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 Posted:   Oct 9, 2020 - 3:03 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Bombshell


The film received three well-deserved Academy Award nominations--for Charlize Theron, Margot Robbie (the main fictional/composite character), and for the make-up. The make-up team won the Oscar.

 
 Posted:   Oct 9, 2020 - 3:10 PM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

Bloodshot
2020
Enjoy Vin diesel as Riddick but this was truly awful tosh.
Not even gona write about it.

And the jablonsky score was superhero annoying.
How some people on here collect this crud n say its good i can never comprehend. Heard one, heard em all.
Same old thumping noise.
4 out of 10.

 
 Posted:   Oct 9, 2020 - 3:37 PM   
 By:   Grecchus   (Member)

The film received three well-deserved Academy Award nominations--for Charlize Theron, Margot Robbie (the main fictional/composite character), and for the make-up. The make-up team won the Oscar.

Thanks, Bob. I'm so out of it I thought the big O event that would encompass Bombshell was yet to come. I harbored the thought that maybe Theron was getting even with Penn for his stint on Milk.

Edit: I saw Judy, again on DvD. I know Zelwegger bagged UO for that effort. Most of the time, bios don't do anything for me, but Judy made me really wonder what finished Garland off. It seems to me she herself shut off all avenues of survival until there was literally nowhere else to go. No more friends, no more sympathetic shoulders to grab onto, let alone cry into. But above all, the money ran out - the final arbiter of life or death. Okay, now that's over, I really wouldn't want to choose between these two, although there may be a small swing towards one over the other, not that it makes an ounce of difference.

 
 Posted:   Oct 10, 2020 - 12:56 AM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

Agatha and the Midnight Murders (2020) ... 2-/10

Rubbish! A TV movie starring Helen Baxendale (as the real AC) and a cast of (to me) unknowns in a mystery plot set during the 1940 London bombings.

It starts off very seriously, an unknown character stealing valuables from bodies in the destroyed buildings (resorting to cutting a finger off a living but trapped woman ...) and yet... this incident does not feature in the story which unfolds. Instead we have a group of characters locked in an underground room (well, there is bombing ... isn't there?) whilst AC seeks to sell an unpublished manuscript so as to relieve herself of financial worries ...

So, a typical AC set-up with some characters not being who they appear to be, a few mysterious deaths ... all let down by a script which swings from black comedy to serious crime ... and a denouement which is over in the blink of an eye, as if the writer knows that any further detail will reveal just how poor the plot was.

None of the acting was noteworthy, the sets were boring ... AC would have disowned this material without a second thought.

Music by Blair Mowat ... I can't say I noticed it.
Mitch

 
 Posted:   Oct 10, 2020 - 2:54 PM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

The Stone Killer (1973) ... 6/10

Remember the days when a film would have a score which kept you involved with the on-screen antics? Even when the story wasn't that great you had something to hold your interest ...

I've seen this film many times, including its cinematic release, and I can't say it's a great film. But it does keep you watching and there are plenty of enjoyable action - indeed: violent - scenes with Charles Bronson fighting his incompetent superiors as much as the gangsters. A great cast supports the story even if it is all a little muddled and the ending leaves you wondering why the cops bothered.

Michael Winner was never a subtle director and he lays the action/violence on thick ... and the racist dialogue makes you cringe. At 95mins the film is not overlong but there is a sequence where Bronson/Torrey visits a commune which takes him out of town ... I have no idea why other than it allows him to complain at what happens in his absence.

Taken from the novel A Complete State of Death by British writer John (Boysie Oakes/James Bond) Gardner, the story is transplanted from the UK to US ... and the crime is now retribution against Mafia dons rather than robbing multiple banks ...

A great score by Roy Budd which seems out of place in today's cinema ... and it's our loss. frown
Mitch

 
 Posted:   Oct 10, 2020 - 3:54 PM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

Love Stone killer n love the score.
Also loved that bit where bronson jumps up on the cabinet n boots door open then shoots guy from an angle hes not expecting. I agree its not "great" but 6 is a bit mean mitchy. 7.5 is more like it.

 
 Posted:   Oct 11, 2020 - 12:44 AM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

Love Stone killer n love the score.
Also loved that bit where bronson jumps up on the cabinet n boots door open then shoots guy from an angle hes not expecting. I agree its not "great" but 6 is a bit mean mitchy. 7.5 is more like it.


Agreed, Bill, that's a great scene (I don't recall Clint Eastwood/Harry Callahan doing anything similar) and the car/bike chase is well handled, too, etc.

But the story is too muddled - e.g. there's talk of events taking place in other cities but we see or told nothing of those; a lot hangs on Jumper ... but what was his role other than to steal cars (and yet he knows the hideout); Lipper seems to be involved simply to pad the story ... a veteran who has mental issues and so must be eliminated; and at the end whilst the mercenaries are killed/captured the Mafia Don has achieved his aim.

And you know me ... I'm not that generous! smile

 
 Posted:   Oct 11, 2020 - 2:38 AM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

A few bits that didnt add up, sure, but i like the feel of the film and the end sequence where the assassins are hanging in the lift is great, plus the score makes up for anything else

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 11, 2020 - 2:42 AM   
 By:   Rameau   (Member)

John Wick 2 I was only going to look at the last ten minutes in preparation for viewing the third film, but I ended up looking at the whole thing. I you thought that the first one was violent, well it's downright anemic compared to this one. Lucky for JW, he lives in the same world as Bond & Bourne & The Stath, where trained assassin's who never miss, take aim at the hero...& miss (all the time).

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 11, 2020 - 4:05 AM   
 By:   Damian   (Member)

Bram Stoker's Dracula 8/10. I hadn't watched this film in years. So I gave it another go. I remember really liking the film, when I first saw it. It still held my interest. Gary Oldman was superb as Vlad, adding depth to the wretched soul, more than other performances. You almost forget he's a 400 year old murderer and feel sorry for him. Ryder was lovely, Hopkins was a bit cracked but, as always, watchable. Keanu's performance seemed a bit better this time round! Music great no need to say more. It is also a stunning looking film.
Followed by
The Night Stalker 6/10 ( sort of). I was enjoying this but fell asleep towards the end. The whisky had taken hold. smile

 
 Posted:   Oct 11, 2020 - 4:14 AM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

John Wick 2 I was only going to look at the last ten minutes in preparation for viewing the third film, but I ended up looking at the whole thing. I you thought that the first one was violent, well it's downright anemic compared to this one. Lucky for JW, he lives in the same world as Bond & Bourne & The Stath, where trained assassin's who never miss, take aim at the hero...& miss (all the time).

Yeah i watched this again yesterday. There is only so many times you can watch choreographed violence where he grabs one trained guard, pulls him to the floor, holds him in a judo grip and then uses the guy's gun to shoot 2 guys coming through one door and another 2 behind him. Through the head. And wears a suit that stops bullets.

Also the whole concept of a hotel that is sacrosanct protection for crims doesnt really ring true.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 11, 2020 - 9:00 AM   
 By:   Rameau   (Member)


Also the whole concept of a hotel that is sacrosanct protection for crims doesnt really ring true.


Yeah, & it seems there's a similar hotel in every large city in the world. The whole thing's a looney fantasy, & those fights do get boring (one in the body then one in the head with digital blood spurt). But I have to see the third one. We have JW hobbling away (with dog) with just the clothes he stands up in, & every hit man in the world waiting an hour before they can have a shot at him (& in this crazy world, every other person is a hit man), & seeing as they're talking about a forth one, I'm thinking that JW doesn't do too badly. I'll give it a few days first, now let's see what I can dig out for tonight.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 11, 2020 - 2:12 PM   
 By:   Rameau   (Member)

Paint Your Wagon I'm not big on musicals, but I always enjoy this one, Lee Marvin is brilliant. The DVD looks very nice, but I'd love a Blu-ray.

...& does the starter of this thread, Michaelware, post on here anymore?

 
 Posted:   Oct 13, 2020 - 11:43 AM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

Phelps will be pleased with me.
Finally watching Hud (1963) again.
I think the last time i saw it was 45 years ago.

 
 Posted:   Oct 13, 2020 - 11:52 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

I think the last time i saw it was 45 years ago.

In other words, this will be your first time watching it.

 
 Posted:   Oct 13, 2020 - 12:00 PM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

Given i was about 14 at the time, i reckon so.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 13, 2020 - 1:19 PM   
 By:   Rameau   (Member)

Phelps will be pleased with me.
Finally watching Hud (1963) again.
I think the last time i saw it was 45 years ago.


Yeah, I've never seen it, & when I saw that it was on TCM in HD I recorded it & will view it for the first time soon.

 
 Posted:   Oct 13, 2020 - 1:35 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Hud the film shakes me to the core of my 1963 obsession, but that might just be an American thing--or a "me" thing. wink

 
 Posted:   Oct 13, 2020 - 1:43 PM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

"...Old people get as hard as their arteries sometimes.."

 
 Posted:   Oct 13, 2020 - 1:44 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

"...Old people get as hard as their arteries sometimes.."

 
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