Last Seen Movie - The Latest Movie You Have Seen; ratings

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Postby Reza » Sat Feb 18, 2017 11:21 pm

A Monster Calls (J.A. Bayona, 2016) 7/10

This invokes Roald Dahl's "The BFG" which Spielberg adapted for the big screen earlier the same year and Guillermo del Toro's "Pan's Labyrinth". The film hauntingly captures the scared and confused mind of a lonely young child (the superb Lewis MacDougall) who lives with his cancer ridden mother (Felicity Jones) and grim and overbearing grandmother (a miscast Sigourney Weaver). Dealing with such a traumatic moment in his life he conjures up a terrifying writhing 40 foot tree-monster (voiced by Liam Neeson) to distract himself. The tree forces the child to listen to three fables, which appear in a series of lovely animations that blend watercolor and stop-motion effects to heighten the film’s otherworldly quality, after which he demands the child relate the dream that daily scares him into waking up. Strange and memorable film with a lovely stung in the tail at the end that brings closure to the child after his mother passes away. The monster may or may not be a metaphor; either way, it leaves a strong impression created by the supern special effects team on the film.

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In This House of Brede (George Schaefer, 1975) 6/10

A successful businesswoman (Diana Rigg), weighed down by life's issues, gives it all up and enters the convent to become a Benedictine nun. There she clashes with a senior nun (Pamela Brown), finds a friend in the Mother Superior (Gwen Watford) and grows fond of a young postulant (Judi Bowker) who reminds her of the past she left behind. Based on Rumer Godden's novel with it's central theme about spirituality, grief, envy, loneliness, jealousy, discipline and the universal feeling of love. Rigg gives a radiant performance hiding her pain and resolving to start life again.

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The Shooting Party (Alan Bridges, 1985) 8/10

Exquisite, leisurely paced mood piece which resembles Jean Renoir's La Règle du jeu (1939) only here it's the British upper class showing their moral callousness on the eve of impending destruction just before WWI. A group of guests arrive at a country estate for a weekend shoot. For them the world is a prosperous unchanging world. It would take just that weekend for them to realise that their world is about to crash around them. The story deals with two different specimens of aristocracy. The host (James Mason) and his wife (Dorothy Tutin) are gracious not only to their friends, relatives and house servants but also to their rural residents. In contrast is their callous, competitive and supercilious guest (Edward Fox) whose wife (Cheryl Campbell) is having a fling with another of the guests. The film is a series of vignettes - a masked party, children playing backstairs, a poacher (Gordon Jackson) going about his business, young lovers whispering in corners, an eccentric anti-hunting advocate (John Gielgud) giving lectures about the evils of killing. It all comes to a head on the shooting field as two rivals head off into a competition resulting in tragedy which is a metaphor for the upcoming war and it's devastation leading to the breaking of class barriers. Atmospheric and bittersweet adaptation of Isabel Colgate's novel deals with themes of pacifism, animal rights and adultery. All the actors are wonderful with James Mason especially poignant in his last film performance.

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Postby Reza » Sat Feb 18, 2017 11:19 pm

The Ice House (Tim Fywell, 1997) 8/10

A decomposed body is discovered in the ice house on the grounds of a country estate which is the reclusive home to three lonely and supposedly lesbian women (Frances Barber, Kitty Aldridge, Penny Downie). The police investigation - headed by a nasty inspector (Corin Redgrave) and his homophobic lieutenant (Daniel Craig) - once again raises suspicion and anger amongst the villagers for the three women just as it did ten years earlier when the husband of one of the women mysteriously disappeared and she was accused of his murder. Superbly paced suspense mystery-thriller which delves into homophobia, spousal abuse, incest and murder with a final twist in the plot.

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The Echo (Diarmuid Lawrence, 1998) 7/10

A tough reporter (Clive Owen) uses the help of an elderly lawyer (Richard Johnson), a streetwise teenager and a naive photographer to solve the death of a tramp found in the garage of a beautiful rich woman (Joely Richardson). A Minette Walters mystery is full of red herrings and things are not how they appear to be. Well acted.

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M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story (Neeraj Pandey, 2016) 4/10

From a humble background in Bihar a kid (Sushant Singh Rajput) rises to become the captain of the Indian cricket team. The dull by-the-numbers story of Mahendra Singh Dhoni's rags to riches tale from railway ticket collector to the heights of international sports fame. The only reason why this film exists is to appease the millions of cricket fans in India and beyond and it's boxoffice success brought the star a filmfare nomination for best actor for a rather dull performance. The character's life arc holds no drama other than his later success in the sport he is obsessed about. The screenplay plays it safe avoiding the controversies in his life and just plays to the gallery - most of the naive public who get what they want to see which is the game itself. Watch this if you love the sport otherwise avoid it like the plague. And at 3 hours it is an incredible chore to sit through.

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Postby Reza » Sat Feb 18, 2017 11:18 pm

Raees (Rahul Dholakia, 2017) 8/10

This harks back to the "angry-young-man" plots of the Amitabh Bachchan 1970s era although set during the 1980s in Gujrat, one of the few states in India where prohibition is enforced by law. The story of a child who works for a bootlegger (Atul Kulkarni) and who grows up to form his own bootlegging empire with help from a Bombay don. Raees (Shah Rukh Khan) wants money, success and respect and hates being treated unfairly. Has a mother who tells him that no business is beneath him, and no religion is greater than business, as long as they don’t harm anyone. It's Bollywood and "Mommy" advice is sacred even if assorted goons do get harmed along the way. It appears to be the norm in Bollywood now that when a star wants to reinvent himself and jump start a flagging career - go back to the original drawing board and ape Mr Bachchan Senior and you come out in a win-win situation (there is even a scene set in a drive-in theater playing a Bachchan film). The director brilliantly captures the tawdry Bollywood cinema of the 1980s - the superb production design perfectly "gets" that. The star not only receives a dramatic entrance - he is first seen flagellating himself during the Muslim Moharram religious festival his ripling muscular body covered in sweat and blood - but also gets a worthy opponent, the wily wisecracking inspector (superb Nawazuddin Siddiqui who upstages the star in all their scenes together) with whom there is a feverish cat-and-mouse game. The film manages to push all the right buttons - you have to be an avid Bollywood filmgoer to "get" it all - the characters, the milieu, the item number (former porno star Sunny Leone's attempt to go legit in a sexy dance number "Laila o Laila"), the wife (Pakistani star Mahira Khan who creates sparks holding her own opposite the "Mighty Khan" whether trading barbs or dancing with him in two musical sequences - all their scenes together have a gentle quality). This film is a "paisa vasool" crowd pleaser with the star giving a solid performance even if he still resorts to flashes of his old personas of "Raj" and "Rahul" which is probably intentional - the public wants that as they find comfort in old wine even if presented in a new bottle.

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American Pastoral (Ewan McGregor, 2016) 5/10

Adaptation of Phillip Roth's Pulitzer prize winning novel spans 20 years and describes the collapse of the American dream and exposes cracks in the marriage of a supposedly perfect couple - a New Jersey jock (Ewan McGregor), son of a successful Jewish American glove manufacturer, married to a former beauty queen (Jennifer Connelly) and a devout Roman Catholic. The catalyst that causes a frission in their perfect life is their daughter (Dakota Fanning), beset by an emotionally debilitating stutter and outraged by the Vietnam war and racial unrest during the Johnson administration becomes grotesquely overweight and increasingly radical in her beliefs. After placing a bomb in the local post office which kills a man she disappears. Her parents are shattered - the mother has a nervous breakdown, an affair with their architect and a face lift while the father spends his whole life searching for his daughter and coming to the conclusion that everyone has a veneer of respectability but each engages in subversive behaviour. Forced to see the chaos in the collapsing "American pastoral" he realises that he cannot ignore the changes brought about by social unrest. The screenplay condenses the epic novel and spends far too much time on the lead character (who is basically a crashing bore) with only glimpses of the wife - Connelly who is superb as the distraught icy woman - and daughter who is such an unappealing character that one wonders why so much fuss is being made about her. McGregor (in his directorial debut) tries to bring shape to the material but is defeated and everything about the film comes off flat.

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Postby Precious Doll » Sun Feb 12, 2017 12:03 am

dws1982 wrote:
Definitely interested in other recommendations.


I'll post something in the 'Missing in Action' thread under DVD discussions.
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Live By Night (2016) Ben Affleck 3/10
Beast (2016) Sam & Tom McKeith 4/10
Sssssss (1973) Bernard L. Kowalski 4/10
Denial (2016) Mick Jackson 7/10
Addicted to Fresno (2015) Jamie Bobbit 5/10
Goat (2016) Andrew Neel 6/10
The Night Digger (1971) Alastair Reid 6/10
United States of Love (2016) Tomasz Wasilewski 8/10
Creepy (2016) Kioyshi Kurosawa 7/10
Wiener-Dog (2016) Todd Solondz 6/10
Gimme Danger (2016) Jim Jarmusch 7/10

Repeat viewings

Suddenly, Last Summer (1959) Joseph L. Mankiewicz 7/10
Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016) Akiva Schaffer & Jorma Taccone 6/10
Phantasm (1979) Don Coscarelli 4/10
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Postby dws1982 » Sat Feb 11, 2017 10:05 am

Precious Doll wrote:There is an Region B locked Blu Ray from the U.K. which is outstanding and is far superior to the American DVD that New Line put out years ago. However, the Blu Ray lacks the special features that the DVD has, most notably directer & writer (Russell Banks) commentary.

I bought a region-free player recently, so I may look into that.

I mainly got it to get movies that aren't available in the States or at least are more expensive in the States. So far I got (all UK versions):
Wooden Crosses
Les Miserables
Great Expectations
Rocco and His Brothers
The Gospel According to Matthew
The Shop on Main Street
Closely Watched Trains
Two for the Road (just made available in the States, but in a more expensive version)
Three Brothers (coming out soon in the States, but more expensive)
The Pianist

Definitely interested in other recommendations.

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Postby Precious Doll » Fri Feb 10, 2017 7:18 am

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Precious Doll wrote:The Sweet Hereafter (1997) Atom Egoyan 10/10

Haven't seen this one in 15 years probably. My initial rating would probably be similar to yours, but over the years it's fallen a good bit in my estimation. I wonder if my distaste for everything (from what I've seen) that Egoyan made after it has changed my view of it.

If I can find a reasonably-priced Blu-Ray of this, I should give it another shot.


I haven't cared for most post Sweet Hereafter Egoyan films but was pleased to find this as powerful & bleak as it was when I first viewed it on first release. The only thing that wasn't as great as I remembered was Sarah Polley which I think has to do with her maturing as an actress since then.

There is an Region B locked Blu Ray from the U.K. which is outstanding and is far superior to the American DVD that New Line put out years ago. However, the Blu Ray lacks the special features that the DVD has, most notably directer & writer (Russell Banks) commentary.
"I think he sexually assaulted a child and I don't think that's right…It's gotten very quiet in here, but that's true." Susan Sarandon on Woody Allen, Cannes Film Festival 2016

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Postby Okri » Thu Feb 09, 2017 7:44 pm

I actually just rewatched it within the last month and it holds up remarkably well.

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Postby dws1982 » Mon Feb 06, 2017 9:08 am

Precious Doll wrote:The Sweet Hereafter (1997) Atom Egoyan 10/10

Haven't seen this one in 15 years probably. My initial rating would probably be similar to yours, but over the years it's fallen a good bit in my estimation. I wonder if my distaste for everything (from what I've seen) that Egoyan made after it has changed my view of it.

If I can find a reasonably-priced Blu-Ray of this, I should give it another shot.

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Postby Precious Doll » Sun Feb 05, 2017 12:11 am

Moana (2016) Ron Clements & John Musker 4/10
Split (2017) M. Night Shyamalan 2/10
The Liar (2014) Dong-myung Kim 7/10
Burying the Ex (2015) Joe Dante 5/10
Manchester by the Sea (2016) Kenneth Lonergan 8/10
White Nights (2012) Hee-il Leesong 4/10
Night Flight (2014) Hee-il Leesong 4/10

Repeat viewings

Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959) Alain Resnais 10/10
The Dekalog (1989) Krzysztof Kieslowski 10/10
Three Colours: Blue (1993) Krzysztof Kieslowski 9/10
Three Colours: White (1994) Krzysztof Kieslowski 6/10
Three Colours: Red (1994) Krzysztof Kieslowski 9/10
The Sweet Hereafter (1997) Atom Egoyan 10/10
A Good Marriage (1982) Eric Rohmer 9/10
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