Last Seen Movie - The Latest Movie You Have Seen; ratings

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Postby ITALIANO » Sun Oct 14, 2018 5:17 am

Big Magilla wrote:I I still haven't seen the latest version of A Star Is Born.

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Even now, I could tell you exactly the reaction each member of this board will have to that movie. Those who will love it, those who will basically like it, those who will hate it... It's like a Rorschach test on our attitude to today's movies.

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Postby Big Magilla » Sun Oct 14, 2018 3:48 am

I still haven't brought myself to see Hereditary.

There are some good movies out there, but they are not necessarily the ones the critics are going gaga over (no pun intended - I still haven't seen the latest version of A Star Is Born.

Film horror isn't confined just to horror films. It runs the gamut from the smug middle-school "comedy" Eighth Grade to the ludicrous take on old ladies called Book Club that to my horror I've discovered some little old ladies actually like.
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Postby ITALIANO » Fri Oct 12, 2018 1:29 pm

Big Magilla wrote:
ITALIANO wrote:
Reza wrote:The Insult (Ziad Doueiri, 2017) 8/10


Needless to say, the Americans on this board quickly rejected this movie and its subtle (though powerful) implications - but then I am not even sure they know where (or what) Lebanon is :D
They like Hereditary though :wink:


Which Americans? I loved it, thought it was the best of last year's Oscar nominees for Best Foreign Language Film, better than A Fantastic Woman and Loveless and eons better than The Sqaure. I haven't seen On Body and Soul.


Not you, of course, Big Magilla. But then you didn't even love Hereditary I hope :D

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Postby Big Magilla » Fri Oct 12, 2018 5:38 am

ITALIANO wrote:
Reza wrote:The Insult (Ziad Doueiri, 2017) 8/10


Needless to say, the Americans on this board quickly rejected this movie and its subtle (though powerful) implications - but then I am not even sure they know where (or what) Lebanon is :D
They like Hereditary though :wink:


Which Americans? I loved it, thought it was the best of last year's Oscar nominees for Best Foreign Language Film, better than A Fantastic Woman and Loveless and eons better than The Sqaure. I haven't seen On Body and Soul.
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Postby ITALIANO » Fri Oct 12, 2018 3:15 am

Reza wrote:The Insult (Ziad Doueiri, 2017) 8/10

Powerful if heavy handed film, inspired by the Lebanese Civil War, speaks a universal truth about humans who, in the absence of a sense of closure, are unable to control their political hatred and prejudice which continues to grow and fester in their souls. The story, set in Beirut, could apply to any neighborhood of the globe dealing with prejudice and hatred. A minor altercation between two men - a Christian and a Palestinian refugee - escalates gradually from a single slur (the "insult") to a physical assault to more heated words involving racial prejudice which result in two heated court sessions. The matter then moves from physical skirmishes between people attending the trial to outright riots in the streets of Beirut. The high profile trial becomes less about the insult and bodily injury and more about a nation in the grip of a deep rooted morass gestating within like a festering wound which erupts time and again with violence. The film's pat ending may be too simplistic which implores to move on and find a way to make mutually respectable peace and not allow wounds to fester but it still manages to provide good drama and an important message nonetheless. The film also shows the positive and modern emergence of empowered womanhood in the mainly patriarchal Middle East. The film was nominated for an Oscar, the first from Lebanon.


Needless to say, the Americans on this board quickly rejected this movie and its subtle (though powerful) implications - but then I am not even sure they know where (or what) Lebanon is :D
They like Hereditary though :wink:

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Postby Big Magilla » Fri Oct 12, 2018 3:01 am

Reza wrote:Eighth Grade (Bo Burnham, 2018) 8/10

The film is also a walking talking advertisement for Facebook (one girl says "no one uses Facebook anymore - yeah right), Tumblr, Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram and Buzzfeed.


Every year lately there is at least one critically acclaimed movie I can't stand. This is this year's. The above quote is one of the reasons why. The 15-year-old actress's monotone as a 13-year-old and insertion of "like" into every sentence is condescendingly amateurish. The ghastly yuck-yuck commentary of the writer-director which I turned on in error while fiddling with my remote is even more appalling than his direction. This no Lady Bird for middle-schoolers as some here today-gone tomorrow critic suggested. It's bloody awful.
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Postby Reza » Fri Oct 12, 2018 2:43 am

The Happy Prince (Rupert Everett, 2018). 8/10

The last destitute years of Oscar Wilde's life are presented with heartbreaking grimness along with flashes of his former life when he ruled London via the stage with his witty plays. His infatuation and affair with Alfred "Bosie" Douglas (Colin Morgan) followed by being accused of sodomy by his lover's angry father, the Marquise of Queensberry, results in a public trial and imprisonment. Class transgression was his downfall. Although it was still a crime to frolic with low class rent boys who could be bought off and paid but it was altogether an unforgiving offence if the upper classes were involved. After two years of hard labour he is released and exiled to France. He loses his shattered wife (Emily Watson), his sons and his country. The screenplay goes back and forth through different phases of his life as the decrepit old man hallucinates about his past life while on his deathbed in a seedy Paris hovel which passes for his room - his humiliation with a prison sentence and hard labour, his exile in France, support by two close friends (Colin Firth & Edwin Thomas), being spat upon and humiliated by British expats, the return of the duplicitous "Bosie" in his life followed by his wife's termination of his tiny allowance and final rejection of him after he attempts a reconciliation. The end is a lonely and painful death. Everett was born to play the part having honed his skills via starring in two film adaptations of the writer's plays ("An Ideal Husband" & "The Importance of Being Earnest") followed later by playing Wilde on stage in David Hare's "The Judas Cage". With his face covered in prosthetics and his body bloated up the actor brings to life one of the great literary giants showing him in the depths of despair but also manages to show flashes of the witty and charming man he once was. Superb film, photographed in burnished hues with a stately score by Gabriel Yared, is a fitting tribute to a genius by an actor-director who also manages to touch on points that strike an important chord in 2018.

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Postby Reza » Fri Oct 12, 2018 2:43 am

Nowhere to Go (Seth Holt & Basil Dearden, 1958) 9/10

Bleak but stylish film noir from Ealing Studios is more in line with similar films from France (early Jules Dassin and the films of Jean-Pierre Melville come to mind) than with its American counterparts. The convoluted plot, co-written by Holt and film critic Kenneth Tynan (based on a novel by Donald MacKenzie), begins with a superbly shot prison break-out in silence using only natural sounds on the soundtrack. The escapee, a suave con-man (George Nader), recalls his past while in a bathtub after his escape. He charms an old widow (silent screen star Bessie Love) and steals her husband's coin collection, sells it and hides the money in a bank safe. Thinking he will get a minor prison term he gives himself up but the judge sentences him to a 10 year term thus forcing him to escape. Hiding out at an apartment arranged by his accomplice (Bernard Lee before he played "M" in the Bond films), he meets and befriends a lonely woman (Maggie Smith in her film debut). Things go from bad to worse when his accomplice double crosses him and later ends up dead with the police convinced he is the murderer. Refused help by the underworld he turns to the girl for help who hides him at her family home in Wales. Paranoia takes over when he thinks the girl has betrayed him leading to the film's climax on the icy heath. Shot mostly on location - damp London streets, dark alleys, derelict train stations, snow covered countryside, smoky clubs. The brilliant camerawork of Paul Beeson, using low angles and shadows, creates a sense of claustrophobic entrapment which the protagonist feels throughout. The memorable jazz score by Dizzy Reece adds to the atmosphere of mistrust and suspicion. Superbly acted by Nader, Smith and Lee, this forgotten masterpiece of British cinema easily holds its own with the best noirs out there. A must-see.

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Postby Reza » Fri Oct 12, 2018 2:42 am

The Insult (Ziad Doueiri, 2017) 8/10

Powerful if heavy handed film, inspired by the Lebanese Civil War, speaks a universal truth about humans who, in the absence of a sense of closure, are unable to control their political hatred and prejudice which continues to grow and fester in their souls. The story, set in Beirut, could apply to any neighborhood of the globe dealing with prejudice and hatred. A minor altercation between two men - a Christian and a Palestinian refugee - escalates gradually from a single slur (the "insult") to a physical assault to more heated words involving racial prejudice which result in two heated court sessions. The matter then moves from physical skirmishes between people attending the trial to outright riots in the streets of Beirut. The high profile trial becomes less about the insult and bodily injury and more about a nation in the grip of a deep rooted morass gestating within like a festering wound which erupts time and again with violence. The film's pat ending may be too simplistic which implores to move on and find a way to make mutually respectable peace and not allow wounds to fester but it still manages to provide good drama and an important message nonetheless. The film also shows the positive and modern emergence of empowered womanhood in the mainly patriarchal Middle East. The film was nominated for an Oscar, the first from Lebanon.

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Postby Reza » Tue Oct 09, 2018 7:17 am

Blood Money (Rowland Brown, 1933) 8/10

Fast moving Pre-Code that was deemed a lost film until found 40 years later. Highly racy in content the screenplay thumbs a nose at all propriety and celebrates crime, under-age sexual assault, nymphomania, kleptomania and masochism. Imagine the uproar a film like this would cause today. A slick bail bondsman (George Bancroft) works for a mob boss (Chick Chandler) whose sister (Judith Anderson) is his mistress and owner of a sleazy nightclub with a butch attendant in a top hat. He falls for a society dame (Frances Dee) who blatantly tells him, "What I need is someone to give me a good thrashing. I’d follow him around like a dog on a leash", and at the end when she finds that he has returned to his mistress she eagerly goes to meet a man who has sexually assaulted another woman. The audacity of the screenplay is hilarious with Dee cast against type as the masochistic nymphomaniac who is also a kleptomaniac on the side. The equally superb Anderson makes her film debut and slinks across the screen passing cynical comments alluringly dressed in a series of very revealing gowns - she would disappear from the screen immediately after this one re-emerging 7-years later as Mrs Danvers in Hitchcock's "Rebecca" which immediately jump started her career as a much in demand character star. This film is not to be missed despite a ho-hum main plot.

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Postby Reza » Tue Oct 09, 2018 7:17 am

Cargo (Ben Howling & Yolanda Ramke, 2018) 6/10

In post-apocalyptic Australia a man (Martin Freeman) struggles to keep alive after he has been bitten by his zombie wife. With only 48 hours left before he also becomes one he needs to find a safe haven for his infant daughter. Helping him along the way is a young independent Aboriginal girl who is trying to save her father. Both find themselves allies with a common goal. The film is a celebration of the vast Australian outback along with the important theme of the strong bond between parent and child and the sacrifices one makes for a loved one. Freeman gives a moving performance as the kind loving man who has to make tough decisions all of which go against his gentle nature.

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Postby Reza » Tue Oct 09, 2018 7:17 am

1408 (Mikael Håfström, 2007) 6/10

John Cusack is good as a cynical writer bent on debunking paranormal activity in this adaptation of a Stephen King short story. As with most such films the set-up proves far more interesting than the visual effects which take over most of the story as the character is assaulted body and soul. A writer checks into room 1408 of the Dolphin Hotel, a room that has seen various suicides and gruesome deaths in the past. The hotel manager (Samuel L. Jackson in a kick-ass cameo) discourages the writer but gives him the key. Gradually things start to go bump in the night as the room and its ghosts try to kill the new occupant. Cusack is alone on screen through most of the film and does an admirable job as the hapless man finding himself in over his head with the terrifying assaults to his senses. Are these things actually happening to him or is it all in his mind and he is slowly going mad? He does have a sad family history behind him as his daughter died and his marriage collapsed. King basically rehashes "The Shining" - old wine in a new bottle - with paranoia and guilt thrown into the mix. Ok as a horror film but nothing really new here.

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Postby Reza » Tue Oct 09, 2018 7:16 am

Devices and Desires (John Davies, 1991) 4/10

Dull P.D. James mystery with Commander Adam Dalgliesh (Roy Marsden) visiting Norfolk where he gets embroiled in a series of murders as various women are found strangled by a serial killer. The screenplay goes off in a number of directions - the dangers and benefits of a nuclear power plant (which is in the vicinity) and the loss of a mother on her family. Meanwhile more and more murders occur along with a suicide and a drowning. When the serial killer is found dead by suicide he leaves a note insisting he did not kill one of the women. This puts suspicion on someone amongst the townfolk, all of whom are interacting with each other - having affairs, lying to the police to create an alibi and holding onto long hidden secrets involving child molestation and murder in the past. Lifeless pacing (the film is in 6 parts) has Dalgliesh merely an observer providing occasional views on the case to the police. Susannah York, Gemma Jones, James Faulkner guest star as the suspects in town.

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Postby Reza » Tue Oct 09, 2018 7:16 am

Se7en (David Fincher, 1995). 9/10

Riveting thriller that takes a perverse delight in its grisly images. A serial killer, using the seven deadly sins (pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath and sloth) of the Biblical faith, gruesomely murders his victims baffling the police. The detectives assigned to the case are a well read extremely articulate veteran (Morgan Freeman) about to retire and a brash young rookie (Brad Pitt) who has just moved to New York with his beautiful but unhappy wife (a stunningly beautiful Gwyneth Paltrow who provides the film's only light during her brief appearance). The murder victims are shown in graphic detail adding to the film's overall bleak atmosphere which Fincher brilliantly creates using the stunning imagery of Darius Khondji's camerawork - all in muted palettes of beige and browns - constant rain falling which adds to the simmering dread, foreboding production design of the buildings and rooms where the bodies are found and Howard Shore's pulsating score (using Bach and songs by David Bowie and Nine Inch Nails) which add a sense of urgency. Both Freeman and Pitt give memorable performances. John Doe the serial killer, making a sudden appearance towards the end of the film, is played by a once-great actor and star (winner of two Oscars) who has now been made to stand "in the corner" by Hollywood and labelled a "very naughty and despicable boy". The actor is absolutely brilliant giving a performance of great wit and evil. His monologue at the end proves very ironic knowing now the reason for his recent disgrace. Superb film has an extremely disturbing twist ending which fits completely into the scheme of the plot and gives the film it's true gravitas.

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Postby Reza » Tue Oct 09, 2018 7:15 am

Twenty Feet From Stardom (Morgan Neville, 2013). 7/10

Oscar winning documentary celebrates the unsung heroines on stage - the coloured backup singers seen harmonising behind famous rock, pop and soul superstars like Mick Jagger, Donna Summer, Ray Charles, David Bowie, Tom Jones, Bette Midler and countless others. Fascinating interviews reflect their joys, sorrows and hard work creating impressions very integral to the main act right in front of them. With their powerful voices, dance moves, costumes and often stunning coiffures these integral ladies in the back managed to enhance the performance of the lead singers without whom the act would not have had the right impact. Very few managed to attain stardom by going solo while some (Darlene Love) had to face the indignity of seeing their songs given by producers to other singers who lip synced them on to success. What is lovely to see here is the ladies reminisce about the past with good humour, with happy memories of time spent in the spotlight even if it was twenty feet behind the spot where they deserved to be.


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