Rate the Last Film You Watched

thedoctor2016

Symphogear
Twin Peaks Fire Walk With me - Wanted to rewatch this prior to fully rewatching the 1990-91 show as wanted to see what it was like when I forgot most of the show. I still love it, i don't get why if you liked the show people hated this in this in the 90s its amazing, its the study of someone who is already dead inside in following the end of Laura Palmer, and Ray Wise as Leland is amazing. The initial 30 mins side trip how essential would that blue rose become in the 2017 series. If you hate this film you will hate the revival, but I love both and FWWM could now be my favourite film of all time especially how well the 2017 series follows it and also episode 29. 10/10
 
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CCG’s Reaper
AUKN Staff
Twin Peaks Fire Walk With me - Wanted to rewatch this prior to fully rewatching the 1990-91 show as wanted to see what it was like when I forgot most of the show. I still love it, i don't get why if you liked the show people hated this in this in the 90s its amazing, its the study of someone who is already dead inside in following the end of Laura Palmer, and Ray Wise as Leland is amazing. The initial 30 mins side trip how essential would that blue rose become in the 2017 series. If you hate this film you will hate the revival, but I love both and FWWM could now be my favourite film of all time especially how well the 2017 series follows it and also episode 29. 10/10
Did you also watch the Missing Pieces?
 

HWR

CCG’s Reaper
AUKN Staff
I don’t think I watched it when I originally viewed FWWM so I’ll be watching it this time around. Having a blast so far as I love the cast and most of the characters.
 

thedoctor2016

Symphogear
Half way through and they really add to the film only one I’m really sad they cut is Donna’s family as it really shows that’s what Laura wants and why Laura protects and stops Donna later in the film. And the message about the angel helps tie the end together.
Do kinda wish we could have a 3 and half hour long cut.
 
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thedoctor2016

Symphogear
Okay I think it makes the perfect Twin Peaks movie anyway. I understand why they cut most people wouldn’t want a 3/4 hr movie. But it’s good we can finally see it. Made the film more perfect to me. Probably for sure my favourite film now.
 

NormanicGrav

Yume no Shima Shinen Kōen
AUKN Staff
Grav's Cinema Progress for 2020 thus far.

Film #1: Jojo Rabbit

The first film I went to check out was the satire comedy film Jojo Rabbit from director Taika Waititi. I quite enjoyed this film and really liked the performances from the cast, the humour worked well in a number of places and had a pretty interesting story overall. Taika playing Hitler worked out well also. My main gripe is the story's progression as while I thought the main kid did a great job with his performance, there are a lot of moments that I consider to be quite cringey and that I just didn't like. The ending is okay but overall it was a good film.

Verdict: 3.5/5

Film #2: 1917

Next was the World War I film 1917 from director Sam Mendes. I had quite a conflicted opinion over this film. I felt that the cinematography and concept of a single shot was really good, and the acting was very well done also. The issue comes down to the story which I felt was not engaging enough and at times feels unrealistic in terms of how it plays out. I thought the final act was great but most of the good moments were pretty much used in the trailers. Overall a solid film also but not as amazing as people make it out to be, basically a gimmick.

Verdict: 3.5/5

Film #3: Weathering With You

The local cinema screened the Japanese anime film Weathering With You from director Makoto Shinkai. As I mentioned before, the film is pretty good overall but it's a rehash of Your Name's structure. I did think that the characters and humor was better than Your Name and the story itself is interesting but pretty much beat by beat the same concept as previously. The animation is what you would expect but it's not that impressive in places due to the CG and the filler-esque panning shots of the city which I felt was unnecessary. Great film overall despite those issues.

Verdict: 4/5

Film #4: The Lighthouse

The local cinema also screened the psychological horror film The Lighthouse from director Robert Eggers. This is a bizarre, weird and intriguing film to watch. The presentation was superb and the soundtrack is one of the best I've heard in recent years. The acting was also impressive and the story worked out pretty well for a closed setting. The main issue that I had with the film was that there are some moments where the dialogue is quite hard to understand due to the accent or tone they were trying to portray. Overall I really enjoyed the film and I recommend it to anyone who wants a unique horror film.

Verdict: 4.5/5
 

NormanicGrav

Yume no Shima Shinen Kōen
AUKN Staff
Grav's Cinema Progress for 2020 - Batch 2

Film #5: One Piece: Stampede

ODEON Luxe in my city screened the film and I took this opportunity to watch it. One Piece Stampede is a Japanese anime that celebrates the anniversary of One Piece's manga and it shows. Directed by Takashi Otsuka, the story is relatively simple and while it's set quite close to the current anime/manga arc, you can actually jump right in as long as you have at least the first 70 volumes of the manga (after Punk Hazard). Animation in terms of the character designs was great and I think this is based on their current artstyle for Wano, however, the CG is not particularly great in places and the sound effects feel borrowed by Dragon Ball. Regardless though, as a fan of One Piece, the action scenes were great and the character interactions are a lot of fun to watch.

Verdict: 4/5 (as a One Piece fan), 3/5 (for regular viewers)

Film #6: Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)

The first 2020 film of the year is a DC film directed by Cathy Yan. Still tied to the DC Extended Universe, Birds of Prey is a conflicting film overall. As a Harley Quinn film, it is really good and Margot Robbie continues to do a solid performance as the titular character. Quinn gets quite a lot of character development and is done pretty well even if some jokes don't land. As a Birds of Prey film, it is a pretty messy one. The biggest issue with this film is how it wants to tell the story because it jumps around and feels jarring. It's like a gag that is constantly repeated to the point where it stops being funny after the first time. The characters in the Birds of Prey group don't have enough character development and the villain himself could have had a bit more oomph to his character (i.e. a more comedic/sarcastic approach would be my preference). Of the girls included in the Birds of Prey group, I did like Huntress but she could have had a bit more screentime and development like the others though. Overall, a good film but it has a bit of an identity crisis in general. I think that they should have focused the film more towards Harley Quinn and then surprise folks with the Birds of Prey aspect as the story progresses.

Verdict: 3/5

Film #7: Ride Your Wave (Kimi to, Nami ni Noretara)

Masaaki Yuasa's latest directed work made an appearance at the Japan Foundation festival so I was able to watch it locally. This film continues the same artstyle that Yuasa had used with his previous film Lu Over the Wall and still holds up pretty well. The animation is really well done and the character designs are great to look at. The characters themselves are also pretty good and the story starts off fairly strong. While the film's themes are shown fairly well, once you reach a specific point something feels rather off. Yuasa is known for adding fantasy element with his films but this film didn't click with me as much as I had wanted to (and honestly it made me want to watch Lu Over the Wall again which is not what this film should be doing). The ending is fine enough but I don't think this is Yuasa's best work to date. It is still a watchable film though and like some folks have said, it depends on whether or not you can accept the leap of faith that the film is doing.

Verdict: 3/5

Film #8: First Love (Hatsukoi)

The latest film from director Takashi Miike surprisingly screened in my area and immediately I was interested. I honestly had no idea what to expect when going into this film because I remember watching the trailer for this film a while back and seeing the poster I was skeptical. After watching this film, I can safely say that this is once again another classic Miike film worth watching. The first act does take things slow in order to go through the introductions, but once you reach the second act it gets much better and really entertaining with a lot of surprising humour and fun throughout. If you are familiar with Miike's classic film Dead or Alive, then you will probably figure out what I mean by the direction this film goes but it put a smile on my face and I am really happy with how this film turned out in the end. It's worth a watch and it's actually coming to the UK on Blu-ray in a few weeks time if you can't see the film on the big screen in your area.

Verdict: 4.5/5
 
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