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Blue Straggler 23:57 Wed

I've seen Godzilla: King of the Monsters and X-Men: Dark Phoenix

I can't be bothered to write anything about these films. 4.5 or 5/10 and 6 or 6.5/10, in the latter case I am being generous due to The Good Acting. 

 

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TonyOD 08:20 Thu
In reply to Blue Straggler:

Saw Rocketman last night and it's hugely entertaining. I was expecting it to be in the same vein as Bohemian Rhapsody (Dexter Fletcher on both). I'm sure it's a very loose retelling of events, but it's entirely unflinching in its showing of Elton John's addiction issues, and a reminder of what a great body of work he has behind him.

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In reply to Blue Straggler:

> I've seen Godzilla: King of the Monsters and X-Men: Dark Phoenix

> I can't be bothered to write anything about these films. 4.5 or 5/10 and 6 or 6.5/10, in the latter case I am being generous due to The Good Acting. 

I watched Godzilla last night .

I really enjoyed it.   Yeah it's giant monsters, yeah its silly, everything is convenient and the motivations are just daft but I just accepted this aspect and enjoyed seeing some stunning creature effects and proper  homage to the source material.   There is lots of easter eggs for fans the first one I noticed in the opening scenes when a protester was holding up a placard with the phrase " Destroy all monsters" on it.    

Compared to the 2014 its vastly better , Godzilla gets plenty of screen time .

The rubber suited originals use to have me in stitches when I would watch them late night as a teenager.    

Them were the days.

TWS

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In reply to Blue Straggler:

Are you going to watch the Matrix and Jaws flashback in July ?

I definitely am.   

I'd like them to show the original "terminator" sometime to.

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Jaytaylor 11:58 Thu
In reply to TonyOD:

Went to see this last week (Rocketman) & was pleasantly surprised.

Quite dark in places but an interesting watch.

More excited for The Blue Brothers re-run at my local next month though ;)

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Blue Straggler 21:23 Thu
In reply to The Wild Scallion:

> Are you going to watch the Matrix and Jaws flashback in July ?

The Matrix most probably. Wasn't aware of Jaws, I'll check dates, often these things run nationwide for one night only so it depends on availability, I missed the Tim Burton Batman double bill recently. 

I saw the first Terminator on the big screen about three years on a very well thought out "apocalypse" triple bill that didn't go for the obvious. It was Dr Strangelove, The Terminator, and Shaun of the Dead. A good way to spend a quiet Sunday!

The Terminator stands up REMARKABLY well. 

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alan moore 21:50 Thu
In reply to Blue Straggler:

Aladdin. Fairly rubbish. Will Smith's comedy role was the high point.

I Am Mother. Quite good with some unforeseen twists on the Artificial intelligence theme.

Love and Death and Robots. Gratuitous fun.

The Highwaymen. Slow.

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Blue Straggler 21:57 Fri
In reply to TonyOD:

I just saw Rocketman, thankfully a good friend surprisingly recommended it as I had written it off as "not for me". Elements of it were still "not for me" (I don't tend to do musicals, biopics, and least of all musical biopics, and I gave Bohemian Rhapsody a begrudging 4/10...) but I really enjoyed Rocketman despite not being a fan of Elton and not even being that familiar with his biggest hits, not in the same way that I know Queen, Abba etc. 

The LA Troubadour Crocodile Rock sequence was brilliant feel good stuff, and the cast was really good. I'll put a better review up in the next few days. For now, 8/10 or even 8.5/10 not so much for my enjoyment but because it clearly hit all its targets. 

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In reply to Blue Straggler:

Because of the poor reviews I hadn't thought of seeing it; now you've made me want to! Of course, I can't quite get out of my head just how electrifyingly good Elton was doing Pinball Wizard in Ken Russell's Tommy. It kind of exploded out of the screen at you, and stole the show really. (And what an amazing, virtuosic piece of film editing it was too: I've just looked at it again on YouTube.)

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Blue Straggler 20:27 Sun
In reply to Gordon Stainforth:

Tommy trivia. The only film in which a lead acting Oscar nomination has been granted to someone for a role that is ENTIRELY sung. 

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Blue Straggler 20:31 Sun
In reply to Gordon Stainforth:

Don’t forget my scoring system incorporates an assumption of what the makers were trying to achieve. Personally because I am not a fan of the genre etc maybe it would be more like a 7 but I try to be objective and wonder whether the makers achieved their aims. There is little I would change in this film. I didn’t so much like the “classic musical” moments where characters break into a song and dance number as part of the narrative, but that’s my problem not the film’s! The concert music sequences whilst short and at times truncates and for sure fantastical, were preferable. You admired the craft of The Greatest Showman. This is t quite up there (lower budget) but there’s some good stuff. A definite influence from Julie Taymor’s Across the Universe 

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