Rate the Last Film You Watched

farzam1999

Straw Hat Pirate
I've watched a couple of films over the holidays!

Back to the Future (1985) Robert Zemeckis
It had been far too long since I've last watched this great movie. The characters are all great, not much to say about this one, since well.. everyone kinda knows it lol. 9/10.

Back to the Future - Part II (1989) Robert Zemeckis
A great followup to a great movie! - I've always enjoyed the second one as much as the first. The story was absolutely awesome, how everything was tied together with the plot from the first, but it still differed and had it's own story (if that makes any sense lol). The first one will always be a classic, so this one gets 8/10.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) Sergio Leone (kinda 1st time watch)
When I was around 12 years old, I watched around 10-20 of this film with my brother. However, I have seen the ending scene a couple of times, as I thought it was great. Now I've watched the complete movie, about time lol. It was my first real experience with a western, and it was GREAT. Loved all the characters and the whole set up of it. I wished for a bit more back story on Angel Eyes. 8.5/10.

SPL (2005) Wilson Yip (1st time watch)
I had been looking forward to seeing this movie, also Yip had directed it (from the Ip Man trilogy). I'm not a big fan of Yen, but I actually wanted to see more of him in this film. Sadly, it couldn't be, as the second and third film don't have any characters from the first. Since their story has nothing to do with the first one (just like the Overheard trilogy). It reminded me too much of Divergence, which I did not enjoy. There were too many loose ends and the story wasn't all that good. 5/10.

My Cousin Vinny (1992) Jonathan Lynn
I was kinda on the fence with this one. But boy was I wrong, it brought back so many funny memories lol. Pesci was absolutely great as Vinny. It was so much fun as well, I can highly recommend it! 7/10, in terms of story, but a 9/10, in terms of comedy.
 

IncendiaryLemon

Captain Karen
AUKN Staff
The Strangers: Prey at Night

Long ago, in the ancient year of 2008, a little horror movie was released into cinemas known as The Strangers. Although reception was mixed amongst the critics, it was acclaimed amongst the horror community at the time, with many praising its atmosphere and tension, not to mention a box office smash, earning $80 million on a budget of less than $10 million. Despite gaining great traction at the time, like with most things that are popular, it faded into obscurity in the years that followed, garnering a cult following, but hardly remaining relevant in the public consciousness. Rumours of a sequel floated about shortly after the success of the first film, but nothing ever came to fruition. Well, that was until 2018. Completely apropos of nothing, the follow up The Strangers: Prey at Night was released a full decade after the original, not to mention at least five years after anyone might even care. After a fairly underwhelming trailer dropped, followed by a resounding 'meh' from both the critics and horror community at large, I forgot it even existed until I was browsing Netflix and saw it had finally cropped up on there. Delighted I wouldn't have to pay money to see what I was wholly expecting to be a bad movie, I ended up finally seeing it, and it is not hard to see why the response to this was so poor, but it's not for the reasons I was initially expecting.

As a standalone horror movie, The Strangers: Prey at Night is a perfectly serviceable affair. It's fairly by the numbers as far as these sorts of things go, but it is still an entertaining film, its well paced, and features a decent amount of the stabby murder violence that you'd want. Where this film starts to fall apart is when you examine it as a sequel to the original 2008 film. It has been a while since I've seen the original personally, but I do recall it setting a very high bar in both suspense and atmosphere for the horror genre. It ratchets up the tension very slowly and effectively, before delivering a memorable, not to mention utterly chilling, ending that is purpose built to haunt the viewer long after the credits have rolled. Prey at Night features exactly none of that. Although I'd be tempted to put it entirely down to a change in director, the issue runs far deeper than that, and is more of an issue at the script level, which I was astonished to find actually was penned by the writer and director of the first movie, Bryan Bertino. A lot of what made the first film great was the fact the setting was almost entirely the confines of a single house, not only making for a claustrophobic film, but the titular Strangers targeting someone's own home made it feel much more personal, not to mention relatable. The sequel swaps this setting for, of all things, an empty trailer park, thus stripping the concept of most of the intimacy it once had, and a lot of the effectiveness alongside it. I understand that in the sequel, you're supposed to expand, but in this case, it only served to kneecap proceedings.

What really hammered home the total butchering of the core concepts initially presented in The Strangers was in the ending. The first film had an incredibly dour but very effective ending, which sees one half of the unfortunate couple shot whilst the other is stabbed several times and left for dead, as the perpetrators move on to their next targets. Not only does this make the antagonists feel strong and menacing, with them never coming to harm throughout the film, the fact that they'll strike again and it could be anyone, even you (helped by the 'Based on True Events' claim on the promotional material) makes for one of the best endings to a horror film ever, in my humble opinion. Prey by Night flips this on its head entirely, by having each and everyone one of the Strangers dispatched one by one, with two of them being taken out by a single teenage girl. It just takes away every ounce of threat they possessed, seeing them be dispatched of so easily. There is an attempt to make it seem like they're still alive, but it's incredibly weak, and needed expanding upon for them to get the audience to buy that these people aren't dead.

Although I'm not sure I would go so far as to call it a complaint, a really distracting element about Prey at Night was its attempts to cash in on the wave of 80s nostalgia that Stranger Things arguably kicked off a couple of years ago. There was absolutely nothing even remotely 80s themed about the original, making it seem super tacked on here, in a blatant attempt to cash in on a craze. Hell, there's nothing even really 80s about this film either, other than the crowbarring in of some recognizable music in some scenes, and a couple of nods to horror films at the time. If there is one area I'll give credit, it's with the direction and cinematography, which did occasionally seem to ape the look of older horror films with its use of zooms and pans specifically, but even that was somewhat half hearted, only keeping up the aesthetic when the director seemed to feel like it, and looking like a plain old generic genre film most of the time.

So, to conclude, although I did get a solid 90 minutes of entertainment out of The Strangers: Prey at Night, it ultimately left me asking the question "Why?". Why make this? Why make it now? It clearly wasn't because they had a super strong idea for a sequel, or because the franchise had some massive fan base to cash in on, even if it was a modest box office success. I'll never know, but it honestly might have been better for the legacy of the first film if they had just left well enough alone.
 

farzam1999

Straw Hat Pirate
I watched my first film of 2019 yesterday and it was my first experience with a foreign film (that's not asian lol).
It was Blue is the Warmest Colour directed by Abdellatif Kechiche. Also my first experience with that director and this specific genre.
The film is from 2013 and won several awards. Also first time I've kind of really watched a Criterion (beforehand I've watched The Breakfast Club from Universal and Seven Samurai from BFI. Have upgraded both titles to Criterion since then). Can't really talk much about Criterion's release though as I have nothing to compare it to and the release (shockingly) had no bonus features on disc! Sure, but nothing other than a trailer and a TV-spot.

So the film itself, I fell in love with the main characters, so much talent portraid! - the story was absolutely amazing as well. Léa Seydoux and Adèle Ecarchopoulos were amazing. No wonder both of them won prizes for their roles as Emma and Adèle.

There were heavily explicit scenes in the film, however, I think they just added to the couple's story and the film itself. About 5-6 explicit scenes in the whole movie. The film was 3 hours long, but it did not feel like it all. I wanted more, but the film ended very nicely in my opinion.

I see the film as I do with The Breakfast Club (which is my 3rd all time favourite film), I can identify myself with the characters (yes, also to this film, but just a bit). It made me see the whole story of the film from a different perspective. I also think that this film deserves a spot in my top 10, somewhere on the list, not sure just yet. The only downside I saw to the film itself was the "second part" or "second chapter" (as the French title indicates) it's split into two parts. Not that the second part was bad, it was great. But less exciting/amazing as the first part. Overall this was a great film! 9.5/10.

So that was my longest "review" I've done here. I'm thinking about doing it like this from now on. Hope it's good and you guys will like it! - Thanks! :D
 

farzam1999

Straw Hat Pirate
Last night I watched Wild City from 2015, directed by Ringo Lam (who recently passed away, RIP). My first time watching the film, but the trailer had me pretty hyped up for it. It was good, far from great though. I liked the two main characters (Koo and Yue), and their backstory.

However, I wanted more backstory from the other characters as well. The trailer had, in my sense, hyped up for a great big villain, but I didn't see it like that. The posters and almost all PR for the film had also done that. I wished for more of the villain, and much more backstory to him. The plot in itself was good, and the action was very well done.
In my opinion it's far better than more recent Hong Kong movies that have been released in the past few years. The ending was also very good. Panorama's release was very nice as always, I believe there no special features, but their PQ is very good.

I can recommend for a watch, but don't expect great things, just see it for the action and great acting by Koo and Yue. 6.5/10.
 

NormanicGrav

Yume no Shima Shinen Kōen
AUKN Staff
So I just got back from my local Showroom Cinema to check out the latest Japanese film that had been getting some pretty big attention at a bunch of festivals.



One Cut of the Dead is about a group of filmmakers who are trying to produce a zombie film, only to discover that there is an actual zombie apocalypse going on. Now, as much as I like to go into detail, what makes this film so amazing is the element of surprise it brings after the very impressive 30-40 minute one cut that it provides. It is a very low budget film but it has a lot of charm done throughout and it's pretty hilarious to watch all the way.

I highly recommend that you check this one out if you can at your local cinema, because you'll have a blast watching it with an group of people. Now because I know that I'm being pretty vague about how much I really enjoyed this film, but that's because it's one of those rare cases where avoiding any form of trailers, clips, plot synopsis and reviews is crucial to fully enjoy this wonderful film.

5/5

If you can't get access to a cinema screening near you, distributor Third Window Films will be releasing it on Blu-ray and DVD starting 28th January.

(disclaimer: Amazon links are affiliates, which will pay me a commission if you click through and buy something)
 

Mr L

School Idol
Spider-Man: into the Spider-Verse - The best animated and best Comic Book movie of the year, highly recommended, the movie effortlessly juggles multiple complex threads that compliment, rather than detract from the central character's story - 9/10

Aquaman - I admire its commitment to full on comic book accuracy, throwing out any traditional movie aesthetic rule book. The plot rather needlessly complicated and found myself more invested in the secondary antagonist rather than the primary one. It's still a fun time and visually unlike any other DC or Marvel movie. - 7/10

Mary Poppins Returns - Very authentic to the style of the original film. Emily Blunt is great in the lead role though everyone else is solid. The animated section makes me desire even more for a new 2D animated movie from Disney. All the songs are good and well performed though I'm not sure they, or the film as a whole, Wilk have the same lasting appeal as the original film did during its time. - 7/10

Bumblebee - It took over a decade but Transformers is finally free from being Michael Bay produced dreck and is instead a heart warming character journey and thrilling ride. The robot designs are no longer hard on the eyes visual noise and are more faithful to their original incarnations than ever. Hailee Steinfeld plays the most endearing human lead in any Transformers property ever. Hope this is a sign of things to come from Hasbro movies. - 8/10
 

farzam1999

Straw Hat Pirate
In the weekend I finally watched the third and final installment of the Infernal Affairs, being Infernal Affairs 3. It's from 2003 and directed by Andrew Lau and Alan Mak. It concludes the story of Lau, played by Andy Lau (lol). The film takes place in two timelines, months before and months after the first film.

The film was very hard to follow at times, maybe I didn't pay too much attention though. It's gotten mixed reviews, and I have mixed feelings about it. It basically had no action, it felt more of a cop drama to me. It was around 2 hours long, but it didn't feel like it at all. Andy Lau and Tony Leung were both great, as always, reprising their roles from the first film.

As mentioned, it was low on the action side, and a bit too boring for me. I can recommend it for watching to finish the series. I'm also unsure whether to keep the blu-ray release or not. 4.5/10.
 

Professor Irony

Cursed Image
Moderator
Bohemian Rhapsody

The story of Queen's early years through to their legendary performance at Live Aid, I would agree with the general consensus that Rami Malek is fantastic as Freddie Mercury, but it’s hard to get away from the film's often dubious historical accuracy and, even setting that aside it's also hampered by an uninteresting first act.

As a piece of pure drama, the first half hour lacks any real conflict - the band's rise to fame seems fairly straightforward - and it only really warms up once we get into the 1980s and the cracks in their working relationship begin to show. The rest of the film is more engaging, but much of what happens has been fictionalised or at least rearranged for the sake of narrative convenience. The film never explicitly claims to be a completely accurate version of events, but if the critical reaction is anything to go by, it feels like it ought to be preceded by one of those ‘most of this actually happened’ type clauses.

It’s tricky, I suppose. 24 Hour Party People handled the blurring of musical fact and fiction more effectively, by breaking the fourth wall in its narration to highlight things that were disputed, but I dare say not every film can make that work. Perhaps the story of Queen was never ideally suited for the cinema? It's tempting to wonder if the film might have worked better had they managed to stick to the original plan for a biopic of Mercury himself, rather than trying to cover the entire band.
 

Winkuru

School Idol
Bird Box

There's some neat ideas here but those ideas are underused and rather than using the monster's powers in interesting ways the film does away the characters far less interesting and mundane way. The film can be creepy but it's more due to the idea rather than execution . The film also does away the suspense by basically showing right away that the MC and the kids are the only ones going to survive. Ending is also pretty awful but i do think that even with it's flaws bird box is still kinda worth the watch

6/10.
 

farzam1999

Straw Hat Pirate
So I thought I might do my mini film reviews at the end of a week, since I’ve noticed I may have posted too much back to back lately.
I may change it up, so when a film comes that I really enjoyed, there wil be a bigger and more in depth review of it.

So here is Wednesday, January 9th - Sunday, January 13th.

The Killer
This is my first real experience with a film where Chow Yun-Fat stars (the only other being Dragonball Evolution, which I highly regret lol). Also my first film with director John Woo. The Killer is from 1989. Man, Yun-Fat was young, and thin lol. The film started out really strong, fast paced action and lovely choreography. However, it then toned down (as expected), so I somehow lost a bit of interest. This all went away when I saw the boat scene, it became so much more interesting the film. I admit that I payed more attention after this point. The films had a awesome ending, one of the best shootouts I’ve seen in a long time.
The PQ was a different story though, it was one of the worst blu-rays I’ve ever seen. But that’s nothing all new, considering it’s a Vivendi (Dragon Dynasty) release. The audio was better, but sounded very thin and hollow. I can highly recommend this one! 8/10.

I really want to see what Hard Boiled is about now!

Back to the Future - Part III
I ended up watching the final part of the great trilogy!
I liked the story and that was in the old west. I wasn’t so fond of the plot with Clara and so, but still a solid entry and a great finish to a great franchise. Director Robert Zemeckis did it again with an awesome film. I did enjoy the first two films more, but that’s kind of expected, isn’t it?
Not much to say about this, other than it, of course, is a classic! 7/10.

Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow
Gonna be honest, I’ve never watched this film before. Even being one who loves martial arts (and Jackie Chan!). I picked up the German release back in October, but first decided to watch it now. It was great fun to be honest. It was like Drunken Master, but actually managed to have it’s own story. Also shares the same director Yuen Woo-ping, and also a lot of the same cast from Drunken Master. The story was a bit cliche, but it was handled very well, and it’s a classic martial arts! - also how it ended with a big fight scene on an open field lol.
The comedy and action choreography was spot on!
I can recommend it highly for people who are into martial arts and comedies. 8/10.


I also watched these at the end of last year, but just forgot to post them.

Léon - The Professional
My first time watching this, I got it as a Christmas present from my brother. It had been on my wishlist for a while and I asked him if he would buy it for me during the holiday sales. It’s directed by Luc Besson, this film also marks my first experience with him.
I had been looking forward for a while to check this film out. Boy, I was not disappointed at all! - I enjoyed it very much!
The action scenes were very well done and I loved the main antagonist (Gary Oldman), also a very good performance from all actors and actresses.
As with Sony, the 4K PQ was gorgeous, very grainey and had a lot of detail (also very nice colours). 8.5/10.

Jurassic World - Fallen Kingdom
I also picked this one during BF, and got it during December month. I have always been iffy about the JP franchise, apart from JP and Lost World, which are some of my favourites. This was a solid entry in the series, and in my opinion better than JP III and Jurassic World. The story was alright, but I liked the characters more than in World (talking about the two kids, who weren’t mentioned or anything lol). A little subplot could have been avoided, about a little girl, didn’t make too much sense in the whole story or didn’t matter. Also my first time watching this film.
It was good fun, and a solid entry as said. 6.5/10.

The Accidental Spy
I’ve had this one sitting in my collection for a while and ended up watching it some days ago (in the final days of 2018). I have watched it before many times and I always seem to like it lol. Chan plays this salesman, who “accidentally” becomes a spy! - what’s not to like. The PQ of the blu-ray was not that good, it was K&R who released, what could I except. No extras either at all. The only pro was that it was the original HK cut. Not the cut version that is on the UK release.
Overall, a nice and watchable film from director Teddy Chan. 6.5/10.
 

farzam1999

Straw Hat Pirate
Quite a slow week for me, so here is Monday, January 14th to Sunday, January 20th.

The Kid with the Golden Arm
Another classic martial arts movie. This time around, it felt this movie had a more supernatural feel to it lol. More great Shaw fight, more of the Philip Kwok goodiness :D
From the classical Shaw director Chang Cheh. This movie is about two clans who are up against each other, with them solving their problems in the final part of the movie. As said, fights were great. But the story was lacking, felt like a cliche story to be honest.
The PQ was horrendous, their faces looked like paintings, with no level of detail at all! It's a shame, since Koch's other Shaw Brothers releases actually looks quite good.
This film gets a ?/?

Yep, no rating. I think I'm gonna take away my rating system, for now at least. I think it's become a bit hard for me to give a film a score to be honest. I'll see how it goes without ratings, then I can change it back if I don't like it.

Blade Runner
My first time watching this movie (oh yeah, also first time with The Kid with the Golden Arm). Directed by Ridley Scott, and released in 1982. The movie was awesome, to put it very very short. The special effetcs were amazing considering it's from that time! And Ford was so... young..
I did maybe enjoy 2049 more, I don't know yet. May need to rewatch both again some times lol.
This one started out a bit slower maybe, but the payoff was great.
The 4K PQ was absolutely stunning, heavy grain with a great level of detail in skin.

Kiki's Delivery Service
It's been a while since I've seen one of my Ghibli's. So far I'm missing 4 more in my collection, but I've watched them before. I loved this one, as with the other Ghiblis to be fair. The animation and drawing were gorgeous, and the transfer looked quite good for an older anime title.
The story, as with Ghibli, was great, as always. Loved the characters, everything was interesting, and it didn't feel like it was rushed or anything. Run time was a bit over 100 minutes, but didn't feel like it.
Great watch overall.
 

Professor Irony

Cursed Image
Moderator
Apostle (2018)

Gareth Evans of The Raid fame switches his attention to a remote Welsh (?) island for this Netflix horror, that sees a tortured drifter (Dan Stevens) attempting to rescue his kidnapped sister from the clutches of a religious cult, at the turn of the 20th century. The film is an absolute love-letter to The Wicker Man, but plays out in very different fasion, with the tension rapidly building as Stevens scrapes his way towards the community's dark heart, whilst their leaders attempt to flush out the 'spy'. Thinking back over it after it was finished, it's easy to see a lot of cracks in the narrative, and I feel Michael Sheen might be just too nice to really convince as the cultists' leader, but while it was running, I was absolutely sold on it. Not one for the ages, but as a 'ghost train' style thriller, it's still solid viewing.
 

Joe

Hunter
The Sword of Doom (1966)

Nakadai's performance is terrifyingly great. Trying to parse the emotions lining his stare after a particularly spectacular fight featuring another character is the highlight of the film for me.

Score and visuals are consistently on-point. Fight scenes range from slow stare-downs steeped in intensity, to frantic bloodbaths spilling with kinetic swordplay, but are always a sight to behold.

Story is a little convoluted and features some minor time-skips that aren't well telegraphed. The plot is completely unresolved, and the film ends more abruptly than The Beatles' I Want You (She's so Heavy).

I haven't quite fully comprehended what I've watched, but I enjoyed the majority of it.

★★★★☆
 

Winkuru

School Idol
It was originally going to be film series hence the ending but for reason or another they didn't get chance to do sequels. The film is based on book series but those probably haven't been translated.
 

farzam1999

Straw Hat Pirate
Weekly update time!
Monday, January 21st to Sunday, January 27th.

Invisible Target
This is a great action film directed by Benny Chan (who also directed my favourite movie of all time, New Police Story). This film has a great set of casts, with the 3 mains being Jaycee Chan, Nicholas Tse and Shawn Yue. The story is great and there's a lot of action involved in it as well. It's my second time seeing this film, but it remains as my second favourite from director Chan.
The PQ is meh, but Cine-Asia's release features tons of bonus material on their disc. 8/10.

Yes, I have brught back the ratings. I find myself more comfortable giving a movie a score tbh. And... this thread is called "RATE the last film you watched".. so I kinda have to lol.

Atomic Blonde
One of the 4Ks that I picked up during Black Friday. Let me just say this, I loved director David Leitch's work on the first John Wick film. However, this film didn't capture me at all. More specific, the story didn't at all. The action was top notch, but I really didn't care for the characters, nor the story.
I thought the story was like John Wick, hitman and such. I didn't expect a spy film, and the narrative was way off for me.
The good stuff was also the music, great blast from the past and the colours used in the film really popped.
Sadly not keeping the release, as I can't imagine giving it another watch. 5/10.

Sicario
Another 4K that I picked up during Black Friday. This movie is directed by one of my favourite "new" directors, Denis Villeneuve. The story was really good, and showed a more gritty side of the cartels and such. The characters were really good, and Emily Blunt played her's really great. Hoping the second one is as good. 7.5/10.

Throw Down
I kind of had high hopes for this film. Directed by the legendary Johnnie To. The trailer made this look more of a martial arts movie, which is then what I expected. I was wrong, about all the action shown in the trailer, was that featured in the film. On the upside, Louis Koo was great (as always). It was more of a talky movie, for me it didn't really go anywhere. And I didn't care for the characters, especially the woman. Not keeping the release as well. 4/10.

Currently watching Boiling Point (Takeshi Kitano).
 

NormanicGrav

Yume no Shima Shinen Kōen
AUKN Staff
So I just got back from my local Showroom Cinema once again to check out the latest Korean film that also received some pretty big attention at a bunch of festivals.



Burning is an interesting film. It's a drama that ends up being a thriller, one that made me think about what could happen next without giving away too much. It has this whole 'show don't tell' structure which concludes with a lot of open-ended scenarios about what exactly happened throughout the story. It starts out pretty simple, but once you reach that certain point it slowly begins to open up and become pretty unsettling. The music in particular is really well-done and the acting is impressive, especially Steven Yeun who is mostly known for The Walking Dead.


I do recommend checking this one out if you can, however this is a pretty long film (running at 2 hours 30 minutes) and a slow-burner so that might put you off. Though regardless I did think that it built up the characters well enough as well as the mystery throughout. The distributor is Thunderbird Releasing who also ran theatrical releases for another recently popular foreign film Shoplifters.

4/5
 

farzam1999

Straw Hat Pirate
Sounds like a great film @NormanicGrav! - Personally I'm not into Korean films, but I'll give this a go, once it's released.

Here's my watches from last week. Monday, January 28th to Sunday, February 3rd.
Fewer watches this time, as I'm getting prepared for a new semester at my University.

Boiling Point
This film is directed (and stars) the great Takeshi Kitano. It's been a while since I've seen anything by him, so I thought I might as well get started again, also my first time watching this one. As always the directing is done so great by him. The emotions that the characters show as something happens is just so funny, and well executed. I like the fact that the camera stays on the characters, even after they have said their lines and just show them. The story itself was good, but a very good idea to pay attention to it. Fun fact (a bit of a spoiler):
Kitano appears 48 minutes into the film, which is exactly halfway through it (film's running time being 96 minutes).
7/10.

Ant-Man and the Wasp
Directed by Peyton Reed, comes the second film in this franchise. What can I say? - I enjoyed it more than the first one to be honest. As the first one didn't interest me so much in story, but the comedy was good. I do also own for completion sake. This time around, it was the same deal. The villains weren't so "evil" so it was mostly driven by the comedy again for me. Paul Rudd, great again. 7/10.

Groundhog Day
Funny thing, I decided on Saturday morning to watch this one later that day. Then I was like "When is Groundhog Day actually?" - I went to Google it, and yep it was on that very day. Freaked me out a bit lol. Harold Ramis is the director of this one. This film is great, not much to say about it. Other than, Murray is so good and plays his character so well. The story itself is really well done. It reminded of how great of a film this is, and I asked myself why I hadn't bought beforehand. The 4K PQ was amazing, Sony does it again, never seen it with such great PQ and it looked like a newly released film. 9/10.

New thing: Others I've tried this week but didn't get my attention to finish the film: Thunderbolt, Twin Dragons and Wu Xia (Dragon).
 
Sounds like a great film @NormanicGrav! - Personally I'm not into Korean films, but I'll give this a go, once it's released.

Here's my watches from last week. Monday, January 28th to Sunday, February 3rd.
Fewer watches this time, as I'm getting prepared for a new semester at my University.

Boiling Point
This film is directed (and stars) the great Takeshi Kitano. It's been a while since I've seen anything by him, so I thought I might as well get started again, also my first time watching this one. As always the directing is done so great by him. The emotions that the characters show as something happens is just so funny, and well executed. I like the fact that the camera stays on the characters, even after they have said their lines and just show them. The story itself was good, but a very good idea to pay attention to it. Fun fact (a bit of a spoiler):
Kitano appears 48 minutes into the film, which is exactly halfway through it (film's running time being 96 minutes).
7/10.

Ant-Man and the Wasp
Directed by Peyton Reed, comes the second film in this franchise. What can I say? - I enjoyed it more than the first one to be honest. As the first one didn't interest me so much in story, but the comedy was good. I do also own for completion sake. This time around, it was the same deal. The villains weren't so "evil" so it was mostly driven by the comedy again for me. Paul Rudd, great again. 7/10.

Groundhog Day
Funny thing, I decided on Saturday morning to watch this one later that day. Then I was like "When is Groundhog Day actually?" - I went to Google it, and yep it was on that very day. Freaked me out a bit lol. Harold Ramis is the director of this one. This film is great, not much to say about it. Other than, Murray is so good and plays his character so well. The story itself is really well done. It reminded of how great of a film this is, and I asked myself why I hadn't bought beforehand. The 4K PQ was amazing, Sony does it again, never seen it with such great PQ and it looked like a newly released film. 9/10.

New thing: Others I've tried this week but didn't get my attention to finish the film: Thunderbolt, Twin Dragons and Wu Xia (Dragon).
I may have to watch groundhog day, I just might watch it when I get back from work. I think I've seen near the end but not the whole thing
 

Aaron

Dragon Knight
I watched Venom last night. I've never been a huge fan of Marvel's symbiote-related antics, but I enjoyed this a lot.

Tom Hardy was excellent in the lead role (he was very, very, very...strange) and Riz Ahmed is always good too (he was the only person I liked in Rogue One). The effects were great, there were some very quirky funny moments (disclaimer: I'm genuinely not sure if some parts were supposed to be comedic, but still) and overall it (thankfully) wasn't as dark and edgy as I expected it to be. The story wasn't anything astonishing or spectacular, but Hardy's performance really gave it a huge boost.

I'd definitely watch it again, plus any sequels that may appear down the line. 4/5
 

farzam1999

Straw Hat Pirate
Monday, February 4th to Sunday, February 10th.

Only two films for me this week, but I did try out others in my collection.

Enter the Dragon
My first time watching this film (yes, I know, it's a classic...), but the reason for that is that I really didn't enjoy Lee's other films. But this is something else, the story was great and the martial arts was too! - I may upgrade it to the same edition but from US as mine has the ugly German title on the spine lol. 8/10.

Sicario - Day of the Soldado
I thought I'd give this a go, as it wasn't too long since I watched the first. That being said, this movie wasn't as good. The first 60-70 percent of the film didn't make much sense as it wasn't used in the rest of the film. But the last 30 minutes or so were great, but sadly it was too forgettable. I won't be keeping this or the first (as I even can't remember that one either). Both good films, but I can't imagine watching either again. 6.5/10.

Others I've tried but won't keep: Have Sword, Will Travel. To be honest I had high hopes for the film, as it stars some of my favourite HK actors and the trailer made it look like a somewhat martial arts film. It wasn't, it was more of a politic film with hints of martial arts. Sadly, I couldn't finish it as it was too boring.

However, I've started watching more anime again, so that's good lol.
 
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