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  1. Silent Runner

    Football Thread 2018/19

    Some tackle from Kompany on Lennon there, studs up right into his thigh, nowhere near the ball.
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    A movie watchers blog

    The Night Comes For Us is absolutely incredible. Best action movie in years, it felt like watching The Raid for the first time. So many instantly iconic scenes, shots and characters. Just WOW.
  3. Silent Runner

    Football Thread 2018/19

    Yep. A marginal improvement on Saturday. At least we created half chances tonight - Hendrick and McClean in the second half. But otherwise we were trash.
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    Football Thread 2018/19

    Harry Arter just gave away an embarrassing free kick where he somehow slid over the ball and missed it completely and cleaned out the Welsh player. Needless to say Wales scored from the free.
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    A movie watchers blog

    Horror Express https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0068713/ In 1906, in China, a British anthropologist discovers a frozen prehistoric creature and must transport it to Europe by train. This film starts with a relic being dug out of a cave in China. Christopher Lee loads it onto a train with the intention of transporting it back to England. On-board this train are all kinds of colourful characters; a count, a countess, a monk, an engineer and rival anthropologist Peter Cushing. As soon as the train leaves the station the fun and murder begins. The relic in the box comes alive and starts killing people. Fortunately there’s a trained surgeon on the train who helps Lee perform several autopsies and they deduce that this creature is responsible for the killings. Of course the train crew don’t believe him and lock him up. There’s a great bit when a monk tries to demonstrate that box containing the relic is evil. He has a piece of chalk and tries to draw a cross on it but the box can’t be written on. It’s like an inverse of the bit at the end of Raiders of The Lost Ark with the swastika being burned off the crate. The effects are a bit cheap – the monster is essentially a man in a monkey suit with some red contact lenses. But the insanely opulent train carriages and costumes kind of balance this. They certainly don’t make them like this any more. This feels like a Hammer Horror film except shot with a Giallo schlockiness that turns into a cosmic sci-fi film. The cast are all top class with Cushing and Lee adding a bit of gravitas to the madness. It loses its way a little when Telly Savalas (!) turns up as an aggressive Cossack (!!) and starts shouting and pushing people about. But it gets back on track and for the last 30 minutes or so it turns into ‘The Thing on a train’ with some zombie tropes chucked in. Wikipedia tells me this film is now in the public domain so it’s probably on YouTube and it’s definitely worth watching. Lots of fun. 3.5/5
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    A movie watchers blog

    Sorry to Bother You https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5688932/ In an alternate present-day version of Oakland, telemarketer Cassius Green discovers a magical key to professional success, propelling him into a universe of greed. Lakeith Stanfield plays Cassius. He’s a bit down on his luck and living in his Uncles garage. He gets a job as a telemarketer and realises he has a real talent for it and starts making money and moving up through the ranks. At the same time other workers in the office are trying to unionise and agitating for better working conditions. As he starts making more money he moves into a nice apartment. But the more ’stuff’ he acquires the more of himself he starts to lose; his girlfriend starts to go off him, he sees less and less of his friends and he starts to realise that what he’s selling is essentially slave labour. It’s hard to know where to start with this. The nearest cultural reference point would be Get Out - both are feature debuts from black writer/directors with a lot to say about contemporary America. This is more focused on capitalism and the nature of work more than race. It’s an insane mix of Society, They Live, Southland Tales and Black Mirror. But with more imagination and invention than all of them put together. There’s so many ideas and themes that it’s always exciting and always feels like it has something to say. Some bits are a little on the nose, there’s a reality TV show called I Got The Shit Kicked Out Of Me for example. But otherwise it’s a bang-on satire on the modern world and work-place. It takes a MASSIVE swerve with about 30 minutes to go and I think it might lose some viewers but I was onboard all the way. The cast are all excellent Lakeith Stanfield from the TV show Atlanta is superb. There’s a great bit where he’s told to speak in his white voice to make more sales and his voice gets dubbed by David Cross. Tessa Thompson, Danny Glover, Terry Crews and Armie Hammer all put in great turns. My favourite film of the year so far by some distance. I pirated it but will buy it when it’s available. And hopefully it’ll get a cinema release over here because there’s some bit’s I’d love to see on a big screen. 5/5
  7. Silent Runner

    Bob's Burgers

    Bobs back - two episodes are out. The first one is a Tina musical episode so the best kind of episode.
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    A movie watchers blog

    Never Goin' Back https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7690016/ Jessie and Angela, high school dropouts, are taking a week off to chill at the beach. Too bad their house got robbed, rent's due, they're about to get fired, and they're broke. This is a debut feature filmed and set in Texas. There's no real plot - two teenage friends need money to go to the beach and pay their rent. They spend most of their time getting high, working their waitressing jobs and just hanging out. This feels like a low-stakes version Spring Breakers directed by Sean Baker. Lots of drugs and a kicking soundtrack but there's no machine guns or outrageous scheme. Jessie and Angela just want to scrounge together enough cash to get to the beach for a break. But being high and a bit incompetant keeps ruining their plans. I thought this was an absolute riot. The two leads are fantastic, Camila Morrone is painfully pretty. It's beautifully filmed. I love how small town America is shot here. Lots of wasteland, run down shopping malls and grimy main streets. It has a great energy that only drops when we leave the two leads and check in on their gormless housemates. The music is great and it's really funny. It sometimes strays into gross-out territory but gets away with it. It's barely 80 minutes long but I'd much rather spend my time here than some 2 hour Oscar-bait. It feels a little sleazy at times with lots of scenes of the girls in their underwear but it was written, directed, shot and edited by women. 4/5 - recommend if you liked Spring Breakers, The Bling Ring, Palo Alto and that type of thing.
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    A movie watchers blog

    Yeah, it definitely felt like a super villain original story all right.
  10. Silent Runner

    What are you reading at the moment?

    Over the weekend I read The Darkest Secret by Alex Marwood. A decent enough mystery about a missing child. This has an interesting set-up. 15 years ago a group of adults are drinking and partying, the morning after they discover one of their children has gone missing and all signs point to a kidnapping. The book then switches back and forth between today and 15 years ago to slowly reveal what happened that night. This was all right. I guessed what happened to the child pretty early on and the well sign-posted 'twist' wasn't up to much. The characters are all dislikeable and it was hard to care about any of them. I think I got it cheap on kindle a while back and it's probably worth a quid. An OK piece of domestic noir but I don't think I'll read more from this writer.
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    A Star Is Born (2018) - Gaga, Cooper, 100% Oscar winner

    Copy and paste from what I wrote in the Movie Watchers Blog thread. --- I had a ticket for Kylie tonight but she canceled her show so I went to see this instead and I had a pretty good time. Cooper is an alcoholic singer who stumbles into a bar one night and hears Lady Gaga belting out an Edith Piaf song. He whisks her off on tour with him and soon her star begins to eclipse his. This was pretty decent. Cooper and LG are really good but I don’t think slurring and stumbling is a stretch for an actor - we’ve seen Coopers performance from a lot of actors in a lot of films. This is a really long film, the first 45 minutes are superb. But once the star is born there’s nowhere really for it to go. There’s a real lack of conflict and drama in the second hour and the pathos is poured on a bit much. The two leads are fab and the support, Andrew Dice Clay and Sam Elliott especially, are top class. I did detect a little bit of anti-pop snobbery which always annoys me as if there’s something more ‘authentic’ about pianos and acoustic guitars than keyboards and dance beats. Some of the songs are fantastic and the photography is very nice. For a debut director Cooper does really well but I was pretty tired by the end. Worth a home watch but not worth a special trip to the cinema.
  12. Silent Runner

    A movie watchers blog

    Thelma https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6304046/ (I’m going to put the IMDB description in spoilers because I think it gives away an important plot point) This is an interesting Norwegian film that came out last year. A young girl from a sheltered background starts college and moves away from her family for the first time. While at college she has the standard teenage experiences - drinking, smoking, first romance etc but starts to have seizures. She visits doctors to try and get to the bottom of this medical problem. At the same time she starts having weird experiences and visions that she also needs an answer to. I’ve had this on my list for a good while now and finally made an effort to watch it on Friday and I thought it was fantastic. It’s a little slow but that lets the atmosphere and the mysteries build at their own pace. The lead is really good - she captures the confusion and fear of the situation beautifully. It’s very well shot - lots of nice Scandinavian interiors and snowy landscapes. It reminded me a lot of Black Swan and Let The Right One In , in tone and atmosphere. The mystery is nicely played and the reveals are well handled. Definitely worth checking out. 4/5 A Star Is Born (2018) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1517451/ A musician helps a young singer and actress find fame, even as age and alcoholism send his own career into a downward spiral. I had a ticket for Kylie tonight but she canceled her show so I went to see this instead and I had a pretty good time. Cooper is an alcoholic singer who stumbles into a bar one night and hears Lady Gaga belting out an Edith Piaf song. He whisks her off on tour with him and soon her star begins to eclipse his. This was pretty decent. Cooper and LG are really good but I don’t think slurring and stumbling is a stretch for an actor - we’ve seen Coopers performance from a lot of actors in a lot of films. This is a really long film, the first 45 minutes are superb. But once the star is born there’s nowhere really for the it to go. There’s a real lack of conflict and drama in the second hour and the pathos is poured on a bit much. The two leads are fab and the support, Andrew Dice Clay and Sam Elliott especially, are top class. I did detect a little bit of anti-pop snobbery which always annoys me as if there’s something more ‘authentic’ about pianos and acoustic guitars than keyboards and dance beats. Some of the songs are fantastic and the photography is very nice. For a debut director Cooper does really well but I was pretty tired by the end. Worth a home watch but not worth a special trip to the cinema. 3/5
  13. Silent Runner

    The Mandalorian - live action Star Wars TV show

    The road to Mandalor.
  14. Silent Runner

    What are you reading at the moment?

    I finished this over lunch and really enjoyed it. The main character, Hawthorn, is great and the contemporary Sherlock Holmes setup works well. I thought the meta-ness of it was a little unnecessary* – the story itself was strong enough to carry the book. It did lead to some nice scenes though – there’s one involving Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson that’s a lot of fun. I’ll read more in this series for sure. Thanks for the suggestion. * The book is written from the POV of a writer called Anthony Horowitz – the same Anthony Horowitz who wrote the Alex Rider books and Foyles War etc. But in this he’s a character in his own book. It’s like something Grant Morrison would attempt.
  15. Silent Runner

    2000AD & The Meg

    Mark Millar and some others tweeting that Carlos Ezquerra has died. Absolute legend.
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