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'Geostorm' with my 11 year old grandson. Total tosh but he enjoyed it. Gerard Butler as a space hero, escaping an exploding space station and Ed Harris as a bad guy. Now, who could have seen that coming? Quite good and very loud CGI.
 

TamH70

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That is what They want you to think
I actually liked The Losers when I saw it on the telly. It's based on a graphic novel series, so that explains why it's rather cartoony. The A-Team comparison you made earlier on is apt, though Hannibal Smith and his crew never swore that much even in the abysmally crap movie version starring some rather tall Irish dude of dubious acting credentials and a habit of playing himself in every role bar Oskar Schindler.
 
'Geostorm' with my 11 year old grandson. Total tosh but he enjoyed it. Gerard Butler as a space hero, escaping an exploding space station and Ed Harris as a bad guy. Now, who could have seen that coming? Quite good and very loud CGI.
A colleague visiting the set of RocknRolla saw him and other actors watching a playback of a scene just shot and he was reportedly gushing about himself so admiringly that nobody would have been surprised if he had retired to his trailer to recover from the excitement.
He does have a presence on screen, though.
 
Watched the Johnny Depp remake of the Lone Ranger last night (again). From were rabbits to a mystical horse, a 'kin good film
 
The Irishman

It's a class act, as you'd expect from such a cast and Scorsese. I didn't like it. Too much repitition not only of lines but of motif as well -- it's definitely another parallel riff on the Godfather II & III.
Watching a geriatric De Niro trying to give the butcher a kicking killed it for me. I realise Bob's been making bank for years with the same few facial expressions as he can't churn out a 'Taxi Driver' or 'Raging Bull' epic yearly, but this was a very lacklustre Scorsese number.
 

syrup

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The Irishman

It's a class act, as you'd expect from such a cast and Scorsese. I didn't like it. Too much repitition not only of lines but of motif as well -- it's definitely another parallel riff on the Godfather II & III.

Is it me or is the band in the Italian restaurant where De Niro and Kietel meet for the first time doing a version of the Godfather theme
 
Knives Out . Murder detective film. Daniel Craig with a really crap American accent .

A lot like a “ Murder on the orient express” type film.

A few plot twists and the end is a little predictable if your taking note of what is said .

8 out of 10 . Give it a year or two would watch it again.
 
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I really enjoyed it and found the three and half hours flew by, I was familiar with most of the main characters from other films and books so character development wasn't that important to me. The de-aging special effects took a couple of minutes to get used to but after that it just fell in with the time line of the story. Turning morality on its head is what Scorsese does best from Mean Streets and Taxi Drive through Goodfellas and Casino he gets you to invest in unpleasant and deeply flawed characters and accepting that there isn't going to be any redemption or a happy ending.

Scorsese allows his cast to explore their characters and improvise but often those scenes will have been the product of days of discussion between the actors. I read an interview with Stephen Graham who said his scene with De Niro and Pachino was a product of days of just sitting around talking in character and then multiple takes to find the right balance.

I really enjoyed Joe Pesci's performance it was nice to see him again and still at the top of his game. It was a coincidence that The bloke Frank met after driving the truck to Miami was Dave Ferri, the person Joe Pesci played in JFK.

On the whole it was a great ensemble performance and well worth a watch.
Thank you, a wonderfully informative post.
 
Watching a geriatric De Niro trying to give the butcher a kicking killed it for me. I realise Bob's been making bank for years with the same few facial expressions as he can't churn out a 'Taxi Driver' or 'Raging Bull' epic yearly, but this was a very lacklustre Scorsese number.
Ahh........ c'mon. He was outstanding in 'Heat' played the character to a 'T'.
 
Watching a geriatric De Niro trying to give the butcher a kicking killed it for me. I realise Bob's been making bank for years with the same few facial expressions as he can't churn out a 'Taxi Driver' or 'Raging Bull' epic yearly, but this was a very lacklustre Scorsese number.
Funny, eh.
I can't watch De Niro anymore without seeing his well publicised anti Trump rants and Democratic Party love-in speeches. His movies are now spoiled for me as I just see an unhinged liar/actor (for that is their is their stock in trade)
Actors that turn political gobshites are not worth my time.
 
After a sleepless night, I've just finished watching The Departed for the tenth time. I think it ranks as my favourite Scorsese film by far. However I do wish to punch Matt Damon and Mark Wahlberg in the face whenever I see them.
I can't watch anything with Matt Damon in without the various bits from Team America running through my head.
 

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Danger Close (Long Tan, etc.). As a warry bangy-bang action movie not too bad but even as civvy scum I could spot the earlier-referred to cock-ups, such as big-ass artillery rounds killing those at the point of impact but everyone else in lethal range of the shrapnel running along unbothered. And far too many people wandering (and running) around with fingers on triggers when not actually engaging the enemy.
 

ches

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Prime added something I hadn't heard of before, The XXXXX Report (XXXX = Redacted)....watch it & you'll understand.
A very good cast & a very unlikely looking lead in it who looks the antithesis of how male leads look these days. This bloke plods along, wearing a suit each day, dodgy haircut, works in a basement in Langley for nigh on 5 years. Its based on a true story (based = apparently very close to what happened) about a report Dan Jones authored for the Senate Intelligence Committee looking into the CIA's use of torture post 9/11 & the revelations about the lies the agency told to everyone who asked in order to get the program signed off & legitimised. Fook me, if only half of what Jones discovered was true this is/was a scandal that should not go away for a long time.
Very highly recommended. Def a close film of the year for me.
 
Prime added something I hadn't heard of before, The XXXXX Report (XXXX = Redacted)....watch it & you'll understand.
A very good cast & a very unlikely looking lead in it who looks the antithesis of how male leads look these days. This bloke plods along, wearing a suit each day, dodgy haircut, works in a basement in Langley for nigh on 5 years. Its based on a true story (based = apparently very close to what happened) about a report Dan Jones authored for the Senate Intelligence Committee looking into the CIA's use of torture post 9/11 & the revelations about the lies the agency told to everyone who asked in order to get the program signed off & legitimised. Fook me, if only half of what Jones discovered was true this is/was a scandal that should not go away for a long time.
Very highly recommended. Def a close film of the year for me.
My Bold. I think its the chap who plays Kylo Ren in the more recent Star Wars episodes.
 
Mrs away and I was supposed to be watching Band of Brothers, but I watched the Railwayman tonight.

My uncle Bob survived the railway and he screamed out in the night every night for the rest of his life.

A harrowing film and I dont think I can ever understand how soldiers like Eric Lomax could forgive after what happened to him.

I can never forgive the Japanese for what they did to my uncle Bob. He was a fine man.
 

TamH70

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Watched the last third of "How l Spent My Summer Vacation", starring Mel Gibson and what looks like a good recreation of the infamous "El Pueblito" prison in Mexico.

Really good film, and it has a more than decent script from Gibson, who doesn't make his lead role look all that nice at all. It's extremely violent and the Grauniad thinks that it is racist as **** - which would make me far more determined to watch it, to be honest, as **** those guys.
 
Anyone seen D-Day 2019 yet?
Just lasted a whole 10 minutes before realising a WTF moment. I could not wait around to see if it was more factually correct that it was dramatically convincing. I really could not be arrsed.
Please, do yourself a favour, avoid.

Biff....watching crap so you don't have to.

 

NSP

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Anyone seen D-Day 2019 yet?
Just lasted a whole 10 minutes before realising a WTF moment. I could not wait around to see if it was more factually correct that it was dramatically convincing. I really could not be arrsed.
Please, do yourself a favour, avoid.

Biff....watching crap so you don't have to.

"When an elite group of American soldiers are ordered to take out a series of German machine gun nests, they find themselves blindly venturing into hostile territory. "

So, no need for lots of desktop study of maps, aerial photos, recce reports, intelligence assessments and, when on site, standing off and observing, maybe a bit of CTR, etc. before designing the specific action and executing.

Is this why they're apparently the world masters of blue-on-blue...?

DL'd it last night. Might delete unwatched now...
 

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