What film did you watch last night?

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Cruella

A standout performance from Emma Stone and plenty of stylish production can't save this horribly conceived trainwreck of a movie. Trying to dress up a classic villain into the hero of a quirky heist caper just doesn't work.

Incoherent 3/10.
 

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Bond - No time to die

8.5/10

Very much a return to form with a good story, some emotional investment and good pacing. Easily the best bond since Casino Royale. Perhaps not quite as good as CR but it came close.

Only bad bit about it was the first few scenes with the replacement 007 who seemed to have a massive chip on her shoulder. Once she seemed to get over it she was decent as well.

Glad I went to see it in the cinema.
 
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The Protogé (2021)

Functional female lead, assassin trained from a child by surrogate father figure type film. There's nothing here we haven't seen before and that's a little disappointing from a film by Casino Royale director, Martin Campbell.

Plus to be fair to Samuel L Jackson and Michael Keaton, they didn't just phone it in and take the money.

5.5/10
 
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Dune (Part 1) - 7/10
To be honest it suffers a bit for being too faithful to the book and being a bit too heavy on CGI (CGI desert scenes are particularly bland).

The invasion scene is spectacular though, especially the various weapons that are shown.
 
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Brawl In Cell Block 99 - 9/10

A great film, Vince Vaughn in a "serious" role, is a bit of a change from a comedy, but he does it brilliantly. Quite brutal, but man..great film.
 
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M. Night Shyamalan latest, Old.

2/10 - Terrible. Not one of the cast can act, terrible script and a weird direction of things happening on screen, but not showing the audience... for no apparent effect or reason. It actually felt like watching an amateur film, hard to believe this guy was behind Sixth Sense. Shame as it's not a bad concept, just really, really badly executed.
 
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Denis Villeneuve's Dune 2021: Part 1.

With a brisk runtime of just 2.5 hours, Villeneuve's 2021 remake of David Lynch's critically acclaimed 1984 blockbuster classic is clearly intended as a starter rather than a main course. Its plot covers the first three chapters of the first book of the 28 canonical volumes of Francis H. Herbert's controversial Galactic Drug Trade saga. A sequel (currently planned for release in October 2023) will summarise the rest of the books.

If I could summarise this movie in just two word, they would be 'wasted opportunities.' There is so much good about it, yet Villeneuve inexplicably omits several elements I had eagerly anticipated.

What I liked
Villeneuve's vision of Lynch's interpretation of Herbert's work unfolds in a far distant where Western and Eastern cultures have coalesced and humanity now exists as a single race of interstellar Space Arabs. The ceaseless battle for resources and territory is dominated by countless aristocratic families and war clans. Of these, we meet just a few:

* House Corrino: Mongolian Space Arabs
* House Harkonnen: Nazi Space Arabs
* House Artreides: Scottish Space Arabs
* Bene Gesserit: Muslim Space Arabs
* Fremen: xenophobic libertarian Space Arabs

This was all very cool and imaginative. I loved the sound of the Sardaukar language, especially the throat singing.

Villeneuve's visuals are flawless. There is a palpable sense of epic scale in his vast sets, titanic space ships, and massive battle formations. This imposing 'visual mass' (as Høenig calls it) combines with the sparse colour pallet to produce a masterclass in fictional worldbuilding. Everything on the screen feels heavy, solid, and real.

The Bene Gesserit 'Voice' technique is depicted very differently to the book, but I liked how they did this.

The music is exceptionally good, with a strong Hans Zimmer vibe that falls somewhere between Blue Planet II and Blade Runner 2049.

What I didn't like
The anaemic 12A rating takes a heavy toll, particularly in the combat scenes. Fights are bloodless, poorly choregraphed playground scuffles without a hint of suspense or genuine threat. Boo!

The Harkonnen are ludicrously sanitised. They look good, yet I just can't take them seriously. Boo!

Baron Wladimir is still an imposing figure, but without the bestial menace and sexual depravity that was so well showcased by Lynch. In Villeneuve's depiction he comes across as a mildly aggressive uncle with gastric problems. He doesn't project any sense of evil or violence. Boo!

Glossu Rabban (played by the goofy alien guy from Guardians of the Galaxy) has the personality of cardboard and all the thrilling masculine energy of a plastic spork. Very poor casting here. I have no idea what they were thinking. Boo!

The Mentats' role is never explained, and they lack the defining characteristic of Sapho-stained lips. Boo!

We are told that Melange is used by the Navigators for interstellar travel, but not how or why. We never see a Navigator in action, and we are robbed of the majestic Third Stage Navigator entrance scene for which Lynch's film has become famous. Boo!

There's probably more, but that's all I can think of right now.

I rate Denis Villeneuve's Dune 2021: Part 1 at 24.97 on the Haglee Scale, which works out as 7.5 Space Arabs out of 10 on IMDB.
 
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Dune: Part 1 (2021)

At Manchester's Vue IMAX screen, this wasn't just a film, it was a genuine experience for me. Denis continues to create sci-fi universes which are so rich yet strangely tangible (see also: Blade Runner 2049), which I think he achieves in large part thanks to his use of practical sets and makeup where possible. I had a few niggles with the plot (I also have zero background knowledge from the books), but overall I would happily see this a second time, and would welcome an extended cut too.

9.5/10
 
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Casino Royale. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0381061/

I've seen the odd bit before but this was my first time seeing it all the way through.

Craig makes for a fine Bond, IMO, he reminds me a little of Connery, maybe it's the rugged, tough side to him.

Solid movie, I rarely rate films as it's subjective, though if I were to in this instance then something around the 8/10 mark would probably sing out from my cherry red lips.

I'm currently viewing The Quantum of Solace and although I've not finished it yet, I'm also liking this one, too. I'll probably finish that this evening.
 
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Quantum is a marmite film, the first part I think is awesome, simply suffers an slightly over complicated plot and gets silly. Not seen the latest, but with Craig films, like Brosnan, vanity kicked in, compare Casino with the later offerings - say no more.

All Bond needs is to fight bad people; who want to take/destroy the world. Without over complicating the plot! The best and redeeming scene in Spectre is the fight with Mr Hinx. Modern Bond's miss the 'Jaws, Oddjob' foe!

Watched The Conjuring and its sequel 7/10. I very much enjoyed both. The Exorcist is still the best.

The first is the better film, although the creepy nun painting in the second is a great sequence
 
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Quite honestly I can't say I care much for any of Daniel Craig's outings as Bond. Much prefer the older, tongue-in-cheek, movies. Haven't seen the latest though, but I'm not expecting my opinion to change.
 
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Fitch 5/10

Tom Hanks and Borat the Robot go off on a post-apocalyptic road trip. Shallow plot stretched out to fill the run-time.
 
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Dune (1984)

Never read the books and so didn't have any idea what the film was about. After watching this 1984 effort, I still don't have much idea of what the story is about.

I understand that the theatrical cut probably has 40-60 minutes missing from the director's intent, but even that couldn't save this mess. The acting would still be as bad, as would the special effects and the music.

My only regret is that I didn't fall asleep for most of the film. Easily in the running for one of the worst films I've ever seen. I really did struggle find even the smallest thing to like about it. Not even so bad, it's good.

Would've been interesting to see how the film could've turned out if Ridley Scott and some of his Alien collaborators hadn't left the project.

0/10
 
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To those that have watched finch its something i might watch with my kids so can someone answer this please

Does the dog die? TY :)
 
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Quantum is a marmite film, the first part I think is awesome, simply suffers an slightly over complicated plot and gets silly. Not seen the latest, but with Craig films, like Brosnan, vanity kicked in, compare Casino with the later offerings - say no more.

All Bond needs is to fight bad people; who want to take/destroy the world. Without over complicating the plot! The best and redeeming scene in Spectre is the fight with Mr Hinx. Modern Bond's miss the 'Jaws, Oddjob' foe!

Watched The Conjuring and its sequel 7/10. I very much enjoyed both. The Exorcist is still the best.

The first is the better film, although the creepy nun painting in the second is a great sequence

I really liked QoS. The intro was fantastic too with the Aston Martin.
 
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