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by Silverfish
08 Sep 2019, 13:34
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Year 4: 1 year 52 Movies challenge
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26: Glass (2019) - A psychological superhero thriller written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan I went into this film without any clear expectations. I really liked Unbreakable, but really didn't like Split. As it happens, I found I liked it in parts but found it flawed, and the ending somewhat und...
by Silverfish
03 Sep 2019, 14:29
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Year 4: 1 year 52 Movies challenge
Replies: 149
Views: 14001

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25: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) - A computer-animated superhero film directed by Bob Persichetti I had mixed feelings about this film. It lost me partway through, but it really paid off towards the end. My issue was that I liked Miles towards the beginning, but as the alternate universe...
by Silverfish
03 Sep 2019, 14:12
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Year 4: 1 year 52 Movies challenge
Replies: 149
Views: 14001

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24: Bumblebee (2018) - A science fiction action film directed by Travis Knight I thought this was a really lovely little film. I thought it did a good job of mixing an action film about the war between the Autobots and Decepticons, a teen comedy drama, and a teen sci-fi adventure. In the wrong hands...
by Silverfish
19 Aug 2019, 14:27
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Year 4: 1 year 52 Movies challenge
Replies: 149
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23: The Wind Rises (2013) - an animated historical drama written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki This film didn't really work for me. I thought the depiction of the magic of flight, and the destructive force of nature, and of war, was very well depicted in some scenes, but I wasn't really drawn into ...
by Silverfish
17 Aug 2019, 15:20
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Year 4: 1 year 52 Movies challenge
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22: Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015) - A action spy film written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie I enjoyed this quite a bit. I don't think it was overall as good as Ghost Protocol, but that set a high bar to clear. The action is generally exciting and stylish. I thought the opera sequ...
by Silverfish
06 Jul 2019, 16:33
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Year 4: 1 year 52 Movies challenge
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21: Wolf Children (2012) - An anime film directed by Mamoru Hosoda I found this an interesting, and at times heart-warming and heart-breaking film. Interestingly, despite the fantasy premise of a woman having to raise two half-human half-wolf children on her own, it is surprisingly grounded in real ...
by Silverfish
06 Jul 2019, 16:04
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Year 4: 1 year 52 Movies challenge
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20: Friday the 13th (1980) - A slasher film directed by Sean S. Cunningham I really liked this. It feels like it lacks some of the subtlety of Halloween, which evokes a constant feeling of the characters being watched, but it has a similarly expertly paced buildup of threat and tension until the fin...
by Silverfish
11 Jun 2019, 14:06
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Year 4: 1 year 52 Movies challenge
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19: When Marnie Was There (2014) - An anime drama written and directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi I think this is an interesting film, and a bit of a departure from what seems to be the usual Studio Ghibli mould, which could be attributed in part to it being the first film after the retirement of Hayao...
by Silverfish
09 Jun 2019, 14:24
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Year 4: 1 year 52 Movies challenge
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18: Halloween (1978) - A horror film directed by John Carpenter I really liked this film. It starts slow, building a sense of dread and foreboding, and really cranking things up towards the end. I think the acting is well done, but the key to how the film works seems to be the way it is constructed,...
by Silverfish
25 May 2019, 16:35
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Year 4: 1 year 52 Movies challenge
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17: Spectre (2015) - A spy film directed by Sam Mendes I was a bit apprehensive about this film, as it was the second Bond film directed by Sam Mendes, and Skyfall really didn't work for me, beyond the excellent opening sequence, and the introduction of the new Q and Moneypenny. This, however, I fou...
by Silverfish
25 May 2019, 15:47
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Year 4: 1 year 52 Movies challenge
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16: Ocean's Twelve (2004) - A heist film directed by Steven Soderbergh I really liked the original, as it had a finely judged balance of tone, built the tension expertly, and is intricately plotted, where every element of the heist seems to fit perfectly into place. This film, by comparison, is a hu...
by Silverfish
25 Mar 2019, 15:13
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Year 4: 1 year 52 Movies challenge
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15: Eye in the Sky (2015) - A thriller directed by Gavin Hood I thought this was a tense but thoughtful thriller. It focuses on the decision over whether to launch a drone strike on a house in Kenya, eliminating Al-Shabab terrorists but risking civilian casualties. On the tense side, the film is rea...
by Silverfish
25 Mar 2019, 14:49
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Year 4: 1 year 52 Movies challenge
Replies: 149
Views: 14001

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14: Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) - A stop-motion action fantasy film directed and produced by Travis Knight I really enjoyed this. First off, the animation is beautiful and inventive. In particular, we see Kubo telling dazzling stories with his Origami. The story is well-told, mixing action adven...
by Silverfish
24 Mar 2019, 11:12
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Year 4: 1 year 52 Movies challenge
Replies: 149
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13: Zootopia (2016) - A computer-animated buddy cop comedy film directed by Byron Howard and Rich Moore This film really didn't work for me. I think a bit part is that I didn't get on with the two leads (Ginnifer Goodwin as Officer Judy Hopps, and Jason Bateman as Nick Wilde). In particular, I found...
by Silverfish
24 Mar 2019, 10:49
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Year 4: 1 year 52 Movies challenge
Replies: 149
Views: 14001

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12: Ponyo (2008) - An animated fantasy film directed by Hayao Miyazaki I enjoyed this film, but I didn't quite connect with it in the way I have with some of Studio Ghibli's other work (Spirited Away, My Neighbour Totoro and Kiki's Delivery Service in particular). Perhaps this is because much of the...
by Silverfish
24 Mar 2019, 08:38
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Year 4: 1 year 52 Movies challenge
Replies: 149
Views: 14001

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11: The Third Man (1949) - A film noir directed by Carol Reed. I don't have any fresh insight into this film, but I really enjoyed it. The sense of our protagonist (Joseph Cotten as Holly Martins) being stuck in a hostile and unfamiliar city is powerful, conveyed by the stark cinematography, the use...
by Silverfish
26 Feb 2019, 14:48
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Year 4: 1 year 52 Movies challenge
Replies: 149
Views: 14001

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10: Tully (2018) - A comedy-drama directed by Jason Reitman I really enjoyed this. I knew something of the twist, but it didn't really detract from my enjoyment, and I didn't know the full details anyway. I thought Charlize Theron was very convincing as the mother of two, with another on the way, at...
by Silverfish
10 Feb 2019, 14:00
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Year 4: 1 year 52 Movies challenge
Replies: 149
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9: Identity (2003) - A psychological thriller directed by James Mangold For the record, I knew of the twist of this film going in, but I thought I'd give it a go anyway. I knew the twists to Psycho, but it still worked anyway. In this case, the beginning was well done, but it ultimately fell flat. T...
by Silverfish
10 Feb 2019, 10:14
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Year 4: 1 year 52 Movies challenge
Replies: 149
Views: 14001

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Out of curiosity, are many people reading this? It seems fewer people are commenting than before, which might be because the forum is less active with the discord becoming more important.
by Silverfish
10 Feb 2019, 10:12
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Year 4: 1 year 52 Movies challenge
Replies: 149
Views: 14001

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8: Ocean's Eleven (2001) - A heist film directed by Steven Soderbergh This is another of the films that "everyone has seen" that I'm catching up with. I really like this film. My impression through pop culture osmosis is that it was going to be a very glossy film with an emphasis on style,...
by Silverfish
10 Feb 2019, 09:51
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Year 4: 1 year 52 Movies challenge
Replies: 149
Views: 14001

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7: Psycho (1960) - A psychological horror film directed by Alfred Hitchcock

There's not much to say here. I agree with the critic consensus, this is a very accomplished thriller by a master of the form.
by Silverfish
10 Feb 2019, 09:32
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Year 4: 1 year 52 Movies challenge
Replies: 149
Views: 14001

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6: A Ghost Story (2017) - A supernatural drama written and directed by David Lowery. I found this an ultimately frustrating film by the end. At the beginning, the film has an intriguing atmosphere, and it has a sense of quiet and stillness, which emphasizes the intricate soundscape it conjures up. T...
by Silverfish
17 Jan 2019, 12:49
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Year 4: 1 year 52 Movies challenge
Replies: 149
Views: 14001

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5: Jurassic Park (1993) - A science fiction adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg This is another film that "everyone" has seen, that I'm catching up on. It was a bit of an odd experience. In the first half, I thought the dinosaurs were well done, and they set up the sense of threat ...
by Silverfish
10 Jan 2019, 16:04
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Year 4: 1 year 52 Movies challenge
Replies: 149
Views: 14001

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4: Beauty and the Beast (2017) - A musical romantic fantasy film directed by Bill Condon For the record, I came to the original Disney film as an adult, and I remember enjoying it, and I really like the songs, but it didn't grab me in the way Hunchback, say, did. I can see why some people rate it as...
by Silverfish
10 Jan 2019, 14:52
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Year 4: 1 year 52 Movies challenge
Replies: 149
Views: 14001

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3: Young Frankenstein (1974) - A comedy horror directed by Mel Brooks A really enjoyed this, it's just really funny. Gene Wilder as Dr. Frederick Frankenstein veers between relatively understated and over-the-up as required, and Marty Feldman has a strange but hilarious mix of deadpan and wackiness ...

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