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gag 1st March 2017 03:28 AM

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Originally Posted by MuckyFunster (Post 523025)
The Wolf of Wall Street.

3 hours?!? Jeesh!

I thought the film started out good. Showing you the guy's quick ascent and all that. Plus It's pretty funny too.

But then when I remembered it's a true story I went off the whole thing. The way that it is narrated and acted out obviously wants you to cheer him on, to be glad for him and his "success". Glorifies the lifestyle...all the money, the women, the drugs, the mad parties...Slags off the cops throughout. The character buying his way out of any problems he encounters...writing it all off as him chasing and living the American Dream. It's what everyone wants, after all!

The scene on the train with the cop who lead the investigation seemed like a real-life personal dig. I took it to be affirming the film's message that crime does pay. Wether or not Jordan Belford had to do a couple of years in jail, he has come out the other side still rich. And regardless...he lived the dream while the cop scraped at the dirt. Turned me off against the whole film.

And then the plug that the guy is now a real life motivational speaker!!?? With the real life Jordan Belford playing a wee cameo??!! He's loving every moment of his notoriety. Did I just sit through a three hour self gratifying advert for an obviously un-reformed criminal's new career??

The fact I watched it all the way to the end makes me feel conned, like one of his many victims.


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Some films are long and you get that engrossed into it before you know it its finished and didn't feel like 3hrs ,where other films feel like oh there can't be long left wtf I'm only reaching half way point , and that was one of them .. I just couldn't take to the film and gave up at around 2hr mark and already felt like the film was a hr to long, it dragged and some scenes went on to long and could have been trimmed down,and other scenes felt like they was repeating themselves but in a different room with a different crowd , and I agree it felt like you wanted to be on his side instead of making you feel he a **** for what he did . and sometimes it makes you feel like crime does pay, rip people of get few yr in jail come out rich and live a luxury lifestyle while the people you rip of are pissed of. And odd occasionally time feel like governments don't care if you been ripped of , you can do fraud of few hundred thousand or few million and probably still get same sentence ,but if was the government money guaranteed you spend twice as long in jail and they want it paying back.

bleakshaun 1st March 2017 07:41 AM

watched hero last night
terribly dubbed, over the top action (flying), couldn't take it seriously. jet li was great, ending was great. have to say it was enjoyable though. and what was better was it was short

keirarts 1st March 2017 08:04 AM

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Originally Posted by bleakshaun (Post 523028)
watched hero last night
terribly dubbed, over the top action (flying), couldn't take it seriously. jet li was great, ending was great. have to say it was enjoyable though. and what was better was it was short

You should always watch kung fu flicks in the original language! A lot of wuxia films have characters with superhuman martial arts abilities. I recommend storm riders as a fun example.

bleakshaun 1st March 2017 08:10 AM

the truth is the only reason me and my mates watched it was because we watched a bit of crouching tiger hidden dragon on tv and we just wanted a laugh

Susan Foreman 1st March 2017 09:14 AM

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Originally Posted by Cinematic Shocks (Post 522952)
I've never understood why Gore Verbinski's Ring remake is rated so highly. 'Ringu' is far superior.

There are still a lot of people out there who refuse to 'read a film', so presumably they have never seen the original

Nosferatu@Cult Labs 1st March 2017 09:27 AM

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Originally Posted by MuckyFunster (Post 523025)
The Wolf of Wall Street.

The fact I watched it all the way to the end makes me feel conned, like one of his many victims.

Isn't that a success for the screenplay and direction? The ability of the film to completely manipulate your moral compass shows its power. There is the famous sequence in Psycho where Norman Bates has pushed the car into the swamp and it momentarily stops sinking. At that moment, many audience members began empathising with Norman and wishing the car would vanish without a trace, feeling angry at themselves afterwards.

Having 'sympathy for the Devil' is something Scorsese has done many times throughout his career, whether it's Jake LaMotta in Raging Bull, Henry Hill in Goodfellas or Ace, Nicky, or Ginger in Casino.

J Harker 1st March 2017 09:46 AM

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Originally Posted by Susan Foreman (Post 523041)
There are still a lot of people out there who refuse to 'read a film', so presumably they have never seen the original

I stood next to a guy looking at dvd's in Asbosda once. Bloke was picking clearly foreign titles up looking at the backs then throwing them back on the shelf in disgust. He said to me "look at this! Subtitles subtitles ****ing subtitles! if I wanted to read a ****ing book I'd go and buy a ****ing book wouldn't I! Stupid bastards!!". Then he just stormed off.
I ask you...

Justin101 1st March 2017 09:47 AM

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Originally Posted by Cinematic Shocks (Post 522952)
I've never understood why Gore Verbinski's Ring remake is rated so highly. 'Ringu' is far superior.

I just like the bit where the horses go crazy and jump off the ferry :lol:

J Harker 1st March 2017 09:54 AM

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Originally Posted by Nosferatu@Cult Labs (Post 523044)
Isn't that a success for the screenplay and direction? The ability of the film to completely manipulate your moral compass shows its power. There is the famous sequence in Psycho where Norman Bates has pushed the car into the swamp and it momentarily stops sinking. At that moment, many audience members began empathising with Norman and wishing the car would vanish without a trace, feeling angry at themselves afterwards.

Having 'sympathy for the Devil' is something Scorsese has done many times throughout his career, whether it's Jake LaMotta in Raging Bull, Henry Hill in Goodfellas or Ace, Nicky, or Ginger in Casino.

Well put Nos, i couldn't find the words. Gordon Gecko became an anti hero but he was fictional. What Scorcese and DeCaprio do with Wolf is similar, only the fact that Jordan Belfour is real says a lot about the system that allowed him to get so far and still be a success and filthy rich today. Add to that your point about Scorcese's sympathy for the devil approach let's not forget LaMotta and Henry Hill are both real characters too.

Nosferatu@Cult Labs 1st March 2017 10:13 AM

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Originally Posted by J Harker (Post 523049)
Well put Nos, i couldn't find the words. Gordon Gecko became an anti hero but he was fictional. What Scorcese and DeCaprio do with Wolf is similar, only the fact that Jordan Belfour is real says a lot about the system that allowed him to get so far and still be a success and filthy rich today. Add to that your point about Scorcese's sympathy for the devil approach let's not forget LaMotta and Henry Hill are both real characters too.

The characters in Casino are also based on real people, with the film adapted from Nicolas Pileggi's non-fiction book Casino: Love and Honor in Las Vegas, with De Niro's character a renamed version of Frank "Lefty" Rosenthal, Ginger being a fictionalised vision of his wife Geri McGee, and Joe Pesci's psychopathic Nicky heavily inspired by Lefty's mafioso friend Anthony Spilotro.

J Harker 1st March 2017 10:22 AM

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Originally Posted by Nosferatu@Cult Labs (Post 523051)
The characters in Casino are also based on real people, with the film adapted from Nicolas Pileggi's non-fiction book Casino: Love and Honor in Las Vegas, with De Niro's character a renamed version of Frank "Lefty" Rosenthal, Ginger being a fictionalised vision of his wife Geri McGee, and Joe Pesci's psychopathic Nicky heavily inspired by Lefty's mafioso friend Anthony Spilotro.

Didn't know that Nos. Not actually got round to watching Casino yet.

Nosferatu@Cult Labs 1st March 2017 10:31 AM

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Originally Posted by J Harker (Post 523053)
Didn't know that Nos. Not actually got round to watching Casino yet.

It's a terrific film and, as with the similarly lengthy Goodfellas and The Wolf of Wall Street, the three-hour running time doesn't feel long or in any way excessive. The soundtrack, like with most Scorsese films, is brilliant.

Frankenhooker 1st March 2017 10:37 AM

I found The Wolf Of Wall Streets running time very excessive, I couldn't stand it. Casino is a masterpiece though, I actually prefer it to Goodfellas.

Demdike@Cult Labs 1st March 2017 10:39 AM

I think we should change the title of this place to Mainstream Labs.

Does no one discuss cult movies anymore? Frankie reviewed I Drink Your Blood and The Woman and .... nothing.

Someone dislikes a huge box office crunching movie such as Wolf of Wall Street and we have pages of discussion.

Still at least it's discussion.

Next up Bridget Jones Baby.

Justin101 1st March 2017 10:45 AM

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Originally Posted by Demdike@Cult Labs (Post 523058)
Next up Bridget Jones Baby.

It's surprisingly good :lol: I saw it the other week :)

Justin101 1st March 2017 10:47 AM

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Originally Posted by Nosferatu@Cult Labs (Post 523044)
There is the famous sequence in Psycho where Norman Bates has pushed the car into the swamp and it momentarily stops sinking. At that moment, many audience members began empathising with Norman and wishing the car would vanish without a trace, feeling angry at themselves afterwards.

We all know that DePalma is a huge Hitchcock fan and he plays this gag to great effect in Raising Cain and even manages to add a nice jump scare into the mix as well :D

Demdike@Cult Labs 1st March 2017 10:48 AM

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Originally Posted by Justin101 (Post 523060)
It's surprisingly good :lol: I saw it the other week :)

Do you know what an infraction is and how one would work? :mod: :rules:

Justin101 1st March 2017 10:50 AM

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Originally Posted by Demdike@Cult Labs (Post 523062)
Do you know what an infraction is and how one would work? :mod: :rules:

I actually watch a vast amount of films through the week which I wouldn't dream of bringing up on here, more so lately which I guess is why my reviews have been few and far between :lol:

Demdike@Cult Labs 1st March 2017 10:52 AM

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Originally Posted by Justin101 (Post 523063)
I actually watch a vast amount of films through the week which I wouldn't dream of bringing up on here, more so lately which I guess is why my reviews have been few and far between :lol:

Yes, but, Bridget Jones Baby?

I thought the first film was watchable but the second one was truly dire, in fact cringe inducingly so.

Demdike@Cult Labs 1st March 2017 10:53 AM

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Originally Posted by Justin101 (Post 523063)
I actually watch a vast amount of films through the week which I wouldn't dream of bringing up on here, more so lately which I guess is why my reviews have been few and far between :lol:

This explains, b_e's lack of reviews then. ;)

Justin101 1st March 2017 11:01 AM

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Originally Posted by Demdike@Cult Labs (Post 523064)
Yes, but, Bridget Jones Baby?

I thought the first film was watchable but the second one was truly dire, in fact cringe inducingly so.

Believe me, I watched it with the LOWEST of expectations but it was actually really well written, good jokes and not cringey in the slightest, well, maybe a little bit when they go to Glastonbury :lol: but not as bad as Ab Fab the Movie was.

Demdike@Cult Labs 1st March 2017 11:03 AM

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Originally Posted by Justin101 (Post 523068)
Believe me, I watched it with the LOWEST of expectations but it was actually really well written, good jokes and not cringey in the slightest, well, maybe a little bit when they go to Glastonbury :lol: but not as bad as Ab Fab the Movie was.

That's two films in one sentence i will never watch! :lol:

Nosferatu@Cult Labs 1st March 2017 11:09 AM

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Originally Posted by Demdike@Cult Labs (Post 523058)
I think we should change the title of this place to Mainstream Labs.

Does no one discuss cult movies anymore? Frankie reviewed I Drink Your Blood and The Woman and .... nothing.

Someone dislikes a huge box office crunching movie such as Wolf of Wall Street and we have pages of discussion.

Still at least it's discussion.

Next up Bridget Jones Baby.

It's been years since I saw I Drink Your Blood (or I Eat Your Skin) and agree with every word Frankie wrote about the exploitation 'classic' – it's something I should really dig out and revisit. The Woman is another which I have seen a few times, but not for some time but, unlike I Drink Your Blood, thought it was a very well made, acted, and affecting film.
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Originally Posted by Demdike@Cult Labs (Post 523064)
Yes, but, Bridget Jones Baby?

I thought the first film was watchable but the second one was truly dire, in fact cringe inducingly so.

I have only seen the first one, I've heard terrible things about the second, but everyone I know who has seen Bridget Jones's Baby was very impressed and thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

bizarre_eye@Cult Labs 1st March 2017 11:23 AM

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Originally Posted by Demdike@Cult Labs (Post 523065)
This explains, b_e's lack of reviews then. ;)

Rumbled! ;)

Cinematic Shocks 1st March 2017 11:32 AM

Manchester by the Sea (2016)

***1/2 out of *****


Demoncrat 1st March 2017 11:32 AM

Cult is it then?? ;) May also contain spoilers.....




Bloody Moon (1981, Jesus Franco)
I love the main theme used in this movie. Regardless of whether Pink Floyd would have done the ST (and why not? they churned them out at one point of their career...), this rather forlorn guitar piece makes me smile every time I hear it....as I know it accompanies a whole lotta mayhem.
Featuring some of the most cringeworthy dialogue seen outside the last Jack Reacher film imho, (a girl declares "I'm game for anything...as she is being trussed up at a sawmill:lol:) it is unfair to focus on one aspect really, as it a all a wacky rollercoaster ride. Incestuous undercurrent? Check! Utter disregard for logic? Check!! Only thing missing from this is a cameo from JF (as a creepy shrink natch).....
Like slashers? Like to see something "different"?? Tough. Whilst this tawdry film is never going to win many awards (Worst Dubbing notwithstanding), I will always have a place in my heart!! :pop2:

MuckyFunster 1st March 2017 12:03 PM

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Originally Posted by Demdike@Cult Labs (Post 523058)
lNext up Bridget Jones Baby.


Oh no! What have I done!

:-)

Reading the comments here and thinking back now on Wolf of Wall Street, i was mostly enjoying the film until almost until the end. I think that one scene with the cop on the train really just flipped the whole thing up on its head for me. It seemed really personal towards the good guy who worked really hard in an attempt to obtain justice for Jordans victims, only to fail at the court, the final hurdle, because of lawyers and plea deals. Maybe the scene was in there incase any viewers hadn't gathered what an unrepentant arse Jordan really was/is. Can't criticise the direction/acting at all, cause that'll have all been based on the character from the book, which although I haven read, I can assume it's him bigging himself up something rotten. I wonder how Jordan vocalised the train scene with the cop.

Thinking about the "sympathy for the devil" aspect and director manipulation, etc. I suppose it is a well made film about some horrible characters and an unpleasant subject.


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MuckyFunster 1st March 2017 12:28 PM

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Originally Posted by Demdike@Cult Labs (Post 523058)
I think we should change the title of this place to Mainstream Labs.



Does no one discuss cult movies anymore? Frankie reviewed I Drink Your Blood and The Woman and .... nothing.



Someone dislikes a huge box office crunching movie such as Wolf of Wall Street and we have pages of discussion.



Still at least it's discussion.



Next up Bridget Jones Baby.


I'll take on board the "Mainstream labs" crit too. Appreciate it's maybe not fitting with the CL ideal but it was after 1am, all my pals were asleep and I fancied a rant! :-D surely a Scorsese flick can't be judged alongside a Bridget Jones though!!

To paraphrase an old woman - "I've never seen it, but I can imagine..."



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gag 1st March 2017 12:41 PM

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Originally Posted by Demdike@Cult Labs (Post 523064)
Yes, but, Bridget Jones Baby?

I thought the first film was watchable but the second one was truly dire, in fact cringe inducingly so.

:mob::jaw:

:confused::nono::nono::clap: I think its about time some people need a good :whip:
I can't admit to watching these films for simple reason I tell friends to give their head a shake if they even mention films like these ..
To even think about watching these films is enough to bar you, but even admitting they are OK is defiantly a :nono::loco::crazy::eek::fear::shocked:.

We all watch some bad and rubbish films but there on borderline of sending the heavies round to give your head a shake

These films are more scary than any horror I've ever seen ..
Now you all go into the corner put on your dunce hat :pray: and say 5 hail Mary and 7 our father and beg forgiveness. :pop2::lol: now Im of to watch a documentary on killer kids :thankingyou:

Demdike@Cult Labs 1st March 2017 02:14 PM

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Originally Posted by MuckyFunster (Post 523081)
I'll take on board the "Mainstream labs" crit too. Appreciate it's maybe not fitting with the CL ideal but it was after 1am, all my pals were asleep and I fancied a rant! :-D surely a Scorsese flick can't be judged alongside a Bridget Jones though!!

To paraphrase an old woman - "I've never seen it, but I can imagine..."



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Ha,ha i wasn't judging your choice of film for review at all. More that it sparked a wave of chat, whereas Frankie reviewed two cult films and no response from anyone (except me).

I'm always reviewing mainstream films. I was pleased to read your review of Wolf, Mucky. It's good to know not everyone likes it.

J Harker 1st March 2017 03:15 PM

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Originally Posted by Demdike@Cult Labs (Post 523058)
I think we should change the title of this place to Mainstream Labs.

Does no one discuss cult movies anymore? Frankie reviewed I Drink Your Blood and The Woman and .... nothing.

Someone dislikes a huge box office crunching movie such as Wolf of Wall Street and we have pages of discussion.

Still at least it's discussion.

Next up Bridget Jones Baby.

Have you not some maps to go study?

Inspector Abberline 1st March 2017 07:05 PM

THE SQUEEZE 1977 Michael Apted
 
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When it comes to criminally under rated British movies then they do not come much more under rated than Micheal Apted's The Squeeze,other wise why hasn't it had a decent uk release yet,?? and considering the high cult appeal the likes of The Sweeney and Sidney Lumets The Offence have ,you would think it would have a certain cult appeal,especially if you enjoy everything from The Performance to The Long Good Friday.And if that was not enough the screenplay was by Minder creator Leon Griffiths,directed by Michael Apted and starring a feast of British talent including David Hemmings,Edward Fox and er Freddie Starr,(who it has has to be said does a good job.of basically being a more mellow version of his hyperactive tv persona that was). And of course not forgetting the rather marvellous Stacy Keach as an alcoholic ex -police detective who while he isn't throwing up all over himself he is being humiliated by the local gangsters and made to walk home naked with only a shoe to cover his pride. Keach is on top form in the role Jim Naboth an ex-copper with more than his share of inner demons to contend with,alcohol being the main one,which caused him to be sacked and see the break up of his family.My only gripe with Keach's performance is that his accent does waver into something which sounds a little bit Aussie to me,but apart from that its a very convincing portrayal of a man tottering on the edge of despair at times.Of course no gangster film is complete without its villains,the main one being Irish hood Stephen Boyd as Vic and leader of the kidnapping gang David Hemmings as Keith,while both actors are good,Hemmings is masterful in the role as head gang member and manages to be charismatic and sinister in equal measures.Another highlight is an early appearance of hard man for hire Alan Ford,who must have been in every British gangster film since the 1970's.The plot is a fairly straight forward kidnap story,the twist being that the kidnapped woman Carol White as Jill,is Edward Fox's missus,but was also Keach's (Naboth) ex wife as well.If your like me,one of the fun things about British films from the 1970's is seeing all the locations from the past and comparing them to the present day,and The Squeeze uses some marvellous run down areas of London,especially the scenes where the daughter of Jill has been dumped inside a disused factory to die.A truly gripping thriller .

Nosferatu@Cult Labs 1st March 2017 07:12 PM

Until reading your review, I hadn't heard of The Squeeze.

:behindsofa:

Inspector Abberline 1st March 2017 07:13 PM

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Originally Posted by Nosferatu@Cult Labs (Post 523170)
Until reading your review, I hadn't heard of The Squeeze.

:behindsofa:

that's why it needs a decent uk release.

Demdike@Cult Labs 1st March 2017 07:16 PM

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Originally Posted by Nosferatu@Cult Labs (Post 523170)
Until reading your review, I hadn't heard of The Squeeze.

:behindsofa:

Reapers had it as his signature on each and every posting for a long, long, time.

bizarre_eye@Cult Labs 1st March 2017 07:34 PM

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Originally Posted by Demdike@Cult Labs (Post 523172)
Reapers had it as his signature on each and every posting for a long, long, time.

Yeah was just about to say that Reaps has been plugging the greatness that is The Squeeze on and off for a while on here.

Nosferatu@Cult Labs 1st March 2017 08:04 PM

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Originally Posted by Inspector Abberline (Post 523171)
that's why it needs a decent uk release.

Something I hope will happen shortly. :nod:

antmumford 1st March 2017 08:35 PM

I watched Logan this morning and I know it's no "cult" film like I Drink Your Blood ;) but damn this was a superb film. I mean it too, superb is the word I'm going with here.

It's brutally violent and bloody, full of anger and foul language but with a tenderness and heart that just hasn't been present in previous X-Men universe films.

The basic premise, for those that haven't got round to reading up on it yet, is that Logan is in hiding and looking after Professor X, who's not very well. They're both losing their mutant abilities and thing's aren't great for Logan, he's not a happy wolf and he just wants to die. Things get worse when he's found by a young girl who needs his help.... trouble ensues.

It is dark, moody and just entirely different to any other superhero film released so far, it has real maturity and an unsettling mood that's unique, yet refreshing to see.
It is without a doubt Hugh Jackmans finest performance yet, it now tops Prisoners as my favourite of his. Patrick Stewart is incredible too, as always, the relationship between their characters is full of love, loathe and brilliant banter. In fact this film is certainly funnier than I expected (not in a jokey kind of way by throwing in jokes for the sake of trying to get a jarring giggle from the audience, but real life humour.) I hope that makes sense to you all. It's funny because it's real, real conversations with family and friends can at times be funny and that natural humour works so well and actually compliments the dark mood and tone of most of the film.

The cinematography is gorgeous at times and the special effects were brilliant too, used sparingly aswell so they felt natural and definitely not overused.

Did I mention the violence? Oh it was brutal, so much blood and dismemberment, was just too damn good. I was wincing and cheering at the same time.

The action scenes were shot and choreographed really effectively and it wasnt just one second cuts with shakey cam like most modern films, this was much more "John Wick" than your average blockbuster. You see the violence close and with full effect, no unnecessary cutaways here my friends.

To be honest there really wasn't anything negative I can say about this film at the moment, I can't think of anything that annoyed or confused me that would warrant a reduction in its score so I'm going to have to give this a 5 out of 5. I may be too generous but I'm in that mood because I'm still thinking about this film 8 hours later and I'm still smiling about it. Although I have to admit it wasn't all smiles whilst watching, I will admit that I cried once.... or twice.... okay okay okay, three times then. I'm a sensitive guy people, give me a break ;)


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trebor8273 1st March 2017 08:40 PM

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Originally Posted by antmumford (Post 523187)
I watched Logan this morning and I know it's no "cult" film like I Drink Your Blood ;) but damn this was a superb film. I mean it too, superb is the word I'm going with here.

It's brutally violent and bloody, full of anger and foul language but with a tenderness and heart that just hasn't been present in previous X-Men universe films.

The basic premise, for those that haven't got round to reading up on it yet, is that Logan is in hiding and looking after Professor X, who's not very well. They're both losing their mutant abilities and thing's aren't great for Logan, he's not a happy wolf and he just wants to die. Things get worse when he's found by a young girl who needs his help.... trouble ensues.

It is dark, moody and just entirely different to any other superhero film released so far, it has real maturity and an unsettling mood that's unique, yet refreshing to see.
It is without a doubt Hugh Jackmans finest performance yet, it now tops Prisoners as my favourite of his. Patrick Stewart is incredible too, as always, the relationship between their characters is full of love, loathe and brilliant banter. In fact this film is certainly funnier than I expected (not in a jokey kind of way by throwing in jokes for the sake of trying to get a jarring giggle from the audience, but real life humour.) I hope that makes sense to you all. It's funny because it's real, real conversations with family and friends can at times be funny and that natural humour works so well and actually compliments the dark mood and tone of most of the film.

The cinematography is gorgeous at times and the special effects were brilliant too, used sparingly aswell so they felt natural and definitely not overused.

Did I mention the violence? Oh it was brutal, so much blood and dismemberment, was just too damn good. I was wincing and cheering at the same time.

The action scenes were shot and choreographed really effectively and it wasnt just one second cuts with shakey cam like most modern films, this was much more "John Wick" than your average blockbuster. You see the violence close and with full effect, no unnecessary cutaways here my friends.

To be honest there really wasn't anything negative I can say about this film at the moment, I can't think of anything that annoyed or confused me that would warrant a reduction in its score so I'm going to have to give this a 5 out of 5. I may be too generous but I'm in that mood because I'm still thinking about this film 8 hours later and I'm still smiling about it. Although I have to admit it wasn't all smiles whilst watching, I will admit that I cried once.... or twice.... okay okay okay, three times then. I'm a sensitive guy people, give me a break ;)


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Going to see this on Tuesday , can't wait now.

Nordicdusk 1st March 2017 10:03 PM

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Originally Posted by Frankie Teardrop (Post 523017)
THE WOMAN Lucky McKee and Jack Ketchum get together for this follow-up to 'Offspring'. It's about a misogynistic lawyer who captures a wild-woman and basically tortures her in his cellar, roping in various family members along the way. He has an even nastier little secret hiding in his kennel. 'The Woman' is a fairly weird hybrid of slow burning indie family drama and brutal horror, and I really quite like the way its downbeat, depressing tale of implied incest and familial claustrophobia is offset by the sheer strangeness of scenes where husband, wife and kids crowd around and gawp at this woman chained beneath the house. There's the randomness too of this wild-woman concept if you're not familiar with 'Offspring'. Some aspects grate slightly, like the alt rock soundtrack, but the film totally nails the unremitting shitiness of the man of the house, who is the leering personification of female hatred. For those who are in it for the gore, 'The Woman' gets pretty harsh towards the end with some enjoyably unsentimental butchery. Recommended.

I DRINK YOUR BLOOD These kind of things are subjective, but if you asked a bunch of people to name their ultimate grindhouse flick, I bet a lot of them would come up with IDYB. I certainly feel that way about it. IDYB may not be the the absolute pinnacle of seventies excess, either in terms of sex, violence or sheer far outness, but it's steeped in the kind of feverish lunacy that for me marks out the essential character of amped up low brow horror pulp (or rather, how these kind of movies are supposed to be but so rarely are). It throws together nasty hippies, bits of satanism and the occult that don't really go anywhere, and a Romero-Cronenberg style viral outbreak. The reason for all this dementia? A plucky kid injects evil trip commune's meat pies with rabies after they spike his granddad with acid... no, you couldn't make it up. But that's the root of IDYB's charm, a total disregard for basic narrative sense that could've come from the wrong end of one of Bhasker's doobies. The resulting immersion in lysergic bad taste leaves its the audience reeling and having to deal with a movie which seems to casually toss in a badly thought through anti-drugs message at the same time as it revels in lo-fi gore and sleaze. Hysterical trash of the first order.

I have had the chance to pick up The Woman a few times but for some reason i kept passing it off but after that review ill be picking it up this weekend. Cheers.


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