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chrisno1 wrote:
Gymkata wrote:

@Chris: In case you're being serious, CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER is the one with Robert Redford in it as a major supporting character.

Yeh, deadly serious. Is that the one where the Cap's best mate comes back all nasty and tries to kick everyone's butt? I dont pay much attention as you can tell. They could call it Marvel 17 for all I care. If it is the one, then it's certainly a cut above the Cap's introductory effort - but that isnt saying much IMO I'm afraid. Maybe I'm too long in the tooth.

Yep, that's the one.

Personally, I'm a fan of the MCU films in general but a lot of the latter ones have fallen into such a predictable formula that the appeal is waning.  Considering how AVENGERS: ENDGAME wrapped things up pretty nicely for almost all of the characters AND we've had a year of Covid keeping anything new from the MCU on the back burner, I'm kinda content to just wrap a nice bow around the entire franchise and call it done.  Alas, we're getting more...

For the MCU itself, the ones that I find myself going back to and enjoying on their own merits include:
IRON MAN
CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
THOR: RAGNAROK
DOCTOR STRANGE

For sheer scale and achievement, it's hard to beat AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR and ENDGAME for the sheer magnitude of achievement.  Both films essentially wrap up the story arcs of around 20 films and do so in a pretty satisfying way.

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The Ipcress File (1965)

I haven't watched this in a while. Obviously a classic and I love the look of the film.
So many fantastic images, and camera angles.  ajb007/martini

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Yep, Ipcress File is a great film. It's dated, yet it hasn't dated if you see what I mean.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

The Ian Fleming short story given the Roald Dahl treatment, as outlandish as You Only Live Twice.

I do think this is the kind of film that got made in the late 60s, a bit stodgy and long-winded. It's two and a half hours, like OHMSS and also the musical Thoroughly Modern Millie went on too long, despite all mentioned having classic moments, it's just too much imo.

The child catcher is a right bastard isn't he? Credit to the actor Ralph Helphman (sp?) as he probably put off a load of kids from getting into cars on the offer of a sweetie.
It's a Bond vehicle of course, with Gert Frobe and even old Q popping up at the beginning. Two knock out scenes/songs where Frobe tries to bump his wife off while proclaiming his undying love for her, then the one where Dick Van Dyke and Truly Scrumptious (a Bond-style name) pose as toys to infiltrate the castle.

The film otherwise lacks a certain charm imo, it's hard to put your finger on it, but I cite OHMSS and TMM as falling in the same bracket.

"This is where we leave you Mr Bond."

Roger Moore 1927-2017

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Watched My Cousin Vinny (1992) on Blu Ray with the family last night.  Not only is one of my father's favorite movies, it was also the favorite film of my grandfather on my mothers side of the family. Having seen it for myself I can understand why, two New Yorkers get misidentified as murders in a small town in Alabama and the cousin of one of them a personal injury lawyer with no trial experience has to help them from going to the electric chair if found guilty.  Joe Pesci is great as the fish out of water title character with no idea of what he has gotten into. Plus Marisa Tomei is really fun as Pesci's put upon girlfriend and the late Fred Gwynn(of Car 54 Where Are Your? and The Munsters fame) as the orderly Judge presiding over the trial is in top form. Many one liners abound from the famous "Two Yutes" and "You where serious about that?" Plus Vinny has tons of funny things happen to him when he is not in the court as well.

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Napoleon Plural wrote:

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

The film . . . lacks a certain charm imo, it's hard to put your finger on it. . .

I used to love CCBB when I was a kid. Several months ago it was on TV and I watched a bit of it for nostalgia's sake. Ugh: what's that about not going home again? The special effects even by late '60s standards are terrible.  But what I can see now that I couldn't see as a child is that Broccoli & Co. were hellbent on ripping off Mary Poppins--Edwardian setting, Dick Van Dyke (at least they told him not to do a Cockney accent), Sherman Brothers score, Sally Anne Howes a suitable stand-in for Julie Andrews. And Flemingist that I am now can't forgive them for tossing about pretty much every word Fleming wrote.  So there's my finger on (or to) the film.

Vox clamantis in deserto

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I watched THE GODFATHER this afternoon.

A film that cannot be bettered in my opinion.

Al Pacino's performance was so understated in the first two films that he spent the rest of his career shouting and being OTT  ajb007/lol  ajb007/lol

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PPK 7.65mm wrote:

Watched My Cousin Vinny (1992) on Blu Ray with the family last night.  Not only is one of my father's favorite movies, it was also the favorite film of my grandfather on my mothers side of the family. Having seen it for myself I can understand why, two New Yorkers get misidentified as murders in a small town in Alabama and the cousin of one of them a personal injury lawyer with no trial experience has to help them from going to the electric chair if found guilty.  Joe Pesci is great as the fish out of water title character with no idea of what he has gotten into. Plus Marisa Tomei is really fun as Pesci's put upon girlfriend and the late Fred Gwynn(of Car 54 Where Are Your? and The Munsters fame) as the orderly Judge presiding over the trial is in top form. Many one liners abound from the famous "Two Yutes" and "You where serious about that?" Plus Vinny has tons of funny things happen to him when he is not in the court as well.

This one funny film this is one of the best scenes in the cell I cried laughing when I first watched it
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-FvDteymnM

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Last night I watched 'Get Carter' starring Michael Caine. I have not seen this this film before. Given that it is very violent and contains several adult themes, I can only wonder how the people who saw it when it was first shown reacted in 1971?!

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The great things about MY COUSIN VINNY is that, apart from being a legitimately great film, it's also used by a lot of law professors to show how to do things in the courtroom.  Sure, the film is played for laughs, but the methods used by Vinny in his examinations of witnesses are supposed to be very accurate.

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Gymkata:
Clearly you like your Marvel. I recrntly spent a week with a Marvel crazy dude who had the complete box set. We started at IRON MAN and I managed to escape just before GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY. After about 4 movies I was having to ask Joe to stop the DVD and explain what people were talking about as they already seemed to be crossing-storylines. I enjoyed IRON MAN, but as the series progressed R.D.Jr got on my wick too much. I preferred the films which could be watched without prior knowledge: IRON MAN, THE INCREDIBLE HULK, THOR (1 & 2), that was about it.

Lady Rose:
I agree. Pacino in THE GODFATHER (1) is outstanding. It is a superb film.

Thunderpussy:
I love THE IPCRESS FILE - dated or not. A consummate espionage thriller for me.

Napoleon, Hardyboy:
CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG  was better than I expected it to be, but yes, it is a little Poppins- lite. Some of the songs and song staging are very good, but it takes a long time to get anywhere. Loved The Old Bamboo.

My last watch
ICE STATION ZEBRA (1968)
Based on Alistair MacLean's novel, itself taken from actual events, a John Sturges thriller which looks lovely and has moments of suspense without perching one on the edge of a seat. Rock Hudson is a submarine Commander charged with rescuing the inhabitants of an Arctic drift-ice meteorological station, Zebra, apparently consumed by fire. Along for the ride are special agents Patrick MacGoohan and Ernest Borgnine, who each have secrets they are not telling, and whose real mission is the recovery of a lost spy satellite - conveniently downed near Ice Station Zebra. Cue underwater high-jinx beneath the pack ice and some studio bound fun at the snowy rendezvous.

I enjoyed it. There's a reasonably simple plot, a twist or two which keeps the audience interested and just enough tension and intrigue to belie the lack of genuine pace. There are quite a few improbables and some of the editing is a bit lame, making us scratch our heads, but generally it's one of the better MacLean adaptations. Good score from future Bond orchestrator Michel Legrand.

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Joshua wrote:

Last night I watched 'Get Carter' starring Michael Caine. I have not seen this this film before. Given that it is very violent and contains several adult themes, I can only wonder how the people who saw it when it was first shown reacted in 1971?!

It is a very dark, bleak film.

There was a remake in 2000 with Sylvester Stallone.

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Lady Rose wrote:
Joshua wrote:

Last night I watched 'Get Carter' starring Michael Caine. I have not seen this this film before. Given that it is very violent and contains several adult themes, I can only wonder how the people who saw it when it was first shown reacted in 1971?!

It is a very dark, bleak film.

There was a remake in 2000 with Sylvester Stallone.

The 1972 film Hit Man starring Bernie Casey is also based on the book Jack’s Return Home - just as Get Carter is...

YNWA 96

The Unbearables

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Sir Miles wrote:
Lady Rose wrote:
Joshua wrote:

Last night I watched 'Get Carter' starring Michael Caine. I have not seen this this film before. Given that it is very violent and contains several adult themes, I can only wonder how the people who saw it when it was first shown reacted in 1971?!

It is a very dark, bleak film.

There was a remake in 2000 with Sylvester Stallone.

The 1972 film Hit Man starring Bernie Casey is also based on the book Jack’s Return Home - just as Get Carter is...

I'm not sure how audiences reacted at the time. The seventies was quite permissive in terms of sex and violence, so they probably didn't bat an eyelid. Yes. It is very bleak. The movie was X-rated so it would not have reached a wide audience in the UK. Interestingly IMDB doesn't feature any contemporary reviews. Wiki suggests it was critically more popular in the US than the UK. It has definitely become feted over the years. I can't agree with those pollsters who voted it the Greatest British Film of All Time. That it certainly is not.

Try to grab a look at Mike Hodges & Michael Caine's follow up PULP - a more interesting film and a much less well known one.

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Another old classic for me this morning, The Towering Inferno ( 1974)
Usual disaster movie stuff and characters ,  with a big name cast

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@chrisno1: I remember one of the movie channels here in the US used to run Gymkata quite a bit. As naff as it is, I would always tune in for the action scenes and a chance to see Australian martial artist Richard Norton as the main bad guy. Norton really knows how to fight and it is always a treat to see him in action in any movie he is in. Defiantly going to revisit this one soon, after I watch some more movies starring Sir Sean Connery as a tribute to his life and career.

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GYMKATA is one of those terrible/awful/watchable/fun movies.  In no way could you ever call it good in any way, shape or form, but it's still a lot of fun for what it is.  It basks in its ridiculousness.

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@PPK 7.65mm  I wasn't referring to the film - of which I was unaware - but Mister Gymkata (above)
Funnily enough, now I've done some research, the movie sounds so terrible I'm looking forward to tracking it down for a quick once over - a possible case of so bad it's good.

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Gymkata is a well know classic
To movie lovers. It's well worth
a look, one of those  so bad it's
Good. ajb007/smile

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Thunderpussy wrote:

Another old classic for me this morning, The Towering Inferno ( 1974)
Usual disaster movie stuff and characters ,  with a big name cast

Towering Inferno is the best of the “disaster” movies of the 70’s, it’s highly entertaining and with three of my favourite actors, Paul Newman, Steve McQueen and Robert Vaughn in the cast it’s even better!

Yeah, well, sometimes nothin' can be a real cool hand.

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I can actually remember seeing it as a kid in the cinema  ajb007/smile

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Me too but I was 18  ajb007/crap

Yeah, well, sometimes nothin' can be a real cool hand.

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ajb007/lol  I'm still young !! ...... I'd have been 10  ajb007/crap

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@Chris:

You can watch the following MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) films without any real knowledge of anything else and enjoy them:
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
THOR: RAGNAROK (there's some external context but nothing to prohibit your enjoyment.  Very fun movie)
DOCTOR STRANGE (origin story.  Very much stands alone, kinda like IRON MAN).
CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER

To a certain degree, everything else has too much connective tissue to other films to stand on its own without some sort of 'the story so far' primer.

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I have just watched The Italian Job. This is the first time I have seen this film and enjoyed it very much.

I have become a fan of Michael Caine films and have watched quite a few so far (including The Man Who Would Be King with Sean Connery, which is a great film).

There was one film before The Italian Job came on, Matt Helm?! I only saw the last ten minutes or so. I'm not sure if it was a comedy or not? It was certainly strange?

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The Matt Helm films are certainly comedies- check out the thread on them.