What film have you just watched?

syrup

LE
Midway on Prime.

I saw the trailer and was a bit sceptical as it looked a bit like "Pearl Harbour" and in fairness there are some similarities, it has the same look and feel at times visually. However this is a much better film, not perfect, but nowhere as toe curling with the awful love story shash they added to get the ladies into the cinema.

The battle scenes are a bit overdone in places and the Zeroes attacking the US planes seemed a bit crammed together but It's a modern film and CGI can fill the frame with stuff you could never do with real aircraft so I don't hold it against them, it's how modern cinema is. It's creating a visual spectacle after all and they don't use stock footage.

The narrative for the Midway battle was not as in depth as I'd have hoped but they did manage to tell the story right from the Pearl Harbour attack, through the Doolittle raid and the Coral Sea battle beforehand, so kudos for fitting all that in to one film.

Worth a watch if you have a free afternoon/evening to kill.

I watched it the other day thought it was all right as you say worth a watch

Question for the experts.
At the end one of the blokes jumps in a Jeep and drives off
Why would an American Jeep being driven in America have "Caution left hand drive" stencilled on the back in big white letters?
 
A number of esteemed members of this site have viewed The Outpost which I am yet to catch up on. However, I came across a small video on YouTube, a sort of behind the scenes, which goes some way to explaining the accuracy of the film. Its worth a watch if only to see how they film some of the scenes and the method behind the film.

 

NSP

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Giving Hacksaw Ridge a spin again on Prime. I see that they do the Shaving Ryan's Privates trick of smacking the base of a mortar bomb on a hard surface then lobbing it like a dart to cause it to land on the [presumably] impact fuse in the nose.

Did that work? Presumably there was a safety mechanism that didn't arm the fuse until the base struck the firing pin in the bottom of the tube (??) but would slapping it on your tin lid deliver the necessary force to trip the trigger?

Looking briefly at modern mortars it seems that the propellent is external to the bomb and is of a "dial a muzzle velocity/range" type based on removing rings of propellent from the bomb tail, whereas the WWII round was all internal (??). But could you still arm a modern bomb by giving the arse-end a slap and then lob it...?

Or is it all Hollywood bollox...?
 
After attempting to watch 'The Post' before giving up on it I ended up in front of 'Sabotage', a 2014 vehicle for Arnie Schwarzenegger. He's the obligatory tough DEA Special Ops squad leader investigated for, and cleared of, stealing $10m of cartel drug money but whose (quite-frankly dysfunctional and straight from central casting) team members start being killed off in extreme ways, presumably by the cartel, in revenge. Cut a long story short most people die, the baddies couldn't hit a barn door with a banjo, the goodies find out the truth, there's a lot of uber-gory and imaginative killing and Arnie gets his revenge.

It;s a bit sh!t so recommended on a 3 keys of coke out of 10 basis, only if you really have nothing else to do for an hour and 50 minutes.

Fortunately Sicario was on immediately afterwards, and that is a proper DEA v cartel movie.
 

chrisg46

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Greyhound starring a somewhat geriatric-looking Tom Hanks. Knowing little about the Battle of the Atlantic, it seemed well done to me. I particularly liked the scenes of Greyhound (or Harry or.....) and the U boat blowing the shit out of each other at point blank range.

Bloody silly music played whenever Herman surfaced his boot, but all round a good movie.
I actually thought the musical howl to be quite effective. Also enjoyed the film, but surprised how often the surface ships got to open fire - i suspect a uboat would never try to go toe to toe with a surface ship! Did the Germans ever radio the convoy targets?
 
I actually thought the musical howl to be quite effective. Also enjoyed the film, but surprised how often the surface ships got to open fire - i suspect a uboat would never try to go toe to toe with a surface ship! Did the Germans ever radio the convoy targets?
According to the internet experts all over this on YouTube, u-boats only surfaced to go toe to toe with escort vessels when the other option was a death dive to the depths (i.e. they were so badly damaged surfacing by blowing the tanks was the only option) and the Hermans never had the radio equipment to transmit to the convoy ships but it is believed they may have had the capacity to listen in.
 
The Hitman's Bodyguard last night.


Bucketfulls of suspension of disbelief needed for a lot of the stunts and stuff, such as Interpol having crack shoot em up agents who are able to operate in host countries like SWAT teams, oh, and Belarus having mountains.

But, what the hell, a really enjoyable lark of a film which passed a Sunday evening. Both Ms Zemlyak and I guffawed at the one liners, escapades and shoot ups.

And it had two lovelies in it, Selma Hayek and Eluda Yung.
 
Tag.

5 arrseholes who played tag as kids continue it into adult life. Based on a real bunch of blokes by all accounts.

After about 15 minutes I gave up and started scrolling through the phone but the missus watched it all and didn't laugh once. Perhaps she was drowned out by Isla Fisher's constant shouting.

Best avoided if you've gone through puberty.

They show footage of the real guys it was based on and you could have made a much better film based on them than this overblown bilge.
 

Auld-Yin

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The Hitman's Bodyguard last night.


Bucketfulls of suspension of disbelief needed for a lot of the stunts and stuff, such as Interpol having crack shoot em up agents who are able to operate in host countries like SWAT teams, oh, and Belarus having mountains.

But, what the hell, a really enjoyable lark of a film which passed a Sunday evening. Both Ms Zemlyak and I guffawed at the one liners, escapades and shoot ups.

And it had two lovelies in it, Selma Hayek and Eluda Yung.
I enjoyed it too and just expected and got a shoot-em-up with loads of quips. Good watching.
 
Last night on Film 4, Cold War. An excellent Polish film, though Film 4 and other ferriners had a hand in it. The story line is set in the post war years and leading up to the 60s, following an oft used story of two lovers, but really well done. They are besotted with each other but their happiness and need to be together keeps getting frustrated by the strictures of the states they live in after one of them escaped to the West. Their paths keep crossing until eventually when they are together it leads them to a suicide pact. Really absorbing and the cinematography and setting engendered the atmosphere and feel of a post war Europe and swinging 60's as it may have been.

 
Following a visit from some French colleagues, who remarked how poor my French had become, sent me - ' 'Intouchables' with no cheating English sub-titles to resort to

A seriously rich white gent Phillipe, ( Francois Cluzet ) who is a paraplegic hires an aide to assist him live his lifestyle. The aide Driss ( Omar Sy ) is a black, ( yes, I know..... ) fresh from prison is chosen to take Phillipe to the opera, art exhibitions, top restaurants and so the scenes are set. Two highly different characters, but somehow they 'click'.

It has a cracking soundtrack, Vivaldi, early MoTown and a running piano theme written for the film. Wonderfully energetic and calmly poignant in equal measures. Highly enjoyable....... 9 francs out of 10.
 

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Watching a legal procedural I noticed a lot of background extras acting as other briefs in the precincts of courts and chambers, animatedly talking with each other as the principle cast go through their dialogue. Obviously, the background dialogue is mimed to keep it off the soundtrack. This, now I think of it, goes on in lots of movies and TV series, regardless of genre.

I'd love to be able to lip-read to see if the background extras are miming some script relevant to their characters like, "He's looking at nine to twelve if he goes down for this one," or do they do a bit of ad-libbing as they do their mock body language with things like, "I hear the AD is a nonce," or "I had the assistant lighting technician last night, Hung like a mouse." "Really? Well, try the best boy. He's hung like a horse."
 
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Following a visit from some French colleagues, who remarked how poor my French had become, sent me - ' 'Intouchables' with no cheating English sub-titles to resort to

A seriously rich white gent Phillipe, ( Francois Cluzet ) who is a paraplegic hires an aide to assist him live his lifestyle. The aide Driss ( Omar Sy ) is a black, ( yes, I know..... ) fresh from prison is chosen to take Phillipe to the opera, art exhibitions, top restaurants and so the scenes are set. Two highly different characters, but somehow they 'click'.

It has a cracking soundtrack, Vivaldi, early MoTown and a running piano theme written for the film. Wonderfully energetic and calmly poignant in equal measures. Highly enjoyable....... 9 francs out of 10.
Superb film, lovely Maserati and based on real life to boot.
 

TamH70

MIA
Superb film, lovely Maserati and based on real life to boot.
I note that the Independent and that twat Robbie Collin from The Telegraph (for gawd's sake, why? I thought they at least had some minimum standards) despise the film.

It may be worth watching.
 
Following a visit from some French colleagues, who remarked how poor my French had become, sent me - ' 'Intouchables' with no cheating English sub-titles to resort to

A seriously rich white gent Phillipe, ( Francois Cluzet ) who is a paraplegic hires an aide to assist him live his lifestyle. The aide Driss ( Omar Sy ) is a black, ( yes, I know..... ) fresh from prison is chosen to take Phillipe to the opera, art exhibitions, top restaurants and so the scenes are set. Two highly different characters, but somehow they 'click'.

It has a cracking soundtrack, Vivaldi, early MoTown and a running piano theme written for the film. Wonderfully energetic and calmly poignant in equal measures. Highly enjoyable....... 9 francs out of 10.
Thanks for that A_L .... a film I had never heard of .... just looked at the official trailer on YouTube ... looks like a very watchable film .... may stretch my school boy French but that may merely add to the enjoyment ... DVD ordered .
 

exspy

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Thanks for that A_L .... a film I had never heard of .... just looked at the official trailer on YouTube ... looks like a very watchable film .... may stretch my school boy French but that may merely add to the enjoyment ... DVD ordered .
Or you can watch the English remake called The Upside (2017) with Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart.

(By all accounts the original French version was way better.)

Cheers,
Dan.
 
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Or you can watch the English remakes called The Upside (2017) with Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart.

(By all accounts the original French version was way better.)

Cheers,
Dan.
Thanks for that.
 
Final Defence 1944. A Finnish war epic on Prime. Saw it a few years back but thought I'd give it an airing on the new telly. Worth a watch and a kit spotters dream. T34s, KV1s, StuGs etc.
 
Giving Hacksaw Ridge a spin again on Prime. I see that they do the Shaving Ryan's Privates trick of smacking the base of a mortar bomb on a hard surface then lobbing it like a dart to cause it to land on the [presumably] impact fuse in the nose.

Did that work? Presumably there was a safety mechanism that didn't arm the fuse until the base struck the firing pin in the bottom of the tube (??) but would slapping it on your tin lid deliver the necessary force to trip the trigger?

Looking briefly at modern mortars it seems that the propellent is external to the bomb and is of a "dial a muzzle velocity/range" type based on removing rings of propellent from the bomb tail, whereas the WWII round was all internal (??). But could you still arm a modern bomb by giving the arse-end a slap and then lob it...?

Or is it all Hollywood bollox...?
Charles E. "Commando" Kelly received the Medal of Honor for doing just that at Salerno

 
Watching "The Caine Mutiny"
Van Johnson
Humphrey Bogart
Fred MacMurray
Lee Marvin
Jose Ferrer

Classic
 

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