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FarleyFlavors

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H.R. Giger did huge amounts of artwork for the production that was left out. It was too odd even for Lynch to use in the adaptation
I think that was for the abandoned 1970s version? At least, they showed some of his production artwork in the documentary Jodorowsky's Dune (which is well worth catching, by the way). It seems highly unlikely any filmmaker would have seriously considered using Giger's work after the release of Alien. Too distinctive.
but I think his visions work well, and I like the style, even though it's a bit "Tron" in places
Tron?! You've lost me there...
 

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I think that was for the abandoned 1970s version? At least, they showed some of his production artwork in the documentary Jodorowsky's Dune (which is well worth catching, by the way). It seems highly unlikely any filmmaker would have seriously considered using Giger's work after the release of Alien. Too distinctive.
Ahhh, you're right. It's been 20+ years since I read about this in a Giger biography and got it wrong - it wasn't Lynch's Dune he worked on.

Tron?! You've lost me there...
It's the animation hand drawn over the top of frames. The shield fight scene really :D It's not the same, but there was a lot of this kind of hand drawn "overlay" kind of thing going on in the 80's.
 

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Double post, but it's important :D

Went to see Last Night in Soho last night.

I had some reservations, as the trailers seemed to try to make it look "too intriguing", and I thought (like Baby Driver) that maybe Edgar Wright was promising more than he could deliver.

I'm glad to say that I was wrong. Where Baby Driver starts exceptionally strong and whimpers out, LNIS starts very understated and ramps up the psychological thriller to the conclusion.

The two "modern" leads are simpering, wet and annoying - which compliments the dark and sexy 60's leads. I think there's some missing padding on the main character's story, and there are some bits that let it down a little - but where it's good, it more than makes up for it.

So, it's going to get a rare 5/5 from me. Everyone should go and see this film - even if you hate it, just so that films like this continue to be made. It's not a trashy CGI turd like Venom. Or a common turd slasher like Halloween. It's trying to do something different and mostly pulls it off. Don't be part of the future "I wish I'd seen that at the cinema" gang :)

I didn't want to put in spoiler tags, as just their presence suggests something to be spoiled. However, most of the plot twists are obvious, I spotted them all in advance, and I suspect I was supposed to. The twist is that this is actually a supernatural horror film, not a time travelling murder mystery/psychological horror. That for me made the film. It's one of the best horrors of this ilk I've seen in many years.

I suppose there's an issue if you just want a thriller, but for anyone who loves a good horror, this is fab :)
 

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A few from the last couple of days:

Eternals

Not bad. Obviously overlong, very formulaic with atrocious dialogue and a "subtle" message to beat the audience around the head with at frequent intervals. The first half an hour is spent on the eternals yelling each others' names so that the presumably brain-dead audience can learn who these new characters are.

Antlers

I quite liked this one. The trailer made it seem like a typical "monster in the woods" kind of thing, but it was more gory body horror. It's filmed very well with decent performances, but it's incredibly bleak. It's not quite as artsy as it thinks it is though.

Last Night in Soho

Yeah, this was great. I was worried at first that it was going to try too hard to be cool - and there's an element of that - but it manages to strike a balance I think.
 
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The two "modern" leads are simpering, wet and annoying...
To quote a critical line I've seen you use before, she was perhaps a bit too 'Will-friendly'. Having said that, the main reason I wanted to see that film was I'd seen a lot of people use the term 'Argento-esque' and Eloise certainly had a little Suzy Bannion about her.

I love a good psychological thriller, so this really did tick all the boxes for me - and I know when a film's got inside my head when I can't wait to get out of the cinema and check that the real world still exists afterwards! I think that may also have been the first time I've audibly gone 'Oh, **** no!' in the middle of a quiet cinema. I didn't have the issue that I saw the ending coming - as usual, I had a theory that turned out entirely wrong :D

If I have any criticism, it's that I felt it died off a little around the halfway mark and felt like you were just waiting twenty minutes or so for the rather intense conclusion to kick in. I'm also not certain how re-watchable it would prove.

Oh - and please tell me having Matt Smith burst out of a phonebox was deliberate :D
 

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Just got back from seeing Last Night In Soho.

As expected from Edger Wright the attention to detail in this film is stunning, from the production design, the cinematography, sound deign & mixing, everything is meticulously placed to immerse you into this world, from the warm nostalgic vibrancy of 60s London, to the sleazy clubs and dark alleyways, Wright is a master at this kind of thing and in those technical aspects he excels himself.

Without spoiling anything this film deals with some dark and upsetting subject matter and creative way it blends in seamlessly with the horror and supernatural elements make for the highlights of this film.

My main critic is the writing. Characters such as the bitchy bullies feel like they are from an after school special and the romantic relationship doesn't really seem necessary. I wasn't a fan of the big reveal either
Sandie had no need to tell Ellie about her being the murderer as she never suspected her, plus how could she dispose hundreds of dead bodies on her own without being caught. I know it's the 60s, but c'mon.
The whole reveal just felt like a game of Cluedo, to me it was tonally inconsistent with the rest of the story.

I did enjoy the film overall and I would recommend it to those who are interested in seeing it, while it seems I have more negative things to say, the positives mostly out way the negatives. 7/10
 
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Agreed on the bullies and relationship, to be fair, they did little more than establish Ellie's character whilst not really having any of their own.

With the other point, my interpretation was
The bodies ended up in walls/floorboards etc. - which needs a certain suspension of disbelief, but also remember the comments made early on about the smells in Summer and that you'd quickly smell nothing but garlic inside the house
 

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Eternals in IMAX was very meh. There's some really cool aspects in this film, like the way the speedster was filmed was really effective. I think maybe the film was trying to do too many things and that resulted in everything just being a little under baked. I felt like Dune was able to capture the sheer scale of things perfectly and this was clearly trying to do the same thing and in some cases failing. A lot of the humour felt unnatural to the characters or the moment but the scene on the film set was fun. The biggest feeling I had by the end was that it felt like a DC movie in all the wrong ways. I just felt like I was having no connection to the majority of the characters or the story. The editing was also terrible, some things had so much time to breathe and other moments felt cut off.

Last Night in Soho in Dolby was great. For a start it's always fun when you know the locations like the back of your hand (I didn't realise they filmed a fair bit up in Fitzrovia where I worked). The way it was filmed was really clever (the cafe de Paris sequence!) and the audio design and mix were absolutely superb. The audio was so loud I nearly had a heart attack with several of the jump scares (pretty sure I saw the couple near me physically jump at one of them).
 

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If you haven’t stumbled across them yet, the new Mickey Mouse short cartoons are incredible.

I have no hesitation in saying that this easily the weirdest and most off-beat stuff that Disney has ever put out (that I've seen at least). I mean... look at this! This is what Disney is putting out officially as ‘Mickey Mouse’.

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It's the best. Bravo.

Two episodes to whet you appetite:



That “obsessed” line in the second video - oh my god 😂
 

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Rewatched Moulin Rouge for the millionth time this evening because I’m in a weird chaotic/lovesick kind of mood that only Baz Luhrmann can see to and I’ve decided it’s a hatecrime that we don’t have a 1900s Montmartre themed land somewhere in the world.
 

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Ghostbusters Afterlife

I should've watched some trailers. Didn't realise the main characters were annoying kids. It was ok, but I was hoping for more. There are a few cute nods to the original, but, without sounding pretentious, it just didn't have the essence of those earlier films. The end was a total schmaltz fest which many will gush over, but I found to be too obviously overly-sentimental and out of place.
 

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Watched two movies from my list today (I've got COVID so decided I'm going to try and smash a load off my watch list whilst I'm self-isolating)

Margaret
I love a good social realist/coming of age angsty movie and this is stocked full of that. It feels really real and frustrating, really captures that thing where you take your feelings out on those you love when you can't find the proper way to express yourself. It was a touch too long for my liking (it's a 2.5 hr run time...) but it's really raw and real and emotional. I dug it.

Minding the Gap
An actually-real social realism documentary that pretends to be about skateboarding but is really about the kids doing the skateboarding and their individual lives. Set against a backdrop of what is called America's 'rust-belt', the film explores the ramifications of a post-2008 financial crisis mid-America, and the impact on the youth affected by these issues. Again, it's bleak but got a lot of heart. We cover everything from depression, alcoholism, domestic abuse, racism, homophobia, the whole shebang. And yet somehow it's incredibly wholesome. It's streaming on iPlayer, I'd recommend it.
 

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Ghostbusters Afterlife

I should've watched some trailers. Didn't realise the main characters were annoying kids. It was ok, but I was hoping for more. There are a few cute nods to the original, but, without sounding pretentious, it just didn't have the essence of those earlier films. The end was a total schmaltz fest which many will gush over, but I found to be too obviously overly-sentimental and out of place.
Yeah, pretty much this. I was entertained, but it was just nothing special. I think, as almost always these days, the problem is that there isn't much contention or strife in making a film. It's just a machine, and "everything can be done". So things are all just feeling the same. I'm sure it was absolutely the same with films before, there have always been the mainstream films that are just filmmaking by numbers - but films like Ghostbusters were "breakout" films that made it big. It's capturing lightning a bottle that doesn't happen now, because there doesn't seem to be any risk to attempt it.

Anyway, it was okay. It wasn't the worst Ghostbusters film.......
 

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Ghostbusters Afterlife - It was ok, I certainly had fun while watching it. To me it felt like it had more of a Goonies vibe mixed in with Ghosterbusters, just the kids essentially exploring to find things complete with a score that feels straight out of the 80s. I agree with Gavin that it gets a bit too sentimental at the end. The mid and post credit scenes felt a bit weird and out of place.

Mothering Sunday - I didn't really know anything about this film when going in and it was fine, not my cup of tea. Just a slow story about a girl finding the spark that drives her to become a writer. It jumps around between 3 different periods in her life which can put me off a film but I think it mostly worked here.

King Richard - I really liked this film, very strong performances by the cast and a fantastic story. The Williams family is very inspirational even if the Father's methods are a bit questionable at times.
 

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House of Gucci

I mostly enjoyed it, but it's quite inconsistent and I don't think it was particularly well-written. It jumps between camp and comical to serious melodrama when it needed to probably choose one angle and go with it.

The performances are mostly very good, and it's the kind of film that has acting Oscars written all over it. I wouldn't be surprised to see Lady Gaga and Adam Driver get "main role" nominations. Al Pacino probably deserves a nod for supporting actor. Jared Leto, however, does not, but he will.

The hair and make-up department will be responsible for his supporting actor nod, but I found him to be a bit s**t. He's created this bizarre comedy cartoon character that doesn't fit with the film at all. It just comes across as very self-absorbed and that he doesn't know, or care, what film he's actually in.
 

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The hair and make-up department will be responsible for his supporting actor nod, but I found him to be a bit s**t. He's created this bizarre comedy cartoon character that doesn't fit with the film at all. It just comes across as very self-absorbed and that he doesn't know, or care, what film he's actually in.

I was watching Mark Kermode and he basically said the same thing. I really liked House of Gucci and agreed the acting all round was great. I did enjoy Leto though, sure he's a little OTT but I thought it gave some scenes a bit of needed humour. I had a good time with it though even if it is a little uneven and probably could done with some trimming.

I also saw Encanto which is extremely bright and colourful. The songs are pretty good, standard Lin Manuel-Miranda fare. The animation was beautiful and there were some fun camera moves in there. It's certainly a little flawed though, I think it might be an issue of too many characters even if they do joke about this fact in the opening number. It's also feels like the story loses some of its energy in the middle like it doesn't know where to take it next. Despite its flaws it is a fun time and the short film before it is really nice.
 
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