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  1. nicky

    Films watched in 2019

    US (2019) *No spoilers* I really enjoyed GET OUT (2017) so I really wanted to like this new Jordan Peele film. As far as writer-directors go, Peele seems to have risen through the ranks to become a brand name very quickly so I was eager to see if his second film measured up. US is a strange blend of horror and science-fiction in the style of THE TWILIGHT ZONE (which Peele has helped revive in a new series). US has a lot going for it with its pacing, tension, characters, humour and story but what it really lacks is logic and explanation; the film asks the viewer to disregard certain plot logistics way too much for my liking and it annoyingly interrupted my enjoyment of what otherwise might have been a very taught and engaging horror-thriller. Like I said, I *really* wanted to like this film. As an aspiring screenwriter myself, I always make sure to provide explanation and plausibility to EVERY plot detail where necessary (in order to NOT lose my audience) so its annoying to see professionals take such lazy short-cuts in screen-writing in hope that their audience "just goes with it". Peele is an Oscar winning screen-writer too, c'mon. I left the cinema feeling a bit underwhelmed and a strong sense of, "I don't get it". When I got home, I did my research on the plot and watched spoiler explanation videos on YouTube and went over the plot synopsis on Wikipedia. Some of the plot now made sense but there was still a few large gaping holes that I just couldn't get my head around and I refused to just simply suspend my disbelief. There's just too many 'how' and 'why' questions about the logistics surrounding the story and it just spoils everything. It would be interesting to see the film again actually though because there are a lot of easter eggs that subtly foreshadow future events in the film. On a technical level though the film looks and sounds great, from the tension, score, pacing and Kubrickian-style cinematography (slow dollies) and it was fun to watch with a packed audience. Jordan Peele is the new horror-guy in Hollywood but it will be interesting to see how long he lasts; will he have a long successful career in the genre or will he burn-out quickly like Eli Roth, M. Night Shyamalan and Rob Zombie etc did? 3.5/5
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    Films watched in 2019

    Loving the cynicism in all your reviews.
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    Films watched in 2019

    HOLMES & WATSON (2018) The crappest film of last year. Absolute pants and not funny at all. Can't see how the makers thought they even had anything good during production. Dont they know their jokes are lame at the time?
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    Films watched in 2019

    BUMBLEBEE (2018) 3/5* Did the TRANSFORMERS franchise really need a spin-off? I know these films have consistently made a ton of money but a lone Bumblebee movie and/or a TRANSFORMERS prequel was never something movie-goers were crying out for...but then that never stopped Hollywood did it? I kept hearing BUMBLEBEE was better than the previous franchise instalments and was also touted as 'what the first film should have been' so I expected to be wowed. Actually, I *really* loved the opening of the film on Cybertron - it was a great nostalgic service to fans of the "Gen 1" cartoons of the 80s. In a way it also reminded me of THE TERMINATOR (1984) where a lone warrior is sent away on a mission leaving the machine-fuelled war behind him. But that's all we see of this war so I was disappointed we didn't see more of it dispersed later in the film like in THE TERMINATOR. The pacing of the film is quite off. On one hand you have a emotional heart-felt story trying to focus on the relationship between the teenager and the robot while on the other hand you have an action story about the two evil robots trying to find Bumblebee - they're perfectly good threads but how they are woven together is quite rough and they somehow don't feel connected or like they're part of the same film. I found myself not caring much for the emotional arc of the plot; the teenager-alien/robot relationship was very weak and not a patch on E.T. (1982) or TERMINATOR 2 (1991). The script tries quite hard to tug at the heart-strings but it fails due to bad pacing and under-developed plot-lines; I'm not sure why there had to be a goofy random love-interest subplot or the need for the tiresome mean girls cliche other than to be more like a teen movie. Even the deceased dad thing was unnecessary and felt pointless and I wasn't clear what John Cena had against Bumblebee other than being an alien. Thankfully the film wasn't overloaded with 80s pop culture references, the soundtrack and movie posters was enough but maybe a bit too much leaned towards The Smiths (despite being a fan). BUMBLEBEE wasn't that bad but I was hoping for better. It was however a lot more tolerable than Micheal Bay's TRANSFORMERS films (apart from his first one which I still think is the only good one) and the action sequences especially looked a lot easier on the eye. BUMBLEBEE tries to be different from the rest of the TRANSFORMERS franchise by tapping into 80s nostalgia and fusing the action with a heart-felt story and teen angst but is nothing more than adequate.
  5. Yes, and Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985) I wonder when Kobra Kai season 2 starts? Must say its by far the best long-gestating sequel/continuation to a fan-favorite franchise ever. A perfect infusion of old characters and new while injecting brand new themes and nods to the originals. I wish the new Star Wars etc could have been more like it.
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    Random things you remember from school

    I seem to only remember the bad things like other pupils being jygygyu to me. There was a naughty word there that I'm suprised wasn't picked up by the auto sensor!
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    Films watched in 2018

    A SIMPLE FAVOR (2018) 2.5/5 I always approach Paul Feig's films with caution, he directs such a peculiar brand of comedy which is generally pretty unfunny - case in point; BRIDESMAIDS (2011), SPY (2015) and GHOSTBUSTERS (2016) all of which I thought were a bit meh. A SIMPLE FAVOR to me is just as forgettable. In a similar plot to GONE GIRL (2014) a woman goes missing and it's not clear if she's dead or not while her husband tries to cope with the aftermath. The plot also draws parallels to SINGLE WHITE FEMALE (1992) where you have these two best friends confiding in each other only for one of them to have a secret past and isn't quite what she seems. I can't quite place it but I didn't really like any of the three main characters, I just found it very difficult to root for them as they were just so unlikable. Blake Lively especially just came across as a bit try-hard and OTT but I think the reason for that wasn't her acting but rather her role as an unrealistically super- dominant woman who even her boss takes abuse from - she was a bit of an spam. Anna Kendrick came as quite annoying too but obviously as a mirror opposite of Lively's character, almost Stepford Wives-ish, and Henry Golding was just miscast (he calls his son, 'Baby'). This film is a departure from Feig's usual comedy flair and focuses more on being a mystery-thriller but there are sprinkles of his style of comedy throughout which left me confused as to what genre the film was trying to be. The film will have been better served by a director who is more experienced in mystery-thrillers and able to resist the temptation of trying to be humorous. There's more than enough twists and turns in the film and they all seem to come up in the climax one after the other as the characters all try to out-do each other with one counter-contingency plan after the other. By this point I gave up on the film as it was just too much of a mess to keep up with. Its the pacing of the film that spoils it; plot-points should be spaced-out a bit more to give time for the audience to digest them and not just crammed all at once into the final parts of the 3rd act. Paul Feig should stick to his Kristina Wiig/Melissa McCarthy comedies. The title is rather irrelevant too; the favor in the film is only a small part of the plot but I guess "A SIMPLE PLAN" was already taken. The French pop soundtrack was also a strange, irrelevant and questionable choice.
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    Films watched in 2018

    A QUIET PLACE (2018) 3/5 I hadn't heard much about this film but decided to check it out at the recommendation of Mark Kermode and other critics (including Stephen King) hailing it as probably the best horror film this year. Naturally I had high hopes and the opening few minutes really grabbed my attention but I'm sorry to say that affect on me was rather short-lived. After a great opening the film seemed to be padded-out with too many redundant scenes. And then it dawned on me; the reason for this was because the film was only 90 mins and the plot was VERY thin. The stand-out thing about the film of course is it's effective use of silence throughout in order to crank-up the nail-biting tension and it does this exceptionally well. But the main problem I had with the script was that the great tension throughout the film is maxed-out out so much that it sacrifices story and plot in favour of suspense - to me it just felt the plot was neglected. We know the characters are a family trying to survive and avoid blind creatures that hunt by sound but other than that the story is incredibly shallow and not even the conflict between the father and daughter is enough to compensate that. The whole silence thing felt like a gimmick to try and make the film original and interesting. In a way the film kind of reminded me of Pitch Black (2000) and Don't Breathe (2016). I do like the creatures though and their design - its evident the director did his homework from other great monster movies and didn't give in to the temptation to show the creatures too much until nearer the climax. It was alright but I expected more.
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    Films watched in 2018

    AQUAMAN (2018) 2/5* I'm really surprised at the praise this film has got from some people. To put it into context, I agreed with Mark Kermode's and Empire's 3 star review. It was boring, too long, convoluted and was just plain horrible when it tried to be charming. The film actually started off good but went quickly downhill once the bad guys tried to explain their motives. By the time the 2nd act comes with Aquaman (Jason Momoa) bringing Mera (Amber Heard) to land, the film seems to try to suddenly change into this weird and forced romantic comedy that just sucked me straight out of the film. A lot of the film is set underwater and these were the parts that annoyed me the most; talking underwater? C'mon, man! The water pressure isn't even affecting the movement of their skin! And the crappy CGI creatures that the Atlanteans ride on and the fake green-screen sets (not just in Atlantis!) just looked so cartooney. And speaking of sets where was the sunlight coming from when they were in the secret UNDERGROUND caves in the Sahara Desert???!!! Black Manta would have made a more interesting main villain and his story would have been a much more engaging film but after an impressive introduction and initial encounter with Aquaman, he is reduced to nothing more than a distracting subplot and seed for a sequel. Also Black Manta's helmet design was just so big and ludicrous that it looked like it was the love-child of Dark Helmet from Spaceballs (1986) and The Fly which only added to the campiness of the film. I can't imagine what Nicole Kidman was thinking signing-on to this film other than the fact she wanted to work with fellow Aussie, director James Wan, who does a great job of shooting the cool fight sequences but relies too often on sudden explosions to interrupt a scene. For me this is probably the worst film in the DCU along with Suicide Squad (2016). I left the cinema asking myself why don't Warner Bros just give up? Biggest WTF moment: Girl randomly gives Pinocchio picture-book to Mera and eating the flower.
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    Films watched in 2018

    HALLOWEEN (2018) *No Spoilers* I know its a classic, and I do love John Carpenter, but the original HALLOWEEN (1978) to me was always overrated; it was just a dull, simple story with a soulless killer (Micheal Myers) whose motivation was just simply and boringly, "he's just evil". I have to say I felt pretty much the same way about this new film. If you're gonna start-over and retcon previous sequels like they never happened then you better have a damn good reason why. HALLOWEEN (2018) adds nothing new to justify it's existence and its basically more of the same and not even that scary. It's not a BAD film, it's OK but rather clunky. Jamie Lee Curtis (back as Laurie Strode) doesn't really have a lot to chew on in this film; she's quite one-dimensional and like a supporting character in her own film. The other characters are pretty shallow and we aren't told much about them either so its hard to invest in them when they're being chased - this is especially true of Laurie's family which is almost unforgivable since they're the ones Laurie is trying to protect and warn all the way through the film right up until the very end. It would have been better if the writers still kept Laurie as Micheal's sister (as in the previous films) to link the two characters otherwise why the big showdown? Some characters even disappeared and were never mentioned again, what happened to them? There is some pretty cringey redundant dialogue and banter between certain characters too which really took me out of the film (Vietnamese sandwiches) and other scenes where I wasn't sure if they were meant to be funny or not (little black kid) although some folks in my cinema did laugh. The film basically plodded along slowly as a by-the-numbers slasher film until there was one moment in the film where I thought, "Oh now THAT'S interesting!" BUT then this little plot-twist was wasted when it fell flat on its face and was forgotten about 5 mins later. WHY???!! This pretty much summed up the whole film to me really; a wasted opportunity. The only redeeming quality of the film is the final act which is nicely paced and quite taut but maybe a little too stretched-out followed by an ending which left me feeling unsatisfied. HALLOWEEN (2018) won't go down as a classic, its just a flavour of the month horror film although still better than most horror remakes including Rob Zombie's HALLOWEEN (2007) but still pretty average. 3/5
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    Films watched in 2018

    It was because of poor test screenings. Shane Black is has always been a decent writer on his own so I'd blame co-writer Fred (Monster Squad, Robocop 3) Dekker. Not sure why he was even roped into the production tbh.
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    Films watched in 2018

    Yes, I think they were Predator-dog hybrids. Before the massive re-shoot happened of the entire 3rd act in July there were a bunch of Pred-hybrid creatures including Pred-spiders in the story. These hybrid creatures were originally what was meant to come out of the pod in the end scene hence why it's all gooey. But of course, the re-write and re-shoot deleted all that which is why a lot of the film makes no sense. There were also 2 friendly "peace emissaries" Predators introduced by Edward James Elmos (playing a General) in Area 52 who would help The Loonies in an APC to kill the Upgrade Predator. These two Preds were decked in human camo gear and had been kept safe in Area 52 for "a year". The General also went on to kill Trieger later on for wanting to capture the Pred tech for himself and sell to the highest bidder. There was a scene cut out near the start where we are introduced to Olivia Munn's character where she is walking her dog and then hit on by a jogger. This scene was meant to explain her fondness of the Pred-dogs later. This is the sene that was cut-out because of the sex-offender controversy. The kid's autism played a bigger part hence why we're probably shown that chess scene of him picking up the pieces like he's Rain Man. All the above cut out.
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    Films watched in 2018

    I saw Crazy Rich Asians (2018) tonight. It was OK. Teared-up a couple times even though the story was only very standard fare of rom-coms.
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    Films watched in 2018

    I enjoyed THE PREDATOR too. Nowhere near as bad as people were saying and definitely not as bad a AvP: R. I didn't like the dogs though and couldn't understand why they were still needed after they first turned up.
  15. Personally, I'm not a fan of the idea of having to prompt the guest in writing something scripted. It takes away any imagination they might have had and its not really from the heart and there's no thought in it from them; so its not really 'personal'. I asked George Romero once to write something unique on my Land of the Dead poster (not "stay scared" like he did everyone else) and he didn't know what to write so I just told him to write 'whatever sums up your thoughts about the making of the film'. He chuckled and wrote, "We'll never pull this f-ing thing off!"
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