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John Wick: Chapter 4 (2023)

Jesus Christ, Chapter 3 was already much better than 1 & 2, but this is even better. Some of the best action sequences ever since Hard Boiled. Unabashedly kinetic, superb cinematography, and many references that do not feel like rip-offs (The Matrix, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Hotline Miami). Hands down my favorite set pieces in the series, from Osaka to Berlin to Paris. Let's hope the 5th one is even better, as it's totally a 4 > 3 > 2 > 1 series for me!
Being kind to others never goes out of style.

I forgot the opening line.

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Zaytoun - (2012)

I'd have been better off watching a bad movie last night. Zaytoun is average, pedestrian and unoriginal - another odd couple pairing in extreme circumstances that The Defiant Ones pulled off so well. Yoni (Stephen Dorff) is an Israeli pilot who has had to bail out over Beirut during the 1982 Lebanon War, and is captured by the PLO. He escapes with the grudging help of Fahed (Abdallah El Akal), a young Palestinian refugee whose father has been killed in the conflict - but as the pair deal with situation after situation a bond develops, and they grow close. I usually like films like this, but along with being a little irked by how ordinary it was I also learned that Israeli censors absolutely destroyed the screenplay in an overzealous attempt to have their side portrayed in the best light possible. I tell you, if you're so sensitive to phosphorus and cluster bombing along with indiscriminate destruction you should either not do it, or live with it - but trying to pretend it never happened doesn't sit well with me. In the end a film that was meant to make me feel warm and fuzzy made me feel cold and not the least bit fuzzy at all.

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The Driver (1978)

Directed by Walter Hill
Starring Ryan O'Neal, Bruce Dern and Isabelle Adjani


I saw the adverts that it will be on the TV this Saturday evening and immediately planned the view.
Probably my tenth watch of the movie, half of them during the school time when it was in the movie theaters every year and we've enjoyed it every time.
A real classic. One of the best works in a truly US genre. I can even say a real American contribution to the art of cinema. Dream cast, amazing cinematography and stylish screenplay. All this masterly directed by Walter Hill.
"Population don't imitate art, population imitate bad television." W.A.
"You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus." M.T.

'Cherry' (2023)

A film with alot of heart but not enough meat on the bones. if you're after an abortion drama you're better off watching the excellent 'Never , rarely, sometimes, always'.


What's your opinion of the other Eliza Hittman films (It Felt Like Love, Beach Rats)?

Zero Contact (2022)

This movie is actually a non-fungible token and was filmed using Zoom cameras during lockdown in the pandemic. At times you can't help but feel like you're attending an acting class in the actors studio, but it isnt that bad. You'd think this would fill some time on the Sci-Fi channel and maybe you'd lay on the couch and stare at the TV while drooling.

You'll see me stacking bags.

I forgot the opening line.

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Maria Full of Grace - (2004)

Full of impressive realism and taut dramatic tension, Maria Full of Grace tells us a story of one woman's transformation from flower plantation worker to Columbian drug mule in a brutal and faithful fashion. This is a film that had me up out of my seat and pacing, and at several instances I had to implore main character Maria Álvarez (Catalina Sandino Moreno) to simply be smart. This is a lady that makes quite a few bad decisions and some terrible life choices - but in the end it's the economic reality of living day to day in Columbia that sends many along this path. Maria constantly courts disaster, and through her ordeal we get to learn all the varied ways Columbian drug smugglers use mules to slip drugs through into the U.S. and the various ways these runs can go bad - but most of all this is about Maria's emotional journey, and the various horrors she submits to for a life-changing paycheck. A real surprise for me, and very much a recommendation for those who haven't seen it.


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The Wild Geese - (1978)

Combination war film and action movie, The Wild Geese continued the tradition of The Guns of Navarone and other adventure-filled film star vehicles. Here we have a squad of geriatric mercenaries with Roger Moore, Richard Burton, Richard Harris and Hardy Krüger banding together to rescue Julius Limbani, fictitious president of a Southern African nation. We get to see an expert military operation that runs flawlessly, and then an improvised disaster as the four men and their 49 hired guns are double-crossed by the wealthy magnate who hired them. I've always thought this film was fun - especially with those four heavyweights together in one movie. The messaging is a bit mixed and garbled, and Krüger's racist character undergoes a change of heart that's both touching and a little ridiculous, so you have to forgive it it's foibles to really enjoy it. You can't deny though that it's well made, and as a whole works really well.


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Splash - (1984)

Studio comedies were a staple of the 1980s, and Ron Howard cut his directing teeth on a few of these popular yet empty vehicles. They don't age well either. I don't think I'd ever seen Splash before, or if I had I probably saw it when it came out, nearly 40 years ago, so you can forgive me if I remembered none of it. Not much of it was worth remembering, apart from an early look at Eugene Levy. I don't think Tom Hanks had really grasped what he needed to do to be likeable either, and in this even his talent for comedy never stood a chance with a D.O.A. screenplay. Daryl Hannah is lovely and charms thoroughly though, and John Candy gives it everything, making me miss him still. A real mixed bag - I feel bad for saying negative things about it, but as a comedy it's simply so bereft of laughs.


Puss in Boots: The Last Wish- 9/10

Even the Disney fangirl in me has to admit that this movie was absolutely amazing.

The art style ! Oh my god I am obsessed with the artstyle. The storybook look was amazing. And the fight choreography was just top notch.

The characters were all charming and likable, even the villains.

And the writing was amazing. I don’t think there was a single line I didn’t laugh out loud at.

The story was good, it was both a rollicking good adventure and a deep look into Puss’ psychology.

Maybe the movie wasn’t absolutely perfect. I guess they sort of glossed over the whole Kitty also not coming to the Church bit and I’m not sure there was enough explanation for Goldilocks’ motives… though I guess there was the storybook scene, but it was kind of subtle.

I hold that Puss in Boots and Turning Red were stronger than Pinocchio as movies, even if Pinocchio was the superior artistic achievement. Whether that meant it deserved the Oscar nod is up to what you think is more important in a movie.

Lucky Numbers (2000)

I really liked this one. Good comedy filled with many familiar faces. You should see it if you haven't. Without IMDb I wouldn't have known about it.


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What's your opinion of the other Eliza Hittman films (It Felt Like Love, Beach Rats)?
I really liked Beach Rats. My review at the time:

This film confirms for me that Eliza Hittman is a very special director. She's so unafraid to go as slow / dark / seedy / emotive / arthouse or whatever the scene needs to push on. Plus I think she films on 16mm film (technical buffs can correct me), which gives the neorealistic look an even more authentic touch.

It centres around a young Brooklyn man desperately discovering his sexuality in an environment that is not easy. It's a well trodden path, but it's testament to Hittman's craft and vision that she can make a film with old substance feel relatively new. With this film and 'Never Rarely Sometimes Always', Hittman seems to be striking a chord with new American cinema. I hope she's got plenty more in her to come.


Not seen It felt like love though. Must find time to watch it.

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'Riceboy Sleeps' (2022)

This is an absolutely beautiful film. Director Anthony Shim has crafted a deeply personal movie about his youth, growing up in Canada, being raised by his mom, who was shamefully shunned by Korean society as she was a single mother, so had to emigrate.

The photography is very similar to Wong Kar Wai and Edward Yang in it's framing and depth of focus. The drama is so well written. The narrative is extremely moving - we see the young son 'David' grow up amid a host of challenges both at school and at home. His mother wants nothing but the best for him, but the challenges mount up for the pair of them.

Riceboy Sleeps seems to be part of a growing number of films that explore assimilation into overseas cultures and remembering 'home', that include the likes of Minari, Tigertail, Ms. Purple, The Farewell and Return to Seoul - but I think this might be the best of the lot.


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One of my favorite movies with my favorite theme of a woman’s journey both metaphorically & in reality.

Excellent movie that doesn’t have to be set in France. It could be in any developed country. I liked it so much as it has the theme I referenced above & I saw it twice.
I’m here only on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays. That’s why I’m here now.

Beyond the Infinite Two Minutes -

This is a funny and clever Japanese movie about an aspiring musician, Kato, who discovers that his TV shows video messages that are two minutes into the future. The messages come from another TV in the downstairs cafe where he works. Shot with a mobile phone camera, the movie looks like it's filmed in one take, but I didn't discover this until I read the trivia afterwards. I was too wrapped up in the action to notice, which I think is a good thing.

Kato's coworkers and bandmates eventually make the same discovery, and I like that they cover the gamut of reactions to such a phenomenon, which range from disinterest to dangerously opportunistic. If you're considering the possibilities of this concept while reading this, chances are they're all in this movie. If you're also thinking about what a logistical can of worms it presents, I'll just say that the movie is one step ahead of you in that regard as well (no pun intended). What's more, all this manipulation of the space-time continuum has the benefit of being hilarious. I am totally okay with time travel movies that have extravagant special effects and big budgets; in fact, I could rewatch Twelve Monkeys or Back to the Future any day of the week. Regardless, there's something extra special about seeing one that's just as thoughtful that only has a small cast, two rooms and two TVs (oh, and a really long power cord. You'll see what I mean).