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    The Old Guard

    Nonsensical story of an immortal 4 who fight...um...big pharma. Charlize Theron doing her own action stunts while other actors...attempt acting. Still, it was the best of my remaining Netflix dregs: 3/10...

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    Paths Of Glory 1957 directed by Stanley Kubrick

    If you haven't seen this film I highly recommend it over most of the regurgitated crap pumped out for Netflix, Amazon etc. nowadays.

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    ^Excellent film!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomcat View Post
    The Old Guard

    Nonsensical story of an immortal 4 who fight...um...big pharma. Charlize Theron doing her own action stunts while other actors...attempt acting. Still, it was the best of my remaining Netflix dregs: 3/10...
    Awful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Humbert View Post
    Paths Of Glory 1957 directed by Stanley Kubrick

    If you haven't seen this film I highly recommend it over most of the regurgitated crap pumped out for Netflix, Amazon etc. nowadays.
    Have you seen "Tunes Of Glory" with Alex Guinness? Another classic.

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    With Alan Parker dying, I thought I'd dig out Mississippi Burning again.

    Set in 1960's Mississippi, it tells the story of an FBI investigation into the disappearance of three civil rights activists (loosely based on a true story).

    Gene Hackman is brilliant as ever, ably supported by Willem Defoe, but what stands out is the cast of character actors that make up the insidious, smug racists who had kidnapped and murdered them (not a spoiler, it's the opening scene of the movie).

    I'd completely forgotten Alan Parker's ability to portray the atmosphere of the time and the place, and the realism is what makes this movie stand out.

    Worth a watch in these turbulent times, as it shows how racist America was in the not so recent past and to an extent why it still has such endemic racism today.

    8/10.

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    ^Excellent movie!

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    It's funny going from watching a director at the top of his game to one just starting out, and who amazingly managed to get a budget for one of the worst scripts going (which he wrote himself).

    Michael Mann's The Keep (1983) is so bad it's... no it's just bad.

    Even early Hollywood outings for the likes of Sir Ian McKellen, Gabriel Byrne, Jurgen Prochnow and Scott Glenn couldn't save this turkey.

    It's some kind of story involving WWII, German soldiers, supernatural shit and fuck knows what else he's trying to get across, because the characters never really develop and you really have no idea what the fuck is going on for most of the movie.

    Some of the reviews:

    Variety
    Buried deep within The Keep’s mysterious exterior lies that chilling Hollywood question: how do these dogs get made?

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Jay Scott
    The Keep has opened just in time - if it had waited another couple of weeks, it would have been the worst horror movie of 1984 and there wouldn't have been anything to look forward to all year.

    Washington Post
    Nothing if not monumentally obsessed, Mann seems to be volunteering himself as the American film industry's answer to the cinema of ultraportentous imagery and crackpot visionary affectation. One imagines him entering the unofficial competition trailing swirls of smoke or ground fog and radiating backlit shafts of light, like half the characters in his movie.
    Thankfully he redeemed himself with the excellent Manhunter (1986).

    I think I'll move on to that in a cinematic equivalent of washing the nasty taste of this debacle away.

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