What film have you just watched?

TamH70

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I watched the film" If " last night ... the second time in nearly forty years . I quickly realised that I had forgotten most of the plot except the ending and what an ending . I must watch again ... soon ... so much to take in ... still have not worked out why a mixture of colour then monochrome .
Lots of aspiring young actors who were to do well later in their careers but I was intrigued by Biles Junior whose face seemed vaguely familiar ... turned out to be Brian Pettifer who I had also seen in the TV Series " Get Some In " and " Rab C Nesbitt " .
An intriguing film ... certainly worth watching ... five out of six of the best .

Allegedly a budgetary problem with the film's finances. They supposedly couldn't afford enough colour stock. Some say that the final few chapters, including that quite violent ending, all took place inside the main character's head, a view reinforced by the fact that Lindsay Hamilton%, the film's director and writer if I'm not mistaken, actually wrote the screenplay for an unproduced sequel, in which most of the main cast came back and reprised their roles or more specifically the exact roles that they played in the original film. I am of course aware that Malcolm McDowall showed up in two other films as Mick Travis, but that wasn't the same Mick Travis that he played in If....

% Shit, ballocks, damn. Not Hamilton. Anderson. Lindsay Anderson.
 
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Kirkz

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Currently watching the 1975 blaxploitation film, "Mandingo", with a surprisingly cast James Mason, Ken Norton (former boxer) as the titular Mandingo slave, and a whole host of black females in either very little clothing or way too much of it. I'm not sure if one could call it a good film, I'm only watching it for the totty at the moment, as I'm familiar with the story what with spending too many of my early teen years reading the books by Lance Horner, Kyle Onstott et al, that the film franchise it's from is based on. Norton certainly has physical presence, what with him being a champion boxer and all, and has shown acting talent.

It's on Putlocker or you can get ripped off by either Google, Microsoft, Apple or Amazon and buy the film for a price that bought me a season of The Blacklist (containing twenty-odd episodes) a while back.

If pushed for a rating, two and a half savage beatings of slave black folks out of five.
Is that the film where Susan George gets rogered by the Mandingo?
If it is I have a vague recollection of watching that at the cinema at Norton Manor camp back in the early 80's.
 

TamH70

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Is that the film where Susan George gets rogered by the Mandingo?
If it is I have a vague recollection of watching that at the cinema at Norton Manor camp back in the early 80's.

Yup, the very same. Pity is that all that, and what follows, could have been avoided if her hubby hadn't been such a child.
 

ches

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Uncle Frank. On Prime starring the excellent Paul Bettany as a NY based college prof in the early/mid 70's who is originally from south carolina. Befriends his 14yr old niece & we follow her adolescent years to her starting college in NY becoming close to her uncle. They have to return to SC by car after the death of his father, her grandfather, & we see a family secret that has been underpinning the story come to the fore. Without a plot reveal, I'll say its fantastically well done with supporting roles from Steve Zahn & Margo Martindale to name just two. Well worth a watch. No action, just great characters & script.
 

TamH70

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Currently watching "Black Emmanuelle White Emmanuelle", the 1976 sexploitation film from director Brunello Rondi, and thus not part of the official Emmanuelle continuity of films directed by firstly Just Jaeckin. It stars Laura Gemser, Annie Belle, and Ziggy Zanger as Annie's character's mother, "Magda". It's beautifully shot on location in Egypt, the costuming is gorgeous, as are most of the leading women. Particularly Zanger, who was a MILF before that term was invented. The story isn't all that great, and the main male lead is eminently punchable.

Overall, though, so far I'd give it a solid three and a half "Phwoar look at that gorgeous Zanger woman" out of five.
 

Slime

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Last night my other half said she wanted to watch a film that didn’t need to be followed closely, so we watched: The boat that rocked.

It‘s an entirely predictable feel good type film, but had some good actors and a good sound track.

Worth watching to just hear the soundtrack, or whether you like Nick Frost as an actor.
:)
 
"JeruZalem"
Found footage zombie attack film. A couple of American girls visit Israel. Eventually things go badly wrong for everyone involved.
Sadly it was all very predictable.
 
Recently watched a couple of light weight films that are reasonably well made though you can sort of have on in the background while you're chatting shit with the wife.

No Man's Land , a typical Frank Grillo vehicle, contemporary Western loosely related to Mexicans illegally border crossing or something, Frank's son gets caught up in some nonsense that he has to somehow extricate himself from.

Wrong Turn , remake of the 90s cannibal hillbilly classic though a different bunch of weirdos set up remotely in the Appalachians. Features a bit part for Mathew Modine.
 

TamH70

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Finished watching "Black Emmanuelle, White Emmanuelle". I'm upping my rating to four "Phwoar look at that gorgeous Zanger woman" out of five.
 

Nemesis44UK

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Worth - Netflix

Michael Keaton is an all-business lawyer who is given the task of working out how much someone's life is worth after the 9/11 attacks.

It became apparent that if all the victims and their families sued the airline industry, it would wreck it, possibly forever, causing chaos amongst the logistics industry and the country as a whole. Therefore, the US government decided to get in front of it, by offering tax-free cash for every victim or family, heading off legal action.

The only question that remained was: How much?

Stanley Tucci is good value in this and Michael Keaton, who has had an excellent run of form recently (Birdman, The Founder) also does well, but isn't helped by slow, plodding direction and an overlong running time.

2.5 / 5.0
 

NSP

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Worth - Netflix

Michael Keaton is an all-business lawyer who is given the task of working out how much someone's life is worth after the 9/11 attacks.

It became apparent that if all the victims and their families sued the airline industry, it would wreck it, possibly forever, causing chaos amongst the logistics industry and the country as a whole. Therefore, the US government decided to get in front of it, by offering tax-free cash for every victim or family, heading off legal action.

The only question that remained was: How much?

Stanley Tucci is good value in this and Michael Keaton, who has had an excellent run of form recently (Birdman, The Founder) also does well, but isn't helped by slow, plodding direction and an overlong running time.

2.5 / 5.0
Watched that in our holiday shephard's hut last night. Damn good movie. And this after chinning off trying to park up below the Saunton Sands Hotel for a bimble of the beach as half the stale-neoprene-and-surfer's-piss-stinking car park was fenced off and full of posh caravans and trucks and film crew for Aquaman 2. You can bet your arse that Jason Mamoa is not slumming it in a "trailer" but is in the SSHs best room.
 

Auld-Yin

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Hard Times - on Netflix

This film will never win any film awards but it is hilarious. The Paddies taking the piss out of Paddies! Rural Ireland and the locals are skint, no work, nothing happening in their life so they decide to hijack a Viagra consignment and flog it in Amsterdam. A team of investigators turn up to look for the hijackers so the guys hide the stuff in the local water well. It leaks into the local water supply..... Well you more or less guess the rest.

Funny as feck - no intellect needed!
 
I made the grave mistake of watching 'Page 8' on Netflix. Good grief it was dull, Tinker Tailor it most certainly was not. A lesson in how a very good cast cannot revive crap writing. And the ending was a total WTF moment.

Oh, it's part of a trilogy says I, maybe the next film 'Turks and Cacous' will help make sense of it all, and cool, it's got even more good actors in it........err, holy shit, that's even worse, it make Fast and Furious look well written.

Sod watching the last one of the trilogy, the first two were bloody awful.
 

Auld-Yin

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I made the grave mistake of watching 'Page 8' on Netflix. Good grief it was dull, Tinker Tailor it most certainly was not. A lesson in how a very good cast cannot revive crap writing. And the ending was a total WTF moment.

Oh, it's part of a trilogy says I, maybe the next film 'Turks and Cacous' will help make sense of it all, and cool, it's got even more good actors in it........err, holy shit, that's even worse, it make Fast and Furious look well written.

Sod watching the last one of the trilogy, the first two were bloody awful.
I thought it was ok, but I did watch the three films and followed the plot. Yes it was slow and at times Bill Nighy couldn't have drawled any slower, but overall it was fine. For me.
 
An odd one ''Gunda, Old Mother Pig' . B&W, no dialogue, just piglets, chickens wandering about and oinking/chuntering away to theselves. There's a bit with cows & a lot of flies that is a bit shit.
Otherwise rather lovely. BBC4
 

Nemesis44UK

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Schumacher - Netflix
Feature length documentary about the life of the Ferrari world champion. I might be getting hard to impress these days, but it didn't do too much for me. We saw him as a family man, pi$$ed in a bar, singing "My Way" with David Coulthard, someone he would later try to punch after a stormy accident in Spa, 1998, but we didn't see many revelations really.

His wife and family come across as lovely people, but really, it didn't dive deep enough into the racing for my liking. It was a fluff piece that was sanctioned by the Schumacher family, so it was never going to be warts and all, but compared to the far superior "Senna," it lacked drive (oops) and coherent narrative.

We did find out that Herr Schumacher liked to party, but was reserved with people he didn't know and he appeared to be quite a nice chap really, which is something I didn't really know.
 

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