Last movie you watched

  • Just watched Ex Machina. Brilliant movie, would recommend! Interesting and I'd go so far as say somewhat thought provoking.

  • Bridget Jones's Diary

    I'm not really sure why I saw this. Maybe it was seeing that the latest entry in the series hit home video not long ago, maybe it was that I saw it on They Shoot Pictures very strange and impressive list of the best films of the 21st century. I can't be entirely sure, but my reaction to it is almost exactly what I was expecting.

    It ain't so good. The cast actually isn't too bad, but the characters and script they're given to work with are all really questionable. It's tough to tell a story about someone's self-esteem/self-improvement, and then let those things hinge on factors outside of the 'self' in question without commenting on how unhealthy it is. It tries very hard to seem pleasant and celebratory when the character work runs contrary; it's a self-pitying woman and two pretty rude guys---something that might be better presented as a cruel drama.

    I feel this way about a lot of romantic comedies, but many romantic comedies are able to get away with character flaws by better selling the frothier, lighter moments---by making the magic look like something that overwhelms the dysfunction, which is something Bridget Jones's Diary never accomplishes.

    4/10 or so.

  • Rouge One - 3.5/5 (would be a 3/5, but star wars helps it), lot of potential, script needed some tightening up

    Been watching the show Catastrophe on Amazon, very funny, about an American guy who hooks up with a girl in England and accidentally gets her pregnant, he decides to stay and try and raise the babe.

  • @Fridge-man That's been on my Amazon Watchlist for a while now because its on Prime but I haven't got around to it yet for whatever reason. It's nice to hear a good review for it so I'll definitely have to make some time this weekend.

  • I watched Two O'Clock Courage, a pretty brief film noir from genre legend Anthony Mann. This surprised me, because I thought it would suck just from the setup: dude with amnesia tries to clear his name/solve a murder he's involved in with the help of a female taxi driver.

    While it isn't as beautifully shot or as rigorous as some of Mann's later noir efforts, it has a real leanness and a surprisingly humorous tone. It's pretty well aware of how silly it all is, and the enthusiasm with which the two leads uncover the case is pretty infectious.

    Not a great film, but a pretty enjoyable one.

  • Watched Kubo and the Two Strings last night. Was good.

  • @pinecone The old Magnificent 7 is the better of the two Seven Samurai remakes, but the new one isn't bad.

  • Hunt for the Wilderpeople - Easily one of my favourite movies of this year. I've mostly watched intense horror type movies but this is just a pure jolly fair and it's so good. Absolutely worth a watch.

  • @tokeeffe9 Yep, another movie I saw during the festival circuit this year. Was quite jolly.

  • Top 5 films for this year for me have gotta be:

    5.Don't Think Twice - A movie about improv. I'm sure it'll just be funny and that's it, right? Actually, this movie touches on some real emotions while following the troupe around. It also deals with themes like success and friendship in a great way - while still making you laugh. I saw this in a theater where no one else bought tickets, so it may have added to the experience.

    4.The Nice Guys - I went into this movie with zero expectations. I've never actually seen a Shane Black movie before but from the outside, I thought things like Lethal Weapon looked kinda cheesy. This movie was outright hilarious and had a great noir feel to it, something we don't get too much of these days. I may have made a mistake in my previous judgements and I'll spend the next year watching some Shane Black classics.

    3.Doctor Strange - My favorite super-hero turned into a movie... how is Marvel going to mess this up? Well... they didn't. I thought they handled the character well and there's a lot of trip-out visuals and philosophy thrown in to appease fans, while still being a Marvel spectacle to make money. The villain wasn't fantastic but I sure hope they make a few more Strange movies.

    2.Hunt for the Wilderpeople - Taika Waititi is quickly becoming one of my favorite directors. I saw What We Do in the Shadows earlier in the year and it quickly become a classic comedy in my eyes, so I was foaming at the mouth to see this. While not quite as funny, it does have more heart and tells a great story.

    1.The Lobster - I already loved this movie before going into it. It has so much to say about all the weird things we attach to relationships and just humanity in general. The second half of the movie is arguably weaker but the ambiguous ending was more than enough to make me happy.

    Honorable mentions : Rogue One, Green Room.

  • Hmm. that's always hard for me to do given the volume of movies I see every year. I've seen probably 80-100 new films this year, and I'm still not caught up. :)

    Honorable Mentions: The Witch, Midnight Special, Eddie The Eagle, Everybody Wants Some!, The Nice Guys, Star Trek Beyond, Pete's Dragon, Kubo and the Two Strings, Ouija: Origin of Evil (most improved category),The Jungle Book, Frank and Lola, Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World, Microbe and Gasoline, Kedi, Train to Busan, The Wailing, Doctor Strange, Arrival, Edge of Seventeen, Zootopia, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Deadpool, The Lobster, Swiss Army Man, Keanu, Hunt For The Wilderpeople.

    5: Rogue One
    4: Tower
    3: 10 Cloverfield Lane
    2:The Patriarch
    1: Green Room

    Still to go: Don't Breathe, The Handmaiden, The Birth of a Nation, Moana, Hacksaw Ridge, Jackie, La La Land, A Monster Calls, Silence, 20th Century Women, Moonlight, Manchester By The Sea

    any one of those may replace any of my top five. Not sure yet.

  • @TokyoSlim I forgot The Witch came out this year, that was also great. The Handmaiden, Swiss Army Man, and La La Land are high on the list of things to watch.

  • Oh ya, I watched The Witch about a week ago too. Excellent movie. It just goes for it in terms of being very creepy and nails it.

  • Spent a lot of this week at the theatre.


    • Passengers -- Interesting story and I really enjoyed the whole sci-fi aspect of it.
    • Assassin's Creed -- Being a huge fan of the series, I really enjoyed most of the film and I kinda even understood the overall story much better than the disjointed storytelling of the main plot in the games. Hoping they make a sequel but who knows.
    • La La Land -- This is the movie that hit me the most as being my top favourite film after Rogue one. I am a HUGE fan of musicals and every time the genre is resurrected the films fall flat. But this one had that old hollywood feel. The numbers blended in with the story and didn't feel out of place. It didn't break the flow of the story. True, the talent wasn't on par with the greats, but it's good. And it made me cry. Strong story. I highly recommend it.

  • Rogue One
    Didn't really have any interest in seeing it, but I saw it because I got to hang out with some friends I don't usually spend that much time with anymore.
    As for the movie itself it was extremely underwhelming. It felt unneccesary, bland, poorly paced and had a weak script & characters. It wasn't a bad movie but there's nothing about it I actually liked (apart from maybe the action scene at the end).
    I also don't like how they keep casting these thin female actresses with no charisma to play these tough guy chicks, especially when they have to try and give some inspiring speech or takes down countless stronger looking characters. It feels so fake and ridiculous that it takes me out of the movie hard.

    Gonna try and watch The Nice Guys, Arrival and A Monster Calls next.

  • I watched Green Room last night as it is currently on Netflix. As much as I enjoyed the atmosphere and tone of the film nobody stood out as having much presence and because of that there was no real impact in the deaths that occured throughout the film. Also it was being billed as hyper graphic and while some scenes were stomach turning it wasn't anything I hadn't seen in other films elsewhere. Overall it was worth streaming.

  • Watched Spectre, which is a James Bond thing I guess. About as good as the last couple, which is to say not very good. Like Quantum of Solace, it relies a lot on knowledge of the film before it, recycling locations and dredging up plot strands. Why is the bad guy bad? Because the bad guys were bad in previous films, you see?

    Most Bond films, even the bad ones, seem to drum up some global or societal threat, but this one, literally an all-seeing, all-hearing threat never really feels like it. All it is, is an excuse for henchmen to show up on Bond's doorstep, poorly armed and easily dispatched as usual.

    My hunches, and reluctance to see it earlier were well-placed.

  • @Ringedwithtile Yeah, I just watched Spectre and found it kinda bleh.
    I though did adore Casino Royale but have liked every one after more and more.

    Spectre suffered from the same thing as Star Trek Into darkness. Don't pretend your villain isn't the obvious character he is. It put me off seeing this until now. The characters weren't great, and suddenly Bond is in love again? He knew the girl for two days, at most. The threat i thought was also trying too hard to be relevant, with the big brother thing. Even the song wasn't good, at least Skyfall had a great Adele song.

  • It's not a movie but I just finished watching dirk gently's holistic detective agency on Netflix and boy did I love it!
    It was super hard for me to get into because the first 3 episodes really didn't make sense as they were setting all the strings but then it was a nonstop ride to the finish where all the lose ends really came together nicely. I'd love to get into it in a spoilery way but I won't. I will say however that I think the writing was brilliant in the meta message it leaves with the viewer at the end and that it's definitely worth checking out

  • I watched The Lobster tonight and it is one weird movie. I really liked how everything was delivered in a dry manner. It just helped the lay the foundations for how unusual the lore in the movie is.