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  1. nicky

    New terminator film!

    No one trusts James Cameron anymore after he told everyone Terminator: Genisys (2015) was good. For the new film, Cameron co-wrote the story along with Davis S. Goyer - that's two screenwriters I really admire although Goyer has written (and directed) some duds in the past like Blade: Trinity (2004). My main worry is that they'll do an Alien: Covenant (2017) or The Predator (2018) where the writers introduce this new idea that changes everything we thought about Terminator lore. Eg. they'll suddenly try telling us that John is not the future leader after all ( this might explain why he's not even mentioned in the trailer). The Alien, Predator and Terminator have always been the holy trinity for me so I'm almost certain I won't like Terminator: Dark Fate (2019).
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    Films watched in 2019

    FAST & FURIOUS PRESENTS: HOBBS AND SHAW (2019) No Spoilers. 3/5* I'm not a huge fan of the F&F films but this one appealed to me on the basis it was a buddy movie featuring The Rock and The Stath. As you might expect this is another OTT action-fest like the films before it however because there are fewer heroes to root for you would expect there to be more time given to the characters. This wasn't the case though and I found this film to be quite over-stylized and over-loaded with big, loud-in-your face action set-pieces. Its as if director David Leitch continuously tries to outdo himself with each film after JOHN WICK (2014), ATOMIC BLONDE (2017) and DEADPOOL 2 (2018). The action is at the forefront of the film and so the opportunity to showcase Hobbs and Shaw's relationship is slightly overshadowed. This is made even worse with the inclusion of the sister, Hattie Shaw (Vanessa Kirby) making the team a trio when it should only be a duo - the sister just took the focus off the two leads. Hobbs and Shaw are presented as two larger than life invincible men and so there was a very comic-book like feel to the film - you just didn't feel any danger for them. I did miss the other F&F characters in this but they did manage to squeeze in a few nice cars and a big convoy-chase sequence towards the end. I felt the villain (Idris Elba) didn't really do much and he felt like a bit of a cliche being someone from Shaw's past. And I wasn't quite sure why he had to be a cybernetically upgraded superman either. The plot had MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 2 (2000) and TANGO & CASH (1989) written all over it and kinda served as an excuse to have a load of big action sequences strung together. It also had a James Bond feel and felt too long. Personally I much preferred the previous F&F films (from FAST 5 onwards at least) because they seemed more fun with a lot more heart.
  3. He's also a regular in Joe Dante's films, Innerspace (1987), Gremlins 2 (1990), The Howling (1981), Explorers (1985), The 'Burbs (1989), Matinee (1993), Small Soldiers (1998) etc... Just found out he's the voice of Johhny-Cab in Total Recall (1990) too.
  4. THE DEAD ZONE (1983) Best Stephen King adaptation ever.
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    Next Big Announcement - Friday 7pm

    GOOD. I haven't bothered to go back since. I was there and I was meant to be working unpaid with Secret Cinema promoting their Back To The Future show. I naturally thought my SC colleagues were inside. The security guard let me into the venue to find them without even asking to see any ID. I later found out my colleagues were actually outside with the DeLorean but I was having too much fun skiving off work and so stayed inside a bit longer before joining them. Glad I didn't have to queue up for 6 hrs. Someone might wanna have words with security and have them ask for ID if people are claiming to be working.
  6. I love Platoon and Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Apparently he was cast in Platoon after his brother Emilio Estevez turned it down thinking he was too old to play Chris. And he stayed up all night to get the drugged-up look in Ferris Bueller. And two of his most least favourite films he ever made were The Wraith and The Rookie...he said in interview (early 90s) basically any film he did starting with "The" was dogs***. I always loved the scene in Hot Shots Part Deux where he and his dad pass each other on the boat doing their voice-overs from Platoon/Apocalypse Now and then referencing Wall Street
  7. Met him, I think that was his first here. Great guest and happy to be there.
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    Films watched in 2019

    Haha, funnily enough Robert Downey Jr. in Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang (2005) says near the end of the film in his narration, "Don't worry, I saw LOTR. I'm not gonna end the movie 20 times."
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    Films watched in 2019

    AVENGERS: ENDGAME (2019) *NO SPOILERS* 4/5 There's a lot of hype surrounding this film but I thought it was well-deserved. The filmmakers really had a lot of pressure on them to make this "final" Avengers film in the "Thanos saga" great and I was really impressed with how everything was done. One of the greatest things about ENDGAME though is that it brings back certain previous films in the MCU making this installment feel so much more than just a cash-in sequel; it makes all the films before it relevant. Now I went in not knowing anything about the plot at all and it was a complete surprise to me (and quite a treat) with what the writers did to bring things back. Its a very crowded film too with many characters but it didn't feel crammed at all, all the appearances were deserved and didn't feel forced. The film is 3hrs long but I was kept entertained throughout and was never bored. I will say however that the build-up to the 2nd act, where the main plot kicks-off, does take its time though but in a nice way; its a film that isn't afraid to take it time and its obvious that the writers were confident they wouldn't lose their audience. This is probably my favourite MCU film so far; its just so intricate and intelligent with great characters and pay-offs from the previous films. Its almost like RETURN OF THE JEDI (1983) in a way; everything is so neatly tied-up at the end and you can tell cos the ending is pretty long in the style of LOTR: THE RETURN OF THE KING (2003). It really does feel like the end of an era though so it will be interesting to see how the subsequent films particularly future AVENGERS films go forwards. Its the best film of the year so far for me.
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    Films watched in 2019

    SHAZAM! (2019) 2/5* I knew nothing of the Shazam source material but I really liked the trailer so I was quite excited to see this film based on that alone; it looked fresh, funny and fun and it didn't seem to be ashamed of its campy roots. However, it only took me about 20 minutes before I decided that I was not enjoying what I was seeing. From the start one of the things that fails is the editing and chronological order of the scenes; is it really a good idea to start off the film with the villain's back-story instead of the hero's? The start is also quite muddled as we're not given any explanation to the 'how' or 'why' this is happening (or what that 8 ball thing was about). The messiness continues with the hero's eventual introduction but its another flashback. This then leads into a scene in the present day where the hero is trying to find his birth-mother; a sub-plot which basically has nothing at all to do with the rest of the entire plot and feels irrelevant and tacked-on. But the worst thing by far about SHAZAM! though is the God-awful awkward comedy. Yes, the trailer was funny (thanks to the quick cutting) but in the film each joke just falls flat and not one person in my theater laughed. And then there was the annoying kid sidekick; in his first few scenes he tries so hard to make one lame joke after the other and is so instantly unlikable. The Asian kid was annoying too and I just cringed at every stereotype and joke they threw in (video-game geek, internet nerd and nunchucks?! WTF?). And he looked like a younger version of Long Duk Dong in SIXTEEN CANDLES (1984). There are obvious similarities to BIG (1988), THE GOONIES (1985) and (mild spoiler:) * Power Rangers * and not in a good way. The film was also far too long and out-stayed its welcome. SHAZAM! was pretty SHE-YITE! and probably the worst film of 2019 so far for me.
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    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.
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