films you've seen recently and would NOT recommend

version

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You should watch Deep Blue Sea for that reason
I've seen Deep Blue Sea a few times. Love it. LL as the chef.

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Corpsey

bandz ahoy
I watched that doc about him trying/failing to make Dune.

The trailers for those other films look so hilariously 1960's.
 

version

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Darkman (1990)

There are a few decent shots and moments, but it's a complete mess. The story jumps around awkwardly and every performance is poor. The real estate guy who turns out to be the villain's particularly bad; Darkman's supposedly got super strength and can't feel pain, so they balance it out by having this corporate guy claiming he grew up on building sites so he has good balance and isn't scared of heights and they fight on the girders of a partially-constructed skyscraper...

 

DLaurent

Well-known member
All My Friends Are Dead

This was the lead film on Netflix the other day. Occasionally you get the odd decent film on there to watch but it's mostly stuff around this quality. A house party that eventually unravels but it's not funny and not much else going for it either.
 

suspended

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All My Friends Are Dead

This was the lead film on Netflix the other day. Occasionally you get the odd decent film on there to watch but it's mostly stuff around this quality. A house party that eventually unravels but it's not funny and not much else going for it either.
Netflix originals got bleak fast
 

suspended

Well-known member
This is why I support torrenting. You could give your money to netflix to keep churning out middlebrow crud, or you could put a couple bucks into a VPN and access foreign masterpieces from the 70s
 

WashYourHands

Cat Malogen
Drifted in and out of this pile of steaming A-list wank for half an hour earlier


Everyone is in it yet nothing really happens. The Germanic barbarians (all with ginger wigs) torturing James Mason was the last straw, begone ye pestilence of wasted time
 

IdleRich

IdleRich
We have been working our way through the late Woody Allen films inspired by one being on telly quite recently and us both enjoying it. Allen is a director I've never really loved, I feel his masterpieces are overrated.... but having got into his later stuff I feel a lot of that is underrated. In short my thesis is that far from being a guy who had a period of genius followed by a much weaker second half to his career, I'd argue that he really made films that were pretty much of the same standard all the way through his career (as a rule, I mean there are obvious minor ups and downs but the overall trend is not so clear) and the reviews were better when he was more in favour.
Either way we watched his latest film yesterday A Rainy Day in New York - and it was fucking rubbish. This one really was guilty of all the stuff his last thirty years of films have been accused of, a disjointed rehashing of his old ideas with no guiding arc and some terrible lines (when arguing about whether someone is an escort or a hooker his mum says "let's not split pubic hairs") and sentimental music and shots of NY trying desperately to make up for deficiencies in plot and dialogue and cheat the viewer into feeling some emotion. Don't bother.
 

version

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We have been working our way through the late Woody Allen films inspired by one being on telly quite recently and us both enjoying it. Allen is a director I've never really loved, I feel his masterpieces are overrated.... but having got into his later stuff I feel a lot of that is underrated. In short my thesis is that far from being a guy who had a period of genius followed by a much weaker second half to his career, I'd argue that he really made films that were pretty much of the same standard all the way through his career (as a rule, I mean there are obvious minor ups and downs but the overall trend is not so clear) and the reviews were better when he was more in favour.
Either way we watched his latest film yesterday A Rainy Day in New York - and it was fucking rubbish. This one really was guilty of all the stuff his last thirty years of films have been accused of, a disjointed rehashing of his old ideas with no guiding arc and some terrible lines (when arguing about whether someone is an escort or a hooker his mum says "let's not split pubic hairs") and sentimental music and shots of NY trying desperately to make up for deficiencies in plot and dialogue and cheat the viewer into feeling some emotion. Don't bother.
Crimes and Misdemeanors is the best I've seen of his, although I saw it a long time ago. I liked Midnight in Paris.
 

IdleRich

IdleRich
I don't think I've seen the former. I like ones like Midnight in Paris or the Barcelona and Rome ones purely for the sets... the rich houses porn, they are basically rubbish but I enjoy them a lot.
 

craner

Beast of Burden
I think that Allen always benefited from good editors and cinematographers, like Ralph Rosenblum and Gordon Willis on Annie Hall or Carlo Di Palma on Hannah and Her Sisters. I don't really agree about the later films - I think they are cheap, nasty, lazy, with the only talented people hanging around being sycophantic actors. His best lost film, if there are any, is Husbands and Wives, which is one of the most toxic and brutal films I've ever seen, which I mean as a compliment.
 

IdleRich

IdleRich
They are kinda lazy and shallow, but I enjoy a lot of them. Partly cos they are not too taxing.... although every so often one is not a romantic comedy but a nasty film about a psycho which is a bit of a curveball (cos I don't read the precis first so never know what it's gonna be). Obviously some are better than others.
 
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