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Yes. Necessary - all in a very strong accent which Mr Spaight at skule in 1964 (of the tweed jacket, leather elbows and cuffs, and a few frayed medal ribbons) would have been horrified to hear. Italians, you see; contemptible people.
 

old_fat_and_hairy

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The 47 Ronin

...yes, the Keanu Reeves version...

Dire, absolutely dire - the director should have been ordered to committ seppuku as well.

The Last Stand

Arnold Schwarzenegger as an aging small town sheriff tasked with stopping the leader of a mexican drug cartel from escaping the US into Mexico.

Actually not a bad performance from Arnie, who really is aging and certainly doesn't look as physically imposing on screen these days. The plot is rubbish but the movie is well directed, well paced, nicely filmed and the cast ham it up for all their worth.

Grab a couple of beers or a bottle of wine and switch the brain off.
Some good gun porn too. Totally daft film in many ways but I did enjoy it.
 
I've just finished watching it. It started off ok, but it seemed to me to get stranger as it went on. I didn't get the sense of WW1, really. It became a bit of a dream sequence to me. When he wandered through the wood and came across the assembly of soldiers lolling about listening to the guy singing, he just kind of stumbled upon it and sat down for a bit of a listen. It seems that this unit were isolated and surrounded by No Man's Land and enemy territory. Their isolation from friendly forces was the reason for sending the runners in the first place. And yet not a defensive position or even so much as a single sentry to be seen. The intended attack by the Devons seemed to be taking place quite late in the day. Perhaps they'd all slept in.

Would such an attack have been carried out at all in the absence of all comms with higher command?

The whole process of sending two runners (with a dubious hope of survival and success) on such a crucial mission seemed so utterly arbitrary and casually conceived and executed. It all seemed to be done on a whim or as a bit of an afterthought. Apart from being an unlikely scenario anyway, the briefing of the two men by the General was brief, lacking in any detail and entirely perfunctory. There was no sign of any preparation, planning or contingency.

There was little way of higher command later knowing if the message/order had been successfully delivered or not. Why did they not send an aircraft over to drop the message?

He delivered the orders letter, which appeared to be clean, crisp, dry and completely legible. As were his personal photographs at the end. He'd recently dragged himself, half drowned and gasping for oxygen, from a raging torrent in which he had been bobbing around like a cork.

The only two 'stars' that I recognised (Colin Firth and Benedict Cumberbatch) both had fleeting almost cameo appearances. Mendes could have saved himself some money there. Their respective parts could have been played by anybody.

It was, as I say, all a bit trippy. Not the absolute worst film I've ever seen but I probably wouldn't ever bother watching it again. So it was up there.
I think the 1917 retreat on the part of the Germans is possibly a key to the
surreal edge to the film. For a few days trench warfare did pause but not so much as at Cambrai perhaps.

The places named are real enough and did feature in the Areas battles of 1917. The fiendish trap set for the. Devonshire Regiment by the Germans is entirely fictitious
 

Nemesis44UK

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A couple of days ago I watched Hurricane, the story of Polish pilots in the RAF during the Battle of Britain. It's not a bad film, but definitely not a good film either. It gets a panning in this thread a few years back, but I was able to watch to the end.

Just now I finished something completely different, this:

The Summit (2012) - IMDb

It is the story of the expeditions to K2 in Aug 2008 which resulted in the deaths of eleven climbers. For my money, certainly worth nine frost-bitten toes out of ten.
Where did you find The Summit please?
 

Nemesis44UK

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Battle Company: Korengal - Amazon Prime
Couldn't remember if I'd seen it or not. That's how good it was. Documentary movie following some US troops stuck in the middle of nowhere, acting as bait for the not-so-friendly Taliban 1.0.

I appreciate that it was filmed on GoPros and phone cameras, but there was very little substance to it. Just some shaky footage of soldiers firing off rounds and then doing short pieces to camera.

One soldier said: "We get contacted every. single. day." Another later said: "We might not have anything happen for weeks at a time, then we get hit."

Which is kinda contradictory.

I'm not belittling the soldiers or their efforts, but I'm certainly struggling to see what the filmakers are trying to achieve.

We discovered:

War is shit
Troops get tired and bored when not in contact
The CO is too aggressive in his patrolling plans


None of this is news to anyone who's seen a film, read a book or watched a play about war in the last 100 years. I'd heard such good things about this movie, but it's just ridiculously cliched.
 

sirbhp

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Netflix mini series.
Brand new cherry flavour. All about a young woman whose movies was stolen by a hotshot hollywood type , she engages the services of a with to get her own back and thence the fun starts .

Sex ,bad language , drug taking, sex , horror and neckid wimmen.
 

sirbhp

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The defeated: series one .
Just after the end of ww2 a group of Germans in Berlin try to reinstate a police force , they are sent a NYPD detective to assist them in training and also for the hunt for a murderer known as the Angle maker plus a rampage by a serial killing desserter from the US infantry . Give it a shot i found it cook after I got into it and cant wait for series two now , if there is going to be one .
 
The defeated: series one .
Just after the end of ww2 a group of Germans in Berlin try to reinstate a police force , they are sent a NYPD detective to assist them in training and also for the hunt for a murderer known as the Angle maker plus a rampage by a serial killing desserter from the US infantry . Give it a shot i found it cook after I got into it and cant wait for series two now , if there is going to be one .
Cooking dessert?
 

Nemesis44UK

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The defeated: series one .
Just after the end of ww2 a group of Germans in Berlin try to reinstate a police force , they are sent a NYPD detective to assist them in training and also for the hunt for a murderer known as the Angle maker plus a rampage by a serial killing desserter from the US infantry . Give it a shot i found it cook after I got into it and cant wait for series two now , if there is going to be one .

Is it a good movie?
 

Themanwho

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Netflix. A couple of days ago I suddenly found myself bombarded with BLM propaganda from them, complete with a statement from the company instructing me to love black people (or some such nonsense).

I do not need that. I don't need any company telling me that I must embrace lbgtq+ness either, so I instantly stopped my subscription, giving my reasons for doing so in clear, concise and level terms. Outrageous.

I shall return but I hope the point has been made with their statisticians. My sub runs out in two weeks and they've still got a lot of other good stuff to be seen.

Signed; Mr Angry of County Down.
 

Gout Man

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The defeated: series one .
Just after the end of ww2 a group of Germans in Berlin try to reinstate a police force , they are sent a NYPD detective to assist them in training and also for the hunt for a murderer known as the Angle maker plus a rampage by a serial killing desserter from the US infantry . Give it a shot i found it cook after I got into it and cant wait for series two now , if there is going to be one .
Is that on Netflix?
 

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