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by Markgway
16 Oct 2019, 04:14
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Justice League (2017) ** A video game masquerading as cinema. Forget logic and physics - the filmmakers certainly did. A paper thin story with only the presence of (somewhat) charismatic superheroes to hold it together. Batfleck is OK; EzraFlash, mildly amusing, WonderGal - I could happily watch rea...
by Markgway
16 Oct 2019, 02:05
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Planes Trains, and Automobiles (1987) **½ Steve Martin and John Candy both shine in this sometimes funny, sometimes irritating farce. Goes for Hollywood schmaltz toward the end, but it's not entirely unjustified (although anyone other than the genial Candy would've been unbearable in the role and on...
by Markgway
15 Oct 2019, 16:28
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Ghost in the Shell (2017) **½ Live action Manga, populated with westerners. Interesting ideas, arresting design, overwhelmed by visual effects. Last Girl Standing (2015) **½ Well-written and acted psychological horror capably deals with the trauma of being a massacre survivor; gory final act is a di...
by Markgway
12 Oct 2019, 05:51
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Ingrid Goes West (2017) **½
Aubrey Plaza is good as an unbalanced girl who fixates on social media personality Elizabeth Olsen.
Not great, but good black comedy. Would make an interesting companion piece to The Cable Guy.
by Markgway
11 Oct 2019, 16:45
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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A Black Veil for Lisa (1968) ** Pedestrian, tame European thriller unsuccessfully tries to meld police procedural and giallo. John Mills(!) stars as a middle-aged detective mistrusting of his younger trophy wife - flame-haired temptress Luciana Paluzzi (distractingly dubbed here). Not terrible, just...
by Markgway
09 Oct 2019, 19:01
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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I Do... Until I Don't (2017) **½
Patchy, but sometimes sharply observed comedy drama about the trials of married couples.
by Markgway
09 Oct 2019, 05:58
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 9964
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The Disaster Artist (2017) ***
Tongue-in-cheek film detailing the making of oddball Tommy Wiseau's cult stinker The Room.
by Markgway
05 Oct 2019, 10:58
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Mandy (2017) *
Unbearable splatter revenge saga with Nic Cage going full Nic Cage enough to raise a few unintended chuckles.
Pretentious, arty, and utterly terrible.
by Markgway
04 Oct 2019, 11:37
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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The Night Walker (1964) **
William Castle's B&W chiller has decent atmosphere, but too many lulls, and rests on an unlikely plot.
by Markgway
29 Sep 2019, 12:26
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 9964
Views: 681678

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Road Hard (2015) **½
Has-been stand-up comic Adam Carolla reevaluates his life.
Not bad comedy-drama.
by Markgway
26 Sep 2019, 13:06
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: I've just got banned from KFC!
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Re: I've just got banned from KFC!

I'm now employing the user block function. It's always been my preference to fight my own corner, but bluray.com is not a forum where that can be done fairly, so I've been left with no choice but to censor anyone who tries to provoke me into getting yet another ban.
by Markgway
26 Sep 2019, 13:01
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 9964
Views: 681678

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Blue Iguana (2018) **½
Quirky London-set crime caper with an American star (Sam Rockwell).
Colourful profanity, overboard violence, passes the time.
by Markgway
26 Sep 2019, 09:32
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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The Girl in the Spider's Web (2017) **½
Slick, but routine thriller, loses the leads, grit and punch of its predecessor (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo).
Never less than watchable, but interest and energy wane after a promising first act.
by Markgway
23 Sep 2019, 08:38
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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The Midnight Man (2016) *½
Hopeless horror in which dopey teens are tortured by titular ghoul.
Robert Englund co-stars.
by Markgway
23 Sep 2019, 03:46
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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A pair of creaky Universal horrors starring the Boris/Bela combo.

The Black Cat (1934) **
Nonsensical plot, overripe acting. More an artefact than an entertainment.

The Raven (1935) **½
Slightly more entertaining... but just as senseless.
by Markgway
20 Sep 2019, 23:33
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 9964
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Geostorm (2017) **½ Critically slammed, but I found it fairly entertaining, and certainly no worse than most other effects-laden doomsday blockbusters. Weird Science (1985) ** Not one of John Hughes better efforts. Nine to Five (1980) **½ Frothy black comedy takes ages to get going, but picks up in ...
by Markgway
16 Sep 2019, 04:30
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 9964
Views: 681678

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Constantine (2005) *½ Exorcist with lung cancer Keanu Reeves battles demons from hell. Laughably overwrought adaptation of graphic novel. Noirsh pretensions, cheesy visual effects. At least it's never dull. The Snowman (2017) ** Alcoholic detective (is there any other kind?) investigates serial kill...
by Markgway
15 Sep 2019, 15:43
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Pimped (2018) **½ A schizophrenic woman (not really a spoiler since its made pretty obvious) is raped, but finds herself temporarily allied to one of her attackers - a smarmy yuppie. Dark, nasty psychological thriller from Australia. Its well-made and well-acted, especially by lead Ella Scott Lynch,...
by Markgway
14 Sep 2019, 03:39
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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The Last Supper (1995) ***½
Razor sharp satire-black comedy with an excellent cast.
One of the best indie films of the decade.
by Markgway
14 Sep 2019, 00:30
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Ok, technically I REALLY should've said Scottish, but Scotland IS a part of the UK (even though I think they're more of Irish descent...), and Jonny Lee Miller at least was born in England proper... Why are you defending your mistake? ONE of the main cast is English. The rest are Scottish. If you'd...
by Markgway
13 Sep 2019, 01:47
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: The off-topic topic
Replies: 3773
Views: 284708

Re: The off-topic topic

I'm very sorry for your loss. I fear the day my parents will pass away. There's never a time when it won't hurt like hell. I'm just glad you have your family there to support you through your time of grief.
by Markgway
12 Sep 2019, 17:32
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 9964
Views: 681678

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Slender Man (2018) **
Not as bad as the measly 7% score on Rotten Tomatoes would suggest... but this unoriginal teen spook story still doesn't go anywhere.
by Markgway
11 Sep 2019, 23:18
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Views: 681678

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Blood Money (2017) **
Three "friends" (two male, one female) discover four bags of stolen cash in the wilderness, thief John Cusack wants them back.
Familiar thriller squanders early promise.
by Markgway
11 Sep 2019, 14:07
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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That's Not Me (2017) ***
Sharp, low key Aussie comedy in which a struggling actress struggles to accept her twin sister's own acting success.
Star, co-writer, and co-producer Alice Foulcher deserves a lot of credit for her work here.
by Markgway
11 Sep 2019, 13:56
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 9964
Views: 681678

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Marshall (2017) **½ Over-confident black lawyer (from the NAACP) guides novice Jewish lawyer in defence of black chauffeur accused of raping a wealthy WASP. Not the biopic of Thurgood Marshall the title suggests; instead the filmmakers chose to concentrate on a single case from the 1940s, and one th...