Rate the Last Film You Watched

jake scully

Kiznaiver
King Arthur-Director's Cut-it's kind of a messy movie and I question the claim that it's based on historical evidence but in the end it delivers.
I have the excellent John Boorman film Excalibur and it’s story about King Arthur & pulling the sword from the stone etc is absolutely fantasy like Robin Hood - people who believe in these stories are stupid to say the least 😃
 

zrdb

Adventurer
You dont get get it and have misunderstood what I said - oh well
Oh I understood you perfectly well, if we're talking about imaginary characters taking place in an imaginary world then why can't each version of them exist in their own parallel world? It isn't **** so just enjoy the movies which is why they were made in the first place and have fun.
 

jake scully

Kiznaiver
31 Days of Halloween 2021!

Day XV: Crimson Peak (2015, Guillermo del Toro)

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Described as a gothic romance this outing from visionary director GdT stars Tom Hiddleston and Mia Wasikowska who portray a newlywed couple who move into a gothic mansion wherein sinister plots and supposed haunting occur.

Whilst the sets and their design were quite a sight to behold I found the plotting and characters be a bit less impressive, though the creature designs here were also solid despite the reliance on CGI at times. 3/5
I agree with you about the plotting and imo not one of GdT best films despite the good gothic themes
 

jake scully

Kiznaiver
31 Days of Halloween 2021!

Day XIX: My Bloody Valentine (1981, George Mihalka)

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A cult-classic slasher film from the early 80s, MBV delivers some brutal moments as a deranged killer stalks a mining town, fully decked out in that iconic gear - gas mask and all. The cast here also felt a bit more fleshed out from a character perspective, at least compared to some slasher films I’ve seen, and the claustrophobic cave tunnel sequences also featured some nice camera-work. 3.5/5
Why can’t Arrow or some company pick up this classic Canadian slasher? It would have no trouble with the BBFC at all - it’s definitely one of the best of 80’s gory slashers and a damn sight better than some recently released unknown crap from Arrow for example
 

jake scully

Kiznaiver
Oh I understood you perfectly well, if we're talking about imaginary characters taking place in an imaginary world then why can't each version of them exist in their own parallel world? It isn't **** so just enjoy the movies which is why they were made in the first place and have fun.
You and your parallel worlds….😄
 

Professor Irony

CYBER FUNKER
Moderator
Witch From Nepal (1986)

Part of the same mid-80s trend in Hong Kong for exotic adventure films that gave us the bonkers Seventh Curse, Witch From Nepal sees vacationing regular guy Chow Yun Fat marked out by a young priestess (Emily Chu) as the reincarnation of her deceased master (I think?), after he badly injures himself on safari. She then trains him in the art of ancient magic, so that he can fight the demon warrior who destroyed her sacred temple. Should probably have stuck with the city break to be honest.

Broadly speaking, the film follows a similar trajectory to Highlander, in that it's mostly a light romantic fantasy, periodically interrupted by bursts of action. This is a nice looking movie with some good special effects work and appealling turns from the lead actors, but narratively there's very little to it - impressive though the action is, it often feels like it's just been thrown in for the hell of it, and the film is a bit undermined by its inability to suitably resolve the central love-triangle between CYF's character, his girlfriend and the priestess. In fact, it actually feels a lot like what you might end up with if someone watched Highlander with the sound turned off and was then cajoled into writing their own version of it. It's watchable, but Seventh Curse is infinitely more fun.
 

Dai

Stand User
No Time to Die. This was entertaining, but not especially memorable. I've never been a big fan of SPECTRE as an ongoing threat in the series, but the way their presence in this movie just fizzled out was anticlimactic, and almost made all that build-up in the previous movie feel like a waste of time. Rami Malek was wasted on an underwritten role tied to a half-baked evil scheme. Did I miss the part where someone explained what he was actually trying to achieve? He was about to kill millions of people apparently, but who and why? Based on his backstory I assumed he was trying to wipe out all the world's intelligence agencies and evil organisations, but I don't remember any real explanation.

The action was generally good and the plot played out its mysteries well. It tried to do too many things though, and most of them ended up feeling a bit underdeveloped despite the long runtime. I felt it was setting up an additional twist or two that never came.
 

zrdb

Adventurer
I think that because it was Daniel Craig's last turn as James Bond the makers of the movie decided they were going to cram as much action and as many plots in as they possibly could to give viewers something they wouldn't forget and would feel that they got their moneys worth.
 

jake scully

Kiznaiver
The very funny French comedy Asterix And Oberlix - Mission Cleopatra. I saw the French version not the crap US dubbed one which is also 20 minutes shorter. The film makes fun of US actors, Star Wars and the characters forgetting what other names in film were. Oh yeah it also had the gorgeous Monica Bellucci 😃
 

Professor Irony

CYBER FUNKER
Moderator
Dressed to Kill (1980)

A slickly shot thriller that meticulously reconstructs, then reimagines Hitchcock’s filmmaking style for a new decade, this is an engrossing and technically very impressive film, but I think it’s commitment to its anachronistic approach undermined my investment in the characters with their consciously artificial delivery of dialogue (Angie Dickinson notwithstanding), while even in the context of something from this time, I found it hard not to feel uncomfortable about its handling of trans identity and mental illness.
 

jake scully

Kiznaiver
Dressed to Kill (1980)

A slickly shot thriller that meticulously reconstructs, then reimagines Hitchcock’s filmmaking style for a new decade, this is an engrossing and technically very impressive film, but I think it’s commitment to its anachronistic approach undermined my investment in the characters with their consciously artificial delivery of dialogue (Angie Dickinson notwithstanding), while even in the context of something from this time, I found it hard not to feel uncomfortable about its handling of trans identity and mental illness.
One of Brian De Palmas best films- Dressed To Kill is a classic slasher/US giallo
 

Yami

Thousand Master
I'm with Prof Irony on this one, De Palma did far better work both before and since. It's in the bottom rung of his 70s/80s works
 

jake scully

Kiznaiver
I'm with Prof Irony on this one, De Palma did far better work both before and since. It's in the bottom rung of his 70s/80s works
Agree & disagree with you there. DTK is better than Sisters, Phantom Of The Paradise & Obsession. Blow Out very underrated & Scarface is my fave film of all time and as for Body Double yet another underrated film. The Untouchables is excellent, wasn’t a fan of Casualties Of War and esp Bonfire Of The Vanities. But De Palms was back in fine form with Raising Cain & Carlitos Way - Mission Impossible was vey good and mainly a vehicle for loony cult member Tom Cruise. Mission To Mars was a dud but Snake Eyes was another underrated film - as was Femme Fatale which with his trademark camera is one of his best film - The Black Dahlia was forgettable- Redacted not good but Passion once again very good erotic thriller & as for Domino where he had probs with distribution etc was still good
 

Yami

Thousand Master
I think Blow Out is his best film but the impression I get is that's now the general consensus, no? I think Phantom of the Paradise is wonderful and while Obsession is a relatively by-the-numbers homage to Vertigo, the Florentine setting and a magnificent Bernard Herrmann score elevate it. Dressed to Kill at its best is not as good as De Palma's other works (or, indeed, comparable gialli) and at its worst is objectionable for the reasons that Prof Irony suggested.

This has reminded me that I need to pick up the UHD release of Carlito's Way, which really is magnificent and second only to Blow Out in my estimations. The Steadicam shot in the railway station might be my favourite thing that he's done period.
 

jake scully

Kiznaiver
I forgot to mention Carrie - very good and put Stephen King on the map & The Fury which wasn’t bad. Again I do agree with you about his previous films like Obsession which has a lovely and haunting score by Hitchcock regular Bernard Herrmann and DePalmas films before he really became famous I enjoyed as I have most of his films - overall he’s a very underrated film director - one more thing he won’t admit it but he’s influenced by Dario Argento esp the lift scene in Dressed To Kill which is similar but gorier than The Bird With The Crystal Plumage and scenes in Raising Cain and Passion to name just two have been first directed by Argento in Plumage and the brilliant Tenebre
 

Professor Irony

CYBER FUNKER
Moderator
I remember seeing Blow Out when I was too young to appreciate it (early teens maybe?) and finding it too bleak for my liking back then, but it was definitely a well made film and I feel I'd probably get more out of it now. I've been curious about Body Double for a while though, I'll watch that soon.
 

jake scully

Kiznaiver
I rented Body Double on video years ago and although I read it was uncut at cinema the BBFC being the morons they were/are decided to cut a scene involving Melanie Griffith saying what she wouldn’t do in a porno and a shower scene with blood on breasts - another bit which the censors found too offensive & funny considering she’s making a low budget horror vampire film within the film itself - De Palmas storylines involve Vertigo, Psycho & Rear Window and made to great effect in a film which he says it’s one of his most asked about by fans - a brilliant erotic thriller - I have the excellent blu ray&dvd w/booklet 👍
 

Professor Irony

CYBER FUNKER
Moderator
Diary of a Big Man (1988)

Another smash hit in Hong Kong largely unknown outside Asia, Diary of a Big Man harks back to 1930s screwball comedy and sees Chow Yun Fat playing a motor-mouthed stock broker who, determined not to disappoint anyone in his life, ends up married to two women at the same time (Sally Yeh and Joey Wang), then follows the ever escalating complications as he tries to stop them discovering his duplicity. It's an old fashioned setup with a few cringe-inducingly dated gags (it's very much a product of a time and a place), but the leads throw themselves into it with real gusto and keep things infectiously jolly. It's also kind of refreshing to see Chow playing a straight-up comedy role; it's something he's very accomplished at and could easily have made a career of, if he hadn't made his name as an action star.

The Big Heat (1988)

Dogged by production problems resulting in it having three different directors, The Big Heat is a less seen entry into the heroic bloodshed cycle that can be difficult to get ahold of in English, but it's possibly a bit of a hidden gem. On the verge of stepping down due to tremors in his right hand, career CID man Waisie Lee finds himself backed into a corner when evidence in a murder case points to a powerful and well-connected businessman, leaving him able to rely only on the small group of outsiders gathered around him. It owes a clear debt to The Untouchables and lacks much in the way of character development, but this is an exciting and stylish thriller that really comes alive in its (often surprisingly brutal) action scenes, and heralding the future success of co-director Johnnie To. Worth seeking out.
 

jake scully

Kiznaiver
Saw Darren Wards crime trilogy blu rays over the past two days
Sudden Fury
A Day Of Violence
Beyond Fury
All films are excellent in violence Brit style
My fave is the Beyond Fury 10/10
 
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