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Burnt Offerings

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Yeah I thought that was funny too, in "Dredd", how humanity was living in some kind of squalid dystopian wasteland in the future, yet somehow the "war on drugs" was still a thing that people were taking seriously lol. I liked it though, it was one of those style-over-substance ones that's actually good IMO. The fictional drug featured in the film ("slo-mo") is pretty fun. It's also one of the few films I've seen that features the actor who played Avon Barksdale in "The Wire", that was a major role in one of the most popular/critically-acclaimed TV shows of all time but it doesn't seem like I ever see him in other TV shows or films, it's strange

"The Founder" was great too IMO. Good character study of Ray Kroc and the morally-questionable ways he leveraged things his way...he kinda horned in on other people's stuff, whether it was the brothers' business or that one guy's wife. He was good at that kind of thing, but wasn't really portrayed in the film as a "villain", necessarily...just a complex character and not necessarily a "good guy". The film as I remember kinda implies subtly that maybe it was something Ray Kroc had to look himself in the mirror and live with later on in life, despite his ostensible success as a businessman. Michael Keaton definitely is fantastic in the role and casting him was a smart decision in a film that doesn't beat its audience over the head with the its message
 

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Not that I'm inferring this is relevant to the rating, but, would you agree there are parallels between this one and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, specifically from the angle of the protagonists? Just some food for thought.
Parallels, yes. I did greatly enjoy One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. There was something very wrong about the execution and the protagonist imo though with Cool Hand Luke. I would say they're in the same genre but one is a classic and the other, a 'classic' if you will. Maybe I just didn't get it.

Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance (1982) by Godfrey Reggio
I'm a sucker for well-synced audiovisual and this film has it in spades. Oh, and Philip Glass. Love the way it tickles my synesthesia. 4.5/5
Ohhh I loved that one. Wife and I watched it a few months ago together, great background film.

The Shawshank Redemption (1994) by Frank Darabont
According to IMDB, this is the best film of all time but it honestly felt like a Lifetime movie. A fantastic Lifetime movie, but a Lifetime movie nonetheless. Missing a certain pizzazz to really be one of the all-time greats.
Lol, couldn't agree more. One of the best boring films of all time somehow. Like, only worth one watch, but really worth just that one watch.

The film as I remember kinda implies subtly that maybe it was something Ray Kroc had to look himself in the mirror and live with later on in life, despite his ostensible success as a businessman. Michael Keaton definitely is fantastic in the role and casting him was a smart decision in a film that doesn't beat its audience over the head with the its message
Hit the nail on the head with that one (y)
 

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Dredd (2012)

I'm not one for comic book stuff but I immensely enjoyed this version of Dredd starring Karl Urban. This film was aesthetically like a Gaspar Noe or N.W.R. film, but with a way more entertaining plot than they seem to average.

I thought it funny that the reason the 'Judges' are around is to crack down on drug-use related crime; they don't seem to care about any other crimes but drug use and murder related to it... perhaps commentary on American policing? Who knows.

Great sci-fi though. Over the top visuals and gore, yet you don't feel sickened. Wife and I watched it and felt none of the sickness we felt while watching The Neon Demon. Really enjoyable action sequences and great pacing. No real substance here though, just pure movie watching pleasure.

Might add it to my shelf someday.

7.8/10


The Founder (2016)

Michael Keaton did an amazing job in this film (as did Nick Offerman as one of the McDonald brothers, hats off) as the man who stole MacD's and turned it into the money-grubbing machine it is today. Obviously the man revolutionized fast food... but at what cost?

There's a particular bit at the end where Keaton really, really shows his acting chops through a slowly changing facial expression. I very much enjoyed his acting throughout, it was gripping and real. American is the word I'd use. He really captured the American entrepreneur perfectly.

If you enjoy dramas about real life events, this one might be up your alley. I don't like to eat at MacD's but I enjoyed the heck out of this film truth be told.

7.5/10
I absolutely loved Dredd. Especially the slow motion bits when they take that drug.
 

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Especially the slow motion bits when they take that drug.
Yeah lol those bits were surprisingly wonderful. The whole film actually took me by surprise, by how much I enjoyed it! I really love watching bad guys get their violent comeuppance.
 

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the trap https://youtu.be/nICtAvjO7ZA
youtube has like my 2 fav joints for free so i stay watching big trouble in lil' china and clue religiously ya dig shouts out to google . like if you would told me i'd be streamin this shit in hd for free when i had t he fucking VHS i'd be like WTF are you on ? thank god for wifi
 

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The Midnight Sky (2020)

Watched it to give Netflix a chance again; they disappointed me as usual. Apparently this was a book adaptation... hope the book was better.

Good acting? Yes. Good effects? Yes, amazing. Soundtrack, dialogue, etc.? Fine stuff, not bad. Plot? Barely existent and horribly boring!!!

The plot holes in this film were simply too hard to ignore. Not only that, but it felt the whole time like I was watching an even more boring version of Lars von Trier's Melancholia. The ending was pretty much the same. We're given no explanations, no answers, no background as to what's causing the air to go bad on Earth, where the other space missions disappeared to... just two hours of straight decent eye candy with literally no substance.

Don't waste your time on this one if you care at all about a decent plot. It might be worth watching if your feeling real lazy and down and you've literally nothing better to do.

3/10
 

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i watched man up.



i love simon pegg and he was great in this. it's a pleasant, formula rom com. we were in need of something light and funny and this was perfect.

alasdair
 

MydriHaze

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S.He's saying that to making fun of me, can't you see it?! :cry: I mean, you're a mod, and it's not like i fuck with everybody,,, you should ban him.her! :mad:

Edit: didn't say a thing, nevermind what i say higher, Coffeeshroom is also a mod, i gotta face it... 😞
 

Coffeeshroom

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Sorry i don't know what i missed between you two, so I'm lost on that one.

@n3ophy7e not sure if you messing with me or not but yeah its about sharks, watch the trailer and the movie, actually really good.

@MydriHaze im not sure if you also messing with me or if serious but if there is really an issue address me with it and i will follow up but at the same time don't paint me with the same brush as the rest please..
 
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