Thursday, 28 February 2019

28/02/19 Donnybrook (2018)

Wealthy actors pretend to be poor and miserable.

Watching as I type this, so may come back to amend this.

28/02/2019 Behind The Curve (2018)

Documentary following the growing Flat Earth movement, a group of people who aren't going to let centuries of science shake their medieval beliefs.

This is one of the best things I've seen on Netflix.  It's the ideal documentary in that it remains mostly impartial and lets its subjects speak for themselves. The NASA visit and gyroscope anecdote are particular highlights.


Wednesday, 27 February 2019

25/02/19 Project Almanac (2015)

Swotty kidbrain finds his dad's plans for building a time machine, decides to build it, what could go wrong?

Fun, likable characters, good script, zippy pace. Yup, pretty good.


Sunday, 24 February 2019

23/02/19 The Standoff At Sparrow Creek (2018)

Small casts, limited locations, tight script and good acting. All things we really like in a film!

I won't give much away as this film probably won't get the audience it deserves and it's worth seeking out (even with some highly questionable plot twists and unlikely decisions being made) but I thought it was very well made with one particular exchange/interrogation scene being a superb moment.

Podd thought it was boring old shite though. Aah well, swings and roundabouts.


22/02/19 Foxcatcher (2014)

I didn't watch this, Podd did.

No interest to me, but I think she thought it was quite good.

22/02/19 Slaughterhouse Rulez (2018)

Crispian mills now makes films as mediocre as the music he was once known for.

**Blows a slow, bored raspberry**

22/02/19 Overlord (2018)

A small team of paratroopers drop into occupied France during the final months of WW2. Their mission is to take out a communications hub that's blocking allied radio waves.

It goes a bit bollock shaped from the off as their plane gets shot to wank and half of them die before they've even managed to test their parachutes are working.

When the surviving members make it to the village that houses the comms centre, things get worse as the nazis in charge seem to have a secondary agenda and it turns out the old church being used as the base of their operations are being used for, well, an entirely different type of 'operations'.

So far, so seen it a hundred times. There's been no shortage of utterly bollocks films about nazis using strange medicines to raise the dead and create zombie super soldiers. This film, though, actually has a decent script, good acting and an obviously generous budget. The end result is like a mashup of Saving Private Ryan and Re-Animator.

Don't get me wrong, it's no masterpiece, but, like Dead Snow, it's one of those rare films in this surprisingly busy sub-genre that not only exceed expectations but are enjoyable in their own right.

It could do with being 15 minutes shorter and it also reminded me a little of The Descent in the sense of as much as I enjoyed it, part of me wonders if it would've been a better and more scary* film if the monsters hadn't turned up.

The Descent is flippin' superb either way though.


*Let's be honest, it wouldn't have actually been scary, very, very few films are, but you get what I mean.