Rate the Last Film You Watched

Professor Irony

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Roboman Hakaider (1995)

A spinoff from the Kikaider tokusatsu TV series, directed by Keita Amemiya (probably best known in the west for the Zeiram movies) the film sees its titular android anti-hero freed from his shrine-like prison by treasure hunters, only to awaken in a vaguely post-apocalyptic future, where he runs afoul of a high-tech city state and its wealthy rulers.

While Hakaider shares the same lovingly realised design work and practical effects as Zeiram, it's sorely lacking in character. Perhaps it's more engaging if you're familiar with the original series and already know him, but Hakaider barely speaks throughout the movie, giving little insight into his own feelings or motivation, while those around him typically have so little screentime as to be hardly developed beyond whatever costume they happen to be wearing when they're killed off. This might be more forgivable if what they were doing was interesting, but it just feels so painfully straightforward and obvious all the way through.

It's watchable enough, but even at a scant 80 minutes, I was actually bored before the end - it's like a saturday morning cartoon that outstays its welcome. It is impressive to look at and avid toku fans may get a kick out of it, but I think everyone else would do better to stick to Zeiram instead.
 

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Brigade Leader
I watched The Northman and it's really good.

I don't really like vikings. In fact I kind of dislike watching them. I mainly watched the film because of the director (Robert Eggers, The Lighthouse, The Witch). It wasn't a disappointment. It's a wild film, brilliantly shot, and engaging. It's a classic story format they've gone with which helps as well.

Moments in the film I was like "what on earth am I seeing? Is this historically accurate?" and apparently it is so... This film does not shy away from some horrible things that happened in the past.

So if you like darker films and historical setting, you should definitely watch this one.
 

D1tchd1gger

Akatsuki
I don't really like vikings.
The historical people or the fictional portrayal of them? Yes they did plenty of blood thirsty stuff, but there was a lot more to them than that. Fascinating peoples who played a large part in shaping the history of large parts of Europe, including England, and who reached America and had trade routes all the way down to Constantinople.

PS If you avoid anything Viking-y in fiction you're missing out on one of the best mangas out there and its very good anime adaptation. Vinland Saga.
 

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Brigade Leader
The historical people or the fictional portrayal of them? Yes they did plenty of blood thirsty stuff, but there was a lot more to them than that. Fascinating peoples who played a large part in shaping the history of large parts of Europe, including England, and who reached America and had trade routes all the way down to Constantinople.

PS If you avoid anything Viking-y in fiction you're missing out on one of the best mangas out there and its very good anime adaptation. Vinland Saga.

I'm just not into them generally. I did really like Valhalla Rising though and would recommend that also.

I don't judge for the history. I find history fascinating, and pretty much all of it is dark. No society is innocent.

I have read some of Vinland. It's good action and nice art. Not to my taste though.
 

Professor Irony

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Okinawa Yakuza War (1976) aka Terror of Yakuza

Although a notably brutal film that sticks close to typical yakuza movie fare, it gains a distinctive flavour from its Okinawan setting and a barnstorming turn from Sonny Chiba as the live-wire catalyst for its unfolding violence.

Set in 1972, just after the US returned control of Okinawa to Japan, the film draws on real-life events as it examines the ensuing power vacuum, offering plenty of gun-rattling action as the local gangs jockey for position, both with each other and the mainland families. Not knowing much about the historical context though, I'd actually have liked it to go a bit more in depth on that - for me the most interesting thing about it is how much the characters seem to be going through a crisis of identity, arguably still trying to find themselves again following WW2. Hiroki Matsukata is on fine form as a level-headed captain looking to strike a deal with the mainland, but it's Chiba's show, playing a hard-drinking one-man typhoon, whose horrifyingly violent exterior hides a sad longing for things to stay the same.

Possibly not one to win over anyone without an interest in the subject matter, but definitely a superior example of the form.
 

jake scully

Kiznaiver
Saw Ryan Nicholson’s Torched blu ray
Very good short film @ around 47 mins & saw the xxx version as Nicholson has alternative versions on Gutterballs & Hanger - his low budget film making is excellent & better than the Hollywood garbage released
 

Kite

Stand User
Latest Minions movie in the cinema (treat for mum, also to use up some freebie tickets from Lloyds). Quite funny (has jokes aimed for kids and also for adults).

Featured Gru as a child in the 70s. Although certainly if I was paying the full cost of the tickets (£12 each!) I would have waited until it comes out on blu ray/rental sites.
 

Professor Irony

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GI Samurai (1979) aka Time Slip

What starts out looking like a pulp yarn about a JSDF platoon mysteriously sent back to the 16th century 'Warring States' period, builds into an unlikely crack at the Kurosawa-style epic, with their initial attempts to distance themselves from their ancestors' armies gradually breaking down as the cool headed commanding officer (Sonny Chiba) slowly strikes up a friendship with an ambitious young warlord (Isao Natsuyagi). It's far too long and would benefit from placing some of its scenes in a different order, but this is an appealing curio that largely sidesteps a lot of the jingoism and one-sidedness that dogged the similarly themed Gate.

One word of warning though; while there's no documented evidence of any mishandling, it does look rather as if the horses involved in the production may not have had the best treatment.
 

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Brigade Leader
lol! It's funny because I actually really like some viking films. It's probably the media depiction like ditchdigger said. It might also be because I fought bitterly against vikings in crusader kings iii and made me go all patriotic

I watched Blow Out by Brian De Palma last night.

The camera work is really something special and it is a must watch for this alone

The fact it was like a homage to blow up and the conversation as well, really great

The ending was absolutely insane and I'm still feeling some way about it 24 hours later

Simply put, if you like movies, you have to watch this one
 
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