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18 hours ago, Faerie Tanith said:

I watched From Paris With Love. Bald John Travolta was very distracting. 

There is a lot of advertising space up there.

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BILL & TED FACE THE MUSIC (2020)
2.5/5 (No spoilers)
 
So they finally made a third film, but was it worth the wait and a most triumphant return? Well despite having the original writers attached it was most non-triumphant. The writers need to be 'melvined'.
 
The plot is wafer-thin and focuses too much on Bill and Ted's daughters (who no one gives a s*** about) who I found to be fairly boring characters with nothing to distinguish them from each other. They act like the younger versions of their dads but come across like a bad impersonation; annoying and not fun. Whenever the daughters came on-screen I just wanted the scene to end quickly so we could go back to their dads.
 
The worst thing about the daughters is that they're just suddenly dropped into the audience's lap and we're expected to just accept them without any kind of proper introduction. I know we saw a glimpse of them as babies at the end of the 2nd film but in the 25+ years since we just jump straight to them as adults. It would have been better to have some flashbacks at the start of the new film to fill in a few gaps to give some characterization so that their presence is easier for us to swallow...but all we get instead is a montage of news headlines of their dad's careers over the years. As it is we know nothing about the daughters except who their dads are.
 
There's not much 'Bill and Ted' about Bill and Ted themselves; very few mention of classic rock bands and not even much air-guitaring. Rufus (George Carlin) is hugely missed and is instead replaced by his daughter who severely lacks in charisma and then there's the killer-robot who just feels like crap comic-relief in a film that is already *supposed* to be funny (but isn't). Even William Sadler back as Death doesn't show up until the third act and doesn't really add much to the plot.
 
The previous two films are obviously far better, this new sequel doesn't even feel like a Bill and Ted movie and introduces too many new and boring characters. Very underwhelming, I wouldn't even say it was 'alright'.
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Bill & Ted Face the Music was a good belated sequel. I've always been a fan of the franchise and enjoyed the nostalgia of this film. It wasn't as good as the first two (Bogus Journey is my favourite) but still a good comedy.

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Finally just seen Detective Pikachu, and I LOVE it! I didn't have high hopes but it was excellent.

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I seem to be watching too many films. 

Last night I saw Enola Holmes. It was... different to what I was expecting. A fantastic cast all around, but it felt like it just tried to be so many different things at once it tied itself into a big knot. Anticlimactic ending. The main plot got sidelined and never fully resolved or properly explained. It's a shame, it had so much potential but fell flat. I'd still give it a solid 5 or 6 out of 10 though.

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Kajillionaire was an interesting drama. It did have some funny scenes and amusing set ups but wasn't terrific. Some good scenes and Evan Rachel Wood was good as always.

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Druk/Another Round

An excellent film that tests the premise: What if you went about your day slightly drunk?  Would you be a better you, more relaxed and open?  4 ordinary teachers with humdrum everyday lives set out to test this idea.

It's a good film and I enjoyed it, it's not preachy, it doesn't hit you over the head with a moral about drinking but it doesn't shy away from the fact that everything isn't rosy in the end for everyone.  It does end on a hopeful note and the final scene is wonderful to watch.

 Another Round' Review: Mad Mikkelsen in a Drama of Drinking - Variety

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11 minutes ago, Faerie Tanith said:

Mads looks like he's having one hell of a time there

Kind of, lots of dancing and drinking was being had :lol:

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4 hours ago, Raylenth said:

Kind of, lots of dancing and drinking was being had :lol:

I think she was asking about the film, not what you were doing while watching it. 

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I was just observing!

I also just watched Coraline for the first time. Not that into it I gotta say.

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MISSING IN ACTION 2: THE BEGINNING (1985)

2.5/5 (No spoilers)

I hadn't seen this film since the early 90s when I had it in my VHS collection and back then I just saw it as harmless fun. As a much more mature viewer now its easier to spot its faults. The fact that it stars Chuck Norris and is a Cannon film should already be a sign you're in for a cheap exploitation movie but there are still a few things that could have been avoided; most notably the bad pacing and obvious exposition in the opening scenes. 

The plot is fairly simple; Col. Braddock (Chuck) and co are held captive in a POW camp in 'Nam and try to escape. I guess it's quite a challenge for the writers because they obviously don't want it to be 'just another prison escape film' but the main problem is the scenes seem quite disjointed as we're shown one torture scene after the other without much story going on. It feels like there should have been more focus on the characters and less on action; Chuck has a team but we're not told a great deal about them which is a wasted opportunity. Even Chuck's martial-arts skills aren't much to look at (as ever in his films) and to me he just never had the wow factor like JCVD. 

Soon Tek-Oh makes quite a good nemesis for Chuck but he's the only villain that really does anything.  I actually remember liking this film better than the first MIA film though and I enjoyed the 3rd film back in the day too just as much even though they retconned Braddock's wife. I thought Invasion USA (1985) was quite enjoyable and Delta Force (1986) was alriiiight and Delta Force 2 (1990) was oooookay. Oh and Sidekicks (1992) was hmmm. All guilty pleasures at best.

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