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Title: Seen any good films recently?
Post by: Modculture on March 09, 2013, 09:35:22 PM
If you've seen anything worth a mention, let us know below...
Title: Re: Seen any good films recently?
Post by: Sharpen up on March 12, 2013, 12:25:57 PM
I'm sure you have seen it, but I loved django unchained.
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Post by: Nobby Lard on March 12, 2013, 12:28:13 PM
Would reccomend Argo V good
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Post by: chinese alan on March 12, 2013, 06:15:44 PM
Villain
Starring Richard Burton and Ian McShane
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Post by: Modculture on March 12, 2013, 06:18:38 PM
Villain
Starring Richard Burton and Ian McShane

Mighty film.

Going through a Eurocrime phase right now. If it isn't old, badly dubbed and with a high body count, I'm just not interested.
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Post by: chinese alan on March 12, 2013, 06:30:20 PM
Hell Drivers
With Stanley Baker
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Post by: beatroute66 on March 12, 2013, 08:52:21 PM
Last two were Eugenie, Her Journey Into Perversion (which was terrible) and Daughters of Darkness (which was great).
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Post by: Lurker on March 12, 2013, 09:18:25 PM
Watched a decent French thriller at the weekend - (bought it on DVD)... Le Cercle Rouge from 1970 starring Alain Delon.

If you're into French stylish gangster movies, i do recommend this.

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Post by: Modculture on March 12, 2013, 09:54:49 PM
Think I reviewed that on the site. Love it - stylish end of Eurocrime, that's for sure.
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Post by: shortbloke on March 12, 2013, 10:40:40 PM
Tyrannosaur last Friday. Harrowing, upsetting, compelling, awesome.
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Post by: MWC on March 13, 2013, 09:45:17 AM
Tyrannosaur last Friday. Harrowing, upsetting, compelling, awesome.

Great film! Very dark but brilliantly done.
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Post by: Ady C on March 13, 2013, 07:51:37 PM
Watched a decent French thriller at the weekend - (bought it on DVD)... Le Cercle Rouge from 1970 starring Alain Delon.

If you're into French stylish gangster movies, i do recommend this.

Recently got La Samouria (1967) starring Alain Delon which is also a stylish French movie; picked up cheaply on ebay, brand new copy too.
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Post by: Arnaldo Layne on March 13, 2013, 09:15:07 PM
The Last Detail
      Jack Nicholson, Otis Young and a very young Randy Quaid. Last watched maybe 30 years ago even better than I remembered
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Post by: Millenial88 on March 13, 2013, 09:30:12 PM
Tokyo Drifter (1966) with Tetsuya Watari
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Post by: neatneatneat on March 14, 2013, 04:19:44 PM
Villain
Starring Richard Burton and Ian McShane
Great film & not often mentioned in British crime movies to watch.

Brannigan staring John Wayne of all people is worth seeing.
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Post by: Jack.92 on March 14, 2013, 04:22:51 PM
Saw 'Flight' a while ago, Denzel Washington is brilliant in it. Also a few decent numbers from the soundtrack
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Post by: boss69 on March 14, 2013, 10:37:51 PM
Tyrannosaur last Friday. Harrowing, upsetting, compelling, awesome.

I completely forgot about this film. Need to see it soon.
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Post by: mozq1987 on March 14, 2013, 10:56:35 PM
I watched Deliverance last week. I tuned in thinking it was just like City Slickers....untill the rape scene.
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Post by: Ady C on March 16, 2013, 01:00:30 PM
Watched Pan's Labyrinth this morning: a beautifully shot film.
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Post by: Jean-Marc on March 16, 2013, 03:05:24 PM
Tyrannosaur last Friday. Harrowing, upsetting, compelling, awesome.

I completely forgot about this film. Need to see it soon.

Really liked the film
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Post by: Soulstar on March 20, 2013, 10:13:57 AM
Finally got around to watching "Harold & Maude". Shouldn't have waited so long - loved it.
A near 80 year old Ruth Gordon is mesmerising and there's a surprisingly good Cat Stevens soundtrack.
Definitely recommended.
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Post by: Lurker on March 20, 2013, 12:21:13 PM
Watched again at the weekend -  the ultimate 'mod' film for style and cool...

The original Thomas Crown Affair, McQueen just oozes class through out.

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Post by: ItchycooMark on March 20, 2013, 01:15:35 PM
Watched again at the weekend -  the ultimate 'mod' film for style and cool...

The original Thomas Crown Affair, McQueen just oozes class through out.

I'll see your Thomas Crown Affair and raise you Paris Blues  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0055278/
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Post by: Jonny on March 20, 2013, 11:14:00 PM
Watched again at the weekend -  the ultimate 'mod' film for style and cool...

The original Thomas Crown Affair, McQueen just oozes class through out.

I'll see your Thomas Crown Affair and raise you Paris Blues  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0055278/

Never knew Paris Blues was nominated for an Oscar. Top film.
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Post by: ItchycooMark on March 21, 2013, 12:31:31 PM
I saw it for the first time last year and wondered how many youngsters watched it in 1961 thinking, wow, they look cool, I want to dress like that and talk about jazz and drink espresso and dance all night in basement clubs. I reckon this is the ultimate mod movie. Discuss
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Post by: Lurker on March 21, 2013, 08:28:16 PM
Watched again at the weekend -  the ultimate 'mod' film for style and cool...

The original Thomas Crown Affair, McQueen just oozes class through out.

I'll see your Thomas Crown Affair and raise you Paris Blues  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0055278/

Seen it lot's of times mate - another favourite of mine.

For anyone that's not seen it... The full film on you tube below.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9BbVfqERZeI

Never knew Paris Blues was nominated for an Oscar. Top film.
Title: Re: Seen any good films recently?
Post by: Dogtooth on March 22, 2013, 07:10:27 PM
Looking forward to this:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcfilms/film/good_vibrations (http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcfilms/film/good_vibrations)
Title: Re: Seen any good films recently?
Post by: Neil Lee on March 23, 2013, 07:37:59 AM
Tyrannosaur last Friday. Harrowing, upsetting, compelling, awesome.

Amazing movie, but I wont be in a hurry to watch it again.
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Post by: Red Steve on March 25, 2013, 01:00:26 PM
Tyrannosaur last Friday. Harrowing, upsetting, compelling, awesome.

Amazing movie, but I wont be in a hurry to watch it again.

Agreed. Very black, and certainly no Rom Com. Anyway else catch the movie on Channel 4 last night with the 2 ex soldiers. Kind of like a modern day Wicker Man (not the American re-make with Nicholas Cage either which was dire). That was also very disturbing not to say violent with a nasty twist at the end.
Title: Re: Seen any good films recently?
Post by: Neil Lee on March 25, 2013, 01:34:51 PM
Tyrannosaur last Friday. Harrowing, upsetting, compelling, awesome.

Amazing movie, but I wont be in a hurry to watch it again.

Agreed. Very black, and certainly no Rom Com. Anyway else catch the movie on Channel 4 last night with the 2 ex soldiers. Kind of like a modern day Wicker Man (not the American re-make with Nicholas Cage either which was dire). That was also very disturbing not to say violent with a nasty twist at the end.

What was it called?
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Post by: DrGonzo2411 on March 25, 2013, 02:39:38 PM
Tyrannosaur last Friday. Harrowing, upsetting, compelling, awesome.

Amazing movie, but I wont be in a hurry to watch it again.

Agreed. Very black, and certainly no Rom Com. Anyway else catch the movie on Channel 4 last night with the 2 ex soldiers. Kind of like a modern day Wicker Man (not the American re-make with Nicholas Cage either which was dire). That was also very disturbing not to say violent with a nasty twist at the end.

What was it called?

Kill List. It is one seriously dark, f**ked up movie. My fellow countryman Michael Smiley provides the only moments of light relief, and the last half hour is genuinely nasty. I loved it!!  :-\
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Post by: MWC on March 25, 2013, 03:40:46 PM
Watched Leon over the weekend after picking it up cheap in HMV. Not seen it in a while but its still absolutely brilliant!
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Post by: Col Wolfe on March 25, 2013, 05:11:14 PM
Tyrannosaur last Friday. Harrowing, upsetting, compelling, awesome.

Amazing movie, but I wont be in a hurry to watch it again.

Agreed. Very black, and certainly no Rom Com. Anyway else catch the movie on Channel 4 last night with the 2 ex soldiers. Kind of like a modern day Wicker Man (not the American re-make with Nicholas Cage either which was dire). That was also very disturbing not to say violent with a nasty twist at the end.

What was it called?

Kill List. It is one seriously dark, f**ked up movie. My fellow countryman Michael Smiley provides the only moments of light relief, and the last half hour is genuinely nasty. I loved it!!  :-\

Really, er, enjoyed this.  Neil Maskell plays the everdayman disassociated psychopoath so well.  Myanna Buring is so striking.
Title: Re: Seen any good films recently?
Post by: Neil Lee on March 25, 2013, 07:42:43 PM
Tyrannosaur last Friday. Harrowing, upsetting, compelling, awesome.

Amazing movie, but I wont be in a hurry to watch it again.

Agreed. Very black, and certainly no Rom Com. Anyway else catch the movie on Channel 4 last night with the 2 ex soldiers. Kind of like a modern day Wicker Man (not the American re-make with Nicholas Cage either which was dire). That was also very disturbing not to say violent with a nasty twist at the end.

What was it called?

Kill List. It is one seriously dark, f**ked up movie. My fellow countryman Michael Smiley provides the only moments of light relief, and the last half hour is genuinely nasty. I loved it!!  :-\

Really, er, enjoyed this.  Neil Maskell plays the everdayman disassociated psychopoath so well.  Myanna Buring is so striking.

Ah 'Kill List', not seen it yet but on my to do list.
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Post by: Wide-eyed Boy on March 29, 2013, 10:28:55 PM
'Enjoyed' Kill List but it went a bit too mental towards the end. Just watched his (Ben Wheatleys) latest - Sightseers and it's the right level of nuts all the way through. Black, black comedy. Recommended.
Title: Re: Seen any good films recently?
Post by: Smiler on March 30, 2013, 12:19:27 PM
Talking of 'dark stuff' on telly recently. Absolutely loved Utopia recently, best telly for ages in my opinion. Also did anybody see the second episode of 'Black Mirror'.....bloody hell. How dark and disturbing was that?
Title: Re: Seen any good films recently?
Post by: Neil Lee on March 30, 2013, 12:37:54 PM
Talking of 'dark stuff' on telly recently. Absolutely loved Utopia recently, best telly for ages in my opinion. Also did anybody see the second episode of 'Black Mirror'.....bloody hell. How dark and disturbing was that?

Charlie Brooker is god!
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Post by: Red Steve on March 30, 2013, 12:40:59 PM
was that the 2nd episode of the new series? I think it was the Big Brother Show one? If that's the one you're referring to then yes, very good but very disturbing too.
Title: Re: Seen any good films recently?
Post by: Neil Lee on March 30, 2013, 12:44:07 PM
was that the 2nd episode of the new series? I think it was the Big Brother Show one? If that's the one you're referring to then yes, very good but very disturbing too.

Yep.

Title: Re: Seen any good films recently?
Post by: Woody 64 on March 30, 2013, 09:43:10 PM
http://www.express.co.uk/entertainment/films/387633/Good-Vibrations-review-and-trailer


Hopefully gonna see this over the next few days.

Got a right good few records from this label back in the late 70's early 80's Rudi and the Outcasts personal faves.


Mark Kermode gave it a good review this morning on the beeb.
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Post by: Lurker on April 01, 2013, 08:40:42 PM
Just back from seeing Good Vibrations, film about the NI Punk scene from the late 70's - highly recommend it...

"Hooley not only ran a successful record store at the height of the Troubles, but also supported and promoted new bands - notably The Undertones - who were part of the local punk scene. As you can see from this clip, it's a rather likeable underdog story and one with a great soundtrack".
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Post by: Jonny on April 02, 2013, 08:44:24 AM
Talking of 'dark stuff' on telly recently. Absolutely loved Utopia recently, best telly for ages in my opinion. Also did anybody see the second episode of 'Black Mirror'.....bloody hell. How dark and disturbing was that?

One of my all time favourite series now. 15 Million Merits (Episode two of the first series) is definitely worth a look if you're into dystopian fiction.
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Post by: revsin on April 08, 2013, 11:15:01 AM
Just back from seeing Good Vibrations, film about the NI Punk scene from the late 70's - highly recommend it...

"Hooley not only ran a successful record store at the height of the Troubles, but also supported and promoted new bands - notably The Undertones - who were part of the local punk scene. As you can see from this clip, it's a rather likeable underdog story and one with a great soundtrack".

Great film, great soundtrack.....pity they had to leave so much of it out, heard they had to 30 mins from the film, lets hope that all the cut scenes make the DVD release.

Title: Re: Seen any good films recently?
Post by: The Laird of Enfield on April 09, 2013, 06:44:34 PM
Villain
Starring Richard Burton and Ian McShane


Was there bleedin' claret everywhere?


Title: Re: Seen any good films recently?
Post by: Greenie on April 10, 2013, 09:51:38 AM
Watched Thief on Netflix over the weekend. Pretty formulaic but James Caan was engaging and it was easy to watch. Guessed Michael Mann Directed it all his films have a very similar look and feel.


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Post by: Helsbob on April 11, 2013, 12:03:12 PM
Talking of 'dark stuff' on telly recently. Absolutely loved Utopia recently, best telly for ages in my opinion. Also did anybody see the second episode of 'Black Mirror'.....bloody hell. How dark and disturbing was that?

Charlie Brooker is god!
oooh yes he is; been catching up with 'black mirror' ooooh very disturbing.  loved Utopia but got a tad obsessed with "where is Jessica Hyde?" John did do a good impression though :)
Title: Re: Seen any good films recently?
Post by: Neil Lee on April 11, 2013, 12:14:31 PM
Talking of 'dark stuff' on telly recently. Absolutely loved Utopia recently, best telly for ages in my opinion. Also did anybody see the second episode of 'Black Mirror'.....bloody hell. How dark and disturbing was that?

Charlie Brooker is god!
oooh yes he is; been catching up with 'black mirror' ooooh very disturbing.  loved Utopia but got a tad obsessed with "where is Jessica Hyde?" John did do a good impression though :)

Very disturbing indeed Helen. How are you and your good man?
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Post by: Helsbob on April 11, 2013, 05:08:50 PM
Talking of 'dark stuff' on telly recently. Absolutely loved Utopia recently, best telly for ages in my opinion. Also did anybody see the second episode of 'Black Mirror'.....bloody hell. How dark and disturbing was that?

Charlie Brooker is god!
oooh yes he is; been catching up with 'black mirror' ooooh very disturbing.  loved Utopia but got a tad obsessed with "where is Jessica Hyde?" John did do a good impression though :)

Very disturbing indeed Helen. How are you and your good man?
Very well thanks, big hugs all round especially your little bundle of yummy :-)
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Post by: senorservo on April 14, 2013, 03:31:46 AM
Spring Breakers - really  cool visuals and James Franco was really good in it 
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Post by: Spectre on April 19, 2013, 01:16:57 PM
I watched. Stoned, story about Brian Jones. It's ok nothing great. And La Bamba. last night as i was bored.  :)
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Post by: Lurker on April 22, 2013, 09:03:33 AM
Went to the cinema yesterday and watched for the first time - tough guy film Point Blank (1967).

Lee Marvin was excellent as hard nut 'Walker'
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Post by: senorservo on April 24, 2013, 06:58:17 PM
anyone with netflix - they have all the Bond films up to the last one from Pierce Brosnan... up for a few weeks so catch them now (this is in the US but maybe in UK too?
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Post by: The Laird of Enfield on April 26, 2013, 06:41:06 PM
Went to the cinema yesterday and watched for the first time - tough guy film Point Blank (1967).

Lee Marvin was excellent as hard nut 'Walker'


Used tae be a regular fillum oan TCM.

Gaun yirsel' Walker - a proper hard nut in real life n'aw.  Won a purple heart in WW2 (the medal no the pill).


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2sKgsKTeEM (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2sKgsKTeEM)

Goat tae live the dream in "The Killers" n'aw.

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xnjooi_lee-marvin-kills-ronald-reagan_shortfilms#.UXrKD1LD5DY (http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xnjooi_lee-marvin-kills-ronald-reagan_shortfilms#.UXrKD1LD5DY)




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Post by: GoldenGaze_85 on May 01, 2013, 06:13:39 AM
Good deal here, 4 pre owned Blu-ray for £10 if anyone's interested, not a great deal to choose from mind:

http://market.blockbuster.co.uk/retaildiscounts/discountdetails.aspx?id=9177&title=4-for-10-blu-ray&tab=offers&pageindex=0 (http://market.blockbuster.co.uk/retaildiscounts/discountdetails.aspx?id=9177&title=4-for-10-blu-ray&tab=offers&pageindex=0)
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Post by: Soulstar on May 12, 2013, 10:40:44 AM
Have just seen the 1972 film "Wattstax". I loved the album in the 80's but kind of forgot about it. I can't recommend this film enough. Musically, socially and politically it's dynamite and nothing has made my hair stand on end like some of these performances for a long time.

In line with my renewed vow to stick it to the man, here's an Amazon link: ::)
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Wattstax-Richard-Pryor/dp/B0039YYY8S/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1368354604&sr=8-1&keywords=wattstax
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Post by: The Laird of Enfield on May 14, 2013, 06:42:56 PM
Watched "The Guard" wi' big Brendan Gleason at the weekend.

(http://images.smh.com.au/2011/08/26/2583707/art-the-guard_20110826121150601209-420x0.jpg)


A craicin' good laugh.


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Post by: Martin G on May 14, 2013, 08:53:29 PM
Just grabbed the recently released DVD of the old British monster flick KONGA from 1963. Michael Gough hamming and camping about along with some great 1960s London street footage, a bloke in a gorilla suit and some young starlets in pointy bras and tight jumpers. Jess Conrad square-jawed and wooden as the lead hero type. Amazing and ridiculous stuff. I loved this as a kid when I saw it in the Summer holidays on telly in the early 1970s and am so glad it is out now on DVD. (Maybe I should be ashamed of myself)
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Post by: Soulstar on May 15, 2013, 12:24:11 PM
Just grabbed the recently released DVD of the old British monster flick KONGA from 1963. Michael Gough hamming and camping about along with some great 1960s London street footage, a bloke in a gorilla suit and some young starlets in pointy bras and tight jumpers. Jess Conrad square-jawed and wooden as the lead hero type. Amazing and ridiculous stuff. I loved this as a kid when I saw it in the Summer holidays on telly in the early 1970s and am so glad it is out now on DVD. (Maybe I should be ashamed of myself)
Never heard of it - will definitely look out for this.
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Post by: Martin G on May 16, 2013, 12:23:41 PM
There is even some brief Gorilla/Scooter action in one sequence. Perhaps a film to be regarded as a guilty pleasure.
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Post by: Soulstar on May 16, 2013, 01:01:49 PM
 ;D
Well, I'll leave the guilt to you. It's already my favourite film ever!
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Post by: southlondongent on May 16, 2013, 01:02:34 PM
^^ I'll have to look out for 'Konga'...not seen that before!

I've always been a fan of the French New Wave, Godard, Chabrol etc.  Recently I saw a couple of newer French films that are well worth watching:

'Mesrine: Killer Instinct' and 'Mesrine: Public Enemy No 1'.   The film is split over 2 parts and charts the story of a notorious French gangster through the 60s and 70s.  Recommended for fans of gangster/crime films (if you're OK with subtitles) and very funny in a dark way.  I was surprised to hear the Mickey Finn's 'Garden of my Mind' at one point in the soundtrack during a car chase.

OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies.  I've been meaning to watch this for a while, it's a kind of Bond/Spy spoof, though more subtle than, say, Austin Powers.  Somewhat surprisingly (?) most of the humour translates well to a British sensibility.  It's supposed to be set in 1955 and there are some nice period details/clothing although the styling looks more late 50's/early 60's to me.  There is a big anachronistic howler in a scene with a scooter in the background, I won't say what it is, it'll be interesting to see if anybody else has seen it!  There's a sequel to the film that i haven't seen but plan on doing so soon.
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Post by: mod-male on May 18, 2013, 06:34:02 AM
I've had those Mesrine films on my Netflix queue for a while now and may have to delve into then now, based on your suggestion.

A couple of weeks back, I re-watched 'Sexy Beast' with my wife and her parents. Their first time watching it. Man, I love that film! Ben Kingsley kills it, along with the rest of the cast.
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Post by: Ady C on May 18, 2013, 07:45:52 AM
^^ I'll have to look out for 'Konga'...not seen that before!

I've always been a fan of the French New Wave, Godard, Chabrol etc.  Recently I saw a couple of newer French films that are well worth watching:

'Mesrine: Killer Instinct' and 'Mesrine: Public Enemy No 1'.   The film is split over 2 parts and charts the story of a notorious French gangster through the 60s and 70s.  Recommended for fans of gangster/crime films (if you're OK with subtitles) and very funny in a dark way.  I was surprised to hear the Mickey Finn's 'Garden of my Mind' at one point in the soundtrack during a car chase.

OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies.  I've been meaning to watch this for a while, it's a kind of Bond/Spy spoof, though more subtle than, say, Austin Powers.  Somewhat surprisingly (?) most of the humour translates well to a British sensibility.  It's supposed to be set in 1955 and there are some nice period details/clothing although the styling looks more late 50's/early 60's to me.  There is a big anachronistic howler in a scene with a scooter in the background, I won't say what it is, it'll be interesting to see if anybody else has seen it!  There's a sequel to the film that i haven't seen but plan on doing so soon.
I've seen that film and it is very funny as the jokes do translate very well.  I've also got the sequel Lost In Rio which, overall, I found less satisfying that Cairo, Nest Of Spies.  It's set in 1967 and one of the underlying themes is how he is slightly out of step with the love-in vibe at the time which is wittily done and the opening sequence in the alpine ski lodge is a superb parody of Bond but for me it just lacked the sparkle the first one had.
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Post by: NorthStar on May 31, 2013, 09:38:13 AM
Went to see Made of Stone at Liverpool Fact last night.  Was okay - if your looking to learn anything new about the band, why they split and how they got together again, you won't get it from this film.

The rehearsals segments were great - Squire, Mani and Reni especially are brilliant, although Ian Brown's singing sounded though it may have had a little 'help' in post-production.
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Post by: Smiler on June 21, 2013, 12:17:58 PM
I've had those Mesrine films on my Netflix queue for a while now and may have to delve into then now, based on your suggestion.

A couple of weeks back, I re-watched 'Sexy Beast' with my wife and her parents. Their first time watching it. Man, I love that film! Ben Kingsley kills it, along with the rest of the cast.


Agree...Sexy Beast ....utter brilliance.
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Post by: Martin G on June 21, 2013, 12:54:29 PM
Although not what I'd prefer to type into a forum most all of Don Logan's lines are staggeringly funny. Delivered with such menace and aplomb too. Some of his descriptions of Gary (Ray Winstone) still make me cry with laughter. Legendary stuff.
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Post by: greenstreet on June 24, 2013, 10:14:38 AM
Coppola's "You're big boy now". Not a good movie, but great if you're into 60s cinema. By the way, have you noticed how EVERY lazy screenwriter of the decade resorted (we're talking bout comedies here) to the silly cartonish persecution scene when the script goes nowhere?
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Post by: Smiler on June 25, 2013, 05:12:01 PM
Not particularly new but just managed to watch 'Flight' with Denzel Washington. For those that don't know the plot. Pisshead, hedonist and coke fiend Washington is a pilot that manages to pull off a miracle landing thus saving most passengers. But when his toxicology reports come back with dubious substances in them the hero has lots of explaining to do. Well acted and brilliant opening flight scenes included in the package.
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Post by: ianeggbert on June 25, 2013, 10:44:16 PM
Watched the (mainly) subtitled "The Kite Runner" last night.

A very touching tale of friendship, betrayal and redemption mostly set in the permanently war torn Afghanistan.

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Post by: Mikeyg007 on June 26, 2013, 07:00:40 PM
A welcome re-viewing of  Ice Cold in Alex last weekend. Sylvia Syms looking fantastic in improbably well cut battledress, and the minefield scene has to be the desert boot's finest hour in cinema.
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Post by: Red Steve on June 26, 2013, 10:43:01 PM
A welcome re-viewing of  Ice Cold in Alex last weekend. Sylvia Syms looking fantastic in improbably well cut battledress, and the minefield scene has to be the desert boot's finest hour in cinema.

Not to mention the winching of the ambulance up the hill using the starter handle. Classic movie with one of the best endings ever...makes me want to buy larger even though I don't like it much.
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Post by: Dlevahn on June 27, 2013, 01:09:35 PM
Watched the (mainly) subtitled "The Kite Runner" last night.

A very touching tale of friendship, betrayal and redemption mostly set in the permanently war torn Afghanistan.

Good choice
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Post by: Soulstar on July 02, 2013, 10:26:02 AM
"This must be the place" - stars Sean Penn as a retired goth / rock star living in Ireland, who goes to seek revenge on a nazi war criminal. It sounds awful on paper but it was actually really good.

Also saw "Skyfall" last night. Not a massive fan of "blockbuster" type films but I thought it was excellent.
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Post by: StevePWilliams on July 02, 2013, 12:47:48 PM
"This must be the place" - stars Sean Penn as a retired goth / rock star living in Ireland, who goes to seek revenge on a nazi war criminal. It sounds awful on paper but it was actually really good.

Also saw "Skyfall" last night. Not a massive fan of "blockbuster" type films but I thought it was excellent.

'This Must Be The Place' - is that the one on Sky Première at the moment? Might give it a go.
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Post by: Soulstar on July 02, 2013, 02:04:47 PM
That's the one Steve (does this mean I get a £50 m&s voucher?).
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Post by: StevePWilliams on July 02, 2013, 02:20:07 PM
That's the one Steve (does this mean I get a £50 m&s voucher?).

Haha unfortunately not, long-standing customer! I've never known anyone to benefit from that voucher deal! Cheers, I'll watch that then.

p.s. sorry I missed your reply a few weeks back on the chelsea boots - only just clocked it today, they were indeed just a high st purchase, Sole Trader I think?
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Post by: Greenie on July 04, 2013, 02:35:34 PM
Watched Scarecrow starring Gene Hackman and Al Pacino excellent movie. Similar road/buddy sentiment as Midnight Cowboy
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Post by: StevePWilliams on July 04, 2013, 08:13:38 PM
"This must be the place" - stars Sean Penn as a retired goth / rock star living in Ireland, who goes to seek revenge on a nazi war criminal. It sounds awful on paper but it was actually really good.

Just finished it, very strange to get into but quite a good watch, very different from most films I've seen!
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Post by: DrGonzo2411 on July 05, 2013, 09:29:09 AM
Just finished watching 'McCullin', part of Alan Yentob's 'Imagine' series. Very powerful film, but not an easy watch. For the uninitiated (I was until I watched it), Don McCullin is/was a celebrated war photographer for the Sunday Times whose images chronicled many of the world's major conflicts from the late 50's to the early 80's. His pictures are stunning, in every sense of the word, but also truly horrific. He was in it for 'fun' initially, then realised he had a responsiblity to document just how inhuman we can be to each other in the name of greed, power or whatever god we worship. Not a Sunday afternoon, lying on the couch-type movie by any means, but well worth a look.

Thanks again to Monkey for flagging this up on Twitter earlier in the week
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Post by: Soulstar on July 05, 2013, 09:33:06 AM
"This must be the place" - stars Sean Penn as a retired goth / rock star living in Ireland, who goes to seek revenge on a nazi war criminal. It sounds awful on paper but it was actually really good.

Just finished it, very strange to get into but quite a good watch, very different from most films I've seen!

Ha! Steve, I have to admit to a bit of a heart in my mouth moment when you said you might give it a go. It isn't an easy watch and your "different" comment supports that. I'm not a big film buff but the cinematography really struck me and the more bizarre scenes were really bizarre without being smartarse about it. I'm glad you sound as stunned / baffled / thoughtful as I was.
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Post by: StevePWilliams on July 05, 2013, 09:50:07 AM
"This must be the place" - stars Sean Penn as a retired goth / rock star living in Ireland, who goes to seek revenge on a nazi war criminal. It sounds awful on paper but it was actually really good.

Just finished it, very strange to get into but quite a good watch, very different from most films I've seen!

Ha! Steve, I have to admit to a bit of a heart in my mouth moment when you said you might give it a go. It isn't an easy watch and your "different" comment supports that. I'm not a big film buff but the cinematography really struck me and the more bizarre scenes were really bizarre without being smartarse about it. I'm glad you sound as stunned / baffled / thoughtful as I was.

haha yeah certainly not something I'd openly recommend to anyone but luckily we seem to have struck the same chord! Very clever filming, Penn was decent too - took a while to get used to him after seeing him in Gangster Squad!
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Post by: Col Wolfe on July 05, 2013, 05:11:24 PM
Really excited about A Field In England, which is subject to a multi-format release today

I'm seeing it at the local picturehouse in 20mins!  Also being shown on film4 tonight at 10.45pm

http://vimeo.com/68938072 (http://vimeo.com/68938072)
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Post by: DrGonzo2411 on July 10, 2013, 01:18:02 PM
Really excited about A Field In England, which is subject to a multi-format release today

I'm seeing it at the local picturehouse in 20mins!  Also being shown on film4 tonight at 10.45pm

http://vimeo.com/68938072 (http://vimeo.com/68938072)

Did it make any sense to you whatsoever?? I enjoyed it, but it was a complete head-melter. On first viewing, I came away thinking Cutler and O'Neill were part of a mushroom trip and didn't actually exist! Need to watch it again  ???
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Post by: detroitmike on July 21, 2013, 02:02:20 PM
In the middle of  the doc: "Scott Walker 30th Century Man", hopefully finish it later today.
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Post by: Rocketman on July 22, 2013, 09:43:39 PM
Awesome true story.......(punk rock with a  touch of northern soul fairytale)
http://abandcalleddeath.com/
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Post by: markrulesok on August 07, 2013, 11:40:11 PM
nothing mod about it but the new alan partridge film is a good watch
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Post by: Hoxtonian on August 16, 2013, 11:43:09 AM
Telstar's on Beeb 2 tonight. Good biopic of Joe Meek
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Post by: StevePWilliams on August 16, 2013, 11:54:07 AM
Saw 'Blow' for the first time the other day, excellent film.

'Savages' I also watched on Sky Movies, not bad either.
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Post by: Spectre on August 29, 2013, 03:16:53 PM
Elysium scfi film, not bad. I'm currently working my way through, The Man From U.N.C.L.E set of five feature films 60's spy show. 
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Post by: Red Steve on September 10, 2013, 11:07:03 AM
Watched Tinker, Tailor Soldier Spy on Sunday night. The 2011 film version. I didn't catch it when it was released at the cinema and did read some reviews that it was quite slow in places.

I thought it was superb and built the tension up really well. Well worth watching if you've not caught it before.
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Post by: StevePWilliams on September 10, 2013, 12:12:17 PM
Watched Tinker, Tailor Soldier Spy on Sunday night. The 2011 film version. I didn't catch it when it was released at the cinema and did read some reviews that it was quite slow in places.

I thought it was superb and built the tension up really well. Well worth watching if you've not caught it before.

I caught that also, thought it was fantastic, what a cast! And some great outfits also.
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Post by: Red Steve on September 10, 2013, 12:50:06 PM
Watched Tinker, Tailor Soldier Spy on Sunday night. The 2011 film version. I didn't catch it when it was released at the cinema and did read some reviews that it was quite slow in places.

I thought it was superb and built the tension up really well. Well worth watching if you've not caught it before.

I caught that also, thought it was fantastic, what a cast! And some great outfits also.

Absolutely. I think the book was written in '74 so assume they set the film in the same year too. Nice shots of Mk 1 Ford Escorts & Morris Marinas too.

(http://i468.photobucket.com/albums/rr42/redsteve2008/tinker-tailor-soldier-spy-pic5_zps4faff729.jpg) (http://s468.photobucket.com/user/redsteve2008/media/tinker-tailor-soldier-spy-pic5_zps4faff729.jpg.html)


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Post by: StevePWilliams on September 10, 2013, 01:00:16 PM
Indeed, I saw somewhere that it was set after the Cold War but I thought that to be too late, so I'd say you're spot on with the '74 shout. Some very clever characters in it too.
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Post by: hatters on September 10, 2013, 02:46:40 PM
Watched Tinker, Tailor Soldier Spy on Sunday night. The 2011 film version. I didn't catch it when it was released at the cinema and did read some reviews that it was quite slow in places.

I thought it was superb and built the tension up really well. Well worth watching if you've not caught it before.

I caught that also, thought it was fantastic, what a cast! And some great outfits also.

Excellent movie and a genuine sense of the period rather than just scattering a bunch of stereotypical icons around the set.

Cheers,
Mike

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Post by: Ematt on September 10, 2013, 04:38:42 PM
Gary Oldman`s superb performance held Tinker Tailor together along with great set design, you get a real feel for the time the film is set in.

Just re-watched Duffy and Kaleidoscope......its a Susannah York thing!
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Post by: neatneatneat on September 20, 2013, 08:31:38 PM
Went to the premier of the Johnny Moped film last night. Not sure when it will come out on DVD, but it's a very funny & touching film about a one off punk & his band.
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Post by: The Laird of Enfield on September 20, 2013, 11:58:11 PM
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, s**te.


Yin ay the dullest fillums ever.


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Post by: Cooper 8686 on September 27, 2013, 04:26:08 PM
Just recently re-watched Lady Vengeance and thought I'd give it a mention, great film if you don't mind reading subs (I know that can put a few off), also the rest of the trilogy is a good watch, Sympathy for Mr Vengeance and Oldboy, can recomend any of them but be warned they are a little dark.
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Post by: Ady C on September 30, 2013, 06:29:19 PM
Just recently re-watched Lady Vengeance and thought I'd give it a mention, great film if you don't mind reading subs (I know that can put a few off), also the rest of the trilogy is a good watch, Sympathy for Mr Vengeance and Oldboy, can recomend any of them but be warned they are a little dark.
Lady Vengeance is my favourite of the trilogy and, yes, it is a dark film.  I have lent it out to a few friends and I found myself forewarning them that if you are squeamish it may not be for you but everyone of them has loved it.
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Post by: Ady C on September 30, 2013, 06:34:20 PM
I recently got hold of a copy of The Tenth Victim, the 1965 Italian sci-fi political satire with Ursula Andress and Marcello Mastroianni and I was very underwhelmed with it.  It lacks pace and excitement and seemed to drag on and on.  A much better film is Arnie's The Running Man which covers the same themes.
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Post by: Mikeyg007 on September 30, 2013, 09:33:16 PM
People who say Tinker Tailor the film is slow should give the TV version a go, which is also great but man alive, it crawls along. I don't mind a jot - I love that slow understated build of atmosphere and tension. The Spy who came in from the Cold, with Richard Burton,  has a similar gripping slow build. Burton's stunning in it.
I'm half way through Bronson at the moment. Had to have a break:  I think I like it, but it's a tough watch. A Successor to clockwork Orange in some ways.
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Post by: ianeggbert on October 01, 2013, 04:25:50 PM
Went to see Rush last week which is an excellent film. If you get to see the BBC4 documentary about the 1976 season then you will realise what a good representation of the battle it was
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Post by: ianeggbert on October 16, 2013, 07:41:13 PM
Saw Filth on monday evening - equally hilarious and disturbing in equal measures!
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Post by: Soulstar on October 17, 2013, 01:15:23 PM
Django Unchained - I thought it was excellent. Very long - but I can't think of any parts that could be cut. I s'pose that just makes it a good, long film.
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Post by: BUtterfield8 on October 19, 2013, 01:46:44 PM
Muscle Shoals.  Excellent film.  Moving, funny & just a great story.  Highly recommend it.

My only complaint is that Bono features in it for reasons that remain unclear (did U2 ever record there?)

Think there has been a UK screening already, but it will be on a wider release this next week (mainly London though).

http://muscleshoals.co.uk/screenings (http://muscleshoals.co.uk/screenings)
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Post by: Diabolik on October 19, 2013, 06:09:34 PM
Thanks for posting that BUtterfield8. A screening in York too, perfect!
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Post by: Ian_B on October 20, 2013, 08:21:47 AM
Muscle Shoals.  Excellent film.  Moving, funny & just a great story.  Highly recommend it.

My only complaint is that Bono features in it for reasons that remain unclear (did U2 ever record there?)

Think there has been a UK screening already, but it will be on a wider release this next week (mainly London though).

http://muscleshoals.co.uk/screenings (http://muscleshoals.co.uk/screenings)


Yayy!!!!

Brighton screening in December (Already in diary)
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Post by: theacton on October 24, 2013, 02:19:23 PM
Made of Stone

Classic film of a brilliant band
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Post by: ianeggbert on November 01, 2013, 07:55:52 AM
Captain Phillips. Tom hanks at his imperious best. No sign of princess Anne anywhere though
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Post by: Iain F on November 13, 2013, 11:36:42 AM

Without my knowledge my fabulous lady ordered 'The Thomas Crown Affair' and 'Up the Junction', they arrived yesterday so that's Saturday's hangover sorted!

I haven't seen 'Junction' in ages and hope it is as good as I remember, and the other one is (as I've said before) basically Mod porn.
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Post by: Red Steve on November 13, 2013, 01:21:38 PM
Some good clips here:

http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=up+the+junction+film&qpvt=up+the+junction+film&FORM=VDRE#view=detail&mid=DC709E9A85B571245A82DC709E9A85B571245A82
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Post by: StevePWilliams on November 13, 2013, 01:44:46 PM
I've not seen either of those, definitely going to have to get hold of both by the looks of things though!
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Post by: Ady C on November 13, 2013, 05:13:48 PM
Saw Rush, the film about the rivalry between James Hunt and Niki Lauda at the little local cinema at the weekend, and I thought it was brilliant: in turns poignant and funny and very exciting.
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Post by: Iain F on November 14, 2013, 12:30:57 PM
Thanks for the clips Steve but I can only watch them at work (as home pc is on the fritz) and there's no way I could concentrate after a dose of the Suzy Kendalls!
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Post by: Ian_B on November 19, 2013, 08:40:14 PM
Thanks for the clips Steve but I can only watch them at work (as home pc is on the fritz) and there's no way I could concentrate after a dose of the Suzy Kendalls!

RATHER!!!!!!   DING,DONG!!!
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Post by: Martin G on November 29, 2013, 12:06:39 PM
I'm a bit of a Hammer fan but generally the horror stuff but took a chance as cheap and cheerful on THE DAMNED. Early 1960s Psycho-drama/social comment/Sci-Fi thing. Bit of a mad mix-up and sort of gets itself confused with what is what meant to be but has a superb young Oliver Reed and a gorgeous young Shirley Anne Field. A gang of clearly 30 year old 'teenage' hoodlums comprising Kenneth Cope  and Anthony Valentine amongst others. Some lovely Ken Adam style set design which pre-dates DR STRANGELOVE too. Top it all of with vintage street scenes, cars, bikes and even a scooter or two and you had a couple of hours entertainment well worth the £3.96 I paid on-line.
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Post by: ianeggbert on January 28, 2014, 08:28:33 AM
The Wolf Of Wall Street

One of the funniest films I have seen for a long time. It is wall to wall sex, drugs, booze and violence right from the off and continues that way for 3 hours! What's not to like!
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Post by: BB Sedgley on January 28, 2014, 12:56:20 PM
Saw it last friday Ian, one of the best films ive seen in years!

know where i can get any lemmon 714's?  :o
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Post by: greenstreet on January 28, 2014, 01:33:06 PM
I'm a bit of a Hammer fan but generally the horror stuff but took a chance as cheap and cheerful on THE DAMNED. Early 1960s Psycho-drama/social comment/Sci-Fi thing. Bit of a mad mix-up and sort of gets itself confused with what is what meant to be but has a superb young Oliver Reed and a gorgeous young Shirley Anne Field. A gang of clearly 30 year old 'teenage' hoodlums comprising Kenneth Cope  and Anthony Valentine amongst others. Some lovely Ken Adam style set design which pre-dates DR STRANGELOVE too. Top it all of with vintage street scenes, cars, bikes and even a scooter or two and you had a couple of hours entertainment well worth the £3.96 I paid on-line.

Paid roughly the same for a physical copy in DVD after reading about the film in a lovely essay about british B (and a lot of Z too) movies entitled "Offbeat". I've had not the chance to see it actually, it's on my waiting list but from what you say it looks promising!!
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Post by: Adam on January 28, 2014, 02:48:47 PM
Inside Llewyn Davis- recommended.
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Post by: ianeggbert on January 28, 2014, 05:50:02 PM
Saw it last friday Ian, one of the best films ive seen in years!

know where i can get any lemmon 714's?  :o

how funny was that whole scene mate!


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Post by: Soulstar on February 01, 2014, 04:41:27 PM
Hitchcock.

Made last year and is set leading up to and during the making of Psycho.
Some nice subtle period details - and Anthony Hopkins plays a blinder.

Definitely recommended.
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Post by: StevePWilliams on February 03, 2014, 08:22:46 AM
Hitchcock.

Made last year and is set leading up to and during the making of Psycho.
Some nice subtle period details - and Anthony Hopkins plays a blinder.

Definitely recommended.

Saw that at the cinema when it came out - really enjoyed it too! Brilliant from Hopkins I agree.

Finally got round to watching Wolf of Wall Street last night, 3 hours was a bit excessive but was a decent film - some funny bits and as usual Leo played a blinder.
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Post by: Monkey on February 04, 2014, 07:52:17 PM
Went to see Inside Llewyn Davis last week.

As much as I dug the idea of an earnest musician trying to break into the music business in 1961 Greenwich Village without playing the game and being - if you will - "4 Real", I just wasn't overly fussed by it. I liked the frequent digs at the phony folk scene and I liked the setting and had a bit of admiration for Davis, the actual story was very flimsy and had no depth to it. It was all surface. Felt like an easy Sunday evening watch. Like a less gritty version of The Royal or Heartbeat with an added cat for cutesy factor.

Also saw Teenage - a documentary film based on Jon Savage's book (which I've not read). Was pretty interesting - especially as "we" are led to believe teenagers didn't exist before 1954 or whatever it was. Teenage looks at the era before then - starting in 1875 and going up to the middle of the last century. Bit gloomy in places but I suppose being framed by a couple of world wars does that. Nice - surprising - amount of archive footage (plus some annoying re-enactments) with no talking heads but a commentary of collected quotes by American, British, German etc teenagers. Worth a look if you get a chance. 
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Post by: Smiler on February 17, 2014, 10:29:50 PM
Not the awful Soul Rider again that's for sure!
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Post by: The Laird of Enfield on February 18, 2014, 01:37:41 AM
Saw thon "Good Vibrations" film aboot Terry Hooley n' the punk scene in the north ay Ireland.

Wisnae bad altho' the boy playin' Feargal Sharkey wis aboot 3st too heavy.


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Post by: Bandito on February 18, 2014, 11:23:56 AM
Rush - about the relationship between James Hunt and Niki Lauda.

Loved it! Good casting, well-acted, brilliantly filmed - best film I've seen for a long time.
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Post by: dani4ka on February 18, 2014, 05:47:53 PM
Anchorman 2

Oh, how I loved it.
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Post by: mr_duderino on February 23, 2014, 08:55:08 PM
Stoned.  (Brian Jones story)  5 quid special in hmv.  Brilliant
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Post by: ItchycooMark on March 11, 2014, 11:07:28 AM
20 feet from Stardom last night, a great movie/docu about backing singers featuring Darlene Love and a few others. funny, clever, well researched and entertaining
in cinemas next week
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Post by: Red Steve on March 11, 2014, 04:32:26 PM
Caught up with this one that had been sat on my Sky+ box for a week or so. Very enjoyable.

The Lincoln Lawyer.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1189340/
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Post by: StevePWilliams on March 11, 2014, 04:44:41 PM
Seen both before but good films in their own different ways - both been on Film4 the past few days:

One Day
Blue Valentine
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Post by: ianeggbert on March 12, 2014, 07:17:10 AM
Finally got round to watching Argo on Sunday evening. Superb
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Post by: StevePWilliams on March 27, 2014, 04:31:47 PM
Nothing new out but in the last week I've watched Bullitt & Get Carter - both which I've somehow never got round to watching despite having the DVDs! They didn't disappoint.
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Post by: BrianB on March 27, 2014, 04:44:24 PM
I can't recall how much time I spent trying to find the bit of music played in the dance hall during Get Carter.....the beginning with the train ride is also a great bit....always a pleasure to watch.
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Post by: StevePWilliams on March 28, 2014, 08:49:08 AM
There's an advert on tv at the moment with the music from the start of the film, can't think what it is though.

Watched The Thomas Crown Affair last night, great music throughout also.
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Post by: BrianB on March 31, 2014, 06:00:50 PM
There's an advert on tv at the moment with the music from the start of the film, can't think what it is though.

Watched The Thomas Crown Affair last night, great music throughout also.

My parents used to have a music box that played Windmills of Your Mind, so whenever I see that movie I get a very comforting feeling.
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Post by: detroitmike on March 31, 2014, 07:13:14 PM
There's an advert on tv at the moment with the music from the start of the film, can't think what it is though.

Watched The Thomas Crown Affair last night, great music throughout also.

Oh, thanks for the kick, I just put "Bullit" and "Crowne Affair" in the Netflix que..
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Post by: StevePWilliams on April 01, 2014, 12:04:14 AM
Windmills of your mind, it's just one of those sounds where you feel like you're floating! Ha.

D-Mike, probably the best queue in all the land though hey! Enjoy them, classics.
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Post by: Adam on April 01, 2014, 11:52:23 AM
It had been years so with a few mates and a chilli we watched "Spinal tap" on an old tv that kept loosing the picture. Perfect.
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Post by: The Laird of Enfield on April 01, 2014, 01:05:17 PM
Watched that Coen Brothers remake ay Gambit.


Pretty poor - no thir best work.

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Post by: BrianB on April 02, 2014, 11:53:55 AM
Watched that Coen Brothers remake ay Gambit.


Pretty poor - no thir best work.

Which is rare for the Coens....I can watch Millers Crossing any day of the week, one of my personal favorites.

Watched McVicar last night, not half bad, but then again I was working on another project while it was on.
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Post by: Stax on April 21, 2014, 06:59:17 PM
I'm not having much luck with films recently. Watched Svengali the other day, thought it was very disappointing. I watched National Lampoons Animal House on Saturday night, under the impression it was supposed to be one of the greatest comedy films of all time. I thought it was rubbish.
I've got the French Connection on the Sky box to watch next. I'm hoping for good things.
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Post by: SuaveCollective on April 21, 2014, 08:04:00 PM
The French Connection (and unusually for a sequel FC2 ) are both excellent- i don 't think you'll have any complaints!!

Some suggestions: The long good friday and Get Carter for old school brit-gangster flicks and a couple of foreign language films if you're any good with subtitles la haine and city of god... All of which i'd recommend highly...

... PS i'd be surprised if you don 't hanker for Popeye Doyle's hat after watching the French Connection ( also based on a true story btw )
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Post by: Stax on April 21, 2014, 08:26:59 PM
The Long Good Friday is a favourite of mine. Not watched it for a bit though so I'll put that in the queue.
I'd not realised the French Connection was a true story. Was it adapted from a book?
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Post by: SuaveCollective on April 21, 2014, 08:42:39 PM
Film is adapted from a book by Robin Moore (i just checked i have the book... I'm not that clever!!) which is based on the true story.

Gene Hackman is brilliant as Popeye Doyle... He's also very good in Western flick (not my favourite genre) the unforgiven, which is also worth a butchers.
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Post by: detroitmike on May 22, 2014, 11:34:23 AM
Finally watched "Page Eight" on Netflix streaming, really liked it, they're not offering the other 2 films as of now... :-\
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Post by: Red Steve on May 22, 2014, 11:44:58 AM
"Salting the Battlefield"
Have had this sat on my Sky box for several weeks now and finally got some quiet time to watch it last night. Just a great movie;
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03zk528

Some great incidental music too. Has a real 60's espionage vibe going on. Loved it. Now off to find the prequel, "Turks & Caicos"
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2904608/
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Post by: detroitmike on May 22, 2014, 01:15:26 PM
"Salting the Battlefield"
Have had this sat on my Sky box for several weeks now and finally got some quiet time to watch it last night. Just a great movie;
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03zk528

Some great incidental music too. Has a real 60's espionage vibe going on. Loved it. Now off to find the prequel, "Turks & Caicos"
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2904608/

Yeah Steve, the soundtrack IS very cool...
I'm going to check my local PBS station, "Page Eight" was part of their "Masterpiece" series so maybe the other 2 are available for streaming there.
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Post by: Red Steve on May 22, 2014, 02:52:40 PM
If you can find Turks & Caicos let me know Mike..I've checked the usual sources but have drawn a blank so far.
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Post by: detroitmike on May 22, 2014, 04:35:41 PM
Just looked it up, Steve. Seems that PBS over here will be showing both of them this fall as part of "Masterpiece Theater"  series (it's how I get to watch "Sherlock" also).
I wonder, have they been shown yet on BBC. We're usually behind, but not that far.

If you can find Turks & Caicos let me know Mike..I've checked the usual sources but have drawn a blank so far.
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Post by: StevePWilliams on May 23, 2014, 07:12:49 AM
Watched 50/50 and Blue Valentine last night.

Seen both before but recommended viewing if you haven't seen them.
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Post by: ianeggbert on May 23, 2014, 07:37:54 AM
We watched "12 Years A Slave" last night - very powerful and upsetting with some strong cast performances. I found myself having to unclench my fists at times due to the injustice and cruelty being portrayed, often graphically.

A modern classic
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Post by: Red Steve on May 23, 2014, 10:35:31 AM
Just looked it up, Steve. Seems that PBS over here will be showing both of them this fall as part of "Masterpiece Theater"  series (it's how I get to watch "Sherlock" also).
I wonder, have they been shown yet on BBC. We're usually behind, but not that far.

If you can find Turks & Caicos let me know Mike..I've checked the usual sources but have drawn a blank so far.

It was shown on the BBC in March this year, but it's not on the I Player yet. The search continues  :)
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Post by: Ady C on May 23, 2014, 03:21:24 PM
The Party's Over (1963).  Powerful drama about an American girl holidaying in London who falls in with a gang of beatniks led by a young Oliver Reed.  A night of drunken partying goes horribly wrong.  I'll not spoil the plot for anyone who hasn't seen it.  Also has an excellent John Barry score and he does sneak in that chromatic musical motif which will instantly make you think of a certain suave spy.
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Post by: Ian_B on May 23, 2014, 09:05:18 PM
If you can find Turks & Caicos let me know Mike..I've checked the usual sources but have drawn a blank so far.

The Worricker Trilogy Box set is on Amazon for 18 notes!

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Worricker-Trilogy-Caicos-Salting-Battlefield/dp/B00I5Q6IMU (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Worricker-Trilogy-Caicos-Salting-Battlefield/dp/B00I5Q6IMU)
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Post by: ianeggbert on May 24, 2014, 01:27:54 PM
Took my son to see X-Men - Days Of Future Past last night and I have to report that it was fantastic. Good plot, spectacular graphics and great fun throughout. Some great kipper ties from 1973 to boot! Highly recommended
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Post by: OCBD on May 25, 2014, 11:32:20 AM
Took my son to see X-Men - Days Of Future Past last night and I have to report that it was fantastic. Good plot, spectacular graphics and great fun throughout. Some great kipper ties from 1973 to boot! Highly recommended

Agree with you there pal. Love all the Marvel movies
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Post by: detroitmike on May 26, 2014, 07:54:19 PM
Saw "Only Lovers Left Alive" over the weekend... Jim Jarmusch indie film about vampires, which is not as bad as it sounds!   

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Post by: mr_duderino on May 27, 2014, 08:18:24 PM
Turks I saw on bbc...the prequel is now on Netflix? Can anyone confirms its on Netflix uk?
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Post by: Stax on July 31, 2014, 12:07:24 PM
I've just watched the Armstrong Lie. Absolutely fascinating. He comes across as thoroughly unlikeable but at the end i was almost feeling sorry for him because he got completely hammered for it and yet nobody else who was cheating got punished like that.
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Post by: Red Steve on July 31, 2014, 12:44:57 PM
I've just watched the Armstrong Lie. Absolutely fascinating. He comes across as thoroughly unlikeable but at the end i was almost feeling sorry for him because he got completely hammered for it and yet nobody else who was cheating got punished like that.

Have this saved to my Sky+ to watch when I think I'll be in the right mood to listen to all his lies without kicking my tv set in  >:(
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Post by: The Laird of Enfield on August 07, 2014, 10:21:18 PM
The Hooligan Factory.


Pfffffft!    ;D

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Post by: Stax on August 08, 2014, 12:15:20 PM
Is that any good? The trailer looked like it might be worth a watch.
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Post by: StevePWilliams on August 08, 2014, 01:27:03 PM
Saw the Inbetweeners 2 film last night. Didn't think it would be much cop, and it wasn't - nothing really happened and all the jokes were predictable. Shame 'cos I found the series and the first film lightly amusing.
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Post by: The Laird of Enfield on August 08, 2014, 11:37:28 PM
Is that any good? The trailer looked like it might be worth a watch.


If yir just wantin' tae veg oot fur a while n' huv a wee chuckle then it's pretty enjoyable.

Helps if ye've seen a few ay the films it rips the pish fae - Green Street, Football Factory, I.D., The Firm, etc.

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Post by: Stax on August 09, 2014, 09:12:52 PM
Yep, seen them. All ripe for having a go at!
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Post by: ianeggbert on August 20, 2014, 06:22:38 AM
Nebraska

A wonderful, poignant, funny and touching film directed by Alexander Payne who is also responsible for 2 other crackers in Sideways and The Descendants.

Filmed in black and white and starring Bruce Dern, it's the most unusual road trip film you're likely to see. Highly recommended - if you like that sort of thing!
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Post by: detroitmike on August 20, 2014, 11:52:40 AM
"Grand Budapest Hotel" really entertaining, only 90 minutes but it flew by...
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Post by: DanDy on August 20, 2014, 12:22:22 PM
Nebraska

A wonderful, poignant, funny and touching film directed by Alexander Payne who is also responsible for 2 other crackers in Sideways and The Descendants.

Filmed in black and white and starring Bruce Dern, it's the most unusual road trip film you're likely to see. Highly recommended - if you like that sort of thing!

I second that, watched Nebraska a couple of weeks ago.....thoroughly engrossing from start to finish.
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Post by: Martin G on August 21, 2014, 12:33:18 PM
Watched THE LEATHER BOYS with Rita Tusshingham and Dudley Sutton for the first time in a while last night on DVD. Not a great print to be honest but a cheapo DVD so no big worry. Fantastic early 1960s social document really with great scenes of London. the South Coast, The ACE CAFE and Butlins Bognor Regis. A few scooters in and out too. Of course as can be guessed by the title it is a 'Kitchen sink' type drama touching upon teen marriage, pregnancy, unemployment and such but also early 1960s views on homosexuality. Sometimes done with sensitivity but sometimes a bit heavy handed but pretty funny despite the intention of those involved in the production.   
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Post by: Soulstar on August 22, 2014, 06:46:18 PM
Nebraska

A wonderful, poignant, funny and touching film directed by Alexander Payne who is also responsible for 2 other crackers in Sideways and The Descendants.

Filmed in black and white and starring Bruce Dern, it's the most unusual road trip film you're likely to see. Highly recommended - if you like that sort of thing!


I second that, watched Nebraska a couple of weeks ago.....thoroughly engrossing from start to finish.

Just watched this on your recommendation, chaps - loved it. I hadn't realised that he had also done "Sideways" and "The Descendants" - loved those, too.

A couple I've enjoyed recently - in a similar slow-burn vein - are "Enough Said" - one of James Gandolfini's last appearances - and couldn't be more different to Tony Soprano.

Drinking Buddies - a bit "hipster" - but good.

Also, I finally got around to seeing "The Butler". Choking and maddening but really good.
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Post by: ianeggbert on August 22, 2014, 07:42:58 PM
Nebraska

A wonderful, poignant, funny and touching film directed by Alexander Payne who is also responsible for 2 other crackers in Sideways and The Descendants.

Filmed in black and white and starring Bruce Dern, it's the most unusual road trip film you're likely to see. Highly recommended - if you like that sort of thing!


I second that, watched Nebraska a couple of weeks ago.....thoroughly engrossing from start to finish.

Just watched this on your recommendation, chaps - loved it. I hadn't realised that he had also done "Sideways" and "The Descendants" - loved those, too.

A couple I've enjoyed recently - in a similar slow-burn vein - are "Enough Said" - one of James Gandolfini's last appearances - and couldn't be more different to Tony Soprano.

Drinking Buddies - a bit "hipster" - but good.

Also, I finally got around to seeing "The Butler". Choking and maddening but really good.

cheers mate - those are now on my "to watch" list - especially Enough Said which I'd overlooked
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Post by: Soulstar on September 01, 2014, 09:51:23 PM
"Muscle Shoals" - the film documentary.
Just great. If you've got any interest in the "Southern" sound, have a look.
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Post by: Ady C on September 07, 2014, 10:42:38 AM
"Muscle Shoals" - the film documentary.
Just great. If you've got any interest in the "Southern" sound, have a look.
Is that the one that's marred by the appearance of "I Get Where Water Can't" Bono?
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Post by: Soulstar on September 09, 2014, 09:50:07 PM
"Muscle Shoals" - the film documentary.
Just great. If you've got any interest in the "Southern" sound, have a look.
Is that the one that's marred by the appearance of "I Get Where Water Can't" Bono?

Ha! It certainly is, Ady. His appearance doesn't stand out just because he's a thundercnut - but because it seems so unnecessary. A "rootsy" film with no need for stadium Gods.
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Post by: Ady C on October 08, 2014, 03:52:06 PM
Found  this website and ordered a few films
http://www.myrarefilms.co.uk/ (http://www.myrarefilms.co.uk/)

Eye Of The Devil (1966, b & w).  The vine crop has failed again so vineyard owner (the ever dapper David Niven) is called back to sort things out.  Pagan ritual shenanigans abound in the insular rural community.  Also stars the impossibly beautiful Sharon Tate.

Something To Hide (1972, colour).  Alcoholic husband and wife fall out at Christmas.  She (Shelley Winters) goes back to America.  He (Peter Finch) sulks about in a drunken stupor and one day gives a lift to a hitchhiker (Linda Hayden - star of a few good films from this era).  It doesn't end well and it's one of the darkest early 70s British films that I have seen.  Loads of good twists to the plot.
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Post by: DanDy on October 10, 2014, 03:13:11 PM
Watched Calvary the other night.....same writer as the Guard and also starring Brendon Gleeson and was every bit as enjoyable as the Guard which I loved. It's a kind of who's going to do it film. Funny, sad, reflective, disturbing. I would highly recommend it.

Also recommend Mistaken for strangers and Locke.
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Post by: Red Steve on October 15, 2014, 11:48:41 AM
Had this one on Sky+ for a few days and managed to watch it last night. It was made in 2000, but I'd not seen it before. Thoroughly recommended.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gangster_No._1
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Post by: hatters on October 15, 2014, 01:56:06 PM
Had this one on Sky+ for a few days and managed to watch it last night. It was made in 2000, but I'd not seen it before. Thoroughly recommended.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gangster_No._1

Oh man, I love that movie. The whole Paul-Bettany-in-his-room-getting-suited-up scene is directly responsible for rekindling my love of the smarter side (suits/links/crisp shirts) of mod.

Mike
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Post by: Monkey on October 15, 2014, 03:50:10 PM
Bought a few films from that site Ady C recommended. Some interesting bits on there.

Watched The Psychopath (1966) at the weekend. Had a very Avengers-style plot (string of murders and a doll of each victim left beside the body) only darker - especially towards the end. Hadn't expected a great deal and whilst not a fantastic film did enjoy it. There was very little "swinging 60s" about it - although Judy Huxtable was very pleasing on the eye - so came as a surprise when the one pop record played was How Can It Be by The Birds. Most unexpected.

Also watched Otley (1969). Tom Courtenay good as a down-at-the-heel Portobello Road antiques dealer who gets caught up in a spy ring. London looked decidedly grey and dirty and horrible. James Bolam dressed in ludicrously OTT psychedelic garb and The Herd feature in passing wearing it much better.
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Post by: Martin G on October 19, 2014, 08:13:39 AM
Went to a screening of NORTHERN SOUL last night. Obviously not of interest to some here but for me it is a film I have certainly been interested in seeing its progress of over the last few years. However as a British film covering Youth Culture it is likely to be of interest to almost anyone here whether you like the music or not. It was decent enough and certainly ticked most of the boxes I was hoping it would. England looked pretty crap and typically 'Up North' grim so there was no rose tinted view of proceedings. None of the lead characters were ridiculously attractive or wore a modern take on 1970s fashions. Blokes looked pretty scruffy and unkempt and the girls all looked like how I remember my sister and her mates looking at the time. The characters were not portrayed as particularly nice either and although drawn to the central character of the story he and his pals were more like anti heroes than stand up good guys. In that respect it reminded me of QUADROPHENIA or indeed SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER both of which are films that will be, to a certain extent, be drawn as comparisons. Certainly worth a look if it pops up on telly or as a cheapie DVD if you come across it. Again like QUADROPHENIA, 'SNF', or even KES, NORTHERN SOUL is more a story of a young bloke with not much really going on in his life he likes or wants to feel a part of until something comes along that even for a small part of his daily life makes him feel special or accomplished by being involved in
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Post by: Dlevahn on October 19, 2014, 09:22:30 AM
Had this one on Sky+ for a few days and managed to watch it last night. It was made in 2000, but I'd not seen it before. Thoroughly recommended.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gangster_No._1

Oh man, I love that movie. The whole Paul-Bettany-in-his-room-getting-suited-up scene is directly responsible for rekindling my love of the smarter side (suits/links/crisp shirts) of mod.

Mike
Haven't seen this, having dismissed it as yet another mockney gangster film but just noticed the cast, including the brilliant Eddie Marsan so will definately have a look.

Also, Northern Soul got a great review from Kermode this week.
 
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Post by: Adam on October 24, 2014, 09:10:45 AM
"Northern Soul" last night.  Better than the last one. Well worth a watch.  Not enough actual dance/club action but it would be a documentary not a film if it was too focused on that. I enjoyed it, go see it.
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Post by: Ady C on October 26, 2014, 10:58:49 AM
All Night Long (1962).  Excellent retelling of Othello set in an early 60s jazz club starring Patrick McGoohan and Richard Attenborough.  It features great performances by Dave Brubeck, Johnny Dankworth, Charles MIngus and Tubby Hayes.  It's black and white, moody, atmospheric and has lots of sharp suits.  What's not to like?
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Post by: Stax on October 26, 2014, 12:13:16 PM
Ady, did you ever get the 'London Collection' box set that was out a couple of years ago? Had a few films on there that might be up your street.
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Post by: The Laird of Enfield on October 26, 2014, 10:13:29 PM
20,000 Days on Earth.

Nick Cave scripted "documentary" hing that's mainly designed tae perpetuate his mythology.

Quite entertainin' fur aw that, well photographed n' the music is great - if yir awreddy a fan.


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Post by: GILES on October 27, 2014, 01:05:53 PM
Saw Northern Soul at the brilliant Electric Cinema in Brum on saturday. Loved the soundtrack and the dance scenes but the storyline was pretty lame to be honest.
One thing did get me thinking - A few reviewers mentioned how authentic the clothes were in the film, which I can believe. I guess many chose clothes which were suitable for dancing and were not as cutting edge as mods (which its said the scene was ultimately born out of). However, the BBC4 documentary had many of the DJ`s saying how important the look was. Whats the truth ? I can understand that the north was pretty much on its arse around the early `70`s and spare cash went on records etc rather than clobber......but the same can be said for the mod scene surely ? 
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Post by: Ady C on October 28, 2014, 08:10:11 PM
Ady, did you ever get the 'London Collection' box set that was out a couple of years ago? Had a few films on there that might be up your street.
Hi Stax, I've not got that set but I keep meaning to buy it as it's only in that collection that The Small World of Sammy Lee is available which is a film that I'd really like to see.
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Post by: Stax on October 28, 2014, 08:34:40 PM
That was the one i thought might interest you the most. It's worth investing in, i enjoyed all of the films in it, although Sparrers Can't Sing went on a bit too long.
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Post by: Ady C on October 29, 2014, 09:42:32 PM
That was the one i thought might interest you the most. It's worth investing in, i enjoyed all of the films in it, although Sparrers Can't Sing went on a bit too long.
Thanks Stax, I'll probably buy that set next pay day.  Although not a film, when I was searching again for the Sammy Lee film again my searches brought up Anthony Newley's surrealist 1960 TV show The Strange World of Gurney Slade.  After watching clips of it I immediately ordered a copy; it looks amazing and very much looking forward to watching this.
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Post by: The Laird of Enfield on October 30, 2014, 12:31:30 AM
That was the one i thought might interest you the most. It's worth investing in, i enjoyed all of the films in it, although Sparrers Can't Sing went on a bit too long.
Thanks Stax, I'll probably buy that set next pay day.  Although not a film, when I was searching again for the Sammy Lee film again my searches brought up Anthony Newley's surrealist 1960 TV show The Strange World of Gurney Slade.  After watching clips of it I immediately ordered a copy; it looks amazing and very much looking forward to watching this.

That Gurney Slade hing is quite good.  Got it last Christmas.


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Post by: ianeggbert on November 24, 2014, 05:07:47 PM
As my own personal tribute to director Mike Nicholls we watched The Graduate again last night.

A brilliant film with the added bonus of some great late 60's Ivy pieces on show
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Post by: Martin G on November 24, 2014, 06:40:03 PM
THE GRADUATE is a blinder of a film and as you say the clothes are beautiful. I especially like the fawn corduroy jacket and dark green polo combo Hoffman wears.

I love a bit of soppy old 60s Horror and HAUNTED HOUSE OF HORROR is one that falls into that category with the added bonus of a few bits of nice clobber too. It's one I remember seeing as a kid in the mid 1970s. Saw it again some years later and thought it actually stood up pretty well. I recently grabbed the DVD and watched it over the weekend

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qVtUziaXzio&index=1&list=PLLPEeS7rS6qMZU4Aro2aGOkFfosFlIla2

UK Trailer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ohk6EVPvF7A&list=PLLPEeS7rS6qMZU4Aro2aGOkFfosFlIla2&index=2

US Trailer
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Post by: banjo on November 24, 2014, 07:48:55 PM
Martin, if you like the jacket in the graduate have a look at Threadneedleman's Facebook page.
He's got a picture of a similar jacket going through the shop at the moment.
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Post by: ianeggbert on November 24, 2014, 08:14:08 PM
Martin, if you like the jacket in the graduate have a look at Threadneedleman's Facebook page.
He's got a picture of a similar jacket going through the shop at the moment.

Hi Banjo -

I've typed threadneedleman into facebook and theres only a link to a page which doesnt really have anything on it. Does it come under a different name by any chance? I also love that jacket and shirt combo!
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Post by: Martin G on November 24, 2014, 08:55:04 PM
Cheers mate thanks for the heads up! I actually already have a beige and also a brown one too. I love corduroy and have quite a few bits. Not for everyone I know. Going off topic a bit there were some early promo shots of Nick Heyward when he left Haircut 100 looking very sharp in an Ivy inspired outfit with blue chambray shirt and brown cord jacket. Think he dressed the same in Blue Hat For A Blue Day video too. It's just a look I am very fond of.
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Post by: banjo on November 25, 2014, 01:15:33 PM
Martin, try Freddie Needles on Facebook.
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Post by: ianeggbert on November 29, 2014, 09:00:30 PM
Interstellar

Incredible cinematography although I did need a bit of a lie down when I came out of the cinema. It's not the Paddington Bear Movie!
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Post by: DrGonzo2411 on November 29, 2014, 09:35:17 PM
Interstellar

Incredible cinematography although I did need a bit of a lie down when I came out of the cinema. It's not the Paddington Bear Movie!

Which is exactly what I was watching today, how very rock n roll, eh??

Joking aside; any of you with young kids, take them to see Paddington. It's a delight from start to finish, the bear himself is brilliantly created and there's enough knowing humour in it to have even a cynical old bastard like me laughing out loud on a few occasions!!
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Post by: greenstreet on November 30, 2014, 11:33:45 AM
I'll put it in my list.
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Post by: Stax on November 30, 2014, 03:51:13 PM
Interstellar

Incredible cinematography although I did need a bit of a lie down when I came out of the cinema. It's not the Paddington Bear Movie!

Which is exactly what I was watching today, how very rock n roll, eh??

Joking aside; any of you with young kids, take them to see Paddington. It's a delight from start to finish, the bear himself is brilliantly created and there's enough knowing humour in it to have even a cynical old bastard like me laughing out loud on a few occasions!!

I just took my 3 year old on his first cinema visit to see Paddington. I think we all enjoyed it!
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Post by: DrGonzo2411 on November 30, 2014, 09:22:23 PM
Interstellar

Incredible cinematography although I did need a bit of a lie down when I came out of the cinema. It's not the Paddington Bear Movie!

Which is exactly what I was watching today, how very rock n roll, eh??

Joking aside; any of you with young kids, take them to see Paddington. It's a delight from start to finish, the bear himself is brilliantly created and there's enough knowing humour in it to have even a cynical old bastard like me laughing out loud on a few occasions!!

I just took my 3 year old on his first cinema visit to see Paddington. I think we all enjoyed it!

Be hard not to, Stax, it's feelgood without being saccharine
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Post by: Stax on December 01, 2014, 06:16:48 AM
I couldn't agree more. They've got the balance of everything right in that film. Nicole kidman looked good too! I definitely think they made the right choice replacing Colin Firth at the last minute too. I can't see it working with his voice.
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Post by: Mutley on December 01, 2014, 04:14:30 PM
Went to the Drive In a couple of weeks back, which is an unusual opportunity round these parts, and watched Goodfellas.
Can watch that film again and again - some great outfits, especially Henry (Ray Liotta) in the earlier scenes, and not a bad sound track either.
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Post by: Iain F on December 03, 2014, 09:19:10 AM
I'm gutted about Paddington as I don't have any kids to take and my nephews have shown zilch interest. I loved the old Beeb series when I was a nipper and me and the missus really want to see it, so would it be strange going on our own without any kids in tow?

Also, something did strike me the other day about the marmalade muncher that I thought was odd, and funnily enough it was someone commenting on Ben Wishaw doing the voice being better than Firth that made me think of it: Why hasn't Paddington got a South American accent?
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Post by: StevePWilliams on December 03, 2014, 09:22:53 AM
I saw Walk The Line in full for the first time (only seen half in the past), and enjoyed it. A bit slow at times but always like biopics.
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Post by: greenstreet on December 03, 2014, 10:00:10 AM
Talking 'bout biopics, the Hendrix & JB ones surely are about to hit the cinemas. Saw a trailer of the JHendrix one on TV and it seems interesting (and Andre 3000 looks a lot like Jimi), tho' I loathed Three Kings.
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Post by: DrGonzo2411 on December 03, 2014, 11:54:29 AM
I'm gutted about Paddington as I don't have any kids to take and my nephews have shown zilch interest. I loved the old Beeb series when I was a nipper and me and the missus really want to see it, so would it be strange going on our own without any kids in tow?

Also, something did strike me the other day about the marmalade muncher that I thought was odd, and funnily enough it was someone commenting on Ben Wishaw doing the voice being better than Firth that made me think of it: Why hasn't Paddington got a South American accent?

I'd be inclined to go anyway; if anyone asks where your kids are, tell them they're here (tapping chest with a knowing wink). When you start growing up, you start growing old!!

In the film, Paddington's aunt and uncle are taught English by an early 20th century explorer who has the full Mr Chumley-Warner (sic?) plummy voice, hence the lack of a South American twang
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Post by: GILES on December 03, 2014, 01:30:38 PM
Just seen `Still the Enemy within` , documentary about the `84 miners strike. Superb. Very moving for me as I brought up in a pub in a mining town during the strike which was split between working/non working miners. It bought back a lot of memories.
They are young film makers too.
There was a Q+A afterwards and they were saying that the BFA charged them a fortune for the archives, and a bloke who filmed the footage was in the audience and said that he handed the film over to them for safe keeping and did not charge them a penny !
If you of a political persuasion, get and see it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJF67Ma9VRs
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Post by: OCBD on December 03, 2014, 05:41:08 PM
I'm gutted about Paddington as I don't have any kids to take and my nephews have shown zilch interest. I loved the old Beeb series when I was a nipper and me and the missus really want to see it, so would it be strange going on our own without any kids in tow?

Also, something did strike me the other day about the marmalade muncher that I thought was odd, and funnily enough it was someone commenting on Ben Wishaw doing the voice being better than Firth that made me think of it: Why hasn't Paddington got a South American accent?

Do it mate. My girlfriend dragged me to see Frozen at cinema. I didn't have a clue what it was about and then just as the movie was about the start she says ooh it has loads of singing. I said you're f**king joking aren't you. She wasn't joking.
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Post by: Red Steve on December 04, 2014, 12:14:24 PM
Not a big cinema goer, but am looking forward to this one next October:

(http://i468.photobucket.com/albums/rr42/redsteve2008/10517626_961037330577845_1571833984355203728_o_zps17767840.jpg) (http://s468.photobucket.com/user/redsteve2008/media/10517626_961037330577845_1571833984355203728_o_zps17767840.jpg.html)
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Post by: StevePWilliams on December 04, 2014, 01:02:15 PM
Likewise, Bond has always been a bit far-fetched for my personal taste but still entertaining, glad to see Christoph Waltz will be in this one, brilliant actor!
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Post by: Red Steve on December 04, 2014, 01:16:34 PM
Agree Steve. Lost interest in the Bond franchise until Daniel Craig got the gig. You're right too about Christopher Waltz. I though he was superb in Inglorious Basterds. A real Bond villain in the making.
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Post by: StevePWilliams on December 04, 2014, 01:39:13 PM
Yeah always the Waltz role that springs to mind for me too, superb in IB. I'd wager that he wins another best supporting role award after Bond.
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Post by: Stax on December 04, 2014, 01:50:56 PM
I assume he'll be Blofeld then? Unless they're lining Blofeld up for the one after and this is more about the beginnings of Spectre.
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Post by: Red Steve on December 04, 2014, 02:18:34 PM
I think you could be right Stax. Will probably look to develop SPECTRE from their inception, and then maybe build a couple of films around this.
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Post by: StevePWilliams on December 04, 2014, 02:27:01 PM
Ooooh now you've mentioned the word 'inception' - there's a film I need to watch again!
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Post by: DrGonzo2411 on December 04, 2014, 10:47:03 PM
Gents, you appear to be overlooking one major detail here; Monica Bellucci is in this film, it can be utter pish and it'll still be brilliant!  ;)
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Post by: greenstreet on December 05, 2014, 10:57:14 AM
Agree with that
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Post by: Ady C on December 06, 2014, 10:05:27 AM
I'm also very much looking forward to the next Bond film.  I think they've gone up a good few notches with Daniel Craig and let's face facts: watching a Bond film at the cinema is just great!

This upcoming film may be a good one.  The trilogy of books by Kyril Bonfiglioli on which this film is based are worth a read
http://youtu.be/Eh6nYOhItOM (http://youtu.be/Eh6nYOhItOM)
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Post by: DrGonzo2411 on December 06, 2014, 10:29:16 AM
Like the look of that, Ady, most things with Depp (looking very like Gary Oldman) are watchable. I actually picked up the first of the books whilst browsing one day, but didn't pull the trigger. Think I will next time
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Post by: Monkey on December 08, 2014, 04:42:32 PM
Saw that James Brown Get On Up film the other week. Bit rubbish but mildly diverting for a couple of hours. I know these biopic things nearly always are a poor representation of their subjects but this one seemed even less "real" than many others - not helped by the episodic nature of the film and the occasional JB talk-to-camera (like in Alfie) which was a bit jarring. I didn't hate it (and I love James Brown so could've) was just unmoved in any way. 
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Post by: Simon Bond on December 08, 2014, 11:09:50 PM
Went to see Christopher Nolan's , Interstellar on Friday . A good movie but has a definite nod to 2001 , though it has far more dialogue than Stanley Kubrick's epic. At almost 3hrs long the film seemed just that for me , ,long. .

It isn't a bad movie but for me Nolan's Inception was a far better movie, as Interstellar somehow failed to convince me . .

The film played heavily on the theory that when you get into a black hole time is altered in your favour . .

Hey no spoilers here. . 8)
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Post by: Ady C on December 09, 2014, 05:02:07 PM
The Small World Of Sammy Lee (thanks for the lend of this one, Monkey!).  A brilliant film from the opening shots of Soho to its brutal unflinching unsentimental conclusion.  Just love everything about this film as it's well plotted with great characters and quite candid depictions of prostitutes, back room workings of strip clubs and drug dealing and Sammy is an engaging likeable character.  My favourite scene (of many) is Sammy's valedictory appearance as compere in The Peepshow club when he tells them exactly what he thinks of all of them.
Another brilliant thing that I have watched recently (although not a film) is The Strange World of Gurney Slade which also stars Anthony Newley.  It's a surrealist, avant garde six part TV comedy made in 1960 and it's one of those programmes that's so very difficult to describe or explain as it's just so unique.  I've also just ordered his Can Heironymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe And Find True Happiness film from the late 60s which is either going to be a work of some kind of genius or self indulgent twaddle...Mind you, I can't get his Strawberry Fair song out of my head (a current guilty pleasure if there ever was one)
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Post by: mr_duderino on December 09, 2014, 10:48:22 PM
for all you duffle coat jazz types...paddington...and it was good.
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Post by: Mutley on December 15, 2014, 11:01:07 AM

I watched Cold in July the other night and thought it really well done - one to watch ....
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Post by: Simon Bond on December 15, 2014, 08:23:52 PM
never mind cold in July , it was freezing here the other night and I watched the Extended version of The Counsellor with Michael Fastbender , Penelope Cruz , Javier Bardem and Brad Pit. . it is scary and preachy at the same time. .
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Post by: StevePWilliams on December 16, 2014, 08:25:49 AM
Watched 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty' (2013) on Sunday night, was very easy to watch, nothing groundbreaking but the ending almost brought a tear to my eye!
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Post by: greenstreet on December 16, 2014, 10:36:44 AM
I recall being delighted watching the Danny Kaye film on tv when I was a 11-12 year old kid.
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Post by: StevePWilliams on December 16, 2014, 10:51:55 AM
I recall being delighted watching the Danny Kaye film on tv when I was a 11-12 year old kid.

Any idea if the remake was along the same lines? I assume it was, lovely story to it.
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Post by: Simon Bond on December 16, 2014, 11:10:48 AM
The 2013 “remake” shouldn’t be called a remake at all, for it takes a completely different angle on the story than the earlier film. It’s an alternate adaptation of the original story, and fans who go in hoping for an update of the ’47 film will be disappointed.
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Post by: StevePWilliams on December 16, 2014, 11:48:23 AM
Thanks for clarifying.
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Post by: Mutley on January 03, 2015, 10:45:20 PM
Just did a trio of Harry Palmer:

The Ipcress File
Funeral in Berlin
Billion-Dollar Brain
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Post by: Simon Bond on January 04, 2015, 09:29:44 AM
Thanks for clarifying.

Of course , if pressed , I'd still say the Ben Stiller version is better and fits into modern times. .
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Post by: ianeggbert on January 04, 2015, 12:54:04 PM
Watched a couple of great British films either side of Christmas -  "The Imitation Game" with Benedict Cumberbatch putting in a superb performance as the wartime code breaker and Enigma computer inventor and then on New Years Day watched a quite astonishing performance from Eddie Redmayne portraying Prof Stephen Hawking in "The Theory Of Everything".

Both films are evidence that we still have the ability in this country to produce talented actors and also make some superb movies. Both highly recommended and I would expect the leading men (especially Redmayne) to figure prominently in the Oscar nominations
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Post by: DrGonzo2411 on January 20, 2015, 09:19:17 AM
Watched the excellent documentary film "Twenty Feet From Stardom" last night, about life as a backing singer. Featured some well known names (Merry Clayton, Darlene Love, Claudia Lennear) but also lots I was unfamiliar with. That said, any music lover will recognise their work. Almost all attempted to make the leap from stood back beside the drumkit to centre stage, with mixed results. Great music, great stories (how Phil Spector treated Darlene Love was a particular stand-out for me), great film. Well worth a watch.

P.S I should warn you that Sting appears in this from about an hour in. However, don't let that put you off!!
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Post by: Ian_B on January 20, 2015, 12:13:24 PM
Watched "whiplash (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2582802/)" last night - loved it !!!

Great study in obsession with a marvellous soundtrack

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7d_jQycdQGo (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7d_jQycdQGo)

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Post by: ianeggbert on January 20, 2015, 04:47:00 PM
Watched the excellent documentary film "Twenty Feet From Stardom" last night, about life as a backing singer. Featured some well known names (Merry Clayton, Darlene Love, Claudia Lennear) but also lots I was unfamiliar with. That said, any music lover will recognise their work. Almost all attempted to make the leap from stood back beside the drumkit to centre stage, with mixed results. Great music, great stories (how Phil Spector treated Darlene Love was a particular stand-out for me), great film. Well worth a watch.

P.S I should warn you that Sting appears in this from about an hour in. However, don't let that put you off!!

what medium did you watch this on Doc? TV/ DVD etc?
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Post by: ianeggbert on January 20, 2015, 04:48:24 PM
Watched "whiplash (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2582802/)" last night - loved it !!!

Great study in obsession with a marvellous soundtrack

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7d_jQycdQGo (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7d_jQycdQGo)

Off to the piccies to see this tomorrow Ian - the reviews I've seen and heard so far have all been excellent. Also really looking forward to seeing Selma when it appears down here
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Post by: DrGonzo2411 on January 20, 2015, 09:11:18 PM
Watched the excellent documentary film "Twenty Feet From Stardom" last night, about life as a backing singer. Featured some well known names (Merry Clayton, Darlene Love, Claudia Lennear) but also lots I was unfamiliar with. That said, any music lover will recognise their work. Almost all attempted to make the leap from stood back beside the drumkit to centre stage, with mixed results. Great music, great stories (how Phil Spector treated Darlene Love was a particular stand-out for me), great film. Well worth a watch.

P.S I should warn you that Sting appears in this from about an hour in. However, don't let that put you off!!

what medium did you watch this on Doc? TV/ DVD etc?

I *cough* acquired a copy, Ian!  ;) I'll see if I can source a copy for you
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Post by: Adam on January 21, 2015, 03:10:01 PM
For some reason I watched the new film version of "The Sweeney".  What a load of old rubbish.   If there was a thread
"Seen any cr*p films lately? " this would be on it.
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Post by: Red Steve on January 21, 2015, 03:27:23 PM
I saw this too last weekend. Couldn't understand a word that was being said, so turned it off and went to bed after 10 minutes. Looks like I didn't miss too much.
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Post by: Stax on January 21, 2015, 10:30:13 PM
It wasn't worthy of having the name. Better to just watch the original programmes or films.
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Post by: ianeggbert on January 21, 2015, 10:41:16 PM
Having just come home from the cinema after watching the immense "Whiplash", I can honestly say that the Oscars this year are going to have an abundance of riches to choose their award recipients from - and I haven't even seen Birdman, Boyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel or Selma yet. Any other year best actor could go to either of the leads, Miles Teller as the talented student drummer Andrew Neyman or JK Simmons' portrayal as his tutor Terence Fletcher. Ambition, obsession, cruelty, love, hate, psychopathy and redemption are all present and correct here with a cool as f**k soundtrack to boot. It's so emotionally tense that when the final drumbeat rang out I wanted to get up and cheer. Brilliant storytelling
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Post by: Ian_B on January 21, 2015, 11:19:02 PM
Having just come home from the cinema after watching the immense "Whiplash", I can honestly say that the Oscars this year are going to have an abundance of riches to choose their award recipients from - and I haven't even seen Birdman, Boyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel or Selma yet. Any other year best actor could go to either of the leads, Miles Teller as the talented student drummer Andrew Neyman or JK Simmons' portrayal as his tutor Terence Fletcher. Ambition, obsession, cruelty, love, hate, psychopathy and redemption are all present and correct here with a cool as f**k soundtrack to boot. It's so emotionally tense that when the final drumbeat rang out I wanted to get up and cheer. Brilliant storytelling

Glad it wasn't just me, Ian - absolutely wonderful piece of cinema, best thing I've seen in ages!
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Post by: mr_duderino on January 21, 2015, 11:46:53 PM
For some reason I watched the new film version of "The Sweeney".  What a load of old rubbish.   If there was a thread
"Seen any cr*p films lately? " this would be on it.

Ive just spoke to Uncle Ray, and he advises youd best stay of our manor, if you knows whats good for you.

I enjoyed it if im honest - especially off the back of having just finished his biography.  mindless mind you, but hey so am I  =)
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Post by: Adam on January 22, 2015, 05:12:19 PM
For some reason I watched the new film version of "The Sweeney".  What a load of old rubbish.   If there was a thread
"Seen any cr*p films lately? " this would be on it.

Ive just spoke to Uncle Ray, and he advises youd best stay of our manor, if you knows whats good for you.

I enjoyed it if im honest - especially off the back of having just finished his biography.  mindless mind you, but hey so am I  =)







Well done for being honest.  I enjoyed Bridesmaids but wouldn't have the nerve to admit it on here.....    I'll keep an eye out for Ray.
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Post by: OCBD on January 22, 2015, 05:31:38 PM
For some reason I watched the new film version of "The Sweeney".  What a load of old rubbish.   If there was a thread
"Seen any cr*p films lately? " this would be on it.

Ive just spoke to Uncle Ray, and he advises youd best stay of our manor, if you knows whats good for you.

I enjoyed it if im honest - especially off the back of having just finished his biography.  mindless mind you, but hey so am I  =)

Ill openly admit that I enjoyed Bridemaids :D





Well done for being honest.  I enjoyed Bridesmaids but wouldn't have the nerve to admit it on here.....    I'll keep an eye out for Ray.
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Post by: mr_duderino on January 22, 2015, 05:50:11 PM
is that a film, or are you some kind of wedding pervert?   ;)
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Post by: OCBD on January 22, 2015, 05:58:50 PM
is that a film, or are you some kind of wedding pervert?   ;)

Haha a bit of both I suppose ;)
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Post by: mr_duderino on January 22, 2015, 09:16:38 PM
Lol
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Post by: Stax on January 23, 2015, 07:29:24 AM
Could've been the best wedding story ever.
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Post by: DrGonzo2411 on January 26, 2015, 10:54:35 AM
Already been mentioned, but I watched Whiplash last night. As good a new film as I've seen in a long time. The two leads (particularly Simmons) are outstanding, and the soundtrack is magnificent. I found myself shouting 'go on, son!' towards the end, something I don't think I've done since Rocky 3!!! Probably just as well I was watching it on a DVD copy my Del Boy brother had 'acquired'  ;) Joking aside, go see this film, you will not be disappointed.
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Post by: mr_duderino on January 30, 2015, 11:17:02 AM
Watched The Wicker Tree last night.  a recent "companion" to the Wicker Man, and by the same director.  second rate re-imagining would be a better description.

A better plotline was seen after I wet to bed and had the weirdest dream.  I dreamt I was in an old sixties ITC type spy show like the avengers or something.  It was even in black and white.  So there am I, trying to not succumb to a sedative ive been slipped, and trying out  punch out the third evil scientist thats holding me down, when I get awoken by the wife as i have just had a fight with the bedside table, broken a mug and woken the kids
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Post by: Stax on January 31, 2015, 06:42:38 AM
The world needs a film with an evil scientist masquerading as a bedside table.
I watched the Look of Love, the Paul Raymond film last night. Was ok, but could've been a lot better. At times it felt like i was watching a new Steve Coogan character.
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Post by: Martin G on January 31, 2015, 10:17:02 AM
JIMI All Is By My Side the Hendrix bio-pic starring Andre Benjamin he of OUTKAST Hey Yah fame. Aside from that funky pop ditty of a few years back I know little of the bloke aside from the fact he is another of the wave of musician/actors we have seen of late like Justin Timberlake or whoever. So it was more as a Hendrix fan that I sought this film out on DVD and nabbed it yesterday. A very limited cinema release some months back meant it all sort of sank without trace along with the fact that contractual issues with the Hendrix estate meant none of his classic songs could be used. It jarred a little without things like Hey Joe, Purple Haze or Are You Experienced but the use of contemporary songs on the soundtrack from bands like the Small Faces and The Creation kept it moving along with the songs Jimi covered like Wild Thing and Sgt Pepper's Lonley Hearts Club Band. Of course with any film like this time lines are jigged a bit and characters are given greater importance than they really did whilst others are ignored. No reference to Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp and The Who and Track Records but this happens in films like this. However it concentrates on Jimi as a bloke during a year in his life leading up to his stardom ending with The Saville Row theatre show. We see famous faces of the period like Chas Chandler from The Animals(Who of course plays a big part). There are also glimpses of The Who, Epstein, Cream and a couple of The Fabs too. By and large these people all look the part but Andre as Jimi is absolutely on the nail. Certainly up there with the best I have ever seen in a film based on a recent character from popular culture in terms of his look and delivery of speech. The bloke is an obsessive fan of Hendrix or an amazing actor/mimic because every few minutes my other half and eye looked at each other and went 'Bloody hell'. Filmed in Ireland to capture the look of '60s London there is the clear use of what I am sure were local Mod extras. They stand out a mile with the Weller type haircuts and cravats but I guess for a low budget film you cannot handpick every extra and costume them all so a generic "people who dress like they are from the 1960s" request must have gone out to people in the area. Like I say for its faults it was a pretty interesting film and Benjamin at the centre of it is worth a watch alone.
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Post by: StevePWilliams on January 31, 2015, 10:44:13 AM
Saw 'The Imitation Game' and 'Unbroken' this week, would recommend both for viewing.

Jack O'Connell plays his role really well in Unbroken, and Benedict Cumberbatch is predictably spot on in The Imitation Game.
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Post by: DrGonzo2411 on January 31, 2015, 10:51:00 AM
JIMI All Is By My Side the Hendrix bio-pic starring Andre Benjamin he of OUTKAST Hey Yah fame. Aside from that funky pop ditty of a few years back I know little of the bloke aside from the fact he is another of the wave of musician/actors we have seen of late like Justin Timberlake or whoever. So it was more as a Hendrix fan that I sought this film out on DVD and nabbed it yesterday. A very limited cinema release some months back meant it all sort of sank without trace along with the fact that contractual issues with the Hendrix estate meant none of his classic songs could be used. It jarred a little without things like Hey Joe, Purple Haze or Are You Experienced but the use of contemporary songs on the soundtrack from bands like the Small Faces and The Creation kept it moving along with the songs Jimi covered like Wild Thing and Sgt Pepper's Lonley Hearts Club Band. Of course with any film like this time lines are jigged a bit and characters are given greater importance than they really did whilst others are ignored. No reference to Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp and The Who and Track Records but this happens in films like this. However it concentrates on Jimi as a bloke during a year in his life leading up to his stardom ending with The Saville Row theatre show. We see famous faces of the period like Chas Chandler from The Animals(Who of course plays a big part). There are also glimpses of The Who, Epstein, Cream and a couple of The Fabs too. By and large these people all look the part but Andre as Jimi is absolutely on the nail. Certainly up there with the best I have ever seen in a film based on a recent character from popular culture in terms of his look and delivery of speech. The bloke is an obsessive fan of Hendrix or an amazing actor/mimic because every few minutes my other half and eye looked at each other and went 'Bloody hell'. Filmed in Ireland to capture the look of '60s London there is the clear use of what I am sure were local Mod extras. They stand out a mile with the Weller type haircuts and cravats but I guess for a low budget film you cannot handpick every extra and costume them all so a generic "people who dress like they are from the 1960s" request must have gone out to people in the area. Like I say for its faults it was a pretty interesting film and Benjamin at the centre of it is worth a watch alone.

I've been wondering whether this was worth a watch, Martin, having seen some stills and been amazed at just how like Jimi Andre Benjamin (or Andre 3000, to give him his Outkast moniker!) was. So thank you for the very detailed review, I think I'll give it a watch
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Post by: Martin G on January 31, 2015, 11:28:05 AM
A pleasure Dr G! Like I say it was a 'tenner' and i know a few mates of mine will take a look so worth it really. It is a bit 'Arty' in places in terms of picture composition and editing but that I think is to give in some instances the sense of characters use of drugs. The central performances are excellent though and the use of TV/film and news reel footage of the period gives the viewer a sense of where and when they are at certain points. Flawed in places no question but in general a great little film in my opinion. I am glad they chose a specific period of time in Jimi's life as opposed to a sprawling overview from childhood to death as many of these films try and do and then timelines and things are jigged around even more so and key moments ignored or skimmed over.
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Post by: greenstreet on January 31, 2015, 07:26:26 PM
I was interested in this biopic too, but the few reviews I read were bad, as for the recent James Brown film. Nonetheless, maybe I'll give it a try, from the photos I've seen the guy who plays Hendrix really looks the part and as you've said, Martin, the film portrays maybe the most interesting moment in Jimi's career. A pity they couldn't use the man's songs  :(
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Post by: lammyrider on February 01, 2015, 06:27:34 PM
Really enjoyed wiplash, if enjoyed is the right word ;-)
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Post by: OCBD on February 01, 2015, 07:44:06 PM
I took my nephews to see Big Hero 6. Really good, I think I laughed more than them :D
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Post by: ianeggbert on February 01, 2015, 08:27:50 PM
Really enjoyed wiplash, if enjoyed is the right word ;-)

How absolutely brilliant was that last 15 minutes!
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Post by: lammyrider on February 01, 2015, 09:24:08 PM
oh yeah  ;)
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Post by: banjo on February 02, 2015, 12:14:59 PM
I went to see The Kingsmen last night. To be honest I wasn't that interested in going but it made me laugh a few times and was an enjoyable caper.
Nice selection of suits and accessories as well.
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Post by: SuaveCollective on February 02, 2015, 01:21:03 PM
I saw The Kingsman too and loved it - typical Matthew Vaughan film - lots of humour and laugh out loud moments as well as some high silliness and blood spillage!

To top it all some lovely classically English double breasted suits in a dizzying array of checks and pinstripes... all in all well worth the £3.50 it costs to visit my local cinema (£2.50 during the week... cheaper than paying for TV Licence let alone Sky Movies)

(http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/sites/default/files/custom/Aaron/Rollout%20Embeds/Kingsman_Street_html.jpeg)
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Post by: Stax on February 02, 2015, 08:52:34 PM
£3.50? Costs more than that to buy a drink at my local cinemas.
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Post by: Simon Bond on February 03, 2015, 07:49:26 AM
£3.50? Costs more than that to buy a drink at my local cinemas.

Yeh , it wouldn't buy you a packet o' Revels at my local multiplex. .
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Post by: Monkey on February 03, 2015, 08:23:21 PM
One film that won't be showing in any multiplex is Blood and Carpet.

Watched it yesterday - it's a 60s set/styled old B-movie thriller type thing about a murder in a house. Very cheaply made but not that noticeably so once you get into it. Features a few folk I recognised as extras and used a few familiar bands - The Electric Mess, Magnetic Mind etc. Some good performances and a decent story. Worth a watch online.

Here's the link: http://bloodandcarpet.com/
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Post by: mr_duderino on February 04, 2015, 02:59:24 AM
how do you get the whole filum mate?
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Post by: Monkey on February 04, 2015, 10:26:35 AM
how do you get the whole filum mate?

Hi, Was sent a review copy. Available to stream/download online from 16 February.
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Post by: OCBD on February 05, 2015, 09:19:20 PM
£3.50? Costs more than that to buy a drink at my local cinemas.

£3 for a packet of M&ms
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Post by: Stax on February 06, 2015, 06:12:44 AM
One film that won't be showing in any multiplex is Blood and Carpet.

Watched it yesterday - it's a 60s set/styled old B-movie thriller type thing about a murder in a house. Very cheaply made but not that noticeably so once you get into it. Features a few folk I recognised as extras and used a few familiar bands - The Electric Mess, Magnetic Mind etc. Some good performances and a decent story. Worth a watch online.

Here's the link: http://bloodandcarpet.com/

They mentioned this on the Modcast the other day. Apparently it was made for just £3000. Looks quite good. Do you know if there are plans for a dvd release?
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Post by: SuaveCollective on February 06, 2015, 10:37:07 AM
Not sure if this has been mentioned yet but watched The Grand Budspest Hotel on Sky the other night. It's a cracking 'very European' film (albeit British I believe) - a thoroughly enjoyable romp very much in the style of the equally brilliant Amelie.
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Post by: Soulstar on February 06, 2015, 11:38:52 AM
^ I saw it recently too, Jason. Hard to categorise -  mad enough to be fantasy, whilst not being a fantasy - but I loved it.

I'll definitely download the Blood and Carpet when it's available. I see they used the Fiddler's Elbow - home of Crawdaddy - for the pub / club scene.
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Post by: Diabolik on February 06, 2015, 11:56:13 AM
Another thumbs up for The Grand Budapest Hotel.
In true Yorkshire spirit I saw it whilst taking advantage of my 30 Day Free Trial on Now TV.
"Owt For Nowt!"
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Post by: Adam on February 06, 2015, 12:31:37 PM
went to see "Inherent Vice". Looks good, nicely done but not a lot of story, very confusing, can't understand a lot of the actors and way too long.  Not really worth the bother.
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Post by: Simon Bond on February 06, 2015, 12:44:06 PM
Another thumbs up for The Grand Budapest Hotel.
In true Yorkshire spirit I saw it whilst taking advantage of my 30 Day Free Trial on Now TV.
"Owt For Nowt!"

It is very entertaining and interesting movie , with some established , serious actors doing funny stuff. . Great stuff. .
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Post by: Ady C on February 07, 2015, 07:56:29 AM
Not sure if this has been mentioned yet but watched The Grand Budspest Hotel on Sky the other night. It's a cracking 'very European' film (albeit British I believe) - a thoroughly enjoyable romp very much in the style of the equally brilliant Amelie.
Just bought in on DVD on this recommendation and will try to watch in next couple of days.

I have seen Mortdecai and, after the slating it's had in the press, I really rather enjoyed it.  It's along the lines of a good old fashioned globe-trotting comedy crime caper with Johnny Depp pitching his performance somewhere between Terry-Thomas / Basil Brush / Dick Dastardly (complete with gap between teeth) and a younger Rowley Birkin QC from the Fast Show and I do find his comic timing wonderful.  It's also perhaps worth of a watch by MC forum members to see Depp's pocket squares (is there a collective noun?  a flourish of silk hankies perhaps? or a furbelow of pocket squares?...)
Title: Re: Seen any good films recently?
Post by: Monkey on February 08, 2015, 09:05:32 AM
One film that won't be showing in any multiplex is Blood and Carpet.

Watched it yesterday - it's a 60s set/styled old B-movie thriller type thing about a murder in a house. Very cheaply made but not that noticeably so once you get into it. Features a few folk I recognised as extras and used a few familiar bands - The Electric Mess, Magnetic Mind etc. Some good performances and a decent story. Worth a watch online.

Here's the link: http://bloodandcarpet.com/

They mentioned this on the Modcast the other day. Apparently it was made for just £3000. Looks quite good. Do you know if there are plans for a dvd release?

I don't know about DVD but being released on Blu-Ray apparently. Whatever the hell that is.
Title: Re: Seen any good films recently?
Post by: mr_duderino on February 25, 2015, 12:45:50 AM
A really peculiar film called moonrise kingdom.  Anyone else seen it? Whimsical film with a kitch faux fifties feel.
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Post by: Simon Bond on February 25, 2015, 07:50:40 AM
A really peculiar film called moonrise kingdom.  Anyone else seen it? Whimsical film with a kitch faux fifties feel.

It is a Wes Anderson film , it has his distinctive style stamped all over it , groan. .

You should check out : The Grand Budapest Hotel , The Royal Tenenbaums and Rushmore , other creations of his , if you haven't done so already. .
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Post by: Stax on February 25, 2015, 10:17:38 AM
I saw Shaun the Sheep the other day. Great for keeping kids entertained for a bit!
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Post by: lammyrider on February 25, 2015, 10:37:28 AM
I liked moonrise kingdom  ;D
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Post by: Steve McKing on February 25, 2015, 04:15:34 PM
I saw Shaun the Sheep the other day. Great for keeping kids entertained for a bit!

Saw that meself this weekend. The kids loved it.
T'was good especially the prison bit.
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Post by: mr_duderino on February 25, 2015, 10:36:10 PM
I haven't seen those.  This was my first of his films...so not jaded....yet...
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Post by: Simon Bond on February 28, 2015, 09:29:25 AM
I saw The Kingsman too and loved it - typical Matthew Vaughan film - lots of humour and laugh out loud moments as well as some high silliness and blood spillage!

To top it all some lovely classically English double breasted suits in a dizzying array of checks and pinstripes... all in all well worth the £3.50 it costs to visit my local cinema (£2.50 during the week... cheaper than paying for TV Licence let alone Sky Movies)

(http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/sites/default/files/custom/Aaron/Rollout%20Embeds/Kingsman_Street_html.jpeg)


Indeed , I would concur. .
Title: Re: Seen any good films recently?
Post by: dazlcfc on February 28, 2015, 04:27:19 PM
Unfortunately most yoof would prefer the clothes the baseball clad geezer is wearing.
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Post by: ianeggbert on February 28, 2015, 05:58:56 PM
The Great Debaters

How I'd never been made aware of this wonderful film and it passing me by completely unnoticed for 8 years is beyond me. The eminently watchable Denzel Washington and Forest Whitaker aside, the performances from the rest of the cast in this, the true story of the tiny Wiley College's 1935 "debating" team, are superb. It's a kind of "Dead Poet's" Society with the vicious undercurrent of racism and segregation in America's redneck bible belt underpinning the ultimately feelgood narrative. Very highly recommended.
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Post by: Simon Bond on March 01, 2015, 10:12:24 AM
Unfortunately most yoof would prefer the clothes the baseball clad geezer is wearing.

I know. .

. .however , it also looks like he has an FP on and from my admittedly scant knowledge , I'd say the rest of the gear worn by the youth is decidedly yesteryear in it's "style". .Yes?
Title: Re: Seen any good films recently?
Post by: dazlcfc on March 01, 2015, 05:39:14 PM
I just see most of them biking around ion bikes that are too small for them, wearing grey baggy jogging bottoms and a hoody & baseball cap.  But they seem to like it so.....
Title: Re: Seen any good films recently?
Post by: Martin G on March 02, 2015, 06:53:03 PM
Maybe a bit late to the party on this one but saw SVENGALI the other night. Funny British comedy about a guy trying set a young band on the path to fame and fortune around the clubs and pubs of London. Quite a few Mod references and some fantastic cameos from the world of television/film, London's clubs, the music scene and football too. Worth a watch

Also the third volume of FOR THE LOVE OF MOD. This final part covers the Tokyo scene and is of a similar format to the others with clothes, music, clubs and scooters all chronicled by Emma Rosa Diaz. Worth grabbing for definite.
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Post by: Stax on March 02, 2015, 10:16:29 PM
I just see most of them biking around ion bikes that are too small for them, wearing grey baggy jogging bottoms and a hoody & baseball cap.  But they seem to like it so.....

What is the deal with those bikes? It must be hard work pedalling on a bike that's too small.
Title: Re: Seen any good films recently?
Post by: Simon Bond on March 03, 2015, 12:11:53 AM
I just see most of them biking around ion bikes that are too small for them, wearing grey baggy jogging bottoms and a hoody & baseball cap.  But they seem to like it so.....

What is the deal with those bikes? It must be hard work pedalling on a bike that's too small.

sounds like BMX "bikes" , something that is more akin to skateboarding than cycling. .lol. . ;D
Title: Re: Seen any good films recently?
Post by: DrGonzo2411 on May 05, 2015, 09:52:53 AM
"20,000 Days on Earth", the documentary film about Nick Cave. Your enjoyment of this may be predicated, to a certain extent, on whether or not you're a fan but, given that he is one of the most interesting artists of the last 30 years, anyone who's into music should find something to enjoy. Beautifully shot, and more insightful than I thought it would be, though I would have liked to have seen more from the Birthday Party days
Title: Re: Seen any good films recently?
Post by: DrGonzo2411 on May 05, 2015, 10:02:54 AM
Lambert and Stamp, as part of the Belfast Film Festival (surprised I'm the first to post about this?). Excellent from start to finish, particularly as I didn't know much about them beforehand. Pete is good value, as always, and Chris Stamp is quite the raconteur. It won't be a spoiler to say they were an unlikely partnership, and a couple of proper chancers! Some great footage from the Railway Hotel and in the studio which I certainly hadn't seen before. 5 minutes shy of two hours flew past, which is always a good sign. Go see it
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Post by: Simon Bond on June 04, 2015, 11:00:54 AM
Lambert and Stamp, as part of the Belfast Film Festival (surprised I'm the first to post about this?). Excellent from start to finish, particularly as I didn't know much about them beforehand. Pete is good value, as always, and Chris Stamp is quite the raconteur. It won't be a spoiler to say they were an unlikely partnership, and a couple of proper chancers! Some great footage from the Railway Hotel and in the studio which I certainly hadn't seen before. 5 minutes shy of two hours flew past, which is always a good sign. Go see it

It is now on general release in mainly "art-house " theatres . I'm planning to see it on Sunday evening , bit of a "must see" for me and I'm looking forward to the Railway Hotel footage you mention. . 8)
Title: Re: Seen any good films recently?
Post by: DrGonzo2411 on June 05, 2015, 08:31:29 AM
Lambert and Stamp, as part of the Belfast Film Festival (surprised I'm the first to post about this?). Excellent from start to finish, particularly as I didn't know much about them beforehand. Pete is good value, as always, and Chris Stamp is quite the raconteur. It won't be a spoiler to say they were an unlikely partnership, and a couple of proper chancers! Some great footage from the Railway Hotel and in the studio which I certainly hadn't seen before. 5 minutes shy of two hours flew past, which is always a good sign. Go see it

It is now on general release in mainly "art-house " theatres . I'm planning to see it on Sunday evening , bit of a "must see" for me and I'm looking forward to the Railway Hotel footage you mention. . 8)

I've no doubt you'll enjoy it, Simon, though how much might be predicated on how much of the story you already know. Put it this way, I'm glad I didn't get around to reading "Pretend You're in a War" until after I'd seen the film
Title: Re: Seen any good films recently?
Post by: Simon Bond on June 05, 2015, 10:05:32 AM
Lambert and Stamp, as part of the Belfast Film Festival (surprised I'm the first to post about this?). Excellent from start to finish, particularly as I didn't know much about them beforehand. Pete is good value, as always, and Chris Stamp is quite the raconteur. It won't be a spoiler to say they were an unlikely partnership, and a couple of proper chancers! Some great footage from the Railway Hotel and in the studio which I certainly hadn't seen before. 5 minutes shy of two hours flew past, which is always a good sign. Go see it

It is now on general release in mainly "art-house " theatres . I'm planning to see it on Sunday evening , bit of a "must see" for me and I'm looking forward to the Railway Hotel footage you mention. . 8)

I've no doubt you'll enjoy it, Simon, though how much might be predicated on how much of the story you already know. Put it this way, I'm glad I didn't get around to reading "Pretend You're in a War" until after I'd seen the film

I haven't read that book , Doc. I'm thinking it could be the closest thing to a Mod' film since the release of Quadrophenia almost 35yrs ago . lt looks like we are going to get some great 6ts footage , also . I can totally understand you saying that although the movie is almost 2hrs long , that it flew past . Really looking forward to it , another Who nut is coming with us. .
Title: Re: Seen any good films recently?
Post by: DrGonzo2411 on June 05, 2015, 01:05:18 PM
Lambert and Stamp, as part of the Belfast Film Festival (surprised I'm the first to post about this?). Excellent from start to finish, particularly as I didn't know much about them beforehand. Pete is good value, as always, and Chris Stamp is quite the raconteur. It won't be a spoiler to say they were an unlikely partnership, and a couple of proper chancers! Some great footage from the Railway Hotel and in the studio which I certainly hadn't seen before. 5 minutes shy of two hours flew past, which is always a good sign. Go see it

It is now on general release in mainly "art-house " theatres . I'm planning to see it on Sunday evening , bit of a "must see" for me and I'm looking forward to the Railway Hotel footage you mention. . 8)

I've no doubt you'll enjoy it, Simon, though how much might be predicated on how much of the story you already know. Put it this way, I'm glad I didn't get around to reading "Pretend You're in a War" until after I'd seen the film

I haven't read that book , Doc. I'm thinking it could be the closest thing to a Mod' film since the release of Quadrophenia almost 35yrs ago . lt looks like we are going to get some great 6ts footage , also . I can totally understand you saying that although the movie is almost 2hrs long , that it flew past . Really looking forward to it , another Who nut is coming with us. .

Book is well worth a read; very detailed, and is very much 'warts and all'. I'm about halfway through and they've only just released 'I Can't Explain'. I take your point re 'L&S' being a 'mod' film, and it is, but I think it holds broader appeal than that. If you have an interest in popular culture and music, irrespective of whether or not you're even a Who fan, it paints a very vivid picture of what was, imo, the most vibrant and creative decade of the 20th century from some of its prominent protagonists. I'll be keen to hear your verdict
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Post by: greenstreet on June 05, 2015, 02:54:34 PM
Don't know if the film will arrive soon to these shores but the book has been on my wants list for some time, my only doubt is if I should buy the paper edition or the kindle one.
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Post by: Fentonwho on June 05, 2015, 03:14:51 PM
Quite enjoyed "The Game" which finished on bbc2 last night. The ending quite conveniently left the opportunity for a second series too !
Title: Re: Seen any good films recently?
Post by: Stax on June 06, 2015, 03:25:13 PM
Lets hope they don't do what they did with The Hour and cancel it leaving loads of open storylines.
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Post by: Simon Bond on June 07, 2015, 10:35:15 PM
Lambert and Stamp, as part of the Belfast Film Festival (surprised I'm the first to post about this?). Excellent from start to finish, particularly as I didn't know much about them beforehand. Pete is good value, as always, and Chris Stamp is quite the raconteur. It won't be a spoiler to say they were an unlikely partnership, and a couple of proper chancers! Some great footage from the Railway Hotel and in the studio which I certainly hadn't seen before. 5 minutes shy of two hours flew past, which is always a good sign. Go see it

It is now on general release in mainly "art-house " theatres . I'm planning to see it on Sunday evening , bit of a "must see" for me and I'm looking forward to the Railway Hotel footage you mention. . 8)

I've no doubt you'll enjoy it, Simon, though how much might be predicated on how much of the story you already know. Put it this way, I'm glad I didn't get around to reading "Pretend You're in a War" until after I'd seen the film

I haven't read that book , Doc. I'm thinking it could be the closest thing to a Mod' film since the release of Quadrophenia almost 35yrs ago . lt looks like we are going to get some great 6ts footage , also . I can totally understand you saying that although the movie is almost 2hrs long , that it flew past . Really looking forward to it , another Who nut is coming with us. .

Book is well worth a read; very detailed, and is very much 'warts and all'. I'm about halfway through and they've only just released 'I Can't Explain'. I take your point re 'L&S' being a 'mod' film, and it is, but I think it holds broader appeal than that. If you have an interest in popular culture and music, irrespective of whether or not you're even a Who fan, it paints a very vivid picture of what was, imo, the most vibrant and creative decade of the 20th century from some of its prominent protagonists. I'll be keen to hear your verdict

I thought the film was outstanding! It has great footage of the 6ts , even if you are not a Who fan but if you are a Who fan I reckon this wee film is a must see . .
You do get the feeling that , without Lambert and Stamp we might never have heard of the Who at all and indeed , the whole thing might have fizzled out at the end of the 6ts if Lambert hadn't nurtured the creative ability that is Pete Townsend . Lambert and Stamp were certainly guys with great vision when they  happened to stumble into the High Numbers that night at the rather cramped and dingy Railway Hotel which was run by Pete's mate Richard Barnes. .

There is a lot to see in the movie and that is why the whole thing seems to end so quickly and there are plenty lighter moments when it seemed that the entire audience were laughing out loud , an audience comprising of mostly old Mod's , quite like myself . I did spot one old music journalist in the crowd too , so it will be interesting to see what he writes about it if that is what he was there for . .

Eleven out of ten from me at any rate  8)
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Post by: DrGonzo2411 on June 08, 2015, 08:18:49 AM
Lambert and Stamp, as part of the Belfast Film Festival (surprised I'm the first to post about this?). Excellent from start to finish, particularly as I didn't know much about them beforehand. Pete is good value, as always, and Chris Stamp is quite the raconteur. It won't be a spoiler to say they were an unlikely partnership, and a couple of proper chancers! Some great footage from the Railway Hotel and in the studio which I certainly hadn't seen before. 5 minutes shy of two hours flew past, which is always a good sign. Go see it

It is now on general release in mainly "art-house " theatres . I'm planning to see it on Sunday evening , bit of a "must see" for me and I'm looking forward to the Railway Hotel footage you mention. . 8)

I've no doubt you'll enjoy it, Simon, though how much might be predicated on how much of the story you already know. Put it this way, I'm glad I didn't get around to reading "Pretend You're in a War" until after I'd seen the film

I haven't read that book , Doc. I'm thinking it could be the closest thing to a Mod' film since the release of Quadrophenia almost 35yrs ago . lt looks like we are going to get some great 6ts footage , also . I can totally understand you saying that although the movie is almost 2hrs long , that it flew past . Really looking forward to it , another Who nut is coming with us. .

Book is well worth a read; very detailed, and is very much 'warts and all'. I'm about halfway through and they've only just released 'I Can't Explain'. I take your point re 'L&S' being a 'mod' film, and it is, but I think it holds broader appeal than that. If you have an interest in popular culture and music, irrespective of whether or not you're even a Who fan, it paints a very vivid picture of what was, imo, the most vibrant and creative decade of the 20th century from some of its prominent protagonists. I'll be keen to hear your verdict

I thought the film was outstanding! It has great footage of the 6ts , even if you are not a Who fan but if you are a Who fan I reckon this wee film is a must see . .
You do get the feeling that , without Lambert and Stamp we might never have heard of the Who at all and indeed , the whole thing might have fizzled out at the end of the 6ts if Lambert hadn't nurtured the creative ability that is Pete Townsend . Lambert and Stamp were certainly guys with great vision when they  happened to stumble into the High Numbers that night at the rather cramped and dingy Railway Hotel which was run by Pete's mate Richard Barnes. .

There is a lot to see in the movie and that is why the whole thing seems to end so quickly and there are plenty lighter moments when it seemed that the entire audience were laughing out loud , an audience comprising of mostly old Mod's , quite like myself . I did spot one old music journalist in the crowd too , so it will be interesting to see what he writes about it if that is what he was there for . .

Eleven out of ten from me at any rate  8)

Excellent, Simon, I knew you'd dig it! Now go read 'Pretend You're in a War' to fill in any gaps!!
Title: Re: Seen any good films recently?
Post by: DrGonzo2411 on July 16, 2015, 03:15:37 PM
Last night I watched The Howlin' Wolf Story, courtesy of fellow poster Monkey. An in-depth, engaging and totally endearing portrait of a blues legend and, if the film is wholly accurate, a true gentleman who no-one interviewed had a bad word to say about. Some great old footage (particularly the home movie stuff), which features a veritable whos-who of Mississippi Delta bluesmen, and the quality of the music goes without saying. If you dig the blues, and who doesn't, go watch it!

http://www.monkeypicks.co.uk/ (http://www.monkeypicks.co.uk/)
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Post by: greenstreet on July 16, 2015, 03:55:22 PM
Last night I watched The Howlin' Wolf Story, courtesy of fellow poster Monkey. An in-depth, engaging and totally endearing portrait of a blues legend and, if the film is wholly accurate, a true gentleman who no-one interviewed had a bad word to say about. Some great old footage (particularly the home movie stuff), which features a veritable whos-who of Mississippi Delta bluesmen, and the quality of the music goes without saying. If you dig the blues, and who doesn't, go watch it!

http://www.monkeypicks.co.uk/ (http://www.monkeypicks.co.uk/)

Sounds interesting. You mention Howlin' Wolf good natured character and it has reminded me of 2 fellow bluesmen he crossed paths with, namely Little Walter and Sonny Boy Williamson II, two tough and bad tempered men by all accounts -at least, those of the british musicians that had to back them in the 60s-, with alcoholic tendencies to crown it all. The coincidence is in the music, however: them 3 made some of the best Chicago electric blues.

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Post by: DrGonzo2411 on July 17, 2015, 08:07:53 AM
Last night I watched The Howlin' Wolf Story, courtesy of fellow poster Monkey. An in-depth, engaging and totally endearing portrait of a blues legend and, if the film is wholly accurate, a true gentleman who no-one interviewed had a bad word to say about. Some great old footage (particularly the home movie stuff), which features a veritable whos-who of Mississippi Delta bluesmen, and the quality of the music goes without saying. If you dig the blues, and who doesn't, go watch it!

http://www.monkeypicks.co.uk/ (http://www.monkeypicks.co.uk/)

Sounds interesting. You mention Howlin' Wolf good natured character and it has reminded me of 2 fellow bluesmen he crossed paths with, namely Little Walter and Sonny Boy Williamson II, two tough and bad tempered men by all accounts -at least, those of the british musicians that had to back them in the 60s-, with alcoholic tendencies to crown it all. The coincidence is in the music, however: them 3 made some of the best Chicago electric blues.

There's footage of both in this film, gs. As Monkey says in his spiel on the blog, Wolf seems to have been the exception to the rule in that he wasn't a hard-drinking, wife-beating tyrant who pissed all his money away. No doubt he wasn't a saint, but having recently watched documentaries on both James Brown and Ginger Baker, he couldn't have been more different and appears to have been a genuinely good guy who dragged himself up out of poverty and was always grateful that he had the talent and drive to do so. Watch it, mate, you won't be disappointed
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Post by: greenstreet on July 17, 2015, 08:46:50 AM
I'll do mate, I've been a blues nut since god knows when.
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Post by: ianeggbert on July 19, 2015, 09:15:31 PM
Watched '71 last night. One of the best films on the Irish troubles that I've seen. The tension, bleakness and sense of terror as seen from fbe perspective of a young English soldier caught up in a life or death struggle while on his first tour is palpable. Not an easy watch as you get the sense of injustice from both sides of the divide AND from within the army itself. Another triumph of British filmmaking on a relatively small budget. Superb
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Post by: DrGonzo2411 on September 03, 2015, 03:08:24 PM
At the risk of having my credentials checked, I watched 'Straight Outta Compton' last night and really enjoyed it. Well cast (Ice Cube's son plays his da, and is his double), great use of music and it resists the temptation to go down the cartoonish 'guns, drugs and bitches' route. You won't learn anything you don't already know about the NWA story and it certainly won't be everybody's cup of tea, but if you have a fondness for proper old school hip hop, then it's highly recommended.
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Post by: Stax on September 17, 2015, 07:30:57 PM
Just watched Midnight of my Life. I quite enjoyed it, but to be honest i was expecting it to be a bit longer than 7 minutes.
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Post by: Soulstar on September 17, 2015, 09:12:50 PM
Just watched Midnight of my Life. I quite enjoyed it, but to be honest i was expecting it to be a bit longer than 7 minutes.

I saw it too, Stax. Same here - I thought it would be a longer film.
Still, I don't begrudge my few quid of funding -I really loved the mid to late 80's period,  used to see him all over London - DT's and the Packet of Three - but I know I'm in a minority.

What there is of the film, I liked. Definitely one for "fans" - you'd need to have an idea of what he was up to at that stage in his career to appreciate the (minimal) dialogue.
I wonder if it's a kind of pilot? Perhaps could be expanded on if there's enough interest.

Oh - and I thought Martin Freeman was really good. Understated - and he caught his more subtle mannerisms. The miming at the end was spot on too (although the crowd effect sounded like the Beatles at Chez stadium).
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Post by: Stax on September 18, 2015, 11:29:27 AM
His guitar playing wasn't though! I think the version of WGDAI was taken directly from one of his live records. It sounds like one i have from a Packet of Three tour. Having said that, the crowd noise could've just been put on that.
It did seem to me to be a film that they've made as a 'demo' with the intention of developing it further. I hope they do anyway, there is quite a story to be told.
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Post by: Soulstar on September 18, 2015, 04:47:40 PM
His guitar playing wasn't though! I think the version of WGDAI was taken directly from one of his live records. It sounds like one i have from a Packet of Three tour. Having said that, the crowd noise could've just been put on that.
It did seem to me to be a film that they've made as a 'demo' with the intention of developing it further. I hope they do anyway, there is quite a story to be told.

Ha! Yeah, could have used a tennis raquet. The crowd noise was definitely overdubbed onto a recording (might be the Dingwalls album?).
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Post by: Monkey on November 12, 2015, 09:27:54 PM
Saw Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution a week or so ago. Worth seeing if shown at yer local arthouse screen.

Some issues could've done with more explanation but good to hear from participants from that time.
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Post by: Ady C on November 14, 2015, 06:49:24 AM
Got round to watching the Lambert and Stamp film.  Very insightful documentary about these two disparate characters.  One minor quibble: could have been edited better because at times the music clips drowned out the interviewee and I was struggling to hear what was being said.

Also went to the cinema to watch SPECTRE.  I wasn't disappointed and it ticked all the boxes for me.  Apparently it's an organisation ("They are everywhere!") involved with, amongst other things, extortion: I wouldn't be surprised if they have a hand in the drinks and snacks concession as the price of that cold fizzy drink I bought on the way in was an example of that...
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Post by: Simon Bond on November 14, 2015, 11:17:21 PM
Got round to watching the Lambert and Stamp film.  Very insightful documentary about these two disparate characters.  One minor quibble: could have been edited better because at times the music clips drowned out the interviewee and I was struggling to hear what was being said.

Also went to the cinema to watch SPECTRE.  I wasn't disappointed and it ticked all the boxes for me.  Apparently it's an organisation ("They are everywhere!") involved with, amongst other things, extortion: I wouldn't be surprised if they have a hand in the drinks and snacks concession as the price of that cold fizzy drink I bought on the way in was an example of that...
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Post by: banjo on November 17, 2015, 04:41:21 PM
I did the same a Ady C. Watched spectre on Sunday and really enjoyed it.
Watched the stamp and lambert DVD last night. It was a good film about the pair. Stamp still looks like a bit if a chap but most of the footage showing him in the 60's had him wearing the same suit!
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Post by: Simon Bond on January 10, 2016, 01:59:44 PM
I watched a blue-ray copy of The Talented Mr Ripley the other night . From a Mod point of view I'd forgotten how good this film is There are loads of vintage scooters, mostly Vespa's and there are great clothes, mainly worn by Jude Law's character, Dickie. There is also plenty of jazz . .
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Post by: greenstreet on January 10, 2016, 07:01:24 PM
But you'll have to agree with me that A plein soleil is a better movie by miles  8). And plenty of continental cool too.
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Post by: Ady C on January 11, 2016, 05:36:12 PM
But you'll have to agree with me that A plein soleil is a better movie by miles  8). And plenty of continental cool too.
I concur: the French original is a much better film.  I think that films made nowadays that are set in the earlier part of the 20th century tend to be over stylised and mannered; they are never going to have the authenticity of films made at the time.  The Talented Mr Ripley does have that great scene in the jazz club, though, and it is, overall, a really good remake.
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Post by: greenstreet on January 11, 2016, 05:58:40 PM
"over stylised and mannered", that's the key, I think. I like to watch this retro movies, but they always try too hard to look the part, and they never seem "real", if that word still means something.
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Post by: DrGonzo2411 on January 11, 2016, 08:26:36 PM
Watched '71' over the Christmas break. As someone who was born in '69 and lived through the bloody mess that was the Troubles in NI, I tend to steer clear of these sorts of films, as they tend to have an agenda or glamorize one side or the other. But I'd heard only good things, so gave it a bash. Glad I did, thought it was a well balanced and excellent film. The fear the young soldier (Jack O'Connell) feels isolated in a very hostile part of Belfast is almost palpable and the characters, in general, are well drawn. No-one comes out of it very well, and you get a sense that everyone was making it up as they went along. Which was pretty much the reality during the early years of the conflict. Recommended
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Post by: Simon Bond on January 11, 2016, 08:55:58 PM
Watched '71' over the Christmas break. As someone who was born in '69 and lived through the bloody mess that was the Troubles in NI, I tend to steer clear of these sorts of films, as they tend to have an agenda or glamorize one side or the other. But I'd heard only good things, so gave it a bash. Glad I did, thought it was a well balanced and excellent film. The fear the young soldier (Jack O'Connell) feels isolated in a very hostile part of Belfast is almost palpable and the characters, in general, are well drawn. No-one comes out of it very well, and you get a sense that everyone was making it up as they went along. Which was pretty much the reality during the early years of the conflict. Recommended

The trailer puts forward an interesting tale of the troubles but I fear it could possibly be a bit bleak . .

I remember watching those dark times unfold on the tv screen on what seemed like every 6pm news, back in the day. It was hard to believe that those events were taking place in the UK, at the time. In 1974 I got caught up in a coup d'état , whilst on holiday . The funny thing was that , some of the folks in our holiday complex were from Norn Iron and they didn't seem that bothered as if they were hardened to that kind of thing. . :o
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Post by: DrGonzo2411 on January 12, 2016, 09:04:16 AM
Watched '71' over the Christmas break. As someone who was born in '69 and lived through the bloody mess that was the Troubles in NI, I tend to steer clear of these sorts of films, as they tend to have an agenda or glamorize one side or the other. But I'd heard only good things, so gave it a bash. Glad I did, thought it was a well balanced and excellent film. The fear the young soldier (Jack O'Connell) feels isolated in a very hostile part of Belfast is almost palpable and the characters, in general, are well drawn. No-one comes out of it very well, and you get a sense that everyone was making it up as they went along. Which was pretty much the reality during the early years of the conflict. Recommended

The trailer puts forward an interesting tale of the troubles but I fear it could possibly be a bit bleak . .

I remember watching those dark times unfold on the tv screen on what seemed like every 6pm news, back in the day. It was hard to believe that those events were taking place in the UK, at the time. In 1974 I got caught up in a coup d'état , whilst on holiday . The funny thing was that , some of the folks in our holiday complex were from Norn Iron and they didn't seem that bothered as if they were hardened to that kind of thing. . :o

There's not much light, Simon, that is true, but then there wasn't supposed to be. It's not a Sunday afternoon on the couch with the family film, but it is well worth a watch.

They were grim times, Simon, and a lot of what went on never even made the national news. But hopefully a thing of the past. Whilst what you got caught up in must have been terrifying, I have an image of some hard nut from Belfast saying, in a Crocodile Dundee style, "that's not a f**kin' gun, mate, this is a gun!"
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Post by: Mutley on January 12, 2016, 03:19:52 PM
I've just watched the trailer to '71 and it looks class - will definitely have a watch of that.
I like yer man Jack O'Connell, saw him it Starred Up a while back and thought he put in a good performance.
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Post by: Simon Bond on January 12, 2016, 07:46:07 PM
Watched '71' over the Christmas break. As someone who was born in '69 and lived through the bloody mess that was the Troubles in NI, I tend to steer clear of these sorts of films, as they tend to have an agenda or glamorize one side or the other. But I'd heard only good things, so gave it a bash. Glad I did, thought it was a well balanced and excellent film. The fear the young soldier (Jack O'Connell) feels isolated in a very hostile part of Belfast is almost palpable and the characters, in general, are well drawn. No-one comes out of it very well, and you get a sense that everyone was making it up as they went along. Which was pretty much the reality during the early years of the conflict. Recommended

The trailer puts forward an interesting tale of the troubles but I fear it could possibly be a bit bleak . .

I remember watching those dark times unfold on the tv screen on what seemed like every 6pm news, back in the day. It was hard to believe that those events were taking place in the UK, at the time. In 1974 I got caught up in a coup d'état , whilst on holiday . The funny thing was that , some of the folks in our holiday complex were from Norn Iron and they didn't seem that bothered as if they were hardened to that kind of thing. . :o

There's not much light, Simon, that is true, but then there wasn't supposed to be. It's not a Sunday afternoon on the couch with the family film, but it is well worth a watch.

They were grim times, Simon, and a lot of what went on never even made the national news. But hopefully a thing of the past. Whilst what you got caught up in must have been terrifying, I have an image of some hard nut from Belfast saying, in a Crocodile Dundee style, "that's not a f**kin' gun, mate, this is a gun!"

Lol . . as I recall they were just so relaxed about the whole thing whereas , I was genuinely concerned about how I was going to get home with all ports closed by the bloody military. .

I may well watch the movie on my own when I get the chance . .
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Post by: DrGonzo2411 on January 13, 2016, 09:24:03 AM
I've just watched the trailer to '71 and it looks class - will definitely have a watch of that.
I like yer man Jack O'Connell, saw him it Starred Up a while back and thought he put in a good performance.

I don't know whether you watch it, mate, but look out for what seems like half the cast of Love/Hate in '71'
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Post by: Mutley on January 13, 2016, 02:35:12 PM
I've just watched the trailer to '71 and it looks class - will definitely have a watch of that.
I like yer man Jack O'Connell, saw him it Starred Up a while back and thought he put in a good performance.

I don't know whether you watch it, mate, but look out for what seems like half the cast of Love/Hate in '71'

Love/Hate - another quality show - never missed an episode. Always good to see clips of my home town on TV too.

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Post by: DrGonzo2411 on January 13, 2016, 08:59:53 PM
Sadly, Mutley, that lunatic is not in it! My favourite character, a complete binlid! Great series, due back soon, I think
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Post by: Rocketman on January 25, 2016, 05:54:22 PM
I believe in miracles , docu film on the brian clough/forest glorious 70's period. Very entertaining watch with a great soundtrack.  (favourite link)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2lNr1aaPXmo
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Post by: Ady C on October 27, 2016, 06:16:44 PM
Saw The Beatles' "Eight Days A Week" film at my local cinema.  The highlight for me was the digitally restored Shea Stadium footage from August '65.  On that big screen it was exhilarating: the sheer scale of that gig and the pandemonium of Beatlemania really leapt out of the screen. 
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Post by: Mo on April 29, 2017, 08:13:55 PM
Wrong Arm of the Law and The Knack.
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Post by: Martin G on May 09, 2017, 12:44:30 PM
I was fortunate enough to be at the premiere of the new boxing movie JAWBONE last night. No Mod connection on screen but as some may know Paul Weller provided soundtrack material. He was in attendance along with stars Ray Winstone, Michael Smiley and writer/lead Johnny Harris. Amongst the audience were plenty of guys clearly into our thing amongst the various celebs and sportsman. As a film it is worth a watch. Very uncomfortable in places as it offers an uncompromising view of alcoholism and depression and the fight scenes are some of the best I have ever seen on film showing what can be the brutal world of unlicenced boxing. Have a look.
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Post by: ianeggbert on May 09, 2017, 04:56:33 PM
I was fortunate enough to be at the premiere of the new boxing movie JAWBONE last night. No Mod connection on screen but as some may know Paul Weller provided soundtrack material. He was in attendance along with stars Ray Winstone, Michael Smiley and writer/lead Johnny Harris. Amongst the audience were plenty of guys clearly into our thing amongst the various celebs and sportsman. As a film it is worth a watch. Very uncomfortable in places as it offers an uncompromising view of alcoholism and depression and the fight scenes are some of the best I have ever seen on film showing what can be the brutal world of unlicenced boxing. Have a look.

Really looking forward to seeing this Martin. Hopefully they'll put it on general release rather just than the usual 1 or 2 cinemas in my area that I've got to drive an hour to get to!
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Post by: Martin G on May 09, 2017, 05:55:00 PM
Ian: Like so many small budget niche market films these days the DVD/Blu-ray release is hot on the heels of the cinema screening and you can buy it in less than a month on AMAZON.
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Post by: Simon Bond on May 09, 2017, 06:36:35 PM
Although not really my cup of char , most films tend to benefit from being viewed on the big screen . The Lambert and Stamp movie was superb in the cinema . Just my opinion really. .
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Post by: dazlcfc on May 09, 2017, 07:07:09 PM
Just out of interest why isn't it 'your cup of char'.

I pretty much only watch documentaries, so few decent movies out there.
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Post by: DrGonzo2411 on May 09, 2017, 09:39:16 PM
With Johnny Harris, Ray Winstone, Michael Smiley et al on board, I think this always had the makings of a future cult classic. Add Mr Weller on soundtrack duties, and it's a fairly heady mix. I'm more than a little excited to see it, though I might be in an even worse position than Ian re seeing it on the big screen. QFT in Belfast probably my only hope. But the DVD next month will soften the blow. As will the wife making the popcorn!!  ;)
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Post by: Simon Bond on May 09, 2017, 09:46:31 PM
They've assembled some good actors there but whilst I did boxing as a youngster and loved watching it on the telly , I suppose at some point I began to wonder why it was even a sport really -two guys having a punch -up ? From what Martin said it about it , I think the only bit that would interest me is the music by Weller . .however , I think it will look the dogs on the big screen. .
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Post by: DrGonzo2411 on May 10, 2017, 08:17:17 AM
They've assembled some good actors there but whilst I did boxing as a youngster and loved watching it on the telly , I suppose at some point I began to wonder why it was even a sport really -two guys having a punch -up ? From what Martin said it about it , I think the only bit that would interest me is the music by Weller . .however , I think it will look the dogs on the big screen. .

Boxing is certainly a devisive subject, Mr B. I'm a fan, always have been, but I can see how others find it abhorrent as it is, for all intents and purposes, legalised violence. My own view is that, if guys want to test themselves physically against each other, then at least do it in a controlled environment rather than a pub car park or some dodgy unlicensed event.
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Post by: Martin G on May 10, 2017, 12:16:01 PM
The 'Noble Art' does create argument and I see both sides to it. I am neither particularly pro or anti but much of the talk during the QA session after the film was of course of a positive nature with emphasis on the discipline boxing or clubs of any nature can offer potentially 'boisterous' young men. Older men in my other half's family boxed as youngsters in clubs and the army and were great enthusiasts so I see the draw it has. However as noted I equally see the downside and JAWBONE does show that particularly as it culminates in an un-licenced bout but I guess it all makes good drama which was the intention behind it I'm sure.
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Post by: greenstreet on June 26, 2017, 03:18:07 PM
Last weekend I watched (DVD) -and enjoyed a lot- an obscure mid-60s sci-fi italian movie, "La decima vittima", by Elio Petri (who made his mark later with a more overtly political cinema). I think someone here should give it a chance.

For starters, it's visually striking. Shot in colour, it's set in a 21st century that looks suspiciously like a highly stylized... sixties! That is: Modernist buildings, nightclubs, gorgeous villas with state-of-the-art modern furniture... All that mixed with ancient Roma's more emblematic buildings' shooting. Men dress like Thunderbirds' puppets, jackets without lapels, cool sportswear with racing stripes and white shirts with weird collars, and the ladies wear stunning Courreges designs. Pop art motifs are ubiquitous.

I won't reveal the plot, but a review I've read sums up pretty well what is all about: "An italian sex farce disguised as a sci fi movie". Ursula Andress at the peak of her beauty (breathtaking, she even kills a man with a bra-pistol!) and that icon of continental style, Marcello Mastroianni (with hair uncongruously dyed blonde), star and both are superb (added points for a stunningly turned out Elsa Martinelli).

The movie's blend of light, often surreal comedy and criticism (among its targets: marriage, consumerism, religion, high&low culture...) works better than on paper, and I love that unPC and cynical mood prevalent in so many good 60s films that seems forbidden nowadays in commercial cinema.

It's dated, sure, but in a good way. Besides, it's a film full of weird but cool details, like the gladiators' fight in a nightclub before the proper dance begins, the hip jazz saxophonists improvising on two pedestals, or classic comic books becoming the literary canon of the future.

Stylish, thought-provoking and entertaining, there's a restored dual english version:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Victim-Blu-Ray-Collectors-Animated-Lenticular/dp/B00I0VV8DO/ref=sr_1_1?s=dvd&ie=UTF8&qid=1498486680&sr=1-1&keywords=the+tenth+victim.

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Post by: Martin G on June 26, 2017, 05:57:01 PM
I know the movie mate. Agreed pretty much on all counts. Like so many of a similar period they are dated but as you note in a good way. FLINT, MODESTY BLAISE and BARBARELLA are similar sort of things but great fun.
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Post by: greenstreet on June 27, 2017, 08:46:19 AM
I know the movie mate. Agreed pretty much on all counts. Like so many of a similar period they are dated but as you note in a good way. FLINT, MODESTY BLAISE and BARBARELLA are similar sort of things but great fun.

Cheers, Martin! It's difficult to catch you unaware when it comes to pop/60s movies or TV shows  ;). But I think this could have gone under the radar for most of our fellow forumees, unlike the 3 iconic movies you mention. I'm now revisiting some arty european cinema of the early 60 (Antonioni and the like) that had a deep influence in my younger self. Again, some aspects of it may be dated, but the cinematography always looks spot on (the peak of B&W) and there are lots of interesting details, plot-wise and of course in sartorial and style matters  8).
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Post by: Martin G on June 27, 2017, 12:04:55 PM
Ursula Andress in 1965 gyrating in a silver bikini with bullet firing bra predating AUSTIN POWERS 'Fembots' was never going to pass me by unnoticed mate! Bonkers stuff. I tried to cover as much as possible in 'MOJO' but Tony did have to edit stuff given the amount of fantastic contributions from others which he had to make room for. However I am pleased the major films and TV shows that kinda fall under our 'umbrella' were covered.
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Post by: Ady C on June 28, 2017, 05:35:55 PM
Last weekend I watched (DVD) -and enjoyed a lot- an obscure mid-60s sci-fi italian movie, "La decima vittima", by Elio Petri (who made his mark later with a more overtly political cinema). I think someone here should give it a chance.

For starters, it's visually striking. Shot in colour, it's set in a 21st century that looks suspiciously like a highly stylized... sixties! That is: Modernist buildings, nightclubs, gorgeous villas with state-of-the-art modern furniture... All that mixed with ancient Roma's more emblematic buildings' shooting. Men dress like Thunderbirds' puppets, jackets without lapels, cool sportswear with racing stripes and white shirts with weird collars, and the ladies wear stunning Courreges designs. Pop art motifs are ubiquitous.

I won't reveal the plot, but a review I've read sums up pretty well what is all about: "An italian sex farce disguised as a sci fi movie". Ursula Andress at the peak of her beauty (breathtaking, she even kills a man with a bra-pistol!) and that icon of continental style, Marcello Mastroianni (with hair uncongruously dyed blonde), star and both are superb (added points for a stunningly turned out Elsa Martinelli).

The movie's blend of light, often surreal comedy and criticism (among its targets: marriage, consumerism, religion, high&low culture...) works better than on paper, and I love that unPC and cynical mood prevalent in so many good 60s films that seems forbidden nowadays in commercial cinema.

It's dated, sure, but in a good way. Besides, it's a film full of weird but cool details, like the gladiators' fight in a nightclub before the proper dance begins, the hip jazz saxophonists improvising on two pedestals, or classic comic books becoming the literary canon of the future.

Stylish, thought-provoking and entertaining, there's a restored dual english version:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Victim-Blu-Ray-Collectors-Animated-Lenticular/dp/B00I0VV8DO/ref=sr_1_1?s=dvd&ie=UTF8&qid=1498486680&sr=1-1&keywords=the+tenth+victim.

I used to have a copy on DVD.  I thought it visually striking but overall I was underwhelmed with it as it was style without a great deal of substance and the pace of the film slow and ponderous.  It should and could have been more exciting; there's just no tension or suspense.  It just seemed vacuous and dull.  A wasted opportunity and I had hunted about for ages to find a copy of it, too. For similar subject matter I much prefer The Running Man (yes, you've read that right!)
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Post by: Martin G on June 28, 2017, 06:00:28 PM
"I'll be back!"

"Only in a re-run!"

Top film mate.
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Post by: greenstreet on June 29, 2017, 09:38:43 AM
Last weekend I watched (DVD) -and enjoyed a lot- an obscure mid-60s sci-fi italian movie, "La decima vittima", by Elio Petri (who made his mark later with a more overtly political cinema). I think someone here should give it a chance.

For starters, it's visually striking. Shot in colour, it's set in a 21st century that looks suspiciously like a highly stylized... sixties! That is: Modernist buildings, nightclubs, gorgeous villas with state-of-the-art modern furniture... All that mixed with ancient Roma's more emblematic buildings' shooting. Men dress like Thunderbirds' puppets, jackets without lapels, cool sportswear with racing stripes and white shirts with weird collars, and the ladies wear stunning Courreges designs. Pop art motifs are ubiquitous.

I won't reveal the plot, but a review I've read sums up pretty well what is all about: "An italian sex farce disguised as a sci fi movie". Ursula Andress at the peak of her beauty (breathtaking, she even kills a man with a bra-pistol!) and that icon of continental style, Marcello Mastroianni (with hair uncongruously dyed blonde), star and both are superb (added points for a stunningly turned out Elsa Martinelli).

The movie's blend of light, often surreal comedy and criticism (among its targets: marriage, consumerism, religion, high&low culture...) works better than on paper, and I love that unPC and cynical mood prevalent in so many good 60s films that seems forbidden nowadays in commercial cinema.

It's dated, sure, but in a good way. Besides, it's a film full of weird but cool details, like the gladiators' fight in a nightclub before the proper dance begins, the hip jazz saxophonists improvising on two pedestals, or classic comic books becoming the literary canon of the future.

Stylish, thought-provoking and entertaining, there's a restored dual english version:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Victim-Blu-Ray-Collectors-Animated-Lenticular/dp/B00I0VV8DO/ref=sr_1_1?s=dvd&ie=UTF8&qid=1498486680&sr=1-1&keywords=the+tenth+victim.

I used to have a copy on DVD.  I thought it visually striking but overall I was underwhelmed with it as it was style without a great deal of substance and the pace of the film slow and ponderous.  It should and could have been more exciting; there's just no tension or suspense.  It just seemed vacuous and dull.  A wasted opportunity and I had hunted about for ages to find a copy of it, too. For similar subject matter I much prefer The Running Man (yes, you've read that right!)

Good shout, Ady, I'll try to get a spanish copy of that (El precio de la muerte was its screening title here, not very accurate, innit?). Besides, Carol Reed is a guarantee and I like the starring couple (Harvey is an underrated actor IMO and Lee Remick was a first rate actress and an attractive woman).

I agree with you to a certain extent re La decima vittima. Style without substance? Well, at least you get style. The plot is so so, with a messy screenplay, but it's got clever touches too and the politically incorrect approach is an added bonus, though my wife (who liked the movie) thinks it's laughably misogynist (as lots of italian and spanish movies of the period)
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Post by: Lurker on July 23, 2017, 06:38:04 PM
Just watched for the first time in around 5 years,,, 'Elevator to the Gallows', French film noir that doesn't get much better than this...

Boasting a superb improvised jazz score throughout  by the legendary Miles Davis and fantastic late 1950s Paris by night cinematography. Louis Malle's "Elevator to the Gallows" is a dark moody film noir, with excellent direction and plot to match.

If you haven't as yet had the pleasure and this is your type of film, i suggest you seek it out.



 
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Post by: Simon Bond on July 23, 2017, 09:20:58 PM
Whilst it has very little to do with Mod , I went to see Dunkirk and thought it was an oustanding bit of cinema . Great photography , to the extent that we could not tell when CGI was being used . The story line is in different time lines that comes together at the end and even though a bit grim in places , very action packed and well worth veiwing. .
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Post by: greenstreet on July 24, 2017, 10:25:54 AM
Just watched for the first time in around 5 years,,, 'Elevator to the Gallows', French film noir that doesn't get much better than this...

Boasting a superb improvised jazz score throughout  by the legendary Miles Davis and fantastic late 1950s Paris by night cinematography. Louis Malle's "Elevator to the Gallows" is a dark moody film noir, with excellent direction and plot to match.

If you haven't as yet had the pleasure and this is your type of film, i suggest you seek it out.

Great movie, I watched it a couple of times years ago; a fave of my wife's youth days too, the first time she listened -consciously at least- to Miles Davis.

Louis Malle has been overshadowed by Truffaut and Godard when it comes to nouvelle vague's auteurs, but some of his first movies are at the top of my list.
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Post by: Ady C on December 08, 2018, 10:33:35 AM
The Touchables. Four young ladies kidnap this month's fave rave popstar. Cult status assured because it looks fantastic but has an unfathomable plot. Could be making a point about the rapacious nature of consumerism but not sure.
Fun Beatles related facts:
Directed by Robert Freeman
The waxwork of Diana Does is the one used on Sgt. Pepper cover.
Features cover version of Good Day Sunshine.
Also has Michael Caine's 2nd best performance of 1968
[url]https://youtu.be/6mK2BsRlNdM/[url]
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Post by: Woody 64 on December 08, 2018, 12:25:35 PM
Gonna watch this for the use of rapacious alone...I'm in Ady!  ;D
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Post by: Ady C on December 08, 2018, 12:46:12 PM
Gonna watch this for the use of rapacious alone...I'm in Ady!  ;D

Good show! Available from here http://www.myrarefilms.co.uk
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Post by: Mutley on January 07, 2019, 02:59:00 PM
I watched Green Book the other night and thoroughly enjoyed it. It's a good story well told about friendship, racial bigotry and ultimately optimism. Set in the 60's it is stylishly produced and has pretty good soundtrack.

Film Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uC-_Gon2p9M (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uC-_Gon2p9M)

Soundtrack: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkLimRXN6NKwjtc6KJDjZS6plMT33rm1q (https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkLimRXN6NKwjtc6KJDjZS6plMT33rm1q)
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Post by: Simon Bond on January 07, 2019, 06:54:32 PM
I watched Green Book the other night and thoroughly enjoyed it. It's a good story well told about friendship, racial bigotry and ultimately optimism. Set in the 60's it is stylishly produced and has pretty good soundtrack.

Film Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uC-_Gon2p9M (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uC-_Gon2p9M)

Soundtrack: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkLimRXN6NKwjtc6KJDjZS6plMT33rm1q (https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkLimRXN6NKwjtc6KJDjZS6plMT33rm1q)

Nice one Mutts,  looks like good yin. .
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Post by: greenstreet on January 07, 2019, 07:03:51 PM
Yes, it looks pretty interesting (and nice wardrobe!), but trailer's so long that when it's done you feel you've watched the whole movie!
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Post by: DrGonzo2411 on January 14, 2019, 03:53:29 PM
I watched Green Book the other night and thoroughly enjoyed it. It's a good story well told about friendship, racial bigotry and ultimately optimism. Set in the 60's it is stylishly produced and has pretty good soundtrack.

Film Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uC-_Gon2p9M (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uC-_Gon2p9M)

Soundtrack: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkLimRXN6NKwjtc6KJDjZS6plMT33rm1q (https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkLimRXN6NKwjtc6KJDjZS6plMT33rm1q)

Watched it last night, Mutt, thoroughly enjoyed it, too. Dr Shirley's wardrobe should probably win an award, that guy was razor sharp. A smart, often funny and well observed buddy/road movie with a twist; thought Farrelly, who's obviously better known for comedy, handle the subject really well. Cheers for the recommendation, mate
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Post by: greenstreet on February 16, 2019, 12:09:11 PM
I watched Green Book the other night and thoroughly enjoyed it. It's a good story well told about friendship, racial bigotry and ultimately optimism. Set in the 60's it is stylishly produced and has pretty good soundtrack.

Film Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uC-_Gon2p9M (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uC-_Gon2p9M)

Soundtrack: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkLimRXN6NKwjtc6KJDjZS6plMT33rm1q (https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkLimRXN6NKwjtc6KJDjZS6plMT33rm1q)

Watched it last night. Don't expect a great movie or a masterpiece, it's not. But it's an agreeably entertaining, well crafted and well scripted buddy movie, carried along nicely by the two main characters (though Mortensen's portrait of an american-italian working-class chum borders dangerously on caricature and Mahershala Ali's performance feels a bit forced and awkward, as if he hasn't found the right approach to the part he's playing).

The main point of interest for us then is the 1962 setting and given it's a first rate Hollywood production, it looks rather accurate (there are anachronisms but not tons of them as in Quadrophenia). Soundtrack is basically contemporary R&B (but Aretha Franklin a star in the early 60s? C'mon...) interspersed with the blend of third stream jazz Don Shirley played then, and the wardrobe, as doc stated, is top notch. Apart from the controversial southern suit (a beautiful instance of late 50s-style suit), my favourite items of clobber in the movie are:

Tony Lip's shacket, basically a short, boxy bowling shirt with side adjusters. But across the film, the character obviously has a predilection for italian (american?) knitwear, some nice some not:

(https://i.imgur.com/YjvfIFN.jpg?1)

Don Shirley's mustard turtleneck:

(https://i.imgur.com/lUZCd3W.jpg?1)
Title: Re: Seen any good films recently?
Post by: Simon Bond on February 16, 2019, 06:28:59 PM
I watched Green Book the other night and thoroughly enjoyed it. It's a good story well told about friendship, racial bigotry and ultimately optimism. Set in the 60's it is stylishly produced and has pretty good soundtrack.

Film Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uC-_Gon2p9M (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uC-_Gon2p9M)

Soundtrack: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkLimRXN6NKwjtc6KJDjZS6plMT33rm1q (https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkLimRXN6NKwjtc6KJDjZS6plMT33rm1q)

Watched it last night. Don't expect a great movie or a masterpiece, it's not. But it's an agreeably entertaining, well crafted and well scripted buddy movie, carried along nicely by the two main characters (though Mortensen's portrait of an american-italian working-class chum borders dangerously on caricature and Mahershala Ali's performance feels a bit forced and awkward, as if he hasn't found the right approach to the part he's playing).

The main point of interest for us then is the 1962 setting and given it's a first rate Hollywood production, it looks rather accurate (there are anachronisms but not tons of them as in Quadrophenia). Soundtrack is basically contemporary R&B (but Aretha Franklin a star in the early 60s? C'mon...) interspersed with the blend of third stream jazz Don Shirley played then, and the wardrobe, as doc stated, is top notch. Apart from the controversial southern suit (a beautiful instance of late 50s-style suit), my favourite items of clobber in the movie are:

Tony Lip's shacket, basically a short, boxy bowling shirt with side adjusters. But across the film, the character obviously has a predilection for italian (american?) knitwear, some nice some not:

(https://i.imgur.com/YjvfIFN.jpg?1)

Don Shirley's mustard turtleneck:

(https://i.imgur.com/lUZCd3W.jpg?1)

Sounds good Sydney ( the review journo) , my mrs wants me to take her to that one. .
Title: Re: Seen any good films recently?
Post by: greenstreet on February 16, 2019, 07:24:26 PM

Sounds good Sydney ( the review journo) , my mrs wants me to take her to that one. .

Make her happy, hermano, two hours of good clean fun assured. And let's cross fingers so Viggo Mortensen wins the best actor Oscar, as every high street brand will jump into the retro-looking knitwear wagon!  ;D
Title: Re: Seen any good films recently?
Post by: Martin G on February 17, 2019, 10:29:06 AM
I've heard this is good and certainly like the look of the clobber in the trailer. Some nice images here too fella. Will certainly grab it on DVD or whatever maybe even a trip to the pics who knows. Good review.
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Post by: greenstreet on February 17, 2019, 11:03:13 AM
I've heard this is good and certainly like the look of the clobber in the trailer. Some nice images here too fella. Will certainly grab it on DVD or whatever maybe even a trip to the pics who knows. Good review.


Thanks, pal. You'll enjoy it, I'm sure.
Title: Re: Seen any good films recently?
Post by: Martin G on February 25, 2019, 01:23:55 PM
So! An Oscar Winner too!!!!
Title: Re: Seen any good films recently?
Post by: greenstreet on February 25, 2019, 05:02:55 PM
Yeah, two in fact, Mahershalah Ali won the Best Supporting Actor's Oscar too.
Title: Re: Seen any good films recently?
Post by: Adam on March 04, 2019, 05:53:43 PM
"The Party's Over" with Oliver Reed 1963.  Forgotten about this one. Worth a watch if you haven't seen it.
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Post by: Martin G on March 05, 2019, 01:58:13 PM
Good film mate. Reed is really great in some of those early 60s things he did. Clearly showing what lay ahead of him. THE SYSTEM is another good one with some very nice clobber in it as well and the Hammer film THE DAMNED at the same sort of time. Funny I watched a SAINT the other night he guest starred in. Great in that as well.
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Post by: Trotsky on March 27, 2019, 01:22:56 PM
Not mod related but Captain Marvel - great sci-fi action film with a feisty woman in the lead role. Nice twists, big fights and proper special effects done well.
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Post by: Martin G on April 12, 2019, 12:04:52 PM
HIDDEN FIGURES. A drama, as opposed to documentary, concentrating on the largely black group of female 'computers' working at NASA during the MERCURY 7 programme. Fantastic period and contemporary music from Hans Zimmer and Pharell Williams along with original music of the period. Some superb clothes as well as décor in the homes of the ladies. Supporting cast includes Kevin Costner who is superb as are the front-line leading ladies. Funny, exciting, moving and educational too. 100% a must watch I think.
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Post by: Woody 64 on April 12, 2019, 12:14:51 PM
Watched it on the plane travelling to the states a couple of years ago Martin. An excellent movie mate and as you say a must watch.
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Post by: greenstreet on April 13, 2019, 11:12:22 AM
HIDDEN FIGURES. A drama, as opposed to documentary, concentrating on the largely black group of female 'computers' working at NASA during the MERCURY 7 programme. Fantastic period and contemporary music from Hans Zimmer and Pharell Williams along with original music of the period. Some superb clothes as well as décor in the homes of the ladies. Supporting cast includes Kevin Costner who is superb as are the front-line leading ladies. Funny, exciting, moving and educational too. 100% a must watch I think.

This one passed me by when it was released, but maybe I'll watch it now after reading Martin's review.
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Post by: Martin G on April 16, 2019, 12:16:14 PM
PARIS BLUES a Paul Newman and Sidney Poitier early 60s Jazz themed black and white. Not one I was familiar with but every weekend we take a film or watch one that Max' Mum has bought. She loves her Jazz and was a club-goer in London during the 1950s so seemed up her street. To be fair it ain't great in my opinion. Struggled to be 'relevant' with mixed-race relationships, drug abuse, homosexuality and such like. Mean and moody Newman does look top class in it and Poitier is the business. Worth a look though I guess.
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Post by: greenstreet on April 16, 2019, 03:30:34 PM
PARIS BLUES a Paul Newman and Sidney Poitier early 60s Jazz themed black and white. Not one I was familiar with but every weekend we take a film or watch one that Max' Mum has bought. She loves her Jazz and was a club-goer in London during the 1950s so seemed up her street. To be fair it ain't great in my opinion. Struggled to be 'relevant' with mixed-race relationships, drug abuse, homosexuality and such like. Mean and moody Newman does look top class in it and Poitier is the business. Worth a look though I guess.

I concur with your assesment, Martin. It's a dated and cliché-ridden film (what with the annoyingly overacting junkie musician?), but with visual charm in spades (B&W cinematography portraying jazz clubs in Paris circa 1960? that can't fail!), and Poitier and Newman were at their absolute peak as not only actors but icons. Add to that 2 gorgeous ladies like Diahann Carroll and mrs. Newman, Joanne Woodward (talk about chemistry), and some jazz geniuses doing cameos and voilà! you've got a "must-see" movie for discerning modernists.
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Post by: Martin G on April 16, 2019, 04:05:25 PM
Yes mate! Certainly well worth a watch for the visuals, music and clobber but perhaps strived for a little too much. I guess it was the various 'issues' thrown up amongst the plot that attracted Newman and Poitier to the project but ultimately it fails to deliver.
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Post by: Ady C on April 16, 2019, 05:27:10 PM
Yes mate! Certainly well worth a watch for the visuals, music and clobber but perhaps strived for a little too much. I guess it was the various 'issues' thrown up amongst the plot that attracted Newman and Poitier to the project but ultimately it fails to deliver.
Have you seen All Night Long (1962)?
Set in a jazz club, it is a retelling of Shakespeare's Othello. Stars Patrick McGoohan, Tubby Hayes, Charlie Mingus, Dave Brubeck, Johnny Dankworth. Well worth a look, often on Talking Pictures channel.
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Post by: Martin G on April 16, 2019, 06:02:09 PM
Yes mate love it. Have the Blu-Ray. As a McGoohan fan it is one I've dipped in and out of for a while. Some fantastic clobber in it especially Keith Michell in his Madras jacket and Brookes cap too. Class well worth it for those unfamiliar Good shout mate.
Title: Re: Seen any good films recently?
Post by: greenstreet on April 16, 2019, 06:41:47 PM
Yes mate! Certainly well worth a watch for the visuals, music and clobber but perhaps strived for a little too much. I guess it was the various 'issues' thrown up amongst the plot that attracted Newman and Poitier to the project but ultimately it fails to deliver.
Have you seen All Night Long (1962)?
Set in a jazz club, it is a retelling of Shakespeare's Othello. Stars Patrick McGoohan, Tubby Hayes, Charlie Mingus, Dave Brubeck, Johnny Dankworth. Well worth a look, often on Talking Pictures channel.
In my list for a loooong time, Ady, but I'd like to get it with spanish subtitles and it's not easy. Lots of british 60s movies haven't been reissued in DVD for our market
Title: Re: Seen any good films recently?
Post by: Simon Bond on April 17, 2019, 06:59:46 AM
 I saw the Sisters Brothers the other day.  That was a good movie, though nothing to do with Mod or the 6ts. .
Title: Re: Seen any good films recently?
Post by: DrGonzo2411 on April 17, 2019, 09:11:12 AM
I saw the Sisters Brothers the other day.  That was a good movie, though nothing to do with Mod or the 6ts. .

Read the book a while back. Not seen the film yet, but hoping it does it justice
Title: Re: Seen any good films recently?
Post by: Simon Bond on April 17, 2019, 11:17:07 AM
I saw the Sisters Brothers the other day.  That was a good movie, though nothing to do with Mod or the 6ts. .

Read the book a while back. Not seen the film yet, but hoping it does it justice

Some really good acting from the four main characters and some stunning photography.  Also there are some great laughs and some grisly action . .
Title: Re: Seen any good films recently?
Post by: DrGonzo2411 on April 17, 2019, 01:38:45 PM
I saw the Sisters Brothers the other day.  That was a good movie, though nothing to do with Mod or the 6ts. .

Read the book a while back. Not seen the film yet, but hoping it does it justice

Some really good acting from the four main characters and some stunning photography.  Also there are some great laughs and dome grisly action . .

Sounds like it's worth checking out, Mr B
Title: Re: Seen any good films recently?
Post by: Simon Bond on April 17, 2019, 04:19:49 PM
I saw the Sisters Brothers the other day.  That was a good movie, though nothing to do with Mod or the 6ts. .

Read the book a while back. Not seen the film yet, but hoping it does it justice

Some really good acting from the four main characters and some stunning photography.  Also there are some great laughs and dome grisly action . .

Sounds like it's worth checking out, Mr B
I don't know how it compares to the book , Doc , but it is gritty and runs to over two hours of gritty entertainment , that seems to capture something of the period . .l don't think you'd be disappointed. .
Title: Re: Seen any good films recently?
Post by: Martin G on April 23, 2019, 02:12:31 PM
Another NASA/MAN IN SPACE-type movie I was disappointed to have missed at the cinema but caught up with at home last night. FIRST MAN. Since childhood I have been into the 'Space Race' as most little boys in the '60 and '70s were I guess so a movie specifically chronicling that monumental moment 50 years ago when Man first stepped onto the Moon should be, in my opinion, a real dazzler, heart-swelling, testament to our tenacity, intellect, bravery and bloody mindedness to get us  through the stars to another planet (Moon) However I found it deathly boring from start to finish. Even some great special effects, clothing on the guys and a guest cameo from singer Leon Bridges failed to impress me. I even fell asleep to be honest at one point. Armstrong, although touched by the tragic loss of his young daughter, is largely portrayed as a dull, bore with little people skills whilst 'Buzz' is seen as a brash loudmouth who no one really liked. Michael Collins has barely a few words of dialogue. Nothing wrong with being true to how these guys may have been but nothing wrong with a little flag waving for mankind either in my opinion. Sadly not what I had hoped for.
Title: Re: Seen any good films recently?
Post by: Adam on April 24, 2019, 03:59:03 PM
At last I got around to watching Legend with Tom Hardy (the Kray thing).  Well I only got about 20 mins in tbh.  Thought it was going to be a gritty British version of something like Casino or Goodfellas but seemed more like an episode of Heartbeat. No thanks.

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Post by: greenstreet on April 24, 2019, 05:41:18 PM
Another NASA/MAN IN SPACE-type movie I was disappointed to have missed at the cinema but caught up with at home last night. FIRST MAN. Since childhood I have been into the 'Space Race' as most little boys in the '60 and '70s were I guess so a movie specifically chronicling that monumental moment 50 years ago when Man first stepped onto the Moon should be, in my opinion, a real dazzler, heart-swelling, testament to our tenacity, intellect, bravery and bloody mindedness to get us  through the stars to another planet (Moon) However I found it deathly boring from start to finish. Even some great special effects, clothing on the guys and a guest cameo from singer Leon Bridges failed to impress me. I even fell asleep to be honest at one point. Armstrong, although touched by the tragic loss of his young daughter, is largely portrayed as a dull, bore with little people skills whilst 'Buzz' is seen as a brash loudmouth who no one really liked. Michael Collins has barely a few words of dialogue. Nothing wrong with being true to how these guys may have been but nothing wrong with a little flag waving for mankind either in my opinion. Sadly not what I had hoped for.

Mart, I didn't catch this one up at the cinema first time around, but tbh after your review it's unlikely I'll be watching it some time soon; in fact, I had read pretty bad reviews of that movie before, with an insistence just on the weak points you underscore.
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Post by: The Laird of Enfield on April 24, 2019, 11:48:07 PM
I saw the Sisters Brothers the other day.  That was a good movie, though nothing to do with Mod or the 6ts. .

Read the book a while back. Not seen the film yet, but hoping it does it justice


Likewise.  Enjoyed the book - wis really funny in parts.  No seen the film tho'.

Title: Re: Seen any good films recently?
Post by: Martin G on April 25, 2019, 10:22:49 AM
Seems like this thread should actually be "Seen any bad films lately"! I saw LEGEND a while back and never been a subscriber to the old "They loved their Mum" and "At least the streets were safer when they were around" school of thought. I generally avoid the various films or documentaries about them but sort of see the pull these type of figures have for sections of the public. I watched it more because of the '60s setting and the clobber and stuff. Found it to be an OK film but nothing I'd be running back to see again. Not familiar with the Sisters Brothers thing. May need to have a look out for it.
Title: Re: Seen any good films recently?
Post by: greenstreet on April 25, 2019, 04:37:07 PM
Seems like this thread should actually be "Seen any bad films lately"! I saw LEGEND a while back and never been a subscriber to the old "They loved their Mum" and "At least the streets were safer when they were around" school of thought. I generally avoid the various films or documentaries about them but sort of see the pull these type of figures have for sections of the public. I watched it more because of the '60s setting and the clobber and stuff. Found it to be an OK film but nothing I'd be running back to see again. Not familiar with the Sisters Brothers thing. May need to have a look out for it.

To bring back the "good" in the thread, I have to say I've finally watched "The L-Shaped Room" and I've found it a terrific movie, unjustly relegated to the back rows of the "kitchen-sink" dramas of the early 60s. Truth is the black & white cinematography isn't up to the levels of contemporary continental masters as Bergman or Antonioni (check out the stunning "La Notte" and you'll see what I mean) and the movie feels a bit "theatrical" to be a masterpiece, but it's a clever and moving film nevertheless, with excellent script and dialogue (the subtle, poetic references to the homosexuality of two of the characters are a good example) that's never condescending or preachy, in spite of focusing in an undesired pregnancy and a bunch of misfits that live in a deprived London neighbourhood. In fact, one of the things that stood out for me is how gracefully this movie has aged, (or maybe it's me who's aged, who knows?) even to the bittersweet, open end.

Performances of the main actors are top notch (as I've actually come to expect in a british flick) but I'd highlight Leslie Caron's, a french actress I don't particularly like, but that here looks beautiful and gives the needed balance between frailty and stubbornnesst her character asks for. As this is mainly a touching love story, her co-star, Tom Bell, rises up to the challenge and gives also a 5-star performance (a shame as good an actor wasn't really big afterwards).

For those looking for the mod angle, there's a great "beatnik" club scene with a jazz band (not modern really, but not trad either; in fact, the guy who plays the trumpeter receives later a Count Basie EP as a present) and a cool bunch of weird blokes (maybe one of them was the mythical first modernist!  ;))

Now, next is "All Night Long", as at last I've got a DVD reissue with spanish subtitles. No wonder I could'n find it, the ridiculous spanish title is "Noche de pesadilla" = "Nightmare Night"  :o

Title: Re: Seen any good films recently?
Post by: Ady C on April 25, 2019, 05:03:07 PM
Seems like this thread should actually be "Seen any bad films lately"! I saw LEGEND a while back and never been a subscriber to the old "They loved their Mum" and "At least the streets were safer when they were around" school of thought. I generally avoid the various films or documentaries about them but sort of see the pull these type of figures have for sections of the public. I watched it more because of the '60s setting and the clobber and stuff. Found it to be an OK film but nothing I'd be running back to see again. Not familiar with the Sisters Brothers thing. May need to have a look out for it.

To bring back the "good" in the thread, I have to say I've finally watched "The L-Shaped Room" and I've found it a terrific movie, unjustly relegated to the back rows of the "kitchen-sink" dramas of the early 60s. Truth is the black & white cinematography isn't up to the levels of contemporary continental masters as Bergman or Antonioni (check out the stunning "La Notte" and you'll see what I mean) and the movie feels a bit "theatrical" to be a masterpiece, but it's a clever and moving film nevertheless, with excellent script and dialogue (the subtle, poetic references to the homosexuality of two of the characters are a good example) that's never condescending or preachy, in spite of focusing in an undesired pregnancy and a bunch of misfits that live in a deprived London neighbourhood. In fact, one of the things that stood out for me is how gracefully this movie has aged, (or maybe it's me who's aged, who knows?) even to the bittersweet, open end.

Performances of the main actors are top notch (as I've actually come to expect in a british flick) but I'd highlight Leslie Caron's, a french actress I don't particularly like, but that here looks beautiful and gives the needed balance between frailty and stubbornnesst her character asks for. As this is mainly a touching love story, her co-star, Tom Bell, rises up to the challenge and gives also a 5-star performance (a shame as good an actor wasn't really big afterwards).

For those looking for the mod angle, there's a great "beatnik" club scene with a jazz band (not modern really, but not trad either; in fact, the guy who plays the trumpeter receives later a Count Basie EP as a present) and a cool bunch of weird blokes (maybe one of them was the mythical first modernist!  ;))

Now, next is "All Night Long", as at last I've got a DVD reissue with spanish subtitles. No wonder I could'n find it, the ridiculous spanish title is "Noche de pesadilla" = "Nightmare Night"  :o
Great overview of L-Shaped, I've got it to watch as I recorded it when it was on TV. Recently read the novel which is superb. There's much to recommend Bryan Forbes' oeuvre, be it as director, writer, actor. If it has his name attached then it's a general rule of thumb that it will be quality (Séance On A Wet Afternoon, The Whisperers, League Of Gentlemen) and he always had his wife star in them, the delightful Nanette Newman.
Let us know what you think of Nightmare Night.
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Post by: greenstreet on April 25, 2019, 06:44:53 PM

Great overview of L-Shaped, I've got it to watch as I recorded it when it was on TV. Recently read the novel which is superb. There's much to recommend Bryan Forbes' oeuvre, be it as director, writer, actor. If it has his name attached then it's a general rule of thumb that it will be quality (Séance On A Wet Afternoon, The Whisperers, League Of Gentlemen) and he always had his wife star in them, the delightful Nanette Newman.
Let us know what you think of Nightmare Night.

 ;D

I'll have to check out Bryan Forbes stuff too, Ady, thanks.
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Post by: greenstreet on April 28, 2019, 11:15:48 AM

Now, next is "All Night Long", as at last I've got a DVD reissue with spanish subtitles. No wonder I could'n find it, the ridiculous spanish title is "Noche de pesadilla" = "Nightmare Night"  :o

Well, watched that last night and no, it isn't a nightmare but neither a great movie, more of a flawed curio, IMO. For starters, it seemed contrived to me, more like watching an expensive TV special or an adaptation of a play than immersing in true cinema; in fact the contemporary "The Connection", a humble translation to cinema of the Jack Gelber's play, feels much more "real" and touching, with its gritty depiction of junkie musicians waiting for their dealer.

Unlike the Shirley Clarke's movie, in "All night long", music segments seem ill-positioned and only contribute to disrupt the dramatic flow. Clever dialogues abound, marred somewhat by the "hep", dated jargon, but they can't hide the essential schematism of the main characters. In spite of its claims, the Bard it is not, that's for sure. Richard Attenborough's character, for instance, seems designed just to tie the thing together, and he seems to be going through the motions without caring too much. The only character with some weight in it is of course our Iago, Patrick McGoohan, and he delivers a fine performance (down to learning to play the drums for the shooting), but he's mis-casted to a certain extent as the energetic, manipulative hustler, when to me he excelled portraying reflective, troubled and taciturn individuals.

Another anti-climactic trait is the use of the lush warehouse-like loft as the only setting. Yes, it's perfect to move the camera smoothly and hence give a sense of motion, but the trick wears thin quickly and the scenery seems more apposite for a 40s than a 60s movie, and the modern jazz atmosphere that supposedly the director strived to get ends ruined. They should have used a real, smoky, dimly-lit and scruffy jazz club. And I say "supposedly" because I feel the producers were misguided regarding this one; I reckon they only wanted a cash-in with some real jazz stars in the mix, but they got it wrong, mistaking the only jazz music with an amount of success in the UK at the time, that is "trad jazz", for modern jazz. That would explain the awkwardness of the movie: clueless people at the helm (tho' obviously someone knew his jazz among the crew).

On the upside, a rather unprejudiced view on inter-racial couples for the times, counterbalanced by the then common sensationalist approach to marijuana use (all of them drink like there was no tomorrow, but the only one who seems drunk is the guy who's smoked a spliff).

What leads us to the two main aspects that really justify watching "All night long" as something more than a period piece: the music and the clobber. Music in the movie is a mixed bag: half of it is of little merit, especially the incidental, credits, etc... music, just functional stuff, but there are some great modern jazz numbers thrown in, with the cream of the british jazz scene playing on them (Tubby Hayes on vibes and sax, Johnny Dankworth...) with the help of US legends like Charles Mingus or Dave Brubeck (strange pairing, as they apparently hated each other). A rather annoying facet of the plot is it revolves around a supposedly great singer that has changed lately her style after years of devoting to her husband. Well, the fabled vocalist (Marti Stevens) turns out to be an appallingly soulless white singer that ruins the two (weak) numbers she's given to sing; I better not think how would her "old" style sounded like!! They should have known better and employ Cleo Laine instead.

Sartorially-wise this is a feast, with plenty of italian suits, raincoats. penny loafers, slim ties and crisp white shirts on display. Special mention to the 3 buttons' madras number of the guy playing Cass (or Cassius, as you like). Oh, and to the jacket that wears (I think it's him) Johnny Dankworth, I'd kill for any of both numbers. Everything is very early modernist stuff, very stylish, much better in that chapter than the film itself.

Title: Re: Seen any good films recently?
Post by: Martin G on April 29, 2019, 12:27:16 PM
That is a very reasonable review/critique mate. Agree pretty much all the way. Certainly worth a watch for starters regardless of the faults you rightly note. It is indeed a little contrived but by the very nature of a 'Shakespeare update for the present day' is perhaps always going to have that criticism levelled at it. In certainly is an interesting take if at times a bit 'ham-fisted'. On a surface level, which is fair to say how I largely watched it, some of the clobber is ace as is some of the music. McGoohan is top class and it is at least a novelty to see some of those top flight musicians in there too. Glad you finally got to see it though fella regardless of your conclusions to the shortcomings of it in certain areas. Cass looks the absolute tops in it though for me as you say and that jacket of his is a blinder.
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Post by: greenstreet on April 29, 2019, 04:58:39 PM
That is a very reasonable review/critique mate. Agree pretty much all the way. Certainly worth a watch for starters regardless of the faults you rightly note. It is indeed a little contrived but by the very nature of a 'Shakespeare update for the present day' is perhaps always going to have that criticism levelled at it. In certainly is an interesting take if at times a bit 'ham-fisted'. On a surface level, which is fair to say how I largely watched it, some of the clobber is ace as is some of the music. McGoohan is top class and it is at least a novelty to see some of those top flight musicians in there too. Glad you finally got to see it though fella regardless of your conclusions to the shortcomings of it in certain areas. Cass looks the absolute tops in it though for me as you say and that jacket of his is a blinder.

Don't get me wrong, Mart, I don't regret watching it, far from it, as a 60s obsessive I enjoyed a lot the setting, the clobber and the music, but I try to be as objective as possible when I review a movie or a record.
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Post by: Ian_B on April 29, 2019, 06:55:17 PM
. It is indeed a little contrived but by the very nature of a 'Shakespeare update for the present day' is perhaps always going to have that criticism levelled at it.

I concur ..... but if anyone ever tries to level that criticism at West Side Story, they will have me to answer to  >:(
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Post by: Martin G on April 29, 2019, 07:19:16 PM
You won't hear it from me mate. One of my absolute favourites. It is so good and its own animal now when people say "Oh you know it's actually ROMEO AND JULIET by Shakespeare" I usually say "Who?".
Title: Re: Seen any good films recently?
Post by: greenstreet on April 30, 2019, 09:50:55 AM
Nothing to do with "West Side Story", that is a proper (as opposed to a movie with music in it) musical, and a brilliant one at that. Not every film related to Shakespeare is a dud; in fact, it should be a good starting point for a script, but then it also increases the level of exigence. Anyway, there's quite a number of fine Ol' Will's adaptations to the movies, Orson Wells was great at it.
Title: Re: Seen any good films recently?
Post by: The Laird of Enfield on July 16, 2019, 09:00:41 PM
No really mod related - although ah remember chunks ay ma 60s & 70s childhood spent watchin' Laurel & Hardy films oan telly (as well as seein' a few at the cinema).  Also huv tae confess tae a family interest cos ma granddad wis related tae Jimmy Finlayson who wis yin ay thir co-stars.

Anyway, ah finally caught Stan & Ollie yesterday n' it is well worth a watch.  Tremendous actin' n' a very touchin' portrayal ay the relationship between the pair.

Title: Re: Seen any good films recently?
Post by: The Laird of Enfield on July 20, 2019, 03:09:48 PM

Still strugglin' wi' a back problem so watchin' some fillums.

Finally caught Green Book.

A wee bit saccharine coated in it's approach, but well acted oan the whole.  Good soundtrack n' both the male leads sharply dressed in different ways.

Well worth a watch.

Title: Re: Seen any good films recently?
Post by: greenstreet on July 21, 2019, 06:21:00 PM

Still strugglin' wi' a back problem so watchin' some fillums.

Finally caught Green Book.

A wee bit saccharine coated in it's approach, but well acted oan the whole.  Good soundtrack n' both the male leads sharply dressed in different ways.

Well worth a watch.

I concur with your review, amigo.
Title: Re: Seen any good films recently?
Post by: detroitmike on July 28, 2019, 04:09:53 PM
Just saw "Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood"
I think this has to be one of Tarantino's best, 2hrs and 40 minutes and a "climax" that was over the top worth every minute...can't wait to see it again!
Soundtrack had some great 60's Nuggets, too...
Title: Re: Seen any good films recently?
Post by: DrGonzo2411 on July 28, 2019, 06:47:17 PM
Just saw "Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood"
I think this has to be one of Tarantino's best, 2hrs and 40 minutes and a "climax" that was over the top worth every minute...can't wait to see it again!
Soundtrack had some great 60's Nuggets, too...

First movie ever to get 10/10 on both IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes, apparently, can't wait to see it myself!
Title: Re: Seen any good films recently?
Post by: greenstreet on July 29, 2019, 09:54:46 AM
Just saw "Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood"
I think this has to be one of Tarantino's best, 2hrs and 40 minutes and a "climax" that was over the top worth every minute...can't wait to see it again!
Soundtrack had some great 60's Nuggets, too...

First movie ever to get 10/10 on both IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes, apparently, can't wait to see it myself!

I'm going to give another chance to mr. Tarantino, if only cos' I'm curious about how he manages the 'Hollywood '69' setting of the movie.
Title: Re: Seen any good films recently?
Post by: DrGonzo2411 on July 29, 2019, 10:13:22 AM
Just saw "Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood"
I think this has to be one of Tarantino's best, 2hrs and 40 minutes and a "climax" that was over the top worth every minute...can't wait to see it again!
Soundtrack had some great 60's Nuggets, too...

First movie ever to get 10/10 on both IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes, apparently, can't wait to see it myself!

I'm going to give another chance to mr. Tarantino, if only cos' I'm curious about how he manages the 'Hollywood '69' setting of the movie.

From what I've read, Rafa, this film is, at least in part, semi-autobiographical for Tarantino, an homage to the Hollywood he grew up in. If that is indeed the case, then you'd hope he's gotten the details right. Maybe Mike can confirm, or otherwise?
Title: Re: Seen any good films recently?
Post by: Martin G on July 29, 2019, 12:24:37 PM
Tarantino would only have been 5/6 years old in the period in which the film is set. From what I understand the film is a kinda 'love letter' to that era as viewed through his own eyes perhaps as a kid a little older in the 1970s seeing the sort of films, actors and TV shows he uses as marker points in the movie who would have been at their peak or height of fame in the late '60s. May be a bit rose-tinted and that is understandable as we will all agree.  I'm sure if we were in his position we'd be making films similiarly but I am keen to see it. 
Title: Re: Seen any good films recently?
Post by: detroitmike on July 30, 2019, 11:01:51 AM
Just saw "Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood"
I think this has to be one of Tarantino's best, 2hrs and 40 minutes and a "climax" that was over the top worth every minute...can't wait to see it again!
Soundtrack had some great 60's Nuggets, too...

First movie ever to get 10/10 on both IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes, apparently, can't wait to see it myself!

I'm going to give another chance to mr. Tarantino, if only cos' I'm curious about how he manages the 'Hollywood '69' setting of the movie.

From what I've read, Rafa, this film is, at least in part, semi-autobiographical for Tarantino, an homage to the Hollywood he grew up in. If that is indeed the case, then you'd hope he's gotten the details right. Maybe Mike can confirm, or otherwise?
It's definitely a "love letter" to that time period. QT was 6 years old in '69, so it's not like he was part of the scene but Hollywood of that era was in transition from the old studio system of movie making to a new, younger generation...w/o giving away anything, let's say,  it's his "fairy tale" about that year.
Title: Re: Seen any good films recently?
Post by: Ady C on July 31, 2019, 02:26:08 PM
Just saw "Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood"
I think this has to be one of Tarantino's best, 2hrs and 40 minutes and a "climax" that was over the top worth every minute...can't wait to see it again!
Soundtrack had some great 60's Nuggets, too...
Released in UK mid August.  Definitely going to see this on the big screen

First movie ever to get 10/10 on both IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes, apparently, can't wait to see it myself!

I'm going to give another chance to mr. Tarantino, if only cos' I'm curious about how he manages the 'Hollywood '69' setting of the movie.

From what I've read, Rafa, this film is, at least in part, semi-autobiographical for Tarantino, an homage to the Hollywood he grew up in. If that is indeed the case, then you'd hope he's gotten the details right. Maybe Mike can confirm, or otherwise?
It's definitely a "love letter" to that time period. QT was 6 years old in '69, so it's not like he was part of the scene but Hollywood of that era was in transition from the old studio system of movie making to a new, younger generation...w/o giving away anything, let's say,  it's his "fairy tale" about that year.
Title: Re: Seen any good films recently?
Post by: DrGonzo2411 on August 01, 2019, 08:35:27 AM
The Black Godfather on Netflix, documentary about Clarence Avant (who I had never heard of); record executive, entrepreneur and "fixer" extraordinaire. The talking heads read like a who's who of black culture spanning the last 60 years. Throw in two former presidents in the shape of Bill Clinton and Barrack Obama, and you get an idea of how much influence and reach this guy had. This review from the LA Times says it all better than I could:

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/la-et-mn-black-godfather-clarence-avant-netflix-documentary-review-20190606-story.html (https://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/la-et-mn-black-godfather-clarence-avant-netflix-documentary-review-20190606-story.html) 

Well worth two hours of anyone's time
Title: Re: Seen any good films recently?
Post by: greenstreet on August 02, 2019, 05:06:22 PM
The Black Godfather on Netflix, documentary about Clarence Avant (who I had never heard of); record executive, entrepreneur and "fixer" extraordinaire. The talking heads read like a who's who of black culture spanning the last 60 years. Throw in two former presidents in the shape of Bill Clinton and Barrack Obama, and you get an idea of how much influence and reach this guy had. This review from the LA Times says it all better than I could:

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/la-et-mn-black-godfather-clarence-avant-netflix-documentary-review-20190606-story.html (https://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/la-et-mn-black-godfather-clarence-avant-netflix-documentary-review-20190606-story.html) 

Well worth two hours of anyone's time

Nick, watched that 2 weeks ago and while I agree with you to some extent (btw, great review), I'd warn potential viewers that it's a one-sided story, almost a hagiography that somewhat eludes the shadows that surround the main subject to present a sanitized version of his trajectory, as the role of his daughter on production duties makes clear. Anyway an interesting account of the hidden side of showbiz.
Title: Re: Seen any good films recently?
Post by: DrGonzo2411 on August 03, 2019, 12:47:18 PM
As much as I enjoyed it, Rafa, I agree that it certainly isn't a warts and all account. His association with Joe Glaser and, by extension, the mob is almost glossed over. There's a lot of Clarence's story that hasn't, or can't be told, possibly for legal reasons! You don't butt heads with the likes of Suge Knight, for example, without crossing the line. That said, it's still worth a watch, imo.
Title: Re: Seen any good films recently?
Post by: greenstreet on August 04, 2019, 07:35:00 PM
As much as I enjoyed it, Rafa, I agree that it certainly isn't a warts and all account. His association with Joe Glaser and, by extension, the mob is almost glossed over. There's a lot of Clarence's story that hasn't, or can't be told, possibly for legal reasons! You don't butt heads with the likes of Suge Knight, for example, without crossing the line. That said, it's still worth a watch, imo.

That's what I was talking about, Nick. His relationship with some dubious individuals isn't explored in depth, to put It mildly, and what with the "miraculous" recovery after the bankrupcy? "Searching for Sugarman"paints an altogether different picture of him
Title: Re: Seen any good films recently?
Post by: DrGonzo2411 on August 05, 2019, 12:07:09 PM
As much as I enjoyed it, Rafa, I agree that it certainly isn't a warts and all account. His association with Joe Glaser and, by extension, the mob is almost glossed over. There's a lot of Clarence's story that hasn't, or can't be told, possibly for legal reasons! You don't butt heads with the likes of Suge Knight, for example, without crossing the line. That said, it's still worth a watch, imo.

That's what I was talking about, Nick. His relationship with some dubious individuals isn't explored in depth, to put It mildly, and what with the "miraculous" recovery after the bankrupcy? "Searching for Sugarman"paints an altogether different picture of him

I need to revisit Searching for Sugarman, as it's several years since I watched it and I must admit to not having picked up on CA in that.
Title: Re: Seen any good films recently?
Post by: Simon Bond on August 10, 2019, 03:48:44 PM
Just saw "Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood"
I think this has to be one of Tarantino's best, 2hrs and 40 minutes and a "climax" that was over the top worth every minute...can't wait to see it again!
Soundtrack had some great 60's Nuggets, too...

First movie ever to get 10/10 on both IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes, apparently, can't wait to see it myself!

I'm going to give another chance to mr. Tarantino, if only cos' I'm curious about how he manages the 'Hollywood '69' setting of the movie.

From what I've read, Rafa, this film is, at least in part, semi-autobiographical for Tarantino, an homage to the Hollywood he grew up in. If that is indeed the case, then you'd hope he's gotten the details right. Maybe Mike can confirm, or otherwise?
It's definitely a "love letter" to that time period. QT was 6 years old in '69, so it's not like he was part of the scene but Hollywood of that era was in transition from the old studio system of movie making to a new, younger generation...w/o giving away anything, let's say,  it's his "fairy tale" about that year.
Sadly , we have to wait until the 16th before we get to view it on these isles . Really looking forward to this one . .
Title: Re: Seen any good films recently?
Post by: greenstreet on August 10, 2019, 06:40:46 PM
Just saw "Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood"
I think this has to be one of Tarantino's best, 2hrs and 40 minutes and a "climax" that was over the top worth every minute...can't wait to see it again!
Soundtrack had some great 60's Nuggets, too...

First movie ever to get 10/10 on both IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes, apparently, can't wait to see it myself!

I'm going to give another chance to mr. Tarantino, if only cos' I'm curious about how he manages the 'Hollywood '69' setting of the movie.

From what I've read, Rafa, this film is, at least in part, semi-autobiographical for Tarantino, an homage to the Hollywood he grew up in. If that is indeed the case, then you'd hope he's gotten the details right. Maybe Mike can confirm, or otherwise?
It's definitely a "love letter" to that time period. QT was 6 years old in '69, so it's not like he was part of the scene but Hollywood of that era was in transition from the old studio system of movie making to a new, younger generation...w/o giving away anything, let's say,  it's his "fairy tale" about that year.
Sadly , we have to wait until the 16th before we get to view it on these isles . Really looking forward to this one . .
Same date here, mr. Bond, maybe a nice evening out with my wife, as the kid doesn't seem to be interested
Title: Re: Seen any good films recently?
Post by: Simon Bond on August 11, 2019, 03:58:41 PM
Just saw "Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood"
I think this has to be one of Tarantino's best, 2hrs and 40 minutes and a "climax" that was over the top worth every minute...can't wait to see it again!
Soundtrack had some great 60's Nuggets, too...

First movie ever to get 10/10 on both IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes, apparently, can't wait to see it myself!

I'm going to give another chance to mr. Tarantino, if only cos' I'm curious about how he manages the 'Hollywood '69' setting of the movie.

From what I've read, Rafa, this film is, at least in part, semi-autobiographical for Tarantino, an homage to the Hollywood he grew up in. If that is indeed the case, then you'd hope he's gotten the details right. Maybe Mike can confirm, or otherwise?
It's definitely a "love letter" to that time period. QT was 6 years old in '69, so it's not like he was part of the scene but Hollywood of that era was in transition from the old studio system of movie making to a new, younger generation...w/o giving away anything, let's say,  it's his "fairy tale" about that year.
Sadly , we have to wait until the 16th before we get to view it on these isles . Really looking forward to this one . .
Same date here, mr. Bond, maybe a nice evening out with my wife, as the kid doesn't seem to be interested

Kids nowadays,  huh.  .

. .though my oldest is intetested so l'll probably catch it with him. .
Title: Re: Seen any good films recently?
Post by: greenstreet on August 11, 2019, 09:31:05 PM
Just saw "Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood"
I think this has to be one of Tarantino's best, 2hrs and 40 minutes and a "climax" that was over the top worth every minute...can't wait to see it again!
Soundtrack had some great 60's Nuggets, too...

First movie ever to get 10/10 on both IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes, apparently, can't wait to see it myself!

I'm going to give another chance to mr. Tarantino, if only cos' I'm curious about how he manages the 'Hollywood '69' setting of the movie.

From what I've read, Rafa, this film is, at least in part, semi-autobiographical for Tarantino, an homage to the Hollywood he grew up in. If that is indeed the case, then you'd hope he's gotten the details right. Maybe Mike can confirm, or otherwise?
It's definitely a "love letter" to that time period. QT was 6 years old in '69, so it's not like he was part of the scene but Hollywood of that era was in transition from the old studio system of movie making to a new, younger generation...w/o giving away anything, let's say,  it's his "fairy tale" about that year.
Sadly , we have to wait until the 16th before we get to view it on these isles . Really looking forward to this one . .
Same date here, mr. Bond, maybe a nice evening out with my wife, as the kid doesn't seem to be interested

Kids nowadays,  huh.  .

. .though my oldest is intetested so l'll probably catch it with him. .
You're lucky, hermano, maybe he even likes the aesthetic of the late 60s, not as stylish as ten years before but definitely better than the 70s
Title: Re: Seen any good films recently?
Post by: Adam on September 10, 2019, 01:11:13 PM
"The small world of Sammy Lee".  Can't remember seeing this before. Brilliant 1963 soho, Mods, Gangsters, Gambling, Girls. My kinda film.
Title: Re: Seen any good films recently?
Post by: DrGonzo2411 on September 10, 2019, 03:18:30 PM
"The small world of Sammy Lee".  Can't remember seeing this before. Brilliant 1963 soho, Mods, Gangsters, Gambling, Girls. My kinda film.

Been on Talking Pictures TV quite a bit over the summer, Adam, great film. Anthony Newley is brilliant as the titular character.
Title: Re: Seen any good films recently?
Post by: greenstreet on September 10, 2019, 03:34:29 PM
If I'm not mistaken, Martin endorsed that one some time ago, pretty difficult to get a subtitled DVD here tho'. I'll have to get me the bfi edition. One more for the list.
Title: Re: Seen any good films recently?
Post by: Martin G on September 10, 2019, 03:49:15 PM
Yep an absolute cracker. Generally each Saturday I walk in poor old 'Sammy's' footsteps dobbing around the area but not under the pressure he was under thankfully. Great support cast, music, clobber, atmosphere you name it.
Title: Re: Seen any good films recently?
Post by: Adam on September 10, 2019, 04:05:27 PM
"The small world of Sammy Lee".  Can't remember seeing this before. Brilliant 1963 soho, Mods, Gangsters, Gambling, Girls. My kinda film.

Been on Talking Pictures TV quite a bit over the summer, Adam, great film. Anthony Newley is brilliant as the titular character.

Talking pictures is just about the only thing I watch nowadays. Glad I'm not the only one... 8)
Title: Re: Seen any good films recently?
Post by: dazlcfc on September 10, 2019, 04:28:17 PM
Move on.

Modernists should be forward thinking.
Title: Re: Seen any good films recently?
Post by: Adam on September 10, 2019, 05:15:04 PM
Move on.

Modernists should be forward thinking.

Mixed in with "Fast & Furious" and the Moto GP I reckon I've got it sorted... ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Seen any good films recently?
Post by: Ian_B on September 10, 2019, 11:00:10 PM
Move on.

Modernists should be forward thinking.

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Title: Re: Seen any good films recently?
Post by: dazlcfc on September 11, 2019, 07:30:53 PM
Move on.

Modernists should be forward thinking.

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Seems I've hit a nerve.

Title: Re: Seen any good films recently?
Post by: Trotsky on September 12, 2019, 10:32:13 AM
Not in a good way though
Title: Re: Seen any good films recently?
Post by: dazlcfc on September 12, 2019, 12:05:56 PM
I know, people don't like criticism especially if it rings true.
Title: Re: Seen any good films recently?
Post by: DrGonzo2411 on September 12, 2019, 12:57:58 PM
"The small world of Sammy Lee".  Can't remember seeing this before. Brilliant 1963 soho, Mods, Gangsters, Gambling, Girls. My kinda film.

Been on Talking Pictures TV quite a bit over the summer, Adam, great film. Anthony Newley is brilliant as the titular character.

Talking pictures is just about the only thing I watch nowadays. Glad I'm not the only one... 8)

There's another channel called Forces TV (channel 180-ish) which knocks out classic stuff. Just shown Shelley (not a huge fan, but did feature a young, pre-trout pout Leslie Ash) and they're showing Bless this House this month. How can you go wrong with a bit of Sid James?!!
Title: Re: Seen any good films recently?
Post by: Trotsky on September 12, 2019, 02:33:38 PM
'Once upon a time in Hollywood' - Tarantino's latest. I saw it a couple of weeks ago so apologies if you've been to see it in the meantime. I wouldn't bother if you haven't yet. It's got two of my favourite male actors in it (Brad Pitt and Leonardo Decaprio) and by one of my favourite directors/producers so I was expecting to be able to sit back and be treated. It has a few good bits (the fight scenes) but kind of meanders around, hints at coming excitement and then fizzles out with a nothingness that made me go "Is that it?" when the credits rolled. With the money and talent he had to play with I think it should have been amazing. Pulp fiction it most definitely isn't.
For those who like Brad with his top off there's something for you but it isn't worth sitting through just for that. :)

Style wise there's some nice clothes and the cars are cool.
Title: Re: Seen any good films recently?
Post by: Simon Bond on September 12, 2019, 04:46:31 PM
'Once upon a time in Hollywood' - Tarantino's latest. I saw it a couple of weeks ago so apologies if you've been to see it in the meantime. I wouldn't bother if you haven't yet. It's got two of my favourite male actors in it (Brad Pitt and Leonardo Decaprio) and by one of my favourite directors/producers so I was expecting to be able to sit back and be treated. It has a few good bits (the fight scenes) but kind of meanders around, hints at coming excitement and then fizzles out with a nothingness that made me go "Is that it?" when the credits rolled. With the money and talent he had to play with I think it should have been amazing. Pulp fiction it most definitely isn't.
For those who like Brad with his top off there's something for you but it isn't worth sitting through just for that. :)

Style wise there's some nice clothes and the cars are cool.
Sadly , l have to concur with that . It wasn't his worst movie but far from his best
Title: Re: Seen any good films recently?
Post by: Martin G on September 13, 2019, 07:57:58 AM
Yep my sentiments too. Too much good stuff going on for me to pan it but slightly empty in many areas. Worth a look for sure but a weird feeling when we left the cinema of "So that was it then yeah???"
Title: Re: Seen any good films recently?
Post by: greenstreet on September 13, 2019, 06:43:01 PM
I've heard mixed reports and tbh I'm not the greatest Tarantino fan out there, but still I think I'll give it a chance, if only for the Hollywood '69 settings
Title: Re: Seen any good films recently?
Post by: Simon Bond on September 13, 2019, 07:24:33 PM
I've heard mixed reports and tbh I'm not the greatest Tarantino fan out there, but still I think I'll give it a chance, if only for the Hollywood '69 settings

The photography is good and as has been said he has brought in premium actors but the story is a bit disjointed and random at times and the plot seems thin . What Marty said about his reaction at the end was exactly how l felt too . .
Whearas , the last two cowboy stories have had gripping yarns this one sadly lacks that .
Title: Re: Seen any good films recently?
Post by: Adam on October 10, 2019, 10:14:56 AM
Went to see "SuziQ" with a Q&A afterwards. Excellent documentary and Great to see Suzie Quattro having a chat.
Not a very Mod thing but defiantly worth a watch. Suzie Q and Blondie were every boys dream when I was a small boy. Come to think of it my dreams haven't changed much.
Film is touring at the moment so catch it if you can. I'm going to try and get into my leather jump suit again... :o
Title: Re: Seen any good films recently?
Post by: The Laird of Enfield on October 12, 2019, 01:41:01 PM
Went to see "SuziQ" with a Q&A afterwards. Excellent documentary and Great to see Suzie Quattro having a chat.
Not a very Mod thing but defiantly worth a watch. Suzie Q and Blondie were every boys dream when I was a small boy. Come to think of it my dreams haven't changed much.
Film is touring at the moment so catch it if you can. I'm going to try and get into my leather jump suit again... :o


"I'm ready for The Mud" posted recently oan the clothin' thread. 

Noo yir sharin' yir Suzi Quattro fantasies.  You a secret glam rocker mate?


Should we start tae address ye as "Adam Stardust"?


Title: Re: Seen any good films recently?
Post by: Adam on November 20, 2019, 01:50:32 PM
"Le Mans 66".  Loved it. Looks great, sounds great.  Wasn't cheesy 60's beehive stuff. Just cool cars and a great story.