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Film Diary: 2019

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June

People who added this item 431 Average listal rating (257 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.3


More Hollywood self obsession from Hollywood, the critics loved it, the public were bored shitless. I mean you'd think even an overindulgent trope like this would be in safe hands with the Cohen's but nah they've lost it again, Barton Fink this definitely ain't. I mean as aesthetically pleasing as their satirical pastiche of 1950's Hollywood may be 'Hail, Caesar!' is still turgidly dull, it really is.

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An entirely different pace from the usual nonsense I enjoy,a rather old fashioned drama in many ways and really quite different to the director Derek Cianfrance's previous works (Blue Valentine and Place Beyond The Pines) but with a similarly melancholic quality. I'm sure I'm not the target audience (far too immature for that) but none the less I appreciated how well made this rather tragic romantic melodrama was and I'm not ashamed to admit I may have shed a tear or two.

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May

People who added this item 762 Average listal rating (558 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 8.9


As a comic book obsessed 13 year old in the 90's I always found big crossovers a bit overhyped and overrated and ultimately a way for comic book company's to make money from their loyal fanbase. It didn't help that my finances weren't exactly bottomless, my paper round money only allowing a certain amount of comic books a month so there'd be gaping holes in the collective storylines. I say that because the only reason I wanted to watch Infinity War was because the Guardians Of The Galaxy are by far my favourite MCU superhero's and I wanted to see what happened after the awesome sequal (Didn't know it'd break my damn heart), meanwhile I've missed a whole bunch of other movies from the franchise (Civil War, Black Panther, Ragnarok etc) and I'm not nearly as invested in the other characters. That being said, this is still a very impressive movie on a lot of levels (if a tad exhausting), no doubt about it. Thanos is now surely one of the greatest villains in the history of cinema. The utter bastard.

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People who added this item 897 Average listal rating (654 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.9


A well made, cerebral Sci-fi flick that takes a refreshingly sensitive and restrained look at the alien invasion plot (away from the face ripping beast from hell thing that's never topped the first two Alien movies I mean) in the same vein as the likes of Abyss and Close Encounters.Some truly touching and beautiful moments here, and well worth a watch if you appreciate intelligent science fiction.

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To think I actually put off watching this because of the criticism that it wasn't as good as the original. Way I see it GOTG Vol 2 continues the same level of frenetic energy, charm, wit and offbeat imagination of the original. Perhaps I'm just overawed by watching this so recently...but right now I'm starting to think this film series might be my favourite of the entire decade, it's just ridiculously good fun, so much for my whole dark and pretentious image....

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As far the Star Trek franchise goes I grew up on the original series, Next Gen and DS9, I was never a hardcore mark like a some of my friends but none the less they were shows I enjoyed. Iv'e enjoyed this reboot series too, and while I understand why some Trekies complain that its more action oriented route dumbs down Trek's more philosophical angle I personally don't have any complaints (other than the cheap "death" of Kirk at the climax of Into Darkness), in fact in many ways I think its improved on the original, heresy I know. Beyond might not be quite as good as the first two but it's still a lot of sci-fi flavoured fun.

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People who added this item 953 Average listal rating (665 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.4
Godzilla (2014)



So why couldn't Cranston be the central hero? 'cuz that Aaron Taylor Kick-Ass kid is dull as fuck, I mean he was fine in Kick-Ass but here he's just dull as fuck. Maybe it's the writing, maybe it's that for all we want to see Kaiju destroy stuff and fight we mostly have to watch these dull as fuck characters that we don't care about. Should have kept Cranston around.

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People who added this item 256 Average listal rating (141 ratings) 4.9 IMDB Rating 5.2


The Hollywood/China funding pact give us this utterly vacuous overtly slick drivel. A cinematic lobotomy perfect in its design to nullify negative thoughts of tyrannical communist regimes while feeding its audience the shallowest aspects of Western excess.

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People who added this item 530 Average listal rating (338 ratings) 5.9 IMDB Rating 6.3
47 Ronin (2013)


Another poorly rated film that I personally thought was a lot better than the withering reviews suggested. 47 Ronin is not a masterpiece but there is no way it's as bad as the pitiful 15 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. I thought it was a fun visually impacting piece of escapist cinema with a melancholic edge, well crafted and fills the dull void of an otherwise uneventful night perfectly well. Yes the harakiri ending is extremely morbid but then it is based somewhat on historical fact and Japanese tradition, perhaps that clashed somewhat with the films fantastical theme but personally I had no such issues. As for the whole criticism of retconned take on a historical medieval Japanese story featuring Keanu Reeves as a Canadian dude with white DNA as some kind of savoir, I couldn't give a fuck, especially about SJW motivated horseshit. It's a western financed movie that featured a big Hollywood star, big surprise, you virtue signalling cocksuckers.

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People who added this item 294 Average listal rating (185 ratings) 5.5 IMDB Rating 5.5


There's stuff to like about this, it's acted well enough, there's a level of creepiness there and a plausible level of reality...it's just kinda dull (like life I guess), there's just not enough meat on the bone to really pique my interest.


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People who added this item 105 Average listal rating (66 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.1


So am I supposed to give better ratings to older films because they happen to be older and judged upon their impact at the time? That's the question...Nah, this is the equivalent of watching snooker on a gloomy Sunday afternoon (while suffering an infestation of earwigs on the scrotal area) and the special effects aren't even funny, just pathetic. No mercy.


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People who added this item 255 Average listal rating (179 ratings) 4.6 IMDB Rating 5.6


Those chicks are way too skinny (and no I don't just mean the lack of fake boobs), this sexist pig was thinking to himself amongst ruminations that the original Baywatch was almost like a rugged docu-drama compared to this facile comedy.


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I mean they played it as a comedy, which is fair enough, it's pretty difficult to take anything seriously about it anyway. Especially the CGI, which is uglier than asphalt cotton-candy . It's not horrible though, and I didn't hate it, how could you? It's just so goofy.


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April



Although it depicts somewhat of a typical indie flick lefty fantasy it isn't entirely black and white and shows that the father (played by Viggo Mortensen) isn't without his flaws and that his isolationist, leftist, survivalist ideals for his family have their pitfalls (although the all too clear cut ending puts a bit of a damp squib on this narrative). Personally I don't think politicizing kids is ever a good idea, but if you look past the sheer idealism of the piece what we have is a charming, funny, warm hearted story of an oddball Noam Chomsky loving indie Waltons contradicted slightly by the fact that Mortensen is one or two steps away from being an insane cult leader. Bottom line; despite the contradictions Captain Fantastic is a good movie.

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My favourite part was probably Blake Lively's keister (objectifying male pig alert- guilty and not ashamed) but apart from that this was a pretty good looking film in general, what with rather gorgeous blue of the Australian ocean and well... Blake Lively in a bikini. Otherwise the whole hyper vindictive killer shark survival thriller thing is fine enough, if somewhat sparse at times.

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People who added this item 950 Average listal rating (643 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.5


Another enjoyable Marvel film, to be honest other than him guest starring in various comics featuring other heroes I've read throughout the years I'm not actually that familiar with the character of Doctor Strange but this seems to be a pretty good adaptation (albeit from my limited perspective). Sure it's been accused of being a bit of Inception rip-off (aesthetically- VFX) but personally I thought Doctor Strange was a lot more fun. A shame about the depiction of Dormammu the demonic entity, which I found to be the only disappointment, a bit of a lame cartoonish CGI face that was about as intimidating as a rather cross Mickey Mouse.

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People who added this item 171 Average listal rating (133 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.6



Yeah it's a kinda goofy idea and yeah it's not that original and yeah much like Mandy it's basically a violent revenge flick with a slick new aesthetic jacket; Upgrade being a cyberpunk tech-noir type future as opposed to Mandy's psychedelic horror. And blah,blah,blah, I fucking loved it, thank god there are still films like this, violent, cool sci-fi action flicks that a guy like me can enjoy, with enough intelligence to tickle my occipital lobe to the parietal lobe but enough escapism and fun that it doesn't send me on a downward spiral of huffing my own farts.

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What with the reboot coming out this month I figure I'd get around to watching this eleven year old Del Toro sequel for the first time, 'cuz I'm a real traditionalist where it comes to being so behind the times. Anyways this was a lot more fun than most of the other crap I've seen this month, I mean yeah it's a little vacuous at times but Del Toro's trademark eccentric imagination and the fantastic creature effects give Hellboy II: The Golden Army a certain edge over the usual superhero fair. Oh and was the death of the forest God a nod to my all time favourite Anime? Cool.

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People who added this item 95 Average listal rating (53 ratings) 4.8 IMDB Rating 4.8
Flight 7500 (2014)


I mean it's not that it's a badly made movie, it looks pretty good and the cast of nice looking soap opera actors are even vaguely interesting for ten minutes. The fundamental problem is there's absolutely nothing to the story of Flight 7500, a long drawn out exposition for the vast majority of run time, a few muddled attempts at something approaching scares (failing miserably) and a sudden oh so deep and shocking climax that smacks more of a rushed attempt at making this mess seem far more interesting than the purgatorial dullness it clearly is. You're far better off watching Nightmare at 20,000 feet, the Twilight Zone episode that cameoed as an on flight movie.

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People who added this item 173 Average listal rating (122 ratings) 5.5 IMDB Rating 5.6
Maggie (2015)


I can see what they were going for, the zombie myth as a metaphor for terminal illness and family tragedy...but I'm afraid it just comes across as a bit lame, a rather bleak soap opera or some such. The attempt at arty-farty indie flavoured subtlety seems rather tedious and much like the rather dull big budget World War Z Maggie lacks the morbid sense of fun and gruesome imagination of classic zombie flicks from the likes of Romero and Fulci. On a plus point this is actually a rather good performance from Arnie, a bit of a shame it was wasted on a fairly bland film.

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March



An incredibly sad magical realism tale. In all honesty I wish I had seen it when I was younger, but even now in my thirties it is undoubtedly a powerful piece and well worth a watch. The atmosphere I found particularly evocative and I don't mind admitting I was fighting back the tears by its end, you'd have to be made of stone not to.

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One of those computer animated films that just isn't in the same league as the likes of a Toy Story 3 or a How To Train Your Dragon (Or even a Wreck-It Ralph or Tangled), I mean sure it's cute and at times amusing but it just didn't hold my attention. Maybe if I was a six year old girl, as opposed to a thirty-six year old guy...

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People who added this item 752 Average listal rating (511 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.4


I found Stephen's King's novel to be brilliant, imaginative, touching and at other times flawed, rambling and goddamn infuriating. Luckily this film version wisely decided not to go down the whole kiddy gangbang route that for me completely ruined the book (I mean what the fuck was King thinking with that whole thing, seriously!?). So 2017's It focuses on the major aspects of why I fell in love with the Losers Club, mostly skimming over the details (like most adaptations) but still retaining much of its spirit. The creative decision to be set in the 80's rather than 50's was interesting because that was the golden era of the horror genre, but I'm not completely convinced it works at times and I found it jarred somewhat, these are two very different decades and for me I'm not convinced different character tropes and aspects of the story would work in quite the same way. My favourite parts were when the kids (who are all pretty excellent) are hanging out, going swimming and messing about in a very Stand By Me way, to be honest I would have been happy if the film had more of that than the horror aspects, because it's that that makes us care about the characters, a rarity in this genre. Overall though It is a good horror picture, that I think I would have enjoyed more if I hadn't been so familiar with its source material.

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People who added this item 396 Average listal rating (276 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7.5


Personally I was never into the Planet Of The Apes franchise when I was younger, I knew they were popular but they just didn't appeal. So in all honesty I wasn't expecting much from the new movies...and holy shit was I wrong, they have absolutely been some of the most intelligent, well made Sci-Fi of the last ten years. This third film is perhaps the darkest, I mean this is a blockbuster movie that uses heavy Apocalypse Now references. And I'm no great fan of CGI, but the stuff in this movie has to be up there with T2 and the first Jurassic Park way back in the 90's in coaxing awe out of me, no easy feat for this jaded bastard.

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People who added this item 449 Average listal rating (303 ratings) 5.9 IMDB Rating 6.9
Warcraft (2016)


I think Duncan Jones did the best he could with the material, I mean there's stuff that's really likable here, the world is rich and colorful and some of the orc characters have surprisingly depth. On the other hand there's a whole bunch of flaws, not least the fact that this was one of those films that is clearly relying on the fact that it'll become some huge franchise as opposed to just trying to knock it out of the park with a stand alone movie and leaves a big rift in the story. As far as video game based movies go though, it ain't that bad.

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People who added this item 129 Average listal rating (105 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.9


Oh shit, best film Iv'e seen in ages...I notice the Listal Massive aren't quite as crazy about it. Oh well, I loved it. I was relieved it wasn't nearly as "art-house" as some people rambled on about, in fact if you strip away the awesome trippy aesthetic it's a fairly basic vengeance story, sure there's other shit going on but I was glad of the lack of pretension. Why'd I love it so much? It begins with one of my all time favourite songs ('Starless' by King Crimson) and its influences are Metal and 80's horror, the axe is in the shape of the F from the Celtic Frost logo, Nicholas Cage is an absolute mad lad and this is easily his best performance since Leaving Las Vegas...I'm fucking sold.

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People who added this item 901 Average listal rating (626 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 8.1
Logan (2017)


Okay yup this is probably the best X-film up to this point. Always had a soft-spot for Wolvie, I mean who doesn't? Hugh Jackman did a great job (even if he's still way too tall) and this gritty, darker take on those characters would be a fine send-off of that version of the character if the rumors are true and the franchise is going back to Marvel. Plus with that company in the talons of fuckin' Disney it's likely we won't be getting another ultra-violent sweary take on their characters anytime soon, so treasure a film like this or the exceptional Netflix Daredevil while we still can, huh?

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Birdman Or: (pretentious, smug, naval-gazing detritus that I thought stunk of pretentious, smug , naval gazing pigeon excrement). Boy, I really hate it when film makers start exploring their own arseholes. I don't like to be so dismissive but I just can't stand movies about the world of actors, the machinations of Hollywood of whatever, I just find it painfully narcissistic and self-indulgent. Y'know like the Academy Awards. This won a bunch of Oscars? Of course it did.

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People who added this item 525 Average listal rating (343 ratings) 5.7 IMDB Rating 6.4


Film that everyone says sucked that I enjoyed way more than I thought I would, Part 2.

Given that Japan is one of the few first world countries not to be utterly poisoned by political correctness the whole cultural appropriation horse shit argument that surrounded this movie is pretty ironic, don't you think? Anyways I had GITS on VHS back in the 90's and it was one of the first Anime movies I saw. It had a big effect on me so I thought of course I'd hate this Hollywood remake. But frankly I enjoyed it, I thought they did a good job of paying tribute to the original and I enjoyed all the little nods to the 1995 movie and its 2004 sequel Innocence, while clearly doing its own thing. Is it as good as its animated counterparts? Nope and it's definitely flawed (CGI is way uglier than the beautiful dystopian imagery captured in the anime for instance) but fuck I still preferred it to the overrated overindulgent snore-fest needless sequel that was Blade Runner 2049. Put that in your pipe and smoke it.

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People who added this item 868 Average listal rating (563 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 7


Film that everyone says sucked that I enjoyed way more than I thought I would, Part 1.

As a comic nerd kid the X-Men were my favourite superhero team and I was an avid reader from the Claremont/Lee 90's version of the team all the way up to Joss Whedon's Amazing X-men. To put it bluntly none of the X-film adaptions have met my expectations as a bit of an annoying fan boy type, the best up to that point being in my humble opinion X2. So after the horribly overrated First Class and Days Of The Future Past (don't get me fucking started) I thought I'd hate this one too. So why oh why did I enjoy it? maybe it's the return of two of the most important X-men (Jean and Scott), maybe it's that I have a real soft spot for Apocalypse as a bad guy. Maybe it's that I hate Xavier with a full head of hair...Either way I liked X-Men: Apocalypse .

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People who added this item 292 Average listal rating (210 ratings) 4.8 IMDB Rating 5.2


The worst kind of vacuous big-budget popcorn fodder, like the first, only worse. Seriously missing a hero with the personality of a Will Smith, his "son" definitely didn't inherit it that's to be sure, but that's just one of a multitude of issues this dodgy sequel has to offer.

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February

People who added this item 851 Average listal rating (564 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 8.1


Wow, Ryan Gosling actually had something approaching a personality in this one, who would have thunk it!? Emma Stone has that super sexy voice and is always a pleasure to listen to. Not so much when she starts singing though, that always loses me... the whole musical thing, I mean...(oh this is a musical? Shit!). But it was okay, quite stylish, amusing in places, damn it even charming. Went on too long though and kinda outstays its welcome, like so many modern pictures.

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People who added this item 899 Average listal rating (684 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.3


Given that it's been successful enough to birth a couple of sequels and its cultish following I was expecting something a bit more interesting from John Wick but as far as style over substance action flicks go it was still a pretty enjoyable one. Not a patch on a film like The Raid though...

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I was never a big fan of the whole Potter thing, this is enjoyable enough fantasy hokum though. Not that I can actually remember a single thing about it...

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People who added this item 69 Average listal rating (48 ratings) 5.5 IMDB Rating 5.7
Bad Milo! (2013)


The diminutive monster coming out of some guys butt thing is amusing for a while but definitely doesn't sustain enough mirth for the length of a feature length movie...

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People who added this item 1060 Average listal rating (748 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 8


I probably would have liked it more when I was younger, but honestly I found The Revenant a bit too bleak for my tastes nowadays. However there's no doubting its quality as a film and it deserved the praise it received in that regard.

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