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  #3182126 15-Jan-2024 11:17
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The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes - 6.5/10 (Event Cinemas)

 

I read all the Hunger Games books back before the movies were even a thought, and I enjoyed them.  I also read the book that this movie was based on, well before the movie was announced.  I thought at the time that it was a book that answered a question I never really asked - how did (President) Coriolanus Snow get that way?  I never asked it because the character of President Snow isn't the most interesting character in the series.  I also had an issue with the book, which gave me whiplash with the treatment of the main character in the final scenes.  It struck me as one of the more grievous examples of "plot before character", made even more galling by the fact that this was essentially a character backstory/prequel.  In essence, the problem was created by the very existence of the book, for which I never saw the need.

 

So when the film came out I was only mildly interested, but decided I wanted to see it on the big screen and managed to catch the last local screening before it got bumped in favour of more in-demand titles.  I would describe it as a reasonably faithful adaptation of the book - by which I mean it hits all the main plot beats, even if it does gloss over many of the characters (again, weirdly for a film which is supposed to be an exploration of the backstory of a character.  We see Coriolanus Snow as a young boy - very briefly - before seeing him as a young man.  References to his impoverished state are inferred and strongly suggested, but never really explored, which puts his motivations somewhat to the background.  Many characters from the book (Dean Highbottom, Dr Gall) are there, but it feels like everyone is given only a light touch.  It makes the movie feel rushed and superficial.  I wouldn't go so far as to suggest it needed to be a trilogy in its own right, but even the somewhat long run-time feels like it cramps the story.

 

I think the actor portraying Snow did a good job of foreshadowing Donald Sutherland's presence, but he still feels a bit empty.  I don't think this is a fault of the movie, but more the source material.  The film has the same problem as the book.  The main characters seem to abandon all the build-up for a bizarre 180 switch-up at the end.  Talking about it with my partner afterwards we tried to contort things to justify their actions, but it doesn't really scan for me.

 

Overall - it's a bit of a damp squib.  It doesn't really add anything to what came before, or set up anything to take forward.  Ultimately, it feels just like it was made for "completeness".

 

 


 
 
 

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  #3182233 15-Jan-2024 14:56
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The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

Agree with most of the above but it was a 4/10 for me. I really enjoyed the Hungry Games movies but this was pretty disappointing.

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  #3182750 16-Jan-2024 18:08
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DUEL (1971) 7/10


Traveling businessman David Mann angers the driver of a rusty tanker while crossing the Californian desert. A simple trip turns deadly, as Mann struggles to stay on the road while the tanker plays cat and mouse with his life.


Steven Spielberg's first motion picture is a cat and mouse action film between an angered "Peterbilt 281" truck driver and a "Plymouth Valiant" driven by a traveling salesman. The film was originally made for TV, but later got an extended theatrical release, which is the film that I saw.


While we never actually see the truckie, it seems that this is not the first time that he has played this game. Denis Weaver whom I remember from TV shows like "Gunsmoke" and "McCloud" (I'm ancient 😁) stars as the salesman who can't shake off his predator, which leads to an exciting thrill ride and an immensely satisfying climax.



Oh wow, this was the first movie I ever saw as a kid. Never forgotten it, it had a lasting impression on me. I'd love to see it again - or maybe I should just leave it as a memory




 



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  #3182765 16-Jan-2024 19:27
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That's harrowing, how old were you? 🤣

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  #3183125 17-Jan-2024 14:37
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THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN (1960) • 4K Ultra HD Disc • 9/10

 

 

I just watched The Good, The Bad and the Ugly https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0060196/ 

 

It is a smarter, funnier story with a more upbeat ending than The Magnificent Seven which is probably why it rates more highly on IMDB: 8.8 vs 7.7 out of 10. But I still prefer the doomed heroics of The Magnificent Seven.


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Movieman:

 

THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN (1960) • 4K Ultra HD Disc • 9/10

 

 

I just watched The Good, The Bad and the Ugly https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0060196/ 

 

It is a smarter, funnier story with a more upbeat ending than The Magnificent Seven which is probably why it rates more highly on IMDB: 8.8 vs 7.7 out of 10. But I still prefer the doomed heroics of The Magnificent Seven.

 

 

The Good the Bad and the Ugly is another of my favourite Westerns. I watched a lot of Westerns when growing up and I have wonderful memories of attending almost every John Wayne film that was released at the time. I'm also a big fan of all the Clint Eastwood Spaghetti Westerns before and after The Good the Bad and the Ugly. It was a very popular genre of film in the Fifties and Sixties and even the Seventies, but they are few and far between these days.





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  #3183650 18-Jan-2024 19:33
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2001: A Space Odyssey : Netflix
Yes, we've all seen this movie. :-) 

After 20+years I watched it again , on Netflix .
It still stands up , for a 1968 sci-fi . Doesnt look cheap or comical like some old sci-fi can .
The ending is still just too weird , apart from that its well worth another look if you have Netflix .

I'll give it a 8/10 monkey bones rating .




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  #3184150 19-Jan-2024 21:00
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ASTEROID CITY (2023)

 

Comedy/Drama

 

Primevideo (sorry but US only I think)

 

Homage to popular memory and mythology about extraterrestrials and UFOs witnessed in the Southwestern desert in close proximity to atomic test sites during the postwar period of the American 20th century.

 

Cast:   Scarlett Johansson, Tom Hanks, Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Jeffrey Wright, Tilda Swinton, Edward Norton, Adrien Brody, Liev Schreiber, Hope Davis, Steve Park, Rupert Friend, Maya Hawke, Steve Carell, Matt Dillon, Hong Chau, Willem Dafoe, Margot Robbie, 

 

Its not going to appeal to everyone, but I'd give it 8/10


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  #3184315 20-Jan-2024 08:40
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Devils Advocate - DVD - 7.5/10

 

Al Pacino and Keanu Reeves star in a horror/drama about a country attorney who is picked up by a big New York firm only to gradually find out that they are not who they seem to be.

 

Excellent performance from Pacino who really dominates the whole film. One of Reeves better efforts.

 

One of those films with a crackerjack scene near the end that doesn't disappoint.


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  #3185458 23-Jan-2024 11:09
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  #3187809 28-Jan-2024 21:59
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The Post.

 

Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep trying to expose the truth behind the US War on Vietnam.

 

Very Entertaining as you'd expect with these two. 7.5/10

 

 


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  #3187822 28-Jan-2024 22:36
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SJB:

Devils Advocate - DVD - 7.5/10


Al Pacino and Keanu Reeves star in a horror/drama about a country attorney who is picked up by a big New York firm only to gradually find out that they are not who they seem to be.


Excellent performance from Pacino who really dominates the whole film. One of Reeves better efforts.


One of those films with a crackerjack scene near the end that doesn't disappoint.



It’s a fun film. I disagree that Reeves was good, he’s horribly miscast IMO. He doesn’t really have the emotional range to really elevate the film.

Pacino is hilarious, he’s having a great time the whole film.

The scene in Trumps penthouse is also good for a laugh.

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  #3188079 29-Jan-2024 12:17
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All of us strangers 9/10.
Saw this on weekend without any knowledge other than it had Andrew Scott in it who I an always impressed with and some gay themes.

Lonely isolated gay script writer whose parents died when he was 12 goes back to visit his family home and finds his parents are living in it at the age they were when they died. Themes of abandonment, shame, loss etc. Are they real? Ghosts? Is he psychotic?

At same time meets a new guy in this building and falls in love etc. Bit of gay sex scenes. Can the boyfriend see the parents too?

Obviously ignoring some key bits but one of those film which you go home thinking was it this or that.
Acting very good.

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  #3188105 29-Jan-2024 14:16
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The Beekeeper - 5/10

 

Had a day to waste in the US so went to the cinema with my son and we watched this. Its Jason Statham - that is about all you need to know about this film. If you don't like his stuff you wont like this. If you do then maybe its up your street. Found it OK. Was what I expected mostly. Premise for the movie was kind of ok - could have made it a series of movies with it. But kind of felt the way they did this one any sequel will be exactly the same. Prequels could be a good thing.


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  #3188107 29-Jan-2024 14:21
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Aquaman (2nd one) - just as bad as the first.  4/10

 

The BeeKeeper - Was OK, typical Statham fare.  6/10

 

Night Swim - Trailer was the best part.  2/10

 

Wonka - OK for what it was.  7/10

 

 





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