What Films Have You Been Watching? July Edition

hmm yeah I think it will be an acquired taste to be honest

proper sub-jared leto performance, that. baffling.

I watched Hunt for the Red October yesterday. Not the movie I expected (I thought there would be a lot more action) but better for it, I think. I liked all the things it’s famous for: stacked cast, the getaround with the Russian language issues, the cold war of it all.

Not a movie, but I found a video on Youtube containing every episode of ‘Over The Top’ a 1997 sitcom starring Tim Curry and featuring Steve Carell. Curry, looking like a cross between Nigel Farage and Jeremy Beadle, plays a former daytime TV actor who have to move into a hotel. run by his ex. Carell plays an embarassing Greek chef. J Peterman from Seinfeld crops in up one episode.

Only 11 episodes were ever made, and only 3 aired. It is mesmerising, almost breathtakingly awful

I (re)watched Shallow Grave last night for the first time in at least 15 years. I remember it being my favourite movie for a time, and over 1 or 2 years I watched it repeated (on VHS!), but haven’t revisited since. Went into it thinking it wouldn’t be as good/I wouldn’t enjoy it as much as I remembered cause of how it may of aged and nostalgia.

I actually really enjoyed it, as much as I remember (potentially more). feel like there are more things I ‘get’ now i’m in my mid-30’s compared to late teens. Excellent, well executed, acted thriller with some great dark comedy moments and that ending…

In summary, I’m glad I rewatched. Bonus that it is on All4 too for free at the moment too!

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thought the Manson Family Vacation would have worked a lot better if it involved a made up story rather than the Manson Family as it came across a bit like it was glamorizing it

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Had a lovely light Deerskin starter today before absolutely feasting on Summer of Soul. What a film, I was beaming from ear to ear and dancing in my seat.

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did you like Deerskin?

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It’s such a shame that of the five prominent female characters in this film every single one of them’s role was to dote on/be in love with Martin Eden.
Looked lovely. Great music. Well performed and directed, but… nah… 3.1/5

Annoyed at myself I spent 2 hours 15 this evening watching Gosford Park

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It was a solidly amusing 77 minutes I thought. More 77 minute films please.

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I thought the ending missed a trick and would have been better if now that he had a full outfit made out of deerskin he was shot by someone far away/short sighted thinking he was an actual deer

But that is the gag. Just because it’s revealed to be something else doesn’t mean you’re not supposed to make that first connection

Fuck, thought I was a genius

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Absolutely love Shallow Grave. Watched it again recently and it’s probably in my top 20 films. Such awful characters, I love them.

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I reckon I’d probably put it in my top 20. My love for it has been rekindled. They are aren’t they, so unlikeable but work so perfectly in the story.

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I also did the Summer of Soul / Deerskin double bill this evening, SoS is a total treat though if I had a minor quibble I think I would have preferred a full concert film without the talking heads, although admittedly some of those are lovely.

Deerskin was my dessert and also hugely enjoyable. A good night at the movies.

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Not even a soul act. Weird choice

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Get out.

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Thought that was a horror?

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I hope they are restoring the whole recordings, it did feel a bit like ‘this is just the tip of the iceberg’.

Personally I quite liked the interweaving with the archive footage and the talking heads. I think it was really well edited by genuinely having the music continue underneath. In that sense it really felt like a film directed by a musician, in a good way.

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