paced movies, I would recommend this film 8/10. The screenwriter spent 4 years researching Armstrong, including bouncing ideas off the author of the Armstrong biography, James Hansen.

 

He was famously reserved. Ryan Gosling did a great job given the boundaries set by the actual man.

 

It was supposed to be true to life, and cheap flourishes that didn't happen weren't added. So no not a typical Hollywood movie pandering to the audience.

 

 


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  # 2332838 8-Oct-2019 16:49
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The Dead Don't Die

1/10

Was looking forward to watching this. Bill Murray/Adam Driver lead roles. I like my zombie flicks but this was terrible, really, really bad avoid at all costs.

 
 
 
 


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  # 2332866 8-Oct-2019 17:03
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We Still Kill the Old Way - 6/10 - Amazon Prime - When retired East End villain Charlie Archer is murdered by a feral street gang, his brother Ritchie returns to London from Spain to investigate with extreme prejudice.

 

We Still Steal the Old Way - 6/10 - Amazon Prime - The Archer Gang are back and doing a daring heist in London. Remanded in prison, they will try to break out their old friend Briggs. 

 

Both of these are no brainer British 60-80's gangland style light hearted movies with good old fashioned British violence of knee capping and shot guns thrown in.





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  # 2335516 11-Oct-2019 13:01
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King of Thieves  

 

Starring a bunch of older gents famous for their various roles in British crime thrillers etc...Michael Caine, Ray Winstone etc. 

 

A bunch of old boys plan and execute heist. 

 

it was OK. Not amazing. 

 

5/10 from me. 





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  # 2335520 11-Oct-2019 13:09
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Doom: Annihilation

 

Probably one of the worst movies out at the moment .. I like bad movies but this was bad AND boring :(

 

 

 

 


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  # 2335531 11-Oct-2019 13:33
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Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid - 8/10 (DVD)

 

Turns out it's the 50th anniversary of this film, and I felt quite ashamed that I hadn't seen this until now.  It wasn't for lack of knowledge or interest, just one of those films I never got around to.

 

I watched it in sessions over the past few nights, and despite not viewing it in a single sitting, I still really enjoyed it.  I really like Robert Redford films.  He has the classic on-screen presence and charisma, and as the Sundance Kid he was perfect.  Paul Newman I'm less familiar with - I've seen The Hustler and The Color of Money, and I think I sort-of watched The Sting - but he was also good.  There was a nice balance of comedy, and the two characters played well together.

 

It was also interesting to watch it from a film-making perspective.  I did a Film Studies paper at university (many years ago), and watching this brought back for me some of the classic film-making techniques.  It's fascinating to compare this film with more modern films - there's far less talking, for one.  Very few modern films feel comfortable letting more than a minute go by without some dialogue, but this film (like so many of the era) sometimes just lets the scene speak for itself.  I also noticed the way it approached the scene where Butch and the Kid are being tracked, about halfway through the film.  We never see the trackers, just clouds of dust on the horizon, but their relentless pursuit builds the tension.

 

I can totally see why it's a classic, and it was great to watch.


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  # 2335877 12-Oct-2019 09:36
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For Paul Newman movies try Cool Hand Luke or much more recently The Road To Perdition with Tom Hanks.

 

Steve McQueen was in a similar vein to Robert Redford. Tremendous screen presence.


 
 
 
 




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  # 2335936 12-Oct-2019 12:12
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Joker. Outstanding.

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  # 2336203 13-Oct-2019 10:18
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gehenna: Joker. Outstanding.

100% agree, went to see it yesterday, wow!
Best actor nomination surely.

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  # 2336895 14-Oct-2019 17:37
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A couple of old Coen Brothers efforts.

 

Intolerable Cruelty 1/10 George Clooney and Katherine Zeta Jones in an unusual comedy - not a single funny moment in the whole thing. Should be renamed Intolerable Viewing.

 

The Hudsucker Proxy 4/10 Tim Robbins and Paul Newman in another comedy which is better than the above but not by much.

 

Avoid both of them.


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  # 2337426 15-Oct-2019 14:14
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Transporter 2 - 2.5/10

 

I managed to snag a few DVDs recently to round out some of my collection.  I'm a completist, so I like to have the full set of films where they are a trilogy or series, even if they're not a film I'm particularly likely to rewatch.  I have Transporter and Transporter 3, both of which I enjoy watching, especially the first film.  However, I only ever saw Transporter 2 at the movies, and didn't think much of it at the time.  When an opportunity came to buy it second hand for a couple of bucks I took it, thinking "how bad can it actually be?"

 

Well, it turns out it is actually that bad.  It's probably something of a relief, then, that the film doesn't even break the 90 minute mark (when you take out credits, it's barely more than 75 minutes), but makes it hard to take seriously as a "feature length" film.  This was released in cinemas!  Not even a straight to DVD deal, which would have been more than it deserved.  It's also remarkable that they still managed to get financing for the third (and in my view, much better) film.

 

So what's so bad about it?  Well, the action is nuts, but not in a good way.  Jason Statham always stretches credibility with the stunts in his films, but even this was hard to take.  I normally don't notice when a film changes the weather suddenly, or the action cuts strangely to a new location.  But even I picked up these kinds of sins.  The villain/henchwoman is just stupid.  And Statham just phones it in between clenched teeth.  Either he must have been very forgiving to agree to do the third film after this turd, or maybe he had some kind of contract binding him to the series.

 

Oh well.  This part of my collection may be complete, but at what cost to my self-respect...? :)


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  # 2338448 16-Oct-2019 21:38
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Ride like a Girl. Outstanding Australian movie about the first woman to win the Melbourne Cup. 

 

I really liked it, and Sam Neil was again excellent. 


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  # 2338602 17-Oct-2019 08:59
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Got myself quite a few of the Ealing comedies on BR a few weeks ago. Just as good as I remember them. You know, Alec Guinness as the entire D'Ascoyne family, Katie Johnson in The Ladykillers. They don't make 'em like they used too...





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  # 2339651 17-Oct-2019 10:31
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rb99:

 

Got myself quite a few of the Ealing comedies on BR a few weeks ago. Just as good as I remember them. You know, Alec Guinness as the entire D'Ascoyne family, Katie Johnson in The Ladykillers. They don't make 'em like they used too...

 

 

 

 

brilliant films.

 

a favourite is the man in the white suit - guinness again.

 

the perfect fable on the social responsibility of science and discovery,

 

it holds up well today.


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  # 2339663 17-Oct-2019 10:52
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rb99:

 

Got myself quite a few of the Ealing comedies on BR a few weeks ago. Just as good as I remember them. You know, Alec Guinness as the entire D'Ascoyne family, Katie Johnson in The Ladykillers. They don't make 'em like they used too...

 

 

 

 

brilliant films.

 

a favourite is the man in the white suit - guinness again.

 

the perfect fable on the social responsibility of science and discovery,

 

it holds up well today.

 

 

Very true. Am sure there are parallels to be drawn between Passport To Pimlico and this brexit thing as well.





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