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Old 03 July 2019, 10:14   #2501
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Shaft (netflix)

So then there was a new Shaft movie, which is just called "Shaft" but it is in fact the same Shaft character as we saw in the previous Shaft movie a long time ago, reprised by Samuel L. Jackson who really has not aged a bit. Gee, Netflix, had no inspiration for the title?

The story also is not anything to write home about; Shaft now has a son of his own but because he's Shaft and always in danger is not allowed to see him ever since junior was a baby, causing a big family crisis. Of course Junior becomes an FBI agent and they're forced to work together on a case, rebuild their relationship, etc. etc. The baddies of choice: drug dealers.

I must say that during the first 30 minutes of the movie, I had already given up hope. It looked like a modern day Steven Seagal movie where Samuel L. Jackson pretends to still be a cool badass but he's just sitting around on chairs most of the time just belting out some tired dialogue while younger actors do all the work.

Luckily I stuck with it because when this movie finally starts going... it keeps going. It turns into a really cool action comedy flick that never stops to entertain. It is self-aware, breaks the fourth wall, is not afraid to make references, has a good soundtrack (well the classic songs anyway) and is all in all just really slick.

Worth it, but be warned that it begins way too slow.

7/10
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Child's Play (2019)

This is like a reboot of the original and yes it's ok, better than the more recent Films in the series but the story has changed abit .
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Old 07 July 2019, 23:05   #2503
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Scarlet Street (1945)

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0038057/?ref_=tt_sims_tt

Not as good as 'Woman in the Window' from the previous year but still good film-noir none the less.... quite a depressing film to watch - seeing the downfall of Christopher Cross (Edward G. Robinson) is quite something.


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Old 08 July 2019, 09:32   #2504
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Damn dude, I guess it's like music; if you don't like what's coming out new, you go back into the past for your fix
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Old 08 July 2019, 16:27   #2505
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Enemy. The last in the (English) line of Villeneuve movies I had yet to see.

You know when a movie is good? When at the ending of it all people in the room loudly say "WTF!?!?!?!?" at the same time

The premise: the movie follows two people whom at the beginning of the movie do not know that the other exists; both played by Jake Gyllenhaal and in the movie they are identical to each other, down to a scar they have on their stomach. Are they twins? Or is something else going on? Even though physically they are identical, their personalities and life choices are anything but. That quickly escalates into a very disruptive and abusive relationship.

It's a thinker, and an odd one. At no time during the movie is the world that the characters run around in hostile; it looks like average pretty dull and repetitive lives being played out. And yet - at all times was I uncomfortable like something could happen at any time, like society itself was the enemy. Something feels off, something unnatural. And as the movie progresses, that feeling only grows stronger. Things happen that shouldn't happen. People say things they shouldn't say. People know things they shouldn't know.

But the movie never spells anything out; it shows you things, tells you things and then leaves you to try and picture the events together yourself to create the truth behind the odd duo. The movie constantly plays with different perspectives as you switch between the two characters; since they're so similar you have to pay close attention to details to see which one you're actually following at certain points. It is quite a thrilling experience, which is kind of special for a movie in which not very much actually happens. No death, no war, no real crime at all. No conflicts in the usual sense, yet the movie portrays nothing but conflict; conflict of self, conflict of interests, conflict of character, conflict of life. Quite unique.

And the ending... woof. It caught me off-guard, I'll tell you that. But please go experience it for yourself unspoiled.

I must admit by the end of it I had to see a Youtube video to have it explained to me, I just lack the cinematic vision to see the abstract order of events taking place and then seeing the actual meaning behind it. That did not take away anything from the fact that I thoroughly enjoyed the movie, even if it made me feel uncomfortable for most of it. Its a good discomfort, one that makes you think and question everything. A bit like a classic David Lynch movie, but then without disturbing imagery or sounds.

7.5/10

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the Blues Brothers (1980).

I was bored, zapping through a disappointing Netflix line up and then all of a sudden: the Blues Brothers. I was like "Wow, that's a blast from the past". I could remember some scenes but I kind of forgot about it. So I start it up, expecting to be mildly entertained.

First 10 minutes: Why did I like this as a kid?

The rest of the movie: I'm in stitches. Cop cars just being drawn to windows like magnets. Like - magnets. It's like they're aiming for anything that is not the path in front of them, I was wetting myself.

And then: princess Leia firing a bazooka into a building that Jake & Elwood want to enter (a bazooka that makes laser sounds no less). They get covered in rubble and just dust off and walk away like nothing even happened.

Princess Leia then blows up the building with explosives the next morning. Jake & Elwood get literally buried in rubble, but just get out, stand up, look at their watch and walk off like nothing even happened. I was out of breath at this point.

Princess leia nukes a phone booth that Jake & Elwood are in with a flamethrower, the phone booth somehow explodes and flies into the air, lands, Jake & Elwood are happy that they get a whole lot of change from the phone but otherwise don't even acknowledge that anything else happened. Are you kidding me!?

Then just a huge car chase with even more ludicrous car-magnet-crashes and flipovers.

Oh yeah, somewhere in between all that they sing some songs and piss off some nazis and some country music singers (because of course nazis). This movie is so looney, so zany... it's perfect. The music of course is timeless, seeing it now at age oh my god I'm old it spoke more to me than ever before. If you take away all the music and the car chases you have about 10 minutes of movie left over. I don't care. I'm so glad I reconnected with this piece of genius entertainment.

9/10
WHAT A FILM. One of my all time faves.
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Old 12 July 2019, 09:48   #2507
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Legend. A typical old age gangster romp, but with a twist: Tom Hardy shines as playing both parts of a twin brother gangster outfit (the Krays) whom terrorise yours neighborhoods. One wicked but with a sense of right and wrong, one completely crazy.

There isn't too much to say about it other than that it is a stylish and entertaining romp with a fair bit of violence. Its beautiful to look at, sounds great and the acting is top notch. I did have to turn up the volume somewhat to be able to understand Tom Hardy's extremely thick accent

7/10
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Old 16 July 2019, 20:15   #2508
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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) - Fun little movie with some good jokes and well done voices, including Cage (NOIR) and Schreiber (Fisk) and Chris Pine (Parker). Some humor makes it more in level with what you expect from Deadpool - for instance asking if is legally OK that one of cartoon characters said "That's all, Folks!". My son loved it and watched it twice now.

8/10


Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019)
WIth somewhat slow start movies turned into more fun as , with some interesting and easy to predict plot. Jake Gyllenhaal played his part well and it just too much reminded me of The Deadly Tower of Monsters It also shows that there still can be super hero movie after avengers, which I doubted. If you watching, make sure to watch both after movie scenes, as one of them points to something very interesting regarding this movie.

7.5/10



Rush Hour 3 (2007)
After looking for something else, I found that I own this movie (and other 2 in series), but this one somehow I did not watch, even I own it. It is just incredible how good duo are Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan. It still lacks woow effect from first movie, but it is good boring hot afternoon fun to watch. There was rumor that there will be another movie in series.

6/10
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Old 18 July 2019, 23:57   #2509
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Nicky Larson et le parfum de Cupidon (2019)
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Nicky Larson, the best private investigator in the business, is called for a high-risk mission: to recover the perfume of Cupid, a perfume that would make irresistible the one who uses it.
When I saw the poster on the street earlier this year, I thought to myself : "Ouch... I hope it'll be better than the 1993 movie with Jackie Chan" (which had good sides but was nevertheless a disappointing movie).

It is therefore with some small fears that I watched this new French opus and I'm going straight out of the gate : It is obvious that this adaptation was made with seriousness by people having immersed themself in the world of the manga.
Thus, if you like Tsukaja Höjö's "City Hunter", this film is for you. The whole manga universe is in there !
The characters, their behaviours, the serious side, the stupid side, the dark side, the action side, the comic side, and not to forget the naughty side (it's a French movie so there's necessarily a naughty side) .
In addition, for the French-speaking ones, there are references to the people involved in television broadcasting BitD (one of them : did you recognise the stewardess at the airport desk ?).
And for the others, there is even Pamela Anderson in this movie

In the end, had a great time watching this movie !

10/10


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Old 19 July 2019, 14:24   #2510
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Is that something like Pink Panther movies from 60's and 70's??

Really, 10 out of 10??
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Old 19 July 2019, 23:18   #2511
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Is that something like Pink Panther movies from 60's and 70's?? [...]
No. In the Pink Panther's movie it's Inspector Clouseau's clumsiness that is funny.
Here the funny side is coming from many characters and situations (the truth serum shot is excellent ; there are also some very funny macho or obessed situations ; the "raven/crow" that is in the manga (it is also in the movie) ; the "non love" between Nicky & Laura is well played ; even secondary characters are well written & played ; etc, etc.).

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Considering that I like Mr Höjö's work (I have all City Hunter manga), yes : 10 out of 10 for this movie that greatly respect the spirit of the characters and the manga.

PS: I can understand that this kind of humour is not the cup of tea of everybody, so only my opinion .

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Old 23 July 2019, 16:05   #2512
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Thanks for explanation.

Over weekend we watched quite few movies. I saw x-men movies (5 of them) with my son, and we all went to see new Lion King. I will write more about x-man rewatch later, but here is quick review of Lion King.

The Lion King (2019)

Not sure where to start. It is basically remake of previous movie, with little bit extra, couple new jokes, but with live animation. Since there is very little new, it is somewhat boredom at begining, but once Timon and Pumbaa (voices of Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner) are introduced, movie becomes more colorful and fun. Also to add, John Oliver did excellent job playing voice of Zazu.

8/10
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Spider-man: Far from Home.

The last phase 3 MCU movie. And... not going to lie, I had a bad time getting through the opening; it has a cringe power level of over 9000. For funk's sake Marvel / Sony, who wants over the top high school romance crap in a Spider-man movie !? Good god it's Harry Potter and the Halfblood Prince all over again.

But soon enough Nick Fury and a new potential avenger in the form of Mysterio turns up and from that moment forth the movie actually becomes one of Marvel's finest. It's funny, it has gorgeous CGI, it's the end of an era with a loud bang. With Thanos and "the snap" out of the way it left some room for a really unorthodox and unexpected group of bad guys - fantastic. And the Spidey acrobatics are better than ever, such a thrill ride. Now I wish I had gone to see this in 3D actually.

PS: do watch the mid-credits scene.

First fifteen minutes: 3/10
The rest: 8.5/10
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Old 28 July 2019, 22:15   #2514
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Shazam!

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The plot of the film is quite short: It is the story of Shazam the magician (no he is not on the movie poster) who is looking for a champion (with a pure heart! - it's important) in order to transmit his powers to him. Indeed, Shazam is keeping prisoner the seven deadly sins and as he is getting old, he is looking for the next generation.

Without revealing the details, let's say that Shazam doesn't spare his efforts but that a person with a pure heart, you don't catch her like that every day (month, years, decade, ... ) and that of course some people can be resentful of having failed...

In the end.... (No, if I say it, I'm already saying too much!)

So, without revealing anything, I can say that it is a film from the world of 'DC Comics' (Superman, Batman, Wonderwoman, Aquaman, etc.).

It's a movie for teenagers, but I have to say that the adult that I am really enjoyed this movie ! This movie is funny, friendly, sometimes silly, touching at times and full of humour and cowardice.

Two hours without a hitch !

8/10
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Old 29 July 2019, 16:55   #2515
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Scarlet Street (1945)

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0038057/?ref_=tt_sims_tt

Not as good as 'Woman in the Window' from the previous year but still good film-noir none the less.... quite a depressing film to watch - seeing the downfall of Christopher Cross (Edward G. Robinson) is quite something.


I've just ordered the following on Laserdisc... (there is a DVD but that's not the way I do things)

'It' (1927)
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0018033/?ref_=fn_al_tt_3

Will be my first silent movie with legendary Clara Bow. I'm currently looking at more 'silents' to add to the collection - shame that so many of them are destroyed or 'lost' now
I find archive.org being great source of somewhat forgotten start of movie art.

From silent to comedies and film NOIR. There is a bit of something for everyone there...Some classic movies there to see (I posted some before, including recommendation to watch classic - Forbidden Planet. I still remember feelings this movie made on my when I first time watched it. (I was 7 year old )

Another 'must see' movie - Logan's Run. (few posts bellow Forbidden Planet link)

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The Losers. An oddball in the DC comics to movie adaptations. It has some good actors and is quite stylistic in a comic book / cartoony way. Borderlands-style character card introductions? Yep, present!

The story is not very interesting though, after the explosive opening it kind of loses it's momentum. Bunch of military badasses, calling themselves "losers", get screwed over by a rich prick called Max and seek revenge and a way to redeem themselves. Zoe Saldana's Aisha offers them that chance. Along the way they just don't know who they can trust; they're as much at war with Max as they are with each other. Until they work it out and become Losers again of course and the bad guys had better put their affairs in order, yee haw!

Don't watch this expecting to see art, watch this to see a bunch of well-chosen actors really enjoying the opportunity to play classic action movie characters and cliche bad guys from the 90's. Explosions and one-liners, that's this movie.

6.5/10
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For me the script writers just took up the scenario from "Dragonball".
Apart from that the films are worth seeing but are not the best of the franchise. Thanos is well acted (Josh Brolin does an amazing job).
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'It' (1927)

My first 'Silent' movie - love love loved every minute. Clara Bow has such wonderful screen presence. Plotline (taken from imdb): A salesgirl with plenty of "it" (sex appeal) pursues a handsome playboy.

Whilst the transfer on the Laserdisc is perfectly watchable I'd love to see this have a new scan/HD release. The Laser I obtained was factory new/sealed from 1991.
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I find archive.org being great source of somewhat forgotten start of movie art.

From silent to comedies and film NOIR. There is a bit of something for everyone there...Some classic movies there to see (I posted some before, including recommendation to watch classic - Forbidden Planet. I still remember feelings this movie made on my when I first time watched it. (I was 7 year old )

Another 'must see' movie - Logan's Run. (few posts bellow Forbidden Planet link)
Oooh thank you, I shall go look at archive.org
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For me the script writers just took up the scenario from "Dragonball".
Apart from that the films are worth seeing but are not the best of the franchise. Thanos is well acted (Josh Brolin does an amazing job).
I'm glad I'm not the only person in the world that has trouble liking Infinity War. The comparison to Dragonball is amusing, I guess the collecting of the stones is kind of like collecting dragon balls and there is a bit of an Android + Cell saga vibe to the entire thing
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