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by RevKeith39
Tue Oct 09, 2018 9:55 am
Forum: Film Discussion
Topic: First Man
Replies: 22
Views: 3285

Re: First Man

How do you film a story that everyone knows, thus negating dramatic tension, about a somewhat repressed individual, prickly and taciturn, thus negating audience sympathy, and retain viewers attention and/or interest? Answer...effects. This film is a master class in soundscaping. Oscars beckon for so...
by RevKeith39
Thu Sep 20, 2018 9:45 pm
Forum: Film Discussion
Topic: A Simple Favour
Replies: 13
Views: 1465

Re: A Simple Favour

Was this a thriller with comedic tendencies or a comedy with a dark underbelly? I’m not sure if the makers were really sure so for me it sort of fell between the two. I enjoyed it overall, but perhaps it would have been stronger with a better focus. Excellent performances from all concerned. My OH g...
by RevKeith39
Mon Sep 03, 2018 4:36 pm
Forum: Film Discussion
Topic: American Animals
Replies: 10
Views: 1136

Re: American Animals

By some considerable distance, this is my film of the year so far. A quite brilliant take on a heist movie, but blended with documentary style real life inserts. Laugh out loud moments mixed with open mouth incredulity. Also so topical in view of ongoing debate about so-called fake news. When two fi...
by RevKeith39
Tue Aug 21, 2018 6:50 pm
Forum: Film Discussion
Topic: The Children Act
Replies: 2
Views: 415

Re: The Children Act

Enjoyed the film and agree on performances being excellent. However, I felt that more exposition was required to allow us to know more about the characters. Stanley Tucci’s role in particular was badly underwritten, with the result that he became something of a cipher. The boy at the centre became a...
by RevKeith39
Sat Aug 18, 2018 8:42 pm
Forum: Film Discussion
Topic: The Spy Who Dumped Me
Replies: 4
Views: 620

Re: The Spy Who Dumped Me

Jarring mishmash of genres. Part thriller, part comedy, part buddy movie. Lots of violence and action set pieces which are actually well done, but if you follow this with comedy the violence needs to be cartoonish not graphic as it is here. The buddy aspect also does not work as there is little beli...
by RevKeith39
Sun Aug 05, 2018 9:18 pm
Forum: Film Discussion
Topic: Damascus Cover
Replies: 4
Views: 591

Re: Damascus Cover

Better than expected in view of bad reviews. Low-key old -fashioned spy drama. Good antidote to the ludicrous MI Franchise of ‘I do all my own stunts’. 7.5/10
by RevKeith39
Sat Aug 04, 2018 9:11 pm
Forum: Film Discussion
Topic: Sgt. Stubby
Replies: 10
Views: 1049

Re: Sgt. Stubby

Surprised at just how excellent this was. Really good animation and rounded characters. It made me look up the real story of Sgt. Stubby and was amazed that it’s all true. Brilliant that the film is able to tell a story of the horrors of WW1 whilst remaining family friendly, a difficult balancing ac...
by RevKeith39
Mon Jul 16, 2018 12:16 pm
Forum: Film Discussion
Topic: MI Fallout
Replies: 22
Views: 2139

Re: MI Fallout

Agree with above. All stunts, no content. The sort of film where you feel you’ve seen a masterpiece as the credits roll, but as you’re driving home you begin to realise it made no sense and plot holes were gigantic. Acting really poor from everyone. My initial mark of 8/10 has been reducing steadily...
by RevKeith39
Mon Jul 02, 2018 1:46 pm
Forum: Film Discussion
Topic: Sicario2
Replies: 8
Views: 1445

Re: Sicario2

I have not seen Sicario 1 so I felt I was at a distinct disadvantage even though 2 was marketed as standalone. Decent film with some good action sequences, let down somewhat by far fetched plot development two thirds of the way through and silly ending. Del Toro carries the whole film and lack of fe...
by RevKeith39
Wed Jun 20, 2018 3:03 pm
Forum: Film Discussion
Topic: Leave no trace
Replies: 2
Views: 708

Leave no trace

Excellent low-key drama with great performances. Shows a side of American culture not often seen and has a good soundtrack. So much more satisfying than CGI extravaganzas, with characters you actually care about. Well worth seeking out, one of my films of the year. 9/10