What film have you just watched?

AbeFruman

Clanker
I watched contagion last night. Very scary and a taste of what's to come.
The Gentlemen.. Loved it. "his name is Phuck only spelt with a ph"
 
Spenser Confidential. Mark Wahlberg is an ex-cop, ex-con trying to solve a former colleagues murder whilst getting beaten up. A lot. Really rather good.

Find it on Netflix.
Saw that one the other week.
It felt like a feature long pilot episode to a Spenser confidential TV show or film franchise.

In fact, it was absolutely setting itself up for a sequel or continuation of some sort.
Nice to see Alan Arkin on the screen again.

On a different note, Disney + are doing a free 7 day trial so gave it a go to see what it's like.
Watched Solo: A Star Wars story and it was every bit as cack as I thought it would be. Utter dreck.

To their credit The Mandolorian seems a much better effort. Played very much like the old Clint Eastwood Spaghetti Western films. Only 2 episodes to watch so far unfortunately and I wont be stumping up £5.99 a month to see the rest.
 

TamH70

MIA
I have just finished watching the 1985 Peter Weir-directed thriller, "Witness", starring Harrison Ford, Kelly McGillis and introducing a young Lukas Haas as the titular character - a ten-year-old Amish kid named Samuel Lapp, who while on a trip to Philadelphia from his Lancaster County home to see his aunt after his dad dies, sees a guy getting stabbed to death in the Philadelphia train station's public toilet. Shenanigans then ensue when the identity of the killer is found out by him and Ford's character, a detective called "John Book".

It's gripping, suspenseful, well written, beautifully filmed by John Seale, and the acting from all the cast just works perfectly. The soundtrack by Maurice Jarre is his best work for the cinema. Ford, McGillis, Jarre, Seale and Weir got ******* robbed at the 1986 Oscars, especially when you consider what shit films, their crews and actors won the awards that year. I mean, "Out of Africa", "A Trip to Bountiful"? Who the hell watches those films now?

The film should be on the iPlayer app if you do that sort of thing.
 
Contagion on ITV2 last night (clearly some one there with a sense of humour)
It all began when a bat eating a banana dropped some of the banana into a pig house. A wee pig ate the banana.The pig was taken to a restaurant.Chef prepping the pig got blood on his hands, then went to greet his diners and shook their hands.
This was filmed in 2011. The lead character mentions "social distancing and hand washing"
I also watched that. I thought that a nice cheeky bit of scheduling by ITV. I may have been mistaken but I thought it was the bat itself that fell down and got scoffed by the porker hence the DNA of the virus being part pig and part bat. I also noticed al the phrases and buzzwords we've been hearing over the last weeks.
 
I also watched that. I thought that a nice cheeky bit of scheduling by ITV. I may have been mistaken but I thought it was the bat itself that fell down and got scoffed by the porker hence the DNA of the virus being part pig and part bat. I also noticed al the phrases and buzzwords we've been hearing over the last weeks.
Part pig and part bat? That gives me an idea for a film. After all, we’ve already had SpiderPig.


Nana nana nana nana BATPIG!
 
1917.

Not epic, good’ish, but quite ordinary as war films go IMHO.

The technical expertise and logistics behind the production were excellent, and the one shot filming was masterfully and seamlessly done.
 
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I have just finished watching the 1985 Peter Weir-directed thriller, "Witness", starring Harrison Ford, Kelly McGillis and introducing a young Lukas Haas as the titular character - a ten-year-old Amish kid named Samuel Lapp, who while on a trip to Philadelphia from his Lancaster County home to see his aunt after his dad dies, sees a guy getting stabbed to death in the Philadelphia train station's public toilet. Shenanigans then ensue when the identity of the killer is found out by him and Ford's character, a detective called "John Book".

It's gripping, suspenseful, well written, beautifully filmed by John Seale, and the acting from all the cast just works perfectly. The soundtrack by Maurice Jarre is his best work for the cinema. Ford, McGillis, Jarre, Seale and Weir got ******* robbed at the 1986 Oscars, especially when you consider what shit films, their crews and actors won the awards that year. I mean, "Out of Africa", "A Trip to Bountiful"? Who the hell watches those films now?

The film should be on the iPlayer app if you do that sort of thing.
Jarre's soundtrack still echoes in my brain. It doesn't come in until late in the film when they are building the barn. Stunning piece of 'electronic' music.

The American poet Robert Frost mentions Lancaster in one of his poems describing it ( I have to paraphrase ) - " such a small place, such a big name "
 

Offa

War Hero
Hollow Point on Netflix. Straightforward revenge/vigilante good guys versus low-lifes set in LA. Along lines of Death Wish films, but updated. Pretty predictable, but still satisfying to see scrotes on receiving end of rough justice. The lead actor sounded English, so I looked him up: Luke Goss, who used to be one half of boy band Bros, with his twin brother, Matt. You wouldn't think it to look at him now.
 
'Young Winston'; cracking stuff!
 
Luke Goss, who used to be one half of boy band Bros, with his twin brother, Matt. You wouldn't think it to look at him now.
Has been in a few big films, blade 2, Hellboy 2
 
To their credit The Mandolorian seems a much better effort. Played very much like the old Clint Eastwood Spaghetti Western films. Only 2 episodes to watch so far unfortunately and I wont be stumping up £5.99 a month to see the rest.
Cyberflix...
Eztv...

You're missing out on a great series.
 

BigT

LE
Cyberflix...
Eztv...

You're missing out on a great series.
The twins and I streamed it last year but now we have Disney Plus we spent the early evening introducing my Star Wars averse wife to baby Yoda and had to stream the rest for her because she couldn't wait for the rest.
 

old_fat_and_hairy

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Book Reviewer
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Watched 'The Book of Eli' the other night. Bit desolate and grim but with massive amounts of violence. Denzel Washington is a damn good actor.

'Knives Out' A sort of grown up Midsomer Murders ( of which I have watched many lately) Excellent cast with Daniel Craig doing the worst accent since Dick Van Dyke, only this time in generic 'Southern cionfederate' style. Jamie LeeCCurtis was superb, Christopher Plummer brilliant and the rest very good. Most entertaining and highly watchable.
 

TamH70

MIA
Watched 'The Book of Eli' the other night. Bit desolate and grim but with massive amounts of violence. Denzel Washington is a damn good actor.

'Knives Out' A sort of grown up Midsomer Murders ( of which I have watched many lately) Excellent cast with Daniel Craig doing the worst accent since Dick Van Dyke, only this time in generic 'Southern cionfederate' style. Jamie LeeCCurtis was superb, Christopher Plummer brilliant and the rest very good. Most entertaining and highly watchable.
If you ever play Fallout 3 after watching "The Book of Eli", you'll notice a vast amount of similarities between the two. Everything from the landscape to the way the destroyed freeway overpasses look, to how cheap life is in the Wasteland. The driving force in both the game and the movie comes from the Bible as well, in Fallout 3's case it's this Bible verse:

 

exspy

LE
'Knives Out' A sort of grown up Midsomer Murders ( of which I have watched many lately) Excellent cast with Daniel Craig doing the worst accent since Dick Van Dyke, only this time in generic 'Southern cionfederate' style.
Craig also played a red-neck convict by the name of Joe Bang in the heist film Logan Lucky (2017). Not sure if I was convinced by his accent, braces, bad haircut and tattoos either.

 
Jarre's soundtrack still echoes in my brain. It doesn't come in until late in the film when they are building the barn. Stunning piece of 'electronic' music.

The American poet Robert Frost mentions Lancaster in one of his poems describing it ( I have to paraphrase ) - " such a small place, such a big name "
When we were up in Pennsylvania it used to take around 40 mins. to get out to Amish country and we used to pop out regular'ish. Lancaster itself, like many things in Pennsylvania, is showing signs of needing some serious TLC. If you look on the map you will see a place called Intercourse a few miles to the east of Lancaster. There is a real, genuine, authentic ;), Amish shopping village there ............ the Amish you see working in shops and eateries tend to be Mennonites. Even though many - for the tourists - dress in Amish style they are actually Mennonites, the giveaway is the wearing of watches, use of mobile phones and the clincher is that they drive to and from work in pick-ups.

The real Amish do drive around in horse and buggy affairs if with family or shopping, there are even horse and buggy designated parking places in shopping centre's. Many of the younger element get around on push scooters with wheels the size of BMX bike wheels. I used to bump into Amish blokes in the Home Depot (B&Q) regularly as they do a lot of contract construction work specialising in carpentry. Whilst they may not use electricity they are allowed to use air powered tools connected to an air supply - but they need a non-Amish to operate the compressor for them and to drive them to and from building sites. They also make stonking wooden furniture in the old traditional way's using real wood, all our family bedroom furniture is Amish made and bought from the Mennonite run store out in Lancaster.

Locally the are called the Pennsylvania Dutch, though IMHO this is a shortening of the word Deutsch as they mainly arrived from Germany, some were Swiss. Between themselves they still speak German, which the Americans call Dutch, the accent they have is typically that found around Nordrhein-Westfalen. I used to quite enjoy going into their shops and speaking english to do the purchase, they (Amish and Mennonites) then used to twaddle in German between each other thinking I was not understanding - speaking about "the english" - then I used to finish the conversation in German - used to cause some red faces.
 
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