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So i had a time to watch a movie and this time its Ralph breaks the internet the sequel to wreck-it Ralph. A mishap on Vanellope's arcade machine leaves her and gaming associates homeless. But salvation is at hand, with the recent inclusion of wifi/internet at the arcade, Ralph and Vanellope decide to go online to buy the part to fix Vanellope's arcade game. Cue comedy hijinks.

Whilst i found the movie creative and entertaining, i couldn't get over my cynicism to enjoy it properly. The whole thing felt like some big marketing/ cash grab exercise as we see various big names plastered all over the movie (none bigger then EBay/disney) and it rubbed me the wrong way immensely.

So... would i recommend it? meh, i watched it on BBC iplayer so i can't complain and kids might enjoy it. I'll give it a 6/10
 
I watched Drive again. I know they say certain films and American culture(+satirising it) inspired the game GTAV. Drive has to be in that list. (it's on YT) The film was released two years before the game.

Set in LA it involves many aspects of GTAV, robberies, shootouts, crooks, the tuned cars, the ever changing lighting as he drives through the city, the griminess and the reality. Plus the driving scenes themselves are so GTAV and the scene below is like being in the game; getaway tactics>knowing when to hide, when to drive like a citizen and when to floor it. Recommended for an enjoyable watch.

There are also a few GTAV recreations of film scenes on YT.


View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdqbdEKeJ_4&ab_channel=DeclanMoore
 
So i had the opportunity to watch a movie. this time it was Escape Room (2019)

A group of random strangers participate in an escape room experience. it soon turns deadly for the participants and the only way to survive, is to escape the room. it soon becomes apparent that they all have something in common (they are all solo survivors) and someone is watching them get picked off. Think Saw but with more thinking and less gore.

its not a very long movie and the whole thing does go at a breezy pace, but strangely i found it really compelling even if its not very plausible and is relatively mediocre. perhaps it was the pace, the interesting challenges and the back story of each of the participants and how they escape each deadly room kept me going.

i will say that by the end of it, they were really stretching the premise to breaking point. The ending suggests that there will be a sequel (in fact there is). Instead of an exciting cliff hanger, i was eyerolling how absurd it got (in fact its close to being laughable).


Would i recommend it? eh, maybe not. Would i watch the sequel? probably because i'm now invested in the story...
 
I watched Escape Room and it was ok. I liked the room with the furnace, can only imagine how panicky that whole situation would have been in real life. From what I remember the ending in the sequel is even more weird, but I guess that shouldn't come as a shock. I can recommend a similar movie called The Cube (1997) in case you have not seen it.
 
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My Best Friend's Wife my one friend suggested me this movie I'm still yet to watch it because and busy at my work if you know about this movie then you can tell me how is it. please let me know if it is worth to watch it
 
I watched Escape Room and it was ok. I liked the room with the furnace, can only imagine how panicky that whole situation would have been in real life. From what I remember the ending in the sequel is even more weird, but I guess that shouldn't come as a shock. I can recommend a similar movie called The Cube (1997) in case you have not seen it.

i think the problem is how much of a rush job escape room was both to its advantage and deteriment. its influences were pretty obvious (very saw-esque in nature - ie people with a particular phobia or event is recreated down to the minute detail).

If escape room was a horror movie, it bombed hard. it wasn't horror, wasn't gory but it was interesting as they solved the rooms. i think the character development is a bit farcical but i suppose they had to find a way to break the cycle.

but then again, perhaps i'm thinking too much into these movies. Its a shlocky food for the heart as opposed to food for the mind sort of thing.
 
I wasn't expecting to watch the sequel to escape room so soon, but BBC delivered and showed the sequel, Escape Room: Tournament of champions .The story picking up from where it ended in the previous movie, zoey and ben are now joined with the winners/survivors of other escape room events to compete once more.

With the premise already set up in the previous movie (and a helpful "previously on..." intro segment) the movie just goes all out with the elaborate and dials it up to absurd from the start. So much so that it jettisons much plausibility and, more importantly, story/character development (besides that of zoey and ben) to practical nothing. Its just a group of people trying to survive.

So whilst the escape rooms are interesting, even at 1hr 20min the story/movie begins to fall apart between the seams near the end, the escape rooms become increasingly rushed. Take the penultimate city one, it quite literally begins before the escape room is completed. They try to throw a plot twist that feels like has plot holes or doesn't make sense. The ending itself was pretty disappointing but i probably need to watch the start again to confirm whether the clues were really there...

Would i recommend watching it. nope.
 
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I watched The Last Voyage of the Demeter (2023). Directed by André Øvredal and starring Corey Hawkins, Aisling Franciosi, Liam Cunningham...

Plot: Ship, Dracula on the loose. People die, people need to kill the vampire to not die. People need to stop Dracula reach London so it does not get urbanized.

Is it good? In Dracula's own words: "The movie it's like sucking the blood of a young woman without having teeth to do so"

5/10 + for atmosphere, + for Dracula looking beastly, + for Liam Cunningham, and a final + for the ship looking like a real ship.
 
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Watched Sabata (1969). Gianfranco Parolini directed it and starred the awesome Lee Van Cleef, William Berger, and Ignazio Spalla.

Plot: Master gunfighter Sabata (Van Cleef) joins forces with acrobats and bushwhackers to defeat a rich estate guy who steals money from the army to buy land. Stengel, played by Franco Ressel is the bad guy who will try everything to keep his money.

Is it good? It has decent gunfights and some cool acrobatics stuff I have not seen in other Western movies. Van Cleef is perfect in the role of Sabata and walks around in style killing everything that moves. The music in the movie is well done and I am going to show a small clip afterwards that gives you a small taste of this.

7/10
View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WlCMS1Nw324
 

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So how did it compare to the Val Kilmer one from the 90's? (Which felt ridiculous to me at the time.)
That was a favorite for me as a kid. Relatively low violence for an action movie, PG-13 so it didn't bother my parents that much.

My wife and I love horror films and we watched two over the last week that are worth seeing if you're into that kind of thing:

Talk to Me - Really creative possession themed independent film that made it to Sundance and was immediately contracted by A24 for distribution rights. Would recommend to anyone who wants to be creeped out.

View: https://youtu.be/aLAKJu9aJys?si=n1J0lgPckJBUWrRQ



When Evil Lurks - Another independent film from Argentina. Quite violent and a several instances of kids getting hurt and/or killed which is tough to watch. Would recommend for any horror fans but beware if you can't handle the brutality.

View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YrTnV6gNzno
 
Hang 'Em High, directed by Ted Post, starring Clint Eastwood, Inger Stevens, Pat Hingle...

Plot: Clint Eastwood plays Jed Cooper, an ex-lawman who gets into trouble when a group of people "mistake" him for a murderer and strings him up at the nearest tree. Not the first movie Clint has been lynched and as with the other ones, he survives with a bloody wound around his neck. He wants revenge and takes up a job as a local lawman helping the judge bring in bad guys for a little bit of hanging.

Is it good? It got a decent amount of pistol shooting, your typical bad guys and of course, Eastwood himself doing a decent job as the Marshal. Perhaps the most interesting part of the movie is the discussions Jed Cooper has with Judge Fenton played by Pat Hingle about the ethics around some of the hangings.

There are a few scenes where stuff is a bit weird, like how Cooper suddenly gets very cold and sick from the rain when it just started to rain. The whole love affair between Cooper and Rachel Warren who is played by Inger Stevens, is something that I think didn't make much sense, but I guess it wouldn't be a Western movie without some beautiful lady and a little smoochie smooch.


6/10
 
It seems to me that westerns had become a tired, formulaic form until Leone reinvented it.
I watched Jackie Brown again last night and it's clear Tarantino has reinvented most of the genres of cinema.

I don't think there are enough superlatives to describe what he and other directors(like Christopher Nolan) achieve on screen.

But one thing about Tarantino, whereas studios always try to use the new talent to hype interest, he pays his dues to all the actors who are wondering about ther futures.

Pam Grier is the lead and with a killer soundtrack.

View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O82ZUvpaxB8&ab_channel=MightyChroma

(I like free films and Tubi has just launched here)
 

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It seems to me that westerns had become a tired, formulaic form until Leone reinvented it.
I watched Jackie Brown again last night and it's clear Tarantino has reinvented most of the genres of cinema.

I don't think there are enough superlatives to describe what he and other directors(like Christopher Nolan) achieve on screen.

But one thing about Tarantino, whereas studios always try to use the new talent to hype interest, he pays his dues to all the actors who are wondering about ther futures.

Pam Grier is the lead and with a killer soundtrack.

View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O82ZUvpaxB8&ab_channel=MightyChroma

(I like free films and Tubi has just launched here)
Jackie Brown is a great movie. I only saw it for the first time earlier this year. Rest in peace, Robert Forster.