Last Movie Watched.... The Xenforo Edition

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  1. Belgian guy

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    The Quiet Gun (1957)
    Dir. William F. Claxton

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    Sheriff Brandon is troubled by a campaign waged by the town's attorney against one of the ranchers, supposedly at the behest of the town council. The man in question has been shacking up with an Indian girl following his estranged wife departure to stay with her family. The gossiping townfolks want to run him out of town for immoral behavior. Brandon knows that if they confront the rancher in question, a man who at one point was his closest friend, it is likely to end in bloodshed. When his fears are confirmed, he sets out to bring in his old friend, only a lynch mob rides out too, intent on beating him to the punch.

    Decent little western. The themes are pretty straightforward, but it's all well done. Features Mara Corday and a youngish Lee Van Cleef in supporting roles. Forrest Tucker is good as the decent, everyman Sheriff.
     
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    The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (2018)
    Dir. Mike Newell

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    A writer looking for inspiration for a new book finds it in a correspondence with a resident from Guernsey, a small island in the Channel. The man in question recounts his experiences during the war, whilst Guernsey was occupied by the Germans and how he happened to form a literary society with a handful of other residents. The newly engaged writer departs for the island to find out more about them and in turn forms a strong attachment to the members of the society, whilst also learning about another young woman: a former member who touched the lives of the others in the group and whose absence has left a hole in their lives.

    I mostly liked this. It's charming, if a bit too long (kind of like its title). I love the cast, especially Lily James, Michiel Huisman and Matthew Goode. It's not meant to be very realistic, which is most apparent in the depiction of the German occupation of Guernsey. It's mostly about loss and the meaning of family.
     
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    Great book.
     
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  4. Belgian guy

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    Can't really say how faithful the movie is to the source material since I never read it.
     
  5. Belgian guy

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    Godzilla: King of Monsters (2019)
    Dir. Michael Dougherty

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    Following the events of "Godzilla", the eponymous monster has officially disappeared. Unofficially, Monarch are closely tracking him. Besides that, they have identified seventeen more Titans like him, all of them dormant for the time being, monitored at various Monarch facilities around the globe. Until an eco-terrorist cell uses a device originally made to make the creatures more docile to wake them all up. In their desperation, humanity only has one savior to turn to: the King of the Monsters himself, Godzilla.

    I believe Godzilla purists don't like this movie, among other things for what it does to Mothra. As usual, the human stories in this are the least interesting aspect, yet I did enjoy some of the action set pieces. One annoying aspect here is how they seem to consciously edit the fights between the Titans in a way that makes it harder to follow, especially during the climax. This also doesn't feature any scene as spectacular as the first movie's HALO jump. Which apart from anything else, did a great job at portraying the scale of these monsters.

    Kyle Chandler returns to play his everyman character, Vera Farmiga is way overqualified for this material, Charles Dance is chewing scenery like no one's business as the villain du jour and Millie Bobbie Brown doesn't have enough to do to showcase the talent that made her a star on "Stranger Things". I also felt like Ken Watanabe was going through the motions a bit more than in the first film, to the point that I wondered if this was merely about fulfilling a contractual obligation for him.

    Did enough to keep me curious for Godzilla vs. Kong, if nothing else.
     
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    Dolemite (1975)

    After being framed by crooked cops, Dolemite has been behind bars for years. But the warden has finally started to believe Dolemite's story, and Dolemite is being released to clear his name and clean up the Fourth Ward. However, Mayor Daley(!), the man behind the drug and gun pushers and the crooked cops, wants Dolemite dead. Or maybe just arrested. Or bailed out after being arrested. They aren't very consistent. Fortunately, the women that used to work at Dolemite 's night club slash massage parlor have been practicing karate in the mean time.

    The movie is so amateurish and slap-dash and that alone is funny at first, but it grates after a while. What keeps you watching is Rudy Ray Moore's comedic timing and his occasional bursts of brilliant dialogue. I just wonder how they were able to create a film with real editing, sets, location shooting, numerous speaking roles, and extras because I have certainly seen far far worse in movies with actual plots and actors.

    I guess I'll have to watch the new Eddie Murphy movie about the history behind this film to find out.

     
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    Den of Thieves (2018)
    Dir. Christian Gudegast

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    Ray Merrimen is the leader of an elite heist crew. Their latest job was a spectacular theft of an armored truck, which puts them onto the radar of L.A.'s major crimes unit. The leader of said unit, Big Nick O'Brien is a morally dubious character who is in charge of a crew of equally shady individuals. They make it their mission to capture Merrimen's unit in the act of committing a serious crime and they aren't afraid to bend and break the law to do so. Only it isn't ever clear who has the upper hand or the moral superiority.

    This is pretty referential, drawing heavily from movies like "Heat" and more recently "The Town". Which themselves were already borrowing heavily from Michael Mann's "Thief". As a genre exercise, it's not bad, if a bit too long at nearly 2.5 hours. Not sure if I would ever buy Gerard Butler as an L.A. native, but the rest of the cast is pretty decent. O'Shea Jackson Jr. (Ice Cube's kid) is pretty convincing as the driver with hidden depths.
     
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    Night Hunter (2018)
    Dir. David Raymond

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    After finding the body of a young woman who has jumped to her death on top of a lumber truck, the cops in charge of the investigation discover the signs of a lengthy imprisonment on her body. Shortly thereafter, with the help of a vigilante, they actually find the man responsible and discover that the young woman they found earlier isn't the first one who was held captive and subsequently killed by him. Though the mentally challenged young man does not seem to fit their idea of a very organized serial killer. As they conduct interviews with the suspect, it is soon revealed that they don't yet have the full picture of the crime or the criminal in question.

    This was a very poor thriller, which probably explains its near immediate VOD release in spite of a very good cast. In terms of that cast, you have to wonder what the reason was for this ensemble to sign on to such poor material: Henry Cavill, Ben Kingsley, Stanley Tucci, Nathan Fillion, Alexandra Daddario, ... are the kind of actors you could definitely make a far better film with than this. It also doesn't look like a particularly high budget production so I can't imagine the paycheck was the deciding factor either.
     
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    Notting Hill - 1999 - Dir - Roger Michell

    20 yr old rom-com hasn't lost its luster.
     
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    Ma (2019)
    Dir. Tate Taylor

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    Shortly after moving to a small town in Mississippi from her former San Diego home, Maggie befriends a group of kids who introduce her to the weekend social life. With few other options, they try to find some adult to buy them booze and then hang out at one of the few spots they aren't likely to be bothered by the cops. One day, the person buying them their alcohol is a middle-aged veterinary assistant who seems more up for the shady task than most adults are. On their second time of asking for her help, she improves her offer by not just giving them the booze itself but also a place to safely party without the cops bothering them: her home's basement. After some hesitation, the kids accept and the place becomes the unlikely party location for them and other high school kids. Until it is slowly revealed that the woman's largess to the local kids has very dark motives.

    Apart from the silly premise, the writing in general is pretty subpar here. Octavia Spencer does a good job (her delivery of one expletive is especially memorable) but even she cannot salvage this film. There are some decent actors in supporting roles, among them Luke Evans, Juliette Lewis and especially Allison Janney (who has very little to do). Not the greatest of Blumhouse's recent and semi-recent releases by any means.
     
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    Hoax (2019)
    Dir. Matt Allen

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    Following the death and disappearance of six college students in the woods of South-West Colorado, a down on his luck TV producer cashes in his last favor to finance a team which will go to that area to investigate if the deaths can be linked to a bear attack or if there is some truth to the rumors of a Bigfoot like huge primate roaming around there. His team includes a security expert, local guide, a self-declared Big Foot expert, a Dr. who primarily studies primates, a camera man and the on air talent, a diva-esque reporter who will present the documentary.

    After initially not finding much of anything, things change when one of their group disappears and they find signs of a struggle in the nearby woods. Is there some truth to the legend after all or is someone ********ing with them?

    This monster/horror flick did not meet my very modest expectations of it. It's fairly mediocre fare throughout only to become horrendously bad towards the end of the film. The cast is forgettable too (not sure how Brian Thompson ended up in this flick) apart from perhaps Shoshana Bush, who does a decent job playing the bitchy reporter.
     
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    Johnny English Strikes Again (2018)
    Dir. Andrew Kerr

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    A cyber attack leaves all of MI6's field agents burned. To investigate the attack, they have no choice but to bring back a retired agent. The choice falls on Johnny English, who has gone into teaching after his British Intelligence career ended. Together with his old partner Bough, English and his usual bumbling-yet-unwittingly-effective style gets onto the trail of a Russian woman who possibly has a connection to the cyber attack, after the investigation brings him to the South of France.

    Fifteen years after the original film and seven years after the most recent sequel, I think this is very much a film that will have been a surprise to even those who liked the earlier entries into this franchise. This is far from a great movie yet after thirty years of enjoying Rowan Atkinson's work, I can even appreciate his presence in subpar fare. Emma Thompson seems to have some fun with her Prime Minister role and Olga Kurylenko is very enjoyable in this, so much so that I think the action-comedy genre might be her ideal niche. I did love those cameos in the old agents scene.
     
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