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What Film have you just watched? 2016+

Postby Johnmcl7 » 02 Jan 2018, 22:28

There were X-wings during that battle but they were escorting the transports off the planet.

Even though it was heavily panned I decided to watch the Dark Tower as I've still been quite keen to see it although unfortunately the reviews are correct and it's a truly awful film. Films based on books often fail because it's difficult to take the amount of content in a book and put it into a film but Dark Tower is even worse as it tries to take the bulk of all eight books and fit them into a single film. Unsurprisingly it makes for a confusing mess of a film which races along making little sense and then it ends, the world of the dark tower is slowly built up along the books to gradually introduce the concepts of the different worlds, how the dark tower is the centre of them all, the beams that secure all these worlds etc. That said I liked the film as an illustration of various concepts, locations and people within the books which they've done a superb job with as I immediately recognised most of it.

It's just a shame they made such a mess of the rest of it and I really can't understand what they were thinking, the core concept of the Dark Tower is the titular Dark Tower itself, the Man in Black and the Gunslinger.
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Postby Johnmcl7 » 12 Feb 2018, 00:09

Although it got panned and the trailers looked awful I watched Ghost in the Shell and came away quite impressed with it, while it's a lot more shallow than the original and does admittedly largely omit the entire point of the original it does make up for it with some great visuals. They've done an incredibly good job producing live action versions of the animation in that you can immediately identify the scenes and components from the animated version but they look convincing and workable in the film. The general film doesn't feel that Japanese instead feeling like it's taking part in some futuristic city and Scarlett Johansson not being Japanese doesn't feel like much of an issue given her body is entirely synthetic and she's a bit of a misfit anyway.
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Postby Johnmcl7 » 15 Apr 2018, 01:49

Anyone watched Alex Garland's Annihilation on Netflix? It's generated quite a few headlines as it was made for the cinema as normal but the director refused to change the film as requested after the film did poorly at test screenings so instead the agreement was made in some territories outside the US it wouldn't be shown at the cinema and instead straight to Netflix. I thought his previous film Ex Machina was pretty decent and was keen to see this one but came away pretty disappointed with it. Natalie Portman plays a biology teacher who is an ex-soldier and mourning the loss of her soldier husband who has been deployed but hasn't been in touch for six months which she assumes means he has passed away until he suddenly he appears back in her house with no idea how he got there or even what mission he was on. Just to avoid spoiling it...
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I thought the start of the film is good and initially the mystery of the shimmer is what keeps it going but as it progresses it feels like it's trying more to be a horror film rather than sci-fi, by the time it reached the end it felt like it had no answers and had just gone completely weird. I thought perhaps I'd missed something but on reading up it seems it's one of these films that leaves people to interpret as they want which I dislike.


If you ever wondered what a Scandinavian version of Taken would be like then look no further, In Order of Disappearance stars Stellan Skarsgård as a snow plough driver who decides to get revenge after he loses his son....it's as brilliant and as ridiculous as it sounds.

A local cinema was showing V for Vendetta which I unfortunately missed so was watching it at home instead and still one of my favourites even knowing exactly what's coming. One part that's always puzzled me though...
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late on the in the film Inspector Finch has mostly pieced together what's been happening and that the government were the one responsible for the virus outbreaks, he identifies three individuals that were a part of it two of who are dead but one, Rookwood appears to still be alive and Finch receives a message from him when his file has been opened. Finch meets with him and Rookwood confirms what Finch believes, the government had been working on testing drugs and produced a potent virus which they unleashed on the public to gain their support when they could offer the remedy for it. Later Finch discovers Rookwood is actually dead and it was V in disguise which Finch is furious about claiming that V fed him a lot of nonsense which had diverted them from hunting V.

I don't understand why Finch is so annoyed though, as V said at the start Finch already had the details but just needed the story and Finch has already come to the conclusion himself that it was the government behind it all which V confirmed.[spoiler]

I also watched Justice League which I thought wasn't bad, like the previous films it had some rubbish elements like the hopelessly generic bad guy but he's almost irrelevant to the film which is more focused on Bruce Wayne trying to fill the gap left by Superman. He already knows he's getting past it but also that the world needs a powerful symbol like Superman which motivates him to seek out other superheroes, the times it briefly dips more into that aspect were my favourite parts of the film but they're mostly few and far between. Plus [spoiler]Superman is just awful in as he's clearly a difficult character to work with anyway and the films really haven't handled him well, this time the film worked far better without him as he feels little more than a joke just coming in magically at the end and saving the day
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