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  • Posts: 10,274
    I purposefully avoided it because it looked like trash. And the first ended perfectly. I’m excited to check out more of Cronenberg’s films; he seems to be a really solid, underappreciated director.
  • LeonardPineLeonardPine The Bar on the Beach
    Posts: 3,298
    FoxRox wrote: »
    I purposefully avoided it because it looked like trash. And the first ended perfectly. I’m excited to check out more of Cronenberg’s films; he seems to be a really solid, underappreciated director.

    Cronenberg was always one of my favourite directors. Intelligent and fearless, but he's not for everyone.

    Also check out:
    Shivers
    Rabid
    The Brood
    Scanners
    Dead Ringers
    Crash
    A History of Violence
  • bondjamesbondjames You were expecting someone else?
    edited April 2018 Posts: 23,883
    @LeonardPine I quite agree on the Winstone/McShane scenes from Sexy Beast. Intense without any physicality. It's all about the mood and the acting, and Glazer does a wonderful job of getting the best out of his on screen talent. As I mentioned in my review, I sensed just a bit of Danny Boyle in the energy and approach.

    I've heard great things about The Long Good Friday, but haven't actually seen it myself. It's on my list, so thanks for reminding me about it.
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    I forgot about that disgusting scene. I actually forgot the whole movie.

    The sequel, thankfully, was not Cronenberg (a fellow Torontonian!).
  • edited April 2018 Posts: 8,406
    Taken 2

    where do I begin with this film.. look first and foremost I know I am skipping over Unknown I put this in misremembering Neeson's order of films and it started and well here we are I think I am gonna do Taken 3 and finish up the series then go back and do the other films, unknown Walk among the tombstones Non-stop the star wars prequel trilogy and then who knows ....


    but with my schedule out of the way where do I start with a sequel so many hate or deem unworthy look the idea of a sequel to Taken seems silly for a variety of reasons but in all honesty if we ignore sequelitus we get a really good film one that builds in the predecessor in a realistic way the idea of fleshing out the world of Taken the character of Mills Plus it has Maggie Grace in a freaking bikini and Famke is still super hot in 2012 (how could she not have Maud Adams it and been a bond girl again seriously even in a Craig film) the action sequences are great Liam is a bad ass and seeing Mills get kidnapped then retracing his steps to find his wife is freaking cool. While Taken is more original I have to say for purely superficial reasons (more Famke and Maggi in a Bikini) I eek this one out ever so slighy

    up next Taken 3
    Films I have seen in 2018
    1. The A-team
    2. The Final Girls
    3. The Saint
    4. Taken 2
    5. Taken
    6. Stand By Me
    7. Before Sunrise
    8. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
    9. Goonies
    10. Before Midnight
    11. Before Sunset


    Before series
    1. Before Sunrise
    2. Before Midnight
    3. Before Sunset

    Stephen King movies
    1. Stand By Me

    Corey Feldman movies
    1. Stand by me
    2. Teenage mutant ninja turtles
    3. Goonies


    Taken Series

    1. Taken 2
    2. Taken

    Liam Neeson (sort of) retrospective series
    1. The A-team
    2. Taken 2
    3. Taken


  • Creasy47Creasy47 In Cuba with Natalya.Moderator
    Posts: 34,015
    @Risico007, the sequels could've had the greatest scripts ever crafted, and they'd be immediately ruined by that unbelievably foul editing and directing thanks to Megaton. Terrible, terrible movies, after what was such an exciting, fun original.
  • edited April 2018 Posts: 10,274
    Dead Ringers (1988). Wow; a really well-done, original film. Jeremy Irons was fantastic. Cronenberg has impressed me a lot so far with his films that I have checked out.
  • Lancaster007Lancaster007 Shrublands Health Clinic, England
    Posts: 1,874
    Revelator wrote: »
    FoxRox wrote: »
    Videodrome (1983). Extremely disturbing and thought-provoking. Quite the experience.

    LONG LIVE THE NEW FLESH.

    Brilliant. I bought the Arrow Video box-set a while back. And what a revelation, the film I had seen before was cut to buggery. Great film from a fantastic film-maker. James Woods is just excellent in this.
  • LeonardPineLeonardPine The Bar on the Beach
    Posts: 3,298
    FoxRox wrote: »
    Dead Ringers (1988). Wow; a really well-done, original film. Jeremy Irons was fantastic. Cronenberg has impressed me a lot so far with his films that I have checked out.

    Dead Ringers is one of his best definitely.

    Fantastic performance from Jeremy Irons and Guinevere Bujold.

    I was lucky to find the music soundtrack a few years back by Howard Shore.
  • DaltonCraig007DaltonCraig007 They say, "Evil prevails when good men fail to act." What they ought to say is, "Evil prevails."
    Posts: 15,534
    @bondjames I saw Red Sparrow (2018) a few days ago and really enjoyed it. A very neat Cold War-style cat & mouse chase involving spies in Russia/Hungary. Not a lot of action-oriented scenes, but the few I saw were very brutal, the story was quite interesting and the cast gave impressive performances - Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Matthias Schoenaerts, Jeremy Irons and Charlotte Rampling (especially the latter 2).
  • Posts: 3,135
    @bondjames I saw Red Sparrow (2018) a few days ago and really enjoyed it. A very neat Cold War-style cat & mouse chase involving spies in Russia/Hungary. Not a lot of action-oriented scenes, but the few I saw were very brutal, the story was quite interesting and the cast gave impressive performances - Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Matthias Schoenaerts, Jeremy Irons and Charlotte Rampling (especially the latter 2).

    Saw it recently too and enjoyed it. Rampling is certainly chilling. Would make a great Irma Bunt!!
    Lawrence gives a very good performance...very brave considering what her character endures during the film!
  • MajorDSmytheMajorDSmythe Still waiting for the Jena Malone Batwoman movie that's never going to be made.Moderator
    edited April 2018 Posts: 11,774
    Mathis1 wrote: »
    @bondjames I saw Red Sparrow (2018) a few days ago and really enjoyed it. A very neat Cold War-style cat & mouse chase involving spies in Russia/Hungary. Not a lot of action-oriented scenes, but the few I saw were very brutal, the story was quite interesting and the cast gave impressive performances - Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Matthias Schoenaerts, Jeremy Irons and Charlotte Rampling (especially the latter 2).

    Saw it recently too and enjoyed it. Rampling is certainly chilling. Would make a great Irma Bunt!!
    Lawrence gives a very good performance...very brave considering what her character endures during the film!

    I would have killed to see Rampling as a 70's Tracey (if I were around then). But now you mention it, she would make a damn fine Bunt (/Bunt-like villain) today. Her eyes have lost none of their power.

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    Carry On Nurse (1959)
    Carry On Teacher (1960)
    Carry On Constable (1960)
    Carry On Regardless (1961)


    Over the weekend, I got through the first 5 'Carry On...' films, and this is the first time that I have watched them in order. I'm curious to see what film marked the turning point with the humour.

    1. Carry On Regardless (1961)
    2. Carry On Teacher (1960)
    3. Carry On Sergeant (1958)
    4. Carry On Nurse (1959)
    5. Carry On Constable (1960)
  • Posts: 10,274
    FoxRox wrote: »
    Dead Ringers (1988). Wow; a really well-done, original film. Jeremy Irons was fantastic. Cronenberg has impressed me a lot so far with his films that I have checked out.

    Dead Ringers is one of his best definitely.

    Fantastic performance from Jeremy Irons and Guinevere Bujold.

    I was lucky to find the music soundtrack a few years back by Howard Shore.

    The soundtrack was amazing too yes. If this keeps up Cronenberg definitely will have become one of my favorite directors.
  • LeonardPineLeonardPine The Bar on the Beach
    Posts: 3,298
    FoxRox wrote: »
    FoxRox wrote: »
    Dead Ringers (1988). Wow; a really well-done, original film. Jeremy Irons was fantastic. Cronenberg has impressed me a lot so far with his films that I have checked out.

    Dead Ringers is one of his best definitely.

    Fantastic performance from Jeremy Irons and Guinevere Bujold.

    I was lucky to find the music soundtrack a few years back by Howard Shore.

    The soundtrack was amazing too yes. If this keeps up Cronenberg definitely will have become one of my favorite directors.

    Check out his early 'body horror' stuff,

    Shivers
    Rabid
    The Brood
    Scanners


    All good films
  • Posts: 10,274
    I’ll do that. The ones that most interested me that I haven’t seen yet are A History of Violence, Crash, The Brood, and Scanners. I may eventually end up watching them all though. My personal favorite is actually The Dead Zone, even though it doesn’t have as much of his signature style. The Fly, Videodrome, and Dead Ringers were also top notch though.
  • Creasy47Creasy47 In Cuba with Natalya.Moderator
    edited April 2018 Posts: 34,015
    I'm ashamed to say I still have never seen The Fly, but I've heard nothing but great things about it over the years, including a lot of praise for the practical effects.
  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger Digitalia
    Posts: 40,195
    Creasy47 wrote: »
    I'm ashamed to say I still have never seen The Fly, but I've heard nothing but great things about it over the years, including a lot of praise for the practical effects.

    They were good for the 80s.
  • Posts: 10,274
    It still looks way better than much of the CGI I see today. Many times practical effects are just better.
  • Creasy47Creasy47 In Cuba with Natalya.Moderator
    Posts: 34,015
    FoxRox wrote: »
    It still looks way better than much of the CGI I see today. Many times practical effects are just better.

    That's how I always see it. I prefer it that way.
  • LeonardPineLeonardPine The Bar on the Beach
    Posts: 3,298
    FoxRox wrote: »
    It still looks way better than much of the CGI I see today. Many times practical effects are just better.

    Dead right. The thought of The Fly remade with CGI effects is depressing.
  • Creasy47Creasy47 In Cuba with Natalya.Moderator
    Posts: 34,015
    FoxRox wrote: »
    It still looks way better than much of the CGI I see today. Many times practical effects are just better.

    Dead right. The thought of The Fly remade with CGI effects is depressing.

    You know that’s the avenue they’d take, too. Just look at how the effects were handled in John Carpenter’s The Thing versus the prequel.
  • Posts: 10,274
    I think horror in particular tends to work better with practical effects. The new IT film did pretty well with CGI, but in general the practical effects are better for horror. The Fly would never be the same with CGI. And I mean that in the worst way. Movies like The Fly, The Thing, and Videodrome are sort of like relics now, but very special, quality ones.
  • LeonardPineLeonardPine The Bar on the Beach
    Posts: 3,298
    Creasy47 wrote: »
    FoxRox wrote: »
    It still looks way better than much of the CGI I see today. Many times practical effects are just better.

    Dead right. The thought of The Fly remade with CGI effects is depressing.

    You know that’s the avenue they’d take, too. Just look at how the effects were handled in John Carpenter’s The Thing versus the prequel.

    Exactly.
  • LeonardPineLeonardPine The Bar on the Beach
    edited April 2018 Posts: 3,298
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    FoxRox wrote: »
    I’ll do that. The ones that most interested me that I haven’t seen yet are A History of Violence, Crash, The Brood, and Scanners. I may eventually end up watching them all though. My personal favorite is actually The Dead Zone, even though it doesn’t have as much of his signature style. The Fly, Videodrome, and Dead Ringers were also top notch though.

    @FoxRox

    Don't forget eXistenZ', Cronenberg's foray into virtual reality.

    Very weird, and the scenes where they're in the game have a dream logic all of their own!

    It features a 'bone gun' that fires teeth!
  • Posts: 3,135
    Creasy47 wrote: »
    I'm ashamed to say I still have never seen The Fly, but I've heard nothing but great things about it over the years, including a lot of praise for the practical effects.

    Not just the effects. It has a marvellous performance by Jeff Goldblum!
  • Creasy47Creasy47 In Cuba with Natalya.Moderator
    Posts: 34,015
    Mathis1 wrote: »
    Creasy47 wrote: »
    I'm ashamed to say I still have never seen The Fly, but I've heard nothing but great things about it over the years, including a lot of praise for the practical effects.

    Not just the effects. It has a marvellous performance by Jeff Goldblum!

    I figured that goes without saying!
  • Posts: 10,274
    “I’m an insect who dreamt he was a man and loved it. But now the dream is over and the insect is awake.”

    One of my favorite movie lines ever.
  • bondjamesbondjames You were expecting someone else?
    edited April 2018 Posts: 23,883
    @DaltonCraig007, I'm glad you enjoyed Red Sparrow. Yes, it's not action oriented like Atomic Blonde, but rather far more moody, atmospheric and spy-like. It reminded me of some mid 80's films I've seen. I can't recommend it enough. Best film I've seen so far in 2018.
  • pachazopachazo Make Your Choice
    Posts: 7,083
    The Foreigner - You know what? I was pleasantly surprised by this. I wasn't expecting greatness and found myself very entertained. Martin Campbell still has the goods. Could he handle the rigors of a Bond shoot at his age? I'm not sure.

    I continue to be impressed by Brosnan's post-Bond career. He was very much in control here. He continues to exude a confidence that is missing in some of his Bond performances. Jackie Chan I found to be a bit dull to be honest. I appreciated the depth of emotion, but perhaps his character was a bit too subdued for my liking.

    I didn't find the pacing to be a problem as I read in some reviews. Perhaps it was a bit too predictable though. Still, you could do much worse. A nice little piece of Sunday afternoon entertainment. Give it a try if you haven't yet.
  • Posts: 14,011
    Star Wars The Last Jedi 4K Bluray surprisingly looks bland at times visually, I just can't redeem this film there is too much wrong with it. The dialogue at times is poor and as subtle as a sledgehammer, the film is loaded with too much exposition, the acting is poor and the way the director has shot the film is uninteresting. There are too many contrivances and everything conveniently happens as the film plays out, there is barely any sense of risk or drama, it's just a poorly thought out film and I have not even got to the characterisations.
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