What's the Latest Thing You've Seen at the Cinema II

The Divergent Series: Insurgent

Went to see this last night with my eldest daughter.

 

It is good to see that in a distopian future that even if food and accommodation are in short supply body and beauty products won't be, and that a girl with a pair of shears will be able to produce a beautifully coiffured and layered hair cut!

 

This is an objection that can be levelled at most films, so leaving that to one side the film is basically OK. I think that my daughter's comment is best, 'This is a film full of good ideas that have been done better elsewhere.' I suppose it therefore comes down to whether you are engaged by the characters, I wasn't overly much.

 

An OK film.

 

M

 

The first time I've seen this at the cinema in 33 years! Of course the version back then was very different, with its hackneyed narration and cheesy ending.

 

Saw this Final Cut version last night in London my oldest mate (with whom I saw it all those years ago) in a sparkling new print with an enhanced soundtrack. Great movie, great music.

 

I saw Dark Horse last night. Ostensibly it tells the tale of the race-horse Dream Alliance, nicknamed to by the tabloids as "Slum-nag Millionaire", raised in the Welsh Valleys, who rose from humble stock to become a true contender.  Of course, the story is so much more than just that; It's about one woman's determination and a communities' faith and love.  Highly recommended to all when it goes out on general release this Friday.

 

A murky noir, starring Victor Mature, Shelley Winters and Richard Conté. A vicious jewel thief and cop killer (Conte) has escaped from jail to pull off another robbery and is being pursued by detective Mature, his childhood friend. Taughtly directed in 1948 by Robert Siodmak, a dab hand at this kind of thing, and just re-released by the BFI in a crisp new print.

 

 

If you thought the tank highway scene and the 300-mile runway closing set piece in #6 were just about the best thing ever, you'll love the entirety of #7. With our friends desperately chasing a hacker and a computer chip they need in order to track down a villain who is hot on their heels (!), this film makes a strong case for tattoos and how crumple zones, seat belts and parachutes will save your life when you decide to go head-on against trucks, sports cars, and trees. Except in real life...

 

None of the actors seemed to have much fun making this, but the camera man obviously had a blast.

 

 

 

EJ

Avengers - Age of Ultron

 

By now, this has become a thoroughly predictable film series. The same mix of over the top action, lighthearted comedy with the occasional bit of slapstick, tiny bit of character development, and a plot that might look simple on paper but deftly gives sufficient room for the huge cast of heroes (including most supporting cast members from last films) to shine. 

 

Recommended if you like f what Iron Man I, II, III, Captain America I, II, Hulk, Thor I, II and Avengers I (and yes, Guardians of the Galaxy) brought you and want more. And a must if you follow the overarching Gauntlet of Infinity story arc (the closing dialogue and in-credits trailer finally provide confirmation).

 

EJ

Far from the Madding Crowd;

 

 

A lot to live up to , this one; a great book (along with Under the Greenwood tree, my favourite Hardy novel) and a remake of a film already considered a classic with an amazing cast.  So how did FFTMC 2015 do?  Pretty well on the whole.  The cinematography and scenery was excellent.  I felt that the only really weak character was Tom Sturridge's take on Frank Troy.  Highlight was Matthias Schoenarts playing Gabriel Oak and Carey Mulligan's Bathsheba Everdene.

Originally Posted by Mr Underhill:

Mad Max

 

GREAT to see proper physical stunts. What it lacks in subtlety it makes up for in action .....I think Tom Hardy had about three lines in the whole film.

 

M

Yes M, that's the definition of a good action movie, no plot, no dialogue, no romance, just things moving quickly then being blown up.

 

Apparently there was comparatively little (by contemporary standards anyway) CGi in Fury Road - the producers drafted in around 150 Cirque du Soleil performers to do a lot of the stunts.

I read about Tom Hardy's apology to George Miller and so watched the press conference on YouTube. TH did apologise but I think that it his frustrations was entirely understandable, as an actor you probably rely on your professionalism to read and learn a script and then deliver the the lines. In this film the actors were entirely in the hands of the director, they had to just TRUST what he was doing and how it was being pieced together. I got the feeling that that there was a lot of affection from Miller to Hardy.

 

Kevin, I agree there was a not a lot of romance, but there was no lack of emotion .....'Witness me!!!'.

 

M

OK Richard I have spotted my error when posting earlier:

 

 

Jurassic World a couple of hours of entertainment, the sillier the further into the franchise they get.

Good SFX.

We saw it in 2D certainly better than the 3D Imax assault we suffered the last time we went.

Originally Posted by BigH47:

 

Jurassic World a couple of hours of entertainment, the sillier the further into the franchise they get.

Good SFX.

We saw it in 2D certainly better than the 3D Imax assault we suffered the last time we went.

 

 

It was great in 3D - plenty of depth instead of in your face stuff. Interesting to see that 50% of tickets have been for the 3D version.

Originally Posted by Bananahead:
Originally Posted by BigH47:

 

Jurassic World a couple of hours of entertainment, the sillier the further into the franchise they get.

Good SFX.

We saw it in 2D certainly better than the 3D Imax assault we suffered the last time we went.

 

 

It was great in 3D - plenty of depth instead of in your face stuff. Interesting to see that 50% of tickets have been for the 3D version.

The family and I saw it in 3D. It was not too bad, but to be honest, I couldn't really care less about 3D and regularly find it to be a distraction, rather than enhancement. 80% of the screenings are 3D in our local cinemas.

 

The movie itself is fun.

Jurassic World 

 

Expected something on par with Jurassic Park 3, but this was a whole lot more fun - Spielbergian melodrama and sweet humour add a lighter touch, refreshing after a summer of movies full of people who take themselves more seriously than the audience.

 

EJ

Minions

 

Took my Godson to see this. Definitely aimed at the younger market. I am not saying that you will sit and be bored, just that there is little in the way of reward aimed at the older viewer.

 

The film itself is OK. It does get too plot focussed towards the end as it tries to complete its story arc; as this is so off the wall I think that a little less plot and more fun would have worked better.

 

The youngsters all had a ball.

 

M

 

Last Monday (6th July) saw the last of the Dead's Fare Thee Well shows from Soldier Field. Picture quality was superb, SQ was generally good (bit too much emphasis on the guitar for my taste, and not enough bass).  The playing was generally great as was the atmosphere but I was really disappointed by the setlist of this particular night - too many ballads, too many of Bobby's country songs, too much of the 80s/MTV era (I favour either primal or jazzy/spacey Dead). And of course, there was that enormous Jerry-shaped hole. And Phil's terrible singing.  Still glad I saw it though, despite all of that.

Jurassic World

 

This is a film which does not withstand any analysis whatsoever, but it does hit some good emotional beats.

 

The theme is, yet again, hubris .....and works on the basic premise of gathering as much two legged meat into a restricted area as possible and then setting monsters loose upon them, both human and pre-historic.

 

Saw it in 2D. Quiet enjoyed it, but I suspect I won't bother to buy it on disc. I have the first three and this adds nothing new.

 

The first is still the best.

 

M

Saw this magnificent 1958 Orson Welles noir at the Greenwich Picture House last week. Everyone knows that famous 3' 20" opening crane shot, but Welles' camera moves with a fluidity and freedom rarely seen in American cinema (especially these days). Heston and Leigh are a bit wooden, but Welles' towering performance as the sweating, overweight corrupt Police Captain Hank Quinlan makes up for their deficiencies.

 

 

Originally Posted by Kevin-W:
Originally Posted by GraemeH:

'Salt of the Earth' - Wim Wenders film about Sebastio Salgado.

 

G

That's on my "to see" list G - love Salgado!

What I saw was a beauty in all the photographs - The landscapes of course but even those most harrowing are somehow beautiful too.

 

G

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation

 

Fun instalment of the film series, following the formula to a tee but with a few small twists to keep things fresh enough. For the first time in a long while, I've been truly impressed by an action scene (the bike race). But the real reason to see this is a stunning Rebecca Ferguson, who steals every scene she is in.

 

EJ

 

Originally Posted by EJS:

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation

 

Fun instalment of the film series, following the formula to a tee but with a few small twists to keep things fresh enough. For the first time in a long while, I've been truly impressed by an action scene (the bike race). But the real reason to see this is a stunning Rebecca Ferguson, who steals every scene she is in.

 

EJ

 

+1 Motorcycle stunts were amazing and yep Rebecca Ferguson stole every scene she was in.  I also liked the Opera scene. 

Originally Posted by marcusman:
Originally Posted by EJS:

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation

 

Fun instalment of the film series, following the formula to a tee but with a few small twists to keep things fresh enough. For the first time in a long while, I've been truly impressed by an action scene (the bike race). But the real reason to see this is a stunning Rebecca Ferguson, who steals every scene she is in.

 

EJ

 

+1 Motorcycle stunts were amazing and yep Rebecca Ferguson stole every scene she was in.  I also liked the Opera scene. 

Was already planning to see this one, but this even more convinces me to see it in the cinema...

Originally Posted by EJS:

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation

 

Fun instalment of the film series, following the formula to a tee but with a few small twists to keep things fresh enough. For the first time in a long while, I've been truly impressed by an action scene (the bike race). But the real reason to see this is a stunning Rebecca Ferguson, who steals every scene she is in.

 

EJ

 

Meant to write about this film myself. We went to the cinema on a rainy Lake District morning to watch it the other week. There were only four other people in the cinema so we got the most advantageous seats to watch the best, most exciting adventure film I've seen. Superbly done, lots of humour and breathtaking action from begining to end. Sure, pure unadulterated hokum but who cares? Loved it.

 

Can't say I noticed Rebecca Ferguson much (cough...).

Originally Posted by EJS:

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation

 

Fun instalment of the film series, .......But the real reason to see this is a stunning Rebecca Ferguson, who steals every scene she is in.

 

EJ

 

....... Sure, pure unadulterated hokum but who cares? Loved it.

 

Can't say I noticed Rebecca Ferguson much (cough...).

 

 

Great popcorn movie. I thought Simon Pegg's turn was very well judged, kept the humour without moving into parody ...too much.

 

M

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