A weird film that doesn't age very well, and i don't think it really gives a fuck anyway. Caine was kinda a parody of other people doing impressions of him, i didn't really root for him to succeed. The story is a little disjointed and i'm still not sure about a few things. The titillation with the women seemed to be planned, like they thought "The film lagging here, fire in some nudity or a britt getting herself off". The lack of actual newcastle people was obvious as well. Meh.
Really enjoyed this, you can't go really wrong with a hackman film. He was brilliant in it, the many faces of Caul were played very distinctly by hackman and he pulled it off masterfully. He kinda makes you think Harry is this this particular type of person, confident, professional, cold then the film just slowly lets you see that he struggles with all of it. The story is very engaging and does keep you guessing. I don't know if the physiological horror in the hotel room near the end works, (if that was it was) but still, fucking love this film.
Really enjoyed this, so much so i actually though Driver was good. The story shouldn't really be believable but it did happen, and i'm glad it did. I can't make up my mind if the racists were menacing enough that you feared for Zimmerman's life, but that's nitpicking if i'm being honest. Some of the dialogue got a few "Ow, fucking hell man" outta me, it's brutal. There's a beautifully paced part of near the end were a black gentleman is telling the true story of a blackman being falsely accused of rape then.....well watch and hear what happened to him. He's tell this story while a KKK swear in ceremony is being readied, it hits you hard. The humour is subtle and affective. The ending is a little of let down, like it ran out of steam a little but like i said i really enjoyed this.
I forgot how much i loved this film, so much so i used it in my masters. All the complaints this film got, too violent, dick measuring, testosterone fueled, men trying to justify acting like cunts are all unashamedly true. The thing is if you really listen to the dialogue there is a message there, the problem is if you believe it or think there's a better way to get the message across. Pitt and Norton are perfectly cast, Pitt seems to have the most craic, but Norton IS the narrator. I always found Norton a bit sinister or something, just something off about him. If i were to read tomorrow that he actually did set up a fight club, i wouldn't be that surprised. A rare thing to say about a film, but i thought the film could do with another 20 minutes or so really hit home what Durden did, and the narrator figuring everything out, and also the confrontation at the end. Fincher is one of my favorite directors and he doesn't do much wrong here. I just can't imagine anyone else directing this. Lastly, how fucking suitably amazing is 'Where is my mind' for the end of the film. Love it.
Post by HEN HAWKADAY II on Aug 3, 2021 8:19:52 GMT
I really don't know why I trust recent 'acclaimed' films - this got two BAFTA nominations, five-star review in the Guardian, etc. etc. And it's not very good. The director was obviously going for a Kaurismaki kind of thing, people standing to one side of the frame, 70s furniture filling up the rest, sparse and deadpan dialogue - but it was mostly just annoying and none of it rang true. Especially when it was supposed to be making some points about immigration and living together. The scenes in the language classroom were desperately unfunny.
The only ideas that worked, for me, were the ones centred around the main figure's Syrian experiences - phone calls to his mother, recollections of his musical performance, and a beautiful kind of 'dream sequence' with his brother. That was when they dropped the 'humour' and it became quite moving.
Thank fuck for Reeves taking over the directing duties for this. I loved all these films growing up, they always seemed to be on channel 4. So when they said they were rebooting them, i was worried. The first one is.....adequate. It has franco in it and i hate him so.....Then Reeves takes over everything is right again. The last two are just brilliant, has a kinda Shakespearean heavy lies the crown feel to it with Ceaser. The story is proper apocalyptic for humans in feel , especially the 3rd one with the mutation of the virus. The main character narratives are perfect, The Colonel in the 3rd one is superb. I can rewatch the last two of these over and over again.
Maybe the funniest film ever. I was roaring with laughter and verging on hysterics. It's some kind of masterpiece. This scene alone had me slapping my thighs and almost in pain from laughing so hard...
There's been a series of good horror films coming out the UK in recent years and you can add this to the list. It's set in the early 80s during the video nasty moral panic as a young film censor becomes increasingly drawn into that world and, predictably, reality and fantasy blur. On the surface it riffs on the idea that violent movies do perhaps influence people but it's also subtle enough to hint at something darker and more interesting underneath the surface that could be really driving the protagonist. Visually it's quite striking too. The director is a young Welsh lass.
Bit of fun for a sunday night before i went to bed. By the numbers but the cast is enthusiastic, the story is adequate, and the laughs and actions are just enough. Can't make my mind up about Mark strong, i mean he's a decent actor but i don't know if he should be a bigger actor than he is. Leading films i mean, instead of a constant co star. He's probably happy out anyway.