What film have you just watched?

Annihilation, Netflix. Natalie Portman stars.

This film has come straight to Netflix in the UK and Europe. Apparently it only took $10m-ish on its first weekend in the USA. The reason given -- or rather assumed and published by the critics -- is that its too intellectual. The critics, in my opinion, are spouting their usual crap. The first three-quarters of the film is well done and worth watching; the last quarter is a total mess and devoid of anything that could be a possible denouement, God knows how edits and re-shoots it took to arrive at the tripe your forced to swallow; it truly is awful.

AVOID!
Wish I'd read this earlier. Sat through it last night ands found it utterly awful.
It's going to be one of those films that student types will say "Oh, you didn't like it because it's too intellectual for you to understand."

The premise seemed fine to start with, something hits the earth & causes this shimmering zone that is slowly growing. After several years of study and the loss of every asset sent to investigate they send a bunch of semi-depressed women in to . . . . . . well who the fcuk knows or cares.
A boring and horribly unrealistic put together story that is all about self destruction.

I'm also getting a bit tired of Oscar Isaac popping up in every other film released these days, he makes Tom Hardy look like a recluse.
 

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Hellraiser Judgement, still the same kind of fùcked up film that all Hellraiser films are, just not enough of the Cenobites, but plenty of tits on view. 2/5.

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Wind river on netflix - best movie I have seen in a long time. I also enjoyed hell or high water and Sicario though and I think its the same director.
 
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Wind river on netflix - best movie I have seen in a long time. I also enjoyed hell or high water and Sicario though and I think its the same director.
Same script writer. "Wind River" I think was his first directorial work. There is a real kicker in the info graphic played after the closing scene and leaves you asking "why".
 
Same script writer. "Wind River" I think was his first directorial work. There is a real kicker in the info graphic played after the closing scene and leaves you asking "why".
I just had a look at the film's wikipedia page:

Wind River (film) - Wikipedia

and read about the bit you were talking about. If it's true, and I've no real doubt about that, my reaction would be more along the lines of "what the absolute hell, American law enforcement?"
 
Same script writer. "Wind River" I think was his first directorial work. There is a real kicker in the info graphic played after the closing scene and leaves you asking "why".
Thanks for the clarification. And I saw that info and it does make you think.

I just had a look at the film's wikipedia page:

Wind River (film) - Wikipedia

and read about the bit you were talking about. If it's true, and I've no real doubt about that, my reaction would be more along the lines of "what the absolute hell, American law enforcement?"
Most L.E doesn't have jurisdiction with Indian affairs. I have friends that worked as Physical therapists in the Dakotas... The stereotype about Native Americans/'injuns' being drunk all day... Doesn't come close sadly.

The numbers hooked on drugs and chemicals are shocking - My friends would see many, many cases of infants hooked on heroin, getting withdrawals as infants, Fetal alcohol syndrome, high obesity rates and sky high unemployment - not because there aren't any jobs, but they try and live on stipends from the government/casinos.

Seeing them sat around a fire all day, drinking and getting high.... its a sad decline.
 
Thanks for the clarification. And I saw that info and it does make you think.



Most L.E doesn't have jurisdiction with Indian affairs. I have friends that worked as Physical therapists in the Dakotas... The stereotype about Native Americans/'injuns' being drunk all day... Doesn't come close sadly.

The numbers hooked on drugs and chemicals are shocking - My friends would see many, many cases of infants hooked on heroin, getting withdrawals as infants, Fetal alcohol syndrome, high obesity rates and sky high unemployment - not because there aren't any jobs, but they try and live on stipends from the government/casinos.

Seeing them sat around a fire all day, drinking and getting high.... its a sad decline.
At the moment I'm watching a documentary (hell, for the purposes of this thread I'm claiming it as a film) by Rich Hall about the indigenous people of North America, "Rich Hall's Inventing the Indian". It deals with a lot of that stuff you were just talking about, and it's pretty brutal in its frankness. Especially about what happened in Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota, (where alcohol was banned from sale) thanks to the bottle shops just across the state line in Whiteclay, Nebraska (where they were extremely happy to sell alcohol to the reservation's indigenous people) . And, unlike most BBC shows of its type, it's got Hall paired up with an actual indigenous guy, Dallas Goldtooth - who is Mdewakanton Dakota & Dińe - and he's allowed to give his perspective on things, in usually a quite acerbic manner. And Goldtooth puts Hall in his place a few times - which Hall kept in the show. Dicks like Dan Snow wouldn't have had the balls.

It's probably not news to you, SOCAL, and I apologize if I seemed to be telling you stuff you already know, but it was an eye-opener of a documentary to me.

PS. Finally the bottleshops in Whiteclay were shut last year, according to this Guardian online article.

Liquid genocide: alcohol destroyed Pine Ridge reservation – then they fought back

About bastarding time.
 
The Death of Stalin

The fim compresses the events following the death of Stalin down from 3 months into one week, but pretty much follows the real events, in spirit if not historical accuracy.

However, it has a geeat cast - in particular Jason Isaacs plays a blinder as Marshal Zhukov, Steve Buscemi makes a great Kruschev, the rest of the cast is also superb.


The black humour comes thick and fast, the scene where Stalins son denies the plane crash crash which killed the Soviet ice hockey team had me laughing my socks off.

Those who remember the old Soviet Union, or anyone who has read Solzhenityn's Gulag Archpelago. will find it wickedly funny (the scenes in Beria's HQ are pretty much drawn from Solzhenitsyn's books) but some of it might be lost on those who do not know the history.

Despite that, it is very well made, very well cast, fast, funny, rude and witty...

[looking at the dead body of Stalin, lying on the floor - it is obvious that Stalin has pissed himself]
Georgy Malenkov: Oh, my God.
Nikita Khrushchev: Our general secretary is lying in a puddle of indignity.
Lavrentiy Beria: Yeah, he’s feeling unwell, clearly.


Recommended...
 
White Tiger [tank] or Belyy tigr, an oddball Russian film about a WW2 ghostie Tiger tank, based on the novel "The Tank Crewman" by Ilya Boyashov. Think Steven Spielberg’s 1971 psycho stalking movie “Duel”, only with the Russians and a mythical deadly tank, the Moby Dick of the Eastern Front. It's not your average war film, it's apparently "allegorical". Nicely filmed and an interesting story with a couple of battles and good kit. Ignore the dodgy acting, it's definitely different and might appeal to the more lateral thinker. 3/5.
 
White Tiger [tank] or Belyy tigr, an oddball Russian film about a WW2 ghostie Tiger tank, based on the novel "The Tank Crewman" by Ilya Boyashov. Think Steven Spielberg’s 1971 psycho stalking movie “Duel”, only with the Russians and a mythical deadly tank, the Moby Dick of the Eastern Front. It's not your average war film, it's apparently "allegorical". Nicely filmed and an interesting story with a couple of battles and good kit. Ignore the dodgy acting, it's definitely different and might appeal to the more lateral thinker. 3/5.
Ah, yes - with the "special" one-off factory A-Team'd - and undermanned - T-34...
 
Another annual watch done last night, Apocalypse Now: Redux.

I know a lot of people and most critics don't like it but for me it is one of the best films made, especially the Redux version. People carp about the depiction of Vietnam as being unreal but it is not really a film about Vietnam, that was just the location for a story about madness. It is a film that pays to have read the short story it is drawn from; Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness".

The soundtrack and cinematography are both stunning, Martin Sheen as Capt. Willard plays a blinder, especially in the opening scenes in Saigon. The blood and drunkenness were both real. Harrison Ford as the briefing Colonel who is embarrassed to have to give such a briefing. Robert Duvall yet again steals every scene he is in by scratching his balls. Brando walks the fine line between madness and sanity brilliantly. He demonstrates that when he was on form and wanted to act he was on his own. Did I say I liked it?

Apocalypse Now
 
A quick question. Has anyone here seen the Russian/Ukrainian joint production, "Battle For Sevastopol" but also know as "Indestructible". Released in 2015, it is about Lyudmila Pavlichenko, probably the worlds deadliest female sniper. A brief history here.
 
Ah, yes - with the "special" one-off factory A-Team'd - and undermanned - T-34...
The 'White Tiger' was built around a Soviet IS-2, they couldn't finish the replica build in time. It's all wrong and unrealistic, but it's meant to be a film of metaphors and Russian mystery with a dig at fascism. The director is a fan of Fellini and Bunuel. Add to that, finding disposable World War II relics , Russian law, time, money and sanctions. The last scene in a better than average film wasn't that bad imho.
 
The 'White Tiger' was built around a Soviet IS-2, they couldn't finish the replica build in time. It's all wrong and unrealistic, but it's meant to be a film of metaphors and Russian mystery with a dig at fascism. The director is a fan of Fellini and Bunuel. Add to that, finding disposable World War II relics , Russian law, time, money and sanctions. The last scene in a better than average film wasn't that bad imho.
I was talking about the actual T-34 in the plot, not what the props boys built the Tiger on top of!
 
Had a bit of a film fest of oldish stuff over the weekend. Caught;

Ghostbusters - the original. 1984. Crap special effects but the cast is cracking & the wisecracks as good.

Sherlock Homes - the 2008 guy ritchie directed one with Robert downey junior & jude law. Still a good film - the patter between the two of them is excellent & RDJ is very good as Holmes although his physicality in the role as a bit of hard chap with the fisticuffs is the opposite of what we're used to with Lord Rathbone of the Quintessential Holmes. Game of Shadows sequel on the cards for a week or so's time before the 3rd one pops up later in the year.

The Mummy - Tomb of the Dragon Emperor. I liked the first tow with Fraser & Rachel Weisz., cos i'd watch her doing anything quite frankly. They're a bit pants as a whole but effects are good & MR Hannah is good in his role. This next one loses Mrs Daniel Craig unfortunately so her role is given to the fit blond out of Cayote Ugly - with a hair change & a Brit accent. Good effects again, pretty naff story & some very shoddy editing but on a piss freezing day cosied up in the warmth an easy way to spend a cpl of lazy hours.
 

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