What film did you watch last night?

swee'pea99

Legendary Member
The Fundamentals of Caring - came up in the Netflix listings and sounded like our kind of thing, and we weren't disappointed. Really good feelgood movie, with an excellent script, sound acting, and a satisfying (if in places a tad hokey) plot. Gets a solid 8/10 from me.
 

MichaelW2

Veteran
Entebbe

The latest movie version of events in 1976.
The dance sequence is universally lambasted and it is generally understood that in real life, no dancing was done by the assault team.
Weapons drills were pretty good and this is the only movie version showing Israeli commandos armed with (captured) AK47 which was their std weapon rather than the Uzi which was for girls. The final shootout was shown very briefly like they ran out of money or time during production.
Very sympathetic to the Red Army Faction/ Revolutionary Cells/ Tooting Popular Front.
The film suffers from a lack of Charles Bronson.
 
Monsoon Wedding. Again. Such a great film. Haven’t seen it for some years, and it’s still a real treat.

First time round I was the projectionist/sound man at our small town cinema. Seats for 120, sold out. We invited some friends from the very small local Indian community to come and join us to watch, which I’m thrilled to say, they did. Food and drinks served before the film (lessons were given on preparing Indian foods and sweets in our kitchen) and cultural appropriation ensued as the committee wore Indian attire, the women looked spectacular, and a fabulous evening followed. Watched the film then we retired to the pub for a chat and a beer. Really enjoyed talking to our guests about their families, origins and culture. A wonderful evening.
 

Drago

Flouncing Nobber
Location
Poshshire
Entebbe

The latest movie version of events in 1976.
The dance sequence is universally lambasted and it is generally understood that in real life, no dancing was done by the assault team.
Weapons drills were pretty good and this is the only movie version showing Israeli commandos armed with (captured) AK47 which was their std weapon rather than the Uzi which was for girls. The final shootout was shown very briefly like they ran out of money or time during production.
Very sympathetic to the Red Army Faction/ Revolutionary Cells/ Tooting Popular Front.
The film suffers from a lack of Charles Bronson.
I was in too kinds about that fillum. The raid was carried pit by the Sayeret Makyal, and in the film they were made to look a bit slap dash and amateurish, when in real life they make the SAS look a bit inexperienced.
 

Drago

Flouncing Nobber
Location
Poshshire
1995 film "Outbreak" w/ Dustin Hoffman. some very moving scenes like when infected ppl are escorted from their homes & when a barn filled with corpses is burned & blown up
When I first saw that film I thought it was a bit dull, then half way through there I was suddenly much talk of a thermobaric bomb and I instantly found it more interesting.
 

swee'pea99

Legendary Member
The Fault in Our Stars - dull, trite bore-fest about the great undying love of two dying teenagers, which unaccountably gets 7.7 on IMDB. It's obvious where this is going after about five minutes, then it takes upwards of two hours to get there. Cynical, dramatically inert, lazy. I've seen worse, but I really wouldn't go north of 5/10 for this one.
 
When I first saw that film I thought it was a bit dull, then half way through there I was suddenly much talk of a thermobaric bomb and I instantly found it more interesting.
um yeah, except they were talking about using it to annihilate an infected American town (which I think they did many years earlier w/ a similar outbreak in a jungle somewhere?) I only checked in w/ the movie, somewhere in the middle
 

sheddy

Legendary Member
Location
Suffolk
The Green Book (Netflix). Excellent

A black classical musician goes on a tour of 1950s Deep South with his white minder. Based on a true story.
The Green Book was the motel & diner guide published for negros to find safe accommodation.
 
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"Galaxy Quest" - the has-been cast of a Star Trek type series eek out a living appearing at fan conventions, but get recruited by space aliens who think they are real heroic astronauts. Affectionately parodies Star Trek, with a superb cast including Sigourney Weaver, and Alan Rickman who is particularly wonderful as the jaded British actor bemoaning the depths to which he's sunk "I've played Richard III !" he laments at one point. Nice details like the minor actor roped in to the space aliens' scheme who's terrified he's going to be killed because his character doesn't even have a last name. Like many great comedies, it's played straight if that makes sense. I'd never watched it before as I'd wrongly dismissed it, but prompted by another favourable review on here, gave it a go.
Superbly done: easily 8/10 of pure entertainment,

We also watched "Their Finest" - a BBC-ish film about scriptwriting a propaganda film about the Dunkirk evacuation. Three excellent leads, Gemma Arterton, the central character, a secretary who becomes a scriptwriter; Sam Claflin, who also played Mosley in Peaky Blinders, superb as the cynical and sarcastic more established writer; and Bill Nighy on top form as a jaded ham actor past his best (standard Bill Nighy, but he's awfully good at it). Clever and witty, but never underplaying the seriously high stakes and desperation of the times, with tragedy and loss as well as joy. Particularly resonated that the interference of the "men from the ministry" though seeming silly, is actually of vital importance since how the film appears in America, and indeed the morale effect in the UK are matters of national survival
After having watched "Mank" about the writer of "Citizen Kane" only a week or so back it's funny have two excellent films about scriptwriting so close together. I enjoyed this a lot - another 8/10
 
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matticus

Über Member
"Galaxy Quest" - the has-been cast of a Star Trek series eek out a living appearing at fan conventions, but get recruited by space aliens who think they are real heroic astronauts. Affectionately parodies Star Trek, a superb cast including Sigourney Weaver, and Alan Rickman who is particularly wonderful as the jaded British actor bemoaning the depths to which he's sunk "I've played Richard III !" he laments at one point. Nice details like the minor actor roped in to the space aliens' scheme who's terrified he's going to be killed because his character doesn't have a last name. Like many great comedies, it's played straight if that makes sense. I'd never watched it before as I'd wrongly dismissed it, but prompted by another favourable review on here, gave it a go.
Superbly done: 8/10 of pure entertainment,
Must watch this again some time. A proper funny SF/F film (compare with all the Marvel "humorous" scripts of recent years.)

Great cast, and it all Just Worked. :smile:
 
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