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Just got back from a Sunday afternoon screening of Knives Out and I found it most enjoyable...a well conceived and directed bit of smart yarn spinning. I'm not particularly a connoiseur of murder mysteries, but I have read a few of the Agatha Christie Poirot novels and this film does have a bit of that flavour. It also manages to simultaneously feel both old fashioned and contemporary, and the characters were all quite memorable - I particularly enjoyed Daniel Craig's performance as Southern gentleman detective Benoit Blanc. Seeing him on the big screen again has certainly whetted my appetite for No Time To Die. Knives Out is a film that I would recommend as worthy of your time and attention.

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Re-watched all the Indiana Jones movies, even Crystal Skull. Which I still think is rubbish  ajb007/biggrin

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Golrush007 wrote:

Just got back from a Sunday afternoon screening of Knives Out and I found it most enjoyable...a well conceived and directed bit of smart yarn spinning. I'm not particularly a connoiseur of murder mysteries, but I have read a few of the Agatha Christie Poirot novels and this film does have a bit of that flavour. It also manages to simultaneously feel both old fashioned and contemporary, and the characters were all quite memorable - I particularly enjoyed Daniel Craig's performance as Southern gentleman detective Benoit Blanc. Seeing him on the big screen again has certainly whetted my appetite for No Time To Die. Knives Out is a film that I would recommend as worthy of your time and attention.

I just saw this today and agree it was an excellent film, though strangely I found Daniel Craig to be the weakest aspect, not to say he was bad just my least favourite, his accent in particular was very distracting.

Got to say Ana De Armas was very good and bodes well for NTTD.

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1917 - Brilliant film by Sam Mendes. And Roger Deakins works that magic again (he will surely win the Oscar for this)

Intense and nerve wracking. Deserves  to be seen on the biggest screen you can find!

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Rewatched Face/Off. Still brilliant.

At the time, I thought it was better than any Bond film and I still do, not hard as the ones in the last 20 years haven't been too good imo.
The action scenes are Bond-style, they have that swagger and spectacle but nary a whiff of CGI that I can see ensures it's not dated at all in the last - gulp - 20 years.
TND came out that year and was stale cheese, so did Titanic but though the CGI on that has dated, at the time it raised the bar in terms of spectacle and movie making.

Face/Off was like going to see Moonraker at the cinema as a nine-year-old kid. The direction and script and cinematography are great, oh and of course the score which I found very moving.

From a similar era, Minority Report. Spielberg is a real director on this, on subsequent efforts I found him a bit woolly - War Horse, for instance.
I suppose it has the same theme as F/O in that you have a cop type character with a dead son to offer hinterland.  ajb007/frown  The setting is sort of Metropolis, the whole thing plays out like a Hitchcock chase thriller with John Williams giving nods to the music of North by Northwest. Cruise is always good in that young, urgent, out of his depth mode, but the surprise in this film was Colin Farrell.
It's good stuff, just some flaws or implausibilities in the last third - as with Jason Bourne, you do wonder how he manages to get back in the building when he's supposed to be persona non grata.

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Hardyboy wrote:

I too watched The Irishman--snark that I am, I couldn't help but note that the technology makes actors in their 70s who are playing men in their 30s look like actors in their 50s playing men in their 30s--but I was also never bored by its massive running time.  In some ways, this was like Scorcese looking back on his career as a maker of gangster films, sadly acknowledging that perhaps their time has passed.

I don't know what they've done with DeNiro's eyes but I found it quite distracting.

I've only watched an hour and so far and I have to say it hasn't gripped me. I will carry on because I like so many of the actors involved (good to see Harvey Keitel in something that isn't a 'Direct Line' advert) and feel obliged to watch it now.

One of my biggest issues is Al Pacino. I've found him unwatchable for the last 25 years of his career. He just seems shout everything with bulging eyes. I think it started with Scent of A Woman.  ajb007/insane

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Lady Rose wrote:

One of my biggest issues is Al Pacino. I've found him unwatchable for the last 25 years of his career. He just seems shout everything with bulging eyes. I think it started with Scent of A Woman.

was he ever not shouty? he shouted all the way through Serpico and DogDay Afternoon. "Attica! Attica! Attica!"

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He was always shouty, but he went over the top and into HOO HAA mode in SCENT OF A WOMAN and never really stopped.  He's managed to dial it back when necessary, like when he did THE INSIDER, but I think his instinct is to go big now.

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I just Googled "Al Pacino" and "mr. shouty", that actually gets a lot of results!

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A double bill of Under Siege 1 & 2.   I hadn't watched them in years but picked up
a cheap Blu ray bundle, and really enjoyed them. They may be Die Hard copies but
the first is very good indeed, once you get past Steven Seagal's bad acting  ajb007/biggrin

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Le Mans '66 - retitled in some venues as Ford v Ferrari!  ajb007/biggrin

Lovely, lovely film. Lovely cars, lovely sound, lovely photography...

It's enough to make you wish they'd do a Bond film like that, only to remember that The Man From UNCLE movie tried to do that, and it didn't do so much but look good.

Nice dialogue, by Jed Butterworth of Spectre fame, right? Seemed okay to me. However, one minor snark I will put in spoilers because the criticism only came to me after:

Spoiler A dramatic flaw in Le Mans is that it's straightforward - Ford decide to take on Ferrari at racing. But it's not much of an underdog story, cos Ferrari are skint and Ford have loads of money. So the writers have to create spurious drama at times, and introduce office politics into things, rivalries within Ford - don't know if this really existed. That's a bit like the film Spectre, because face it we know Bond is going to win so instead we get office politics to mix things up, with 'C' and so on. It's okay but it does ring a bit false, or a bit soap opera.

Also, did Matt Damon's character have a wife or love life or anything?

Matt Damon has evolved into another kind of actor - older and a bit uglier, he looks like a guy from that time. It's a compliment. Christian Bale is great in this, you would not know him as the actor from American Psycho.

I'm not sure if some of the dramatic events in the film really happened. That does take the sheen off things a bit.

See it at the theatre if you have the chance. I would say that, as with Ad Astrad, if you caught this on the opening weekend you might just have been disappointed, but as a second bounce movie it's great stuff. The shots of the cars going at it is sublime stuff.

"This is where we leave you Mr Bond."

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I absolutely loved FORD V FERRARI/LE MANS '66.  It's between that and ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD for my favorite film of the year.

As to me, I banged out a couple more Bogart films that I'd never seen before.

DARK PASSAGE: very good.  Interesting POV usage in the first half of the film when they're purposely hiding Bogart's face.  Very well acted from everyone.  Not a favorite but a solid and entertaining effort.

THE CAINE MUTINY: flat out awesome.  GREAT acting from everyone.  I know that Bogart gets all the raves for this film (deservedly so) but holy cow is Jose Ferrer great as the lawyer in the third act.  The new guy, Robert Francis, is a bit stiff/wooden but he's good enough not to sink the work of everyone else.  Glad I saw this one.

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Watching Laura Croft : Tomb Raider today, I noticed DC uses the " Tempus Fugit "  expression
when solving a puzzle.

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Thunderpussy wrote:

Watching Laura Croft : Tomb Raider today, I noticed DC uses the " Tempus Fugit "  expression
when solving a puzzle.

So that was recall in Spectre?! It's all starting to make sense now...I think.  ajb007/biggrin

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Gymkata wrote:

He was always shouty, but he went over the top and into HOO HAA mode in SCENT OF A WOMAN and never really stopped.  He's managed to dial it back when necessary, like when he did THE INSIDER, but I think his instinct is to go big now.

I definitely felt Scent of a Woman was a turning point in the shouty stakes. I hated that film.

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As I write this is not exactly 'last film seen' but will be later this evening!

I am going to watch Octopussy on my new 50" television. I have been saving hard to buy it and this will be the first James Bond film I have watched on it. I hope Roger Moore can almost leap out of the screen!

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You're going to have a great time, Joshua. Enjoy!

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the Constant Gardener
adapted from le Carre
starring Ralph Fiennes (he's one of ours) and Rachel Weisz (she's married to one of ours, what was that fellows name again, oh you know who I mean, cant think of his name....)

A bit sleepy paced, but there's some valid reasons for that.
Its told through the eyes of a man experiencing traumatic grief following the murder of his wife, so much of it is flashbacks in a sort of dream state.
And the bulk of it takes place in Kenya, and is actually filmed there, in the villages and slums, with African music as its soundtrack, giving it all the sensation of a shimmering heat haze. Beautiful photography, depressing subject matter.

At the end is a quote from le Carre, asserting compared to what Big Pharma gets up to in reality, his story was a "holiday postcard"

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I'm re-watching the Mission Impossible films and last night it was MI3, Good action
flick but the star of this outing has to be the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, what a
great performance he gave as the villain.

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Thunderpussy wrote:

I'm re-watching the Mission Impossible films and last night it was MI3, Good action
flick but the star of this outing has to be the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, what a
great performance he gave as the villain.

He's great.  He has this detached sense of calm going on that's in great contrast to the action going on around him, kinda like Drax in MOONRAKER.  It's a solid entry in the franchise.

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Barbel wrote:

You're going to have a great time, Joshua. Enjoy!

It was good!

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TOPKAPI (1964).  I'd never seen this before.

I'll be honest, the first 15 minutes or so really had me wondering if I was going to make it through the entire film.  I'm sorry, but watching a woman who I'm simply not attracted to in the slightest (Melina Mercouri) acting like she's the hottest woman in the universe was really putting me off.  Once the movie settled into 'heist' mode, everything fell into place and made for a very enjoyable movie watching experience.  Maximillian Schell was awesome and made for a great leading man...I never knew that he had this kind of work in him.  Peter Ustinov was a lot of fun in his role as well, and I was pleasantly surprised to see that he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his work here.

Fun movie.  I'd watch it again, probably as a triple feature with RIFIFI and THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR.

Speaking of Thomas Crown, I know that at one time they were looking at remaking TOPKAPI as a sequel to the Brosnan TCA.  I wish that had happened, as I think that Brosnan in the Schell role would have been a lot of fun.

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Re Mercouri- possibly it might have something to do with the director being her husband...?  ajb007/lol