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Another big batch of films from Sunday and last night. First up was The Aeronauts. I liked this a lot more than I thought I would. I learnt beforehand that the real story was actually a couple of men over several trips so I found the whole "lets put in a female lead for potential romantic intentions" as a bit distracting at first. However I have to admit it does work and maybe without this change it would have been a bit more dull? I liked how the film was essentially the jouney up into the sky intercut with their backstories to show why they act the way they do. It really helped the pacing of the film and stopped it from stalling for too long. So yeah overall I really liked this.

The Addams Family - Wasn't intending on seeing this but the film I wanted to see (Luce) didn't fit in with everything else and Gavin said this was alright. Yeah, it was alright. I chuckled quite a few times. Still can't get over the style of the film though, looks really weird and a bit cheap.

The Good Liar - This was interesting with some great performances from the cast. There was something a bit weird about it though and it wasn't until I watched a review that I realised why. There's like a twist to the twist and the secondary layer of the twist just feels a bit out of place and would have worked better without it. It's a film that works absolutely fine though, especially if you like a con/thriller and worth watching if you come across it while on a plane or whatever.

Midway - Pretty standard high budget flashy-cgi war film. The action sequences are extremely well shot and the score and sound design during those scenes is incredible, makes them very immersive. Everything outside the action sequences was rubbish though, just bland.

The Irishman - Was looking forward to this and I knew I had to see it at a cinema because I just can't concentrate on films at home the same way. Urgh, it was long and felt like it, probably not helped with the seating in the cinema, it's been a very long time since I've struggled to sit through a film like that. The pacing is just really slow, which at times works well but it's mostly a flaw, it's just over the line of being over-indulgent in the edit. The de-aged cg faces is weird. The effect tends to work well in the Marvel films because it's quick shots and for a short scene. Having this as a feature on several of the main actors in large portions of the film - we're just not there yet with the tech. (remembers Samuel L Jackson in Captain Marvel. Hmm) Ok so maybe there are exceptions but they look very CG in this, I found it distracting in large portions of the film. There's a lot of humour in the film which is great and Al Pacino was awesome, I think he has the best scenes. Urgh, so yeah overall I wasn't too pleased with this film, would have worked better as a mini-series on HBO but I'm sure fans of Goodfellas etc will still get a kick out of this.
 

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Jojo Rabbit

It was ****ing brilliant. Only behind Booksmart as my favorite for the year.

Seeing Parasite this weekend I think.

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Doctor Sleep
Pretty good but one scene I thought was quite disturbing and not necessary. The first act was slow so that didn't help. But it all headed in a decent direction towards the end but some of it was maybe too obvious with Ewan McGregor's character. I think they should have just called this The Shining Returns so more people would have been aware of the movie (originally I had no idea what Doctor Sleep was going to be about) and perhaps CGI-ed Jack Nicholson in it as well (only a few scenes).
7.5/10

Joker
Movie of the year for me I think. Refreshing approach to super hero movies after Endgame was quite disappointing. I hope it is actually a start to a new Batman too with Phoenix in it but I believe it is a different universe which is a shame. Batman maybe set in the early 90s with Joker a bit older would have been cool. I doubt Star Wars will top Joker (even though I want it to - honestly), it looks like a mess, too short, should have been an epic 4 hours or something 😢.
10/10

Will see Le Mans tomorrow probably.
 

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Parasite

Knew nothing other than hype going in. Recommend you do the same. Some great twists.

Fantastic.

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Ford vs. Ferrari: Top notch racing movie. Christian Bale is great as per usual. The production value was really high as it completely immersed the audience into the world of racing. I had a great time watching this movie, the entertainment value was superb.
Final Grade: A
 

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Saw Charlie's Angels last week.

Oh dear. It wasn't good. I can't put my finger on why (probably a **** script), but it fell very flat for me.

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Saw a few films last week. First was Le Mans '66 (aka Ford vs Ferrari). Really loved this, the race sequences are incredible, from the way it was shot, edited and the vfx - just great stuff all round. I really enjoyed the drama throughout too, the cast were great and the story never gets dull.

Last Christmas - I like the cast, I like the writer (Emma Thompson), I like the odd cheesy xmas flick and Paul Feig can occasionally direct something that isn't terrible. However this film was just bad. The cast do their best but they're fighting an uphill battle with a really awkward script. The George Michael songs are wedged in (I personally only like a very small handful of his tracks and only 2 of those made it into this film) and I didn't enjoy them. Even the titular song feels ever so slightly forced and awkward. The main story is obvious and is pretty cringe. Avoid.

Frozen II - I like the first film and this is certainly not as strong as that. The story is pretty good and the actual effects and animation work is incredible (as expected with Disney tbh). Songs are a bit hit and miss, certainly some stand out moments though. Found it to be very funny, Olaf is a joy. So I liked this sequel even if it wasn't as strong as the first. Might see it for a second time as the more I've thought about it the more I warm to it.
 

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Knives Out

Loved this. I'd heard nothing about it, but just went to the cinema to kill a few hours yesterday and it was on. It's sort of a throwback to the old Agatha Christie style murder-mystery thing in terms of the style/aesthetic (huge country house with a rich, dysfunctional family), but it's brought up to date and is very, very well done. The story is really good, the script is great, it looks lovely and the cast are excellent. Best thing I've seen for a while.

I also watched Ready or Not at some point last week. It was decent enough, but I didn't feel it offered anything new to be honest. It looked great to be fair (another big, old house with a dysfunctional family).
 

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Murder on the Orient Express

It had soo much potential with the fantastic cast it had but I just thought it fell a bit flat. As a whole I enjoyed it but didn't love it and I probably wouldn't watch it again any time soon.

6.5/10

Klaus

Felt like watching something Christmassy and I heard a bit of chatter about this one. I loveddd the animation style and although the movie was quite predictable I found it very cute and heartwarming. The end tugged on my heart strings (and pregnancy hormones) and I bawled and had to excuse myself from the room 😂

7.5/10
 

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Knives Out

Loved this. I'd heard nothing about it, but just went to the cinema to kill a few hours yesterday and it was on. It's sort of a throwback to the old Agatha Christie style murder-mystery thing in terms of the style/aesthetic (huge country house with a rich, dysfunctional family), but it's brought up to date and is very, very well done. The story is really good, the script is great, it looks lovely and the cast are excellent. Best thing I've seen for a while.
This. I was planning on seeing it as well before I saw Gavins review on FB and then I had to see it and wasn't disappointed. Absolutely loved it. Might be my favorite film I've seen of the year.
 

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This. I was planning on seeing it as well before I saw Gavins review on FB and then I had to see it and wasn't disappointed. Absolutely loved it. Might be my favorite film I've seen of the year.
I'm surprised at all these positive reviews! The trailer looked just okay and really didn't spark my interest at all. Now I'm thinking I might go see it this week.
 

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I'm surprised at all these positive reviews! The trailer looked just okay and really didn't spark my interest at all. Now I'm thinking I might go see it this week.
Its all about what ya like. I'm sorta picky? The WhoDunIt Murder Mysteries are feast or famine really IMO so it's either AMAZING or meh. This falls in the former for me. <3
 

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Also saw Knives Out this weekend. I've been really looking forward to this as I love a good murder mystery and this really lived up to my expectations! The cast were great. The pacing of the film was much slower than I was expecting but it works really well and allows you to really get to know the characters as it develops. Loved it.

Also watched Klaus on Netflix. Totally agree with @LiveForTheLaunch it's predictable but the animation/style is beautiful and it really tugs on the heartstrings at the end. Lovely little film.
 

LiveForTheLaunch

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Watched a few series since I've been off work.

Atypical- I loved it, this is exactly the sort of series I enjoy watching. It's funny, doesn't have a complicated storyline and it's just generally light-hearted. It does downplay autism a bit as the main character is clearly very mildly autistic, but it still does a good job showcasing some of the struggles that autistic people go through. I hope they come out with another season! 8.5/10

The End of the F*cking World- I kept saying I didn't like it yet I continued to watch it. The main girl character irked me, the storylines were very far fetched and I found myself rolling my eyes more than once. That being said, some of the dark humour is funny and it kept me watching both seasons so it did something right. 7/10

Finding Dory- Cute... Not as good as the first but I was never a massive Nemo fan to begin with. 7/10
 

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Another one... The Imagineering Story. I loved it! It was so informative and I liked how it touched upon the triumphs and tribulations of every Disney park (except Shanghai). It was pretty much like 4 hours long but I watched it all consecutively and didn't feel like it was tedious to sit through. Definitely recommend!

9/10
 

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Another one... The Imagineering Story. I loved it! It was so informative and I liked how it touched upon the triumphs and tribulations of every Disney park (except Shanghai). It was pretty much like 4 hours long but I watched it all consecutively and didn't feel like it was tedious to sit through. Definitely recommend!

9/10
I've only managed to get hold of the first 2 episodes so far, but really enjoyed them.

Saw Last Christmas last night. What a steaming turd of a movie. The performances were mostly decent enough, but the script was dire. F**king abysmal.

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