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If you want a similar experience then may I suggest Coherence (2013)? Another film that centers around a dinner but the sense of dread hangs throughout. The only difference is the addition of Sci-Fi although the film is still character-centric.

When I saw the name I thought I had seen that. I watched the trailer just to jog my memory and I haven’t seen it. Thanks so much for the recommendation!
 

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Gretel & Hansel - 2020
You know the story. except in this one the girl is much older than the boy and the mother kick them out.

First of all, the cinematography by itself makes it worth the watch. I would advise watching without the subtitles. while i knew what that person was if uninitiated to the story seeing the subtitle saying WITCH: "something something" from a suspiciously crone-looking woman was kind of irritating.

movie looks 11/10, movie itself is a 5 or 6. you won't be sad that you saw it, but those scenes look way too good not to recommend it.
 
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Dead or Alive: Hanzaisha (1999)

Yakuza movie by Takashi Miike
You follow separately a morally ambiguous cop with a daughter needing a costly medical procedure and a group of chinese yakuza who are totally not gonna meet.

This movie is worth everybody's attention by it's ending alone. it goes to crazy places during the whole movie, it has incredibly satisfiying bizarre and violent action and some very fucked up parts too. - not for the squeamish, nor safe for work, unless you're a bastard like me and don't really care about possible consequences -

kamehameha/10, A must watch.
 

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Watched a few films over the past couple weeks and I finally have time to give my impressions

Looking Glass (2018)

Browsing mindlessly through films and I decided on this because it has Nicolas Cage and that's all the reason I need. From the start you can tell this is going to be a serious Nicolas Cage role, the gritty title cards and opening scenes really set the tone. Nicolas Cage and his wife need to make a drastic life change after the death of their child so they move out to the desert to run a motel. It's a pretty small cast and set, almost like the movie would work as a stage play. There's some mystery and suspense to the film, but it never ends up paying off nor does it make any sense. However it does have Nicolas Cage watching a couple of ladies engage in BDSM and you get to watch him get drunk and dance a bit. It's a stoic, reserved Nicolas Cage role so there aren't many laughs, but if you're bored and want to watch Cage whack off as a peeping Tom it might be worth it,

4/10

Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (1977)

I don't know if I ever saw this movie as a kid but I have no recollection of it. I don't think it holds up all that well, I found it to be a bit boring and overly long. The story and characters aren't really all that compelling. I'm going to assume it was the visuals and special effects was the main selling point behind this film. It still has a charm to it but I wasn't too enthralled by watching this.

5/10

A Million Ways To Die In The West (2014)

I'm not a big Seth McFarlane fan so I had no expectations for this going in. Mainly watching for Charlize Theron because you know, she's hotter than a two dollar pistol. But I actually ended up enjoying this movie. The jokes were pretty good and most of them land pretty well. Seth, Neil Patrick Harris and Sarah Silverman are all hilarious. Liam Neeson shows up for a bit and does his thing. Visually they did a pretty good job also, it's a comedy but also a western, so good cinematography is essential in any western and I think they put a lot of effort into making sure the film looked nice. I would recommend this if you haven't seen it already and are in the mood for a comedy, it's a funny dick, fart and poop movie.

7/10
 

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The Time Machine (2002)

Time traveling movie about a guy who invents a time traveling machine in a week because his girlfriend dies and he wants to save her i guess.

except it goes to terminator land, Pocahontas' hidden village and Mordor/ evil Saruman era Isengard, NOW WITH JEDI™.

The movie feels all over the place, feels like it does not quite understand time travel.
The fact that the guy invented time travel in the late 1800s/ early 1900 and no one else in history has is jarring, especially when thinking that he just disappeared and left all the blueprints and science stuff behind...
that is one out of the many things that you're not supposed to think about.

I think i am not part of the targeted audience. If it was my first ever time traveling media. maybe i wouldn't have thought of the fact that he is going to the same place he went in the past yet never meets himself. never uses the time machine more than once per setting ...

2/5 movie can still be enjoyed but left me deeply dissatisfied. could be suitable for children I guess.
 

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Starting an air force movies binge.

Flyboys (2006)

WW1 romance movie with plane combats, sometimes, but those times are quite enjoyable. You follow americans that volunteered to help french air force. spoilers most of them dont make it back.

okay watch, recommended if you have any interest in WW1.

Good Kill (2014)


Drone "pilot" movie against talibans and repercussions of it on his private life.

pretty sure you can guess what happens in the whole movie by what i just said. Satisfying movie about a dreadful job. The family drama part is well done as it shows them trying and not just drama for drama's sake.
Recommended. good movie.

Les Chevaliers du Ciel [Sky Fighters] - 2005


French movie about terrorists trying to steal fighter jets.

This one might be the best movie about fighter jets ever.
Basically an Ace Combat game with amazing visuals, lackluster characters but the planes really shine in that movie.
Absolute recommendation.

Stay tuned for another binge in the beginning of next week.


EDIT: This is now the beginning of said ext week and instead of another post i tought i'd just edit this one.

Memphis Belle - 1990

Movie Historically faithful (from what i hear, I'm no historian, dont @ me.) to the Memphis Belle and it's crew's 25th and last bombing during WW2

While 50 first minutes of the total 1h47m of the movie are kind of just about the crew's day before the mission and nothing of note really happens, the second they get in the plane, the movie gets so much better. I loved seeing those b-17s in action. the airplane combats scenes are great all the way through. I liked how they portrayed the anxiety during the flight throughout the different roles.

GREAT bomber centered movie about WW2, recommended [also a great drama but mainly here for the pew pew.]

The Dawn Patrol - 1938

- enjoyement was affected by the fact the version I had was badly mixed and either too loud or could not hear what people were saying half the time -

WW1 plane movie similar to flyboy's in story but not in quality of action. at least there was no forced romance into it.

I enjoyed the dialog and characters in the movie, the interactions the german ace had with the whole english squadron were great. the reason that brought me here tho was a bit lacking sadly, but I came out of it with loving it.

Hurrah to the next man who dies :messenger_beermugs:

Tora! Tora! Tora! - 1970

Technically Pearl Harbor the movie... where you jump between both sides

The poster for the movie is amazing imo.
a story of miscommunication, lack of preparation, and concern from the Americans. I did not expect the movie to show Americans in a bad light and it was quite refreshing. i was here for the same reason as the other movie on that list. aerial combat. Although plane on plane action is lacking in the movie, you see planes in action a whole bunch.

Easily one of the greatest WW2 movie I've seen. - I hope i awakened your sleeping giant.

That concludes Night 2 at work of binge-ing Plane movies. I should be resuming tomorrow.
 
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c'mon film club people, i need some recomendations or movie ideas to watch.

to conclude the Plane conflict movie binge
I watched the red baron 1971 and felt like i needed a break from plane movies because the only other plane movie i had was the red baron 2008 and I really didnt felt like seeing that story for a 4th time in a week...

After using the 3 sea shells method during the great toilet paper crisis of 2020, it felt adequate to take a look at the documentary of Marco Brambilla



Demolition Man 1993

So the L.A. riots of the 90's are a bit prolonged to 1996, the world is in peril because of blonde blade.
Thanks to god and taco bell, winner of the great franchise war, John Spartan is here to get fined for swearing, and maybe not blow down buildings...

I was not expecting to like demolition man as much as I did. I cannot tell if it aged well or became relevant again, but it is a little too close to what's happening right now. It is an instant recommendation, and bonus point for young sandra bullocks in spandex pants during the whole movie. the movie hit the spot just like a sewer rat burger would. 10/10, masterpiece. (maybe not but it is incredibly fun)


Next one is a bit different...

Dementia 1955



A young woman wakes up from a nightmare and decides to roam on skid row... 55 minutes, no dialogue but good use sound and music.

As a giant hunk of a man, I usually don't get intimidated by male figures in horror movie, whether it is a Jason or a Michael Myers, they don't do it for me. maybe it was the lack of sleep, or maybe the movie was good but i experienced dread from normal men, of what might happen, of what surely will happen.
 
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c'mon film club people, i need some recomendations or movie ideas to watch.

to conclude the Plane conflict movie binge
I watched the red baron 1971 and felt like i needed a break from plane movies because the only other plane movie i had was the red baron 2008 and I really didnt felt like seeing that story for a 4th time in a week...

After using the 3 sea shells method during the great toilet paper crisis of 2020, it felt adequate to take a look at the documentary of Marco Brambilla



Demolition Man 1993

So the L.A. riots of the 90's are a bit prolonged to 1996, the world is in peril because of blonde blade.
Thanks to god and taco bell, winner of the great franchise war, John Spartan is here to get fined for swearing, and maybe not blow down buildings...

I was not expecting to like demolition man as much as I did. I cannot tell if it aged well or became relevant again, but it is a little too close to what's happening right now. It is an instant recommendation, and bonus point for young sandra bullocks in spandex pants during the whole movie. the movie hit the spot just like a sewer rat burger would. 10/10, masterpiece. (maybe not but it is incredibly fun)


Next one is a bit different...

Dementia 1955



A young woman wakes up from a nightmare and decides to roam on skid row... 55 minutes, no dialogue but good use sound and music.

As a giant hunk of a man, I usually don't get intimidated by male figures in horror movie, whether it is a Jason or a Michael Myers, they don't do it for me. maybe it was the lack of sleep, or maybe the movie was good but i experienced dread from normal men, of what might happen, of what surely will happen.
Going off Demolition Man, a timely dystopian movie, why don't you watch some more dystopian movies? The 70s ones are especially great (from fav to least):
A Clockwork Orange
Deathrace 2000
Rollerball
Logan's Run
Soylent Green (never mind the plot spoiler, still worth it)
Westworld (nothing like the reboot, much simpler like a 70s jurassic park)
Sleeper (the Woody Allan precursor to Demolition Man)
No Blade of Grass
ZPG Zero Population Growth
Zardoz (god this one is weird af)
THX 1138
Omega Man

Others:
Redline (deathrace, but anime)
Brazil (1984 but funny, might be the best dystopian movie ever)
Running Man (similar but more 80s vibe to Demolition Man)
Snowpiercer (the bastard child of willy wonka and soylent green)
 

Tenaciousmo

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Rollerball
Soylent Green (never mind the plot spoiler, still worth it)
Sleeper (the Woody Allan precursor to Demolition Man)
No Blade of Grass
ZPG Zero Population Growth
THX 1138
Omega Man

Brazil (1984 but funny, might be the best dystopian movie ever)
Running Man (similar but more 80s vibe to Demolition Man)

Not sure if I've seen brazil but will add the other ones to the list, cheers
 
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This is what I've watched recently:



- Definetely found more to appreciate with the Mad Max films upon rewatch. Costumes and world building are pretty rad. Mad Max 1 looks fucking gorgeous in HD. Fury Road is balls to the wall for the entire thing (not a fan of the change up to more stylised, comic book esque visuals though). Looking forward to watching the other 2 again now.

- Found a lot to appreciate in Visconti's Rocco and Brothers. Family tragedy told in an epic way with cinematography that emphasis scale and big wide shots. Definetely going to seek out more of his work.

- Continuing with my Fulci watching. Love his directing style even if I find his films as a whole to be iffy - he's got the feel of classic 70s giallo with plenty of facee zooms and psychedelic sleezy atmoshpere down pat. Murder-Rock in particular was a hell of a good time with dancing mixed with killing and unabashedly cheesy. Like Flashdance meets Deep Red.
 

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Tenaciousmo Tenaciousmo shamed me into watching a movie last night

King Of New York (1990)

I needed some Christopher Walken in my life so I settled on watching this. Him and Laurence Fishburne were fantastic as two murdering, psychopaths during the crime heavy era of New York. Christopher Walken plays Frank White, a notorious mob boss/drug kingpin who is being released from prison. He returns to New York and begins to take the city back. Unfortunately the script and story aren't too strong. I feel with movies like these there has to be some decent writing/storytelling for it to be enjoyable. It's a bit cliche and lacks depth. But the movie looked great, some of the shots of a dark, depressing New York are compelling. The soundtrack/score was also well done. I'll repeat that Christopher Walken is fantastic in this and you get to see him dance, which should be reason enough to give it a watch. It's about 100 minutes and doesn't necessarily drag, it just feels a bit hollow at times.

6/10
 

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What I've been watching recently:

(1957) Paths of Glory — 4/5
(1962) The Manchurian Candidate — 1/5
(1965) Thunderball — 3.5/5
(1967) You Only Live Twice — 1/5
(1977) Eraserhead — 0.5/5
(1981) Cannibal Ferox — 1.5/5
(1981) Just Before Dawn — 2.5/5
(1987) Robocop — 4.5/5 💗️♻
(1988) School on Fire — 4/5
(2001) Amélie — 5/5 💗️♻
(2002) The Rules of Attraction — 4.5/5 💗️♻
(2005) Hostel — 5/5 💗️♻
(2014) Interstellar — 4.5/5
(2014) Whiplash — 4/5
(2018) Bloodline — 2.5/5
(2019) 7500 — 3/5

Amélie. Been years since I last watched it but I feel like I identify more than ever with the character and her extreme introvertedness and how she tries to overcome her fear of confronting the hypotheticals that play out in her head. I was also slightly afraid I was going to find this film too sappy as I got older, but it's hearty charm, sweetness, humour, and unabashed love for life still wins me over with ease.

— The Rules of Attraction. Gosh this film still has so much style. From the split-screens to the time-reserved shots to the montages, to the glorious soundtrack, to the bomb 90s alternate warddrobe choices.. It's really still a glorious watch on the audio-visual front alone. The actual characters and content are laughably hedonistic and self-absorbed, but that's part of it's dark charm. Van der Beek as Sean Bateman was an inspired casting choice.

Hostel. There comes a point where if I watch a film so many times I have to accept it as one of my favourites. I can come back to this movie for a reliable and fun experience every time. The first forty minutes perfectly capture that European experience for a group of young adults, and whilst the characters are certainly obnoxious, they are still firmly grounded with humanity and relatability. I was also surprised how tame this film is for the most part. Most of the horror is presented after clear cut-away. Whilst there a couple of very gruesome scenes, for the most part most of the horror is actually achieved through the psychological torture and fear of the situation the character's find themselves in, and, considering this film is often regarded as "torture porn", that only speaks to what a good job this film did in instilling fear in the audience.
 
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I guess I’m not the only one who hasn’t watched many movies over the past 6 months! I hope everybody in Film Club is doing well.

Just felt the need to pop by here and recommend The Devil All The Time from Netflix. By far my favourite Netflix movie, full of good performances and an interesting, well told story. In some ways it kind of reminded me of 3 Billboards. Probably just the general small town small cast setting of the movie but the acting and tension was equal.

Very much recommend this one 👍


 

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I watched The Gentlemen (2019) by Guy Ritchie on New Years. I was pretty drunk and we were talking over it, but it seemed like a decent flick. It's the same usual Guy Ritchie movie you've been watching the past 20 years or so but it was enjoyable and passed the time.

That's it, that's my review.
 

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I guess I’m not the only one who hasn’t watched many movies over the past 6 months! I hope everybody in Film Club is doing well.

Just felt the need to pop by here and recommend The Devil All The Time from Netflix. By far my favourite Netflix movie, full of good performances and an interesting, well told story. In some ways it kind of reminded me of 3 Billboards. Probably just the general small town small cast setting of the movie but the acting and tension was equal.

Very much recommend this one 👍


Yep, it made me excited for Cherry too. Tom Holland is becoming one of the best actors in Hollywood at this rate.
 
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I want to really recommend a great Irish film I watched recently called Michael Inside. I haven't seen many Irish films but I came across it on Netflix, and it was honestly one of the best prison films I've seen. The performances felt raw & authentic. It really seems to have gone under the radar, and more people should give it a shot. It is currently on the UK Netflix. Not sure about other places, sorry.


The basic premise is a kid gets caught holding drugs for his friend's brother and is sent to prison, and the movie just develops from there. Incredibly intense throughout and has a great storyline that will captivate you. I want to watch more Irish films after seeing it.
 

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I want to really recommend a great Irish film I watched recently called Michael Inside. I haven't seen many Irish films but I came across it on Netflix, and it was honestly one of the best prison films I've seen. The performances felt raw & authentic. It really seems to have gone under the radar, and more people should give it a shot. It is currently on the UK Netflix. Not sure about other places, sorry.


The basic premise is a kid gets caught holding drugs for his friend's brother and is sent to prison, and the movie just develops from there. Incredibly intense throughout and has a great storyline that will captivate you. I want to watch more Irish films after seeing it.

I saw it when it came out in cinemas, and honestly I found it rather boring. What starts out as a decent premise just runs of steam and falls back on cliches.

If you want to watch some great Irish films check out:

Sing Street
Michael Collins
In The Name Of The Father
The Wind That Shakes The Barley
Hunger
Some Mothers Son
My Left Foot
 
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I saw it when it came out in cinemas, and honestly I found it rather boring. What starts out as a decent premise just runs of steam and falls back on cliches.

If you want to watch some great Irish films check out:

Sing Street
Michael Collins
In The Name Of The Father
The Wind That Shakes The Barley
Hunger
Some Mothers Son
My Left Foot
I've heard Cardboard Gangsters & Calm with Horses are good too. Not sure if you've seen them? Probably going to give them a whirl on Netflix soon.

Your opinion on Michael Inside is interesting. I didn't find it boring once honestly, even the ending was not how I was expecting the movie to go. I guess it depends on what you enjoy. There was definitely some clichés for sure, but didn't affect my enjoyment.