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encaser

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The opening with the delicious Sophia Vergara had me in stitches........if ever I was going to compare myself to The Stath it’s to THAT Stath........ :D
Don't say that, Coz, don't say that! :)
The opener is pretty coyly done. I remember first seeing it and picking up the bottle thinking I'd been slipped a Mickey. The Soph' is suitably well packed into that outfit, that most any man could be forgiven for chancing it. :love:
 

systemsdead

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300: Rise of an Empire (2014) Directed by Noam Murro
This was pretty fun and again much better than I was expecting, love the design of the thing the backdrops and the whole colour scheme it really does look great especially when you get down to some meaty beheadings and the heaps of projectile blood vomiting that splashes the screen, even the story was pretty fun especially if you like these type of mythical retellings, great set of extras as well so yeah thought this was a fun movie.7/10
 

pRot3us

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bruce-leroy

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The Hunter’s Prayer (2017) - Jonathan Mostow

Available on Amazon Prime Instant Video

After his last dalliance with big studio pictures over a decade ago - Surrogates and Terminator 3 - director Jonathan Mostow goes back to basics with his adaptation of Kevin Wignall’s 2004 hitman/vengeance novel For The Dogs (aka The Hunter’s Prayer). Former next big thing™️ Sam Worthington plays Lucas - an ex. soldier junkie turned assassin (presumably to fund his heroin addiction). On his latest job - to kill the teenage daughter (Ella) of a lawyer who has snitched on his powerful client, and embezzled millions from him - Lucas has an attack of conscience, and turns protector. In a familiar tale of the hunter becoming the hunted, Lucas and the girl find themselves on the run from rival killers. At the same time, he must decide whether or not to aid Ella in her desire for vengeance on the man who has destroyed her family.

When I said Mostow goes back to basics, he does so by making a film that is devoid of the gloss usually associated with a Hollywood thriller. Think the Irvine Welsh equivalent of an assassin/revenge potboiler, and it might look something like this. Apart from the addiction element, the killers in this film don’t wear smart suits or have model looks; they go about their business in grimy tracksuits and trainers as if they’ve not showered for weeks. If gritty realism is your thing, you’ll love the production aesthetic of The Hunter’s Prayer (also imagine if a Ken Loach or Mike Leigh were to branch out from their usual oeuvre). A large part of the story takes place in England (Leeds/Yorkshire of all places), giving the impression of a big budget ITV production at times. The only giveaway is in the movie’s thunderous Bourne-esque set pieces - the highlight being an ambush whilst Lucas and Ella pause for breath at a diner.

I haven’t read the novel but The Hunter’s Prayer doesn’t offer anything particularly new besides the stripped back design and irregular location that we wouldn’t normally associate with these type of films. The familiar themes of revenge and redemption are present and correct. It also falls foul of the action genre cliches whereby the antagonists are terrible at their jobs when it counts. Ella contrives to makes one foolish decision after another, and the surrogate father/daughter relationship fails to really convince (we don’t find out much about why Lucas is the way he is). However, Mostow still has some credit in the bank after his exhilarating breakout suspense thriller Breakdown, and he still has an eye for an exciting action sequence. Despite the flaws, if you’re looking for a hitman fix, The Hunter’s Prayer does offer a rush of adrenalin during its brisk 90 minutes. Just don’t expect to remember much about it the next day.*

6.5/10

*Definitely worth a look whilst it’s available as part of Amazon Prime Instant Video but not so much if you have to pay extra to rent.

*Don’t watch the trailer either as it gives away a lot as per usual
 

Garrett

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The Hunter’s Prayer (2017) - Jonathan Mostow

Available on Amazon Prime Instant Video

After his last dalliance with big studio pictures over a decade ago - Surrogates and Terminator 3 - director Jonathan Mostow goes back to basics with his adaptation of Kevin Wignall’s 2004 hitman/vengeance novel For The Dogs (aka The Hunter’s Prayer). Former next big thing™️ Sam Worthington plays Lucas - an ex. soldier junkie turned assassin (presumably to fund his heroin addiction). On his latest job - to kill the teenage daughter (Ella) of a lawyer who has snitched on his powerful client, and embezzled millions from him - Lucas has an attack of conscience, and turns protector. In a familiar tale of the hunter becoming the hunted, Lucas and the girl find themselves on the run from rival killers. At the same time, he must decide whether or not to aid Ella in her desire for vengeance on the man who has destroyed her family.

When I said Mostow goes back to basics, he does so by making a film that is devoid of the gloss usually associated with a Hollywood thriller. Think the Irvine Welsh equivalent of an assassin/revenge potboiler, and it might look something like this. Apart from the addiction element, the killers in this film don’t wear smart suits or have model looks; they go about their business in grimy tracksuits and trainers as if they’ve not showered for weeks. If gritty realism is your thing, you’ll love the production aesthetic of The Hunter’s Prayer (also imagine if a Ken Loach or Mike Leigh were to branch out from their usual oeuvre). A large part of the story takes place in England (Leeds/Yorkshire of all places), giving the impression of a big budget ITV production at times. The only giveaway is in the movie’s thunderous Bourne-esque set pieces - the highlight being an ambush whilst Lucas and Ella pause for breath at a diner.

I haven’t read the novel but The Hunter’s Prayer doesn’t offer anything particularly new besides the stripped back design and irregular location that we wouldn’t normally associate with these type of films. The familiar themes of revenge and redemption are present and correct. It also falls foul of the action genre cliches whereby the antagonists are terrible at their jobs when it counts. Ella contrives to makes one foolish decision after another, and the surrogate father/daughter relationship fails to really convince (we don’t find out much about why Lucas is the way he is). However, Mostow still has some credit in the bank after his exhilarating breakout suspense thriller Breakdown, and he still has an eye for an exciting action sequence. Despite the flaws, if you’re looking for a hitman fix, The Hunter’s Prayer does offer a rush of adrenalin during its brisk 90 minutes. Just don’t expect to remember much about it the next day.*

6.5/10

*Definitely worth a look whilst it’s available as part of Amazon Prime Instant Video but not so much if you have to pay extra to rent.

*Don’t watch the trailer either as it gives away a lot as per usual
Just stuck it on my to watch list.
 

Drax1

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Memoirs Of An Invisible Man (1992) Freeview

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Most definitely one of the great John Carpenter's lesser films. His take on the age old tale sees an everyman be the unfortunate victim of a fallout from a freak lab explosion , and his subsequent attempts to avoid capture... The casting of lead Chevy Chase didn't entirely convince me, either as a would be action man, or anything else with his flippant approach to the material. Daryl Hannah isn't much better, so it's left to the ever reliable Sam Neill to save things as a sinister CIA agent, eager to exploit Chase's invisible man for all his worth.
The tone never really seems to settle, and can't quite decide if it should be a straight up chase movie, romantic comedy, or a character study of Chase's supposedly tortured invisible soul.
It's unfortunately one of the few films where Carpenter handed the score over to somebody else - Shirley Walker. It's very pedestrian, and not remotely memorable, unlike say Halloween or Assault On Precinct 13 for example. As good as both films are, it's the score that ultimately elevates those to another level.
The effects work were pretty ahead of their time I guess, and there's a few neat ideas on how to have fun with the lead's near constant invisiblity. Oh, and there's a good 'getaround' the idea of having to see Chase in the nude for large parts of it :eek:- his original clothes are rendered invisible too.
Not one to actively seek out, but a Carpenter completist might want to catch it.

5.5/10

Animal Factory (2000) Amazon Prime

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I'd forgotten that I'd seen this previously (so it's hardly a future classic), but I'm a sucker for a prison movie, and it was a decent watch second time around. Steve Buscemi directs this low budget offering that sees Edward Furlong entering the prison system for the first time on a relatively low level drugs conviction, and his struggles to navigate it's pitfalls.
First off, Buscemi has assembled quite the cast. Willem Dafoe is terrific in the lead as Earl, a long term convict (inmate is a derogatory term apparently), who's tough guy instantly sees Furlong's vunerabilty , and rather than expliot it, becomes a mentor of sorts to him.
Furlong, who whilst not delivering an American History X style performance, is pretty good as the naive 'fish, never quite knowing who to trust.
Then there's real life ex-convicts Danny Trejo and Eddie Bunker (Reservoir Dogs' Mr Blue, who also wrote the source novel) to give an added authenticity. John Heard, Mickey Rourke, Mark Boone Jr and a truly horrifying Tom Arnold(!) keep things very watchable.
The first half is the superior film, and unfortunately, I wasn't totally onboard with the direction of the story in the third act. Still, absolutely worth a watch, and yet another prison movie to keep the viewer on the straight and narrow...;)

6.5/10
 

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systemsdead

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All The Way (2016) Directed by Jay Roach
Solid stuff from Cranston in his portrayal of Lyndon B. Johnson particularly liked the way it concentrated on just the first 11 months of this accidental President's term, a good history lesson that felt grounded and not one bit overdramatized.7/10

The Dark Tower (2017) Directed by Nikolaj Arcel
Looks like most of the King fans hated this one I got on with it though and pretty much enjoyed how it rolled out dropping you straight into its story without much explanation and not spending a dumb hour or so explaining the world, I don't usually get on with anything Elba related but he was ok biggest blip was the Mac con who was his usual dull self, so not bad in all and would have watched another outing if it happened.6/10
 

encaser

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Inheritance aka Mandingo (2020)
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Simon Pegg (why I watched it) and Lily Collins bang out a daytime feel movie that's as satisfying as some of her father's drum solos.

Rich A-hole dad dies, leaves inheritance to family and a secret in a bomb shelter.
Want to know more? Think again. This is beyond awful.
 
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VisionMan

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Top Secret! Available with Amazon Prime membership.

I hadn't watched this film for over 30 years and I laughed out loud throughout. If you like your movies in the Airplane mode then this is for you.

10/10
 

bruce-leroy

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Top Secret! Available with Amazon Prime membership.

I hadn't watched this film for over 30 years and I laughed out loud throughout. If you like your movies in the Airplane mode then this is for you.

10/10
For some reason, I’ve never actually watched this!
 

bruce-leroy

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Back to the Future (1985) - Robert Zemeckis

I told my two boys that we were watching Back To The Future for our movie night. My eldest was up for it, especially as I told him how much the film was referenced on the kids’ TV shows that he likes to watch. My youngest threw a strop, said he didn’t want to watch it, and it was going to be rubbish! By the end credits, eldest said it was “one of the best films he’s ever seen!” Youngest said “I think that was actually good” and asked when he could watch Part 2! Enough said.

Back to the Future was the first movie I saw on the big screen so will remain indelibly imprinted in my heart. Never mind that, as a five year old, I didn’t really understand much of what was going on (i.e. time travel paradoxes; inadvertent incest/reverse Oedipal themes in a PG!), it was my equivalent of a Star Wars or Jaws as a first movie. Fast forward 35 years into the future and it remains every bit as good, if not better. Even on this viewing, I was picking up on stuff that I’d never noticed before or had forgotten about. This time, I had forgotten (or never picked up on) the running joke about Marty’s eighties gilet! It’s a film that doesn’t require a review. For a near 2 hour story, it’s edited so well that it feels about half an hour. I was getting goosebumps again during all the key moments when Alan Silvestri’s iconic main theme kicks in. Michael J. Fox and Chris Lloyd are naturally centre stage but Crispin Glover is fantastic as George McFly. There’s so many nuances to his performance and it’s an absolute joy to see him go from zero to hero. A real shame Glover didn’t make many more films.

10/10
 
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Coz22998

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Iron Sky: The Coming Race (2019, UK iTunes)

Far better than any film boasting a T-Rex riding Adolf Hitler has any right to be.........

Crossing the original film's daffy Space Nazi's premise with the old Doug McClure type Journey to the Centre of the Earth/Land that Time Forgot was a brilliant move, quite frankly. Add in a decent budget that means it looks every ounce of its $21m budget (the CG really is good) and this I enjoyed far more than I or anyone really should.

Following on directly from the first film, life on the moon in an old Space Nazi base sucks: a dying mother, resources running out and the main religion is based around the new Messiah, Steve Jobs. Cue one magic Quality Street bearing Udo Kier as the Space Fuhrer and we're disappearing into the centre of the hollow earth on the quest for a mythical grail to save, well, everything.

Honestly.

Seriously.

It hits its tone spot on - it takes itself seriously enough to not turn this into one giant piss take. But its the scattering of really pointed references that help sell some of the more amusing moments and let us in on the joke - our buff male lead takes off his armour and pulls on a tatty red shirt, exclaiming "don't worry.....this is my lucky shirt" and Star Trek fans the world over guffaw in delight.

Its political skewering of just about everything - all our main figures through recent human history turn out to be idiotic shape shifting aliens, giving us an amusing Last Supper riff, with alien versions of Putin, Margaret Thatcher, Mark Zuckerburg, Sarah Palin and Kim Jong Un all pat themselves on the back for destroying mankind - is hilariously ridiculous enough to not offend anyone and everyone at the same time.

And come its Independence Day steal of an ending (involving a Nokia 3310 interfacing with a space iPhone and a direct Will Smith quote), this film is one of the most endearing and frankly brilliant things I've seen in a long time.

I just hope the promised sequel of Space Commies on Mars comes off as I am in. In like Flint.
 
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Garrett

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I just hope the promised sequel of Space Commies on Mars comes off as I am in. In like Flint.
I was playing the soundtrack album of that and Our Man Flint and though its about time Our Man Flint hit the blu rays. Your post prompted me to do a quick check and find its on blu ray:clap:
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Coz22998

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Coz22998

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Iron Sky: The Coming Race (2019, UK iTunes)

Far better than any film boasting a T-Rex riding Adolf Hitler has any right to be.........

Crossing the original film's daffy Space Nazi's premise with the old Doug McClure type Journey to the Centre of the Earth/Land that Time Forgot was a brilliant move, quite frankly. Add in a decent budget that means it looks every ounce of its $21m budget (the CG really is good) and this I enjoyed far more than I or anyone really should.

Following on directly from the first film, life on the moon in an old Space Nazi base sucks: a dying mother, resources running out and the main religion is based around the new Messiah, Steve Jobs. Cue one magic Quality Street bearing Udo Kier as the Space Fuhrer and we're disappearing into the centre of the hollow earth on the quest for a mythical grail to save, well, everything.

Honestly.

Seriously.

It hits its tone spot on - it takes itself seriously enough to not turn this into one giant piss take. But its the scattering of really pointed references that help sell some of the more amusing moments and let us in on the joke - our buff male lead takes off his armour and pulls on a tatty red shirt, exclaiming "don't worry.....this is my lucky shirt" and Star Trek fans the world over guffaw in delight.

Its political skewering of just about everything - all our main figures through recent human history turn out to be idiotic shape shifting aliens, giving us an amusing Last Supper riff, with alien versions of Putin, Margaret Thatcher, Mark Zuckerburg, Sarah Palin and Kim Jong Un all pat themselves on the back for destroying mankind - is hilariously ridiculous enough to not offend anyone and everyone at the same time.

And come its Independence Day steal of an ending (involving a Nokia 3310 interfacing with a space iPhone and a direct Will Smith quote), this film is one of the most endearing and frankly brilliant things I've seen in a long time.

I just hope the promised sequel of Space Commies on Mars comes off as I am in. In like Flint.
While I'm not in the habit of correcting myself, my opening sentence should read "a T-Rex-riding Adolf Hitler....".

Its not one of those specialist titles I keep hearing about..........o_O
 

Garrett

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@Garrett - looks like a limited edition but the region 2 DVD is on eBay at £7.
I think I got notification of it from an american firm I use to but a lot of limited runs of soundtracks but when the customs dropped from £18 to £15 and the pound to the dollar also dropped I stopped importing stuff even though it was not available in the UK anyway so was not damaging our shops.
I saw the film a couple of times in the cinema when they were always doing double bill re runs.
In Like Flint was too much of a spoof for me but just got it right with Our Man Flint and probably of all the popular secret agent films of that time James Coburn actually do the fighting in real life later on when he become a student of Bruce Lee Who was Bruce Lee’s favourite Hollywood kung fu student?.

 

systemsdead

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Why Don't You Just Die! (2018) Directed by Kirill Sokolov
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You kinda know how it's gonna play out early on but it doesn't take anything away from the crazy and violent fun stuff the movie throws at you, its tales of revenge and the double-cross come with some cruel and very bloody encounters that are playfully music matched spaghetti western style, its all performed well and take a pleasing visual look of a Jeunet film, also I'd say give the trailer a miss it gives away too much and comes off wrongly as a full-on slapstick comedy. 7/10
 

bruce-leroy

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Anna (2019) - Luc Besson

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Available on Amazon Prime Instant Video

Besson plays it safe (safer than a safe room full of titanium vaults) in this stylish spy games based repackaging of La Femme Nikita (or just plain old Nikita if you’re feeling unpretentious). The last film from the director I watched was the ambitious but deeply disappointing Lucy, so re-treading on familiar territory was ok for me. Especially when it’s done with such trademark Besson panache. The mono expressive Sasha Luss is Anna - a down on her luck Russian girl who is recruited into the art of espionage by KGB super spy Alex (Welsh super hunk Luke Evans). In the space of five years, Anna has the right stuff to become the best in the business but....wait for it.....she’s tired of all the killing and wants out. Except, in the KGB, the only way out is in a body bag.

The narrative jumps back and forth in time so much that I gave up trying to keep track of what year it’s actually supposed to be, and it must be set in a parallel universe where laptops and micro usb drives existed in the eighties. The action beats play out with signature flair despite the unlikeliness of a skinny model beating seven shades out of guys twice her size. The timing is not great coming relatively soon after the similar but superior Atomic Blonde. The twist and turns occur with such regularity to the point of absurdity (reminiscent of the movie Wild Things).

Despite all this, I was sufficiently engaged to see it through to the conclusion (a much more satisfying denouement than the ridiculous, mind bending last act of Lucy). Besson has assembled an excellent supporting cast to anchor the inexperienced Luss with Evans, Cillian Murphy and Helen Mirren. With her recurring role in the Fast series, the latter is making a habit of playing the authoritative matriarch figure - if you can’t savour Mirren hamming it up as a Rosa Klebb-esque Russian KGB boss, there is no hope. If you’re (like I was) up for a Besson, style over substance, greatest hits compilation; then I can recommend making a date with Anna.

6.5/10
 
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Rawschach

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21 Bridges

Typical glossy hollywood film. Well shot, looks good, some very good actors (Boseman and Simmons are far too good for this film, the legend Keith David is criminally wasted with nothing to do, Sienna Miller is terrible) some passable action..... and a script that must have taken about 10 minutes to write with 9 of those spent googling cop film cliches to make sure none were missed :(

A very average and utterly forgettable film.
 

Rawschach

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Brightburn

The concept here is really good. The acting is good (especially Elizabeth Banks) and the violence at times really makes you cringe. It is well made and most of the effects are well done, apart from some dodgy CGI near the end.

Something was missing though. It just isn't scary or all that thrilling. It should be though as some of the set ups are good and the story makes a lot of good decisions. Just missing a bit of magic dust. Worth a watch though and a premise that has loads of potential.
 

Drax1

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Anna (2019) - Luc Besson

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Available on Amazon Prime Instant Video

Besson plays it safe (safer than a safe room full of titanium vaults) in this stylish spy games based repackaging of La Femme Nikita (or just plain old Nikita if you’re feeling unpretentious). The last film from the director I watched was the ambitious but deeply disappointing Lucy, so re-treading on familiar territory was ok for me. Especially when it’s done with such trademark Besson panache. The mono expressive Sasha Luss is Anna - a down on her luck Russian girl who is recruited into the art of espionage by KGB super spy Alex (Welsh super hunk Luke Evans). In the space of five years, Anna has the right stuff to become the best in the business but....wait for it.....she’s tired of all the killing and wants out. Except, in the KGB, the only way out is in a body bag.

The narrative jumps back and forth in time so much that I gave up trying to keep track of what year it’s actually supposed to be, and it must be set in a parallel universe where laptops and micro usb drives existed in the eighties. The action beats play out with signature flair despite the unlikeliness of a skinny model beating seven shades out of guys twice her size. The timing is not great coming relatively soon after the similar but superior Atomic Blonde. The twist and turns occur with such regularity to the point of absurdity (reminiscent of the movie Wild Things).

Despite all this, I was sufficiently engaged to see it through to the conclusion (a much more satisfying denouement than the ridiculous, mind bending last act of Lucy). Besson has assembled an excellent supporting cast to anchor the inexperienced Luss with Evans, Cillian Murphy and Helen Mirren. With her recurring role in the Fast series, the latter is making a habit of playing the authoritative matriarch figure - if you can’t savour Mirren hamming it up as a Rosa Klebb-esque Russian KGB boss, there is no hope. If you’re (like I was) up for a Besson, style over substance, greatest hits compilation; then I can recommend making a date with Anna.

6.5/10
Slightly better than I expected then. I've toyed with giving it a go several times, and then worried I was writing off the evening with yet another dodgy Luc Besson offering.
 

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