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  • BarbelBarbel ScotlandPosts: 33,441Chief of Staff
    The Tamarind Seed (1974)

    Not a great movie, but please check out the title sequence (starts immediately)- John Barry + Maurice Binder! Might seem pleasantly familiar....

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BR4-PADx-V0
  • Matt SMatt S Oh Cult Voodoo ShopPosts: 6,570MI6 Agent
    Barbel wrote:
    The Tamarind Seed (1974)

    Not a great movie, but please check out the title sequence (starts immediately)- John Barry + Maurice Binder! Might seem pleasantly familiar....

    I think I watched this one. Indeed it has an excellent theme and title sequence, but I don't remember anything else about it.
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  • ThunderpussyThunderpussy Behind you !Posts: 63,739MI6 Agent
    The Limehouse Golem :
    An enjoyable Victorian Horror/thriller, as a policeman tries to catch a " Jack the Ripper " type killer.
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  • Number24Number24 NorwayPosts: 19,982MI6 Agent
    Death on the Nile (1978)

    A very entertaining and star-studded version of Agatha Christie's mystery novel. Better than I remembered it. The only thing I disliked was the pretty racist portrayal of Mr Chaudrey.
    For Bond fans there is Lois Chiles in an important part.
    I also noticed the scene in the Karnak temple ruins where two people are almost killed by a stone pushed from the top of the gigant collums - just like in TSWLM (1977). My guess is the Bond scriptwriters stole the idea from the novel.
    Poirot is also threathened by a poisonous snake, smuggled in to kill him, while he's standing in front of the bathroom mirror - much like LALD!
  • MrGoreMrGore Posts: 129MI6 Agent
    The Meg. In 3D.

    Haven't seen a 3D movie in a long time. Since Godzilla a few years ago. Got used to it pretty quickly.

    Liked the Jaws references. "Pippin" the little doggie in the water being endangered by the Meg. The boat being dragged backwards by the giant shark. Chum in the water. Was waiting for something like " we're going to need a bigger boat" but they didn't go for that one.

    I thought the whole thing worked pretty well, actually. Better than I expected it to be.

    With the cash it is making, I think we'll see another.

    Statham should be the next Bond. I think we're ready for a bald Bond who whispers alot. :))
  • Napoleon PluralNapoleon Plural LondonPosts: 9,716MI6 Agent
    Sicario

    Impressive stuff, the director has now been touted for Bond but though I did think, these aerial shots would be great for a Bond film, that said there wouldn't be many laughs. A bit like Nolan in that respect, and the soundtrack had that same groaning noise on it we had with his Batman films in particular the Bane scene.

    That remainds me, when's that Emily Blunt Mary Poppins film coming out?
    "This is where we leave you Mr Bond."

    Roger Moore 1927-2017
  • Number24Number24 NorwayPosts: 19,982MI6 Agent
    Ender's game (2013)

    The story is from a sci-fi novel by Orson Scot Card. Tactics, training, motivation, stratigy and ethnics are central themes, so the US Marines reccomend the book for their officers.
    Aliens attacked the earth a generation ago and now a new attack is expected. Promising children are trained to be commanders because young minds learn and develop faster. Ender Wiggins is the most promising of all. His brother was kicked out of the program because he's a psycopath and his sister because she had too much empathy and Ender struggles between those sides of his personality.
    I like the movie for the same reasons the USMC like the book. Also, in a time when actors in action movies train to be bodybuilders months before filming, it's refreshing to see a war movie (of sorts) where the lead (Asa Butterfield) is a skinny kid.
    The director is Gavin Hood also made the terrific "Eye in the sky" and "Rendition" (also about the dillemas of modern war) and "X-men origins:Wolverine". I wouldn't mind it if Gavin Hood made a Bond movie.
  • ThunderpussyThunderpussy Behind you !Posts: 63,739MI6 Agent
    Going in style :
    An enjoyable story of three pensioners who due to lack of
    Money, decide to rob a bank. It's an easy going comedy
    With a Stella cast.
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  • ThunderpussyThunderpussy Behind you !Posts: 63,739MI6 Agent
    High Anxiety, still laugh out loud at this, no matter how
    Many times I watch it. :))
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  • 007Downunder007Downunder Hobart, Australia Posts: 355MI6 Agent
    Just saw mile 22 and loved it. A special unit has to get a defector to an extraction point 22 miles away . Non stop action and pretty brutal. Filmed interestingly some of it was drone footage
    Anthony
  • ThunderpussyThunderpussy Behind you !Posts: 63,739MI6 Agent
    Tucker and Dale v Evil : ( on Netflix )
    Very funny movie, two country boys due to a series of
    Comic events are thought to be " Hillbilly kilkers" by a group
    Of students. Some really funny scenes
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  • ThunderpussyThunderpussy Behind you !Posts: 63,739MI6 Agent
    Mission Impossible :
    Wow! Doesn't Tom look young in this :)) still a great film.
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  • GymkataGymkata Minnesota, USAPosts: 4,148MI6 Agent
    He still looks younger than his actual age. The portrait hidden in his attic must look positively wretched by now.
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  • caractacus pottscaractacus potts Orbital communicator, level 10Posts: 3,394MI6 Agent
    High Anxiety, still laugh out loud at this, no matter how Many times I watch it. :))
    Thunderpussy you have official permission to be my film buddy.

    High Anxiety is probably the Mel Brooks film that is most reliant on familiarity with what is being parodied. Nothing so accessible as farting cowboys or "it's good to be da king". But if you have to watch a couple dozen Hitchcock movies (plus One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest and even the Spy Who Loved Me) to get the jokes in this one film, that's not such bad homework.
    Reminds me I haven't seen Spellbound for a long time, that's the Hitchcock film that sort of forms the core of the plot.

    Also High Anxiety is the Mel Brooks film where Madeleine Kahn gets the most screen time. Her appearances in the other films are basically extended cameos, and her appearance is always a showstopper, so good to finally see her in a proper costarring role. (she does very similar extended cameos in Wholly Moses and the Muppet Movie)
  • IanFryerIanFryer Posts: 327MI6 Agent
    Now watching: Final Score with Dave Batistuta and Pierce Brosnan. It's Die Hard at a football match, and absolutely could not be more like DH if it tried.

    It's also had a big fight in an elevator, which I haven't since Diamonds Are Forever. I'm not expecting a classic but will stick with it.
  • IanFryerIanFryer Posts: 327MI6 Agent
    Their cheek is quite amusing. Dave B/Bruce Willis has now chucked a dead terrorist out of a high window to attract the attention of the cops.

    They are literally checking off bits from Die Hard to copy.
  • MilleniumForceMilleniumForce LondonPosts: 1,214MI6 Agent
    Watched the Predator trilogy for the first time ready to see The Predator. The best way I can describe them is that it's a fun little franchise. Each film offers something different (even Predators, which on the surface seems like a remake of the first film) and that definitely works in the trilogy's favour. All 3 films are solid 8/10s (an average rating I give to films), although for me, Predator 2 is easily the best of them.
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  • Number24Number24 NorwayPosts: 19,982MI6 Agent
    edited September 2018
    Phantom thread (2017)

    This movie is written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson (The Master, There will be blood, Boogie Nights). Daniel Day-Lewis plays the lead, I what he threathens to be his last movie. He plays Reynolds Woodcock ( ;%) who is a leading dressmaker in 1950's London, designing dresses for millionaire's wives, royalty and movie stars. He is an obsessive man, and people tip-toe around him so he can be creative. Alma is his muse and model who falls obsessive in love with Reynolds. Obviously this movie is a perfect companion piece to The Expenables II :D
    To be seriousmb: this movie is superbly acted, shot, written etc. If you are willing to make the time and effort to see a thoughtful, emotionally driven and beautifully shot movie, this is worth it.
  • IanFryerIanFryer Posts: 327MI6 Agent
    Watched the Predator trilogy for the first time ready to see The Predator. The best way I can describe them is that it's a fun little franchise. Each film offers something different (even Predators, which on the surface seems like a remake of the first film) and that definitely works in the trilogy's favour. All 3 films are solid 8/10s (an average rating I give to films), although for me, Predator 2 is easily the best of them.

    I never saw Predators but I think Predator 2 tends not to get the credit it deserves for doing something interesting and different with the concept rather than just remaking the first film.
  • IanFryerIanFryer Posts: 327MI6 Agent
    Number24 wrote:
    Phantom thread (2017)

    This movie is written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson (The Master, There will be blood, Boogie Nights). Daniel Day-Lewis plays the lead, I what he threathens to be his last movie. He plays Reynolds Woodcock ( ;%) who is a leading dressmaker in 1950's London, designing dresses for millionaire's wives, royalty and movie stars. He is an obsessive man, and people tip-toe around him so he can be creative. Alma is his muse and model who falls obsessive in love with Reynolds. Obviously this movie is a perfect companion piece to The Expenables II :D
    To be seriousmb: this movie is superbly acted, shot, written etc. If you are willing to make the time and effort to see a thoughtful, emotionally driven and beautifully shot movie, this is worth it.

    I loved this film - it's very deliberately paced and establishes its period extremely well. On a personal level it helped that I knew some of the locations used, particularly the Yorkshire coastal resort of Robin Hoods Bay. In its own way it's a twisted love story in which an emotionally closed-off, obsessive man who views women on a surface level only, as objects for him to dress, meets a woman who will not put up with his crap finds a way to force Reynolds into making an emotional commitment to her.

    Apparently Daniel Day-Lewis had a horrible time making the film, which is why he has announced his retirement from acting. Woodcock is not an unusual surname in Britain - there's even a branch of my own family with the name.

    Shoutout also to Reynolds Woodcock's beautiful car, a 1955 Bristol 405.
  • Number24Number24 NorwayPosts: 19,982MI6 Agent
    You explained the movie better than I did. :)
  • IanFryerIanFryer Posts: 327MI6 Agent
    Last two films seen: Quest For Love (1972). A pretty-well unique SF romance featuring Tom Bell as a physicist who finds himself transported into a different timeline when an experiment with a particle accelerator goes wrong. In his new life, he is a drunk, abusive but highly successful author in a 1972 when World War 2 never happened. He immediately falls in love with the wife of this new version of himself, who he has never met before. Trouble is, the version of him in this timeline is such a bastard that she hates him and wants a divorce.

    Although few of the political implications of WW2 never happening are gone into (it's not that sort of film), an interesting amount of thought went into creating a 1972 in which technology and fashions changed little in thirty years without the impetus of six years of total war. Tom Bell carries the film, his spiky screen presence making it totally believable he could have been an abusive womaniser, but Bell has the range to pull of the romantic scenes. Joan Collins is the object of his affections and gives the standard Joan Collins performance. She's not the world's greatest actress and at times is clunkingly bad here, but she just about good enough - this was actually one of her favourite screen roles.

    Also say Spike Lee's BlacKKKlansman (I think that's how you spell it), the best film I've seen this year. John David Washington plays an undercover cop in the early 70s who goes undercover in the Klu Klux Klan - quite a feat as he is a black man. He pulls it off by dealing with the Klan by telephone and drafting in a white Jewish officer (Adam Driver) to meet them face to face. What could have been a grim story is told with verve, intelligence and even a sense of fun - In a key scene Washington dresses just like Clarence Williams III from 70s cop show The Mod Squad.

    After wrong-footing the audience with a TV cop show happy ending Lee takes the last ten minutes in a deadly serious direction, as our hero's triumph is undermined by his superiors and the story is brought to the present day with Donald Trump and Charlottesville - the latter event happened while the film was in pre-production.

    Lee also takes well-aimed swipes at racism in Hollywood's history, with DW Griffiths' the Birth of a Nation given a deserved kicking. It's a vital film in movie history in terms of creating the grammar of film but the content of the thing is absolutely poisonous and was directly responsible for the revival of the KKK in the early 20th Century.

    Very, very well worth seeing.
  • IanFryerIanFryer Posts: 327MI6 Agent
    Number24 wrote:
    You explained the movie better than I did. :)

    Bless you heart, thank you! :x
  • Number24Number24 NorwayPosts: 19,982MI6 Agent
    I have also watched the Finnish war movie Unknown Soldier (2017) I'll write a review later, but I'll post a clip. Antero Rokka is the manliest man in the very manly Finnish army. Here is a scene where he guns down a Soviet platoon. He can't do it alone, of course - he needs another soldier to reload for him :D

    Video:
    https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=unknown+soldier+rokka+slaughters+platoon&&view=detail&mid=31DC114BB7991C80A96931DC114BB7991C80A969&&FORM=VRDGAR


    Photo from nother scene were Rokka needs the help of one man to lob handgranades while he engages a few Soviet trenches.

    tumblr_ozob78bhrn1r05jtoo8_500.jpg
  • ThunderpussyThunderpussy Behind you !Posts: 63,739MI6 Agent
    Jaws :
    A film I love and have watched many times. This time however
    I re-read the book again, which I haven't done since first seeing
    The film in the cinema.
    It was fun, to notice the small changes from book to film and
    Do believe the Film is better than the book.
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  • GymkataGymkata Minnesota, USAPosts: 4,148MI6 Agent
    SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT (1977). First time seeing it all the way through in at least 25 years (if not more). I saw this theatrically in 1977 and several times in the 80s, so I had fond memories of it. In honor of Burt's passing, I gave it another go.

    You know what? The movie's still a lot of fun. It's a paper thin plot held together (barely) by the charm/chemistry of the lead actors, but sometimes that's all you need. It helps that the movie is a masterwork in pacing and editing...it absolutely flies by, never really letting up in terms of getting you from point A to point B. While it does move fast, it never really sacrifices character.

    Some 70s sexism and casual racism aside (mainly from Jackie Gleason's sheriff character), it's a lot of fun and worth checking out again if it's been a while. It's streaming right now on Amazon Prime for free.
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  • ChriscoopChriscoop Belize Posts: 10,449MI6 Agent
    Gymkata wrote:
    SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT (1977). First time seeing it all the way through in at least 25 years (if not more). I saw this theatrically in 1977 and several times in the 80s, so I had fond memories of it. In honor of Burt's passing, I gave it another go.

    You know what? The movie's still a lot of fun. It's a paper thin plot held together (barely) by the charm/chemistry of the lead actors, but sometimes that's all you need. It helps that the movie is a masterwork in pacing and editing...it absolutely flies by, never really letting up in terms of getting you from point A to point B. While it does move fast, it never really sacrifices character.

    Some 70s sexism and casual racism aside (mainly from Jackie Gleason's sheriff character), it's a lot of fun and worth checking out again if it's been a while. It's streaming right now on Amazon Prime for free.
    I used to love these films as a kid, recently re watched the cannonball run 1 and 2 similar kind of thing to satb, great fun but for me just too much of the time.
    It was either that.....or the priesthood
  • ThunderpussyThunderpussy Behind you !Posts: 63,739MI6 Agent
    I must watch it again, I always loved Jackie Gleason as the sheriff
    The " I happen to have my young son in the car " bit is hilarious. :))
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  • GymkataGymkata Minnesota, USAPosts: 4,148MI6 Agent
    I never really cared for the CANNONBALL RUN movies, the SATB sequels, or a lot of the other stuff. Just too much slapstick or mugging for the camera. HOOPER is really the only other one that I liked, as I recall. I'm gonna try and re-visit that one soon to see if it's as good as I remember it being.
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  • MrGoreMrGore Posts: 129MI6 Agent
    Dracula (1958) Lee/Cushing Hammer movie

    One of the best final act climax sequences I’ve seen in years. I’d forgotten how good (and unusual) this movie now seems.

    Tha last fifteen minutes is set up in a really odd and surprising way which kinda puts you off as you’re watching it. Van Helsing (Cushing) carries out a blood tranfusion on a woman. But he does it REALLY slowly. I thought it was so Cushing could show off his Dr Frankenstein medical skills.

    But no. Director Terence Fisher was messing with our heads. Tricking us into a false sense of secutity.

    Things move on. Aristotelian discovery and reversal in the story as we discover Dracula’s coffin is in the basement of this very house. Safety becomes danger in an unexpected but inevitable manner.

    Before we know it everybody is rushing around shouting, chasing, getting locked in cellars. Woman gets abducted by the Big D.

    Van Helsing and pal (Michael Gough) go haring after him, racing through the English countryside toward the German castle.

    Arriving at the castle, Dracula tries to bury a woman alive in a hole in the ground. Looks very surprised when Van Helsing arrives by fast carriage.

    Cue, running into castle, throwing things around, attempting some last minute strangling, using candlesticks as religious weapons, bright ideas arriving, running across tables, pulling down curtains, letting some light shed on the villain. Lee acts up a storm as he turns to dust.

    Happy ending.

    Now, that’s how you do a hero vs villain last act.
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