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David Allen Perrin
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Posted: 28 December 2017 at 4:44am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Downsizing

Not the comedy it was marketed as.

A rather somber message about climate change and how people use those we consider less fortunate.  It was kinda dull until the arrival of actress Hong Chau (as a Vietnamese dissident/cleaning woman).  She was a revelation and the entire movie spun on her axis.  She was a delight.

All in all an ok effort.  

So-so movie with a breakout character who deserved better around her.
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Didier Yvon Paul Fayolle
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The Greatest Showman

We love it a lot !
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ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD

I had mild interest in this when I saw the trailer a few months ago (when Kevin Spacey was still in it). My interest increased to must see when it was announced Spacey was to be replaced by Christopher Plummer. Partly because I like Plummer, but more so just to see if they could pull it off.

Well, they sure did. I really enjoyed this, and Plummer was magnificent!
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Posted: 30 December 2017 at 6:27pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

LADYBIRD

Thought I would love this, found myself simply liking it.
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THE SHAPE OF WATER

I had such high hopes and I purposely saved it for New Year's Eve. Boy was it disappointing. I cannot fathom what Del Toro was thinking. I suppose he was aiming for a Grimm's fairy tale kind of love story. Big miss. The real shame of it is that the every single actor on screen did a great job. Set your expectations low if you go. Better yet, stay home and rewatch Pan's Labyrinth.
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(Jeremy, I've discovered after many, many, many tries--the last being CRIMSON PEAK--that the works of del Toro just don't do it for me.  Critics and fan alike fall all over themselves for his films, but he's never clicked with me, for some reason.)



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Posted: 02 January 2018 at 7:07pm | IP Logged | 7 post reply

STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI

Caught an evening show on January 1st.

Have to say that I am very glad I didn't pay full price for my ticket. There were some nuggets of enjoyment but there were too many times where I was mentally saying "WTF?" at what was happening onscreen.
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Robin Taylor
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Star Wars:The Last Jedi and The Shape of Water. I fell in love with the latter.


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Posted: 09 January 2018 at 6:20pm | IP Logged | 9 post reply

Three Billboards outside Ebbing Missouri.

Really good film.  It does make you think. It'll be a best picture contender at the Academy Awards (already won a few Golden Globe awards).

Represents the start of my wife and I's annual viewing of best picture nominations. I've figured out what might be nominated based on what the Golden Globes has done.
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Posted: 15 January 2018 at 5:17pm | IP Logged | 10 post reply

WONDER WHEEL

The right movie at the wrong time. Storaro remains a genius, Winslet became a genius and Loquasto made the best sets of his career.

People can do more for women in Hollywood by supporting Winslet's amazing performance than by spreading dirt.
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Posted: 21 January 2018 at 7:26pm | IP Logged | 11 post reply

THE COMMUTER

I was expecting something very similar to Liam Neeson's previous exploits as some of his films in recent years have followed a particular formula.

This one is slightly different. He's on a train, there are bad guys, there are threats and the clock is ticking, but he's not a traditional action hero here: he's a fairly normal insurance salesman, albeit with a police background, but one who is leading an ordinary life before being thrust into extraordinary circumstances.

It's varied the Neeson formula a tad, plus the film was gripping throughout, supported by a solid cast.

I have a Cineworld card and to make it value for money, I have to go to the cinema 4 times a month. I think I'll see THE POST in the week.


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I, TONYA

About as funny as a dark drama can be, or as dark as a black comedy can be. I hardly stopped laughing, even when the movie looked me in the eye and told me I should feel guilty for having such a great time (and rightly so.) There's almost a Dr. Strangelove quality to the shrieking camp hysteria in a movie about public humiliation and domestic violence.

The actors are 10-15 years older than the real people during the events portrayed, in so much makeup they look like prostitutes; I was in college from 1991 to 1994, and in love with figure skaters, and it was almost like watching drag queens perform a soundtrack of my youth. (Even though the songs themselves were a bizarre collection of Seventies MOR which tries to sand a decade off the period into an Eighties melange.) Sebastian Stan's Jeff Gillooly  switches from a stupid-looking mustance to a stupid-looking goatee, and is appropriately pathetic, malevolent and contemptible. Alison Janney as Harding's mother gives a tour-de-force of laugh-out-loud cruelty. Paul Walter Hauser brings a Strangers on a Train quality to his "bodyguard" character's demented extrapolations and improvisations, and is so good it would be a breakout role if he wasn't playing an off-putting slug.

And Margot Robie is astonishing. With a sandpaper disposition and a  neck-breaking sneer that made me want to check for a heartbeat, she still wrings the empathy out of lines such as pondering why Nancy Kerrigan getting hit once was even such a big deal; after all, someone hit Tonya just about every day since childhood. She deserves every award nomination she receives.
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Posted: 21 January 2018 at 11:37pm | IP Logged | 13 post reply

GEOSTORM.

A completely unplausible concept, but a nice turn off your brain for a while action/disaster/mystery. Only fault is, I figured out who the bad guy was way before the reveal.

The casting is funny. It has actors from Scotland, England, Egypt, and Australia playing Americans (alongside a few actual Americans, such as Ed Harris), while a Chinese-American actor plays a Chinese character. An American actress plays a Nigerian. Andy Garcia, who was born in Cuba, plays the President, an Irish actor plays an English character, and an actress born in Romania (but who moved to Germany) plays a German. 








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Didier Yvon Paul Fayolle
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Posted: 24 January 2018 at 7:53pm | IP Logged | 14 post reply

The Disaster Artist

It's... special... The creepiest part is the comparison
between the original scenes and what they did for this
movie. The synchronization of the dialogue was so spot
on in a lot of case, it's spooky. They must have seen
the movie over and over and over again...
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Posted: 24 January 2018 at 8:39pm | IP Logged | 15 post reply

The Post.

Generally very good. Couple of preachy speeches that could have been left on the editing room floor and the final resolution lacks the tension that is otherwise maintained so well throughout the preceding 100 minutes or so, but despite these small complaints it's a fine film.  
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Posted: 12 February 2018 at 6:49pm | IP Logged | 16 post reply

THE POST

Peter's assessment is on target. The film tells a good story but there isn't a lot of payoff at the end of the film given how well Speilberg and crew crafted the build up. There are some good performances spread throughout the film and the scenes look great and help give you the feeling that you are right in the middle of the 1970's.

That said, I also thought they missed a great opportunity to show how The Pentagon Papers impacted on those who were outside of the Washington Post journalistic community. We only see Nixon from the back, talking and complaining on the phone. But the papers in question rocked the White House, the State Department, and the Department of Defense. Yet we never really see those points of view or how the exposure of the long-term deception (and flat-out errors) of the Vietnam strategy played out in those hallways.

THE POST is good film that is certainly worth watching, and there is definitely an apt comparison between its main theme and the current battles between the modern media and the 45th Administration. But it only shows one side of the story, which is surprising for a film that has journalism at its heart.
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Posted: 16 February 2018 at 1:53am | IP Logged | 17 post reply

FIFTY SHADES FREED

Took Heidi to see it (as I did the first two movies) for Valentine's Day. 

Glad this was the final movie. If you've seen the first two, you already know what to expect. However, I'd say this was the best of the three, as it actually had more of a plot to it. 


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Posted: 24 February 2018 at 6:44pm | IP Logged | 18 post reply

Black Panther (free showing!).

Solid.
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BLACK PANTHER

Enjoyed it a lot - I'd have to say it's one of the best Marvel movies.
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THE SHAPE OF WATER

Mesmerising and touching throughout, with fantastic performances from all the cast members. I can't wait for the Blu-ray. 
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Joe Hollon
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Posted: 04 March 2018 at 10:44am | IP Logged | 21 post reply

GAME NIGHT- First trip to the theater for 2018. Better
than I expected! Several laugh out loud moments, fun
characters and a plot that keeps you guessing. Fun time
at the theater.
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BLACK PANTHER
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Robert Bradley
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Posted: 04 March 2018 at 5:52pm | IP Logged | 23 post reply

How many times Wallace?

(I'm planning on seeing it a second time next weekend)


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Annihilation.

Had good reviews, so gave it a whirl. And it's OK. Has some arresting moments, and some genuinely quite disturbing bits, but needed to have a better ending. The whole thing is like one big build up to the ending, but it just didn't deliver as it should have done. The film as whole is like a blend of Aliens, the Thing and 2001, but isn't as good as that sounds.
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Posted: 05 March 2018 at 4:50pm | IP Logged | 25 post reply

Red Sparrow -

A bit slow at times.....and suffered from at least 2 false endings.  

Looks like they want a franchise....

More sexual psychodrama than spy thriller.  An earnest attempt at a plot twist...but once it reveals itself, you aren't surprised.

If J-Law makes your willie wiggle then this movie is for you.

ANY MCU/Black Widow movie will be vastly more satisfying...without boobs and blood.


2.5 out of 5 Russian red stars

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