What's in/on Your DVD/VCR/PVR etc #17

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Nick

Quote from: Nick on June 06, 2019, 14:57:30 pmBlack Mirror new series
Very unimpressed, looks like its one series too far.
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Reg

Warming up for Muse tomorrow night by dipping in to the Rome BluRay (which is rather good by the way).
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June 13, 2019, 15:03:54 pm #1802 Last Edit: June 14, 2019, 00:38:47 am by Matt2112
Enemy

Still working very gradually through Denis Villeneuve's filmography (on the strength of a recommendation from Reg from what seems ages ago now), and with this I've covered his (relatively) mainstream output; just the early, obscure, pre-breakthrough ones to seek out now.

This is probably his strangest film, a slow-burning psychological thriller with the excellent Jake Gyllenhaal seemingly trying to repair his marriage while going through a kind of neurotic breakdown in which he appears to have discovered he has a doppelganger.

It's absorbing for most of its running time but the ending seems abrupt and isn't quite the gut-punch parting shot it might have been.

Still, along the way there's plenty of very accomplished Lynchian "beats"  - which is the sort of thing that's right up my alley - and overall it's yet more evidence that Villeneuve is one of the most formidably talented directors working today.
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Years and Years.  Russell T. Davies' latest.

Following the lives of a Manchester family over the next few years.  it soon becomes a dystopian future with Europe in flames, where the US drops a nuclear bomb on Chinese land, and where the UK's pm is a Katie Hopkins type (played by Emma Thompson).  Imagines that the future of IT  involves its ever closer integration with human bodies.  A little far-fetched at times but just leaves it believable enough to keep me watching
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BlacKkKlansman

Very good - entertaining and poignant; highly recommended.
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Bez

Ozark

Terrific stuff. I really enjoyed it from beginning to end...season 3 due this year. Recommended
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captainkurtz

Quote from: Bez on July 12, 2019, 00:33:54 amOzark

Terrific stuff. I really enjoyed it from beginning to end...season 3 due this year. Recommended
Yeah, loved that.

struggling through season 3 of Stranger Things.  Can't seem to get more than 15 mins in before falling asleep.  Can't really remember seasons 1 and 2 much either, which doesn't help.
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Reg

I'm working my way through the last season of Burn Notice but took a little break to watch a film on Amazon Prime I've had on my watch list for a while: 

Infinity Chamber

It has flaws, but generally is a highly enjoyable science fiction mess-with-your-head type film. A bit like Moon. In fact there is a big similarity with that film in that the principal interaction is between an AI and a man. In this case the man is a prisoner.

I will not spoil it for anyone, but I quite enjoyed this low budget flick.

And now I'm a couple of episodes into Amazon's Good Omens, which is I have decided I like. Immensely!
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Nick

Quote from: captainkurtz on July 12, 2019, 17:29:21 pmstruggling through season 3 of Stranger Things.  Can't seem to get more than 15 mins in before falling asleep.  Can't really remember seasons 1 and 2 much either, which doesn't help.
Very much enjoyed season 3 of stranger things, thought it was a great romp and the acting from the kids was excellent. Much better than season 2.
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Just started Season 1 of Stranger Things after finishing the excellent Killing Eve. Surely if there was to be a female Bond in the near future Jodie Comer is first choice for the role!

Matt2112

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Apostasy

Small, low-budget, understated British drama about a family of Jehova's Witnesses - one of whom is anaemic.  It has the story line and feel of a soap opera somewhat; still, it's adeptly and sensitively done all round and worth a look.
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Nocturnal Animals

Interesting one, this.  A kind of American arthouse neo-noir psychological thriller with a real sting in its tale.  It's quite dense and discombobulating, but technically it's brilliantly done.  The cast is top notch, headlined with usual class by Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal, but it's the utterly superb performances by the (deservedly multi-award-nominated) supporting players Michael Shannon and Aaron Taylor-Johnson that stick in the mind.

Fortunately, the slightly enigmatic proceedings are explained nicely in a blu-ray extra by director/writer/producer Tom Ford, which demands a second viewing of this film in maybe the same way that the likes of The Usual Suspects does.  Recommended, but it asks for an investment from the viewer - no bad thing at all, of course.


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Takes a fair while to get going, but once it clicks into gear it's a decent watch.  While there are characteristically wonderful little grace notes from the genius of director Steven Spielberg, this is certainly one of his less notable works, and I thought the screenplay - particularly the dialogue - could have been written with quite a bit more spark.
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döm

I caught the BBC documentary "The Killing of Mountbatten"  the other night.

It was excellent - all the contributors were so candid about their motives, feelings and reactions - well worth a watch
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