What film have you just watched?

Redacted on Prime.
Supposed to be some tip top revelatory thing about some incident in Afghan by some nasty yank soldiers.
Buggered if I know what they did. It was a load of cobblers. 1/10
 
Peterloo
A film showing the build up to and reasons for the massacre of 1819.
The workers wanting the repeal of the corn laws and a fairer voting system against the government who were intent on ensuring they stayed in their place.
A slow film with no action until the end but I still found it enjoyable and informative.
Watched it last night. It was a bit like watching an early episode of Sharpe when the rumble kicked off, only with less convincing violence. The lonnnnnnng build-up was like watching a BBC TV drama from the 80's in terms of the acting.
 
Platoon Leader. Vietnam movie of the '80s style. An officer who's a cock, an experienced crew who do not once fire a weapon from the shoulder, simultaneously armed grenades that all go bang at different times (not a second or so in the spread but five, six, seven, eight seconds. WTF cut the fuses on the damn things?!), non-period flash-hiders, 30rd mags a couple of years before they existed (by setting), and so on and so on. I spotted it all and I'm a never-served civvy scumbag!

It's a shit movie and so full of kak it'll drive you served types who know what you're talking about potty.
 
Peterloo
A film showing the build up to and reasons for the massacre of 1819.
The workers wanting the repeal of the corn laws and a fairer voting system against the government who were intent on ensuring they stayed in their place.
A slow film with no action until the end but I still found it enjoyable and informative.
I do know a bit about the event,but I have not seen the film and have no intention to see it. Mainly because it is directed by Mike Leigh,who is all most as much of an insufferable champagne socialist as that other insufferable champagne socialist( and IRA supporter),Ken Loach.
 
Warcraft...



Best summed up as...



Me and the Mrs gave up after 20 minutes and watched a Korean film "Part Time Spy" instead. Much more entertaining.



A comedy thriller - some laughs, decent stunt work and fights and plenty of plot twists (even if the premise is a bit daft). Ideal for a saturday night with the Doris and a couple of beers. Best of all it's available on youtube with English subtitles.
 
Saw "Fisherman's Friends" at the weekend. The story revolves about a group of Port Isaac sea shanty singers who are encouraged to go for the big time.

I'm not Cornish, having been brought up in the proper-job English South West and border county of Devon.

But this film is worth a punt. Plenty of humour, pathos and enough folky tunes to either keep people interested or avoid them switching off because they don't like that sort of music.

The story is loosely based on fact. It involves a very satisfying kick up the backside for the London-centric music industry.

I've seen other reviews comparing the film to classic British films such as "Brassed Off" and "The Full Monty".

I wouldn't disagree. Well worth seeing, and well worth the price of the tickets.
 

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Watched The Inventor about the Theranos debacle.

I'd followed the company for some years, read the media with interest, ploughed through the book and enjoyed the movie.

Well worth seeing if you're after a recharge of incredulity.


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The Terminators. Made to cash in on the release date of the more notable Christian Bale flick. Utter gash. Normally I ride these things out until the end to fully inform you just how gash they are but I binned it after twenty-five minutes - and five of them were spent using the khazi. Avoid.

Got The Hunted on instead, with Benny "Che" Del Toro and Tommy Lee "Staccato" Jones. And that tasty Danish bird from Gladiator and Stratton.
 
The Terminators. Made to cash in on the release date of the more notable Christian Bale flick. Utter gash. Normally I ride these things out until the end to fully inform you just how gash they are but I binned it after twenty-five minutes - and five of them were spent using the khazi. Avoid.

Got The Hunted on instead, with Benny "Che" Del Toro and Tommy Lee "Staccato" Jones. And that tasty Danish bird from Gladiator and Stratton.
The Hunted is a damned good film. Good choice. BTW, I seem to recall reading online somewhere that Tommy Lee Jones' character was based on a real survival expert, with much the same C.V. as shown on screen.
 
Watched Spotlight a while ago. About the Boston Globe reporters who uncovered the Catholic church abuse rings in Boston.
Its like All the Presidents Men and brilliantly acted and shot. Well worth a punt if you're not a Rosary Rattler.
 
I was tricked by Netflix's click bait link of Emma Stone looking fit in uniform.



With a cast of Bradley Cooper, Emma, Rachel McAdams, Alec Baldwin, Bill Murray, writer and director, Cameron Crowe, should have killed it, in a good way, not the pap way.

The characters were not believable, the story was not believable, and the script gave the actors no chance to fix it with good performances. Was there a stopwatch running for each take because it had the feel of something thrown together in a hurry?

I have no idea who Bradley Coopers character was supposed to be. It hints he was an astronaut, or test pilot, or NASA engineer who got himself blown up in a firefight in Iraq. Then we see he may have been but he was then corporate Mr Fixit to Bill Murray/Elon Musk who fell out of favour for failing to fixit, and got blown up, but not before swindling 100k.
Why was an ace, going places fast tracked, female fighter pilot attached as aide to Cooper, and not Murray/Musk?
Why was a vacuous, dim, fighter pilot, being fast tracked in the first place (sorry Emma, your character, not you).

I must have missed something, or the old flames eldest daughter being Coopers, was tacked on at the end. Having said that, Danielle Rose Russell, gave the only memorable demonstration of acting when her character realises Cooper is her dad.

Pants flick.
 
Andersonville, again after a long time. Based on the Camp Sumter military prison and loosely on diaries of the ACW, this sobering fictional TV movie runs a bit too long. But it tells an engrossing human story and Ted Turner obviously spent a lot of money and effort on the detail.

Director John Frankenheimer - Ronin, Birdman of Alcatraz, French Connection II, was usually a safe pair of hands and Andersonville doesn't disappoint.

Camp Sumter
Andersonville National Historic Site (U.S. National Park Service)
 
Platoon Leader. Vietnam movie of the '80s style. An officer who's a cock, an experienced crew who do not once fire a weapon from the shoulder, simultaneously armed grenades that all go bang at different times (not a second or so in the spread but five, six, seven, eight seconds. WTF cut the fuses on the damn things?!), non-period flash-hiders, 30rd mags a couple of years before they existed (by setting), and so on and so on. I spotted it all and I'm a never-served civvy scumbag!

It's a shit movie and so full of kak it'll drive you served types who know what you're talking about potty.
IIRC PL is based around 1970-71 during Vietnamization phase. the 30 rd mag started being made in 67 and was usually seen on SF /LRRP units and the USMC.

Oddly filmed in Natal South Africa
 
IIRC PL is based around 1970-71 during Vietnamization phase. the 30 rd mag started being made in 67 and was usually seen on SF /LRRP units and the USMC.

Oddly filmed in Natal South Africa
I was going on some internet juice that suggested that it was set in 1965. Also, Rotten Tomatoes describes it as a rip-off of Platoon, which is set in '67.

Either way, it's still a shit movie full of technical inaccuracies.
 
The Big Short

About the big crash of the 00s in the US & the sub-prime loads thing. Even if you're a bit of a maths/financial duffer this is worth a watch. Incredible stuff. Good cast too.
 
Watched Vice at work last night, I admit I know sfa about US politics but if this film is accurate Cheney was running the country whilst GWB was just a front man sock puppet for the administration.
It's rare for me to watch let alone enjoy a film about politics but this one is good, so many WTF moments as Cheney changes state policy to make more money for Haliburton and to increase his power in the government.
Christian Bale is excellent in the title role
 
The Highwaymen. Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson go on the hunt for Bonnie and Clyde. Find them, turn them into Swiss cheese. The end.

Damn good stuff. And the smarmy ginger brat acting as a runner gets a nasty, too. Bonus...
 
A classic film noir, "Double Indemnity", with Fred McMurray, Edward G.Robinson, and Barbara Stanwyck in a really horrible blonde wig. Quite twisty in places, well acted throughout, but given the time it was filmed at, i.e. during the height of the Hays Code, the ending is fairly inevitable if you've paid a bit of attention to Hollywood's history.
 

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