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Matt2112

March 21, 2020, 03:21:06 am #2010 Last Edit: March 21, 2020, 03:23:40 am by Matt2112
In Fabric

British art house film director Peter Strickland's fourth feature is a characteristically strange tale, and certainly not Friday-night-with-beers fare, which is precisely the circumstances in which I watched it.

Basically this is about a cursed, killer dress, based in a shop apparently run by a coven of pervy witches.  The plot follows those unfortunate enough to have worn it.

So yes, straight away it comes across like a Hammer horror, but has far more lavish production values.  There's also strong elements of 70s Italian horror, shades of Cronenberg and Lynch in its more surreal moments and, overall, more than a hint of Mike Leigh in its depiction of British working class drudgery.

There's substantial tonal shifts between body horror, odd-couple comedy, satire, domestic drama, bathos and other elements, which should undermine the film completely, but Strickland somehow keeps a firm hand on things.

He clearly has talent - his sound design in particular is very accomplished - and I admire that he shows no signs of compromising to commercialism or the mainstream whatsoever.

However, while he's certainly an interesting film-maker, and is a darling of the "high-brow", I remain to be convinced.
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Matt2112

Midsommer 

Folk horror from Hereditary director Ari Aster.

It's 148 minutes long, and it's slow, and it needs an investment - nonetheless, for the vast majority of that time I found it quite engrossing.

There's obvious comparisons to The Wicker Man and while it might not quite achieve the classic status of that film, it nonetheless rightly appears to be highly regarded, despite for me suffering the same slightly underwhelming climax which also affected Hereditary.

However, if you have the time and buy into the film's premise then this will likely leave a lasting impression.
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pxr5

Finished series 4 of Vikings and took a break last night with a couple of movies:

The Hunt - I thought it would be the typical hunt-down-the-pack until one survives that wins out. Nothing like that at all, and a few odd shocks early on. Pretty good overall. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8244784/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0

Come to Daddy - This is an odd one. Had no idea what to expect, but it ambles along until the reveal, then it gets a bit daft and confusing. Not bad, but not really recommended either. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8816194/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

Bez

Westworld.

Episode one of S3 was pretty good.

Episode two was pants.

Final warning
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Reg

Quote from: Bez on March 24, 2020, 18:15:28 pmWestworld.

Episode one of S3 was pretty good.

Episode two was pants.

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I didn't make it past episode 2 of season 2.
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Matt2112

Quote from: Reg on March 24, 2020, 19:25:48 pmI didn't make it past episode 2 of season 2.
Ditched it after season 1 - the most overhyped and underwhelming show in years.
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Matt2112

Better Call Saul S5 Ep 6

A corker.  Easily the best one of the season so far.
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DavidL

Watched a couple of Thunderbirds episodes whilst in isolation. Yesterday, 'Brink Of Disaster'. Today,   'Mighty Atom'.
Classic escapism.

zoony

Downloaded a few more old episodes of Only Connect. Aside from being a very good quiz show, I can't get enough of Victoria Coren Mitchell's superb rack at the moment.

Reg

Quote from: DavidL on March 25, 2020, 13:54:08 pmWatched a couple of Thunderbirds episodes whilst in isolation. Yesterday, 'Brink Of Disaster'. Today,  'Mighty Atom'.
Classic escapism.
Nice one! I got the complete set of Joe 90 Blurays for Christmas - including the limited edition no.4 which came in a big box with comic book etc., I haven't watched any as yet though. Still haven't finished the Captain Scarlet set I got last year! A nice collectors item though, although I think they missed a trick in not doing the Joe 90 set in a Joe 90 style briefcase; that would have been ace :).
Standing in the shadows, hiding from the light<br />Reach out in the darkness, and hold on for your life<br />All the fear of the future, all the emptiness inside<br />When the moment of truth arrives, hey, you can run but you can't hide

Reg

Currently working our way through season 1 of Designated Survivor on Netflix. Very enjoyable so far.
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Quote from: Reg on March 25, 2020, 15:44:43 pmCurrently working our way through season 1 of Designated Survivor on Netflix. Very enjoyable so far.
Yes good 1st season as I remember

We're watching The Stranger. Not bad
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Alein - Covenant. It was on film 4 the other night. Thought it took Prometheus story further. 

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It took the creation of the xenomorphs in to a very ironic direction.
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Matt2112

March 27, 2020, 17:34:12 pm #2023 Last Edit: March 27, 2020, 22:36:47 pm by Matt2112
Ready Or Not

I've realised the last few films I've watched have broadly been "horror" but that's been more by accident than design.

Anyway, this one is played for laughs as much splatter, and it hits the mark just about often enough on both scores.  Solid, fun Friday beers-and-pizza fare.
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pxr5

I've seen Ready or Not and enjoyed it. For horror I recommend The Hunt that I mentioned earlier in this thread.

The last episode of the current series on Inside Number 9. Brilliant, as good as the magician one. All the clues were there when the twist comes. Great TV and very sharp writing by Pemberton and Shearsmith.