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P'tang, Yang, Kipperbang

Ptang Yang Kipperband...

(Edit) 17/09/2020

huh !

OK this is not for everyone but if you are old enough to remember when you had to kick your cathode ray tube TV to get Channel 4 when it launched or if you are obsessed with cricket, than you probably have seen this film. As a kid this movie spoke to me in volumes. Girls you see come from another universe and this film was a guide. Most of my friends as well as myself were Alan Duckworth and WE all knew a Philip - you know one of those good looking brain boxes who win at everything (yes I am looking at you headboy Stephen Kingston !). We all feel in love with the prettiest girl who wouldn't give us the time of day. Yes this film was my mirror growing up. To this day I still think I am over doing it.

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Doctor Sleep

Just shines on why the original is considered a master of cinema

(Edit) 03/08/2020

6/10

This was never going to be easy.

Making a sequel to The Shining is a tall order, even when it comes from the pen of Stephen King. Personally I prefer Kubrick's version of the story than King's and obviously that is what the director of this movie, Mike Flanagan, thought as well. Unlike Kubrick who used his mastery of camera angles, lighting, set design and tight script, none of that is here. In fact the film shines (pun intended) when the final act gets to the Overlook hotel and you once again appreciate the craftsmanship that went into that production. Flanagan's direction is very matter of the fact and modern and flat. So flat that almost the entire film is devoid of scariness. Where The Shining built on a sense of anxiety, none of that is in play with this film. In fact the very last act of the film is borderline comical but not in a haha intentional way. It's a bit stupid.

To its credit the film is very engaging and between King and Flanagan they have managed to extend the universe of The Shining with some logical extensions. I was never bored as I was never scarred. This film does not take away anything from The Shining but at the same token I do not think it really adds anything to it either.

Put it this way I do not see film studies or books or YouTube videos analyzing Doctor Sleep forty years from now as we see with The Shining. This film is OK verging on good but all it does is shines (there I did it again) a spot on why The Shining is so good.

Saying that the main performances from McGregor, Ferguson and Curran (who is excellent as a child actor) are all very good.

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Mad Max: Fury Road

Yep......yet another franchise ruined

(Edit) 06/11/2015

hat a massive disappointment. This film is great. This is amazing. That is all I heard about it when it hit the theatres but having literally just seen it - I cannot believe I was watching the same film.

On the positive - some of the chase scene are good and some of the deaths sequences are glory. The plot is relatively decent if you do not think about it too much. I would put it on par with Mad Max 3.

On the negative - the accents are all over place (Charlie Theron does not even bother to even try to sound Australian), Hardy just mumbles his lines and over-acts when he does deliver them, the CGI looked pretty awful, the electric sand storm was plain stupid, the stunts were super-human and none of this felt like a desperate apocalyptic land the second and third film built on. I agree it is nice to see practical effects and real car crashes but I cared nothing for any of the characters, so I could not care less who crashed, who died or who survived

After watching this all I want to do is show the wife Mad Max 2 and how to do a proper Mad Max film. When that was a classic this film felt totally of this time. All gusto and no character development. All speed and no destination. All action and no desperation.

The sad thing is that by the 2/3 point I was thoroughly bored. In a Mad Max film. Bored :o

Rubbish. For me it was more disappointing than Guardians Of The Galaxy because with that film I had low expectations which were not filled. This one made me feel I wasted an evening.

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Fifty Shades of Grey

O...M...G

(Edit) 06/10/2015

Saw this with the misses as I really wanted to see what the fuss was all about and to see if it really is that bad. It is.

What surprised me the most was not the absolute drivel of a plot or a absurd nature of the script but just how damn boring the whole thing was. Really it is quite dull. I yawned 3 times in the closing hour. Even the misses who at first was all giggly and laughing at the screen for the first half hour was utterly silent and turned off in the second half when it went all S&M and bondage crap. It was not even kinky. We just watched some rich dude gently beat some pretty upper middle class white virgin in her early 20s (but who looked like 26). So this was what middle aged woman crave ?. This is the best that they want ?. This and Strictly I suppose.

The whole aspect of it was utterly unrealistic. We have a billionaire playboy who does zero work (it would be nice to put some background story of how he made his millions - nope.)

We have a sub plot about some Mexican dude who also fancies the virgin 20 year old but that sub plot went nowhere. In his second scene he makes a pass to the girl and then he got whacked by the billionaire and then went off sulking some where never to be seen again. You would thought some sort of dramatic scene would take place, like a stand off, but again - nope. So sub plot was not even a plot. It was really just 2 scenes that served....well nothing really. Just scenes. To waste time.

This billionaire then wants this 20 year old virgin to sign a contract so that he can do a bit of S&M on her. She falls in love (maybe because he is her first and you know the first cut is the deepest) and cannot understand why he is so fucked up. He does not want to tell. She walks out. That is it. That is the film. It just ends. Not with a cliff hanger but her just leaving....on a billionaire...who lightly slapped her...oh yeah and spanked her a little. So a 20 year old colleague student, who works in a shop, walks out on a billionaire who buys her things, like first editions, a laptop and really expensive car because he spanked her bottom 6 times. She walked out on a billionaire because he would not "respect her". Did we (the audience) care. Nope. No 2 f***s were given.

Everybody in this film was thin, good looking and either rich or very well off. Like everyone. Even the butler. And all the extras. All the people in the nightclub - they were good looking. All the colleague students - yep they were pretty as well. Everyone was good looking. It went beyond Hollyoaks, it was like watching a world where eulogy succeeded.

The story had no tension. Not even sexual tension. It was like watching a high class soft porn movie when all see is the occasional bum and tits. Jesus in a world when HBO and Starz give us simulated sex that outclasses this you begin to wonder - why the appeal ?.

If it can awarded zero it would get that but since 1 is the lowest star, it will get a 1 only because I got to see Dakota Johnson's bum, and that, at least will make up somewhat for the wasted evening.

I can see why the book was a hit on the Kindle, to save the embarrassment of someone admitting they have read this absolute garbage.

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Mr. Turner

Where is the passion ?

(Edit) 19/05/2015

Good but not excellent. Although the film addresses what happened in the latter days of William Turner I found it missed a lot of the soul and passion that his artwork generates. The emotion that inspired his artwork, the ideas that went into creating them are totally absent in this film. What we get instead is a pedestrian insight into his life without understanding what possessed him, what drove him on. His paintings, Slaveship, The Fighting 'Téméraire and Rain, Steam and Speed are some of the most praised pieces of art because of their emotive subtext as opposed to their literal interpretation. None of that is covered by this film. It seems he paints because he can. No artists paints because they can, they paint to tell a story, express emotion, incite feeling. In this film we see nothing as to why he paints.

The acting, cinematography, direction and sets are all excellent, but without that passion it just feels a little lifeless. To give an example, Amadeus, imo, is a better film because even with the entire sub-plot of Salieri passing off Mozart's Requiem as his own work being untrue, that film addressed why Mozart loved music and why his personality got the better of his genius. Mr Turner skips that to show a methodical portrait of his latter life. What could have been great just ended up as a disappointment

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